What's happening on the Waccamaw Neck ~ compliments of the Friends of Waccamaw Library!
FOWL Community Connector
May 1, 2016
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids & Families at Waccamaw Library - all programs free.
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 PawleysIslandMannersClub@gmail.com.
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, email@example.com.
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: www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/186708. 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.
Adults at Waccamaw Library - most programs are free, although some require membership. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tidelands Camera Club meets on the first Monday each month, 9:30-11 AM. Membership required.
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.
Carolina Nature Photography meets on the third Monday each month, 6:30-9 PM.
Knitting Group meets Mondays, 1-3 PM to knit and crochet with company and share patterns and techniques. Contact Carol Davison at email@example.com.
Mah Jongg Club meets Tuesdays, 1-3 PM, bring your set and current card.
New! iPad Club meets on the first Friday each month, 9-10 AM.
New! Mac Club meet on the first Friday each month, 10-11 AM.
May-June Artist at the Waccamaw Library: Jane Woodward.
The imagination, talent and skill of this local artist, who evokes the special beauty of our South Carolina Lowcountry with superb ability on canvases in oils and acrylics, blooms on the library walls. During more than 30 years, this accomplished painter has helped many, from students to discerning collectors, to see the loveliness of our surroundings anew. Titles like "Light of the Atlantic," "Wisteria in the Arches," "The Perfect Garden," and "Morning Fishing" evoke clearly and wonderfully the Murrells Inlet setting that she now calls home. Mainly self-taught, Jane Woodward has taken many workshops offered in South Carolina, as well as in Italy. She also shares her ability with others, demonstrating techniques on painting skies and clouds to the Seacoast Artists Guild. She has taught for several years in Coastal Carolina's OLLI program at its Litchfield center, and she has expanded her classroom opportunities to Georgetown since last June. She exhibits at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange and Island Art Gallery in Pawleys Island, where she is a part owner. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
May-June Photographer at the Waccamaw Library: Carmen Daughtry. Viewers will delight in images ranging from spectacular coastal sunsets, to colorful flowers and gardens, to roaring South American waterfalls, to quaint barns of the rural United States, to rugged western terrain and many other evocative landscape depictions. This award-winning photographer, hailing originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, specializes particularly in broad natural vistas, but she also relishes capturing and sharing views of picturesque human artifacts from across the world. Keen observers will note that the artist signs her photographs as Maria del Carmen to honor the name given to her by her parents. She combines her love of travel with her passion for photography and currently serves as President of the Coastal Carolina Camera Club in Shallotte, NC, near her residence in the community of Calabash. She is also a member of the Photographic Society of America, the Carolina Nature Photographers Association, the Seacoast Artists Guild, and the Brunswick Arts Council. Her photography can be viewed on an ongoing basis at the Seacoast Artists Guild in Myrtle Beach as well as online at her website: www.maria-del-carmen-photography.com. For more information, email@example.com.
See May 15 for the Genevieve "Sister" Chandler Peterkin birthday party at "Sister's Heaven" (her former home)!
Call for Artists, Artisans & Authors:
May 14 - An invitation to participate in a day-long festival to benefit Alzheimer's Research. Pat David is signing up painters, photographers, craftsmen and authors for the arts and herb festival at the Grapefull Sisters Vineyard (95 Dot's Drive, Tabor City, NC 28463). Tables (bring your own) are $25 to reserve (this fee is your donation to the fundraiser). All sales proceeds retained by the artists. If you'd like to participate, call Pat at 843-650-2244.
June 4 - An invitation to participate in Art Works' hosted Art Fair to Raise the Roof, a benefit for re-roofing Laura Herriott's Sandy Island bed & breakfast, to be held at the Litchfield Exchange. Tables (some available or bring your own) are $25, your donation to the fundraiser. All sales proceeds retained by the artists. Event is inside, so no weather worries! To reserve your table, call Linda at 843-235-9600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 24 - Artists Save the Date for the 4th Annual Seaside Palette en Plein Air which will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. It is once again the kick off event for the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art. This year the Seaside Palette will be a one-day event with judging and cash prizes awarded on Saturday. Please check the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art website (www.pawleysmusic.com) for additional information including the application and instructions for the event.
