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Runway graves, tourism jump & Masquerade Ball Mardi Gras

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Local Weather


Today – ☀️ Sunny | 81 🌡️ |💨 Light south wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Tonight – 🌙 Partly cloudy | 61 🌡️ |💨 South wind 6 to 8 mph.


Quote of the day

Imagination, not intelligence, made us human.

-Terry Pratchett

Dotson runway graves


Richard and Catherine Dotson graves

If you are arriving at and departing Georgia’s Savannah airport using Runway 10 Keep your eyes on the tarmac and you could see the outline of two concrete rectangles, which are the final resting place for Richard as well as Catherine Dotson, whose bodies were unable to move when the airport grew.

When Savannah Airport Savannah Airport built an extension to Runway 10 during WWII there were some issues in their plans for the new route. Similar to many airports across the nation and around the world, Savannah Airport Savannah airfield was constructed on farmland, taking advantage of the large open space to build long runways as well as vast terminal hubs. One of the main reasons for making use of this kind of land is managing the tiny family burial plots that the majority of the airports have. In general, this isn’t an issue, and the airport typically takes the burden of moving the graves to a modern-day cemetery with the family’s permission. In the case of graves that were in the way of running the Runway 10 extension, the family, following a disagreement, voted in favor of the relocation of the cemetery that contained around 100 graves (including the ones of slaves). That’s right, all graves were removed, except for four.

They argued that their ancestors who owned the land would have wanted to remain on the land that they worked for so long to cultivate, the remaining Dotson family members refused to allow Richard or Catherine to be transferred. Because it is against the law to transfer the remains of buried bodies without the permission of family members, the airport did the best they could do and paved over the remains. But it was far from a heartless steamrolling, headstones were laid over the graves and laid flat and backed by the runway.

The four other graves, situated in the bush close to the airport’s main runway are the property of Dotson family members, Daniel Hueston and John Dotson.

The Dotson graves look more like the patchwork of concrete repairs amidst the winding runway of asphalt. But flight crews and pilots are aware of what they actually are, and ghost tales are beginning to pop out of those who fly off and then land on the top of the graves.

Around Town


AURA Fest announces return to Ships of the Sea Museum in Savannah for 2022 metal festival
The line-up includes headliners Impending Doom, Lorna Shore, and Rivers of Nihil along with local bands Depressor and The Holy Ghost Tabernacle Choir. Read more.
AURA Fest announces return to Ships of the Sea Museum in Savannah for 2022 metal festival
The line-up includes headliners Impending Doom, Lorna Shore, and Rivers of Nihil along with local bands Depressor and The Holy Ghost Tabernacle Choir. Read more.
New time for the Greening of the Fountain
We now have an official date for the 2022 St Patrick’s Day Greening of the Fountain. Read more.
New time for the Greening of the Fountain
We now have an official date for the 2022 St Patrick’s Day Greening of the Fountain. Read more.
Changes may be coming to Savannah Rivers “Love Locks Bridge”
If you’ve been to the Savannah Rapids Park, you’ve probably seen “Love Locks Bridge.” There may soon be changes and a new addition to this attraction.… Read more.
Changes may be coming to Savannah Rivers “Love Locks Bridge”
If you’ve been to the Savannah Rapids Park, you’ve probably seen “Love Locks Bridge.” There may soon be changes and a new addition to this attraction.… Read more.
Savannah tourism industry seeing rebound in 2022
It was so busy downtown, definitely the busiest Saturday we’ve seen of the year so far.” Local businesses react as tourists flock back to the Hostess City thanks to good… Read more.
Savannah tourism industry seeing rebound in 2022
It was so busy downtown, definitely the busiest Saturday we’ve seen of the year so far.” Local businesses react as tourists flock back to the Hostess City thanks to good… Read more.
SCAD’s signature event deFINE ART returns
The Savannah College of Art and Design’s SCAD deFINE ART 2022 will be presented Feb. 28 – March 2 with in-person and streaming events in… Read more.
SCAD’s signature event deFINE ART returns
The Savannah College of Art and Design’s SCAD deFINE ART 2022 will be presented Feb. 28 – March 2 with in-person and streaming events in… Read more.
Let’s Jump! Concert mixes tap dancing, New Orleans music
Just a week ahead of Madi Gras, the sounds of New Orleans are coming to Savannah. The New Orleans band “The Jump Hounds” and Savannah-based… Read more.
Let’s Jump! Concert mixes tap dancing, New Orleans music
Just a week ahead of Madi Gras, the sounds of New Orleans are coming to Savannah. The New Orleans band “The Jump Hounds” and Savannah-based… Read more.

