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World Tourism Day 2011: Richly Cobbled Together in Savannah GA USA

Danish Ship visiting in port of Savannah GA USA

Danish ship visited Port of Savannah GA USA

SAVANNAH Georgia (September 26, 2011) — Annually on September 27, United Nations member countries celebrate  World Tourism Day (WTD).  In 2011 the theme is Tourism – Linking Cultures.

Throughout the year, Green Palm Inn in Savannah, Georgia — a top-rate Savannah bed and breakfast cottage — hosts international travelers who come, eager to see Savannah, our world famous city.   In February 2011, our bed and breakfast inn’s blog pointed to multicultural diversity here — “Cobbled Together: Savannah’s Local Culture, A Deliciously Rich International Experience!

“In Savannah, Georgia, we celebrate together the diverse international cultures that comprise the robust, romantic tapestry of life, leisure, the arts and world food in one of America’s top destination cities.  Even the solo traveler is at ease here at Green Palm Inn.

Perhaps the B&B Inn’s historic seamen’s cottages turn our heads more often to the nautical culture — the Savannah Riverfront, the Port of Savannah harbor, the Ships of the Sea Museum, the impact of international tourism, and the flow of international business travelers arriving in the Landmark Savannah Historic District.  Whatever the reason, one fact is clear:  Savannah travelers and the locals find a world of opportunities to cobble together … for the sheer joy of business life and social leisure in Savannah Georgia tourism!

Today, in honor of World Tourism Day, we want to share some highlights of attractions and events happening on September 27, 2011, and for the remainder of the week in Savannah, Georgia USA.

September 27: Revolutionary War Perspectives Lecture series: “Deerskins, Trade Guns and Diplomacy in the Georgia Backcountry on the Eve of the Revolution“, John Caramia, Savannah History Museum, 6:30 p.m. Free.

September 27: Historic Savannah Theatre, Southern Nights, live musical, 8 p.m.

September 28: Pin Point Museum & Community Presentation, Telfair’s Jepson Center Museum of Modern Art, Telfair Square.  Home to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Pin Point is the small African-American fishing village, the convening place of many of the slaves freed from Georgia’s barrier island plantations following the American Civil War.

Insider’s tip: For early cocktails before this event, stop in at Alligator Soul, a re-purposed colonial-era Savannah warehouse, also on Telfair Square.  Take home a Ray Ellis painting, or his coffee table book, South by Southeast produced with Walter Cronkite.

September 29 – October 2: Disney on Ice, Savannah Civic Center

September 30: “Something for All the World” tour, Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace.   Using primary sources from archives, expert professional staff lead a fascinating tour of the Birthplace focusing specifically on the amazing history of the Girl Scouts,  founded in Savannah, Georgia USA. The tour includes a special viewing of the Girl Scout collection which includes uniforms, insignia, books and more. The manager of the Birthplace Archives and Girl Scout collections leads this lively in-depth tour.

Insider’s Tip:  Be in Savannah in 2012 for  One Hundred Years of Girl Scouting — 1912 -2012

September 30 – October 2: 27th Annual Oktoberfest on the Savannah River harbor’s walking plaza. Friday (September 30) fireworks, 9 p.m.  Oompah bands, German food, eating contest, and Wiener Dog Race (October 1).

Insider’s Tip: Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub on River Street is a favorite nightspot.  The African-American Family statue, and World War II Memorial is also along the Savannah River Walk.

October 1: Beth McKee Trio bluegrass music at Randy’s Pickin’ Parlor, Bloomingdale just off Interstate 95; 8 p.m.

Insider’s Tip: Arrive early to enjoy American barbecue next door to the Pickin’ Parlor, just before the down-home style concert.

October 2: “Rock and Run”: Picnic in the Park, an annual Savannah tradition when our diversity is celebrated in the multicultural community gathering. It includes music, food, and society in Forsyth Park, Savannah’s central park in the Landmark Historic District  FREE. Presented by City of Savannah.  Bring picnics, chairs, beverages and flashlights.

October 4: “Why History Matters” by Dr. Todd Groce, President, Georgia Historical Society, National Arts & Humanities Month Lunch Lecture Series, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., S.P.A.C.E., 9 W. Henry St.

Insider’s Tip: Plan a late lunch at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room (on Jones Street just off Whitaker Street), formerly a boarding house that is world-famous now for its southern family style, Low Country cuisine.

October 4: Revolutionary War Perspectives Lecture series, Savannah History Museum, 6:30 p.m. Free.  The German Hessians, Polish, French, and Haitians came to the aid of liberty-fighting patriots in the colonial era, in the American Revolutionary War fought for freedom from Great Britain.

An so it goes for World Tourism Day 2011, for Savannah tourism and locals, we are cobbled together — international heritage festivals, southern-style leisure, world foods, world music, world-class art and the friendly people!  The blend is rich and cultural!

Get here when you can!  Green Palm Inn has a homey place waiting just for you … with plenty more cultural stories and places in mind.

Diane McCray, Innkeeper
Green Palm Inn

Copyright (c) 2011 Sandy Traub/Green Palm Inn

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