Each of YMCA of Coastal Georgia's branches remains true to its lasting mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages. Staff members uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, caring, responsibility, and respect as they invest in their community’s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, basketball courts, and personal-training sessions. They’ve also filled their fitness centers with free weights, cardio equipment, and weight machines. When they’re not helping adults trim down waistlines during Brazilian-jujitsu, cycling, and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children’s day camps, after-school programs, and dance classes.
Cool Savannah Tours uses its city as a stage for a multitude of entertaining, fun, and sometimes spooky tours. Trolley tours explore Savannah's historic architecture and some 1,700 restored buildings, each of which has its own story and complaints about kids these days. Alternatively, walking tours invite guests to pound the pavement in search of Savannah hot spots including haunted pubs and a variety of neighborhoods brimming with history left behind by the area's original settlers, pirates, and Civil War soldiers.
The 35th annual Savannah Scottish Games celebrates the sounds, tastes, and sporting events of the Highlanders. Long before tatties-and-neeps-eating contests became popular, Highland competitions built up the endurance and celebrated the victories of Scottish regiments. Watch Scots hone their warrior skills by competing in amateur Heavy Athletics events, including caber toss and hammer throw. Dancers from all age groups compete in the Highland Dancing Southern Regional Championship with four traditional dances, including the fling, a complex, multistep jig that involves two participants tossing a lukewarm rutabaga back and forth. The bagpipe band and individual piper competition opens the games' ceremonies with a parade of pipers, and live music continues throughout the day with Scottish balladeer Alex Beaton along with Cynergy, featuring master fiddler Moira Nelligan.
Savannah Pet Sitters owner and operator Erica Deeb personally tends to pets in the homes of absent owners, and is fully trained to dispense first aid, CPR, and love to your beastly best friend. Erica’s services free up to three critters from the stress of an owner's absence with comprehensive care. The dog-sitting service ($25/day for one household) includes providing pooches food and water, two daily bathroom breaks, one 30-minute walk, and any needed medication. The cat-sitting service ($12/day) includes granting felines food and water, litter-box cleaning, and any needed medication.
Mr. Koolz Gelato and Water Ice furnishes healthy dessert alternatives and aromatic teas in a historic and spiritually inviting setting. Owner Janet Morowitz's ongoing love affair with gelato permeates all 24 flavors of the exquisite milk and fruit-based creations. The rotating seasonal menu also encompasses fruit-based, milk-free flavors as well as sugar-free and low-fat scoops that can reduce a jelly belly to a firm Jell-O mold. Italian-inspired classics like chocolate or tiramisu ($3.50 for one scoop, $4 for two, and $4.50 for three) are delicious heaped alongside one of Mr. Koolz's innovative new blends of sweet potato or almond joy. Warm a gelato-iced throat with a wide selection of teas available by the box ($5 to $7.50), by the pound ($10.50 to $24), or by the Ming Dynasty vase.