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Savannah Events – December 2014


Saturdays   Forsyth Farmers Market
Focused on food and food issues, this producer-only market (meaning all vendors have to be producing at least 75% of the products they sell) allows only food and plant vendors. Located on the Southside of Forsyth Park, come out and support your local farmers.

 Saturdays through Dec. 20th   Wilmington Island Farmer’s Market
This outdoor market sets up in the parking lot of the Islands Community Church located at 111 Walthour Road in Wilmington Island. WIFM features local farm-fresh produce, handcrafted baked goods and other edibles, jewelers, photographers and body products.

Through Dec. 26th   A Christmas Tradition
“A Christmas Tradition” brings you holiday glitz and glitter with a 2-hour performance. The theatre is transformed into a perfect holiday picture, sharing memories of the Christmas standards that you know and love.

Festival of LightsThrough Dec. 28th
Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights
A drive through light show around the Hutchinson Island Road Course, a Ferris Wheel and carnival rides on Bryan Square, Gingerbread Village inside the hotel, Pictures with Santa, Winter “Fun Zone”, holiday concessions and fabulous holiday decor around the Resort.  $20 up to 8 passengers.  $40 9-16 passengers.

5          Christmas on the River & First Friday Fireworks
It’s a holiday celebration on Historic River Street! Featuring regional arts and crafts exhibitors with holiday gifts and stocking stuffers, music, and local entertainment, with fireworks as the grand finale. Free and open to the public.

5          City Market Holiday Open House
Explore the beauty of holiday decorations including hundreds of lights and over 500 luminaria in the courtyard. Enjoy Christmas carolers, visit with Father Christmas, and sample holiday treats in the shops. 6pm – 9m. Free and open to the public.  Please bring an unwrapped toy to drop off in our Holiday Hope collection box.

6          Christmas for Kids Celebration
Bring the family to City Market for fun-filled activities including cookie decorating, making ornaments to take home, face painting, a petting zoo, photos with Father Christmas in the Carriage Tours of Savannah Cinderella Carriage, and a choir performance. Please bring an unwrapped toy to drop off in our Holiday Hope collection box. 11am – 2pm  Free and open to the public.

6          Christmas Lighted Parade
Don’t miss Savannah’s Lighted Christmas Parade, starting on West River Street at 5:30pm, traveling throughout downtown and ending at Ellis Square. The parade marks the official arrival of St. Nick, so this is one event you don’t want to miss!  Free and open to the public.

Bridge Run Collage


6          Savannah River Bridge Run
The 5k, 10k, Double Pump, and Kid’s ¼ Mile, this much anticipated race is always a fun run!

6   Tybee Island Christmas Parade
Everyone loves a parade! The parade begins at 1pm from the 14th Street parking lot and travels up Tybrisa to Butler Avenue, then to the Tybee Gym where children will have photo time with Santa.

11 – 24    Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens December Nights & Holiday Nights
Visitors can embark on a self-guided walking tour though over six acres of themed garden areas while enjoying holiday music and a beautiful display of seasonal lights. Stroller and wheelchair-friendly. $5.

12 – Jan. 3        Skatefest 2014
Ice skating, Savannah style, at the Savannah Civic Center.

Holiday Tour of Homes Collage


12 – 13  40th  Holiday Tour of Homes
Many special events are planned in conjunction with the homes tour to celebrate the 40th anniversary. 12 Homes to tour, Victorian Tea at the Massie Heritage Center, Christmas celebration of music, Hot toddy tasting, and special surprises.

16        Happy Hanukkah


19 – 20   Ft. Pulaski Candle Lantern Tours
Ft. Pulaski commemorates the Confederate Nog party of 1861. The long-lived tradition provides night-time tours of the historic fort by candle light and oil lamps.

