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The grass is green, the trees are budding and some of our annual favorites are in full bloom. The temperature is in the 80s. Welcome to Augusta. Welcome to the South. This year our annual favorite golf tournament almost starts on the first day of the first week of April. Usually there is a little respite between First Friday and the start of The Masters Golf Tournament. But by now, the local folks are busy prepping their houses to rent, stocking up their store shelves with tempting gift items and keepsakes and ordering a lot more libations to quench the masses about to descend on our town. The buzz in the air is quite amazing as we all prepare to either hunker down or take flight out of town. Either way, the energy created each and every year for the Augusta community and surrounding areas is stellar to say the least. I remember one year a friend called and was looking for a place to rent while in town for practice rounds. The closest hotel room that he could get was on the north side of Columbia, S.C. That’s crazy. We found him some great accommodations here locally to – stocked refrigerator and all. A great time was had by all (sans this publisher). This is how life works: community, networking and knowing people. I want to personally welcome our tourists and challenge them to get to know our little Southern town of Augusta. You will see that we are more than a golf community. We are an arts community and a higher education community with Georgia Health and Science University, Augusta State University, Paine College and USC Aiken to name a few. We are a military community with Fort Gordon. We are a high tech community with many working at the Savannah River Site. We also manufacture here as well, creating several brand name products that you might be familiar with nationally and globally. Augusta really packs a punch with its offering to her local residents and the world. I recently read a report that ranked Augusta in the top 100 exporting cities in the United States. It was pretty impressive. With that economic activity comes education for our residents, culture and art, business and support systems. This is our community. We invite you to explore it and find out more about the Augusta that is beyond Washington Road during the first week of April. In the pages ahead you will find events, people and places to visit. Discover stores to shop in, restaurants to eat at and nightlife to explore and have some fun at. The centerspread is a list of where locals like to eat, a guide to area eateries that might be off the beaten path or a quick mile or two down the road. Be adventurous and try some of them out. Check out the 3/50 Project on page 15, we’re diving a little deeper into our community and seeking out those great locally owned places to support. Flip a few more pages and get a glimpse of Aiken’s history on page 19 and take a trip down memory lane. Dr. Ben Casella is back with his Beers Locals Like column, recommending some great brews at Aficionados – it’s all to help you beat the early heat, I’m sure. Then, read more about Casella and his new appointment as President of the Downtown Augusta Alliance. Go Ben! There is a lot of activity, events and things to get involved in, go and explore and become a part of in our area this time fo the year, well actually every time of the year, if you know where to look. So, as we look around at the new signs of life – Mother Nature at her best again – there is much to enjoy in our community. Find out what to enjoy by visiting the most complete event calendar in the entire area at: and click on the event calendar tab. There you will find hundreds of events to explore. It’s free, it’s fast and you can share it with your family, friends, Facebook and Twitter accounts with the click of a button. Now, that’s techie. See you out and about! Yeah , we’re staying local during spring break. Matt

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[ morrison brothers open whiskey joint with a spin on traditional pub fare ]

In 1967, Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors, sang: “Show me the way to the next whiskey bar. Oh, don’t ask why. Oh, don’t ask why.” In 2012, Bobby and Kenny Morrison will tell you why. “The name fit the vibe we are going for, and we’re big whiskey fans,” said Bobby about the newest downtown bar, Whiskey Bar (Kitchen), which he and his brother hope to open mid-May. “Unlike most places that are restaurants with a bar attached to them, this will be a bar with a pretty awesome kitchen attached to it, and it will be open late. There will be a wide variety of whiskey: Irish Whisky, Scotch and Bourbon, as well as sake to fit the Asian influence.” The Morrison brothers have owned Metro Pub and Coffeehouse at 1054 Broad St. since 1999, and will soon be opening Whiskey Bar (Kitchen) in the space next door, formerly occupied by Wicked Wasabi. According to the Morrisons, who grew up in Augusta and have been friends with Wicked Wasabi’s owners for many years, the owners wanted to retire but also wanted to hand the space over to someone they trusted. “Even though we’re changing the whole style and look of the place, we wanted to keep an Asian influence consistent with the former owners,” said Kenny. “It’s going to be mostly pub fare, with a ton of different types of burgers plus Asian-influenced appetizers and tapas, but we’re also doing some unique things, like serving traditional fish and chips with Japanese Panko bread-crumbs, and offering traditional condiments with the hamburgers plus a few traditional Japanese sauces our executive chef makes himself.” Techan Inaba will return as executive chef, coming out of retirement as the former owner of Wicked Wasabi. Kenny and Bobby are also pleased that Whiskey Bar’s proximity to Metro Pub will allow them to expand the outdoor seating area and their servers can work between businesses. The Morrison brothers hope both establishments will complement each other, and note that Whiskey Bar (Kitchen) will be strictly nonsmoking. Whiskey Bar (Kitchen) will be open from 11:30 a.m. until 2 a.m., seven days a week. For more information, call 706.722.6468. | by CHRISTOPHER SELMEK

[ golf and history come to book tavern during masters ] The Book Tavern at 1026 Broad St. will host two book signings during Masters Week, both by Augusta authors and published by The History Press.

GARY Player: Golf’s Global Ambassador from South Africa to Augusta | Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. John Boyette will talk about his new book which focuses on Gary Player’s history and influence on the golfing community. Boyette has been sports editor of The Augusta Chronicle since 2000 and covered the Masters Tournament since 1986. Gary Player’s golf career will come full circle in a few days when he joins Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus as honorary starters at the Masters Tournament. Player rose from humble beginnings in South Africa to become an international golf superstar, and his success at Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters is the highlight of his impressive resume. His accomplishments include three Masters wins, the record for most starts at the Masters and numerous other distinctions. Player’s career includes 167 worldwide wins, which includes all the Grand Slam titles on the regular tour and the senior tour. At age 76, one might think Player is ready to slow down, but in fact he is still a relevant and influential figure, as Boyette explains. WGAC: The Voice of the Garden City for Seventy Years | Friday, April 6 at 6 p.m. Scott Hudson and Debra Reddin Van Tuyll will sign copies of their new book Augusta’s WGAC: The Voice of the Garden City for Seventy Years. Most Augustans are familiar with the popular talk radio station with its combination of local and syndicated programming. The book traces WGAC’s growth from infancy to it status today as the No. 1 radio station in Augusta. Van Tuyll and Hudson both have backgrounds in media: Hudson is a reporter for WGAC and writes for The Metro Spirit and Buzz on Biz, while Van Tuyll, a former news reporter, teaches communications at Augusta State University. For more information, call 706.826.1940 or visit BOOKTAVERN.COM | PRESS

[ downtown gets touted in southern living ] Pick up a copy of the April issue of Southern Living and check out “Worth the Trip: Augusta,” an article which focuses on the other things to do in the city besides golf! The article spotlights downtown and says, “The charming city on the banks of the Savannah River is pretty energetic any time of the year, thanks to a downtown scene filled with unique shops, attractions and restaurants.” The Book Tavern and Vintage Ooollee are recommended shopping destinations. Rooster’s Beak, Boll Weevil Café and Sweetery and La Maison get the nod for where to eat. Soul Bar, Sky City and the Augusta Museum of History round out the article’s points of interest. Whether you are a visitor or a local, take the Southern Living tour of downtown – you might find it as charming as SL does.

[ new moon to move to the white’s building this summer ] New Moon Café, currently at 1002 Broad St., will be moving to a new location in the JB White’s Building at 936 Broad St., which owner Christine TomasettiAllewelt says she hopes to open early this summer. The café opened its first location in Aiken in 1995, started the Broad Street location in 2006 and added a third café, inside University Hospital, in 2009. The restaurant is considered a staple of downtown and features many local favorites, such as the everchanging soup-of-the-day, Local Lover’s Chili and weekly brunch specials. “Since 1995, New Moon Café has been serving up creative comfort food using fresh, local ingredients,” said Allewelt. “Everything you see on our menu is authentic food. We roast our own coffee in small batches, bake our breads and pastries in-house, and make our soups from scratch every day. An outstanding meal doesn’t have to be complicated and expensive; it just requires a devotion to creating genuine food in an extraordinary way.” Allewelt says she plans to offer the same great service with the same staff at the new location, but looks forward to increased seating capacity

and a meeting space, which will be available to rent and will complement the 51-residential-units condominium project. “I’m really excited about it, it’s going to be awesome,” said Augusta manager Christina Rentiers. “We’re going from about a 30 to 35 seating capacity to about 72, which should stop people from having to stand around waiting for a table on the weekends like they sometimes do now.” “One of the things I really appreciate about this move is it will give us the opportunity to expand our bakery,” said Allewelt. “It will be the same concept, with the same people mixing your drinks, but we’re hoping to introduce some casseroles and meals ready-to-go such as shepherd’s pie and vegetable lasagna.” New Moon is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 706.823.2008 or visit by CHRISTOPHER SELMEK | community driven news | March 28, 2012 5

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Tom Gallien, a.k.a. Dipper Farkle, is a close and trusted friend. His photography is phenomenal, which is why I tag along with him. He makes my work look better. Something happened last night which I wanted to share and there was no one better to share it with than Tom. My story follows, along with his reply. Subject: A Time Not to Take the Picture Dipper: It has been a tough month, with my (late) wife in the hospital, Woosie (our dog of 16 years) having to be put down, a tough time at work and just a depressive feeling of my own. I want to get pumped up for some photography and might well have that opportunity next week in Arizona, but I want to share with you that sometimes just seeing is more important to your soul than taking the shot.

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Being home alone for like the 10th evening in a row, feeling sorry for myself, I poured a glass of wine, cranked up the iPod and walked to the dock, with a magazine in tow. I had only gotten through a few pages and “Hotel California” when I noticed that this night was going to be something very special. In 15 years here in my home, I have never seen the sky so blue. Nothing spectacular with the clouds or the sunset but something told me to just be patient. As the evening unfolded the sky got bluer. The clouds became golden and the sun became more spectacular as it said goodnight. About that time, the Canadian geese decided to leave for the evening and took off in three flights of 40 or more, spectacular as they winged past the sunset. But then there was a lone goose that was sort of the cherry on top. Maybe he was the Lone Ranger but he sure did pull up the rear nicely. The sky was still blue, and the golds were fading to red and then pink. There were a few dark gray clouds that floated by, just to accent the easel. To the south there were massive storm clouds, without the rain or thunder. To the west the sun took a bow for the 12th time, as the applause of my mind gave it many standing ovations. I had to leave shortly after that, as the mosquitoes were about to carry me off, but the hour of this evening is an hour that will go down in my memory forever, for tonight I saw the bluest blue of the sky and the goldest gold of the clouds and the reddest red of the sunset. I am sorry that I could only share this image with myself, but if I have said this right, and I have conveyed an image to a close friend, then I have described seeing, without the camera. And the lesson is, maybe sometimes seeing is more important than taking the shot. Just maybe, what this is all about is enjoying every once in a while, the beauty of nature without a camera between us and the sunset. It certainly was tonight. — Your friend, Homer Homer: Your words are powerful along with your generosity in sharing them and I will indeed share this with my students. Consider it “Newsletter No. 2.” I started out this class by telling them that a photographic image starts with the mind and eyes working together to create a composition that can be captured by a camera, but to realize that the image captured by a camera is always a poor substitute for real life. So, I told them, one of my goals of this class is to teach you to “see life with different eyes.” Last night, as I projected some of their images that they have taken since they started my class, I saw some of the wonderment of creative photography in their eyes. It was evident in their “oooooooohs” when a new pastel rosebud popped on the screen that someone in the class (actually an oncological surgeon) had taken yesterday. Then an “aaaaaahhhh” when an Ozark sunset jumped up and warmed the room. I love my job. And I thank you for passing along a special moment. Sometimes those moments are too long coming and too soon forgotten, but I hope not. — Dipper As an instructor for the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art and a cosponsor of the Great Smoky Mountain Digital Adventure, Dwain “Homer” Shaw has secured a place as a mentor to hundreds of students seeking the passion that we know as fine art.

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[ the art factory gives programs to gertrude herbert ] The Art Factory, which has offered after-school programs and art related outreach efforts for the past 18 years, will close at the end of this month. The majority of the Art Factory’s programs will continue through other organizations that have an art education focus, most notably the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art and the Jessye Norman Academy. This is in response to an earlier plea by the Knox Foundation for nonprofit groups to share resources when their missions appear to overlap in today’s tough economic climate. “Communities are really filling up with nonprofits,” said Lisa Marks, the executive director of the Art Factory. “Augusta has the highest number of nonprofits per capita of any city in the state. The Knox Foundation and the Community Foundation have been encouraging nonprofits to come together if their missions are similar and combine administrative functions in order to reduce overhead. There are only so many donor dollars to go around, and if there are opportunities to combine administrative functions then that helps the whole community.” “I think it’s really unfortunate that the Art Factory is closing, but we have to look at it as a positive,” said Rebekah Henry, the executive director of the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. “We see it as an opportunity to eliminate duplication and use resources in the most efficient way possible.” The Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art will take over the Art Factory’s Art@School program, which is similar to the model they already use in 15 elementary schools throughout the region. Henry says that while they noticed some overlap in their programs, there was no way to know whether individual students were being served twice through the 15 after- and in-school programs. Now, with these programs falling under one administrative umbrella, Henry hopes that each student will receive more specialized attention. “Both of our programs were targeting about the same age groups, were cross-curricular and interdisciplinary,” said Henry. “That means that while the students are learning

about math, science and language they’re also learning about art.” “They use dance and drama and visual arts to teach students reading, writing, science and social studies, and they have created curricula that meet the state of Georgia’s academic standards,” said Marks. “For most students, when they’re working with the left brain and the right brain simultaneously there’s something that happens that just make a light bulb go off.” Other programs taken over by GHIA include an art therapy program for abused women at the HOPE House and a juvenile justice program in which teenage first-time offenders are provided the opportunity to enhance their community through public art. Henry says she is also interested in taking over the Art Factory’s programs at the Kroc Center, in which any member of the community can take classes in painting, drawing, sculpting or other art-related endeavors without needing to be a member of the center. Marks is also encouraging the Kroc Center to transfer their contract to GHIA, but no decision has yet been finalized. Henry feels that one of the greatest assets her organization offers to faculty who will be continuing their employment with GHIA is that they already have an educational director in place, in addition to an administrative manager and executive director. “We’re not just dumping our programs on anybody,” said Marks. “We have partners in the community who are already successful and have already demonstrated their ability to provide successful outreach programs. Our board feels confident in passing on these programs to the Gertrude Herbert Institute and to our other partners.” The Art Factory will also transfer its after school program and summer theatre camp, SummerStock, to the Jessye Norman Academy at the end of May. Marks will remain a contact for anyone involved in these programs through this period of transition. For more information, contact Marks at 706.731.0008 or visit artfactoryinc. | by CHRISTOPHER SELMEK | community driven news | March 28, 2012 7

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Riverfront Hotel Complex Celebrates 20th Anniversary The Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center has gone platinum. Its 20th year anniversary week coincides with its busiest week of the year – selling almost 5,000 room nights and generating millions of dollars in hotel, food and beverage revenue. The owners of the Marriott also have an interest in the new convention center that will open later this year to accommodate larger groups. The local Marriott is known for hosting the largest conventions in town with a spacious and impeccable lobby, deluxe guest rooms or one-bedroom suites and some value-added services including complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, lavish bedding ensembles, premium movie channels, an iPod docking station and plug-in technology.

