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

The Friends of Waccamaw Library's bi-monthly digital newsletter aims to let you know what's happening on the Waccamaw Neck and Georgetown (farther afield if it's library-related). This e-communication supplements the hard copy newsletter mailed quarterly and is sent to all Friends (whose e-dresses we have) and to all who ask to be added to the Constant Contact list.

In addition to the programming developed by the library system and the Friends (in red), we will cover other opportunities for quality experiences, education and entertainment. The information is organized by date, so scroll down to the date you are seeking. If you are part of a group or organization with news to share, we welcome your announcement. Keep it short; just the facts. We cannot reproduce an elaborate pdf with graphics and photos. The key information needed includes: Title of event, Where held, When (date and time), BRIEF description, Benefit for (if applicable), Cost (if any), Contact (phone and email), Website (for more information).
To be added to the e-mail list or to submit an announcement, please send your information directly to the e-newsletter editor Linda Ketron at:  linda@classatpawleys.com .
Kids & Families at Waccamaw Library - all programs free.
Game on! We play a wide variety of family friendly board and card games and always have a great time. Free, ddennis@gtcounty.org.
  • Mondays - Open Gaming & Cooperative game day, ages 10+, 3-6 PM.
  • Tuesdays - Open Gaming & Tabletop, ages 10+, 3-6 PM.
  • Wednesdays - Open Gaming & Magic the Gathering Day, ages 10+, 3-6 PM.
  • Open Gaming & Art Day, 10+, 3-6 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 PM on focus on games for teens and adults.
  • Storytime! Every Wednesday, 10:30 AM. Ages birth to 5.
  • Art with the Myrtle Beach Art Museum. Ages 7 and up, 1st Wednesday each month, 3-4 PM.
  • Canine Angels. Reading has gone to the dogs! Check out this link to see the benefits to children of reading to attentive pooches: www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/186708. All ages, 2nd & 4th Wednesday each month, 3-4 PM.
  • Manners Club is held the first Saturday each month, providing basic etiquette and manners training in a fun and exciting environment for children 4-10 years old. Contact Connie Graham (Ms. Manners) at PawleysIslandMannersClub@gmail.com
Adults at Waccamaw Library - most programs are free, although some require membership. Contact sbremner@gtcounty.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 caroldavisonk2tog@yahoo.com.
  • Low Country Herb Society meets at 9:30 AM on the second Tuesday each month (Feb. 13, Mar. 13) through May. Annual dues are $25, sclchsnews@gmail.com.
  • Mah Jongg Club meets Tuesdays, 1-3 PM, bring your set and current card.
  • A Course in Miracles meets Tuesdays, 6:30-8 PM, facilitated by Marc Breines, 704.309.2415.
  • Toastmasters meets noon -1 PM on the second and fourth Thursday each month (Feb. 8, Feb. 22). Improve communication skills, increase self-confidence, think on your feet, give a great "elevator" speech, share stories. Free and open to the public, rachel@kingoneproperties.com or pahero@msn.com.
February Artist at the Waccamaw Library: Dorie Ellis.  Dorothy "Dorie" Ellis' paintings are on display through February.  A retired CCRN, Ellis  began basic classes in art education at Rowen College in New Jersey. She graduated to painting with one special instructor, Gerald Moore, who encouraged her fledgling efforts. For 25 years Ellis and her family lived in Northeast Pennsylvania where she took classes in a converted barn. At the next move  to Virginia, she joined the Prince William Art Society and the Manassas Artist Guild, taking classes at the Workhouse Gallery.  Her work is on display at The Island Art Gallery in Pawleys Island and The Seacoast Artists Gallery at Market Common For more information, sbremner@gtcounty.org  
February Photographer at the Waccamaw Library: Sharon Anderson.  An award winning, self-taught photographer, shooting digital since the early 2000's, Sharon Anderson's  beautiful images capture unique landscapes locally and around the world.  A resident of the Lowcountry of South Carolina for about 40 years, one of her special passions is preserving the quickly vanishing culture and old buildings of the area through photography. She has been privileged to be accepted into ArtFields® for the past three years.  Her work is currently shown in the Art and Frame Gallery in Myrtle Beach, Art and Frame in Murrells Inlet and Low Country Gallery as well as Georgetown. She holds memberships at Carolinas Nature Photography Association, Seacoast Artists Guild, and Photographic Society of America.  For more information, sbremner@gtcounty.org.
The Georgetow n Library is proud to display the gorgeous local photography of Tanya Ackerman in its Heritage Center. Her images portray the beauty of South Carolina's Lowcountry and the passions of the people who live here. The South Carolina Press Association has named her Photojournalist of the Year for weekly newspapers three times since she moved to Pawleys Island in 2006.  The display continues through February.
Thursday, Feb. 1  
10 AM-Noon - First Thursdays Speakers Series at Waccamaw Library presents Phil Wilkinson, the American Alligator in South Carolina-Early Studies. Retired SCDNR senior wildlife biologist and grandfather of alligator research shares his fascinating work with Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center from the time when alligators were listed as endangered and as part of the longest-known continuous study of alligators in the world. Sponsored by FOWL, free and open to the public, stpetepic@aol.com, theFOWL.org.
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) Reservations required. Also offered March 13, April 17. $20, Hobcaw Barony.org.
3-4 PM - 2018 Litchfield Tea & Poetry at the Waccamaw Neck Library. Join Libby Bernardin and Cliff Saunders, series facilitators, for the 12th year featuring talented poets of the region: Maya Marshall writer and assistant director of the USC Writing Center and managing editor for PANK, explores the essential roles women and work play in the economy and in defining the mythology of American beauty. Lester Boykin (a.k.a. "Bless") is a spoken word artist who performs throughout the Midlands, as well as doing photography, music production and studio engineering.
Book signing after the reading; tea and homemade confections by Deloris Roberts. Tea & Poetry also offered March 1, April 5. Free and open to the public, libbypoet@gmail.com, theFOWL.org.

