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

The Friends of Waccamaw Library's digital newsletter (sent on the first and 15th of each month) 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 and is sent to all Friends (whose e-dresses we have) and to all who ask to be added to the e-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.
For more information, contact aking@gtcounty.org or visit:
  • Homework Program Kajeet Smartspot is available to students in 3rd to 8th grades. Need internet at home? The SmartSpot will provide internet access to complete your homework! Parent(s) must check out the SmartSpot from the library!
  • Tuesdays - Junior FIRST Lego League, 3-4 PM. Non-competitive level of FIRST for ages 6-9.
  • Tuesdays - Minis Art Class, 1:30-2:30 PM. Art for ages 1-5 years old and their grown-ups. 
  • Wednesdays - Story Time, 10:30 AM. Birth to 5 years. Playtime starts at 10 AM.
  • First Wednesday each month, Art Classes with Burroughs & Chapin Art Museum, 3-4:30 PM. Ages 6-12 years old. Pre-registration required.
  • Second & Fourth Wednesdays - Canine Angels, 3-4 PM, All ages. Reading has gone to the dogs! To see the benefits to children of reading to attentive pooches:  www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/186708.
  • Thursdays - Creative Crafts, 3-4 PM. Hands-on entertainment for 4th grade and up.
  • Fridays - LEGO Free Build and ROBLOX, after school, all ages. Everyone's favorite cooperative creation games.
  • First Saturday each month - Manners Club, 10:30 AM-Noon, ages 4-10. Registration required.
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-Fridays - Teen RoomOpen Gaming, ages 10+, 2:30-6:30 PM.
  • Maker Mondays - Learn about and use our maker tools like our Glowforge Laser Cutter, 3d Printer, Arduino Circuit Boards, 3d Modelling Software, and Digital Art tablet. Topics will include model making, cosplay, creating pen & ink art, and casting objects of art in home-made molds. 3-5 PM.
  • Tabletop Tuesdays - Learn a new game that can then be checked out from the library and taken home to play, 3-5 PM.
  • Wargame WednesdaysBlow off steam, hone your cunning, and learn tactical decision making by playing tabletop wargames, 3-5 PM.
  • RPG Thursdays -Explore new worlds in RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons, FATE, Starfinder, Fiasco, and other RPGs that you can check out from the library, 3-5 PM.
  • Minecraft Fridays - Family friendly play. All the games are E-rated, and include titles like Rocket League, Minecraft, Overcooked, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Speedrunners, Starwhal, Trials Fusion, and others. All ages welcome (under 10 accompanied by adult), 2:30-5 PM.
  • Third Saturday - All Ages Game Day, 11 AM-5 PM (Teen Tech room is only open on the third Saturday each month).
Adults at Waccamaw Library - most programs are free, although some require membership. Contact dturner@gtcounty.org.
  • Tidelands Camera Club meets on the first Monday each month, 9-11 AM.
  • Waccamaw Genealogy Club meets on the third Monday each month, 9-11:30 AM.
  • Knitting Group meets Mondays, 1-3 PM to knit and crochet with company and share patterns and techniques. Contact Carol Davison at caroldavisonk2tog@yahoo.com.
  • Mah Jongg Club meets Tuesdays, 1-3 PM, bring your set and current card.
  • iPad/iPhone Club meets on the first Friday each month, 9-10 AM. Contact Ed Robidoux at ed.robidoux@gmail.com.  
  • Mac Computer Club meets on the first Friday each month, 10-11 AM. Contact Ed Robidoux at ed.robidoux@gmail.com.  
January/February Artists at the Waccamaw Library: Dot Charles Hanna and John Charles.   Dot Hanna grew up in the small town of Wake Forest, North Carolina, and graduated early from Wake Forest College in 1949. For several decades she helped run a fuel business owned by her and her husband in Florence, South Carolina, and later joined the financial aid department of Francis Marion College. She retired to North Litchfield Beach and worked part-time at Belin Methodist Church. After a lifetime enjoying crafts and hobbies, including throwing pottery, Dot began painting in 2002 with an "Art Angels" group at her church. Over the years she has worked on her art under the direction of Jim Dyson of Murrells Inlet, Betsy McDonald of Daniel Island, and Gloria Perkins of Atlanta. Dot Hanna's works include dozens of oil paintings primarily of coastal scenes from the Waccamaw Neck area. The love of creating art rings clear across generations, from mother to son. John Charles' artwork includes a mixture of coastal and nature subjects as well as a few more impressionistic works drawn from his imagination. John grew up in Florence, before earning his degree at Furman University, majoring in Math/Computer Science. After obtaining an M.B.A. at Wake Forest University, he joined IBM, spending most of his nineteen-year career with the company in various sales and sales management positions. He then moved into the Internet world, running several sales organizations dealing with internet security before starting his own sales consulting business. John moved permanently to North Litchfield Beach in 2009, retiring in 2014. During that period, he picked up a variety of hobbies, including nature photography, portrait photography, and eventually painting. F or more information, dturner@gtcounty.org.

