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THURSDAY 11.26

The 3rd Annual Walk for Homelessness returns to Lake Mayer Community Park. The event will benefit the Savannah Chatham Homeless Authority’s “Tiny House Project” and will raise awareness for homelessness in the Savannah area. Post-walk activities include live music, guest speakers and family activities. 11 a.m.

Fleet Feet Pooler Turkey Trot

Kick off Thanksgiving day with a fun run from Fleet Feet in Pooler. This is not a timed event; but a way to share some miles with friends and family! Enjoy doughnuts, coffee, and giveaways. 8 a.m. Fleet Feet Pooler, 1702 Pooler Pkwy, 505. fleetfeet.com

FRIDAY 11.27

Savannah Christmas Market Plant Riverside District

The Savannah Christmas Market Plant Riverside District will be sparkling with holiday charm November 27 through January 3, 2021. The market blends European and Southern holiday traditions in the popular entertainment district overlooking the Savannah River. A wide range of holiday-themed events, live performances and family-friendly activities are planned for November 27 and 28. All events are free and open to the public. -Jan. 3, 12-11 p.m. Plant Riverside District, 500 W. River St.

Twinkle Bark Stroll

Adoption meet and greet featuring a walk through a lighted wonderland, festival of trees, and a chance to meet adoptable pets. Entry is limited to 25 people per hour, so advance registration is recommended. Additional activities include hot cocoa, cabana bake sale, marshmallow roasting, and letters to Santa.

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

Local Comic Shop Day

Celebrate Local Comic Shop Day. Neighborhood Comics will have exclusive event comics, sales and more. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Neighborhood Comics, 1205 Bull St. neighborhoodcomics.com

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Literary Scavenger Hunt with Live Oak Public Libraries

Bike Walk Savannah and Live Oak Public Libraries present the Literary Scavenger Hunt around Savannah. Go to bikewalksavannah.org for a list of items from the hunt — complete a row, column or diagonal and share your photos on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to be entered to win a special swag bag. Make sure to tag Bike Walk Savannah, Live Oak Public Libraries and #BookWalkSAV for your entry to be counted! 8 a.m. bikewalksavannah.org

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4-7 p.m. Coastal Pet Rescue’s Camp Pawsawhile Retreat, 7430 Thomas Avenue. coastalpetrescue.org

Tybee Post Theater Holiday Movies: Its a Wonderful Life, The Santa Clause

Tybee Post Theater is reopening its doors and welcoming visitors to a spirit-lifting series of holiday movies every weekend in December. The series kicks off with the Frank Capra classic Its a Wonderful Life Friday and Saturday. The Santa Clause, featuring comedian Tim Allen, will show Sunday. -29, 3 & 7 p.m. Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne. tybeeposttheatre.org

SATURDAY 11.28

2020 Boat Parade of Lights

Bring your own chairs and blankets and experience a Christmas tradition with over 40 lighted vessels as they parade both sides of the Savannah waterfront. River Street View - Free and open to the public on Rousakis Plaza Savannah Convention Center View - $5 parking pass for access to the Convention Center’s Riverwalk esplanade. 7-9 p.m. Rousakis Plaza, River St. Free

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5th Annual Tommy Holland & Friends Musical Toy Drive

Musician Tommy Holland’s annual musical toy and instrument drive to benefit local children. Bring a musical toy, harmonica, tambourine, or other instrument to donate and share the gift of music. 6 p.m. Coach’s Corner, 3016 E. Victory Dr. facebook.com/groups/midtown.pickers

Beer + Yoga

Join yogi Karrie Comeau (and Service Brewing brew cats) for a 60 min vinyasa yoga class in the brew production facility. $15 class includes a 60 minute yoga and a pint of beer. Bring your mats and feel free to arrive as early as 11:00AM. Class starts promptly at 11:30 Last Saturday of every month, 11:30 a.m. Service Brewing Company, 574 Indian Street. servicebrewing.com

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. Items for sale. 912-484-0279. forsythfarmersmarket.com

Shop local Tybee Island businesses for special sales, events, raffles and giveaways. Parking is free on any city parking space through January 1. Tybee Island, Tybee Island. visitybee.com

SUNDAY 11.29

Mindful Flow New Yoga

All-levels flow yoga overlooking the Savannah River. This 60 minute class is designed to renew the senses, reset your mind, and help (re)build a more supple body. Expect a fluid sequence built around mobility-based movements to cultivate strength & flexibility. Class is held on the river walk in Montgomery Park. 9-10 a.m. Plant Riverside District, 500 W. River St. $15 912-777-5615. newyoganow.com

MONDAY 11.30

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. Visit the website for more info. 4 p.m. 30 Meddin Drive, 30 Meddin Drive. tybeeislandfarmersmarket.com

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Whiskey Tasting Classes

Participate in an educational and exciting whiskey tasting class. Taste and learn differences between six different whiskey varieties. Reservations required. 7:30 p.m. Congress Street Up, 220 W. Congress St. $53.50 americanprohibitionmuseum.com/ savannah-speakeasy

