What's happening on the Waccamaw Neck ~ compliments of the Friends of Waccamaw Library!
FOWL Community Connector
June 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.
As of June 1, 2018, any donation of $20 or more includes a FOWL membership for you and your immediate family (spouse and children). We have combined our Individual and Family membership levels.
We are discontinuing the Youth designation.
In June, any membership renewals or new signups will be at the $20 and higher levels.
Supporter, Patron, and larger donations are always welcome. We will continue to offer discounts at the Friends Center at these donation levels.
Your membership is a tax-free donation because FOWL is a 501(c)3 organization. You can now make your donation on-line at TheFOWL.org or via the new donation envelopes available at the Friends Center.
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+, 3-6:30 PM.
Tuesdays - Open Gaming & Tabletop, ages 10+, 3-6:30 PM.
Wednesdays - Open Gaming & Magic the Gathering Day, ages 10+, 3-6:30 PM.
Thursdays - Open Gaming & Art Day, 10+, 3-6:30 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; 1-9 PM focus on games for teens and adults.
Storytime! Every Wednesday, 10:30 AM. Ages birth to 5.
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.
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.
Mah Jongg Club meets Tuesdays, 1-3 PM, bring your set and current card.
A Course in Miracles meets Thursdays, 1-2:30 PM, facilitated by Marc Breines, 704.309.2415.
Toastmasters meets noon-1 PM on the second and fourth Thursday each month (June 28). Improve communication skills, increase self-confidence, think on your feet, give a great "elevator" speech, share stories. Free and open to the public, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
May/June Artist at the Waccamaw Library: Lisa Blayton. Artist Lisa Blayton's original paintings and contemporary free forms will be on display in May and June. She uses porcelain forms, clay, and overglaze oil painting techniques from the 1800s to create her artwork, and often incorporates favored themes like southern plants, scenes, and landscapes. Her free form sculptures include cotton, hand applied metals and recycled glass, to mirror shapes and textures found in nature. Blayton has lived all over the Palmetto State, from the mountains to the coast. She grew up in rural, upper South Carolina with its "rolling hills, wildlife and endless greenery." As an adult, she enjoys the beaches and marsh scenery of the Lowcountry. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
May/June Photographer at the Waccamaw Library: Walter Morris.
The colorful photography of Dr. Walter Morris will be featured through June. Dr. Morris moved to Litchfield permanently in June 2005 after visiting the area for decades. He practiced general dentistry for 50 years in Pinehurst, N.C. The area has given Dr. Morris plenty to photograph. His stunning images have won several local exhibits over the years. For more information, email@example.com.
CALENDAR OF COMMUNITY EVENTS
Calling all bargain-hunters: Hunt for FOWL! Planning has begun for the Fall FOWL Luncheon and Auction, which turns out to be the 28th of these fabulous events AND the 30th anniversary of the Friends of Waccamaw Library organization. Since pearls are emblematic of 30 years of anything, the event is titled "Pearls for Southern Girls." It is not too early to start gathering/donating goodies for the raffle and auction. Here's our challenge: If you don't need a single thing, but like to shop, visit your favorite consignment outlet and look for the best bargain ($10 max) in the accessory or home/holiday decor departments. Then bring your find/donation to the Friends Center (in the Waccamaw Library). Our staging guru, Bariedel Llorens, will put these items together in vignettes worth way more than the sum of their parts! If you've questions or a carload to donate, call or text Diane Stern (908.310.2953) and she'll arrange a pick-up!
Volunteer Opportunity: The staff of the Heritage Center at the
Georgetown Library are searching for hard-working volunteers who love history and who are interested in sharing their knowledge with Library patrons. Volunteers are needed to assist in the everyday operations of the Center, which include: meeting and greeting Library patrons as they visit the Center, providing information on the history of Georgetown County, and informing visitors of the many historical venues available to tour in the area. Morning and afternoon opportunities are available on Monday through Saturday. The Library's Heritage Center also offers visitors a chance to come in and explore the history of Georgetown County through on-demand video documentaries on such subjects as the Great Depression, WWII, and the men and women of Georgetown.If you are interested in volunteering at the Heritage Center, please contact Julie Warren at 843.545.3316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Kids Programs and Camps are underway at the Waccamaw and Georgetown Libraries, Hobcaw Barony, Brookgreen Gardens, Coastal Carolina's Litchfield Center, Surf the Earth, SC Maritime Museum, Georgetown County Parks & Recreation, and Huntington Beach State Park. Whether you are here all summer or have young ones coming for a week or two, there is something fun and educational to do every single day! Grab yourself a copy of the new issue of Lowcountry Companion for a complete calendar of activities for adults and kids through August.
