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Cool Off at Historic Columbia’s Second Annual Happy Hour Water Balloon Battle on Aug. 19

Recreate historical battles with more 1,700 water balloons on the ground of the Robert Mills House & Gardens

Beat the heat of Columbia’s famously hot summer with Historic Columbia’s second annual Happy Hour Water Balloon Battle from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19 on the grounds Robert Mills House & Gardens.

Led by active drill sergeants, participants will break into two teams and will use more than 1,700 water balloons to recreate epic battles throughout history. Focusing on the evolution of military strategies, participants will learn and incorporate tactics from three different time periods – ranging from rigid formations in the Revolutionary War, to trench warfare in World War I, to guerilla warfare in the Vietnam and Korean Wars.

“It was one of our most exciting events last year,” says Historic Columbia’s director of education James Quint. “We are always looking for unique ways to bring history to life through experiential, hands-on programming. What better way to learn about military tactics than to battle it out with more that 1,700 water balloons on the grounds of a historic site.”

During and after the battle, guests can relax with beer, wine and light refreshments. The Water Balloon Battle is part of Historic Columbia’s quarterly Happy Hour program and will take place at the Robert Mills House & Garden located at 1616 Blanding Street in Columbia.

Admission is $15 for Historic Columbia members and $20 for non-members. Admission includes drinks and light appetizers. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. To purchase tickets, visit historiccolumbia.org, call 803.252.1770 ext. 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

One of only five National Historic Landmarks in Columbia, the Robert Mills House exemplifies the skill of the first architect born and trained within the United States who designed some of the nation’s most prominent buildings, including the Washington Monument. Today, the structure stands as a testament of its designer’s architectural ability and the preservation efforts of generations of Columbians.

About Historic Columbia:

In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition officially incorporated as the Historic Columbia Foundation. Over the next five decades the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. Visit historiccolumbia.org or find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube for more details.

Photo Courtesy of Historic Columbia

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