Welcome to your Kid-Friendly Columbia Weekend!

By Trinessa Dubas

So, the kids are all out of school and you don’t have an idea or a clue, but you have to find something entertaining and fun for them to do. Keep reading on, I’ve got some good news for you.

Surely, if you have been keeping up with this blog you have noticed that most my posts are things for the grown folk to do and save while having the time of their lives. However, this week I’m leaning more on kid-friendly. Go grab your kids, nieces, godchildren and nephews! This second week of June is perfect for you.

We all know it’s hot outside and kids are probably still hyped. First thing I want you to do is settle yourself before you get started with the family. Take a grown up break and then bring on the kids.This Wednesday (6/11), may I suggest a stop in at the Art Bar?

Most of Columbia knows Art Bar as a late night venue, but they have started opening their doors earlier for Happy Hour. This week Linda’s Karaoke will be in the house. For those of us that already know, I’ll just repeat. Linda’s karaoke has been voted best in Columbia more than once! So drop in after work and sing until you drop. There will be drink specials starting at 5. Art Bar 1211 Park St

I had to get the grown up thing to do out of the way. Now, over on the other end of downtown (Forest Acres) there is a farmers market happening. Don’t sleep on the ability to save money, have a good time AND eat well.  Every Wednesday until fall Forest Acres Farmer’s Market will be happening on the rooftop of Richland Fashion Mall. There are now tents, so rain or shine folks will be vending. 3-7p.

How much fun would it be to go on a moolight walk through the cemetery and hear stories of South Carolina’s past?  

Ooooohh ( my best ghost impression). Thursday (6/12) grab your flashlight and head over to Elmwood Cemetery and Gardens 501 Elmwood Ave for Moonlight Cemetery and Secrets from the Grave Tour.There are two family friendly shows. Before dark catch the 7:30 tour and after dark catch the 8 or 8:30 tour and discuss the lives and tombstones of some of Columbia’s most notorious and prominent citizens from the 19th and 20th century. $12 for adults $6 for children. Email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call 252-1770 ext 23.

Friday, Friday, Friday. Don’t we just love Friday?  This week (6/13) Riverfront Park 312 Laurel St is continuing it’s summer movie series with a showing of Madagascar 3. Show starts at 8:30 bring the whole family. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome. Arrive early for face painting and games. FREE

Let Saturday (6/14) be the day you cool off and really unwind.  Saluda Shoals Park (5605 Bush River Rd.) is having its annual celebration. There will be boating and tubing, as well as, vending and food. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 day of event. The fun begins at 10a and slows down by 3p. Get out and grab some sun!

Also on Saturday(6/14) Finlay Park (930 Laurel St) is hosting its Summer Concert Series.

Every Saturday a different family-friendly band plays. This weeks headliner is Orquestra Mayor. I have to be honest I have not heard the band, but I trust Columbia. Karaoke idol will also be happening with a cash prize going to top winners. So if you can carry a tune, I say go for it. Grab a few extra dollars for next week (you gotta think ahead boo!). Picnic material is accepted. You know blankets, lawn chairs and “coolers”. FREE.FREE.FREE

Those of you who know me know there is no child that truly belongs to me, but Trinessa luh da kids (transl. Trinessa loves children) and I have a family full. I may or may not grab one or two and make some memories. You, however, YOU have no choice. Grab those babies and make your way around town. Let them run loose and tire their asses out! (makings of a better evening with the spouse). And if you happen to see me with or without…shout me out!!
Honey, I’ll see ya!

A Scavenged & Salvaged Porch Makeover

By Camille Johnson

Broke In Columbia does a really great job of providing information about where to go, what to do, and who to see when your bank account isn’t exactly overflowing.

The only problem is that sometimes not only is my bank account not overflowing, sometimes it’s what experiencing what most would refer to as a drought. That’s right, bone dry. Whether it’s the day before the next paycheck is going to be deposited, the weeks following an unexpected big bill (oh hey, I’m talking to you, new water heater), or you just simply don’t feel like going out and socializing, sometimes home is the best (and cheapest) place to hang out.

As someone who’s go-go-go, I don’t feel like this often, but when I do, I turn into full-on hermit mode. Here’s the thing though, hanging out at home isn’t that exciting (if it is at your house, please invite me over, I’ll bring snacks) and doesn’t always feel like something special, and it doesn’t have to feel like that. Making a place to hang out at home doesn’t have to be expensive (at all!) and goes a long way in making those homebound hermit days feel a little more special.

My way of doing this involves a $3 can of spray paint, patio furniture found in the trash, and whatever snacks I can buy at the dollar store with the change found in my car’s drink holders! I work downtown and in May all of the USC students pack up and move out of various apartments, houses, and dorms, leaving behind a slew of furniture in the garbage piles.

Sometimes these left behind pieces need to be trashed (better yet, burned), but sometimes you can find a diamond (or three!) in the rough. I found some dirty plastic patio chairs and a filthy plastic side table while running errands on my lunch break, and they were like this, but a bit dirtier. (I did not take a picture of the exact ones because it was lunchtime traffic and people were already honking…oops.)

