The 2012 Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival is Friday and Saturday at Mount Pleasant Waterfront Memorial Park.
The festival offers a look at Gullah/Geechee culture and history. Here’s an overview:
WHAT: The “Real” Taste of Gullah
WHEN: 6-10 p.m. Friday COST: Tickets are $50 at www.atasteofgullah.eventbrite.com
DESCRIPTION: Gullah Cuisine is by the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College & Joe’s Catering services. Artist Jonathan Green will present an illustrated talk. Sweetgrass basketmakers will hold a fashion show featuring hats, evening purses and table vases. Entertainment will be provided by various performers.
WHAT: Sankofa Preservation Society Seminar, hosted by the Gullah/Geechee Group
WHEN: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday COST: Free.
DESCRIPTION: Local scholars and resource agencies will provide lead discussions concerning health, education and heirs’ property issues in the African-American communities along the Gullah/Geechee Culture Heritage Corridor.
WHAT: Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival
WHEN: Noon-8 p.m. Saturday COST: Admission and parking are free.
DESCRIPTION: This is a celebration of Gullah/Geechee history and culture through folklores, gospel music, and African drummers and dancers. Water slides, jump castles, face-painting and an assortment of arts and crafts projects will be available for children. Local food vendors and restaurants will serve Gullah cuisine.
INFORMATION: 856-9732 or sweetgrassfestival.org.