The annual Lands End Woodland River Festival will be held on Labor Day weekend, Friday and Saturday on St. Helena Island. The festival is a community celebration of the Gullah ancestry and traditions of the people of St. Helena Island through music, storytelling, historical presentations, crafts and food.
In 1920, 47 African slave descendants purchased 328 acres of the former Baker Plantation on St. Helena Island to preserve it for the recreational enjoyment of future generations. The Lands End Woodland was formed as a nonprofit organization by the descendants or heirs of the original land owners.
There will be an old-fashioned fish fry with fried fish dinners, boiled crabs and music on the riverbanks…Friday. On Saturday, there will be all-day performances by church choirs, dancers, musicians and storytellers…. There will also be health and cultural exhibits, crafts and food vendors serving a “taste of Gullah.”
Candice Glover’s “American Idol” victory raises a question: Can the genius of African Americans be recognized in their own hometowns?
You can always count on David Lauderdale to dig beneath the superficial aspects of a good local story. Candice Glover’s victory last week on “American Idol” might be dismissed by some as blip on the pop-culture radar, past participants’ career success notwithstanding. But Candice is both genuine and a genuine example of perseverance to those in her hometown.
David does the story one better by showing the deep, historically significant musical roots that burrow into the community from which Candice sprang.
The show’s celebrity judges loved Candice Glover’s performance on Wednesday’s finale of “American Idol.” Tonight, she hears from Ryan Seacrest the thing that matters most — whether America voted her as this season’s winner.
If you’re interested in tonight’s results, check in on this story often. We’ll be updating regularly from about 4 p.m. on.
Unmitigated joy awaits one contestant and her fans. Unfortunately, so does this: