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Festival celebrates barrier island cultures
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It's almost that time of year again. The Gathering at Geechee Kunda is being held on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lectures, exhibits and special presentations highlighting our area's Geechee/Gullah culture will begin at 10 a.m. with performances beginning at noon.
Jim Bacote, founder of Geechee Kunda, has high expectations for the event.
"Last year, one of the largest crowds ever answered our call to join us for a day of fun, education and growth.
"The addition of a Saturday morning ceremony, 'Rejoining the Circle of Gullah-Geechee and Native American Nations,' more entertainment -- from blues to bluegrass -- health screenings and vendors to the April 19 edition of our event should help make it the best ever," Bacote said.
Chief Runningdear, The Geechee Darien Shouters, Danny Clay, and many more will be featured. There will also be food, crafts, music, dance, truth-tellers and conjurers.
"We are expecting individuals and organizations from throughout the region to participate in a mini summit dealing with rural issues, such as land retention and sustained economic development. I am so excited! And the food, oh! I can taste the devil crabs and smoked mullet now!"
Geechee Kunda is at 622 Ways Temple Road, south of Riceboro, off Highway 17. For more information, call 884-4440 or visit

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