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Lu Mil’s Christmas Experience will begin on Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend (11/29 & 11/30) and run Thursday through Sunday (Dec. 4, 5, 6, 7) and nightly beginning Dec. 11 thru Dec. 23. The Country Buffet will be open from 5 pm to 9 pm and the Festival of Lights will run from 6 pm to 10 mil

The Candy Shop with the REAL Santa and the Country Buffet is open every night during the light show. The Gift Shop with free wine tastings is open daily and will be open until 10pm the nights of the light show. The light show is $6 per person OR $60 dollars maximum for as many as you can get on a bus, van, hayride, pickup bed, etc. Your FM radio is your receiver for the music that the lights are synchronized with so that you can enjoy the music and lights at your leisure in your own vehicle. Lu Mil Vineyard is located at 438 Suggs-Taylor Rd, Elizabethtown NC. Call 910-866-5819 or visit for more info.

With over one half million lights this year, it is more spectacular than ever. There are many enormous figurines and this year the huge display of the twelve days of Christmas stretches nearly the length of two football fields. There are more photo ops than ever, like the gigantic Christmas bear seen here. The beautiful oversized American flag is a tribute to our veterans and we hope everyone will keep CHRIST in your Christmas.

Call for Artists and Craftsmen

Artisans of the Olde English District & Holiday Market seeks artists and craftsmen for December 6.

Applications are now available for the second annual Artisans of the Olde English District & Downtown Holiday Market to be held December 6 from 10 am until 4 pm at 212 S. Main Street, Lancaster, SC as part of a weekend-long Red Rose Holiday Tour.  Applications are online at

The artisans and holiday market is promoted throughout the region and beyond, is an indoor show, and is made possible with support from Duke Energy Foundation, the City of Lancaster, Mitch & Mandy Norrell, The Lancaster Woman’s Club, and other sponsors.   The event features pottery, paintings, woodcraft, folk and fine art, apparel, accessories, toys & games, photography, holiday goods, and more with free admission to the public. Avant Garde Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization which supports and fosters partnerships with existing arts providers with a focus on cultural tourism, creative economy, community-based arts & culture, arts in education, and neighborhood public art.

For show applications and information, contact Cherry Doster at For more information on the Red Rose Holiday Tour email Cherry at ,  call 803-289-1492 or visit

Art Auction and Charity Event for Haiti



Join JAFFA FILMS LLC Thursday, December 12,  2013 for BON BAGAY! 2nd Annual Art Auction and Fundraiser for Haiti. More than 40 incredible artworks from local and international  Haitian artists.The goal of BON BAGAY is to support the artistic  endeavors of Haitian artists as well as to raise money to combat gender  based violence in Haiti for the charity Haitian Women for Haitian  Refugees.

BON BAGAY will be presented at Harlem’s exclusive Raw Space Gallery with a night of beautiful art, music, delicious Haitian cuisine and  a full open bar courtesy of sponsors, Barbancourt Rum, Prestige Beer and Bevi Wines.

Contemporary Caribbean Art celebrates World Harmony

The NY Metropolitan Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non Violence and the International Communications Association will host a special reception on  October 24, 2013, 6-9pm, at the Dwyer Cultural Center, 258 St. Nicholas Avenue at 123rd Street in Harlem, at 6pm, to launch the visual art exhibition, “Contemporary Caribbean Art: Selections from CaFA Fair Barbados.”Contemporary Caribbean Art at the Dwyer Center, Harlem, NYCOne of the highlights of the special reception will be the presentation of the 2013 World Harmony Awards to six distinguished honorees who have made significant contributions to World Harmony, with their dedication to preserving and enhancing Caribbean Culture: Mr. Irving Burgie – composer, songwriter of many of Harry Belafonte’s greatest hits and member of the Songwriter Hall of Fame; Caribbean Tourism Organization (US Director Sylma Brown Bramble) – the leading advocate of tourism growth and development for the region; Dr. Una Clarke – former New York City council member; Dr. Roy E. Hastick – Founder and CEO of Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce & Industry, & Dr. Eda H. Hastick – distinguished educator; Dr. Marta Moreno Vega – Founder and Director of Caribbean Cultural Center-African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI); West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA- President Thomas Bailey) – producers of the largest Caribbean cultural celebration in the USA.

The awards are presented annually by International Communications Inc. This year’s six honorees will join a distinguished list of past recipients including Ruby Dee, renowned actress & cultural icon; Sherrill Kazan, President of the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations; and Very Rev. James Parks Morton, distinguished humanitarian and founder of the Interfaith Center of New York.



