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!
  • Mondays - 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 Wednesdays -Blow 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.
  • Saturdays - Open Gaming, under 10 accompanied by adult), 11 AM-5 PM. First Saturday each month - Magic the Gathering Draft and competition; Last Saturday each month - Library Game Days: 11 AM-1 PM focus on games for children and families; 1-5 PM focus on games for teens and adults. Third Saturday All Ages Game Day (Nov. 16, Dec. 21, Jan. 18, Feb. 22, March 21, April 18) - Families are encouraged to come and learn a new game together, and even check out games to take home.  
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.
November/December Artist at the Waccamaw Library: Joanne Willoughby.    Exhibit by award-winning artist captures light across marshes and surf with pastels, oils, and watercolors.  F or more information, dturner@gtcounty.org.

November/December Photographers at the Waccamaw Library: Roger Doyle & Cherié Barrett.  Roger has been a photography enthusiast since the late 1970s. Since moving to Surfside Beach from Manhattan in 2010, Roger has found a renewed passion for nature photography. He especially enjoys photographing birds and frequently visits local wildlife hot spots like Huntington Beach State Park and Brookgreen Gardens. He has been a member of the Myrtle Beach Region of the Carolinas ' Nature Photography Association (CNPA) since January 2013 and currently serves as one of its Regional Coordinators.  In 2017, Cherié relocated from Massachusetts to North Myrtle Beach, where she is a freelance wedding, sports, and portrait photographer with an abiding love for wildlife and nature.  Her image "Lonely Tree" earned Best of Show honors in the 2018 Winyah Rivers Alliance/Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER competition.  F or more  information,  dturner@gtcounty.org. 
Georgetown County Government invites you to  kept abreast of  what's going on inside their local government through the  Georgetown County Chronicle. It's a vehicle for information about county services and events, important messages from county officials and behind - the - scenes glimpses at how government works. You can find the Chronicle online at www.gtcounty.org or through their Facebook page. If you'd rather have it delivered to your inbox, e - mail jbroach@gtcounty.org with the  subject line   "send me the Chronicle."

Library Presentations on YouTube ( see the "ongoing" section at the end of the Community Connector ).

FOGL call for volunteers:
Thursday to Saturday, November 21-23, the Friends of the Georgetown Library hold their  Annual Fall Book Sale.  Volunteers are needed to help set-up the books for the sale and to serve as cashiers during the sale.
We need help on
  • Tuesday (Nov. 19), 1-5 PM
  • Wednesday (Nov. 20), 9 AM-noon and 1-5 PM
  • Thursday (Nov. 21), 8:30 AM-noon, noon-4 PM, and 4-7 PM
  • Friday (Nov. 22), 8:30 AM-noon and noon-5:30 PM
  • Saturday (Nov. 23), 8:30 AM-noon and noon-4 PM(clean-up after the sale)

For the Yuletide Home Tour on December 14 , we are still in need of a few volunteers to assist as docents in several of the homes during the two shifts of the afternoon (from 1-3 PM and from 3-5 PM).  Besides the joy of sharing the Yuletide spirit, the benefits of being a docent include a free ticket for the Tour and an invitation with a guest to our opening reception at the Library on Friday evening, December 13 at 6 PM. If you are available, please contact  pamtoemmes@sc.rr.com.
Friday, Nov. 15
7 PM - Royal South comes to the Winyah Auditorium, Georgetown. $20, www.WinyahAuditorium.org.

Saturday, Nov. 16
10 AM-Noon - Fish Printing. Looking for a homemade holiday gift? Enjoy art at North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve using a method of printmaking that traditionally utilizes fish and sea creatures. Bring your own bag, shirt, hat, etc. Also offered Dec. 20. Free,
843.904.9017  or  www.NorthInlet.sc.edu/discovery .

10 AM-4 PM - Miss Ruby's Kids Kitchen Tour to benefit the families and students being served by Miss Ruby's Kids. Visit homes and a commercial kitchen in Pawleys Plantation, DeBordieu and historic Georgetown. Kitchen Tour registration will be at St. Peter's Lutheran Church (65 Crooked Oak Dr., Pawleys Island) in conjunction with St. Peter's Apple Dumpling Sale. Tickets in advance are $35, 854.527.0277 or www.missrubyskids/net .

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.  See Nov. 2 entry for details. $45, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.

2-8:30 PM - Nights of a Thousand Candles Photography Workshop.  Anne Malarich, who has shot every year of Brookgreen Gardens' NOTC (19 now) and is the photo-author of their book by that name, has organized an amazing workshop that will guarantee beautiful photographs of the holiday displays. Along with David Fattaleh and Jack Eyler (Photoshop & Lightroom expert), the three instructors are donating their time for this fundraiser for Brookgreen to teach you proper exposure, light painting techniques, editing, and photo stacking. Participants will have exclusive entrance into Brookgreen for classroom instruction (2-4 PM, supper provided), followed by one-on-one instruction in the Gardens from 4:30-8:30 PM (to capture twilight to darkness). Bring: camera, tripod, extra batteries, lens, and dress in dark colors to avoid reflections. You will receive a printed handout of all instructions. NO computers needed. Attendance limited to 40, $45 (Brookgreen members), $65 (non-members), reservations on Showclix at  www.Brookgreen.org .  

