Savannah’s Best Holiday Lights

Picture3One of my favorite holiday memories with my family was driving around town trying to find the most outrageous and awe-inspiring lights of the year.  Our trip would include snacks, hot chocolate, and giving each house our superlative vote:  Most Creative, Wackiest, Prettiest, Tackiest, etc…

Savannah has some wonderful home holiday displays and the following are just a few you shouldn’t miss (see addresses below map).  If you know of any more, let us know.  We’ll add them!


182 Mills Run Drive near Chatham Parkway
Display times are: Sun-Thur 6PM-10PM; Fri-Sat 6PM-11PM

512 Gordonston Ave. Savannah

125 Sea Palm Road in Palmetto Cove subdivision off Walthour Road on Wilmington Island

116 N. Sheftall Circle on Wilmington Island.

6022 Betty Drive, Whitemarsh Island

102 Junco Way in Georgetown

115 Waverly Way in Waverly @ the Highlands, Pooler:  Nightly viewing, 6-10 PM. Through Dec. 31

247 Waverly Way in Heathrow @ Sterling Lakes, Richmond Hill.  Nightly viewing 6-10 PM. Through Dec. 31

208 Cypress St. Bloomingdale,  31419: Dancing Lights!

39 Holly Springs Circle @ Lakeshore, Port Wentworth off Hwy 30

9 Yorkshire Place

1 Nina Court in Paradise Park, Savannah,  31406

1915 Linnhurst Drive, Savannah, 31404

Keystone Drive & Dyches Drive

109 Wynngate Rd in Wilmington Park on Wilmington Island
Traditional home decorations

 

Several houses on Silverleaf Court (off Gilliam & Norwood avenues near La Roche Ave.), Savannah with beautiful displays of lights.

202 Blue Marlin Drive off Jamaican Run in Seagate, Whitemarsh Island

504 E. 52 St, Ardsley Park

Savannah Quarters subdivision in Pooler
*116 Sussex Retreat
*124 Kingfisher Circle
*5 Cobham Draw
*194 Kingfisher Circle

 

Public Holiday Lights Displays in Savannah

December Nights & Holiday Lights @ Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens, Savannah. Details

Festival of Lights & Winter Carnival, Hutchinson Island, Savannah. Details

 

 

 

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Experiencing the “End-of-Summer-Vacation” Doldrums? A solution…

The countdown is on!  Students in Savannah have two and half more weeks before they return to school. They are quickly tiring of being on the much anticipated summer vacation, whining of nothing to do, and driving parents crazy!!!  So, what is a parent to do to combat the “End-of-Summer-Vacation” doldrums?

Just For Kids

Posted on July 13, 2011 by  on Savannah.com

1. Visit Georgia’s oldest and tallest lighthouse. Tybee Island Light Station and Museumoffers self-guided tours, however, there are volunteers on hand to answer questions. Good luck, as there are 178 steps to the top of the Light Station. Tybee Light Station and Museum, 912-786-5801.

2. Take a guided tour. Be it ghosts, historic homes, architecture, movies, food or all of the above that appeal to you, there are a variety of tours available to enlighten and entertain: Architectural Tours of Savannah, 912-604-6354Old Savannah Tours, 912-234-8128; Savannah Movie Tours, 912-234-3440; Savvy Savannah Tours, 912-663-4400; Segway of Savannah, 912-233-3554.

3. Take a leisurely horse-drawn carriage tour and clip, clop around the City enjoying the beauty that Savannah is famous for. Carriage Tours of Savannah, 912-236-6756; Historic Savannah Carriage Tours,912-443-9333.

4. There are several museums devoted to different modes of transportation. Whether your interests lie in land, sea or air you won’t want to miss these: Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, 41 M.L.K. Blvd., 912-232-1511; Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, 175 Bourne Ave., 912-748-8888; Roundhouse Railroad Museum, 601 W. Harris St., 912-651-6823.

5. Take a guided “Backstage Pass” tour with the puppet queen, Angela Beasley. Angela shares hilarious stories of working and touring the world with the puppets. So, be sure to bring your camera and your sense of humor. Call to book some fun today. 912-355-3366.

