Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Your FOWL newsletter is here!

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

Dear Friends, 

The Georgetown County Library System continues Phase 5 of their 7-phase re-opening strategy, library hours are Monday-Friday, 10 AM-6 PM

Browsing (30 minutes in the adult and young adult and children stacks), curbside book delivery and limited access to circulation desks plus limited access to the adult computer area!
  • Patrons can receive Circulation Desk assistance, and faxing and copying services are available.
  • Thirty (30) minute sessions are available for computers in the adult computer area.
  • Patrons (including children three years of age and older) must wear a face covering if they enter the building. The Library has a limited number to give out.
  • Curbside book delivery is still available.
See the library website and Facebook page for exact working details.
  • Accepting phone calls Mon-Fri, 10 AM-6 PM: 843-545-3623
  • Free WiFi in the Library parking lot, 24/7: Password wifi123!
  • 60-day temporary cards so folks who don't already have a library card can use e-book services.
Also, Waccamaw Library is offering access to its archive of videotaped programs on the Georgetown County Library YouTube channel. These videos will be posted on Tuesdays at 10 AM under "In Case You Missed It" on the Georgetown County Library Facebook page and also on the FOWL Facebook page. This is a good opportunity to view adult programs and series that you might have missed (or want to see again) from the comfort of your home. Please "like" or comment to increase activity on the Facebook page! For virtual and online library resources, visit
Join Friends of the Waccamaw Library Facebook page - we now have a virtual Reader's Lounge: This group brings readers together to talk all things books. Feel free to discuss your favorite books, favorite characters, current reads, and books you can't wait to read. Please be mindful of others and don't spoil the book for someone!

As we feel our way back into reopening the world while still in the grip of the Covid-19 pandemic, misinformation is rife. For accurate and up-to-date information from the "horse's mouth," about favorite venues, hosting sites, and organizations, please visit their websites:

Avian Conservation Center       
Brookgreen Gardens                  
Burroughs & Chapin Art Museum 
Chamber of Commerce, Gtn Co  
CLASS (Fall Art Courses)            
Coastal Carolina University       
Freewoods Farm                                          
Georgetown Business Association    
Georgetown County Museum      
Georgetown County Parks,        
   Recreation & Leisure Services       
Georgetown Library System     
Grand Strand Arts Calendar    
Hampton Plantation                   
Hobcaw Barony                         
Hopsewee Plantation                
Horry County Museum            
Huntington Beach State Park  
Kaminski House Museum         
Litchfield Books                         
The Moveable Feast                 
Murrells Inlet 2020                   
Myrtle Beach State Park          
My Sister's Books                       
North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR 
Pat Conroy Literary Center      
Pawleys Island/Litchfield           
   Business Association                     
Pawleys Island Festival of         
  Music & Art                                        2020 Season has been postponed to 2021
The Rice Museum                      
Robin McCall's Storehouse Tours 
SC Maritime Museum               
Sewee Visitor Center                 
Strand Cinema                            
Swamp Fox Players                    
Theatre of the Republic            
Visitors Center, Gtn Co              
Friends of Waccamaw Neck Library    
Winyah Rivers Foundation        

This newsletter: The Friends of Waccamaw Library's digital newsletter (sent on the first and 15th of each month) aims to let you know what's happening on the Waccamaw Neck and Georgetown (farther afield if it's library-related). This e-communication is sent to all Friends (whose e-dresses we have) and to all who ask to be added to the e-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 
The new boat desk in the children's area of the Waccamaw Neck Branch Library needs a name! Submit your idea by email (, mail (41 St. Paul Place, Pawleys Island, SC 29585), or phone (843.545.3349). Tell us your idea, your name and your contact info. If your boat name is chosen, you will win the honor of seeing your clever idea on the desk for years to come AND a $10 Chick-fil-A gift card.

Outstanding virtual programs for kids and families have been developed for Waccamaw and Georgetown libraries. For more information, visit:

Adult Programs
Waccamaw Library FOWL resumes "First Thursdays": 
Because of COVID-19 concerns, library meeting rooms are currently closed to public gatherings; as a result, the Fall 2020 1st Thursday Series will feature virtual presentations. Online presentations will provide engaging educational content for library patrons and community members during this time, while enabling folks to contribute to real-time Q&A sessions following each presentation by commenting on Facebook Live.

