Thursday, January 26, 2023

Savannah, Savannah ~ Poetry, Cake & Bunnies and...

Several times we've seen 'those poetry guys'  arrive in Forsyth Park and set up right in the middle of the main walkway.  They bring camp seats and chairs and small old-style manual typewriters, set out the Poetry Shoppe sign and sometimes play bluesy music. Occasionally the guy on the left will try to chat with someone walking by, but so far we've never seen anyone stop for a poem, which I imagine they type for you  in the moment, as they don't offer any printed papers or books.  

Those Poetry Guys Collage - Savannah

I was quite taken by these quirky 'Bunny Girls' and friends in the window of the SCAD shop. Turns out they are the work of a well-known Savannah artist, Ashley Benton,  

I thought it was fun when I discovered myself in the background in this photo of the shop window and was also pleased to find a little enamel 'bunny girl' pin for sale.

Bunny Girls of SCAD collage - Savannah


Another day brought us by the Rum Runner Bakery and their wonderful painted walls. I was drawn to the cake mural and made it my focus.

Wall O' Cakes collage - Savannah

The grand old Telfair Hospital building is on our daily path.  It was built in 1884 and was a hospital for 'females', later adding a children's ward and eventually becoming a general hospital.  Savannah ghost tours report it is haunted by Mary Telfair, the founder, who has been known to appear in the hallways wearing a brown dress. The hospital is now a senior-living residence. 


Telfair Hospital collage - Savannah


I'm enjoying thoroughly my Savannah collage focus.  In February, we'll be heading to our favorite Gulf Coast town, Cedar Key.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

More in Savannah - Forsyth Park to Betty Bombers

The 30 acre Forsyth Park and it's lovely fountain are a major Savannah landmark. The park is near where we are staying and is a big part of our day.  We walk near or through it to get to most places and we walk to it to just sit and people-watch under the Live Oaks.


These lively guys appear to be best buddies and meet up in the park most days. I added a friend to the crew and he  fits right in.

Blue Dog and the Forsyth Guys - Savannah

The gentleman on the bench seemed to be contemplative, striking me as from another time. Our Lady of the Parasol joined him.  The dramatic flower accent is courtesy of Deb Booth from one of her quilled art pieces.

Forsyth Park Parasol - Savannah

Betty Bombers is also in our neighborhood and has become a favorite place.  It is a World War 11-themed eatery [especially love the 40' music that plays] and is uniquely located in the building that houses the American Legion Post 135.  Savannah is famous for being home of the Mighty 8th Flying Fortress B-17 planes during WW11, when the air force was the Army Air Corps. 

My father was in the Army Air Corps and served as a plane mechanic.  I had particular fun working on this collage on my father's birthday and you'll find a little  homage to him in the portrait of the handsome fellow on the right.


Betty Bombers - Savannah

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Savannah 2023 - return to a favorite city

We're on our Winter get-away and this year we are beginning in Savannah - the city with urban vibes in the midst of the many tree-filled city squares and parks and Live Oaks abounding. The greenest city space I know.  It's a unique combination, all amplified by the art vibe of being the home of SCAD - Savannah College of Art and Design - which has a presence all over the downtown 'Historic District'. We are a little south of the Historic District in the Victorian District, named for the wide span of Victorian architecture and a more residential and a bit more 'funky', which suits us well. 

I continue my penchant for using architecture as the anchor of my collage, especially my 'regional' or travel collage.  And Savannah has so much to offer.


J. Christopher's is one of our go-to spots for breakfast or lunch.  Good food, great ambiance and art-filled walls. These two would surely be regulars there.

Meet Up at J.Christopher's - Savannah


Amidst historic homes and Victorian beauties, there are still bits of vintage everyday life like this barbershop.  Elvis Costello seemed a good fit for retro hair.

Barbershop Barbershop - Savannah

The Savannah Theatre has inspired several of my Savannah collages.  The theatre first opened in 1818 and is one of the oldest continually-operating theatres. This is their current offering.


'Menopause - The Musical'  - Savannah