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Gourds, Glue, BYO Kazoo: A Girls Rock Charleston! Fall Festival

When: Sat., Nov. 19, 12-4 p.m. 2011

I’ve always had a thing for girl rock, from Janis Joplin to the Go-Gos and yes, even the Spice Girls (I still own the shirt to prove it). There’s just nothing that says “girls rule, boys drool” quite like a lady who knows how to work the mic. See what I mean this week at Brittlebank Park during Girls Rock Charleston’s fall festival. They’ll have Holy City girl groups the Royal Tinfoil, the Local Honeys, and Britt Becktell performing live throughout the day. “We try to set a positive tone at all our events to create an environment people will feel comfortable expressing themselves in,” co-organizer and Local Honey Sarah Bandy says. They’ll have hands-on craft booths hosted by the Rose Knot and Surcee Press, among others. You can make your own kazoo, play a game of cornhole, or participate in a cupcake walk. Girls Rock Charleston is a nonprofit organization that hosts a summer camp for girls, where they learn how to play instruments, write songs, and perform with ensembles. The donations made during the festival will help fund the camp’s second session at Ashley Hall this summer. “I think it’s really vital to support young women expressing themselves,” Bandy says. “There aren’t many other avenues for that in town.”

Abigail Darlington

Price: $5/suggested donations

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