Saturday, December 15, 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. Improve communication skills, increase self-confidence, think on your feet, give a great "elevator" speech, share stories. Free and open to the public, 
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,

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. Her collectible annual wall calendar for 2019 is available at the Friends Center. For more

French Film Festival passes available now! The 15th annual French Film Festival, organized by Josette Sharwell and sponsored by FOWL, Institut Français, and OLLI@CCU, will be held the last weekend of January and the first weekend of February. Flyers detailing the films are available at the  front desk and on the library website. The six films are $3 each at the door, or you may purchase a 6-film pass for $10 (a great stocking stuffer!). The latter is only available at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange (open Monday-Saturday, 10 AM-2 PM). 

The Waccamaw Library programming director Dan Turner and FOWL have planned a full complement of programs for the upcoming "snowbird season."  The Classic Film series, the Musician Series, and the Cinematic South series will be announced in the Community Connector one month at a time, but you can pick up a copy of the full schedule at the front desk of the library and sync to your personal calendar. All programs are free and open to the public. Look for details of our budding partnerships with surrounding restaurants to give FOWL event attendees extra "specials" before or after the show.

The third annual Know the Neck  Come Connect Volunteer Fair, 
hosted by Friends of the Waccamaw Library (FOWL), will be held on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, from 10 AM-2 PM in the auditorium at the Waccamaw Branch Library. Some 30 nonprofits have been invited to participate and share their missions and volunteer needs with prospective volunteers. Each year the fair has produced multiple volunteers for a variety of nonprofits dealing with environmental, social, health, literacy, and animal protection issues. If you have any questions, please email We hope to see you at the Volunteer Fair! 

Renew Your FOWL Membership Online: Being a FOWL Member is so easy! 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, including Members Only events, Friends' Night at the July Book Sale, and numerous Volunteer opportunities - all in support of the Waccamaw Neck Branch Library.

Saturday, Dec. 15-Thursday, Feb. 28
The Friends Center offers autographed copies of Carolina Rambling by Bud Hill and Billy Baldwin for only $20 (no tax). At a third less than retail, this gorgeous photography and poetry book makes a welcome gift for anyone on your list, or a treat for yourself. Bud Hill's photography will grace the Waccamaw Library in January and February, and Billy Baldwin will be one of the featured poets at January's Tea & Poetry series. The authors are donating $5 of each book sale to FOWL.

Saturday-Monday, Dec. 15-17
3-10 PM - Nights of a Thousand Candles. (Monday evening is a "make-up" for Friday's rained out event.) See Brookgreen Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 4,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of holiday music, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends. The 80-foot-tall fir tree decorated with 70,000 lights will be lighted in ceremonial fashion at 5:45 PM every night. Tickets must be purchased before your arrival! Named "Best Christmas Lights in South Carolina" by Travel+Leisure Magazine, and winner of the Charles A. Bundy award for excellence in tourism from South Carolina Parks Recreation and Tourism. Space is limited. Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets may be exchanged for another night based on availability; the deadline to request an exchange is 3 PM on the date of your ticket. Also offered Dec. 20-22. Adult ($20, member; $25, nonmember), child 4-12 ($10, member; $12, nonmember), all children age 3 and under are free. 1.888.713.4253 or

Saturday, Dec. 15
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 or

Sunday, Dec. 16
6:30-7:40 PM - Stardusters Big Band presents "Jazzy Christmas" Concert
at Grand Strand Community Church (3820 Holmestown Road,
Myrtle Beach). Concert is free; a love offering will be taken at the end of the concert! 843.650.3878.

