New party planned for downtown Augusta during Masters week

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 3:44 PM
Last updated Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:21 AM
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The party will go on during Masters Week in downtown Augusta.

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After the annual Mayor’s Masters Reception and the Par-3 Party were canceled this month, local musician Karen Gordon started making phone calls to organize a new event. She hopes the Par-Tee on the Green, which will be held after the Monday practice round for the Masters Tournament, will provide entertainment for residents and visitors who are accustomed to coming downtown each year during the golf event.

After the annual Mayor’s Masters Reception and the Par-3 Party were canceled this month, local musician Karen Gordon started making phone calls to organize a new event. She hopes the Par-Tee on the Green, which will be held after the Monday practice round for the Masters Tournament, will provide entertainment for residents and visitors who are accustomed to coming downtown each year during the golf event.

“Somebody had to do something for the families who don’t get to go to the tournament or don’t feel connected to it at all, but still want to feel like they’re included,” Gordon said.

The Par-Tee on the Green is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. April 7 and will feature disc-jockeyed music and performances by area dance groups on the Augusta Common in downtown Augusta. The music will vary from soul and beach music to pop, jazz, reggae and funk. There will also be food trucks, a drum circle and children’s activities. Admission is $1.

The event will not include live music because a rock music concert, The Major Rager, is planned for the same night at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater on Riverwalk Augusta, Gordon said.

Gordon, a musician with local group Garden City Jazz, organizes the summertime Candlelight Jazz Concert Series at the Riverwalk.

The Mayor’s Masters Reception was a special event for the community, Gordon said. She loved taking her children to it and seeing friends from across the city that she seldom saw otherwise.

Gordon hopes the Par-Tee on the Green will substitute for the canceled events this year, but that the Mayor’s Masters Reception will return next year. It was called off because organizers could not find a Masters Tournament participant to attend the event, which began in 1999 and had been held for 15 consecutive years.

The Par 3 Party, sponsored by the Greater Augusta Arts Council, was canceled because the arts group wanted to focus on larger events throughout the year. The arts council also said it was a difficult week to find volunteers to staff the beach music and Shag dance event.

IF YOU GO

What: Par-Tee on the Green

Where: Augusta Common

When: April 7, 5-8 p.m.

Cost: $1

More info: bring lawn chairs; no coolers or pets

CAN YOU HELP?

To volunteer or sign up as a vendor for the Par-Tee on the Green, e-mail respectdowntown@gmail.com

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 03/19/14 - 07:39 pm
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Well, I'm glad someone feels

Well, I'm glad someone feels led to organize a new event for folks. I hope it's a great success!
Hey, does anyone else remember something called the Batchelor's Masters Party? Pay about $20 and all the beer you wanted! Think they'd have it at different places each year...probably because they'd get kicked out after each year! Also remember an annual Master's party hosted by a local roofer, and they'd use golf carts to bring up all the people who never got invitations but crashed the party anyway! (Thanks EC!)

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Butterman 03/19/14 - 08:45 pm
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Great idea

Horrible name though. I applaud Ms. Gordon for stepping forward to do something for downtown during Masters. Remember the Greater Augusta Arts Council under the reign of Brenda Durant pulled the plug on the Par 3 Party and this same groups wants $millions from the next SPLOST. Just say NO.

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corgimom 03/20/14 - 09:09 am
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Nice to see that the white

Nice to see that the white elephant Amphitheatre is being used at least one day of the year.

Who in their right mind would design it so there were no bathrooms there, and have very high, steep steps with no railings?

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Butterman 03/20/14 - 10:32 am
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Corgi

The entire Riverwalk is a White Elephant. Look at the shape it is in. Deplorable. Also it never spurred all of the grand development it was promised to. As long as downtown has a 30 foot high levee blocking access and view of the river there is no reason to invest any more tax dollars down there. Look at North Augusta side. No levee and it is booming with privately funded development.

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corgimom 03/20/14 - 08:16 pm
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It was so sad to watch

It was so sad to watch elderly and disabled people try to climb up those steps- people had to help them and hold on to them.

And you just knew that was the last time they'd ever be back to the Amphitheatre.

I used to go when they had beach music concerts- and the steps got to me, too, and that was when I was much younger and much healthier. I quit going just for that reason.

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Conservative Man 03/23/14 - 09:33 pm
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Kudos...

…to Ms. Gordon for taking the initiative….

It's refreshing to see someone "walk the walk"…instead of just "talk the talk".

I hope the event is a success….

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