FOWL will host the "Know the Neck, Come Connect" Volunteer Fair on Friday, February 9 from 9 am to 2 pm. at the Waccamaw Library. Join the Friends of Waccamaw Library and two dozen local nonprofits seeking to share their mission and to recruit volunteers at this second annual Volunteer Fair. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.
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FOWL Community Connector
January 15, 2018
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.
Game on! We play a wide variety of family friendly board and card games and always have a great time. Free, email@example.com.
Mondays - Open Gaming & Cooperative game day, ages 10+, 3-6 PM.
Tuesdays - Open Gaming & Tabletop, ages 10+, 3-6 PM.
Wednesdays - Open Gaming & Magic the Gathering Day, ages 10+, 3-6 PM.
Open Gaming & Art Day, 10+, 3-6 PM.
Fridays - Minecraft Friday, all ages (under 10 accompanied by adult), 2:30-5 PM.
Saturdays - Open Gaming, 10+, 11 AM-5 PM. First Saturday each month - Magic the Gathering Draft and competition; Last Saturday each month - Library Game Days, 11 AM-1 PM focus on games for children and families; 1 PM on focus on games for teens and adults.
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: www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/186708. All ages, 2nd & 4th Wednesday each month, 3-4 PM.
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.
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, 9-11 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 email@example.com.
Low Country Herb Society meets at 9:30 AM on the second Tuesday each month (Jan. 9, Feb. 13, Mar. 13) through May. Annual dues are $25, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mah Jongg Club meets Tuesdays, 1-3 PM, bring your set and current card.
A Course in Miracles meets Tuesdays, 6:30-8 PM, facilitated by Marc Breines, 704.309.2415.
Toastmasters meets noon -1 PM on the second and fourth Thursday each month (Jan. 25, Feb. 8, Feb. 22). Improve communication skills, increase self-confidence, think on your feet, give a great "elevator" speech, share stories. Free and open to the public, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
January-February Artist at the Waccamaw Library: Dorie Ellis. Dorothy "Dorie" Ellis' paintings are on display for the next two months. A retired CCRN, Ellis began basic classes in art education at Rowen College in New Jersey. She graduated to painting with one special instructor, Gerald Moore, who encouraged her fledgling efforts. For 25 years Ellis and her family lived in Northeast Pennsylvania where she took classes in a converted barn. At the next move to Virginia, she joined the Prince William Art Society and the Manassas Artist Guild, taking classes at the Workhouse Gallery. Her work is on display at The Island Art Gallery in Pawleys Island and The Seacoast Artists Gallery at Market Common. For more information, email@example.com.
January-February Photographer at the Waccamaw Library: Sharon Anderson. An award winning, self-taught photographer, shooting digital since the early 2000's, Sharon Anderson's beautiful images capture unique landscapes locally and around the world. A resident of the Lowcountry of South Carolina for about 40 years, one of her special passions is preserving the quickly vanishing culture and old buildings of the area through photography. She has been privileged to be accepted into ArtFields® for the past three years. Her work is currently shown in the Art and Frame Gallery in Myrtle Beach, Art and Frame in Murrells Inlet and Low Country Gallery as well as Georgetown. She holds memberships at Carolinas Nature Photography Association, Seacoast Artists Guild, and Photographic Society of America. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
French Film Festival passes (six films for $8) are available at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Highway). The Festival will be held at the Waccamaw Library, Friday-Sunday, Jan. 26-28 and Friday-Sunday, Feb. 2-4, 2018.For film details, TheFOWL.org or pick up a flyer in the Friends Center.
CALENDAR OF COMMUNITY EVENTS
Monday, Jan. 15
6 PM - Swamp Fox Players Auditions for "Love, Lies and the Doctor's Dilemma," directed by Inge Ebert, at Strand Theater (710 Front St., Georgetown). Needed 1 female (25-50), 1 male (25-50); auditiona material provided. Performance dates, May 10-13 and May 17-20. If you have questions, contact Inge Ebert at email@example.com.
Tuesday, Jan. 16
10 AM - FOGL (Friends of Georgetown Library) present "Tuesdays With ... Dale Rosengarten" at the Georgetown Library auditorium (405 Cleland St, Georgetown). Her presentation is entitled "From First Families to Front Street: The History of the Jewish Community in Georgetown." Free and open to the public, 843.545.3300.
