The Group Travel Leader

MAR 2017

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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E — G U L L A H / G E E C H E E S E A I S L A N D C O A L I T I O N — ST. HELENA ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Corridor reaches from Georgia to Florida and centers around the Carolina Lowcountry and the islands. Groups that want to learn about and experience Gullah Geechee culture should visit historic St. Helena Island, South Carolina, where the Sea Island Coalition offers tours and workshops to share their culture with visitors. Groups that take part in one of the basket-weaving workshops will learn about how sweetgrass is gathered and dried, as well as how the palmetto, native to South Carolina, is prepared and used to sew, rather than weave, the baskets. As beginners, participants are given a starter to create a small basket, or they can sew a wreath using a similar process. The strip-quilting workshop is particularly fun for groups. The class starts off with learning some of the basic quilt shapes and stitches; then everyone chooses his or her color scheme and a shape to create. What makes the workshop special is that everyone in the group then brings the pieces together to make one strip quilt. Not every piece will be in the same color or style, but the quilt will come together to create a special memento for your group. Queen Quet, chief of the Gullah/Geechee nation, explained why these two art forms are such an integral part of the culture today: "We teach about the history and how it relates to the African diaspora and how it relates to us as people so that when you leave with it, you feel the warmth and the con- nection we feel when we make something like this for our families," she said. W W W.G U L L A HG E E C H E E . N E T 3 3 Courtesy Banff/Lake Louise Tourism/ Chateau Lake Louise Fairmont Courtesy Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition QUEEN QUET SHARES A GULLAH/ GEECHEE STRIP QUILT. Get Your Craft On! R equest Your FREE Planner Call 1-800-322-8198 or order it online at: All the different hands-on activities are a blast, no talent required! You are treated like their guest and everything is planned out for you. We loved it!" – Triumph Community Bank Travel Club, East Moline, IL Dearborn County Convention Visitor & Tourism Bureau 320 Walnut Street • Lawrenceburg, IN 47025 • 1-800-322-8198 Hands-On Fun

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