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1. December 6th is First Friday: Oh what fun it is to play downtown on First Friday! Check out our First Friday faves here.
2. December 7th is the Bank of America Holiday Open House: Get free admission into the Morris Museum of Art, Augusta Museum of History, Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson and Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta. In addition to free admission, there will be holiday decorations, crafts and games!
3. December 7th is Swamp Saturday: Take a guided tour of Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. Get a glimpse of birds and other wildlife and enjoy the last of the fall foliage.
4. December 7th is Christmas for the Birds: Bring your family to the Living History Park and create edible Christmas decorations for the birds!
5. December 7th is Augusta’s Christmas Extravaganza: Shop at the Holiday Market, enjoy the Fantasy Parade, listen to the 12 Bands of Christmas and stay for the lighting of the Christmas Tree and fireworks show! Get details for each event’s time and location on our calendar of events.
We all need a little weekend getaway to keep things fun and to relax a little. November in Augusta, Ga brings cooler weather and bright fall colors along the Augusta Riverwalk and the Canal. Start planning your weekend whirl for November 8 – 10, 2013. Click here to see which hotels are available for the weekend.
What to do: Whether you want to learn about Augusta’s past, explore outside or celebrate culture, Augusta has lots of new experiences to offer.
Learn about the role Augusta played during the Civil War. Dr. Stephen Berry, associate professor of history and Gregory Chair in the Civil War Era at the University of Georgia presents: Lincolns and Todds: A House Divided on Friday evening. The program continues on Saturday at the Morris Museum with a series of lectures and performances by noted historians. View a special exhibition of Civil War themed artworks in the education gallery. Advanced registration required for Saturday.
Enjoy the fifty shades of autumn along the Augusta Canal. Sid Mullis, UGA Extension service for Richmond County, and Judy Gordon, Ph.D., botanist at GRU, lead a walk along the canal that celebrates the fall season. Augusta’s autumn colors often peak in early to mid-November. Falling leaves reveal species you might not otherwise notice. Admission is $2. Visit AugustaCanal.com for more information.
Immerse yourself in Native American culture. Phinizy Swamp Nature Park will host the Oka’ Chaffa Indian Festival and celebrate Native American culture with live Native American dances and songs, storytellers, wildlife displays, live buffalo, arts and crafts, and a Living Tipi Village. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children (ages 6-12). For more info, visit NaturalSciencesAcademy.org.
Where to shop: You won’t have to worry that someone at a holiday party has the same necklace as you. You won’t have to give your dad another tie as a gift either – when you shop at Augusta’s local boutiques and stores.
Get swanky home swag with Southern charm. Capture a bit of Southern sass for your home with fun picture frames, quirky wall art and lots of cute accessories and stocking stuffers at The Swank Co.
Build a better library. Spend a little time chatting with the friendly folks at The Book Tavern about your favorite authors or books and let them make suggestions for what to read next! Or browse through their selection of new, used and rare books on your own to see what you discover. We promise it’s not your average chain book store experience!
Get an Augusta hoodie to take home. Cooler weather means it’s time to break out the hoodies! You’ll have plenty to choose from along with men’s polos, hats, sunglasses and lots more Augusta themed gifts at the Augusta Visitor Center located inside the Augusta Museum of History.
What to eat: The local food scene in Augusta makes it hard to choose – but here are a few suggestions. You can always come back another weekend and try more!
Fish & Chips. Augusta’s local English-style pub – Boar’s Head Public House – serves up a mean fish & chips dish along with other English pub food like bangers & mash and Sheppard’s Pie. After dinner, stick around and play darts or chess with an imperial pint of British ale.
Soul Food & Sweet Tea. The Cotton Patch takes comfort food seriously. Classics like fried pork chops and macaroni & cheese are served up on big plates with generous portions. They also believe sweet tea is an art – you won’t find a better brew anywhere around town.
Spaghetti & Meatballs. Luigi’s has been a downtown establishment since 1949. Take a bite of their spaghetti & meatballs with garlic bread and you’ll know why. Don’t make any plans after dinner. You’ll leave happy and full – the perfect combination for a nap!
Want more info? Visit www.AugustaGa.org for a full calendar of events and list of restaurants and attractions.
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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
I don’t know about you, but Fall makes me want to walk among the changing leaves, listen to ghost tales and warm up with a hot cup of coffee or hot cider. With that in mind, I made my Fall Bucket list with lots of fun ways to celebrate the changing of the season in Augusta! Below, you’ll find helpful links so that you can start planning your Augusta adventure too!
1. Make a Forever Pumpkin at Tire City Potters: https://www.facebook.com/tcpotters
2. Admire the changing colors along the Riverwalk: http://www.augustaga.org/Things-to-Do/Attractions/Augusta-Riverwalk
3. Go on a spooky adventure with the Augusta Ghost Trolley: https://www.facebook.com/AugustaGhostTrolley
4. Take a moonlight hike through Phinizy Swamp: http://naturalsciencesacademy.org/calendar/
5. Eat pumpkin muffins from New Moon Cafe: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-New-Moon-Cafe/461891810716
6. Drink hot coffee from Buona Caffe: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Buona-Caffe-Artisan-Roasted-Coffee/419877860272
7. Visit The Maize at Steed’s Dairy: http://www.steedsdairy.com/projects.html
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