On June 21, Kimco’s Wilde Lake Village Center in Columbia, Maryland marked its 50th year with a birthday celebration that drew quite the crowd. With the many recent renovations at Wilde Lake, which have transformed the center into a mixed-use destination, including completed and open multi-family units and a Starbucks coming soon, there is much to celebrate this year.

Wilde Lake Village Center’s 50th birthday brought Columbia residents and merchant

together in celebration

Sponsored by the Wilde Lake Community Association and the Wilde Lake Village Center Merchants, the occasion offered a variety of festivities, including a magic show performed by Dave Thomen of D’s Magic, and speeches given by many Wilde Lake community leaders, each expressing their excitement for Wilde Lake’s major milestone.

Dave Thomen of D’s Magic put on a show that entertained adults and children alike
Dave wowed young guests with his impressive balloon animals
Speeches by Wilde Lake community leaders applauded the ongoing success of the Center

Bill Grady, operator of Anthony Richards Barber Shop, struck a special chord when he spoke of the store’s owner Tony Tringali, who recently passed away. Bill, who worked for Tony for 41 years, dedicated a bench in his memory. The bench was debuted on April 12, at Wilde Lake’s Celebration of Life, an event held in Tony’s honor. It was installed at the 50th birthday celebration.

Bill Grady dedicated a bench to Wilde Lake Village Center legend Tony Tringali. The bench’s engraving reads: “In Memory of Anthony Tringali: Columbia’s 1st Barber, Anthony Richards Barber Shop,


Bill performed double duty at the celebration, also acting as the DJ, playing classics from the 1960s. Guests enjoyed the music while feasting on birthday cake, snapping pictures in the photo booth, playing with spin art and bubble machines, and decorating cupcakes. Other highlights of the day included a balloon clown, a Starbucks tent with coffee and tea samples, and a Smoothie King booth with free samples. Alta Wilde Lake provided giveaways in their tent, and attendees were also able to participate in raffle drawings with $1,500 in prizes announced at the end of the event. Absolutely Wine or Spirits held a wine tasting, and author Len Lazarick signed many copies of his book, Columbia at 50 - A Memoir of a City.

Guests enjoyed cutting into the beautifully decorated birthday cake
Alta Wilde Lake’s tent was popular with guests who were offered the chance to participate in giveaways
Vendors provided stress balls, adding even more relaxation to the already fun-filled day

Wilde Lake’s growth over the past 50 years is a reminder of the potential each of Kimco’s Columbia Centers have, and exemplifies what they could become. We can’t wait to see what the next 50 years will bring!