20         5th Annual Savannah Reindeer Run (8k)
Savannah’s best family-oriented run event! Adults and youth are invited to run an 8K, and younger children will enjoy a kiddie race. Entry fee includes a T-shirt, food, and post-race festivities. Monetary prizes will be award to youth with most funds raised. Event includes a Kid Zone, costume contest and a “Seasons Best Cookie” contest, judged by Stratton Leopold, and Jesse Blanco of “Eat it & Like it”. Among the many prizes, winners will enjoy circus tickets to Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey.

20         Tybee Island Tour de Lights Bike Parade
Light up your bikes, tinsel up the handrails, and cruise the island for a night of holiday fun! The Tour Lights parade will begin and end at AJ’s Dockside.

21         Tybee Floating Christmas Parade
Get swept away by all of the festive Christmas lights on the water during the Floating Christmas Parade.

25         Merry Christmas!


31         New Year’s Eve in City Market
Ring in the New Year at City Market! It’s an outdoor street party and you are invited to join in the fun. Live music starts at 9pm and lasts until 1am. Free and open to the public.

31         New Year’s Eve on River Street
Ring in the New Year on Historic River Street! Don’t miss out on live music and our non-traditional “ball drop” with a Savannah twist! Countdown the final seconds of 2014 as we raise our six foot to-go cup to the New Year! The “Up the Cup” countdown will start right before midnight followed by a firework display to officially ring in 2015!

31    New Year’s Eve on Tybee
Curl up on your beach chair, or on a blanket, to watch the fireworks display from the Pier and Pavilion at midnight.

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.
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!

City Market Planning another New Year’s Eve Throw Down


Savannah's City Market will be doing her normal New Year's Eve Celebration in downtown Savannah. With live music throughout the night starting at 9:00 PM plus an always well attended fireworks display.  Suffice it to say, this makes this always popular tourist destination in the Landmark Historic District the place to be on January 31st. So ring in the New Year at City Market's outdoor street party. No reservation required, just show up to join in the fun for this free event open to the public. Don't be late for the final countdown that begins at 11:30 p.m. Be there are be square! 


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The Arts District in Downtown Savannah

Yes Virginia there is an Arts District in Savannah, well sort of.  International artists working in conjunction with Savannah Museums and Savannah Galleries is a given as in any arts community.  What sets our regional arts center apart from other arts destination cities are our accomplished cadre of Savannah artists that are forever busy delivering their latest up to the minute creation, be it something as eclectic as sidewalk art in Forsyth Park, art created exclusively for artist owned galleries on River Street, performance art outdoors in City Market or the very latest presentation in Savannah’s prestigious newest museum. The Jepson Center for the Arts, a 64,000 square foot state of the art Museum located on Telfair Square adjacent to her 119+ year old sister, the Telfair Museum on the same Historic District Square has wowed both international and regional visitors in her short history.

While enjoying your stay in one of our upscale accommodations in our inventory of exquisitely furnished historic townhouse renovations offered at Abercorn Townhomes, Suites, and Condominiums, make it a point to also take an architectural tour of Savannah’s Historic District as you view other architectural gems from yesterday.  Check out the different art galleries hidden away in downtown City Market and the Shops at Ellis Square.  Look for hidden art treasures in their outside kiosks as you stroll down cobblestone paved River Street.  Whatever trips your artistic trigger, your long weekend getaway to Savannah’s Arts District is sure to scratch that itch.

Corleone’s Restaurant offers up affordable fare you can’t refuse

My friend Russ Moore, owner of Coastal Scooters, first introduced me to a wonderful Mediterranean style Restaurant just a few doors down and around the corner on MLK Blvd. now known as Corleone’s Trattoria, the former Cosentino’s Restaurant under the same ownership a few years back.  It quickly became one of Savannah Getaways recommended lunch or supper choices to our guests to the district. Savannah City Directory’s Jane Martin wrote an article on this medium priced restaurant which nails the historic district ambiance in her excerpted review below.

