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Isle of Hope Art & Music Fest back with biggest event yet

  • Isle of Hope Art & Music Fest is Oct. 21 at the Marina and Pavilion. (Provided photo)
  • Isle of Hope Art & Music Fest is Oct. 21 at the Marina and Paxton Park. (Provided photo)

Isle of Hope Art & Music Fest back with biggest event yet

18 Oct 2017

During the 19th century, Isle of Hope was established as a retreat for the elite. Outbreaks of malaria, which were prevalent during the summer months, made Isle of Hope a sanctuary for those who needed a place to rest and hide away.

The land was segmented and sold to the most affluent residents, who in return built majestic homes along the waterways. A modest African American settlement in the district dates from after the Civil War, when freed slaves from Wormsloe Plantation settled in the town as well.

Nestled in the southeast corner of Savannah, Isle of Hope is a place that remains undiscovered by many residents, which is why the Isle of Hope Historical Association celebrates each year with its Arts & Music Fest, set for Oct. 21.

“This year will be the biggest event we have held to date,” says Brigitte Szychowski, one of the association’s board members. “We have 100 local vendors in one place and six different musical performances, from Lyn Avenue to the very talented Isaac Smith, who just released his new album titled ‘Young or Old.’”

The Isle of Hope festival focuses on community and family in “what promises to be a great day,” Szychowski says.

“To fully celebrate community, we can’t forget the kids,” she says. “For that reason, we have reached out to the Skidaway Island State Park, which will provide demonstrations with some live animals, as well as MatheMagicians to encourage the young minds.”

And you’ll need food to keep you going through the long festival day.

“The local Savannah Food Truck Association is taking part as well, providing us with nine local food trucks to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters,” Szychowski says.

Designed and landscaped with oak trees, which are now covered in Spanish moss, Isle of Hope is an architectural aficionado’s playground. The residences cover a wide range of styles and eras, including Greek revival, Victorian, Neoclassical and Craftsman. Most homes were designed to include formal, informal and hidden gardens.

“… It is important to me that Savannah residents join us to celebrate the history and flair of Isle of Hope, a place where many artists find inspiration and now return to share their work with the community — an area that is vital and a part of what makes Savannah so enchanting,” Szychowski says.


What: Isle of Hope Art & Music Fest

When: Oct. 21; art show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; music fest is 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Isle of Hope Marina and Paxton Park

Cost: Free



Isle of Hope Marina Stage

10:45-11:30 a.m. The Brawner Boys

Noon-1:30 p.m. Andrew Gill & Steven Gerard

2-3:30 p.m. Isaac Smith Band

4-5:30 p.m. Lyn Avenue

6-8 p.m. Stewart & Winfield

Paxton Park Stage

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Markus Kuhlman

2:30-4 p.m. Chyann Rose