Applause calendar

Michael Holahan/Staff
Capt. Jim Bradshaw (top right) piloted the Petersburg boat for soon-to-be-wed couple David Wright and Jessica Dillard and their family and friends on a tour of the Augusta Canal last year. The couple were married at the canal headgates.

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EASTER EGG HUNT: 9 a.m. Saturday; Patriots Park, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown; children will be divided into age groups to collect more than 8,000 candy-filled Easter eggs; free; bring your own basket; (706) 312-7191,

GOLF MEMORABILIA SHOW AND SALE: Stan Byrdy book-signing, 2-4 p.m. Saturday; Robbie Williams book-signing, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday; sale 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; Saturday-April 8; Antique Market of Augusta, 3179 Washington Road; (706) 860-7909.

GOLF CLINIC: 8:30 a.m. Monday, Augusta Municipal Golf Course, 2023 Highland Ave.; with Vaughn Taylor, Charles Howell III and Jim Dent; $10 (706) 533-8076.

NINTH ANNUAL MAYOR'S MASTERS RECEPTION: 5:30- 8:30 p.m. Monday; Georgia Golf Hall of Fame's Botanical Gardens, 1 11th St.; Hall of Fame golfer Gary Player will be honored; free food provided by restaurants; (706) 724-4445.

DOWNTOWN LUNCH DATE: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 5, 19 and May 3, 17, 31; Augusta Common, Eighth and Reynolds streets; (706) 821-1754.

FIRST FRIDAY CAR SHOW AND CONCERT: 6-10 p.m. Friday, April 6; Augusta Common, Eighth and Reynolds streets; (706) 821-1754.

NAACP FREEDOM FUND BANQUET: 7 p.m. Friday, April 20; Student Activity Center at the University of South Carolina Aiken; with speaker Dr. Ben Carson; entertainment by Bill Pickney and The Original Drifters; $50; semiformal, black tie optional; (803) 502-0710.

OLD TOWNE ARTISANS' FAIR: Preview gala, 5-7 p.m. April 20, featuring wine, cheese and heavy hors d'oeuvres; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 21; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22; Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta; all events free; (803) 279-2323,

HISTORIC BEECH ISLAND DRIVING TOUR: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21; self-guided, 13-stop driving tour begins at All Saints Episcopal Church and Parish House, 1595 Williston Highway, where tickets can be purchased; $25; barbecue lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. First Baptist Church, 170 Church Road; $7; (803) 827-0184,

KIDS EARTH DAY 2007: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, puppet shows 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Lions Memorial Field, off Buena Vista Avenue, North Augusta; exhibitors, giant Earth ball, Savannah River Ecology Lab's Tony Mills and his animals; admission is one aluminum can; (803) 441-4224.

YELLOW JASMINE FESTIVAL: Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 28, downtown North Augusta; fine arts, handmade crafts, garden items, music, fireworks; free, (803) 441- 4224 or parks@north or visit

MEAD HALL STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12; Mead Hall Episcopal School, 129 Pendleton St. N.W.; strawberry desserts, barbecue lunch, bake sale, baking contest, children's games and activities, vendors; (803) 644-1122.

WRDW FAMLY FAIR: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12; Augusta Common, Eighth and Reynolds streets.


COPENHAGEN: 8 p.m. today-Saturday; 3 p.m. Saturday; Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; adults $17, seniors $15, students $12, $6 children 11 and younger; (803) 648-1438.

STORYLAND THEATRE: Through Saturday, Jack and the Beanstalk; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. for school-day shows and 3 p.m. for Saturday family matinees; school performances require reservations, $4.50 per show for students; chaperones and teachers admitted free; special rates for home-school groups; Saturday tickets are $5; Saturdays do not require reservations; free admission available Saturdays for active-duty military and their families with a military ID;, (706) 736-3455.

I THINK I CAN: 7 p.m. today-Friday; Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken; University of South Carolina Aiken's Playground Playhouse Productions; $7 adults, $4 students; (803) 641-3305.

