October 16, 2012 at the Savannah History Museum
African American Experience in 1812 with Dr. Felicia Bell. Music provided by McIntosh County Shouters.
Dr. Felicia A. Bell currently teaches history at Savannah State University where she received her BA degree. She earned her Ph. D from Howard University. Before joining the faculty at Savannah State Felicia was the Director of Education and Outreach at the United States Capitol Historical Society and earlier was Director of Education and Programs at the Coastal Heritage Society. Felicia is currently on the Board of Directors for the Coastal Heritage Society.
Location: Savannah History Museum: 6:30 pm.
Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Music Concert No. 1: Balkan Quartet
Telfair Academy at 7:30 pm
Each year we mark the anniversary of the Battle of Savannah, which took place on October 9, 1779 with a commemorative march to Battlefield Memorial Park (located between the Visitors Center and the Georgia Railroad Museum.)
Schedule (Times are approx.)
2pm – 4pm Pet Contest Sponsored by TailsSpin and 98.7 The River
4:40 pm Angela Beasley’s Puppet People featuring Madeline Walker Coastal Ballet
4:50 pm Abeni Cultural & Spit Fire Entertainment
6:30 pm Oglethorpe Charter School Singing Titans
7:30 pm Eddie Wilson and The Strings of the South
Presented by the Coastal Heritage Society.
Captain Isaac Hull, the USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere –John A. Caramia, Jr. lecture. This lecture will tell the importance of the victory of the Navy which helped boost American morale and that is still honored in Savannah. Funding provided by the City of Savannah.
Location: Savannah History Museum:
Free concerts in Forsyth Park nightly Thursday thru Sunday
I don’t run. I don’t like to sweat. I don’t like exercise basically, so I nearly missed this reference in the newspaper recently. Following the wildly successful NYC Beerathon, Boston Beerathon and Houston Beerathon, someone suggested Savannah, GA to host a “Beerathon” on November 10, 2012 – and of course, Savannah accepted. It is logical that Savannah would be chosen, we are after all home to three local breweries, several pub crawl tours, and the ever growing and wildly popular Savannah Craft Brew Festival. We have a very vibrant college student body (SCAD and Armstrong-Atlantic, to name a few), a quirky fun and eclectic group of residents and, well, we are known to party – have you ever heard of our St. Paddy’s Day Parade?
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Old Savannah Tour Company in Historic Savannah, Georgia has created a tour for the entertainment lover appropriately named “That’s Entertainment Savannah!”. Kolin and I met one muggy Friday evening at McDonough’s Bar for a drink or two while waiting for the rest of our tour group to show up. As we waited, we tried to recount the movies we thought had been made here in Savannah. The most notable films, of course, were Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Forrest Gump, and The Longest Yard. We also wracked our brains guessing which parts of town were seen in which movie.
Soon enough, our group was gathered and we filed into the Savannah Theater across the street. Our evening started with an informal but very informative tour of the backstage area of the theater where we met some of the cast members as they were preparing for the show. The Savannah Theater is the oldest continuously operating theater in America! This stunning fact along with other interesting tidbits about past performers is learned on the tour. When the theater tour concluded, we filed onto an air-conditioned bus and awaited the arrival of our tour guide.
While wondering what was keeping the tour guide, we caught sight of a man wearing a light blue checkered shirt, khakis, and a bright red baseball cap frantically running towards us lugging a small suitcase. Once he boarded and caught his breath he introduced himself as our tour guide: “Hello, my name is Forrest…Forrest Gump”! After many surprised laughs and stunned looks, he continued to play along and amuse us with his spot–on impression. He finally broke character and the bus started rolling with “Forrest” as our guide.
While movie scenes were played on a screen at the front of the bus, we were taken to the identical spots for a firsthand look at where many famous scenes had been filmed over the years. Savannah has extremely close ties with many box office hits and directors and producers from all over choose Savannah for its grace, on-screen charm and ability to fit into any time period. The tour was very entertaining and we found the combination of tour and appropriate film clips to be engagingly helpful. By now, I was primed and ready for some real live entertainment!
The tour bus halted to a stop about a block away from the theater as “Forrest” stood up and announced “I think I had too many Dr. Peppers, I have to pee!” He dashed out the door of the bus and scrambled across the square to the theater. As we all let out hearty laughter, we quickly followed suit, not wanting to miss a moment of the Southern Nights Variety Show!
Historic Savannah’s Azalea Inn and Gardens B&B is a short walk from the Savannah Theater.
Shortly after breakfast on July 5, a family from New York City staying with us for four days, inquired if they might use our grill, conveniently located poolside, for an afternoon cookout – a July 4 family tradition that they had to forego while on vacation. Before I could answer, they threw in a bribe – I was invited to dinner! Never one to turn down food, and most especially food I don’t have to prepare, I enthusiastically gave permission. (We have all the basic fixings for any guest who wants to use our grill from salt and pepper to paper plates). Smiling broadly, Jason and Sandy, and daughters Claire and Nicola, immediately proceeded to invite everyone at the inn to join them around 4 in the afternoon for a barbeque!
Work kept me busy till just after 5:30 and as I toured the last check-in through the backyard and pool area, I was surprised to see my New York family and six other guests gathered around the grill and table, laughing, eating, drinking, and encapsulated with plenty of good cheer. Once free, I quickly joined the party, helped myself to an ear of corn, and watched amusedly as “Chef Jason” cajoled the last check-in, a couple from Kentucky taking a slow and meandering drive home from Gulfport, Mississippi, to join us. We quickly grabbed chairs off the nearby decks and made room round the table.
Grilled corn was slathered with butter, while burgers and dogs were joyously consumed. Jason was the grill commander deftly turning the pork, chicken and steak kabobs over the heat assisted by his youngest, Nicola. Sandy made sure each new arrival had a drink (white or red wine, or beer) and quickly shooed the children to make room for the adults. The other guests came and went, on their way to dinner, but a core of us stayed despite the heat: Sandy, Trevor, Claire and Nicola from NYC (though Sandy and Trevor are from South Africa originally), Patric and Charles from Ohio (celebrating eight years together), Matthew and Allison from W. Virginia (on their honeymoon), Melissa and Patrick from Illinois (also honeymooners), and Kim and Greg from Kentucky (celebrating his return from Afghanistan).
Soon Scott West, Jason and Sandy’s Savannah connection and the person who referred the family to our inn, arrives and has gifts for the family and one for me! We passed the delicious Byrd Cookie Company treats around for all to taste, and I snuck inside to fill my tumbler with the Inn’s special Dreamcicle Lemonade (with a dash of Vodka) which I also shared around the table. Claire and Nicola entertained us (quite beautifully, I might ad) with songs they had learned from several Broadway shows and musicals as well as some songs of the old South, including a song of freedom from slavery! This prompted a lively discussion around the table, as I am sure you can imagine! As the evening’s laughter grew and life stories were shared, Jason and Greg left to purchase more beer and wine. It was at this point that I realized I had better excuse myself as breakfast duty was on my plate for the morning.
It is moments such as these when guests find kindred spirits and the feeling of family permeates the evening that I realized how blessed I am to do what I do. There is no doubt, Azalea Inn and Gardens bed and breakfast is a better way to stay*!
*“better way to stay.” is the grassroots campaign of the Professional Association of Innkeepers (PAII) dedicated to helping travelers discover the B&B experience.