September/October 2011 SAVANNAH SCENE
September/October 2011 • 31st Year • Issue #4
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Welcome Scene Calendar Of Events Savannah Tides Directory of Advertisers Savannah Scene Puzzle Greater Savannah Map Historic Savannah Map
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Fall arrives in mid-September and offers a relief from the warm days of summer. The River Street Riverboat Cruises are a perfect way to welcome the new season. No visit to Savannah is complete without a riverboat cruise. Cover photography by Linda Adams.
njoy Southern hospitality at its finest as Savannah warmly welcomes you with open arms this season! Fall is truly one of the best times of year to enjoy the beauty, charm and magic of coastal Georgia.
Known as the Hostess City of the South, Savannah has a way of turning strangers into friends and making visitors feel right at home. Take the time to wander Savannah’s cobblestone streets, experiencing the appeal of this unique coastal city. Sheltered beneath a thick canopy of live oak trees, the city’s National Landmark Historic District showcases world-class antebellum, Victorian, Italianate, Federal and neoGothic architecture as well as a wide range of restaurants, cafes and boutiques. Treat your senses to all the beauty that Savannah has to offer this season! With clear sunny days and comfortable temperatures, September and October are ideal months to experience Savannah. As local residents already know, the city is a true coastal gem, full of history
and mystery. With pristine tidal marshes, lush maritime forests and incomparable architecture, Georgia’s First City is a remarkably beautiful destination. We hope that you find our Dining, Shopping, Activities and Lodging 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. The activities continue all season long in Savannah. From high-energy festivals to exciting art exhibits, 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. Remember that you can return to Savannah any time your heart desires 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 Savannah. Please feel free to e-mail us with any comments, questions or suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love to hear from you! Welcome to Savannah! We hope you will return, again and again, to experience the magic of this charming coastal haven!
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staff ensures complete satisfaction and a big, goofy smile for each of their needy customers! Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. See ad page 14. unforgettablebakery.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. Fri.-Sat., noon-3 p.m.; Tues.-Sat., 5-10 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. UNFORGETTABLE BAKERY & DELI (912) 355-6160. 238 Eisenhower Dr. (east of Abercorn, across from Toys “R” Us), T-10 on map. Healthy and delicious meals made of the finest ingredients. Home to the daily $5 lunch special. Serving sandwiches, soups, salads and quiche every day. Known for their wedding cake creations and baked goodies. Need catering for a special event? Our savannah.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 their own private entrance, bar and washrooms. See ad page 2. thebritishpub.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 14. 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, (continued on pg. 10) September/October 2011 SAVANNAH SCENE
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.
perience at Casbah Moroccan Restaurant. Feast on delicious fare in the opulence of an authentic ceremonial tent decor while belly dancers entertain.
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 Looking for a healthy and delicious meal made of the finest ingredients? Be sure to try the $5 lunch special found daily at Unforgettable Bakery & Deli.
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 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 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 Second Line – Authentic New Orleans Po Boys. Try their mouth-watering Muffaletta, the Blackened Chicken Pasta or the “Debris,” the mother of all po boys! 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 Enjoy Savannah’s most exotic dining ex-
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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.
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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 13. casbahrestaurant.com. CHURCHILL'S PUB (912) 232-8501. 13 W. Bay 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 10 SAVANNAH SCENE September/October 2011
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 of 6 or more with 7 day advanced notice. Reservations recommended. See ad page 15. meltingpot.com/savannah. 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. Open 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 10. themiragesavannah.com. SIX PENCE PUB & RESTAURANT (912) 233-3156. 245 Bull St. (across from the Desoto Hilton Hotel), F-5 on map. Sandwiches, soups, savannah.com
salads, and hearty fare served in an Old English Pub atmosphere. Famous for their tasty French 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 options from the menu that include nigiri, sashimi, maki rolls, vegetarian rolls and tempura in addition to the various combinations of grilled teriyaki dishes. Open daily. Visit their sister restaurants: Kanpai I, Kanpai II, Yutaka and Sushi Time Towa. See ad page 13.
RIVER STREET CHART HOUSE (912) 234-6686. 202 W. Bay St., 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., 4:30-10 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, savannah.com
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. SECOND LINE – AUTHENTIC NEW ORLEANS PO BOYS (912) 335-1754. 306 W. Upper Factor’s Walk, A-3 on map. Just opened at Williamson St. & West Bay St. Specializing in New Orleans-style po boys and from-scratch house favorites! Try their mouth-watering Muffaletta, the Blackened Chicken Pasta or the “Debris,” the mother of all po boys! Mon.-Wed., 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 11:30 a.m.3 a.m. See ad page 13. 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, 7:3010:30 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. September/October 2011 SAVANNAH SCENE
ull Street Eatery, a delicious, casual dining establishment, combines the culinary talents of two of Savannah’s top chefs, serving up breakfast and lunch daily, much to the delight of visitors and locals alike.
Breakfast is served all day at this casual Bull Street dining destination, from decadent handmade French Toast to pictureperfect pancakes, savory egg sandwiches and artisan omelettes. Lighter breakfast fare, including fresh fruit, is also available for calorie-conscious diners. The lunch menu features a wide range of tasty treats, from a Cuban-style pulled pork sandwich to specialty burgers with a twist. Don’t miss the Bull Street Burger, which is topped with fried onions and pepper-jack cheese, or the Crazy ‘bout Bacon Burger, a decadent blend of ground beef and bacon served with three strips of bacon and cheese. All sandwiches are served with a choice of tater tots, sweet potato fries, homemade soup or a side salad. “Almost everything we do is scratch cooking,” said chef and co-owner Paul Hames, the former executive chef for Trattoria Rivazza and Crosswinds Golf Club. “We do a lot of Southern items and classic American cuisine, and we make our own desserts.” Bull Street Eatery also offers a rotating selection of Grab and Go Meals for only $7.95. These to-go items, which change daily, might include hearty servings of meatloaf with mashed potatoes, lasagna with a side salad and garlic bread, or chili mac with a cornbread muffin. These stick-to-your12 SAVANNAH SCENE September/October 2011
ribs meals are perfect for a laid-back picnic at Forsyth Park or a low-key dinner on the beach on Tybee Island. Chef and co-owner Robbie Lemmons, a former chef at the Hilton hotel in downtown Savannah, brings his own culinary gifts to the kitchen, infusing dishes with a touch of gourmet style. Together, Paul and Robbie create memorable, casual, reasonably-priced meals that keep diners coming back for more. “We do a lot of homestyle cooking and always stress quality,” said Paul. “We want people to feel like they’re getting their money’s worth. This is not a cookie cutter restaurant. We use a lot of family recipes and are proud to make items from scratch whenever possible.” The owner-chefs can even make special items upon request, depending upon dietary restrictions or even a craving for something not on the regular menu. At Bull Street Eatery, the entire staff goes the extra mile to make sure diners leave full, happy and satisfied. If you’re looking for the perfect place to enjoy breakfast or lunch in Savannah, don’t miss Bull Street Eatery, a foodie gem located on Bull Street just a few blocks south of Forsyth Park. Your tastebuds will surely thank you! Bull Street Eatery is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Stop by today to enjoy a delicious taste of Savannah!