6. Enjoy a day on the water! Take a narrated nature cruise, dolphin watch tour, kayak trip, sunset cruise or fish inshore or offshore. You are sure to find a water-related activity to suit all ages and interests. Bull River Marina, 8005 Old Tybee Rd., 912-897-7300; Captain Mike’s Dolphin Adventure, Lazaretto Creek, 912-786-5848; Dolphin Magic, 313 E. River St., 912-897-4990; Savannah Riverboat Cruises, 9 E. River St., 912-232-6404.

7. Fondue is fun for the kids! Have fun dipping into something different at The Melting Pot while enjoying a relaxed dinner with the family. Sunday is Family Night! Order a Big Night Out and receive up to two complimentary children’s entrees. 232 E. Broughton St., 912-349-5676.

8. Come and explore acres of natural beauty and get face to face with fascinating native wildlife at Oatland Island Wildlife Center, located 5 miles from Historic Downtown Savannah off President Street on Islands Expressway, 711 Sandtown Rd., 912-395-1212.

Matthew Allan of the Moves With A Purpose Team Nominated for Man of the Year

Matthew Downtown BackgroundMatthew Allan, Associate Broker with the Moves With A Purpose Team, Keller Williams Savannah Downtown, has been nominated for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year. Matthew, along with eleven other men and woman, vie for the title of LLS Man & Woman of the Year by raising as much money as possible for blood cancer research, community outreach, and patient services.

Matthew was nominated for this title by friends, family, and associates who know of his efforts to improve the Savannah community.  Along with the rest of the Moves With A Purpose realty team, Matthew donates 10% of every commission he makes to local non-profits and charities.  Together with his team, they raised over $25,000 in 2014 and are on track to reach their goal of $50,000 in donations for 2015.

The LLS Man & Woman of the Year campaign runs for 10 weeks from March 26th to June 5th.  During that time candidates raise money by asking for donations, planning and holding fundraising events, and sometimes getting very creative in their fundraising efforts.

Matthew and his campaign team, Team Kyra & Dylan (named after the Savannah LLS Boy & Girl of the Year), have been fortunate to partner with several local businesses for fundraising events in Savannah.

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Zoes Kitchen on Victory Drive will host several 15% Donation Nights and are planning several other upcoming fundraising events:

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On May 8th, Scribble Studio is donating instructional and studio costs during a “Paint for the Cure” event.  Participants will be given the proper tools and instruction to create a one of a kind work of art for a donation of $35.

Congress Street Social Club

On May 29th, Team Kyra & Dylan are hosting a Benefit Concert with the Hypnotics at Social Downtown.  During the concern, they will be holding 50/50 raffles, auctions, and other fundraising efforts.

If you would like to donate funds to Matthew’s campaign, please visit his LLS website at LLSDonation.com .  If you are interested in campaign sponsorship or in donating items for raffles or auctions, please contact us at coordinator.moveteam@gmail.com.

Savannah Events for March 13th-15th

EVENTS FOR

MAR 13, 2015 – MAR 15, 2015

Fri, MAR 13, 2015

Tea at Mrs. Davenport’s

Mar 13, 2015 – Mar 13, 2015, Cultural

Thursday and Fridays in March 2015 PROGRAM DATES AND TIMES: March 5, 6, 12, 13 and 19 at 5 p.m.; March 20 and 26 at 4:30 p.m. Reservations recommended. Limited attendance. LENGTH OF PROGRAM: 60 to 75…

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Girl Scout Week

Mar 07, 2015 – Mar 15, 2015, Exhibits

Celebrate 103 years of Girl Scouting in the United States and the life of the Girl Scout Founder, Juliette Gordon Low, at her childhood home. Tour the Birthplace to learn about this famous American woman and the movement she started…

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Jukebox! Let the Good Times Roll

Mar 13, 2015 – Mar 13, 2015, Theatre

This high-energy nostalgic revue of everyone’s favorite pop songs from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s is a real “blast from the past” with a rockin live band on state.

