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2014 Savannah Film Festival

Savannah Film FestivalEvery October and early November, the best and brightest in filmmaking come to Savannah to be part of the Savannah Film Festival. The Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) is the producer and main sponsor of the film festival. The film festival features everything from animated shorts to full length documentaries and films. The 2014 Savannah Film Festival opened on October 25th and has films showing and other events taking place through Saturday November 1st.

The Savannah Film Festival welcomes tens of thousands of film fans and professionals to the city of Savannah every year. There are competition film screenings, special screenings (such as previews of new movies), workshops, panels and lectures from filmmakers. The festival honors professional and amateur filmmakers from around the world. There is even an “Audience Choice Award” where the public can vote on their choice of favorites for documentaries, shorts and feature films. In 2014, SCAD opened the Savannah Film Studios , which has three sound stages, green rooms, lighting grids, post production suites, screening   rooms and production offices. These studios are one of the nearly 70 SCAD facilities in the Savannah area and a great part of the SCAD arts and design curriculum.

Each year, the Savannah Film Festival honors a group of actors and actresses and the work that they have done and are currently doing. Past honorees include Alec Baldwin, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson, Sir Ian McKellan, Oliver Stone, John Goodman, Stan Lee, and Woody Harrleson. This year’s honorees include rising stars Asa Butterfield and Analeigh Tipton, film and stage legend, Gena Rowlands and spotlight award winner actor Matt Bomer.

The majority of the screenings during the film festival are held at two theaters in downtown Savannah: The Lucas Theater and the Trustees Theater.  You can still purchase tickets and special passes for events and movie screenings through November 1st for the film festival online. The film festival is a great way to see up and coming filmmakers and celebrate some of the best actors and filmmakers in the industry.

 

 

Halloween Events in the Savannah

Halloween In Savannah
Photo courtesy of lonelyplanet.com.

 

Savannah once again is on the list for the spookiest cities in the United States! In the past few years, many newspapers and travel sites, such as  Home Away, US Travel, and HGTV Front Door  have named Savannah, Georgia one of the haunted cities in the United States, if not the world. Tourists from around the world come to visit the city and look for paranormal activities. During the Halloween season, there are many activities for young and old to celebrate the holiday as well as learn a bit about the history of the area.

There are many walking and driving tours in Savannah that make stops at haunted businesses and homes in the downtown historic district of Savannah. As a tourist, you can just wander around the many squares and come across a house or building that has some type of haunted or paranormal story. One of the most famous “haunted” house is the Mercer House which was made even more famous (or infamous) by the book and then the movie of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”. The Hampton Lillibridge House, built in 1796, has numerous haunted stories from patrons and residents. The Moon River Brewing Company  shares openly tales about its ghostly inhabitants and staff and customers paranormal experiences. There are many eerie and yet beautiful cemeteries in Savannah that you can visit all year. The Pirates House had a tunnel in the basement was used for many years as a secret passage to the Savannah River to force unwilling men into servitude on the high seas. The Bonaventure Cemetery is one of the most famous cemeteries in Savannah, but if you are looking for haunted places, don’t miss out on the Colonial Park Cemetery, built near the sites of many of the tragic events in Savannah’s history.

If touring actual “haunted” places in not your ideal Halloween celebration, there are also family-friendly Halloween events in the area. Downtown Hinesville is having the Scarecrow Stroll and Beggar’s Night on 10/24 with events starting at 5pm. Families can enjoy scarecrow building, pumpkin carving ,rides, and a haunted house at the Old Jail.  Some local farms host fall festivals that are perfect Halloween entertainment for the entire family. Poppell Farms in Odum, Ottawa Farms in Bloomingdale, and Boone Hall Plantation all offer pumpkin patches, hayrides and corn mazes. For the older kids and adults, visit the Alee Temple Terror Plantation for a bit of spooky and scary fun. This year, you can visit the Tall Ship, El Galeon Andalucia October 30th to November 1st as the visiting ship is transformed into a haunted pirate ship!

