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56 It’s a new era at UGA: a new coach, a new mascot, a new quarterback, a new hope. Dawg Nation is alive with the possibility of another championship on the horizon.

76 THE STYLE OF BURLESQUE

Mystery and intrigue are just two of the appealing qualities of this local burlesque troupe.

48 POSH PAWS

For the sixth annual South’s Greatest Pets, we dressed the winners to the nines for their moment in the spotlight.

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NEVER FORGET

A night on the town is more than just a meal. These restaurants up the foodie ante.

Let’s pay homage to the Americans who lost their lives on 9/11 with consideration and style.

84 TO (HELL) LA & BACK

The dramatic story of a Lowcountry boy whose journey led him into a fight for his life and soul.


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40 DEPARTMENTS 26 CHIT CHATS Sapelo Skin Care gets natural. 28 CLUB SOUTH Let’s get muddy.

32 MOUTH OF THE SOUTH Miss Georgia United States.

48 SOUTH’S GREATEST

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Winners of 6th annual contest. 56 DAWG NATION A new era in UGA football.

STYLE SOUTH

Hunting season has begun.

76 BURLESQUE BEAUTIES The Downtown Delilahs bring style and sex to the stage.

36 CULTURED Chris Robinson’s Southern Brotherhood.

80 LADY OF THE WATER How Elena Madden’s art seems to move on the canvas.

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MORE STUFF 40 WE’RE PET PEOPLE Celebrating our furry family members.

84 TO HELL.A AND BACK Gregory Broome reflects on the fast-paced, drug-addicted world of modeling.

90 UNITED WE JAZZ How jazz music brought us all together.

94 26 WAYS TO BRAND THE

ULTIMATE YOU

Change your brand, change your life.

124 BOHEMIAN AT BELK Local designer in the South’s department store. 126 SOUTHERN SAFARI The classic style gets a Southern infusion. 130 NEVER FORGET Remembering 9/11 in style.

GO/DINE/ PLAYSOUTH 134 LUXURY LIVING

Living large down South.

136 LUXURY GETAWAYS

The most stylish places to eat, play, stay and shop in the Coastal South.

146 TEQUILA’S TOWN

A second location and housemade tequila brand for this local Mexican favorite.

150 BILLY THE G.O.A.T.

Honoring a living legend.

152 DINING IN STYLE

Luxury Dining in the South.

164 EVENTS CALENDAR


PUBLISHER’S LETTER/ BRAND YOURSELF OR DIE!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BRANDS? MOST OF YOU COULD ANSWER THAT IN NO TIME. YOU COULD PROBABLY EVEN DESCRIBE WHY YOU’RE ATTRACTED TO THOSE BRANDS. BUT THERE’S ONE QUESTION THAT WILL HAVE MOST OF YOU SCRATCHING YOUR HEADS.

WHAT EXACTLY IS A BRAND? Back in the day, it was simply an identifying mark, like when a farmer branded his livestock. And this aspect is still true, even if we’re talking about HDTVs instead of cattle. But in the modern sense a brand isn’t just a mark. It’s much more than a slick logo, bright colors, and a snappy slogan—or even an actual product. Right now you’re probably wondering: Why should I care? I like Oreos. I buy Oreos. I eat Oreos. It’s simple, you silly man. Okay, I’m glad you asked. The truth is, despite its seemingly insidious ubiquity, we can learn a lot from the art of branding. It can give you powerful advantages—or keep you from tumbling into the abyss of irrelevance. BRAND YOURSELF OR DIE. YEAH, I SAID THAT. Companies like Coca-Cola, Samsung, and Nike spend huge sums every year to craft their brands. And it’s all to make you feel something positive about them—or even, gasp, identify with them. Are you an Apple or Android person? You know which one you are. What you might not realize is that your local contracting business, Mr. Builder, also is a brand, despite the fact that you spend no time considering this odd brand black magic. And, Ms. Finance Executive, your own personal brand exists beyond that of your Fortune 500 employer.

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Like it or not, branding is important for everyone. Ms. Finance projects a certain confidence and competence by the way she dresses and acts. Impressions are very important but, like a slick logo and snappy slogan, they’re just the beginning. Of course, please consider your audience. The polished, put-together Ms. Finance might go over very well in a board room but will probably give the wrong impression in a design studio. Develop a style that suits who you are but also works in your professional and personal context. Next, examine the things you do. For example, what you post to social media can either be wonderfully helpful or incredibly harmful. And when you post something online it’s pretty much there forever, for all to Google. That’s why branding matters to you. And it also begins to answer that first head-scratcher. As you’re probably beginning to suspect, a brand is made of everything you offer to the world. It’s everywhere and every way that you interact with others. Some very smart companies follow this rule religiously. They do everything possible to make sure their customers’ experiences live up to those wonderful first impressions—from design to products to customer service to positive word-of-mouth and more. And here’s why it’s worth it. Next time you’re wondering why you’re paying a premium for a brand-name item instead of the cheaper no-name gizmo that does the same thing, ask yourself this: Which company is more likely to provide a quality product and stand behind it? Is it the one which has invested in a strong brand? Or is it the one you’ve never heard of (and will possibly never hear from again)? A brand is kind of like insurance. It not only offers confidence but also greatly increases the actual likelihood that you’ll have a good experience. Smart companies wouldn’t willfully or carelessly destroy a brand they worked so hard to build. And, in a very real sense, the same holds true for Mr. Builder, Ms. Finance Executive, and all of you, dear readers. Sure, your packaging is important. Just remember to be smart, brave, ethical, reliable, helpful, kind—or whatever your personal brand represents. That way, the experiences others have with you will match that attractive box. Many thanks and keep reading,

ABOUT THE COVERS

➼ NEVER FORGET September 11 is a day that many will never forget. Featured on our 63rd cover is an American soldier’s wife, Sarah Lynn Miller. Photographer Cedric Smith shot this fashion spread inside the amazing showroom of 24e Design Co. Sarah is wearing a Nine Line Apparel shirt and also featured in fashion by Fab’rik, Savannah, GA. Design by Michael Brooks. SEE PAGES 130 & 178.

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➼ FORD PLANTATION South magazine went on the hunt for the most luxurious communities in the South and was fortunate to be invited to visit the Ford Plantation in Richmond Hill, Ga. This upscale community was everthing it was stacked up to be, not to mention it was once the home of Henry Ford. Because of its beauty and splendor, it was an easy decision to feature his home on our 63rd cover. Photography by Michael Hrizuk and designed by Michael Brooks. READ MORE ABOUT LUXURY COMMUNITIES ON PAGE 134

–MICHAEL BROOKS, PUBLISHER/CREATIVE DIRECTOR

P H O T O G R A P H Y by Cedric Smith


CONTRIBUTORS

BARRY KAUFMAN

CEDRIC SMITH

In 1996 Cedric Smith became a painter in Atlanta and shortly thereafter his love for vintage photographs was incorporated into almost all of his works. After showcasing his paintings in different major cities including New York, Texas, Chicago, and Paris, it was only after he moved to Savannah that he just “picked up the camera” and started shooting; this was an easy transition, given his love for fashion and image. He enjoys shooting fashion because the artistry of fashion is so fascinating to him, “When you shoot fashion, you can play with color, and you can shoot from an artist’s point of view.” See Cedric’s work on the cover and in Never Forget page 130. cedricsmithphotography.com

Barry Kaufman is the managing editor of travel website TravelPulse.com and a long-time resident of Bluffton, S.C. where he lives with his wife and three children. When he’s not traveling or tweeting about traveling, you can find him in the kitchen whipping up pizzas for his Instagram feed. Find him on Twitter @BKTravelPulse. The Downtown Delilahs on page 76.

KRISTE SANDERS

With her roots deeply planted in Georgia ground, Kriste Sanders is a writer and editor who happens to teach elementary students, too. A 1987 graduate of the University of Georgia, she has lived in Savannah for over 20 years and enjoys spending time on the family’s boat, exploring local waters and holding fellowship with friends on sandbars. Her writing reflects her passion for what she holds dear: family, friends, and all things Southern. See Kriste’s work in Dawg Nation on page 56.

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ANGELA HOPPER LEE

Angela Hopper Lee received her Bachelors degree in photography from SCAD in 2001 and has been capturing the people and places of Savannah ever since. She shoots everything from weddings and events to family and pet portraits. She has a passion for animals, which comes across beautifully in the South’s Greatest Pets portraits on page 48.

CHUCK COLEMAN

Chuck Coleman is a designer and photographer who visually separates himself by focusing on photographing his own steampunk apparel and models. His images reveal less flesh, exposing the emotional values of a woman’s beauty that are not just skin-deep. In an industry where beauty is seen as conditional, Coleman creates unique experiences where women of all generations can come together feeling beautiful and empowered. See Chuck’s work in Downtown Delilahs (pg 76) & Billy the G.O.A.T. (pg 150).


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INSIDE SAPELO SKIN CARE JCB MUD RUN JAILBREAK MUD RUN ASHIA MILLER/MISS GA FALL HUNTING GUIDE CHRIS ROBINSON

KEEPING IT

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WHO KNEW THE MARSH COULD MAKE YOUR SKIN SO BEAUTIFUL? By Kriste Sanders / Photos by Dylan Wilson

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This three step , twice daily anti-aging beauty regimen mimics the rejuvenating effects of the tides with hydration, stimulation, nourishment and revitalization of the skin.

t was at a Pat Conroy book signing that Cindy Edwards and Stephanie Duttenhaver developed a friendship. That friendship has grown into a business endeavor that fuses their passion for beauty and love of the South. Sapelo Skin Care, the duo’s brainchild, is unlike any other beauty product on the shelf. “We wanted quality skin care products,” said Edwards. “The problem was, so many of the products out there contain some type of harsh chemical that actually can damage the skin.” Their solution was to create their own skincare line that included local plant and marine botanicals including seaweed, honey, oyster shell calcium, gardenia stem cells and magnolia oil extract. With the help of experienced cosmetic scientist Michael Warshaw and their physician husbands, Dr. John Duttenhaver and Dr. Joseph Edwards, the partners developed a 3-step, 28-day recovery system that hydrates, nourishes, and improves skin quality. “Just like the tides bring nutrients to our marshes, our products rejuvenate the skin with hydration and nourishment,” said Duttenhaver. “The 3-step Skin Recovery System includes a renewing serum, rejuvenating cream and a softening emollient with essential oils. These products combined will restore skin’s health and appearance.” The partners are excited for the future of Sapelo Skin Care. “We will be the featured product at the Polished Beauty Lounge, opening in late August on Whitaker Street.” Duttenhaver added. “It’s an exciting venture that we know will be a huge success.”‹

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CLUB SOUTH/ JCB MUDFEST

JCB Mudfest More than 700 runners participated in the 5th Annual JCB MudFest on Saturday, June 18 at JCB Headquarters in Pooler. The event featured a five-mile muddy obstacle course and new 5k experience. Proceeds from this year’s food and beverage sales went to benefit the Lady Bamford Center for early childhood development.

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CLUB SOUTH / JAILBREAK MUD RUN

Jailbreak Mud Run

On June 11th , more than 600 participants joined in for the 2nd annual Jailbreak Mud Challenge, hosted by the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. Participants conquered over 50 obstacles and five miles of mud, proving that this course is the toughest mud run in the area. The event raised over $19,000 to be donated to Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes, a local non-profit that offers at-risk children a loving and safe environment.

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MOUTH OF THE SOUTH / ASHIA MILLER

Q&A

WITH A BEAUTY QUEEN

IT TAKES MORE THAN A WINNING SMILE TO CLAIM THE CROWN IN A NATIONAL BEAUTY PAGEANT. OUR 2016 MISS GEORGIA UNITED STATES ASHIA MILLER IS READY TO BRING, AS SHE DESCRIBES IT, HER AUTHENTIC SELF TO THE STAGE AT THE MISS UNITED STATES PAGEANT IN LAS VEGAS. KRISTE SANDERS: What is your

greatest advantage going into the competition? ASHIA MILLER: I have a gift of gab. I’ve been a talker all of my life and even hummed myself to sleep in my crib.

“OUR GREATEST FEAR IS NOT THAT WE ARE INADEQUATE, BUT THAT WE ARE POWERFUL BEYOND MEASURE.” -MARIANNE WILLIAMS

KS: What is it about pageants that inspired you to compete? AM: I’m competitive by nature. I competed on the French horn from middle school to high school, and into college as well. That competitive streak never went away. KS: With the high heels and

long dresses, do you worry about falling? AM: No. I have to wear six-inch heels on stage and so I practice over and over again. I practice at the house, in the garage, and even in the bathroom.

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Outfit / Fab’rik Shoes Loeffler Randall / Off Saks Fifth Avenue To learn more about the Miss United States Pageant at the Palms in Las Vegas on July 29 to Aug. 5, visit unitedstatesnationalpageants.com

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you give to young women interested in competing in pageants? AM: I would say to really push yourself to find out who you are before you go into a pageant. Originally, I was trying to conform to what I thought they wanted. But after getting so many nos, a top five here, or an interview award there, it was not the yes that I wanted. I had to step back and ask myself, “Who am I really?” and bring that authenticity to the stage. If you are your true authentic self, you won’t have any competition. •

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KS: What advice would


TRUE SOUTH / HUNTING SEASON

ABOUT MARTY...

For more than a quarter century professional outdoorsman Marty Fischer has traveled the world in search of the finest hunting and adventure travel destinations. As a national outdoor television host since 1992, professional shooting instructor for more than three decades and perhaps America’s most well-known and respected gun club designer, Marty has truly been “Livin’ the Dream” as he has blended his vocation and avocation into a way of life. Watch him on the TNT Outdoor Explosion television series, For airtimes and show information visit tntoutdoorexplosion.com For more about Marty, visit martyfischer.com

MARTY FISCHER’S GUIDE

FALL HUNTING

FOR THE AVID HUNTER, FALL IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR. DON’T START THE SEASON OFF UNPREPARED. FOLLOW THESE TIPS FROM OUR RESIDENT HUNTING EXPERT, MARTY FISCHER, FOR A SUCCESSFUL SEASON START TO FINISH.

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By Marty Fischer / Photos by Jay Blakesburg ake no mistake; it has been a long, hot summer in the Deep South. Some Southerners enjoy the heat, but for the outdoor enthusiasts, cooler weather can’t get here soon enough. The temperatures dropping can only mean one thing: Fall hunting seasons have begun. Whitetail deer and dove hunting enthusiasts don’t have long to wait at all, since the deer season opens in the South Carolina Lowcountry region in mid-August followed by the annual dove season in both Georgia and South Carolina the first Saturday of September. The archery season for deer opens a few weeks later in Georgia. With these hunting seasons approaching, there are a number of things that enthusiasts need to do now in order to be ready for opening day. The one thing that you don’t want to do is start planning for the hunt a day or two before it happens, so here are 34

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a few things you need to address in order to be ready to hunt this Fall: LICENSING

Check to make sure your hunting licenses are current. In most states the licenses run for a year from the date of purchase, but that is for the actual license only. Items like duck stamps and wildlife management permits are valid until the final day of a given hunting season, and must be renewed for the following year. You may be required to pass a hunter’s safety course prior to venturing afield. A Hunter’s Safety Certification number is required for those born after 1967. The safety course is also recommended if you are a first time hunter but you aren’t required to take the course by law. EQUIPMENT

It is wise to check all of your equipment prior to the hunting

season. This means checking the operation of things like your guns, lights, tree stands, clothing, boots and other accessories. If you are purchasing new equipment, make sure you spend some time breaking it in before you take it to the field. For instance, getting comfortable with your firearm is critical, so practice is a must. If you purchase a new pair of boots, you will want to put a few miles on them to get them broken in. Rest assured that if your feet are uncomfortable, your hunt will be cut short.

The gun pictured above is a Remington 30-06. A 30-06 can be used to hunt everything from coyote to buffalo. It is considered a “Big Game” rifle.

PRACTICE

There is no substitute for being prepared for your days afield. This means that you should take your shooting practice seriously. Whether you are hunting with a firearm or bow, you want to be perfectly comfortable with the operation of the equipment, and you most certainly want to be a proficient as possible with your shooting ability. You should try to replicate in your practice the shot conditions you will face in the field. The best place to practice for an upland bird or waterfowl hunt is on a sporting clays course since the target variety can better prepare you for what you will see in the field. You will also want to work on your gun mounts since you will not be able to have the gun up to your shoulder prior to the start of the shot sequence like you might see some do when shooting clay targets. If you are hunting with a rifle, make sure you practice at the distance you will most likely be shooting. If you are traveling to hunt with an outfitter, make sure you question him on the terrain, elevation and shot distances and conditions you might encounter while on the hunt. That way you will be better prepared for what is to come. Bow hunters tend to practice often, but many of them shoot arrows only from the ground. In most instances when bowhunting, the hunter will be elevated in a tree stand. Make sure you practice for both and by all means do some shooting from an elevated position since the higher angle makes the drop of the arrow different from shots taken from the ground. When venturing afield you want to be as prepared as possible, and making sure that you and your equipment are up to the challenge can be the difference between a successful hunt or a miserable one. ‹


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SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD SINCE HIS TURBULENT DAYS IN THE MULTI-PLATINUM SELLING GROUP THE BLACK CROWES, ATLANTA NATIVE CHRIS ROBINSON FINDS PEACE IN HIS LAID BACK CALIFORNIA ‘FARM-TO-TABLE PSYCHEDELIC ROCK N ROLL’ BAND. AFTER THIRTY YEARS IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS, ROBINSON NEVER LOST HIS SOUTHERN ROOTS.

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tlanta native Chris Robinson called me from his Marin County, California, home to discuss his new record Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel released on July 29. Robinson sold thirtyfive million records with The Black Crowes. He’s traveled the world over since he left Georgia, and experienced all the tempting trappings of fame. These days, Robinson prefers a grassroots mode of operandi with his new group The Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Robinson’s parents Stan and Nancy were musicians. Stan Robinson earned a hit with “Boom A Dip Dip” in 1959, and even appeared on The Dick Clark Show. In 1984, Chris and his younger brother Rich formed a band in Atlanta, Mr. Crowes 36

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The Chris Robinson Brotherhood from left to right: Neal Casal (guitar), Adam MacDougal (keyboard), Tony Leone (drums), and Chris Robinson (lead vocals and guitar).

Garden, that later transformed into the multiplatinum group The Black Crowes. In 2015, Chris and Rich decided The Black Crowes would never play together again. The pressure, internal conflict and brutal mechanisms of the business burned Robinson out on his old band. Since 2011, Robinson’s new group--The Chris Robinson Brotherhood or The CRB--cultivated a dedicated following based on their “Farm To Table Psychedelic RocknRoll” ethos. The CRB retains a mellower groove than the blues-based grit of The Black Crowes . True to form, Anchor Brewing brewed ‘Brotherhood Steam Beer’ inspired by Robinson’s group. The CRB fourth album, Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel, captures the band’s earthy essence. The CRB tour continues until the end of the year. Robinson moved from Georgia to California in 1992. We discussed how his family visited St. Simons Island when he was a kid, and I asked if he missed the South. “I miss the barbecue and some food and sensory things. I see the world through Southern lenses. That’s where I grew up. My interest in football is waning, but there’s still something about the red and black--I’m still a Dawgs fan. But I’m content with my California reality (laughs).” The appeal of Robinson’s music resides in the soulful sound he augments into his songwriting through influences he absorbed at an early age. “Yeah, well I always pursued and everyone in the CRB is inspired by roots music; whether that’s folk, country, blues, jazz, R&B, soul and just plain


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Chris Robinson began his music career in the 80s with Mr. Crowe’s Garden (later morphed into The Black Crowes). His style was heavily influenced by The Faces and The Rolling Stones, and although he was just starting out in the business, he had a clear vision of the look he wanted to emulate.

As The Black Crowes got bigger and further into the fame game, Chris never lost his sense of style. His dirty, hippie-chic look never faultered.

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Now in his 50’s, legendary rocker Chris Robinson is set on returning to his roots and creating a music experience that answers to no one.

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With the Guns and Roses glam rock look still reigning supreme in the early 90s, Chris and The Black Crowes took a different direction. “We immediately felt that we wanted to look like something else. For us, at that time, you know, 1972 Rolling Stones represented everything to us: the sound, the drugs, the look, the glamourous dirt bag-iness of it. Keith, really, more than anything else. That was super romanticized in our mind.

Now that Chris is a father, his party lifestyle has slowed down a bit. That doesn’t mean his style has. Ripped jeans have come to be his signature look paired with worn button-ups and that ever-present long rocker do.

*AS THE CROW FLIES: This idiom is based on the fact that crows, very intelligent birds, fly straight to the nearest food supply.

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From their first album, Shake Your Money Maker (left) released in 1990, to their last, Before the Frost...Until the Freeze (right), released in 2009, The Black Crowes were a fixture in the rock genre. After 30 years of multi-platinum records, sold-out concerts, multiple breakups and reunions, the band officially called it quits in 2015.

Fans can download the band’s newest album, “Any Way You Love, We Know How You Feel”, view tour dates, videos, and past albums by visiting their website, chrisrobinsonbrotherhood.com.

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old rock & roll. That music is a cosmic wellspring of depth. It’s the kind of expression I emanate. People put on music at funerals and they play music at weddings. It’s always been that way.” Robinson explained how Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel sounds different than the group’s previous work. “I think we are the musicians and artists we aspire to be--it’s been three years since the last record. That’s another three years of living with good and bad stuff. As people living in a world that’s teetering on chaos, anxiety, fear and suffering--that’s all we see. Of course, we’re going to be affected and things should be different. The pragmatic difference...the one thing The CRB has since we started is our hunter-gatherer skills. We use our environment for our survival. Every year The CRB does a little better. With this album we had more time in the studio. We recorded here in Marin County during a beautiful California winter with La Nina, fog, rain and landslides that kept us in our musical cocoon. It’s not showbiz magic. It’s magic magic.” The CRB operates beyond any parameters of the typical musicbiz, which is not a luxury Robinson experienced in The Black Crowes. “We have a good level of communication. Everyone is grown up. Everyone has each other’s back. There’s no agendas here. There’s no whispering behind somebody’s back to the producer to the manager to the record company telling you what to do. That’s how it is in a corporate setting for bands.” Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel does emit a funky, soulful country-ish resonance in tunes such as “Narcissus Soaking Wet,” “California Hymn” and “Some Gardens Green.” Robinson explained why they recorded in a secluded studio in northern California. “I think it’s been my favorite studio I’ve worked in. I’ve recorded in New York, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, Nashville, Atlanta--I’ve done a lot of

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Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel is the first album with new drummer, Tony Leone (far left). His sound and experience bring a new level to The Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s musical genius.


recording. This place was fantastic for weirdos like us. We could set up in this big spacious room.” “To be in Los Angeles--where we made the last record--at Sunset Sound, which is a great sounding studio. Everyone from the Doors to the Rolling Stones--Prince recorded 1999 in the same room we recorded our last record. They have beautiful gear and are wonderful people. But, you’re on Santa Monica Boulevard. There’s no windows--you’re in Hollywood, man. Now, we’ve expanded and we had all this other stuff available--like the weather--on the side of Mount Tamalpais, and we let it flow.” Robinson also produced a Gary Louris & Mark Olson (The Jayhawks) album called Ready For The Flood. Olson said this about Robinson: “Chris has a wide range of knowledge and the world around him. He has business smarts and he’s also tough. He loves music and he’s a positive force. He knows his stuff and relates to the beauty of it all. He is always leaning forward into music and life.” I asked Robinson what’s the biggest difference in the record industry when he started with The Black Crowes in the late 80s, and now in 2016. “Well, some of it’s the same in a far left way when I was a kid. Now, if you’re gonna be on a major label you’re working for a big corporation. And you have to make them money. I’m blessed that people like the music I make. Now is an amazing time.

“If I was a young person from Atlanta or Savannah or Chattanooga or Columbia all you need in this day and age is a few people. Play records you like. Have parties. Get a band together. If there’s no scene--make one. So, for me now things are much cooler. From the beginning of The CRB we never felt anyone was trying to manipulate the scene behind our back. There’s nothing to manipulate. It’s just us.” Robinson takes pride in his songcraft. In the CRB, he operates as lyricist and rhythm guitarist. The lyrics on the new songs according to him “are a little more clear cut melancholy.” I mentioned a few of my favorites including “Some Gardens Green” and he explained the tune’s universal quality. “The basis of that song is that nothing is what it seems. Success isn’t what it seems to people. Love isn’t what it seems. There’s a duality. Life these days is dictated by status and people look up to sellouts. They look up to people who dumb down what they are or what they stand for because of money. In a way, it’s about that not everything is for sale.” Robinson’s 30 year career allows him to reveal brutal lessons. I asked him what’s been the hardest thing to learn after all these years. “That’s easy. The hardest thing for me to learn was that people I’m with or closest to me don’t love music like I do. Or they’re not interested in artistic ideas. It doesn’t stop me, but I’ve

emancipated myself from situations I don’t want to be in because joy is a much bigger commodity.” Robinson recently scored a new radio show on Sirius called “Gurus Galore.” It’s interesting for music aficionados and worth hearing. “It’s fun. I’ve always DJ’d at my friends shows or my own when the doors open. Especially in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. When promotional things are afoot radio stations ask me to leave them a playlist. Last winter I was at Sirius and my friend there said, ‘Why don’t we do a show? You can play anything you want.’ I said, ‘Be careful when you say anything I want.’ He said, ‘Anything.’ So, it’s great to throw vibes out there and play some esoteric or obscure music because somebody has never heard it before and don’t even know what deep, new edge music was like in the mid 70s or LSD magic music. Weird stuff. I can play anything.” Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel contends as one of Robinson’s most variegated albums, and he’s happy where he’s at these days. “I didn’t get into music to be told what to do. If something screws up, it’s ultimately my problem, but I know how it’s supposed to be. I got into this to be independent of the business. That’s music. It’s a deep, deep thing.” Get a little deeper with The Chris Robinson Brotherhood’s new album Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel available on iTunes or chrisrobinsonbrotherhood.com . •

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WE LOVE OUR FURRY FRIENDS

For most of us, our pets are more than just animals who live in our homes. Our pets are our children, our companions, and our best friends. Admit it, most of the time you’d rather hang out with your dog than another human being. In honor of our Annual South’s Greatest Pets Contest, we are dedicating the following pages to the people and organizations that make life better for our furry friends. This section showcases some of the South’s most intriguing pets and animal organizations, and has tips for owners on how to keep them healthy and happy. Photography by Lauren Auda

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5 TYPES OF ANIMAL CRUELTY & HOW TO REPORT IT

ALL ABOUT SECOND CHANCES

ONE TRAINED UP CANINE

Operation New Hope connects inmates to dogs with low adoption rates

Meet Bruno, the dog who served five tours in Afghanistan

How one Facebook group is empowering the community to reunite owners with lost pets.

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Learning to become more than a bystander


HOW TO ADOPT There are so many local agencies that help needy pets find their forever homes. Here are just a few of our favorites: HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER SAVANNAH

With a plethora of programs available, the Humane Society of Greater Savannah works tirelessly to improve the lives of the area’s animal and human populations. To learn how they are providing second chances, turn to page 46. humanesocietysav.org 912.354.9515

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ADOPTION: MAKING A FAMILY WHOLE

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When Dale and Brenda Hooks adopted their daughter, Anna Grace, timing was key. In 2007 the new parents traveled to China and returned home with their new baby girl. Life could not have been more sweet.

By the time Anna Grace was 7 years old another opportunity to adopt came to the threshold of the Hooks’ home. This time, it was prompted by one of Dale’s co-workers, an animal rescue advocate. She planted the seed to adopt by showing him a picture of a gray and white ball of fluff she thought would be perfect for Anna Grace. The Hooks’ decided that dog adoption would be a great way to teach Anna Grace responsibility, but they wanted her to be in on the decision. Dale and Brenda showed Anna Grace the picture one night and then they began coming up with names - they all agreed on Dixie. When asked what she thought about adopting her, Anna Grace was all in! Dixie came home on Valentine’s Day 2014. “It’s been really neat to watch the relationship they have built. Anna Grace takes her responsibility seriously. They share their time, temperament; even their bed. From the very beginning, Dixie has been her dog and she thinks it’s kind of neat that both she and Dixie are adopted,” states Dale. Since Dixie’s adoption, two years ago, Dale’s co-worker placed a new puppy, Belle, with the Hooks. Adoption has truly enriched this family’s life and the timing was everything! To find the perfect pet for you and your family, visit petfinder.com and search for the breed you need at a location near you.

