Tuesday, April 30th, 2013|Tags: Big Head Todd, Blue Dogs, Columbia neighborhoods, Crawdaddy Dash 5K, Crawfish Festival, Danielle Howle, Donald Merkle & the Blacksmiths, Edwin McCain, festivals, Five Points, Forest Acres Festival, Going Commando, Homes in Columbia SC, Jahson & the Natty Vibez Band, Lexington Beautification Foundation, Lexington Wine Walk, live music, Randall Bramblett, Rhythm on the River, Riverwalk Amphitheatre, Rosewood, Rosewood Crawfish Festival, The Blue Iguanas
Columbia blooms in the month of May just like the saying “April showers bring May flowers” with all sorts of events that signal the start of summer. There’s everything from flower sales and 5K runs to live music, wine tastings and festivals. Here are some of our picks for the best of May in Columbia:
Rhythm on the River Summer Concert Series, Saturdays in May, 6-9 p.m.
Rhythm on the River is a summer tradition that Columbians look forward to every year! Hosted at the Riverwalk Amphitheatre, the concerts run Saturdays from 6-9 p.m. throughout April, May and June and feature a variety of musical groups. In the line-up for May are Donald Merkle & the Blacksmiths, Jahson & the Natty Vibez Band, The Blue Iguanas, Randall Bramblett and Danielle Howle. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy live music in the great outdoors in an intimate setting. There are also plenty of vendors for enjoying drinks and dinner.
Lexington Wine Walk, May 11, 6-10 p.m.
Do we have to say any more than Edwin McCain? This homegrown musician will make an appearance at the Lexington Wine Walk where you can stroll down the 100 block of East Main Street in Lexington to enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres. Plus, there will be live music by Going Commando, a classic rock, country and blues band. Tickets are $30 and proceeds benefit the Lexington Beautification Foundation.
Rosewood Crawfish Festival, May 11
One of our favorite Columbia neighborhoods is Rosewood and the area comes to life each May with their annual Crawfish Festival. A majority of the proceeds of this Columbia festival support the improvement of Rosewood community parks – a wonderful endeavor! While, yes, there are plenty of crawfish at this event – 10,000 pounds of Louisiana-grown crawfish, in fact — there’s also a whole lot more you wouldn’t expect.
For example, there’s the Crawdaddy Dash 5K where some 700 runners race through Rosewood. There’s also three stages of live music, including national act Big Head Todd, as well as South Carolina favorite the Blue Dogs. Kids will love the Lil’ Crawdaddy Carnival full of carnival games, face painting, rides and more. Lastly, the Artist Village will display the work of local and regional artists. Tickets are $9 in advance or $12 gate. Come get to know Columbia’s Rosewood at this great event!
Forest Acres Festival, May 18, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Another of our favorite neighborhoods is Forest Acres, and this free family festival gives you a glimpse into what it would be like to live here. Enjoy free carnival rides, pony rides, face painting, magic shows, local performers and arts and crafts. There will also be plenty of food and drinks available for purchase. The event will be held at AC Flora High School.
Forest Acres Festival, Five Points, May 2, 9 & 16, 6:30 p.m.
Every Thursday, Five Points, one of the most fun areas in Columbia hosts this outdoor concert series at 6:30 p.m. They’re free to attend, open to the public and family friendly for all ages. Lined up this year are The Rival Brothers & The Casual Kings, Yo Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty & Weaving the Fate, and lastly Bryson Jennings. Five Points is a happening spot convenient to many of the Columbia neighborhoods we work in and we highly recommend heading down to the area for dinner and music. It’s one of our favorite parts of May!
What are your favorite things to do in Columbia in May? If we can help you find Columbia homes in any of these great areas like Rosewood, Five Points, Forest Acres or Lexington, give us a shout at 803-771-2424 or visit us at www.homeadvantagerealty.com.