Inside Corleone’s, the atmosphere is anything but touristy. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but the mafia motif ends at the door. Fresh flowers on the tables, ceiling fans, and natural light streaming from large windows conjure a friendly, relaxed environment. There is also a full bar and smaller dining area available. Café tables are located outside if you wish to dine al fresco. The lunch menu offers a solid selection of sandwiches, pastas, casseroles, burgers, soups, salads, gyros, and desserts. A signature Corleone’s pizza would be a nice addition to their traditional menu. Our table of three ordered a gyro sandwich, a grilled salmon sandwich, and a “big fat Greek burger.” The gyro sandwich was the table favorite. All the sandwiches come with fries or fresh salads. We did not have room to try the homemade Tiramisu. Corleone’s Trattoria easily fulfilled its promise. Costing just under ten dollars per person, the expense is reasonable for dining in the historic district.

While visiting the City Market area, just walk a few blocks further to MLK Blvd. southwest of Franklin Square to sample the cuisine at Corleone’s Trattoria.  Save some room for your favorite chocolate treat at Lulu’s Chocolate Bar right next door. Then again that’s a sweeter story for another day.

Finnegan’s Wake Irish Bar passes on to The Great Watering Hole in the Sky

For nine years, Finnegan’s Wake Irish Bar has been a fixture on West Congress Street close to the City Market. This past Saturday marked the last night officially that this well known pub that local Savannahian’s frequented for many years was in operation. A wake of sorts was held Saturday for the Finnegan’s passing. The news is not so bad, however, as owner Shelly Lowther moved much of her memorabilia to her new Irish Pub, Murphy’s Law, she previously opened in March at 409 West Congress Street.

195 And what will become of the old space?  Plans for this newly created space that once housed Finnegan’s Wake will now serve the line of tourists that are typically camped out on the street outside.  The building’s owner, Paula Deen of The Food Channel fame, will use this space in creating a souvenir shop for her many restaurant patrons. Located right beside Lady and Son’s W. Congress Street location, this space will also serve as a much needed location for her many diners to gather inside away from the elements while waiting for their tables to be made ready. A good move for all parties that serve the many visitor’s to Savannah’s historic district every year by all accounts.

Live Entertainment Seven Nights a Week

Wild Wings has made a determined effort right out of the gate to re-establish their old Malone’s location in City Market as ground Zero for live music in strategically located City Market. Just a month or so old, this Charleston based company owned franchise features a renovated two story building, two wrap around bars, twenty flat screen TV’s, and their holdover from the Malone’s era, an active patio dining area where most nights you can hear live music outside. Their themed entertainment nights include the following schedule:

SUNDAYS • $4 Gran Ma, Rumpie & Jager Acoustic Music (5 to 8pm)…Courtenay Brothers Later (8pm)! 8•6 The Other Positions 8•13 Two Blue 8•20 Stewart Marshall 8•27 Two Blue

MONDAY Join Us for Happy Hour! (Monday thru Friday • 4 to 7pm)

TUNE-FUL TUESDAYS Chuck Courtenay Acoustic! (6 to 9pm) Open Mic Night with Liam from Curbside late night! • $2 Drafts

WILD WOMEN WEDNESDAYS Live Remote with 98.7 The River (6 to 8pm) • $4 Van Gogh Martini Madness

THIRSTY THURSDAY Bud Light B•I•N•G•O • $2 Vodkas Live Music! 8•3 Permanent Tourist 8•10 Quarterfly 8•17 Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root 8•24 McFly 8•31 Trainwrecks

FRIDAY NIGHT ROCKS! Live Remote with 97.3 KISS FM (5 to 7pm) Acoustic Music from 6 to 9pm…then Bands Late Night! 8•4 Just Us & Parallel 8•11 Thomas Claxton & Princess 8•18 Just Us & Blankety Blank 8•25 Keith and Ross & TrickKnee

