Island Hopping

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December 1, 2017




WHAT:  Are you a New Neighbors member?

CONTACT:  To join, go to the website and click on Membership, or contact Deb Werner at or 912.660.0174

WHAT ELSE:  New Neighbors is a very active club open to any individual who lives at The Landings on a full- or part-time basis, is over the age of 21 and has never belonged to the Landings New Neighbors.  The club offers more than 250 different activities, tours and events for you to enjoy. Go to to see more examples of how exciting New Neighbors can be. 




WHAT:  Adopt an Angel

WHEN:  Starts Nov. 17

WHERE: The Landings Company Welcome Center (Just beyond the North Gate)

CONTACT:  The Landings Company – 598.0500

WHAT ELSE:  Make a child’s wish come true for Christmas! Come in and pick an “Angel” from our tree. Every angel represents a child of a local military family and includes his or her Christmas wish. Our local military families sacrifice so much that this is our way of giving back to them. Gifts are due back by December 12, and will be delivered to Hunter in time for the holidays.




WHAT:  December Art Show at the JEA featuring the artwork of Bob Friedman

WHEN:  December 1-31; Opening reception - Dec. 7, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

WHERE:  Jewish Educational Alliance, 5111 Abercorn St.

HOW MUCH:  FREE and open to the public

CONTACT:  Vicky Lunick, 912.355.8111

WHAT ELSE: Bob Friedman is a Savannah sculptor and painter. The former administrator and professor of sociology at Antioch College, Friedman came to his new avocation in 1997 when he attended a “primitive firing” led by the late raku artist, Hal Riegger. Raku is a type of Japanese pottery traditionally used in tea ceremonies.




WHAT:  Hospice Savannah’s 26th Annual Tree of Light Ceremony

WHEN:  Sunday, Dec. 3, 5:15 p.m.

WHERE:  Outdoor patio of the Demere Center for Living, 6000 Business Center Dr., off Chatham Parkway

HOW MUCH:  No charge; donations help provide free bereavement counseling


WHAT ELSE: This non-denominational and contemplative time of sharing music, stories and memories is a meaningful way to remember your loved ones as we approach the holiday season. Facilitated by Full Circle Grief and Loss Center’s bereavement counselors, with music by harpist Leslie Air, singer J.J. Collins and music therapist Sarah Breyfogle.




WHAT:  Landlovers Photography Club Meeting

WHEN:  Tuesday, Dec. 5, 3:45 p.m.

WHERE:  Skidaway Island United Methodist Church

HOW MUCH:  Dues $10 yearly


WHAT ELSE:  The guest speaker is SCAD photographer John McKinnon, who will provide an overview of his work and highlight his creative use of drones.




WHAT:  Landlovers Green Thumb Club Meeting

WHEN:  Wednesday, Dec. 6, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:  Messiah Lutheran Church (NEW LOCATION)

HOW MUCH: Open to members of Green Thumb Club ($5 guest fee)

CONTACT:  Betty Stout, 598.9693,; Kristina Swenson, 598.9470, 

WHAT ELSE: “Decorating Platters for Holiday Entertaining,” from Chef Joe Truex, Landings Club Executive Chef. Our very own notably creative professional will demonstrate how to tantalize your guests with special holiday drama and flare for the buffet table.




WHAT:  Pi Beta Phi Holiday Luncheon

WHEN:  Thursday, Dec. 7, 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:  7 Lakewood Retreat

HOW MUCH:  Bring $10 for the lunch and an unwrapped children’s book to donate

CONTACT:  RSVP to Becky Lowell, 598.7333 or 

WHAT ELSE: If you are a Pi Phi and would like to join our alumnae group, please contact Sue Souls, 713.502.6094, or Visit, for more information and a membership form.




WHAT:  “An Isle of Hope Christmas” tour of homes

WHEN:  Sunday, Dec. 10, 4 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: St. Thomas Episcopal Church-Isle of Hope Community

HOW MUCH:  $30

CONTACT:  St. Thomas Episcopal Church- 912.355.3110

WHAT ELSE:  There will be seven homes on tour, a reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and entertainment.  




WHAT:  Jewish Women of the Landings (JWOL)

WHEN:  Monday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m.

WHERE:  Member’s Home

HOW MUCH:  Free to JWOL Members

CONTACT:  Annette Carnow,

WHAT ELSE: “Welcome To Kutsher’s: The Last Catskill Resort” is a documentary by Caroline Laskow and Ian Rosenberg.  Kutsher’s Country Club was the last surviving Jewish resort in the Catskills. One of the legendary Borscht Belt hotels during its heyday, Kutsher’s was family-owned and operated for more than 100 years. Exploring the full Dirty Dancing-era Catskills experience through a close-up look at Kutsher’s rise and fall, this award-winning documentary captures a last glimpse of a lost world that disappears before our eyes. Join us for this rich slice of the Jewish-American experience. Seating is limited. Please reserve your seat now. See you at the movies.




