Welcome to March, that magical month of blooming azaleas and green shamrocks that usher in the gorgeous days of spring in the South. The mornings start out crisp, but by midday, the blue skies and mild temperatures make it the perfect time for a relaxing walk or to work in the garden.
It is that time we Southerners relish, right after the cold of winter and right before the gnats and summer humidity set in. Our weather makes all of our northern friends green with envy – or could that just be the Irish spirit in the air? They don’t call it spring fever for nothing.
Also in March, the time changes and the daylight elongates into more outdoor time made for family fun. So, enjoy your March with family and friends and take advantage of each perfect day. Put on the shorts and sneakers, grab a sweater for the evening, take along a friend and enjoy the charm of coastal living and be sure to take in a wee bit of that Irish green.
Each new event and festival will bring with it a new southern-style adventure. Be sure to venture off your normal path and enjoy some of the following events and festivities.
March 4-6 – Ninth annual Savannah International Boat Show, Trade & Convention Center, $8, parking $5, discount tickets online, http://savannahinternationalboatshow.com.
March 8 – Community Showcase, Hunter Fitness Center, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., free, activities/events for spring and summer.
March 8 – Air Force Concert, Savannah Johnny Mercer Theater, 8 p.m., doors open 7 p.m., free, 651-6556.
March 9 – Community Showcase, Club Stewart, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., free, activities/events for spring and summer.
March 11-12 – Peaches to the Beaches, Georgia’s longest yard sale, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 212 miles Hwy. 341, McRae to Brunswick.
March 11-13 – Extreme Monster Truck Nationals, Savannah Speedway, 8 p.m., $10-$25, 964-8200, www.ospracing.net/.
March 12-13 – 44th annual Claxton Rattlesnake Roundup, Claxton, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sunday, $5.
March 12 – Tybee Island St Patrick’s Heritage Parade, 3 p.m., free.
March 12 – Original Play Pieces of Home, Hinesville, Georgia Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., $10, 368-4456.
March 12 – Savannah Derby Devils Female Roller Derby, 7 p.m., $10-$12 military discount, http://savannahderby.com/.
March 16 – Bryan Adams Concert, Savannah Lucas Theater, 8 p.m., $39-$79, 545-5050.
March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day, Enjoy the greening of Savannah at the 187th parade at 10:15 a.m.
March 19 – TNA Wrestling Live, Savannah Civic Center, 7:30 p.m., $20-$50, 651-6556.
March 19 – Comedian Kevin Hart, Savannah Johnny Mercer Theater, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., $40-$50, 651-6556.
March 23 – Friends of Fraser annual Fundraising Luncheon in support of The Fraser Counseling Center, Hinesville, YMCA, noon–1 p.m., RSVP to David Morris at 369-7777 by March 11, www.frasercenter.com.
March 24-27 – Savannah Tour of Homes, $25-$40, 234-8054, www.savannahtourofhomes.org.
March 26-27 – RK Gun Show, Savannah Civic Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, $9, 651-6556.
March 29 – Harlem Globetrotters, Savannah Civic Center, 7 p.m., $20-$84, 651-6556.
You can check out all of the above local events and many others in the surrounding area by going to the Fort Stewart website, Quality Time Magazine or Quality Time Calendar or one of the other sites listed above. You also can follow the 3rd ID on Facebook and Twitter, read The Daily Marne Blast and view the Marne Report. Stay connected with your Marne Team and the Coastal Empire.
As we move into March, we become more active as we begin to get out and walk, run or work in the garden or around the house. Be sure to exercise safety precautions in everything you do. Safety is a mission that we all must take very seriously. So, enjoy your time with family and friends but always think safety first. We want to see you through a month full of fun and adventure.
Muncher is a former information management director for the Fort Stewart Network Enterprise Center.