[image-1]One thing that Charleston is definitely not lacking is access to beaches. Folly, Sullivan’s, and IOP are all within a 20 minute drive from the peninsula, and even a quick walk down to the Battery offers access to the Atlantic. There is one beach, however, that is hovering on the precipice of destruction: Mosquito Beach, where you won’t find stretches of white sand or million dollar homes, but rather decades of preserved Gullah Geechee heritage.

The community sits on a tidal creek in the Sol Legare community, one of the first tracts of land inhabited by freed slaves in the late 1800s, and is now in need of revitalization.

In order to help preserve the history and rejuvenate Mosquito Beach, nonprofit Preserve the Gullah, along with Charleston Good, which promotes grassroots programs in the city, hosts a Geechee Gala this Sat. July 15 from 6-10 p.m. at 2 Canal St. downtown.

The night will begin with yoga and a drum circle, followed by a culinary education from Taste of Gullah’s Giovanni Richardson. A photo exhibition that follows all the work that Preserve the Gullah has done to Mosquito Beach in the past two years, along with information about what they plan to do, will be running throughout the night. The evening will culminate in a presentation from Forward House that will discuss why the foundation was started and why it’s important that their work continues.

The event is open to public with a suggested donation of $25+ dollars; all proceeds will go towards revitalizing the Mosquito Beach community through building a dock and cleaning up the area. To learn more about the event, the foundation, and to donate to the cause, head over to youcaring.com.

And if you want to see the beach for yourself, stop by Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day later this month, Sat. July 29 from 12-6 p.m.