Beaufort: Five Hundred Years of History

Beaufort: Five Hundred Years of History

Historic Beaufort Foundation proudly presents this 5-part lecture series on the History of the Old Beaufort District, Settlement to the 20th Century

Dr. John McCardell, Jr.
Dr. Lawrence S. Rowland
Dr. Stephen R. Wise

Beaufort, S. C. – November 30, 2021. Historic Beaufort Foundation will host a unique 5-part lecture series on the history of the Old Beaufort District from settlement to the 20th century. The series to be held at the USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret Street, will begin on Thursday evening January 13, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. and will continue every Thursday evening through February 10, 2022.

This rare opportunity to experience Beaufort’s history as presented by three of South Carolina’s leading historians:  Dr. Lawrence S. Rowland, Dr. Stephen R. Wise and Dr. John M. McCardell, Jr., will bring to life the Beaufort District and its developmental role in the region, the state and the nation. Tickets may be purchased by individual lecture or 5-part series.

  • Thursday, January 13 – Exploration, Settlement & Revolution, 1521-1782 Presented by Dr. Lawrence S. Rowland and Dr. Stephen R. Wise
  • Thursday, January 20 – “King Cotton”, “Calculating the Value of the Union”, and the Mindset of Beaufort, 1783-1860

Presented by Dr. John M. McCardell, Jr. and Dr. Lawrence S. Rowland

  • Thursday, January 27 – The War of the Rebellion & the Rehearsal for Reconstruction, 1860-1868                                                 Presented by Dr. Stephen R. Wise  
  • Thursday, February 3 – Reconstruction, Recovery & Redemption, 1868-1913

Presented by Dr. Lawrence S. Rowland

  • Thursday, February 10 – The Twentieth Century, 1910 – 1970

Presented by Dr. Lawrence S. Rowland and Dr. Stephen R. Wise

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.historicbeaufort.org.

Speaker Biographies:

John McCardell, Jr. Ph.D.

Dr. McCardell, Vice Chancellor Emeritus of Sewanee, The University of the South and retired Professor of History, is a distinguished historian and respected national leader in liberal arts education. A scholar of the American South and a prolific writer, Dr. McCardell is author of The Idea of a Southern Nation, which won the Allan Nevins Prize in 1977, and has authored may essays, chapters, articles and book reviews. His specialty is U.S. history in the 19th century with special emphasis on the Old South and on American historiography.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa, Dr. McCardell received his A.B. from Washington and Lee University and Johns Hopkins University; his doctorate from Harvard; LITT. D. from Washington and Lee University; L.H.D., from St. Michael’s College; and L.H.D. from Middlebury College. He has been honored with grants and fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the National endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute for Southern Studies.

Lawrence S. Rowland, Ph.D.

Dr. Rowland is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History for the University of South Carolina, Beaufort and previously held roles with the University as Professor of History and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He holds a Bachelors of Arts from Hamilton College (New York), and both a masters and doctorate from the University of South Carolina. Professor Rowland is author of numerous articles, books and book reviews on South Carolina and Sea Island history including the following: 

The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina, Vol. I, 1514-1861, with Alexander Moore and George C. Rogers, Jr., 1996. (Columbia: USC Press, 1996) Window on the Atlantic:  The Rise and Fall of Santa Elena, South Carolina Spanish City (South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1990.) The Civil War in South Carolina: Selections from the South Carolina Historical Magazine, Co-editor with Stephen G. Hoffius, (Charleston: Home House Press, 2011). The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina, Vol. II and Vol. III, 1861-1990, with Steven R. Wise and Gerhard Spieler. (This volume is in process.)

Stephen R. Wise, Ph.D.

Dr. Wise,  Museum Curator and Cultural Resources Manager at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, has written and edited a number of works including Lifeline of the Confederacy: Blockade Running During the Civil War, a highly acclaimed, comprehensive account of the Confederate effort to deliver supplies through the northern blockade and Gate of Hell: The Campaign for Charleston Harbor 1863, which received the South Carolina Historical Society award as the best book written in 1994 on South Carolina History.

