Want to Know about Tiny House Living?

Guest post by Joel Allen, featured on Speakers International for topics including tiny houses, media training and other communications.

joelYou’ve heard about the tiny house movement. Maybe you’ve seen TV shows like Tiny House Nation or Tiny House Hunters. You’re no doubt aware that the traditional American dream of a roomy, multi-bedroom home is not as attractive (or affordable) to Millennials as it was to previous generations. But you probably haven’t heard how local and state governments around the country are (belatedly) responding to the revolution in downsized living by altering zoning laws and building codes. Or how aging Baby Boomers are waking up to the advantages of tiny house living in retirement. Or how some activists see the smaller house trend as a potential solution to homelessness.

I’m Joel Allen, a seasoned broadcast journalist who’s done more than just research and report on the tiny house movement. I’m living it. My wife and I made the transition from 2,000 square feet, three bedrooms and a two-car garage to less than 400 square feet, one miniature bedroom and no garage. And we love it.

We’ve learned a few things about the pros and cons of tiny house living and we’re not saying it’s entirely easy. But I’d be happy to share with your group or company some of what we now know about the ins and outs of a downsized life and maybe I can help open your eyes to the huge benefits of a tiny house.

Holiday Sea Island Gullah Celebration

Holiday Sea Island Gullah Celebration

Date: December 4, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Production by Anita Singleton-Prather and The Gullah Kinfolk in historic Beaufort, South Carolina, at the University of South Carolina Beaufort campus Center for the Arts. The evening includes a taste of Gullah soul food buffet, artist showcase and marketplace, full stage musical with Aunt Pearlie Sue and Gullah Kinfolk: Christmas Wish Freedom Coming.

Gullah Christmas art by Diane Britton Dunham

Gullah Christmas art by Diane Britton Dunham

Meet Diane Britton Dunham and many more featured artists exhibiting before the show. Sample local Gullah foods and mingle with local chefs.

Freedom Coming is a significant performance that shares the Sea Island Gullah tradition with audiences in a new way, performed by Anita Singleton-Prather and her singing ensemble The Gullah Kinfolk from Beaufort, South Carolina.aunt pearlie sue

It is Christmas 1860, the last Christmas before the Civil War begins. The scene is a Sea Island slave cabin where enslaved Africans are anticipating Christmas day and talking about freedom. Gullah songs and storytelling include everything from spirituals, work songs and play songs to rhythmic, foot stomping ring shout songs that are unique to the Gullah praise house traditions.DSC_9314

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Book tickets at this link or call the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce 843-986-1102 to reserve your tickets for the Gullah performance, feast and art show or to arrange a weekend tour including history, culture and entertainment. Tickets are $35 at the door, $30 advance and $10 for children. Special group rates are available.

Meet the Most Read Author in South Carolina

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Wilson Casey is called the MOST-READ writer from the Carolinas with over a yard of traditionally published works and nationally syndicated column in over 500 papers!

Wilson Casey, a.k.a. The Trivia Guy, is one of the world’s foremost trivia aficionados and professional fact-checkers, researchers and content providers with a syndicated column, an award-winning website (TriviaGuy.com), and a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest running (thirty hours) radio trivia broadcast in which he correctly identified the answers to 3,333 consecutive trivia questions.

Current events in Spartanburg, SC include:

October 22 Roast of retiring Lou Parris

November 7 Ruritan Club regional Meeting

January 14 Author talk

Ask us for details or to schedule him for your event.

Did You Know the Last Train Robber in America Died in 2012 in Spartanburg, SC?

AUTHOR TALK and Luncheon
Tue Sep 22, 12:05 pmWilson CaseyWilson Casey
Trinity United Methodist Church
626 Norwood St, Spartanburg, SC

All Are Welcome!

$7.00 lunch tickets and reservations may be obtained by contacting church office: (864) 585-4884.bedlam

Wilson Casey will be speaking about the true train robbing story, the subject of his latest book. BEDLAM ON THE WEST VIRGINIA RAILS. Copies will be available for purchase and autographed inscription. $19.99 (cash or check).

Bedlam on the West Virginia Rails:
(True Crime)

July Events of Guinness World Record Holder WILSON CASEY

Not just Trivia,
but Trivia with the Guinness World Record Holder!Wilson Casey

With over a yard of traditionally published works and a nationally syndicated column that reaches millions, perhaps the most read writer from the Carolinas!