Tuesday, Dec. 18
10 AM - "Tuesdays With... Natalie Daise." Join the Friends of the Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.) as they welcome the co-creator of "Gullah Gullah Island" to present "A Gullah Christmas." Free and open to the public, 843.545.3366.
Thursday, Dec. 20
10 AM - Morning Matinee sponsored by the Friends of Waccamaw Library presents "The Shop Around the Corner" (1940), a lovely romantic comedy pairing James Stewart and (his real-life object of affection) Margaret Sullavan that stands as an all-time holiday classic! Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or
Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 20-22
3-10 PM - Nights of a Thousand Candles. See Dec. 15-16 entry for details. Adult ($20, member; $25, nonmember), child 4-12 ($10, member; $12, nonmember), all children age 3 and under are free. 1.888.713.4253 or
Friday, Dec. 21
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Richard Rankin (While There Were Still Wild Birds) at Carefree Catering, with an introduction by Lee Brockington. This is a personal history of Southern quail hunting as it was lived at three different South Carolina quail hunting clubs and by related dog trainers, hunting guides, and hunters. As a family member, hunt club partner, and historian, Rankin tells this story as both a participant and as an objective observer, covering a span of time from the mid-1930s - when Southern quail hunting was still a popular and important field sport - through and after the mid-1980s when the massive collapse of the quail population ended wild bird hunting. The book explores the character and meaning of Southern quail hunting in a particular setting. It emphasizes the importance of hunting fellowship (especially between the author, his friends, father, and other hunting associates) and the way in which bird hunting leads to a dramatic encounter with wildness. Because Southern quail hunting was part of the larger culture, the book also discusses how race, gender, and environmental change impacted Southern quail hunting. (Chef Tuttle will be preparing Sausage and Wild Rice Stuffed SC Quail with Shiitake Mushroom Sauce, Roasted Winter Root Vegetables, Sautéed Brussels Sprouts, and Mom's Apple Chip Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream.$30, 843.235.9600 or
2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books: Richard Rankin (While There Were Still Wild Birds), 843.237.8138.
Saturday, Dec. 22
4-6 PM - The Kaminski House Museum presents Family Night as the closeout event for the Designer's Showhouse: Dressed for the Season! featuring a Candy Cane Express (decorated tour-tram), hot cocoa, cookies and a holiday scavenger hunt for children. Families may also view the rooms of the Kaminski House Museum dressed in holiday splendor! $10 members, $15 nonmembers, adults with children $5, children under 12 admitted free of charge, 843.546.7706. 
Thursday, Dec. 27
1:30-4 PM - Hike Hobcaw: Rice Mill Ruins. Experience an exclusive hike through trails usually closed to the public. This four-mile hike begins at the woods of Belle Baruch's airport and continues through Barnyard Village. This African-American community contains extant cabins lived in until the 1940s, as well as the 19th century brick rice mill ruins. While hiking through upland woods, taking in the views of rice fields created by enslaved labor of the rice era, and enjoying the woods in winter, discussion will revolve around natural and cultural history of Hobcaw Barony's western boundary. (Exertion level: High impact, hiking for three miles.) Limited to 28; reservations required. $25,
Monday, Dec. 31
6-9 PM - New Year's Eve "Garden by Candlelight" Pre-Party. Begin your New Year's Eve celebration at Brookgreen when the sculpture garden will open at 6 PM with thousands of hand-lit candles, holiday lights, and music. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Space is limited for this special evening in the gardens and advanced tickets are required. $15 members, $20 nonmembers, 843.235.6021.
5 PM on - MarshWalk New Year's Eve 2018 -Join the MarshWalk for a fun night this New Year's Eve. Each restaurant will offer great dinner and drink specials with live music on all stages. Stick around for a fireworks show at midnight to welcome in 2019. More details to be announced! Like our Facebook page (@TheMarshWalkofMurrellsInlet) or 843.497.3450.

Friday, Jan. 4
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Lou Ellen Watts (Sleeping in Dixie's Feather Bed) at Root, Georgetown. Subtitled "Growing Up White in the Segregated South," Lou Ellen's memoir is a detailed and vivid personal recollection of a culture on the very brink of change. Around her the Civil Rights movement was beginning and growing, but Lou Ellen describes her own indifference: she was busy growing up and achieving with many personal friendships and what would be her profession of teaching music. Then, one experience at a multi-cultural camp in the north "kicked" her out of Dixie's comfortable but intolerant feather bed. Lou Ellen Watts became an advocate for a widely based and tolerant society. $30, 843.235.9600 or

2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books: Lou Ellen Watts (Sleeping in Dixie's Feather Bed), 843.237.8138.
Saturday, Jan. 5
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Hwy).  See Dec. 15 entry for details. $45, 843.235.9600 or

10 AM-Noon - Master Your iPad or iPhone at the Litchfield Exchange.
Former OLLI instructor Roy Frost offers free sessions on Saturdays this winter to learn about your new (or maybe old, but still unconquered) Apple phone or tablet. For more information, call or text Roy at 843.360.9776; to reserve a spot, 843.235.9600.