January/February Photographer at the Waccamaw Library: Frederick H. Giese.  Born and raised in Chicago, Giese has been a dedicated photographer since age eight, when he was given his first camera by his grandfather, Frederick F. Giese, an award-winning photographer for the Chicago Tribune News. He would tag along with his grandfather on "special" assignments geared to the delight of a youngster eager to learn the fundamentals of photography. In 1983, he left behind Chicago winters for the beauty and warmth of Arizona, where he continued his passion for photography and met his wife Georgianne. They relocated to Myrtle Beach in 2015, where he became a board member of the Tidelands Photography Club. Giese has won numerous awards within his clubs, including the Photographic Society of America, the Arizona Camera Club Council, and the Seacoast Artists Guild.  For more  information,
If you missed prior Library presentations, check out scores of great programs on our YouTube listings at https://www.youtube.com/user/GeorgetownCountyLibr

Children's Librarian Requests Items for "Loose Parts Play."  Several recent studies have shown that children need more unstructured, free-form play time, without adult guidance, rules, or score-keeping. Amy King, Waccamaw Library's Children's Librarian, is asking FOWL members and the general public to donate the following items for what is called "Loose Parts Play": 
- Old sheets
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Pie plates, cake tins, bowls - any containers, large or small, that are NOT glass
- Large clothes-detergent dispensers with spouts
- PVC pipe and fittings
- Miscellaneous nails and screws
- Stackable plastic chairs
Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. Loose parts create endless possibilities and invite curiosity, creativity, and imagination. Children involve themselves in concrete experiences using loose parts, which lead to explorations and learning that occurs naturally.  
If you have any items you would like to donate to the "Loose Parts Play" initiative, please bring them to the Children's Library area.  The children thank you for your support!

Black History Month: T he Waccamaw Library will feature a special exhibit of West African artifacts, including carved statues, serving dishes, chess sets, and articles of clothing, throughout February 2020 as part of its celebration of Black History Month. Pawleys Island resident Mike Turner collected the items during his service in the Peace Corps (1967-1969) in a small village called Thieval Lao in Senegal in West Africa. The artifacts originate from Senegal as well as neighboring countries, including Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, and Mali. Visit the Waccamaw Library at 41 St. Paul Place in Pawleys Island during normal operating hours to view the items in person throughout February. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Dining Voucher Events:  January through March, FOWL offers First Thursday programs, Tea & Poetry, the Classic Film Matinee Series, the French Film Festival, the Musician Series, and more at the Waccamaw Library. The Dining Voucher partnership with surrounding restaurants (Bagel Café, Hanser House, Massey's Pizza, and Quigley's) will be available again this year for selected programs. E ach of the participating restaurants will offer a discount (10-20%) for voucher holders on the day of the event as noted on the voucher.  Vouchers will be distributed to attendees at the eligible events, identified in this newsletter ( DVE ) Visit  www.TheFowl.org.

Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 1-2
2:30 PM - FOWL French Film Festival continues at Waccamaw Library.   $3 each at the door,  DVE , dturner@gtcounty.org or  www.theFOWL.org .
Saturday - REMI, SANS FAMILLE (Remi, Nobody's Boy) 2018.  Directed & co-scripted by Antoine Blossier, based on a novel by Hector Malo. The adventures of young orphan Rémi, collected by the gentle Madam Barberin. At the age of 10, he is snatched from his adoptive mother and entrusted to Signor Vitalis, a mysterious itinerant musician. At his side, Remi learns the harsh life of an acrobat  and how to sing to win his bread. Accompanied by the faithful dog Capi and the small monkey Joli-Coeur, his  long trip through France, with meetings, friendships and mutual assistance, leads him to the secret of his origins.

Sunday - LA FINALE (In the Game) 2018.  Directed & co-scripted by Robin Sykes. Lyon, France. Everyone in the Verdi family takes great care of Roland,  the grandfather, who is starting to lose his mind. Everyone, except JB, the teen of the family who has only one goal: to go to Paris with his basketball team to play in the championship final. His parents, detained for the  weekend, ask him to give up his dream. They leave him in charge of his grandfather. But JB decides to go to Paris and takes his grandpa along. Nothing on this trip will go as planned...

Saturday, Feb. 1
10 AM-Noon - Swamp Fox Players holds a uditions for  "Harvey" at Strand Theater (710 Front St., Georgetown). Cast members needed 6 men (ages 20-80) and 6 women (18-80). Performance dates, July 9-19. Enter through the stage door. Also held on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6-8 PM. Questions, contact nodrefk@gmail.com.
Noon-4:30 PM - 2020 Waccamaw Conference at Horry County Museum (805 Main St., Conway) on " Fecal Matters:  The Ins and Outs of Poop in Our Watershed."  You're invited to join us for the annual public education event! This free family friendly event is a great opportunity to learn about the issues in your watershed, the groups working to protect and improve your waterways, and what you can do to help.  Overflow parking available at St. Paul's Anglican Church. 843.349.4007 or www.winyahrivers.org.

