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.