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Savannah Scene SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 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. For anyone who loved Midnight In The Garden of Good & Evil, this comprehensive tour, lasting about 2 1/2 hours, is for you. Besides the Historic District, this tour also includes a trip to Bonaventure Cemetery. This tour fills up quickly, so please call in advance to book reservations. Daily tours are usually at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Private tours are also available. 127 E. Gordon St. (912) 233-3867 or midnightinsavannah.com. ONGOING: Daily tours of the Rose Hill Mansion in Bluffton, S.C. A Gothic Revivalstyle home built circa 1858 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy refreshments and Southern hospitality while 14 SAVANNAH SCENE September/October 2011
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(912) 236-4703 admiring the beautiful home and grounds. Reservations required. 199 Rose Hill Way, Bluffton, S.C. (843) 757-6046 or rosehillmansion.com. FIRST THURSDAY: “Movie & Beer Night” at the JEA, 7:30 p.m. Screening of Israeli movies from around the world with beer, wine, soda and popcorn. Must be 21. 5111 Abercorn St. (912) 355-8111 or savj.org. THIRD THURSDAY: Tybrisa/Strand Roundabout on Tybee Island, an outdoor music series, 5:30-6:30 p.m. East end of historic Tybrisa Street, Tybee Island. (912) 786-4573 ext. 123 or tybeevisit.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. First Presbyterian Church at 520 Washington Ave. savannahfolk.org. SECOND FRIDAY: “Night Skies – Telescopes at the Tybee Pier and Pavilion” at sunset. Hosted by the Oglethorpe Astronomical Association. View the night sky through highpowered telescopes, weather permitting savannah.com
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SEPTEMBER Free. Tybrisa St., Tybee Island. (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 Street, 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. SATURDAYS: The Forsyth Farmers Market at the south end of Forsyth Park, between the basketball and tennis courts, 9 a.m.1 p.m. For more information please visit forsythfarmersmarket.org. SECOND SUNDAY: The Bonaventure Historical Society conducts tours of the historic sections of Bonaventure Cemetery. Tours begin at 2, 2:30 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. savannah.com
SEPTEMBER 1-28: Art Show at the JEA Art Gallery featuring the works of Robert and Mona Segall. Robert’s subject matter varies from Savannah landscapes and seascapes to portraits, still life, and famous jazz musicians. Mona has painted in several mediums over the years, but now focuses primarily on acrylics. 5111 Abercorn St. (912) 355-8111 or savj.org. SEPTEMBER 1-OCTOBER 31: “Conquered Banners: Georgia’s Civil War Flags” are on display at the Georgia Historical Society. An exhibit of six rare flags made and carried during the first year of the Civil War, as part of the Civil War’s 150th anniversary, along with other secession-related manuscripts and artifacts. Free and open to the public. 501 Whitaker St., (912) 651-2125 or georgiahistory.com. SEPTEMBER 3 & 4: River Street Labor Day Celebration, Sat., 9 a.m.-12 a.m. and Sun., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (912) 234-0295 or riverstreetsavannah.com. SEPTEMBER 4: Tybee Island Labor Day Beach September/October 2011 SAVANNAH SCENE
for dates and show times. 222 Bull St. (912) 233-7764 or savannahtheatre.com. Bash. Enjoy the ocean breezes while live music fills the air from the Tybee Island Pier & Pavilion. Fireworks – oceanfront! (912) 786-5444/(800) 868-2322 or tybeefest.com. SEPTEMBER 4: International Craft Brew Tasting at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 1-4 p.m. The International Craft Brew Tasting will allow attendees to experience craft beers from around the world. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. 1 International Dr., Hutchinson Island. (912) 644-6452 or savannahcraftbrew.com.
SEPTEMBER 8-24: “Return to the Fifties” at the Savannah Theatre. Return to America’s most beloved decade of music when every song on the radio was a hit. The band is rockin’ and the cast is boppin’, strollin’ and twistin’ the night away with over 60 of our favorite songs – from the rock and roll classics of Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and Elvis to the sensational harmonies of Doo Wop. A “Blast From the Past” complete with sidesplitting comedy, from hula-hoops to the hand jive. Come join in the fun! Call for dates and show times. 222 Bull St. (912) 233-7764 or savannahtheatre.com.
SEPTEMBER 7-23: “Southern Nights” at the Savannah Theatre. Two hours of high energy music, dance and comedy. A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, plus some Broadway, jazz and pop, all in one hot production. Call
SEPTEMBER 9: 11th Annual Taste of Savannah – Connecting through Coastal Cuisine at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 7-10 p.m. Hosted by the Tourism Leadership Council. Cuisine prepared by Savannah’s most exceptional restaurants and caterers, each serving samples of their favorite menu items. Attendees can vote for their favorite food items. For a list of participating vendors, visit the website. General admission tickets, $60 at the door, VIP tickets, $85. 1 International Dr., Hutchinson Island. (912) 232-1223 or tasteofsavannah.org.
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SEPTEMBER 5: “Noteworthy Art” Exhibit, Visitors Center, Ellis Square, all day. On display are fourteen “art guitars” fashioned by area artists for the month leading into the 22nd Annual Savannah Folk Music Festival and the auction of the pieces on Oct. 7 & 9. savannahfolk.org.
SEPTEMBER 9, 10 &11: Save-A-Life at PetSmart Charities Weekend Adoption Event. Visit with Save-A-Life Animal Welfare Agency and other area animal welfare groups. There will be many wonderful pets in need of a forever home. Come find the perfect match for your family. Fri., 5-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.6 p.m.; Sun., 11a.m.-5 p.m. PetSmart Store, 11132 Abercorn St. (912) 598-7729 or savealifepets.org. SEPTEMBER 10: Old Time Country Dance, 8 p.m. Start off a new season of dancing with the Glow in the Dark String Band and live callers. $8 general public and $6 for Savannah Folk Music Society members and students. Frank Murray Community Center, 160 Whitemarsh Island Rd. (912) 786-6953 or savannahfolk.org. SEPTEMBER 10: Bonaventure Society, Children of the American Revolution meets at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 11 a.m. All prospective members are welcome. Abercorn at 34th St. Call Elaine Lester, (912) 925-9544 or bonaventurecar.org. savannah.com
SEPTEMBER 11: On this tenth Anniversary of 9/11, the full Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus open the season with the perennial favorite, “The American Spirit,” in commemoration of Patriot’s Day. Music from Copland, Bernstein and more featuring Gershwin’s jazzy “Rhapsody In Blue” and culminating with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent “1812 Overture.” Phone the Savannah Box Office for more information. Lucas Theatre for the Arts, 32 Abercorn St. (912) 525-5050 or savannahphilharmonic.org. SEPTEMBER 15: Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra’s Salute to 2011-2012 Season. The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra invites you to “Be Our Guest” for an evening of Pops music and a sneak preview of pieces our highly acclaimed orchestra will be playing this season. Bring a family picnic, chairs and blankets. Enjoy a “concert in the park.” Food and beverage will be available on-site. Gate opens at 6 p.m.; concert begins at 7 p.m. $20 a person, children free. Shelter Cove Community Park, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (843) 842-2055 or hhso.org. SEPTEMBER 16: Royce Learning Center hosts the 5th Annual Evening of Jazz for (continued on pg. 30) September/October 2011 SAVANNAH SCENE
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
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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
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 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
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 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 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
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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amily owned and operated since 1992, Captain Mike’s Dolphin Adventure offers the area’s best dolphin tours, sunset cruises and inshore and deep sea fishing.
