SAVANNAH, GA, April 14, 2014 – The results are in! Leopold’s Ice Cream and the Live Oak Public Libraries recently asked Savannah Chatham County students to submit poems celebrating Savannah’s beautiful squares and the results were amazing. Two hundred and fifty poems, 13 winners and a lot of Savannah Pride! Stratton Leopold of Leopold’s Ice Cream said of the challenge, “I’m always impressed with the high level of creativity that our Savannah students exhibit in their poetry. I am honored to have been able to perform the difficult task of choosing the winners of this year’s challenge.”
And the winners are:
K – 2
Winner: “Springtime in the Square” by Maia Kuehne-Seeber, 8, Savannah Classical Academy
“Savannah Squares” by Madilyn Saxton, 7, Homeschool
“Savannah’s Spectacular Squares” by Corbin Greene, 8, Heard Elementary Academy
Winner: “It’s Good in Downtown Savannah” by John Smith, 8, Liberty Christian School
“Savannah’s Parks” by Lydia L. Bradway, 8, Gould Elementary School
“Ordinary Square” by Jacob Andrew Woodcock, 11, Gould Elementary School
Winner: “Savannah’s Beautiful Squares” by Chloe Mabry, 14, Ester F. Garrison
“Square” by Sierra Jane McGrath, 12, Ester F. Garrison
“Savannah’s Bright and Beautiful Squares” by Noel Smith, 12, Liberty Christian School
“Stories of Savannah” by Destinee Mason, 13, Ester F. Garrison
Winner: “Savannah Squares” by Amari McDonald, 14, Woodville Thompkins
“My Parents Were Married There” by Julie Hamilton, 14, Savannah Arts Academy
“Savannah Squares” by Allison Rogers, 15, Savannah Arts Academy
All winners and finalists have been invited to read their poems at the Savannah City Council Meeting on Thursday, April 17th at 2pm in the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor of City Hall. This meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome. Savannah Government Television Channel 8 broadcasts Council Meetings live at 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Same-day replay of the meeting is at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Each of the first place winners will receive an ice cream party for their class, finalists will each receive a special gift certificate for Leopold’s Ice Cream and all participating students will receive a coupon entitling them to a “Buy One Get One Free” scoop.
Stratton & Mary Leopold, longtime advocates of literacy and fostering creative energy in our youth, have hosted the annual competition, in conjunction with the Live Oak Public Libraries, since 2011. Future plans include the creation of similar challenges focused on other academic studies, such as mathematics.
Leopold’s Ice Cream was founded in Savannah, Georgia in 1919 by three brothers from Greece. Peter, Basil and George passed their tradition of making super premium ice cream in the shop, one batch at a time down to Peter’s youngest son, Stratton. Stratton and his wife Mary own and operate Leopold’s today. Their commitment to arts and education in the community is second only to their commitment to creating the highest quality ice cream possible in a fun, family environment.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Now through Thursday, April 3, Savannah will compete against Franklin, Tenn., for the title of “Greatest Southern Town” in Garden & Gun Magazine’s bracket competition. If Savannah wins the competition, the city will be able to celebrate with a scoop of world-famous Leopold’s ice cream for $1 on Monday, April 7 from 2-4 p.m. at its location on Broughton Street.
Garden & Gun Magazine announced today that results will now be hidden until the winner is announced on Friday. Visit Savannah is encouraging all Savannah residents and fans of the destination to vote hourly on Garden & Gun’s website at www.gardenandgun.com/article/southern-towns-bracket.
“Like any Final Four championship team, Savannah has brought its A-game to this competition,” said Joseph Marinelli, Visit Savannah president. “Our weather right now is sunny and warm, the city is awash with the vibrant colors of blooming azaleas and people from all over the world are filling our streets for events like the Savannah Music Festival and the Annual Tour of Homes. Thanks to our many fans for their support and for voting us into the championship round!”
Social media has been a large component of the competition with supporters of both cities tweeting and posting using the #SouthernTowns hashtag.
“Our fans and followers have been so enthusiastic across our social media channels,” said Amy Brock, Visit Savannah social media manager. “As soon as we began sharing about the contest, the ‘Savannah machine’ started moving and our loyal network delivered. I hope the momentum continues through this championship round and we can have some fun with it on Twitter and Facebook.”
Help us on Twitter with these sample tweets!
