January/February 2012 • 31st Year • Issue #6
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In the heart of Chippewa Square, lion statues flank the corners of a monument to Savannah’s founder General James Edward Oglethorpe. Savannah’s National Landmark District features a wide range of statues, monuments and public sculpture to delight visitors and residents alike. Cover photography by Savannah Scene.
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elcome to Savannah! We hope you savor every moment spent in Georgia’s First City, a magical place full of sylvan beauty, three centuries of history and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. As 2012 unfolds, the staff at Savannah Scene warmly welcomes you to Savannah. Enjoy the relaxed pace and serene beauty of our unique Southern city. You’ll be sure to make memories that will last a lifetime. At this time of year, Savannah is aglitter once again with winter magic, dazzling with the serene charm and evergreen beauty of the season. Enjoy a carriage ride down majestic tree-lined cobblestone streets or stroll down River Street, sampling the delicious seafood and browsing through the charming shops that make Savannah so special. The weather may be a bit chilly in January, but Savannah continues to blossom with camellias and other seasonal blooms. As you wander beneath the city’s canopy of live oaks accented with Spanish moss, take the time to discover all the little things that make Savannah so special.
We hope that you find our listings helpful in guiding you to some of the very best that Savannah has to offer. We think that you will find that Savannah is truly a unique city with a beauty and charm unlike anywhere else in the world. Le Monde has called Savannah “the most beautiful city in North America.” Conde Nast Traveler has included Savannah among its prestigious list of the Top 10 U.S. Cities to Visit. One visit and you’ll understand why. As you’ll soon discover, winter doesn’t slow Savannah down a bit because the activities continue all season long. From festivals to art exhibits, from Civil War reenactments to live concerts, Savannah brims with activities to stimulate the mind, the body and the senses. As always, our Calendar of Events keeps you on top of Savannah’s most exciting activities. Our Calendar of Events is posted online at savannah.com, so be sure to check out all the year’s hottest upcoming events online. Remember that you can return to Savannah with a quick click of the mouse. Our popular savannah.com web site provides plenty of handy information to help you plan an unforgettable trip to the Hostess City of the South. Please feel free to e-mail us with any comments, questions or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you! Enjoy the incomparable beauty of the season in Savannah. Wishing you and your loved ones all the best in 2012!
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u British-owned and operated, Churchill’s Pub & Restaurant serves a unique blend of traditional British favorites and contemporary American Cuisine in an upscale environment.
u Enjoy an artistically-arranged dish of sushi, prepared by skilled chefs, while relaxing with a drink from the saké bar at Wasabi’s Fusion Downtown.
u “A Savannah Tradition since 1949,” enjoy fine, family-oriented dining overlooking the Ogeechee River where the views are spectacular at Love’s Seafood.
u Traditional Cuban food featuring fried plantains, great appetizers, soups and icy batidos with tropical fruits can be found at Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant.
u Wright Square Cafe, a casual European cafe, serves only the finest and freshest epicurean delights and Savannah’s premier chocolatier offers fine European, domestic and housemade chocolates.
u The Mirage Mediterranean Bar & Grill offers the finest in authentic Mediterranean cuisine and professional service, along with a unique cocktail and Late Night Hookah Bar.
u Tubby’s Seafood River Street, the place for fresh seafood and the catch-of-the-day served grilled, fried or blackened with plenty of sides. Land lovers will also find lots to choose from, including filet mignon and chicken cordon bleu, to name a few. u Indulge in the breathtaking views, impeccable service and unparalleled cuisine that makes Chart House Restaurant legendary. Enjoy three levels of dining, as well as outdoor seating. u Enjoy Savannah’s most exotic dining experience at Casbah Moroccan Restaurant. Feast on delicious fare in the opulence of an authentic ceremonial tent decor while belly dancers entertain.
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u Famous for their French onion soup and delicious specials, “Savannah’s Original Authentic British Pub,” Six Pence Pub & Restaurant is in the Historic District. u One of Savannah’s new restaurants, Bull Street Eatery offers breakfast all day, a blue-plate lunch special and many other mouth-watering lunch selections. u Have a private, intimate dinner in “Lover’s Lane” at The Melting Pot or bring in the family to enjoy a fun and relaxing dinner. Come dip into something different! u Family-owned and operated, you will find a wide array of fresh breakfast items, salads and sandwiches, all at modest prices at Goose Feathers, an Express Café & Bakery.
f you’re looking for a taste of Britain in the heart of Savannah, don’t miss Six Pence Restaurant and Pub. The city’s most authentic and friendliest British pub serves up an ideal combination of beers and ciders on tap from the United Kingdom and Ireland, plus homemade favorites from “across the pond,” like shepherd’s pie, Scotch eggs, Beef Guinness and bangers and mash.
Conveniently located across from the Hilton Savannah Desoto in the heart of Savannah’s National Landmark Historic District, this British gem offers indoor and outdoor seating and a full menu, served until midnight. The sidewalk tables serve as an ideal place to enjoy a pint al fresco – and a great place to bring your canine friends!
in the Julia Roberts movie, “Something to Talk About” and serves as a popular downtown Savannah hangout for locals and visitors alike. Look for the Union Jack flying out front and the old-fashioned red telephone booth on the sidewalk outside and you’ll discover the best of England in Savannah. Savannah’s founder, English General James Edward Oglethorpe, would be right at home at this traditional, family-friendly British pub and restaurant. However, patrons with all-American taste can also enjoy juicy hamburgers, stuffed sandwiches, pot roast and pork roast at this beloved neighborhood pub. Six Pence’s motto, “Fine Ale, Fine Food,” delights visitors from near and far with outstanding Britishinspired food and drink. Savannah’s original and most authentic British pub offers a delightful taste of the U.K. during a visit to Georgia’s First City. Don’t miss all the fun!
The full bar, which offers an impressive array of imported beer, wine and liquor, is open daily from 11:30 a.m. until 2 a.m., with Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Stop by for a pint of Guinness, a glass of hard cider or the best martinis in Savannah! Settle into the pub’s cozy interior for a delicious lunch or dinner.
SIX PENCE RESTAURANT AND PUB
Six Pence has been featured in the pages of Southern Living and served as a key location
245 Bull Street (912) 233-3156 sixpencepub.com
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their own private entrance, bar and washrooms. See ad page 2. thebritishpub.com.
GREATER SAVANNAH LOVE’S SEAFOOD (912) 925-3616. Located on Hwy. 17 S. at King’s Ferry, overlooking the Ogeechee River, Y-4 on map. Serving the area’s finest seafood since 1949. Located on the scenic Ogeechee River, just 15 minutes from downtown Savannah. Tues.-Fri., 5-10 p.m.; Sat., noon-10 p.m.; Sun., noon-9 p.m. See ad page 9. lovesseafood.com. SAVANNAHMENU.COM (877) 464-6368. Staying in Savannah, Georgia? Don’t pay full price when you dine out. Save some serious money while you are in Savannah and order the Visitor VIP Dining Club Card. With your VIP card, enjoy exclusive savings. See ad page 16. savannahmenu.com.
HISTORIC DISTRICT 10 DOWNING at CHURCHILL’S RESTAURANT (912) 232-8501. 13 W. Bay St., B-4 on map. Located adjacent to the main restaurants’ roof top terrace, 10 Downing’s private banquet room is a luxurious secluded area and can be personalized to suite any event. The room is outfitted for all visual needs and parties have savannah.com
BRIGHTER DAY NATURAL FOODS MARKET (912) 236-4703. 1102 Bull St., K-5 on map. Serving fresh, healthy take-out sandwiches, salads and juices. Whole grain bakery, organic produce and a complete selection of natural supplements available. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.7 p.m.; Sun., 12:30-5:30 p.m. See ad page 13. brighterdayfoods.com. BULL STREET EATERY (912) 232-3593. 1514 Bull St. (32nd & Bull), K-5 on map. Serving breakfast (All Day!) and lunch, offering a blue plate special daily, as well as soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers and wraps. In a hurry, get a bag lunch, which includes any “ready to go” sandwich or a salad (with chips, a piece of fruit and a snack cake). Open 7 a.m.-3 p.m., daily. See ad page 13. CASBAH MOROCCAN RESTAURANT (912) 234-6168 or TOLL FREE (866) 522-7224. 118 E. Broughton St., C-6 on map. Enjoy delicious Moroccan fare in an authentic atmosphere of comfort and leisure. Featuring grilled kabobs, lamb, beef, chicken, seafood and vegetarian dishes. Belly dancing shows nightly, with no cover charge. Open daily from 5:30-10:30 p.m. See ad page 7. casbahrestaurant.com. CHURCHILL'S PUB (912) 232-8501. 13 W. Bay January/February 2012 SAVANNAH SCENE
Georgia’s Official State Prepared Food... GRITS! Grits was made the official prepared food of Georgia in 2002. Grits are bits of ground corn or hominy which constitute a uniquely indigenous Southern food first produced by Native Americans many centuries ago. Corn is a preeminent Georgia crop grown throughout the state. Grits can be a pure and simple breakfast dish or can be incorporated into gourmet cooking through countless recipes. Information provided by Georgia Sectetary of State
of 6 or more with 7 day advanced notice. Reservations recommended. See ad page 15. meltingpot.com/savannah. St., B-4 on map. One of Savannah’s favorite downtown dining destinations. British-owned and operated, serving a blend of traditional English favorites as well as contemporary American cuisine. The bar serves a wide range of international beers along with American craft beers on tap. Open daily 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Food is served until 1 a.m. nightly. See ad page 2. thebritishpub.com. GOOSE FEATHERS, AN EXPRESS CAFE & BAKERY (912) 233-4683 or TOLL FREE (866) 221-1948. 39 Barnard St., between Broughton and Congress Sts., C-4 on map. Fresh breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, coffee and espresso drinks at modest prices. Family owned and operated. Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.3 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Downtown delivery available Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. See ad page 7. goosefeatherscafe.com. THE MELTING POT (912) 349-5676. 232 E. Broughton St., C-7 on map. Enjoy our fabulous four-course fondue dinner for two with creamy cheese fondues, gourmet salads, a variety of fresh entrees and decadent chocolate fondues. Mon.-Thurs., 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Fri., 5 p.m.11:30 p.m., Sat., 4 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Sun., 4 p.m.- 10 p.m. Will open for lunch for parties 12 SAVANNAH SCENE January/February 2012
THE MIRAGE MEDITERRANEAN BAR & GRILL (912) 236-5464. 20 E. Broughton St., C-6 on map. Offering the finest authentic Mediterranean cuisine, professional service and a cocktail and late night Hookah bar. Lunch, Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.2:30 p.m.; Sun.-Wed., 5 p.m.-midnight; Thurs.Sat., 5 p.m.-2:30 a.m.; Late Night Hookah Lounge, 10 p.m.-until. See ad page 14. themiragesavannah.com. RANCHO ALEGRE CUBAN RESTAURANT (912) 292-1656. 402 MLK, Jr. Blvd. H-2 on map. Located two blocks south of the Visitor’s Center, Rancho Alegre is known for its savory steaming plates of “Paella Valenciana” – a traditional Cuban food, and offers 19 spectacular entrees in addition to fried plantains, great appetizers, side dishes, soups and traditional icy batidos with tropical fruits. Live music on Sat. nights. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; See ad page 17. ranchoalegrecuban.com. SIX PENCE PUB & RESTAURANT (912) 233-3156. 245 Bull St. (across from the Desoto Hilton Hotel), F-5 on map. Sandwiches, soups, salads, and hearty fare served in an Old English Pub atmosphere. Famous for their tasty French savannah.com
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1102 Bull St. • Savannah, GA South End of Forsyth Park (912) 236-4703 onion soup and delicious specials. Pub hours, 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m.; Happy Hour, 5-7 p.m. Bar, until 2 a.m. See ad page 11. sixpencepub.com. WASABI’S FUSION DOWNTOWN (912) 233-8899. 113 MLK, Jr. Blvd., D-2 on map. A unique dining experience for both sushi lovers and Japanese food lovers alike. Enjoy sushi from the menu that include nigiri, sashimi, maki rolls, vegetarian rolls and tempura in addition to combinations of grilled teriyaki dishes. Open daily. Visit their sister restaurants: Kanpai I, Kanpai II, Yutaka and Sushi Time Towa. See ad page 12. WRIGHT SQUARE CAFE Downtown (912) 238-1150, 21 W. York St., D-5 on map. Historic Sandfly (912) 349-2452, 7360 Skidaway Rd., Ste. E1, T-11 on map. A casual European cafe serving the finest and freshest of epicurean delights as well as Savannah’s premier chocolatier offering fine European, domestic and house-made chocolates. Enjoy a sandwich or wrap and be sure to save room to indulge in the truly decadent desserts. (Downtown) Mon.Fri., 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Closed Sun. (Sandfly) Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. See ad page 13. wrightsquarecafe.com.
