Some events just lend themselves to a picture gallery, as I did with St. Paddy’s Day. Here’s what I saw at noon today, at the 1300 block of Main, as Columbia celebrated its 225th birthday.
And here are the descriptions — captions, cutlines, whatever — that Kathryn is clamoring for:
- The cake — courtesy of Piggly Wiggly, I think the mayor said.
- Invited to sign the big card, I wrote, “Hail the Great Compromise!” Which is why Columbia is here. No, that’s not what my handwriting usually looks like. The best space left was practically on the ground, and I was almost standing on my head writing it. Awkward. You’ll notice the penmanship around it isn’t so hot, either.
- Kids from the school at my church, St. Peter’s Catholic. They led us in “Happy Birthday.”
- Hanging out before the ceremony — Hizzoner the mayor, Sen. Darrell Jackson and Rep. James Smith.
- You just can’t get those YPs to put the device down and pay attention. This is Sam Johnson, who works for the mayor.
- It was very sunny, very warm — I could really feel it where I got sunburned Saturday. Good turnout. Look! There in the crowd is Jeffrey Day, formerly of The State. And… a bunch of other people.
- WIS was double-teaming it.
- Boyd Summers, of the Richland County Democratic Party, and Jim Manning, of the county council.
- Adam Beam of The State was watching very intently (here’s his account of the founding of the city). That’s Mike Wukela of the mayor’s office next to him.