Celebrating Statts

by Ariel Felton

On Sunday, October 13, Statts Fest 2013 will honor and raise money for Jason Statts, a local artist and musician who, after suffering a random act of violence in 2008, was left as a paraplegic.

Emily Dohtery, who previously worked with Statts in the communications department of SCAD, is a part of the board of family and friends put together to raise money for Statts. The board also includes Dave Williams, who was with Statts and was also injured at the time of the incident.

“They were actually heading back from their first gig when it happened,” Doherty says. “It was completely random and completely senseless.”


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DineSouth 2013 Winners

Over 1,000 Savannah food lovers came to the 6th Annual Dine South at Savannah Station on Thursday evening to enjoy eats from over 30 local restaurants, as well as a petting zoo from Hunter Cattle and the musical stylings of singer/songwriter Danielle Hicks. Our favorite DJ from First City Events, South magazine’s official DJ, provided the evening’s soundtrack. Savannah Riverboat Cruises brought one of the most impressive booths to the event with actual steaming riverboat shafts as well as footage of old Savannah riverboats in action. Chef Kirk Blane from Driftaway Cafe won our first annual Greatest Chefs cooking contest, that was judged by local culinary experts. And Gallery le Snoot showed up and showed out with limited edition prints and t-shirts to commemorate the special night. Proceeds from the evening benefitted America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.

The South team has finally awoken from our collective food coma and are pleased to announce the evenings winners, as voted on by our guests.


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Honestly Well 2013

by Augusta Statz
photograph courtesy of the Blew Family

After watching their daughter defeat colon cancer in a way they never thought possible—by rejecting other treatments and just eating healthy, clean foods without chemicals— Warren and Karrie Blew founded Honestly Well. And they’re on a mission to share their story.

“To be honestly well you have to be spiritually connected, you have to be physically active and eating the right foods, and emotionally, you have to be in the right frame of mind,” says Karrie. “Everything that we’re doing goes back to that premise of spiritually, physically and emotionally being honestly well. And not everybody knows what it means [to be honestly well].”

Their goal is to help people not only learn what it means to be honestly well, but also to help them take steps to become honestly well.

They plan on achieving this goal by hosting an event called Honestly Well Health and Wellness Extravaganza, a first of its kind health and wellness expo. The expo will feature lectures by healthcare professionals, exercise classes, products for sale and more.

“What we’re doing is we’re making it fun and engaging and very informative so that they’re going to be having a very good time, but they’re going to be learning at the same time,” she says.

Other activities include live bands, and there’s even a comedian! Of course, “That’s for emotional wellness,” Karrie says.

Things that are “healthy” and “good for you” aren’t always fun—but this health expo is proving otherwise.

“I don’t think people think of a health expo as being fun and entertaining, and that’s what we’re trying to accomplish with this. It’s very different than any other health fair that I’ve ever been to,” she says. “Even if they just decide to start going to comedy shows, it’s going to be good for them because laughing is like internal jogging.”

So, no matter what path you take to becoming honestly well, the important part is just that you do become honestly well and happier and healthier, overall.

Don’t miss out on your chance to become honestly well! Come to the Honestly Well Health and Wellness Extravaganza on October 12-13 at the Savannah Civic Center. The expo is open to all age groups. Tickets are $5 at the door and children 12 and under get in for free.


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Savannah’s Sunday in the Park

story by Ariel Felton
Photograph by Margaret Harney

Take your average picnic: a blanket, a basket full of sandwiches and a few friends—and multiply that by 20. That was the scene of Forsyth Park on October 6 as the city of Savannah came out to enjoy food, live music and a picnic spread contest at the annual Picnic in the Park.

The event has become one of the largest attended outdoor cultural events that the city hosts, according to Eileen Baker, director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Savannah.


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Picnic in the Park

It’s back! One of Savannah’s favorite fall traditions, Picnic in the Park, returns this year to Forsyth Park. In honor of National Arts and Humanities month, this year’s theme is “Celebrating the Arts.” Attendees are encouraged to decorate their picnic spread in a manner reflective of the arts: photography, music, theater, architecture, painting—use your imagination! Judging begins at 5:oo and prizes will be awarded for the best picnics in the park. Before the Savannah Philharmonic takes the stage at 7:15, join South and WSAV-TV for lots of fun and some great photo ops.

When: Picnic registration: 4:00; Judging: 5:00; Savannah Philharmonic: 7:15
Where: Forsyth Park
Cost: Free
More Info: Visit Savannahga.gov


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Cars Screening at Trustees Theater

A screening of the movie Cars at Trustees Theater will benefit a new scholarship for a Savannah College of Art and Design program that teaches students how to create memorable experiences at theme parks, zoos, restaurants and museums. Before the screening, two creative leaders from Pixar — Liz Gazzano and Roger Gould — will discuss the extraordinary world of themed entertainment design. The screening and presentations are being held in conjunction with the 2013 Storytelling Architecture Technology Experience (SATE) Conference hosted by SCAD.

Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton Street
Cost: $5 donation
Tickets and Info: Savannah Box Office


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Picnic Time Is Here

Picnic in the Park is almost here! On Sunday, October 6, grab your picnic gear and head to Forsyth Park.This year’s Picnic theme is “Celebrating the Arts.” Last year, 9,000 people came to Forsyth Park to enjoy the picnicking fun, themed picnic spreads, music and prizes.


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DineSouth 2013

Story by Rachael Bach

The South is famous for killer cuisine and and South magazine is giving you the chance to sample some of its finest.
The 6th Annual DineSouth promises to be bigger and better than ever a wide array of yummy cocktails and even more delectable food samplings at Savannah Station. This year’s event is sponsored by Savannah Tech’s award-winning culinary department and United Distributors. The night will include the greatest grub on the planet from eateries such as Alligator Soul, Leoci’s Trattoria, The Salt Table, Georgia Buffalo and many more.


