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One day this week: Explore the Medieval Midlands

Liberate your dark knight with libations at Conquest Brewing.
Liberate your dark knight with libations at Conquest Brewing. Submitted

Winter has come and gone. The final episode of Game of Thrones has premiered. Satisfy your sudden carnivorous urges and desire for athletic tournaments in the parts of Columbia that remain feudal. But even if you’re not a fan of the show, or know anything about George R.R. Martin’s medievalist saga, this day’s serving of meat and old-fashioned marksmanship is sure to be throne worthy.

Fun

Begin your hero’s voyage by proving your worth at Jeffery Archery on Bluff Road. This full service archery epicenter carries entry-level, mid-range, and premium products for all experience levels. Archery specialists are on hand for beginner instruction, individual coaching, and private party scheduling. In Jeffery’s twelve-lane indoor range test your bow and arrow skills on five to twenty yard targets. And if you don’t have your own compound bow, you can rent one for twenty dollars an hour, tax not included.

Where to find it: 3129 Bluff Road. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 11-8 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Drink

Having completed your training, indulge in an afternoon refresher at Conquest Brewing Co. Bring the kids and pups and go back to the dark ages with the first production brewery in Columbia since Prohibition. Cheers to your brethren with two dollars off the pint of the day and let your taste buds duel it out over which beer to serve. For the stout of heart, I suggest the Medusa, but for those in need of some lighter libation, Conquest’s Waiting on the Muses IPA is sure to inspire.

Where to find it: 947 S. Stadiums Road. Open 4-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday.

Leisure

Commemorate this day with a one-of-a-kind creation fit for a king from Magnus Metalworks in Cayce. The blacksmiths at Magnus create functional tools and handcrafted decorative art based off their own unique designs. Make your appointment today to buy artwork from one of the only regional blacksmiths in the Midlands. Those interested in learning the trade can email sales@magnusmetalworks.com for more information on blacksmithing lessons.

Where to find it: 102 Sandy Lane, Cayce. Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Food

At the end of the day visit the Ole Timey Meat Market for your evening feast. Known for its quality and consistency, this family owned butcher carries freshly cut meats ready for customers to take home for a night of Game of Thrones binging and chill. You can purchase in bulk or pay per choice of poultry. The meat market also carries wine and local marinades for future banquets you may be throwing and pricing discounts so you can afford to feed all the members of your house. It’s worth raising a turkey leg in honor of you, and your magnificently medieval day.

Where to find it: 710 Main St. Open 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.

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