The Pearl of the Vista

October 11, 2012

By William Thrift Photography by John Wrightenberry Before the twentieth century, pearls were very rare.  Skin divers, with their bodies greased against the frigid depths, used rocks to help them descend sometimes 100 feet to collect as many oysters as they could carry back to the surface.  A ton of oysters may have yielded 3 […]

Columbia Museum of Art Collection Emerges From Storage

October 9, 2012

The Columbia Museum of Art showcases Modern & Contemporary Art from the Collection beginning August 2012, featuring over thirty paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures that will remain on view indefinitely.

Baking and Brussels Inspire a Kitchen Renaissance

October 4, 2012

By William Thrift Photography by John Wrightenberry Nancy Cassity Dunlap’s best-known culinary offerings are the cookies she bakes for friends and family around Christmas every year.  Select benefactors get to enjoy seven-ginger and macadamia nut cookies, and the exceptional old reliable – the chocolate chip made with Belgian chocolate.  In fact, Brussels, Belgium, factors significantly […]

Sharon Collings Licata Conversations With Stone

October 2, 2012

By William Thrift Photography by John Wrightenberry One may think that talking to a stone is akin to talking to a brick wall – an exercise in futility – but not so for Sharon Collings Licata.  When she “talks,” the stone listens and then talks back in chips and fine, heavy dust.  A conversation ensues […]

Bring Your Appetite for 5th Annual Viva La Vista

September 28, 2012

Always a destination for arts, entertainment, and a great meal, Columbia’s Congaree Vista is hosting its fifth annual epicurean event to give the Southeast a taste of its award-winning restaurants. Viva La Vista will provide an open and creative environment for visitors to expand their palates by sampling Southern and international cuisine and beverages.

Two Men and a Plan

September 26, 2012

By William Thrift Photography by Brian Arnold A few years ago, Bill Sinnett and Tim Kern had an idea:  Why not use their combined thirty years’ experience in the housing industry and start their own company?

Orchids: Columbia’s Floral Masterpiece

July 3, 2012

By Mary Syrett Orchids are among the world’s most exquisite flowers. So fascinated are people with orchids that many countries have adopted specific varieties of them as their respective national flower. Belize features the Black Orchid; Brazil, the Cattleya Orchid; and Guatemala, the White Nun Orchid.

Garden Rehabilitation at Hampton-Preston Mansion

June 29, 2012

Photography provided by Historic Columbia Foundation. Mary Cantey Hampton and Caroline Hampton Preston began improving the four-acre grounds around their home (the Hampton-Preston Mansion in Columbia, South Carolina) during late 1830s. The mother-daughter duo transformed the landscape into regionally-acclaimed antebellum gardens that contained a remarkable collection of native varieties and plants from around the world.  In […]

Sky High Safari at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

June 26, 2012

  Ever wonder what it’s like to hang in the trees like a siamang or see the world through the eyes of a giraffe?  Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is now offering guests a whole new perspective with the opening of its newest attraction: Sky-High Safari at Riverbanks.

A Reflection on American Design History

June 22, 2012

The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design The Columbia Museum of Art announces that the exhibition, The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design, will be on view from April 28 through August 26, 2012.