Suppertime - Dine at Bisqit in the Hammock Shops and support Tara Hall Home for Boys with 10% of the evening's dinner proceeds. 

Friday, Feb. 2
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Donna Everhart (The Road to Bittersweet) at Ocean One. Set in the Carolinas in the 1940s, The Road to Bittersweet is a beautifully written, evocative account of a young woman reckoning not just with the unforgiving landscape, but with the rocky emotional terrain that leads from innocence to wisdom. The Feast is full, but the author will be at Litchfield Books at 2 PM if you want to meet her and get a book signed. 843.235.9600.
Friday-Sunday, Feb. 2-4
Times vary - FOWL French Film Festival continues at Waccamaw Library. 
  • Fri., Feb. 2, 6:30 PM: BOOMERANG, 2015. A family drama and thriller, based on Tatiana de Rosnay's novel  A Secret Kept . Could the consequences of knowing the truth be worse than believing a lie?
  • Sat., Feb. 3, 6:30 PM: LE FILS DE JEAN (A Kid), 2016. A divorced Parisian with a young son has his tranquil existence turned upside down when he receives a phone call that his mystery father has died in Montreal. 
  • Sun., Feb. 4 at 2:30 PM - L'ODYSSÉE (The Odyssey), 2016. The Odyssey covers 30 years of the life of famous French undersea explorer and maker of TV documentaries Jacques-Yves Cousteau, including his dark sides.
$3 each at the door, 843.235.9600, more details at theFOWL.org.

Saturday, Feb. 3 
9 AM-5 PM - Trail Ride With Your Own Horse. Hobcaw Barony offers an opportunity for individuals of all ages to bring their own horse(s) and ride designated trails. Riders will have the experience of exploring the 16,000 acres with maps that highlight points of interest. Check-in time runs from 9 AM-noon, all horses, trailers and their owners must depart by 5 PM. Registration and waiver forms must be completed and received by Hobcaw Barony at least 3 days before the event to insure confirmation. You can download all forms on the website or pick one up in the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center 22 Hobcaw Road, Georgetown, SC 29440.  Registration & reservations required. Also offered Feb. 17, March 3 & 17. $30, HobcawBarony.org.

