47th Annual Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show

The Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia (HBAGC) presents the 47th Annual Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show at the SC State Fairgrounds Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10, 2012.

The Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show is the largest home and garden exhibition in the Midlands. Over 250 construction, home improvement, and outdoor product exhibits are displayed within and outside of the Cantey, Ellison, Moore, Ruff and Hampton Buildings.

Educational seminars are offered daily by exhibitors on a variety of topics such as home building, remodeling, crawl space maintennance, and gardening. All seminars are free to attend with admission to the show.


Clyde Nettles Roofing Presents the 47th annual Carolina Classic Home & Garden Show

Hosted by the Home Builders Association of Greater Columbia

See over 250 exhibitors with products and services for your home and garden.Exhibitors List here.

Educational Seminars offered daily. See schedule here.

Couponing Workshops presented by Southern Savers. See schedule here.

Register to win prizes from exhibitors. More information here.

Wine Walk on Friday, March 8 from 5p – 8p. More information here.


Friday, March 8 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 9 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 10 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Tickets are $6/person at the gate during hours of operation.

> Kids 14 and under enter free every day

> Ages 62 and older enter free on Friday, March 8

> Active Military members enter free Saturday, March 9 (with I.D.)


All five buildings and outdoor areas of the SC State Fairgrounds in Columbia, SC.

Vehicles enter through Gate 6 located on George Rogers Blvd., near Williams-Brice Stadium.

home show 2012 booth

Before you leave, make sure to stop by our booth in the Moore building for some goodies to take home!




49. Propose.
48. Go on a picnic.
47. Explore your adventurous sides together — do something daring that neither of you have tried before, such as bungee jumping or sky diving. The experience will bring you closer.
46. Designate a place as “yours” — your favorite restaurant or bar — and frequent it together often.
45. Volunteer together. Work side-by-side at your local animal shelter, nursing home or as you gather donations for your local food bank.
44. Take him to an art gallery or art walk.
43. Arrange to have a house cleaner come to his place and spruce things up!
42. Introduce him to your best friends.
41. Walk him out when he leaves for work.
40. Make him a special bag lunch with a note written on a napkin inside.
39. Get him a subscription to his favorite magazine.
38. If he has a business trip, offer to drive to the airport, so he doesn’t have to take a cab.
37. Leave a sweet note on a post-it on his car windshield or steering wheel.
36. Flirt with him unabashedly.
35. If he has been working out extra hard or dieting, compliment him on his weight loss or how big his muscles are getting.
34. Rent some silly comedies and spend the night laughing together.
33. Take a shower together.
32. Offer to shave his face or ask him to shave your legs.
31. Guys, offer to paint your ladies toes.
30. Go stargazing. Bring a bottle of champagne.
29. Try an activity that he loves, such as golf, or that she loves, like shopping! (No complaining!)
28. Get up early on the weekend and do some of the chores he has on his list.
27. Laugh at his jokes.
26. Compliment her on her new hairstyle, shoes, outfit, etc.
25. Frame a picture of the two of you during a special trip.
24. Ask his mother for the recipe to his favorite dish that she made him growing up.
23. Ask her father for her hand and his blessing.
22. Buy a little teddy bear to sleep with when you are not there.
21. Get her oil changed and her brakes checked.
20. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride. (Bonus points if this is at Christmastime or Valentine’s Day.)
19. Buy her favorite chocolates and sneak some into her purse.
18. Buy him a new tie.
17. Iron his shirts.
16. Feed each other dinner. Or better yet, dessert.
15. Sneak a sexy note into the pocket of his slacks or into her purse.
14. Kiss him when he leaves in the morning and when he gets home at night.
13. Brag about him to his friends for something really macho that he does.
12. Tell her mother how smart you think she is.
11. Go on a bike ride — extra credit for using a tandem bike.
10. Baby him when he is sick.
9. Leave lipstick kisses on the bathroom mirror.
8. Go to the park together (even if you don’t have kids). Go down the slide, play on the teeter-totter and go on the swings.
7. Let him teach you a new skill.
6. Buy a little gift and surprise him at the end of a long week.
5. Go hiking together.
4. Take a trip to the beach.
3. Watch the sun set or rise together.
2. Share the morning paper and some mimosas over the weekend.
1. Grab him spontaneously and kiss him like you mean it.
Content Credit:
-Denea Duran
Inside the Hurricane Recovery Program




Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised more than $10 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates. On February 5, 2013, guests from around the country will once again celebrate National Pancake Day at IHOP and enjoy a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes*. In return for the free pancakes, guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals© ** or other designated local charities.

-Denea Duran

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a vital figure of the modern era and a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement. His lectures and dialogues stirred the concern and sparked the conscience of a generation. His charismatic leadership inspired men and women, young and old, in this nation and around the world.While Dr. King preached about justice, empowerment, love and peace, in the final months of his life, his attention was turned to fighting poverty. Sadly, more Americans live in poverty today than during Dr. King’s lifetime. Forty-seven million Americans currently fall below the poverty line.

What the community is doing on this day? 

Some national businesses like Allstate Insurance will be holding their company-wide day of service on MLK Jr. Day, where employees on every level and in every position throughout the U.S. are encouraged to volunteer for any cause in their local community.  Target Corporation’s employee volunteer program will take part in the MLK Day Jr. Day festivities by participating in 30 unique project sites throughout Chicago, where employee volunteers will host multicultural fairs for students to educate them on diversity, sort donations at homeless shelters, spend time with senior citizens and create artwork to brighten learning environments.  Washington D.C. Target employees will join their fellow corporate volunteers in this day of service by helping the CNCS and Points of Light assemble and fill assorted items in toiletry kits for active U.S. military personnel, wounded warriors, veterans and first responders.(http://www.forbes.com/sites/causeintegration/2013/01/17/best-gift-for-martin-luther-king-jr-s-birthday-social-impact)


Lets take time to remember that we are all equal no matter what color, shape or size you are! 

 -Denea Duran


We are so glad to apart of Holiday Mail for Heroes. The people in our office not only signed cards to soldiers but we also visited an elementary school and the second grade class helped us out with some cards. 
Here is how you can be apart of this great program! 
Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. We support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communications across the globe. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday cards to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world.
The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season.
Card Guidelines
Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.
Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:
  • Ensure that all cards are signed.
  • Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals can not be delivered through this program.
  • Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.
  • Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
  • Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
  • Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
  • If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.
All holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to:

Holiday Mail for Heroes
P.O. Box 5456
Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

The deadline for having cards to the P.O. Box is Friday, December 7th.
Holiday cards received after this date cannot be guaranteed delivery.

-Denea Duran
Content Credit: http://www.redcross.org/support/get-involved/holiday-mail-for-heroes

Shooting in Aurora


Although, today is suppose to be “Fun Friday”, I felt it would be very inappropriate to have some great reciepes or even something enjoyable. This morning I woke up at 5am to CNN on my TV. The news I woke up to was not what I expected. It is hard to do something thats suppose to be enjoyable when the world is morning.


The shooting unfolded inside a darkened theater packed with Batman fans, some in costume for the premiere of the movie “The Dark Knight Rises.” Screaming, panicked moviegoers scrambled to escape from the black-clad gunman, who wore a gas mask and randomly shot as he walked up the theater’s steps, witnesses said.

It was a scene “straight out of a horror film,” said Chris Ramos, who was inside the theater.

“He was just literally shooting everyone, like hunting season,” Ramos said.

Lets keep the victims, families and witnesses in our thoughts and prayers. Please send nothing but positive energy toward the victims.


-Denea Duran