Dr. Wise received his Bachelor of Arts from Wittenberg University and a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University. He received his doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

HBF is a 501(c)3nonprofit education foundation created to preserve, protect and present sites and artifacts of historic, architectural and cultural interest throughout Beaufort County South Carolina. For more information on HBF’s mission and programs, please visit www.historicbeaufort.org and follow them on social media, including Facebook and Instagram.

For media inquiries and interviews, please contact:

Cynthia C. Jenkins, executive director

Historic Beaufort Foundation

info@historicbeaufort.org or

843.379.3331

GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH PARTNERS WITH EVANS COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM TO IMPLEMENT STEM/STEAM CURRICULUM FOR STUDENTS

GEORGIA TECH-SAVANNAH PARTNERS WITH EVANS COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM TO IMPLEMENT STEM/STEAM CURRICULUM FOR STUDENTS

CLAXTON, GA – NOVEMBER 23, 2021 – The Center for Education Integrating Science Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) at Georgia Tech-Savannah campus extended its reach to rural Georgia in Evans County to help implement STEAM and STEM curriculum.

Together, Claxton Middle School and CEISMC successfully applied for a Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) grant. This grant facilitated training for teachers, administrators, and instructional coaches in project-based learning (PBL) through Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping Integrated To Unlock Potential (AMP-IT-UP) modules, as well as purchasing the tools and equipment needed for these projects.

“The purpose of the Rural Education Innovation STEM/STEAM Grant is to assist districts and schools with professional learning in collaboration with regional and local community partners to create and develop STEM/STEAM programs/activities that help students make connections between the content standards, their passions and curiosities, and strategic partnership experiences within the local or regional community,” said Allyson Morgan, STEM/STEAM Program Specialist at GaDOE. “We were more than happy to provide funding for Evans County as they were extremely eager to implement the curriculum along with the guidance from Georgia Tech’s CEISMC department. We believe that the access to STEM/STEAM learning opportunities will help students in Evans County become critical thinkers and productive members of society, and we are delighted with the results of this program.”

During this training, CEISMC took the staff through an introduction to project-based learning and how to incorporate it into their courses, regardless of subject matter. The trainers demonstrated in-depth walkthroughs of select AMP-IT-UP modules, which are designed to promote workforce development and to identify and cultivate the next generation of creative STEM innovators. In addition to learning how to implement the selected modules, they provided additional examples of PBL content and how to create it for 6-8th grade. As a result of the professional learning, teachers created units that immersed students in hands-on learning and exposure to STEM/STEAM curricula.

To assist teachers through design and implementation of their PBL content, CEISMC provided additional support throughout the Sept. 2020 – Sept. 2021 school year.

“Evans County really wanted to incorporate CEISMC’s AMP-IT-UP modules in our teachings to allow our students to take an existing real world problem using standards, math, and science skills to develop a solution which better exposes them to project-based learning with hands-on curriculum. We were so thankful to be able to get this grant and work with Georgia Tech. The level of expertise they brought was next level and unprecedented. When we originally wrote the grant, we thought we would just get the modules and integrate them, but the Program Director was there with us every step of the way. When a teacher didn’t know how to use a tool, the Program Director would demonstrate proper use and also give teachers ideas on how to incorporate it in their teachings,” said Samantha Keyfauver, Instructional Technology Coordinator and Science Instructional in Evans County. “The networking and additional resources that CEISMC provided was an unforeseen benefit as they put us in contact with a lot of experts to provide us with extra support. I would highly recommend the partnership and the collaborative relationship to other school districts. Georgia Tech has been instrumental in helping us move forward with our goal of implementing PBL.”

The activities that CEISMC planned guided teachers through an integration of academic areas in the PBL unit created. For example, 7th grade teachers received professional learning from CEISMC to create a PBL unit focused on solving problems faced by Claxton’s local agriculture community, using the transfer of genetic information through reproduction. Each teacher connected to the PBL by providing learning experiences that emphasized skills from their subject matter and the task at hand.