Saturday, June 16
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Highway, behind Applewood House of Pancakes). Join this day-long opportunity to paint with one of the region's finest. Bring finished/unfinished works in any medium, any subject matter, any skill level for review, suggestions and instruction in color theory and composition by one of the area's local art treasures. Tables and chairs provided; bring art supplies and easel if needed. Offered bi-monthly, space is limited. $45, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
11 AM-Noon - Build Your Own Turkey Call at Hampton Plantation. Build your own turkey call in the style of Archibald Rutledge. Space limited; reservations required. $25, 843.546.9361.
1-3:30 PM - Traditional music demonstration at the L.W. Paul Living History Farm (Hwy 701 North and Harris Short Cut Road, Conway) will focus on how amplification of voices and instruments changed the size of concerts and made music to be heard in a larger area. Free and open to the public, 843,365,3596 or HorryCountyMuseum.org.
2-5 PM - Rivertown Wine-Around in Downtown Conway. Sample fabulous wine selections. Tickets, $22 (includes tasting glass). 843.248.6260 or ConwayAlive.com.
7-9 PM - McClellanville Local Photography Show opening reception at the McClellanville Arts Center (733 Pinckney St.). Free and open to the public, 843.887.3157.
Sunday, June 17
3-6:30 PM - Children's Labyrinth Walk at Brookgreen Gardens. We will begin at "In the Mix" near the Welcome Center, walk down to the Labyrinth for a mini presentation and a guided walk through the Labyrinth. Lastly, we will walk to the Lowcountry Complex where families will do three interactive crafts and activities. After the event, attend our Cool Summer Evenings Concert, with kid-friendly band, Sea Cruz. Free with Garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
7-9 PM - Cool Summer Evenings Concert Series at Brookgreen Gardens. Bring a lawn chair and find your favorite spot under the shade of the Live Oaks to enjoy "Sea Cruz." Sing along, dance and enjoy the talents of local and regional favorite bands. Also offered June 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, August 5, 12 & 19. Beverages and light refreshments available for purchase (no coolers please). Free with Garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Monday, June 18
10:30 AM - The Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St., Georgetown) will present an hour-long class on Microsoft Publisher, a useful program that can make your documents look polished, eye-catching, and memorable. Free and registration is not required.
10:30 AM - Behind the Scenes Tour of Hobcaw Barony.Join us for an expanded tour of the property with opportunities to see and experience more than what is offered on the Introductory Tour. The program includes stops at the North Inlet salt marsh, the grounds of Bellefield Plantation, Friendfield Village, and the main floor of Hobcaw House, giving participants a chance to spend more time at each location.Reservations required.Also offered June 25, July 2, 16, 23 & 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20 & 27. $30, HobcawBarony.org.
Tuesday, June 19
Summer day trip with Robin McCall's Storehouse Tours. Step back in time with each bend of the Waccamaw River as you cruise past rice plantations on Captain Rod's Plantation tour, viewing rice fields, trunk docks, and beautiful moss-laden oaks, while enjoying Mother Nature at her finest! Learn about the history, mystery and legends of the past.
$90, 843.235.2966 or StorehouseTours.com.
1 PM - Active Adult Series: Hurricanes of the Grand Strand at the Horry County Museum (805 Main St., Conway). Join us to learn about the history and impact of some of the major storms that have hit Horry County. The Active Adult Series is held the third Tuesday of each month and is perfect for new residents to the area, or lifetime locals who want to learn more about the place that they call home. Free and open to the public, 843.915.5320 or HorryCountyMuseum.org.
