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A DOJO WITH MOJO: YOUNG LIVES ARE BEING CHANGED AT THIS POOLER MARTIAL ARTS STUDIO

BETH LOGAN’S ART COLUMN: SHELLEY SMITH ON THE HALF SHELL

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FABULOUS CLAY JOHNSON AND JEREMY DAVIS ARE TAKING THEIR EQUINOX ORCHESTRA TO NEW HEIGHTS


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WEDNESDAY 9/15 Legends Live On

(ongoing) International Vocal Group LEGACY is joined by AMERICAN IDOL Winner CANDICE GLOVER to perform timeless hit songs by Beatles, Bruno Mars, Aretha Franklin, Four Seasons, Jackson 5, Donna Summer, Stevie Wonder and many more in a dazzling Vegas-style production. savannahtheatre.com WED, THURS, FRI and SAT at 8pm Historic Savannah Theatre / 222 Bull St

Trivia Night with Jess Shaw

THURSDAY 9/16 Moon Deck LIVE at Electric Moon featuring Individually Twisted

lant Riverside District’s Electric Moon Skytop Lounge will host a concert by local rock band

HIGHLIGHTED PICKS FROM HOSTESS CITY HAPPENINGS THIS WEEK To have your event considered for inclusion in Week at a Glance, please send an email to wag@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.

Individually Twisted as part of the weekly live music series “Moon Deck LIVE at Electric Moon,” which offers free performances on the rooftop deck at Electric Moon overlooking the Savannah River. The Kessler Collection will donate a portion of the proceeds from drink sales to the Treutlen House in Rincon, Ga., a community-based group home for boys up to 21 years of age who are estranged from their families due to neglect, abuse or abandonment. 8 p.m. - 11 p.m. Electric Moon Skytop Lounge and The Moon Deck Plant Riverside District Power Plant Bldg. rooftop 400 W. River Street FREE

Bingo! at Elks Lodge

Join Elks Lodge for Bingo on Thursdays from 7:309:30 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 Deck

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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.

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PASTA WORKSHOP | 700 KITCHEN COOKING SCHOOL guests will learn the fundamentals of noodle and filled pasta-making as well as several foundational sauces. $99/person. Pre-registration required, spaces limited.

FRIDAY 9/17 Bluegrass By The Pint with Swamptooth

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

SATURDAY 9/18 Oktoberfest at Southbound

Live music from Rhinelanders, Germanstyle food, games and prizes. Noon-6PM Southbound Brewing Co. 107 E Lathrop Ave.

Official UGA Alumni Game Watching Party UGA vs SC

Never Bark Alone! B&D Burgers is the OFFICIAL UGA Savannah Alumni Chapter Game Watching location! (At both the Congress St. and Abercorn locations). Put on your red and black and head to one of the Savannah chapter’s game watching parties to watch the Bulldogs play. These events are free, fun and attended by passionate graduates and fans of the University of Georgia. Parties begin one hour before kick-off. B&D Burgers, Congress St. and Abercorn 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. Free to attend. 912-4840279. forsythfarmersmarket.com

Ohio State Football Game Watch

Food, fun and football as local Buckeyes Fans gather to cheer on the team to victory against the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes. 3:30 pm September 18 at The

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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 Company, 574 Indian Street. servicebrewing.com

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Oktoberfest at Service Brewing

Strange Bird Food Truck, Live music by City Hotel Bluegrass, A portion of every pint sold benefits our seasonal charity Folds of Honor. 2-6PM Service Brewing, 574 Indian St.

SUNDAY 9/19

Myrtle & Rose Rooftop Garden at Plant Riverside District will host weekly live performances by legendary jazz guitarist Howard Paul. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Myrtle & Rose, Rooftop Garden, Plant Riverside, 400 W. River St.

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Enjoy half off bottles of wine and fire pits in the courtyard. Purchase a s’mores kits for the ultimate Fall experience. 6-9 p.m. Foxy Loxy Cafe, 1919 Bull St.

Live Jazz Sunday Brunch Featuring the Howard Paul Jazz Trio

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Fire & Wine

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

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 St.

MONDAY 9/20 Tybee Island Farmers Market Weekly market featuring a variety of produce, baked goods, honey,

eggs, BBQ, sauces and dressings, popsicles, dog treats and natural body products. Artisans are also featured each week. The market is non-smoking and pet friendly. Located at 30 Meddin Drive. We are right behind the Historic Tybee Lighthouse. 4 p.m. 30 Meddin Dr. tybeeislandfarmersmarket.com

TUESDAY 9/21 Free Yoga on the Beach at 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.

Pasta Workshop at 700 Drayton Cooking School

At this workshop, which is designed to celebrate fresh pasta, 700 Kitchen Cooking School guests will learn the fundamentals of noodle and filled pasta-making as well as several foundational sauces. Menu items include Ravioli Quattro Formaggi, Tortellini, Potato Gnocchi with Sausage Ragu as well as Fettuccine with Basil Pesto served with salad and dessert. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 700 Kitchen Cooking School at The Mansion on Forsyth Park 700 Drayton St. Reservations can be made online at mansion.classesbykessler.com or by phone at 912.721.5006

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.


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MEET TROY ALLEN Savannah’s self-described fashion rodeo clown is turning heads with designs for ‘all genders, all bodies’ By Lauren Wolverton

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WHO IS TROY ALLEN? I’m from Savannah—born and raised. I am a fashion designer—which is a really weird thing to say. I feel like I’ve got some imposter syndrome. But, I am Troy Allen, and I’m a fashion designer. Or a rodeo clown. Either, or. TELL ME ABOUT WHAT YOU DO. I’ve been making clothes for about seven to eight years now. It wasn’t until three years ago that I pivoted into making clothes on the non-binary sector for all people. That means that it’s not specified by gender, and it’s not specified by size—I design for all genders, all bodies. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE? I wanted to be a matchmaker! In pre-K, you’re supposed to say what you want to be when you grow up, and I said ‘a matchmaker.’ They were like ‘that’s not a real job,’ so I decided I wanted to work at the dollar store. The whole year, at the top of the board, every kid’s dream job said ‘firefighter, policeman’ and mine said ‘dollar store manager.’ I will happily say that I have set up two married couples now. It’s definitely a real job.

SO ALANA THOMPSON, WHO MANY PEOPLE KNOW AS HONEY BOO BOO, WAS JUST PHOTOGRAPHED WEARING ONE OF YOUR DESIGNS FOR TEEN VOGUE. TELL ME ABOUT THAT. Several months ago, they asked me to pull things in her size. I didn’t have them available because everything was out for something different. I didn’t have enough time to make anything, so I had to tell them ‘no.’ They reached out to someone who had bought a piece from me, so they were able to use a piece that someone owned. I saw it come out when everyone else saw it come out. When I saw it, I was on my walk around Forsyth [Park], my morning walk in my Crocs. SPEAKING OF YOUR MORNING ROUTINE, YOU POST DANCING VIDEOS OF YOURSELF ON INSTAGRAM EVERY MORNING. WHAT’S THAT ABOUT? My friend tagged me in a song and said ‘alright I’m dancing to this song, so now you have to do it.’ So I just started doing it. I pre-set my yoga mat and I roll out of bed, do my morning stretches, do some salutations. Then, I go and shoot apple cider vinegar and Savannah Bee [Co.] honey. I take a shower and try to find a song that makes me feel happy. Then, I dance to that song while I drink my coffee!

