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Arts in the Heart of Augusta

(Note: This blog was originally posted November 5, 2010. It has been updated with information about Arts in the Heart 2011)

Arts in the Heart of Augusta is one of my favorite festivals.  I look forward to attending each year.  Every year a different country is showcased and this year it was Brazil.

This year I was on a mission!  My neighbor – Mr. Melvin has lived in Augusta all his life but has never been to Arts in the Heart!  I couldn’t believe it so I invited him to come along with me, my mom and youngest son.  Of course, he was surprised by how big of an event it was.

Obviously food is abundant with all the different countries represented.  There are over 15 different countries represented in the world food bazaar each year.  Mr. Melvin had no trouble deciding what to eat though.  He went straight for Jamaica.

I ate a Meat Patty from Jamaica on Friday  so I was headed for the Fish and Chips from Ireland on Saturday.

We walked around and checked out the  arts and crafts, and  jewelry before we stopped at a couple of the stages.

Now, there was a time when I would sit at the Children’s stage or the Family stage and just watch all the different groups perform.

If I got a good seat up front I wasn’t moving!  Since our group was mixed this year I thought we should keep it moving and get a little more variety.

I don’t think I will have to convince Mr. Melvin to go next year.  As a matter of fact he already told me he was going to bring his stadium chair next time!

Arts in the Heart of Augusta 2011: September 16 – 18

Friday, Sept 16: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, Sept 17: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday, Sept 18: 12 noon – 7 p.m.

Featured Culture for 2011: GREECE

Weekend Badges: $7 at the gate   //  $5 in advance (available at all SRP locations) 

Staycation

I was due for a vacation but I was not leaving town.  Instead my dad was coming from New York.  I was thinking about all the things I wanted to show him but knew I would have to choose carefully because we still had to have time to just visit.   We went to the Museum of History because he, like most people, loved James Brown.  He was really impressed with the Exhibit.  I think we were in there for about 2 hours and could have stayed longer but I wanted him to experience the Arts in the Heart of Augusta event.  This Festival is one of my favorite things to do in Augusta every year and I knew he would enjoy it since he is into the arts in New York City.  I was right.  He enjoyed it so much he was making notes to take back a few ideas for a block party he is planning.

Festivals Galore

My favorite pastime in Augusta is all the festivals.  I just like to be out and about in the middle of all the activity, the culture, the vendors.   Sometimes I’m on stage; other times just a spectator…a part of the crowd.  This season the festivals just haven’t stopped.  I noticed driving through downtown, that they just aren’t taking any tents down this year.  Or maybe as soon as one goes down, here comes another.  We enjoyed First Friday and then the Ironman Triathlon.  Wow, how cool was that? Don’t take down the festival tents yet, though.  The biggest one was yet to come.  Next it was Westobou, and Arts in the Heart.  Tents everywhere, stages everywhere.  Culture, dance, music, ethnic food for everyone!  But wait, it’s still not over.  Here comes this Hispanic Festival, the Greek Festival, and Octoberfest.

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