WHAT: Damon Lee Fowler, cookbook author and food historian, presents “The Antebellum Cook: Skilled and Proud”

WHEN:  Monday, Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Davenport House Museum, 324 E. State St.

HOW MUCH:  Free of charge; Reservations for seating are requested.

CONTACT:  Davenport House Museum, – 912.236.8097

WHAT ELSE:  The Davenport House Museum’s Harvest Lecture will share knowledge about antebellum life in the port city. Damon Lee Fowler will talk about the skills of early 19th century cooks and the food they would have prepared.   




WHAT:  CCA of Skidaway December meeting – “Changing Tides”

WHERE:  St. Peter’s Church

WHEN:  Monday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m.

CONTACT:  Dave Devore, 330.329.6457

WHAT ELSE:  A chef’s perspective of fresh-caught and aqua-cultured seafood will be the topic of the CCA of Skidaway’s December meeting and seminar. Chef Kirk Blaine, owner of Castaways in Sandfly and The Howlin’ Hound on Waters, will discuss how the seafood market is driven by supply and demand and by local and regional purchasers and consumers, and how that affects availability and menus. Blaine and members of his staff will prepare and serve some of their favorite appetizers. Two lucky winners will each receive a gift certificate to Castaways




WHAT: Wine Tasting Fundraiser for Safe Shelter: Adopt-a-Family Christmas Gift Program

WHERE: Johnnie Ganem’s Rebel Room, 501 Habersham St.

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 12, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

HOW MUCH:  $20 minimum donation for guests

WHAT ELSE:  Fabulous evening of wine tasting with hors d’oeuvres. Silent auction and raffle donations would be appreciated (email




WHAT:  Landlovers Holiday Luncheon

WHEN:  Thursday Dec. 14, 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:  Plantation Ballroom

HOW MUCH:  $30 (payable to Landings Landlovers)

CONTACT:  Tube payment to Sylvaine Neises, 5 Moonbill Lane

WHAT ELSE:  Phyllis Tildes presents “Childhood Enchantment.” Consider bringing an unwrapped toy or purchase a book from Ms. Tildes to donate to Toys for Tots. Ms. Tildes’ books will also be available for purchase as gifts. Mail or tube a check for $30 to Sylvaine by Dec. 8.




WHAT:  Ogeechee Audubon Society’s Holiday Social with special recognition to OAS 2017 Volunteers

WHEN:  Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE:   First Presbyterian Church, 520 E. Washington Ave.

HOW MUCH:  No charge

CONTACT:  If needed, call Regi Sonnen - 912.398.1943

WHAT ELSE:  Light refreshments will be served. Open to all members and anyone interested in, or wishing to join, Ogeechee Audubon Society.




WHAT:  Jewish Women of the Landings (JWOL)

WHEN:  Tuesday, Dec. 19, 6 p.m.

WHERE:  Ballroom of the Plantation clubhouse

HOW MUCH:  $50 per person

CONTACT:  Phyllis Hochberger,

WHAT ELSE:  Come join all your JWOL friends to celebrate the final night of Chanukah. Light the candles and enjoy a traditional Chanukah meal, and have your spirits lifted by the swinging music of the Velvet Caravan trio. Reserve a table or enjoy open seating. Please consider spreading the holiday cheer by bringing a grocery gift card or check made out to Jewish Family Services. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.




WHAT:  Golf carts remove barriers to great experiences for people with disabilities

WHY:  When Landings Resident Leslie Michael’s husband passed, she did not want to maintain their aging golf cart. However, she learned that instead of selling it, she could donate it to Removing the Barriers Initiative, a Florida-based nonprofit, and it would continue to live by becoming the Nurse’s cart in camps for children and families living with disabilities.

HOW:  Her sister, a speech therapist, along with her husband, a retired camp director, were involved with making traditional camp settings accessible to people with mobility issues.  With something as simple as a used golf cart, suddenly the entire camp experience could be enjoyed by families who were previously marginalized – from the s’mores at the fire ring, to the lake, to the nature trails. They call the program W.I.N. – Wheels In Nature. Camps in Georgia, Florida and Alabama are currently being served and in need of golf carts.

CONTACT: or call 863.632.1924.  If the cart runs, they will pick it up and put it to work.  Donations are tax deductible.  




WHAT: Landlovers Community Service Merit Award

WHERE: Go to under “Philanthropy” then “Awards” for an application and details.

CONTACT: Maryce Cunningham at 335.1717,

WHAT ELSE: This award recognizes outstanding volunteer work and contributions made by high school seniors who are planning to further their education in the fall of 2018.




