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We want to welcome everyone visiting our awesome community for the little golf tournament going on next week, and for any locals that will be going out of town we hope you have a great vacation! There are lots of events going on during the week of the tournament, April 7-13th, and Augusta’s own website has a great list of activities.
When you local folks DO get back (or you visitors want to see what we do around here besides golf!) don’t forget that the 3rd Annual Benderdinker will be held on April 26 from 10am-2pm. The event is a kayak and canoe paddle and food festival that takes place on the waters of Betty’s Branch and Riverside Park. The non-profit event is held to bring attention to silent sports and slow foods, and has stops along the way to enjoy food and music, as well as events for both kids and adults including bingo, poker, and bracelet making. Information for the event can be found on their website and Facebook pages. So get out and enjoy this great weather!
Are you unchallenged by 5K marathons? Do you enjoy playing in the mud? If so, then it’s time to get your like-minded group together and sign up for the Marine Mud Challenge being held at Fort Gordon on Saturday, May 3rd.
The event is a 5-mile off-road run filled with 25 obstacles ranging from mud pits, creek crossings, wall and cargo net climbing, log obstacles, and more, including being blasted by a fire hose! There is even a kid’s course that is 1-mile and filled with 7 kid-sized challenges. And of course mud!
Another big announcement for our area as an outlet mall has been announced for the Village at Riverwatch. The outlet will be called Premier Outlets of Georgia at Augusta and will be developed by Ben Carter Enterprises, the Atlanta-based company behind the Mall of Georgia and the Outlet Mall of Georgia at Savannah. According to Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver, the project will cost around $150 million to complete, bring in $200 million in sales tax revenues annually, and add 1500 jobs to the local economy.
Scheduled to be completed in spring of 2016, the outlet adds to the Village at Riverwatch development that already includes Costco and will see the opening of the new Cabela’s in March of this year, as well as the previously announced Georgia Theatre Company’s Riverwatch 14 Cinemas which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.
One of the big events to start the New Year gears up this weekend as the 35th annual Augusta Futurity begins Saturday night at 8 p.m. at the James Brown Arena in downtown and lasts through January 25.
The Augusta Futurity is the largest cutting horse show east of the Mississippi River. The week-long event features the main cutting horse competition with the finals on January 25, with other events held around it such as bull riding, a horse sale, a breeding auction, a youth scholarship competition, and a family fun fest. Vendors of Western apparel and hand-crafted items will be in attendance, also.
Schedules for events can be found on the Futurity website as well as ticket information. Please support our community and take the entire family out for an experience like no other at the Augusta Futurity!
With the New Year upon us, we wanted to revisit an announcement made last year that will finally come to fruition later in 2014. If you’ve driven on Washington Road near I-20 you may have noticed that Whole Foods Market has begun construction of their new store that is set to open later this year.
Whole Foods Market is building a 41,000 square-foot store in Washington Crossing Shopping Center off of Washington Road, near Bonefish Grill and Outback Steakhouse. Whole Foods offers customers natural and organic foods in a fresh, inviting setting. The company website notes their mission values of commitment to quality standards, organic farming, seafood sustainability, animal welfare standards, caring for communities, and whole trade guarantee.
Having shopped at their great stores in other cities, we look forward to the grand opening later this year!
While we’re all out shopping for our loved ones this Christmas, we can’t forget to help out those who may not be as blessed as we. There are several ways to give around our community through donations of clothing and food, lending a helping hand, or donating toys to those families in need.
We all see the red-kettles that the Salvation Army has out during Christmas, but did you know that the Salvation Army uses that money to assist more than 4.5 million people during the holidays? The organization also sponsors the Angel Tree Program, where groups are paired with a child from a qualified family who cannot provide presents, and the Stocking Adoption Program where you can fill a stocking for a child in need. In addition to all of this, The Salvation Army is accepting donations of food and toys and needs volunteers to help with the distribution. All details of ways to help can be found on their website.
The Golden Harvest Food Bank is an exceptional local charity that always accepts donations and looks for volunteers at the Master’s Table, where more than 300 hot lunches are served daily to those in need in our own community. Information on how to give or volunteer can be found by following the links.
Many organizations are looking for new or gently used coats, hats, scarves and other cold-weather gear to help out this winter. A number of churches are having coat drives, and Goodwill and the Salvation Army will accept donations; Burlington Coat Factory is offering a 10% discount on entire purchases with a donation!
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program has been collecting toys for needy children since 1947, and their Foundation has many partners including Toys R Us where you can drop off new, unwrapped toys for kids this Christmas, or you can visit the website to make a cash donation. Details for the CSRA Toys for Tots program can be found by visiting their site.
Honestly, there are too many charitable and religious organizations doing great things right now to help others to list them all; we just wanted to name a few and thank them for their work!
Thanksgiving is just next week, and Christmas will be here before we know it! So we thought we’d highlight a few of the activities happening in the area over the next few weeks to celebrate the season.
On Saturday, November 30, there will be a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Evans Towne Center Park from 4PM until dark. There will be live entertainment, and Santa will be there!
On December 7 the annual Christmas Fantasy Parade and Light-Up Spectacular will be held in downtown Augusta on Broad Street and at the Augusta Common beginning at 2PM. Also that day at the Augusta Common from noon until 8PM The 12 Bands of Christmas will be performing.
North Augusta’s Christmas Parade themed “Dreams of Christmas” will be held Sunday, December 8 beginning at 2PM. The City of Aiken will also be holding their parade themed “A Southern Christmas” that same day, also beginning at 2PM.
Augusta’s historic Imperial Theater will have several performances to celebrate the season including The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, and Christmas with John Berry. Information for all shows can be found by following the links.
And don’t forget what has become an Augusta tradition - Lights of the South in Grovetown. Open nightly from 6PM-10PM, Lights of the South is a display of over 5 MILLION lights covering over 100 acres. Visitors can enjoy hayrides, roasting marshmallows while sipping hot chocolate, great food, and much more.
We at The Barrett Team have been extremely busy this week, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t take time to acknowledge Veterans Day that will be celebrated this coming Monday, November 11, and to thank all those who have served and are currently serving in our military. All of us in the Augusta area share a special bond with the military due to our relationship with Fort Gordon, and we are proud to support soldiers and their families who help make our community a better place in which to live.
Several events are planned around the city to celebrate Veterans Day, including one on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 6:30PM at Evans Towne Center Park - the Red, White and Blue Veterans Day Celebration. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineering Band will be playing and fireworks will begin at dusk. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Then on Monday, Augusta will feature the annual Veterans Day Parade beginning at 10AM downtown from 13th to 4th Streets.
Again, we’d like to say “Thank You!” to all of those currently and formerly in uniform this Veterans Day!
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