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Column: On Columbia's 45th birthday, remembering early days of Merriweather
Column: On Columbia's 45th birthday, remembering early days of Merriweather

As I sat in the Merriweather Post Pavilion this spring with my son Charlie and granddaughter Lyric, waiting for the high school graduation ceremony for my first grandson Josh, my thoughts wandered to the first time I came to the Merriweather. It was 45 years ago on July 15, 1967, and it was the grand opening of the pavilion. Many people in Columbia think of the Merriweather as a place that produces spurts of loud music and traffic during the summer months. But few know how it all began. The grand opening of the Merriweather was a night to remember. I guess my husband Charles and I were invited along with all of the dignitaries, national elected officials and other prominent folks because...

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