6 PM - Soul'd Out Quartet concert at Grand Strand Community Church (3820 Holmestown Road, Myrtle Beach). Concert is free; a love offering will be taken at the end of the concert! 843.650.3878.

Sunday, Jan. 6
2:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series  ("You Can't Take It With You") 
at Waccamaw Library. Enjoy screenings of classic movies selected and introduced by film historians Bill Harvey and Tony Miller. Also offered Jan. 13 & 18, Feb. 8 & 24, and March 3, 10, 17 & 31. Free and open to the public, or
Jan. 6-March 2 - Silent Cities Cemetery Tours at Brookgreen Gardens. Ride on the Trekker down back roads and explore cemeteries on this two-hour excursion. Walk through former slaves and plantation owners' graveyards and hear about the historical burial customs of European and African origin. Tickets must be purchased at Keepsakes at least 10 minutes prior to departure time. Visitors who purchase tickets for this excursion will receive a discount coupon for same-day purchases at Keepsakes. Sun., Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat., Noon & 2:30 PM, $15 in addition to garden admission, reservations suggested, 843.235.6016.
Jan. 7-March 4 - The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail at Brookgreen Gardens. Travel back roads with an interpreter and hear about the history of the prominent Alston family here in colonial and antebellum eras. Visit the location of the plantation house, the Alston family cemetery, grounds of the slave village, and other archaeological sites. Due to its remote location, transportation is by mini-bus. Purchase tickets at Keepsakes at least 10 minutes prior to departure time. Guests for this excursion will receive a discount coupon for same-day purchases at Keepsakes. Mon. & Wed., 11 AM and 1 PM, $8 adults, $4 children, in addition to garden admission, 843.235.6016.
Jan. 7-March 17 - "Frum We Ownt Yeye (Gullah Geechee From Our Own Eyes)" presented in Learning Lab One of Brookgreen Gardens Wall Lowcountry Center. Featuring pen & ink drawings by Clementia "Ment" Nelson of Varnville and visual art by Lillian Cotton of Georgetown and Alexandria "Alex" Gore of Conway. Daily, Noon-4:30 PM, free with garden admission, 843.235.6000.
Tuesday, Jan. 8
9 AM-Noon - Taste of OLLI at Conway Education Center, Burroughs & Chapin Center (290 Allied Drive, Conway). Sample winter/spring noncredit course offerings from Coastal Carolina University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for community adults. Free and open to the public, 843.349.5002 or
Thursday, Jan. 10
9 AM-Noon - Taste of OLLI at Litchfield Education Center (14427 Ocean Hwy, Litchfield Landing). Sample winter/spring noncredit course offerings from Coastal Carolina University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute for community adults. Free and open to the public, 843.349.6584 or
3 PM - Litchfield Tea & Poetry at the Waccamaw Library. Prominent Lowcountry poets William P. "Billy" Baldwin and Libby Bernardin kickstart this 13th season of the venerated series, led by Bernardin and Cliff Saunders. An award-winning novelist, poet, photographer, biographer, and historian, Billy Baldwin is something of a coastal South Carolina literary institution unto himself. He has spent nearly all of his life in McClellanville where he's worked as a shrimper, an oysterman, and a homebuilder. Baldwin's writing draws epic themes out of local settings, for he believes in "the perhaps now unfashionable notion of the indomitable and enduring." Among his many accomplishments, his first novel The Hard to Catch Mercy, won the Lillian Smith Award for its depiction of southern race relations, and he co-authored with Genevieve "Sister" Peterkin the beloved memoir Heaven Is a Beautiful Place. His most recent work, Carolina Rambling: A Visual and Poetical Tour, continues a collaboration with photographer Selden B. "Bud" Hill that commingles Hill's images and Baldwin's poems to capture "a touching elegiac look at the Lowcountry's holy places - from abandoned homes, disintegrating barns, tiny churches and forlorn cemeteries to the shrinking livelihoods of farms, cotton and shrimp." Hill is an artist, photographer, historian, and the founding director of The Village Museum in McClellanville, who has done much to record and preserve the rural past of the Lowcountry. Hill will serve as the Waccamaw Library's Featured Photographer during January and February 2019, so patrons can visit anytime during normal Library hours and view a special exhibit of evocative images from Carolina Rambling that complement Baldwin's lyrical musings. For her part, Libby Bernardin, who is a long-serving member of the Board of Governors for the South Carolina Academy of Authors, will be celebrating the publication of a new book of poems Stones Ripe for Sowing (Press 53). She, too, has proven a foundational presence on the area poetry scene as well as an advocate for poetry across South Carolina, ensuring that there continue to be worthy opportunities for talented and emerging poets in the region and state. Bernardin's verse recently won competitions in South Carolina as well as North Carolina: in 2015, she was awarded the South Carolina Poetry Society Forum Prize, while her poem "Transmigration" was the winner of the North Carolina Poetry of Witness Award. "Transmigration" was published in Pinesong, and nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize, a national honor. Bernardin's poems have appeared in numerous journals, and she has produced two chapbooks, The Book of Myth (SC Poetry Initiative 2009) and Layers of Song (Finishing Line Press 2011). Her reading will focus on poems from Stones Ripe for Sowing, which are "simultaneously youthful and wise, and brimming with life; compassionate and unfailingly generous." Book signing and refreshments. Free and open to the public, or