Sunday, May 1
Sign up for Summer Reading at all four library branches (Georgetown, Waccamaw, Andrews and Carvers Bay). Enrich your child's summer with great storytelling, performances, science experiments, crafts, parties and more! Program begins week of June 8, sign up with email@example.com.
3-4:30 PM - Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra celebrates spring at the Kaminski Museum Lawn (1003 Front St., Georgetown). Bring your picnic baskets and lawn chairs for a delightful afternoon! Free, KaminskiMuseum.org.
Tuesday, May 3
Lowcountry Giving Day - Friends of the Waccamaw Library is excited to participate in the Lowcountry Giving Day 2016 online donations program! This one-day philanthropic opportunity enables FOWL supporters to show their support with just a click! Last year, Lowcountry Giving Day raised more than $6.7 million dollars for the Coastal Carolina community - the second-highest amount in the nation! Go to Lowcountry Giving Day 2016, then click on Schedule a Donation and type in "morethanbooks" in the Search box to display the FOWL page. Your scheduled donation will take place on May 3, the one-day event; you will then be emailed a receipt for your donation. You can also donate immediately on May 3 by going online to Text. Gives/#morethanbooks" any time between midnight and 11:59 PM. To view a video prepared by FOWL publicist Deborah Thomas, visit TheFowl.org.
6:30 PM - Kick Start Your Memoir Project at Waccamaw Library. Trying to write your personal history, but finding it hard to get started? The library is offering a free seminar with Mary Anne Benedetto, author of 7 Easy Steps to Memoir Writing: Build a Priceless Legacy One Story at a Time, that will help you take action to preserve your significant life stories with loved ones and future generations. Benedetto will show workshop participants important steps to building their written legacy and remaining motivated to bring the project to completion. This Certified Lifewriting Instructor has penned two books about memoir writing and completed several well-received memoirs of her own, including Eyelash, Never Say Perfect, From Italy with Love and Limoncello, and Dead Flowers for Hollywood. The workshops are made possible through the South Carolina New Writers Partnership, the South Carolina State Library, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.Space is limited to the first 15 people who register with Trudy Bazemore at 843-545-3303.
Wednesday, May 4
1 PM - Gullah Program at Brookgreen Gardens. Ron Daise, Vice-president for Creative Education and Gullah descendant, will present an entertaining and informative program about the culture, food, language, and history of the Gullah Geechee people in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Also offered May 11, 18 & 25. Free with garden admission, 843-235-6000.
Thursday, May 5
10 AM - First Thursdays Speaker Series at Waccamaw Library. Sponsored by FOWL, Zinnia Willits, Director of Collections at Charleston's Gibbes Museum of Art, will give us the latest scoop on the major renovations that have had her museum under wraps since late 2014. As The Gibbes readies for its grand reopening, with its extensive collections showcased in fine new surroundings, you'll get all the details from the "ultimate insider" on this newly reinvented Beaux-Arts gem. Refreshments. Free, thefowl.org.
6-9 PM - Georgetown Business Association presents Bruce Tereo in concert at Francis Marion Park (732 Front St.). Free, GeorgetownSeaport.com.
Friday, May 6
9 AM-4 PM - Yard Sale Benefit for the Pawleys Island Child Development Center (142 Rybolt Road, Off South Causeway). Items include: furniture, power and hand tools, sports and exercise equipment, home decor, garden equipment and tools, antiques, books, linens, computer monitors, printer, dishes, glassware and MUCH MORE! Rain or shine. Cash only.
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Mary Alice Monroe (A Lowcountry Wedding) at Pawleys Plantation.Following the trilogy of the Lowcountry Summer series, nothing could be more enchanting than a summer wedding - or two! - in Charleston's fabled lowcountry. A centuries-old plantation, an avenue of ancient oaks dripping moss, a storied ballroom, a sand dune at sunset... Yet when a stranger arrives, a long held family secret could silence the bells ringing for the Muir sisters. Scandals surface, family bonds are questioned, and promises are broken and renewed. In A Lowcountry Wedding, Monroe delves into the heart of marriage, commitment, and family ties. Huffington Post calls the Lowcountry Summer series "the perfect beach read and a whole lot more." $25, 843-235-9600.