1-4 PM - League of Women Voters  celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment at Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.). 1 PM - view film Suffragette; 3:15 PM - discussion on Gerrymandering and ways to end it; 3:45 PM - The African American Fight for the Right to Vote by Vennie Deas Moore. Light refreshments and voter registration available. 
Also offered Feb. 15 at Waccamaw Library. 

7 PM - American Shakespeare Center of Staunton, VA performance of A Midsummernight's Dream at the Winyah Auditorium in Georgetown.
While the school hosts the Center, this is NOT a school play.  It is done by professional actors. You can see more about the American Shakespeare Center at www.AmericanShakespeareCenter.com.  Tickets are $35, 843.520.4359 or  tickets@thegeorgetownschool.org . If available, tickets will be sold the evening of the performance. 
Monday, Feb. 3
3-4:30 PM - Southern Writers Book Club Series  will be held in the Heritage Center at the Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.).  Tracy Bailey will discuss her first novel Riverside Blues: A Gullah Tale.  The author has created an unforgettable and emblematic heroine in Mabeline. Born "absent of all God's favor" but destined by the ancestors to "cross over," this young woman travels from her Gullah roots in post-Jim Crow/pre-integration rural South Carolina on a journey of discovery through the 1950s and 60s American South.  Dr. Bailey is the founder and CEO of Freedom Readers, a literacy nonprofit that seeks to instill the love of reading in the next generation. Following her Bachelor's degree in English Education from the College of Charleston, she completed a Master's degree in Secondary Education from Coastal Carolina University and a Doctorate in Language and Literacy from the University of South Carolina. Her short story, "Bridges," received a Pushcart Prize nomination for fiction in 2017. Tracy began Riverside Blues in a fiction writing class while a Neiman Fellowship Affiliate at Harvard University. A native of Georgetown, South Carolina, she lives in Myrtle Beach with her husband, journalist and author Issac J. Bailey, and two children, Kyle and Lyric. F ree and open to the public,   843.546.2665 or waterfrontbks@gmail.com.

Wednesday, Feb. 5
11 AM-Noon - Brookgreen U  presents "Snakes of the Lowcountry" with Caleb Dennis of Brookgreen's Zoological staff. Join Caleb in the Fry Classroom as he helps us understand the value of snakes and their purpose in our ecosystem. He will show us how to identify a venomous snake from a non-venomous snake, and their importance in the food chain. Free with garden admission, 843.979.6083 o www.Brookgreen.org .

6-8 PM - Swamp Fox Players holds auditions for "Harvey" at Strand Theater (710 Front St., Georgetown). Cast members needed 6 men (ages 20-80) and 6 women (18-80). Performance dates, July 9-19. Enter through the stage door. Questions, contact nodrefk@gmail.com.

Thursday, Feb. 6
10 AM - FOWL 1st Thursday at Waccamaw Library presents Vennie Deas Moore on "Small Place, Deep History: The Legacies of Sandy Island."   A cultural historian with expertise in folk traditions of her native South Carolina Lowcountry, Vennie Deas Moore will explore the many-faceted histories of Sandy Island, the largest undeveloped freshwater island on the eastern coast. Many of the small Island community are descendants of enslaved Africans who worked on area rice plantations, and Islanders strive to maintain traditional Gullah culture against the blurring rush of modernity. Deas Moore will speak to the sustaining values of the Gullah community, including their interwoven ties to heritage, respect for craft, and stewardship of the land. Her presentation, rich with her own photographic images, will testify to why it is important that Sandy Island culture continues not only to survive, but thrive.  Free and open to the public,   DVE dturner@gtcounty.org .
1:30-4 PM - Hike Hobcaw: Rice Mill and Barnyard Village. This invigorating tramp will take hikers along four miles of trails that are usually closed to the public. The journey will begin at the woods of Belle Baruch's airport and continue to Barnyard Village, where conservation work has just been completed on extant buildings in this African-American community - buildings which were occupied until the 1940s. Just beyond the Village are 19th century brick ruins of a large rice mill which burned in 1903, ending the owners' hopes for any continued success in rice processing. While enjoying the views, discussion will revolve around cultural and natural history, as well as nature and ecosystems.  (Exertion level: High Impact, long periods of standing, walking over uneven terrain for long distance.) Reservations required. $25, www.HobcawBarony.org

