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 .
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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.
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.


LIBRARY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Bring your eclipse glasses to the Friends Center - They will be sent to Astronomers Without Borders who are gathering the protective eyewear to distribute to children in Africa next year when they will experience an eclipse.
 
A few tickets are still available for the 27th Annual FOWL Fall Luncheon & Auction. "Southern Style: Fine and Funky" will be held Tuesday, Sept. 26, 11:30 AM-2 PM at Pawleys Plantation. Individual tickets for this event can be purchased at the Friends Center. Groups of five or more must contact Roz Breit at 843.237.7876 or rozsbreit@gmail.com. There are a limited number of tickets available and they are going fast, so make sure to get yours soon!

Georgetown Library System archivist Julie Warren has been working on a large stack of postcards that were sent to people in Georgetown and will now go into the Library's online collection. She has finished scanning the postcards and is looking for volunteers to help transcribe the messages on the cards. Unfortunately, the software being used is unable to read handwriting, so it's up to us to figure out what's been written. Volunteers are needed to transcribe the messages.  Julie can send a batch of scanned images to you, or you can come in and work with the postcards in person. She's open to either option. If you are interested in helping, please contact Julie at 843.545.8816 or jwarren@gtcounty.org.
 
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.

CALENDAR OF COMMUNITY EVENTS
Friday, Sept. 1
1:30-4 PM - Learn to Throw A Cast Net . Boat season is here and if you have ever wondered how to throw a cast net, this is your chance! Come to Hobcaw Barony and learn this fool-proof way of opening the net with ease after only a few practice casts. You will never miss the bait again and will be welcomed on the bow of any boat once you have mastered the art of the throw. After practicing on land, participants will be taken to Clambank Creek to test their skills. Open for all ages. Bring your own cast net. Reservations required. Limited to 14. $20, HobcawBarony.org.
 
6-9 PM - Georgetown Business Association presents Music in the Park with Jim Quick and Coastline at Francis Marion Park (801 Front St.). Free, GeorgetownSeaport.com.
 
6 PM - Friday Night Film Series at Waccamaw Library presents "Beauty and the Beast" (2016, rated PG). The fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast's hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans. Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.
 
Monday, Sept. 4
Litchfield Beautification Foundation Flag Project celebrates our service members on Labor Day with a 60 American flag display along 3.8 miles of Ocean Highway (US 17 from Sandy Island Road to Martin Luther King Road). The display can also be seen on Patriots Day - Sept. 11 and Veterans Day - Nov. 11.
   
Tuesday, Sept. 5
5:30 PM - Georgetown County Museum (120 Broad St, Georgetown) 1st Tuesday Lecture Series presents Wayne Skipper, site manager of the L.W. Paul Living History Farm. The lecture will cover the history of music and its importance to the rural small farmer in our area. There will also be demonstration of the fiddle, banjo and guitar -  three of the most popular instruments played in homes and communities across the southern U.S. Free and open to he public (donations appreciated), 843.545.7020
 
Wednesday, Sept. 6
9 AM-Noon - Taste of OLLI-Conway, Coastal Carolina Science Center.
Shop for classes, meet your instructors, mingle with other Lifelong Learning members, and find out what is planned for the fall (Coastal.edu/olli).
 
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 Sept. 13, 20 & 27. F ree with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.

1 PM - The Horry County Museum (805 Main St., Conway) continues its Documentary Matinee Series for 2017, featuring films from the Museum's collection. The films, which last from 30 minutes to an hour, will be shown on Wednesdays at 1:00 PM and will continue throughout the year.  For September: SCETV's "South Carolinians in WWII: The Island War" (9/6); "South Carolinians in WWII: The Way Home" (9/13); "South Carolinians in WWII: Return to Normandy" (9/20); and "Carolina Stories: The Last Auction" (9/27). Free and open to the public, 843.915.5320 or HorryCountyMuseum.org.
 
