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10 DIGGING DEEPER INTO DEVELOPMENT: INTRODUCING A NEW COLUMN ‘PROPERTY MATTERS’

GEORGE DAWES GREEN DRAWS FROM CITY’S PAST AND PERSONAL MEMORIES FOR NEW HISTORICAL THRILLER

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In The Boardroom - Reed Dulany III We cordially invite you to join us for an “In the Boardroom” session with our speaker Reed Dulany III, chairman and CEO of Dulany Industries, Inc. Brought to you by the Southeast Georgia Leadership Forum, “In the Boardroom” provides an exclusive opportunity to engage in dialogue with leaders of regional organizations. During this lunch-and-learn session, you will receive candid insight from a local leader about the steps they took to achieve success. “In the Boardroom” gives participants an opportunity to hear from leaders who are doing great work. It also gives speakers the opportunity to share and give back to those who are trying to level up both personally and professionally. “In the Boardroom” facilitates the exchange of ideas by gathering local leaders together. We as humans learn primarily through stories and shared experiences. Both of these elements are highlighted in these sessions.

This is an intimate setting, capped at 50 attendees.

sept. 20 I 11:30 - 1:30 pm 30$ per person, includes lunch & refreshments scan the qr code to purchase tickets

Kehoe Iron Works at Trustees’ Garden 660 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA 31401 southeastleadershipforum.com


Absolutly Truly Frth of July Celebrate the fourth VIP style at topdeck, with LIve music, FOOD and fireworks. visit our facebook page for ticket info or find us on eventbrite

Advanced purchased tickets automatically entered to win absolut and truly summer gear!

thursdays & Sunday

Live MUSIC | 6-9 pm Drink specials

125 West River Street On top of the cotton sail hotel DAILY 11AM TO 11 PM*

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FREE JEPSON CENTER & TELFAIR ACADEMY ADMISSION FOR LOCALS* SAT & SUN THROUGH 8.28! *Includes residents of Chatham, Bryan, Effingham, Liberty, Beaufort, & Jasper Counties

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Lizabeth Rossof (American, b. 1973); 5 XI’AN AMERICAN WARRIORS, 2019; nylon fabric, electric fans. Sharon Engelstein (Canadian, b. 1965); Seeker, 2012; nylon fabric, electric fan. BLOW UP: Inflatable

Contemporary Art was organized by Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA


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AT A GLANCE

WEDNESDAY 6/29 AN EVENING WITH HUXSIE SCOTT LIVE ON STAGE

An intimate concert performance by Savannah’s premiere jazz and gospel singer. Backed by the Savannah Theatre band, Huxsie relives her 50-year career through song and charming storytelling, and showcases her dynamic vocal style with her renditions of hit songs through the years. 2 shows only - Thurs, June 30, 8pm & Sat, July 2, 3pm THE SAVANNAH THEATRE at 222 Bull St., Downtown 912 2337764 / savannahtheatre.com

WEDNESDAY BLUES SERIES

Plant Riverside District will host a new Wednesday Blues Series at the Pavilion Stage along the Savannah River, featuring free performances by top regional blues artists. Willie Jackson and the Tybee Blues Band will be the featured artist for the month of June, offering soulful blues by seven-time Indie Music Channel Award winner Willie Jackson on June 8, 15, 22 and 29. District Live at Plant Riverside District - Pavilion Stage 400 W. River Street plantriverside.com

TRIVIA NIGHT WITH JESS SHAW

WHISKEY WEDNESDAYS Discounted regional and international whiskey and bourbon selections every Wednesday at Oak 36 Bar +

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HIGHLIGHTED PICKS FROM HOSTESS CITY HAPPENINGS THIS WEEK To have your event considered for inclusion, please send an email to happenings@connectsavannah.com. Include the event name, date, time, location with address, cost, website address for additional information, and a contact number. The submission deadline is 5PM each Friday before the following Wednesday’s edition.

Kitchen. Come try something new on the rocks, as a smoked drink, or perhaps with natural shrubs and fresh pressed juices in one of their craft cocktails. 5500 Abercorn St. Suite #36

THURSDAY 6/30

HOMEGROWN SUMMER JAM PART 2

Homegrown Summer Jam, don’t miss the chance to #ExperienceVictory with the best of Savannah’s Americana scene at Victory North Savannah. Support all your favorite Savannah Americana performers at Victory North Savannah Thursday, June 30th Featuring: Eric Britt and the Hologram, Matt Eckstine and Friends, Lyn Avenue, Aaron Zimmer and other special guests to be announced!

BINGO! AT ELKS LODGE

Join Elks Lodge for Bingo on Thursdays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 7-9 p.m. Enjoy great family fun, good food at the snack bar and many chances to win cash. Elks Lodge, 183 Wilshire Blvd.

FREE YOGA ON THE BEACH AT THE THE DECK Enjoy free yoga on the Tybee sponsored by The Deck Beach Bar & Kitchen. Bring a large beach towel, your mat or a tapestry, a hat and sunglasses, water and a friend. 9-10 a.m. The Deck Beachbar and Kitchen, 404 Butler Ave.

FRIDAY 7/1

SAVANNAH REP’S THE SPITFIRE GRILL

Savannah Repertory Theatre’s summer musical presentation of The Spitfire Grill will be led by Dani Vazquez in the role of Percy Talbott, who arrives in the small town of Gilead, Wisconsin with one suitcase and a number of secrets. Jenkins Hall,

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INDEPENDENCE DRAG SPECTACULAR @GHOST COAST DISTILLERY

Kick off 4th of July weekend with a BANG!! Celebrate with some of the BEST Drag Entertainers in the Southeast! Hosted by Savannah’s own, Jordan Sophia Alexander ! With performances by Anaya DeVore, Shesha Manson , & Jordan! Surprise Special Guest Performer announcement closer to date! Food Truck on Site! Delicious cocktail menu by Ghost Coast! And beats by DJ Jose! ghostcoastdistillery.com

Armstrong Campus, GSU. 11935 Abercorn St. savannahrep.org

HAZEL VIRTUE’S SAVANNAH REUNION

Athens alterna-rockers Hazel Virtue reunite once more for a low country mini-tour! Friday July 1st Chamacos on Tybee Island 7pm chamacostacos. net Saturday July 2- Service Brewingservicebrewing.com Sunday July 3 DoubleHeader: 1pm Starland Yard starlandyard. com 8pm Mocama Beer Co. (St Augustine, FLA) mocama.com All shows free, all ages, and open to the public. Hazel will open all shows with an acoustic set followed by a long electrified second set!!!

OPENING RECEPTION: “OUR GOLDEN COAST,” SULFUR STUDIOS

Opening Reception for “Our Golden Coast,” a Sulfur Studios Artist Supporter Exhibition! We will also celebrate the finale of Tiara Unique Francois’ project in the ON::View Residency! Learn more at sulfurstudios. org/ourgoldencoast and https:// sulfurstudios.org/tiara-uniquefrancois

INDEPENDENCE DRAG SPECTACULAR

Kick off 4th of July weekend with a BANG!! Celebrate with some of the BEST Drag Entertainers in the Southeast at Ghost Coast Distillery!

Hosted by Savannah’s own, Jordan Sophia Alexander ! With performances by Anaya DeVore, Shesha Manson , & Jordan! Surprise Special Guest Performer announcement closer to date! Food Truck on Site! Delicious cocktail menu by Ghost Coast! And beats by DJ Jose! ghostcoastdistillery.com

BLUEGRASS BY THE PINT WITH SWAMPTOOTH Join Service Brewing for Bluegrass by the Pint every Friday featuring live bluegrass from local favorites, Swamptooth.6 p.m. Service Brewing Co., 574 Indian St. servicebrewing.com

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Jess Shaw and Kevin Ryan will guide participants through an evening of trivia and self discovery at Service Brewing. Test your trivia knowledge while also competing in interactive challenge rounds to gain extra points. The first place team receives a $100 cash prize. 6:30 p.m. Service Brewing Co., 574 Indian St.. servicebrewing.com.

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SATURDAY 7/2

TUESDAY 7/5

An intimate concert performance by Savannah’s premiere jazz and gospel singer. Backed by the Savannah Theatre band, Huxsie relives her 50-year career through song and charming storytelling, and showcases her dynamic vocal style with her renditions of hit songs through the years. 2 shows only - Thurs, June 30, 8pm & Sat, July 2, 3pm THE SAVANNAH THEATRE at 222 Bull St., Downtown 912 233-7764 / savannahtheatre.com

The ghost of Savannah’s legendary open mic returns. Head out to the sequel to the open mic Hannibal Buress called “whack” and “please put that phone down”. All experience levels welcome! Come out and give us your best 5 minutes, or just come and laugh at us, we like it. 8:30-11:45 p.m. Stafford’s Public House, 306 W. Upper Factor’s Walk.behind the Historic Tybee Lighthouse.tybeeislandfarmersmarket. com

AN EVENING WITH HUXSIE SCOTT LIVE ON STAGE

FIRE & WINE

Enjoy half off bottles of wine and fire pits in the courtyard. Purchase one of our s’mores kits (marshmallows incl.) 6-9 p.m. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.

FORSYTH FARMERS MARKET

Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods, and other delights. Rain or shine. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Forsyth Park. Drayton St. & East Park Ave.

ISLANDS FARMERS MARKET

Weekly farmers market on Talahi Island highlighting local growers and makers, healthy foods and a positive environment. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Islands Farmers’ Market, 401 Quarterman Dr. facebook.com/ islandsfarmersmarket

SUNDAY 7/3

BEATS, BREWS + BEERMOSAS

Catch those Sunday Vibes every week at Service Brewing with beats, brews and beermosas featuring sets from local DJs, delicious food trucks and 16 beers on tap. 12:30-5:30 p.m. Service Brewing Company, 574 Indian St. servicebrewing.com

BINGO! AT ELKS LODGE

Join Elks Lodge for Bingo on Thursdays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 7-9 p.m. Enjoy great family fun, good food at the snack bar and many chances to win cash. Elks Lodge, 183 Wilshire Blvd.

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SUNSET PARTY SUNDAY

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Wrap up the weekend with a Sunday Funday Sunset Party on the roof. Local DJ Doc Ock on the 1s and 2s, an amazing view, Long Drink and Herradura specials, and $3 Rosé all day. 6 - 9 p.m. Top Deck, 125 W. River Street

MONDAY 7/4

MIDTOWN MONDAYS

Savannah’s largest industry night at Oak 36 Bar + Kitchen. Enjoy Pubstar Karaoke hosted by Shane along with DJ B-RAD playing today’s hits inbetween singers. Enjoy $4-$5 drink specials all night along with a late night menu and craft cocktail bar. The fun starts at 10pm every Monday! 5500 Abercorn St. Ste. 36

STAFFORD’S TUESDAY COMEDY OPEN MIC

PILATES CLASS

Skidaway Island United Methodist Church (SIUMC) offers, to church and non-church members alike, basic Mat Pilates classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:1510:15 a.m., for only $5.00-$6.25 per class. Classes focus on improving core strength, posture, flexibility and muscle tone. Visit siumc.org/nurture 54 Diamond Causeway

WEDNESDAY 7/6 TRIVIA NIGHT WITH JESS SHAW

Jess Shaw and Kevin Ryan will guide participants through an evening of trivia and self discovery at Service Brewing. Test your trivia knowledge while also competing in interactive challenge rounds to gain extra points. The first place team receives a $100 cash prize. 6:30 p.m. Service Brewing Co., 574 Indian St.. servicebrewing.com.