“Georgia Tech Savannah and CEISMC Savannah welcomes the opportunity to extend our programs into rural counties in Georgia and provide teachers with training on how to incorporate existing project-based learning content & help them create their own with community partners to implement with the students. Not only does this expose the students to real-world problems and solutions, but it allows them to see what career opportunities there are within their own community, which we believe is really powerful. Our goal is always to enhance education but allowing for enrichment of a community through learning has an even greater impact. We hope to continue this partnership with Evans County and look forward to extending our reach even further,” said Timothy Cone, CEISMC Program Director at the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus.

For more information about CEISMIC’s programs, please visit: www.ceismc.gatech.edu/savannah/studentprograms.

For more information on the Georgia Tech-Savannah campus, visit https://pe.gatech.edu/savannah.

ABOUT GEORGIA TECH SAVANNAH:

Georgia Tech-Savannah provides educational experiences for learners of all ages. Our multitude of learning platforms are tailored to meet the needs of a diverse population, from working professionals pursuing career development and those seeking specific certifications to children eager to explore and discover. Georgia Tech-Savannah’s professional education, training and military programs encourages participants to challenge themselves and meet goals by sharpening existing skills and picking up valuable new ones. We’re proud to bring cutting-edge technology, applied research capabilities and innovation to the Coastal Empire, where our campus also serves as a home for various Georgia Tech affiliates, institutes, and centers. To learn more, visit us at pe.gatech.edu/savannah. 

DAVENPORT HOUSE MUSEUM ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY EVENING TOURS BY CANDLELIGHT NEXT MONTH

DAVENPORT HOUSE MUSEUM ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY EVENING TOURS BY CANDLELIGHT NEXT MONTH

SAVANNAH, GA. – NOV. 23, 2021 – The Davenport House Museum (DHM), a property of Historic Savannah Foundation, announces its Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight event celebrating the coming of the New Year as it would have been observed 200 years ago. Patrons may arrive at the historic house, located at 324 E. State St., any time between 6-8 p.m. for the fifty-minute tour from Sunday, December 26 through Thursday, Dec. 30. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

This family friendly event will feature costumed docents telling the story of early 19th century holiday festivities. Part of the experience will include a short, dramatic presentation on the discovery of Clement Moore’s poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Another highlight will be experiencing the house by candlelight.

“Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight allows guests a chance to glimpse at a time long ago when the world was so different,” said Davenport House Museum Director Jamie Credle. “Our volunteers and staff look forward to sharing the house with visitors and locals alike at a time of year that is festive and celebratory. It is a delightful way to begin ringing in the new year!”

Admission for Holiday Evening Tours by Candlelight costs $12 for adults in advance and $15 at the door. Children ages 6-17 are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. DHM asks that patrons call about scheduling a time to visit or indicate on their online purchase the time they hope to enter the house. To purchase tickets, please visit www.davenporthousemuseum.org, contact info@davenporthousemuseum.org, call 912-236-8097, or visit the Davenport House Museum Shop.

The tour requires that guests be able to walk up and down stairs and maneuver in dimly lit rooms. Guests will be asked to be mindful of current safety guidelines during the tour and should anticipate wearing masks inside the building.

The mission of the Davenport House Museum is to preserve and interpret the American Federal-style house and the artifacts within, built by Master Builder Isaiah Davenport for his household, with an emphasis on the years 1820-27. The Davenport House seeks to educate, enrich, and inspire our visitors and the community, as well as recognize the historical role of the house in the founding of the Historic Savannah Foundation. Situated on Columbia Square at the corner of State and Habersham streets in historic downtown Savannah, it is one of the oldest brick structures in the city and sees approximately 40,000 visitors annually through its guided tours and education programs. For more information or to reserve tickets, please call 912-236-8097.

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SPIRIT OF PEACE HOSTING ‘RING AND SING’ TO HELP LOCAL FAMILIES THROUGH THE SALVATION ARMY

SPIRIT OF PEACE HOSTING ‘RING AND SING’ TO HELP LOCAL FAMILIES THROUGH THE SALVATION ARMY

RICHMOND HILL, GA – November 23, 2021 – Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church is hosting a holiday-themed fundraising event, “Ring and Sing,” to raise funds for The Salvation Army of Savannah’s (TSA) annual Red Kettle Campaign on Saturday, Dec. 18 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in front of Kroger in Richmond Hill, 53 Exchange St. The church choir and volunteers will sing Christmas carols, ring the bell for the iconic red kettle, and provide free hot chocolate for donors and shoppers.

