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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!

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

November 5

Just in time to see all the beautiful fall colors, take a hike through Phinizy Swamp this weekend for Swamp Saturday! A trained volunteer will guide you through an 2.5 mile hike through the trails at Phinizy. And best of all, it’s FREE! Make sure you bring your camera!

 

November 11 – 13

The clock has begun ticking down for the holidays and Christmas Made in the South is the perfect opportunity to get some early gift shopping done. All those hard to buy for friends and family will be happily surprised! One of our favorite things about Christmas Made in the South is the free samples – so your taste buds will be happy too!

 

November 11, 12, 18, 19 & December 2 – 3

 In the South, we take our annual Christmas pageants very seriously. Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre’s Christmas Belles takes an annual Christmas play, throws in three crazy sisters, a vengeful sheep, and a family secret to create one holiday show you won’t forget!

 

November 17

The holidays make us think of warm cookies, hot chocolate, fireplaces, beautiful decorations, caroling and family.  Savor the sounds, smells, and tastes of the season at Sacred Heart Cultural Center during the annual Holiday Open House.

 

November 26 – 28

 This Thanksgiving weekend, you can spend an evening with your family at the historic Imperial Theatre for a night of magic and sugar plum fairies during The Nutcracker. Dance Augusta’s grand production has become a local favorite and a holiday tradition in Augusta.

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 cultural festivals. So start planning your trip now for October 7th – 9th!

Friday Night

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What are you obsessed about? When you arrive on Friday evening, head over to the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art for the reception of contemporary artist, Sarah Hobbs. Hobbs’ work explores phobias and obsessive compulsive behaviors through large scale installations which she constructs and photographs.

 After you’ve studied and contemplated Hobbs’ work…

 

Obsess over Botanica. Internationally acclaimed ballet company MOMIX has performed in cultural meccas around the world. Now they bring an exciting contemporary ballet to the historic Imperial Theatre. Botanica brings to life the small miracles that occur every day around us in nature using magnificent choreography and stunning dance effects.

 Obsess over food. End the evening with a late dinner at Frog Hollow. You’ll be able to talk about the night over a glass of wine and perfectly crafted meal made with fresh regional ingredients!

Saturday

Sleep in a little and grab breakfast before heading to the historic Summerville neighborhood for the Tour of Homes.

Frankly, my dear, you’ll really love these houses. Spend the afternoon touring Augusta’s most historic and eclectic neighborhood and you’ll start to feel like you’ve stepped into a scene from “Gone with the Wind.” The Summerville Tour of Homes offers a glimpse into some of the grandest homes and buildings in the neighborhood.

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!

May the force be with you. Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T., Jaws – John Williams’ iconic musical compositions have punctuated the film industry for decades.  Now watch as the Symphony Orchestra Augusta brings each piece to life during the John Williams Spectacular.

Sunday

Hola amigos! Treat your taste buds to authentic Hispanic food and enjoy live music and performances at the annual Augusta Hispanic Festival in downtown at the Commons.

Our big fat Greek festival. Indulge your sweet tooth with homemade Baklava, shop at the bazaar and learn traditional Greek dances at the Augusta Greek Festival in the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

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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!

Tony Howard’s Motown Review at the Imperial Theatre


I always struggle with what to get my mom for her birthday, but this year her visit to Augusta coincided with the perfect gift.  My mom is a big fan of music from days past, so I surprised her with tickets for us to see Tony Howard’s Motown Review.

The show was held at the Imperial Theatre, and we were fortunate enough to have seats in the lower first balcony.  We had a fantastic view of the whole stage and were able to see every bit of the action.  The theatre was packed, and there was plenty of clapping and dancing.

The show started out with a few Stevie Wonder songs and then went into a Marvin Gaye tribute.  That performer was fantastic.   So was the tribute to Aretha Franklin that followed it.  Man, she could sing!  I loved her performance of “Respect.”

By far the best part of the night was the finale, The Motown Review, which featured songs from The Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Four Tops, among others.  Mom’s favorite song is “My Girl” by The Temptations, and she wasn’t disappointed.

We had a great time at the show, and it is definitely something I would see again.  I love the Imperial Theatre, such a fantastic historic venue and they host a lot of great performances.  To see which shows they have coming up, visit www.imperialtheatre.com.

(Both images courtesy of Jeff Hines)

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