4th of July at and around Lake Carolina

Chris Laskowski6/22/2015  |  Categories: Events
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Lake Murray Fireworks & Boat Parade

Fireworks: Lake Murray is located about a half hour from Columbia and about 45 minutes from Lake Carolina. They have a 4th of July celebration that is worth making the trip for, including South Carolina’s largest fireworks display. This choreographed show will be accompanied by a patriotic concert airing on B106.7 FM. The best places to watch the firework show are Dreher Island State Park ($2/person admission) and the two parks located at the Lake Murray dam ($3/car admission).

Boat Parade: The Capital City Lake Murray Country is trying to break their all-time record this 4th of July with over 150 boats and inclusion. They are even going to break the record in the Guinness Book of World Records! And you can be a part of the 26th annual celebration. The parade will be held on the 4th, starting at noon at Bomb Island with a path that heads toward the Dam. Registration is open until June 25th and can be done over the phone, through email, mail or at the Visitor Center. For more information on the celebration at Lake Murray, visit www.lakemurraycountry.com/things-to-do/events.

Columbia Blowfish Baseball Game

With a 7:05PM game start, wind down your holiday with the Columbia Blowfish as they take on the Florence Redwolves. Kids under age 12 can bring their gloves to play catch on the field with the Blowfish players from 6 to 6:30 PM. The Blowfish have a new stadium with a capacity for 3,000, Wrigley Field style box seats, leftfield lawn seating and bowl seating that provides an intimate ballpark experience. Following the game there will be Independence Day fireworks at dusk! For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.blowfishbaseball.com

Lexington County Peach Festival

About 30 minutes from Columbia and 45 minutes from Lake Carolina sits the town of Gilbert, who will host the Lexington County Peach Festival. Not only have they been around for an incredible 57 years, but they are recognized as hosting one of the most successful and prestigious events of its kind in the Southeast United States. Are peaches the Queen of all Fruits? We will let you decide! This years festival is held on July 4th, kicking off with a parade at 9:30 AM with events and activities that go on until 10 PM in the evening, ending with a tremendous firework display. Live entertainment, over 100 art and craft exhibits, an antique car show, a Revolutionary War Re-enactment, tractor show, children’s rides and speciality peach treats and dishes are all a part of the day’s events. For more information on the festival, visit www.lexingtoncountypeachfestival.com.

Slide the City in Columbia, SC

Slide the City is a huge water party that is coming to Columbia! What exactly does that mean? Imagine speeding down a 1000 foot slip and slide with music, dancing, food drinks, prizes and more! You can bring water buckets, floaties, water guns and of course your swimsuit to make the day even more fun and soak up all the sun (and water) you can! Squirt, spray and splash all day long. For more information, visit www.slidethecity.com/events/columbia/.

Don’t worry! This isn’t all that is going on around the area on the 4th of July. Celebrate Independence day however you want to, with fireworks, barbeque, parades and of course, some sunshine! Lake Carolina is a great place to celebrate any holiday. Thinking about relocating?

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Summer Solstice Fish Fry

Chris Laskowski6/17/2015  |  Categories: Events
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On June 22nd, Lake Carolina will host it's 4th annual Summer Solstice Fish Fry. The event will be from 3-7pm at The Lake House in Lake Carolina. Residents and visitors alike are welcome to cool off lakeside as we celebrate the longest day of the year with a fish fry, paddle boarding, kayak demos, music and more.

Southern Way Catering will cater the event, with a menu including fried fish and shrimp, grits, slaw and hushpuppies. Adventure Carolina will come out with Stand-Up Paddleboards, kayaks and canoes to take out on the lake. 

The first 200 RSVPs will be welcome to attend. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page by clicking here

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10 Trails to Hit in SC This Summer

Chris Laskowski6/10/2015  |  Categories: Nature
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Summer is here! It’s a great time to get out and about, and not just in Lake Carolina! South Carolina has so much to offer, including robust trails and forest preserves. We found this amazing list of trails to check out this summer from Joey Holleman from The State. Read the original article here or check out the link below!  

Congaree National Park’s boardwalk is ideal for a family outing, even in its current incomplete state. You can’t do the full 2.4-mile loop because a portion of the high boardwalk damaged in early 2014 remains unrepaired. But you can go out and back on the undamaged portion of the boardwalk, immersing yourself in a thick forest of massive trees, thick vines and loads of wildlife. Like on almost any trail in South Carolina, remember to pack bug repellant during the summer. www.nps.gov/cong.