Featured in Southern Living and on The Discovery Channel, Good Morning America and The Today Show, Captain Mike’s unforgettable tours showcase the natural beauty, Southern charm and distinctive magic of the Georgia coast. The Scarborough family runs this popular adventure tour company, sharing the richness of area waters with visitors from across the country and around the world. Captain Mike’s Dolphin Adventure enables visitors to observe the Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphin in its natural habitat. These fun-loving, aquatic mammals feed and frolic in the rivers and waterways surrounding Tybee Island throughout the year. Much to the delight of visitors, dolphins frequently come right up to the boat. Remember that there is no touching or feeding of dolphins at any time, in accordance with federal regulations. Dolphin Adventure departs daily from Lazaretto Creek Marina, heading toward the Atlantic Ocean and passing by shrimp boats and boat docks reflecting the oldfashioned charm of a local fishing village. Additional highlights include spectacular views of the Cockspur Lighthouse, which was originally built in 1856, as well as unforgettable views of Fort Pulaski, which played a key role during the Civil War. Guests also enjoy a scenic view of the Tybee Lighthouse, which is located on the North Beach on Tybee Island. Each dolphin tour celebrates the diversity of the ecosystem along coastal Georgia, offering plenty of information about local beaches, tidal marshes and wildlife, from sea turtles to shore birds. Dolphin tours last between 60 to 90 minutes. Reservations are recommended. 22 SAVANNAH SCENE September/October 2011
From March through November, Captain Mike’s Dolphin Adventure offers daily sunset cruises, which offer a unique vantage point from the water. Watch the sun set fire to the sky as the water glides past the boat. End the day on a perfect note by watching the sun’s magnificent reflection on the water as it slowly sinks beyond the horizon. Captain Mike’s Dolphin Adventure also specializes in group tours, from Girl Scout troops to family reunions. Please call in advance to arrange a group tour. Interested in a fishing excursion? Captain Mike’s Dolphin Adventure also offers year-round offshore and inshore fishing charters. Fish offshore on a comfortable 32-foot cabin cruiser that can carry a maximum of six people, or cast a line inshore on a 22-foot boat that can carry a maximum of four people. The waters off the coast of Georgia are filled with a wide range of fish, from red drum to flounder. Because Lazaretto Creek Marina is the closest to the ocean on Tybee Island, guests spend less time traveling to the fishing grounds and more time fishing! To reach Captain Mike’s Dolphin Adventure, just make a right-hand turn as soon as you cross the bridge to Tybee Island. The tour company is conveniently located at Lazaretto Creek Marina, overlooking scenic Lazaretto Creek. Whether you’re interested in a dolphin tour, a sunset cruise or a fishing charter, Captain Mike’s Dolphin Adventure will make sure you have everything you need for an unforgettable experience out on the water!
CAPTAIN MIKE’S DOLPHIN ADVENTURE Lazaretto Creek Marina Tybee Island, Georgia (912) 786-5848 tybeedolphins.com savannah.com
ASTROLOGY/PSYCHIC READINGS PSYCHIC READINGS BY SYLVIA (912) 233-1854. 206 E. Factor’s Walk, B-7 on map. Located off River Street above The Cinnamon Bear Gift Shop. Meet Sylvia, Savannah’s very own clairvoyant, specializing in tarot card, palm, psychic, astrology, crystal, chakra and oral readings. See ad page 32.
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 artists’ studios, historic tours and 250 years of history. See ad page 47. savannahcitymarket.com.
HISTORIC HOMES ANDREW LOW HOUSE (912) 233-6854. 329 Abercorn St. on Lafayette Sq., F-6 on map. An savannah.com
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. ROSE HILL MANSION (843) 757-6046. 199 Rose Hill Way, off Hwy. 278, Bluffton, S.C., 30 miles from Historic Savannah. GPS location: 199 Rose Hill Way, Bluffton, S.C. 29910. Tour the South’s most beautiful plantation. The main house is a Gothic Revival-style home built circa 1858 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy refreshments and Southern hospitality while admiring the beautiful home and grounds. Ask about our exceptional wines under the Rose Hill Label. Tours daily. $25 per person. Call for reservations. See ad page 33. rosehillmansion.com. September/October 2011 SAVANNAH SCENE
LIVE MUSIC/THEATRE SAVANNAH THEATRE (912) 233-7764. 222 Bull St., at Chippewa Sq., E-5 on map. Established in 1818, the Savannah Theater has the distinction of being the oldest playhouse in continual use in the United States. The #1 downtown entertainment extravaganza brings you Broadway-style productions. A must-see while visiting Savannah. Show times in September and October: Wed.-Sun. at 8 p.m. with matinee Sat. & Sun. at 3 p.m. See ad page 29 savannahtheatre.com.
MUSEUMS SHIPS OF THE SEA MARITIME MUSEUM (912) 232-1511. 41 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., C-2 on map. Visit Savannah’s only maritime museum, offering exhibits about maritime 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 34. shipsofthesea.org. TYBEE ISLAND LIGHT STATION AND TYBEE MUSEUM (912) 786-5801. 30 Meddin Ave., 24 SAVANNAH SCENE September/October 2011
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 newlyrestored Head Keeper’s Cottage. Tours are selfguided, 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 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 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 savannah.com
minutes in duration. Call for reservations. See ad page 27. savannahcarriage.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 2003-2010. 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 HERITAGE TOURS (912) 224-8365. Throughout Historic Downtown Savannah. Savannah Heritage Tours will take you through Savannah’s rich history which includes the real-life events that occurred in Savannah in the 1980s. This tour is based on John Berendt’s book Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil. We will highlight houses restored by Jim Williams. Also includes a tour of Bonaventure Cemetery. See ad page 25. savannahheritagetour.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 savannah.com
scariest in Savannah and will have you calling for your momma. See ad page 23. 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. Formal historic tours by a certified Savannah tour guide and a fun way to see the sights and sounds of Savannah. See ad page 31. segwayofsavannah.com.
SPECIAL EVENTS ST. VINCENT’S ANNUAL HISTORIC TOUR of HOMES & TEA. (912) 660-5175 or 236-5505. Through the generosity of presenting sponsor St. Joseph's/Candler, St. Vincent's Academy will once again host this popular self-guided tour of the1845 Convent building and eight private homes in Savannah's Historic District on Oct. 15th. The centerpiece of Savannah's only fall tour of homes is the elegant tea which will be served by Academy students. The tea will include homemade confections and traditional tea sandwiches. Tickets: $45 per person (includes Tea at the Convent) plus handling charge for online and phone orders. On tour day, September/October 2011 SAVANNAH SCENE
go to the tour ticket office (Walsh Hall at St. Vincent's, located at the corner of Lincoln and Harris Streets in downtown Savannah). Buy your tickets early and save $5! Tickets purchased by September 30th are just $40. Purchase 10 tickets or more for only $30/ticket. Tour hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See ad page 35. svatourofhomes.com. 11th ANNUAL TASTE OF SAVANNAH (912) 232-1223. Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Dr., Hutchinson Island, Q-8 on map. Hosted by the Tourism Leadership Council, Fri., Sept. 9, 7-10 p.m. Cuisine prepared by Savannah’s most exceptional restaurants and caterers, each serving samples of their favorite menu items. Attendees can vote for their favorite food items. For a list of participating vendors, visit the website. General admission tickets, $60 at the door, VIP tickets, $85. See ad page 30. tasteofsavannah.org.
