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Explore Lake Murray Podcast

Welcome to the Explore Lake Murray Country Podcast

Your Guide to Come Alive in the Jewel of South Carolina

There’s so much living to be done, especially in the Capital City/Lake Murray Country region! Explore Lake Murray Country is a podcast built around one grand, meaningful, enriching invitation— “Come Alive!” Join us as we hear fun, uplifting and unique stories about living life to the fullest from Palmetto State locals who call Capital City/Lake Murray Country home. There’s endless adventure out there to be found — what are you waiting for?!

For more information about the region explore LakeMurrayCountry.com or call 803-781-5940 | 1-866-SC-Jewel.

Episode 1

Come Alive in Lake Murray Country

Miriam Atria, President & CEO of Capital City/Lake Murray Country, joins host Kelly Hughes on the first episode of the Explore Lake Murray Country Podcast! Miriam discusses her 40-plus-year history with the organization and how she grew Capital City/Lake Murray Country into the tourism destination it is today. The conversation then shifts into a discussion of all the fun things to experience in Lake Murray Country, from food to golf to fishing, and the Southeastern BBQ Showdown coming in June of 2024. Miriam also gives listeners a look behind the curtain at the origin of Capital City/Lake Murray Country’s “Come Alive” jingle.

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Episode 2

Experiencing Nature in Congaree National Park

Jon Manchester is the chief of visitor services at Congaree National Park, a hidden gem in South Carolina, and he joins Kelly on today’s episode. Tune in for a look at the history of Congaree that dates back to way before the park’s establishment. Jon also details the various attractions and events offered at the park, like the firefly synchronization, and shares some valuable advice for potential visitors.

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Episode 3

Take A Walk on the Wild Side at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden

Open to the public since 1974, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is one of the top attractions in South Carolina with a wide variety of animals in its care. Tommy Stringfellow, the president and CEO of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, joins Kelly on today’s episode to give a rundown of everything you can experience at Riverbanks, including the newly opened Aquarium and Reptile Conservation Center. Tommy also talks about the new “Wild Lights” experience at the Zoo this winter, where you can discover nearly 60 larger-than-life handcrafted lanterns inspired by nature.

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Episode 4

Paint The Town With Artist, Michael Geddings

In Episode 4 of Explore Lake Murray Country, Kelly sits down with Michael Geddings, a local mural and portrait artist in the area. Tune in to hear about Michael’s history with art and what its creation means to him. Michael also details his process when creating murals and portraits as well as his involvement in the colorful Cayce Arts District.

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Episode 5

Make Waves with Palmetto Outdoor

Located in West Columbia, Palmetto Outdoor offers tubing and kayaking experiences across the Lake Murray Country region. Owner Micahel Mayo sits down with Kelly to talk about why he started his company and his passionate mission to get people outside in nature. Michael also talks about the different tours that he offers and what to expect when you book a trip with Palmetto Outdoor.

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