Ring in 2016 in Savannah

New Year's Events in Savannah

New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year and get excited for the wonders and challenges of the New Year. The Savannah area offers a variety of ways to celebrate the New Year from attending parties at hotels to ringing in the New Year with fireworks and thousands of your closest friends! Below is a list of just a few of the activities taking place on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in the Savannah area:

Up the Cup New Year’s Eve Celebration

Savannah’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration is at Rousakis Plaza on River Street in historic downtown Savannah. Savannah Waterfront Association presents the third annual Up the Cup New Year’s Eve Celebration.  The festivities include free entertainment and watching the “non-traditional 6 foot to-go cup” drop at midnight! Afterwards, there is a huge fireworks display over the Savannah River.

City Market

Savannah’s City Market will be hosting an outdoor street party to ring in the New Year. The entertainment starts at 9pm and lasts until 1am at the Wild Wig Café Stage near Ellis Square. No tickets or reservations are needed. However, if you plan on celebrating at the restaurants in the area, you will need to make reservations.

New Year’s Eve at Westin Savannah

Treat yourself to a New Year’s Celebration at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa. There are two events: The Night at Aqua Star Seafood Kitchen, which is family friendly and The Celebration in the Harbor Ballroom. Both events will have live entertainment, party favors, a toast at midnight and more.

Savannah River Cruise New Year’s Celebrations

The Savannah Riverboat Cruises are offering special packages to celebrate the New Year in style.  They offer a dinner cruise (perfect for families), party cruise to ring in the New Year or a full-on formal New Year’s Eve gala.

Tybee Island Fireworks

Tybee Island rings in 2016 with a spectacular fireworks display set off from Tybee Pier.  The display is the largest New Year’s Eve fireworks display in the Southeastern United States. The fireworks can be viewed from the beach or any of the many beachfront restaurants. The next day, take the plunge into the Atlanta Ocean at the 16th Annual Tybee Polar Bear Plunge.  All proceeds going to the Tybee Post Theater.

Wild Night on Ossabow Island

As an alternative to the usual New Year’s Eve party, connect with nature at A Wild Night on Ossabaw Island. This overnight event includes camping overnight, a great meal, champagne toast at midnight, walking tour of the north end of the island and discussions around the campfire.

No matter how you celebrate New Year’s Eve, it is important to be safe and to have a great time. Stop N Stor wishes everyone a safe and Happy New Year! We look forward to being your source for all of your storage needs in Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah in 2016!

2016 Holidays Events in Savannah

Christmas in Savannah

Savannah at Christmas. Photo courtesy of blog.visitsavannah.com.

The end of 2015 is just a few weeks away and there are many holiday attractions and events see and do in the Savannah area! Savannah has a variety of traditional holiday events including annual Christmas light displays, outdoor skating and visits with Santa Claus! Below are just a few of the “not-to-miss” holiday events in the Savannah area this year.

Savannah Festival of Lights

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa and the Savannah Harbor Foundation host The Savannah Festival of Lights now to December 24th.  There is a gingerbread village and competition, daily performances or events presented by local organizations and visits with Santa Claus at his workshop. This weekend, there will be a special 3D video and light projection performance on the side of the resort building! Friday, Saturday and Sunday will have different holiday themes for the light show.

December Nights and Holiday Lights

The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens will be transformed into December Nights and Holiday Lights  nightly through December 24th.  Visitors can stroll through the six acres of themed garden areas. This year, there is a model trail display in the conference center. There are also special entertainment on holiday events for the entire family during the weekends.

Tybee for the Holidays

Tybee Island celebrates the holiday season with Tybee for the Holidays with family friendly fun for the entire holiday season.  Decorate your bicycles for The Tybee Island Tour de Lights Bike Parade on Saturday, December 19th starting at 5pm.  Step back in time at Fort Pulaski to commemorate the Confederate Nog party of 1861 on December 18th and 19th.  Visitors can take a candlelight tour of the fort, enjoy music and caroling and re-live the festive atmosphere of the Nog party.  The holiday festivities will end with the famous Tybee Island fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

Holiday Trolley Tours

The holiday season is a wonderful time to take one of the many trolley tours around the city. One of the best known holiday tours is the Old Town Trolley Tours which offers tours through December 24th. The tours takes visitors through Savannah’s historic squares and districts to see the beautifully decorated homes and gardens. There are stops at the Davenport House and Savannah Festival of Lights.

