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Yes, another March 17, another St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, and another series of burning questions:

1) How could the Primary Art Supply entry not win Best Float? Did you see that thing?

2) How many Shriner bellies would it take to reach to the moon and back?

3) How many beers does it take to convince yourself you can defeat a Savannah policeman in hand-to-hand combat?

4) Who would have thought that Jorge Pezzimenti, bassist for the Pietasters, would be arrested for public urination behind the Jinx just before the band was about to go onstage?

5) And who would have thought that not just one, but two bass players in the audience would end up sitting in for Pezzimenti that Thursday night while he was stuck in a police holding area?

6) And who would have thought that not just one, but both impromptu bassists totally kicked ass?

Anyone who knows the names of the intrepid bassmen so we can give them full props, e-mail us at



Savannah College of Art and Design students recently raised nearly $4,000 for tsunami relief.

Students from Fibers Force, the college’s fibers department student organization, coordinated the creation of a queen-sized modern quilt composed of 36 squares made by fibers students, faculty and alumni. Each participant created a 12-inch fabric quilt block using appliqué, piecing and surface embellishment.

The quilt was raffled off at “Merge,” the fibers department open house on Feb. 25, raising $2,095. Proceeds were donated in full to the Doctors Without Borders general emergency relief fund.


A free service kicking off this week will provide real-time local info to your cellphone, PDA or computer.

“KnowSavannah” is spearheaded by the local nonprofit The Creative Coast, and is “designed to connect residents and visitors to discounts, last minute tickets, and anything cool in Savannah,” says Creative Coast Executive Director Chris Miller.

The messaging service debuts with real-time ticket, review and discount info about the Savannah Music Festival.

“The benefit to the users is that they get real-time info they ask for, directly to where they are, when they need it,” says Miller. “The benefits to the merchants are that they can send information users have asked for, direct to the user in a simple, easy low cost solution.

While KnowSavannah is free to the user, for charter merchants the service will cost $100 for the remainder of 2005.

“It’s a whole new way of reaching people and enticing them to come to the Savannah Music Festival,” says Maria Watts, the festival’s marketing director.

“We were very excited to see what the results are from applying this new area of technology to the festival as a means of introducing them to the more than 85 events over two weeks.”

For more info, go to


Savannah-area Congressman Jack Kingston announced last week that the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Development and growth have put the squeeze on the Gullah/Geechee areas along the southern coast and Sea Islands,” Kingston says. “This has put the pressure on to preserve this important and unique culture. It’s crucial that we do what we can to protect their customs and traditions for future generations."

The Gullah/Geechee Heritage Act is the culmination of a three-year study conducted by the National Park Service. Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC), a long time advocate for the Gullah/Geechee culture.

Other sponsors include Representatives Henry Brown (R-SC), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Corrine Brown (D-FL), Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), John Mica (R-FL), and Mike McIntyre (D-NC).