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My ‘Holiday’ Saturday in Downtown Augusta

It was another beautiful Saturday in Augusta, so I decided to phone a friend and see if she wanted to head to Downtown Augusta with me for the  bi-monthly Saturday market. She said yes, so off we went!

The Augusta Common was filled with several unique local vendors. There were homemade baked goods by Lily’s Bakery & Cafe located in Evans, handmade pottery made right here in Augusta by Tire City Potters, an array of salads such as cucumber salad and pasta salads prepared by Paulette’s Best Foods Inc. in Waynesboro, several handmade jewelry and apparel booths and stunning college, golf and historic Augusta art painted by Scott McPherson & Associates Art Distributors.

The event was fun for adults and children alike. There were several activities especially for the little ones, such as, a clown who could make balloon animals and writing and mailing letters to Santa. My friend’s daughter had just as much fun as we did!

This Saturday in Downtown Augusta was filled with so much excitement, because this particular day there was also the Miss Augusta Fantasy Parade and the Christmas Light Up Spectacular. The parade featured many friendly faces that everyone in the Augusta area knows and loves and our area school bands. Immediately following the parade there were even more family fun activities and entertainment in the Augusta Commons.

An excellent conclusion to this fabulous Saturday was the lighting of Downtown Augusta by Mayor Deke Copenhaver once the sun went down.  It was a great time had by all who were in attendance

Social Canvas at the Morris

On Sunday, April 25th we headed downtown to check out the Social Canvas & Spring Artists Market, put on by the Morris Museum of Art.  I was a little concerned about the weather since we had rain all day on Saturday, but it cleared up and proved to be a perfect afternoon to spend outside.  Since we were at the Riverwalk there was a great breeze coming off the river.

There was plenty to see and do for people of all ages.  Kids could create screen prints to take home with them, or could make buttons from magazine clippings to pin on their shirts.  They also got to add their own flair to the big “Social Canvas” being painted by everyone, or make their mark with a sidewalk chalk drawing.

Professional artists were working on their original creations as well, painting right alongside the bands that were playing.  And there was some fantastic local art for sale – everything from wall art and photography, to handmade bags to pottery to jewelry. 

I got a beautiful vase and there were some pieces that would have been perfect gifts for Mother’s Day.  I’m going to plan ahead for next year so I can do my summer gift shopping there!

Photo at top provided by Morris Museum of Art.

Downtown Exploration

Barbara Steele, an Augusta Visitor Center Volunteer, and I went exploring the various antique shops and galleries downtown during November.  We were quite impressed with our discoveries!  On this particular exploration, we decided to have lunch at the New Moon Café (1002 Broad Street). New Moon is a wonderful place to have breakfast on the run and our lunch experience was great. We both enjoyed the sandwiches with chips and a pickle spear.

We ventured off to 1006 Broad Street to the Zimmerman Gallery, where we found a beautiful selection of art, pottery, glasswork, marble and jewelry.  Jeff, the owner was a pleasure to talk to. Did you know, if you find a piece of art you like from the gallery you can take it with you for 24 hours  to see if it will work with your décor at home or office, then return to the gallery with your decision to purchase it or not. (Your credit card will be swiped first.)  We continued to walk Broad Street and made our way to 1016 Broad where we met Carol Kelly Dorn, an Artist at Galley on the Row.  She does beautiful oil, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, pencil and Conté artwork.  Our conversation with Carol was very refreshing while she showcased her art to us.

Our final stop for the day was at Tire City Potters – what a great discovery on 210-B 10th Street.  We met the owner  Shishir Chokshi,  a local potter downtown and toured his business. Shishir let us see the kiln (where the pots and vases are fired). Tire City Potters is located in an old garage, so if you did not know any better, you might think it was a tire business instead of clay pottery!  This experience just proves we need to see what is in our own downtown. You just might be impressed with your discoveries!

Art at All Hours

I had guests in for a few days and decided to show them around Augusta. It is always fun to take people from other cities around my hometown. One thing that surprises most people about Augusta is the rich art community available here. We enjoyed a visit to the Morris Museum of Art, which is home to the largest collection of Southern art. One of our favorite pieces is the impressionist painting “The Start,” which was recently discovered to actually be “The Finish.” The Morris always has something different in their exhibits so I never get tired of going!

One of my favorite things about Augusta is our variety of unique restaurants. When I have guests in I like to go on a progressive dinner. We started at La Maison on Telfair which is located in a beautiful pink historic home. We ate in the Veritas (La Maison’s wine and tapas bar) section of the restaurant. We had some wonderful cheeses including fantastic brie! I would highly recommend it. After a while we made it down to Bee’s Knees for some more tapas. It is fun to eat tapas with a big group, just make sure you are with people who don’t mind sharing. The food is always fantastic at Bee’s Knees and this is also a great place to view some local art. A local potter supplies the restaurant with some pieces as well as art for sale on the walls. It really adds to the experience.

After dinner (even though it was late) we walked across the street because Tire City Potters was still open! Shishir Chokshi is the local potter who provides pieces to Bee’s Knees and he has a shop right across the street. My guests were so impressed with his work (and the fact that he was still open at 11:45 on a Tuesday night) that they bought a mug and a vase! Shishir has some great work and I would recommend you stopping by if the lights are on.

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