Category Archives: Lowcountry Artists and Galleries

Bacon Fest upon the cobblestones

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Bacon is yummy

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Put the Bacon in your tummy.

Geez, I didn’t write the ditty, another true bacon lover did! I just thought it was appropriate for the first weekend coming at us this particular September! Stand by on River Street for yet another Savannah inaugural festival, Savannah’s first ever Bacon Fest slated for the first weekend of September, the 5th through the 7th at the Rousakis Riverfront Plaza. Bacon Fest promises to be yet another great excuse to hang out in Lowcountry Savannah to taste the mouth-watering dishes of our cadre of creative local restaurateurs.

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Pork belly patrons can sample a variety of the offerings on booth lined River Street. In addition to one of America’s favorite comfort food taste-fest there will of course be a First Friday Fireworks display in the offing by our always trusty sponsor, Wet Willie’s. Count on the usual group of talented artists to march on by for our First Friday Art March but we prefer our 1st Weekend Art March.

And by the way did we forget to mention that all of the above is being put on for free?

All that Lowcountry Jazz

Kick off your pre-Labor Day weekend with some live Jazz Performances at the Lowcountry Jazz Festival

Kick off your pre-Labor Day weekend with some live Jazz Performances at the Lowcountry Jazz Festival

Another year rolling on by and another late summer/early fall Charleston and Savannah
Jazz Festival in two big time coastal destinations along the Heritage Corridor, Charleston South Carolina and Savannah Georgia coming at you one more time. Time is running short to snag your tickets for the sixth annual LowCountry Jazz Festival at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center, August 28th through the 31st. This year’s opening act Bobby Caldwell promises to set the tone right from the jump on Thursday night with his long line of jazz favorites including his renowned “What you won’t do for Love”.

Make sure you secure your ticket for any of the four nights you plan to be in attendance at the Lowcountry Music Festival.

Free form outdoor jazz concerts in Forsyth Park every September

Free form outdoor jazz concerts in Forsyth Park every September

On completion of the Charleston Jazz fest, just follow Highway 17 in a southbound direction on past the outskirts of Charleston apiece until you cross the Savannah River a few hours later if you are thinking about taking in the sights and sounds of these two sister cities, Savannah and Charleston. You can always count on the granddaddy of lowcounty Jazz Festivals to take place as usual in Forsyth Park later this month. For over thirty years, the very best musicians have been delivering every jazz genre known to music lovers everywhere to be found exclusively in it’s low country habitat every September under the auspices of the Savannah Music Festival.  This year’s event runs for six nights starting September 21st and ends on September 27th and features our personal favorite, “Steady Rolling” Bob Margolin in the prime time spot on Thursday night, September 25thon the outdoor stage under the band shell at Forsyth Park.

Day and Night, free outdoor jazz concerts during the Savannah Jazz Festival

Day and Night, free outdoor jazz concerts during the Savannah Jazz Festival

Just another late summer early fall in music paradise where you can boogie like a local to our always tasty low country musical fare.

The Art of Cooling Off In The Hostess City

Escape the dog days of Summer at the Jepson Cafe during their Art on Tap craft beer fest.

Escape the dog days of Summer at the Jepson Cafe during their Art on Tap craft beer fest.

As the dog days of summer reach ever higher temperatures, here is a tip to keep you both cool and informed while touring the Hostess City known as downtown Savannah. Check out an extraordinary collection of modern day renderings in the cool, cool Jepson Center while cooling off in the Hostess City. Dedicated to the always relevant art of the day, the modern Jepson Center completes their namesake’s trifecta by connecting the future with its past through unifying the museum’s three unique artistic destination sites, two of which are found on Telfair Square and the third off of Olgethorpe Square. The crown in the jewel of the Telfair Museum complex, the Jepson Center was designed by Moshe Safdie, boasts a modern 7500 Square feet striking facility that was initially opened to the public in 2006.


Moshe Safdie designed Jepson Center fronting Oglethorpe Street from the north side of the district.

Moshe Safdie designed Jepson Center fronting Oglethorpe Street from the north side of the district.

