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South Carolina Cornbread Festival in Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC then head to the SC Cornbread Festival on Saturday, March 28. This fun festival takes place at Main at Newman Street in Columbia from 10 am - 8 pm  and it is FREE. Enjoy fun and excitement with all your friends and the whole family with the 5K Run/Walk, Cornbread Cook-off, live entertainment & more!

The South Carolina Cornbread Festival and 5K Run/Walk is here this weekend. The event will offer fun and excitement for the whole family with:

  • 5K Run/Walk
  • Cornbread classic cornhole tournament
  • Cornbread lane
  • PlayLand
  • Classic car show
  • Cornbread Cook-off
  • Children's Cook-off
  • Cow milking contest
  • Little Miss Muffin Pageant
  • Live Music from THE TAMS, THEODIS EALEY, and THE COASTLINE BAND

The Cornbread Festival is fun for everyone. Mark your calendars for this family friendly fun-filled day!

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More information - sccornbreadfestival.com

Bacon and Cornbread Come to Columbia, SC this Weekend

Joseph Coupal - Monday, March 23, 2015

If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC you have two great festivals that you can enjoy this weekend. The America Loves Bacon Tour comes to Columbia this Saturday and the South Carolina Cornbread Festival also takes place on Saturday.

America Loves Bacon Tour - 11:30-7 p.m. Saturday at Carolina Walk. Meet Chef Brian Duff from “Bar Rescue,” and enjoy live music, sign up for the bacon-eating contest, and sample lots of, well, bacon-centric dishes. General admission tickets, $25 (covers entry 1-7 p.m., five sampling tickets, entertainment, cooking demos) or VIP tickets, $75 (early 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. entry, 10 sampling tickets, official T-shirt, poster, laminate pass). Information and tickets atamericalovesbacon.com.

South Carolina Cornbread Festival - 8 a.m-8 p.m. Saturday at 2800 block of North Main and Newman streets. Participate in the Cornbread Cook-off, cornbread-eating contest or the S.C. Cornbread Festival Pageant. Enjoy classic and contemporary car shows, live entertainment and the Corn Muffin Playland. Information: www.sccornbreadfestival.com.

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More information - thestate.com

Reasons To Rent - West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, March 19, 2015

With any major decision in life, there are pros and cons to consider, and the right decision depends on what your particular priorities in life are. Deciding whether to rent or buy a house definitely fits that bill.

If you plan on being in the same city for the next several decades, want to customize your home in any way, want to be able to have any pets you want, and don't mind the commitment of a mortgage, owning is probably the best way to go. However, there are some perks that renters enjoy; here's a list of a few of them.

1. Smaller time commitment

One of the biggest perks of renting as opposed to owning a home is the relatively small time commitment involved. The longest lease for an apartment is two years.

In contrast, most mortgages are either 15 or 30-year commitments, making renting an excellent choice for those who anticipate some instability in their lives. Is it possible you could get transferred to another city? Considering a family? Going back to school? These are all good reasons to give yourself the flexibility of a shorter time commitment.

That way, if you need to leave, it's simply a matter of waiting out the rest of your lease. In most cases, even if you need to break a lease, it can be done for a penalty of a month's rent.

2. Maintenance

The amount of maintenance that goes along with home ownership is one of the least favorite thing about owning for most people. This is especially true if the home you own is more than a few years old.

In an apartment or rented home, the landlord generally takes care of all maintenance issues, eliminating the possibility of massive unforeseen expenses that can come with ownership. It is nice to know that if your home needs maintenance, it won't cost you a dime.

3. Limited financial risk

Aside from the absence of any maintenance expenses, renting your home eliminates other types of risk as well.  You are generally protected from massive swings in the mortgage market.

4. One bill to pay

Home ownership has a lot of extra expenses, such as property taxes, homeowner's insurance, and closing costs that don't contribute to paying down the principal. In some locations, these can get very pricy.

5. The freedom to leave

The biggest perk of renting is the freedom to move around.  Selling a home right now is extremely difficult in many areas of the country.

In a rental situation, as long as your lease is up, you can go somewhere else for any reason, and not just when you're moving a long distance. Having another baby? Rent a bigger home. Don't like your landlord? Go find a new one. Did you get a higher-paying job? Get a nicer place to live!

For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC contact Abberly Village Apartment Homes.

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Great Craft Beer at Soda City Suds Week – Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Soda City Suds Week was created to help celebrate Columbia’s burgeoning craft beer scene and the businesses that work hard to promote the city and state’s beer culture. This will be Columbia’s first-ever Craft Beer Week. It’s called Soda City Suds Week and it runs from March 21st - 28th.

With Columbia home to three craft breweries (with more coming) and a growing number of bars, shops and other craft beer-centric businesses in the area, we want to highlight what makes these brands and businesses great and show off what they’re doing to help grow the craft beer scene here.