1:30-4:30 PM - Hike Hobcaw: Clambank. Study history and ecology on a 4 mile hike along the edge of a 5000-acre salt marsh, one of the best understood estuaries in the world. The group will travel down Crab Hall Road and explore Clambank Landing and our observation tour. $25, reservations required, 843-546-4623, HobcawBarony.org.
Saturday, May 7
9 AM-4 PM - Yard Sale Continued (142 Rybolt Road, Off South Causeway) to benefit the Pawleys Island Child Development Center. Items include: furniture, power and hand tools, sports and exercise equipment, home decor, garden equipment and tools, antiques, books, linens, computer monitors, printer, dishes, glassware and MUCH MORE! Rain or shine. Cash only.
11 AM - Meet the Rainey Master Sculptors at Brookgreen Gardens. Meet the 2014-2016 Master Sculptors (Jim Licaretz, Heidi Wastweet, T. D. Kelsey, Peter Rubino, Christopher Smith), in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion for a gallery program. Exhibit on display through July 24, daily, 9:30 AM-5 PM. Free with garden admission, 843-235-6000.
11 AM-8 PM - 30th Annual Rivertown Music & Craft Beer Festival will be packed with classic car show, two stages of music, vendors and craft beer tastings. Local and regional bands provide music all day ranging from jazz to gospel to beach music. Local artists, crafters and merchants will line the downtown streets offering an assortment of wares and food. Bring a chair, no coolers. Free, 843-248-6260 or ConwayAlive.com.
Noon-2 PM - Read to Run: Racing to a Positive Future, a family summer reading kickoff, at Georgetown Parks and Recreation (2030 Church Street, Georgetown). Free! Games, learning booths, prizes, face painting, and hotdogs. Sponsored by the Georgetown Out of School Time (GCOST) Collaborative, Georgetown Outreach Ministries, Inc. (GOMI), and Georgetown County School District. Parents are encouraged to participate. Rain or shine.
1 PM - The Horry County Museum will show "D-Day Remembered" in the McCown Auditorium (805 Main St., Conway). This locally produced film, sponsored by CCU, Goldfinch Funeral Home, HTC, and J. Joseph Sanders Dentistry, is a combination travelogue and historical documentary. The film profiles the events of "Operation Overlord," the Allied invasion of German-occupied France, which began on "D-Day" June 6, 1944. The joint military operation involved more than 150,000 Allied troops, almost 5,000 ships and landing craft, 13,000 aircraft, 3,500 airborne gliders, and more than 2-million tons of equipment. Free and open to the public, 843-915-5320 or HCGMuseum@horrycounty.org.
2-5 PM - Trash Bash.All clean-up volunteers are welcome to join Waccamaw Riverkeeper® Program of the Winyah Rivers Foundation at The Boat House in Myrtle Beach for the Trash Bash! Come clean-up, share, enjoy great food and music with everyone who participated! All participants are eligible to earn raffle tickets for great prizes including tickets to Carolina Country Music Festival, VIP tour at the Sweetwater Brewery, gift certificates and much, much more! Free to participate, register your group at WinyahRivers.org.
2:30-4:30 PM - Friendfield Village. Introductory Tours pass through this African American village, once home to 100 slaves and lived in by black employees until 1952. Take an extended tour 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 also visits from former residents. $20, reservations required, 843-546-4623, HobcawBarony.org.
5:30 PM - Preserving Your Family Treasures at Georgetown Library. Come learn how to preserve and protect family heirlooms for future generations. Digitizing old photos, certificates, awards, your kids' artwork is surprisingly easy. Discover new ways to safely share these treasures, whether it's the family bible or Great-Grandmother's wedding dress. Workshop presenter Julie Warren is the digital archivist in charge of the Georgetown County Digital Library (www.gcdigital.org). This online archive has over 40,000 items related to the history of Georgetown County and its citizens. For the past eight years, she's worked closely with local museums and private citizens to preserve their historic photos, letters and other ephemera. "As great as our digital copies are, we always hope to preserve the originals forever," she said. "The workshop will provide information on the best storage options and archival products that help minimize bending, yellowing and brittleness." The workshops are free. To register, 843-545-3316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, May 11
1 PM - Gullah Program at Brookgreen Gardens. See May 4 entry for details; also offered May 18 & 25. Free with garden admission, 843-235-6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Thursday, May 12
1:30-4:30 PM - Art and Soul at Hobcaw Barony. Tour Hobcaw House and see the Baruch family art collection and learn of famed artists Rockwell Kent, Sir Alfred J. Munnings, Louis Aston Knight, Mark Catesby and others. The lecture includes works not normally displayed on the tours. $30, reservations required, 843-546-4623, HobcawBarony.org.
