With soirees and seminars throughout May, the Historic Savannah Foundation celebrates the inaugural Savannah Preservation Festival.
Preservation Fest Highlights
Preservation Festival Launch Party, May 3, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of hors d’oeuvres by local caterers and live entertainment at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum Garden. Guests can preview the Pennies for Preservation poster contest as well as items for the art auction and raffle. Tickets are $75.
Work Day at W.W. Law House, 710 W. Victory Drive, May 5, 8 a.m.
Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation invites volunteers to paint the exterior of this Places in Peril structure. Volunteers will meet at 802 W. 42nd St. at 8 a.m. To register, contact HSF at 233-7787.
Awards Luncheon, May 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join HSF in Ships of the Sea Museum’s outdoor assembly hall as the Historic Savannah Foundation recognizes builders, homeowners, architects, craftsmen and other preservation champions for their exemplary projects and efforts.
Note: Tickets are available exclusively through sponsorships and awards.
Preservation Wine Tour, May 18, 6 to 9 p.m.
The Preservation Wine Tour launches at the Green-Meldrim House and takes visitors through private homes near Madison Square. Enjoy boutique wine and food pairings at each of the HSF award-winning properties on tour.
Tickets are $45.
This event highlights the work of master builder Isaiah Davenport. Guests will view Michael Jordan’s short film featuring the Davenport House. A walking tour of additional Davenport-built properties in Savannah will be narrated by some of Savannah’s notable historians and architects. Greg Guenther, master craftsman and expert woodworker, will share his workshop offering insight to the trade.
Tickets are $95.
Lecture by Evan Thompson, May 24, 7 p.m.
Evan Thompson, Executive Director of the Preservation Society of Charleston, will discuss modern-day preservation issues in The Holy City, including tourism management and cruise ships. Tickets are not required and a reception will follow this event at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum’s garden.
The Garden Party, May 31, 6 to 9 p.m.
Celebrate the close of the inaugural festival with live music, hors d’oeuvres, wine, an exotic plant auction and container gardens by Savannah’s finest floral designers in the Isaiah Davenport Garden. Winners of the month-long raffle will be announced. The winning entries for Pennies for Preservation Poster Contest will be on display. Tickets are $75.