As we wrap up Women’s History Month, we wanted to shine a light on the work of a team of local ladies that are making a difference in our community + the state.
Camp Cole, for those who don’t know, was created by Kelsey Carter + Margaret Deans Grantz after Cole Sawyer passed away from childhood cancer.Most camps and facilities are designed with able-bodied individuals in mind so to meet the need, the two began to create a place that was built for children(or adults)like Cole.
This summer, Camp Cole will offer programs and services for children and other members of the community, including children experiencing homelessness, children experiencing a wide range of life challenges, and potentially a camp for children with cancer.
“This fall we are working with a potential partner to create a wellness retreat for women as well as another organization for a Survivor Summit for women who have experienced sexual assault or domestic violence.” – Margaret Deans Grantz
Until Camp Colewelcomes the first campers to the new facility(T-76 days away), let’s get to know the team behind the one-of-a-kind space.
Q —What local dish do you crave + rave about? Kelsey — Grouchos — every sandwich on the menu is delicious.
Margaret — You can find my husband and I at Casa Linda at least 2x a week but also a huge fan of everything at il Giorgione.
Cassidy — I love the Devine Street Cinnamon Roll Deli! My go-to is a build-your-own breakfast sandwich, which comes with a cinnamon roll. It’s so affordable, the food is delicious, and the staff is really friendly.
Q —What do you want to tell future generations of local women? Kelsey — You are worthy of the success you accumulate. You are valuable and you are capable of great things. Do not let anyone dim your light.
Margaret — That you can do anything as long as you believe in something bigger than yourself. A lot of people did not think two girls in their 20s could raise $10 million dollars, build a camp, and create something that has never been done in Columbia before but we have raised $13 million dollars, built a state of the art camp, and have created programs that are already impacting lives and our doors haven’t even opened yet.
Cassidy — I want to tell future local women about the importance of being kind to yourself. I really like the expression, “you can’t pour from an empty cup.” It’s much easier to take care of others once you’ve taken care of yourself first. It’s so important that we take some time each day to reflect on what we love about ourselves!
We’re not done yet. Find out what local leaders Kelsey, Margaret + Cassidy are watching, what they hope Columbia is like in 10 years + what’s next for Camp Cole at the link below.
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Edu ○ Yesterday, Gov. Henry McMaster awarded $6 million in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funds to create 8 Apple computer labs statewide through a partnership with UofSC + Benedict College. The labs will be strategically located for free access and within 15 miles or less of a broadband desert. (ABC Columbia)
WaterCooler ○ Gamecock Women’s Basketballis advancing to the Final Four in the NCAA Tournament after defeating Texas 62-34 yesterday. The team will playagainin the semi-finals on April 2against the Stanford Cardinals. 🏀 (WLTX)
Development ○ Construction is beginning soon on the highly anticipated outlet mall in theCity of Cayce near I-77 off Exit 2 that is now expected to be a mixed-use development. The property could be used for apartments, retail, gas stations, and other entertainment.🚧 (WLTX)
Biz ○ The US Small Business Administrationhas awarded$1.8 million to the South Carolina Small Business Development Center Network this month. The funds will be distributed to small business owners + entrepreneurs throughout the state to provide consulting, education, and resources. (Soda City Biz Wire)
Announced ○ The COMET will resume fares for the fixed bus routes + DART services on Mon., April 12. The Soda Cap will be $1, $0.50 for a discounted fare, and $4 for all-day. View the schedules and routes available here. 🚎
Number ○ 1,800. The numberof residents that could be added to the City of Cayce’s growing population by 2030, according to a recent study.The key findings reveal that the population in Cayce has been increasing over the past 50+ years, including residents aged 25-34 by 51% and residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher by 47%. (Post and Courier)
Listen ○ ColaJazzz Presents is a new weekly series to highlight South Carolina’s jazz community through a partnership with South Carolina Public Radio and the ColaJazz Foundation. The new series will air on Sundays at 8 p.m. from April 4-June 27.🎵
Ranked ○ No. 1. The rankingfor the UofSC School of Medicine program for the number of graduates who are currently practicing in rural areas with healthcare shortages, according to the recent US News & World Reports rankings. The MBA program at Darla Moore School of Business also ranked first for the past 8 years.
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While shopping on Devine Street this weekyou may notice a new sign in a familiar store.Copper Penny Columbia will be changing its name + brand to Slate on April 1.
Mollie Hobbs opened Copper Penny in 2013 and moved the business in 2018 from Five Points to Devine Street as a necessary step to help the shop grow. The store’s new name will help reach more out-of-town customers with more options to shop online. Follow along on social media for more information for the re-opening celebrations this week.
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TryThis ○ Trivia at Hazelwood| Wed., Mar. 31 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Hazelwood Brewing | Free | Show your smarts + win a gift card. 🧠 ○ Open Mic| Wed., Mar. 31 | 7-11 p.m. | Tin Roof | Free | Try out your skills on the Tin Roof stage. 🎤
Show ○ Marcus Gullen | Wed., Mar. 31 | 6-9 p.m. | Za’s On Devine | Free | Italian food + live music on the patio. 🎵
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Floral installations are taking over the Columbia Museum of Art this April with Art Blossoms — a new, four-day exhibition + fundraiser, featuring local designers and garden clubs interpreting art on view, plus immersive programs from art classes to brunch on Boyd Plaza.
The opening celebration kicks things off on Wed., April 14, with the exhibition running from Apr. 15-18.