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Tuesday, April 9th, 2013|Tags: Artista Vista, Columbia festivals, Columbia realtor, Home Advantage Realty, Homes in Columbia SC, Indie Grits Festival, Midland’s Spring Plant & Flower Festival, River Rocks Festival
We love April here in South Carolina! It means lots of things like spring, azaleas and warmer weather – all things we welcome as we head outdoors to enjoy the beauty of the midlands. It’s also a month full of festivals, as it’s the perfect time for gathering outside, after the cooler days of winter and ahead of the hot months of summer.
Here’s a list of some of our favorite Columbia festivals taking place in April:
Artista Vista, April 25-27 – Held in our of our favorite Columbia neighborhoods, the Congaree Vista area, this is a signature Columbia event and it’s known as Columbia’s oldest gallery crawl. Vista art galleries invite you in to see their works, offering complimentary beverages, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment. Grab your friends and enjoy a night cruising through the Vista with a glass of wine!
Indie Grits Festival, April 12-21 – The Indie Grits Festival, held at multiple venues through Columbia, offers a film festival, live music, a slow food event with Columbia chefs, a Puppet Slam (no, we’re not kidding!) and Hip Hop Family Day! This festival gets points for creativity J. Buy a weeklong pass for $200.
River Rocks Festival, April 13, Riverfront Park, Noon-8 p.m. – The River Rocks Festival brings some of Columbia’s best live music to one day-long event. There will be five bands playing a wide range of music styles throughout the day. Kids will have fun at the AFLAC kids area with bounce house, rock climbing wall and balloon art. There will also be plenty of food and drink. A great Columbia event for the whole family!
Midland’s Spring Plant & Flower Festival, April 18-21, SC State Farmers Market – This festival gives you the chance to snatch up all sorts of plants, flowers and gardening gear for spring and summer. Browse lots of vendors like Carolina Sunrooms, Charleston Street Garden, Doc’s Plants and Rogers Greenhouse, among others. You’ll also have the opportunity enjoy food vendors, lawn furniture, landscape lighting, tractors, garden tools and more.
Which Columbia festival do you look most forward to in April?
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When it comes to Columbia neighborhoods and Columbia homes, we like to introduce our buyers to fun, vibrant areas filled with life that offer an authentic experience of our capital city. Earlewood is one of those Columbia communities!
Located close to downtown and just a few minutes from the bustling Vista area of Columbia, Earlewood is undergoing a renaissance of sorts and growing in popularity. It has a historic feel with its tree-lined streets and beautiful Craftsman bungalows, and it’s full of life from dogs playing in the park to kids having a catch with their friends.
Earlewood dates back to the 1700’s and 1800’s and lays claim to the oldest standing building in Richland County, a log cabin built in 1756. It was moved in 1961 to Sesquicentennial State Park. Earlewood is also home to the Surrender of Columbia monument, the site where the Mayor of Columbia surrendered to General Sherman during the Civil War. During the Spanish-American War, men were stationed at Camp Fornance located in the area now known as Marshall Park. When you live in Earlewood, you are literally standing in the midst of history!
A range of architectural styles are found within Earlewood, including farm houses, Victorians, ranches and brick homes, but it’s most known for its Craftsman-style bungalows, many built between 1900-1930. Many of these homes have been restored, but many are awaiting just the right Columbia buyer to bring them back to their former glory. So whether you want a fixer-upper or a fully refurbished home, Earlewood offers both.
A number of amenities are available within this Columbia community, including the NOMA Bark Park for pups; the NOMA Community Garden; access to the Three Rivers Greenway with miles of lighted and paved trails, boardwalks and overlooks; Earlewood Park, which offer 66 acres of greenspace, a community center, amphitheatre, walking track and more; and Marshall Park, a smaller park popular with dog owners.
If we can help you find the perfect Earlewood home, please let us know. We know this neighborhood inside and out and we can direct you toward the right Columbia home for your needs. Give us a call at 803-771-2424 or visit us online at www.homeadvantagerealty.com.
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