A mother horse and her newborn colt saunter up to the wooden fence, greeting the children eager to pet the creatures' noses. The team members of Graystone Ranch thrive on seeing these types of interactions. Managing 500 acres of woods and pasturelands that serve as a preserve and rehabilitation center for both domestic and exotic animals, the ranch hands form a nonprofit team dedicated to teaching children and adults how man and animals can live in harmony.
Concurrent with such educational programs as summer camps, the grounds also host abundant recreational opportunities with two spring-fed lakes, wooded hiking and horse-riding trails, zip lines, and a petting zoo. Further diversions range from a gem-and-mineral museum to a horse-painting program, which lets kids put their colored handprints or re-creations of a favorite Monet on the sides of a white horse.
When it comes to nightly entertainment, Joe's Underground Cafe fulfills plenty of pub requisites: trivia, poker, live music, and pint glasses brimming with domestic and imported beer. Although many of its dishes, such as Philly-style cheesesteaks and chicken wings, evoke classic pub grub, the cafe's culinary team doesn’t limit itself. Chefs cater to more refined palates with almond-topped baked brie, whip up comfort foods such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches filled with banana, and prepare homemade desserts.
The warm, no-frills bar sits at the bottom of hard-to-spot stairs, located beneath Augusta's SRP Federal Credit Union but still high above the city's subterranean mutant population.
Reminiscent of the English countryside, a benched wooded trellis leads visitors into Surrey Tavern, where brews and tunes abound every night until 2:30 a.m. While bartenders pour everything from domestic beers to top-shelf liquors, the tavern's ground-level stage hosts a daily lineup of musicians, from acoustic duos to Jimi Hendrix tribute bands. In addition to local and international acts alike, Surrey Tavern entertains patrons with pinball machines and an automatic dartboard. Outside, overhanging greenery enlivens an open-air patio where crowds can sip libations, snack on pub food, and mercilessly tease the sun until the moon scares it away.
In its century of existence, University of Colorado at Boulder’s Macky Auditorium Concert Hall has offered its stage to performers and lecturers by the likes of Dr. Jane Goodall, the Dalai Lama, and Eddie Izzard. The neo-Gothic-style venue impresses eyes with its complex sculpted patterns and honeycombed relief designs that embellish the entire ivory-hued interior. Stained-glass windows usher sunlight into the detailed crevices of the auditorium, where even the seats are etched with complex engravings and adorned with 19th-century chewing gum on their undersides.
The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is a House-Museum, and is alive with activities that represent what Lucy Craft Laney lived and worked for in the Augusta area. In addition to exhibitions and lectures, the museum provides arts, history, preservation programs and storytelling activities.