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The Visual Blues

Jan 30, 2015 – May 03, 2015, Exhibits

The art scene in Harlem from 1919 to approximately 1940 provided a creative haven for African Americans and encouraged a melding of art, music, literature, and poetry, giving rise to the term “Harlem Renaissance.” The Visual…

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Youth Art Month at the Savannah Mall

Feb 28, 2015 – Mar 29, 2015, Exhibits

During the month of March, the Savannah Mall will use Dillard’s Court to showcase visual arts projects created by students from 53 area schools in recognition of National Youth Art Month (YAM). An opening ceremony will take…

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In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking

Mar 01, 2015 – May 17, 2015, Exhibits

Spanning three decades of Andy Warhol’s career, this exhibition features some of the artist’s most iconic screenprints, including his portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Mao Zedong, the splashy camouflage series, and the controversial…

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Sat, MAR 14, 2015

Chamber Concert No. 5: Shostakovich & Brahms Sonatas

Mar 14, 2015 – Mar 14, 2015, Concerts

This exquisite chamber concert features two contrasting sonatas by Shostakovich and Brahms. Shostakovich’s sonata, composed preceding the Soviet Union’s censorship of his works, reflects the turmoil and upheaval of the time. In…

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Girl Scout Week

Mar 07, 2015 – Mar 15, 2015, Exhibits

Celebrate 103 years of Girl Scouting in the United States and the life of the Girl Scout Founder, Juliette Gordon Low, at her childhood home. Tour the Birthplace to learn about this famous American woman and the movement she started…

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Savannah Live!

Mar 14, 2015 – Mar 14, 2015, Theatre

This dazzling variety show is 2 hours of non-stop, high-energy singing, dancing and comedy, including pop, jazz,blues,Broadway,country, Motown and rock and roll!

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St. Patrick’s Day Firefighter’s Ball

Mar 14, 2015 – Mar 14, 2015, Charity Event

It’s that time of year again. Tickets to the HOTTEST party in Savannah are NOW on sale and you are officially invited to the St. Patrick’s Day Firefighter’s Ball in beautiful, historic, Savannah, Georgia! Come out and meet your Savannah…

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The Visual Blues

Jan 30, 2015 – May 03, 2015, Exhibits

The art scene in Harlem from 1919 to approximately 1940 provided a creative haven for African Americans and encouraged a melding of art, music, literature, and poetry, giving rise to the term “Harlem Renaissance.” The Visual…

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Sheep Shearing at Oatland Island Wildlife Center

Mar 14, 2015 – Mar 14, 2015, Outdoor Event

It’s time to give Storm and Cloud their hair cut! The Sheep to Shawl Festival will feature the shearing of Oatland’s sheep by members of The Fiber Guild of the Savannah’s, and students from Savannah Arts Academy and Savannah…

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Youth Art Month at the Savannah Mall

Feb 28, 2015 – Mar 29, 2015, Exhibits

During the month of March, the Savannah Mall will use Dillard’s Court to showcase visual arts projects created by students from 53 area schools in recognition of National Youth Art Month (YAM). An opening ceremony will take…

See details >

In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking

Mar 01, 2015 – May 17, 2015, Exhibits

Spanning three decades of Andy Warhol’s career, this exhibition features some of the artist’s most iconic screenprints, including his portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Mao Zedong, the splashy camouflage series, and the controversial…

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The Olde Pink House Cooking Classes to Benefit Park Place Outreach

Mar 14, 2015 – Mar 14, 2015, Charity Event

Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, Inc. has teamed up with Olde Pink House to offer monthly cooking classes. The Pink House’s expert chefs will conduct the culinary course from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday. The session is held…

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River Street St. Patrick’s Day Celebration!

Mar 14, 2015 – Mar 17, 2015, Festivals|Free Events|Outdoor Event

It’s the wearing, drinking, eating and celebrating of the green on Historic River Street! Join us for our largest festival of the year! Enjoy live entertainment on multiple stages each festival day, non-stop entertainment and more! Festival…

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Alligators and Others

Mar 14, 2015 – Mar 14, 2015, Outdoor Event

Explore the newly reopened Wildlife Drive of the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge! You’ll venture just outside Savannah to discover alligators basking in the sun while great birds fish serenely nearby. Your official naturalist guide…

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Sun, MAR 15, 2015

Girl Scout Week

Mar 07, 2015 – Mar 15, 2015, Exhibits

Celebrate 103 years of Girl Scouting in the United States and the life of the Girl Scout Founder, Juliette Gordon Low, at her childhood home. Tour the Birthplace to learn about this famous American woman and the movement she started…

See details >

Craft Brew Race Savannah

Mar 15, 2015 – Mar 15, 2015, Festivals

The Craft Brew Race Savannah is a national 5K road race series, making its first stop in beautiful Savannah, Georgia. The run/walk 5K is followed by a local craft beer festival. Runners and walkers are welcome to participate in the 5K…

