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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

    See you at the game!

    Guest blog submission by Michelle Naval, Augusta Sports Council

    It’s no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Augusta State University Basketball!

    I can still remember going to my first ASU basketball game during my freshman year all because a friend of mine was a cheerleader and wanted me and the rest of our friends to go to the game to watch her!  Little did I know that first game would get me hooked on ASU Basketball!  That was about 5 years ago and till this day I still get excited when October comes around because I know Jaguar basketball season is right around the corner! Everyone gets excited to watch some great basketball. 

    I always arrive with my game day posters and my Jaguars team spirit in hand on game days!  

    Besides the game there are a lot of other things that will keep just about anybody that comes happy.  The game day environment in Christenberry Field House is great! Fans of all ages come out every game to support the teams and to enjoy some really great basketball.  Plus it also doesn’t hurt ticket prices are affordable. There’s also the ASU Study Abroad sponsored concession stand where you can get just about any candy you can think of plus huge tubs of popcorn for snacks during the game.  Halftime is probably the busiest time at the concession stand and thankfully you don’t have to wait long to get your snacks and back to your seat before the 2nd half starts! 


     
    So whether or not you’re an alumni, student, community supporter, kid or just a basketball fan in general, I highly recommend coming out to catch a game at Christenberry Field House because trust me there’s still plenty of chances for you to catch a game this season!  I promise you won’t be disappointed!

    So remember Augusta is not only the home of the Masters but also the Augusta State Jaguars!  Go Jags! See you at the game!

    Augusta State University
    Christenberry Field House
    3109 Wrightsboro Road
    Augusta, GA 30909
    (706) 737-1632

    Not Gaddy & I DRUM 2 U: Augusta Canal Moonlight Music Cruise

    Ashton Randall, the Electronic Media Manager at the ACVB, went on her first Moonlight Music Cruise down the Augusta Canal. See video clips and photos from the cruise in this new video blog. For more information visit http://www.augustacanal.com 

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    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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