You should be green with envy if you weren't there – Awendaw party a huge success

  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Volcanoes in the Kitchen performed for a packed crowd Sunday at Awendaw Green. PHOTOS BY SULLY WITTE


Awendaw Green was alive with the sounds of talented young musicians and applause from the audience who came to wish the Moultrie News well as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. In conjunction with Sewee Outpost. Awendaw Green, and Carolina Studios, the Moultrie News held a musical celebration Sunday, complete with food trucks and vendors.

More than 600 people turned out to be a part of the first of three events the paper will hold this year.

Awendaw Green is a hidden gem in the East Cooper community. Bands played on a stage with a barn backdrop, giving the grounds a low-key ambiance, but it is arguably one of the coolest music venues in the Lowcountry. There was something for the whole family.

Bands included Cario Middle School Jazz Band, Shem Creek Blues Band, Jesse and Friends Band, Stephen O'Connor, Jack Triebold, Lizzie Covington, Karoline Rhett, Volcanoes in the Kitchen, Mad Crow, Southern Gentleman, Mozo, and The Travelin' Kine. Some of these vocalists are just beginning their musical journey, like 13-year-old Lizzie Covington.

The food trucks included Lowcountry Creole, The BBQ Joint, Lowcountry Fun Foods, Chucktown Ice, and King of Pops. These food trucks served up a wide variety of food from gator bites to soft pretzels to southern barbecue to assorted flavors of Italian ice and popsicles.

The Moultrie News was proud to support Carolina Studios and Awendaw Green with this event. Proceeds from the event go to these two great organizations. Carolina Studios has created a program that provides a fun, safe environment for youths to develop their potential through the exploration of digital recording, digital photography, videography and graphic arts. With barn jams every Wednesday in the spring, this venue provides those who want to spread their passion with a space to let their creative juices flow.

“Thank you to all our friends who came out to Awendaw Green to help us celebrate our 50th anniversary. We could not have done it without our partners: Sewee Outpost, Awendaw Green, Carolina Studios and all the bands who participated,” said Publisher Vickey Boyd.

“Our business partners were Billy Swails State Farm Insurance, Wando Family Dentistry, Womble Carlyle Innovators At Law, Glasspro, Royall ACE Hardware, Sweetgrass ACE Hardware, Linda Witte Keller Williams, The Crescent Olive and ServPro.”

The event was just as we imagined it – local people and families sitting around enjoying local musicians under huge shade trees. “Kids played on the playground and went home tired and dirty,” Boyd said. “People enjoyed the food trucks, which served everything from Creole to barbecue, cotton candy to ice cream. There was something for everyone. And we had fun. And I would like to thank the Moultrie News staff too.”

Awendaw Green founder Eddie White said, “Awendaw Green and the Sewee Outpost were very proud to host the 50th anniversary of the Moultrie News yesterday. We estimate that there were in excess of 600 supporters that came out and enjoyed what makes the East Cooper community so vibrant and special under the grand oaks at our Barn Jam spot.”

White said that “more than 60 teenagers, and a few older teenagers, played their hearts out to celebrate the Moultrie News. Awendaw Green was formed seven years ago to give artists, both young and old, a showcase for their amazing talents. With the 35-student strong Cario Middle School Jazz Band anchoring the show, it was a perfect example of what is right with the world. We want to thank everyone who came out and supported the event.”

The voluntary pay campaign continues and we want to thank our newest members of the Love Club!

Henry H. Coombs $30

Keith Gannett $30

Duane Gemar $75

Cindy Bolt and Lewis Lee $50

Col. and Mrs. William McKay $30

Lou and Teresa Mello $100

Carmen and Joe Pierpont $50

Carol Schulman $30

Billy and Gloria Silcop $50

John and Pamela Subjek $50

Ben Towsend $10

Celia and Jim Ulmer $30

Donations may be made by sending checks or credit card information to Voluntary Pay, Moultrie News, 134 Columbus St., Charleston, South Carolina 29403, or pay online at www.contest.moultrienews.com/donate.

When we include the anonymous donations, the total collected is $3,797. Thank you to all members of the Love Club.

Our second party for our readers and business partners will be a concert on the beautiful back lawn at Boone Hall on June 8, featuring Plane Jane and the East Coast Party Band.

Tickets go on sale next week for $10. Mark your calendars and help us celebrate 50 years serving East Cooper.

We promise to continue to work tirelessly to provide the East Cooper area with quality informative reporting on local events with knowledge, perspective and compassion.

All we ask is that you have fun!

Visit www.moultrienews50th.com to learn about our upcoming celebration events.

For more updates from the desk of the Moultrie News editor, Sully Witte, please follow Sully's Scoop on Twitter @SullysScoop and like Sully's Scoop Facebook page.

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