Thursday, Sept. 7
10 AM-Noon - First Thursdays Speakers Series at Waccamaw Library presents Charlotte Hope, sea turtle biologist, showcasing the work of the SC Department of Natural Resources with the Marine Turtle Conservation Program. Engaging a network of more than 1,100 volunteers along the South Carolina coast, the program is managing and protecting sea turtles. Find out how these efforts are making a difference in helping sea turtles survive and reflect on this summer's nesting season.  Sponsored by FOWL, free, stpetepic@aol.com, theFOWL.org.

5:30 PM - Georgetown County Library Summer Book Club will discuss the August book selection Heaven is a Beautiful Place: A Memoir of the SC Coast by Genevieve Peterkin in the local history room (405 Cleland, Georgetown). Free, 843.545.3366.
 
Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 7-10
7:30 PM - The Music of Motown at Brookgreen Gardens. For six years now Brookgreen Gardens has partnered with Blue Eyed Theatrical for an annual outdoor tribute concert that has become one of the region's premiere entertainment events of the summer. This summer welcome The Music of Motown, featuring the greatest hits from a music revolution that defined a generation. The new show, featuring four nationally renowned singers and a live band of extraordinary musicians, will include the hits of the Temptations, The Jackson 5, The Supremes, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, The Commodores and many, many more. Thurs.-Sun., gates open at 6 PM; concert starts at 7:30 PM. General admission seating, first come first served. $30, members; $35, nonmembers. 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
 
Friday, Sept. 8
9 AM-Noon - Taste of OLLI-Myrtle Beach Education Center. Shop for classes, meet your instructors, mingle with other Lifelong Learning members, and find out what is planned for the fall (Coastal.edu/olli).

11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Sean Keefer (The Solicitor) at Sea View Inn. In Keefer's follow up to The Trust, the second installment in the Noah Parks mysteries, things are not always as genteel as they seem in Charleston, SC.  Although the Feast is full, you can meet the author at Litchfield Books at 2 PM. 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
 
6:30 PM - Friday Night Film Series at Waccamaw Library presents a "Sophie and the Rising Sun" (2017, rated R). A lonely white woman falls for a Japanese-American man in 1941 small-town South Carolina, but the pair must deal with the disapproval of their neighbors, which only intensifies after the events of Pearl Harbor and the onset of WWII. Starring Julianne Nicholson, Takashi Yamaguchi, and Margo Martindale. Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.
 
8 PM - Swamp Fox Players and Andrews High School present "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs: The Musical" at the Strand Theater (Front St., Georgetown). All our old friends, plus a few new ones,  are here in this marvelous musical adaptation. We'll meet the captivating Princess Snow White, the prince, the evil queen, and, of course, the seven mischievous dwarfs. Following the traditional story line, the fairy tale is brought to life with an eclectic score of toe-tapping tunes. Directed by Kathy Anderson. Tickets at the door, $10 adults, $5 children under 12. Also offered Sept. 9 (at 8 PM) and Sept. 10 (at 2:30 PM).

Saturday, Sept. 9
8 AM-6 PM - First Steps Craft Fair at Palmetto Ace Home Center, 843.235.3555 or astrope@palmettoace.com.

1 PM - The Horry County Museum and The AVX Foundation present Donald Kirkpatrick with a lecture on "Fossils of the Pee Dee Region" on vertebrate fossils of the Upper Cretaceous (Age of Dinosaurs) Period in the Pee Dee. Featuring fossils from his own collection, Mr. Kirkpatrick will discuss what areas he looks for in fossils, and the types that can be found in the Pee Dee. The public is invited to bring fossils from their personal collections, share stories of where they found their items and discuss what they may have. Donald Kirkpatrick received a Bachelor of Science in Geology from James Madison University in 1979. During his junior year at JMU, he was selected by the Smithsonian Institution to spend his senior year as a Museum Study Appointee to the U.S. National Museum of Natural History. Following his appointment, Kirkpatrick spent two years at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, taking graduate biology courses and researching fossil vertebrates. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Don began teaching for the Marion County School District where he has taught for the last 20+ years. Kirkpatrick is a member of the National Association of Biology Teachers, the National Science Teachers Association, the National Center for Science Education, and the South Carolina Science Council. The Horry County Museum is located at 805 Main Street, Conway SC.  Free and open to the public, 843.915.5320 or HorryCountyMuseum.org.  