WHISKEY WEDNESDAYS

Discounted regional and international whiskey and bourbon selections every Wednesday at Oak 36 Bar + Kitchen. Come try something new on the rocks, as a smoked drink, or perhaps with natural shrubs and fresh pressed juices in one of their craft cocktails. 5500 Abercorn St. Suite #36

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: HIDDEN WORLD - SUMMER OF SEQUELS

When the sudden appearance of a female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. The two friends will soon discover their true destinies as dragon and rider fight toge ther to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure. tybeeposttheater.org

THURSDAY 7/7

BINGO! AT ELKS LODGE

Join Elks Lodge for Bingo on Thursdays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 7-9 p.m. Enjoy great family fun, good food at the snack bar and many chances to win cash. Elks Lodge, 183 Wilshire Blvd.


FREE YOGA ON THE BEACH AT THE THE DECK

Enjoy free yoga on the Tybee sponsored by The Deck Beach Bar & Kitchen. Bring a large beach towel, your mat or a tapestry, a hat and sunglasses, water and a friend. 9-10 a.m. The Deck Beachbar and Kitchen, 404 Butler Ave.

SOUNDGARDEN EVENTS

FRIDAY 7/8

FRI JUNE 4TH

SONS OF SAILORS: JIMMY BUFFETT TRIBUTE

It’s going to be a night of Jimmy Buffett in our little tropical paradise as we bring back Nashville’s Sons of Sailors, one of the nation’s top Jimmy Buffett tribute bands live on stage for a two-hour tour through Margaritaville. So draw on your pencil thin mustache, round up your brown eyed girl and get ready for some changes in latitude, changes in attitude! tybeeposttheater.org

BLUEGRASS BY THE PINT WITH SWAMPTOOTH

Join Service Brewing for Bluegrass by the Pint every Friday featuring live bluegrass from local favorites, Swamptooth.6 p.m. Service Brewing Co., 574 Indian St. servicebrewing.com

SATURDAY 7/9 FIRE & WINE

Enjoy half off bottles of wine and fire pits in the courtyard. Purchase one of our s’mores kits (marshmallows incl.) 6-9 p.m. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.

FORSYTH FARMERS MARKET

Local and regional produce, honey, meat, dairy, pasta, baked goods, and other delights. Rain or shine. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Forsyth Park. Drayton St. & East Park Ave.

ISLANDS FARMERS MARKET

SUNDAY 7/10

BEATS, BREWS + BEERMOSAS

Catch those Sunday Vibes every week at Service Brewing with beats, brews and beermosas featuring sets from local DJs, delicious food trucks and 16 beers on tap. 12:30-5:30 p.m. Service Brewing Company, 574 Indian St. servicebrewing. com

BINGO! AT ELKS LODGE

Join Elks Lodge for Bingo on Thursdays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 7-9 p.m. Enjoy great family fun, good food at the snack bar and many chances to win cash. Elks Lodge, 183 Wilshire Blvd.

AN EVENING WITH RANDALL SAT JUNE 11TH BRAMBLETT SAT. JULY 2ND

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SAVANNAH REP’S THE SPITFIRE GRILL

SAT JUNE 5TH

Savannah Repertory Theatre’s summer musical presentation of The Spitfire Grill will be led by Dani Vazquez in the role of Percy Talbott, who arrives in the small town of Gilead, Wisconsin with one suitcase and a number of secrets. Jenkins Hall, Armstrong Campus, GSU. 11935 Abercorn St. savannahrep.org

SUNSET PARTY SUNDAY

Wrap up the weekend with a Sunday Funday Sunset Party on the roof. Local DJ Doc Ock on the 1s and 2s, an amazing view, Long Drink and Herradura specials, and $3 Rosé all day. 6 - 9 p.m. Top Deck, 125 W. River Street

MONDAY 7/11

MIDTOWN MONDAYS

Savannah’s largest industry night at Oak 36 Bar + Kitchen. Enjoy Pubstar Karaoke hosted by Shane along with DJ B-RAD playing today’s hits inbetween singers. Enjoy $4-$5 drink specials all night along with a late night menu and craft cocktail bar. The fun starts at 10pm every Monday! 5500 Abercorn St. Ste. 36

TUESDAY 7/12

STAFFORD’S TUESDAY COMEDY OPEN MIC

The ghost of Savannah’s legendary open mic returns. Head out to the sequel to the open mic Hannibal Buress called “whack” and “please put that phone down”. All experience levels welcome! Come out and give us your best 5 minutes, or just come and laugh at us, we like it. 8:30-11:45 p.m. Stafford’s Public House, 306 W. Upper Factor’s Walk. behind the Historic Tybee Lighthouse. tybeeislandfarmersmarket.com

PILATES CLASS

Skidaway Island United Methodist

Church (SIUMC) offers, to church and non-church members alike, basic Mat Pilates classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:15-10:15 a.m., for only $5.00-$6.25 per class. Classes focus on improving core strength, posture, flexibility and muscle tone. Visit siumc. org/nurture 54 Diamond Causeway

SATJUNE JULY17TH 9TH FRI

FRI JUNE 11TH

LAST OF THE RIGHT WHALES

PRESENTED BY TYBEE MARINE SCIENCE CENTER From the only known calving grounds to the shifting feeding grounds, the awardwinning LAST OF THE RIGHT WHALES follows the North Atlantic right whale migration and the people committed to saving a species still struggling to recover from centuries of hunting. Now climate change is forcing right whales further north in search of food, putting them on a collision course with deadly ships and fishing gear. North Atlantic right whales (Georgia’s State mammal) are dying faster than they can reproduce. With less than 350 remaining, these great whales rarely die of natural causes. Instead, they are run over by ships or suffer lethal injuries from fishing gear. If we don’t stop killing them, in 20 years they could be extinct. With unprecedented access to film the right whale migration, LAST OF THE RIGHT WHALES brings a message of hope about the most at-risk great whale on the planet. The film will be followed by an audience Q&A with whale experts. lucastheatre.com

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INTRODUCTIONS:

MEET MIA MANCE DOING THE WORK: LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY AND BUSINESS OWNER SERVES THE COMMUNITY SHE LOVES By Chantel Britton

chantel@connectsavannah.com

about and do the work: “If you find one thing and you show up to it and you serve it, it will pay off for generations behind you.” Her ultimate goal is global philanthropy. “How I do all of that, I haven’t figured it out yet,” she laughed. Beyond her business and charitable work, Mance is a family woman. “I do prioritize my relationship and I prioritize the time that I spend with my daughter,” she expressed. As a working parent, Mance does believe that work-life balance is somewhat of an illusion, but she gives herself grace for doing the best she can day by day. “I don’t expect perfection from myself, but I don’t think anybody should. . . You don’t have to be perfect to do your best,” said Mance. In all, stays motivated because of her genuine love for the local community: “I love Savannah. I really do. I think that I’m so lucky that I get to live here. I’m so lucky that our family gets to be here. My daughter is blessed in every way because of this community. . . I am inspired by the work of all the people around me. If ever there’s a day that I’m tired, I look at the people who just get up and make things happen. And they don’t do it for the credit. They just get it done. And I think that together, that’s how we make the Savannah that we love to call home.” To learn more about Mia Mance and the work she does visit miatalks.com

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Mia Mance is a Savannah transplant who’s been living and working in the city for the past eight years. She’s originally from Atlanta but spent her years moving all around the country and even Spain. “I was a gypsy kid . . . I’ve just been all over,” she expressed. She settled in Savannah after landing a radio job in May of 2014. Mance is a known radio personality and business owner, but radio and marketing weren’t a part of her original plan. “I had a whole different career plan, which was not this. This was not my plan,” she began. Mance is married to local attorney Chad Mance, but she had initial plans of becoming a lawyer as well early on. “I got a full ride into law school, but I did not take it. . . I ended up meeting a radio station in Atlanta and I’ve been doing this for 18 years now,” she said. A veritable people person, Mance found her calling in the worlds of radio and marketing. “I’m a very curious person. I like to learn about people, and I didn’t know that this could be a whole career,” Mance explained. “I didn’t have a perfect plan, but I think that I had the knowledge and information combined with the ability to really connect with people and to connect with local businesses,” she added.

She’s taken her passion for people and turned it into not only a successful radio career, but she’s started her own business as well. Mance’s business Mia Talks helps other businesses develop and maintain presence in today’s ever-changing media landscape. “My company educates small businesses here locally on how to make social media work for them,” said Mance. She coaches local businesses, teaching them how to leverage certain tools to automate processes and make different social outlets work for them. She also does motivational and business speaking. Mance’s professional goals are not just about growth but, as she puts it, smart growth. “I really only partner with things, not only that I believe in, but that I believe are vested in making not only our local community but whatever space that they’re moving through better,” she began. “Growth looks really different to a lot of people, some see it as a number. I think it’s smart partnerships and building,” she continued. She’s passionate about making meaningful connections and serving others. “Ideally, I would love to be able to travel the world educating and empowering people on how to make media really work for what they’re doing,” said Mance. She’s very much involved in the community, partnering with and promoting local nonprofits. She encourages others to find something they’re passionate

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COMMUNITY

PROPERTY MATTERS

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By Eric Curl

Savannah

savannahagenda.com

Welcome to the latest edition of Savannah Agenda’s Property Matters. This column is a result of my tendency to spend way too much time perusing building permits, sales records and meeting agendas. For me, discovering a new site plan, property restoration or interesting property sale is like catching a new episode of the latest binge-worthy show. I hope you enjoy reading the summaries of what I find. Stay engaged Savannah.

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(Photo Above) Maybe it was the lack of chrome covered dinosaur skeletons and sparkling geodes, but the River Street East project never quite got the attention Richard Kessler’s Plant Riverside on the western side of the Savannah Riverwalk did. Now, 10 years after the 4-acre, 4-hotel development was first introduced, the plan to transform River Street’s eastern end is showing some signs of life. The city recently issued building permits for a 7-story garage and a 6-to-8-story hotel on the east end of River Street as part of the large-scale development that was first introduced a decade ago. The River Street East project dates back to at least 2012, when plans were submitted for the

A building permit was recently issued to construct a 7-story parking garage on the east side of the Homewood Suites - the hotel with the pod-like feature sprouting from the top.

garage and surrounding hotels as part of the large development. One of the hotels, the 8-story Homewood Suites, has been open since 2015 and stands immediately west of the vacant lot where the garage will be built. (It’s the one with the pod-like “feature” sprouting from the roof’s east side at President Street.) In addition to the plan to build the hotel to the west of Homewood Suites, an 8-story hotel is proposed to be built north of the garage. That hotel is east of a planned fourth hotel, which is comprised of three 2-story buildings fronting the Savannah Riverwalk. All of the proposed buildings have been approved by the Historic District Board of Review (HDBR). The developer is now working with the city to


PROPERTY MATTERS increase public access to the Savannah Riverwalk. Plans for an elevator from Bay Street to River Street outside the Homewood Suites were recently approved by the HDBR. Following public opposition, the city has called off for now a related proposal to build a pedestrian bridge at the East Broad Street ramp to River Street that would connect Emmet Park with the planned hotel to the west.

FORMER SOUTHSIDE KROGER While the city is cracking down on illegal dumping at the site, the former Kroger on Savannah’s Southside will apparently continue to serve as an option for folks with too much stuff. A real estate investment firm recently purchased the property with plans to convert the vacant building into a self-storage facility, according to sales and permitting records. The Charlotte, NC-based subsidiary of Madison Capital Group (MCG) purchased the property at 14010 Abercorn St. for $5.25 million on May 18. The purchase came a little over a week after the firm submitted a building permit application to renovate the building for use as a Go Store It storage facility. MCG is the same firm that is planning to demolish the former Sears at Oglethorpe Mall and construct an apartment complex at the site, as first reported by Savannah Agenda.

While the city’s new Enmarket Arena will serve as the Savannah Ghost Pirates home rink, the minor league hockey team will need a place to sharpen their skates and skills when the ice is defrosted and other events take center stage at the venue. Part of a 323-acre development in a rural region of Savannah in west Chatham County is expected to eventually meet that need, after the city recently rezoned the site north of Fort Argyle Road and West of Interstate 95 to accommodate warehousing and an ice hockey rink.