RIVER STREET CHART HOUSE (912) 234-6686. 202 W. Bay St., savannah.com
B-3 on map. The Savannah Chart House, located on historic River Street, provides a spectacular atmosphere for our guests. The restaurant has three levels of dining, as well as outside dining overlooking the Savannah River. Mon.-Fri., 4:3010 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.9 p.m. See ad page 17. chart-house.com. SAVANNAH RIVER QUEEN/GEORGIA QUEEN (912) 232-6404 or TOLL FREE (800) 786-6404. 9 E. River St., A-5 on map. Entertainment, dinner and gracious Southern hospitality. Take a cruise along the historic Savannah River. Offering mouth-watering prime rib dinner and a Sunday Brunch cruise. Food specially prepared on board by the River Queen’s own chef. Seasonal schedule, call for availability. See ad page 5. savannahriverboat.com. TUBBY’S SEAFOOD RIVER STREET (912) 233-0770. 115 E. River St., A-5 on map. What a view! Kick back and watch the tankers cruise by on the river. Try the Southern-style benedict or coastal shrimp and grits for breakfast! Sandwiches galore are available with fresh seafood and the catch of the day being served grilled, fried or blackened with plenty of sides. Live music daily. Serving Breakfast daily, 7:30-10:30 a.m.; Lunch and Dinner, Sun.-Thurs.,11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. See ad outside back cover. tubbysriverstreet.com. January/February 2012 SAVANNAH SCENE
JANUARY-FEBRUARY ONGOING: Daily Sightseeing Cruises, Lunch, Dinner & Sunday Brunch Cruises, Moonlight Entertainment Cruises and more with Savannah Riverboat Cruises. Reservations required. 9 E. River St. (800) 786-6404 or savannahriverboat.com. ONGOING: “The Book” Bus & Walking Tours offered daily by “The Book” Gift Shop, Savannah’s Official Headquarters of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Reservations required. (912) 233-3867 or midnightinsavannah.com. FIRST FRIDAY: Fireworks on the River, 9:30 p.m., on Historic River Street. (912) 234-0295 or riverstreetsavannah.com. FIRST FRIDAY: “First Friday for Folk Music,” a production of the Savannah Folk Music Society at First Presbyterian Church at 520 Washington Ave. savannahfolk.org. SECOND FRIDAY: “Night Skies – Telescopes at 14 SAVANNAH SCENE January/February 2012
the Tybee Pier and Pavilion” hosted by the Oglethorpe Astronomical Association at sunset. View the night sky through high-powered telescopes, weather permitting. Free. (912) 401-8634 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Train Rides at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum. Call for times. 601 W. Harris St. (912) 651-6823 or chsgeorgia.org. FIRST SATURDAY: “First Saturday on the River” on Historic River St., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Arts & crafts, live entertainment and family fun. Free and open to the public. (912) 234-0295 or riverstreetsavannah.com. SECOND SUNDAY: The Bonaventure Historical Society conducts tours of the historic sections of Bonaventure Cemetery. Tours begin at 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. and last about an hour. Free, but donations are appreciated. Signs direct visitors to the starting point. No reservations are required. Bonaventure Rd. bonaventurehistorical.org.
JANUARY JANUARY 1-31: January Art Show at the Jewish Educational Alliance. The artist is Judy savannah.com
Nichols. She will have an opening reception on January 5th, 5-7 p.m. Free and open to the public. Judy has worked in watercolor, oil, pencil and other media. 5111 Abercorn St. (912) 355-8111 or savj.org. JANUARY 1-20: Savannah Arts Academy’s Visual Arts Department will host an awards ceremony and reception for the 14th Annual Winter Student Art Exhibition from 6–7:30 p.m. The exhibition will highlight artworks in seven different categories including drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, fine crafts, sculpture, graphics, and special awards for Level I and Teacher’s Choice Awards. 500 Washington Ave. (912) 395-5000 or savartsacademy.com. JANUARY 1- 3: “Christmas Castaways” program at the Ships of the Sea Museum. Free admission for up to two children when accompanied by one paying adult. 41 MLK, Jr. Blvd. (912) 232-1511 or shipsofthesea.org. JANUARY 1: Tybee Island to host the 12th Annual Tybee Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day. Attendees will attempt to set a Guinness World savannah.com
Record for the “Largest Gathering of People Wearing Swim Caps.” Polar plunge at noon, registration table open at the base of the pier from 9-11:45 a.m. $25 per person. Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. (912) 667-8702 or tybeepolarplunge.com. JANUARY 6: First Friday for Folk Music. Chris Desa and Claudia Nygardat at 7:30 p.m. 520 E. Washington Ave. (912) 355-7172, (912) 898-1876 or savannahfolk.org. JANUARY 7: Winter Wonderland at the Georgia State Railroad Museum, 10-11:30 a.m. Children will discover the science behind cold weather and make their own “snow.” Participate in a number of winter-themed art activities and enjoy a “snowy” story time. Georgia State Railroad Museum, 601 W. Harris St. $6 per child with regular adult admission. (912) 651-6823 ext. 3 or chsgeorgia.org. JANUARY 7: Folk Dance at Notre Dame Academy. Glow in the Dark String Band at 8 -11p.m.,1709 Bull St. For more information call (912) 355-7172, (912) 898-1876 or savannahfolk.org. JANUARY 13: The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents "Romeo and Juliet" at the January/February 2012 SAVANNAH SCENE
Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah Civic Center, 7:30 p.m. 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. (912) 651-6556 or savannahciviccenter.com. JANUARY 14: Family Campfire Night at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 6-9 p.m. Bundle up the kids and have a night of campfire fun! Enjoy making s’mores, hot chocolate, storytelling, campfire sing-a-long, star-gazing, nocturnal animal program and a night hike! Adults: $15, Children: $10. Registration required. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. (912) 395-1212 or oatlandisland.org. JANUARY 14: Bonaventure Society, Children of the American Revolution will have its regular monthly meeting at 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Abercorn and 34th St. Prospective members are always welcome. Contact Elaine Lester at (912) 925-9544 for more information. JANUARY 15: Jewish Educational Alliance. 100 Year Celebration with our 1950’s-style Sock Hop Party! We will “Celebrate our Past” with friends, delicious food and fun. DJ Ray Williams of 16 SAVANNAH SCENE January/February 2012
Sounds Great! Entertainment will head up this bash with his wide collection of 50’s sounds. Tickets are $36 per person and can be purchased at the JEA or by calling Anna on the horn at (912) 355-8111 ext. 211 or e-mail email@example.com. JANUARY 19-23: David Williams, Ashtanga for Life Workshop. David is a true living legend, but don’t let that intimidate you. He is incredibly warm, laid back, funny and you will immediately feel at ease in his company. David takes the intimidation out of the physical yoga practice of Ashtanga. 4 Days, 5 Classes, 12 Hours. Register now. Full workshop, $250 preregistration/$275 after Jan. 5th. Individual session prices $55/$65. Savannah Yoga Center, 1319 Bull St. (912) 232-2994 or savannahyoga.com. JANUARY 20-22: Low Country Living Home and Garden Show, Friday, 2-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Turn your home and garden dreams into reality! With thousands of square feet of exhibits, you'll find the latest in products and services for everything from builders, contractors, materials, decks, pools, spas, entertainment (continued on pg. 29) savannah.com
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When it comes to sightseeing, Savannah has some of the finest historic homes, museums and historic sites in the Southeast. From Civil War forts to English Regency house museums, Savannah offers a broad range of sightseeing options for visitors and residents alike. With all of the area’s unique history, arts and architecture, be sure to take the time to enjoy all that Savannah has to offer.
collection as well as outstanding special exhibits throughout the year. Interactive children’s exhibits, cafe, gift shop and more. 207 W. York St., Telfair Square, (912) 790-8800
SAVANNAH COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN The largest art college in the U.S., the Savannah College of Art and Design features a number of exhibits year-round in galleries across Savannah. 342 Bull St., (912) 238-2487
TELFAIR MUSEUM OF ART Housed in a historic 19th-century building designed by architect William Jay, the Telfair Museum of Art features an outstanding permanent collection of paintings, sculpture and photography, as well as world-class visiting exhibitions. 121 Barnard St., (912) 790-8800
Historic Homes ANDREW LOW HOUSE Built in 1848 for cotton merchant Andrew Low, this historic home features beautifully preserved interiors with period antiques. 329 Abercorn St., (912) 233-6854
Arts BEACH INSTITUTE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURAL ARTS CENTER The permanent home of the Ulysses Davis folk art collection, the Beach Institute features changing exhibits of African-American art and cultural artifacts. 502 E. Harris St., (912) 234-8000
CITY MARKET ART CENTER The up-
DAVENPORT HOUSE This historic Federal-style home, built between 1815 and 1820, was the house that launched Savannah’s historic preservation movement in the 1950’s. 324 E. State St., (912) 236-8097 FLANNERY O’CONNOR HOUSE The childhood home of one of America’s greatest writers, the Flannery O’Connor House features artifacts from O’Connor’s years in Savannah. 207 E. Charlton St., (912) 233-6014 Harper Fowlkes House
Sherman’s Civil War headquarters, the Green-Meldrim Mansion is a fine example of neo-Gothic architecture and features a magnificent interior. Bull St. at Madison Square, (912) 232-1251
stairs level of City Market is filled with original paintings, sculpture and photography by area artists. Jefferson at W. St. Julian St., (912) 234-2327
CITY OF SAVANNAH, DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS, S.P.A.C.E. (Savannah’s Place for Art, Culture and Education). Info line: (912) 525-3100 ext. 2863
GREEN-MELDRIM MANSION General
THE HARPER FOWLKES HOUSE This elegantly restored 1842 Greek Revival mansion showcases exquisite period antiques throughout and focuses on the Mid-1800’s lifestyle of early preservationist Alida Harper Fowlkes. 230 Barnard St. on Orleans Square, (912) 234-2180 JULIETTE GORDON LOW HOUSE The birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts, has been restored to its 1800’s appearance and features period antiques and artifacts from Low’s life. 142 Bull St., (912) 233-4501
JEPSON CENTER FOR THE ARTS
KING-TISDELL COTTAGE Located in the historic Beach Neighborhood, this restored Victorian cottage, built in 1896, serves as an AfricanAmerican culture museum. 514 E. Huntingdon St., (912) 236-5161
Savannah’s newest art museum, featuring a stellar permanent
MERCER-WILLIAMS HOUSE One of
Jepson Center for the Arts
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Savannah’s most historic mansions. The former home of Jim Williams, the antiques dealer immortalized in “Midnight in The Garden of Good and Evil,” is now open for tours. 429 Bull St. (enter through 430 Whitaker St.), (912) 236-6352
THE ROSE HILL PLANTATION HOUSE A significant example of Gothic Revival residential architecture. This 1858, four-story, cruciform Gothic Revival building stands majestic and tall with a steeply pitched copper gable roof along with period furnishings on 12 acres in the South Carolina Lowcountry. 199 Rose Hill Way, Bluffton, S.C. 29910, (843) 757-6046
exhibits such as alligators, wolves and cougars. Self-guided and guided trail walks available as well as a variety of Environmental Education programs for grades Pre K-12. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., except holidays. 711 Sandtown Rd., off Islands Expressway, (912) 898-3980
RALPH MARK GILBERT CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM
SORREL-WEED HOUSE One of the first two houses in Georgia to be designated a historic landmark. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and SCAD Architectural Committee voted it one of the most important houses in Savannah. 6 West Harris St., (912) 236-8888
TELFAIR’S OWENS-THOMAS HOUSE One of the finest examples of Regency architecture in the U.S., the Owens-Thomas House features a formal English garden and a restored carriage house. 124 Abercorn St., (912) 233-9743
Historic Sites / Forts
Savannah’s struggle for civil rights comes to life in interactive exhibits, artifacts and educational displays. 460 MLK, Jr. Blvd., (912) 231-8900
SAVANNAH HISTORY MUSEUM In the former Central of Georgia Railway station, the Museum features exhibits which tell the story of Savannah from 1733 to the present. See Forrest Gump’s bench and the “Bird Girl” statue on the cover of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” 303 MLK, Jr. Blvd., (912) 651-6825
SAVANNAH OGEECHEE TRAIL CANAL MUSEUM & NATURE CENTER Listed on
FORT MCALLISTER HISTORIC SITE Located in Richmond Hill, Fort McAllister features Civil War era earthworks. Spur 144 off Hwy. 144, 22 miles south of Savannah, (912) 727-2339
FORT PULASKI NATIONAL MONUMENT This masonry fort fell to Union troops during the Civil War and features a drawbridge, moats and cannons. On U.S. 80, 10 miles east of Savannah, (912) 786-5787
FORT SCREVEN Fort Screven on Tybee Island is one of the nation’s last coastal batteries. On Tybee Island, just off U.S. 80, (912) 786-4077
GEORGIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY Built in 1874-75, Hodgson Hall houses the Georgia Historical Society and serves as a research center and exhibition hall for an extensive collection of artifacts and documents. 501 Whitaker St., (912) 651-2125
the National Register of Historic Places and on the State of Georgia Birding Trail. Finest native trees and plants. 681 Fort Argyle Rd., (912) 748-8068
SHIPS OF THE SEA MUSEUM This maritime museum, housed in the restored Scarbrough House, offers exhibits about maritime culture, ships and commerce. 41 MLK, Jr. Blvd., (912) 232-1511
TYBEE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE AND MUSEUM Featuring
WORMSLOE HISTORIC SITE A historic plantation dating back to
Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse and a museum devoted to the history of Tybee Island. Tours are self guided. At the Lighthouse and Head Tybee Island Keepers Cottage Lighthouse there are volunteers on hand to answer questions. U.S. 80, Tybee Island, (912) 786-5801
Savannah’s earliest settlers in the 18th century, Wormsloe features tabby plantation ruins and a majestic avenue of live oaks. 7601 Skidaway Rd., (912) 353-3023
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA MARINE SCIENCE EXTENSION Featuring an aquar-
HISTORIC RAILROAD SHOPS An outstanding antebellum railroad repair facility and National Historic Landmark site featuring a collection of steam and diesel locomotives, a blacksmith shop and a massive roundhouse. 601 W. Harris St., (912) 651-6823
OLD FORT JACKSON The oldest standing fort in Georgia, Old Fort Jackson has been in use since the 1740’s and served as the headquarters for the Confederate river defenses during the Civil War. 1 Old Fort Jackson Rd., Islands Expressway, (912) 232-3945
ium and ongoing educational programs. Skidaway Island, (912) 598-2496
Museums MIGHTY EIGHTH AIR FORCE MUSEUM A museum devoted entirely to Air Force history, featuring interactive exhibits, guided tours, special programs throughout the year, library archives, a memorial garden and more. Exit 102 on I-95, Pooler, (912) 748-8888 OATLAND ISLAND WILDLIFE CENTER Operated by the SavannahChatham County Public Schools, this coastal nature center features a nature trail that winds through habitats with live animal savannah.com
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The Tybee Lighthouse
The Tybee Lighthouse on Tybee Island is the oldest and tallest lighthouse in Georgia. The bottom 60 feet date back to 1773. The upper 94 feet were built in 1867. The walls of the tower are over 12 feet thick at the base and taper to approximately 18 inches at the top. At the top of the tower is the original Fresnel lens. This lens, nearly eight feet tall, magnifies the 30,000 candle-power light so that it can be seen 18 miles out to sea. This lens is the Tybee Light and, to the small community of people in this tiny coastal town, it is a shining reflection of their lives – past, present and future. When James Oglethorpe established the first colony on Tybee, he realized that the survival of the colony was dependent on the safe passage of ships that carried settlers and supplies through the treacherous shoals along the Savannah River. As a result, the first Tybee light, a small beacon, was built on the island in 1736. Today the survival of Tybee’s local community is dependent upon historic preservation and tourism. Thanks to the foresight and initiative of Fort Pulaski’s Superintendent, Dan Brown, the Tybee Lighthouse was officially opened to the public on June 29, 1985. One hundred and seventy-eight steps lead to the Lighthouse’s breathtaking observation deck, located 154 feet above the ground. From the deck, one views the panorama of the lowcountry and captures a true sense of “the length and breadth of the marshes,” as described in Sidney Lanier’s poem, “The Marshes of Glynn.” Facing the Lighthouse, one is overwhelmed by the formidable Tybee Light, a thick awesome prism-like glass lens where two large bulbs stand supported in bronze. According to log books and the fond recollections of his son Henry, George B. Jackson was the last Tybee Lighthouse keeper from 1928 until his death in 1948. savannah.com
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avvy Savannah offers a wide range of walking tours, each of which showcases a different facet of Georgia’s First City.