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Cover Girl Jaimie Alexander

The Southern bombshell gracing the cover of our October/November issue is about to turn heads nationwide. Actress Jaimie Alexander has already amassed quite a resume, but with her new film, Thor: The Dark World, hitting theaters in November, she is poised for superstardom.


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Picnic in the Park

On October 6, Forsyth Park will once again be transformed by a lovely display of picnickers in the park. The theme for this year’s Picnic in the Park is “Celebrating the Arts.” Music for the evening will be provided by the Savannah Philharmonic, proving that this picnic experience is sure to be delightful.


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Buckle Up

Story by Margaret Harney

The Georgia Click it or Ticket law is all about the shoulder and lap straps, but if Howard Spiva had his way, the law would include an extra buckle under the chin. A helmet buckle, that is.

Heads in Helmets, a project of the Justice for Children Foundation founded by Spiva in 1999, is on a mission to make sure kids are clicking in where it matters most. Between chili cook-offs, a smartphone app and helmet giveaways, Spiva is reaching out to the community to spread the word about how serious brain injury is, and how a helmet can help.
“The most common place for an injury is in a child safety seat in a car,” says Spiva. “So we give away helmets for kids to wear anywhere but we encourage for them to wear it in a child’s safety seat.”


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A Real Georgia Peach

If Gone With The Wind is your kind of tale, Barnsley Gardens Resorts is your kind of destination. Built for a southern belle with sweeping mansion grounds and a storied past involving Sherman’s March To The Sea and a German prince, the Adairsville retreat is not your average getaway. It’s got the history chops that would delight Margaret Mitchell and lend magic to any weekend or special event.


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Young Gamechanger

Lawyer turned activist Amir Farokhi is Moving GeorgiaForward.

What do you do when a state has an identity crisis? Call Amir Farokhi, Executive Director of GeorgiaForward. “Georgia is a big state, but it’s also a fairly fractured state,” he explains. “You could ask any Georgian how many Georgias there are and you’d get different answers: rural, urban and coastal. Or cities and non-cities. Or just metro Atlanta and the rest of the state. There are lots of ways to characterize the state, but they’re all fair comparisons to make.”

A Georgia native, Farokhi, 35, is a graduate of Duke University School of Law who began his career in the courtroom before transitioning into the public policy arena. “My background in law allows me to see where collaboration is more effective than head to head competition,” he says. “We felt that if Georgia is going to be a great state, to be a leading state on the international playing field, we needed to collaborate,” Farokhi says.


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Eat, Drink and Give Back

The Mansion on Forsyth serves up $5 martinis for a cause

Story by Morgan Ellen Johnson

Casimir’s Lounge wants you to sip and support, Savannah. The third Wednesday of every month, the lounge within the Mansion on Forsyth Park hosts Martinis at the Mansion—a charitable happy hour event sponsored by South magazine and the Grand Bohemian Gallery.

What started as a woman’s benefit social in 2010, Martinis at the Mansion has evolved into a networking opportunity for all.


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Going Green

With all the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, developing a hobby is a great way relieve some stress. Some may turn to golfing. Others may turn to photography. But the newest trend hobby trend? Well, let’s just say it involves a love for the outdoors and some extra cash in your pocket.

Hobby farming, or recreational farming, is the new way to spend one’s free time. And Savannahians are turning to it as an escape—even if it’s just for one weekend at a time—from their increasingly busy lives. And Jason Williams of Plantation Properties is the mastermind behind making this dream a reality for Savannahians.


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Quick Trips: Farm Stays

For an ideal vacation, unplugging from it all is the ultimate goal. No emails, no cell phones and no hectic schedule makes any holiday a perfect recharge. To go a step further with a refresh, find your inner farmer, reconnect with the land and let nature be your alarm clock. While many vacations involve hiking, horseback riding, or fishing, there are a few spots in Georgia and Tennessee that take in city folk and expose guests to the country life.


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Home Alone: The Pet Version

Story by Anna Morris

Unless you own an obscenely large briefcase, sneaking a dog into work just isn’t going to happen. Figuring out the best way to keep pets safe and content while they’re home alone can be difficult, but there are solutions.

Cathi Denham, owner of Catnip-n-Biscuits doggie daycare and luxury pet hotel, has been in the pet sitting business for over 10 years. That’s why when it comes to pets, she knows exactly what it takes to keep them happy and healthy when they have to be left alone.


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Rescue Me, Please!

Finding a new pet can be a hard task. Should you get a dog or a cat? What breed suits you best? Where should you go to look for you new furry friend?

Since an estimated 2.7 million cats and dogs go unwanted at animal shelters, it’s best to start there when searching for a new companion. To aid you in your search, South has rounded up some of the area’s best shelters and advice on how to find your new best friend.


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The Nose Knows

When Cat Warren and her husband, David, brought a German shepherd puppy home in 2004, they got more than they bargained for.

“Dogs who are fearful can be quite unpredictable,” says Warren, an English professor at NC State. “That’s what we had with Solo when he was young. Plus, he was an all out high energy, intelligent, driven pup. I had not dealt with that level of hijinks before!”

The solution? Training Solo to use his nose assisting law enforcement in finding human remains in remote areas of North Carolina. “It was a complete accident,” Warren explains. “A trainer I had known many years before suggested I try cadaver work.”


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Savannah’s Fashion Night

Story by Christina Lamarre

Join South at Savannah’s fabulous annual Fashion Night Out, September 5 from 6-11:30 p.m. Savannah’s Fashion Night (SFN) promises this year to be even bigger and better than before, and is estimated to attract over 4,000 attendees.


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