Friday, Jan. 11
11 AM-1 PM The Moveable Feast: Ruth Miller & Linda Lennon (The Angel Oak Story) at Hot Fish Club. Angel Oak is estimated to be more than 400 years old. The story of the live oak begins with the "purchase" of Johns Island from the Cussoe Indians by a representative of Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper in 1675. The land upon which the tree grows was then granted to Abraham Waight in 1717. The oak garnered its name when descendant Martha Waight married Justus Angel. This same family maintained ownership of the property for 242 years. Today, the Angel Oak is owned by the City of Charleston. Authors Miller and Lennon describe life on Johns Island through 300 years and the special place the tree has held in the hearts of Lowcountry residents. $30, 843.235.9600 or
2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books: Ruth Miller & Linda Lennon  (The Angel Oak Story), 843.237.8138.

Sunday, Jan. 13
2:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series ("Rocky") at Waccamaw Library. See Jan. 6 entry; also offered Jan. 18, Feb. 8 & 24, and March 3, 10, 17 & 31. Free and open to the public,
Monday, Jan. 14
10 AM - Adult Tech Series: "Smart Phone Basics" at Waccamaw Library. First in series of one-hour adult tech classes offered on second Mondays through April. Free, 843.545.3623 or

Jan. 17, the FOWL Musician Series returns to the Waccamaw Library with George Devens informing and performing vintage Broadway and Hollywood tunes. Come and enjoy a classic performer who's delighted area audiences for years! Sat., 5:30 PM, free and open to the public,

Jan. 19, Waccamaw Library celebrates Edgar Allan Poe's birthday in grand style. Wintertime got you feeling "dark and dreary"? Come toast Poe (1809-1849) on the occasion of his 214th birthday. The guest of honor will be...Edgar Allan Poe himself! Professional actor Vincent Triana will appear in the role of Mr. Poe, intoning passages from the gothic master's most suspenseful works for the entertainment of all. Refreshments. Sat., 2:30 PM, free and open to the public,
A "HIDDEN" GEM! In addition to the books available in the Friends' Center at the Waccamaw Library, the Friends of the Waccamaw Library (FOWL) has another Bargain Book Corner at the Litchfield Exchange located in the building behind Applewood Restaurant. Lots of good fiction and non-fiction in great condition - including hard covers, paperbacks and even some beautiful coffee-table books. Nothing priced over $1.00 and new books are added on a regular basis! And, of course, all proceeds benefit the library and support its many programs. Tables and chairs have been added to the space so you may sit by the fountain and peruse before you buy! Pay at Art Works (open Mon-Sat, 10 AM to 2 PM) or just slip the money under their door using the envelopes provided. The Exchange is open Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM and Saturday, 10 AM to 2 PM.

NEW at the Waccamaw Regional Recreation Center is a FREE take-and-return-or-share bookshelf loaded with the Friends Center's overflow of donated books.

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. 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.
Through 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

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