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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)

Par 3 Wednesday at The Masters

I’ve always felt like the Wednesday of Masters, and along with it the Par 3 Tournament, was kind of a magical day.  Sure, the players are gearing up for the biggest tournament of the year, but just the day before the competition begins they are relaxed and jovial and seem to be enjoying their time with each other and the patrons.

If you’ve never been to the Par 3 Tournament, or seen it on TV, it is a unique experience.  While not a required part of the week, many golfers take the opportunity to playfully compete in a 9-hole tournament on another part of the Augusta National’s property.  Tradition allows for the players to have a friend or family member caddy for them, and many opt to have their children carry their clubs for the day and help with the tough shots.  Ages of the caddies range from three years old on up to teenagers, and there’s nothing cuter than to watch one of the little ones line up to make Dad’s putt.  (Don’t worry about child labor, the bags are significantly lighter since fewer clubs are needed, and many of the golfers wind up carrying their own bag.)

Another great thing about Par 3 Wednesday is that many past champions who are no longer on the tour come back to play.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to see some of the greats back in action.  This year was particularly special since Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player were grouped to play together.  The applause and ovations as the three were coming up to the 9th Green was unbelievable.  And watching Arnie sink that long putt was amazing.  That was the perfect end to a fantastic day on the course.

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