Photo courtesy of Troy Allen. Photo credit: CONNECT SAVANNAH | SEPT 15 -Cali 21, Artigues. 2021

WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT? I think my proudest moment would be when one TELL ME THREE THINGS IN YOUR of my pieces was commissioned to wear to Marc FRIDGE RIGHT NOW? Jacobs’ wedding. I have a lot of white wine. I’ve recently switched Marc Jacobs is like my icon. Growing up in from rosé to white wine. There’s a lot of eggs, I eat a Savannah, it was the only fashion store. I was in this lot of eggs. And a birthday cake from a month ago. Christmas parade in Savannah and we passed by the Oh! There’s also that P.F. Chang’s chicken that you get Marc Jacobs store. I saw it and thought, ‘Oh my God, from Kroger in the frozen section. what is this magical place?’ They had the coolest windows. This girl said ‘Troy, that’s Marc Jacobs. You WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE SPOT TO can’t afford it.’ And she was right. GET A COCKTAIL IN SAVANNAH? I used to go in there just because I felt so seen. Savoy, obviously! It was this openly, very accepting place. It was something I had never seen before. Then, when this AND WHAT’S YOUR DRINK ORDER? girl wore my dress to Marc Jacobs’ wedding, it was A ‘Boy, Write Your Name!’ or a ‘Vodka Doo-Dad,’ this full-circle moment. From that wedding, my dress which is a vodka with bitters. It depends on how was featured in the ‘Best Dressed List’ in multiple flirty I’m feeling. magazines. Check out Allen’s designs at troydylanallen.com or on Instagram at @troydylanallen. You also may catch him working at The Edition Shop downtown.

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Maddux Davis and Matthew Sangiorge at Pooler Karate Krav Maga. Photo by Bunny Ware

SPECIAL KICKS PROGRAM AT POOLER KARATE KRAV MAGA By Marley Gibson

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As you drive down Rogers Street in Pooler, you might not notice the white industrial building blending in like another local business. However, inside the doors of Pooler Karate Krav Maga, young lives are being changed through their Special Kicks program and the master instructor behind the whole idea. Carson Fortner, a native of Savannah and the founder and master instructor at Pooler Karate, has so many awards, accolades, titles, and credentials in Tang Soo Do, Krav Maga, and Jiu-Jitsu listed on his webpage, one can see the indelible mark martial arts has made on Carson’s life. He opened the dojo six years ago and wanted to focus on something necessary to help kids with special needs not feel so different. Fortner stated he derives satisfaction, not from the accolades, but from aiding others and teaching something so important throughout his life. “I love these kids,” Fortner said. “It’s great to watch them develop into a better martial artist than I am. We give them

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something to look forward to when they know they’re coming in for karate training.” The Special Kicks program offers customized instruction for kids with special needs. The program stresses the development of balance, coordination, discipline, focus, attention, physical fitness, and social skill development. “It’s not going to physical therapy or a doctor’s appointment,” said Michelle “Chelly” Davis, mother to thirteen-year-old Maddox, a weekly regular at the gym. “He’s such a happy kid. Seeing him being included does my heart good. That’s what it’s all about… belonging.” Maddox Davis has an all-terrain wheelchair specially customized for him and made possible by fundraising at Pooler Karate. Although he has cerebral palsy, Maddox enjoys mountain hikes and visits to the beach with his family thanks to his new “wheels.” Nothing matches the ear-to-ear grin, though, as Maddox works with his trainer and chief instructor, Matthew Sangiorge. “He’s our therapy,” said Maddox’s nurse caregiver, Salana. “Anytime you mention his instructors or the gym, he gets so excited, shaking, clapping, and laughing. I definitely see a change in him.”

Fortner stated the gym had 40% of its funding cut from the State of Georgia. According to a policy review by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, Georgia’s 2021 fiscal year budget cut the state’s general funds for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities by $24.3 million from the previous year. Fortner stated the Special Kicks program has support for their current clients, but such deep budget reductions mean they don’t have funding for new students. Families seeking financial help for a special needs child might not get it due to these changes, he stressed. “I don’t understand how the state could cut a budget for something so important to Georgia families—kids mainly— with disabilities,” Fortner said. The program lost over fifty kids due to this governing decision, but they still have thirtyfive families who train consistently. Fortner refuses to give up on them or the program. “We’ll raise the money ourselves. We are planning events and have other ideas on how to help kids and families,” Fortner said. “We’ve done it before.” A previous project included raising money for a $31,000 van for Maddox, as well as designing a special walker for him enabling more movement and walking with the aid of his


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trainer. “Helping people is just in Carson’s DNA… in his blood,” said Millie Orme, Special Kicks Coordinator, and sister to Fortner. “Carson started karate young. One day, his instructor just…disappeared. I remember him feeling so let down because training meant so much to him. When we moved to another town, he was able to get into karate again and it was at that point Carson knew exactly what he wanted to do…open his own karate studio and share what he knows with kids.” Many of the clients in the Special Kicks program are on the autism spectrum. They also work a lot with those with a brain injury, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and amputations, to name a few. Trainers and instructors work individually with each kid to determine their needs and what they might benefit from with walking, stretching, flexing, and overall range of motion. Orme noted, “Like any other business, though, we have to pay employees and keep the lights on. Losing so much of the state funding really hurt. That’s why we’re turning to fundraising. This program can’t go away.” Her brother agrees. “I’ve worked with special needs children for years and I have discovered that those kids who participate in a karate program like ours actually show increased mobility, memorization, and selfesteem,” Fortner said. Joseph Bouchard’s daughter, Jacqueline, is thirteen with the diagnosis of microcephaly. They were told early on that she would never walk. As the chief Krav Maga instructor in the Special Kicks program, Bouchard encouraged her to start training and they never looked back at her diagnosis. “She’s found her groove with Jiu-Jitsu,” Bouchard said of his daughter. “With her training, her focus has totally improved. There are huge changes in her confidence and socializing. She’s even written a book about her experiences.” “This support program really changes a child’s life,” Maddox’s mom, Chelly added. “He’s part of a community and feels like he belongs in the group.” For most families, a support program could change their child’s life. “That’s why we do what we do,” Fortner said. “We have a GoFundMe campaign going for donations and we are planning our second annual gala on December 11 here at the dojo,” Orme said. “There will be a raffle and silent auction, as well as sponsorships available. We’ll be working with the Low Country Down Syndrome Society.” “These kids really deserve our support and help,” Fortner said. “No matter what, we’ll keep providing them with the lessons, focus, and, most of all, sense of community and friendship because everyone deserves that.” Tickets for the fundraising events are available, as well as sponsorship opportunities. The group is seeking donations for raffle and auction prizes. For more information, call 912-536-9597 or email millie@poolerkaratetsd.com

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MASSIE HERITAGE CENTER: Presentation highlights Savannah’s role in post-Civil War medicine

By Angie Miller

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Although the Civil War mostly gets credit for the fight to end slavery and reshaping the American federal goverment, the war has another, often overlooked legacy—starting a new era in modern medicine. Those looking to relive what it was like to receive medical treatments during this time can get an educated glimpse on Thurs., Sept., 16, when The Massie Heritage Center will present a living history of 19th century medical interpretation. The presentation, led by Massie Heritage Center curator and director Steven Smith, will start by highlighting the role Massie served in the war when it was seized and converted into a Union hospital in 1865. “When General Sherman arrived in Savannah in December of 1864, it was the coldest winter in recorded history at that time. He had over 60,000 troops with him and a lot of sick soldiers that needed medical treatment,” Smith said. “In response, he seized several buildings throughout the city. One of them was Massie, which he converted into a Union hospital shortly after January of 1865.” With the seizure and conversion, wounded Union soldiers were able to receive medical care in the city and hospitals became places of healing rather than places to go die, as they were widely considered before the war. Due to the sheer number of wounded patients the surgeons had to care for, surgical techniques and the management of traumatic wounds improved dramatically. Smith explained specialization became more commonplace, and great strides were made in 10 modern medicine.