IMAGINE PET RESCUE

FROM RAGS TO RICHES

MEET ADDIE, A DEATH ROW SURVIVOR, & ENRIQUE, THE TRAINER WHO SAVED HER Enrique Marquez knew from a young age that he wanted to work with dogs. “I found out early in life that I had a deep connection with dogs,” says Enrique. “When I was seven we got our first dog, Dulcinea, but sadly we had to rehome her due to aggressiveness.” Enrique wasn’t satisfied with his parent’s reasoning that ‘bad dogs never change.’ Since then, he has committed himself to helping dogs and their families regain control over their relationship, and not feel forced to have a dog rehomed or put down due to aggression. This dedication led Enrique to found DogWorx, a last-stop dog obedience training, behavior modification and aggression training business that serves families in Savannah, Hilton Head and Charleston. WHEN ENRIQUE MET ADDIE

Addie is a two year old female pitbull who, like many other pits and pit-mixes, started her life with a family that did not understand how to handle and care for such a strong dog. And again, like so many other dogs, Addie found herself at a shelter with little hope

of re-homing. Luckily, Addie had several animal heroes in her corner who fought for her to have a second chance at life. Eventually, Addie ended up at Deep South Canines Rescue, a nonprofit animal rescue based out of Ellaville, Ga. With Addie’s severe anxiety issues and aggression towards other animals, she was far from the ideal pet. But Pam Dixon, who leads Deep South Canines, saw something special in Addie and championed for her. She would not allow Addie to be euthanized without a chance at rehabilitation. A typical rehabilitation course with DogWorx runs four weeks, but Addie’s issues were so severe that she stayed in training with Enrique for two full months. Today, we see Addie as a changed dog. This promising pup has worked her tail off through intense training to learn how to thrive in a variety of everyday situations. Her new family has worked with Addie’s trainer to learn the critical training techniques they will need to continue to insure Addie’s success. And Addie now has a long and happy life ahead of her. If you’re have a hard time dealing with an aggressive dog, don’t give up hope or send them to the pound just yet. “Your dog is trainable!” says Enrique. “No matter how old the dog is, what his past was like, or what his current issues are.” For more information on Enrique and the programs offered at DogWorx, visit dogworx.us.

Imagine Pet Rescue is dedicated to rescuing the sick, injured, overlooked and forgotten animals who find themselves fighting for life throughout the United States. Their mission is to rescue animals from high kill shelters, hoarding situations, puppy mills, animal fighting rings and more; spay/neuter and provide the necessary medical care they need, and then place them with foster families until they are adopted into forever homes. Imaginepetrescue.org 904.571.0455 COASTAL PET RESCUE

As an all-volunteer non-profit organization, Coastal Pet Rescue is dedicated to saving the lives of homeless, abused, and neglected pets in the Savannah area. The organization runs a fostering program and a small capacity shelter called Camp Pawsawhile Retreat. Coastalpetrescue.org 912.228.3538 ONE LOVE ANIMAL RESCUE

This local organization partners with shelters, rescue groups and the community to facilitate the adoption of abandoned, neglected, abused or unwanted pets into permanent and loving homes. Oneloveanimalrescue.com 912.572.1251 GEORGIA RESCUE, REHABILITATION AND RELOCATION (GRRR)

This small, independent rescue group focuses on saving dogs who might otherwise be euthanized due to medical conditions, inadequate socialization, or overcrowding. g-r-r-r.com 912.656.9792

A portion of the proceeds from each piece of art sold by Ridley Stallings art is donated to Pets for Patriots, an organization that helps veterans adopt a new pet friend, while giving sheltered dogs and cats hope and a home. ridleystallingsart.com | petsforpatriots.org.

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How one Facebook group is using local community members to re-unite owners with lost pets.

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here is nothing worse than coming home to realize your pup has dug under the fence or your cat escaped the house through an open window. Immediately you go into panic mode. How far could he have gotten? Can he survive on his own? Does she know her way home? Don’t worry, Sarah Adams Taylor and her network of animal loving Savannahians are on hand to help. Taylor started the Lost and Found Pets in Savannah Facebook group in September of 2011 after seeing random posts on Facebook about missing animals. She thought it would be best to consolidate the posts into one group in order to

increase the chances of returning pets home. Since then, the group has grown to over 6,000 members and counting. This group of animal lovers uses the power of social media sharing to get the word out about lost or found pets. The amount of returned animals because of their efforts is staggering. “In my dream world, I would love to increase our numbers. I wish people would invest in proper ID and microchips for their pets. We have seen dogs and cats that have been missing for months returned because of these simple aids.” SARAH ADAMS TAYLOR WITH HER DAUGHTER EDEN AND THEIR FOUR RESCUE PUPS.

Adams Taylor also works with Chatham County Animal Control (CCAC) to remind posters of the laws regarding animals in Chatham County. “There are very specific steps that must take place to give the owner a chance to reclaim their pet. And if that doesn’t occur, once the hold time is up, a rescue

can intervene,” notes Adams Taylor. “Each county differs but I do feel like our page has a good relationship with those in charge at CCAC. They will direct people to our page and us to their facility. We all ultimately want what is best for

the animals.” To become a member of this community and help return lost animals to their families, head to facebook.com and search Lost and Found Pets in Savannah.

REUNITED & IT FEELS SO GOOD

Sarah Adams Taylor and her network of animal rescuers on their Facebook page, Lost and Found Pets in Savannah, have helped reunite hundreds of Savannah families with their furry friends. Here are some of the most recent lost and founders.

JOSÉ EUGENIO JIMENEZ DALMAU & HIS DOG TEO

DATE LOST: Missing on April 29, 2016 DATE RETURNED: Returned 2 day later “I actually think without the Facebook page I would’ve never known where to look. I was new to Savannah and just happened to stumble upon the Facebook page.”

AMANDA BROWN & CHRIS WINSLOW WITH THEIR DOG WINSTON

DATE LOST: Missing on January 13, 2015 DATE RETURNED: Was missing for 7.5 months “The Facebook page was absolutely successful, we couldn’t have found him without it!”

AMBER CUBIAK & CHASE WITH THEIR DOG TYRONE

DATE LOST: Missing on July 3, 2016 DATE RETURNED: Returned 3 days later “I think the FB page was great. [My post] got 330 likes and was shared multiple times. There’s no telling how many people eventually saw where my pet was missing.”

If you’ve recently lost a pet in Savannah, or have found an animal that isn’t yours, visit animalcontrol. chathamcounty.org to fill out a lost pet or found pet form. You can also call the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Referral Center at 912.355.6113 or the VCA Greater Savannah Animal Hospital at 912.355.8898.

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KRISTEN SMITH & HER DOG LEILA

DATE LOST: Missing on January 13, 2015 DATE RETURNED: Spotted August 18; Returned August 25 “People from the FB group came out to help - it took seven days to track her. [I think the FB group could be improved] with a way to filter though all the information, even just to search between dogs and cats.”

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Ollie B. Biscuit cone-shaped treat at Leopold’s

3 DOGGY DATE HOT SPOTS IN SAV. Because Savannah is a city with a plethora of outdoor activities, it has become one of the most dog-friendly attractions in the South. From off-leash dog parks to dog-friendly restaurants, there are plenty of places you can bring your pooch. Here are just a few of our favorites: LEOPOLD’S ICE CREAM While walking your dog downtown, stop in Leopold’s for a sweet treat; for both of you! All outdoor seating at Leopold’s is dog friendly, and your dog will enjoy a complimentary sundae made especially for your him, made with vanilla ice cream and topped with an Ollie B. Biscuit cone-shaped treat. Don’t forget to get a scoop or two for yourself. 212 E Broughton Street Savannah, GA 31401 912.234.4442 leopoldsicecream.com MELLOW MUSHROOM Arguably one of the best pizza places in town, Mellow Mushroom appreciates sharing a meal with your pup. If you sit at one of the outdoor tables, a waitress will bring a dog bowl full of cold water for your dog to enjoy while you enjoy a pitcher of one of their many craft beers on tap. 11 W Liberty Street Savannah, GA 31401 912.495.0705 mellowmushroom.com COLLIN’S QUARTER This unique Savannah eatery is a great upscale option for a doggie date. All of their outdoor seating is dog friendly, and all their amazing food is people friendly. We recommend stopping here for a relaxing evening dinner. Don’t forget to try one of their exquisite Australian wines! 151 Bull Street Savannah, GA 31401 912.777.4147 thecollinsquarter.com

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5 TYPES OF ANIMAL CRUELTY & HOW TO REPORT IT

It’s heartbreaking to see defenseless animals being mistreated, abused or neglected. Luckily, there is always something you can do about it. There are laws in every state prohibiting animal cruelty, and all of them contain felony provisions. Laws can be useless though, unless they are enforced. Here’s how to spot the signs of abuse and report it: 1. HOARDING

Hoarding situations can go far beyond stacks of old magazines. When a person keeps far more animals than they can properly care for, the situation can become unhealthy and life-threatening. According to the Humane Society of the United States, nearly 250,000 animals are victims of animal hoarding each year. Unlike other types of animal cruelty, most of the time the perpetrators of hoarding situations don’t think they are being cruel to the animals. If you think you know of someone hoarding more pets than they can care for, call the police. The hoarder may need psychological evaluation, intervention, and treatment. 2. LACK OF VETERINARY CARE

If you notice an animal that seems in dire need of care, whether from untreated wounds or signs of an untreated disease, you shouldn’t just turn a blind eye. There are plenty of organizations that will take in a sick animal, nurse it back to health, and find a loving home that has the means

to see to its future care. Check out our list of local adoption agencies on the next page.

Mike Pappas & Julia Monak with their fixed dog Nevie

3. HOT CARS

The weather down here can be pretty severe. Leaving a pet in a car can be deadly in a Southern summer. If you think you’re sweating, imagine how an animal covered in fur feels. If you see an animal left in a hot car, call 911 immediately. First responders will not only be able to free the pet, but also identify the owner based on license plate information. 4. PUPPY MILLS

According to the ASPCA, “a puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding facility where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.” Puppy mills usually house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization. Dogs for sale at pet stores or flea markets are red flags. The ASPCA recommends adoption as your first choice to discourage these kinds of inhumane breeding practices. 5. DIRECT VIOLENCE

If you ever see someone physically abusing an animal, don’t look away. Report the abuse to law enforcement immediately. Not only could you be saving the animal’s life, but you could be saving someone else’s as well. According to the Humane Society of the United States, violence toward animals is usually part of a larger pattern of violence. For more information on reporting animal abuse in Savannah and Chatham County, visit animalcontrol.chathamcounty.org or call 912.652.6575.

Pet Fix Savannah is a low cost spay and neuter service for pets in our region. You don’t have to have a rescue dog to take advantage of this service. For more information on setting an appointment for your dog or cat visit humanesociety.org/pet-fix-savannah

4 REASONS TO SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PET Getting your pet fixed is good for you, your pet, and the community. 1. Your female pet will live a longer and healthier life. Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. 2. There are also health benefits for males. According to the National Humane Society, neutering can prevent testicular cancer if done before six months of age. 3. Your male dog won’t roam. It’s instinct for your intact male to try to find a mate. This means digging under fences or escaping the house by any means necessary. Getting him fixed early will prevent a lost pup situation in the future. 4. It’s good for the community. Stray animals have become a huge problem in Savannah. By getting your pet fixed, you’re doing your part to keep our city safe.


PET PORTRAITS REIMAGINED

ART REFLECTS LIFE, AND STEVEN SCHUMAN LIVES HIS LIFE IN TECHNICOLOR. “I’ve always loved animals and enjoy their expressions and companionship,” reflects Steven Schuman, a Savannah artist who has become well-known for his colorful portraits of furry friends. His portraits are anything but typical. He lets his imagination run wild by painting with bright colors, crazy patterns and a flair for the dramatic. “Once I started looking at modern art, the first thing that impressed me was the explosion of color and the many styles of the artists. Each artist has his own vision and unique way of applying paint to their surfaces,” Schuman notes, “All I do is use my imagination and see things from the inside out. I don’t just paint what I see, I paint what I want to see!” Most of the animals Schuman paints belong to himself, his family or his friends, but he is happy to commission work of your favorite pet. Head to stevenschuman.com to order a print or contact him directly about commissioning a piece. “There is so much darkness in this world,” says Schuman. “We could all use a colorful animal friend to brighten things up.”

Doggie day care facilities are a great way to socialize and train new puppies. Socialization at a young age is vital to the proper development of the newest, cutest addition to your family.

“Merlot” by Shuman (pictured above)

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or the animals at the Humane Society, a second chance is all they ask for. The same could be said for inmates at the Chatham County Detention Center.

Operation New Hope is a partnership between the Humane Society of Greater Savannah and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. Its goal is to reduce recidivism rates by giving inmates the opportunity to train and care for dogs with poor prospects for adoption. The inmates get the chance to learn new skills and experience the accountability of taking care of another life. “This is an incredible program that we hope will stick around for a very long time,” says Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher. “We have seen the kind of effect it has on the inmates and it is truly amazing.”

ONE TRAINED UP CANINE

Bruno is taking the phrase “man’s best friend” to a whole new level. At 11 years old, this Black German Shepherd has lived a fuller and more accomplished life than most humans. Bruno can sniff out bombs, chase down enemies and, most importantly, protect the people he serves with. During his five tours in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, Bruno served with the United States Special Operations Command Unit (USSOC). He is highly trained in explosive detection and is credited with finding explosive materials on multiple occasions that could have been used to harm soldiers. After Bruno’s last deployment, during a routine physical, vets discovered the he has a degenerative back condition, which led to Bruno being discharged from the military. Bruno is adjusting to civilian life quite well here in Savannah with his adoptive owner Gary Coleman. Adopting a retired K9 Hero is a great way to not only give back to your country, but also gain a loyal and loving companion. For more information on the adoption process visit missionk9rescue.org.

Teaching your kids the importance of volunteering is a life lesson they can’t learn early enough. What if you could instill this life lesson while also improving their reading skills? Sounds like a win-win right?

The recidivism rate among inmates in the Operation New Hope program is more than 75 percent lower than the general jail population. This means that inmates who learn to care for and train these dogs have a much lower rate of returning to a life of crime after being released. As for the dogs? Ninety-five percent of the dogs that have participated in the program have since been adopted. To learn more about this life-changing initiative or to adopt one of the Operation New Hope dogs, visit humanesocietysav. org/operation-new-hope.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF VOLUNTEERING

The Nuzzle Buddies program at the Humane Society of Greater Savannah pairs your child with a shelter dog or cat in a comfortable and safe environment. There your child is free to read his or her favorite books out loud to the animal in a one-on-one setting.

Studies show that reading out loud to pets can increase a child’s reading ability and improve their attitude towards reading. The program also helps pets become more comfortable with children, making them more desirable to adopting families. The program is available to all children ages 7 to 13 years old. Sessions must be scheduled in advance by calling 912.354.9515. For more information about the program visit humanesocietysav. ord/nuzzle-buddies.

On a 90-degree day, the interior temperature of a car can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes. Dogs can sustain brain damage or even die from heat stroke in just 15 minutes. If you see a dog trapped in a hot car, call 911 immediately. Law enforcement will be able to assess the situation, find the owner, or properly rescue the dog from the vehicle.


DOGS NEED DAYCARE, TOO... A LOOK INTO PAMPERING YOUR FURRY FRIENDS FOR THE DAY

Catnip n Biscuits Daycare

Imagine sitting home alone all day with nothing to do and no one to keep you company. Sounds miserable, right? So why would you inflict that kind of misery on man’s best friend? Do your pup a favor and drop him off at a doggy day care center on the way to work. Most veterinarians will agree that dogs need exercise and engagement to remain happy and healthy. Sitting at home alone all day will not accomplish that. Catnip n Biscuits is a daycare and hotel for your pampered pets. With an indoor dog play area, upscale suites with webcams so you can keep an eye on your pup while you’re away, and a kitty playroom are just a few of the features this state-of-the-art facility has to care for your loved ones. For more information on Catnip n’ Biscuits visit catnipnbiscuits.com or call 912.349.5838.

Before choosing any day care or boarding facility, be sure to take a tour. You wouldn’t drop your child off at day care without getting to know the caretakers. The facility should be certified and willing to give you the option of touring before signing on the dotted line. Many animals (especially rescues) can have separation anxiety. When you leave they get scared and sometimes even cause damage to your home.

Marie Rodrigues, Island Critter Sitter

Avoid this problem by hiring a pet sitter. The sitter will come to your home, feed and walk your pet, and spend some much-needed quality time with the little rascal. This way, you come home to a happy pet; it’s a win-win! Marie Rodriguez is the islands’ resident pet sitter. For more information, call 912.786.0181 or 912.656.7706.

Whether you’ve adopted or not, the Humane Society has several programs design to keep Savannah’s pets healthy and safe. They offer microchipping for only $25, which will be priceless if your pet is ever lost. They also offer Low Cost Drive-Thru Shot Clinics to help keep your pet safe from deadly diseases. For more information on these programs visit humanesocietysav.org.

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THE ANNUAL SOUTH’S GREATEST PETS CONTEST HAS QUICKLY BECOME A READER FAVORITE. AND WHY WOULDN’T IT? WE AREN’T THE ONLY ONES WHO CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THOSE ADORABLE, LOVABLE FACES. THIS YEAR BROUGHT SOME STEEP COMPETITION, BUT THE WINNERS TOOK THEIR PODIUMS HUMBLY, HAPPILY, AND WITH THEIR TAILS A-WAGGIN’.

HOBBIES: Running, cuddling and her ball. AGE: 4.5 years BREED: Cocker Spaniel/ Terrier Mix OWNERS: Alaina Underberg and Cody Newsome

WE WANT TO THANK DR. HOLLY METTS FOR ALLOWING US TO USE THE BEAUTIFUL METTS’ MANSION FOR THE LOCATION, AND THANK THE FRENCH KNOT, RETAIL RETREAT AND PAWPARAZZI FOR DONATING THE COLLARS AND OUTFITS.

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Charli Ezra (or Charli for short) was the overall winner of the 2016 South’s Greatest Pets contest, which is no shocker because this little thing is the doggie embodiment of the South: polite, stylish, and oh-so-friendly “Charli stands out because of her unique look,” says owner Alaina Underberg. “She will forever look like a puppy. She’s our 22lb exotic black lap giraffe with tons of personality!”


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HOBBIES: Making sure the couch doesn’t suddenly fly away, eating, watching TV, and opening the kitchen door all by herself when she hears us open the garage door. AGE: 8 years BREED: Cocker OWNERS: Anna and Jason Pierce

Anna and Jason Pierce adopted Miss Ellie through the Southeast English Springer Spaniel Rescue organization. She was found in a chicken coop in Lake Charles, La. and was in pretty poor shape. She spent months in foster care in Mississippi while going through heart worm treatment. “When we picked her up in Atlanta, I remember Jason and I cried when we saw her for the first time,” recalls Anna. “We

were worried that she would have a ‘transition’ period once we arrived home. As soon as we the crossed the threshold at home, she ran straight to our bedroom and jumped in the bed with a look of utter joy. She has been holding our bed and couch down ever since!” Miss Ellie has been a beloved member of the Pierce family for nearly four years now providing love, protection, and comfort to her adopted family. AUGUS T / SE P T E M B E R 2016

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HOBBIES: Cuddling with humans and going to work at our store AGE: 7 years BREED: YorkiePoo OWNER: Brenda Scarpati

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“There is just something so gentle and special about this dog,” says Brenda Scarpati, who claims she was rescued by Winston in May of 2015. “It’s hard to explain. He has a way of knowing how to bring comfort, calm and joy to just about any situation.” He certainly brightened the set of our shoot with a constant smile on his face. “It’s virtually impossible to be in a sour mood and look at

him,” laughs Scarpati. Winston even earns his keep as a greeter at the family’s store, Cool Savannah Tours & Gifts. “He’s just a joy! He comes to ‘work’ at our store almost every day and greets customers. The door is wide open and he stays inside and just waits for belly and ear rubs!” If you’re strolling down Bay Street on a down-in-the-dumps kind of day, stop in for a smile from Winston.


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HOBBIES: Sniffing out squirrels on daily walks AGE: 8 years BREED: Unknown: possible Jack Russell, Italian Greyhound, Chihuahua mix OWNER: Rob Paulsen

Cute as a button and smart as a whip, Luci makes everyone she meets fall head-overheals in love with her. “Luci is spectacular at making everyone feel loved,” says Rob Paulsen, Luci’s dad. “From her Disney-esque eyes to her wiggly-butt, she radiates joy and warmth. Ask her to ‘Go say hello,’ and she will greet a person with quiet enthusiasm - be they one month or one century old.”

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HOBBIES: Coming to work with her mama and greeting the customers. AGE: 6 years BREED: Pomeranian OWNERS: Rene and Mike Green

BeBe has recently come back from clinging to her life. This little fighter is epileptic and has been on seizure medication from a very young age. That led to gum disease, which led to kidney failure. Her parents, Rene and Mike thought they would have to say goodbye to their little one, but true to BeBe’s personality, she bounced back and is prancing around like the princess she is.

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HOBBIES: Hiking trails (without his leash) AGE: 1 year BREED: Lovable mutt: maybe Australian Shepherd/Dachshund mix OWNERS: Tyler Woodworth & Janie Gray

Tyler and Janie found Banjo wandering in a field across from their house in October of 2015. He fashioned himself a little home in a bush with a bed made out of plastic wrappers. “We looked for his owners, but when no one came forward we knew he was ours,” remembers Gray. “He gains a little more trust in humans every day, and we would like to think he’s quite happy where he has ended up.”

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HOBBIES: Bossing around her two older Chihuahua brothers AGE: 7 years BREED: Chihuahua OWNER: Wendi Patrick

Flower has overcome all odds to get to where she is today. As the runt of a litter of nine Chihuahuas (the world record is 10), Flower’s life started as an uphill battle. She didn’t grow at the same rate as her siblings; so her mom began throwing her out of the welping box, sitting on her, and pulling her away from nursing. Wendi Patrick, Flower’s owner, saved Flower by bottle feeding her back to health.

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WHISKEY & DAISY

BREED: Whiskey (left) is a Bull Terrior and Daisy (right) is a Great Dane mix OWNERS: The Hamilton Family

Whiskey and Daisy are both rescues from Coastal Pet Rescue. Stephanie Hamilton and her family adopted Daisy in December of 2014 and were devastated when she went missing a year later on Christmas Day 2015. Daisy was missing for four long months, and while the family was waiting for news on Daisy they

adopted Whiskey in January of 2016. “We were over the moon when Daisy was returned to us April 17, thanks to the diligent efforts of Coastal Pet volunteers,” says Hamilton. “Daisy and Whiskey have been the best of friends ever since Daisy came home, and we couldn’t imagine life without them.”

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF UGA, AL ECKFORD, TED MAYER, JIM HIPPLE, STEVE COLQUITT, EVAN STICHLER, TED MAYER, EMILY SELBY, GEORGIA WALTERS, AL ECKFORD, PHILIP WILIAMS, JOHN KELLEY, AJ REYNOLDS, BEAU CABELL

VINCE DOOLEY 10 REASONS WE LOVE UGA FOOTBALL ERK RUSSELL


HAIRY DOG

UGA X

THE NEW HC, COACH KIRBY SMART

QB SCRAMBLE. WHO WILL GET THE STARTING POSITION?

KEY RETURNEES

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UGA X IS IN THE HOUSE

WITH CHARLES SEILER THERE IS NO MASCOT IN THE SEC, OR ANY OTHER CONFERENCE IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL, THAT IS ADORED MORE THAN UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA’S UGA. Uga X, or ‘Que”, was named the official mascot in November of 2015. With his pure white coat, spiked collar, and his wrinkled grin, fans can’t help but fall in love with the dog that represents everything that is the University of Georgia. Que is only three years old and has been described by Sonny Seiler as a ‘handsome devil.’ His owner, Charles Seiler, raised Que and handles every aspect of Que’s schedule including photo shoots, meet and greets, and of course, game time between the hedges. He has prepared this new Uga for extended travel in planes and buses as well as ensuring he can manage large crowds and a noisy stadium. Que has passed all tests with flying colors. Since 1956, the Seiler family of Savannah has owned these beloved dogs starting with Uga I. The mascot is a main attraction at CHARLES SEILER/UGA/RACHEL SCHROEDER every UGA home game. He is easy to spot on the field with his redroofed doghouse complete with air-conditioning and the occasional bag of ice for him to lay upon on those really hot days in Athens. Fans young and old gather on the other side of the hedges to get a close up look or to snap a pic of one of the most famous collegiate mascots. But Uga is not just a mascot. He is a varsity letterman, or daresay, ‘letter-dawg’. He is awarded a varsity letter, as any other UGA athlete, complete with a plaque and custom made jersey that is made out of the same material as the players’ jerseys. Past Ugas are honored at Sanford Stadium. The University of Georgia buries its mascots within the walls of the stadium. Ugas I-VIII are placed in marble vaults on an embankment near the South main gate. Fans take a moment at every home game to honor the dogs with flowers and maybe a tear or two. Fans are excited as a new era in Georgia football approaches. Uga X is a true symbol of the University of Georgia. He stands for a Southern tradition and school spirit that can be summed up in four simple words… ‘Go Dawgs! ‘Sic ‘Em!’

How does it feel to be the most photographed feet in college football? I am aware that I must wear clean socks.

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UGA I, 1956-66

“HOOD’S OLE DAN” RECORD WHILE THE MASCOT: 53-48-6 NOTE* Cecelia Seiler (Charles Seiler’s mother), made his first jerseys from children’s t-shirts.

UGA II, 1966-72

“OLE DAN’S UGA” RECORD WHILE THE MASCOT: 42-16-3 NOTE* Uga II watched the Bulldogs participate in five bowl games and win two SEC championships.

UGA III, 1972-80

“SEILER’S UGA THREE” RECORD WHILE THE MASCOT: 71-32-2 NOTE* During his tenure, he claimed six bowl game victories in nine years. He retired on his 100th game.

UGA IV, 1981-89

“SEILER’S UGA FOUR” RECORD WHILE THE MASCOT: 77-24-4 NOTE* Was the only mascot to attend a bowl game every year served, and the first mascot at the Heisman banquet.

UGA V, 1990-99

“UGA IV’S MAGILLICUDDY II” RECORD WHILE THE MASCOT: 65-39-1 NOTE* Was named the best college mascot by Sports Illustrated. Appeared in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”.

UGA VI, 1999-2008

“UGA V’S WHATCHAGOT LORAN” RECORD WHILE THE MASCOT: RECORD 87-27

UGA VII, 2008-09

“LORAN’S BEST” RECORD WHILE THE MASCOT: 16-7

You’ve been Uga’s handler for quite a while (30+ years). Have you ever wished you could let go of the leash for one season? No, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. But it would be good for my golf game.

NOTE* Completed the 2008 season with a record of 10-3 but unexpectedly passed away on November 19, 2009.

UGA VIII, 2010-11

“BIG BAD BRUCE” RECORD WHILE THE MASCOT: 4-2 NOTE* He served nine regular season games in 2010 but missed the Bowl game after being diagnosed with lymphoma.

What is it about Uga that is so appealing to not only Georgia fans, but college football fans around the country? Our mascot is approachable, by that I mean one can actually touch, rub, pet, pose next to him. Ever try that with a Tiger, Gator, or Yellow Jacket? You don’t have to be a UGA or college football fan to love English Bulldogs.

UGA IX, 2012-15

“RUSS” RECORD WHILE THE MASCOT: 44-19 NOTE* Was known as the interim mascot for the Bulldogs. Served as Uga VII and Uga VIII after the death of each.

UGA X, CURRENT

“QUE” RECORD WHILE THE MASCOT: 3-0

NOTE* Grandson of Uga IX was named Uga X at the Georgia/Georgia Southern game.

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THE MASCOT IS ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN IN THE COUNTRY AND WEARS THE GEORGIA “G” JERSEY WITH PRIDE.

NOTE* Winningest mascot in school’s history. Weighing in at 65, he was the biggest of all Uga mascots.

THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED FEET IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL Fans know him. THEY may not recognize his face, but they know his feet. Charles Seiler holds the leash of the beloved mascot, Uga. And, he’s been on the other side of that string since he was a young boy, traveling with his parents, Sonny and Cecelia Seiler, to every Georgia game. Needless to say, Charles has been interviewed countless times, giving the history and statistics on Uga. So, South magazine did its best to get a different perspective of Uga’s owner.

UGA OVER THE YEARS

UGA win/loss records obtained from Wikipedia


THE BITE HEARD ROUND THE SOUTH (UGA V) During the Auburn-Georgia game in 1996, UGA V lunged and attempted to bite Robert Baker, Auburn’s wide receiver, as he celebrated a touchdown at the end of the first quarter. Photographer Patricia Miklik who was working for the Montgomery Advertiser at the time was in the right place at the right time and was able to grab this shot. Inspired by their mascot’s ferocity, the dawgs came back from a 21-point deficit and tied the game on the last play of regulation. It was the first SEC game to ever go into overtime. After four overtime periods, Georgia won 5649, and this photo of UGA V went down in history, even earning him a Sports Illustrated cover.