LOCAL BAKER MAKES HOME SHOPPING NETWORK DEBUT Monday and Tuesday of Masters Week marks VeryVera’s live debut on the Home Shopping Network. Owner Vera Stewart will showcase her chicken casserole combos and an assortment of her pound cakes. Vera started sharing these Augusta flavors with the world almost 20 years ago when she began her mail order business. Since then, she’s appeared on Chef Bobby Flay’s Show Down (and her carrot cake was voted the best) and has begun offering her southern casseroles at Costco’s around the United States. Watch her spread the word and share these home-style treasures with the rest of the country on live television Monday, April 2 between 5 and 6 p.m. and Tuesday, April 3 between 7 and 8 a.m. During these times, the same products presented live will be available for purchase on the HSN website and are always available to you at VeryVera, Augusta’s local bakery and café.

TWO FROZEN YOGURT STORES OPEN IN TIME FOR TOURNAMENT Twisted Indulgence opened recently on the 5000 block of Washington Road in the Publix Plaza in Evans. Its frozen yogurts are made from dairyfresh milk, real fruit purees, and high counts of beneficial live yogurt cultures including probiotic. The yogurt comes fresh frozen from the dairy and the store says it never uses powders. The frozen yogurt store offers 10 ever-changing flavors that include nonfat, low fat and no sugar added options, and nondairy sorbets. Twist two options together for a flavor of your own and add toppings from the many varieties of assorted candies, nuts, and fresh fruits to create a unique dessert all your own. Peachwave Yogurt has moved into the Fairway Square Shopping Center about a half-mile west of the Augusta National. This is the chain’s third store in Georgia and store No. 38 in the United States. The owners are trying to capitalize on the “green and healthy” shopping center that also features New Life Natural Foods Store and Levitate Fitness. For more information, visit

SCRUBS 2 GO TO CLOSE SOMETIME AFTER MASTERS WEEK If you know someone involved in the medical field, consider making the detour off of Washington Road to 123 Davis Road in Martinez. Instead of a first anniversary sale, the owners of Scrubs 2 Go decided it was time to hold a Going Out of Business sale. All items will be 50 to 75 percent off until they are sold out. Scrubs 2 Go is a 2,200-square-foot building that is packed with the latest scrub fashions such as brand name medical scrubs, nursing scrubs, nursing uniforms and medical uniforms for men and women in solid colors and a wide variety of prints. The store specializes in plus sizes up to 5x, and in large group orders to medical offices and hospitals. It also offers fashion accessories, handbags, MDF stethoscopes, footwear and scrub, bouffant and ponytail scrub caps.

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Credit Unions Build Community One of the results of the Occupy Wall Street movement has been the call for citizens to transfer their money from large national banks to smaller credit unions that serve the interests of their communities, something with which the employees of Savannah River Plant Credit Union are inclined to agree. “I think it’s been true for some time, but the ‘move your money’ bank transfer movement has kind of lifted the dome off credit unions to let their light shine and for people to become more familiar with what credit unions can do,” said Ed Templeton, the president of SRP Credit Union. “Ten or 15 years ago, credit unions were not available to the general public, but as they have evolved and expanded their field of membership to become community based, it has also expanded their access to people who might not know what credit unions can do for them.” “Most people think they can’t join a credit union unless they belong to a company that supports a credit union, or that the words ‘credit union’ somehow imply exclusivity,” he continued. “Even our name suggests that we have something to do with the Savannah River Plant, but that’s really not true at all anymore. We keep the name because people trust it, but we’re open to anybody who wants to join.” SRP Credit Union, which serves more than 95,000 members throughout the CSRA, offers all the same programs as most banks, including free checking accounts, savings accounts, home and car loans and certificates of deposit. But the biggest difference between banks and credit unions, according to Templeton, is that credit unions are member-owned, and every member gets a vote. “If you have an account at one of our branches with $25 dollars in it, then you can go to our annual meeting on March 13 at the James Brown Arena and sit next to someone with a million dollars, and if you don’t like what’s going on in our organization then you can begin to effect change,” he said. “We do a very dangerous thing at the start of all our meetings, which is that we have an open forum, when any member can talk about anything they want. It makes me nervous sometimes because I don’t know what they’re going to say, but it shows that we don’t hide anything from our members, and that it is important to address member concerns.” Templeton reports directly to the 11 members of SRP’s board of directors, each of whom are

uncompensated and elected by credit union members to three-year terms. Templeton himself describes his job as ensuring quality control over the whole organization, and says that they deliver products in a caring, professional way. “I had a member last night who was unsatisfied with some of our services, and I talked to him on the phone for two hours and in the end we reached a resolution,” he said. “I believe that he felt that he had been heard, and that his concerns were addressed. I wish I could do the same for all my customers, but generally we try to resolve any issue that comes up at the lowest level.” Templeton says that he receives more accolades about his employees than he does complaints, which he says is central to the company’s philosophy. That most tellers are hired locally and trained at the main office in North Augusta also has an impact on Augusta’s economy, he said. Each branch strives to be as inviting as possible, which is why the Broad Street office contains both a children’s play area and a television for waiting customers. This devotion to customer satisfaction, in addition to the quality of their service, is what Templeton hopes will keep them competitive with major banks. “Our money is just as green as their money, we try to impart more respect because you are a part owner, and you are the reason we are here,” he said. “We try to offer products at less-thanmarket-rates. It’s not always possible, but in the norm we offer lower loan rates and higher savings rates than most other institutions, and we have lower fees on almost everything.” SRP Federal Credit Union is a member of the Augusta Credit Union Chapter, along with Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union, CSRA Credit Union, Fort Gordon Federal Credit Union and many others who provide many of the same services to their members. For more information, visit the Augusta Credit Union Chapter Facebook page or stop into any branch office. by CHRISTOPHER SELMEK | community driven news | March 28, 2012 9

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The Downtown Augusta Alliance, known colloquially as DA2 or simply the Alliance, elected a new executive board March 14 including the merchant association’s new president, Dr. Ben Casella of Casella Eye Center. As board president, Casella says he believes that his most important responsibility will be to ensure that every member within the organization has a voice to keep creative ideas flowing that will lead to a more unified and fun downtown Augusta. “I’m incredibly excited about our new board,” he said. “There are a lot of fresh new faces and a lot of people who are willing to step up to the plate and allow downtown to progress. The executive board has been almost completely revamped and we’re all energetic and we want to work toward the same goal of making downtown a fun place to live, work and play.” The Alliance has in previous years sponsored such events as the Jingle Bell Jaunt, Discover Downtown, and Play Through Downtown, which required businesses to collaborate to create a fun experience for visitors. Casella hopes to see some of these events return and says he has a few new ideas he’s not quite prepared to completely unveil. “We’re considering hosting a tour showcasing offices in the downtown area as well as potential retail space, and we’re in talks with several people regarding a literary pub crawl,” he said. “We love our downtown community, and I urge people to be on the lookout for the Alliance to have a greater presence this year and be more visible.” Casella says he looks forward to working closely with his fellow officers: Vice President Janie Peel, the president of Prime Commercial Properties; Secretary Connie Melear, the chief financial officer of R.W. Allen; and Treasurer Erik Hammarlund, an engineer with W.R. Toole. “If you don’t know Janie, then you will very soon, because she is an absolute presence downtown and I have never met anyone more motivated to make this a great community to live in,” said Casella. “Connie is the ever energetic workhorse behind the Alliance and her expertise is matched by none. Eric is an absolutely phenomenal guy who is great with numbers and we’re lucky to have him back again this year.”

The board also contains several new directors, including Brooke Buxton with the Market on the River, Nick Dickinson Sr. with Nicholas Dickinson and Associates, jazz musician Karen Gordon, William Harrison with Beamies and the Boll Weevil, Greig McCully with Fireside Grills and More, attorney Brian Mirshak, Kevin Wade with Intellisystems, Bettis Rainsford Jr. with RDC Development, Damion Moses with the SunTrust Bank, Jennifer Tutt with Sit-A-Spell Coffeeshop and Kimberly Townsend with Curvitude. “The board has been augmented to have more members and also to better represent the diversity of the businesses not only on Broad Street but throughout the downtown area,” said Casella. “The last couple years have been tough all around for business owners and it’s been reflected in our spending, but things are looking up and the Alliance is looking up with them.” While some of those economic factors have included a slight decline in membership, Casella maintains that DA2 remains the only downtown organization that actively goes to downtown business owners personally to ask how they would like to see their neighborhood progress. He says he hopes to keep the lines of communication open to other downtown organizations, such as the Downtown Development Authority and the Augusta Commission, which are also working for change downtown and throughout Augusta. “I’ve served on several boards but being the president is a new order for me and I’m not taking it lightly,” he added. “I see it as a great challenge but also a great opportunity to give the Alliance more of a meaningful presence … and also to make downtown a vibrant multi-use neighborhood.” by CHRISTOPHER SELMEK | community driven news | March 28, 2012 11

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Antique Gallery

Antique Gallery has been in Surrey Center for seven years of owner Barbara Kelly’s 22-year love affair with anitiques.

“It’s my love, it’s my life” Kelly said. While working on a medical degree Kelly worked part-time for a travel agency, taking groups of students to Europe. The tours evolved and soon she was taking antique dealers to London – that’s when she decided to go into the business for herself. “I literally go to Europe and hand-pick everything” she said. “I am not selling an object, I am selling culture.” The store drips with that culture, from Red Stag antler chandeliers to hand woven baskets. There are no reproductions in the gallery and much of what Kelly carries date from the 18th and 19th centuries. Each piece has a story to tell – and Kelly is quick to help customers uncover those stories. WHAT I FOUND Pillow filled with French lavender | $25 WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT Antique Gallery | 341 Highland Ave., Surrey Center | 706.667.8866


With Love on the Corner

Who knew that a shopping spree could turn into a new business? Pam McKinney says that’s exactly what happened – she went shopping, bought a bunch of neat stuff and decided to open a shop in Hephzibah. With Love on the Corner is the result. It’s a mix of new and secondhand items – handcrafted gifts from Georgia artisans, toys, jewelry, furniture, packaged foods and local honey. After perusing the shelves and picking out some unique gifts, book a family portrait sitting with Willow Tree Photography, owned by McKinney’s daughter Lisa Vaughn. McKinney opened the store in December and says she is focused on supporting local artisans and farmers. Family owned and operated, she promises a warm greeting and a personal touch to every shopping experience. WHAT I FOUND Handcarved Wooden Bowl | $20 WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT With Love on the Corner | 2526 Highway 88, Hephzibah | 706. 833.1426


Posh Tots Children’s Boutique

Posh Tots Children’s Boutique is made for mothers who enjoy dressing up their children -- from big flower headbands right down to little bow ties – the store is full of cute clothes in amazing colors for little people. Owner Ann Morrison says that when she became a mother she knew that she wanted to use her marketing degree to do something for children. For nine years she has done just that, filling her store with all the latest styles for children and giving personal one-on-one customer service. “Truly the biggest thing I stress here is the customer service,” Morrison said. WHAT I FOUND Pearl baby bracelet | $15 WHERE YOU CAN FIND IT Posh Tots Children’s Boutique | 343 Highland Ave., Surrey Center 706.733.4990 Leah Deslandes is our 3/50 Crusader. She will be visiting locally owned and operated businesses in the CSRA, putting into practice the 3/50 Project concept: Save the local economy one person at a time. Her mission? Choose three stores and spend $50 each month between them. Her goal? That you will join the project and tell us where you’ve been and what you’ve bought! Send your experience to: For more information on the 3/50 Project, visit: | community driven news | March 28, 2012 15

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songs of the heart from

eli montgomery

aikenite releases first single and goal of 1 million hits by end of the year

Singer/songwriter Eli Montgomery grew up in Aiken, where his artistic interests and talents developed at an early age. As a teenager, he sang in his high school choir and shortly thereafter began playing guitar as a vehicle for self-expression and songwriting. In May, he will graduate from the University of South Carolina Aiken with degrees in communications and studio art. He performs often in Aiken and Augusta, including opening for the Kenny George Band last summer. He began the new year with the release of his debut single, “12:21,” a song that he says wrote itself quickly but encapsulates some universal life experiences. Montgomery spoke to verge about his musical goals and the steps he is taking to get from Point A to Point B while living in Aiken. “Growing up in a small town is a gift and a curse,” he says, “because you experience people up close and personal, but you’re a stranger to the bigger picture of the world when you leave.” Verge: What made you choose “12:21” as your debut and how does it represent you as a singer and songwriter? Montgomery: “12:21” happened in all of six minutes. I was having problems with a female friend, and the words just poured out of me. I started writing at 12:15 and the song was complete by 12:21. This song represents one of the many life situations I’ve gone through up to this point, and I know I’m not the only person in the world that’s had a restless night, so this was a story I decided was best to share. Verge: You received a guitar when you were 16 but did not begin playing seriously until you were 20. What finally piqued your interest in the instrument? Montgomery: When I was 16, I just wanted to sing, and the deeper I got into my art, the best way to explain this was by picking up an instrument. I got tired of dealing with musicians that were not as driven or passionate about the music the way I was. As a singer/songwriter, no one can give a better musical interpretation to your words than you can, because if you’re always collaborating with someone else, people never actually hear your personal expression. Verge: By that time, you had several years of vocal experience from being in the high school choir. Were you already interested in songwriting at that time, or did this come with learning an instrument?

Montgomery: I was always into art as a child; I just wasn’t into the musical aspect of it. I always wanted to create. I started writing poetry at the age of 11, and drawing, sketching and painting around 12. So songwriting pretty much came naturally following singing.

“At the end of the day, I am a creator and a student of art. I make music from the heart that’s for the masses.”

