Hilton Head Savannah
Equestrian Exposition

Even rainy weather could not keep people away from enjoying a wonderful Sunday afternoon at the Rose Hill Plantation Equestrian Center in Blufton, SC. After arriving early to claim prime viewing spots, spectators set up their tents, chairs and picnics to relax with while watching several equestrians demonstrate their varying horsemanship skills.


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South’s Weekend Guide:
May 17-19

FRIDAY MAY 17

6:30 P.M.—Release your inner Jimmy Buffett with the Tybee Annual Beach Bum Parade starting at 6:30 p.m. along Butler Avenue on Tybee Island. Get ready for a parade beach-style, complete with a giant water fight. Participation is free, but please read the water safety guidelines before attendance, such as no water balloons, buckets or pressure washers.

SATURDAY MAY 18

8 A.M.—Senior Citizens Inc. brings Meals on Wheels to Daffin Park with their 3rd Annual Miles for Meals 5K Run/Walk. Get on your feet early for the 5K to help Meals on Wheels provide 600 meals to Chatham County senior citizens living below the poverty level. Registration is $35 on race day and packet pickup is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at Fleet Feet Sports.


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Adventures of the Coast Guard

“In the event that the helicopter goes down, just remember R.E.I.R.S.E.L,” says Cory Ceikot, a rescue swimmer with the United States Coast Guard Air Station Savannah. “’R’ is for reference point, ‘E’ is for emergency exit …” he says, explaining the safety procedure used for water crashes. They are not words I want to hear. But it’s too late. Suddenly, I’m upside down, under water, caged in on all sides, and scrambling to release the seatbelt buckle that will free me and allow me to surface. I can’t get the belt undone. What have I gotten myself into?”


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The Wildest Jobs in the South

“When people find out what I do the two inevitable responses are: ‘You couldn’t pay me a million dollars to do that.’ Or, ‘That’s so cool!’ But it’s much more typical to hear the, ‘You couldn’t pay me enough’ response,” says Brady King. King is a professional rope-access widow washer who sometimes spends up to eight hours a day dangling above the city with a suction cup in one hand and squeegee in the other.

But that statement could have belonged to any of the professionals we interviewed to find out more about the South’s most adventurous, dangerous and killer jobs. Because whether they are seven stories above the ground or 70 feet below sea level, let’s face it, the competition is going to be pretty slim. For this issue, we talked with scuba divers who brave the Southern swamps to find fossils from millions of years ago and guys that scale 90-foot pine trees. To read all about these characters, pick up a copy of the April/Mary issue.

Photography by Ryan Gibson


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Retirement Celebration for
Dr. John Duttenhaver, M. D.

Join Memorial Health Foundation in celebrating the retirement of John R. Duttenhaver, M.D., who has served as a staff radiation oncologist for more than 25 years at the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center. The celebration will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Charles H. Morris Center on Wednesday, May 8. Tickets are $250 per person in order to raise funds for the Intrabeam—a high-tech device that provides intraoperative radiation therapy for women with breast cancer and has results with shorter treatment times, minimal side effects and maximum radiation therapy benefits.


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Lowcountry Staycations by Air, Land and Sea

Vacations have been synonymous with summertime since we were memorizing the alphabet and waiting for the bell to ring. Obviously, the time for a family trip was when schools were closed.


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South’s Weekend Guide:
May 3-May 5

FRIDAY MAY 3

6 P.M.—Get artsy in the Starland District with the First Friday Art March starting at 6 p.m. Businesses along Bull Street between Park and Victory Drive will be open with special events, giveaways, and exhibitions for the night. Make sure to stop by Home Sweet Home, a photography exhibition at Non-Fiction Gallery and the overhaul party for These Friends Too, Desotorow Gallery’s annual no-holds- barred art show.


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Repurposing the First Friday Art March

You may have heard a few of these terms tossed around lately—reusing, repurposing, recycling, upcycling—and maybe you are savvy enough to know what they mean, but if you missed the memo, don’t fret! South magazine is here to get you on track with the hottest trend in town, starting with Sicky Nar Nar’s The Furniture Show, Friday, May 3, 7-10:30 p.m. The show, part of the First Friday Art March between Forsyth Park and Victory drive, is comprised of SCAD Furniture Design student work that uses reclaimed materials from places in Savannah, like Southern Pine.


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Cirque du Soleil: Quidam May 7-9

Cirque du Soleil: Quidam is coming to Savannah next week for three shows at the Civic Center. The fun starts May 7 at 7:30 p.m., with evening shows Wednesday and Thursday night as well. To purchase tickets, click here.

We sat down with Cirque du Soleil spokesperson Jessica LaBeouf and Cirque du Soleil performer Adrienn Banhegyi to learn more about Cirque du Soleil, the Quidiam story and what it really takes to be a performer.

South: How did Cirque du Soleil start?
Jessica LaBeouf: Cirque du Soleil is a company that is almost 30 years old now. In the ’80s, when it started, it was just a little group of street performers like stilt walkers, fire jugglers and fire breathers. They had this idea to mix those art forms with different ones to be like a traditional circus with street performances and theatre and costumes and make up and all of that to put it together in a genre of entertainment. It’s not a musical, it’s not a circus, it’s not a theatre—it’s everything. We chose not to go with animals at all in the circus, but to really focus on the human body—dress it up nicely, bend it backward, put it in the air, spin it around and see how far we could go with that. And then as technology evolved, it opened up other doors with the video interaction and the stage revolving. It’s quite amazing. With the Quidam set, the actual stage is a turntable. All of the 20 shows that Cirque du Soleil has are completely different from one to another. There is only one Quidam. If you want see Quidam, you have to come to savannah and see it. It’s not going to be playing elsewhere.


