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November 2013 Weekend Whirl

We all need a little weekend getaway to keep things fun and to relax a little. November in Augusta, Ga brings cooler weather and bright fall colors along the Augusta Riverwalk and the Canal. Start planning your weekend whirl for November 8 – 10, 2013. Click here to see which hotels are available for the weekend.

What to do: Whether you want to learn about Augusta’s past, explore outside or celebrate culture, Augusta has lots of new experiences to offer.

Learn about the role Augusta played during the Civil War. Dr. Stephen Berry, associate professor of history and Gregory Chair in the Civil War Era at the University of Georgia presents: Lincolns and Todds: A House Divided on Friday evening.  The program continues on Saturday at the Morris Museum with a series of lectures and performances by noted historians.  View a special exhibition of Civil War themed artworks in the education gallery. Advanced registration required for Saturday.

Enjoy the fifty shades of autumn along the Augusta Canal. Sid Mullis, UGA Extension service for Richmond County, and Judy Gordon, Ph.D., botanist at GRU, lead a walk along the canal that celebrates the fall season. Augusta’s autumn colors often peak in early to mid-November. Falling leaves reveal species you might not otherwise notice. Admission is $2. Visit AugustaCanal.com for more information.

Immerse yourself in Native American culture. Phinizy Swamp Nature Park will host the Oka’ Chaffa Indian Festival and celebrate Native American culture with live Native American dances and songs, storytellers, wildlife displays, live buffalo, arts and crafts, and a Living Tipi Village. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children (ages 6-12). For more info, visit NaturalSciencesAcademy.org.

Where to shop: You won’t have to worry that someone at a holiday party has the same necklace as you. You won’t have to give your dad another tie as a gift either – when you shop at Augusta’s local boutiques and stores.

Get swanky home swag with Southern charm. Capture a bit of Southern sass for your home with fun picture frames, quirky wall art and lots of cute accessories and stocking stuffers at The Swank Co.

Build a better library. Spend a little time chatting with the friendly folks at The Book Tavern about your favorite authors or books and let them make suggestions for what to read next! Or browse through their selection of new, used and rare books on your own to see what you discover. We promise it’s not your average chain book store experience!

Get an Augusta hoodie to take home. Cooler weather means it’s time to break out the hoodies! You’ll have plenty to choose from along with men’s polos, hats, sunglasses and lots more Augusta themed gifts at the Augusta Visitor Center located inside the Augusta Museum of History.

What to eat: The local food scene in Augusta makes it hard to choose – but here are a few suggestions. You can always come back another weekend and try more!

Fish & Chips. Augusta’s local English-style pub – Boar’s Head Public House – serves up a mean fish & chips dish along with other English pub food like bangers & mash and Sheppard’s Pie. After dinner, stick around and play darts or chess with an imperial pint of British ale.

Soul Food & Sweet Tea. The Cotton Patch takes comfort food seriously. Classics like fried pork chops and macaroni & cheese are served up on big plates with generous portions. They also believe sweet tea is an art – you won’t find a better brew anywhere around town.

Spaghetti & Meatballs. Luigi’s has been a downtown establishment since 1949. Take a bite of their spaghetti & meatballs with garlic bread and you’ll know why. Don’t make any plans after dinner. You’ll leave happy and full – the perfect combination for a nap!

Want more info? Visit www.AugustaGa.org for a full calendar of events and list of restaurants and attractions.

Top 5 Spooky Fun Ways to Enjoy the Weekend

If you’re looking for ways to get in the spooky spirit of the season, Augusta offers lots of fun experiences! Here are our top five:

1. Nightmare Plantation: October 25, 26, 27 & 31 from 7 p.m. – Until. November 1 & 2 from 7 p.m. – Until.

Located at the old Dodge Plantation in Grovetown, Ga., the Plantation covers more than 21 acres & features a 110-years old plantation house, whose owners have experienced numerous paranormal activities during their 35 years at the property. Guests will find themselves walking, running, screaming, jumping & cowering as they attempt to dodge the Plantation’s Caretaker who oversees the property’s lost souls. Thursday – Saturday Admission is $20, Sunday is $15.  For more information visit NightmarePlantation.net.

