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.
  • Technology Club meets on the second Monday each month at 9:30 AM to discuss advances.
  • 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.
  • 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.
November-December Artist at the Waccamaw Library: Cynthia Hoppin Shuler
Cynthia's stunning artwork series, Salt Life, is a combination of impressionistic and expressionistic influences, with a rich pallet of joyous color. She enjoys painting the wide range of subject matter available in the Low Country, and is particularly drawn to the figurative riches presented by the beaches of the Grand Strand. Shuler studied in San Antonio, Texas, where she won a competitive fine art scholarship at the University of Texas, Austin. She completed her B.F.A. at Miami University in Ohio, and did further post graduate studio work at the University of Tennessee. In the summer of 2016 she studied at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Her work has been on display in several states and competed in international, national, and regional shows, winning several awards. She is represented locally by The Island Fine Art Gallery in Pawleys Island and The Prince George Gallery in Georgetown. For more information, sbremner@gtcounty.org 
November-December Photographer at the Waccamaw Library: CNPA 11
The Waccamaw Library presents a two-month exhibit featuring the works of eleven fantastic nature photographers from the Myrtle Beach Region of the Carolinas' Nature Photographers Association. CNPA is a group of amateur and professional nature photographers based in the Northeast area of South Carolina and the extreme Southeast area of North Carolina. The group promotes nature photography in the Carolinas and an awareness and appreciation of the area's natural beauty. Enjoy riveting scenes of birds, insects, beaches, flowers and more from Sandra Anderson, Gary Baird, Sandra Barnes, Steve Brooks, Patricia Tanner Candal, Roger Doyle, Bonnie Eaglin, Terri Eddinger, David Fattaleh, Clarke Hayes, Anne Malarich, and Peter Maronge. For more information, sbremner@gtcounty.org.
Come Vote in The People's Choice Awards! The Waccamaw Library is hosting a beautiful show of original colored pencil artwork, and a chance for you to vote on your favorite. The Colored Pencil Society of America, Chapter 124, is holding its Fourth Annual People's Choice Awards at the library at 41 St. Paul Place until December. Come view thirteen vivid works of art, pick your favorite, and hand in your ballot at the front desk.
The group was formed in 2012 and is the first chapter in South Carolina. The small but busy society holds workshops to learn about new techniques and materials, invites guest artists to learn about their style and focus, holds studio time so everyone can work together, and displays the results locally and online. For more information on the CPSA visit their website at http://www.cpsa124.org/ , sbremner@gtcounty.org .
Tickets available for the FOWL Holiday Happening!
Join us on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 3-5 PM at the Waccamaw Library for a two-fold fundraiser featuring Lee Brockington and Bill Oberst giving their sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious readings of holiday classics. The two benefits include raising the remaining funds needed to name one of the Waccamaw Library meeting rooms for the Chandler/Peterkin family. (Memories of Genevieve "Sister" Peterkin will surround the DeBordieu Colony Auditorium.) Once we reach the $15,000 needed and pay the minimal fee to place a plaque above the door, the rest of the $15K will be donated toward a starter collection of library books for the coming South Georgetown Library (serving North Santee, Sampit and St. Delight communities). FOWL is already delivering boxes of books to distribute throughout South Georgetown in anticipation of the new library. Guests will be served wassail, tea, coffee and great holiday cookies! Tickets are $35 each and available at the Friends Center inside the library.
Unique Christmas Gifts for the Home at the FOWL Friends Center. Holiday shopping should be fun and easy, so the Friends Center is starting the Christmas season today to give you plenty of time to enjoy the holidays.  Our theme this year is "Home for Christmas," with loads of unique items to GIVE for someone else's home or to KEEP for your own. Our gifts are always thoughtfully sourced and often one of a kind, so  once we sell out of an item, no more will be ordered. If you see it and love it, you should buy it now!
