We’re pleased to announce the Grand Reopening of the historic Tybee Post Theater! To herald this long-awaited event, the Friends of the Tybee Theater is hosting an elegant thank you for the members, volunteers and community that all have supported our efforts to restore and reopen this treasured landmark.
Tybee city officials will join us for a ceremonial ribbon cutting to kick off this free event. Then we’ll welcome you to a splendid evening of live music on the Theater stage from that fab trio Girlfriends and invite you to enjoy complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres under the stars! Dress for a party and be a part of this historic evening. It’s all free! This one’s for you, Tybee!
And the following night, we offer our very first ticketed event, and what else could it be, but an evening of Tybee’s Got Talent hosted by the incomparable Renee DeRossett and Kim Trammell. This one’s Sunday from 7-9 pm, costs $10. We’ll have cash bar. If you want to get up on stage and showcase your talent, call Renee at 912-596-4992, or email email@example.com for an entry form. You won’t want to miss this one! CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM
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TYBEE ISLAND, GA. (WJCL) Tybee Island is getting ready for a long anticipated debut.
After years and years of fundraising efforts, the Tybee Post Theater is slated to open next month.
The theater was dormant for more than 40 years, until it reopened for one live performance in 2010.
It’s being renovated and will serve the Tybee community as a movie theater, and performing arts center.
“The light at the end of the tunnel is not the incoming train, it is the opening of theater,” said Jim Kluttz, President-Tybee Post Theater. “And we’re really excited about it, not only for us, it’s finally here, we’re excited for Tybee, we just think this is a tremendous asset for this community.”
No exact date for the official opening has been announced, but it will be sometime in September
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Georgia breweries throw down at the beach
By Jessica Leigh Lebos
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LOOKING for some hoppin’ action on the Georgia craft brew scene? Then grab a glass, ’cause it’s about to get sudsy.
Tybee Island hosts a carbonated contest for the ages this Friday, July 24, when 16 of the state’s favorite local and regional craft breweries compete at the first annual Craft Brew Battle at the Beach.
Local challengers Moon River Brewing, Coastal Empire Beer Co., Southbound Brewing and Service Brewing Co. face off against brew-hahas Sweetwater, Terrapin and Red Hare, and worthy competitors Yes Face, Jekyll Brewing and other homegrown picks join the fray.
Each brewery is bringing its top two contenders, giving attendees 32 brews to vote for as one takes home the winning title of Best Georgia Craft Brew. Tickets are $25 in advance, and expect to fill your collectible five-ounce glass stein with tart Hefeweizens, hoppy IPAs, coppery Ambers and golden Pilsners while reveling in the ocean breeze.
Included in the price of admission are fresh-popped popcorn, bar games, prizes in the form of gift certificates to local restaurants, and the swingin’ country-folk sounds of the Lazaretto Creek Band, fronted by down-home singer/songwriter Thomas Oliver.
Renovations to the Tybee Post Theater are nearing completion.
It has been a long road for the movie theater which was originally part of Fort Screven. At one time the facility was close to demolition, but the community saved this relic and now they are eager to enjoy it.
Someone could be tearing tickets here inside the decades old box office as soon as Labor Day. The opening of the Tybee Post Theater is much anticipated.
“Well, we are finally getting it done, it has been a 15 year effort by a lot of dedicated folks to get this wonderful old building restored and reopened,” said Tybee Post Theater Executive Director Melissa Turner.
Many Tybee residents remember this as an old building, a shell of a structure where local skate boarders showed off their tricks. Abandoned since the 1960s, the Fort Screven 1930s movie theater needed some love.
“And so we are going to open 50 years after it went dark, with maybe a great classic movie like Casablanca,” said Turner.
Movie magic in the most authentic of settings. Every last detail is being put together the old fashioned way.
“We are going to bring the seats in, we have a wonderful collection of old seats from the historic Trustees Theater in Savannah,” Turner said. “They are sitting in a warehouse refurbished repainted and ready to go.”
Lights, a sound system and paint is next. Seeing it all come together is a dream come true for all those involved, a dream come true for Tybee Island.
“This facility will really enhance the quality of life of our residents,” said Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman. “We will be able to bring our kids and our families here for movies, plays, and concerts.”
More than movies, performing arts in all its beauty, doing what it was designed to do, bring people together.
“We are going to reach out to Savannah theater groups, we are going to say we have a stage we would love for you to come out and stage one or two of your events on Tybee,” Turned said.
“It brings together people from Savannah and all across the country,” says Melissa Turner, executive director of the Tybee Post Theater. “People plan their vacations around the Tybee Wine Festival.”
The five-day event is packed with wine, food and sun, and includes several wine tastings, wine and food pairings and elegant cuisine, all leading up to the Grand Wine Tasting, the event’s biggest and most popular attraction.
Each ticket is sold individually, so attendees can choose to go to one event or all five days.