“Plastic surgery, neurosurgery, and prosthetics developed in part because of the war,” he said. “The introduction of women into the nursing profession also had a great impact on medical care at the time as well as general anesthesia being widely used, which helped it become acceptable to the public.” Smith also said that germs weren’t discussed in the 1860s, but by the 1880s they were more commonly acknowledged. “Once medical professionals started to figure out that germs are the root of all illness and sickness, that’s when modern medicine really started to take off, and they started to treat people in a more sanctuary way. It was actually the first step in the process of modern medicine, because they were still using the scientific process.” Massie’s living history presentation will primarily consist of reproductions of medical items with interpretations about how they used the surgical instruments and medicines in the time period. Smith said they are carrying on the tradition for a gentleman named Scott Hodges who passed away in February. Hodges was a career reenactor and locals may know him as the gentleman that played General Oglethorpe at the Georgia Day Parade. “All the items that we will present are reproductions that were acquired over .a period of 15 or 20 years by Scott. He wanted his legacy of historical medical interpretation to be carried on at Massie’s so he sold us this kit,” said Smith. The presentation will start at 6 p.m. and will be divided into categories including Civil War pharmaceuticals, Civil War surgery, and Savannah in the Civil War. Seating will be limited and masks and social distancing will be required. To RSVP or for more information call 912-395-5070.


Savannah Irish Festival celebrates halfway to St. Patrick’s Day

By Angie Miller

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When it comes to reasons for celebrating with food and drinks at your local pub, there’s nothing better than the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Some people just can’t wait until March 17 and that’s why the Savannah Irish Festival is partnering with Coach’s Corner on September 17 to host the 2021 Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day fundraising event. So, what’s the story behind the halfway celebration? Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day finds its roots in “Arthur Guinness Day” or “Arthur’s Day,” which celebrates the patron saint of beer, Arthur Guinness himself. With celebrations all around the world, Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day events are popping up more than ever and are encouraging people to gather in pubs, taverns, and bars to raise a glass and enjoy some fellowship with other lovers of St. Patrick’s Day, Irish music, and beer. Now, the Savannah community will have the chance to take part in the newly popular celebration thanks to the Savannah Irish Festival. A nonprofit, all-volunteer festival whose mission is to honor and promote Irish culture and music in a family-friendly setting, the Savannah Irish festival strives to provide our local and regional community with the best, friendliest, and most enjoyable Irish cultural weekend every February in Savannah. But due to the pandemic, the event was canceled this past year. Tara Reese, president of the Savannah Irish Festival, is looking forward to being able to co-host the halfway event and still bring the Irish fun to the city, even in September. “In 2020 we raised money for the 2021

Festival but were unable to host it due to Covid,” Reese said. “We are very excited to be able to do something that allows people to still celebrate the Irish fun.” The Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day event will kick off with music from the Mucker’s, a five-piece folk-rock band from Atlanta with a heavy emphasis on Irish music, though they blend in a good dose of Romani music, sea shanties, country, and rockabilly, as well as retro-fitting modern punk songs to sound like traditional Irish tunes. With a lineup of guitar, bass, fiddle, mandolin, accordion, and drums, their sound has often been compared to Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys with a twist. Rapidly becoming one of America’s better known ‘new’ Celtic-Punk bands, the Muckers will bring the spirit of Ireland to Coach’s in a traditional and modern fashion. In addition to live entertainment, Coach’s Corner will be mixing up a delicious specialty drink for purchase. “Mr. John [Henderson] with Coach’s said that he will prepare a ‘liquid masterpiece,’” Reese said. “And a portion of those drink sales will go to the 2022 Savannah Irish Festival.” Guests will also be able to purchase food from Coach’s and The Savannah Irish Festival will have a 50/50 raffle as well as auctioning off a few goody baskets to include a “Basket of Cheer!” So, grab a pint, listen to Irish music, and bask in the green glow with the Savannah Irish Festival and Coach’s Corner. Coach’s doors will open at 6 PM and the festivities will run until ten. Tickets are on sale through Eventbrite and are $20 each or $150 for a table of six. For more information visit savannahirishfest.com

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Skidaway Island Boating Club and Yacht Club of Hilton Head Island host Annual Hook Ocean Race

Competitors in the Low Country Hook Ocean Race ride high on the approach to the finish line at Landings Harbor Marina. Photos provided by Skidaway Island Boating Club.

There are arguably few better places for boating than the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia, and it has been a popular spot for sailing for generations. On Sept. 18, Skidaway Island Boating Club and the Yacht Club of Hilton Head Island will host the Sixth Annual Hook Ocean Race. Founded in 2015, Skidaway Island Boating Club was formed to promote boating and the recreational use of the Skidaway Island waterfront. The club has grown quickly, including power and sail boaters from both harbors at The Landings, kayakers, canoe owners, fishing enthusiasts, and non-boat owners who simply enjoy island life. The Hook Race is the only open ocean water sailing event in the Lowcountry. While many area boat clubs host annual regattas in inland waterways, the Hook offers the opportunity to compete in open ocean waters for several hours which historically was a large part of sailboat racing. “Despite the ongoing challenging times we are all facing, we are pleased to be holding the Hook Race again this year, bringing together our regional sailing community for an exciting day on the water, and bringing attention to

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the great coastal resources and the waterfront activities that we enjoy here year-round,” noted Doug Powelson, Race Chair. Due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, this year’s event will be modified to reduce risk to competitors, volunteers, and staff—it will not include a Welcome Party which is traditionally hosted by YCHHI the night before the race. However, the captains’ meeting will be held in-person at Harbour Town Yacht Basin on Hilton Head Island Friday evening. There will be no awards dinner following the race, but Landings residents are welcome to gather at the marina to watch the finish. Yachts will enter the competition in one of three classes, Cruising, Spinnaker, and Non-Spinnaker (spinnakers are the large colorful balloon-like sails extending in front of a sailing vessel). The race is open to sailboats larger than 22 feet. A published handicap system will be used to adjust the entrants to equivalent times so both large and small sailboats will be competing fairly. The first racing group will launch at 10 a.m. in Calibogue Sound off Hilton Head Island, head south past Tybee Island, and then head up Wassaw Sound to end at Landings Marina on Skidaway Island. Depending on winds, it will take about six hours for the fleet to reach Wassaw Sound and finish. SIBC’s “signature event” offers sailors a unique experience with a course that resembles a large hook, hence the name. For more information on the race and to register, visit regattanetwork.com/event/20203 Compiled from staff reports.

