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Summer in Savannah

This weekend is the unofficial start of summer. Memorial Day weekend is the time to enjoy family picnics and welcome the “lazy hazy” summer days. There are many thing to do in the Savannah area during the summer. Summer is a great time to check out the farmers markets in the area, visit some historical sites or just take a walk along the beach. We have listed just a few of the events taking place in Savannah during the summer. Stay tuned for more events throughout the summer.

River Street

Every first weekend of the month is filled with festivals and fun along River Street in Historic Downtown Savannah.   June 5th to 7th is the Blues, Jazz and BBQ Festival at Rousakis Riverfront Plaza. Enjoy great food, blues, jazz and fun the entire weekend.  River Street host’s Savannah’s Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday July 4th starting at 4pm with music, fireworks and more. August ends the summer festivals with the Dog Days of Summer from August 7th to 8th. This is a dog-friendly event for the entire family including pet portraits, puppy pools and canine parades.

Tybee Island

Tybee Island is a perfect escape from the heat and humidity of the summer. In fact, it was created as a summer retreat for the families of Savannah. Tybee Island is a barrier island on the mouth of the Savannah River and Atlantic Ocean. There are many great places to visit on the island including the beach, restaurants and shops, the Pavilion and Pier, the Tybee Lighthouse, and Tybee Marine Science Center.

There is never a dull moment on Tybee Island. There are events planned throughout the year. During the summer on the third Saturday of the month Tybee Island hosts Movies in the Park .  Bring the family to enjoy the fun of outdoor movies at Memorial Park.

Tybee Arts Association has bi-monthly art shows and sale at the Tybee Arts Building throughout the summer. The art show and sale will showcase local artisans including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, prints, photography, pottery and much more!

Sand Gnats

What says summer more than attending a baseball game? The Savannah Sand Gnats are the minor league affiliate of the New York Mets in the South Atlantic League. They play their home games at Historic Grayson Stadium. Minor league baseball games are fun to watch because you can be up close to all of the action. The Sand Gnats have many events throughout the season to help out the community including baseball camps, girl and Boy Scout nights and packing the park for charity. Check out one of their exciting games this season now through late August.

Stop N Stor  is proud to be a part of the great Savannah area and community. We know that the summer months are the busiest time for travel, moving and storing.  Stop by our locations in Hinesville, Port Wentworth (including our newest location at 8901 Georgia Highway 21) and Savannah for help with all of your storage needs.

Play Ball-The Savannah Sand Gnats

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

The 2013 baseball season kicked off on April 4th for the Savannah Sand Gnats . The Sand Gnats are the Class A minor league team of the New York Mets organization. The team is led by manager, Luis Rojas, the same manager from the 2012 season. The Sand Gnats were 5th in the South Atlantic League for the 2012 season with a 69-67 record. So far, in this early season, the Sand Gnats are looking good with a 21-15 record and the close second in the South Atlantic League Southern Division. The team’s record at home is even better at 14-6!

The Savannah Sand Gnats play at Historic Grayson Stadium , which originally opened in 1926. The stadium has hosted baseball games, football games, concerts and more over its long history. Savannah was hit by a very destructive hurricane in 1940, which caused a lot of damage to the stadium. General William Grayson led a fund-raising campaign and the rebuilding of the stadium occurred in 1941. There have been many renovations throughout the years, with the most current taking place in 2010 with the addition of Land Shark Landing, a 3 level deck and picnic area next to the first base general admission bleachers. The area is great for private parties or just a place to enjoy a baseball game.

The Sand Gnats organization is very involved in the Savannah community by offering many different fund-raising events throughout the season. Every Wednesday at home games, is “Pack the Park for Charity”, where a portion of the proceeds of ticket sales go to a specific non-profit organization. There are Girl and Boy Scout nights at the ballpark, food drives, a Pink in the Park event and a Coastal Health District Healthy Heart Home Run 5K Trot  on June 29th. The team will also give away tickets to non-profit organizations.  There are also special discount promotions sponsored by local businesses and organizations throughout the season as well such as Kroger’s $1.00 Mondays, Natty Light 2 for Tuesdays, Budweiser Thirsty Thursdays, Facebook Fridays, weekend fireworks, and military appreciation events. The team mascot, Gnate the Gnat is a fan favorite at events in the Savannah area throughout the year. You can follow the Sand Gnats on Facebook  and Twitter  for more promotional events and ticket information.

Stop N Stor  wishes the Savannah Sand Gnats a successful 2013 season.

Savannah Sand Gnats

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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!

Play Ball!

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The official start of spring was March 20th, but to baseball fans, the real start of spring is opening day for baseball! Most major and minor league teams will be starting their season on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 or Thursday, April 5, 2012. There is always excitement in the air on opening day for baseball. Hope springs eternal for every team to have a successful season and to make it to the playoffs in September and October. Savannah’s very own Sand Gnats, the Class A minor league affiliate of the New York Mets, will open up their 2012 season on Thursday against the Augusta Greenjackets at 7:05pm at The Historic Grayson Stadium.

Baseball has been a part of the history of Savannah dating back to 1886! The teams played in various places around town until Municipal Stadium was originally built in 1926. The Savannah teams played in the Southern League. However, the league was suspended because of The Great Depression. The South Atlantic League started again in 1936. The current stadium was re-built in 1941 after sustaining heavy damage during a hurricane in 1940. General William Grayson, a Spanish American War veteran, led the rehabilitation of the stadium and in 1941 the stadium was renamed after General Grayson. There have been many changes in teams, names and major league affiliates for Savannah teams over the years.  The Savannah Sand Gnats were created in 1996 as an affiliate for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The mascot of “Gnat” was created from a contest by the citizens of Savannah. The mascot and logo still continues to be popular today, even being worn by many celebrities and being shown on television shows. In 2007, the Sand Gnats became a Class A minor league team for the New York Mets.  Today, the Sand Gnats play in Historic Grayson Stadium. There have been a few more renovations over the years, but now the stadium can hold over 4000 fans.

This year’s team is hoping to repeat the trip to the Southern Atlantic League playoffs in the fall. The Sand Gnats were in a 3 way tie for top in the Southern Atlantic League Southern Division in 2011 but lost in the playoffs to the Greensboro Grasshoppers. The New York Mets announced new management to the Sand Gnats earlier this month. The new head coach is Luis Rojas, pitching coach is Frank Viola with additional coaching from Joel Fuentes.

The Sand Gnats are very community oriented with events helping local organizations throughout the baseball season. Every Wednesday is designated Pack the Park for Charity  to help local Savannah area organizations raise money. There is entertainment and fun for the entire family including kids running the bases after selected games.  There are fireworks after every Saturday night game. Each day during the week offers some special discount or give-away to attend the games. Check the promotions schedule  for all of the details. Also, the Sand Gnats are on Facebook  and Twitter. Go Sand Gnats!!