5 Reasons to Stalk the Cast of Magic Mike XXL This Week

Channing Tatum is in the vicinity! I repeat. Channing Tatum is in the vicinity! Sexy has brought itself down to Savannah for a few weeks and because I’m sure you needed more than one, here are five reasons to find the cast.

1. A picture with the hottest couple ever.

Sophia Vergara and Joe Manganiello are two of the hottest people ever, and they were spotted all around town this past weekend. Imagine a picture of you in the middle of that hot sandwich.


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Top Choice Events for this Week: Sept 29 – Oct 5

This week we have picnics, dancing, festivals, and more to look forward to. Way to embrace the fall season with open arms, Savannah!

Open House Savannah StationTuesday, September 30

Savannah Station will be hosting an open house this Tuesday at 4:30 with catered food, wine, and great networking opportunities. The South team is looking forward to seeing you there.

CASA Dancing with Savannah StarsThursday, Oct 2

Savannah/Chatham County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Inc. will be hosting the annual fundraiser, Dancing with Savannah Stars this coming Thursday at the Lucas Theatre. Local celebrities will show off months of dance training to help raise funds to make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children in the Chatham County area. You still have a couple of days to get your tickets to this event favorite.


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It’s Fall, Y’all

The first day of fall has passed (if you haven’t noticed the 60 degree weather). It is mid-September, and summer is long gone. Which means we can see pumpkins, boots and cuddle weather on the horizon in the Creative Coast, and we are ready to start enjoying all three.

The Coastal Jazz Association kicked off fall’s festival season with the Savannah Jazz Festival this week. The main event is still to come on Saturday evening with the induction of this year’s Hall of Fame Nominees Delbert Felix, Eric Vaughn and Dr. Randy Reese. Don’t miss tonight’s show featuring the top notch University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble.


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Distinguished Gentlemen Riding Through Savannah

Savannah has joined the international Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, which will take place in various cities all over the globe on Sunday, September 28. Participants bring their café racers, bobbers, trackers, customs, modern classics, and scramblers to join the cause and raise funds for finding a cure for prostate cancer. These gentlemen and genteel ladies don their tweed jackets, bow ties, suspenders, cravats, and handlebar mustaches to bring a certain air to the event.

The ride will begin in Habersham Village and end at Ampersand for the after party. This celebration of the style of classic custom motorcycles gives you a chance to show off that smoking jacket you never get to wear while supporting a great cause and raising awareness.


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7th Annual Dancing with Savannah Stars

Savannah/Chatham CASA presents the 7th Annual Dancing with Savannah Stars! This finale event features eight Savannah Stars dancing to provide hope and make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children in Chatham County. Over several weeks, our Savannah Stars fundraise to meet our local program’s needs and train in the art of ballroom dance. Come support them as they dance the night away for a cause! Awards for Top Fundraiser, Best Female Dancer, and Best Male Dancer will be presented. The event will be hosted by Sonny Dixon of WTOC. Visit dancingwithsavannahstars.org to learn more about this unique fundraiser to benefit the children of Savannah/Chatham CASA.


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The Spartan Group X Side of training

Born out of the principles and culture forged by the Spartan warriors, who made physical conditioning and the conditioning of their society their way of life, is Spartan Group X of Savannah. Spartan Coaches focus on performance based training that is never limited to the conventional or the expected. The focus is more on building a lifestyle of fitness for people that follow a simpler way, always looking for a challenge to overcome and improve. Our training is always guided by the Pillars of Spartan Coaching; Stamina, Power, Athleticism, Readiness, Tenacity, Attitude and Nutrition. Currently Spartan Group X (SGX) classes are being held in both the Pooler and Islands Area and are starting to gain momentum in the community. SGX of Savannah is currently training to prepare for the arrival of the Spartan Race 300 Workout tour set to take place on the 28th of September at 9 a.m. in Daffin Park. This will be a free Spartan lead workout to which all you need to bring is yourself and a great attitude!

For more information go to spartan.com/spartan-workout-tour or contact Savannah’s own Spartan Coach Brandon Harbaugh at Brandonracedirector@gmail.com AROO!!


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Top Choice Events For This Week: September 22-28

What a wonderful start to fall. This week, you can look forward to some excellent outdoor events to go with this lovely weather.

Savannah Jazz Festival: Sept 22-27 – Monday, September 22

The 33rd Annual Savannah Jazz Festival will be starting the week in Habersham Village and closing out in Forsyth Park.  Monday’s performance will feature the Phil Morrison Trio at Habersham Village.


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Mandarin Oriental: Atlanta

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The award-winning Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is recognized for creating some of the world’s most prestigious luxury hotels known for distinctive design that combines 21st-century contemporary style with oriental charm. The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, one of the city’s finest hotels, is located right in the heart of Atlanta.

The Mandarin offers guests luxury and comfort, which is why they were named one of the best hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure in 2013.


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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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