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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!

A Tavern Full of Books

“T.V.—If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they’ll have with twenty-six.”—Unknown

The handwritten quote by some unknown person welcomes me into The Book Tavern from the sidewalk chalkboard and makes me smile.

There are two ways that I like to spend my free time during the summer in Augusta. Sitting in the shade somewhere with a good drink and a great book, or hiding inside from the heat with a good drink and a great book. So, naturally, The Book Tavern is one of my favorite places.

There’s a really cliché saying: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” I hate to say it, but I’ve discovered that this is true on a few different levels, thanks to The Book Tavern. The first time I walked into the store, I thought “Man, this is so small!” and it kind of is, if you compare it to some chain mega book store. But you’d be amazed at how many books there are inside. Seriously, I could probably spend at least half the day in there if I tried to look at all of them. They’ve got a couch, so if you’re one of those who has to read the first chapter to see if you want to buy the book, have a seat.

Today I’m looking for a book. Any book, to be more specific. I’ve got a weekend with nothing planned, so I know I need some new reading material. I also have $10 bucks on me, so I know that’s my limit. Now, at a chain store, $10 bucks might buy you some keychain book (you know, the kind that has 10 pages of really stupid jokes or cocktail recipes) but not here. A really big part of The Book Tavern’s inventory is used books that are priced WAY cheaper than the original retail value (can I get a “hallelujah!”?)

If by chance you ARE looking for something specific, like a rare book or a signed book, then the staff is always very helpful and friendly. For example, I went last year looking for a book called “Dracula: The Undead” (Yes, I’m a vampire book reader. Don’t judge.) and they didn’t have it in stock yet, but they ordered it for me, which was a pain free and pretty awesome experience.

So, I find my book for the weekend (“Real Life & Liars” by Kristina Riggle) and head to checkout. Since I go there pretty often and I’m a HUGE believer in recycling books after I’ve read them a few times, I have store credit. (The Book Tavern offers people the chance to bring in their used books to sell to the store for credit.) Since I applied my store credit to half the price of the book, I ended up paying $4.48. Mission accomplished.

The Book Tavern

1026 Broad Street, Augusta Ga

(706) 826-1940

http://www.facebook.com/thebooktavern

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