2 PM - Feast Your Eyes/Celebrating the Food of the SouthJoin Karen Olson, one of the Burroughs & Chapin Art Museum curators, for an afternoon tour of this mouth-watering summer exhibition. The exhibition of 112 works by 60 artists includes paintings in oil and watercolor; works in pastel; prints; photographs; sculpture; mixed media and functional art, such as handcrafted dining furniture and serving ware. The tour last approximately 60 minutes.  Reservations are not required; free of charge. 843.238.2510 or MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.

8 PM - Swamp Fox Players and Andrews High School present "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs: The Musical" at the Strand Theater (Front St., Georgetown). See Sept. 8 for details.
 
Sunday, September 10
2:30 PM - Swamp Fox Players and Andrews High School present "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs: The Musical" at the Strand Theater (Front St., Georgetown). See Sept. 8 for details.

Monday, Sept. 11
Litchfield Beautification Foundation Flag Project celebrates our service members on Patriots Day with a 60 American flag display along 3.8 miles of Ocean Highway (US 17 from Sandy Island Road to Martin Luther King Road). The display can also be seen on Veterans Day - Nov. 11.
 
Tuesday, Sept. 12
9 AM-Noon - Taste of OLLI-Litchfield Education Center. Shop for classes, meet your instructors, mingle with other Lifelong Learning members, and find out what is planned for the fall (Coastal.edu/olli).

9:30 AM - Low Country Herb Society holds its first meeting for the 2017-18 year at the Waccamaw Library. Guest speaker Katie Dickson, Senior Horticulturist at Moore Farms Botanical Garden, will give a presentation on "Fall Favorites: Bringing Cool Season Interest to your Landscape." 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. Every regular meeting includes a guest speaker, tips and tricks with herbs, and information on the Herb of the Month. Throughout the year an annual picnic is held, a holiday luncheon, and at least one field trip, to list just a few of the extra activities. LCHS meets from September through May and the annual dues are $25 with a quarterly newsletter included. For more information, look for us on Facebook or contact us at the following email address: sclchsnews@gmail.com.
 
2-4 PM - Taste of OLLI-Georgetown Education Center. Shop for classes, meet your instructors, mingle with other Lifelong Learning members, and find out what is planned for the fall (Coastal.edu/olli).
 
Wednesday, Sept. 13
1 PM - Gullah Geechee Program Series at Brookgreen Gardens. See Sept. 6 entry for details. Also offered Sept. 20 & 27. F ree with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
 
1 PM - The Horry County Museum (805 Main St., Conway) presents documentary matinee "South Carolinians in WWII: The Way Home." See Sept. 6 for details; also Sept. 20 and 27. Free and open to the public, 843.915.5320 or HorryCountyMuseum.org.
  
Friday, Sept. 15
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Jim Fergus (The Vengeance of Mothers) at 21 Main, North Myrtle Beach. The award-winning author of several fiction and nonfiction books, Jim Fergus' novel One Thousand White Women won Best Book of the West and has sold more than a million copies both in the U.S. and France. His newest novel begins: "9 March 1876, My name is Meggie Kelly and I take up this pencil with my twin sister, Susie. We have nothing left, less than nothing. The village of our People has been destroyed, all our possessions burned, our friends butchered by the soldiers, our baby daughters gone, frozen to death on an ungodly trek across these rocky mountains. Empty of human feeling, half-dead ourselves, all that remains of us intact are hearts turned to stone. We curse the U.S. government, we curse the Army, we curse the savagery of mankind, white and Indian alike. We curse God in his heaven. Do not underestimate the power of a mother's vengeance." $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
 
6-9 PM - Georgetown Business Association presents Shaggin' on the Sampit with DJ Mike Worley (94.9 SURF FM) at Francis Marion Park (801 Front St.). Free, GeorgetownSeaport.com.
 
