It’s that time of year again, the day of remembrance for the sacrifice of the many souls who died fighting for our freedom. Since Savannah has sent sons( and some unknown daughters) to fight in every conflict our Nation has fought in, it is a day full of ceremonies. Locals even fought in little known Colonial wars with the Spanish, before United States was even born.
With school being out, and it being the kickoff of Tybee’s Beach Season; there are a lot of activities to choose from. The following five are my personal favorite. Keep in mind I’m a history buff.:)
Number One: Wormsloe’s War of Jenkins Ear event. This fun family affair is educational and entertaining. Georgia Colonial soldiers from our area waged war with the Spanish in our area over territory. One of those battles was Jenkins Ear. To learn more you must attend. Wormsloe’s plantation alone is worth checking out. A three day affair that includes civil war demonstrations, black powder cannon and musket firing, even a walking tour of the property. It starts at 9am with a short presentation at the visitor’s center followed by a walking tour. It lasts until 4pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the 26th-28th Get more information here: http://www.gastateparks.org/Wormsloe
Number Two: The Bugfest at the Savannah Children’s Museum. This affair is not for the squeamish, but kids of all ages will love it! It takes place at the Children’s Museum at 655 Louisville Road on Saturday, May 27th from 12:00-2:00pm. With bug themed crafts, lectures on bees and other pollinators, interactive activities with native insects and even bug yoga! Come wear the kids out then hop over to the Visitors center and catch a trolley tour with Old Savannah tours. There will even be a food truck outside! For more information about this kid friendly fest just call the Savannah Children’s Museum at (912) 651-4292 or go to: http://www.chsgeorgia.org/scm
Number Three: The Crawl of the South. If you don’t have the kids with you or only have fur babies, this is the go to party of the whole weekend. The largest pub crawl in the South for the past two years, prepare to bar hop with up to 5,000 of your new friends. This whole thing started as an attempt to break a Guinness record. Though unsuccessful they only fell short of the goal by as little as 500 people the past two attempts, and I say the third time’s the charm! To participate in this festive event be at Congress Social Club at 2pm with your $20 entry fee, then you have the next 8 hours to drink one drink at minimum in at least ten to twenty participating bars and if you do, you get a t-shirt. Ending with an after party at Savannah Smiles dueling piano bar, this is a great time. * Local tip, many of these bars do sell food ,so call ahead in order to go the distance.
For more information go to:http://www.staffordpromotions.com/Savannah-Bar-Crawls
Number Four: The Annual Armed Forces Festival. This weekend long gathering takes place in Rousakis Plaza at 115 East River St. This is very affordable as it is free and open to the public. Featuring arts, crafts, demonstration by the Coast guard and others, along with Patriotic entertainment all day long starts Friday, the 26th, at noon-11pm. The fun begins again on Saturday from 10am-11pm, and then winds down Sunday, opening at 10am- ending at 6pm. Very near to other must see attractions and restaurants , it is worth it. Proceeds from sales at this event go to the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation. For more information about the event call (912) 234-0295
Number Five: The Original Gullah Festival in Beaufort, South Carolina.
If you have visited Savannah before, and are interested in off the beaten path history then I highly recommend driving over to Beaufort for the day. The food by itself is worth it!
Only inhabiting the Low country of Georgia and South Carolina, the Gullah, a mix of West African freed slaves and Native Americans.. This festival helps preserve the cultural legacy and promote arts in Education, to provide scholarships to worthy students, and to foster a better understanding and appreciation for the Gullah, as a people. Activities will include consumer, educational, historical workshops, a fine arts exhibit, various demonstrations. There will be delicious traditional dishes ,wonderful music and Featured dances. It starts Friday and ends Sunday. Find out more here:http://theoriginalgullahfestival.org/schedule-original-gullah-festival-2017/
We hope you have happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend in our beautiful Hostess City. Please remember to call an Uber or a Cab if you’ve been drinking. We honor all of the men who serve our country past present and future. We give all servicemen a Hero Discount, so book with us now!