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Georgia Hunter (We Were the Lucky Ones) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw. Inspired by the incredible true story of the Kurcs, a Jewish family living in Radom, Poland, who were separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive - and to reunite - Hunter excavates the remarkable history of her own family in this sweeping novel spanning six years and five continents. A tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds. Each of the five children of Sol and Nechuma Kurc found themselves desperately trying to find a way to survive the hostilities that permeated Europe. During the course of the war, the Kurcs are flung to distant points on the globe, from Brazil to Siberia. They work for the underground, fight battles in Italy, and are imprisoned in gulags. They stage daring escapes from ghettos, hide in plain sight in Polish cities and, always, yearn for the days when their family was whole. V-day finds some of the Kurcs together, but the celebration is empty; they are still sundered, mourning, and directionless. The Kurc family's final triumph is not tied to the defeat of the Nazis, but to the family's survival and reunion against impossible odds. Hunter sidesteps hollow sentimentality and nihilism, revealing instead the beautiful complexity and ambiguity of life in this extraordinarily moving tale. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
7 PM - The Meditation and Mindfulness Series with Elizabeth Monroy continues at Waccamaw Library. Monroy is an Infinite Human Life Coach who combines her intuitive abilities as a medium, certified tarot coach, past life counselor, medical intuit, Yoga therapy teacher, Reiki master, certified crystal Reiki master and teacher, animal Reiki practitioner, motivational speaker, international author, film director, producer and a visionary artist. She has thirty years of experience as a mental health counselor and over thirty years of training under master spiritual teachers. She is a member of the International Association of Life Coaches and a certified Ericksonian hypnotherapist. Monroy has traveled the planet receiving many high spiritual initiations. Series continues Jan. 16, 23, 30. February and March meetings will be led by Ken LaDéroute. The series will run every Tuesday until the spring, when it hopes to form a club that will continue to meet at the library. Also offered Jan. 23 and 30. Free and open to the public, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Jan. 17
1 PM - Brookgreen Gardens Gullah Program in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium.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. Also offered Jan. 24. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
1 PM - The Horry County Museum (805 Main St., Conway) continues its Wednesday Documentary Matinee Series for 2018, featuring films from the Museum's collection. January films include Jan. 17 - Carolina Stories: Finding Clovis; Jan. 24 - Swamp Fox: Francis Marion and the American Revolution; and Jan. 31 - The History of Aynor, S.C. Free and open to the public, 843.915.5320 or HorryCountyMuseum.org.
Thursday, Jan. 18
10 AM-1 PM - Homeschool Explorers (Dinosaurs & Fossils) at Brookgreen Gardens in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Friday, Jan. 19
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Greer Hendricks (The Wife Between Us) at Hot Fish Club. Greer Kessel Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen explore the complexities of marriage, relationships between women, and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love in this brilliant psychological thriller that warns its readers to assume nothing. Full, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
1:30-4 PM - Hike Hobcaw: Hobcaw Beach. The southern two miles of Debidue Island belongs to The Belle W. Baruch Foundation. Explore the undeveloped barrier island with Hobcaw Barony staff. 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. (Exertion level: High impact, hiking for three miles) Reservations required. $25, HobcawBarony.org.
6:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series with film historians Bill Harvey and Tony Miller at Waccamaw Library presents "Birdcage." Free and open to the public, email@example.com or theFOWL.org.
Saturday, Jan. 20
9 AM-3 PM - Smokehouse Day at the L.W. Paul Living History Farm (2279 Harris Short Cut Rd, Conway). Winter was the time of year for curing pork on the farm and season when the family was dependent on home preserved foods during the cold winter months. Staff and volunteers will demonstrate how pork was preserved and prepared on the family farm during the early 20th century in Horry County. Demonstrations will include smoking and salting meat, making pork sausage, cooking on a wood stove, making lye soap, grinding grits, blacksmithing and other traditional farm activities. Free and open to the public, 843.365.3596 or HorryCountyMuseum.org.