“Our motto is, ‘Satisfying in every sense,’” said Rebecca King, the owner of Savvy Savannah Tours. “We touch on every sense in our tours, from martinis and food to the history of the colonial era and spiritual tours showcasing the city’s churches and synagogues.” Rebecca believes that Savannah can best be experienced on foot at a leisurely pace showcasing the full splendor of the city’s moss-draped squares and aweinspiring architecture. All of Savvy Savannah’s tours are limited to 15 guests, ensuring that each visitor enjoys an intimate experience of the Hostess City. “I fell in love with Savannah by walking downtown and seeing the great architecture and the beautiful squares,” said Rebecca. “Walking is a great way to experience the best of what Savannah has to offer.” Here is a quick overview of the company’s most popular tours: SAVANNAH SHAKEN – Enjoy Savannah’s nightlife and put the to-go cup to use as you sip your way from one martini bar to the next. Toast your way through the timeline of the Martini. Four martinis are included in the price of the tour. Guests must be 21 or older. SAVANNAH SUDS – Tap into Savannah’s crafty libations! Discover the history of craft beer in Savannah, while enjoying craft brews from three different brew pubs, ending at the award-winning Moon River Brewery on Bay Street. Guests must be 21 or older. SAVOR SAVANNAH – Discover the history and culture of this beautiful city while tasting local culinary specialties, from classic Southern cuisine to gourmet treats. Enjoy a progressive lunch, 22 SAVANNAH SCENE January/February 2012
sampling food at six locally-owned restaurants, some of which are off the beaten path. SAVANNAH CINEMA – On this media-savvy tour, guests see scenes and photos from movies and TV shows and stroll past the locations where movies like “Cape Fear,” “Forrest Gump,” “Something to Talk About” and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” were filmed. This tour ends at the legendary Leopold’s Ice Cream shop on Broughton Street, which has been featured on The Food Network and “The View.” SCENES OF SAVANNAH PAST – As America’s first planned city, Savannah boasts more than 250 years of history. A tour guide and an iPad will help you envision Savannah as a British colony and take you through the Civil War and the Victorian Era to the present day. SPECTRES OF SAVANNAH – Ranked as one of America’s Most Haunted Cities, Savannah offers many stories of the paranormal. Learn about the city’s most haunted locations, such as the Pirates’ House, with its rum cellar tunnel that leads out to the sea, and the Marshall House, Savannah’s oldest hotel that was once occupied by General Sherman as a hospital for soldiers during the Civil War. SPIRITUAL SAVANNAH – General James Edward Oglethorpe founded Savannah upon the principal of religious freedom, turning the city in to a beautiful tapestry of different denominations woven into monuments of religious architecture and places of serene spirituality. This unique tour features impressive local churches, cathedrals, synagogues and memorial sites. Reservations are recommended for all Savvy Savannah Tours. Please call or visit their website to make a reservation today!
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ART STUDIO/PAINTING PARTIES THE ART BUZZ STUDIO (912) 484-3438. 1526 Bull St. (32nd & Bull), K-5 on map. Join us for an unforgettable evening of fun, friends, music and art where we provide some Sangria, your canvas, brushes, paint, apron and inspiration. Come alone or bring your friends to one of our open painting parties and get ready to be inspired by our local artists who will guide you step-bystep through a featured painting. At the end of the evening... leave with your very own masterpiece! A few sips, a few strokes and a whole lot of fun! See ad page 24. artbuzzstudio.com.
CITY MARKET CITY MARKET (912) 232-4903. Jefferson at W. St. Julian St., 2 blocks from the Savannah River, C-3 on map. Not just a place you visit. It's a place you discover and explore. A place where there's always something new to encounter, something different to find, something hidden to uncover. A four-block courtyard with seven restaurants, 12 shops, eight art galleries, 17 artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; studios, historic tours and 250 years of history. See ad page 46. savannahcitymarket.com.
HISTORIC HOMES ANDREW LOW HOUSE (912) 233-6854. 329 Abercorn St. on Lafayette Sq., F-6 on map. An 1849 mansion built for cotton merchant Andrew Low, this home features beautifully preserved interiors with period antiques. This is one home you will not want to miss on your tour of Historic Savannah. Tours daily. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.4 p.m.; Sun., noon- 4 p.m. See ad page 24. andrewlowhouse.com. THE HARPER FOWLKES HOUSE (912) 234-2180. 230 Barnard St., E-3 on map. Located on Orleans Sq., this 1842 Greek Revival mansion is filled with period antiques, beautiful gardens and a fascinating story about early preservationist Alida Harper Fowlkes. Open Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.3 p.m. and Sat. tours, 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon or by appointment. Also available to rent for parties or special events. See ad page 31. harperfowlkeshouse.com.
MUSEUMS SHIPS OF THE SEA MARITIME MUSEUM (912) 232-1511. 41 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., C-2 on map. Visit Savannahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only maritime museum, offering exhibits about maritime savannah.com
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culture, ships and commerce. Open 10 a.m.5 p.m., Tues.-Sun. Admission charged. Featuring the largest private garden in the Historic District, available for wedding or reception rental. Free parking for visitors. See ad page 35. shipsofthesea.org. TYBEE ISLAND LIGHT STATION AND TYBEE MUSEUM (912) 786-5801. 30 Meddin Ave., Tybee Island just off US Hwy. 80, L-18 on map. Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse. Complete light station featuring artifacts and exhibits of Tybee Island’s history. Visit the newly-restored Head Keeper’s Cottage. Tours are self-guided, but there are volunteers on hand to answer questions. Open 9 a.m.5:30 p.m. every day except Tues. Last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m. See ad page 21. tybeelighthouse.org.
PUPPET PERFORMANCES ANGELA BEASLEY’S PUPPET PEOPLE (912) 355-3366. 3119 Furber Ave., R-10 on map. Life-sized puppets that have a lot of adult humor. These puppets are not all for kids. A 24 SAVANNAH SCENE January/February 2012
true Savannah experience. National puppetry touring company. Great for family entertainment, corporate benefits, festivals and parties and educational shows. See ad page 29. puppetpeople.com.
SIGHTSEEING TOURS CARRIAGE TOURS OF SAVANNAH (912) 236-6756. Departing from City Market at W. St. Julian and Jefferson Sts., C-3 on map. No visit to Savannah is complete without a sightseeing tour by a horse-drawn carriage. Let the gentle “clip-clop” of horses and sway of the carriage transport you to Savannah’s colorful past with one of our entertaining and informative tours. History tours, ghost tours and private tours are offered daily. See ad page 31. carriagetoursofsavannah.com. HISTORIC SAVANNAH CARRIAGE TOURS (912) 443-9333 or TOLL FREE (888) 837-1011. Pick-up available at various locations throughout the Historic District. The Best Way to see Savannah. Find out why we’re Savannah’s hometown favorite horse drawn carriage tours of the Historic District. Private and group tours available. All tours are driver narrated, 45-50 minutes in duration. Call for reservations. See ad page 27. savannahcarriage.com. savannah.com
Formal historic tours by a certified Savannah tour guide and a fun way to see the sights and sounds of Savannah. See ad page 29. segwayofsavannah.com. OLD SAVANNAH TOURS (912) 234-8128 or TOLL FREE (800) 517-9007. Historic District, F-1 on map. Serving Savannah since 1979. Voted Best Tour Company 2003-2011. Pick-ups at all downtown inns and hotels or at the Visitors Center. Free all-day on/off privileges with 15 convenient stops. Limousine service. See ad page 3. oldsavannahtours.com. SAVANNAH MOVIE TOURS (912) 234-3440. Throughout Historic Downtown Savannah. See over 70 movie filming locations up close and view movie clips on LCD screens while passing these same locations. On the Foody Tour, you will eat at Paula Deen’s and 6 other locations. The Scary Ghost Tour is the scariest in Savannah and will have you calling for your momma. See ad page 25. savannahmovietours.com. SEGWAY OF SAVANNAH (912) 233-3554. 102 E. Liberty St., Ste. 106, E-5 on map. Conveniently located at Drayton and Liberty St., explore Historic Savannah on Segway’s Personal Transporter, an electric self-balancing device that allows you to see the city on your own. savannah.com
SPECIAL EVENTS 16TH ANNUAL HILTON HEAD ISLAND GULLAH CELEBRATION. HOTLINE – (843) 255-7303.Throughout Hilton Head Island, S.C. A month-long celebration of Gullah culture in February, hosted by NIBCAA, filled with concerts, Gullah film series, sampling of Gullah cuisine, an arts and crafts expo, the 4th Annual Marsh Tacky Horse Run on March 18 and much more. See ad page 30. gullahcelebration.com.
WALKING TOURS ARCHITECTURAL TOURS OF SAVANNAH (912) 604-6354. Tours are throughout Historic Downtown Savannah. Architecture is your first encounter when you enter Historic Savannah. See how Savannah’s cultural and economic history shaped architecture from colonial to contemporary designs, including every era in between. Tours are offered daily and most depart from Washington Square. Customized tours are also available. Call for times and reservations. See ad page 37. architecturalsavannah.com. January/February 2012 SAVANNAH SCENE
out for the dolphin tour, you’re guaranteed to have a fun-filled and enjoyable day on the water! Open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. See ad page 35. bullrivermarina.com. SAVVY SAVANNAH TOURS (912) 663-4400. Having been in the Savannah tourism industry for over 16 combined years, the owners of the new Savvy Savannah Tours thought it was time for a change. Part of that change is more interactive technology making their tours more personable. Tour participants watch scenes from Savannah or see photos from generations past, right in their hands on an IPad. Savvy Savannah has many different tours to choose from, all very affordable for tourists and residents alike. All of their tours will require the joy of walking. Call for details about the various tours. See ad page 23. savvysavannahtours.com.
WATER TOURS BULL RIVER MARINA (912) 897-7300. 8005 Old Tybee Rd. (Hwy. 80 East), N-16 on map. Nestled in the beautiful salt marshes on Bull River, just minutes from Historic Savannah, Bull River Marina offers boat rentals, dolphin cruises, boat shuttles, sightseeing tours, inshore charters, kayak trips and more! Whether you are on a fishing trip or headed 26 SAVANNAH SCENE January/February 2012
CAPTAIN MIKE’S DOLPHIN ADVENTURE (912) 786-5848 or TOLL FREE (800) 242-0166. Lazaretto Creek, N-16 on map. Family owned and operated since 1992, Lazaretto Creek and Captain Mike’s Dolphin Adventures have been offering the best in dolphin tours, sunset cruises and inshore & deep-sea fishing from the serenity of Tybee Island, Georgia. Voted Tybee's Best Adventure Tour every year since 2003! Tours daily. Call for schedule and reservations. See ad page 25. tybeedolphins.com. DOLPHIN MAGIC (912) 897-4990 or TOLL FREE (800) 721-1240. 313 E. River St., next to the River Street Market Place. B-6 on map. Touring Savannah's Historic Waterways! We invite you to come aboard, sit back, relax and enjoy a full featured narrated tour of Savannah’s river front, the Waving Girl, Fort Jackson and Fort Pulaski (trip route/duration varies according to dolphin location). Each cruise is 1-1/2 to 2 hours long. Bring sunscreen and your camera. We have restrooms on board. See ad page 32. dolphin-magic.com. savannah.com
SAVANNAH RIVER QUEEN/GEORGIA QUEEN (912) 232-6404. 9 E. River St., A-5 on map. Narrated nature cruises. No visit to Savannah is complete without a riverboat cruise. Cruise on the newly remodeled Georgia Queen or the newest addition to our fleet, the new Savannah River Queen. Enjoy a ride on our sternwheel river boat replicas. Choose from a wide variety of cruise options. Sightseeing, dinner entertainment, Sunday brunch and moonlight cruises. Charters available. Visit our website for cruise information or to purchase tickets online. See ad page 5. savannahriverboat.com.
