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Festival and Events Calendar 2005 

Concerts, plays and ballet performances are listed in the Performing Arts Calendar on page 18. A full schedule for the Savannah Music Festival is on page 22. A full annual schedule for the Telfair Museum of Art is on page 24. A schedule of nature & environment events is on page 25.

Feb. 6

Super Museum Sunday

From noon-4 p.m. more than 20 Savannah museums and historic sites are open free to the public. One of the great bargains anywhere.

Feb. 6-13

16th Black Heritage Festival

A week-long series of events highlighting the contribution of African-Americans to American history in general and Savannah history in particular. Presented by Savannah State University and sponsored by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Free admission. Call 691-6847 or visit www.savstate.edu. See Connect Savannah this week and next week for full schedule and description of events.

Feb. 7

February Gallery Hop

5-7 p.m. various locations. This monthly tour of SCAD galleries features the work of SCAD students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as that of world-renowned artists. Shuttles run between the galleries. Free and open to the public. Call 525-4950.

Feb. 11

Robert Ingram Strozier Faculty Lecture Series

12:15 p.m., University Hall 156, AASU. “Nanotechnology:the Next Big Thing,”by Delana Nivens and Will Lynch. Call 921-7315.

Feb. 11

Georgia Heritage Procession

One of Savannah’s cutest events begins at 10:30 a.m., goes from Bull Street from Forsyth Park to City Hall at Bull & Bay. Elementary school students in colonial costume join local dignitaries in a parade to honor Georgia’s (and Savannah’s) founding. Free and open to the public.

Feb. 11

Georgia Heritage Luncheon

Noon, Hyatt Regency on Bay St. Food, music and a keynote address by Georgia Humanities Council president Jamil Zainaldin. Tix $25, must be purchased in advance by calling 651-2125.

Feb. 11

‘The Life and Work of Oscar Wilde’

Thomas “Bubba” Cooksey, professor of literature at Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU), will speak as part of the Richard Ellman Memorial Lecture on

February 11. The lecture will begin at noon in room 114 of AASU’s Gamble Hall. Free and open to the public.

Feb. 17-22

World Girl Guide and Girl Scout Thinking Day Celebration

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 17-19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 21-22 at the Juliette Gordon Low House, 10 E. Oglethorpe. Commemorates worldwide Girl Scouting, featuring cookies and daily screenings of the classic silent film The Golden Eaglet. Admission. Call 233-4501.

Feb. 17

Ebony Fashion Fair

Benefits Savannah State University scholarships. Savannah Civic Center. Call 356-2427.

Feb. 19-20

Savannah Irish Festival

Not to be confused with a certain other Irish event that happens a month later, the Savannah Irish Festival brings the best quality Irish musicians and entertainers to town for a true cultural experience. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Feb. 19; noon-7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Savannah Civic Center. Performers include Harry O’Donoghue, Frank Emerson, Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theater, Pat and Rosie Maloney, Joannie Madden and Gabriel Donohue, The McKrells, Danny Doyle, Corner House, The Moon River Chorus, The St. Vincent’s Academy Chorale, The Savannah Irish Dancers and the Glor na h’Eirann Dancers.

Feb. 24- 26

The Fourth Savannah Symposium: Architecture and Regionalism

Various locations. The Department of Architectural History at the Savannah College of Art and Design holds its fourth biennial symposium on architectural history and contemporary practice. For more information, call 525-6054.

Feb. 28

AASUStudent Juried Art Exhibition

Feb. 28-March 18, Fine Arts Gallery, AASU. Reception noon March 9. Free. Call 927-5381.

March 4

March Gallery Hop

5-7 p.m. various locations. This monthly tour of SCAD galleries features the work of SCAD students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as that of world-renowned artists. Shuttles run between the galleries. Free and open to the public. Call 525-4950.



certs, plays and ballet performances are listed in the Performing Arts Calendar on page 18. A full schedule for the Savannah Music Festival is on page 22. A full annual schedule for the Telfair Museum of Art is on page 24. A schedule of nature & environment events is on page 25.

Feb. 6

Super Museum Sunday

From noon-4 p.m. more than 20 Savannah museums and historic sites are open free to the public. One of the great bargains anywhere.

Feb. 6-13

16th Black Heritage Festival

A week-long series of events highlighting the contribution of African-Americans to American history in general and Savannah history in particular. Presented by Savannah State University and sponsored by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Free admission. Call 691-6847 or visit www.savstate.edu. See Connect Savannah this week and next week for full schedule and description of events.