For those who may have missed October's First Thursday at the Waccamaw Library and/or Tuesdays With.... at the Georgetown Library or for those who would like to relive the events, Lee Brockington's interesting and informative presentations on "The Educational Legacy of Georgetown County" are now available on YouTube. The links are provided below.  We know you'll enjoy watching them!
Through Dec. 29  
11 AM-3 PM - The Kaminski House Museum presents A Very Fashionable Christmas ! The theme is A Celebration of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Ten local and area design specialists will decorate each room of the museum in various time periods throughout the years. Candlelight Evenings and Family Nite dates will be announced. 843.546.7706.
Wednesday, Nov. 15
1 PM - Gullah Geechee Program at Brookgreen Garden in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Join Ron Daise, Brookgreen's Vice-President for Creative Education, author, and historian and learn about the people, language, and culture of the Gullah Geechee people whose ancestors were enslaved from West Africa and brought here to work on plantations. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Thursday, Nov. 16
11 AM-2 PM - The Waccamaw Riverkeeper of the Winyah Rivers Foundation and CCU's Waccamaw Watershed Academy host the Waccamaw Water Quality Data Conference iin Room #131 at the Burroughs & Chapin Center for Marine and Wetland Studies (290 Allied Drive, Conway). This event is free and open to all interested, 843.349.4007 or WinyahRivers.org. 
1:30-4:30 PM - Behind the Scenes Tour of 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. Reservations required.  $30, HobcawBarony.org.
6-8 PM - Palmetto Ace Home Center's Annual Ladies Night. Swag Bags to the first 100 women, major raffle prizes, food and cocktails. Relax with Bella Luna Spa, take some pictures with friends in our photobooth, or try on some of Whitmire's Fine Jewelry. Don't forget to bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots for extra chances to win! Free and open to the public, 843.235.3555 or PalmettoAce.com.
Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 16-18
9 AM - Friends of Georgetown Library (FOGL) Fall Book Sale at Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.). During the sale, hardbacks are $2 and paperbacks are $1. If you bring a canned or nonperishable good for the Helping Hands Thanksgiving Food Drive, your first book is free! Thurs., 9 AM-7 PM, Fri., 9 AM-7 PM, Sat., 9 AM-5 PM, free to attend, 843.545.3366.
Friday, Nov. 17
10 AM - The Waccamaw Library presents Chris Judge on "Sharing That Human Touch: Prehistoric Archaeology in South Carolina," covering the major periods in SC prehistory: Paleoindian - 19,000-10,000 years ago; Archaic -10,000-3,000 years ago; Woodland - 3,000-1,000 years ago; and Mississippian - 1,000-400 years ago. This lecture is associated with an exhibit at the Native American Studies at USC Lancaster that focuses on the prehistoric Native American history. Chris Judge is the Director of the Native American Studies Center at USC Lancaster, where he teaches courses in anthropology, archaeology and Native American Studies. After earning B.A. and M.A. degrees in Anthropology from USC Columbia, he has devoted his life to the study of Native Americans in South Carolina. Fri., 10 AM, free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Daren Wang (The Hidden Light of Northern Fires) at Inlet Affairs.Daren Wang is the founding Executive Director of AJC Decatur Book Festival, n ow in its twelfth year. As a public radio producer, he produced and/or hosted several series including The Spoken Word, Porches: The South and Her Writers, Circle of Friends, Between the Lines, ArtVoice, and Atlanta Forum. His writing has appeared in Paste Magazine, Five Points Magazine, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, AJC Travel, The Saporta Report, and others. The Hidden Light of Northern Fires, his first novel, is rooted in the history of the only secessionist town north of the Mason Dixon Line and tells a story of redemption amidst a war that tore families and the country apart. Mary Willis has always been an outcast, an abolitionist in a town of bounty hunters and anti-Union farmers. After college, she dreams of exploring the country, but is obligated to take over the household duties and management of her family's farm, while her brother Leander avoids his own responsibilities. Helping runaways is the only thing that makes her life in Town Line bearable. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
Saturday, Nov. 18
9 AM-3 PM - Fall Farm and Syrup Day at the L.W. Paul Living History Farm (2279 Harris Shortcut Road, Conway). A large part of farm life in the first half of the twentieth century was old-fashioned syrup making. Cooking down the raw juice into sweet cane syrup became a celebration and gathering for the community. Traditional demonstrations will take place throughout the day including making syrup, grinding corn, blacksmithing, cooking on a wood stove, butter making and more. Free and open to the public, 843.365.3596 or HorryCountyMuseum.org.
