Once a year Augusta, where I live now, is on the map. The Masters Golf Tournament brings folks from all over the globe to this little town and boy does it change things.
On the good side: there are lots of concerts and events going on all week; the city cleans up well; the restaurants step up their game so even though they are more crowded the food is better and more varied; and well, even if you don't like golf it just makes everything a bit more interesting!
The down side: you have to be careful to avoid certain parts of town during certain times of the day due to gridlock traffic; some of my favorite stores and restaurants are just off limits due to crowds; and it is pretty much impossible to get anything done because local folks are either busy supporting the event or have left town to avoid the event.
For instance I need to do an appraisal on a quilt that has been donated to a local museum and of course the client needs it done this week. Remember that traffic I mentioned? Yup...no way around it. Remember that impossible to get with folks due to their being busy supporting the event? Yup...the museum is not crazy about having to pull the quilt out for me to view right now because they are short staffed and hope this week to have lots of traffic through the museum. Oh well...we will make it work....
Interestingly I have seen the quilt before...it was on display about 7 years ago! I really liked the slant board display used here. The fringe is all hand knotted and really a nice addition to this circa 1840 quilt.