Savannah, Festival City

Savannah Festivals

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Savannah is a city that offers a little bit of everything to a visitor and local residents. We already know that Savannah is a great city for the arts  and food.  It is also a top vacation destination point. Savannah hosts at least 46 different festivals throughout the year from cultural festivals to food festivals to events surrounding sporting events such as the Legends of Golf Tournament in the spring or the Rock N Roll Marathon in the fall.

There are many cultural festivals in Savannah throughout the year. The Savannah College of Arts and Design hosts the Savannah Film Festival every fall. This festival honors independent and mainstream film makers from around the world. The Savannah Book Festival  attracts readers and authors alike from mystery to romance, every February. The Savannah Music Festival  showcases every type of music from bluegrass to R&B to classic over a 2 week period every spring.

The holidays always brings out the best of celebrations in the Savannah area. Savannah holds one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the nation every year. The parade takes 3 hours to wind through downtown Savannah streets in front of thousands of participants and viewers. Every year on the weekend after Thanksgiving, Savannah has the Harbor Boat Parade on the Savannah River. There are also holiday parades and festivals in many of the local communities, including Hinesville. The New Year wouldn’t be complete without attending the New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Tybee Island!

There are great food festivals celebrating different cultures and styles throughout the year in Savannah. The fall season is filled with different food festivals for German, Greek and Jewish food. Oktoberfest on the River combines German food and Savannah fun in a 3 day festival starting on October 5, 2012. The 61st Annual Savannah Greek Festival will be held at the St. Paul’s Hellenic Center October 11th through October 13th. There is a Jewish Food Festival at Forsyth Park on October 28th where you can taste different samples of kosher cooking. Twice a year, Savannah restaurants participate in the Restaurant Week where patrons can get a fixed rate on certain meals at higher-end Savannah restaurants.

Labor Day weekend is full of events to cap off a busy summer full of fun! The 5th Annual Craft Brew Fest  started August 26th and runs through September 2nd. This celebration of the micro-crafted beer has become a very popular event in Savannah. It draws thousands of people to taste over 175 beers from local, regional and national craft brewers. There are many larger events for the Brew Fest this weekend including Friday evening’s International Food & Brew tasting and Saturday’s Grand Tasting at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. Sunday, there is a live outdoor concert in conjuncture with the Brew Fest featuring regional and national music acts at the Westin’s Grand Prize of American Road Race Track.

Every month will bring some type of special event to the Savannah area. That is something that the city can be very proud of! Get out there and enjoy what the city has to offer! Stop N Stor  is very proud to be a part of the Savannah, Port Wentworth and Hinesville communities! Check out your local chamber of commerce for more information for local events.

Savannah Sand Gnats

Sand Gnats logo

Savannah Sand Gnats. Logo courtesy of sandgnats.@tripod.com

Just a few months ago, we were writing about opening day for baseball.  Now, the season is coming to a close as the summer is ending. The major league teams play through the end of September. The Atlanta Braves are currently in 2nd place in the National League Eastern Division, seven games behind the Washington Senators. They have been playing great and have a great record so far. This is a big year as Chipper Jones has announced his retirement at the end of the season. The minor league teams are beginning to wrap up their seasons in just a few weeks. September is the time for the major leagues to “call up” some of their best performing minor league players to play in “the show”. This also gives team management a chance to see what talent they could have for the next season. The Savannah Sand Gnats  will be finishing their season on September 3rd against the Kannapolis Intimidators. This week is the final home stand for the Sand Gnats. They end their home season against the Rome Braves on Sunday, August 26th.

It has been a rough summer for the Sand Gnats. They are 12.5 games out of first place in the Southern Atlantic League. Unfortunately, they will not be going back to the league playoffs this September.  However, it has been a good year for Sand Gnats for attendance and events at Historic Grayson Stadium. The spring and summer have been full of family fun and activities, entertainment and charity events at the ball park. Every Wednesday during the season has been “Pack the Park for Charity” nights. This event helps local organizations raise money through the purchase of discounted tickets.  There have been fireworks after each Saturday night home game. Wednesday nights were also Webkinz nights where the first 200 children in the park received a free collectible Webkinz toy! The Sand Gnats organization is involved in the community as well. They mascot, Gnate the Gnat, is at many local event throughout the season and even off-season.

You can still follow what is going on with the Sand Gnats via their Facebook Page  or Twitter Page. Thanks to everyone in the Sand Gnats organization for a great season, no matter the final record! We are already looking forward to next spring and the 2013 season!

Back to school Time, Already?

Bacl to School Time

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Where did the summer go? It felt like it was only yesterday when it was time to get excited about summer holidays, cookouts and family gatherings? How did it become that dreaded back to school time already? The Liberty County School District  already started classes on August 6, 2012. This also included Britten Elementary school in Ft. Stewart. The other 2 elementary schools at Ft. Stewart  started back to school on August 13, 2012. The Chatham County school district schools  start back to school on Monday, August 27, 2012.  Families with school aged children are starting to get back in their school year routines and schedules. There have been back to school sales at all the stores and the kids are collecting their school supplies, uniforms and sporting equipment for the year.

How does back to school tie in with self storage? Self storage is a great option to store all of your children’s extra sports equipment, uniforms, musical instruments, old projects and documents. All of these items tend to clutter up homes starting at the beginning of the school year. As the year progresses, the collection grows bigger and bigger and takes up more space in the home. Renting a self storage unit can help eliminate the extra clutter of all of the school year activities.

Some Savannah area colleges have already started their fall semester classes this week, including Armstrong Atlantic State University  and Savannah State University . Savannah Tech will start classes at the end of the month at their 5 area campuses. Savannah College of Art & Design  will be starting their classes on September 10, 2012.

This time of year is a big time of transition, especially for new college students. New students, who are living away from home for the first time, need to be highly organized with their belongings. They need to reduce their home bedroom into a few boxes and suitcases. Their dormitory living space will be much less than what they are used to. They will not be able to bring childhood collections and items with them to college. Once, the college students are out of the house, parents might decide to do a major clean or a redecoration of the student’s room. But, where can you store all of the student’s collectible’s, clothes and furniture when you change the room into an office or in-home gym? Store these items in a self storage unit, so you can keep them in good shape for your student to look through them when they are at home. Then, it will be up to the student to decide to keep the items! As we have mentioned earlier this year, college students and self storage are a perfect match. The student who had used self storage in the spring to store their school items for their summer break now needs to clean out their storage unit and move back into the dormitory or college apartment.

Stop N Stor  wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable school year!!! We are here to help with your storage needs through the transitional back to school time.

Savannah and Port Wentworth Auction Day

Storage Auction

What treasures could be in the storage unit? Photo courtesy of sparefoot.com.

Stop N Stor  held a storage auction this past Saturday, August 4, 2012 at our Savannah and Port Wentworth locations. The weather turned out to be great for a storage auction!  The event started at 9am at our Savannah location. Once bidding was done on the 12 units at this location, the proceedings moved to our Port Wentworth facility. There were 9 units auctioned off at this location. Our auctioneer, Terry, led the bidding festivities. Thanks to everyone that come out to place bids on the storage units that were up for auction. We had a good crowd for this auction with lots of people interested to see what storage auctions are all about! Thanks also to the staff at our facilities that were there to answer questions and help with the auction.

Keep up with the latest information on storage auctions for Stop N Stor via our Facebook Page , Twitter Page  and this blog! We look forward to more storage auction events in the future.