Posts Tagged ‘Forsyth Park’

Five Friday Happy Bringers — 6/12/15

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It’s Friday!  It’s JUNE!  It’s Happy!

Here’s why!

1.  Grandson Daniel’s dress-up day at Savannah Children’s Theatre Camp.  “Hollywood”

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Spitting image of his grandfather!

2.  A beautifully invigorating two hours at the Laurel Grove Cemetery here in Savannah this week.  (I had never gone before.)

(Beware:  A rather long mix of pics ahead.)

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As I walked through the moss-laden oaks, I was mesmerized by the power of time to take back into the earth all that belongs to her.  All.

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Okay, I’ll stop even though I kept taking pictures.  I love cemeteries.  They are such celebrations of LIFE.

3.  Meals this week.  (All from the Forsyth Farmers Market here in Savannah.)

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4.  Beautiful plantscape at a house near me.

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5.  Bathroom sign in a restaurant on Hilton Head Island.

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Great Weekend to you all!

 

 

Five Friday Happy Bringers — 4/11/14

1.  Good morning coffee.

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2.  The Forsyth Farmers Market every Saturday morning here in downtown Savannah.

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3.  Being a part of the Gratitude in the Squares gathering each Wednesday at noon.

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4.  Putting together an Easter Egg Tree in daughter Emily’s front yard.

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5.  Blooming.

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Great Weekend!

 

Picnic in the Park–Savannah Style

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One of the Joys of living in Historic District Savannah has to be Forsyth Park (Savannah’s little local version of NYC’s Central Park).  And our incredible lineup of fall festivals and celebrations just make me want to jump  for joy all season long.

Last night, I attended Savannah’s Picnic in the Park, with a lineup of incredible music provided by the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra!  I am SO fortunate to live in a city that was founded eons ago on the twin pillars of Art and Commerce.

Here’s my car packing and wagon-ing:

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(Isn’t my Coexist bumper sticker cool?  I’m not 100% sure what it means, but I figure it increases my Hipness Factor by a few points.)

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Inside my cooler and picnic basket, I had basil lemonade, sandwiches, fruit, vegetable chips and humus, cookies, candles, the current issue of Oprah and a red fake bird.

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Folks on the stage said there were between 15 and 20,000 folks in attendance.  Idk.  I didn’t count.

Here I am with Chewy (the mascot of Parker’s Convenience Stores–primary sponsor of the picnic).

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And if you were so inclined, you could register your “picnic-ing” in a contest.  Here are a few of the entries:

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Then it got dark, and I lit (lighted?) my candles and listened to soul-freeing arias and music.

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Shared fruit fun with new friends Donnie and Kinsey:

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What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday evening and night.  Thank you, Gorgeous Savannah.

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Five Friday Happy Bringers (7/12/13)

It’s mid-summer.  What a beautiful time of year.  And here are five reasons I’m happy:

1.  Making a delicious roast vegetable medley for supper the other night.  Yum!

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(Red and Vidalia onions, green and red peppers, fingerling potatoes, garlic, rosemary, zucchini,)

2.  Affirming and believing this beautiful potential truth:  “I picture myself in phenomenal health and in excellent physical condition at my ideal body weight.”

3.  A glorious morning on the back river side of Tybee Island (Savannah’s beach).

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4.  Elephant ears

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5.  The new public xylophone in Forsyth Park in historic district Savannah.

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Make some joyful music this weekend! 

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Saturday morning I stumbled out of bed (you would think someone my age could deal with morning a bit better) and walked a few blocks to Savannah’s Forsyth Park to get some fresh vegetables.  (It’s spring, so I’m on my Annual Quest to get in Stellar Shape for the maybe two times I go to Tybee Island and the beach during the summer.  I haven’t seen abs in forty years, but I’m such an optimist I AM NOT GIVING UP.  Do you hear me?!  I intend to be on the cover of Men’s Fitness one day.)

