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The Gathering Weekend Events

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In April 2008, the town of Savannah served as the backdrop for Slow Travelers everywhere to gather, connect, and have fun together. This was the largest GTG in the history of Slow Travel, and was an opportunity to spend time with good friends met before and to connect with others in person for the very first time. Of course, there were also several parties!

The weekend included three casual group events, all covered by the registration fee. Each event was held at a different, unique Savannah location … definitely not conference hotels! There was great food, including some "low country" cuisine of the Georgia/South Carolina coast.

In addition to these three big events, there was several small group activities and excursions that members organized to enable Slow Travelers to explore Savannah together.

Here's a look back at the planned events that took place during The Gathering weekend.

Friday Evening (6:00 – 10:00 pm)

Gingerbread House

The weekend began with a kickoff party at the Gingerbread House - the perfect intimate setting that began our time together in historic Savannah.

The heavy hors d'oeurves buffet was catered by noted chef Cynthia Creighton-Jones and included several Savannah specialities. An open bar was available most of the night. Welcome bags were also distributed.

The Gingerbread House is located in the Victorian District near Forsyth Park. Built in 1899, it is one of the most photographed historic homes in Savannah. Our group enjoyed the entire house, including the enclosed courtyard garden.

The photo shows the unique exterior of the Gingerbread House. See more photos from the Gingerbread House or view some images from the webcam.

Saturday Evening (6:00 – 10:00 pm)

History Museum

The rain didn't damper any spirits as dinner with entertainment was held at the Savannah History Museum*, which showcases the city’s history from its founding in 1733 to the present day. Slow Travel had private use of the museum.

The evening held some special surprises, including music, entertainment and a drawing for door prizes. Dinner featured a Low Country Boil and other local specialities, with beer and wine included. Members traveled to the Fort by trolley, with pick-up at several locations in the Historic District. See more photos from Saturday night at the History Museum or view some images from the webcam.

*Please note: This event was originally schedule to be at Old Fort Jackson, located on a lovely spot on the banks of the Savannah River about three miles from the Historic District. However, because of the rain, the venue was moved to the History Museum. The current Fort Jackson was built in 1808, but there has been a fort at this location since the Revolutionary War. The facility is now operated by a non-profit organization, and proceeds from all events support education and restoration.

Take a virtual tour of Fort Jackson.

Old Fort Jackson

Approaching Fort Jackson

Old Fort Jackson

Inside the Fort

Sunday Brunch (10:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Members came together one last time for Sunday brunch at Vic's on the River. In addition to typical breakfast items, brunch included some Savannah specialties such as shrimp and grits.

Vic's is located in an old cotton warehouse in the Historic District, overlooking the Savannah River, an easy walk from our recommended hotels and B&Bs. Our group had the entire 5th floor. With a slideshow and goodbyes to our new and old friends alike, it was the perfect spot to end our weekend together. See more photos from the brunch at Vic's in our member albums.

View from Vic's on the River

The view from Vic's on the River


Read some of our members' blogs who attended the Gathering and blogged about it!

Palma: Palmabella's Passions

BGE: That's my story...and I'm stickin' to it!

Kim: What I Really Think

Trish: Escape from Grey Gardens

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