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Tag Archives: Dan Gilbert

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Meet Zach Smith—Savannah's very own prince of tides.

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Savannah Rocks chronicles our city's collective rock 'n' roll legacy.  

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Can’t afford a family vacation over Spring Break?  Used up all your staycay capital with the kids?  Need to break away for some "we" time?  Brianne Halverson and Dan Gilbert hop in the car and give you a personal tour of short drives that can make you feel like you’re a thousand miles away.

Sunbury Crab Company
Midway, Ga.
Why should you go?
If you’ve got any pent up aggression, take a mallet to a steaming hot blue crab plucked right from the waters of Sunbury Harbor.  Sunbury Crab Company is well worth the 45-minute drive. Once you’ve filled up on fresh seafood, drive an additional 30 minutes to Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge. With more than 2,700 acres of marsh, grassland and woods, it’s especially good for birding (egrets and herons in the summer and waterfowl in the winter).  With a hauntingly abandoned airfield and more than 15 miles of paved roads to walk or drive, it's a great way to soak up the sun. Drive time: 45 minutes (or 2 hours by boat) Address: Sunbury Crab Company, 539 Brigantine Dunmore Road
Hostel in the Forest
Brunswick, Ga.
Why should you go?
Most of us never lost that childhood desire to live in a treehouse.  So why fight it?!  Explore your inner granola and ease on down to this haven in the trees. Situated on 133 acres of forest and wetlands, Hostel in the Forest the perfect place to truly get away from it all.  Membership is $5 a year; reservations are only $25 a night.  And if you want to get really crunchy, plan a trip around the full moon for an authentic Native American Sweat Lodge experience.  Just make sure to call ahead; spots fill up quickly. Drive time: 1 hour 15 minutes each way
Hunter Cattle Company
Brooklet, Ga.
Why should you go?
Make sure you’ve got your boots on for a real working-farm experience at Hunter Cattle Co.  City Slickers this ain’t.  Although great for a day—especially on the well-publicized and family-friendly Farm Day—an overnight visit is really the way to go here.  With the Authentic Farm Experience package, you can act like a farmer for a day—gathering eggs, feeding the pigs—really learning where the food you put on your table comes from. Drive time: 45 minutes Address: 934 Driggers Road
Hunting Island State Park
Beaufort, S.C.
Why should you go?
Pristine beaches, lagoons, marshwalks, a lighthouse and a nature center make Hunting Island the ideal day trip to share with kids.  While strolling oceanside, stumble upon the “tree graveyard” for a spare and hauntingly beautiful glimpse of nature's ebbs and flows.  And if you feel like you might not want to come home after a few hours, bring your tent.  There are plenty of places to pitch.  Morning coffee—or chocolate milk—on the beach?!  Yes, please! Drive time: 1 hour 17 minutes
Daufuskie Island
South Carolina
Why should you go?
If you want to feel like you’re a world away, but you don't want to pack an overnight bag, jump on the ferry to Daufuskie Island, just across the state border.  Accessible only by ferry (out of Hilton Head, S.C.), it’s a glimpse into what the sea islands used to be.  You'll still find dirt roads leading to deserted beaches.  Past the gated communities, 250 full-time residents—many of them descendants of the Gullah—still call Daufuskie home and still speak in a gently lilting patios.  Marshside Mama’s is an authentic beach shack, where fresh seafood and fantastic live music abound.  Bring a bike—or, if you’re feeling frisky, rent a golf cart to tour instead. Drive time: 45 minutes to Hilton Head, plus a one-hour ferry ride
Jacksonville, FL
Why should you go?
Sure, everyone knows that Charleston has incredible food, live music, lovely ambiance and good shopping (Trader Joe’s, anyone?), but we’re not going to bore you with another love letter to the Holy City. Instead, we think it’s time to explore our other closest city neighbor. Start your day at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens on the historic riverfront. Then head over to the Ragtime Tavern, a lovely restaurant and microbrewer on Atlantic Beach.  If you’re not too tuckered out, you’ll need to decide between a hillbilly or hipster evening.  For the former, check out Mavericks, which hosts regular events like the “White Trash Bash”—their words, not ours—and quaff some dollar beers.  If you’re feeling more Brooklyn and less honky tonk, Dos Gatos is your place for cocktails made with fresh ingredients be men with ironic mustaches. Drive time: 2 hours Addresses: Cummer Museum, 829 Riverside Ave. Ragtime, 207 Atlanta Blvd., Atlantic Beach, FL Dos Gatos, 123 East Forsyth St. Mavericks, 2 Independent Drive

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Dan Gilbert gives us the Stopover experience, note for note.