Saturday, Sept. 16
Times Vary - Beach Sweep organized by the SC Sea Grant Consortium seeks volunteers for Myrtle Beach State Park, Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach, Huntington Beach State Park, Pawleys Island Beach/Creek/ Marsh/Boat Landings, North Litchfield and Litchfield Beaches, Waccamaw River Boat Landings. To locate the group you'd like to join for this important environmental clean-up, visit www.scseagrant.org.
 
9 AM -Third Annual Ride the Tide (Winyah Rivers Foundation in partnership with G.I.F.T. - Giving It Forward Together) hold a "float" event to benefit the Waccamaw Riverkeeper. Open to any non-motorized floatation device including inner tubes, paddleboards, kayaks, canoes and home-made rafts. Tubes and raft-building provided by Black River Outdoors. Start at Litchfield Plantation with registration at 9 AM, water blast off from 10-11 AM and ending at Hagley Landing. Post Ride After Party at Pawleys Island Raw Bar starts at 3 PM (open to the entire community) with an all-you-can-eat Lowcountry Boil ($25). Float fees: Using your device, Adults $40, Kids 8-15 yrs - $20; Using provided tube, Adults $50, Kids 8-15 yrs - $25. Call 843.333.6178 or register online www.givingitforwardtogether.com.
 
9 AM - Fall Haul in Murrells Inlet. Join your neighbors for the annual fall creek-front cleanup. Meet at Crazy Sister Marina. Free, 843.357.2007.
 
3-5 PM - CLASS Productions presents Unisoghn ("Unified Sons of God Harmonizing Naturally") in Kimbel Lodge at Hobcaw Barony. For nearly 30 years, these Benedict College Concert Choir members have been singing and performing throughout the south.  Deemed the Godsons of R&B/Soul by the late great Mr. Bill Pinkney of the Drifters, Unisoghn has opened and sung background for various artist such as: The Gap Band, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, Patti LaBelle, Jeffery Osbourne, Barbara Lewis, Jerry "The Iceman" Butler, Roberta Flack, The Tams, the late great Hank Ballard, Morris Day and The Time, Midnight Star, The SOS Band, Hootie and the Blowfish, etc. Their set list is endless and includes so many favorites: Get Ready, If You Don't Know Me, Love Train, The Way You Do the Things You Do, Just Imagination, Use to Be My Girl, Ain't Too Proud to Beg, Oh What A Night, Under The Boardwalk, Sitting On the Dock Of The Bay, Stand By Me, Purple Rain! Your ticket includes great music, a seat, snacks, iced tea and water. You may bring additional refreshments (alcohol or non), if you wish. The concert will be indoors (rain or shine); tickets are limited. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

Sunday, Sept. 17
2 PM - "George Washington and the Constitution" at Base Recreation Center (800 Grabeski Lane, Market Common, Myrtle Beach). George and Martha (as portrayed by Bill and Cara Elder) are coming to Myrtle Beach on Constitution Day. Invite your family and friends for this special program commemorating the Two Hundred Thirtieth Anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution. This is a free event, presented by the Theodosia Burr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. For more information, 843.267.2518.
 
Tuesday, Sept. 19
10 AM - Friends of Georgetown Library (FOGL) launches "Tuesdays With ...," a once-a-month community lecture series at the Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.) featuring leaders of the Georgetown community sharing their stories, their expertise, their passions. Paige Sawyer's presentation ("By George, I Didn't Know That!") features slides and his own delightful brand of wit to explore little-known tidbits of Georgetown history. From the growing of indigo, to the largest slave owner in America, and whatever happened to the Sunset Lodge, you'll get the inside scoop on Georgetown's fascinating past. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3366.
 
4-9 PM - Spirit Day at bisQit in the Hammock Shops will benefit FOWL.
10% of the evening's proceeds will be donated to the Friends of the Waccamaw Library. Dine in or dine out (take-out included).

