Tawny Ellis

Savannah native, Tawny Ellis, will be returning to her hometown August 26th to play with her band at Dollhouse Productions. Now living in L.A., Tawny reflects on her time

in Savannah, “I love the humidity, the thunderstorms, and the warm Southern hospitality.” No matter where she finds herself these days, she insists that her roots are firmly planted in the Deep South. Now, Tawny is making her way in the music world. Her sound can loosely be described as alternative country. When it comes to creating, Tawny defines the process as “capturing a moment that has magic coming out of it.” She describes it as looking for what’s in the space that isn’t filled up with notes. Her latest instrument of choice is the Lap steel, which she feels is the first instrument to make perfect sense to her, she also plays percussion in her touring duo with her husband, Gio who plays the bass with his feet, as well as the acoustic and electric guitar.


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Ponte Vedra

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Founded in 1928, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club possesses a luxurious, family-oriented sense of continuity and pedigree. Steeped in tradition and history, the resort has hosted four generations since its opening. Resting on a sprawling 300-acre beachfront property, this location is unique in that Ponte Vedra was built before Florida laws restricted properties from building so close to the ocean. Thus, most of Ponte Vedra’s hotel rooms lead right onto the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Big glass windows in most of the hotel’s 250 rooms look over the water and Florida white sand, making it a perfect beach getaway.

EAT

Ponte Vedra has eight different restaurants on its property. Most notable is THE SEAHORSE GRILLE on the top level of the Surf Club. The restaurant has floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking the ocean, and offers the quintessential oceanfront dining experience.


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Southern Adventures: Water and Sporting Clays

In our August/September Luxury Issue, we featured a few ways to satisfy your adventurous side.

Integrity Charters

Fish in luxury off the coast of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

The waters off the coast of South Carolina provide the perfect aquatic playground for reeling in both the small and big fish. You are likely to catch trout, redfish, cobia, and tarpon, depending on the weather. The Port Royal Sound is great for spotting tiger sharks, and the surrounding waters are replete with playful dolphins.

The Gulfstream ledge is 60 miles off shore from Hilton Head, and from there on out you will find tremendous sailfish, mahi mahi, and wahoo. This sort of trip, however, is not for the faint of heart and requires a luxury vessel. The Integrity, a 38-foot Hatteras Sportfisher, is one of the most luxurious vessels in the Lowcountry.


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Top Choice Events for this Week: August 18-24

This heat won’t stop us from participating in these top choice events this week.

Martinis at the MansionWednesday, August 20

It’s almost the third Wednesday of the month, so of course the South team will be unwinding at the Mansion on Forsyth at 5:30 on August 20 for Martinis at the Mansion. The Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia will be featured at this month’s networking event and will be providing a raffle with giveaways from local businesses.


TLC August Connection Luncheon – Thursday, August 21

The TLC August Connection Luncheon will be held at the Mansion on Forsyth Park. Speakers will be Jeremy Harvey, VP of Communications, and Erica Backus, Director of Public Relations for Visit Savannah.


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CASA MONICA

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This majestic, Moorish-influenced hotel was built in 1888 by Franklin W. Smith who sold it to Henry Flagler to use as a stopover for guests on their way to his playground at the Breakers in Palm Beach. An icon of America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, the hotel was restored by The Kessler Collection in 1999. Someof the 138 guestrooms have wrought iron balconies overlooking downtown and others face the exotic pool area outfitted with a Moroccan draped tent.

The lobby features glittering chandeliers, frescos, fountains, and colorful tapestries, contributing to Casa Monica’s Moorish mystique. Mark Kessler, Senior VP of Marketing for the Kessler Collection, described current new luxurious Titan branded spa, expanded Cobalt Lounge, and enlarged Grand Bohemian art gallery featuring nationally and locally recognized artists.


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Special Agent Eugene Kowel and the FBI in Savannah

While he’s not able to disclose where Jimmy Hoffa is buried, Special Agent Eugene Kowel of the FBI  is able to keep his audience engaged as we learned at the Savannah Downtown Business Association luncheon.