Mon Jul 13 Noon, Author Reading, followed by book signing, Barnes Noble, Spartanburg, SC

Tue Jul 14 12:15 pm, Featured Speaker, Spartanburg Downtown Rotary Luncheon, Piedmont Club

Wed Jul 15, 10 am, TV Guest on Your Carolina with Jack and Megan, WSPA Channel 7

Fri Jul 24, 12:30 pm, Lunch and Learn: Last Train Robber, Chapman Center, Historical Assn.

Wed Jul 29, 4 pm, Author Signing various works, Barnes Noble, Spartanburg

National bookings, Liz Mitchell, Speakers International, (843) 902-4799

 

Bedlam on the West Virginia Rails

Not just Trivia,
but Trivia with the Guinness World Record Holder!
Wilson Casey

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Author: Wilson Casey

Last Train Robber in America
Died in 2012 Spartanburg, SC
Wilson Casey knew him!

Check out his Tell All New Book!
Head Bandit Firsthand Account!

He never meant to rob a moving train, nor get gunned down near the President of the U.S. It really happened.

Other history works are dead WRONG claiming Jesse James or Butch Cassidy

Tune In Radio 105.7 fm and 910 am Author Interview on the SOURCE for Spartanburg!
Fri Mar 20: Approx 8:00 am

Or listen live streaming via the internet.

Book Signing Event Sat Mar 21: 3:00 – 7 pm
Barnes and Noble, Spartanburg, SC.

FREE Calendar with Bedlam Book Purchase,
$15 Value While Supplies Last! (Directions)

Bedlam on the West Virginia Rails: (True Crime)
Author: Wilson Casey
Format: Paperback
Publish Date: Mar 16, 2015
ISBN-10: 1626198934
ISBN-13: 9781626198937
List Price:$19.99

Contact us to schedule speaking at your location.

Caribbean Fine Art Fair Barbados Celebrates Its 5th Year March 2015

Divi Southwinds Resort will host the 5th Edition of Caribbean Fine Art (CaFA) Fair – Barbados March 11-15, 2015.

CaFA Fair opens on Wednesday, March 11, 6-9 pm with a Gala Reception featuring a live musical performance by Terry “Mexican” Arthur, and presentation of the CaFA Fair Special Award of Merit to veteran Barbadian collector and arts advocate Kathy Yearwood. This year the Fair will present over 45 exhibitors of paintings, sculpture, photography, drawings, original limited edition prints and new media exploring the cultural traditions of the Caribbean and the African Diaspora.

This 5th anniversary edition of CaFA Fair Barbados will feature two special exhibitions: “Diaspora Dialogue II” an exhibition of works by artists Khuumba Ama, S. Ross Browne, Sadikisha Collier, JW Ford, Anthony Romain, Danny Simmons, and Shenna Vaughn from the USA; Ernani Silva – Brazil; and TAFA – Ghana. This exhibition will explore the African influence on contemporary Diaspora artistic expression and investigates the position of Caribbean art in the broader Diaspora conversation.

“Our Caribbean Home” will feature works by three accomplished artists born in northern lands, who have become enthralled with the Caribbean way of life. The USA’s Hedy Klineman, UK born Dave M. Todd, and Canadian Maureen Tracey all now make their homes in Barbados.

Thursday evening, March 12, Barbadian and other Caribbean designers will be featured in a Caribbean Fashion Showcase. Barbadian Author Cher Antoinette will sign copies of her new book Architects of Destiny during the afternoon, while USA artist, poet and art entrepreneur Danny Simmons will host an evening of spoken word performances by Barbadian artistes and special guest UK’s Victor Richards on Friday, March 13.

Caribbean Art Symposium, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, will present a panel discussion with the Harlem Needle Arts group made up of artists with their origins in Barbados, Dominica and Trinidad & Tobago; a painting session with American artist S. Ross Browne; and an interactive presentation by founder and director of Prizm Miami, Mikhaile Solomon.

CaFA Fair will close on Sunday, March 15 with a Caribbean film presentation and discussion with Grenadian born Director of “Absence of Love”, Billy Gerard Frank; Barbados Video & Film Association; Alex Daniel and NY based Barbadian Tyson Hall.

