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De Gullah Roots Festival: A Celebration of Sea Island Culture

When: Sat., April 25, 1-5 p.m. 2015

To better understand where a community is going, it is important to understand where it has come from. The second annual De Gullah Roots Festival seeks to do just that with a day-long fest featuring artisans, historians, and one really good chef. Hosted by Johns Island Regional Library, the event hopes to match its success of last year, where over 400 people came out to learn more about the area’s Gullah culture. Johns Island reference librarian Michel Hammes says that the Festival, while fun, will also be an educational experience for attendees, especially on the topic of development on Charleston’s sea islands (i.e. Edisto Island, Folly Island, Isle of Palms). “People move to the sea islands for the history and then don’t realize the impact of something like a gated community,” says Hammes. Gated communities prevent basket-makers from collecting sweetgrass and fishers from casting nets in local waters. Presenters will speak about and demonstrate some practices that have deep roots in the Gullah culture, including indigo dying. Chef Bill Green will demonstrate how to prepare traditional Gullah meals in what he likes to call “Gullah free-hand cooking.” There will be art and food for sale as well.

Connelly Hardaway

Price: Free

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