This will be a great week of unique and exciting events planned all across Columbia and Lexington from March 21-28 for the inaugural Soda City Suds Week, and raise a toast to craft beer in the Soda City!

There are 27 events lined up all around the city and nearby, including:

Kickoff event at River Rat - all 21 SC breweries on tap
Olde Mecklenburg tap takeover at Keg Cowboy
Cheese & Beer pairing at Whole Foods
Real Ales at Hunter-Gatherer
Rare Keg night at Green's
COAST night at Keg Cowboy with brewer David Merritt
Cream of the Crop beer festival on the 28th - nearly all the craft breweries from NC and SC will be represented here.

If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC, have you heard about Soda City Suds Week yet? It’s a week long celebration of Columbia’s independent craft beer scene. There will be all sorts of great beer events going on in town that week, including a kickoff party at River Rat featuring beers from all 21 South Carolina breweries, a Suds and Spuds event at Soda City Market for the carb lovers, a pop-up beer hall from The Whig, and lots more.

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free-times.com/ For more information – beeradvocate.com

Schedule of St. Patty’s Day Events in Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, March 13, 2015

If you live in an apartment in Columbia, SC they you should head to Five Points for the St. Pat's Festival on Saturday, March 14th. There will be more fun this year than ever before. Wondering what’s going on at the festival this year?

Here is a Schedule of St. Patty’s Day Events:

8 a.m. Get to the Green 5k, 10k and Family Fun 1-Miler

9 a.m. Gates open

10 a.m. Parade begins at Dreher High School and proceeds down Devine Street toward Five Points

Wells Fargo Pot o’ Gold Playland opens in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park

11:30 a.m. Music begins on the Shaggin’ on Santee Stage

12:30 p.m. Live music begins

7 p.m. Festival is over, though many businesses in Five Points remain open

Transportation information

Parking shuttle locations
Shuttles running every 20 minutes from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Capital City Stadium on Assembly Street
Park Street behind the Koger Center
Shuttles running from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hand Middle School on King Street side; drop off at Devine Street Gate
Food, beverages, backpacks, coolers and containers are not allowed on shuttles

Taxi stand locations

Take a cab and the Five Points Association and Checker Yellow will cover the first $10 of your fare to a home or hotel.
Blossom Street (near Wells Fargo)
Devine Street (near Jake’s)
Harden Street (near Chick-fil-A)

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Read more here: thestate.com

St. Pat’s in Five Points Festival - Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 11, 2015

If you live in an apartment in Columbia, SC they you should head to Five Points for the St. Pat's Festival on Saturday, March 14th. There will be more fun this year than ever before.

Five Points is ready to welcome more than 40,000 people for the annual St. Pat’s in Five Points festival. With events including a selfie contest and a free kids’ play area, “there’s something everyone can enjoy,” said Amy Beth Franks, executive director of the Five Points Association and one of the masterminds behind St. Pat’s.

There’s not a demographic we don’t hit on at some point.

What’s going on:

The festival includes live music, a parade, a race – not to mention Five Points’ nearly 20 bars, where beer and other libations will be freely flowing all day.

But you don’t need to start the day off with a drink to have fun at St. Pat’s. The day kicks off at 8 a.m. with the Get to the Green 5K, 10K and Family Fun 1-Miler. The race is the Midlands’ biggest, according to Franks. Many participants get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, dressing up in outrageous costumes, often featuring a holiday-appropriate amount of green.

After the race, spectators can enjoy the annual St. Pat’s Parade free of charge. The Wells Fargo Pot O’ Gold Playland also opens at 10 a.m. and is free of charge. The two early events are an opportunity for families to have fun without cost.

When the parade wraps up, the music begins. This year, St. Pat’s in Five Points will feature 19 live music acts, three electronic dance music DJs and a set of shag music DJs. The live music lineup features country artists Love and Theft and Holly Williams, indie groups J. Roddy Walston & The Business and Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, and bluesy rock group the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.

Those who love to shag or want to learn can stop by the Shaggin’ on Santee Stage for free lessons and beach music from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. From 3 to 6 p.m., the Santee Stage will be taken over by EDM as the Dub DJs play the festival for the second year in a row.

What’s new:

For the first time, festivalgoers can have their own VIP St. Pat’s experience. For $89, guests can enjoy an open bar and food from Five Points restaurant Saluda’s, a balcony view from the restaurant, festival admission and clean bathrooms.

If you don’t want to spring for the VIP package, plenty of food and drink vendors will be available. Festival organizers have decided to involve more local vendors. There will also be many local food trucks that will serve festivalgoers as well as a central area for food, complete with a covered dining area with clean tables.

Five Points is also sponsoring a selfie contest, complete with a prize of $100 in credit to a Five Points business of the winner’s choosing.

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The State

St. Pat's Get to the Green in Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, March 04, 2015

If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC registration is still open for the St. Pat's Get to the Green on March 14, 2015  at Maxcy Gregg Park.

This is the largest road race in the Midlands which includes a perennial 10K, 5K and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk!

