Cher In The City

Cher Best is a guest columnist | cherbest@clearchannel.com.

Cher in the City: Let's go shopping for fun Masters Week and beyond

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I had the best weekend ever! OK, maybe not ever, but certainly it was a pretty nice one.

I always enjoy it anytime I get to go shopping but this weekend I was looking for some cute little Masters outfits. I mean after all if one is going to go to Augusta National Golf Club, one must be cute.

​​Men may not understand this, but shopping is actually a skill. In fact I might argue that it is actually a sport and should be respected and treated as such. Certainly, if one were to form an Olympic team for shopping, I can think of a number of friends who would probably get gold medals. I found all kinds of adorable outfits around town and after about four hours of deep concentration (it would be considered going into double overtime), I headed home by way of Washington Road.

I was not at all surprised to see that it was already beginning to look a lot like “Masters in the Garden City.”

I saw people standing on the side of the road selling tickets and T-shirts and sunglasses. I slowed down briefly in front of one of the street vendors to look at the T-shirts but then thought better on it. Was it legal? I thought. Would I get in trouble for buying this stuff? I looked in my rearview mirror and sure enough saw a police car a few cars down from me. Deciding not to take any chance on perhaps ending up in the dollar paper, I quickly drove past the vendors. As I accelerated, I laughed at myself.

Continuing down Washington Road, I enjoyed seeing all of the activity. The restaurants seemed full, the streets busy and the day beautiful. One could certainly tell it was time for the Masters Tournament.

The most disappointing news to me – and a whole lot of other people, I’m sure – was learning that Tiger Woods would not be at the Masters this year. I wondered if his absence would deter people from coming, but from the looks of the traffic on Washington Road, it didn’t.

Certainly Augusta puts her best “tee” forward with the Augusta National and the numerous visitors that come to town. Beyond enjoying the Masters, there are a number of fun activities that locals and guests can enjoy into the weekend. If you are looking for a way to enjoy Augusta outside of our “Superbowl of Golf,” here are a few suggestions:

• The Kelley Family Bluegrass Band plays at 6 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Sconyers Bar-B-Que, 2250 Sconyers Way. Call (706) 790-5411 or visit
sconyersbar-b-que.com.

• The Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way, features classic jazz beginning at 9 p.m. on Fridays with no cover charge.

• The Paine College Purple on the Green Day Party is from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the HEAL Complex at 1255 Druid Park Ave.

The event, presented by BET and Centric, will feature music from Brick, quietSTORM with singer TuTu D’Vyne and DJ Greg Nyce.

Admission is $20 or $50 for entry into the Minnesota Fattz VIP Room, which includes hors d’oeuvres and adult beverages. Tickets can be purchased at Paine College, Pyramid Bookstore or by calling (706) 821-8233.

• The Columbia County Easter Egg Scramble is Saturday, April 12, at Evans Towne Center Park with food, music, crafts and a visit from the Easter bunny. The scramble for children up to age 4 begins at 10 a.m. and for ages 5 and older, at 11 a.m. Admission is $1 per child. Visit evanstowne
centerpark.com.


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