What's happening on the Waccamaw Neck ~ compliments of the Friends of Waccamaw Library!
FOWL Community Connector
January 1, 2019
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 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: email@example.com.
Kids & Families at Waccamaw Library - all programs free.
Kids' weekly activities - all are free, some require registration. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
Mondays - Open Gaming & Cooperative game day, ages 10+, 3-6:30 PM.
Tuesdays - Open Gaming & Tabletop, ages 10+, 3-6:30 PM.
Wednesdays - Open Gaming & Magic the Gathering Day, ages 10+, 3-6:30 PM.
Thursdays - Open Gaming & Art Day, 10+, 3-6:30 PM.
Fridays - Minecraft Friday, all ages (under 10 accompanied by adult), 2:30-5 PM.
Saturdays - Open Gaming, 10+, 11 AM-5 PM. First Saturday each month - Magic the Gathering Draft and competition; Last Saturday each month - Library Game Days, 11 AM-1 PM focus on games for children and families; 1-9 PM focus on games for teens and adults.
Adults at Waccamaw Library - most programs are free, although some require membership. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tidelands Camera Club meets on the first Monday each month, 9-11 AM.
Waccamaw Genealogy Club meets on the third Monday each month, 9-11:30 AM.
Knitting Group meets Mondays, 1-3 PM to knit and crochet with company and share patterns and techniques. Contact Carol Davison at email@example.com.
Mah Jongg Club meets Tuesdays, 1-3 PM, bring your set and current card.
Toastmasters meets noon-1 PM on the second and fourth Thursday each month (Jan. 10 & 24). Improve communication skills, increase self-confidence, think on your feet, give a great "elevator" speech, share stories. Free and open to the public, firstname.lastname@example.org.
January/February Artist at the Waccamaw Library: John Charles. John Charles' artwork includes a mixture of coastal and nature subjects from his photography, as well as a few more impressionistic works from his imagination. Charles grew up in Florence, SC before gaining his college degree at Furman University majoring in Math/Computer Science. After obtaining an M.B.A. at Wake Forest University, he joined IBM spending most of his nineteen-year career with the company in various sales and sales management positions. He then moved into the internet world, running several sales organizations dealing with internet security before eventually starting his own sales consulting business. Charles moved permanently to North Litchfield Beach in 2009, retiring in 2014. During that period, he picked up a variety of hobbies, including nature photography, portrait photography, and eventually painting. He continues to paint and to sell his artwork from his home in North Litchfield. For more information, email@example.com.
January/February Photographer at the Waccamaw Library: Selden "Bud" Hill.An artist, photographer, historian, and the founding director of The Village Museum in McClellanville, Hill has done much to record and preserve the rural past of the Lowcountry. View a special exhibit of evocative images from Carolina Rambling that complement poet William P. "Billy" Baldwin's lyrical musings. In the tradition of the duo's earlier black-and-white photography books The Unpainted South (2011) and These Our Offerings (2012) - each of which won the Gold Benjamin Franklin Award for poetry given by the Independent Book Sellers Association - Carolina Rambling shares a touching elegiac look at the Lowcountry's holy places, with a difference. Color! From abandoned homes and disintegrating barns to quiet creeks and forlorn cemeteries, the word and image pictures of small town, rural South will fill your heart with joy and longing. In earlier years, Bud was a type setter and layout artist and the founding manager of the Medical University Press. As museum director, he's offered encouragement and employment to both photographers and writers and curated many photography shows. In 2007 the state of South Carolina conferred upon him The Order of the Silver Crescent in recognition of his public service. Today he is "retired" from The Village Museum and holds the honorary title of Director Emeritus. Through Feb. 28, The Friends Center offers autographed copies of Carolina Rambling by Bud Hill and Billy Baldwin for only $20 (no tax). The authors are donating $5 of each book sale to FOWL. For more
CALENDAR OF COMMUNITY EVENTS
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. 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, the Cinematic South series, and Tea & Poetry 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. We've organized partnerships with surrounding restaurants to give FOWL event attendees extra "specials" before or after the show. An example is an extra 10% off (alcohol excluded) at Quigley's when you bring proof of your attendance. Coupons will be provided at each event, beginning Sunday, Jan. 6 at the Classic Film Matinee.
For those who may have missed December's Tuesdays With.... at the Georgetown Libraryor for those who would like to relive the event, Natalie Daise's beautiful presentation on "A Gullah Christmas" is now on YouTube athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY8TrVSuP_Y
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 ClassAtPawleys.com.
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). 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 ClassAtPawleys.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or theFOWL.org.
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 Coastal.edu/olli.
9:30 AM - The Low Country Herb Society will meet at the Waccamaw Library to hear guest speaker, Tom Francis, who has owned and operated Bees-by-the-Sea in Myrtle Beach for 10 years. He is also the beekeeper at Brookgreen Gardens and is known in some circles as the "Bee Preacher."
