Calling all former Brookgreen residents
Brookgreen Gardens is issuing an interview call for former residents, descendants and workers of Brookgreen, Laurel Hill, Springfield, and The Oaks Plantations to share their Gullah Geechee experiences and memories.
“These interviews hopefully will enhance our ongoing initiative to educate our visitors about the significance of Gullah Geechee culture and heritage,” said Bob Jewell, President and CEO of Brookgreen Gardens.
“We are also interested in speaking with community members who were affiliated in any way with Brookgreen’s founders, Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington,” Jewell said. “Their philanthropy greatly impacted the local culture.”
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The interview project is conducted in cooperation with the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission and the B.N. Duke Scholars Program.
Interviewees will be asked to share recollections of customs, beliefs, food ways, rice production and holiday observances, according to Ronald Daise, Commission Chairman.
Interviews will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 22, 27 and July 11 and 13. To schedule an hour-long session, contact 235-6049.
CCU Saxophone Ensemble jazzes up Kaminski House
In celebration of the Kaminski House Museum’s 40th year, the Made in the Shade Concert series is getting a revival. This year’s series will kick off May 25 with the Coastal Carolina University Saxophone Ensemble performing on the front lawn at 4 p.m.
The ensemble is made up of CCU students under the direct of Dan O’Reilly, who has been a part of the music program for 10 years. The performance will portray a variety of musical styles, including classical, jazz, ragtime and pop.
The concert series will include a special performance by the Mitney Project’s In Step Dance Studio Troupe, a group that provides “preeminent, innovative cultural enrichment and educational programs to underprivileged youth of Georgetown, SC and their families,” according to the project’s website.
All concerts are free and attendees are encouraged to bring seating and a picnic dinner.
The Kaminski House Museum is located at 1003 Front Street in Georgetown and is open Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tours of both the Kaminski House Museum and the Stewart Parker House are available, call the Museum for tour times at 843-546-7706
Inmates to speak to Georgetown youth
Optimism Preventive Services, Inc. will host it’s second program aimed at deterring area youth from criminal behavior.
Five S.C. inmates will give testimonies of poor choices they made and the consequences that followed those choices to Georgetown youth.
This is the second Operation Get Smart program, a crime prevention/public awareness program sponsored by the S.C. Department of Corrections.
Youth advisors, mentors, counselors and community leaders are encouraged to bring young people to the seminar. The program is Wednesday, May 22 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lighthouse of Jesus Christ Church, 159 Johnson Rd., Georgetown.
For more information, contact Denise Chatman at 485-4006.
Student earns scholarship for essay
The Georgetown Democratic Party held a reception on May 14 at Bethel AME Church, Glisson Center, Georgetown, to announce the winner of a $1,000 college scholarship.
Kai Lynn Logan, a graduating senior from Georgetown High School, earned the Vida Miller Scholarship Award from the ‘Dear Mr. President’ contest held by the party. Students were asked to submit a persuasive letter answering the question, “What important issue would you like the president to address?”
The reception also honored all the students who participated in the contest. This was the second year for the scholarship created to honor Vida Miller, former State House Representative from 1996-2010.