Monday, February 25, 2019

Savannah Stopover collabs with Service Brewing

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 4:00 AM

Savannah Stopover Music Festival today announced a new partnership with local Savannah brewers Service Brewing Company.

Service, founded in 2014, will be the official beer of the 2019 Savannah Stopover Music Festival and also serve as one of the premier venues for the March 7-9 festival.

Scheduled acts at the venue on Indian Street include Bright Light Social Hour (3/7), Andrew Combs (3/8), Susto (3/9) and more to be announced. The brewery will have local food truck(s) on site during all Stopover concerts.

In addition to their existing lineup of beers, the brewery will develop a special limited edition festival lager available throughout the festival and will be unveiled at three Stopover Pre-shows taking place at The Jinx in February:

Martin Sexton- Friday, February 8

Liz Cooper & The Stampede- Friday, February 15

J.D. McPherson- Saturday, February 23

Kayne Lanahan, the festival’s founder and CEO said, “We’ve collaborated with Service Brewing on several concerts in the past but we’re really excited to expand our relationship to include Stopover and help show off another great made-in-Savannah brand to all of our bands and fans.”

Kevin Ryan, brewery CEO, said, ”Meredith and I met at the very first Savannah Stopover and have been patrons of the festival every since. We are looking forward to hosting this year’s lineup of musicians for the first time on our tap room stage!”

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Savannah Children’s Museum to host Dr. Seuss Themed Event

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 12:19 PM

On Saturday, February 23rd, local families are invited to celebrate the fun and whimsical world of Dr. Seuss during “Seuss Fest.” Event attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite Dr. Seuss character in honor of the children's book author, who would be celebrating his 115th birthday on March 2nd. The event will take place from 10 am to 4pm at Savannah Children’s Museum, 655 Louisville Rd. Savannah, GA 31401.

Our museum educators will lead the group with Seuss stories, games and activities. This year we will have a Seuss Science Station, a Read-A-Thon and a Seusstastic Selfie Station, complete with costumes and props. Guests are encouraged to use #SeussFest2019 to share their experience on social media!

We will also have many community partners providing Seuss-filled fun throughout the day. The Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah will lead an interactive game, Savannah Tree Foundation will share about seed planting at the “Lorax- Save the Trees” station and Savannah Children’s Theatre will perform at 10:30 am and 12 pm.

Admission to “Seuss Fest” is included in the cost of regular admission to Savannah Children’s Museum, $7.50 for all guests 18 months and older. This event is free for Coastal Heritage Society members

Savannah's TEU count grows 7.5 percent in 2018

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 12:09 PM

SAVANNAH, Ga., Jan. 29, 2019 - The Port of Savannah moved 4.35 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in Calendar Year 2018, its highest annual volume ever, and a 7.5 percent increase over 2017, according to a report from Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch to the GPA Board Tuesday. "The level of business Georgia has captured is a testament to the world-class service provided by our stevedores, ILA, pilots, other port stakeholders, and our partners at Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

In December alone, the Port of Savannah handled 351,366 TEUs, an increase of 8.7 percent, or 28,250 TEUs. It was the Authority's busiest December ever, and capped a year with nine of the GPA's 10 busiest months on record.

"The reason Georgia's ports remain the fastest growing in the nation is because we are quickly adding capacity to our operations," said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. "The leadership model our ports and elected officials have put into place is forward thinking and works hard to build for the next wave of growth."

Allgood said the ports made several strides in infrastructure development during the last year. In February, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed outer harbor dredging at the Port of Savannah, marking the midpoint of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project. The federal government provided $101.12 million to continue SHEP construction this year, and inner harbor dredging is on track to start this year.

During the meeting, Lynch informed board members the expansion of Gate 8 had been completed, and will increase overall gate capacity by 16 percent, for a total of 56 lanes. The expanded gate will open next month.

In addition, the Authority has ordered 12 new rubber-tired gantry cranes to serve the Port of Savannah, bringing its fleet to 158. The first 10 new RTGs will arrive and be commissioned in July. Two will be commissioned in September. Construction on six ship-to-shore cranes slated to arrive in 2020 is now 45 percent complete. The new cranes will bring the Port of Savannah's fleet to 36 and allow the port to increase big ship capacity.

The Port of Savannah handled its most ever containers by rail in 2018, moving 478,669 containers - approximately 860,000 TEUs - via Class I rail providers Norfolk Southern and CSX. The rail volume represented a 19 percent increase compared to 2017. To handle the additional intermodal volumes, GPA will complete Phase I of the Mason Mega Rail project in October of this year, and Phase II by October 2020. When complete, the project will double current rail capacity at Garden City Terminal from 500,000 to 1 million containers per year.