THE ROAR OF LOVE: 9:30, 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday; performed by Columbia County Ballet; Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $12 students, seniors and $17 adults; (706) 860-1852.

GYPSY: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and April 6-7, 3 p.m. Sunday, Washington Little Theater production at the playhouse on Alexander Avenue in Washington, Ga.; $10, $5 age 12 and younger; call (706) 678-9582 for reservations.

THE ANDERSON SENIOR FOLLIES: 7 p.m. Saturday; Alexander Hall, Building 29805, Chamberlain Avenue, Fort Gordon; high-energy, Broadway-style production honors soldiers, songs, dances, products and inventions all made in America;

GREATER TUNA: 8 p.m. April 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21; Le Chat Noir, 304 Eighth St.; $15 each; (706) 722-3322,

YOUTH WING MEETING: 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14; Aiken Community Playhouse, 126 Newberry St., Aiken; open to all middle and high school pupils; (803) 648-1438, www.aikencommunity

IMPERIAL THEATRE: Global Rhythms: April 17, Manding Jata; $20-$35; April 21, Henry Cho, Pat Hazell; $15-$25; 745 Broad St.; (706) 722-8341,

AUGUSTA STATE UNIVERSITY'S BORN TO READ LITERACY CENTER AND PATCHWORK PLAYERS: April 27: The Magic Clock of Cuckoo; May 14: Around the World With Captain Book; June 12: Emperor's New Clothes; July 9: Once Upon a Summertime; Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; show times 9, 10 and 11 a.m.; tickets $4, group rates available; (706) 733-7043.

ON GOLDEN POND: 8 p.m. May 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19; Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Third Avenue, Building 32100, Fort Gordon;,

AUGUSTA OPERA'S LA BOHEME: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 11-12; Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $15-$45; (706) 826-4710,

The Absence of a Cello: 8 p.m. April 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28; 3 p.m. April 22; Aiken Community Playhouse, Washington Center for the Performing Arts; 126 Newberry St., Aiken; $17 adults, $15 seniors, $12 students; $6 children 12 and younger; held by Aiken Community Playhouse; (803) 648-1438.

BROADWAY IN AUGUSTA SERIES: Jesus Christ Superstar, May 16; performances at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $31.50-$45; (706) 722-3521.


SOUNDS OF JAZZ: 7 p.m. Friday, Nikolai Svishev with Roman Pekar; Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 720 N. Belair Road, Evans; $10; $30 series tickets; tickets available in advance or at the door; (706) 312-7194.

MARINA LOMAZOV: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14; First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way Extension; prelude by violinist Jonathan Aceto at 6:30 p.m.; $20-$40; military and students with valid ID may purchase $7 tickets at box office (if available); no advance reservations accepted for discounted tickets; (706) 826-4705,

SINGING STORYTELLER BOB LINSENMAYER: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14; Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, 3501 Walton Way; Common Grounds Coffeehouse series; $12; $8 students; advance tickets: save $2; (706) 414-6515.

AVANT GARDE/FUSION FROM MICHELE ROSEWOMAN AND QUINTESSENCE: 7 p.m. April 17; Jaguar Student Activities Center Ballroom, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; presented by the ASU Cullum Series; $7 general admission; (706) 667-4100.

AUGUSTA VIRTUOSI: 7:30 p.m. April 26; Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 720 N. Belair Road, Evans; $20; (706) 826-4705;

BLUEGRASS SHOW: The New Bluegrass Connection, 7 p.m. April 28; Haynes Building, corner of Main and College streets, Leesville, S.C.; shows are $5; (803) 582-8479.

HARRY JACOBS CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY: May 4: Foothills Brass Quintet; performances at 8 p.m., pre-concert program at 7:15 p.m., Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; $20 adults, $5 school-age children, free for Augusta State faculty, staff and students; no one 6 or younger admitted; (706) 790-9274.

AIKEN BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: 6 p.m. Friday, May 11; with Incredible String Dusters and Larry Keel; $45; children 12 and younger $10; barbecue and beverages included; gates open noon Saturday, May 12; with Biscuit Burners, The John Cowan Band, Uncle Earl and Sam Bush; $10 in advance, $15 day of show; children 10 and younger free; primitive camping: $10 per night plus festival admission;, (803) 279-8017.


