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WEDNESDAY 7/28 Bark in the Park Support Humane Society of Greater Savannah at The Savannah Bananas game for their July 28 ‘Bark in the Park.’ Tickets include all-you-can-eat concessions. 5:30 p.m. Grayson Stadium 1401 E. Victory Dr. $18

Spitfire’s Upper Echelon Open Mic

From the rooftop terrace of Starland Yard, join Spitfire Poetry Group for an open mic of local artists of all skill levels. Sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m. Show start at 7 p.m. 6:30 p.m. Starland Yard 2411 DeSoto Ave.

THURSDAY 7/29 Legends on Live

Enjoy a cast of Broadway and Las Vegas singers, dancers, live band and aerial artistry perform a 2-hour tribute to pop music legends including Beatles, Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars, Earth, Wind & Fire, Celine Dion, and many more in a dazzling Vegas-style show. 8 p.m. The Historic Savannah Theatre 222 Bull St. $39 adults, $19.50 ages 16 and under savannahtheatre.com

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Mint to Be Mojitos

Join Salsa Savannah on Thursdays at Mint to Be Mojitos for free beginner dance lessons. Enjoy Salsa, bachata music, and dancing. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Mint to Be Mojito’s 12 W. State St.

Vintage Movie Night

Join Ghost Coast Distillery in their Cocktail Room for Vintage Movie Night. Enjoy $10 Prohibition-era Classic Cocktails (Old Fashioned, Bees Knees, Martinis, Manhattans, etc.) and free showings of classic B&W Vintage films. 5-8 p.m. Ghost Coast Distillery 641 Indian St.

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Campfire and S’mores

Gather around the campfire for campfire stories, and enjoy s’mores with a park ranger, and meet locals and campers at Skidaway Island State Park. You can bring your own S’mores supplies and s’mores packs will also be for sale for $2 each. Preregister by calling the park office 8:30 p.m. Skidaway Island State Park 52 Diamond Cswy. 912-598-2300

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SATURDAY 7/31 Back to School Block Rock

Join The Front Porch, Loop it Up Savannah, and many more Chatham County friends as they come together to celebrate the start of a new school year with delicious food, school uniform giveaways, school supplies giveaway, music, fun, family, and friends. 4-7 p.m. WW Law Community Center 900 E. Bolton St.

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Fire & Wine

Enjoy half-off bottles of wine and fire pits in the courtyard. Purchase one of our s’mores kits (marshmallows included) for the ultimate fall experience. Foxy Loxy Cafe 1919 Bull St.

Savannah Carnaval

The SD Gunner Fund hosts the third annual Savannah Carnaval. Guests will enjoy live music, entertainment, and a sneak peek at Plant Riverside District’s new Atlantic Building. Ticket sale and auction item proceeds will be used to fund the SD Gunner Fund’s mission. 6:30-11 p.m. JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District 400 W. River Street. Single ticket $100, Couple

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Savannah’s Summer Market

At the Savannah Convention Center, Southern Accents Market Events over 150 vendors with handmade treasures, unique vintage & antique items, boutiques, artists, jewelry, chefs with amazing goodies to sample and buy, and much more. Enjoy an amazing variety of tastes from the South from our amazing Food Trucks. The event takes place both indoors and outdoors! 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Savannah Convention Center 1 International Dr. $5


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one-woman performance about Rachel Faucette, Hamilton’s mother. 6:30 p.m. Davenport House 324 East State St.

The Davenport House Museum hosts a series of lectures about American patriot Alexander Hamilton on Tuesdays in July and August. Accompanying each lecture will be a

Explore the wonders of nature with all kinds of wild fun for your wee ones. This week’s theme is “Fish Go to School” day. 10 & 11 a.m. Oatland Island Wildlife Center 711 Sandtown Rd.

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FOR THIS WEEK’S COLUMN, I want to share a sweet encounter that’s been on my mind since the day it happened. Early last Monday, I was sitting at the park, enjoying the aroma of my lit incense stick. I know that may seem a little weird, but I love the smell of incense, and I will proudly take them wherever I’m allowed. I watched people as they passed me by. Everyone just swiftly passed along except for this one lady. She was short with wavy hair, and she carried three duffle bags that all hang from her back and sides. The stranger stopped right in front of me. I became slightly irritable and uncomfortable because for a few seconds, she didn’t say a single word. She just stood there about 7-feet away from me and watched me before finally saying, “I like the smell of your incense.” Instantly, I became at ease. We exchanged a few words of our mutual appreciation for incense before I said “You can have it.” In my mind, I hoped she had a

lighter because I didn’t want to give up the only one I had -- it was my favorite. She was pleased and told me her name was Earth. “That’s not my real name; that’s what people call me,” she said. Though I was not initially looking to enjoy that time alone, for about 20 minutes, I enjoyed Earth’s company as she shared her dreams and inner thoughts like, “It’s so interesting to meet new people. Your own life is like a story and you’re the main character, but you get to meet other characters like Brandy.” I chuckled and thought, “Well actually you’re the character in my story.” There would be no need to argue that, though, since we’d both be right. By the end of the conversation with Earth, she said, “Since this has been such a blessing, I want to leave you with something.” She removed a palo santo stick from a bag inside of the bag where she kept her other incense. “Oh, and I want to give this to you too,” she said. “It’s sentimental to me, but it’s time to let it go,” and she handed me a lighter. Then she walked away.


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Georgia leader added as speaker to present at Southeast Georgia Leadership Forum county government. BY NOELLE WIEHE Thurmond is widely regarded as a noelle@connectsavannah.com “turnaround expert” after fundamentally transforming the culture and enhancing MORRIS MULTIMEDIA announced Geor- operations of complex organizations such as gia leader Michael Thurmond as the opening the Georgia Division of Family and Children speaker at the inaugural Services, the Georgia Department of Southeast Georgia LeadLabor and the Dekalb County School ership Forum coming to District. The three-term past Georgia Savannah Sunday, Sept. 12 Labor Commissioner is an accomthrough Tuesday, Sept. 14 at plished author with his latest book the Kehoe Iron Works buildbeing “Freedom: Georgia’s Antiing at Trustees’ Garden. slavery Heritage, 1733-1865,” which Thurmond has served as received the Georgia Historical Socichief executive officer of ety’s Lilla Hawes Award. Thurmond Dekalb County, one of the plans to speak at the Forum on how largest and most diverse unity jumpstarts a community. MICHAEL THURMOND counties in the Southeast, Other speakers for the forum since 2017. Thurmond’s primary mission announced to date include world-class preas CEO has been in restoring trust in senters Steadman Graham, Horst Schulze,

and Erica Dhawan. In addition to these presenters, participants can expect to learn thought-provoking content from statewide CEOs, business futurists, and regional community leaders, as well as have the opportunity to connect with the more than 400 participants expected to attend. Sponsoring this inaugural event with Morris Multimedia are Georgia Ports Authority, Georgia Power, Georgia Southern University and Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. The Forum fee is $395 per person. Limited scholarships are available for community leaders who may need financial assistance to attend the Forum. For information about the speakers and to purchase tickets, visit southeastgaleadershipforum.com.

