Shopgirl: Augusta Museum of History offers ‘Red Scare’ event

Escape rooms and puzzle team-building activities are really having a moment, and the latest place to enjoy these challenges is the Augusta Museum of History.


Each Saturday in February and March, the Augusta Museum of History is holding a museum escape, themed on the concept of “Red Scare.”

Participants solve mysteries related to local Augusta characters suspected of being undercover KGB agents. Within 45 minutes, they must use the clues and solve the puzzle for the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Sessions are at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. (arrive at least 10 minutes early to sign a waiver). The cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the door and $15 for museum members. You can get all the details and register at

WHAT’S NEW: Peanut is a new app that allows new mothers to connect with other mothers in their area – some are calling it the Tinder for moms.

It’s a free app that allows new moms to create profiles and then match with other moms, using the swipe system that dating apps have made so common. People are using Peanut to share babysitter recommendations, meet up for playdates, vent about the challenges of parenting life, and everything in between. Peanut is available only on iOS for now. You can get more information at

WHAT’S AFFORDABLE: Joggers are everywhere but rarely feel attractive working out in sweatpants.

The pair that has been selling out like crazy, however, is by American Giant and comes in five great colors. The long line makes everyone look taller and leaner. They’re so universally flattering that they fly off the shelves as soon as they’re restocked. The sweatpants are just $59, are 100 percent cotton French terry, and get softer the more you wash and wear them. Find the whole selection for men and women at



Pop Rocks: Augusta, my Christmas wish list has one thing

My family often accuses me of being a difficult person to Christmas shop for. While it is true that my tastes run toward the particular and tend to lean heavily on easy-to-wrap standards such as books and records, I believe that as I get older, I’m less concerned with the item than the idea. Give me something I believe you have thought about and carefully considered, and I’m happy. The present clearly purchased at the drug store the day before is met with considerably less enthusiasm.

Read more