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Veterans Day 2014: A Celebration at Azalea Inn and Villas

September 25th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Veterans Day 2014

B&B For Vets 2010. Thank you all who are serving and have served our country.

Veterans Day 2014 at the Azalea Inn & Villas

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Veterans Day, which is an important day for our country, especially here in Savannah at the Azalea Inn & Villas. We recognize and are beyond grateful for the service of our current and former soldiers and believe in doing what we can to express our thanks.

Azalea Inn & Villas is an active member of B&B for Vets which is a nation-wide effort by bed and breakfast inn owners to honor our Vets. The initiative asks that on the eve of Veterans Day innkeepers donate one night free of charge to those that have served our country. My husband and I have been very blessed in life and so our commitment for the past five years has been to fill our 10-room inn with retired Veterans and Active Duty service members alike. We have a community of like-mind restaurateurs who have generously donated platters of delectable food for our evening reception. This year will be no different.

Veterans Day 2014

Teresa Jacobson during her service in the U.S. Army

Why Veterans Day is So Important to Us

Military Service runs deep in the backbone of my family. My mother’s dad served with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in WWI and the terrible battle at Keiberg Ridge where he lost his two best buddies. My grandfather Scott enlisted with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force at the age of 15. He was seriously injured at the battle of Vimy Ridge in Northern France following four days of bloody fighting. My own father was a career man having enlisted in the Navy at 16. Prior to the end of WWII he then enlisted in the Army-Air Corp and completed 20 more years of service as an OSI agent in the US Air Force.  My father’s sister was a WAVE serving in Washington during the early years of the war. Two of my mother’s brothers also served during the war. The next generation of these two families found 5 of my Canadian cousins (all girls) serving their country . One of my sisters gave service in the Air Force while I joined the Army. Finally, I have a nephew who is currently enlisted in the US Army.

So you see, supporting the military runs deep in my soul. Our commitment to today’s military led us to take one giant step forward in our daily lives. On Veteran’s Day 2011, we hosted three soldiers of the then Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion of Fort Stewart’s 3rd Infantry Division. The bravery, courage and fortitude of these three men was the catalyst for creating “Respite and Retreat”. We provide two combat injured soldiers and a significant other a day and night at our inn, while the 3rd ID gives these soldiers a 4-day leave. The program starts with resiliency training by the company chaplain and the remainder of the leave is designed to give the soldier and family the necessary time to implement what they have learned. We have once again paired with two Savannah restaurants, The Pirates House and Leoci’s Trattoria, who provide a three-course dinner to the participants. Veterans Day is a public ceremony of thanks, we have chosen to say thank you every single month.

Veterans Day 2014

Veterans Day 2014 in Savannah


Veterans Day 2014 in Savannah

In addition to our own celebration of Veterans Day 2014, Savannah will host a Veteran’s Day parade. The soldiers who stay at our inn have a short walk to enjoy the parade. It conveniently passes within sighting distance of the Inn!  History Buffs know that a walk around beautiful Savannah will lead you to a number of  war memorials. The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum features historical displays and memorabilia of the United States Armed Forces. Discounts are available for military veterans and individuals currently enlisted. Entrance is Free to veterans of World War II.

 Veterans Day 2014 Savannah Style

For Veterans Day 2014, we welcome soldiers and veterans to our bed & breakfast for a night of relaxation, rejuvenation, and as an overall appreciation for their service. Thank you to all of our service men and women, and to our veterans. You are dear to our hearts.

 

Azalea Inn and Villas, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

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Byrd Cookie Company: A Savannah Favorite for 90 Years!

August 24th, 2014 by Teresa Jacobson

Byrd Cookie CompanyWhat’s In A Cookie? A Taste So Sweet…

What’s better than a delicious cookie? For many, cookies mean more than just a sweet treat. Cookies are a reminder of afternoons in the kitchen at Grandma’s house, making her famous chocolate crinkles.

Cookies and a cold glass of milk are a cure-all for a bad day, and they keep Santa fueled on his busy night. They are the coveted snack high on the counter in the cookie jar, just out of reach, but nothing a kitchen chair couldn’t fix.Relive these memories, and create many more at Byrd Cookie Company: A Savannah Favorite for 90 Years!

