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Par 3 Party returns with music, dancing

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 9:25 PM
Last updated Thursday, April 11, 2013 12:17 AM
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The Augusta Common went from town square to city dance floor Wednesday night with the return of the Par 3 Party, which was canceled in 2012 because of lightning and rain.

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Tevin Thomas, 3, and Mario Thomas, 6, listen to the music at the Par 3 Party at Augusta Common.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Tevin Thomas, 3, and Mario Thomas, 6, listen to the music at the Par 3 Party at Augusta Common.

Augusta’s South Atlantic Band kicked off the event, playing fan favorites such as Sweet Home Alabama and the Electric Slide, a request of Bobby Rhines, a cameraman for the Public Broadcasting Service visiting from Satellite Beach, Fla.

Rhines’ choice was popular. More than 50 people made their way to the dance floor on the Broad Street side of the Common to join in the four-wall line dance.

The groove continued as the Fantastic Shakers, of Lincolnton, N.C., took the stage later to play shag music as the featured act.

The Par 3 Party, sponsored by the Greater Augusta Arts Council, began in 2010 as the unofficial after-party of the Masters’ Par-3 Contest. In 2011, about 800 people attended the event, which Brenda Durant, the arts council’s executive director, believes was matched, if not exceeded, Wednesday because of “absolutely delightful weather.”

“For those who stay in town, this is their way to get into party mode and participate in the fun and excitement of Masters Week,” she said.

Durant said she has been planning the event since November.

The only criticism patrons had for the event was it did not have enough vendors.

“Vendors should be lined all around the common,” Rhines said. “This has the possibility to be something big.”

The event benefits the programs and services of the arts council.

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JENNPAT 04/11/13 - 04:48 am
glad they all had a great time

and the wether was great for a outside party and dancing hope all the out of town people who went had a good time and will come back to Augusta Ga

countyman 04/11/13 - 02:48 pm
Nice must be expanded

Great event. The Mayors Masters Reception and Par 3 Party need to expanded. The amount of advertisement must increased too before the tournament. Maybe, one of the events can be move to the 8th street plaza. Another suggestion is one large event to become the signature ending of the Masters week. Sunday/Saturday night at the amphitheater on the Riverwalk is a very good idea.

The renovated Holiday Inn Express will increase the amount of tourist staying downtown, and now it's in the hands of Augusta.

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