Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Last Minute Getaway! #Savannah Picnic in the Park With Philharmonic

SAVANNAH Georgia (September 25, 2013) -- On October 6, 2013, a flood of picnickers will be in Forsyth Park, Savannah's 19th century grand park. The 30-acre park was originally set aside by William B. Hodgson prior to 1851 for “the pleasure of the public.”

The 'don't miss' event is "Picnic in the Park", sponsored by the City of Savannah's Cultural Affairs Department. Attendance is free and open to the public. **On seeing this blog, @VisitSavannah tweeted: "@RomanticInns ...great idea for a romantic weekend in Savannah with the picnic! Maybe pick up goodies from BT Byrd's? So good!"
Did you see this? Washington Post and AP gave Savannah a nice shout out today! "History, charming streetscapes and live oaks in two Southern cities, Savannah and Charleston"
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The Savannah Philharmonic will be providing the music. The annual "Picnic in the Park" tradition is an afternoon and evening lawn and garden party on the green. It's the highly anticipated fall, family-friendly event when the whole community and strangers are invited.

Get Away Last Minute! 

All our Romantic Inns are nearby, dotted in the National Landmark Historic District. Two of our member inns -- Forsyth Park Inn and Whitaker Huntingdon Inn -- overlook Forsyth Park. Catherine Ward House Inn is only two houses away from the park. More of our historic Savannah inns are within a two or 3 block walk. All the rest are within a 10-minute walk through Savannah's beautiful garden and architectural landscapes.

We'll make all the arrangement for your picnic readiness. 

Transportation Options 

Parking is impossible. We do not advise driving to the event. Guests can keep their prized downtown parking at the inns, taking full advantage of their free parking amenity. 

Savannah Pedi-cab (tips only; 912-232-7900), Royal Bike Taxi (charged by the block; 912-341-3944), and Savannah Hoppers ($3/person; 912-414-2943) are inexpensive shuttles. Biking is another fun option.

Ride free with the DOT, Savannah's fare-free Downtown Transportation System. A cautionary note: Chatham Area Transit (CAT) advised us today that only the normal DOT shuttle schedules will be running on the picnic date.

Attendance is free. Picnics are your choice to bring. 

Each person attending brings their preferred picnic and beverages for a picnic supper, a Trout Picnic, a Cantonese Picnic, an Elegant Champagne Picnic, a Barbecue Picnic ... you get the idea. No grills and no on-site cooking. Be prepared for darkness with flashlights or battery candles. Watch the weather reports and be prepared for "fickleness of the weather", as The Modern Hostess, Christine Terhune Herrick wrote in 1905.

Expect to see elegant to casual hampers to elaborate outdoor receptions on the green. It's a competitive evening on the green when prizes are given for the best themed picnic. For the October 2013 event the theme is "Celebrate the Arts".
"In the Edwardian era, at the turn of the century, the landed gentry thought nothing of sending servants on ahead to the picnic site to establish an outdoor drawing room." -- James Beard's Treasury of Outdoor Cooking, James Beard [Ridge Press:New York] 1960
No one is out of place, even if you bring yourself only! A blanket, chair, beverage, and flashlight would be our minimum recommendation for this event, easily dubbed 'splendor in the grass' every fall!

You're sure to love the Forsyth Park Arboretum, which acts as a living showcase of Savannah's flourishing and diverse urban forest. Over 50 species of trees are in the park where you may enjoy this annual Savannah tradition -- "Picnic in the Park". 

Information is below to register for the picnic contest. More ideas from VisitSavannah are here: Picnicking like a true Savannahian.

Romantic Inns will make it easy to get away last minute. Simply send one email that will be routed to all member inns via this contact link. Stay in touch via Twitter @RomanticInns to learn more from our Romantic Inns' innkeepers in America’s most beautiful city -- Savannah, Georgia USA.

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October 6, 2013 "Picnic in the Park" details via City of Savannah Web Site

"Picnic in the Park celebrates National Arts and Humanities month with the theme "Celebrate the Arts". The Savannah tradition will take place in Forsyth Park on Sunday, October 6, 2013 featuring a performance by the Savannah Philharmonic, under the baton of artistic director and conductor Peter Shannon.

As always, the event will feature an evening of live music, family, and picnics big and small! Picnickers are encouraged to design a creative picnic spread that is inspired by all forms of the arts; music, theater, dance, film, photography, architecture, visual arts, and literature. Those who enter their spread in the picnic contest will be eligible to win an array of prizes. For more information, please contact Erin Seals, Marketing Coordinator for City of Savannah at or call 912-651-6417.

Picnic in the Park is presented by the City of Savannah and sponsored by Parker's with Media sponsor WSAV. The picnic contest is sponsored by the Savannah Area of REALTORS.

Picnic registration opens   4 p.m.
Judging begins   5 p.m.
Savannah Philharmonic concert   7:15 p.m.

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