Picnic in the Park 2014

The annual Picnic in the Park event is coming up on October 5. Folks come to lay out their imaginative designs for picnic spreads. This year’s theme “Fly Me to the Moon” is meant to inspire picnickers to come up with spreads that embrace a night of romance. Besides getting to show off their outside dining talents, the contestants will be eligible to win Parker’s cash in 1st 2nd and 3rd place.  The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 in Parker’s Cash. There will also be live music and tons of activities.


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Lowcountry Legacy: Erica Russo Davis

When it comes to seafood, Erica Davis is the queen of the South. From Lowcountry boils to oyster roasts her catering company does it all.

The work of on-site catering is hard manual labor, more typically suited for men than for women. Most women simply do not want to set up grills, haul cases of food and equipment, and cook everything themselves. Furthermore, sourcing oysters is a messy, and sometimes dangerous, endeavor, but Erica Russo Davis comes by the job rightly.

As the daughter of Vincent Russo, Erica grew up by her dad’s side learning the trade of on-site catering, seafood, and the importance of making everything from scratch with the best ingredients. Her cooking skills were handed down to her from her mother, Anne Adams. “Everything from Erica Davis Lowcountry Catering is made from scratch including the coleslaw, red rice, and sausage!” she explained.


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Top Choice Events For This Week: September 16-21

Dates, dancing, gambling, and glamour… The only other thing we could want to top off the week is a really good martini. Oh, wait, we have those too. Set your reminders for these top choice events for the week.

Martinis at the Mansion – Wednesday, September 17

This month’s networking event at the Mansion on Forsyth will feature Pegasus Riding Academy. Pegasus Riding Academy is a non-profit organization which provides therapeutic riding for people with disabilities. During the evening, Pegasus will present information about their program as well as a silent auction and raffle.

Annual Ms. Savannah AMBUCS Pageant – Wednesday, September 17

Thursday will mark the Second Annual Ms. Savannah AMBUCS Womanless Pageant. The contest will take place at B&D Burgers on Congress Street. Savannah AMBUCS is dedicated to creating opportunities for mobility and independence for people with disabilities. There is a $10 donation fee, and all proceeds will go to support Savannah AMBUCS’s work in the community.


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In the Studio with Chase Allen

Deep in the maritime woods of secluded Daufuskie Island, nestled under the largest Live Oak tree on the island, sits the Iron Fish Gallery and home of American folk artist Chase Allen. Allen chucked his career in commercial real estate to become a self-taught metal artist in 2001 and is now one of the region’s most iconic artists of aquatic-themed works. Allen holds a degree in business and communications from UNC Wilmington but had an epiphany when two people close to him died and he realized that he had only one chance to live the life he wanted.

He is a vigilant believer that following your passion leads to real success and said, “Find your passion and protect it like a child.” His studio has grown from a canvas tent to a proper blacksmith’s shop and outdoor studio replete with anvils, hammers, kilns, and torches. Metal fish, mermaids, stingrays, octopi, crabs, and lobsters adorn the porches and walls of his outdoor gallery. There is an honor system for anyone who wishes to purchase an item; customers slip their money under the door.


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Goodbye to Sean Haire, A True Renaissance Man

When Sean O’ Haire entered a room, he was an instant attraction. His size alone was enough, but he had an energy about him that attracted others. He was a smooth talker and just an all around cool guy. His nature was soft and his humor was infectious. The stories he told about his life, hard work and wrestling could captivate any audience.

Last night he was found dead in his Spartanburg home. The cause of death is currently unknown. Most knew him as a WWE wrestler, but few knew the darker side that Sean constantly fought. South magazine was fortunate to feature him as a cover feature in Aug.-Sept. 2012 and will forever be grateful for opportunity to get to know him.

A Celebration of Life visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 13th at his home at 510 Hampton Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29306.

A letter from publisher Michael Brooks about his experience working with Sean Haire.sean_cover

I first met Sean Haire in the gym. He stood out in the crowd, as 6′ 4″ 285lb men will do. He had that look of a fighter, so I asked him if he was into mixed martial arts. “I’ve dabbled in it,” he said. Turns out, Sean’s definition of dabbling included fighting as a professional in the PRIDE Fighting Championship and wrestling in the WWE with the likes of John Cena and other superstars.  I thought to myself that I needed to rethink my conception of dabbling.

But that wasn’t all; not nearly. The more I found out about Sean, the more my jaw made its way to the floor. The guy had been a bodyguard for A-list celebrities, a Special Forces instructor and had been hired to protect CEOs.

But what finally caused chin to contact pavement was this: he was going to school to be an, um, hair stylist? Humble to the bone, Sean’s attitude is best expressed as “I’m just living my life and not buying into the hype.”

To master as many professions as Sean has done is remarkable, then to change course and embark on another so completely different is astoundingly brave. His story made sense as one of this issue’s features in more ways than one.