6:30 PM - FOWL presents a lecture on Pirate Blackbeard by Kevin Duffus at the Waccamaw Library. This family-friendly event explores the complex life of Edward Teach, the notorious scalawag better known as Blackbeard. Duffus draws from research he did for his latest book, The Last Days of Blackbeard the Pirate, when he learned some surprising facts about the criminal commander who plied the waters just off our coast. Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.
 
 
Wednesday, Sept. 20
1 PM - Gullah Geechee Program Series at Brookgreen Gardens. See Sept. 6 entry for details. Also offered Sept. 27. Wed., 1 PM, free with garden admission, 843.235.6000.
 
1 PM - The Horry County Museum (805 Main St., Conway) presents documentary matinee "South Carolinians in WWII: Return to Normandy." See Sept. 6 for details; also Sept. 27. Free and open to the public, 843.915.5320 or HorryCountyMuseum.org.

7  PM - Author's Table at Waccamaw Library presents Michael Brady, retired Lieutenant Colonel, with his first book, Into the Shadows: The Fever, A Spy Novel. His story follows Michael Brennan, a career CIA non-official cover (NOC) intelligence officer and his quest to identify and disrupt a plot crafted by the Islamic State terror group. After Michael travels to Israel and meets with Israeli intelligence, he partners with Elif Turan, a Mossad agent working in Turkey as a false flag along the Syrian border. Together, they must use their skills and tradecraft to stop Islamic State's scheme of introducing the deadly Ebola virus into New York City.
Author Brady is a 1990 graduate of The Citadel, Marine Corps Command and General Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, US Army Airborne School and US Army Ranger School. He earned his MS in Strategic Intelligence from the national intelligence university in Washington DC in 2003. He has performed a wide variety of tactical and strategic intelligence functions including long-range surveillance, interrogation, intelligence analysis, collection management, emergency operations, and intelligence production. He served as the Director, Presidential Emergency Operations Center in the White House from January 2001 until July 2002 under President George W. Bush. His areas of expertise and research include threats to the homeland, intelligence collection systems and programs, intelligence analysis, and intelligence support to national policy making. He is also the USA contributor to the Sunday Morning Spy Show, an international podcast based in the United Kingdom. He recently became a weekly contributor to the Asia Times where he writes on security issues in the region. Brady teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at The Citadel. He also lectures at FSU, a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina. For more information, sbremner@gtcounty.org.
 
Thursday, Sept. 21
10 AM - Exploring Religious Cultures at the Waccamaw Library presents Dr. Preston McKever-Floyd with his lecture "Echoes of Africa: Bakongo Influences in the Lowcountry," an excursion into the cosmology of the West African Bakongo culture. Learn about the mapping of West African influences on the Gullah religious practices of the South Carolina Lowcountry, specifically, the "spirit world," folk medicine/conjuration and burial practices from CCU retired professor of philosophy and religious studies. Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.

Friday, Sept. 22
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Dana Ridenour (Beyond the Cabin) at Ocean One. FBI Special Agent Lexie Montgomery goes deep undercover to investigate the Earth Liberation Front, a domestic terrorism group operating in the South Carolina Lowcountry. As Lexie struggles to infiltrate the organization, she soon realizes everything may not be as it seems in the Lowcountry. Lexie's investigation spirals out of control and places her life in danger after someone in her trusted inner circle reveals her undercover identity. Now Lexie must work to bring those responsible to justice. . . if only she knew who she could trust. Author Ridenour is a retired FBI agent after 20 years of service in a variety of cases including multi-faceted narcotics investigations, domestic sex trafficking of minors, and violent crime.  She served in the FBI's Evidence Response Team where she and her team traveled to New York City in response to the 9/11 World Trade Center attack and worked in a series of long term, deep cover cases focusing on domestic terrorism. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
 
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 22-24
Times Vary - 41st Annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival at Atalaya Castle in Huntington Beach State Park(16148 Ocean Hwy). Featuring more than 100 of the finest regional artisans, the Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival provides aesthetic beauty against a background of natural beauty. Enjoy fine art, quality crafts and Lowcountry food, along with the musical offerings of several of the area's finest musicians. Fri. (Noon-6 PM), Sat. (10 AM-6 PM) and Sun. (10 AM-5 PM), daily festival admission fee is $8 for each adult; a multi-day pass is available for $10 per adult. Visitors 15 and younger are admitted free. Park admission is also free. For more information, SC PRT at 803.734.0767 or Huntington Beach State Park, 843.237.4440. 
 
