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One of our favorite events of the year was this past weekend in North Augusta. We enjoyed all the new re-enactors at Colonial Times at the Living History Park this past Saturday. My favorite new addition were the grave robbers. It amazes me at just how convincing these actors are. They really commit to their parts and it makes the event a wonderful learning experience.
There's probably no other sporting event that creates the amount of side hustle we see in Augusta during Masters Week. People will rent their houses and take a week of vacation off of work to cash in on a part time job cleaning houses, chauffeuring patrons, setting up chairs, catering, and a million other hospitality-related tasks that you might be able to imagine. Despite the traffic, the hope of attending the tournament and the excitement surrounding the influx of tourists brings everyone in Augusta together for one incredible week each year.
I wanted to put together this local's guide to Augusta, Georgia (and my current place of residence-- neighboring North Augusta, South Carolina) to highlight just a few of the many sites, restaurants, and shops we frequent in this city! If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll recognize a lot of these spots from more detailed posts.
My husband and I have been collecting vinyl albums since before we got engaged. I bought him the record player we own now (that probably needs an upgrade pretty soon) and some of our first albums were from his parent’s old collection. While it’s been about six years since our first purchases, we’ve more recently been making an effort to grow our collection.
I’ve mentioned it on my blog before but it’s worth repeating. My mom transforms into Mrs. Clause at Christmastime and her home is even more festive. It’s one of my favorite places to be during the holidays because no corner or windowsill is left undecorated.
With Christmas just around the corner I wanted to share a mini living room tour of this year’s holiday decor. We’ve kept things pretty low key. I decided to focus on three main parts of our living space: our bar cart, the mantle, and the media organizer where we keep our records and part of our camera collection.
Saturday was Record Store Day so we headed out to Grantski's after a very full morning to try to score some of the records we saw promoted through the store's Facebook event. Top on my list was Michael Kiwanuka's special release called Out Loud! Unfortunately, the few copies the store had sold out before we were able to get there in the early evening. We did come home with a couple of gems, though!
In honor of the upcoming Brian Wilson concert, I thought I’d put together a little playlist of some of my favorite Beach Boys songs and other songs by related artists from the 60s. There’s something about the music from that era that always puts me in a good mood.
Hope you don’t mind a bit of a ramble / diary-style life update to go along with my March playlist. It’s the first day of Spring and the 2nd anniversary of the day we closed on our very first home together. After a January that seemed to last ages, I’m surprised by how quickly we’ve reached the end of March! Time is flying by and we have a few house projects lined up for the next couple of months that I’m looking forward to sharing in this space.
Food and Drink
We enjoyed a slow Sunday morning together. I woke up around 8 a.m. to let the dogs out and started to gather things to prepare our breakfast. I thought I'd share the results here! I purchased everything we needed at our new Lidl location. I'd say it all worked out to around $3 per serving. Much less than what you'd expect to pay to dine out.
We visited Athens, Georgia for the first time earlier this month and were able to sample some of the local flavors thanks to the great recommendations of friends! Here's our guide of where to eat in Athens if you're visiting! Since we always try to travel as cheaply as possible while also supporting local businesses, these restaurant recommendations won't break the bank!
Tucked away at the entrance of Hammond's Ferry, a new urbanist community in North Augusta, SC, you'll find a project from Manuel Verney-Carron called Hammond's Ferry Larder. Hammond's Ferry Larder, or HF Larder, as it's affectionately known, offers lunch and dinner options with brunch on Saturday mornings.
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