Events in Savannah and Richmond Hill November 2015

November is a great time to check out the joys of Coastal Living. Savannah and Richmond Hill are brimming with activities and holiday decorations give the area a festive feel.

Events in Savannah and Richmond Hill November

Events in Savannah and Richmond Hill November

Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon and 1/2 Marathon will take place this weekend. The downtown historic and surrounding areas will be blocked off for most of Saturday morning. If you’re not familiar with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Series it differs in that every few miles a live band will be playing music to help cheer the runners on. The finish line is in Forsyth Park and will also feature live bands. For a better idea road closures please take a look at this course map.

Georgia is home to fantastic breweries and The Hopped Up on Georgia Brews annual festival is a great way to try them all. Visit River Street Saturday the 7th from 2-6pm with your runner’s bib and receive a discount on your VIP tickets.

The Savannah Food and Wine Festival is a week long celebration running November 9th through the 15th. Check out the various locations and be sure to take in this year’s newest event: The Worlds Largest Lowcountry Boil which will take place the same day as the marathon.

Savannah’s Children’s Book Festival returns Saturday the 14th from 10 until 4 in Forsyth Park.

The Boat Parade of Lights is a do not miss event on the water front. On the evening of the 28th, 35+ lighted vessels will parade the river accompanied by live music and a fireworks display.

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Events in Savannah and Richmond Hill October 2015

October is a great time to take in all the events in Savannah and Richmond Hill. The weather is cooler and it’s festival time. Get the family and friends together and make some memories.

Events in Savannah and Richmond Hill October 2015

Tybee Island Pirate Festival kicks off Thursday October 8th and runs through the weekend. Enjoy a carnival atmosphere with a parade, fireworks and live music.

Savannah Greek Festival also opens on October 8th and runs through the 10th. Hosted in the Hellenic Center of St. Pauls the festival will offer homemade Greek foods, dancing, shopping and live music.

The Savannah Folk Music Festival runs from October 9th to the 11th. Celebrate all things folk! All events are free and open to the public.

The Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival is a DO NOT MISS in Richmond Hill, Ga. Hosted in JF Gregory Park, October 16th through 18th the festival features live music, rides and great seafood!

Savannah Film Festival hosted by SCAD opens Oct 24th and runs through the 31st. 40,000 people visit Savannah during the festival to take in the films, special screenings and lectures. And of course plenty of star sightings.

The state of George offers a variety of locations and looks for filming and many movies have been shot in and around Savannah.

Saturday, October 24th, dress up your Dog and bring your pet downtown to Wag-O-Ween, a fun trick or treat event in support of local rescue agencies.

Looking forward – the first weekend in November will be Savannah’s 5th Rock n Roll Marathon. There will be a lot of road closures Saturday morning so plan accordingly.

Melanie Kramer Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
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4th of July Fireworks and Festivities in Savannah

There are plenty of fireworks and festivities to participate in this weekend in the Savannah and Richmond Hill Areas.

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River Street Fourth of July Celebration – 4 – 10pm Live music starts at 4pm. Bring your chairs and blankets to secure your spot. Fireworks start as soon after 9pm. First Friday Oyster Roast at the Westin will follow it’s normal schedule.

Fourth of July Cruises – There are a few options to tour the Savannah River during the fireworks display. From there hours cruises offer dinner, to one and half hour cruises with snacks and open bar. Please check with Savannah’s Riverboat Cruises for availability.

Tybee Island Fireworks – Tybee Island celebrates America’s birthday July 3rd. The island fills up quickly, so plan to get there early and stay late. The fireworks start around 9:15pm. They are staged on the pier but can be easily viewed by from any of Tybee’s Eastern Beaches.

The Sand Gnats play the Charleston Riverdogs at Grayson Stadium Friday July 3rd. Doors open at 6pm and the first pitch is 7:05pm. There will be fireworks after the game.

In Richmond Hill, the 4th of July celebrations take place at J. F. Gregory Park  July 3rd from 5 – 9:30pm. The festival atmosphere includes live music, great food as well as a Farmers Market. The evening with end with the traditional fireworks display.

Happy 4th!

Melanie Kramer Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
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Summer in Savannah – June

With Memorial Day behind us and the last school bell rung we can officially say the unofficial start to summer in Savannah is upon us.

And summer is the perfect time for making memories with the family. Here are a few family friendly events to put on your June calendar.

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Summer in Savannah

June 5-7 marks the 2nd annual Savannah Blues Weekend on Riverstreet. Local restaurants and catering companies share their best from the smoke pit while southern blues and smooth jazz fills the air all weekend. Check the website for the entertainment schedule.

June 6th the Exchange Club of Richmond Hill will host the Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby. Celebrating its 25th year, the fishing derby is free and open to children 15 and under. Check the website for admission forms and information

Enjoy live original music? The Savannah Songwriters have been hosting an original in the round format at Johnny Harris for the last few years. First Friday of the month Johnny Harris opens their round room to local and touring songwriters sharing their original music and the stories behind the songs. Check the website for the entertainment schedule.

June 16-17 Sesame Street Live visits the Savannah Civic Center celebrating friendship, cultural similarities with lots of singing and dancing. Visit the Civic Center’s website for more details.

