It’s not difficult to find plenty to do knocking around Savannah, Georgia, no matter what season. Spring, however, is always my favorite time of the year in this beautiful coastal community.
While this elegant Southern city is known for its haunted houses and its fabulous restaurants — it is also recognized for its lively visual and performing arts community. Here are a few arts and cultural places to build into a visit.
The Telfair Academy, a neoclassical Regency style former mansion was built from 1818-1819 for Alexander Telfair, son of Revolutionary War patriot and Georgia governor Edward Telfair. Today the Academy house 19th and 20th century American and European art including examples of “American Impressionism and Ashcan School Realism, with major paintings by Childe Hassam, Frederick Frieseke, Gari Melchers, Robert Henri, George Bellows, and George Luks.”
The Jepson Center is devoted to contemporary art and rotating exhibitions. In a site-specific installation, sculptor Therman Statom‘s Glass House construction uses images related to Savannah and to the collection of Telfair Museums. In this permanent piece, the artist uses glass in in many different ways: plate glass boxes, a blown glass vase, an etched glass panel, pulled and twisted glass, even broken glass.
Live at the Savannah Theatre
If you enjoy live stage shows, be sure to plan a night at the Savannah Theatre. Performances date back to 1818, and today it still offers entertaining live shows with lots of talented singers and musicians.
Savannah Stopover Music Festival in early March each year “capitalizes on the logistical good fortune of Savannah’s proximity to Interstates 95 and 10 by presenting traveling musicians with a welcoming place to play en route to Austin’s prestigious SXSW Music Conference.” The annual spring Savannah Music Festival.
If you find yourself in Savannah the fourth week of March a must-see is the annual Tour of Homes and Gardens.
For an up-to-date list of events click on Visit Savannah
For an RV Short Stops post on some of my other favorite spots, click here for historic places for RVers to visit in Savannah.
Images: (Top) Bicycling and enjoying the sweet spring days in Savannah’s Historic District. (GeoffsPhotos, VisitSavannah.com). (Middle) ‘Glasshouse’ by Therman Statom (American b. 1953), Untitled (Glass House), 2005, Site-specific glass installation for Telfair Museums, Museum Purchase, 2009.4. (Bottom) Mokoomba performing at the Savannah Music Festival. (VisitSavannah.com)