From homemade cakes up for auction to a display of old photographs and other memorabilia from Achilles School, Sunday afternoon served as a celebration of the small-town virtues of Guinea, as members of the Gloucester community gathered at the Abingdon Ruritan Club in Bena to celebrate Guinea Heritage Day.
Guinea Heritage Day is a precursor to the Guinea Jubilee, which began in 1979 as a four-day celebration of the Guinea community of lower Gloucester County. This year’s festival will be held on Sept. 23 and 24 at the Ruritan Club grounds. The Jubilee has evolved into a nonprofit organization committed to giving back to the community through scholarships, cultural activities and the development of a museum.
Sunday’s program included an announcement of this year’s Guinea Jubilee grand marshal, as well as the unveiling of the 2016 festival poster.
Capt. J.C. West Jr. of Hayes, a lifelong waterman and avid workboat racer, was named this year’s gra...
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