5 Things To Know About Lake Carolina’s Oyster Roast

Chris Laskowski3/21/2016  |  Categories: Community
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What better way to welcome spring than with a lakeside picnic? Lake Carolina’s 12th Annual Oyster Roast, running from 4pm-7pm on April 9th, marks the community’s transition into warmer months. Attendees can enjoy an awesome day of live music and delicious food, while helping out a great cause. Here are five things you totally need to know about the master-planned development’s latest event:

1. Guests can shuck the oysters themselves.
Don’t just plan to eat a hearty meal; get ready to tackle it, hands-on! Guests will be served their oysters with a pair of gloves and a knife for the full ‘oyster roast’ experience. Are you up for the challenge?

2. It’s a foodie’s paradise. Whether you’re a seafood junkie or prefer tasty comfort food (you don’t even have to like oysters!), this event is one you won’t want to miss. The mouth-watering menu includes chicken and rice gumbo, pulled pork barbecue and a chili bar! Tea and lemonade will also be supplied with an invitation to BYOB. Yum. 3. All proceeds go to The Children’s Charities of the Midland. Lake Carolina’s very own non-profit organization strives to further the welfare and education of South Carolina’s youngest residents. The Oyster Roast is one of three annual events that the community puts on to raise money for this charity.

4. The oysters are catered by Southern Way. Get an authentic dining experience with Southern Way catering. Their mission, as a company “grounded in delicious Southern cuisine,” is to provide “the most delectable food, the most attentive service, the most memorable presentations, and the most pleasurable event experience.” This isn’t just your regular picnic.

5. Kids under age three eat free. While adults can indulge in an ‘All You Can Eat’ experience for $40, children 12 and under can eat for five bucks and the little ones eat for free. The community’s beautiful, spacious, open area is the perfect place for kids to run around and get some fresh air. Make the Oyster Roast a family event!

Interested in learning more about Columbia’s exceptional master-planned community? Explore Lake Carolina’s new homes and numerous events.

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4 Ways You Can Make A Difference In The Greater Columbia Community

Chris Laskowski3/11/2016  |  Categories: Columbia; Community
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What better way to get involved with your community (especially if you're a new resident!) than engaging in community outreach? As South Carolina’s largest city, Columbia is home to a ton of non-profit organizations, always in need of help from locals. Click here to browse some of the city’s diverse charities and find what impassions and empowers you! Here are a few ways you can easily give back:

1. Harvest Hope Food Bank
Harvest Hope’s mission is simple: “To provide for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion and education.” Locals can support this awesome charity by offering up monetary donations or donating to the food bank. Gathering supplies can be as easy as organizing a group of friends, family or coworkers to bring in non-perishable items. Make this a team effort! 

2. Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Are you a diehard dog lover or a crazy cat fanatic? Join in on Columbia’s ‘See Spot Run’ 5K! The event will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2016 and proceeds will go to The Humane Society. Register to walk or run and purchase an awesome t-shirt! Gather a team and make a difference for even the smallest members of our community.

3. Keep the Midlands Beautiful

The vision is in the name of this local organization. Whether it’s adopting a highway or waterway or helping to promote recycling in your community, Keep the Midlands Beautiful works to keep your home safe, clean and eco-friendly! Check out the numerous ways you can get involved today.

4. Children’s Charities of the Midlands
Lake Carolina’s very own non-profit strives to improve the health, welfare and education for South Carolina’s youth. The master-planned community hosts a number of annual events, open to the general public, in order to raise money to better the greater community. These events include a winter Polar Bear Plunge, a wine and food festival and more. To learn more about the development’s social calendar, click here. Come support your greater area and have fun! 

Make a difference in your community! 

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A Guide to Columbia’s Local Breweries

Chris Laskowski3/2/2016  |  Categories: Columbia
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Sit back, relax and enjoy one of Columbia’s many local breweries. Whether it’s catching a game at sports bar, Hickory Tavern, or cozying up at The Cock N’ Bull, a British-style pub that serves beer imported from the UK, this city has plenty of wine, beer and spirits to keep your own spirits lifted! Here are a few other local joints you’ll want to try:

River Rat Brewery
Craft beer brewed with expertise and precision await those who enter the River Rat Brewery. Founded in 2013, this modern hangout includes a tap room deck, brewery tours and dog-friendly outdoor seating! Purchase a “growler” if you dare! 

Conquest Brewing Company
Travel back to medieval times at Conquest Brewing Co. With beverages crafted specifically for delicious taste, this little pub boasts a hearty menu of seasonal brews, limited releases and irresistible comfort food. Join in for one of their tours and taste-testing sessions too! 

Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Ale House
This rustic-style microbrewery can cater to almost anyone. With a mind-blowing array of delicious blends and an impressive collection of wine and spirits, folks can stop by this unique ale house for a drink after a long day’s hard work. 

Columbia Brew Bus
Get the full Columbia experience on an epic bus tour! The Brew Bus offers tons of different events and tours, taking groups on a ride to popular pubs around town. Hop on and encounter the best of Columbia’s breweries...all in one night!

There are a ton of other places to grab a drink in the bustling City of Columbia! For more information on bars in the area, click here. For more information on how to make Columbia YOUR home, check out Lake Carolina’s new homes for sale.

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10 Things You Need To Know About St. Pat’s In Five Points

Chris Laskowski3/1/2016  |  Categories: Events
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The luck of the Irish is upon us in two short weeks...along with one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day festivals in the Southeast! Grab your tickets now for St. Pat’s in Five Points and experience the greenest holiday like never before. Here are a few fun facts you need to know:

1. It’s a massive festival...
Along with being one of the largest St. Patty’s Day festivals in the region, St. Pat’s in Five Points is the biggest street festival in the Midlands! Held in the Five Points business district, it’s full of entertainment, special events and, of course, food and drink! 

2. ...with a LOT of people.
Why is it the biggest street festival in the Midlands? Over 40,000 ‘honorary Irish’ guests attend each year.

3. It was created to celebrate “all things green and Gaelic, welcome the arrival of spring and promote the businesses in the Five Points village.”
If you’re new to the area, attending this festival is the perfect way to familiarize yourself with local businesses. Tons of arts and crafts vendors bring personality to St. Pat’s, while local restaurants and pubs serve tasty treats that are sure to put you in the Irish spirit! 

4. There’s something for everyone (even kids!)
While adults might want to grab a drink and listen to music, kids can have the time of their life at the festival’s children’s carnival. Families with little ones can also check out the Pot O’ Gold Playland, open from 10am-6pm. 

5. You can experience a “Silent Disco”.
Silent discos are all the rage. Grab a pair of headphones and show off your greatest dance moves. You can also tune into the festival’s dueling DJs! 

6. There’s an annual St. Patrick’s Day parade you don’t want to miss!
What’s St. Patty’s Day without a parade? Get your green on at this exciting, energetic celebration.

7. You can take part in the ‘Get to the Green’ marathon.
Before you indulge in festival food and tons of beer, participate in the annual ‘Get to the Green’ run, which offers three different trails: a 10k, 5k, or Family Fun 1-miler.

8. Live music is included.
It wouldn’t be a festival without some live entertainment. From noon until 7pm, enjoy bands and musical acts on four different stages.

9. It’s an all-day affair.
Get an early start on the festival fun, with gates opening at 9am and closing at 7pm. You can purchase tickets here.

10. There’s more fun to be had in the surrounding community!
Want to continue the party? Venture a quick 30 minutes away to the City of Columbia and continue the celebration at some great local pubs. You can learn more about what Columbia has to offer--along with how to be part of Columbia's best master-planned community--by clicking here

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