UGA X

A LOOK BACK: UGA VII FEATURED ON SOUTH’S AUG. SEPT. 2009 COVER.

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A WHOLE NEW SET OF DOWNS FOR UGA FOOTBALL

FOR UGA HEAD COACH KIRBY SMART, IT’S GOOD TO BE HOME. SINCE RETURNING TO ATHENS, COACH SMART HAS BROUGHT A RENEWED EXCITEMENT TO THE BULLDOG NATION. ALONG WITH HIS IMPRESSIVE COACHING STAFF AND SOME OF THE NATION’S TOP PLAYERS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL, SMART IS PUMPED FOR THE 2016 SEASON TO GET UNDERWAY. SOUTH MAGAZINE: HOW DID IT FEEL TO WALK INTO SANFORD STADIUM AT THE 2016 SPRING GAME? KIRBY SMART: It was a very different feeling. It was unique because of the number of people that attended. I had no idea we would achieve it but I’m glad we did. We threw the challenge out there and I wanted to get more than we’d been getting in the past. I knew the people of Georgia were hungry and excited. Plus, we had a great TV time, so we had a lot of people who could travel and get there for the game. When I walked out there I was a little awestruck. Even the stairwells and rafters were packed. SM: DID IT FEEL DIFFERENT TO BE ‘BETWEEN THE HEDGES’ AS HEAD COACH RATHER THAN A PLAYER? KB: For me, it’s about making the kids better, making the team better. I don’t want to get caught up in the moment of “it’s about me”. It’s about what I can

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do to make these players better. It’s a teaching opportunity and hopefully some kid will learn a lesson about how to play better down the road. SM: IT SEEMS LIKE A BRAND NEW DAY AT GEORGIA… NEW COACH, NEW DOG, NEW PLAYERS. KB: It is an exciting time. Being an

alumnus, I’ve had a lot people that I’ve known throughout the years reach out

it eat away at you. I think what Coach Richt did here was tremendous. He honored his family and I will work to keep my wife and kids in the forefront. I understand this is a job but I’m also a father and husband. SM: WHAT DO YOU THINK IS UNIQUE ABOUT GEORGIA FOOTBALL? KB: There’s a spirit of oneness of great competitiveness. And there’s state

SMART RICHT HOW DOES NEWCOMER KIRBY SMART MEASURE UP TO FORMER HEAD COACH MARK RICHT? LET’S BRING OUT THE CHAINS. SMART

WHEN THERE IS CHANGE IT BRINGS ABOUT NEW ENERGY AND THAT’S GOOD FOR ALL PARTIES INVOLVED. to me and they’re excited about the opportunities in front of us. I think sometimes when there is change, it brings about new energy and that’s good for all parties involved. I know Coach Richt is going through that same rejuvenation at Miami. That’s where he played and so it’s special to him. Rejuvenation and change can bring about that energy. SM: Mark Richt left quite a footprint on Georgia football. KB: I worked with him for a year in 2000. I think the world of him. I learned from Coach Richt that you can only control certain things. There are certain things you can’t control, but you can’t get consumed by that and let

pride. It’s serious here. It starts at the high school level and it’s so unique in Georgia. There’s such passion and energy. A lot of other states may have that but they don’t have the same community support. The high schools’ players carry that pride up to the University of Georgia. Many of our great players come from these great programs. SM: DO YOU HAVE A LIFE-PHILOSOPHY THAT YOU TRY TO INSTILL INTO YOUR PLAYERS BOTH AS AN ATHLETE AND STUDENT? KB: My number one passion is to make a person better. It is my ultimate goal that every kid that we bring in here, leaves a better man than he arrived. I don’t think you can do that without setting a good example yourself and instilling great values and understanding what hard work is. The kids need to know it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be

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HOMETOWN BAINBRIDGE, GA OMAHA, NE ALMA MATER UNIVERSITY OF GA, ‘98 UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI, ‘82 POSITION PLAYED DEFENSE BACK QUARTERBACK COACHING EXPERIENCE UGA HEAD COACH, 2016 DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: ALABAMA, 2007-2016, 2009-2016 SAFETIES COACH: MIAMI DOLPHINS, 2006 RUNNING BACK COACH: UGA, 2005 DEFENSIVE BACK COACH: LSU, 2004 GRADUATE ASSISTANT COACH: FSU, 2002-03 DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR/ LINEBACKERS COACH/ DEFENSIVE BACKS COACH: VALDOSTA STATE, 2000-2001 UGA HEAD COACH, 2000-2015 OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR/ QUARTERBACK COACH: FSU, 1982-2000 HEAD COACH RECORD 0-0 145–51


tough. But if they push through it, they can be successful at whatever they want to be in life. It takes what it takes. SM: ARE THERE WISDOMS FROM COACH NICK SABAN THAT YOU’LL BLEND INTO YOUR COACHING AT GEORGIA?

I WON’T SLEEP UNTIL I KNOW THE JOB IS DONE.

KB: He has an uncanny ability to focus on the task at hand. To re-center when things can be crumbling around him, he can stay focused on that one thing and work on that at the time, and then transition that to the next thing very easily. He is relentless in his pursuit of success and he does a tremendous job of running the entire organization. SM: HOW IS YOUR FAMILY ADJUSTING TO LIFE BACK IN ATHENS? KB: It’s weird at times to be driving around town and the sights are sights you last saw as a student. I was at a different stage in my life when I was last here, and now seeing it with my kids and pass by some place I knew, I want to share that piece of history with them. It means a lot to me to be back here. There are so many special memories. SM: THE FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON IS IN ATLANTA AT THE DOME PLAYING UNC. HOW DOES IT FEEL TO OPEN UP THE SEASON IN ATLANTA? KB: It’s going to be a great venue for a game because the Georgia Dome is so special and home to the SEC championship every year. We’re playing a great team like North Carolina. We’ve got something to look forward to and it’s going to be a challenging game; they’re a very respectable team. To open there with a large contingency of Bulldog fans, I’m excited. SM: IF YOUR PLAYERS COULD SUM YOU UP IN ONE WORD, WHAT DO YOU THINK IT WOULD BE? KB: Passionate. SM: WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WANTED UGA FANS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? KB: I won’t sleep until I know the job is done. There will be a relentless pursuit of doing things the right way and building a culture and organization that was founded on those pillars. It’s really important here that we do it the right way.

I’m also extremely proud of the staff I’ve put together. I’m very demanding but we all get along very well. I respect that this is a profession but it’s very tough on the family at home. These coaches’ wives are raising kids by themselves because we’re out chasing other people’s kids. I know how tough it is, experiencing it as a kid myself. My dad was a coach. There are times that get neglected like the holidays because coaches are committed to their teams. The wives do most of the work and should always be commended for that. ©

Catch Kirby Smart’s Show Thursday Nights at 8pm during the season on ESPN radio WSEG 104.3 or AM 1400.

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PLAYERS TO WATCH IT’S A NEW DAY FOR GEORGIA FOOTBALL. AS THE BULLDOGS PREPARE FOR THE SEASON AHEAD, FANS SHOULD KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THESE KEY PLAYERS. WHERE IS CHUBB??? LORENZO CARTER

SONY MICHEL

ISAAC NAUTA

DOMINICK SANDERS

NICK CHUBB JUNIOR TAILBACK Why we need him: He averaged eight yards per carry, eight yards per catch and over one touchdown per game. In addition to raw stats, he brings a toughness and tenacity you need to win the the toughest conference in college football.

AFTER ONE OF THE MOST GRUESOME INJURIES CAUGHT ON NATIONAL TV IN 2015 WHEN HE TORE 3 LIGAMENTS AND DAMAGED HIS CARTILAGE IN HIS LEFT KNEE, CHUBB HAS WORKED COUNTLESS HOURS IN REHAB TO MAKE HIS COMEBACK. HIS RETURN IS STILL UNCERTAIN BUT SMART HAS HIGH HOPES HE WILL BE BACK IN 2016.

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CLASS: JUNIOR POS: O LINEBACKER

CLASS: JUNIOR POS: RUNNING BACK

CLASS: FRESHMAN POS: TIGHT END

CLASS: JUNIOR POS: STRONG SAFETY

WHY WE SHOULD WATCH HIM

WHY WE SHOULD WATCH HIM

WHY WE SHOULD WATCH HIM

WHY WE SHOULD WATCH HIM

Carter is a force to be reckoned with. In 2015, he had a total of 19 tackles and two forced fumbles, including a season best five tackles against number 13 Alabama.

Voted offensive MVP in 2015, Sony Michel’s career at Georgia continues to impress. With over five, 100 yards rushing and 26 receptions for 270 yards last season, fans will look to Michel to spur the Bulldogs to victory.

Named the 2016 number one tight end recruit by 247sports. com, Nauta is sure to be one to watch. He had a strong showing at the G-Day Game, catching six passes for 56 yards and scoring a touchdown.

Sanders’ career highs include five tackles against Florida and a 22yard interception at Missouri in 2014. In 2015, he had a total of 34 tackles, three interceptions and one fumble return for 54 yards and a touchdown.

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Isaiah McKenzie JR (KR/PR/WR) Greg Pyke SR (OG) Jeb Blazevich JR (TE) Quincy Mauger SR (FS) Reggie Carter JR (ILB) Davin Bellamy JR (OLB) Terry Godwin SO (WR)

WHO WE’LL MISS THE MOST LEFT TACKLE JOHN THEUS AND HERE’S WHY: 1.) Left tackle is a slightly more important position on the offensive line than right tackle. Left tackles have to protect the quarterback’s blind side. 2.) Theus was an All-SEC left tackle, a former fivestar recruit. 3.) Should UGA struggle to find a suitable replacement to protect the quarterback’s blind side, then it doesn’t matter who is slinging the pigskin under center in Athens, whether that’s Jacob Eason, Greyson Lambert, or Brice Ramsey.

HERE’S JOHNNY... OR IS IT BYE JOHHNY?


It is a right of passage for many new graduates. They seek out the Arch after graduation and walk under the pillars for the first time. For an underclassman, they walk around. Legend says students may not pass beneath the Arch until they have received their diploma. The legend is upheld today, with the concrete steps on either side of the Arch being worn down as undergraduates keep their vow.

WHAT COULD MAKE OVER 90,000 SCREAMING BULLDOG FANS FALL SILENT IN THE PRE-GAME CELEBRATION? ANY GEORGIA FAN WOULD SIMPLY REPLY, “THE TRUMPETER.” ANYONE WHO HAS ATTENDED A SEC football game, knows the intense noise level that builds with anticipation of kick-off. What sets UGA football apart from other pre-game traditions is the swift silence that falls across the stadium after the fight song is played by the Redcoat Marching Band. Over 92,000 spectators turn to the southwest corner of Sanford Stadium and point to a lone trumpeter who stands at attention and plays the first notes of the “Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation”. Fans proudly listen as the momentum builds; for after the first 14 notes are played, the noise rises once again and the voice of legendary announcer Larry Munson leads the fans

back into their frenzy for the arrival of those Silver Britches. Who is the lone trumpeter? He or she is a member of the Redcoat Marching Band and must audition for the solo. Only three to five trumpeters are selected every season for the honor. It is a tradition that seasoned and first-time spectators alike get the goose bumps as all point south.

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GO YOU SILVER BRITCHES!

After being named head coach in 1939, legendary coach Wally Butts created the look of the silver britches with the bright red game jersey. It was so popular that fans began chanting, “Go You Silver Britches!”. Though Coach Vince Dooley re-designed the uniform with white pants in 1964, he went back to the silver britches in 1980, and just in time for a national championship.

It is a tradition steeped in UGA history. Ringing throughout the north campus, the Chapel Bell is a symbol of accomplishment. Whether it’s a win between the hedges or passing a final, students can claim success by pulling on the sturdy rope and let the Dawg Nation hear the sound of victory!

When the words “Georgia Football” are heard, several images may come to mind… Uga, the hedges, and all things red and black. But there’s one other that must not be overlooked; a bulldog painted baldhead. For over 25 years, Steve “Big Dawg” Woods has donned the bulldog on his head, courtesy of his wife, Diane. Starting early in the morning on game day, Big Dawg sits very still as his wife creates a perfect rendition of Uga’s face. Sitting among the student section in overalls and game patches, television cameras can’t help but zoom in on game day. Fans love him, too. Some stop by his tailgate to say hello and to share an occasional “Woof! Woof! Woof!” For Woods, it’s about carrying on a tradition started by his father, Lonnie Woods, during the 1980 championship season. His son, Lonnie, named after his grandfather, will likely take over once Big Dawg calls it a day. But for now, fans can count on seeing that painted bulldog reflecting proudly off Big Dawg’s head on game day.

He’s known around town as “Big Dawg,” and his love for the University of Georgia is undying. “I am the number one Georgia Bulldog fan!” Johnny Knight declares. For over 60 years, Big Dawg has been to just about every Bulldog game he can get to. But the one he doesn’t want to miss is his favorite matchup, the Georgia/Florida game, played in Jacksonville, Florida every year. “I went to my first game when I was 14 years old,” said Big Dawg. “I hopped a train to the Gator Bowl. I didn’t have any money, but a friend gave me a ticket to the game.” He’s been going to the Gator Bowl (or as most fans know it, “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”) ever since that train ride and fans from both sides of the field know Big Dawg. “They’ve known me for 35-40 years now,” he smiles. “I love to go down on Friday afternoon and see everything that goes on, from the motorhomes tailgating to the big party inside the Gator Bowl on Saturday!”

DID YOU KNOW? Georgia has their own Legos? Well, technically Oyo made them, but they still fit with Lego parts.

Knowshon Moreno has one. As well as Champ Bailey and Jarvis Jones. Collect the whole set. Check them out at Oyosports.com

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TAKE PART IN THE DAWG WALK

In an effort to boost fan enthusiasm, Coach Mark Richt started what is now known as the Dawg Walk. Beginning in the Tate Student Center parking lot, players exit buses and walk to Gate 1 of Sanford Stadium, surrounded by the Red Coat Marching Band and thousands of cheering fans. The Dawg Walk begins about two hours before kickoff.

THE ‘‘G” HELMET

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Since 1964, players and fans alike have worn the oval “G” design on helmets, t-shirts, and just about anything related to the University of Georgia. In 1964, then-Georgia football coach Vince Dooley liked the way the Green Bay Packers’ helmets looked and thought it would work well for his team, so he had the “G” redesigned to have a slight variation to the Packer’s “G”. The black “G”, with its white background, stands out on the bulldogs’ bright-red helmets and has become a recognizable brand in the SEC.

There are several ways to see the Georgia Bulldogs. Fans can purchase a season package that includes tickets to all home games. Single tickets are also available.

There is no other stadium in the SEC, or college football for that matter, that boasts a field enclosed in shrubs. Named one of USA Today’s Top 10 stadiums with the best atmosphere in college football in 2015, playing in Sanford Stadium means playing “‘tween the hedges.” Green privet shrubs give the stadium its legendary look as over 92,000 fans gather to watch their beloved Dawgs conquer the opponent in true SEC style.

Scheduled for completion in January 2017, the University is constructing its first indoor practice field, located next to the Butts-Mehre Athletic Building. Totaling 109,000 square feet of space, with an expected cost of $30.1 million, the facility will include a 100-yard football practice field, a 65-meter track runway and jumping pits, and a netting system that provides an indoor practice area for

other teams to use during inclement weather. Georgia is the last to build an indoor facility in the SEC; however, once completed, it will be one of the biggest and most expensive in college football, according to dawgnation.com. Other improvements on the University’s agenda include a new locker room in Sanford Stadium as well as space to host recruits on game days.

Be aware that SEC matchups are usually the hardest tickets to get, including the Georgia/ Florida game in Jacksonville. For ticket prices, availability, and seating diagrams, visit georgiadogs.com/tickets or call 706-542-1231 or 877-542-1231.

The Hedges were almost Rose Bushes. Charlie Martin, business manager for the athletic department in 1929, originally wanted to plant roses in the newly built stadium. Unfortunately, Martin was told the roses would not have survived in Georgia’s heat, so the Ligustrum hedges were planted the day the first game was played in Sanford Stadium. DID YOU KNOW? 64

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TRADITION. To have a football program that sees winning seasons, year after year, is sure to carry on that unique spirit that is the University of Georgia.

THE FANS. Best in the SEC! Just try to argue that with this guy.

ATHENS. The classic city graciously welcomes thousands of fans each fall.

UGA. Best mascot in college football. Period.

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GOOOOOOO DAWGS! SIC ‘EM! WOOF, WOOF! Got to love winding up that arm and giving your best dog bark!

Can’t make it to the game? Listen to pregame and live game coverage on ESPN Radio WSEG 104.3 and AM 1400.

TA ILGATING. A tradition that’s well worth the work when done right. LARRY MUNSON. Though he’s gone, you can still hear his legendary voice in the pre-game show.

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THE HEDGES. Their beauty is unique in college football.

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SANFORD STADIUM. Still takes my breath away when I see the sea of red on game day!

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SCHOOL SPIRIT. With the Redcoat Marching Band, cheerleaders, and Hairy Dawg, you can’t help but catch the spirit of UGA football.


Coach Russell made the comment, “He fights like a cat and drinks like a fish.” And from then on, he called me “Catfish”

SM: COACH DOOLEY IS A UGA LEGEND. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT HIM? KJ: Coach Dooley is the ultimate statesman and a dear friend of mine. He

hunts with me every year and recently came down for my grand opening. It’s been an honor to have him as a coach and friend, and to support me through my career.

SM: BEING A PART OF A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM MUST HAVE BEEN SPECIAL. KJ: I look back on that team and how close we were and still are today. There is great chemistry. You never saw a group of guys who loved each other more than we did. It was amazing that we had the opportunity to play for over 90,000 people every Saturday. SM: WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO PLAY ALONGSIDE HERSCHEL? KJ: At the time we won the national championship, we had the best defense in the country and the best running back that ever played the game. I’ve tackled Bo Jackson and Herschel Walker and let me tell you, there’s never been a guy that’s 235 pounds and can run a 4.3 40 like a man possessed.

THE “CATFISH” KEVIN JACKSON KEVIN JACKSON IS LARGER THAN LIFE. HIS SUCCESS ON THE FIELD WITH THE 1980 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM AND THE BUILDING OF A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR COMPANY, HAVE CATAPULTED HIM TO ONE OF THE TOP DAWGS IN SAVANNAH. SOUTH MAGAZINE: WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO PLAY FOOTBALL AT GEORGIA? KEVIN JACKSON: Being recruited out of Bartow

County as a young kid, my high school coach said to me, “I really want you to think about life after football. Wherever you’re going to live, you need to stay in that state because that’s where you’ll make your contacts.” I made the right decision by going to Georgia. I was a part of a national championship, three SEC championships, and played for great coaches like Erk Russell and Vince Dooley.

SM: ERK RUSSELL WAS FAMOUS FOR HIS PASSION WITH HIS PLAYERS. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE? KJ: Erk was the greatest coach I’ve ever seen.

He was a player’s coach. You could be fifth team and not playing, but you loved the guy. He brought out the best in you.

SM: WHAT ABOUT THOSE INFAMOUS HEAD-BUTTS? KJ: A lot of people think he would head-butt us, but what he actually would do was chest-bump us but hit his head when he did it. He would wipe the blood on us and it was like war paint. Can you imagine that today?

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SM: TEAMWORK SEEMS TO BE AN INTEGRAL PIECE FOR SUCCESS. KJ: I’ve taken the essentials of teamwork and applied them to my professional life. Both Coach Russell and Coach Dooley always said if you surround yourself with good people, and you’re good to them, great things are going to happen. That applies in business. I’ve been very fortunate to build a successful company and much of that is due to the contacts I’ve made through the great network of Georgia alumni. SM: WHAT DID YOU LEARN AS A PLAYER AT UGA? KJ: You learn about grit. I live by three G’s: you either give up, give in, or you give it all you got. Every day in my life and business, I treat it like it’s fourth and an inch and I’ve got to make that play. SM: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON KIRBY SMART? KJ: I’ve got a lot of hope. What he’s done is brought the Georgia Nation back together. He’s a Georgia guy and it’s in his heart. He’s got passion and that was evident when he broke the attendance record at the G-Day Game. One thing that’s going to judge him is he’s going to have to win now, but I don’t think people can put a lot of pressure on him right away. There’s a lot of building to do. SM: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE HAPPEN FOR GEORGIA FOOTBALL TODAY? KJ: I think more needs to be done to build

teamwork. I hated that they got rid of housing for Kevin “Catfish” Jackson the players. We used to live in dorms together; eat played UGA defensive tackle from 1980-1982. together. We even had a coach that lived with us and did bed checks every night. Today, players are spread all over campus. It’s important they stay together as a team. Georgia is also behind the curve with their facilities. If you took at look at Georgia’s facilities, you might say they’re great. But you haven’t seen the facilities at LSU, Alabama, or Auburn. These teams also have indoor facilities; Georgia doesn’t. We’re building one now, but it should have been done 12 years ago. We’ve got to get Kirby everything he needs.

SM: YOUR NICKNAME IS “CATFISH.” THERE’S GOT TO BE A GOOD STORY THERE. KJ: There are a lot of rumors about it, but a local gentleman by the name of Walter Lewis can verify the name came from Erk Russell. It started at Cooper’s in Athens. They had this fishbowl and the freshman decided one night to have a beer-chugging contest with the fishbowl. I won. At the time, I was a ninth team defensive guard. I wasn’t happy about it and would always get in a fight on the field. Coach Russell made the comment, “He fights like a cat and drinks like a fish.” And from then on, he called me “Catfish.” Georgia’s 1980 National Championship Ring. That year they also won the SEC Championship. Go Dawgs!


WITH HIS TAIL STICKING OUT OF THOSE SILVER BRITCHES, BIG BULLDOG HEAD, AND FAMOUS #1 RED JERSEY, HAIRY DAWG IS A MASCOT FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH. UGA has its beloved Uga, but there’s another dog that fans can’t wait to see – Hairy Dawg. Moving around the stadium, the mascot gets the crowd going and takes pictures with fans of all ages. But who’s under that oversized bulldog head? Well, that’s a well-kept secret. For those students who are selected to be Hairy Dawg, they must keep their identity under wraps. But under the protection of amnimiety, one student gave a glimpse into life in the suit. “There are a few of us who have the honor of being Hairy Dawg,” a student said. “We rotate the suit from the pregame Dawg Walk, to the first half, and then second half.” Why the rotation? Heat. There’s no A/C in the suit and temperatures rise higher in the suit than the temp outside. Each student can wear the suit for up to two hours and must stay well hydrated. “I drink one to two gallons of water before suiting up,” the student explained. “I also load up on a lot of carbs, too. By the time I take the suit off, I’ve probably lost about 10 lbs. of water weight.” For the students who share the honor being Hairy Dawg, it’s well worth the sweat. “Hairy Dawg is a huge role model and a symbol of Georgia Football,” he said. “He’s been one of my heroes since I was a kid. I’ve been to every home game since I was three years old. I was always was happy when I got see Hairy.”

Game Day9 Heading to a big game in Athens? Georgiadogs.com has everything a fan could need for a Saturday in Sanford Stadium. The official online store for the Georgia Bulldogs has apparel for men, women, and children including t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats. They can even help a fan suit up with a #34 Hershel Walker or #3 Todd Gurley III jersey. And whatever a bulldog home may need… from flags to doormats… this website has it all.

VISIT GEORGIADOGS.COM FOR THE BEST IN GEORGIA GEAR.

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Want the latest news about Georgia football? Sign up for the UGA Update, a free, daily e-newsletter that includes the latest news and information on everything Georgia football. The UGA Update is the creation of Savannah native, John DeLoach. “It started back in 1995 when I would put VHS videos together of all of UGA’s signees and throw a big party,” said DeLoach. “The first party had about 25 people and after a few years, I was holding it at the Savannah Civic Center with 300 to 400 people. Once the Internet came out, I started doing it online and the list continued to grow. Today, I’ll average three to four people a day who sign up for the update. It’s grown so big that subscribers have started sending it to their own groups all over the country.” > WANT TO SIGN UP? JUST LOG INTO EEPURL.COM/BFCZUJ AND GET INFORMED TODAY!

Want to do something fun with friends or family while visiting Athens? Go on the hunt...for bulldogs. Over 39 fiberglass statues are scattered around the city and each boasts its own persona, such as Ceasar Dawgustus, Vincent Van Go Dawg, and Carmen Mirandawg. The Athens-Oconee Junior Women’s Club created the idea of the statues as a fundraiser for local charities. Area businesses bid on the fiberglass dogs and hired artists, from professionals to elementary students, to paint their dog and give it a theme. These massive creatures stand a proud four feet tall. The dogs were then bid off. Most of the statues were placed around Athens for students and visitors alike to find and take a selfie with these artistic pooches. Rumor has it there may be more than 39 bulldog statues around the hostess city. Want to

see if you can find them all? Go to thebroadcollective.com/who-letthe-dawgs-out-in-athens/ and see just how many you can find!

DID YOU KNOW? For its first game against Auburn in 1892, the mascot was a goat. Yep. A goat. Newspapers reported the goat wore a black coat with the letters “U.G.” in red on each side. He also donned a hat with ribbons between his horns.

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THESE NOTABLE UGA ALUMNI HAVE TAKEN WHAT THEY’VE LEARNED AS A UGA ATHLETE AND APPLIED IT TO SUCCESSFUL CAREERS RIGHT HERE IN SAVANNAH.

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With two SEC Championships under his belt and awarded the “Meanest Mother” for the 1984 UGA season, Donald Chumley has carried his passion for football from Athens to Savannah.

When being tossed into the air, a UGA cheerleader knows the term ‘insurance’. Cindy Robinett counted on that spotter to catch her every time (especially when that spotter turned out to be her future husband.)

Perfection. A word that former UGA kicker Jamie Lindley identifies with on and off the field. Lindley worked to perfect over 54 kick-offs in 2012 against such teams at Auburn, Tennessee, and Alabama.

Named head football coach for the Savannah Christian Raiders in 2005, Chumley’s success is evident. He led the Raiders to a state title in 2011 and attributes his success to what he learned as a player for Georgia.

That desire to raise the bar is part of his success today as director of operations for Byrd’s Famous Cookies in Savannah.

As a managing director for Seacrest Partners, Inc., Robinett contributes her success in the insurance industry to a confidence she gained as a Georgia cheerleader.

“You can do so much more than you think you can do,” said Chumley. “I remember a coach screaming at me on a hot summer day that I can go 40% further than I ever dreamed I could go if I just work hard to achieve it. ” Looks like that coach was right.

“The job has to get done,” said Lindley. “It applies here at Byrd. The two most important things are production and teamwork. I pride myself, along with my co-workers, on how well we can get an order processed, baked, packed, and shipped. Our philosophy of being as efficient and productive as possible has really been grounded for myself and for our employees. ”

“Being able to interact with people such as Vince Dooley and Larry Munson gave me a confidence I didn’t have before cheering at Georgia,” said Robinett. “It has given me the courage to go after things I never thought possible and to not be intimidated by difficult situations.”

‘�� OFFENSIVE TACKLE As a member of the 1980 National Championship team, Jim Blakewood learned a lot about what it takes to succeed. He owned a printing business here in Savanah for 25 years and since his retirement has owned and managed real estate throughout the area. He credits his time on the UGA football team with the values he carries in his day-to-day life. “I learned how to do things the right way, and to not take shortcuts,” notes the offensive lineman. “Not everyone gets to play college ball, so I value every moment I spent on that team. It was a priviledge playing with that group of guys. Every week someone would step up and make a big play. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”

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Tom Nash, Jr. offensive tackle for UGA in 1971, was from Washington-Wilkes High School in Washington, Ga. In high school, Nash earned many accolades including All-State honors two years in a row, Class B Lineman of the Year, All-Southern honors and Prep All-American honors. Coming from an athletic pedigree, Nash’s father, Tom Nash, Sr., was UGA’s fifth All-American inductee into the State of Georgia Hall of Fame and a member of the Green Bay Packers team, who won three championships during his playing days. Taking after his father, Tom Nash, Jr. earned All-SEC honors as an offensive tackle in 1970 and 1971. But in addition to athletic ability, Nash was devoted to his education, earning himself Academic All-SEC honors in 1970 and 1971, Academic All-American honors in 1971 and an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship. He received his undergraduate degree and law degree, graduating magna cum laude from the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia School of Law. Nash has a long history of being involved in civic matters, including Chairman of the Board of the Savannah Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Currently, Thomas Nash, Jr., is practicing law at Nash Law Firm in Savannah, Ga.