11:30 AM-3 PM - Murrells Inlet 2020 14th Annual Oyster Roast is a creek-front tradition and a favorite for locals and visitors. Oyster-eaters belly up to the tables at Wicked Tuna for an all-you-can-eat afternoon feast of steamed oysters. A menu of other food items (bar-b-que, dogs, chicken bog, chowder, clams...), beer and soda are separately priced. Live music. Free admission to the event (rain or shine). Bring an oyster knife or buy one at the roast. Proceeds benefit MI2020. $30 advance, $35 at the door, 843.357.2007.

1-4 PM - World War II Living History Day at Hobcaw House. While the war raged and D-Day plans were finalized, FDR rested at Hobcaw Barony, guarded by not only the Secret Service but also by all five branches of the military. Commemorate Veterans' Day by remembering this 1944 visit. Drive your car to Hobcaw House where tours of the brick house on the bluff will highlight the president's month-long South Carolina sojourn. On the grounds participants will be free to observe the equipment and munitions of a world at war, meeting World War II US Army re-enactors led by guest speaker Mike Glazier.  $10 (children under 12 free), HobcawBarony.org.
3-5 PM - CLASS Productions presents Clay Brown and the Legends Band in Part Two of a Tribute to the Greats of Soul & Motown at Kimbel Lodge, Hobcaw Barony. Light refreshments, limited seating. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
4-6 PM - Tree Lighting at The Hammock Shops Village to kick off the Christmas shopping season. Santa will be available for all the kids, local authors will be signing their books, plus discounts, giveaways and refreshments - all to say "thank you" to our locals. Free to attend, TheHammockShops.com.
Sunday, Nov. 19
2:30 PM - The Friends of the Waccamaw Library will show "Tribal Justice," a documentary from the popular PBS series POV, on November 19 at 2:30 pm. POV , a cinema term for "point of view," is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. "Tribal Justice" explores tribal courts in two Native American communities in California and their efforts to integ rate traditional models of justice into a modern justice system. Native American communities have been resolving disputes by finding ways for offenders to right wrongs and restore balance for generations, and more than 300 tribal courts across the United States are now integrating culturally relevant practices that focus on healing to wellness. Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.
4:30 PM - The Grand Strand Camellia Society will meet at the Waccamaw Neck Library to discuss planning for our 14th annual camellia show on January 13th and 14th, 2018 at Inlet Square Mall. Visitors and guests are always welcome. For more info, call Mack at 843.995.1256.
Tuesday, Nov. 21
10 AM - Enhance Your Stance at the Waccamaw Library. Concerned about your balance? Want to minimize the likelihood of having a fall? Pawleys Island resident Michelle Lusardi PT DPT PhD, Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association and Professor Emeritus from Sacred Heart University, is excited to show you tips on how to improve your balance at the Waccamaw Library. Enhance Your Stance is a talk exploring how dynamic balance and postural control change as we age. Explore how risk of falling is determined, and the simple things we can do to improve our balance system's ability to keep us upright and safe as we continue to do the things we love to do. Dr. Lusardi 's 40+ years of research and clinical practice as a physical therapist has focused on prevention of falls and wellness initiatives for older adults. Her teaching and research skills have been recognized by national awards from the American Physical Therapy Association and Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.
