This edition is sponsored by Gumption Savannah Membership
Good Morning, Savannah. Happy National Typewriter Day! The first typewriter as we know it today was built in 1867 near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Although they fell out of vogue, let’s celebrate the written word.
In Today’s Gumption Savannah:
- The Waving Girl
- Chess for Vets
- Funding for the arts, culture, and heritage programs.
Ok, here we go!
– Jay H Paszamant
P.S. Happy birthday to Stephanie!
The Waving Girl
On the grassy shores of the Savannah River, just down the bluff from the middle of the Historic District stands the statue of a girl – a woman with her eyes fixed on the river and the sky beyond. A smile of perpetual longing is visible on her face. And the scarf she holds in her palm flies over her head. She’s the Waving Girl.
Many Savannah tourists have looked up to the statue throughout the years. Many do not know the significance of the statue, which greets vessels day and night when they travel towards the port.
At the age of 19 years old, Florence Martus lived in the Elba Island Lighthouse with her brother, George. It was an exhausting trip via water to the town, and as a result, with only a few trips each week to replenish items, Florence spent most of her time on the island. In no time, she began waving to the ships, every single vessel that went through. It was a pastime for her, and an opportunity to meet people who had spent their days isolated from the rest of society by water. Between 1887-1931, no matter what time of the day or what the weather was, Florence was there waving throughout the forty-four years. The sailors who visited Savannah’s ports frequently heard about her Waving Girl and looked forward to her welcoming smile too.
The mystery and passion around Florence are due to the fact that she never married and rarely went away from the islands for more than half a century
A legend has it that she was in love with a shady sea sailor. Despite the fact that the man promised to return to her and wed and marry her, he did not return. She was devastated and constantly looking for him on every ship that passed through.
However, Florence herself denied the authenticity of these legends, which made her charming and unique manner of life all the more fascinating. Whatever the reason, the famous wave became synonymous with Savannah, the Hostess City, and the open-heartedness that initially brought Savannah to life.
Florence Martus is immortalized now – that young girl whose heart was drawn towards the sea. “Welcome,” she says, “Welcome to Savannah”.
- Phillip Williams is the founder of Chess for Vets, a chess club that meets every Wednesday at the American Legion Post 135 on 1108 Bull St from 5 – 7 p.m. The club is free and open to anyone who wants to play on a Wednesday evening.
- The City of Savannah is now accepting 2023 Arts and Culture Enrichment (ACE) applications for funding of arts, culture, and heritage programs, and Community Partnership Program (CPP) applications
- Fans who plan to attend this year’s Amateur Golf Championship can only hope for the same exciting drama produced in 2021. The Amateur Championship tees off at Bacon Park on Saturday and runs through Sunday
- Robokind, a robot designed to be interesting and approachable for autistic learners, is part of the education and fun at Camp Blast, a two-week program that brings autistic students together to improve their day-to-day life and make friends.
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