For all those teetering on either side of the big 4-0, our generation has a new name: Xennials. We're now part of a micro-generation sandwiched between the pre-internet leave-the-house-without-being-found Gen Xers, and the overanalyzed, digitally advanced, carpal-tunnel-at-age-12 millennial.

It's the generation that experienced an analog childhood and a digital adulthood, and knowing what we once had creates a longing for those simpler times.

Some days, after I daydream of throwing my phone and computer out of a second-story window, I just wanna play. Luckily, Anna Lee Heidt Harris gets me.

As one of the driving forces behind the new Let's Play group here in Savannah, she understands the importance of play, especially as an adult.

"Life can get so serious, so many responsibilities," she said. "It's nice to unplug, to bring out your inner-child and de-stress. Let's tap back into that happy, energetic side."

We all have that side: the one that plays capture the flag, tug-of-war and kickball, where water gun fights through the neighborhood become commonplace and your Field Day team dominates Red Rover and wheel barrel races. It's what Let's Play is all about.

"Play is the original social networking," said the Rev. Kelly Steele, an Episcopal priest with Church of the Epiphany and the second of the three group founders. (Heidt Harris' mother, Rebecca Heidt, completes the trio).

"When we get together to play these games, there is no political divides, no cultural allegiances - you're on a team, together, working toward a goal," Steele said.

The monthly meet-up is aimed at offering a place of play for people of all ages and backgrounds. Even if you can't play yourself, there is always a need for referees or moderators. There is a place for everyone in this group, said Steele.

There is no cost to participate, no sign-up needed and no fine print. Each month focuses on a different theme - the latest is a Thanksgiving scavenger hunt through Forsyth Park on Nov. 18. All you need to do is show up.

So here it is, folks, Savannah knocking on your door, asking your mom if you can come out and play. Just remember to be home before the street lights come on. And, of course, have fun.


What: Let's Play: The Amazing Race (Scavenger Hunt)

When: 1-3 p.m. Nov. 18

Where: Forsyth Park

Cost: Free