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 at every branch, and always have a great time. Waccamaw Game Night, Tuesdays, 5:30-8:30 PM, free, ddennis@gtcounty.org.
  • 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.
  • LEGO Free Build. All ages, Fridays after school.
  • Minecraft Club. Come share the worlds you've created! All ages, Fridays after school.  
  • 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.
September-October Artist at the Waccamaw Library: Cathy Turner 
As a child, Turner was always drawing, winning many awards, but it wasn't until she was grown that her "father pushed, almost dared me, to use oil paint. I was hooked!" As a self-taught artist, she learned through trial and error, painting primarily for her family. In 1989, she moved from Washington, DC to Pawleys Island, working in real estate for many years and continuing to paint the stunning images of Lowcountry life. She is a partner in the Island Art Gallery co-op in the Village Shops, which represents more than 20 artists and organizes a variety of workshops, private and group lessons. For more information, sbremner@gtcounty.org .
September-October Photographer at the Waccamaw Library: Phil Duwel
Phil Duwel became a professional photographer in late 2012. Although he photographs sports, urban scenes and people, the bulk of his work centers on Lowcountry scenes, wildlife, and culture. His  works have garnered numerous awards. In Seacoast Artist Guild juried shows, he has claimed three firsts and a second. Additionally, his art has been featured in Alternatives, Local Life, and Coast Life magazines. His works documenting the Georgetown fire, September 2013, were on exhibit at the Rice Museum for two years. The Georgetown Cultural Council honored him in a one man exhibition of 42 of his works, August 2017.
His gallery, the Lowcountry Art Gallery, is located in Pawleys Island, SC. Additionally, his work has been offered at the following juried art festivals: Atalaya Art Fest, Spoleto, Brookgreen Art Festival, Georgetown Boat Show, Precious Blood Fall Fest and the Jamboree by the Sea Festival.
His work is currently positioned at the Rice Museum, Georgetown, SC; in the Seacoast Art Gallery at Market Common, Myrtle Beach, SC; at the Myrtle Beach Art and Frame, Murrells Inlet and Myrtle Beach SC; at the Gray Man Gallery, Pawleys Island SC and at the Sunset River Gallery, Calabash, NC.  For more information, sbremner@gtcounty.org.


The 27th Annual FOWL Luncheon and Auction was a runaway success - raising more than any previous luncheon ($18,890)! We are so grateful to those  who sponsored, those who donated items for the vignettes, the live and silent auctions, and the door prizes, those who volunteered, and those who attended with giving in their hearts and pocketbooks! We are trying to locate the donor of a silver ring with green, white and blue stones so we can credit the right person. If you are that person, please contact Diane Stern (d.stern26@gmail.com).
Georgetown Library seeks volunteers to serve as learning coaches for adults. The Georgetown Library hosts a weekly Adult Learning Program that assists adults from the Georgetown area in developing their reading and writing skills. The free program started in February and already has 34 coaches working with 35 students. More adult learners are interested and more volunteer coaches are needed. Learners can see coaches on a drop-in basis from 2-6 PM each Wednesday at the Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.), or can schedule weekly sessions at a mutually agreeable time. Tutoring is available for topics including: basic literacy, learning English, résumé writing, filling out job applications, improving basic computer skills, improving basic math skills, filling out forms and improving test performance. Coaches evaluate each adult's skills and create a plan for that individual's instruction. Then individuals are paired with a coach to complete the instruction plan. The coach and student will set up convenient weekly sessions to work together. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is asked to call or email Sue Cross, Program Director, at pawleycross@gmail.com or 843.237.0289. The program is an outreach ministry of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church in Pawleys Island.

Oct. 1, 3 & 5
10 AM-noon and 2-4 PM - Brookgreen Gardens' Sculptor-in-Residence Ken Smith will give a demonstration with commentary at the Campbell Center for American Sculpture. He will demonstrate various carving techniques while he works and will have extra stone and hand tools available for visitors to experience stone carving themselves. Visitors may come and go throughout each day to see how his work progresses, or they may attend one day only but will still get a good experience about what stone carving entails. Sun., Tues., Thurs., free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Tuesday, Oct. 3 
2 PM -  The Friends of the Waccamaw Library's Exploring Religious Cultures, a lecture series that explores the diverse array of religion and cultures that can be found in our area, presents "The Five Pillars of Islam" with Samih Baalbaki, born and raised in Lebanon. His formative years in the Middle East provided him with the opportunity to understand the culture and practices of Islam. He went on to study and practice law. He is fluent in Arabic and has traveled extensively in the Muslim world throughout his life. He is passionate about educating others on the culture of Islam and dispelling myths or misconceptions of Islam. Samih Baalbaki is an instructor with Coastal Carolina University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). For more information on this program, sbremner@gtcounty.org.

