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Sunday, September 17, 2017

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Your bi-monthly newsletter is here!

What's happening on the Waccamaw Neck ~ compliments of the Friends of Waccamaw Library!

The Friends of Waccamaw Library's bi-monthly digital newsletter aims to let you know what's happening on the Waccamaw Neck and Georgetown (farther afield if it's library-related). This e-communication supplements the hard copy newsletter mailed quarterly and is sent to all Friends (whose e-dresses we have) and to all who ask to be added to the Constant Contact list.

In addition to the programming developed by the library system and the Friends (in red), we will cover other opportunities for quality experiences, education and entertainment. The information is organized by date, so scroll down to the date you are seeking. If you are part of a group or organization with news to share, we welcome your announcement. Keep it short; just the facts. We cannot reproduce an elaborate pdf with graphics and photos. The key information needed includes: Title of event, Where held, When (date and time), BRIEF description, Benefit for (if applicable), Cost (if any), Contact (phone and email), Website (for more information).
To be added to the e-mail list or to submit an announcement, please send your information directly to the e-newsletter editor Linda Ketron at:
Kids & Families at Waccamaw Library - all programs free.
  • Game on! We play a wide variety of family friendly board and card games at every branch, and always have a great time. Waccamaw Game Night, Tuesdays, 5:30-8:30 PM, free,
  • Storytime! Every Wednesday, 10:30 AM. Ages birth to 5.
  • Art with the Myrtle Beach Art Museum. Ages 7 and up, 1st Wednesday each month, 3-4 PM.
  • Canine Angels. Reading has gone to the dogs! Check out this link to see the benefits to children of reading to attentive pooches: All ages, 2nd & 4th Wednesday each month, 3-4 PM.
  • LEGO Free Build. All ages, Fridays after school.
  • Minecraft Club. Come share the worlds you've created! All ages, Fridays after school.  
  • Manners Club is held the first Saturday each month, providing basic etiquette and manners training in a fun and exciting environment for children 4-10 years old. Contact Connie Graham (Ms. Manners) at
Adults at Waccamaw Library - most programs are free, although some require membership. Contact
  • Tidelands Camera Club meets on the first Monday each month, 9-11 AM.
  • Technology Club meets on the second Monday each month at 9:30 AM to discuss advances.
  • Waccamaw Genealogy Club meets on the third Monday each month, 9-11:30 AM.
  • Knitting Group meets Mondays, 1-3 PM to knit and crochet with company and share patterns and techniques. Contact Carol Davison at
  • Mah Jongg Club meets Tuesdays, 1-3 PM, bring your set and current card.
September-October Artist at the Waccamaw Library: Cathy Turner 
As a child, Turner was always drawing, winning many awards, but it wasn't until she was grown that her "father pushed, almost dared me, to use oil paint. I was hooked!" As a self-taught artist, she learned through trial and error, painting primarily for her family. In 1989, she moved from Washington, DC to Pawleys Island, working in real estate for many years and continuing to paint the stunning images of Lowcountry life. She is a partner in the Island Art Gallery co-op in the Village Shops, which represents more than 20 artists and organizes a variety of workshops, private and group lessons. For more information,
September-October Photographer at the Waccamaw Library: Phil Duwel
Phil Duwel became a professional photographer in late 2012. Although he photographs sports, urban scenes and people, the bulk of his work centers on Lowcountry scenes, wildlife, and culture. His works have garnered numerous awards. In Seacoast Artist Guild juried shows, he has claimed three firsts and a second. Additionally, his art has been featured in Alternatives, Local Life, and Coast Life magazines. His works documenting the Georgetown fire, September 2013, were on exhibit at the Rice Museum for two years. The Georgetown Cultural Council honored him in a one man exhibition of 42 of his works, August 2017.
His gallery, the Lowcountry Art Gallery, is located in Pawleys Island, SC. Additionally, his work has been offered at the following juried art festivals: Atalaya Art Fest, Spoleto, Brookgreen Art Festival, Georgetown Boat Show, Precious Blood Fall Fest and the Jamboree by the Sea Festival.
His work is currently positioned at the Rice Museum, Georgetown, SC; in the Seacoast Art Gallery at Market Common, Myrtle Beach, SC; at the Myrtle Beach Art and Frame, Murrells Inlet and Myrtle Beach SC; at the Gray Man Gallery, Pawleys Island SC and at the Sunset River Gallery, Calabash, NC. For more information,

Bring your eclipse glasses to the Friends Center - They will be sent to Astronomers Without Borders who are gathering the protective eyewear to distribute to children in Africa next year when they will experience an eclipse.
A few tickets are still available for the 27th Annual FOWL Fall Luncheon & Auction. "Southern Style: Fine and Funky" will be held Tuesday, Sept. 26, 11:30 AM-2 PM at Pawleys Plantation. Individual tickets for this event can be purchased at the Friends Center. Groups of five or more must contact Roz Breit at 843.237.7876 or There are a limited number of tickets available and they are going fast, so make sure to get yours soon!

