Aiken

By Stephen Hale

Photography by Shelly Schmidt (except where noted)

Adam Snow (among others) in 'high goal polo' play at New Bridge Polo field.

Adam Snow (among others) in ‘high goal polo’ play at New Bridge Polo field.

Aiken is a town like few others, and it’s just down the road, only about an hour from Columbia by Interstate 20.

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Columbia Children’s Theatre

Photography by Michele Affronte-McCausland

A past performance by the Columbia Children’s Theater.

A past performance by the Columbia Children’s Theater.

Founded in 2005, Columbia Children’s Theater is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing professional live theater and thespian opportunities for Midlands youth.  Programming not only enriches the lives of audiences with the wonders and magic of live theater, it also enables children to express themselves in ways that transcend cultural, ethnic, and generational boundaries.  Memories made at the theatre last long after the productions close.

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Whitney LeJeune

In Between, 39x56 oil on canvas, presents an intense and colorful rendering of the female form as the center piece of two expansive color fields that intersect at the figure.

In Between, 39×56 oil on canvas, presents an intense and colorful rendering of the female form as the center piece of two expansive color fields that intersect at the figure.

 

Columbia artist, Whitney LeJeune, would tell you that she finds beauty in thousands of subjects that surround her daily.  Her work, however, would tell you that beyond just beauty, one subject also provides true inspiration.  That subject is the female form.

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Columbia Gets Crafty!

This December, over 100 craft vendors from across the Southeast will make their way to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center for the 6th bi-annual Crafty Feast.  This indie craft fair features artists who focus on experimental, non-traditional, and unique handmade crafts.  If you need to finish the rest of your holiday shopping, the Crafty Feast is a great place to find something for everyone on your list.

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Cru Beaujolais

By Howard Jarrett

Beaujolais Noveau was the 1980’s easy drinking fad wine that inspired a world-wide marketing campaign to be the first consumed on the third Thursday in November. While the logistics of the mass exodus of this wine out of France to every possible location throughout world was truly phenomenal, the wine was not. The wine that I am writing about, Cru Beaujolais, suffered through the Beaujolais Noveau craze and emerged on the other side unjustifiably tarnished – guilt by association if you will. (more…)


Planting Points

By Daniela Yankelevitch

Special Thanks to Kevin Shaw at Hay Hill Garden Market

Green thumb or no green thumb, it’s tough to garden during the colder months. Keeping houseplants is a great way to surround yourself with nature, brighten the atmosphere in a room, and make the air in your home healthier. These are some of the most popular houseplants that are easy to maintain and will liven up the ambiance in your home.

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Sean McCrossin Brings ‘Third Wave’ Coffee to Columbia

By James D. McCallister      

Photography by John Wrightenberry

The pour-over method:  hot water is poured into filters above individual cups of coffee.

The pour-over method: hot water is poured into filters above individual cups of coffee.

Upon entering Drip, the senses are steeped in an array of enticements.  The cinnamon-sweet scent of fresh baked scones wafts through the air. The sizzle of the Panini press induces hunger pangs. Then there’s the pervasive grinding of the beans. But most of all, the smell of the coffee – not brewing per se, but rather dripping, one delicious drop at a time, into a clear glass decanter that looks as though it might be more at home in a lab than in Columbia’s newest and most progressive of coffee shops. This is the face of ‘third wave’ coffee; this is the ambience at Drip, located at 729 Saluda Avenue, in the bustling commercial corridor near the University of South Carolina.

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A Home for Two on Lake Murray

By William Thrift

Photography by John Wrightenberry

The new ‘gathering room’ is treated to a view of the grandest oak on the property.

The new ‘gathering room’ is treated to a view of the grandest oak on the property.

Back in 1981, Pam Amick’s father, Bruce Shealy, bought about nine acres of land on Windward Point at Lake Murray.  The land came with a ramshackle house (circa 1900) that the family used as a weekend getaway – no telephone, no air conditioning, just the wild serenity of overgrown shore and beaten paths down to the water where the inner tubes and john boats awaited.  Eventually, Mr. Shealy’s children started families of their own.  Such bonds were created during those times on the lake that he decided to split the parcel into individual lots so each family member could have their own lakeside retreat (or home, as it turned out).  Mr. Shealy had the land surveyed and each new lot was given a number.  Numbers were then drawn from a hat, and each new owner began plans for building their homes.

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The Lights Before Christmas

Visitors roast marshmallows at the Jingle Bell Bonfire.

Visitors roast marshmallows at the Jingle Bell Bonfire.

On Saturday, November 17, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden will open their gates for the 25th “silver” anniversary of Lights Before Christmas.  This can’t-miss event has been a holiday tradition for many families in the Midlands since 1987.  Every year the preparations start a little earlier and the lights shine a little brighter spreading the Christmas spirit throughout Columbia.  (more…)


Holiday Homes Tour

On December 2, 2012, residents of the Shandon and Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhoods will welcome visitors to the annual Homes for the Holidays Tour

.  This event, held in some of Columbia’s most historic neighborhoods, will feature several unique homes decorated for the Holidays.

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