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Seared tuna on wonton crisps, tropical fruit wrapped in Serrano ham, and plantain chips with vanilla sauce were some of the island flavors served at the Gibbes on Thursday night to welcome the Royal Governor of Bermuda Sir John Vereker and his wife Lady Vereker to the opening celebration of Painters in Paradise: The Masterworks Bermuda Collection.

Over at the City Waterfront Gallery, a banner crowd turned up for Under the Radar, an exhibition featuring the work of 10 emerging local artists. Unfortunately, a power failure early in the evening left would-be collectors in the dark, but relaxed guests simply spilled out onto the rear terrace, where the view of the full moon was captivating.

The Farmer's Market was its usual hub of activity on Saturday, while the spectacular weather and free live music coaxed many folks out to Kiawah Island for "Blues by the Sea," a showcase of outstanding talent that attracted a wonderful cross section of families, retirees in golf shirts, and bikers. Dub Island Soundsystem and friends took over the expansive back deck of the Barrier Island Bar on Saturday night to kick off their weekly reggae summer gig.

The threat of rain was ominous by Sunday afternoon, but it didn't stop a gaggle of people from attending the final day of the Charleston Greek Fest. The folk dancing by the children of Holy Trinity was a definite highlight, and the aromatic menu offerings received rave reviews from everyone I encountered. Opa!

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1. Khari and Ayoka Lucas illustrate that art appreciation begins at a young age 2. Mac Arnold, recent winner of the Folk Heritage Award, impressed the Kiawah crowd with his gas can guitar 3. Leanne Thomas paints hearts on Harris' face at the Farmers' Market 4. Ras Ryan cranks up the crowd at Barrier Island Bar on Saturday night 5. Papa Robbie's "Stomp the Roach" tune, set to Lil' Kim's "The Jump Off," has inspired a new Lowcountry dance craze 6. Koula Kordonis and Irene Fokas prepare dozens of loukoumades for the hungry crowd 7. The boys of Barrier Island  they tacked their alcohol license to the massive tree that serves as the wall of their outdoor bar 8. Opa! 9. Jessa Hills with Django and Katie McCord with Wasatch opt for a spot of gelato to help beat the heat

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