If you can tear away from the televised action on the greens at Augusta National this weekend and take a proper dose of Claritin, Zyrtec or your personal allergy poison, there's quite a bit of outdoor fun to be had. Whether it's racing among tombstones, sampling moonshine, or watching beasts of the African wild parade across the Fox Theatre stage, escapades await.
Mind you, I can't completely quit The Masters. I'll be checking in via live stream to monitor play, especially that of "my" foursome. After Mercer University delivered Bracket Buster '14, a few of my family members and I were eager to continue our tradition of drafting golfers for ESPN's Best Ball Majors. Similar to fantasy football, each of us pick a foursome and are rated per hole based on our best player's score. It adds another level of excitement to the experience.
I must confess my roster is a little "hottie" laden. Though Adam Scott was the 2013 champion, it was only part of the reason he made my team. He's also exceedingly easy on the eye. Rounding out my roster are Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia and Jose Marie Olazabal, a seasoned champion who was $7 value - on ESPN's Best Ball, you only have $50 to virtually "spend" on your team. We shall see who prevails this weekend.
Among many options this weekend, my pick is the Dogwood Festival. With the promising weather forecast, Piedmont Park is the place to be. I adore artist's markets, live music, craft beer and disc dogs. Seriously, other than the wee parking frustration, which is quickly forgotten once you're milling in the sunshine, beer in hand, watching those amazing dogs leap through the air.
I have a solid strategy to please my crowd. Once through the gates, we stop for beer first. My kiddo is still intrigued by people watching to complain. This also anesthetizes my husband and I for the Kid's Village. It really isn't too bad, honestly, there's arts and crafts projects near the central playground, along with the Moonwalk, Spider Jump & Climb and Shark Attack Slide. Then, we take in those amazing dogs on the other side of the Meadow. Next, it's snack time, as we make our way towards the street meat promised land. Finally, the Artist's Market beckons. Ideally, I bribe my husband to take my daughter back to the dogs so I may peruse this section in peace. Also, this way he doesn't know precisely how much I spend there. Saving my wallet and marriage, is the grace of Lindsay Rakers' voice, performing her set at the Main Stage at 6:30. Depending on how we're all holding up afterwards, we may stay around for Secondhand Swagger, too.