This year, the first day of the festival falls on Earth Day and organizers are celebrating by hosting a new event: An elegant, four-course “earth-to-table” meal prepared by local celebrity chefs at Tybee Island Wedding Chapel’s Grand Ballroom.
The chefs will each be honoring Earth Day by preparing courses with local, organic ingredients that match the “earth-to-table” theme.
Wines will be provided by Gérard Bertrand, a French winemaker who specializes in organically made wines.
“It’s something Tybee Island really has never done before — bringing all of these high-caliber chefs together in one kitchen to produce a dinner,” Turner says.
Another of the festival’s wine and food events called “The Art of Pairing” is an intimate, five-course meal that puts an emphasis on perfectly pairing wines for each course.
A sommelier will guide attendees through each course, teaching and explaining the reasoning behind the very particular pairings.
But all of the food and wine events over the week are just a precursor to the Grand Wine Tasting, the festival’s biggest and most popular event.
With more than 100 international wines to taste, it’s no wonder why last year’s attendance exceeded 700 people.
“It’s such a wonderful, laid-back, casual afternoon at the lighthouse,” Turner says. “The grounds are beautiful and people bring their blankets and beach chairs.”
“There’s lots and lots of wine and lots and lots of good food,” she says.
The afternoon will include live music from local blues artist Danielle Hicks and Americana/folk artist Isaac Smith with his band.
This year’s festival in particular is very important to the Tybee Post Theater because the funds raised will finally help finance a 10-year goal.
“For the past 10 years, the Tybee Post Theater has been looking to restore and reopen a historic movie house on Tybee Island,” Turner says. “All of our proceeds from all of our events for the past decade have gone toward that goal.”
With the help of the festival funds raised, the historical theater hopes to reopen in June as a fully functioning performing arts and movie venue. And all the delicious food and wine at the fest should make supporting the theater a tasty endeavor indeed.
Tybee Wine Fest: A song of vine & fire
Celebrity chefs pair up with fine vintages for Earth Day and more
WHILE sandy shores are hardly an ideal terroir, Tybee Island will nonetheless yield some of the finest wines in the world as the Tybee Island Wine Festival returns April 22-26.
Featuring generous pours from dozens of wineries near and far, the seventh annual Wine Festival continues to orbit around Saturday’s Grand Tasting on the green lawn in front of the Lighthouse, where live music and hors d’oeuvres compliment an afternoon of sipping in the sun.
More events will keep the palate soaring all week long, from an intimate repast at Tybee Island Social Club to a beachside oyster roast at Marlin Monroe’s to a Champagne Sunday brunch at the Crab Shack (bare feet optional.) Attendees can choose events à la carte or go all in for five days of delectable delight.
All proceeds benefit the historic Tybee Post Theater, built in the 1930s as a movie house for the soldiers at Fort Screven. Friends of the TBT have been working to restore the charming brick theater for almost a decade, and thanks to the popularity of the Wine Festival, the Tybee Polar Plunge and various other events throughout the years, 2015 will be the year the curtain rises again.
“The community support for all our special events and other fundraising efforts continues to be phenomenal,” says TPT Executive Director Melissa Turner.
“It will pay off in a big way for all those longtime supporters when we finally reopen the Post Theater for movies and live performances this summer.”
But it’s not just local epicureans who are raising their glasses for Tybee’s newly refurbished cultural center. Word has spread about the festival’s casual elegance is drawing oenophiles from around the state and the country.
“We have people signed up from New York, Wyoming … some of them come year after year, others hear about it online and from friends,” says Turner.
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- A beachside oyster roast is a Tybee Island Wine Festival tradition and just one of the events that benefits the historic Tybee Post Theater, opening this summer.
The star power of this year’s kick-off event on Wednesday, April 22 surely adds to the allure. For one incredible meal, “A Celebration of Earth and Vine” gathers the Savannah chefs everyone is talking about—including Mashama Bailey of the Grey (currently up for a James Beard Award), the Florence’s Kyle Jacovino, native son Michael Gottlieb (set to revive his family’s namesake restaurant on Drayton in the coming months) and Kurtis Schumm, the creative brain behind the Tybee Island Social Club and Fish Camp menus.
Schumm helped organize this culinary dream team, explaining that while each chef is bringing her/his own concept to the table, the eclectic four courses will add up to “the perfect meal.”
He also notes that the celebration coincides with the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, another major influence on the menu.
“These are all chefs who are incredibly conscious of where their ingredients are sourced from,” says Schumm. “They’re committed to the idea that we should not be taking advantage of the planet.”
The same ideology is at work in the selection of wines that will accompany each course. Mining the organic portfolio of South of France vintner and Wine, Moon and Stars author Gérard Betrand, the pairings reflect a sensibility that values environmental ethics as much as superior flavor profiles.