1:30-3:30 PM - Bellefield Plantation Tour. This program takes place on the grounds of Bellefield Plantation, the home of Belle Baruch, daughter of Bernard and Anne Baruch. Belle built her permanent home in what she called the "friendliest woods in the world." As the house stands empty awaiting restoration, these tours provide a chance to not only walk the grounds, see the stables, kennels, garage and gardens of a once stately home but also step inside the house to understand Belle's simple lifestyle and her love of the Lowcountry. Reservations required. $20, HobcawBarony.org.

5:30 PM - Georgetown County Museum (120 Broad St., Georgetown)  presents Susan Hoffer McMillan speaking on "Archaeology at the Ark Plantation"  for its 1st Tuesday Lecture Series. Free and open to the public (donations always appreciated), 843.545.7020.

6:30-8 PM - Annual Community Chowder Talk at Murrells Inlet Community Center. Complimentary chowder and beverages will be served at 6:30 PM, followed by the meeting. MI2020 will provide an update on its projects and programs and present the 2015 Volunteer of the Year Award and the 2015 Golden Oyster Award. The Golden Oyster Award recognizes a business, organization and/or individual whose action shows respect and care for the Inlet landscape and waters. Free, 843.357.2007.
Wednesday, Oct. 4
1 PM - Gullah Geechee Program Series at Brookgreen Gardens. Learn about the people, language and culture of the Gullah Beechee people whose ancestors were enslaved from West Africa and brought here to work on plantations. Also offered Oct. 11, 18 & 25. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.

1 PM - The Horry County Museum (805 Main Street, Conway) continues its Documentary Matinee Series for 2017, featuring films from the Museum's collection. The films last from 30 minutes to an hour. October films include War Birds: Diary of an Unknown Aviator (Oct. 4), Carolina Stories: Ghosts & Legends Vol. I (Oct. 11), Carolina Stories: Ghosts & Legends Vol. II (Oct. 18), and Carolina Stories: Ghosts & Legends Vol. III (Oct. 25).  Free and open to the public, 843.915.5320 or visit HorryCountyMuseum.org.
Thursday, Oct. 5
10 AM-noon - First Thursdays Speakers Series at Waccamaw Library presents Lee Brockington, friend of FOWL and Hobcaw Barony senior interpreter, presents the first of a two-part series: "Georgetown County's Education Legacy of the 18th and 19th Century." Explore  the history of education among rice planters, slaves and the working white population.
How were the wealthy educated at home and abroad and was it was illegal to teach slaves to read and write? Then the focus shifts to how education was provided after the Civil War and what Georgetown
County offered through local government, religious institutions and generous individuals. Sponsored by FOWL, free and open to the public, stpetepic@aol.com, theFOWL.org.
11 AM-3 PM - L.W. Paul Living History Farm in Conway holds a cooking demonstration on how saltwater fish and fall peas would have preserved through pressure canning. A free, hour-long, guided tour of the Farm will be available to the public at 3 PM following the demonstration. Free and open to the public, 843.365.3596 or visit HorryCountyMuseum.org.

5:30 - Georgetown Library Fall Book Club meets in the Local History Room at the Georgetown Library to discuss Archibald Rutledge's God's Children.  Free and open to the public, contact Patti Burns, 843.545.3366.

6 PM - Kaminski House Museum presents "Sunset Lodge," a fundraiser to improve the museum. Rebecca T.Godwin, author of the 1994 novel Keeper of the House, will present and local artist, Myrna McMahon, will display her portraits of "The Girls of Sunset Lodge." Music by Coastal Chamber Ensemble, heavy hors d'oeuvres by Carolina Catering. (Rain date, Thursday, Oct. 12.) Cocktails at 6 PM, presentation at 7 PM, tickets $100 per person available at the museum shop, 843.546.7706.