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange. Bring your painting supplies (any medium) and finished, unfinished or blank canvases for Danny's expert guidance in composition and color theory. Tables and chairs provided, bring an easel and snacks if needed. $45, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
1 PM - Reign of Rice Lecture Series at Brookgreen Gardens. Lecture by Anthony Dixon, Ph.D. in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Free with garden admission, reservations required, 843.235.6049 or Brookgreen.org.
6:30 PM - FOWL Musician Series features the Island Jazz Band at the Waccamaw Library. The Island Jazz Quartet is comprised of musicians who started playing when they were just kids - and loved it so much, they never stopped. Clair Fancher is on the bass, but also had plenty of bookings as a cornet virtuoso. Guitarist Ben Clark, playing stringed instruments since the age of 12, is originally from North Carolina, but moved here in 1995. Jack Seibert played drums in high school and college and continued played through his teaching career of 40 years in New York State. Saxophone player Barry Lieberman began playing instruments at 8 and could play all wind instruments by the time he arrived at Ithaca College. He taught for 32 years as a band director and performed every chance he could get. Free and open to the public, firstname.lastname@example.org or theFOWL.org.
Sunday, Jan. 21
2:30 PM - FOWL presents POV (Point of View): "Iris," a 90-minute PBS film followed by a post-film discussion at the Waccamaw Library led by organizational psychologist Amy Webb, PhD and jeweler John Henry Whitmire. "Iris" pairs the late documentarian Albert Maysles ("Grey Gardens," "Gimme Shelter"), then 87, with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. "Iris" portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are her sustenance. She reminds us that dressing - and indeed, life - is nothing but a grand experiment. "If you're lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows." Free and open to the public, email@example.com or theFowl.org.
Monday, Jan. 22
4-9 PM - Fifth Annual Books & Boogie fundraiser for Freedom Readers, Inc. (a 501c3 non-profit organization) at Dead Dog Saloon. This fundraiser is quite different from most in that it is a true celebration of people who love to read! We have a table of local writers (including Tanya Ackerman, Pat David and Paul Grimshaw) discussing their titles from 4-6 PM while a jazz band plays in the background. Dinner is presented and the band switches to a dance band (The Aristocats and Special Blend Experience). There is a short presentation by a few of our Young Scholars (who are entertained during dinner by the Balloon Lady) and a long table of raffle items at $5 per ticket with gifts including golf packages, MB condo weekend, Yeti cooler, and more! $50, 404.455.1864.
Tuesday, Jan. 23
10 AM - Waccamaw Library hosts North Carolina Outward Bound School Director of Admission and Marketing Richard Blomgren who will present the Outward Bound programs and the network of non-profit schools around the U.S. Founded in 1941 by educator Kurt Hahn, Outward Bound is a non-profit educational organization that serves people of all ages and backgrounds through challenging learning expeditions that focus on character development, leadership and service. Outward Bound helps individuals and teams discover strength of character and an aptitude for leadership needed to serve others in their community and care for the world around them. The organization serves 40,000 students annually and has a nationwide community of more than 1 million people. Free and open to the public,firstname.lastname@example.org.
10:30 AM-noon - Burroughs & Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach presents a lecture by Vivian R. Jacobson on "The Fifteen Stained Glass Windows by Marc Chagall." $10, seating is limited, call for reservations, 843.238.2510.
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Nancy Thayer (Secrets in Summer) at Ocean One, Litchfield. The "queen of beach books" (The Star-Ledger) returns to the shores of Nantucket in a novel about one memorable summer when flirtations flourish, family dramas play out, and scandalous secrets surface. Thayer's latest is a lovely and heartwarming contemporary read with its blend of humor and emotion set against the beautiful backdrop of Nantucket Island. Her well-crafted plot is infused with warmth and heartfelt, tender moments. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
7 PM - The Meditation and Mindfulness Series with Elizabeth Monroy continues at Waccamaw Library. See Jan. 16 entry for details. Also offered Jan. 30. Free and open to the public, email@example.com.
