Looking for something safe and culturally inspired to do this holiday season? Add a Gullah Christmas Movie Drive-In to your must-attend list. Complete with Gullah food vendors and social distancing, this Anita Pather, also known as Aunt Pearlie sue has pulled together an all-star Gullah cast and curated a film showcasing the Gullah Kinfolk Christmas Wish on the big screen. Details on the event are below along with some of my tips for attending a drive-in with style:
Tips for a Family Drive-In Experience:
–Curate a holiday inspired mocktail and bring your favorite melamime glassware or coffee holder
–Bring holiday inspired paperware including plates, spoons, straws and napkins.
–Purchase your favorite sauces, snacks and dips from Gullah or Black Owned Vendors to pair with the Gullah food on site
–Create a photoshoot opportunity by styling your car trunk and bringing chairs for you dining experience.
–Pack your items in a picnic or sweetgrass basket and be sure to include your favorite throw or shawl for the cooler temperatures.
–If you have kids pack toys and books to keep them busy in case they get antsy.
–Rain is always possible so bring a tailgate tent to keep you covered if allowed at the drive in.
Here is a little more background information about the Gullah Kinfolk Christmas Wish:
“Gullah Kinfolk Christmas Wish…Freedom Coming”
Master storyteller, Aunt Pearlie Sue and her renown, Gullah Kinfolk take you back in time to the 1860’s Pre- Civil War and Reconstruction Era on a southern plantation on the Sea Islands of Beaufort SC.
…Reminiscings about Mother Africa, the Middle Passage Voyage, the auction block, the last Christmas before the Civil War, December of 1860 to freedom, are brought to life on the big screen. You get to experience it all.
Abraham Lincoln, has just been elected president on November 6th…South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the Union on December 20th…Masters in the Big House talkin’ War…Servants in the Quarters talkin’ Freedom comin’.
Through soul stirring music, historic re-enactments, and mesmerizing narrations, you are drawn into that Yuletide season of emotions…sorrow, excitement, hope and joy of a brighter future…Gullah Kinfolk Christmas wish…Freedom!
“Christmas Dis’ Ain’t Christmas, Wit’out Aunt Pearlie Sue and Gullah
Date and Time: 7pm Tuesday, December 1st
Location: Hwy 21 Drive-in Theater in Beaufort.
Encore Details: The following Tuesday, December 8th will be an encore showing if the demand is there.6