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FOOD & DRINK

EAT IT & LIKE IT

Mi Vida bringing some life to the Tybee food scene

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The Bucci family knew pretty early on that it didn’t matter how much they loved Tybee Island, there was something missing. “Oh, as soon as we moved here 2 years ago.” he says with a laugh. He, in this instance, is Frank Bucci, who—along with his wife—has opened what some might describe as the best thing to happen to Tybee’s food scene in a long time. It’s called ‘Mi Vida.’ Translated to English is ‘My Life’. It’s a nearly fully organic, clean eats cafe that has opened on the island at 14th and Butler. There’s no other way to describe it except that they’ve been a smash hit after just about a month in operation. The Bucci’s came to Tybee full time in 2019 because Frank was asked to be part of another restaurant project on the island. During the work on that project, Frank says he knew the space they currently occupy would be coming available. He inquired about it several times, but couldn’t get a definitive answer. That is until the day he pulled up at the adjacent Shell station for some gas and the owner came running out telling him the space would be available at the end of the month. “I wrote him a check for $12,000 that day.” Frank says. The concept came together rather quickly, he says. His wife had been making cold press juices as a hobby on the island and was regularly selling out. These chilled fresh juices quickly became one of the island’s hottest items. “I thought she’d sell 3 or so a week. She was selling 40 a week.” It was she who suggested they combine her juice sales with Frank’s creative bites from a tiny kitchen and Mi Vida was born. Mi Vida is a simple cafe offering all natural smoothies, coffees, some light bites to eat, sandwiches and of course those juices as well as acai bowls and some baked goods. Vegan and otherwise. Yes, you are reading this correctly. It’s all on Tybee. “We know that this is South Georgia and everyone, including myself, loves a greasy spoon. But there was nothing here that was local and organic and clean.” Frank says. The previous few lines might get me in trouble with the lovely people of Tybee Island, but I think it is fair to say eats like these on the

island are long overdue. The crew at Sea Wolf has proven that there is a demand with their approach to vegan food on Tybee, but Frank felt like there was a void when it came to breakfast, lunch and grab and go. “We couldn’t find an acai bowl here.” he says. The result is maybe the most talked about eatery on the island right now. The morning I was there, they were steadily busy. Frank tells me one day during Labor Day weekend they had a steady line out the door for close to 5 hours. The demand is there. This is very good supply. The breads come from Savannah’s Le Cafe Gourmet. Vegan baked goods, several different options, are made in-house. Coffees, smoothies and bowls are churning out over here, while Frank and his kitchen crew turn out what he calls “elevated toasts” and sandwiches. The toast I had with Iberico ham, imported from Spain, Manchego cheese, tomato, a poached egg and micro greens on a crusty piece of sourdough. Others, including hummus, avocado, pico, queso, red onion...and more. You get the picture. These toasts are delicious. “We have people that spend $300 every three days here. I think we are their option if they don’t feel like leaving the island.” he says. There are grab and go options that they are seeing people either have for dinner or taking out to the beach. Which is only a block away. “That was part of our concept. When our kids go to the beach, they have fritos or ding dongs. Now you can show up with fruit and homemade hummus or maybe a pasta salad” And then there’s the phenomenon that are those juices. Eight flavors for now. “A pound and a half of organic fruit per 12 ounces.” Frank says. “No water or sugar added. We put 25 out when we opened at 7:30am. 90 minutes later there were 5 left.” By the time I got to the cooler a few minutes later, there were 3 left. Watermelon Mint was the flavor of the day. I didn’t try one, but I will share that they must be amazing. $8 for 12 ounces and they are still flying out the door. Yeah, I’m guessing people are drinking and liking those. Mi Vida is closed on Wednesdays for now, but otherwise they are as busy as you might imagine. Frank admits that they knew there was a demand, but what Mi Vida has become in just a month? No one expected that. “We have a small staff. We are working on being more efficient, but yes we are overwhelmed.” Good problem to have.

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(L-R) Olivia Schneider (SCAD senior, film and television); Henry Zhinin (senior, film and television); and Professor Brett Wagner (associate chair, film and television) reviewing set up in between takes.Photo by Kendra Frankle (senior, photography

SCAD STUDENTS BRING HOME EMMYS

SCAD reigns with a record 38 nominations at the Southeast Regional Student Production Awards By Kareem McMichael

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This week marks the Primetime Emmy awards, but the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) has regional Emmy chapters throughout the country, and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) celebrated their students who have achieved the highest honor in the television industry.   Earlier this summer, SCAD film and television student Mariana Gomez won a Southeast Emmy Award for her documentary Caretaker which she directed and edited from Mexico City while she was enrolled virtually at SCAD. “This is an incredible accomplishment, both for our talented students and faculty who come to SCAD directly from the entertainment industry. Our students created beautiful, meaningful content - from short films to animated features - even during a tumultuous year.  I am extremely proud of them all!” said Andra Reeve-Rabb, dean of the School of Entertainment Arts. The Southeast Regional EMMY Chapter announced the winners of the 2021 Southeast Regional Student Production Awards. In all, SCAD bagged a record 38 nominations in 12 categories and 14 students took home awards. Associate producers Olivia Schneider,

Ian Arnoldy and Sharlene Richards won a Southeast Student Production Emmy Award in the Commercial category for their project “Let Loose” which also won last year’s Coca-Cola Refreshing Films Competition. “I was tremendously excited to find out that not only had we been nominated, but we actually had won. I was in an airport flying back from a shoot when I got the news, and I called Sharlene Richards, one of the other producers on the project, to let her know that we’d won. We both were thrilled and celebrated the news over the phone, it was a surreal moment for sure,” said Olivia Schneider, the editor and associate producer on the project. The students, representing SCAD’s School of Entertainment Arts and School of Digital Media, won in the categories of non-fiction short form, music video, fiction short form, nonfiction short form, commercial, public service announcement, animation/ graphics/special effects, director, editor, photographer, talent performer, and writer. Schneider wants to encourage other students to submit their projects to competitions. “There is nothing to lose by submitting, and either way, you come out of this experience a better filmmaker. It can be nerve-racking to submit your work

to be closely judged, but all experiences and critiques improve your skills and help hone your passion,” she said. The Southeast Student Production Awards promote excellence among high school and college students. This exhibition features award-winning journalism, narrative series, music videos and public service announcements created by students. “This experience has given me the confidence and motivation to continue to work and improve my skills as a filmmaker. The Coca-Cola Refreshing Films Let Loose commercial was one of my favorite projects that I’ve ever worked on at SCAD; it means so much to me that all our hard work, dedication, and passion was seen by the judges,” said Schneider. The Southeast Regional EMMY Chapter is one of 19 chapters throughout the United States identifying and celebrating television excellence at the local and regional level of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The Southeast Chapter represents television professionals from all disciplines of the industry and from each of its markets, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Asheville, NC.


