Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( www.QueenQuet.com) and the Mosquito Beach Business Association are inviting the public to “Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day” to launch “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” on historic Mosquito Beach in Charleston County, SC. This event will take place on Saturday, July 25, 2015 from Noon until 6 pm featuring music, food, Gullah/Geechee crafts and demonstrations, tours of this historic Gullah/Geechee seaport community, and book, DVD, and CD signing by Queen Quet herself. Admission is FREE and the event is open to the entire public of all ages.
In the late 1930s, Joe Chavis and Andrew Jackson Wilder, Sr. began evolving this island that was once an oyster factory run by native Gullah/Geechees into a resort area. Overtime, several seafood stands, restaurants, bars and dance clubs, and a boardwalk pavilion came to line Elijah Creek where Mosquito Beach sits. Numerous storms during the 1980s and 1990s damaged buildings there and business went into decline. However, this strong Gullah/Geechee community has come back together to revitalize and restore Mosquito Beach to its prominence and the “Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day” will be in support and celebration of these efforts.
Queen Quet who is the visionary behind “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” encourages those that want to learn about Gullah/Geechee culture from native Gullah/Geechees that still live the traditions to “come out and yeddi de trut bout who webe frum de tru Gullah/Geechee whey dey juss doung de road een Sol Legare! We will be at Mosquito Beach ready to share and celebrate with the entire family!”