This edition is sponsored by Gumption Savannah Membership
Good Morning, Savannah. Are you ready for another scorcher? It could hit 100 degrees in a couple of days. Ouch!
In Today’s Gumption Savannah:
- Starland District
- District Live Radio
- Beach safety for kids
Let’s get to it.
– Jay H Paszamant
The idea, which began as a concept conceived by two graduates of SCAD in 1999 began to be realized in 2000 with Savannah’s Starland District. Savannah’s Starland District has grown from the beginning as an idea to becoming an actual experience. If you’re in search of an off-the-wall coffee or the perfect art work for your living space, you can find it within the Starland District. While the boundaries of the area aren’t completely agreed upon, it is recognized as being largely located within the thirty-five blocks around Forsyth Park, centering on Bull St. If you’re seeking to discover the vibrant community that is thriving in Savannah, you’ll find what you’re seeking in Savannah’s Starland District.
The former focal point of the area – the Starland Dairy was built in 1932. It supplied milk to Savannah residents until the late 1980s along with several other dairy farms in the region. This dairy was precisely what the community needed to create a strong drive for growth in the region, paving an opportunity for dairy farms and other businesses to be successful. What immediately stood out was the size of the dairy’s land. Occupying two blocks, Starland Dairy wasn’t difficult to miss, and its huge red star has been a soothing image to the residents for a long time. It is still possible to find old dairy jugs on Ebay with a moderate price of about eighty dollars, give or take. Although Starland Dairy aided in keeping the community afloat throughout the years, in the 80s, the dairy downsized, and eventually closed for good. For the next 10 years, Starland District sat around in decline until 1999, the year John Deaderick and Greg Jacobs (former SCAD graduates) made the choice to purchase the former factory specifically to provide the local arts community a space to flourish. Nobody could have imagined the extent to which Starland District would grow in the space of only twenty years, but now we’re here.
Starland District has become a place of worship for the artists who live and work in the area, displaying an eclectic feeling of hometown pride that is unlike any other Savannah place or landmark. From record shops to cafes as well as galleries and street art, Savannah’s newly renovated Starland District is on every hipster’s wishlist. I will keep you up to date in learning more details about what parts of Savannah’s Starland District can offer you in the near future.
- District Live Radio, a new state-of-the-art broadcasting studio located at the new studio located in the Atlantic Building at the JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District. WHCJ (90.3 FM), the official Savannah State University radio station, is broadcasting live from the District Live Radio studio on Mondays and Tuesdays, playing a mix of jazz, reggae, gospel, blues, hip hop, soul, Latin and African music.
Tips from Tybee rescuers on preventing kids from going missing at the beach
- Depending on the kids’ age, it is important that they know their address, parent’s name, and phone number in the event they do get separated.
- When coming onto the beach, make sure you know things like what color umbrella you have, the crossover you’re at, and a reference point that they can look for. (WTOC) Read more.
- Students, faculty, staff and prospective students of The Savannah College of Art and Design volunteered their time Monday to give back to their community. SCAD SERVE is an initiative that empowers the SCAD community to listen to the needs of their neighbors and local leaders and to create meaningful design solutions that improve quality of life. (Fox28media)
- Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, along with other United States and Canadian leaders, are in Savannah for a two-day conference that discusses economic development, business opportunities, and the importance between technological exchanges with Canadian provinces. (Fox28media)
‘Old City Market,’ by Savannah native Augusta Oelschig, depicts the City Market building that stood in Savannah’s Ellis Square from 1872 until its demolition in 1953.
Although a number of concerned citizens fought to preserve this beloved structure, they were unable to prevent its destruction. Their dismay over this landmark spurred the creation of the Historic Savannah Foundation (@myhsf), which still works today to preserve threatened historic structures.
Oelschig depicts the market teeming with activity: shoppers of all ages and walks of life come and go, pedestrians and animals make their way through the crowd, and busy vendors ready their produce for sale.
View this work and other historic landmarks in the exhibition ‘Savannah Scenes’!