Eh...Close enough!
Eh…Close enough!

I took my treasures home that afternoon and hosed them down after scrubbing them with a sponge, dish soap and bleach and let them dry (in Columbia heat that took all of fifteen minutes). I always have various paints, etc in my utility room, so I found what seemed like the fullest can and got to spraying (I didn’t sand or prime, just made sure all the pieces were completely dry). This paint sprays and covers really easily and is between $3 and $4, so it’s completely affordable too.



I was able to spray and cover both chairs and the table with just one can, but I’d recommend getting two cans, so you don’t have to stop in the middle of a project. (Later on I realized I did miss a tiny spot on the back of one of the chairs, but no one’s going to see it, so who really cares!)

I let the paint dry and cure for about three days under the carport (of course it monsooned during some of the days but it didn’t affect the paint at all) and now I have a pretty little place to sit, people watch, drink, read, do other hermit-y things on days I can’t afford to or don’t want to go out!

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Free Philharmonic Concert, Drink Deals, and More!

By Trinessa Dubas
Summer isn’t even in full effect and this has got to be one of the hottest weeks in Columbia to get up and get out this year! Get yourself in gear and prepare to have one hell of time in Famously Hot Columbia.  Slow week?  Money Short?  Keep your head up as you read on.  You already know that I’ve got places for you to go without having much money to blow.
Wednesday Night (June 4th )

Mike Stone and the Kritikal Band

Mike Stone and the Kritikal Band will be live at Brickhouse. 7001 Parklane Rd. This brother is electric. Playing a mix of Jazz, Pop, Rhythm and Blues. The band is hot and building a strong following with the sweet vocals of lead Mike Stone (talk about making a grown woman blush). Show starts at 9p and cover is $10.
Get ready! This THURSDAY (June 5th) is FIRST THURSDAY ON MAIN!!!!

You don’t have to miss this. There should be no reason to miss this FREE gathering of artists and entertainment. First Thursday has expanded and now goes from the 1200 block of Main to the 1700 block. On the 1200 block it has just been announced the SC philharmonic will be performing an outdoor concert hosted at Certus Bank.  How do you look past a free concert by the Philharmonic? YOU DON’T.
 Moving up a block (1300) enter The Arcade.  It is an open house and there will be live music as you stroll. Visit some of the artist studios and enjoy refreshments. Also, stop into Cantina 76 for a margarita (2 for 1 original house special). I, personally, will skip the 1400 block because the Sheraton rooftop can be pretty expensive.
Head on up to the 1500 block and enjoy the artwork in places like Frame of Mind, Wine Down and Carolina Hair Studios.  Local artist Cassie Renee will also be performing at Carolina Hair Studio.
Palmetto y Luna presents outdoor music by Preach Jacobs “Arts in Motion”.  Make your way up to the Tapp’s building for art and fun. Trustus Theatre will be doing a snippet from the upcoming production Evil Dead, The Musical.  As with each and all of our past First Thursday’s there will be plenty to eat and drink.  Stop by one of the many food vendors and trucks.  All this in one night without spending more than 20 bucks (so I say!).  It all starts right after work. 6p until 10p.
Friday Night (June 6th)

 I and a host of artists in and around Columbia, will gather for One Last Hurrah Before the Curtain Falls at Workshop Theatre.  This will be a celebration of one of Columbia’s finest community theatres.  If you’ve loved the shows you’ve seen, been a part of the theatre scene or just want to gather with like minds, join us in celebrating Workshop’s history and the closing of its chapter in its current location.   Bittersweet, if I do say so myself. The celebration starts at 7.   Workshop Theatre. 1136 Bull St.
Later in the evening I am heading over to PT’s 1109 to cheer on Brock Henderson as he vies for Pride Talent All-Stars. Tickets at the door are $10 and money raised will go to Pride 25. There will be drink specials and Ms. Veronica la Blank will perform. Yaaaassss, Honey! PT’s. 1109 Assembly street. Doors will open early and the show will be promptly at 9p.
If you are daring enough this is also First Friday Lowbrow Cinema Explosion at The Nickelodeon.  Christopher Bickel hosts.  Hard Ticket To Hawaii. Show starts at 11p. Tickets are $10
Saturday evening (June 7th)

I am absolutely looking forward to catching Columbia City Jazz Dance Company Presents A Night At The Museum. This is one performance only and you don’t want to miss this group of young performers. They are beyond superb! (yes, I am biased, my sister teaches at the studio). Show starts at 7p and tickets are $10.
This is going to be such a fun week in Columbia! I hope that you are able to enjoy these fun outings and save. I won’t steer you wrong. And as always, you know that I am going to be out and about ( I don’t just write this stuff, I show up). So if you happen to see me stop and say hello.
Honey, I’ll see ya!

Having a life on the cheap