RESTORATION OF MCQUEEN’S ISLAND TRAIL ALONG US 80 ALMOST COMPLETE

The area has been experiencing increased activity with regards to proposed and ongoing development projects in recent years - including the ongoing construction of two warehouses immediately west of the hockey rink site - and the growing interest in developing along the corridor is expected to continue.

Chatham County officials say they are nearly done restoring the McQueen’s Island Trail along the stretch of US 80 to Tybee Island, after the popular recreational trail was wiped out by storm surges and wakes from the larger ships traveling to and from Georgia’s ports.

Fans of walking alongside the Savannah River in a more natural setting than what downtown has to offer may soon be in luck.

Going on more than three years, the restoration project’s completion has been delayed multiple times – with costs increasing from almost $1.5 million to almost $2.6 million – due to storms, high tides and shipping traffic. The trail is now expected to be completed in July. A mid-point entrance about a mile past the Bull River bridge will be permanently closed, however, in accordance with a Georgia Department of Transportation directive to address US 80 traffic concerns. Visitors will instead have to park at the entrance to Fort Pulaski. - All photos by Eric Curl

Need more information on property and developement in the Coastal Empire? Visit savannahagenda.com for local meeting agendas, property, transportation and development news, quizzes and more.

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SAVANNAH GHOST PIRATES PRACTICE RINK, WAREHOUSING PLANNED FOR FT. ARGYLE RD.

In addition to serving as a practice space for the Ghost Pirates, the proposed hockey rink is expected to also serve as a year-round ice skating facility for adult and youth hockey leagues, figure skating, and other ice skating tournaments and events, according to the developer.

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO CELEBRATE THE INDEPENDENCE HOLIDAY IN THE COASTAL EMPIRE

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Whether you’re looking for fireworks, food or fun, and whether you’re a local or visitor, there are lots of Independence Day activities happening throughout the area. Here’s a handy list. Visit connectsavannah.com for more information

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SAVANNAH STARS AND STRIPES JULY 4TH WEEKEND CELEBRATION HOSTED BY PLANT RIVERSIDE DISTRICT From July 1-4 the Plant Riverside District will be celebrating Independence Day weekend with a variety of family-friendly festivities that are free and open to the public. The event will feature several live musical performances across its four days. This includes Lyn Avenue on Friday, July 1 from 7 -10 p.m.; Natalie Goodman on Saturday, July 2 from 4:30 - 6 p.m.; Super Deluxe on Saturday, July 2 from 7 - 10 p.m.; Ramona and the Riot on Sunday, July 3 from 6 - 9:30 p.m.; The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra on Monday, July 4 from 2-6 p.m.; and Legacy on Monday, July 4 from 8:15 - 9:15 p.m. The Parris Island Marine Band will be performing at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park from noon to 1 p.m. and again from 3 - 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. Additionally, the 3rd Infantry Division Band will also play live on Monday, July 4 from 12 - 2 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Along with live music, the event will also include A Red, White & Blue Spectacular aerial show featuring performances by Cira Divina on July 1-3 at 8:30 p.m. Plant Riverside District will also have a special prefireworks performance on July 4 at 7:30 p.m. and present a nightly America the Beautiful Fountain Show with themed music as well as live painting by J. Scott Nicol at Savion Fine Art on July 1-3. Kids can also enjoy daily mini golf from 1-5 p.m. in Montgomery Park and a daily Kids Corner from 1-5 p.m. in Montgomery Park, offering arts and crafts activities. The

Savannah Ghost Pirates hockey team will lead the Kids Corner on July 3 and July 4. Visit plantriverside.com for more information INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT FORT MCALLISTER STATE HISTORIC PARK For history aficionados Fort McAllister offers a unique way to spend your weekend. The fort, located on the banks of the Ogeechee River, is an earthwork fort that operated during the Civil War. Surviving multiple bombardments by Union ironclads, the fort eventually fell during General William T. Sherman’s “March to the Sea.” The state park will have living history demonstrations including musket firings, and old-fashioned games on Saturday, July 3, and Sunday, July 4. Visitors explore the grounds with cannons, a furnace, bombproof barracks, palisades, and more, while a Civil War Museum contains artifacts, a video, and a gift shop. On Sunday, the event will also feature a fishing event starting at 7 a.m. (pre-registration required) and fresh watermelon slices at the fort’s barracks at noon. Fort McAllister is located at 3894 Fort McAllister Road, Richmond Hill, Georgia. Visit gastateparks.org/FortMcAllister for more information. 2022 WATERMELON CRAWL The annual event hosted by Fleet Feet Savannah Running Club and Savannah Ambucs is a great way to get some steps prior to evening festivities. The group run is free and does not require pre-registration, simply show up in proper running attire and shoes. Anyone in the community is encouraged to attend the run, which will take participants from Lake Mayer to scenic Isle of Hope and back. There is a 6-mile loop and an 8-mile loop that attendees may choose from. The run is casual, and participants can expect large amounts of watermelon to be served afterwards. The event will be raising money in support of Lieutenant Richard Wiggins from the Savannah Police Department in his campaign to raise money for Savannah AMBUCS. While the event has no registration, organizers will be accepting donations that morning. The 2022 Watermelon Crawl kicks off at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 4 at Lake Mayer which is located at 7235 Sallie Mood Drive. Visit fleetfeet.com for more information.

WESLEY MONUMENTAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PATRIOTIC CONCERT Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church (429 Abercorn St) will host a Patriotic Concert on Sunday, July 3 at 5:00 PM. The concert will feature the Coastal Winds Woodwind Quintet and the Coastal Brass Quartet. Donations from the concert will be accepted to benefit local charity Team Savannah for Veterans. Visit WeslyMonumental.org for more information. FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS CRUISE For those looking for an alternate way of viewing the Fourth of July Fireworks show, with amazing views of River Street and the Savannah River, consider Savannah Riverboat Cruise’s Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise. The 90-minute excursion not only provides a fantastic view of the fireworks show, guests are treated to drinks, music and food, all included with the ticket price.Boarding begins at 8 p.m. with the cruise lasting from 9 - 10:30 p.m. Visit for savannahriverboat.com more information FIREWORKS ON TYBEE ISLAND If you’re willing to brave the traffic, watching fireworks from the Tybee pier on strand Avenue is an option. Although the event is staged on the pier, fireworks can be viewed from any of Tybee Island’s eastern beaches. Plan to get there early and stay late as fireworks go from 9:15 p.m.- 9:30 pm. INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS SHOW Savannah’s Waterfront Association will host the annual Independence Day Fireworks Show on Monday, July 4th at 9:15 p.m. There is something truly magical about watching fireworks light up the night sky over the Savannah River. SAVANNAH BANANAS VS. LEXINGTON COUNTY BLOWFISH If you were lucky enough to get tickets for July 2, the Savannah Bananas home game is way to kick off the Independence Day Weekend. Renowned for their eccentric rules and circus-like atmosphere, the Bananas make baseball fun. There will also be fireworks at the end of the game for spectators to enjoy. Grayson Stadium is located at 1401 E Victory Dr. For more information visit thesavannahbananas.com.


HANG OUT ON RIVER STREET Plant Riverside District is not the only part of River Street celebrating the 4th. There are tons of shops and restaurants with dinner and drink specials. Have a sweet tooth? Check out Savannah Candy Kitchen and snag yourself a praline. Craving Seafood? Fiddler’s Crab House serves fresh locally caught seafood. Finding a drink will not be difficult with a several bars being along the riverfront. RED, WHITE & BREWS BAR CRAWL Savannah Bar Crawl will be hosting their Fourth of July themed bar Crawl on July 2 from 4-10 p.m. Participants meet at their starting bar and visit participating bars at their own pace. Each bar has a list of drink specials only available to those participating. Through the crawl participants meet other patrons and collect crawl themed items. Once each bar has been checked off the list, participants head to an after party to pick up their t-shirts. For more information visit redwhitebrewsbarcrawl.com MARNE INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVAL The festival will take place on Fort Stuart Located at Wurzburg St, Fort Stewart, GA on July 1. There will be performances by Trace Adkins and Dru Hill on Donovan Field along with food beverages and a fireworks display. Event opens at 4:30 p.m. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks at 10:30 p.m. Please note: Fort Stewart is an active military base and guests their vehicles and their items may be subject to random search to ensure the safety of our community. Installation access is at the discretion of the Commander based on health and protection conditions. Visit stewarthunter.armymwr.com for more information. 4TH OF JULY AT THE ALIDA HOTEL From July 2-4 The Alida will be offering Fourth of July Specials on drinks and food and revelry at Rhett, The Trade Room and The Lost Square. Visit thealidahotel.com for more information. INDEPENDENCE DRAG SPECTACULAR AT GHOST COAST DISTILLERY Celebrate 4th of July with some of the BEST Drag Entertainers in the Southeast! Hosted by Savannah’s own, Jordan Sophia Alexander. With performances by Anaya DeVore, Shesha Manson, & Jordan. Surprise Special Guest Performer announcement closer to date. A Food Truck will be on site in addition to a cocktail menu by Ghost Coast. DJ Jose will be providing music for the event. Visit ghostcoastdistillery.com for more information.

FIREWORKS LAW: The State of Georgia permits the purchase and use of consumer fireworks, which include everything sold in Georgia retail stores - from bottle rockets to firecrackers and sparklers. Fireworks can be used any day between the hours of 10 a.m. and 11:59 p.m., unless prohibited by local noise ordinances. Usage times are extended to 11:59 p.m. on New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, July 3 and July 4. On New Year’s Eve fireworks can be used until 1 a.m. State law bans the use of fireworks on roads and highways and within 100 yards of a hospital, nursing home or gas station. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources prohibits the use of fireworks in state parks. FIREWORKS DANGERS: More than 19,500 reported fires are started by fireworks annually Burns account for 44% of the 9,100 injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms in the month around July 4. Half of the 9,100 fireworks injuries seen at U.S. emergency rooms in 2018 involved the hands, fingers, or legs. Children age 10–14 suffered the most fireworks injuries in the U.S. in 2018. More than 36% of victims were under 15. Sparklers account for roughly one-quarter of

fireworks injuries treated in U.S. emergency rooms. FIREWORKS ALTERNATIVES: Use glow sticks instead of sparklers - Sparklers burn at 1200 degrees. Compare that to the 900 degree melting point of glass, the 575 degree burning point of wood, 350 degree baking temperature for cake and the 212 degree boiling point of water. Use homemade and party store noisemakers instead of firecrackers - 34% of the 9,100 people treated for fireworks injuries in U.S. emergency rooms in 2018 suffered damage to the eye or other parts of the head. Host an outdoor movie night instead of a fireworks display – In 2018 fireworks started an estimated 19,500 fires in the U.S. Use red, white and blue silly string as a fireworks alternative – Fireworks ignited 1,900 structure fires, 500 vehicle fires, and 17,100 outside and other fires in the U.S. in 2018. Host a patriotic costume party and craft competition with friends and family – in 2018 fireworks caused five deaths and $105 million in direct property damage in the U.S. Sources: Savannah Fire Dept., National Fire Protection Agency & the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

NOTE ON PARKING: Downtown Savannah parking is limited during the 4th of July weekend. If you are seeking an alternative to garage or street parking downtown, you may park at the Savannah Convention Center, and take the ferry across the river to River Street to enjoy the waterfront fireworks. Shuttles are also available from Savannah Mall to River Street. For more information on transportation options, please visit ConnectontheDot.com and CatchaCAT.org.) EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE: Parts of Hutchinson Island were damaged by a 3.9 magnitude earthquake. As a result, the ferry on Hutchinson Island has changed where it is docking. The ferry will continue to run on its normal schedule, but is docking at the dock outside of the Trade Center. Passengers wanting to ride the ferry to or from River Street will need to go to the World Trade Center to access the ferry boat.