4:30-6:30 PM - Author's Table: Hard Lines - Poets of the Rough South at Waccamaw Library. Featuring readings from a brand new anthology from the USC Press centered on the darker side of the Southern experience. Hastings Hensel, Daniel Cross Turner and Adam Vines will "get at the dirt beneath the flowers" with their "wild-blooded verses full of spit, grime and gristle." Free, email@example.com.
6-9 PM - Georgetown Business Association presents Karaoke with Jessie Taylor at Francis Marion Park (732 Front St.). Also offered June 9. Free, GeorgetownSeaport.com.
Friday, May 13
9:30 AM-Noon - Hike Hobcaw Barony: Hobcaw Beach. The southern two miles of Debidue Island belongs to The Belle W. Baruch Foundation. Join us as we explore the undeveloped barrier island - bare trees, shorebirds and views of wind shear, erosion and accretion result in a lesson on beach ecology in a beautiful setting. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. $25, reservations required, 843-546-4623, HobcawBarony.org.
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: John Hart (Redemption Road) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw. After a five-year hiatus, the only author to win back-to-back Edgars for best novel raises the bar for the classic thriller, deftly blending tension, pacing and suspense with characters so richly drawn and prose so elegant as to be worthy of being called literature. David Baldacci blurbs, "The prologue is heart-wrenching and the chapters thereafter pull you in like matter to a black hole." Harlan Coben raves, "Big, bold, and impossible to put down, Redemption Road had me from page one." But we knew all that - John Hart has been a Moveable Feast treasured guest since his first novel in 2006 and for each successive bestseller. $25, 843-235-9600, ClassAtPawleys.com.
Saturday, May 14
8-11 AM - Songs of Spring: The Return of our Migratory Songbirds and Shorebirds. Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and learn about migratory birds that return to South Carolina's coast after wintering in the tropics. Reserve Manager Wendy Allen will lead a birding trip through the woods and marshes on Hobcaw Barony in search of local songsters including warblers, Painted Buntings and Clapper Rails. Wear comfortable walking shoes; bring insect repellant, cameras, and binoculars, if you have them. Free, limited to 14 participants; registration required, 843-904-9016 or -9017.
10 AM-Noon - NIWB Clean Team Highway Clean Up. The North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR is joining forces with PalmettoPride to help our community take responsibility for and eradicate litter. Often roadside debris will eventually end up in North Inlet and Winyah Bay, where it may harm the wildlife and scenic beauty that we treasure in these estuaries. We are looking for volunteers (ages 15 and up) to join us to form our Clean Team, which will monitor and work to clean up this trouble spot. Call Jen Plunket at 843-904-9033 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are ready to take action!
Sunday, May 15
3-5 PM - Genevieve "Sister" Peterkin Birthday Party at Sister's Heaven. This event is a fundraiser for naming of the Chandler/Peterkin Room at the new Waccamaw Library, in honor and appreciation of the families' contributions to the cultural, literary, civil rights and environmental heritage of the Waccamaw Neck. Join Lee Brockington, members of the Chandler family, and Billy Baldwin for an afternoon of memory sharing, storytelling, poetry reading, song singing, book signing, and creek-inspired noshing at Sister's former home in Murrells Inlet (thanks to the generosity of the new owners!) from 3-5 PM. Creek-inspired refreshments thanks to Inlet Affairs. Tickets must be reserved through Art Works/CLASS, although your check can be made payable to FOWL (Friends of Waccamaw Library). $30, 843-235-9600.
TBA - Jammin' Under the Oaks music festival at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church (113 Baskervill Drive, Pawleys Island). Live bluegrass, Indie and Americana bands will feature live music, food, vendors and activities for the whole family (weather permitting). Also offered Sept. 11. Free, find us on Facebook Jammin' Under the Oaks or contact email@example.com for more information.