Wednesday, Jan. 24
1 PM - Brookgreen Gardens Gullah Program in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. See Jan. 17 entry for details. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Thursday, Jan. 25
4 PM - The Author's Table presents Dana Ridenour with her second novel, Beyond the Cabin, at the Waccamaw Library. The story of Alexis "Lexie" Montgomery, the irrepressible Southern FBI agent who first captivated readers in Behind the Mask, continues as Montgomery goes deep undercover to investigate a dangerous domestic terrorism group operating near Pawleys Island. As Lexie struggles to infiltrate the organization, she soon realizes everything may not be as it seems. 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. As a retired FBI agent who spend half her career working undercover, Ridenour's firsthand knowledge allowed her to write a novel that not only has a thriller element, but also delves into the psychological impact that undercover work has on the agent. Free and open to the public, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Jan. 26
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Brad Taylor (Operator Down) at Pawleys Plantation. Former Special Forces Officer and New York Times bestselling author Brad Taylor delivers a heart-pounding thriller where Pike Logan's search for a Mossad agent and ally puts him on a collision course with a ruthless military coup in Africa - and tests his loyalties to the Taskforce.Operator Down is Taylor's 12th Pike Logan adventure since 2011! Taylor served for more than twenty years in the U.S. Army, including eight years in 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta, commonly known as Delta Force. He retired as a Special Forces lieutenant colonel and now lives in Charleston. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
Friday-Sunday, Jan. 26-28
Times vary - FOWL French Film Festival at Waccamaw Library. Six days and six films shown in their original language with English subtitles, organized by Josette Sharwell and sponsored by the Friends of Waccamaw Library, OLLI @ CCU and Alliance Francais.
Fri., Jan. 26, 6:30 PM: CE QUI NOUS LIE (Back to Burgundy), 2017. Story strands intertwine like vines in this engaging family drama about three siblings who inherit their family's winery in Burgundy.
Sat., Jan. 27, 6:30 PM: POLINA, DANSER SA VIE (Polina), 2016. A young classical dancer drops out of the Bolchoi to discover the art of improvisation with a contemporary dance choreographer.
Sun., Jan. 28, 2:30 PM: DJANGO, 2017. The 2017 Berlin International Film Festival opened with this plucky historical drama that leverages the famous Django Reinhardt into a story about fighting fascism. Toe-tapping music!
Three additional films Feb. 2-4. Six-film pass, $8 (available only at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange) or $3 each at the door, 843.235.9600 or theFOWL.org.
Daily, Jan. 27-March 25
9:30 AM-5 PM - Sculpture Exhibit at Brookgreen Gardens. Art of the Animal is on display in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Saturday, Jan. 27
9-11:30 AM - Farm Animal Day at the L.W. Paul Living History Farm (corner of Hwy 701 North and Harris Short Cut Road in Conway, SC). Learn about the different animals on the farm and their various roles. The public is invited to help feed the animals from 9-9:30. Visitors can select an ear of corn, shell it, and use it to feed the chickens. This month farm staff will talk about farm animal housing and bedding in the winter when the weather is cold and will demonstrate how animals were groomed.
9 AM-2 PM - Painting Workshop with Betsy Jones McDonald at Island Art Gallery. Come explore color as you paint along with Betsy. $85, reservations and deposit required, 843.314.0298.
5:30-7:30 PM - The 20th Annual Souper Bowl to benefit Habitat for Humanity will be held at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church on Waverly Road in Pawleys Island, featuring hundreds of handcrafted and hand-painted vessels, scores of gourmet soups, and loaves of homemade breads. $25 in advance or $30 at the door, 843.546.5685.
Tuesday, Jan. 30
7 PM - The Lee Minton Signature Series: Zuill Bailey & Natasha Paremski at The Abbey at Litchfield Plantation. Zuill Bailey is a distinguished soloist, recitalist, artistic director and teacher. His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today. With her consistently striking and dynamic performances, pianist Natasha Paremski reveals astounding virtuosity and voracious interpretive abilities. She continues to generate excitement from all corners as she wins over audiences with her musical sensibility and flawless technique. $35, PawleysMusic.com.
7 PM - The Meditation and Mindfulness Series with Elizabeth Monroy continues at Waccamaw Library. See Jan. 16 entry for details. Free and open to the public, email@example.com.
Wednesday, Jan. 31
10 AM - Come play with the new Scrabble Club at the Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St., Georgetown), free and open to the public!
