Thursday, November 1, 2018

Your FOWL newsletter is here!

What's happening on the Waccamaw Neck ~ compliments of the Friends of Waccamaw Library!

The Friends of Waccamaw Library's digital newsletter (sent on the first and 15th of each month) 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 e-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:
Kids & Families at Waccamaw Library - all programs free.
Kids' weekly activities - all are free, some require registration. For more information,
  • Junior FIRST Lego League. Mondays, 3-4 PM, through Nov. 12. Non-competitive level of FIRST for ages 6-9. 
  • Minis Art Class. Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30 PM. Art for ages 1-5 years old and their grown-ups.
  • Art Classes. First Wednesdays, 3-4:30 PM with artists from the Myrtle Beach Art Museum. Ages 6-12 years old. Pre-registration required.
  • Story Time! Wednesdays at 10:30 AM (Playtime starts at 10 AM). Ages birth to 5 years
  • Canine Angels. Second & Fourth Wednesdays, 3-4 PM. Come and read to one of these great dogs (and people)!
  • Creative Crafts. Thursdays, 3-4 PM. 4th grade and up.
  • LEGO Free Build. All day Fridays. All ages.
  • Manners Club. First Saturday each month, 10 AM-Noon. Register with Ms. Amy or Ms. Holly.
Game on! We play a wide variety of family friendly board and card games and always have a great time. Free, 
  • 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.
Adults at Waccamaw Library - most programs are free, although some require membership. Contact
  • 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
  • Mah Jongg Club meets Tuesdays, 1-3 PM, bring your set and current card.
  • Toastmasters meets noon-1 PM on the second and fourth Thursday each month (Nov. 8). Improve communication skills, increase self-confidence, think on your feet, give a great "elevator" speech, share stories. Free and open to the public, 
November/December Artist at the Waccamaw Library: Tim Matthews.
Born and raised in Rock Hill, the fifth-largest city in South Carolina, Tim Matthews is gifted with an ability to see beauty in even the simplest things. As a child, he exhibited a precocious talent for observing and recording the world around him through his drawings. Art lessons followed at age twelve, and his talent blossomed as he was exposed to many different subjects and mediums. During his teen years, Matthews also studied guitar playing and vocal performance, becoming an accomplished musician and performing for audiences all over South Carolina. His first love, painting, never left him, and so, with encouragement of friends and family, he decided to make his avocation his vocation, pursuing painting as a career. Believing in a holistic approach to art, Matthews stated, "Art is not just something you see; it's something you experience." Today, Matthews' paintings can be found in public and private collections across his native state. For more about his art, visit: For more information,

November/December Photographer at the Waccamaw Library: Tanya Ackerman. If you've picked up a copy of the Coastal Observer over the past decade or so, you've likely seen Ackerman's work. Not every newspaper can boast a Photojournalist of the Year, an honor Ackerman has earned from the South Carolina Press Association three times since she moved to Pawleys Island in 2006 and became the staff photographer for the Coastal Observer. She received her degree in photojournalism from Kent State University and has worked as a newspaper photographer for more than 20 years. Her ability to dig beneath the surface infuses her photographs with the power to inspire a smile, a tear, or a call to action. Through her images, she seeks out new ways to tell the stories of people and places, and she is especially attuned to the beauty of South Carolina's Lowcountry and the passions of the people who live here. Ackerman's love of the outdoors and her photographic eye were nurtured by her mother, an avid nature photographer. From her father, a jazz musician, composer and music educator, Tanya inherited her exuberant approach to life that enables her to tap into the unique joys and sorrows of each subject. Tanya released her first photography book, Pawleys Island: Chasing the Light, in November 2016. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 4 PM. For more information, 

Renew Your FOWL Membership Online: Being a FOWL Member just got even easier!  You can now renew your membership on the FOWL website at  Just click on "Join Us"  at the top of the page and fill in your information.  With this new online process, renewal is faster and easier than ever. Your information is accurate and instantly accessible - plus you can renew your membership from home, any time day or night!  For those who prefer human interaction, you can still come in to the Friends Center in the Waccamaw Library and let one of our wonderful volunteers renew your membership for you.  Either way, we're so glad you are a FOWL Member, with all the benefits this entails, a prime example is the Members Only event scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11
(check it out below!), plus Friends' Night at the July Book Sale, and numerous Volunteer opportunities - all in support of the Waccamaw Neck Branch Library!   

