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Tire City Potters

Downtown Augusta has lots of little hidden gems, just waiting for you to stumble up on them. Tire City Potters, is one such gem!  Situated in an old garage, this pottery studio is a lot more than meets the eye.  If you’re enjoying a First Friday downtown or strolling down 10th Street after a delicious meal at the Rooster’s Beak or Bee’s Knees you might find yourself wandering into Tire City.

When the large garage doors are open, the studio is quite inviting.  Earlier this week, I was enjoying Taco Tuesday at the Rooster’s Beak across the street. Since the weather was so nice we sat outside while we ate and watched the crowd at the pottery studio.  Our out of town guests were quite curious, so after supper we decided to pop in and see what we could find.

These skull and crossbones mugs would make a perfect gift for even the most macho coffee aficionado!

There is quite a wide variety of pottery from vases and platters, to business card holders and tea kettles.

My favorite were these tiny pinch pots!  I bought a few for Christmas gifts, as they would be perfect finger bowls, salt keepers, or jewelry holders!

If you are downtown and the lights are on, stop by and check out Tire City, you might just find something amazing!

Tire City Potters
210 B 10th Street
Augusta, GA 30901
(706) 294-3871

French Market Grille

On a recent Friday night, a friend and I decided to meet for dinner at the French Market Grille West. This is a great restaurant that offers delicious food, drinks, specials, friendly staff, and even entertainment.


Photo from French Market Grille

They are known as a cajun restaurant with a casual atmosphere. They offer two locations, The French Market Grille, located in Surrey Center, and the French Market Grille West, located off of Fury’s Ferry Road.

Through dinner we enjoyed listening to the jazz music play as we ate our meal. I had the shrimp po boy-my personal favorite-and it never lets me down!

French Market also has specials every night of the week, so any night is a great time to check it out!. They were also voted  “Best Augusta Restaurant” 17 years in a row! Now that has to mean something-go out and visit!

French Market Grille
425 Highland Ave
Augusta, GA 30909
706-737-4865

French Market Grille West
368 Fury’s Ferry Road
Martinez, GA 30907

Carolina Ale House

If you are in Augusta and really hungry, I recommend the Carolina Ale House. The Carolina Ale House  is a regional restaurant based out of North Carolina. Makes Sense. It is a family-friendly sports themed restaurant. It does have a large menu that goes beyond the typical sports bar.

We went the other day with the kids and it was a great Saturday diversion and some wonderful food. We sat outside and watched SEC football. I love outdoor dining in Augusta in the fall, but I digress.

I ordered the Carolina Ale House Burger. A signature dish with smoky bacon, American cheese, ale house onion strings and Papa Lou’s secret sauce. Doesn’t it look fantastic? Please see next picture to see how much I liked it.

They have a great kids’ menu. William highly recommends the corn dog and applesauce.

My husband recommends the ribs and any burger on the menu. I think next time I will try Sweet Mountain BBQ Burger and maybe the house Mud Pie.

Carolina Ale House
203 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Pkwy.
Augusta, GA 30309
706-333-0019

Colonial Days

Just across the river in North Augusta is the Living History Park and this past weekend was their Colonial Days event.

 What a great time!  Demonstrations and living exhibits about all things colonial abound: pottery, butter churning, candle making, blacksmithing, woodworking, and meat smoking are just a few. 

Be sure to try their BBQ!

Colonial Days is a two day event, but the park is open to the public year-round and is still a beautiful place to visit although the buildings are closed except for special events.

Living History Park
299 West Spring Grove Ave.
North Augusta, SC 29841

Arts in the Heart of Augusta is one of my favorite festivals.  I look forward to attending each year.  Every year a different country is showcased and this year it was Brazil.

This year I was on a mission!  My neighbor – Mr. Melvin has lived in Augusta all his life but has never been to Arts in the Heart!  I couldn’t believe it so I invited him to come along with me, my mom and youngest son.  Of course, he was surprised by how big of an event it was.

Obviously food is abundant with all the different countries represented.  There are over 15 different countries represented in the world food bazaar each year.  Mr. Melvin had no trouble deciding what to eat though.  He went straight for Jamaica.

I ate a Meat Patty from Jamaica on Friday  so I was headed for the Fish and Chips from Ireland on Saturday.

We walked around and checked out the  arts and crafts, and  jewelry before we stopped at a couple of the stages.

Now, there was a time when I would sit at the Children’s stage or the Family stage and just watch all the different groups perform.

If I got a good seat up front I wasn’t moving!  Since our group was mixed this year I thought we should keep it moving and get a little more variety.

I don’t think I will have to convince Mr. Melvin to go next year.  As a matter of fact he already told me he was going to bring his stadium chair next time!


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

I know it sounds weird, but I love my airport. And at my house it is a fun trip every time we go, so I thought I would write about it.

The Augusta Regional Airport is serviced by three airlines – Delta, US Air and American. Love this. The airport got a fantastic face lift in 2008. So it really is a new airport, but still feels like a great hometown airport.

In my house it is an adventure because this is where we get to see big planes and pick up Gigi (my mom) and YaYa (my sister) when they visit from Florida and New Jersey. Easy connections and good flight schedules make Augusta an easy trip for them. Yes – this is a picture of my kids in pajamas at the airport. But even if it is past bedtime, there is really nothing that will keep them from going to the airport.

Another thing I love about my airport is the fabulous Augusta Visitor Information Center, right in the heart of baggage claim. Here you can pick up a visitor guide, calendar of events or map. And check it out…You can have your picture taken in front of a replica of the Augusta National Golf Club’s 13th Hole. Awesome!

So don’t think I am weird because I want to write about my Augusta Regional Airport. Think I am weird because we have an airport song we sign every time we go. “Going to the airport, airport.. Going to the airport, airport…..”