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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. 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!

The Pink Dipper serves up a tasty blast from the past

If you’re looking for a great place to get ice cream-you must check out the Pink Dipper, located in North Augusta, SC.

In the heart of downtown North Augusta is this cute ice cream parlor that has been around for more than thirty years, and still serving some of the best cold treats in town today!

They offer a variety of ice cream and specialty treats.  I remember coming to this ice cream shop as a child, and still enjoy it today! There is nothing like a hometown ice cream shop on a beautiful sunny spring day! Make sure you take the kids-they will enjoy the old time ice cream parlor feel and all the treats as well!

Pink Dipper

501 Georgia Avenue
North Augusta, SC 29841

(803) 279-4100

Rhinehart’s – It’s Beyond Casual

This casual seafood restaurant is by far one of my favorite places to eat in Augusta, and one of the most unique “hole in the wall” places to visit! Don’t let the run down beach shack feel scare you from the outside-because it is truly one of Augusta’s gems!

Rhineharts gives you that casual, laid back, beach good feeling! They have the BEST fried shrimp-I think it’s even better than at the beach! They have a variety of wonderful seafood on their menu such as oysters, po boys, crab legs, fish and so much more. They also have other varieties of food, such as the best hamburger and homemade french fries in town!

They offer specials everyday for lunch and dinner-my personal fave is their Monday night special, $2.99 dozen boiled shrimp-you can’t beat the price or the taste anywhere!

Dining is inside or outside-however I recommend sitting outside at the picnic tables and enjoying this beautiful spring weather in Augusta! Take the entire family and friends and enjoy this great atmosphere, food, and fun!

PI Bar and Grill

It was such a busy and fun filled weekend that when Sunday rolled around no one felt like cooking . The solution to this problem? The prestigious Partridge Inn’s PI Bar and Grill’s Sunday Brunch! It has been voted Best Brunch in Augusta by its residents for several years and held onto its title in 2010. It’s both  impressive and delicious!

The atmosphere of the Partridge Inn is incomparable to any other place in Augusta. It is located in the beautiful and historic Summerville neighborhood and sits on a hill, which offers a stunning view of Downtown Augusta.

It offers traditional breakfast  foods such as: bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy and grits.

There is even an omelet station where a chef will make your omelet any way you would like it!

Because the Partridge Inn is known for its southern cuisine, homemade macaroni and cheese and collard greens can be found on the buffet! And I must admit, these dishes rival my grandma’s collards and macaroni and cheese, and that  is not an easy feat in my opinion.

They also have fresh fruit  and various fresh salads.

Fresh shrimp and mussels are also on the buffet.

And also desserts! Try some cheesecake, pecan pie or various fruit cobblers.

 Not the mention the live entertainment created the perfect atmosphere.

The PI Bar and Grill not only offers a fabulous Sunday Brunch, but has several other specials during the week. Including live Jazz entertainment on Friday nights with free cover, martini Mondays, Wine Down Wednesdays and more. Not to mention it serves breakfast, lunch buffet and dinner daily.

The PI Bar and Grill
2110 Walton Way
(706) 396-2620
(706) 737-8888
http://www.partridgeinn.com/dining/bar_grill.cfm

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