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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

Labor Day Weekend in Savannah

It’s hard to believe it’s already September and that the
lazy days of Summer will soon be turning into crisp Autumn nights.  The kids have gone back to school, and the
days are already starting to get a little shorter … but we still have one more
weekend to celebrate Summer and there will be plenty to keep you outside and
busy this holiday weekend!

Beer Fest

The Savannah Craft Brew Fest is in
full swing all weekend with tastings and seminars throughout the day, where beer
connoisseurs (and novices) will have more than 45 breweries to toast, taste and
The fest wraps up on Sunday with the Rhythm & Brews Concert at the
International Trade & Convention Center (just across the Savannah River)
where you can bring your blankets and enjoy one last sultry, Savannah, Summer
night.  Check out their website for all
of the details and times.
If you’re not a beer drinker, that’s ok – grab a glass of your favorite
concoction (a Wet Willie’s perhaps) –
and spend the afternoon dancing on River
.  Free and open to the public,
there will be arts, crafts, music and entertainment for all ages.

Midnight Garden Ride

Don’t be surprised when you see 100’s of bicyclists riding through town on
Saturday night; it’s the 4th Annual Midnight Garden RideAnother
family fun event, this 10 mile ride through Savannah’s downtown streets
benefits the Savannah Bicycle Campaign and their on-going effort to make
Savannah a safe, bicycle friendly community. 
Riders will be in costume and the event concludes with a concert in
Telfair Square with Atlanta based, Ponderosa.

Looking for something a bit more low-key to celebrate the last days of
Summer?  Then head out to Tybee Island for a weekend of sun and
fun.  Kick back and stay cool with the ocean
breeze while you listen to music at the Pier and Pavilion.  Savannah favorites, The Swingin’ Medallions will take the stage at 7pm on Sunday and fireworks
will follow at dark.
No matter how you choose to spend the holiday weekend, Savannah Getaways wishes
you a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!

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?

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!

Polar Bear Plunges in the Lowcountry

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From the sandy shores of Sullivans Island facing across Charleston Harbor to Historic Fort Sumter, south to the also not overly cool waters off of coastal Georgia’s favorite beach, Savannah Beach better known asTybee Island, New Year’s Day 2012, saw a record number of polar bear plungers with 5000+ combined participants at each event. The Savannah Morning News and the Charleston City News document each chilly venue’s event.

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One world record enthusiastically — and unofficially — obliterated. Aided by sunny skies with temperatures near 70, organizers of the annual Tybee Island polar bear plunge counted more than 2,000 good-natured folk willing to don swim caps to break a Guinness World Record. Once corralled and counted shortly after noon Sunday, they plunged into the 57-degree water to the strains of Queen's "We Are The Champions" echoing from the Tybee pier. The Guinness challenge also served as a fundraiser for the Tybee Post Theater. Funds from registration will help pay for new restrooms and air conditioning at the theater, but Jim Kluttz, president of the board of Friends of Tybee Theater, said the main reason was even simpler.

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Sunday’s Polar Plunge on Sullivan’s Island drew hundreds of people who wanted to ring in the New Year with a dip in the not-quite-icy waters of the Atlantic. Hosted by Dunleavy’s Pub and benefiting the Special Olympics, the afternoon plunge featured revelers of all ages dressed up as everything from cops in cutoffs to giant solo cups diving into the sea. Everyone enjoyed splashing around, from kids and parents to dogs and the still-drunk-from-the-night-before.

The Hostess City delivers Getty Up for Savannah Getaways

Savannah is a perennial favorite destination of all the savvy travel publications. U. S. News reports in their Travel Section references that the Hostess City is one of the best 11 Destinations for Relaxing Getaways and one of the Top Dozen Fall Getaway Locations in the United States. Today, we will let other experts gush about Historic Savannah for a change in the below excerpted article. We can’t all "Live like a Local" in Georgia's First City, after all.

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Savannah offers attractions that will interest history and architecture buffs as well as those who just want to spend time outside and enjoy the pleasant views of nature. Renting or bringing a car could be helpful to explore the surrounding areas, but you'll only need your two feet to get around the Historic District.

Getaway Cemetery

Much of Savannah’s charm lies in meandering through the Historic District’s verdant squares — all 23 of them. Along the way, you’ll happen on numerous historic homes like the Mercer Williams House, popularized by Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. There’s the famous Colonial Park Cemetery for a Spanish moss-canopied stroll, and there’s the City Market, which is an ideal place to pick up a few souvenirs. You can also take a quick car ride over to the beach at Tybee Island.

Getaway Fort McAllister

Savannah's Historic District is what keeps the city a tourist mainstay. Well-preserved antebellum architecture lines the streets, and recent visitors recommend the various walking tours. Individual tours are also available for some of the more prominent properties, like the Juliette Gordon Low House, preserved in honor of the Girl Scouts' founder. A centennial celebration will take place in all of 2012.