BUILD-A-BUDDY at the Waccamaw Library. The holiday season is upon us! This year, FOWL, in conjunction with Cabana Christmas Trees, is offering something new for the young people in your life. We will have a Build-a-Buddy machine set up outside the Friends Center for the whole month of November. There will be samples of all the animals you can create, so you and your favorite young friends can look them over and choose their favorites from bears to frogs and dogs and more! Choices may be reserved at the Friends Center ($20 each). Then, on December 7 (2-6 PM), during the FOWL Holiday Happiness celebration at the Library, your young friends will watch their new buddy come to "life"! In addition to this fun children's activity, the Holiday Happiness event will also feature local authors signing copies of their children's books and adults' books in the DeBordieu Auditorium, and the Holiday Book Sale, with many children's books as well as general interest and holiday offerings.
We hope you will join us for Holiday Happiness on December 7!  

Thursday, Nov. 1
10 AM - First Thursday Speaker Series at Waccamaw Library presents Paige Sawyer, "Over There: Marking the Centennial of World War I." This year on November 11, the world will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the day the Armistice was signed, ending a conflagration that had lasted four long years and was known as "the war to end all wars." Our historian presenter, always a favorite of local audiences, will transport us to the closing days of "the great war" during what is sure to be a compelling and thought-provoking visuals-based discovery. Free and open to the public, or

Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 1-4
8 PM - Swamp Fox Players present "The Kitchen Witches" at the Strand Theater (Front Street, Georgetown). Also offered Nov. 8-11. Thurs.-Sat., 8 PM, Sun., 2:30 PM, $18, 843.527.2924.
Friday, Nov. 2
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Aïda Rogers & Susan Boyer & Alex Sanders (State of the Heart, Vol. 3) at Carefree Catering. For many, South Carolina is a sunny vacation destination. For those who have been lucky enough to call it home, it is a source of rich memories and cultural heritage. In this final volume of State of the Heart, thirty-eight nationally and regionally known writers share their personal stories about places in South Carolina that hold special meaning for them. Although the Feast is full, the authors will be at Litchfield Books at 2 PM to chat and sign. 843.235.9600 or
1-5 PM - Arcadia Plantation Lecture & Tour. In 1906, Captain Isaac Emerson became Bernard Baruch's next door neighbor by purchasing the plantations north of Hobcaw Barony, combining and renaming them "Arcadia Plantation." The bountiful natural splendor inspired the NC-born and Baltimore-based millionaire to restore the 18th century house and formal gardens that terrace down to the Waccamaw River. His grandson George Vanderbilt inherited the property, and it is still owned by his descendants. Join Baruch Foundation staff first for a lecture at Hobcaw Barony based on the memoirs of the plantation superintendent and receive your own copy of Neal Cox of Arcadia Plantation: Memoirs of a Renaissance Man. Enjoy an exclusive tour of the grounds, gardens and outbuildings of Arcadia with George Vanderbilt's grandson. (Exertion level: Moderate impact, walking, standing for long periods) Limited to 60; reservations required. $75 (book included),
2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books: Aida Rogers & Susan Boyer & Alex Sanders 
(State of the Heart, Vol. 3), 843.237.8138.
7-8:30 PM - "Promised Land: American Voices 1645 to 1945" at Winyah Auditorium, Georgetown.  
A concert of dramatic readings and stirring music to benefit the Family Justice Center in honor of Carol and Garvey Winans. Stage and screen actor Bill Oberst Jr. has developed the script for the performance and identified the narrators who will participate in the program. Key l
eaders in our community,
 including Lee Brockington, Aliska Brown, Ron Daise, Bill Oberst Jr., Robbie O'Donnell, Charles Swenson and Michael Winans,
 have been selected for the narratives that 
range from Benjam
Franklin and Frederick Douglass to poetry, letters from Civil War soldiers and Edward R. Murrow's reporting from WWII. 
Conductor Carson Turner of 
The Pawleys Island Concert Band is working closely with Oberst to identify the 17 musical selections that will be part of the program, including "Appalachian Spring," "Lift Every Voice and Sing," and "America the Beautiful." This
fabulous program with narratives and music related to major events in American history from the early settlers to our revolution against the British Empire to the freedom of slaves and ending with Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait." All revenue raised, minus auditorium rental expenses for the event, will be used to support operational costs of the FJC. 
The minimum requested donation per ticket is $20, 843.546.3926 or

Saturday, Nov. 3
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Hwy)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 twice a month, space is limited. $45, 843.235.9600.