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. CIVIL WAR SAVANNAH: THE GHOSTS OF HISTORY (912) 508-1234. Step INSIDE Savannah’s haunted Civil War era buildings and secret locations where West Africans, planters, soldiers and old Savannah meet. This tour is the perfect blend of documented Civil War Savannah history and hauntings. Tours depart daily – Check website for times and location. See ad page 35. savannahculturalheritagetours.com. SAVANNAH GHOST WALKS (912) 508-1234. Explore INSIDE Savannah's most haunted buildings with exclusive access to secret locations and TAPS sites. Explore African, Irish and Native American folk beliefs of the Dead. Your guide is a historian-intuitive, folklorist, master storyteller and native Georgian with over thirty years of historical and paranormal research. Frightening, comical, dark, stimulating and secretive. Attendance per tour is limited. Advance reservations required. See ad page 35. savannahghostwalks.com. SAVVY SAVANNAH TOURS (912) 663-4400. Having been in the Savannah tourism industry for over 16 combined years, the owners of the new 26 SAVANNAH SCENE September/October 2011
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 26. 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 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 29. bullrivermarina.com. 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 savannah.com
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 23. 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 33. dolphin-magic.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. September/October 2011 SAVANNAH SCENE
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; Civil War Savannah: The Ghosts of History, 912508-1234; Old Savannah Tours, 912-234-8128; Savannah Ghost Walks, 912-508-1234; Savannah Heritage Tours, 912-224-8365; 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 with Historic Savannah Carriage Tours and clip, clop around the City enjoying the beauty that Savannah is famous for. Various locations throughout the Historic District, 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
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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 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.
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(continued from pg. 17) Adult Literacy at 7:30 p.m. at the Lucas Theater. The evening features Nashville-style swing Jazz music arranged by local renowned Jazz Violinist Ricardo Ochoa. The ensemble will showcase local musical talent on clarinet, jazz violin, bass, guitar and drums for an evening of unforgettable entertainment. VIP tickets include a pre-show food and drink reception hosted at 45 Bistro. Opening act entertainment will be provided by Seersucker Live, a literary performance by local writers. Ticket prices range from $15 to $75 for reserved seating and can be purchased at the Savannah Box Office, 216 East Broughton St. (912) 525-5050 or savannahboxoffice.com.
SEPTEMBER 17: Moon River Dancers Monthly Dance at the Frank G. Murray Community Center. There will be an intermediate Salsa lesson from 7-8 p.m., followed by dancing until 10:30 p.m. For USA Dance members, the cost is $10 single, $15 couples and for nonmembers, $15 single, $20 couples. If you can, bring finger foods and snacks to share as it is greatly appreciated. 160 Whitemarsh Island Rd. Contact Jamie at (912) 308-9222 or usadancesavannah.org. SEPTEMBER18-25: Savannah Jazz Festival at various locations. A week of incredible entertainment from Savannah’s own list of top Jazz performers. All events at all locations for the festival are free! To get the 2011 Line-Up, go to savannahjazzfestival.org. SEPTEMBER 19: Fall Session Visual Arts Classes presented by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs at the S.P.A.C.E. Studios. Get your creative fix with classes and workshops in painting, jewelry, ceramics and more for all ages and skill levels. Fees vary by class. Limited space, advance registration required. Visit website for complete listing of classes and registration forms. 9 West Henry St. (912) 651-6783 or savannahga.gov/arts. SEPTEMBER 22: The 2011 Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival opening night, 6:30 p.m., with the award-winning film “A Sea Change,” plus “An Ocean of Truth,” “In Deep” and “The Krill is Gone.” All films are free and open to the public. With near unanimity, scientists now agree that burning fossil fuels is fundamentally changing ocean chemistry. What does it mean for marine creatures, for humans? Also at the Festival, a photography exhibit of “Water Images” by Sal Lopes. 30 SAVANNAH SCENE September/October 2011
Brought to you by the Telfair Museums, Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W. York St. and Mrs. Robert O. Levitt. (912) 598-2397 or graysreef.noaa.gov. SEPTEMBER 23: The 2011 Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival continues at 6:30 p.m. with the films “An Ocean of Truth,” “The Bag vs. The Bay,” “The Majestic Plastic Bag,” “Plastic in the Pacific,” “Bag It” and “In the Wake of Giants.” Also, folksinger Bob Zentz salutes our ocean planet. We are filling our oceans with trash, even the largest animals suffer from the mess. Here’s what we can do collectively and individually to make it better. The evening brought to you by the Savannah Presbytery and the Skidaway Marine Science Foundation in conjunction with Blue Ocean Film Festival and the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival. SCAD’s Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. (912) 598-2397 or graysreef.noaa.gov. SEPTEMBER 24: The 2011 Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival continues 10 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. with The Children’s Ocean Film Festival at the Tybee Island Marine Science savannah.com
Center, 1509 Strand St., Tybee Island. Also, from noon-4 p.m., emerging fimmakers compete for Best Student Environmental Documentary, along with showings of winning short films from the Ocean Science Bowl and SCAD Student Films, at SCAD’s Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. (912) 598-2397 or graysreef.noaa.gov. SEPTEMBER 24: The 2011 Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival Finale, 7 p.m. at SCAD’s Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. The evening brought to you by the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Savannah Ocean Exchange. (912) 598 2397 or graysreef.noaa.gov. SEPTEMBER 24: Help the Hoo-Hahs 5K Walk/Run. Join us in our historic coastal city for a 3.1 mile walk/run benefiting women with gynecological cancers! The race begins at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the Savannah Trade & Convention Center, 1 International Dr., Hutchinson Island. Race is open to individuals of all ages and jogging strollers are allowed. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers. To request an entry form, email us at email@example.com. SEPTEMBER 24: The Dolphin Project Training Workshop in Solms Hall at Armstrong September/October 2011 SAVANNAH SCENE
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THE WAVING GIRL STATUE Florence Martus, a Savannahian, whose understanding and application of the words “Southern Hospitality” brought her fame as the Waving Girl. Born August 7, 1868, Martus lived with her brother, lighthouse keeper George Martus, between 1887 and 1931 near the entrance of the Savannah Harbor. During this time, she would wave a welcome to each incoming ship and wave goodbye to every outgoing vessel. During her years at the lighthouse, she greeted more than 50,000 vessels. Located on Savannah’s Historic River Street, this is the first memorial to a Georgia woman in any city park. (Courtesy of Savannah Convention and Visitor's Bureau)
Atlantic State University, 10 a.m.-noon. The all-volunteer, non-profit organization needs skippers with boats, photographers and team leaders to record data. No charge for orientation, members pay their own survey expenses. 11935 Abercorn St. (912) 727-3177 or thedolphinproject.org. SEPTEMBER 28-30: Savannah Speed Classic, a part of the Concours d’Elegance. Bringing back Savannah’s racing heritage, the unique race track experience offers an intimate look at the inner workings of racing! With features such as hot lap rides and pit access, you’ll be strapped in, full throttle and up-close and personal on Hutchinson Island. For more information and tickets, call (843) 686-6802 or hhiconcours.com. SEPTEMBER 30-OCTOBER 2: Oktoberfest on the River. It’s Wiener Dog Racing, Bratwurst Tasting and Chicken Dancing at the 27th Annual Oktoberfest. Enjoy a bit of Germany… Savannah-style, with multiple beverage stations offering a variety of beer, wine and Coke products, along with food vendors and First Friday fireworks. Amble 32 SAVANNAH SCENE September/October 2011
along Rousakis Riverfront Plaza enjoying the sights and sounds while browsing exhibitor booths of art and chatting with the artists themselves. Fri., 9 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (912) 234-0295 or riverstreetsavannah.com.
