Although the first day of a new year is another day like any other, turning the corner from one calendar year to the next can whip up as many emotions as there are ingredients in a pot of Hoppin’ John. Roiling beneath the surface of the sparkling revelry is regret born from resolutions tossed aside, of tasks not checked off or words never spoken because time slips so fast and with such stealth as we tend to the day to day. Those bittersweet notes mingle with the bright essence of anticipation for things to come, like a graduation, a wedding, the birth of a child or the blossom of a big idea.
Here at the magazine, we’ve chosen to look ahead with great expectation by exploring new frontiers in education, leadership and landscape. We cannot help but feel immense hope for Savannah’s future when we spend time with the 10 exceptional students showcased in “Bright Young Things,” beginning on page 105. From an imaginative 10-year-old penning and illustrating his own comics and a 14-year-old shattering STEM stereotypes to a nationally ranked tennis phenom and an all-star, record-breaking running back, our community is brimming with talent.
Sectors beyond our schools hold promise as well. For the seventh year, our readers nominated rising stars in business and philanthropy under the age of 40 who are making their mark on the city. In partnership with Business in Savannah (BiS), we chose 20 dynamic idealists and doers as the 2017 class of Generation Next—bright young things, themselves, who are just as committed to Savannah’s future as they are to their individual goals. They represent a cross-section of Savannah’s professions—jewelry and graphic design, logistics and law, engineering and real estate. During our photo shoot and roundtable discussions at The Grey—a setting that claims our city’s history while never hesitating to challenge broad assumptions—we delighted in a robust conversation that we share in “Forward Thinking” on page 80. New connections grew out of this experience as this gifted group of entrepreneurs got to know one another.
For us, it was a reminder what can happen when we submit to what Marcel Proust called “the real voyage of discovery.” It’s not in “seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes,” he wrote in Remembrance of Things Past. This was the inspiration behind our coastal road trip along the Gullah-Geechee corridor, page 94. By virtue of the place we call home, we’ve all traveled parts of this heritage trail, but we may have missed that it’s the only place in the world where the immense cultural contributions of freed African American slaves can still be lived through landscape, food and art.
In Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain wrote that “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness … Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” This statement rings as true as if you’re traveling cross-country, crossing town or reaching across a table.
Happy 2017 and thanks for reading!
Amy Paige Condon
What do you do when you have a group of Savannah’s brightest minds all in one room? You toast to Generation NEXT, then start talking about the future.
Blaze a Trail
From Cape Fear, North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida, the 400-mile Gullah-Geechee Heritage Corridor celebrates the contributions of African Americans to our unique coastal culture.
Bright Young Things
It’s not all Snapchat and video games for today’s youth. Meet 10 Savannah tweens and teens who are excelling at astronomical levels. Then, use our handy schools chart to help you with School Choice 2017.
Go all in for 2017 with a packed calendar of musical, literary and cinematic events, sure to inspire and enchant everyone in the family.
Get real with five local fashionistas, who share their sartorial secrets and clear points of view.
Take a tour of a groundbreaking new build in an historic neighborhood that is turning heads.
Pucker up to some pickling powerhouses, then sow some seeds with the gourmand behind Savannah’s new Alley Cat Lounge.
The newest non-invasive cosmetic procedures promise to be quick and painless, but do they work?
Did we capture you mid-bite at the Taste of Savannah or buying a bauble at the Design District Holiday Walk? Peruse our latest party pics to find out.
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