Sunday, June 04, 2006

Sweetgrass Festival

My daughter and I went to the Sweetgrass Festival in Mount Pleasant yesterday. Wow, is it getting big! We saw basket makers selling their beautiful baskets, plus gospel singers and comedic routines.

It's amazing how much good can come from an event like this--one that works to promote sweetgrass baskets makers and all that they mean to the Lowcountry. Nowhere else on earth can you find the quaint roadside stands we see on Highway 17. But these basket makers are being squeezed out by developments. It's happening everyday, more and more.

There is much left to do to protect sweetgrass basket making, a precious coastal treasure, but there are some progresses being made. The Mount Pleasant Sweetgrass Festival, I'm very happy to say, is one very important step in the overall scheme of things.

Can't wait to go again next year!

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