Georgetown Library System archivist Julie Warren has been working on a large stack of postcards that were sent to people in Georgetown and will now go into the Library's online collection. She has finished scanning the postcards and is looking for volunteers to help transcribe the messages on the cards. Unfortunately, the software being used is unable to read handwriting, so it's up to us to figure out what's been written. Volunteers are needed to transcribe the messages.  Julie can send a batch of scanned images to you, or you can come in and work with the postcards in person. She's open to either option. If you are interested in helping, please contact Julie at 843.545.8816 or
Georgetown Library seeks volunteers to serve as learning coaches for adults. The Georgetown Library hosts a weekly Adult Learning Program that assists adults from the Georgetown area in developing their reading and writing skills. The free program started in February and already has 34 coaches working with 35 students. More adult learners are interested and more volunteer coaches are needed. Learners can see coaches on a drop-in basis from 2-6 PM each Wednesday at the Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.), or can schedule weekly sessions at a mutually agreeable time. Tutoring is available for topics including: basic literacy, learning English, résumé writing, filling out job applications, improving basic computer skills, improving basic math skills, filling out forms and improving test performance. Coaches evaluate each adult's skills and create a plan for that individual's instruction. Then individuals are paired with a coach to complete the instruction plan. The coach and student will set up convenient weekly sessions to work together. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is asked to call or email Sue Cross, Program Director, at or 843.237.0289. The program is an outreach ministry of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church in Pawleys Island.

Friday, Sept. 15
9 AM-Noon - Taste of OLLI rescheduled (thanks to Irma!) for the Litchfield Education Center and from 2 to 4 PM  at the Georgetown Education Center. 843.349.2025 or 843.349.6584 or visit

7 PM - Strand Cinema (Front St., Georgetown) Special Event: "The 60-Yard Line" a family comedy-drama based on a true story, and set during the 2009 Football season. Ben 'Zagger' Zagowski and Nick 'Polano' Polano, best friends and co-workers, buy a house in the parking lot of Lambeau Field (home of the Packers), and are forced to pick between a football fan lifestyle and a girl. Lives change. Directed by Leif Gantvoort,
Written and Produced by Ryan Churchill and Nick Greco. Nick Greco is the son of Pawleys Island residents Ellen and Joe Greco, who will introduce the film. Box office will open at 5:45 PM. Tickets are $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers, for complete listing of upcoming Friday and Saturday films, 843).527.2924, 3# or

6-9 PM - Georgetown Business Association presents Shaggin' on the Sampit with DJ Mike Worley (94.9 SURF FM) at Francis Marion Park (801 Front St.). Free,
Saturday, Sept. 16
Times Vary - Beach Sweep organized by the SC Sea Grant Consortium seeks volunteers for Myrtle Beach State Park, Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach, Huntington Beach State Park, Pawleys Island Beach/Creek/ Marsh/Boat Landings, North Litchfield and Litchfield Beaches, Waccamaw River Boat Landings. To locate the group you'd like to join for this important environmental clean-up, visit
9 AM -Third Annual Ride the Tide (Winyah Rivers Foundation in partnership with G.I.F.T. - Giving It Forward Together) hold a "float" event to benefit the Waccamaw Riverkeeper. Open to any non-motorized floatation device including inner tubes, paddleboards, kayaks, canoes and home-made rafts. Tubes and raft-building provided by Black River Outdoors. Start at Litchfield Plantation with registration at 9 AM, water blast off from 10-11 AM and ending at Hagley Landing. Post Ride After Party at Pawleys Island Raw Bar starts at 3 PM (open to the entire community) with an all-you-can-eat Lowcountry Boil ($25). Float fees: Using your device, Adults $40, Kids 8-15 yrs - $20; Using provided tube, Adults $50, Kids 8-15 yrs - $25. Call 843.333.6178 or register online
9 AM - Fall Haul in Murrells Inlet. Join your neighbors for the annual fall creek-front cleanup. Meet at Crazy Sister Marina. Free, 843.357.2007.

Sunday, Sept. 17
2 PM - "George Washington and the Constitution" at Base Recreation Center (800 Grabeski Lane, Market Common, Myrtle Beach). George and Martha (as portrayed by Bill and Cara Elder) are coming to Myrtle Beach on Constitution Day. Invite your family and friends for this special program commemorating the Two Hundred Thirtieth Anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution. This is a free event, presented by the Theodosia Burr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. For more information, 843.267.2518.
Monday, Sept. 18
4:30 PM - The Grand Strand Camellia Society will meet at the Waccmaw Library. Topics for this meeting include an organizational meeting for 2017-18 and selection of camellias to sell at the 14th annual camellia show on Jan. 13-14, 2018.  Visitors and guests are always welcome, 843.995.1256.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
10 AM - Friends of Georgetown Library (FOGL) launches "Tuesdays With ...," a once-a-month community lecture series at the Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.) featuring leaders of the Georgetown community sharing their stories, their expertise, their passions. Paige Sawyer's presentation ("By George, I Didn't Know That!") features slides and his own delightful brand of wit to explore little-known tidbits of Georgetown history. From the growing of indigo, to the largest slave owner in America, and whatever happened to the Sunset Lodge, you'll get the inside scoop on Georgetown's fascinating past. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3366.
4-9 PM - Spirit Day at bisQit in the Hammock Shops will benefit FOWL.
10% of the evening's proceeds will be donated to the Friends of the Waccamaw Library. Dine in or dine out (take-out included).