Ademola Olugebefola (USVI) - The Mighty Atlantic
Ademola Olugebefola (USVI) The Mighty Atlantic

We are delighted to announce this important cultural event presented by our colleagues in one of the best island destinations.

The 3rd Edition of Caribbean Fine Art (CaFA) Fair Barbados will be March 13-17 at the exciting new venue in the heart of historic Bridgetown, Barbados – the Spirit Bond Building. CaFA Fair opens on Wednesday, March 13, 6-9 pm with a Gala Reception featuring a live musical performance, presentation of the Caribbean Luminary of the Arts Award, and a preview of over 35 exhibitors of paintings, sculpture, photography, drawings, original limited edition prints and new media exploring the cultural traditions of the Caribbean.

A special feature of CaFA Fair Barbados 2013 will be performances and film screenings scheduled for each day of the event. Trinidadian Shelley Worrell of CaribBEING will present screenings by filmmakers from Guadeloupe, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, while Barbadian performer NaLa will entertain with his unique brand of humor.

We are pleased to welcome celebrated US artist and cultural entrepreneur Danny Simmons; former Sothebys executive and principal of New York’s AK Art, Amy Kisch; and world renowned artist and lecturer Dr. Ademola Olugebefola, USVI, as presenters at the Caribbean Art Symposium, scheduled for Saturday, March 16, 2013.

Daniel Lind Ramos (Puerto Rico) - ADORACIONDaniel Lind Ramos (Puerto Rico)
New works by Puerto Rico’s Diogenes Ballester and USVI’s Ademola Olugebefola, will headline the selection of artworks by over 35 artists representing 13 Caribbean nations. 2 participating artists, Jamal Ince, Barbados, and Jamaica’s Ava Tomlinson were recently selected to showcase their paintings at Art Africa Miami 2012, which was a part of the Art Basel Miami week, December 2012. Internationally recognized contemporary artists such as Ras Ishi Butcher, Carlton Murrell, and Ras Akyem I Ramsay, Barbados; David Wilson, Dominica; Carl E. Hazlewood and Philip Moore, Guyana; Patricia Brintle, Haiti; Abishag Voundi, Martinique; Daniel Lind-Ramos, Puerto Rico; Marcel Pinas, Suriname; David Boothman, Trinidad & Tobago; will be represented at CaFA Fair Barbados. Emerging artists Nicolle Blackwood, Jamaica; Minerva Diaz, Puerto Rico; and many others from the English-speaking, Hispanic and Francophone Caribbean will also be on exhibit.

Carl Hazlewood (Guyana) - White Angel RisingCarl Hazlewood (Guyana) – White Angel Rising
Event partners include Barbados Tourism Authority; Barbados National Cultural Foundation; BMW; CaribBEING; Intimate Hotels of Barbados; Laparkan Shipping; Latin American Art; Lush Life Resort; Naniki Restaurant; and Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Ras Akyem I Ramsay (Barbados) - Blakk BirdRas Akyem I Ramsay (Barbados) – Blakk Bird
Diaspora-Now was formed in 1986. Our primary mission is to increase awareness and appreciation of Caribbean culture through the distribution of information and presenting works of art. For updates please visit event website or call 646-267-8831. Abishag Voundi (Martinique)
Abishag Voundi (Martinique)

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Yoga Holidays Worldwide

Yoga Holidays Worldwide is a new app for iPhones and iPads by journalist and experienced yoga practitioner, Sue White. The author, a regular contributor to Australian Yoga Journaland the Sydney Morning Herald, has brought together over 140 of the best yoga breaks on the planet.

With listings from Brazil to Bermuda to Bali and back again, you’ll find luxury resorts where the yoga is an optional (but welcome) addition to a restorative vacation; jungle lodges where you can do tree pose with the toucans; and Italian Villas where a drop of wine or two accompanies your home-cooked meals. Yoga Holidays Worldwide also contains over 1500 photos, filters for price and location, and categories including child friendly, yoga festivals, yoga towns and teachers who travel.  $2.99 from the App Store.

The Life & Times of Rickey Godfrey

Nashville Blues Artist To Present Program at Sunset River  Marketplace

Nashville guitarist Rickey Godfrey is scheduled to speak and perform at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, N.C. on Wednesday, April 13, as part of the gallery’s Creative Exchange series. The presentation, which is titled The Life and Times of Rickey Godfrey,  starts at 11 a.m. and runs through 12:30 p.m. Cost is $7 and includes lunch. Due to limited seating, reservations are required.

The talented musician will perform some of his music as he talks about the challenges of growing up blind and functioning in a world that is largely sight-oriented.

Blind since birth, he started studying at the age of seven, while attending the South Carolina School for the Blind. He studied classical piano and voice, and, at age 13, began playing guitar as well.

