If you’re in search of something fun and festive to do this holiday season, look no further. Providence Park has gathered a list of some of the best holiday events and activities going on in Columbia. There are memories to be made and fun to be had for all ages! Continue reading
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As the holidays are quickly approaching, we’re certainly feeling the holiday spirit this year. Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, Christmas decorations seem to be appearing all around us. Decorating for the holidays can be difficult when living in an apartment, however, Providence Park is here to provide you with some helpful tips and tricks to make the process easier. Continue reading
At Providence Park, we feel so fortunate be able to call this area our home. Nothing quite compares to Southern Cuisine, and fortunately, Columbia offers an array of different options when it comes to food. With so many unique and enticing restaurants frequently popping up around town, it’s apparent that the restaurant scene is thriving. No matter what type of cuisine you’re in the mood for, there’s most likely a restaurant nearby that can satisfy those cravings. Continue reading
After a long, hot Summer, I think it’s safe to say that we’re all excited that Fall is finally here! Although it doesn’t quite feel like Fall just yet, we can say with certainty that cooler temperatures are on the way. As the air becomes cool and crisp and the leaves begin to transition to vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow, we are surrounded by all the wonderful sights and smells of the Fall season.
At Providence Park, October happens to be one of our favorite months of the year. There’s no shortage of fun to be had this month between all of the festive events and activities taking place out in the community, as well as right here in Providence Park. Throughout the month of October, we’ll be hosting a costume contest for the pets of our residents. Residents are asked to dress up their pet in a Halloween costume and drop by our Leasing Office between now and the 28th for a chance to win a prize for best costume. The top 3 winners will be chosen on October 28th!
Be sure to check out the South Carolina State Fair October 9-20 for a fun-filled day of animals, rides, arts & crafts, flower shows, food, and agriculture & livestock. Boo at the Zoo will be held from October 18-30 from 6pm-9pm at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. Dress up the kids in their Halloween costumes and bring them out for 13 wild nights of family fun – trick or treating, marshmallow roast, Frankenstein’s Foam Zone, Mummy’s Eeky Freaky Dance Party, Haunted Carousel, Spooky Spots and Stripes Railroad, Dinosaurs Around the World, and much more! If you enjoy haunted attractions and you’re looking for a good scare, test your fears at Deceased Farm in Lexington.
Of course, there’s more to Fall than just enjoying the many seasonal activities offered in your area. You should take this time to prepare for the upcoming Winter months and the colder weather that accompanies them. Providence Park has some tips to help prepare your apartment for the colder weather to keep you and your family warm this Fall/Winter without breaking the bank. Reverse your ceiling fans- this helps because it pulls the cool air up to the ceiling and then disperses the warmer air throughout the room. Use draft stoppers on your doors- these are quick and easy to put in place or remove and help to prevent a draft of cold air from entering into your apartment from under the door. Install insulated curtains- these help to keep the cold air out and the warm air in your apartment. Use a dehumidifier- these are helpful during the colder months because they reduce the discomfort of the dry air as well as increasing the efficiency of your heating system. Before the temperatures get too cold, turn on your heat to test it out and make sure it’s working properly. If you experience any issues, let maintenance know so the issue can be resolved before the cold weather arrives!
Enjoy your Fall season! We’re looking forward to seeing you and your neighbors at our upcoming events this month. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see what other events we’re planning in the months to come!
Let’s face it, moving is stressful! At least once in your life, you’ve probably grumbled the words “I’m never moving again!”. However, life is ever-changing and moving is inevitable, so we’re here to provide some essential moving tips that will make the process go much more smoothly and painlessly.
In an effort to be as prepared as possible, keep a box of moving-day essentials handy. This box should contain items such as packing tape, permanent markers, disinfecting wipes, bottled water, paper towels, toilet paper, band aids, pain reliever and some snacks. In all the chaos and disorganization that comes along with moving, having these necessities on hand and close by, should help to alleviate some of your stress and aid in productivity.
Hiring a moving company to assist with this grueling undertaking will not only speed up the process, but also take much of the physical labor off your hands. Fortunately, the Columbia area has many reputable moving companies who are willing and ready to get the job done. Soda City Movers, Two Men and a Truck, and Gamecock Moving are a few of the most popular moving companies in the Columbia area and can frequently be found assisting residents of Providence Park with their moving needs.
