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Weekend Whirl

“Whirl (N): a rapid round of events, affairs, etc”

We all need a little mini-vacation sometimes and a weekend whirl to freshen things up is always fun. October in Augusta, Ga ushers in cool fall weather and plenty of ways to enjoy it. Downtown is in full swing with exhibits, concerts, performing arts and cultural festivals. So start planning your trip now for October 7th – 9th!

Friday Night

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What are you obsessed about? When you arrive on Friday evening, head over to the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art for the reception of contemporary artist, Sarah Hobbs. Hobbs’ work explores phobias and obsessive compulsive behaviors through large scale installations which she constructs and photographs.

 After you’ve studied and contemplated Hobbs’ work…

 

Obsess over Botanica. Internationally acclaimed ballet company MOMIX has performed in cultural meccas around the world. Now they bring an exciting contemporary ballet to the historic Imperial Theatre. Botanica brings to life the small miracles that occur every day around us in nature using magnificent choreography and stunning dance effects.

 Obsess over food. End the evening with a late dinner at Frog Hollow. You’ll be able to talk about the night over a glass of wine and perfectly crafted meal made with fresh regional ingredients!

Saturday

Sleep in a little and grab breakfast before heading to the historic Summerville neighborhood for the Tour of Homes.

Frankly, my dear, you’ll really love these houses. Spend the afternoon touring Augusta’s most historic and eclectic neighborhood and you’ll start to feel like you’ve stepped into a scene from “Gone with the Wind.” The Summerville Tour of Homes offers a glimpse into some of the grandest homes and buildings in the neighborhood.

Follow the Crums. Grab an early dinner at the trendy Crums on Central. Make sure you try the Bacon wrapped Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms or a fire grilled pizza!

May the force be with you. Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T., Jaws – John Williams’ iconic musical compositions have punctuated the film industry for decades.  Now watch as the Symphony Orchestra Augusta brings each piece to life during the John Williams Spectacular.

Sunday

Hola amigos! Treat your taste buds to authentic Hispanic food and enjoy live music and performances at the annual Augusta Hispanic Festival in downtown at the Commons.

Our big fat Greek festival. Indulge your sweet tooth with homemade Baklava, shop at the bazaar and learn traditional Greek dances at the Augusta Greek Festival in the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

Weekend Whirl

“Whirl (N): a rapid round of events, affairs, etc”

We all need a little mini-vacation sometimes and a weekend whirl to freshen things up is always fun. September in Augusta, Ga is full of festivals, art and culture. This month’s Weekend Whirl puts brings you to one of the South’s most famous festivals – Arts in the Heart of Augusta. Start planning your trip for August 16th through 18th.

Friday Night

 

Music to give you a Southern Soul. Grammy award winning Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives bring their “hillbilly rock” to the historic Imperial Theatre in downtown Augusta for the kick-off performance of the Southern Soul and Song series. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. If you get into Augusta by 5 p.m. plan to stop by Blue Sky Kitchen a few blocks down from the Imperial Theatre for dinner before the show. If you’re running late, head over to Blue Horse Bistro after the show.

 

Saturday

Soul food for breakfast. Before heading into the festival, make a quick stop by the Coffee Break Café  for breakfast. You can grab a home-made, honest to goodness breakfast sandwich (no frozen stuff here!) and take it with you. Or order a breakfast plate and eat in.

Southern setting for International Culture. Greece, China, India, Jamaica –experience the art, music, food and traditions of cultures from all over the world at Arts in the Heart of Augusta. With over 100 artists and crafters, more than 60 performers and authentic ethnic dancers on 4 different stages, there’s more than enough to keep you busy exploring all day.

Stop by the Global Food Village and take your taste buds on an international culinary journey for lunch and dinner!

Sunday

 

Can’t get enough of your art, baby. With so much to see and do, you’ll probably want to plan on spending some more time at the Arts in the Heart of Augusta. If you haven’t already, make sure you take time to stop by the Global Stage in the Common and see a variety of performances by groups representing countries like Greece, Ireland, The Middle East and more!

