The aroma of slow-cooked barbecue swirled amongst the lolling crowd in attendance at the Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society and Museum’s annual Taste of Edisto at Prospect Hill Plantation on Sunday afternoon. The gentle breeze off the banks of the South Edisto River carried the sound of live bluegrass, courtesy of the Blue Plantation Band, across the grounds, and the canopy of mature trees provided shade from those stretched out on picnic blankets. Children frolicked by the pond and reveled in face painting while older generations admired the sweetgrass baskets and hand-blown glass. The sweet life even inspired an engagement — congratulations Sarah Ripich and Chris van Raalten. Enjoy this pictorial of a tight-knit community’s celebration of summer, which harkens back to to the sweet life of Americana yesteryear.
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1. Skål! Sarah Ripich and Chris van Raalten celebrate their engagement. 2. Gullah crafts, lore, and tours peak the interest of event attendees 3. Bluegrass staples like “I’ll Fly Away” inspire impromptu sing-alongs 4. Red, white, and blue attire comes in all forms 5. Marty McConchie gives son Ben a bird’s eye view of the festivities 6. Janke Studios artisans demonstrate their hand-blown glass techniques to an enthralled audience 7. After swinging so high her toes nearly touched the sky, this wee one waits for someone to give her a push 8. A purple unicorn ranked as best accessory of the afternoon 9. The apex of summer childhood delights — a colorfully painted face
10. A shaded nook perfectly sized for two young lasses 11. Southern ladies love their hats 12. A pup-truck-turned-perch became a prime people watching spot