Arts & Entertainment

Visitors tap into artistic side at Rosewood Art and Music Festival

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Springdale Police Department to celebrate community at seventh annual National Night Out

Photos courtesy of Springdale Police Department. The Springdale Police Department will soon be hosting an event that provides entertainment for children and families, while promoting positivity between law enforcement officers and the community they serve. Springdale’s seventh annual National Night Out will be Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the park on 2915 Platt Springs Rd. National Night…

Vista After Five’s fall concert series kicks off Thursday night

Seventy Six and Sunny performs inside Tin Roof after rain moved everyone inside. Allen Wallace photo No matter what the weather suggests, fall has arrived, and so has a new season of Vista After Five. The free concert series kicked off Thursday evening, and though rain forced featured band Seventy-Six and Sunny to move inside Tin Roof from the usual…

Art Along the Trail allowing observers to participate in creating art

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Rhythm on the River concerts begin Friday – City offers shuttle

Flat Out Strangers from last spring’s concert series. Are you ready for some free music? The Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Rhythm on the River Fall Series, presented by House of Raeford and the City of West Columbia, begins Friday. The Fall concert series has been moved (from Sunday afternoons) to Friday nights from 6 p.m. to 9…

11th annual Palmetto Peanut Boil to benefit Midlands pets

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Main Street Columbia’s holiday ice skating rink to relocate this year

Columbia’s ice skating rink at Boyd Plaza. Photo courtesy of Howard Hunt. One of Columbia’s most loved winter activities is moving to a new location and getting a new name. Columbia’s Holiday ICE (once known as Main Street ICE), will relocate to the Harbison area at Columbiana Centre this year. In years past, the ice skating rink was set up…

USC’s Rudy Mancke discusses insects, animals of fall at seasonal nature talk

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“Conduct the Phil at Soda City” gives guests a chance to take up the baton

Allen Wallace photo. When the South Carolina Philharmonic’s 2018-19 season begins Saturday at the Koger Center, Morihiko Nakahara will be conducting. On Saturday, however, he was temporarily replaced. “Conduct the Phil at Soda City” gave visitors to the market on Columbia’s Main Street a chance to take up the baton and lead the orchestra in a song. “We put a…

Columbia’s annual Greek Festival is packed as ever

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Jubilee: Festival of Black History, Culture celebrated

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Newest festival is Glass Half Full Fest

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Wingard’s Market holds Art in the Garden

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West Columbia Beautification Foundation Tribute for Trees raises over $31,000

City of West Columbia photo. The West Columbia Beautification Foundation held its 4th Annual Tribute for Trees Gala on Tuesday. The gala raised more than $31,000, including a $10,000 donation from Soda City Friends. All of the money raised is dedicated to planting trees, shrubbery, and flowers along Sunset Boulevard and Augusta Highway to beautify roadways in the city. Foundation…

State Museum transforming into “Museum of Oz” for Halloween

State Museum provided photo Lovers of the classic 1939 Judy Garland movie, The Wizard of Oz, should follow the “yellowbrick road” all the way to the South Carolina State Museum sometime between Sept. 29 and Nov. 4. The month-long Halloween adventure will offer various shows and events as the museum transforms into “The Museum of Oz.” The Wizard of Oz…

South Carolina State Fair’s “FRED” selling discounted fair tickets across Midlands

View from ferris wheel, State Fair 2017. Karamie Sullivan photo The South Carolina State Fair is only three weeks away. Some make it a point to buy tickets ahead of time, to prepare for the event. Others prefer to wait until they reach the fairgrounds to purchase their admission tickets. Whether you’re a planner or a procrastinator, officials from the…

West Columbia Beautification Foundation Tribute for Trees draws largest crowd ever

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Historic Columbia hosting 40th annual Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture

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Riverbanks Zoo closing in preparation for Hurricane Florence

Female lion Thabisa with her three cubs. Picture retrieved from Riverbanks Zoo Facebook page. Riverbanks Zoo and Garden released an announcement Thursday afternoon regarding their decision for the facility in relation to Hurricane Florence. “Because of the predicted path of Hurricane Florence, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will be closed to the public Friday, September 14 – Sunday, September 16,” read…

State Museum offering free admission to evacuated families and out-of-school kids

The South Carolina State Museum released an announcement that the museum will be open Tuesday in support of displaced South Carolina families and out-of-school kids 12 and under. “As we d id in 2016 during Hurricane Matthew, the museum will be offering free general admission to out-of-school kids 12 and under, and families evacuating from the coastal region. As a…

Shoppers nab 50 miles of bargains in Big Grab Yard Sale

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