4:30 PM - The Grand Strand Camellia Society will meet at the Wacamaw Neck Library for a meeting devoted to "Camellias from cuttings." For more information, email@example.com.
6-8 PM - Family Fun Nights at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church. "Celebrate Stories" offers storytellers, book fair and puppetry for all ages, musical entertainment on the church campus (9967 Ocean Hwy), popcorn, hotdogs, hamburgers. Also offered June 26. Free and open to community families, 843.237.4581 or PawleysIslandPresby.com.
Wednesday, June 20
2:30-4 PM - Wild Wednesday: Children's Beach Walk. Children between the ages of 7 and 15 are able to enjoy an afternoon on an undeveloped beach, observe the falling tide and bare trees left after erosion of the southern end of Debidue Island. Children and three adult naturalists comb the beach for rare finds, such as The Lettered Olive, the South Carolina state shell, fish swimming in the tide pools and shore birds scattering the beach. With a view of the maritime forest during the long walk, young ecologists will always remember Belle Baruch's first glimpse of this beach as a little girl. (Exertion level: High impact, hiking for three miles) Limited to 28, reservations required. $10, HobcawBarony.org.
Thursday, June 21
10 AM - Body-Friendly Golf intro class with PGA Pro Tom Saguto. Also offered July 12. Free and open to the public, firstname.lastname@example.org.
1:30-3:30 PM - Summer Solstice Labyrinth Walk at Brookgreen Gardens. Join us as we celebrate the arrival of summer on the Brookgreen Gardens labyrinth. We will gather at the Lowcountry Center picnic table area at 1:30 PM for a brief talk and then walk to the labyrinth together for this experience. For late arrivals, we will be at the labyrinth by 2 PM; the last walker should be on the labyrinth no later than 3 PM (please maintain silence during the walk). Free with Garden admission, 843.235.6000.
6-9 PM - Georgetown Business Association presents Jason Michael Carroll in concert at Francis Marion Park (801 Front St.). Bring a chair, no coolers. Free, GeorgetownSeaport.com.
Friday, June 22
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Wendy Wax (Best Beach Ever) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw. After giving up their renovation-turned-reality-TV-show Do Over, the ladies of the hugely successful Ten Beach Road series move into cottages at the Sunshine Hotel and turn their beloved Bella Flora over to its wealthy mystery tenant. Now, each woman - Maddie, Kyra, Avery and Nikki - will be forced to reexamine and redefine her life, relationships, and dreams. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
Saturday, June 23
9-11:30 AM - Experience life on the "one horse farm" in Horry County from 1900-1955 at the L.W. Paul Living History Farm (Hwy 701 North and Harris Short Cut Road, Conway). Staff members will talk about setting hens, preparing for nesting hens and the babies after they hatch. Visitors can also help with the morning feeding from 9-9:30 AM. Free and open to the public, 843.365.3596 or HorryCountyMuseum.org.
11 AM-3 PM - "Making Waves" opening day celebration at Franklin G. Burroughs and Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. Artist Drew Brophy leads tours of his exhibit at 11:15 AM and 1:15 PM, poster signing at 2:15 PM. Throughout the celebration, join ceramic surfboard painting and tiki mask decorating kids workshops, a community mural, live music by Paperwork, henna tattoos, thai yoga massage, tie-dying family workshop, film screenings of "The Endless Summer" and "A Plastic Ocean," hula performances by Polynesian Fire at 11:30 AM and 3 PM, local vendors, books, food truck and surf organizations. Free for all ages, MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.
1 PM - The Horry County Museum and the AVX Foundation present a lecture by Eric Emerson on the history of the South Carolina state flag at the museum (805 Main St., Conway). South Carolina has had a number of flags over the course of its history, and two have been approved by the General Assembly. The second of these was created by A.S. Salley, the first Secretary of the South Carolina History Commission (now known as the South Carolina Department of Archives & History), with help from Clemson College and a little-known friend in Charleston. In this lecture, Dr. Emerson will recount the tale of a man whose claims to be the authority on South Carolina history led the General Assembly to task him with re-creating the state flag. His design would be the forerunner of today's banner, the nation's second most popular state flag. Dr. Emerson is the director of the South Carolina Department of Archives & History (SCDAH). He received his Bachelors of Arts in History from the University of North Carolina - Charlotte and his masters and doctorate in History from the University of Alabama. Prior to coming to SCDAH in 2009, he served as the executive director of the Charleston Library Society and the South Carolina Historical Society. Free and open to the public, 843.915.5320 or HorryCountyMuseum.org.
