MONTH-LONG FESTIVAL CELEBRATES GULLAH CULTURE
The month of February on Hilton Head Island is dedicated to all things Gullah — flavorful food, vibrant culture, colorful art and soulful music. This rich heritage will be on display during the 22nd annual Gullah Celebration, organized by the Native Island Business and Community Affairs Association.
“We are celebrating the traditions of the culture, such as food, music and crafts, and its evolution,” said Thomas Curtis Barnwell of the NIBCAA. “It is our intention to continue this tradition and share those parts of our history with our patrons and visitors.”
The event kicks off with an opening party Feb. 1 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Emerging and leading artists like Patricia Sabree will present their works at the “Arts Ob We People” exhibition. One of Sabree’s pieces, “Carolina Gold,” was selected for this year’s commemorative event poster. The image highlights the importance of rice in Gullah culture.
New on this year’s festival schedule is a presentation about Gullah life on Hilton Head during Reconstruction. Other events include the popular Taste of Gullah and Ol Fashioned Gullah Breakfast, as well as music, a golf tournament and an arts and crafts expo.
For more information, call 843-255-7303 or go to www.gullahcelebration.com.
2018 Gullah Celebration
All events will take place on Hilton Head Island. Some events require tickets; for more information, call 843-255-7304 or go to www.gullahcelebration.com.
Gullah Celebration Opening Party: 6-8 p.m., Art League of Hilton Head Gallery at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane.. View original work by emerging and leading artists. Free.
Arts Ob We People Annual Art Exhibit and Sale: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 2-5 p.m. Sundays, Art League of Hilton Head Gallery at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane. An exhibit of the works of more than 30 artists. Free.
Gullah Heritage Music Series: 7 p.m., Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, 382 Squire Pope Road. Enjoy the sounds of choirs and acapella performances. Free, but donations are accepted.
Taste of Gullah: Noon-3 p.m., Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane. Authentic Gullah dishes and entertainment. $12.
The Gullah Institute Presents “The People on Hilton Head Island During Reconstruction”: 3-5 p.m., First African Baptist Church, 70 Beach City Road. Presented by the Gullah Institute. Free, but donations will be accepted.
Friends and Family Day at First African Baptist Church: 7 p.m., First African Baptist Church, 70 Beach City Road. Free.
Gullah Music Series:7 p.m., Queen Chapel AME Church, 114 Beach City Road. Featuring a performance by the Voices of El Shaddai. Free, but donations will be accepted.
Ol' Fashioned Gullah Breakfast: 8-11 a.m., Historic Cherry Hill School, 209 Dillon Road. A traditional Gullah breakfast. $12.
The Freedom Experience at Mitchelville: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park, 226 Beach City Road. Tour historic Mitchelville. Free, but donations will be accepted.
Sweetheart Ball with Deas Guyz: 6-10 p.m., Sea Pines Country Club, 30 Governors Road. Dinner, dancing and an awards presentation. $75 per person or $650 for table of 10.
Paint and Sip with Amiri Ferris: 6-9 p.m., Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane. Bring friends, family and a bottle of wine and paint your own masterpiece. $30
Gullah Heritage Music Series: 7 p.m., First African Baptist Church, 70 Beach City Road. Enjoy a performance by gospel choirs. Free, but donations will be accepted.
25th annual Golf Classic: 9 a.m. shotgun start, Golden Bear Golf Club, 72 Golden Bear Way. Three-man scramble format. To register, call 843-290-5943. $100 entry fee.
The Gullah Market, Arts, Food and Crafts Expo: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Drive. Gullah and African arts, crafts, food and entertainment. $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12; children younger than 4 get in free.
Gullah Music Series: 7 p.m., St. James Baptist Church, 209 Beach City Road. Goslpel quartets will perform in the final performance of the series. Free, but donations will be accepted.