Verge: Is guitar your only instrument? Montgomery: I dabble with the piano and I’m still perfecting my craft on guitar. But the next instrument I want to master is the harmonica. Verge: When did you discover music? Who were your influences, and are they still the artists you reach for when seeking inspiration? Montgomery: When I think about it, I’ve always been around music, growing up in the church, and at home my mom, grandmother and aunt always blast their oldies while dancing and cooking in the kitchen. But I seriously fell into music at the age of 16 when I tried out for choir and my teacher told me I had some vocal chops. This was my confirmation that there was a possibility I could pursue this for a career. When I was 16 and younger, I was really into singers like Usher, Mario and Craig David, and I still love these guys’ vocal abilities. But when I picked up the guitar, my taste just changed and my influences today heavily range from Tracy Chapman to John Mayer, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Wyclef, Jason Mraz, Sade, Enya ... and the list goes on! But my inspiration on a regular basis can be anything from a simple phone

— eli montgomery

conversation with a friend to nature, Disney, and I read a lot in my spare time. Verge: When and where did you record “12:21” and who produced? Is there a CD in the works? Montgomery: I recorded “12:21” in September 2011, but felt it was best to release as a single at the top of the new year. I recorded with Shawn Guess. I’ve been working with him on and off for a couple of years until we solidified the idea to work on a full-length album. Shawn is one of the most amazing producers I have ever had a chance to work with. He is a genius. He plays practically every instrument and has this endless knowledge of music, so I am ever so grateful working with him. He helped design the sound of Eli Montgomery. Packlight is an album that tells the story of who I am up to now. It explains my story as an artist, and the life of a young man/college student, and it

relates to the masses. Unfortunately, Packlight won’t be released any time soon. We’re focused on building a sound for me and that will fit this project. Verge: For readers who are being introduced to your music via this interview, what would you like them to know about Eli Montgomery? Montgomery: I just released my first music video, for “12:21,” on YouTube. I’m trying to reach 1million views by December 21. I am also releasing an acoustic mixtape in June, entitled Treehugger mixtape vol.1: Wildfire. At the end of the day, I am a creator and a student of art. I make music from the heart that’s for the masses. For more information about Eli Montgomery: by alison richter photo PRESS | community driven news | March 28, 2012 17

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learning about one’s place with

a look at the past

young writer derek berry sifts through photos of aiken’s past and ponders on his future

Rifle through the dusty paper folders until you find a file name that intrigues you. Pull out the file, remove film negatives, and hold them one by one to the light. This is my job for now: finding photos that look interesting and scanning them into a computer. The search itself is dull, but what I find is sometimes immensely exciting. Crouched on a stool over a table filled with boxes crammed with these files. Dust clogs my lungs down here and the light is too dim to properly see. Above me, I can hear every time someone walks down the stairs or flushes the toilet. I’m searching for treasures of the past in the basement of Aiken’s historical Old Post Office. I pull another file: The 1963 Cotton Festival, where local men wrestled in the streets as entertainment after the parade ended. The parade marched through what is now Laurens Street, every float meticulously decorated. The banks, the stores, even the pest control companies -- all had floats that rolled along the streets, pulled by cars that inspire nostalgia even in me, a teenager who barely saw a glimpse of the 20th Century. I am fortunate enough to work for Lista’s Photography Studio, a business that was passed down to my boss from his father. Every week, it seems I work on something new and utterly different, which I love. What other teenagers get to attend weddings on the beach and explore the history of his hometown through photos? Because of the nature of the business, one day I will help take group photos of a basketball team, the next day arrange zebra pelts and antelope heads so they convey a “jungle theme.” For the past few months, I have ventured down the street to the Old Post Office, which my boss still owns. His father took these photos in the ‘50s and ‘60s and I am charged with climbing up and down a ladder to retrieve boxes and then to scour through the tens of thousands of photographs to find anything that looks interesting. The photographs will be used in a presentation about my boss’s father’s life and career. When I was younger, I was interested in medieval history, in knights and castles. I read books about ancient Egypt, about pyramids and powerful pharaohs and mummification. Recently, however, I have begun to appreciate more the history of my own hometown and some other cities nearby. Studying the negatives, I learn not only that kids in the ‘50s all sported the same ultra-dorky haircut, but that there was a gas explosion downtown that demolished Holley’s Hardware Store. Walking through downtown, I imagine the buildings ablaze almost 60 years ago. I am learning all the names of the rich families who owned the immense houses surrounding downtown, who frequented the Wilcox and lived in these antiquated times. Even if you have grown up in a town all your life and now live there as an adult, there are probably bits of its history you have overlooked. Extremely interesting pieces of history that are just as fascinating as knights and mummies probably exist in your hometown, too. For instance, until I recently interviewed Hodges Usry for verge, I did not realize to what extent the Civil Rights Movement thrived in Augusta. Yet in the ’70s, riots so impassioned occurred

that the city enforced a curfew to clear the streets after dark. I like walking downtown in Aiken after work as evening sets in. I’m proud to see that the streets are still alive with people. One hundred and fifty years have passed since Aiken was founded, 50 since the photos I study were taken, and our town is still alive. As I walk the blocks, I like to stop at certain stores and restaurants to talk to the staff or owners. There is a sense of community here.

“What happened to all these people in the pictures, people who

walked the same streets as I did?”

Sometimes I taste, or rather feel, how this town must have been to those who walked the streets before me. I can almost see the faded colors of their big cars, the Bel Airs and first family sedans, roaring up and down these streets. Ghost teenagers racing each other in the dark. Walking past the stores, I wonder what they were 60 years ago, who once owned them and what happened there. Who are these nighttime specters jovially haunting me, following me and joking and making plans for futures that have come and gone? What happened to all these people in the pictures, people who walked the same streets as I did? Some of these black-and-white figures strolled up and down the same sidewalks I now frequent every day. Some attended Aiken High School, where I now go. I wonder if they stayed in Aiken or moved far away – out West or overseas. One day, will I join them, telling my own stories of growing up, of this town and of living here? In a few months, I will head to college, live in a dorm and experience a new town. As a rule, I think most teenagers despise their hometowns and think them boring and lifeless. The closer I get to leaving Aiken, however, the more I appreciate it. I fall more and more in love with the people and the places and the atmosphere. While I’m happy to be going somewhere new, the essence of this town will stay with me. If knowing the history of the world and the history of humanity are important to understanding where we should go as a global society, then understanding our local history is just as important for the same reason. These stories, these events and these people shaped our communities. Who we have been in some way will dictate where we will go. by DEREK BERRY photos LISTA’S PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO: Gasnell Oil Company; Burgess Motors, Waiting for the Parade (top to bottom). | community driven news | March 28, 2012 19

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two irish souls meet and

blend words and art the work of local artist lillie morris illustrates the words of poet linda whittenberg in new book

A fortuitous meeting over breakfast during a writers’ conference in Ireland two years ago became the launching point of a personal and professional friendship between poet Linda Whittenberg and local artist and musician Lillie Morris. Their kinship resulted in the book Somewhere in Ireland … a Journey of Discovery, which joins Whittenberg’s words with Morris’ paintings and collages.

PENTIMENTO* Green pastures, amber fields sweep across valleys and hills, hectares defined by stone walls, keeping one man’s cows from another man’s clover.

Whittenberg spoke with verge about the history behind the book, the collaboration with Morris and her remarkable journey as a poet.

So beguiling this landscape, easy to miss the shadow images beneath the vibrant color. A pentimento, life nearly squeezed out of the people whose crime was being Irish.

Verge: You met Lillie Morris at a Writers’ Week Literary Conference. What is this conference about and how did the two of you strike up what became a working relationship?

Layer upon layer of rural charm painted over – fierce rebellion and wars, blighted crops, penal laws. The struggles bleed through only if you look close enough.

Whittenberg: Writers’ Week in Listowel, County Kerry, is one Ireland’s primary literary events. For a few days in early June, the moderate-sized town of Listowel is taken over by musicians, writers of every genre, storytellers, dramatists, plus those who come to enjoy the literary events. I know of no other writing conference with more charm and good cheer. It was on the last morning of Writers’ Week three years ago that my husband and I took breakfast on the terrace of the Listowel Arms Hotel and joined a lovely lady who was sitting alone. That elegant woman turned out to be Lillie Morris. Lillie and I have stayed in communication since that first meeting and formed a friendship fed by our passion for the work we do.

Stone upon stone like broken granite lace, embellishing the landscape so sublime one could forget, so lovely it wrenches the heart. *Pentimento – A term used in art indicating the presence of earlier images painted over. EXCERPT FROM SOMEWHERE IN IRELAND ... A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY. POEM: pentimento BY LINDA WITTENBERG. ART: Earrach in Éireann (Springtime in Ireland) BY LILLIE MORRIS

Verge: What made her the right collaborative partner for your book? Whittenberg: We’ve discovered our dedication to our work, our business ethics, our love for the Irish people are much the same. But there is something else at work. Often we are stunned by the synchronicities, the harmony between our ideas, the ease with which things flow between us. What can I say? I love working with Lillie and feel blessed by her support and friendship. Verge: Was the book already in progress or did you develop the idea together? Whittenberg: The poems in Somewhere in Ireland began almost writing themselves while I was there in 2010 and had formed themselves into a book by the following spring. Turns out Lillie had on her many visits to Ireland compiled a collection of fine paintings and collages inspired by her love of that country. When we put the poems and the art together, it seemed to us they had an uncanny cohesiveness. Many people have asked if she produced the art for the book and are surprised to learn the art already existed, maybe just waiting for the perfect venue. Verge: What can you tell us about the book and how it presents your journey through Ireland? Whittenberg: The mystic of Ireland is legendary and I came under its spell immediately. The green is stunning; the people, charming and welcoming; the culture a bit slower, more like America in the 1950s. Poems began coming from the first day. I filled a notebook with poems, notes, images I want to keep and savor. Something more than a tourist’s delight was operating, too. Knowing my ancestors came from that island gave my experience another dimension. The book really began taking form at lunch on the first day in Listowel when my husband and I met [a gentleman named] Tony. As people do in Irish pubs, Tony

joined our table and began a more intense and personal conversation than what one expects in such casual encounters. Tony asked questions about my ancestry that brought me to realize I carried a good deal of shame about the Irish side of my family due to the dark stories I’d been told. Alcoholism had been the root cause of my great-grandfather’s murder. It had also led to my grandfather and his brother being “farmed out” at ages 10 and 11. My grandfather, Will Shannon, seldom spoke of his family, and one can understand why.

“Often we are stunned by the synchronicities, the

harmony between our ideas, the ease with which

things flow between us.”

Tony, during just that brief encounter, made me see the whole story in a different light, convincing me that my greatgrandfather may have been “a lovely lad” before alcohol took him over. Somehow, that small phrase, “lovely lad,” struck open something in me. Before we went on our way, I had been convinced that if I opened myself to them, my ancestors would guide me through Ireland. As a result of that newly gained attitude of trust and openness, this book was born. It tells the story of the discoveries I made on that journey. Verge: When did you first discover poetry and what attracted you to this art form? Whittenberg: I realized poetry was a way of expressing feelings hard to communicate with everyday language. The music, rhythms, creative word choices appealed to something in me. As a young person, Millay’s poem excited me with its imagery as well as its vision of a transformative moment when everything as you have known it has changed. Lofty stuff for a dreamy young girl. My letters at that time still began: “How are you? I am fine.” But here was exalted language, still beyond my reach, but something to aim for.

– linda Whittenberg

Verge: What were the steps that led to your professional writing career? Whittenberg: Early on I said I was writing poems as a legacy for my children and grandchildren and no interest in publishing. Turns out, with a few exceptions, my family isn’t overly interested in my writing. It was when I began studying with poet Judyth Hill about five years ago that my view of myself as poet transformed. With Judyth’s encouragement, I put together a chapbook, Dying Can Wait, which was published by Pudding House Publications. Soon after, the first volume of collected poems, Tender Harvest, Black Swan Editions, was in print. The way Judyth saw publishing made it enticing. She described the tradition of poetry as a long river with many inspirations filling it. She said you could sit on the bank and enjoy the great poetry go by or you could step into the water and add what you have to contribute. That image spoke to the deep sense of community that has always been central in my life. I, of course, wanted to add my offerings to that river. by ALISON RICHTER Somewhere in Ireland ... A Journey of Discovery is available at Art On Broad and the gifts shops at Morris Museum of Art and Sacred Heart Cultural Center | community driven news | March 28, 2012 21

good eats & treats

local dining on both sides of the river Charming locally owned restaurants dot the landscape of the Central Savannah River Area on both sides of the river and truly connect our community. Every year, we ask our staff to list their top five locally owned restaurants and pull their suggestions for great local fare into one guide to help you explore all the flavors the area offers. Whether you’re a local, a visitor or somewhere in-between, the next time you go out to eat, choose one of these instead of a cookie-cutter corporate franchise. We think you will be quite pleased by the good food, the interesting people you meet and the joy of finding a new place to share with family and friends. Just make sure to call to check the restaurant’s hours before you head out. AMERICAN

1102 BAR & GRILL

1102 Broad St. | 706.364.4075 TRY THIS: Classic Fried Chicken WHY THE LOCALS GO: One of the few remaining smoke & dine places (after 4 p.m.) with good fare.

Pickles Café & Grill

407 Furys Ferry Road, Martinez 706.288.1200 TRY THIS: Hot Chicken Texas WHY THE LOCALS GO: Taking fried chicken to a whole new level.

Up Your Alley

222 The Alley, Aiken 803.649.2603 TRY THIS: Horseradish Crusted Salmon WHY THE LOCALS GO: Since 1982, this staple of downtown Aiken has been serving up great steaks and seafood. ASIAN

Silla Café boll weevil


10 Ninth St. | 706.722.7772 TRY THIS: Perfect Chocolate Cake WHY THE LOCALS GO: A mouthwatering selection of desserts that literally drape off the plate.


151 Bee Lane, Aiken 803.648.2900 TRY THIS: Homemade desserts WHY THE LOCALS GO: The screened-in porch creates a lovely respite during warm spring days.

855 Broad St. | 706.722.1800 TRY THIS: Chicken Teriyaki WHY THE LOCALS GO: Quick, large, filling portions.


1855 Central Ave. | 706.729.6969 TRY THIS: Crummy Fries WHY THE LOCALS GO: Comfort food, plus live jazz on the weekends.

3208 W. Wimbledon Drive 706.738.1313 TRY THIS: Coconut Fried Shrimp WHY THE LOCALS GO: One of Augusta’s best-kept secrets with exceptional food and ambience. COFFEEHOUSE


French Market Grille

425 Highland Ave. | 706.737.4865 TRY THIS: She Crab Soup WHY THE LOCALS GO: An extensive menu with Cajun spiciness, there’s always something more to try.


