22nd Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival

The 22nd Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival kicks off its celebration on February 1, 2011, and will continue through Sunday, February 13th with some pre- and post-festival events. The festival is presented by The City of Savannah and Savannah State University, and all events and activities are free of admission* and open to the public. Each year, the festival presents activities for every age and every interest. Cultural education and exposure to the performing and visual arts, as well as ethnic cuisine, crafts, fun and family are emphasized throughout the celebration. Great music of every genre and dance performances by national recording artists and dancers, local youth talent showcases, historic tours, visual art exhibitions by internationally acclaimed and local artists and sculptors, lectures, spoken word and dramatic productions are all included on the schedule. In addition, educational opportunities are provided during the festival through a Health and Wellness Fair, Culinary Arts activities and Youth Programs. Grand Festival Day, family fun day of top entertainment, is one of the highlights of the festival and is held in the Savannah Civic Center’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Arena on a Saturday, February 12th from morning into the evening. In addition to the variety of activities and performances, food and retail vendors are also on hand with a wide variety of food, goods and services.

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Introducing Thunderbird Inn’s Historic Savannah Neighborhood

Located in the former rice fields and farm lands of Colonial Savannah, Thunderbird Inn’s reviving entertainment neighborhood in the west Savannah Historic District is often overlooked. We are working to change that.

In the era of railroads, West Broad Street (now Martin Luther King Boulevard) was the entertainment center and transportation center of Savannah. We want to introduce you to amazing places that may otherwise be missed on a trip to Savannah … right off I-16 or arriving to Savannah via U.S. Highway 17 across the Savannah River and Talmadge Bridge –

The Savannah College of Art and Design Museum. The Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies is at the heart of The SCAD Museum of Art. In the spring of 2010, Andy Warhol was on exhibit. Admission is free.

Ships of the Sea Museum. Showcasing the largest private garden in the Savannah Historic District, the museum’s colleciton of historical ships include a model of the S.S. Savannah. This first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean is at the root of Maritime Day, celebrated annually. In 2010 its May 22. Book signings, lectures, and world music are highlight events to check out.

SCAD’s Mandanaro Theatre. Performing Arts students attending The Savannah College of Design (SCAD) present student productions at the Mandanaro Theateer (150-seats at Crites Hall, 217 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) Check the SCAD box off for theatrical production dates and time. Repurposing vintage Savannah buildings, Crites Hall was built in 1908. The 39,740-square-foot facility that formerly housed offices and storage space for Kahn & Co., a national linen distributor.

The Distillery Savannah. In 1904, the “Kentucky Distilling Co.,” opened the doors at today’s Distillery location — 416 West Liberty Street, just off MLK Jr. Blvd. Craft brew beer, silent movies and tales of Prohibition are highlights. Sign up for their mailing list here.

Stay tuned … and plan to stay with us soon! We’ll keep introducing you to more of Savannah grand retro places, often overlooked and immensely enjoyed off Savannah’s beaten path.

Please, let us know how we may assist, anytime! – info@thethunderbirdinn.com