The Jepson Center is home to one of Savannah’s favorite son’s, art historian Kirk Varnedoe and the collection contemporary with his life, a mainstay of the rich collection of the museum’s holdings. Hitting the highlights on other modern era works, discerning art lovers will find art in a paper medium by some of the most important artists of the past half century. From Jasper Johns, and Chuck Close, all the way through to Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, and Richard Avedon, the museum’s diverse contemporary collection also features important works by William Christenberry, Helen Levitt, Sam Gilliam, James Brooks, and many notable Georgia artists. When you consider the Jepson hosts a variety of traveling art exhibits and live exhibitions as diverse as Flamenco Dancing

to Tibetan Monks creating Mandalas out of sand, the summer time is the right time to get out of the heat and into the cool at the Jepson.

Tibetan Monks create mandalas within the Jepson Center as art lovers look on

With that in mind, the Jepson’s popular Art on Tap series promises to be timely for the month of July. The Jepson has partnered up with Athens, Georgia brewery favorite Terrapin Beer in this rotating series of art, wineries, and breweries. Nurture your artistic side as you knock back a cool one during the dog days of summer from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Jepson Café on Thursday, July 17th.

1 x Land, 1 X Sea = Savannah Fireworks Display

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As Hurricane Arthur works it’s way north to the Outer Banks off coastal North Carolina, we can celebrate the passing of this hurricane season’s first weather event with a fireworks display on Tybee Island tonight and Downtown Savannah overlooking River Street on Friday evening. Well, maybe we are being a little disingenuous as both these two annual 4th of July celebrations were already in the works. The Tybee Island Pier will get a jump on July 4th tonight with their Dark Thirty Fireworks Display, at approximately dusk around 9:15 PM. While the fireworks display will be staged on the pier, this impressive display is easily viewed from any of Tybee’s eastern beaches.

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Meanwhile, a mere 20 minutes away by car, the Savannah Waterfront Association will be hosting their annual Fourth of July festival all weekend long beginning the next day on Friday, July 4th and continuing through Sunday, July 6th along historic trolley car line over cobblestone paved River Street. Viewing the fireworks on River Street is a long standing “live like a local” Savannah tradition that everyone turns out to see, be they local residents or visitors to the Hostess City. And Savannah and Tybee Island both do the many fireworks displays that provide throughout the calendar year right! The Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks Extravaganza will kick off Friday, July 4th at 4pm on Rousakis Plaza. As usual, some mighty fine live musical bands will be performing on the Arbor Stage with special performances from Those Cats at 6 PM followed by The Hypnotics at 8 PM. œThese bands are local favorites This year, the Hypnotics will be performing a patriotic set during the fireworks to compliment the fireworks extravaganza. Those viewing the fireworks away from the Arbor Stage can also tune into Y100-WXYY-FM for more patriotic tunes during the fireworks display.

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The festivities will continue on Saturday featuring another live performance for guests to dance to from the Radio Birds at 8pm. Festival Hours are 4-10pm on Friday, 10am-10pm on Saturday, and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Regional artisans will be set up along the plaza displaying a variety of handmade works for festival goers to browse through. Let’s review: Tybee Island Pier tonight on July 3rd starting at 9:15 PM. And River Street Savannah starting on Friday afternoon, July 4th 2014 through Sunday afternoon July 6th , 2014 – Friday, July 4: 4-10 p.m., Saturday, July 5: 10 a.m. 10 p.m., Sunday, July 6: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

St. Patrick’s in Savannah

409731485Savannah has several nicknames and probably the two most fitting are “The Festival City” and “Hostess City of the South”. Savannah hosts over 200 festivals and events year! Our biggest event, Saint Patrick’s Day, is just around the corner and needless to say it’s a huge event for our little
city. Depending on what day of the week St. Pats falls on determines how many people come to share in our party. The range of out of town visitors can vary from 300,000 people to over one million (if the holiday falls on the weekend). For a city of 140,000 people, that’s a big jump.

Without some planning ahead, trying to navigate your way around Savannah can get pretty tough.  If I could give visitors one tip, it would be this jewel of wisdom handed down from my father, early is on time and on time is late.