OCTOBER OCTOBER 1-29: “A Mortality Prevails! Savannah’s Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820” at The Davenport House Museum. 60-minute performances at 7:30 and 8:45 p.m. on Fri. and Sat. nights in October. Participants in the living history performance experience the story of yellow fever’s dreadful consequences which transformed the bustling seaport of Savannah into a ghost town. $15 in advance for adults, $10 in advance for children (ages 8-17) and $17 for adults and $15 for children at the time of the performance. Not suitable for children under 8 years of age. The performance requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in the candlelit rooms. Reservations recommended, limited attendance. 324 E. State St. (912) 236-8097 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. OCTOBER 1-29: “Return to the Fifties” at the Savannah Theatre. Return to America’s savannah.com
afternoon with fine music, food and friends. Enter your lavish spread to win fabulous prizes in the Picnic Contest! (912) 651-6417 or savannahga.gov/arts. most beloved decade of music when every song on the radio was a hit. The band is rockin’ and the cast is boppin’, strollin’ and twistin’ the night away with over 60 of our favorite songs – from the rock and roll classics of Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and Elvis to the sensational harmonies of Doo Wop. A “Blast From the Past” complete with side-splitting comedy, from hula-hoops to the hand jive. Come join in the fun! Call for dates and show times, 222 Bull St. at Chippewa Sq. (912) 233-7764 or savannahtheatre.com. OCTOBER 2-31: Art Show at the JEA Art Gallery featuring the works of Burton “Buddy” Metzger. Although Buddy has been the family photographer for decades, his early creative work began with black and white. One of his early photographs won first prize in a contest run by the New York Daily News. His real interest, though, has concentrated on color. 5111 Abercorn St. (912) 355-8111 or savj.org. OCTOBER 2: Picnic in the Park in Forsyth Park presented by the City of Savannah. One of Savannah’s most beloved outdoor affairs! Pack your basket and enjoy a memorable savannah.com
OCTOBER 2: 2nd Annual BBQ, Brews and Bluegrass Fundraiser at the Roundhouse Railroad Museum from 3-7 p.m. Hosted by The Next Generation, a volunteer organization founded to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center. It will be a wonderful afternoon, full of great music, food, and tons of children’s activities, bouncy houses, train rides, arts and crafts. 303 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Email email@example.com. OCTOBER 4-6: The Landings Club hosts its first national championship when the USGA Women’s State Team Championship is played on their Palmetto course. Drawing the three top women amateur golfers and their coaches from each of the fifty states. For more information, call (912) 598-3217 or visit thelandings.com OCTOBER 4-28: “Southern Nights” at the Savannah Theatre. Two hours of high-energy music, dance and comedy. A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, plus some Broadway, jazz and pop, all in one hot production. Call September/October 2011 SAVANNAH SCENE
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for dates and show times. 222 Bull St. (912) 233-7764 or savannahtheatre.com. OCTOBER 6-9: 7th Annual Tybee Island Pirate Festival. Swashbucklers of all ages will be converging on Tybee Island. Featuring a Pirate Victory Parade, live entertainment, costume contests and children’s activities along with a “Thieves Market” filled with treasures, grog and grub! South Beach Parking Lot, The Strand between Tybrisa St. and 18th St., Tybee Island. (912) 786-5444/ (800) 868-2322 or tybeepiratefest.com.
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OCTOBER 8-10: The Haitian American Historical Society (HAHS) is pleased to announce its Fourth Anniversary Celebration of the Haitian Memorial Monument in commemoration of the 1779 Siege of Savannah Battle, “Les Chasseurs-Volontaires de Saint-Domingue” where Haitian voluntary soldiers fought alongside Americans on October 9, 1779 during the American Revolutionary War for independence against the British. This year’s Historical Getaway will include cocktail reception, parade, dinner gala and tour of this remarkable city. Be a part of this historical event. (786) 621-0035 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCTOBER 8: Bonaventure Society, Children of the American Revolution meets at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 11a.m. All prospective members are welcome. Abercorn at 34th St. Call Elaine Lester, (912) 925-9544 or bonaventurecar.org.
OCTOBER 13-15: 2011 Savannah Greek Festival, a three-day celebration of food, music and heritage at St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church Hellenic Center. The festival celebrates not only the Greek community, but also the diverse and wide-ranging cultures that make up the Orthodox faith. Featuring food specialties, dancing, church tours, a market place, a live band and so much more. Free admission until 4 p.m., Thur. and Fri., with a requested $2 donation after 4 p.m. There is also a requested $2 donation all day Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 14 W. Anderson St. (912) 236-8256.
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OCTOBER 8: “Basic Dance Lesson: Foxtrot” hosted by the Moon River Dancers at St. Francis Cabrini Church, 1-2 p.m. Beginners and singles welcome. Cost is $5 per person. 11500 Middleground Rd. (912) 961-9960 or usadancesavannah.org.