“We chose Gérard Betrand wines for the Earth and Vine dinner because of his interest in sustainability and biodynamics,” says Diane Rousakis, festival coordinator and the local wine and spirits representative for United Distributors.
“It’s Earth Day, and it makes sense that he would be involved.”
Gérard Betrand rep Brian Liska will introduce each wine as the meal proceeds, beginning with Jacovino’s country paté and pickled vegetables paired with a GB Gris Blanc Rosé.
Gottlieb’s Wild Georgia shrimp dumplings with crispy pork and crab meat caramel find a mate in a crisp Picpoul de Pinet, and Bailey’s quail with hominy and roasted grapes will melt in the mouth with a dark plum Tautavel.
Schumm’s own hangar steak recipe rounds out the meat course next to the robust Chateau L’Hospitalet Rouge, and lest anyone forget about dessert, save room to sip Gérard Betrand’s special Banyuls Vin Doux Naturel with bites of dark fudge cake and caramelized white chocolate courtesy of Sarah Fernandez of Virginia College’s Culinard program.
Such fine marriages of food and wine deserve an extraordinary ambience, and the glorious Tybee Island Wedding Chapel certainly befits the occasion. Emcee Jesse Blanco assured last week that ticket sales for “A Celebration of Earth and Vine” have been brisk, though they are a few more left at press time.
Schumm, who along with his wife and co-conspirator Sarah, are avid supporters of Tybee’s food and art scene and have watched the wine festival grow from its nascency. While its raison d’etre may be to raise funds for the Tybee Post Theater, this foodie convention-at-the-beach has now earned a stellar reputation of its own.
“This year is going to be the best year yet,” says Schumm, alluding to more unannounced guest chefs and rare uncorked vintages.
“There are going to be a lot of surprises.”
Trying to track down a chef sometimes can be a tall order.
Think about it: Late nights in a tiny kitchen. Hours more after that planning and sorting out the next day. In so many cases, it’s a thankless job. If someone knows who you are and you walk through the dining room one night, someone may say, “Hey chef! Great food!” But otherwise, it’s back into the — most times —windowless hell (based on temperature alone) that most restaurant creatives spend their time. And their spare time.
So I don’t necessarily take it personally when I don’t get an immediate call back or returned email from a chef. Especially Kurtis Schumm, owner and executive chef at both Tybee Island Social Club and Tybee Fish Camp. And in case you are wondering, no, I am not using this forum to call Kurtis out — not at all.
Pinning him down lately was a bit difficult. About 10 days ago, I found out why. Kurtis, I’m told, helped put together the greatest single food event Tybee Island has ever seen. Yes, I know JFK Jr. had his wedding catered in part by The Breakfast Club, but that happened on Cumberland Island. This next foodie extravaganza is going on at the Tybee Wedding Chapel, and you should not miss it.
The Tybee Wine Festival is coming up April 22-26. For seven years, the island as gathered around, eaten some great food and sampled some great wines. The last couple of years, Tybee Island Social Club has hosted some wine dinners that were so popular, they had to be dramatically expanded or have second nights added. That’s how popular the week-long celebration has become.
Not that Tybee Islanders need any real excuse to pour themselves a glass of anything cold, but this week is different. This week is aimed at raising money for renovation and restoration of the Tybee Post Theater. When that project is done, it will seat about 240 people and will be the only facility of its kind on the beach. It’s going to be beautiful, but it takes dollars to pull it off. Hence, the Tybee Wine Festival.
For six years, it has grown and grown and grown. This year, they are throwing a major event. One this city as never seen before. Island, mainland, marsh, tributary, anything. The 2015 Celebration of Earth and Vine has all the makings of a fabulous night of food and drink. Why? Well, I thought you’d never ask.
We’ve made no secret in this space of Savannah’s growing food scene. The names and faces that have chosen to make Savannah their home are the kind that could change the landscape and really put our area on regional and national maps when it comes to the creativity we are seeing in some Savannah kitchens. The mere fact thatThe Grey and Chef Mashama Bailey were named semi-finalists for a James Beard Award will tell you where our food scene is trending. Throw in fantastic offerings from executive chef Kyle Jacovino at The Florence and you have two of the names that are part of the lineup at this dinner.
The other? A Savannah institution: Michael Gottlieb.
The Gottlieb family was synomous with food in the city long before that pretty lady with the white hair put Savannah on the national map. The Gottliebs are making a comeback to Savannah and opening a restaurant downtown. But that’s a story for another day. Michael Gottlieb will be a part of this dinner. Rounding out the lineup, the previously mentioned Schumm, who, along with the guys and gals at Sundae Cafe and 80e Gastropub, are doing the best food on Tybee Island, period.
