Columbia Vista, 900 Senate St Median (Between the SC Statehouse and the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center)
Masks and social distancing kindly requested.
The public is invited to attend a brief, outdoor dedication of the latest work of public art in Columbia, South Carolina. The eight-foot-tall peace pole, one of over 200,000 planted around the world, shares the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in eight languages. Local artist Eileen Blyth was commissioned by the Columbia Peace Pole Initiative, in collaboration with One Columbia for Arts and Culture. The artist has included a bell, which young and old may ring to signify their desire to actively work for peace in their communities and in the world. The Vista Peace Pole was funded by donations to the Columbia Peace Pole Initiative. The Vista Peace Pole and names of donors will be included in One Columbia’s Public Art Directory ([email protected]).
As the last bit of summer warmth comes to an end, and we prepare for a winter 2021 only a South Carolina resident could understand. Friends of Columbia decided to come together for one last hoorah with Mother Nature for the season. The pumpkin spice is brewing and the eggnog is on the way. Tis the season while some went kayaking others visited with members of the Horry Branch of Friends at the meeting house.
The lovely addition of the herb spiral certainly relates to the program today on how we can better connect with one another, support one another and center on what means most in our lives. When we are involved with our spiritual community it deepens our bonds by fostering fellowship. Hopefully, the addition will be enjoyed by our community and also enhance our space. Many, many thanks to Karen Murphy for designing, organizing, and being the catalyst for this functional sculptural spiral. We hope you will enjoy using the culinary herbs in your meal creations.
First Day School had a unique opportunity on October 2, when Matt Kipp a local forager led young Friends and some guests on a plant forage at the meetinghouse. Matt said of foraging, ” It offers me an abiding connection to my surroundings and a feeling of being at home in nature.
Many thanks to Matt for sharing with our young Friends that nature provides food and medicine, if we take the time and are aware of the plants around us. In these uncertain times having information about the world we live in could be a wonderful resource in the future.The First Day Program desires to nurture young people’s connection to God, Meeting, and the Quaker community, by providing a welcoming setting, and we hold that the Creation needs to be respected and valued. The foraging class was a wonderful opportunity to take a deeper look at creation as Matt identified often overlooked plants that provide multiple benefits to our lives. This First Day Young Friends program certainly helped us appreciate our creation by identifying some of the plants in the space behind the meetinghouse.