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A chicken walking backward, Valentines Day Blood drive & movies in Georgia

This edition is sponsored by Gumption Savannah Membership

Local Weather


🌧️ Patchy drizzle and fog before 7am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph.

Tonight – Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. Light north wind.


Quote of the day

We go through life. We shed our skins. We become ourselves.

Patti Smith

Where did one of America’s greatest writers teach a chicken to walk backwards?


Flannery O’Connor is one of the South’s most loved authors. The Southern gothic writer and deeply sardonic author, O’Connor, wrote the novels Wise Blood, The Violent Bear it Away, and the short stories collections A Good Man Is Hard to Find, and Everything That Rises must Converge. O’Connor was awarded the O. Henry Award as Best Short Story three times, and the National Book Award for The Complete Stories posthumously. The Historic Childhood Home of Flannery O’Connor in Savannah is a small house located on Lafayette Square. It was where she lived from 1925 to 1938. It’s not surprising that O’Connor was fascinated by Catholicism, as she could see St. John’s Cathedral from the square. Today, the home is a museum dedicated to O’Connor’s life. You can visit O’Connor’s bedroom and see her childhood possessions. Also, you can learn more about the Great Depression through one of the many literary events held there. On O’Connor’s birthday, local writers and artists organize a bizarre annual parade. O’Connor’s legacy goes beyond her literary accomplishments. O’Connor was passionate about raising chickens and later peacocks throughout her life. She kept many in her Savannah garden. One chicken was so extraordinary that Pathe News sent a team from New York in 1932 to report on it. O’Connor recalled this event later in her life with her usual sarcastic wit. O’Connor recalled, “When I was six years old, I had a chicken who walked backward and was in the Pathe News.” “I was there, too, with that chicken. It was the highest point in my life, even though I was only there to help the chicken. Everything since then has been an anticlimax.”

You can view the old newsreel of Young Mary O’Connor putting her chicken on the ground, and then making it walk backward while a narrator makes silly jokes about it. Be sure to visit Flannery O’Connor’s Childhood home and walk through the garden where O’Connor achieved her greatest achievement.

News bites


‘He raised the bar’: Benedictine’s Justin Thomas adds honor as scholar-athlete of year
Honored for his accomplishments as a high school football and baseball student, Benedictine senior Justin Thomas was touched by his latest accolade. Read more.
‘He raised the bar’: Benedictine’s Justin Thomas adds honor as scholar-athlete of year
Honored for his accomplishments as a high school football and baseball student, Benedictine senior Justin Thomas was touched by his latest accolade. Read more.
Georgia films to watch on Valentine’s Day
Here are five films that you can enjoy (and cry to) with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day. Read more.
Georgia films to watch on Valentine’s Day
Here are five films that you can enjoy (and cry to) with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day. Read more.
Share the Love: City of Savannah, Georgia Southern hosting Valentine’s Day blood drive
The city of Savannah and Georgia Southern University are teaming up with The Blood Connection for a Valentine’s Day blood drive. Read more.
Share the Love: City of Savannah, Georgia Southern hosting Valentine’s Day blood drive
The city of Savannah and Georgia Southern University are teaming up with The Blood Connection for a Valentine’s Day blood drive. Read more.
Savannah woman credits clinic for COVID long haul patients with saving her life
A relatively new therapy clinic at Memorial Health is already make a tremendous impact in the lives of its patients. This clinic specifically focuses on long haul COVID. Read more.
Savannah woman credits clinic for COVID long haul patients with saving her life
A relatively new therapy clinic at Memorial Health is already make a tremendous impact in the lives of its patients. This clinic specifically focuses on long haul COVID. Read more.
SCAD offers tours highlighting Black history in Savannah
On Super Museum Sunday, the Savannah College of Art and Design kicked off the day with a special, free bus tour highlighting the city’s rich African-American history. Read more.
SCAD offers tours highlighting Black history in Savannah
On Super Museum Sunday, the Savannah College of Art and Design kicked off the day with a special, free bus tour highlighting the city’s rich African-American history. Read more.

Events


Today

Bruce Davidson: Face to Face » Telfair Museums
Bruce Davidson: Face to Face is an exhibition at Telfair Museums . Read more.
Bruce Davidson: Face to Face » Telfair Museums
Bruce Davidson: Face to Face is an exhibition at Telfair Museums . Read more.
Contemporary Spotlight: New Acquisitions from the Brandywine Workshop » Telfair Museums
Contemporary Spotlight: New Acquisitions from the Brandywine Workshop is an exhibition at Telfair Museums . Read more.
Contemporary Spotlight: New Acquisitions from the Brandywine Workshop » Telfair Museums
Contemporary Spotlight: New Acquisitions from the Brandywine Workshop is an exhibition at Telfair Museums . Read more.
Chul-Hyun Ahn: Beyond » Telfair Museums
Chul-Hyun Ahn: Beyond is an exhibition at Telfair Museums . Read more.
Chul-Hyun Ahn: Beyond » Telfair Museums
Chul-Hyun Ahn: Beyond is an exhibition at Telfair Museums . Read more.
Sips at The Station
Sips at the Station is Savannah’s best networking event benefiting our community and encouraging guests to discover all things local! Read more.
Sips at The Station
Sips at the Station is Savannah’s best networking event benefiting our community and encouraging guests to discover all things local! Read more.