When it comes to packing, cardboard boxes are typically the “go-to” for most individuals. An alternative option is to purchase a few large, plastic storage totes. Often times, they can be more durable than cardboard boxes, and they are great for storage once you’re finished with the move and all your belongings have been unpacked. Opting for the clear version of these totes can be very helpful when looking for a specific item or to easily determine what’s packed inside.
Where to Find Packing Materials
Packing fragile/breakable items is always challenging! For this daunting task, bubble wrap will definitely come in handy! Bubble wrap can be purchased, by the roll, at many different locations near you- Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, Staples and Office Depot. Towels, paper towels, newspaper, or plastic grocery bags can also be used in place of bubble wrap to secure your breakable items during the move. For larger items such as mirrors, TVs, art, or large picture frames, blankets can be draped over these items for additional protection. Rolling suitcases can be used for transporting heavier (non-breakable) items such as books!
Packing Clothes Gently
Wardrobe boxes are another very useful tool when it comes to packing. These boxes can be purchased at stores like the ones listed above for purchasing bubble wrap. However, a cheaper alternative, and probably the best moving hack that we’ve come across, is to use garage bags in place of wardrobe boxes. Leave your clothes hanging where they currently are. With an open garbage bag, start at the bottom of the clothes and surround them with the garbage bag. Continue to pull the bag up until you’ve reached the hangers. Once you get the top of the bag around the hangers, tie the drawstring around the “hook” part of the hangers to keep them all in place for easy transporting!
Minimize and Declutter
One upside to moving is that it gives you a chance to go through all of your belongings and purge the items that you no longer want or need. Now you may be asking yourself what to do with said items. Fortunately, there are a number of companies to help with this – Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity are all great places to drop off donations. If you have larger items that you wish to donate, but are unable to transport, some companies allow you to schedule a pick-up with them. If you have other “junk” that cannot be donated, you can try Easy Junk Removal or 1-800-GOT-JUNK.
Good luck with your move! We hope that you enjoy these tips so you can feel prepared for your new residence. Moving is a chance to refresh your belongings and restyle your space. Take advantage of this opportunity and make it the best apartment you’ve ever had!
As the Summer months begin to dwindle down, we look forward to the cooler temperatures and lower humidity that accompany the Fall season. What better way to embrace what’s left of the summer free time than to explore your local Farmer’s Market with your friends, family or furry friend! We love supporting local farmer’s and collecting local produce while enjoying the atmosphere of our neighborhood.
The Soda City Market (http://sodacitysc.com/) is open every Saturday, year-round, rain or shine, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. With over 150 local vendors each week, we’re certain that you’ll find something unique, locally-produced and hand-crafted to nourish your brain, body and belly. Take in the sounds of the live music as you explore the abundant food truck/vendor options- maybe even snag a free sample, or two! Fresh local produce, meats, seafood, baked goods, oils, plants and flowers, jewelry, art and homemade items/crafts are just a few of the many things that can be found while exploring the Soda City Market. Conveniently, there is also free street parking on Saturdays!
Late Summer/early Fall is the perfect time to find seasonal produce such as apples, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupes, eggplant, herbs, peaches, peppers, raspberries, squash, tomatoes and watermelons.
There are so many benefits that come along with buying fresh, local produce! Not only does the locally-grown produce taste better, but it is usually more nutritious. The produce is picked at its peak ripeness (often times within 24 hours of your purchase) for that perfect farm-to-table freshness! Remember, when you buy local, you are helping to support the local economy.
The Soda City Market first launched in 2005 with only 6 local vendors present. As the event has grown throughout the years, it has become a melting pot of many different cultures and diversities- a perfect representation of Columbia. They now have a database of over 400 local vendors (about 150 present weekly) and the event brings thousands of visitors to the heart of Columbia every weekend!
Whether you’re looking for fresh ingredients or a new piece of artwork, the farmers market is the perfect spot to relax on the weekends near your home at Providence Park apartments. Choose from a vibrant selection of local produce, gather freshly picked flowers, or try some eclectic food truck bites. You can stock up on honey, baked goods and locally-produced snacks while you’re there, and it’s always worth the weekly trip to enjoy the sights and familiar faces.
City Roots and Soda City Farmers Market (http://sodacitysc.com/) are open on the weekends and they are only a short ride from your home at Providence Park!
