By Annette Corrado, Brevard Center
Amazing architecture, spooky cemeteries, unique landscaping, and a variety of historical sites were appreciated in the annual CIP Brevard Center Spring Break trip. Savannah, Georgia was our destination and students Daniel, Ian, Jarrett and Justin with staff member, Annette Corrado made up the road trip crew.
We stayed on Tybee Island, a beach resort community, and spent most of our time exploring the city of Savannah; culture and history during the day and investigating paranormal phenomenon at night.
Our day excursions included a tour by horse drawn carriage through the city. This gave us an opportunity to learn about Savannah during different historical periods starting with early colonization all the way to the civil rights movement. We browsed through the market square and enjoyed different exhibits that included Thomas Kincaide’s artwork and anything related to peaches and pecans!
Our warmest days were spent exploring the beach, Marine Science Center, and dining at the Pirate’s Museum and the Crab Shack. We especially enjoyed dining outside at the Crab Shack–a unique restaurant that featured an alligator and bird sanctuary. The Crab Shack also demonstrated many obscure details about the eating and mating habits of alligators. The Pirate Museum exposed pirate life such as secret underground tunnels leading to the port of a ship and pirate language.
Evenings in Savannah were spent investigating crime, the unknown, and the paranormal. We were driven in a real Lincoln Continental hearse limousine on a late-night ghost tour of the most haunted areas of Savannah. Our tour guide, Savannah’s leading paranormal investigator, explained popular ghost tales, gave a historical presentation, and showed us particular areas for photographing and recording paranormal experience.
The ghost tour provided an understanding of why Savannah is considered one of the most haunted cities in America. “Murder Afloat”, an interactive murder mystery dinner cruise, was our next evening excursion. We all really enjoyed acting as sleuths, looking for clues, and collecting information in our efforts to solve the crime before we docked. Our dinner experiences included fine dining in a haunted English mansion and traditional cuisine at a Japanese restaurant.
Our trip to Georgia this year provided ample opportunity for our diverse group of students to relax at the beach resort in Tybee Island and enjoy Savannah, a city that is rich in history and culture, robust in fine dining and nightlife, and refined in southern hospitality and sophistication.