Savannah will celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month with the city’s annual Picnic in the Park event in Forsyth Park on Sunday, October 5 — an evening that promises a blend of elegance and family fun. The night will center around the annual Picnic Contest where guests can design and enter their creative spreads to be judged by a panel led by Mayor Edna Jackson. The evening’s theme is “Fly Me to the Moon”, the song originally recorded by cabaret singer Mabel Mercer and made famous by Frank Sinatra. Last year’s competition featured highly innovative and artistic designs from local Savannahians, with even more expected to participate this year. Guests are encouraged to embrace the theme of romance and love under the stars. The grand prize winner will receive $1,000 in Parker’s cash.
Greg Parker, the President and CEO of Parker’s (the event’s major sponsor), touted the evening’s “compelling content and robust music” as one of the biggest draws. While guests are showing off their creative picnic landscapes, they’ll be enjoying a musical program with performances from the Windsor Forest Drumline, the Savannah Arts Academy Orchestra, the Equinox Jazz Quintet, and more. At 7pm, the Savannah Philharmonic will begin a concert in the Forsyth Park bandshell with music by contemporary composers such as Fry, Strauss, and Lopez – the composers of the Academy Award winning song “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen.
Registration for the picnic contest will open at 3pm in the Parker’s Tent and the judging will begin at 5. Picnic in the Park is completely free to attend and valet bike parking is being offered by the Savannah Bicycle Campaign. For more information, click here.