Things are different around here in the summer. The kids are in camps and you are either about to leave or just getting back from some type of vacation. Or maybe you've chosen to use that down time to make some needed repairs around the house. Routines are busted.
It gets so warm around here that outdoor activities generally slow to a crawl. Inevitably, most of us ask ourselves, "What's going on around town?" The Savannah Bananas continue to provide their fans with quality entertainment, and we all have our favorite watering holes to grab a frosty beverage and enjoy a view of a body of water of some kind. But what else is going on?
Here's a short list of ways to fill your summer until football season rolls around — though I am currently thoroughly enjoying the World Cup.
7 p.m. July 5: 1540 Room's Charcuterie and Cocktails; The DeSoto, poolside, 15 E. Liberty St.; $30; 1540savannah.com or 912-443-2022.
I wish I could call this one of Savannah's best-kept secrets, but the word is getting out. Executive Chef Kyle Jacovino's charcuterie is not only very good, but also very popular. At this event, $30 gets you two cocktails and a charcuterie board. The difference this time? They are hosting the event on The DeSoto's pool deck. And yes, swimming is not only welcomed, but encouraged.
7 p.m. July 14: Let's Get Saucy Wing Sauce Competition; Southbound Brewing Co., 107 E. Lathrop Ave.; free admission for public; $25 for contestants at eventbrite.com.
Now in its second year, this competition is pretty popular and destined to become even more so. Contestants are encouraged to register their own homemade chicken wing sauce, which must be made using a Southbound beer. You are invited to buy wings from BowTie Barbecue's food truck and sample all of the sauces. Obviously, plenty of beer is available as well. The best part? This party is free. Except, of course, for the the wings and beer you buy to sample sauces. If you dig wings and beer and licking your fingers on a sticky summer night, this has your name written all over it.
7 p.m. July 14: Chef Nick Mueller and Company's Anthony Bourdain Tribute Dinner; The Laughing Boar, 438 Kessler Loop, Guyton; $150 ($25 goes to suicide prevention); RSVP to 912-728-8150.
If you absolutely must keep it indoors on a summer Saturday night, then this dinner is for you. Chef Nick Mueller's restaurant, The Laughing Boar in Guyton, hosts a number of special dinners throughout the year. They don't keep regular hours and only open when they can — generally once per quarter. This summer his event will be a nine-course meal inspired by the life, food and recipes of chef and author Anthony Bourdain, who was found dead in a hotel room in France last month. In tribute, $25 from every seat sold will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Sunset any day: Shark Bar at Skull Creek Dockside, 2 Hudson Road, Hilton Head Island; docksidehhi.com or 843-785-3625.
The only entry that isn't an event — unless, of course, you consider the most spectacular sunsets in the area a nightly event. Shark Bar is a relatively new spot on the island, built to take full advantage of waterfront views and vibe. A huge (and I mean huge) bar offers plenty of TVs, full food menu and an adjacent playground for the kids. This place was designed to make all ages happy and they totally deliver on that. AJ's and Coco's on Tybee both offer wonderful scenes at sunset, but if you want to break a routine and experience something really special, roll up on the Shark Bar about 6:30 p.m. and enjoy your evening.
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