Friday on the Train is hosted every 3rd Friday through the summer at The Station Exchange in Richmond Hill. This is a free community event. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the entertainment, food and fun. Next event is June 19th. Check their Facebook page for more information.

June 20th marks the return of Movies in the Park. Every third Saturday in June and July at Memorial Park on Tybee Island a family friendly movie is projected on the side of the Tybee Gym. Check the website for details.

Come for a visit and want to stay longer? Whether a permanent move or a vacation home, I’d love to help find your dream home!

Melanie Kramer Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
912-459-5001 Office
912-658-1390 Cell Direct Melanie Kramer Coastal Georgia Realtor

St Patrick’s Day in Savannah Georgia

It’s hard to miss St Patrick’s Day in Savannah. Even school is out that day!

Of course St. Patrick’s Day celebrations tend to extend the full month of March in Savannah. From turning the fountains green to celebrations on River Street to family fun afternoons, March is a wonderful time to visit Savannah. Did I mention the azaleas are in full bloom and color is everywhere. If you’re done with winter white, now is the time to see the Hostess City in all it’s glory.

St Patricks Day Parade in Savannah

St Patrick’s Day Parade

The Parade is held on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th (rain or shine) and will start at 10:15 and run til about 2:30.

2015 marks our 191th year of celebrating Irish culture.

The parade starts on Abercorn Street near Forsyth Park and heading toward the River turns right on Broughton Street, Left on East Broad Street, Left on Bay Street and then left to run back up Bull Street.  This map may help orient you to the route.

The parade features local businesses, the Clydesdale Express and many military, and public service bands, and Veterans so be sure to bring your red lipstick.

Many roads will be closed leading up to the parade. Plan accordingly. Most of the parking garages offer parking from $5 – $20 a car, but those fill up quickly. Often you’ll be parking a few (to many) blocks away. Think comfortable shoes.

Bleachers are available along Bay Street, by the Colonial Cemetery and by the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. $25 per seat ($30 the day of the parade).

Our famous squares turn into a bit of a carnival / tail gate environment. Some family’s have put up tents on the same spot for decades, so it can be difficult for first timers to score a spot in a square. I recommend bringing a portable chair and scouting out a space. Note: don’t plan to get around this by camping out in the squares. No one is permitted to set up until 6am.

Remember you can carry open alcohol within the historic district – last year those participating needed to purchase a $5 wrist band within the festival area. No word on that this year. You will need to bring plastic cups or containers as glass is not permitted on the streets.

Please pick your designated driver now – taxi’s can be difficult to track down toward the end of the parade.

To stay up to date on the parade like their Facebook page or Twitter feed. You’ll find lots of great information about the route, parking and updates on who is participating.

Erin Go Bragh!

Melanie Kramer
Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
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Melanie Kramer Coastal Georgia Realtor


Planning Valentine’s Day in Savannah

For visitors and locals alike, the Savannah Richmond Hill area is one of the most romantic in the country. With Valentine’s Day around the corner now is the time to make your reservations and plan your night out.Planning Valentine's Day in Savannah Richmond Hill GA

I love sharing what the coastal empire has to offer, especially around a holiday that showcases the romance that hangs in the air as naturally as the moss that decorates the live oaks.

This time of year I often talk to those looking to either relocate or retire from the cold temperatures and snow and desire a move to a warmer climate. Valentine’s weekend is a great time to visit, do a little site seeing and tour a few homes. Valentine’s tends to mark the end of our winter and we start planning for Spring… after all the azaleas will be in full bloom in another month!

If you’re planning a visit here are a few options you might like to consider:

  • I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change! Love is complicated, which is why it can be so funny. The talented cast at the Savannah Theatre offer up the perfect date night with this hilarious musical comedy that shines a light on everything from dressing for the first date to meeting the in-laws. More info.
  • Evening Savannah Riverboat Cruises fill up early during Valentines, but don’t forget they offer a sightseeing harbor tours during the day and offer wonderful brunches as well. More info.
  • Say “I do” in the Davenport House Garden. This has become a bit of tradition for this beautiful property in the historic district. Ceremonies are offered every 10 minutes from 5 to 7 with a licensed marriage officiant. Reserve your time slot in advance. More info.
  • A private carriage tour is one of the most romantic ways to see Savannah. Cozy up with your loved one and hear the history and stories that makes this area so enchanting. More info.
  • Bed and Breakfasts are romantic any time of year, but there is just something special about a Valentine’s Day get a way. The B&Bs of the area are rich with historic and architecture. They tend to book up so now is the time to make your reservations. More info.
  • Shopping for the perfect Valentine’s gift? Both Savannah and Richmond Hill offer wonderful local shops for the traditionalist looking for flowers, jewelry and chocolate as well as galleries and unique shops selling that one of a kind item.
  • Eating out in the greater Savannah area is treasure trove of flavors to amuse any palette and price point. It’s difficult to make suggestions so I’ll recommend checking out Yelp. You’ll see plenty of 4 stars by many of the restaurants and read a collection of reviews.

Coming in to town to do a little house hunting with your site seeing… please call or email me today. I can help you find the perfect home. The Coastal Empire is a wonderful place to call home.

Melanie Kramer
Keller Williams Realty Coastal Area Partners
912-459-5001 Office
912-658-1390 Cell Direct

Melanie Kramer Coastal Georgia Realtor