Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sew a Sweetgrass Basket at The North Myrtle Beach Historical Museum

Snowbird friends,
One of the first things that people see when they go to Charleston, SC are Gullah-Geechee sweetgrass basketmakers. These artists create beautiful intricate baskets which they sell in road side booths and The Market in downtown Charleston. I was really excited to hear that The North Myrtle Beach Historical Museum will be hosting Vera Manigault who will be teaching her basket making skills on March 15th! It will be a great experience to learn a unique skill and learn about the Gullah-Geechee history!
North Myrtle Beach, SC: Vera Manigault of Mt. Pleasant, SC, will teach the traditional art of Sweetgrass Basketmaking at North Myrtle Beach Museum on March 15, from 11AM until 3.30PM. At the young age of 4½, Vera learned the traditional African craft from her great-grand-aunt Honey. An eighth-generation weaver, Vera has made Sweetgrass baskets for more than 50 years. Vera made the baskets used in the movie The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson, and she has been featured in Southern Living, Food & Wine, National Geographic, and Travel+Leisure magazines, as well as in numerous interviews and educational programs.
Vera provides all materials needed to make a basket. While teaching the class, she will share Gullah-Geechee traditions and tales. "I learned about the Gullah culture, I was entertained—AND I made a basket," exclaimed Debbie Whitaker who attended a previous class taught by Vera.
Class size is limited. $65 per person. Museum members receive a $10 discount. Tickets available at the Museum. For more details or to purchase your ticket by credit card, call 843.427.7668 or email
I want to thank the museum's director, Jenean Todd for sharing this upcoming event with us!

Thank you for choosing Southern Coast Vacations as your Myrtle Beach winter rental headquarters!
Debbie Philbeck
Vacation Property Manager


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