Sean reminded me that life is mostly about finding our way. Some jump from profession to profession while others seem to know what they were going to be from the moment they left the womb. What seems to be true for all is that each journey can be seen as a pursuit of power; not just fame or money or power over others, but more importantly, the power to determine our own destinies.


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Tally ho Y’all: Foxhunting in the South

We might go blithely by, living in the 21st century without witnessing the spectacular visual, audial, and even olfactory parade of a foxhunt roaring by in full cry. Because most “packs” find their sport far out in the countryside, their centuries-old traditions barely cross paths with our lives in the fast lane.

But such traditions still thrive all around us, and foxhunting prospers in the South and East of the United States and much of Canada. Traditions travel too, so you might someday have to wait by the roadside in Colorado or Montana as a troop of quarter horses flashes by in chase of a coyote or in India where you’ll surely want to step aside as greyhounds chase a golden jackal. Hunting with scent dogs was known in ancient Babylonia and Egypt, but it was never so well stylized as early modern Britain, from whence it came to America.


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Island Getaway: Kiawah Island

EAT

THE OCEAN ROOM

The Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s AAA Four -Diamond rated steakhouse specializes in dishes using locally sourced beef, meats, and seafood. Their seasonal menus are prepared by Chef Jason Rheinwald, and over 1000 wine selections showcased by Certified Sommelier Garth Herr earned The Ocean Room the Wine Spectator’s “Best Of” Award. Start with fresh Oysters on the Half-Shell and move on to the Lowcountry Onion Soup made with Palmetto Beef Oxtail, Geechie Boy Rye, and Battery Park Cheese. Settle in for a main course of a 20-ounce Dry Aged Bone-in Ribeye, or a New York Strip Steak.

PLAY

GOLF is a big deal here with five championship courses and 90 holes. The spectacular Ocean Course hosted the 2012 PGS Championship and the 1991 Ryder Cup, known as “The War by the Shore.” The Gold Learning Center is staffed by PGA Professionals who stand ready to improve your game. WALKING TOURS & ADVENTURES around the island are a great way get acquainted with the wildlife.

SHOP

The resort shops allow you to purchase the luxurious mattresses, Italian linens, feather pillows, towels, and comforters used in the rooms so you can take the memorable sleeping experience home to your own room. Men’s and women’s recreational clothing and headgear are available along with unique gift items.

STAY

The pristine ten-mile stretch of Lowcountry island beach, just 30 miles from Charleston, is home to the AAA Five Diamond Award-winning Kiawah Island Golf Resort, voted Best Resort by Forbes Travel Guide in 2013. Don’t let the “Golf” portion of the name fool you, however; this resort is replete with more activities and amenities than any luxury travelers can take in at once. The name Kiawah refers to the Indians who inhabited the island in the 1600s, yet it is rich in Revolutionary and Civil War history as well. Accommodations are abundant and range from luxury sleeping rooms in The Sanctuary, to private Villas, and private homes for large family parties or corporate retreats. All properties have access to the beach and a variety of swimming pools and concierge services, for all accommodations are world class. Ultra-luxury spa facilities stand by to pamper each guest who has perhaps taken on too many activities, from golf and tennis, to kayaking and adventure walking. One of the luxurious perks to make the visit more adventurous is the use of a Mercedes-Benz vehicle available for reservation at no charge.


Find out more about packages and amenities in our 2014 August/September issue.
Photographs courtesy of Kiawah Island Golf Resort.


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Top Choice Events For This Week: September 8-14

We are gearing up for some pretty incredible events for this week.

SDBA September Luncheon – Wednesday, September 10

This monthly luncheon allows members of the community to share with others what they do, network, and enjoy a short presentation by a selected speaker. This Wednesday, attendees will hear from Stephanie Cutter, City Manager of Savannah.

Savannah Pride White Party – Thursday, September 11

This kick-off to Savannah Pride Week features live music, a cash bar, catering by Marlin Monroe’s, and much more. Find out more about the other events of Savannah Pride Week here.


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Monte Carlo 2014: A Night of Gaming, Glitz, and Glamour

How good is your poker face? Do you really know when to fold them? Now’s your chance to prove it. The William Jay Society is hosting their annual Monte Carlo fundraiser on September 20 at the Telfair Academy. The evening features casino gaming tables, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and live music by A Nickel Bag of Funk. Make your bets, enjoy your drinks, and dance the night away. Is there a better way to support the arts?

Patron ticket holders and sponsors will enjoy a VIP hour starting at 6 p.m. Proceeds will go to fund the museums’ education outreach and general programing. Purchase your tickets now.


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Oh, What a Night! Savannah’s Fashion Night 2014

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

The 2014 Savannah’s Fashion Night is intended to showcase art, music, design, and of course, fashion. Savannah’s Fashion Night in partnership with Art Rise Savannah and Ben Carter Enterprises have invited local retailers and designers to take over Broughton Street which will be closed off to traffic to allow for a pedestrian-friendly celebration. The party will be from 6:30 – 11 p.m.