2-3 PM - My Sister's Books presents:  Books & Bites booksigning with  Colleen Oakley (You Were There Too).  What would you do if your dreams came true? Mia Graydon has the ideal life and is trying to have a baby with her lovely husband. However, each night she dreams of another man. When she moves to different town, she comes face to face with the man from her dreams... her new neighbor, who dreams of her as well. Will they risk everything to solve the riddle behind this mysterious connection? Free to attend,  www.MySistersBooks.com.
Friday, Feb. 7
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Tommy Tomlinson (The Elephant in the Room) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw. A well-established contributor to major magazines (Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated,  Forbes,
Garden & Gun , and many others) and a 23-year veteran reporter for the Charlotte Observer, this is Tommy Tomlinson's remarkably intimate and insightful memoir of his life as a fat man. When he was almost fifty years old, Tomlinson weighed an astonishing-and dangerous-460 pounds, at risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, unable to climb a flight of stairs without having to catch his breath, or travel on an airplane without buying two seats. Raised in a family that loved food, he had been aware of the problem for years, seeing doctors and trying diets from the time he was a preteen. But nothing worked, and every time he tried to make a change, it didn't go the way he planned-in fact, he wasn't sure that he really wanted to change. Tomlinson chronicles his lifelong battle with weight in a voice that combines the urgency of Roxane Gay's Hunger with the intimacy of Rick Bragg's All Over but the Shoutin'. He brings us along on a candid and sometimes brutal look at the everyday experience of being constantly aware of your size. Over the course of the book, he confronts these issues head-on and chronicles the practical steps he has to take-big and small-to lose weight by the end. Affecting and searingly honest, The Elephant in the Room is a powerful memoir that will resonate with anyone who has grappled with addiction, shame, or self-consciousness. It is also a literary triumph that will stay with readers long after the last page. $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
1:30 PM - OLLI@CCU and CCU's Department of History continue the War & Society Colloquia: The Vietnam War with John Navin, professor of history, at the Conway Education Center (290 Allied Dr.). Additional sessions Feb. 21 and March 6. Free and open to the public, 843.349.5002 or www.Coastal.edu/olli.
2:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series  at Waccamaw Library  presents "Chinatown" (1974) . Enjoy screenings of classic movies selected and introduced by film historians Bill Harvey and Tony Miller. Also offered Feb. 14, 21 & 28, and March 6, 13 & 20. Free and open to the public,    DVE ,
Saturday, Feb. 8
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Highway, behind Applewood House of Pancakes). Join this day-long opportunity to paint with one of the region's finest. Bring finished/unfinished works in any medium, any subject matter, any skill level for review, suggestions and instruction in color theory and composition by one of the area's local art treasures. Tables and chairs provided; bring art supplies and easel if needed. Offered alternate weeks, space is limited.  Also offered Feb. 22, March 7 & 21, April 4 & 18. $45, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
11 AM-3 PM - African-American Heritage Day. See demonstrations and presentations on the lives of the enslaved and freed community at Hampton Plantation. $15, 843.546.9361.
2-4 PM - CLASS Productions  presents a "Thanks-for-the-Music" Tribute to Harry Turner at Kimbel Lodge (Hobcaw Barony), featuring Donald Ceasar, Clay Brown, Gracie Holliday and Larissa Holliday performing favorite soul, R&B, and beach music - all songs  Harry Turner, SC  music promoter and educator,  loved. If you've been to one of these Kimbel Concerts before, you'll snap up these tickets; if you haven't, you're in for a treat. Limited seating, light refreshments. $30, 843.235.9600 or

Sunday, Feb. 9
10 AM-4 PM - The 6th annual Craft Fair to benefit the Low Country Food Bank will be held at the General Robert Reed Recreation Center (800 Gabriski Lane) in Market Commons. We are expecting more than 100 vendors who will be exhibiting their own handmade items. Included will be: artists, potters, sewn and knitted goods, photography, glass work, wooden ware, jewelry, garden art, paper crafts and much more. Both the vendors and guests gain admission with donations of non-perishable food for The Low Country Food Bank. If you are interested being a vendor, contact: 6thfoodbankcraftfair@gmail.com.

Sunday & Monday, Feb. 9 & 10
Times Vary - FOWL Snow Birds Book Sale  at the Waccamaw Library. FOWL Members on Sunday, 2-5 PM and Public Sale on Monday, 9 AM-4 PM. www.theFOWL.org.

Monday, Feb. 10
8:30 AM-12:30 PM - Rice Field Boat Tour. Enjoy a rare opportunity to travel as a small group from the Hobcaw House pier to explore the rice fields of the Barony's western shore. Captain Paul Kenny and Foundation staff will explain river and bay ecology while introducing the story of rice cultivation. See rice canals hand dug by enslaved laborers, imagine the former swamps on the Waccamaw's banks that were converted to agricultural fields. From this waterfront perspective, learn of our coastal history. Snacks, water and PFDs provided. Please dress for the winter weather. (Exertion level: moderate impact - embarking/disembarking boat, standing, some sitting.) Reservations required, limited to five. $125,  www.HobcawBarony.org.

11 AM-Noon - Brookgreen U presents "Teatime!" with William Barclay Hall, founder of the Charleston Tea Plantation, in the Fry Classroom. A world-renowned third generation tea taster and tea maker, Hall received his formal training in a four-year tea apprenticeship in Long, England, and has traveled extensively throughout the tea-growing regions of the world. Free with garden admission, 843.979.6083 or www.Brookgreen.org.
Wednesday, Feb. 11
9:30 AM - The Low Country Herb Society meets at the Waccamaw Library featuring Marge and Tom Stachlewitz, speaking about growing lavender in South Carolina.  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 and information on the Herb of the Month.  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 .