This year’s parade will be on Saturday, March 16thstarting at 10:15am. If you are looking for a comfortable spot to sit and watch the parade, you will want to arrive much earlier than that. The popular squares of Savannah along the parade route are roped off to everyone the night before
the parade and aren’t opened up until 6am the morning of the parade. Do Savannahians actually set up their viewing spots four hours before the parade starts? YES WE DO! Does this mean you have to wake up at 5 am to enjoy your day? No. Our parade is nearly 4 hours long and can feature over 20,000 participants in the parade itself.  I personally have sat on a square from 7am to about 2:30 in the afternoon and took in the entire parade. I’ve also spent a day just walking along the parade route stopping in available spots to catch bits and pieces of the parade and I’ve come to this conclusion …
There is no wrong way to enjoy the day!

Black Friday

Can you believe Thanksgiving is already upon us?  While some have been carefully planning the
dinner menu and preparing a grocery shopping list, others have planned their
itinerary with a different type of shopping list … A “Black Friday” shopping
list; the un-official beginning of the holiday shopping season – and the
busiest shopping day of the year (at least since 2005).  
For those of you brave enough to go out amongst the crowd in hopes of a good
deal – don’t forget about our local businesses. 

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If you’re looking for that unique, unusual, “perfect” gift, they’ll always
remember, check out the local stores and boutiques first.  Savannah is full of so many wonderful local
retailers, offering a variety of things to choose from for everyone on your list;
clothing, jewelry, handmade trinkets and baubles, music, collectibles … all
sorts of one-of-a-kind finds that you won’t find at the big retailers.
Tucked away on Bull Street, just north of Forsyth Park is Folklorico; full of
fair trade finds from around the world.  Have
an avid music collector on your list? 
You won’t want to miss the extensive collection of albums (and other
curiosities) at Graveface Records in
the Starland District.  Wander around the Design District on Whitaker
Street where you’ll find Custard, One
Fish Two Fish
, and La Paperie (perfect
for the stationery lover on your list).
If you’re shopping Historic Downtown Savannah and haven’t stopped by 24e recently, check out the newly remodeled
store – more than the coolest furniture in town, they also have groovy household
accessories, custom kinetic leather cuffs made from reclaimed upholstery
leathery and the newly introduced Salacia Salt scrubs – made right here in
Savannah!   You never know what one-of-a-kind
favorites from around the world that you might find at Paris Market, another local favorite; jewelry, candles, décor, bath
products, baby items, books – a special something for that special someone on
your list that will become a treasured favorite.
Looking to stuff some stockings?  Do it
with gifts that have soul; handmade soaps from Nourish,
Buy Local Postereverything honey from Savannah
Bee Company
seasonings and salts from The
Salt Table
… just to
 name a few!
Just don’t know what to get, or don’t like to shop?  Give the gift that everyone loves – a Gift
Card to a favorite restaurant or local store.
To really sweeten the downtown shopping deal, the city is offering FREE PARKING downtown every Thursday –
Sunday from this weekend through the end of the year!
By shopping local, you’re investing in your community; creating more jobs, promoting
entrepreneurship, and investing in neighborhood improvement by keeping the
character and charm of Savannah.

Whether you’ve made making a “Black Friday” shopping
list, a grocery list, or both – Savannah Getaway wishes you and yours a Happy
Thanksgiving Holiday.

Summer Time and the Living’s Easy

Summer has officially arrived so grab the kids and head outside this weekend to enjoy the long, lazy days before it gets too hot!
Pick up locally grown, organic goodness at the Forsyth Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning on the South end of the park.  Fresh fruits and veggies, breads, meats and icy treats; all fresh from local gardens and farmers, are perfect for those summer picnics and grill outs with friends.  After you’ve stocked up, let the kids run off some energy at the playground, then cool off in the water jets at the band shell.
Forsyth Farmer's Market