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ART PATROL

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Kevin Cooley: Exploded Views

Laney Contemporary is pleased to present Exploded Views, a recent body of photography and video work, by Los Angeles-based artist Kevin Cooley. Cooley captures shape-shifting elements as line, curve, and shadow by conducting controlled explosions in the desert under the guidance of a master pyrotechnicist. Working with varied chemical compositions, he creates different shapes, forms, colors, and movements. In this sense, each image depicts time and light exploding in the form of colorful and abstract spirals, clouds, tendrils, and rays, much like the fireworks we see on display this time of the year. Free admission 912.438.4442. Laney Contemporary, 1810 Mills B. Lane Blvd.

‘From Dust to Gold’ by David Gumbs

This exhibition represents the first U.S. solo exhibition by Caribbean artist David Gumbs, featuring immersive, interactive digital installations and drawings. Gumbs is a multi-disciplinary artist from the island of Saint Martin, currently based in Martinique. Inspired by Caribbean flora, fauna, history, and mythology, Gumbs’ work often is concerned with “the offscreen of perception, the cycle of life, the visible and invisible.” More on telfair.org 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. telfair.org/exhibitions/david-gumbsfrom-dust-to-gold/. telfair.org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St.

‘Sugar’ Exhibition

Explore the sweet culinary habits of Savannahians in this fun exhibition dedicated to the consumption of sugar in the port city. Using furnishings and portraits from Telfair Museums’ permanent collection, this unique display gives visitors a glimpse into humans’ connection to sugar and its complicated history. Porcelain and silver were shipped from Europe and beyond into the Port of Savannah, providing the elite of this city with purchasing options far surpassing those of any inland towns of the 19th century. 10 a.m.-noon. 912-7908800. info@telfair.org. telfair.org/exhibitions/sugar/. telfair.org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

Re-Cor-Dare by Sauda Mitchell

Re-Cor-Dare is a solo #art912 exhibition of Savannah-based artist Sauda Mitchell (American, b. 1981). Mitchell’s prints, paintings, and artist books serve as compelling visual responses to her sustained engagement with archival collection materials. In researching personal papers, photographs, artifacts, and curated digital collections, her work explores thematic topics of study relating to the Black experience. Utilizing QR codes, selected works link to digitized collection materials focusing on their ability as teaching tools recalling stories embedded within the African American collective memory. Every 7 days.

telfair.org/exhibitions/re-cor-dare-sauda-mitchell/. telfair.org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

Before Midnight: Bonaventure and the Bird Girl

Telfair Museums presents Sylvia Shaw Judson’s iconic sculpture Bird Girl within the context of the history and art of Bonaventure Cemetery. Made famous by Jack Leigh‘s photograph for the cover of John Berendt’s bestselling novel of Savannah, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Judson’s sculpture was removed from the cemetery to Telfair Museums where it has been enjoyed by visitors for decades... more on telfair. org $5-20 telfair.org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

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‘In the Shadows’ Exhibition

‘In the Shadows’ explores the art of the silhouette through works in Telfair Museums’ permanent collection. Silhouettes, which started out as profiles cut from black fabric or paper, were often referred to as “profile shades” or “shadows.” Incredibly popular in Europe and the United States in the 19th century, profiles were cut by hand or through a specialized instrument, the physiognotrace, by artists and amateurs alike. Although photography would replace the medium as the most practical, instantaneous, and inexpensive mode of capturing likenesses, artists have continually returned to and transformed the silhouette in creative and, at times, subversive ways. 10 a.m.. 912-790-8800.

info@telfair.org. telfair.org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 West York St.

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CULTURE

SHELLEY SMITH

ON THE HALF SHELL By Beth Logan ART COLUMNIST

CONNECT SAVANNAH | SEPT 15 - 21, 2021

We’re all familiar with the Dos Equis advertising campaign featuring ‘the most interesting man in the world.’ Surely Shelley Smith may be his female counterpart: ‘the most interesting woman,’ or, at the very least, ‘the most creative woman’ in our world of Savannah! Born and raised in the Mississippi Delta, Smith studied philosophy with a minor in anthropology and sociology at Rhodes College. Always drawn to photography and documentary work she then applied to, and was accepted into, the prestigious International Center of Photography in New York City, but funding made it more realistic to enroll in the master’s photography program at SCAD. After her time at SCAD, Smith used a small inheritance she received from her grandfather, a lifelong butcher for Piggly Wiggly, to purchase a building on Liberty Street and opened Athena Gallery (now home to The Book Lady). She describes the gallery as “a little ahead of its time. Things like ‘The Naked Show’ with full nudity were a little ambitious in 1996!” She went on to open the infamous Venus De Milo wine bar and night club on Martin Luther King “back when nothing was on MLK. It was extremely blighted except for SCAD’s little photography building.” Following the sale of the building eight years later, Savannahians may remember the two wonderful restaurants she owned on Habersham Street – Sol and Eos. During these years in hospitality, Smith would have regular shows of her own and others’ work and today has transformed herself into a full-time metal artist, painter, writer, fire breather(!), wine aficionado, gourmet, photographer, social activist, and videographer (her social media followers were delighted when, during the lonely days of lockdown, she created the character of chain smoking, cocktail drinking Debra who had a hilarious running commentary on all things pandemic). After discovering abandoned oil barrels on her father’s land in the Delta, Smith began cutting and welding the 18 various scraps of metal to create cuffs, rings, necklaces,

fantastical headdresses, platters, and life-size sculptures of deer, angels, and birds. Creating objects of beauty from abandoned things, ugly, and decrepit, her work has twice graced the cover of South Magazine and she has had numerous photo shoots of women empowered and fierce in her stunning armor-like wearable gowns. No story about Smith would be complete without mentioning her incredible fundraising efforts and social conscience. The shows at Venus De Milo, Eos and Sol always contributed to charity, and subsequently she created the annual Tour D’Epicure, which has raised over $250,000 for the Kid’s Cafe of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. Founded in memory of her newborn daughter Velouria, Tour D’Epicure combines wine and food tasting visits to various restaurants and sales of works by local artists. Recently Smith raised almost $3,000 for a friend in Haiti whose mother’s home was devastated in the last earthquake and started a GoFundMe to cover medical expenses for hospitality friend Rob Gitten. Smith has made two visits to teach art and spend time with children at The Harmony House orphanage in Haiti, culminating in the publication of a book illustrated by the children entitled The Children’s Garden. While future trips to Haiti and Peru have been derailed due to Covid, Smith, inspired by her mother who at one time supervised a children’s emergency shelter, continues to do what she can to help the older children no longer at the orphanage who have no prospects and no homes. And locally she extends her advocacy efforts by serving as a CASA (court appointed child advocate) volunteer. A strikingly beautiful woman, this passionate feminist turned 50 during the pandemic and decided to challenge herself to a monthly experience that would be outside her comfort zone. Thus ensued such adventures as a solo tent camping trip in North Carolina, swimming with rescue horses in Florida, and running her first 5K to benefit

