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The Gullah Festival Committee of Beaufort, SC

Welcomes persons who are interested in offering entertainment services for 2005. If you are a performing, literary or visual artist, please send a video, CD, or DVD; along with printed promotional materials which should include all prices and requirements for your services to the Gullah Festival Committee, PO. Box 83, Beaufort, SC 29901. All information must be sent by July 31, 2004.

                                   Featured Entertainment for 2004




     MAY 28 – 30, 2004


 Education- A Journey from Africa to the Sea Islands”




Beaufort, South Carolina

Honorary Chair

Mrs. Debra Wallace – Ebony Magazine

Honorary Emcee

Mr. George Smith- Entertainer




        (Events & Times Subject to Change)




May 22, 2004 1-4pm


Beaufort High School

TEEN CONCERT  6-8pm  ($8)

Beaufort HS Football Stadium

84 Sea Island Parkway, Bft., SC


May 17 – June 12, 2004


Fine Arts Exhibit – 10am to 5pm Daily

“MEET THE ARTISTS” May 28, 2004  1-4pm

Lybensons Gallery  211 Charles St. Bft, SC


May 23, 2004


Beaufort HS Auditorium 6:00pm

84 Sea Island Parkway, Bft. SC


May 26, 2004


Tabernacle Baptist Church 9am-4pm

907 Craven St., Bft., SC

Topics: Identity Theft, Land Loss 

                                Prevention, Predatory Lending, How  Secure Is Your Future, Financial   Education 

Presented by: Gullah Festival of SC,    Harlem Consumer Education  Council, NYC

Columbia Consumer Education Council,  Columbia, SC


May 27, 2004

                ACADEMIC FORUM - AA Sense of Gullah Community@ in Beaufort from Reconstruction  (1870's)   to 1960

Grand Army Hall 706 New Castle St., Bft., SC


Coordinators: Delo E. Washington

Professor Emerita, African-American  Studies & Beaufort Native

                                Beverly M. John, Ph.D., Sociologist 

                                Professor & Executive Assistant to the President, Chicago State Univ.,  Chicago, Ill.,

                                Abraham Davis, PhD, Retired  Professor, Speech Communication &  Bft. Native

                                 2:00pm - 2:30pm Update


2:30 - 4:00pm          Up Close and Personal - The Families and Legacies of Julius Irving Washington, Sr. (Education, Law & Leadership) Admission $3; Registration 1-2pm                       

4:30pm – 6:30pm  Legacies of Rhythm: Allen Brass Band, Spoken Words Abraham Davis, Sr., Ph.D., Retired Professor, Speech Communication and Beaufort Native, and others. (Free)


7:00pm – 8:00pm    Planned Review (Free)


                              MAY 28 – 30, 2004

Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park – Beaufort, SC

“BACK IN DA DAY”   11am – 6pm  (Free)

Exhibits, Displays, Movies


Beaufort High School Football Stadium – Beaufort, SC

Historical Tours $15 Adults, $7 Children


Sankofa Circle - (Located in tents at rear of festival area)

                                Highlights: Sweetgrass basket weaving


                                                Indigo Demonstrations

                                                Negro League Baseball Players


Friday May 28,  “Family Day” ($5 – 6yrs & under Free)

Beaufort High School Football Stadium


10am-1pm                    Drum Call

                                                 Libation – Dr. Lliala Afrika

                                     Yoruba Drummers & Dancers- Sheldon, SC

                                     Storytelling – Mama Yaa, Louisville, Ky.

                                     Whale Branch Middle School Band- Beaufort

                                     Whale Branch Middle School Step Team

                                     Storytelling – Aunt Pearlie Sue- Beaufort

                                     Lady’s Island Middle School Chorus, Lady’s Island, SC

                                     Lady’s Island Middle School Dance Team

                                     100 Voices & The Choraliers, St. Helena Elementary School, St. Helena, SC

2pm                         Opening Ceremony

                                Anthem:  “Lift Every Voice & Sing” -

                                                Ameerah Sabreen- Beaufort, SC


                                Greetings: Mrs. Rosalie F. Pazant – President, Gullah Festival

                                                Mrs. Debra Wallace, Ebony Magazine,  Honorary Chair

                                                Miss Gullah Teen

                                                Marquetta Queen Quet Goodwine,  

                                               Chieftess, Gullah Geechie Nation

                                Presentation of “Gullah Family of the Year”

                                                Mrs. Rosalie F. Pazant,

                                                Mrs. Debra Wallace

                                Selection:  Ameerah Sabreen-Beaufort, SC

                                Presentation:  “Womans Relief Corps”- Beaufort,SC

2:45pm                    Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah Geechie Nation

3:05pm                    Yoruba Drummers & Dancers- Sheldon, SC

3:40pm                    “Sister Watermelon” ,Comedienne – New Orleans, LA

4:00pm                    Phillip Griffin, Vocalist – Burton, SC

4:20pm                    Metro. Police East of the River Boys & Girls Steel Band,

                                Washington, DC

4:50pm                    Uptown Entertainment Band – Atlanta, GA


                                Beaufort High School Gymnasium

7:00pm                    “A Sea Island Celebration” – Featuring Voices of the

                                Lowcountry – Variety Show  ($25 Couple, $15 Single,

                                Table of 8 reserved in advance $200)

