We made a day visit to Savannah this week for its music festival (currently running there until April 14th). One of my favorite jazz artists is Hammond B3 organ great Dr. Lonnie Smith, and he was appearing with his trio for two evening performances and one earlier in the day. Although the lure of seeing other artists and staying overnight was tempting, we decided to be economical instead. Savannah is just under three hours from St. Augustine. Once you go either straight through or around Jacksonville, it’s a straight-shot up I-95 and then a very short hop into the city from I-16 in Georgia.
We arrived a little over two hours before the afternoon performance, so we quickly headed to Savannah’s Historic District and the River Street area in particular. Although the more touristy River Walk area with its shops and restaurants is fun to stroll for kitschy souvenirs and food you don’t eat at home, we had already done that on an earlier visit. So this time we only made a cursory “how-do” visit to it before going back up to explore the shops and areas on Bay Street.
But first, a “required” visit is made to a local favorite, River City Sweets. The problem with stopping here is that things mysteriously get placed in shopping bags and are brought back home.
There are numerous ways to get from the River Street area back up to Bay Street. We chose the hardest, which I suppose is a good thing given our visit to the candy store. But man, these steps are steep.
Up we go….
One of us got there first. I could have done without that self-satisfied smirk of hers as I panted my way up to the top. Nobody likes a show off.
We found a really cool antique store up on Bay Street: Southern Gents Antiques. They have an interesting assortment of southern vintage, a bit of kitsch, and the most beautiful plants for sale.
Time unfortunately was running short because we had to get to the music venue for the concert, so we couldn’t stay there long. We will return to this store on another return visit. They don’t have a web site but do have a page on Facebook.
No time to waste, we had to beat feet back to the car and over to the music venue for the concert…
It was a great show, and I fulfilled a long hoped-for desire to see the good doctor. Fun fact: Lonnie Smith chose to be a “doctor” simply because he liked how it sounded. You gotta love jazz artists.
After the show it was a thrill to meet him and ask him to sign his latest CD.
Once again, I could have done without the smug expression I received for the rest of the day because only one of us had her picture taken with the man.
Until next time…