DID YOU KNOW? After the defeat of the Florida Gators in 2007, the 887-pound chapel bell fell as students were ringing it.

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What’s the best way to get into Athens on gameday? THE 10 LOOP THAT CIRCLES ATHENS CAN GET CONGESTED ON GAME DAY. LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL BE ON HAND AROUND THE LOOP TO DIRECT TRAFFIC. SIGNS WILL ALSO BE POSTED TO DIRECT YOU TO YOUR DESIRED CAMPUS LOCATION. AVOID SMALLER STREETS THAT ARE NOT DESIGNED TO HANDLE GAME DAY TRAFFIC. If traveling to Athens on game day, be sure to get there early to find the best parking that’s close to Sanford Stadium. WHERE CAN I PARK?

Most parking around the stadium is by permit only, so public parking can be scarce the closer you get.

Arrive to the tailgate in style with red and black clothing by J. Paige, Mamie Ruth and James Gunn. Georgia-painted RV by Loci Designs’ Tim Woods. Hair by Let It Blo Salon, Food by Treylor Park and Styling by Emily Bargeron

UGA TAILGATING

TAILGATING HAS BECOME MORE THAN JUST A POPULAR HOBBY FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL FANS IN THE SOUTH – IT’S TRADITION.

The most concentrated area of free parking is available on East Campus at the Ramsey Center off College Station Road. East Campus has both surface parking and multiple decks and there is a free shuttle service to and from the stadium. If you want to get closer to the stadium, there are several options: ³ For $20, fans can park in the North, Carlton, and PAC decks on a first come, first served basis. Free shuttle service is also available. ³ Many businesses and churches around town have parking available for a fee (usually around $15- $20). These parking spaces may include a hike to the stadium, but the scenery and tailgating visits on the way are worth the trip. ³ There are designated areas for RV parking throughout campus. Spaces are also available through privately owned RV Parks. For the best information about parking and traffic on game day, fans can tune into 1650 AM in Athens, GA for continuous updates or go to football.parking.uga.edu. AFTER PARKING, WHAT’S THE 411 ON TAILGATING?

UGA tailgating is an event unto itself. To enjoy it to its full potential, there are a few rules fans need to know for game day. TAILGATING STARTS AT SUN UP.

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Tailgaters can bag their trash and leave it at their tailgating area and the fine folks on the UGA cleanup crew will remove it.

There are hundreds of portable toilets around campus on game days. There are also facilities that are open on campus including the Tate Center, Student Learning Center, and the Joe Frank Harris Commons.


FAVORITE BEVERAGES?

A Bloody Mary or Mimosa is tradition for morning tailgates, and our favorite Southern-made rum, Daufuskie Island Rum, is perfect with a dash of Coke. Don’t forget the red solo cups!

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spaces and arrive before 7 a.m. as long they adhere to the noise request. NO GRILLS IN THE DECKS.

Parking decks are a great way to tailgate if you’re not planning on cooking up burgers or dogs. They also get fans out of the mid-day sun on a warm Athens afternoon. NORTH CAMPUS HAS ITS OWN SET OF RULES.

With a defined boundry of Broad Street, Lumpkin Street, Baldwin Street and Jackson Street, North Campus is considered the Old College and includes the Main Library and Herty Field.

TO REDUCE DAMAGE TO THE GROUNDS, THERE ARE SPECIFIC TAILGATING RESTRICTIONS:

³ Tailgating can begin five hours before kick-off. ³ Tables cannot exceed six feet. ³ Tents are ok but generators, televisions, and amplified music are a no go. ³ No grilling or cookers of any type.

For tried and true Georgia fans, tailgating is an essential part of pregame festivities. For one particular group of alumni, it’s taking on a tradition of its own.

As long as responsible consumption of alcohol is taking place, fans should not have a problem enjoying a pregame toddy (or two). Be sure to keep the drinking off the sidewalks and streets.

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1) Georgia Bulldogs crystal pumps from Herstar.com 2) Pompom suede UGA pumps from Herstar.com 3) Row One black Georgia Bulldogs rival

Tailgating in the SEC is not complete without a Southern brewed beer. Try Southbound Brewing Companie’s Hop’lin IPA brewed in Savannah, Ga.

high-top shoes from Ladyfanatics.com 4) UGA LillyBee U removable bow flats from Ladyfanatics.com 5) UGA Swim Tunic from gamedaycouture.com

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The ‘Richt-era Lettermen’s Tailgate’ will kick off their 2nd season of tailgating this coming fall. Started by former Bulldog Ty Frix, the tailgate has grown from 25 reserved spaces at the Holiday Inn parking lot to now over 50 spaces for the upcoming season. Players such as Aaron Murray have been found under the tents to reconnect with teammates and swap stories of glory days on the field. You never know who you will bump into at the tailgating parties. Former UGA QB, Aaron Murray now with the Kansas City Chiefs take a pause to pose with a fan.

WORLD’S LARGEST OUTDOOR COCKTAIL

STYLIN’ During college football season, the streets of Athens serve as a runway for the best tailgating style. Although most people play it safe and go for the dressy or “snappy” casual looks, some fans make their UGA pride known with a little more flare. With options for custom Georgia Bulldogs shoes and apparel, add a little personalized touch to your game day wardrobe.

GET YOUR DRINK ON… RESPONSIBLY.

THERE’S A NEW TAILGATE IN TOWN

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Fans don’t have to go tailgate to have a great time in Athens. The downtown area just north of the famous Arch and boast great bars and live music including the 40-Watt Club (the B-52s and R.E.M. got their start there) and the balcony of the Georgia Theater. Restaurants are a plenty in downtown Athens and suit any budget. The Last Resort Grill is a favorite of Head Coach Kirby Smart and DePalma’s Italian Café on Broad Street is a great option.

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There’s always the tradition of The Varsity, just south of downtown on Broad Street for some of the best chilidogs and onion rings in town. The Grill, in the heart of downtown, is the place for burgers, homemade shakes and malts.

GET READY TO WITNESS ONE OF THE BIGGEST RIVALRIES IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL – GEORGIA VS. FLORIDA. ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29TH, FANS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE GEORGIA/FLORIDA WILL FLOCK TO JACKSONVILLE, FLA., FOR A TAILGATING PARTY LIKE NO OTHER.

Known across the nation as the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party,” this event tops your normal weekend tailgating. Red and black flood Jacksonville as Florida fans gear up in their blue and orange. Passionate fans from both sides defend their teams, but the real show down is always on field.

If you’re not into the social aspect of football, then this game may not be any more special to you. But if you’re looking for a weekend full of tailgating, decked-out fans, music and some good old-fashion smack-talking, then Georgia/Florida is just what you need to fulfill your football fanatic fantasies. All weekend long there are festivities that lead up to the most exciting match-up in SEC. For more information about events, activities, parking and shuttle services, be sure to call the Georgia Florida Weekend Hotline at 1-800-985-FLGA. For ticket information, check out stubhub.com.

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Becoming a UGA cheerleader has been my greatest accomplishment in life and I see it as being a great honor. It has not always been easy, but I can say with 100 percent certainty that it has all been worth it.

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– Abbey Coppenger UGA Cheerleader

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Photo: Danny Griffin • Hair & Makeup: Nancy Riley-James

IMAGINE LEADING OVER 90,000 FANATIC FANS IN THE GEORGIA WAR CRY, “GOOOOOO DAWGS! SIC ‘EM! WOOF, WOOF, WOOF!” FOR CHEERLEADER ABBEY COPPENGER, IT’S JUST ANOTHER DAY BETWEEN THE HEDGES. Entering her fourth year as a varsity cheerleader, senior Abbey Coppenger understands the unique fan spirit that is the Georgia Bulldogs. “Georgia has the best fan base in the country,” said Coppenger. “Whether it be football, basketball, baseball, or even swimming, they’re always there. The weather doesn’t matter. Our fans stick it out.” With over 40 squad members, they not only cheer for the team during the game, but they also drive around campus in three trucks before every home game, meeting fans and getting pictures before the traditional Dawg Walk. “We drive all over campus, getting people pumped up for the game,” she said. “It’s great to get up close and personal with the fans.” During the game, Coppenger and her teammates lead the crowd in harmonious chants of traditional cheers, but the one she says gets the whole stadium going is “Georgia-Bulldogs”. “The squad splits up to have half on the alumni side of the stadium and the other half on the student side,” said Coppenger. “We get one side started by yelling, ‘Georgia’ to the other side; the other side then replies, ‘Bulldogs’. It’s a cheer that gets almost 90,000 fans going. It’s definitely one of the loudest!” Coppenger views her position for her school as a privilege. “As cheerleaders, we are held to a very high standard – as students, as athletes, as school advocates and as role models for all ages.” Her last three years on the cheerleading team have been rewarding as countless opportunities have opened up to meet fellow bulldog fans. The experience has given Coppenger the chance to bond with hundreds of people as they each take pride of the University of Georgia. “Becoming a UGA cheerleader and having continued to be able to be one until now has been my greatest accomplishment in life and I see it as being a great honor,” said Coppenger. “It has not always been easy, but I can say with 100 percent certainty that it has all been worth it.”

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CHEERLEADER?

It’s not all pom-poms and a pretty face. For young girls who dream of wearing the red and black uniform, they must be ready for one of the toughest tryouts in cheerleading competition. “Those trying out must have tumbling and stunting skills as well as dance and cheer experience,” said Coppenger. “Judges also observe how you interact with others and your

willingness to learn.” Is it worth it? “Absolutely, 100 percent,” declares Coppenger. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything!”

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UGA cheerleaders do not receive scholarships for cheering but can receive a stipend at the end of each semester if they achieve grade requirements and have been an outstanding representative of the University.


THE DOWNTOWN

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHUCK COLEMAN

TUCKED AWAY BEHIND BUSTLING HISTORIC RIVER STREET IS A SECRET NIGHT CLUB KNOWN ONLY TO THOSE WHO HAVE A KEY. INSIDE IS A THROWBACK TO THE ERA OF SPEAKEASIES, DEBAUCHERY, AND, OF COURSE, BURLESQUE. THIS BACK-ALLEY BAR’S RESIDENT BURLESQUE TROUPE HAS PERFECTED THE ART OF THE TEASE WITH INTRICATE COSTUMES, BOLD DANCE ROUTINES, AND SHEER STYLE. BY BARRY KAUFMAN

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od as my witness, I never thought anything could make Pat Boone sexy. And yet there I was, getting hot under the collar to a perilously unprofessional extent as the Downtown Delilahs ran through a rehearsal that infused Boone-defying sensuality into the aggressively milquetoast crooner’s hit “Love Letters in the Sand.” While Boone sang about a day like today, I watched Bambi D. mime ironing laundry, her hips swaying hypnotically along to the music. Beside her, Kiki D. mimed sewing, an arched eyebrow signifying more on her mind than just needlework. Roxy D., fiery red hair framing a look of erotic nonchalance, swept, while Penny D. stared daggers of sexual tension into the empty rehearsal seats. I can promise you, when you see the final product, you will never listen to Pat Boone the same way again. Especially when the record scratches, smash cutting the music into blistering saxophone from The Coaster’s “Yakety Yak” and the pantomime of housework gives way to… well it was a rehearsal, so it was all pantomimed, but suffice it to say the tasteful frocks of the bored housefraus don’t make it to the end of the song. This is the trademark of the Downtown Delilahs: taking all of the raw sexuality of burlesque, and tweaking the formula into bold and energetic permutations. They represent the new generation of cabaret, a blast of erotic cold water from an era before every sexual act imaginable was available in an instant on every smartphone in every pocket in the world. Theirs is the era when sex was Sex, capitalized, important, spoken of only in hushed tones and even then never in public. Theirs is the era of the speakeasy burlesque show, and that era is returning in a big way. B u t b e f o r e y o u g o t h i n k i n g i t ’ s a l l s i n and scintillation, a brief primer on the art of the tease that is burlesque. The origins of the term are actually comedic in nature, as it was used to refer to satirical plays generally meant to lampoon anything from high art to contemporary culture, with an exposed leg here and there as a side dish. It wasn’t long before that exposed leg took center stage, and the vaudeville halls of late 19th century America erupted with this majestically sexy new American art form. The comedy was still there, but it was punctuated by extravaganzas of raw sexuality, over the top costumes and a sense of artistry sorely missing from the smartphone erotica of the modern age. The art of the tease reached its zenith just as the entire country took a turn for the boring in the 1930s with the advent of prohibition. A general societal backlash against everything fun drove burlesque underground, off of the vaudeville stage and into the speakeasies of the era. But now, much like the speakeasies themselves, burlesque is making its comeback, and the

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Delilahs have been able to capitalize on both. known on stage as Lana D. “We are definitely For starters, they perform in an honest-toburlesque inspired, but it’s grown… to an actual God speakeasy, their black box theater tucked experience. Inside our own private theater, you away through a hidden door along one wall of are actually transported to a place where people Mata Hari, itself a speakeasy tucked behind a can dress up, go to a nice private club, have drinks, nondescript and see a show.” door off of Factor’s Walk. Plus, they T h at s h o w i s a “A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T bring all the m e t i c u l o u s ly KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT OUT OF comedy, the planned and BURLESQUE AND THERE ARE SO spectacle and choreographed MANY DIFFERENT TAKES ON IT.” the sex of good routine whose old fashioned every aspect Burlesque. begins and ends Even if they don’t call it that. with Bills. Since her early days watching and “As the show has grown and evolved into mimicking the great starlets of late-90s MTV – something a little different than how we started, Britney, Christina, J-Lo, et. al. – Jade has been I feel most comfortable describing the show as a enraptured with the art of dance. She carried that ‘dance cabaret,’” said Delilahs founder Jade Bills, with her to 309 West, a bar famed for its Coyote


In order to gain admittance into the elusive speakeasy that is Mata Hari’s you must be in possession of a key, or be in the presence of someone with a key. A few of the hotels around town keep keys on hand for their guests who wish to expierience a night of mystique. However, if you’re in the mood for some burlesque action, there’s another way in. Your ticket to the Deliliah’s Show, gets you access to the House of the Mata Hari for the night. For ticket information visit thedowntowndelilahs.com or call 912.272.7601.

The lovely ladies of Delilah’s are the essense of style and sensuality.

A Delilah performer checks the mirror one last time before hitting the stage to entertain guests.

Ugly-style dance routines, where she took an active role in choreography: “It actually gave me an excuse to go home and learn dances from my favorite music videos, and then have the opportunity to perform them at work. Not only that, but I was working with other girls who liked to do the same thing!” A t 3 0 9 , B i l l s n o t o n ly t o o k her love of dance to an audience, she was also able to meet some of her future Delilahs. It wasn’t until 2010 that she was inspired to take her act off the bar and onto the stage, and the spark was appropriately enough, one of the biggest stars of MTV’s TRL era. “I went to see the movie ‘Burlesque’ in 2010 with my mom. I know; as cheesy as it is, that movie had a major impact on how I decided to pursue my dancing,” said Bills. “First of all, Christina Aguilera; enough said.” The film showed Bills a side of burlesque she didn’t realize existed: more flirtatious than outright erotic; with meticulous choreography, costumes and showmanship crafted in celebration of the female form. “There’s obviously something to be said for the original style of burlesque dancing, but my influence comes from a modern style, that has a very Pussycat Doll vibe. It’s not ‘naked’ like the original… but we definitely flirt with the idea of it,” said Bills. Indeed, ask any of the Delilahs and they’ll mention that the notion of burlesque can be a moving target. “A lot of people don’t know what to expect out of burlesque and there are so many different takes on it,” said Penny D. “Ours is definitely more cabaret. We like to allude to our sexiness.” Perched on the edge of the stage at Mata Hari, unwinding between songs during rehearsal, Roxy concurred, adding , “People hear burlesque and they think ‘naked’. Ours is more of a technical choreography. . . it’s more of a cabaret-inspired burlesque or a burlesque-inspire cabaret.” When asked what the difference between the two is, there was a murmur of conversation among the troupe. Finally it was

Kiki D. who comes up with the answer: “We like to make you feel sexy when you go home,” she said with a coy smile. Even in rehearsals, the Delilahs were able to do just that. And what’s more, I’ve suddenly found a greater appreciation for the musical stylings of Pat Boone. The Downtown Delilahs’ 1950s-themed show runs Thursdays-Saturdays in August. Tickets, available online at thedowntowndelilahs.com get you a one-night membership to Mata Hari. ¡

*We would show you the actual key, but not many people know what it looks like or even a key at all. Those lucky clients who hold the key will only know for sure.

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“I REMEMBER STARING AT THE WATER AND FEELING THAT LIGHT; THAT SPARKLE. I USED TO CALL IT DIAMOND WATER. THIS IS WHERE I REALLY FOUND MY INSPIRATION.” ELENA MADDEN’S RECALLS HER DEEP EMOTIONAL CONNECTION TO THE WATER THAT INFLUENCES EVERY PAINTING THAT SHE HAS DEVELOPED OVER THE LAST TWO DECADES.

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o, how does an artist achieve such an accomplishment? How do we decipher art: a Picasso from a Van Gogh, a Rembrandt from a Dali, or an O’Keeffe from a Kahlo? The answer is fundamentally taught in almost every art history class throughout world: we know the difference of each from the artist’s story, the subject the artist chooses to paint, and from the emotional connection the artist has with his or her process. Elena Madden does not remember a time when art did not stir her emotion or creativity. An ever-present element of her life, she knew from a very early age that she wanted to create for a living. “My parents met in art school in the 60s and constantly created at home; that’s just what they did. And so I just thought that everybody was an artist. It wasn’t until later that I found out that people were actually bankers, and lawyers, and doctors - even

then it didn’t matter. Art was what I always wanted to do; there was no other question. It was just a part of me,” reflects Madden. Secure in pursuing painting as her life’s passion, Madden graduated with a bachelor’s degree in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in the early 1990s. In the formative years of her career, she made a promise to herself to not earn a living doing anything but art. To pay the bills and gain experience and connections, Madden spent her days painting portraits and taking whatever jobs came her way. She testifies, “Early on, before I established myself, I took every opportunity to paint. I would paint anything that anyone would pay me for. I didn’t care. I just wanted to do what I love and get paid for it. I did portraits. I did murals. I painted anything. And along the way I would work, on the side, at night, putting together my serious pieces.” In these evenings, Madden began painting very personal and emotional pieces. Pieces that set the tone for the style and technique that is now exclusively her own. AUGUS T / SE P T E M B E R 2016

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The way Elena Madden paints water onto canvas is extraordinary. Each piece captures the movements and fluidity of water like no other. Her work is undescribably beautiful. For more information on Madden or to purchase one of her paintings, visit elenamadden.com.

“WARM LIGHT, COOL RAIN” 36X60” ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

“RAIN SHADOWS” 40X40” MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS

“BLUE PRINT OF RAIN” 48X48” MIXED MEDIA IN CANVAS

“SPINDRIFT” 48X48” ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

Rhythm / Reflection solo show 9/9 to 10/8 Location gallery @ Austin Hill Realty There will be an opening reception on Sept. 9 and closing reception on Oct. 8 both from 5-8 p.m. Profits from the show will be designated to a local non profit. 417 Whitaker Street M-F 10-4 or by appointment 912.354.2100

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For Madden, the subject of her paintings has an origin that is deep and psychologically complex. When asked about it, Madden blissfully reminiscences about her childhood vacations at Pawleys Island, S.C.: “I had the most happy, loving childhood. Every summer my family would spend a couple of “MIDNIGHT SUN” weeks at a very simple 36X60” MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS laid-back beach house. The whole family would hang out at the beach. It was a special time. I remember staring at the water and feeling that light; that sparkle. I used to call it diamond water. This is where I really found my inspiration.” Madden’s deep emotional connection to the water influences every series that she has developed over the last two decades. Painting from memory, she taps into her sense of nostalgia - recalling time with family, the beach scenes of her youth, and her feeling during that time. Doing so allows her to evoke the movement of the ocean and this movement guides her brush as she paints her abstractions onto wooden panels or canvas. For Madden, this process is soulful. It is this transcendental connection that allows Madden to infuse the movement and light of the water into her art, and because she paints from memory rather than still life, her artistic interpretation is infused with an emotional abstraction that viewers and collectors are able to connect with. She simplifies this process by explaining that “Water is constantly moving; so if I painted from a photograph it would be still. Instead, I go out on the water, I drink it up, and I go back into the studio and there I release the emotion that I felt while out on the water to the canvas.” She goes on to say, “This process brings me a sense of euphoria that I hope is translated to the viewers of my work.” Some may wonder if painting the same subject becomes mundane; yet for Madden it’s a subject of endless possibilities. Over the last 18 years, she has experimented with palettes, stroke techniques, and perspectives - growth that collectors of her work greatly appreciate. Being classically trained, Madden started out painting in oil. Loving the wet on wet malleability of the paint and the look of it, she was able to capture her visions well. However, as she began to travel

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and her family grew, the space she had to paint grew smaller. She found the need to switch to acrylics, a faster drying more travelfriendly medium. Still, she missed the richness of the oil, and so she did what artists do and experimented. She explains, “Acrylic is great Madden at work in her Islamorada, Fla. studio. because it dries really quickly, but it can be flat. So having to find the richness that I missed with oil, I began to do a lot of transparent layers until my work had this glow underneath; this beautiful intensity that is more vibrant. I also incorporate a mix of mediums - blending French chalk, oil pastel, and traditional pastels.” Another interesting aspect of Madden’s technique is that she typically paints on wood panel and she always paints on red - usually a burnt sienna. Madden explains “red brings a vibrancy to the other colors.” She goes on to say “there is this kinetic energy when you put blue on red or green on red or even red on red and because I paint transparently it always has a presence there.” And, according to Madden, the red works with the other colors to create a depth that is similar to the movement of the water and this allows her to capture that movement in her painting. Madden’s meditative practice yields vibrant and transcendental art that has become her signature style. When she started seeing an initial interest in her painting and began being represented by galleries, she opened Elena Madden Studio Gallery on Whitaker Street in Savannah. Owning a studio gave Madden the push to take her art even further; so she traveled wherever the water called her to be. Her travels and her experiences within them solidified Madden’s presence as a professional artist; ultimately becoming the driving force to her opening other studio galleries in Beaufort, S.C. and Islamorada, Fla. Wanting to be permanently near her subject, Madden closed the Whitaker Street and Beaufort galleries to work out of the Islamorada studio. Like the waters that inspire her art, Madden’s movement and rhythm has allowed her the opportunity to experience her subject on a variety of artistic and emotional levels. And like those waters, she is the tide that returns home to break. As is the case with her upcoming show Rhythm / Reflection, which will be showcased at Location Gallery, a venue that welcomes Madden home. ¡


“WATER IS CONSTANTLY MOVING; SO IF I PAINTED FROM A PHOTOGRAPH IT WOULD BE STILL. INSTEAD, I GO OUT ON THE WATER, I DRINK IT UP, AND I GO BACK INTO THE STUDIO AND THERE I RELEASE THE EMOTION THAT I FELT WHILE OUT ON THE WATER TO THE CANVAS.” – ELENA MADDEN

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TO L.A. & BACK NOT MANY PEOPLE CAN SAY THEIR BEARD SKYROCKETED THEM TO FAME, FORTUNE, AND THEIR FALLOUT. BUT THEN AGAIN, NOT MANY PEOPLE HAVE A BEARD LIKE GREGORY BROOME’S.

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On Nov. 26, 2015, longtime Savannahian Gregory Broome, whose rugged good looks, exceptional beard and Southern charm which launched a modeling career in Los Angeles that included agency representation and thousands of social media followers, posted this to his official Facebook page: Today, aside from being Thanksgiving, here in America, is traditionally always one in which special things happen in my life. November 26th holds a certain energy that encourages huge change and new adventures. So CHEERS to a life less ordinary and a valued reason to be truely GREATFUL (sic) for unknown blessings. Happy Thanksgiving, lovers! THANK YOU.

The following day, the recovering drug addict was evicted from his LA home. He would spend the next several weeks on the streets, hiding his real status from everyone. “I did drugs until I was homeless on the street and didn’t tell anybody,” says Broome on a humid day in July as he sits in his parked car outside St. Joseph’s/Candler hospital. He’s waiting for a sick friend he drove there hours earlier, a friend who called Broome because he’s loving and dependable and would do anything for anybody. The car is from his parents, Robert and Debbie Broome, given in exchange for working at the family’s produce stands along I-95 in Hardeeville, South Carolina, as they try to help their 34-yearold son rebuild his life back in the somewhat sheltering confines of the South. Living in a trailer in rural Effingham County with his older brother Robbie, Broome is, at least for now, far from the glitz, glamour and temptations of his former Hollywood existence. “I am watering the roots,” he says with his signature positivity, “realizing that although sometimes we may not want to slow down, something happens where life doesn’t give you an option. I’ve been made to slow down.” That “option” to slow down is the latest in a life that’s twisted and turned – sometimes on a wing and a prayer – for much of Broome’s life. The 6’4” gregarious good-time seeker with the chiseled face and sleek physique grew up in Bluffton and played tight end at South Effingham High School, with Robbie as a teammate and his father as a coach. His brother, a constant best friend growing up, was the first person Broome came out to in high school sensitive news that was accepted on the spot. He spent his 20s zigzagging from Georgia to Florida to Ohio to North Carolina and back to Georgia, rebooting his life each time a job was lost, a love went bad or, twice now, something far worse threatened his very existence.

POSTED BY BROOME ON FACEBOOK, DEC. 17, 2005 FROM A PUBLIC LIBRARY: Control is an illusion. And, quite frankly, an idea I thought I’d be weak and lost without. “Show no weakness” & “You can cry, just don’t let them see your tears” were misguided philosophy I based my being around. Well, that Gregory Broome was just set free from the chains that bind. I’ve forgiven my past, embraced my present and invited the future to provide all lesons (sic) with reckless abandon! I now let go of false control and say hello to the moment, the moment that is allowed to be as is.... SANS FALSE CONTROL. Bring it on. Live hard, lovers. #TheGentlemanMovement

GREGORY BROOME SKYROCKETED TO MODELING FAME AS ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER BEARD MODELS IN THE WORLD, BUT ALL TOO QUICKLY THE LIFE OF THE RICH AND THE FAMOUS CAUGHT UP TO HIM.

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“THERE’S SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT BEING A MODEL FROM THE SOUTH. WE BREED BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE TO GO OUT TO CALIFORNIA AND SHOCK THEM, REMINDING THEM THAT NICE PEOPLE ACTUALLY STILL EXIST.”

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He first discovered the drug scene and the fashion world in Charlotte, where he’d landed as a 23-year-old with only passing interest in college. “I was accepted by fashion buyers and introduced to photographers,” he says. “I was being put in clothes to go out and be seen in particular brands. I was not being used, I was being seduced.” VIP passes, underground parties, the occasional line of cocaine, and all that comes with that lifestyle took a toll on Broome as he felt his energy slip and watched his weight dwindle to a gaunt 160 pounds. Finally, a doctor’s visit confirmed a dire case of tuberculosis, and Broome dragged himself home to Georgia to recuperate. “That was really scary,” says Robbie of seeing his brother so sick. But Broome bounced back, slowly regaining 40 pounds and landing steady jobs in Savannah over the next few years - including helping to open the bar JJ Bonerz on Bay Street. A bad breakup with a boyfriend in 2011, however, gave Broome the urge to head west and start fresh. Against the advice of friends and family, he crammed whatever he could into his 1994 El Dorado and pointed it toward California. “I didn’t know what the hell I was doing, but I knew I was gonna end up in LA, and I had money in my pocket,” he says. He was 29.

POSTED BY ROBERT STEVEN BROOME TO GREGORY BROOME ON FACEBOOK, DEC. 24, 2015: Merry Christmas my son! I wish across the country I could see your face hear your voice and know you are well. In the season of joy and peace something is missing, it’s a piece of my soul called you. Your brother might be my heart, but you are A piece of my soul. Missing that creative festive spirit that is you. Need to hear from you at this so special time of year. So Merry Christmas and may this be a Happy, adventure filled, prosperous. Joyful, success filled New Year. Call soon ~ DAD

Broome quickly found work as a bartender at the swanky Next Door Lounge, where he was trained by mixologist Joe Brooke, who’d won Absolut’s America’s Top Bartender competition in 2009. But he lost that job two years later when he took an extended trip home to be with his sick mother, and floundered to find work upon his return to the West Coast. His luck changed when he was introduced to celebrity fashion designer Ashton Michael, who hired the sweet Southerner to paint the front of his new brick studio space in Hollywood. The two-week gig allowed Broome to catch up on rent and find his footing; he was so thankful for the temporary job that he showed up at Michael’s office one afternoon with a bottle of whiskey as a thank-you gift. “I walked in and said ‘I just want you to know that I love you so much and I’ve appreciated the opportunity you’ve given me,’” Broome recalls. “He said, ‘Get the f**k out of my face, go home and shower, come back at 2 o’clock, you have to walk.’ He was having a runway show that afternoon, and one of his bearded models couldn’t make his flight.” Bewildered and excited, Broome did as he was told, and that afternoon his whole world changed. “It’s like a high,” he says of runway modeling. “It’s like taking a hit of Ecstasy and dancing in front of 2500 people. I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. I was just there. I just happened to have a really cool beard and I fit the clothes. I hit the end of the runway, and I’m doing my ‘I think I look sexy’ look, and as soon as all those flashbulbs went off, I don’t remember s**t. I got so high in that moment. I turned around and got off the runway and remember taking this huge, deep breath and was like ‘That’s it. That’s what I want to do.’” Broome hit the pavement running, making contacts with photographers and industry insiders, taking every job he could. Within a year he was signed to an agency, Envy Model Management, and began getting bigger jobs, including a cover shoot for Satellite Magazine and a bit part in the Imagine Dragons video for “Shots.” “This is when the party life started for me. Trips to Vegas, glitz and glamour. This party and that event, this porn star and that actress. It became

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more than just the occasional ‘Let’s go party and go dancing,’” he says. “I was dating a lifestyle.”

POSTED BY LORI BROOME TO GREGORY BROOME ON FACEBOOK, DEC. 28, 2015: Anyone that knows where our baby is please contact his family. you can put it on here or contact Robert Steven Broome or Lori Broome on Facebook or p.m. one of us. THANK U VERY MUCH!

Broome says he dabbled in just about every kind of drug, from amphetamines to cocaine, but crystal meth was his undoing.“I thought I was balancing my lifestyle with my profession, but I was lying to myself,” he says of what became a daily habit. “I burned down the crystal castle that I had built.” He began missing gigs and wasn’t as reliable as he’d been in the past. Then his friends started disappearing. “I was doing drugs every day to the point where I was introduced to the dealer,” he says. “I had become someone I never thought in a million years I would be, and that was somebody who was contributing to the problem.” Then in July 2015, Broome was hit by a car on Sunset Avenue; he was high at the time. “I lived high,” he says. “High wasn’t high anymore, high was living. High was maintenance.” He spent five weeks in bed, recovering from his injuries and getting sober.

SOMETIMES SUCCESS COMES FROM BEING IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME; FOR BROOME, NOTHING COULD BE MORE TRUE.

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THE SEXIEST PEACH FARMER IN THE SOUTH If you’re taking a drive down I-95 and have a hankering for some fresh Southern peaches, pull off the road near Hardeeville, S.C. and you just might run into the sexiest peach farmer in the South. Gregory Broome was once one of the most sought-after beard models in the world, but he seems right at home in his jeans and t-shirt selling the family’s produce on the side of the road. Working the family business has given him the chance to come back to life, get his feet on the ground, and hit the road running again. Who knew such magic could come from a few peaches? Broome’s Fruit Stand, I-95 Exit 8 at Joker Joe’s, Hardeeville, S.C.

That fall was a blur of trying to make ends meet, renting out a room on Airbnb to help cover his own rent. But by November, his landlord had had enough. On Black Friday, Broome was kicked out for good. “I didn’t call home. Nobody knew. I had lost NOW BACK HOME, BROOME SPENDS HIS TIME communication WORKING ON HIS PARENTS PEACH FARM, AND during the drug TAKING A BREAK FROM THE FAST LANE. use. It was a fall from grace,” he says of keeping his family and friends in the dark about his downfall and his homelessness. “I didn’t know how to say that I was losing myself, that I was lost. I had no idea how to ask for help. I’d built so many things and had restarted so many times. I’d been my own hero, and gotten to a place where I was really, really proud and then became completely ashamed of the things I’d been involved with. It was bad. It was rock bottom.” Robbie says he’d had a feeling for awhile that something might be up with his brother, but stuck on the opposite coast with a busy job of his own, there wasn’t much he could do about a mere inkling. When nobody heard from Broome during the holidays, however, the family started to panic. “That’s when we really started searching hardcore for him,” says Robbie, whose friends whipped up a social media frenzy looking for him. “It was terrifying. My mom was going nuts, she was calling me every day saying, ‘Have you heard anything?’” Broome says he spent Christmas Eve huddled in a sleeping bag near the house he’d been kicked out of, trying to keep warm. He had no phone and no money. He ate meals at local soup kitchens, wandered the streets, took the occasional hit when he could find one, and did a lot of praying. “I kept telling myself to hold on, that I was meant for greatness, that I wasn’t gonna die. That I was experiencing this and needed to learn what this lesson was.” Finally, on Dec. 29, Broome happened to log into Facebook using a pre-paid GoPhone he was given that had a few minutes left on it. That’s when he saw how many people were searching for him. An LA friend took him in, and a GoFundMe account quickly raised $1,600 to fly him home.

The day Gregory flew home is one Robbie won’t forget. “It was a sense of relief that you can’t really describe,” he says. “I already knew he was alive, but just to see him and put my hands on him and hug him, to see if he was OK...” The brothers had a lot of catching up to do, which they’ve done these last several months. Both men now take turns manning the family’s fruit stands, the same way they did as boys. Robbie sees the light and energy has returned to his brother’s eyes, and knows he’s bound for greater things. The protective big brother worries a bit about what those things could entail, and hopes his little brother is strong enough to resist the temptations and people with sinister motives that dragged him down before. For now, Broome’s sights are set on “watering his roots” while slowly strengthening his ties to the fashion industry. He lost his contract with Envy, but he remains a brand ambassador for Das Boom Industries, and was recently an extra in the “Baywatch” reboot with Zac Efron and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. “I miss LA every day. I miss the high that wasn’t druginduced. I miss the original connection to my family and friends. I miss being inspired by everything,” he says. “But I wouldn’t change a thing.”

POSTED BY GREGORY BROOME ON FACEBOOK ON MARCH 24, 2016: The Hostess City of The South. I’m back! Hello Mossy Oaks, Humidity and to-go cups... it’s been too long. •

POSTED BY GREGORY BROOME ON FACEBOOK ON DEC. 31, 2015: Did I make it on a milk carton? No? Darn!! Thanks to The “Obamafone” & free Wi-Fi at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, I’m able to extend a personal THANK YOU to everyone who sent up a prayer and shared in getting me to warmth and safety. Glad to finish that chapter in the book, but starting anew proves challenging. For now, rest and recovery and hopes to get home to Debbie and Robert (hi mom & dad) soon.

BROOME’S CONTRACT WITH ENVY MODEL MANAGEMENT ALLOWED HIM THE CHANCE TO BE FEATURED IN CAMPAIGNS AND RUNWAYS SHOWS OF SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN FASHION.

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JAZZ MUSIC, AMERICA’S ORIGINAL ART FORM, HAS BEEN UNITING RACES AND CULTURES SINCE THE LATE 19TH CENTURY. SAVANNAH BOASTS A RICH JAZZ HISTORY FROM ITS EARLY DOWNTOWN RED-LIGHT DISTRICTS, BAPTIST CHURCHES AND CLUBS, ALL THE WAY OUT TO TYBEE ISLAND WITH JOHNNY MERCER. JAZZ HAS BEEN UNITING PEOPLE OF ALL RACES SINCE ITS DAWN AND CONTINUES ON TODAY. Wr i t t e n b y PAU L A S . F O G A RT Y P h o t o g r a p h s c o u r t e s y o f D R . B O O H O R N S T E I N T E D DY A DA M S , P E T E R F I S H , DAV E S T RY K E R , & H OWA R D PAU L

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It makes us swing, bop, mess around, scat and mop up. The word conjures the essence of coolness and freedom. From the sophisticated showmanship of Dizzy Gillespie to the bouncing, scatting stylings of the great Louis Armstrong to the lyrical swoons of Savannah’s own Johnny Mercer, Jazz music today inspires a whole pop generation of pork-pie-hat-wearing hipsters to co-opt its coolness. Jazz is at once structured, with its intricate notes and complex chord

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progressions, and also freewheeling, with its mandate for conversational improvisation. When Louis Armstrong tried to explain it, he said, “If you have to ask what Jazz is, you’ll never know.” JAZZ IS TRANSFORMING. It is the only American art form to crush racial and economic barriers; in today’s climate of racial division, we need it now more than ever. Born of African syncopated drumming, Ragtime music, the Blues, and military brass, Jazz is the American language that brings

Although New Orleans claims the birthplace of Jazz, Savannah’s rich history of Jazz is equally important. It developed concurrently; yet with a different more African vibe. Jazz was borne of Southern black cultures that JOHHNY, GINGER MERCER 1936 DESOTO HOTEL LOCAL JAZZ SCENE LEGENDS had no choice but to improvise, to find a way to integrate into a foreign place to which they were subjugated. The Blues was nurtured in black Baptist churches, working fields and factories, wherein the “call” and “respond” communication form of Jazz was derived. The “hey’s” and the “ho’s” of today’s pop culture. THE AFRICAN SLAVE CULTURES in New Orleans’ Congo Square, starting in 1817, were allowed to perform their tribal drumming, singing and dancing for the first time, drawing in white audiences with their foreign sounds and exotic moves. The syncopation of this African drumming is the seed of from which sprang Ragtime, Blues, and Jazz music. SAVANNAH HAS BEEN HOME TO Jazz giants such as Louis Armstrong’s mentor, James “King” Oliver, Johnny Mercer, Ben Riley, James Moody, Kenny Palmer, Ben Tucker, and such contemporaries as Teddy Adams, Howard Paul, and Jody Espina. The Hostess City continues to serve as a petri dish for nurturing great new talent on the world stage of Jazz. The Coastal Jazz Association was founded 35 years ago and today carries on the traditions of Jazz music in Savannah where, in its heyday, there were over 190 clubs offering Jazz music events in both black and white social clubs and theaters along West Broad (now MLK Boulevard), all the way out to Tybee Island at the Tybrisa Pavilion. DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH through the 1950s was when the white folks went to black clubs to be entertained, and Tybrisa was where whites went to hear black bands and dance their feet off to big swing bands with Johnny Mercer and Cab Calloway. The evolution of this essentially black art form has conjoined the races to produce great white Jazz musicians including Bix Beiderbecke, Benny Goodman and Stan Getz. ➻

us together in search of individual identity. JAZZ IS HOT AND IRREVERENT. Its African tribal syncopation, mixed with classical European melodic structures excite people to exotic dance moves, like the Camel, the Mess Around, and the Turkey Trot. It is as comfortable in churches as it is in a brothel.


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Unlike New Orleans, Savannah did not have a Colonial French Creole heritage. Creoles were better heeled and freer than their African counterparts. More educated, classically trained, and skilled, Creoles played more structured music than Blues musicians. After the Civil War the Creoles and freed Africans started playing together, mixing classically structured music with tribal African drumming, Ragtime, and the raw Blues, creating the sound of New Orleans Dixieland Jazz. This was shared throughout the country by legends such as Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Mahalia Jackson. Savannah was never exposed to this cultural melting pot, and according to Professor Charles Elmore in his book, All That Savannah Jazz, blacks in Savannah, “were developing jazz with a sea island, and not a Creole flavor.”

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Horns, trumpets, trombones and drums, to the fore! The available instruments left after the war dictated the form that Jazz would take, but the musicians always determined its substance. From the beginning, no Jazz number has ever been played the same way twice; this is part of its intrigue. At the turn of the century, Dixieland brass bands in Savannah led parades and funeral processions, and performed in parks and theaters from Lincoln Park to Star and Pekin Theaters on West Broad, and in churches and brothels all over town.

“SAVANNAH’S BROTHEL SCENE WAS SUCH THAT IT WAS LISTED AS ONE OF THE ‘30 MOST IMMORAL CITIES IN AMERICA’ BY THE BALTIMORE AFROAMERICAN IN 1920.” Like New Orleans’ Storyville, Savannah had red-light districts in Frogtown, Yamacraw, and elsewhere. Savannah’s brothel scene was such that it was listed as one of the “30 Most Immoral Cities in America” by the Baltimore Afro-American in 1920. The city then appointed a Jazz Inspector and passed an anti-Jazz ordinance to end what Professor Elmore cites as, “lascivious new music, which encourages immoral behavior by fast men and loose women,” but, this being Savannah, it was short-lived. Jazz was everywhere throughout the city. Descendants of slaves would gather in the afternoons with tour trolleys full of attendees at the Heritage Planation off Bay Street to hear great brass bands. Imagine them playing such great spirituals as “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” and “Down By the Riverside,” all together; yet segregated.

Savannah Jazz Festival September 18 – 24 Venues include – Rancho Alegre, Hotel Indigo, Mansion on Forsyth, Forsyth Park Sponsors include – City of Savannah, Dr, Brad Durham, Miner Family Wines, Bernard Williams, Enmark, Critz Auto, Seacrest Partners Acts include – Dave Stryker, King Solomon Hicks, Peter Fish Group, Don Braden Audrey Shakir facebook.com/ savannahjazzfestival savannahjazzfest.com

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Coastal Jazz Association Monthly Concerts Hotel Indigo 201 W Bay Street hotelindigosavannah.com facebook.com/CoastalJazzSav Rancho Allegre Fri – Sat, The Jody Espina Trio, and others 402 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Savannah 4490 Bluffton Park Crescent Bluffton, SC C O A S TA L J A Z Z A S S O C I AT I O N coastaljazz.org LEARN Savannah Jazz Hall of Fame coastaljazz.org READ Charles Elmore, All That Savannah Jazz Julius “Boo” Hornstein, Sites and Sounds of Savannah Jazz

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struck his golf cart in 2013. He was so loved here that his funeral was nothing less than a Savannah celebration with over 1500 people at the church service followed by a parade and Jazz festival. Hannah’s was open in three different venues for over 13 years, making it the longest running Jazz club in modern history. Since its closing in 2002, Jazz legends like Teddy Adams are hard-pressed for venues. Adams said that Hannah’s was to Savannah what The Jazz Corner is to Hilton Head today, currently in its 17th year of operation.

THE LOSS OF A LOCAL LEGEND

For a city who was hostess to Jazz greats such as Duke Ellington, Joe “King” Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Ethel Waters and Johnny Mercer in theaters, the Municipal Auditorium, and the DeSoto Hotel regularly from the 1920s to the 1950s, Savannah’s state of music today is baffling. There are have been no dedicated venues in which to hear Jazz music alone, or with food, or with a dance floor since the closing of local Jazz legend Ben Tucker’s Hard Hearted Hannah’s in Savannah. Tucker died tragically when a speeding motorist on Hutchinson Island SAVANNAH TROMBONE VIRTUOSO, TEDDY ADAMS

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ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD – FIND ING JAZZ IN SAVANNAH TODAY

Today, Savannah Jazz lives on due to the efforts of the Coastal Jazz Association whose President, and great Jazz guitarist, Howard Paul said, “The fact that there is no true music venue here is a reflection of the economic fact that it was once so deeply rooted in the African American culture, which is struggling today.” Our biggest scene is the Savannah Jazz Festival. Unlike the Savannah Music Festival, it is a week of totally free concerts produced by the CJA and sponsored in part by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs. It hosts both internationally acclaimed and regionally prominent artists. “We really provide a community service with this festival because it unites people of all color and class, improving our quality of life,” Paul explained. This year’s concert is September 18 through 24 with shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Forsyth Park. CJA hosts monthly concerts for members and guests in the new The Hotel Indigo on Bay Street. Aside from these concerts, and the Jazz Festival, you can find some of the best Jazz at Rancho Allegre; The Cuban Restaurant on Martin Luther King Boulevard. Juan Rodriguez, the owner, understands the importance of Jazz. Each weekend at Rancho, you can find The Jody Espina Trio featuring rising stars like Maggie Evans, Bill Harris and Mitch Hennes, and other young musicians. Other regular venues include Ruth’s Chris Steak House lounge where Paul often plays with such legends as Tony Monaco and Quentin Baxter. And the big band sounds from the Tybrisa era remain alive through Jeremy Davis’ Equinox Orchestra featured monthly at The Westin Savannah Harbor. Even “Gypsy Jazz” of the Hot Club of Paris can be heard thanks to regular local appearances by Ricardo Ochoa’s Velvet Caravan.

EMMY AWARD-WINNING PETER FISH, COMING TO THE JAZZ FESTIVAL COURTESY, BERNARD WILLIAMS AND ENMARK WORLD RENOWNED DAVE STRYKER, COMING TO THE JASS FESTIVAL COURTESY, MINER FAMILY WINES

Teddy Adams and Howard Paul-both Savannah Hall of Fame inductees—mentor the next generation. Adams, who played at the end of the Tybee scene in 1956 and in the West Broad clubs, served HOWARD PAUL AND JOHN FADDIS AT SAVANNAH JAZZ FESTIVAL in the Air Force in Japan HOWARD PAUL MENTORING STUDENTS FROM THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON after the Vietman War, where he played with legends such as Bob Blakey, Sadao Watanabe, Rufus Reid, and many more. He said because we have no dedicated Jazz venues, our young talent leaves Savannah. Adams has had tremendous success in placing his students in the country’s most prominent conservatories and grooming them for significant careers. “We need more students and programs in schools, because they are the ones who encourage Jazz scenes.” His Teddy Adams and the Future of Jazz Band is comprised of members as young as 15 who are learning from a master, and it is a beautiful thing to watch. The Coastal Jazz Association nurtures new talent by providing scholarships in Jazz each year to Georgia Southern and Armstrong State. It also awards

“IF YOU HAVE TO ASK WHAT JAZZ IS, YOU WILL NEVER KNOW.” LOUIS ARMSTRONG stipends to schools including Savannah Country Day and Savannah Arts Academy. The CJA also stewards the Savannah Jazz Hall of Fame whose members include many internationally acclaimed artists including Ben Riley, and Sahib Shihab. Paul, also the President of the vaunted Jazz guitar company, Benedetto Guitars, in Savannah, serves the National Association of Music Merchants’ Taskforce (NAMM), educating Congress on the importance of music education. “Learning music at a young age helps with communication, math and engineering skills of all kinds,” said Paul.

MOPPING UP – THE LAST BEAT

Blacks and whites, rich and poor, the educated and the unschooled have all been unified through the American art form of Jazz music. The thing is, that the notes and the chords do not care what color or from what class you are. Wynton Marsalis summed it up perfectly in the awesome PBS documentary, Jazz, A Film by Ken Burns, “Jazz music celebrates life – the range of it; the absurdity of it; the ignorance of it; the greatness of it; the intelligence of it; the sexuality of it; the profundity of it. And it deals with it!” Our own Johnny Mercer calls to us to enjoy the “Days of wine and roses laugh and run away, like a child at play,” so get out and discover Savannah Jazz in surprising venues and at the Savannah Jazz Festival. Everyone can play.

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26 WAYS TO BRAND THE ULTIMATE YOU

Creating the ultimate version of yourself isn’t about being vain; it’s about giving yourself the tools to go through your life with confidence. What’s stopping you from being the ultimate you? Are you embarrassed by that gap in your teeth? Does your car need a jump every time you turn the key? Does your style reflect someone else’s personality? Whatever is keeping your confidence down, we’ve found the people, places and products that will break down barriers and allow you to be your true Southern self: confident, stylish, and above all, happy.

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THE ULTIMATE YOU: JEWELRY

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How to Find the Highest Quality Diamonds and Designs for the Ones You Love

Finding the perfect ring that meets your quality and design standards can be just as much of a commitment as tying the knot. A ring is forever – so make sure to consult with the experts before you make your final decision. Whether you’re looking for brand new, customizable jewelry or vintage estate jewelry with a little more history, the knowledgeable staff at Harkleroad will find the perfect ring to match your style and give you peace of mind. Harkleroad provides designer jewelry, custom jewelry and engagement rings, in addition to jewelry repair and cleaning to brighten your jewels before all of life’s special occasions.

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The ring that you give to the one you love should be as unique as the love that you share. A custom engagement ring design may seem like extra work, but putting your unique touch on the design will ensure that your special someone will love the final product. HARKLEROADDIAMONDS.COM 912.354.3671 7300 ABERCORN STREET, SAVANNAH, GA

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LA SOURCE

How to Create a Kitchen and Bath that Reflect Your Personal Style

When planning to build a new home or start a remodel project, it’s important to create spaces that satisfy your daily needs, reflect your personal style, and speak to your soul. The

kitchen and bathroom can serve as sanctuaries to escape life’s daily stresses, which is why luxury is a key element in Lukejohn Dickson’s designs at Savannah Kitchen & Bath. However, when it comes to Savannah’s real-estate, SKB’s timeless designs, innovative products and personalized services must often create extraordinary designs in limited spaces. SKB provides clients with the access to their showroom, personalized design services, and construction services to help create a client’s personalized space from idea to reality. SKB is focused on a progressive business and design experience, and are leading Savannah towards improving efficiency and sustainability in all areas of design and implementation. Dickson also travels extensively to find the most exceptional kitchen and bath products for his clients, providing the products needed to make your kitchen and bath the luxurious spaces they were meant to be.

When trying to find the perfect lighting fixtures and appliances for your remodel, invest in energy and water saving equipment that will help lower your energy bill and conserve resources. Focusing on sustainability in your home will make a positive impact on your wallet and the planet. LASOURCEHOME.COM 912.236.9299 14 PROMENADE ST. BLUFFTON, SC

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/ Co-Owner Frank Ellsworth & Matthew Hallett /

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ELLSWORTHHALLETT HOME PROFESSIONALS

Why You Should Embrace Color in Your Historic Home

Historic preservation takes the best of the past and infuses it with the present. Breathe life into a restoration with creative use of personal, vibrant color. “I’m passionate about preservation,” says Matthew Hallett. “Any change should look seamless and use mouldings, materials, and proportions based on the existing scale of the home. However, your colors, art, and furnishings have to be NOW.” Good color design can inject a personal style into an existing structure without compromising neighborhood continuity or the historic features of the building. “On Lincoln Street we brought a former gas station back to a more historic look to use as our office building, but we did orange front doors,” says Matthew. “That building had been desolate for so long that it needed color to sing about its rebirth.” So whether it’s a small kitchen renovation or a huge historic home restoration project, Ellsworth-Hallett has all the ingredients to refresh the style of your historic home.

Whether it’s your home or your-self, don’t be afraid to be bold and embrace the quirks. Just because a feature is hard to work with, doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth keeping around, so hold on to your historic home’s unique features and present them as a focal point in your restoration.

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Why to Avoid Trendy Ink & Invest In a Custom Tattoo

Tattoos are a lifetime addition to your look. And the style and story of your ink function as one of the most meaningful forms of self-expression. With so many tattoo styles to choose from – from classic Americana and portraiture, to watercolor or black and grey – it’s important to pick the style that will best represent you for a lifetime. At the Stranded Tattoo studio, artists James Lemons and Kenny Ward are trained in an array of tattoo styles so that they can execute the ideas of anyone that walks in or makes an appointment. Stranded rarely tattoos any one-off designs; rather they specialize in custom tattoo designs where they schedule consultations and work with customers to design out their unique ideas. They also specialize in cover-ups for those ‘oops’ tattoos you might be regretting. When you’re looking for a studio that’s as unique as your next tattoo, Stranded’s European, steam-punk, spa-like vibe is the perfect location. Stranded Tattoo has the creativity and precision to design and execute a unique tattoo for you, and only you.

When deciding on your text tattoo, avoid the trending Pinterest tats and schedule a consultation with a tattoo artist to work through your ideas and create a custom design that resonate with you personally. Art that is this permanent should be as specific to your story as possible, or at least be a classic design that will transcend time. STRANDEDTATTOO.INFO 912.232.8448 131 DRAYTON ST, SAVANNAH, GA

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THE ULTIMATE YOU: FASHION

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FA B ’ R I K

What A Boutique Can Add to Your Wardrobe & Your Community

If you’re on a tight budget it can be difficult to define your own unique style, which is why fab’rik’s CEO, Dana Spinola, created a boutique where everyone can afford to feel beautiful on a budget. Since fab’rik’s inception in 2006, the franchise has expanded to over 40 storefronts nationwide, but Fab’rik’s unique clothing and competitive prices aren’t the only reasons why entrepreneur Ashley Radeck was inspired to open a fab’rik store of her own. Fab’rik’s values extended beyond the sales floor and into their non-profit ‘free frab’rik’, an extension of the company that offers free shopping sprees to girls that are living in shelters and in poverty. These shopping sprees use clothing as a catalyst for providing underprivileged girls with an opportunity to remind them of their own beauty and the courage to take on the world. in Savannah. The stylists at Fab’rik will help you build the kind of wardrobe that will give you the confidence to be yourself in any situation.

Go through your closet and taken inventory of what you wear, and what you haven’t worn in years. Donate the things you no longer wear and get yourself some bright new clothing that makes you feel powerful so that you can take on the summer in style! FABRIKSTYLE.COM 912.234.8470 318 W BROUGHTON ST, SAVANNAH, GA

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THE ULTIMATE YOU: HEALTH & WELLNESS

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MILAN DAY S PA

How Being De-stressed & Re-energized is Vital to Your Happiness How you take care of your skin, nails and overall health of your body is the structure of your style. Your body is the canvas that you use to express your style everyday – so why wouldn’t you want your body to be as refreshed and revitalized as possible? No matter what your day job, life gets hectic. It’s important to take a time out from life’s hectic moments and de-stress with a deep tissue massage, aromatherapy or anything else that gives you your energy back. At the Milan Day Spa, you’re able to relax through a myriad of different massage styles while their customer service team organizes your dinner reservations, tour times or vacation activities through their unique concierge service. No outfit is complete without a smile – so don’t let stress get in the way of completing your perfect outfit!

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The body and the mind do not always travel together. As the mind wanders, the body is left on its own. We believe that rejuvenation of the mind and body is the key to total health and happiness. Investing in the rejuvenation of your body will contribute to you overall wellbeing. MILANDAYSPABROUGHTON.COM 912.236.4900 10 E BROUGHTON ST, SAVANNAH, GA 447 POOLER PARKWAY, POOLER, GA

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THE ULTIMATE YOU: FITNESS

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How to Improve Your Performance and Harness Your Power

Living a full and successful life starts with a healthy lifestyle. Working out improves your performance and power on many different levels. Regular exercise

is shown to improve memory, health and agility. Finding a place to get started, stay focused and achieve success is vital to living healthy. 24Seven Family Fitness & Tanning Centers has the tools and know-how to guide you to success in becoming the ultimate you! Here you’ll find a friendly and inviting atmosphere where all skill levels are welcomed and goals are achieved.

Give it everything you’ve got! When you’re struggling through the final few reps, cheer yourself on. Set realistic short term goals, track your progress and become the ultimate you. Remember, muscle weighs more than fat so leaner isn’t always lighter! 24SEVENFAMILYFITNESS.COM 912.631.0614 FRANCHISING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE

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THE ULTIMATE YOU: SCENES

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BARRELHOUSE SOUTH

How the Places, People & Music in Your Life Define Your Style Style isn’t just about what you wear; your style is also informed by the places you go, the music you listen to, and especially the people you meet.

With live music playing throughout the week from an array of genres and styles, you’re bound to find some new favorite songs, and new favorite drinks at Barrelhouse. With a variety of drink options, from craft beer to cocktails, and a colorful and lively atmosphere, this venue is must visit for a night out with friends. If you’re looking to experience new places, meet new people and find new music, Barrelhouse South is the perfect venue to tackle all three in one epic night out.

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Don’t be afraid to step – or jump – out of your comfort zone. Savannah has a strong culture and community that you’ll never experience by staying home on a Saturday night. Go out, grab a drink, and meet new people! BARRELHOUSESOUTH.COM 912.662.5576 125 W CONGRESS ST, SAVANNAH, GA

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THE ULTIMATE YOU: INTERIOR DESIGN

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Why Your Home’s Style Should Reflect Your Own If you’re putting extra effort into your fashion choices, you should do the same for your home. Not only will your home look more inviting, but it will also feel like a reflection of you.

24e specializes in unique home décor and interior design that will make your home stand out. Ruel Joyner, owner and designer of 24e, has perfected the art of creating and curating dynamic and original furniture and décor pieces that make just walking into his Broughton Street store an experience all its own. Ruel Joyner has now brought his vision and design to the discerning designers as well as retailers. “We have finally got our wholesale division in full swing,” says Joyner. “We have recently opened a store within a store concept at London Design District in Asheville and have more dealers coming to our family as well. We are bringing Savannah’s Southern style with an edge, to the Globe. Visit us in the America’s Mart while visiting Atlanta!” Joyner, along with his expert design team, will help you transform your living space to reflect your own style.

