Enjoy the Arts in the City of Columbia

Chris Laskowski8/26/2015  |  Categories: Columbia
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The city of Columbia is a lively metropolis of artistic talent. From live music entertainment to participating in community theater, the city offers an array of ways to experience diverse art forms. All ages can enjoy Columbia’s unique selection of activities, making this a prime locale for young couples, retired individuals, or families.

Bill’s Music Shop Friday nights are bluegrass and acoustic open stage night. Whether you’re a musician or just a bluegrass enthusiast, Bill’s is a community favorite for their traditional country jam sessions and dance floor. In addition to being a great place to catch a gig, Bill’s Music Shop also repairs and sells acoustic and electric instruments.

Concerts Venues such as the Colonial Life Arena bring in numerous big name concerts each year. This year, don’t miss country tours like Luke Bryan, pop concerts such as Taylor Swift, classics like Tony Bennett, Billy Joel, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and more.

Broadway in Columbia You don’t need to be in the Big Apple to catch a hit from the Great White Way. Columbia is home to the Koger Center for the Arts, a venue that bring in national Broadway tours of musicals such as 42nd Street, Once, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (all part of the 15/16 season).

Carolina Ballet

From Shakespeare to symphonies, the renowned Carolina Ballet performs an array of ballet productions that bring stories and music to life through dance. Though a Columbia gem, many of the company’s productions have toured internationally to places like Hungary and China.

Classy Canvas Always wanted to be an artist? Classy Canvas caters to kids and adults alike with various art classes. Children can participate in summer camps or have their birthday parties hosted. Adults can use the space for events and parties. Classy Canvas also offers a selection of painted artwork for sale--perfect for decorating your new home! Community Theater Columbia locals take the stage with two community theater companies. Columbia Children’s Theater allows kids to experience the limelight, putting on shows like Seussical. Chapin Theatre Company puts on shows, musicals, and acting workshops for kids.

Classical Choirs Local singers can audition each August for the Columbia Choral Society. The community choir puts on recitals ranging from classical music to jazz. If singing isn’t quite your tune, Columbia Baroque Soloists, the city’s professional chamber ensemble, is the perfect place to watch classical music for an upscale night out.  

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5 Creative Ways to Make a Kid’s Bedroom Unique

Chris Laskowski8/19/2015  |  Categories: Community
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Moving into a new home can be a difficult but exciting time for little ones. Adjusting to a new school, new friends, and a new house can bring a lot of anxiety, but can also present the opportunity for a fresh start. Taking the time to decorate your child’s new room can create a safe and fun space for them to call their own. Here is a list of ideas to go above and beyond in creating a room for your child that is as unique as their personality.

1. Crafty Bed Headboard

The biggest piece of furniture in a bedroom is--inevitably--a bed. While a colorful bedspread and plethora of pillows can make a child’s bedroom cozy, a crafty and creative headboard can go the extra mile in decorating a room (especially when decorating with a certain theme). For example, a popular trend for a hockey-lover’s room is removing the bed’s headboard and replacing it with hockey sticks that will line the wall and show off your child’s love for sports.

2. Chalkboard Wall It might seem a little taboo letting your kids draw on the wall, but with chalkboard paint, your child’s bedroom can become their own personal artistic domain. While you can also achieve a similar effect by mounting a chalkboard, chalk paint allows for creativity, whether it be painting a shape on their wall as part of a theme or turning a whole wall into a blank canvas.

3. Creative Bookshelves

Kids are a little messy. Why shouldn’t their rooms be? Shelving can be a great way to simultaneously store and decorate, and adding “tilted” or angled shelves to a kids bedroom can be the perfect touch.

4. Build a Fort

Forts (whether they be constructed from boxes or blankets) are a staple of childhood. Decorate your child’s new room with a permanent fort, done easily for those with extra space under a bunk bed. This will give the room personality and give kids endless space to play.

5. Add a Hammock Add an extra space for reading or playing video games by hanging a hammock in their bedroom. This can act as a place for friends to lounge or a place to relax.  

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How to Stay Fit When Summer Ends

Chris Laskowski8/12/2015  |  Categories: Nature
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For many, August marks the beginning of a new chapter and the end of an era for summertime workouts. However, if you’re living in Columbia, a gym membership is not necessarily required to keep that fit and healthy lifestyle. This unique city is filled with plenty of outdoor recreation that will keep you moving even as the fall season rolls around.

Enjoy the great outdoors!

To experience nature at its finest, check out the various Columbia trails such as Peachtree Rock. This “rock heritage preserve” is home to gorgeous natural structures and approximately two miles of trail. If the outdoors are your thing, Congaree National Park is also a short 30 minutes away from Columbia. Cool autumn weather is the perfect time to take advantage of the park’s many attractions such as canoeing, kayaking and hiking.

Keep it moving! 

The city is also home to 55 tennis courts, multiple golf courses, and two adult softball teams that start up in the fall. Getting involved with sports can be a great workout and social activity (especially if you’re new to the neighborhood)!

Keep the kids active! 

While it may be a bit breezy for swimming in the coming months, Columbia’s 60 parks and fields will keep kids busy. Whether it be braving the monkey bars or organizing their own game of football, the city has more than enough space to keep kids staying active outdoors...at least until the winter.

Climb to the Top! 

If the outdoors aren’t your thing, try out a new method of fitness at Stronghold Gym. Aside from being a fitness center and offering sculpting and yoga classes, Stronghold is known for its extensive rock climbing gym. Climbers can take on “bouldering caves” and a climbing “tower” in true Spider-Man fashion.

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