Masters Week Par 3 Party canceled

Thursday, March 6, 2014 1:12 PM
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A second Masters Week event has been called off in Augusta.

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The Fantastic Shakers performed at the Par 3 Party at the Augusta Common during 2013 Mastesr Week.  JIM BLAYLOCK/FILE
JIM BLAYLOCK/FILE
The Fantastic Shakers performed at the Par 3 Party at the Augusta Common during 2013 Mastesr Week.

The Par 3 Party, sponsored by the Greater Augusta Arts Council, won’t happen this year. Brenda Durant, executive director of the arts council, said the annual dance party on the Augusta Common was hard to staff during a busy week when many residents escape town for vacation.

“It’s a tough week to get volunteers,” Durant said.

Earlier this week, the Mayor’s Masters Reception was canceled because event organizers could not find a Masters Tournament participant to attend the annual event. The reception began in 1999 and had been held for 15 consecutive years.

The Par 3 Party began in 2010 as the unofficial after-party of the tournament’s Par 3 Contest with a shag music band and food vendors. Held at the Augusta Common, proceeds benefitted programs and services of the arts council.

Durant said the arts council has shifted its efforts to focus on bigger events throughout the year that promote the group’s mission.

Two other events are planned for Masters Week. On Monday, local fundraising group Friends With Benefits is hosting bands Umphrey’s McGee and Moon Taxi at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater. The 10th annual Drive for Show, Rock Fore! Dough concert is scheduled for Tuesday with country artists Darius Rucker, Randy Houser, Will Hoge and Daniel Johnson.

The inaugural Columbia County Championship Festival of last year – that headlined Lynyrd Skynyrd – is not returning to Evans Towne Center Park this year, according to Stacie Adkins, Columbia County community events manager.

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concernmom
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concernmom 03/07/14 - 10:14 am
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fun times :)

Oh yeah and the Par 3 was held across the street from the National in the Gin Mill parking lot :) FUN times!

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Butterman 03/07/14 - 10:19 am
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Shagging
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Yeah, a shag band is the way to draw the under 60 crowd. seriously, why does every local event have to involve a shag band? This aint Myrtle Beach. Of course Brenda Durandt could not figure that out so she just cancels the event. Btw, how much is the Greater Disgusta Arts Council getting out of the next SPLOST?

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Butterman 03/07/14 - 11:34 am
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Durant
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Anyone notice how everything Brenda Durant touches turns to crap? First Friday.. now this. She must have The Crapus Touch

BamaMan
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BamaMan 03/07/14 - 01:54 pm
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Par 3

There's PLENTY of places that have been partying after the Par 3 for many years. I never ONCE went to the one downtown....for a reason. Relax people, there will plenty of partying going on. Augusta Common does nothing for me, I'll be alittle further up Washington Rd thank you.

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itsanotherday1 03/07/14 - 02:21 pm
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AGNC does seem to be

AGNC does seem to be constantly making moves to insulate itself, what with the property acquisitions, etc. They are building more onsite living accommodations too; so I suppose at some point most golfers can come through the gate and never leave the grounds until the 'toonament' is over.

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playlikethunder 03/07/14 - 04:51 pm
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@STUABY.....YOU HAVE A VERY
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@STUABY.....YOU HAVE A VERY VALID POINT. I AM A DRUMMER,PLAY IN THREE DIFFERENT BANDS AS GIGS DICTATE, BUT I AGREE WITH YOU 100% PERCENT. IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THE ENTERTAINMENT REQUIRED TO MOVE A PARTY LIKE THIS, THE BAND CANNOT BE THE SOLE FOCUS.A BAND'S DESIRE IS TO BE INTERACTING WITH THE CROWD, ALMOST TO THE POINT OF EXCLUSIVITY TO ANYTHING ELSE .THIS SETTING REQUIRES THE CROWD TO MINGLE , CONVERSE, "SEE AND BE SEEN", AND FOCUS ON GOLF -GOLF-GOLF!
A GOOD DJ, WITH A SET OF GOOD HIGH ENERGY DANCE SONGS, THAT DOUBLES AS A SOUND TRACK TO THE EVENT-ENTERTAINING WITHOUT DOMINATING -IT WOULD BE THE WAY TO GO.
I LIKED YOUR CHOICES , TOO! GOOD ,SIMPLE BEAT....FUN LYRICS.

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Pops 03/07/14 - 09:51 pm
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I'm all for a Par 3 After Party

let's get one going in North Richmond County.........

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