Thursday, Nov. 23
Seatings - Thanksgiving Dinner at Brookgreen Gardens' Pavilion Restaurant . Enjoy a delicious, traditional meal on Thanksgiving Day at Brookgreen Gardens. The Pavilion Restaurant will be taking reservations for three (3) seating times*: 11 AM, 12:45 PM and 2:30 PM. $29.95 for adults, $13.00 for children ages 4-12 and children 3 and under are free. Brookgreen Gardens members will receive a 10% discount. *Reserved tables will be held for 15 minutes and entire party must be present to be seated. 843.235.6030 for reservations.
Friday, Nov. 24
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Bill Landry (When Tennessee was the West) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw. After 37 years, the actor, director and producer best known for "The Heartland Series" (a historical series on East Tennessee, broadcast from WBIR-TV in Knoxville), Bill Landry has moved to the Lowcountry! His newest project is the story of the territory west of the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi River. Shrouded in mystery, this is ancestral homeland of the Cherokee Nation. Eventually, this is the land which would become Tennessee country. Through seven tales of discovery, a loose narrative centered around the 1790's - about life, uncommon people, and what it was like on the frontier - is based on true stories, adapted from original source material and early documents.  $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
Saturday, Nov. 25 (Small Business Saturday!) 
11 AM- 5 PM - Merry MarshWalk Christmas. Tis the season with a precious reason! For the first three consecutive Saturdays following Thanksgiving, (11/25) guests will enjoy a unique shopping experience, with local businesses and artists lining the MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet. We look forward in celebrating A Merry MarshWalk Christmas with you, all while enjoying the most spectacular waterfront dining on the Grand Strand! Also offered Dec. 2 and 9. Like our Facebook page (@TheMarshWalkofMurrellsInlet), 843.497.3450.
Saturday, Nov. 25-Monday, Jan. 2, 2018
9:30 AM-5 PM - Brookgreen Holiday Exhibits  open daily and during Nights of a Thousand Candles. Two indoor exhibits are beautiful additions to our seasonal celebration and are included in admission. 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Thursday, Nov. 30-Saturday, Dec. 2
3-10 PM - Nights of a Thousand Candles . See Brookgreen Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends. The 80-foot-tall fir tree decorated with 70,000 lights will be lighted in ceremonial fashion at 5:45 PM every night. An outdoor glass sculpture exhibit will be on display in Anne's Garden. Created by Conway Glass, guests will see the garden beautifully decorated with new hand-blown glass flowers and trees. Also offered Dec. 7-9 and Dec. 14-17.  November prices: Adult ($13, member; $17, general public), Child 4-12 ($8, member; $10, general public); December prices: Adult ($14, member; $18, general public), Child 4-12 ($8, member; $10, general public); All children age 3 and under are free. Purchase tickets at 1.888.713.4253 or at Brookgreen.org.
Friday, Dec. 1  
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Wiley Cash (The Last Ballad) at Ocean One, Litchfield.The New York Times bestselling author of the celebrated A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy returns with this eagerly awaited new novel, set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events. Intertwining myriad voices, Wiley Cash brings to life the heartbreak and bravery of the now forgotten struggle of the labor movement in early twentieth-century America - and pays tribute to the thousands of heroic women and men who risked their lives to win basic rights for all workers. Lyrical, heartbreaking, and haunting, this eloquent novel confirms Wiley Cash's place among our nation's finest writers. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
1-5 PM - FOWL Holiday Book Sale at the Waccamaw Library offers scores of books in pristine condition for gift giving or winter reading. 843.545.3387 or theFOWL.org.
Friday-Sunday, Dec. 1-3
Times vary - An Inlet Christmas. This will be the third annual Inlet Christmas Weekend which includes promotion of local business open houses, a Christmas Tree Lighting with Santa at Morse Park on Friday Night, the Christmas Home Tour on Saturday and our Christmas Parade on Sunday.

5-7 PM - Murrells Inlet Christmas Tree Lighting. Come enjoy a fun family evening at Morse Park! Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus will be there checking their list and discovering what the kiddos want to find on Christmas morning. There will be Christmas music, and we will light a beautiful tree at 6 PM!  You can also sip on hot chocolate as the kids make a special craft!  Free to everyone and dogs welcome on a leash.Fri., 5-7 PM, free, 843.357.2007 or MurrellsInletSC.com.
