Berita Martin and Roger Bellow on an Augusta Canal Moonlight Music Tour May 14,2023. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News
Berita Martin and Roger Bellow on an Augusta Canal Moonlight Music Tour May 14,2023. Charmain Z. Brackett/Augusta Good News

Moonlight cruises, discovery day among upcoming events at the Augusta Canal

As spring draws people outside for activities, the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area has a lot to offer.

Multiple events are planned along the canal beginning with the third annual Canal Discovery Day on April 20 with activities planned for all ages.

Food, games, music, wildlife, Petersburg boat rides and author book signings will be part of the event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to a news release from the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area.

Curtis Baptist School will present children’s games, and activities while Sacred Heart Cultural Center will provide children’s gardening games; and Wallace Farm will bring a petting zoo.

See more: In pictures: 2023 Augusta Canal Discovery Day

Fishing lessons will be available with fishing gear provided.

A volunteer baits a hook at Augusta Canal Discovery Day April 15. Mike Adams/Augusta Good News

 Kendra Allsup of the Augusta Junior Players will sing selections from the theater group’s performance of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” which is scheduled for June 13-15.

Rae’s Creek Revival and Caleb Aiken will also provide entertainment.

Christina Petrides, Bob Pyle, Jerry Miller and Bill Patterson will sign copies of their books.

Admission to the Augusta Canal Discovery Center is free. Rides on the Petersburg boats will be $7.

Also, coming up at the Augusta Canal in April are the popular music cruises on Fridays beginning April 27 with Chris Ndeti. Over the course of two months, a variety of artists playing music from jazz to Irish to Southern folk to R&B will provide the musical accompaniment for a two-hour leisurely cruise along the canal. A complete list of artists and their genres are available at the Augusta Canal website.

The events typically sell out quickly because space is limited on the boats, according to previous news stories.

And the Canal to Cloth immersive tour provides a glimpse into life and work on the Augusta Canal in the 19th century. Don an apron and take a job in the mill for the afternoon, hear about the role children played in the factory and ride along on the Petersburg boat to find out how the waterway was used to get goods from one county to the next.

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