Holiday Home for your Tybee Island Vacation Rental

Out friend Paul Devivo and his home grown island staff do a great job of promoting Destination Tourism to coastal Georgia’s most popular sea island community, Tybee Island. With websites such as Tybee Visit and Tybee Island along with many several other highly trafficked websites in his stable of coastal Georgia Destinations, Paul has had a major economic impact on helping travelers find their way on out to Tybee Island, just 20 minutes away from Savannah’s Landmark Historic District.

While Holiday Accommodation Options for Thanksgiving and Christmas vacation rentals continues to fill up in Georgia’s First City in downtown Savannah, there are plenty of additional vacation rental lodging options still available out on Tybee Island.  267_06 - Tybee

Tybee Island Vacation Rentals are a perfect choice that will work equally well for the beach lovers among you. And Tybee Island Seafood is great holiday substitute for Thanksgiving Turkey or Christmas Baked Ham!

Family on Tybee

As the website above stipulates, "take the Islands Expressway through a few miles of wide sky and salt marshes to reach Tybee Island from downtown Savannah. This is where you’ll find Tybee Island — perhaps the most laid-back location on the southeastern coast.

On this uniquely charmed island, nature lovers mingle with movie stars, bird watchers with good ol’ boys. Pirate raids are regular happenings. There are parties of epic proportions and silent beach sunrises. And everyone on Tybee Island, from townie to tourist, watches out for the sea turtles.

There are miles of beach; forts and museums and a great old lighthouse; endangered birds and other animal species; kayaks and bikes to rent 267_02 - Tybee
(along with all kinds of hotels, motels, cottage and condo rentals too).

Days on Tybee Island are as active, or lazy, as mood demands. Local galleries, shops and restaurants offer changes of pace and taste. And, of course, historic Savannah’s nearby."

Savannah, by Land, by Air AND by Sea?

While Savannah keeps an eye out on Carnival Cruise Lines and their due to expire in 2011 agreement with Jacksonville, many southeastern residents are rooting for that scenario to become a reality. Quite a few Georgia & North and South Carolina residents would love to shave a few more hours off of their drive time to Destination Savannah over Destination Jacksonville. Plus have the added attractions of Historic Savannah AND the beaches ofTybee Island, Daufuskie Island, and Hilton Head Island as a value added getaway option once they arrive. 


As this possibility continues to pick up a head of steam with the Carnival Cruise Ship Fascination. many Savannahians believe this is one of the possibilities that could move to the Hostess City according to Georgia Public Broadcasting!

"Savannah Alderman Tony Thomas has been leading the push for the cruise ship industry in Savannah. "If Carnival is considering leaving Jacksonville, we would be very interested in Savannah in talking to them," Thomas says. "Maybe this is an opportunity for Savannah." If the Fascination left Jacksonville for Savannah, it would be the first major cruise ship to call on the Georgia coast. Savannah has been seeking to build a cruise ship industry in recent years." 


Stay Tuned Savannah Lovers, if Savannah Getaways has it’s way, coastal Georgia will have a Cruise Line option available for your consideration sooner rather than later!

There is No City as Pretty as Savannah

Savannah Getaways is pleased to showcase a “Producer’s Cut” excerpt of this instant classic tune freshly posted on You Tube earlier today courtesy of a talented former Savannah resident, Jayne Olderman. This 90 second “mini musical travelogue collaboration” sponsored by Savannah Getaways and the songwriter/producer has been posted for Visitors to the Hostess City to enjoy on our main page website. Jayne has provided a press release for The Savannah Vacation News blog about the inspiration behind her Billboard debut top 19 single release a few years ago. Read the story behind the song, enjoy the imagery of Coastal Savannah on the excerpt below!

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Former Savannah resident and Grammy nominated songwriter/producer
Jayne Olderman
has created a musical tribute to the great city of
Savannah entitled: “There is No City as Pretty as Savannah".


“There is No City as Pretty as Savannah" produced by Jayne and sung by
Tiffany Milagro debuted at #19 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Chart
November 2007 and remained on that chart into 2008.
Jayne recalls; “the song poured out of me the day I moved from
Savannah. My heart was so heavy to be leaving. Tiffany heard me sing
the song so many times that, she too, fell in love with Savannah
hearing the lyrics about River Street, Tybee Island, the proud oak
trees, Spanish moss, the ships on the river, the Squares and the
people. I hope this song becomes an anthem for all the people of this
great city and ignites a deep sense of pride! And I hope that when
anyone anywhere in the world hears this song; they’ll want to visit.
Then, they will see for themselves: “There IS No City as Pretty as
You can purchase downloads of "There is No City as Pretty as Savannah"
from itunes and many other servers on either Jayne Olderman’s itunes location or Tiffany Milagro’s itunes location.


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