6:30 PM - FOWL presents a lecture on Pirate Blackbeard by Kevin Duffus at the Waccamaw Library. This family-friendly event explores the complex life of Edward Teach, the notorious scalawag better known as Blackbeard. Duffus draws from research he did for his latest book, The Last Days of Blackbeard the Pirate, when he learned some surprising facts about the criminal commander who plied the waters just off our coast. Free and open to the public,
Wednesday, Sept. 20
1 PM - Gullah Geechee Program Series at Brookgreen Gardens. Learn about the people, language and culture of the Gullah Beechee people whose ancestors were enslaved from West Africa and brought here to work on plantations. Also offered Sept. 27. Wed., 1 PM, free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or
1 PM - The Horry County Museum (805 Main St., Conway) presents documentary matinee "South Carolinians in WWII: Return to Normandy." See Sept. 6 for details; also Sept. 27. Free and open to the public, 843.915.5320 or

7 PM - Author's Table at Waccamaw Library presents Michael Brady, retired Lieutenant Colonel, with his first book, Into the Shadows: The Fever, A Spy Novel. His story follows Michael Brennan, a career CIA non-official cover (NOC) intelligence officer and his quest to identify and disrupt a plot crafted by the Islamic State terror group. After Michael travels to Israel and meets with Israeli intelligence, he partners with Elif Turan, a Mossad agent working in Turkey as a false flag along the Syrian border. Together, they must use their skills and tradecraft to stop Islamic State's scheme of introducing the deadly Ebola virus into New York City.
Author Brady is a 1990 graduate of The Citadel, Marine Corps Command and General Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, US Army Airborne School and US Army Ranger School. He earned his MS in Strategic Intelligence from the national intelligence university in Washington DC in 2003. He has performed a wide variety of tactical and strategic intelligence functions including long-range surveillance, interrogation, intelligence analysis, collection management, emergency operations, and intelligence production. He served as the Director, Presidential Emergency Operations Center in the White House from January 2001 until July 2002 under President George W. Bush. His areas of expertise and research include threats to the homeland, intelligence collection systems and programs, intelligence analysis, and intelligence support to national policy making. He is also the USA contributor to the Sunday Morning Spy Show, an international podcast based in the United Kingdom. He recently became a weekly contributor to the Asia Times where he writes on security issues in the region. Brady teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at The Citadel. He also lectures at FSU, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina. For more information,
Thursday, Sept. 21
10 AM - Exploring Religious Cultures at the Waccamaw Library presents Dr. Preston McKever-Floyd with his lecture "Echoes of Africa: Bakongo Influences in the Lowcountry," an excursion into the cosmology of the West African Bakongo culture. Learn about the mapping of West African influences on the Gullah religious practices of the South Carolina Lowcountry, specifically, the "spirit world," folk medicine/conjuration and burial practices from CCU retired professor of philosophy and religious studies. Free and open to the public,

Friday, Sept. 22
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Dana Ridenour (Beyond the Cabin) at Ocean One. FBI Special Agent Lexie Montgomery goes deep undercover to investigate the Earth Liberation Front, a domestic terrorism group operating in the South Carolina Lowcountry. As Lexie struggles to infiltrate the organization, she soon realizes everything may not be as it seems in the Lowcountry. Lexie's investigation spirals out of control and places her life in danger after someone in her trusted inner circle reveals her undercover identity. Now Lexie must work to bring those responsible to justice. . . if only she knew who she could trust. Author Ridenour is a retired FBI agent after 20 years of service in a variety of cases including multi-faceted narcotics investigations, domestic sex trafficking of minors, and violent crime.  She served in the FBI's Evidence Response Team where she and her team traveled to New York City in response to the 9/11 World Trade Center attack and worked in a series of long term, deep cover cases focusing on domestic terrorism. $30, 843.235.9600 or
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 22-24
Times Vary - 41st Annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival at Atalaya Castle in Huntington Beach State Park(16148 Ocean Hwy). Featuring more than 100 of the finest regional artisans, the Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival provides aesthetic beauty against a background of natural beauty. Enjoy fine art, quality crafts and Lowcountry food, along with the musical offerings of several of the area's finest musicians. Fri. (Noon-6 PM), Sat. (10 AM-6 PM) and Sun. (10 AM-5 PM), daily festival admission fee is $8 for each adult; a multi-day pass is available for $10 per adult. Visitors 15 and younger are admitted free. Park admission is also free. For more information, SC PRT at 803.734.0767 or Huntington Beach State Park, 843.237.4440. 
Friday, Sept. 22
6:30 PM - Friday Night Film Series at Waccamaw Library presents "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" (2016, rated PG 13). Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones' service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well. Starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport, and Bill Nighy. Free and open to the public,