WILDLIFE CENTER OATLAND ISLAND WILDLIFE CENTER (912) 395-1212. 711 Sandtown Rd., P-11 on map. Located 5 miles from Historic Downtown Savannah off President St. on Islands Expressway. Oatland Island Wildlife Center is one of the premier wildlife attractions in the Southeast and is home to over 150 animals from 50 different species. Come and explore acres of natural beauty and get face to face with fascinating native wildlife. Open daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See ad page 26. oatlandisland.org. savannah.com
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Visit Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse. Tybee Island Light Station and Museum offers self-guided tours, however, there are volunteers on hand to answer questions. Good luck, as there are 178 steps to the top of the Light Station. Tybee Light Station and Museum, 912-786-5801.
Take a guided tour. Be it ghosts, historic homes, architecture, movies, food or all of the above that appeal to you, there are a variety of tours available to enlighten and entertain. Architectural Tours of Savannah, 912-604-6354; Old Savannah Tours, 912-234-8128; Savannah Movie Tours, 912-234-3440; Savvy Savannah Tours, 912-663-4400; Segway of Savannah, 912-233-3554.
Take a leisurely horse-drawn carriage tour and clip, clop around the City enjoying the beauty that Savannah is famous for. Carriage Tours of Savannah, 912-236-6756; Historic Savannah Carriage Tours, 912-443-9333.
There are several museums devoted to different modes of transportation. Whether your interests lie in land, sea or air you won’t want to miss these: Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, 41 M.L.K. Blvd., 912-232-1511; Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, 175 Bourne Ave., 912-748-8888; Roundhouse Railroad Museum, 601 W. Harris St., 912-651-6823.
Take a guided “Backstage Pass” tour with the puppet queen, Angela Beasley. Angela shares hilarious stories of working and touring the world with the puppets. So, be sure to bring
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your camera and your sense of humor. Call to book some fun today. 912-355-3366. Enjoy a day on the water! Take a narrated nature cruise, dolphin watch tour, kayak trip, sunset cruise or fish inshore or offshore. You are sure to find a water-related activity to suit all ages and interests. Bull River Marina, 8005 Old Tybee Rd., 912-897-7300; Captain Mike’s Dolphin Adventure, Lazaretto Creek, 912-786-5848; Dolphin Magic, 313 E. River St., 912-897-4990; Savannah Riverboat Cruises, 9 E. River St., 912-232-6404.
Fondue is fun for the kids! Have fun dipping into something different at The Melting Pot while enjoying a relaxed dinner with the family. Sunday is Family Night! Order a Big Night Out and receive up to two complimentary children’s entrees. 232 E. Broughton St., 912-349-5676.
Come and explore acres of natural beauty and get face to face with fascinating native wildlife at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, located 5 miles from Historic Downtown Savannah off President Street on Islands Expressway, 711 Sandtown Rd., 912-395-1212.
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systems, storage, plants, landscape displays/ materials, kitchenware, and more. Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Dr. (210) 408-0998 or savannahhomeandgardenshow.com. JANUARY 20: Cary Grant, he never gets old! Known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor and dashing good looks, Cary Grant is considered one of classic Hollywood's definitive leading men. In honor of what would have been his 107th birthday, we have decided to present three of our favorite Cary Grant films! Presented by the Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. Tickets are $8 per film ($5 for seniors) or $15 for a pass to all three films. Tickets are available by calling (912) 525-5050 or savannahboxoffice.com. JANUARY 20: Adventure Cultural Films, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: Adults $15-$20, Students and Children $5. Trustee's Theater, Savannah College of Art & Design, 216 East Broughton St., (912) 525–5050 or scad.edu. savannah.com
JANUARY 21-22: Night at the Museum. Enjoy the modern day children's classic movie, “Night at the Museum” in our own Savannah History Museum Theater. Then join us to see the magic that happens with our exhibits at night! Breakfast, crafts, and fun will be provided! Bring your family and sleeping gear, we'll provide the excitement! Ages 4 & Up. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Event begins at 7 p.m. and ends Sunday morning, Jan. 22 at 8:30 a.m. Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 18 by 5 p.m. Call for pricing information, Savannah History Museum, 303 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, (912) 651-6823 or firstname.lastname@example.org. JANUARY 21: “Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer” at 2 p.m. at the Lucas. A 1947 American screwball comedy film starring Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Shirley Temple in which a high school girl falls for a playboy artist with screwball results. “Arsenic and Old Lace” at 5 p.m. The Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St. Tickets are $8 per film ($5 for seniors) or $15 for a pass to all three films. Tickets are available by calling (912) 525-5050 or savannahboxoffice.com. JANUARY 21: Family/Cultural Films, Global/Environmental Films at the Trustee's Theater. Afternoon times TBA. Evening time, January/February 2012 SAVANNAH SCENE
GULLAH CELEBRATION CALENDAR OF EVENTS OPENING RECEPTION & ART EXHIBIT February 1, 5-7 p.m. Walter Greer Gallery, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina 14 Shelter Cove Ln. Admission: $15 NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY Ol’ Fashioned Gullah Breakfast February 4, 8 a.m.-until St. James Baptist Church Annex, 209 Dillon Rd. Admission: $10 (Meal) Film: Remnants of Mitchelville February 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: Donations Gospel Concert February 4, 7 p.m. First African Baptist Church, 70 Beach City Rd. Admission: Donations
GOSPEL CONCERT 2 February 17, Doors open at 6:30 p.m., Concert at 7:30 p.m. Central Oak Grove Baptist Church, 161 Mathews Dr. Admission: Donations ARTS, CRAFTS & FOOD EXPO: A TOTAL GULLAH EXPERIENCE February 18-19, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Dr. Admission: Adults: $5, 5-12: $3, Under 5: Free
19TH ANNUAL I.W. WILBORN GOLF CLASSIC February 18, 9 a.m. Registration, 10 a.m. Shotgun Start. Must register by Feb. 13. FRIENDS & Golden Bear Golf Club, FAMILY NIGHT 72 Golden Bear Way February 8, 7 p.m. Call 843-290-5943 for First African Baptist Church, more info. 70 Beach City Rd. Admission: Donations FISH CREEK 5K FITNESS WALK/RUN 1 & 2 GULLAH YOUTH February 25, PLAYHOUSE Walk/Run 1, 8 a.m. February 10, Doors open Walk/Run 2, 9 a.m. at 7:30 p.m., Showtime Health Screening, 7-11 a.m. at 8 p.m. St. James Baptist Church Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Annex, 209 Dillon Rd. Head, 151 Gumtree Rd. Registration: $20, T-shirt Admission: 12 & up, $5; included 11 & under, bring a can good. GULLAH MEN “WHA COOK” A TASTE OF GULLAH – February 25, FOOD & 11 a.m.-until ENTERTAINMENT! St. James Baptist Church February 11, 12 - 4 p.m. Annex, 209 Dillon Rd. Shelter Cove Community Admission: Donations Park, 39 Shelter Cove Ln. Admission: $10 per Meal MARSH TACKY RUN & EXHIBITION THE GULLAH March 18, 1 p.m. CELEBRATION IN Coligny Beach SEA PINES February 12, 5 - 7 p.m. Gullah Celebration Hotline Sea Pines Resort (843) 255-7303 or Conference Center gullahcelebration.com Admission: $10 for more information. 30 SAVANNAH SCENE January/February 2012
6:30 p.m. Tickets: Adults $15-$20, Students and Children $5. Trustee's Theater, Savannah College of Art & Design, 216 East Broughton St., (912) 525–5050 or scad.edu. JANUARY 21: Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation Annual Fundraising Gala at 7 p.m. Southwest Chatham Library, 14097 Abercorn St. The theme is romance and guests are encouraged to wear red or to come dressed as their favorite character in a romance novel. Tickets are $100 and a portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. The evening includes cocktails, buffet dinner and a silent auction. Small group dining rooms and designated tables may be reserved for an additional fee. For more information, contact Ed Field at (912) 652-3667 or email@example.com. JANUARY 21: Bonaventure Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Savannah Commons, 1 Peachtree Dr. Author Maggie Toussaint will speak on “Publishing Family Histories.” All prospective members are welcome. Contact Elaine Lester at (912) 925-9544. savannah.com
JANUARY 21: Educators Open House. Join us and discuss our educational program for K-5th graders, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (for educators only) Free! The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm, Canebrake Rd. Call (912) 921-5460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for these events. JANUARY 28: Folk Dance at Notre Dame Academy. Glow in the Dark String Band at 8-11 p.m., 1709 Bull St. For more information, call (912) 355-7172, (912) 898-1876 or savannahfolk.org. JANUARY 28: Open Fire Cooking Workshop at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Our favorite campfire chef is back again to teach the skills of open fire cooking and using and caring for cast iron cookware. Open to anyone 12 years and older. Participants will enjoy a full five course meal that they have helped create throughout the day. Registration is required. Limited to 25 participants. Oatland Island Wildlife Center, 711 Sandtown Rd. Adults: $45 Children: $30. (912) 395-1509 or oatlandisland.org.
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highlighting the life and legacy of Savannah’s own Girl Scouts of the USA founder. 501 Whitaker St. (912) 651-2125 or georgiahistory.com. Heritage Festival presents “Dancing Through the Decades - The ‘50s to the ‘90s.” Each year the festival presents programs and activities in the performing and visual arts for every age and every interest in school settings and in the public domain. Fun and family are emphasized throughout the Celebration. All events and activities promote cultural educations and are open and free of admission to the general public. Various locations throughout Savannah. For more information, call (912) 358-4309 or savannahblackheritagefestival.com. FEBRUARY 1-29: 16th Annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration. A month-long celebration of Gullah culture, hosted by NIBCAA, filled with concerts, Gullah film series, sampling of Gullah cuisine, an arts and crafts expo, the 4th Annual Marsh Tacky Horse Run on March 18 and much more. Various locations on Hilton Head Island. Gullah Celebration Hotline, (843) 255-7303 or gullahcelebration.com. FEBRUARY 1-29: Dinner Theatre by Hard Hearted Hannah’s Playhouse at Paula Deen’s Lady & Sons, 6:30 p.m. Follow Zeke, the unknowing, unwitting, and world’s worst tour guide as he takes 4 suspicious passengers around the city and try to figure out which one has the bomb in “There’s a Bomb on Trolley 409!” $23.08 for buffet (includes gratuity and tax) and $18 for show. (912) 659-4383 or hardheartedhannahsplayhouse.com. FEBRUARY 2: Georgia History Festival Kickoff Program at 6 p.m. Congregation Mickve Israel, sponsored by BG Group with additional support from the Georgia Humanities Council. Join us for a free family event as author Ginger Wadsworth presents her new youth biography, First Girl Scout: The Life of Juliette Gordon Low, 32 SAVANNAH SCENE January/February 2012
FEBRUARY 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25: “Potable Gold: Savannah’s Madeira Tradition” at 5:30 p.m. Experience the historic atmosphere of the Davenport House while learning about and tasting a unique and flavorful wine. Patrons are oriented to the long and rich tradition of Madeira (wine) as it relates to the history of Savannah and then they will participate in a Madeira party. Admission: $20 (must be 21 years of age). Reservations recommended. Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State St. (912) 236-8097 or davenporthousemuseum.org. FEBRUARY 3 & 4: Critz Tybee Run Festival, Fri. & Sat. Encompasses five events including a 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, 2.8 mile beach run and 1 mile run. If you participate in all five events, the distances add up to 26.2 miles - a full marathon! critztybeerun.com. FEBRUARY 3: First Friday for Folk Music. Rupert Wates and South Carolina Broadcasters at 7:30 p.m. 520 E. Washington Ave. For more information call (912) 355- 7172, (912) 898-1876 or savannahfolk.org. FEBRUARY 4 & 5: Colonial Faire and Muster, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wormsloe State Historic Site. Sponsored by Gulfstream with additional support from the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Georgia. Experience the everyday life of colonial times through historical re-enactments, cannon firings, demonstrations of cooking and craft techniques, music and dance. Free and open to the public. 7601 Skidaway Rd. (912) 353-3023. FEBRUARY 4: Free Day at UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium, Noon-4 p.m. The UGA Aquarium is participating in this once a savannah.com
year event in the Savannah area when museums open their doors to citizens and tourists alike — for free. Come by and visit the marine organisms. UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium. 30 Ocean Science Circle. (912) 598-2496 or marex.uga.edu/aquarium. FEBRUARY 5: Super Museum Sunday. Enjoy free entry to all our Coastal Heritage Society Sites – Savannah History Museum, Georgia State Railroad Museum and Old Fort Jackson – for this one special day. Experience our regular programming plus extra ongoing programming. Free! All day, with regular museum hours. Savannah History Museum, 303 M.L.K., Jr. Blvd; GA State Railroad Museum, 601 W. Harris St.; Old Fort Jackson, 1 Fort Jackson Rd. (912) 651-6823, (912) 232-3945 or chsgeorgia.org. FEBRUARY 10: Georgia History Festival Georgia Day Parade, 10:30 a.m. Thousands of costumed local elementary school children march behind their hand-made banners in commemoration of Georgia’s founding in 1733. Beginning at Forsyth Park and continuing around all five squares of Bull Street. Free and open to the public. Downtown Savannah. (912) 651-2125 ext.140 or georgiahistory.com/events/650. FEBRUARY 11: Savannah’s Black Heritage Festival presents “Grand Festival Day” from morning into the evening. Enjoy activities for youth and performances by nationally famous recording artists. A variety of food and retail vendors will be on hand. Savannah Civic Center Martin Luther King, Jr. Arena, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. For more information, call (912) 358-4309 or savannahblackheritagefestival.com FEBRUARY 11: The Coastal Georgia Botanical savannah.com
Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm. Bonsai 101, beginning bonsai class. Learn the basics and make your own, 1-3 p.m., $35.00, 2 Canebrake Rd. People may call (912) 921-5460 or email email@example.com to register for these events. FEBRUARY 11: Trustees Gala. A black-tie affair attended by Georgia’s most influential leaders, this elegant evening culminates with the induction of the 2012 Georgia Trustees: Atlanta real-estate and sports franchise mogul, Tom Cousins and former U.N. Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young. This year’s theme is “Savannah Sol,” an elegant evening of Latin-inspired dinner and dance, including a lively conversation with the inductees. Savannah Raffle sponsored by Wells Fargo Insurance Services, Inc. Reservations required. Hyatt Regency, 2 W. Bay St. (912) 651-2125 or georgiahistory.com. FEBRUARY 11: Folk Dance at Notre Dame Academy. Glow in the Dark String Band at 8-11p.m., 1709 Bull St. For more information, call (912) 355-7172, (912) 898-1876 or savannahfolk.org. FEBRUARY 12-16: Ossabaw Island Writer’s Retreat. Enjoy and learn from workshops, readings and craft sessions held at the pristine Ossabaw Island Heritage Preserve. Just twenty minutes by boat from historic Savannah and its renown restaurants, art galleries, squares and riverfront beauty. Join us at the second annual Ossabaw Island Writers’ Retreat. Participants also will receive recognition at the festival and an opportunity to read excerpts of their work to festival audiences. Cost: $1,575. ossabawwritersretreat.org or firstname.lastname@example.org. FEBRUARY 14: Valentine’s Day Weddings in the Davenport House Garden, 5 to 7 p.m., with ceremonies every 10 minutes. Get married in the museum’s beautiful courtyard garden and January/February 2012 SAVANNAH SCENE
THE WAVING GIRL STATUE. This statue commemorates Florence Martus, the lighthouse keeper’s sister who waved to ships in Savannah’s port for more than 44 years. She stands as a symbol of Savannah’s gracious hospitality and charm. Morrell Park.