All 1st Thursday events begin at 10 AM on the first Thursday of the month (i.e., October 1, November 5, and December 3), and are free and openly available to the public online. To view the presentations live, go to the Georgetown County Library Facebook page at the scheduled date and time: You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch the presentations on the Georgetown County Library Facebook page. 

If you miss a presentation on Facebook Live, all four presentations will also be made available for viewing afterwards on the Georgetown County Library YouTube page:
The schedule of presentations is as follows:
  • Sept. 3: Tracy S. Bailey, PhD, "The Inspiring Stories Behind Writing Riverside Blues, A Gullah Tale" (check the youtube link above)
  • Oct. 1: Jennifer Berry Hawes, "The Unfinished Story of the Emanuel AME Church Shooting: The Journey to Grace"
  • Nov. 5: Shawn Bingham, Ph.D., "The Bohemian South: Creating Countercultures from Poe to Punk"
  • Dec. 3: Marjorie J. Spruill, Ph.D., South Carolina Women and the Right to Vote: 100 Years after the 19th Amendment in S.C."
For prior programs presented by FOWL at the Waccamaw Library and by FOGL at the Georgetown Library, check out our YouTube listings at
If you missed any of the DigiBridge presentations, all ten are available for viewing on the Georgetown County Library YouTube page:
Please note: Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can still go to the Library Facebook page and watch the presentations live.

Missing your Friends Center bargain books and fabulous seasonal gifts?! FOWL has the solution! Though the Friends Center is not open for browsing, a number of devoted volunteers have arranged to staff the pick-up site at the library during specific hours. Visit our new online store, select from among the many gently used, cleaned, and so reasonably priced books and/or the great gifts available, pay securely with your credit card, and you will be notified when your items will be available for pick-up during specific hours at the library. Here's your Friends Center shopping site:

We would like to draw your attention to the routinely re-stocked shelves of "Bargain Books to Benefit FOWL" at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Highway behind Applewood House of Pancakes). Browse through organized hardcovers ($1) and paperbacks (50 cents) and find recent releases and older treasures you always meant to read. Your donations can be placed in the envelopes provided and slipped under the door of Art Works (if no one is on duty). The traditional FOWL Annual Book Sale in July, which had been postponed until the fall in hopes it would be possible to combine it with the Holiday Book Sale, has now been cancelled as the Friends - volunteers all - do not feel it can be safely organized and delivered. We will let you know if and when a book sale can go forward; meanwhile, many of the "best" recycled books are being shelved by Berni and Chuck Bader at the Litchfield Exchange.

Wednesday, Sept. 16
10-11 AM - Brookgreen U: Winter Vegetable Gardens. Come join Brookgreen Gardens Horticulturist,Toni Ricker, as she talks about how to grow a cool season vegetable garden. Some subjects she will cover are on plant selection, bed preparation, and seed starting. She will also show you how to make your own starter pots out of newspaper! Free with garden admission seating is limited to 25, so reservations are required. Contact Viki Richardson at 843.979.6083 to reserve your seat. 

Noon - SC Maritime Museum presents Smithsonian's Traveling exhibit "Water/Ways," a History at Home virtual series, beginning with "Georgetown Harbor in a Dynamic Coastal Environment - The Long Story of Keeping it Navigable" with Till J.J. Hanebuth, Associate Professor, Dept. of Coastal & Marine Systems Sciences, CCU. Additional programs offered Sept. 23, Oct. 3, Oct. 9, and Oct. 21. $5,, 843.520.0111.

Thursday, Sept. 17
3-4:30 PM - Constitution Day at Brookgreen Gardens. Celebrate with two chapters of NSDAR (Carolina Gold and Theodosia Burr Chapters) for a reading of the United States Constitution will be at 3 PM at the Constitution Oak near Pegasus. After, we will move to the Bell Tower where at 4 PM the bell will be tolled for each original state. Our Constitution Oak has been recognized by the International Society of Arboriculture and the National Arborist Association as having lived here at the time of the signing of our constitution. Included with garden admission. 843.235.6000.

