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 (Mar. 13, April 10, May 8) 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 (Mar. 8, Mar. 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.
March/April Artist at the Waccamaw Library: Sharon Turner. Sharon Turner, a native of Georgetown, grew up loving the colors and beauty of her Southern heritage and pulls on these resources for her paintings. Primarily a watercolor artist, a turning point for her art career occurred when she won an award for and sold a painting. The realization that her work had merit that others appreciated motivated Sharon. Her children were grown and her parents gone; so, her study of drawing, painting, and art history became a joyful daily routine. She has since won numerous awards for her work. Straight from the creek, this series of fish 'prints' hatched one day when Joey, Sharon's avid fisherman husband, shared a redfish with her and suggested she 'play' with it. Experimenting with different papers, paints and collage techniques, these painting are fresh, fun and have a very local flavor. For more information, sbremner@gtcounty.org.    
March/April Photographer at the Waccamaw Library: David Fattaleh. 
Having come from a family-owned photofinishing business, David Fattaleh has been in photography most of his life. He started his career as a wedding, portrait, and school photographer. His career expanded when he was hired as the Photography Manager for the West Virginia Division of Tourism. There he had the privilege of photographing beautiful landscapes, wildlife, natural wonders, state parks, and historical areas of West Virginia. He was also included as part of the photographic team for the Governor's Office. As a freelance photographer, his clientele included hospitals, local businesses, national and local magazine publishers, industrial and commercial photography. David's work has been shown in many publications, such as; Time-Life Books, Newsweek, National Geographic Adventure, Louisville Magazine, Huntington Quarterly Magazine, Marshall Magazine, Wonderful West Virginia Magazine, and others throughout the US and abroad.  David has taught photography classes and workshops at West Virginia state parks and at the Huntington Museum of Art. He has conducted presentations at local high schools, photography clubs, city and state conventions, and business luncheons. He retired from his WV career in 2009, and now resides in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. David is a member of the Carolina Nature Photographers Association (CNPA) and the Tidelands Photography Club. For more information, sbremner@gtcounty.org.

FOGL (Friends of Georgetown Library) i s joining with the Library in recognizing World Autism Awareness Day, April 2. Patti burns, a member of the Library staff, is looking for volunteers to help her make Autism Awareness bows from blue ribbon and pins. We'll create the bows through March 22, then pass them out to County employees and Library patrons between March 26 and April 2. There's no cost for this project - all we need are some volunteers to help make and give out the bow. All interested can contact Patti by visiting the Library (805 Cleland St., Georgetown), at 843.545.3388 or pburns@gtcounty.org.

Through April 16 - The 12th Annual Winyah Rivers Foundation (WRF) Photo Contest is accepting  entries. The goal is to promote the beauty of our local rivers and to raise funds for the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER┬« Program.  The contest is open to everyone. Emphasis in judging will be given to photographs that show the splendor and charm of our local rivers and ecosystems. Each contestant may enter as many photographs as desired. Entry fee is $10.00 per photograph. For contest details, WinyahRivers.org or questions, photocontest@winyahrivers.org.
Thursday, March 1
10 AM-Noon - First Thursday Speaker 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. 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 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-Sunday, March 2-4
Swamp Fox Players present Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," directed by Lee Padgett, at the Strand Theater, Georgetown.  Also offered March 8-10. Friday and Saturday, 8 PM, Sunday, 2:30 PM, $18, reservations 843.527.2924, 1#. 

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.
Saturday, March 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 March 17.  $30, HobcawBarony.org.

10 AM-2 PM - Dr. Seuss Day at Brookgreen Gardens.  On Dr. Seuss's birthday, a nationwide celebration called "Read across America Day" occurs. Families are invited to come together to enjoy a read-aloud of books. Children and adults are encouraged to dress like their favorite book characters. Activities end with a celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6055 or  satkinson@brookgreen.org.

Noon-4:30 PM - Brookgreen Gardens Children's Discovery Room - 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.  Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.

