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November Issue 2010

Columbia, SC's 25th Annual Vista Lights Celebration Returns Nov. 18, 2010

Columbia, SC's 25th Annual Vista Lights celebration, sponsored by the Vista Guild, will take place on Nov. 18, 2010, from 5-10pm in Columbia's Congaree Vista area along the Congaree River.

The Vista's signature open house kicks off the holiday season with a night of culture, cuisine and artistic performances. More than 60 galleries, shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues will open their doors for the evening to showcase holiday treasures, and this year expect a little more excitement from the annual tree lighting ceremony with Mayor Steve Benjamin.

It all takes place in the Congaree Vista, with pedestrian-only traffic on Gervais Street stretching from Assembly to Gadsden; and Lincoln & Park Streets between Senate & Lady.

The evening's highlight is a tree-lighting ceremony at 7pm at the intersection of Gervais and Lincoln streets, featuring Mayor Steve Benjamin and other local dignitaries.

Attendees can get into the spirit of the season with horse-drawn carriage rides. Many businesses offer complimentary refreshments, which guests can enjoy while visiting them.

Fabric artist Susan Lenz will be collecting socks for her artwork called, Looking For a Mate, a community based art quilt. The public is invited to bring their "mate less" socks to River Runner, at 905 Gervais Street, as donations to the project. Lenz will be hand stitching these "found objects" onto recycled acrylic felt in order to create a unique art quilt. The felt was formerly packaging material for canoes and kayaks being shipped by distributors to retail shops like River Runner. If you bring a sock - children or adult; serious or comic - you may discover it in the final quilt, which will be unveiled at Artista Vista in Apr. 2011.

Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 will host a special anniversary show to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Attendees will enjoy carols by several local groups, and the entire Vista will be decorated in lights. Stay tuned to (www.vistacolumbia.com) as we finalize entertainment for 2010.

To learn more about the Vista Guild, call 803/269-5946 or e-mail to (staff@vistacolumbia.com).


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