News 12 at 11 / Thursday, March 20, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Two canceled Masters week events are now being replaced by two new ones.
There's the Major Rager, a rock concert at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater, and now there's the "Par-Tee on the Green."
The one-time event will also be on Masters Monday at the Augusta Common, where the Mayor's Reception would usually take place. It's been a team effort pulling it together so quickly, but the idea all started with one woman.
Karen Gordon is a local musician who's usually behind a piano, but now she's the front woman for a new Masters week event called Par-Tee on the Green.
"It's going to be a dance party," she said. "We'll have vendors, and food trucks, and we'll have a drum circle, and a special section for the kids."
A community dance group is scheduled to perform, and there's also going to be a group line dance finale. Then there's the DJ for those with more freestyle moves.
The idea came to her after it was announced both the Par 3 Party and the Mayor's Masters Reception would both be canceled this year.
"I was extremely disappointed. I went through the whole gamut of emotions. I felt like someone needed to do something," Gordon said.
She became that somebody, and phone call by phone call, things started falling into place.
"Matt Porter from the Morris Museum just confirmed about 30 minutes ago that he could be our DJ," Gordon said excitedly.
It's an event to bring families, food, and fun back to the heart of the city during one of Augusta's most important weeks of the year.
"These events are extremely important because not everybody can get out there on the course during the four days of the tournament or during the practice rounds, but it should be an event that the entire city feels a part of," Mayor Deke Copenhaver said.
Disappointment is now turning into hope and anticipation for a week of events now only 18 days away.
"So many people have said 'I want to be a part of this,' so that kinda confirms it was really important to the city," Gordon said.
"It is definitely something I'll be attending," Copenhaver confirmed. "She has my full support and endorsement."
Gordon says don't get used to this event. It's a 2014 special, just until the Mayor's Masters Reception returns.
"Just one time. I'm looking forward to the pros coming back next year," said Gordon.
Par-Tee on the Green will be Monday, April 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Augusta Common. It's only a dollar to get in, but you will need some money to buy food.
Gordon said bring your family, your friends and your chairs, but leave dogs and coolers at home.