Get a late breakfast, or lunch, or brunch. Before heading home, take a quick trip across the river to Manuel’s Bread Café. The Hammond’s Ferry neighborhood is a perfect example of Southern charm and style. Ask about their homemade lemonades and make sure you order one if it’s available!

The A List

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

Sept. 3rd — Hawthorne Heights show at Sector 7G — Get your music fix this Labor Day weekend with more than six bands and Hawthorne Heights in downtown Augusta!

Sept. 16 — Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives at the Imperial Theatre — Come see this bluegrass legend bring his rockabilly style to the historic Imperial Theatre stage and kick-off the season of Southern Soul and Song!

Sept. 16 – 18 — Arts in the Heart of Augusta — Discover the culture, art, music and food of cultures from around the world! With more than 4 stages, over 60 performers, more than 100 artists & crafters, authentic ethnic dancers, a Global Food Village and more to explore!

Sept. 23 — Silent Movie Night at Sacred Heart Cultural Center — Experience the 1927 classic film “Flesh and the Devil” with live organ music played by theatre organist Ron Carter.

Sept. 25 — Ironman 70.3 Augusta — Watch as some of the worlds top athletes compete in the 70.3 mile triathlon. They’ll swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles. Cheer them on as they challenge themselves and see if they have what it takes to be an Ironman!

Antonio’s Pizza Doesn’t Disappoint!

Recently my mom introduced me to Antonio’s Italian Eatery. It’s about 5 minutes from downtown Augusta over the river in North Augusta.

You’ll recognize it from the cute red and white striped canopy shading the front entrance.

We went for lunch and ordered a White Pizza – garlic, olive oil, spinach and tomatos – and we were NOT disappointed!

The regular crust is perfectly salty, bready and a little crunchy. The toppings tasted fresh and flavorful. Since we ordered a 14 inch pizza, it took slightly longer than if we had ordered single slices, but having leftovers to take home for dinner made the wait TOTALLY worth it!

Inside was cool, clean and simply decorated and our server was very helpful.  

I plan on going back very soon to try their slice specials, which are super affordable and seem perfect for lunch!

Antonio’s Italian Eatery

336 Georgia Ave

 North Augusta, SC 29841

 803-341-9720
 

Open:

Mon-Thurs: 11am – 9pm  //  Fri: 11am – 10pm // Sat: 12pm – 9pm

Fried Cornbread as Big as Your Head

I am a big fan of the “meat and three” type of place. If you are not from the South that means – you have your entrée plus three side dishes. Today I went to Honey from the Rock for my meat and three. As you walk in the door, you are greeted by a smiling face, which was great because she handed me a menu and explained how to order. Okay – it is not that difficult, but it is always nice in a new place to have a little help. I got the fried pork chop (the meat) and squash, sweet potato casserole, and fried cornbread (the three).

It was funny, when they asked what bread – I asked about my choices. I was floored when she mentioned my final choice as fried cornbread. What?!? Since anything fried is my favorite food, I thought I would give it a try. Look at the photo, that thing was as big as my head! However, I do look forward to my next visit to try the jalapeño corn bread.

The food was excellent. The squash tasted super fresh. The fried pork chop was juicy and a little crunchy. I saved the sweet potato casserole for dessert and it hit the spot. However, next time I really want to try the homemade ice cream for dessert. That would be meat and three plus one.

 

From the website: “A favorite of families, serving real southern cooking prepared fresh daily. Specialties include fried chicken tenders, pork chops, sweet potato casserole, mouth-watering meat loaf, specialty desserts, homemade ice cream – churned on location and much more! A family friendly atmosphere ; where the presence of the LORD abides.”

OPEN for Lunch – Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Honey From The Rock Cafe

2621 Washington Road

Augusta, GA 30904

Phone: 706.434.1098

www.honeyfromtherockcafe.com

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