Saturday, Sept. 23
All day - The Inshore Fishing Association Redfish Tour and Kayak Tour will return to Georgetown County's Carroll A. Campbell Marine Complex. Registration is open to all anglers, no competitive fishing experienced needed. For more information and online registration, visit
8:30 AM-2 PM - Brookgreen Gardens Member-Only Plant Sale. Join us for our annual Member-Only Plant Sale, a one-stop horticulture shopping experience. Garden volunteers and horticulturists will be on hand to answer questions, assist in plant selections, and offer advice at the Lachicotte Horticulture Complex-Greenhouse. It is best to arrive early, as plant selections go fast. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or
5:30-8:30 PM - Brew at the Zoo. This craft beer tasting will feature more than 30 regional and national selections and offers a rare opportunity after-hours to see Brookgreen's Native Wildlife Zoo. Guests receive a signature tasting glass and enjoy a silent auction hosted by The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens. Food and wine are available for purchase. $35 members, $40 nonmembers, $15 designated drivers, 843.235.6000 or
Tuesday, Sept. 26
11:30 AM-2 PM - FOWL 27th Annual Library Luncheon: Southern Style Fine & Funky at Pawleys Plantation. Friends of the Waccamaw Library hold this premier event to raise funds for books and media and adult programming. Donated handbags, jewelry and accessories irresistibly displayed. Put a table of friends together to bid on these treasures, win fantastic door prizes, and enjoy a delicious luncheon. $35 ($20 tax deductible), tickets at 843.545.3623 or
Wednesday, Sept. 27
1 PM - Gullah Geechee Program Series at Brookgreen Gardens. See Sept. 20 entry for details. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or
1 PM - The Horry County Museum (805 Main St., Conway) presents the documentary "Carolina Stories: The Last Auction." Free and open to the public, 843.915.5320 or

Thursday, Sept. 28
10 AM - The Waccamaw Library continues its religion and belief series Common Threads in Diverse Spiritualities with the life and teachings of Meher Baba presented by Buz Connor, a Myrtle Beach psychotherapist, who has been following the teachings of the Indian spiritual master since 1971. Meher Baba taught on the meaning and purpose of life from 1922 until his death in 1969. He was called by his disciples the Avatar, or God in human form. He believed that the phenomenal world is an illusion, that the Universe is imagination, and that each soul is really God passing through imagination to realize individually his own divinity. Meher Baba maintained silence from 1925 until the end of his life, communicating by means of an alphabet board or unique hand gestures. Although he spent long periods in seclusion, he also traveled widely, held public gatherings and engaged in works of charity with lepers, the poor and the mentally ill. He set up centers for information and pilgrimage, one of which is in Myrtle Beach. Free and open to the public,
6-8:30 PM - Baruch Roundtable: The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand & FDR. Kathryn Smith, award-winning author of The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership That Defined a Presidency, lectures after dinner in the Hobcaw House dining room. After driving themselves to Hobcaw House, guests will enjoy a reception with Ms. Smith, formal dinner, and discussion of Marguerite "Missy" LeHand - arguably the most influential member of Roosevelt's administration and his de facto chief of staff. Misrepresented, mischaracterized, and overlooked throughout history, LeHand was Franklin Delano Roosevelt's right-hand woman, both personally and professionally. Although her official title - Personal Secretary - was relatively humble, her power and influence were unparalleled. As one of his most trusted advisors, she was afforded a unique perspective on the president, one which no one else could claim. Ms. Smith earned a bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Georgia. A native of Anderson, SC, she is a journalist and writer with a lifelong interest in FDR and his circle. This Baruch Roundtable appearance celebrates his 1944 visit to Hobcaw Barony. Reservations required; limited to 26. $85,
Friday, Sept. 29
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Johnathan Scott Barrett (Cook & Tell: Recipes and Stories from Southern Kitchens) at Inlet Affairs. Another delicious sojourn from the author of Rise and Shine! A Southern Son's Treasury of Food, Family and Friends. This moveable feast across Dixie showcases the incredible food created in the homes of the South and the resulting tales that accompany those heartwarming dishes. In a warm and engaging anthology, Barrett includes not only his own entertaining stories and meaningful recipes but also those of friends met along the way. $30, 843.235.9600 or
6:30 PM - Friday Night Film Series at Waccamaw Library presents
"The Zookeeper's Wife" (2016, rated PG 13) .The account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion. Starring Jessica Chastain, Daniel Brühl, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, and Iddo Goldberg. Free and open to the public,
Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 21
The Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art (PIFMA) presents its 27th annual festival with three weeks of cultural entertainment and musical performances including a Wine Gala that serves as the event's primary fundraiser. All events to be held under the performance tent at the Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island, unless otherwise noted. Tickets for all events available only through the festival office in the Litchfield Exchange, 843.626.8911 or
Saturday, Sept. 30
9 AM-5:30 PM - The Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art's kick-off event "5th Annual Seaside Palette" will be held in Historic Georgetown (rain date, Sunday, Oct. 1). Join more than 50 artists set up in the Georgetown Historic District to participate en plein air. From 3:30-5:30 PM, Wet Paint Sale & Reception on Kaminski House Lawn. Free, 843.626.8911 or
9 AM-3 PM - PIFMA: Chalk Under the Oaks at Francis Marion Park on Front Street, Downtown Georgetown. Based on the Italian tradition of street painting from the 16th century when artists would travel from town to town for religious festivals and transform the streets and public squares into temporary galleries for their works. Great family day activity for all ages. Free, 843.626.8911 or
9 AM-3 PM - Sawmill Saturday at the L.W. Paul Living History Farm (corner of Hwy 701 North and Harris Shortcut road in Conway). See the sawmill in operation and learn about the various uses for hickory on farms. The L. W. Paul Living History Farm is open Tuesday-Saturday 9 AM-4 PM and teaches the history of the Horry County farm family from 1900-1955. Free and open to the public, 843.365.3596 or
1 PM - The Horry County Museum (805 Main St., Conway) presents a lecture by Rodger Stroup on funeral and mourning customs in South Carolina. Ever wonder how we arrived at our current way of saying goodbye to friends and loved ones after their passing?  Most of us know something about Egyptian mummies just from watching movies and going to blockbuster exhibits like "King Tut" and "Ramses." But we know little about how our current customs developed in the United States and specifically in the South. Funeral and burial practices have evolved over the last 350 years in South Carolina and are now a blend of European, African and totally American traditions. If you don't know what a 'memory jug" is come and find out. Stroup graduated with a B.A. Degree in History from Wofford College in 1968, followed by graduate school at the University of South Carolina where his major fields of study included Southern and South Carolina History. He has served as director/curator of the Historic Columbia Foundation, deputy director of the South Carolina State Museum, and past chairman of the South Carolina Archives and History Center. Since retiring in 2009, Dr. Stroup has remained active in several history organizations and is currently the curator of the South Carolina Railroad Museum, and is currently working on a history of the South Carolina State Fair commemorating its 150th anniversary in 2019. Free and open to the public, 843.915.5320 or
3 PM - Sculpture Talk at Brookgreen Gardens. A public talk/PowerPoint by Sculptor-in-Residence Ken Smith at the Lowcountry Center Auditiorium. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or

