Monthly Archives: June 2023

Racquet Center Open

Sports

Tennis Pickle Ball AugustaThe Columbia County Racquet Center, formerly Petersburg Racquet Club, has opened for play in Martinez.

No reservations are required to use the hard tennis courts, but reservations are required for clay courts. To make a reservation, call (706) 860-9288 or visit the office. Hours are 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily.

Construction of new pickleball courts on the former site of the swimming pool will begin this year, and they should be completed by early 2024. The Board of Commissioners also will set a fee schedule for the facility.

Tourist in Your Own Town

Buzz
Tourist in Your Own Town

Photos courtesy of Columbia County, Authentic Augusta and individual venues

Head out for adventure without even packing a suitcase
No matter where you live or how long you’ve been there, there is always unexplored territory around you.

So, as summer lingers and the inevitable wails of “There’s nothing to do,” pierce your ears (or even cross your own mind), then dare to venture outside your radius.

Take your camera for a walk, connect with others and discover the unexpected.

Museums
Laurel & Hardy Museum, Harlem
Looking to get yourself out of the heat and into a nice mess? Cool down with comedy. Kick back in Columbia Theater and watch Laurel and Hardy slapstick films throughout the day. harlemmuseumandwelcomecenter.com

Grovetown Museum
Located in a restored, 100-year-old dwelling on West Robinson Avenue, the museum showcases the Grovetown area with four galleries of interesting artifacts and detailed exhibits. Admission is free, and the museum is open year-round. exploregeorgia.org/grovetown/arts-culture/museums/grovetown-museum

Augusta Museum of History
Offering a brown bag lecture series, family fun days and behind the scenes events, the museum takes patrons on a 12,000-year journey through the region’s past. Don’t miss “Time Detectives,” the first museum-centered digital adventure game of its kind. In this experience, patrons can take on case files in a part-escape room, part-scavenger hunt mission to unscramble the past and save the future. augustamuseum.org; visitaugusta.com/authenticaugusta

Morris Museum of Art, Augusta
With 7,000 pieces of art, the Morris is the oldest museum in the country that is devoted specifically to the art and artists of the American South. In “Mystery at the Morris – The Rest of the Story,” visitors can team up with a trained museum docent and a rogue journalist to uncover artists’ secrets, discover a hidden drawing, learn about a missing painting and find the Southern connection among the works in this collection. themorris.org; visitaugusta.com/authenticaugusta

Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, Augusta
This museum highlights the area’s African-American history and culture, and one of its newest experiences, “The Men on the Bag, Augusta’s Black Caddies,” brings to life the pivotal role that black caddies played in helping pro golfers win the Masters. The experience also offers a chance to meet one of the living legends. lucycraftlaneymuseum.com; visitaugusta.com/authenticaugusta

Pexcho’s American Dime Museum, Augusta
This museum, rated the #1 museum in the region by Georgia Business Journal, rotates displays of 600 artifacts at a time and features an art gallery, coffee house, lecture room and 50-seat theater for plays, burlesque and sideshows. Come one, come all and step back in time to see a recreation of the original Victorian museums in the United States and catch a glimpse of a dolphin boy, cyclops fish, leopard chicken or two-headed Peruvian mummy. Tours by appointment only. pexchosamericandimemuseum.com

Pedal Pub AugustaPeddle, Paddle and Play
Hiking
Whether you’re looking for nature paths or urban streetscapes, this area has plenty of trails for hikers of every skill level. The Bombasin is a collection of eight land trails on the sub-basins of the Savannah River that span Columbia County. Other local trails include the half-mile Sandy Creek Run in Harlem and the 12-mile North Augusta Greeneway. bombasintrail.com

Biking
If you prefer peddling to hoofing it, the hiking trails generally are suitable for biking as well. Plus, mountain bikers shouldn’t miss the 37-mile epic destination FATS (Forks Area Trail System). Those who don’t have their own bike can rent them at places like The Bicycle Peddler at Savannah Rapids Park. sorbacsra.org; bombasintrail.com; bikepeddleraugusta.com

Group Bike Tours
Want to bike with a group? Many local bike shops offer organized rides for different skill levels. Bikers also can cycle the Soul City on a Heart of Augusta Tour with Bike Bike Baby and explore downtown’s public art, historic sites, popular restaurants and local businesses. chainreactionga.com; andyjordans.com; outspokinaugusta.com; visitaugusta.com/authenticaugusta; bikebikebikebaby.com