The Salvation Army of Savannah had to start its annual holiday fundraising campaign early for the second consecutive year to help ensure local families are cared for this Christmas and beyond. The Red Kettle Campaign provides the best way for the local community to assist in The Salvation Army’s mission of
“Doing the Most Good” throughout the Coastal Empire. Without the support of the community and helpers like Spirit of Peace, The Salvation Army could not provide food, lodging, financial assistance, or gifts to people in need in this region. That is why Spirit of Peace, aligned with TSA’s mission to spread the love of God, is involving its congregants and the local community to assist the nonprofit with their goal of to bringing hope to struggling families this Christmas.

“Our congregation is very passionate about supporting local families and nonprofits; and being a church that aims to spread the joy of Christ all year round – especially at Christmas time – supporting The Salvation Army of Savannah could not be more exciting for us,” said Pastor Devin Strong. “The organization’s mission is very close to our hearts, and we are aiming to help them ‘Do The Most Good’ in any way we can. We encourage the local community to stop by the front of Kroger that afternoon for some holiday fun to enjoy some hot chocolate and carols performed by our choir – it’s all for a great cause!

Through Bryan County Family Connections, Spirit of Peace is further supporting local efforts to help families in need by hosting an angel tree fulfill the Christmas wishes of disadvantaged Bryan County children. All benefitting families are vetted by Family Connections, and parents or guardians provide the agency with a list for each child that includes special wants, likes toys, games or clothing. Donors across Bryan County then have the opportunity to “adopt” each of these “Angels” by visiting one of the many Angel Trees and selecting an ornament with a specific gift written on it. Donors then turn in their purchased gifts back at the location of the tree where they chose their ornament. Packages are then distributed to parents in time for Christmas.

For more information about this event or Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church, please visit www.spiritofpeacelutheran.org or call Fellowship Director Anne-Marie Callahan at 912-344-8458.

Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church’s mission is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through ministry, promoting a lifestyle of worship and loving service through word and prayer so that all of God’s children will know Christ’s transforming joy.

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SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL STREAMS SEASON HIGHLIGHTS FOR GIVING DAY 2021

SAVANNAH VOICE FESTIVAL STREAMS SEASON HIGHLIGHTS FOR GIVING DAY 2021

SAVANNAH, GA – November 22, 2021  To celebrate this year’s Giving Tuesday on Nov. 30, the Savannah VOICE Festival (SVF) will be streaming highlights from their 2020-21 digital performances, sponsor spotlights, and Milnes Studio Artists, starting at 8 a.m. to encourage donations to the organization.

Giving Tuesday, a nationwide 24-hour online donation initiative, kicks off the giving season and supports more than 3,000 Georgia nonprofits. Giving Tuesday, often described as a global day of giving or a global generosity movement, is held each year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. Since the first annual day of giving in 2012, nonprofit organizations in the United States have raised more than $1.9 billion. In 2019, nonprofits in the US raised more than $500 million dollars online alone. To demonstrate the talent and programs supported by SVF, the Savannah-based organization will be streaming highlights of Season Nine, “LIVE” which took place in Savannah during August 2021 through the holidays and ending with its 2021 Online Gala, honoring legendary baritone Thomas Hampson. The streams are both star-studded, with the world-renowned Sherrill Milnes and his friends at the helm and introduces new, emerging talented opera singers.

“Giving Tuesday is truly the launch of the Giving Season and that’s why we would love to show our patrons and the community what their donations to SVF supports through the streaming of this year’s festival,” said Executive Director, Maria Zouves. “We are grateful for the support of our local organizations, businesses, individual contributions, and patrons all over the world for their generous contributions. We hope people make Milnes VOICE Programs the charity of their choice for donations to on Giving Tuesday.”

