Originally created 04/08/01

Weekend roundup



AUGUSTA TOURS:

Historic Augusta Tours will be offered today by the Augusta Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau. The 11/2-hour driving tours leave at 10:30 a.m. from the Historic Cotton Exchange Welcome Center, at the corner of Eighth and Reynolds streets downtown.

The tour includes stops at the Augusta Museum of History and the Ezekiel Harris House.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. For more information, call 724-4067.

GOLF & GARDENS:

The new Augusta Golf & Gardens, future home of the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, is at 13th and Reynolds streets. The area features flower gardens, a butterfly garden, a coastal garden and sculptures of golfers. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 adults, $6 seniors, students and military, $5 ages 6-12 and children 5 and under free with paid adult. For more information, call 724-4443.

MASTERS BASH 2001:

The Bachelor's Club of Augusta convenes at 8 tonight at Julian Smith Casino, 2200 Broad St., for its annual Masters Week party. The band Pat Blanchard and the Big Mighty will perform. Admission of $15 includes unlimited beer. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics.

COLUMBIA COUNTY FAIR:

The Columbia County Exchange Club Spring Fair runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds on Columbia Road, across from Patriot's Park. Attractions include carnival rides, a petting zoo, nightly performances by Circus Hollywood and Ben and Keeter's Puppets.

Fair hours are noon to 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. to midnight today. Day and evening sessions require separate admission. Sunday hours are 2 to 8 p.m.

Gate admission, which includes entry to the fair, circus acts, puppet show and petting zoo, is $4. Ride tickets are 75 cents each, or $12 for unlimited rides in addition to the gate admission. Parking is free.

ART DISPLAY:

Kesler Woodward, North and South, a special exhibition showcasing South Carolina native Kesler Woodward's works, is on display through Sunday at the Morris Museum of Art, 1 10th St. The exhibit includes new work from both the Southeast and the far North. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sundays. Admission on Sundays is free. For more information, call 724-7501.

AUTISM RIDE:

A Children's Autism Awareness Ride, sponsored by ABATE of Aiken County and Aiken Motorcycle Sales and Service, will begin at 8:30 a.m. today at Aiken Motorcycle, 2129 Whiskey Road. Donations will go toward autism research. Riders will leave at 9:30 a.m. bound for the Autism Society State Headquarters in West Columbia, S.C.

For more information about the ride, call 648-5752.