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The Visual Blues

Jan 30, 2015 – May 03, 2015, Exhibits

The art scene in Harlem from 1919 to approximately 1940 provided a creative haven for African Americans and encouraged a melding of art, music, literature, and poetry, giving rise to the term “Harlem Renaissance.” The Visual…

See details >

Youth Art Month at the Savannah Mall

Feb 28, 2015 – Mar 29, 2015, Exhibits

During the month of March, the Savannah Mall will use Dillard’s Court to showcase visual arts projects created by students from 53 area schools in recognition of National Youth Art Month (YAM). An opening ceremony will take…

See details >

In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking

Mar 01, 2015 – May 17, 2015, Exhibits

Spanning three decades of Andy Warhol’s career, this exhibition features some of the artist’s most iconic screenprints, including his portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Mao Zedong, the splashy camouflage series, and the controversial…

See details >

River Street St. Patrick’s Day Celebration!

Mar 14, 2015 – Mar 17, 2015, Festivals|Free Events|Outdoor Event

It’s the wearing, drinking, eating and celebrating of the green on Historic River Street! Join us for our largest festival of the year! Enjoy live entertainment on multiple stages each festival day, non-stop entertainment and more! Festival…

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Savannah Calendar of Events (March 6-March 8)

Savannah Stopover Music Festival
Mar 05, 2015 to Mar 07, 2015

Savannah Stopover Music Festival capitalizes on the logistical good fortune of Savannah, Georgia’s proximity to interstates 95 and 10 by presenting traveling musicians with a welcoming place to play en route to Austin’s prestigious SXSW Music Conference.

Heading into it’s FIFTH year, the festival has hosted such notable up and comers as Grimes, of Montreal, The War On Drugs, Future Islands, Mac Demarco, Wye Oak, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Oberhofer, St. Lucia, HAERTS, DIIV and hundreds of others before they broke out of the pack. Offering three days of musical discovery, music fans can hop from venue to venue, beer in hand, keeping track of all of their favorite new acts (yep, you can drink in the streets here, as long as you stay in the historic district).

Art on Tap: Music Stop
Mar 06, 2015 to Mar 06, 2015
6pm
Jepson Center

In collaboration with Savannah Stopover and Art Rise Savannah, join us for a journey through art and music. Enjoy live music from Amythyst Kiah, small bites, and gallery tours while exploring The Visual Blues, an exhibition inspired by jazz and blues during the Harlem Renaissance. Savannah Stopover’s Band Poster exhibition also will be on display in the atrium. A wine and beer cash bar featuring Lagunitas Brewing Company will be available.

Sweets on the Street
Mar 06, 2015 to Mar 07, 2015
March 6 from 4-10pm & March 7 from 10am-10pm
River Street

Sweets on the Street will kick of the 2015 festival series on historic River Street on March 6 & 7. The First Friday & Saturday celebration will feature local confectioners serving up delicious pastries, artisan chocolates, gourmet cookies and more!

“Savannah is known for wonderful dinning, but our staff all agreed there are some incredible places in the hostess city to get desert, said Carrie Bligh, Executive Director of the Savannah Waterfront Association. Last year was the inaugural event and the inspiration for it was just around the corner. “The theme was created last year when the staff took a much needed afternoon praline break,” added Bligh.

Participating vendors include: Baked by Rach, Capital Bee Company, Daddy O’s, Indulge Coffee, Chocolat by Adam Turoni, Leopold’s Ice Cream, Repicci’s Italian Ice of Savannah, and Toffee Dolce. Regional artisans will also be set up along Rousakis Riverfront Plaza displaying and selling their handcrafted works.

So for March First Friday & Saturday skip dinner and go straight for dessert! Weekend festivities will kick off on Friday, March 6 from 4-10pm with First Friday Fireworks presented by Wet Willie’s at 9:30pm. This sweet celebration continues on Saturday from 10am-10pm.

This event is hosted by the Savannah Waterfront Association and proudly sponsored by Wet Willie’s, Capital A Productions, Savannah Coca-Cola, WJCL-abc, TravelHost Savannah, and Alpha Media.

“St. Practice Day” Charity Bar Crawl
Mar 07, 2015 to Mar 07, 2015
2pm – 10pm
Start at Boomy��™s

Practice Makes Perfect! Gear up for St. Patrick’s Day by joining us for the “St. Practice Day” Charity Bar Crawl benefiting Savannah Irish Committee on Saturday March 7th, 2015!