OCTOBER 15: Bonaventure Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution meets at 10 a.m. at The Savannah Commons, 1 Peachtree Dr. Prospective members are welcome. Call Elaine Lester, (912) 925-9544 or visit the national website: dar.org. OCTOBER 15: St. Vincent's Annual Historic Tour of Homes & Tea, a self-guided tour of the 1845 Convent building and eight private homes in Savannah’s Historic District. The centerpiece of Savannah’s only fall tour of homes is the elegant tea to be served by Academy students. The tea includes homemade confections and traditional tea sandwiches. Tickets: $45 per person (includes tea at the Convent), plus handling charge for online and phone orders. On tour day, go to the tour ticket office (Walsh Hall at St. Vincent’s, at the corner of Lincoln and Harris Sts.). Buy your tickets early and save $5! Tickets purchased by Sept. 30 are just $40. Purchase 10 tickets or more for only $30/ticket. Tour hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (912) 660-5175 or (912) 236-5505 or svatourofhomes.com. savannah.com
OCTOBER 15-16: Keller’s Flea Market Country Weekend. Collectables & Antiques. Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Free parking and free admission, 5901 Ogeechee Rd., Exit 94 off I-95 on GA 204 at Highway 17. (912) 927-4848 or ilovefleas.com. OCTOBER 18: Chef’s Table to benefit America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia at The Plantation Club at The Landings on Skidaway Island, 5:30 p.m. An elegant blacktie event featuring culinary creations by local celebrity chefs, an extraordinary silent auction and an exclusive live auction of culinary events. (912) 236-6750 ext. 2010 or helpendhunger.org. OCTOBER 20: Poetry Reading Series: Richard Newman, presented by the Poetry Society of Georgia, 7 p.m. at the Jepson Center. Sponsored by the City of Savannah’s Weave-a-Dream Program. 207 W. York St. poetryknows.blogspot.com OCTOBER 21: The Savannah Philharmonic presents Brahms’ “German Requiem” at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 7:30 p.m. Johannes Brahms’ “German Requiem” is one of the most beloved choral works of all time because of its message of hope, joy and September/October 2011 SAVANNAH SCENE
CIVIL WAR SAVANNAH: THE GHOSTS OF HISTORY By Chase Anderson, Savannah Cultural Heritage Tours and Events Civil War Savannah’s haunted history echoes down almost every oak-shaded avenue in Savannah’s famed Historic District. The Civil War experiences of soldiers and civilians in Savannah include some of the city’s most enduring hauntings. The Eliza Thompson House on Savannah’s quintessential Civil War boulevard – Jones Street – has its share of sightings, including Confederate soldiers in an upstairs window and a young girl wearing a white dress in the hallway. In 1861, Dr. Richard Arnold witnessed several ghosts associated with the Battle of First Manassas. Looking out of his window on State Street, he waved at returning Savannah soldiers – not knowing they had been killed the day before. The Old City Hotel, now Moon River Brewery on Bay Street, formerly served as a Confederate and Union hospital during the war years. Many soldiers went in as patients and never came back out. The same thing is true for the brilliantly restored 1852 Marshall House on Broughton Street. In 1995, an entire col-
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lection of well-placed amputated Union limbs were discovered on the ground under the floor of the hotel. The hotel is one of the most haunted in the South – including among many ghosts, one of a Union soldier who, missing an arm, roams up and down the hotel’s hallways, asking, “Has anyone seen my arm?” There is the old Candler Hospital which served as a P.O.W. Camp for Union soldiers serving time. Under the Old Candler Oak, just off Drayton Street at Forsyth Park – an area used by both armies for encampments and drills – many images have been captured of ghost soldiers in and around the deserted hospital, morgue and haunted grounds. Walk down River Street and then slip behind the old cotton warehouses to Factors Row where tunnels once led underneath the old city – tunnels used for transport of “commodities,” including enslaved Africans – part of Savannah’s tragic history. To this day, the tunnels contain the sights and sounds of a time when cruelty and secrecy buried the truth underground – not part of a dream Savannah vacation package, but a rather significant part of the Savannah story often overlooked by mainstream Savannah tour companies. There are the ghosts who haunt the locations of Savannah’s secret Civil Warera schools, slave markets and Irish Civil War-era neigborhoods on Savannah’s famed eastern commons. The Civil War era is alive and well in Savannah – whether you are a history buff or someone hunting down ghosts in America’s most haunted city. Varieties of Civil War Savannah tours include walking, carriage and bus tours in the company of Savannah’s most elite tour guides. For general information on Civil War Savannah tours, events and exhibitions, visit Savannah Cultural Heritage Tours, a locally-owned cultural heritage tour and events company, at savannahculturalheritagetours.com. savannah.com
comfort to all mankind. Arguably one of Brahms’ greatest masterpieces. Phone the Savannah Box Office for more information. 222 E. Harris St. (912) 525-5050 or savannahphilharmonic.org. OCTOBER 21-22: 5th Annual Fall-O-Ween Festival at Skidaway State Park. On Fri. and Sat. night, come out for a chilling haunted trail. On Sat., join us for an afternoon of spooktacular kid’s crafts, a pumpkin decorating contest, hayrides, food, family fun games and trick-or-treating. Register before Oct. 19 for trick or treating. $2 Hayrides, $5 parking. 52 Diamond Causeway. (912) 598-2300 or email email@example.com. OCTOBER 22: Fix a House – Change a Life! Rebuilding Together! Savannah will launch its annual Fall Rebuilding Day on National Make a Difference Day. For information on how to become a Partner or Volunteer, call Ellen at (912) 236-2022, email firstname.lastname@example.org or rebuildingtogethersavannah.org. savannah.com
OCTOBER 23: The Savannah Folk Music Society welcomes Gove Scrivenor back to the City of Savannah. A frequent performer at Savannah’s legendary Nightflite, Gove has many fans in this area. The performance will be at the Ships of the Sea Museum Gardens, 41 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $10, general admission; $8 for Savannah Folk Music Society members; $5 for children and students. For further information, call (912) 786-6953 or savannahfolk.org. OCTOBER 20-23: Savannah Arts Academy presents their Annual School Musical, “Beauty and the Beast” at 7 p.m., with a matinee showing on Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. 500 Washington Ave. Tickets required, call (912) 395-5000 or savartsacademy.com. 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 email@example.com. September/October 2011 SAVANNAH SCENE
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• 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 7 a.m. to midnight • 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 savannah.com
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f you have a flair for the unique, visit Savannah Rose, nestled on Factor’s Walk near the River Street Inn. Customers chuckle upon entering, commenting on the sign outside which reads, “The Shop with Attitude.” Savannah Rose has plenty. Decorated with life-sized, whimsical dolls, this shop is extremely unique.
Even the clocks have attitude! Featuring three-dimensional handmade art clocks and both Seiko and Rhythm Magic Motion clocks, many visitors are speechless when one plays. These clocks have rotating numbers, and each one moves differently while playing one of several tunes. It’s difficult to pick a favorite because no two have the same motion. One resembles a kaleidoscope, while another plays Beatles tunes and breaks apart into 3 pieces with a rotating interior. “I always try to mix it up,” said Savannah Rose co-owner Lisa Bolak, who does all the buying for the store. “I have a very good eye and seek out unusual items in offthe-beaten path locations. I hand pick everything for the store.” At this eclectic boutique owned by Lisa and Curt Bolak, shoppers discover an elegant Franz porcelain line, which is touted as the finest porcelain in the world at reasonable prices. Franz makes gorgeous teapots, vases and more. Teapots with attitude? You’ll find a vegetable-inspired line which includes everything from asparagus to cabbage-shaped teapots. “I get a lot of collectors, so I am always on the hunt for the most unusual teapots I can find,” Lisa added. “I once had a washer and dryer teapot, and I couldn’t keep it in stock.” Savannah Rose also has many gifts for the animal lover, or to bring back for your pet sitter. Lisa’s best sellers include animal-themed sleep shirts, pet vases, cat teapots, dog and cat clocks, handbags and jewelry. Unique accessories are plentiful, including items such as fascinators, a large assortment of both dressy and casual hats (many priced at just $18 42 SAVANNAH SCENE September/October 2011
each!), comfortable shoes, unusual scarves, a vast selection of vintage inspired pins. Lisa hand-picks all the jewelry at Savannah Rose, including unique estate pieces, antique button jewelry and genuine coin jewelry. The sterling silver and gold jewelry at Savannah Rose, some with genuine gemstones, are sure to become family heirlooms. This beloved Savannah boutique now features a number of new items for fall including a line of custom-made Mylinka handbags with pronged Swarovski crystals, known to be the most beautiful handbags in the world. You can order one to your exact specifications. Retired Mary Frances and Timmy Woods handbags are also featured at Savannah Rose. Other handbags to choose from include purses made out of poptops, license plates, seatbelts and more! Many visitors come in for a handbag organizer, which is available in three different sizes. Interested in expanding your wardrobe? Outfit yourself in style at this downtown Savannah boutique, which specializes in women’s jackets designed in Italy, one-ofa-kind clothing and the most beautiful sweaters, all priced within reason. “You’re not going to find any other shop in Savannah that carries the things I have,” said Lisa. “A lot of my items are exclusive. I think one of the best things about my shop is the value. People are pleased with my prices, and in this economy it’s important to carry products that are both appealing and economical.” Since this alluring shop first opened its doors at Factors Walk on Bay Street, it has attracted repeat customers with its wide selection of merchandise and attentive, personalized service. If you have a flair for the unusual, you’ll find it at Savannah Rose. Savannah Rose is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit Savannah Rose, the Shop with Attitude!