UNDERCOVER ARTIST SHOW: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12; Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, 1355 Independence Drive; $75; art auction, food by Very Vera; benefits hospital; (706) 823-8584.

ALLELUIA GLORY RUN 5K: 7-7:45 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. race Saturday, April 14; Faith Village neighborhood, off Lumpkin Road; Fun Run/Walk at 9 a.m. for kids; $15 by April 5, includes T-shirt, water bottle; $18 race day; benefits the Alleluia Community School; (706) 796-2929.

WHITE LINEN AFFAIR AT THE GARDENS: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21; Georgia Golf Hall of Fame's Botanical Gardens, 1 11th St.; music by quietSTORM; $35; benefits community service projects; (706) 829-4134.

BLUE JEANS AND BLACK TIES: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28; Ford Conger Field, Powderhouse Road, Aiken; music with Palmetto Groove, silent auction, barbecue; $40; presented by Child Advocacy Center of Aiken; (803) 644-5100.

SWEET CELEBRATIONS: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, April 28; North Augusta Community Center, 101 Brookside Drive, North Augusta; evening of desserts and refreshments from local bakeries; door prizes, silent auction, $10; proceeds benefit The RECing Crew; (803) 279-8820.

WALK4HEARING: 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5, is the opening ceremony, walk at 10 a.m.; Savannah Rapids Dance Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road, Martinez; increase awareness about hearing loss and raise funds for support and education in the Augusta-Aiken area; walkers and donors needed; call Dave Welter at (706) 738-2796 or visit for more information.

DERBY DAY: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, May 5; Augusta Museum of History, Reynolds St.; $50; Southern food open bar, T-shirts, mint juleps, women's hat contest, the Kentucky Derby live on screen, silent auctions, raffles; benefits the program of the Augusta Restoration Shop; tickets available at any Georgia Bank & Trust branch; (706) 738-1358.

MOVIE AND A LAUGH!: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10; Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites, 2 10th St.; featuring film Who Nose?, desserts, coffee and tea; $30; $300 corporate tables; benefits health and human services for low-income residents of the area; (706) 312-3179.

RELAY FOR LIFE: 7 p.m. Friday, May 11, Wilson Branch of The Family Y, 3570 Wheeler Road; enrollment site for the third national Cancer Prevention Study; (706) 729-2185.

WALK AMERICA WALK: 9 a.m. Saturday, May 12; Lake Olmstead Park, 78 Milledge Road; event supports the March of Dimes fight to save babies from premature birth and other health threats; (800) 525-9255.


AUGUSTA CHILDREN'S CHORALE: Training and performance choirs offer in-depth choral training with local, national and international performance opportunities; a limited number of openings will be filled this spring for the 2007-08 season; for children in grades 3-8; for an audition appointment, call (706) 826-4718.


RANDALL FLOYD BOOK-SIGNING: 1-4 p.m. Saturday; Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway; 5-7 p.m. Borders Books Music Movies & Cafe, 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway; signing In the Realm of Miracles and Visions.

TODD SENTELL BOOK SIGNING: 2 p.m. Sunday; Borders Books Music Movies & Cafe, 257 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway; 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5-7; Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway; signing Toonament of Champions: How LaJuanita Mumps Got to Join Augusta National Golf Club Real Easy;


GARDEN FESTIVAL: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20-21, noon to 4 p.m. April 22; Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.; preview party 7 p.m. April 19; with Tara Dillard, landscape architect and author; (706) 826-4700, or


AIKEN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM: 433 Newberry St. S.W., Aiken; museum hours 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; free; (803) 642-2015.

AUGUSTA CANAL INTERPRETIVE CENTER: 1450 Greene St., Enterprise Mill, Suite 400; Petersburg tour boat: one-hour basic tours, 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1:30, 3 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday; three-hour tour times and availability vary by season; $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, $6 for ages 18 and younger for one-hour tours; $17 for adults, $16 for seniors and military, $10 for students for three-hour tours, weather permitting; center admission costs $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and military, $4 for students, free for ages 4 and younger; hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5:30 p.m. Sunday; (706) 823-0440.