Oct. 1, 3 & 5
10 AM-noon and 2-4 PM - Brookgreen Gardens' Sculptor-in-Residence Ken Smith will give a demonstration with commentary at the Campbell Center for American Sculpture. He will demonstrate various carving techniques while he works and will have extra stone and hand tools available for visitors to experience stone carving themselves. Visitors may come and go throughout each day to see how his work progresses, or they may attend one day only but will still get a good experience about what stone carving entails. Sun., Tues., Thurs., free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or
Tuesday, Oct. 3 
2 - The Friends of the Waccamaw Library's Exploring Religious Cultures, a lecture series that explores the diverse array of religion and cultures that can be found in our area, presents "The Five Pillars of Islam" with Samih Baalbaki, born and raised in Lebanon. His formative years in the Middle East provided him with the opportunity to understand the culture and practices of Islam. He went on to study and practice law. He is fluent in Arabic and has traveled extensively in the Muslim world throughout his life. He is passionate about educating others on the culture of Islam and dispelling myths or misconceptions of Islam. Samih Baalbaki is an instructor with Coastal Carolina University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). For more information on this program, email

1:30-3:30 PM - Bellefield Plantation Tour. This program takes place on the grounds of Bellefield Plantation, the home of Belle Baruch, daughter of Bernard and Anne Baruch. Belle built her permanent home in what she called the "friendliest woods in the world." As the house stands empty awaiting restoration, these tours provide a chance to not only walk the grounds, see the stables, kennels, garage and gardens of a once stately home but also step inside the house to understand Belle's simple lifestyle and her love of the Lowcountry. Reservations required. $20,
6:30-8 PM - Annual Community Chowder Talk at Murrells Inlet Community Center. Complimentary chowder and beverages will be served at 6:30 PM, followed by the meeting. MI2020 will provide an update on its projects and programs and present the 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award and the 2015 Golden Oyster Award. The Golden Oyster Award recognizes a business, organization and/or individual whose action shows respect and care for the Inlet landscape and waters. Free, 843.357.2007.
Wednesday, Oct. 4
1 PM - Gullah Geechee Program Series at Brookgreen Gardens. See Sept. 6 entry for details. Also offered Oct. 11, 18 & 25. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or
Thursday, Oct. 5
10 AM-noon - First Thursdays Speakers Series at Waccamaw Library presents Lee Brockington, friend of FOWL and Hobcaw Barony senior interpreter, presents the first of a two-part series: "Georgetown County's Education Legacy of the 18th and 19th Century." Explore  the history of education among rice planters, slaves and the working white population.
How were the wealthy educated at home and abroad and was it was illegal to teach slaves to read and write? Then the focus shifts to how education was provided after the Civil War and what Georgetown
County offered through local government, religious institutions and generous individuals. Sponsored by FOWL, free and open to the public,,
5:30 - Georgetown Library Fall Book Club meets in the Local History Room at the Georgetown Library to discuss Archibald Rutledge's God's Children.  Free and open to the public, contact Patti Burns, 843.545.3366.

