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A 44 Mile Yard Sale! – West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 28, 2015

If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC and are looking for something special for your home or terrace, head to the longest yard sale on June 5 and 6. The 44 mile Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale was begun in 2006 as towns along SC Highway 23: Modoc, Edgefield, Johnston, Ward, Ridge Spring, Monetta, Batesburg and Leesville created the area’s longest yard sale. The Yard Sale has grown to such proportions that planning begins in February for the first Saturday in June.

The towns suspend yard sale permits for the event, and Ridge Spring rents spaces for anyone wanting a space. Ridge Spring allows sales on Friday and Saturday; other towns allow sales on Saturday only.

The Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale, spanning 44 miles from Batesburg-Leesville to Modoc, South Carolina, along SC Hwy 23, is celebrating it's 7th year of the Longest Yard Sale!

Driving along SC Hwy 23 is a stop & go experience all day. It is like driving through a 44 mile festival. Everything from clothing to vinyl music albums can be found. Food venders were in each town keeping the shoppers going through lunch. There may even be cars for sale!.

If you have never visited the Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale, then this year is your chance! It is worth the travel and time! Be ready to “Rummage the Ridge”.  Start at any point along Highway 23 for a day of treasure hunting.

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Burger Recipe Perfect for Memorial Day and National Burger Month - West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 21, 2015

May is National Burger Month and it only makes sense since Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and grilling season! If you are looking for some nice burger recipes to celebrate it all, head out to the grill area and enjoy in your apartment in West Columbia, SC. Memorial Day is the unofficial start to grilling season and burgers are the most grilled meat there is.

To help celebrate all burgers, here is a fantastic and different burger recipe.

Cheddar BLT Burgers with Tarragon Russian Dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 12 ounces thickly sliced bacon
  • 1 1/3 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 1 1/3 pounds ground beef sirloin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 6 slices
  • 6 hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • 6 iceberg lettuce leaves
  • 6 slices of tomato
  • 6 slices of red onion
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the ketchup, red wine vinegar, onion, parsley, tarragon and Worcestershire sauce. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over moderately high heat, turning once, until crisp, about 6 minutes. Drain and cut the bacon into large pieces.
  3. Light a grill and fill a large bowl with ice water. Gently mix the ground chuck with the ground sirloin, salt and pepper. Form the meat into six 4-inch patties, about 1 1/4 inches thick. Submerge the patties in the cold water and let soak for 30 seconds. Immediately transfer the burgers to the grill and brush with some of the melted butter. Grill over high heat for 9 minutes for medium-rare meat, turning once or twice and brushing occasionally with butter. Top the burgers with the cheese during the last minute of grilling and let melt.
  4. Spread the Russian dressing on the buns. Set the lettuce leaves and tomato slices on the bottom halves and top with the burgers, red onion and bacon. Close the burgers, cut in half and serve right away.

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Memorial Day "Honoring the Heroes" Concert – Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Don’t  forget that Memorial Day is not only about BBQ’s, relaxing, and watermelon. Over Memorial Day weekend we should take the time to honor our nation’s veterans. If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC head to the Honoring the Heroes: A Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at  4:00 PM on 1051 Greene Street, Columbia.

Please join the Palmetto Concert Band for the celebration and help pay tribute to our greatest heroes this Memorial Day Weekend in the best way possible—through music!

Concert Selections:

The National Anthem
  arr. Smith & Kirby

Summon the Heroes
  John Williams

The Blue and the Gray
  Clare Grundman

Heroes Lost and Fallen
  David R. Gillingham

Elegy for Young American
  Ronald Lo Presti

Armed Forces Salute
  arr. Bob Lowden

The Stars and Stripes Forever
  John Philip Sousa

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Things to Do in Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, May 16, 2015

If live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC, here are some things to do around town next week.

Monday 18

Like to play a few rounds of golf? Like to attend events where the money you throw down goes to a good cause? Well, then you might want to take the day off from work and head down to the Edisto Clemson Club Scholarship Golf Tournament at the Orangeburg Country Club, where your time on the links — $75 per player, $300 per team — will help to provide a $1,000 scholarship to an accepted freshman from Orangeburg, Bamberg or Calhoun county. The tournament gets started at noon. Head toedistoclemsonclub.weebly.com to find out more.