7 PM - PIFMA: Pawleys Island Wine & Food Gala at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island. Sample more than 100 wines from renowned vineyards around the world and enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres prepared by eight of the area's best chefs. The evening will also include a three-hour dessert tasting, a silent auction full of wonderful trips, and a complimentary wine glass. Wines will be available for purchase at prices well below retail during this special event. Casual cocktail attire. Event held rain or shine. $100, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.
Friday, Oct. 6
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Diane Chamberlain ( The Stolen Marriage) at Pawleys Plantation. One mistake, one fateful night, and Tess DeMello's life is changed forever. It is 1944. Pregnant, alone, and riddled with guilt, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly gives up her budding career as a nurse and ends her engagement to the love of her life, unable to live a lie. Instead, she turns to the baby's father for help and agrees to marry him, moving to the small, rural town of Hickory, North Carolina. Tess quickly realizes she's trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out. $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. Reservations required. Also offered Nov. 3. $20, HobcawBarony.org.
6-9 PM - Georgetown Business Association presents Black Water Rhythm and Blues Band at Francis Marion Park (801 Front St.). Free, GeorgetownSeaport.com.
6:30 PM - Friday Night Film Series at Waccamaw Library presents  
"National Treasure" (2004, PG). Historian and code-breaker Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage) has been searching his whole life for a rumored treasure dating back to the creation of the United States. Joining an expedition led by fellow treasure hunter Ian Howe (Sean Bean), Gates finds an ice-locked Colonial ship in the Arctic Circle that contains a clue linking the treasure to the Declaration of Independence. But when Howe betrays him, Gates has to race to get to the document ahead of his so-called colleague. Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.

7 PM - PIFMA: Artrageous at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island. Art, Music, Theater, Singing, Dancing & Audience Interaction... All on one stage as a team of friends seeing the world and sharing a love of the Arts. Imagine witnessing the creativity of an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes in mere moments. Combined with captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting music, Artrageous takes you on a visual journey and a high energy ride of inspiration, creativity, and engagement. The troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, icons and musical genres throughout the evening. The result is a uniquely entertaining masterpiece show culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. Gates open at 6 PM, Children 16 and under-free, $25-general admission, $35-reserved, $45-preferred, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7 & 8
9:30 AM-4 PM - Harvest Home Weekend Festival. Brookgreen's annual fall festival is filled with outdoor activities the whole family will enjoy. We'll have favorite activities such as scarecrow building, pumpkin painting, hayrides, live entertainment, plus the launch of the second Magnificent Brookgreen Gardens Storyhouse Book: Wild Turkey Day by Ron Daise and Millie Doud (both available to sign copies). Attendance free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Saturday, Oct. 7  
10 AM-Noon - St. Peter's Lutheran Church (65 Crooked Oak Drive at Ocean Highway in Litchfield) presents St. Francis Day Celebration with presentations by Birds of Prey Refuge  (10 AM), Sharks (10:30 AM), Friends of Coastal South Carolina (11 AM), Blessings of the Animals (Noon). St. Frances Animal Center, Georgetown will have several rescue dogs as candidates for adoption. They will also offer a ID chip clinic for $20 throughout the morning. (The average cost for an animal ID microchip is $30 to $50 dollars). Food, fun and a snake ID table. All activities inside our hall. Rain or shine your pets are welcome as we celebrate the animals God has given us as companions. Please bring a bag of pet food which will be donated to the St. Frances Animal Center (shelter). 843.237.2795.

10 AM-4 PM - Museum Day at the Horry County Museum (805 Main St., Conway). Do you have fossils or minerals that you would like identified? Or passed down items from the Civil War, but you never quite knew what they were? Bring your fossils and meet with Don Kirkpatrick from 10 AM-2 PM and learn a little more about what you have. Local author and historian Ted Gragg will be on hand to identify and discuss Civil War related artifacts from Noon-4 PM. The public is also invited to try their hand at Shag dancing on the auditorium stage from 10 AM-Noon with Rhonda Etherden and at 1 PM, Dino Thompson will give a talk about growing up in Myrtle Beach in the 1950s followed by a viewing of the film Myrtle Beach Memories. Throughout the day, families can visit the Conway Library for special programming including storytelling and crafts. Living history demonstrations of butter making and Colonial food ways will take place at the Museum as well. Families can also learn about Native American pottery from 1-4 PM and make a small coil pot to take home. Information tables from local cultural institutions will be set up throughout the day for visitors to learn about some of the great history and resources that our area has to offer. Free and open to the public, 843.915.5320 or visit HorryCountyMuseum.org.