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 from September through May, and the annual dues are $25 with a quarterly newsletter included. For more information, look for us on Facebook or email@example.com.
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 Coastal.edu/olli.
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." 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or theFOWL.org.
Friday, Jan. 11
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Ruth Miller & Linda Lennon (The Angel Oak Story) at Hot Fish Club is full. Angel Oak is estimated to be more than 400 years old. 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. 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
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, email@example.com.
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. The series will focus on teaching basics so that attendees will learn to control their technology, not the other way around. All sessions will take place in the Teen Tech Room in the Waccamaw Library. Free, 843.545.3623 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Jan. 16
10 AM - Mah Jongg for Beginners at the Waccamaw Library. Learn to play classic Chinese game of strategy and memory. Please bring set and current card. Continues Jan. 23 & 30, Feb. 6, 13 & 20, free, 843.545.3623 or email@example.com.
Noon-1:15 PM - History for Lunch at the SC Maritime Museum (729 Front St., Georgetown) presents "French & Spanish Privateers of Colonial South Carolina," by Dr. Nick Butler, Historian-Charleston County Public Library. Reservations required, space limited. $20 per person ($18, members), lunch included, 843.520.0111.
Thursday, Jan. 17
5:30 PM - The FOWL Musician Series returns to the Waccamaw Library with George Devens, an accomplished performer who's delighted area audiences for years playing classic Hollywood tunes in a show he's titled, "And the Academy Award goes to...Vincente Minnelli!" Devens will put his spin on famous songs from Golden Age Hollywood musicals directed by Minnelli, including An American in Paris, Bells Are Ringing, Gigi, and Meet Me in St. Louis. Devens has been a working musician all his life. In his 20s, he joined The George Shearing Quintet, playing vibraphones and timbales. He then worked as a studio musician in Manhattan for 35 years. He's recorded with Burt Bacharach, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, and Barry Manilow, as well laying countless commercial and film soundtracks. He also wrote, produced, and performed musical theater and cabaret in New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont. Since moving to Little River in 1995, he began performing a series of 90-minute, one-man shows at nearby colleges and museum across the Carolinas. Free and open to the public, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Jan. 18
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Webster L. Hubbell (The Eighteenth Green) at Pawleys Plantation. Who was Harold Spencer? All D.C. Lawyer Jack Patterson knew was that Spencer's dead body had been found on the 18th Green of Columbia Country Club, cancelling Jack's Saturday golf game. Who is Rachel Goodman? Her name has been plastered on the front page of every newspaper in the country for weeks, branded as a thief of confidential info vital to U.S. National Security and a spy for Israel. She is also the daughter of Jack's long-time friend and mentor, Ben Jennings. Despite the opposition, Jack feels compelled to defend Rachel. The more Jack digs, the more complicated and dangerous his work becomes. Even a volunteer group of Navy SEALs may not be enough protection. This is the 4th Jack Patterson thriller by the author, lecturer, consultant, advocate and Arkansas lawyer who held executive level positions in government and industry including: U.S. Associate Attorney General, Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, Mayor of Little Rock, Managing Partner of the second largest law firm in Arkansas, and Executive and Chief Counsel for a large Washington based commercial insurance company. When Bill Clinton became President of the United States, Web Hubbell was appointed as Associate Attorney General. In 1996, he was convicted of fraud and sent to prison. In 1997, he published an autobiography, Friends in High Places, and in May 2014 his first in the Jack Patterson series of legal thrillers. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
2 PM - Book Signing at Litchfield Books: Web Hubbell (The Eighteenth Green), 843.237.8138.
2:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series at Waccamaw Library presents "A Little Romance." See Jan. 4 entry; also offered Feb. 8 & 24, and March 3, 10, 17 & 31. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or email@example.com.
Saturday, Jan. 19
1 PM - Reign of Rice Lecture Series at Brookgreen Gardens presents "Gullah Sweetgrass Baskets from Past to Present" at the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Sweetgrass basket maker Corey Alston from Mt. Pleasant will address the craftsmanship and economic issues of an art form that has spanned from West Africa to the South Carolina Lowcountry. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6049.
2:30 PM - 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. Jan. 19 offers us a chance to remember and celebrate Mr. Poe's brilliant contributions, as an originator of both the horror and detective fiction genres, a memorable poet, and a pop culture icon. Come join "Mr. Poe" and hear him perform some of his greatest works, while raising a draught of cognac in his honor. What better way to ensure Poe's birthday will be "dark and dreary" "Nevermore"! The celebration is free and open to all! 843.545.3623 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Jan. 22
7 PM - 2019 Lee Minton Signature Series presents Terry Barber at The Abbey in Litchfield Plantation. This rare countertenor uses extraordinary vocal range, versatility, and a Masters degree in historically informed performance, to entertain. A truly international artist, Terry has been a soloist for the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Moscow's Svetlanov Hall, to name a few. Past member of the Grammy-winning group Chanticleer, his voice can be heard on every major record label with a range of artists from Madonna to the London Philharmonic. $t25, 843.626.8911.