Tuesday 19

Finding a job is hard — especially these days. Sure, the economy is bouncing back, but the pickings still seem awful slim. Improve your odds by heading to the Midlands Job Fair at the S.C. National Guard Armory, where more than 60 potential employers will be on the lookout for new workers. The fair lasts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free to attend. Visit midlandsworks.org to find out more.

Wednesday 20

Or perhaps you’d rather work for yourself. If you’re looking to get with the entrepreneurial spirit, you can head to 1 Million Cups, a weekly meetup of people who have already started their own business and folks who are hungry to do the same. The free event includes coffee and runs from 9-10 a.m. at Cromer’s P-Nuts. Visitfacebook.com/1MillionCupsColumbiaSC for more information.

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Books, Secrets, and Show Tunes – Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 14, 2015

Do you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC? If so, here are some things to do around town.

Thursday 14

Everybody likes hearing secrets … and secrets from the grave? They’re even better! Historic Columbia presents its Secrets from the Grave and Moonlight Cemetery tours at Elmwood Cemetery. At 7:30 p.m., the Secrets from the Grave tour explores the symbols found on headstones and markers in the cemetery; at 8 and 8:30 p.m., Moonlight Cemetery tours delve into the lives and burials of prominent local residents of the 19th and 20th centuries. Tours are $12 for adults ($8 for members) and $6 for youth ($4 for members).

Friday 15

Being the discerning, book-loving person you are, you probably already know that the South Carolina Book Festival is coming to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center this weekend. If not, though, here’s the deal: The festival, which attracts local, regional and national authors from just about every possible genre, kicks off in earnest on Saturday morning, but tonight there’s an opening reception — at which many of the authors will be present — at the University of South Carolina’s Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library.

How often do you get to see a violinist from Mongolia? Not too often, we’d venture to guess. Tonight, violinist Nyamsaikhan Obsuren performs at Shandon Presbyterian Church. Obsuren is currently working on his doctorate in orchestral conducting at the University of South Carolina; as a violinist, he has represented his country at festivals in Turkey, China and Russia and performed throughout Europe. For this 7:30 p.m. concert, he’ll be playing with renowned local pianist Philip Bush. Can’t make it tonight? No worries: They’re also playing tomorrow night, same place and time.

Saturday 16

Show tunes and alcohol … what could possibly go wrong? Trustus Theatre presents Under Our Influence, an evening of Rat Pack-style entertainment showcasing the talents of Jason Stokes, Terrance Henderson and Kevin Bush, as well as offering a sneak peek at Trustus’ forthcoming bar, The Cabaret at Marv’s. The bar will be open throughout the show — all you have to do is sit back, drink and take in some Vegas-style tunes. Show time is 8 p.m., and tickets are $20. Visit trustus.org for tickets or more info.

Let’s be honest: When you picture a classic cowboy herding cattle or riding a wild horse, that cowboy is probably … white. But guess what? That picture can change. The Columbia Black Rodeo comes to the Colonial Life Arena at 7:30 p.m. Cowboys will compete in such categories as bull riding, steer wrestling, bareback riding, calf roping and more. Eight Days would perform horribly in each and every one of these categories, but these guys? They’re pros.

Sunday 17

Who says somebody actually has to be getting married for you to enjoy a wedding? At My Faux Wedding, you’ll get the works — a champagne greeting, “rehearsal” dinner and a short ceremony featuring ABC Columbia’s Alicia Barnes. The reception will feature drinks and food prepared by acclaimed local caterer and Cooking Channel alum Scott Hall. The 4 p.m. event at the Corley Mill House costs $30 to attend.

The S.C. State Museum celebrates International Bluegrass Month with a 3 p.m. performance by Palmetto Blue and a presentation by bluegrass historian Pat Ahrens. The program is included with regular museum admission.

