Monthly Archives: December 2010

Catchy Lowcountry Traveling Tunes

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There are more than a few coastal destinations in the southeast that inspire travelers seeking a little respite from the humdrum every day working world if only for a long weekend. Some of these popular destinations can also be identified by their readily identifiable music genre. While New Orleans is best known for her Dixie land jazz, and Coastal Carolina’s North Myrtle Beach is known far and wide for her “shagging on the strand” beach music, coastal Savannah has always been about the blues for this transplanted Savannahian.

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So compare me to Pavlov's dog if you will but I tend to associate my music preferences with actual geographic locations. 498908335_MJRw5-M
Tasty Music + Beloved Destination = Memorable Weekend Getaway.
It has always been difficult for me to return to coastal Georgia without the Ray Charles classic “Georgia on my mind” softly playing somewhere in the internal recesses of my mind as the lowcountry unfolds around me. Waycross Georgia native Gram Parson’s fusion of blues, rock and country in the 60’s and 70’s still influences not only my own tastes but those of the music industry at large. But for me the Allman Brother’s Band of the 70’s placed their distinctive Bluesy Southern Rock stamp on the lowcountry in as definitive a manner that any self respective lowcountry transplant could ever desire.

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With that in mind, Lo-country Legend and Richmond Hill native Gregg Allman’s release of Lowcountry Blues on January 18th of next year is perfectly timed for those of music loving travelers to Destination Savannah in 2011. Not familiar with the Allman Brothers or Gregg Allman? Then check the schedule to see if he will be playing in your area in the next few months. For those among you that enjoy a little traveling music, you might want to order up a little road trip music for your next musical Savannah Getaway road trip.

Family Holiday Fun at Old Fort Jackson

Visit Old Fort Jackson this Holiday Season, a National Historic Landmark in Savannah and witness the traditional cannon firing. This event is fun for the entire family and takes place every weekend, Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 11:00 and 11:30 AM. This ceremonial reenactment is presented by tour guides dressed in historic period uniforms. Now that you know about the celebration, here is the why’s and wherefore’s of the compelling historical story as told by The Coastal Heritage Society.

Old Fort Jackson

Located just outside of Historic Downtown Savannah on the Islands Parkway,

"Old Fort Jackson celebrated its bicentennial in May 2008, making it the oldest standing brick fortification in Georgia! A National Historic Landmark, the fort is one of only eight Second System fortifications (a series of forts built prior to the War of 1812) still standing in the United States."

The Port of Savannah was protected by a series of interlocking forts in that era that Georgia’s First City was the hub of military defense in the coastal Georgia Lowcountry. This site also provides a great view of the Savannah River between downtown Savannah and Tybee Island. The cannon firing Fort Jackson Cannon Firing
commerates that bygone era.

Not only did Fort Jackson protect Savannah during the War of 1812 but was also the headquarters for the Savannah River defenses during the Civil War according to the history of the fort.

Fort Jackson was surrendered to the Union forces in December 1864 without a shot being fired to General William Tecumseh Sherman.  This completed this phase of his final destination of his renowned "March to the Sea" in coastal Georgia.

Civil War Reenactors

After the Civil War, the fort was abandoned by the army and fell into disrepair. Sitting abandoned and neglected for most of the twentieth century, the non-profit Coastal Heritage Society assumed management of Old Fort Jackson in 1975 and has preserved this National Historic Landmark for

future generations.

Jingle Bell Rock & Jingle Bell Run in Savannah

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The month of December in Savannah is always popular for distance runners thanks to the mild winters and our popular Enmark Savannah Bridge Run that had their annual event yesterday morning. An estimated 5000 runners turned out for the 5K, 10K and Double Pump run across the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge from the Historic District side of the Savannah River to the Hucthinson Island side of the river. According to a Savannah Now article, the costumed runners that participated showed up in their best costume design but the winners were the "real life" characters of President Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin and five U.S. Secret Service male and female agents.

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No worries If you missed the Savannah Bridge Run yesterday. There is still time to plan your Savannah  holiday sports getaway and enter the inaugural Jingle Bell Run/Walk Jingle bell logo
that will take place from the Hutchinson Island side of the River later this month. This 8K run will start from the presenter's parking lot, the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center on Saturday morning, December 18th. There will be a Kids' Run where the younger marathoners can run that fun event for free. After all the races are complete, a Chili Cook Off will be in store with celebrity judges! And yet again, another costume contest will also be apart of the event, so come dressed for the holiday spirit! All proceeds will benefit the Rape Crisis Center.