Friday, Sept. 18 
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Lina Maslo (Through the Wardrobe) at Ocean One. An author and illustrator with a Degree in Art from New College of Florida, Lina was born in Ukraine and came to the US at the age of five. She authored and illustrated her first book, Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala, published by Balzer+Bray of HarperCollins, which was a Literary Guild Selection, as well as a 2019 CCBC Choice and winner of the Living the Dream Book Award. Her new book Through the Wardrobe: How C.S. Lewis Created Narnia was released in the midst of the pandemic; The Moveable Feast will be her first opportunity to share the story. This lyrical nonfiction picture book about the inspired life of C. S. Lewis is a great prequel to Patti Callahan Henry's Becoming Mrs. Lewis. As a child Lewis imagined heroic animals, knights in armor, a faraway land, but as he grew up, he found the real world was not as just as the one in his imagination. So he created a world of fauns and queens and a lion named Aslan. A world of battles between good and evil where people learned courage and love and forgiveness-the magical realm called Narnia, a kingdom that would change his life and that of children the world over. Limited capacity, social distancing observed, masks required. $30, 843.235.9600 or

Saturday, Sept. 19
8 AM-1 PM - The Friends of Georgetown Library (FOGL) Book Sale at the Georgetown Farmers Market (on Screven Street across from the old County Courthouse) continues every Saturday through October. Please note that each week different books are for sale and different topics are offered.  The prices will be: hardbacks, $1.00; paperbacks, $.50; coffee table books, $2.00; and antiquarian and rare books, $3.00.

9:30 AM-4 PM - Brookgreen Gardens' third Gullah Geechee Junkanoo Festival in the Wall Lowcountry Center. A Masquerade and Cultural Celebration, the event will feature music, children's crafts, informational sessions, and cultural demonstrations. Dress is colorful, casual, or Afro-centric. Junkanoo, a Bahamian festival of costumes, music, dance, and a celebration of freedom, traditionally held on New Year's Day.  Gullah Geechee culture is related to Bahamian and other cultures of the African Diaspora.  Brookgreen's Gullah Geechee Junkanoo Festival celebrates heritage and fall harvests, with Ron Daise's reading of McKenzie Beach Memories from 11:30-11:50 AM, in conjunction with Natalie Daise's exhibit of original art for the bookIn an homage to the brightly colored and festival carnival masks usually worn for Junkanoo, we invite you to creatively make your own face mask or decorate and wear a disposable face mask in a festive theme!  Disposable masks will be available at the festival. Health safety can be fun! Entertainment, tours of Bethea's Garden, demonstrations by sweet grass basket makers and other artisans.
The health and safety of our members, guests, staff and volunteers is our top priority. Like many public venues, we are asking our guests to observe social distancing guidelines and based on recommendations from SCDHEC and the CDC, we strongly recommend that our guests wear a mask or comparable face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while in the gardens in close proximity to others. In compliance with Georgetown County Emergency Ordinance 20-33, masks should always be used in any interior spaces, including public restrooms. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or

Wednesday, Sept. 23
10-11 AM - Brookgreen U: A Walk Across South Carolina with Jim Lee. 
Jim Lee is the Education and Outreach Coordinator with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. He will talk about the flora and fauna he encountered on his walk across the state of South Carolina.
Free with garden admission but seating is limited to 25. Contact Viki Richardson at 843.979.6083 to reserve your seat.

Noon - SC Maritime Museum presents Smithsonian's Traveling exhibit "Water/Ways," a History at Home virtual series, with "National Estuaries Week: Celebrating Georgetown's Estuaries and National Estuarine Research Reserve" with Erik Smith, Manager, NERR; Research Associate Professor, Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences, USC. Additional programs offered Oct. 3, Oct. 9, and Oct. 21. $5, 843.520.0111,, or

Thursday, Sept 24-Sunday, Sept. 27
8 PM - Swamp Fox Players present "Independence Day at Happy Meadows," directed by Lee Padgett, at The Strand Theater (710 Front St., Georgetown). Imagine a comedy that blends TV's "The Golden Girls" with the institutional setting of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." That's a glimpse of what's ahead for the Swamp Fox Players with Laura King's
Independence Day at Happy Meadows. Thurs.- Sat., 8 PM, Sun., 2:30 PM. 
We will only be seating in every other row and there will be three (3) seats between each party.  There will be no intermission. The show's run time is 90 minutes. Also offered Oct. 1-4. $18, 843.527.2924, 1 for reservations or 

