This weekend offers plenty of holiday cheer and a wide variety of music and art, from Southern guitarists to exhibits that may inspire the creator in you. Did I mention there are also chickens involved? Read on for Do's top picks for your Savannah schedule:
'THE LITTLE PRINCE'
Collective Face Theatre Ensemble offers its own unique twist on this beloved children's tale starting Friday at Muse Arts Warehouse. On his decision to use puppets for many of the roles, director David I.L. Poole said, "It's so wonderful to work with puppets, because they can do a lot things that humans can't. They can fly, they can be upside down and all kinds of magical, fantastical things." Check out the magic the next three weekends, with Friday and Saturday evenings performances plus Sunday matinees.
'I HAVE MARKS TO MAKE'
Get ready to get inspired this weekend at the Jepson, and it won't cost you a thing. "I Have Marks to Make," a therapeutic arts program celebrating 20 years at Telfair Museums, will be the centerpiece of Saturday's Free Family Day and Sunday's opening reception and program. All the artists with work on display have had to overcome various obstacles to create their pieces, and the exhibit is a wonderful testament to the healing power of art. Don't miss this one.
BACK TO GEORGIA TOUR AND FOLK TRANSGRESSIONS
Tinsley Ellis was a musical fixture for years in Savannah, and he'll be joined by fellow Southern guitarist Tommy Talton on Saturday for their "Back to Georgia Tour" at Mars Theatre in Springfield. That same night, you can also catch "Folk Transgressions: A Night of Guitar Auteurs" featuring Daniel Bachman, Richard Leo Johnson and Coy Campbell at Trinity United Methodist Church. Both are great chances to hear some really talented musicians, minus the loud distractions bars can bring.
I CANTORI AND EVENSONG
The 24th annual Christmas concert by chamber ensemble I Cantori will be presented twice this year, on Saturday and Monday at churches in Savannah and Skidaway Island. If you need some classical music in between, go to St. John's Church on Sunday night for a special Evensong performance to take you back in time, as well as a chance to check out the historic Green-Meldrim House.
CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVER AND LIGHTED PARADE
The Whos will be taking over Savannah all weekend, with City Market and River Street previews of "How the Dancing Grinch Stole Christmas" on Friday and Saturday, then a full production Sunday at Savannah Civic Center. Don't miss the chance to welcome Santa to town on Saturday during the annual Lighted Parade, starting at 5:30 p.m. on West River Street and ending at Ellis Square.
LIGHTS ON FOR TYBEE AND CHRISTMAS PARADE
Tybee gets in on the festivities, too, with the mayor lighting the downtown Christmas tree on Friday night and the annual parade on Saturday afternoon. Be sure to take advantage of photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, then mark your calendars for a few more events to ring in the new year, such as beach fireworks and the annual Polar Plunge!
JANE COSLICK'S HOLIDAY COTTAGE TOUR
This favorite annual Tybee Island event features tours of historic beach cottages with one of the Lowcountry's most renowned interior designers. All proceeds benefit the Humane Society For Greater Savannah, so make a day of it to enjoy these beautiful homes while helping the society open a low-cost spay/neuter clinic next year.
SAVANNAH RIVERKEEPER PICK & PINCH
For the annual roast on the river this year, the Savannah Riverkeeper decided to do something a little different for our region. "Oyster roasts are quite common in Savannah, so we tried to bring Augusta and upper basin Georgia down to Savannah and bring a little of the river down with us," said Tonya Bonitatibus, executive director and official Riverkeeper of the group. Check out barbecue pulled pork and boiled crawfish on Saturday night at Hogan's Marina, plus SweetWater brews and music by City Hotel. Proceeds help the Riverkeeper continue working to keep our waterways clean.
TOUR DE COOPS
The Savannah Urban Garden Alliance is continuing its sixth annual tour of the city's backyard chicken coops. You can take this popular tour by trolley or head out on a self-guided tour by car or bike. All proceeds go toward the alliance's initiatives to cultivate a gardening movement in Savannah.
TREE OF LIGHT CEREMONY
Close out the weekend with a community gathering to honor the loved ones who won't be with us this holiday season. Hospice Savannah is hosting this annual event for the 25th year, and all donations at the Sunday ceremony will go toward the organization's Full Circle breavement services, which are offered free to anyone in the Savannah area.
Also, try to make time for one of two performances of "The Nutcracker" on Saturday, "The Journey" through the next two weekends and Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights throughout December. These are all-ages events perfect for anyone looking for some quality time with the family.
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Heather Henley is the editor of Do Savannah. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter @HeatherDHenley. View the Do Savannah "Big Calendar" mobile app