“Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” was launched in the City of Charleston, sC last August and a proclamation was presented to Queen Quet during the Charleston Riverdogs baseball game where she also through the first pitch for “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Night at The Joe” (http://youtu.be/hX6zVbTD8wY). That evening was followed by a week filled with tours, an heirs property workshop, and people supporting Gullah/Geechee restaurants, galleries, and businesses in that city and closed with the festival as will be the case this year. The Gullah/Geechee Nation will launch a site with Gullah/Geechee businesses and historic sites to support from their website and blog at http://www.gullahgeecheenation.com on July 24th following Queen Quet’s press evening and public celebration at the new St. Helena Branch Library at 6 pm. That evening, Queen Quet will do the official announcements of the week’s activities following a histo-musical presentation entitled “Gullah/Geechee: Celebratin Who WEBE!”
The St. Helena Library adjacent to the Penn National Landmark Historic Register District will be the site of the “Gullah/Geechee Reunion Day” for the “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™ 2013” as well. The overall theme of this year’s festival, “Emancipation een de Gullah/Geechee Nation” will be brought to life through tours, exhibits, Gullah/Geechee fish frys, and Gullah/Geechee community engagements on Hunting Island, St. Helena Island, and in the incorporated townships of the county that are all a part of “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week.” Many events are FREE and open to the public, but advance tickets for the festival can be obtained at http://gullahgeecheemusic.eventbrite.com/. For information about the week of celebration, email the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (www.gullahgeechee.net) at GullGeeCo@aol.com or call (843) 838-1171. Queen Quet says, “Cum fa jayn de Gullah/Geechee famlee een wha gwine on whey webe!