1 PM -  The Horry County Museum (805 Main St., Conway) and The AVX Foundation present   Jannie Harriot & Dawn Dawson-House: "Hidden in Plain Sight-African American Gems in Horry & Georgetown Counties."    From Rosenwald and colored schools, to historic churches and slave cabins, the African American footprint in Horry and Georgetown counties is broad and significant.  Join members of the SC African American Heritage Commission as they help rediscover these historic gems through the Green Book of South Carolina, an online travel guide to historic markers and sites associated with African American heritage. Project leaders Dawn Dawson-House of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, and Jannie Harriot of the South Carolina African American Heritage Foundation, will lead the discussion. Free and open to the public, 843.915.5320 or HorryCountyMuseum.org

Monday, Feb. 5

Tuesday, Feb. 6
7 PM - The Lee Minton Signature Series: Matt Beilis at The Abbey at Litchfield Plantation. New Yorker Matt Beilis was born with his distinct voice. Some would say it's unconventional, which would fit the personality of this singer/songwriter/pianist There's no doubt Matt is one of the most talented up and coming singer-songwriters in NYC, but singing other peoples' songs only gets you so far. So he wrote and wrote and co-wrote with musician and producer friends as well as professional pop writers like Kinetics & One Love, who penned the chorus to B.o.B's Airplanes. Ironically, it is from those sessions that Matt found his voice. Now, instead of covering songs, the unique singer - identifiable before the end of the first verse - is creating them. $35, PawleysMusic.com.

Thursday, Feb. 8
1:30-3 PM - The Baruchs of Hobcaw Barony. Three generations of Baruch Family members are introduced through this documentary created by SC Educational Television. It showcases the lives of the Baruch's with rare film footage, interviews and actors portraying Bernard and Belle Baruch on the plantation. This group showing includes commentary by Hobcaw Barony staff as the stories behind the scenes are shared with viewers. (Exertion level: Low impact, sitting)  Reservations required. Free and open to the public, H obcawBarony.org.  

Friday, Feb. 9
9 AM-2 PM - FOWL hosts "Know the Neck, Come Connect" Volunteer Fair at the Waccamaw Library. Join the Friends of Waccamaw Library and two dozen local nonprofits seeking to share their mission and to recruit volunteers at this second annual Volunteer Fair. Participants include All 4 Paws Rescue Shelter, American Red Cross, Back Pack Buddies, Brookgreen Gardens, Bike the Neck/Tour de Plantersville, Family Justice Center, Freedom Readers, FOWL, Habitat for Humanity, Hobcaw Barony, Long Bay Symphony, Miss Ruby's Kids, Neighbor to Neighbor, PI American Legion Post 197, PI Festival of Music & Art, Smith Medical Clinic, SC Maritime Museum, Tara Hall, Teach My People, Tidelands Community Hospice, Tidelands Respite Care, Winyah Rivers Foundation/Waccamaw Riverkeeper. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public, theFOWL.org.

6:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series with film historians Bill Harvey and Tony Miller presents "Some Like It Hot" at Waccamaw Library. Free and open to the public,  sbremner@gtcounty.org.

Saturday, Feb. 10
10 AM-1 PM - Scout Days: Fur, Feathers and Flowers at Brookgreen Gardens in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium and Courtyard. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.

1-4 PM - Waccamaw Conference presents "Nature, Health & Life" at the Horry County Museum (805 Main St., Conway). Free and family friendly, winyahrivers.org or 843.349.4007.

2-5 PM - "Valentine Warm-Up Pre-Party" to benefit Bike the Neck at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Highway). Free to look, listen, chat and nosh. Join us for an afternoon filled with delicious comestibles, terrific music by Cody Sifford, an art fair (two dozen artists) with perfect valentine gifts  and a book fair with a dozen authors (Tanya Ackerman, Millie Doud, John Kenny, Anne Malarich, Ernie Merchant and others) available to sign their publications, and raffle baskets chock full of items you actually WANT! There's no fee to attend, sip and nibble, browse and enjoy the music, although donations to Bike the Neck will be gratefully acknowledged. (Raffle tickets are $5 each, three for $10 and seven for $20.)  843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
6:30 PM - FOWL Musician Series featuring The Aristocats at the Waccamaw Library.  The Aristocats will bring some smooth tunes to the Waccamaw Library, and you're invited to sit back and enjoy - or kick your shoes off and dance! The four-member band will be breaking out some favorite classics of swing and jazz from the 1920s to the 1950s.  The Aristocats are stellar musicians who have been playing their whole lives. That's especially impressive when you consider that guitarist Nat Piccirilli is over 95 years old! He has played for President George Bush (the elder) as well as numerous musical luminaries in New England.  Lloyd Kaplan, professor emeritus of the Community College of Rhode Island, not only plays a mean clarinet and saxophone and sings, but also shares his love of music as he teaches courses through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University.  Dr. Joseph Moyer is an allergist who also happens to be a multitalented percussionist, ukulele player and vocalist. And Clair Fancher will be rocking the bass, although he's spent plenty of time over the years as a cornet virtuoso. Free and open to the public,  sbremner@gtcounty.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 13
9:30 AM - The Low Country Herb Society meets at the Waccamaw Library with guest speaker Katie Dickson from Moore Farms Botanical Garden, who will speak about Late Winter Gardening with an emphasis on garden maintenance and planning for the warm season (including rose pruning). 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. 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 contact us at the following email address: sclchsnews@gmai l.com .

