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4 Things to Do This Weekend in the Metro

by The Linda Frierdich Group - Century 21 Advantage


4 Things to Do This Weekend in the Metro


The weather forecast for this weekend has continuously changed, and the closer the weekend gets, the more it looks like we will have some significant dry time.  This is great news, because there are some really wonderful events happening this weekend in St. Louis and the Metro East.



Art on the Square

Downtown Belleville, Illinois

May 19-21

Friday 5 - 10 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sunday 11a.m. - 5 p.m.


Head on over to downtown Belleville to experience one of the top ten art shows in America!  Enjoy the view and take in some of the beautiful art as you sit on one of the outdoor patios while enjoying food and drink from local restaurants!  This event isn’t just for adults- kids are certainly welcome!  Kids that attend can participate in the children’s entertainment and attractions, as well as the Children’s Art Garden.  For the art lovers, there is so much to see.  Art on the Square is a juried show featuring over 100 artists from around the world, and you can also catch fantastic musical and stage performances!


Visit the website here.  



St. Louis Antique Festival

Belle Clair Fairgrounds & Expo Center

May 20

10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.

May 21

10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.


While you’re in the Belleville area for Art on the Square, be sure to stop by this awesome event!  This festival is held twice a year at the Belle Clair Fairgrounds, and it features 90+ antique dealers from 32 states.  With a wide variety of specializations, these dealers offer high quality antiques all in one place.  Many of the dealers at this show are members of the Associated Antiques Dealers of America, so they not only offer a variety of products at a variety of prices, but you can also be assured that their products are of a high quality.  The show is indoors in a climate-controlled Building with free parking, so it not only costs very little (admission is $6), but this event will be held comfortably, rain or shine.



Ticket to The Beatles Concert

Metter Park, Columbia, Illinois

May 20

3 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.


This fun event is held at outdoors at Columbia’s Metter Park.  Attendees can listen to the classic tunes of The Beatles performed by this wonderful cover band while relaxing in the grass, shopping at any of the local small business vendor booths, or enjoying food and drink provided by local restaurants and organizations.  This event is not only a great time; it also supports Columbia’s Historic Main Street Association, a group of local business owners who are committed to hosting community events, boosting community involvement, and working toward giving Columbia a stronger small business district!  Did we mention this event is FREE?!



Musicans’ Music Festival: A Benefit Concert for Elsa

Monroe County Fairgrounds

May 21

11 a.m. – 9 p.m.


This event is sure to be nothing but pure entertainment, and all for a great cause!  The music starts at 11, and the concert features a variety of local musicians all day.  In addition to the music, there will be a faire act, 50/50 raffle, food vendors, face painting, ice cream truck, and a barrel of booze raffle.  This event is BYOBeverages & lawn chairs.  Show your support for this local family and their lovely young daughter as she fights cancer. 


If you can’t make it to the event but would still like to donate to her family’s expenses, click here.

Columbia Days!

by The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group

Columbia Days Summer Festival


The time for the Columbia Days Summer Festival is again upon us!  This long-standing tradition in Columbia marks the end of summer break for the kids, and gives everyone a chance to enjoy themselves with friends and neighbors alike.   The annual event offers a range of activities and attractions, from a parade in the afternoon to live music and dancing at night.  The kids will love the carnival rides and games offered, and to avoid the lines, ride tickets can be purchased at Khoury Pharmacy in advance.

This year, the musical talents of The Avery Hill Band will be performing for Friday night, followed the next night by local favorite, SuperJam!  Food and drink vendors on site offer a variety of choices, from brats and hot dogs to pork burgers and pizza, so there's bound to be something to satisfy each atendee's tastes.

Event Details - Columbia Days

August 19 & 20, 2016

Carnival Rides, Games, and Vendors: Friday & Saturday, 4 PM-Midnight

Parade: Saturday, 4 PM

Live Music: Friday & Saturday, 4 PM-11PM

Friday: The Avery Hill Band

Saturday: SuperJam


So, whether you're a life-long Columbia resident or a new resident who just moved here, we recommend you head on down to the parade and festivities! You can even watch for us in the parade!


Century 21 Advantage & The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group at the parade last year!

Congratulations to Keagan Kristoff!!!!

by The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group

 A big good job and congratulations to Century 21 Advantage's very own Keagan Kristoff!!!!! Keagan competed in the Monroe County Fair Queen Pageant last night and not only was named first runner-up, she also took the title of Miss Congeniality.  We are not surprised that she took both titles!!!  Keagan has been a part of the Century 21 Advantage Team for over a year now and has done a great job in assisting all of our Agents on a regular basis.  Century 21 Advantage sponsored her for this event and we couldn't be more proud!!! Go keagan, Go!


Pictured above 3rd from the left is First- Runner up and Miss Congeniality keagan Kristoff.

Team Member Receives Short-Sale & Foreclosure Resource Certification

by The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group

We are please to announce the Sam Row, a Client Consultant for Our Team, has received his SFR Realtor designation.  SFR means that Sam has taken appropriate course work to be come a Short-Sale & Foreclosure Resource Specialist. 

Here at The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group, we are constantly trying to find ways to better Our Team in this ever changing Real Estate market.  We are super excited to add this great resource to our team's resume.  Call us at 618.444.4255 so we can help you get started on your Real Estate adventure today! 

Swine Flu Shot Available

by The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group

Just wanted to let everyone know that the Monroe County Health Deaprtment now has the Swine Flu shot available to all  children age 2-20 and all pregnant women. You are advised to make an appt before you go, 939-3871.