12:30-3 PM - The 9th Annual Taste of Georgetown will raise money for the Family Justice Center (FJC), the only provider of domestic violence services in Georgetown and Horry counties. Dozens of popular local eateries, including several new restaurants, will participate in the "restaurant crawl" along Front Street in Georgetown. In addition to the food tastings, bands will perform at separate locations along Front Street. Food sample tickets $1 each or 23 for $20 (most food samples cost $3, beverages $2). Advance tickets from the Family Justice Center at 843.546.3926 or, or during the event onsite. Richard Clute, 843.237.7343 or with TOG in the subject line. To learn more about the Family Justice Center go to

5-8 PM - The 9th Annual Wild Side to benefit SCELP (South Carolina Environmental Law Project) at Hobcaw Barony on the Baruch Foundation property in Georgetown, celebrating Jimmy Chandler's legacy and the South Carolina Environmental Law Project's 31st anniversary. The featured speaker is Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of numerous books celebrating the many natural wonders of the Lowcountry, including the Beach House series that popularized the year-long dedication of volunteer turtle patrols on our barrier islands. As the sun sets over Winyah Bay, enjoy live music, a delicious lowcountry dinner and a silent auction. For sponsors, a cocktail party and reception with the author and a boat tour of Winyah Bay are offered. $50, 843.527.0078 or

5:30-8:30 PM - Brew at the Zoo (rescheduled from Sept. 29). This craft beer tasting will feature more than 30 regional and national selections and offers a rare opportunity after-hours to see Brookgreen's Native Wildlife Zoo. Guests receive a signature tasting glass and enjoy a silent auction hosted by The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens. Food and wine are available for purchase. Only open to those 21 and over. $40 members, $45 nonmembers, $20 designated drivers. 843.235.6000 or ( for tickets).

Sunday, Nov. 4
4-7 PM - Reception for Tanya Ackerman at the Waccamaw Library. 
As the featured photographer for November/December, Tanya invites you to enjoy a late afternoon of photography, live music, and refreshments, featuring her limited edition Chapel Wood Collection of photographs of the iconic Pawleys Island Chapel. This is Ackerman's first-ever display from her extensive body of Pawleys Island images. All photographs are for sale (many framed in "chapel wood" harvested from the recent renovation of the Pawleys Island Chapel)A baroque trio accompanies with refreshments. Free and open to the public,

Tuesday, Nov. 6
10-11:30 AM - Poetry Writing Workshop ("The Art of Description") with awarding winning poet Libby Bernardin at the Waccamaw Library. Free and open to all, however space is limited in order to give proper attention to all participants. Please register early by emailing

5:30 PM - Georgetown County Museum presents First Tuesday Lecture: Ted Gragg, "Guns of the PeeDee - Search and Recovery of the Warship CSS PeeDee's Cannons." Free and open to the public (donations welcome), 843.545.7020 or
Wednesday, Nov. 
10 AM - FOWL Aging Well Series at Waccamaw Library presents Kristen Dollason on "Retire by Design." Kristen Dollason, Senior Real Estate Specialist at RE/MAX, and a group of Senior Professionals will and a group of Senior Professionals will explain how to ensure finances, legal documents, and property are in order for retirement. The session will address the importance of smart planning so that you "retire by design." Where do I want to live when I retire? Is a retirement community right for me? What financial and legal documents do I need to have in order (e.g., will, power of attorney, trust)? The panel will address these issues and more, in guiding you to design your own retirement plan. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or

6:30 PM - An informational presentation about The Village Group
at Holy Cross Faith Memorial. 
Join us to hear 
about this Georgetown County non-profit that bridges the gap and prepares students for success through high quality summer and after-school programs. Free and open to the public, 