2571 Central Ave. | 706.364.1234 TRY THIS: Mussels WHY THE LOCALS GO: In the heart of Summerville, sipping a Guinness on the porch is the perfect way to relax. But the cuisine is pure Creole.

1032 Broad St. | 706.364.3116 TRY THIS: Fresh Spring Rolls WHY THE LOCALS GO: Homemade sauces make each dish special.



936 Broad St. | 706.504.3431 TRY THIS: Ceviche with Corn Chips WHY THE LOCALS GO: Cool atmosphere and tapas in the evening with tango on Thursdays.

Riley’s Whitby Bull

801 E. Pine Log Road, Aiken 803.641.6227 TRY THIS: Crab Cakes WHY THE LOCALS GO: Housed in an old rambling Second Empire style house, the restaurant effuses charm.

T-Boy’s at Sundrees


930 Broad St. | 706.945.1310



1002 Broad St. | 706.823.2008 TRY THIS: Java Milkshake WHY THE LOCALS GO: The place to connect (in person and online) with locally roasted coffee (made the right way).

106 Davis Road | 706.860.7444 TRY THIS: Red Onion Soup WHY THE LOCALS GO: Romantic atmosphere and marvelous cuisine without being pretentious. 816 Cotton Lane | 706.724.4511 TRY THIS: Charleston Chicken WHY THE LOCALS GO: Popular watering hole, cozy patio seating and live music. Good food, too.

Rae’s Coastal Café


Cadwalladers Café



CONTINENTAL caribbean soul


873 Broad St. | 706.814.7841 TRY THIS: Oxtail Platter WHY THE LOCALS GO: Authentic home cooked fare from the islands. Try a flaky meat patty, too.


559 Watkins St. | 706.722.8877 TRY THIS: Chicken Ribier WHY THE LOCALS GO: This 1896 warehouse exudes casual elegance perfect for lunch meetings.

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TRY THIS: The Muffaletta WHY THE LOCALS GO: Hand

stacked sandwiches with true Louisiana style. CUBAN

Café Rio Blanco

148 Laurens St. SW, Aiken 803.643.7075 TRY THIS: Café Rio’s Famous Tres Leches WHY THE LOCALS GO: Authentic taste of Cuba lovingly prepared. Don’t miss the Seafood Paella dinner on Saturdays.

Blue Sky Kitchen

990 Broad St. | 706.821.3988 TRY THIS: Korean Bulgogi WHY THE LOCALS GO: The sidewalk tables give the perfect opportunity to see and be seen.

the bee’s knees


212 10th St. | 706.828.3600 TRY THIS: Tuna Carpaccio WHY THE LOCALS GO: Tapas style dining in sultry jazz surroundings make this the cat’s meow.


491 Highland Ave. | 706.738.6491 TRY THIS: Lavender Ice Cream WHY THE LOCALS GO: Intimate with an ever-changing menu, every bite is a delectable experience.





475 Highland Ave. | 706.738.4514 TRY THIS: Chesapeake Crab Cakes WHY THE LOCALS GO: An Augusta institution for more than 30 years, Calvert’s exudes Southern hospitality.

1167 Broad St. | 706.828.5578 TRY THIS: Kosmic Karma Pizza WHY THE LOCALS GO: Unusual topping choices make for fun pizza eating, as does the psychedelic decor.

5 O’Clock Bistro

2148 Central Ave. | 706.922.9560 TRY THIS: 18 Hour Braised Pulled Pork Tartine WHY THE LOCALS GO: This neighborhood eatery offers a fresh, seasonal menu served at a leisurely Southern pace. FRENCH




590 Broad St. | 706.722.4056 TRY THIS: Greek Porkchops WHY THE LOCALS GO: Stepping in, you feel as though you’re part of the family. Traditional Italian and Greek dishes, atmosphere and family. INDIAN

Naan Kabab

3107 Washington Road 706.504.4220 TRY THIS: Butter Chicken WHY THE LOCALS GO: Pakistani influenced menu with panache. LA MAISON ON TELFAIR


404 Telfair St. | 706.722.4805 TRY THIS: Ostrich Carpaccio WHY THE LOCALS GO: Elegant evenings out. Plus where else can you get ostrich, buffalo and antelope?


505 Railroad Ave., North Augusta 803.380.1323 TRY THIS: Gnocchi and Shrimp WHY THE LOCALS GO: Homemade artisan bread is just the beginning of the edible delights inside. GASTRO PUB


The Taj of India

502-7 Furys Ferry Road 706.860.6665 TRY THIS: Chicken Tikka Marsala WHY THE LOCALS GO: Fresh, authentic Indian dishes and liberal with the word “spicy.” ITALIAN

Antonio’s Italian Eatery

336 Georgia Ave., North Augusta 803.341.9720 TRY THIS: Sicilian Pizza WHY THE LOCALS GO: Italian comfort food and homemade pizzas in a family atmosphere.


1282 Broad St. | 706.364.6906 TRY THIS: Quail and Waffles WHY THE LOCALS GO: The chefs create the daily menu from what’s in season from local farms.

2 10th St. | 706.823.6521 SIGNATURE DISH: Filet Mignon WHY THE LOCALS GO: The place for a quiet upscale business luncheon. But it’s the Sunday brunch that’s tops.



120 Laurens St. SW, Aiken 803.643.3086 TRY THIS: The Daily Special WHY THE LOCALS GO: The menu changes daily and never fails to delight the taste buds.


399 Highland Ave. | 706.496.2930 TRY THIS: Fried Pickles WHY THE LOCALS GO: SouthernFrench mash-up for great taste.

The Restaurant at the Willcox

1245 Broad St. | 706.774.0037 TRY THIS: The Big One WHY THE LOCALS GO: Hand tossed pizza, but it’s the stromboli that keeps us coming back. PUB FARE

Aiken Brewing Company

140 Laurens St. SW, Aiken 803.502.0707 TRY THIS: Thoroughbred Red Microbrew WHY THE LOCALS GO: Relaxed, casual atmosphere for fantastic beer and pub fare.


144 Eighth St. | 706.724.9457 TRY THIS: Joe’s Kitchen Sink Sub WHY THE LOCALS GO: “I goes to Joe’s” for the cool factor. It’s underground, reminiscent of Cheers. SANDWICHES & SUCH


226 Sixth St. | 706.722.7756 TRY THIS: Stacked Reuben WHY THE LOCALS GO: A blast from the past serving up hand stacked sandwiches for 129 years.




1149 Broad St. | 706.364.8860 TRY THIS: The PBR-B-Que WHY THE LOCALS GO: This holein-the-wall late night joint spins a sandwich like a rockin’ DJ.

Olde Time Burgers

nacho mama’s


976 Broad St. | 706.724.0512 TRY THIS: Bomb Burrito WHY THE LOCALS GO: They really do roll them “this big.” The margaritas are big, too.

Sno-Cap Drive In

618 West Ave., North Augusta 803.279.4004 TRY THIS: BBQ Long Dog WHY THE LOCALS GO: North Augusta’s landmark diner since 1964 where patrons celebrate memories of the past.


119 Laurens St. NW, Aiken 803.642.3354 TRY THIS: Philly Steak-n-Cheese WHY THE LOCALS GO: This lovely local stop offers a broad variety of delicious sandwiches.


Kitchen 1454

1454 Walton Way | 706.504.3407 TRY THIS: Coca-Cola Braised Pulled Pork WHY THE LOCALS GO: New on the scene, 1454 captured our tummies with its twist on Southern Soul food. SWEETS & TREATS

Pink Dipper Ice Cream Parlor

501 Georgia Ave., North Augusta 803.279.4100 TRY THIS: A Coke Float WHY THE LOCALS GO: Handdipped ice cream with the original home town feel down to the old fashioned metal heart chairs. TAQUERIA



2 Eighth St. | 706.724.3366 TRY THIS: Chile Relleno WHY THE LOCALS GO: Giant portions and low prices.

fat man’s cafe

1209 Broad St. | 706.724.2302 TRY THIS: The Daily Double WHY THE LOCALS GO: Hearty soups and thick sandwiches make this a staple stop for lunch.

4451 Washington Road 706.364.7377 TRY THIS: Blue Velvet Cake WHY THE LOCALS GO: Authentic Italian fare with a slight twist.

100 Colleton Ave. SE, Aiken 803.648.1898 TRY THIS: Angus New York Strip WHY THE LOCALS GO: The best of Aiken with exquisite dining and beautiful intimate atmosphere.

the willcox



1944 Walton Way | 706.736.4464 TRY THIS: The Cheeseburger WHY THE LOCALS GO: A reincarnation of the original Broad Street favorite, the old name still rings true: What-A-Burger!

594 Broad St. | 706.724.9307 TRY THIS: Handcut & Battered Onion Rings WHY THE LOCALS GO: Hamburgers made to order, cold draft beer to wash it down. SEAFOOD

Beamie’s At The River

865 Reynolds St. | 706.724.6593 TRY THIS: Shrimp Basket WHY THE LOCALS GO: Dig into fried shrimp and oysters on the covered outdoor patio. SOUTHERN SOUL


1450 Greene St. | 706.733.1740 TRY THIS: Miss Pearl’s Southern Fried Chicken WHY THE LOCALS GO: An Augusta tradition – go more than once and they’ll remember your name.


Rooster’s Beak

215 10th St. | 706.364.2260 TRY THIS: The Berlin Taco WHY THE LOCALS GO: Each soft shell tortilla is stuffed with fascinating top-shelf cuisine. Pure bliss in every bite. THAI

Mai Thai

4274 Washington Road 706.210.9008 TRY THIS: Tom Kha Kai WHY THE LOCALS GO: Always delicious with a wide variety of dishes. | community driven news | March 28, 2012 23

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beers locals like brews to accompany a certain sunday golf match

Is it just me or does everything taste better during the first full week of April? Masters Week, as we colloquially know it, turns our sleepy little Southern city into the capital of the world for seven sweet days. It’s true, a certain 18 holes makes us who we are, but Augusta is also a pretty decent destination for the 19th hole. So, whether or not you’re hitting the links this season, make some time to relax with any or all of the tasty tipples described below. FORE!

from the fork of

augusta eats a genuine foodie takes on augusta’s fare one bite at a time

New Belgium Lips of Faith Super Cru

Like other crus, it pours a deep and clear amber with little head of which to speak. Also, there is a characteristic effervescence that persists minutes after the pour. The nose conveys a nice balance of fruit, toasted sweet malts and yeast. The mouth is more yeasty and alcoholic than the nose, but these aspects don’t really persist in any significant way beyond the first few seconds. This is a welcome quality, as New Belgium has reached a delicate balance of blending the powerful flavor of yeast with a decay that’s just in time to rescue you from an alcohol overload of the tongue.

Schneider and Sohn Aventinus

A Weizenbock is truly a beer for all seasons. Bock beers are great in the early springtime, but this wheat bock combines a rich and bready sweetness of flavor with a relatively high carbonation that makes it both medium-bodied and a bit refreshing. Aside from the fact that I really enjoyed this beer, I should mention one more attribute: Its ABV is 8.2, but a heavy blanket of alcohol on the nose and tongue is not readily detectable. Before moving on, I should also mention that there is chocolate somewhere in the nose and on the tongue. It’s subtle, but it’s there.

Shiner DortmundeR

Like the hamburger from Hamburg, dortmunders take on the name of their origin: Dortmund, Germany. So, don’t be surprised when I tell you this pilsner style ale comes from the good people of Shiner, Texas. Dortmunders are difficult to define, so what I have to say about Shiner isn’t necessarily representative of the class as a whole. That being said, it pours a light gold with grass, wheat and tart hops on the nose. There is an earthiness to the hops that translates into a nice, almost sweet taste that, as a lover of the darker brews, I more than welcome. Try it with any type of fried white fish. You’ll find it quite complementary. These and more can be found at Aficionado’s on Eighth Street downtown.

by BEN CASELLA This past St. Patrick’s Day, Ben commemorated the 110th birthday of Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones Jr. It’s never too late for a libation...

crums on central The making of a great chef

is not dependent upon having the financial means to open up one’s own restaurant. On the contrary, many great cooks are still burning the candle at both ends, trying to make a name for themselves in the craft and toiling day and night to put out inspirational meals under someone else’s marquee. Some chefsin-the-making are honing their skills at work and home, while educating themselves at some of the finest culinary schools in the country. The road to becoming a great chef is a tough and narrow one. Becoming “Chef ” is usually achieved through many grueling years in the kitchen away from family and friends and many nights spent reading and researching recipes and techniques, which might one day be implemented into a dish that would become a signatures dish. The ultimate aspiration of an aspiring cook is to have a kitchen, staff and menu of his own, with the crown title of Chef! This is what a chef ’s dreams are made of, whether it be in his own restaurant or hired on as head chef with full rights over the house menu. I recently visited an area restaurant where one vigilant chef, Andrew Crumrine, has done just this. Years of culinary school, working under many top chefs and a lot of time spent away from family and friends have paid off. The product of Crumrine’s hard work is Crums on Central, which has been on the Augusta food scene since 2008. Brunch at Crums: I found the ambiance warm with a South American feel. I cannot stress enough how nice it was NOT to see a television adorning every wall. Crums is definitely a place to enjoy food and conversation with family and friends. I started with two appetizers: deviled eggs and Crummy fries. The deviled eggs were the best I’ve had anywhere – hands down. I want Crumrine’s recipe with every fiber of my being! The Crummy fries were equally amazing, topped with bacon, feta and Parmesan cheese. It seems that the fries were warmed and browned-off in Crums’ wood-fired brick oven. Being a foodie, I have had fries of this nature before at area restaurants and none compare with Crums. I’m guessing it’s the wood-fired-oven factor and the highest of quality ingredients. If I could select my favorite item at Crums, it would definitely be the Crummy fries. For brunch, I ordered Eggs Crum, which is crab cakes topped with delicately poached eggs, warm Hollandaise sauce and crumbled bacon. This dish is also served with salty and rustic home-cut potatoes. The crab cakes were fantastic and, with the warm runny yolk from my poached eggs cascading down the side, every forkful was comforting and savory and the crumbled

bacon sent the flavor-factor soaring. One of my guests had the shrimp po’boy (pictured at top), which we were told was the house favorite. I could taste why – every bite shared had me wishing I had also ordered one. Crum’s also offers a catfish po’boy, a sandwich I might try on my next visit. Chef Crumrine’s dishes were years in the making and this is something I tasted in every dish I sampled – his recipes have definitely been tinkered with to perfection. I found his cuisine absolutely delicious and insanely affordable. Here’s hoping on my next visit to Crums, I’ll be able to try the Catfish Po’Boy and leave with the deviled egg recipe in hand. Foodies have aspirations, too! Crums on Central is located at 1855 Central Ave. in midtown and is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., brunch Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 4:30 p.m. until the crowds stop coming in. For more information, call 706.729.6969 or visit CRUMSONCENTRAL.COM. photos by ELLIE BENSON

by AUGUSTA EATS Augusta Eats is literally eating Augusta, from restaurant to roadside gourmet. Considered by some to be the original Augusta foodie, Augusta Eats has more than 25 culinary years under his (or her?) apron strings and has a deep-seeded love for all things tasty. Follow Augusta Eats on Facebook or visit AUGUSTAEATS.NET | community driven news | March 28, 2012 25