The recently formed Southeast Georgia Safe Streets Violent Crimes Task Force is a national initiative of the FBI partnering with local, state and federal law enforcement in an effort to make communities a safer place by lessening violent crimes.


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Island Getaway: Daufuskie Island

Situated between Hilton Head and Savannah, Daufuskie Island is accessible only by ferry. Once inhabited mostly by descendants of freed slaves who made their livings by oystering and fishing, the island is home to a small number of residents who enjoy the challenge of living without a grocery store, automobile, and a network of tourist hotels. Daufuskie is on the National Register of Historic Places because of its native Gullah population and Civil War history, although its history dates back to the pre-Revolutionary Yemassee War. The name Daufuskie is from the Creek Indians and means “sharp feather.” It has been the subject of much poetic romance in Jimmy Buffet’s song “Prince of Tides” and is the setting for Pat Conroy’s memoir The Water is Wide. Visitors cruise the island by golf cart or bike. Historic structures include 18th-century tabby ruins on Haig Point, original Gullah houses, the schoolhouse where Pat Conroy taught, and the Baptist church where he played Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Forget the rest of the world on this secluded golden isle!


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Top Choice Events For This Week: August 11-17

The city of Savannah charms both visitors and locals yet again this week with plenty of music, fresh cooking, and impressive art. Check out some of our picks for this week’s go to events.


Savannah VOICE Festival  Sherrill Milnes Master Class – Monday, August 11

The Savannah VOICE Festival continues its string of fantastic, educational musical presentations. This afternoon, you can be inspired by some of the singers of the VOICE Studio at the Westin Savannah Harbor.

The Rosies– Tuesday, August 12

A new Savannah folk, rock, and soul sister duo comes to Ampersand from 8-11 PM. You won’t want to miss the ladies who opened for Country Music legend Loretta Lynn!


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It’s Bo Time at South!

Early Friday morning meetings just got a whole lot tastier with a visit from one of South’s Greatest Bosses, Bradley Brigman. In the latest issue Bradley shared his knowledge on the most important factors in the workplace. Brigman expressed how important it is to “make sure that you and your employees enjoy spending time at work.” Bradley certainly helped spread smiles in today’s morning meeting, visiting the conference room with an array of breakfast biscuits, including a new sweet cinnamon treat, complimented by Bo’s Legendary Sweet Tea. Don’t worry, although the cinnamon biscuits are not yet on the menu (coming to Savannah area locations in January), South can attest that they are more than worth the wait.

Look out for the Bojangles’ Pooler location, which is set to open doors on November 15.


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Don Giovanni – Savannah VOICE Festival

The Savannah VOICE Festival will present Don Giovanni on August 3 and 5 at Christ Church. One of Mozart’s best known operas, Don Giovanni is the story of a self-centered, arrogant libertine who is punished for his immoral actions and eventually descends into Hell. The production is directed by Edwin Cahill, and the opera will be performed with a chamber orchestra.

Cahill explains that when audience members arrive, it will feel as if they are attending the wedding of Masetto and Zerlina from the story. This production has found ways to honor the city of Savannah by having some of the cast represent high-profile Savannians including James Oglethorpe and John Wesley. Cast members will interact with the audience creating a sense of intimacy and involvement. Music and theatre enthusiasts will not want to miss this unique production.


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Beat the Humidity 101

If you live in or are visiting the beautiful city of Savannah, you don’t want to stay in doors just to avoid the sweltering temperatures. So here are a few ways that you can enjoy these Southern cities during the peak of summer.

1. Eat Spicy Foods

Ever wonder why certain cultures put a little kick in their cuisine? As anyone from India or Mexico can tell you, eating hot stuff can actually cool you down. No really, it’s science. When you eat spicy foods you sweat. Sweating cools the body. So next time it’s too humid for you to handle, head on over to Chiriya’s in Thunderbolt and try the Green Curry, it’ll cool you right off.