Savannah VOICE Festival is a 501(c) 3 tax exempt nonprofit arts organization in the state of Georgia. The Festival brings classical vocal excellence to the Savannah area through a two-week celebration of concerts, events, and educational presentations during the month of August and throughout the year. Focusing on arts awareness and audience development in the performing arts, it offers music from opera, musical theatre, and popular song. The Savannah VOICE Festival is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Donations are tax-deductible.

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SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVES NEW PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM FOR THE 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVES NEW PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM FOR THE 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR

SAVANNAH, GA. – NOV. 22, 2021 – Savannah Classical Academy’s (SCA) Governing Board of Directors has approved a new Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program for the 2022-23 school year. This program will serve 22 Pre-K students, offering them an opportunity to benefit from classical education and experience SCA’s core values earlier in their schooling. Students enrolled in Pre-K will have priority enrollment into the following school year’s kindergarten class of 50 students.

“Savannah Classical Academy has been looking forward to introducing a Pre-Kindergarten program to the school for a long time and we are pleased to start our inaugural program in Fall 2022,” said CEO Barry Lollis. “At SCA, we understand that the decision about where to enroll your child into a Pre-K program is a very important one. These early years are some of the most important years for a child’s development, and our staff is committed to teaching children in a safe and nurturing environment.”

Pre-K students of SCA will be introduced to classical education during their most developmental years, providing them with an appropriate and content-rich academic instruction that will prepare them for successful entry into kindergarten. Details of this program will be announced in early 2022. An investment in SCA will instill core virtues of compassion, perseverance, responsibility, respect, temperance, integrity, diligence, and courage into the minds of its youngest students. The mission of SCA is to provide every child with a classical and academically rigorous education while instilling a commitment to civic virtue and moral character.

It is the philosophy of Savannah Classical Academy that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich, educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habits of thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete difficult tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum, students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community. To learn more about SCA, please visit www.savannahclassicalacademy.org.

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I’VE BEEN WAITING SO LONG…. FOR FOREIGNER!

Slowly we seem to be getting back to a type of normality – even though it involves booster vaccines, masks, and lots of public debate about both.  However, more excitingly, I have rock-and-roll news.  A lot of big-name bands are currently avoiding international tours and huge venues for understandable reasons, so that perhaps makes cities like Savannah more attractive to concert promoters right now than before the pandemic.  So last week, my husband and I decided to dance our way to the Johnny Mercer Civic Center to see Foreigner on the Savannah leg of their US tour.

 

It was thrilling to be back at a live concert again! We were rocking out to Cold As Ice and Juke Box Hero and mellowing out to Waiting For A Girl Like You and I Want To Know What Love is. I adore 1980s music, especially classic rock, and I admit to being fairly obsessed by this narrow genre of music.

Uncharacteristically, I will dance and sing along, knowing almost all the lyrics to the top ten hits of this era. I love this small slice of musical history, and my family know not to challenge me on facts and trivia about 1980s classic rock bands and hits. This is provided of course that the band was big in the UK which some huge American bands weren’t.

Foreigner definitely rings my rock-and-roll bell as they dominated the UK and US charts from the late seventies to the mid-eighties.  Foreigner is, in my humble opinion, a great example of the best of British and American talent combined. They were formed in New York City and London in 1976 by six veteran musicians from Spooky Tooth, King Crimson, and Flash, among others.  English musicians Mick Jones, Dennis Elliot and Ian McDonald joined up with American vocalist Lou Gramm and musicians Al Greenwood and Ed Gagliardi.  They originally called themselves “Trigger” but on discovering that this name was already taken, Jones came up with the name of “Foreigner” because no matter whether they were in the US or the UK, three of them would always be foreigners.

Their first album ‘Foreigner’ was released in 1977, followed by ‘Double Vision’ (1978), ‘Head Games’ (1979), and ‘Foreigner 4’ (1981).  All four of these achieved “5X Platinum” status, and the band went on to sell over 80 million records worldwide, with nine top ten hits and sixteen top thirty hits in the USA – the same as Fleetwood Mac and more than Journey.  ‘Foreigner 4’ was their most successful and is widely regarded as one of rock’s all-time greatest.