Change of Schedule: 1:30-3:30 PM - Book Talk in Bellefield Plantation Stableyard at Hobcaw Barony. Tour the grounds and join Shreveport, LA-based author and SC native Ashley Havird as speaks about her historical coming-of-age novel, Lightningstruck, an elegantly crafted story of a girl on the verge of adolescence in Marion, SC in the mid-1960s. Participants will drive their cars to Bellefield and may walk the grounds before and after the book talk. Bring your own chair. Copies of Lightningstruck will be available for purchase at the stables. Reservations required, $10, 843.546.4623 or HobcawBarony.org.

3-4:30 PM - Southern Writers Book Club meets at the Cultural Council of Gerogetown (922 Front St.) to discuss Lawrence Thackston's book, 
Carolina Cruel, a Southern suspense tale set in the deep swamps of the South Carolina Lowcountry.  Two reporters must solve a decades old case when two hunters discover a sheriff's patrol car that disappeared over 40 years ago. The two reporters make startling connections to the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre and the hanging of a prominent citizen. Unexpected turns and compelling characters will keep you guessing until the last page. Mr. Thackston will be available to sign books after book club. Free and open to the public, 843.546.2665. 

4-8 PM - The 5th annual Hobnob at Hobcaw. This Roast supports the Winyah Rivers Foundation as we protect the rivers we all play in and drink from. Music provided by Sawgrass with door prizes, great silent auction, Southern food, beer and wine. $35pp members, $30pp non-members, children under 14 are free, children 14 and over as well as volunteers and students are $20pp. Reserve your spot at WinyahRivers.org.
6:30 PM - FOWL Musician Series: George Devens is postponed with everyones' regrets! For more information,  sbremner@gtcounty.org  or theFOWL.org.

7 PM - Long Bay Symphony's String Quartet presents an evening of classical chamber music at the historic Winyah Auditorium. $15 (at the door or at WinyahAuditorium.com), 843.461.1342.

Tuesday, March 6
10 AM - Rice Plantations Lecture Series  with Robin McCall at the Waccamaw Library.Prior to the 71st annual Plantation Tour, 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 March 20.  Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.

1:30-4:30 PM - Women in Aviation at Hobcaw Barony.  Celebrate Women's History Month by learning about Belle Baruch's love of flying and her years as a pilot. Licensed in 1939 as a pilot of single engine planes and co-pilot of twin engine planes, Belle had plans to buy a jet shortly before her death. Recent research has revealed new information into Belle as a pioneer, a plane owner and as a World War II Coastal Observer. A brief tour of the grounds of her airport hangar is included.  (Exertion level: Moderate impact, bus ride, some walking, standing for long periods)  Reservations required. $25, HobcawBarony.org.

4:30 PM - Friends of Georgetown Library (FOGL) invites you to attend their annual membership meeting at the library (405 Cleland St., Georgetown). Review the past year and plan new events. Punch and hors d'oeuvres. Bob Willey, 413.427.8224.

Wednesday, March 7
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 March 14, 21 & 28. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.

Thursday, March 8
1:30-4:30 PM - Behind the Scenes Tour at Hobcaw Barony.  See March 1 entry for details. Also offered March 15 & 22, April 5, 12, 19 & 26. Reservations required. $30, HobcawBarony.org.

Friday, March 9  
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Rebecca Boggs Roberts (Suffragists in Washington, D.C.) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw. Cokie and Steve Roberts' daughter is a program coordinator for Smithsonian Associates, where she has made it a personal mission to highlight the history of our capital city. Her second book focuses on The Great Suffrage Parade, the first civil rights march to use the nation's capital as a backdrop. Although the Feast is full, Ms. Roberts will be at Litchfield Books at 2 PM to greet readers and sign her book. 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
6:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series with film historians Bill Harvey and Tony Miller presents "Young Frankenstein" at Waccamaw Library. Fri., 6:30 PM, free and open to the public,  sbremner@gtcounty.org.