10K, 5K and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk participants will receive free entry to St. Pat's in Five Points Festival ($15 value. Children 12 & under are admitted FREE with a guardian). 10K participants will receive an official tech t-shirt. 5k and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk  participants will receive an official race t-shirt! All participants will receive a custom finisher's medal!

The 10K race begins at 7:30 a.m., the 5K race at 8 a.m. and the 1-Mile Family Fun Walk at 8:15 a.m. on March 14, 2015.  Participants will chase the rainbows through the course to the pot of gold at the Finish Line. All events will start at Maxcy Gregg Park and finish on Devine Street at the festival entrance.

Awards will be given for runners and walkers as well as the Best Dressed Leprechaun!

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More information - gettothegreen.com

Bridal Showcase:Everything in Once Place for Brides, This Weekend in Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 26, 2015

If you live in an apartment in Columbia, SC and are soon getting married, heat to the Charity Bridal Showcase on Sunday, March 1 from 1:00-5:00pm at the Cantey Building, State Fairgrounds in Columbia, SC.

The St. Andrews Woman’s Club Bridal Showcase has provided “wedding bliss” for future brides and grooms, bridal service providers, and community charitable organizations for thirty-three years!

The Bridal Showcase is an event for brides who are able to comparison shop and plan their wedding in an afternoon. There are  bridal service providers in attendance who are showcasing their services and products for hundreds of brides in one location. The St. Andrews Woman’s Club and the local community charities which receive the proceeds from the event.

The Bridal Showcase will feature 100+ booths by the premier providers of wedding services in the Midlands, a fabulous fashion show at 3 PM, and many door prizes and a fabulous grand prize!

The St. Andrews Woman’s Club is the longest-running bridal event in the Columbia area.  More importantly, it is the only show whose mission is community service.  The Bridal Showcase generates funds that are donated to local community charitable and service organizations and also provides funding for more than 100 “hands on” projects provided annually by the members of the St. Andrews Woman’s Club.

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More information - http://www.sawc-sc.org/bridalshowcase.html

It’s Good to Keep Renting, Here’s Why – West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 19, 2015

There is plenty to think about when deciding whether to buy or rent.  If you are renting an apartment in West Columbia, SC and are considering renewing your lease, here are some reasons why it is smarter to keep renting.

1. You aren’t going to stick around

The top reason you shouldn’t buy a home is if you have an uncertain future, or even know that you will be moving to a new location in a short amount of time (under five years is a good general rule). If you don’t know where your path is headed next or want to be open to accept new opportunities, it might not be a good idea to commit to a mortgage, just to worry about selling the home in a matter of months. Plus, with all the upfront costs associated with buying a home, you could lose more money in the long run.

2. You don't want the responsibility

Having a landlord who takes care of all your home’s upkeep is a huge advantage of renting. Maintenance is a big part of homeownership and if you don’t feel up to the challenge, you may want to stick to renting and maintain a clear line of communication with your landlord.

3. You need to build your finances

Many people hold off on buying a home because they aren’t financially ready. If you need more time to save up for a down payment or want to improve your credit score so you are in better shape to qualify for a mortgage, you may want to keep renting until you are financially ready. You can check two of your credit scores for free every month on Credit.com so you can track your progress.

4. You have other financial priorities

Maybe you are focused on building up an emergency fund or saving for retirement. Whatever your financial priorities right now, if using a big chunk of money as a down payment doesn’t align with them, you might be better off waiting.

5. You want a nice neighborhood

Renting can sometimes allow you to live in a better neighborhood than buying would. Perhaps you can buy a home but it would be in a less than desirable school district. You might decide that it’s better to wait until you can afford to buy a place where you actually want to live.

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You don’t Have to Leave Columbia, SC to Enjoy Mardi Gras

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, February 12, 2015

If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC you can still go to Mardi Gras. In fact, this crazy holiday is fast approaching! This year festivities in Columbia, SC include the Krewe de Columbi Ya Ya Mardi Gras parade, the all-day Animal Mission Party Animals Mardi Gras festival, and a new addition- the Lagniappe 5k run.  All the fun takes place on Saturday, February 14, 2015.

The Parade: Let the good times roll!

The Krewe de Columbi Ya Ya, hosts the annual Mardi Gras Parade.  Everyone is welcome to join in the fun, but wear a costume!  The parade begins at Owens Field at 11:00 am and wends its way through Rosewood back to City Roots Urban Farm in time for the Animal Mission Party Animals Mardi Gras Festival.

The Festival: We’re all party animals at heart.

Animal Mission Party Animals Mardi Gras Festival is a family-friendly fundraiser for the Animal Mission of the Midlands, featuring a legendary musical lineup orchestrated by the father of Columbia’s Mardi Gras, Kaptain Tom Hall.  Throw in food, drinks, dancing, and BAM! It’s one heck of a party.

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More information - mardigrascolumbia.com


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