Saturday, Dec. 2
9 AM-3 PM - "Christmas on the Farm" in Horry County from 1900-1955 at the L.W. Paul Living History Farm (Hwy 701 North and Harris Shortcut Road, Conway). See how the farm family would have prepared for the Christmas season. Demonstrations will be centered on activities that would have taken place in the farm house including making candy, cooking on the wood burning stove, and decorating the Christmas tree. Other demonstrations will include traditional music at the syrup shed while making cane syrup from sugar cane. Free and open to the public, 843.365.3596 or HorryCountyMuseum.org.  
9 AM-10 PM - Christmas in Downtown Georgetown sponsored by the Georgetown Business Association. 9-11 AM - Breakfast with Santa at Harborside Restaurant (815 Front Street), $8 (2 & under free); 11 AM-1 PM - Christmas Parade begins at Francis Marion Park; 1:30-2:30 PM - Meet Santa and Birds of Prey Demonstration at Francis Marion Park; 5-6 PM - The Embers Christmas Concert; 6-6:30 PM - Lighted Boat Parade along the Harborwalk; 7:15-7:30 PM - Tree Lighting hosted by The Embers at Francis Marion Park; 7:30-10 PM - Kringle Krawl along Front Street businesses with restaurant specials; Sat., 9 AM-10 PM, free and open to the public, details at SeaportGeorgetown.com.
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-In with Danny McLaughlin at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange. $45, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
10 AM-4 PM - Murrells Inlet Holiday Tour of Homes. This year's tour includes homes in Mt. Gilead, Collins Creek Landing, waterfront creek homes, and more. $28 in advance, $33 day of tour, 843.357.2007 or MurrellsInletSC.com.
11 AM-5 PM - Merry MarshWalk Christmas . See Nov. 25 entry for details. Also offered Dec. 9. Like our Facebook page (@TheMarshWalkofMurrellsInlet), 843.497.3450.
3:30-4:30 PM - FOWL Members Only: Gospel Holiday with The Glorymen and Tiffany at the Waccamaw Library. Enjoy a full-throated glorious hour of a traditional southern gospel quartet with the added beauty of Tiffany Shealy. Light refreshments. Free with FOWL membership, theFOWL.com.
Sunday, Dec. 3
10 AM-3 PM - Trees For Tomorrow - A Lowcountry Legacy celebrates Arbor Day with our annual "Tree Party" - a free tree giveaway at Murrells Inlet Seafood (next door to Russell's). With its new non-profit status, all donations received by TFT this year will be tax deductible - and will be used solely to purchase hundreds of trees from the Forestry Commission, to finance the trip to pick up those trees and for printed educational material about our mission and the benefits of trees.  Sun., 10 AM-3 PM, free, rick@murrellsinletseafood.net.
3 PM - Murrells Inlet Annual Christmas Parade: Thousands come out to Business 17 each year to enjoy the parade. Rain or shine. New parade route starts at Hwy 17 Bus. at Sunnyside Avenue. Deadline to apply is Nov. 27. Free, 843.357.2007 or MurrellsInletSC.com.
Monday, Dec. 4
6-7:30 PM - FOWL presents John Lane and Hastings Hensel in a creative environmental question and poetic answer, based on Lane's new book of poems, Anthropocene Blues. John Lane is professor of English and Environmental Studies at Wofford College and director of the Goodall Environmental Studies Center. He is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose. A member of the South Carolina Academy of Authors, Lane is one of the co-founders of Spartanburg's Hub City Writers Project. Hastings Hensel is the author of the poetry collection Winter Inlet, winner of the 2014-2015 Unicorn Press First Book Prize, and the poetry chapbook Control Burn, winner of the 2011 Iron Horse Literary Review Single-Author Contest. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals. At CCU, he is the Advisory Poetry Editor for CCU's online literary journal, Waccamaw, and he teaches composition and creative writing classes as a Lecturer in the English Department. Free and open to the public, theFOWL.org.  
