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The A List: November 2013

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

Oka’Chaffa Indian Festival: November 9 -10, 2013

Two days full of Native American art, crafts, dances, music, food, games and a tribal drum competition – all in the beautiful Phinizy Swamp. For more info, visit NaturalSciencesAcademy.org.

Sacred Heart Holiday Open House: November 14, 2013

Last year we got a loaf of Cinnamon Apple Pecan Bread and we’ve been talking about it ever since! Get freshly baked goodies along the halls downstairs or stop by the gift shop to see what kind of holiday décor and gifts they have for the season. For more info, visit SacredHeartAugusta.org.

Christmas Made in the South: November 15 – 17, 2013

Hundreds of local and regional artisans bring their hand-crafted products to one place for your shopping pleasure. Find hand-made toys, refinished antiques, home and outdoor decoration, ornaments and lots more. For more info, visit AugustaEntertainmentComplex.com.

Annual Holiday Gingerbread Village: November 21 – December 1, 2013

Creative locals build iconic Augusta landmarks from gingerbread, icing and all manner of sugary snacks and put them on display in the Augusta Museum of History. Browse the sweet collection surrounded by a life-sized winter town in the Augusta Museum rotunda.  For more info, visit AugustaMuseum.org.

Image courtesy of the Augusta Chronicle.

Christmas in the Backcountry: November 30, 2013

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the light displays and gift giving. Get a glimpse of how early colonists and their slaves observed Christmas. The Living History Park will be bustling with live exhibits to show the simple celebrations that gave meaning to the holiday season for the early settlers. For more info, visit ColonialTimes.us.

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The “A” List: September 2013

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

Border Bash: September 6, 2013

Fall and football go together like peas and carrots. Border Bash celebrates a long-time rivalry between the University of South Carolina and University of Georgia – bringing fans of both teams together for a night of music, drinks and a little trash-talking right on the border of our two great states. For more info, visit BorderBash.net.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band: September 16, 2013

New Orleans in coming to Augusta! The iconic Dirty Dozen Brass Band will take the stage at the historic Imperial Theatre downtown. Opening for the group are local favorites Funk You and JAMP. One night, three awesome bands – need I say more? For more info, visit ImperialTheatre.com.

Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival: September 20 -22, 2013

Arts in the Heart wasn’t named a top 20 event in the Southeast for nothing! Good food. Awesome art of all kinds. Live performances. The beer garden. All bursting at the seams in the heart of downtown Augusta on Broad Street. 5 bucks in advance, or $10 at the gate gets you into the festival all weekend – you just can’t beat that! For more info, visit ArtsInTheHeart.com.

Les Miserables: September 27-29, 2013

One of the most epic musicals of all time is being brought to life on the Imperial Theatre stage. Whether you’ve seen it a million times, or only ever heard of it – don’t miss the chance to see this Broadway smash. For more info, visit AugustaPlayers.org.

intermedix Ironman 70.3 Augusta: September 29, 2013

The largest half Ironman in the world brings world-class athletes to Augusta’s front door. Come and cheer each of them on as they push themselves to complete a 1.2 mile swim in the Savannah River, a 56 mile bike ride throughout Georgia and South Carolina and a 13.1 mile run through downtown Augusta. You will be amazed. For more info, visit AugustaSportsCouncil.org.

Four First Friday Faves

Here in Augusta – we like to celebrate! Any ol’ occasion will do, but one of my favorite local celebrations is First Friday. Head downtown on the first Friday of every month and you’ll see everyone from families with kids, hipsters, guys in bowties, edgy artists and possibly zombies – all out shopping, eating and just celebrating life in an awesome Southern city. It seems like every month I have a new list of favorites, so don’t be surprised if you see another list pop up. In the immortal words of Lavar Burton – “But you don’t have to take my word for it…” come out and experience First Friday for yourself!