Friday, Sept. 25
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Carole O'Neill (The Truth Series) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw. The Truth Series follows television journalist Samantha Scott and her team as they try to solve cold case mysteries. O'Neill's former career as a television producer/director/writer allows her to navigate through the assignments from personal experiences. The first, Hidden Truth, takes place in the little village of Onset, near the bridge to Cape Cod. During the forties, people frequented the dance hall on Saturday nights to see Tommy Dorsey or Guy Lombardo. After a young girl from Boston spent the evening dancing, she left with a local and they found her body in a cranberry bog five days later in the next town. He was placed on trial, but without DNA evidence, was acquitted. When Samantha Scott buys a Victorian cottage in the village, she discovers evidence buried on her property and begins to work with cold case detectives. The second, Shameful Truth, takes place in Aberfan, Wales. In 1966 a coal mine slide destroyed a village and elementary school, killing 116 children. For thirty years after the 70-day tribunal concluded the party responsible, the facts were sequestered from Britain. This is the story of Gaynor Madgewick. She was eight years old when she became one of ten survivors. Her sister and brother were not among them. O'Neill interviewed her and her family, as well as many of the people in the village, for a documentary that aired in Boston. The third, Taylor's Truth, takes place along the Grand Strand, from Myrtle Beach to McClellanville. When nineteen-year-old Taylor Caldwell arrives in Myrtle Beach on spring break, she has no idea she won't be returning with her class. Taylor's Truth is based on the author's recent work with the South Carolina Task Force on Human Trafficking. Limited capacity, social distancing observed, masks required. $30, 843.235.9600 or

Saturday, Sept. 26
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange. Join this day-long opportunity to paint with one of the region's finest. Bring finished/unfinished works in any medium, any subject matter, any skill level for review, suggestions and instruction in color theory and composition by one of the area's local art treasures. Offered alternate weeks, space is limited.Tables and chairs provided and spaced for safety; bring art supplies, face mask, and easel, if needed.  Also offered Oct. 10 and Oct. 24.  $50, 843.235.9600 or 

7 PM - SC Environmental Law Project (SCELP) celebrates the 11th Annual Wild Side at Kaminski House Museum. The featured speaker is South Carolina's own Robert Ariail, an award-winning editorial cartoonist and three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, who poignantly, regularly and brilliantly communicates about our most pressing environmental challenges. There are several ways to actually and virtually participate in the event by attending or livestreaming the event (You'll see highlights of the program, including remarks from Robert Ariail and SCELP Executive Director Amy Armstrong, a rollicking set by the talented one-man blues band Ben Prestage as well as other special announcements), silent auction (register online, start bidding on Sept. 19), and/or write the winning cartoon caption. For more information on table reservations or donations, or 843.527.0078 or

Monday, Sept. 28
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Johnny Ford, Ron & Natalie Daise (McKenzie Beach Memories) at Austin's Harvest, Brookgreen Gardens. Johnny L. Ford recounted a special summer memory to Ron and Natalie who in turn wrote and painted the story of his connection to the property on Ocean Highway in Pawleys. Ruins of an old motel are all that's left of a well-known vacation resort for African Americans from a time when direct access to the Atlantic oceanfront in the Jim Crow South was extremely limited. Natalie's vibrant illustrations and Ron's sonorous voice bring Johnny's story to life. (After the feast, stroll over to the Wall Lowcountry Center's Learning Lab 1  to view Natalie's original paintings through Oct. 15.)  Limited capacity, social distancing observed, masks required. $30 for BG members; $45 for non-members, 843.235.9600 or 

Thursday, Oct. 1
10 AM - FOWL 1st Thursday resumes with a livestreamed virtual presentation Jennifer Berry Hawes, "The Unfinished Story of the Emanuel AME Church Shooting: The Journey to Grace." Pulitzer Prize-winning
reporter Jennifer Berry Hawes presents the complex, ongoing struggles hidden behind the headlines surrounding the mass murder of nine African American church-goers by a white supremacist in Charleston, SC on June 17, 2015. Hawes explores the day-to-day difficulties of the Emanuel Nine families, now that the public outpouring of grief has receded, and how racial divisions remain within the Holy City, and beyond. To view the presentations live, go to the Georgetown County Library Facebook page at the scheduled date and time: You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch the presentations on the Georgetown County Library Facebook page.  If you miss a presentation on Facebook Live, all four presentations will also be made available for viewing afterwards on the Georgetown County Library YouTube page:

Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 1-4
8 PM - Swamp Fox Players present "Independence Day at Happy Meadows," directed by Lee Padgett, at The Strand Theater (710 Front St., Georgetown). See Sept. 24-27 entry for details. We will only be seating in every other row and there will be three (3) seats between each party.  There will be no intermission. The show's run time is 90 minutes. Thurs.- Sat., 8 PM, Sun., 2:30 PM. $18, 843.527.2924, 1 for reservations or 

Thursdays, Oct. 1-8
1-4 PM - CLASS offer Encaustics, Alcohol Inks, Resin Workshop with Suz! Mole at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange. $100+ materials fee, 843.235.9600 or

Fridays & Saturdays in October
7-9:30 PM - Autumn Nights in the Field of Light at Brookgreen Gardens. Spend a beautiful fall evening that begins with a Lowcountry Supper of Frogmore Stew, Chicken Bog, and roasted oysters. Then wander through Bruce Munro's exquisite Field of Light with your favorite beverage. Possibly the most romantic date-night ever! Tickets are $45 for members and $50 for general public. Your ticket includes admission and your meal. A cash wine and beer bar will be available.  A VIP package is also available, which includes 2 admission tickets, Lowcountry Supper Buffet with reserved seating in the Leonard Pavilion, 2 glasses of wine, Premier parking, and Bruce Munro's book, Light book which features photos from the Brookgreen exhibit, photos from his exhibits around the world, and the artist's inspiration for his work. 

Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 3-4
9:30 AM-4:30 PM - Brookgreen Gardens Harvest Home Weekend.  We will have a variety of fun family activities that you can do safely in our large outdoor spaces. Favorites like the pumpkin patch and scarecrow building will be back this year with social distancing protocols in place.
Mystery Scarecrow Making - Individually prepared kits are available or bring your own clothing to use! Pumpkin Decorating. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or

Saturday, Oct. 3
Noon - SC Maritime Museum presents Smithsonian's Traveling exhibit "Water/Ways," a History at Home virtual series, with "Thomas Jefferson talks Water!" The commission of the 1st Atlantic coastal survey, colonial waterways as the nation's highways, and Lewis and Clark's water discoveries with Steve Edenbo as Thomas Jefferson, actor, historical interpreter, educational/inspirational/motivational speaker. Additional programs offered Oct. 9, and Oct. 21. $10, 843.520.0111,, or

Wednesday, Oct. 7
10-11:30 AM - Georgetown County Library System (GCLS) offers a new online learning experience:  Through October and early November a series of online poetry workshops entitled "Writing Wherever You Are" will be led by award-winning Plantersville poet Marlanda Dekine-Sapient Soul. All sessions will be conducted online with the video-conferencing program BlueJeans. The program is free and open to the public. However, space in the workshop is limited in order to give proper attention to all participants. To register, please contact Dr. Dan Turner at 843-545-3363 or The topics are
  • October 7: "The Blank Page": Techniques to start writing
  • October 14: "Healing through Writing": Cathartic approaches to generating individuality
  • October 21: "Voice & Tone": Immersion in literature to speak truthfully and well
  • October 28: "Sound & Noise": Consideration of the musicality of words
  • November 4: "Before We Wrote, We Spoke": Vocal ways to recall oral traditions
Friday, Oct. 9
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Beach/Kenny/Ketron/Malarich/ McMillan/Moore/Salmon (Sandy Island ... forever) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw. Join the team of essayists, photographers, artists and editors to celebrate the completion of a three-year project to capture in words and images the world of Sandy Island, one of America's largest, undeveloped islands. Our intent was to provide a satisfying armchair appreciation of what has been preserved and why it matters. Limited capacity, social distancing observed, masks required. $30, 843.235.9600 or

Noon - SC Maritime Museum presents Smithsonian's Traveling exhibit "Water/Ways," a History at Home virtual series, with "U.N. Sustainable Development, River Rights, and Local Water Issues" with Pamela L. Martin, Professor of Politics & International Relations, CCU, Executive Director, Georgetown RISE. Additional program offered Oct. 21. $5, 843.520.0111,, or

