Kicking off the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival
Looking out at Winyah Bay was the setting for the kick-off of a special event for the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival.
The Georgetown Rotary Club weekly lunch meeting was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Lands End Restaurant.
Their main focus was on the upcoming festival.
The “Cattails & Cocktails” kick-off for the festival is this weekend on Sunday, February 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Hobcaw Barony Kimbel Lodge and Pond Pavilion.
The community celebration will be an afternoon of fun, food, music, door prizes, and a silent auction.
Beer and wine are included and admission is $25 (members) and $30 (non-members).
This year’s kick-off will feature local celebrity chefs, offering specialty dishes like duck pilau, succulent steamed oysters, popular venison bites and savory fish stew.
As an added attraction, live music will be presented by Robert Williams and friends.
Jill Santopietro, the executive director of the Georgetown County Museum, was the speaker at the Rotary Club meeting.
Santopietro talked about the new museum and she anticipates moving in some time this year.
“I look forward to the expansion of our new building,” she said.
“Our focus is for the future of the larger facility at 120 Broad Street. Our capital campaign is in full running. We want to build relationships with our schools and hope to expand our programs.”
She said $200,000 has already been raised.
“We want to celebrate our rich heritage,” added Santopietro.
The main Winyah Heritage Festival will take place at Bobby Alford Recreation Center at East Bay Park on March 2 and 3.
This is the sixth year for the festival.
The slogan for this year’s festival is “Pluff Mud: Where life is slow and oysters grow.”
The featured artist this year is Lee Arthur from McClellanville.
He has carved an Atlantic Sturgeon that will be auctioned.
John Tanner will give a lesson on turkey hunting.
The youth calling clinic and contest will allow the children to prove their talent.
The Winyah Bay Heritage Festival is rooted in history, tradition, and recreation in Georgetown County.
For more information and tickets call at Georgetown County Museum at 843-545-7020.
By Rounette Johnson
For The Times
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