It’s important to let your personal style shine when designing and decorating your home, otherwise it could feel like someone else lives there. Use a designer to guide you, but remain extremely involved in the process. This way you get the vibe you’ve always wanted with a professional finish. 24ESTYLE.COM 912.2332274 24 E BROUGHTON ST, SAVANNAH, GA

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THE ULTIMATE YOU: CLOTHING

/ Owners, Daniel & Tyler Merritt /

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NINE LINE A P PA R E L

How to Take Pride in Your Wardrobe While Showing Pride for Your Country Shoppers of Nine Line Apparel become an integral part of their brand’s story as they use their own personal style to stand up for wounded veterans. As a company, Nine Line has always advocated for veterans and their families through their clothing. They started the Nine Line Foundation to continue their advocacy work by donating proceeds from apparel sales to wounded warriors. “We are Relentlessly Patriotic when creating our designs,” says Nine Line. “We are not afraid to push the limits and say the things that people are thinking through our apparel.” Their clothing stands for something greater than sales, and they share this pride in a higher purpose with their costumers. Having a strong sense of patriotism and wanting to give back to your country speaks volumes about your character - and if you’re wearing Nine Line, then it say even more about your style.

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Wearing Nine Line’s apparel is an opportunity to dress in conversation starting clothing that lets you express your beliefs through your wardrobe. When determining your unique style, it’s important to be yourself and stand behind your convictions. You don’t have to follow the same trends that everyone else is following. Find something that makes you and your brand different and do not stray from that. NINELINEAPPAREL.COM 912.388.3370 1732 EAST PRESIDENT, SAVANNAH, GA

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THE ULTIMATE YOU: HEALTH & WELLNESS

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HYPERFORMANCE ATHLETICS

How A Team Atmosphere Will Help You Conquer Your Fitness Goals

Your health and wellness are at the core of who you are, and how you treat your body says a lot about your personal style. There are a lot of ways to get in shape, and anyone with an adventurous personality who enjoys the thrill of a challenge will thrive at Hyperfromance Athletics. “Our mission statement is to help people gain positive forward momentum,” says owner Jen McKenzie. “Combine lots of quality feedback, small daily wins, and people actively working together towards the same goal and you’ve got unstoppable momentum.” With both their personalized one-on-one and high energy group coaching programs and some extreme dedication, even the most out-of-shape person can achieve their fitness goals.

Motivation follows action, not the other way around. If you need more motivation to get fit, start with a small positive step. In order to maintain a growth oriented lifestyle, also make sure that you’re eating with intention, getting out in nature, learning new sports, creating social bonds, and taking an adventure every now and then! CROSSFITHYPERFORMANCE.COM 912.335.3615 904 E 70TH ST, SAVANNAH, GA

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THE ULTIMATE YOU: HEALTH & WELLNESS

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How to Nourish Your Body From the Outside In Taking care of your body is the first step in defining your style, which is why using naturally derived health and beauty products that you can trust on your skin are so important.

Nourish products are made in Savannah using only the highest quality blend of skin moisturizing ingredients, which not only cleanse the skin, but also improve its health and vitality. It’s important to the Nourish team that their products remain free of the chemicals, detergents, mineral oils, surfactants, and parabens that harm our bodies and our planet. “I’m constantly reminded of my mother’s belief that what is good for our bodies is and should always be good for the earth,” says owner Shoshanna Walker. “That is why our products are made by hand, in small batches, using renewable resources with ingredients that are beneficial to your skin and safe for your family.”

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What you put on your body is as important as what you put into it. Our skin is our body’s largest organ and absorbs everything we put on it. When shopping for bath and beauty products it is important to read labels and know what you are using! At Nourish we feature handmade bath products that are an everyday luxury for your skin! NOURISHSAVANNAH.COM 912.232.3213 202 W BROUGHTON ST , SAVANNAH, GA

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BEETNIX & DA N C I N G D O G S YO G A

How to Enhance Your Lifestyle by Nourishing Your Mind, Body & Spirit

The way that you nourish your body plays an integral role in defining your personal style. Embracing a healthy diet of raw, vegan, and organic super foods is just one way to promote positivity within your own body and mind. Shelley Lowther, owner of the Beetnix

Superfoods and Juice Bar and Dancing Dogs Yoga studio, created these spaces to bring together great tasting superfoods and the accessibility of yoga classes for every experience level. Beetnix offers vegan food that anyone can walk in and enjoy, including fresh cold-pressed juices, juice cleanses, smoothies, acai bowls, and fresh superfood salads. “Simply put, Beetnix is like yoga for your taste buds,” says Lowther. But Beetnix is more than an eatery; it’s a lifestyle. With the location and accessibility of Dancing Dogs, and the availability of yoga apparel and accessories on site, it’s easy to become apart of this healthy living community and start nourishing every aspect of your life.

True wellness recognizes all aspects of health, including the health of your mind, body and spirit. Through mindful eating and movement, you can cultivate a healthy mind-body connection that leads to a life in full expression. Combining a healthy diet with yoga practice that activates your body and your spirit will add positivity and wellness to your lifestyle. BEETNIXBAR.COM 912.231.9643 DANCINGDOGSYOGASAVANNAH.COM 912.231.YOGA 18 E BROUGHTON ST, SAVANNAH, GA

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ONE BODY HOLISTIC CENTER

Why SelfAwareness is Integral to Your Personal Style & Wellbeing When Joan West (Maine) and Susan Scott (New Zealand) first met they had no idea they shared a similar philosophy on health and healing. They

also shared a dream of creating a wellness Center that would provide access to multiple therapies, benefit both client and practitioner, and include workshops and lectures on health, exercise, nutrition, music andmovement, art as therapy and meditation. Their unique style is expressed through the innovative One Body Holistic Center, in Savannah, Georgia. Their work recognizes the body’s innate wisdom to heal, and they assist in this integration of the Self as a whole; body, mind & spirit. They offer Massage Therapy, MediCupping™, Somatic Release and Psychic-Medium services, to name a few. One Body HC encourage a wellness partnership between therapist and client, and have created an open resource/web-share collaborative to enable access to the many and varied therapies available today.

Life is about movement, which is why exercise is important for our daily life. One Body Holistic Center offers the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® as it is regarded as one of the most intelligent forms of injury rehabilitation and revitalization available today. Orthopedists, Physical Therapists and Natural Healthcare Practitioners worldwide have been incorporating the GYROTONIC® Method into their patient’s routines for over 30 years. PHOTO BY: CHUCK COLEMAN

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THE ULTIMATE YOU: FASHION

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How to Mix Vintage Style into Your Modern Wardrobe Do you ever wake up, take a peek in your closet and think, “I have nothing to wear!”? If this is the case, you may be missing some key pieces that ensure the end of those days. Feeling

like you don’t have something in your closet or jewelry box that suits the core of your being can keep you from fully expressing yourself. If this is you, it might be time to hunt for some vintage! Most things found in resale shops or vintage boutiques are quite unique and difficult to find elsewhere, meaning that you probably won’t see it walking down the same street as you! There is so much that has happened in the World of Fashion in the preceding decades that you’re bound to encounter something that will make you swoon. Each piece of vintage clothing has a history, and incorporating it into your wardrobe will add untold personality to your everyday style.

An easy way to incorporate vintage pieces into your wardrobe is through accessorizing. Whether it’s a hat, scarf, piece of jewelry, or some stunning shoes, pairing vintage accessories with a contemporary outfit can add a focal point to your look and help you feel more like the special, one of a kind person that you are.

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THE ULTIMATE YOU: FOOTWEAR

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CHARLESTON SHOE CO.

How to Go From Cobblestones to Cocktails in the Same Pair of Shoes

When trying to choose the perfect pair of shoes, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort for style. At the Charleston Shoe Co., it’s owner Neely Woodson Powell’s goal to make sure you never have to. Powell creates shoes that are timeless, ageless and graceful companions to any outfit by being both comfortable and stylish. “It’s not about trends,” says Powell. “It’s about making something classic and timeless – and getting women out of tennis shoes and flip flops!” With over 40 styles and 100 colors options, from solid and multicolored fabrics to festive stripes and animal prints, you can even build your own unique pair! A modern woman needs a shoe that is affordable, comfortable and versatile – a pair of shoes that you can trust to keep you comfortable all day long.

Buy shoes that make you look and feel good. A beautiful, trendy pair of shoes can ruin an outfit if you’re in too much pain to walk anywhere. Listen to your body and invest in comfortable footwear that you’re proud – and able - to show off! CHARLESTONSHOECO.COM 855.996.7463 310 WEST ST. JULIAN STREET, SAVANNAH, GA

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MIDGE C LOT H I N G & GOODS

Why Quality Clothing Never Goes Out of Style

Embracing your individual style and understanding what works best for your body is the key to wardrobe harmony. Invest in quality, wellconstructed pieces that will stand the test of time and flatter not only you, but your lifestyle. Do you love bold prints

or prefer neutrals? Knowing what makes you feel your best is pivotal to closet equilibrium. Quality is not just about the clothes; a quality shopping experience can help you discover what truly works for your body. At our shop, we begin with a high level of customer service and polish it off with American designed and made clothing, delivering investment pieces that will become your new favorite “go-tos”. Margaret Lightsey, owner of Midge Clothing & Goods, is currently working on her color certification - a classic-yet-updated approach to determining what color palette works best for an individual - and will soon be offering complimentary consultations.

When shopping for new clothing or accessories, keep in mind the styles you wear most often and incorporate items that complement those pieces. If it seems like it will work well with your current favorites, chances are it will be more useful and enjoyable – an overall better investment! SHOPMIDGE.COM 912.239.6194 402 W BROUGHTON ST, SAVANNAH, GA

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WILLIAMS U P H O L ST E RY

How to Customize Your Furniture to Reflect Your Style When buying furniture, buyers often get stuck with fabrics that are either dull or trending patterns that can be seen in every other furniture supply storefront across the country.

Investing in custom furniture for your home or for your business will set you a part from the competition. Reupholstering old furniture can also be a more frugal way to spice up your living room, office space or waiting room. Picking out your own fabric, or even having a custom pattern created, is the perfect way to let your personality shine through your furniture. If you want something truly unique, try commissioning a local artist to design your fabric and work with Williams Upholstery to build a customized couch or chair form the frame up.

If it’s not broken, don’t fix it; but do reupholster it. If you’re happy with the size, shape and comfort of your furniture, there’s no reason to buy an entirely new set just for the fresh fabric. Taking the time to reupholster your furniture is an easy way to add style to any space. PHOTO BY: BLAKE CROSBY

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Why You Should Make Diversity A Part of Your Wardrobe Defining your personal style should be about inclusion – not exclusion. Having a diverse wardrobe keeps people guessing, and can keep you from getting bored with your style.

At The Brass Belle, owner Emily Brazeale is all about pink, glitter and giving back to the community. She defines her style by letting passion, girl power and a little Southern hospitality drive her to success. Brass Belle customers walk into an environment of trendy, yet classic Southern styles, and can even enjoy a mimosa while shopping for the perfect addition to their wardrobe. So don’t let anyone else try to define your style; just worry about enjoying life and looking good along the way. And remember – a little passion and glitter can go a long way!

Don’t force your style – it’s okay to be indecisive. Keep your closet diverse and allow yourself the opportunity to mix and match based on your mood. Each day you can chose to wear a different style and let different aspects of your personality shine through. THEBRASSBELLESAVANNAH.COM 912.417.2210 201 E CHARLTON, SAVANNAH, GA

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THE ULTIMATE YOU: INTERIOR DESIGN

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How to Find the Right Fixtures the First Time

Choosing to update or remodel your bath or kitchen can be an overwhelming decision. Finding the right pieces that will fit

with your vision and your budget is key to creating a room that you will be happy with for a long time to come. Family owned and operated, Sandpiper Supply prides themselves on offering unique plumbing fixtures that fit modern contemporary homes, historic homes, and everything built inbetween. Sandpiper has filled their showroom with many unique pieces that can’t be found anywhere else. Cool modern sinks, elegant tubs, decorative knobs and luxurious showers. The staff and family at Sandpiper is dedicated and trained to help you find the right fixture for you and your home. “We are Savannah,” says Chat Howard, Jr. “We have grown up here and grown with the city. We are dedicated to Savannah Style and will help give your home that certain touch of the Low Country.”

Today’s fixtures are both green and style-savvy. Low flow faucets and showerheads are designed to give maximum performance at lower flow rates. Stop by Sandpiper’s showroom to see their working shower and feel how well they work. You don’t have to sacrifice style in order to save water. PHOTO BY: GEORGIA WALTERS

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How the Original Authority of Menswear Satisfies Universal Style Style knows no age limit - proven by two local Savannah brands who both believe sophisticated style can be charmingly casual. Savannah has become

a headquarters of sorts for the South’s sartorial stance - where every year it feels as if the crowds get younger and the trends more daring. But one need only look to Broughton St, where J. Parker Ltd’s reputation has over forty five years experience with timeless menswear. In addition to carrying established lifestyle brands such as Robert Talbott, Peter Millar, Barbour, Filson, and others, they also sell up-and-coming local labels like Smathers & Branson, Southern Tide, and the overwhelmingly popular sock company, JL the Brand. Started by Savannah native, Louis Oswald and his college roommate Jeffrie Berline, the brand makes socks to define “a lifestyle, a personality, an ego”. They aim to appease a universal crowd, of which demand quality and distinguished edgy style. That pinch of personality dashed on top of a wildly entrepreneurial spirit has made them an instant demand. Both J. Parker and JL the Brand offer an effortless transition from work to the after dinner cocktail. Catering to the style of every occasion with classic, yet modern flare is a testament to Savannah style. DO IT YOURSELF. “Growing up, our fathers taught us the value of quality and to appreciate the craftsmanship of an American made product. The socks that lasted over time were dull and boring and the few audacious choices available sacrifice quality as a cheap thrill. We couldn’t find what we wanted, so we decided to do it ourselves,” says Oswald, designer and co-owner of JL the Brand. JPARKERLTD.COM 912.234.0004 20 W BROUGHTON ST, SAVANNAH, GA JLTHEBRAND.COM 864.680.2219 1281 BRENTWOOD DR, SPARTANBURG, SC

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THE ULTIMATE YOU: PLASTIC SURGERY

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Express Your Own Style and Likes, Not Society’s Expectations You can express yourself through many outlets - your words, actions, beliefs and appearance all reflect who you really are. You may expect to see a plastic surgeon wearing a fancy suit and shoes made by some brand that is difficult to pronounce. Dr. Pearl is far more likely to be seen in jeans and a T-shirt. He has built his reputation on attention to detail and compassion. “We chose clothes that makes us feel beautiful and special,” says Dr. Pearl. “They fit what mood we are in. Exercise and cosmetic surgery have a similar effect. We want our outside appearance to reflect how good we feel inside.”

Every individual is different - all cosmetic treatments should take that into account and be sympathetic towards the individual’s existing body shape. It is also unrealistic to want to try and emulate someone else’s results. This is why meeting with a plastic surgeon and building a relationship where the surgeon can better understand you is so important. PHOTO BY: CHUCK COLEMAN

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How Consistent Recognizable, Branding Fosters Customer Loyalty Your brand is one of the most valuable assets of your business, and needs to be carefully crafted. A combination of logo, words, font type, design, colors, and personality, your brand should be easily recognizable and accurately represent your business. “Your logo is your first impression,” says Travis Sawyer. “Our graphic designers can help design your logo from scratch, or help you refresh or rebrand yourself.” Creative Approach has grown from a walk-in print shop to a design and printing powerhouse. Last year they opened a second location in Midtown Atlanta, grew their services to include social media management solutions for small businesses, and added a promotional product catalog with over one million customizable products to their website. Everything from pens to koozies to bags, as well as everyday printing needs, can be ordered through their website at mycreativeapproach.com.

Make sure that your brand remains consistent as you transfer it from print to the web. Everything from your business cards to your Facebook Business page should be easily recognizable so your customers can find you. MYCREATIVEAPPROACH.COM 912.233.8300 408 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD, SAVANNAH, GA

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THE ULTIMATE YOU: FASHION

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DA M S E L I N DEFENSE

How Safety & Style Are Finally Going Hand In Hand

It’s empowering for women to feel beautiful in their own skin, even more so when they can maintain their own personal style while staying safe and secure. Self-defense tools have long been available to women, but never in a way that they’d actually want to show off to their friends. Damsel in Defense director McKenzee Williams is working to change that. “Fashion and function can go hand in hand. A stun gun can be both beautiful and powerful,” says Williams. “A woman can carry a stun gun disguised as a camera and a high quality conceal carry bag without feeling out of place. I’ve heard from customer after customer how much safer they feel having something in their hand while walking to their car after work.” Damsel in Defense offers beautifully designed products that make women feel fashionable, while also being equipped, empowered and educated to defend themselves.

Alertness is key with situational awareness. There is evil lurking and ignoring that won’t make it go away. Always pay attention to whom and what is around you. Cell phones and headphones make you an easy target for attackers. Keep your eyes and ears free from distraction while you are out and make eye contact with those you pass. PHOTO BY: CHUCK COLEMAN

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How Passionate Focus in Finding Adventure Equates to Style If you love the outdoors, then you know a new adventure waits around every corner. Whether you’re fishing, hunting or just relaxing at your local watering hole, it’s important to have quality outdoor apparel that will hold up for years to come. Rivers and Glen Trading Company does more than promise to outfit you for whatever adventure comes your way. Rivers and Glen promotes the coastal fishing community by hosting an event every first Friday called Suds & Bugs. This event gives anglers of all levels an opportunity to drink beer, socialize and learn a thing or two about “tying flies.” In addition to providing professional and sporting essentials, Rivers and Glen are supporters of Coastal Conservation Association and cater to both progressive Savannah and more traditional Augusta lifestyles. They will also be hosting local and international fishing expeditions, as well as free casting lessons at Forsyth Park, so check with a store near you for exact dates and times. By highlighting the coastal community, outdoor adventure and superior goods, Rivers and Glen Trading Company is the perfect destination for your sporting lifestyle. When you leave work behind for the outdoors, look for clothes that offer impeccable comfort, fit, and style to make a distinctive statement. Whether you’re a sporting enthusiast or just enjoy being outdoors, you can find clothing pieces that complement your unique style and favorite activities. RIVERSANDGLEN.COM 18 E DRAYTON ST, SAVANNAH, GA | 912.231.9643 387 HIGHLAND AVE, AUGUSTA, GA | 706.738.4536

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THE ULTIMATE YOU: HAIRSTYLE

/ Owner, Kay Cantrell /

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How a Blowout Can Transform Your Daily Look Long gone are the days of breaking your budget for a great blowout.

Something as simple as a blowout before an important event can leave a big impression, and you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your wallet to reach your hair goals. The ability to present a strong personal style at networking events, or even just daily at work, can ultimately transform your future, which is why it’s vital to always wear your hair and makeup in the style that most naturally represents you. At Savannah’s Let It Blo Blow Dry Bar, they offer the highest quality blowouts without sacrificing the integrity of your hair, wallet, or your style. Whether you’re a mother, daughter, student or bride-to-be, how you chose to style your hair is just as personal as what you wear. So don’t go to your next event unnoticed!

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Look good, feel good, live each day. Whether it’s a natural style, vintage style or anything in between, wear what makes you feel beautiful. Focusing on healthy hair that fits with your bone structure is an easy way to increase your confidence. In order to maintain the strength of your style and the strength of your hair, make sure you condition your hair after each shampoo. Incorporating a conditioning treatment into your hair regimen can also help reduce breakage, restore damaged hair, and minimize frizz. Depending on your hair goals, there’s a conditioning treatment specialized for you! LETITBLO.COM 912.495.8317 133 DRAYTON ST, SAVANNAH, GA

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MAMIE RUTH SOUTH SAFARI NEVER FORGET: 9/11 SARAH LYNN MILLER

MAMIE RUTH: BOHEMIAN AT BELK THE CLASSIC SOUTHERN DEPARTMENT STORE GETS A HINT OF SAVANNAH’S FAVORITE BOHEMIAN IN SPRING OF 2017.

By Dylan Temple / Photos by Shayna Colvin

Emily’s outfit is an exclusive piece from her collection that will be sold at Belk in Spring 2017.

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hile the stereotypical “Southern style” has become cemented as preppy and printed; there are still those that retain their original Southern roots while adapting a Bohemian, or unorthodox, vision of what true Southern style means to them. Emily Bargeron, the owner of Mamie Ruth in Downtown Savannah, is one of those freethinkers. This is why when Bargeron was announced the winner of Belk’s 2016 Southern Designer Showcase, no one was remotely surprised. “I think I won the contest because I had a different take on Southern Style that was fresh and creative,” notes Bargeron. “What I think stood out to Belk’s judges was the bigger picture of Southern style that our brand stands for. Mamie Ruth’s brand tends to align with what’s happening nationally rather than just regionally.” This Southern Bohemian got her start in fashion by simply being fashionable. She would make her own clothes to wear to music festivals and around town. People took recognition of her look and asked her to replicate her unique style for them to wear. “The first boutique I sold my designs to was here in Savannah: Red Clover Boutique on Bull Street,” remembers Bargeron. “It just spread from there; from one boutique to 60 stores and now the Belk account.” Belk has 300 stores scattered throughout the South. Bergeron’s designs, as winner of the Belk 2016 Southern Designer Showcase, will appear in 20 of Belk’s most prominent, high-end locations including Savannah, Atlanta and Charlotte with orders from the corporate buyers that could reach in the hundreds of thousands of pieces. “I grew up shopping at Belk, it was a partial influence in my original style. To be able to go back to the department store and see my designs will be extremely cool.” Shop Mamie Ruth’s collection in Belk stores beginning spring 2017. For now, there are still exclusive pieces in her Savannah boutique that you won’t find at Belk; a gospel for the die-hard style aficionados of the Southern fashion line. Stop by her shop at 107 W. Liberty St or shop online at mamieruth.com. •


Fashion takes a step into the untamed for a look that’s cool under the heat of the Southern sun. Photography by: Mark Staff. Styling by: Ashley Borders & Michaela Plotner. Production: Lisa Staff, Greer McCosh & Jill Holloway. Tap into your wild side with this fall’s hottest fashion trend. Because of its light fabrics and simple layering, this trend is perfect for those Southern fall months. The safari look is easy to capture, lending a feeling of strength with each piece. An array of earthy neutrals ranging from khakis to greens to blacks makes it easy to find shades that suit your skin tone. To make this trend look modern, pair strong elements with basic pieces. Mix a flowing skirt with a light army jacket to create a feminine outfit with a masculine touch. Make your look flirty by adding animal print elements or keep it traditional by wearing a khaki green vest over casual separates. Take the trend to the next level by rocking a playsuit, completed with an eccentric leather belt. Transition your safari attire from day-time to night-time by adding bold statement pieces such as a gold necklace or a metallic clutch. With so many ways to perfect the safari trend, looking effortlessly cool has never been so easy.

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N E V E R F O R G E T NEVER FORGET: FOR THE PAST FIFTEEN YEARS THESE TWO WORDS HAVE BEEN TATTOOED ON AMERICANS’ HEARTS AS WE REMEMBER THE THOUSANDS OF VICTIMS FROM THE 9/11 TERRORIST ATTACKS. AS SEPTEMBER APPROACHES, THOSE WORDS ECHO LOUDLY IN OUR MINDS AS WE CONTINUE TO HONOR THOSE WHO UNWILLINGLY LOST THEIR LIVES.

Fifteen years ago, the world changed. America was ruthlessly attacked on her own soil by the terrorist group Al-Qaeda. As hijacked commercial planes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City and The Pentagon in Washington, D.C., the world looked on in horror. It didn’t take long for Americans to band together. Whether you were rich or poor, black or white, male or female; it didn’t matter. We were all Americans. We had all been attacked.

Fifteen years later America is still at war with terrorist groups who vow to tear down our freedom and democracy. But what has changed? We no longer stand as one. We have lost the need to band together as one nation to defend our freedom and way of life. As the 15th anniversary of the terrible 9/11 attacks comes upon us, we must remember what it felt like that day. Remember where we were, what we were doing. We must remember how we

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hugged our neighbors; cried for the lives lost; and stood up together to defend our freedom and security. We must remember the men and women of our military who answered the call to fight back against our attackers and represent us in the seemingly endless fight against terrorism. But most of all we must remember that above all, we are Americans. We are blessed to live in a country that allows us the right to speak our minds, worship the God we choose, and be the people we want to

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be. We must not take for granted the values and liberties those terrorists sought to destroy on that fateful day. In honor of the 265 passengers and crew members on board the four hijacked flights, the 2,606 people in or around the World Trade Center in New York City, and 125 people in the Pentagon, which includes 343 firefighters and 71 law enforcement officers, we ask you to make a promise. We ask you to make a promise to NEVER FORGET.


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INSIDE BLUFFTON, SC SAVANNAH, GA AMELIA ISLAND, FL RICHMOND HILL, GA HILTON HEAD, SC JACKSONVILLE, FL CHARLESTON, SC

LUXURY LIVING THREE COMMUNITIES THAT DEFINE STYLE

FORD PLANTATION

RICHMOND HILL, GA

→ Nestled alongside the Ogeechee River, the Ford Plantation sets a standard of excellence for Southern elegance. → Located just 18 miles from historic Savannah, the 1,800-acre private community sits upon the property once owned by Henry and Clara Ford. The residential and sporting sanctuary offers quarter-acre to 10-acre plus lots with a variety of floor plans to suit any taste. Many of these lots are situated on the picturesque Ogeechee River and Lake Clara.

→ Many of the homes capture the feel of the old South, with their sweeping porches, French doors, and 12-foot ceilings. Guest cottages and boathouses are a beautiful addition to many of these stately homes that welcome friends with oak-lined pebbled driveways. → Homeowners enjoy an active lifestyle at Ford Plantation. The newly renovated Pete Dye Golf Course was named on the “Top 100 Best Residential Courses 2016” by Golfweek magazine. → Residents also have access to a staff of licensed professional guides to experience some of the best fishing in the Lowcountry straight from Ford’s Marina. Shooting, equestrian, swim and tennis facilities complete the luxurious amenities at the exclusive retreat. → To get a closer look at the homes and home sites that are available, visit fordplantation.com.

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PALMETTO BLUFF

BLUFFTON, SC

→ With its live oaks and quiet river views, Palmetto Bluff is a community that takes residents back to a time of meandering sidewalks and gracious living. → Located in historic Bluffton, South Carolina, Palmetto Bluff offers owners a neighborhood setting or exclusive privacy. From cozy cottages to expansive plantation-inspired living, homes boast large fireplaces, verandas, and wrap-around screened porches that make taking in a sunset extraordinary. → Residents soak in adventure found along the May River. Paddle boarding, kayaking, and canoeing are a part of life at Palmetto Bluff. Fishing is an obvious past time that residents can enjoy, whether it is an inland waterway or a trip offshore. → The May River Golf Club is a beautiful par-72 Jack Nicklaus Signature Course that boasts sand from Ohio that’s said to cling to the surfaces better and stands the

THE LANDINGS

SAVANNAH, GA

→ Considered one of Savannah’s premier communities, The Landings on Skidaway Island offers close proximity to the historic area while maintaining its own identity as a true island home. → The Landings sit alongside scenic waterways and marshes and provides breath-taking views of coastal wildlife. Homes are found beneath the shade

weather conditions of the low country.

→ Hunting and shooting are a southern tradition and Palmetto Bluff offers 13 sporting clay stations on a 40-acre landscape that welcome shooters of all ages. → And, don’t forget the lawn sports with bocce and tennis courts and beautifully manicured croquet lawns. For the riders, Longfield Stables is Palmetto Bluff’s 173-acre facility that includes main barn, oversized stalls, and covered arena. → If Palmetto Bluff seems like home, go to palmettobluff.com for a complete listing of home sites and amenities.

of moss-draped oak trees and provide exclusive living with beautiful golf views, volume ceilings, pools, private docks and guest suites.

→ The Landings is known worldwide as a premier golf community, with six private courses designed by Arnold Palmer and Tom Fazio. All courses are located within the community and residents enjoy the convenience of cruising the courses in their own golf cart. → Golf is just one of the amenities

residents enjoy. Tennis players have access to the nation’s largest residential clay court facility with over 34 courts found throughout the community.

→ Two full-service marinas offer easy access to the Atlantic, the Intracoastal Waterway, creeks and rivers for a day of leisurely fishing and boating fun. The Landings also offers a year-round wellness center. The Oakridge Fitness

center is a 48,000 square foot facility with 23 personal trainers, indoor pools and steam rooms.

→ To cap off a day of activity, residents dine in one of four full-service clubhouses that offer the traditional fare to the freshest seafood from coastal waters. → To get a better view of The Landings on Skidaway Island, go to thelandings.com.

