Don’t miss the fireworks on Tybee!!
Celebrate the New Year – 2013 arrival – with a really amazing fireworks display at midnight at the Tybee Pier & Pavilion on Tybee Island or just bring your chairs and cocktails to the beach anywhere and watch from there. Tybee’s popular annual event is free and open to the public.
On New Year’s Day, take a chilly plunge into the Atlantic Ocean at the
2013 Tybee Polar Plunge – noon at Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion, Tybrisa St. and Strand Ave. This year’s plunge welcomes the return of the “Gang of Goofs” contest at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome to dress up in funny and wacky costumes for a chance to parade in front of a local Tybee panel of judges and to win great prizes.
it’s FREE to enter the “Gang of Goofs” contest; $25 entry fee to take the plunge but you get a long-sleeve Tybee Polar Plunge t-shirt. Event proceeds benefit the restoration of the historic Tybee Post Theater on Tybee Island. Last year’s event set a Guinness World Record for the Largest Gathering of People Wearing Swim Caps. For more information and to register for the 2013 Tybee Polar Plunge and “Gang of Goofs” costume contest online (before Dec. 28) visit www.tybeepolarplunge.com.
The Tybee Island Garden Club is holding an Arts & Crafts Fundraiser on Saturday, December 8th in the Tybee School Cafeteria from 11 AM – 3 PM. The fundraiser is being held in conjunction with the Tybee Christmas parade and Santa will be located just next door in the gym. All monies raised will go to the Garden Club’s community beautification projects. Crafts, baked goods, plants, holiday decor made from natural materials such as drift wood, palms, etc will be available.
Paula Deen’s top picks in Savannah and on Tybee.
Of course, The Lady & Sons is one of Paula Deen’s favorite places in Savannah. It’s the restaurant that led to her first cookbook and Food Network stardom. It’s also the place where the careers of her sons, Jamie and Bobby, were launched.
You’ll find their Southern hospitality throughout the three-floor facility that serves 8,000 people a week at 102 W. Congress St., in Savannah’s Historic District.
You can order off the menu or try the buffet. Hoe cakes and cheddar biscuits are delivered to your table. For a break from the usual comfort food, try the asparagus sandwich ($9.99). Or from the healthier side, try the Salmon en Papillote ($19.99) under the “Not My Mama’s Meals” heading. People with other dietary issues will be happy with the gluten-free flourless chocolate torte or sugar-free cheesecake ($5.99 each).
Globe Shoe Co.
In the middle of one of the main drags through Savannah’s touristy Historic District, this shoe store is packed to the brim with flats, wedges and pumps by this high-quality shoemaker.
17 E. Broughton St., Savannah; 912-232-8161.
The Paris Market
Owners Paula and Taras Danyluk travel the world and fill their eclectic shop with goods they think Savannah residents and visitors will believe they can’t live without.
36 W. Broughton St., Savannah. theparismarket.com.
This whimsical restaurant offers Caribbean flavors in Jamaican jerk chicken ($15) and a touch of Greece in its Hellenic chicken stuffed with spinach and feta ($16), but you’ll also find Southern staples like mashed potatoes ($3) and coconut layer cake ($5.50). 531 Stephenson Ave., Savannah. toucancafe.com.
One Fish Two Fish
This shop is “coastal cool” with its eclectic inventory of trendy jewelry, LouenHide handbags, Pine Cone Hill linens, Archipelago Botanical bath and body products or Mariposa glossy pewter serving and entertaining pieces. 401 Whitaker St., Savannah. onefishstore.com.
Habersham Antiques & Collectibles Market
If you’ve watched any of Paula Deen’s Food Network shows or read her food and entertaining magazine, you’ve surely seen the wares of this Savannah antiques mall and its inventory from more than 70 dealers. . You’ll find vintage aprons and linens and an entire room of ’60s-era clothing from hats and straw bags to bright frocks.
