What's happening on the Waccamaw Neck ~ compliments of the Friends of Waccamaw Library!
FOWL Community Connector
June 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 14). 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.
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, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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 email@example.com.
Summer Kids Programs and Camps begin 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.
Friday, June 1-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.
Friday, June 1
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Jenny Milchman (Wicked River) at Inlet Affairs.Mary Higgins Clark award-winning suspense novelist of Cover of Snow, Ruin Falls and As Night Falls, who once spent 11 months with her family on the world's longest book tour, brings us another nail-biter. Six million acres separate Natalie and Doug Larson from civilization. For the newlyweds, a back country honeymoon seems ideal: a chance to start their lives together with an adventure. But just as Natalie and Doug begin to explore the dark interiors of their own hearts, and the depths of their love for each other, it becomes clear they are not alone in the woods. A man watches them, wielding the forest like a weapon. He wants something more terrifying than death. And once they enter his domain, he will do everything in his power to make sure they never walk out again. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
6-9 PM - Georgetown Business Association presents Band of Oz in concert at Francis Marion Park (801 Front St.). Bring a chair, no coolers. Fri., 6-9 PM, free, GeorgetownSeaport.com.
Saturday, June 2
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.
1 PM - The Horry County Museum and the AVX Foundation present a free traditional bluegrass concert by The Morris Brothers at the Museum's McCown Auditorium (805 Main St., Conway). The Morris Brothers have been playing music together for 44 years. Originally from West Virginia, they now reside in the Aynor/Cool Springs area of South Carolina. The brothers started playing bluegrass when they were young boys growing up in the hollows of West Virginia. They enjoy playing bluegrass music and bluegrass gospel and play regularly in Horry County. Band members include Mike Morris of Aynor, SC on vocals and banjo, Matt Morris from Cool Springs, SC on vocals and guitar, William Hardee from Loris, SC on vocals and fiddle, and Tammy Holt of Conway, SC on the bass. Free and open the public, 843.915.5320 or HorryCountyMuseum.org.
7 PM - Long Bay Symphony's Woodwinds Quintet performs at the Winyah. $15, 843.461.1342 or WinyahAuditorium.com.
Saturday & Sunday, June 2-3
9:30 AM-4 PM - Brookgreen Gardens Art Festival provides an opportunity to talk with local and regional artists and authors. Brookgreen invites selected artists and authors to sell their works, meet with visitors and give demonstrations. The Magnificent Brookgreen Gardens Storyhouse Book series launches its third children's book: Lubbers & Weavers & Bees - Oh My! written by Liz Gallo and illustrated by Millie Doud - both will be available to autograph copies of the book, as will Ron Daise, the series developer. The festival is free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Sunday, June 3
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 "Vocal Edition." Sing along, dance and enjoy the talents of local and regional favorite bands. Also offered June 10, 17 & 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 4
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 are required. Also offered June 11, 18 & 25, July 2, 16, 23 & 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20 & 27. $30, HobcawBarony.org.
Wednesday, June 6
Summer day trip with Robin McCall's Storehouse Tours to the Charleston Tea Plantation, located on Wadmalaw Island just south of Charleston. This is the only Tea Plantation in our nation, and home of American Classic Tea. Take a trolley tour through the tea fields and greenhouse, as well as the factory tour and a visit to the gift shop where we will sample different varieties of their fantastic tea! $95, 843.235.2966 or StorehouseTours.com.
Thursday, June 7
10 AM - First Thursday Speaker Series at Waccamaw Library presents Jennifer Plunkett, "Sea Level Rise: What It Means for Georgetown County." Stewardship coordinator of NERR-Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences will outline how through sea level rise, climate change is impacting our salt marshes. Discover ways the reserve's work is giving insight about local conditions that help decision-makers boost our resilience against the rising sea. Free and open to the public, email@example.com or theFOWL.org.