Skatefest

To help to get in the winter and cold-weather mindset,  head to the Savannah Civic Center for Skatefest at the Savannah Civic Center starting December 12th through January 2nd. Each skating session lasts 1.5 hours and is a great activity for the entire family!

“A Christmas Tradition”

The Savannah Theater presents their annual holiday show, “A Christmas Tradition” now through December 26th.  The 2 hour show mixes holiday standards, comedy, Christmas characters, singing, dancing and more.

Enjoy all the wonderful holiday traditions that Savannah has to offer during this time of the year. Stop N Stor will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so our storage professionals can enjoy the holidays with their friends and family. Stop N Stor wishes our customers, family and friends a wonderful holiday season!

 

How You Can Help By Giving During the Holiday Season

Helping for the Holidays in Savannah

The holidays are time for giving and sharing with family, friends and the community. There are many ways to help out in the Savannah area, from serving community meals to donating new toys or coats for children in need. Many charitable organizations rely heavily on donations made during the holiday season. Some of the charities collect items for distribution for Christmas while others accept donations to help with their programs throughout the year. Find out more about a few of the charitable organizations that are holding special holiday donation campaigns.

Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive

The Marine Reserves sponsor the annual Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive Campaign  to collect new, unwrapped toys for children that are in need. The organization receives millions of dollars in toy and monetary donations each year. They work with local community organizations and church groups for toy donation on Christmas.  There are several Savannah area drop off points for Toys for Tots. They will be collecting toys through mid-December.

Salvation Army of Savannah

The Salvation Army was started in the mid 1880’s by a British evangelical preacher, William Booth. Members of Booth’s church group immigrated to the United States in 1880 and the program quickly spread across the United States. Today, the Salvation Army assists nearly 30 million Americans nationwide each year with homeless relief programs, disaster relief, boys and girls groups and much more. The Salvation Army of Savannah  has been serving those in need in the Savannah area since 1900. One of the major fundraising campaigns for the Salvation Army is the Red Kettle Campaign. This giving program began in 1891 and today raises millions of dollars every holiday season to help with local Salvation Army programs. Salvation Army volunteers are dispersed across the area collecting holiday donations with their red kettles and bells.

Another popular Salvation Army holiday charity program is The Angel Tree.  The program matches donors with children from qualified families to ensure that they receive gifts and clothing during the holidays. Participating donors can take one or more Angels from the “Angel Tree” located in malls and at various stores throughout the Savannah area. Donors can purchase age- and gender-appropriate toys, clothing, or special needs items as listed on the coded section of the Angels donation slip. Return the unwrapped items with the coded section of the Angel slip attached to the designated drop-off locations by December 14th to ensure delivery by the holidays.

Savannah Food Bank

The Savannah Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia  is the Savannah area’s food bank. The organization serves over 300 charitable programs in 21 urban and rural coastal Georgia communities. The Savannah Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is always accepting monetary or food donations and volunteer assistance to help sort the food in their warehouse. Donations to local food pantries also come in handy throughout the year, but especially during the holidays. If you would like to donate actual food items to the food bank or food pantries in the Savannah area, make sure that the items are non-perishable. Suggested items for holiday meal donations include canned pumpkin, canned yams, cranberry sauce, boxed stuffing mix or died macaroni. For everyday needs, suggested food donations include canned beans, nuts, peanut butter, canned tuna or salmon, dried beans, rice, oatmeal pasta, tomato sauce, flour and canned vegetables. Check with local organizations for Christmas free dinners and events for the community.

Savannah Feed the Hungry Meals

Savannah Feed the Hungry Inc.  hosts Christmas dinners during the holiday season in Savannah and Port Wentworth.  The Port Wentworth dinner is at the Holiday Inn Express in Port Wentworth on December 22nd. The Savannah meal is at the John S. Deleware Center on December 23rd. Savannah Feed the Hungry is planning on serving over 45,000 meals in 2015 to those in need in the area. Since 2009, they have served over 450,000 meals. The event will also help families in need with extra help for toys for Christmas, free health screenings and clothing.