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Soul Waves emphasizes wellness journeys heal. When the mud settles, the clarity and inner guidance comes through.” However, Danielson has found more BY LEILA SCOTT ways to invite the community into her space. “We also rent rooms (private therapy), TWENTY YEARS AGO, Dana Danielson so that independent practitioners can have dreamed up an idea for a wellness retreat a business within Soul Waves,” Danielin her local town, Savannah. son said. “For example, anyone offering a At the time, her corporate job as a photype of practice that is one-on-one, such tographer began to shift paths and spent 12 as massage, acupuncture, coaching or talk teaching movement practices, Craniosatherapy, can rent a room (part-time to full cral therapy and massages at other studios. time) and offer their services under our As she continued to follow her path, roof. Essentially, they run their own pracDanielson studied practices that showed tice while having the support of peers and her ways to open up the body’s own “inner shared community space.” wisdom” and innate ability to heal. Finally, They plan to open an outdoor space soon in October 2019, her dream came to fruifor groups and classes where members can tion and Soul Waves officially opened. “The socially distance while meeting and pracfirst real ‘home’ for ticing. Once it is open, these practices I wish Danielson said Soul to share with my comwaves will resume their munity,” Danielson monthly wellness lecsaid. tures with notable guest Soul Waves offers speakers who are experts a variety of services in medicine and natural and classes to help health. with inner healing – As other small busito unplug and detox, nesses have struggled relax in the hot tub through the pandemic, soak and infrared Soul Waves has expesauna. rienced its fair share “They can be booked of obstacles. However, for either quiet time Danielson is committed alone, with a special to meeting the physical, A private therapy rooms located in friend, or group. In emotional, and mental Soul Waves. fact, folks can host a needs of Savannah locals. private event here that “It’s all ‘a practice’ and might include a private de-stress class, not ‘a perfect,’” Danielson said. soak/saunas, and other possible services,” At this point, health has become even Danielson said. more important as COVID-19 is a growing They also offer massages, Craniosacral concern. With that comes, mental health therapy, facials and lash services. issues, which also are increasing due to In addition to services, Soul Waves isolation and lockdown. And the soul of offers one of a kind classes such as Middle Danielson’s business is aiding others in Eastern Dance (Belly Dance), Healing their journey through inner-healing. in Motion, 5Rhythms Dance, Immer“We all have the innate wisdom and sive Meditation (with Sound Healing), access to an internal pharmacy,” DanielYoga, and monthly Spiritual Guidance son said. “Soul Waves services and classes workshops. are there to help discover that.” “A real vortex of gifted teachers has Danielson’s unique creation is a hub for come together at Soul Waves to offer ‘their locals to embark on their wellness journey. unique thing’ to the community,” Daniel“There are a million health tips out son said. there on the web, in a million shapes, Underneath the fun experience of takcolors, formats, and prices,” Danielson ing these classes, Soul Waves strives to said. “But without an inner compass and connect on a deeper level. discernment within yourself, it’s all only “Our intention and underlying goal of slightly potent. But what I know to be true all this work is that each person finds their is that each of us can access that place in own healing path within,” Danielson said. us that knows beyond a doubt, what is next “We believe that when the chaotic mind for truly ‘feeling good.’” gets quiet, the body knows exactly how to


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THE SHOW WILL go on, as the Savannah Harbor Foundation, in collaboration with JW Marriott Plant Riverside District and Savannah Riverboat Cruises, will continue its yearly tradition of spreading holiday cheer with the Boat Parade of Lights on Saturday, Nov. 28. The parade will feature more than 40 boats – adorned from stern to bow in elaborate Christmas decorations – which will float down the Savannah River beginning at 7 p.m. The parade will culminate with a fireworks display. Attendees can view the spectacle from the Plant Riverside District, where a tree lighting ceremony will take place the Friday evening prior to the parade on Nov. 27. On parade day, guests may take in the sights and sounds of Christmas choir music and enjoy a special appearance from Saint Nick. Open seating during the parade will be available at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, where judges will gather to determine which boat’s decorative display shined the brightest. With the event taking place entirely outdoors along the riverfront, event organizer David Moses believes that attendees will be able to socially distance and still enjoy event festivities. “We know that there is about 3,500 to 4,000 linear-feet of River Street viewing of the parade,” Moses said. “It is the perfect opportunity to get outside, join those you know and love for a holiday experience unlike any other in Savannah.” This will be the 19th annual Boat Parade

of Lights. It was founded in 2001 and created by those at the Savannah Harbor Foundation who wanted to spread holiday cheer in the midst of the country coping with the attacks of September 11, 2001. Since its inception, the parade has evolved, and is now a large part of the Savannah holiday season and community. “Since 2001, the parade has grown in scope and impact,” Moses said. “Over the years, we have raised money for organizations like Greenbriar Children’s Center. This year we are doing the same thing, plus adding some more charities to the list.” To enter a boat in the parade, there are multiple ways to do so, whether it is a boat of your own or aboard the Georgia Queen Riverboat. Those who want to man their own vessel can register on the website as a “Captain” and will have an opportunity to compete for awards in five categories: Best Motorboat, Best Small Craft Under 26 Feet, Best Spirit Award, The Chic Meyer Sailboat Award and Best Overall Vessel. “We’ve got boat captains that spend countless hours decorating their boats,” Moses said. “We provide boat captains a limited amount of free hotel rooms, t-shirts, and an award reception with prizes if they win. We couldn’t do it CONTINUES ON P. 6

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The parade will feature more than 40 boats – adorned from stern to bow in elaborate Christmas decorations – which will float down the Savannah River beginning at 7 p.m. The parade will culminate with a fireworks display.

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without the boat captains. They help us turn the Saturday after Thanksgiving into a holiday extravaganza known the world over. Can’t thank them enough.” Aboard the lavishly decorated Georgia Queen Riverboat, guests will enjoy holiday hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and spectacular views of the riverfront. Also, $5 from every ticket sold to guests aboard the ship will support Greenbriar Children’s Center. On land, VIP seating is available at the Electric Moon Skytop Lounge and Moon Deck, where patrons can view all of the Christmas amusement and fireworks show above the Plant Riverside District at the JW Marriott. The Plant Riverside District will donate $1 per beverage sold over the weekend to the Treutlen House at New Ebenezer, a

community-based group home for young boys who have been displaced from their families. “At Savannah Harbor Foundation, we try to create other experiences that other charities can latch on to,” Moses said. “We think that of the things that we can do together, in the same space, this is ideal. We’ve got plenty of space to work with along both sides of the river and we encourage folks to come out, and bring a blanket if you want to, or a lawn chair, measuring tape, etc.” All information regarding the parade, including charity information, registration in order to be a “Captain” of your boat in the parade, Georgia Queen Riverboat tickets, and VIP seating at Electric Moon Rooftop Lounge, can be found at savannahharborfoundation.org


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THE ANCIENT SPORT OF HURLING ARRIVES IN SAVANNAH BY CHRISTOPHER SWEAT

