Today I am in the Southern gem that is Savannah. I can't believe I've let a year and a half go by since heading back for a visit. It's hard to wrap my head around that it has been almost four years since I called Savannah, and specifically Jones St., home. Recall the phrase "keeping up with the Joneses"? Well Savannahians claim that phrase was coined in reference to Jones St.
But bloody hell I didn't expect the temperature to be worse in Savannah than it is in Washington. The fountain at Forsyth Park actually froze over.
The weather though won't stop me from getting my Mint Julep and shrimp and grits on. This time I'm treating myself to a stay at a Bed & Breakfast with a glorious soaking tub. There will also be a visit to the SCAD Museum to peruse the Oscar De La Renta exhibit curated by the Andre Leon Talley. Usually when I'm in Savannah I'm a creature of habit hitting up my favorite haunts, but it appears there's a James Beard nominated chef at the helm of a new restaurant called Grey. Appropriately enough Grey is housed in the old Greyhound building.
All of the sordid details of my trip to be reported upon my return.
My time in Savannah went by in the blink of an eye, as it always seems to. Now I'm back home and in the thick of it at work. Savannah weather fluctuated between 70 to 85 degrees during most of my stay. Just what the doctor ordered. I bounced around from one friends darling abode to another, while fitting in a couple of evenings all to myself at The Gastonian. I arrived in Savannah and hit the ground running with barely time to set down my suitcase before we were off to The Sapphire Grillfor mojitos + calamari. Despite jet lag I managed to rise in time to catch Pat Conroy, Virginia Willis, and Charles Faudree at the Book Festival at Telfair Square. Then it was an evening spent at Club One taking in Lady Chablis. The next afternoon was brunch atPapillote and shopping Broughton St. Then we were off to the movies... The rest of the trip continued at that pace, with barely a moment to catch my breathe before I was on a plane back home. As I rarely do much beyond work and sleep while sequestered on this little island, I felt as though I packed six months of a social life into 10 days. [snapshot taken on the stoop of the Gastionian]
Savannah College of Art and Design students and alumni recently were given the honor of designing holiday ornaments and decorative elements for the White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room. The theme for this year’s White House holiday decorations was “Simple Gifts”. "This collection of holiday tree elements celebrates the rich culture, proud heritage and native beauty of the United States and is inspired by the nostalgic Americana of our nation’s storied state and county fairs." Like SCADneeds more notoriety, but I'll concede that the tree did turn out stunning.
Speaking of Savannah, another of their vast claims to fame is the fact that the song "Jingle Bells" was written byJames Lord Pierpont, a Savannah resident. "Jingle Bells" was publicly performed for a Thanksgiving program at the Savannah, Georgia Unitarian Universalist Church in 1857 where Pierpoint was the organist. It's ironic that a song about dashing through the snow was written in a locale that rarely (excluding this Christmas weekend when snow actually did fall) sees a flake.
At my first #ScadStyle lecture of the 2010 season, Fern Mallis. Check out the venue. http://twitpic.com/1ip0xn12:21 PM Apr 26th, 2010 "People always ask me the one thing they must have in their wardrobe...a full length mirror!" Fern Mallis tip. 6:09 PM Apr 26th, 2010 Not impressed by the "red drink" at the reception for @DerekBlasberg. Digging Derek himself though. He's dapper + snarky. 4:33 PM Apr 27th, 2010 The ONE #SCADStyle lecture I wanted to catch today (Michael Bruno of 1stdibs.com) gets canceled. Not cool. 7:46 AM May 3rd, 2010 Hamish Bowles was a delight this evening. Posh posh posh. And his stories, captivating. #SCADStyle does it again. 5:59 PM May 6th, 2010
Horses, mint juleps, AND flowers, today just might be the highlight of the month. Happy May Day and Kentucky Derby Day! May just happens to be my favorite month of the year, not only because it's my Birthday month, but also because of the fact that the weather seems to be the perfect temperature no matter where in the country I've resided during the month. Not to mention that blooming flowers seem to abound in May. This month is packed to the gills plans. Plans include but are not limited to: SCAD Style lectures (Hamish Bowles being the highlight), a trip to Disney World (contrasts and comparisons will be made), a Sand Gnats game or two, an entire week off from work, a SCAD fashion show honoring Diane Von Furstenberg, the premier of Sex and the City 2 (it's all about Aidan), a fashion show at the Jepson, the beach at Tybee Island (see The Last Song? That's where I'll be), a French Connection trunk show at Custard boutique, a facial and or a hot stone massage at Savannah's new Spa Bleu, SCADs surprise guest Alumni Concert at Forsyth Park, and much much more.