Come and see hand thrown pottery, exquisite jewelry, artists of all kinds, basket weaving, colorful purses and totes, metal working, hand made rocking chairs from the mountains of Tennessee, blown glass, stained glass. Don’t forget all the wonderfully delicious gourmet delights to savor and so much more at the 10th Annual Springtime Made in the South – February 10-12, 2013.
Book early for this favorite Spring-time festival; Azalea Inn and Gardens has a room for you!
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today and begin enjoying the best food experiences in our city, which Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City”.
A popular weekend festival devoted to the enjoyment, preservation, and continuation of the living art of folk music. Featuring national and regional talent, as well as a youth songwriting competition.
All events are free and open to the public. 912-786-6953 | http://www.savannahfolk.org
I never knew this holiday we now call Memorial Day, once known as Decoration Day, was first enacted by formerly enslaved African-Americans to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War and was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars. The day was to mark a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the Civil War and in 1868 a proclamation was issued that “Decoration Day” should be observed nationwide. May 30 was chosen because it was not the anniversary of any battle. By the early 20th century it was a day of more general expressions of memory to all who had died, whether they served in the military or not. In 1971 Congress turned Memorial Day into a mandatory three-day weekend with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363), and made it all the easier for us to be distracted from the spirit and meaning of the day.
Today, Jake and I took an early morning stroll to River Street with the express purpose to find the bricks we had purchased in support of the Veteran’s Council of Chatham County’s WW2 Memorial project in remembrance of veterans who served in the war that “split the world into two global conflicts.” We approached down River Street from the east when the sun was just beginning to light the sky. Jake traversed the globe clockwise while I traveled in the opposite direction. We were scanning hundreds of bricks in search of my father’s name and the brick for Azalea Inn and Gardens. It wasn’t very long before I slowed and began actually reading the bricks and remembering: in memory of the 82nd Airborne Division, 821st MP Co, 583 Signal Corp Bat, the individuals and the strings of family names, bricks laid side by side in honor of the men and women who fought this “last great war”.
I found Azalea Inn and Gardens about a quarter of the way through my section at the northern entrance to the memorial and several rows later the brick of John J. Scott, Jr., my father. I was pleased to find them so close together though certainly I had purchased them at different times as if someone knew that these two were connected. My dad served first in the Navy in the European-African-Middle Eastern campaign and at the very close of the war he re-enlisted in the Army-Air Corp and was stationed at Orly Field in France during the Paris Peace talks. He went on to complete 20 years of service in the USAF.
In respect and remembrance of all who have given their lives to ensure that we have the freedom to forget to salute our flag, to place our hand over our hearts in allegiance, to spit at the feet of those who have returned from unpopular wars, to burn our flag, to think differently, look different, act different, speak with different accents, come from different places – today at 3:00 p.m. pause to reflect on the sacrifice of others in this national day of remembrance.
Azalea Inn and Gardens has been selected as one of the must tour gardens in Savannah for this annual event.
Distinctive bed and breakfast lodging for the April NOGS Tour of Hidden Gardens of Savannah Georgia is best savored at Azalea Inn and Gardens, also a select property on this year’s tour. We were honored with the invitation to be a part of the Garden Club of Savannah’s annual fund-raising event, and Jake, of course, was ecstatic! Despite the heavy freezes (and subsequent loss of vegetation) we have experienced this year, he barely blinked as he assured me that we would be ready by the scheduled dates, April 29 and 30, 2011. True to his meticulous nature, Jake has begun working on a map of the grounds marking the locations of the different flora and fauna so we can have identifying signs throughout making the tour of our gardens even more enlightening.
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November 2, 2010 found us in Beaufort, SC as my chosen birthday destination. Each year we attempt to escape our normal routine and find adventure within an easy commute of our historic city. We were drawn by the history, proximity and the chance to experience some Gullah fare. Did you know that Beaufort, like our Savannah, was chosen for occupation by the Union troops rather than destruction? This despite the fact that the first meeting to draft the Ordinance of Secession (by which South Carolina led the withdrawal of the Southern states from the Union) was held at the Milton Maxey House in Beaufort, (known today as the Secession House). We left Beaufort and headed out to Hunting Island where we toured a lighthouse and walked a cold windy stretch of beach. The low country of South Carolina is a stronghold of Gullah culture and no trip to Beaufort or the surrounding area would be complete without tasting Gullah food. The Gullah first arrived in the Charleston/Savannah region from the West African rice growing region as slave labor for the North American rice industry. The Gullah community has maintained significant influences from African culture in words, storytelling, cuisine, music and more and the importance of this particular heritage was acknowledged with the passage of the “Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Act” in 2006.
We chose Gullah Grub (owned by renowned chef Bill Green) on Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island which we had passed on our way to Hunting Island. We stepped through its double doors into a quaint room with simple luncheon tables scattered about the room and walls lined with artifacts inviting one to stroll the room, touch, read, enjoy. Oshi, Bill Green’s daughter and chef in her own right, greeted us with a warm and welcoming smile and amicably agreed to choose our food for us. Oshi was more than up to the task as Jake and I sampled catfish stew and she-crab soup, bbq ribs, chicken, mustard greens and finally dessert – sweet potato pie and peach cobbler. The entire meal generate groans of satisfaction from both Jake and I, and the sweet smile of Oshi as she shared with us her family history, her father’s passion for giving back, and her own tale of adventure and growth.
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