The holidays are a wonderful time to help others by giving to holiday charity programs or by volunteering at food banks, food pantries and community holiday meals. Helping others who are in need is a great way to honor the meaning of the season. Stop N Stor wishes all of their customers, vendors, family and friends all the best this holiday season.

How to Store Rugs in Self Storage

Rug Storage Tips

There are many reasons that you might need rug storage from inheriting a treasured oriental rug to needing to remove an area rug during a move to a smaller home or during a home remodeling project.  Rugs and carpets can be unwieldy objects to store.  They also need to be properly prepared before placing in any type of storage.

Rugs should be stored in a dry cool environment, where temperature and humidity is set at an even level. Changing humidity levels can cause a rug to curl at the edges.  The best solution is to store a rug in a climate controlled storage unit. Stop N Stor  has a variety of storage unit sizes in climate and non-climate controlled that are perfect for storing furniture and rugs during remodeling projects or moving to another home. The size of the rug will determine the size storage unit that you will need to rent.

Tips for Storing Rugs or Carpets

Dirt and bugs (moths and carpet beetles) are the number biggest enemies for carpets. Bugs do not eat synthetic fibers such as nylon, polypropylene, acrylic or polyester. However, they can damage natural fibers such as wool or silk.

Following simple tips on how to store rugs will keep them in good condition for future use.

  1. Rugs need to be cleaned before placing in storage. Any dirt or soiling left on the rug should be removed or they could cause deterioration of the rug over long-term storage. Clean rugs or carpets based on manufacturer instructions. Woven or braided rugs should be washed differently from handmade, antique, wool and oriental rugs. If the rug is large and not able to be cleaned at home, have it professionally cleaned before storing.
  2. Vacuum the rug on both sides before wet cleaning. Vacuuming will remove pet dander, dust mites and any excess dirt. In order to vacuum both sides of the rug place the rug on plastic or wire mess fencing material on the ground. Vacuum one side and then flip over to vacuum the other.
  3. If you are not able to get the carpet professionally cleaned, wash the rug with a gentle detergent. For larger rugs, wet with a garden hose and scrub with a Woolite and water solution.
  4. Rugs should be completely dry before putting in storage. Use a wet/dry vacuum to extract as much water as possible from the rug before storage. If cleaning a rug outside on a warm day, allow it to air dry for 10-12 hours. (This is a great spring cleaning task.)
  5. After cleaning the rug, spray the rug with insect repellant. A DIY solution is 4 parts water and 1 part vinegar sprayed on both sides of the rug. Then, let the rug dry completely.
  6. It is recommend to roll a rug for storage instead of folding. Folded rugs can leave cracks and creases damaging the carpet and the backing of the carpet. To roll a carpet correctly, roll from the “bottom” to the top. To find the “bottom,” run your hand over the fibers to determine which direction is “with the grain” and which is against. Follow the direction that is with the grain to the edge and start making the roll from there. Roll the carpet as tight as possible and secure with a piece of rope.
  7. Do not store a rug or carpet in direct light. Direct light can fade the carpet’s colors. Keep rugs and carpets stored in a darker, cool and dry storage area.
  8. Wrap the rolled carpet in brown craft paper or canvas for storage. DO NOT wrap a rug in plastic. Craft paper allows the rug to “breathe” as well as allows any moisture build-up to escape. Plastic covering causing moisture build-up which could damage to the rug over time.
  9. Do not store rugs lying flat on the ground. Store the rug standing up off of the ground. This will help prevent moisture build up from the ground. Do not store anything on top of a stored rug. Boxes and other items can cause cracks and destroy a rug’s shape.
  10. Unroll a rug every 6-12 months during storage to make sure it is free of any damage.

Stop into any of the 6 Stop N Stor locations in Hinesville, Port Wentworth or Savannah  to see how our storage professionals can help you with find you the right rug or carpet storage solution.