In Columbia and everywhere, the arts community was hit hard by COVID-19, with 2020 becoming a year full of canceled performances and scraping to make financial ends meet. As the year draws toward an end, the artists are beginning their comeback.
You can’t keep a good nanny down, and the same goes for a good theatre company. COVID-19 caused a six-month delay, but the Mary Poppins magic combined with hard work has overcome even the pandemic, and Town Theatre’s production is like the lady herself, practically perfect in every way.
“Alzheimer’s is not taking a hiatus during COVID-19 and neither are we,” said Alexis Watts, Midlands director of the Alzheimer’s Association, and all over the Columbia area Saturday, people proved her right.
The Chapin Woman's Club will soon be hosting a virtual auction with about 45 new and gently-used designer purses available for purchase. The bidding for "In The Bag Purchase for a Purpose" will open Nov. 3, and close the evening of Nov. 10.
Cola Concerts will be bringing a new round of live music to the Midlands with a star-studded lineup of artists at the Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center. The acts include a variety of genres from indie rock to legendary country.
South Carolina’s first ever drive-thru State Fair begins Tuesday and guests are certainly in for a new experience.
The Columbia Fireflies and Ear for Music announced a socially distanced, "Safe Sounds" concert Monday featuring the Eagles tribute band, “On the Border.” Gates will open at Segra Park at 5 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show on Oct. 30.
Midlands residents might see a few "shooting stars" this week in the night sky, due to the Orionids meteor shower caused by pieces of Halley's Comet.
Santa’s elves will once again get a little help this year from the Blythewood Artists Guild. Despite the pandemic, the guild’s 11th annual Holiday Market will take place Nov. 5 through 7 at Doko Manor in Blythewood.
Reconstructing Home, the annual fundraiser to support Transitions Homeless Recovery Center's work and programs, will conclude its three weeks of online bidding for clients' artwork Thursday.
If you think a cold beer and a hot bratwurst are hard to beat on a crisp fall day, throw in a polka band under sunny skies and you have the perfect Oktoberfest.
The wait time is almost over for Lexington's Market at Icehouse to finally have its permanent "home." The arches of the Icehouse Amphitheater Pavilion are going up on West Main Street.
Amanda Janson decided on a whim to participate in a Facebook singing competition which offers a prize she said would be a "dream." Now, much to her surprise, there's a one-in-three chance of her dream coming true.
It isn’t every day that families receive a phone call from a game show to let them know they have been selected to compete on national television.
Halloween season is here, and EdVenture Children's Museum in Columbia is taking part in the festivities during "Spooky Saturdays."
Richland Library is expanding its options for residents to access books, materials, WiFi, computers and printing while locations are closed during the pandemic.
In need of a new four-legged friend? Columbia Animal Services will be holding a Halloween-themed discounted pet adoption at the end of October.
South Carolina’s teen birth rate is the 11th highest in the nation, and the numbers for Black and Hispanic teen pregnancies and for sexually transmitted infections among teens are even more alarming.
Most years, one of the Columbia area’s biggest fundraising events brings a sea of pink. This year the sea will be more like a steady rain: pink drops all over for a month.
A Lexington-Richland District Five fifth grade student decided that instead of receiving presents for her birthday, she would collect food to donate to Harvest Hope Food Bank.
The Doko Championship Rodeo is bucking off the challenges of the coronavirus and heading back to Blythewood’s Community Park Arena Nov. 6 and 7.
The “sweetest, kindest, most caring person that I knew,” is how Melissa Kuper describes her sister, Jill, who passed away from breast cancer.
When one thinks of Jewish holidays and traditions, pickup trucks may not immediately come to mind. However, one truck will make it possible for many Jews in the Columbia area to celebrate according to their faith this week.
Five young women from the Midlands became part of the first group of females in the nation to earn the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America Thursday night.
The tragic death of Richland School District Two teacher, Demetria “Demi” Bannister shocked the Midlands after she passed from COVID-19 complications in September.
Four Miss All-Star United States national title holders arrived in the Midlands last Friday and Saturday to make a contribution to the local community.
Midlands residents had the chance to get out of the house without the kids for the evening at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s Hoppy Hour Thursday.
Tapp's Outpost in Columbia, formerly known as Tapp's Arts Center, will be hosting a virtual fundraiser beginning Sunday and continuing through Oct. 12, to help benefit local artists.
Halloween is looking up for children during the COVID era as Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will host its annual ‘Boo at the Zoo’ event in October.
What was it like for families living in the 19th century? Historic Columbia officials will answer that question Saturday at the Robert Mills House.
South Carolina State Museum is kicking off spooky season with its annual “OZtober” events. Guests are invited experience Wizard of Oz-themed shows and activities for the month of October.
West Columbia residents who enjoy going above and beyond decorating their yard for the season have the chance to be recognized for their efforts.
A new bridge is taking form in the Innovista region of downtown Columbia, after Richland County began construction in February.
Not even COVID-19 can keep good cowboys and cowgirls down. Postponed twice this year because of the pandemic, the South Congaree Championship Rodeo made its long-awaited return Friday night, with action set to continue Saturday.“We’re just so glad to be out here. This is one of our favorite …
Pawmetto Lifeline is hosting an emergency adoption Friday through Sunday. A transport for 13 large dogs from two kill shelters in the Midlands were scheduled to be taken to a location up north, however it was canceled.
Little Mountain resident Kim Mitchell has a heart for helping others. Many who know her would say it's not surprising she has turned a time of sadness into something positive and uplifting.
Elton John's Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour was originally scheduled to hit Columbia May 22, but was postponed due to COVID-19. However, as of Wednesday, a new set of dates for the North American leg of the tour were announced.
The City of Columbia's Animal Services will be hosting a feline adoption event Thursday and Friday. Cats and kittens will be just $25 to adopt.
Representatives from the SC State Fair are looking for students' artwork to be featured in the 2020 drive-through State Fair. This year, large work will be best for displaying purposes.
The Blythewood Historical Society & Museum is set to begin the second phase of its new museum design. The planned work includes updating the museum’s exhibits, according to historian and consultant Staci Rickey of Access Preservation. Phase three will involve renovations to the building …
The library has been about much more than just books for many years now, and those services have been missed in the year of COVID-19. Good news for patrons, though: Richland County’s progress continues with the return of more options.
Even in the year of COVID, Soda City Market has found a way to thrive. The Main Street attraction celebrated its 400th market day on Saturday with nearly perfect fall weather and another big (masked) crowd.
German beer may or may not be strong enough to conquer the coronavirus, but the pandemic isn’t going to stop Blythewood’s Oktoberfest. The second annual celebration of fall and all things German is set for Saturday, Oct. 17 at Doko Meadows Park.