Noon-1 PM -  Brookgreen U presents "Dirt N' Details" with Ranger Mike Walker of Huntington Beach State Park in the Fry Classroom. Ranger Walker's talk on "Endangered Plants Along the South Carolina Coast" provides an understanding of the trials and tribulations of plant life at the beach. From the long road to recovery for the federally threatened seabeach amaranth, to battling invasive species like beach vitex and phragmites, to restoring wetlands, you'll learn about "the Plant Side of things," including the great partnerships formed to carry out this important work.  Free with garden admission, 843.979.6083 or  www.Brookgreen.org.

Thursday, Feb. 13
5:30 PM - FOWL Musician Series at the Waccamaw Library. The troupe of talented young performers from the Pied Piper Youth Theater will put on a delightful performance of favorite Broadway love songs to celebrate the power of love on the eve of Valentine's Day. Some of the songs will be drawn from the one-act musical "Once on This Island." Set in the French Antilles and full of Caribbean flair, the musical tells of the relationship between a peasant girl and an upper-class boy, and illustrates love's ability to cross social lines. The Pied Piper Youth Theater teaches children the value of dramatic arts and teamwork in the theater. The PPYT players' energetic performances will warm your heart up for Valentine's Day! Free and open to the public, DVE, dturner@gtcounty.org.

Friday, Feb. 14
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Tom Poland ( Carolina Bays and The Last Sunday Drive) at Pawleys Plantation. Co-written by Tom Poland and Robert C. Clark and subtitled "Wild, Mysterious, and Majestic Landforms," the mystery of the Carolina Bays is an enigma that is lushly, uniquely beautiful. Featuring more than one hundred-fifty color images, Carolina Bays takes you from an aerial perspective of these unusual bays to an on-the-ground safari, from frogs that croak and bark and boom to skinks that skim across the water as if on skis, and on to squawking herons to black-and-yellow polka-dotted caterpillars. Plus! The Sunday drive. Mom, dad and the kids would head out to see the countryside. An ice cream treat usually waited at day's end. Back in the Burma-Shave days, mom-and-pop drive-ins and gas station biscuits fed folks. Cheap gas filled cars, and people made Sunday drives through a land where See Rock City barns, sawdust piles and trains and junkyards gave them plenty to see. Men in seersucker suits ran old stores with oscillating fans, and if the kids ate too much penny candy, grandma had a home remedy for them. It was a time for dinner on church grounds, yard art and old-fashioned petunias. Join author Tom Poland as he revisits disappearing traditions. $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
2:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series at Waccamaw Library  presents "Wait Until Dark" (1967) . See Feb. 7 entry for details. Also offered Feb. 21 & 28, and March 6, 13 & 20. Free and open to the public, DVE,
3-5 PM - Romance in the Gardens. Renew your wedding vows on Valentine's Day in Brookgreen Gardens! A nondenominational ceremony will be held at the Great Dane Gates, leading into Oak Allee. Each couple will receive a personalized certificate and professional photograph. A Southern Cake reception will take place after the ceremony and champagne will be served, along with punch, cake, nuts, and mints. Each bride will also receive a miniature bouquet of flowers. Disclaimer: This is not a wedding ceremony and is for couples who are already married to each other. Tickets will be available in January 2020, 843.235.6000 or www.Brookgreen.org.

Saturday, Feb. 15
1-4 PM - League of Women Voters  celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment at Waccamaw Library. 1 PM - view film Suffragette; 3:15 PM - discussion on Gerrymandering and ways to end it; 3:45 PM -The African American Fight for the Right to Vote by Vennie Deas Moore. Light refreshments and voter registration available.
7 PM - The Velvet Caravan at Winyah Auditorium, Georgetown. $35 preferred seating, $30 open & balcony seating, www.WinyahAuditorium.org .
Sunday, Feb. 16
10:30 AM - Bistro 217 Sixth Annual Charity Golf Championship at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club to benefit Friendship Place. Shotgun start at 10:30 AM, Allen Mead, 607.242.7782 or bistrogolf@hotmail.com.
Tuesday, Feb. 18
10 AM - Tuesdays With...  at Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.) features Zenobia Washington Harper, local artist and historian. She  will be presenting "Who Are the Gullah People?" Her presentation will p rovide personal insights into the wonderful people, the beautiful places, and mystical things that compose the Gullah culture.  Zenobia will have a new set of dolls on display and for sale at the lecture. Free and open to the public, rwilley1019@gmail.com.