It happens every year, you plan to party all day and all night long, but you conk out sometime in the afternoon. “St. Practice Day” is the perfect way to build your tolerance and be in tip-top shape for the big day. Gather your friends, family, and co-workers and join us for this jolly celebration! By the end of this green parade of Savannah Crawlers, you will be full of the “Luck of the Irish”!

BEST DRESSED LEPRECHAUN CONTEST!! Johnnie Ganem Package and Wine Shop is donating a Basket of Cheer to the best dress leprechaun of the “St. Practice Day” Charity Bar Crawl! We will be taking photos during registration of all the leprechauns in attendance, and the best one will be our winner!

What: “St. Practice Day” Charity Bar Crawl
When: Saturday, March 7th, 2015 from 2-10pm
Where: Start at Boomy’s anytime between 2-8pm, End at McDonough’s anytime 4-10pm
Who: 21+
What Else: Best Dressed Leprechaun Contest, drink specials, giveaways, be first 250 crawlers to visit all bars and earn a free event t-shirt, drinking is 100% optional.

Stafford Promotions is a local Savannah, GA company. We are philanthropy driven and a portion of all our events are donated to a local charity. We organize unique and enjoyable events to better our community we live and work in. A portion of the proceeds from “St. Practice Day” will benefit the Savannah Irish Committee.

The Visual Blues Free Family Day!
Mar 07, 2015 to Mar 07, 2015
1-4pm
Jepson Center

This Free Family Day explores the creativity of Blues, Jazz, and the Harlem Renaissance. Make a collage inspired by the art of Romare Bearden and learn dances from the 1920s. Enjoy a performance by the Savannah Children’s Choir at 2 pm.

Legendary blueswoman Beverly “Guitar” Watkins and the King Bees bring their soulful sounds to the Jepson’s Neises Auditorium at 3pm.

Free and open to the public thanks to funding from the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Georgia Power Foundation, Inc.

ListHub Terminates Contract with Trulia

In the real estate world, it’s all over the front pages.  ListHub, the leading provider of home listings to over 560 search engines, just terminated their relationship with Trulia, one of the major players in the home search market and just recently acquired by Zillow. What does this mean for home buyers, home sellers, and real estate agents nationally and in the greater Savannah community?

This recent relationship termination between Trulia and ListHub is definitely making headlines, but the real estate community has long had concerns about the reliability of second-party search sites like Trulia, Zillow, and others.  Old listings which have long been sold, unreliable information regarding home values, extended uploading time for new listings, and listings credited to the wrong agents have been just some of the complaints voiced by the real estate community regarding the service provided by these search providers.

It is being predicted, that because of this termination with Trulia and the possible non-renewal of the contract between ListHub and Zillow coming in April, agents will be forced to enter listing information manually into each home search provider.  Of course, this is only one more little step, but a step that can take additional time.

While Trulia and Zillow have definitely provided a valuable service in regards to real estate searches, searching homes directly through one of the MLS listing sites can often be much more reliable.  The Savannah MLS is the listing service available to any licensed agent in the greater Savannah area and is the number one place that local agents go to list their properties.

One great way to search for Savannah MLS properties is with the Keller Williams Home Search App. Not only is this app free, but it allows home buyers and home-sellers access to properties on their mobile device as soon as they are listed in the Savannah Multiple Listing Service by agents.  When you enter your agent’s exclusive code, it even allows you to automatically communicate with your agent about your properties of interest.  By clicking on the link below, you can get information on downloading this valuable Savannah real estate search tool.

App Link

Moved by The Words of My Child

I went shopping with my daughter yesterday for a “dressy” pair of pants she needed for a play she will be attending with her school.  If you knew my daughter, you would know that dressy is not her thing.  But, off we went to find a compromise that would be acceptable to the school and that she could live with. As we were standing in line, she looked over and saw a series of books that she said her brother had wanted.  She got out of line, picked up all four books and got back in line to stand next to me.  I told her that I really didn’t want to get those right now.  She looked at me and said, “No mom, I’m getting them for him, with my birthday money.”  I smiled to myself, not wanting her to know that I was extremely touched and overly pleased (which doesn’t always go over very well with a 14 year old). In the car, she kept touching the books, running her fingers over the impression of the words on the old-fashioned style cover.  Finally she said, “Mom, it feels good to be able to give something to someone”.  I nodded and thought for the first time in a long time, that maybe I had been listening and paying attention to my own mother, after all. It seems I got something right, if only for this one moment.

