What a shame this year’s Mayor’s Masters Reception was canceled. The event, a 15-year-old tradition, would have still drawn a healthy crowd despite organizers’ inability to secure a Masters Tournament golfer to participate.
The cancellation of the Greater Augusta Arts Council’s Par 3 Party, because of a lack of volunteers, was another regrettable buzzkill.
That’s why the community should be thankful local musician Karen Gordon has stepped up to try to fill the fun void with a family event called Par-Tee on Augusta Common after the Monday practice rounds April 7. Admission costs $1, a small price to pay for those out and about that evening.
“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,” said Gordon, who hopes the event will entertain residents and visitors accustomed to coming downtown each year during the golf event.
Gordon, whose group Garden City Jazz organizes the summertime Candlelight Jazz Concert Series at Riverwalk Augusta, is planning to have food trucks, a drum circle, children’s
activities and disc-jockeyed music and performances by area dance groups, Par-Tee on the Green will not include live music because a rock concert, the Major Rager, is planned for the same night at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater on the Riverwalk.
Hopefully the Mayor’s Masters Reception comes back next year. This year, the community can visit the Par-Tee. It promises neither pomp nor pretense, but that’s as it should be. Enjoying family fun during pleasant spring weather doesn’t have to be fancy. And it gives Augustans the opportunity to join in the festive atmosphere that surrounds the world’s greatest golf tournament.