7 PM - PIFMA: Delbert McClinton at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island. Multi-Grammy Award winner Delbert McClinton is "One of the Fortunate Few," who has managed to live his dreams for more than six decades. The stars have aligned for McClinton. Those stars may have leaned toward the blues, but Delbert has managed to keep them on the bright side. McClinton earned his first Grammy nomination in 1989 for Live from Austin and his first win in 1991 for his duet with Bonnie Raitt on "Good Man, Good Woman." McClinton earned two more Grammys and topped the Billboard Blues chart with a series of albums in the 2000s, including Nothing Personal, Cost of Living and Acquired Taste. Gates open at 6 PM, $30-general admission, $45-reserved, $85-preferred, $250-Individual VIP, $400-Couple VIP, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.
Sunday, Oct. 8  
11 AM-6 PM - 18th Annual Surfrider Lip-Rippin' Chilympics Chili Cook-off will be held at King St. Grille, Hot Fish Club and Morse Park Landing, Murrells Inlet. This annual chili competition will feature categories such as Best Overall, Best Restaurant, People's Choice, Most Original, Best Vegetarian, Best Theme, Best Use of South Carolina Ingredients and Hottest Chili. Cash prizes go to first place winners in each category. Chili samples, beverages and other items will be priced separately. Admission is free and this event is open to the public. There will be a fabulous line-up of live bands. There will also be a kids' area with food, soft drinks, face painting and inflatables, a beer garden featuring craft beers from around the state, and a vendor village with area businesses, nonprofits, as well as arts and crafts. All proceeds from the Lip-Rippin' Chilympics Chili Cook-Off will be used for projects of the Grand Strand Surfrider Foundation, an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit serving the Grand Strand. Free admission, SurfriderGrandStrand.org or mail@surfridergrandstand.org.

2-4 PM - Swamp Fox Players Auditions at Strand Theater (710 Front St., Georgetown) for "The Odd Couple" by Neil Simon. There are parts for 4 men upper 40's - 60's, poker buddies and 2 females 30ish - 45ish (would be great if they can do British accents). Performance dates: Feb. 23-25,
March 2-4 and 8-10. Audition material will be provided. If you have questions, contact the director Lee Padgett at leepadgett@outlook.com or call 843.995.4865.
Wednesday, Oct. 11
8 AM-5 PM - Habitat for Humanity Panel Build at Palmetto Ace Home Center (8317 S. Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island).  Volunteers will build the exterior and interior walls to a Habitat home. Habitat supplies the wood, other building materials, tools, safety equipment and professional supervision. Join us for this fun and unique volunteer experience. Sign up for a two-hour shift with Hannah Burkhardt at 843.546. 5685, ext 3.
10 AM - Georgetown Garden Club will meet in the fellowship hall at Duncan United Methodist Church (Highmarket at Orange Sts., Georgetown) for a presentation on bluebirds by expert ornithologist Dr. Jay Chandler of Hemingway. If you are interested in becoming a member, please attend the meeting for more information on the club's monthly meetings. Contact Brenda_427@yahoo.com or 843.359.0079.

1 PM - Gullah Geechee Program Series at Brookgreen Gardens. See Oct. 4  entry for details. Also offered Oct. 18 & 25. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
5 PM - Waccamaw Library continues its series "Common Threads in Diverse Spiritualities" with a look at atheism. Michelle LaRocco will talk about what atheism is and is not, and will explain the types of non-religious labels, like agnostic, secular humanist, and freethinker. She will also discuss some of the benefits of secular humanism as a moral system and to fostering a free society. "Atheists are one of the most mistrusted minority groups in the country, if not the world," LaRocco said, promising in her lecture to sort through the realities and misconceptions about non-religious philosophy. LaRocco is the President of the Myrtle Beach Humanists and Freethinkers, which is a chapter of the American Humanist Association. The Myrtle Beach chapter is a proactive group of humanists, atheists, freethinkers, agnostics and skeptics in the Grand Strand. Free and reservations are encouraged, sbremner@gtcounty.org.
Wednesdays, Oct. 11-Nov. 15
1:30-3:30 PM - Introductory Tours of Hobcaw Barony. $20, HobcawBarony.org.
Thursday, Oct. 12
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. Reservations required. Also offered Oct. 20 & 26, Nov. 2, 9 & 16. $30, HobcawBarony.org
5:30-7 PM - The North vs. The South at Hobcaw Barony. Join Lee Brockington at the Discovery Center for a very special program with timely importance. She will introduce Chris Boyle and facilitate dialogue after his talk. It will be a good chance for many of you who are newcomers to understand "why the South is still fighting the war," but moreover why the South is different, how far we've come, how far we have to go. In an ongoing effort to teach understanding of racial and sectional divisions in America, Hobcaw Barony offers a book launch and evening with historian Christopher C. Boyle, author of The Road to Secession in Antebellum Georgetown and Horry Districts. As a teaching associate at Coastal Carolina University and a full time high school social studies teacher, Boyle helps us unravel the complexities of the past. A lecture and discussion period are followed by a book signing. The book, by Arcadia Publishing, will be available for purchase ($21.99). Attendance free with reservations, 843.546.4623 or HocawBarony.org.