What’s Happenin’


Today

La Bodega @ Calhouns Bluffton
Get concert info and buy tickets to La Bodega’s upcoming concert at Calhouns Bluffton in Bluffton on Feb 24, 2022, all at Bandsintown. Read more.
La Bodega @ Calhouns Bluffton
Get concert info and buy tickets to La Bodega’s upcoming concert at Calhouns Bluffton in Bluffton on Feb 24, 2022, all at Bandsintown. Read more.
Cc Witt @ The Sandbar
Get concert info and buy tickets to Cc Witt’s upcoming concert at The Sandbar in Hilton Head Island on Feb 24, 2022, all at Bandsintown. Read more.
Cc Witt @ The Sandbar
Get concert info and buy tickets to Cc Witt’s upcoming concert at The Sandbar in Hilton Head Island on Feb 24, 2022, all at Bandsintown. Read more.
2022 Season Announcement Party
2022 Season Announcement Party Hosted By Savannah Stage Company. Event starts on Thursday, 24 February 2022 and happening at Starland Yard, Savannah, GA. Register or Buy Tickets, Price information. Read more.
2022 Season Announcement Party
2022 Season Announcement Party Hosted By Savannah Stage Company. Event starts on Thursday, 24 February 2022 and happening at Starland Yard, Savannah, GA. Register or Buy Tickets, Price information. Read more.
Drag Show Thursday Night – 11:00pm – Club One
Watch our World Famous Club One Cabaret Dancers! Join us for an exciting show! Please read the following (by attending you agree to all terms and conditions): This show has… Read more.
Drag Show Thursday Night – 11:00pm – Club One
Watch our World Famous Club One Cabaret Dancers! Join us for an exciting show! Please read the following (by attending you agree to all terms and conditions): This show has… Read more.
SHE HUSTLES  @ Front Porch Improv
Join us for an evening celebrating Savannah’s Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders on Thursday, February 24, from 6p-9p at Front Porch Improv! Read more.
SHE HUSTLES  @ Front Porch Improv
Join us for an evening celebrating Savannah’s Women Entrepreneurs & Leaders on Thursday, February 24, from 6p-9p at Front Porch Improv! Read more.
2022 State of the Port – Savannah
2022 State of the Port Address, hosted by the Georgia Ports Authority and the Propeller Club of the United States – Port of Savannah Read more.
2022 State of the Port – Savannah
2022 State of the Port Address, hosted by the Georgia Ports Authority and the Propeller Club of the United States – Port of Savannah Read more.
Steel Magnolias – Savannah Arts Academy
Savannah Arts Academy PresentsSteel MagnoliasThe action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by… Read more.
Steel Magnolias – Savannah Arts Academy
Savannah Arts Academy PresentsSteel MagnoliasThe action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by… Read more.

