river-Iris-Sanria-DancersThe 8th Annual Lands End Woodland River Festival will be held on Labor Day weekend, August 30-31, and will focus the spotlight on the family of a home town celebrity – Candice Glover, the 2013 winner of the hit TV show American Idol.

Her parents, Elder John and Carole Glover of St. Helena Island, will be recognized as the “2013 River Festival Family of the Year” on Saturday, August 31st. Candice, who is traveling on the American Idol national tour, will give a video “shout out” and musical tribute to her family and fans at 3:00 pm that day.

The River Festival has become a favorite community event for families looking to enjoy culturiver-Aunt-Pearlie-Sueral festivities over the long holiday weekend. Locals and visitors from South Carolina, Georgia and Florida will converge on the historic site of the former Riverside Plantation overlooking the Intracoastal waterways of Lands End Beach to soak up history and culture. On Friday evening, August 30th, the festival will kick off with a traditional fish fry and fixins'($10) and music on the beach from 5-11 pm.

This family fun-filled multicultural event will culminate on Saturday, August 31st from 12-7 pm with performances by local gospel choirs, featuring the MLK Lowcountry Concert Choir, African dancers, Gullah storyteller Aunt Pearlie Sue, the Community Bible Church Choir and Puppet Show, praise dancers, the AYO African drummers; and showcasing renowned Hispanic folklorica dance troupes Pablo Lezy, Peruvian Roots and Torna Color. Visitors may sample delicious Lowcountry seafood, tasty treats, and homemade ice cream; then spend the day fishing, and taking tours of the historic Riverside Plantation tabby ruins and nearby Fort Fremont Park. Lots of fun for the kids, too.

River-Praise-dancersThe Lands End Woodland, Inc. is the oldest incorporated non-profit, African American-owned land conservancy organization seeking to conserve the pristine land and the natural resources located on the 328 acres of property, purchased in the early 1920’s. The Woodland also offers access to the public to use the land for fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, and private parties on the beach.

River Festival admission on Saturday is $3 for adults and free for children under 17. The festival will be held on Lands End Beach, 100 Lands End Road, 6 miles south of Penn Center, on St. Helena Island, SC 29920. For more information, call (843) 263-5261 or email rbrowne@embarqmail.com; or visit www.landsendwoodland.org.


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