7-9 PM - "Where Do We Grow From Here?" Continuing the series on Waccamaw Neck Land Use Planning, this Citizen's Workshop is an opportunity to engage in real-world visioning with one of the best New Urbanist planners in the country. Victor Dover has led numerous important projects that range from the design of the Ion community to the new master plan for James Island. This will be an interactive program that results in a proposed vision of the future to help guide county government in its planning. This is a one-time opportunity that is a critical point in the process; plan to be there for a continuation of the very successful August conversation on how to envision sustainable growth on the Waccamaw Neck. Free and open to the public, michelle.larocco@belle.baruch.sc.edu.

Friday, Oct. 13
8 AM-5 PM - The Low Country Herb Society presents the 9th Annual Fall Garden Festival hosted by Inlet Culinary Garden (5071 Hwy. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet). Free herbal food samples and recipes, expert fall planting advice featuring herbs, vegetables and flowers selected for the fall and winter growing season. A portion of the proceeds of the event go to maintaining the Waccamaw Library's herb garden and toward the LCHS scholarship/grant fund. Also offered Oct. 14. sclchsnews@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/LowCountryHerbSociety.

11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Lisa Kerr Dunn and Robin Salmon ( Dreaming with Animal) at Caffe Piccolo (venue change).This first children's biography of celebrated sculptor and Brookgreen Gardens cofounder Anna Hyatt Huntington serves as an inspiration not only because of the greatness of her art but also because of her courage and perseverance. Dunn highlights how Anna overcame society's expectations of women and survived a life-threatening illness to become a prolific sculptor and an important benefactor of art and wildlife until her death at age 97. Illustrated by Monica Wyrick with a foreword by Robin Salmon, vice president for collections and curator of sculpture for Brookgreen Gardens, Dreaming with Animals is an affecting portrait of a strong, capable, talented and innovative woman. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
6:30 PM - Friday Night Film Series at Waccamaw Library presents
"Golden Coast" (2007, PG 13). The Golden Compass is a British-American fantasy and adventure film based on Northern Lights, the first novel in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials. Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.
7 PM - PIFMA: You've Got a Friend Carole King & James Taylor Tribute at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island. In 2010 Carole King and James Taylor, two of the most celebrated singer-songwriters to ever hit the music scene, held their long awaited Live at the Troubadour reunion. It came as no surprise to anyone that Kirsti Manna and Jonathan Birchfield were so inspired by that concert that it compelled them to create a show based on this timeless music. Kirsti and Jonathan have years of touring, performing and writing between them. They have shared the stage with such artists as Brooks and Dunn, Ray Charles, Jimmy Buffett, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and have appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. And now they are sharing the stage not only with each other but with the songs of their musical mentors. Gates open at 6 PM, $25-general admission, $35-reserved, $45-preferred, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.
Saturday, Oct. 14
8 AM-noon - Friends of Georgetown Library (FOGL) Community Yard Sale at 405 Cleland St., Georgetown). Free to attend, 843.545.3366.
8 AM-5 PM - The Low Country Herb Society presents the 9th Annual Fall Garden Festival hosted by Inlet Culinary Garden (5071 Hwy. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet).  See Oct. 13 entry for details.  sclchsnews@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/LowCountryHerbSociety.

10 AM-5 PM - CLASS Paint-In at the Litchfield Exchange, under the teaching and critiquing expertise of artist Danny McLaughlin. Bring your finished or unfinished works: any medium - oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels; any subject matter - landscape, portrait, still life; and any skill level - beginners to professionals. Even blank canvases with ideas that don't know where to start are welcome. Bring your art supplies (an easel if you need one). Tables and chairs will be provided. For seven hours, Danny will review work while sharing insights on color theory and composition. If you are comfortable having your work reviewed before the group, everyone will benefit from Danny's famous "eye." If not, his critique can be private, but know that he is treasured for his gentle handling of the artist's ego and for his encouraging suggestions for improvement. $45, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
1-5 PM - Family Fun & Literacy Day on the lawn of the Kaminski House Museum. Fall activities will include storytelling, children's games, crafts, pumpkin painting, a healthy foods tent and a spirited pumpkin patch. Parents must accompany children to be admitted to this event. Free event provided to the community through a grant from International Paper, 843.546.7706 or KaminskiMuseum.org.
7 PM - PIFMA: Melissa Manchester at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island. With her 20th album, "You Gotta Love the Life," Melissa Manchester celebrates not only 40 years as a Grammy award-winning performer and songwriter, but also a renewed independence and vitality. The melodically diverse collection, which includes guest appearances from Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Keb' Mo', Dionne Warwick, Dave Koz, and Joe Sample (in one of his last recordings) is the gifted singer's first new studio album since 2004's "When I Look Down That Road." Manchester's career is remarkable not only for its longevity (receiving her first Grammy nomination in 1979) and accomplishments, but for its versatility. Gates open at 6 PM, $25-general admission, $45-reserved, $75-preferred, $250-VIP Individual, $400-VIP Couple, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.