Friday

Joint Operation LIVE at Barrelhouse South in Savannah, GA
Ribbon Cutting: Bella Mias Cucina Italiana Hosted By Richmond Hill-Bryan County Chamber of Commerce. The event starts on Wednesday at 04:00 pm at Richmond Hill., … Read more.
Joint Operation LIVE at Barrelhouse South in Savannah, GA
Ribbon Cutting: Bella Mias Cucina Italiana Hosted By Richmond Hill-Bryan County Chamber of Commerce. The event starts on Wednesday at 04:00 pm at Richmond Hill., … Read more.
Sex at Tiffany’s (Charleston Pop Punk)
Charleston Pop Punk Rock at The Wormhole Neighborhood Pub & Music Venue Read more.
Sex at Tiffany’s (Charleston Pop Punk)
Charleston Pop Punk Rock at The Wormhole Neighborhood Pub & Music Venue Read more.
Shell Out for a CURE | Belhaven, Richmond Hill
Shell Out for a CURE happening at Belhaven, 1000 Belfast River Rd, Richmond Hill at 06:30 pm to 10:00… Read more.
Shell Out for a CURE | Belhaven, Richmond Hill
Shell Out for a CURE happening at Belhaven, 1000 Belfast River Rd, Richmond Hill at 06:30 pm to 10:00… Read more.
Live Music Night: Markus Kuhlmann of Clouds & Satellites — Daily & Private Walking Tours of Savannah
Markus Kuhlmann of Mike Kilo and Clouds & Satellit Read more.
Live Music Night: Markus Kuhlmann of Clouds & Satellites — Daily & Private Walking Tours of Savannah
Markus Kuhlmann of Mike Kilo and Clouds & Satellit Read more.
Moon River Opera Presents La Boheme at Club One
The Moon River Opera Presents La Boheme at Club One will take place in Join Moon River Opera for this all-English, fully immersive production of one of Puccini’s most popular… Read more.
Moon River Opera Presents La Boheme at Club One
The Moon River Opera Presents La Boheme at Club One will take place in Join Moon River Opera for this all-English, fully immersive production of one of Puccini’s most popular… Read more.
CinemaSavannah Presents: Oscar Shorts
CinemaSavannah Presents: Oscar Shorts Hosted By City of Savannah Department of Cultural Resources. Event starts on Friday at Savannah Culture Arts Center, Savannah, GA. Register… Read more.
CinemaSavannah Presents: Oscar Shorts
CinemaSavannah Presents: Oscar Shorts Hosted By City of Savannah Department of Cultural Resources. Event starts on Friday at Savannah Culture Arts Center, Savannah, GA. Register… Read more.
Javier Colon w/ Brett Bigelow
The inaugural “Sing for Green” is an intimate charity concert benefitting First Tee – Savannah’s youth golf programs. Read more.
Javier Colon w/ Brett Bigelow
The inaugural “Sing for Green” is an intimate charity concert benefitting First Tee – Savannah’s youth golf programs. Read more.
The Haunted Savannah Paracon
A fun filled paranormal weekend with special guest, lectures, Q&As, crystals, vendors, haunted objects, oddities, paranormal investigations at historic locations, haunted ghost tours, & a special psychic medium gallery reading by Cindy Kaza! Read more.
The Haunted Savannah Paracon
A fun filled paranormal weekend with special guest, lectures, Q&As, crystals, vendors, haunted objects, oddities, paranormal investigations at historic locations, haunted ghost tours, & a special psychic medium gallery reading by Cindy Kaza! Read more.
The Masquerade Ball Mardi Gras Celebration
Come join us for a Mardi Gras Celebration held in our breathtaking Ballroom on Bull St! We are having our 3rd Annual Masquerade Ball Mardi Gras Celebration hosted by American… Read more.
The Masquerade Ball Mardi Gras Celebration
Come join us for a Mardi Gras Celebration held in our breathtaking Ballroom on Bull St! We are having our 3rd Annual Masquerade Ball Mardi Gras Celebration hosted by American… Read more.
Monxx at Elan Savannah
Monxx in the house! Read more.
Monxx at Elan Savannah
Monxx in the house! Read more.

