Arts and Culture

Shani Gilchrist



Take a break from the condensed holiday rushed at Columbia’s Mingle And Jingle on Main

Posted 12/5/2013 2:14:00 PM

This is one of those years when the holidays are incredibly condensed. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas are all smooshed together into a sticky sandwich that has been slingshotted through the air to New Year’s Day. It’s the first week of December and I’m already out of breath!

Luckily, there is a shopping excursion tonight (Dec. 5) that feels more like a break in the overabundance of action. Mingle and Jingle On Main, part of Columbia’s First Thursdays series, will turn downtown into happy holiday wonderland. Main Street will be closed to traffic from 6 to 10 p.m. while the eclectic shops, restaurants, bars and galleries of the Capital City open their doors to pedestrians looking for some extra holiday cheer. Some of the many special presentations include:

* “Everything Falls Apart,” art by Kristina Stafford and Andrew Coombs, at Frame of Mind.

* Art by Blue Sky at Carolina Hair Studios.

* Art by Kristyn Larsen at Wine Down On Main.

* Trichotomy art by Nathan Fiveash, Clayton Wooten and Whitney LeJeune at Anastasia & Friends.

* “I Am Not Invisible: art by Susan Lenz” and “Resonance” by GodArtist at Tapp’s Art Center 

* Artist studio Holiday Open House with live music by Eric Causey at The Arcade

A stroll down Main Street on the First Thursday of any month will lift spirits, but with the showings listed above there will be an extra sense of friendship and goodwill in the air.

How can there not be when a visitor can start the evening with a glide around Main Street’s ice skating rink at Boyd Plaza, then meander toward Wine Down on Main for a glass of wine, and continue the night chatting with friendly people and browsing amongst beautiful things. This is a break that I’m especially looking forward to!