Sunday, June 24
6-9 PM - The Rectory Lawn at All Saints Church features Elise Testone of American Idol fame. Free and open to the public, 843.240.0425.
7-9 PM - Cool Summer Evenings Concert Series at Brookgreen Gardens. Bring a lawn chair and find your favorite spot under the shade of the Live Oaks to enjoy "Indigo Choral Society." Also offered July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, August 5, 12 & 19. Beverages and light refreshments available for purchase (no coolers please). 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Monday-Friday, June 25-29
9 AM-Noon - Basquiat Youth Art Camp at Murrells Inlet Community Center (4462 Murrells Inlet Rd). Dr. Ramona LaRoche offers your child a fun and creative week of art, crafts, nature, and cultural heritage activities with a SC HQ Arts Educator, a professional costume designer, and an elementary reading specialist. Limited class size. Ages 6-11, $129/child (ask about sibling rate) includes art supplies and snacks. Registration or questions, call or text 843.564.3356.
Monday, June 25
10:30 AM - Behind the Scenes Tour of Hobcaw Barony. See June 18 entry for details. Reservations required.Also offered July 2, 16, 23 & 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20 & 27. $30, HobcawBarony.org.
Tuesday, June 26
5:30-7:30 PM - The Moveable Feast: Rick Bragg (The Best Cook in the World) at Inlet Affairs. From the beloved, best-selling author of All Over but the Shoutin', a delectable, rollicking food memoir, cookbook, and loving tribute to a region, a vanishing history, a family, and, especially, to his mother. Including seventy-four mouthwatering Bragg family recipes for classic southern dishes passed down through generations. Margaret Bragg does not own a single cookbook. She measures in "dabs" and "smidgens" and "tads" and "you know, hon, just some." She cannot be pinned down on how long to bake corn bread ("about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the mysteries of your oven"). Her notion of farm-to-table is a flatbed truck. But she can tell you the secrets to perfect mashed potatoes, corn pudding, redeye gravy, pinto beans and hambone, stewed cabbage, short ribs, chicken and dressing, biscuits and butter rolls. Many of her recipes, recorded here for the first time, pre-date the Civil War, handed down skillet by skillet, from one generation of Braggs to the next. In The Best Cook in the World, Rick Bragg finally preserves his heritage by telling the stories that framed his mother's cooking and education, from childhood into old age. Because good food always has a good story, and a recipe, writes Bragg, is a story like anything else. $60 (includes book and supper), 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
6-8 PM - Family Fun Nights at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church. "Celebrate Water Fun" offer inflatables and water games for all ages, musical entertainment on the church campus (9967 Ocean Hwy), popcorn, hotdogs, hamburgers. Free and open to community families, 843.237.4581 or PawleysIslandPresby.com.
Wednesday & Thursday, June 27 & 28
6 PM - Surf The Earth Sunset/Full Moon Kayak Tour. This naturalist guided two-hour tour takes place from dusk through the rising moon. Enjoy a leisurely paddle through the beautiful salt marsh system, and watch the sun set and give way to the moon's rise. If you have a camera, there are a lot of opportunities to capture our spectacular wild life (turtles, dolphins, and shore birds), beautiful sunsets, and spectacular moon rise over the ocean. Bring your favorite beverage and be prepared to kick back and enjoy the spectacular view. All gear is top of the line (11' & 13' Hobie kayaks, fiberglass paddles, and high back comfortable seats). Also offered July 25 & 26, Aug. 24 & 25. $75 (single), $120 (tandem), 843.235.3500 or Surf-the-Earth.com.
Thursday, June 28
1-2 PM - Brookgreen 101, a program sponsored by the Campbell Center for American Sculpture, is a public information program offered in the Welcome Center Conference Room. The topic for June is Recent Acquisitions of Brookgreen Gardens. Free with Garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
7 PM - FOWL presents astronomer Kevin Manning at the Waccamaw Library reviewing what we've learned since the 2017 eclipse. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or TheFOWL.org.
