Although our weather wasn't quite as wild as forecast it was still wet and wooly Friday for our outing to Columbia City. About 6 of us showed up and we hid under awnings or in cafes and restaurants to do our sketches. I was pretty bundled up and stayed outside sketching along the sidewalks until the rain got to be too much and I sought refuge in a coffee shop and did my last sketch inside. A few cups of coffee did nothing for my hand steadiness unfortunately. It was a fun day though. The temp was mild and the dark sky and mix of green and colored leaves in the town was a nice contrast with the wet streets and sidewalks. I really haven't spent much time in Columbia City but it was a nice, compact, low key downtown with a variety of good eateries and shops. It had a pleasant comfortable feel. Easy to see why it is becoming more popular over time.
I got curious about the Columbia City Theatre, but just as I was finishing my sketch and was looking up to look at the playbills posted in the windows the rains came down in earnest and I ran for it. I did look up their schedule after I got home and it looks like they have a pretty wide variety of live music and plays and small musicals. Plus they have the Bourbon Bar next door and apparently open through the stage seating. Looks like a fun venue. I have always loved small venues like this. They can be great fun and a wonderful source of community pride!
Looks like a fun little community to go back and explore in more.