2502 Habersham St., Savannah. habershamantiquesmarket.com.
Sundae Cafe on Tybee
Fried green tomatoes make numerous appearances on the lunch menu of this family-owned island restaurant: Paula’s favorite – or so the wait staff says – is the double-cut pork chop ($18.95). Deen has included the restaurant’s recipes for succotash, apple chutney and buttermilk biscuit blue cheese bread pudding in her Cooking With Paula Deen magazine.
101 First St., Tybee Island. sundaecafe.com.
When you’re on your way to Tybee Island and want some fresh fruit to take to the beach, shop where the locals get the freshest produce and Killer Tomatoes. Or just grab a bag of boiled peanuts or a jar of salsa or pickles to take home. You can’t miss this produce stand on Talahi Island, at Quarterman Drive and U.S. 80 East.
7755 U.S. 80 E., Savannah. facebook.com/Davis-Produce.
Ele Restaurant on the way to Tybee
For an elegant dining experience take a drive out of Savannah toward Tybee Island to Ele Restaurant, where chef Sean Thongsiri delivers Asian fusion food that’s as pretty as it is tasty. The most popular dishes are pad Thai and curry chicken (each $14.95),
7815 U.S. 80 E., Savannah. elesavannah.com.
Tybee for the holidays.
Tybee locals volunteered their time at Memorial Park Saturday morning to continue decorating the island. Near the boardwalk, people trimmed the tree with beach balls, star fish, leis of flowers and with a seahorse on top.
Decorations have already been put up by City of Tybee workers along Butler Avenue.
Homes all over the island are showing their holiday spirit, also.
The island’s holiday parade takes place on December seventh with singing, dancing, hot chocolate and a visit from Santa Claus.
Seven breweries will be serving 21 different beers over the course of the two-day event, with Friday dubbed “Brats, Bangers and Brew” night and the “Grand Brew Ha-Ha” taking place Saturday. Breweries in attendance witll include New Belgium, Lazy Magnolia, Anheuser-Busch, Kona, Redhook, Widmer Brothers and RJ Rockers.
“It will be two fun nights of craft beer samplings, specially paired with local cuisine to create a one-of-a-kind, palatable experience.”
IF YOU GO
What: Tybee Beach Brew Fest
When: 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 2; 7-10 p.m. Nov. 3
Where: Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill, 404 Butler Ave., on Friday; Tybee Island Lighthouse, 30 Meddin Ave., on Saturday
Cost: $40 on Friday; $50 on Saturday; $20 for designated drivers
What’s happening on Tybee today? (Sunday, Sept. 23):
The Gray’s Reef Ocean Film Festival closes out with a series of short films by local filmmakers, from noon to 5 p.m. at the SCAD Museum of Art.
The Accomplices have a sunset gig at North Beach Grill on Tybee Island. Love the thai tuna salad and grilled pound cake, too.
Tybee fireworks are the best!! Bring in the New Year with a bang! Enjoy the show launched from the Tybee Pier at the stroke of midnight at one of Tybee’s many restaurants and bars, or watch it from the beach. It promises to be spectacular! Just bring your chairs to the beach and enjoy.
Tybee Island Pirate Fest began in 2005 with a few locals searching for an event to highlight the unique personality of the island. Following an enormous number of hours, blood, sweat, and tears the first Pirate Fest took to the streets of Tybee. The first year far surpassed the expectations of its organizers, a non-profit called TybeeFest. With the support of many dedicated volunteers, The City of Tybee Island, and local businesses, the event has grown each year. Pirate enthusiasts travel from across the country to visit our charming island as it transforms into pirate village every Columbus Day weekend.
This year, the Tybee Island Tourism Council takes the helm and promises to nurture the spectacular event founded by the island’s locals. Our Pirate Fest blankets the downtown area to highlight the local shops and restaurants while showcasing our beautiful beach and pier. Visitors are invited to escape the ordinary, if only for a weekend.