There's nothing more exhilarating than moving to a new town, and right now, hundreds of college students are converging on Augusta. Whether you plan to call the Medical College of Georgia, Paine College, Augusta State University or University of South Carolina Aiken your alma mater, you're probably asking yourself the question: What's up with Augusta?
Yes, we've got the Masters Tournament. Yes, James Brown calls the Garden City home. But there's a lot more here, and we've got some ideas on how you can make it feel more like home.
How to volunteer
If you're feeling altruistic, be sure to check out www.volunteeraugusta.com.
The site includes lists of volunteer opportunities at 29 area organizations, a calendar of one-time events such as the Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival and a wish list of goods needed by groups, including Safe Homes, The Salvation Army and the Make A Wish Foundation.
By now you've probably already paired up with a roommate and found a place to rest your weary head. Just in case things aren't going along swimmingly, here are some outlets for dealing with a landlord-tenant disputes:
- Georgia Legal Services: (800) 248-6697 or (706) 721-2327
- South Carolina Law Line (800) 868-2284
- Prepaid Legal Services: (800) 607-7878
Where to get late-night grub
Waffle Houses and Huddle Houses are spread across the area like a leopard's spots, and in a pinch, these Southern icons will satisfy the late-night munchies. Here are a few more suggestions:
- Dunkin Donuts, 3024 Washington Road; 731-9697; drive-through open 24 hours
- IHOP, 2525 Washington Road; 738-0554; open 24 hours
- Denny's, 3026 Washington Road; 481-0029; open 24 hours
- Taco Bell, 3104 Peach Orchard Road; 560-6218; drive-through open until midnight Monday to Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday
- Taco Bell, 3861 Washington Road; 855-9330; drive-through open until midnight Monday to Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday
- 1102 Bar & Grill, 1102 Broad St.; 364-4075; kitchen open until midnight daily
- Somewhere in Augusta, 2701 Washington Road; 739-0002; kitchen open until 2 a.m. daily
- Pizza Joint, 1245 Broad St., 774-0037; kitchen open until midnight Sunday to Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday
- Club Continuum, 1149 Broad St., 722-2582; kitchen open until 2:30 a.m. Monday to Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday
Where can you get a real flavor of Augusta?
There's a reason people like to eat out in Augusta. Food just tastes better here. Trust us:
- Luigi's, 590 Broad St.; 5 to 10:30 p.m. Monday, 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday for lunch; 722-4056; Italian food.
- Hot Foods by Calvin, 2027 Broad St.; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; 738-5666; soul food.
- Bobby's Bar-B-Q Buffet, 1897 Jefferson Davis Highway, Warrenville; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; (803) 593-5900; barbecue.
- Sconyers Bar-B-Que, 2250 Sconyers Way, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday; 790-5411; barbecue.
- T's Seafood Restaurant, 3416 Mike Padgett Highway; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 4:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday; 798-4145; catfish, chicken and steak.
- Old McDonald Fish Camp, 355 Currytown Road, North Augusta; 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and 4 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday; (803) 279-3305; seafood.
- Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, 10 Ninth St.; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon-day to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday; 722-7772; salads, sandwiches, fish, chicken.
Where can you buy a keg of beer?
- Stevens Creek Wine & Spirits, 1061 Stevens Creek Road, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday; $75 deposit for equipment. Call before noon for same-day pickup. 737-2729.
- Bel Aire Package Shop, 3973 Wrightsboro Road; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; - 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday; $65 deposit for equipment. Call in morning for afternoon availability. 855-9720.
How to change your license
Have you been living here for 30 days? Are you driving a car? If so, you might want to think about getting your local driver's license.
- Georgia Department of Driver Services3423 Mike Padgett Highway; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; (678) 413-8600 or www.dds.ga.gov.
- South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles1913 Ascauga Lake Road, North Augusta; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; (803) 279-66591755 Richland Ave., Aiken; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday; (803) 641-7752 or www.scdmvonline.com.
How to get home
If you've had too much to drink and you don't already have a designated driver, give these folks a call:
- Curtis Cab: 722-9925
- Radio Cab: 722-3501
A cheap date
Riverwalk Augusta runs along the Savannah River from 15th Street to Fifth Street and passes by the Morris Museum of Art, which has free admission on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. After taking in a bit of culture at the museum's impressive collection of Southern art, you'll have plenty of money to splurge on ice cream at Gorin's Homemade Cafe at Fort Discovery, which is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays; Gorin's Homemade Cafe, 1 Seventh St.; 774-1388. The Morris Museum, 1 10th St.; 724-7501.
