The Historic Savannah Foundation knows how to party.
On June 3, a block party at Guerry Lumber will offer demonstrations and workshops that highlight the art of preservation.
There will be live music, food and drink, exhibits from local craftsmen and students, and a bike valet for those who prefer to pedal in. The Davenport House Museum dancers will perform.
The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
"It's our third annual block party," says Meghan Lowe, director of development for HSF. "It's part of our sixth annual Savannah Preservation Festival.
"Guerry Lumber is celebrating its 90th anniversary. We are teaming up with them to help celebrate.
"We're going to have music from Missionary Blues, which is classic rock," she says. "We have different events and exhibits that show preservation."
The block party will be both fun and educational.
"We will showcase some of our children's educational activities with a hands-on history program," Lowe says. "Our students will submit artwork and the public will vote on the best poster. The winner becomes part of the Savannah Preservation Festival logo for next year."
About 300 people are expected to attend.
"Last year, we held it on Broughton Street and the previous year it was on 32nd Street between Lincoln and Abercorn," Lowe says. "That was part of an area we were preserving with our revolving fund. We had focused on that corridor and had just saved the last house on that street."
Guerry Lumber has been a part of the community for a long time.
"We were founded back in 1927 by T.H. Guerry Sr.," says Erin Clay, marketing coordinator for Guerry Lumber. "He always said, 'Turpentine runs in our veins.'
"Our slogan is 'Everything to build everything,'" she says. "We are celebrating our 90th year and the fourth generation of Guerrys."
In honor of its anniversary, Guerry Lumber has decided to donate $1.90 for every attendee of the block party to the Historic Savannah Foundation. The amount signifies the celebration of a historical, family-owned business turning 90 years old and acknowledges the fact that historic preservation plays a huge role in Savannah.
Clay says there will be vendors at the party along with several other educational booths.
"Savannah Tech will do blacksmithing and timber-framing demos," Clay says. "The police department will have a booth, Floor and DÃ©cor will have a booth ... The Savannah Bicycle Campaign will provide bike racks. We will have Leopold's Ice Cream and food trucks from Rollin' Smoke BBQ and Molly MacPherson's.
"We'll have storyteller J'Miah Nabawi featuring his interactive workshop 'WOOD Makes Music!' with donated wood to make marimbas. Kids can decorate them and learn how the process goes."
There will be a kids' station with building blocks, bingo and a life-sized Jenga game. Local authors Polly Wylly Cooper and Laura Lawton will sell and sign their book "Savannah's Preservation Story" with proceeds going to the Historic Savannah Foundation.
"We respect and understand what goes into preservation," Clay says. "The Historic Savannah Foundation is a very good partner of ours.
"The Guerry family has always been involved in the community," she says. "They've always prided themselves on being family owned and operated and to continue to be involved in the community. We wouldn't be here without it."
The HSF is a preservation organization committed to preserving and protecting Savannah's heritage. The National Trust for Historic Preservation designates May of each year as "Preservation Month," and HSF's preservation festival was started to demonstrate what makes Savannah unique.
"Historic preservation is integral to Savannah," says Daniel Carey, president and CEO of Historic Savannah Foundation. "This festival honors those who have done it well and affirms HSF's commitment to protecting our community's heritage."
IF YOU GO
What: Historic Savannah Foundation's Block Party
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3 (rescheduled from May 13)
Where: Guerry Lumber, 123 W. 44th St.