What's happening on the Waccamaw Neck ~ compliments of the Friends of Waccamaw Library!
FOWL Community Connector
January 1, 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: email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
French Film Festivalpasses (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.
December's "Tuesdays With...." program at the Georgetown Library featuring Goffinet McLaren's informative presentation on "Plastic Versus Our Planet" is now available on YouTube. Here's the link:
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. 3 - Carolina Stories: Carolina A - Z; Jan. 10 - South Carolina Hall of Fame: Colonial Era Inductees; 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. 4
11 AM-3 PM - "Dollars and Pennies" at the L.W. Paul Living History Farm (corner of Hwy 701 North and Harris Short Cut Road, Conway). Learn about the New Year's Day meal known as "Dollars and Pennies." A traditional New Year's meal on many farms would have been collard greens, dried peas, hog jowls, and peas cooked in rice. Many people still carry on this tradition to represent green (paper) money and brown money (pennies) that they hope to have more of during the upcoming year. Join us to see how this meal would have been prepared on the wood burning stove. A free, hour long, guided tour of the Farm will be available to the public at 3 PM following the demonstration. Free and open to the public, 843-365-3596 or HorryCountyMuseum.org.
8 PM - Swamp Fox Players and The Georgetown School present An Evening of One Act Plays at the Strand Theater (710 Front Street, Georgetown) "Robyn Hood and Ser Merry Women" and "French Toast." Also offered Jan. 7 at 2:30 PM. $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Open seating, 843.527.2924.
Friday, Jan. 5-Thursday, Jan. 11
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University presents Taste of OLLI designed to share the spring semester offerings. Come "shop" for classes by browsing the displays and talking one-on-one with some of the participating instructors. Mingle with other OLLI members, staff, board members and some of the participating partners. Friday, Jan. 5, 9 AM-Noon at Coastal Science Center, Conway; Tuesday, Jan. 9, 9 AM-Noon at Myrtle Beach Education Center, Myrtle Beach; Thursday, Jan. 11, 9 AM-Noon at Litchfield Education Center, Litchfield; Thursday, Jan. 11, 2-4 PM at Georgetown Education Center, Georgetown. Coastal.edu/olli.
Friday, Jan. 5
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: A.J. Tata (Direct Fire) at Caffe Piccolo. Former brigadier general turned best-selling author A.J. Tata kicks off his fourth Jake Mahegan thriller with a powerful opening that introduces readers to Jackknife, a cold-blooded killer who serves as a worthy antagonist and a formidable opponent for Tata's hero. After slaughtering a billionaire banker and his family in the dark of the night, Jackknife turns his attention to the next name on his list - former Army paratrooper and ex-Delta Force operative, 30-year-old Native American Jake Mahegan, one of the baddest men in the thriller genre right now. His creator, Anthony Joseph Tata (aka A.J. and Tony), served 28 years in the United States Army before retiring in 2009. His military accomplishments merit a google expedition. He currently serves as the National Security Expert for One American News Network, appearing every Tuesday with Liz Wheeler on Tipping Point. He appears frequently as a guest commentator on national and local television and radio networks around the country. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
6:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series with film historians Bill Harvey and Tony Miller at Waccamaw Library presents "Dr. Strangelove." Free and open to the public, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat. & Sun., Jan. 6-March 3
12-4:30 PM - 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., 12-4:30 PM, free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Saturday, Jan. 6
9:30-10:30 AM - Farm Harvest Day at the L.W. Paul Living History Farm (corner of Hwy 701 North and Harris Short Cut Road, Conway). This month visitors are invited to join staff at the collard patch and learn about this common winter green and how it would have been gathered and prepared. Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase produce depending on availability. Free and open to the public, 843.365.3596 or HorryCountyMuseum.org.