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Savannah, Hinesville prepare for national Night Out OFFICERS ARE VISITING the neighborhood as National Night Out is back in Savannah on Tuesday, Aug. 3. This the first National Night Out that the Savannah Police Department has participated in since 2019, due to the pandemic. Across all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide, millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out on that first Tuesday in August. In Savannah, the celebrations will take place from roughly 5-8 p.m. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live, the national website reads. To celebrate, neighborhoods throughout Savannah have been encouraged to

take part in the annual celebration by hosting their own celebrations. Communities can create and participate in block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events and more. In this light, National Night Out is a great opportunity for officers to connect with Savannah youth. Each year, - void of 2019 and 2020 due to COVID-19 - the Savannah Police Department compiles a list of neighborhoods participating and posts it on their website. Then, when the night comes, the officers stop by and make a presence at the events being hosted in our jurisdiction. “It’s a great event that really allows us to get into the communities and spend time with the residents in a relaxing environment,” said Savannah Police Department Public Information Coordinator Bianca Johnson. “It’s also a great opportunity to connect with the youth. Officers can often be seen dancing, playing

basketball, football or just breaking bread with the youth in Savannah during National Night Out.” Visit savannahpd.org/outreach/#nno for the list of participating neighborhoods. Our neighbor city, Hinesville, is also participating. Hinesville Public Relations Manager, Heather Teter released, “This event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Bryant Commons Park, located at 438 W. Oglethorpe Highway, from 5:30-8 p.m. During the event, residents will be able to meet local police officers and learn more about crime prevention and public safety.”

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BUNNY WARE: SAVANNAH’S BEST CONNECTOR Bunny Ware cruises in her jeep July 15 in downtown Savannah on her way to another local event. PHOTO BY HUNTER MCCUMBER

REMEMBER THE GAME Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? Well, in Savannah, it’s one degree of Bunny Ware. You might not know what she looks like, but rest assured Bunny Ware, “Savannah’s Best Connector,” is never more than one connection away. “Bunny in the City,” her weekly column in the Savannah Morning News, has been a newspaper staple for the past 10 years. She is the woman behind the camera for Connect’s two-page photo spread “Connected.” In addition to that, she is a content provider for WSAV and WJCL. Bunny is everywhere, which is precisely where she wants to be in the city she loves. Growing up in Wadley, Georgia, a Jefferson County “small country town,” Bunny always knew she had the “gift for gab,” as she describes it. And she also knew how to capture a great moment with a camera. Even though she loved photography and took photos all through high school and college, it wasn’t until after she spent a decade in the automotive industry working with auto parts and service shops that Bunny found her way to visual storytelling and media outlets. Bunny attended Georgia Southern University in Statesboro where she flirted with history and psychology before finally becoming a communications major. She moved to Savannah in 1999. After college, she spent 10 years working for LKQ Corporation selling auto parts. The automotive industry and high-performance automobiles have been a lifelong passion of Bunny’s. Fortuitously, around the time LKQ Corporation eliminated her position, Bunny met Matt Cohen, the chef and owner of Savannah’s The New South Cafe. “I met him and immediately started telling him everything he was doing wrong to promote his business,” she said. “Because of that, Matt asked me to come work for him. I did. And I started introducing this charismatic chef to the community. That led to the beginning of the Savannah Master Calendar and that introduced me to the community.” It was the start of a new chapter in Bunny’s life, one in which she could use her “gift for gab” to help people make good things happen in Savannah. Eventually, Bunny’s sales and marketing skills, along with her intuitive, open-hearted, and curious personality led her to The Savannah Morning News and the launch of the


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“Bunny In The City” column. Every week, Bunny highlights the personalities of Savannah, “It gives me the opportunity to meet so many incredible people: from housekeeping and people working in the kitchen to the governor,” she explained. It’s the sincere humanity of the people she profiles that is most important to her. Even though Bunny is a content provider to four of Savannah’s major media outlets, she’s very clear about who she works for. “It is the story, not the station or the publication,” she said. “I am working for the people, not the platform.” “I like stories of people we don’t hear about. I like connecting people and I am blessed to have platforms that I can share with people doing incredible work who deserve it. I can leverage the connections I have to help people get the visibility they need.” Bunny is intentional about the lighthearted feel of her work. News stations often run an uplifting good-news story at the end of a broadcast, known as a “kicker” in the industry. “It should be good news all day long,” she said. “We need a kicker station. That’s what I want to be. Savannah’s culture of generosity and giving shows up at so many events that

THAT I CAN SHARE WITH PEOPLE DOING INCREDIBLE WORK WHO DESERVE IT. I CAN LEVERAGE THE CONNECTIONS I HAVE TO HELP PEOPLE GET THE VISIBILITY THEY NEED.” -BUNNY WARE I cover. I highlight people that do good and I only cover good news; I don’t do negative. I don’t put people down; I promote positive.” Bunny’s work schedule is relentless. For 12 to 14 hours a day, six days a week, she attends as many events as she can. To be nimbler and more efficient, she recently switched from a full-frame Nikon D800 to an iPhone 12 Pro Max on a stabilizer with a light kit so she can edit photos on site and upload to media outlets immediately. Tuesdays are different. “I try not to leave my house on Tuesdays,” she said. “I’m working, but I’m home. I’ll talk one phone’s battery down and then on to the other one. I even

Hunter McCumber captures a rare moment of Bunny Ware sitting still in her Jeep July 15 in downtown Savannah. PHOTO BY DJ HELLERMAN

have a landline if I need it.” Bunny is a binge worker – she works “like crazy” for a month or so and then takes a break. During her time off, she is an avid, devoted cold-weather traveler. “I love cold climates. In a few weeks, I am headed to Orcas Island on the West Coast. It is the coldest place I can get since Canada won’t let us in. This weekend, I’ll be in the north Georgia mountains with my mom.” Spending time by herself is important to Bunny. She’s an extroverted introvert, “Many people won’t believe it but I love being alone as much as I love being with others,” she said. She loves driving fast. The feeling of being in a high performing vehicle, on a road she’s never driven with really good music, “That’s my happy place. I love speed; that’s my adrenaline. ” she explains. By good music, Bunny means anything except jazz, “Random notes make me anxious; I need repetition.” You’ve probably spotted Bunny cruising around Savanah in her meticulously maintained Jeep, another one of her automotive loves. In her work life, impeccable organization skills keep her efficient and on time. In her automobile and at home, cleaning and organizing is another form of fun for Bunny, “cabinets, closets, refrigerators. I love to clean

anything for fun. Before I leave the house on Mondays I have to vacuum. It’s just something I have to do.” Traveling is a way for Bunny to shut down and recoup from her intense work schedule. It’s also a way to take stock and appreciate where she lives, “I have to leave here to love here,” she said. “I love the South, I love our people, but I hate our heat. You know, the more I travel, the more I love where I live. Sweet tea, Spanish Moss, Southern manners of people who say ‘yes, ma’am’ and ‘thank you’ all remind me there is no place like home.” Growing up, Bunny’s Dad hung a 6-foot map of Georgia over her bed. He’d point to a specific location and say, “Here’s where we are going. How do we get there?” Today, it’s a perfectly poetic metaphor for Bunny’s life: helping people get where they want to go. For Bunny, the camera is simply her tool of choice, the instrument she needs to do her work in the world. “It’s what I am doing behind the camera that most people don’t see,” she explained. “I’m putting into place connections for their success by introducing people to who they need to know to make things happen,” she said. “I am a connector.”

