The name John Banks may perhaps be best known locally in connection with Columbia’s Tartan Day South Highland Games and Celtic Festival, which draws 10,000 guests each spring to the Historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce.
Now, however, Banks and his Fun Flicks Columbia outdoor movie event company are being revered for another event at the speedway: Columbia’s pop-up Summer Drive-In movie series, which launched there last month.
The next pop-up movie night is Saturday, June 17, featuring “Grease” as part of a “Throwback Night” theme movie.
Living and working in the Cayce/West Columbia area, my local spots are my staples. I enjoy The Kingsman for the best pimento cheeseburger on the planet and Nick’s House of Pizza for my favorite Greek salad and excellent eggplant fries. One of the greatest hidden gems in the Midlands is DeLucca’s Italian Grill on Sunset Boulevard with some of the best homemade pasta ever. 116 State is a great atmosphere for a simple tapas meal, and if you are there sitting on the sidewalk the view of the city skyline is breathtaking.
For a beverage I am a huge Wild Wing fan for great music and a cold IPA. Through producing Tartan Day South (TDS), we have built so many great partners like Delaney’s in Five Points where my friend “House” has created the classic Irish pub feel. The British Bulldog is one of our great partners in TDS and carries a great draft selection. I am also a fan of a drink and a view. The Carolina Ale House’s downtown rooftop bar makes any beverage taste that much better. And my favorite brew with a view location is the Roof Top Lounge at the Sheraton downtown.
I am a sports fanatic and a lifelong Gamecock. Football season is a way of life at our house and tailgating rules our fall. Planning starts on Tuesday and builds to the Saturday main event from morning till night. The Fireflies have upped the ante with a fantastic venue and a great game day production. The Riverwalk, even in multiple stages of repair, is one of the biggest changes to revitalize our area in my lifetime. It has become a multiuse zone that highlights so much natural beauty just moments from the capitol.
Golf is a huge part of my life and we are blessed with an insane amount of great courses in our area. The river is just starting to find its way into our everyday life as a recreation destination. (I like to) catch up with Mike Mayo at Palmetto Outdoors for a tubing trip right after work on a hot summer evenings. It is an incredible way to truly get away from it all just moments from the office. My main recreation is my spin class. Three hours a week, I get to work my body ragged peddling away to great music with good friends for a great value at the Tri-City Leisure Center.
I listen to a ton of sports radio with my mornings dominated by Tim and Bill on 107.5 The Game followed by Dan Patrick. I am a child of the ‘70s and still love classic rock. Great to see a band that I have loved for years, Steve Miller with Journey at the Colonial Center last year. I love the Rhythm on the River series at the West Columbia Amphitheater – great music located in one of the most picturesque spots in our area. The city lights glistening on the water provide an incredible ambiance.