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Harkleroad. “There’s a goalie, two in the backline, a midfield line and two forward lines.” Then, using a wooden stick called a hura new club, then COVID happened. So we just sat on the idea for a little while, hitting ley, USGAA.org says the object is “to hit the ball around as a group in Forsyth Park. a small ball called a sliotar between the People came up to ask what we were doing, opponent’s goalposts either over the crossbar for one point, or under the crossbar and it started some interest in the general into a net guarded by a goalkeeper for one community.” goal, which is equivalent to three points.” But he admits the pandemic definitely The rules are similar in Gaelic football, put a damper on the organization’s growth. except the players use a larger, spherical “We had to figure out a way to meet and ball—similar to a soccer ball—to advance practice safely,” says Harkleroad. “We and score. started getting together as a small group, “There is contact involved in both inviting people to watch while wearing sports—same setup for both, as far as the masks and social distancing. At one of the field goes. They’re both extremely physical practices, Mayor Van Johnson showed up sports,” says Harkleroad. for a masked photo-op with local media After a few months of practice every and promoted our safety measures. Things Thursday evening in the park, and enough just grew from that point.” participants to make up the teams (there So what is hurling and Gaelic football are currently 19 members), the group was anyway? Think lacrosse (which has its ready to hit the road for competition with roots in hurling), maybe a mixture of soccer and rugby. The idea here is similar: get other regional squads. “I reached out to a couple different an object in a goal to score points. “There are 15 people on each team, so 30 clubs about getting a match on the books, players on the field at one time,” explains because we had been practicing just the hields

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sake of it,” says Harkleroad. “And Orlando and their club’s chair Jimmy Darba was ready to go. They rolled out the red carpet for us down there.” They traveled to Orlando in early November. Everyone chipped in for an Air B&B, then set out for an amazing day, showing off their newly-acquired skills. They brought home a trophy. “We had two matches at Barnett Park in Orlando,” beams Harkleroad. “One in hurling and one in football. I felt like we were actually stronger in football, but we brought home the trophy in hurling!” The trophy is currently—and very proudly—on display at O’Connell’s Pub for all to see. One current member, Damien Shields— a native Irishman himself, and one of the original founders of the club—reflects on what being a part of a group like this means to him, to cherish a game he loves in a place so far away from his homeland. “Win or lose, it was always a magnificent experience to meet up with fellow

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STARTING A LOCAL sports league with ties to an ancient game may sound like a longshot of an idea during a pandemic, but don’t tell Caleb Harkleroad, or he’ll proudly point out the trophy his Savannah Gaelic Athletic Association teams have won after only a few months in existence. “I’ve had the idea to start a local league for quite some time,” says Harkleroad, local ambassador for all things Emerald Isle, and vice president of Harkleroad Diamonds & Fine Jewelry on Abercorn Street. “I’m a big follower of GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) sports, and I dabbled in hurling when I was studying in Augusta.” But Savannah, with all its Gaelic heritage and tradition, didn’t have a league. So this year, just after the Savannah Irish Festival wrapped up, Harkleroad gauged interest and built a small following, then set out to get one started. “I would not have played a lot of team sports as a kid, and I’ve been following GAA for around ten years, and it’s a game that I love and understand and connect with,” he pauses. “There’s almost like an emotional attachment to it for those of us that love it. Hurling is the oldest game in the world; the Irish say they have been playing it for around 3,000 years.” The spark to bring about a local club ignited in a place that won’t come as a surprise: with pints raised at downtown Savannah’s O’Connell’s Irish Pub. “After a meeting of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Daragh Blennerhassett (a native of Ireland now living in Savannah) and I were talking about my wanting to start a hurling league,” recalls Harkleroad. “He played football and suggested we start the two sports together. After meeting a lot of other interested folks at this year’s Savannah Irish Festival, the ball got rolling, and things took off from there. About 6 of our current members got together at O’Connell’s on February 20, and the rest is pretty much history.” The plans were laid to field two co-ed teams: hurling and Gaelic football. “We decided to go the official route, so we got in touch with the USGAA (U.S. Gaelic Athletic Association) on a conference call, we got our official recognition as

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countrymen on a Sunday morning. Post-game there was always a sing-song and regaling of old stories,” says Shields. “Then I moved to Savannah, where for the first 12 months I never heard an accent from Blennerhas- Inagurual Savan nah GAA Hurling Team ad and Daragh ro le rk Ha b le home. Then s, Ca in in Orlando. w ’s Damien Shield ub cl e th from phythe one fateful day Itro met sett with the current commitare around 16 regional clubs from Georgia, tee and shortly after, we set up Savannah walls of our new club.” North and South Carolina, Florida and GAA. Months later we have assembled “The Savannah GAA is all about comTennessee. And the club has plans to host a one of the finest bunch of strangers who munity,” Harkleroad adds. “We are like a few tournaments of their own, maybe surhave become close friends and teammates. second family. We always meet for drinks rounding some of the big Irish celebrations We ventured on the road to Orlando, and and dinner and have become close very here in Savannah. behold! We beat a strong hurling team in quickly, which was only augmented by our “We are co-ed right now,” says Harour inaugural game to win our first ever win on the road. Our local motto is ‘Culkleroad. “Ideally, we’d like there to be four trophy for the club. It was a moment we ture. Community. Craic.’” Craic being the full teams, but we would need 100 people will all remember forever. Our first team. Irish word for “Fun”. to do that.” Our first game. Our first taste of victory. It The future looks bright for Savannah So they are always looking for more talcemented our friendships and grouted the GAA, even through a trying 2020. There ent, or in this case, family members.

“The motto of the Gaelic Athletic Association is ‘where we all belong’,” says Harkleroad. “It’s not just for Irish; it’s for anyone and everyone who wants to learn together and have a great time together. I hear people say they haven’t joined a lot of leagues here in Savannah because they can seem a little cliquish. But we’re not about that. I think about being in Savannah: a city with great Irish heritage, to know there wasn’t a GAA here, and to see we are playing and growing this ancient sport of our ancestors. Our club is very proud of that.” To find out more information about Savannah GAA, find videos and information on their Facebook page. To find out more about Gaelic Athletics in general, visit usgaa.org.

