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Top 5 things to get excited about in Augusta, Ga this September!

Witness for the Prosecution

September 14 & 15, 21 &22, 28 & 29

DCTheatreScene.com calls Witness for the Prosecution “a six-course meal of a play, a lip-smacking, eye-rolling, stomach-rumbling grand buffet of – wait for it – vintage fifties, English-style murder. It is… so full of twists and turns that it might have been dreamed up by – Agatha Christie. And it was!” See it at Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre. $40 per person gets you dinner and a show – you can’t beat that!

Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder

September 14

The Morris Museum of Art kicks off their 10th anniversary Southern Soul and Song series with bluegrass legends Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder. In a video we saw recently to promote the show, a woman says “That Ricky Scaggs, I love him more than my luggage.” See him live at the Imperial Theatre and we’re sure you’ll love him too.

Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival

September 14 – 16

Three days packed with awesome food and beer, live performances and locally created art and crafts. You can eat, shop, wander around and see performances on three different stages and eat some more – all in the heart of downtown Augusta. It doesn’t get much cooler than that. { See video }

Blair Crimmins and the Hookers ( <– Click & watch them!)

September 22

Put on your bow tie and suspenders and head to Stillwater TapRoom for a night of throwback fun. Blair Crimmins and the Hookers bring back the 20s vibe with their brassy tunes and catchy lyrics. Luckily, you can enjoy a cold beer with your prohibition-era music. Now, get busy learning the Charleston.

Evening of Festivities

September 29

Symphony Orchestra Augusta begins an exciting season with Evening of Festivities. Join Music Director Shizuo Z Kuwahara and SOA as they explore Latin themes from the Old World to the New World featuring guitarist Jason Vieaux. If you’ve never heard a symphony live, you definitely don’t want to miss this.

Random Act of Culture in Augusta, Ga

I got to see a random act of culture on the streets of Augusta this past Tuesday. A group  from out of town called the 6th Floor Trio set up below the Imperial Theatre marquee and played for an hour before moving on to the Riverwalk to play some more. The concert was free and the trio encouraged anyone passing by on the street to stop and listen. 

 (Click here to see part of the concert on YouTube.)

After a little research on the internet, I learned that people all over the United States are experiencing random acts of culture thanks to a grant program through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. I’m talking opera performances in the Philadelphia Ikea, ballet performances at the Miami airport and brass quintet performances in the Macy’s in St. Paul. This movement is pretty cool and is kind of a big deal. I’ve got my fingers crossed that we see more random acts in Augusta very soon.

Win a weekend in Augusta!

You could win a fun filled weekend in Augusta, Ga from September 14 – September 16, 2012.! Click here to register.

Shop for local arts and crafts, sample food from around the world, see live performances and much more during the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival. Hear bluegrass legend Ricky Scaggs live at the historic Imperial Theatre and eat like a foodie at some of Augusta’s best local restaurants.

Vacation package includes:

Winner will be notified by August 24, 2012.

That’s Sir Elton John….

Elton John wore crazy glasses before it was cool. No matter what generation you’re from, you know who he is. Trying to explain how awesome he is would be pretty redundant – he’s been a household name for more than four decades! What really matters is that he’s COMING TO AUGUSTA! It’s been 13 years since the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend has played in Augusta, so you are not going to want to miss it! Here are the basics:

1. Concert Date & Place: March 6, 2012 at the James Brown Arena

2. Tickets: On sale THIS FRIDAY – January 20

3. Visit www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.com for tickets & info

I don’t know about you…but I can’t wait to see him rock out Your Song - And just for good measure, here’s a link to remind you what all the fuss is about: Your Song Video

James Brown Arena

601 7th Street

(706) 722-3521

These are a few of my favorite things…

Augusta, Georgia is a beautiful city. Its milder year-round temperatures make it an excellent place to live, and also a great place to visit. I love Augusta, I love its history and heritage, its people, its architecture, dining options and more. But, I must admit that I am partial to a certain things that make Augusta great. These are a few of my favorite things…

Some of my favorite attractions…


The Augusta Canal Heritage Area – Explore the nation’s only industrial power canal still in use today for its original purpose. Enjoy it on bike or foot along the tow path or by canoe, kayak or a guided boat tour. Also make time to see the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center to learn more about the Augusta Canal, its history and how it helped make Augusta what it is today. Watch Augusta Canal Video

The James Brown Exhibit at the Augusta Museum of History – The Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown himself. This first of its kind exhibition features rare memorable and personal artifacts which vividly tell the story of Brown’s rise to worldwide fame. Did you know that James Brown was from Augusta and used to shine shoes in downtown Augusta as a boy? Watch Augusta Museum Video

Phinizy Swamp Nature Park - Explore a swamp right here in the heart of Augusta! See wildlife in its natural habitat at this 1150-acre park complete with trails, boardwalks that carry you over the wetlands, observatory decks, guided tours are also available. The park is open seven days a week from dawn till dusk. Great for the little ones! Watch Phinizy Swamp Video

Storm Thurmond/Clarks Hill Lake – With more than 1,000 miles of shore line, it is the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi River. You can camp, hike or bike trails, enjoy outdoor and water sports or visit one of the many designated swimming areas. It is also home to the International Disc Golf Association, a new, fun and innovative alternative to ball golf.

Of course all the fun and excitement can make a person hungry, luckily if you’re in Augusta we have more than 300 restaurants to enjoy. Here are a few of my favorites…

Bees Knees Tapas Restaurant & Lounge - They take a global approach that includes cuisine and flavor from many different cultures. And, tapas are small, so feel free to order several, and make sure to share with your group so everyone has the opportunity to try it all. You won’t be disappointed. They make excellent red and white homemade Sangria.

Boll Weevil Cafe and Sweetery – This has to be my absolute favorite place for dessert. They offer an extensive dessert selection. Cakes, cheesecakes, pies and more; the slices are larger than you can imagine. One of my favorites? The Tiramisu. Yummmm….

This is just a sample of the things there are to do, see and eat in Augusta, Georgia. Visit our website for more information! www.AugustaGa.org.

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