Originally created 06/29/02

Churches plan Fourth events



Old Glory will take center stage during July Fourth festivities at area churches and other sites.

A STAR SPANGLED FOURTH, part of the Riverwalk Series, will offer the best of both worlds - a spirited patriotic concert inside St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Reynolds Street and a fireworks show outside over the Savannah River at Riverwalk Augusta.

A 25-piece orchestra will back up a chorus of 50 voices singing the music that "everybody loves and looks forward to on the Fourth," said Keith Shafer, director of music at St. Paul's, 605 Reynolds St..

Each patron will get a complimentary flag during the concert which starts at 8 p.m. Thursday. Doors open at 7 p.m. "People who have trouble with heat and crowds will love this," he said.

After the concert, people can walk out in time to see a glittery shower over the river.

Tickets are $12 for adults; $8 for students, age 12 and older; and $5 for children, age 11 and younger. Patrons can get parking, seating for two and names printed in the program for $50. For tickets or more information, call 722-3463.

CARS ON THE LITTLE River Bridge and thousands of boats on the water below will catch the fireworks Wednesday at Little River Marina, 4271 Old Lincolnton Road in Leah.

The 30-minute fireworks show "is not as good as God does every night but it's pretty good," said Pam Bugg, owner of the marina.

Bless-ed, an a cappella group, and singers and praise bands from several churches, such as First Baptist Church of North Augusta and the Augusta-Vineyard Church, will perform.

"With all the different denominations, it will kind of be like heaven," she said.

Old-fashioned games, such as three-legged races, sack races and water melon seed-spitting contests drew about 3,000 people last year. Patrons can bring blankets and folding chairs but no food, coolers or alcohol. Food vendors will be available.

THE C.S.R.A. LIBERTY ON the Lake-Freedom Fireworks Spectacular has Fun Family Day contests starting at 2 p.m. Music kicks off at 5 p.m., and fireworks will crack at " 'dark-thirty' - about 9:30 p.m.," said Ms. Bugg.

Admission is free, but parking is $6 to $15. For more information, call 541-1358.

SOME CHURCHES, SUCH AS Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter and Bible Fellowship, will start celebrating Independence Day Sunday.

  • A 50-piece orchestra will perform patriotic favorites following a service at 5 p.m. Sunday at Holy Comforter, which gathers at Savannah Rapids Pavillion, 3300 Evans to Lock Road in Martinez.
  • "We are going to have a musical remembrance of Sept. 11," said the Rev. Cynthia Taylor, vicar of Holy Comforter. She recently ministered to rescue workers at the World Trade Center site in New York..

    A barbecue dinner with pork, hash and rice will be available after the concert. Plates are $5.50 for adults and $4 for children, age 2 through 12.

    For more information, call 210-1133.

  • Soloist Nick Lynn will sing God Bless the U.S.A. at Bible Fellowship in a Salute To America at 10:30 Sunday at the Belair Conference Center, behind the Wingate Inn Hotel at Belair Road and Interstate 20. The Byrd Family will present This Land Is Your Land and The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
  • For more information, call 651-1971.

    Reach Virginia Norton at (706) 823-3336 or vanorton@augustachronicle.com.