Giving does feel good. That’s why Moves With A Purpose speaks to me.  This team is not just about making as much money as possible to line the inside of an agent’s change purse.  It’s about helping our clients and giving back to the greater Savannah community.  Our clients, both home buyers and sellers are most important.  Without them, we would not be able to give back.  We aim to make sure we do right by them, to create a winning relationship for everyone, so that our team can move forward in its mission.  When we create relationships with our clients that last, we are able to continue our support of local non-profits and charities that help Coastal Georgia to grow and be better.

It does feel good to give.  It feels good to know that we are helping to bring comfort, a smile, a meal, a purpose, or hope to those who need it.  In return, it brings us comfort, feeds our hearts, and allows us to not just hope, but move towards a better purpose.  A purpose which can affect the lives of so many in our local community.

To see more of the Coastal Georgia non-profits and charities that we have been able to work with, please visit our website at www.MovesWithAPurpose.com.

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Savannah Calendar of Events-Weekend of January 23-25

The weather may be dreary, but that makes it the perfect weekend to get out of the house and enjoy all that Savannah has to offer.  What is going on this weekend?

Fri, JAN 23, 2015

Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth-Century Paintings from the Johnson Collection

Jul 30, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015, Cultural|Educational|Exhibits

Spanning the years 1810-1896, this exhibition examines the core concepts of the romantic movement as it unfolded in fine art of the American South. Having originated in European literature and art, romanticism found its way to America. The…

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Whitfield Lovell: Deep River

Aug 15, 2014 – Feb 01, 2015, Cultural|Educational|Exhibits

Artist Whitfield Lovell is internationally renowned for this thought-provoking portraits and signature tableaux. In the exhibition, Lovell utilizes sculpture, video, drawing, sound, and music to create an environment that fully engages the…

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Mountainfilm on Tour – Savannah

Jan 23, 2015 – Jan 24, 2015, Festivals

Celebrate the Indomitable Human Spirit with MountainfilmSAV. We are more than just MOUNTAINS! We are cultures worth exploring, adventures worth pursuing, environments worth preserving, and conversations worth sustaining. A fast-paced program of inspiring documentary films that…

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25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Jan 23, 2015 – Jan 23, 2015, Theatre

Come enjoy some of your favorite Savannah Theatre cast members portray an electric group of mid-pubescent vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of words…

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PULSE Art + Technology Festival – Myth and Infrastructure and This World Made Itself, performances by Miwa Matreyek

Jan 23, 2015 – Jan 23, 2015, Festivals

Los Angeles-based multimedia artist Miwa Matreyek presents two of her best-known short performances, which combine live action and animation. Documented in a popular TED video, Matreyek performs live, seen in silhouette between layers of projected animations. In Myth and…

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PULSE Art + Technology Festival

Jan 21, 2015 – Jan 25, 2015, Festivals

Join the FREE, five-day celebration! This is your chance to experience virtual reality games and hands-on interactive art. Be part of Savannah’s first-ever animated GIF Festival featuring international animators, and enjoy performances by cutting-edge visual artists and dancers! Want to dig…

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Doo Wop and Rock Festival

Jan 23, 2015 – Jan 24, 2015, Festivals|Theatre

Doo Wop and Rock is a 2-day celebration of that Good Old-Time Rock ‘n Roll. The show features 8 legendary Rock ‘n Roll artists from the 50’s and 60’s, with four artists each night. Friday night kicks off the event and features Ron Dante of The Archies and the Cuff Links; Shirley Alston…

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Sat, JAN 24, 2015

Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth-Century Paintings from the Johnson Collection

Jul 30, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015, Cultural|Educational|Exhibits

Spanning the years 1810-1896, this exhibition examines the core concepts of the romantic movement as it unfolded in fine art of the American South. Having originated in European literature and art, romanticism found its way to America. The…

See details >

Whitfield Lovell: Deep River

Aug 15, 2014 – Feb 01, 2015, Cultural|Educational|Exhibits

Artist Whitfield Lovell is internationally renowned for this thought-provoking portraits and signature tableaux. In the exhibition, Lovell utilizes sculpture, video, drawing, sound, and music to create an environment that fully engages the…

