Savannah Black Heritage Grand Festival Day is February 13th

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Friday, January 29th, 2016

Celebrate Grand Festival Day, Saturday, February 13, with an array of family-oriented activities and a star-studded evening concert at the Savannah Civic Center, 301 Oglethorpe Ave.

The day kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with health and wellness activities. Walk Georgia is a health walk from the Civic Center to Forsyth Park and back. Preregistration is encouraged. Call 912-652-7981 or visit for more information. The event is sponsored by the University of Georgia Extension Chatham County and WellCare of Southeast Georgia.

From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., adults can stop in to the first floor lobby for the adult health fair. Sponsored by WellCare of Georgia, visitors can receive free screenings, see healthy food presentations, participate in exercise demonstrations and more.

Savannah State University’s Athletic department and Childhood Obesity and Prevention Education will lead the 5th annual youth exercise program beginning at 1 p.m. in the third floor ballroom. Youth health activities are sponsored by St. Joseph’s/Candler Health Systems.

Other youth events include a magic show and story-telling from Magic Marc (1 p.m. & 2 p.m.), performances from the Bright Star Children’s Touring Theatre (1 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.) and a crafts village where children can engage in doll-making, painting, cooking and more. Class sizes for the crafts village are limited, and reservations for the 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. sessions are required by emailing [email protected].

Parents and children are encouraged to learn together at the Dads Learn Hair Care demonstration by The Nappy Hutt from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Grand Festival Day Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. will launch an afternoon and evening of performances. The annual Youth Talent Extravaganza, sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Savannah Alumnae Chapter, starts at 4 p.m.

At 6 p.m., a live concert will open with the winners of the Youth Entertainment Showcase. The main performance features Con Funk Shun, the classic funk and soul group, and Tony! Toni! Tone!, a chart-topping R&B group with multiple platinum albums.