Ashely Bowersox of Thinc Savannah Hosts First Lady Rosalynn Carter

A small, but important, group of entrepreneurs and community leaders gathered on Thursday morning, October 30, to welcome former First Lady of Georgia and the United States of America, Rosalyn Carter at the collaborative workspace of ThincSavannah.  Founder, Ashley Bowersox explained he met Carter at an event at the Carter former home and invited her to visit and see how ThincSavannah works. He stated, “It is always nice to have a First Lady visit you and endorse your mission. The Carters are true Georgia royalty and it’s nice that they are seeing this new wave of the economy that we are shaping; this is one of the hubs where change is occurring.”


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Gena Rowlands Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

A legend of stage and screen, Gena Rowlands (The Notebook, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks), graced the Savannah Film Festival’s red carpet Thursday evening before a screening of The Imitation Game.

Many people will recognize Rowlands from her stirring performance as Allie Calhoun in The Notebook. You remember the scene at the end which really got the tears flowing? It gives you a glimpse of Rowlands’ impressive acting chops.


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Savannah Film Festival Docs to Watch Series

As if the lineup wasn’t good enough, SCAD has announced that Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, a documentary following country music star Glen Campbell on his final tour before being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, will be added to the Film Festival schedule.

As part of the Docs to Watch series, the film will be screened at 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 1 at the SCAD Museum of Art.

The Docs to Watch series includes several films you don’t want to miss. A special treat for film festival goers are the Q&As with attending guests who helped to create the films.

Check out the Docs to Watch schedule and guests for the rest of the week.


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The Levy Jewelers Red, White and Blue Balloon Festival

This weekend it will be a challenge to keep your eyes on the road driving down Abercorn towards Montgomery Crossroads. Beautiful balloons of all shapes and sizes will fill the sky next weekend above Hunter Army Airfield. The Levy Jewelers Red, White and Blue Balloon Festival will bring the wonder of Hot Air Balloon Festivals to Savannah. A salute to our soldiers, the inaugural event will take attendees up, up and away on Tether Balloon Rides while the airfield below is filled with live music and entertainment. If you want to get into one of the baskets going up, you have to be quick! The rides are limited to the first 400 guests on Saturday and Sunday morning.


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Rape Crisis Center Launches ‘Bar Bystander’ Program

Rape Crisis Center Launches ‘Bar Bystander’ program at the Botanical Gardens with a Fashion and Hair Show

Rape Crisis Center of Savannah launched its partnership with the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department and several area bars to reduce alcohol related sexual assault crimes through the nationally recognized ‘Bar Bystander’ and ‘Safe Bar’ program.


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Jorge Gutierrez Shares The Stories Behind “The Book of Life”

The third day of the Savannah Film Festival featured a special screening of The Book of Life, a film fourteen years in the making, produced by Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) and written and directed by the talented Jorge Gutierrez (El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera).

It has been a year of firsts for Gutierrez. He is currently making the rounds at film festivals showcasing his first full-length animated feature, and it’s his first time in Savannah!


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Spotlight on Matt Bomer

The second night of the Savannah Film Festival honored the incomparable Matt Bomer, who brought along a few friends…

Soon after The Normal Heart actor and Spotlight Award winner walked the red carpet, his Magic Mike XXL costars: Joe Manganiello, Adam Rodriguez, Donald Glover and Stephen Boss, followed him into Trustees Theater as fans shouted questions and snapped photographs.


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Lights! Cameras! Asa! Savannah Film Fest

Savannah College of Art and Design’s 17th Annual Savannah Film Festival kicked off last night with a street party outside the Trustees Theater. After a walk down the red carpet and a pose for the cameras, guests mingled in the blocked-off street with free wine, beer, and chocolate-covered popcorn (our compliments to the chef!). Among those gathered were SCAD students, faculty, festival benefactors and various members of the press.


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Landlubbers Beware: El Galeón Andalucía is Savannah Bound

If you didn’t get enough at Tybee’s Pirate Fest, The 16th Century Ship Tour, Sail to Sunny, is making its way to the Savannah Riverfront. With perfect timing for Halloween, El Galeón Andalucía, the pirate ship of your dreams, will appear on the horizon at the end of this week and be open daily for tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting this Friday and continuing through November 2.


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Go Over the Edge this Halloween

Ghosts, ghouls, and zombies, Oh My! When you think of Halloween those are some of the scary things that come to mind. Well, how scary does it sound to scale the side of a building?

On Friday, October 31st, the Coastal Georgia Council Boy Scouts of America will be hosting an exhilarating and daring fundraiser that will be sure to test your fear factor.

‘Over the Edge’ will take place in downtown Savannah. Edgers will volunteer to rappel down a historic “Savannah-Style Skyscraper,” enjoying the beautiful view all the way down.