WHAT: Landlovers Membership Enrollment

WHEN:  For 2017-2018, which runs from September 1 to August 31, currently being accepted

HOW MUCH:  $20 per family

WHERE:, select the Join/Renew option

CONTACT: Lynn Stephens at or 228.5383

WHAT ELSE:  The Hold Harmless waiver must accompany all checks




WHAT: “Bocce and Cocktails”

WHEN:  Every Sunday afternoon, 3 to 5 p.m.

WHERE:  Bocce Ball Courts at Franklin Creek

HOW MUCH:  Free – but please bring refreshments to share

WHAT ELSE:  No RSVP required. Simply drop by. Please bring an appetizer to serve eight, a bottle of wine or other beverage to share, with cups, and a lawn chair if you have one. This is a non-league, fun event to eat, drink, be merry, and meet new friends, with bocce thrown in. No teams required, so players will rotate in shortened games so that all can play if they wish. Open to Landings Club members. Newbies and beginners welcomed.




WHAT: “Rodin: The Human Experience” 

WHEN: Now through Jan. 7

WHERE: Jepson Center   

HOW MUCH: Museum members free, non-members general admission 


WHAT ELSE: “Rodin: The Human Experience,” presents a selection of 32 figures in bronze by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), the French sculptor who left behind 19th century academic traditions to focus on conveying the passion and vitality of the human spirit. Telfair Museums will present this exhibition in honor of the centennial of Rodin’s death.




WHAT: “Kirk Varnedoe: In the Middle at the Modern” 

WHEN:  Now thru Feb. 11

WHERE: Jepson Center

HOW MUCH: Museum members free, non-members general admission 


WHAT ELSE: Can you have an art exhibition without any artwork? Is a curator an artist? Who or what decides an object’s value? “In the Middle at the Modern” challenges the nature of authenticity and the power of museums to define what is “high” and what is “low.” A Savannah native and national art legend, Varnedoe helped set in motion these questions as Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art (1988-2001). This biographic exhibition of altered documents, photographs, animations, and ephemera explores how Varnedoe’s journey from an early art class at Telfair Academy to one of the world’s leading museums sharpened his values and curatorial insight. Telfair Museums is proud to support “phantom curators” Triple Candie in organizing this one-of-a-kind exhibition. 




WHAT:  Stroke Support Group

WHEN:  Third Thursday of each month, 4 to 5 p.m.

WHERE:  Messiah Lutheran Church, 1 West Ridge Rd.

HOW MUCH:  Free and open to all stroke survivors

CONTACT:  Shirley Nack, 598.7047

WHAT ELSE:  Following a stroke, a survivor’s anxiety, fear, and frustration can be enormous. We offer encouragement and determination in this group.    




WHAT: Volunteers Needed 

WHERE: The Alzheimer’s Association office in Savannah

CONTACT: Theresa Winters Bayman, 912.920.4701

WHAT ELSE: The Alzheimer’s Association office in Savannah (serving the 19 coastal counties) is seeking retirees interested in volunteering. We are looking for office greeters at 201 Television Circle. Responsibilities include welcoming guests, signing for packages, assisting in putting education packets or mailings together, and other tasks as needed. Office hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, with flexible shifts. Thank you for helping us support families in our area.




WHAT: Landlovers Social Singles

CONTACT: Barbara Meyer at 335.4673 or

WHAT ELSE: Are you a Landlovers member who is widowed, divorced or single?  Come join us for various social outings where you can come alone and feel comfortable and welcome. We always have fun, good food and meet great friends. Contact Barbara to be added to the membership list.




WHAT: Food Drive to Support Kitten Season 

CONTACT: Rosemary Longueira, 598.2875

WHAT ELSE:  The Humane Society of Greater Savannah is in desperate need of Purina Kitten Chow. Every bag makes a big difference in feeding kittens until they are adopted. Bring your donation directly to the Humane Society on Sallie Mood Drive during normal business hours (seven days a week), or call Rosemary Longueira and she will be happy to pick it up and deliver it for you. Visit to learn about all the wonderful things the Humane Society does in Savannah, and check out all the loving pets waiting for their forever homes. 




WHAT: Bethesda Academy Organic Farm and Gardens Farm Stand  

WHEN: New farm stand hours, every Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Bethesda Academy, 9520 Ferguson Ave.

CONTACT: Merrin Slocombe, 720.273.3070,

WHAT ELSE: Each week, this popular organic farm stand managed by Bethesda students and staff, sells fresh produce, seasonal vegetables, herbs, free range eggs, a variety of plants, goat milk soap, firewood and more.  In addition, 100 percent grass-fed ground beef raised and distributed by Bethesda Academy’s cattle and beef operation is available. Specialty cuts are also available. Students are actively involved in planting, cultivating and harvesting all items on-site at Bethesda Academy using sustainable, organic farming techniques.