6 PM - American Literature Lecture Series presents "Toni Morrison: An American Visionary"  by John Charles Williamson, Ph.D. at the Waccamaw Library. On what would have been Toni Morrison's 89th birthday, Dr. Williamson will discuss essential elements of Morrison's craft by illuminating key passages from her works. He will guide audience members through in-depth interpretations of passages to share the richness and brilliance of Morrison's technique and themes. Though he will come prepared with passages, he would like to encourage attendees to bring in their favorite passages from Morrison's work to share with the group. Sharing moving passages with others seems a fitting way to honor the legacy of Morrison, who passed away in August 2019. Among her many other honors, Morrison was the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. Free and open to the public,  DVE,   dturner@gtcounty.org or www.theFOWL.org .

Wednesday, Feb. 19
Noon-1:15 PM - History for Lunch at the SC Maritime Museum (729 Front St., Georgetown) presents Nic Butler, Historian (Charleston County Public Library) and Host (Charleston Time Machine), on "His Majesty's Warships in South Carolina, 1719-1775." Reservations required. $20 per person ($18 for museum & OLLI members), lunch included, 843.520.0111.
Thursday, Feb. 20
10 AM - FOWL Litchfield Tea & Poetry    presents award-winning poets Gary Jackson and Al Black at the Waccamaw Library - both draw attention to matters of racial inequity and struggle through their work. An Indiana native, Black has published two poetry collections, I Only Left For Tea (2014) and Man With Two Shadows (2018); co-edited Hand in Hand, Poets Respond to Race (2017); and is published in anthologies, journals, and periodicals. He hosts arts events, co-founded Poets Respond to Race Initiative and was Jasper Magazine's 2017 Literary Artist of the Year. Gary Jackson is the author of the poetry collection Missing You, Metropolis, which received the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Callaloo, Tin House, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. He teaches in the MFA program at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. Free and open to the public,  DVE
10 AM-1 PM - Brookgreen Gardens Homeschool Explorer Programs in the Wall Lowcountry Center.  Also offered March 19, April 23, May 21.$7 per student (one parent per family admitted free), 843.235.6000 or www.Brookgreen.org. 
5:30 PM - FOWL Musician Series at the Waccamaw Library presents Pantasia Steel Band , the longest-running professional steel band in South Carolina, currently celebrating their twenty-fifth year. They will take the Library stage to offer an evening of festive Caribbean entertainment. With their decades of experience, band members take the traditional musical form of steel drumming to an exciting new level. Pantasia Steel Band will not only delight the audience with their amazing syncopated playing, the band will also educate listeners about the important history of the steel drum and its significance to Afro-Caribbean culture. Free and open to the public, DVE, 843.545.3623, dturner@gtcounty.org or www.theFOWL.org.
Friday, Feb. 21
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Kimmery Martin ( The Antidote for Everything) at Hot Fish Club. In this whip-smart and timely novel from the acclaimed author of The Queen of Hearts, two doctors travel a surprising path when they must choose between treating their patients and keeping their jobs. Although the feast is full, the author will be at Litchfield Books at 2 PM to autograph her book. 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
1:30 PM - OLLI@CCU and CCU's Department of History continue the War & Society Colloquia: The Vietnam War, at the Conway Education Center (290 Allied Dr.). Additional session March 6. Free and open to the public, 843.349.5002 or www.Coastal.edu/olli.
2:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series at Waccamaw Library presents "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967).  See Feb. 7 entry for details. Also offered Feb. 28, and March 6, 13 & 20. Free and open to the public,  DVE ,
6-10 PM - Miss Ruby's Kids Mardi Gras Gala at Kimbels in Wachesaw Plantation. Cocktails, dinner, Tru Sol Band, costumes, games, prizes, live auction, table decorating contest and much more. A night to remember!  6-7 PM cocktails and open bar; 7-10 PM, dinner, dancing, cash bar, $125, 843.436.7200 or www.MissRubysKids.net.
Saturday, Feb. 22
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Highway, behind Applewood House of Pancakes).  See Feb. 8 entry for details. Also offered March 7 & 21, April 4 & 18. $45, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
1-4 PM - Fighting for Respect: African Americans in the Military. Join us at Hobcaw Barony for this lecture and tour as we explore the difference made by the military in the lives of descendants of enslaved laborers in South Carolina.  During World War I and II, the nation was experiencing
social and racial upheavals and African American citizens saw an opportunity to not only win the respect of their white neighbors but also escape the poverty of the South. Prominent historian Dr. Fritz Hamer, curator of history at the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum helps us understand how African American males from all over the country eagerly joined the war effort. They viewed the conflict as an opportunity to prove their loyalty, patriotism, and worthiness for equal treatment. After the lecture, a tour of the former Friendfield Village includes stories gleaned from oral histories of former residents who served and who returned. Dress for indoor and outdoor activities. (Exertion level: moderate impact, sitting, standing for long periods, walking.) Reservations required. $30, www.HobcawBarony.org.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