Wednesday, Feb. 14
All day - Wedding Vow Renewal Celebration at Brookgreen Gardens Botanical Gardens. Details at Brookgreen.org.

1 PM - Brookgreen Gardens Gullah Program in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Ron Daise, Vice-president for Creative Education and Gullah descendant, will present an entertaining and informative program about the culture, food, language, and history of the Gullah Geechee people. Also offered Feb. 28. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Thursday, Feb. 15
10 AM-1 PM - Homeschool Explorers at Brookgreen Gardens in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium.  Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.

11 AM - Caroline Fairless  presents a literary discussion on the journey of the author and the book  The God Presumption, at the Waccamaw Library. Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.
1:30-4:30 PM - Spiritual Places, Cemeteries of Hobcaw Barony. Explore black and white plantation cemeteries on Hobcaw Barony and learn of burial customs, grave decorating traditions, tombstone art, and survival and tragedy in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Dress for the woods and the weather. (Exertion level: High impact, hiking through woods)  Reservations required. $30, Hobcaw Barony.org.

4 PM - FOWL presents Yosemite - Wolves and their Environment at the Waccamaw Library. Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.

Friday, Feb. 16
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Deanna Raybourn (A Treacherous Curse) at Inlet Affairs. Return to Victorian London with the third in Raybourn's mystery series featuring butterfly-hunting sleuth, Veronica Speedwell and her natural historian sidekick, Stoker. Members of an Egyptian expedition fall victim to an ancient mummy's curse in this thrilling Veronica Speedwell novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
6:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series with film historians Bill Harvey and Tony Miller presents "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" at Waccamaw Library. Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.
Saturday, Feb. 17
9 AM-5 PM - Trail Ride With Your Own Horse at Hobcaw Barony.  See Feb. 3 entry for details. Also offered March 3 & 17. Registration & reservations required. $30, HobcawBarony.org.

1 PM - Reign of Rice Lecture Series at Brookgreen Gardens. Lecture by Birgitta Johnson, Ph.D., in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Free with garden admission, reservations required, 843.235.6049 or Brookgreen.org.

3-5 PM - CLASS Productions   presents "At Last ... Gracie Holliday and The Holliday Sisters" in concert at Kimbel Lodge (Hobcaw Barony). The 8th in the series presenting regional greats of gospel, R&B and soul in an intimate venue. Limited seating, 3-5 PM, $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

6:30-8 PM - FOWL Members Only event at the Waccamaw Library: "Strike Up the Band" with the Pawleys Island Concert Band  in a rousing patriotic performance prior to President's Day! Free and open to FOWL Members (renew or join now for your invitation - forms at the Friends Center). Birthday cake and coffee (we're turning three!), theFOWL.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 20
10 AM - Rice Plantations Lecture Series at the Waccamaw Library.   Explore the many rice plantations that lined the Lowcountry throughout history presented by Robin McCall. McCall will explain how tiny homesteads became vast rice empires, how plantations operated, and the families who owned them. Learn about the plantations of Arcadia, Brookgreen, Chicora Wood, Friendfield, Hopsewee, Mansfield, and more.  McCall has been teaching local history and guiding tours in the area for 20 years. Her passion for Lowcountry rice plantations is evident in her desire to educate others on local history. Series continues Feb. 27, March 6 and March 20. Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.

Thursday, Feb. 22
1:30-4:30 PM - Behind the Scenes Tour. Join us on an expanded tour of Hobcaw Barony for opportunities to see and experience more than what is offered on the daily Introductory Tour. With stops at the North Inlet salt marsh, the grounds of Bellefield Plantation, Friendfield Village, and the main floor of Hobcaw House, participants have a chance to spend more time at each location than offered on the daily tour. (Exertion level: Moderate impact, bus ride, some walking, standing for long periods) Also offered March 1, 8, 15 & 22, April 5, 12, 19 & 26. Reservations required.  $30, HobcawBarony.org.  

