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Sacred Heart Garden Festival

I’m a dream gardener. As in I dream big. I have these grand ideas of this beautiful backyard paradise that I’ll develop from scratch and plant with my own two hands – complete with lush greenery, gorgeous flowers and a bountiful garden. I think one day I’ll actually make it to my dream, but until then I try in vain not to kill window boxes (apparently they need a lot of water) and take great pride in the fact that I can work wonders on my front yard with petunias.

I also drool over fancy gardens in magazines and can lose hours watching HGTV. But my favorite window (and some actual) shopping for my dream garden is the Sacred Heart Garden Festival. Held annually over the last weekend in April, the Sacred Heart Garden Festival provides an opportunity to learn, plan, shop and get ideas from gardens that are the envy of Augusta. The festival includes workshops by master gardeners, vendors and admission to tour the gardens of private homes.

The Sacred Heart Cultural Center – a one-time catholic church that is a beautiful attraction in its own right – is filled with garden vendors. You can buy everything from vases to scarecrows to beautiful bird houses. Home items are also available. I almost took home this beautiful rocker (I really need a front porch).

Head outside and find even more vendors that have unique garden art, neat little hanging mechanisms and all the plants you could hope to find.

And then, my favorite part, the dream gardens. Local landscape architects and nurseries create sample gardens. And although I always say that I really want the first one that I see, then I see the next one. And the next one. And the next one. I want them all. They are fabulous, and many of the creators actually provide schematics for each that detail directions and exact plant types. I went home with several big ideas for my one day garden.

Unfortunately I didn’t have time to do the garden tours. But there’s always next year….

Sacred Heart Garden Festival

April 27 – 30, 2012

www.sacredheartgardenfestival.com

Rock Fore! Dough

Rock Fore! Dough this year was once again a great time! The 7th annual concert and fundraising event is held every year during Masters Week at the First Tee of Augusta. Last year, the concert took place on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

This event has become a Masters Week tradition for both locals and visitors. It’s a great event because it’s your opportunity to listen to music and help raise money!

The Sibling Strings, a local band, started the night off. Next came Edwin McCain singing his famous hits “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More.” He also sang several well-known cover songs including one of my favorites from the talented Bob Marley, “No Women, No Cry.”

Michelle and I had a great time singing and dancing along, especially when Sister Hazel took the stage next. My favorite part was when they did what lead singer/guitarist, Ryan Newell called a “smooch up.” This was a compilation of several pieces of all their great songs and a real crowd pleaser. They also did a great job covering Bad Company’s “Shooting Star.” 

The moment everyone was waiting for was when the headliner, Darius Rucker  took the stage. Rucker has played at Rock Fore! Dough four times in the past as a member of Hootie and The Blowfish. 2011 was his first year headlining the act as Darius Rucker. He sang several of his new songs like, “Come Back Song,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long,” and his newest single “This.” He also gave the people what they wanted and sang some of the hits from his former band Hootie and the Blowfish like, “Hold My Hand,” Let Her Be,” and “I Only Wanna Be With You.” He also did a fabulous job covering Hank William Jr.’s “Family Tradition.”

If you have never been to Rock Fore! Dough I encourage you to get your tickets for 2012! It is usually held the Tuesday during Masters Week.

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.

The A List

Top 5 things to get excited about in Augusta, Ga during December!

December 9, 10, 15, 16, 17

If you get a little tired of seeing the same holiday shows every single year, then you’ll love Misconception: The Lost Gospel of Christmas. Le Chat Noir’s inappropriately humorous, irreverent and endearing retelling of the greatest story ever told explores what might have happened if the birth of Jesus had happened during modern times.

 

December 11

The Augusta Museum of History is hosting their first ever Polar Express for children this year! Kids dressed in pajamas will receive their very own golden ticket and will board a real train and hear the story of the Polar Express while munching on cookies and hot chocolate.

 

December 16

Another first for the holidays in Augusta is the Magic of Santa Claus Trolley Tour! The entire family can take a magical journey that includes a sightseeing trip to view the city Christmas lights of both Augusta and North Augusta with stops along the way to meet with Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves from the North Pole! Stay warm in the trolley with cookies and cider or coffee.

 

December 18

A holiday favorite returns this year at the Imperial Theatre 12 Bands of Christmas is back and bringing some of the best local artists to one stage for the biggest musical Christmas party of the year! If you want to take the show home with you, make sure you pick up a 12 Bands of Christmas CD while you’re there!

 

Through December 31st

Stroll through millions of twinkling Christmas lights with a hot chocolate in hand at Lights of the South. While you’re there, you can take the kids to meet Santa, see Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, roast marshmallows and find your way through a lighted Christmas Tree maze!

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