2. Moi. Stur. Ize. Moisturize.

Man, woman, child, moisture is key. Just because there is moisture in the air, doesn’t mean your skin won’t dry out in the summer heat. Nourish over on Broughton has sweet-smelling shea butter moisturizers that are safe and natural for the whole family’s skin. Try the Eucalyptus Mint Shea Butter Lotion to add a little extra cool to your daily routine.


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Untouched: Savannah’s Grittiness On the Big Screen

A newborn is found in a Tybee Island dumpster and the search begins for who’s responsible. Cue Untouched, the suspenseful drama inspired by a number of true stories recalled by Chip Lane, a Savannah native.

Lane certainly carries that contagious Savannah charm. After briefly speaking with the cast, you can feel the energy and love of this sweet city on the river. The feelings are palpable.

Shot entirely in Savannah and Tybee, the 80-minute film will premiere on the big screen at the Lucas Theatre on July 29, at 7 p.m.

Savannah locals will enjoy recognizing their beloved hot spots such as A-J’s Dockside Restaurant, River Street Inn and the law offices of Jackson & Schiavone. “They all opened up their hearts and doors,” says Lane.

Cindy Hogan as Karon Clements, Zach Graber 1st AC, Jamie Prescott DP, Raphael Vieria director, and Chip Lane Exec Producer and played lead Mitch Thomas

Cindy Hogan as Karon Clements, Zach Graber 1st AC, Jamie Prescott DP, Raphael Vieria director, and Chip Lane Exec Producer and played lead Mitch Thomas

Humble is a perfect word to describe the entire organization. The beautiful and bubbly LA actress, Jenn Gotzon, can barely stand still as she explains the joy in watching Lane fulfill a vision. Lane smiles in the presence of Lucas theatre, realizing that his name has finally graced the marquee: “It’s almost as if I got off the boat with Oglethorpe and never left.” He deserves this night.

Catch the flick’s one-night screening at the Lucas to find suspense, drama and a whole lot of local flavor.

Untouched stars Jenn Gotzon, (Alone Yet Not Alone, Frost Nixon), Simone Griffeth (Death Race 2000), Chelsea Cardwell (Banshee), Kwajalyn Brown (Drop Dead Diva), as well as Lane.

More information can be found on the Untouched event page on Facebook or by contacting Angelique Chase at 912-656-4927 or FirstCityFilms.com.

Lucas Theatre For the Arts, 32 Abercorn St., Savannah, Ga.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCP7iDH5vy8

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Top Choice Events for this Week: July 28- August 3

There’s nothing like a week of events that promise fantastic entertainment.

Screening of Untouched – Tuesday, July 29

The Lucas Theatre will be screening Untouched by First City Films. Untouched, a suspenseful drama, was shot and set in Savannah. The screening begins at 7pm and admission is free.

Savannah LIVE! – Wednesday, July 30

The high-energy show featuring Broadway, Jazz, Pop, and Rock music will be showing at the Savannah Theatre on August 1. Come see the talented live band and singers put on a great performance.


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HOW TO SPEND YOUR DAY ON TYBEE

Nothing says summertime more than a fun-filled day on Tybee Island. But what if you have only one day to spend on Tybee with some friends or the family? How do you decide what to do? We’ve got you covered. So pack up your car, pick up some roadside boiled peanuts, and make your way to one of the most popular beaches in the Coastal South. Enjoy miles of beaches, historic forts, lighthouses, and some of the absolute best seafood on the East Coast. Here are a few of our tips on how to spend your day at Tybee!

Fort Pulaski

Located between Savannah and Tybee Island, Fort Pulaski is known for being the site of a military experiment where the Union Army tested a rifle cannon against the fort walls forcing the Confederate garrison to surrender. Its rich history and excellent maintenance makes Fort Pulaski an ideal stop on the way to the beach. Fort Pulaski National Monument is open daily from 9am to 5pm. This is a great place to go with the whole family, and an opportunity to learn a little about America’s past.


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Southern Style: Local Products

It’s no secret that we love Southern made products. Here are three that we featured in our 50th issue.

