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Ceremonies of the Cultures 

When: Sat., Dec. 12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 2009
Phone: (843) 852-4200
Price: $5, $3/children
www.charlestownelanding.travel

See what Christmas was like before Santa, malls, and electricity took over at Charles Towne Landing’s Ceremonies of the Cultures. The second annual event features a day’s worth of demonstrations showing what it was like to live in the New World. Costumed interpreters will be in the common house and throughout the grounds sharing traditional English holiday customs and how they were modified for life in the new colony. At noon, Native American author and storyteller Will Goins will talk about Native American foodways, creating traditional dishes like barbecue, chili, and venison. Guests will be allowed to taste his creations, although Goins’ demonstration is limited to the first 50 registrants. Gullah storyteller Carolyn “Jabulile” White will share some early African-American stories and traditions that helped to shape the culture of Charles Towne at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. And at noon and 2 p.m., Bill Brockington of the University of South Carolina Aiken will discuss the melting pot that is Charleston. Besides all this educational goodness, you can take a stroll around the site’s extensive grounds, which, if you haven’t been, are worth checking out. Their Animal Forest Zoo has everything from bison to pumas to black bears (oh my!). —Erica Jackson

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