I should mention that I absolutely love what a lot of chefs do in our city. I’ve heard a good bit of chirping from the locals that all I do is talk up the “shiny new pennies.” But the fact remains, if I had a nickel for every time I’ve sent someone to dinner at Vic’s, Garibaldi’s, The Pink House, Sapphire Grill, Noble Fare or Circa 1875, I’d be a very wealthy man today. Those locations are established brands in Savannah. Far beyond anything I could ever write.
Besides, when was the last time any of those chefs were on a lineup together? For the same dinner? Not that I know of. And if they did, I’d be sitting here writing about it.
Getting some of the city’s best young talent on the same roster putting together a four-course wine dinner and raising money for the Tybee Post Theater is a pretty big deal. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about it. Absolutely honored to have been asked to be your host for the evening.
I promise, I will be bring at least one funny joke.
There are other events related to Tybee’s Wine Festival, culminating with a wine tasting in the shadow of the lighthouse on April 25. It is some of the best fun you can have on that island, and that is saying something. Admittedly, I haven’t been out there in two years because of my weekend commitments at WSAV, but it isn’t lost on me how much fun that event is. The Earth and Vine dinner on April 22 is the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day celebration, and the menu will reflect that. When I spoke to event organizer Melissa Turner last week about this, she told me ticket sales were ahead of last year. Not surprising. As you are reading this, I’m guessing they are slowly making their way toward a sellout.
Translation? The event is two weeks away. If you are at all considering being a part of this fantastic evening, I wouldn’t wait. Savannah is a last-minute town, but if you do that here, you will be out of luck.
Tickets are $85 and the event will be in the Grand Ballroom of Tybee Wedding Chapel, simply the most beautiful venue on the island. There is nothing about this event that doesn’t scream “first class.”
Stacye Jarrell will undoubtedly have that room looking like something out of a fairy tale. And you get to sit right in the middle of it. All the chefs will be there, so you don’t have wait on them to return a phone call or an email. For more information, or to purchase your tickets, go to www.tybeewinefestival.com.
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The 2015 Tybee Island Wine Festival, coming up April 22-26, offers everything from the casual Grand Tasting on Tybee Lighthouse grounds to elegant, multi-course dinners with wine pairings.
Ticket prices are ridiculously reasonable ($75 for a five-course wine pairing dinner? Find that in Atlanta!) and Tybee’s right off the coast of Savannah.
Sarah and Kurtis Schumm have been fans of the Tybee Wine Festival in years past. This year, they’re joining the fun by hosting the five-course “Art of Pairing” dinner.
“Savannah is having an exciting year culinarily,” Sarah Schumm said, referencing Hugh Acheson’s new spot, The Florence, and The Grey, located in Savannah’s former Greyhound bus station. “Tybee is getting a lot of exposure, being Savannah’s back yard.”
The Schumms own three restaurants on the island just off the coast of Savannah including the popular Tybee Social Club restaurant, where “Art of Pairing,” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. April 23. The main event is the Grand Tasting from 3 to 6 p.m. April 25 at the Tybee Island Light Station.
“The grand wine tasting is really fun for the community,” Kurtis Schumm said. “When you have a glass of wine in hand and you can walk around and see friends, it’s about as good as it gets.”
Photo: Courtesy of the Tybee Island Wine Festival
The seventh annual Tybee Wine Festival supports the Tybee Post Theater, a historic building poised for renovation and revitalization. Built in 1930 as a movie theater for soldiers stationed at Fort Screven, organizers envision a new life as a cultural arts venue.
“We love this place,” Sarah Schumm said. “We believe in having a community theater. Drinking wine to make that happen is a pretty sweet deal.”
Photo: Jennifer Brett
Jim Kluttz, president of Friends of Tybee Theater board of directors, said the wine festival perfectly matches Tybee’s easy-going, welcoming vibe.
“It’s really simple,” he said. “It’s a fun, casual time.”
Organizers expect between 700 and 800 for the grand tasting.
Photo: Courtesy of the Tybee Island Wine Festival
“We could sell more tickets but we don’t,” Kluttz said. “We’ve made the decision were not going to crowd people in.”
Tybee Island Wine Festival, presented by the Tybee Post Theater
Events include the “Celebration of Earth & Vine” dinner with wine pairings starting at 6 p.m. April 22 at Tybee Wedding Chapel (1114 1st St.), $85 per person; the “Art of Pairing” dinner, 7 p.m. April 23 at the Tybee Island Social Club (1311 Butler Ave.), $75; the “Evening of Oysters & Wine” event at 6:30 p.m. April 24 at Marlin Monroe’s Surfside Grill, (404 Butler Ave.), $40; the Grand Tasting from 3 to 6 p.m. April 25 at the Tybee Island Light Station (30 Meddin Dr.), $55; and the Champagne Brunch from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. April 26 at the Crab Shack (40 Estill Hammock Rd), $35. For complete details or to buy tickets see tybeewinefestival.com.
Photo: Jennifer Brett
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