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Savannah September Events

While the days of Summer slowly start to fade away, they bring cooler weather, and Savannah events are back in full swing!  With many family-friendly, and FREE events, it’s hard to fit them all into your schedule!
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Saturdays  Forsyth Farmers MarketBring your re-usable bag, and fill up with local, organic goodies every Saturday morning on the South end of Forsyth Park.  Fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, farm-raised meats, and educational presentations.  This is where Savannah locals go to stock up for the week.  Saturdays, 9am – 1pm, Rain or shine.

9/4 – 11/21  Savannah Live. Savannah Live is a high-energy, 2-hour variety show that features everything from “Pop” to “Broadway” and Motown” to “Rock & Roll!”  Check out the website for ticket prices and show times.

9/5   First Friday Fireworks.
  Celebrate the end of the week and the beginning of a new month with First Friday Fireworks and River Street Fun! 9:30pm on the River.  Free and open to the public.
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9/5 – 9/6  Inaugural Bacon Fest.  Love Bacon?  Then you’ll love Bacon Fest where your favorite local restaurants will be serving up their most mouth-watering bacon creations all weekend long!  Free and open to the public.

9/6  Savannah International Food & Wine Festival. 
With over 50 wines to sample, and signature dishes from your favorite Savannah restaurants, this is always a much anticipated event.  There will also be a Silent Auction, where a portion of the proceeds will benefit COPE; a program that combats childhood obesity. 3p – 6pm at the Hellenic Center on Abercorn Street.
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9/18  Third Thursday Concert Series. 
Enjoy the last days of Summer on the Tybee Island Pier with a concert at the Pier and Pavilion. 5:30pm. Free and open to the public.

9/19  “Jaws” at Tybee Light StationBring your beach chairs and blankets and settle in for this classic blockbuster. Vendors will be on-site, and there will be cool “Jaws” memorabilia up for auction, where proceeds will benefit the Tybee Post Theater. Gates open at 7pm, movie starts at 8pm.  Adults $10, Kids under 12, $5.

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9/21 – 9/27 – Savannah Jazz FestivalJazz is one of our country’s most sought-after international exports, with its language being “spoken” by people around the world. Jazz, emanating from America, has become world music. It is America’s Classical Music. The Coastal Jazz Association is committed to perpetuating Jazz and will feature numerous concerts throughout the event.  Free and open to the public.

9/27  Fee Free Day at Fort Pulaski. A family friendly event where you can learn about the it’s part in the Civil War.  Free and open to the public.


9/27 Savannah Derby Devils vs. South Florida Roller GirlsCome out for this rock-em-sock-em, action packed event where local business women by day, become Derby Devils by night. Adults $12, Children 3-12, $2, Family 4-Pack (2 Adults, 2 Children, $26), Group of 10, $10.

9/28 Coastal Pet Rescue’s 8th Annual Cruise for Critters. This two-hour sight seeing tour is hosted by Savannah’s own Captain Mike of Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours. 2pm – 5pm. $30 per person includes light refreshments and event t-shirt, and proceeds benefit Coastal Pet Rescue.

If you stop by any of these fun-filled events, be sure to tell them “Hello!” from Savannah Getaways!

Savannah Events and Happenings – August 2014

August is here, and as the weather stays warm, there are plenty of cool events in Savannah.  The Sand Gnats are in full swing, with $1 Monday Nights and Friday Night Fireworks.  Check their schedule here, and bring the kids out for one more game.  August also means Back-to-School for our area; check here to see when students will be returing, and take advantage of the Tax Free Weekend.  From First Friday Fireworks, to a pre-Labor Day bash at Tybee, here’s what’s happening this month:



1   First Friday on the River
The Dog Days of Summer
10am – 10pm.  Bring your furry friend down to River Street and enjoy a variety of fun activities. Shopping at select vendor booths and a photo session with P&B Photography Pet Photo Booth. The evening ends with Fireworks over the Savannah River.

1 – 2   Tax Free Shopping Weekend
Save on going to Back-to-School with this Tax Free weekend.  Clothing, Tablets, Personal Computers and Accessories, and Back to School Supplies.  Some restrictions apply.


1 – 3   Free Admission at
The Telfair Academy
1pm – 4pm.  Bring the family for three free days of admission to the Telfair Academy.  Works included are art spanning through the years 1810 – 1896.

2   First Saturday on the River – Dog Days of Summer
10am – 10pm.  Pup parade and costume contest at 11am, free painting sessions, misting stations, and pup pools to help you stay cool.