Party Bike Tour, Augusta
Join one of Pedal Pub’s “Beerless Leaders” on a 16-person party bike for a tour of downtown Augusta and stops at two or three local bars, breweries or restaurants. With pumping pedals, nonstop music and boisterous singing, the ride is half the fun on the 1 1/2-hour tour. Perfect for group outings and team-building activities. pedalpub.com/augusta

Petersburg Boat Tours, Augusta Canal
Music tours, Civil War tours, history and nature tours and private charters. There are any number of ways to explore the Augusta Canal on a Petersburg Boat Tour. Knowledgeable guides narrate the open-air cruises aboard electric-powered replicas of old-time Petersburg canal boats, which hauled tobacco and cotton on the Savannah River. Be sure to visit the Canal Discovery Center as well. augustacanal.com

Kayaking
The Dam Route, Augusta Canal, Stallings Island, Betty’s Branch, Clarks Hill Lake. These local water trails on the Serene18 Paddle Trail are perfect for kayakers who want to strike out on their own or take a guided tour with Cole Watkins Kayak Tours, Outdoor Augusta Riverside, Savannah Rapids Kayak Rental, Keg Creek Water Sports and Two Dudes and a Boat Kayak Rentals. colewatkinstours.com, oariverside.com, kayakaugustacanal.com, kegcreekwatersports.com, twodudesandaboat.com

Fishing Excursions, Clarks Hill Lake
If you don’t know a rod from a reel but want to catch the big one, book a trip with fish whisperers Captains Tony and Rocky of Little River Guide Service (they claim to “kick bass”), Captain Dave of Crockett Rocket Striper Service, Captain Eddie of Mason’s Striper Guide Service or Captain William of William Sasser Fishing Charters. All that’s left is the fish fry. littleriverguideservice.net, crockettrocketstriperfishing.com, masonguideservice.com, williamsasserfishing.com

Glamping, Wildwood Park
If you want to enjoy the great outdoors without getting too carried away, then Timberline Glamping offers (almost) all the comforts of home in lakefront safari and bell tents at Wildwood Park. With beds, hammocks, string lights, fire pit, charcoal grill and other amenities like a nice hotel room, you’ll no doubt want to come back for s’mores. augusta.tlglamping.com

Farms, Gardens & Vineyards
White Hills Farm, Dearing
Purple reigns at this lavender farm in McDuffie County. Visitors are free to roam the gardens of this 28-acre property 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Fridays or 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. most Saturdays, and owners Amy or Patrick Sutter will be on hand to talk to guests about the farm. No appointment needed. The farm also offers special events such as hands-on workshops and a July yoga retreat. whitehillsfarm.us

J and L Farm and Stables – Afternoon Tea, Hephzibah
Afternoon tea on the farm includes choice of teas, freshly made scones, crème fraiche, lemon curd, jam, variety of tea sandwiches, seasonal fruit and sweets. Guests also can take a walking tour of the farm’s pollinator garden and beehives. Tea is served any day except Wednesday. Reservations require a minimum of two guests and must be made at least three days in advance. lgritchie57@gmail.com

Bath Gardens BlytheBath Gardens, Blythe
Formerly a private estate, the 55-acre gardens, created in the 1960s by Alonzo “Lonnie” Plumb Boardman Sr., have been lovingly restored. Once a resort community, the property attracted notable people such as President William Howard Taft and John D. Rockefeller to the grounds. Open to the public by appointment. bathgardens.com

Hopelands Gardens, Aiken
This peaceful 14-acre public garden features a network of sand/dirt and stone paths shaded under 100-year-old live oaks. Other amenities include a Level I accredited arboretum, fountains, reflection pool, rock fountain, dollhouse, Oak Alley, stage, touch and scent trail, labyrinth, gazebo, wetlands, two swings and three decorated “Horseplay” statues. While you’re there, take time to visit the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum. hopelandsgardens.com

Three Star Vineyard and Orchard, Johnston, South Carolina
Who knew we practically have a vineyard in our own backyard? Family-owned and operated for 30 years, this vineyard is the largest grower and shipper of muscadine and scuppernong grapes in South Carolina. Wine tastings are held in the tasting room, and more than 10 wine slushies are offered daily. threestarvando.com

