Coastal Ga. Weekend: Savannah And Coastal Events Sept. 15-18

Sep 15, 2016

Are you ready for the weekend - and Savannah's busy fall social season? Let Amy Condon of Savannah Magazine and Jessica Leigh Lebos of Connect Savannah be your guides.

Amy's picks:

-Support the Savannah Tree Foundation's efforts to preserve the city's famous trees at the group's annual fundraiser, Thursday at the Ships of the Sea Museum. The Fall Frolic event will take place amidst the trees in the museum's outdoor space. Thursday, 6-9 p.m.; $75.

-Take a culinary world tour at Savannah Technical College's Bistro Savoir Interactif, Saturday at the college's Eckburg Auditorium. Sample - and learn to make - dishes from New Zealand, Russia, Italy and Spain, along with wine pairings. Proceeds support a scholarship fund for culinary and hospitality students. Saturday, 5:45 p.m.; $100.

-Savannah's music and art community will come together yet again for the seventh annual Statts Fest on Saturday - this time at Grayson Stadium. The day full of live local music, food trucks and family fun will raise money for Jason Statts, a local artist and musician who's been confined to a wheelchair since he was shot during an armed robbery. Saturday, 3-8 p.m.; $15 in advance, $20 at the gate.

-A different sort of block party on Sunday will aim to combine fun with social action: the West Side Block Party at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. Deep Center, Art Rise Savannah and the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority are joining forces for this event that will feature art and storytelling alongside ideas for Savannah's future. Sunday, 3-7 p.m.; free.

-Next week, Savannah Magazine will celebrate its Best of Savannah winners with the Cuban-themed Havannah Nights party at the Westin. Mojitos and cigars will be on offer, along with demonstrations of Latin dance set to Cuban tunes. Thursday, Sept. 22; $50 in advance, $60 at the door. 

-Also next week is the fall edition of Trinity United Methodist Church's Thursday Night Opry series. Aaron Zimmer of City Hotel will open for Atlanta band Pretend Sweethearts and South Carolina's The High Divers. Thursday, Sept. 22; $10.

Jessica's picks:

-Laugh along with the latest local theater production: "The Savannah Sipping Society," performed by Collective Face Ensemble at Muse Arts Warehouse. The locally-set comedy follows four Southern women looking to escape their routines, thrown together in a fateful happy hour. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 3 p.m.; $25 general admission, $20 for students, seniors and military.

-Combine history and seafood at the Pin Point Heritage Museum's annual seafood festival Saturday. The recipes have been passed down through the generations who lived in this longtime fishing village, which was the birthplace of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas - and has plenty more history to learn. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; $5 festival ticket, $10 with museum admission.

-All this week, a group of Tibetan monks are creating a sand mandala in the Jepson Center's Eckburg Atrium. After painstakingly making the intricate work, the monks sweep it away. Watch them at work, hear a lecture on meditation and watch the ceremony as they ritually destroy their work - a demonstration of the impermanence of life. Lecture Thursday, 6 p.m.; free. Closing ceremony Sunday, 2-3 p.m.; free for members, $5 for non-members.

-The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home begins its fall lecture series Sunday with a talk by Michael Freeman. The author of "Savannah's Monuments," Freeman will discuss how Savannah established and defines its Southern gothic identity. Sunday, 4 p.m.; free.

-Curious about roller derby? Now's your chance: the Savannah Derby Devils hold their Roller Derby Boot Camp beginning Sunday in Garden City. Campers (all over 18) will hone their skating skills and participate in physical challenges. Sunday, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 8 p.m.; $35 in advance, $45 on-site.

-Next week, celebrate favorite local son Johnny Mercer with the musical "Johnny Mercer and Me," written by Miriam Center, at the Lucas Theatre. A personal friend of Mercer's, Center incorporates a personal flair along with Mercer's beloved hits. Thursday, Sept. 22, 8 p.m.; $30.