Alphonso Brown is a very busy man. With his extensive background in music (B.S. degree in musicology from South Carolina State University and a graduate degree from Southern Illinois University), he is choirmaster/organist for the Emmanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street. At Mother Emmanuel he directs 5 choirs, some of which are featured annually in Piccolo Spoleto and a host of other venues including concerts, television and even film documentaries. In his spare time, Mr. Brown leads lively Gullah excursions downtown on his 21 seat touring bus. This 2 hour trip begins and ends at the Charleston Visitors Center and takes you to numerous places on the peninsula where you’ll gain insight into the rich Gullah history of this area. Mr. Brown knows his stuff–he was born in the tiny hamlet of Rantowles, 12 miles south of Charleston, speaks fluent Gullah and is familiar with its traditions. We’ve run this trip several times before and always have a fun and lively time. We’ll carpool to the Charleston Visitor Center where we’ll board a bus for our tour. Participants must be able to board bus.