Savannah - 2015
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The 46th annual World Wings International convention was held October 22 – 25 in Savannah, Georgia, at the Westin Resort and Spa.
Founded in 1733 by James Oglethorpe, Savannah was the first British colony of Georgia. Established as a haven for debtors, it was forbidden to Catholics, lawyers, hard liquor and, above all, slaves. However, with the arrival of North Carolina settlers in the 1750s, plantation agriculture based on slave labor propelled Savannah into a major export center where railroad lines funneled cotton onto ships bound for distant ports. General Sherman came calling in December 1864 and presented the intact city as a Christmas gift to President Abraham Lincoln. The city’s character and mystique have ripened over time, thus honoring the heritage and driving change to realize dreams.
The beautiful Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa beckoned us for modern luxury in the heart of the historic Savannah River District. The city’s premier resort is in a prime location—close to fantastic shopping and nightlife, yet removed enough for tranquility. Complimentary water ferry service, a PGA golf course, tennis courts, heated pool, and Heavenly Spa awaited us along with restaurants and tastefully appointed comfortable guest rooms. Known as the “Hostess City,” our visit was overflowing with Southern hospitality.
“An Evening with Savannah’s Legends” welcomed us on Thursday, boasting Low Country cuisine and a cast of characters and live music—featuring the beloved songs of Savannah’s own Johnny Mercer.
Friday morning kicked off “Pan Am Heritage Day” with Keynote Speaker Al Topping, joined by Pamela Borgfeldt Taylor (Marin), sharing their heroic efforts of “The Last Flight Out” of Saigon.
Friday evening we embarked on the gracious Savannah River Queen for our “Moon River Magic Cruise.” We enjoyed cocktails, dinner, and dancing as the boat slipped along the Savannah River.
On Saturday night, a First-Class ticket admitted us to the exclusive, black-tie optional, “The President Special Gala.” Delights awaited! A champagne reception, delectable cuisine and live band combined to celebrate Pan Am’s renowned glamour of the 1960s Jet Age. And, highlighting the evening, we were delighted to welcome the ever-charming Frank Abagnale!
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