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16   Movies in the Park at Tybee Island Main Street – Despicable Me 2
Pack up the picnic basket and bring the family out for a movie in the park.  Despicable Me 2 will be shown on the side of the gym beginning at dark.


24   Tybee Floatilla
“Will Float for Friends”
2pm.  With the dog days of Summer upon us, what better way to cool off than a leisurely float down the rivers of Tybee Island by inner tube?  Begin at Alley III and end at The Crab Shack.  $30 and proceeds benefit the Fresh Air Home.

Pulaski25   Free Admission at
Fort Pulaski
Bring the family for a day at Fort Pulaski.  For much of the 19th century, masonry fortifications were the United States’ main defense against oversees enemies. However, during the Civil War, new technology proved its superiority to these forts. Tour the Fort and learn how the siege was a landmark experiment in the history of military science and invention.

30   7th Annual Savannah Craft Brew Fest
1pm – 5pm.  The cool rich flavor of amazing Craft Brews lifts your spirits as you take in
Savannah’s skyline across the River.  Showcasing unlimited two-ounce samplings of craft beers from around the world combined with great food, beer seminars, mixology garden, cider garden, and music.

Tybee Labor Day31   Labor Day Beach Bash on
Tybee Island
Enjoy the ocean breezes as live music fills the air from the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. Featuring Live entertainment starting at 7 p.m. Folks can enjoy the fireworks display from the pier, the beach or anywhere on the island. The fireworks will blast off around 9:15 p.m.  http://visittybee.com/events/?event_id=63

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. 

Holiday Decorations
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.

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.
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!

2011 Holiday Tour of Homes

Victorian Pesident's Inn

Once again the Savannah Holiday Tour of Homes program is slated to take place this coming weekend, December 9 – December 11th that includes afternoon and evening tours of Historic Savannah Homes and Victorian Tea in a wonderfully restored Savannah mansion. On Sunday, visitors to historic downtown Savannah will have the opportunity to tour a selection of Savannah's prestigious Historic Victorian Inns and top off a delightful Savannah Weekend with a special live Holiday Show at the historic Savannah Theater. Check out the official Holiday Tour of Homes website for your scheduled tour of homes week end experience as shown below:

Victorian Women in Carriage

Friday, Dec 9th

Begin your Savannah weekend by attending the City Market Holiday Open House. Experience 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 and galleries. This annual Open House starts at six pm and continues until nine. Wayne Chambers, Holiday Tour of Homes' featured artist, will be welcoming guests in his gallery.

Saturday, Dec 10th

At least six stunning historic properties are featured on each of our afternoon and evening House Tours — 12 different properties in all. Another magnificent private residence, not included on the house tours, has been selected as the venue for the Victorian Tea held between the afternoon and evening tours.

Sunday, Dec 11th

On Sunday our Holiday Tour of Inns provides a unique opportunity to visit a selection of Savannah's most celebrated Historic and Victorian Inns. Then, as evening approaches, complete your superb Savannah Weekend at the Savannah Theater's Holiday Stage Show, "A Christmas Tradition!"

Victorian Ballastone

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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.

Living the Good Life on Daufuskie Island, accomplished artist points the way

Islviewef A recent Hilton Head television show featured Daufuskie Island artist Chase Allen in a September segment of the popular Lynes on Design TV show where host Debi Lynes transports local WHHI TV viewers

"into the world of interior design and home building. Each program showcases tips, tools and techniques for creating a personal home sanctuary. Lynes on Design also provides viewers with an inside looks at the work of design and home building professionals as they showcase their workmanship and craft. LOD also regularly tours many of the most beautiful and interesting homes in the Lowcountry.”

Check out the proverbial dream life style in this 20 minute clip of accomplished metal forging artist Chase Allen in his 100+ year old Gullah Cottage, his interior design techniques, along with a metal forging preview of his nautical themed art form in his Iron Fish Art island studio by clicking on Daufuskie Cottage in the top right hand navigation bar of the link.Map_1

And when Chase is not busily at work in his studio, or selling collectible works of arts to tourists that stop by his island abode, you might find him pursuing his other passion fishing! Talk about living the good life, make it a point to spend some time on Daufuskie with Allen and his fellow islanders on your next getaway weekend to Savannah. The ferry out to Daufuskie Island from historic downtownSavannah4_1  Savannah River Street’s Market Place (purchase tickets here) makes the turnaround cruise five times a day.