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THUNDERBOLT RESIDENTS and restaurants looking to make a difference have a unique opportunity to change the culture of sustainability in their community through composting with the help and guidance of local startup Code of Return Compost. The Thunderbolt Pilot Program is slated to begin July 31 at Wesley Oak United Methodist Church at 3124 E. Victory Dr. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., where residents can register for a one-time $10 fee and receive their introduction packet consisting of a collection bucket, lid, magnet with list of acceptable waste and a small bag of compost. This 60-day event encourages participants to collect and divert organic waste with the goal of positively affecting water conservation, addressing sewage issues and decreasing community maintenance costs. Compost deposits can then be made anytime at the community garden where they can be weighed and recorded. After the kick off, sign up for the Thunderbolt station will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at the Forsyth Farmers Market. Founded in 2019 by married couple Maria Vaughan and Michael Wedum, Code of Return Compost began through their own personal pursuit of home sustainability and

developed into a passion to make an impact on local and global issues. “Code of Return was imagined with a vision to break the stigmas associated with compost and create an opportunity to make an impact environmentally, socially and economically,” Vaughan said. “Sustainability benefits literally everyone and helps ensure we have future access to the natural resources we depend on by recycling or regenerating it for future use.” With the results of the Thunderbolt Pilot Program, Code of Return Compost hopes to bring awareness and education with the ultimate goal of compost bins being available for all, just like trash and recycling receptacles. Waste has to be handled from one location to its disposal, and this solution, while simple, makes a huge impact in the regenerative movement. Wedum said, “Think about how long it took to create the infrastructure we have today in sanitation, and the fact that you have it picked up from your front curb. Now imagine that the support of this movement could be just as simple.” Beginning Aug. 2, Thunderbolt restaurants can participate for 60 days as well, and Code of Return Compost will provide bins and weekly pick up days to collect compost. Finches Sandwiches & Sundries,

located at 2600 Mechanics Ave. in Thunderbolt, is an early adopter of the initiative and will be on site July 31 for the resident launch handing out popsicles. They will also offer a complimentary coffee to anyone dropping off compost during the duration of the pilot program. “We’re excited to be part of this initiative,” said Finches Owner Rebecca Matthews. “It’s overdue for Savannah, so the opportunity is one we are jumping at. The turn-key aspect of composting with Code of Return is only half of the draw for us; it’s frankly the right thing to do environmentally. Even if it takes a little extra effort, this should be the industry standard from here on out.” A victory party to celebrate the success of the residential and restaurant initiatives is planned for October where results will be announced, and Code of Return Compost is hoping to have a lot to celebrate. “It’s time we capture this valuable resource for what it is, and the Thunderbolt Pilot Program is just another step to making it a simple, normal reality,” Vaughan said. To learn about Code of Return Compost, visit corcompost.com. To support the cause, visit customink.com/fundraising/compost.


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Rollerderby referees and coaches gather in the rink as they prepare for the upcoming season. Open enrollment for the Jr. Derbytaunts runs thorugh the end of August. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DERBYTAUNTS

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BRING A MOUTHGUARD and some water, the rest will be provided. Savannah Jr. Derbytaunts are gearing up for open enrollment throughout the month of August. “Our team is all about empowering young girls to show that we too can play a sport that’s rough and tough,” said Savannah Jr. Derbytaunts Co-President and League Secretary Liz Ross. The age group ranges from girls 8-years old to 17-years old. At the end of the four weeks, the “fresh meat” will be given the option to continue on with the team. The only requirement is being able to skate one full lap around the track without falling. The coaches will teach them the rest. “It’s lots of fun,” Ross said. “It’s also about safety so we make sure all of the gear is in order and all of the girls have their gear.”. Skates, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and helmets are all provided to the girls. The first practice will take place on Saturday, Aug. 3 and will run through the last Tuesday in August.

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For some of the girls, they started out as Taunts and are now back as adults coaching those eager to learn the sport of roller derby. Ross said she has watched so many young girls start off shy and grow into confident young ladies after some time on the team. “I’ve noticed more confidence for sure,” Ross said. “They feel more confident in themselves; they feel more confident with each other. They grow as a team - you’re coming twice a week to practice and you’re spending four hours with these girls working hard with each other.” The girls have their “derby family” or “derby sisters” to skate and learn from during every practice and competition. Ross said she knows how it feels to be a part of the “derby family,” she joined the adult league after watching her daughter skate with the Derbytaunts. For her, it’s a mother-daughter experience. Open enrollment practices will take place every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Star Castle, 550 Mall Blvd. For information visit savannahderby.com/ derbytaunts.

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Infamous Restaurant Week is a ‘go’

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Savannah’s week long culinary event returns among area restaurants

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BY JESSE BLANCO

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A YEAR AGO about this time, we saw a flurry of emails and messages from people in search of Savannah Restaurant Week. If you recall, we were a few months into the official ‘re-opening’ of our food scene. There was no way any Savannah restaurant was going to participate in any kind of special promotion. Still, we were asked. A bunch. I was a little surprised. Fast forward a year, staffing is still a major issue across the landscape, but we have largely returned to normal. The crowds

downtown will tell you all you need to know about that. I can’t help but think this is going to be a record year for a lot of eateries around town. Time will tell. With all of that as a backdrop, we were approached in the spring by the Gourmet Seafood and Spirits Festival to collaborate with them in bringing back Savannah’s favorite week in food. It was a no brainer. Savannah Restaurant Week is back. The nine-day event will be held Aug. 20 through Aug. 29 as part of the Gourmet Seafood and Spirits Festival at various locations across Savannah. The Restaurant Week component of the culinary celebration with be largely the


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same as it has ever been, but with a few new twists added. For example, participating restaurants will be offered the opportunity to compete for votes in a ‘People’s Choice’ vote during the week for creative cocktails. Also different this year, restaurants will be asked to choose a price point for their Prix Fixe menu. Three courses for either $30, $35 or $40. Which one they choose is entirely up to the participant. We should mention there won’t be a second Restaurant Week like we saw a couple of years ago. This will be the only one and we are excited about having a number of local media partners on board. We knew we’d have fewer participants than in years past because of staffing problems that continue across the country, but we are excited about the restaurants we have on board already. Participants include The Fat Radish, Ardsley Station, Oak 36 and Castaways. Menus will be available to flip through in a few weeks. In the meantime, make plans to join us for a great week of food and drink around town.

Recently named Community of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah and as one of the Top 100 Masterplans in the U.S. by Ideal Living magazine, Savannah Quarters® has taken its place among the most desirable new-home communities in the Southeast. Located in Pooler, the fastest growing city in Georgia, the community is attracting an array of homebuyers drawn not only to its beautiful homes and outstanding amenities, but also to the charm of Savannah, which was included on the Time magazine list of the World’s Great Places for 2021. All of this comes with the benefits of living in Georgia, which has been recognized in a Bankrate study as the best state in the country to retire. For its study, Bankrate looked at five categories: affordability, wellness, culture, weather and crime. Georgia came in at number one for retirees based on its score in all of these areas. A similar report released by personal finance website SmartAsset in February named Savannah among the top 10 cities attracting Americans aged 60 and older. “With low taxes, great weather, attainably priced homes and overall quality of life, Georgia has it all,” said Gerrit Albert, President of Savannah Quarters. “We’re extremely pleased to be welcoming new residents from up and down the east coast to Savannah Quarters where we offer the best in modern Savannah living and homes that fit a variety of lifestyles from young families to those enjoying retirement.” To coincide with Pooler’s growth, plans have been announced for the city’s first Costco store. Expected to open in spring 2022, the new warehouse-shopping venue will be built on the south end of Pooler Parkway near the intersection at I-16. It has also been announced that Amazon will expand its presence in Georgia with a new fulfillment center planned in Savannah. The facility will feature innovative Amazon robotics technology and create 1,000 full-time jobs. It is expected to open in 2022. Savannah Quarters has partnered with some of the area’s best builders to create a wide variety of new-home neighborhoods built with quality and style. From maintenance-free townhomes and ranch designs to family-friendly, single-family residences, the homes reflect the southern elegance found throughout the Savannah region. Prices start in the mid $300,000s in the gated Westbrook neighborhood and in the high $200,000s within Easthaven at Savannah Quarters. Savannah Quarters is located 12 miles west of the Savannah city center in Pooler. In addition to the residential collections, the 2,600-acre masterplan community offers charm, relaxation, beauty and recreation, including dog park for family pets. Westbrook residents have access to the Club at Savannah Quarters featuring resort-style amenities such as fitness, tennis, swimming and a stunning clubhouse as well as the 18-hole Greg Norman Signature Golf Course. Easthaven residents have the option to join The Club at Savannah Quarters. Future plans include new residences and new adventures for every generation. To schedule a tour or for more information, please call 912.450.2300 or visit www.SavannahQuarters.com. About Freehold Communities Freehold Communities®, headquartered in Boston, MA, is currently developing approximately 15,000 residential units within mixed-use and master-planned communities in Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, California, and Virginia. Freehold creates Vital Communities® that embrace healthy living, engagement, connectivity, stewardship and distinctive home design. As it evaluates opportunities, the company focuses on the right planning, the right properties and the right partners. Beginning with comprehensive research to gain insight into the unique needs, trends and preferences in the local market, Freehold carefully considers each property to determine how to best maintain its beauty and character to create a Vital Community® by partnering with quality, creative builders who share Freehold’s philosophy of offering niche solutions and unique, timeless designs. To learn more, visit http://www.FreeholdCommunities.com.