If you haven’t started your own garden already, you’ll want to soon, and tomorrow you can learn all about gardening at Groovy Garden Day.  From how to plant a container garden or raised beds, to the benefits of composting and rain barrels, there will be plenty of demos for you to learn from.  Browse the different booths of crafts while the kids have fun with the bean bag toss, bubble games, story teller and face paintings.  Leopold’s Ice Cream will be there – and Quantum Catering will also have some tasty treats.  The best thing – it’s FREE!
Container Garden

You can beat the heat at the beach on Sunday at the Market at Tybee Island Lighthouse.  Take a dip in the ocean then stroll over to the Lighthouse where you can listen to live music while you browse and buy unique art, collectibles, fresh produce, gourmet foods and more.  Take a tour of the Tybee Light House and climb to the top for a breathtaking view of Tybee Island. 
Now through August, you can take advantage of the Summer Movie Series where several of Savannah’s movie theatres will be featuring morning movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for $1 or $2 – a great way to start the day with the little ones!
Savannah offers so many fun (and free) things to do; no wonder we were ranked #3 in “Best Affordable US Destinations” by U.S. News Travel.  If you haven’t visited Savannah yet – what are you waiting for?

First Saturday, Savannah Style

Spending time in Historic Savannah is special no matter what time of year you visit – but if your stay happens to be during the first of the month, then you’re in for a treat!

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River Street is the place to be the first weekend of each month where things get started with a bang! With First Friday Fireworks you don’t have to wait for the 4th of July anymore to see the spectacular display in the sky. From the Historic District, River Street is just a few blocks. A pleasant stroll north through Savannah’s many tree-filled squares takes you straight to the river where you can grab a bite to eat at one of more than 15 fantastic restaurants. Or, if you don’t feel like walking, you can catch a Pedicab to Bay St. at Bull where you can take the elevator to River Street – and you can catch one again to take you back to wherever you’re staying in the Historic District.

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The fireworks begin just after sundown, so you might enjoy watching the show while dining on a restaurant balcony – or you can watch from Rousakis Plaza – there’s plenty of room, and lots of vantage points to get a great view.

The fun continues with First Saturday on River Street. From music to handmade crafts, First Saturday offers events that the whole family can enjoy. Stroll along this lively riverfront where you’ll find plenty of folks milling about. Come take in the fresh air and stop by booths offering jewelry, pottery, clothing, stationery – even furniture! There’s entertainment for the whole family – from music to jugglers –and you can even get a caricature of yourself from a local artist!

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Whether it’s lunch or dinner time, you have plenty to choose from among River Street’s several restaurants. From pizza to seafood to a refreshing ice cream cone – Savannah’s Riverfront has something to satisfy everyone’s palate. Come on down and see what all the noise is about on First Friday and First Saturday on River Street!

Girl Scout Exhibition + the Charlie Daniel’s Band

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In an effort to document the many achievements of the Girl Scouts of America during their fist 100 years, the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum will have a temporary exhibit for the remainder of 2012 to raise the awareness of the GSA's many contributions during Savannah’s most renowned first lady, founder Juliette Gordon Low’s 100 year anniversary of the creation of the Girl Scouts of America. A tip of our Savannah Getaways hat to Key to Savannah’s information laden report below:

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The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibition, “Doing Their Part! Girl Scouts in World War II”. This exhibit has been created in honor of their outstanding wartime contributions on the Home Front. This temporary exhibit will be in place throughout 2012 in celebration of the Girl Scout’s 100th Anniversary.

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World War II era uniforms, a first aid kit, and sewing kit document their activities in war-related service projects, like Hospital, Child Care, Emergency Outdoor Aide, and Farm Aide. In addition, Girl Scouts planted Victory Gardens, collected fat and scrap metal, and operated bicycle courier services. They organized Defense Institutes, teaching 10,000 women survival skills and techniques for comforting children during blackouts and air raids. Girl Scouts also collected 1.5 million articles of clothing that were then shipped overseas to civilian victims of war.

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In the last minute Savannah Vacation News department, if you are coming to Savannah this weekend,  Check out the free Charlie Daniels Band concert in Forsyth Park and celebrate Earth Day, Savannah Style, all day long in Forsyth Park and celebrate Earth Day, Savannah Style, at the same time.

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