Alzheimer’s Family Services holds annual dinner theatre presentation: ‘Memories and Secrets of a Lowcountry Lady’

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Ms. Kim Poovey, author and professional storyteller, will take the stage in character as Miss Emma Victoria Brown, to share stories of her life, loves, sorrows and childhood antics as she struggles to find her place in a world where women are expected to be proper and elegant. And don’t miss the drama as Miss Brown shares the family secret that could cost Emma and her family their very lives.

Miss Emma Victoria Brown, the main character in Kim Poovey’s novel “Truer Words,” is a fact-based

Actress Kim Poovey will perform as Miss Emma Victoria Brown at the annual dinner theatre presentation to benefit Alzheimer’s Family Services.
Actress Kim Poovey will perform as Miss Emma Victoria Brown at the annual dinner theatre presentation to benefit Alzheimer’s Family Services.

fictional character who grew up on a Lowcountry plantation in the mid 1800’s. Growing up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a young girl has certain expectations—prim, proper, and passive. Emma Brown, however, is not like most girls. She swims in her Sunday dress, passes the days sitting in a tree, and refuses to fall in love.

Like most girls, she has her best friend, Charlotte, throughout it all. But Charlotte might be what’s keeping her from living a life like the other girls her age. An encounter with Charlotte later in their lives describes their relationship:

“ ‘You’re going to stand beside me at the wedding.’

Her expression quickly turned solemn and she let loose of my hands. ‘We’re not children anymore. We can’t ignore the reality of our situation. You know I can’t possibly stand next to you at the wedding. I’ll be lucky enough to watch from the upstairs window.’

‘Nonsense! If you can’t stand next to me at my own wedding, then I just won’t get married!’”

It’s Alzheimer’s Family Services of Great Beaufort’s annual dinner theatre to be held Sunday, June 15 at The Shed in Port Royal. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner stations open at 6:30 and the opening act at 7 p.m. Tickets are $60 in advance or $65 at the door. For tickets call 843-521-9190 or 843-263-2062.

This year’s event starts with cocktail entertainment by Eu4ia, a Beaufort Harbormaster quartet that will play tunes from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. An opening act by Ms. Lynn Bristow will tell how ladies served as spies, for both the South and the North during the Civil War. These ladies were able to hide documents in very clever ways to avoid detection.

Ten different dinner stations with entrees donated by local restaurants — such as shrimp and grits from Emily’s Restaurant and gumbo from “We Island” Gumbo N’ Tings — will delight your appetite.

A silent auction will offer such items as art from local artists, an original jewelry piece by Pinckney Simmons of Pinckney Simmons Gallery, and a reserved parking spot at the marina for the week of Water Festival. A live auction will offer the use of a mountain house for a week, a beach house and a certificate promising to make you a named character in Carl T Smith’s next novel. Carl T Smith, the author of “Lowcountry Boil,” sets his novels in and around Beaufort using local restaurants and other locations.

Alzheimer’s Family Services of Greater Beaufort is a local nonprofit providing education, support and respite to area caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease. They offer an Early Memory Loss program, a Social Day program and an In-Home Respite program, all dedicated to caring for the caregiver. For more than 25 years, Alzheimer’s Family Services, a United Way of the Lowcountry service agency, has been providing these services to area caregivers who are probably as much a victim of the disease as the patient.

For more information about the services they offer, visit www.afsgb.org. All proceeds from this event benefit Alzheimer’s Family Services of Greater Beaufort.