The Stories Blogs Are Made For

Augusta Blogger, JennyIsWright recently posted a column about the state of downtown and how there are opposing forces at work.

12th & Broad...all quiet, except for happy sounds.

12th & Broad…all quiet, except for happy sounds.

Last night, we ventured across the bridge into the Peach State for an art show, and a sidewalk dinner. The three of us had a wonderful evening and I felt compelled to write about it and help support the cause. (let us not forget how vibrant downtown Aiken is, but this story took place in Augusta.)

First, we took in an art show at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center. One of Elissa’a long time friends is artist Marianna Williams. They rowed together for the the Augusta Rowing Club and always have been close since then. I am on the mailing list for the center and when I saw the advertisement for the show, I called Elissa and we decided to try to go and surprise Marianna.Image 5

This was taken 5-6 years ago, from a bridge about 60' above the Chattanooga River as they were rowing up to the starting line.  Marianna is the one waving at me and Jelly is two seats behind her. Long lenses come in handy sometimes.

This was taken 5-6 years ago, from a bridge about 60′ above the Chattanooga River as they were rowing out to the starting line for a race. Marianna is the one waving at me and Jelly is two seats behind her.

Elissa’s friend and recent Winthrop graduate, Leslie Claire came along with Elissa from Columbia and we headed across the river. Marianna was surprised and grateful to see her friend and “Poppa V”. It was opening night and there were lots of folks wanting to see Marianna so we talked a bit, looked at the amazing assortment of her art, spent a few minutes chatting with her mom and step dad and then made room for all the people arriving and trying to fit in the relatively small space used for these shows.

Marianna Williams (L) and Jelly...smiles all around.

Marianna Williams (L) and Jelly…smiles all around.


Then it was a two block drive to one our favorite eating spots. It was a beautiful evening and we got a table right on Broad Street…it doesn’t get much better than that…Fun times, a cool evening and great food. The police had a visible presence in cars, bikes and golf cart type vehicles…no fear…just fun.

Leslie Claire and Jelly, post feast.

Leslie Claire and Jelly, post feast.

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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