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Paula Deen of the Food Network and Family Holding a Book Signing

March 13th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Join famed celebrity chef Paula Deen with her two sons, Jamie and Bobby, for a book signing at Uncle Bubba’s Seafood & Oyster House (104 Bryan Wood Rd.) on Monday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. Only 350 tickets will be given out starting one hour before the book signing. You will be able to take a picture with this famous Southern family, but no cameras are permitted; a professional photographer will be on site to take your photo.

If you are a Paula Deen fan, keep in mind she will be on the Jay Leno Show on Friday March 26.

Paula’s Story and Savannah Connection

Paula Deen and her son Jamie and Bobby will back in Savannah for a Book Signing

Paula Deen and her son Jamie and Bobby will back in Savannah for a Book Signing

As a young girl Paula grew up in Albany, Georgia. Paula married her high school sweetheart and became a mother, raising two adorable boys. Then, her parents died, her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia (a fear of leaving your home and going outside). With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside her soul and started “The Bag Lady,” a home-based catering company that marked the start of Deen’s professional cooking. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering “lunch-and-love-in-a-bag,” beginning in June 1989, Paula turned around her life by sharing what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.

Deen’s first business, The Bag Lady, brought out Paula’s strengths and stabilized her family. She moved her catering company to a small restaurant at a Best Western motel in Savannah and finally opened her first restaurant, The Lady and Sons, with Bobby and Jamie five years later. The restaurant was a hit! That popularity encouraged Paula to write her first cookbook, 1998’s The Lady and Sons Savannah Country Cookbook. This gave her fans the opportunity to try Paula’s recipes at home, and led to her first television appearance on QVC. Paula’s genuine warmth and folksy personality made her a natural for television. In 1999, USA Today food critic Jerry Shriver named The Lady and Sons “International Meal of the Year.”

The rest is history! If you are coming into Savannah for the book signing, or for any occasion, the McMillan Inn bed and breakfast in the Historic District of Savannah would love to be the place you call home during your visit!

 

Savannah Black Heritage Festival 2013

January 19th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Next month is the very popular and well – attended Savannah Black Heritage Festival. Each year, the festival presents programs and activities in the performing and visual arts for every age and interest at schools as well as public venues.

The festivities begin on February 1 with a performance by the Celo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble in the Johnny Mercer Theater at the Savannah Civic Center. The performance takes place at 7:30 p.m.

The Grand Festival Day will be Saturday, February 9 at the Savannah Civic Center. This full day of activities (10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) is one of the highlights of the festival, and includes top entertainment, retail vending, ethnic cuisine, crafts workshops, and a health fair.savannah-black-heritage-festival-logo

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Savannah Harbor Festival of Lights

December 5th, 2012 by Katie Pate

The holiday fun at Hutchinson Island started last week and for the rest of 2012 the Road Course at Savannah Harbor (a professional race track) will become an illuminated wonderland. Home to over 60 larger-than-life holiday-themed displays, this is a one of a kind, interactive holiday event. Many here in Savannah consider their holiday drive around the course a family tradition. While most visitors drive through, you can also walk-through, ride the trolley or take a romantic horse-and-carriage ride.

The light displays will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 6 – 9 p.m. $20 per car (which includes a $5 food and beverage voucher); $5 per person in commercial vehicles.

Other Happenings at the Harbor Festival of LightsSavannah Christmas events

Visitors can park at the Pit and Paddock at the end of the drive-through and partake in a variety of family-friendly and festive activities. Snack on tasty treats, warm up by the bonfire with hot chocolate and a s’more. Enjoy all the sights and sounds of the holidays.

Special weekend entertainment is also scheduled and includes live scenes from A Christmas Carol, exotic animal shows, entertainment from Staples Safari and the second annual Alive in Savannah on New Year’s weekend. Proceeds of the Savanah Holiday Festival of Lights assist at-risk and disadvantaged youth, homeless and needy families.

Take a Savannah Christmas Holiday

Why not do something different for Christmas this year and take a couple nights to get away? Our Savannah GA bed and breakfast in the historic district is a place where you can release the stress associated with the holidays and enjoy them properly.

Savannah GA Halloween Events 2012

October 10th, 2012 by Katie Pate

Savannah is considered one of the most haunted places in the nation. For Halloween, the city lives up to the reputation with lots of Halloween events for families and adults alike.

Wag-O-Ween

From left, Joan and Lorin Salon with dog, Emma, from Bluffton, South Carolina, and Sharon Bordeaux with dog Milton of Savannah, Georgia, greet each other at the Canine Palace for the start of Wag-O-Ween in 2010.