Byrd’s Famous Cookies

There’s nothing like a yummy cookie, especially when they bring back such sweet memories.  Byrd Cookie Company, here in Savannah, Georgia, knows exactly how to create a memory with their scrumptious variety of cookies in their special Savannah scenery tins.

Offering the classics, chocolate chip, butter, and oatmeal, to unique tastes, such as Key Lime Coolers, Peach Coolers, and Red Velvet you’ll have no trouble walking away with a delicious tin of Byrd’s Famous Cookies. You’ll be back for more!

 90 Years, a Savannah Favorite

Byrd Cookie Company is celebrating 90 years in business, and they are doing it in a big way! Opening numerous locations in Savannah and Pooler, this beloved local cookie company is opening stores all along the east coast, from New York to Georgia.

In 1924, Ben T. Byrd, Sr. began his cookie business, baking cookies in his bakery and delivering them to neighborhood markets in his Model T Ford. It wasn’t long before the cookies and Mr. Byrd became famous to locals and visitors.

Check out Byrd Cookie Company at any of its three Savannah locations. Visit the factory store on Waters Avenue and smell the cookies baking the minute you step out of your car. Get a bite to eat at B. Tillman’s Restaurant & Bar located right next door.

Walking around downtown? Then don’t forget to stop by the City Market location to taste some samples, or BT Byrd’s @ Drayton Tower for a quick snake, hand-crafted soda, coffee, and of course, cookies!

Discover Your Favorite Cookie & Savannah

Find your own favorite treats at Byrd Cookie Company, and create new memories in Savannah. Book your next trip, grab a tin of cookies (or two), and enjoy a taste of Savannah!

 

Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve a room today to begin enjoying the best experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”

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Savannah GA Wedding Event of the Year!

January 30th, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

Savannah Georgia Wedding DestinationBehind the Veil! presented by Savannah Weddings Magazine and Telfair Museums.  11 AM – 5 PM

11 AM – Gourmet Champagne Brunch at Cafe Zeum in the Jepson Center with a presentation by Emily Newman of the acclained bridal blog, Once Wed.

1 PM to 5 PM.  SHow with more than 50 exhibitors, including BleuBelle Bridal, Glow Medspa and B Street Salon.

Brunch and show is $35 in advance and $45 at the door.

Show only:  $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Gullah Geechee Ring Shouters Perform on July 21, 2010

June 25th, 2010 by Teresa Jacobson

What?  What is a ring shouter?  Well, I certainly didn’t know before I read the newspaper article in the Savannah Morning News but as I write this blog I am listening to a recording of “Run Old Jeremiah” sung by Joe Washington Brown and Austin Coleman in Jennings, Louisiana, in 1934.   The words of the ”shout” are written just below the recording which helps make sense of the roles each Shouter plays.  The leader is the ”Songster” who begins the song, and next to him is the “basser” whose job it is to call back the lines of the song. Next to the leader is the “stick man” who beats a rhythm with a wooden stick or broom and the basser adds rhythm with hand clapping or foot tapping. The women shouters move in a counterclockwise direction shuffling their feet while singing. Pantomime may also be a part of the ring shout to help convey the story of the song, like rocking a baby.

The congregation of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in the tiny community in Bolden is known as the keepers of ring shout, a spiritual dance-like practice rooted in the African slave tradition. The practice was first described during the Civil War by outside observers in coastal communities of Georgia and South Carolina and was largely thought to have died out until its rediscovery in the early 1980′s. These shout songs have been passed down from their slave ancestors generation to generation largely intact. The church has a performing group, the McIntosh County Shouters that performs anywhere they are asked to, and recently received a $3000 grant from the Plum Creek Foundation to continue performing the ring shout in area schools.

Join the McIntosh County Shouters at 6 p.m. on July 21 at the Second African Baptist Church, 123 Houston Street. The group hopes to raise money for a trip to perform in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center on December 1 and at the Lincoln Center on December 2. I hope to see you there!

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