Feb. 7

February Gallery Hop

5-7 p.m. various locations. This monthly tour of SCAD galleries features the work of SCAD students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as that of world-renowned artists. Shuttles run between the galleries. Free and open to the public. Call 525-4950.

Feb. 11

Robert Ingram Strozier Faculty Lecture Series

12:15 p.m., University Hall 156, AASU. “Nanotechnology:the Next Big Thing,”by Delana Nivens and Will Lynch. Call 921-7315.

Feb. 11

Georgia Heritage Procession

One of Savannah’s cutest events begins at 10:30 a.m., goes from Bull Street from Forsyth Park to City Hall at Bull & Bay. Elementary school students in colonial costume join local dignitaries in a parade to honor Georgia’s (and Savannah’s) founding. Free and open to the public.

Feb. 11

Georgia Heritage Luncheon

Noon, Hyatt Regency on Bay St. Food, music and a keynote address by Georgia Humanities Council president Jamil Zainaldin. Tix $25, must be purchased in advance by calling 651-2125.

Feb. 11

‘The Life and Work of Oscar Wilde’

Thomas “Bubba” Cooksey, professor of literature at Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU), will speak as part of the Richard Ellman Memorial Lecture on

February 11. The lecture will begin at noon in room 114 of AASU’s Gamble Hall. Free and open to the public.

Feb. 17-22

World Girl Guide and Girl Scout Thinking Day Celebration

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 17-19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 21-22 at the Juliette Gordon Low House, 10 E. Oglethorpe. Commemorates worldwide Girl Scouting, featuring cookies and daily screenings of the classic silent film The Golden Eaglet. Admission. Call 233-4501.

Feb. 17

Ebony Fashion Fair

Benefits Savannah State University scholarships. Savannah Civic Center. Call 356-2427.

Feb. 19-20

Savannah Irish Festival

Not to be confused with a certain other Irish event that happens a month later, the Savannah Irish Festival brings the best quality Irish musicians and entertainers to town for a true cultural experience. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Feb. 19; noon-7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Savannah Civic Center. Performers include Harry O’Donoghue, Frank Emerson, Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theater, Pat and Rosie Maloney, Joannie Madden and Gabriel Donohue, The McKrells, Danny Doyle, Corner House, The Moon River Chorus, The St. Vincent’s Academy Chorale, The Savannah Irish Dancers and the Glor na h’Eirann Dancers.

Feb. 24- 26

The Fourth Savannah Symposium: Architecture and Regionalism

Various locations. The Department of Architectural History at the Savannah College of Art and Design holds its fourth biennial symposium on architectural history and contemporary practice. For more information, call 525-6054.

Feb. 28

AASUStudent Juried Art Exhibition

Feb. 28-March 18, Fine Arts Gallery, AASU. Reception noon March 9. Free. Call 927-5381.

March 4

March Gallery Hop

5-7 p.m. various locations. This monthly tour of SCAD galleries features the work of SCAD students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as that of world-renowned artists. Shuttles run between the galleries. Free and open to the public. Call 525-4950.

March 4-6

Skidaway Island Antiques Show & Sale

10 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Skidaway Island. Proceeds benefit local charities. Call 598-7726.

March 4-6

Savannah International Boat Show

Noon-7 p.m. March 4; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. March 5; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. March 6 at the Trade Center. Admission charged. Visit www.savannahinternationalboatshow.com

March 6-12

Girl Scout Week

11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 6; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 7-12. Juliette Gordon Low birthplace, 10 E. Oglethorpe. Celebrates 93 years of Girl Scouting in the U.S., a phenomenon with strong Savannah roots. Call 233-4501.

March 11-13

31st Annual Savannah Boat Show

10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 11-12; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 13. National Guard Armory, Eisenhower Dr. Call 354-7759.

March 12

Tara Feis

12-5 p.m. at Emmet Park. Irish music and culture at this family-friendly event. It’s either an alternative to the more rowdy St. Pat’s celebration, or a supplement to it. Call 651-6417.

March 14-18

Spring Break Art Camp

Students enrolled in Cultural Affairs Art Camp will study the fundamentals of 2 and 3 dimensional design while having great fun. Times: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Ages: 4-14 At S.P.A.C.E., 9 West Henry Street, between Whitaker and Bull Streets. Fee: $100 per one week session; fee includes snacks and supplies. For more information or to register call 651-4248.

March 12

3rdÊAnnual Tybee St. Patrick's Heritage Parade

Parade starts at 3 p.m. atÊMemorial Park and continues down Butler Avenue to Pier Parking Lot.

