Author Archives: Stacey Thompson

Newcomers Go To Market

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Thinking about going to the Columbia Farmers’ Market this Saturday?  Then please stop by the Columbia Welcome booth and say “Hi” to me and the lovely ladies of the Columbia Newcomers Club.  We will be there from 8am (eek!) to 12 noon, handing out candy and talking to the community about the free newcomer welcome service and the continuing opportunities… Read more »

Springing to Market

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The Columbia Farmer’s Market opened their doors (well, tent flaps!) this morning with an abundance of fresh spinach, leafy lettuce, intriguing herbs and all thing that make me shout, “Yeah, Spring is here!”.   Spirits were quite high among local vendors as they kicked off the 32nd season of the outdoor market.  Many mentioned how happy they were to see sunshine… Read more »

CoMo2GO Helps Newcomers Looking for Local Businesses

Last week at the quarterly membership breakfast, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce announced that they have a new app for our city – COMO2GO. It is free and available to all Chamber members, the entire Columbia community, newcomers, visiting tourists and guests.  The presenters talked a lot about the geo-location and mapping technology, so I downloaded it to my iPhone… Read more »

Artrageous Art Scene

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One of my favorite things to do in Columbia is explore the art scene.  And one of the easiest ways for newcomers to sample it all at once is to attend tomorrow evening’s Artrageous Fridays.  Held quarterly, this event celebrates photography, dance, music, sculpture, drawing, painting, pottery, jewelry, and pretty much any other type of art you can think of…. Read more »

Trimming Trees – In Every Sense of the Phrase

This first snow of the season makes me extra happy that I took care of my yard work needs last week.  Well, actually Korte Tree Care saw to the work while I went to a Friends International holiday crafting workshop.  While I chatted with ladies recently transplanted from Libya, China and Korea, Joshua Korte and his crew were hard at… Read more »

Finding Friends at the Columbia Newcomer’s Club

Newcomers frequently ask me where they can find new friends and a good place to start is the Columbia Newcomer’s Club.  The Columbia Newcomer’s Club is open to both new residents and those who have lived in Columbia for many years.  The group is comprised of about 150 women and a handful of brave men who attend a variety of… Read more »

Greetings to the Columbia Welcome Blog

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Welcome to Columbia … or, perhaps I should say, greetings to the Columbia Welcome Blog!  So many newcomers ask me about the other new residents in our community that I decided to launch this feature.  I hope to tell you about your fellow newcomers, help you find fun friends and newcomer friendly activities in CoMO, and introduce you to some… Read more »