Out Of The Box

February 14, 2010 by  
Filed under Out Of The Box

Mary Anne Street

So, the holidays are over and we’re into the cold, dead months of winter. I’m sure many of you love February, but I don’t. After all of the hub-bub of the holidays, Jan. and Feb. can seem boring and dreary.

Here are some ways to add a little sparkle and have something constructive to do.

Coming up on Tybee:

Feb. 12th & 13th enjoy Tybee’s Mardi Gras. There will be masks, parades, beads, live entertainment, and a ball. Visit the website to get the scoop. This SURELY won’t be boring.

Feb. 28th from 2-5 the Tybee Arts Association will offer a studio tour to see the work of the world renowned teachers and their students involved in the GA Seminars by the Sea Porcelain Painters Retreat on Tybee. You’ll get to watch the art in action, see how the art is done, see finished pieces, AND “get a peek at some of the most beautiful houses and condos on Tybee,” all for $8 ($5 if you are a Tybee Arts Association member). Your ticket will also include a drawing for 2 door prizes – a finished piece of porcelain art and an art piece by Rebecca Rice. Call 912.786.5920 for tickets and information.

March 3rd from 7:00-9:00 p.m. the Tybee Arts Association will present a Showcase of the finished art from the first round of classes of the Porcelain Painters. This is FREE and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Come and view this fantastic art. Call 912.786.5920 for information.

I went to the YMCA on Tybee recently to start my workouts again (resolutions and all that). I hadn’t been in a while, and I was pleasantly surprised. The Y looks fantastic. It has freshly painted blue and white walls, the windows have new treatments, there’s a new floor, new equipment and they knocked out a few walls to make the place bigger. It’s cleaner, brighter, bigger and better! I understand that soon they’ll have a new rowing machine, too. I’ve belonged to several other Y’s in my lifetime and I’ll hold Tybee’s up to any of them. It’s pleasant and friendlier than any I’ve been in, and some of my long-term friendships that I’ve formed on Tybee began at this Y. If you haven’t been, give it a try.  You can get healthy, meet some people, learn new things, and generally feel better. It’s the best little deal on Tybee.

Cooking, Anyone?
Love food? Love eating it, smelling it and cooking it? Take a cooking class. Several places offer classes ranging from learning how to cook a really good pizza, to romantic Italian, to classes for kids. Here’s where to get information:

Kitchens On The Square – 38 Barnard St. – 912.236.0100 – they have a Lunch and Learn series which includes Southern cooking, Savannah cooking and Lowcountry cooking, and wonderful classes called Ladies Night Out. Classes also include a 10% discount on items purchased in their great store on the day of the class, and free shipping for tourists. Classes are about 90 min. each.

Kitchen Outfitters – 5500 Abercorn St. (Twelve Oaks Shopping Center) – 912.356.1117 – classes have names such as Savory Fish Supper for a Savannah Winter’s Evening, Nick’s Famous Pizza Class and Tropical Warmth for a Winter’s Evening. Damon Fowler, the food writer for the Savannah Morning News and author of several cookbooks also teaches several classes. Wines are almost always included. Most classes are 6:30-9:00 pm, and they also give a 10% discount on items purchased included. Most classes are 6:30-9:00 pm, and they also give a 10% discount on items purchased in their wonderful store on the day of the class.

Chef Joe Randall-Savannah Cooking School – 5409 Waters Ave. – 912.303.0409 – Chef Joe’s mission is to bring the great treasures of the coastal region as close to peoples’ homes as their own kitchens. His motto: put a little south in your mouth. Learn how to cook Savannah Red Rice, Sea Island Smothered Shrimp with Stone-ground Grits in classes with such titles as Creole Feast, the Cuban Dinner and Treasures from the Sea. He also serves wines. Most classes are from 6:30-9:30.

Culinary Cottage – cooking classes for children – 5702 Skidaway Rd. – 912.692.0105 – these “hands-on” cooking classes allow kids to explore new flavors and express their creativity. The classes venture into applying basics of chemistry, applying math and reading comprehension, and exploring nature’s bounty. “Culinary Essentials for Kids” is the current cooking series. They also offer cooking summer camps, parties and special programs with names such as Growing Gourmets (for ages 3-5) and Young Chefs. Spice up your February and try one of the above; better yet, try them all!
Mary Anne

You may contact Mary Anne at tybeeconcierge@tybeevacationremtals.com

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