Upcoming Events at the Columbia Museum of Art

The CMA has a new look. After more than a year and a half of renovations, the CMA is bigger and better! The CMA is a place to learn something, do something, and see something. Both adult art classes and children’s programs make learning fun, and new exhibitions come through every few months. If you have never been, or haven’t been in a while, now’s a great time to rediscover the Columbia Museum of Art at one of their great upcoming events.

Arts & Draughts, Friday, August 23rd 7:00PM
This quarterly event offers beer, live music, art, food and more with DIY art projects, scavenger hunts and unique tours. “Art, drink, and be happy!”

Play on the Plaza, Saturday, August 24th 10:00AM
Bring the little ones to play on Boyd Plaza. Held every Saturday, this FREE event lets children build and create with big, blue blocks. Supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation Fund and by a Connected Communities grant.

Gallery Tour: Wow Pop Bliss, Saturday, August 24th 1:00PM
Have an encounter with the dynamic and playful work from contemporary artists, Jimmy Kuehnle and Mimi Kato. Kuehnle uses inflatables to create touchable, interactive art; Mimi Kato portrays herself as a vast range of characters through the use of photography.

Gallery Tour: Carolina in the Collection, Sunday, August 25th 1:00PM
Discover the artistic talents of South Carolina through various works; learn about the Charleston Renaissance, Catawba poetry, and local artists organized by themes where visitors can compare ancient and contemporary art.

Play on the Plaza, Saturday, August 31st 1:00 PM
Play with the CMA’s big, blue blocks at Boyd Plaza for FREE. Fun for all ages.

Gallery Tour: Wow Pop Bliss, Saturday, August 31st, 1:00PM
If you missed last week’s tour of Jimmy Kuehnle and Mimi Kato, the exhibits are back for a command performance.

Gallery Tour: Behind the Collection, Saturday, September 1st 1:00PM
See the story behind the art through science, materials, artists’ views and lives, acquisition, and care required to maintain wondrous works of art.

Hats Off! Tuesday, September 3rd 2:00PM
A tour devoted to headwear by Docent Ann Holtschlag.

Gladys’ Gang Toddler Edition: City Street, Wednesday, September 4th 10:00AM
Explore urbanscapes in this program designed for 2-3 year olds as a way to explore art through movement and play. Program includes story time, gallery exploration, and creative activity.

CMA Freshman Mixer, Thursday, September 5th 5:00PM
Calling incoming college freshman to learn about local art, events, community resources, and the perks of being a museum member. Enjoy a photobooth, exhibitions, mocktail bar, and a scavenger hunt for prizes. Snow cones and food available for purchase.

Look ahead: Van Gogh and his inspirations coming in October!

Common Real Estate Contingencies

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A contingency is text added to a purchase agreement that specifies that certain terms must be met in order for the sale to proceed. When a seller receives an purchase agreement from a buyer, they should carefully review it for any contingencies that could interrupt the sale of the home. Contingencies can be made for a number of reasons, but here are four of the most common ones.

Financing Contingencies. Most purchase agreements will include a financial contingency that allows the buyers to withdraw from the purchase without penalty if they are unable to obtain a mortgage or close a loan. The biggest way to avoid this contingency is to sell only to buyers that have gone through the pre-approval process.

Appraisal Contingencies. A buyer will have an appraisal contingency if they are relying on a bank for funding. Generally, this is nothing to worry about for a seller. The only issue that could arise is if the appraisal comes in low, which may cause the buyer’s loan to be denied.

Home Inspection Contingencies. This clause is done to protect buyers against damage that may affect the value of the home. The buyers may bring in a number of inspectors and contractors to inspect the property and make sure there are no issues. If inspections reveal the homes needs repair, additional negotiations may take place on who pays for the repairs and who is responsible for making sure they are completed.

Home Sale Contingencies. A buyer may include this contingency if they are depending on the sale of their current home in order to purchase another one. With this contingency, sellers usually face longer time frames and bigger risk factors that the sale may stall heading into closing.