Thursday, Nov. 8
10 AM - Service Dogs for U.S. Veterans at Waccamaw Library. Do you know a U.S. military veteran who could benefit from a service dog? These dogs are more than "man's best friend"; they can be life-savers. Forrester Morgan, a South Carolina representative for NEADS (National Education Assistance Dogs Services), will share how NEADS provides world-class service dogs for veterans of any branch of military service from any period, free of charge. NEADS recently received a grant from the Wounded Warrior Foundation to implement a growth plan with a goal to reach 70-75 service dog placements per year, and Morgan is part of the effort to spread the program's outreach to help more veterans in our region. The program is part of the Library's celebration of U.S. military veterans in our area in anticipation of Veterans Day. Free and open to all,

5 PM - FOWL Annual Meeting at Waccamaw Library. Join the Board for a review of the past year and unveiling of plans for 2019. Lovely potluck supper provided by the Board members.
7-8 PM - Paint Your Own Holiday Ornaments with the Art Museum's pottery studio's instructors! Each participant will receive 3 pre-fired ornaments (a tree, a star and the state of SC) and will be instructed on how to glaze them. Pottery Studio instructor Arielle Fatuova will take students on a tour of the studio and kiln room while they enjoy light refreshments. Pieces can be picked up a week after class date. Also offered Dec. 8 (10-11 AM). $40, Register at 
Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 8-11
8 PM - Swamp Fox Players present "The Kitchen Witches" at the Strand Theater (Front Street, Georgetown). Thurs.-Sat., 8 PM, Sun., 2:30 PM, $18, 843.527.2924.

Friday, Nov. 9
1-3 PM - Bike to the Boardwalk.
Bike 5 miles (roundtrip) on gravel roads through Hobcaw Barony's pristine forests to the Reserve's beautiful salt marsh boardwalk on North Inlet estuary. Upland forest habitats, wildlife, research and salt marsh ecology will be discussed during the trip. Bring your own bike(all terrain tires recommended), helmet, water, snack, camera/binoculars (if desired). 
Limited to 15; reservations required, weather permitting. Free, 843.904.9017.
7 PM - The Charlestones Sing Everything:  A Celebration of A Cappella Music at Winyah Auditorium, Georgetown. $15,

Saturday, Nov. 10
10 AM-4 PM - Miss Ruby's Kids Kitchen Tour. Visit elegant kitchens and historic homes from Georgetown to Litchfield. Kitchen Tour registration will be at St. Peter's Lutheran Church (65 Crooked Oak Dr., Pawleys Island) in conjunction with St. Peter's Apple Dumpling Sale. Tickets in advance are $30 (beginning 9/1/2018), 854.527.0277 or
10 AM-4 PM - Second Annual Historic Downtown Murrells Inlet Block Party. Live music by NTranz, food vendors and more. Corner of WM Dallas Ave and Hwy 17 Business. Sat., 10 AM-4 PM, free admission, 843.357.3507.
11 AM-2 PM - "Second Saturdays" at the Kaminski House Museum. Craftswoman Adrina Glover demonstrates the traditional craft of sweetgrass basketmaking and will offer a variety of baskets for sale. Also offered Dec. 8. Sat., 11 AM-2 PM, free to watch, 843.546.7706.
2-5 PM - Fallidays at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Highway, Litchfield). Celebrate Art Works' 21st birthday with an art and book fair, swingin' soulful jazz by Big Little Band, incredible raffle baskets, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for everyone on your list, great refreshments. Plus the Canine Angels (service dogs trained for disabled veterans, first responders, and autistic children) will be celebrating Veterans Day with their bucket brigade! Bring bills to feed 'em! Free to look, listen, chat, nosh & pet! 843.235.9600 or
Sunday, Nov. 11
Litchfield Beautification Foundation Flag Project celebrates our service members on Veterans Day with a 60-American flag display along 3.8 miles of Ocean Highway (US 17 from Sandy Island Road to Martin Luther King Road).