Sunday, Oct. 15
3-5 PM - FOWL launches National Friends Week at the Waccamaw Library with a Freedom Readers After School Literacy Program presentation and children's choir performance. CEO Dr. Tracy Bailey will discuss "Reversing Underachievement in Reading the Freedom Readers Way," using a dynamic PowerPoint presentation. She will focus on the Freedom Readers' philosophy and what makes it such a unique and effective approach, addressing key issues such as: Why FR is needed in our communities; What we do to address the problem of under-achievement in reading; Success stories including data and anecdotes; FR's ten year plan....goals and big dreams. Then the Freedom Readers Children's Choir, comprised of young scholars from learning sites in Georgetown County including Arnett AME, Plantersville Elementary School, Dickerson AME, and Gordon Chapel AME, will take the stage. Formed in 2015 to participate in the Georgetown Rice Festival, they are rehearsing now with CCU music professor and Gullah musicologist Dr. Eric Crawford. Refreshments will follow, prepared by Laura Herriott of Sandy Island's Wilma Cottage. Door prizes! Free and open to Friends and friends of Friends. TheFOWL.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 18
1 PM - Gullah Geechee Program Series at Brookgreen Gardens. See Oct. 4 entry for details. Also offered Oct. 25. F ree with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.

6 PM - The Grand Strand Camellia Society and the Waccamaw Library present horticulturist extraordinaire Joshua Giordano-Silliman from Charleston, SC to talk on the history, culture, and production of green and white teas for personal consumption. The lecture, "Home Grown Tea: Domestic Culture and Production of Green and White Tea," will impart knowledge of basic camellia tea culture: nomenclature, USDA efforts to popularize home cultivation in 1912, and a method of how to cultivate, process, and prepare green and white teas. Participants will get a chance to sample tea at the conclusion of the lecture. Joshua Giordano-Silliman is a horticulturist from Charleston, SC who operates Hortfire LLC, his horticultural services and tea company. He currently is a member of Coastal Carolina Camellia Society and the Holly Society of America. His company blog can be found at www.hortfire.com. For more information, email sbremner@gtcounty.org.

Thursday, Oct. 19
5-8 PM - Georgetown Art Gallery celebrates its 20th anniversary at the gallery at 705 Front Street.  There will be music, wine, food and birthday cake.  Free and open to the public, 843.527.7711 or GeorgetownArtGallery-SC.com.
7 PM - PIFMA: Balsam Range at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island. Balsam Range's assent to the top of the Bluegrass world has left a well-marked trail of success since the band's inception in 2007. Elements of jazz, country, gospel, swing, and old-time music are all infused into the fresh sound of this unique Southern band. It's five distinct personalities creating one remarkable musical experience. One of the genre's most award winning artists in recent years garnering ten International Bluegrass Music Association Awards to date with five critically acclaimed albums, Balsam Range has put on live performances across the nation, including multiple Grand Old Opry appearances that have left audiences spellbound. Nominated for three International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards (Entertainer, Vocal Group, and Vocalist of the Year) for 2016, Balsam Range is offering something that is sure to continue to mesmerize fans of Bluegrass and beyond. Gates open at 6 PM, $25-reserved, $45-preferred, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.
Friday, Oct. 20
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Daren Wang (The Hidden Light of Northern Fires) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw. Daren Wang is the founding Executive Director of AJC Decatur Book Festival, now 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. Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $30, 843.235.9600. or ClassAtPawleys.com.
1:30-4:30 PM - Behind the Scenes Tour of Hobcaw Barony. See Oct. 12 entry for details. Also offered Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9 & 16. $30, Hobcaw Barony.org.
6:30 PM - Friday Night Film Series at Waccamaw Library presents free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.