2-4 PM - Hobcaw Hayride. Participants ride in an open trailer behind a tractor and experience the plantation much like Baruch visitors once did. The winter woods provide a different view of the natural and cultural world down King's Highway, through Friendfield Village and across swamps and rice fields to Bellefield Plantation. (Exertion level: Moderate impact, some walking, cart ride on bumpy, dirt roads) Reservations required. $25, HobcawBarony.org.
Thursday, Feb. 1
10 AM-Noon - First Thursdays Speakers Series at Waccamaw Library presents Phil Wilkinson, the American Alligator in South Carolina-Early Studies. Retired SCDNR senior wildlife biologist and grandfather of alligator research shares his fascinating work with Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center from the time when alligators were listed as endangered and as part of the longest-known continuous study of alligators in the world. Sponsored by FOWL, free and open to the public, firstname.lastname@example.org, theFOWL.org.
1:30-3:30 PM - Friendfield Village Tour. 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. (Exertion level: Moderate impact, bus ride, some walking, standing for long periods) Reservations required. Also offered March 13, April 17. $20, Hobcaw Barony.org.
3-4 PM -2018 Litchfield Tea & Poetry at the Waccamaw Neck Library. Join Libby Bernardin and Cliff Saunders, series facilitators, for the 12th year featuring talented poets of the region: Maya Marshall, writer and assistant director of the USC Writing Center and managing editor for PANK, explores the essential roles women and work play in the economy and in defining the mythology of American beauty. Lester Boykin (a.k.a. "Bless") is a spoken word artist who performs throughout the Midlands, as well as doing photography, music production and studio engineering. Book signing after the reading; tea and homemade confections by Deloris Roberts. Tea & Poetry also offered March 1, April 5. Free and open to the public, email@example.com, theFOWL.org.
Friday, Feb. 2
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Donna Everhart (The Road to Bittersweet) at Ocean One. Set in the Carolinas in the 1940s, The Road to Bittersweet is a beautifully written, evocative account of a young woman reckoning not just with the unforgiving landscape, but with the rocky emotional terrain that leads from innocence to wisdom. $30, 843.235.9600.
Friday-Sunday, Feb. 2-4
Times vary - FOWL French Film Festival continues at Waccamaw Library.
Fri., Feb. 2, 6:30 PM: BOOMERANG, 2015. A family drama and thriller, based on Tatiana de Rosnay's novel A Secret Kept. Could the consequences of knowing the truth be worse than believing a lie?
Sat., Feb. 3, 6:30 PM: LE FILS DE JEAN (A Kid), 2016. A divorced Parisian with a young son has his tranquil existence turned upside down when he receives a phone call that his mystery father has died in Montreal.
Sun., Feb. 4 at 2:30 PM - L'ODYSSÉE (The Odyssey), 2016. The Odyssey covers 30 years of the life of famous French undersea explorer and maker of TV documentaries Jacques-Yves Cousteau, including his dark sides.
Six-film pass, $8 (available only at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange, 14363 Ocean Highway) or $3 each at the door, 843.235.9600, more details at theFOWL.org.
Saturday, Feb. 3
9 AM-5 PM - Trail Ride With Your Own Horse. Hobcaw Barony offers an opportunity for individuals of all ages to bring their own horse(s) and ride designated trails. Riders will have the experience of exploring the 16,000 acres with maps that highlight points of interest. Check-in time runs from 9 AM-noon, all horses, trailers and their owners must depart by 5 PM. Registration and waiver forms must be completed and received by Hobcaw Barony at least 3 days before the event to insure confirmation. You can download all forms on the website or pick one up in the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center 22 Hobcaw Road, Georgetown, SC 29440. Registration & reservations required. Also offered Feb. 17, March 3 & 17. $30, HobcawBarony.org.