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the continuing

success of staind

powerhouse rock band joins godsmack and halestorm to debut the mass chaos tour in augusta on friday the 13th

Staind, Godsmack and Halestorm will begin the Mass Chaos tour in Augusta on April 13. The tour supports Staind’s latest self-titled album, the band’s seventh studio recording and one they describe as going back to their hard rock roots. The album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 and the first single, “Not Again,” was the fastest rising of Staind’s career, holding at No. 1 for eight weeks. Staind – vocalist Aaron Lewis, guitarist Mike Mushok, bassist Johnny April and new drummer, Sal Giancarelli – have sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, charted nine Top 10 singles – four of which reached No. 1 – and had the most played rock song of the decade with “It’s Been A While.” Guitarist Mike Mushok spoke to verge about the band’s success and the perspective that comes with spending more than a decade on the road. Verge: Sixteen years – who were you then and who are you now? Mushok: We’ve been fortunate. Musically, we still kind of go about things the same way as far as writing goes. We were having a discussion about it on a long layover back from Australia, talking about going onstage now and how it’s different. We have a new drummer and that’s one thing that’s changed. It happened while making the record. We unfortunately ended up losing Jon [Wysocki] along the way. I was talking to Sal during the layover and saying how important the concert is to people and how they look forward to it. Personally, how I’ve changed, I have 5-year-old twins, and my family and kids are the most important thing. Being away is difficult, but I look at what we have. Recently, I took them to a Monster Jam rally and I knew how important it was to them and how they look forward to it. It’s the same with our audience. That’s the main reason people come to our shows. People save money, they buy tickets, get a babysitter or make arrangements or whatever, they come to a show and it’s an event. It’s something to look forward to. When we get onstage we should realize that, because it’s very important to the people that are coming to it. Having a new drummer, somebody who hasn’t had the opportunity many times to get up there and play in front of a large crowd like we’re fortunate enough to do, how exciting it is for him, you get to see that again. Not that it’s not exciting for us, but we’ve been doing it now for 12 years of touring. Just realizing how important those shows are to the people who are there, doing the best that you can do and putting on the best show you can – we’ve always done that, but I think sometimes you forget that.

“You just kind of figure it out one day at a time, and sometimes one minute at a time, and move forward.” — mike mushok

Verge: Even though Staind does very well in the overall picture, albums don’t sell the way they used to, and now it’s about merchandise and tickets. Do those things come into play when you think about how critical it is to give audiences the best show possible? Mushok: For sure. That’s another thing – it’s a very crowded marketplace now because the only way a band can make money is by going out and playing. Record sales aren’t there anymore, which means your publishing isn’t as much either, because people aren’t buying your record unless you have a really big hit, so it’s lowering those numbers, no doubt. It really affects half of the way a band makes money, and the other half is merch and touring. Those are the things, so everybody’s constantly touring. It makes for a tough marketplace for bands because it seems like there’s always somebody coming through.

STAIND get tough. If anything, it’s probably a lot tougher for a band that has been together for a long time, because there’s history between the four of us, or the three of us now. I think the one thing that we have, fortunately, is that people can admit when they’re wrong, or listen to somebody else, or say they’re sorry. That goes a long way. If you have somebody that’s not willing to give or do that, something’s going to break. You need to give, and that’s not just in a band. by ALISON RICHTER photos PRESS

Verge: Do you still draw from those early days when you write, record and perform? Mushok: From time to time. To be honest, when the record’s done, you go out and start playing new songs and that’s when a lot of that excitement comes into play. And the reality of things comes into play: how different this is, how it’s changed and what you have to do to try to continue to survive. We’ve been around for a long time and that’s unusual. For whatever reason, it’s something that a lot of bands aren’t fortunate enough to say. Trying to stay relevant and being able to continue – the reality of that creeps in and you kind of get cynical over the years. You’re able to look back on a long career and realize some of the mistakes that have been made and how things might have been mishandled. Now you’re in a situation to try to do the best you can to try to make up for that. There’s times when that kind of weighs on you. From time to time, I tend to try to figure out how to keep things going. We’re fortunate that the new song’s doing well at radio and we have a great tour coming up with Godsmack that we’re looking forward to, so we continue to move forward. Verge: From other interviews, it sounds like this album was a real challenge. How do you keep going during those times? Mushok: Everybody’s personality is different and quitting is not my personality. Obviously, there’s a time when that’s the only option, which happened with Jon, unfortunately. But for me, with the band, it’s like, “What do we have to do to get through this and get it done?” You just kind of figure it out one day at a time, and sometimes one minute at a time, and move forward. It can


see the show WHAT Mass Chaos Tour: Staind + Godsmack + Halestorm + Man Made Machine WHERE James Brown Arena | 601 Seventh St. TICKETS Tickets: $39.50 to $45

WHEN Friday, April 13 | 6:30 p.m.

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blackout is

gold for breathe carolina

with a new major label and a billboard top 2o single under their belt, this electropop duo is headed upward

With the hit single “Blackout” recently certified gold and in the Billboard Top 20, plus a recent contract with Columbia Records, Denver-based Breathe Carolina has embarked on a national tour in support of its latest and third album, Hell Is What You Make It. Breathe Carolina is vocalist/guitarist David Schmitt and guitarist Kyle Even. They started the band in 2007 by creating electronica-based rock music at home and gigging locally with other indie groups. The band’s debut CD, It’s Classy, Not Classic, was released in 2008, and after a year of touring, Hello Fascination followed in 2009. Hell Is What You Make It was released in July 2011; the band headlined a summer tour and signed the Columbia deal in December. Before beginning a coheadlining tour with The Ready Set, Even spoke to verge about Breathe Carolina’s steady climb. Verge: This happened rather quickly for you, and social media played a significant part. What were the steps you took to get from Point A to Point B? Even: I think it was accidental. We were just messing around, writing songs, and they happened to come out the way they did. It was meant to be. Honestly, we just kind of fell into it. We had friends who were doing something similar – the electronica with an indie-rock vibe to it – so we could play shows other bands. It was nice to see what was happening and to see this energy build around what we were doing. Once we took it outside Colorado, we realized we could do this for a little bit. We’re still doing it today, three albums later, and that’s been the biggest surprise. We started on Myspace right before everybody moved over to Facebook. We got online and talked to people. Anybody that hit us up, we made conversation and showed them that there were people behind the typing. I think that was really what people enjoyed about what we were doing. We weren’t just posting things like, “Go buy this.” We were talking and being real and I think that set us apart. It’s crazy now, it’s harder to have those interactions, but the best thing about it is we’re able to tour full time and go to the people face-to-face. We do our best to be open and make friendships. It’s fun. Verge: Before Breathe Carolina, you had both been in bands, but you opted to pare down to a duo and work with tracks. Why? Even: It was just what happened. We were doing it for fun, David and I in a room with our computers. It felt natural. In four years we went from two people to 12, including our crew. Verge: How much experience did you have with music and with programming when you started? Even: I’d been singing in choir since elementary school and David had been playing

bass since he was young – his dad played bass and still does. He went from bass to guitar to drums. This is his first singing project and it’s the one that took off. At the time we were starting, we used Garageband. We did our whole first album that way. He did two or three songs before we started collaborating, and he transferred what he knew from guitar onto keyboard. David’s really good with it now. Working with producers, we’ve gotten inside some other programs like Cubase and Pro Tools. Verge: Three albums, three record labels. Any hesitation about signing with a major after doing so well on your own? Even: Oh yeah. I think there’s always hesitation. Everything happened very fast for us with that transition, but it was best for our career and our family within our band. It’s not just the 12 people I’m talking about. A lot of people work with us. They put all their eggs in one basket and that basket was BC, so we were ready for the challenge. We went in head first and we’re super-excited to see what’s going to happen. Releasing “Blackout” has been pretty crazy, watching it hit gold and selling that many singles. We hope that we can keep creating more babies that keep producing that kind of life. That’s our goal. Once we crossed the line into radio, there was no going back. If we go back, we’re forgotten. That’s what we’re fighting for and that pushes us. Go all the way or don’t – that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re not selling out. We just have people who believe in our music and want to bring it to the masses. We write dirty, raunchy, weird tracks and we’re never going to stop writing songs the way we do. Verge: You’re selling actual CDs, which is no small feat in this day and age. Even: I know. I don’t expect anyone to buy our album when I know they can listen to us on Spotify or anything for free, or on YouTube,

“If we go back, we’re forgotten. That’s what we’re fighting for and that pushes us. Go all the way or don’t – that’s what we’re trying to do.” — KYLE EVEN

which is not to leak the secrets of the world to everybody, but that’s the reality. It is what it is. If people come to the show, that’s our goal: getting them out there. Verge: What is it about your music that has resonated with the listening audience? Even: I think it’s the vibe. We’re writing fun songs and having fun playing them. When people come to our shows, we encourage them to lose their minds and have fun. That’s what it’s about. We write songs that are real to us, and if they’re real, then somebody else has got to feel the same thing. At least, I hope that’s the case!

Warped all summer, playing the main stage. That will be absolutely insane. It’s our third year doing that. There are a lot of threes happening: three records, three labels, three Warped tours! After that, we wait to find out what’s out there for us. by ALISON RICHTER

Verge: You record with your touring band now. Was it difficult to find people who could understand and interpret the musical vision, as it is rather unique? Even: It wasn’t hard. It fell into place with people who believed in it. We’re very much instinct people. It’s either right or wrong and there’s no middle ground, and it’s been really nice. Everyone is super into what’s happening. If people leave, it’s because they’ve got other things going on — they wanted to go to school or they had a kid. Other than that, we don’t really fire people. We want them to stay as long as they can. These are our best friends and we’re in it for the long run. The pieces have fallen into place and we’ll keep running. Verge: Will 2012 be as labor-intensive in terms of your itinerary? Even: Oh yeah. We have our tour with The Ready Set, and after that we prepare for

see the show WHAT The Blackout Forever Tour: Breathe Carolina + The Ready Set + Romance On A Rocketship + Ashland High + Matt Toka WHERE Sector 7G | 631 Ellis St. WHEN Sunday, April 1 | 6 p.m. TICKETS $17 advance; $20 day of show | All ages BUY | MORE | | community driven news | March 28, 2012 29

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daily planner


MAR. 28 to APR. 20

[ ART GOES UNDERCOVER ] Would you still admire a Monet if you didn’t know it was a Monet? It’s an intriguing question that prompts discussion on how we judge not only art but one another, based on our perception of each others’ abilities. It’s also the basis for the Undercover Artists Show, an annual fundraiser benefiting Camp To Be Independent, on April 12. More than 100 local artists, community leaders and celebrities donate original pieces of art to the event – with a twist. All the artists’ names are hidden until the end of the silent auction, so that each piece can be judged and bid upon based on its own merit and appeal to the bidder. Camp TBI is the foundation’s annual camp for children and young adults ages 8 to 21 with an acquired brain injury and gives these individuals the opportunity for a true summer-camp experience – from zip lines to swimming and horseback riding to a camp talent show – in a safe, medically supervised environment. The theme of this year’s event is An Evening in Tuscany, featuring “mARTinis,” music by Daddy Grace and The Henrys and the 2012 Signature Artist Carrie Burns Brown of Greenville, S.C. | PRESS WHAT The sixth annual Undercover Artists Show WHERE Walton Rehabilitation Health System | 1355 Independence Drive WHEN Thursday, April 12 | 7 p.m. TICKETS $50 BUY 706.826.5809 or email The Daily Planner is our selective guide to what is going on in the city during the next two weeks. IF YOU WANT TO BE LISTED: Submit information by email ( or by mail (verge, P.O. Box 38, Augusta, GA 30903). Details of the event - date, time, venue address, telephone number and admission price - should be included. Listings included are accurate at press time, check with specific venues for further details.