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TYBEE ISLAND LIGHT STATION. Ordered by General Oglethorpe, Governor of the 13th colony in 1732, the Light Station has been guiding mariners safe entrance into the Savannah River for over 270 years. This Light Station is one of America’s most intact having all of its historic support buildings on its five-acre site. The current Light Station displays its 1916 day mark with 178 steps and a First Order Fresnel lens which is nine feet tall. Tybee Island.
GENERAL JAMES EDWARD OGLETHORPE. This bronze statue of General Oglethorpe faces south protecting Savannah from the Spanish in Florida to this day. Chippewa Square.
SERGEANT WILLIAM JASPER. The monument of Sergeant Jasper who fell during the Siege of Savannah in 1779. Madison Square.
TOMOCHICHI. This boulder marks the grave of Tomochichi, the Yamacraw Indian Chief who welcomed General Oglethorpe and the first colonists. Wright Square.
THE FORSYTH PARK FOUNTAIN. A cast iron fountain erected in 1858, designed to resemble the grand fountain in Paris. An exact replica of the fountain resides in Cuzco, Peru. Forsyth Park.
SAVANNAH’S OLYMPIC FLAME. Savannah was the site of the 1996 Olympic yachting events and the flame burned throughout the duration of the centennial games in Atlanta. Morrell Park.
WASHINGTON’S GUNS. These guns were taken at the battle of Yorktown and presented to 5 the Chatham Artillery by General George Washington when he visited Savannah in 1791. These two bronze cannons were affectionately named “George and Martha.” Bay and Drayton Street.
VIETNAM MEMORIAL. Dedicated in 1991, the design and layout of this memorial is in the shape of Vietnam and is a salute to fallen comrades featuring a rifle, helmet and combat boots. Names of military members from this area who died in the Vietnam War are engraved in marble as a reminder of Savannah’s lost. Emmett Park.
WORLD WAR I MEMORIAL. A rough cut granite stone with a rectangular bronze plaque listing the “Chatham County Honor Roll,” those who died in World War I. Northwest corner of Daffin Park at Victory Drive.
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carbrough House, built in 1819 for the principal owner of the Savannah, the first steamship to S cross the Atlantic Ocean, is the elegant setting for a colorful exhibition of ship models, paintings and maritime antiques, with video presentations and the largest garden in the historic district. Free parking for visitors. Garden available for rental.
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MARITIME MUSEUM at the William Scarbrough House
make it a Valentine’s Day to remember! A local judge will officiate. Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State St., Columbia Square. $100 donation to the museum per couple. (912) 236-8097 or davenporthousemuseum.org. FEBRUARY 15-19: The Savannah Book Festival will take place over the Presidents Day Weekend in historic downtown Savannah. With the theme of “Lose Yourself in Words,” this year’s festival promises to beguile and entice all lovers of literature with an extended program of high-caliber authors and events. Please contact Robin Gold, Executive Director at (912) 598-4040 or e-mail email@example.com. FEBRUARY 17-18: 4th Annual Mardi Gras Tybee with festivities including the Masquerade Ball, Mardi Gras Tybee Parade & the Mardi Gras Tybee Street Party with free live entertainment. (912) 786-5444 or tybeevisit.com. FEBRUARY 17-19: The 20th Annual Irish Festival returns with continuous entertainment, food, crafts and fun! Enjoy a traditional Ceili on Friday savannah.com
Tuesday-Sunday 10-5 Closed on Mondays and major holidays 41 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard Savannah, Georgia 31401 (912) 232-1511 • www.shipsofthesea.org evening along with weekend events including Irish traditional acts, children’s arts and crafts and various topics of Irish history, literature and music. Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave. For more information, savannahirish.org. FEBRUARY 18: Bonaventure Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution plans to host a Georgia Day Luncheon on Saturday. Details have not been finalized. Contact Elaine Lester at (912) 925-9544. FEBRUARY 18: Fifth Annual Savannah Book Festival. Eight extraordinary nonfiction authors will transport audiences to war zones in Vietnam, World War II Europe, Israel, Palestine, Iraq, the American West and contemporary Mexico. A ninth author tells a gripping and transformative story about the family left behind when their soldier is thousands of miles from home and in danger. A limited number of tickets for the February 16th, Walter Isaacson presentation are available and can be obtained in person at the SCAD Box Office or by calling (912) 525-5050 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or scadboxoffice.com. There will be a limit of four tickets to one purchaser. FEBRUARY 24: The Coastal Georgia Botanical January/February 2012 SAVANNAH SCENE
Savannah’s Architectural Styles In a study published by the Savannah Historic Foundation, one of the most admired preservation groups in the country, more than 40 percent of 2,500 buildings inventoried in Savannah had architectural or historical significance. Most restoration has been accomplished by individuals – one building at a time. With the addition of the Savannah College of Art and Design in the late 1970s, historic preservation and restoration flourished. From the simple Colonial style to the intricate Medieval-influenced cathedrals, to the gingerbread accents of the Victorian period; examples of most, if not all, of the nation’s18th and 19th century prevailing architectural styles can be found in Savannah. FEDERAL The Federal style is depicted by prominent square or rectangular exteriors with slender curved iron stair railings and Palladian or Venetian windows. Savannah example: The Davenport House. GEORGIAN The Georgian style is depicted by symmetrical square facades with hipped roofs. Chimneys are built on the ends and quoins often adorn the corners. Savannah example: The Olde Pink House Restaurant.
ITALIANATE The Italianate style was inspired by the farm houses of northern Italy and is depicted by low garbled roofs with wide overhanging eaves supported by decorative brackets, and entrance towers and roundhead windows with hood moldings. Most examples also feature cast-iron fronts and detailed entrances. Savannah example: Mercer House. REGENCY The Regency style is depicted by triangular pediments, semi-circular stairs, articulated window openings, ionic columns and classical alcove entrance ways. Savannah example: Telfair Museum of Art.
GOTHIC REVIVAL The Gothic Revival style is depicted by crafted details on pinnacles, chimneys and large welcoming entry hallways. Often used on churches of the period. Savannah example: Temple Mickve Israel
ROMANESQUE REVIVAL The Romanesque Revival style is depicted by arch and dome construction, Corinthian column capitols and roof balustrades. Savannah example: The Cotton Exchange.
GREEK REVIVAL The Greek Revival style is depicted by gabled portico or temple facade of one or two stories with columns of the Greek Doric or Iconic orders. Construction is post and beam, and roofs are designed with slopes and may be disguised behind heavy cornices and parapets. Savannah example: First Baptist Church
SECOND FRENCH EMPIRE The Second French Empire style emphasizes picturesque vertical accents on building tops like chimneys and corner pinnacles. Also featured are turrets and domes reminiscent of French Renaissance architecture in the seventeenth century. Savannah example: Hamilton-Turner House.
Information courtesy of Savannah Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm. Wild game supper and fried quail with all the trimmings at 6:30 p.m. $25.00 per plate. 2 Canebrake Rd. (912) 921-5460. People may call (912) 921-5460 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register for these events. FEBRUARY 24: Spring Toddler Art. Enjoy an 8 week long adventure for your young artist! Ages 3 and under. Space is limited, so sign up today! $100 for 8 sessions at 10 a.m. Georgia State Railroad Museum, 301 W. Harris St. (912) 651-6823 or email@example.com. FEBRUARY 25: 6th Annual Seacrest Partners Race for Preservation. Join us for a 10k or 5k run along a course that winds through several historic districts in Savannah and enjoy the scenery of historic homes, moss-covered oaks, and blooming azaleas! Forsyth Park, near band shell at 8 a.m. Early bird registration special, $30 (until Jan. 1), $35 (after Jan. 1). Registration includes a high-quality moisture wicking t-shirt. Online registration: myhsf.org/specialevents/seacrest-race/. Call (912) 233-7787 for more information. savannah.com
FEBRUARY 26: A Night at the Telfair Ball and Silent Auction, 6 p.m. A Night at the Telfair will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m. and a silent auction in the Jepson Center. The live auction will commence at 7:15 p.m. in the Jepson Center, followed by a delicious dinner prepared by Savannah’s Trish McLeod and served in the beautiful Telfair Academy, 121 W. Barnard St. Call for admission prices. (912) 790-8864 or (912) 790-8864. FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 04: PULSE 2012, Telfair Museums’ Art and Technology Festival with a line up of exciting exhibitions, performances, lectures, workshops, and events celebrating technology and creative innovation.The festival is presented free of charge thanks to funding from the City of Savannah and other sponsors. (912) 790-8800 or telfair.org. PLEASE NOTE: WE MAKE EVERY EFFORT POSSIBLE TO SEE THAT THE INFORMATION IN OUR CALENDAR OF EVENTS IS ACCURATE. HOWEVER, EVENTS SOMETIMES CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. CALL THE LISTED PHONE NUMBERS FOR CONFIRMATION. TO INCLUDE YOUR EVENT IN THE CALENDAR, CALL (912) 238-1453, FAX (912) 234-7010 OR E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org. January/February 2012 SAVANNAH SCENE
SAVANNAH General Oglethorpe, the founder of Savannah
Savannah emerged as Georgia’s first city in 1733, so named by a British royal decree.
