Soon to be released….all that is possible. Your amazing journey April 11-18, 2018

Stand by as we put the finishing touches on the spring line up for SSAC retreat 2018. Teasers? Visit the studio of Bill Long, furniture maker and artist. Discover your spirit animal, learn more about pollinator gardens, Bach flowers and leaded glass. Make stuff, do stuff, be fulfilled. Become inspired. Last years prices until 12/31/17. Check […]

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Author’s reading: Book Passage 7.9.17 Bren McClain

Sunday July 9th- 4-6pm Hosted by Souther Sample Artist Colony (SSAC) & Centerpiece Philanthropic. Time to gather! Bren McClain will be reading from her new book, “One Good Mama Bone”.  Snack and sips. Come be with us- The company is everything! Thanks to Book Passage  and Catherine Pyke of Centerpiece for their generous support.

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Retreat Schedule April 5-12 2017

  Wednesday, April 5     Continental breakfast from the farm & pantry   10-11am Yoga (optional, but recommended) Mirabai 11:15-12:45 Free time, lunch on your own   1:00-4:30 Workshop Intro/Welcome Mary Brent Cantarutti   Picture Book Presentation Cathleen O’Brien   Intro To Gullah Sharon Cooper-Murray   Stirring the Spirit   4:45-5:15 Break   5:30 […]

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Indigo- Blues News

Where will you go? What will you do? You’ll come with us, a deep blue dive into all that is the South, all that is storytelling through art, all that is profound. Spend a day with Arianne King Comer, Charleston artist whose work is featured at the National Museum of African American History & Culture. Receive […]

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Breaking Day by Mary Brent Cantarutti

Breaking Day by Mary Brent Cantarutti The sun slips into the Lowcountry sky— a pancake stirred in earth’s kitchen, (more…)

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My Partner in Time, My Little Joy by Nancy Alpert

My Partner in Time, My Little Joy (Inspired by the Quentin Baxter Quintet) by Nancy Alpert My drumming pulse thumps rhythmic warmth while deep in my base my heartstrings strum. (more…)

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Recipes for “Drunken Chicken” and “Better Than Sex Cake”

Earlier we published this post. Here are the recipes from that piece! (more…)

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Seeking: Southern Gentleman by Nancy Alpert

Seeking: Southern Gentleman Nancy Alpert I spotted the young hunk leaning against the bar at The Gritz, a popular hang-out in downtown Charleston. Tall, muscular, dark-haired. All I desired was for him to drawl all over me. I sauntered over and cooed, “Hiya, handsome.” (more…)

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Twist Dolls by Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Twist Dolls For Sharon Cooper-Murray Indigo, indigo boo-hag blue, I’m gonna put a spell on you. (more…)

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Pearl Fryar’s Garden

Pearl Fryar’s Garden Martha Dabbs Greenway The first time I visited Pearl Fryar’s garden is a story in itself. It was in early spring when my friend Myra and I decided to drive the twenty-five miles from Sumter, South Carolina, over to Bishopville. I wanted to find this fabulous topiary garden I had read about […]

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