Sunday, December 18, 2011

Nights of a Thousand Candles (part 1)

Paul and I were fortunate again this year to be able to attend the Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina.  It is an experience that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy if possible.  Although I took many photos, it is difficult to capture the magic of the night.  There are more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and Christmas lights throughout the gardens and four areas of entertainment to enjoy.
First United Methodist Church Handbells

What a great Christmas sweater!

Ron Daise, telling a Gullah Christmas, in word and song.  He has an amazing voice.   Gullah is a language based on English, with strong influences from West and Central African languages.  It may have arisen independently in South Carolina and Georgia in the 18th and 19th centuries, when African slaves on rice plantations developed their own language.
Ron Daise

The Children's Garden is one of my favourite places to visit during the Nights of a Thousand Candles.  It is so magical with all the lights and colour.

A little folk music at the Arboretum Tent.

Jill Trinka

Some of the lights of the gardens

Miller-Rowe Consort with guitar and dulcimer.  Excellent performance.

Grammy award winning singer songwriter, Barbara Bailey Hutchison, gave a wonderful performance of Christmas music.  She is a performer of alternative folk and children's music.  She had a great stage presence.

Lights in the Oak Garden
A "fog" of lights in the grass - amazing display
Candles in the pond
A star in the tree
Paul in the walkway at the gardens

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1 comment:

  1. It's gorgeous - you've done a great job with your photos. Combining the lights with the entertainment sounds like a wonderful idea.