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Three Days of Fun at the South Carolina Poultry Festival – Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 05, 2015

If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC you can have fun at a town festival to celebrate one of South Carolina’s largest agribusinesses — poultry.

The South Carolina Poultry Festival is still going strong more than 30 years after it began. The festival takes place this week, Thursday, May 7th – Saturday, May 9th. Saturday’s lineup includes tons of fun stuff you love —  carnival rides, music, volleyball tournament, parade, chicken cooking contest, a car show and much more. Not to mention all the fried food you can bear to put in your mouth —as well as a few extras, including a zip line, mechanical bull ride, street dances, fireworks and more.

But the piece de resistance is the No. 1 World’s Best Chicken Cooking Contest. Here are a few keys to cooking good chicken.

  1. Doneness.
  2. Texture. It's got to be moist.
  3. Flavor.
  4. Appearance.

Best in Show will go to the best-dressed chicken. In this one category, you can totally bomb in all the other areas but still walk away with the top award.

TheSouth Carolina Poultry Festival is in downtown Batesburg-Leesville. For more information, visit scpoultryfestival.com

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Renting or Buying? Things to Think About – West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 01, 2015

If you rent an apartment in West Columbia, SC and are considering future homeownership, here are some things you should consider while you make that important decision. Homeownership isn't for everyone. Three of our contributing writers explain the most important things to consider before deciding to buy. Here is what they had to say:

1. The reality is you're almost guaranteed to spend more every month than you'll plan for if you've never owned a home.

To start, you need to budget for the following things:

  • Property taxes
  • Additional insurance like flood or earthquake, not covered by your regular policy
  • Utilities you're not paying for now, like trash pickup, water, and gas
  • Services, like lawn or pool maintenance, or the cost (and time) to do them yourself
  • Repairs and maintenance; replacing old appliances

Those are just the basics to keep your home livable.

You'll find things you want to change as well, like a flower bed, or new tile in the bathroom, or old, worn carpets. And I can tell you from experience how a small, few-hundred-dollar update can balloon into a full-on demolish-and-rebuild project costing thousands of dollars. And over time, you'll have more of these projects that need to be taken care of as your home ages.

Also understand that it will cost more time and money than renting, and you need to be prepared financially and emotionally for that commitment.

2.  One thing that should be a major factor in your decision of whether or not to buy a home is the length of time you plan on living there. If there is a chance you'll stay for less than five to ten years, it might not be worth it to buy.

In other words, in order for a house to be worth buying, you need to keep it long enough to overcome your closing expenses (both buying and selling) as well as commissions you pay. If you stay in the house for a short period of time, this is unlikely to be the case. In fact, you may even lose money if you sell too soon after buying.

3. One of the greatest myths about buying a house is that it's a great investment. Nothing could be further from the truth, and there are huge opportunity costs to take into consideration.

That's not to say you should never buy a house. There are lots of non-financial reasons to do so. But just make sure you're not buying because it's a "great investment."

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Fun Events in Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Monday, April 27, 2015

If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC there are days of fun coming up, starting today! Now that is it spring, there are all kinds of fun events starting to happen around town.

Monday 27

The Carolina Wind Symphony’s members come from all walks of life and numerous different professions that might not have much to do with music, but they come together to celebrate wind and percussion music. Tonight, they play a concert at the Irmo High School Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. The performance is free.

Tuesday 28

Among Columbia’s institutional arts assets, the Broadway in Columbia series is among the most visible, presenting widely anticipated productions of touring Broadway musicals at the Koger Center. Tonight and tomorrow, Camelot comes to town. As the name implies, the musical recounts the well-traveled legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The performances start at 7:30 p.m. both nights.

Wednesday 29

As it does every week, 1 Million Cups returns to Cromer’s P-Nutsthis morning, providing a weekly forum for discussion and networking between local entrepreneurs and those hungry to start their own businesses. Enjoy free coffee to sip on as you chat. The event goes from 9 to 10 a.m. and is free to attend.

