There’s usually a common thought many of us share when a new month arises, which is, “Can you believe it’s already (fill in the blank)?”
The summer has flown by, and now we find ourselves in August, which kicked off with school getting back in session, followed by an election. It was definitely a wake-up call that summer is coming to an end.
Which means it’s just as important to find the time to relax from it all.
Luckily, in a place like Columbia, you don’t have to go far to find something to do to satisfy that need, from restaurants to local breweries, weekly live music and all sorts of other entertainment.
For starters, bring the kids to Maury County Park for one of the last “Movies in The Park” on Saturday, Aug. 13, which will feature “Moana.”
Car enthusiasts and vintage vehicle lovers will have two opportunities to spend the day browsing among cars, trucks and other prized vehicles. Cruisin’ The Co-Op returns to the Maury County Co-op on Friday, Aug. 12, with the monthly Columbia Cars and Coffee returning downtown Saturday, Aug. 20.
The Mulehouse, 812 S. High St., is always a great choice for the best in local live entertainment. While the venue’s August calendar isn’t as stacked, there’s still great events coming up.
The 90s will make its comeback Friday, Aug. 26 when The Mulehouse hosts its 2nd Chance Prom. Adult proms are always a big hit, especially if you might have missed prom, have fond, or maybe not-so fond memories of the big night. Or maybe you’re just nostalgic to spend a nostalgic night reliving the 1990s.
The 2nd Chance Prom will also feature live music from “The 90s Show,” performing all the hits from the decade.
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That same weekend, The Petty Junkies will perform Saturday, Aug. 27.
You could also enjoy a night of live music, while also raising money for a good cause. Miracle League of Columbia will host a special “A League of Our Own” Songwriter’s Night Saturday, Aug. 13 at The Antrim, 2759 Pulaski Highway.
The event will feature live music, dinner and a live auction, with proceeds benefiting Miracle League’s efforts to build its own playground and baseball field for special needs kids.
Then there is of course all of the great live music you can catch every weekend downtown at places like Puckett’s, Asgard Brewing Co. & Taproom, Vanh Dy’s and Big Shake’s.
And in case you haven’t heard, it’s sad that Columbia’s downtown music scene has to bid farewell to Vintage Winery, which announced it would not be renewing its lease to the 616 N. Main St. building.
It’s a shame because it brought a kind of vibe that was missing in Columbia, the laid back, outdoor atmosphere where you can relax to some jazz, eat from a local food truck and sip on local wines.
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Though Vintage Winery’s time was short, it definitely made an impact for itself, especially since it’ll be featured in a Lifetime movie starring Mario Lopez later this year.
But I digress. Sure, August isn’t the most event-packed time of year compared to summer and winter, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t still great things happening in Columbia.
With the transition that might include going back to school, returning to work after a vacation and getting used to normal life again, there’s no better time to plan a night out experiencing local fun to take the edge off.
Jay Powell is a reporter for The Daily Herald. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @JayPowellCDH.