The night before the Red Clay Writers Conference, the GWA will kick off the weekend with a private reception at the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home followed by one of Savannah’s most popular attractions, a Boos and Brews Ghost Tour. If you are one of the twenty conference attendees that purchase a ticket to these events, your afternoon will look something like this:
Check in at the Courtyard Marriott in historic downtown, where Red Clay attendees receive a special discounted rate. After you’ve rested and taken a moment to prepare for the evening (don’t forget shoes for walking!), make your way down to the lobby where our group will be assembling. Around 3:30 PM, we’ll start our 10-15 minute walk to the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home (weather permitting). Once we arrive, resident docent Toby Aldrich will take us on a private tour and share with the group a few of his favorite stories. After the tour, there will be light refreshments and a presentation led by Dr. Paul Wakeman, whose dissertation and post-doctorate studies focus on Flannery O’Connor.
Leaving the Flannery O’Connor Home, we’ll take a short, two-block walk to Perry Street where we will dine at Billy’s Place, a restaurant filled with live music and old-world charm, where Chef Michael Marchands has prepared a special menu for our private party. Following what is sure to be a deliciously filling meal is a ghostly tour through Savannah’s oldest haunts by Tara Tours. Chad, our Boos and Brews guide, will take us from McDonough’s Pub through some of the famously haunted cemeteries, homes, and pubs in Savannah. Our tour will end at the Moon River Brewing Company, whose name–whether coincidental or intentional–comes from the title of one of Johnny Mercer’s most memorable pieces, Moon River.
Twenty conference attendees will be able to enjoy this unique experience with GWA staff along with a group of conference speakers. You can reserve your spot for this event on the registration page under the “Conference Add-On” section. Please note that you must pay upon registration in order to reserve your spot! Register here.