Saturday

Strangelove – The Depeche Mode Experience
Eventbrite – Coach’s Corner presents Strangelove – The Depeche Mode Experience – Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Coach’s Corner, Savannah, GA. Find event and ticket information. Read more.
Strangelove – The Depeche Mode Experience
Eventbrite – Coach’s Corner presents Strangelove – The Depeche Mode Experience – Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Coach’s Corner, Savannah, GA. Find event and ticket information. Read more.
Arms Up!, Lilakk, Skydiver at The Sentient Bean
Arms Up!, Lilakk, Skydiver at The Sentient Bean AURA Fest Presents Read more.
Arms Up!, Lilakk, Skydiver at The Sentient Bean
Arms Up!, Lilakk, Skydiver at The Sentient Bean AURA Fest Presents Read more.
The Ragnarok Games The Rise Of The Berserker Strongman Competition
RAGNAROK Hosted By Odin and Sons: Comics and Collectibles. Event starts on Saturday at 104 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA.… Read more.
The Ragnarok Games The Rise Of The Berserker Strongman Competition
RAGNAROK Hosted By Odin and Sons: Comics and Collectibles. Event starts on Saturday at 104 E Broughton St, Savannah, GA.… Read more.
42nd Annual Telfair Ball » Telfair Museums
For thousands of years, the ocean has beckoned mankind. Mysteries swirling, beauty inspiring, sounds soothing, salty air healing–the sea serves as muse to authors and artists alike. Essential to life… Read more.
42nd Annual Telfair Ball » Telfair Museums
For thousands of years, the ocean has beckoned mankind. Mysteries swirling, beauty inspiring, sounds soothing, salty air healing–the sea serves as muse to authors and artists alike. Essential to life… Read more.
Fire & Wine
Fire & Wine Hosted By Foxy Loxy Print Gallery and Café. Event starts on Saturday. Register… Read more.
Fire & Wine
Fire & Wine Hosted By Foxy Loxy Print Gallery and Café. Event starts on Saturday. Register… Read more.
Cars On The Coast
Cars On The Coast Hosted By Street Lab. Event starts on Saturday at 1 International Dr, Savannah, Register or… Read more.
Cars On The Coast
Cars On The Coast Hosted By Street Lab. Event starts on Saturday at 1 International Dr, Savannah, Register or… Read more.
Mamma Mia! in Atlanta at Savannah Theatre 2022
Complete Information About Mamma Mia! in Atlanta at Savannah Theatre. The Historic Savannah Theatre brings back their most popular show ever – the Worldwide Smash Hit Musical based on the… Read more.
Mamma Mia! in Atlanta at Savannah Theatre 2022
Complete Information About Mamma Mia! in Atlanta at Savannah Theatre. The Historic Savannah Theatre brings back their most popular show ever – the Worldwide Smash Hit Musical based on the… Read more.
Swamp Rats LIVE
Swamp Rats LIVE Hosted By Southbound Brewing Company. Event starts on Saturday at Southbound Brewing Company, Savannah, GA. Register or Buy Tickets, Price information. Read more.
Swamp Rats LIVE
Swamp Rats LIVE Hosted By Southbound Brewing Company. Event starts on Saturday at Southbound Brewing Company, Savannah, GA. Register or Buy Tickets, Price information. Read more.

Sunday

Steel Magnolias @ May River Theatre
Steel Magnolias @ May River Theatre Hosted By May River Theatre. Event starts on Sunday at Ulmer Auditorium, 20 Bridge St, Bluffton, SC. Register or… Read more.
Steel Magnolias @ May River Theatre
Steel Magnolias @ May River Theatre Hosted By May River Theatre. Event starts on Sunday at Ulmer Auditorium, 20 Bridge St, Bluffton, SC. Register or… Read more.
Weekly Wine Tasting at The Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market
Weekly wine tasting with a beverage professtional at The Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market. Read more.
Weekly Wine Tasting at The Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market
Weekly wine tasting with a beverage professtional at The Emporium Kitchen and Wine Market. Read more.

#gumptionsavannah

allthesavthings Visiting our 🐊 friends at @crabshacktybee for my birthday today! Always a great time with great food in a beautiful atmosphere!! Thanks so much, Crab Shack for making my birthday so special each year! 🍻 cheers!!!


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