Art in the Heart of Augusta
A fantastic and very relaxing birthday weekend with my Mom!
Friday night was spent getting out of class early and packing up tasty treats and good books to lounge by the pool. In between chatting with my Mom and a nice woman who joined our conversation by the pool, I actually made a dent in my latest read Deliverance Dane. The next morning we awoke around 9am and had a leisurely breakfast (cooked by Mom) then we were dressed and to our pedicure appointments by 11am. Pretty good for us I thought! We wanted to be downtown to enjoy the festival in good time as there was a threat of rain for the late afternoon.
I’m glad we arrived when we did, we got a great parking spot and stopped first at the Augusta Market. This event goes each Saturday from 8am to 2pm – there is a running group that meets up and runs different distances based on your ability group.
This weeks Augusta Market had special extended hours, and many more craft booths than I’ve seen in the past. I purchased some body sugar scrub with a lemon & ginger oil added to it that smelled amazing! We enjoyed looking at all of the goods, but by far our favorite booth at the Market was for the Greyhound rescue group. These dogs are beautiful. There were three of these beautiful babies to give you an “in-your-face” display of their healthy beautiful puppy faces, which in the past may have just been a life end since the racetrack days were over. Two of the little girls were sporting backpack aprons with donation pockets. As I was putting a few dollars in the pocket of one, she leaned in to my thigh in a hugging motion and I found myself getting puppy love. Definitely a top of the list item – hug from a dog.
The Augusta Market – Diggin’ the River! The Augusta Market is every Saturday from March 23rd to December 31st. from 8 am to 2 pm at 15 8th Street in Downtown Augusta, GA
The 2013 Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival marks the 33rd year that the Greater Augusta Arts council has produced this event, frequently described as “Augusta’s finest moment.” This year, the festival returns to Broad Street and the Augusta Common.
Broad Street, between 8th and 11th Streets will be closed off for the Fine Arts and Crafts Market, featuring 115 artisans selected by jury. There will be plenty of shade to make the festival an enjoyable experience for attendees, and there will be wide and varied handmade goods to suit every budget.
The Global Village, located on the Augusta Common, will host ethnic food from around the world. New countries that will be represented this year are France, Bulgaria and Trinidad and will stand next to favorites from years past such as Germany, China, India, Pakistan and more.
There is something about the feeling of a small town gathering (well Augusta isn’t exactly SMALL town) but it felt lively, and the smells of cooking food surrounded us, making our taste buds water. The music was starting to warm up and children ran about the grass laughing and enjoying being able to run loose some of the energy that they MUST absorb from their parents. I loved seeing an older couple as they found a bench to sit upon as they sipped cold lemonade and shared a plate of fries watching the families on the grass in all their adventures.
I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon so much local crafts and arts to see, so little time. I did go a little crazy over one vendor and her jewelry - Cool Designs Jewelry. I think she may become my go to girl, her style is fabulous!
We did get out of there just in time. As we were walking back to the car in the late afternoon, big fat plops of rain threatened the afternoon festival goers. It was perfect timing as we had a dinner theater to get to! A very happy birthday weekend indeed.
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