Nothing signals the fact that you are in the South and it is darn-well time to relax better than the sight of a hammock hanging on the porch or between a pair of trees. Since 1889, Pawley’s Island Rope Hammocks has set the standard for hammocks. Riverboat captain Joshua John Ward ferried rice around coastal Georgetown, South Carolina and was frustrated by sleeping on grass-filled mattresses that conduct­ed too much heat. Sailors’ ham­mocks were cramped and hard to get into and out of. Cap’n Josh set out to improve the situation by using ropes tied with large openings in a lattice-patterned weave for better circulation. The slats at each end made them easy to get into and out of, making the Pawley’s Island Hammock the most classical and comfortable, even today.


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YIA YIA’S KITCHEN

Yia Yia’s Kitchen is one of our favorite Savannah secrets. The Greek bakery, which opened its doors on June 8 of this year, has without a doubt, some of the best (and most authentic) Greek food in the Savannah area. Whether you’re looking for a sweet treat or special ingredients for a delicious dinner, like gyro meat or lamb, Yia Yia’s has it all. From savory cheeses to genuine Greek yogurt (not your typical John Stamos yogurt), they always go the extra mile when it comes to quality products. Yia Yia’s is a family owned shop, and the service is superb. Their knowledge of what they sell really sets them apart. And we all know that, other than the fabulous Olympia Café on River Street, it’s not easy to come across true Greek food in Savannah.

The Stathopoulos family, owners and operators, take great care in ensuring that all of their products are authentic and of the best quality.


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Top Choice Events for this Week: July 23-27

This week promises a variety of events to suit your every mood.

Savannah Media Mixer – Wednesday, July 23

Join GPB for cocktails at Ampersand this Wednesday for a casual evening of conversation. This is a chance for members of the media and PR professionals to get together.

Andaz Salon Adam Turoni- Chocolatier – Thursday, July 24

On July 24, Andaz Salon will feature chocolatier Adam Turoni. Adam is the 24 year-old proprietor of Chocolat located at 323 West Broughton Street. Since its beginning in 2010, Chocolat has been featured in Southern Living Magazine, on “Paula’s Best Dishes,” and many other local publications.


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G-TAC Defensive Action Shoot

The Charity Defensive Action Shoot will be held on July 26, 2014. Global Tactical Training Group instructors will set up a number of defensive and combat situations which participants will engage in. Stage can be shot with just pistol, or with pistol, rifle, and/or shotgun.

G-TAC has secured equipment and gear donations from several industry partners that will be used as giveaways and door prizes for participants in the action shoot. This event will help raise funds for the charities “A Kidney for Zachary” and “Prayers for Jack Rollins.” Four-year old Jack Rollins has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer. Seven-year old Zachary Pritchett is in need of a kidney transplant. Put your skills and gear to the test while helping to support these two causes.


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Security Associates of Coastal Georgia Celebrates 1st Anniversary

We would like to say congratulations to Security Associates of Coastal Georgia, LLC for marking their one-year anniversary last week. Erica A. Lumpert who had a successful career serving as the president and co-founder of Saber Security & Investigations, is now the owner and CEO of SACG.

Security Associates of Coastal Georgia, LLC observed its first birthday on July 8 and celebrated with employees on July 10 with a Town Hall Meeting, where Lumpert announced a pension fund that she has set up for employees. The event ending with a training session and cake from Sweet Carolina Cupcakes.


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Savannah/Chatham CASA at Martinis

This Wednesday, the networking event, Martinis at the Mansion will feature Savannah/Chatham County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Inc. Martinis will be the kickoff celebration for the 7th Annual Dancing with the Savannah Stars campaign. CASA will announce the Savannah Stars for this year.

Savannah/Chatham County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit foundation that recruits and trains volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused or neglected children who are under the jurisdiction of the Chatham County Juvenile Court. Volunteers provide individualized attention for these children, which alone is something many of them have not had access to. With the help and support of the volunteers, the agency is able to bring urgency to a child’s needs, both in and out of the courtroom. If you are interested in offering your help visit savannahcasa.org. You can also become a Friend of CASA and provide your own unique expertise for special projects throughout the year.


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