Savannah: Super Museum Sunday 2017

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As a reminder, Sunday (2/5), is Super Museum Sunday! What is Super Museum Sunday? It’s where many historical institutions in our area open their doors for FREE! This is a great way for families to explore and learn together! Most of the sites will be participating between the hours of 12 pm and 4 pm. Pack a picnic lunch, get the family together and have fun! We do this every year, choosing to explore a new place each time. Here are the places that are participating this year in the Savannah area:

Andrew Low House Museum

Battlefield Memorial Park

Beach Institute African American Cultural Center (3 pm – 6 pm)

Bethesda Academy’s William H. Ford, Sr. Museum & Visitors Center

Bloomingdale History Museum and Visitors Center

Bonaventure Historical Society (Tours at 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.)

Congregation Mickve Israel (1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Davenport House Museum

First African Baptist Church (1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m)

First Bryan Baptist Church (2 pm – 4 pm)

Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home Foundation, Inc. (1 pm – 4 pm)

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Old Fashioned Holiday Celebrations at State Parks

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If shopping-mall Santas and crowded parking lots have your family saying “bah-humbug,” plan an outing to one of Georgia’s State Parks or Historic Sites. Dozens of parks across Georgia are hosting old-fashioned holiday celebrations that will remind you of yesteryear. Here are a few in our area:

 

Metro Atlanta

A Civil War Christmas at Pickett’s Mill

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site – Dallas, GA

Gather the family and join us at our 1850s log cabin to help decorate the tree. Civil War soldiers will be home for the holidays. The cabin will be the setting as period reenactors demonstrate farm life, chores and celebrations of the period. Play with the toys pioneer children would have enjoyed. $3.00 – $5.50. 770-443-7850.

 

Christmas at Red Top’s Cabin

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Red Top Mountain State Park – Acworth, GA

Yuletide celebrations of the 1800s come to life as demonstrators take you back in time to Christmas at the Vaughan cabin. Play with the pioneer toys that would have been given as presents. Santa will be available for photos and Christmas visits. Help decorate the Christmas tree and see dinner cooked in the fireplace. $5 parking. 770-975-0055.

 

Holiday Elf Hike

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge, GA

Elf tired of sitting on a shelf? Fresh air is good for our magical friends too. Bring your elf, doll or favorite stuffed friend for a hike and craft. Get a goody bag and hot cocoa for you, and a special gift for your elf. Must register in advance. $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

 

Coastal Georgia

Hofwyl Plantation Christmas

Friday, December 2, 2016, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site – Brunswick, GA

This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house. There will be hot wassail and cookies, Civil War reenactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus. $5-$10. 912-264-7333.

 

Colonial Christmas at Fort King George

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Fort King George Historic Site – Darien, GA

Join the Friends of Fort King George for a traditional dinner in the soldier’s barracks, followed by a cannon firing. Reservations required. $40. 912-437-4770.

 

Luminary Night with Mrs. Claus

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Skidaway Island State Park – Savannah, GA

Bring your children and pets and join Mrs. Claus for a special night. Enjoy a walk along our enchanted luminary trail and take a hayride around the park. Sip on hot chocolate while decorating cookies and making holiday crafts. All activities are $2 per person. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.

 

Colonial Christmas at Wormsloe

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wormsloe Historic Site – Savannah, GA

Participate in caroling, burning of the yule log, dancing to live period music and other holiday observances of the colonial period, plus games and refreshments. $4.50-$10. 912-353-3023.

 

Middle & South Georgia

Seminole Tour of Lights

December 1 – 26, 2016, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Seminole State Park – Donalsonville, GA

Drive through the park decorated like a Winter Wonderland filled with holiday lights. $5 parking. 229-861-3137.

 

Christmas at A.H. Stephens

Fridays, Saturday, Sundays, December 2-23, 2016, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

A.H. Stephens State Park – Crawfordville, GA

Tour the new 10-acre event field and visitor center area which has been beautifully decorated by a host of site partners, volunteers and local businesses. Free treats and holiday themed movies will be shown nightly. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.

 

Candy Cane Express Train Ride

Friday, December 2, 2016, 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park – Cordele, GA

Enjoy a popular excursion with an hour and ten minute layover in Plains. The town will be all dressed in its Christmas wrapping and ready for your visit. Free candy canes for every passenger! Santa will be aboard for the ride. Additional holiday rides are planned through December. 229-276-0755.

 

Christmas on the Pond

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

General Coffee State Park – Nicholls, GA

Visit with Santa, enjoy storytelling, hayrides, a marshmallow roast and homemade refreshments. Santa will arrive at 6 p.m.and be available until 8:30 p.m. Hayrides will start at 5:30 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. Donations appreciated. Hayrides 50 cents. $5 parking. 912-384-7082.

 

Candlelight Christmas

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Jarrell Plantation Historic Site – Juliette, GA

Take a nightly stroll by candlelight and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas. You will have the chance to visit two of the historic homes of the Jarrell family and enjoy natural greenery and homemade decorations along with warm cider and cookies. $4-$6.50 478-986-5172.

