Prowling Savannah

March 8-12, 2023
Merc Morris and Ed Strauss

March 9-11 in Savannah, Georgia could have passed as Reunion Redux as nearly 100 classmates and spouses convened one block (and one 40-foot descent) above that city’s namesake river.  With howdies, handshakes and hugs, we gathered on the roof top of the Drayton Hotel for welcoming cocktails and dinner. It was brisk, but we were toasty in party-favor orange vests and hats adorned with a signature Ed Strauss Tiger frolicking at signature Forsyth Fountain—a good night above the gardens for new believers.

Savannah is a synonym for historic. Our Thursday morning immersion began in Christ Episcopal Church where local resident-host Bobby Glenn introduced Rector Michael White p’25 and Robin Willams PhD, chairman of the Department of Architectural History at SCAD, the Savannah College of Art and Design. Rev. White sketched the history of this founding parish and Dr Williams introduced to us the Savannah Plan, the ordered grid of garden squares, lots, and streets established in 1733. We listened attentively in the magnificent Greek Revival sanctuary, the third to stand on this site, the location where John Oglethorpe’s original pioneers knelt in grateful prayer.