Saturday, Oct. 10
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange. See Sept. 26 entry for details. Also offered Oct. 24 and Nov. 7.  $50, 843.235.9600 or

Tuesday, Oct. 13
10 AM - FOGL starts the fourth season of the Tuesdays With... lecture series at the Howard Auditorium (1610 Hawkins Street in Georgetown). featuring Ed Piotrowski, WPDE meteorologist, if there are no tropical storms/hurricanes at that time!!!  Appropriately, he will be speaking on
"All You Ever Wanted to Know About Hurricanes But Were Afraid to Ask!" Use of the Howard Auditorium will allow us to accommodate 75 attendees who must wear masks and be socially distanced.  Thus we will be distributing tickets for the event, first emailed/first served. If you wish to attend, please email and tickets will be sent to you as an attachment.  We are limiting requests to 2 tickets per email. Knowing that many more than 75 will wish to attend and wanting
everyone to be able to see it, the presentation will be recorded and posted on the Library's YouTube page soon after the event.

10 AM - Low Country Herb Society virtual meeting features Carmen Ketron MUSC (Round 2) via Zoom. Members will be notified when 'in-person' meetings will resume. Contact or look for us on Facebook.

Tuesday, Oct. 13-Nov. 17
1-4 PM - CLASS (Community Learning About Special Subjects) offers All Levels Stained Glass with Sharon Knost at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange. These stained glass classes are for beginners and seasoned artists using the copper foil and solder method of stained glass art. You will choose appropriate level projects to work on. Basic tools are provided (glass cutters, grinders, and soldering irons) along with scraps of glass for use in your projects. Beginner kits containing solder, copper foil and flux are available for purchase from the instructor. There is also a limited supply of stained glass that can be purchased. The classes are structured in a relaxed atmosphere working at your own pace. Individual attention and instruction is provided. Classes will be strictly limited to no more than 8 people. Social distancing will be observed. Masks must be worn (face shields can also be worn over masks, but not alone). Closed toed shoes (no flip flops). Students will be working with soldering irons, grinders, and sharp edged glass, requiring dexterity, steadiness, and the ability to stand for long periods of time. 6 weeks (no refunds for classes unattended),
$120, $3 materials fee paid directly to the instructor to help cover costs of tools for the class To register, call 843.235.9600 or 

Wednesdays, Oct. 14-Nov. 18
9:30 AM-12:30 PM - CLASS (Community Learning About Special Subjects) offers All Levels Stained Glass with Kathy Welde at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange. See course description in above entry.  This course is full. To be placed on the waiting list, call 843.235.9600 or 

Wednesday, Oct. 14
10-11:30 AM - Georgetown County Library System (GCLS) offers "Healing through Writing: Cathartic approaches to generating individuality,"
new online learning experience led by award-winning Plantersville poet Marlanda Dekine-Sapient Soul. All sessions will be conducted online with the video-conferencing program BlueJeans. The program is free and open to the public. However, space in the workshop is limited in order to give proper attention to all participants. To register, please contact Dr. Dan Turner at 843-545-3363 or

Thursdays, Oct. 15-23
1-4 PM - CLASS offer Fused Glass Fall Serving Dish with Suz! Mole at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange. $120+ materials fee, 843.235.9600 or

Friday, Oct. 16
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Jeff D. Upshaw (Twelve Days in Sunset) at Litchfield Country Club. Jeff Upshaw grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. After 35 years working for ad agencies in Memphis, Dallas, and Atlanta, he retired to catch his breath and write this book. Jeff lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Ann. He has two grown children and five grandchildren. Twelve Days in Sunset is his first book and was inspired by his many visits to his grandparents' home in the tiny town of Louise, Mississippi. Bull Santee, a thirteen-year-old black boy, is being held by the sheriff of tiny Sunset, Mississippi for sneaking into a white man's back yard and brutally beating his pet dog to death. But Shy Brown knows Bull didn't do it. How did Shy, a privileged white kid from Memphis and the grandson of one of the most important men in Sunset, get involved in something as ugly and dastardly as this? What does Shy know? How does he know it? And what is he going to do about it? Limited capacity, social distancing observed, masks required. $30, 843.235.9600 or