7 PM - PIFMA: Pawleys Island Wine & Food Gala at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island. Sample more than 100 wines from renowned vineyards around the world and enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres prepared by eight of the area's best chefs. The evening will also include a three-hour dessert tasting, a silent auction full of wonderful trips, and a complimentary wine glass. Wines will be available for purchase at prices well below retail during this special event. Casual cocktail attire. Event held rain or shine. $100, 843.626.8911 or
Friday, Oct. 6
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Diane Chamberlain (The Stolen Marriage) at Pawleys Plantation. One mistake, one fateful night, and Tess DeMello's life is changed forever.It is 1944. Pregnant, alone, and riddled with guilt, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly gives up her budding career as a nurse and ends her engagement to the love of her life, unable to live a lie. Instead, she turns to the baby's father for help and agrees to marry him, moving to the small, rural town of Hickory, North Carolina. Tess quickly realizes she's trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out. $30, 843.235.9600 or
1:30-3:30 PM - Friendfield Village Tour at Hobcaw Barony. Daily Introductory Tours pass through this African American village, once home to 100 slaves and lived in by black employees until 1952. Consider joining this in-depth tour for a more comprehensive exploration of Friendfield, traveling by bus, but being guided on foot through the cabins and the 19th century church. Hobcaw Barony has a unique chance to interpret history at the site, as gleaned from documents, photographs, oral histories and visits from former residents. Reservations required. Also offered Nov. 3. $20,
6-9 PM - Georgetown Business Association presents Black Water Rhythm and Blues Band at Francis Marion Park (801 Front St.).  Free,
6:30 PM - Friday Night Film Series at Waccamaw Library presents  
"National Treasure" (2004, PG). Historian and code-breaker Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) has been searching his whole life for a rumored treasure dating back to the creation of the United States. Joining an expedition led by fellow treasure hunter Ian Howe (Sean Bean), Gates finds an ice-locked Colonial ship in the Arctic Circle that contains a clue linking the treasure to the Declaration of Independence. But when Howe betrays him, Gates has to race to get to the document ahead of his so-called colleague. Free and open to the public,

7 PM - PIFMA: Artrageous at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island. Art, Music, Theater, Singing, Dancing & Audience Interaction... All on one stage as a team of friends seeing the world and sharing a love of the Arts. Imagine witnessing the creativity of an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes in mere moments. Combined with captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting music, Artrageous takes you on a visual journey and a high energy ride of inspiration, creativity, and engagement. The troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, icons and musical genres throughout the evening. The result is a uniquely entertaining masterpiece show culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. Gates open at 6 PM, Children 16 and under-free, $25-general admission, $35-reserved, $45-preferred, 843.626.8911 or
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7 & 8
9:30 AM-4 PM - Harvest Home Weekend Festival. Brookgreen's annual fall festival is filled with outdoor activities the whole family will enjoy. We'll have favorite activities such as scarecrow building, pumpkin painting, hayrides, live entertainment, plus the launch of the second Magnificent Brookgreen Gardens Storyhouse Book: Wild Turkey Day by Ron Daise and Millie Doud (both available to sign copies). Attendance free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or
Saturday, Oct. 7  
7 PM - PIFMA: Delbert McClinton at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island. Multi-Grammy Award winner Delbert McClinton is "One of the Fortunate Few," who has managed to live his dreams for more than six decades. The stars have aligned for McClinton. Those stars may have leaned toward the blues, but Delbert has managed to keep them on the bright side. McClinton earned his first Grammy nomination in 1989 for Live from Austin and his first win in 1991 for his duet with Bonnie Raitt on "Good Man, Good Woman." McClinton earned two more Grammys and topped the Billboard Blues chart with a series of albums in the 2000s, including Nothing Personal, Cost of Living and Acquired Taste. Gates open at 6 PM, $30-general admission, $45-reserved, $85-preferred, $250-Individual VIP, $400-Couple VIP, 843.626.8911 or
Sunday, Oct. 8  
11 AM-6 PM - 18th Annual Surfrider Lip-Rippin' Chilympics Chili Cook-off will be held at King St. Grille, Hot Fish Club and Morse Park Landing, Murrells Inlet. This annual chili competition will feature categories such as Best Overall, Best Restaurant, People's Choice, Most Original, Best Vegetarian, Best Theme, Best Use of South Carolina Ingredients and Hottest Chili. Cash prizes go to first place winners in each category. Chili samples, beverages and other items will be priced separately. Admission is free and this event is open to the public. There will be a fabulous line-up of live bands. There will also be a kids' area with food, soft drinks, face painting and inflatables, a beer garden featuring craft beers from around the state, and a vendor village with area businesses, nonprofits, as well as arts and crafts. All proceeds from the Lip-Rippin' Chilympics Chili Cook-Off will be used for projects of the Grand Strand Surfrider Foundation, an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit serving the Grand Strand. Free admission, or
Tuesday, Oct. 10
7:30 AM-7 PM - Habitat for Humanity Home Build at Palmetto Ace Home Center,  843.235.3555 or
Wednesday, Oct. 11
1 PM - Gullah Geechee Program Series at Brookgreen Gardens. See Oct. 4  entry for details. Also offered Oct. 18 & 25. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or
5 PM - Waccamaw Library continues its series "Common Threads in Diverse Spiritualities" with a look at atheism. Michelle LaRocco will talk about what atheism is and is not, and will explain the types of non-religious labels, like agnostic, secular humanist, and freethinker. She will also discuss some of the benefits of secular humanism as a moral system and to fostering a free society. "Atheists are one of the most mistrusted minority groups in the country, if not the world," LaRocco said, promising in her lecture to sort through the realities and misconceptions about non-religious philosophy. LaRocco is the President of the Myrtle Beach Humanists and Freethinkers, which is a chapter of the American Humanist Association. The Myrtle Beach chapter is a proactive group of humanists, atheists, freethinkers, agnostics and skeptics in the Grand Strand. Free and reservations are encouraged, email
Wednesday, Oct. 11-Nov. 15
1:30-3:30 PM - Introductory Tours of Hobcaw Barony. $20,
Thursday, Oct. 12
1:30-4:30 PM - Behind the Scenes Tour. Join us on an expanded tour of Hobcaw Barony for opportunities to see and experience more than what is offered on the daily Introductory Tour. With stops at the North Inlet salt marsh, the grounds of Bellefield Plantation, Friendfield Village, and the main floor of Hobcaw House, participants have a chance to spend more time at each location than offered on the daily tour. Reservations required. Also offered Oct. 20 & 26, Nov. 2, 9 & 16. $30,
5:30-7 PM - The North vs. The South at Hobcaw Barony. Join Lee Brockington at the Discovery Center for a very special program with timely importance. She will introduce Chris Boyle and facilitate dialogue after his talk. It will be a good chance for many of you who are newcomers to understand "why the South is still fighting the war," but moreover why the South is different, how far we've come, how far we have to go. In an ongoing effort to teach understanding of racial and sectional divisions in America, Hobcaw Barony offers a book launch and evening with historian Christopher C. Boyle, author of The Road to Secession in Antebellum Georgetown and Horry Districts. As a teaching associate at Coastal Carolina University and a full time high school social studies teacher, Boyle helps us unravel the complexities of the past. A lecture and discussion period are followed by a book signing. The book, by Arcadia Publishing, will be available for purchase ($21.99). Attendance free with reservations, 843.546.4623 or