In Brunswick, autos and machinery increased by 6.4 percent (18,911 units) in the first half of Fiscal Year 2019 (July-December 2018) for a total of 315,611 units. At GPA's Colonel's Island, the single largest autoport in North America, expansion projects are under way that will double GPA's rail capacity and significantly increase near-dock storage. The Authority also plans to develop another 400 acres to bring annual throughput capacity to 1.5 million vehicles in the coming years.

"Brunswick's proximity to Southeastern dealerships and auto manufacturers, combined with its ability to reach important inland markets via CSX and Norfolk Southern, makes it the ideal autoport for import cargo," Lynch said. "Nine ocean carriers serving our 1,700-acre terminal means Brunswick has the global connections to efficiently move exports, and the space to take on new business."

December also closed the second quarter of the GPA's fiscal year. For the first half of Fiscal Year 2019 (July-December 2018), the Port of Savannah moved 2.2 million TEUs, up 176,800 TEUS, or 8.6 percent. In total cargo, GPA handled 18.1 million tons for the first half of FY2019.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Telfair Museums to host 'Rembrandt and the Jewish Experience'

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 10:43 AM

Abraham’s Sacrifice, 1655 - B. 35, I/I (White & Boon only state); H. 283 - Etching on laid paper with pen and ink ruled lines - 6 1/8 x 5 ¼ in.
  • Abraham’s Sacrifice, 1655B. 35, I/I (White & Boon only state); H. 283Etching on laid paper with pen and ink ruled lines6 1/8 x 5 ¼ in.
An exhibition of etchings by the Dutch seventeenth-century master, Rembrandt van Rijn, will be on view at Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, beginning March 15.

The exhibit explores the impact of Judaism on the life and work of Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669), who lived and worked in the immigrant-friendly Dutch city of Amsterdam, which hosted many Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain and Portugal.

“The theme of this exhibition is particularly relevant here in Savannah, home to one of the oldest Jewish communities in the country. Savannah’s first Jewish settlers arrived in 1733, just a few months after the city was founded by James Edward Oglethorpe. These settlers fled from Europe to Georgia for many of the same reasons of persecution and discrimination that drove so many Jews to settle in Amsterdam during Rembrandt’s lifetime,” said Courtney McNeil, Telfair Museums’ Chief Curator & Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs.

Rembrandt and the Jewish Experience: The Berger Print Collection showcases 21 etchings with Judaic subjects by Rembrandt and one drawing by Rembrandt’s teacher Pieter Lastman (Dutch, 1583–1633).

“Rembrandt’s etchings are truly masterful, and the incredible details of line and shadow must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. We are thrilled to be bringing such an important collection of Rembrandt prints to Savannah for our members and visitors to enjoy,” said McNeil.

Rembrandt and the Jewish Experience: The Berger Print Collection is on view at the Jepson Center March 15- June 30, 2019.

Rembrandt and the Jewish Experience: The Berger Print Collection is organized by Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California. The presentation of this exhibition at Telfair Museums is curated by Courtney McNeil, Chief Curator & Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs.

Investment provided by the City of Savannah.

Members-Only Opening Lecture by Dr. Shelley Perlove

Thursday, March 14, 6pm / Jepson Center

Free to members.

To open the Rembrandt exhibition, Telfair presents a lecture by noted scholar Dr. Shelley Perlove.

Sunday Curator’s Talk

Sunday, April 28, 3pm / Jepson Center

With speaker Courtney McNeil, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs. Free to members. To register, please contact Calli Laundre at 912.790.8807 or 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Olde Pink House announces anticipated timeline for re-opening

Posted By on Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 4:00 AM

The Olde Pink House, a legendary restaurant and architectural treasure located in the heart of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District, plans to serve guests in April 2019. The iconic restaurant, which was originally built in 1771, has been temporarily closed following a fire in the upstairs ballroom in late December.

“This timeline is only possible because of the quick and careful actions of the first responders when they arrived. Savannah has truly rallied when we needed them the most, and we will be forever grateful to this community for their support” General Manager Craig Jeffress said. The Pinyan Company is the general contractor for the renovation and repair work at The Old Pink House.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Georgia Southern opens registration for Study Abroad program in Cuba

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 4:56 PM

Georgia Southern University will offer its second study abroad program in Havana, Cuba, July 2-17.

"Students will learn about the history, culture and contemporary issues affecting the communist island nation post-Fidel Castro," says a university spokesperson.

The program is open to all Georgia Southern students, as well as University System of Georgia transient students, and offers a roster of semester credits.