Despite the thirty or so songs that almost everyone of my generation knows by heart on both sides of the Atlantic, “I Want To Know What Love Is” was Foreigner’s only number one smash hit on the Billboard charts in January 1985. From the band’s fifth album “Agent Provocateur”, the song is a classic melody with wonderful guitar and keyboard playing, and also on the soundtrack of the movie “Mr. Wrong”.

After a string of massive hits, the band started to drift apart in 1985, a few months after the release of ‘Agent Provocateur’.  Mick Jones reformed the band in 1990, and they released a new album.  Soon after, Lou Gramm came back and rejoined the group on lead vocals. Despite some ups and downs and some health issues, the band stayed together until 2002 when it broke up once again.

In 2005, the tenacious Mick Jones put it back together yet again and is currently, at the age of 76, the only original member.  This occasionally leads to accusations by some that Foreigner today is more like a tribute band than the “real thing”.  However, I can personally report that Kelly Hansen who has been lead vocalist since 2005, was in fine voice last week. Anyone at the Civic Center would have been hard pressed to tell any difference to the original line up.

There is a lot more information at the band’s official website www.foreigneronline.com

I say goodbye this week with a quote from Mick Jones himself, who in my book is THE Juke Box Hero –

“My initial musical vision for Foreigner was to combine Blues and R&B with British Rock and make it sound soulful and authentic. I’d grown up in England and had the English influence but I was also inspired by many elements of American music, from Mississippi Blues to Country and Western. Foreigner was the vehicle to get that musical blend across.”

Well done, Mick…. you did it!

God Bless America, and 1980s classic rock!

 

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Lesley grew up in London, England and made Georgia her home in 2009.  She can be contacted at lesley@lesleyfrancispr.com or via her PR and marketing agency at https://www.lesleyfrancispr.com/

SAVANNAH BALLET THEATRE ANNOUNCES RETURN OF THE NUTRACKER DOWNTOWN AND ON TYBEE ISLAND –DEC. 15, 16 & 18

SAVANNAH BALLET THEATRE ANNOUNCES RETURN OF THE NUTRACKER DOWNTOWN AND ON TYBEE ISLAND –DEC. 15, 16 & 18

SAVANNAH, GA. – Nov. 17, 2021 – The Savannah Ballet Theatre (SBT) is slated to celebrate the holiday season with four live productions of The Nutcracker this December. Two of the performances – at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 18 – will be shown for the very first time at Savannah’s own Johnny Mercer Theater, located at 301. W. Oglethorpe Ave. The 1 p.m. performance will be a special low-sensory show for people with autism, sensory sensitivities, or other disabilities. The other two performances will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 and Thursday, Dec. 16 at the Tybee Post Theater, located at 10 Van Horne Ave.

The legendary score by Tchaikovsky will fuel the performance of this classic holiday ballet, which demonstrates the story of a young girl’s dream of a Christmas gift come-to-life to become her beloved prince. There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than by joining SBT as they guide members of the audience through a magical holiday dream.

“We are thrilled to bring this incredible Christmas production back in front of a live audience for the first time in two years,” said SBT artistic director Suzanne Braddy. “The local dancers at our professional company are filled with excitement for this year’s performance as it features guest artists, exciting projections and beautiful costumes to create the magical experience that the audience looks forward to each year. We could not have put this production on without the generous support of our sponsors, on Tybee Island, and our SBT patrons.”

Tickets for the Tybee Post Theatre performances on Dec. 15 and 16 are $25 and will be sold at Tybee Post Theater Box Office. Tickets for the Johnny Mercer Theater performances on Dec. 18 are $25 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. The low-sensory performance at 1 p.m. on Dec. 18 is free and open to the public, thanks to the City of Savannah’s ACE grant.

SBT is Savannah and southeast Georgia’s only professional dance company. Their mission is to develop and showcase the talent of dedicated Savannah dancers alongside top professional dancers who train in the studio and engage in educational outreach and promotion of the art of dance within the community.