10-11:30 AM - FOWL Special Event at the Waccamaw Library. Accomplished poet Libby Bernardin presents a workshop: "Sacred Magic: How Reading Poetry Enriches Our Writing." Participants at all writing levels welcome. Free and open to the public, DVE dturner@gtcounty.org.
Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 26-28
11 AM-1:30 PM - Camellias and Tea at Hobcaw Barony. Belle Baruch enjoyed her property in the winter when camellias were in bloom and the rye grass was flourishing. She grew, propagated and competed with many varieties of camellias that are still growing in her yard today. Spend a portion of your day experiencing a walking tour of the grounds of Bellefield Plantation which will conclude with demonstrations of air-layering & camellia waxing. Feel free to bring a camellia bloom of your own if you would like to have it waxed (lighter shades work best). Also join us for a small tea with refreshments such as a delicious green camellia tea as well as a Charleston black tea on Belle's terrace where she entertained President Franklin Roosevelt and other prominent figures. Participants will drive their own cars to Bellefield Plantation. (Exertion Level: Moderate - some walking, standing for long periods.) Reservations required. $35, www.HobcawBarony.org.
Friday, Feb. 28
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Susan Zurenda ( Bells for Eli) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw . After teaching literature, composition, and creative writing to thousands of high school and college students for 33 years, Susan turned her attention to putting the novel in her heart on paper, the genesis of which started with a short story that won fiction prize some years ago. Bells for Eli is a tender and engaging Coming of Age story in which fate takes with one hand and gives with the other in a time and place of social constraints. It is a world where family secrets must stay hidden, present and past. The novel explores the power of culture, family, friends, bullies, scars, and lovers on two cousins devoted to each other. Though cruelty and pain threaten to dominate, determination, otherworldliness, and most powerfully love, hope, and connectedness combine to enact their mysterious forces. $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
2:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series  at Waccamaw Library presents "The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming" (1966). Also offered March 6, 13 & 20. Free and open to the public, DVE,
Saturday, Feb. 29
9 AM-5 PM - Trail Ride With Your Horse. Hobcaw Barony offers an opportunity for individuals of all ages to bring their own horse(s) and ride designated trails. Riders will have the experience of exploring the 16,000 acres with maps that highlight points of interest. Check-in time runs from 9am - 12pm, all horses, trailers and their owners must depart by 5pm. Registration and waiver forms must be completed and received by Hobcaw Barony at least 3 days before the event to insure confirmation. You can download all forms at www.hobcawbarony.org or pick one up in the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center at 22 Hobcaw Road, Georgetown, SC 29440. Registration required. Also offered March 7 & 14. $35 per rider, www.HobcawBarony.org.
10 AM-Noon - OLLI@CCU Climate Change lecture series at the Conway Education Center (290 Allied Dr.). Speakers will include Paul Gayes, Executive Director, Burroughs & Chapin, Center for Marine & Wetland Studies; Zhixiong Shen, assistant professor of Marine Science; Thomas Mullikin, Research Professor, Burroughs & Chapin, Center for Marine & Wetland Studies; Jaime McCauley, assistant professor of Sociology; and Julinna Oxley, professor of Philosophy. Additional programs March 7, 14, 21 & 28. Refreshments at 9:30 AM. Free and open to the public, 843.349.5002 or www.Coastal.edu/olli.
10 AM-2 PM - Dr. Seuss Day. Brookgreen Gardens will host "A Seussical Day to Read and Play" at the Wall Lowcountry Center. The event is in celebration of Read Across America Day, the annual nationwide event that takes place on March 2 - Dr. Seuss's birthday. Families are invited to come together to enjoy a read aloud of books that convey the appreciation of art, nature, and conservation as experienced at Brookgreen Gardens. Themed make-and-take crafts and activities will be available. Children and adults are encouraged to dress like their favorite book characters. Activities will close with a celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or www.Brookgreen.org.
6-9 PM - FOWL Sadie Hawkins Supper  at Pawleys Plantation. It's leap year, bring a partner, bring a friend, BFF, good buddy, or someone new in the neighborhood to this benefit for the Friends of Waccamaw Library. Social "hour," delicious dinner, terrific music by John Lammonds & Friends (a little bluegrass, a little Doc Watson, a little Willie Nelson, a little James Taylor, a little mo-town, a little Grateful Dead), dancing after dinner, great raffle and door prizes. Casual attire and a cash bar will add to the Sadie Hawkins day festivities. $45, proceeds will benefit Friends' programming. C ontact Phylis Cecola at  FOWLpawleys@gmail.com  to put a table of friends together.  Tickets are also available in the Friends Center in the Waccamaw Library or online at