CASA. Earlier in the pandemic she took a motorcycle trip up the coast of California and inspired by her culinary experiences came home and created her own delicious goat cheese (as one does). This month’s 50th birthday challenge is to have her first ever mother-daughter art show, entitled ‘Saints and Sinners on the Half Shell’, which will be a fundraiser for Hospice Savannah’s healing arts and grief therapy programs. I meet Smith and her mother Martha Chapman in their cozy, art and pet-filled home, and we sit at their dining room table, now transformed into an oyster shell painting station while new kitten Cooper plays with the array of art supplies. Chapman, a retired social worker and teacher who spent her life working with impoverished and at-risk youth, recently began decoupaging oyster shells and selling them as ornaments. Daughter Smith decided to go a step further and used her artistry to paint commissions – portraits of people, pets, and local landmarks. Her amazingly detailed and accomplished portraits have grown into a collection of 120 of Savannah’s most famous and infamous characters ranging from Johnny Mercer, Lady Chablis and Jane Fishman to Mayor Van Johnson and Ben Tucker. Each portrait will be paired with a more decorative shell created by Chapman and auctioned off during a show at Soho South Events on September 24, and subsequently displayed at Location Gallery. Smith recruited musicians to donate their talents during the party and is building a ‘selfie throne’ embellished with oyster shells and antlers. And, of course, her mixology skills were set to good use to create two very opposing cocktails: The refreshingly light Saint, comprised of prosecco, grapefruit and honey water, and the darker Sinner which she describes as, “like an Old Fashioned with a bit of coffee, orange, bourbon, The 1970, and a hint of cayenne to make it a little spicy!” ‘Saints and Sinners on the Half Shell’, like Smith herself, promises to be fun, beautiful, and socially impactful.


VISUAL ART

Images: (Opposite, and L-R) Shelley Smith in metal, flower and bone headdress. Oyster shell portrait of Martha Chapman by Shelley Smith. Shelley Smith metal rings and cuffs. Images provided by artist.

SAINTS AND SINNERS: A FUNDRAISER FOR HOSPICE SAVANNAH

‘Saints and Sinners on the Half Shell’ by Shelley Smith and Martha Chapman are hand-painted portraits on oyster shells of 120 of Savannah’s leaders, risk-takers, and beloved characters. The show premieres at Hospice Savannah’s Summer Nights Party on Friday, September 24 from 6 to 9:00 p.m. at Soho South Events, 12 West Liberty Street. COVID protocols will be followed. The party features Saints and Sinners cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and music by Shena Verrett, Xulu Jones, Roger Moss, Kiah Polk, and the Anders Thomsen Trio. $40 tickets are available via Eventbrite at Hospice Savannah’s Facebook event page, or by contacting the Hospice Savannah Foundation at 912.629.1055 or hsfoundation@hospicesavannah.org Proceeds benefit the nonprofit’s music and massage therapy programs, and grief and loss services.

Can’t attend the Summer Nights Party? Catch the art show when it moves to Location Gallery, 251 Bull Street, September 25 through October 15 with an artists’ reception on Saturday, October 9 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., and an artists’ talk at 2:00 p.m. Location Gallery’s motto is ‘building a better community one art show at a time,’ and curator Peter Roberts continues the tradition of helping Hospice Savannah’s fundraising through art sales. He says this show is “bright and colorful - much like the artist and the subject matter! Her cast of characters is pretty interesting - a real cross-section of Savannah – much like the patients that Hospice Savannah serves.”

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LOCATION GALLERY SHOW

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CULTURE

DATING

MAKING A LASTING

CONNECTION PART VI: THE FINAL FIRST DATE

By Lauren Wolverton

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After a week off from keeping up with two singles as they date around our city, Connect Savannah has the scoop from our final first date. With the help of Amanda Rose of Prestige Connections, Reagan was set up on a first date with Thomas. Reagan was excited for the date and was hopeful Rose set up some kind of activity for the two to do together. Rose put together a scavenger hunt around Savannah, complete with questions for the two to answer and get to know each other better. Reagan and Thomas were all set to meet in front of City Hall at 2 p.m. “Right at 2 o’clock, I heard somebody screaming my name,” Reagan said. “He was running down the street screaming my name and said, ‘I can’t find a parking spot! I didn’t want you just standing here waiting!’” Reagan said Thomas then jumped back in his car and went and found a parking spot. Relatable, right? Reagan laughed when describing the romantic comedy-style scene and said, “It was a little bizarre.” The two didn’t start their scavenger hunt right away, Reagan said. Instead, they sat down on a bench and talked for a while. They then strolled down to Plant Riverside District, got some ice cream, and kept talking some more. The two never ended up completing their scavenger hunt. Reagan said she wishes they did, but she let Thomas kind of take the reigns of the date, and said he really wanted to just talk and get to know one another. “The date, nor him, were anything like what I expected,”

Reagan said. She added that Thomas was an extremely nice man, but said she didn’t think there was much of a romantic connection. “I can see why Amanda matched us,” Reagan said. “On paper, we have a lot in common. We have similar interests, amd we are at similar places in life. We could definitely be friends.” Reagan did not seem disappointed, and said that she’s actually feeling great after the date. “I really, really enjoyed this process,” Reagan said. “Not for the dating purpose, but because of where I am in my life. It was a process where I learned about myself, what I want in life, what I don’t want in life, what my deal breakers are. This was very much worth it for me.” Rose plans to keep Reagan in her database for future clients, something Reagan said she’s excited about. “Right now, right this second, I want to focus on me,” Reagan said. “I want to focus on some hobbies, some interests, some health. I want to take care of me, and then yes, I will dive into dating more.” Meanwhile, Juan and Emily did not have a second date. After their six-hour adventure and a follow-up text, Juan never heard back from Emily. “It was a great experience, but our stars didn’t align,” Juan said laughing. “She was a cool girl.” While Connect Savannah is a little bit bummed to throw out our wedding speeches we’ve been preparing, we’re happy to see both Reagan and Juan leave our anonymous dating series in good spirits. Do you have a dating story you’d like to share with us? Send us a message on social media @connectsavannah.

CONNECT SAVANNAH’S ANONYMOUS DATING SERIES FOLLOWS TWO INDIVIDUALS ON THEIR QUEST TO MAKE A MATCH


STYLE

INTENTIVE ORGANIZATION FOR YOUR CLOSET A WEEKLY FASHION AND ADVICE COLUMN By Danietté Thomas @designerdaniette

Hi Fashionistas! I hope you all are doing well this week/month! For those that don’t know, my birthday was Labor Day this year, but I am celebrating all month! Whoop Whoop! With all the chaos in my life, my birthday was a bit all over the place too, but I’m blessed to see 30! And with all this chaos, I keep one thing together, and that’s my wardrobe. HOW? I’m here to discuss that today! LET’S GET INTO IT! So there are three points I use for closet organization. They are vital for me, and you can use them as well. I like to call this “intentive organization.” NUMBER 1 - SEPERATE ACCORDING TO TYPE. So I closed on my house a couple of months ago, and the first thing I organized was my closet.