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Acoustic Early (5 to 8pm)…Live Music Late Night (11pm)! 8•5 Georgia Kyle Trio Early. Late Night w/ Joystick. 8•12 Mary Davis Trio Early. Late Night w/ Moonshine Jenny. 8•19 The Positions Early. Late Night w/ Poolstick. 8•26 Thomas Claxton Early. Late Night w/ Liquid Ginger. Statewide

So hustle on over to City Market and drop in on award winning Wild Wings Café on your next visit to Savannah’s historic district. The Visitor’s Guide to Savannah and the Lowcountry is proud to recommend the good folks at Wild Wings for the very best in your favorite beverage and finger food.

Since 1966, Tthe Ships of the Sea Museum has attracted many historic district visitors

Located just across the northwest boundary of the Historic District on Martin Luther King Blvd. (#1-7 on the historic district map) the Ships of the Sea Museum is yet another of Savannah’s many tourist attractions. This particular museum is located in very close proximity to City Market. Housed in the Historic Scarbrough House, originally built for William Scarbrough, President of the Savannah Steamship Company, the present day museum is a modern day architectural wonder. Poi16

Savannah’s premier maritime museum features a large collection of shipping artifacts, memorabilia and models (more than 150) ranging in length from a few inches to eight feet. Included in the collection are models of the Titanic, The Anne, The Steamship Savannah, The Wanderer, and many more covering every phase of shipping in historic Savannah from the sailing merchant vessels of yesteryear to the forerunners of the modern day massive container ships that traverse the Savannah River.Savannah9  Set up in 1966, be sure to take the virtual tour to give just an inkling what is in store when touring this striking museum via the comprehensive online tour courtesy of our friends at Quantum Tours.

And while you are at it, check out the Garden at the Scarbrough House – the largest garden within the Savannah’s landmark historic district. There are large broadleaf evergreens, camellias, azaleas, magnolias, in addition to the center of the garden where a large brick terrace is surrounded by meticulously groomed trees and shrubbery. When you think of Savannah’s historic district, one typically thinks of gardens in this historic port city on the banks of the Savannah River.

Interested in purchasing a European style Cafe in close proximity to the City Market?

Hey Mr. or Ms. Savannah Investment seeker! How about an intimate European style café and bar that is available for sale and provides a unique opportunity for a successful operation in the heart of historic Savannah’s burgeoning retail district? The café is located midway between Broughton Street and the soon to be recreated Ellis Square and its new 1,000 car underground parking garage. It is also within half a block of City Market and of Broughton Street’s very successful Gap and Banana Republic stores and within two blocks of the new Telfair Museum of Art building designed by the world-renowned architect Moshe Safde. The current owners achieved gross sales of over $12,000 per month in the initial months of operation with a menu of European specialties and wines.Puccinos_armchair_s 

The kitchen is fully equipped to prepare light café style meals of soups, cheeses, pates and salads. The premises consist of approximately 2,000 square feet on two levels. It has been attractively decorated with Tucson style murals and wicker tables and chairs. A permit is in place to serve patrons at four outdoor tables on a broad sidewalk. A full liquor license has also been obtained by the current owner. The lease extends to September 30, 2009 at a base rental of $2,350 per month plus common area charges and increases in the Consumer Price Index. There are two five-year renewal options on the same terms and conditions as the initial term. This exciting business opportunity is available for immediate transfer to a new owner at a price of $60,000. Want more information? Just follow the link and ask about the La Boheme Cafe and Bar that is for sale.

Wild Wing Cafe opens this weekend in Savannah’s City Market

Storeopening_007 Savannah’s City Market in the Landmark Historic District is Going Wild! Wild Wing Cafe that is. Join Wild Wing Cafe for the Grand Opening of their newest Wild Wing Cafe this weekend in Savannah, Georiga at the old Malone’s in the City Market located smack in the middle of the Landmark Historic District. Live Entertainment, great eats, and your favorite beverage. Img_1097b