Gullah Festival brings history, entertainment to Beaufort

2012-05-17T06:00:00Z Gullah Festival brings history, entertainment to BeaufortSpecial to The T&D The Times and Democrat
May 17, 2012 6:00 am  • 

BEAUFORT — The 26th annual Gullah Festival of South Carolina will be held May 25-27 at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Beaufort.

Family Day will be celebrated from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 25, with featured performances by area elementary to high school students. The official opening ceremony will begin at 4 p.m., followed by the Miss Gullah Teen Pageant. An evening of jazz and blues is set for 9 p.m. at Quality Inn.

Events on Saturday, May 26, will feature music, Gullah storytellers, African dancers, arts and crafts, the off-Broadway production “Decoration Day,” Gullah historical experiences, food and clothing vendors, The Gullah Village, DJ Mike Fresh of Savannah, Ga., and more. Recording artist Tony Terry will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Performing on Sunday, May 27, will be The Swanee Quintet, Tommy Ellison’s Legendary Singing Stars, The Blessed Ones and The Manhattans.

The Gullah Village will include tents representing businesses typically found in a small town, such as a drug store, five and dime, law office, health clinic, bank, praise house, general store and more. Also featured will be the Queen Quet Gullah House and Aunt Pearlie Sue Gullah House. Historical experiences will include “Strolls Through Old Town,” “Trips Down Memory Lane” around the inner city of Beaufort and “Perimeter Rides” around the immediate county.

Most events are free. For more information, call 843-525-0628 or visit gullahfestival.org.

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