The City Roots market is open on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. year-round and features a selection of local products week-to-week: fresh, organic produce grown at City Roots’ farm, local seafood, pasture-raised beef, pork, lamb and poultry, free range eggs, artisan breads and baked goods, organic maize products, fresh milk and butter, cheese, honey and a selection of craft beer and wine. Different local food vendors will have food available for purchase, and farm vendors will have tastings and specials, all accompanied with live, acoustic music.
Soda City Farmers Market (http://sodacitysc.com/) is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Main Street and it’s only a short walk from your home at Providence Park apartments! Park for free in the Cannon Garage on Taylor Street then stroll through Downtown Columbia to find fresh produce, beer & wine, local art, clothing, and handmade crafts vendors, food trucks, and street performers. Grab some friends, including your furry ones, and join your neighbors to have fun in this special part of Columbia!
Every year, we prepare our appetites for Restaurant Week South Carolina, an 11-day event celebrating local flavors and experiences from fine to casual dining. Providence Park residents can discover new flavors throughout Columbia’s restaurant scene, tasting special menu items while enjoying special discounts around town.
Check out a list of our favorite #RWSC promotions right by Providence Park that you won’t want to miss!
- Blue Fin Restaurant and Bar: Have a glass of wine over Blue Fin’s popular Oysters Rockefeller or the andouille sausage and shrimp! They’re offering $27.95 for 3 courses per person.
- Solstice Kitchen: Enjoy locally sourced menu items all fresh and handmade that changes by season! A 3-course meal will be $35 per person.
- Tombo Grille: Thankfully, you won’t have to choose just one thing. Design your $30 3-course meal from a variety of comfort food like roasted palmetto farms hen, sweet potato gnocchi, or pepita gremolata.
We hope you find something you enjoy during this fun and delicious celebration of South Carolina’s best dishes!
Cozying up by the fireplace and enjoying Hallmark’s holiday movies may seem like the perfect way to spend this winter, but there are plenty of events in Columbia near Providence Park that you should go enjoy!
1. Lights Before Christmas at Riverbank Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Nearly one million twinkling lights, countless decorative images, Holly Jolly Christmas Parade, Animated Story Tree, Animal Characters Nightly visits with Santa (through December 23). Warm memories and holiday cheer around the Jingle Bell Bonfire Hot cocoa, s’mores and other festive foods available for purchase.
There is so much to do at the midlands’ largest drive-thru light display! Experience over 400 animated light displays, a hayride shuttle to Saluda Shoals train, a laser light show, tube slide, crafts, gift shop, marshmallow roast and be sure to visit Santa before you leave!
3. Columbia City Ballet presents The Nutcracker at Koger Center for the Arts
Columbia City Ballet’s holiday family tradition, Nutcracker, dazzles South Carolina audiences each season. Don’t miss the extraordinary performance of this timeless tale. “We want them to know it’s like a Broadway show. There are full professional sets and scenery and costumes. This isn’t just a ‘go to it because your neighbor is in it’ kind of thing — it’s a full professional, once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience.” To purchase tickets please visit: http://bit.ly/2gZX7Sy
4. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by The Columbia Childrens’ Theater
This musical adaptation is full of laughs and heartwarming holiday tradition. The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world–so when they crash Sunday school and demand parts in the Christmas pageant, the whole town panics. Silent night? Not a chance. But sometimes a little joyful noise is just right for Christmas. (From the play’s description).
5. Shandon Baptist Church’s Singing Christmas Tree
This FREE event is a Columbia holiday tradition! The popular community holiday celebration returns for five performances this Christmas season. The Singing Christmas Tree features a 30-foot tree, holding a 100+-person choir. The choir is accompanied by a thirty-piece orchestra, and the show includes a dramatic presentation of the Christmas story accentuated by dance ensembles.
There is always something happening nearby Providence Park, especially during the holidays. We hope you have the chance to experience winter eventer happening what’s happening in your neighborhood this season!
At Providence Park, we are located by a variety of fall activities that you can grab a group of friends and plan for! Here’s a list of events happening in Columbia near our apartments this season:
Nov 3 – 5 Craftsman Christmas Classic at the State Fair Grounds
Features original designs and work from more than 330 talented artists and craftsmen from across America. See the creative process in actin a many exhibitors demonstrate throughout the weekend. There is something for every style, taste and budget. Continue reading