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SPEND THE WEEKEND AT A PARK OR SQUARE It’s no secret that the park in Savannah are great location to visit. Whether you want to picnic at Forsyth or Daffin it’s important to keep the part clean, especially after Fourth of July festivities. City of Savannah rules for Parks and Squares: No Styrofoam (coolers or cups) No Glass No Underage Drinking No Littering Don’t damage the Landscaping Bring your own Trash Bags Pack it in/Pack it out All streets and squares have trash and recycling bins -Compiled by Alex Arango

FIREWORK SAFETY AND ALTERNATIVES

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COMMUNITY

SPORTS

JAUDON SPORTS: SAVANNAH BANANAS DOMINATING COASTAL PLAIN LEAGUE THROUGH SEASON’S FIRST HALF

The Savannah Bananas on their team bus. Photo from Savannah Bananas

SPORTS NOTES

BY TRAVIS JAUDON

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Sports Columnist @JaudonSports

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Let’s not pretend like the Savannah Bananas are known for their play on the baseball field.

different times already … It’s also about how they are winning all these games.

They are not. Theatrics guided by the Golden Rule of “Fans First” are what drive fans to Grayson Stadium by the masses, and let’s not pretend like those fans care all that much about who wins the baseball game breaking out between the acts and antics. They do not.

They lead the league in stolen bases with 66 through June 24, that’s nearly three swipes per game on average. At a .270 clip, Savannah is second in the CPL in batting average (remember when that stat mattered!?) and they’re second in team ERA (3.12). They’ve struck out the fourth fewest times and they’ve hit just nine home runs through the season’s first month and change.

But here’s the thing: The Savannah Bananas are winning most of these baseball games. They are the Coastal Plain League’s marquee team for what they are doing off the field, and they are quickly becoming the CPL’s most dominant team between the lines as well. It’s not just about the 18-5 start to this season for head coach Tyler Gillum’s team … or the fact that the Bananas have outscored opponents by 56 runs through 23 games … or that they’ve clinched yet another playoff spot with a first half West Division title … or that they’ve won five straight games three

For as much as they irk the game’s traditionalist fans, the Bananas are playing an old-school brand of baseball that those same traditionalists can’t deny.

In other words … these Bananas put the ball in play, they get guys on base, they move runners over and in, and they pitch better than most. THAT is the style of game old heads are always longing for. It’s working incredibly well thus far this summer, and all signs point to the Bananas being big favorites to win the CPL for a second straight summer.

One of the most sought after quarterback recruits in recent memory, Arch Manning (Isidore Newman – New Orleans, LA) announced his verbal commitment to the University of Texas last week … The No. 1 rated recruit in the Class of 2023 and nephew to Peyton and Eli Manning, Arch chose the Longhorns over notable offers from the likes of Georgia and Alabama. The recruiting battles between Texas and traditional SEC powers like UGA and Bama should become more common moving forward, as Texas and Oklahoma are set to join the conference by 2025. Friday is July 1, and that means it’s another chance to celebrate Bobby Bonilla Day … The former Major League Baseball outfielder collects a check for $1,193,248.20 from the New York Mets, his former team, annually on the first of July. Bonilla, now 59, had the remaining $5.9 million left on his contract bought out by the Mets in 2000. But, instead of paying him the $5.9 million, the Mets agreed to make annual payments of nearly $1.2 million to Bonilla for 25 years, beginning on July 1, 2011, including an agreed upon 8% interest. The Mets will pay Bonilla through 2035, making it one of the worst (and funniest) contracts in professional sports history. FOLLOW Travis Jaudon on Twitter/Instagram @JaudonSports. Email him at travisLjaudon@gmail.com. Listen to him host Hot Grits Podcast, Savannah’s No. 1 sports podcast, with new episodes released each Tuesday.


FOOD & DRINK EAT IT & LIKE IT

PRESENTED WEEKLY BY SAVANNAH TECHNICAL COLLEGE

STEVEDORE:

EAST RIVER ON THE RISE Film CrewS preFer our gradS

THE SEAFOOD TOWER AT RHETT

EAT IT AND LIKE IT By Jesse Blanco eatitandlikeit.com

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An equal opportunity institution.

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For all of the development and density we are witnessing in and around Savannah, the biggest project on the landscape is one that remains a work in progress. The Western end of River Street is covered by the Plant Riverside District, which is now approaching a second anniversary. The other end of the Savannah’s ‘waterfront’ —The Eastern Wharf Project— is crawling along with hopes of one day becoming as thriving of a gathering spot as PRD. For all of the vehicular traffic that rolls up and down President St., I’m guessing a large majority of the people driving by haven’t stopped in, which is understandable. There’s really nothing to see from the road. There’s an apartment building and a hotel in the middle of an empty field rising above the landscape like a pyramid in Egypt.

I mean, it looks cool, but what can you do there? Now you have one more reason to take a look. Bar Julian at the top of the Thompson Hotel offers the best views at sunset in the city. Fleeting, their ground floor restaurant under the direction of Executive Chef Rob Newton, is offering some of the best food in the city. Top 2 or 3 easily. Absolutely the best ‘on the river’ if you care for such a classification. Now you have another reason to stop by, during the day actually. It’s a brand new bakery at The Thompson called Stevedore. It is early for them, but it is fair to say it is wonderful in every way. Chef Robert first mentioned their plans for a bakery some time ago. My assumption was that it would be something of a good quality hotel lobby offshoot like we see at The Perry Lane Hotel. That’s not at all the case at The Thompson. Stevedore isn’t standalone because it is technically in the hotel building, but there is only one entrance for customers. It is around the back of the hotel. If you didn’t know any better, you’d never know

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COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK LONDON DAISY ENJOY AT: BAMBOO ROOM TIKI BAR 116 W Congress St. (above Sorry Charlie’s)

MADE WITH:

Gin, Yellow Chartreuse, Falernum, Strawberry, Lime, Soda

STEVEDORE

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there was a hotel around the other side, which I like. Heading up the operation is Executive Pastry Chef Noah Whritenour, who comes over from Husk Savannah. Partnering with local farms and growers from across the south, Newton and Whritenour celebrate the spirit of the south, showcasing ingredients like artisan flours from Anson Mills in Charleston, SC, country ham from the Hammery in Tennessee, cheese from Thomasville’s Sweet Grass Dairy. The space is modern while the work in progress on display for most to see as you order your fresh baked goodies. I tried a few things on my first visit and enjoyed them all. The star of that particular visit was a Sourdough Country Loaf of bread. It was gone fairly quickly after I got it home and mine has become a home of bread snobs. Trust me on that one. The farmers market tomato sandwiches on freshly baked focaccia looked too beautiful to eat. Chef tells me they are the stars of the show right now, but that may change as they get deeper into their repertoire. You can’t do it all opening weekend, right? No, of course not. Stevedore, which incidentally is a name given to a dock worker or someone assigned to load or unload ships, offers a full range of coffees and is collaborating with our friends at PERC Coffee. The goods are certainly good enough to draw a crowd and I suspect they will. But

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there is another large reason why I expect this project to do well. Savannah has a bit of a bakery void right now. The once iconic neighborhood gathering spot Back in the Day Bakery has gone to part time window service post-pandemic. Auspicious Baking Company, meanwhile, has practically become synonomous with baked goods in this town. The only issue there is it seems like every new venture in Savannah who wants to carry some fresh baked anything is raising an Auspicious flag. There’s no problem there, unless of course you want some variety. Now we’ve got a tiny bit more. Options are always welcome. Another big reason why I can see Stevedore becoming a neighborhood go-to is access to parking. The biggest advantage for now at the Eastern Wharf Project is the fact that it hasn’t filled in yet, and won’t be for a while. I could write another full column on what I’ve been told is planned for that project, but that’s a great story for another time. Right now there is still plenty of free parking surrounding the Thompson Hotel. I mean, the hotel offers valet parking, but you aren’t going to toss a young man your keys while you grab a Benne Seed Profiterole with banana and miso caramel and whipped pecan butter with a latte are you? Well, good on ya’ if you do. That will leave plenty of space for the rest of us. Because I plan to be there regularly. They will be open Thursday to Sunday from 7am until 2pm.

A riff off the classic Daisy de Santiago, the London Daisy is a bright cocktail combining gin with other fine flavors. “A lot of people don’t think of gin being in tiki drinks,” said Robert Knarr, Sorry Charlie’s Beverage Director. But the London Daisy is proof that gin fits right in with tropical tiki drinks. Served in custom glassware topped with an orchid and an umbrella, The London Daisy is slightly citrusy without being too sweet, making it a great option for imbibers who don’t like saccharine drinks. It’s an approachable cocktail perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot summer day. Knarr recommends it to everyone: “It’s a great summer drink. It’s light and refreshing, and it’s got nice complex flavors.” Swing by the Bamboo Room Tiki Bar soon to give the London Daisy a try.

FOOD TRUCK OF THE WEEK

KONA ICE

Kona Ice is a food truck franchise bringing gourmet shaved ice to Savannah’s streets. With a variety of sugary flavors including Blue Raspberry, Monster Mango and more, Kona Ice is a cold, sweet treat that will help keep you cool and content on a hot summer day. Kona Ice takes a unique approach to shaved ice by allowing patrons to flavor their own ice. The Flavorwave, a flavor dispenser located on the side of the truck, has ten fun, fruity flavors, and you can choose any combination you desire. It’s worth noting that the first ingredient in every Kona Ice flavor is real fruit, so you’re not just getting artificial flavors and sugar. You can catch the Kona Ice truck at fun festivals and events this summer. Follow them on Facebook @KonaIceOfSavannah and Instagram @ kona_ice_of_savannah

-Chantel Britton


PETS OF THE WEEK Each week, we will highlight pets available for adoption from local rescue organizations. This month, we are featuring Chatham County Animal Services.

FRANKENWEENIE

LIVE OAK PUBLIC

LIBRARIES

AGE: 1 YEAR OLD WEIGHT: 25 LBS COLORS: BROWN AND WHITE

Frankenweenie is a high-energy dachshund mix who came to us at only 4 months old, and grew up at our Operation New Hope facility. He’s absolutely a barrel of fun! He’s very outgoing and playful and LOVES meeting new people – he would be a great pick for an active family ready to fill his life with adventure. He wants all of your attention so would like to be the only pet in the home. Contact ONH staff at (912) 644-9430 to meet Frankenweenie! Operation New Hope is a partnership between Chatham County Animal Services and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. ONH staff and inmates provide husbandry, socialization, and training to CCAS animals to increase their adoptability.

MEECH

AGE: 1 YEAR OLD WEIGHT: 40 LBS COLOR: WHITE

Chatham County Animal Services (CCAS) is located at 7211 Sallie Mood Drive in Savannah, behind the Humane Society. We are open from 1 – 4:30 PM 6 days a week, closed on Wednesdays and major holidays. CCAS serves as a safety net for the lost, abandoned, and abused animals in our community. We offer volunteer opportunities, dog and cat adoptions, enforce animal-related ordinances, and intake stray or surrendered animals. Visit animalservices.chathamcountyga.gov for more information.

Compiled by Jamie Burton

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Meech is a sweet, high energy fella who was surrendered due to a family member’s chronic illness. They described him as a well-behaved and well-trained boy, and we could not agree more! He walks well on leash and loves attention. He also lived with young children in his previous home and got along with any dogs he met. Meech is a little anxious here, since he’s used to a quieter home and more interaction with people all day, so he would LOVE to come to your house and entertain you and your guests! All he wants are some good snuggles, some room to run around, and nice bed to sleep in at night – and maybe a good brushing now and then. Call 912-652-6575 to set an appointment to meet Meech here at the Adoption Center!

