FORT PULASKI OFFERS IDEAL EDUCATIONAL AND OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES

Savannah is known for its charming downtown, picturesque scenery and its penchant for having a good time. 

But it’s also admired for its history. If you want to enjoy a ride over the Talmadge Bridge and get a worthwhile education and explore historic grounds, Fort Pulaski National Monument makes for a quintessential day trip. 

There are many podcasts and websites that offer audio stories that are entertaining and informative. Here are some kid-friendly online resources for (free) stories and top podcasts. 

WAHHI CELEBRATES 60 YEARS

For 60 years, the Women’s Association of Hilton Head has been connecting women throughout the Lowcountry. 

In preparation for the 60th anniversary celebration, there’s a lot to learn about WAHHI’s history and, more importantly, the association’s future plans. 

Savannah’s Plant Riverside District becoming a prime destination

After spending eight years and $375 million to transform an abandoned power plant into an eclectic entertainment district on Savannah’s River Street, Richard C. Kessler was eager to learn how his project would be received. 

The answer came emphatically from a young mother and her daughter, gleefully enjoying a colorful children’s play fountain that sent bursts of water more than 10 feet into the air. 

REALITY TV STAR SHEP ROSE PENS MEMOIR   

Southern Charm star Shep Rose has a successful reality television gig where life always seems to be a party, he was raised in Sea Pines and he comes from a supportive upper-class family. On the surface, he’s the kind of guy internet finger-waggers love to hate. 

But the real story is a little deeper, and definitely more fun. 

SONYA GRANT OPENS BUSINESS TO PROMOTE GULLAH HERITAGE FOR YOUNGER GENERATION

Sonya Grant didn’t plan on emerging as a younger voice for the spirited and rich history of the Gullah culture.

The Hilton Head resident launched Gullah Ts N’ Tings on June 2 ­— her 32nd birthday — seeking to sell her collection of Gullah-inspired T-shirts, sweatshirts and custom accessories.  

JUBILEE 

Age: 1
Gender: Female 
Weight: 53 lbs
Breed: Shepard/Cattle Dog Mix 

FORT HOWELL GIVES VISITORS A VIEW OF THE CIVIL WAR

On Nov. 7, 1861, some 20,000 Union forces charged ashore on Hilton Head Island only to find that all Confederate fighters and white civilians had fled inland. The island was soon to become the United States’ Southern military headquarters for the duration of the war. 

About a year later, Gen. Ormsby M. Mitchel decided to create Mitchelville, a town run entirely by, and for, formerly enslaved island residents. And in late summer 1864, members of the 32nd U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment and the 144th New York Infantry hand built Fort Howell, a hulking earthworks fort, to protect the new town. 

The catalyst for change for many is often the coming of a new year. Start the year off right with small, manageable changes to your lifestyle that will help you conquer your New Year’s resolutions.