Friday, Sept. 22
6:30 PM - Friday Night Film Series at Waccamaw Library presents "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" (2016, rated PG 13). Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones' service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well. Starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport, and Bill Nighy. Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.

Saturday, Sept. 23
All day - The Inshore Fishing Association Redfish Tour and Kayak Tour will return to Georgetown County's Carroll A. Campbell Marine Complex. Registration is open to all anglers, no competitive fishing experienced needed. For more information and online registration, visit www.ifatours.com.
 
8:30 AM-2 PM - Brookgreen Gardens Member-Only Plant Sale . Join us for our annual Member-Only Plant Sale, a one-stop horticulture shopping experience. Garden volunteers and horticulturists will be on hand to answer questions, assist in plant selections, and offer advice at the Lachicotte Horticulture Complex-Greenhouse. It is best to arrive early, as plant selections go fast. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
 
5:30-8:30 PM - Brew at the Zoo. This craft beer tasting will feature more than 30 regional and national selections and offers a rare opportunity after-hours to see Brookgreen's Native Wildlife Zoo. Guests receive a signature tasting glass and enjoy a silent auction hosted by The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens. Food and wine are available for purchase. $35 members, $40 nonmembers, $15 designated drivers, 843.235.6000 or http://www.brookgreen.org/BrewattheZoo.html.
 
Tuesday, Sept. 26
11:30 AM-2 PM - FOWL 27th Annual Library Luncheon: Southern Style Fine & Funky at Pawleys Plantation. Friends of the Waccamaw Library hold this premier event to raise funds for books and media and adult programming. Donated handbags, jewelry and accessories irresistibly displayed. Put a table of friends together to bid on these treasures, win fantastic door prizes, and enjoy a delicious luncheon. $35 ($20 tax deductible), tickets at 843.545.3623 or theFOWL.org.
 
Wednesday, Sept. 27
1 PM - Gullah Geechee Program Series at Brookgreen Gardens. See Sept. 6 entry for details. F ree with garden admission, 843.235.6000.
 
1 PM - The Horry County Museum (805 Main St., Conway) presents documentary matinee "Carolina Stories: The Last Auction." See Sept. 6 for details. Free and open to the public, 843.915.5320 or HorryCountyMuseum.org.

Thursday, Sept. 28
10 AM - The Waccamaw Library continues its religion and belief series Common Threads in Diverse Spiritualities with the life and teachings of Meher Baba presented by Buz Connor, a Myrtle Beach psychotherapist, who has been following the teachings of the Indian spiritual master since 1971. Meher Baba taught on the meaning and purpose of life from 1922 until his death in 1969. He was called by his disciples the Avatar, or God in human form. He believed that the phenomenal world is an illusion, that the Universe is imagination, and that each soul is really God passing through imagination to realize individually his own divinity. Meher Baba maintained silence from 1925 until the end of his life, communicating by means of an alphabet board or unique hand gestures. Although he spent long periods in seclusion, he also traveled widely, held public gatherings and engaged in works of charity with lepers, the poor and the mentally ill. He set up centers for information and pilgrimage, one of which is in Myrtle Beach. Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.
 