5:30-7:30 PM - Light Up the Lawn for the Kaminski House Museum's 250th Birthday Party! You are invited to join the Kaminski House as we celebrate the museum's 250th Birthday by flipping the switch to "Light Up the Lawn" for the museum's holiday lighting display for the first time. Dance under our oaks by the Sampit River to the big band sounds of the Andrew Thielen Big Band. Specialty pizzas will be provided by Landolfi's Pizza. All proceeds will benefit the museum's interior restoration project.  $15 adults and children 13 and over, $5 for children 12 and under, 843.546.7706 or www.KaminskiMuseum.org.
Monday, Nov. 18
10 AM - Adult Tech: Basic Programs Series - Learn/review Word (word processing). Additional programs Nov. 20 & 22. Free and open to the public. Register via  dturner@gtcounty.org  or 843.545.3363.

1-3 PM - OLLI@CCU Lecture Series on Gullah Geechee Culture and Heritage at the Litchfield Education Center (14427 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island). Alli Crandell, Eric Crawford, and students from CCU's Athenaeum Press present "How to Get Involved with Preservation Projects." Free and open to the public, 843.349.6584 or www.Coastal.edu/olli.
Tuesday, Nov. 19
10 AM - FOGL's Tuesdays With ... presents Barry Price on "Under a Viral Siege: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in South Carolina" at the Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.). Barry's lecture will examine the horrific impact the pandemic had on South Carolina and, in fact, the world - and lessons we can learn in the twenty-first century from this event. Free and open to the public, rwilley1019@gmail.com.

Wednesday, Nov. 20 
10 AM - Adult Tech: Basic Programs Series - Learn/review PowerPoint (presentations).  Additional program Nov. 22. Free and open to the public. Register via  dturner@gtcounty.org  or 843.545.3363.

Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 20-22
10 AM-on - PILBA Festival of Wreaths  to benefit Good Friends! All proceeds from this second annual Festival of Wreaths will be donated to Good Friends, a non-profit organization who assists local individuals and families who have exhausted every other means of support. Recipients are chosen by Georgetown County's Department of Social Services and approved by the Good Friends Board of Directors. Area artists and designers will create and donate wreaths to be included in a silent auction during the Festival. Online bidding starts at 10 AM, Wed., Nov. 20 and continues until the Live Auction at the Wreath Fest party on Friday night, Nov. 22, 6-8 PM. Wreaths will be displayed in the vacant space beside Rustic Table, in the Island Shops, courtesy of Pobuckra Properties. Admission to the Wreath Fest is free to PILBA Members and Contributing Artists. The public is invited to attend: tickets are $20 in advance, $20 at the door and include two beverage tickets. JoinPilba@gmail.com or call event chair Troi Kaz, 843.455.4523.

Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 21-23
Times vary - FOGL Fall Book Sale . Huge selection of hardcovers only $1 each and paperbacks just 50 cents.  If you bring a canned or any nonperishable food item for the Helping Hands Thanksgiving Food Drive, you'll receive one free hardback or paperback book.  And remember that all proceeds from the Fall Book Sale go toward supporting children's reading programs at the Library!  Thurs., 8:30 AM-7 PM; Fri., 8:30 AM-5:30 PM; Sat., 8:30 AM-2 PM, free to attend,  843.545.3366,
Thursday, Nov. 21
1 PM - Brookgreen 101 presents "Winter Holidays at Brookgreen Plantation," an hour-long public information program sponsored by the Campbell Center for American Sculpture and held in the Welcome Center Conference Room. Bring your lunch, listen, and learn with us! Free for members and included with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or www.Brookgreen.org.

Friday, Nov. 22
7-10 AM -  Brookgreen Gardens Birding Excursion.  See Nov. 8 entry for details.  Join Hal Vivian, a member and volunteer at Brookgreen Gardens for 25 years and an avid birder. Hal was a member of the Bucks County, Pennsylvania Audubon Society and the Waccamaw Audubon Society where he served as President for 2 years. Bring/bring/wear: hat, sunglasses, closed-toed outdoor style shoes, insect repellant, water & binoculars, birding book. Dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Significant amount of walking. Rain or shine (Rain plan to host birding seminar / lecture under Leonard pavilion or zoo program shed.) Limited to 11 (no children under 12), advance registration required.Fri., 7-10 AM, $10 Members, $25 Non-members,

10 AM - Adult Tech: Basic Programs Series - Learn/review Excel (spreadsheets). Free and open to the public.  Register via  dturner@gtcounty.org  or 843.545.3363.

