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Top 5 things to get excited about in Augusta, Ga during December!

December 9, 10, 15, 16, 17

If you get a little tired of seeing the same holiday shows every single year, then you’ll love Misconception: The Lost Gospel of Christmas. Le Chat Noir’s inappropriately humorous, irreverent and endearing retelling of the greatest story ever told explores what might have happened if the birth of Jesus had happened during modern times.

 

December 11

The Augusta Museum of History is hosting their first ever Polar Express for children this year! Kids dressed in pajamas will receive their very own golden ticket and will board a real train and hear the story of the Polar Express while munching on cookies and hot chocolate.

 

December 16

Another first for the holidays in Augusta is the Magic of Santa Claus Trolley Tour! The entire family can take a magical journey that includes a sightseeing trip to view the city Christmas lights of both Augusta and North Augusta with stops along the way to meet with Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves from the North Pole! Stay warm in the trolley with cookies and cider or coffee.

 

December 18

A holiday favorite returns this year at the Imperial Theatre 12 Bands of Christmas is back and bringing some of the best local artists to one stage for the biggest musical Christmas party of the year! If you want to take the show home with you, make sure you pick up a 12 Bands of Christmas CD while you’re there!

 

Through December 31st

Stroll through millions of twinkling Christmas lights with a hot chocolate in hand at Lights of the South. While you’re there, you can take the kids to meet Santa, see Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen, roast marshmallows and find your way through a lighted Christmas Tree maze!

Tire City Potters

Downtown Augusta has lots of little hidden gems, just waiting for you to stumble up on them. Tire City Potters, is one such gem!  Situated in an old garage, this pottery studio is a lot more than meets the eye.  If you’re enjoying a First Friday downtown or strolling down 10th Street after a delicious meal at the Rooster’s Beak or Bee’s Knees you might find yourself wandering into Tire City.

When the large garage doors are open, the studio is quite inviting.  Earlier this week, I was enjoying Taco Tuesday at the Rooster’s Beak across the street. Since the weather was so nice we sat outside while we ate and watched the crowd at the pottery studio.  Our out of town guests were quite curious, so after supper we decided to pop in and see what we could find.

These skull and crossbones mugs would make a perfect gift for even the most macho coffee aficionado!

There is quite a wide variety of pottery from vases and platters, to business card holders and tea kettles.

My favorite were these tiny pinch pots!  I bought a few for Christmas gifts, as they would be perfect finger bowls, salt keepers, or jewelry holders!

If you are downtown and the lights are on, stop by and check out Tire City, you might just find something amazing!

Tire City Potters
210 B 10th Street
Augusta, GA 30901
(706) 294-3871

Lurking in the Orange

A few days ago, my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with a night out on the town. We had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants – The Bees Knees – which was FABULOUS, as always! Then we decided to go to the new art gallery downtown – Gaartdensity Gallery – because I’d heard that a new Halloween themed exhibit was opening.

When we got there, what we found “Lurking in the Orange” was a celebration of the spirit of Halloween. It pays tribute to the classic horror figures, but it also had new perspectives on scary, weird and creepy along with an element of fun that made the exhibit devilishly delightful.

It was our first time visiting the gallery, although I’ve heard that they have events and art shows quite frequently. If you’re in town before “Lurking in the Orange” closes, stop by and get into spirit of the season. And make sure you check back to see what kind of other fun events are happening!

Bees Knees Tapas Restaurant & Lounge

211 Tenth Street

706-828-3600

Gaartdensity Gallery

1155 Broad Street

Experience Art & Get Inspired!

When I was in college I needed a place to escape the daily grind of research, writing papers, reading textbooks, projects, and the list goes on…So I found a place. Where was my sanctuary? Where is it that I went for a refill of creative inspiration? It was the Morris Museum of Art.

The Morris Museum of Art is located on the Riverwalk in downtown Augusta. It is “The first museum dedicated to the art and artists of the American South.” Each and every item found in the museum was either created by an artist in the south, or the subject material is related to the South.