 

Breakfast with Santa Train Ride

Saturday, December 24, 2016, 10:15 a.m. to 11:35 a.m.

SAM Shortline Train at Georgia Veterans State Park – Cordele, GA

Enjoy a special breakfast meal and train ride over Lake Blackshear with Santa aboard the SAM Shortline Train. Includes meal and games and activities at the depot. $19.99-$29.99 229-276-0755.

 

Northern Georgia

Holiday on the Hill

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 3-25, 2016, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

James H. Floyd State Park – Summerville, GA

Enjoy a drive through a winter wonderland at the picnic area by the lake. Several lit scenes will grace the roadside as we welcome the coming of the holiday season. If you would rather walk, park at the office and cross the boardwalk into the festivity of lights. $5 parking. 706-857-0826.

 

Christmas at the Gorge

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Tallulah Gorge State Park – Tallulah Falls, GA

Come and see Santa, make crafts, enjoy Christmas music and have a snack here at the park. $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

 

Christmas by Candlelight

Friday, December 9, 2016, and Saturday, December 10, 2016, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Chief Vann House Historic Site – Chatsworth, GA

In 1805, Cherokee Chief James Vann opened his new brick mansion to the Moravian missionaries to hold one of the first Christmas celebrations in the Cherokee Nation. To honor this tradition, visitors are invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of a 19th century Christmas in one of America’s best-preserved Cherokee Indian homes. $5.50 – $6.50 706-695-2598.

 

Caroling Through the Park

Saturday, December 10, 2016, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Victoria Bryant State Park – Royston, GA

What’s better than Christmas parties? How about caroling hayrides, homemade ornaments, hot chocolate and pictures with Santa? $2 for hayride $5 parking. 706-245-6270.

Photo courtesy of Chief Vann House 

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Bass Pro Shop: FREE Santa’s Wonderland!!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..I’ve mentioned this before. but wanted to remind you again about the FREE Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops. Bass Pro has dedicated a large section of their store to make a FREE Wonderland for kids. This is a great activity for young and older kids to participate it, bonus it’s all FREE! Below, you will find all of the activities, dates, and times. Make it a family event and go have fun!

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  • Get a FREE 4×6 studio-quality photo in-store (11/14 – 12/24)
  • FREE Wooden Picture Frame through December 15th when you have your picture taken with Santa
  • FREE Outdoor Plush Buddy Backpack Clip for kids who visit Santa’s Wonderland from 5  pm – 7 pm only. A different clip is available each week. Collect all 7! Monday thru Friday ONLY! While supplies last.

 

Arts & Crafts

FREE CRAFTS Mon–Fri, 5–7pm & Sat & Sun, Noon–5pm

  • Color a hanging canvas (11/28 – 12/4)
  • Decorate a 2017 calendar  (12/5 – 12/11)
  • Color a ceramic ornament (12/12 – 12/18)
  • Decorate a giant toy bag (12/19-12/23)
  • Decorate a cookie for Santa (12/24)

Activities in Wonderland

  • Laser Arcade
  • Moving Trains
  • Activity Tables
  • RC Trucks
  • Foam Toy Arcade
  • Big Dig Excavation Area
  • Lincoln Logs Building Area

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FREE: Grocery Savings 101 Workshop

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What Will I Learn?

At my workshop you will learn coupon basics, plus tips on outsmarting the marketers and getting healthy meals on the table without spending all day in the kitchen.

Next Class:

Grocery 101 Savings Workshop at the Savannah Morning News

October 20th from 7 – 9 pm!

Remember the classes I teach are Free as it’s part of my “Paying It Forward” philosophy. Everyone who attends will also receive one of my Grocery Savings workbooks! There will be a giveaway again as well!

Register here so I know how many workbooks I need to bring!

Learn the basics of couponing from the Savannah Morning News Savvy Shopper.  You will learn:

• How to save money in the checkout line with manufacturer coupons and local coupons.
• Techniques that will help you trim your budget and give back to your community.

You will also receive materials to take lots of valuable notes during the workshop. So come prepared to learn, discuss and connect with others who are excited about saving money and time in the kitchen too! This class is FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP.

The class is FREE, it is my way of paying it forward to the community. I would ask that if you are able to bring a non-perishable food item, so that we may help restock the shelves of Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia who have already given out over 3000 boxes of food to local residents.

Help fill those shelves back up! Pay It Forward Coastal Empire!

Every attendee will receive a Grocery Savings Workbook filled with valuable tips and resources.

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Contact me at melissa@thismommysavesmoney.com for more information!

 

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Drugstore 101 Workshop!!

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Melissa King, author of This Mommy Saves Money and the Savannah Savvy Shopper, will teach a Drugstore 101 Workshop on September 15th at 7 pm. Ever wondered how to save money at the drugstore?  Learn the basics of drugstore shopping in this informative and fast paced class that will cover everything from loyalty cards to coupons.  Your health and wellness matters to the Savvy Shopper!

Please register in advance through Eventbrite to ensure materials are available for all attendees. Thank you!

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