Monday, May 16
1-3 PM - Veteran's Awareness Series 2016 at Georgetown Library. This free series is for veterans and their family members and friends. Topics include counseling, reentry, housing, mental health, education, compensation, and employment, along with answers to your individual questions. Free, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, May 17
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Martha Hall Kelly (Lilac Girls) at Sea View Inn, Pawleys Island. Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades. The lives of three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and one is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents - from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland - as two strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten. In Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly has crafted a remarkable novel of unsung women and their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. It is a story that will keep readers bonded with the characters, searching for the truth, until the final pages. $25, 843-235-9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
Wednesday, May 18
1 PM - Gullah Program at Brookgreen Gardens. See May 4 entry for details; also offered May 25. Free with garden admission, 843-235-6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Thursday, May 19
10-11 AM - Coffee & Climate. Drop by the Pawleys Island Bakery for a cup of coffee and an engaging discussion about climate issues. Want to know more about something you heard in the news? Are there climate questions you have been wanting to ask? We will present a brief overview of a current climate issue, followed by an open discussion among our community members about what the topic means to you. Also offered June 16. Free, for more information, visit http://www.northinlet.sc.edu/climate.html.
6 PM - Baruch Roundtable at Hobcaw House. Bernard Baruch hosted dinners and featured guests of honor, as the Foundation does today with its roundtable evenings at Hobcaw House. Gather in the dining room for seated dinners and retire to the living room for lectures by scholars on a variety of ecological and historical subjects. Historian David Gregg Hodges brings his knowledge and love of South Carolina to the lowcountry to discuss the economics of the mid- 20th century in Georgetown County. His lecture, "The Economic Impact of the Sunset Lodge in Georgetown," explores the business that served as a landmark in the port city for 30 years, but a legend forever. Separating fact from fiction, social stigma from acquiescence, Hodges has catalogued valuable interviews with former customers, employees and officials, while researching the reasons a brothel was able to stay in business. $75, reservations required, 843-546-4623, HobcawBarony.org.
6-9 PM - Georgetown Business Association presents Will Ness in concert at Francis Marion Park (732 Front St.). Free, GeorgetownSeaport.com.
7-8:30 PM - Coastal Poets Present Open Mic Night at Waccamaw Library. All community poets, wanna-be poets and poetry lovers are welcome to participate behind or in front of the mic, as we share our work. Also offered June 2 and June 16. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact organizers Paula Hero (email@example.com) or Anita McKay (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Friday, May 20
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Jennie Holton Fant (The Travelers' Charleston) at Carefree Catering. The Travelers' Charleston is an innovative collection of firsthand narratives that document the history of the South Carolina lowcountry region, specifically the Charleston area, from 1666 until the start of the Civil War. Jennie Holton Fant has compiled and edited a rich and comprehensive history as seen through the eyes of writers from outside the South. She provides a selection of unique texts that include the travelogues, travel narratives, letters, and memoirs of a diverse array of travelers who described the region over time. Further Fant has mined her material not only for validity but to identify any people her travelers encounter or events they describe. She augments her resources with detailed annotations and provides a wealth of information that enhances the significance of the texts. $25, 843-235-9600 or ClassAtPawley.com.
Saturday, May 21
9:30-10:30 AM - Author's Table: Richard Lutman at Waccamaw Library. Author Richard Lutman explores his new book, Patch of Dirt, a modern Western about weather-beaten Montana cowboy Joe Oliver, who stumbles on a strange deal involving a Vietnam Vet and his much younger wife. Free, email@example.com.
10 AM-Noon - Coast Cool School: Earth in Bottle. Let's keep our coast cool school! New program series that gives hands-on climate education for our community. Join National Estuarine Research Reserve staff in constructing your own Earth to experiment with how increasing CO2 in the air we breathe will change our climate. $5, 843-904-9016 or -9017.
Tuesday, May 24
5:30-7:30 PM - Tu-Tu Party hosted by The Black River United Way and Women United (formerly the Women's Leadership Council) in honor of Girls on the Run at Winyah Auditorium (1200 Highmarket St., Georgetown). The organization was chosen as the 2016 Women United Grant Recipient who will use a $12,000 grant to start a Girls on the Run Chapter at Andrews Elementary School in September 2016. All attendees are asked to bring one Tutu and Two Friends! Why Tutus you might ask? After a 10-week session, the Girls on the Run girls compete in their semester ending race wearing tutus! You can buy your own tutu to bring to the event or order one when you purchase a ticket (by May 20th) and we will bring it to the party! Then you can write an encouraging note to pin onto the tu-tu to be given to a future racer! This event will also be our membership kickoff for the 2017 Women United Class. 843-546-6317 or www.blackriveruw.org.
