Originally created 05/26/98

Keeping cool on a hot holiday



Those not traveling during the Memorial Day weekend were looking for a place to cool off and enjoy themselves as temperatures reached in the summertime 90s.

On Monday, Michelle and Matthew Parker of Evans headed for the Krystal River Water Park with 3-year-old Nicholas.

She had spent most of the weekend 6working at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Mr. Parker had spent the weekend at home, watching Nicholas and taking care of the "honey do" list of chores he makes up himself.

"This is it (their holiday weekend). All two hours of it," Mr. Parker joked as the family headed for the slides.

Patty Cheng of Martinez settled into a comfy chair at Books-A-Million on Monday afternoon, checking through books on arts and crafts, a hobby she's exploring after graduating from the University of North Carolina last weekend.

With an iced coffee by her side, Ms. Cheng thought over her weekend activities, finding them mostly low-key. "I've just been relaxing really, trying to stay out of the heat."

Robert and Ashley Shanks of Evans vacationed in Hilton Head, S.C., last week, returning home to attend a weekend wedding and outings with friends.

Monday afternoon, they took in a movie, along with thousands of others in the Augusta area who sought entertainment with air-conditioning.

Evans Cinemas passed tickets to 8,944 people from Friday through Sunday, said assistant manager Nathan Jones. During a normal weekend, 2,500 tickets are sold, he said.

Bill Hamilton of Gloverville loaded up his pickup with groceries after shopping at Gurley's in Warrenville, Ga. He worked a half-day at American Insurance Company but by 12:30 p.m.:

"I'm fixing to grill me some ribs and some chicken," he said. "Before it's over, about 15 kids -- mine and their friends -- will probably be there."

Betty Crocker of North Augusta will be working to keep up the spirit of Memorial Day.

"I will be chopping onions and making chili and getting ready for a bingo party tomorrow at the VA on Wrightsboro Road. It's sponsored by North Augusta Post 71, but the Auxiliary is helping out."

Kelly Peacock and Charles Mixson spent Memorial Day studying for finals at the Medical College of Georgia. After taking one Monday morning, they headed for Lake Olmstead in the afternoon.

At a picnic table near the water's edge they set up their books and notes, bent to the task as a mild but cooling breeze ruffled the papers. By Friday, the year will finally be finished with the last of their exams, they said.

Dela and David Silvas of Grovetown spent the weekend doing chores at home and in the yard. By Monday afternoon, they decided to take granddaughter Daryan, 14 months, and find a cool place to relax for awhile.

"We just decided to take a break and get away for a while," Mr. Silvas said.

Arthur and Jeanine Potter of Fayetteville, Ga., stopped in Augusta on their back from Charleston, S.C., to visit Riverwalk Augusta for the first time.

"We heard this was better than Savannah's riverwalk, so we had to come see." They were impressed with the natural feel of the walkway and the length -- both better than Savannah, they said.

Hours later, more than 1,000 people gathered at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater on the river for the Memorial Day Tribute Concert. It's an annual outing for Lori Allen and her family.

"We come every year to listen to the music and eat snow cones," Mrs. Allen said.

With veterans in her father, brother, two uncles, a number of cousins and two friends currently serving in the Marines, Mrs. Allen especially likes the musical tribute for those who have and still do serve in the military. Staff Writer Pat Willis contributed to this article.

BYLINE1:By Sandy Hodson

BYLINE2:Staff Writer

Those not traveling during the Memorial Day weekend were looking for a place to cool off and enjoy themselves as temperatures reached in the summertime 90s.

On Monday, Michelle and Matthew Parker of Evans headed for the Krystal River Water Park with 3-year-old Nicholas.

She had spent most of the weekend working at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Mr. Parker had spent the weekend at home, watching Nicholas and taking care of the "honey do" list of chores he makes up himself.

"This is it (their holiday weekend). All two hours of it," Mr. Parker joked as the family headed for the slides.

Patty Cheng of Martinez settled into a comfy chair at Books-A-Million on Monday afternoon, checking through books on arts and crafts, a hobby she's exploring after graduating from the University of North Carolina last weekend.

With an iced coffee by her side, Ms. Cheng thought over her weekend activities, finding them mostly low-key. "I've just been relaxing really, trying to stay out of the heat."

Robert and Ashley Shanks of Evans vacationed in Hilton Head, S.C., last week, returning home to attend a weekend wedding and outings with friends.

Monday afternoon, they took in a movie, along with thousands of others in the Augusta area who sought entertainment with air-conditioning.

Evans Cinemas passed tickets to 8,944 people from Friday through Sunday, said assistant manager Nathan Jones. During a normal weekend, 2,500 tickets are sold, he said.

Bill Hamilton of Gloverville loaded up his pickup with groceries after shopping at Gurley's in Warrenville, Ga. He worked a half-day at American Insurance Company but by 12:30 p.m.:

"I'm fixing to grill me some ribs and some chicken," he said. "Before it's over, about 15 kids -- mine and their friends -- will probably be there."

Betty Crocker of North Augusta will be

working to keep up the spirit of Memorial Day.

"I will be chopping onions and making chili and getting ready for a bingo party tomorrow at the VA on Wrightsboro Road. It's sponsored by North Augusta Post 71, but the Auxiliary is helping out."

Kelly Peacock and Charles Mixson spent Memorial Day studying for finals at the Medical College of Georgia. After taking one Monday morning, they headed for Lake Olmstead in the afternoon.

At a picnic table near the water's edge they set up their books and notes, bent to the task as a mild but cooling breeze ruffled the papers. By Friday, the year will finally be finished with the last of their exams, they said.

Dela and David Silvas of Grovetown spent the weekend doing chores at home and in the yard. By Monday afternoon, they decided to take granddaughter Daryan, 14 months, and find a cool place to relax for awhile.

"We just decided to take a break and get away for a while," Mr. Silvas said.

Arthur and Jeanine Potter of Fayetteville, Ga., stopped in Augusta on their back from Charleston, S.C., to visit Riverwalk Augusta for the first time.

"We heard this was better than Savannah's riverwalk, so we had to come see." They were impressed with the natural feel of the walkway and the length -- both better than Savannah, they said.

Hours later, more than 1,000 people gathered at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater on the river for the Memorial Day Tribute Concert. It's an annual outing for Lori Allen and her family.

"We come every year to listen to the music and eat snow cones," Mrs. Allen said.

With veterans in her father, brother, two uncles, a number of cousins and two friends currently serving in the Marines, Mrs. Allen especially likes the musical tribute for those who have and still do serve in the military.

Staff Writer Pat Willis contributed to this article.