    Fashion Shows – Retail shops like Curvitude Boutique and Vintage Ooollee take full advantage of First Fridays by hosting special fashion shows and offering post show specials and deals. Perfect for curvy divas and vintage vixens – or for those of us just looking for something unique and affordable. (Thanks to Curvitude for the awesome picture!)

    Live Music – Lots of downtown businesses, like local design team, Wier / Stewart, allow bands and musicians of all kinds serenade the crowds. If you’re a music junkie – band jump down Broad Street and get a little bit of everything! If you prefer to sit and listen, many of the bars downtown have live music and drink specials inside. (Thanks to Wier / Stewart for the awesome picture!)

    Entertainment – Lawd, Jesus, it’s a fire! But a good one. Local groups like Pyroteque have free, family friendly shows during First Friday. You may also come across belly dancers, folk dancers and just regular folks dancing in the street. (Thanks to Pyroteque and Rich Bennett for the awesome picture!)

    Shopping – Local stores like Psychotronic Augusta, The Book Tavern and shops along Artists Row are open late and offer special deals for First Friday shoppers. From $1 vinyls to acrylic paintings of James Brown to BOGO books – you never know what you’ll find ‘til you look! (Thanks to First Friday for the awesome picture!)

    I’ll see you next time!

    The Porkchop

    We just HAD to share the awesome blog from Sally Ann about one of Augusta’s most fabulous artists. For more of Sally’s awesomeness, visit her blog: http://www.sallyannk.com

    There are very few people that make such striking first impressions as Leonard ‘Porkchop’ Zimmerman. I’d been a huge fan of his work around Augusta for years, and I didn’t actually meet him until the night before his gallery opening at Gaartdensity. A special friends and family showing, Matt and I were the last ones to arrive before close, and suddenly we were the only ones there. In the gallery was Matt, Leonard, the gallery owner and myself. Leonard walked me through the story of his collection, paintings of robots staring at the stars, and a bird on a robot’s shoulder. The collection was the story of the sudden loss of his partner in 2006 to Leonard’s path of grieving and living life thereafter. We hadn’t known each other 5 minutes, and we both cried together as he told me stories of he and Brian. It was beautiful.

    Since that gallery showing, I see Leonard all over downtown, having worked just a few doors down from Wier Stewart, where he works as a graphic designer. An Augusta native and SCAD graduate, you can always spot him in Downtown Augusta, in converse shoes (which may not be the same color shoe on each foot), and he’s always chewing on candy or has a dum dum in his mouth. If you can’t find Leonard, you’re sure to see his Happy stickers around town as well.

    A connoisseur of sweets, it’s an understatement to say Leonard has a sweet tooth. Mixology has never really been my thing, but of all the years I spent bartending, there is only one drink I can proudly claim to have created: The Porkchop. Sweet and fruity. And perfecly Porkchop. And now that I’m retired from F&B, this will be the only drink that is “by Sally”. I’m quite proud of my concoction, and Leonard absolutely loves it!

    The Porkchop:

    Cut the end off the bottom side of a Twizzler, place in glass. Fill glass with ice.

    1 oz. Mandarin Absolut Vodka + 1/2 oz. raspberry Schnapps. Top off with pineapple juice. Bite off that first bit of Twizzler and you have your straw.

    Make for your friends and have a Porkchop party! Get adventurous and add other candy garnishes! You can visit his site and see more of his work here.

    Photos courtesy of Noah Fecks and Leonard Zimmerman. Find the original blog post here: http://www.sallyannk.com/2013/06/the-porkchop_7.html

    Augusta Trade, Exhibit and Event (TEE) Center Sneak Peek

    Augusta’s newest meeting space, the TEE Center, is scheduled to open early 2013 and is in the final stages of construction. Peggy Seigler, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the Augusta CVB, gives you a sneak peek inside the building and shares some of her favorite things about the new space. For more information, visit www.AugustaTEECenter.com or call 706-823-6600.

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