Whatever you do to celebrate the Halloween season, Stop N Stor wishes you a safe and happy Halloween! With so much spookiness in Savannah, there is some event for everyone to enjoy!

Moving Out of Your Storage Unit

Moving Out of Your Storage UnitRenting a self storage unit is a great storage solution for many of life’s transitional events.  There are many reasons people decide to store their belongings at a self storage facility from moving to downsizing to a smaller home. Self storage is a perfect option to store furniture and belongings if you are renovating or remodeling a home. Storing in self storage is a temporary solution from one or two months to many years.  According to the Self Storage Association, 13% of all self storage renters will rent less than 3 months, 18% for 3-6 months, 18% for 7-12 months, 22% for 1-2 years and 30% for more than 2 years. At some point in time, either because of an expected or an unexpected event, you will need to move your belongings out of your storage unit.

Cleaning Out your Storage Unit

Every storage facility will have different move-out procedures for your storage rental units, so make sure that you know about them before you start cleaning out your storage unit.  Some facilities can ask for up to a month written notice before you move your items out of the facility, while other facilities do not ask for any notice. Stop N Stor requires notice within 5 days of the end of the prior monthly term. All occupants must have moved out of their storage unit by the first of the month. All move-outs must have a move-out receipt to avoid being charged for an additional month. When you are moving out of the storage unit, you want to avoid any additional storage unit fees that could occur if you do not follow the proper procedures.  However, there are some steps that need to be taken before you vacate the storage unit.

  1. Make sure to remove all items from the storage unit when you are cleaning out your belongings. Do not leave any items behind.
  2. Sweep out the storage unit and remove any stains or spills to the best of your ability.
  3. The storage unit should be in the same condition, if not better, than when you moved in.
  4. Remove the lock from the storage unit.
  5. Drop off your lock to the management off when you are moving out.

 

If you have any question about self storage, check out the most frequently asked questions with answers to general self storage questions or stop in to our 5 Stop N Stor locations.   Our storage managers are there to help you with any future storage needs.

Celebrate Pirates in Savannah in October

Tybee Island Pirate Fest
Tybee Island Pirate Fest Parade. Photo courtesy of coastalcompanion.com

The pirates are coming to the Savannah area this weekend and later this month. No, not those pirates! It’s time to celebrate pirates at the Tybee Island Pirate Fest October 9th to 12th and then welcome the El Galeon Andalucia, a Spanish 16th Century Tall Ship as it docks along River Street for 10 days starting on October 24th.

 

Tybee Island Pirate Fest

Every Columbus Day weekend for the past 10 years, Tybee Island hosts Pirate Fest as a way to boost visitation to Tybee Island during the off-season.  The City of Tybee Island, local businesses, and volunteers all come together to create a family friendly event that has grown in popularity every year. The Pirate Fest transforms Tybee Island into a pirate village for the weekend. The Pirate Fest features a parade, family activities, entertainment, costume contests and much more. There is a vendors market, called “Thieves Market, with pirate-themed clothes, accessories and artwork, plus local artisan arts and crafts.  The festivities  kick off on Thursday, October 9th at the Buccaneer Ball at the Crab Shack. The Buccaneer Ball is an 18 and over event featuring music, food, costume contests, a treasure hunt and the crowning of the Pirate Fest King and Queen.  The festival continues Friday, October 10th at 5pm with entertainment, a carnival and petting zoo for children of all ages. One of the highlights of the Tybee Island Pirate Fest is the Pirate Victory Parade held Saturday, October 11th at 3pm. The parade, which goes down Butler Street to the beach, includes floats, costumed participants, treasures and much more! There will also be fireworks held Friday and Saturday nights at 9pm. Don your favorite pirate gear and head to Tybee Island for Pirate Fest, it is an event that can’t be missed!