Talk to the Animals
Feathered Friends Forever, Harlem
This nonprofit, which provides temporary and permanent homes for displaced tropical birds, is not just for the birds. It’s open to the public as well. Attractions include outdoor aviaries, honeybee house, bio pond, butterfly garden and Birds on the Brink Science Center. Visitors also can mine for gold and semi-precious stones onsite. featheredfriendsforever.org

Reed Creek Nature Park & Interpretive Center, Martinez
From sunrise to sunset daily, people can see wildlife and plants along the park’s walking/jogging trail and raised woodland boardwalk that meanders through the wetlands. Afterward, be sure to say “hello” to the live and stuffed critters on exhibit at the Interpretive Center or explore the demonstration and butterfly gardens. columbiacountyga.gov

Safari Eudora FarmsEudora Wildlife Safari Park, Salley, S.C.
Follow your animal instincts to this 3-mile, drive-through and walk-through safari park to see and feed more than 200 exotic animals from around the world. Then you can feed yourself at the picnic area and visit the enclosed petting zoo and Parakeet Adventure. eudorafarms.net

Planet Earth
Graves Mountain, Lincolnton
If you dig this kind of recreation, then this gem rocks. Tiffany’s once mined this happy hunting ground for rockhounds for rutile (used for polishing diamonds) in the 1920s. Open to ages 13 and older, rock collecting appointments must be made in advance. Facebook: Graves Mountain

DuPont Planetarium, Aiken
While most programs focus on astronomy and encourage exploration of the night sky, some emphasize history and other science areas. Special Friday summer shows at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. will be held July 7, 14 and 21. Regularly scheduled Saturday shows start at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. usca.edu/rpsec/departments/planetarium

Phinizy Swamp and Nature Center – Hikes and Eco Explorers, Augusta
Put on your waders to become an Eco Explorer at Phinizy Swamp and Nature Park and discover the important work done to ensure the safety and quality of Augusta’s water. As a citizen scientist, you’ll also collect, assess and analyze the water quality and health. Family hikes and other programs also are available at the park. phinizycenter.org visitaugusta.com/authenticaugusta

Be a Good Sport
PDGA International Disc Golf Center and Hall of Fame, Appling
Looking for a summer fling? Head to Wildwood Park and check out the three demanding championship-caliber disc golf courses, the Disc Golf Hall of Fame and the Ed Headrick Memorial Museum. Fun fact: A disc that contains Headrick’s ashes was thrown onto the museum roof at its grand opening to fulfill the adage, “Old Frisbee players are like old Frisbees … They don’t die, they just land up on the roof.” pdga.com/IDGC

BMX Park, Evans
The BMX track and skatepark at Blanchard Woods Park attracts BMX enthusiasts of all skill levels. If you’re not sure what it’s all about, feel free to stop by and check it out. Some visitors show up just to watch skaters and riders perform tricks. Facebook: Blanchard Woods BMX

Active ClimbingActive Climbing, Grovetown
If you want to get a leg up on some summer fun, then start climbing the walls. This indoor rock-climbing gym features 30-plus top-rope lines, 10 lead climbing lines with more than 70 routes for climbers of all levels and an obstacle-filled Ninja room. Round up your friends, and be a social climber – this place rocks. activeclimbingaugusta.com

Scuba Diving the Lake and River
Scuba divers can head under Clarks Hill Lake behind the Visitor Center and explore an airplane that was submerged and cemented in place about 35 years ago to create an artificial reef. Divers also can hunt for treasures such as antique glass, Indian artifacts and Civil War relics in the Savannah River.