There is a permanent collection which holds paintings, works on paper, sculptures, photographs and more. In the collection you can find works for the Antebellum and Civil War periods, all the way to Contemporary Works created in the South. It’s an extensive collection with around 5,000 pieces.

To walk around from room to room and take it all in is an excellent escape from the world outside. Someone actually created this– it is inspirational! This mental, visual break helps me regain the composure I need to finish my assignments.

The Morris Museum of Art also offers eight to ten temporary exhibits yearly. Currently museum visitors can find two astonishing exhibits. One is Preservation of Place by Edward Rice. The Morris commissioned 40 paintings, drawn from public and private holdings in the Augusta area and elsewhere. The collection portrays recognizable Augusta landmarks such as the Sibley Mill, Sacred Heart Cultural Center and more. He uses bright, vibrant colors to draw the eye in through various layers creating a remarkable three-dimensional effect. The exhibit is on display until November 20, 2011.

The second temporary exhibit is Down South: Paintings by Art Rosenbaum and Photographs by Margo Newmark Rosenbaum. Famed painter, muralist and illustrator Art Rosenbaum (also 2011 Westobou Festival Signature Artist) and his wife Margo, well-known photographer joined forces to create a Grammy award-winning box set of field recordings of roots musicians performing songs and hymns unique to the South. The exhibit is on display until November 6, 2011.

The museum is not just a place for adults to escape the world and become engulfed by creativity, but also for children. There are several family fun days! For example, the first Sunday of each month is Artrageous! Family Sunday – where kids of all ages can get crafty and create their own works of art. And remember, Sunday admission to the Morris is free! The next Artrageos! Family Sunday will be November 6 at 2:00 p.m.

For more information on the fun things for both adults and children visit the Morris Museum of Arts’ website http://themorris.org. Or stop by and visit the friendly staff.

The Morris Museum of Art
One Tenth Street
Augusta, Georgia 30901
 706-724-7501

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday Noon – 5 p.m. (Free admission on Sundays)

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. October in Augusta, Ga ushers in cool fall weather and plenty of ways to enjoy it. Downtown is in full swing with exhibits, concerts, performing arts and festivals. So start planning your trip now for October 14th – 16th!

Friday Night

Cruise the Augusta Canal. Order dinner to go from Casa Blanca Cafe, grab a bottle of wine and a light blanket and put it all in a picnic basket before you head down to the Augusta Canal for a moonlight cruise with live music on board.

   

Saturday

Cruise around town. After strolling through the Saturday Market on the River, head over to the Augusta Museum of History and take a historic tour of Augusta aboard a trolley. You’ll learn about the legend of the Haunted Pillar, the bones in the basement of the Old Medical College building and lots of other cool facts about the history of Augusta.

Art Credit: Leonard "Porkchop" Zimmerman

 

Cruise through Gåårtdensity. Pronounced Garden City, Gåårtdensity Gallery offers an eclectic mix of urban art and jewelry from local artists. Make sure you check out one of my favorite artists – Leonard “Porkchop” Zimmerman – at the gallery. You’ll love his fun interpretation of pumpkins as part of the “Lurking in the Orange” exhibit, opening this weekend!

Cruise to 5 O’Clock. Head over to Kings Way and dine like a king for dinner at the 5 O’Clock Bistro. Make sure you try the Southern Fried Goat Cheese Pie with Georgia Peach Vinaigrette – it is absolutely delicious!

  

Zombies are cruisin’ for a bruisin’. Learn how to spot and slay zombies in Augusta’s first interactive haunted attraction – Zombie Apocalypse Survival Camp. Le Chat Noir combines off-Broadway style theatre with haunted house scares and audience participation for an awesome Halloween season experience that you definitely should try.

Sunday

Cruise through the sky. Boshears Skyfest is a local favorite each year. Take a ride on a helicopter or airplane, watch air shows and parachute teams perform, ride the carnival rides and eat fair food for lunch before heading home.

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