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BRINGING LAUGHS TO SAVANNAH

COMEDIAN COMING TO THE HOSTESS CITY DEC. 9 FOR TWO PERFORMANCES AT HISTORIC SAVANNAH THEATRE PHOTO BY FRIEDMAN-BERGMAN

COMEDIAN BRIAN REGAN will take the stage for two acts back-to-back at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the Historic Savannah Theatre. Regan, described by Entertainment Weekly as “Your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian,” can be seen currently streaming on Netflix with the Jerry Seinfeld produced mini-series “Stand-up and Away! with Brian Regan.” The comedian also has two Netflix stand-up specials, with “Brian Regan: Nunchucks and Flamethrowers” currently available and his second stand-up expected in 2021. With all that is going on in Regan’s life – including a role in Peter Farrelly’s Television series “Loudermilk” – it is safe to say that Savannahians will see the 62-year-old comedian at the top of his game. Connect caught up with Regan to talk more about comedy, his specials and where he is now at this point in his career.

Regan: “I like it when anyone likes what I do. But to have Jerry Seinfeld kind of like my stuff is a huge honor. I’ve been fortunate to have a good career doing this comedy thing. Lately, to have some opportunities come my way – Netflix specials, Netflix four-episode series, a role in “Loudermilk,” and performances in Savannah – feels pretty good!” CS: For people going to see Brian Regan for the first time in Savannah on December 9th, what can they expect? Regan: “People can expect exquisitely written set-ups and absolutely hysterical punchlines. Unfortunately, I’ll also probably sneak in some poorly written set-ups

and some very lame punchlines.” CS: What was it like working with the Farrelly Brothers on “Loudermilk”? Regan: “It has been incredibly rewarding being able to act in a series. Peter Farrelly knew I could act before I did. When he suggested I could do a role in his series, ‘Loudermilk,’ I said, ‘I appreciate that. But I’m not sure I can act.’ He said, ‘I know you can act. I’ve seen your comedy.’ That felt pretty strong.” CS: Where does the inspiration for your routine come from? Regan: “I think I have an invisible antenna that picks up comedy waves. Not sure how or why some people see things in a funny way, but it’s kind of cool to see something in a twisted way and feel like you can get a laugh out of it.” CS: What do you love most about what you do and making people laugh? Regan: “Laughs always feel good. Whether you’re the one laughing, or the one causing

the laugh... either way, the experience is thrilling.” CS: You have a two stand-up special deal currently with Netflix, joining the likes of Chris Rock, Seinfeld, and Dave Chappelle, what’s it like being mentioned with those names? Regan: “I think Netflix messed up. The original contract said, ‘Netflix will give Brian Regan one, and definitely only one, stand-up special.’ I scratched that out with a red pen and changed it to two.” CS: When does your new special come out? Regan: “My new special is supposed to be coming out on Netflix early next year. An exact date has not yet been decided.” Tickets for “Brian Regan: Live in Concert,” as well as other shows the season at the Historic Savannah Theatre, can be purchased on their website at savannahtheatre.com

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BY BRANDY SIMPKINS THE GIFT OF music is a great way to usher in holiday cheer and Tommy Holland and Friends aim to take music to the homes of as many youths as possible for the fifth consecutive year. On Saturday, Nov. 28 starting at 5:30 p.m. the 5th Annual Tommy Holland and Friends Musical Toy Drive will take place at Coach’s Corner in Savannah. This annual initiative began to collect and raise money for instruments to donate to young teenagers around the Christmas holiday. “We’re all about putting music in the hands of kids,” said event organizer, Tommy Holland of the Midtown Pickers. “It’s such an important part of life. It inspires creativity, to begin with, but it’s also important because there’s math involved; there’s science involved, there’s history involved and English! It encourages these kids to think!” This year’s drive began the first week of November and will continue through Christmas. Last year, Holland and the group were fortunate enough to raise $2,500 worth in instruments, and this year, they are off to a great start in doubling that amount. Every year, the event kicks off with a solo by Lance Levens, the oldest member of the Midtown Pickers, and ends with a grand finale with Tommy Holland and friends. Raffle tickets for goodies will be

sold at the door, and donations of cash and instruments will be accepted throughout the event. The cause is dear to Holland’s heart because for Holland, music is so much more than just entertainment. Music is an escape, as it has been since he was 14 years old. “My dad died when I was 14 and if it wasn’t for my guitar, I don’t know where I’d be today,” he said. Holland said he started playing in church groups and occupied his time in other ways that kept him from going astray due to his grief. Over the last seven years, the Midtown Pickers have operated as a small group of guys and ladies that play music, enjoy music and give back to the community. They have helped with several events, including four fundraisers for Hospice Savannah, raising more than $4,000. They have also done fundraisers during hurricane season, in addition to an annual Toy Drive. Next year, Holland said he plans to extend his communal efforts even more. Some plans include distributing musical instruments to as many children as possible, starting with day care facilities. “We want to make sure that every day care that wants it has a musical program,” Holland said. Other plans include pairing children up with musical mentors that will guide them in their training, and donating instruments, year round, to young musicians who need them.