Pinetucky Gun Club, Blythe

Want to learn how to handle firearms safely? This facility features pistol and rifle ranges, skeet/trap fields and sporting clays courses. Instructional classes include shotgunning, rifle and pistol marksmanship, hunter safety, an introductory pistol class for women and coaching classes for youth. pinetucky.com

Palmetto Shooting Complex, Edgefield, S.C.
Take aim at some fun with sporting clays, trap and skeet fields and 3D archery at this complex. Or slow down and take a walk on the wild side with its interpretive walking trails, wildlife observation decks, wetlands and fishing habitat. nwtf.org/psc

Broad Axe Throwing, Augusta
This place is right on target to channel your inner lumberjack. Each indoor axe-throwing session starts with a lesson from an “axe”-pert, and “axe”-perts also guide people through games, teambuilding and other activities. The throwing room features four World Axe Throwing League regulation throwing lanes. broadaxethrowing.com

Watch Parties
SRP Park, North Augusta
Root, root, root for the home team, and catch a GreenJackets game to see future Atlanta Braves stars in action. With lots of promotional events and nonstop entertainment, summer and baseball fit together like a hand in a glove. Extra-inning stat: SRP Park was voted the best minor league ballpark in 2018. thesrppark.com, milb.com

Big Mo Drive-In Theater, Monetta, S.C.
Not all drive-ins have bitten the dust. For movie-going the old-fashioned way, park yourself at this 70-year-old outdoor movie theater with three screens and a concession stand. Chow down on hot dogs, pizza, burgers, nachos and more. You can even bring Fido, as long as he’s on a leash. thebigmo.com

Carolina Dragway, Aiken
This venue, aka “The House of Hook,” offers loud, action-packed races. From funny cars to old school dragsters, racers entertain families in all kinds of vehicles on the quarter-mile track. Spectators can fuel themselves with sandwiches and wings, burgers and sausage dogs, boiled peanuts and fries from the Carolina Café, Uncle Bill’s Snack Shack or other onsite vendors. carolinadragway.com

Outside the Box
Mastermind Escape Games, Augusta
This activity is perfect for people who enjoy problem solving, collaboration and working under pressure. Given a mission and placed into a themed room where they discover hints and clues to crack the code, players have 60 minutes to escape. Themes range from a bank heist to a deadly viral outbreak. mastermindescapegames.com

Promenade & Paint, Augusta Common
Discover public art on Augusta Arts Promenade & Paint Experience. Explore the city’s Sculpture Trail, Art the Box murals and Storm Drain murals. Then, meet local artist Beruti Tucker, who will immerse you in a mini mural-making experience where you become the artist. events.augustaarts.com; visitaugusta.com/authenticaugusta

Canal to Cloth: A Day at the Mill, Augusta Canal Discovery Center
In this immersive experience, visitors can take on the role of a new worker in an 1880s textile factory along the Augusta Canal. Various characters will “train” visitors in different jobs and pay them $2/week wages in “scrip” that can be used in the Discovery Center Gift Shop. augustacanal.com; visitaugusta.com/authenticaugusta

Bartender for a Day – All Equal Parts, Various locations
Learn to make creative cocktails with renowned Augusta bartender Zach McCabe, known on Instagram as All Equal Parts. This themed cocktail demonstration includes hands-on education while making three different drinks and guided spirits tastings. Hear stories about the history of bar recipes and learn mixology tips and skills. allequalparts.com; visitaugusta.com/authenticaugusta

Shag Shack, Martinez
If you’re a beach music lover (and if you’re not, you should be), then grab a partner or go stag and dance Saturday nights away at the Shag Shack in Martinez. If you don’t know “Under the Boardwalk” from “With This Ring,” then take shag lessons on Monday nights. Facebook: Shag Shack

Bringing Up a President – Tea with Mrs. Wilson, Augusta
Visit President Woodrow Wilson’s boyhood home and hear his “mother” reflect on the ways that life in Augusta influenced her son. Together with her friend and neighbor, Mrs. Lamar, the women welcome guests for tea and share how they raised their sons to become a U.S. president and a Supreme Court Justice. wilsonboyhoodhome.org; visitaugusta.com/authenticaugusta

By Todd Beck

 

Street Eats

People
Food Truck Friday

Photos courtesy of Wallace Dickerson, Funnel Cake Lounge, The Crazy Empanada, Big T’s Seafood and Columbia County

The food truck and popup scene is cookin’ up fun all around town.

Some people might think food trucks are all about bringing creative dining options to customers. That’s not wrong, but we’ll let you in on a secret. Food truck culture really is about bringing people together and making them happy. And few things make people happier than sharing good food among friends.

“Everyone meets and greets each other when a food truck comes out,” says Andre Walker, owner and creator of Funnel Cake Lounge. “They can enjoy their meal or sweet treat and have a good time before they go back to reality.”

