Hundreds turn out for Southern Flame Food and Music Festival, April 27

  • Thursday, May 9, 2013

Members of Summerville Baptist Church’s contemporary services band entertained the crowd at the Southern Flame Food and Music Festival on April 27. In back, Robby Robbins on the drums. From left front, Ashley Dye (blocked out), Tanner Nix, Tyler Thirkettle, and Eric Dye. PROVIDED

The 2nd annual Southern Flame Food and Music Festival held Saturday April 27, 2013 at The Ponds, a master planned community in Summerville, had about twice the attendance this year. This was their 5th annual fundraiser, with previous events called "Barbeque for Baseball." All proceeds supported The Summerville Miracle League.

The Miracle League is an organization that provides opportunities for children and adults with special needs to participate in America's pastime: baseball. Proceeds from the event, which was sponsored in part by The Ponds Conservancy, will be used for maintenance and improvements for The Miracle League baseball field and to provide uniforms and equipment for the players. No player is ever charged to participate in the Miracle League games.

“It's wonderful to see this event grow and to see how the community supports what we're doing at the Miracle League," says Jim Blakeslee, 2013 president of the Summerville Miracle League’s board of directors.

More than 2,000 people attended Saturday’s day-long food and music festival, which was held under the oaks near the restored 1830’s-era farmhouse at The Ponds. Live music was provided by local favorites such as Robby Robbins, Common Ground, DeeDee Cumbee, Hugh Price, and headliner Eddie Bush and the Mayhem.

Also during the family-friendly festival, 20 cook teams competed in a sanctioned BBQ competition judged by the Southern Barbeque Network. The winners were:

Grand prize winner: The Holy City Smokers
Reserve Grand Prize: Alveron
People’s Choice Award: Smoker Ace and the Fastest Chickens in the South

1st Place Pork: Alveron
2nd Place Pork: The Holy City Smokers
3rd Place Pork: Mike's Catering
4th Place Pork: Some-R-Swine
5th Place Pork: Wild Blue Hogs

1st Place Ribs: The Holy City Smokers
2nd Place Ribs: Pot Belly Smokers
3rd Place Ribs: Some-R-Swine
4th Place Ribs: Alveron
5th Place Ribs: Palmetto Smoke

Six local restaurants, including Ambers Lil Orbits, Kickin Chicken, and Oscars of Summerville along with food trucks provided other food and beverage selections.

For more information about the festival, please visit www.SouthernFlameFestival.org.

About The Summerville Miracle League

The Summerville Miracle League 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 League is a nonprofit made up of an all-volunteer group of local business leaders who created the Summerville franchise for the international Miracle League organization. Athletes play on a rubberized field surface constructed especially for them at Saul Alexander Park in Summerville. For more information about the Summerville Miracle League, visit www.summervillemiracleleague.org.

About The Ponds

The Ponds is a 1,950-acre master-planned community set between the town of Summerville and the Ashley River Historic District. In addition to a 1,100-acre nature preserve, residents of The Ponds enjoy the benefits of an on-site Summerville Family YMCA, EMS/Fire Station and several community parks. Greenwood has also set aside land for a proposed K-8 public school, recently approved by the Dorchester District II for construction.

The Ponds’ residential offering includes new homes priced from the $250,000's to $400,000's. Community amenities include a pool, outdoor pavilion, 11-acre multipurpose field and a restored historic farmhouse, along with an outdoor waterfront amphitheatre and several neighborhood parks. The 20 miles of nature trails connecting to The Ponds’ 1,100-acre nature preserve will be phased in as development progresses. An early part of the system, however, linking the community trail head at the restored farmhouse to hundreds of acres of woods, pastures and ponds, is complete and in service. For more information, call 843-832-6100 or visit www.DiscoverThePonds.com.

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