Augusta's Arts in the Heart festival begins

Vendors line Broad Street for Arts in the Heart
Karla Mendoza, 18, dressed in a traditional Mexican costume, does an impromptu dance with Haeyon Davis, dressed in Korean costume, on the sidewalk at the Augusta Common during Arts in the Heart on Friday. The festival opened Friday evening.



Augusta’s 31st annual Arts in the Heart festival opened Friday evening.

About 100 fine arts and craft vendors have lined Broad Street for the three-day festival, blocking off incoming traffic from Seventh to 10th streets.

Greece is the featured country, and its food, music and dance will be represented alongside more than 35 other countries, including Brazil, Ireland and Nigeria.

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At Augusta Common, you’ll find the Global Food Village, with 15 booths catered by local nonprofit organizations, and the Southern Beer Garden. Greek cuisine takes center stage this year: Think gyros, souvlaki, lamb sandwiches and feta fries.

Four stages will feature about 80 performances – with more than 700 local musicians, actors and entertainers – starting at 11 a.m. today and ending at 9 p.m.

The cost is $7 at the gate; children 10 and younger are admitted free.


A cold front sweeping through from the North on Friday appeared to be bringing fall in a week early.

Though the calendar says autumn begins Friday, Meteorologist Dave Schue­trum, of the National Weather Service in West Columbia, S.C., said it will be October before cooler weather is here to stay.

Today is predicted to see a high of 75, with mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures Sunday are expected to climb to 80.

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