For more information about The Nutcracker or the Savannah Ballet Theatre & School of Dance, please visit www.savannahballettheatre.org.

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SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY COMPLETES PLAYGROUND RENOVATION WITH SUPPORT FROM THE HODGE FOUNDATION

SAVANNAH CLASSICAL ACADEMY COMPLETES PLAYGROUND RENOVATION WITH SUPPORT FROM THE HODGE FOUNDATION

SAVANNAH, GA. – NOV. 16, 2021 – Savannah Classical Academy (SCA) has completed the renovation on its elementary playground thanks to the generous support of The Hodge Foundation. The playground has now been covered with cushioning and a synthetic turf with a rest area beneath a shaded pavilion with picnic tables to keep kids cool and safe while they enjoy the outdoors.

The Hodge Foundation, Inc. is a Georgia Domestic 501© (3) nonprofit Corporation that has been supporting charitable organizations with focus for youth and family services in Savannah, Ga. since 1962. This independently owned organization provides grants and scholarship funds to local school and institutions in the Coastal Empire.

“Our kids are ecstatic that we have renovated and extended the playground. We thank The Hodge Foundation for selecting Savannah Classical Academy for this generous investment,” said SCA CEO Barry Lollis. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve our campus and invest into our children, both academically and recreationally. The donations we receive play a huge part in what we are able to provide for our students.”

It is the philosophy of Savannah Classical Academy that all students benefit from a rigorous, content-rich, educational program that develops academic potential and personal character. The school provides an environment that fosters academic excellence through the habits of thoroughness, the willingness to work, and the perseverance to complete difficult tasks. Through a defined traditional, Classical-Liberal curriculum, students are prepared to become active, responsible members of their community.

For more information about Savannah Classical Academy, please visit www.savannahclassicalacademy.org

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ASBURY MEMORIAL CHURCH INVITES SAVANNAH COMMUNITY TO WORKSHOP WITH PROMINENT AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST SHANE CLAIBORNE SUNDAY, DEC. 5

ASBURY MEMORIAL CHURCH INVITES SAVANNAH COMMUNITY TO WORKSHOP WITH PROMINENT AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST SHANE CLAIBORNE SUNDAY, DEC. 5

SAVANNAH, GA. – NOV. 16, 2021 – Asbury Memorial Church is slated to host best-selling author, speaker, and activist Shane Claiborne on Sunday, Dec 5. at Asbury Memorial Church, located at 1008 E. Henry St., Savannah. Claiborne will deliver his sermon, during Asbury Memorial’s 11:15 a.m. worship service before leading an afternoon workshop at 2:30 p.m. The wider Savannah community is encouraged to attend these inspiring events which are free and open to the public and there is plentiful parking available.

Claiborne speaks over one hundred times a year, spreading the Word of God at denominational gatherings, festivals, and conferences around the globe. His sermons focus on peace-making, social justice, and Christ. He has worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia, an organization supporting neighbors in building a neighborhood where everyone belongs and thrives. He is the co-founder of Red-Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.” Claiborne is a champion for grace; leading him to advocate for the homeless in our jails, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. Now grace fuels his passion for ending the death penalty and help stop gun violence.

“We are excited about hosting Shane Claiborne at Asbury Memorial,” said Rev. Billy Hester. “We realize that people who attend other churches may not be able to hear him during our worship service, but we hope they will join us at the workshop that afternoon at 2:30 p.m.”

Claiborne has written numerous bestsellers, including Jesus for President, Red Letter Revolution, Common Prayer, Follow Me to Freedom, Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, Executing Grace, his classic The Irresistible Revolution, and his newest book, Beating Guns. He has been featured in many films including “Another World Is Possible” and “Ordinary Radicals.” His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, TIME, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on many television channels across the world from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He’s given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame. To learn more about Claiborne, visit www.shaneclaiborne.com.

Asbury Memorial is a Christ-centered, forward-thinking, all-inclusive congregation that celebrates the joy of God creatively and is committed to remaining a welcoming and affirming congregation for all. For more information about Asbury staff and their worship services, please visit their website at www.asburymemorial.org.

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