The Primary Parts of a Purchase Contract

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A purchase agreement is an essential step in the real estate process and outlines the prices and terms for the transaction. Every element of the sale is covered. The goal of a purchase contract, or agreement, is to protect both the buyer and seller and to make sure that all expectations are clear. Although purchase agreements can vary, there are certain primary components that should be included.

Property address and description. First and foremost, a purchase agreement must outline the property details such as the exact address and a clear legal description. Additionally, the identity of the seller and buyer should be included.

The mutually agreed upon sale price and terms of the sale for the home. This is the price that was offered by the buyer and accepted by the seller. The contract should also include how the buyer will be making the purchase such as paying in full with cash or down payment with a new mortgage.

Earnest money deposit amount. Earnest money is used to confirm the contract. In most cases, this money will go toward the eventual down payment. Typically, buyers can expect to pay at least $1000. Some sellers may choose to contingencies that if the sale does not go through for financial reasons, this money will be forfeited by the buyer. Likewise, contingencies can be made by buyers that the money is fully refundable if the seller does not meet the conditions of the sale.

Date of the final walk-through. The date of the final walk-through should be included on the purchase contract. This is the final inspection of the home by the buyers prior to signing all of the documents which make the sale official.

Date of the closing and closing costs. The date of the closing should be included on the purchase contract. The closing date marks the transfer of the property’s title from the seller to the buyer. Closing costs, and who should pay them, should also be included. Often, the buyer pays the entirety of closing costs, although sellers may agree to pay or split costs. The division of expenses should be clearly stated in the contract.

Home buyer’s contingencies (if any). A contingency is a provision that is attached to an offer to purchase that gives parties the right to back out of a contract under certain circumstances that are negotiated between the buyer and seller. Some typical contingencies are appraisal, home inspection, or home sale contingencies.

Antai Asian Restaurant in Lexington, SC

Antai is a local, family owned Asian and Japanese restaurant in Lexington, South Carolina. If you have not been there yet, you are definitely missing out. Whether you are stopping in for lunch or dinner, or even need an event catered, the owners at Antai provide fresh, homemade food that won’t disappoint. Properly translated, Antai means “In Good Health” and with fresh sushi, steamed shrimp, chicken kebobs, and the best garlic green beans around, there is a wealth of healthy options to choose from.


Start your meal with edamame, spring rolls or a chicken lettuce wrap. Follow that with a house salad featuring either a soy vinaigrette or ginger dressing. Main dish menu items include classic favorites like General Tso’s chicken and Sweet & Sour chicken or pork, grilled items such as flank steak or a shrimp kebob, or house specialties like Honey Walnut Shrimp or Seafood Hot Pot. All main dishes come with either brown rice or the house fried rice. They also have a variety of fresh sushi to choose from; my personal favorites are the Heart of Love Roll and Volcano Roll.


Antai is located on 378 across from Target in McCauley Square at 5084 Sunset Blvd #C. The owners at Antai have great food and friendly service and pride themselves on providing quality food to their patrons. I have been many times and will continue to go back again and again.

Mark Your Calendars for Lexington’s Icehouse Amphitheater Upcoming Events

70’s and 80’s Rock Tribute – August 30th at 7 PM
Join WOMG 98.5 & the Icehouse Amphitheater for a night of FREE 70s and 80s Rock and Roll.

Swingin Medallions – September 12th at 6:30 PM
Kick off the Fall with Greenwood’s Swingin Medallions. FREE event. Known as “The Party Band of the South,” the band has been around since the early 1960s. The members of the band have changed since back then, but it has always had eight members and a four piece horn section.

Worship X Columbia – September 13th at 7 PM
Join Icehouse for a night of worship with Elevation Columbia and 4City Church.

Mighty Kicks – September 19th at 6:30 PM
See the energy and excitement that the Mighty Kicks bring to the stage at this FREE event.