SAVANNAH ROSE (Next to the River Street Inn at the Abercorn Ramp) 126 E. Bay Street Savannah, Georgia (912) 232-9449 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 40. 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 45. stealmagnolias.com.
ART GALLERIES HORIZON GALLERY (912) 234-3232. 206 E. savannah.com
Bay St., B-6 on map. Depicting local art, sculpture, handmade jewelry, ceramics, paintings, ship models and photography, Horizon Gallery is home to local artist Michele Snell. Where most would see a blank canvas or a blank wall, Michele envisions beaches, landscapes, fountains, old brick or great mossy oaks. Open daily, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. See ad page 41. michelesnellgalleries.com. HREEVES ART (912) 312-1403. Located in Gallery 5 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. MOSO ORIGINAL ARTWORK AND DESIGN (404) 825-8295. 502 E. River St. Located at Booth #72 in the River Street Market Place. A-8 on map. The heart-warming and whimsical artwork of local Georgia folk artist MoSo is something you don’t want to miss. Locals and tourists alike call her “A Charming Breeze by September/October 2011 SAVANNAH SCENE
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the River!” Open daily. See ad page 51. 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 48. 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 44. "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. 44 SAVANNAH SCENE September/October 2011
DESIGNER CONSIGNER BOUTIQUE (912) 355-5600. 234 Eisenhower Dr. (east of Abercorn, across from Toys ”R” Us), T-10 on map. Featuring upscale women’s clothing such as Talbot’s, Chico’s, Coach, Banana Republic, Tibi, Nanette Lepore, Gucci, Chanel, Eileen Fisher and Louis Vuitton. This consignment boutique also offers handbags, jewelry and shoes for the fashion-conscious shoppers. Open Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.5 p.m. Closed Sunday. See ad page 47. designerconsignersav.com. 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 44. savannah.gofishretail.com. RIVER STREET’S ELEGANT CREATIONS (912) 232-5918. Located in the River Street savannah.com
Market Place near the famous “Waving Girl 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 48. 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 41. savannah.com
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, Caribbean Soul, Fresh Produce sportswear and Reef sandals. See ad page 48.
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 25. 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. September/October 2011 SAVANNAH SCENE
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FACTOR’S COTTAGE (912) 443-9337. 204 E. Bay St. (Abercorn Ramp to River St.), B-6 on map. A family-owned and operated gift store featuring unique lamps, whimsical clocks, picture frames, chimes, footwear, candles, home decor accents and more. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. See ad page 40. factorscottage.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 and timeless clocks. Offering exclusive items you won’t find anywhere else. Your shop with attitude, where the difference is different. 46 SAVANNAH SCENE September/October 2011
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 45. stealmagnolias.com.
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 41. 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 Harleysavannah.com
Davidson dealer has genuine Harley-Davidson motorclothes and collectibles. Open 7 days a week. See ad page 48. savannahhd.com.
historical shoots will take you back in time with genuine costumes and sets. Whether you’re a Southern Belle, an officer, a gunslinger or a Flapper, there is always fun and fantasy at The Time Machine Portrait Company. Open 7 days a week, 12-10 p.m. See ad page 49. thetimemachineportraitco.com.
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., Bluffton, S.C. 29910; Tanger 2, 1414 Fording Island Rd., Bluffton, S.C. 29910. Tanger 2 is open with over 45 brand-name stores and Tanger 1 is now 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. Open Mon.Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. See ad page 39. tangeroutlet.com.
BIRKENSTOCK (912) 236-9794. 9 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 water-resistant sandals… All in great styles with the comfort and quality that Birkenstock is known for. See ad page 46. birkenstockbarefootin.com.
PORTRAITS THE TIME MACHINE PORTRAIT COMPANY (912) 233-7704. 205 W. River St., A-3 on map. Step into The Time Machine Portrait Company where 15 minutes of fun brings you a lifetime of memories. Our professional savannah.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. September/October 2011 SAVANNAH SCENE
“UNIQUE NIQUE OPEN PEN AIR IR SHOPPING HOPPING ONN RIVER IVER STREET TREET’SS EAST AST END ND” Located on the east end of Historic River Street, step back in time to experience Savannah’s Southern charm, old-fashioned hospitality and shop in an open-air market on the river known as River Street Market Place. Enjoy a unique international shopping experience while browsing through more than 50 shopping stalls representing countries from all over the world including Ireland, Costa Rica, Australia, Nepal, Peru, Japan, Vietnam, China and of course, goods made right here in the South. The international feel is enhanced at River Street Market Place by its relaxing atmosphere and scenic view of the river as ships sail by bringing in goods from ports throughout the world. Take a break from shopping and visit the Market Square and Market Courtyard where you will find a place to relax, enjoy snacks and beverages as well as restroom facilities. Here you will also have the opportunity to embark on a Historic Savannah Tour, Ghost Tour, Walking Tour, Dolphin Watch Cruise or Dinner Cruise on the Savannah River or perhaps you just may want to relax and take in the beauty of the surroundings with friends and family. Opens daily at 10 a.m.