“Students will be exposed to an array of cultural activities and study excursions designed to encourage direct interaction with the Cuban people,” says Ned Rinalducci, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology and Cuba study abroad program director. “Cuba is in the midst of dramatic change and offers a compelling place to study.”

Classes will be held at the Instituto de Filosofía de Cuba, a higher-education facility that is affiliated with The Academy of Sciences of Cuba, an official institution of the state. The institute is a short walk from the city’s 5-mile seawall, the Malecón. The U.S. embassy is also within close proximity.

Courses will include “Study Abroad: Cuba” and “Comparative Societies, Politics & Institutions: Cuba.”

The deadline to apply for the Cuba study abroad program is Feb. 15. For more information, visit

Judge halts seismic testing permits

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 1:48 PM

Federal Judge Richard Mark Gergel today barred the government from moving forward with seismic permitting during the shutdown, settling what critics say was the confusion the government created by recalling workers to process oil-drilling matters while at the same time not funding federal lawyers to respond to opponents in court.

Gergel issued an order "effectively saying that the government could not have it both ways," says a spokesperson for the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC).

"His ruling concerned a Justice Department request for a pause — or stay — in a legal request by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson to join a lawsuit filed by 16 South Carolina coastal cities and a group of conservation organizations."

Government lawyers said they could not properly respond to Wilson’s request because of the shutdown. However, Wilson noted that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management had issued a directive for workers to keep processing a variety of matters needed to move forward with oil drilling.

That set up an unfair situation, Wilson argued, of allowing the government to move forward on a controversial project while also sidestepping legal challenges.

Judge Gergel granted the government’s request for a stay, but told federal lawyers the seismic permitting could not move forward during the shutdown and for the time it takes the Court to rule on Wilson’s motion.

"Practically, that means the case over the seismic permits will be on hold for the duration of the shutdown plus as many as 18 additional days to hear Wilson’s motion to intervene," SELC says.

“The government was trying to have its cake and eat it too, and we’re pleased the Court did not allow that to happen,” said Laura Cantral, executive director of the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, one of the groups suing to stop seismic blasting in the Atlantic. “This is an issue of critical importance to the coast, and one that must be handled openly, transparently, and fairly. This ruling will allow that to happen, and that is good for all concerned.”

The lawsuit was filed in Charleston Federal Court in December by several conservation organizations including SELC, CCL, Oceana, Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, North Carolina Coastal Federation, Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, Surfrider, and One Hundred Miles. Sixteen South Carolina coastal municipalities filed a separate suit, and the two have since been merged.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Savannah Stopover presents full lineup

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 11:05 AM


This year's Savannah Stopover happens March 7-9 at various venues around town. This morning they announced their complete lineup for the festival, now marking its ninth year.

Wave II adds more than 40 bands to the lineup including several favorite returning acts: Pylon Reenactment Society, William Tyler and Caitlin Rose.

"A slew of red hot discoveries" are also just announced, including Faye Webster, Louis Prince, Illiterate Light, Sun Seeker and McKinley Dixon.

Headliners already announced are Deerhunter and The Joy Formidable.

Local acts to be featured are Aaron Paul Zimmer, Basically Nancy, Bero Bero, Damon and the Shitkickers, Dope KNife, Early Branch, ENEN, Heavy Books, Nancy Druid, Jeff Two-Names and The Born Agains, Valley Gals, and The Train Wrecks.

Tickets available now at

Kyle Marrero named new president of Georgia Southern

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 10:49 AM

  • Marrero
The Board of Regents today named Dr. Kyle Marrero president of Georgia Southern University.

Marrero, currently president of the University of West Georgia, will begin his new position April 1.

“Dr. Marrero is the right person to lead Georgia Southern University as it continues to expand its footprint in Southeast Georgia,” said University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Steve Wrigley. “Kyle’s higher education experience, combined with his focus on strengthening academics and building community partnerships, will be an asset to Georgia Southern’s campus community and the region as a whole."

"Georgia Southern University is an incredible institution and I am honored to be chosen as its 14th president,” said Marrero.

Prior to his appointment at UWG, Marrero served as vice president for university advancement at the University of West Florida. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal performance from Bowling Green State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

City invites input on Special Event Ordinance

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 9:56 AM

The City of Savannah is requesting feedback from the public on a proposal to develop a Special Events Ordinance at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16 in the Civic Center Ballroom.

City staff will be available to address concerns residents have regarding the coordination and permitting of public events including races and festivals.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can fill out a comment survey online at

Sample questions include:

What frustrates you the MOST about outdoor permitted special events?

What outdoor permitted special events do you like the MOST/LEAST?

What do you perceive to be the biggest issue facing the City of Savannah with outdoor permitted special events today?

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