Friday, Feb. 23
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Martha Boone ( The Big Free) at DeBordieu Colony Clubhouse. The "Big Free" is Charity Hospital and it's 1982 in New Orleans, and Charity is a big medical free-for-all. Elizabeth (based on the author's personal experience) is one of the first women in the toughest surgery department in America. With her pearls and her pink plaid socks, she doesn't fit in ... at first. Half the doctors who start the surgery program never finish. Nothing in her proper southern upbringing prepares Elizabeth for the violence, debauchery and intensity of inner city trauma surgery. The Big Free is filled with unforgettable characters living the best and the worst New Orleans has to offer. Elizabeth learns more in six months at Charity than she learned in four years of medical school in Charleston. Will she make the cut, or will fear, exhaustion from the grueling pace, and disgust of the senseless violence prove too much? $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
6:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series with film historians Bill Harvey and Tony Miller presents "In the Heat of the Night" at Waccamaw Library. Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.

Friday-Sunday, Feb. 23-25
Swamp Fox Players present Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," directed by Lee Padgett, at the Strand Theater, Georgetown. Also offered March 2-4 and March 8-10. Friday and Saturday, 8 PM, Sunday, 2:30 PM, $18, reservations 843.527.2924, 1#.

Saturday, Feb. 24
1 PM - Black History Month Program at Brookgreen Gardens in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Sat., free with garden admission, reservations required, 843.235.6049 or Brookgreen.org.
12:30-2:30 PM - Voices of the Village at Hobcaw Barony. Enjoy a rare opportunity to drive to Friendfield Village to learn of the lives of the enslaved laborers on rice plantations. Established in the 19th century, Friendfield Village housed workers all the way through the 1950's. Step inside cabins, sit in Friendfield Church, and visit the doctor's office. BYOC (bring your own chair). (Exertion level: Moderate impact, walking and standing) Reservations required. $30, HobcawBarony.org.
6:30 PM - FOWL Musician Series  featuring Will Ness with Friends at the Waccamaw Library. Will Ness is the walking, breathing, and singing definition of a musical melting pot. Born and raised in Georgetown, SC, he grew up listening to his parents' record player. He learned to love music through the likes of The Beatles, The Eagles, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, etc. At 8 years old, he got his first guitar. He learned the basics, quickly adapting to playing and singing simultaneously. He played gigs at various lemonade stands, church functions, and the old Georgetown farmers market. Now with two albums of his original compositions produced, he performs regularly along the Grand Strand. Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org .
Tuesday, Feb. 27
10 AM - Rice Plantations Lecture Series  with Robin McCall at the Waccamaw Library.  See Feb. 20 entry for details.  Series continues March 6 and March 20.  Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.

11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Amy Webb  (Stones at the Crossing) at Caffe Piccolo. Bearing witness to the incredible opportunity to experience life with strength, grace and total awareness that lives inside everyone's walk with adversity, Webb becomes the reader's companion on the journey. This prior high-intensity professional, now 10-year cancer survivor, shares her inspiring insights for anyone facing the unknown:  a devastating diagnosis, a life-changing ultimatum, or just the gradual transition of aging.  $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
Wednesday, Feb. 28
12 noon - History for Lunch 
at the SC Maritime Museum (729 Front St., Georgetown). The unique talent that Harper Bond shared with Georgetown around 1900 will be revealed in a fascinating and visual presentation followed by the viewing of this recently acquired and important acquisition to the maritime museum - an aerial view of Georgetown painted by Harper Bond as part of the display for the Georgetown booth at the Charleston Exposition of 1902. The history and development of Georgetown during this boom era will also be explored.   Paige Sawyer is a native South Carolinian, a Georgetown photographer, a naturalist on the Carolina Rover and an avid student of history.  $20 for lunch and presentation (10% discount for Museum and OLLI Members). Purchase tickets by calling Amy or Hope at  843.520.0111.