Thursday, Jan. 24
5:30 PM - FOWL Musician Series: Lloyd Kaplan's Aristocats at Waccamaw Library. Live concert featuring "Swixie" jazz, a mix of Dixieland and swing. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or email@example.com.
5:30-8 PM - Baruch Roundtable: From Paris to Washington, Churchill, Roosevelt & Baruch. Experience a wine reception and dinner overlooking Winyah Bay in the dining room at Hobcaw House. After dessert, retire to the living room to hear Steve Griffith, former president of the South Caroliniana Society, speak on the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and the close relationship that developed between Winston Churchill, Bernard Baruch and President Franklin Roosevelt. (Exertion level: Low impact, sitting and eating) Limited to 28; reservations required. $85, HobcawBarony.org.
Friday, Jan. 25
10 AM-2 PM - The third annual Know the Neck ► Come Connect
Volunteer Fair,hosted by Friends of the Waccamaw Library (FOWL), will be held in the auditorium at the Waccamaw Branch Library. If you've been looking for the right volunteer opportunity, plan to attend. More than two dozen nonprofit organizations that are making a difference in our community will be represented, from children to animals to the environment and literacy - there's a good cause for every interest! Each year the fair has produced multiple volunteers for a variety of groups that make the Waccamaw Neck such a great place to live. If you have any questions, please email FOWLpawleys@gmail.com. We hope to see you at the Volunteer Fair!
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Marie Benedict (The Only Woman in the Room) at Ocean One is full. A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of Hedy Lamarr, the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication - a masterpiece. 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
2 PM - Book Signing at Litchfield Books: Marie Benedict (The Only Woman in the Room), 843.237.8138.
Friday-Sunday, Jan. 25-27
Times vary - FOWL French Film Festival at Waccamaw Library. Six days and six films shown in their original language with English subtitles, organized by Josette Sharwell and sponsored by the Friends of Waccamaw Library. Flyers with film descriptions are available at the library. Fri., 6:30 PM - Le Retour du héros (Return of the Hero, 2017); Sat., 2:30 PM - Gauguin, Voyage de Tahiti, 2016; Sun., 2:30 PM - L'Ecole buissonniere (The School of Life, 2017). Three additional films Feb. 1-3. Six-film pass, $10 (available only at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange) or $3 each at the door, 843.235.9600 or theFOWL.org.
Daily, Jan. 26-March 31
9:30 AM-5 PM - Sculpture Exhibit at Brookgreen Gardens. Birds in Art, a traveling exhibit curated by Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI, is on display in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Saturday, Jan. 26
5:30-7:30 PM - The 21st Annual Souper Bowl to benefit Habitat for Humanity will be held at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church on Waverly Road in Pawleys Island, featuring hundreds of handcrafted and hand-painted vessels, scores of gourmet soups, and loaves of homemade breads. $25 in advance or $30 at the door, 843.546.5685.
Monday, Jan. 28
4-9 PM - Sixth Annual Books & Boogie fundraiser for Freedom Readers, Inc. (a 501c3 non-profit organization) at Dead Dog Saloon. This fundraiser is quite different from most in that it is a true celebration of people who love to read! We have a table of local writers discussing their titles from 4-6 PM while a jazz band plays in the background. Dinner is presented and the band switches to a dance band (The Aristocats and Special Blend Experience). There is a short presentation by a few of our Young Scholars (who are entertained during dinner by the Balloon Lady) and a long table of raffle items at $5 per ticket with gifts including golf packages, MB condo weekend, Yeti cooler, and more! $50, 404.455.1864.
Tuesday, Jan. 29
7 PM - 2019 Lee Minton Signature Series presents Joe Alterman at The Abbey at Litchfield Plantation. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Alterman studied music at New York University, where he received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Jazz Piano Performance. In addition to performances with Houston Person, Les McCann and his own trio, among others, Alterman has performed at many world renowned venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Birdland and New York's Blue Note, where Alterman has opened, many times, for Ramsey Lewis. Only 29 years old, Alterman has released four critically-acclaimed albums, his most recent being 2017's "Comin' Home To You." Dick Cavett has referred to Alterman as "one fine, first class entertainer" and Ramsey Lewis has called Alterman "an inspiration to me" and his piano playing "a joy to behold." $25, 843.626.8911.
Renew Your FOWL Membership Online:Being a FOWL Member is so easy! You can now renew your membership on the FOWL website at www.thefowl.org. 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.
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, www.theartsgrandstrand.org,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.