Now that I have a walk-in, there are areas for longer pieces. That area I use for dresses and jumpsuits. The shorter areas are for my blazers, tops, and pants. I keep things like jeans folded on shelves, and undergarments in a drawer. Other staple items like camis and tshirts go in the drawer as well. Honestly, as we transition to Fall, my sweaters get a new home every year! NUMBER 2 - ORGANIZE BY COLOR. This was extremely useful when I used to work at David’s Bridal. We could only wear certain colors. Then, for church occasions, we wore specific colors as well. So, having colors separated has been a must for a long time. I personally go from white to colors, to black. So the dresses go from white to color to black, then the jumpsuits do the same, then blazers, blouses, etc. The prints have a separate section that follows the coinciding area. So dresses to the color realm, then the prints are after. Then jumpsuits, and so on. Got it? NUMBER 3 - SEASON! If you live in Savannah, then you probably are just as confused as everyone else as far as the weather between September and March. So your wardrobe is probably just as confusing. What I try to do is keep it simple and check my wardrobe once a month for what;s working and what can be stored. There is nothing worse than an abundance of clothing. I’m fairly simple. In the cooler months, I’m either in a boot, tennis shoe, or dress shoe (with opaque stockings). But no one wants to put out all of their boots in October, right? I take baby steps, for my sweaters, and boots. That way they aren’t all over the place because I haven’t had time to organize my closet and put summer away. I hope this helps you guys! Anyone out there can apply this to their closet! I would love to know what you do to your closet that keeps you in tact! I’m open to new tips! Let me know what you fashionistas want more tips on! I’m here to help! Don’t forget to check out the YouTube for more on this topic!

Yours in Fashion, D.Thomas!

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‘The Golden Girls Gone Wild’ back on Tybee–but ‘WILDER’ by Kareem McMichael

Who isn’t a fan of the show “The Golden Girls?” The hit 80s show starring the late Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, and the beloved everlasting Betty White has attracted fans and a following spanning generations. Now, there is a fresh spin on the show and a new way to experience the characters Dorothy, Rose, Sofia and Blanche. Kansas City’s Late Night Theatre is bringing back an all-new version of the fantastic geriatric classic called “Golden! Girls Gone Wild!! Part 2” to Tybee Island in another comical drag parody of the remarkable television show. Part 1 was a hit and tickets for this show are going fast as well. “I think the one thing Late Night Theatre does in performing shows, is that we put a ton of heart in them. We believe in the material, and have a deep appreciation for high -camp theater,” said Ron Megee the artistic director of Late Night Theatre. The theater group has been performing Golden Girls Gone Wild as a live parody starring four men in drag for several years throughout the country. Megee is performing in the play as Dorothy Zbornak, who was played by Bea Arthur in the television show. “I really love playing a drag tribute to Bea Arthur. She is my idol,” said Megee. He expressed it has been a joy directing the show and that the cast loves parody and are strong comedy people. The theater company was founded in 1997 by Megee in an old coffee shop where they performed shows at 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., hence the name Late Night Theatre. The company has always done camp shows and parodies. They performed parodies based off many popular shows and films including Clueless, Designing Women, The Dukes of Hazards and The Craft. “We all respect the material and the TV show as this is a homage to the iconic 1980s series. Our second act has at least fifty 80s costumes and we added some fun songs to the show. This is a true campy parody,” said Megee. Megee is proud of the diversity of the actors in the company but

he is also thrilled with the diverse audiences they perform for in other cities and on Tybee Island that are accepting of LGBTQIA. “So many people come out to our shows. You have baby boomers, couples, bridal showers and more. At one point, we had Harley Riders in full Harley wear. You had a gay couple that we found out had been together 50 years in Savannah and next to them was a bridal party of twelve women, and you know they’re all there ready to have a good time,” said Megee. A few years ago, Late Night Theatre decided to explore The Golden Girls because they were getting older as actors. Every two years they do different episodes. Megee revealed that sometimes people give them suggestions on what to perform but ultimately it depends on what makes him laugh. In this incarnation of the show a touring group of guys and girls will perform their parody of The Golden Girls iconic hospital scenes, such as the one when Sophia thinks she’s dying, the one when Blanche struggles over giving her kidney to her sister, or the one when Rose has a heart attack and bypass surgery. Megee said, “Oh, the hospital episodes are the best! First, they constantly have episodes in the hospital and/or doctor’s office to choose from, second, they cover so many topics in their hospital episodes. Heart Attacks, kidney donations, breast enlargement, and so on. I mean it is a plethora of health issues to choose from. Some of the best comedy are in these scenes, and third we are all getting older, health issues are more prevalent now.” For one of the future shows Megee would like to pull inspiration from the episodes that were music events like the time they had a talent show at Shady Pines or the famous “Turkey Lurkey”. Tickets for this show goes fast. The debut shows ‘Golden Girls Gone Wild’ sold out of all six performances. The shows will be Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17-18 and Sept. 24-25 at 8 p.m. and Sundays, Sept. 19 & 26, 4 p.m. at the Tybee Post Theater. General tickets are $20 and premium tickets are $25. Ticket purchases and more information can be found at tybeeposttheater.org.


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FABULOUS CLAY JOHNSON AND JEREMY DAVIS ARE TAKING THEIR EQUINOX ORCHESTRA TO NEW HEIGHTS

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the oft told tale of how Jeremy and Clay met in the seventh grade in West Monroe, Louisiana, and have remained close friends ever since, playing music together in some form or another for over 30 years. They may even be aware that it was hurricane Katrina that played a role in their relocation to Savannah. What may come as a surprise, though, is all of the accomplishments and success they achieved over the last 18 months in the midst of—and in spite of—the global pandemic. But it was by no means easy. 2020 was going to be “the year.” On paper, their business was set to grow by leaps and bounds. Then came March when it all evaporated in the span of a few days. Not content to be labeled as non-essential workers, Jeremy and Clay got to work planning ways to continue to provide entertainment to their fans and beyond. The band went live on Facebook once a week to play music, tell stories, and stay connected with the world. As restrictions eased, they began promoting Summer Outdoor Shindigs (S.O.S.) keeping audiences smaller and socially-distanced, playing in backyards, front porches, and neighborhood streets. These and other creative alternatives allowed them to keep their lights on and kids fed. Another avenue of creativity that became immediately available was time to invest in making a new album. For years they had talked about when and how they could get back in

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“Have you seen the bus?” We were a few sips into our coffees at The Collins Quarter when Jeremy Davis asked me this question with raised eyebrows and an incredibly genuine smile. I had, in fact, seen the big beautiful blue tour coach with “The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra” emblazoned on the sides, and that was one of the things I wanted to ask him about. But he eagerly beat me to the punch. What was originally scheduled as a short interview turned into a robust two-hour conversation about business and life and purpose, and I am thankful to have kept that appointment. Suffice it to say, Jeremy Davis and his childhood best friend Clay Johnson have a strong grip on what they have been put on this planet to do, and anyone who has met them will say likewise. More on the bus a little later. But first, it’s important for you, the reader, to be aware of their exciting new concert series coming to Savannah. The Charles H. Morris Center, in partnership with Connect Savannah, proudly present ‘The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra’s Monday Night Cabaret.’ On select Monday nights, starting October 25, the orchestra will take the stage at the Morris Center for uniquely themed shows featuring brand-new music, great original arrangements of familiar songs, and some spectacular special guests. Savannahians may recognize the name of the Equinox Orchestra, and they may remember

