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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

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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

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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!

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Augusta is home to many different festivals, celebrating all sorts of different things. Each year in the fall the Hispanic American Cultural Association in Augusta hosts a weekend-long festival celebrating Hispanic heritage in Augusta.  A couple of weeks ago I decided to check out the Hispanic Festival. I love festivals, especially all the food!  This year there were food vendors from fifteen different Spanish speaking countries.

Everything smelled so good that it was hard to choose what to eat!  There were also plenty of choices for refreshments like pina coladas and fresh squeezed lemonade from the lemon truck.

The Augusta Common is always really lively during festivals and events like First Friday. There were a ton of folks enjoying the day along with the fantastic food and music.  I also found a fantastic pair of earrings for $5 at one of the vendors’ tents!

I had such a great time that I’m looking forward to the Hispanic Festival again next year!

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I have lived in the Augusta area for the majority of my life and have just recently discovered some of our secret shopping treasures!  A couple of months ago, on a slow Sunday afternoon my husband decided to check out the Riverfront Antique Mall. What a treat!  As far as antique malls go, this place is ranked pretty high in my book. It is located indoors, which means you can enjoy it year-round, even during a hot and humid southern summer.  There are all sorts of different vendors, so the antique mall is organized by vendors. Most vendors have one ‘booth’ but some are large enough for two or three.  The best part is the variety.  You can find almost anything inside, from vintage clothes and handbags to books, music and furniture.  I am a collector of carnival glass and have been able to add to my collection with several different great finds here, like his blue compote. It works great as a fruit bowl, too!

We also found a booth with all sorts of Masters souvenirs and Augusta memorabilia. Since these items are only available once a year during the tournament, you can find them in antique stores around town.

The Riverfront Antique Mall even has a little cafe inside serving sandwiches and snacks.  This was a treat for me, since we ended up spending almost 3 hours here on our first visit!

One of my other favorite spots to visit is the Barnyard Flea Market in South Augusta. They have everything under the sun, from produce and plants to antiques and car parts.

The Barnyard is an open air market and also has several different spots for snacks too, in case you get the munchies while you’re wandering around on the search for a bargain. I’m usually on the lookout for another piece of carnival glass, but last time we were out there I found some lovely little tomato plants for my garden, for only $1 each.  You never can tell what you might find just around the corner!

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Just wanted to write a quick note about a lovely lunch today in Augusta. I went to the French Market Grille in Surrey Center. This is a great place for a Cajun meal. I did not sit at the raw bar today. I ordered the She Crab Soup and the Jambalaya. Fantastic! Not too heavy but a three course meal – including salad. Very filling and relaxing – as you can guess no kids today although this is a kid-friendly restaurant. Of course, they offered the famous peanut butter pie for dessert but knew that would put me over the edge and a nap would be required. And there was no napping, since I was heading next door to do a little shopping next. Talbots, the Toy Box, and the Estate Jewelry Center were all on my list. Julie at the Toy Box always has the best gifts for my boys and Joel at the Estate Jewelry Center always has the best gifts for me!

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I had the opportunity to witness a first in Augusta!  I attended the first Augusta Pride Parade and Festival.  It was a celebration of diversity and equality among everyone living in the surrounding area.  It started out with a great, fun parade down Broad street.  The crowd was lively and the floats and dressed up cars and trucks were a sight to see.  Afterwards, everyone moved to the Augusta Common where vendors were selling food, jewelry, clothing and Pride t-shirts.  There were activities for children as well.

I left the event around 1:30 to go cool off and be back in time for the main event.  Grammy Award Winning Disco Diva Thelma Houston!  Thelma just turned 67 and she still has it.  She turned it out with her rendition of some of the great musical groups of the past.  Ms. Thelma ended it with her most famous song “Don’t Leave Me This Way” and I must say I was really impressed with her singing and her moves. 

The final touch for the evening – there was a rainbow in the sky!  All in all, despite the heat this was one of the best first time events I’ve been to in a long time and I can’t wait for next year! 

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