Historic Trinity Church, which has been located on the southwest trust lot of Telfair Square for 170 years, continues to be one of the most vital public venues in Savannah.

Under Ben Gosden and Enoch Hendry, the current and former pastors, Trinity has hosted innumerable cultural events. The large sanctuary will once again be a key venue for the Savannah Book Festival in February, and the Savannah Music Festival will use the grand space for 16 performances in 2019.


But for the first big event of the year, Trinity will host the benefit “Stroke of Good Fortune” featuring Savannah-based Velvet Caravan, the gypsy swing ensemble that has been thrilling audiences across the nation.

Velvet Caravan performed during the SMF’s grand finale in 2018 and will travel this spring for high-profile gigs in Wisconsin, Tennessee, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.

“A Stroke of Good Fortune” is also the name of Velvet Caravan’s eight-song 2018 album that can be streamed and purchased through a variety of online services. The record captures the band’s many moods and formidable talent, but nothing can quite compare to the intimacy, warmth and sheer energy of the live performances.

A silent auction in the fellowship hall will begin when the doors open and continue for 30 minutes after the end of Velvet Caravan’s performance. Bidders do not have to be present to win, so attendees can make some aggressive bids early in the evening if they can’t be there at the end.

Proceeds from the event will support preservation of the 1848 building and the church’s ministries, which are described as “radically inclusive” on the organization’s website.


Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at Trinity Church, 225 W. President St. on Telfair Square. Velvet Caravan is scheduled to play at 7 p.m. Advance tickets ($20) are available via the Facebook event page and Eventbrite. Tickets will be $25 at the door.

Guests will have a chance to interact with the band members as the silent auction continues after the show and meet for post-show cocktails at a nearby spot to be announced.


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