Monthly Archives: September 2010

Halloween in Spooky Savannah, America’s Most Haunted City

There’s no doubt about it, a night stroll through Spooky Savannah is just the kind of eerie fun night you just know you want to be involved in this Halloween Season. Once your sight seeing by day is over, touring the Historic District by night will light you up.

With dozens of local tour companies
Pirtates House
dedicated to showing you haunted Savannah's deep dark secrets, you need to nail down your fright night reservation in America’s most Haunted City! For starters, try sneaking along the cobblestone streets of Georgia’s oldest city on the nightly Ghosts of Savannah Walking Tour, or sport about town with a narrative friendly tour guide on our Haunted Carriage Tours of Savannah or by comfortable bus on Savannah’s Premier Ghost Tour, The Scary Ghost Tour.
Scary Ghost Tour
Schedule a Creepy Pub Crawl Tour with your host Greg Pruitt at some of our local haunted drinking establishments like Moon River Brewery.

Ever wonder what is it about our stately lowcountry city that makes us stand out among other Historic Haunted Cities? Easy, the number of incidents reported time and again by locals and visitors alike speak to a long history of violence, bloodshed, and just plain weirdness dating back to several wars, city wide plagues, and fires here.
Hearse tour

Perhaps you prefer to grab a bite to eat at the Pirates House this Halloween, an infamous centuries-old local restaurant with a ghostly clientele, equally haunted 1790 Inn,
1790 ghost
or a spot of tea at the Tea Room located within the circa 1851 Marshall House that once served as a hospital for many Civil War soldiers and yellow-fever victims. So if Halloween is your season, this night might just be the season to hang out with the Haint's in Spooky Savannah

Get you Mojo on at the month long MOJA Festival

Today’s MOJA Festival report courtesy of our  Carolina Lowcountry guest blogger based in The Holy City.

Moja Battery

Charleston myths, architectural structure and color, art and music are heavily influenced by the Caribbean culture first introduced to the area hundreds of years ago. These traditions have continued to show their presence over the centuries and are recognized annually at the MOJA Festival. The Swahili term ‘moja’ means ‘one’. Moja is the perfect description for this event, which recognizes the many contributions of African-American and Caribbean culture in the Lowcountry. It’s one event that encompasses the visual arts, music, dance, poetry, narratives, theatre, food and crafts that these cultures have influenced. 


Moja Museum

The 2010 MOJA Festival is celebrating 27 years of tradition, and the events schedule is packed with education and exciting events. The Southeast Tourism Society has recognized the festival as one of the top 20 events to attend for the past several years. It will run from Thursday, September 23 to Sunday, October 23. Events are sponsored by the City of Charleston Cultural Affairs Office and will be held at various locations in the downtown area.

While some may see the festival as solely for entertainment,
Reggae band
the sponsoring committee is using it as an opportunity to educate participants about the cultures and to promote harmony amongst all cultures. Workshops will be held in public school and through senior outreach programs to educate.

Over half of the events will be free of charge, and the remaining at reasonable costs for any attendee (ranging from $5-$35). Some of the festival’s highlights include an art exhibition and reception, a theatre performance of “Blues for an Alabama Sky”, art and poetry exhibit “I-8-Tee,”
Baskets
sweetgrass basket competition and exhibit, Caribbean Street Parade, Reggae block dance, Heritage Day, jazz artist Jonathan Butler and many more.

Coastal Ga. Seafood Festivals X 3 starting September 17th

Every fall high season about September, the seafood festivals up and down the Georgia Coast lays out the tastiest seafood spreads found any where. 

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The Shrimp and Grits Festival kicks off out on Jekyll Island in honor of our celebrated lowcountry coastal cuisine in Coastal Georgia is up first the September 17th – 19. Staged in the Jekyll Island Historic District, the Shrimp & Grits Festival prepares our renowned Wild Georgia Shrimp fresh from our coastal waters as it was done back in the day. And the ambience amongst the live oaks features those highly sought after wild Georgia shrimp prepared by some of the area's top restaurants. 

St. Mary's Shrimp boats

Moving right along to the next weekend down the coast a smidgen, the St. Mary's Rock Shrimp Festival is holding it's 38th annual event, the grand daddy of all the fall seafood festivals. This one day event on Saturday, September 25th features a 5K & 10K distance run and live entertainment of all varieties. 

Shrimp and Grits

And finally the 12th annual Ogeechee Seafood Festival promises to be the best ever with our neighbor to the south, Richmond Hill one county away. This event, held every October 15th to the 17th, attracted 30,000 visitors last year. So arrive early and catch the live entertainment all day on the two stages.

Spyro Gyra to Headline Savannah Jazzfest in September

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The 29th annual Savannah Jazz Festival will run for a week in Savannah's Landmark Historic District from September 19th through September 26th in many different venues throughout the downtown Savannah area. As usual, this popular event is free to the public and will feature many popular jazz groups performing in Forsyth Park the adjoining downtown area.

Savannah band shell

The Savannah Jazz Festival, is all about celebrating jazz as the ever changing living art form it has long been noted for. With all manner of musical history backing us up, Savannah's fall music festival will offer genres of jazz ranging from be bop, Dixieland, melodic standards, straight ahead, or your basic traditional swing with a smattering of down home blues. As usual, the City of Savannah puts on the one of America's best free jazz festivals boasting the best in international, national, regional and local jazz talent. 

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Planning on attending this always sold out (Historic Savannah hotel rooms and Hostess City Bed and Breakfast suites, that is) musical event this year? You will not find a better deal on a historic district vacation rental Home Away from Home at any better rates around Forsyth Park for The Savannah Jazz Festival than those Savannah Getaways is offering. 

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Many of these upscale homes are just steps from a easy walk to your one front row seat at your very own Forsyth Park side seat for the Free Fall Savannah Music Festival in section 7, section 8, and section 9 in the Forsyth Park Landmark Historic District in Destination Savannah!