Monthly Archives

December 2015

BOOTS TO BUSINESS

War is hell … and for some veterans, so is civilian life. When disabled veterans finally make their way back home from a tour of duty, it can be hard for them to feel like they truly belong in their community, much less in the workplace.

CONSTRUCTION ZONE

Construction knows no season this year in Columbia. As 2015 winds down, it seems the cranes and the bulldozers are gearing up. Here’s a sampling of some of the major projects that will alter the landscape and the skyline of Columbia in…

2016 Sentiment Survey

The dark days of the Great Recession may finally be receding with the years in Columbia’s collective memory as the economic recovery slowly takes hold in the local business community. Our latest CEO Sentiment Survey reveals a…

Why I Give Back

While I'm still in the eyes of the world a young individual, I've personally noticed, at least during the last several years, as people age they tend to go in one of two directions. The first is they look towards themselves and…

Gifts To Give & Get

As your calendar fills with places to go, people to see and parties to attend, you may find yourself short on grab and go gifts.  My secret weapons to savoring the holidays are consumable gifts!  They can be enjoyed, used up and you…

Look Before You Leap

Tradition and superstition have ruled wedding ceremonies for centuries, but over the past few years, modern couples have been making room for new ideas. One of these trends is the popular “first look,” which is when couples see each other…

“I Do” Should-Do’s

With so many wedding details to plan for, it’s easy to run into problems on your big day. A professional wedding planner can help, and Anne Churchill, owner and senior event/wedding planner of AnnaBelle Events, is happy to share some free…

Punch It Up!

A delicious punch is a must for showers and receptions, and we’ve collected four fabulous punch bowl recipes. You won’t find these online. These are trusted favorites passed from mother to daughter, aunt to niece, friend to friend and now,…

Focus On Flowers

What’s the floral forecast for 2016 weddings? Several trends are “growing” in popularity. Bouquets and arrangements that feature both in-season and local blooms are big with brides this year. Many brides are after the natural look of…

Olé!


Weddings, like all joyful events, call for bubbles. Make your festive occasions sparkle with cava, Spain’s gift to fizz lovers. Cava is Spanish sparkling wine. Fermented in the same traditional champenoise method as Champagne, this…

Cozy Up And Stay In

PHOTOS BY L.G. PATTERSON The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. When the snow begins to fall, sometimes there’s nothing better than treating yourself to a cozy, warm night in. Lie down, relax with a good…

A Handcrafted Holiday

 PHOTOS: L.G. PATTERSON Some of the most cherished handcrafted holiday treasures are made out of construction paper and pipe cleaners, and there's nothing sweeter than an ornament constructed by a preschooler. But when the occasion…

The Bel Airs Have Fans Everywhere!

Fair winds ushered Cheryl and me into Cruz Bay, our favorite port. We stepped off our sloop onto St. John, the diamond in the American cluster of jewels called the Virgin Islands. It was our last port of call before we returned to Columbia,…

Saving The Tomato

In the 20th century, victory gardens were an effort in a homestead campaign for wartime success. For the Victory Gardeners, the trio of Laura Flacks-Narrol, Curtis Hess and Jordan Casey, the victory gardens are now a hometown effort in a…

Christmas Crafts

As the winter chill overtakes Columbia, the pressure is heating up to bag great holiday gifts. And while the area is teeming with unique creations at its local stores (and across the pages of its best magazine), perhaps no gift is…

Midnight Hour

Daddy always said, “Nothing good happens after midnight.” Clearly, my father knew nothing of the magic of wine blends. (Daddy was a Crown Royal guy.) The latest release from Ménage à Trois, a dark red blend named Midnight, should send that…

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson appeared in more than 200 films and TV shows throughout his career. But it’s not just his well-known role as security chief Oscar Goldman in “The Six Million Dollar Man” that elicits fan questions on the classic…

Verna Laboy

Verna Laboy is a “social entrepreneur.” At age 57, she’s spent most of her adult life connecting people, creating support groups, mentoring, and pointing a spotlight on the needs and challenges of Columbia’s First Ward.