Pickin’ ’n’ grinnin’ in the center of the city


Last night I attended the 8th annual meeting of the City Center Partnership in downtown Columbia. It was the best sort of meeting, as Matt Kennell et al. kept the actual meeting part — in the auditorium at the Columbia Museum of Art — very short, and then we all adjourned to the Gotham Bagel Cafe across the street.

There, I heard Bill Wells’ bluegrass band, imported from clear across the river. And the embarrassing thing is, after living in West Columbia for more than two decades, I think this was the first time I’d heard them. Which is a shame, because they’re good. The low-res video below from my Blackberry captures them doing “Salty Dog,” which somehow put me in mind of the Dillards on the Andy Griffith Show as I listened.

As for the purpose of the meeting, there’s a lot of new energy and optimism in the city center, what with the Nickelodeon having just moved there and Mast General Store on the way. So there was a true celebratory atmosphere.