10 AM-6 PM - CLASS offers a day-long Paint-In with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange. Tables and chairs provided; bring your art supplies (any medium) and an easel (if needed). $45, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
7-9 PM - Winyah Auditorium (1200 Highmarket St., Georgetown) presents The Long Bay Symphony's Woodwind Quintet, the second in the four-concert series "Chamber Music at the Winyah." $15, WinyahAuditorium.com.
Sunday, Jan. 7
2:30 PM - Swamp Fox Players and The Georgetown School present An Evening of One Act Plays at the Strand Theater (710 Front Street, Georgetown) "Robyn Hood and Ser Merry Women" and "French Toast." $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12. Open seating, 843.527.2924.
January 7-March 4
Noon & 2:30 PM - 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., $15 in addition to garden admission, reservations suggested, 843.235.6016 or Brookgreen.org.
January 8-March 7
11 AM & 1 PM - 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., $8 adults, $4 children, in addition to garden admission, 843.235.6016 or Brookgreen.org.
Tuesday, Jan. 9
9:30 AM - The Low Country Herb Society meets at the Waccamaw Library with guest speaker Cindy Worley Howell of Worley Lane Farms in Nichols, SC. Worley Lanefarm has been in Ms. Howell's family for more than 80 years. She will speak to us about their goats, goat cheeses, and handmade goat's milk soaps. 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: email@example.com.
11 AM-2 PM - Palmetto Ace Home Center's 2nd Annual Chili Bowl! Last year it was a ruthless battle between employees and local restaurants! Who will win this year?! You can be the judge, stop by between 11 AM - 2 PM to test out the different types of homemade chili and vote for your favorite one. Free and open to the public, 843.235.3555 or PalmettoAce.com.
7 PM - The Waccamaw Library welcomes the return of its popular Meditation and Mindfulness Series! Elizabeth Monroy will lead the January classes at 7 pm at the Waccamaw Library, 41 St. Paul Place, Pawleys Island. 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. Free and open to the public, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Jan. 10
7-8:30 PM - How do We Grow from Here? at the Waccamaw Library. A series of public meetings in 2017 addressed problems and opportunities associated with future growth on the Waccamaw Neck. Based on the input from those meetings, one hypothetical scenario has been developed that could help move us from concept to reality. The public is invited to discuss the ideas and the framework necessary to implement such a concept. Questions, email@example.com
Thursday, Jan. 11
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: Alice Osborn and Ann Herlong Bodman. Poet, musician, songwriter and writing coach Alice Osborn is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose language is tough, sanguine, funny and, above all, memorable. Her latest book, Heroes Without Capes, is a collection of dramatic monologues and narrative poems addressing themes of heroism and loneliness. Ann Herlong Bodman, prize winning poet, educator and "recovering sailor," infuses her poetry with sailing and the majesty of wind and water in small parables full of wisdom. Her latest book, released by Press 53, is Loose in Far-away Places. Book signing after the reading; tea and homemade confections by Deloris Roberts. Tea & Poetry also offered Feb. 1, March 1, April 5. Free and open to the public, firstname.lastname@example.org, theFOWL.org.
Friday, Jan. 12
FULL! 11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: John Kenny (A Very Special Family: The House of Joseph Thomas Raad, Georgetown, SC) at DeBordieu Colony Clubhouse. An immigrant story to remind us of the shining hope the United States has been to past generations, as well as their pay-back and -forward in the contributions they have made. One Lebanese family, four immigrant sons, and the lasting impact they have made in Georgetown, South Carolina and throughout the state. Published by CLASS Publishing, $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
6:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series with film historians Bill Harvey and Tony Miller at Waccamaw Library presents "Witness for the Prosecution." Free and open to the public, email@example.com.