NEWS COMMUNITY

3rd Annual Walk for Homeless set for Nov. 28

Event to benefit ‘Tiny House Project,’ raise awareness

BY BRANDY SIMPKINS YOU SEE A homeless person on the street and you ponder how he got there. You have a few bucks in your pocket, but you wonder if you can do more to help, not just for that one guy, but for the entire community. Well, you can. On Nov. 28 at 11 a.m., Walk for Homelessness will bring its 3rd Annual 5k Walk to Lake Mayer Community Park in Savannah. Tickets to participate in this year’s Walk will be $15 each and will benefit the Savannah Chatham Homeless Authority’s “Tiny House Project,” while raising awareness for homelessness in the Savannah area. After the Walk, families may enjoy free live music, guest speakers, fun activities, vendors and more. Refreshments will be available for a donation to Philly Flava, which will also go toward the “Tiny House Project.” Walk for Homelessness is a non-profit organization that began in Savannah with its director, 24-year-old local Eric Bailey, and a couple of his faithful friends. “The idea of doing a walk came from seeing it done in other cities,” Bailey said. “I thought ‘We need to have something like that in Savannah… If no one else is going to do it in Savannah it might as well be me.’” Bailey expressed his concern that a large percentage of Savannah’s homeless population consists of people that are not always publically visible. They are a part of the working class. Some are “couch surfers,” others are foster kids that were not properly integrated into adulthood or

veterans that were not properly reintegrated into society. Many homeless individuals suffer mental health issues and have not been able to afford proper health care, leading them to deeper psychological damage. Walk for Homelessness aims to attack the problem at its core by supporting those individuals to rise up in society before they reach the point of chronic homelessness. “I’ve had family members and people around that made it seem like making an effort to help homeless people is a waste of time, and I never liked that because though it may feel like a waste of time to attempt to help someone who doesn’t want to be helped, doing something to fight homelessness at its early stages is not a waste of time because we can prevent them from reaching that point of no return,” Bailey said. “The people that need and want our help make up a much larger percentage than the ones that don’t, so we focus our efforts on preventing those that do want our help from getting there’,” Bailey said. The Walk for Homelessness has grown in participation each year, drawing crowds of 100-150 people. This year, the organization hopes the number of participants continues to grow, but not without precaution. The large outside venue provides plenty of space for social distancing and masks are strongly encouraged as families gather. Bailey said his group is thankful for this year’s event sponsors: Gilliard & Company (G&Co), Chocolate Martini Bar, Southcoast Contracting Group, Epiphany South Barbershops, Weichert Realty - Stanford & Co, and Bailey Asset Management. To get involved with Walk for Homelessness as a sponsor, volunteer, or vendor during the event, visit the website at https://ericbailey247.wixsite.com/w4hsav/donate.

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Each week of the Holiday Season, Connect Savannah will be featuring gift ideas from local shops and merchants in our MERRY WISHLIST! We think we’ve found the most interesting local gifts that showcase Savannah and the Coastal Empire in the best way. Whether you are looking for Mom, Dad, Grandpa, Grandma, the kids or anyone else, this guide will surely give you a gift idea (or three or four)!

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CAPITAL BEE COMPANY GIFT BOXES Holiday Gift Box featuring Capital Bee Company’s delicious Raw Snowberry Honey, honey dipper, seasonal favorite Mistletoe Kisses Soy Candle, pine scented Tartan foaming soap, and festive matches!

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ATELIER GALERIE A TIMELESS GIFT Our Georgia watchmakers handcraft each of these watches with reforested South American wood, real hydrangea petals, and the finest quality leather. Visit the Atelier Galerie for a vast selection of unique, handcrafted gifts.

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FOOD & DRINK EPICUROPEDIA

Cotton & Ryes’ Milk Rolls. PHOTO BY ZACH SCHULTZ

CONNECT SAVANNAH | NOV 25-DEC 1, 2020

BY LINDY MOODY AS THE LOW country dusts off recipe cards and prepares for the beginning of the holiday season, many will likely choose to keep their turkey day feasts small. With safety concerns, this year’s Thanksgiving Day is likely to result in smaller dinner tables and even smaller feasts. Maybe certain family members are unable to make it to table this year, and you may not feel like cooking given the absence of those missing loved ones. Just because the table has less filled seats doesn’t mean we should forget Thanksgiving all together. I, for the first time ever, will be seeking help from local restaurants that certainly cook more handily than I. Why spend hours baking a pie when there are less guests to enjoy it?  All week, all over Savannah, local restaurants have been announcing specialty pick-up menus to aid home cooks on Thanksgiving Day. To-go and delivery food is the wave of the future for 2020, and Thanksgiving should be no exception. Here is a list of local restaurants that will take the guesswork out of your holiday menu. 

Cotton & Rye: “Cotton & Rye is doing Sides, Pies, and Breads Thanksgiving pop up. It’s basically everything but the turkey!” according to owner Zack Shultz. The menu includes every single side item that you want on your Thanksgiving table just made the Cotton & Rye way – and that’s always a positive! 14 Do not expect anything that you would

find on their normal menu. The restaurant is going all out this year for Thanksgiving. Pastry Chef Peanut has even taken the time to include some extra special carbs like garlic cheddar biscuits and soft white milk rolls. The two available desserts are a pumpkin pie with chocolate chip and graham cracker crust topped with chantilly cream and an apple and peach cobbler with notes of maple and cinnamon. I like the idea of skipping a table full of pies, and instead having one delectable crumble that combines the best of all of the traditional fruit pies.  “Orders can be placed at the restaurant or by calling or texting (912) 441-4612,” Shultz said.  Erica Davis Low Country: As an experienced catering business that now has a brick and mortar, Erica Davis Low Country is more than prepared to make your entire feast and everything in between.  Appetizers, southern sides, meats, and desserts grace Erica Davis’ special Thanksgiving pickup menu. You will find their signature items like Savannah red rice, smoked brussels, and mac ‘n’ cheese. Go for the Brussels, they are smoked until crispy then smothered in a unique sticky sweet sauce. For the centerpiece, you can order something unique this year like a Boston butt or shrimp and grits.  Savannah Smokehouse: Available for pickup on Wednesday, Nov. 25, Savannah Smokehouse is offering smoked Thanksgiving specials and entire Thanksgiving meals.  The whole Thanksgiving meal feeds 12-15 people, and includes a large choice

The pumpkin and chocolate pie from Cotton & Rye. PHOTO BY ZACH SCHULTZ.

