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Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival

When: Sat., June 2, 12-8 p.m. 2012

With all the international arts events going on in town because of a little something known as Spoleto, it’ll be nice to get some culture that hits a little closer to home at the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival, which celebrates all things Gullah. The weekend-long event kicks off Friday night with the Real Taste of Gullah at Mt. Pleasant’s Waterfront Memorial Park Visitors Center, with authentic Gullah cuisine courtesy of the Culinary Institute of Charleston, Joe’s Catering, Café on Main, and Cruncho Enterprise. Other highlights include a fashion show featuring sweetgrass hats and evening purses modeled by the Charleston Hat Ladies and a presentation highlighting the rich history of the Gullah Geechee culture. Events continue into Saturday with a Sankofa Preservation Society seminar, followed by the start of the public festival. The festival plans to put you up close and personal with some of the most talented sweetgrass basket makers in the Lowcountry with hands-on basket-making demonstrations and drawings for a chance to win a basket. Water slides, jump castles, and an assortment of arts and crafts projects will also be available for children.

Evan Berke


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