It's been a long time in coming ...

Good news! Good news! The long awaited and lauded New Harmonies Exhibit opens this Saturday, December 17th! Join us and enjoy an afternoon of live music and to explore the New Harmonies exhibit. Grand Opening Ceremony for New Harmonies will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott Street. The afternoon will feature local performers Vic Varner, Beek Webb, Kirk Demspey, Queen Quet, and Crosstuned. Ribbon cutting begins at 2 PM. Admission is free. All ages, genders, nationalities, residents or visitors are welcomed. Y'all come, if you can. We'd love to see each and everyone of you.

Events are out of the gate rather quickly. In addition to the on-going Photography Exhibit upstairs on the 2nd floor, there are two New Harmonies related programs Dec. 18 - 20th.

Sunday, December 18th The Nativity Scene 6:30 p.m. at Frissell House at Penn Center, St. Helena Island

A re-enactment of the Christmas story with musical renditions of Old English carols sung by members of local choirs. This traditional holiday performance is based on the original "Mystery Play" that was performed at Penn School in the early 1950's.

Wednesday, December 20th Dancin’ Wid We: Music & Dance of the Gullah/Geechee 6 p.m. at Beaufort Branch Library

Come and join the anniversary celebration of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition which is the premiere organization for the advocacy of Gullah/Geechee rights and cultural continuation. The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition's homebase is St. Helena Island, SC and it was founded by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation who is a native of St. Helena and has family roots stemming also to Polowana and Dataw. Queen Quet will lead an interactive evening in music and dance that celebrates the harmonies that Gullah/Geechees have brought to and sustained in North America as a part of this Smithsonian exhibition.

In the BDC Research Room "Through the Years: Music in Beaufort District" display of BDC holdings about music and musicians is on display. You can take in the Photography Club of Beaufort's exhibit and our display all on the same day! Come visit us during our customary hours of operation, that is, Mondays through Fridays, 10 am - 5 pm except when we're closed for the holidays per County policy. [Friday, Dec. 23rd; Monday, Dec. 26th; and Monday, January 2nd].

For the complete schedule of New Harmonies events click here.

Please show your support for the Beaufort County Library system by attending at least one program related to the New Harmonies exhibit!

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.