Plus, Cayce Tool Shed offers free rental.
 
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93º | Sunny | 10% chance of rain | Sunrise 6:16 a.m. | Sunset 8:39 p.m.

 
⚾️ Chicharrones de Columbia
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Check out the special Copa de la Diversión uniform. | Photo courtesy of The Fireflies
Minor League Baseball fans know that baseball season means it’s time for Copa de la Diversión (or “Fun Cup”) — a season-long event series designed to “connect teams with their local US Hispanic communities.”

For special games and events, the Fireflies transform into the Chicharrones — so named for the delicious pork dish.

Copa de la Diversión began in 2017 with four teams in Charlotte, Durham, Visalia, and Las Vegas. The next year, it expanded to 33 teams and added a little competition. The 2018 winner? The attendance-record-breaking Mariachis de Nuevo México in Albuquerque.

This year, 90 MiLB teams will compete to be crowned campeón based on ballpark experience, community engagement, and philanthropic impact.

Help the Chicharrones win by attending the upcoming games beginning Friday, May 26 at 7:05 and cheering them on against in-state rivals the Charleston Riverdogs. Just be sure you’re representing your team in style.
 
 
Events
 
Thursday, May 25
  • Beer & Bourbon Tasting Dinner | Thursday, May 25 | 6-9 p.m. | Steel Hands Brewing, 2350 Foreman St., Cayce | $90-$160 | Enjoy a private beer and bourbon tasting experience at Steel Hands Brewing with its Brewmaster and Columbia’s Elite Whiskey and Bourbon Clubs.
  • Columbia Fireflies vs. Charleston RiverDogs | Thursday, May 25 | 7:05 p.m. | Segra Park, 1640 Freed St., Columbia | $5-$7 | Budweiser Thirsty Thursday ($1 fountain sodas, $2 domestic draft beers & $3 craft draft beers and cocktails)*
Friday, May 26
  • Sunset on the Shoals | Friday, May 26 | 6-8 p.m. | Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Rd., Columbia | $47 | Enjoy an interpretive paddle tour on the Saluda River followed by a wine tasting.
  • Gimme Gimme Disco | Friday, May 26 | 9 p.m. | The Senate, 1022B Senate St., Columbia | $17 | Mamma Mia, here we go again. Get groovy on the dance floor and sing along to your favorite disco tunes.
  • Family Fun Night featuring NiA Co.'s 25th Anniversary Celebration | Friday, May 26 | 5-8 p.m. | Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St, Columbia | Free | For the return of free Family Fun Night, the CMA celebrates longtime partner NiA Company and their 25th anniversary with a play, music, activities, and more.*
  • Gallabrae | Friday, May 26-Saturday, May 27 | Times vary | Downtown Greenville & Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Hwy., Greenville | $20 | Be Scottish for a day and celebrate Celtic culture with bagpipes, heavy athletic competitions, a car show, and more at one of the biggest Scottish Games in the region.*
Saturday, May 27
  • 803 Nerd Fest | Saturday, May 27 | 10 a.m.-10 p.m. | NoMa Warehouse, 2222 Sumter St., Columbia | Free | NoMa Warehouse + Black Nerd Mafia have teamed up to bring you a full day of the nerdiest fun you could imagine.
  • South Carolina Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival | Saturday, May 27 | 12-5 p.m. | South Carolina State Fair, 901 George Rogers Blvd., Gate 6, Columbia | $5-$50 | This event will feature 30 of the most popular local food trucks and 50+ national craft beers.
Sunday, May 28
  • Columbia Fireflies vs. Charleston RiverDogs | Sunday, May 28 | 5:05 p.m. | Segra Park, 1640 Freed St., Columbia | $5-$7 | Copa de la Diversión Weekend pres by Southern Recipe Small Batch // Sunday Funday (pre-game autographs & post-game kids run the bases)*
  • Aristocrat Pre-Memorial comedy party | Sunday, May 28 | 3:30 p.m. | The Aristocrat, 1001 Washington St., Columbia | $15 | Prepare yourself for a fun time with great comics, yummy brunch, and bottomless mimosas.
 
News Notes
 
Closed
  • Esther’s Soul Food + Kitchen, a popular soul food restaurant in the Village at Sandhill, has closed its doors. The beloved establishment expressed its gratitude to its customers on social media. Despite the closure, owner Richard Conklin hinted at the potential for future projects. (The State)
Sports
  • The Gamecock baseball team lost 10-3 to LSU on Wednesday in the SEC tournament. They’ll play again today at 10:30 a.m. on the SECNetwork against the loser of the Arkansas/Texas A&M game. (Garnet and Cocky)
Outdoors
  • Several public pools and splash pads are set to reopen this Memorial Day weekend to keep your family cool this summer. Cola Daily has the full list here with pools run by Richland County, the City of Columbia, and Fort Jackson.
Drink
  • Drip Coffee in Five Points will celebrate its 12-year anniversary on Wednesday, June 7, offering a free coffee or espresso to each customer along with half-price Drip t-shirts. Stop in, grab a drink, and cheers to 12 years.
Concert
  • The inaugural Muzika! statewide music festival, hosted by Varna International, kicks off with Hollywood composer J.A.C. Redford’s symphonic debut at the Koger Center on June 23. Additional performances include an Orchestral Opera Gala and Verdi’s Requiem on June 24. Limited buy-one-get-one tickets are available with code BOGOVIMA23.
Kids
  • The City of Columbia is offering summer Kayak Camps for children ranging in ages from 8-11 from June 5 until July 14. Ages 12-16 can participate from June 19 until August 1. Each session is $125 and is held at Riverfront Park.
Finance
  • There’s no such thing as asking too many questions when it comes to buying a car. Have auto loan questions? AllSouth’s experts have answers.*
Health
  • Not feeling well? Enter: LMC MyChart’s new Symptom Checker, which removes the guesswork when it comes to where to go to get care. Learn more (and say goodbye to Dr. Google).*
Eat
  • Picture this: Eating fresh, local fruits and vegetables all summer long while supporting Carolina farms and farmers. Sound ideal? Enter: The Carolina Crate from Lowes Foods, a CSA (read: Community Supported Agriculture) box filled every week with local produce. Learn more.*
Wellness
  • Pop quiz: What’s the body’s most abundant protein? The answer: Collagen. NativePath’s Certified Grass-Fed Collagen Powder is made from grass-fed, pasture-raised cows and contains 18 grams of protein per serving. Start incorporating it daily to support skin elasticity, joint health, bone strength, and muscle growth and maintenance.*
 
 
Community
 
🛠️ It’s tool time in Cayce
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Tools from the tool shed are available for free to Cayce residents and organizations. | Photo by City of Cayce
The City of Cayce launched a new community Tool Shed offering “free to borrow” landscaping tools to help keep neighborhoods beautiful and well-maintained. With a focus on fostering engagement, being a resource for residents, and reducing annual costs related to overgrown property violations, the tool shed is a helpful solution for a range of community needs.

Here’s how it works: simply reach out to Public Works Administrative Assistant, Susan Law, at 803-205-4434. Borrowed tools are to be cleaned and returned to Cayce City Hall within three to seven days, depending on prior arrangements.

The inventory includes hedge trimmers, lawnmowers, leaf blowers, rakes, shovels, weed eaters, and wheelbarrows among others.
 
 
The Wrap
 
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