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Chefs prepare meals for patrons in a resteraunt. Restaurant Week will return this year Aug. 20-29.

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Sandwiches, desserts and small bites are served at Afternoon Tea at Joe’s at the Jepson July 21.

Co-owners Chef Theodore Paskevich and Don Holland celebrate the success of Afternoon Tea at Joe’s at the Jepson July 21 at Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts.

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Joe’s at the Jepson hosts Afternoon Tea every third Wednesday of the month

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IT’S TEA TIME! Within the solace of the tall windows and crisp walls adjacent to the grand staircase within the atrium of Telfair’s Jepson Center for the Arts is the relaxed dining and casual gourmet eatery, Joe’s at the Jepson. The cafe, featuring an evolving artisanal menu inspired by the museum’s permanent collections and rotating exhibitions, offers Afternoon Tea at Joe’s at the Jepson from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every third Wednesday of the month. After choosing from a variety of teas, guests are served a tower of tea time snacks including smoked salmon finger sandwiches, pelindaba lavender scones, and pastry shells filled with lemon curd and fresh fruit and many more that all taste as good as they look. “Being in such a magnificent setting as this, we think that the food should be as beautiful as the artwork - it’s just another form of art,” said Joe’s at the Jepson Co-owner Don Holland after sharing the cafe’s tagline: “The art of food.” Joe’s has been serving tea at the Jepson Center since Mother’s Day. He said the event was sold out, and it’s been a hit ever since.

With that said, if guests plan to join them for the experience, make sure to reserve seats as far in advance as possible. “We wanted to bring something a little different to the cafe lunching experience for our guests and this was what we envisioned,” Holland said. “We felt like a setting as beautiful as this deserved to have a formal event. We did it with the idea of having a modern elegance. You’re not seeing lots of floral and thin, tiny China tea cups but you’re seeing silver and white and crystal.” Paired with the elegant presentation are the delicious flavors of the recipes created by the award-winning, self-taught chef and co-owner, Theodore Paskevich. The chef said he creates the menu intentionally. “You make sure that all the flavors are different, but they all marry each other,” Paskevich said. “Like with the sandwiches, you want each sandwich to be different, but you don’t want one to overpower the other so you have a nice delicate pallet for each one.” Paskevich shared that many of Joe’s menu items remain, just as the quality does, from the menu of he and Holland’s former service location. Joe’s Homemade was located on Waters and 70th, the chef said. Prior to the union of Joe’s Homemade and the Jepson Center, the chef said the team had no

intentions to sign a new lease, and instead they would focus on distribution of their homemade goods. Yet, they were recruited by some Jepson Center board members who happened to be regulars and would have hated to see the dining establishment up and go. Now, they are able to service the public and distribute their products as their bottled goods such as their lemon curd, fig preserve and tomato conserve are sold exclusively at the Telfair Gift Shop. They use the same products they sell in bulk to make the assortment of delicious tea time goodies meaning that guests can create the tea party, or whatever occasion they desire, back home. “It is a wonderful adaptation of how the products can be used,” Holland said. The co-owners shared their appreciation for both the Jepson Center and their guests and hope that such is continuously reciprocated back into their cafe. “Both the chef and I and our entire staff consider it an honor to be at this museum,” Holland said. “We want everything we do to be a reflection of this incredible institution. And we hope that our patrons appreciate what we do and that they capture the essence and idea of it.”

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THE STUTTERING FOUNDATION celebrates its 75th anniversary and is gearing up for celebration with the release of an animated film. The non-profit organization has a reach of 137 countries. Four of the videos have been part of the tricounty Live Oaks Library System are part of an extensive library collection, which includes Savannah, since 2018. They have four DVDs in their system: “School-Age Child,” “If You Stutter,” “Straight Talk for Kids” and “For Kids by Kids.” “Live Oak Public Libraries is dedicated to supporting literacy and lifelong learning,” said Live Oak Library spokesman Sarah Collier. “We partner with local schools and nonprofit organizations to assist with library resources and specialized services that may help those in our community with physical, intellectual, or developmental disabilities.” For Stuttering Foundation President Jane Fraser, she’s proudest of how the organization has a more direct reach. Fraser inherited the organization as president from her father Malcolm in 1981. Malcolm was a Tennessee industrialist who had painful childhood memories as a stutterer and wanted to devote his philanthropic efforts to solving the riddle behind stuttering. He consulted the leading authorities of the era, Dr. Charles van Riper. He made the first donation of $2,500 to the organization. “In those days a new house cost about $6,000; a new car about a thousand dollars,” Fraser said. “So, it was quite a significant gift.” Eventually, Malcolm would build up the organization’s endowment to $10 million


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and run a think talk of many of the greatest experts on the subject through symposia, the application of grants, scientific papers and the publication of books. The first, “Self-Therapy for the Stutterer,” 1960, was written by Malcolm himself. Since taking over in 1981, Fraser has grown the endowment to $38 million and has shifted the focus from research to public awareness and dissemination of materials. The association’s catalog currently includes 29 books, 35 DVDs and 27 brochures. “When I started, you used to have to send them a VHS or letter, so it was a week later,” she said. “Nowadays if a parent is really concerned, they can get help within five minutes, or they can go to the local library.” The Stuttering Foundation has also added a toll-free hotline and website that provides resources and encouragement to dispel the myths surround stuttering. One of their web site’s most well-known features s profiles of famous people who stutter. The list includes actors Emily Blunt and James Earl Jones; singers Ed Sheeran, Carly Simon and Meg Tillis; NBA personalities Kenyon Martin and Bill Walton; and President Joe Biden. The website also has 141 streaming videos and offers continuing education courses. “It’s a nice way for people to get information about stuttering, for people to think about stuttering to learn about famous people who may have been stutterers, and just to know positive and constructive ways to react to those who might stutter,” said Barry Guitar of the University of Vermont who serves as a consultant to the foundation. According to Savannah-based speech pathologist Devora Gottlieb, media like the type disseminated from the Stuttering Institute is important because stuttering impacts a smaller percentage of the population than most realize. Of the 15% of school age children who have a speech disorder only 2% of

those 15% stutter. “It’s a very small group of people, so sometimes people who stutter come to that result and never have met a person who stutters,” Gottlieb said. In her practice, Gottlieb directs people to the Stuttering Foundation’s website as well as an app called SpeechEASY. Gottlieb also stresses that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to stuttering. Similarly, the Stuttering Foundation is an adherent to the idea that there is not one definite way to treat stuttering which is why they don’t open clinics though they do have continuing education programs and put on talks that help further the spread of ideas in the field. Guitar’s approach, for example, is to let patients know that stuttering is ok. Guitar sees “parents who think ‘oh no, my child is stuttering, I need to get rid of this deficiency.’” Guitar, who is featured in some of the videos through excerpts from his talks at symposia, aims to get patients open with themselves and others so they can loosen up and not feel like stuttering is something they don’t need to fight. The video collection which dates back to the 1970s. The videos have been made in-house in conjunction with Illinois-based film company Video Design Productions. In addition to her administrative work, Fraser is directly involved with the videos. “The nice thing is that our videographer is just so sensitive to stuttering and when he’s filming kids, they really don’t feel like there’s someone filming them, which you need because otherwise people are so self-conscious,” Fraser explained. For information on the stuttering foundation, check out stutterinfoundation.org and find the DVDs at a local Live Oaks Library.

