It’s that time of year again—the Best of Augusta issue. We’ve spent weeks counting ballots, taking photographs, writing and editing ballot results and attending to the thousands of other details involved in producing this magazine. And while this is somewhere in the neighborhood of my 19th year on Best of Augusta duty, it still offers as much fun and inspiration as my first.
The job isn’t easy. In addition to the intensity of work, it’s almost as much of a challenge to read about all the winners and look at the mouth-watering photos of the food, day in and day out, and not leave work in the afternoon in search of doughnuts, ribs, hamburgers, fried chicken, martinis....you get the picture.
I also find myself more motivated to go out and listen to music, buy tickets to a performance or (heaven forbid) engage in a little retail therapy. It is after all fall—when the Augusta events calendar is overflowing with choices of things to do and places to go. And with a chill in the air it’s only natural to think about updating your fall wardrobe. Right?
My point in all this rhetoric is to say, if you share my mindset this time of year, I have the perfect way for you to embrace all the season and the city have to offer, without missing a thing. Get out paper and pencil and turn to page 32. There you’ll find our readers’ 2013 picks for all the best things to do, places to eat and ways to be entertained in Augusta. Make a note of everything that catches your interest and appetite. You’ll find brand new places to eat as well as old favorites worth a revisit (complete with photos). You’ll also find page after page of places to shop, play and relax.
And according to the ballots, the ranks of local musicians, representing every conceivable genre, is bigger than ever. Fact is you could literally spend weeks and only manage to sample the wares and talents of half the people and places on the Best of Augusta list. Or better yet, save some time and gas by simply purchasing a ticket to the Best of Augusta Celebration on October 15 where you can sample all these things under one roof at Sacred Heart Cultural Center from 6 until 9 p.m. You can purchase tickets online (wwwaugustamagazine.com) in minutes or just stop by Sacred Heart, the Columbia County News-Times in Evans or The Augusta Chronicle downtown.
It’s certain to be a fun-filled evening. That’s a promise.