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[caption id="attachment_12482" align="aligncenter" width="553"]mumbledust: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival mumbledust: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival[/caption]

Savannah's successful entry into the indie music festival circuit, Savannah Stopover—now in its fourth year—opens March 6, with a performance by mumbledust at  Ampersand on 36 MLK.  This local "folk noir" duo will be joined over the next three days by other local acts and bands hailing from as far away as London and as spiritually close as Brooklyn.  Dan Gilbert has poured over the lineup of nearly 100 music makers heading this way.  Now, he's a man with a plan to hit these not-to-miss shows.

[caption id="attachment_12483" align="aligncenter" width="550"]Wild Child: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival Wild Child: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival[/caption]
Wild Child – Austin, TX
If you didn’t catch their soaring harmonies and good-natured folk-pop when they played at the inaugural Revival Fest, don’t make the same mistake at Stopover.  The fact that they’re traveling from Austin to Savannah then turning right around for SXSW they must think that we’re pretty swell. Saturday, March 8 @ 5pm – Moon River Beer Garden [caption id="attachment_12484" align="aligncenter" width="550"]St. Paul and the Broken Bones: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival St. Paul and the Broken Bones: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival[/caption]
St. Paul and the Broken Bones – Birmingham, AL
Holy soul music! These guys are pure, unadulterated, get-up-and-shake-your-money-maker, funky, fun stuff.  You might not this much fun seeing live music ... well ... ever. Thursday, March 6 @ 8pm – Moon River Beer Garden
Thumpers – London, UK
A last-minute addition to the Stopover lineup, Thumpers falls firmly in the category of best band you just haven’t heard of yet.  Recently signed to Sub-Pop, this alt-pop duo will have you dancing your butts off and saying, “I saw them at Stopover way before they hit it big.” Saturday, March 8 @ 11pm – Club One [caption id="attachment_12485" align="aligncenter" width="550"]J. Roddy Walston and the Business: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival J. Roddy Walston and the Business: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival[/caption]
The Baltimore Trio
Wye Oak, Future Islands and J. Roddy Walston & The Business are arguably the three biggest bands out of Baltimore.  Wye Oak represents the folk-rock leg of the triumvirate with Future Islands holding up the dance-inducing synth-pop side, and J. Roddy laying claim to foot-stompin’ Americana. Wye Oak: Thursday, March 6 @ 11:30pm – Knights of Columbus J. Roddy Walston & The Business: Friday, March 7 @ 12:00am – Congress Street Social Club Future Islands: Friday, March 7 @ 12:30am – Club One [caption id="attachment_12486" align="aligncenter" width="550"]Those Darlins: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival Those Darlins: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival[/caption]
Girl Power!
We’re thrilled that a whopping 18 bands rocking Stopover this year are either all-female or female-fronted.  In particular, Hooray for the Riff Raff—the band name alone, come on!—promises to be a country-folk fan’s dream show.  Those Darlins get our ringing endorsement too. Hooray for the Riff Raff: Saturday, March 8 @ 6pm – Moon River Beer Garden Those Darlins: Saturday, March 8 @ 12:30am – Knights of Columbus [caption id="attachment_12488" align="aligncenter" width="550"]The Teen Age: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival The Teen Age: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival[/caption]
The Teen Age – Brooklyn, NY
With their terrifically fun, super catchy tunes that all come in at 3 minutes or less, comparisons to The Strokes are inevitable.  But let’s call them a more mature, slightly darker, yet as imminently danceable version of that ubiquitous band. Friday, March 7 @ 6pm – Hang Fire
Southern Pride
Combine 16 local bands and 18 other traveling from various Southern locales, Stopover has a more pronounced Southern twang than ever before! Caitlin Rose and Clear Plastic Masks represent some of the best that the “New Nashville” music scene has to offer. --Caitlin Rose: Friday, March 7 @ 9pm – Moon River Beer Garden --Clear Plastic Masks: Saturday, March 8 @ 7:30pm – Ellis Square (FREE!)
Local Label Love
On a more local note, not one, not two, but THREE local record labels are holding showcases during this year’s festival.  Get your metal fix at the Retro-Futurist showcase, rock out like you’re in your garage at the Soft Science shindig, and do some dream-popping and shoe-gazing at the Furious Hooves bash. --Retro Futurist Showcase: Thursday, March 6, 10pm-2am – The Jinx --Soft Science Showcase: Friday, March 7, 4pm-8pm – Congress Street Social Club --Furious Hooves Showcase: Saturday, March 8, 2pm-7pm – Congress Street Social Club [caption id="attachment_12490" align="aligncenter" width="550"]Oberhofer: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival Oberhofer: Courtesy of Savannah Stopover Music Festival[/caption]
Shut it Down!
The best show of the whole weekend might just be the final one. So while you may be mourning the loss of another fantastic festival, at least you’ll be bopping along to the spectacular sounds of Oberhofer and Small Black whilst crying into your last beer. --Saturday, March 8, 10pm-3am – Knights of Columbus
Moon River Rockin’
The newest addition to the growing list of Stopover venues is none other than the Moon River Beer Garden—proving that there's nothing sweeter in this life than sipping a home-style craft brew beneath the southeastern sky while listening to a band that's on the verge.  Cheers!