Saturday, Jan. 13
10 AM-1 PM - Scout Days: Outdoor Art Exploration at Brookgreen Gardens. Become an outdoor artist in this exciting workshop. Enjoy a guided sculpture garden tour, make-and-take crafts, games, S.T.E.A.M. Activities, and more. Children will meet an artist inspired by nature and create their own sculptures to take home! Reservations required. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
6:30 PM - FOWL Musician Series features Pam Purvis and Bob Ackerman's Big Little Band at the Waccamaw Library. After working together and being married for 43 years, this is one "tight" act. Their music consists of standards from the American songbook, jazz classics, and original material. They have developed a duet presentation for horn and voice that is unique and satisfying. The entertaining and dynamic duo's style has been compared to Lester Young and Billie Holiday. Audiences can sense the communication and love they have for each other and their commitment to their relationship and the music that is born from it. Bob is a Ford Foundation Grant and National Endowment for the Arts recipient. He recently won the composition and arrangement competition of the PA Jazz Collective for 2016 for his original jazz composition, "Herb Fisher." Pam was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Lehigh Valley Music Awards in 2016, the first female to receive this honor in the history of the Music Awards. Locally they appear every Tuesday at Frank's Outback and are performing a First Sunday Jazz Series at The PIT. Free and open to the public, firstname.lastname@example.org or theFOWL.org.
Sunday, Jan. 14
4-8 PM - Waccamaw Riverkeeper River Celebration will be held at the Warehouse (104 Laurel St, Conway) with live music from Steady Hand String Band and The Pine Sap Swamp Potato Man, silent auction, door prizes, craft beer and wine, hors d'oeuvres by Shine Cafe and The Warehouse, food, and evening boat rides by Captain Jim with River Memories! $35/members, $40/non-members, $20/students and volunteers, 843.349.4007 or WinyahRivers.org.
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. See Jan. 9 entry for details. Also offered Jan. 23 and 30. Free and open to the public, email@example.com.
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.
Thursday, Jan. 18
10 AM-1 PM - Homeschool Explorers 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. "A fiendishly clever romantic thriller in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This one will keep you guessing." -Anita Shreve. $30, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or theFOWL.org.
Saturday, Jan. 20
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, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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,email@example.com.
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. 9 entry for details. Also offered Jan. 30. Free and open to the public, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
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. Friday at 6:30 PM - Ce Qui Nous Lie (Back to Burgundy, 2017); Saturday at 6:30 PM - Polina, danser sa vie (Polina, 2016); Sunday at 2:30 PM - Reparer les vivants (Heal the Living, 2017). 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-April 1
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 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.
Wednesday, Jan. 31
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.
Feb. 1 - 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, Thurs., 10 AM-12 PM, free, firstname.lastname@example.org, theFOWL.org.
Feb. 1 - 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. Thurs., 1:30-3:30 PM, $20, Hobcaw Barony.org.
Feb. 1 -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 and Lester Boykin.Book signing after the reading; tea and homemade confections by Deloris Roberts. Tea & Poetry also offered March 1, April 5. Thurs., 3-4 PM, free and open to the public, email@example.com, theFOWL.org.
Feb. 2 - 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. Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $30, 843.235.9600.
Feb. 2-4 - FOWL French Film Festival continues at Waccamaw Library. Friday at 6:30 PM - Boomerang (2015); Saturday at 6:30 PM - Le Fils de Jean (A Kid, 2016); Sunday at 2:30 PM - The Odyssey, 2016. 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.
Feb. 9 - 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. Fri., 9 AM-2 PM, free and open to the public, theFOWL.org.
Feb. 10 - "Valentine Warm-Up Pre-Party" to benefit Bike the Neck on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 2 to 5 PM, free to look, listen, chat and nosh. Join us for an afternoon at the Litchfield Exchange, filled with delicious comestibles, terrific music, 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.
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.
Through Jan. 2, 2018 - Brookgreen Holiday Exhibits open daily and during Nights of a Thousand Candles. Two indoor exhibits are beautiful additions to our seasonal celebration and are included in admission. Daily 9:30 AM-5 PM, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Jan. 2-April 22 - William H. Miller: "What You See Is What You Get, "at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. An opening reception, featuring a gallery talk by the artist, will be held Thursday, Jan. 4, from 5:30-7:30 PM. 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 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.