in items. Purveyors get a choice of a whole smoked turkey or sliced turkey breast, three sides, cornbread dressing, and your choice of dessert. The dessert options are banana pudding, pecan pie, peach cobbler, or sweet potato soufflé. Whole smoked turkey, smoked turkey breast, cornbread dressing, sweet potato souffle, and peach cobbler are also available for individual purchase.  Go online to www.savannahsmokehouse.com to find out more.  Auspicious Baking Company: Pre ordering baked goods from Auspicious Bakery is nothing new. This year they are placing some very special holiday pies on their normal menu. The pies include variations like pumpkin pie with a whipped white chocolate ganache and honey-ginger toasted seeds.  To order, go online at auspiciousbakingco.com or order in store. “Thanksgiving pre orders placed before Nov. 22 will be carefully packaged to convenience the in-store pick-ups. Swing by the bake house in Sandfly Wednesday, the 25th between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., [but beware—as always,] the retail counter is going to be packed. Crackers, breakfast, bread and pies fuel the festivities, so let us help you get that holiday table squared away,” owner Kaytlin Bryant said.  The British Pie Company: The pie that sits on your family table does not have to be sweet. Go for a twist and keep the holiday meal concise with a savory pie. This month’s pie of the month is an award winning Turkey, Stuffing and Cranberry Pie. You can have all the Thanksgiving Day necessities in one dish and keep the dishes

light. Stop by any location to hand pick your desired pie – savory or not. Big Bon Bodega: The first time I tasted Big Bon’s hand crafted and wood-fired bagels, I instantly fell in love. The Big Bon family knows how to bake, so ordering a few treats to add to your Thanksgiving menu is a no brainer.  The Thanksgiving presale menu at Big Bon includes bagels (of course) and a few extra special classic items. Most noteworthy to mention is their wood-fired sourdough bread and a few casseroles, hash brown and a sausage, bacon and four cheeses. Pick up is scheduled for Nov. 25 and quantities are limited. Place your orders quickly on their website at www. toasttab.com Le Cafe Gourmet: The fall and Thanksgiving catering menu is the biggest available in Savannah. You can place your order now and get anything from family quiches to charcuterie boards.  The specialty menu even includes the items for which Le Cafe is most known – handmade croissants and breads. I like the idea of ordering a few extra croissants and having them available for an easy Black Friday breakfast.  The pies feed 8-10 people and include the tried and true pecan pie and pumpkin pie. The last option is a little more sophisticated, and will add a touch of class to any thanksgiving menu—the succulent and balanced almond cream and pear pie.  Once you place your order at www. lecafegourmet.com, the items are available for pickup at their Georgetown or Savannah location. Delivery is available as well.


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vaccines, micro-chipping, flea and heartworm medication and future scheduling BY JESSICA FARTHING to receive free surgeries. There are also pet vendors scheduled, offering everything from nail trims and answers to dog trainWHEN THE Department of Veteran’s ing questions. Affairs told retired Sgt. and OIF veteran “If a person is having a hard time paying Hamilton Kinard that he would need a for care then this is a way to relieve that service dog but that they wouldn’t pay for burden,” Britnee Kinard said. “We can it, his wife Britnee made it her mission to catch you up on all of your basic care.” challenge this policy. About 18 months The event is not limited to service anilater, Kinard was the recipient of the first mals. All first responders and military mobility assistance approved animal in the members with dogs or cats are invited to Southeast region. attend. Participants will be asked to show Britnee Kinard discovered the organian ID confirming their status. zations that donate Donna Pfendlerfunds for service Merkle, community dogs were bomoutreach coordinabarded with people tor for the Savanrequesting help, nah Kennel Club, sometimes resulting believes the goals of in a two-to-threethe two organizayear wait. She saw tions align, uniting the risk. the community and “It’s almost promoting responpointless to wait sible dog ownerthat long,” she ship. She said she said. “There are so A service dog provides emotional support and has worked on the many people that vendor end of this help with mobility issues. PHOTO BY BRITNEE need them and not event, hoping to be KINARD enough organizaable to offer shoptions. It makes it hard, especially when you ping, education and training opportunities have someone who’s struggling with stress for guests. disorder or has mobility issues and needs a “There are a lot of people who were fordog to get them through the day.” merly in the military that belong to our To address the need for vets, first club,” she said. “This is just natural that we responders and exceptional children, Brit- want to support this.” nee Kinard created the S.D. Gunner Fund, The organization works throughout the providing money for the cost of obtaining year to get Savannah’s dog community service animals, care and supplies. together for sports, educational programs According to the U.S. Census Bureau, and fundraising for local shelters. there are four million vets that have a Britnee Kinard and the SD Gunner Fund service-connected disability. Service dogs have won countless awards for their advoperform actions directly related to their cacy, including a 2020 George H.W. Bush owner’s needs, helping them live indePoint Of Light Award honoring individuals pendently. They may remind someone who change the world. to take medication, sound the alert for a life threatening condition or even pull a Vets for Heroes wheelchair. Saturday, Dec. 5, On Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 501c3 charity is partnering with the 11 Gateway Blvd. S Savannah Kennel Club and National Savannah, Georgia Spay Alliance Savannah to hold a “Vets for Heroes” veterinary clinic at the new For more information on the Vets for Heroes National Spay Alliance office at 11 Gateway event or the charities involved: Boulevard South in Savannah. The Teresa https://www.facebook.com/sdgunner Coward Real Estate team is sponsoring the https://www.twitter.com/sdgunnerfund event. https://www.instagram.com/sd_gunner_fund The goal of the day is to allow military www.savannahkennelclub.org and first responders to bring their dogs https://www.nationalspayalliancesavannah. or cats for free care, including exams, com/

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Coach’s Corner Monkey Man, 7 p.m. Driftaway Cafe Chuck Courtenay, 6 p.m. Plant Riverside District Aaron Lehrian, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Starland Yard Eric Britt, 6 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Pre-Turkey Bash w/ Chuck Courtenay, Jared Wade & Jason Courtenay, 7:30 p.m. The Wormhole Open Jam, 9 p.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES

Service Brewing Company Trivia Night with Daniel, 6:30 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 11.26 LIVE MUSIC

Cohen’s Retreat Munchies & Music, 5-9 p.m. Plant Riverside District Aaron Lehrian, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES

McDonough’s Family Fued, 7 p.m.

KARAOKE

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

COMEDY

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

DJ

Club 51 Degrees DJ B-Rad, 9 p.m.