Friday, June 29
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Susan Boyer (Lowcountry Bookshop) at Pastaria 811. Lowcountry PI Liz Talbot returns to the streets of Charleston in the seventh installment of Susan M. Boyer's USA Today bestselling mystery series. Although the feast is full, you can meet Susan at Litchfield Books at 2 PM when she'll be signing books. 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
Saturday, June 30
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange. See June 16 entry for details. Offered bi-monthly, space is limited. S$45, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
11 AM-10 PM - Riverfest Independence Celebration will be held at the historic courthouse and Riverfront Park along the Waccamaw River in downtown Conway. This popular festival features many live entertainment acts, an artisan market, raft race, activities and games for all ages, food, fireworks and more! Bring a chair, no coolers. Free, 843.248.2273 or ConwaySCChamber.com.
11:15 AM-1 PM - Digital Literacy 101 at Murrells Inlet Community Center (4462 Murrells Inlet Rd). Want to learn time saving, efficient ways to use your electronic devices (computers, tablets, cells, laptops, smart devices)? Dr. Ramona LaRoche helps you bridge your information and digital gaps to assist with your everyday activities and cultural heritage research. Limited class size; 90 days of tech support available after class. $35 single/$50 couples includes handouts. Registration or questions, call or text 843.564.3356.
3-5 PM - CLASS Productions presents Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues in the Kimbel Concert Series. Sold Out! 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
Sunday, July 1
7-9 PM - Cool Summer Evenings Concert Series at Brookgreen Gardens. Bring a lawn chair and find your favorite spot under the shade of the Live Oaks to enjoy "Unihorn." Sing along, dance and enjoy the talents of local and regional favorite bands. Also offered July 8, 15, 22 & 29, August 5, 12 & 19. Beverages and light refreshments available for purchase (no coolers please). Free with Garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Monday, July 2
10:30 AM - Behind the Scenes Tour of Hobcaw Barony. See June 18 entry for details. Reservations required.Also offered July 16, 23 & 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20 & 27. $30, HobcawBarony.org.
Wednesday, July 4
4 PM - Murrells Inlet 4th of July Boat Parade. Don't miss this annual Inlet patriotic tradition! The 34th Annual July 4th Boat Parade kicks off at high tide from Garden City Point. The parade will head over to the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk and then follow the Murrells Inlet shoreline down to the Hot Fish Club. Best public viewing points are the Marshwalk, Belin Methodist Church, Nance's Restaurant, and the Hot Fish Club. Register to be in the boat parade at Booty's Outdoors, Garden City Realty or Captain Dick's June 15-July 3. You can register on July 4th with the committee boat which will be in the water at the Garden City Point that day. Fireworks show at 10 PM. Free, 843.652.4236.
7:30-9 PM - 22nd Annual Fourth of July Concert at the Kaminski House Museum lawn. It's not the 4th of July without a performance of the Indigo Choral Society, the boat parade and city's fireworks extravaganza. Bring your lawn chair, blankets and favorite snacks and drinks. Free and open to the public, 843.546.7706 or KaminskiMuseum.org.
Thursday-Saturday, July 5-7
Times vary - 28th Annual Friends of Waccamaw Library Book Sale at the Waccamaw Library (41 St. Paul Place). Thousands of books organized for easy hunting, all for a fraction of their value.
Friends Night - Thursday, July 5, 6-8 PM offers special pricing for members (you can join that evening for $20!):
Public Sale - Friday, July 6, 9 AM-4 PM; and Saturday, July 7, 9 AM-Noon:
Paperbacks = 3/$1
Hardbacks = $1.50 Trade paperbacks = $.75 CDs = $.50 DVDs = $1 Books on tape = $2 Specialty books and featured items priced as marked.843.545.3623 or TheFowl.org.