Resurrection – September 20th at 6:00 PM
The ultimate Journey tribute band is back! Interstate Exiles is opening for Resurrection, tickets are required and $19. Rain or shine event WILL SELL OUT so buy your tickets early here or at Keg Cowboy on Main Street in Lexington.

Tokyo Joe – September 26th at 6:30 PM
Influenced by Elton John and Billy Joel, lead singer Greg Binkley stands out as a unique voice in today’s music. Tokyo Joe is a local favorite that plays everywhere. FREE event with NO tickets required.

Big Time Band – October 3rd at 6:30 PM
Come out to see this interactive party band with a wide genre of music. FREE event.

Southside Station – October 11th at 6:00 PM
Fundraiser for the Jeff Chavis House. See here for additional information.

Hops and Harvest – October 12th at 4 PM
Join the Icehouse for the second Hops and Harvest Craft Beer Festival, featuring great craft breweries of the Carolina’s. Tickets are required and must be 21+ to enter. Proceeds benefit Virginia Hylton Park Commi

Tunnelvision Mural in Columbia

A South Carolina artist, Blue Sky, created the mural known as Tunnelvision to create the illusion of a road to another world. It is painted on a large blank wall abutting a downtown Columbia parking lot. The painting uses the tromp l’oeil effect, an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create an illusion that the depicted object exists in three dimensions. In the case of Tunnelvision, the painting shows a rocky portal to a world under a different moon, which if real, would be large enough to drive a car through.

Blue Sky painted the mural in 1975 after asking the city, and the bank whose wall the mural is painted on, multiple times. They finally agreed to the painting under the condition that he paint over it if they didn’t like it. Blue Sky said at the time, “I wanted to do in art what Beethoven had done in music… go right through to the next dimension.” Neither the city nor the bank has ever asked him to remove the mural. At 50 X 75 feet large, the mural is something to behold, and although touch-ups done by the artist over the years has helped maintain the accuracy of the scene, no accidents have been reported involving this convincing piece of fantasy.

The mural is definitely worth a detour when visiting the capital city of Columbia.

The mural is located at 1550 Marion Street in downtown Columbia, just a few feet away from the Busted Plug monument, a large sculpture done by the same artist.

Explore Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is located along the Saluda River in Columbia, South Carolina. It is the state’s largest gated attraction on 170 acres with a zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden that attracts over a million visitors each year.

The zoo is home to over 2,000 animals, with collections of mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish. The site features natural habitat exhibits, scenic views of the Congaree River, valley overlooks and historic landmarks. Visitors come to watch giraffes, zebras, and ostriches roam on an African savanna reproduction, see endangered animals, partake in an interactive walk-through exhibit at Kangaroo Walkabout, tour the 20,000 square-foot Aquarium Reptile Complex, and visit with various geographically-themed bird habitats at The Birdhouse at Riverbanks. Visitors can also connect with domestic animals at Riverbanks Farm. For a complete list of exhibits, landmarks, and animals visit the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden website.

Riverbanks also has a 70-acre botanical garden with more than 4,200 species of native and exotic plants. Waterfall Junction is open year-round where kids can explore nature or cool off during warmer months. Waterfall Junction offers a cascading waterfall, splash zones, life-size replica of a T-Rex, giant tree houses, rabbit holes and more! The botanical garden is always full of color and interesting things to see. To see a list of upcoming events and programs at the Botanical Garden, visit here.

Riverbanks has many rides and attractions for those seeking additional adventure in their visit. Zoo guests can soar to new heights through zipline tours, including “River Zip” and “Moonlight Zip,” or scale the Wild Adventures Rock Wall. Younger visitors can take a spin on the carousel or climb aboard the Spots & Stripes Railroad. Sky-High Safari ropes course provides fun for the whole family! There is also plenty of opportunity to mingle and feed the animals. Zoo rides and attractions require an Explore More Card. Additional information on rides and attractions can be found here.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is much more than a zoo. Consistently ranked as one of the top ten things to do in Columbia, and offering plenty to do for all ages, it is definitely worth a visit! Park hours of operation, rates, and directions can be found here. Have fun exploring!