11 AM - Armistice Day Commemoration. More than four million American families sent their sons 
and daughters to serve in uniform 
during the Great War. 116,516 U.S. soldiers died from combat and disease. Another 200,000 
were wounded, a casualty rate far greater than in World War II. 
More than 350,000 African Americans served in the U.S. military, as did Native Americans and 
members of other minority groups. And, for the first time, women joined the ranks of the U.S. 
armed forces. 
Listen for the participating churches when 
Americans across the nation will toll bells 
in remembrance of those 
who served and sacrificed. 
Join these great organizations and #TollTheBell.

Noon-3 PM - The Kaminski House Museum presents a Holiday Gospel Brunch as part of the "Designer's Showhouse: Dressed for the Season!" featuring the Atlantic House's shrimp & grits, Mimosas and Bloody Marys, and a performance from Georgetown's AME Gospel Choir. The brunch will be the public's "first peek" at the rooms of the Kaminski House dressed in holiday splendor.  $45, 843.546.7706.

2-4 PM - Reception at The Lakes at Litchfield (120 Lakes at Litchfield Drive) for artist Nancy Bracken's newest series "The Doors of Umbria" and "The Trees of the Holy Lands." Paintings are available for purchase; the exhibit will be on display through December. Enjoy champagne and dessert, free and open to the public. For information, Ann Boychuk, 843.235.2432.

4:30-6 PM - FOWL Members Only Event: "Over Here, Over There" at the Waccamaw Library. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the Friends of the Waccamaw Library (FOWL) are hosting a Members-Only event for Veteran's Day. The program will feature the Pawleys Island Concert Band performing a variety of patriotic songs focused on WWI, including marches from all five service branches, George M. Cohan's "Over There," "Stars and Stripes Forever," the National Anthem, and other patriotic songs of the era.  There will be an intermission and refreshments.  Please join our FOWL members in celebrating this momentous occasion with a wonderful program of music from the end of World War I. To renew your membership, or to become a member, you can either join online or come to the Friends Center in the lobby of the Waccamaw Neck Branch Library.  We hope to see you on Veteran's Day!  Join the Friends of Waccamaw Library ($20 donation) for an invitation to this special patriotic celebration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Refreshments. Free with membership, or

Monday, Nov. 12
1:30-3:30 PM - Friendfield Village Tour. Daily Introductory Tours pass through this African American village, once home to 100 slaves and lived in by black employees until 1952. Consider joining this in-depth tour for a more comprehensive exploration of Friendfield, traveling by bus, but being guided on foot through the cabins and the 19th century church. Hobcaw Barony has a unique chance to interpret history at the site, as gleaned from documents, photographs, oral histories and visits from former residents. (Exertion level: Moderate impact, bus ride, some walking, standing for long periods) Limited to 14; reservations required. $20,

3 PM - Georgetown's annual Veterans Day ParadeParade participants will assemble at East Bay Park at 2 PM to march as a unit or ride in personal vehicles up Front Street to Wood Street. Participants are responsible for their own banners, flags and signs. To help create some rivalry and friendly competition between the high school bands and ROTC units, a panel of judges will award trophies to the band and ROTC unit that perform the best. All civic clubs, Boy and Girl Scout troops, churches and other organizations are welcome to participate. Local merchants and residents are asked to display American flags, banners and bunting throughout the weekend. Free and open to the public, 843.833.3700.

Tuesday, Nov. 13
9:30 AM - The Low Country Herb Society meets at the Waccamaw Library in Pawleys Island. Guest speaker Patricia Candal, noted herbalist and Lifetime Member of the Low Country Herb Society, will give a presentation on Herbs of the Bible. 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 provided by LCHS members. LCHS meets September-May; annual dues are $25 with a quarterly newsletter included,

11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Joseph Kelly (Marooned) at Pastaria 811
An insightful re-examination of the 1607 Jamestown settlement, the story of which is beginning to replace the Mayflower's as America's founding myth. The author of America's Longest Siege: Charleston, Slavery, and the Slow March Toward Civil War, and the editor of the Seagull Reader series, Kelly opens with a recounting of the settlement's dismal beginning. Ships brought about 100 adventurers searching for gold and a passage to the Pacific. Neither turned up, and, unable to obtain food from the unwelcoming natives, most starved to death. Some deserted to the Indians. Others followed John Smith, an ambitious, pugnacious soldier of fortune who made himself leader in 1608 and probably saved the colony by extorting food from native villages. On his decree, "he that will not work shall not eat," rests his "reputation as the first American." However, writes Kelly, "appealing as that view is, it misinterprets what really happened that day in Jamestown. Meritocracy was not established. Democracy did not vanquish aristocracy. John Smith was a tyrant." Discovering seeds of democracy in Massachusetts' zealots or Virginia's autocratic patricians has never been easy, but Kelly's lively, heavily researched, frequently gruesome account gives a slight nod to Jamestown as the "better place to look for the genesis of American ideals." $30, 843.235.9600 or