Kroc Center; 6:30 p.m.; day pass or membership; 1833 Broad St.; 706.364.5762




SPORTS 96TH ANNUAL AIKEN HORSE SHOW Admission includes a parking pass and lunch. Benefits the Hitchcock Woods Foundation. Hitchcock Woods; 9 a.m.; $75; 2200 Dibble Road, Aiken; 803.270.7331 AIKENHORSESHOW.ORG


of historical photographs, memorabilia, publications, and documents illustrates the impact and contributions that African Americans have made to the sport of golf. Ends May 31. Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History; $3 to $5; 1116 Phillips St.; 706.724.3576


Peruse the offerings of local farmers, artisans and other vendors. Eighth Street Bulkhead; Saturdays only; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; free; Corner of Eighth and Reynolds streets; 706.627.0128 THEAUGUSTAMARKET.COM


excursion to the Savannah Rapids and headgates. Enterprise Mill; Saturdays only; 5:30 p.m.; $21; 1450 Greene St.; 706.823.0440


geared toward fiction writers interested in improving their craft. Columbia County Library; 10 a.m.; free; 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd.; 706.447.8184


5 p.m.; free; 375 N. Louisville St.; 706.556.9795 ECGRL.ORG


GOOD CAUSE BBQ COOKOFF TO BENEFIT CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER Twenty teams will be judged by the South Carolina Barbecue Association at this fundraiser. Each team will also be participating in a chicken wing competition. Newberry Street Festival Center; call for info; Newberry St. NW, between Richland Ave. and Park Ave.; 803.507.6207 CACOFAIKEN.ORG/HOME

for Untitled: Juried Artists of the AHCNA. North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center; 6 p.m.; free; 100 Georgia Ave., North Augusta; 803.441.4380




Center for the Arts; 6 p.m.; free; 122 Laurens St. SW, Aiken; 803.641.9094


Center; 7 p.m.; free; 471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC; 803-641-3305 USCA.EDU



on this page. Augusta Common; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; free; 851 Broad St. AUGUSTAGA.GOV

FESTIVAL HIP HOP BUNNY DROP Hunt for eggs and enjoy

crafts, games and inflatables. The Easter egg hunt begins at 11 a.m. Kroc Center; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; free; 1833 Broad St.; 706.922.1529

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discussion and short play on the images of Black women in the media. Blue Bistro Theater at Encore 601; 11 a.m.; ticket prices vary; 601 Broad St., 2nd floor; 404.786.3277 BLUEBISTROTHEATER.COM

egg hunt, inflatables, food and other fun activities. Asbury Methodist Church; 10 a.m.; free; 1305 Troupe St.; 706.736.0061 ASBURYCHURCH.NET






children ages 12 and under. Bring a basket and enjoy hunting for more than 10,000 eggs. May Park; 10 a.m.; free; Fourth Street and Laney Walker Blvd.; 706.821.1754 AUGUSTAGA.GOV

FILM HOP Rated PG. Aiken

County Library; 3 p.m.; free; 314 Chesterfield St. SW, Aiken; 803.642.7575 ABBE-LIB.ORG



Read the article on page 9. Proceeds from the event support the USC Aiken Pacers Athletic Department. Powder House Polo Field; 1 p.m.; $5 to $10, $70 for hospitality tent; 950 Powderhouse Road, Aiken; 803.643.3611 AIKENPOLOCLUB.ORG

Theatre presents an original musical based on the classic tale. Imperial Theatre; 3 p.m.; $5, active military and families free with valid military ID; 745 Broad St.; 706.736.3455 STORYLANDTHEATRE.ORG


Veterans Fisher House. Sno-Cap Drive In; 4 p.m.; 618 West Ave., North Augusta; 803.279.4004

[ augusta learns to live green ] The first Augusta Living Green Day will feature family-friendly events on the Augusta Common on March 31. The festival will showcase and celebrate the opportunities Augusta residents have to be good stewards of their environment, including a rain barrel and compost bin sale, recycling, conservation, education and sign-ups for various green activities in Augusta. The Orbis Corporation will be onsite with a huge truckload sale of Earth Machine Composters for $47 and Systern Rain Barrels for $58, both of which will be sold at these prices for one day only. Large containers will also be available for dropping off tires, batteries and electronics to be recycled, and Augusta Utilities will demonstrate water conservation techniques. Vendors and other community organizations are invited to feature organic or other “green” products, services or awareness at the event. WHAT Augusta Living Green Day WHERE Augusta Common | 836 Reynolds St. WHEN Saturday, March 31 | 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine MORE | 706.821.1571 or AUGUSTAGA.GOV | community driven news | March 28, 2012 31

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Wing presents music from Wicked, The King and I, NINE, Hairspray, Man of Lamancha, Spamalot, The Secret Garden, Sondheim Review and Les Miserables. This fundraiser will help send eight students to the Broadway Student Summit in New York. Aiken Community Playhouse; reception at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m.; $45; 126 Newberry St. SW, Aiken; 803.648.1438 ACP1011.COM



the 14th annual Mayor’s Masters Reception on Monday, April 2. The reception also will honor legendary golfer Tom Watson. A two-time Masters Tournament winner, Watson was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1988. Augusta Common; 6 p.m.; $1; 836 Reynolds St. AUGUSTAGA.GOV


More than 40 area restaurants and caterers will converge on the Augusta Common to hand out samples of entrees and treats at



Vance, rated PG-13 (10:30 a.m.), Greatest Game Ever Played, rated PG (2:30 p.m.) and Seven Days in Utopia, rated G, (5 p.m.). Aiken County Library; free; 314 Chesterfield St. SW, Aiken; 803.642.7586 ABBE-LIB.ORG

FOR TEENS TEEN MOVIE TIME 13 Going on 30 for ages

12 to 18. Appleby Branch Library; 11 a.m.; free; 2260 Walton Way; 706.736.6244 ECGRL.ORG


performance main stage line-up includes Darius Rucker, Corey Smith and Needtobreathe. A side stage will feature Tim Brantley, Jaycie Ward and Five’s a Crowd. VIP tickets, which include food, beer and wine in a reserved section, are available. The First Tee of Augusta; 4:30 p.m.; $25 advance, $35 day of show; 3165 Damascus Road; 706.364.4653 ROCKFOREDOUGH.COM

[ what’s for lunch? ] More than 31 million children eat a school-provided lunch every day through the National School Lunch Program and for nearly 21 million students, that lunch is free or at a reducedprice. During the past few years, the 66-year-old program has become a national debate, placed under scrutiny for nutrition and linked to the child obesity epidemic. “The most important tool in modern school kitchens is apparently a box cutter – for opening the boxes the frozen stuff comes in,” said Ed Bruske in a 2010 USA Today article. In recent days, the news that public schools use ground beef laden with “pink slime” – ammonia-treated ground beef filler – has rekindled the controversy, one that directors Mike Graziano and Ernie Park eloquently illuminate in the documentary Lunch Line. Following six students from one of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods all the way to Capitol Hill as they set out to “fix school lunch,” Lunch Line explores the goals of the program to its current incarnation. The film posits that the program has a unique capacity for addressing child welfare and the problem of hunger. Yet, the result has been lackluster on a nutritional front, without adequate funding to provide healthy, nutritious lunches that students will eat. “Even though it has more than enough information for a college lecture, Lunch Line won’t put to sleep the way your freshman history course did. To their credit, the filmmakers take full advantage of the fact that they have more than a podium to work with,” said the Nashville Scene. | PRESS

WHAT Screening of Lunch Line WHERE The Morris Museum of Art | 1 10th St. WHEN Wednesday, April 18 | 6 p.m. TICKETS $3 MORE | 706.724.7501 or THEMORRIS.ORG




CONCERT PAR TEE @ THE PARK with music by Little

Big Town, Josh Kelley and Eric Paslay. Evans Towne Center Park; 5 p.m.; $20 general admission, $30 VIP; 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; 706.312.7192

Weltch Force is the Artist of the Month for Midtown Market’s First Thursday celebration. Midtown Augusta; 5 p.m.; $2 fee for wine cup at Midtown Market; Kings Way and Central Ave.; 706.364.8479


include numerous performing artists on stage, visual artists displaying their artwork and a parade with artistic golf carts, several horse disciplines and notable community personalities. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. on Laurens Street. Downtown Aiken; 5:30 p.m.; free AIKENARTISTGUILD.ORG

WORSHIP MAUNDY THURSDAY WORSHIP SERVICE Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church; 7 p.m.; free; 1330 Monte Sano Ave.; 706.738.8822 TRINITYONTHEHILL.NET

CONCERT FACULTY ARTISTS RECITAL Etherredge Center; 7:30 p.m.; free; 471 University Parkway, Aiken; 803.641.3305 USCA.EDU



OUTDOORS AFTER AMEN CORNER: AUGUSTA’S GOLF HERITAGE See listing on April 5. Julian Smith Park; 11:30 a.m.

4.5 different look at Augusta’s golf heritage. Read the article on page 33. Julian Smith Park; 11:30 a.m.; $10; Broad St. and Milledge Road; 706.823.0440 AUGUSTACANAL.COM

The serenity of the water and the excitement of golf – the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area presents a boat tour just for Masters Week, After Amen Corner: Augusta’s Golf Heritage, focusing on how Augusta came to be the location for one of the world’s most famous golf courses. The Petersburg boat that normally plies the waters of Augusta Canal will be brought into Lake Olmstead for a three-day stay,April 5, 6 and 7. Lake Olmstead is fed by Rae’s Creek, the stream that forms the water feature of the Augusta National golf course’s famed Amen Corner. Departing at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. from the floating dock at Julian Smith Park, the 30-minute tours will circle the lake. Maximum capacity is 36 per tour. This tour will only be offered to the general public April 5 to 7, though arrangements can be made for private group charters. | PRESS

WHAT After Amen Corner: Augusta’s Golf Heritage boat tour WHERE The Lake Olmstead boat ramp at Julian Smith Park | Corner of Broad Street & Milledge Road WHEN Thursday through Saturday, April 5 to 7 Departures at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. TICKETS $10 per seat BUY 706.823.0440, ext. 4 MORE AUGUSTACANAL.COM WORSHIP GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE The Well Augusta; 7 p.m.; free; 1285-B Broad St. THEWELLAUGUSTA.ORG

United Methodist Church; 7 p.m.; free; 1330 Monte Sano Ave.; 706.738.8822 TRINITYONTHEHILL.NET


Church; noon; free; 3232 Washington Road; 706.860.0439 ADVENTAUGUSTA.ORG

Art galleries display new works, performers take to the sidewalks and arts and craft vendors sell their hand-made goods along Broad Street. Family friendly. Downtown Augusta; 5 p.m.; free; Broad Street; 706.826.4702 AUGUSTAARTS.COM

are welcome to bring aboard refreshments of their choice. Cruises last approximately an hour-and-a-half and depart from the docks at Enterprise Mill. Seating capacity is limited and reservations are required. Enterprise Mill; 6:30 p.m.; $25; 1450 Greene St.; 706.823.0440 AUGUSTACANAL.COM

Then, Sebastian shows up and the games truly begin. Suitable for most audiences. Aiken Community Playhouse; 8 p.m.; $7 to $20; 126 Newberry St. SW, Aiken; 803.648.1438





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Library; 2 p.m.; free; 823 Telfair St.; 706.821.2600 Spend a downtown evening under the stars during Augusta’s biggest party week at the City of Augusta’s PAR 3 Party, featuring The Finesse Band and the South Atlantic Live Entertainment. Augusta Common; 6 p.m.; $10 to $12; 851 Broad St.; 706.826.4702 AUGUSTAARTS.COM



Opening party for art exhibit by Leonard “Porkchop” Zimmerman. Refreshments will be served. Gaartdensity Gallery; 7 p.m.; free; 1155 Broad St.; 706.466.5166


of the great comedies by William Shakespeare, two siblings, Viola and Sebastian, are separated in a shipwreck and both think the other dead. The antics immediately ensue – Viola lands in a foreign country, pretends to be a boy, befriends a count and helps him woo the woman he loves who falls in love with the disguised Viola, who is also pursued by her alcoholic cousin.

extreme theater games are sure to delight any mature audience member. Le Chat Noir; 8 p.m.; $8 advance, $10 door; 304 Eighth St.; 706.722.3322 SCHRODINGERSCATAUG.COM




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trained volunteers lead free 2.5mile, 1.5-hour hikes through wetlands, over picturesque trails and scenic outlooks. Phinizy Swamp; 9:30 a.m.; free; 1858 Lock & Dam Road; 706.828.2109

WORSHIP SUNRISE SERVICE Advent Lutheran Church; 7 a.m.; free; 3232 Washington Road; 706.860.0439 ADVENTAUGUSTA.ORG



FOR KIDS EASTER EGG HUNT Appleby Branch Library; 10 a.m.; free; 2260 Walton Way; 706.736.6244 ECGRL.ORG

OUTDOORS AFTER AMEN CORNER: AUGUSTA’S GOLF HERITAGE See listing on April 5. Julian Smith Park; 11:30 a.m.

FILM MANON Opera streamed live from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. Regal Augusta Exchange Stadium 20; noon; $18 to $24; 1144 Agerton Lane; 706.667.9713 FANDANGO.COM FESTIVAL CAR SHOW

Aiken Horsepower sponsors this cruise-in show of some of Aiken’s beautiful classic cars. Home Depot; 1 p.m.; free; 1785 Whiskey Road, Aiken; 803.270.3505 AIKENHORSEPOWER.COM

FOR KIDS EASTER EGG HUNT Evans Towne Center Park; 1 p.m.; free; 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; 706.312.7192 THEATRE TWELFTH NIGHT (OR WHAT YOU WILL) See listing on April 6. Aiken Community Playhouse; 8 p.m.




Park; 6:30 a.m.; free; Rice Road, Fort Gordon FORTGORDON.COM





[ new golf book is on par ] Just in time for the Masters Golf Tournament, Wonderland Publications launches the GOLF publication and art collection.


Did your parents just agree to give you an allowance but you’re not quite sure how to spend it? Learn how to use an allowance to make more money. Class intended for children ages 8 to 11. Columbia County Library; 1 p.m.; free; 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; 706.863.1946



GOLF was four years in the making and features hundreds of never-before-seen historical images and original art pieces. Legendary golf photographer Frank Christian, an Augusta native, is also featured in the publication. Only 2,100 of the collectible Captain’s Edition are being published, with 1,800 for sale in the U.S. and Canada. The 582-page book is leather bound, signed and numbered by authors Paul Skellett and Simon Weitzman. GOLF traces the sport’s evolution through many different events and circumstances. Using rare archives and original artwork, the publication, folio and accompanying art collection take the reader on an epic adventure of art and prose. The key aspect is the completely unique design layout, which has received praise from both the golf and art worlds. Ryder Cup-winning captain Colin Montgomerie is the resident professional on the publication, with the PGA, PGAs of Europe, IMG, Tony Jacklin CBE, David Leadbetter, Tom Doak, David Kidd, Ross McMurray and even Alice Cooper all lending contributions to the story. The images include the Augusta National Golf Club, Pebble Beach, Cypress Point and many more. Skellett and Weitzman met Christian at the 2011 Par 3 Tournament in the U.K.

SPORTS 2012 COLLEGIATE DISC GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP Tournament hosts 40 teams from across the country. Hippodrome Disc Golf Complex; free; 5540 Jefferson Davis Highway, North Augusta; 706.877.4552 NCDGC.COM


National Poetry Month with a special rhyming story time and a craft. Best for children ages 2 to 5. Seating is limited and reservations are needed. Diamond Lakes Library; 10 a.m.; free; 101 Diamond Lakes Way, Hephzibah; 706.772.2432


See listing on April 11. Columbia County Library; 5 p.m.