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Top Choice Events for this Week: October 20-26

This week is a perfect introduction to autumn weather. With a collection of events that include fast cars, pirate parties, dogs in costumes and fashion shows, all we have to do is leave the house to find something up our alley.

Buy Local Luncheon – Thursday, October 23

This month’s Buy Local Luncheon at the Pirate’s House will feature Jesse Bushkar of BFG Communications who will be speaking about ‘How to Cope with the Increased Pace of Technological Change.’

Savannah Speed ClassicOctober 24-26

The Savannah Speed Classic is a fun road race experience offering ticket holders an insider look at the inner workings of racing. The Grand Prize of America Road Course is next to The Westin Savannah. The weekend will include series races, endures, hot lap rides, test drives, and pit access.


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DineSouth = HUGE Success

From roasted pigs to aerial acrobats, DineSouth was definitely an event to remember. It was an evening of fabulous people and superb restaurants and cafes passing out the best food the South has to offer. Great friends showed up from writers and photographers who have contributed to editorial, to advertisers and clients who have shared in our success. Seriously, what was there not to like about it?

We want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone involved in getting the event together. We couldn’t have done it without you!

If you missed the event, don’t worry! You can come next year! Click here to get on our mailing list so you don’t miss another amazing South event!


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9 Reasons You Absolutely Can’t Miss the Biggest Event of the Year

I know we have been hounding you with DineSouth info for the past month. If you pick up the latest issue, we are literally shoving it down your throats.

Trust me, it’s all for your benefit. We care about our readers and we just don’t want any you to miss out on the greatest, most fun event of the year. Even though I am prone to it, I’m not exaggerating. Here’s proof.


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Barbecue Fountain of Youth

When Ponce de Leon went on his quest to find a fountain that kept him young, he was steered in the wrong direction. St. Augustine may claim he found it there in that spring that smells like hard-boiled eggs, but they’re wrong. We’ve uncovered the real Fountain of Youth and you’ll be able to taste it at this year’s DineSouth!

One of our esteemed vendors, Johnny Harris Restaurant, will have will have a waterfall of barbecue sauce for your divulging pleasure at their booth. How is this the real Fountain of Youth you ask?


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A Vodka Revolution

Until recently, making small-batch spirits in your barn usually lead to white lightning and Duke boys in an orange Charger. Now, small-batch is the new thing.

One of our DineSouth sponsors, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, has revolutionized small-batch vodka starting with a single homemade still. Being a bourbon girl myself, I will go out on a limb here and say that Tito has done one more and actually made vodka taste good! Crazy, I know.

Here are three cocktails perfect for enjoying Tito’s.


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Top Choice Events for this Week: October 13-19

Our calendars are marked and we are ready to go. Check out our top choice events for this week.

Martinis at the Mansion X Second Harvest – Wednesday, October 15

For this week’s hump day, we strongly suggest letting out some of that mid-week tension with a little socializing at Martinis at the Mansion. This event will benefit Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.


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Start Your Engines for the Savannah Speed Classic

Friday, October 24 – Sunday, October 26

We all do it. We sit in traffic pretending to rev our engines, imagining we are in much classier cars than we own—or can afford– ready to race to the front. Burning rubber and the roar of engines are in the very fabric that makes up Savannah. That’s right; racing is a part of Savannah’s history. In fact the Hostess City was the birthplace of the American Grand Prix. In ode to that history, the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance reopened the track at Hutchinson Island with the Savannah Speed Classic and revived Savannah’s racing culture.


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4 In-Season Fruits for Fall

Our good friends at Enmark are stepping up their fruit game. Here are four fruits to look out for this fall. Or check out Enmark’s booth at DineSouth for the freshest local fruits around!

1. Apples

The quintessential American fruit, apples are in their prime during the fall. The perfect fruit for the health conscious, apples contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol and are a good source of fiber. I’m sure all that goes out the window when you mix it with sugar and butter and shove it in a piecrust.


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Who Is the Ice Queen?

By Corrie Dyke

We’ve kept the secret from you long enough. Who is that ice queen in this month’s Southern Slang?


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What You Need to Know About Bottles & Cans

Danceable and jamable, Bottles & Cans’ music has been somewhat of a Savannah music scene staple for 10 years. With Ray Lundy on lead vocals and guitar, Marty Ellis on vocals and harmonica, Josh Safer on the drums, and John Trani on the bass guitar, Bottles & Cans produces an original sound that can’t be missed.

Check out our Q&A with the group and don’t miss them at the 7th Annual DineSouth benefitting Senior Citizens Inc. Meals on Wheels.

1. How did the group come together?

Our original members first met each other back in 2002 while attending the weekly blues jam that was held down at the now defunct Savannah Blues Bar in City Market.


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