Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Old friends, new vendors, and food and drink are but a few of the attractions of the Flowertown Festival.
In fact, the festival has something for everyone -- and that goes for live entertainment as well. So while festival-goers amble about sampling tasty treats and checking out the latest craft vendors, they should also have ample opportunity to relax and enjoy a wide variety of talented local artists/entertainers.
The Very Merry Players, a youth performance group from Summerville's Art and Soul, will kick off the festival and the weekend with a special performance starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday. The children will perform stories from around the world onstage, according to Art and Soul owner Pam Ward. African American and Native American stories will feature greatly in this special presentation, Ward noted.
Local acoustic guitarist/performer/recording artist Keith Miller and some special musical guests of his will take the stage next, playing from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Known around these parts for his lyrical, tasty acoustic guitar instrumentals, Miller lived in the Summerville area for 12 years. He plays in a variety of venues throughout the Lowcountry and released his first CD, “ Be Thou My Vision,” a collection of hymns, in 2010.
Finishing up the day Friday will be a special performance from the Flowertown Theater Group's Flowertown Players. They will take the stage from 2-4 p.m.
SouthRail Bluegrass Band, the Lowcountry's newest bluegrass sensation, will kick off – make that pick off -- Saturday's festivities with a spirited set of bluegrass and bluegrass flavored favorites. Southrail will perform from 9-10:30 a.m.
Next on the bill are a group of young dancers from Tip Tap Toe, a local dance studio here in Summerville; they will take the stage from 11-11:30 a.m.
Rounding out the day's entertainment will be Summerville favorite Chelsea Summers. Chelsea, daughter of Bill and Aura Lee Summers of Summerville, is a singer/songwriter guitarist who, while young, has been very busy for the past couple of years, playing in venues around Summerville, the Lowcountry, and beyond. Now a junior at Ashley Ridge High School, Chelsea started teaching herself to play guitar via YouTube when she was 13. During the summer of 2011 Chelsea was one of 50 students-of-all ages accepted into the Nashville Songwriter's Association International Advanced Songwriter's Camp. Thus far, she has written more than 20 songs. Most recently she was named a finalist in the third annual BB&T “This School's Got Talent” competition.
Chelsea takes the stage from Noon -2 p.m.
The Summerville Civic Ballet graces the stage Sunday from noon until 2 p.m., followed by Three Days Redemption, a Gospel group that will close out the festival. Three Days Redemption will perform from 2-3:45 p.m.
All performances will be held in Azalea Park near the Cuthbert Center and the tennis courts.