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February Issue 2003

South Carolina Artisans Center in Walterboro, SC, Presents First Annual SC Artisans Folklife Festival

The First Annual South Carolina Artisans Folklife Festival at the SC Artisans Center in Walterboro, SC, on Feb. 22 and 23, 2003. For its inaugural celebration, Gullah culture from Wadmalaw Island will be featured. This festival is a new and exciting collaboration between the Artisans Center, the Wadmalaw Island Citizen Improvement Committee, De Gullah Ena Pry, the South Carolina Arts Commission and the SC National Heritage Corridor. Events will take place Feb. 22, from 10am-5pm and Feb. 23, from 1-5pm.

This festival will conclude Black History Month at the SC Artisans Center. Family friendly activities will include creating tie-dye t-shirts (bring your own shirt or purchase one!), candle-dipping, rag doll making, and a demonstration of quilting by the Wadmalaw Island senior quilting group. Frogmo'e stew and cornbread will be cooked on site. This event is free and open to the public with hands-on craft activities and food samples available for a nominal fee.

Festival performances include the Wadmalaw Island Gullah Theater Group directed by Eva Seabrook, published playwright; De Gullah Singers of Wadmalaw Island, sharing traditional folk music from the Sea Islands, Gullah Enna, storyteller, bring traditional animal tales to life.

On Sat., community scholars Sheila Middleton and Sharon Murray will present information on the history and culture of Wadmalaw Island; and in the Detreville House, there will be an exhibit of African American artists and craftspersons from across the state, including paintings, sculpture, instruments, quilts, and other crafts, with a special segment on Wadmalaw Island quilts. The SC Artisans Center is the state's official Folk Art and Craft center, representing over 360 artists from 37 counties. The Center's mission is to interpret, market, preserve and perpetuate the folk art and fine crafts of South Carolina. The SC Artisans Center is located off I-95 at exits 53 and 57 and off Hwy. 17/17A.

For more information contact Carol Privette at the SC Artisans Center, 843/549-0011, or e-mail at (artisan@lowcountry.com).

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