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Sprung from winter’s clutches, Brianne Halverson, Dan Gilbert and their canine companion, Finn, give us the inside scoop on the best spots for walkin’ the dog.

With a wet winter that made us wonder whether we were living in northern climes, we couldn’t help but suffer from cabin fever—all five us (we had guests, including a pug) crowded into our two-bedroom bungalow.  It was enough—this lack of sun and dry, open space—to drive a human insane.  (How else to explain those high-waisted, flat-front trousers we purchased online?) But now that the dogwood, azaleas and allergies have returned to the 912, canines and companions may rejoice, tails a-waggin’, as we sniff out new trails to traverse.  Here are a few that get a “paws up” from our schnauzer-terrier, Finn:
Walk … the Green Carpet

Start at Baldwin Park and stroll the linear promenade along Atlantic Avenue that leads to the Savannah Arts Academy.

Where: Baldwin Park (41st Street and Atlantic Avenue) to Hedeman Park (Atlantic and Washington avenues) Pro: The beautiful homes flanking this palm-lined path and the numerous trash cans for easy waste disposal. Con: Motorists hurrying on Victory Drive to Home Depot and Whole Foods (flash sale on kale!) won’t pause for you, even if you’re at a designated crosswalk.
Walk … in History’s Footsteps

Explore Fort Pulaski’s Civil War history while your pup marks his territory.

Where: U.S. 80 E on the way to Tybee Island Pro: The 1.5-mile trail to the lighthouse through a beautiful formation of saluting palm trees Con: There are gators in these parts, so be on the lookout. To learn more, CLICK HERE >> 
Walk … then Run

Make it a day outdoors with a walk around Lake Mayer a jog around the track, and a picnic—complete with treats.

Where: 1850 E. Montgomery Crossroad Pro: The dog exercise area is like happy hour for pups, but with more butt sniffing. Con: The parking lot sees a lot of action, so make sure your dog isn’t wandering off leash. To learn more, CLICK HERE >>
Walk … on Water

Explore our coastal paradise from the vantage point of the University of Georgia Marine Science Center and Aquarium

Pro: The Jay Wolf Nature Trail, complete with maritime forest, Roebling oaks, salt marsh and a boardwalk with an information kiosk—who doesn’t love a good kiosk? Con: As you wander, you’ll come across some old whiskey barrels—all that remain of an old still.  Prepare your sense for disappointment.  They no longer have liquid gold inside. Where: 30 Ocean Science Circle, Skidaway Island To learn more, CLICK HERE >> :
Walk … for Paws

For the eighth year, the Humane Society for Greater Savannah will host the Dog Lovers Walk, a 1.5-mile dog course along the scenic Deer Creek section of The Landings to help raise $25,000 for pets in need.

When: 8:30 a.m., March 22 Where: Messiah Lutheran Church, 1 Westridge Road To learn more, CLICK HERE >> 

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A playful, political alternative to the standard mid-February love-in.

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The holidays are over, but winter’s chill calls for a soothing, steaming elixir to warm our bones and bellies.  Dan Gilbert grabs a spoon and dives into a few of the best soup bowls in town.  »  Photography by Katie McGee

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Former Savannahian Steven Satterfield trades in his guitar for a chef’s knife.

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