Miracle League festival features food, drink and live music

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Bluegrass group Common Ground will return to the Southern Flame Food and Music Festival this year. PROVIDED

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If you like live music, BBQ or bringing joy to the lives of special needs children then The Ponds is the place to be this weekend.
The annual Southern Flame Food and Music Festival is scheduled from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. April 27 in the scenic Lowcountry community.
“This is such a great event,” The Ponds spokesperson Cathy Anthony said. “Mingling and listening to music under the oak trees by The Ponds Farmhouse is such a nice way to spend an afternoon. And I've never had BBQ so good.”
The festival will feature performances by Bluegrass, Southern Rock and Country artists.
“I think everybody who performed last year is back and we have some great new additions,” Anthony said. “Local musician Robby Robbins will play. Alan Bibey, who has been named the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Mandolin Player of the Year multiple times, will be there. Hugh Price, one of those eclectic musicians, is also new.”
The headliner will once again be Charleston-based blues and rock group Eddie Bush and the Mayhem. Other performers include Common Ground and Dee Dee Cumbee.
The music is scheduled to begin at 10:45 a.m. and run throughout the day. Eddie Bush and the Mayhem is scheduled to take the stage at 6 p.m.
The festival's BBQ Cook-Off will give professional and amateur teams the opportunity to compete for prizes in several categories. Festival patrons will be able to purchase the grub prepared by the pros as well as other food items and beverages.
All proceeds from the festival benefit the Summerville Miracle League, an all-volunteer, non-profit group that strives to enhance the lives of people with special needs through the national pastime of baseball, as well as other activities that bring together athletes and their families in a positive and enriching way.
The event is free and open to the public. However, parking is $10 per car at the gate or $8 per car if purchased in advance online. Food and beverage tickets will be $1 each.
The festival is the major fundraiser for the Summerville Miracle League. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. No pets or coolers will be allowed.
To see the complete performance schedule, buy parking passes or for more information, visit www.southernflamefestival.org.

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