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Stuttering Foundation President Jane Fraser speaks to fellow collegues inside of a library where her material can be found. PHOTOS COURTESY OF STUTTERING FOUNDATION

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The new Harlem Globetrotters team sport their new jerseys, inspired by the previous red, white and blue ones. PHOTO COURTESY OF MEDIA FRENZY GLOBAL

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BY MICHAEL STRONG

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THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS have been around for more than 95 years, but when they come to Savannah it won’t be the same ol’ ‘Trotters taking the floor. The team’s gone through a rebranding, which includes not only the uniforms — which pay homage to the red, white and blue models we’ve seen for decades — but also the team’s performance on the court. Beginning July 1, the team moved to update its look with new uniforms, which are now largely black with red, white and blue trim. The makeover came as the team kicked off its 150-city Spread Game Tour that travels to the Martin Luther King Jr. Arena July 28 at 7 p.m. When the Globetrotters come to town, it will be a homecoming for one member of the team: Rochell “Wham” Middleton. The Lilburn, Georgia, native played in the North American Basketball League for the Savannah Cavaliers before joining the Globetrotters in 2018 and being named the team’s Top Rookie. Prior to that, he attended Savannah State University, studying public relations and

advertising. He also played baseball and football growing up and credits his grandfather and dad for his falling in love with hoops. Like many of the past and current Globetrotters, Middleton hold world records: the record for farthest behind-the-back basketball shot. Middleton sank a basket from 45-feet, 6-inches away last October. He also holds the record for most bounced basketball figure-eight moves blindfolded in one minute at 63, which he completed Oct. 16, 2019. Both records were achieved during Guinness World Record Day for each year. The records involve skills fans typically see during a game. The new-look Globetrotters particular brand of hoops is called the Spread Game. Essentially, it relies on fast moves, quick passes and a stunning dribbling game — typically against an overmatched Washington Generals team. However, its more than just a description of their style of play, it’s a nod to the players who’ve entertained millions during nearly a full century of basketball. In many cases, the moves will look familiar to basketball fans outside of the ‘Trotters too. “All of the NBA is playing like the Harlem Globetrotters, showcasing moves we’ve


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Jet Rivers of the Harlem Globetrotters team goes in for a dunk while sporting the team’s newest jersey. Rivers said he credits his uncle for introducing him to the sport when he was just 4-years old. PHOTO COURTESY OF MEDIA FRENZY GLOBAL

Catch the team, their record-breaking moves and all the fun tonight at 7 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Arena at 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. Purchase tickets for the Harlem Globetrotter Spread Game Tour in Savannah at ticketmaster.com. Prices start at $14 and range up to $75, plus taxes and fees.

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been defining for decades,” said Jeff Munn, executive vice president and general manager. “The Spread Game Tour is a chance to satisfy our fans’ undeniable thirst for exceptional basketball while continuing at trailblazers in an ever-changing culture.” To that end, the team wants to move beyond inspiring NBA players, instead it wants to compete against them. The last time an NBA team — the Lakers — played against the Globetrotters, it lost and for the second consecutive year. The Globetrotters are circulating a petition to push the NBA to grant them a franchise. No response from the NBA thus far. In addition to impacting professional players, the tour gives the players a chance to expand their roles as goodwill ambassadors. While they’re still teaching kids to spin a ball on their finger or a cool dribbling move, they’ll also support social justice and community programs aimed at broadening the education of children.

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Savannah Stage company to offer livestreamed viewing

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Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” brought to fans live, donations sought

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BY MARY KATHRYN GRIFFIN

IMPROVISE, ADAPT, OVERCOME. The mantra’s use on the battlefield is easily translated to front and center stage, especially during a pandemic. Savannah Stage Company and Artistic Director Jayme Trinti embrace the words of wisdom for the premiere of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” adapted by John Hardy. On Saturday, July 31 at 7:00 p.m., tune into Facebook and YouTube LIVE for a free showing of the one-act adaptation. To supplement a year of

less-than-interactive schooling, Savannah Stage Company offers this live streamed event to include a virtual field trip. Teachers, students, parents, and Shakespeare fans are encouraged to delve into the study guide, project pages, and questions and answers from the artists. This 360-degree view engages audiences of all ages for a unique spin on an age-old classic. In its ninth season, Savannah Stage Company is proud to debut a cast of talented teenagers. The brand-new Teen Company is graced by veterans and newcomers alike, with a captivating stage


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synergy. John Hardy’s adaptation lends a fresh perspective to a brutal telling of conspiracy and anarchy - a perfect role for a cast of teens in the throes of a worldwide pandemic. Heightened emotions of reality channel the tensions of the inner workings of a plot to overthrow authority’s rule. The fresh-faced cast eloquently reenacts the final days of Caesar and the internal struggle of Brutus and his posse. Abigail D’Aguillo, Haidyn Arnett, Isa Lilja-Vazquez, Jada Banks, Nick Koderitz, and Jada Tyrell worked tirelessly throughout the season to perfect their performance. Filmed on stage at Savannah Repertory Theater’s PlaySHOP, the Julius Caesar adaptation is a welcome respite from current worldly tumult. The teen cast is the highlight of the show, but not without help from the adult members of Savannah Stage Company. Director David McCall provides a fresh

perspective for the cast while the impressive choreography and costume design is handled by Alexis Balaoing Ambrose. DeAnna Laree Craig lends her hand as the Hair and Make Up Designer. Wesley Pridgen adds modern relevance to the music composition, Ellen Barneycastle as Stage Manager provides the backdrop with help from Carpenter Colorado Brown and Props Master McKenna Lyons. Videographer and Editor John C. Arnold brings the local production to the world stage as the production is accessible to the world via streaming. This production welcomes donations via Venmo at @savannahstageco, CashApp at $savannahstagecompany, and PayPal at @SavannahStageCompany. Savannah Stage Company’s goal is to raise $1000 from now until the curtain closes on the LIVE broadcast on Saturday, July 31. For information, visit savannahtagecompany.com.

By Chris Templeton Life in the Lowcountry means unmatched access to pristine waterways. Residents embrace life on the water through socialized boating, fishing, and water sports. Whether you enjoy fishing on your boat or prefer relaxing with family and friends on your yacht, it’s important that you’re all insured before being all aboard. Oftentimes your homeowners policy will cap boat coverage at ten percent of your home’s insured value or just cover up to $1,000 in damages. So it’s best to take the guesswork out and give Morris & Templeton Insurance a call as soon as you bring home that new treasured watercraft. We never want to think the worst, but accidents happen. Finding the right boat insurance will come to the rescue should damage or theft take place. Most boat owners buy liability insurance, which covers the damage your boat could do to others (according to the Insurance Information Institute, it provides coverage in amounts from $15,000 to $300,000). For example damage from a collision, fire, theft, or vandalism; destruction from an anchor or piece of attached equipment; coverage if someone gets hurt on your boat; and any kind of harm done to someone else’s property. Should tragedy strike, how do you get paid? There are typically two ways: actual cash value and agreed amount value. Actual cash value pays you at the time of the damage, based on the market value of your boat. On the other hand, agreed amount value pays you a specific amount that you and your insurance company agreed on beforehand. If your boat isn’t completely destroyed, then your insurance company will likely replace old items for new ones, while also not deducting for depreciation. When the unexpected happens, make sure you know what your policy covers. Liability insurance usually does not cover normal wear and tear, damage from dolphins, sharks, or any wildlife, nor will it cover mold. Boating is a luxury for so many of us! Boat Insurance makes it that much more enjoyable and stress-free. There are a couple of things to remember when you decide on your coverage plan. Most policies have a navigational limit, meaning you have to stay within a certain territory in order for any accidents to be covered by insurance. Also, it might be tempting to let your 13-year-old drive your boat every once in a while, but don’t forget that there are age and license requirements for operating your personal watercraft. Insurance policies, oftentimes, don’t cover anyone underage. Canoes, watercraft under 25 mph, and boats with small engines won’t need boat insurance but anything above and beyond should be covered. For more information and to get insured, call Morris & Templeton Insurance today, so you can take delight in life on the water without any added stress.

