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Harlem Globetrotters come to Augusta!

Guest Blog Submission by Carly Kobasiar of the Augusta Sports Council

The Harlem Globetrotters came to Augusta for a one-night only engagement at James Brown Arena. I remember going to a Globetrotters game as a little girl and enjoying their wild antics, so when I heard they were coming to Augusta I knew I had to see them again!

The Harlem Globetrotters have been entertaining audiences for 85 years. They have performed for everyone from Presidents to Popes and have dunked their way into the hearts of basketball fans of all ages.

Fun for the entire family!

The show began with some cool break-dancing moves to the unmistakable sounds of the Globetrotters’ theme song, “Sweet Georgia Brown.” It really got the crowd going as the Globetrotter’s took the floor and the game was underway!

Globetrotters breaking it down.

The basketball game was almost secondary, as the Globetrotter’s fancy ball-handling and awesome slam dunks steal the show. If you go to a game and you are lucky to have tickets on the sideline, there’s a good chance that they will make you part of the show! Everyone is a target at the Globetrotter’s game, from little kids, to grandparents!

Slam Dunk!

Want to be part of the show?

The Globetrotter’s won the game 89-77, which was no surprise since their hapless opponents, the Washington Generals haven’t won a game since 1971!

The Harlem Globetrotters game was just one of many events held at Augusta’s James Brown Arena. The venue hosts sporting events, concerts and trade show throughout the year. Visit http://www.jamesbrownarena.com/ for more information.

To catch a Harlem Globetrotter’s game near you, check out their tour schedule at http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/.

Tutti Frutti

I was leaving the gym with my sister and we stumbled across a new frozen yogurt shop called Tutti Frutti. I felt like a kid in a candy store when we walked in. There is a large selection of frozen yogurts to choose from including almond, mango, green apple, cheesecake and several others. Then you have the toppings.

You could go healthy and choose from the fruit selection, or pick from the cereals, candy and other non traditional toppings.  They also give samples of the yogurt when you walk in. I had green apple and cheesecake yogurt and added strawberries, cheesecake pieces and granola.

My sister had cheesecake and mango yogurt and added cheesecake pieces and love letter straws.  You pick your cup size, then your yogurt and toppings, and then you weigh and pay.  

In addition to yogurt, they also have a selection of candy that can be purchased by the ounce.  If you want to get creative with your dessert, this is the place to go! I’ve been back twice already!

Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt
Agerton Lane, Augusta, GA 30909
Hours:
Mon – Thurs: 11 am – 10 pm  
Fri and Sat: 11 am – 11 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 10 pm

T-Bonz

My grandmother turned 80 in February. As a family, we wanted to celebrate such a huge milestone. We decided to have dinner at T-Bonz.

The restaurant offers a private room that seats 30 to 40 people. If you don’t like steak, that’s ok. They have a variety of items to choose from, which are also very kid friendly.

If you do like steak, you’ve come to the right place. They cook it just the way you like it. You must try the Tommy Fries ( their version of cheese fries). You have your steak fries covered in cheese and bacon with ranch dressing! They are the ultimate comfort food and are to die for!

I will definitely be going back again.

T-Bonz Steakhouse
2856 Washington Road
Augusta, GA 30909-2171
(706) 737-8325
http://www.tbonz.com/

Let Your Kids Build-A-Friend!

If you are in Augusta and you are looking for something fun and memorable for the little ones, then look no further.  Build-A-Bear Workshop is located in the Augusta Mall and is a favorite for kids, teens and adults alike.

Its slogan, “Where Friends Are Made,” could not be more accurate. It offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal center!

Creating your own stuffed animal is much more exciting than buying one of hundreds that are made exactly the same.

Your child can choose from several different stuffed friends, not just teddy bears. There are panda bears, dogs, cats, frogs, bunnies, pigs, monkeys and more!

Once your child has chosen their animal it must be stuffed; a Build-A-Bear associate will help your child with this process. Then it’s time to give it a heart, and sound if you want. You can even record a personalized message and place it inside the animal!

Then it’s time for even more personalization! They offer hundreds of teddy bear sized outfits, shoes, hats, sunglasses, toys, jewelry and more.

Your kids will have a blast and also have something special to take home with them! It’s a souvenir unlike any other.

Augusta, Georgia in St. Augustine.

It was a recent trip back from visiting my family in Florida when we discovered Augusta in St. Augustine, Florida. We stopped at the Castillo de San Marcos in downtown St. Augustine. The fort was built to protect and defend Spain’s claims in the New World.

 Today it is a National Park and a great place for kids to run around and learn hands-on about history. The Castillo still stands today – undefeated after 330 years of colonial warfare and intrigue. The reason could be because of the 16th century technology centered on black powder. I tell you all this because Augusta, Georgia is where they got their black powder or gunpowder during the Civil War.

The fort has plenty of ammunition and weapons on display – cannons, cannonballs and rifles. But in a special case downstairs is a small bag of ammunition stamped “Augusta, Georgia.” It was a great discovery.

The history of the Augusta Confederate Powder Works thanks to the National Parks Service: At the beginning of the Civil War gunpowder supplies for the Confederate armies were insufficient.

In 1861 Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, charged Colonel George Washington Rains with solving this issue by creating a local supply of gunpowder. Rains chose the flat lands by the Augusta Canal as the most suitable site for making the much needed gunpowder. He named Major Charles Shaler Smith as architect to design the Confederate Powder Works. The Confederate Powder Works, the only permanent edifice constructed by the Confederate States of America, was in operation until April 1865. During its lifetime, the facility produced approximately 7,000 pounds of gunpowder per day for a final total of 2,750,000 pounds. The Augusta Powder Works produced enough gunpowder to fully meet the needs of the Confederate armies and still retained a surplus of 70,000 pounds at the end of the war.

Click here for more information:
http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/augusta/sibleymill.html

There is a lot to learn in Augusta about the Civil War even though a battle was never fought in Augusta. And apparently there is a little something to learn about Augusta in St. Augustine, Florida.

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