7 PM - The Music of Van Morrison and James Taylor: A Tribute by the Paul Grimshaw Band at Winyah Auditorium, Georgetown. $30, www.WinyahAuditorium.org. 

Looking Ahead!
March 1 - Cattails and Cocktails at Hobcaw Barony to benefit Georgetown County Museum. Lowcountry Cuisine, Music and Silent Auction. Cash bar. $30 (members), $35 (non-members and at the door), tickets at the museum or 843.545.7020.
March 8 - Oyster Roast at Blue Whale Farm to "Turn Up the Heat & Turn On the Air" for Laura Herriott. Join us at the Brockington/Shehan fire pit for an afternoon oyster roast/raffle/auction to replace the HVAC unit at Laura Herriott's home on Sandy Island. Music! Fresh local oysters, perlow, slaw, sweet potato casserole, tea, beer & wine. And Laura's bread pudding. Advance tickets required. Can't come? Donations welcome. Sunday, 1-4 PM, $30, 843.235.9600 or  www.ClassAtPawleys.com.

March 17 - 2020 Georgetown County Women's Hall of Fame Luncheon  at  Pawleys Plantation.  Special 10th anniversary program honoring the contributions of women to Georgetown County. The 2020 honoree is Georgetown County philanthropist Frances Peace Bunnelle. Guest speakers include: Jim Dumm, Doug Eggiman, Brenda Stroup and Geales G. Sands. Tuesday, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, $35,  843.546.8436 or

March 27 - The Winyah Chapter of the DAR will present its 6th annual scholarship event at Winyah Auditorium in Georgetown featuring "Thomas Jefferson: His Life and Legacy."  Historian Steve Edenbo of Philadelphia and Washington DC will bring to life the man who personifies not only the hopes and ideals, but also the original and unresolved conflicts  and continuing debates of our nation's past and present. The Saltwater Chamber Orchestra will perform pre-performance from 7-7:30 PM.  Tickets are $30 (selected general seating), $15 student up to grade 12, and $85 preferred seating that includes a 6-7 PM pre-show reception at the Winyah with Mr. Jefferson.  With these proceeds the Winyah DAR gives a $2500 scholarship to a senior at each of Georgetown County's six High Schools.  Tickets available at www.W inyahAuditorium.org For information, call Susan Davis at 843.325.1800 or sndavis05@gmail.com.

Renew Your FOWL Membership Online:  Being a FOWL Member is so easy! You can now renew your membership on the FOWL website at www.theFOWL.org . Just click on "Join Us"  at the top of the page and fill in your information. With this new online process, renewal is faster and easier than ever. Your information is accurate and instantly accessible - plus you can renew your membership from home, any time day or night!  For those who prefer human interaction, you can still come in to the Friends Center in the Waccamaw Library and let one of our wonderful volunteers renew your membership for you.  Either way, we're so glad you are a FOWL Member, with all the benefits this entails, including Members Only events, Friends' Night at the July Book Sale, and numerous Volunteer opportunities - all in support of the Waccamaw Neck Branch Library.

A "HIDDEN" GEM!  In addition to the books available in the Friends' Center at the Waccamaw Library, the Friends of the Waccamaw Library (FOWL) has another Bargain Book Corner at the Litchfield Exchange located in the building behind Applewood Restaurant. Lots of good fiction and non-fiction in great condition - including hard covers, paperbacks and even some beautiful coffee-table books. Nothing priced over $1.00 and new books are added on a regular basis! And, of course, all proceeds benefit the library and support its many programs. Tables and chairs have been added to the space so you may sit by the fountain and peruse before you buy! Pay at Art Works (open Mon-Sat, 10 AM-2 PM) or just slip the money under their door using the envelopes provided. The Exchange is open Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM and Saturday, 10 AM-2 PM.

Cultural events on the Grand Strand  - Check out this updated nonprofit website:  www.theartsgrandstrand.org ,   created and maintained by Murrells Inlet resident John Morken, is a complete calendar and guide to the fine arts from Calabash to Conway to Georgetown.  There are more than 700 events and 50 interviews per year.  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 April 11 - The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum will exhibit a unique collection of her work in Sara Golish: Birds of Paradise, opening January 14 and running through April 11. The exhibition features women's portraits in styles far different from traditional and historic ideas of women's images, highlighting women of color through a lens of what she terms "eco-feminism." In recognition that 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women in America the right to vote, the Art Museum plans a full year of exhibitions by women artists, to highlight the wide range of contributions by women to the visual arts in America. Sara Golish's "Birds of Paradise" is the first of these exhibitions, followed by "Voice Lessons," a collection of works by four contemporary women artists which opens January 19 and also runs through April 11.  Gallery hours for both exhibits are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.  Admission to the Art Museum is free at all times but donations are welcome. 843.238.2510 or www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org 

Through April 26 - Exquisite Miniatures at Brookgreen Gardens. Wes and Rachelle Siegrist capture the attention of viewers with miniature paintings so exquisitely rendered that they are often mistaken for photographs. Miniature art has been in existence for centuries and the current revival in its popularity has given rise to miniature art societies, which in turn have given the Siegrists a platform for international recognition among peers and collectors. Their tiny treasures typically measure less than 9 square inches and appear even more detailed when viewed under magnification. Consequently, Wes and Rachelle Siegrist enjoy a dimension of interactivity with viewers that few painters of standard easel-size paintings enjoy. A hallmark of their work is the ability to convey the feel of larger canvases or the essence of the natural world in miniature. It is no wonder that the Siegrists have been referred to as "World Ambassadors for Miniature Art." Daily, 9:30 AM-5 PM, free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or  www.Brookgreen.org

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