Renew Your FOWL Membership Online: Being a FOWL Member is so easy! You can now renew your membership on the FOWL website at Just click on "Join Us"  at the top of the page and fill in your information. With this new online process, renewal is faster and easier than ever. Your information is accurate and instantly accessible - plus you can renew your membership from home, any time day or night!  For those who prefer human interaction, you can still come in to the Friends Center in the Waccamaw Library and let one of our wonderful volunteers renew your membership for you.  Either way, we're so glad you are a FOWL Member, with all the benefits this entails, including Members Only events, Friends' Night at the Annual Book Sale, and numerous Volunteer opportunities - all in support of the Waccamaw Neck Branch Library.
FOWL Community Book Donations: Friends of Waccamaw Library  volunteers receive the donated books, categorize them, and deliver to them to a number of literacy-based and social-service nonprofits in the Waccamaw Neck Community.
Recent book recipients have been Freedom Readers, DSS offices, Friends of Arnett AME foster children, Waccamaw Recreation Center, and Habitat Restore. You can help us make a difference in our community by cleaning out your shelves of children's books and donating them to FOWL for this worthy cause.

Through Sept. 26 - The Rice Museum (633 Front St., Georgetown) presents "By Hand - A Show of New Paintings by Natalie Daise." Face masks required; social distancing in effect. Free and open to the public, 843.546.7423 or

Through Oct. 15 - The "McKenzie Beach Memories - Art by Natalie Daise" exhibit will be in Learning Lab One (directly across from the Program Shed), and can be viewed by only five guests at a time. Those who pay attention as they are driving on Highway 17 in the Pawleys Island area may have noticed the ruins of an old motel behind a fence and a street sign saying "Old Beach Road." That is what is left of McKenzie Beach,
once a popular and well-known vacation resort. But what made it important then was that it was a beach for African-Americans at a time when direct access to the Atlantic oceanfront in the Jim Crow South was extremely limited. The exhibit is made up of paintings that have been used as the illustrations for the book McKenzie Beach Memories, published by CLASS Publishing and available at Brookgreen's Keepsakes, Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange, Litchfield Books, The Original Hammock Shop 

Through Oct. 25 - Brookgreen Gardens presents the National Sculpture Society 87th Annual Awards Exhibition in the Jennewein Gallery (Rainey Pavilion). The extraordinary annual juried exhibition, by the oldest professional organization of sculptors in America, presents the work of masters alongside rising stars in American sculpture. Brookgreen Gardens is the only venue for this exhibit. Fifteen awards are presented by the Society along with the popular People's Choice Award, determined by votes of visitors to Brookgreen Gardens. Daily through Sunday, October 25, 9:30 AM- 5 PM, included with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or 

Through Nov. 26 - The "Gratitude" fabric arts exhibit by Cookie Washington of Goose Creek, SC, will be in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium, and can be viewed by only 10 guests at a time. It will showcase creations from throughout her career that exemplify the power and resilience of the human spirit.  Her project themes have included African American history, spirituality, portraits, and music. The exhibits may only be viewed by visitors wearing facial coverings, and they will be provided. Daily, Noon-4:30 PM, free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or

Robin McCall's Storehouse Tours offers a series of day trips this fall, including:
Sept. 17 - Behind the Scenes at the Charleston Museum
Sept. 24 - Boat Trip to Fort Sumter
Oct. 8 - Santee Cooper Pinopolis Lock Boat Tour
Oct. 23 - The Hunley and Citadel Dress Parade
Nov. 5 - Charleston Carriage Ride and Charleston Market
Nov. 12 - Southport, N.C. and Fort Fisher Aquarium
Dec. 3 - Rosewood Manor
Dec. 15 - Mepkin Abbey Creche Festival

plus two extended trips to the Grand Hotel - Mackinac Island (Oct. 11-19, passport required) and to visit our nation's capitol during the holiday season (Dec. 6-9). For more information, visit or 843.235.2966 or

Cultural events on the Grand Strand - Check out this updated nonprofit website:, created and maintained by Murrells Inlet resident John Morken, is a complete calendar and guide to the fine arts from Calabash to Conway to Georgetown.  There are more than 700 events and 50 interviews per year.  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. For health reasons, John is seeking a dedicated person or group to take the reins of this valuable website and continue to provide timely information about the quality cultural offerings along the Grand Strand. He estimates the time commitment at 3-5 hours per week. If you are interested, please contact him at

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