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JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA

CHARLESTON/BLUFFTON, SOUTH CAROLINA by Stella Katsipoutis

LUXURY GETAWAYS Carefree leisure meets refined elegance in the South’s most opulent destinations.

Immersed in culture and kissed by the timeless grace of nature, the Deep South combines sweet relaxation with classic glamour, making it the optimal destination for luxury-seekers around the globe. Down here, we tend to move a bit slower, see things a bit clearer, and sing to a slightly different tune. Our innate Southern-ness allows

our coastal destinations the luxury of offering guests everything they’d expect out of five-star hotels and restaurants, but with the added luxury of good ol’ Southern hospitality. From the bustling excitement of Jacksonville and Charleston, to the small-town island charm of Amelia Island, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island,

unforgettable splendor can be found in every last corner of these highly desirable cities. It’s no wonder the South has a booming tourism industy; these destinations have everything the esteemed traveler has to offer: style, class and oodles of Southern charm.

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THE ROOFTOP POOL AT THE HYATT REGENCY JACKSONVILLE RIVERFRONT. Perfect for hosting an event, business travel or a relaxing getaway.

JACKSONVILLE, FL This treasure trove practically glistens with hidden gems that satisfy even the grandest of your desires. Whether you wish to dine like royalty, show off your impeccable taste in fashion, spoil yourself with a decadent spa treatment or set out on a lavish escape, you’ll find that the bold city by the St. Johns River truly basks in the lap of luxury.

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THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU’RE HERE

1 Savor a threecourse gourmet meal as you watch the theatrical magic at the

Alhambra Dinner Theater, one of the oldest operating dinner theaters in the country. alhambrajax.com

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

WHERE TO STAY

The culinary creations at the swanky Corner Bistro and Wine Bar are made with only the freshest ingredients—perfect for even the most refined of palates. Start off with the mussels Provencal for your appetizer, flawlessly cooked with basil, garlic, spicy marinara and white wine butter sauce. For the main course, delight in the mouthwatering tender braised short ribs, accompanied by sautéed spinach and marinated tomatoes, and topped with a divine white chocolate gorgonzola sauce. Top it all off with a glass of fine wine: You’ll have a superb selection of more than 100 varieties to choose from. cornerbistrowinebar.com Sawgrass Village.

If you’re still thirsty for more liquid indulgence, head up to the rooftop bar at Black Sheep. Not only will you be treated to the best bird’s-eye view of the historic Five Points district in Jacksonville’s trendy Riverside neighborhood; you’ll also get to sample some of the boldest cocktails this city can serve up. Take a swig of the D Coop, a smart blend of local St. Augustine vodka, Crème Yvette, lemon, lavender syrup and soda water. blacksheep5points.com

2 Experience one of the specialty massages at

Natural Body Spa & Shop, complete with a personal changing room, shower, and huge shop stocked with the best skincare products. naturalbody.com

3 At The World Golf Hall of Fame, you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of the game’s historic artifacts and the personal memorabilia of the world’s best players. woldgolfhallof fame.org

Just steps from the St. John’s Riverwalk, the Omni Jacksonville Hotel is the perfect blend of modern amenities and Southern elegance. With 354 newlyrenovated guest rooms, each with a more stunning view than the last, fitness center and heated rooftop pool, this luxurious vacation spot will make your stay in Jacksonville one-of-a-kind. omnihotels.com/ jacksonville Set in the heart of downtown, the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront stands like a quiet giant above the busy streets. The décor is infused with a sense of serenity, taking inspiration from the gentle blue and neutral hues of the St. Johns River. Don’t miss the views at the rooftop pool. jacksonville.regency.hyatt.com

4 Hop aboard your private catamaran from Now and Zen Sailing Charters. Take a cruise to the wild shoreline of Cumberland Island, or gather 12 of your friends for a soiree on the St. Johns River. nowandzensailing charters.com

5 Treat yourself to shopping therapy at Sawgrass Village. Outfit the entire family with resortstyle attire from Lemon Twist; then unleash your inner diva with pieces from Carla Shoes & Accessories. sawgrassvillage pvb.com

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For those who are looking to escape reality and delve into a world of plush comfort and coastal elegance, The Ritz Carlton Amelia Island is a sanctuary by the sea that offers an array of upscale services and amenities that will soothe your soul. Breathe in the sweeping sunrise views from your own private balcony, then indulge your taste buds in an exceptional meal at Salt, the resort’s AAA 5-Diamond restaurant. After dinner, rejuvenate your senses at the spa with a Honey Butter Wrap, which includes an invigorating sea salt scrub, a hydrating honey mask, a calming full-body massage and more. ritzcarlton.com

The Elizabeth Pointe Lodge

AMELIA ISLAND, FL Southern charm, coastal comfort and untouched wilderness swirl together to create one of the most entrancing luxury destinations in the South. Amelia Island is rich with both cultural and natural splendor, and its allure can only be encapsulated in two words: tasteful minimalism.

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1 Get a unique perspective by booking a horseback ride with Kelly Seahorse Ranch. Discover the exquisite beauty of Amelia Island State Park from as you stoll along hidden trails and breathtaking beaches. kellyranchinc.net

is Nantucket-style charm with an opulent twist. This seaside hotel features wraparound porches with oversized rocking chairs, and sweeping ocean views that will lull you into a state of bliss. The inn also offers top-notch excursions, including sailing, fishing, kayaking and parasailing. Throughout the day, your eyes and stomach will endlessly feast on scrumptious nibbles: free hot breakfast, allday snacks and drinks, as well as evening hors d’oeuvres and wine. elizabethpointelodge.com

2 Sign up for a different kind of ride with a Segway guided tour at the Villas of Amelia Island Plantation. Hop on your personal carriage as you explore the island’s unbridled nature and untamed wildlife.

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Whether you’re desiring fresh fare from land or sea, David’s Restaurant & Lounge is one you don’t want to miss. Dare to tackle the monstrous 6 to 10-pound whole Alaskan king crab, or indulge in the filet Oscar topped with jumbo lumped crabmeat, béarnaise sauce and grilled asparagus. ameliaislanddavids.com In keeping with Amelia Island’s enchanting beach cottage theme, the stellar Le Clos is nestled in a timeless candlelit chalet built in 1906. Its graceful, romantic atmosphere is only trumped by its expertly crafted menu, which spotlights fresh, locally sourced seafood. You’ll simply devour the seared and roasted North Atlantic wild salmon, finished with a citrus beurre blanc, capers and tomatoes. leclos.com

3 Hitch a ferry and escape to the uninhabited Cumberland Island where you can relish the elegant simplicity of development-free beaches. Make sure to bring a blanket and food for a quaint picnic beside the ocean. nps.gov/cuis

4 Take advantage of Amelia Island’s rolling waves by learning how to surf. The Driftwood Surf Shop provides beginner surfing lessons for all ages and sells the latest gear you need to get started.

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PLACES TO STAY WHILE YOU’RE HERE 1 Just a short 45-mile trip from Savannah, The Sea Pines Resort is the premier luxury vacation spot for travelers young and old. Located in the 5,000-acre Sea Pines community, which spans a colossal third of Hilton Head, this posh retreat is home to the annual PGA TOUR golf tournament and the famous Harbour Town Lighthouse. Boaters will fall in love with the toprated marina at Harbour Town Yacht Basin. seapines.com 2 With 360-degree views of Hilton Head’s lush landscapes, the AAA Four-Diamond Sonesta Resort is the epitome of Southern comfort and elegance. Dine on fresh local seafood at Heyward’s Restaurant, then please your palate with a cocktail at the Seacrest Terrace and Patio. When you’re ready to unwind, slip into the heated pool or hot tub, or nourish your body and soul with a luxe treatment at Arum Spa.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC Don’t let its small size fool you: Hilton Head may only be 12 miles long and 5 miles wide, but coastal grandeur abounds here. Gently tucked away off the shores of Bluffton and Daufuskie Island, this precious jewel of South Carolina’s Lowcountry is renowned for its sprawling pristine beaches, world-class golfing and tennis, lavish hospitality and culinary diversity.

WHAT TO BRING WHILE YOU’RE EXPLORING HILTON HEAD With a variety of activities to do both day and night, don’t be caught illprepared for all the fun that the island has to offer. These four tips will help you have a good time from sun up to sun down!

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3 The Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa is a true oasis by the sea. The private balconies provide unrivaled views of the white, sandy shoreline and the brilliantly blue ocean. Golf enthusiasts can soak in the glistening backdrop of the beach as they play on any of the three artfully designed courses, while adventurers can play beach volleyball, go bike riding along the shore, or paddle through the crystal-clear water in their personal kayak. marriott.com

Whether you’re watching the breathtaking sunsets from the main dining room or relishing the unsurpassed views of Skull Creek from the outdoor patio, Chart House satisfies your senses with a rich atmosphere and an award-winning gourmet menu. A fusion of local and exotic flavors, the culinary creations at this topnotch seafood restaurant can’t be found anywhere else. Don’t miss the peach-bourbon glazed scallops and shrimp, served with skilletfried corn with bacon, asparagus, red grape tomatoes and roasted red peppers. chart-house.com

Named after famed Lowcountry writer Pat Conroy, the newly renovated Conroy’s Restaurant & Lounge puts an exquisite spin on southern comfort food. Their delectable homemade mac ’n’ cheese topped with tender Maine lobster is one appetizer you likely won’t want to share; make sure you order extra for the whole family to savor. For the main course, delve into the perfectly mingled flavors of the hazelnut-crusted sea bass with Meyer lemon and chive sauce, then end the night on a sweet note with white chocolate bread pudding topped with bourbon sauce and smooth vanilla ice cream. marriott.com

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• Don’t forget your sunscreen at home. With perfect beach weather year-round and miles of sunny shores, you won’t be able to resist dipping into the sublime water of the Atlantic Ocean.

• If you love spending time on the green, be sure to pack your best golf apparel. There are countless golf courses on Hilton Head Island, and you’ll want to practice your swing on every one of them.

• Comfortable clothes and shoes are a must for those who want to walk, bike or run along Hilton Head’s 35-mile nature trail. Take in moss-draped oak trees and unique wildlife that call the island home.

• There are more than 250 restaurants here, from casualchic to glamorously formal. Delight in the many flavors of South Carolina, and show off your flawless fashion sense.

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CHARLESTON, SC Vintage refinement and modern-day finesse merge to create one of the South’s trendiest and most sought-after getaways: Charleston. From its haute hotels, to its cutting-edge cuisine, to its naturally alluring atmosphere, this culturally vibrant city never fails to captivate and amaze its luxury-seeking visitors.

THESE TWO HOTELS DEFINE SOUTHERN GRACE REVERED AS ONE OF Charleston’s grandest hotels, Wentworth Mansion is a portrait of imperial charm and old-world majesty—just a few steps from the award-winning dining, shopping and art scene of Downtown. Its glory lies within its meticulously distinguishing details, from the Italian crystal chandeliers to the hand-carved marble fireplace mantles. Steeped in historic tradition, the estate’s 21 oversized guest rooms are bedecked with classic furnishings and feature whirlpool baths fit for royalty.

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Inspired by Greek Revivalstyle market halls, the Charleston City Market is just pulsing with life, culture and creativity. Stroll through this open-air market and visit more than 300 resident artisans and entrepreneurs that gather here year-round to put their work on display. Browse through the selection of locally crafted, one-ofa-kind jewelry, clothing and edible treats, or bring home one of the many antiques or fine art sculptures to add to your collection. Be sure to put on your walking shoes as the Charleston City Market seems endless in its shopping possibilities thecharlestoncitymarket.com

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF the style spectrum, The Spectator Hotel lavishes its guests with a splendidly sleek, modern design scheme. Boldly standing right in the heart of Charleston’s lively French Quarter and Market Street districts, this Gatsby-esque retreat takes the gilded glamour of the Roaring Twenties and launches itself into the present. The speakeasy motif of the bar is the prime setting for socialites who desire to partake in a friendly round of moonshine and great conversation, while the Art-Deco inspired suites provide clean, polished hideaway for the more reserved. thespectatorhotel.com

2 It gives “intimate dining” a whole new meaning: As one of the 16 total guests seated in the cozy, private dining room, you’ll feel like you’re being tended to by your very own personal gourmet chef and wait staff.

3 The food is as flawless as its presentation: Perfectly plated, each pint-sized dish brings French, Italian and Spanish cuisine to life with the flair of the Lowcountry’s staple ingredients. 4 You’ll feel right at home: Located in a quaint 1835 house in the historic Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood, the atmosphere wraps you in a warm, welcoming cloak of old-world elegance as soon as you step in the door.

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If you’ve ever dreamed about getting fit while enjoying the waters surrounding Charleston, then grab your stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and hit the water for one of the celebrity-worthy exercise programs offered at Ocean Fitness. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, the trained instructors will help you toughen up your core as you float on the ocean’s gentle, lulling current. Go a step further and test your balancing skills with an SUP Yoga class, or melt off those calories even faster with the Paddle Fit highintensity training (hiit) workout session. beoceanfit.com

1 Less certainly is more at this swanky restaurant: The menu only spotlights two appetizer, entrée and dessert choices each night. Featured meals are changed daily; so you never have the same experience twice.


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DEEP SEA FISHING OFF THE COAST OF BLUFFTON, SC. reel in catches like cobia, king and Spanish mackerel, barracuda, shark, grouper, snapper and more.

Need a break from a busy day of exploring South Carolina? Lunch at Truffles Café is the ultimate afternoon delight. The laid-back yet sophisticated atmosphere and optional open-air seating are reminiscent of the stylish bistros of Europe, and the light, simple menu is equally refreshing. Satisfy your noontime appetite with a mango chicken sandwich, topped with Jack cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion and mayo. Or, enjoy the sweet crunch of coconut breaded shrimp dipped in honey mango sauce. trufflescafe.com

Known as the “last true coastal village of the South,” the quaint yet highly sophisticated town of Bluffton is one of the fastest-growing municipalities in South Carolina. And it’s not difficult to see why: Its scenic views, abundant culture and intimately eclectic atmosphere make Bluffton a fantastically posh retreat. Bluffton is also famous for its abundant fishing, so grab a pole and your adventurous spirit for the perfect day in this Lowcountry town.

WHERE TO PLAY Intricately woven with picturesque rivers and located just miles away from the mighty Atlantic Ocean, Bluffton is, without a doubt, a seafarer’s dream. From fishing to sightseeing, some of the most luxurious and enthralling activities take place right on the water.

STRAY CAT CHARTERS Climb aboard the 27-foot power catamaran from Stray Cat Charters & set out into the horizon for one of the best fishing trips in the South. Equipped with the finest gear in the business, Captain Jim Clark shows the top spots to cast your line and reel in catches like cobia, king and Spanish mackerel, barracuda, shark, grouper, snapper and more.

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MAY RIVER EXCURSIONS For a more easygoing day out, set out on a quiet, peaceful search for dolphins and other local wildlife with May River Excursions. During the 1.5-hour tour, you’ll gracefully glide along the May River as you learn about the plants and animals that live there. In addition to friendly dolphins, you’ll also likely spot white egrets, ospreys, or even bald eagles.

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For a vibrant night out on the town, visit The Bluffton Room, where the classic art of dining is injected in every detail—from the natural, vintage décor to the all-American menu. Grab some pastrami-spiced roasted lamb sliders at the bar, or have a seat in the main dining room and devour the crispy Hudson Valley duck with garlic whipped potatoes, broccolini, melted leeks and blackberry gastrique. theblufftonroom.com


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LOCAL 11TEN TEQUILAS TOWN JASON GRAHAM BILLYS PLACE THE VUALT | RUE DE JEAN COLLINS QUARTER ROCKS ON THE ROOF ALURE | JAZZ'D 45 BISTRO

Tequila's Town's latest creation, House Blanco Tequila, is made with 100% agave and is bottled in Mexico. Get a taste at either of the two Tequila's Town locations.

TACOS & TEQUILA WITH A REPUTATION FOR UPSCALE MEXICAN CUISINE, TEQUILA’S TOWN OPENS A SECOND LOCATION

Known for the best street tacos and margaritas in Savannah, Tequila’s Town is celebrating its success with a second restaurant in Sandfly. “We wanted to bring Tequila’s Town to a convenient location that serves all Southside clients and we are happy to be so accessible,” said Melody Rodriguez de Ortiz. “We don’t consider ourselves a chain restaurant and don’t want to become one because our brand is all about supporting local vendors. “We make everything in house and in small batches,” she continued. “We want people to enjoy the food, to actually taste the ingredients and spices. We believe food should be fresh and honest and not camouflaged in cheese and processed ingredients.” The restaurant just launched their own House Blanco brand of tequila and considers themselves tequila experts. “We are Savannah’s only bar specializing in rare and artisan tequila,” said Rodriguez de Ortiz. “We stock over 80 different tequila spirits and educate our customers on what to look for, so we offer great options and price points in tequila tasting flights.” To get your own taste of Tequila’s Town, visit their new location in Sandfly at 7360 Skidaway Road, or their original Downtown Savannah location at 109 Whitaker Street. tequilastown.com. 146

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MIXING IT UP WITH JASON GRAHAM BARTENDER AT FIVE OAKS TAPROOM/ HOTEL INDIGO By Melissa Randal Photos by Mike Schalk BARTENDING SINCE:

I’ve been bartending since I enlisted in the military. As the youngest recruit within legal age, I was always picked to stock the bar. After serving time in Iraq, I was offered a weekend bartending shift. I made more money in two days than I was making weekly at my nine to five, so I quit my day job. I moved to Savannah in 2011 and have bartended since. It’s still my thing. WHAT MAKES IT FUN:

The people. I love people 95% of the time. I like teaching guests about cocktails; I’ve had people ask me why we keep hard boiled eggs on the bar. The answer: they’re not actually hardboiled, we just use them for the egg whites. I also like answering the hotel guests’ questions about Savannah. Especially when it’s slower, I can talk to them about the best bars and bartenders to check out while they’re here. PRACTICAL JOKES:

For a while, we sent people over to The Grey to order Ramos Gin Fizzes. It takes about 20 minutes and more than one bartender to make one. The Grey caught on, and started sending customers back to us to get the same thing. We made so many, we’re now really good at it. It tastes similar to an orange creamsicle and no, I won’t get mad if you come in and order one. SIGNATURE DRINK:

It depends on the day. Right now I’d say it was the Fassbender, which is basically beer and gin. I named it after Michael Fassbender because people always tell me I look like him. They’ll ask if they can take their photo with me so they can say they met him. ~ C H E E R S ~ Jason enjoys being a bartender at Hotel Indigo because he gets the opportunity to teach the guests a little about the bar scene in Savannah.

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For more than five decades, Buddy has been true to his name - he's Billy's best friend. Now retired from a career in real estate development, his favorite location to scout is Billy's Place where his prime investment is the seat he occupies along side his best friend.

What began as a high school rivalry on the basketball court has now become a long time friendship going on 45 years, now! This just shows that friends that can play against each other sometimes make even better teammates off the court!

35 years ago Snake was employeed with Billy's at McDonough's, a part of Billy's Place that he proclaims to have named. This former quarterback and QB coach lives by the "Play Hard and Throw Deep" ideal. Today, Snake is still a key player on Billy's team.

The head honcho of this Rat- Pack, Billy Lee, is the sun that the Billy's Place / McDonough empire revolves around. Still, Billy is grounded in the importance of family and the magic that is made when friends and patrons are treated as an extension of that .

Every crew needs a guy who is good with the books. That's where Nate steps in. Not only does he feel like one of Billy's son's but as the member of Billy's crew he handles Lee's finances at S Bank - taking on the task of helping to build the future growth of Billy's endeavors.

A long time player in the restaurant and bar business, Randy is no stranger to the importance of keeping close relationships in this 24/7 career. As Billy's friend for over 40 years, he not only helped to construct McDonough's but he also built a life long friendship.

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RUSSELL LEE Co-founder and partner of Stage Point Capital, LCC, VP of investment Banking at Bear Stearns, SVP at Lehman Brothers, and SVP of UBS. However, most impressive is that he is a part of his father's legacy. As 1 of 5 of Lee's children, he and his siblings help with the day to day operations of Billy's Place.


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GREATEST OF ALL TIME ISN'T A UNDERSTATEMENT WHEN IT COMES TO BILLY LEE, A SAVANNAH RESTAURATEUR WHO HAS BECOME A LIVING LEGEND AMONG HIS FRIENDS, EMPLOYEES, AND LOCALS.

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omething is hiding in plain sight. Imagine with us for a moment that a place you loved so dear, a Savannah institution, was harboring a stowaway for years. Somewhere you’ve been countless times, unknowingly drinking and enjoying the atmosphere, and just upstairs was a entirely different world, a portal to a bygone era. “Ninety-nine percent of the people that come into McDonough’s have no idea it exists,” says Billy Lee with a smirk, “and I kind of like it that way.” Lee is, of course, speaking about his almost 10 year old restaurant on the second floor of McDonough’s, Billy’s Place, and if you are one of the many who had no idea a restaurant even existed above McDonough’s, Lee is about to tell you. In a world where post-modern minimalist restaurant styles are intermingling syncretically with rustic pre modern aesthetics, there are few restaurants still out there that aim to serve without pretension. We are so used to, these days, a smattering of tweezered morsels on a plate, bartenders with antiquated beards serving smoky cocktails, bare Edison bulbs dimmed to mimic gas lamps, or salvaged wood chopped up and reassembled to give an illusion of countryfied life. After a while it seems the atmosphere perpetrated in these restaurants overwhelms the actual food. Contrary to this, Billy’s Place is a shining example of why we venture out of our homes to experience the act of eating out. Step into the dining room and you are immediately greeted by the melodic sounds of a piano subtly gliding through the first refrains of Come Fly With Me and the smell of something rich in the air. The dining room, though small, is open and warm, with wooden plinths intersecting the space and helping to separate the bar from the main dining area. A few chairs line the piano. The decor is decidedly white tablecloth, but the kind where you feel comfortable leaving whiskey stains and the remnants of a time well had. Billy Lee, the restaurateur responsible for this low-key lounge, has been in the business for more

than 50 years. His first restaurant, The Boar’s Head, was one of the first establishments on River Street, and since then he has owned and operated 10 restaurants, including McDonough’s. “It takes

the menu isn’t large, it doesn’t need to be, there is something for everyone, and you won’t find price mark ups by the likes of many downtown tourist traps. “It’s just good, honest food,” says Lee. “The

“BILLY TREATS PEOPLE LIKE FAMILY AND YOU CAN SEE IT IN THE WAY HE RUNS BILLY’S PLACE.” –Nate Shaffer a real people person to dedicate your life to operating a restaurant,” says Lee. “I work all day, every day, usually until three in the morning. As you can imagine, it’s tough to keep a family.” Though Lee has had his fill of heartbreak over the years, he takes solace in knowing that the regulars that come to Billy’s Place are his surrogate family. Nate Shaffer, who handles Lee’s finances at S Bank, waxes poetic on the way Lee treats his friends and family. “I feel like a son to him,” says Shafer, “Billy treats people like family and you can see it in the way he runs Billy’s Place.” Lee lives on the third floor of the building so Billy’s Place is literally his living room. He has a special seat at the very end of the bar where he can watch the goings on throughout the evening. “Everything about Billy’s place is one hundred percent me,” says Lee. “This place is not a money-making scheme, it’s a labor of love.” The tourists that come through town and happen to stumble upon the establishment are taken aback at how inherently magical the restaurant is. Many have remarked on Billy’s Place as Savannah’s best-kept secret and subsequently remain fastidiously attached to it. “I always say, I’ve never met a stranger,” says Lee, “but I meet friends every night.” The old school charm of Billy’s Place is only surpassed by its perfectly curated menu. Oyster’s Rockefeller, Maryland style crab cakes, roasted duck; the menu is akin to something you would find on the Vegas strip in the 60’s. “We get all of our meat from Smith Brothers Butcher,” says Lee, “and my chef has been with me for years so we collaborate on menu changes regularly.” Though

people in Savannah are the nicest people in the world, we are a drinking town, but not like Las Vegas or New Orleans, we are a special set of people and I wanted to have a place where those people could come and enjoy themselves in a classic and intimate setting.” Of course, with Billy Lee, the secrets don’t just stop at dinner. Leading through the restaurant to the back corner of the bar, where he is invariably stationed every night, there is a door. Lee slowly opens the door to reveal a back hallway with four boutique bed and breakfast rooms you can rent out. “I like having everything,” Lee says with a laugh. With all of these culminating into one amazing building it’s amazing how right Lee is, he truly does have everything and he got it all on his own. At 84 years old you would think all of these things would slow a man down, but Lee is involved with more projects than most men half his age, and shows no signs of stopping. “You have to really love what you do in order to succeed and I’ve been lucky enough to fall into a business I am truly passionate about,” says Lee. With a new bar opening off Forsyth Park and a pizza place on Drayton in the works, Lee is keeping his hands busy, but there is no question Billy’s Place is his home and his heart. As we walk down, back into the familiar ambiance of McDonough’s, Lee gives me a hug and heads over to the bar to have lunch. It’s wonderful to know there are still places in this town that are owned and operated by Savannahian’s, for Savannahian’s. Billy’s Place is a radiant benchmark for the city’s savoir-faire restaurant scene. May your next night out, be with Billy, at his place. ♠

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THE LURE OF A NIGHT ON THE TOWN is not lost on the small city of Savannah. We may not be New York or L.A., but our dining scene rivals the best. Some my say we are a drinking town, some may hold on to our foodie roots, but here at South, we think Savannah is the perfect culmination of food, drink, style and charm. From elegant and upscale to local secret gems, you’ll never grow bored of the limitless possibilities of Savannah’s restaurant scene. The restaurateurs in the Hostess City understand that a night out is more than just a meal: it's an experience. If you're taking the time to style your hair and get dressed to the nines, you want to grace an establishment that looks and feels as cool as you do. The décor should reflect your need for style, the ambiance should match your winning personality, and the food should be delicious enough to tie it all together. Essentially, if you're putting all the effort in, the restaurant should too. Luckily, Savannah's dining establishments stop at nothing short of perfection when serving you. Whether you are in the mood for Italian or French, sushi or steak; whether you're out for a special occassion or a first date, there's a high-style place in Savannah that will deliver exactly what you're in the mood for. We’ve scoured Savannah for the restaurants that make dining a stylish event. These establishments are anything but run-of-themill; they’re gems that only a city as rich in history and style as Savannah could produce. Every single place on this list is the kind of place you want to be seen on any given night. They are the kind of restaurants that house local art in an unexpected way; their chefs take inspiration from experiences and flavors in far-away places; their bartenders have perfected their craft to a jaw-dropping level; and their service is that of which only The Hostess City of the South can provide. So without further ado, we give you the most stunning and stylish dining establishments in Savannah: the elite of the Savannah foodie scene.

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The Vault

2112 Bull St, Savannah, GA vaultkitchen.com The newest addition to Ele and the Chef Restaurant Collection, The Vault has quickly become a Starland District favorite. The eatery is housed in an old bank building that served the community for over 50 years. Now as a restaurant, the space takes on a new life while paying homage to its past. The interior boasts a soft and relaxing color scheme that plays well against the

industrial-chic architecture. At The Vault, every single dish on the Asian Fusion menu tastes fresh and unique. The craft cocktails are one-of-a-kind and the place has a seriously first-rate sushi bar.

Collins Quarter 151 Bull St, Savannah, GA thecollinsquarter.com

As one of the best brunch spots in the city, The Collins Quarter is the place to be on lazy Savannah weekends. The casual cafe environment is chic and industrial, and the outdoor sidewalk seating is the best place to people watch. From the decor to the menu, Collins Quarter is inspired by owner Anthony Debreceny’s Melbourne, Australia roots. He has expertly built a place that fuses your favorite hipster coffeehouse with the most elegant wine bar. Collins Quarter is the place to try something new; whether it be a dish, a cocktail or a hand-crafted espresso.

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surrounding the opening of the Savannah location of this Charleston favorite, trust us when we say, it was worth it. Upscale and elegant doesn’t even begin to describe the atmosphere of 39 Rue de Jean, which manages to take locally-sourced ingredients and turn them into traditional French fare. 39 Rue de Jean (simply known as “Rue” to the locals) has become the quintessential place to see and be seen in Downtown Savannah.

The Foodie Feature

Justice Dilworth started The Foodie Feature as a way to get yound people excited about the dining scene in Savannah. Her blog covers local dining news, openings, reviews and so much more. Here she gives us the DL on the most stylish places to eat in Savannah. Check out The Foodie Feature online at thefoodiefeature.com

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SAVANNAH'S NIGHT LIFE IS THE STUFF OF LEGENDS

Because of its nature as a port city, Savannah has long been known as the place to party. From pirate captains to debutantes, there's no limit to the amount of merriment this town has seen.

