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Creative Day on Ossabaw: Saturday, June 1

  • Ossabaw Island State Heritage Preserve Savannah, Georgia (map)

Spend the whole day on Ossabaw making art, music, prose or poetry on your own. Bring your own supplies and creativity and be inspired by the muse of Ossabaw Island.

Not an artist, musician or writer? Take the Cell Phone Photography/Instagram workshop and photo safari, led by Stephen B. Morton, an award-winning photojournalist.

Also available: a 30-minute interpretive history tour, as an optional break from your creative endeavors.

What will we do on this day trip?

Travel by pontoon boat across Ossabaw Sound to the island's North End. Our boat captain will be Mike Neal of Bull River Cruises. After a short orientation to the island and its history, you’ll have the rest of the day to wander the North End on your own to inspire you: along the marsh, on the dock, on the porch of the Club House, near the tabby cabins, or some hidden place known only to you. Weather and tides permitting, this trip will include a boat trip down Bradley Creek, which bisects the northeastern tip of the island.

An Ossabaw Island visit includes excellent art-making inspiration: possible sightings of a variety of wildlife including migratory birds, wading birds, and feral hogs, as well as free-roaming domesticated donkeys, and perhaps an alligator. Take short hikes to Cane Patch Island (site of a large native American shell midden), and on forest and marshside trails.

Stephen Morton's photography workshop will begin with a short group session, followed by Morton leading an optional photo safari along the marsh and (if time permits) to the 1820s tabby slave cabins. He will be available for one-on-one discussion. Techniques include photograph composition, close up techniques, and Instagram filters.

The optional interpretive history tour is a walking tour of Ossabaw's North End. It offers a 30-minute overview of the history of Ossabaw Island, Georgia's third largest barrier island, from the native Americans through the 20th century ownership by the Torrey family and their sale of Ossabaw to the State of Georgia as a Heritage Preserve. Tour three 1840s era restored tabby cabins built as housing by enslaved Africans and learn about the tabby-making process. Hear about Ossabaw's indigo cultivation and see naturalized indigo unique to this island.

(Eleanor "Sandy" Torrey West will not be present, and the Torrey-West home is not included in this trip.)

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