Tuesday, Feb. 6
7 PM - The Lee Minton Signature Series: Matt Beilis at The Abbey at Litchfield Plantation. New Yorker Matt Beilis was born with his distinct voice. Some would say it's unconventional, which would fit the personality of this singer/songwriter/pianist There's no doubt Matt is one of the most talented up and coming singer-songwriters in NYC, but singing other peoples' songs only gets you so far. So he wrote and wrote and co-wrote with musician and producer friends as well as professional pop writers like Kinetics & One Love, who penned the chorus to B.o.B's Airplanes. Ironically, it is from those sessions that Matt found his voice. Now, instead of covering songs, the unique singer - identifiable before the end of the first verse - is creating them. $35, PawleysMusic.com.
Thursday, Feb. 8
1:30-3 PM - The Baruchs of Hobcaw Barony. Three generations of Baruch Family members are introduced through this documentary created by SC Educational Television. It showcases the lives of the Baruch's with rare film footage, interviews and actors portraying Bernard and Belle Baruch on the plantation. This group showing includes commentary by Hobcaw Barony staff as the stories behind the scenes are shared with viewers. (Exertion level: Low impact, sitting) Reservations required. Free and open to the public, HobcawBarony.org.
Friday, Feb. 9
9 AM-2 PM - FOWL hosts "Know the Neck, Come Connect" Volunteer Fair at the Waccamaw Library. Join the Friends of Waccamaw Library and two dozen local nonprofits seeking to share their mission and to recruit volunteers at this second annual Volunteer Fair. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public, theFOWL.org.
11 AM-2 PM - The Moveable Feast: Susan Meissner (As Bright as Heaven) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw. From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and A Fall of Marigolds comes a new novel set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which tells the story of a family reborn through loss and love. In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters - Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa - a chance at a better life. But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America and the pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city. As Bright as Heaven is the compelling story of a mother and her daughters who find themselves in a harsh world not of their making, which will either crush their resolve to survive or purify it. $30, 843.235.9600.
6:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series with film historians Bill Harvey and Tony Miller presents "Some Like It Hot" at Waccamaw Library. Free and open to the public, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Feb. 10
10 AM-1 PM - Scout Days: Fur, Feathers and Flowers at Brookgreen Gardens in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium and Courtyard. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000.
1-4 PM - Waccamaw Conference presents "Nature, Health & Life" at the Horry County Museum (805 Main St., Conway). Free, winyahrivers.org or 843.349.4007.
2-5 PM - "Valentine Warm-Up Pre-Party" to benefit Bike the Neck at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Highway). Free to look, listen, chat and nosh. Join us for an afternoon filled with delicious comestibles, terrific music by Cody Sifford, an art and book fair with perfect Valentine gifts and authors available to sign their publications, and raffle baskets chock full of items you actually WANT! There's no fee to attend, sip and nibble, browse and enjoy the music, although donations to Bike the Neck will be gratefully acknowledged. (Raffle tickets are $5 each, three for $10 and seven for $20.) If you'd like to reserve a table to sell your artwork or published books, the fee is $20 to Bike the Neck, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
6:30 PM - FOWL Musician Series featuring The Aristocats at the Waccamaw Library. The Aristocats will bring some smooth tunes to the Waccamaw Library, and you're invited to sit back and enjoy - or kick your shoes off and dance! The four-member band will be breaking out some favorite classics of swing and jazz from the 1920s to the 1950s. The Aristocats are stellar musicians who have been playing their whole lives. That's especially impressive when you consider that guitarist Nat Piccirilli is over 95 years old! He has played for President George Bush (the elder) as well as numerous musical luminaries in New England. Lloyd Kaplan, professor emeritus of the Community College of Rhode Island, not only plays a mean clarinet and saxophone and sings, but also shares his love of music as he teaches courses through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University. Dr. Joseph Moyer is an allergist who also happens to be a multitalented percussionist, ukulele player and vocalist. And Clair Fancher will be rocking the bass, although he's spent plenty of time over the years as a cornet virtuoso. Free and open to the public, email@example.com.
Tuesday, Feb. 13
9:30 AM - The Low Country Herb Society meets at the Waccamaw Library with guest speaker Katie Dickson from Moore Farms Botanical Garden, who will speak about Late Winter Gardening with an emphasis on garden maintenance and planning for the warm season (including rose pruning). Membership is open to all, and no experience is necessary! A "Meet and Greet" social time, to welcome guests and members, is held prior to the meeting with refreshments. LCHS meets from September through May and the annual dues are $25 with a quarterly newsletter included. For more information, look for us on Facebook or contact us at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Feb. 14
All day - Wedding Vow Renewal Celebration at Brookgreen Gardens Botanical Gardens. Details at Brookgreen.org.