Are you a dog lover? If so, come to see all the fun in downtown Savannah on Saturday, October 22 as 85-plus businesses participate in Wag-O-Ween. Costumed dogs (and owners!) trick or treat in downtown Savannah where businesses will give out free dog cookies and dog-friendly dining establishments will be designated.

Starting at noon at the Canine Palace (612 Abercorn) there will be a raffle and costume contest.  $5.00 donation per adult; children and dogs free. This year’s Wag-O-Ween benefits the Humane Society for Greater Savannah. Sponsored by Connect, Zuke’s, and Alphagraphics.

Ghosts and Gravestones Tours of Savannah

In Savannah, some believe the spirits of the dead coexist amongst the living. Let an expert in Savannah history take you on a spooky tour you’ll never forget. Your host will share with you the tales of Savannah’s past and its eerie side. Explore River Street’s Perkins and Sons Ship Chandlery; only Ghosts and Gravestones has nighttime entry to this haunted place. No children under 4 allowed. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Savannah’s frightening Ghost Tours are very popular during the Halloween season so make your reservations well in advance for Savannah Halloween 2012. Tour departs from Simply Savannah Trolley Depot at 301 East River Street. Tour is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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Explore the haunts of Savannah during the Halloween season!

“The Weird,” Presented by The Masquers Theater

The Masquers theater troupe continues its Fall season with Robert Aguirre-Sacasa’s Halloween teaser “The Weird.” Do you enjoy tales of the Macabre? This is an anthology of terror and suspense in the Macabre fashion just in time to celebrate Halloween. The show runs October 18 – 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Armstrong Jenkins Hall Black Box Theater (11935 Abercorn St.). Audience discretion is advised for language and content. Tickets are $10, discounts available to military, seniors, alumni association members, and students/children. Call (912) 344-2801 to purchase tickets from noon to 3 p.m., weekdays.

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September 23-30, 2012 Savannah Jazz Festival

September 1st, 2012 by jenn

Playing the Saxophone

The annual Savannah Jazz Festival features renown jazz musicians playing at the gorgeous band shell in Forsyth Park and other venues in Savannah, GA.

The American blending of African and European music that is jazz has become a musical form beloved all over the world. In almost every country, jazz is played and celebrated. Savannah is no different, having its own long tradition of jazz musicians that have called Savannah home. One of the first innovators of jazz, Joe “King” Oliver spent his last years in Savannah. The city has also been the birthplace of jazz greats such as James Moody, Irene Reid, Trummy Young and many others.

The tradition of jazz in Savannah continues and grows new roots and directions through the efforts of the Coastal Jazz Association (CJA). CJA encourages the jazz music tradition in Savannah, GA with educational opportunities, fundraising efforts and concerts throughout the year. Their signature event is the upcoming 31st Annual Savannah Jazz Festival.

This week-long festival is the largest free fest in the Southeast. Performances by local, regional, national and internationally acclaimed jazz artists thrill audiences with concerts and jam sessions throughout Savannah. While most events will be at Forsyth Park, other shows and jam sessions will take place at Blowin’ Smoke BBQ, 514 MLK Jr. Blvd. But the heart of the festival is at the Forsyth Park Band Shell. The beautiful historic park will be filled with music by acclaimed performers. Jazz lovers from all over will spread their blankets on the lawn, relax, and take it all in.

The 2012 lineup includes great acts such as The Jody Espina Quartet, Bob Mastellar & The Jazz Corner All Stars, Li’l Ed and the Blues Imperials plus many others. To see the full schedule and learn more about Savannah’s annual jazz festival, visit SavannahJazzFestival.org.

There’s still time to book your Savannah, GA lodging during this favorite Savannah cultural event. We’re only a few minutes’ walk from Forsyth Park. Contact us today to experience our Southern hospitality and luxurious accommodations in the Savannah Historic District during Jazz Fest.

2012 Fresh Music Festival and Elton John at the Savannah Civic Center

July 13th, 2012 by jenn

There’s always great live music to be had in Savannah, GA. From live jazz and blues to indie rock and Broadway standards, the Savannah, GA music scene has it all. You can just go out and see a band or enjoy a show. But then there are those musical events that are worth planning a trip to Savannah for. Book your room at our premier Savannah inn ahead of time and you’ll be all set to enjoy these great upcoming concerts at the Savannah Civic Center:

Fresh Music Festival Friday, July 27, 2012

This one is coming up fast, but tickets are still available. If you love R&B, Hip/Hop and Soul, then this is the celebration for you. The 2012 Fresh Music Festival lineup includes top musical talents: R&B duo K-CI & JoJo, the trio Sisters With Voices (SWV) and those greats of New Jack Swing, Keith Sweat and the old Harlem band reformed anew, Guy. As host of this year’s festival, rapper Doug E. Fresh will hopefully throw in a little old style beat boxing. This is a perfect Savannah summer festival with soul, groove and a beat that will make you dance!