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CALEB SYNAN @ THE WORMHOLE The popular comic stops by Savannah after doing a Comedy Central interview with Bill Burr and two appearances on Conan O’Brien. He riffs on, among many other things, being Southern-raised and living in the depths of soulless LA. He’s also really into margaritas. FRIDAY, JULY 23 | 9:30 PM

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music. After a few years, Walls moved on as the responsibilities of life emerged. He GOOD NEWS CONTINUES to pile up for attended college in Atlanta and returned to local live music fans. Savannah native Tim more family obligations back in Savannah, Walls and his AURA Fest booking outfit is but always kept his eye on the scene. expanding their reach with a slate of monthly About five years ago, when he felt the time shows leading up to the full-blown, all-day was right, he started booking shows again. 2022 AURA Fest. This update comes a week Over the ensuing years, it has been harder to after we learned of District Live, a new music find venues, for a variety of reasons. venue opening soon in the Plant Riverside “In the time I’ve been doing this again, development, with exclusive booking by Graveface Records stopped having in-store national powerhouse Live Nation. The two shows, the Hang Fire and Doll House are won’t be competing, as AURA Fest aims at gone, then The Jinx closed,” Walls said. “No a decidedly less commercial, independent one is hosting house shows.” music style. Details on the all-day AURA The early signs of these circumstances Fest are still in the works, but a big day is were part of the reason he went the festival promised. route. With fewer venues, booking regular “I have this desire to crush it, on every shows became less preferable to an all-unlevel, at the next derground festival,” Walls rock all-day, or said. A low-key AURA, event. conversationThe result was alist, it was surthe hardcore prising to hear and metal it put this way. AURA Fest, The addition which were of monthly held at Ships IMAGE COURTESY OF AURA FEST shows and of the Sea other ambitions are the result of a life-long Maritime Museum from 2017-2019 with the dedication to the Savannah music scene. expected festival mandates of food trucks, In the early 2000s, the teenage Walls began vendors and activities. booking hardcore punk and metal shows at Walls next decided to change things up Velvet Elvis and Teasers. He was part of the and put together Underground Weekend in scene himself, playing in the band Genital February 2020 at The Jinx. That event was Mousetrap Circus, so it really was about the headlined by two particularly interesting

heavy bands, Miami’s Torche and Jacksonville’s Inter Arma. It was a success, and a sequel heavier on the sludge, stoner and doom genres is in the works. Shows in bars won’t always be the case in order to maintain a level of all-ages and 18-and-over shows. As someone who started in the scene as a teenager, Walls understands the importance of keeping kids involved in what is now a solid part of youth culture. “It’s important to me to always have allages shows,” Walls said. “If we don’t give kids a place to see bands and play in bands, there’s no future.” Moving forward, Walls and AURA Fest are employing a model similar to Savannah Jazz. Reasonably-priced patron-level sponsorships are available to locals who want to support the scene, business sponsors have been secured, monthly concerts are planned, and a yearly big event brings it all home. In this case, the planned 2022 AURA Fest and Underground Weekend II double the payoff. Partnerships with venues El Rocko and Sentient Bean have allowed Walls to book five upcoming shows. The series starts off with stoner-doom musical steamroller Weedeater, evil one-man-band Joe Buck Yourself, gritty alt-country singer-songwriter Adam Faucett, and local hellions Sins of Godless Men, Friday, Aug. 6. Other upcoming shows include Depressor and SHEHEHE. Visit aurafestsavannah.com for information.

What to wear to Carnaval BY DANIETTÉ THOMAS

I CANNOT SPEAK to the amount of people asking for advice on what to wear to this event. I’ll admit, researching events across the world for the proper attire is something I specialize in and love to do, but this one caught me off guard. Have you researched The Carnaval? The original one? Tons of colors, feathers, elaborate costumes, and more. But this Carnaval will be the third annual one for Savannah. What’s different this year is that it’s not only on a much larger scale, but it will be the unveiling of the highly anticipated Atlantic Building at the Plant Riverside District. So, the who’s who of Savannah will be present. So, what on earth do you wear to something like this? Honestly, I recommend you dress in colorful cocktail attire. Remember, these will be the first-ever that Plant Riverside puts out to the public regarding this new portion of their property. Take this opportunity to unveil yourself to the world in cocktail attire that has you ready for pictures, and catches the eyes of everyone that sees you. Savannah is small, but more than Savannah will be at this epic event for this amazing cause. Accessorize, and don’t deglamorize, but make sure everything on you counts. I always have people around me looking for an excuse to dress up, but have nowhere to be; this is somewhere to be. In fact, the place to be on July 31 at 6:30 p.m. sharp. When choosing your attire, think “upper echelon” Ok? Or, just hire me! I also recommend wearing color in your clothes, not on your face. Follow Danietté on Instagram @ designerdaniette for more tips, and stay tuned to see who I style and make custom attire for to attend this epic philanthropic event.

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Upcoming AURA Fest headliners, including Dixie Dave Collins and Weedeater left, and SHEHEHE, top right, and Savannah’s Depressor, bottom right, prepare to take the stage for upcoming shows as part of the all-underground-rock-all-day event, or Aura Fest 2021-2022. IMAGE COUR-

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WHO IS PLAYING WHERE THIS WEEK WEDNESDAY 7/28 LIVE MUSIC

Driftaway Cafe Chuck Courtenay, 6 p.m. McDonough’s Blues with Eric Culberson, 9 p.m. Mint to Be Mojito’s Open Mic at Mint to Be Mojito Bar, 5-11 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. Mint to Be Mojito’s Open Mic/Live Karaoke, 5-11 p.m. Wet Willie’s Karaoke, 9 p.m.

COMEDY

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

OTHER

Starland Yard Spitfire’s Upper Echelon Open Mic, 6:30 p.m.

THURSDAY 7/29 LIVE MUSIC

Club One Bay Street Cabaret: Hot Summer Broadway, 8-10 p.m. Coach’s Corner 24K Magic - Bruno Mars Tribute, 6 p.m. Cohen’s Retreat Munchies & Music, 5-9 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Ray Tomasino, 7:30 p.m.

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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.

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.

BAR & CLUB EVENTS

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

FRIDAY 7/30 LIVE MUSIC

Coach’s Corner Pandora’s Box - Aerosmith Tribute, 6 p.m.; Pandora’s Box - The Ultimate Aerosmith Tribute, 7 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Kut Daily, 10 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Logan Thomas, 7:30 p.m. 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, 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. Totally Awesome Bar Karaoke, 10 p.m.

COMEDY

VICE Lounge + Mojito Bar Diva Royale Drag Queen Show Savannah, GA - Weekly Drag Queen Shows, 6 p.m.