CaFA Fair will showcase works of art by over 45 internationally and regionally acclaimed artists including Ras Ishi Butcher, Jamal Ince, Carlton Murrell, Rosemary Parkinson, and Ras Akyem I Ramsay – Barbados; Earl Etienne and Shimoda – Dominica; Coronado Print Studio Group – Dominican Republic; Joseph Brown and Frankie Francis – Grenada; Carl F. Anderson – Guyana; Patricia Brintle, Francks Deceus and Patrick Icart-Pierre -Haiti; Bernard Hoyes – Jamaica; Diogenes Ballester, Puerto Rico; Laura Gadson and Robert Reid – Trinidad & Tobago; Afreekan Southwell and Ademola Olugebefola – USVI. Several talented emerging artists will be on show including Cher Antoinette – Barbados; Ziggy Bruney – Dominica; Jesma Noel and Michael Paryag – Grenada; Beatrice Mellinger – Martinique; and Robert Joyette – St. Vincent.

Event partners include Bajan Sun Online; Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.; Barbados National Cultural Foundation; COT; Divi Southwinds; Intimate Hotels of Barbados; Laparkan Shipping and MQI/BMW.

CaFA Fair was created with the primary mission of increasing awareness and appreciation of Caribbean culture through the presentation of works of art and the distribution of information. For updates please visit event website http://www.cafafair.com or call 646-267-8831. S. Ross Browne - USA - The Calm Robert V. Reid - Trinidad & Tobago - Valerie - watercolor Ras Ishi Butcher - Barbados - Blazing Eye I-mixed media on canvas Pepe Coronado - Dominican Republic - USA-DR A Love Hate Relationship II Jesma Noel - Grenada - Boat & Sail-acrylic on canvas Carlos JM Rodriguez - Dominican Republic - Caribbean American-monoprint Bernard Hoyes - Jamaica - Respect Chorus Beatrice Mellinger - Martinique - Yahubaba-The Fallen Gods Series Afreekan Southwell - Antigua-USVI - Tung Yoni-mahogany wood

Brookgreen Gardens Hosts Gullah Celebrity Chef

On Saturday, February 28, at 2 p.m. Sallie Ann Robinson, author and Gullah celebrity chef, will present “Cooking and Living the Daufuskie Gullah Way” a cooking demonstration of crab rice and pecan crunch cookies. Part of “The Reign of Rice Lecture Series” about the Spirituality of Rice Heritage, this winter program will be in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission. Reservations are required by calling 235-6016. Robinson will be available for book signings after the program.unnamed

Born on Daufuskie Island, off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina, Sallie Ann Robinson was among the students taught by Pat Conroy when the famous author was a teacher. Robinson has grown in her own right into the author of two celebrated cookbooks and an accomplished chef. Her culinary expertise has helped to preserve the food dishes for which her native island is famous and her work as a speaker nationwide, and as a tour guide on boat trips out of Savannah, Georgia, going to Daufuskie, have made her an authentic and much sought-after representative of Gullah culture.

Brookgreen Gardens is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and display American sculpture and regional plants, animals, and history. It is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

Jazz Vibraphonist Daniel Z Plays Free in Spartanburg, SC

Regional singer-songwriters perform weekly at Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg, SC, as part of its Sundays Unplugged program. Open 1-5 p.m. every Sunday, the center provides casual and cultural entertainment for all ages, most notably with its free concert series featuring a different band or musician of varying genres each week, 2-4 p.m. Art and history museums are open with free admission to complement the music.DanielZ1

Featured Sunday, Feb. 22, is jazz percussionist Daniel Z. Known in the Upstate for his fluidity and improvisation on the vibraphone, a xylophone-like instrument also known as the vibes or vibraharp, this native New Yorker has also performed throughout the United States, as well as in parts of Europe. He became a local musical phenomenon after moving to South Carolina several years ago. Though primarily a solo vibraphonist, Daniel Z is joined at times by fellow singer-songwriters to create the Daniel Z Trio or Quartet, featuring bass, guitar, voice, piano, flute, and/or trumpet. He is known for switching up the arrangement, or even genre, varying anywhere from modern jazz to bossa nova to swinging jazz.

Sundays Unplugged will also give patrons the opportunity to audition for The Spartanburg Little Theatre’s upcoming production of The Music Man. Visitors with acting and vocal experience interested in joining the SLT cast may audition 3-6 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre. Roles are available for varying ages and ethnicities. Auditioners must arrive at least 15 minutes early, prepared with sheet music to perform a musical theatre-style song. Accompaniment will be provided.

All Sunday activity is complemented by free admission to Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and the Student Galleries. Spartanburg Science Center is open with a small entrance fee.

For more information on Sundays Unplugged activities at Chapman Cultural Center, visit ChapmanCulturalCenter.org or call (864) 542-ARTS.SLT_TheMusicMan