March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The annual marking of Savannah’s most treasured event and one of the largest such celebrations on the planet. Parade begins at 10 a.m. from the Forsyth Park area and continues through downtown.

March 17-19

St. Patrick’s Day on the River

The official celebration, with food, drink and live music on three stages. Visit www.savriverstreet.com

March 31-April 3, 2005

70 th Annual Tour of Homes

Presented by the Episcopal Church Women of Christ Church Savannah and The Historic Savannah Foundation. Each day a different area of the Savannah Landmark District will be featured. For ticketing information, call 234-8054 or email tourinfo@savannahtourofhomes.org

April 1

April Gallery Hop

5-7 p.m. various locations. This monthly tour of SCAD galleries features the work of SCAD students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as that of world-renowned artists. Shuttles run between the galleries. Free and open to the public. Visit www.scad.edu/hop or call 525-4950.

April 2

International Festival

This annual event celebrates SCAD’s international art community. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Broughton St. between Trustees Theater and Jen Library. International cuisine, dance demonstrations, music, a global fashion show, and art and cultural displays. Free and open to the public.

April 4-8

Savannah Reads – A Lesson Before Dying

For more information call 927-5218.

April 15

Beach Institute Lecture Series: Lift Every Voice: The Influence of African – Americans in the Entertainment Industry

Eric Michael Dyson speaks at 7 p.m. at First African Baptist Church. Free. Visit www.kingtisdell.org or call 234-8000.

April 16

Beach Institute Lecture Series: Lift Every Voice: The Influence of African – Americans in the Entertainment Industry

Alfre Woodward speaks at 7 p.m. at First African Baptist Church. Free. Visit www.kingtisdell.org or call 234-8000.

April 17

Living History Family Sunday

1-5 p.m. Owens Thomas house. Free. Call 232-1177.

April 17

Living History Family Sunday

1-5 p.m. at the Owens – Thomas House. Presented by Telfair Museum of Art. Sponsored by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Free. Call 232-1177, ext. 20

April 15, 16, 17

Beach Institute Lecture Series: Lift Every Voice: The Influence of African – Americans in the Entertainment Industry

Lecturer Tim Reid speaks at 3 p.m. at St. Philip AME. Free. Visit www.kingtisdell.org or call 234-8000.

April 22-23

NOGSTour of Hidden Gardens

10 a.m. both days, Harper Fowlkes House, 230 Barnard St. Eight private gardens plus the Massie Heritage Center. Call 961-4805 for info and price information.

April 23-24

5th Annual Spring Fling

Tybee Island’s largest spring time arts festival. Live music and refreshments. Memorial Park next to City Hall. Call 786-4431 or visit www.dragonflystudioartists.com

April 30

Sidewalk Arts Festival

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Forsyth Park. Every spring SCAD hosts this popular festival, the highlight of which is a chalk drawing competition. Free and open to the public.

May 1

5th Annual Doggie Carnival

11 a.m. Daffin Park. Music, food and entertainment. Proceeds benefit Humane Society. Admission charged; dogs are free. Call 598-1527.

May 6

May Gallery Hop

5-7 p.m. various locations. This monthly tour of SCAD galleries features the work of SCAD students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as that of world-renowned artists. Shuttles run between the galleries. Free. Visit www.scad.edu/hop or call 525-4950.

May 6-8

Savannah Shakespeare Festival

The yearly pick from the Bard’s repertoire show is yet to be determined, but the main event happens at Forsyth Park, at 8 p.m., preceded by spirited period entertainment. A City Lights Theatre production sponsored by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Free &open to the public. Call 234-9860.

May 6-8

Savannah Seafood Festival

River Street. Name says it all. Seafood, music and entertainment. Call 234-0295.

May 6

Sand Arts Festival

One of the area’s most interesting and underappreciated arts events happens on Tybee Island behind the Lighthouse, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Hosted by SCAD.

May 13-14

Tybee Budweiser Beach Music Festival

At Sea Dawg's Surfside Oyster Bar & Grill, featuring The Tams, The Embers, The Hot Nuts & more bands.

May 21

Fashion Show

A very popular event sponsored by the Savannah College of Art and Design takes place at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Trustees Theater, 216 E. Brooghton Street. Tickets can be purchased at the SCAD Box Office or charged by phone at 525-5050.