                                                Dinner 7-8pm: 

                                                Variety Show 8-9:30pm:

                                                Dancing 9:30-12midnight


Saturday, May 29, 2004

Beaufort High School Football Stadium

($15 Adults, $10 ages 7-12, 6yrs. & under free)

George Smith, Honorary Emcee

(Former vocalist for The Ink Spots & Lionel Hampton’s Band)

10am                       Yoruba Drummers & Dancers – Sheldon, SC

                                Stilt Walking, Clyde Wilder – NY City

                                Storytelling, “Mama Yaa” – Louisville, KY

10:30am                  Echoes of Prayz – St. Helena, Island, SC

10:50am                  “Sister Watermelon” – New Orleans, LA

11:10am                  Craig Washington Band – Beaufort, SC

11:40am                  “Aunt Pearlie Sue & Gullah Kinfolk” – Beaufort, SC

12noon                    Teddy Adams Sextet – Savannah, GA

12:40pm                  Storytelling, Louise Cohen – Hilton Head, SC

1:10pm                    Metro. Police East of the River Boys & Girls Steel Band

                                Washington, DC

1:40pm                    Ron & Natalie Daise – Beaufort, SC

2:20pm                    The Gospel Sons of Faith –Sylvania, GA

2:40pm                    Otesha Creative Arts Ensemble – Winston-Salem, NC

3:40pm                    Friends Band – Beaufort, SC

4:20pm                    Veronica Gerald “When Rice Was King”- Conway, SC

4:50pm                    Pazant Brothers Band, NY City

5:50pm                    Soweto Street Beat (South African Dance Group)

                                Atlanta, GA

6:50pm                    A Sign of the Times Band – Charlotte, NC


Special Feature ($15 Adults / $7:50 Children)

Beaufort High School Auditorium

4:00pm                    “Decoration Day” – An off Broadway Theatrical Production

                                (Featuring Aunt Pearlie Sue and Gullah Kinfolk)

                                Advanced tickets available or sold at door


Sunday, May 30, 2004

Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Beaufort, SC

9am                         “The Hour of Power” Worship Service

                                Guest Church – Union Baptist Church – Port Royal, SC


11th Street -Town of Port Royal, SC

11am                       Rededication of Commemorative Marker – A Tribute to Our

                                Ancestors – Dr. Lliala Afrika


Festival Resumes


Beaufort High School Football Stadium ($8)


1pm                         Gospel Jazz

1:30pm                    “Mama Yaa” – Louisville, KY

                                “Sister Watermelon” – New Orleans, LA

2:10pm                    Edward R. Rhodes Gospel – Atlanta, GA

2:40pm                    Corinthians 4 – St. Helena, SC

3:10pm                    Gullah Rootz Ensemble – Charleston, SC

3:50pm                    Soweto Street Beat (South African Dance Group)

                                Atlanta, GA

4:30pm                    Kenny Varner & Company – Beaufort, SC


                                                Special Features

                                Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park

4:30pm                    Commemorative Service Honoring Those Who Fought &

                                Perished  at Sea

                                Presented by:  Womans Relief Corps

                                Fred Washington Sr. Post #1 of SC


                                The Daughters of Union Veterans &

                                The Sons of Union Veterans, David Hunter Post #9

                                Beaufort, SC -


                                Beaufort High School Auditorium

                                 ($15 Adults / $7.50 Children)

6pm                         Grand Finale – “Decoration Day”  An Off Broadway

                                Theatrical Production Featuring Aunt Pearlie Sue & Gullah

                                Gullah Kinfolk 







a non-profit, tax-exempt organization of Beaufort, South Carolina incorporated in 1987, was established by natives of Beaufort, South Carolina to continue a three (3) day celebration of the historically significant Sea Island heritage.  Its goal is to reclaim for future generations the beauty and mystery of the disappearing Gullah culture – a compelling mix of West African legacy and American experience, to help Arts in Education, and to foster a better understanding of, and appreciation for, our culture.  We are looking forward to observing a fantastic 18th year celebration.  Highlights include consumer and historical workshops, a juried fine arts exhibit, demonstrations and a potpourri of music and food for everyone.


     The Gullah Festival is proud to be the recipient of 18 awards since it became incorporated in 1987.  The most recent awards are 2003 SC Angel Award and the 2004 SC Bundy Award.  We are also featured in the 2004 May issue of Ebony Magazine


The home of the original Gullah Festival-Beaufort, South Carolina-is the second oldest city in the state, Beaufort is nestled between Charleston, SC (70 miles north) and Savannah, GA (50 miles sough), and just an hour’s drive from popular Hilton Head Island, Beaufort is easily accessible from U.S. Highway 17 and Interstate 95 (exits 38, 33 or 8).


For more details about the festival’s events, contact the Gullah Festival, P. O. Box 83, Beaufort, SC 29901, or visit www.gullahfestival-beaufort-sc.com.  For a list of local motels and information about Beaufort, contact the Greater Beaufort Chamber of Commerce, P. O. Box 910, Beaufort, SC 29901, or call (843) 524-3163.