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BOOKS Savannah’s Independent Bookstore since 1975 offering a selection of fiction, nonfiction, regional, and children’s books

WHAT ARE WE READING? PRESENTED AND CURATED WEEKLY BY E. SHAVER, BOOKSELLER MY FRIEND ANNA

BY RACHEL DELOACHE WILLIAMS Rachel DeLoache Williams’ new friend Anna Delvey, a self-proclaimed German heiress, was worldly and ambitious. She was also generous - picking up the tab for lavish dinners at Le Coucou, infrared sauna sessions at HigherDOSE, drinks at the 11 Howard Library bar, and regular workout sessions with a celebrity personal trainer. When Anna proposed an all-expenses-paid trip Rachel jumped at the chance. But when Anna’s credit cards mysteriously stopped working, the dream vacation quickly took a dark turn. Anna asked Rachel to begin fronting costs. Before Rachel knew it, more than $62,000 had been charged to her credit cards. Anna swore she would reimburse Rachel the moment they returned to New York. Back in Manhattan, the repayment never materialized, and a shocking pattern of deception emerged. Rachel learned that Anna had left a trail of deceit wherever she’d been. Mortified, Rachel contacted the district attorney, and in a stunning turn of events, found herself helping to bring down one of the city’s most notorious con artists.

THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES BY MINDY MCGINNIS

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best - the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone. As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

BOOK OF NIGHT

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BY HOLLY BLACK

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Charlie Hall has never found a lock she couldn’t pick, a book she couldn’t steal, or a bad decision she wouldn’t make. She’s spent half her life working for gloamists, magicians who manipulate shadows to peer into locked rooms, strangle people in their beds, or worse. Gloamists guard their secrets greedily, creating an underground economy of grimoires. And to rob their fellow magicians, they need Charlie Hall.

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Now, she’s trying to distance herself from past mistakes, but getting out isn’t easy. Bartending at a dive, she’s still entirely too close to the corrupt underbelly of the Berkshires. Not to mention that her sister Posey is desperate for magic, and that Charlie’s shadowless, and possibly soulless, boyfriend has been hiding things from her. When a terrible figure from her past returns, Charlie descends into a maelstrom of murder and lies. Determined to survive, she’s up against a cast of doppelgangers, mercurial billionaires, gloamists, and the people she loves best in the world―all trying to steal a secret that will give them vast and terrible power.


THE KINGDOM OF SAVANNAH: George Dawes Green draws from Savannah’s past and personal memories for new historical thriller By Marley Gibson Features Writer

England, India, Australia, just everywhere.” In addition to The Moth, Green started the Gage Foundation which is “working to bring stories into villages in Africa and India. It’s particularly a way to empower women by bringing them together for stories. We’ve been doing that all over the world,” he shared. “We’re also starting programs to bring The Moth into areas of conflict. One thing that combatants can do is listen to the other side’s stories if they won’t listen to anything else.” Listening to others’ stories was what led to the inspiration for his new release. “‘The Kingdoms of Savannah’ is a fictional book based on historical references,” Green said. “There were a group of people who called themselves the soldiers of the King of England. They were black soldiers who had fought in the Battle of Savannah, on the British side. After the American Revolution was over, obviously they weren’t going back into slavery. A group of them went and lived on an island to the North of Savannah—about 18 miles—often called Abercorn Island. It’s in the swamps of the Savannah River.” “It’s near the famous Savannah Wildlife Refuge and Abercorn Island has become a part of [the refuge] in the last few years. These folks were called Maroons, meaning communities of runaway enslaved people, along with native Americans who would form communities up and down the coast. But, this particular community was built by soldiers and it was a fortress about a quarter-mile long. They build more than 20 houses with some 200 people living there.” Green realized The Kingdom is seldom discussed outside of academic circles, so the book stitches together several real historical accounts from slaves to reveal a new aspect of Savannah’s history, especially the fate of the Maroons, but for more details and information, he only teases that a lot comes to light in the pages of his book. “History tells us they successfully fought off the Georgia militia, but the South Carolina militia defeated them in a battle where many were killed or returned to slavery. Some of them fled to Florida and applied for asylum from the King of Spain and were granted it. That’s all we know about it. The rest is lost to history; however, the fortress is a part of the book… which is a contemporary thriller with its roots deep in Savannah’s past.” Green discussed his use of the area’s homeless camps in his novel. “I’ve always had friends here who have lived in the encampments. I’ve spent a lot of time in them drinking

For more information and tickets to the book release event on July 18, visit eventbrite.com and search for the event. “The Kingdoms of Savannah” is available in hardcover, eBook, and audio formats on July 19, 2022.For more on The Moth, visit themoth.org

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Author George Dawes Green draws on historical research, childhood memories, and the shared stories of others to craft his newest novel, “The Kingdoms of Savannah.” Best known for his runaway bestseller, “The Juror,” which was also made into a movie, Green grew up in many places in the North, but he moved to Savannah when he was about 11 and his world changed. “We bumped between Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia. My mom was a native Southerner and always considered Savannah to be ‘our capital city,’ and she could trace our ancestry back through eight generations,” Green said. “When I was young, my mom would put me in our huge Chevrolet Bel Air station wagon, she’d have on one of her fancy hats, and we’d drive from Brunswick to Savannah. The city was in ruins in those days, sort of ethereal, haunted, and crumbling, dripping in Spanish moss.” He continued the memory. “...we would gather with various relatives or cousins. My mom was Inez… and, in fact, it seemed a number of our cousins were also named Inez, a popular name in our family. All of the Inezes would sit around and talk about the old days. They’d talk of—longdeceased—Big Inez, who was sort of the matriarch of the family from Waynesboro, Georgia.” Green said he realized the importance of every person’s experience, every person’s story. “Story shapes the character of Savannah. Savannah is a living creature, proving stories shape a place. I got a real dose of this idea of the old Georgia and it sort of drove me crazy. When I was 15, I dropped out of high school and hitchhiked to New York City. Every now and then, over the years, I would come back to Georgia for a while. I did eventually buy a house in Savannah and I have relatives here. Although I live in Brooklyn, I still think of Savannah as my home.” Green was able to not only find great success in New York, but he discovered so much about story when he founded The Moth, a nonprofit organization celebrating the commonality and diversity of the human experience through the art and craft of true personal storytelling. The Moth podcast garners over 90 million downloads a year. “When I was in New York,” he began, “I had just published ‘The Juror.’ They made it into a movie with Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin, which was a big success. [Afterwards], I wanted to get involved in a project I’d thought about it for years and decided there was a need for a night where people could just come together and tell stories.” “The problem in Manhattan,” Green said with a snicker, “is you go to parties and there are these conversation vultures that interrupt everything within two sentences, so no one could ever tell a full story. I knew there were good raconteurs in New York. I wanted to set up sessions that were reminiscent of the nights on porches in the South in Savannah.” Green started in his living room by gathering a bunch of friends to tell stories. “Then, that became very successful. We started having nights in various bars and in bigger and bigger venues to now… we’re in the Lincoln Center, as well as all over the world. There are Moth groups all over the United States, in

and sharing stories. Some of the best storytellers I’ve met have come from those encampments, especially a particular friend who is gone now, James Kitchens. He and I spent a lot of time wandering around Savannah together. I’ve always been very interested in those encampments. There’s an awful lot of them. I think at last count, there were about 40 of them.” “Writing a thriller,” Green said, “there’s a story and structure and I love the scaffolding of a good thriller. A lot of people tell me this is page-turner … and I love it better than any other compliment.” In addition to the launch of his new book, the event will celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Moth. “It will be an event with E. Shaver, Bookseller at The Gingerbread House on July 18. It’s a celebration of the book’s publication, but also stories, in general… and Savannah stories, in particular. There will be several great Savannah raconteurs. Edgar Oliver is perhaps our greatest raconteur. He’s world-renowned and will be coming that evening to share his own Savannah stories. Opollo Johnson who works for the Deep Learning Center is going to tell a story about being incarcerated in federal prison for 18 years and how it came to pass. Another storyteller is Aberjhani, a poet, who has lived in Savannah all of his life and has a story to share,” he said. “The event will talk about how story shapes the character of the city of Savannah. Savannah is a character itself, like a living creature.” As someone who grew up around here and has a long knowledge of the area, Green stressed the importance of Savannah’s true story being heard. “The true story of Savannah has never really been told,” he stated. “For years and years, we’ve been getting these myths handed down to us, generation after generation. There are extraordinary stories about Savannah, but they’re seldom told. These days, they seem to be told less and less. There are more ghost tours that get farther and farther away from the truth of Savannah. So, I’m trying to talk about the reality in Savannah, but I’m also riveted by a handful of characters and what they do.” “If Savannah starts taking a look at its real history, it becomes a closer-knit town, a more successful town. I love the Savannah community because it’s been so welcoming to outsiders unlike other southern communities,” he said. “In the 1850 census, the majority of people in Savannah were born in the North or in Europe. It’s always been a place that welcomed the world. More so now than ever.” “The Moth helped me to see stories as the core of human experience: Our cultures are woven around the stories we tell. But I think I’m not so much of a storyteller as a listener. At The Moth, I’ve heard literally hundreds of stories, from all over the world, many that have touched me profoundly and maybe altered my voice. Yet, to me, the best tales, the ones with the deepest rhythms and the most moving turns, come from my old Savannah—stories told by Edgar Oliver and Brenda Mehlhorn and Cornelia Bailey and Jane Fishman and Vaughnette WalkerGoode.” “And, my mother, of course,” he added. “And, all those Inezes.”

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Talking with artist John Lytle Wilson

John Lytle Wilson is a Birmingham, Alabama- based artist known for his colorful murals and paintings. Taking inspiration from 80s era cartoons and movies, Wilson paints robots, animals and storylines into existing works of art for his Corrected Painting Series. Some of Wilson’s work has been featured in New American Paintings, and his murals can be found on several noteworthy buildings, such as the Birmingham Museum of Art, the University of AlabamaBirmingham’s Specialty Care Clinic and Facebook’s Data Center in Huntsville, Alabama. In July, Wilson’s Exhibit “SPLASH!” will be available for viewing Plant Riverside District’s Grand Bohemian Gallery until the end of the month. WAS ART SOMETHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO PURSUE?

Pretty much. My folks growing up were very encouraging, and from about the time of late elementary school or middle school, I was definitely considering doing something with art. My mom taught elementary school and my dad was a political science

professor at Winthrop Univ. They were kind of encouraging me to think about teaching art and I did that first. That’s sort of what I did initially. It turns out that I never really expected that people would find my work. I thought that the teaching piece would have to be a part of my career, and I enjoyed teaching, but it came to the point where I was having trouble doing both. SO, YOU’VE BEEN DOING ART FULL TIME FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS?

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Before that, I was teaching at Birmingham Southern College here in Birmingham, which is my alma mater. I’d been there five years and just got to the point where I came to the realization that I was able to do art full time, I was probably a better artist than I was a professor. So, I sort of took the plunge and It’s been gratifying. IS THERE A PARTICULAR REASON YOU USE ROBOTS AND ANIMALS AS YOUR MAIN SUBJECTS?

I have a master’s degree from Florida State and when you’re working on your masters, they make you cook up this elaborate artist statement that’s the basis of your thesis. I was really interested in animal imagery, animal symbolism, the use of it and different religions and cultural traditions so I was sort of playing with those ideas. At the same time, I really just wanted to have fun and paint robots! The first thing I did as soon as I finished grad school was paint a giant robot on fire. Over time, it’s come to be a duality. The animals, particularly the monkeys that I paint, sort of symbolize the Id and the robots maybe the superego. At the same time, they could be bookends of evolution, intelligent life. It’s also my opportunity to play with the kind of images that I fell in love with as a kid in the 1980s. WHAT KINDS OF IMAGES FROM THE 80S?