Thursday-Saturday, March 8-10
8 PM - Swamp Fox Players present Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," directed by Lee Padgett, at the Strand Theater, Georgetown. $18, reservations 843.527.2924, 1#.

Saturday, March 10
10 AM-4 PM - 18th Annual Spring Tour of HomesJoin the Burroughs & Chapin Art Museum for an eclectic assortment of unique and stylish homes in some of the finest neighborhoods in Myrtle Beach. A luncheon buffet (for tour ticket holders only) is served at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, $22 per person, from 11:30 AM-3 PM. Tickets $45 in advance, $50 day of,  MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org or  843.238.2510 to purchase tickets and luncheon reservations.
All day - Huntington "3 in 1 Day"at Huntington Beach State Park. March 10th, the mutual birthday and wedding anniversary of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, is celebrated with a special event including "wedding" cake and refreshments, at their former winter home. Atalaya is a National Historic Landmark and this event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park. Ticketed event (space is limited), 843.237.4440 or SouthCarolinaParks.com.
6:30 PM - FOWL Musician Series features Cody Sifford at the Waccamaw Library. Cody Sifford grew up in a musical family in Myrtle Beach. Music was always a big part of his life, and he has been playing guitar and singing since he was 7. He started playing professionally about 10 years ago, performing in many shows in Branson Missouri. He now lives in Pawleys Island where he serves as a worship leader. "I love all kinds of music and have adapted a variety of favorite songs, across different genres, to a solo acoustic and vocal arrangement. I cover artists that include the Eagles, Jackson Browne, Lionel Richie, Hall and Oates, classic country, singer songwriter songs, and many, many more," Sifford explains. "It will be an intimate evening where I believe everyone will fall in love with an old favorite song again." Free and open to the public,  sbremner@gtcounty.org or theFOWL.org.

7 PM - Culinary Symphony  to benefit the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art. This fundraiser event pairs talented chefs with gracious hosts in some of the most beautifully decorated and interesting homes in the Lowcountry of Georgetown. Get your group of friends together and be part of one of the Lowcountry's most anticipated events. $150 per person, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.

7 PM - The U.S. Ai r Force's Rhythm and Blues Ensemble  will present an exciting repertoire of rhythm and blues favorites at the historic Winyah Auditorium. Free and open to the public, 843.461.1342 or WinyahAuditorium.com.

Tuesday, March 13
9:30 AM - The Low Country Herb Society meets at the Waccamaw Library.  The guest speaker this month is Joshua Giordano-Silliman, a horticulturist from Charleston, SC who operates Hortfire LLC, his horticultural services and tea company. He will speak about "Home Grown Tea: Domestic Culture and Production of Green and White Tea." 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 from September through May and the annual dues are $25 with a quarterly newsletter included. Info on Facebook or  sclchsnews@gmail.com .
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Caitlin Macy (Mrs.) at Carefree Catering.  EW's books editor  Tina Jordan  thinks this novel could be the next  Big Little Lies . Set on New York City's Upper East Side, Mrs. follows three women whose paths collide when their children attend the same preschool. There's Philippa Lye, a chic queen bee with a mysterious past who's snagged a billionaire as her husband; Gwen Hogan, a childhood pal of Philippa's who uncovers a massive secret about Philippa's pre-marriage life; and wealthy newbie Minnie Curtis, who catches the community's attention with her easy divulgences about her poverty-stricken upbringing. Soon, Philippa's secret catches the attention of Gwen's husband, a prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's office, because of its connection to an investigation he's been obsessed with - and this whole well-heeled society could be affected by what he's found. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

1:30-3:30 PM - Friendfield Village Tour at Hobcaw Barony. 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 April 17.   $20, HobcawBarony.org.

Wednesday, March 14
Noon-1:30 PM - 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. VisitGeorge.com or 843.546.8436.

1 PM - Brookgreen Gardens Gullah Program  in the  Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. See March 7 entry for details. Also offered March 21 & 28. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.

