4th of July Festivities

Sandra Parkhurst6/29/2012  |  Categories: Columbia
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Celebrate your red, white and blue around Columbia this weekend!  Famously Hot is living up to its name this weekend with temperatures reaching in the low 100's for this 4th of July week.  A good excuse to venture to the lake, to the pool, or enjoy a refreshing beverage!

There are several Independence Day celebrations happening around Columbia, SC.  We're sharing a few of our favorite patriotic festivities below. 

4th of July Celebration on Lake Murray
:  boat parade, fireworks and choreographed music.  Saturday, June 30.

Fort Jackson's Torchlight Tattoo:  listen as the cannon salutes each state in the US with patriotic music and a 30  minute fireworks show.  Wednesday, July 4.

Freedom Festival at Village at Sandhill
:  live music by country star Ronnie McDowell, carnival rides, fireworks, shopping, dining and entertainment.  Wednesday, July 4.

For an extended list of 4th of July Festivities, click on over to #Famously Hot.

How are you celebrating your Independence this weekend?

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Summer Adventures

Sandra Parkhurst6/22/2012  |  Categories: Community
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10 Adventures we Love.

School's out, summer vacation has begun and Famously Hot Columbia is sizzling with adventure!  We love that there are so many activities to explore around Columbia, SC, so we put together a list of our favorites.  Feel free to add to them in the comments below.

Visit Riverbanks Park and Zoo
, one of America's top 10 zoos by TripAdvisor and home to more than 2,000 fascinating animals.  Nature exhibits, special events, movie screenings, educational programs, and more are set amidst a beautiful inspiring botanical garden.

Buy fresh, wholesome produce at one of the areas many Farmers Markets.  The Northeast Farmers Market here in Lake Carolina on Thursday afternoons is one you won't want to miss.  There's nothing quite like biting into a Certified SC Grown fruit, vegetable or dairy product.

Paddle the Broad River at Harbison State Forest or take a walk on one of their beautiful forest trails.   The forest has 18 miles of trails designed for walking, jogging, hiking or biking.

Camp at Dreher Island State Park.  The park spans three islands, 348 acres and provides access to 12 miles of Lake Murray shoreline.  Excellent bass fishing, nature trails, and recreational water activities are popular among visitors.

Ride your bike at Sesquicentennial State Park.  The park provides kayak and canoe rentals, fishing, two nature trails and a 6-mile bicycle loop.  The 30-acre lake affords visitors a nice afternoon on the water.

Take a walk through history at the South Carolina State Museum and bring the kids to EdVenture to inspire their young minds with eight world-class exhibit galleries.  TITANIC, The Artifact Exhibition is now open for a limited engagement.

Tour the Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens, one of Columbia's oldest remaining historic houses.

Watch a Movie in the Park at Finlay Park.  The Summer Movie Series lets you enjoy blockbuster entertainment on the big screen under the stars.

Kayak the Congaree with Adventure Carolina.  Wildlife is abundant and there are sandbars to stop and play.

Explore Lake Carolina's nature trails, YMCA, community pools, dog park, fresh water lake, and our special events happening all summer long.  Stop by the Lake Carolina Sales Center to pick up a map of the community and a calendar of events.  We look forward to seeing you here!

Have an activity to add?  Make a comment below.

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Tri the Midlands

Sandra Parkhurst6/14/2012  |  Categories: Events
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Are you interested in trying a triathlon for the first time?  TRI THE MIDLANDS at Lake Carolina is a fantastic opportunity to put your swimming, biking and running skills to good use.  This sprint triathlon in Northeast Columbia is the perfect start to conditioning your body for future athletic events or triathlons.  Dive into the warm waters of Lake Carolina, pedal over small rolling hills and finish with a nice run through nature on the trails.  Sounds fun, doesn't it?

Saturday, June 23 from 8AM-11AM

To register for this triathlon, go to www.setupevents.com.

Sprint Triathlon includes a 500 meter Swim, a 14 mile Bike Ride and 5 km Run!