WHAT: Landings Longdogs Get-togethers

WHEN: Every two to three weeks, as posted

WHERE: Landings Harbor Marina

CONTACT: Penny Farley,

WHAT ELSE: We are a lively group of dachshund owners who love to get together for dog fun...and a glass of wine!




WHAT: Landings Legends Slow Pitch Softball

WHEN: Occasional games with Hilton Head; Twice weekly evening games throughout the spring/summer in the Savannah Rec League

WHERE: The Landings Association ball field

HOW MUCH: Free to play in the island rivalry, $60 per season for the summer rec league

CONTACT: Tony Berens, or Ken Schuster,

WHAT ELSE: The Legends are looking to recruit new players interested in joining the team. We have occasional practices/games at the association field, and the only equipment requirement is your own glove. Come join us and have some fun. Who’s welcome? Anyone. Male or female. If you’ve played before and can run, throw and hit, come join us.




WHAT: Landlovers Membership

WHEN: Enrollments for 2017-2018, which runs from Sep. 1-Aug 31 currently being accepted

HOW MUCH: $20 per family

WHERE: Online at, select the Join/Renew option

CONTACT: Lynn Stephens at or 228.5383

WHAT ELSE: The Hold Harmless waiver must accompany all checks




WHAT: New Neighbors Walking Group

WHERE: Different location each month

WHEN: 7:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday

CONTACT: Kate Kastner, 912.999.6564,

WHAT ELSE: Enjoy a brisk 45-minute walk, taking in the beauty of our island and catching up on the latest Landings news.




WHAT: Garden plots available for rent at Skidaway Farm

WHEN:  Year-round

HOW MUCH: $100 per plot; raised beds - $150

WHERE: Skidaway Farms, McWhorter Rd.

CONTACT: Jane Kollmann,

WHAT ELSE: Join this wonderful community of Landings neighbors who garden year-round at Skidaway Farms. The plots are fully-fenced and electrified with a watering system to keep wildlife at bay and keep your new plants hydrated when needed. Visit




WHAT: Landlovers Bunco

WHEN: Third Wednesday of each month

WHERE: Plantation dining room

HOW MUCH: Five $1 bills

CONTACT: Donna Howard,

WHAT ELSE: Dinner (optional) is at 5:30 p.m., followed by Bunco at 6:30. Must be a member of Landlovers.




WHAT: Savannah Newcomers Club membership

WHEN: Women who have moved to Savannah in the past 24 months can join anytime during the year


HOW MUCH:  Annual membership is $24

WHAT ELSE: This club provides an opportunity to meet others, attend monthly events and discover exciting things to do in the Savannah area. Learn more at




WHAT: Free hearing screenings

WHEN: Weekly on Thursdays, 9 to 11 a.m.

WHERE: Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, 1206 E. 66th St.

HOW MUCH: Free, no appointment necessary

CONTACT: 355.4601 or

WHAT ELSE: Ages 3 to adults of all ages are screened on a first-come, first-serve basis by a trained audiology assistant. If necessary, a full audiological evaluation will be recommended.




WHAT: Bingo at the Elks Lodge

WHEN: Sundays at 7 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: 183 Wilshire Blvd

WHAT ELSE: $1,500 in prizes plus Queen of Hearts Raffle. All proceeds benefit Elks charities.




WHAT: Personal Computer and iPad Coaching

WHEN: 30-minute sessions by appointment

WHERE: The Learning Center of SCI, 3025 Bull St.

HOW MUCH: $15, members only; please reserve and pay in advance

CONTACT: Debbie Hornsby, or 912.236.0363 x146 or register online at




WHAT: Croquet Lawns at the Landings

CONTACT: Please email John West ( to add your support for including croquet to the activities available at The Landings. The list will be forwarded to the appropriate officials to show them the potential players

WHAT ELSE: In order to build croquet lawns at the Landings, the officials need to know that a significant number of members would play croquet if available. Golf croquet is a fun, social game that is easily learned and is rapidly expanding in similar developments in the Southeast..  Golfers rapidly adapt to the game and for many, croquet would become a favorite sport. The Landings could be the first club to offer croquet in the Savannah area, with the potential to equal the enthusiasm seen on the Bocci courts.




WHAT: Stroke Survivors

WHEN: Third Thursday of every month, 4 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Messiah Lutheran Church, 1 West Ridge Rd.


CONTACT: Shirley Nack, 598.7047

WHAT ELSE: Share your experiences with stroke survivors. At our meetings we listen and learn what other survivors have accomplished in order to return to an active lifestyle.




WHAT:  Honor Flight Savannah seeks war veterans and volunteers

CONTACT: or 367.9020

WHAT ELSE: Honor Flight Savannah is offering WW II, Korea and Vietnam War era veterans living in southeast Georgia and southeastern South Carolina an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to visit their war memorials. Funding for trips is dependent on contributions from community citizens and businesses.