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South’s Top Travel App Picks

In this season of vacations and staycations, keep it all together and find some great deals with our list of top travel apps.


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Play Hooky-A Girl’s Day in Savannah

Spring has sprung in Savannah, and the thought of making it a three-day weekend is almost too tempting to pass up. Don’t spend your day away from the office catching up on laundry and yard work. We’ve got the perfect itinerary to relax and play your way through the day.


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South’s Weekend Guide:
April 25-April 28

THURSDAY, APRIL 25
7:30 P.M.— Forgot about Savannah Fashion Week 2013? Take advantage of one more chance to see fresh runway looks from local retailers. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at Lucas Theatre and will feature up-and-coming designers and giveaways so don’t miss out—your inner fashionista will thank you. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here.

SATURDAY, APRIL 26
10 A.M.— Enjoy an afternoon amidst ten acres of flowers and trails at the Savannah Botanical Gardens Rose Festival and Arts and Crafts Fair between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The festival will offer information about the garden’s spring roses, a plant sale, Q&A with a master gardener and garden tours. Admission is free.


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High Speed Action comes to Macon, Georgia

Macon’s reputation as a film location is growing with the addition of this exciting project. This spring, Macon, GA, will play a key role as a location to the upcoming action movie “Need for Speed.” Based on the popular video games, this film will be fraught with high-octane thrills and racing action. Director Scott Waugh, who also directed 2012’s “Act of Valor,” will be working on this DreamWorks Studios film. The movie will star Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots and Michael Keaton.


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The Mother of All Advice-Dawn’s Daughter by Dawn Baker

WTOC news anchor Dawn Baker doesn’t have any biological children, but that didn’t stop her from penning a book to the daughter she doesn’t have and dedicating it to young women everywhere. Dawn’s Daughter: Everything a Woman Needs to Know is Dawn’s way of sharing advice about everything from self-esteem to relationships and encouraging young women to be strong, independent and accomplished.


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19th Annual Sunday Supper
in the Strawberry Patch

On Sunday, April 28, Friends of Coastal Gardens will host the 19th Annual Sunday Supper in the Strawberry Patch at the Historic Bamboo Farm. The public is invited to attend the annual fundraising event, which features dinner in the strawberry patch with fresh strawberry shortcake for dessert, garden tours, a silent auction and door prizes. All of the proceeds will go toward the Friends of Coastal Garden’s mission to support the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens and Historic Bamboo Farm. The tour of the garden will begin at 4 p.m. and supper is served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Reservations by April 25 are encouraged to ensure your table! A $25 donation is required per person.


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Gulfstream’s Live Well. Be Well.
Presents Suze Orman

Suze Orman received a standing ovation before she even took the stage at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center on Saturday as part of Gulfstream’s Live Well. Be Well. lecture series. The packed audience, made up of Gulfstream staffers and members of the Savannah community, was on its feet as one of America’s most influential and beloved financial advisors was introduced by Gulfstream’s CFO, Jason Aiken. In true rock star fashion, Orman stepped out front and center, foregoing the podium, clad in all-black and high heeled boots, and flashed her megawatt grin and trademark short blonde ‘do. Her charisma, sincerity and smarts were just as palpable in this crowded venue as they are when she speaks directly to the camera every Saturday night on The Suze Orman Show.


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Birds of a Feather:
Hunting the Wild Turkey

Spring in the south means many things to many people. For some it’s a time where evening activities take place more outdoors than inside. Some of us are thinking Spring Break, the beaches, picnics surrounded by blooming azaleas, dogwoods and redbuds, but for the dedicated outdoor enthusiast spring means one thing—turkey season.


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Covenant Care Banquet:
April 23, 2013

This year’s Covenant Care Banquet will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the Desoto Hilton on East Liberty Street.


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South’s Weekend Guide:
April 19-April 21

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

10 A.M.—Enjoy springtime in Savannah from an insider’s perspective with the The 38th Annual NOGS Tour of Hidden Gardens. Visit private gardens, starting with the Massie Heritage Center’s double garden at 10 a.m. Take a break at 2 p.m. for a spot of tea, served by members of the Garden Club of Savannah, and a savory snack at the Green-Meldrim House before the tour ends at 4 p.m. Tickets are $40 and $35 for groups of ten or more. Tours also take place on Saturday.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

9 A.M.—Connect with your inner biker at the Savannah Harley Davidson Customer Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.—even if you don’t know how to ride! The event will feature a Jumpstart Motorcycle Simulator, face painting, a water slide and a free fried-chicken lunch sponsored by Magnolia Grill Catering.


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Support Local Musicians with
Jazz at the Beach

Unwind this weekend with sand, surf and seafood with a symphony! This Saturday, April 20, 2013, come support local musicians with the Savannah Philharmonic at the third annual Jazz at the Beach fundraiser.


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