Cypress Gardens’ debuts African-American History celebration

  • Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cypress Gardens’ First Annual Heritage Day on Feb. 17 will commemorate the rich culture and history of the area’s early African-American ancestors.
The event will take place from 1 – 4 p.m.
This special celebration features exciting performances and educational exhibits, including sweet grass basket demonstrations by Sarah Hammond; a book signing by Lowcountry chef Charlotte Jenkins, who wrote “Gullah Cuisine by Land and Sea;” Gullah storyteller Betty Jones; a drum performance by Wo’se of Charleston African Drum and Dance; pottery of the Lowcountry by Dukes Pottery Studio; and a Rice Plantation Archaeology presentation by archeologist Nicole Isenbarger, Vice President of Archaeological Research Collective Inc.
“We thought it was appropriate to develop an annual event which both educates and celebrates the culture and significant contributions made by African-Americans,” Cypress Gardens Director Dwight Williams said.
The Heritage Day is free with regular paid admission to Cypress Gardens ($10 adult, $9 senior, $5 child 6 to 12 years of age).
The event is part of Cypress Gardens “History and Heritage” weekend. Attendees of the Fossil Show on Saturday, Feb. 16 will be admitted to the Heritage Day free with their ticket stub. Every third Saturday of the month, Berkeley County residents are admitted free until 12 Noon with a valid I.D.
Call (843) 553-0515 or visit www.cypressgardens.info for more information on this and other upcoming events.

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