Sutherland Augusta History Museum; 3 p.m.; free; 560 Reynolds St.; 706.854.8685 AUGUSTAGENSOCIETY.ORG

more about Archibald Butt, Augusta’s Titanic Hero, in observance of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Enterprise Mill; 10 a.m.; $2; 1450 Greene St.; 706.823.0440 AUGUSTACANAL.COM




community sunrise service in celebration of Easter. Parking is available at the government complex and library lots. Lady Antebellum Pavilion; 7 a.m.; free; 7016 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans


and write some new poems to celebrate National Poetry Month. Call to register. Columbia County Library; 4 p.m.; free; 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; 706.863.1946 ECGRL.ORG

Led by special guest Karen Gordon of Garden City Jazz. Friedman Library; 10 a.m.; free; 1447 Jackson Road; 706.736.6758

Life. Bring your own lunch. Headquarters Library; noon; free; 823 Telfair St.; 706.821.2600



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FILM DESCENDANTS Rated R, directed by Alexander Payne, 115 minutes. Headquarters Library; 6 p.m.; free; 823 Telfair St.; 706.821.2600 ECGRL.ORG FOR KIDS EASTER EGG HUNT Lions Memorial Field; 10 a.m.; free; W. Buena Vista Ave., North Augusta

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“There was an immediate connection and friendship,” they explain. “Frank is known all over the world for his golf and celebrity photography, working in Augusta, with the PGA, as well as with music legends Frank Sinatra and James Brown. He’s lived a dozen lives by anyone else’s standards and has been a real champion for what we have been trying to achieve with GOLF. It seemed fitting that we should stage the launch of the publication, folio and art collection with him during Masters week. Augusta has so much history in every sense of the word, and it’s a very special place for a number of reasons.” The authors also created the giant trophy folio version of GOLF, limited to 10 copies, a 102-pound art folio version of the production, featuring 150 editorialized art pieces telling the story of the spirit of the game. The folio is a unique alternative to a traditional event trophy, with the authors and artists adding editorialized art pieces to the story each time a tournament is won. There is also a 150-print art collection that sits alongside the GOLF production, with plans at the end of 2012 to release a further collection of 120 unseen, limited-edition prints. These prints are hand-printed on museum-grade archive papers and measure up to 42 inches in width. Smaller prints are also available from the collection. | by ALISON RICHTER

WHAT Reception for GOLF WHERE Augusta Museum of History | 560 Reynolds St. WHEN Wednesday, April 4 | 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets Open to Masters tournament ticket holders Those wishing to attend can email MORE | WONDERLANDPUBLICATIONS.COM

GOOD CAUSE 6TH ANNUAL UNDERCOVER ARTISTS SHOW Read the article on page 31. Walton Rehabilitation Health System; 7 p.m.; $50; 1355 Independence Drive; 706.826.5809


Aiken Etherredge Center; 7 p.m.; free; 471 University Parkway, Aiken; 803.641.3305 USCA.EDU

THEATRE MY STORY - MY MUSIC - MY PASSION Tim O’Shields shares his story through music and tales about life, weaving positive and motivational stories about real life with original piano compositions. Imperial Theatre; 7:30 p.m.; $16 to $26; 745 Broad St.; 706.722.8341 IMPERIALTHEATRE.COM



ART AMELIA GRACE BROOKS: MURMURATIONS Opening reception. Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art; 6 p.m.; $5; 506 Telfair St.; 706.722.5495


Godsmack, Staind and Halestorm. Read the article on page 27. James Brown Arena; 6:30 p.m.; $39 to $45; 601 Seventh St.; 877.4.AUGTIXS GEORGIALINATIX.COM


are welcome to bring aboard refreshments of their choice. Cruises last approximately an hour and half and depart from the docks at Enterprise Mill. Seating capacity is limited and reservations are required. Enterprise Mill; 6:30 p.m.; $25; 1450 Greene St.; 706.823.0440 AUGUSTACANAL.COM

THEATRE TWELFTH NIGHT (OR WHAT YOU WILL) See listing on April 6. Aiken Community Playhouse; 8 p.m.

Spend an hour with the ranger and learn about reptiles found throughout Aiken State Park, including their coloration, body shape and habitat. This program is designated for both kids and adults. Meet at Shelter 3 in the picnic area. No registration is required. Aiken State Park; 10 a.m.; park admission applies; 1145 State Park Road, Windsor; 803.648.2857 DNR.SC.GOV

FESTIVAL EARTH DAY The annual awareness event features exhibits, puppet shows and more. Lions Memorial Field; 10 a.m.; free; E. Buena Vista Avenue, North Augusta; 803.441.4310

CONCERT POWERFEST 2K12 featuring Travis Porter,

Shawty Lo, Yung LA, OMG Girlz, Ca$h Out, Mykko Montana and Goon United. This year’s urban music festival also features the Power 107 Talent Takeover, an online contest where local artists submit music samples and listeners vote for their favorite performer through April 3, at midnight. The artist with the most votes will perform at the event. Powerfest will also include the Empire Auto Car and Bike Show and more than 40 food, clothing, arts, crafts and jewelry vendors. Augusta Exchange Club Fairgrounds; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; $12 in advance, $20 at the door; 301 Hale St. POWER107.NET

FILM LA TRAVIATA Opera streamed live from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Regal Augusta Exchange Stadium 20; 12:55 p.m.; $18 to $24; 1144 Agerton Lane; 706.667.9713 FANDANGO.COM EDUCATION POETRY WORKSHOP Explore your

creative self with instructor Lucinda Clark. Headquarters Library; 1:30 p.m.; free; 823 Telfair St.; 706.821.2600


County Library; 3 p.m.; free; 314 Chesterfield St., SW, Aiken; 803.642.7586 ABBE-LIB.ORG

THEATRE TWELFTH NIGHT (OR WHAT YOU WILL) See listing on April 6. Aiken Community Playhouse; 8 p.m.

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on April 14. Enterprise Mill; 3 p.m.

THEATRE TWELFTH NIGHT (OR WHAT YOU WILL) See listing on April 6. Aiken Community Playhouse; 3 p.m.


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Preston & Weston & Sandra. Eighth Street Bulkhead River Stage; 7 p.m.; $6 for ages 13 and up; Eighth and Reynolds streets GARDENCITYJAZZ.COM




Beasts by Erik Larson. Columbia County Library; 6:30 p.m.; free; 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; 706.863.1946


in Red by Eileen Goudge. A secret that, more than half a century later, is about to be unburied.. Headquarters Library, third floor meeting room; 6:30 p.m.; free; 823 Telfair St.; 706.821.2600 ECGRL.ORG






clean air presentation for Earth Day presented by Augusta State University, Georgia Health Sciences University and Paine College. Augusta State University, Jaguar Student Activity Center (JSAC) Ballroom; 10 a.m.; free; 2500 Walton Way AUG.EDU

education and awareness initiative sponsored by the GHSU Green Team, featuring educational booths, vendors and presentations about making our community a greener place to live. Georgia Health Sciences Building, CJ Building (Pavilion III) and Student Center Courtyard; 10 a.m.; free; Laney Walker Boulevard; 706.721.0804 GEORGIAHEALTH.EDU

on page 33. Morris Museum of Art; 6 p.m.; free members, $3 nonmembers; 1 10th St.; 706.828.3815 THEMORRIS.ORG

THEATRE INTIMATE APPAREL Presented by the University Theatre Players. USC Aiken Etherredge

Center; 7:30 p.m.; $7 to $15; 471 University Parkway, Aiken; 803.641.3305 USCA.EDU




Shadows by Mikkel Birkegaard. Columbia County Library; 11:30 a.m.; free; 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans; 706.863.1946



highlights a wide array of fine artists and skilled artisans and features booths displaying items for sale and craftsmen demonstrating their skills. Living History Park; 5 p.m.; free; 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta; 803.441.8956 COLONIALTIMES.US

CONCERT MOONLIGHT MUSIC CRUISE: ERYN EUBANKS & THE FAMILY FOLD Passengers are welcome to bring aboard refreshments of their choice. Cruises last approximately an hour and half. Reservations required. Enterprise Mill; 6:30 p.m.; $25; 1450 Greene St.; 706.823.0440 AUGUSTACANAL.COM



by Woody Belangia, St. John’s College and the ASU Department of History, Philosophy and Anthropology. Part of the 2012 Philosophy Lecture Series. Augusta State University; 2:30 p.m.; free; 2500 Walton Way; 706.737.1405 AUG. EDU

FILM MELANCHOLIA Rated R and directed by Lars van Trier, 136 minutes. Headquarters Library; 6 p.m.; free; 823 Telfair St.; 706.821.2600 ECGRL.ORG


EDUCATION EARTH DAY 2012 A sustainability

Church; noon; music free, $9 for lunch; 224 Barnwell Ave. NW, Aiken; 803.648.2662 AIKENPRESBYTERIAN.ORG

Join Master Gardener Ms. Randall for a lunch and learn gardening program. Headquarters Library; noon; free; 823 Telfair St.; 706.821.2600 ECGRL.ORG

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CONCERT ARABESQUE WINDS Presented by the Harry



Tale Heart. Bring your own lunch. Headquarters Library; noon; free; 823 Telfair St.; 706.821.2600 ECGRL.ORG

business cards and have some cocktails with YPA members and guests. Food will be provided by The Brown Bag and Casablanca. RSVP online. Casablanca Café; 5:30 p.m.; event is open to the public; 936 Broad St. YPAUGUSTA.COM

LITERARY IT’S YOUR BOOK CLUB! Reaching Back by Nea Anna Simone. Headquarters Library, third floor meeting room; 6:30 p.m.; free; 823 Telfair St.; 706.821.2600 ECGRL.ORG

Jacobs Chamber Music Society. Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre; 7:30 p.m.; $7 to $25; 2500 Walton Way; 706.790.9274 HJCMS.ORG

18. Etherredge Center; 7:30 p.m.

THEATRE QUICKIES Third annual short play festival features original works by local playwrights. Le Chat Noir; 8 p.m.; 304 Eighth St.; 706.722.3322 LCNAUGUSTA.COM THEATRE TWELFTH NIGHT (OR WHAT YOU WILL) See listing on April 6. Aiken Community Playhouse; 8 p.m.

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KATE AND LEONARDO RETURN IN 3D One of the biggest movies of our time is getting a 3D re-release on April 4. The winner of 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture, TITANIC drew record audiences when it opened in December 1997. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio play lovers from vastly different social backgrounds on the ill-fated ship. Celine Dion’s powerful ballad “My Heart Will Go On” (music by James Horner, lyrics by Will Jennings) is their anthem. James Cameron directed the film and oversaw its 3D conversion. While 3D conversions have been historically underwhelming, the fact that Cameron – the 3D mastermind behind Avatar – took the reins again for this conversion is promising. Titanic brought in a worldwide gross of more than $1.843 billion, making it the second-highestgrossing film of all-time (worldwide and domestic), behind Cameron’s Avatar. Not only did Cameron add 3D flair to the blockbuster tragic romance, he and his crew also improved other aspects of the film so even viewers who watch it in 2D will have a better visual experience. Nearly 15 years after its original release, this re-release coincides with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. There’s more nostalgia in store for movie fans on April 6 with AMERICAN REUNION, another sequel to the R-rated American Pie franchise that spoke to teen audiences in the summer of 1999. The sexually charged coming-ofage comedy earned sequels American Pie 2, American Wedding and then a handful CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF AMERICAN PIE? of straight-to-DVD releases that featured spin-off characters played by no-name actors. All the major players from the original cast return for this sequel including Jason Biggs as Jim, Alyson Hannigan as Michelle, Chris Klein as Oz, Seann William Scott as Steve Stifler, Eugene Levy as Jim’s dad, Jennifer Coolidge as Stifler’s mom, plus Mena Suvari, Tara Reid, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Natasha Lyonne, Shannon Elizabeth, John Cho and Thomas Ian Nicholas. Few of the franchise’s main actors have experienced overwhelming success in the acting biz since American Pie with the exception of Hannigan (TV’s How I Met Your Mother) and Scott, who has embraced being typecast as Stiflerlike characters in asinine comedies. This sequel reunites the East Great Falls Class of ’99, now in their 30s, for a high school reunion. Some of the characters have changed for the better, some for worse, and some haven’t matured at all. Jim and Michelle are married with a toddler and are experiencing frustration in their sex lives. Oz is a hotshot sportscaster. Finch is a mysterious globetrotter and Stifler is, well, the same rude jerk viewers encountered in 1999. Romantic sparks fly between old flames and Jim finds the girl he used to babysit is now an 18-year-old hottie. The series’ original producers return for this raunchy comedy while directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (the Harold and Kumar movies) call the shots. Friday the 13th brings scary concepts to the big-screen. Sure, there’s THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, a horror flick from Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon and LOCKOUT, an action flick with Guy Pearce rescuing a kidnap victim in outer space. The most horrifying opener, however, is THE THREE STOOGES, another sophomoric comedy from the Farrelly brothers. This writing, producing and directing duo are responsible for many downright awful films that represent the dumbing-down of society (Hall Pass, The Heartbreak Kid, Shallow Hal, Dumb & Dumber). Seasoned vaudevillians and stars of hilarious two-reel features Larry, Moe and Curly hit the big-screen in a present day setting that uses their trademark moves and noises with a new low-concept back story. Sean Hayes (Will & Grace), Will Sasso (MADtv) and Chris Diamantopoulos star in this unfortunate update that mocks the memory of a classic slapstick comedy trio.


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the guy who put the “k” In lokal gets vocal about augusta’s music scene

It’s that time again – time for warmer weather, blooming magnolias and, of course, construction workers rushing around to complete last-minute beautification work before the world once again turns its eyes on the one area in Augusta that makes television gawkers around the world think “So THAT’S why they call Augusta the Garden City!” Ahhh, The Masters Golf Tournament: golf’s version of the Kentucky Derby complete with colorful outfits and hats. It’s funny how walking out of the front gate of the Augusta National Golf Club kind of gives me the same feeling as walking out of Graceland. Not a pretty sight. Masters Week (a.k.a. Augusta’s spring break) is always a great time for music in the area but, in recent years, music in Augusta has picked up so much it has become hard to tell the difference. Every week in Augusta is a great week for music. What sets this particular week apart though is the annual tradition of Rock Fore! Dough.