A cheap day outside
Looking for a really cheap and easy way to get your butt outside? Grab a Frisbee and a bunch of friends and head out to one of the area's disc golf courses. Check out the Augusta Disc Golf Association at www.members.aol.com/augustadga or 736-8537.
- Pendleton King Park, Kissingbower Road, open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily
- Lake Olmstead, Milledge Road, open dawn to dark daily
- Patriots Park, Columbia Road in Grovetown, open dawn to dark daily
PHONE: For all the above, contact Brian Graham at (706) 373-6256.
- Riverview Park, West Buena Vista Road, North Augusta, open dawn to dark daily
PHONE: (803) 441-4311
- H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, Virginia Acres Park, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken, open dawn to dark daily
PHONE: (803) 270-1176 or (803) 642-7631
Cheap duds for your crib
OK, we know not everyone is rolling in dough. If you're in need of a bargain, check out these places:
- Riverfront Antique Mall, 5979 Jefferson Davis Highway; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday; (803) 279-0900
- South Augusta Flea Market, 1562 Doug Barnard Parkway, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 798-5500
- Goodwill Emporium, 2807 Wylds Road, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; 729-97334074 Washington Road, Martinez, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; 855-8559
- Salvation Army Thrift Store, 1507 North Leg Road, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 733-3219
Where to commune with nature
Yes, there are places where you can't hear a single freight train or tractor-trailer.
- The Augusta Canal: The most idyllic entrance to the 7-mile towpath that runs between the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal is the headgates at Savannah Rapids Park in Evans. To get there, take Washington Road to Stevens Creek Road and make a right turn. Go two miles to the four-way stop sign on Evans to Locks Road and turn right. The road ends at the park entrance; 823-0440 or www.augustacanal.com.
- Phinizy Swamp: Blue herons, red-shouldered hawks, otters, alligators and even occasional bobcats have been spotted in this 1,100-acre nature park in South Augusta, but at this time of the year, one thing is certain: Pay a visit now, and you'll definitely see dragonflies by the thousands; www.phinizyswamp.org.
When you want to really rock out, and the living room just won't suffice:
- Soul Bar, 984 Broad St.; 724-8880; www.soulbar.com. The oldest and best-known venue downtown, it's especially popular on '80s night, the second Friday of each month.
- The Mission, 1157 Broad St.; 722-1233. A newcomer to the downtown music scene, The Mission is known for its great acoustics and adventurous bookings, including a continuing series of concerts in which artists cover albums from beginning to end.
- Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; 722-8293; www.imperialtheatre.com.If an act is large enough to draw several hundred people, this historic theater is, hands down, the best place to see them.
- Still Water Tap Room, 974 Broad St.; 826-9857; www.stillwatertaproom.com. This Broad Street mainstay specializes in bluegrass and Americana.
- Modjeska, 813 Broad St.; 303-9700; www.modjeskalounge.com.Don't dig the guitar? Check out the renovated Modjeska theater, where visiting DJs entertain a stylish young crowd.
- Sector 7G, 631 Ellis St.; www.sector7gonline.com. What once was a dry cleaner is now the most active under-21 rock club in town.
- The Playground, 873 Broad St.; 724-5399; www.theplaygroundbar.com.Although games are the main draw in the front of the bar, the folks don't play around when booking bands from all sorts of genres.
- Joe's Underground, 144 Eighth St.; 724-9457. With solo musicians every week and bands every weekend night, Joe's is a subterranean music haven.
Some telephone numbers you should know, because you never know:
- Richmond County Sheriff's Office: 821-1000
- Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department: 821-2901
- Augusta Cares: The City's Information and Complaint Office: 821-2300
- Columbia County Sheriff's Office: 541-1043
- Columbia County Emergency Services: 868-3303
- Columbia County Customer Service & Information Center: 868-3375
- Aiken County Sheriff's Office: (803) 642-1761
- Aiken County Emergency Services (803) 642-1624
- Aiken County Information Line: (803) 642-1500
Reach Patrick Verel at (706) 823-3332or email@example.com.