***UPDATED ON MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017 AT 6:00 P.M.***
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Most people stared into the sky from the ground. But there are five floors with rooms at the Partridge Inn and then the Penthouse is on top. There are six stories that will be the story of a life time for many.
It was an historic event for all to see with expressions such as “It’s coming fast” and “It’s over half.”
Tim Lansdowne, of Augusta, came with co-workers just to snag a pair of glasses.
“You can’t see anything else besides the outline of the sun and then it kind of looks like a half eaten cookie as the moon is eating in. It’s kind of neat.”
Gail Marshall – Wells went with friends to enjoy the scenery and the eclipse.
“It looked dark and then this little bright light. But it was beautiful.”
The Partridge Inn opened its penthouse rooftop so Augustans and some visitors could see the total solar eclipse they may only see once this lifetime.
Valerie Krenicky drove from Savannah for the fun.
“We were hoping to see all of Augusta too. So, I think that’s pretty scenic when you can see it above.”
With prolonged stares at the sky with extremely dark shades marked ISO and safe for solar, the crowd enjoyed as many drinks as they could stand, while standing to see the shadow move within an hour’s time. A once in a lifetime event for most, but not for everyone. Kathy Moosari, of Martinez said she’s seen it before.
“Some time in the 70s in India. It’s pretty good. It was pretty dark.”
The rooftop brought out one of the youngest solar eclipse watchers in a sea of adults, who still had to clinch their way through the process. The sort of coming together was enough to put unity into perspective for some.
“it just reminds you of how small we are in the universe. All of the petty things that we’re dealing with on the planet are really petty. We’re just a small, minute piece of a greater universe around us,” said Cindy Krell, of Augusta.
There were two featured drinks. The Solar Eclipse and Ring of Fire.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Many people will be outside for the eclipse viewing on ground level, but a small group will enjoy the shadow from a little bit higher.
The Partridge Inn is hosting a special solar eclipse party from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the penthouse rooftop. That party is sold out, but the general manager said you can still enjoy the PI Bar and Grill’s food and drinks from the second floor. The rooftop opens to everyone at 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Each $10 ticket holder to the eclipse party will receive glasses and a choice of two drinks; Ring of Fire or The Solar Eclipse.
NewsChannel 6’s Renetta DuBose will be there and have a live report on NewsChannel 6 at 5 and 6.