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Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 

When: Sat., Aug. 2, 12-7 p.m. 2014
Phone: (843) 853-3625
Gullah culture is ingrained in Charleston — sweet-grass baskets can always be found at the Market and Geechee can be heard from the talented women selling their handmade baskets. Gullah is such a part of our Holy City, so it’s only natural that we celebrate it during Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week. “The Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week celebration is great because it allows all people of Charleston and the South Carolina coast to get together in a positive atmosphere to learn about the rich Gullah/Geechee culture from actual tradition keepers,” says Queen Quet, chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. “It is truly about family and a positive circle of connection.” On Friday, catch the Gullah/Geeche Night at the Joe for baseball, culture, and fireworks. Quet will lead a traditional spiritual opening ceremony before first pitch, and the evening will be filled with Gullah/Geechee music and trivia between innings. On Saturday, head to the Charleston Maritime Center for Gullah/Geechee Reunion Day from 12-7 p.m. to see traditional quilts, baskets, and crab traps made throughout the day. Painter Saundra Renee Smith will also give a talk about her work, and, of course, there’ll be music and dancing. Quet, Gullah Joe, Wona Womalan, Ernest Parks, James Brown of Sol Legare, Kevin Young of De Gullah Cunneckshun, and recording artist Latrese Bush will perform alongside dance presentations throughout the day. Throughout the festival, Chef BJ will serve up traditional Gullah/Geechee cuisine for $5-$10 per plate.
— Ashley Sprouse
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