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Days of Fun Coming Up Around Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 24, 2015

If you live in an apartment in Columbia, SC there are days of fun coming up, starting today! Now that is it spring, it’s time for lots of spring-type things to happen.

Friday 24

Columbia might still feel like a small town in some ways, but it doesn’t feel like the country. Drive out just a few miles toward the Northeast, though, and you’ll be in a part of town that was rural not that many years ago. And for the next few days, at the Sparkleberry Country Fair, it feels rural once again. The fair — held at the Sandhill Research and Education Center— kicks off from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, April 24 with amusement rides; continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with a full country fair (horse and buggy rides, tractors, animals, model trains and more), with rides running until 10 p.m.; and returns on Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m. with amusement rides once again. Admission costs: $5 per vehicle.

Happy birthday, Hubble! The S.C. State Museum celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Telescope from 5 to 10 p.m. with a family-friendly evening that will feature a live-stream webcast from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum explaining how the telescope has helped deepen our understanding of the universe. Attendees can gaze into space through several telescopes and take part in various astronomy activities. Tickets are just $5 (a discount from regular museum admission), and are free for members. For additional fees, guests can take in a 25-minute Hubble Skies live sky tour, a 4D movie and visit the exhibition BUGS! Giant Robotic Creatures.

Saturday 25

If you don’t have kids, maybe you should be at the Tapp’s Arts Center tonight. Why? Because the ebb:flow music collective is presenting a program of experimental music at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Culture Shake program. On the bill along with ebb:flow are video artists OK Keys and Jordan Young, who will add live video manipulation to the contemporary sounds. That means anything can happen — and that’s what musical experiments are all about. Admission is $5.

Sunday 26

Of all the unstoppable trends in today’s popular culture, there’s perhaps no better pairing than food trucks and craft beer — greasy goodies passed through the windows of cleverly named vehicles with tasty beverages to wash them down. That’s the order of the day at today’s South Carolina Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival where 20 local trucks will serve food, and beers will be available to purchase. $5 gets you into the shindig at the South Carolina Farmer’s Market. The eating and drinking goes on from noon to 5 p.m.

Now in its eighth year, the Greater Columbia Record Fair is a hot spot for collectors, with 30 vendors offering their wares. But this year’s event at the Columbia Museum of Art will also feature live music and an expanded selection of local eats. For more on the festivities, which run from noon to 5 p.m.

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Fun Happenings Around Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, April 23, 2015

If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC there are some fun happenings around town; fom U-Pick farm to old time fairs and everything in between. See below for a few of the upcoming fun events coming up.

It’s strawberry season in South Carolina! Cottle Farms is the U-Pick farm closest to Columbia, located at 2533 Trotter Road in Hopkins. Find the farm nearest to you through the S.C. Department of Agriculture’s agritourism site: scfarmfun.com. Need recipes for fresh strawberries? See our story at thestate.com/living.

Wine, Women & Shoes, 7-10 p.m. Thursday, April 23, is a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House hosted by Stone River, 121 Alexander Road, West Columbia. Sip some great wines while watching the latest in runway fashion ... and shoes! Tickets $75 or $150. VIP (special party, reserved seating and swag bag).

Sparkleberry Country Fair, this weekend, April 24-25, at 900 Clemson Road, will feature barbecue, chicken and waffles, burgers, nachos, wings, elephant ears and more. $5 per vehicle to enter the fair, food and crafts are extra. www.sparkleberrycountyfair.org

Greenbrier Farms’ Brick Oven Brunch on the Farm, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, rain or shine, featuring the farm’s organically grown produce and pasteurized meats prepared in brick ovens by Upcountry Provisions. Enjoy live music, brunch beverages and walking tours of the farm.

Dining with Dogs is back at Solstice Kitchen and Mr. Friendly’s! You order from the restaurant menu while your four-legged friend gets his/her own canine-friendly three-course meal supplied by Pupcakes. Reserve your spot and request one of these dates: at Mr. Friendly’s, 2001-A Greene St.: April 29 or May 28; at Solstice, 841-4 Sparkleberry Lane: April 30 or May 29.

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