Wednesday

Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show!
At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a hilarious and challenging crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Read more.
Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show!
At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a hilarious and challenging crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Read more.

Thursday

2022 Velvet Gala with the Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire | Soho South Events
2022 Velvet Gala with the Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire happening at Soho South Events, 12 West Liberty Street, Savannah, United States on Thu Feb 10 2022 at 06:00… Read more.
2022 Velvet Gala with the Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire | Soho South Events
2022 Velvet Gala with the Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire happening at Soho South Events, 12 West Liberty Street, Savannah, United States on Thu Feb 10 2022 at 06:00… Read more.
Frank Vignola All-Star Band | Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant
Frank Vignola All-Star Band happening at Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant, 107 W Broughton Street, Savannah, United States on Thu Feb 10 2022 at 07:00 pm to 10:00 pm Read more.
Frank Vignola All-Star Band | Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant
Frank Vignola All-Star Band happening at Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurant, 107 W Broughton Street, Savannah, United States on Thu Feb 10 2022 at 07:00 pm to 10:00 pm Read more.
Simon Grossmann
Simon Grossmann WORLD TOUR 2022 at Victory North Savannah | Ciclo Simon Grossmann is Venezuelan-American artist that has shown a great ability to constantly evolve. With Ciclo, his… Read more.
Simon Grossmann
Simon Grossmann WORLD TOUR 2022 at Victory North Savannah | Ciclo Simon Grossmann is Venezuelan-American artist that has shown a great ability to constantly evolve. With Ciclo, his… Read more.
VEGAN BREWS N BBQ | Southbound Brewing Company
VEGAN BREWS N BBQ happening at Southbound Brewing Company, 107 E Lathrop Ave, Savannah, United States on Thu Feb 10th at 05:00 pm to 08:00 pm Read more.
VEGAN BREWS N BBQ | Southbound Brewing Company
VEGAN BREWS N BBQ happening at Southbound Brewing Company, 107 E Lathrop Ave, Savannah, United States on Thu Feb 10th at 05:00 pm to 08:00 pm Read more.

Friday

Make Your Own Candle Valentines Date
Put Some Heat in Your Romance at Savannah Perfume and Candle Company. A Make Your Own Candle Date with Complimentary Wine Schedule your Valentine’s Day candle making date February 11-14th… Read more.
Make Your Own Candle Valentines Date
Put Some Heat in Your Romance at Savannah Perfume and Candle Company. A Make Your Own Candle Date with Complimentary Wine Schedule your Valentine’s Day candle making date February 11-14th… Read more.
Valentine’s Open-Air Game for Couples in Savannah | The Pirates’ House | February 11 to February 14
Valentine’s Open-Air Game for Couples in Savannah happening at The Pirates’ House, 20 East Broad Street, Savannah, United States on Fri Feb 11 2022 at 12:00 am to Mon Feb… Read more.
Valentine’s Open-Air Game for Couples in Savannah | The Pirates’ House | February 11 to February 14
Valentine’s Open-Air Game for Couples in Savannah happening at The Pirates’ House, 20 East Broad Street, Savannah, United States on Fri Feb 11 2022 at 12:00 am to Mon Feb… Read more.
Otaku Flea Market | Savannah Convention Center
Otaku Flea Market happening at Savannah Convention Center, One International Dr, Savannah, GA 31421, Savannah, United States on Fri Feb 11 2022 at 02:00 pm Read more.
Otaku Flea Market | Savannah Convention Center
Otaku Flea Market happening at Savannah Convention Center, One International Dr, Savannah, GA 31421, Savannah, United States on Fri Feb 11 2022 at 02:00 pm Read more.
Georgia Day Parade
Georgia Day Parade at Forsyth Par: Friday, February 11, 2022 Classroom Banner Competition… Read more.
Georgia Day Parade
Georgia Day Parade at Forsyth Par: Friday, February 11, 2022 Classroom Banner Competition… Read more.

Saturday

EChildren’s Museum of Pooler
Hey Kids! Join us for a Valentine’s Day Party in your favorite exhibits during Valentine’s Night! Parents can take a break and go out on a date! Read more.
EChildren’s Museum of Pooler
Hey Kids! Join us for a Valentine’s Day Party in your favorite exhibits during Valentine’s Night! Parents can take a break and go out on a date! Read more.
CCA OYSTER ROAST
We have teamed up with the Savannah Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association of Georgia to bring back our annual oyster roast! Read more.
CCA OYSTER ROAST
We have teamed up with the Savannah Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association of Georgia to bring back our annual oyster roast! Read more.
The Country Project | Westbury Winter Fest
This band in comprised of musicians from the local bands OCD, The Pinckney Island Boys and Muddy Creek, all seasoned musicians who just love music. Read more.
The Country Project | Westbury Winter Fest
This band in comprised of musicians from the local bands OCD, The Pinckney Island Boys and Muddy Creek, all seasoned musicians who just love music. Read more.

Sunday

VOCES8 at the Cathedral Basilica
VOCES8 Visits the Cathedral Basilica“VOCES8 are the Rolls-Royce of British a cappella ensembles.” They are at home performing music in all styles and from all periods with technical precision. The… Read more.
VOCES8 at the Cathedral Basilica
VOCES8 Visits the Cathedral Basilica“VOCES8 are the Rolls-Royce of British a cappella ensembles.” They are at home performing music in all styles and from all periods with technical precision. The… Read more.

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