7-9 PM - "Where Do We Grow From Here?" dialogue continues at the Waccamaw Library,  the Task Force on Land Use Planning is hosting a workshop with nationally recognized planning team Dover Kohl on "Where do we grow from here?  Growth and Visioning on the Waccamaw Neck."  Join our fellow steering committee colleagues for a continuation of the very successful August conversation on how to envision sustainable growth on the Waccamaw Neck. Free and open to the public,

Friday, Oct. 13
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Lisa Kerr Dunn and Robin Salmon (Dreaming with Animal) at Litchfield Country Club.This first children's biography of celebrated sculptor and Brookgreen Gardens cofounder Anna Hyatt Huntington serves as an inspiration not only because of the greatness of her art but also because of her courage and perseverance. Dunn highlights how Anna overcame society's expectations of women and survived a life-threatening illness to become a prolific sculptor and an important benefactor of art and wildlife until her death at age 97. Illustrated by Monica Wyrick with a foreword by Robin Salmon, vice president for collections and curator of sculpture for Brookgreen Gardens, Dreaming with Animals is an affecting portrait of a strong, capable, talented and innovative woman. $30, 843.235.9600 or
6:30 PM - Friday Night Film Series at Waccamaw Library presents
"Golden Coast" (2007, PG 13). The Golden Compass is a British-American fantasy and adventure film based on Northern Lights, the first novel in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials. Free and open to the public,
7 PM - PIFMA: You've Got a Friend Carole King & James Taylor Tribute at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island. In 2010 Carole King and James Taylor, two of the most celebrated singer-songwriters to ever hit the music scene, held their long awaited Live at the Troubadour reunion. It came as no surprise to anyone that Kirsti Manna and Jonathan Birchfield were so inspired by that concert that it compelled them to create a show based on this timeless music. Kirsti and Jonathan have years of touring, performing and writing between them. They have shared the stage with such artists as Brooks and Dunn, Ray Charles, Jimmy Buffett, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and have appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. And now they are sharing the stage not only with each other but with the songs of their musical mentors. Gates open at 6 PM, $25-general admission, $35-reserved, $45-preferred, 843.626.8911 or
Saturday, Oct. 14
 8 AM-noon - Friends of Georgetown Library (FOGL) Community Yard Sale at 405 Cleland St., Georgetown). Free to attend, 843.545.3366.
1-5 PM - Family Fun & Literacy Day on the lawn of the Kaminski House Museum. Fall activities will include storytelling, children's games, crafts, pumpkin painting, a healthy foods tent and a spirited pumpkin patch. Parents must accompany children to be admitted to this event. Free event provided to the community through a grant from International Paper, 843.546.7706 or
7 PM - PIFMA: Melissa Manchester at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island. With her 20th album, "You Gotta Love the Life," Melissa Manchester celebrates not only 40 years as a Grammy award-winning performer and songwriter, but also a renewed independence and vitality. The melodically diverse collection, which includes guest appearances from Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Keb' Mo', Dionne Warwick, Dave Koz, and Joe Sample (in one of his last recordings) is the gifted singer's first new studio album since 2004's "When I Look Down That Road." Manchester's career is remarkable not only for its longevity (receiving her first Grammy nomination in 1979) and accomplishments, but for its versatility. Gates open at 6 PM, $25-general admission, $45-reserved, $75-preferred, $250-VIP Individual, $400-VIP Couple, 843.626.8911 or