2. Nightmare on Broad Street: October 25 at 8 p.m. Downtown Augusta.

Celebrate all things fun and spooky in Augusta. Wear your best Halloween costume and ride the trolley through downtown with stops at participating bars and restaurants. Registration begins at 6 p.m. at the corner of 11th & Broad Street. Admission is $10. For more information, visit their Facebook Page.

3. Black Cat Ball: October 26 at 8 p.m. Le Chat Noir.

Dress in your best costume and head to Augusta’s “off Broad Street” theatre for a night of Hoodoo themed fun with victuals by Grimm – in addtion to the spooky fare there will be some cajun/creole favorites. Full service bar and drink specials set up at stations manned by some unsavory characters. Musical conjurings by DJ Codec to dance by. Costumes not required but preferred. Contest categories will be Greatest Gris-Gris – best Hoodoo priest/priestess, Most Wretchedly Hexed – victim of a horrible curse, Mr. Mojo Risin – your best zombie. Admission is $10 in advance, $13 at the door. For more information visit LCNAugusta.com.

4. B Mini Movie Marathon: October 26. Noon – 5 p.m. Morris Museum of Art.

Screen and discuss cult classic horror films in the museum’s auditorium with alternative cinema guru Michael J. Weldon and film fanatic and director Matthew Buzzell. Popcorn and drinks included. Admission is $5. For more information visit TheMorris.org.

5. Spirits of Hallowed Eve Tours: October 26 from 6 – 9 p.m. Living History Park.

Walk amongst the ghosts of yesteryear in a Colonial setting. Tours begin every 15 – 20 minutes throughout the evening. Reservations are required. Email Pam@colonialtimes.us with your reservation requests. Include your name, address, home phone, cell phone, number in your group, and the time you are requesting. Closest available tour starting time will be assigned. Admission is $1 per person or $5 per family.

For a full calendar of events for October 25 – November 3, 2013 click here: http://www.augustaga.org/content/download/11606/246704/file/COE%2010-25%20to%2011-03.pdf

Check off your Fall Bucket List in Augusta

I don’t know about you, but Fall makes me want to walk among the changing leaves, listen to ghost tales and warm up with a hot cup of coffee or hot cider. With that in mind, I made my Fall Bucket list with lots of fun ways to celebrate the changing of the season in Augusta! Below, you’ll find helpful links so that you can start planning your Augusta adventure too!

1. Make a Forever Pumpkin at Tire City Potters: https://www.facebook.com/tcpotters

2. Admire the changing colors along the Riverwalk: http://www.augustaga.org/Things-to-Do/Attractions/Augusta-Riverwalk

3. Go on a spooky adventure with the Augusta Ghost Trolley: https://www.facebook.com/AugustaGhostTrolley

4. Take a moonlight hike through Phinizy Swamp: http://naturalsciencesacademy.org/calendar/

5. Eat pumpkin muffins from New Moon Cafe: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-New-Moon-Cafe/461891810716

6. Drink hot coffee from Buona Caffe: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Buona-Caffe-Artisan-Roasted-Coffee/419877860272

7. Visit The Maize at Steed’s Dairy: http://www.steedsdairy.com/projects.html

See you soon!

October Weekend Whirl

We all need a little weekend getaway to keep things fun and to relax a little. October in Augusta, Ga brings cooler weather and bright fall colors along the Augusta Riverwalk and the Canal. Start planning your weekend whirl for October 18 – 20, 2013. Click here to see which hotels are available for the weekend.

What to do: It’s all about enjoying the cool weather and exploring outside this month!

Take a Moonlight Music Cruise. Enjoy an early fall cruise down the Augusta Canal with live music on the Petersburg Boat by Brandon Cocker.  Food and drink is allowed on-board, so grab a bottle of wine or your favorite drink and a few snacks for the trip. Click here to reserve your seats online.

Weave your way through The Maize at Steed’s Dairy. Pick a pumpkin from the patch, wind your way through the corn maze, take a hay ride and enjoy candy apples and hot cider – it doesn’t get much more fall than this! $10 gets you into everything except the corn cannon (those are $1 per shot). Visit SteedsDairy.com for more information.