Friday, July 6
10 AM-2 PM - Grandparents or Parents and Kids Camp at Brookgreen Gardens. Youths and their guardians will tour the gardens and zoo and engage in crafts, games, experiments, and more for an unforgettable experience! Registration for the one-day camp is $65 for members and $80 for non-members (inclusive of one youth in Grades 1-5; additional children @ $30 each), 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Elaine Neil Orr (Swimming Between Worlds) at Pawleys Plantation. From the critically acclaimed author of A Different Sun and Gods of Noonday: A White Girl's African Life, Orr presents a Southern coming-of-age novel that sets three very different young people against the tumultuous years of the American Civil Rights movement in a small neighborhood in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
6-9 PM - Georgetown Business Association presents The Tams in concert at Francis Marion Park (801 Front St.). Bring a chair, no coolers. Free and open to the public, GeorgetownSeaport.com.
Sunday, July 8
7-9 PM - Cool Summer Evenings Concert Series at Brookgreen Gardens. Bring a lawn chair and find your favorite spot under the shade of the Live Oaks to enjoy "High Steppin' Country." Sing along, dance and enjoy the talents of local and regional favorite bands. Also offered July 15, 22 & 29, August 5, 12 & 19. Beverages and light refreshments available for purchase (no coolers please). Free with Garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Monday, July 9
8:30 AM-1 PM - North Inlet Paddle. Join the Reserve and Surf the Earth for a naturalist-guided tour through the creeks of North Inlet. The program includes instruction in basic kayaking, a natural history overview, and educational highlights of the North Inlet ecosystem. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, snack, and camera/binoculars (if desired). Also offered Aug. 7, Aug. 20. $50/person; weather permitting; limited to 6; registration required, 843.904.9017.
Wednesday, July 11
1-2 PM - Feeding Frenzy. Feeding time at Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center is the most exciting time of the day - for our animals, at least! Help Reserve staff feed our hungry exhibit critters, including our North Inlet fishes, crabs, turtles, snakes, and even our alligator! During the feeding, learn about the animals' biology and their natural habitats. Also offered Aug. 17. Free; limited to 15; registration required, 843.904.9017.
2:30-4 PM - Wild Wednesday: Alligator Birthday. It's Andy the alligator's birthday! Come to the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center to learn about these living dinosaurs and celebrate his birthday with cupcakes, juice and an alligator craft. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult (free of charge). (Exertion level: Low impact, sitting, crafting) Limited to 20, reservations required. Wed., 2:30-4 PM, $10, HobcawBarony.org.
Thursday, July 12
10 AM - Body-Friendly Golf intro class with PGA Pro Tom Saguto at Waccamaw Library. Free and open to the public, email@example.com.
Friday, July 13
11 AM-Noon - Public Walking Tour of Archaeological Site at Brookgreen Gardens, led by Dr. David Palmer. Meet at the field next to Lowcountry Zoo entrance. Free for members and included with garden admission, 843.235.6016 or Brookgreen.org.
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Steve Roberts & Lee Brockington (Pawleys Island: Images of America) at DeBordieu Clubhouse ($60, incl. book). The history of Pawleys Island can be summed up in four words: rice, sea, golf, and hammocks. The rivers threading through coastal South Carolina created an ideal environment for cultivating rice, and by the mid-18th century, vast plantations were producing profitable crops and wealthy landowners. But those plantations also produced malaria-carrying mosquitoes, so the landowners sent their families to the seashore for the summer and built the first houses on Pawleys Island starting in 1822. The end of slavery doomed the rice culture, and the old plantations were sold to rich Northerners for hunting and fishing retreats. During the Depression, the Lachicotte family started making and selling distinctive rope hammocks, the perfect symbol for the island's slow, simple lifestyle. By the 1960s, many of the old plantations were turned into golf courses, reviving the economy. But the beating heart of Pawleys Island remains the rhythm of the sea and what one early visitor called "the only beach in the world." $60 (includes signed book), 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
1-4 PM - Share Your History on Brookgreen's Birthday at the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Bring your family heirlooms, photographs, portraits, archival material, and other items that relate to the history of plantations in Georgetown County, especially the Brookgreen Gardens property (Laurel Hill, Springfield, Brookgreen, and The Oaks Plantations). We want to photograph them as well as provide an opportunity for you to lend them for a future exhibition. Experts will be on hand to help identify your objects. If an item is large, bring good photographs of it from more than one side. Everything from kitchen implements to fine silver and family portraits to farm tools will be welcomed. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Saturday, July 14
