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Live Like a Local: Bonaventure Cemetery

Everyone in the Savannah area knows about the Bonaventure Cemetrery. It’s been the “premier” cemetery for over 100 years, but it gained world wide fame from what locals call The Book…better know as John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. But there’s a lot more to Bonaventure Cemetery than a book and movie location.

Bonaventure Cemetery was used as a burial ground as early as 1794, when Governor Tattnall buried a relative there. The cemetery is the final resting place of local and national figures alike. Johnny Mercer, Conrad Aiken, and the Trosdal plot, famous for “The Bird Girl” statue now housed in the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences. Jack Leigh, the photographer who took the picture of the statue on the cover of The Book, is also laid to rest in Bonaventure.

photo from http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/notorious_murders/classics/mercer_house/5.html 

Though many claim it is just as haunted as the rest of Savannah, the fact remains that Bonaventure is a beautiful, peaceful place full of history. There are, of course, plenty of tours you can take, but you can also stop by the small visitors center for free information you can use for a self guided tour, provided by The Bonaventure Historical Society. You can explore area history through the stones, enjoy the huge Live Oaks draped in Spanish moss, and take in the view from the banks of the beautiful Wilmington River.

photo from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~langolier/bonaventure.html

Bonaventure Cemetery is a graceful and historical gem! Make sure you visit on your next trip to Savannah. Take a picnic, enjoy the view, explore a little history, and feel like a local for a while. See you soon!

Live Like a Local: Little Gracie

     October is always a fun time to enjoy the fall…and then, of course, there’s Halloween! Though most people only tell ghost stories during this time of year, we here in the Savannah area know that the spirits are active all year round!
     The tale of Little Gracie is a perfect example. Gracie Watson was the only child of the Watson Family, owners of the Pulaski Hotel. Little Gracie was a guest favorite at the lavish parties the Watsons held regularly, but she tended to wander off as the hours dwindled and could often be found playing in the stair well of the great hotel.
     Gracie took ill with pneumonia and passed away at the tender age of six, two days before Easter in 1889. Though the Pulaski Hotel is long gone, people still report hearing a child’s playful giggles in the area where the stair case used to be. Some have even seen a little girl in period clothing dashing past them.

     Little Gracie was laid to rest in Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery, where you can still visit her grave in Section E. A life sized statue of the child is there, and it is said if you bring a small trinket to leave at the monument, you can hear the sounds of a child playing.
     Yes, our area if full of visitors from the past. Plan a visit, explore, and have a fun and spirited time!

OCTOBER Live Like a Local: Star Gazing on the Pier

     Whether or not you are a full time Tybee resident, there are tons for ways to feel like you are! The City of Tybee always has something going on and you are always welcome to join in the fun!

     This evening the Ogelthorp Astronomical Association will be on the Pier at sunset for their Public Observing program. If you have never had the chance to see the heavens through a high-powered telescope, this is your chance! The OAA is a group for anyone interested in space science and astronomy and they have been active here in the Savannah area for 35 years. The group comes out to Tybee once a month to set up their equipment and the group members are always happy to chat with passers by. They are glad to discuss anything from the basics of astronomy to what’s happening in the night sky at the moment, and even how you can become an OAA member if you like! You can get more information by visiting the Oglethrope Astronomical Association website or the event listing here on the City of Tybee event page.
     So, weather permitting, why not make plans to live like a local and do a little Tybee star gazing!

Live Like a Local: Pirates on Tybee Island!

     It’s finally here…Pirate Fest! The island has been taken over and the swashbuckling fun has begun! There are so many events going on this weekend, it’ll make your head spin. All the fun starts tonight when the gates open at 5 pm. There will be a Thieves Market, Little Matey’s Cove (for the kiddies), and awesome live music! The festival fun lasts through the weekend, so get down here and join us! Here’s a map of the festival too, so you are sure to know where all the fun can be found!

Map and more info at www.tybeepiratefest.com!

     Now, downtown isn’t the only place you can find pirates! The Eagles Nest GoGo Girls are pleased to announce the “Pirate Girl Booty Drive”! This Saturday, October 9 th, some of Tybee’s finest Pirate Girls will take over the intersection of HWY 80 and Campbell. They will be asking locals and visitors alike to fill their boots with booty to benefit the Historic Tybee Post Theater! Special thanks go out to the City of Tybee and the Tybee Police and Fire Departments for this event!

     What are you waiting for?! You don’t want to miss a single minute of all this fun! Get your costume on and get to to Tybee, Mates! It’s a swashbuckling good time!

Live Like a Local: Tybee Festival of the Arts

Looking for a little culture or creative inspiration? Well, you should join us at the Tybee Festival of the Arts! Its the 14th annual celebration of fine arts and crafts here on the island October 16th and 17th! It is a must-attend event!
     This festival is sponsored by the Tybee Arts Association and the City of Tybee, and for the second year it will be held in a grand tent on South Beach. Come enjoy a beautiful view of the ocean and the Pier and Pavillion while exploring the amazing selection of fine art!

photo from TybeeArts.org

     There will be a juried art show with $4000 worth of prices up for grabs! You won’t want to miss browsing through jewelry, photography,mixed media, oil & watercolor paintings, and ceramics by regional artists from not only Georgia, but Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Florida as well! There will also be great live music, and it is all free to the public!

photo from ExploreGeorgia.com

     Please plan to come out and enjoy a weekend full of amazing art and entertainment with us! You can find more information and music schedules at the Tybee Arts Association website as well as the Festival’s Facebook event page!

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