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Yamasee Indians focus of program

A History of the Yamasee Indians: Origins, Migration, Conflict and Pottery will be held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at Santa Elena History Center at 1501 Bay St in Beaufort.

This presentation will focus on the origins and migrations of the Yamasee Indians. It will incorporate some of the most recent research, and includes a brief overview of the Yamasee War and a short discussion of the evolution of Yamasee pottery.

The cost is $10. 

For more information and tickets, visit santa-elena.org/calendar-of-events.

Gullah/Geechee Nation to celebrate music

June is Black Music Month and the Gullah/Geechee Nation’s celebration of black music will feature a Sea Island Sounds Celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Dr. Martin Luther King Park on St. Helena Island. 

It will feature songstresses Mahoganee and GwenYvette. Additionally, the Gullah/Geechees will commemorate the Combahee River Raid that was led by Harriet Tubman. Queen Quet, chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, will also do a spirituals presentation to honor Mother Moses and the creation of these songs on the Sea Islands.  

Throughout the celebration DJ Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions will also spin a variety of music by Gullah/Geechee artists.

There will also be an exhibition curated from De Gullah/Geechee Alkbulan Archive about these artists that will also be on display at the St. Helena Branch Library throughout the month.  

Attendees should bring lawn chairs.

Visit www.gullahgeecheenation.com.

Swingin’ Medallions come to farmers market

The Swingin’ Medallions, known as, “The Party Band of the South,” will perform Friday, June 9, at the Jasper County Farmers Market.

Celebrated for their signature hit song, “Double Shot of My Baby’s Love,” which Bruce Springsteen once called, “The Greatest Fraternity Rock Song of All Time,” the Swingin’ Medallions, are South Carolina-bred from Greenwood. 

They blend the sounds of yesterday and today and this is their ninth summer-opening concert in Ridgeland.

Gates at the Jasper County Farmer’s Market will open at 7 p.m., with the concert starting at 8 p.m.

Advance admission is $15. Tickets purchased at the gate on concert night will be $20. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce at 843-726-8126. A portion of each ticket will be donated to the United Way of the Lowcountry.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the concert. There will be drinking wristbands for persons 21 and older available for purchase at $10 each. Special VIP “up close” tables can be purchased in advance for $250. VIP packages include tickets for 10 people (but doesn’t include a drinking wristbands, which must be purchased separately).        

Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs. The event will be held rain or shine. Coolers are not permitted.

Jasper County Farmers Market is located on the south side of Ridgeland which can be accessed from Interstate 95 at Exits 18 or 21.

For more information visit the www.JasperCountyChamber.com.

Wine & Art presenting Textures and Techniques

A program on Textures and Techniques led by Audrey Montgomery will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at Wine & Art on Boundary Street.

The cost is $90.

For more information, contact Cynthia Zeiss at crz9323@embarqmail.com.

Volunteer orientation at Habitat for Humanity

Wondering how you might be able to help LowCountry Habitat for Humanity? 

Attend their Volunteer Orientation held at 10 a.m. the second Saturday of every month at 616 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort. 

Volunteer opportunities exist in every area of operations at LowCountry Habitat; there is a need for all types of abilities and skill levels, from construction to volunteering at the ReStore to serving on various committees and more.

For more information, contact Lee McSavaney, volunteer coordinator at 843-522-3500 or email info@lowcountryhabitat.org.

Starving Artist Market returns to Port Royal  

The Starving Artists Market, an open air art market featuring all original arts and crafts, is re-opening.

It is located at 1503 Paris Ave. in Port Royal and will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through mid- December weather permitting. 

In addition to arts, crafts and antiques, there will be art demonstrations and art market T-shirts. 

This is the market’s third year in Port Royal and it will once again be featuring paintings, drawings, jewelry, photographs, scarves, woodwork, glass art, sea shell art and other original creations by local artists. 

Local fine artists, crafters or local antique dealers who wish to participate should call or text Jim Torcum at 843-592-4285 for more information.