The Starland District, with its focus on art and local businesses, already offers a lot of reasons to visit it, but with people eager to get outside after a long quarantine, Starland is presenting another fun incentive for people to walk around and get re-acquainted with the neighborhood.
Alair Homes Savannah, located on the corner of 41st and Drayton streets, is spearheading a Star Hunt where families looking to get out of the house can stroll through the neighborhood and look for colorful stars displayed in the windows of businesses and homes.
“Initially, when we were all quarantining I kept seeing some people on social media posting about these different activities that neighborhoods were doing to get people out walking and engaging in the neighborhood with their families,” said Jessica Leavitt, regional community manager at Alair Homes Savannah.
One such activity was a Bear Hunt where people would put stuffed bears in their windows for families to “hunt.”
“I thought it would be fun to do something in our neighborhood, where we have so many awesome creatives and businesses, to attract people to walk through the neighborhood and maybe discover a new local gem they can visit online and purchase something from, or maybe find a new restaurant they want to try when the whole quarantine was over,” said Leavitt.
Star hunters are encouraged to snap pictures of the stars they find and share them on Facebook and Instagram with the tag #StarlandStarHunt. For every shared photo, Alair Homes Savannah will donate $1 to Wesley Community Centers of Savannah Inc. The nonprofit, located on Drayton Street, provides needed services to homeless and low-income families including daily video activities and food pick-ups.
“Since we were coming at it from a commerce standpoint, as a business, and we were deemed essential employees and were continuing to work, we wanted to do something to give back to the community, as well,” explained Leavitt.
At press time, there were 10 stars to find, but Starland residents and businesses are encouraged to participate. Clinton Edminster and Starlandia Supply have donated prints that can be picked up at the store, for anyone interested in displaying a star. There are also printable options on the Facebook page.
“The more people who engage with it the better and since we live or work in a such a creative neighborhood, I think the more creative the better,” said Leavitt.
If you are looking for a place to start hunting, you can begin at Aliar Homes Savannah where they are displaying stars by Winslett Watson and tattoo artist Jimmy Butcher.
“We have three pieces on our front porch here,” said Leavitt. “They’re fun and colorful and my goal is that we can continue to get more people engaged over the next couple of weeks as we’re still slowly rejoining the real world again.”
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