Thursday, March 15
1:30-4:30 PM - Behind the Scenes Tour at Hobcaw Barony. See March 1 entry for details.  Also offered March 22, April 5, 12, 19 & 26. Reservations required. $30, HobcawBarony.org. 

Friday, March 16
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Kimmery Martin (Queen of Hearts) at Ocean One, Litchfield. The debut novel of this Mom/ER doc/Blogger is set against a background of hospital rounds and life-or-death decisions that pulses with humor and empathy while exploring the heart's capacity for forgiveness. Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early twenties, when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they're happily married wives and mothers with successful careers - Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are chaotic but fulfilling, until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
6:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series with film historians Bill Harvey and Tony Miller presents "Desk Set" at Waccamaw Library. Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.
Saturday, March 17
9 AM-5 PM - Trail Ride With Your Own Horse at Hobcaw Barony. See Feb. 3 entry for details . Registration & reservations required. Sat., 9 AM-5 PM, $30, HobcawBarony.org.

1 PM - Reign of Rice Lecture Series at Brookgreen Gardens. Lecture by Gillian Richards-Greaves, Ph.D., CCU Assistant Professor, Department of History (Anthropology) in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Sat., 1 PM, free with garden admission, reservations required, 843.235.6049 or Brookgreen.org.

7 PM - The Winyah's 4th Annual Music Festival will include a Gospel choral workshop in the afternoon ($10; limited to 50 participants; pre-registration required) followed by a concert of rousing gospel pieces featuring workshop participants and a special appearance by Bryan Andrew Wilson pieces. $10, 843.461.1342 or WinyahAuditorium.com.  

