Columbia, Maryland is a planned community situated between Washington and Baltimore. It is made up of a ten residential villages that surround a town center. "CNN Money" named it a top place to live in 2008. Columbia is home to high-tech companies, 950 acres of green space and party halls that may be just right for your next event.
Columbia's Historic Oakland (historic-oakland.com) is a manor house that was built in 1811. It has a ballroom, a large foyer, library, veranda and other rooms available for events. The estate also has lush gardens that can be used for parties. You will have to provide your own caterer for your event but the house has a fully equipped catering kitchen.
The Meeting House
Another party hall in Columbia is the Meeting House (themeetinghouse.org). The Meeting House is used by five different religious congregations that refer to it as the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center. However, it is also available to rent for parties. It has a large commercial kitchen for catering use. It also has a large lobby with an atrium and fireplace and up to 4,500 square feet of party space.
The Hawthorn Center
The Hawthorn Center (hickoryridgecommunityassociation.org) is the community association facility for Hickory Ridge, one of the large residential villages in Columbia. The Hawthorn Center features a lobby with a cathedral ceiling and skylight, a flagstone patio and a banquet room that can accommodate up to 100 people. The center has a fully equipped kitchen as well as tables and padded chairs.
Kahler Hall (harperschoicecommunityassociation.org) is the seat of governance for the village of Harper's Choice Community Association. Kahler Hall has four different rooms available for parties and the hall's lobby can be used for cocktail hour. The largest--the Ballroom--seats up to 220 people with a dance floor. When you rent it for six hours, table and chair setup are included and it contains a fully equipped kitchen. The smallest--the Corner Room--accommodates up to 30 people and is suitable for children's parties.