Monthly Archives: May 2012

Free For All

Look out boys, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are coming to town.  Tomorrow night, the much anticipated free SCAD Alumni concert (yes, FREE) proudly presents this Vermont based band with sexy front-woman Grace Potter.  If you’ve never heard of them, get ready to be blown away; her soulful and gritty vocals are reminisce of some of the leading ladies of rock – think Grace Slick, Ann Hart, Stevie Nicks – she’ll rock the stage and leave you wanting more.
 
Opening for the Nocturnals will be JJ Grey & MOFRO, a bluesy, southern rock band hailing from Jacksonville, Florida.  This double dose of rock-n-roll rhythm and blues will be sure to knock your socks off!  So pack up your picnic baskets, grab a blanket and head on over to Forsyth Park’s band shell – the show starts at 7pm.
Tier Cupcakes

If you have a sweet tooth you’ll want to stop by TIER Luxury Cakes downtown on Abercorn Street (between Broughton and Congress) before the show for their Taste of Tier Event from 4pm – 8pm.  If you’re an avid foodie, you’ve probably seen TIER compete in the Ultimate Cake Challenge on the Food Network.  They’ll have free mini cupcakes as they unveil their gluten-free and vegan cupcakes – you even get to vote for your favorite recipe! 
Beautiful Day

Saturday, take the kids to Oatland Island between 10am – 2pm for Wetlands Day.  Admission is free and you’ll explore the salt marshes while learning about Georgia’s coastline.  Afterwards, stay and check out the animal trails and all that Oatland Island has to offer.
With the temperatures on the rise, you can cool off at Ellis Square in the interactive water jets, or play a big game of chess on the West side of the square while the sounds of live music float in from City Market.
Whatever you decide to do, Savannah is an active town, full of fun and free activities for all ages …. You just have to know where to look. 

Memorial Day Weekend in Savannah

It’s hard to believe that Memorial Day Weekend is already here!  Established as a time to remember the fallen soldiers of the Civil War, by the 20th century, Memorial Day was a national holiday to honor all Americans who died serving.  This weekend take a stroll through Colonial Park Cemetery (located in the Historic District on Abercorn and Oglethorpe) where Federal troops took over the cemetery during their occupation of Savannah and it’s rumored that some of the dates on the headstones were changed by Union soldiers. Or drive down Victory Street with its’ stately homes and beautiful trees to Bonaventure Cemetery – Savannah’s most popular and largest cemetery – where several sections are dedicated to war veterans from the various wars throughout the decades.
Confederate Soldier at Bonaventure

If cemeteries aren’t your thing, take a step back in time with a tour of the oldest standing brink fortification in Georgia – Old Fort Jackson.  Built in the early 1800’s, it was used during the War of 1812 and the Civil War before falling to the Union during Sherman’s famous “March to the Sea.”  You can’t help but imagine what it must’ve been like for the soldiers as you view the sleeping quarters and the exhibits showcasing old war relics – and be sure to cover your ears for the daily cannon firing demonstrations!
 
If you’re headed out to Tybee for fun in the sun, take a few hours to tour Fort Pulaski, which has stood guard over the Savannah River for over 150 years and was once home to Robert E. Lee.  This historic military structure has several trails for hiking, biking, nature watching and some of the best views of the Cockspur Island Lighthouse.    
Celebrate all weekend long on Savannah’s River Street with patriotism, fun and entertainment for the whole family at the Armed Forces Festival that will be taking place Friday through Sunday. Get a drink “To-Go” and check out local and regional artists,wander through the shops, or watch the cargo ships pass by while listening to live music.  The kids will love an Italian Ice from the vendors and proceeds from this event will benefit the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation.  Be sure to stop by the “A World Apart”, the World War II monument just west of the Hyatt where 527 Chatham County individuals are remembered.
WWII Monument
No matter how you choose to celebrate this weekend, may you have a safe and happy holiday!

Another Fun Filled Weekend in Savannah

Fashion Week is in full swing with Trunk Shows, New Lines, Make Overs, and Special Events taking place at several of the local boutiques from Downtown to the Islands.  Once you’ve found your fab finds, you can show them off tonight at Martinis at the Mansion where there will be drink specials and your chance to win some fantastic raffle prizes!  ALL Raffle proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training as they prepare for the Rock n’ Roll Marathon this fall.
Tomorrow evening, head over to Tybee Island, for the Third Thursday on Tybee:  A family friendly (and FREE!) outdoor music concert featuring Jazz flutist and vocalist, Brenda Morie.  Enjoy this “Outdoor Listener’s Delight” as you stroll along the beach, browse the shops, or sit outside at one of Tybee’s eateries for dinner. 
Green Meldrim House
Enjoy boutique wine and food pairings Friday Night while touring some of the most prestigious, private homes in Savannah.  The $45 tickets are limited for the Preservation Wine Tour, which begins at the Green-Meldrim House on the West side of Madison Square in Historic Downtown Savannah.  This Historic Landmark was once the Civil War Headquarters of General William T. Sherman and features many unusual features.
 
If you’re in the mood for a parade – and getting wet – you won’t want to miss the annual Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade this Friday.  All of the floats will be filled with water balloons, water guns, buckets and hoses to keep you cool.  But it doesn’t stop there – the parade watchers are armed with all the same!  It’s sure to be a soaking good time!
If you’re looking for an addition to the family, you won’t want to miss the 2nd Annual Pet Care and Adoption Fair on Saturday at Tailspins (located on Habersham at 61st).  Along with local pet adoption agencies, there will be a low-cost vaccine clinic, nail clippings, dog washes and plenty of fun, so bring your furry friends to this event where proceeds will continue to help these rescue agencies in their mission.
Just another fun filled weekend in Savannah!

This Week in Savannah

Savannah is a town that likes to eat and drink; and with so many great restaurants, it’s hard to decide which to choose from.  Tonight the Savannah Chamber has made it easy with the Annual Taste of Downtown.  This much anticipated event will be in Johnson Square (also referred to by the locals as “Bank Square) from 5:30 – 7:30 and will feature 42 restaurants!  It’s a great way to sample all the best that Savannah has to offer. 
Taste of Downtown
Afterwards, grab a drink “To Go” and stroll through City Market while you browse the shops and listen to live music – or take a walk along River Street and enjoy the sunset; the view from Rocks on the River can't be beat.
Unleash your inner artist on Saturday with the Savannah Sketch Crawl.  Free and open to the public, you’ll follow a designated route through historic downtown Savannah where you can sketch, paint or photograph some of Savannah’s historic scenes and places.  Leave your artwork on display at the Jepson Center where it will be featured in a 2-week exhibition.
Volleyball
Get your beach gear ready and head to Tybee Island for the start of Beach Bum Week where the Extreme Volleyball Professionals Pro Beach Volleyball Tour will be taking place.  Meet the players and test your volleyball skills to win prizes.  Don’t forget to bring some sun screen.
Celebrate Mom on Sunday with brunch or dinner at any of Savannah’s restaurants and hotspots – or make it a day and take her to see Southern Nights at the Historic Savannah Theatre.  
April Johnston
Next week kicks off Savannah Fashion Week where several local boutiques will feature special collections, make-overs and extended hours for you to shop ‘til you drop.  There will be a fashion show at the Lucas Theatre on Friday night and the Exposed runway show on Saturday features designs by Project Runway’s April Johnston.  Any fashionista will not want to miss this!