Sunday, March 18
2:30 PM - FOWL presents POV (Point of View): "The Islands and the Whales," a 60-minute PBS film followed by a post-film discussion facilitated by  Coastal Carolina University professor, Dr. Daniel C. Abel,  at the Waccamaw Library.  Scottish filmmaker Mike Day turns his lens on the isolated North Atlantic archipelago of the Faroe Islands with The Islands and the Whales . The longtime hunting practices of the Faroese are threatened by dangerously high mercury levels in whales, decimated seabird populations and anti-whaling activists. Day explores the undeniably timely tensions between the environment, health, tradition and culture.  Facilitator Dr. Daniel C. Abel is a Professor of Marine Science at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. He earned his master of science in marine biology from the College of Charleston and his Ph.D. in marine biology from the University of California San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and was a postdoctoral fellow in marine biomedicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. His research focuses on the physiology and ecology of sharks and rays. Dr. Abel is a Senior Fellow of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development.  Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org or theFowl.org.
1-4 PM - Scout Days: Gardening Workshop at Brookgreen Gardens in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium and Courtyard. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000.
Wednesday, March 21
1 PM - Brookgreen Gardens Gullah Program in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. See March 7 entry for details. Also offered March 28. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000.
Thursday, March 22
1:30-4:30 PM - Behind the Scenes Tour at Hobcaw Barony.  See March 1 entry for details. Also offered April 5, 12, 19 & 26. Reservations required.  $30, HobcawBarony.org.
Friday, March 23
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Bill Noel (Discord, A Folly Beach Mystery) at Inlet Affairs.Chris Landrum's trip to Nashville to visit his best friend Charles hits a sour note when they learn of the death of the agent who had persuaded Heather, Charles's girlfriend, to move to Music City to seek fame and fortune as a singer. Tagging along on the trip is Cal Ballew, an aging country music performer and owner of Cal's Bar and Grill on Folly Beach, South Carolina. The visit sinks from bad to horrible when instead of finding stardom, Heather, who is already depressed and discouraged about her diminishing chances of succeeding in the music industry, is charged with the agent's murder. Making matters worse, Charles, a man who finds the good in most anyone, is convinced that Heather is guilty. In this installment in the Folly Beach Mystery series, Chris must rely on his quick wits to solve the murder before the killer adds him to the growing list of victims. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
Friday & Saturday, March 23 & 24
9:30 AM-5 PM - 71st Annual Plantation & Townhouse Tours , sponsored by Episcopal Church Women of Prince George Winyah Parish. Tours of historic plantation homes and townhouses, midday musical moments at the church, afternoon tea at the Winyah Indigo Society Hall, home-baked goods, original framed art by local artists, books from Georgetown Historical Society. Friday is an exciting day of touring the plantations along Santee River plus lovely town homes that will be open for your pleasure in the historic district of Georgetown. Saturday's tour leads you along the amazing plantations of the Black, PeeDee and Waccamaw rivers and the natural splendor that abounds there. Limited number of tickets for each day. $45 per day or $80 for both, 843.545.8291 or PrinceGeorgePlantationTours.com.
Friday-Sunday, March 23-25
ShushCon at the Waccamaw Library . The Grand Strand's premier gaming event where gamers gather for board games, RPGs, miniatures games, and even video games. Besides plenty of room for open gaming, an amazing variety or RPGs and host-organized play gaming events are scheduled, including the Pathfinder Society and the D&D Adventurer's League, and regional qualifier tournaments for WarMachine/Horde. Free and open to the public, schedule on Facebook.com/WNBTeens/ or ddennis@gtcounty.org, 843.545.3343.
Tuesday, March 27
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: David Sonius ( Divided We Fall) at Pastaria 811.  In the wake of the most divisive presidential election in over a century, pundits, reporters and the public are increasingly aware of the deep and profound rifts that separate our society and threaten the fabric of American democracy. While media has obsessed with the nature of the divisions and some have questioned whether they are real or just an anomaly, Divided We Fall examines the schisms from a unique perspective and explains the very real threat they pose to the future of the American political system. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
7 PM - Classical Guitar Concert with Peter Fletcher in the DeBordieu Colony Auditorium at the Waccamaw Neck Library.
The concert, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Waccamaw
Library, is free and open to the public. Peter Fletcher is a classical guitarist based in Detroit and New York City. He performs more than 100 concerts a year, and his recordings on the Centaur Records and Towerhill Recordings labels have been critically acclaimed. An accomplished guitarist with an international fan base. He been featured at cultural venues of the highest caliber, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the George Eastman House, and in media outlets including National Public Radio, Turner Broadcasting System, Fox, and NBC. Fletcher offers an audience friendly, solo recital featuring repertoire that runs the gamut from the Renaissance Period through the 20th Century. His current recital program features the Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 and Lute Suite No. 3 by J. S. Bach, Paganini's exciting and ever popular Caprice No. 24, the fiendishly difficult Five Bagatelles by British composer William Walton, and the great Spanish masterwork Cordoba by Isaac Albeniz. Peter will also perform some of his transcriptions from his Satie album, released on Centaur Records, CRC 2731, and works by Dowland, Llobet and Segovia. For more information, sbremner@gtcounty.org.
Wednesday, March 28
1 PM - Brookgreen Gardens Gullah Program in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. See March 7 entry for details. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Thursday-Friday, March 29-30
Times vary - Plantation Sportsmen: The Charleston Connection. In this installment of the Plantation Sportsmen's Series, participants will explore the Hobcaw Barony-Charleston connection. The most current example of this connection is Baruch Foundation Trustee Albert Baruch Mercer and his wife Robin who will entertain participants at a sunset reception in their Charleston garden. Yet, the connection is centuries old. Rice planters of Georgetown County - including those from Hobcaw Barony - historically maintained multiple residences, including seasonal homes in Charleston. Thursday evening at supper in the Dining Room at Hobcaw House, the discussion will feature talk of these local planter families with a long tradition of purchasing town homes in Charleston, providing them an entrance into Charleston society. Friday will be an all-day trip to specific historic sites throughout Charleston with behind-the-scenes tours and a reception hosted by the Baruchs at their home on Rutledge Avenue.  (Exertion level: Moderate - long periods of standing, walking, bus ride) Reservations required. Thurs., 5:30-8 PM and Fri., 7:30 AM-5:30 PM, $175, HobcawBarony.org .
Friday, March 30
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast:  Elizabeth Kostova (The Shadow Land) at Pawleys Plantation.  From the #1 bestselling author of The Historian comes an engrossing novel that spans the past and the present - and unearths the dark secrets of Bulgaria, a beautiful and haunted country. A young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, travels to Sofia, Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. Soon after arriving in this elegant East European city, however, she helps an elderly couple into a taxi - and realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of the bags. Inside she finds an ornately carved wooden box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazarob. Raising the hinged lid, she discovers that she is holding an urn filled with human askes. As Alexandra sets out to find the family and return this precious item, she will first have to uncover the secrets of a talented musician whose life was shattered by oppression. And she will discover all too quickly that this knowledge is fraught with its own danger.  $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
Saturday, March 31
8 AM - 13th Annual Race for the Inlet. Lace up those sneakers for our Annual Race! This fun 5K Race/Walk and our 8K Race includes a scenic route amongst the live oaks and the scenic view of the Inlet and an Awards Breakfast following the race. Participants can run or walk through Murrells Inlet on the USATF certified courses. Race timing provided by Race Management Systems. A fun event suitable for all ages and skill levels. Last year we had over 600 entries from 19 states! Entry fees and details at Active.com or MurrellsInletSC.com, 843.357.2007.
3 PM - Brookgreen Gardens Sculptor-in-Residence Scott Rogers presents a lecture and presentation in the Welcome Center Conference Room. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6016 or Brookgreen.org.