Experience what life was like during Colonial Times. North Augusta’s Living History Park brings the colonial period from 1735 – 1785 to life with demonstrations and living exhibits. Try your hand at colonial dances or see if you’re fit to join the militia. Since Colonial Times is free – you’ll have some extra cash to do a little shopping later! For more info, visit ColonialTimes.us.

Where to shop: Augusta has lots of unique shops where you can find one of a kind gifts, clothes and more!

Get your vintage fix. Vintage Ooollee is located in the heart of Downtown Augusta on Broad Street. You’ll find vintage clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women.

Get “the look” for less. Vignettes is a women and teen clothing boutique. The best part? Everything in the store is under $80! So grab everything you need to recreate your favorite fall look without breaking the bank.

Get an Augusta t-shirt to take home. Who doesn’t love t-shirts? You’ll have plenty to choose from along with men’s polos, hats, sunglasses and lots more Augusta themed gifts at the Augusta Visitor Center located inside the Augusta Museum of History. When you stop in to get your ticket for the Trolley Tour, make sure you take a look and take something home!

What to eat: The local food scene in Augusta makes it hard to choose – but here are a few suggestions. You can always come back another weekend and try more!

Tacos & Beer. Sound good? Then try Nacho Mama’s – a quick-serve funky little local favorite serving up creative burritos, nachos, tacos and quesadillas along with cold beer. And don’t forget the cheese dip or fresh guacamole.

Burgers & Shakes. This classic combo just got a whole lot better than your average fast food joint can serve up. Farmhaus Burgers uses fresh, farm-to-table ingredients to make burgers loaded with flavor and lots of personality. Add to that a fresh, thick & creamy shake made with local ingredients and you’ve got a match made in burger paradise.

Cake & Coffee. Imagine a cake that’s a foot tall with lots of moist layers and sweet icing paired with the perfect cup of locally roasted coffee. Now open your eyes – you’re at the Boll Weevil! Cakes are baked fresh daily and the coffee is locally roasted in Augusta and is so smooth you won’t need sugar or creamer. You’ll leave on a cloud of sugar and caffeine – and that’s a promise!

Want more info? Visit www.AugustaGa.org for a full calendar of events and list of restaurants and attractions.

See you soon!

The “A” List

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

Westobou Festival: October 2 – 6, 2013

From film and music collaborations like Joan of Arc + Kim Gordon with Body/Head to up-and-coming artists JOHNNYSWIM to world renowned Mark Morris Dance Group and “modern day Mark Twain” writer Roy Blount Jr., Westobou Festival brings innovative indie art and culture to the front and center of Augusta’s scene for five full days. For more info, visit WestobouFestival.com.

The Color Run: October 5, 2013

What do you get when you add head-to-toe paint to an untimed 5K that you can run, walk or both? The “Happiest 5K on the Planet”! Regardless of your age or athletic ability, you can experience the fun. At each kilometer, participants are doused in powder paint until they reach the party at the finish line! For more info, visit TheColorRun.com/Augusta.

Augusta Hispanic Festival: October 11 – 12, 2013

The Augusta Common is bursting with awesome authentic food and cultural performances during the Hispanic Festival! I dare you to try and walk downtown with being lured in by the smell of the food and the promise of fresh piña coladas served straight from the pineapple! Click here to see the Hispanic Festival video on YouTube. For more info, visit Elcervantino.org.

Augusta Greek Festival: October 11 – 13, 2013

You don’t eat no meat? That’s OK. They’ve got lamb. And baklava. Shop for great gifts at the bazaar, sit down and watch a traditional dance or two and make sure you try the food! You’ll feel like you’re part of a big Greek family before you leave. Click here to see the Greek Festival video on YouTube. For more info, visit HolyTrinityAugusta.org

Dark Corners: The Appalachian Murder Ballads: October 17, 2013

Asheville North Carolina artist, Julyan Davis, discusses his exhibition accompanied by a performance of murder ballads by folk musicians Greg and Lucretia Speas during the exhibition opening. You’ve gotta admit that a little macabre art and music is perfect for the festive and fun atmosphere leading up to Halloween. For more info, visit TheMorris.org.

October is a great month in Augusta and there’s lots more to do – check out our online calendar for a full list of events!

See ya’ll around!

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