In search of the city’s secrets, Andrea Goto sidles up to Savannah’s most infamous monuments—with a go cup in hand. » Photography by Michelle L. MorrisTourists feverishly snap photos of them and soak up the stories pressed into plaques. Residents regard them like the live oaks that blend into the backdrop of our Southern existence. Pigeons use them as a regal resting place from which to spot crumbs falling from the fingers of passersby. But, with the exception of late-night revelers who’ve hit the daiquiri soft-serve a little too hard, no one really takes the time to talk to Savannah’s most statuesque storytellers—until now. SavannahMagazine: Jimmy—may I call you Jimmy? James Oglethorpe: No. SM: Oggie? James: General Oglethorpe will do. SM: Right, sorry. General Oglethorpe, I imagine you’ve seen a lot over the past century you’ve resided here in Chippewa Square. James: Mostly bald spots. And I’ve attended more weddings than I can count. SM: Any drama? James: The Savannah Theater caught on fire a number of times—maybe three. Folks get very excited, but a little heat is not going to affect me. SM: Clearly. James: Shortly after my unveiling, a man named Thomas Archer Bryson constructed the Bryson Auto Exchange across the square there—it was 1904, I believe. It was the showroom for Packard Motorcars. Beautiful machines. With those at my disposal, the invasion of St. Augustine would’ve had a much different outcome. SM: As in, you would’ve been successful? James: If you recall, I did prevail against the Spanish forces at St. Simons and never again would those land thieves try to mount an offensive against Britain’s colonies! SM: You’re talking about the Battle of Bloody Marsh? James: Ah, you do know your history. SM: I Googled you. James: Pardon me? SM: Never mind. Any other noteworthy moments? James: There was all that codswallop about some bloke on a bench. I settle this city and people walk right past me in search of some bench. I never even saw the bloody thing. SM: That’s because it was directly behind you. It was in the film Forrest Gump but they had to remove it from the square because it was causing too much of a ruckus. James: Fiddlesticks! People worrying about such nonsense while I spend my days looking southward for invading Spaniards! SM: Yeah, about that— James: —I’m armed and ready! SM: Hasn’t that sword been stolen three times? James: I’d rather not talk about it. SM: Were you actually 9 feet tall, as your statue indicates? James: This interview is over. To listen in on Andrea's conversations with Tomochichi, Florence "The Waving Girl" Martus and Gracie Watson, pick up a Sept./Oct. issue of Savannah magazine.
The William Jay Society's annual fundraiser showcased world-class style with Savannah-worthy charm.
Location: Southside of Forsyth Park
Description: Apart from holiday cheers and a festive setting, the market day will feature a holiday fun dash around Forsyth Park, starting at the south end near the market entrance. All registered participants will be entered in a raffle to win one of three free entry registration (valid for all five CRITZ TYBEE RUN FEST events) to the CRITZ TYBEE RUN FEST in February 2012 (each valued at $120.00), and the first 25 registered participants a $5.00 market incentive for completing the 1 mile loop around the park. Bring your Santa hat and celebrate a smashing 2011 with a dash into 2012. The run itself will take off at 10:30 AM sharp, and will be led by market manager Ben Baxter, registration starts at 9 AM. Free 9AM-1 PM
Location: The Mulberry Inn - 601 E. Bay Street
Description: 7:15am, Holiday Breakfast at the Mulberry Inn, Join us at this special time of year for a hot breakfast, at the Mulberry Inn at 601 E. Bay Street in Savannah, to celebrate the holiday season. This event will be less formal, with no educational speaker to provide more time for networking and enjoying some holiday cheer! Bring an unwrapped toy for the Toy for Tots Program. Member Tickets are $20 each. Non-Member Tickets are $25 each.
Location: The Crab Shack - 40 Estill Hammock Road, Tybee Island
Description: Join the team at the Crab Shack beginning at 6:00pm to prepare for the lit festive boat launch at 7:15pm. Boats will return around 8:15pm. High tide is set for 7:46pm and floating time will be perfect. Awards will be presented once they return.
Location: Savannah Station. 601 Cohen St.
Description: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Free.