Mobile Food Culture
Reality for Andre is that his food truck has been good for business. He opened Funnel Cake Lounge in Martinez in 2021 and added the food truck in August 2022.

“A lot of my customers were coming into my store and requesting a food truck,” says Andre.

He initially opposed the idea because of the additional expenses involved, but ultimately he discovered that the customer is always right.

“I love it,” Andre says. “I regret not doing it sooner.”

Big T’s Seafood, which has been in business for 12 years and moved its restaurant to Grovetown in 2018, added a food truck in 2021. Owners Tim Daniels Sr. and his wife, Veronica, made the leap because they wanted to expand their reach in the community.

“We get to see people that we don’t see at the restaurant,” says Tim. “We get to go into different neighborhoods, and we’ve picked up a lot of new customers.”

For Nuni Hernandez, who went the popup tent instead of food truck route,” her foray into the mobile food culture has followed the ups and downs of her life. The Crazy Empanada owner first ventured into the concept when she saw a version of herself in the movie, Chef. In this 2014 film, a head chef trades his restaurant job for a food truck to reclaim his creative promise and reunite his family.

Opening her first popup in 2017 when she was going through a divorce, Nuni, a culinary student at the time, took her last $20 and bought enough dough to make 50 empanadas. She took them to the Augusta Market and sold every one of them.

“Movies can be inspiring. Movies can take you a long way,” she says.

Nuni EmpanadasNuni opened a Crazy Empanada restaurant in 2020 but closed it in 2022 when she lost her father. However, the fulltime chef would like to “get back out there” and do popups again.

“I love what I do,” she says. “I love to see people’s reactions when they have my food. People love everything about our concepts.”

Mouth-Dropping, Eye-Popping Food
Local food trucks are available for occasions ranging from festivals and community events like Columbia County’s popular Food Truck Friday to private gatherings such as office parties, family reunions, weddings, church outings and neighborhood get-togethers. Food truck operators say people typically reach out to them through word-of-mouth or social media, and their menus vary according to the size of the event.

Funnel Cake Lounge, which temporarily closed its storefront for remodeling from February to mid-June, limits its offerings for large events to keep the line moving. Nevertheless, 13 items including S’more Lovin, Banana Jamma, Plain Jane Powdered Sugar and Cheesecake Lover, plus the most popular funnel cakes – Strawberry Shortcake and Cookie Crumble – are always on the menu.

With other creations such as Oh Split, Counting My Dough, Driving Me Bananas, Where It All Pecan and Cereal Killer, however, the funn’l never end with this food truck. In addition, customers can create their own combinations with ingredients ranging from ice cream and cookie dough to nuts and gummy bears.

There’s nothing Andre enjoys more than seeing his customers’ reactions to the desserts. “I love to watch people’s mouth drop and see their eyes get big,” he says.

Big T’s serves fried foods including shrimp, catfish, tilapia, green tomatoes and hush puppies. Catfish is the most popular item on the food truck. For a private event, the menu depends on the customer’s request.

“A lot of people like food trucks for convenience,” says Tim. “They think, ‘I’ve never been to that restaurant, but I’ll try the food truck.’”

He says the key to his success is, “Clean, clean, clean – and fresh.”

With its Latin fusion menu, the Crazy Empanada quickly became known for its Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican and Brazilian foods such as Cuban sandwiches, empanadas, arepas, tacos and fried tostones.

“I get to tell a story with every food I make,” Nuni says. “I get to tell the story of my grandmother making me my favorite empanada. My Cuban sandwich is a reminder of my youth in Florida with my friends. I want people to feel like they’re in my house. I want them to have a great experience.”

Good Business Model
Food trucks run on generators, and standard equipment ranges from grills and fryers to freezers, warming cabinets to heating tables, sinks to refrigerators. They also have to adhere to health department regulations, and these three entrepreneurs say the mobile food concept has been a good business model.

“A food truck is really profitable if you do it right,” Andre says. “Since we’ve been under renovation, our food truck has been booked every single day.”

NuniFood trucks are fairly easy and economical to start, the operators say, and their mobility is a definite advantage.

“If your business isn’t thriving in one place, you can go to another,” Andre says. “It’s a good way to market yourself, and it’s a good networking tool. It gives you an opportunity to meet people from all over and expand. It has allowed me to take Funnel Cake Lounge to other cities, and people are interesting in franchising it.”

