May 05 2014

Wine and Sign

Hundreds of people came out to Folly Beach this past Saturday, April 26th, to enjoy the Wine and Sign event held at the fishing pier by the Tides hotel.  The afternoon was astonishingly beautiful with temperatures hovering around 70 degrees, soft clouds drifting across a light blue sky, and a slight breeze whispering in our ears.  Our first stop was at Locklears to pick up some frosty beverages before meandering our way to meet the artists.  Over twenty booths were set up for people to view and learn about the artists and/or their body of work.  For convenience, Locklears also had a bar set up on the pier for people to refresh their beverages as they emptied their cups.

First, we chatted with Diann Shaddox, who was the event organizer and director.  She told us about the 20+ artists who participated in this year’s Wine and Sign.  Some of the authors included Deanna Anderson who brought two books, 365 Tarot Activities, and her book of short stories, Of the Seven: Sinner or Saint.  Author Virginia Lori Jennings introduced herself as a speculative fiction author who enjoys researching her new books.  Stratton Lawrence, photographer and writer, proudly showed attendees his new book of over 200 stunning photos in Images of America – Folly Beach.  Others involved were author Dee Phelps, author Denise W. Owen, poet Warren Slesinger, lawyer and author Sean Keefer, author Quitman Marshall,  and many more.

Also an author, Diann wrote A Faded Cottage, a book that focuses on a main character who suffers from essential tremors and the challenges that stem from it.  Hosting a successful event such as the Wine and Sign contributes to the the Diann Shaddox Foundation, a group supporting individuals suffering from neurological conditions.  The foundation seeks to inspire, inform, and increase awareness of these conditions to the public with the hope of finding an eventual cure.  Approximately five percent of the population suffers from essential tremors.  This is not insignificant to Diann, and she hopes to continue to educate is through her foundation, work and with more events such as the Wine and Sign on the pier.  Look for more artistic talent to visit us again on Folly and support a great cause!

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