May 27

Annual Tybee Island Beach Bum Parade

Bring your water guns and prepare to get soaked! Starts 6:30 p.m. in the North Beach parking lot and continues down Butler Ave. to the South Beach parking lot.

June 3

June Gallery Hop

5-7 p.m. various locations. This monthly tour of SCAD galleries features the work of SCAD students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as that of world-renowned artists. Shuttles run between the galleries. Free. Visit www.scad.edu/hop or call 525-4950.

June 6-10, June 13-17, June 20-24, June 27-July 1

Summer Art Camp

Presented by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Students will study the fundamentals of 2 and 3 dimensional design while having great fun. Camp registration fees include art supplies and snacks. Location: Cultural Affairs/Leisure Services Bureau S.P.A.C.E. 9 West Henry Street, between Whitaker and Bull Streets Fee: $100.00 per one week session. For more information or to register call 651 - 4248.

June 18

Savannah Asian Festival

Food, culture and performing arts, presented by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Asian Festival Committee. 12-5 p.m. at the Savannah Civic Center. For more information, call 651-6417.



July 3

Fireworks on the Beach

Tybee Island’s annual fireworks show begins around 9:15 p.m. The fireworks are staged on the pier, but are easily viewed from any of Tybee's eastern beaches.

July 4

Fantastic Fourth Celebration

On and around River Street. Arts, crafts and a truly massive evening fireworks show. Call 234-0295.

July 11-15, July 18-22, July 25-29

Summer Art Camp

Presented by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Students will study the fundamentals of 2 and 3 dimensional design while having great fun. Camp registration fees include art supplies and snacks. Location: Cultural Affairs/Leisure Services Bureau S.P.A.C.E. 9 West Henry Street, between Whitaker and Bull Streets Fee: $100 per one week session. For more information or to register call 651 - 4248.

August 1-5

Summer Art Camp

Presented by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Students will study the fundamentals of 2 and 3 dimensional design while having fun. Camp registration fees include art supplies and snacks. Location: Cultural Affairs/Leisure Services Bureau S.P.A.C.E. 9 West Henry Street, between Whitaker and Bull Streets Fee: $100.00 per one week session. For more information or to register call 651 - 4248.

Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Oktoberfest

Savannah’s second largest celebration happens on River Street, with arts, entertainment, German food and beer and the famous dachshund race. Call 234-0295.

Sept. 17-25

Savannah Jazz Festival

Afull week of events featuring internationally known jazz artists, presented by the Coastal Jazz Association and sponsored by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Free & open to the public. Call 232-2222.

Oct. 8

Picnic in the Park

Outdoor classical music performance presented by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs, 4-8:30 p.m. at Forsyth Park. Call 651-6417.

Oct. 13-15

54th Annual Greek Festival

Sponsored by St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church, this extremely popular annual event packs the Hellenic Center across the street from the church with Greek food fans. Dance, music and merchandise also featured. 14 West Anderson St. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

Oct. 14-16

16th Annual Folk Music Festival

This popular and worthwhile cultural event sponsored each year by the Savannah Folk Music Society takes place over the course of three days. City Market Folkfest is 7-11 p.m., October 14 at City Market (rainsite: Trinity United Methodist Church); Old Time Country Dance is at 8-11 p.m., October 15 at Notre Dame Academy, 1709 Bull Street; the main event, the Folk Music Concert in the Roundhouse, is at 1-7 p.m., October 16, Historic Roundhouse Railroad Museum. Sponsored by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Free and open to the public. Call 786-6953 or visit www.savannahfolk.org

Oct. 22

11th Annual Fall Festival

Food and entertainment at this unique Chatham County natural treasure. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Bamboo Farm & Coastal Gardens, 2 Canebrake Rd. Call 921-5460.

Oct. 29-Nov. 5

Savannah Film Festival

Presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design, this world-famous festival features screenings of independent, innovative and influential films and videos, panel discussions, and presentations by visiting artists. The festival is becoming one of the hot ticket items not only in town, but among film insiders internationally. Admission is single ticket or by passes. Sponsored in part by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Call 525-5050 or visit www.scad.edu/filmfest.

Oct. 30

Jewish Food Festival

11 a.m.-4 p.m. in Forsyth Park. This annual event, often known simply as “The Hard Lox Cafe,”celebrates traditional Jewish cuisine.

Nov. 14-20

Savannah Children’s Book Festival

A celebration of reading, sponsored by the Live Oak Public Libraries Foundation and featuring many name authors reading from and signing books. Times and locations to be determined. Free. Call 652-3605 or visit www.liveoakpl.org/

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