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There's more to Savannah than just running errands

When the children were little, we made quite a few trips to Savannah because that's where everything was -- doctors, shopping and the great Savannah Children's Museum.

The marsh just before the bridge was full of birds. There were red-winged blackbirds everywhere. I haven't seen one of those birds in a long time -- until I saw the news the other day about all of those birds mysteriously dying. Most of them looked like red-winged blackbirds, which horrified me. What a sad thing to have happen to those innocent creatures.

I think often about birds and wonder how in the world they can exist with all of the changes going on around them. Thank heavens for those wonderful, avid birdwatchers who brave cold, wet weather to count our feathered friends each Christmas season. They often discover one or two rare species not seen in our area. Counting birds is a task not many of us want to undertake because it is a 12-hour or so job and it is often cold and wet. I, for one, would like to extend a big thank you to those who braved the weather for the bird tally. I am grateful and I hope we find out what caused those red-winged blackbirds to die.

  • If you are interested in Savannah, there are several things to see and do that I highly recommend, but at the top of the list is Telfair Museum: Jepson Center for the Arts in downtown. Museum memberships include free admission to the museum and the Owens-Thomas House. You also will receive invitations to all sorts of wonderful events, and there are many family-oriented activities for children. Go to for more information.
  • If you love history, then an architectural walking tour through the National Landmark Historic District with Savannah Rambles should be on your to-do list. How many times have you driven over to Savannah, done your errands and gone home without noticing the interesting buildings in this beautiful city? This is a chance to find out more about key places -- such as Forsyth Park, which is a lovely spot for a walk. The New York Times described this tour as "a great introduction to both buildings and basic history of the city." This is a great time of year for a tour, too, because there are not many tourists around and it is not hot. You could go to the Pink House afterward for a drink -- it is one of my favorite places downtown. To find out more, go to
  • One more new addition to the Savannah to-do list is taking a cruise through the historic district on a real Italian scooter. Vespa Savannah has four-hour rentals. I can't promise any charming, suave Italians on your tour, but you'll have fun. This is not for the faint of heart, though. Go to Ciao bella!
  • I love the literal translation of different languages. Sometimes the meanings are very funny. "Window shopping" is a very mundane English phrase that we hear all the time. In French it is "leche-vitrine," which literally translated means "licking the windows." Isn't that wonderful? If you have been to New York and walked past Harry Winston, Bergdorf-Goodman or Tiffany, haven't you wanted to do just that? I love it.
  • Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.