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1st Annual Gullah Caribbean Connection Festival

Shoppers enjoying the vendors at the 1st annual Gullah-Caribbean Festival.

Angel Eyes Community Outreach Organization presented its first Gullah Caribbean Connection Festival on June 23-24 located at the Colleton County Middle School track field. It was a two-day event held on Friday and Saturday. The purpose of the festival was to celebrate Gullah and Caribbean cultures with the community. The festival offered a variety vendors selling tasty foods from funnel cakes and Caribbean dishes to delicious homemade pastries. Vendors also offered an array of merchandise including jewelry,

Auntie Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk

African attire/clothes, handmade soaps and other unique items.
The main stage provided music and entertainment from groups and performers from both near and far. Local groups performed all types of music from gospel to modern day contemporary music. The headline performance of the afternoon was nationwide sensation Aunt Pearlie Sue and The Gullah Kinfolk from the South Carolina Sea Islands. The group was formed by Anita Singleton-Prather; best known for her beloved character Aunt Pearlie Sue, to preserve Gullah history and the Gullah dialect. The audiences were mesmerized by their unique style of storytelling through uplifting songs and renditions of historical Gullah spirituals. “We perform at music and cultural festivals across the nation,” said Singleton-Prather. “O ma godnes we be done proud to be on dis har stage back ya at we home in da Lowcountry,” she says in her Gullah dialect.
Another unique vendor/performer was Pasque Jones owner of Pink & Purple Boutique. Jones encourages young girls to embrace confidence by teaching them to design and sew or make clothes. The young girls she mentors performed on stage and did a runway walk modeling 

handmade tutus. Jones is also the model/runway coach for the girls who aspire to be models. “I don’t just coach them to be models I teach and inspire them to be model citizens,” said Jones. “We are happy to participate in the 1st Gullah Caribbean Festival,” she says.
The festival committee and organizer include Cliff Gumpus, Irish Edward, Hope Laegurad, Jimmy Wiggins, Lawrence Green, Richardeen Nesbitt, Patricia Bodison and Jessie Gooding. “We are proud to bring the 1st Gullah Caribbean Connection Festival to Waterboro, we look forward to next year and are already planning for 2018,” said Gumpus. “We appreciate everyone who came out to enjoy the festival, all the vendors, sponsors and committee members,” says Gumpus.
Festival Sponsors included: Buckner Law Firm, JH Hiers Construction, Carmichael Propane, Triangle Ice, Forks Pit Stop, Sarah Judy’s, Northside Pak-A-Sak, Stephens Maree Tracy, Bill’s Used Furniture, Pretium Packaging, Priority Home Care, LLC, Bank of Walterboro, AA Recovery, Master Tech, The Collection, Walterboro Animal Hospital, Glover Cleaning Service, Roger GMC, Top Shelf Wine and Spirits, Morrison Veterinary Clinic PC and Colleton Dental Associates.

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