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

Witness for the Prosecution

September 14 & 15, 21 &22, 28 & 29

DCTheatreScene.com calls Witness for the Prosecution “a six-course meal of a play, a lip-smacking, eye-rolling, stomach-rumbling grand buffet of – wait for it – vintage fifties, English-style murder. It is… so full of twists and turns that it might have been dreamed up by – Agatha Christie. And it was!” See it at Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre. $40 per person gets you dinner and a show – you can’t beat that!

Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder

September 14

The Morris Museum of Art kicks off their 10th anniversary Southern Soul and Song series with bluegrass legends Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder. In a video we saw recently to promote the show, a woman says “That Ricky Scaggs, I love him more than my luggage.” See him live at the Imperial Theatre and we’re sure you’ll love him too.

Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival

September 14 – 16

Three days packed with awesome food and beer, live performances and locally created art and crafts. You can eat, shop, wander around and see performances on three different stages and eat some more – all in the heart of downtown Augusta. It doesn’t get much cooler than that. { See video }

Blair Crimmins and the Hookers ( <– Click & watch them!)

September 22

Put on your bow tie and suspenders and head to Stillwater TapRoom for a night of throwback fun. Blair Crimmins and the Hookers bring back the 20s vibe with their brassy tunes and catchy lyrics. Luckily, you can enjoy a cold beer with your prohibition-era music. Now, get busy learning the Charleston.

Evening of Festivities

September 29

Symphony Orchestra Augusta begins an exciting season with Evening of Festivities. Join Music Director Shizuo Z Kuwahara and SOA as they explore Latin themes from the Old World to the New World featuring guitarist Jason Vieaux. If you’ve never heard a symphony live, you definitely don’t want to miss this.

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. November in Augusta, Ga brings vibrant colors, a chill in the air, and anticipation for the holidays. So start planning your weekend getaway for November 11th through November 13th.

Friday Night

Dinner and a Show. Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre brings a funny and fresh holiday play to life this season with Christmas Belles. Don’t worry about trying to catch dinner before the show, you can grab dinner at the theatre!

Saturday 

Breakfast and a Cruise. Grab breakfast from  Fat Man’s Mill Café before heading right across the parking lot to the Augusta Canal and Interpretive Center. After you’ve had the chance to explore the history behind the canal, hop on a Petersburg Boat and cruise down the canal to enjoy all the beautiful fall foliage!

Head back to the hotel to rest and get ready for dinner!

Follow the Crums. Grab an early dinner at the trendy Crums on Central. Make sure you try the Bacon wrapped Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms or a fire grilled pizza!

Relive West Side Story. The Symphony Orchestra Augusta brings this classic story to life with all your favorite songs from the Broadway musical and the movie.

Sunday

Shop til You Drop! Christmas Made in the South provides the perfect place to shop for every hard-to-buy-for friend and relative on your holiday shopping list!

Big wheels keep on turnin’

All week long the kids knew we were going to see some Monster Truck Action on Friday Night in Augusta, Georgia. They could hardly wait. It was an excellent bribe for good behavior.

We loaded up the car and headed just down from Gate Five at Fort Gordon to the Gordon Speedway. We arrived early before the show to check out the trucks. These trucks were huge. I guess that’s why they call them Monster Trucks. The show involved crushing small cars – always exciting. A few jumps and driving just on the back two wheels. Woo-wee.

It was a bit loud. Folks that had been to the speedway before came prepared with headsets. We did not. But we were able to sit a little away from the action and miss the big noise. Other action included a great motocross race.

The food was very affordable. We got some fries and Gatorade. No alcohol at the track—very family friendly. There is even a section of the stands just for families.

William loved Black Knight – it was the truck driven by the only female racer. Jacob liked the green truck. I personally liked seeing Big Foot – the very first monster truck ever.

But the other big hit was the racing flag. When having to make the choice between the flag and funnel cake – the boys choose the flag. I do feel that I missed out on that one. The funnel cake looked really good.

You can catch a race this Friday, July 22nd at the nearby Modoc Speedway, which is just a short drive over to McCormick, South Carolina.

For other races and speedy action check out the website:

http://www.modocspeedway.com/

Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre

This year for my first time I went to the dinner theater in Augusta, Georgia and it was fantastic. We had an office outing to the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre to see their production of Dearly Beloved. I really did not know what to expect accept everyone had always told me the food was great and the shows were fun. They were right about both.

The trip out to Fort Gorgon was easy. I arrived at the theater to find the parking lot full. Katrina pulled in just behind me, so we walked up the meet the rest of the team. When the doors opened, they showed us to our table. You enjoy dinner first and then the show. So here is the inside tip……get your dessert before you get your dinner. I grabbed my slice of chocolate cake and then went back for the prime rib. The buffet was full of good things. Potatoes au gratin, stir fry vegetables, rice with a spicy shrimp, and of course the prime rib. All was yummy. But I did notice at the end of the meal, the desert table was looking slim on choices. So don’t forget the inside tip.

Our dinner was on the same level as the theatre stage. There is also an upper level of seating. I took this photo while the lights were still on – but I think you can get an idea of the setting. I enjoyed the seats throughout the play.

The play was the story of a wedding in small town that goes awry when the bride and groom go missing. Of course there is a happy ending but I don’t want to give everything away. The actors at the Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre are terrific. They are all local, some even soldiers. The production was so much fun to watch. I really got lost and the story and enjoyed my time.

The Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre Season has about six productions a year. Each show runs about two weeks. Tickets range from $25 – $39. You can also just go for the show and not do dinner. I recommend dinner.

It was a different experience for me and glad for the office outing. I hope to go back soon this time without the team.

Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre
Located on 3rd Avenue, Building 32100, Fort Gordon, Georgia
Box Office (706) 793-8552

Saturday Morning Trail Ride


A couple of weeks ago, we headed out to Fort Gordon to visit  Hilltop Riding Stables for a nice Saturday morning trail ride.  Hilltop is located just about 20 minutes from downtown Augusta.  It’s great to have such peaceful scenery right outside town.

I’ve had a little bit of experience riding horses when I was growing up. It had probably been a couple of years since my last horseback ride, but that didn’t matter.  The folks out at Hilltop do a great job of matching you up to the right horse based on personality and riding experience.  My horse for the day was ‘Shortcake’ but they call her ‘Shorty’.  We got along great! Hilltop also offers youth horseback riding camps and birthday parties.

We took a 2 hour ride through the trails at the fort, and since most of the woods are shaded the weather was quite pleasant. It was a really pretty, sunny morning, but not too warm.  We had a guide at the front and at the end of the line, to make sure that everyone stuck together.  They also pointed out some of the sights and helped guide first time riders along the way.

Afterwards, we let our horses cool off and get a drink of water and we cooled off ourselves in the welcome center’s air conditioning. It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning in Augusta!

Hilltop Riding Stables
508 N. Range Road
Fort Gordon, GA 30905
(706) 791-4864

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