Participating retailers include: 24E, BleuBelle Boutique, Charleston Shoe Company, Civvies, Copper Penny, fab’rik, Go Fish Clothing, Half Moon Outfitters, Ivory & Beau, J. Parker Ltd., Kathi Rich, M Liz Designs, Mamie Ruth Designs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Matilda Jane, One Eleven Boutique, Palm Avenue, Paris Market, Pretty & Peach Boutique, Rivers & Glen, Sara Jane Children’s Boutique, Satchel, Sylvester & Co., Terra Cotta, Trunk 13, Veronica’s Closet, Villa Savannah and Zia Boutique.


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Little St. Simons: Island Getaway

Retreat into nature on Little St. Simons Island, one of Georgia’s beautiful and environmentally preserved barrier islands. With over 10,000 acres of Lowcountry maritime forest land, and seven miles of pristine beaches, you’ll have the opportunity to get back in touch with Mother Nature, and learn a thing or two about her while you’re at it. The goal of The Lodge at Little St. Simons Island is to inform and educate guests about conservation ethics and awareness all while helping them to enjoy the beauty of the island.

STAY

Enjoy the finest amenities after spending the day exploring the island. Little St. Simons has a total of 16 rooms, with a capacity to hold up to 32 guests. There are multiple lodges and cottages. With the option to rent a single room or an entire lodge (holding up to eight people), Little St. Simons can accommodate for almost any scenario. Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend away, a place to have a family reunion or a corporate retreat, Little St. Simons offers a unique experience for all guests.


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Top Choice Events For This Week: September 2-6

We hope everyone had a fantastic Labor Day weekend. No reason to stop celebrating. There are plenty of fun events for your calendar this week.

Wednesday Night Supper Club – Wednesday, September 3

Pacci invites you to join new and old friends for a night of food and wine. Chef Roberto Leoci prepares a family style dinner for those who join in the evening.

United Way Campaign Kick-Off – Thursday, September 4

United Way will hold its Campaign Kick-Off on September 4 at the Savannah Civic Center at 11:45 a.m. The kick-off marks the beginning of United Way’s fundraising efforts in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties. During the event, announcements of the four-county fundraising goal will be made.   Don’t forget to buy your tickets.


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United Way Campaign Kick-Off 2014

United Way will hold its Campaign Kick-Off on September 4 at the Savannah Civic Center at 11:45 a.m. The kick-off marks the beginning of United Way’s fundraising efforts in Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties. During the event, announcements of the four-county fundraising goal will be made.  It will also include recognition of Campaign Cabinet members, Loaned Associates and the results of Pacesetter’s campaign already in progress.  Sharing their life stories will be four individuals whose lives have been changed through the help of United Way funded agencies.  You can get your tickets here.

This year’s United Way Campaign is chaired by Jenny Gentry, market president for Wells Fargo.  You can read more about Jenny in our upcoming issue of South magazine.


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Southern Made Products: August-September

45TH ANNIVERSARY CREMONA BENEDETTOGUITAR ($80,000)

What is it about a hand-made jazz guitar that would compel people to pay up to $80,000 for one? Like so much of great luxury craftsmanship, one can easily find a Chinese knockoff of a Benedetto guitar for a fraction of the price, but for real connoisseurs of jazz, there is nothing like the sound that comes from a Benedetto Guitar.


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Sand Gnats August 28, 2014

On August 28, the Savannah Sand Gnats will be taking on the Augusta GreenJackets. The game will be held on a Thirsty Thursday presented by Budweiser, Miller Lite, and Coors Light. Fans will be able to get half-price small sodas and draft beers all night long.

South magazine’s team will be there ready to support our Sand Gnats at the Historic Grayson Stadium. Join Team South on August 28, 2014  in cheering on our beloved Sand Gnats. Watch what promises to be a great game, chat with us, and grab a magazine. You won’t be able to miss us.

Post your best photo of your friends or family having fun at a Sand Gnats game to our Facebook page for a chance to win four free tickets to Thursday night’s game.


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Top Choice Events For This Week: August 25-31

There’s a lot to celebrate this week, and the weather is letting up to make it a little easier for us to do so.  See our top choices for this week’s events.

Tawny Ellis/ Waits & Co. – , Tuesday, August 26

We are so excited about seeing Savannah-born singer-songwriter Tawny Ellis perform along with local band Waits & Co. at Dollhouse Productions tomorrow night. Ellis, who is now based in Los Angeles, channels influences from Patsy Cline to David Bowie.

The Art of Living: Networking Social – Tuesday, August 26

This month’s event, Leashes & Lovers, will benefit Coastal Pet Rescue. This is a chance for singles and their puppy pals to get together at TailsSpin. Along with great networking, you will enjoy a human/dog look-a-like pair contest and door prizes.


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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

STAY

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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