AUGUSTA MUSEUM OF HISTORY: 560 Reynolds St.; From Ty to Cal: A Century of Baseball in Augusta, through June; The Weird, the Wonderful, and the What Is It? exhibit through May 29; regular admission: $4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 ages 6-18, free for ages 5 and younger; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday;; (706) 722-8454.

BOYHOOD HOME OF PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON: 419 Seventh St.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; $5, $4 ages 60 and older and $3 ages 6-17, free ages 5 and younger; (706) 722-9828.

GROVETOWN MUSEUM: 106 W. Robinson Ave.; information, artifacts and photographs of Grovetown, Columbia County and Georgia; 1-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday; $1; (706) 863-4576.

DUPONT PLANETARIUM: 471 University Parkway, Aiken; $4.50 adults, $3.50 seniors; $2.50 pupils, $1 University of South Carolina Aiken students, faculty and staff; reservations recommended; (803) 641-3654.

EZEKIEL HARRIS HOUSE: 1840 Broad St.; 1797 house, regular hours 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; $2 adults, $1 children; (706) 737-2820.

FORT DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER: Riverwalk Augusta at Seventh Street; regular hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; $8 for ages 18-54, $6 for 55 and older, active-duty military and ages 4-17; admission half-price after 3 p.m.; (706) 821-0200.

GEORGE WALTON HISTORIC SITE MEADOW GARDEN: 1320 Independence Drive; 1792 farm home of George Walton, signer of the Declaration of Independence; built in 1792; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Saturdays by appointment; $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, $3 for college students and $1 for children; group rates available;; (706) 724-4174.

GEORGIA GOLF HALL OF FAME'S BOTANICAL GARDENS: 1 11th St.; $1 donation; garden members free; winners announced at 3 p.m.; regular admission $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, pupils and military, $3.50 for ages 4-12; free for ages 3 and younger; $4 each for groups of 15 or more; Sunday admission buy one, get one free with coupon at; (706) 724-4443.

HICKORY HILL: 502 Hickory Hill Drive, Thomson; former home of Tom Watson, Populist politician in the late 1800s and early 1900s; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed major holidays; (706) 595-7777 or

LAUREL AND HARDY MUSEUM: 250 N. Louisville St., Harlem; artifacts and exhibits pay tribute to comic duo and Harlem native Oliver Hardy; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturdaynew hours starting Jan. 2; (706) 556-0401.

LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY: 1116 Phillips St.; $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students; regular hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday;, (706) 724-3576.

MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART: 1 10th St.; American Art Pottery through April 29; Tom Nakashima: Two Decades, through April 29; $5 adults, $3 seniors, pupils and military with ID; free for museum members and ages 5 and younger, free Sundays; regular hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays; (706) 724-7501;

MOTORIZED TOURS OF HISTORIC AIKEN: Tours leave Washington Center for the Performing Arts from 10-11:30 a.m. every Saturday; reservations required; for ages 2 and older.

PHINIZY SWAMP NATURE PARK: Off Lock and Dam Road, near Augusta Regional Airport; Family Discovery Series: Snakes, 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15; $3 donation per family suggested; regular hours weekdays noon to dusk, Saturday-Sunday and holidays dawn to dusk;; (706) 828-2109.

REDCLIFFE PLANTATION STATE HISTORIC SITE: 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island; grounds open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, house tours noon to 3 p.m. or by appointment; $1, house tours $3 per adult, $2 children; (803) 827-1473.

SACRED HEART CULTURAL CENTER: 1301 Greene St.; Augusta Area Newcomers Club Art Hall Exhibit opening reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m. today; exhibit runs through March 29; April 20-22, Garden Festival; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20-22, noon to 4 p.m. April 22, Sacred Heart Garden Festival; tours of 103-year-old former Catholic church noted for its stained glass, brickwork and architecture; exhibit, regular hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; (706) 826-4700