1 PM - Brookgreen Gardens Gullah Program in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. 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. Also offered Feb. 28. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000.
Thursday, Feb. 15
10 AM-1 PM - Homeschool Explorers at Brookgreen Gardens in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000.
1:30-4:30 PM - Spiritual Places, Cemeteries of Hobcaw Barony. Explore black and white plantation cemeteries on Hobcaw Barony and learn of burial customs, grave decorating traditions, tombstone art, and survival and tragedy in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Dress for the woods and the weather. (Exertion level: High impact, hiking through woods) Reservations required. $30, Hobcaw Barony.org.
4 PM - FOWL presents Yosemite - Wolves and their Environment at the Waccamaw Library. Free and open to the public, email@example.com.
Sat., Feb. 17 - CLASS Productions presents "At Last ... Gracie Holliday and The Holliday Sisters" in concert at Kimbel Lodge (Hobcaw Barony). The 8th in the series presenting regional greats of gospel, R&B and soul in an intimate venue. Limited seating, 3-5 PM, $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
Sat., Feb. 17 - FOWL Members Only event at the Waccamaw Library: "Strike Up the Band" with the Pawleys Island Concert Band in a rousing patriotic performance prior to President's Day! Free and open to FOWL Members (renew or join now for your invitation - forms at the Friends Center). Birthday cake and coffee (we're turning three!) 6:30-8 PM, theFOWL.org.
TheArtsGrandStrand.com - 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.
Jan. 2-April 22 - William H. Miller: "What You See Is What You Get, "at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. Regular gallery hours will be from 10 AM-4 PM, Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-4 PM on Sundays. Free and open to the public, 843.238.2510 or MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.
Jan. 5-Feb. 10 - The Strand Cinema (710 Front St., Georgetown) shows independent, foreign and fine films on Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 PM and 7 PM. Every Friday following the Matinee, the Strand Cinema Film Society meets to discuss the film. For the complete schedule, visit swampfoxplayers.com. Questions, 843.527.2924, ext. 3#, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through March 3 - Children's Discovery Room at Brookgreen Gardens. Dinosaur Dissection Lab - Volunteers will engage youngsters in "dissecting" realistic-looking dinosaur body parts made of non-latex materials. Families will learn and explore while using this awesome hands-on activity. Children will also enjoy a make-and-take dinosaur craft, along with several stations with an art, nature and history component.
Sat. & Sun., Noon-4:30 PM, free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Through March 4 - Silent Cities Cemetery Tours at Brookgreen Gardens. Ride on the Trekker down back roads and explore cemeteries on this two-hour excursion. Walk through former slaves and plantation owners' graveyards and hear about the historical burial customs of European and African origin. Tickets must be purchased at Keepsakes at least 10 minutes prior to departure time. Visitors who purchase tickets for this excursion will receive a discount coupon for same-day purchases at Keepsakes. Sun., Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat., Noon & 2:30 PM, $15 in addition to garden admission, reservations suggested, 843.235.6016 or Brookgreen.org.
Through March 7 - The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail at Brookgreen Gardens. Travel back roads with an interpreter and hear about the history of the prominent Alston family here in colonial and antebellum eras. Visit the location of the plantation house, the Alston family cemetery, grounds of the slave village, and other archaeological sites. Due to its remote location, transportation is by mini-bus. Purchase tickets at Keepsakes at least 10 minutes prior to departure time. Guests for this excursion will receive a discount coupon for same-day purchases at Keepsakes. Mon. & Wed., 11 AM & 1 PM, $8 adults, $4 children, in addition to garden admission, 843.235.6016 or Brookgreen.org.
Through March 2018 - Handcrafted Wooden Boats by William "Bill" Brady on display at the Waccamaw Library. Bill never dreamed he would become a shipwright, and his sailing vessels are sized more for Stuart Little than Captain Ahab, but the man is a genius at fashioning fascinating crafts perfect down to the tiniest detail. For more information, email email@example.com.