Wednesday, May 25
1 PM - Gullah Program at Brookgreen Gardens. See May 4 entry for details. Free with garden admission, 843-235-6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Wednesday-Saturday, May 25-28
8 AM-5 PM - 49th Annual Georgetown Blue Marlin Tournament at Georgetown Landing Marina. For entry details and forms, GeorgetownLandingMarina.com. 843-546-1776.
Friday, May 27
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Mary Kay Andrews (The Weekenders) at Pawleys Plantation. Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Some people come only for the weekends-and it's something they look forward to all week long. When Riley Griggs is waiting for her husband to arrive at the ferry one Friday afternoon, she is instead served with papers informing her that her island home is being foreclosed. To make matters worse, her husband is nowhere to be found. She turns to her island friends for help and support, but each of them has their own secrets and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens. Cocktail parties and crab boil aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything. $25, 843-235-9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
1-3:30 PM - Behind the Lab Coats. What goes on behind the doors of the NERR Headquarters and Baruch Marine Laboratory? Take a tour of the lab and talk to the scientists about their projects. Learn about research and monitoring programs, plus all of the education, stewardship and training programs offered. Cameras welcome, limited to 14 participants, registration required. Free, 843-904-9016 or -9017.
Saturday-Monday, May 28-30
9:30 AM-5 PM - Red, White, and Blue Salute to Veterans. Brookgreen staff and volunteers will place flags throughout the gardens at patriotic sculpture and sculpture created by veterans. Printed information about these artists and their work is available at the Welcome Center. Free with garden admission, 843-235-6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Saturday, May 28
10 AM-12:30 PM - Breakfast with the Butterflies at Brookgreen Gardens. Take part in a colorful celebration at the Butterfly House and enjoy a delicious catered breakfast buffet and children's activities and crafts. In addition, all guests will receive a 30 minute-timed admission to Whispering Wings Butterfly House. Tickets include garden admission, breakfast, admission to Butterfly House, crafts, activities, butterfly wings (one per child) and tote bag for each family. Space is limited. Members (adult $20/child $15), general public (adult $25/child $20), includes garden admission, 843-235-6016 or Brookgreen.org.
10 AM-Noon - Bike to the Boardwalk. Bike through Hobcaw Barony's forest to the National Estuarine Research Reserve's beautiful salt marsh boardwalk on North Inlet. Bike 5 miles (roundtrip) on gravel roads through Hobcaw Barony's pristine property. Upland forest habitats, wildlife, salt marsh ecology will be discussed during the trip. Bring your own bike (all terrain tires recommended), helmet, water, snack, camera/binoculars (if desired). Weather permitting, limited to 15 participants, registration required. Free, 843-904-9016 or -9017.
Tuesday, May 31
5-6 PM - Dorothea Benton Frank continues "launch day" of her new beach read - All Summer Long - at a wine & cheese soiree at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange. Although the Moveable Feast earlier that day at the Ocean Club in Myrtle Beach is already full, Dottie will be at Litchfield Books from 3-4:30 PM to meet her fans and sign books. Following the booksigning, you may join her for wine & cheese at Art Works. This special event, featuring the ever-popular Dottie Frank, is dedicated to Pat Conroy, with book proceeds benefitting pancreatic cancer research. The fee for the evening event is $25 and includes the book and refreshments. 843-235-9600 or ClassAtPaweys.com.
Check out this new 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. 5 - Nature Connects Art. Brookgreen Gardens will host 12 larger-than-life LEGO® brick sculpture installations in its Native Wildlife Zoo. Created by Sean Kenney, renowned artist and children's author, "Nature Connects" is an award winning exhibit currently touring the country. Made from almost a half million LEGO® bricks, the sculptures bring nature to life with a 6-foot tall hummingbird hovering over a trumpet flower, a deer family made from 48,000 bricks, a giant tortoise, a 7-foot long giant dragonfly, and more. Daily, 9:30 AM-8 PM (in April), until 5 PM (May-Sept.), free with garden admission, 843-235-6000.