Hurricane Matthew delays Lady Chablis memorial

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As a deadly Hurricane Matthew bears down on Georgia's coast, organizers of Saturday's day-long tribute to Lady Chablis in Savannah are rescheduling the event.

All of Chatham County is under a hurricane watch and emergency officials are urging residents of Savannah and the coastal county to evacuate. The hurricane is expected to pound Georgia's coast late Friday and Saturday with heavy wind and rain, high surf and coastal flooding.

Organizers had hoped to mourn Lady Chablis and celebrate the drag legend's life with a day of events on Saturday. The Lady Chablis Memorial Service was to open the tribute at the Lucas Theatre, followed by a reception and a screening of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” the Clint Eastwood-directed film adaptation of John Berendt's best-selling book that propelled Lady Chablis into the national spotlight. Club One was to carry on the celebration with two drag show tributes.

But all of that was put on hold, Club One announced on Thursday morning. Instead, the tribute has been shifted to Nov. 5.

Due to #HurricaneMatthew, the date for the Memorial for The Lady Chablis has been changed from this Saturday, October 8, to Saturday, November 5. The events the day of the memorial will remain the same; it will still begin at 4 p.m. at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts, with a following reception at Club One, a screening of Midnight at 8 p.m., and two Club One Cabaret Lady Chablis Tribute shows that evening at 10:30 and 12:30.

We'd like to thank everyone for their outpouring of love and condolences over the last month, and hope that you all stay safe this weekend.

“Her legacy is basically live and celebrate who you are and don't conform – be yourself,” said Cale Hall, a co-owner of Club One who also owns Creative Approach, a printing services company with offices in Atlanta and Savannah.

“She would be proud to see the outpouring of love and admiration. It's all about celebrating the good part,” he added.

Lady Chablis died of pneumonia on Sept. 8. Her death prompted an outpouring of support from friends and fans, and media attention from across the U.S.

“It's hard to wrap your mind around a fixture that's been there. This is someone that has driven tourism and the direction of the club for years and years. There is a big hole there. Love her or hate her, there is a big hole there,” Hall told Project Q Atlanta in September.


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