I want to begin this Thanksgiving week column by, well, giving thanks to all the musicians, performers, fine artists, writers, creative professionals and supporters of the arts who make Savannah such a special place to live.

No matter what forms of art you prefer, you probably have something for which to be thankful this holiday season.


And as we move from giving thanks to giving gifts, I hope some readers will translate that thanks into direct support of the local arts scene.

Readers who want to get into the spirit of the holidays might especially be interested in eight annual Homegrown Holiday Hoedown from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 15 in the ballroom of American Legion Post 135, 1108 Bull St.

The Hoedown’s lineup includes local favorites The Train Wrecks, The Hypnotics, Matt Eckstine and host Stan Ray. Attendees are asked to bring art supplies to support the outreach efforts of the nonprofit Loop It Up, which provides arts programming in more than 30 locations across Savannah.

Tickets ($25) are now on sale at holidayhoedown2018.brownpapertickets.com. This event will almost certainly sell out in advance, so don’t be left out in the cold.

And while you’re marking your calendar, I will make a few other quick recommendations.

Readers who want to get a jump on holiday shopping should hit Graveface Records for Black Friday Record Store Day from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 23. This edition of RSD will include several hundred new releases.


The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble will get into the swing of the holidays with “A Midwinter Night’s Dream,” Joseph Discher and Bonnie J. Monte’s adaptation of the Shakespeare classic, from Nov. 30 to Dec. 16.

Athens-based T. Hardy Morris, one of the most important voices in southern rock today, will perform Nov. 30 at El-Rocko Lounge. Morris’ new album “Dude, The Obscure” is among my favorite albums of 2018. Tickets are $10 at eventbrite.com.

Those are just a few of the upcoming events that have caught my attention and that are worthy of broad support. You can read about many more ways to buoy the local arts scene in this edition and upcoming editions of Do and at dosavannah.com.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (billdawers.com) and hissing lawns (hissinglawns.com). Email billdawers@comcast.net.