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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

2nd annual Columbia "Walk About" May 4th

   Last year I did a tour of the homes built by the early Columbia builders in Wilde Lake with the Columbia Archives Walk Along.  With nice weather it showed me a side of Columbia history that I had driven by many times but missed how the early architectural style use by the builders reflected the styles of the 1960's.  This year the Walk Along is May 4th. It is well worth considering for a pleasant and educational way to spend a few hours on a Spring morning.  The following information is from the Columbia Archives:

"WalkAlong with tour guides to explore the many facets of Columbia Town Center.  Facts and trivia will pepper the conversation on three routes.  All tours leave from the Columbia Archives office in the American City Building (10227 Wincopin Circle) in Columbia Town Center on Saturday, May 4 at 10 am.  Each tour will last approximately two hours.

Choose one of the following itineraries, each lead by an informative guide:

Tour 1 will look back at architect Frank Gehry’s early career and Rouse Company connections before setting off to view Merriweather Post Pavilion and the former Rouse headquarters -- his two major contributions to the Columbia landscape.  Get an idea of what Columbia means to Gehry and what having Gehry buildings means to Columbia.   

Tour 2 will venture to the softer side of Downtown.  A stroll around Lake Kittamaqundi will unveil Columbia’s skyline in a new light.  Kennedy Gardens, the new grove of cherry trees and plans for new ways to get around Lake Kittamaqundi highlight the design of Downtown as the best of town and country. 

Tour 3 will highlight Oakland Manor – the well-preserved 19th century mansion that has a long history that includes thoroughbred horses, Civil War militias, high society, hippie college kids and elegant weddings old and new -- not to mention Columbia artists Wes Yamaka and John Levering and Kittamaqundi Community Church.

The tours are free but registration is required and capped at 30 people per tour.  Register at or by contacting Columbia Archives at 410 715 6781 or  Registration ends on Monday, April 29, 2013."

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