Elton John, Fire and Ice Album Cover Coasters

 

Elton John in Savannah, Saturday, September 15, 2012
After four years, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer returns to Savannah in September. Buy your tickets and book your room now to make sure you’re ready for one of the biggest Savannah concerts of the year! Sir Elton John will be performing the greatest hits of his 50-year career. This multi-talented artist and activist has won multiple Grammys in addition to an Academy Award, a Tony, and a Golden Globe. You won’t want to miss this chance to see one of the living legends of music perform a career-spanning concert in our beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia.

Arrive at our Savannah historic district B&B a few days early and stay the weekend. It’ll give you plenty of time to enjoy the cuisine, culture and outdoor activities of beautiful Savannah, GA.

Savannah, Georgia 2012 4th of July Celebrations

June 29th, 2012 by Joe Celento

While you’re staying at our premier Savannah, GA bed and breakfast, don’t miss the local celebrations of the 4th of July holiday. There are many ways you can enjoy Independence Day in and around historic Savannah.

185/365 July 4th Fireworks at West Point Lake

Come celebrate with us at the McMillan Inn.

Savannah Georgia’s 2012 Fantastic 4th of July on the River

The city’s main celebration will take place at Rousakis Plaza on Historic River Street. Arrive early to enjoy the unique shops and galleries on the cobblestone streets. The party officially beings at 5 pm with live music, vendors and street entertainment. The fireworks show at 9:30 pm will be timed to the music simulcast on BIG 98.3 (Adventure Radio). Spread out your blanket, take your refreshments out of the cooler and enjoy the colorful explosions and good cheer of the Savannah, GA Independence Day crowd.

At McMillan Inn, walk down to the river with Innkeepers Joe and Cindy Celento to watch the spectacular display. They go every year and it’s always a pleasure to to share with their guests.

If joining the colorful throng on River Street isn’t your style, there are many other great options for enjoying the 4th of July in Savannah, GA.

4th of July Cruise

The River Street Riverboat Company has a 1-1/2 hour cruise that will be right next to the festivities on River Street. There will be a DJ playing great music, plus cash and snack bar, two climate controlled decks for guests’ comfort and an outdoor deck that will be perfect for watching the 9:20 pm Savannah, GA 4th of July Fireworks. Admission is $29.95 per adults, $23.95 per child 12 & under. For more information, visit  www.savannahriverboat.com
or call (912) 232-6404.

Tybee Island 4th of July 2012

Just 18 miles from Savannah, Georgia, the scenic beaches of Tybee Island are a great place to watch the island’s annual Wednesday 4th of July Fireworks. This is a popular event, so visitors should arrive well before the 9:15 “dark thirty” start time. Although the show is staged on the pier, you can find a place on any of the eastern Tybee beaches to watch the fireworks.

Wherever you enjoy Savannah area fireworks, it’s always great to come back to your comfortable bed at McMillan Inn’s Savannah Georgia accommodations. Happy 4th of July everyone!

Paula Deen’s dinner buffet and explosive Comedy, how can you go wrong?

May 30th, 2012 by Joe Celento

Fried Chicken

Stay at McMillan Inn Bed and Breakfast and be conveniently located by several Savannah Georgia events that are going on through the summer time and beyond. There are several tours around the area, but if you are hungry for southern cooking and comedy, along with true southern hospitality you must check out  the Paula Deen Tour.

A historic tour and some laughs

From March 1st through December 31st, 2012 you can check out the Dinner Theatre by Hard Hearted Hannah’s Playhouse at Paula Deen’s Lady & Sons featured on The Paula Deen Tour. This tour is daily except on Sundays and is located at the Paula Deen’s Lady & Sons Restaurant

Indulge in delicious food and plenty of theater entertainment. This is a Paula Deen dinner buffet with comedy acts such as: “There’s a Bomb on Trolley 409!” featured on The Paula Deen Tour by Old Town Trolley Tours.

What the tour will include:

The tour will include a history of Paula Deen’s story of success from a poor upbringing to a rich and prosperous career. View the Savannah Historic and Victorian Districts through the eyes of Paula Deen, you will be taken to specific points of interest related to Paula and her family with a narrated relaxing tour.

Taste a real southern dinner

After a full tour of the city and southern culture, sit down and taste what a real full southern dinner tastes like. Paula’s world famous restaurant features southern dinner favorites such as her fried chicken and other favorites. Along with dinner enjoy a performance put on by Hard Hearted Hannah’s Playhouse.

Admission: $67.99 (includes tour, dinner, and show)

Phone: 912.-659.4383

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