Transformers, gummy bears, My Little

Pony are all the things that we were bombarded with in front of the television in that era. I don’t use those characters specifically in my work, but they definitely are the ingredients. I was obsessed with Star Wars too, but that’s less of an ingredient in what I’ve done. I think when I was painting robots, I wanted to be painting transformers. My style is influenced by the early kind of cheesy sci-fi movies. It’s also kind of influenced by modernism and reductive, simplified images and forms. ARE THERE ANY IDEAS OR ISSUES YOU’RE TRYING TO CONVEY THROUGH YOUR WORK?

My art has become more and more about the corrected painting, the types of pieces where I put the robots and animals into existing landscapes. It’s become a conversation between my work and the previous piece. The original idea was to have these robots come in and destroy these cheesy sentimental landscapes. If I get my hands on a really good painting, I love adding to it because then it becomes more of an interplay between what the artist set up and what I can maybe bring to it. YOUR EXHIBIT “SPLASH!” IS COMING TO PLANT RIVERSIDE NEXT MONTH. IS THE THEME OF THE EXHIBIT AQUATIC BASED?

It definitely is. That’s what we wanted to do being that Savannah is a coastal city. I really have gotten interested in doing waterbased things. Not long after Coronavirus shut down everything, I received a commission to do a giant painting of dolphins splashing in the surf, and I had the best time painting the splashes. My work references a lot of 80s themes, so I thought about the movie ‘Splash’ and went with that for the exhibit’s title. For more information on Wilson and his work visit johnlytlewilson.bigcartel.com. - Alex Arango


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ART PATROL THE ART OF WILLIAM O. GOLDING: HARD KNOCKS, HARDSHIPS AND LOTS OF EXPERIENCE

Telfair Museums presents the first large museum survey of the work of William O. Golding (1874-1943), an African American seaman and artist who recorded a half-century of maritime experience in more than one hundred vibrant drawings. In the 1930s, Golding was a patient at the United States Marine Hospital in Savannah, where he represented his experiences in expressive pencil and crayon drawings which combine memory, imagination, and sailors’ lore. 72 works will be exhibited, including 23 drawings from Telfair Museums’ permanent collection, and others from the Morris Museum of Art, The Georgia Museum of Art, and private collections. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. 912-790-8800. info@telfair.org. telfair.org/exhibitions/ golding/. telfair.org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

TRADING SPACES

February 1, 2022 - November 30, 2022 Kobo Gallery artists Morgan Adler, Suzanne Carmack, Antoine de Villiers, Joy Dunigan, Marta McWhorter, David Kaminsky and Daniel E. Smith rotate the gallery, prompting a host of new work arrivals and a fresh take on existing works. 2022 Trading Spaces Events are as follows: • June 1 - July 31, 2022 • August 1 - September 30, 2022 • October 1 - November 30, 2022

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December 1, 2022 - January 31, 2023 Kobo Gallery artists Morgan Adler, Suzanne Carmack, Antoine de Villiers, Joy Dunigan, Marta McWhorter, David Kaminsky and Daniel E. Smith rotate the gallery, prompting a host of new work arrivals and a fresh take on existing works.

GHOSTS

GHOSTS is a collection of paintings along with a video installation produced by artist, Meg Kettelkamp, and filmed and edited by Grace Harding. Kettelkamp’s naturally dyed fabrics with plant material gathered around Savannah take on new forms and purposes in the film, continued by a new presentation in the gallery. Contemplating the complexities of the past and its effects on the present, she invites the viewer into a quiet reflection of both light and shadow, and seeing the familiar with childlike simplicity. All work at the exhibition will be for sale. 5-9 p.m.. megkettelkamp.com. The Nest Gallery, 601 E 33rd St.

THROUGH THE EYES OF ERIC HARTLEY, A PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION

The Arts on the Coast in partnership with Great Oaks Bank is proud to present ‘Through the Eyes of Eric Hartley, A Photographic Collection’, a black and white photography exhibition that features over 25 extraordinary images from Hartley’s personal collection. An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 3rd from 5-7 p.m. The full show dates at June 3-August 12, 2022. Free 5-7 p.m.. 9123985776. artsonthecoastaoc@gmail.com. artsonthecoast. org/eric-hartley. Estes Gallery at Great Oaks Bank/Arts on the Coast, 42 Town Centre Drive.

CHUL-HYUN AHN: BEYOND

Telfair Museums’ 2022 PULSE Art + Technology Festival features a solo exhibition by Baltimore-based artist Chul-Hyun Ahn (Korean, b. 1971) whose light boxes made from LEDs, one-way mirrors, and sculptural materials create the suggestion of infinite space, whether the illusion of a railroad track curving into the darkness or geometric abstractions in vibrant color. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. 912-790-8800. telfair.org

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FRANCO ANDRÈS: MEET ME IN MIAMI @STONELORDS StoneLords presents “Meet Me In Miami,” a solo exhibition by Franco Andrés. In this new series of paintings, a pair of protagonists brave the megawatt exposure of a beach-going, sun seeking joie de vivre. Together, the pair defy consequence as their wild and hedonistic lives are presented as an allegorical narrative about precarious, romantic, and tentative seeking. Miami, as both cultural signifier and point of excavation, serves as the aesthetic, geographic, and psychic backdrop for the series. Maintaining a commitment to physically worked surfaces, Andrés shifts away from the subdued, tonal, and moody palette of previous work as Miami’s Magic City colors of Pink Sea Salt, Golden Nectar, Spirited Yellow, Meringue, Tahitian Breeze, and Ocean Front intensify into a Day Glo bath of night-vision saturnalia. Oozing with the contagious intensity of coming-of-age, sun worshiping revelry, Meet Me In Miami, is a loose and gestural series of paintings that capture the casual, intimate, and playful sensibilities of snapshots meant for a fast-paced life of posting, sharing, and performing. The show opening is Wednesday, June 29 from 5-7pm at StoneLords 415 Whitaker St. Seated Figure Wearing Atomic Tangerine Shades, 2022

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BLOW UP: Inflatable Contemporary Art explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating larger-thanlife sculptures. Featuring nine cutting-edge installation projects, this exhibition shakes up traditional associations of inflatables with balloons, beach toys, and blimps. As a group, these demonstrate the wealth of visual possibilities for inflatable art, from playfully familiar subjects to colorful abstractions and thought-provoking conceptual work. The exhibition includes an international roster of artists and art collectives who are well known in contemporary art circles: Nicole Banowetz, Sharon Engelstein, FriendsWithYou, Joshua Harker, Susan Lee-Chun, Matt Ritchie, Lizabeth Rossof, Max Streicher, and Jen Stark. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. 912-790-8800. info@telfair. org. telfair.org/exhibitions/blow-up/. telfair.

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Known throughout the region for her powerhouse vocals, chanteuse Huxsie Scott has been captivating audiences with her compelling sound for decades. Having begun her career in the 70s, Scott is now celebrating 50 years of singing soulful jazz, blues and gospel music. Coming from a long line of clergymen, Scott got her start singing in choirs in church. But she remembers what truly piqued her interest in music. “When I was a little girl, my mother gave me a record player with two Perry Como records. . . I sang to the thousands of people on the other side of my mirror those two Perry Como songs. And I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” Scott recalled. Through the years, Scott has performed with many premiere jazz ensembles and symphony orchestras. She’s opened for jazz greats like Lionel Hampton and McCoy Tyner, and she spent several years as the featured vocalist for bassist Ben Tucker. In the late 1980s, Scott returned to her gospel roots, releasing three full gospel projects over time. In 2004, she was inducted into the “Savannah Tribune Gospel Hall of Fame.” And a year later, she was inducted into the Coastal Jazz Association’s Hall of Fame. She’s accomplished a lot in her singing career, with some of the highlights including singing at the Olympics twice. In 1996, she sang for the Olympic yachting events that were

held in Savannah. “It was an original song that was written by a local teacher. . . I sang the song for the opening ceremony, and I did it with a choir of about 500 middle schoolers,” she recounted. Her singing returned to the Olympics in 2008. “I didn’t go, but my voice was there. I recorded a song with a couple local musicians, and they entered it in a competition for the Olympics and they won. They played that song in Beijing,” said Scott. Whether singing jazz, gospel or blues, Scott’s warm, rich vocals leave a lasting impact on those who hear her. Her performances are full of emotion, and some say she connects with audiences in a way that few can. The interaction with her audience is Scott’s favorite thing about singing through the years. “The audiences allow me to be me. . . They appreciate me, and you know the quest for everybody is that you always want someone to appreciate you for who you are, not who you pretend to be. I’ve been pretty transparent for my audiences and they appreciate me for me. They’ve allowed me to be myself.” To celebrate her 50-year career, the Savannah Theatre is hosting an intimate concert performance where Scott will perform her renditions of popular songs that she’s sung throughout the years. She will also reflect on her life and career through storytelling. Scott will perform on Thurs., June 30 and Sat., July 2. For more information visit savannahtheatre.com.

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The summer concert season is officially upon us, and to kick things off, local music veteran Eric Britt of Hazel Virtue and the New American Hologram has a few exciting events up his sleeve. Last year, Britt, with a little help from his friends, hosted Savannah’s first Homegrown Summer Jam at Victory North, an evening filled with music from some of the hostess city’s favorite folk and Americana artists. All of that continues on Thurs., June 30 for the second installment and according to Britt, this year’s event will be bigger and better than the last. “This year we’re going to of course try to make it bigger and better,” Britt said with excitement. “We did it last summer and the guys at Victory North have been really good about supporting the local music scene. So this year, we’re really going to run the gamut musically.” In addition to Britt and his band the New American Hologram, joining the party this year will be Savannah-based country band Lyn Avenue, consisting of husband and wife duo CC Witt and Patrick Ellington. Aaron Zimmer, founding member of the bluegrass band City Hotel will also be joining the line-up as well as Matt Eckstine, who was voted Best Local Americana/Folk/ Roots Band/Artist last month by Connect Savannah readers. “Matt had a band called The Accomplices forever but he will be bringing the Eric Johns Trio with him which is this amazing jazz band,” Britt added. “And Aaron Zimmer and his band City Hotel, which are actually reuniting for this event, are like the top three if not the best bluegrass bands around here in my opinion, so people are really excited about that. Lyn Avenue is one of our local up and coming country bands so I think it’s going to be a really great collection of music this year.” Closing out the evening will be Britt’s band the New American Hologram. “The New American Hologram is going to close out the night with our own brand of Indie-Americana rock n’ roll music,” he said. “And at the end of our shows we always do an eclectic super jam, get everyone up on stage who performed that night. I already know what song it’s going to be…I can’t give out that

information but I can promise it’ll be something that’ll bring the house down!” That isn’t the only surprise that Britt has up his sleeve. His 90s alternative-rock band Hazel Virtue will guest appear for the last two songs of the night. Last year, after a 20 year hiatus, Hazel Virtue reunited, recorded and released a new album titled “Full Circle,” and performed several reunion shows around town. According to Britt, they had so much fun doing it that they wanted to reunite again and they are putting on not one, but three shows July 4 weekend. “We had a good time last year catching up as friends and the music ended up being amazing,” Britt said. “So, we wanted to do it again. We’re guest appearing for the last two songs of the Homegrown Summer Jam just to say ‘guess what we’re playing in town the next three nights!’”’ On Fri, July 1 the official Hazel Virtue reunion mini-tour will kick off at 7 p.m. at Chamacos on Tybee, followed by another performance on July 2 at Service Brewing, and July 3 at Starland Yard. Britt says that in addition to original bassist Steve Pless and drummer Kevin Grey, Grammy nominated guitar player Andrew Sovine will be a part of the line-up as well as local musician Stan Ray. “The thing that’s different about the Hazel Virtue show that we’re doing this time is we’re not using openers,” Britt explained. “We’re going to come out and play an acoustic set first, which is going to be my softer, more beautiful stuff, kinda open up for ourselves. And then the second half is going to be the balls-tothe-wall rock n’ roll music. We rehearsed our entire old catalog in addition to the Hazel songs that are on “Full Circle.” For Britt, getting back together with his bandmates feels like a time warp and he’s hoping that will be the case for fans too. “When I was 25 years old, Hazel Virtue was playing at music festivals and we had songs on the radio,” he said. “So to return at 50 and literally experience the same thing again with these guys is really frickin amazing! We had a really bright moment there for a number of years before we went different directions so it’s really awesome to be back together again with the addition of Andrew and Stan! This is going to be a great weekend and I’m really grateful for all of the local music support!” To learn more information about Britt’s upcoming shows, visit ericbrittrocks.com