Stay healthy!

OPEN HOUSE - Sunday, Oct. 11 1-3 p.m.

by The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group

October is OPEN HOUSE month for Century 21!!!

If you or anyone you know is looking for a home to purchase in Columbia, IL please visit me at 1316 Palmer Creek (Gedern Estates)this Sunday, October 11 from 1:00-3:00 pm.


Gorgeous 3 Sided Brick & stone home nestled perfectly on the large .55 acre lot is just waiting for YOU! This fully loaded one story home offers a side entry 3 car garage, gleaming hardwood throughout, & unique touches at every turn. Arched doorways and vaulted ceilings showcase the custom-built feel throughout the great room, as well as thoughtful cutouts and plant shelves. Spacious kitchen has breakfast bar,silestone counters, glass paned cabinetry w/dish rack & corner shelves as well as doors leading to a relaxing covered patio. Master suite is unbelievable with a huge master bedroom (21x14) and attached luxury bath compelte with ceramic tile floors, Jacuzzi tub, sit down shower, & dual vanity w/dressing area. 9' ceilings throughout offer lots of natural light and an estate feel. Gedern Estates is the only gated community (that I know of) in the desirable Columbia School District and located conveniently on the north side of town with extremely easy access to I-255 and literally only minutes to the JB Bridge. All this and so much more for only $365,000.

You couldn't begin to build this home (even w/out all the upgrades) for this price in Gedern Estates...truly an amazing investment!



For more information or to schedule a private viewing, please contact me directly at 618-550-9060. Hope to see you there!


Angi Laskowski, Realtor, ABR, GRI

Buyer Specialist for The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group




by The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group

I'll be hosting an Open House at 1008 Forestview Drive in Columbia, IL this Sunday, October 4, 2009 from 1-3 p.m.

Check out the pictures below of this 3 bedroom/3 bath home that has some much personality and character!!  With a 2 car garage, phenomenal landscaping, oversized master bedroom - it's priced to sell at $199,900!

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a private showing, please don't hesitate to call me at 618-550-9060 or email me at

"Fall" in love with this adorable home!

Hope to see you Sunday!!!

Angi Laskowski, REALTOR, ABR, GRI
The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group  
Century 21 Advantage - Columbia

Just a Friendly Reminder!

by The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group

Real Estate Forecast

by The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group
in the format of a weather forecast:
The unseasonbly high pressure system extending over the metro east that has been pushing the buyers and sellers away is finally moving east.
It looks like we are in for a lengthy low pressure system characterized by a low mortgage rate index that has already begun bringing the buyers in.  This extremely active weather system will be very stormy due to media misinformation but should be very productive in terms of precipitation (I.E. Sold Homes.) The forecast is good with a warm-up right around the corner!  Sellers, keep your homes ready to show and buyers, get those pre-approval letters, things are heating up!

Century 21 Advantage hosting Holiday Light Decorating Contest!!!

by The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group
We are pleased to announce that Century 21 Advantage (Columbia) is hosting the Home for the Holidays Christmas Light Decorating Contest for Columbia & Waterloo residents!! Find your inner Clark Griswald, pull out those lights from storage and get decorating! To enter the contest, please call our office at (618) 281-7621 or email Angi at or Sam at before 5:00 p.m. on December 5, 2008. Voting will take place December 7-14. To vote, call or email our office to get a ballot. We will also have a copy in our ad in the Monroe County Clarion ad on December 10 & 14 in the Real Estate section.  You may then email your ballot or drop it off at the office. 
To commence the festivities, we will be hosting a Holiday Party at our office at 103 S. Main Street in Columbia on December 14, 2008 from 4-7 p.m. with home baked cookies, refreshments and pictures with Santa. A FREE picture with Santa for each new unwrapped toy to be donated to our Toys for Tots drive or you can donate $5.00 for the picture, which we will use to purchase toys for Toys for Tots. Winners of the Home for the Holidays Light Decorating Contest will be announced just after 7:00 p.m. that evening and cash prizes awarded to winners between 7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Prizes for the winners will be “braggin’ right” signs for your front yard & Visa Gift Cards in the following amounts:
1ST PLACE = $125.00
2ND PLACE = $100.00
3rd PLACE = $75.00
4th PLACE = $50.00
5TH PLACE = $25.00
Don’t forget to get all your family and friends to vote for you! Anyone can vote – not just Columbia & Waterloo residents!!

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The Linda Frierdich Real Estate Group
Century 21 Advantage
103 S Main St
Columbia IL 62236
IL: 618.281.7621

138 Concord Plaza Dr
Saint Louis MO 63128
MO: 314.649.0221
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Linda Frierdich is the area's premier real estate professional, offering services in St Louis, Kirkwood, Webster Groves, Crestwood, Ballwin, Arnold, Fenton, Oakville, Columbia, Waterloo, Millstadt, Valmeyer, Dupo, Belleville, O'Fallon, Mascoutah, Fairview Heights, Smithton, Ruma, Hecker, New Athens, Edwardsville, Collinsville, Caseyville, Shiloh, Swansea, Monroe County, Madison County, St Clair County, and Randolph County.  Her team focuses on resale homes, new construction, first time home buyers, condos, farms, land sales, subdivisions, lot sales, single family, multi-family, commercial, foreclosures, bank owned property, military relocation, and building. This site offers options to search real estate in Columbia Illinois and other areas. We offer buyer and sellers services second to none!

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