2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books: Joseph Kelly (Marooned),

Wednesday, Nov. 14
Noon-1:15 PM - History for Lunch at the SC Maritime Museum (729 Front St., Georgetown) presents "Blackbeard and Queen Anne's Revenge" by David Moore, Curator of Nautical Archaeology, NC Maritime Museum. Reservations required, space limited. $20 ($18, members), lunch included, 843.520.0111.

Wednesday & Thursday, Nov. 14-15
Times vary - Plantation Sportsmen: Sporting Estates in the South Carolina Lowcountry. In this installment of the Plantation Sportsmen's Series, participants will explore lives of wealthy sporting enthusiasts who created a new type of plantation between the two world wars.  As rice cultivation ended in the lowcountry, more than 70 country estates were established, changing former sites of slave labor into places of leisure. Wednesday evening enjoy a wine reception and dinner in the dining room at Hobcaw House, followed by a lecture in the living room with a lecture by Dr. Daniel J. Vivian of the University of Kentucky and author of: A New Plantation World: The Sporting Plantations of the South Carolina Lowcountry, 1900-1940. On Thursday, travel by charter bus with Dr. Vivian and Foundation staff for a behind-the-scenes exploration of private plantations in Georgetown County, purchased in the early 20th century as hunting estates. A picnic lunch on Friday is included with your ticket. (Exertion level: Moderate - long periods of standing, walking, bus ride) Limited to 30; reservations required. Wed., 5:30-8:30 PM; Thurs., 9 AM-5 PM, $175,

Thursday, Nov. 15
1-2 PM - Feeding Frenzy at Hobcaw Barony. Feeding time at Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center is the most exciting time of the day - for our animals, at least! Help National Estuarine Research 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. Limited to 15; reservations required. Also offered Dec. 7. Thurs., 1-2 PM, free, 843.904.9017.

1 PM - Brookgreen 101, a program sponsored by the Campbell Center for American Sculpture, presents "Brookgreen Gardens and New York City." This hour-long public information program, covering a wide range of topics, is offered on the third Thursday of the month in the Welcome Center Conference Room. Bring your lunch, listen, and learn with us! Free for members and included with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or

6-8 PM - Palmetto Ace Home Center's Annual Ladies Night. Swag bags, major raffle prizes, food and cocktails. Don't forget to bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots for extra chances to win! Free and open to the public, 843.235.3555 or or follow their Facebook page for updates.

Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 15-17
Friends of Georgetown Library (FOGL) Fall Book Sale at Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.). Hardcovers are $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents. Proceeds benefit library programs for all ages. Free to attend,, 843.545.3366.