The new Timmerman Trail in Cayce is a paved path following the blackwater Congaree Creek. It works for youngsters on bikes, dogs on leashes or babies in strollers, yet you feel almost as immersed in nature as at Congaree National Park. The full trail system is 3.5 miles, but you can shorten it some by sticking to the main loop. Park just along SCANA Parkway off 12th Street extension or at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center. http://riveralliance.org/Timmerman_Trail.html

The namesake sandstone formation was toppled by vandals last year, but Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve in Lexington County remains one of the most interesting places to hike in the state. Dozens of sandstone outcroppings, and a small but fun waterfall, dot what once was oceanfront property. Once hikers descend into the park, there’s a half-mile loop and a 1.5-mile loop. The dirt trails feature enough elevation changes to make the hike a workout. www.sctrails.net

The cross-state Palmetto Trail has dozens of great segments for one-day hikes. The 7.2-mile Wateree Passage in Sumter County offers a couple of choices. There’s a short hike in Poinsett State Park, or a longer hike along the Wateree River ridge and then down through the floodplain on recovered railroad trestles. http://www.palmettoconservation.org/wateree.asp

Want to mix a hike with a dip in the ocean? Try Hunting Island State Park in Beaufort County. The park has about 8 miles of hiking and biking trails through maritime forests and marshes. You even can climb the 167 steps to the top of the lighthouse. http://southcarolinaparks.com/huntingisland/introduction.aspx

The hike to the top of Table Rock in Pickens County is a classic. It’s a rugged 3.6-mile climb up 2,000 feet, and the trip back down can put more strain on your joints and muscles. But the view from the top of the mountain is worth every step. http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/tablerock/introduction.aspx

For a relatively easy trip to a waterfall, head to Station Cove Falls next to Oconee Station State Historic Site in Oconee County. The hike to the 60-foot waterfall is only half a mile, but it is steep. The mountain wildflowers and other vegetation are as amazing as the falls. http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/oconeestation/os-trails.aspx

For a more difficult waterfall trek, try Raven Cliff Falls in Caesars Head State Park in Greenville County. The loop trail to the suspension bridge running over the falls is 7 miles, and some sections will test your balance and strength. If you simply want the long-distance view of the falls, you can go to the overlook, which is only a 4.4-mile hike. http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/caesarshead/introduction.aspx

June is the ideal time to check out the 1.5-mile Canal Trail at Landsford Canal State Park in Chester County. It’s a flat, easy hike along the Catawba River. The challenge this time of year is finding parking because people flock here to see the blooming rocky shoals spider lilies that blanket the river. You’ll wish you had a kayak. http://southcarolinaparks.com/landsfordcanal/introduction.aspx

Head to the northwest edge of the state and check out the 15.5-mile Chattooga Trail along the Chattooga River. You can’t go wrong with any section, but one classic S.C. hike is the 3.5-mile walk from Burrells Ford Road to Ellicott Rock, the spot where South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia come together. You’ll see waterfalls and vegetation along the way. http://www.sctrails.net/Trails/ALLTRAILS/Hiking/Upcountry/Chattooga.html

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Columbia Fashion Week: It's Almost Here!

Chris Laskowski6/3/2015  |  Categories: Columbia; Events
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It’s back! The 4th annual Columbia Fashion Week (formerly Columbia Style Week) is a sought-after event that really gets the community excited. Whether you’re a fashion guru or looking to expand your wardrobe and knowledge, this multi-day and night event includes high fashion, international designers, mixers, shopping and live entertainment.

The week runs from June 15th to June 20th, featuring a jam-packed schedule of trunk shows, vendors, runway showcases and awards. For the complete schedule, click here. The official hotel of Columbia Fashion Week is the Clarion, with rooms available every day during the event. It is conveniently located near all venues and fitting locations.

To enjoy every part of the week and get the most out of it, it is recommended to wear comfortable shoes, bring a camera, arrive early, bring along some shopping money and most importantly, to share the experience! Bring along friends, family members, or be ready to meet new people during the week! With tons to see and do, you are going to be surrounded by great company non-stop.

Both regular and VIP tickets can be purchased on their website, www.columbiafashionweek.com. You can stay tuned to their Facebook and other social media for constant updates and the release of new information! Well-known designers, up and coming trends and new ideas will give you tons to enjoy and smile about during Columbia Fashion Week.

Along with great fashion, there are tons of opportunities to volunteer, donate and give back during Columbia Fashion Week. Businesses can also sponsor the event and help contribute to a week that truly inspires so many. Ticket prices range from $20-$50, so this week of events is a relatively inexpensive way to check out something new in Columbia and make memories!

Thinking about relocating? Think Lake Carolina for your first, second or next home. They are one of the premier new home developers in South Carolina.

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