The Pulaski Monument in Savannah, GA
Often referred to as “Georgia’s First City,” Savannah is rich in architectural splendor, natural beauty and old-fashioned Southern charm. Ever since British General James Oglethorpe first landed on the historic bluff above the Savannah River in 1733, this coastal haven has established itself as one of the nation’s most unique cities. A number of Native American tribes – including the Creek, the Euchee and the Yamacraw – called the coastal Georgia area home for thousands of years, living off the rich bounty of the sea by fishing and oystering along the coast. Savannah emerged as Georgia’s first city in 1733, so named by a British royal decree. Originally conceived as a buffer against Spanish-controlled Florida, Georgia served as a bustling colonial British outpost in its earliest days. With the help of the Native American leader Tomochichi, the leader of about 50 exiled former members of the Creek Confederacy who called themselves the Yamacraw tribe, General Oglethorpe founded America’s thirteenth colony and created a modern city in the heart of the Georgia wilderness. Encouraged by General Oglethorpe’s demonstrated willingness to treat Native Americans with fairness and respect – unlike English traders in South Carolina to the north – Tomochichi quickly forged an alliance with Oglethorpe. The English colonists built the city on the site of Yamacraw
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Bluff, overlooking the Savannah River. In May 1733, Tomochichi facilitated treaties of friendship and equitable commerce between Oglethorpe and the Lower Creek tribe, giving British settlers powerful Native American allies against the Spanish, French and hostile tribes. Tomochichi continued to be a key advisor to General Oglethorpe in his dealings with the native populations of the region. In 1734, Tomochichi and his family accompanied General Oglethorpe to England, where he met the Trustees of the Colony of Georgia and King George II. General Oglethorpe’s imprint upon the city is still felt throughout the National Landmark Historic District. This British leader devised Savannah’s distinctive city plan – an ingenious system of squares, which are really miniature public parks – that served as an organizing system for the downtown area. In this gridlike model of urban planning, houses, churches and businesses surround each square, creating a network of interconnected neighborhoods. The squares also served a military function as well, serving as centralized places where citizens of the new colony could gather to defend the city. Twenty-two of the city’s original squares remain, each of which has its own charm, style and personality. Shortly after settling on Yamacraw Bluff, General Oglethorpe established an experimental project called Trustees’ Garden, setting the city’s earliest economy into motion. savannah.com
The city’s port has always been a significant part of the local economy “The huge black ships swallowed bale after bale.”
Modeled after the Chelsea Botanical Garden in London, the 10-acre experiment was bounded by the Savannah River to the north and Broughton Street to the south. Botanists were sent from England to grow mulberry trees for silk, grapes for wine and a variety of other crops. Most of the plants could not adjust to the harsh Georgia climate, and the experiment was deemed a failure. However, from this garden came the original peach trees and cotton plants which eventually became major crops for the state of Georgia. During the American Revolution, the British took control of the colony from 1778 to 1782. A land and sea force of French and American troops tried to retake the city in 1779, first by siege and then by direct assault, but the coalition’s efforts ultimately failed. The colony experienced an economic boom when farmers discovered that the rich soil and warm climate were ideal for the cultivation of cotton and rice. Large plantations appeared along the Savannah River, many of which used slaves imported from west Africa to harvest crops and build the infrastructure that made Savannah a prosperous city. The trans-Atlantic slave trade would
bring millions of Africans to the United States, many of whom were sold near the site where City Market now stands. Slaves passing through the local port created the area’s Gullah culture, a group of people who descended directly from West African slaves and have preserved many of their linguistic, culinary and cultural traditions. The Gullah culture continues to thrive in sea island communities in Georgia and South Carolina.
“Looking down from the bluff” – Savannah.
Cotton truly was king in Savannah in the early nineteenth century, contributing to the city’s opulence and wealth. Magnificent homes and lavish plantations were constructed throughout the region as Georgia’s most genteel city enjoyed the finest luxuries from around the world. River Street bustled with ships loading up cotton for export to England and beyond. Centuries ago, ships packed with ballast unloaded their stones, paving River Street with its distinctive cobblestones and allowing ships to load up with natural resources harvested from coastal Georgia. The city’s port has always been a significant part of the local economy, transporting New World goods bound for Europe.
An old Stairway on the Levée at Savannah.
King, Edward. Illustrations by J. Wells Champney. The Great South; A Record of Journeys in Louisiana, Texas, the Indian Territory, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. Hartford, Conn.: American Publishing Co., 1875. North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. <http://docsouth.unc.edu/nc/king/king.html>. savannah.com
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RIVER STREET STREETCAR
SAVANNAH SAVANNAH’S FARE-FREE DOWNTOWN TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM The dot gets you where you want to go, when you need to get there, in and around Savannah’s beautiful Historic District. Swing through downtown aboard the Express Shuttle. Ride the rails on the Historic River Street Streetcar. Hop on the Ferry to Hutchinson Island and the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. It’s how to leave your car parked while keeping your “get-around” options open. So whenever you visit downtown, connect on the dot – it’s fun, fast and free!
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New 30-passenger shuttle vehicles 20 minutes or less wait between shuttles Serving 11 stops around the Historic District Connecting to municipal parking facilities, Visitor Centers, Streetcar and Ferry • Operating 7 days a week, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. • Fully ADA-Accessible
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• Thurs.-Sun. - 12 noon-9 p.m. • Authentic 1930s Melbourne, 54-passenger streetcar updated with environmentally-friendly green technology • Six stops along Historic River Street between Montgomery Street and the Waving Girl Landing • Fully ADA-Accessible
SAVANNAH BELLES FERRY
• Modern passenger-only ferries, reminiscent of vessels seen in the harbor a century ago • Named for Savannah’s “Belles” — strong women who shaped the city’s history • Connecting downtown with Hutchinson Island and the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center • Operating 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. • From Trade & Convention Center Landing (on Hutchinson Island adjacent to the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort) to • City Hall Landing below City Hall adjacent to Hyatt Regency Hotel • Waving Girl Landing in Morrell Park adjacent to the Marriott Riverfront Hotel The dot is a service of Savannah Mobility Management System – an interlinked system designed to enhance the Savannah Experience while reducing traffic and parking congestion. 912.447.4026 connectonthedot.com No service available on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.
SAVANNAH METERED PARKING – There are 3,000 parking meters in the Historic District with time limits ranging from 30 minutes to 10 hours. The cost per hour varies with locations and ranges from $.30 to $1.00 per hour. Free parking at meters on Saturday and Sunday.
VISITOR DAYPASS – Visitors may purchase a two-day parking pass for $12, or a single day parking pass for $7 from the Savannah Visitor’s Center or the Mobility & Parking Services Department. This pass authorizes free parking on meters of one hour or more, free parking in the City’s lots and parking garages upon availability, and allows exceeding the time limit in time-limit zones. Visitor Day Passes must be filled out with appropriate information to be valid and will not be honored during special events.
DISABILITY PARKING – The City provides disability parking spaces for the exclusive use of vehicles displaying the appropriate permit. The spaces are located in all areas of the City and include free spaces as well as metered spaces. These spaces are located on-street throughout the City, in City owned garages, and in City operated lots such as the River Street parking lots. The disability permit spaces in the Historic District all require payment for parking.
(912) 651-6478 – York and Montgomery Streets. Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day/7 days a week Daily Rates: $1 per hour or portion thereof, maximum $10 per day. Evening Rates: Monday-Friday, 6PM to 7AM, flat rate of $2. Before 6PM and after 7AM, the daily rate applies. Weekend Rates: 7AM Saturday until 7AM Sunday, a flat rate of $3 per day. 7AM Sunday until 7AM Monday, a flat rate of $3 per day, after 7AM, the daily rate applies.
LIBERTY STREET GARAGE (912) 644-5934 – Liberty and Montgomery Streets. Hours of Operation: Sunday-Friday, 5AM until 1AM. Saturday, 5AM until 3AM. Daily Rates: $1 per hour or portion thereof, maximum $10. Evening Rates: Monday-Friday, 6PM until closing, flat rate of $2. Before 6PM and after 7AM, the daily rate applies. Weekend: 5AM Saturday until 3AM Sunday, a flat rate of $1 per day. 5AM Sunday until 1AM Monday, a flat rate of $1 per day, after 1AM, the daily rate applies.
WHITAKER STREET GARAGE
PARKING GARAGES BRYAN STREET GARAGE (912) 651-6477 – Bryan and Abercorn Streets. Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day/7 days a week Daily Rates: $1 per hour or portion thereof, maximum $10. Evening Rates: Monday-Friday 6PM to 7AM, flat rate of $2. Before 6PM and after 7AM, the daily rate applies. Weekend Rates: 7AM Saturday until 7AM Sunday, a flat rate of $3 per day. 7AM Sunday until 7AM Monday, a flat rate of $3 per day, after 7AM the daily rate applies.
(912) 525-2820 – Whitaker Street just past Bay Lane. Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day/7 days a week Daily Rates: $2 per hour, maximum daily rate $16 per day. Monthly Rates: Monday-Friday, 5AM until 8PM, $80. Unlimited access during hours of operation, $95. Reserved space, unlimited access 24/7, $280.
STATE STREET GARAGE (912) 651-6473 – State and Abercorn Streets. Hours of Operation: Sunday-Friday, 5AM until 1AM. Saturday, 5AM to 5AM. Daily Rates: $1 per hour or portion thereof, maximum $10. Evening Rates: Monday-Friday, 6PM until closing, flat rate of $2. Before 6PM and after 7AM, the daily rate applies. Weekend Rates: 5AM Saturday until 5AM Sunday, a flat rate of $3 per day. 5AM Sunday until 1AM Monday, a flat rate of $3 per day, after 1AM the daily rate applies.
SPECIAL EVENT RATES FOR ALL GARAGES $5 to $20 depending on event 912-651-6470 savannahga.gov This information courtesy of City of Savannah Mobility and Parking Services
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teal Magnolias Eclectics stands apart as Savannah's ultimate place for unique art, antiques, jewelry and collectibles... all under one roof!
Conveniently located three blocks east of Forsyth Park on the southeast corner of Habersham and Gwinnett Streets, this 7,000-square foot indoor shopping emporium offers more than 40 privately-owned booths offering the finest in antiques, collectibles, art and much more. Owned by Tania Mopper and Dana Saxton, this shopping destination is a yearround favorite. “We’re not just an antiques shop — we’re a blend of the old and the new,” said co-owner Tania Mopper. “We have something for everyone. We always keep our inventory fresh and new.” The dealers at Steal Magnolias Eclectics offer a blend of items that add beauty, charm and a touch of elegance to any home décor. Whether you are looking for vintage clothing, antique silver or 19th-century European antiques, you’ll find it all at this convenient antiques and collectibles mall. Highlights include handmade jewelry by Cathy Sizer, mirrors and picture frames adorned with oyster shells by Maddie Vance, original Savannah watercolors by Tom Simmons, antiques from Avalon Appraisals, decorating ideas from Sam Ward and hand-made pillows by Dara Nees. The newest vendor at Steal Magnolias Eclectics is Kathleen Greer, who offers a wide selection of high-end clothing, 42 SAVANNAH SCENE January/February 2012
shoes and handbags for discriminating shoppers. Don’t miss a collection of rare swords and carved knives and daggers as well as collectible lunchboxes. Visitors will also discover a selection of used books (including collector’s editions), vintage appliances, antiques, clothing and much more. “What makes us unique is our eclectic nature and our everchanging selection,” said Tania. “Plus, Steal Magnolias Eclectics is bright and airy and a great place to shop.” The inventory at Steal Magnolias has been hand-selected, offering a fine selection of unique items. Plus, the helpful and knowledgeable staff can help answer questions and provide additional information about any of the merchandise on display. Vintage, antique and hard-to-find items are a specialty at Steal Magnolias. Discover a touch of class at this one-of-a-kind shopping destination. Residents and visitors alike enjoy shopping at Steal Magnolias Eclectics, all year round. You’re sure to find something for everyone on your shopping list! Steal Magnolias is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Item pick-up and delivery available upon request. Stop by today to find a treasure to take back home with you!
STEAL MAGNOLIAS ECLECTICS 800 Habersham Street Savannah, Georgia (912) 236-5583 stealmagnolias.com savannah.com
ANTIQUES COBBLESTONE LANE ANTIQUES MALL (912) 447-0504. 230 W. Bay St. (on the west end of Factor’s Walk at Jefferson St.), B-6 on map. Convenient to the trolley stops, this antique/gift shop is something you don’t want to miss! With over 10,000 sq. ft. of exquisite home decor, antiques, glassware, jewelry, rare coins and giftware, this eclectic shop is the biggest in Historic Savannah. Open Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. See ad page 47. STEAL MAGNOLIAS ECLECTICS (912) 236-5583. 800 Habersham St., J-7 on map. An eclectic collection of antiques and other collectibles. An indoor shopping emporium offering the finest selection of items that will enhance the beauty of any home decor. Art, china, glassware, jewelry and so much more. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.5 p.m. See ad page 43. stealmagnolias.com.
ART GALLERIES HREEVES ART (912) 312-1403. Located in savannah.com
Gallery 11 of City Market (2nd floor, next to Belford’s Restaurant), B-3 on map. Harold Reeves’ photography shares the beauty of the Georgia coast that includes landscapes, coastal scenes and the wildlife of Savannah and the Lowcountry. From the serene views of Savannah’s waterways to the vibrant colors of the birds that live along the coast, Harold’s work is a must-see for everyone. His photographs are also available in The Village Craftsmen, located at 223 W. River St. See ad page 46. thevillagecraftsmen.com. VILLAGE CRAFTSMEN (912) 236-7280. 223 W. River St., A-4 on map. Savannah’s premier cooperative art and artisan gallery featuring handmade art by local artists and craftsmen.See ad page 49. thevillagecraftsmen.com.
BOOKS E. SHAVER, BOOKSELLER (912) 234-7257. 326 Bull St. (behind the DeSoto Hilton), F-5 on map. In Savannah, one of America’s great bookstores! Located in the heart of the Historic District, E. Shaver’s 12 rooms are filled with books. Specializing in local books, history, architecture, decorating, and a revolving collection of prints. Free gift wrapping. See ad page 46. January/February 2012 SAVANNAH SCENE
JANUARY 1 we are MOVING to 210 W. Broughton Street. Come in and be the first to enjoy our NEW LARGER STORE and get the best prices on your favorite comfort shoes.