DJ

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 7/31 LIVE MUSIC

Coach’s Corner Thomas Claxton & The Myth, 7 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Eric Culberson, 7 p.m. Elan Savannah Jessica Audiffred at Elan Savannah (Sat, July 31st), 9 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar FreeSpirits, 7:30 p.m. Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant JodyJazz Trio, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Service Brewing Company Isaac Smith Band, 6 p.m. Sting Ray’s Robert Willis, 6 p.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES

Blueberry Hill Pool Tournament, 2 p.m.

KARAOKE

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.

DJ

Club 51 Degrees Dance Party

BAR & CLUB EVENTS

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

SUNDAY 8/ 1 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. 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.

MONDAY 8/ 2 LIVE MUSIC

Nickie’s 1971 Ray Tomasino, 7 p.m. The Wormhole Open Mic/Jam, 6-10 & 10 p.m.-2 a.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 8/ 3 LIVE MUSIC

McDonough’s Open Mic/Jam, 9 p.m.

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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.; Trivia Night With Chris Grimmett, 6:30-8:30 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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INDIVIDUALLY TWISTED @ ELECTRIC MOON

High at the top of the JW Marriott Savannah at Plant Riverside, Electric Moon offers a stunning view of the Savannah riverside. The Moon Deck LIVE series continues with local rockers, Individually Twisted, playing the best of classic rock. Entry is free and a portion of drink sales go to charity, so give ‘til it hurts. THURSDAY, JUNE 29 | 8 PM

PANDORA’S BOX @ COACH’S CORNER

JESSICA AUDIFFRED @ ELAN SAVANNAH

Mexico City’s electro-pop princess brings her sultry voice, big bass and trap sound, and unique vibe to Savannah for a club show sure to make that thang move. During her five years in the game, Audiffred’s been endorsed by U.S. and U.K. EDM big shots Skrillex and Flux Pavilion. No small feat for a genre with endless competition. SATURDAY, JULY 31 | 9 PM

INSIGHT + SEX AT TIFFANY’S @ THE WORMHOLE

Savannah’s own hard rock and progressive metal five-piece continue to stack up stage time, honing a live show that keeps the audience engaged. Charleston’s Sex at Tiffany’s warms it up with energetic, old-school pop-punk with a snotty edge. SATURDAY, JULY 31 | 10 PM

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There are two eras of Aerosmith. The dirty, druggy ‘70s version were a raging rock-and-roll success. After raging excess tore the band apart, a collaboration with rap legends RUN-DMC revived the brand. Era two Aerosmith found an adult-rock niche and sold a bazillion records and tickets for the next 10-plus years. Pandora’s Box delivers the best of both worlds. FRIDAY, JULY 31 | 7 PM

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Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah presents free family movie night

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LOOKING FOR A NIGHT filled with fresh air, good food, friends, family and flicks? Look no further, it’s happening right here in Savannah and it’s completely free. Working in partnership with the Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, Colorado, Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah will host a free family movie night from 5-7:30 p.m., Saturday. Aug. 7, in the outdoor gardens at the Ships of the Sea Museum. But, that’s not all. The free event will kick off with a social hour where guests can enjoy food trucks, Leopold’s Ice Cream and free popcorn. Curated from the Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado, Mountainfilm is known as one of our country’s longest-running film festivals. Showcasing nonfiction stories about environmental protection, cultural diversity, political and social justice issues, Mountainfilm has brought world-class athletes, change makers, and visionary artists together every Memorial Day weekend since 1979. Through the power of their culturally

rich, adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring stories, Mountainfilm celebrates man’s indomitable spirit by educating and inspiring like-minded individuals. Zelda Tenenbaum, owner of Mountainfim on Tour Savannah, attended the festival for several years before bringing Mountainfilm on Tour to Savannah in 2009. The Jepson Center for the Arts hosted their first festival and in 2010, they found their current home at the beautiful Trustees’ Theater in downtown Savannah. This year will mark their first summer outdoor free family movie night. Director of Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah Leslie Carey is looking forward to the opportunity to bring the community back together and believes their mission is much bigger than film. Although they may be dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences, another motivation underlies their mission: helping promote action toward positive change. “What we want to do with Mountainfilm is to start conversations,” Carey said. “One way to do that is to facilitate involvement


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between Mountainfilm audiences and important causes. Every November, for the past seven years, we’ve had success celebrating Veterans Day and showcasing films centered around veteran-related issues. We are very excited for the opportunity to be able to showcase a wider variety of inspiring stories to the Savannah community, and outside.” The outdoor screening will bring back a stellar collection of short films from Mountainfilm’s archives, all related to current world issues. The films will be hand-selected and appropriate for the entire family to enjoy. Carey gave a glimpse into what type of films to expect. “We were thinking at the beginning of the pandemic about all of the stories on the news about social justice issues, first responders, frontline workers, and neighbors helping neighbors,” Carey said. “All of those stories are Mountainfilm stories. Now is the perfect time to showcase these

stories to our community.” Although promoting action toward positive change may be Mountainfilm’s mission, it isn’t the only mission Carey has in mind. “At Mountainfilm, we’re always striving to provide great family-friendly experiences for our guests,” Carey said. “It’s all about awareness and togetherness. We want people to have fun, socialize and enjoy themselves. The pandemic has been tough on everyone and I think right now, people can especially relate to our stories of trying to overcome adversity. We want our guests to enjoy themselves while promoting positivity and inspiration at the same time.” See stories about individuals making a difference and taste the inspiration Mountainfilm on Tour Savannah brings. The outdoor screening will run from 6-7:30 p.m. and will consist of 11 different nine-minute films. For information, visit mountainfilmsav.org and mountainfilm.org.

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ART PATROL EXHIBITS

‘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 Jepson Center for the Arts 207 W. York St.

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Beginning July 21, Sulfur Art Services presents Out of the Mouths of Madness by Maxx Feist. This solo exhibition on display at The Sentient Bean is made up of mixed media pieces and prints on metal of monsters swimming in a smorgasbord of geometric shapes and colors with pink being a necessity. Feist says, “The colors are fun; the monsters are mine” as she uses the work to display art that evolved from a place of crippling social anxiety, mental anguish, great fear, great beauty, love, and an overload of caffeine. sulfurstudios.org/ maxx-feist-sentient-

bean. sentientbean. com. The Sentient Bean 13 E. Park Ave.

#art912, Embedded

From Jepson Center’s Barnard Street windows is Embedded by Savannah-based artist, Kelly Boehmer. Embedded packs a visual punch―featuring Boehmer’s highly constructed, saturated, and expressive fabric sculptures. Boehmer references iconic art historical works such as Jan van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Portrait (1434) that serve as evocative foundational imagery to provoke viewer responses between her viscerally crafted scenes and our own complex emotional baggage. More on telfair.org 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. telfair.org Jepson Center for the Arts 207 W. York St.

‘Live Your Vision: An Online Exhibition’

Live Your Vision brings together a wide range of Kiah’s figurative works, from casual self-portraits to regal military portrayals to life drawings. Using an array of media — oil, watercolor, and graphite on supports including canvas, Masonite, and paper — Kiah captured the essence of family, friends, celebrities, and strangers alike. Individually, these portraits are acts of attention, focus, and dignity. Taken as a whole, the exhibition

reflects Kiah’s deep belief in humanity and the vital role of inspiration and creativity in re-envisioning our future. telfair.org.

Southbound - 2021 Arts on the Coast Annual Exhibit

Southbound is an art exhibit visually interpreting Georgia’s vibrant and diverse musical heritage. Fifteen songs have been selected to form the 2021 Arts on the Coast Annual Exhibit Playlist, a list that includes only music performed, arranged, written, composed, produced, and/or created by a music artist from Georgia. The selection features a wide variety of genre: rock, jazz, pop, and R&B, to soul, country and folk. Artists shall create an original work of art that depicts a song/ artist and/or its various aspects, to visually interpret the obvious to the abstract, from the down and dirty, to the sublime. 9123985776. joy.dunigan@joysavannah.com Deep South Photopoint Gallery 30 Cherokee St.