JAZZ'D TAPAS BAR A local hidden gem, Jazz’d is an under-

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109 MLK Jr Blvd Savannah, GA aluresavannah.com The clink of wine glasses and silverware permeates A.Lure from the time you step in the door. One of Savannah’s historic buildings, the industrial piping and exposed brick merge old Savannah with contemporary elegance. Marsh sunsets painted by local artist, Stephen Kasun, compliment the Southern flavors brought out by farm-to-fork ingredients. A must-try is the A.Lure Meatloaf with Ground Filet Mignon, Foie Gras, and Black Truffle Mushroom Madeira DemiGlace… Need I say more?

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ground tapas bar and restaurant that puts its customers in a completely new state of mind. It’s the kind of place you can leave your troubles at the door and indulge in craft cocktails and try the flavors of one of the South’s Greatest Chefs, Richard Hattaway. With a constantly rotating small plate menu, Jazz’d is the perfect place to try with a group of your most stylish friends. Order a bunch of tapas for the table and you’ll be able to sample more interesting flavors that any other place in the city. While you’re sampling the tapas and martini menus, keep your ears open for some excellent live music every Tuesday through Saturday night. The sultry sounds, sights and flavors make this underground hot spot one of the best places for a night out in Savannah. 5 2 B A R N A R D S T R E E T, S AVA N N A H , G A / J A Z Z D S AVA N N A H . C O M


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interior and a friendly atmosphere that is only matched by the bright and flavorful coastal Italian cuisine. Chef Dusty Rose truly believes in the Italian philosophy of making food with what’s found locally, so all of his dishes use the freshest ingredients to mirror traditional Italian recipes. One of Pacci’s biggest assets is its staff. Every server and bartender is well-educated on the constantly rotating menu, and is always over accommodating to every party. We recommend taking starting your meal a little early for Aperitivo Hour - Pacci’s Italian/Savannahian happy hour fusion. 6 0 1 E A S T B AY S T R E E T, S AVA N N A H , G A / PA C C I S AVA N N A H . C O M

Rocks on the Roof 102 W Bay St, Savannah, GA bohemianhotelsavannah.com

After a fabulous dinner, the night isn’t over. Through the gleaming lobby and up the golden elevators of the Bohemian Hotel is the rooftop bar, Rocks on the Roof. Here, Savannah meets savanna where the rainforest brown marble bar, tribal prints, and distressed accents contrast the oyster shell chandeliers and nods to maritime life. Indulge in a Georgia Peach Cocktail next to the fire pit and order the popular Duck Wings for those late-night cravings.

45 BISTRO A classic on the Savannah dining scene, 45 Bistro fits the bill as a stylish place to dine no matter the occasion. 45 Bistro is adjacent to one of Savannah’s most storied hotels, The Marshall House. It’s location on Broughton Street makes it a convenient place to start your night on the town. 1 2 3 E A S T B R O U G H T O N S T R E E T, S AVA N N A H , G A 45BISTRO.COM

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LOCAL 11TEN One of Savannah’s premier farm-to-table establishments, Local 11 Ten features a seasonal rotating menu of Southern-influenced cuisine that always pleases the palette. This local favorite is housed in a restored Old Savannah Bank building, which blends modern and sleek design with Savannah’s classic architectural elements. If you’re looking for a date night restaurant that mimics your desire for simple elegance and impeccable taste, this is definitely the spot. It’s intimate, romantic, and will impress whomever is sitting across the table. 1 1 1 0 B U L L S T R E E T, S AVA N N A H , G A / L O C A L 1 1 T E N . C O M


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10 Whitaker, Savannah, GA eatatco.com From the street, Co emits an attractive glow with its neon lighting, red leather booths, and sleek concrete walls. While digging into the Pad Thai or Spicy Tuna Crunch Roll, pause to admire the beauty of muse, Nobu McCarthy. The décor transitions smoothly into their second-floor lounge, Savannah Cocktail Co., which is reminiscent of an upscale speakeasy. Sink into one of the tufted leather sofas and mingle with an artisanal Moscow Mule in hand.

The Grey

109 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Savannah, GA thegreyrestaurant.com One of the newest additions to Savannah’s upscale foodie scene is The Grey. Housed in a restored Greyhound Station, The Grey is seriously the classiest diner you’ll ever see. The art deco decor and sleek modern fixtures allow the dining room to transport you to a different era. But step out back into ‘The Yard” and you’ll feel the familiar salty Southern air co-mingling with the architectural details of the building's storied past. Chef Mashama Bailey’s effervescent personality and unique menu is getting national recognition in publications like Cosmopolitan, Food + Wine, and The New York Times. It seems the rest of the country is as in love with The Grey’s food and atmosphere as we are.

AVOID CHOOSING THE WRONG WINE

YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THAT ANY WINE YOU LIKE IS GOOD WINE, WHICH IS TRUE, BUT SOME WINES WILL PAIR WITH YOUR MEAL BETTER THAN OTHERS. USE THIS GUIDE WHEN ORDERING WINE WITH YOUR MEAL:

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Champagne Perfect with anything salty, like pork chops, because of the slight sweetness in the wine.

Malbec Great with sweet and spicy barbecue sauces.

Cabernet Savignon Amazing with juicy red meats like steak or lamb chops.

Dry Rosé Delish with rich, cheesy dishes. Grilled cheese and rosé? Yes, please!

Pinot Grigio Pairs perfectly with light fish and other seafood dishes.

Pinot Noir Great for earthyflavored dishes, ie. mushrooms, truffles.


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The Florence

1 West Victory Drive, Savannah, GA theflorencesavannah.com

The Florence is the kind of place that transports you to another world upon walking through the door. The world at The Florence is Italian mystique. Beautiful art and architecture grace the walls of the former ice factory and the atmosphere exudes a casual sophistication that most establishments are never quite able to achieve. The brainchild of renowned chef and restaurateur Hugh Acheson, The Florence boasts a menu inspired by the Italian city of the same name. Their brick oven pizzas are some of the best in the region, and the wine selection could put any Italian ristorante to shame.

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Cotton & Rye

1801 Habersham St, Savannah, GA cottonandrye.com One of the most elegant interiors in Savannah, Cotton & Rye is the place to go for an upscale yet unpretentious atmosphere. Their dining room boasts bright white brick and sleek butcher block, and their outdoor patio is lively and chic. Everything on Cotton & Rye’s menu is carefully sourced, and their entire beer and wine selection is made in the good ol’ USA. The menu takes cues from some of the best nooks and crannies of our great nation: from New England, the Deep South, the Southwest and South Florida. These influences fuse together to create a menu that is far from the Savannah norm.


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A Sweet Delight LULU'S CHOCOLATE BAR

Nestled among a row of brick buildings at 42 MLK Blvd. is a Savannah original. Offering mouthwatering cakes, tarts, and pies and amazingly delicious dessert martinis, Lulu’s is a go to dessert destination that easily impresses patrons with its vintage chic decor and decadent menu options. We suggest starting with their award winning cheese board paired with one of their specialty martini’s - like The Jacki-O or a Chocolate Covered Cherry. Then top the experience off by ordering a slice of Lulu’s Signature Strawberry Suspension Cake and an Irish coffee. Whatever you choose, is sure to satisfy! 4 2 M A R T I N L U T H E R K I N G J R . B LV D , S AVA N N A H , G A L U L U S C H O C O L AT E B A R . C O M

80 East

725B 1st St, Tybee Island, GA 80eastgastropub.com Far from the Tybee Island norm, 80 East Gastropub transports you worlds away from its island location. Tucked away next to a gas station, this pub is way more than meets the eye. 80 East has a classic pub atmosphere with dark booths, a marble bar and the best selection of craft beer on Tybee. It’s the most stylish sports bar you’ll ever encounter, with TVs playing sporting events from all over the world and a menu that mirrors that sentiment, 80 East has quickly become an island hangout for locals and tourists alike.

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study, a place where they do what they want in privacy, but also a place where anything can happen.” While the lighting is low, the music is high. A mix of jazz and Sinatra waft melodically around the small but cozy room. The Entertainment: The bar has made a name for itself for its phenomenal burlesque shows. “There is a lounge singer early in the night doing multiple costume changes throughout the set,” says Kit, “but later in the night things get a little more lively.” The burlesque show features six individual numbers as well as games and comedians in between to engage the audience. The Crowd: The dress code is light, upscale casual, though Kit says you will get turned away if you are wearing a baseball cap or tattered clothing. As far as even getting into the establishment though, the rules become a little hairy. “The only way to get into the lounge is if you have a key, or if you come with a member who has a key,” says Kit. “If you come in with a member and behave well, I might consider giving you a key at the end of the night,” she mentions with a smirk. Kit has also given exclusive membership to a few hotels in the area. The Drinks: Mata Hari’s drinks are served strong, with fine craft cocktails on the menu that would rival any jazz-age French bistro. Their signature special- the Mata Hari Martini- contains absinthe, and they aren’t shy about it. Kit is happy with the vagaries and lack of information circulating around town about Mata Hari’s. It’s clear that there is much more to be discovered about this secret little bar downtown. The only way to find out is to search for yourself.

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Mata Hari’s is a tunnel to a different world. The Place: Step inside Mata Hari’s and you are immediately transported to the dimly lit study of a man of great means and influence. The owner, who we will simply call Kit, wanted the atmosphere to feel comfortable and elegant, “I loved the idea of it looking like a gentlemen’s

So you’re ready to explore Mata Hari’s but have no key. Try having a quiet chat with a hotel concierge and see if they hold the secret key or know someone who just may get you in the door.

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Best Fests! We know our readers love a good time, so we searched far and wide to find the best fests for you. It’s time to party in the sultry South!

The Savannah Voice Festival (August 7 - 21) Now in its fourth season, this summertime celebration of opera, musical theater and song offers audience members the opportunity to experience more than 45 live performances during the month of August. This year’s festival theme, “Summer of Romance”, will be staged at various locations in and around Savannah and features the 2016 Festival Opera, Charles Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette.” For more information, visit savannahvoicefestival.org.

AquaCurean Seafood Festival (August 26-28) Returning to the Westin Savannah Harbor for its third year, this three day seafood and spirits celebration offers gourmet tastings and cocktail samplings in addition to a seafood recipe competition, a hand-crafted cocktail

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competition and a Chef’s Showcase highlighting the talents of top chefs from around the country. For more information, visit aquacurean.com.

Bacon Fest (September 2nd - 3rd) Attendees to this popular River Street Festival will enjoy mouthwatering bacon creations prepared by select local restaurants. Guests will also enjoy regional artisan booths and live music at Rousakis Plaza. Friday night concludes with a spectacular firework display at 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit riverstreetsavannah.com. 18th Annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival (September 2-4) Soar into September at this exciting Labor Day festival where guests can enjoy watching beautiful balloons in flight or hop in a basket for a private tethered

balloon ride. Friday kicks off with the Balloon Ball and Saturday is filled with family-friendly events including live music, beach activities, a Kids Zone, classic car show, disc dog demonstrations, pyrotechnic skydiving demonstration and a 5K Race and Triathlon event. For more information, visit callawaygardens.com. Savannah Craft Brew Festival (September 3rd) Returning to the International Trade and Convention Center for its ninth year, this popular Labor Day Weekend Festival features multiple indoor and outdoor beer, cider, mead and mixology gardens, the Sam Adams Brew University, a cornhole tournament, a silent disco photobooth and more! For more information, visit savannahcraft-brewfest. com.

Charleston Water Sports Fest (September 12-18) Enjoy seven days of continuous water activities including the 4th Annual Chucktown Showdown Stand-Up Paddleboarding Competition and the 6th Annual Dragon Boat Cancer Survivors Celebration Day. For more information, visit charlestonwatersportsfest. com. Hardeeville Catfish Festival (September 16-17) This fun-filled community festival includes an educational day, parades, beauty pageants, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, rides, games and an exciting fireworks display. For more information, visit hardeevillecatfishfestival.com.

The 35th Annual Savannah Jazz Festival (September 18-24) Celebrate Jazz as a living art form at this weeklong festival that boasts the best in international, national, regional and local jazz talent. This festival is free and open to the public. For more information, visit coastaljazz.org. To Submit Your Event Visit: SouthMag.com


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GET YOUR BREW ON MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE 2016 SAVANNAH CRAFT BREW FEST, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD AT THE SAVANNAH INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND CONVENTION CENTER.

Put your poker face on and join the fight for cancer research as MD Wellness and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) presents “Royal Flush for the Cure” September 10th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from 6-11 p.m. The black tie affair is an evening for guests to enjoy Monte Carlo gaming tables, a poker tournament, silent auction and raffle, dinner, two cash bars and live comedic performances. Proceeds from the Gala will benefit CURE Childhood Cancer and provide support to patients and their families. LLS works to find cures and provide access to treatments for blood cancer patients. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT LLS.ORG/GEORGIA.

Anyone 21 or older can attend the festival and sample over 150 craft beers from around the world. Activities include indoor and outdoor beer gardens, music, educational sessions, a silent disco and even a game of cornhole. General admission tickets are $45 up to Friday, September 2nd. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $50. General admission tickets include: souvenir sampling glass, festival guide, live entertainment, and unlimited sampling of over 150 craft beers.

Priority Entrance tickets and VIP tickets are also available and allow for early entry as well as access to the World of Sam Adams tent for educational seminars. For more information about the 2016 Savannah Craft Brew Fest and ticket options, go to savannahcraftbrewfest.com. For more information about the 2016 Savannah Craft Brew Fest and ticket options, go to savannahcraftbrewfest.com.

MUSIC TO OUR EARS ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH, THE “FRIENDS OF STATTS” WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL STATTS FEST STARTING AT 3 P.M. AT GRAYSON STADIUM. Jason Statts, a graphic designer, local musician and SCAD graduate, was a victim of a violent crime in Ardsley Park in 2008 and suffered irreparable damage to his spinal column. Friends of Jason try to help subsidize the medical assistance he needs as a quadriplegic by holding a fundraiser in his name. The fundraiser will feature food trucks, a silent auction, kids’ activities and some of Savannah’s best local bands including Joe Nelson and James Pittman, City Hotel, and Waits & Co. and many more. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at friendsofstatts.com or the day of the event for $20. Children 12 & under are free with an adult. For more information, visit friendsofstatts.com or email info@ friendsofstatts.com.

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Productions. For more information, visit savannahcoffee.com.

Get Pop-Cultured Is Back! (August 01 - September 06) Get Pop-Cultured is back this year! Get your fill of today’s popular movies, themes, trends and all that you love incorporated into games, activities, giveaways and more! With featured activities and products from Finding Dory, Star Wars, graphic novels, manga and, of course, Harry Potter! For more information visit stores.barnesandnoble.com

Friday Art March (August 5 & September 2nd) Presented by Art Rise Savannah, First Friday Art March is a celebration of art and culture in the Savannah Starland District. The event features an open air vendor market with live entertainment and a gallery hop with free access to ride on the Old Savannah Tours Trolley. For more information, visit artmarchsavannah.com.

Savannah Comedy Revue (August 5th & September 2nd ) Enjoy an evening of laughs at the Bay Street Theater with headlining comedians from around the country who have been featured on Showtime, Comedy Central, HBO and other comedy showcases. For more information, visit savannahcomedyrevue.com. Murder Mystery Dinner (August 5, 12, 19, 26 & September 2, 9, 16, 23) Enjoy a delicious three-course dinner prepared by Savannah Coffee Roasters while participating in a live murder mystery theater performed by local improv group, Odd Lot

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Charles Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette.” (August 13) Directed by Fabrizio Melano and conducted by Jorge Parodi, the Savannah VOICE Festival’s production of Roméo et Juliette is sung in French with English supertitles and accompanied by small instrumental ensemble featuring Meechot Marrero as Juliet with Santiago Ballerini as her Romeo. For more information, visit savannahvoicefestival.org. Hawaiian Themed Bar Crawl (August 13) Yes, you read this right, “Everybody Gets Lei’d”! Come dressed in your favorite Luau themed attire. coconut bras, board shorts, bikinis, grass skirts, Hawaiian shirts, tank tops, floaties, and flip-flops are a must on this once a year classic! Along with summer accessories, each Savannah crawler will receive exclusive DRINK SPECIALS! Register now and become part of the summer’s largest party! Let’s start with the basics. For more information, visit staffordpromotions.com/ Savannah-Bar-Crawls

Songs in the Key of Wonder (August 11th) The Lucas Summer Cabaret Series continues with this iconic tribute to Stevie Wonder featuring a night of many of his chart topping hits including; “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours,” “My Cherie, Amour,” and “Superstition”. For more information, visit lucastheatre.com. Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon (August 18 & 19) Hosted by iHeart Media, this twoday event takes place on the campus of Memorial University Medical Center and features members of the nationally syndicated radio team, Murphy, Sam, and Jodi in addition to local talent, Mark Roberson, Laura Anderson, and Bill Edwards. For more information, visit memorialhealth.com. Martinis at the Mansion (August 17 & September 21) Join South magazine and the Mansion on Forsyth Park for an evening of power networking and fundraising to raise awareness and proceeds for local nonprofit organizations. The August Martini event will feature singers from The Savannah Voice Festival and September’s nonprofit host will be the Matthew Reardon Center for Autism. For or more information visit southmag.com/events.

One Hundred Years of Harmony (August 26) Telfair Museums will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the acquisition of The Unpretentious Garden with a focused exhibition presenting this treasured painting alongside seven additional canvases that demonstrate Artist Gari Melchers’ virtuosic ability to capture blissful, domestic scenes. For more information visit telfair.org. Friends of Animals 18th Annual Auction (August 27) Please join Friends of Animals on Saturday, August 27 for a night filled with fun, drinks, food stations and amazing auction items to support this important community initiative. Each ticket includes 3 bar tickets and access to food stations and auction items. There will be live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit Bryan Animal Caregivers, Humane Society for Greater Savannah, Islands Feral Cat Project, One Love Animal Rescue, Save-A-Life, and Second Chance Dog Rescue. For more information visit friendsofanimalscoastalga.org Savannah Art Walk Fall Season Opener (September 10th ) Guests are invited to attend this free, self-guided gallery tour featuring over 20 art galleries, shops


and boutiques located within the Savannah Historic District. Presented by the Tiffani Taylor Gallery, the second Saturday tour begins with an opening reception hosted at the River Street Inn at 2 p.m. and ends at the Andaz Hotel at 6 p.m. for the finale reception and raffle prizes. Free transportation is available on the Old Savannah Tours Trolley. For more information visit savannahartwalk.com. Tunnel to Towers Run (September 10) The 5th Annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk will honor the legacy of FDNY firefighter Stephen Siller along with his 342 FDNY brothers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty on Sept. 11, 2001. Public service industry workers, corporate teams and the public are encouraged to register for this patriotic event. For more information visit tunnel2towers.org.

health, and relationships. For more information visit womenrocksavannah.eventbrite.com

Help the Hoo Hahs 5K (September 17) Support women with gynecological cancers by participating in this family-friendly 5K Walk/ Run around Hutchinson Island that is open to all ages. Jogging strollers and dogs on leashes are welcomed. For more information visit helpthehoohahs.com. Women Rock Conference (September 17) The Women Rock Conference is committed to helping attendees find their voice, personal power, beauty, and talent by offering practical strategies and actionable steps to inspire living the best life possible in business, wealth,

Girl Scouts Thin Mint Throwdown (September 17) Join the Historic Girl Scouts of Georgia for an elegantly casual evening at Camp Lowe on Rose Dhu Island to celebrate the success of the leadership development of girls in Georgia. Highlights include a VIP reception, live and silent auctions, catered dinner, and a Girl Scout Cookie dessert cook off. For more information visit gshg.org

jar, and experience sand painting. For more information visit telfair.org Johnny Mercer and Me (September 22nd) Hosted at the Historic Lucas Theater, this vibrant musical celebrates the life of popular American songwriter and singer Johnny Mercer. Audience members will see a walk down memory lane while enjoying many of the artist’s greatest hits including; “Moon River,” “Jeepers Creepers” and “Something’s Gotta Give.” For more information visit tickets.savanahboxoffice.com

Telfair Museums Free Family Day (September 17) Enjoy free admission to Telfair Museums for a child-friendly introduction to the culture of Tibet. In conjunction with a visit by the Tibetan Monks, Telfair will offer activities about the region. Visitors can learn about the geography, try butter tea, make a meditation

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TYBEE ISLAND Zydeco Summer Dance Party (August 14th) Experience the high energy, swamp funky zydeco sound of Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band at the Historic Tybee Post Theater. For more information visit tybeeposttheater.org

Founder’s Day (August 25) Fort Pulaski will celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service with a special day of events featuring special programs, artillery firings, and music. The highlight of the evening will be a live performance by the Third Infantry Division Band. Guests receive free entrance to Fort Pulaski during the National Park Service’s Centennial Celebration. For more information visit nps.gov/fopu Labor Day Beach Bash (September 4) Celebrate the end of summer at the

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Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion with live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display that can be viewed from the pier, the beach, or anywhere on the island. For more information visit visittybee.com

Explore more than 50 vendors at this outdoor arts fair featuring unique and beautiful artwork in a variety of genres from a wide selection of regional artists throughout Tybee/ Savannah. For more information visit tybeeisland.com

BEAUFORT 18th Annual Tybee Island Sea Kayak Races (September 17th) This annual event features three races with staggered start times including the Tybee River Race, Little Tybee Challenge and the Race Across the River for Gold Sponsors. Proceeds from the race benefit the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. For more information visit tybeeisland.com Coastal Arts Fair (September 24)

Dragon Boat Races (September 3) Dragon Boat Race Day will include many local businesses, community groups, and teams of friends and family racing against each other. Among the fun and festivities is an opening ceremony, three heats of races, the moving Carnation Ceremony for cancer survivors and their families, and the closing medal ceremony. For more information visit dragonboat-raceday.com Roots: A Taste of the Lowcountry (September 9) Enjoy a traditional four-course dinner event with Celebrity Chef

Virginia Willis, Chef BJ Dennis, Chef Sallie Ann Robinson, and Chef Tim Gent. The festivities also include a silent auction, opportunities to dish with the chefs, book signings and more. Proceeds to benefit the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, a cultural and educational center committed to the promotion and preservation of the region’s rich offerings. For more information visit morrisheritagecenter.org


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BLUFFTON Edisto Beach Music & Shag Fest (September 2-4) Celebrate the state dance of South Carolina at this two-day event showcasing the top beach bands and best shaggers in the Southeast. For more information visit edistochamber. com

music in a kid and pet friendly environment. This Bluffton style Oktoberfest features, live music, face painting, arts and crafts, water sports, food, and a Harvest Beer Garden. For more information visit blufftonsunsetparty.com Kitchens of Note Tour (September 25) This self-driving tour visits six designer kitchens in the beautiful Berkeley Hall community that will each host a local chef who will be offering a sample tasting of their delicious recipes. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and its programs. For more information visit hhso.org

ATLANTA Blufftemberfest (September 17) Celebrate the end of summer on the May River with local foods, vendors, craft beer and homegrown

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16th Annual Decatur BBQ Festival (August 13) This family friendly event highlights the sights, sounds,

and smells of classic southern barbecue from the metro Atlanta area. It also offers a full day of live blues and bluegrass music from aspiring and accomplished local, regional, and national acts. For more information visit decaturbbqfestival.com German Bierfest (August 22) The 13th Annual German Bierfest at Woodruff Park will be serving up unlimited samples of more than 35 authentic German beers in addition to on site food vendors, live music, sports activities and games. For more information visit germanbierfest.com Midtown Restaurant Week (September 5-13) Enjoy signature menus from Midtown Atlanta’s best restaurants exclusively priced at $15, $25 and $35. For more information visit mrwatlanta.com.

11th Annual Aqua Vino Wine Social (September 16) Aqua Vino is the Georgia Aquarium’s premier wine and food fundraising event that supports vital research and conservation efforts. This year, the celebration centers on the incredible California sea lion, which can be viewed in the brand new SunTrust Pier 225. Sample wines from around the world and taste the best cuisine Atlanta has to offer while bidding on amazing silent auction prizes and exploring exciting the incredible galleries. For more information visit georgiaaquarium.org Atlanta Streets Alive (September 25) Atlanta Streets Alive opens streets for people by temporarily closing


professionals together for learning opportunities, networking events, tastings, and interactions. For more information visit bevconchs.com

them to cars creating a whole new healthy, sustainable and vibrant city street experience. This program is inspired by open streets projects all over the world. Bring your bicycle or just your feet, and get ready to explore your community streets in a safer, healthier, more livable way. For more information visit atlantastreetsalive.com.

CHARLESTON BevCon (August 21-24) This multi-day curated event invites national and international beverage and culinary-minded

Charleston Restaurant Week (September 7-18) Hosted by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, the highly anticipated Charleston Restaurant Week offers diners an opportunity to enjoy worldrenowned Lowcountry cuisine as participating restaurants offer pre-fixed lunch and dinner menus at a set price point. For more information visit charlestonrestaurantassociation.com Taste of Charleston (September 25) This two-day event showcases more than forty of the Lowcountry’s favorite casual and fine dining restaurants in the Charleston area, serving sample size portions of their best culinary creations in

addition to beer and wine. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, specialty and imported beer tasting, live music, the legendary “Waiters’ Race”, and the “Kid’s Kitchen Sideshow.” For more information visit charlestonrestaurantassociation.com

JACKSONVILLE Jacksonville Caribbean Festival (August 12-14) Celebrating all Caribbean cultures, this festival features everything from a street parade with costumes and live music to an elaborate food tasting event that highlights the flavors and aromas of the Caribbean. For more information visit jacksonvillecarnival.com

(September 6) The U.S. Men’s National Team will go head to head against Trinidad & Tobago in the final match of the Semifinal Round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier. For more information visit ussoccer.com For more events & to submit your event visit SouthMag.com

Blues Brews and BBQ (August 25) Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Florida Theatre with an evening of local craft beers, barbecue and live music. For more information visit floridatheatre.com USMNT World Cup Qualifier

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Martinis at the Mansion Tammy Young, Nate Schaffer; Courtney Rawlins ison Stice Chelsea Voss, All

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More than one hundred guests arrived at 700 Drayton Restaurant on June 15 to celebrate diversity with the Savannah Pride Organization at the monthly Martinis at the Mansion event hosted by South magazine and the Mansion on Forsyth Park. Guests enjoyed delicious $5 Georgia Peach Martinis, delicious food samples prepared by Chef Roberto Leoci and team while raising funds and awareness for this special non-profit organization. 1. Mark Hill 2. Scott West 3. Wendy Williby 4. Carrey Perin, Rose Marie Woulfe 5. Marcia Banes, Lisa Roberson; Brenda Scarpati 6. Akeen McMichael, Kareem McMichael

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The Big River Film Festival Marissa Secades, Kristen Dyke VanDyke & Elizabeth Van

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celebrated its inaugural event at its VIP Reception at Savannah Station on July 7th. Over 120 films were screened at the festival along with live performances and conversations with some of the most compelling filmmakers today.

Gil Jones, Shanna Jones

Fiona Horrigan

Ava & David Willis

Alexis Molton

Hanka Eipper, Andie Diaz & Mars Diaz Wally MarzanoLesvenich, Ari Taub

1. Michaela Plotner 2. Emily Lindin 3. Matt Dixon & Charlotte Norsworthy 4. John Patrikis, Jaclyn Levine, Nina Patrikis, Nicholas, Julius & Angelica Patrikis 5. Samone Norsworthy & Maria Gregory 6. Takea Byrd & Dre Byrd

Eve & Chip White Austin Mortin, Jilman Norsworthy, & Luly Ostoon Katharine Harrington, Phillip Aultman

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STYLE OF THE SOUTH / 9.11.2012

BENGHAZI 9.11.12 In an effort to honor the lives that were lost in the the Benghazi tragedy where four Americans died while defending their fellow countrymen, Nine Line Apparel released a shirt that features the names of these American heroes. “Chances are good they would be here today if the admininstration would have heeded their calls and sent help when they asked for it,” says President and co-founder of Nine Line Apparel, Daniel Merrit. “These guys are the definition of American heroes. They put others’ lives before their own and paid the ultimate sacrifice.” Merrit adds “‘What does it matter now’? It’s hard to believe that those words were spoken by then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. It does matter.” This shirt comes in male and female, short sleeve, long sleeve and tanks. Get yours at ninelineapparel.com.(A portion of all sales go toward the Nine Line Foundation, an organization that assists wounded veterans.)

ABOUT THE MODEL

Sarah Lynn Miller is the wife of an American soldier stationed in Georgia. “I’m proud to wear a shirt that honors our American heroes. We are a family in the military, and we stand together.”

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