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The Forsyth Farmers’ Market is the coolest gathering of local vendors offering fresh–often organic–fruits and vegetables, along with coffees, breads, honey, jams, juices, pasta, fish, beef, poultry, herbs, flowers, etc.  I LOVE their statement of purpose: “The mission of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market is to promote understanding and participation in a local food system that supports sustainable production and increases access to local products.” 

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Coolest dog at the market:

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Coolest shoes at the market:

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What joyful shopping!

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The Greening, a Feis, a Friend and Bach: A Pre-St. Patty Day Weekend in Savannah

A few reflections on the weekend BEFORE St. Patrick’s Day weekend here in Savannah.

THE GREENING  ****

One of Savannah’s coolest St. Patrick’s Day traditions has to be the greening of the fountains.  In a week, we will welcome the city’s most popular holiday.  And at noon Friday the beautiful fountain in Forsyth Park, surrounded by several hundred people, morphed into a bright green explosion of water color.  Soon thereafter the other fountains in Savannah followed suit.

Tangent Ahead:  Okay, I know this is a Happiness Blog and all, but let me vent a second, okay?  Please?  But first, a little background:  While I taught up the road at Georgia Southern, I heard this refrain from time to time:  “GSU?  Oh, what a party school!”  That got on my last nerve.  My very last.  (Similar to the Kardashians’ dilemma over what to do after “reality” TV.)  Why did the comment irk me?  Simple.  GSU (or UGA or Emory or Harvard) is a party school if students choose to party there.  But GSU (etc.) is a great place to get a wonderful education for those students who choose to do so (which, by the way, are the vast majority).

In a similar vein, what do many people associate with our city’s incredibly popular March holiday?  Drinking on River Street, of course.  But that aspect of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration is only one part of the wonderful holiday, albeit a decidedly profitable one, and the one that often gets the most press.  However, so much more, SO MUCH MORE captures the attention and interest of most Savannahians.  Which brings me back to the greening of the fountains.  End of Tangent.

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Thinking I would just mosey up to the fountain and watch somebody toss in a bit of green dye, I was shocked at the size of the gathering and the palpable excitement of the event.

Before the greening:

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After the greening:

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Here’s James A. Ray, the Grand Marshal of the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

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And here’s his sister, Nancy Ray Johnson, who is the second female in Savannah St. Patrick’s Day history to be the Aid to the Grand Marshal.

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TARA FEIS  ****

And then on Saturday at Emmet Park near the river, Tara Feis (feis= festival, pronounced “fesh”) burst on the holiday scene with Irish music, dancers, food and fun.  This annual celebration of Erin Go Bragh–Ireland the Beautiful is completely family friendly and alcohol-free.

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Here’s a bit of the Glor Na Daire Irish dance school performance:

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And perennially popular local singer/songwriter Harry O’Donoghue‘s closing song, “All the Best”:

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Saints & Shamrocks  ****

After enjoying the festival for a couple of hours, I went in search of the official St. Patrick’s Day Parade Magazine, and finally found it at the beautifully delightful Saints & Shamrocks boutique …

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… specializing in religious gifts, Irish imports and fair trade gifts.  There I met the welcoming, helpful owner and new friend Hope (I love that name) Ebberwein …

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… who gave me a copy of the magazine.

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[Should I dye my facial hair green for the parade viewing?  Now be honest.  (Some of you weren’t when I asked if I was too old to wear skinny jeans.  See item#4 in the skinny jeans hyperlink.)]

Bach Music Marathon ****

Still not finished with the day, I walked into the Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church on Calhoun Square, where organist Christopher Jacobson from South Carolina sat at the incredible pipe organ performing a two-day marathon of the COMPLETE organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach (257 individual pieces!).

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Beautiful.

I get tired just trying to hum through Abba’s three most popular #1 hits.

What a tremendously festive weekend!  A greening.  A feis.  A new friend.  And a concert.  I wonder what the actual Saint Patrick’s Day Twenty-Thirteen will hold.  I’ll let you know.  I’m hosting a little parade viewing party, since my place lies directly on the parade route.

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