“I love shrimping, I rather do it then anything, it’s an honest living, it’s hard work, it’s enjoyable.” -Craig Dopson
Dopson’s Seafood run and operated since 1975 by Craig and Darlene Dopson is one of the last public docks located on St. Helena Island. Here they provide a service to shrimpers acting as a middle man by buying the shrimp then selling the produce to wholesalers. To learn more about this slowly fading business click on the photograph above.
The Gullah Project team hopes the weather holds out for everyone attending the Beaufort Shrimp Festival today and tomorrow at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in Downtown Beaufort.
Purchase food & drink tickets for $1 each
to use at restaurant, beer & wine, and soda booths
Items cost 2 – 7 tickets
For more information about this event please visit http://www.downtownbeaufort.com/beaufort-shrimp-festival
After months of waiting today begins the first day of oyster season along the South Carolina coast.
Oyster season usually runs from September to April and can be easily remembered because oysters are only in season during months with the letter “r” in them.
It’s also important to remember that recreational harvesters must have a Saltwater Recreational Fishing License from the state and should also obtain an updated map found at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/marine/shellfish/shellfishmaps.
Last week Buz Kloot and Denise McGill were honored at Broadcast Education Association (BEA) District 2 Regional Conference, where their film “A Better Place: St. Helena, South Carolina” won second place in the Faculty Video Production Competition.
Kloot and McGill were co-directors and co-producers for the project, which was released in 2012. It’s an honor to have their previous work recognized by their peers.
Gullah: The Voice of an Island is a new website about the music of the Gullah people of South Carolina, focusing on the spirituals and praise houses. It has been established by faculty and students at Coastal Carolina University in
Many Gullah spirituals retain much of their West African heritage. Like TheGullahProject.org, Voice of an Island worked alongside the Penn Center, recording over 80 hours of spirituals and stories. For more about the backstory, read the article in CCU Magazine.
Organizers of The Voice of an Island plan to continue collecting material over the next few years. To learn more and stay updated on this fascinating project, please visit their official webpage at http://theathenaeumpress.com/gullah/#home.
Since 1947, Chuck Henry has been a dairy and produce farmer on St. Helena Island. Click on the photograph above to join The Gullah Project team as we sit down with Mr. Henry to learn about the rich history of this tight-knit community.
Oyster season starts Oct. 1. The Gullah Project team got an early look at oyster processing from Roddy Beasly owner of Maggioni Seafood, a local business on the island. Click on the photograph above to go behind the scenes of oyster processing.
The first cut of The Gullah Project documentary is getting notoriety. In just two days it’s reached 1,751 people and was featured last night on About Harvest’s official webpage. About Harvest provides quality stories about food and agriculture in order to inform, entertain, and connect the public to the food that is on their plates. Read the About Harvest article at The Gullah Project: First Cut.
Yesterday was a major achievement for The Gullah Project. We launched the first cut of the documentary film, reaching 1,395 people. Thank you to those who have tuned in weekly to support our multimedia project and film! Watch the film at https://vimeo.com/104886650
The Gullah Project proudly presents the first cut to our documentary film.
Denise McGill directs the documentary that follows Gullah / Geechee residents of St. Helena Island, South Carolina. Taking much of their culture from their West African ancestors, St. Helena is one of the last Gullah farming and fishing communities left in America. Residents are now wrestling with gentrification, land preservation, and conservation issues.
The film is edited by Hida Visuals; many of Denise McGill’s students have also worked on the project.