Looking for something a bit different to do with a group of friends?
The Columbia Museum of Art offers a fun way to enjoy food, art and friends with its lunch-and-tour packages.
Art du Jour Tour & Lunch provides either a box-style or buffet lunch in the museum’s garden-themed Orientation Gallery, designed by Christian Thee, followed by a private guided tour of special exhibitions or collection galleries of your choosing. Tour can accommodate up to 30 people, requires at least three weeks booking notice.
Art Uncorked: Small Group Tours for the Thirsty is exactly what is sounds like – perfect for book club gatherings, art aficionados, friends wanting something interesting to do for a couple of hours in the afternoon. Your private tour of the galleries and collections is followed by a private reception featuring wine and nibbles.
Book tours through the group tour manager, (803) 343-2163 or email@example.com. More information at www.columbiamuseum.org
Shop and sip
Columbia’s museums offer great gift ideas for those on your holiday lists.
And one, the S.C. State Museum, offers a fun way to do your holiday shopping.
Tasting Tuesdays offers an option to shop after work, from 5 to 8 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit by listening to Christmas music favorites and sampling free free spiced tea and South Carolina-made food samplings while you shop in the Cotton Exchange.
The outings are offering Tuesdays on Dec. 8, 15 and 22 at the museum, 301 Gervais St. in the Vista. www.scmuseum.org
If you’re cooking this holiday season, check out some roadside markets for some fresh and seasonal offerings. The S.C. State Farmers Market, in Cayce, and The Farmer’s Shed in Lexington occasionally offer cooking classes. Check their individual websites for more information.
Cayce Farmers Market, a family-owned market the grew from a roadside stand, is known for its fresh boiled peanuts. 2329 Charleston Highway, Cayce (803) 791-1009, www.facebook.com/Cayce-Farmers-Market
The Farmer’s Shed, a family-owned market, not only carries local produce and plants, but has a restaurant serving up home-style meals featuring produce grown on the farm. 2514 Augusta Highway (U.S. 1), (803) 996-0700 (restaurant), (803) 996-9122 (garden center), www.farmersshed.com
S.C. State Farmers Market, local and regional produce for retail and wholesale. An outbuilding holds a small retail market with local crafts and Dupre at the Market Restaurant. 3483 Charleston Highway, Cayce, (803) 737-4664, (803) 509-5641 (restaurant), agriculture.sc.gov
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