August 2013

August 2, 2013

August is here…and what a summer this has been. Rain, rain, and more rain has been the story of the day for weeks on end here. Yes the drought sucked, so it’s not that we aren’t grateful, it’s just that all the rain is having a huge negative impact on the crops down here. And that means the farmers are going to suffer even more than in the drought. With a drought there is at least the possibility of irrigation, but when it won’t stop raining, there is nothing they can do. So even though it is hard to complain about rain when you have been suffering from a long drought, I’ll try to reconcile the two by saying, “Thank you, thank you, thank you God for all of this wonderful rain. We really needed it, but now we really, really, really need some nice sunny days. The crops need some sunshine…so thank you for the sun we are about to receive, indeed, that we are already receiving….” Peace, Don

Alright! Here we are celebrating the 237th birthday/anniversary of the founding of the United States of America. In Savannah, this is a big deal because Georgia was one of the original 13 colonies, and went on to become one of the original 13 states. Since Savannah was the first city in Georgia, and was fast becoming a major port as well as an important line of defense, it became the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution. The British had taken Savannah in December 1778 with relative ease, but on October 9, 1779, a joint Siege of Savannah by American and French forces (which were heavily reinforced by 500 Haitian volunteers) to take Savannah back from the British resulted in losses so heavy that the Revolutionaries were forced to retreat. Thus Savannah stayed in the hands of the British until the end of the war.

Most of this Revolutionary history is little known because it is Early American history and is shadowed by Savannah’s huge part in Civil War history. That is why I wanted to mention it here as we go out to celebrate our Freedoms. They were not easily won. And have not been easily kept. Many have fought and died to get us where we are today. But it all started back there on July 4, 1776 when the American Revolution got under way. So when you’re recalling Paul Revere, Patrick Henry, and Francis Scott Key this weekend, think about Kasimir Pulaski, Sgt. Jasper, and those 500 Haitians who fought here in Savannah in 1779. And be grateful for the life we have. It could have been altogether different but for Perfect Divine Order. For more info, check here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Savannah

Peace and Happy Fourth of July.

(In case you were unaware, Savannah was given to Abraham Lincoln for Christmas in 1864 after having burned Atlanta and most everything else between on his March to the Sea. But we’ll talk about that some other day.)

Well, here it comes. St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah. If you are not familiar with St. Patrick’s Day, or St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, GA, then let me fill you in. Savannah, or more specifically the Savannah Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, puts on one of the biggest, if not THE BIGGEST St. Patrick’s Day Parades in the country. Not only does Savannah put on this spectacular St. Patrick’s Day Parade, but it also hosts essentially the biggest St. Patrick’s Day Party around. If you’ve never been, you owe it to yourself to go. It really is something else. If you have been, then you know what I am talking about. There really are no words to describe the celebration. Suffice to say, “It Rocks!”

For one thing, about 250,000 visitors come into the area for St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah. This pretty much doubles the population of the metropolitan area. So if you like crowds, then you will love the festivities. If you do not like crowds, then stay away from Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day or any day near or around St. Patrick’s Day because the festival usually last from 5-7 days. And that’s all I’ve got to say about that. Also, if you enjoy alcoholic beverages, then you will be in heaven. For those of us who do not drink, there is still a lot of fun to be had. From the Mass at the beautiful Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, to parade going, to people watching, to enjoying green grits with breakfast, to the bands playing down on River Street and up in City Market, and pretty much everywhere else, to checking out the green fountains flowing in the parks and squares, and eating lots of corned beef brisket with cabbage and potatoes, one can find many things to do besides drinking.

If one did find themselves without anything else to do, one could always take to collecting beads. This is a custom similar to the one carried out at Mardi Gras in New Orleans. But be cautious if you do begin amassing a collection of beads around the neck. Some bead givers may expect more than you are ready to give in exchange for a string of the colored beads.

Whatever you do this St. Patrick’s Day weekend–whether you come to Savannah or not–be careful and stay safe. Above all, DO NOT drink and drive. It is not only dangerous, but it is stupid.

So that is pretty much St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah in a nutshell. I have written a poem I would like to share about St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, entitled, what else? St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah. It is from my book The Little Poetry Book of Savannah. Enjoy….

 

St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah

The beautiful, sacred Cathedral

Of St. John the Baptist,

Worshipping and praising,

Celebrating St. Patrick,

The patron saint of Ireland,

Steeple spires reaching to the high heavens…

A parade to beat all parades,

Green, green, glorious green,

A party to beat all parties,

Beads, beads, glorious beads,

River Street like you’ve never seen,

People, people, everywhere.

What a day!

Unbelievable!

Imagine the unsuspecting tourists

Coming to see historic sites

And enjoy Savannah’s laid back pace,

Seeing water in the fountains

Flow and splash and spray liquid emeralds,

Like the bright green beer down on the river

And at City Market,

And everywhere…

Man, oh man, what a spectacle!

The luckiest day of their lives?

One thing is for sure.

The display definitely ranks high

As something to call home about!

St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah….holy revelry!

Don Newman (2012)

Today in GA History

January 21, 2013

Today in GA History

Check out the Today in GA History link for a Great little website featuring a prominent figure in Georgia History each and every day. Very often these feature something about Savannah since it is such an important part of GA History.

Contact page

December 20, 2012

New contact page is up. Peace, Don

November 28, 2012

Just posted current info on the Happenings page. Peace, Don

November 26, 2012

OK. So this is it, my new website and blog. Hope you all like it ! Peace, Don

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