• Vote for #Savannah in @GardenandGunMag’s #SouthernTowns finals! http://bit.ly/1iWVrmd
• You can vote hourly for #Savannah in @GardenandGunMag’s championship match against Franklin, TN >> http://bit.ly/1iWVrmd
• Tell your mama and them to vote for #Savannah in GardenandGunMag’s finals! Just a click! >> http://bit.ly/1iWVrmd
• Just an old sweet song…keeps #Georgia on my mind! Vote #Savannah, best #SouthernTown >> http://bit.ly/1iWVrmd
• Vote for the land of the “to go cup” and @TheLadyChablis >> http://bit.ly/1iWVrmd #SouthernTowns
• Busy as a cat on a hot tin roof — Voting for #Savannah! Vote here >> http://bit.ly/1iWVrmd
• Hurray! @Leopolds_IC is offering $1 sccops of ice cream on Monday if we win! Vote >> http://bit.ly/1iWVrmd
For more information, contact Erica Backus at EBackus@VisitSavannah.com or 912.644.6405
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Leopold’s Ice Cream and Live Oak Public Libraries have partnered once again to host the 4th Annual Leopold’s Ice Cream Creative Writing Challenge. This year’s theme is “Savannah’s Beautiful Squares”, which challenges children to create a poem inspired by Savannah’s signature showpieces, her squares.
It’s time for the 2014 Savannah Book Festival and Leopold’s Ice Cream is once again getting into the spirit of reading by renaming our ice cream flavors to honor the Book Festival authors. Visit us in Telfair Square on Saturday February the 15th or at the shop starting on February the 7th to have a cone of “Identical” Chocolate Chocolate Chip in honor of Scott Turow, “Mitch Chocolate Chip” Albom and Passion Fruit “Cell”-bet for Robin Cook.
The 2014 Savannah Book Festival runs February 13 – 16.
For more information visit www.savannahbookfestival.org
IN DEFENSE OF TWO NATIONAL PASTIMES (ICE CREAM AND NFL FOOTBALL), MOVIE PRODUCER STRATTON LEOPOLD SAYS HE WILL SERVE ROGER GOODELL
While a New Orleans ice cream shop has posted a photo of Roger Goodell with the caption “Do Not Serve This Man,” another high profile, Southern ice cream shop owner is reaching out to welcome the NFL Commissioner, in spite of the controversy surrounding his recent decisions regarding the New Orleans Saints and “Bountygate.”(http://blackandgold.com/saints/53745-bounty-mess-has-generated-severe-bittern…)
Stratton Leopold, owner of Leopold’s Ice Cream in Savannah, is not only a major movie producer, but he is also a former NCAA football official. When Leopold heard the photo of the other ice cream shop was circulating, he created a tongue-in-cheek video extending an invitation to Goodell to visit Leopold’s Ice Cream in Savannah on his way to Super Bowl XLVII.
With a smile Leopold explains, “When we saw the photo, we decided to have some fun with it.” Leopold’s Ice Cream (www.leopoldsicecream.com) is going one step further to create a special sundae in honor of Goodell.
In between filming Hollywood blockbusters, Leopold and his wife, Mary, run the ice cream store, which was founded in 1919 by his father. Leopold’s Ice Cream and the New Orleans ice cream shop making media headlines, Creole Creamery, were both recognized recently by “The View” as two of America’s best ice cream stores.
Leopold’s most recent action thriller, “Parker,” starring Jennifer Lopez and Jason Statham, and directed by Academy Award winner Taylor Hackford, opened in Friday, January 25th. Portions of “Parker” were filmed in New Orleans.
Leopold’s other producing credits include “Mission Impossible III,” “Captain America,” “Wolfman,” “Sum of All Fears,” and “General’s Daughter.”
Leopold’s is proud to be awarded first place in the dessert category again this year at the Taste of Savannah Event on November 8th. Our winning creation was a pumpkin spice trifle. This included our homemade pumpkin and cinnamon ice creams layered with a specially made sherry drizzled pecan cake, our homemade caramel sauce and topped with a fresh maple infused whipped cream.
Tis the season to share; Leopold’s Ice Cream, take some home for the Holidays!
*Includes the peach sticker given when voting at the polls, showing the completedcard available at the polls upon request, or the official absentee ballot envelope.
For Immediate ReleaseLEOPOLD’S ICE CREAM CHALLENGES SAVANNAH TO SUPPORT THE SAVANNAH DANCE FESTIVALLeopold’s Ice Cream believes the development of the Savannah Dance Festival enhances the rich and diverse Arts and Cultural landscape in Savannah. Leopold’s is challenging the community to donate to the Savannah Dance Festival, as it will be a benefit to the entire community. Leopold’s will match the first $5000 that is raised before the end of 2012. October is the nation’s Arts and Humanities Month and celebrates by encouraging Americans to recognize the importance of arts and education.You can make a donation by sending your check to PO Box, 13691, Savannah, GA 31416, and note on the memo line “LIC” or go to www.savannahdancefestival.org to make an online donation. The challenge will end December 31, 2012, in time for you to include the donation on your 2012 Income tax as a charitable gift. The challenge begins today!The Savannah Dance Festival is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that exists to educate, entertain and bring exceptional contemporary dance to Savannah audiences.