Louis G. Gregory Bahá’í
Radio Bahá’í • WLGI • 90.9 FM
Williams Hill Road • Hemingway, South Carolina 29554
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Beverly Collins, (843) 558-9133
October 3, 2002
PEACE FEST 2002 MARKS SPECIAL DATE
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment
of the Louis G. Gregory Baha'i Institute in western Georgetown County, near
Hemingway. For more than half the three decades of its life, an event known as
“Peace Fest” has been an annual high point on the Baha’i Institute's schedule.
For 2002, the festival celebrating peace has been combined with the
commemoration of the Institute’s 30 years of service to the people of South
Carolina and the Southeast.
The joint celebration will take place on Oct. 19 and 20 on the
grounds of the Institute. The Louis G. Gregory Baha'i Institute is located in
the Williams Hill community at 1313 Williams Hill Rd., two miles north of S.C.
261, near the Williamsburg County line. For directions, MapQuest.com on the
Internet is a good source. For more information, call (843) 558-9101.
Information is also available by e-mail at email@example.com.
On Saturday, Oct. 19, Peace Fest will feature the Festival of the
Arts, beginning at 11 a.m., highlighting a variety of performers and modes of
cultural expression, including music that will rang from Latin, to jazz, to
reggae, to blues, to barbershop. Beginning at 7 in the evening, the Gospel
Explosion will present the Sensational Seven Angels, the One Human Family
Workshop Choir, and The Brown Brothers. Also featured during the afternoon will
be African drummers, praise dancers, Gullah stories, poets and much more.
Vendors will offer books and calendars and candles and jewelry and African art,
and foods such as candy apples and Southern barbecue, chicken bog and fried
The Institute’s 30th anniversary will be officially observed on
Sunday, Oct. 20, with a devotional celebration, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The program will focus on the history of the
Institute and its impact on the lives South Carolinians and others. In
addition, the Louis G. Gregory awards for service to humanity will be
presented, along with the prizes awarded to the winners of the annual student
essay contest. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the program.
Louis G. Gregory Baha’i Institute was dedicated on October 22, 1972. The Institute was established by the
National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States as a response
to the large numbers of people in South Carolina who, in the late 1960s and
early 1970s, expressed interest in the religion or in joining the Baha’i
community. The National Spiritual Assembly is the
governing body for the religion in this country and has its headquarters on the
shores of Lake Michigan in Wilmette, IL, just outside Chicago.
focus of the Baha’i Institute’s programs today is primarily on community
building. Increasingly, the Institute is also becoming a popular conference and