 El Galeon Andalucia

Savannah welcomes the Spanish tall ship, the El Galeon Andalucia, to the Savannah Riverfront for 10 days starting October 24th.  The El Galeon Andalucia is a replica of a late 16th century merchant and war ship that traveled the high seas 500 years ago. The ship is taking part in the “Sail to Sunny 16th Century Ship Tour starting off a tour of 9 ports of call from Ocean City, Maryland to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The ship was featured in the recent NBC series, “Crossbones”. Visitors will be able to tour 7 decks of the ship during the stay in the city with tours given by the 25 member crew. The ship will be open for tours from 10am to 6pm starting Friday, October 24th to November 2nd.  The Savannah Waterfront Association and the Air, Sea and Space Foundation are sponsors of the event. They also are hosting special events for school groups with two days of events on Rousakis Riverfront Plaza celebrating local maritime history.  To celebrate Halloween in one of the most haunted cities in the United States, the ship will be transformed into a haunted pirate ship with events for both adults and kids. You can find out more information about ticket and special VIP events on the ship’s website. Step back in a time when pirates ruled the seas on the El Galeon Andalucia.

 

Storing Summer Outdoor Items in Self Storage

Storing summer gardening tools

Autumn marks the beginning of cooler weather and pumpkin-flavored everything. The change of seasons is also a perfect time to reorganize, clean and de-clutter your home for the upcoming winter. It’s time to think about moving seasonal items like patio furniture, grills, and lawn and garden equipment into storage. Stop N Stor has a variety of self storage units, climate controlled and non-climate controlled, in sizes ranging from 5×5 to 10×30 for all of your storage needs!

There are many outdoor equipment and items that are not needed during the winter months. Fall is a great time to prep these items and place them in storage for the winter months. If you prepare them properly, then you will be able to use the items again in the spring. Also, fall is a great time to clean out and re-organize your storage unit. Place the summer items that you will not need to access for the next 4-6 months towards the back of the storage unit. Move the “cold weather” and holiday items to the front of the storage unit so you can easily grab them for the holiday season.

Storing Lawn & Garden Equipment

Make sure your lawn and garden equipment are clean before placing them in your storage unit, too. Dirt and grime left behind can attract critters and vermin. Also, drain all fluids from lawn mowers, weed cutters and other outdoor machinery before storing. Put cardboard or a plastic tarp on the ground of the storage unit before storing lawn equipment. Gasoline and other combustible items cannot be stored in a self-storage unit.  Disconnect the batteries of power equipment to avoid drainage of power, and store them in a cool, dry place within your storage unit.  Bundle rakes, hoes, brooms, & shovels together and store together in a trash can until you need them again.

Storing Patio Furniture

Putting your patio furniture into a self storage unit and keeping it out of the elements will help prolong its life. Thoroughly clean your patio furniture before placing it in your self storage unit. Remove and wash the cushions and wipe down all surfaces of the chairs and tables. Wipe down metal chairs with a rust deterrent before placing in storage.  Store patio furniture with the chairs stacked on top of one another to gain extra storage space. If possible, to give more storage space in the storage unit, remove the legs of the patio table and keep all screws and nuts together in a plastic bag attached to the legs.

Storing Grills or Barbecues

Store your grill or barbecue in your storage unit to keep it in optimal shape for using the next spring. Like the other outdoor items, make sure it’s thoroughly cleaned and wiped down before placing it in storage. The grill needs to be thoroughly dry before you place in storage or it could develop rust over time. If you are storing a charcoal grill, remove and properly dispose of the charcoal before storing. It’s also very important to disconnect the propane tank on gas grills. Do NOT store the tank in your storage unit with the grill. A small gas leak can cause a huge explosion if the tank is stored in an enclosed space. Instead, disconnect the tank and store it outside of your home in an upright position away from dryer and furnace vents and children’s play areas. Cover the stored grills with waterproof grill covers while in storage.