SPECIAL NOTICE:  Participants in Tri the Midlands on June 23 can receive a one hour Swedish massage for $40 and they are also offering a Runner's Recovery Foot Treatment for $20 which will include a peppermint foot soak, hot towels and a calf and foot massage. They can add on a clip, file and polish for $7. This will only be good for the following week (June 26 - June 30) and you must bring in your race number to get it.

For more information, please visit http://www.trithemidlands.com/.

What's your favorite event?  The run, the swim or the bike?

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Beat the Heat 5K

Sandra Parkhurst6/8/2012  |  Categories: Events
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Get ready to RUN!  Beat the heat with a 5K run/walk, 1 mile junior jog, a 1/4  mile tot trot or a 5K dog walk at Lake Carolina on Saturday, June 9 starting at 8:00am.  This race is part of the Velocity Distance Project 2012 Running Series.  Proceeds benefit the VDP Youth Sport Scholarship Program & Richland County Sheriff Department K-9 Patrol.

Register by Friday, June 8 for reduced fees.  Race day registration is also available.  Visit www.VelocityDistanceProject.com for complete details.

Registration: Register online at www.OneStopRace.com. Race day registration starts at 7:00 AM and will close at 8:00 AM.


5K Race through May 26 - $20.00

May 27 - June 8 - $25.00

Race day registration - $30.00

Youth 1-Mile Race through May 26 - $15.00

May 27 - June 8 - $20.00

Race day registration - $25.00

Walk May 26 - June 26 - $15.00

Race day registration - $20.00

Packet Pickup: Packets will also be available on Saturday at the race site. Timing: Disposable timing chips will be attached to the race bibs and provided at no additional cost on Race Day and can be picked up at the Registration booth. Please arrive early to ensure receipt of chip. Only those with timing chips will be scored and are eligible for prizes.

Race Day Schedule & Packet Pickup Information

6:45 AM Packet Pick-Up, Timing Chip & On-Site Registration @ Lake Carolina Dog Park

7:50 AM Opening Ceremonies

8:00 AM 1-Mile Junior Jog Start Time

8:15 AM 1/4-Mile Tot Trot

8:30 AM 5K Race/Walk Start Time

9:45 AM Awards Ceremony & Post Race Party

Course: Run on a USATF Certified course through the scenic Lake Carolina Community. The course is fast with gentle rises and equal declines. Water and Gatorade stations will be provided at the 1 and 2.25 mile marks along the course.

For race course map, go to velocity-distance-project-5k-course-map

Awards: 5K Race: Awards to the top three male and female finishers in the 10 & under, 11-13, 14-16, 17-19 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39,40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64,65-69,70-79,80 & over. Overall & Masters 1st - 3rd place winners not eligible for age-group along with those receiving complimentary race entry.

Youth 1-Mile Race: Male & Female: Age Groups: 7 and under, 8 - 9, 10 - 12.

1/4 Mile Tot Trot: Male & Female: Age Group 3 and under, 4 - 5.

Register Online at www.OneStopRace.com.

How do you plan on beating the heat this summer?


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Moving to Columbia?

Sandra Parkhurst6/1/2012  |  Categories: Columbia
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Are you considering moving to "Famously Hot" Columbia, SC?  Relocating to a new area, like Columbia, South Carolina, can be overwhelming. New place, new friends, new home, new everything. Luckily, we have a whole slue of neighbors ready to welcome you with open arms, friendly smiles, and plenty of special events to get you out and about in the Columbia, SC social scene.

There are many reasons to call Lake Carolina home.  Why else would we be named Columbia's No. 1 planned community for over ten years?

  • - Award winning schools
  • - New YMCA on site
  • - Lake and pool amenities
  • - Green space and parks
  • - Over 30 miles of bike & walking trails
  • - Town Center shops & dining
  • - Social events & festivals

Visit our website to learn more about life at Lake Carolina and visit our friends at Columbia CVB for official travel information.

What's bringing you to Columbia, SC?  A job transfer, military relocation, retirement, lower cost of living, change of scenery, better weather?  Tell us your top 3 reasons for moving to Columbia, SC.  Or for those who already live here, tell our readers why you love it so much!

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