Free Holiday Festivities & Tree Lighting at the Jepson Jingle, Dec. 2.
Telfair Museums and Libbie Summers invite Savannah to a free holiday tree lighting on Tues. Dec. 2 from 5-7PM in the Eckburg Atrium of Telfair Museums’ Jepson Center, 207 West York St. Summers is partnering with Telfair Museums to create a holiday tree because she was so deeply moved and inspired by the Whitfield Lovell installation, Deep River, currently on display at the Jepson Center. Local artists and art teachers will decorate the tondos similar to those in Lovell’s installation to create one-of-a-kind ornaments for the grand holiday tree in the atrium of the Jepson Center.
Additionally, aspiring artists from the Savannah public school’s 4th grades have created self-portrait tondo ornaments through Telfair Museums’ 4th grade School Tour Program which will adorn two smaller trees. Telfair serves 2,500 4th graders each year through this program that Telfair has run since the 1930s.
Free admission and light refreshments, graciously provided by the Jepson Café. All galleries will be open to visitors. The artist-made tondo ornaments will be available for purchase for $25 with all proceeds benefiting the Telfair Museums’ extensive children’s education and outreach programming. Learn more here.
Free Family Day: I Have Marks to Make, Dec. 6
1-4 p.m. December 6. Jepson Center for the Arts, 207 W York St.
Make your mark at the Jepson Cnter with hands on activities for all ages as a part of the 20th anniversary weekended celebrating I Have Marks to Make. Longtime “Marks” artist and instructor Kenneth Martin will be on hand to discuss his work with visitors and the museum will present a 3 pm performance called “Be Brave, Leave Your Mark” by Jacksonville-based performance artist Liz Gibson. Born with 7 fingers, Gibson calls her work “deformance art empowerment” teaching the overcoming of adversity and empowerment through storytelling, songs and visual props. Free and open to the public. Details here.
Cool Yule Sale, Dec. 6-7
10a.m- 5p.m. December 6
12-5p.m. December 7
Jepson Center for the Arts and the Owens-Thomas House
207 W. York Street and 124 Abercorn Street.
Holiday shopping and Member’s Double Discounts are offered again this year during Cool Yule weekend. Discounts apply to all shoppers at two of our Telfair Museums sites! Exclusively at the Jepson Center store, we present a children’s book signing on Saturday the 6th and the annual Artists Trunk Show all weekend. Several local children’s book authors and illustrators will be reading and signing their books, and local artists offer hundreds of unique gifts that your friends and family will love. Make it an afternoon at the Jepson—the store provides free gift wrapping, a children’s activity table, and refreshments!
“Savannah in the Civil War,” A Film by Michael Jordan, Dec. 11
6 p.m. December 11. Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St.
Local filmmaker/historian Michael Jordan’s 90-minute film highlights events and people who played a role in Savannah’s Civil War story. More than a dozen historians discuss forces that shaped Savannah’s war years, and thirty local actors portray important Savannahians of the time. Characters include Suzie King Taylor, the only African-American woman to keep a journal during the war, and Francis Bartow, who suggested gray as the Confederate military uniform color. Learn about the massive prisoner-of-war camp in that housed thousands of Union prisoners in Forsyth Park, the dramatic battle between ironcal warships in Ossabaw Sound and other key events. General museum admission and free to museum members.
“The Eve of Occupation” Living History Program, Dec. 12-14
6 p.m. and 7 p.m. December 12, 13, & 14. Telfair Academy, 121 Barnard St.
Telfair Museums present a living history program interpreting the Union occupation of Savannah from the perspective of the Telfair family.
From the beginning of the Civil War, Savannahians had viewed the conflict and its horrifying consequences as distant spectacles. On December 10, 1864, everything changed. 60,000 Union Troops maneuvered on the outskirts of the city. Confederates, numbering only 10,000 successfully retreated to Hardeeville. Lacking military defense, on December 21st, Mayor Richard Arnold made a plea for peaceful surrender of the city:
“…we… the people of Savannah… do hereby resolve that we seek to have peace by laying down our arms, and submitting to the national authority under the Constitution… laying aside all differences and burying by-gones in the grave of the past, we will use our best endeavors to bring back the prosperity and commerce we once enjoyed.” Tickets are $20 per adult and $5 per child.
Jepson Center, 207 W. York St. on Telfair Square, 912.790.8800, www.telfair.org, Telfair Museums is a SouthernMamas.com advertiser
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