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Now, one thing Augusta peeps have continued to mention when it comes to ROCK FORE! DOUGH is the repeat performers, in particular Hootie and the Blowfish and/or a member of Hootie and the Blowfish. It’s true that the Hootie guys have built a great relationship with the annual event, but year in and year out the show is filled with other great performers including up-and-coming artists and incredible Augusta acts. One of my fondest memories is rocking to one of my favorite childhood bands, CHEAP TRICK, on my birthday at Rock Fore! Dough a few years back that also featured Dashboard Confessional. While it’s also true that Hootie’s DARIUS RUCKER will be appearing this year, Rucker is now a bonafide modern country star with several top charting non-Hootie hits – songs that will draw an even wider audience. But even with Rucker and the return of popular college party guy COREY SMITH on the bill this year, for me the big selling point is the rest of the incredible lineup, featuring seven Southeastern acts on not just one, but TWO stages! THE FARM INC. is an up-and-coming Nashville trio of singer-songwriters from across the South. South Carolina is further represented by amazing roots rockers NEEDTOBREATHE and awesome Atlanta singer-songwriter TIM BRANTLEY will bring his Springsteen-inspired energetic show. As if that isn’t enough, two young Augusta acts go to bat for the home team in country gal JAYCIE WARD and pop rockers FIVE’S A CROWD. Both appeared on the 2011 12 Bands of Christmas CD and should bring additional energy to what is sure to be a great concert and cause. More info at ROCKFOREDOUGH.COM. There might still be a few months left until Mother’s Day but, truth be known, we think about the great ladies in our lives every day. With that in mind, I’m proud as a Georgia peach to announce that the RockHer Music & Arts Festival will be held on May 11 at Sky City and will have great onstage performances by area acts featuring some great gals and lots of female-created visual art on display. To make it even cooler, the event will be free for the ladies (sorry guys, you have to shell out $5) with proceeds to benefit the Lexie’s Legacy Scholarship Fund at Augusta State University. For information on the event or how to take part, contact me by email: I would like to mention a typo in last issue’s column – my apologies to anyone confused by the wrong posting of the date for the GEORGE LYNCH (Dokken guitarist) show at Coyote’s which will also feature two area acts rocking your favorite hard rock hits, PIT BOSS and HELLS 40 ACRES. The date of the concert is actually Thursday, March 29, so if you’ve managed to read this before then, get out to Coyote’s and rock your tush off! Until next time, go and get your rocks rolled in all the great Augusta clubs pimpin’ great live music and remember to check out the Daily Planner in print and online at VERGELIVE.COM for more live shows. To get an earful of what is happening in Augusta music, listen to me rant with my good buddy Brian “Stak” Allen on CONfederation of Loudness, which can be found ironically enough at CONFEDERATIONOFLOUDNESS. COM and, of course, as always … Make it LOKAL, Keep it Loud.

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MORRIS DAVIDSON BAND @ Manuel’s Bread Café | 5:30 p.m.

PROFILE: MIke thomas’ sports trivia

The Masters Golf Tournament aside, Augusta has a reputation as a sports town: Augusta fans have been able to attend local golf, baseball, hockey, football and even roller derby games. With Atlanta, Athens, Columbia and Clemson not too far away, a person also can check out the Braves, the Bulldogs, the Gamecocks and the Tigers. Perhaps you and your buddies are into sports and like to hang out, down a few brews and eat some good food. Look no further than Trivia Time with Mike Thomas, a local radio personality who has been running trivia games for 16 years. Thomas is one of the longest running trivia masters in Augusta and one of the most respected. If you are into sports trivia, covering topics all across the board, then sports trivia with Mike Thomas at Malibu Jack’s is the place for you. The game begins promptly at 7 p.m. and the questions get more difficult as the night progresses, culminating in a five-part finale. There are cash prizes for first place and gift certificates for second and third place, which usually include pizza or something similar. Want an advance question to see whether you have what it takes? In the 1950s, who had the most homeruns in baseball? You might want to confer amongst your teammates. There are no limits as to how many people can be on a team, but think about this: After you and your buddies clean house at Malibu Jack’s because you just happen to know everything about sports, and perhaps you even won a prize for the funniest joke, the cash prize that is burning a hole in your pocket will now be split between your teammates. If more than 20 separate teams play, you have just pocketed $100, probably paid for your dinner and maybe even your drinks. Now, that is a night well spent.

COMEDY ZONE: JERRY FARBER + BILL ARRUNDALE @ Somewhere in Augusta 8 p.m.; $8 MATT ACOSTA @ Wild Wing Café | 10 p.m.



LYNCH MOB + HELL’S 40 ACRES + PIT BOSS @ Coyote’s 7 p.m.; $20 advance, $25 day of show MAZES & MONSTERS + DEATH OF PARIS Read article on this page. @ Sky City 10 p.m.; $5


“Propulsive, instantly memorable songs that sprout hooks somewhere in the chaos and don’t let go. This band has an exciting sound and true songwriting talent,” said Vincent Harris, Metromix Greenville.

COCOA DYLAN @ Joe’s Underground Café | 9 p.m.

Lead singer Jayna Doyle’s vocals make one think of Paramore and Postal Service having a love child – one that can sing much better than her parents. Her bandmates – Blake Arambula on keyboards, Patrick Beardsley on guitar, Patrick North on bass and Bryan Bass on drums – provide the driving background, pounding beats and melodic keys.


Death of Paris spent much of last year on the road in a relentless, mostly self-financed tour to promote the album and get radio play. Though working on a sophomore release, the tour hasn’t stopped and they’re coming through Augusta on March 29. @ Sky City | 10 p.m.; $5

BOBBY COMPTON @ Coyote’s 8 p.m.; $5 after 9 p.m.

GRANNY’S GIN @ First Round | 10 p.m.

DISCO HELL @ The Soul Bar 9 p.m.

FIRST FRIDAY 80’S NIGHT @ Sky City | 10 p.m.


THURSDAYS TANGO NIGHT @ Casa Blanca Café | 6 p.m.

JOHN KOLBECK @ Somewhere in Augusta | 9:30 p.m.

GALEN KIPAR PROJECT @ Stillwater Tap Room | 10 p.m.; $5


SOUP, SUDS & CONVERSATIONS @ The Fox’s Lair | 6 p.m.

MANNRAY + BROTHERS +YO SOYBEAN @ Sky City | 10 p.m.; $5 CHRIS LANE @ The Country Club | 10 p.m. COVER STORY @ Wild Wing Café | 10 p.m.


BEERLOVER +JEFF JOHNSTON + TIM ARBISI @ Joe’s Underground Café | 9 p.m. YACHT ROCK SCHOONER @ Sky City | 10:30 p.m.

THE UNMENTIONABLES @ Somewhere in Augusta | 10 p.m.






MAZES AND MONSTERS + DEATH OF PARIS Electropop band Death of Paris hit the Columbia, S.C., music scene in 1999 with a laser-like focus on creating a cohesive sound and honest, personal lyrics. In 2010, the band released its debut self-titled album, which immediately began to excite listeners.

ARTEMIA FIRST FRIDAY SHOW @ Broad Street between Gaartdensity & Sky City | 8 p.m.

TX CLERGY @ Wild Wing Café 10 p.m.

Did you know the answer? Think you might know others like it? Check out sports trivia at Malibu Jack’s on Thursday nights.

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SIBLING STRING @ Joe’s Underground Café | 9 p.m.

RUSKIN YEARGAIN @ Joe’s Underground Café | 9 p.m.

GASLIGHT STREET @ Sky City 8 p.m.; $5




What was the answer to the previous question in this article? Mickey Mantle.

WHAT Sports Trivia with Mike Thomas’ Trivia Time WHERE Malibu Jack’s | 231 Fury’s Ferry Road #200 WHEN Thursdays | 7 to 9 p.m. MORE | 706.364.9175 or Check out the website for one advance question before each game.

TUESDAY, APR. 3 HAPPY BONES @ Joe’s Underground Café | 9 p.m.


GALEN KIPAR PROJECT @ Stillwater Tap Room 10 p.m.; $5

UNMENTIONABLES @ Somewhere in Augusta | 10 p.m.

JARED ASHLEY @ The Country Club | 10 p.m. FUNK YOU @ Wild Wing Café 10 p.m.


BREATHE CAROLINA + THE READY SET + ASHLAND HIGH + ROMANCE ON A ROCKETSHIP + MATT TOKA Read the article on page 29. @ Sector 7G | 6 p.m.; $17 in advance

WEDNESDAY, APR. 18 LIZ BRAMLETT & STEVEN BRYANT @ Manuel’s Bread Café 5:30 p.m. SIBLING STRING @ Joe’s Underground Café | 9 p.m.

KATHLEEN TURNER OVERDRIVE @ Joe’s Underground Café | 9 p.m.

THURSDAY, APR. 12 DAVE FIRMIN @ Joe’s Underground Café | 9 p.m.


SHINE BOX @ Joe’s Underground Café | 9 p.m. BURNING ANGELS @ Stillwater Tap Room | 10 p.m.; $5


JAM SAMWICH @ Joe’s Underground Café | 9 p.m.

OPEN MIC NIGHT @ The Playground Bar | 8 p.m. KARAOKE @ Coyotes | 9 p.m. $5 after 9 p.m.


JEFF JOHNSTON @ Joe’s Underground Café | 9 p.m.

CASA BLANCA Café @ 936 Broad St.; 706.504.3431 The COUNTRY CLUB @ 2834 Washington Road.; 706.364.1862 Coyote’s @ 2512 Peach Orchard Road; 706.560.9245 FIRST ROUND @ 210 11th St.; 706.828.5600 the fox’s lair @ 349 Telfair St.; 706.364.8278 JOE’S UNDERGROUND Café @ 144 eighth St.; 706.724.9457 manuel’s bread cafe @ 505 Railroad Ave., North Augusta; 803.380.1323 THE PLAYGROUND BAR @ 978 Broad St.; 706.724.2232 SECTOR 7G @ 631 Ellis St.; 706.496.5900 SKY CITY @ 1157 Broad St.; 706.945.1270 SOUL BAR @ 984 Broad St.; 706.724.8880 Somewhere in augusta @ 2820 Washington Road; 706.739.0002 STILLWATER TAP ROOM @ 974 Broad St.; 706.826.9857


TX CLERGY @ Joe’s Underground Café | 9 p.m.


THEORY OF A DEADMAN + POP EVIL + STELLAR REVIVAL @ The Country Club | 8 p.m.; $19 to $40

4 CATS IN THE DOG HOUSE @ The Willcox | 6 p.m.





HAPPY BONES @ Joe’s Underground Café | 9 p.m.

JUBEE & THE MORNING AFTER + ARTEMIA + THE RADAR CINEMA + FDURTY @ Sky City | 9:30 p.m.; $5 EFREN @ Stillwater Tap Room 10 p.m.; $5

SATURDAY, APR. 21 CAMERAS, GUNS & RADIOS @ Joe’s Underground Café | 9 p.m.


MONDAYS MIKE FROST JAZZ @ The Willcox | 8 p.m. TUESDAYS Twisted Trivia @ The Playground Bar | 10 p.m. WEDNESDAYS Krazy Karaoke @ The Playground Bar | 8 p.m.

WILD WING CAFE @ 3035 Washington Road.; 706.364.9453 The Willcox @ 100 Colleton Ave. SW, Aiken; 803.648.1898 | community driven news | March 28, 2012 39

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Edited by Will Shortz | by JEFF CHEN | No. 0223 Across   1 Pass quickly, as on a highway   6 Rummage 10 Treat badly 14 Karma believer 15 Title accompanier: Abbr. 16 Team members 17 Many a nude beach visitor 18 ___ bread 19 Narc’s find, perhaps 20 Subject with force 22 Perfectly behaved 24 Not under any circumstances 26 Big name in vacuums 27 Furnace fuel 31 Heals, in a way 33 Has a tab 34 The One, in “The Matrix” 35 Kind of pitcher 40 Storage unit 42 Maintains, as an itinerary 43 Double-check, e.g. 44 One of two in Monopoly 45 Port. is part of it 46 Word needed to be added to 12 appropriately placed answers in this puzzle for their clues to make sense

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sophisticated, in a way 53 Synonym source 23 “Check it out!” 55 Gives away, in a 25 Exclamation of way surprise 57 Braces 27 Change one’s 62 “___ la Douce” opinion 63 14-Across V.I.P. 28 Meany of story 65 Back in 29 Items sometimes tossed in 66 “The Big strongman Lebowski” director contests 67 George Orwell’s 30 Biblical twin alma mater 32 Rancher, typically 68 Part of many a generator 36 Hosp. employees 69 Bandy, as ideas 37 Golfer Aoki 70 Waste time 38 Cry of shocked hurt 71 Act rowdily 39 Not be serious 41 Military leaders Down 42 Group leaders   1 Get many price quotes 44 The Smothers Brothers, e.g.   2 Drugged out 47 Showy   3 One’s partner 49 Linger   4 Works of Horace 50 “Vive ___!”   5 Famous cloth locale 51 Ancient Mexican   6 List of criminals? 52 Party principle   7 Magazine once 54 Johnny Storm published by a k a the Human Playboy ___   8 Senator’s home 56 City near Provo   9 Comparison 58 But, in Bolivia connector 59 Standout 10 Wild card 60 Still-life subjects 11 Banish 61 Search here and 12 Vestige there 13 Wander aimlessly 64 Digits, e.g.: Abbr. 49 Spills

face first Negotiating one calamity at a time

There are two types of people in the world: those who do home remodeling projects and those who strike a match and walk away. The wisest people fall into the second category. Those in the first category start out full of enthusiasm and with an if-those-peopleon-HGTV-can-do-it-so-can-I attitude, which quickly falls prey to paint chip obsession, fond memories of “the way the living room used to be” and an empty bank account. Some friends of mine tried to do their own home remodeling. Little did they know that when they knocked down a wall they were knocking down their marriage. What started out as a fun project, aimed at increasing their home value and spending time together, quickly descended into a death match where the participants were armed with power tools. “You can’t even swing a sledge hammer properly,” he screamed at her. “Properly? What’s to do properly?” she retorted hefting the hammer to her shoulder. “Is the wall where it used to be?” Piles of drywall lay on the floor. “Your technique is all wrong!” he shouted back. “I’ll show you technique!” She snapped and charged forward with the hammer. The doctors are optimistic that he’ll be able to walk again in a few years. Others think they will avoid mortal marital combat by hiring professionals to do their remodeling, forgetting that negotiations still must take place. How much to spend? What will the new color scheme be? Which parent’s house will they reside at during the remodel?

This last question has no satisfactory answer and the only advantage this couple has over the do-it-yourselfers is that no one is holding heavy, blunt objects when a decision is reached. Probably. My husband and I recently answered this last question ourselves. We are having the hard wood floors in our house refinished and have to move out for two weeks. We agreed on his parent’s house since my parents wouldn’t let us come to theirs. We felt like we’d dodged a nail gun when the decision came so easily. Now we just have to pack all of our worldly possessions into a storage cube the size of a child’s backpack, move three cats into his parent’s house and tough out life away from our own shower. I anticipate no trouble whatsoever because I fall into another category of persons. I know that shiny, like-new hard wood floors will increase our home value. The cats’ toys will slide more easily across the polished surface and we’ll laugh as the cats try hard to run after them but go nowhere. The sun will shine more brightly, the economy will improve and scientists will find a cure for cancer. Also, I’m stock piling Jim Beam. Nora Blithe is the author of Door In Face, a humor blog about all things that lay you flat. Read more at

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