See details >

Sat, JAN 24, 2015

Mountainfilm on Tour – Savannah

Jan 23, 2015 – Jan 24, 2015, Festivals

Celebrate the Indomitable Human Spirit with MountainfilmSAV. We are more than just MOUNTAINS! We are cultures worth exploring, adventures worth pursuing, environments worth preserving, and conversations worth sustaining. A…

See details >

Taste of the Fiber Arts: Discharge Quilting and Dyeing

Jan 24, 2015 – Jan 25, 2015, Educational

The Fiber Guild of the Savannahs is hosting a series of eleven fiber arts related workshops in January and February at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. It is the perfect time of year to take a workshop in a low cost, stress-free…

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25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Jan 24, 2015 – Jan 24, 2015, Theatre

Come enjoy some of your favorite Savannah Theatre cast members portray an electric group of mid-pubescent vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home…

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PULSE Art + Technology Festival

Jan 21, 2015 – Jan 25, 2015, Festivals

Join the FREE, five-day celebration! This is your chance to experience virtual reality games and hands-on interactive art. Be part of Savannah’s first-ever animated GIF Festival featuring international animators, and enjoy performances…

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PULSE Art + Technology Festival – PULSE Free Family Day

Jan 24, 2015 – Jan 24, 2015, Free Events

Come to the largest event of the festival for an all-ages celebration of cool tech projects by local and national artists and makers! Children can make small robots and enjoy activities in the museum studios. Local artists, including young makers from Savannah’s STEM Academy…

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PULSE Art + Technology Festival – Savannah GIF Festival, presented by Art Rise Savannah with local musicians

Jan 24, 2015 – Jan 24, 2015, Festivals

See the big screen premiere of a new festival celebrating the animated GIF. International animators and local DJs and musicians come together to celebrate internet culture and its ability to connect the world. (Mild content, may not be…

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Doo Wop and Rock Festival

Jan 23, 2015 – Jan 24, 2015, Festivals|Theatre

Doo Wop and Rock is a 2-day celebration of that Good Old-Time Rock ‘n Roll. The show features 8 legendary Rock ‘n Roll artists from the 50’s and 60’s, with four artists each night. Friday night kicks off the event and features Ron…

See details >

Sun, JAN 25, 2015

Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth-Century Paintings from the Johnson Collection

Jul 30, 2014 – Feb 15, 2015, Cultural|Educational|Exhibits

Spanning the years 1810-1896, this exhibition examines the core concepts of the romantic movement as it unfolded in fine art of the American South. Having originated in European literature and art, romanticism found its way to…

See details >

Whitfield Lovell: Deep River

Aug 15, 2014 – Feb 01, 2015, Cultural|Educational|Exhibits

Artist Whitfield Lovell is internationally renowned for this thought-provoking portraits and signature tableaux. In the exhibition, Lovell utilizes sculpture, video, drawing, sound, and music to create an environment that fully engages the…

See details >

Taste of the Fiber Arts: Discharge Quilting and Dyeing

Jan 24, 2015 – Jan 25, 2015, Educational

The Fiber Guild of the Savannahs is hosting a series of eleven fiber arts related workshops in January and February at Oatland Island Wildlife Center. It is the perfect time of year to take a workshop in a low cost, stress-free…

See details >

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Jan 25, 2015 – Jan 25, 2015, Theatre

Come enjoy some of your favorite Savannah Theatre cast members portray an electric group of mid-pubescent vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home…

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PULSE Art + Technology Festival

Jan 21, 2015 – Jan 25, 2015, Festivals

Join the FREE, five-day celebration! This is your chance to experience virtual reality games and hands-on interactive art. Be part of Savannah’s first-ever animated GIF Festival featuring international animators, and enjoy performances…

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Top Ten Reasons to List Your Home with an Agent

Why is it worth paying an agent’s commission in this day and age of technology at your fingertips?  You can look up anything on the web and learning a new skill, like real estate, is as easy as following the directions on Pinterest, right?  Wrong.  Listing a home is so much more than just putting it on the internet and watching it sell or learning how to sell a home from the same site you learn how to make a chocolate mug cake.  Let’s be honest, there is a lot of useful information on the web, but would you want your doctor working on you in a procedure he learned how to do on YouTube?  Here are the top ten reasons to list with a professional real estate agent:

1.  MORE MONEY, MORE MONEY, MORE MONEY   Now that seems like a contradiction, doesn’t it?  Paying to have someone sell your house will earn you more money than listing it yourself?  But, its true.  According to the National Association of REALTORS, you can expect to earn 14% more on the sale of your house when listing with an agent.  But, why is that?  See Reason #2.