6-8:30 PM  - Baruch Roundtable: The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand & FDR. Kathryn Smith, award-winning author of The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership That Defined a Presidency, lectures after dinner in the Hobcaw House dining room. After driving themselves to Hobcaw House, guests will enjoy a reception with Ms. Smith, formal dinner, and discussion of Marguerite "Missy" LeHand - arguably the most influential member of Roosevelt's administration and his de facto chief of staff. Misrepresented, mischaracterized, and overlooked throughout history, LeHand was Franklin Delano Roosevelt's right-hand woman, both personally and professionally. Although her official title - Personal Secretary - was relatively humble, her power and influence were unparalleled. As one of his most trusted advisors, she was afforded a unique perspective on the president, one which no one else could claim. Ms. Smith earned a bachelor's degree in journalism at the University of Georgia. A native of Anderson, SC, she is a journalist and writer with a lifelong interest in FDR and his circle. This Baruch Roundtable appearance celebrates his 1944 visit to Hobcaw Barony. Reservations required; limited to 26. $85, HobcawBarony.org.
 
Friday, Sept. 29
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Johnathan Scott Barrett (Cook & Tell: Recipes and Stories from Southern Kitchens) at Inlet Affairs. Another delicious sojourn from the author of Rise and Shine! A Southern Son's Treasury of Food, Family and Friends. This moveable feast across Dixie showcases the incredible food created in the homes of the South and the resulting tales that accompany those heartwarming dishes. In a warm and engaging anthology, Barrett includes not only his own entertaining stories and meaningful recipes but also those of friends met along the way. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
 
6:30 PM - Friday Night Film Series at Waccamaw Library presents
"The Zookeeper's Wife" (2016, rated PG 13) .The account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion. Starring Jessica Chastain, Daniel Brühl, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, and Iddo Goldberg. Free and open to the public, sbremner@gtcounty.org.
 
Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 21
The Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art (PIFMA) presents its 27th annual festival with three weeks of cultural entertainment and musical performances including a Wine Gala that serves as the event's primary fundraiser. All events to be held under the performance tent at the Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island, unless otherwise noted. Tickets for all events available only through the festival office in the Litchfield Exchange, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.
 
Saturday, Sept. 30
9 AM-5:30 PM - The Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art's kick-off event "5th Annual Seaside Palette" will be held in Historic Georgetown (rain date, Sunday, Oct. 1). Join more than 50 artists set up in the Georgetown Historic District to participate en plein air. From 3:30-5:30 PM, Wet Paint Sale & Reception on Kaminski House Lawn. Free, 843. 626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.
 
9 AM-3 PM - PIFMA: Chalk Under the Oaks at Francis Marion Park on Front Street, Downtown Georgetown. Based on the Italian tradition of street painting from the 16th century when artists would travel from town to town for religious festivals and transform the streets and public squares into temporary galleries for their works. Great family day activity for all ages. Free, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.
 
3 PM - Sculpture Talk at Brookgreen Gardens. A public talk/PowerPoint by Sculptor-in-Residence Ken Smith at the Lowcountry Center Auditiorium. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000.
 
Looking Ahead!
Sunday, Oct. 15 - 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 underachievement 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! Sun., 3-5 PM, free and open to Friends and friends of Friends. TheFOWL.org.

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.

ONGOING!
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 Sept. 10 - The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum presents a n exhibition of 43 works by Charleston-based artist Douglas Balentine, including studies, sketches, paintings in progress and finished paintings, titled "Beyond the Horizon." 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 Sept. 17 - Feast Your Eyes: Celebrating the Food of the South at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, will explore southern culinary heritage as nourishment and beyond: a form of cultural, political and artistic expression; an enduring source of comfort; sometimes an object of obsession; perhaps a symbol of class, race or gender...and always a cause for celebration.  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 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 December - Historic Horry County Photographs at the Horry County Museum (805 Main St., Conway) . The saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words" is never more true than with a photograph. This exhibit explores historic photographs in the Museum's collection, spanning over 100 years and visually telling a story of how people in Horry County worked and lived. These captured moments in time serve as windows to the past, helping us to learn and understand Horry County's cultural past. For further information, please call the Horry County Museum at 843-915-5320 or e-mail at HCGMuseum@horrycounty.org
 


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