Sunday, Oct. 15
3-5 PM - FOWL launches National Friends Week at the Waccamaw Library with a Freedom Readers After School Literacy Program presentation and children's choir performance. CEO Dr. Tracy Bailey will discuss "Reversing Underachievement in Reading the Freedom Readers Way," using a dynamic PowerPoint presentation. She will focus on the Freedom Readers' philosophy and what makes it such a unique and effective approach, addressing key issues such as: Why FR is needed in our communities; What we do to address the problem of under-achievement in reading; Success stories including data and anecdotes; FR's ten year plan....goals and big dreams. Then the Freedom Readers Children's Choir, comprised of young scholars from learning sites in Georgetown County including Arnett AME, Plantersville Elementary School, Dickerson AME, and Gordon Chapel AME, will take the stage. Formed in 2015 to participate in the Georgetown Rice Festival, they are rehearsing now with CCU music professor and Gullah musicologist Dr. Eric Crawford. Refreshments will follow, prepared by Laura Herriott of Sandy Island's Wilma Cottage. Door prizes! Free and open to Friends and friends of Friends.
Looking Ahead!
"Aging Better Together" on Oct. 25, 6-8 PM at Waccamaw Library. It's never too early to consider how you want to age. People are learning they are not alone in wanting to create living conditions that benefit their overall health and well being. Join the conversation with Anne Glass, Ph.D., a leading researcher in the field of elder self-managed communities. She will discuss the benefits of aging in environments where adults provide mutual support to each other. She has studied how various living arrangements in the US and abroad can facilitate this well being. Having received her doctorate from Virginia Tech in Environmental Design and Planning with a graduate certificate in gerontology, she is now Professor and Gerontology Program Coordinator in the School of Health and Applied Human Services at UNC-Wilmington. Free and open to the public, refreshments provided, contact Nancy LaPrade if you have questions,
Looking Way Ahead!
Travel to China: From March 30-April 8, 2018, Barbara McGhee, tour guide and owner of Cameo Travel Enrichment, will lead a customized Chinese cultural tour, the first time it is offered. For only $2,590 (round trip airfare from JFK, 5 star hotels and many meals included, single supplement - $380), you will visit the Great Wall of China, Xian and the Terra Cotta Warriors, the Panda Center (!), Tang Dynasty Dance and Music, Beijing and the China National Center for the Performing Arts, the Summer Palace, Forbidden City, Museums and more. If you are interested in receiving more information, call 843.650.4501 or send an email to

ONGOING! - Check out this updated nonprofit website, created and maintained by Murrells Inlet resident John Morken, to keep you informed about all of the cultural events on the Grand Strand. Dedicated to making it easy to know about all the Fine Arts events, it strips away pop culture and tourist attractions found in other guides. The What's Happening page has artists, performers and sponsors personally telling you what they are presenting NOW, along with ads for events. The calendar displays as a month, week, day or agenda. Each event is categorized (e.g., music, art), and you can choose to view any or all of the categories by clicking on them in the dropboxes at the top of the calendar.

Through Sept. 17 - Feast Your Eyes: Celebrating the Food of the South at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, will explore southern culinary heritage as nourishment and beyond: a form of cultural, political and artistic expression; an enduring source of comfort; sometimes an object of obsession; perhaps a symbol of class, race or gender...and always a cause for celebration.  The Museum will be closed Sept. 18-27 while staff prepare two upcoming exhibitions for viewing. Gallery hours for the exhibit are from 10 AM-4 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1-4 PM on Sunday. Admission to the Museum is free but donations are welcome. 843.238.2510 or

Sept. 28-Dec. 14 - Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum presents "Grand Strand Collects" featuring more than 200 works of art from the collections of local residents, accompanied by remarks by their respective owners about how they were able to acquire and why.  Also opening on Sept. 28 is "Jocelyn Châteauvert: The South Carolina Arts Commission Turns 50," featuring a site-specific installation by Châteauvert made of suspended three-dimensional sculptures the artist creates from handmade paper. Gallery hours for the exhibit are from 10 AM-4 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1-4 PM on Sunday. Admission to the Museum is free but donations are welcome. 843.238.2510 or

Through Oct. 29 - National Sculpture Society 84th Annual Awards Exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens. The annual juried exhibition of the National Sculpture Society, the oldest professional organization of sculptors in America, presents the work of masters alongside rising stars in American sculpture. Fifteen awards are presented by the Society along with the popular People's Choice Award, determined by votes of visitors to Brookgreen Gardens. Daily, 9:30 AM-5 PM, free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or

Through Oct. 31 - Whispering Wings Butterfly Experience through October. This seasonal exhibit features a lush garden filled with tropical plants where hundreds of butterflies soar through the air. Monarch, Zebra Longwing, Polydamas Swallowtails, Pipevine Swallowtails, Spicebush Swallowtails, Julias, Buckeyes, Queens, Painted Lady, and American Lady are just a few of the species that call Whispering Wings home. Dozens of other species will be added throughout the summer and fall. Whispering Wings contains a pupae emergence room where visitors may observe the transformation from chrysalis to adult butterflies. Interpretive signs throughout the exhibit and benches provide a restful place to watch their delicate beauty in flight. Daily, 10:30 AM-4:30 PM, adults $3, children $2 for a 30-minute timed visit, in addition to garden admission, 843-235-6000 or

Through December - Historic Horry County Photographs at the Horry County Museum (805 Main St., Conway). The saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words" is never more true than with a photograph. This exhibit explores historic photographs in the Museum's collection, spanning over 100 years and visually telling a story of how people in Horry County worked and lived. These captured moments in time serve as windows to the past, helping us to learn and understand Horry County's cultural past. For further information, please call the Horry County Museum at 843-915-5320 or e-mail at

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