11 AM-3 PM - Cooking Demonstration on a wood burning stove at L. W. Paul Living History Farm (Hwy 701 North and Harris Short Cut Road, Conway). This month's demonstration will feature chicken and pastry. Learn how a meal of chicken and dumplings was prepared along with the seasonal fixings that would complement this popular dish that was sure to please everyone. An hour long, guided tour of the Farm will follow the demonstration. Free and open to the public, 843.365.3596 or HorryCountyMuseum.org.
Friday, June 8
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 July 9, Aug. 7, Aug. 20. $50/person; weather permitting; limited to 6; registration required, 843.904.9017.
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Karen White (Dreams of Falling) at Pawleys Plantation. New York Times bestselling author Karen White crafts evocative relationships in this contemporary women's fiction novel, set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, about lifelong friends who share a devastating secret.On the banks of the North Santee River stands a moss-draped oak that was once entrusted with the dreams of three young girls. Into the tree's trunk, they placed their greatest hopes, written on ribbons, for safekeeping - including the most important one: Friends forever, come what may.But life can waylay the best of intentions... $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
Saturday, June 9
1 PM - The Horry County Museum (805 Main St., Conway) hosts a screening of the classic Southern film "It's Grits," sponsored by South Carolina Humanities and the AVX Foundation and followed by a discussion with filmmaker, Stan Woodward. What began as a short, 10-minute film about grits turned into a 45-minute documentary that launched the filmmaking career of South Carolinian Stan Woodward. Since its release in 1980, "It's Grits" has won multiple awards at film festivals, and appeared nationally on PBS. Featuring interviews beginning with the simple question "Do you eat grits?" this film celebrates one of the South's favorite foods. Free and open to the public, 843.915.5320 or HorryCountyMuseum.org.
Sunday, June 10
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 "Trip Rogers Band." Sing along, dance and enjoy the talents of local and regional favorite bands. Also offered June 17 & 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 11
9 AM - Pawleys Island Lions Club holds its 21st Annual Charity Golf Tournaent at Wachesaw Plantation Club. Hole in One ($5,000 prize), Men and Women's Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive contests, silent auction, lunch buffet and complimentary beer ticket, prize raffle and more. $90 per player (proceeds support community organizations), 732.740.4600 or 843.314.0494.
10:30 AM - Behind the Scenes Tour of Hobcaw Barony.See June 4 entry for details.Reservations required.Also offered June 18 & 25, July 2, 16, 23 & 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20 & 27. $30, HobcawBarony.org.
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 July 11 and Aug. 17. Free; limited to 15; registration required, 843.904.9017.
Tuesday, June 12
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Michelle Gable (The Summer I Met Jack) at Pawleys Plantation. New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Apartment and I Remember Paris, has based this historical novel on the fascinating real life of the woman J. Edgar Hoover insisted was paid by the Kennedys to keep quiet, not only about her romance with Jack Kennedy, but also a baby they may have had together. In 1950, a young, beautiful Polish refugee arrives in Hyannisport, Mass. to work as a maid for one of the wealthiest families in America. Alicia is dazzled by the large and charismatic family, in particular the oldest son, a rising politician named Jack. Alicia and Jack are soon engaged, but his domineering father forbids the marriage. And so, Alicia trades Hyannisport for Hollywood, and eventually Rome. She dates famous actors and athletes and royalty, including Gary Cooper, Kirk Douglas, and Katharine Hepburn, all the while staying close with Jack. A decade after they meet, on the eve of Jack's inauguration as the thirty-fifth President of the United States, the two must confront what they mean to each other. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
4 PM - Body-Friendly Golf intro class with PGA Pro Tom Saguto at the Waccamaw Library. Also offered June 21 and July 12. Free and open to the public, firstname.lastname@example.org.
6-8 PM - Family Fun Nights at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church. "County Fair" offers games for all ages, musical entertainment on the church campus (9967 Ocean Hwy), popcorn, hotdogs, hamburgers. Also offered June 19 & 26. Free and open to community families, 843.237.4581 or PawleysIslandPresby.com.