At 16, Rickey Godfrey joined his first band. He and his brother Ronnie Godfrey, also blind, soon formed their own band, Garfeel Ruff, which signed with Capitol Records in 1978 and became one of the most popular bands in the S.C. Upstate.

Since moving to Nashville in 1993, Godfrey has worked with artists such as Donna Fargo, Rufus Thomas, Junior Walker, Sam Moore, Billy Preston, Clifford Curry, E. G. Kight, Sonny Turner and Bill Pinkney, performing throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

In 2003, Godfrey formed the Rickey Godfrey Band, which catered to beach and blues audiences in the Carolinas. He released two CDs while he had the band.  Soul Sensations earned four 2004 CBMA awards including Song of the Year for “Can’t Change My Heart.” During 2005, Godfrey posted three additional Top Tens from the album with “No One Loves You Better Than Me,” “Whatever It Takes” and “If Ten’ll Kill Me, Give Me Nine.” Once In a Lifetime Love, released 1n 2006, was also well received, earning awards for Blues Album of the Year, Group of the Year and Group Album of the Year.

Since disbanding the group, Godfrey has been a sought-after composer, session player and touring musician –including a performance with the Chocolate Thunder Band at the 2009 Montreal Jazz Festival.  He has also released his fourth solo CD, Nasty Man, a powerhouse of a record – solidly blues-driven with jazz and funk influences that give it an edge and a sound unique to the uber-talented musician.

Rickey Godfrey has been nominated by the Music City Blues Society as both Guitarist and Keyboard Player of the Year. He earned a 2008 Marion James Musician’s Aid Society award and, in 2009, Nashville’s Best Blues Keyboardist. In late 2010, the N.C. Cape Fear Blues Society chose Nasty Man as its nomination for Best Self Produced CD at the Blues Foundation awards.

Ginny Lassiter, owner of Sunset River Marketplace said, “The gallery is a big supporter of the performing arts, and we are delighted that Rickey has time to come and talk to us.”

To reserve your spot, call the gallery at 910-575-5999 or send an email to

To watch for Richey’s scheduled appearances or request him (with or without a band) for your event, check him out on Speakers International.

Paddle with the Tide

Load up your kayak and join us on Oak Island, NC  for this exciting spring event on the water. The Ride the Tide Kayak Float is scheduled for April 9 beginning at 1 pm for floaters and at 1:30 pm for racers. Enjoy the Davis Canal with the outgoing tide when the travel will be easy for any level of paddler.

This is the second annual Ride the Tide which consists of a 5.2 mile float and race. The Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department sponsors the event with the Adventure Kayak Company and the Blue Water Point Marina and Motel.  You can rent a kayak if you don’t have your own, but be sure to contact one of the sponsors in advance.

The race offers a division for many different age groups plus single or double, male or female. There’s more too. A costume contest will recognize the environmental theme.  Also, a poker run will have cards at five stops and a prize for the winner of the best hand. The award ceremony will be at Blue Water Point Marina.

The entry fee is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event.  Contact 910-278-5518 for details or download the application.

Lowcountry in your Pocket

The South Carolina Lowcountry is in your phone.  Things to see and do throughout Beaufort County are covered in our app Hilton Head Essentials, published by Sutro Media this month. It’s available for download from the iTunes app store for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch devices.

More than 800 images with 130 items showcase the coastal area.

It includes a Google map for each entry; one-touch phone calling to each business; one-touch access to the individual website; immediate access to selected YouTube or user reviews; relevant hours and pricing information. Categories include where to stay, where to eat, shopping, attractions, selected upcoming events plus a bit of history and local culture throughout Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort and the neighboring rural areas and towns.

Authors Liz and Charlie Mitchell, long-time South Carolina coastal residents, created the app in partnership with Sutro Media. Their first app Myrtle Beach’s Best was launched in December with a new version published in January.

Updates of Hilton Head Essentials are planned for additional golf and event coverage. Local businesses are invited to follow the authors on Twitter or the Hilton Head Essentials Facebook page or contact the authors via their website.  Event schedules and updated information may be considered for inclusion in future versions. Businesses do not pay to be listed, and the authors base choices on personal experiences and availability of quality content.

The Mitchells also co-authored two travel books published by Channel Lake in the 2010 Tourist Town series. The books available from major booksellers and from Amazon are Hilton Head: A Guide to the South Carolina Lowcountry and Myrtle Beach: A Guide to South Carolina’s Grand Strand. Both books are sold at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash where the authors appear for periodic special events.

The Hilton Head guidebook also is available in Beaufort at Cuthbert House Inn and at the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce and in Bluffton at Rose Hill Mansion.