912-220-9101 • riverstreetmarketplace.com
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Have your photograph taken in a vintage inspired costume – from Old West to Vintage Savannah – and have it uploaded to your Facebook page at THE TIME MACHINE PORTRAIT CO., 205 W. River St., 912-233-7704 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, 229 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 Sid Dickens memory blocks, accessories, jewelry, pop-up-books and Whimsical or Kit Kat clocks found at FACTOR’S COTTAGE, 204 E. Bay St., 912-443-9337 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 Local art, sculpture, handmade jewelry, ceramics, paintings, ship models and photography at HORIZON GALLERY, 206 E. Bay St., (912) 234-3232 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 For the fashion-conscious shopper, check out the fabulous finds at DESIGNER CONSIGNER BOUTIQUE, 234 Eisenhower Dr., 912-355-5600
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HISTORIC DISTRICT 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. SAVANNAH GETAWAYS (866) 690-2074. 517 E. Broad St., H-9 on map. Choose from 100+ vacation rental properties – most are located in the Landmark Historic District. Savannah’s oldest and best management company, Savannah Getaways provides upscale homes, condos, townhouses and urban lofts from 1 to 5 bedrooms (some pet friendly). Perfect for girlfriends’ getaway, destination weddings, girl scouts and romantic weekend getaways. savannahgetaways.net. savannah.com
DID YOU KNOW? While admiring Savannah’s splendid architecture, you might start to notice a reoccurring color painted on the doorframes, porches and windowsills of many of Savannah’s grand homes. This bluish green color, or “Haint Blue,” is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it has an important purpose, to ward off evil spirits. “Haint Blue” paint was first used by African Slaves to secure entry points into their houses from spirits. The Geechee/ Gullah culture of the Lowcountry say the bluish green color of “Haint Blue” represents water, of which it is believed, spirits can not pass over. Courtesy of Savannah Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
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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 Andrew Low House Pg. 24 Angela Beasley’s Puppet People Pg. 29 Architectural Tours of Savannah Pg. 37 Bull River Marina Pg. 29 Captain Mike’s Dolphin Adventure Pg. 23 Dolphin Magic Pg. 33 The Harper Fowlkes House Pg. 31 Historic Savannah Carriage Tours Pg. 27 Old Savannah Tours Pg. 3 Psychic Readings By Sylvia Pg. 32 Rose Hill Mansion Pg. 33 St. Vincent’s Annual Historic Tour of Homes Pg. 35 Savannah Cultural Heritage Tours Pg. 35 Savannah Heritage Tours Pg. 25 Savannah Movie Tours Pg. 23 Savannah Riverboat Company Pg. 5 Savannah Theatre Pg. 29 Savvy Savannah Tours Pg. 26 Segway of Savannah Pg. 31 Ships of the Sea Pg. 34 Taste of Savannah Pg. 30 Tybee Island Lighthouse & Museum Pg. 21
Dining & Lounges 10 Downing at Churchill’s Pg. 2 Brighter Day Natural Foods Market Pg. 14 Bull Street Eatery Pg. 13 Casbah Moroccan Restaurant Pg. 13 Chart House Pg. 17 Churchill’s Pub Pg. 2 Goose Feathers, an Express Cafe & Bakery Pg. 7 Love’s Seafood Pg. 9 56 SAVANNAH SCENE September/October 2011
The Melting Pot Pg. 15 The Mirage Mediterranean Bar & Grill Pg. 10 SavannahMenu.com Pg. 16 Savannah River Queen Riverboat Pg. 5 Second Line – Authentic New Orleans Po Boys Pg. 13 Six Pence Pub & Restaurant Pg. 11 Tubby’s Seafood River Street Pg. 64 Unforgettable Bakery & Deli Pg. 14 Wasabi’s Fusion Downtown Pg. 13
Lodging & Real Estate Quality Inn–Historic District Pg. 53
Shopping Birkenstock Pg. 46 “The Book” Gift Shop Pg. 43 City Market Pg. 47 Cobblestone Lane Antiques Mall Pg. 40 Designer Consigner Boutique Pg. 47 E. Shaver, Bookseller Pg. 44 Factor’s Cottage Pg. 40 Go Fish Clothing & Jewelry Co. Pg. 44 Horizon Gallery Pg. 41 HReevesArt Pg. 47 Keller’s Flea Market Pg. 25 Matter of Factors Pg. 41 MoSo Original Artwork & Design Pg. 51 River Street’s Elegant Creations Pg. 51 Saints and Shamrocks Pg. 45 Savannah Harley Davidson Pg. 48 Savannah Rose Pg. 41 Steal Magnolias Eclectics Pg. 45 Tanger Outlet Centers Pg. 39 The Time Machine Portrait Co. Pg. 49 Village Craftsmen Pg. 48 Washed Ashore Pg. 48 savannah.com
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ACROSS CLUES 1. Nautical cry. 5. To fit sails to masts and yards. 8. Lowcountry staple, ____ sauce served over pudding and cobbler. 12. Savannah River Queen – ____ a cruise along the Historic Savannah River. 13. Handy thing to have in a boat. 14. Savannah.com features ____ maps and discounts. 15. Ships Of The ____ Museum. 16. Goose Feathers, An Express Cafe & Bakery for ____-of-akind seasonal treats. 17. Architectural Tours Of Savannah – Walking tours are ____ by guide and author Jonathan Stalcup. 18. St. Louis player. 20. Second Line for the “Debris,” the mother of ____ Po Boys. 22. HReevesArt for photography that shares the beauty of the Georgia ____. 25. Suffix denoting origin. 26. “The Book” Gift Shop – ____ Ship Anywhere in the U.S. 28. Savannah Riverboat Cruises – Ask Us About ____ Super-Saver Combo Deals. 29. River Street’s Elegant Creations for exquisite jewelry at 50% ____ suggested retail. 31. Brighter Day Natural Foods Market with whole ____ bakery. 34. Transit Time: Abbr. 35. Maurice’s nickname. 36. MoSo Original Artwork ____ Design. 37. Old Savannah Tours – Visit ____ online for full details. 39. Pheasant brood. 40. Part of the psyche. 42. Bull Street Eatery – ____ breakfast all day! 46. A square. 48. An angler needs this. 50. Equivalent Air Speed: Abbr. 51. Line used in water skiing. 52. Cobblestone Lane Antiques Mall is the biggest shop ____ Historic Savannah. 54. Rose Hill Mansion – ____ about our exceptional wines under the Rose Hill label. 55. A densely populated area. 57. SavannahMenu.com – ____ 160 restaurants and businesses! 59. Manuscripts: Abbr. 60. Tahitian god. 61. ____ catering for a special event? Unforgettable Bakery & Deli. savannah.com
DOWN CLUES 1. There’s always fun and fantasy ____ The Time Machine Portrait Company. 2. Since 1961, Chart House ____ built its reputation on delighting guests. 3. Egyptian weight. 4. Love’s Seafood – Serving fresh local seafood for more than 50 ____. 5. Quality Inn – Free high speed Internet in every ____. 6. Man’s name. 7. Tanger Outlets – New Stores. ____ Buys. 8. Corridor. 9. E. Shaver, Bookseller – Our 12 rooms ____ filled with books. 10. Angler’s quarry, ____ drum. 11. Factor’s Cottage featuring La Tee ____ Effusion Lamps. 19. Smallest unit of an element. 21. Popular part of a crab. 22. Go Fish Clothing & Jewelry ____. 23. The opposite of in. 24. Horizon Gallery for local ____ and sculpture. 25. Matter ____ Factors. 26. Churchill’s Pub with a ____ range of international beers. 27. Printer’s measure. 30. City Market with a ____ block courtyard. 32. Keller’s Flea Market with a wide ____ of merchandise. 33. Steal Magnolias Eclectics for 1
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items that will enhance the beauty of ____ home decor. Safety Valve: Abbr. Angela Beasley’s Puppet People – Just for the fun of ____! Go Fish – From clay roosters to a hand batiked ____, there is always something special. Nautical distress call. Emmet Park: Abbr. The Village Craftsmen for beautiful ____works by Savannah’s only blacksmith. Of recent origin. You’ll find moss hanging on our live ____. The Melting Pot – ____ One Delicious Bite At A Time. Dolphin Magic – Cruises are about ____ hours long. Born. Savannah Rose – Open daily at 10 __ __. The Tybee Island Light Station & Tybee Museum – There are volunteers there ____ answer questions. The Harper Fowlkes House – Open Wed.-Fri. ____ by appointment. Segway Of Savannah – Explore Historic Savannah ____ Segway’s Personal Transporter. Road: Abbr.
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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 September/October 2011
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