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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

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.

Halloween on the Augusta Canal


I spent my Halloween day with my friend’s two little goblins: Alaynah, who was dressed up like a dead cheerleader, but mistaken for a pirate all day, and Nick, who was Superman. I decided to take them on a Petersburg Boat  ride along the Augusta Canal. These canal rides are provided daily Monday through Sunday by the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center located inside Enterprise Mill. Because it was Halloween we were in luck because those who came in costumes were offered a free boat ride; a savings of $12 per person.

Before the boat ride we toured the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center. The kids loved this because it offered them a fun learning experience. They were able to view and operate educational models, press buttons and turn wheels while having the opportunity to learn about how the Augusta Canal provided electricity for the city of Augusta and its mills in the past and still does today for some.

After the museum tour it was time to board the replica of the original Petersburg Boat, made from long leaf pine, which provided transportation of goods until it was discovered that trains were a more efficient transportation system. The kids had a blast and saw an abundance of wildlife such as beavers, yellow bellied sliding turtles and birds. We also saw fishermen, kayaks and canoes, because the canal offers recreation also. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the economic opportunities the canal offered the city of Augusta and poised the question “where would Augusta be if the canal had never been constructed?” It may still be here, but things would be very different. We Augustans love our city and don’t want to think about the what if!

If you are interested in learning the history of the beautiful city of Augusta and also finding an activity that is fun for the entire family than look no further because you have found it.

Augusta Canal Interpretive Center
1450 Greene St # 400
Augusta, GA 30901-5237
(706) 823-0440
www.AugustaCanal.com

National Barrel Horse Association World Championship Trick or Trot Evening at the James Brown Arena

NBHAFam

On October 29, I took my kids and sister visiting from New Jersey to Trick or Trot Night at the National Barrel Horse Association World Championship in Augusta, Georgia. It was fabulous!!! Really hard to put into words how entertaining it was and how much fun we all had.

The NBHA hosts a week of fabulous competition in Augusta – but they take this one night off just to goof-off a little. They held a few demonstration races. Pitting countries against each other – Brazil had the fastest time making their way around three barrels. I think the time was less than 12 seconds. They put the cowgirls against cowboys – the girls won with the fastest time. Then they put out just one barrel with a bottle of soda on it. And in less than 8 seconds a rider was able to ride down pick up the bottle and return. It was so much fun to watch.

Between competitions – they played energetic music and these amazing tractors would race out and level the field. I am serious they were super super fast. The kids loved it. And did I mention kids and grown-up alike were encouraged to attend dressed-up. Then they could trick or treat with the show vendors. But back to the arena floor, I cannot forget to mention the one dancing cowboy who did a great job with Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.

But to cap off the two hour show, which my kids did sit still for the entire time, was the Trick or Trot parade when horses and their owners came out in costume!! The boys loved it. My favorite was the horse dressed up like a giraffe. So creative. There was also a scuba diving horse with fish, Moss Man Horse, Bumble Bee Horse, Noah’s Ark horse…I guess you kinda have to see it but it was really funny. I stole a few photos off the Augusta Chronicle website to share. Thanks Chronicle. http://spotted.augusta.com/display.html?event=85891784

I encourage anyone in the Augusta, Georgia area to attend the NBHA Trick or Trot night. It was a perfect family fun night in Augusta. Heck this one is even worth traveling from New Jersey to see.

 

Peggy

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