7 PM - PIFMA: Joe Gransden at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island. Renowned first for the hard bop approach of his trumpet, Gransden's singing voice has been compared to that of Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra. Coming from a family full of musicians just north of Manhattan, Joe released his new CD "Close To My Heart" produced by Saxophone great Kenny G. The CD is a collection of smooth jazz covers and originals written by Joe and Kenny. Joe has been performing with Kenny G and his band around the country for the past year or so. His new project, entitled "Live At Cafe 290, It's A Beautiful Thing," features Joe singing and playing with his 16 piece Big Band! G ates open at 6 PM, $25-general admission, $35-reserved, $45-preferred, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.
Saturday, Oct. 21
7 PM - PIFMA: Masters of Soul at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island. Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music. This 90-minute show features stylishly costumed, fully choreographed performances of both male and female groups backed by a live band. For many, Masters of Soul is the ultimate stroll down memory lane. For younger generations, this show offers an opportunity to experience an era in our country's history that produced many of the greatest music acts ever recorded. Based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the 10-member cast consists of three lead male vocalists and three lead female vocalists backed by a four-piece band of seasoned musicians who've been touring together for decades, performing to sold-out audiences and garnering rave reviews across the country. Masters of Soul perform some of your favorites by Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Barry White, Sam and Dave, James Brown and many more! Gates open at 6 PM, $30-general admission, $50-reserved, 843.626.8911 or Pawleys Music.com.
2-4 PM - Commander's Tour at the Kaminski House Museum . In honor of Wooden Boat Show Weekend, you can experience the "Commander's Den" filled with antique model ships, naval art, and memorabilia from the life and times of Lt. Commander Harold Kaminski. $5, 843.546.7706 or KaminskiMuseum.org.
Saturday & Sunday, 21-22
11 AM - 27th Annual Wooden Boat Show. This year's show will feature one of the nation's premier wooden boat exhibits, a wooden boat building competition, children's model boat building, boat raffles, maritime arts & crafts, food and music. These events will take place on the waterfront and along Front Street in Historic Downtown Georgetown. Money raised through sales and donations will go toward the development of the Harbor Historical Association's maritime museum in Georgetown. In addition to the boat and commercial exhibits, family activities will include an Opti Pram regatta featuring the SC Youth Sailing program's fleet of wooden Optis, knot tying with Dan the Knot Man and kid's model boat building. Other activities will be announced closer to the event. Sat., 11 AM-6 PM and Sun., 11 AM-4 PM, free, 843.340.3879 or WoodenBoatShow.com.
Tuesday, Oct. 24
9-11 AM - Carolina Nature Photographers Association at the Waccamaw Library (41 St. Paul Place, Pawleys Island). Free and open to the interested public. Tues., 9-11 AM, CNPA.org or david@davidfattaleh.com.
Wednesday, Oct. 25
1 PM - Gullah Geechee Program Series at Brookgreen Gardens. See Oct. 4 entry for details. F ree with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
6-8 PM - "Aging Better Together" at Waccamaw Library.   It's never too early to consider how you want to age. People are learning they are not alone in wanting to create living conditions that benefit their overall health and well being. Join the conversation with Anne Glass, Ph.D., a leading researcher in the field of elder self-managed communities. She will discuss the benefits of aging in environments where adults provide mutual support to each other. She has studied how various living arrangements in the US and abroad can facilitate this well being. Having received her doctorate from Virginia Tech in Environmental Design and Planning with a graduate certificate in gerontology, she is now Professor and Gerontology Program Coordinator in the School of Health and Applied Human Services at UNC-Wilmington. Free and open to the public, refreshments provided, contact Nancy LaPrade if you have questions, nlaprade1@gmail.com.