Tuesday, Dec. 5
5:30 PM - Georgetown County Museum presents William Hall with "From Field to Cup," the story of tea in South Carolina. Free and open to the public (donations appreciated), 843.545.7020.
Thursday, Dec. 7
10 AM - First Thursdays Speakers Series at Waccamaw Library presents Walter Hill , A Retrospective: Christmas on the Farm. Director of the Horry County Museum and L.W. Paul Living History Farm takes us on a journey to an earlier era. Do you yearn to return to simpler times and the nostalgia of Christmases past? Discover holiday traditions of the small farms of Horry and Georgetown counties before WWII. Sponsored by FOWL, free, stpetepic@aol.com, theFOWL.org.
2:30-4:30 PM - Gingerbread House Party at the Waccamaw Neck Branch Library. Come and build a gingerbread house. Everything is supplied. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public, aking@gtcounty.org or 843.545.3349. 
Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 7-9
3-10 PM - Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens. See Nov. 30 entry for details. Also offered Dec. 14-17. Advanced tickets only: adult ($14 member, $18 nonmember), child ($8 member, $10 nonmember), under 3 (free), group price for 15 guests or more, 843.235.6021.
Friday, Dec. 8
11 AM-1PM - The Moveable Feast: Sally Kilpatrick (Bless Her Heart) at Pawleys Plantation. Laugh-out-loud funny and unabashedly uplifting, with just the right amount of Southern sass, Sally Kilpatrick's wonderful novel centers on one woman's journey from an unhappy marriage to a surprising second chance . . .On the day Posey Love discovers that her born-again husband has been ministering to some of his flock a little too eagerly, she also learns that he's left her broke and homeless. One by one, Posey is bulldozing through her old beliefs about love, family - and what it really means to be good. And she's finding that breaking a few rules might be the perfect way to heal a heart . . . $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
5:30-7:30 PM - Island Art Gallery Miniature Show and Holiday Open House. This annual Holiday event features fine food, drink and good fun! Area artists are invited to enter the show and be eligible for a peoples' choice award. Free and open to the public, 843.314.0298.
6:30 PM - Friday Night Movies at the Waccamaw Library presents "The Shack." A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God. Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.
Saturday, Dec. 9
11 AM-5 PM - Merry MarshWalk Christmas . See Nov. 25 entry for details.  Like our Facebook page (@TheMarshWalkofMurrellsInlet), 843.497.3450.
Noon-3 PM - Plantation Christmas at Bellefield Plantation . Celebrate the holidays the old-fashioned way with a Lowcountry oyster roast and BBQ feast completed by chicken bog, side dishes, dessert, wine, and beer. Enjoy tours and interpretation of Bellefield Plantation, including Southern customs and symbolism of Christmas greenery, plantation preparations of the 19th century, and the Baruch family's hunting parties of the 20th century. Please BYOC (bring your own chair) Reservations required, Sat., Noon-3 PM, $50, HobcawBarony.org.
1:30-5:30 PM - Yuletide Tour of Homes sponsored by Friends of the Georgetown Library . Offered for touring will be a dozen lovely residences bedecked in their holiday finery and a beautiful house museum that will serve as a refreshment site. The tour is self-guided and maps will be provided. Enjoy celebrating the holiday season, and all proceeds fund future library programming. Tickets are $25, ($20 for any Friend of the Library), and may be purchased in advance at the Georgetown Library (405 Cleland Street) or the Waccamaw Library (41 St. Paul Place). Sat., 1:30-5:30 PM, 843.545.3303.