1 PM - Brookgreen Gardens Gullah Program in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. See Feb. 14 entry for details. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000.
Thursday, March 1
10 AM-Noon - First Thursdays Speakers Series at Waccamaw Library presents Col. Charles Thrash Gone But Not Forgotten - Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. Historian, retired Air Force colonel and former Vice Commander of Myrtle Beach AFB provides a compelling history of the Myrtle Beach AFB: 1942-1999, a retrospective of his time there and a glimpse into the lives of its fighter pilots. Sponsored by FOWL, free, stpetepic@aol.com, theFOWL.org.
1:30-4:30 PM - Behind the Scenes Tour at Hobcaw Barony.  See Feb. 22 entry for details. Also offered March 8, 15 & 22, April 5, 12, 19 & 26. Reservations required. $30, HobcawBarony.org.

3-4 PM - 2018 Litchfield Tea & Poetry at the Waccamaw Neck Library. Join Libby Bernardin and Cliff Saunders, series facilitators, for the 12th year featuring talented poets of the region: Barrett Warner and open mic.  Book signing after the reading; tea and homemade confections by Deloris Roberts. Tea & Poetry also offered April 5. Free and open to the public, libbypoet@gmail.com, theFOWL.org.
Friday, March 2
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: John Hart (The Hush) at Pawleys Plantation. Set in the world of his most beloved novel The Last Child ("A magnificent creation" -The Washington Post), John Hart delivers a stunning vision of a secret world, rarely seen. It's been ten years since the events that changed Johnny Merrimon's life and rocked his hometown to the core. Since then, Johnny has fought to maintain his privacy, but books have been written of his exploits; he has fans, groupies. Living alone in the wilderness beyond town, Johnny's only connection to normal life is his old friend, Jack. They're not boys anymore, but the bonds remain. What they shared. What they lost. Building on the world first seen in The Last Child, The Hush is more than an exploration of friendship, persistence and forgotten power. It takes the reader to unexpected places, and reminds us all why John Hart, after five consecutive New York Times bestsellers, still warrants comparison to such luminaries as Pat Conroy, Cormac McCarthy, and Scott Turow.  $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
6:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series with film historians Bill Harvey and Tony Miller presents "Blazing Saddles" at Waccamaw Library. Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.
Looking Ahead!
March 14 - 2018 Georgetown County Women's Hall of Fame Luncheon honoring Julia Peterkin, Pulitzer Prize winning author, at Kimbels, Wachesaw Plantation. Guest speaker, Cokie Roberts. $35 per person, $280 for a table of 8. Wed., Noon-1:30 PM, VisitGeorge.com or call 843.546.8436.

March 23-24 - 71st Annual Plantation Tour seeking volunteer docents. To see what's involved, visit princegeorgeplantationtours.com. Sign up with Virginia Dugan at 843.546.5226 or stva115@aol.com.

TheArtsGrandStrand.com - 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 Feb. 10 - The Strand Cinema (710 Front St., Georgetown) shows independent, foreign and fine films on Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 PM and 7 PM. Every Friday following the Matinee, the Strand Cinema Film Society meets to discuss the film. For the complete schedule, visit swampfoxplayers.com.  Questions, 843.527.2924, ext. 3#, or send an email to swampfoxplayers@frontier.com.
Through March 3 - Children's Discovery Room  at Brookgreen Gardens.  Dinosaur Dissection Lab - Volunteers will engage youngsters in "dissecting" realistic-looking dinosaur body parts made of non-latex materials. Families will learn and explore while using this awesome hands-on activity. Children will also enjoy a make-and-take dinosaur craft, along with several stations with an art, nature and history component. Sat. & Sun., Noon-4:30 PM, free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.    
Through March 4 - 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 or Brookgreen.org.
Through March 7 - 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 & 1 PM, $8 adults, $4 children, in addition to garden admission, 843.235.6016 or Brookgreen.org.

Through March 25 -  Sculpture Exhibit at Brookgreen Gardens. Art of the Animal is on display in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion. Daily, 9:30 AM-5 PM, free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Through March 2018 - Handcrafted Wooden Boats by William "Bill" Brady on display at the Waccamaw Library. Bill never dreamed he would become a shipwright, and his sailing vessels are sized more for Stuart Little than Captain Ahab, but the man is a genius at fashioning fascinating crafts perfect down to the tiniest detail. For more information, email sbremner@gtcounty.org.
Through April 22 -  William H. Miller: "What You See Is What You Get , "at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. Regular gallery hours will be from 10 AM-4 PM, Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-4 PM on Sundays. Free and open to the public, 843.238.2510 or MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.
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