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange. See June 16 entry for details. Offered bi-monthly, space is limited. Sat., 10 AM-5 PM, $45, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
Sunday, July 15
7-9 PM - Cool Summer Evenings Concert Series at Brookgreen Gardens. Bring a lawn chair and find your favorite spot under the shade of the Live Oaks to enjoy "The Foreclosures." Sing along, dance and enjoy the talents of local and regional favorite bands. Also offered July 22 & 29, August 5, 12 & 19. Beverages and light refreshments available for purchase (no coolers please). Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Barbara McGhee of Cameo Travel Enrichment offers a 10-day cruise along Alaska's famed Inside Passage departing from San Francisco on the Princess Line. Ports of call: San Francisco, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Victoria/British Columbia, San Francisco. Prices range from $1,189-$2,654 per person, based on double occupancy. Government taxes are not included. For assistance with booking, air fares to SF and transfers to cruise ship, contact Barbara McGhee, 843.650.4501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oct. 15 - Travel to China and benefit FOWL: Barbara McGhee of Cameo Travel Enrichment offers a 9-day cultural tour of China for $2,290 including international airfare roundtrip from JFK-Beijing. Five star hotels and most meals, as well as Great Wall of China, Terra Cotta Warriors, Summer Palace-UNESCO, Museums-Ancient Antiques, Tang Dynasty Dance & Music, Olympic venues: Bird Nest & Water Cube, Beijing Zoo-Giant Pandas. (Not included, but can be arranged for you round trip flight from your home to JFK, single room supplement $280, personal travel insurance, VISA for China $200 gratuities). 843.650.4501 or email@example.com.
TheArtsGrandStrand.org - 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.
Brookgreen will light up your summer nights, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 7-10 PM! Created by Chinese Craftsmen in the tradition of famous Chinese lantern Festivals, this exhibit will inhabit the Lowcountry Zoo with larger-than-life, illuminated silk lantern sculptures in a variety of native animals, insects and plants. The festival will also include games, performances, crafts for the kids, and local food truck vendors. $20 for adults and $15 for children 4-12. Children 3 and under are free. Members receive a $5 discount on the ticket price. During the Festival, Brookgreen will close at 5 PM and gates will re-open at 6:30 PM. 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Through Friday, August 24 - Adult Summer Reading Challenge at the Waccamaw Neck Branch Library. Participate for a chance to win a gift certificate to The Moveable Feast. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Through Sept. 2 - "The Water's Fine" at The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, a group exhibition of work by five exceptional contemporary artists working in black-and-white photography and hyperrealistic painting, all who depict imagery of people in water. Participating artists include Samantha French (Brooklyn, NY), Carl Kerridge (Myrtle Beach, SC), Wayne Levin (Honolulu, HI), Matt Story (New York, NY) and Charles Williams (Charlotte, NC). Museum guests will see a variety of captivating, large-scale depictions of people swimming, floating, diving into, contemplating getting into and turning flips in water. Photography will be juxtaposed with paintings in ways that present striking aesthetic relationships between imagery. Gallery hours from 10 AM-4 PM, Tuesday-Saturday and 1-4 PM, Sundays. Free and open to the public (donations welcome), 843.238.2510 or MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.
Through Oct. 15 - Whispering Wings Butterfly Experience at Brookgreen's Butterfly House. This seasonal exhibit features a lush garden filled with tropical plants where hundreds of butterflies soar through the air. Monarch, Zebra Longwing, Polydamas Swallowtails, Pipevine Swallowtails, Spicebush Swallowtails, Julias, Buckeyes, Queens, Painted Lady, and American Lady are just a few of the species that call Whispering Wings home. We will add dozens of other species throughout the summer and fall. Whispering Wings contains a pupae emergence room where visitors may observe the transformation from chrysalis to adult butterflies. Interpretive signs throughout the exhibit and benches provide a restful place to watch their delicate beauty in flight. Daily, 10 AM-4:30 PM, adults $4, children $3 for a 30-minute timed visit, in addition to garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.