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the studio, and now—all of a sudden—they had more than enough time. The studios at NFS Ranch in Elkton, FL, opened their doors and the orchestra had so much material, they walked away from those sessions with not one, but three new albums. Each has been progressively released throughout 2021 as a three-volume trilogy, and are now all available on most streaming platforms. Recently, their music caught the ear of Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and U.S. presidential candidate, and the group was invited to be special guests on his talk show ‘Huckabee.’ On August 12, the band traveled to ‘Twitty City’ in Nashville where the show is filmed and rehearsed their songs on set. With this being the largest television audience they have played for to date, Jeremy and Clay felt the pressure to perform at their absolute best, and they did just that. If you have yet to see their Huckabee appearance, do yourself a favor and go to equinoxorchestra.com to watch it. Now, about that bus. In 2014, the pair traveled to India on a mission trip to serve in the poorest areas of Chennai. “There is where we first realized we could use our music to be a blessing to people in need, and seeds were sown that would eventually grow into our greatest passion– Equinox Global Missions,” said Johnson. Since then, they have committed time and resources to perform in assisted living facilities and underserved school systems, to raise money for homeless shelters and youth programs, and internationally for struggling churches and charities. Before Covid, the group traveled to Israel for their first-ever Equinox Holy Land Experience, taking fans with them to not just tour the country, but also serve the residents there through concerts. A very generous couple believes in their work so much that they have underwritten the bus as an asset for the mission and the band. The bus is—to them—”a visible reminder of their higher calling.” The name “equinox” carries with it the idea of yin and yang, half and half. And that seems to be a perfect description of these two. Jeremy and Clay along with the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra are a reminder of days gone by, but at the same time, an exciting ride into uncharted territory. Find out more about all they have going on at equinoxkrewe.com. Tickets for ‘The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra’s Monday Night Cabaret’ at the Charles H. Morris Center go on sale soon at equinoxorchestra.com.

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TOP: The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra Tour bus BOTTOM: Clay Johnson sings as The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra appears on ‘Huckabee’ Photo by Kris Rae


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WEDNESDAY 9/15 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.

TRIVIA & GAMES

El-Rocko Lounge Trivia with Jules and Chris Grimmett, 9-11:30 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 9/16 LIVE MUSIC

Cohen’s Retreat Munchies & Music, 5-9 p.m.

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

KARAOKE

Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Nickie’s 1971 Karaoke Night, 8 p.m.

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Bay Street Blues Karaoke, 8 p.m. 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.

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Club 51 Degrees DJ Fer, DJ Emalo, DJ Lil G, DJ BRad, 9 p.m. VICE Lounge + Mojito Bar DJ Primal, 9 p.m.

BAR & CLUB EVENTS

Club One Drag Show, 10:30 p.m. & 12:30 a.m.

SATURDAY 9/18 LIVE MUSIC

Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant JodyJazz Trio, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sting Ray’s Robert Willis, 6 p.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES

Blueberry Hill Pool Tournament, 2 p.m.

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Club 51 Degrees Dance Party Ghost Coast Distillery DJ Doc Ock & Wing-N-It, 2-6 p.m.

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PS Tavern Beer Pong Tournament, 10 p.m.

Bar Food Karaoke Night, 10 p.m. Bay Street Blues Karaoke, 8 p.m. Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar Karaoke, 10 p.m.

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

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TRIVIA & GAMES

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 9/17 LIVE MUSIC

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.

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Club One Drag Show, 10:30 p.m. & 12:30 a.m.

SUNDAY 9/19 LIVE MUSIC

Collins Quarter at Forsyth Ember City, 2 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Voodoo Soup, 10 p.m. Ghost Coast Distillery Sunday Jazz: Erez Dessel Trio, 1-3 p.m.

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Dessel has been playing piano since the age of six, letting his musical passion guide him through life and leading him to explore a multitude of styles and creative worlds. While he remains grounded by the music of his heroes, people like Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington, his music has expanded to include the influence of genres ranging from Mandé music of West Africa to 21st-century classical music. 1 pm - 3 pm

Myrtle & Rose, Rooftop Garden 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.

TRIVIA & GAMES

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

KARAOKE

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

TRIVIA & GAMES

Club One Super Gay Bingo, 5:30 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 9/21 LIVE MUSIC

MONDAY 9/20 LIVE MUSIC

Nickie’s 1971 Ray Tomasino, 7 p.m. The Wormhole Open Mic/Jam, 6-10 & 10 p.m.2 a.m.

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

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 The Wormhole Trivia, 9:30 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 musical project headed by Charleston’s Hunter Park plays self-described “cosmic Americana,” essentially an alt-country sound flavored with Lowcountry folk and a unique point of view. Park is influenced by Dolly Parton and Gram Parsons, but the result is entirely her own. SATURDAY, SEPT 18 | 8 PM

THE GODDAM GALLOWS @ THE WORMHOLE

They may look like they just crawled out of a dumpster, but don’t sleep on the musical abilities of these punk-influenced roots rockers. Call it gutterpunk or psychobilly or any other form of something-billy music, they’ve been at it since their squatter days on the west coast in the early aughts and their live show must be seen to be believed. THURSDAY, SEPT 16 | 8 PM

Assuming there is anything left of the new District Live venue after Molly Hatchet opened the joint, the popular Fleetwood Mac tribute band will grace the stage. Reflecting the postPeter Green era of monster hits that came with the addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, hear why the Mac sold more than 120 million records. FRIDAY, SEPT 17 | 8 PM

OBVIOUS LIARS @ THE WORMHOLE

The Charleston quartet bring their updated version of 90s alternative rock, replete with strong vocals and undeniable musicianship, back to Savannah after a raucous April appearance. Local rockers Draucker slot in the middle with Sill Crow kicking it off. Once again, The Wormhole’s yeoman efforts to fill the void left by The Jinx pays off. SATURDAY, SEPT 18 | 8 PM

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PHOTOS FROM LOCAL EVENTS

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9/11 20TH ANNIVERSARY REMEMBRANCE BY AMERICAN LEGION POST 184 American Legion Post 184 held a 9/11 20th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at Post 184 in Thunderbolt on Sat., Sept. 11. The event featured archived videos, speeches from Mayor Van Johnson and County Commissioner Chester Ellis, recognition of local first responders and a breakfast. Honor Guard Charles Black, Post Commander 184 Joe Higgins, First District Commander Casey Nash, Honor Guard Bud Pierce

County Commissioner Chester Ellis, Post Commander 184 Joe Higgins

Nancy Black, Susan Summerville, Susan Woodcock

Mary Hohnerlein, Post Commander 500 James Putney

Corporal Walter Anderson, Past Post Commander 184 Doug Andrews, Thunderbolt Police Chief Sean Clayton

Scott Trombley, Firefighter Brooke Dicks, Church Trombley

Past Veteran of the Year John Parker, Post 184 Board Member Don Sutter


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Jack, Crawford, Ann, Harlan and Todd Lerch

RJ Maynard, Dr. Crystal Maynard, Dr. Roy Maynard, Roman Maynard

Dr. Mac Bailey, Alex Zhang, Oliver, Reese, Tate and Eli Bailey

Maggie, Simon, Liz Lientz, Mollie and Tilley Macfadyen

Timothy Hall, Michael White and Damon Lee Fowler

CHRIST CHURCH 9/11 ANNIVERSARY SERVICE On the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Christ Church held a service to commemorate and honor those who perished. The following day, Christ Church said goodbye to its longtime organist and choirmaster Timothy L. Hall and his spouse Damon Lee Fowler who are relocating to Petersburg, VA, to be closer to family.

Cathy and Dr. Jay Howington, Vivi Cate, Mason and Meg Howington


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