Celebrate Gullah heritage, Lowcountry arts community in February

thestoresc@gmail.comFebruary 12, 2014 

"Don't Dress for Dinner" runs through Feb. 23 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island.



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    1/2 cup smoked ham, chopped

    3 cups cooked chicken, chopped

    1 cup frozen peas, thawed

    1 can reduced fat mushroom soup

    1 jar Bertolli Alfredo Sauce with mushrooms

    3/4 cup chicken broth

    1/4 cup Marsala or sherry

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My daughter-in-law Dorothy and I set out on an adventure last week. We hopped in the car and headed for a reception for an exhibit of original Gullah art. "Arts Of We People" is an exhibit showcasing art in many different forms at the Walter Greer Gallery at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. The works are a part of the monthlong Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration that will be available for purchase through February.

The gallery was packed with lots of art enthusiasts who were chatting with some of the artists and purchasing some of the pieces. There are some lovely works in the exhibit you might love to see and maybe take home with you. We saw Lynne and Amos Hummell and the Treadaway girls. I met the charming Kathy Bateson, president and CEO of the arts center, the dynamic and beautiful Charlie Clark of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and the charming Linda Bloom, who is the new senior director of development at the arts center. I also got to see lots of friends I had not seen in a while.

The lights were dimmed at 8 p.m. to let us know it was time to head into the theater for a special opening night performance of the delightful play "Don't Dress For Dinner." We were in the fourth row so it was almost like being on stage with the actors.

The play takes place in the 1960s in the French countryside. The story involves a husband and wife, a mistress, a Cordon Bleu-trained chef, a best friend and lots of nonstop fun. There are many mistaken identities setting the stage for a wacky weekend in the country. This was the first time in years I had been to a play there, and Dorothy and I had a great time. The play runs through Feb. 23.

  • The Gullah Celebration has many wonderful treats throughout its run. The Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island will host an arts, craft and food expo Feb. 15-16. There will be cultural demonstrations, food and entertainment. There is a fee of $5 for adults and $3 for children to attend. There will be a marsh tacky horse exhibition, featuring the Black Cowboy Festival, from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 23 at 231 Beach City Road on Hilton Head. This fun event will showcase the wonderful marsh tacky horse, which was an important part of Gullah life on Hilton Head many years ago. This will be fun and educational for the whole family. For a complete listing of all of the wonderful exhibits and events go to www.gullahcelebration.com or call 843-255-7303.

  • Closer to home we have the final play of the season on tap at May River Theatre Company. "Dixie Swim Club" will open Valentine's Day and run through March 2. "Dixie Swim Club" involves five Southern ladies whose friendship began in college when they joined the swim team. They meet each summer at the beach to gossip and have fun. The play takes place over their 33 years of weekend jaunts. This should be a winning combination of five Bluffton actresses for us to enjoy. Call 843-815-5581 for tickets.

  • The Lowcountry Christian Women's Connection luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at Hampton Hall. Guest speaker is Carole Camak from Grovetown, Ga. Her topic will be "Smile, You Are a Designer Original." Nicole Shields Smith of Make It Pretty Floral Design will discuss flower arranging. Luncheon tickets are $24. Call Neli Burger at 843-808-8491 for more information.

  • Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.


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