Friday, Nov. 16
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Natasha Solomons (House of Gold) at Ocean One, Litchfield. From the New York Times bestselling author of The House at Tyneford, an epic family saga about a headstrong Austrian heiress who will be forced to choose between the family she's made and the family that made her at the outbreak of World War I. Twenty-one-year-old Greta Goldbaum has always hungered after what's forbidden: secret university lectures, unseemly trumpet lessons, and most of all, the freedom to choose her life's path. The Goldbaum family has different expectations. United across Europe by unsurpassed wealth and power, Goldbaum men are bankers, while Goldbaum women marry Goldbaum men to produce Goldbaum children. Greta will do her part. So Greta moves to England to wed Albert, a distant cousin. When World War I sends both Albert and Greta's beloved brother, Otto, to the front lines - one to fight for the Allies, one to fight for the Central Powers - the House of Gold is left vulnerable as never before, and Greta must choose: the family she's created or the one she was forced to leave behind. Set against a nuanced portrait of World War I, this is a sweeping family saga rich in historical atmosphere and heartbreakingly human characters. 
$30, 843.235.9600.
2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books: Natasha Solomons (House of Gold), 843.237.8138.
Saturday, Nov. 17
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Hwy). See Nov. 3 entry for details. Offered twice a month, space is limited.  $45, 843.235.9600.
11:30 AM-3 PM - Murrells Inlet 2020 15th Annual Oyster Roast is a creek-front tradition and a favorite for locals and visitors. Oyster-eaters belly up to the tables at Wicked Tuna for an all-you-can-eat afternoon feast of steamed oysters. A menu of other food items (bar-b-que, dogs, chicken bog, chowder, clams...), beer and soda are separately priced. Live music (rain or shine). Bring an oyster knife or buy one at the roast.
 benefit MI2020. $36 Early Bird, $42 day of, 843.357.2007 or
1-3 PM - Belle's Riding Legacy. Belle Baruch, an internationally known equestrian, not only "rode to hounds," but also competed in American and French horse shows and timber races. Recent discovery of numerous equestrian garments inspired Dr. Lynn Hanson of Francis Marion University and co-director of the newly established Belle W. Baruch Institute for SC Studies to seek approval and funding for the conservation of the fabric silks and mounting them on a form. Her colleague Allison Steadman in the Theater Department of FMU also studied the fabric and patterns for subsequent reproductions.  Come early to the Discovery Center to see the temporary exhibit of Belle's complete and original riding outfit comprised of breeches, frock coat, waist coat, top hat and boots. Stay to hear Hanson and Steadman discuss how projects like this can tell a broader story of history. Reservations required. 

4-6 PM - Tree Lighting at The Hammock Shops Village to kick off the Christmas shopping season. Santa will be available for all the kids, local authors will be signing their books, plus discounts, giveaways and refreshments - all to say "thank you" to our locals. Free to attend,

7 PM - Songwriters in the Round at Winyah Auditorium, an evening of original acoustic music, featuring Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish, Will Ness, Georgetown County rising singer/songwriter, and David Bankston, Doctor of Music, Coastal Carolina University. $10,
Nov. 17 - Dec. 31
MarshWalk Wonderland of Lights will make for enchanting evenings on the MarshWalk through the New Year. To ring in the season the MarshWalk will light up in a way it never has before. With thousands of twinkling lights in tunnel ways guiding you through the MarshWalk so you can feast your eyes on each restaurant's breathtaking light displays. We know down at the MarshWalk that the best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear, we will be featuring holiday music synced with our light displays. This new enchanting holiday illumination is an event you don't want to miss.
Tuesday, Nov. 20
10 AM - "Tuesdays With... Ryan Lundy." Join the Friends of the Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.) to hear about "The United States Coast Guard: Then and Now" from our Georgetown Coast Guard Station chief. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3366.
Friday-Sunday, Nov. 23-25
9:30 AM-5 PM - Member Discount Shopping at Brookgreen Gardens. Members are invited to Keepsakes, the Brookgreen Shop, on Thanksgiving Weekend to receive an additional 10% discount off purchases (some exclusions apply). 843.235.6000 or
Nov. 23, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019 
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
Friday, Nov. 23
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Libby Bernardin (Stones Ripe for Sowing) at Caffe Piccolo. The author of two prior books of poetry, Bernardin has crafted a haunting collection from a life well lived and carefully examined. These stunning poems question and affirm while eschewing answers. Firmly grounded in the natural world, she trains her gaze deep into our very nature and existence, addressing loss and grief, aging, wonder, and joy, all the contradictions of our human existence with language that is at once lyrical and precise. $30, 843.235.9600 or
2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books: Libby Bernardin (Stones Ripe for Sowing), 843.237.8138.
Saturday, Nov. 24 - Small Business Saturday: 
Shop Local!
11 AM-2 PM - Small Business Day Celebration at My Sister's Books (13057 Ocean Hwy), featuring local authors David 
Maring, Historical fiction, Laurie Larsen, Christian fiction, and David Bernstein, PI children's book. Snack - Chat - Shop, Gift with purchase, 843.235.9618.