2. REALTORS ARE PROFESSIONALS  They earn their reputation and their business by knowing the market, knowing the neighborhood, and knowing buyers.  They are educated and experienced.  This education and experience allows them to make sure that your home is priced correctly, laws are followed, the sale of your home is done correctly, and you have less stress in your life.

3.  YOUR HOME WILL GET MORE EXPOSURE  Yes, the whole world is connected through technology.  With the simple click of the mouse, you can instantly find out the eating habits of the gray African Whooping Bird.  But, the majority of home buyers are aided by a Realtor.  Realtors share a database, called the MLS, which then shares your home’s information with popular real estate search sites like Zillow and Trulia.  The MLS is where agents search for properties to show their buyers.  Unless you are a licensed Realtor, you cannot utilize this very important tool.  And I’ll tell you from experience, agents do not typically scour the internet for homes For Sale By Owner.

4. SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE   When you list your home for sale, buyers will respond.  They will knock on your door, call you at all hours, email you at all hours, and pummel you with all the details they want to know.  Not only can this prove to be a nuisance (particularly when dealing with Looky-Loos), it can also be a safety concern for you and your family.  You don’t know who you are inviting into your home to look at your property.  When you list with an agent, the agent is the primary point of contact for buyers.  Agents will screen buyers to may sure of their intentions before touring through your home and put safety measures into place to help insure the safety of your home during showings.

5. MARKETING    Professional Real Estate agents have access to marketing forums that the average homeowner does not.  Beyond Craigslist and FSBO.com, Agents are able to market through direct mail campaigns, video tours, multiple websites and data bases, open houses, agent open houses, and many other methods that will get your home sold faster and for more money.

6. NEIGHBORHOOD KNOWLEDGE   Agents know the neighborhoods (or know all the industry connections to find out great information).  They know the comparable sales (not just what other homes were listed for, but what they actually sold for and after how many days on the market), they know how fast homes in your neighborhood are selling, and they know how to market your home.  They are able to market your property in relation to its schools, its great location, the perks of the neighborhood, and so forth.  And because they are professionally connected, they are able to get the word out to many more buyers.

 7. MARKET DATA   Real estate agents, have at their fingertips, a tremendous amount of data regarding average price per square foot, median and average sales price, days on market, list-to-sold ratios.  All of this data will help you understand the pricing, marketing, and expected income of your home and will help you make the very tough decisions regarding your next step in the listing process.

8. TOUGH NEGOTIATIONS  Great agents, negotiate extremely well.  They are able to remove themselves emotionally, unlike most homeowners, and make sure that decisions regarding negotiations are based on good business decisions and getting the homeowner the most money possible.  Real Estate agents are there to look out for your best interest.

9.  ALL THE RED TAPE  Buying and selling a home requires volumes of paperwork, with lengthy purchase agreements.  One mistake, trying to correctly complete his pile of paperwork on your own, could cost you a lot of money or possibly land you in court.  Agents are there to help you in navigating all those forms, contracts, special stipulations, addendum, exhibits, and all that other necessary paperwork.  And they are there, to be by your side at the closing table, to help you understand everything that is going on and offer you moral support.

10. CONTINUED SERVICE AFTER CLOSING  Once the closing is over, you breathe a heavy sigh of relief and hope that the stress of selling your home is behind you.  But, inevitably, questions arise.  Your real estate agent is a great contact when it comes to those questions.  They may not always know the answer, but they have the contacts at their fingertips who do know the answer.  Real estate agents are a wonderful resource after the sale of your home.

Donation Goal 2015

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The Moves With a Purpose real estate team, in the greater Savannah, GA area, needs your help! We have set a goal to contribute $50,000 to Savannah-area non-profits and charities in 2015. We donate 10% of every commission we earn, from the purchase or sale of real estate, to the causes our clients support. Do you know anyone looking to buy or sell a home? Do you have a cause you support? Please contact us so we can help the greater Savannah community and reach our $50,000 goal!