Sunday, Dec. 10
3-5 PM - FOWL Holiday Happening: Lee B & Bill O Onstage Together Again! A two-fold fundraiser featuring Lee Brockington and Bill Oberst giving their sometimes-touching, sometimes-hilarious readings of holiday classics at Waccamaw Library. The two benefits include raising the remaining funds needed to name one of the Waccamaw Library meeting rooms for the Chandler/Peterkin family. (Memories of Genevieve "Sister" Peterkin will surround the DeBordieu Colony Auditorium.) Once we reach the $15,000 needed and pay the minimal fee to place a plaque above the door, the rest of the $15K will be donated toward a starter collection of library books for the coming South Georgetown Library (serving North Santee, Sampit and St. Delight communities). FOWL is already delivering boxes of books to distribute throughout South Georgetown in anticipation of the new library. Guests will be served wassail, tea, coffee and great holiday cookies! Tickets are available at the Friends Center inside the library. $35, theFOWL. org or 843.545.3623.
Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 14-17
3-10 PM - Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens. See Nov. 30 entry for details. Advanced ticket only: adult ($14 member, $18 nonmember), child ($8 member, $10 nonmember), under 3 (free), group price for 15 guests or more, 843.235.6021.
Thursday, Dec. 14
6:30 PM - "The Nutcracker" at Waccamaw Library. See the 2011 Lincoln Center performance by New York City Ballet. The live performance of the ballet was a spectacle like no other, involving 90 New York City Ballet dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and two casts of 50 young students from the school of American Ballet. Tschaikovsky's music, the choreography of George Balanchine, sumptuous costumes and lavish sets all added to the magic. Lincoln Center, at the time, reported that the one-ton Christmas tree that grew from a height of 12 feet to 40 feet brought audible gasps of disbelief from the audience at each performance. The viewing is sponsored by the library and the Lincoln Center Outreach Program, and is free and open to the public. For more information, email sbremner@gtcounty.org.
Friday, Dec. 15
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Diane Michael Cantor (When Nighttime Shadows Fall) at Carefree Catering. In the early 1970s, Laura Bauer decides to leave college and head fifty miles north of her comfortable Atlanta home to manage a federally funded project aiding pregnant teenagers from the back roads of Appalachia. Almost as young as her clients, Laura is immediately confronted with - and almost overwhelmed by - a variety of young women in desperate circumstances, having no other source of prenatal care. Cantor's second novel portrays the world of these girls with compassion, hardscrabble humor, and reverence for their families' capacities to prevail despite hardships. As an outsider whose urban upbringing is vastly different from those of her clients, Laura must win their trust and overcome her own inexperience and the magnitude of the need she finds. When Nighttime Shadows Fall movingly portrays Laura's clients as they search for love from boyfriends, husbands, and babies. Some find it, but ultimately, through powerful revelations, their strength comes from within. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
Looking Way Ahead!
Travel to China (a portion of proceeds to benefit the Friends of Waccamaw Library): From March 30-April 8, 2018, Barbara McGhee, tour guide and owner of Cameo Travel Enrichment, will lead a customized Chinese cultural tour, the first time it is offered. For only $2,590 (round trip airfare from JFK, 5 star hotels and many meals included, single supplement - $380), you will visit the Great Wall of China, Xian and the Terra Cotta Warriors, the Panda Center (!), Tang Dynasty Dance and Music, Beijing and the China National Center for the Performing Arts, the Summer Palace, Forbidden City, Museums and more. If you are interested in receiving more information, call 843.650.4501 or send an email to Barbara@cameotravelcenter.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 Dec. 14 - Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum presents "Grand Strand Collects" featuring more than 200 works of art from the collections of local residents, accompanied by remarks by their respective owners about how they were able to acquire and why.  Also opening on Sept. 28 is "Jocelyn Châteauvert: The South Carolina Arts Commission Turns 50," featuring a site-specific installation by Châteauvert made of suspended three-dimensional sculptures the artist creates from handmade paper. Gallery hours for the exhibit are from 10 AM-4 PM Tuesday through Saturday and 1-4 PM on Sunday. Admission to the Museum is free but donations are welcome. 843.238.2510 or MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.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.

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