Tuesday, Nov. 27
11 AM-1 PM - 
The Moveable Feast: Nanette Davidson (The Folk School Cookbook) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw. Arranged by the seasons, the 336-page hardcover book features Southern Appalachian cooking, as well as cuisine from other parts of the world-especially those that have helped to shape the history of the John C. Campbell Folk School. Regulars will recognize dining hall favorites, Fall Festival fare, Appalachian classics, and treats made for holidays and special events. Author Davidson, Folk School Resident Artist in Cooking, meticulously collected and curated more than 200 recipes, including some of the most memorable recipes served family-style in the school's Dining Hall over the decades. The beautifully photographed book makes a unique and treasured gift! $30, 843.235.9600 or

Thursday, Nov. 29 - Sunday, Dec. 2
PILBA Festival of Wreaths to Benefit Hurricane Victims! 
To help those affected by Hurricane Florence and its flooding aftermath, the Pawleys Island Litchfield Business Association (PILBA) is sponsoring a Festival of Wreaths, beginning Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Island Shops in Pawleys Island. Courtesy of PoBuckra Properties, the event will be held in the vacant retail space behind Rustic Table restaurant. Area artists and designers are invited to create and donate wreaths to be included in a silent auction during the Festival. Bidding will commence at a private Preview Gala for PILBA Members on Thursday, Nov. 29, and continue through Saturday, Dec. 1, with winners announced at a Pick-up Party on Sunday, Dec. 2. All proceeds from the Festival of Wreaths will be donated to the Black River United Way Disaster Recovery, Preparedness and Resiliency Initiative and will benefit Georgetown County families directly affected by the storm and subsequent flooding.  To ask questions, submit a wreath or volunteer for the event, email or call event chair Troi Kaz, 843.455.4523. 

Thursday, Nov. 29
5:30-7:30 PM - The Kaminski House Museum presents a Candlelight Tour and Light the Lawn Event as part of its Designer's Showhouse: Dressed for the Season! The community is invited to come out to the lawn as we flip the switch and toast to Lighting the Lawn at the Kaminski House Museum. $10 members, $15 nonmembers, 843.546.7706.

Friday, Nov. 30
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Therese Fowler (A Well Behaved Woman) and John Kessel (Pride and Prometheus) at Southern Comforts in the Hammock Shops. Our first husband and wife authors on the same ticket, separate novels, different genres! Therese Fowler is the author of the bestseller and television series Z (The Story of Zelda Fitzgerald) who returns with "one of the most anticipated books of Fall 2018" (Publishers Weekly), A Well-Behaved Woman, the dramatic and compelling Gilded Age tale of Alva Smith, the young woman who married William K. Vanderbilt and launched the Vanderbilt dynasty as we know it today. The logline for John Kessel's new novel is "Pride and Prejudice meets Frankenstein" as Mary Bennet falls for the enigmatic Victor Frankenstein and befriends his monstrous Creature in this clever fusion of two popular classics. $30, 843.235.9600 or
2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books: Therese Fowler (A Well Behaved Woman) and John Kessel (Pride and Prometheus), 

5 PM - Inlet Christmas Weekend: Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Morse Park (next to Hot Fish Club). Family friendly event featuring Santa & Mrs. Claus, arts and crafts for the children, carolers, hot chocolate and cookies! Free and open to the public, or 843.357.2007.

FOWL Bargain Book Corner at the Litchfield Exchange! FOWL volunteers Chuck and Bernie Bader, Roz Breit and Josette Sharwell keep the bookshelves at 14363 Ocean Highway (behind Applewood House of Pancakes) stocked with terrific book bargains (hardcovers - $1, paperbacks - 50 cents), with fiction author-organized and nonfiction grouped by subject. Small tables and chairs were recently added, so you can sit by the fountain and review books before purchasing. Pay at Art Works (open Monday-Saturday, 10 AM-2 PM) or slip a conveniently supplied envelope under the door. The Litchfield Exchange is open Monday through Friday, 9 AM-5 PM, and Saturdays, 10 AM-2 PM.

Cultural events on the Grand Strand - 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 Dec. 16 - Roots Run Deep, a watercolor exhibition by South Carolina native Sherry Strickland Martin, on display at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. Regular gallery hours for the exhibit are  Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM-4 PM, and  Sundays, 1-4 PM. Free and open to the public, 843.238.2510 or

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