‘A Message from Venus’ by Christto & Andrew

In A Message from Venus, the duo’s first U.S. museum exhibition, the artists present recent photographs that speak to our globalized culture at a time when our relationships to and experiences of image-making tech-

July/ nology are dissimilar. The artists’ photographs proffer objects loaded with symbolism and figures that paradoxically seem to inhabit a place neither past nor future that could exist within various cultural systems... more on Scadmoa.org $10 scadmoa.org/. SCAD Museum of Art 601 Turner Blvd.

‘Rejewled’ by Monica Cioppettini

In ReJeweled, Monica Cioppettini (M.F.A., painting, 2020) uses reclaimed jewelry from flea markets and thrift stores to create maximalist collage works. Reworking the jewelry through an intuitive process of breaking, combining, and rebuilding, Cioppettini revalues objects that have been deemed worthless and unwanted, reveling in their histories and significance as sites of memory. Rimed with rust, grime, cracks, and imperfections, the works reveal their relationship with time and encourage moments of nostalgia. $10 scadmoa.org SCAD Museum of Art 601 Turner Blvd.

‘Vehicles of Change’ by Anne-Solene Bayan

This exhibition will consider the pivotal role the automobile played in advancing societal and political revolutions in the United States in the 20th century. During

the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, buses and cars were used to combat systematic racism and segregation enforced by Jim Crow. This was exemplified most famously in the Montgomery bus boycott and in the Freedom Riders’ journeys to the South. More on telfair. org. telfair.org/jepson/ Jepson Center for the Arts 207 W. 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. telfair.org/jepson/. Jepson Center for the Arts 207 W. York St.

Before Midnight: Bonaventure and the Bird Girl

Telfair Museums presents Sylvia Shaw Judson’s iconic sculp-

ture 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.

Alexander Hamilton at the Davenport House

The Davenport House Museum will host a series of lectures about American patriot Alexander Hamilton on Tuesdays in July and August. Accompanying each lecture will be a one-woman performance about Rachel Faucette, Hamilton’s mother. Lectures begin in the house’s garden at 6:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:15. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside the museum, which is located at 324 E. State St. in Savannah. The audience will be limited to 15 attendees. 6:30 p.m.. davenporthousemuseum.org. Davenport House 324 E. State St.

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Helen Durant, O is for Ossabaw, collage/mixed media, 12”x15”, 2020. Image courtesy of Ossabaw Island Foundation. Helen Durant’s “O is for Ossabaw” submission from 2020 online art auction event is shown on the site. The playfulness of the island’s scenery reveals itself in Durant’s work.

An image of Dottie Leatherwood’s submission from the 2020 online art auction event is shown on the Ossabaw Island Art Auction site. Leatherwood attended a creative day trip to Ossabaw Island in June of 2020. The act of waiting out a passing rainstorm, while on the island, inspired her painting.

Ossabaw Island Foundation Call for Annual Online Art THE OSSABAW ISLAND Foundation announced a call for artists to submit artwork donations to be auctioned virtually on their website ossabawisland.org. The deadline for entry is Friday, Oct. 1. Artists may submit a work of art with a minimum value of $195 for this signature annual event. All types of visual art and fine crafts are welcome that reveal the voices and mystery of Ossabaw Island. To submit to the auction, artists should send an email that includes images of their artwork and a description containing the title, dimensions, medium, and year to elizabeth@ossabawisland.org by Oct. 1. The art auction will go live Friday, Oct. 9. Auctioned artwork must be delivered to the Ossabaw Island Foundation Office, 13040 Abercorn St., Suite 20, Savannah, no later than Friday, Oct. 16. Donor artists are eligible for one

complimentary ticket to a creative day trip to Ossabaw Island on Monday, Oct. 25. There are 30 Creative Day tickets for contributing artists available on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may claim your artist day ticket once your artwork is submitted by emailing elizabeth@ossabawisland.org. The art auction will be held in conjunction with the Ossabaw Island’s Three Little Pig Roasts, happening Oct. 22-24. Information about the Three Little Pig Roasts can be found at https://ossabawisland.org/ give/pig-roast-sponsorship/. All proceeds from the event benefit the Ossabaw Island Foundation. For more information about the Ossabaw Island Art Auction, visit ossabawisland. org/give/pig-roast-art-donation/ or email robin@ossabawisland.org. To see last year’s submissions, visit bit. ly/3iB2eUS.

Marc R. Hanson, Timeless Oasis, Oil on linen/ framed, 16”x20”, 2020. Image courtesy of Ossabaw Island Foundation. A submission from Marc R. Hanson, called “Timeless Oasis” from 2020 online art auction event is shown on the site’s webpage. Hanson created this work after attending a creative day trip event to the island in June of 2020. He describes himself as, “a naturalist at heart.”

Nancy Marshall, Mrs. Torrey’s Packard, archival inkjet print on somerset velvet, image size: 11’ x 14”, paper size: 15” x 18”, original photo negative size: 8”x10”, 2020. Image courtesy of Ossabaw Island Foundation.

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Dottie Leatherwood, “A Wild and Wandering Spirit,” oil on canvas, 16”x20”, 2020. Image courtesy of Ossabaw Island Foundation.

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David Gussom is welcomed to the career fair by Savannah Pooler Service Manager Stephen Bailey July 17 in Pooler.

Matt Estep cruises in on his motorcycle for the Yancey Bros. Co. career fair July 17 in Pooler. Corporate Recruiter Jeff Cornwell awaits hopeful attendees at the Yancey Bros. Co. career fair July 17 in Pooler.

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Hope McCoy and Lakiesha Harden make the trip down from Austell July 17, on the hunt for Savannah’s best talent and restaurants during the Yancey Bros. Co. career fair..

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Shane Bell talks about his love of Louisiana, the blues and Yancey Bros. Co. at their career fair July 17 in Pooler.

Darren “Slim” Lewis greets incoming prospective talent July 17 at the Yancey Bros. Co. career fair in Pooler.

YANCEY BROS. CO. HOSTS CAREER FAIR Yancey Bros. Co. holds a career fair for community members interested in joining the team of diesel technicians in any of the 36 locations in Georgia July 17 at their location in Pooler. Employees with Yancey Bros. Co. serve customers in construction, road building, mining, aggregates, forestry, manufacturing transportation and agricultural communities by providing them with products, parts and service.

Guy Hodge models driving his dream machine while Jeff Cornwell looks on during the Yancey Bros. Co. career fair.

Yancey Bros. Jim Larson, Mike Sisco and Morris Freeman chat about Mike’s antique car collection July 17 in Pooler.


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Christian Demere, Rob Demere Jr. and Houstoun Demere await the unveiling July 21 on Drayton St.

Robert Jepson Jr., Brynn Grant and William Moore celebrate the day’s historic unveiling July 21 on Drayton St.

Anastasia Kontos, Elaine Longwater and Carmel Hearn congratulate Colonial Group for 100 years July 21 on Drayton..

Employees and retirees with over 30 years of service to Colonial Group unveil the historic marker July 21 on Drayton St.

SAVANNAH-BASED COMPANY UNVEILS HISTORIC MARKER Third and fourth generation representatives of the family-owned, Savannah-based Colonial Group unveiled a historic marker in downtown Savannah July 21 with the Georgia Historical Society in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the company. The marker stands on the same spot where Colonial’s first service station was located at 342 Drayton St.

Christian Demere and Ben Watson celebrate the unveiling of the Colonial Group’s historic marker July 21 on Drayton St.

Luigi Trapani and Bill Baker arrive early for the unveiling celebration July 21.

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Todd Groce, Annette Youmans and Herbie Griffin gather at the site of the Colonial Group’s first service station July 21.

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