Author: bill dawers

Photos from the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home’s 2016 street fair and homemade parade

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The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home recently threw another big party for the Savannah-born author’s birthday. The street fair and homemade parade are a few years old now, and this was the biggest turnout yet. Seriously, chicken shit bingo, The Sweet…

Live blog of the Iowa Caucus(es)

I don’t know if I really ought to try this or not, but I’m going to be live blogging off and on all evening. I will be at home listening to some music, hopefully editing some photos, and following the…

Photos of the 2016 Junk 2 Funk Fashion Show at Savannah Arts Academy

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So here’s a fairly quick edit of about 75 photos from the Savannah Arts Academy‘s 2016 version of the Junk 2 Funk Fashion Show. The event is presented each year by the Visual Arts Department with support from other departments…

New Visit Savannah videos spotlight Lowcountry culture

For almost a week now, I’ve been getting ads like these show up when I’m on the web (these are just screenshots): Visit Savannah’s new “My Savannah” ad campaign has been pretty much under the radar so far, at least…

Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston announces 40th season

Well today’s announcement of Spoleto’s 2016 season didn’t hold many surprises for some of us — I got the catalogue in the mail almost a week ago and have had ample time to peruse it. Click here to see the…

Savannah’s struggle against violence captured in new video: “End Gun Violence: Step Forward”

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It’s been an ugly 18 months or so for crime in Savannah, especially shootings. About 50 people have been murdered so far in 2015 in the jurisdiction of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, about twice the number in 2014. The…

Republican Matt Bevin becomes Kentucky’s 62nd governor – photos from the Inauguration Day Parade

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So I happened to be in Kentucky on Tuesday for the inauguration of the new governor, Republican Matt Bevin. Pundits and polls had thought that Bevin was headed to defeat on election day last month, but he sailed to an…

Savannah’s Cultural Arts Center: let’s do it right

If you’re a regular Spoleto U.S.A. attendee, you’re probably already familiar with the excellent venues available in downtown Charleston. The Emmett Robinson Theatre at the College of Charleston isn’t as grand or historic as other festival venues, but it makes…

A few thoughts on the connection between “nonviolent” street crime and really violent street crime

So we had a big night on Tuesday — a new mayor and two new city council members were elected. And for a handful of families, it was a tragic night. I hadn’t been in bed very long when I…

Live blog of the 2015 Savannah runoff election

Diverse opinions on upcoming election expressed in today’s Savannah Morning News – a few reactions

The Savannah Morning News editorial page has a number of items of interest as we approach the Tuesday, Dec. 1, runoff for three city positions — mayor, alderman at-large post 2, and 2nd district alderman. A few thoughts: Letter to…

Watch young poet Andre Massey’s White House speech about the impact of Savannah’s Deep Center

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“I am a poet, and I finally know where I fit in.” That’s how 14-year-old Savannahian Andre Massey, Jr. finished his speech today at the White House, where First Lady Michelle Obama honored Deep Center and 12 other 2015 National…

Live blog of the 2015 Savannah municipal elections

Not exactly endorsements, but some things to think about before Savannah city elections on Tuesday

I don’t do formal endorsements of political candidates — and I’m not sure that any would want my formal endorsement! — but here’s an extended and somewhat idiosyncratic post taking a look at Savannah’s mayoral and aldermanic races. Some of…