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SUPER DELUXE @ ELECTRIC MOON

Charleston’s premier party band ascends to the rooftop lounge for a show to get your weekend started early. Get down to Top 40, ‘80s hits, Motown, classic rock, hip hop, oldies, beach music, soul, funk, disco and reggae. Like all Moon Deck LIVE free shows, there’s a charity angle so drink for the cause, early and often. THUR JUNE 30 | 7 PM

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Marcus brings the funny up and down the Southeast coast with self-deprecating humor and more. He explains the defensive advantages of not having a neck, 5-mile road rage battles, and why he feels like summer is constantly trying to kill him. SAT JULY 2 | 8 PM

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The Boston band injected a late ‘70s New Wave vibe into their brand of classic rock. It worked, as their eponymous 1978 debut sold 6 million. They continued to innovate far into their career as pop hitmakers well into the ‘80s. The Atlanta-based tribute band recreates the live experience with veteran precision. SAT JULY 2 | 7 PM

The Statesboro/GSU fellas churn out one hard rock and pop punk hit song after another, slipping in a country rocker here and there to keep it all properly Southern. Covering bands like Guns N Roses, Nirvana, The Killers, Green Day, and Fallout Boy, the college house party vibe is strong. “May I have 10,000 beers, please?” SAT JULY 2 | 9 PM

Plant Riverside in partnership with Cumulus Media and Savannah State University (SSU) have announced the launch of District Live Radio on June 20. The new broadcasting studio is located at 400 W. River Street. Tyler Gray, the director of entertainment at JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside says the District Live Studio is part of the entertainment district's vision of offering a complete multimedia experience. Gray is looking forward to what District Live Radio will add to the already bustling entertainment district along the waterfront. “What's got me excited are the possibilities of creating more awareness of our shows and keeping something going with today's entertainment district. I think the biggest thing is how do we keep creating Plant Riverside as the place to be, and why not have a radio station and also the entertainment district,” said Gray. The broadcast studio can be used to conduct interviews and podcasts with performers, while also airing live performances. Both Cumulus Media and Savannah State University are broadcasting live from the 105-square-foot studio located in the Atlantic Building at the JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District. District Live talked with several radio stations to find the right partnership to coincide with their goals, before partnering with Cumulus and SSU. Cumulus Media is broadcasting live I-95 and KIX 96 shows from Plant Riverside District Thursdays through Saturdays, offering a selection of rock and country hits. Additional shows, podcasts and special events will also be broadcast throughout the year. WHCJ (90.3 FM), the official Savannah State University radio station, is broadcasting live from the District Live Radio studio on Mondays and Tuesdays, playing a mix of jazz, reggae, gospel, blues, hip hop, soul, Latin and African music. The university welcomes the opportunity for heightened visibility downtown as well as increased exposure for college students who are interested in pursuing broadcasting careers. - Staff Reports

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WEDNESDAY 6/29 LIVE MUSIC

Cohen’s Retreat Midtown Pickers, 6 p.m. Driftaway Cafe Chuck Courtenay, 6 p.m. McDonough’s Blues with Eric Culberson, 9 p.m. Nickie’s 1971 Ray Tomasino, 7 p.m. Plant Riverside District - Pavilion Stage Wednesday Blues Series feat. Willie Jackson and the Tybee Blues Band, 6-9 p.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES

El-Rocko Lounge Trivia with Jules and Chris Grimmett, 9-11:30 p.m. Moodright’s Duckpin Bowling League Night, 8 p.m. Service Brewing Company Trivia Night with Jess Shaw, 6:30 p.m. The Wormhole Bingo, 10 p.m.

KARAOKE

Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.

COMEDY

Totally Awesome Bar Savannah Comedy Underground, 9 p.m.

THURSDAY 6/30 LIVE MUSIC

Cohen’s Retreat Munchies & Music, 5-9 p.m. District Live at Plant Riverside District Flipturn with Illiterate Light, Live in Concert, 8-10 p.m. Electric Moon Skytop Lounge and The Moon Deck, Plant Riverside District - Power Plant Building rooftop Moon Deck LIVE at Electric Moon featuring Super Deluxe, 7-10 p.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES Bar Food Trivia Night, 8 p.m. McDonough’s Family Feud, 7 p.m. The Wormhole Trivia, 10 p.m.

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TRIVIA & GAMES

PS Tavern Beer Pong Tournament, 10 p.m.

KARAOKE

Bay Street Blues Karaoke Blueberry Hill Karaoke, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Nickie’s 1971 Karaoke Night, 9 p.m. The Hive Repertory Theatre LLC Adult Night Out - Karaoke!, 8 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar Karaoke, 10 p.m.

DJ

Club 51 Degrees DJ Fer, DJ Emalo, DJ Lil G, DJ BRad, 9 p.m.

BAR & CLUB EVENTS

Club One Drag Show, 10:30 p.m. & 12:30 a.m. Rock House Music & Dance, 10 p.m.

SATURDAY 7/ 2 LIVE MUSIC

Coffee Bluff Marina Gary Strickland, 6 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Levi Moore Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant JodyJazz Trio, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sting Ray’s Robert Willis, 6 p.m. The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront - Rocks on the River Ketel One Brunch Music Series feat. Logan Thomas, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES

Blueberry Hill Pool Tournament, 2 p.m.

KARAOKE

COMEDY

Bar Food Karaoke Night, 10 p.m. Bay Street Blues Karaoke Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Rock House Karaoke, 9 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar Karaoke, 10 p.m.

DJ

Front Porch Improv Adult Drop-in IMPROV Class, 10 a.m.

BAR & CLUB EVENTS

Club One Drag Show, 10:30 p.m. & 12:30 a.m. Over Yonder Honky Tonk Saturdays

KARAOKE

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Jazz’d Tapas Bar Bryan Bielanski Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant JodyJazz Trio, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Service Brewing Company Bluegrass By The Pint with Swamptooth, 6 p.m. Sting Ray’s Robert Willis, 6 p.m.

Bay Street Blues Karaoke Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar Open Mic Comedy, 8:30 p.m. Club 51 Degrees DJ B-Rad, 9 p.m. Top Deck Sunset Deck Party, 6 p.m.

Service Brewing Company Service Brewing Run Club, 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY 7/ 1 LIVE MUSIC

Coffee Bluff Marina LAX, 6 p.m. First Presbyterian Church First Friday for Folk Music Concert, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

COMEDY

BAR & CLUB EVENTS

SUNDAY 7/ 3 LIVE MUSIC

Collins Quarter at Forsyth Ember City, 2 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Voodoo Soup, 10 p.m. Myrtle & Rose, Rooftop Garden

ENTER YOUR EVENT ONLINE AT CONNECTSAVANNAH.COM Plant Riverside Live Jazz Sunday Brunch Featuring the Howard Paul Jazz Trio, 11 a.m.3 p.m. Nickie’s 1971 Roy Swindell, 7 p.m. Sting Ray’s Robert Willis, 6 p.m. The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront - Rocks on the River Ketel One Brunch Music Series feat. Brandon Sellers, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt) Bucky and Barry, 1 p.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES

Moon River Brewing Co. Trivia, 6 p.m.

KARAOKE

Bay Street Blues Karaoke Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.

MONDAY 7/ 4 LIVE MUSIC

Nickie’s 1971 Ray Tomasino, 7 p.m. The Wormhole Open Mic, 6 p.m.-2 a.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES

Club One Super Gay Bingo, 5:30 p.m. Moodright’s BINGO, 8 p.m. Starland Yard Music Bingo, 7-9 p.m.

KARAOKE

Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.

BAR & CLUB EVENTS Fia Rua Irish Pub Family Movie Night, 8 p.m.

TUESDAY 7/ 5 LIVE MUSIC

McDonough’s Open Mic/Jam, 9 p.m. Nickie’s 1971 Roy Swindell, 7 p.m. Over Yonder First Tuesdays Bluegrass with Swamptooth, first Tuesday of every month

TRIVIA & GAMES

Basil’s Pizza and Deli Trivia, 7 p.m. Fia Rua Irish Pub Trivia, 7 p.m. McDonough’s Trivia Tuesday, 7 p.m. Oak 36 Bar + Kitchen Trivia Tuesday, 9 p.m. Savannah Taphouse Trivia, 7 p.m. Starland Yard Trivia with Chris Grimmett, 6:30 p.m.; Trivia Night With Chris Grimmett, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

KARAOKE

Blueberry Hill Karaoke, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.

COMEDY

Stafford’s Public House Stafford’s Tuesday Comedy Open Mic, 8:30-11:45 p.m.

WEDNESDAY 7/ 6 LIVE MUSIC

Cohen’s Retreat Midtown Pickers, 6 p.m. Driftaway Cafe Chuck Courtenay, 6 p.m. McDonough’s Blues with Eric Culberson, 9 p.m. Nickie’s 1971 Ray Tomasino, 7 p.m. Plant Riverside District - Pavilion Stage Wednesday Blues Series feat. the Eric Culberson Band, 6-9 p.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES

El-Rocko Lounge Trivia with Jules and Chris Grimmett, 9-11:30 p.m. Moodright’s Duckpin Bowling League Night, 8 p.m. Service Brewing Company Trivia Night with Jess Shaw, 6:30 p.m. The Wormhole Bingo, 10 p.m.

KARAOKE

Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.

COMEDY

Totally Awesome Bar Savannah Comedy Underground, 9 p.m.

THURSDAY 7/ 7 LIVE MUSIC

Cohen’s Retreat Munchies & Music, 5-9 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Ray Lundy Tandem Coffee and Spirits Tune In....@ Tandem, 6-8 p.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES Bar Food Trivia Night, 8 p.m. McDonough’s Family Feud, 7 p.m. The Wormhole Trivia, 10 p.m.

KARAOKE

Bay Street Blues Karaoke Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.

COMEDY

Totally Awesome Bar Open Mic Comedy, 8:30 p.m.

DJ

Club 51 Degrees DJ B-Rad, 9 p.m. Top Deck Sunset Deck Party, 6 p.m. VICE Lounge + Mojito Bar Latin Night with DL Cesar, first Thursday of every month, 9 p.m.

BAR & CLUB EVENTS

Service Brewing Company Service Brewing Run Club, 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY 7/ 8 LIVE MUSIC

Coffee Bluff Marina LAX, 6 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Eric Daubert Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant JodyJazz Trio, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Service Brewing Company Bluegrass By The Pint with Swamptooth, 6 p.m.

Sting Ray’s Robert Willis, 6 p.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES

PS Tavern Beer Pong Tournament, 10 p.m.

KARAOKE

Bay Street Blues Karaoke Blueberry Hill Karaoke, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Nickie’s 1971 Karaoke Night, 9 p.m. The Hive Repertory Theatre LLC Adult Night Out - Karaoke!, 8 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar Karaoke, 10 p.m.

DJ

Club 51 Degrees DJ Fer, DJ Emalo, DJ Lil G, DJ BRad, 9 p.m.

