The inaugural South Carolina Upper Lowcountry Muscadine Festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Saltcatcher Farms in Denmark.
The event is a project of Community Rural Arts Work League of Bamberg County (CRAWL), a grassroots organization functioning under the auspices of the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Art of Community: Rural SC initiative.
The Muscadine Festival will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. It is a folklife event and is partially supported by a Folklife grant awarded to CRAWL through SCAC and the National Endowment for the Arts. Professional storytellers and culturebearers will be featured, from Revolutionary War and Buffalo Soldier reenactors to members of the Catawba Nation to Griot and Cherokee folklorists. Activities will include a kayak paddle trip, adult kickball, kids kickball, crafting, double dutch and other games and races. A variety of musical acts will appear beginning at 10:30 a.m.
Pre-festival activities will begin on Aug. 17. Acclaimed artist Nancy Basket will present vine weaving classes at Christ Episcopal Church from 10:30 a.m. until noon and 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. The class is free and muscadine vines will be provided. These sessions may be attended virtually.
For details and/or materials, email email@example.com. Basket will be featured at the September event, not only to demonstrate the weaving of muscadine vines, but also as a weaver of stories from her Cherokee heritage.
The one commercial vineyard in Denmark that grows muscadines will assure that all festival-goers have a variety of the grape to include scuppernongs. Foods and products will be available for purchase. The festival will include a wine tasting. CDC guidelines will be observed. CRAWL, its affiliates and its partners assume no liability; participants assume all risks.
For more information, visit www.allthingsmuscadine.com.