ALL FULL PRICED SHOES One coupon per person/per day. Expires February 29, 2012
Open 7 Days • 210 W. Broughton Street (912) 236-9794 • www.birkenstockbarefootin.com
“THE BOOK” GIFT SHOP (912) 233-3867. 127 E. Gordon St., I-6 on map. “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” has its own shop, featuring books, a large selection of exclusive collectibles and much more. The only shop of its kind. See ad page 43. midnightinsavannah.com.
CLOTHING/ACCESSORIES GO FISH CLOTHING & JEWELRY (912) 231-0609. 106 W. Broughton St., C-3 on map. Unique and eclectic items from around the world. From six feet tall giraffes to handbatiked dresses, fashionable footwear to clay roosters, hand-painted and carved wood herons to mosaic mirrors, there is always something special, distinctive and delightful in store. We look forward to welcoming you and sharing our mission to help others. Open Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.7 p.m.; Sun., 11a.m.-4 p.m. See ad page 45. savannah.gofishretail.com. RIVER STREET’S ELEGANT CREATIONS (912) 232-5918. Located in the River Street Market Place near the famous “Waving Girl 44 SAVANNAH SCENE January/February 2012
Statue,” A-8 on map. Elegant Creations offers purses and handbags, switchflops by Lindsay Phillips, exquisite jewelry at 50% off suggested retail and an attractive line of serving trays and cutting boards. Open Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.6 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. See ad page 51. riverstreetelegantcreations.com. SAVANNAH HARLEY-DAVIDSON (912) 231-8000 or (912) 925-0005. 503 E. River St., A-9 on map. Main store, I-95 and Hwy. 204, Y-3 on map. Savannah’s only authorized Harley-Davidson dealer has genuine HarleyDavidson motorclothes and collectibles. Open 7 days a week. See ad page 49. savannahhd.com. SAVANNAH ROSE (912) 232-9449. 126 E. Bay St., (Abercorn Ramp to River St.), B-6 on map. Ladies gifts, accessories, jewelry, hats, handbags, collectibles, unique teapots, pottery and timeless clocks. Offering exclusive items you won’t find anywhere else. Your shop with attitude, where the difference is different. Open Mon.-Sat.,10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun.,10 a.m.2 p.m. See ad page 47. WASHED ASHORE (912) 234-6100. 23 E. River St., A-6 on map. Beachwear, casual shoes and sportswear for guys and gals including Tom Shoes, Sperry Top-Sider, savannah.com
Caribbean Soul, Fresh Produce sportswear and Reef sandals. See ad page 49.
FLEA/OPEN-AIR MARKETS KELLER'S FLEA MARKET (912) 927-4848. 5901 Ogeechee Rd., V-5 on map. The largest flea market in the Coastal Empire, open year-round, featuring a wide range of merchandise. Keller's Flea Market has over 400 retail stall spaces, six delicious food concessions, RV and bus parking, accesses for our handicapped friends, heating and air conditioning, ATM machines, a barber shop and a flea market full of unique merchandise at bargain prices! See ad page 33. ilovefleas.com.
GIFTS & COLLECTIBLES “THE BOOK” GIFT SHOP (912) 233-3867. 127 E. Gordon St., I-6 on map. “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” has its own shop, featuring books, a large selection of exclusive collectibles and much more. The only shop of its kind. See ad page 43. midnightinsavannah.com. savannah.com
SAINTS AND SHAMROCKS (912) 233-8858. 309 Bull St., F-5 on map. “Cead Mile Failte” – “A Hundred Thousand Welcomes.” Feel welcome in our friendly and warm atmosphere. Saints and Shamrock's believes in providing the customer with just the right gift for any occasion or need. Our merchandise represents gifts that you will be proud to give and that make a lasting impression on the person who receives them. See ad page 45. saintsandshamrocks.com. SAVANNAH ROSE (912) 232-9449. 126 E. Bay St., (Abercorn Ramp to River St.), B-6 on map. Ladies gifts, accessories, jewelry, hats, handbags, collectibles, unique teapots, pottery, timeless clocks and exclusive items you won’t find anywhere else. Your shop with attitude, where the difference is different. Open Mon.-Sat.,10 a.m.6 p.m.; Sun.,10 a.m.-2 p.m. See ad page 47. STEAL MAGNOLIAS ECLECTICS (912) 236-5583. 800 Habersham St., J-7 on map. An eclectic collection of antiques and other collectibles. An indoor shopping emporium offering the finest selection of items that will enhance the beauty of any home decor. Art, china, glassware, jewelry and so much more. Open Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. See ad page 43. stealmagnolias.com. January/February 2012 SAVANNAH SCENE
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Savannah Scene GOURMET FOOD & WINE MATTER OF FACTORS (912) 231-2100. 120 E. Bay St. (Abercorn ramp to River St./next to River Street Inn), A-6 on map. Specializing in local wines along with gourmet snacks, local artwork and unique gift items that include Riedel wine glasses and Vinturi aerators. A little something for everyone. Free wine tastings available. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. See ad page 47. matteroffactors.com.
MOTORCYCLE RENTALS SAVANNAH HARLEY-DAVIDSON (912) 231-8000 or (912) 925-0005. 503 E. River St., A-9 on map. Main store, I-95 and Hwy. 204, Y-3 on map. Savannah’s only authorized HarleyDavidson dealer has genuine Harley-Davidson motorclothes and collectibles. Open 7 days a week. See ad page 49. savannahhd.com.
OUTLETS TANGER OUTLETS (843) 837-5410. Shop Tanger Outlets located 1 and 2 miles west of Hilton Head Island on Hwy. 278, Bluffton, S.C. GPS location: Tanger 1, 1270 Fording Island Rd., 46 SAVANNAH SCENE January/February 2012
Bluffton, S.C. 29910; Tanger 2, 1414 Fording Island Rd., Bluffton, S.C. 29910. Tanger 2 offers over 45 brand-name stores and Tanger 1 is open with new stores and great buys. When shoppers hear the name Tanger, they know that it stands for great quality, huge selection and outstanding value. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.6 p.m. See ad page 50. tangeroutlet.com.
SHOES BIRKENSTOCK BAREFOOTIN’ (912) 236-9794. 210 W. Broughton St., C-3 on map. Offering Dansko, Finn Comfort, Fitflop, Keen, MBT, Olukai, Skechers Shape-ups, Think and Vibram Fivefingers with over 300 different styles for children and adults. From classic comfort sandals, shoes, clogs, fashion-trend sandals or waterresistant sandals… All in great styles with the comfort and quality that Birkenstock is known for. See ad page 44. birkenstockbarefootin.com. RIVER STREET’S ELEGANT CREATIONS (912) 232-5918. Located in the River Street Market Place near the famous “Waving Girl Statue,” A-8 on map. Elegant Creations offers switchflops by Lindsay Phillips, switchflop straps, Snapshoes and their attachments and more. Open Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. See ad page 51. riverstreetelegantcreations.com. savannah.com
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Purses and handbags, Switchflops by Lindsay Phillips, exquisite jewelry, serving trays, cutting boards and more at RIVER STREET’S ELEGANT CREATIONS in the River Street Market Place, (912) 232-5918 Exquisite home décor, antiques, glassware, jewelry and giftware at COBBLESTONE LANE ANTIQUES, 230 W. Bay St. (912) 447-0504 Imitated by many, the original classic Boston clog from Birkenstock is still going strong after 30 years. Find your perfect style and fit at BIRKENSTOCK BAREFOOTIN’, 210 W. Broughton St., (912) 236-9794 Something that will add beauty, charm and a touch of elegance to your home décor can be found at STEAL MAGNOLIAS ECLECTICS, 800 Habersham St., 912-236-5583 Find distinctive hand-carved and decorated home wares made by artisans around the world at GO FISH CLOTHING & JEWELRY CO., 106 W. Broughton St., 912-231-0609 A piece of hand-made art by local artists and craftsmen found at VILLAGE CRAFTSMEN, 223 W. River St., 912-236-7280 Take home a bottle of Georgia wine or gourmet snacks found at MATTER OF FACTORS, 120 E. Bay St., 912-231-2100 The “Parrot Patrol” T-shirt from SAVANNAH HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLES, 503 E. River St., 912-231-8000 An exclusive “Midnight” souvenir from “THE BOOK” GIFT SHOP, 127 E. Gordon St., 912-233-3867 A hardback or paperback found in the twelve rooms of books at E. SHAVER, BOOKSELLER, 326 Bull St., 912-234-7257 Nature books, t-shirts, Savannah Bee Company honey, stuffed animals, locally roasted coffee and bath & body products available in the OATLAND ISLAND WILDLIFE CENTER GIFT SHOP, 711 Sandtown Rd., 912-395-1212 The latest styles in beach and casual wear found at WASHED ASHORE, 23 E. River St., 912-234-6100 An heirloom discovered in the antiques and collectibles on display at KELLER’S FLEA MARKET, 5901 Ogeechee Rd., 912-927-4848 Find jewelry, hats, handbags, collectibles, unique teapots, pottery and timeless clocks at SAVANNAH ROSE, A Boutique With Attitude. 126 East Bay St., 912-232-9449 A stunning piece of Celtic jewelry from SAINTS & SHAMROCKS, 309 Bull St., 912-233-8858
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No visit to Savannah is complete without a visit to the city’s historic cemeteries, each of which serves as a final resting place for many of Savannah’s most fascinating residents. Each of these cemeteries is situated amid incredibly scenic surroundings. Even if cemeteries give you goosebumps, you’ll be glad you stopped by to experience some of Savannah’s unique history firsthand. Just don’t stay too long!
BONAVENTURE CEMETERY Immortalized by John Berendt in his bestseller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil , Bonaventure is the final resting place for many of Savannah’s most prominent citizens including songwriter Johnny Mercer (1909-1976), poet Conrad Aiken (1889-1973) and plantation owner Noble Jones (1701-1775), one of Savannah’s original settlers who colonized the city with General James Oglethorpe in 1733. Located along the scenic banks of the Wilmington River, Bonaventure Cemetery also features group burials for the American Legion Field, the Confederate States of America, the Order of Railroad Conductors and the veterans of the Spanish-American War. Originally a 600-acre plantation, Bonaventure was sold for $5,000 in 1846 to Savannah businessman Peter Wiltberger, who turned the land into a public cemetery called Evergreen Cemetery. The City of Savannah purchased Evergreen Cemetery in 1907 and turned it into Bonaventure Cemetery. Savannah photographer Jack Leigh captured the image that graces the cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil — a burial statue, nicknamed “The Bird Girl,” that once stood in the heart of Bonaventure Cemetery. The “Bird Girl” statue is currently on display at the Telfair Museum of Art. HOW TO GET THERE: Bonaventure is located just off Pennsylvania Avenue on Bonaventure Road. HOURS: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
COLONIAL PARK CEMETERY Colonial Park Cemetery is the city’s only nonactive cemetery, meaning that no more burials take place on this historic plot of land, located at the corner of Abercorn Street and Oglethorpe Avenue. Walk through the graceful arch erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution and you will discover a window into Savannah’s rich past. 52 SAVANNAH SCENE January/February 2012
Many of Savannah’s earliest settlers are buried in Colonial Park, whose gravestones date back to the 1700’s. Today, Colonial Park Cemetery serves as a park for many Savannah residents. Many Savannahians stroll through the cemetery in the early morning or walk their dogs within the cemetery’s wrought iron perimeter in the evening. HOW TO GET THERE: The main entrance is located at the corner of Abercorn Street and Oglethorpe Avenue. HOURS: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
LAUREL GROVE CEMETERY Established in 1852, Laurel Grove Cemetery has thousands of graves that reflect Savannah’s rich history, situated amid groves of live oak, magnolia and dogwood trees. This contemplative site, which features ornate ironwork and magnificent statuary on many of the lots, was once called Springfield Plantation. Laurel Grove is divided into two distinct sections, by a highway connector. Laurel Grove North, perhaps the better-known part of the cemetery, is the burial place of hundreds of Confederate soldiers as well as prominent citizens like Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts, and Florence Martus, Savannah's “The Waving Girl.” Laurel Grove South serves as the final resting place for many members of Savannah’s AfricanAmerican community. Many slaves, freedmen and even two African-American Confederate veterans are buried in Laurel Grove South. HOW TO GET THERE: Laurel Grove Cemetery is best accessed from Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Turn right onto Anderson Street and the main gate will be straight ahead. HOURS: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. savannah.com
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QUALITY INN - HEART OF SAVANNAH (912) 236-6321 or TOLL FREE (800) 228-5150. 300 W. Bay St., B-3 on map. Conveniently located adjacent to River Street and 1/2 block from City Market. Welcome to the Quality Inn Hotel, your ideal choice for a hotel in Savannah’s Historic District. Deluxe complimentary breakfast bar. Free high-speed Internet, refrigerator, coffeemaker, hair dryer and irons/boards in every room. See ad page 53. qualityinnhistoricsavannah.com.
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Although several of the city’s original squares have been destroyed (to make room for a parking garage, a highway and the Civic Center), many of Savannah’s scenic jewels still remain, to the delight of the city’s visitors and residents alike. Some squares have monuments and others have fountains, but each of the squares helps to make Savannah a remarkably beautiful and unforgettable city. Enjoy Savannah’s historic squares, scattered throughout the Historic District like so many glistening emeralds. CALHOUN SQUARE This southernmost square on Abercorn Street was added in 1851. The shady trees in Calhoun Square provide a perfect place to take a break from the heat and enjoy the leisurely pace of Savannah. Abercorn & Wayne Streets. CHATHAM SQUARE Gordon Row, 15 identical townhouses admired for the ironwork and unique doorways, is located on this square. Named in honor of William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham, an early Orleans Square
supporter of the colony. Barnard & Wayne Streets. CHIPPEWA SQUARE Named in honor of the American victory in the Battle of Chippewa during the War of 1812, Chippewa Square is the square where Forrest Gump’s bench was placed during the filming of the popular movie by the same name. Bull & McDonough Streets. COLUMBIA SQUARE Named in honor of the United States, this square offers a tranquil spot away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Nestled within the northeast quadrant of the Historic District, this serene square is a favorite stop for Savannahians. Habersham & President Streets. CRAWFORD SQUARE Crawford Square features a basketball court and is located on the eastern edge of the Historic District. Houston & McDonough Streets.