6-8 PM - Fundraiser at Hog Heaven for the Waccamaw Indian Pauwau (which takes place each fall). Join Cheryl Sievers-Cail, second chief of the Waccamaw Indian tribe, to learn about the significance of the regions' Settlement Indians and their contributions to the early colonial establishment of present-day South Carolina (including geographical place names, trade in food and goods, education in hunting, fishing, agriculture and engineering, labor, defense of colonies and guides-navigators in the exploration of rivers and terrain). Limited seating. Tax deductible tickets ($20 each), includes full buffet (6-7 PM) and special guest speaker (7 PM), 843.240.3087 or email@example.com.
Thursday, June 14
10 AM & 3 PM - Porkchop Productions presents "RAPunzel" at the Georgetown Library (10 AM) and Waccamaw Library (3 PM). This 45-minute, fabulously fractured adaption of the timeless tale adds an assortment of musical genres to keep the story rocking along! A bored princess, her over-protective mother, a rapping narrator, an awe-struck prince, and endless "bad hair" days, highlight this one-of-a-kind adaptation that reinforces the idea that letting someone go, means letting someone grow! Adults will enjoy as well as their kids and grands. 843.545.3349 or GeorgetownCountyLibrary.sc.gov.
10 AM-Noon - Genealogy Online Resources at Murrells Inlet Community Center (4462 Murrells Inlet Rd). Looking to begin or learn more about doing your own genealogy research? Ready to delve into the crevices of your awesome family history? Everyone has rich and incredible heritage stories. Let Dr. Ramona LaRoche show you how to begin or move forward on this amazing journey with online resources. Remember to bring your laptop or a digital device! Limited class size. $40 per person/$60 per couple in advance. Registration or questions, call or text 843.564.3356.
Friday, June 15
8:30-11:30 AM - Carolina Nature Photographers Association at the Waccamaw Library (41 St. Paul Place, Pawleys Island). CNPA.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:30-11 AM - 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. Also offered June 30. 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.
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Mary Ann McFadden (The Cemetery Keeper's Wife) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw. In 2007 McFadden "won the literary lottery" when her originally self-published novel, The Richest Season, sold at auction and was translated into multiple languages. Her publishing journey has inspired many new authors. Ten years and four novels later, she explores what happens when the line between the past and the present begins to blur...Rachel Miller is on the cusp of a new life when she moves to Union Cemetery after marrying Adam, the 7th generation cemetery keeper. Though she's known him only twelve weeks, his tender love seems like a miracle of fate after her years alone. On her first walk through the grounds of her new home, Rachel discovers a monument to Tillie Smith, who died in 1886. Reading the words carved into the stone, "She Died in Defence of Her Honor," Rachel is overcome by a powerful memory buried deep in her past. The novel poignantly blends fact and fiction as two women scarred by shame, and separated by more than a century, reach across time to rewrite history. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
Saturday, June 16
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange. See June 2 entry for details. 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.
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 - Behind the Scenes Tour of Hobcaw Barony.See June 4 entry for details. 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.
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, email@example.com.
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.
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. Limted 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 4 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.
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. Between an epic downpour and a King Tide, those historic streets are flooded - and dangerous. A late night tragic accident along the Lower Battery leads Liz Talbot straight to her next case. From a risqué, exclusive club in an old plantation to an upscale resale shop in the historic King Street shopping district to a downtown graveyard crawling with ghosts, Liz tracks a group of women who band together to help victims of domestic violence. In her most challenging case yet, Liz fears she may find a killer, but justice may prove elusive. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
Saturday, June 30
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange. See June 2 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). See June 15 entry for details. $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.
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.
Through June 10 - 21st Annual Waccamaw Arts & Crafts Guild Juried Exhibition at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. 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.
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 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.