Kazoos, Wildlife, Stars and Crafts

The Kazoobie Kazoo Factory Tour Experience Take your grandchild on a guided tour of the Kazoo Museum and Factory, where they will learn all about this unique musical instrument, and even have the opportunity to make their own kazoo at the end of the tour! Cost: $5 per person, children 3 and under free. Guided…

Columbia’s First Residents: The Congaree Indians

Written by Tom Elmore, Historian & Author November is celebrated nationwide as Native American month. While most people do not think of South Carolina when they think of the indigenous people of the United States, the fact is that there were four to five dozen Indian tribes living within the boundary of the modern Palmetto…

Rock Hill, SC

With a rich history and genuine southern hospitality, the Rock Hill area offers a day trip full of stops to learn of its fascinating past. And just 70 miles up I-26. Historic Brattonsville: This 778-acre Revolutionary War site and living history museum examines how people lived in the 18th and 19th centuries. See presentations by…

Day Trippin’: Landrum, SC

Nestled at the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city of Landrum is the “Gateway to North Carolina and South Carolina.” Residents and visitors alike enjoy drives along Landrum‘s scenic roads, strolling through the many antique and specialty shops, and dining in its charming eateries.   Downtown Shopping: For treasure hunters and collectors, Landrum…

Sullivan’s Island, SC

Sullivan’s Island, SC Visit Fort Moultrie National Monument: With the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and Charleston Harbor on the other, this fort has a rich history as it was in continuous use by the Army for coastal defense for 171 years. Having been restored to reflect the major periods of history, a visitor to…

5 Cool Contraptions for the Home!

Sleep Better Device This is a system that monitors your sleep from a device that you put under your mattress. The under-mattress gizmo analyzes your sleep – all your tossing, turning and goodness-knows-what-else you do up-top, and then provides environmental sensing to a Bedside Device that emits light and sound programs to help you fall…

Sleep Well

When Counting Sheep Doesn’t Work  Tips on Snoozing Better: Keep your sleep environment quiet, dark, and cool–between 60 and 75°F. Establish a soothing pre-sleep routine (take a bath, read a book, practice relaxation exercises). Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time each day. Avoid bright screens and late-night television before…

Day Trip: Edgefield, SC

Edgefield, SC A beautiful, bustling town that is only a little over a one hour drive from Columbia – the perfect distance for a great day trip. Known for its pottery production. Tompkins Memorial Library is the official visitors center of Edgefield. The Welcome Center provides maps, books, and souvenirs, as well as information about businesses, services,…

New Tricks

One of the most rewarding skills to cultivate is the ability to play a musical instrument. Entertain yourself, your family and friends. Many 50+ people take up playing rock, classics or jazz. If you love it – play it! We checked and these schools have students who are in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s! Columbia Arts…

Weekend Trip: Lake Lure

Escape the summer heat with a weekender at this beautiful, sparkling lake in North Carolina, just 135 miles from Columbia. The lake is surrounded by tree-covered hills and mountains. The area is popular for hiking, birding, fishing, golf, swimming and boating. Lake Lure: The Rocky Broad River flows through the valley that feeds the lake….