ELLIS SQUARE Designed in 1733 and named in honor of Henry Ellis, the second Royal Governor, Ellis Square has recently been restored by the City of Savannah.
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Here the “Old City Market” was located and merchants sold crops and wares. Barnard & St. Julian Streets. FRANKLIN SQUARE Dedicated in 1790, this square is named for Benjamin Franklin, an agent for the colony of Georgia from 1768 to 1778. Just off of City Market, this westernmost square has traditionally attracted a number of day laborers seeking work. Montgomery & St. Julian Streets. GREENE SQUARE Named in honor of General Nathaniel Greene, an aide to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War, Greene Square is one of the most beautiful squares in Savannah. Houston & President Streets. JOHNSON SQUARE A center of activity, Johnson Square was the first square laid out by General James Oglethorpe in 1733. Savannah’s largest square is named for Robert Johnson, a close friend of Oglethorpe. Bull & St. Julian Streets. LAFAYETTE SQUARE Named in honor of the Marquis savannah.com
de Lafayette, this square features a number of benches and quaint cobblestone sidewalks. Abercorn & Macon Streets. MADISON SQUARE Named for U.S. President James Madison, this square features vintage cannons from the old Savannah Armory. The Savannah College of Art and Design originally opened on this historic square. Bull & Macon Streets. MONTEREY SQUARE With a statue of Casmir Pulaski at the center, Monterey Square is widely considered Savannah’s most picturesque square. The Mercer House, the setting for the murder in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” is located on this lovely square. Bull & Wayne Streets. OGLETHORPE SQUARE Named in honor of General James Oglethorpe, founder of Savannah and the colony of Georgia, this square is a perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch or a shady break. Abercorn & President Streets. ORLEANS SQUARE Located near the Savannah Civic Center, Orleans Square commemorates General Andrew Jackson’s 1815 victory in the Battle of New Orleans, part of the War of 1812. This square features beautiful red tulips in the Spring and a bubbling fountain all year long. Barnard & McDonough Streets. PULASKI SQUARE One of the few squares without a monument, Pulaski Square is named for Polish Count Casmir Pulaski, a hero of the Revolutionary War. savannah.com
This square features some of the most beautiful live oaks in the city, as well as thick ivy groundcover. Barnard & Macon Streets. REYNOLDS SQUARE Originally called Lower New Square, Reynolds Square was once home to the Filature, the place where silkworms were housed in an effort to create silk in the Georgia colony. Abercorn & St. Julian Streets. TELFAIR SQUARE Named in honor of the Telfair family, this scenic square also has a Girl Scout tribute and a number of benches for an afternoon respite. Barnard & President Streets. TROUP SQUARE Troup Square features an armillary, an astronomical centerpiece made of iron, that is supported by small metal turtles. Named by Georgia governor George Michael Troup, this is one of the most picturesque squares in the Historic District. Habersham & Macon Streets. WARREN SQUARE Located in one of the oldest areas of the city, Warren Square is named in honor of General Joseph Warren, a Revolutionary War hero and was added in 1790. Habersham & St. Julian Streets. WASHINGTON SQUARE Built at the same time as Warren Square, Washington Square once bordered the original Trustees’ Garden, where colonists grew a variety of experimental crops. Today it is the northeasternmost square in the city. Houston & St. Julian Streets.
WHITEFIELD SQUARE A popular place for weddings, Whitefield Square has a lovely white gazebo that has hosted countless marriage ceremonies over the years. The square is named for George Whitefield, an English clergyman who founded the Bethesda Orphan Home and served as a minister to the city’s earliest colonists. Habersham & Wayne Streets. WRIGHT SQUARE Originally called Percival Square, Wright Square is also the final resting place for Tomochichi, the Native American leader who helped General James Oglethorpe found the colony of Georgia. Bull & President Streets. Lafayette Square
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Activities & Outings 16th Annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration Pg. 30 Andrew Low House Pg. 24 Angela Beasley’s Puppet People Pg. 29 Architectural Tours of Savannah Pg. 37 The Art Buzz Studio Pg. 24 Bull River Marina Pg. 35 Captain Mike’s Dolphin Adventure Pg. 25 Carriage Tours of Savannah Pg. 31 Dolphin Magic Pg. 32 The Harper Fowlkes House Pg. 31 Historic Savannah Carriage Tours Pg. 27 Oatland Island Wildlife Center Pg. 26 Old Savannah Tours Pg. 3 Savannah Movie Tours Pg. 25 Savannah Riverboat Company Pg. 5 Savvy Savannah Tours Pg. 23 Segway of Savannah Pg. 29 Ships of the Sea Pg. 35 Tybee Island Lighthouse & Museum Pg. 21
Dining & Lounges 10 Downing at Churchill’s Pg. 2 Brighter Day Natural Foods Market Pg. 13 Bull Street Eatery Pg. 13 Casbah Moroccan Restaurant Pg. 7 Chart House Pg. 17 Churchill’s Pub Pg. 2 Goose Feathers, an Express Cafe & Bakery Pg. 7 56 SAVANNAH SCENE January/February 2012
Love’s Seafood Pg. 9 The Melting Pot Pg. 15 The Mirage Mediterranean Bar & Grill Pg. 14 Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant Pg. 17 SavannahMenu.com Pg. 16 Savannah River Queen Riverboat Pg. 5 Six Pence Pub & Restaurant Pg. 11 Tubby’s Seafood River Street Pg. 64 Wasabi’s Fusion Downtown Pg. 12 Wright Square Cafe Pg. 13
Lodging & Real Estate Quality Inn–Historic District Pg. 53
Shopping Birkenstock Barefootin’ Pg. 44 “The Book” Gift Shop Pg. 43 City Market Pg. 46 Cobblestone Lane Antiques Mall Pg. 47 E. Shaver, Bookseller Pg. 46 Go Fish Clothing & Jewelry Co. Pg. 45 HReevesArt Pg. 46 Keller’s Flea Market Pg. 33 Matter of Factors Pg. 47 River Street’s Elegant Creations Pg. 51 Saints and Shamrocks Pg. 45 Savannah Harley Davidson Pg. 49 Savannah Rose Pg. 47 Steal Magnolias Eclectics Pg. 43 Tanger Outlet Centers Pg. 50 Village Craftsmen Pg. 49 Washed Ashore Pg. 49
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ACROSS CLUES 1. Southern luck at the New Year, Hoppin’ ____. 5. Georgia treat, pecan ____ roll. 8. Shrimp, mullet and menhaden. 12. ____ gin fizz. 13. Angela Beasley’s Puppet People – These puppets ____ not all for kids. 14. The Melting Pot – Dip ____ something different. 15. Latin goddess. 16. Couple of thousand pounds. 17. Bull River Marina at 8005 Old Tybee ____. 18. Fish eggs. 20. Norse goddess of destiny. 22. Casbah Moroccan Restaurant – Enjoy ____ authentic Moroccan ceremonial tent decor. 24. The Harper-Fowlkes House – Open Wednesday through Saturday or ____ appointment. 26. Legislative Assembly: Abbr. 27. Goose Feathers, An Express Cafe & Bakery – Home of Savannah’s original Whoopie ____. 28. Savannahmenu.com – Over ____ hundred restaurants and businesses! 29. Not hard. 31. The Village Craftsmen for ____made soap and oil paintings. 32. Chart House – Dine leisurely right ____ the Savannah River. 33. Missouri: Abbr. 34. Suffix indicating full of. 35. ____ shucks! 36. Captain Mike’s Dolphin Adventure for dolphin tours and ____set cruises. 38. Mountain: Abbr. 39. Lowcountry favorite, pickled watermelon ____. 41. E. Shaver, Bookseller with an extensive selection of hard and ____-back books. 43. Ships Of The Sea Maritime Museum – Available for wedding ____ reception rental. 44. Oatland Island Wildlife Center ____ Savannah. 46. A staple food of traditional Italian cuisine. 48. Archaic pronoun. 50. Churchill’s Pub for stout or ____. 51. The Art Buzz Studio – Join ____ for an evening of fun, friends, music and art. 52. Cobblestone Lane Antiques Mall – This eclectic shop is the biggest ____ Historic Savannah. 54. 10 Downing ____ Churchill’s. 56. Lines: Abbr. savannah.com
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A flower ____. ____ and behold! Cancun affirmative. The Andrew ____ House is an 1849 mansion. Love’s Seafood ____ featured in the movie “Forrest Gump.” Brighter Day at 1102 Bull ____. Poet Eliot. Hebrew letter.
DOWN CLUES 1. Johnson Square: Abbr. 2. ____ Savannah Tours serving Savannah since 1979. 3. Lowcountry favorite, ____ cake. 4. Not quite. 5. The Mirage Mediterranean Bar & Grill with the ____ night Hookah Lounge. 6. Tahitian national god. 7. Savannah Harley-Davidson has ____ Harley-Davidson motorclothes. 8. Gull or tern. 9. Saints ____ Shamrocks for Irish imports and religious gifts. 10. Tanger Outlets – When shoppers hear the name Tanger, they know ____ stands for great quality. 11. Find lots ____ choose from at Tubby’s Seafood River Street. 19. Digraph. 21. Angler’s quarry, ____ drum. 22. An appendage found on the spikelets of grasses. 1
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23. Savannah Riverboat Cruises – ____ visit is complete without a riverboat cruise! 24. Wright Square Cafe – ____ sure to leave room for... desserts. 25. Vegetable enjoyed here. 27. Can be found in a bakery. 28. Wasabi’s Fusion Down____. 30. Rancho Alegre Cuban Restaurant for fried plantains and ____. 31. Steal Magnolias Eclectics for items that will enhance the beauty of any ____ decor. 35. Keller’s Flea Market has heating and ____ conditioning. 37. Burmese demon. 39. Artificial language. 40. A large portion, as of brandy. 42. Often taken to the beach. 45. Symbol for the element iron. 46. Six Pence ____ – Voted Best Of Savannah 2011. 47. Not ashore. 49. Savannah Rose at 126 ____ Bay Street. 50. Historic Savannah Carriage Tours – ____ tours are driver narrated. 53. City Market – ____ just a place you visit... 55. Poetic contraction. 58. Distinguished Service: Abbr. 62. Dolphin Magic – ____ invite you to come aboard, sit back, relax and enjoy.
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Savannah has been home to a number of famous Americans, from awardwinning authors to critically-acclaimed Southern rockers. Here’s a quick guide of some of the city’s most notable sons and daughters: CONRAD AIKEN (1889-1973)
JOHNNY MERCER (1909-1976)
Author and poet Conrad Aiken became the first Savannahian to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1930 for his Selected Poems, just one year after winning the Poetry Society of America’s inaugural Shelley Memorial Award. Known for his deeply psychological writing, Aiken’s poetry and prose often explored themes relating to identity. Over the years, this accomplished writer earned a number of prestigious national writing awards including a National Book Award, the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, the National Institute of Arts and Letters Gold Medal and the National Medal for Literature.
Acclaimed lyricist and songwriter, Johnny Mercer has deep family roots in Savannah and is buried at Bonaventure Cemetery. From the mid-1930s through the mid-1950s, many of the songs Mercer wrote and performed were among the most popular hits of the time, including classics like “Moon River,” “Jeepers Creepers” and “Days of Wine and Roses.” He wrote the lyrics to more than 1,500 songs, including compositions for popular movies and Broadway shows. A co-founder of Capitol Records, Mercer won four Academy Awards and influenced generations of popular music.
GREGG ALLMAN (1947- ) Singer, keyboardist, guitarist and songwriter Gregg Allman is perhaps best known as a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band and as the gravelly voice behind hits like “Midnight Rider,” “Melissa” and “Whipping Post.” A pioneer of Southern rock, Allman was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2006. Rolling Stone recently honored this Harley-riding, Savannah-area resident as one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.”
PAULA DEEN (1947- ) Hey y’all! Food Network superstar Paula Deen loves living and cooking in Savannah. The author of five bestselling Southern-themed cookbooks, Deen is an Emmy Award-winning television personality who owns and operates The Lady & Sons Restaurant in Savannah with her sons, Jamie and Bobby. Her shows “Paula’s Home Cooking,” “Paula’s Party” and “Paula’s Best Dishes” have brought Southern cuisine into homes across America and led to an explosion of interest in Savannah-style recipes. 62 SAVANNAH SCENE January/February 2012
FLANNERY O’CONNOR (1925-1964) Flannery O’Connor, the author of the acclaimed novels Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away as well as 32 short stories and numerous essays, was born in Savannah in 1925 and lived on Lafayette Square until 1938. A pioneering Southern gothic author who often wrote about morally flawed characters, O’Connor remains an important voice in American literature. O’Connor drew inspiration from her childhood experiences in Savannah and received the National Book Award for Fiction posthumously in 1972 for The Collected Stories of Flannery O'Connor. savannah.com