Thursday, Oct. 26
1:30-4:30 PM - Behind the Scenes Tour of Hobcaw Barony. See Oct. 12 entry for details. Also offered Nov. 2, 9 & 16. Thurs., 1:30-4:30 PM, $30, Hobcaw Barony.org.
Friday, Oct. 27
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Bryn Chancellor ( Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
6:30 PM - Friday Night Film Series at Waccamaw Library presents free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.
Friday & Saturday, Oct. 27-28
9 AM - 29th Annual Arts and Craft Festival sponsored by the Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Women's Club (1633 Waverly Road, Pawleys Island). More than 60 vendors fabulous food to go (homemade soups, quiches, chicken casseroles, Shepherd's Pie, meatballs). Phenomenal bake sale. Used book sale, craft fair, plus a silent auction of unique handcrafted items. Held inside the Parish Life Center (PLC) rain or shine! Fri., 9 AM-5 PM and Sat., 9 AM-4 PM, free to attend, 843.237.3428.
8 PM - Swamp Fox Players present "Quartet" at the Strand Theater (Front Street, Georgetown). Also offered Nov. 2-5 and Nov. 10-12. Fri. & Sat., 8 PM, $20, 843.527.2924.
27-28 - 15th Francis Marion Symposium  at DuBose Campus, Central Carolina Technical College in Manning, SC. Explore the Southern Campaign and immerse yourself in Francis Marion's world, discover Southern Campaign's significance. This is a unique opportunity to celebrate the story of the Revolutionary War in the South with numerous authorities on the subject, as well as History Dinner Theaters. Early Bird discounts before Oct 1. Details at www.francismarionsymposium.com, 803.478.2645 or gcsummers@ftc-i.net
Saturday, Oct. 28
8-11 AM - Pawleys Island Lions Club Halloween Pancake Breakfast at
St. Peter's Lutheran Church (65 Crooked Oak Drive, Pawleys Island). Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, pancakes (plain and blueberry), sausage, bagels/donuts, coffee, juice. Kids costume contest and storytime at 10 AM. All proceeds benefit local charities. Tickets $5 (children under 6 free).
8 AM-6 PM - Household Hazardous Waste Drop off and Palmetto Ace's Fall Fest, 843.235.3555 or astrope@palmettoace.com.
Sunday, Oct. 29
2 PM - Jazz Under the Oaks on the lawn of the Kaminski House Museum with the Denny Hess Trio and a special appearance by Kevin Jayroe. Grapeyard Distributing will be on hand for a wine tasting of seasonal varieties. This event will also feature a Sweets Tent with Sweetie's of Georgetown and Pawleys Island Bakery. Free and open to the public, 843.546.7706 or KaminskiMuseum.org.
Sunday & Monday, Oct. 29-30
Times vary - Plantation Sportsmen: Waterfowl & Wetlands . From rice plantation to winter retreat for Northern duck hunters, Hobcaw Barony played an integral part in duck hunting heritage and influenced the legacy of landowners and conservationists in this part of the Lowcountry. Join Foundation staff and guest speakers in one of the Lowcountry's finest research reserves. Participants begin with a Sunday night supper at Hobcaw House in Mr. and Mrs. Baruch's dining room. Afterwards, a talk sets the tone for the following day's field experiences on the 16,000-acre preserve. Join Baruch scientists to explore waterfowl habitats including Tar Kiln Swamp, Bellefield Plantation rice fields, and the open waters of Winyah Bay. A picnic is provided under the oaks on Belle Baruch's Bellefield tea terrace before we depart by boat from Hobcaw Pier to complete our understanding of the role of rice fields, "the largest man-made sculptures in the Americas." - Rice & Ducks by Virginia Beach. Reservations required; limited to 26. Sun., 5-7:30 PM, Mon., 8:30 AM-5 PM, $175, HobcawBarony.org.
Tuesday, Oct. 31
5-11 PM - Halloween on the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet. Festivities begin at 5 PM with Trick-or-Treating along the MarshWalk for the kids and the Annual Children's Costume Contest.  Prizes will be awarded for the Scariest, the Funniest and the Most Creative costumes. Later, join in for grown-up fun with the Adult Costume Contest! Over $3,500 in cash and prizes awarded for the top three costumes. F ree, details at Marshwalk.com or call 843.497.3450.
Looking Way Ahead!
Travel to China: 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 Oct. 29 - National Sculpture Society 84th Annual Awards Exhibition  at Brookgreen Gardens. The annual juried exhibition of the National Sculpture Society, the oldest professional organization of sculptors in America, presents the work of masters alongside rising stars in American sculpture. Fifteen awards are presented by the Society along with the popular People's Choice Award, determined by votes of visitors to Brookgreen Gardens. Daily, 9:30 AM-5 PM, free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.

Through Oct. 31 - Whispering Wings Butterfly Experience through October. This seasonal exhibit features a lush garden filled with tropical plants where hundreds of butterflies soar through the air. Monarch, Zebra Longwing, Polydamas Swallowtails, Pipevine Swallowtails, Spicebush Swallowtails, Julias, Buckeyes, Queens, Painted Lady, and American Lady are just a few of the species that call Whispering Wings home. Dozens of other species will be added throughout the summer and fall. Whispering Wings contains a pupae emergence room where visitors may observe the transformation from chrysalis to adult butterflies. Interpretive signs throughout the exhibit and benches provide a restful place to watch their delicate beauty in flight. Daily, 10:30 AM-4:30 PM, adults $3, children $2 for a 30-minute timed visit, in addition to garden admission, 843-235-6000 or Brookgreen.org.

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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