Savannah's Clay Spot familiarizes fledgling sculptors with ceramic art during two-hour introductory classes. Donatello-inspired duos can journey to the center's fully equipped studio, where they are encouraged to craft strategically shaped bisques upon a potter's wheel or hand-sculpt a personal collection of Bob Dole statuettes. After students have finished their muddy masterpieces, the studio's kiln gurus will fire and glaze pieces to ensure durability. Students can then take completed works home. Though the center provides students with tools and equipment, students must purchase clay from the studio's specialized stock.
Forsyth Park's year-round greenery stretches through the southern half of the Savannah Historic District, a National Historic Landmark District with cobblestone streets, 18th- and 19th-century mansions, and monument-laden city squares. The nearby Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum chronicles the legacy of local civil-rights activism with exhibits such as a recreated lunch counter to honor the movement's historic sit-ins.In the winter, moderate temperatures keep vegetation verdant and accumulated snow a rare occurrence. About a half hour drive east, Tybee Island holds some of the best vistas of the southern landscape. Visitors can explore the Fort Pulaski National Monument's antebellum brick fort, still pocked by Civil War–era cannon blasts and overlooking rolling hills, sparkling inlets, and the remains of 19th-century laser guns.
Historian, curator, and classic-car buff Tanya Bailey-Smith opened the Great Savannah Races Museum as an homage to the cultural significance of the Great Savannah Races of 1908, 1910, and 1911. Her facility doubles as a micromuseum and gift shop with media and fine-art items on display and a collection from the Automobile Club of America, whose members chose Savannah to host the first American Grand Prix.
Royal Bike Taxi maintains a fleet of bright-yellow pedicabs that can be commissioned to transport patrons on everyday errands or herald in a special event. Licensed, iron-calved drivers pick up patrons from any metro-Savannah location and respond to summonses by curbside hail, phone, or singing telegram from an Elvis impersonator. They can convey pairs to any nearby location, from a wedding to a reception, or past historic downtown sites during photo safaris that include basic photography instruction. Throughout a trip, the three-wheeled cabs' safety belts and retractable black tops keep customers protected.
Built in 1842, The Harper Fowlkes House incorporates many of the popular styles of the era, such as an exterior of Savannah gray brick stuccoed and scored to resemble stone blocks. Visitors can still see the craftsmen?s handiwork during educational tours of the three-story Greek Revival mansion, held four days a week. A curving stone staircase leads to the mansion?s front doorway, surrounded by a two-story porch whose roof rests on elegant columns. Inside, antique artwork abounds, such as a portrait of Colonel Habersham, who played a key role in the Revolutionary War by originating the backward tri-cornered hat. Other period antiques decorate the house, and an enclosed garden adds an outdoor element. Further antique details permeate the house, from ceilings bordered by original plaster crown moldings to six chandeliers that were originally gas-burning but have been retrofitted to host light bulbs.
Though you probably won't contact a ghost during the Savannah Ghost Show, you'll certainly witness a few magical tricks. The company's two family-friendly tours are part history lesson, part mobile theater?and while they follow a similar route, they cater to slightly different audiences. The 7 p.m. Catch a Ghost tour is designed to thrill and delight families with smaller children. Charting a 1-mile path by a graveyard and historic town squares, guides relay facts about the town's pirate history and recount legends of ghostly sightings.