FRIDAY 11.27 LIVE MUSIC

Churchill’s Pub Tyler Rowe, 6-9 p.m., evenpete, 9:30 p.m. Coach’s Corner Angie K, 7 p.m. Driftaway Cafe Gordon Perry, 6 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Jacob Evans, 7:30-11 p.m. Mansion on Forsyth Park Daniell Hicks, 8 p.m. Molly McGuire’s Outlaw Gypsy, 6 p.m. Plant Riverside District Aaron Lehrian, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Kenny Munshaw, 5-9 p.m., Laiken Love & Fellowship of Love, 7-9 p.m. Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant JodyJazz Trio, 6:30-9:30 p.m. River House Ricky Standard, 7-9 p.m. Service Brewing Company Bluegrass By The Pint w/ Swamptooth, 6 p.m. The Shrimp Factory Jason Bible, 7-9 p.m. The Warehouse Hitman, 8 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Bill Hodgson, 7-10 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe (Pooler) Willie Jackson & The Tybee Island Blues

Chuck Courtenay.

Pre-Turkey Bash w/ Chuck Courtenay, Jared Wade & Jason Courtenay @WILD WING CAFE (POOLER) WED., NOV 25, 7:30 P.M.

Band, 9 p.m.

River House Stan Ray, 7-9 p.m.

TRIVIA & GAMES

SUNDAY 11.29

KARAOKE

Collins Quarter at Forsyth Live Music, 3 p.m., Voodoo Soup, 2 p.m. Congress Street Social Club Voodoo Soup, 10 p.m. The Perch at Local 11 ten Levi Moore, 5:30 p.m. Plant Riverside District Kenny Munshaw, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Fabulous Equinox Krewe, 12-3 p.m. Starland Yard Kyle Yardley Blues Band, 6 p.m.

PS Tavern Beer Pong Tournament, 10 p.m. Bay Street Blues Karaoke Blueberry Hill Karaoke, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Club One Karaoke, 10 p.m. McDonough’s Karaoke, 9 p.m. Totally Awesome Bar Karaoke, 10 p.m.

DJ

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

SATURDAY 11.28 LIVE MUSIC

Churchill’s Pub Josephine Johnson, 6-9 p.m. Driftaway Cafe Matt Eckstine, 6 p.m. Elan Savannah Dirt Monkey at Elan Savannah (Sat, Nov 28th), 9 p.m. Ghost Coast Distillery DRAUCKER, 4:30 p.m. Jazz’d Tapas Bar Jawan & Nico, 7:30-11 p.m. Oak 36 Bar + Kitchen Lyn Avenue, 7 p.m. Plant Riverside District Aaron Lehrian, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Eric Brack, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant JodyJazz Trio, 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Shrimp Factory Ford Notirboff, 7-9 p.m. Southbound Brewing Company Turtle Folk, 7 p.m. Wild Wing Cafe Hunter Price, 3-6 p.m.

KARAOKE

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

DJ

Elan Savannah Dirt Monkey, 9 p.m.

LIVE MUSIC

TRIVIA & GAMES

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

KARAOKE

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

MONDAY 11.30 TRIVIA & GAMES

Club One Super Gay Bingo, 5:30 p.m. Octane Savannah Music Bingo, 7:30 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 12. 1 TRIVIA & GAMES

Basil’s Pizza and Deli Trivia, 7 p.m. Fia Rua Irish Pub Trivia, 7:30 p.m. McDonough’s Trivia Tuesday, 7 p.m. Savannah Taphouse Trivia, 7 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.


MUSIC THE BAND PAGE

DANIELLE HICKS @THE MANSION ON FORSYTH

Grab a drink, sit back and take in an evening with talented singer-songwriter Danielle Hicks and her band The Resistance at their current Friday night Mansion on Forsyth’s Bosendorfer Lounge residency. Hick’s blues and soul-infused take on classic covers and originals make her a Savannah favorite. NOVEMBER 27 |8:00 PM | FREE

DIRT MONKEY @ELAN SAVANNAH

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KYLE YARDLEY BLUES BAND @STARLAND YARD

Blues powerhouse Kyle Yardley Blues Band closes out the holiday weekend with early Chicago electric blues harmonica and boogie. NOVEMBER 29 | 6:00 – 9:00 PM| FREE

DIRT MONKEY @ELAN SAVANNAH

Brace for impact. Dirt Monkey delivers a night of bass-heavy beats, screaming drops and new-school sound design. The Dubstep DJ/Artist packs clubs and festivals across the country and this show will likely be no different. NOVEMBER 28 | 9:00 PM | $20

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Brace for impact. Dirt Monkey delivers a night of bass-heavy beats, screaming drops and new-school sound design. The Dubstep DJ/Artist packs clubs and festivals across the country and this show will likely be no different. NOVEMBER 28 | 9:00 PM | $20

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MUSIC FEATURE

Savannah Soul Meets Rock ‘n’ Roll:

