Cattails & Cocktails kick off Winyah Bay Heritage Festival celebrations

  • Thursday, February 13, 2014

Kimberly Duncan/For the Times Mary Bordeaux and Virginia Dugan are keeping a close eye on a platter of barbecue at Cattails and Cocktails. Hungry guests also enjoyed gumbos and stews made with alligator and turkey.

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The Winyah Bay Heritage Festival (WBHF) will return to Georgetown on March 1 and 2, 2014. Launched in 2009, the popular festival celebrates the area’s rich sporting heritage – and does it in fine style.

Cattails and Cocktails – an outdoor event at Hobcaw Barony that combines fine music, a silent auction and extraordinary food – once more served as official kick off for the annual Festival. “This year was just great,” said Rene King, one of the event’s primary organizers. The ticketed event drew a crowd of more than two hundred people. There were a dozen or more chefs. The food included shrimp and spicy gumbo, fried catfish and okra, grilled game, barbequed turkey, duck pileau, fish stew and more.

“It was so satisfying to see so many people from all across Georgetown County,” King said. Proceeds from the event help fund operational expenses for the Georgetown County Museum. “I think the strong support we enjoy shows how invested our supporters are — they understand the importance of Georgetown County’s historical, educational and ecotourism resources — That makes us so fortunate.

The weather was clear, crisp and beautiful, and the outdoor location took full advantage of Mother Nature’s bounty. Live music by Rob Williams & Friends included music flavored by blue grass, folk and classic country. The crowd was clearly satisfied because when quitting time rolled around at 4 p.m., it was obvious attendees would have preferred to stick around.

Exhibits at this year’s Festival will include sporting attire, fishing and hunting gear, lots of art, one-of-kind decoys, antique lures, handmade jewelry, accessories and a food and beverage garden. An especially welcome detail is that 2014 activities are moving to Front Street – the heart of Georgetown’s Historic District. Events will include kayak racing, kids’ painting, duck calling clinics, target archery, cast net throwing, fly-fish casting, fun contests and the renowned competition of Palmetto Dock Dogs.

To get started making plans visit www.WinyahBayFestival.org or www.GeorgetownCountyMuseum.com. Search Facebook, too. Send your questions to info@WinyahBayFestival.org. Phone calls are welcome at 843.545.7020.

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