Food to eat, beer to drink and art to buy – throw in a dollop of perfect weather and you’ve got the makings of another great Arts in the Heart…of Augusta.
,That’s right – Arts in the Heart of the same Augusta that was going to hell in the proverbial hand basket after that particularly ugly First Friday a couple months back when six people were shot an hour or two after the city…or the Arts Council…or the downtown merchants…or whoever controls the event and its red carpet rolled it up and hoped the riffraff would go on home.
It’s hard to believe that the same downtown everyone was so worried about could pull off such an event. Sure, most of it happened in the daylight, and yeah – the meat-on-a-stick crowd isn’t typically known for its bad behavior – but when the crowds left and the grills cooled and the stage lights dimmed, Augusta became Augusta again.
But the tents remained. Tents with hundreds of thousands of dollars of merchandise that in many cases represented the sum total of someone’s personal wealth and livelihood. Tents that just sat there, unattended. As vulnerable as paper lanterns in a storm.
What a difference a couple of months make in our perception of ourselves.
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