LaFaye Benton

She left Atlanta in 2013 after joining the Army and being stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah. In 2015, she took on a BY BRITTANY HERREN new role with the Army as a vocalist in the 3rd Infantry Division Band on Ft. Stewart. Her Army career ended in 2017 and WHEN YOU INFUSE Savannah soul with after a year sabbatical, she started LaFaye a Parliament-Funkadelic-esq rock vibe, and the Fellas in 2018. Once she got two you get LaFaye Benton. sets of keyboards, a guitar, bass and Her soundscape is beyond the convendrums behind her, she flourished and so tional “lounge singer” of yesteryear. Her did Savannah’s live-music scene, in large incongruous zest for life has made her part thanks to her presence and stylish somewhat of an anomaly in Savannah’s influence. music scene. She’s not just a songbird with Aside from the musical scene, Benton a pretty face and the 29-year-old even also was a part of the city’s booming tourasserts this in her first single released this ism industry as a member of the opening past March called, “Flaws & All.” staff for Plant Riverside’s JW Marriott. “That place was really great and I was “No, I’m not like them girls in the movies happy to be a part of it,” Benton said. The typical video girl Even when the COVID-19 pandemic I’m more than just body and beauty hit Savannah hard, she didn’t let it set her So take me as I am” back personally. She took the time to focus on perfecting her “instrument” with vocal While she and her band, LaFaye and training and practicing piano and guitar. the Fellas, pumps “I just used the up crowds all over time as best as I the Low Country knew how,” she said. with catchy tunes, Benton has taken her original music her local success in is a mixture of her stride and doesn’t musical influences, just rest on that fact including Prince, alone. In addition Al Green, Whitney to her blossoming Houston, Fantasia, music career, she Tina Turner and also is a full-time James Brown. Her student seeking her style bridges the bachelor’s degree in gap between neothe science of busisoul and rock as ness administrashe seamlessly and tion from Columbia dauntlessly pushes College and the coher artsy, alternaowner of an event tive style into the planning and intemusical world that LaFaye Benton. PHOTO COURTESY THE ARTIST rior design business she hopes to conquer called Prodigious one day under the Designs, where she guise of a rock-soul goddess. and her partner do everything from deco“I just want to make fun, relatable and rating Airbnb’s to coordinating full-blown relevant music that every one of all ages weddings. from my great grandmother to my 3-year“It’s really my second baby,” Benton old goddaughter can listen to,” Benton said. said. Despite Benton’s many passions, music Her journey to solo recording artist and remains the primary focal point that cenband frontwoman has been anything but ters her chaotic life. Daily, it is what powers ordinary. Born and raised in Atlanta, she her momentum towards success, she said. began singing in the church at the age of 5, which later complimented the listening Benton’s single, “Flaws & All,” is available on habits of her father, which fell somewhere Apple music and wherever streamed music between Earth Wind and Fire and Queen. is sold. You can learn more about her and It’s no wonder how she invoked an appreci- information for bookings at LaFayeSings.com, ation for good, live music, because she was and follow her on Facebook at Facebook.com/ literally entrenched in it growing up. lafayesings2.


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Sweet, Strong and Oh So Southern

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metallic elements, like gold leaf or metallic leathers. The subjects in her art are southern and organic in nature, such as sweet Georgia peaches, magnolias, farm life or the quaint countryside. “It makes me happy, it makes me think world but it all runs together,” Payne said. about my sweet mama, and how special it “Art influences me from every angle, and I is to live down here where I’ve grown up can’t seem to escape it, haha! picking peaches in the orchards of middle BY  NICOLE YOUNGBLUT “Since moving to Savannah I’ve fully Georgia,” she said. “There is a family embraced living in the low country. I live wholesomeness to that I really enjoy celwhere I can see the water and enjoy scenes ebrating through my artwork.” TRELLLIS PAYNE IS a fine art artist tucked around the marshes. When I’m out Just in time for the holidays, Payne with a B.F.A. in painting, minor in art hison a run and I see a quirky pelican, a grace- made hand-painted peach and low country tory and photography from Valdosta State ful egret or a moody blue heron, I always ornaments, as a small token of her art for University.  stop to snap photos for a painting reference all to enjoy. By day, she teaches painting, design and later down the road. There’s just some“I want my art to bring someone a little art foundations at Savannah Arts Academy thing about taking in sunrises and sunsets southern taste of happiness for their holiand is the artistic director of the Annual around the water in person, seeing how day season and beyond, while capturing Junk 2 Funk Fashion Show. When she’s the light hits the marsh life differently that that ‘Hey y’all’ vibe that we have down not teaching, she’s finding inspiration continues to provide me so much peace south,” she said. around her in nature for the next painting. and art inspiration.” “I have different facets of art life, and I Payne’s palette consists of mixing warm For more on the artist visit  feel like it’s teaching art, creating my own colors against cool colors, such as peaches Instagram @trellispayneart art and I never thought I’d be in the fashion and greens, and adding in touches of

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Artist Trellis Payne celebrates her southern roots by painting peaches, magnolias, and beautiful countryside landscapes

Trellis Payne PHOTO BY BUNNY WARE

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CULTURE VISUAL ARTS

A magic carpet ride through Savannah

Trish Andersen, self-proclaimed color-obsessed tufter, launches digitally printed floor mats BY NICOLE YOUNGBLUT “I LOVE EXPLORING the different energy that the color brings. Some people shy away from color and I embrace it,” artist Trish Andersen said. Andersen is currently in her eclectic art studio working on a commission with her cat/assistant Gracie. Colorful, creative and mediative energy is felt all around in the artist’s studio. “If you have seen pictures of my studio it’s dripping and covered in yarn, I’m a yarn hoarder,” she said. Unlike most artists, SCAD alumna Andersen is a textile artist who paints her vision with yarn.

“Inspiration varies but it’s very color focused. I really love exploring the different energy that color brings. Most of my inspiration comes from using a tufting gun.” Rug manufacturing seemed fitting to Andersen, who is originally from Dalton, Ga., a large carpet manufacturing area. Recently, she launched a collection of digitally-printed floor mats, which she refers to as magic carpets and are easy to clean. Her ”Sweepable Shag” collection contains three styles (Magic, Flow, and Upward) in five colorways (O.G., Blue, Cyan, Green, and Pink) and three sizes. Andersen worked with local photographer Chia Chong to capture the magic of her electric mats, showcasing Savannah in a fun way. “A lot of my work is about transition, human interaction and of course I draw

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Examples of Andersen’s colorful floor mats. PHOTOS BY CHIA CHONG

from nature too and the shift from going to a very industrial living place [Brooklyn] to Savannah, where the trees literally drip,” Anderson said. “A lot of my work is very drippy. “I want art to be more accessible to people, and the mats are my way of giving people an affordable option to own my work. With the added benefit of bringing color and movement into your home! I’m really inspired by how what you live with can greatly affect how you feel and experience

the world.” Andersen’s hand-tufted “drippy” rainbow staircase rug recently went viral on Instagram. “It was a reminder of just do what you want, don’t worry about what other people think.” To learn more about Andersen’s art: https://www.trishandersenstudio.com/collections/all-mats


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