BAR & CLUB EVENTS

Club One Drag Show, 10:30 p.m. & 12:30 a.m. Rock House Music & Dance, 10 p.m.

SATURDAY 7/ 9 LIVE MUSIC

Coffee Bluff Marina Gary Strickland, 6 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Ford Natirboff Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant JodyJazz Trio, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sting Ray’s Robert Willis, 6 p.m. The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront - Rocks on the River Ketel One Brunch Music Series feat. Brandon Sellers, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES

Nickie’s 1971 Roy Swindell, 7 p.m. Sting Ray’s Robert Willis, 6 p.m. The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront - Rocks on the River Ketel One Brunch Music Series feat. Brandon Sellers, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tubby’s Tank House (Thunderbolt) Bucky and Barry, 1 p.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES

Moon River Brewing Co. Trivia, 6 p.m.

KARAOKE

Bay Street Blues Karaoke Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.

MONDAY 7/11 LIVE MUSIC

Nickie’s 1971 Ray Tomasino, 7 p.m. The Wormhole Open Mic, 6 p.m.-2 a.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES

Club One Super Gay Bingo, 5:30 p.m. Moodright’s BINGO, 8 p.m. Starland Yard Music Bingo, 7-9 p.m.

KARAOKE

Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.

BAR & CLUB EVENTS Fia Rua Irish Pub Family Movie Night, 8 p.m.

Blueberry Hill Pool Tournament, 2 p.m.

TUESDAY 7/12

Bar Food Karaoke Night, 10 p.m. Bay Street Blues Karaoke Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Rock House Karaoke, 9 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar Karaoke, 10 p.m.

McDonough’s Open Mic/Jam, 9 p.m. Nickie’s 1971 Roy Swindell, 7 p.m.

KARAOKE

COMEDY

Club One Comedy Revue, second Saturday of every month, 8 p.m. Front Porch Improv Adult Drop-in IMPROV Class, 10 a.m.

BAR & CLUB EVENTS

Club One Drag Show, 10:30 p.m. & 12:30 a.m. Over Yonder Honky Tonk Saturdays

SUNDAY 7/10 LIVE MUSIC

Collins Quarter at Forsyth Ember City, 2 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Voodoo Soup, 10 p.m. Myrtle & Rose, Rooftop Garden Plant Riverside Live Jazz Sunday Brunch Featuring the Howard Paul Jazz Trio, 11 a.m.3 p.m.

LIVE MUSIC

TRIVIA & GAMES

Basil’s Pizza and Deli Trivia, 7 p.m. Fia Rua Irish Pub Trivia, 7 p.m. McDonough’s Trivia Tuesday, 7 p.m. Oak 36 Bar + Kitchen Trivia Tuesday, 9 p.m. Savannah Taphouse Trivia, 7 p.m. Starland Yard Trivia with Chris Grimmett, 6:30 p.m.; Trivia Night With Chris Grimmett, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

KARAOKE

Blueberry Hill Karaoke, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.

COMEDY

Stafford’s Public House Stafford’s Tuesday Comedy Open Mic, 8:30-11:45 p.m.


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THE BAND PAGE By Frank Ricci

HOTBOII @ ELAN SAVANNAH

FARSEEK + GARLANDS + SLO MOON @ EL ROCKO

THE DREADED LARAMIE @ THE WORMHOLE

FLIPTURN @ DISTRICT LIVE

The Orlando rapper made the most of his time in juvie by rededicating himself to writing. It paid off two years later in 2020 when he emerged from the Florida SoundCloud swamp with the hit “Don’t Need Time” which collected more than 75 million YouTube views. And that was before the remix with Lil Baby. SAT JULY 2 | 10 PM

In a Fernandina Beach garage, three high school friends formed a band. Eventually, Flipturn evolved into a five-piece and has expanded far beyond home. They play energetic indie rock, from jangly REM/Byrds style to mellow acoustic grooves, and a slew of surprises. Rockers Illiterate Light open. THUR JUNE 30 | 8 PM

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Well, here’s a surprise. A killer power pop band from Nashville is rolling through town to rock Hostess City indie aficionados. Do they love us or are there just so many it seems like it? If you like the genre, expect to be wowed. Locals Off Work open the show. FRI JULY 1 | 9:30 PM

Three solo project bands in one night. Cameron Harrison’s FARSEEK (pictured) is part emo — the vocals are Dashboardy at times — and part punk, with hooks and riffs galore. Steffan Rost’s Garlands is experimental but approachable, running from dreamscapes to dance pop. Brent Collins’ Slo Moon does reverb-drenched shoegaze. THUR JUNE 30 | 8 PM

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ACROSS 1. “Super” campaign orgs. 5. Bullwinkle, for one 10. Dr. Zaius, e.g. 13. “Nope” 14. Gazelle relative 16. Palindromic sibling 17. French scammer’s “find the potato” activity? 20. Olympic bike event since 2008 21. “Science Guy” Bill 22. Actress Tierney of “American Rust” 23. Grinding tooth 26. Sinclair Lewis preacher Elmer 27. “Thrilla in Manila” boxer 28. Accepts, as a challenge 32. Some tech grads, for short 33. Motto of the Really Long Word Club? 36. Drain slowly 37. Like some pomades 38. Upcoming Billy Eichner rom-com with an almost entirely LGBTQ main cast 42. Result of a Benedictine losing at Battleship? 45. 2010s dance fad 48. Hindering sort 49. 21st-century starter 50. Second-smallest continent 52. Inflated accommodation 54. Wear away 55. Former “Great British Bake Off” host Perkins 58. Zero, in British scores

59. Prods fitness instructors? 64. Poetic word for “before” 65. Fairy tale finish 66. “Cabaret” actor Joel 67. Appeared in print 68. Lhasa ___ (Tibetan terriers) 69. Conditional suffix?

34. Choose 35. Norah O’Donnell’s network 39. Tanks, based on the noise they make 40. “I’m buying!” 41. Road mark cause, maybe 43. Best for harvesting 44. “Lemon Tree” singer Lopez 45. More thought-provoking 46. Illinois hometown of Wayne and Garth 47. Malfunctioning 51. Pindaric poem 53. Supergroup leader with “His All-Starr Band” 55. Fitbit unit 56. Sport vehicles, for short 57. Rubik of puzzle cubes 60. “Busted!” 61. Show streaming interrupters 62. Co-op retailer for campers 63. Pt. of iOS

DOWN 1. Word with “well” or “shot” 2. “That makes sense” 3. Like some pandemic-era pickups 4. Curly’s replacement 5. Rap battle prop 6. U.A.E. neighbor 7. “Grand Ole” venue 8. “No Ordinary Love” singer 9. Santa’s helper 10. Eagle-eyed 11. Title Maurice Sendak kid whose name rhymes with his catchphrase “I don’t care” 12. Persuasive pieces 15. Italian fashion designer Giorgio 18. They’re marked at the auditorium CROSSWORD ANSWERS 19. Actor McKellen 23. Cornfield noises 24. Peter Fonda’s beekeeper role 25. First half of a doubleheader, usually 26. Travel via ship 29. Liverpool football manager Jürgen 30. Secretly tie the knot 31. Flavorful


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MARY’S PLACE ANNUAL GALA BUNNY IN THE CITY By Bunny Ware

Doris L. Williams, Mary McAlister, Daisy Kershaw

Celebrating my last big event of the spring/summer season, I head to Savannah Station for the Mary’s Place Annual Gala on June 16. Greeting me at the door is Teresa Reed. The tiny proprietor of this historic venue points at my red Step One Jeep Gladiator and asks, “When am I going to be the local celebrity?!” Today, little one! Climb up and pose for my daily photo. Chatting about her trip to Ocean City, Maryland to chase down wild ponies at Assateague National Park, Teresa tells me, “When I was 12 years old I read a book called “Misty of Chincoteague” that told the story of the pony roundup between two islands. For 97 years, on July 27, the ponies are released from the corral and head out on their yearly swim between Assateague and Chincoteague during low tide.”

Weslyn Bowers

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Saddened to hear that they auction off the yearlings to thin the herds, I put this event on my bucket list, then follow Teresa inside to look for Mary’s Place executive director Doris L. Williams. Wearing a custom teal, off the shoulder satin evening gown from Daniette, Doris is talking with her Mary’s Place team as they finish up displaying 36 silent auction items.

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“The money raised tonight goes to everything from emergency financial support for victims—whether it’s eyeglasses or a cell phone, hotel accommodations, bus transportation or gas cards and meals after examinations. This money makes a huge difference for survivors during their most traumatic times,” shares Doris. After a quick pic of Doris with her team, I see Simply Savannah Marketing’s Dru Usry and Marianne Ganem Poppell doing a run of show with WSAV’s Daisy Kershaw. Wearing a fitted red dress, the vivacious anchor, reporter and producer is amped to do her first emcee gig. Over at the bar, Tim Dean has some competition for the best looking dude in the room as I meet E.R. physician Cromwell Reeves—cool name for a Savannah native who loves to fish so much that he would do it as a profession. Turning to Tim, I ask the Chatham County Assistant District Attorney what career he would be in if he wasn’t in the legal world, his response, “Infantry Officer.” Speaking of the military, Savannah newbie Michael Lind tells me he retires from the Army in July after 20 years, while he eyes a diamond necklace on

Patricia and Gary Pinka

Dru Usry, Marianne Ganem Poppell


Antonio Wells, Meredith Leyman

Phillip Friedman, Lisa Gray

Meghan and Tonya Reed

the silent auction jewelry table. Sharing his love of our beautiful city, the lifestyle, water and weather is Memorial Blood Bank’s Lindsay Kiefer and Social Butterfly’s Montana Tohm. With her new social media management company thriving, Montana continues to show us the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry’s hidden gems. After posing the new friends together for a pic, I head inside the ballroom. Waving me over, International Diamond Center’s Gary Pinka shows me the gorgeous pearl necklace he is presenting to volunteers of the year Sharon Levins and Meredith Layman. Hating that we are missing Sharon tonight, I learn that Meredith has volunteered 3100 hours at Mary’s Place since August of 2019. This Chatham County Assistant District Attorney is one class act! Sitting at Gary’s table is Lisa Gray and Phillip Friedman, a bass player who admits to having a lot of stories on local beloved musician (and Connect Savannah employee) Bucky Bryant. While posing the couple for a pic I see Henry Plumbing royalty in the house! Tonya Reed and her daughter-in-law Meghan wave me over for a hug and pic before I hit warp speed and snap photos of Daisy with her uber-nice WSAV General Manager David Hart. A fan since day one of meeting the Alabama native and proud Auburn Univ. alumnus, David leaped into the Savannah scene in January and is amped up over his station’s plans for new partnerships and friendships in the community. “I’m proud to be here tonight to be able to see Daisy take the stage and to support such a worthy cause,” he shares..

Cromwell Reeves, Tim Dean

After snacking on some flaming donuts from the magnificent Mark Thomas from Magnolia Catering, Daisy and Doris take the stage to introduce hometown hero Weslyn Bowers to the crowd. My gorgeous friend opens up with this: “I’m a proud little black girl from the westside, and I’m a survivor that is living, thriving and surviving.” While Weslyn tells us to live our lives, to smile more, to help others and to forgive, I look out over the room filled with women and men who support the benevolent team at Mary’s Place and say a silent prayer and thank you for every single kindness this team does to those who need them. There really are angels among us. Lindsay Kiefer, Michael Lind, Montana Tohm

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Another much-loved man is Antonio Wells. Mary’s Place Intern Volunteer Coordinator is literally the only man in that building. Surrounded at work by ten women, this Savannah native tells me, “For the past 6.5 years I have worn various hats, from office administration and facility issues to serving as an advocate when needed. With a background in the military as a sexual assault response coordinator, I felt at home with the mission of Mary’s Place.”

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