Looking Ahead!
May 4-5 - St. John' s Greek Orthodox Church (3301 33rd Avenue North, Myrtle Beach) is having a Fine Arts/Fine Crafts Sale. If you are interested in displaying/selling your work, contact Eugenia Tribett, event coordinator at 843.448.3773 or stjbgocmb@gmail.com.

Sept. 3 & 13 - Travel Alaska-Inside Passage and benefit FOWL:
B arbara McGhee of Cameo Travel Enrichment offers a 10-day cruise along Alaska's famed Inside Passage departing from San Francisco on the Princess Line. Ports of call: San Francisco, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, Victoria/British Columbia, San Francisco. Prices range from $1,189-$2,654 per person, based on double occupancy. Government taxes are not included. For assistance with booking, air fares to SF and transfers to cruise ship, contact Barbara McGhee, 843.650.4501 or barbara@cameotravelcenter.com.

Oct. 15 - Travel to China and benefit FOWL
Barbara McGhee of Cameo Travel Enrichment offers a 9-day cultural tour of China for $2,290 including international airfare roundtrip from JFK-Beijing. Five star hotels and most meals, as well as  Great Wall of China,  Terra Cotta Warriors,    Summer Palace-UNESCO,  Museums-Ancient Antiques,  Tang Dynasty Dance & Music,  Olympic venues: Bird Nest & Water Cube,  Beijing Zoo-Giant Pandas. ( Not included, but can be arranged for you r ound trip flight from your home to JFK, s ingle room supplement $280, p ersonal travel insurance,  VISA for China $200 g ratuities).  843.650.4501 or  barbara@cameotravelcenter.com.

TheArtsGrandStrand.org - Check out this updated nonprofit website, created and maintained by Murrells Inlet resident John Morken, to keep you informed about all of the cultural events on the Grand Strand. Dedicated to making it easy to know about all the Fine Arts events, it strips away pop culture and tourist attractions found in other guides. The What's Happening page has artists, performers and sponsors personally telling you what they are presenting NOW, along with ads for events. The calendar displays as a month, week, day or agenda. Each event is categorized (e.g., music, art), and you can choose to view any or all of the categories by clicking on them in the dropboxes at the top of the calendar.

Through 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.
FOWL Community Connector | Friends of Waccamaw Library| |  linda@classatpawleys.com | www.theFOWL.org