Nuni, who says presentation is just as important as innovation, agrees. “You can go anywhere. A restaurant cannot move,” she says. “Once you make a name for yourself, everybody wants you.”

In addition, Andre says food trucks are another revenue source for struggling businesses. He also lets his employees set their own schedules by staffing the food truck. “They can take a break or get their 40 hours a week to meet their sales goals,” he says. “They can be their own boss and help you grow your business.”

Tim has found that overhead isn’t as high for a food truck as it is for a restaurant.

“We get the food out because we’re not serving as much as we serve at a restaurant,” he says. “We actually reach more people because we can go to private parties and private events. We’re mobile, and we can move our business around.”

Funnel CakesKeeping up with demand has been the biggest operational challenge for Funnel Cake Lounge. Andre says he turns down 40 to 50 bookings, including about 10 in Columbia County, per month because the food truck is on the road so often.

He also says that driving long distances, weather cancelations and limited storage space can be disadvantages.

“People are disappointed if you run out of something,” he adds.

The biggest challenge in operating a food truck for Big T’s is staffing because it pulls servers away from the restaurant. However, Tim chooses the people that go on the food truck with him.

Overall, however, the food truck operators have found that these enterprises increase their accessibility to their customers and their customers’ interactions with each other.

“At a restaurant, people sit, order, eat and go. They’re more casual and connected when they’re eating outside,” Nuni says. “Popups bring people together because they get to talk and share and see when they’re waiting for their food. I hear people ask each other, ‘What is that? Where did you get that?’”

After all, novelty is a food truck staple.

“This is how people discover new foods,” Andre says. “With a food truck, you can take a risk. It allows for more variety, and people venture out to see what’s not in a brick-and-mortar store.”

Fried Sea Food AugustaFood Truck Fridays
The Columbia County Food Truck Friday series rotates among three different county parks. The hours are 6-9 p.m., and live music begins at 7 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets.

July 14
Gateway Park, Grovetown

July 28
Evans Towne Center Park

August 25
Evans Towne Center Park

September 8
Eubank Blanchard Par, Appling

September 22
Evans Towne Center Park

By Betsy Gilliland

 

Event Volunteers Needed

Sports

USA Cycling Masters & Para Road National ChampionshipsAugusta Sports Council is seeking volunteers for the USA Cycling Masters & Para Road National Championships that will be held August 22-27.

More than 300 volunteers will be needed during the week for event set-up and breakdown, registration, athlete hydration, course marshals and more.

This year’s event is expected to attract 600 to 800 athletes competing for national championships in road and individual time trials on Fort Gordon August 23-26 and the criterium in downtown Augusta on August 27.

For more information, visit greateraugustasportscouncil.volunteerlocal.com.

Vulfnik by Vulfmon

Listen To This

 Vulfnik by VulfmonIn the season of mixtapes and go-to road trip playlists, a new album to throw on the summer fire is Vulfnik by Vulfmon.

As the swirl of summertime is in full effect and the sun is in full-on-blaze mode, multi-instrumentalist Jack Stratton, aka Vulfmon — lead blastermind of the acclaimed quartet Vulfpeck — cannonball splashes his genius into a lush pool of pop-funk and catchy hooks that drench the ears and refresh the soul.

With a signature blend of eclectic vibes and gravelly vocals, this 10-track ear-hydration station of funky, quirky and infectious grooves churns out a sonic slushy of flavorful genius just in time for the boiling point of the season.

Catchy tunes like TikTok-ready “I Can’t Party,” soul-shining “Lord Will Make a Way,” Emo funk-fused “Nice To You” and yip-jumpy “Bonnie Wait” are right on-brand for Stratton, and, much anticipated by Vulfpeck fans, are being released successively, one week at a time via the Vulf substack.

As this summer cranks out the heat, crank up Vulfnik to volume 11 and keep it cooler than cool.

– Chris Rucker

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Desserts
  • Fruit Watermelon Cake1 watermelon
  • 2 cups grapes
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • Fresh mint, for garnish

Cut top and bottom off watermelon so it will sit straight. Cut away rind and smooth with a vegetable peeler. Place on cake plate or serving platter and garnish with fresh fruit and mint leaves. Makes one cake.

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