11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Anne Byrn ( Skillet Love: From Steak to Cake) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw. Beloved by home cooks and professionals alike, the cast iron skillet is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in your kitchen arsenal. Perfect for every meal of the day, the cast iron pan can be used to cook eggs, sear meat, roast whole dinners, and serve up dessert warm from the oven. Bestselling author Anne Byrn has carefully curated 160 recipes to be made in one simple 12-inch cast iron skillet. These are dishes everyone can enjoy, from appetizers and breads like Easy Garlic Skillet knots to side dishes like Last-Minute Scalloped Potatoes, from brunch favorites to one-pot suppers like Skillet Eggplant Parmesan. And of course, no Anne Byrn cookbook would be complete without her innovative cakes like Georgia Burnt Caramel Cake, cookies like Brown Sugar Skillet Blondies, and pies and other delicious treats. Scattered throughout are fun tidbits about the origin of the cast iron skillet and how to properly season and care for them. The Cake Doctor has crafted an informational, adaptable, and deliciously indispensable guide to skillet recipes the whole family is sure to love.  $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.

Saturday, Nov. 23
2-3:30 PM - Brookgreen Gardens Gratitude Walk . Join us as we walk the beautiful Brookgreen Gardens Labryrinth during this season of gratitude. As you approach the busy season ahead, slow down and contemplate the gifts you have received. Breathe deeply and appreciate the richness of life. Enjoy an enriching group walk; feel free to linger at the labryrinth to journal or just enjoy the silence following your walk. Limited golf cart transportation from the Welcome Center to the labryrinth for those who are mobility-challenged. Event may be cancelled for safety reasons, if there is significant rainfall or flooding impacting the labryrinth area prior to on the day of the walk. Wear closed-toed shoes. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or www.Brookgreen.org.
November 23-Jan. 1, 2020 
9:30 AM-5 PM - Brookgreen Holiday Exhibits open daily and during Nights of a Thousand Candles. Two indoor exhibits are beautiful additions to our seasonal celebration and are included in admission. 843.235.6000 or www.Brookgreen.org.
Sunday, Nov. 24
9 AM - Quigley's 12th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Friendship Place. Gather a group and hit the greens of the Tradition Golf Club off Willbrook Blvd. for a great cause. Registration, 9 AM; Shotgun start at 10 AM. To register, 843.685.0633.

Monday, Nov. 25
10 AM - Adult Tech: Special Topics Series - Basic Internet Safety. Registration not required. Free and open to the public,
dturner@gtcounty.org or 843.545.3363. 
10 AM-12:15 PM - Bike to the BoardwalkBike 5 miles (roundtrip) on gravel roads through Hobcaw Barony's pristine forests to the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve's beautiful salt marsh boardwalk on North Inlet estuary. Wildlife, research and salt marsh ecology will be discussed during the trip. Bring your own bike(all terrain tires recommended), helmet, water, snack. Weather permitting.  Free, 843.904.9017.
Friday, Nov. 29
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Jon Sealy (The Edge of America) at Inlet Affairs. John Sealy, author of The Whiskey Baron, has hit another out of the ballpark! Bobby West is on the edge. As chief financial officer for a Miami holding company and a CIA front, he has over-leveraged his business in the go-go 1980s financial culture. He turns to a deal-with-the-devil money laundering operation with a local gangster, Alexander French -a deal which quickly goes south when $3 million goes missing. Now Mr. French, a group of Cuban exiles, and an Israeli smuggler named Adriana Chekhov are all after Bobby West to pay up. With echoes of Iran-Contra and the Orwellian surveillance state,  The Edge of America is a stunning thriller about greed, power, and the limits of the American dream. $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
Saturday, Nov. 30
Small Business Saturday - Shop Local! Support your area small businesses! 
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Highway, behind Applewood House of Pancakes).  See Nov. 2 entry for details. Also offered Dec. 14 & 28. $45, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.

6-9 PM - Brookgreen Gardens Nights of a Thousand Candles Preview Benefit features a romantic, exclusive evening. Each year Brookgreen reaches hundreds of students and families with educational programming focused on history, the environment and the arts. Our school programming is correlated to state and national standards, and receives outstanding reviews from teachers who support the efficacy of our hands-on activities in support of their curriculum goals. Your Nights of a Thousand Candles Preview Benefit ticket enables Brookgreen to grow its educational initiatives and encourage lifelong learning. A limited number of tickets will be sold and your ticket price will include beverages (including wine or beer) and heavy hors d'oeuvres, provided by Austin's, Inlet Affairs, and Azalea, will be stationed throughout the gardens. Entertainment. $100 per person, 843.235.6000 or www.Brookgreen.org.
Sunday, Dec. 1
3:30-5:30 PM - Murrells Inlet 2020 Annual Christmas Tree  Lighting at Morse Park (next to Hot Fish Club) Kick off the holiday season. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance! There will be a variety of kids' crafts, face painting and holiday music for you to enjoy. Free and open to the public, 843.357.2007.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
10 AM - FOWL offers "Beat Cancer with Your Fork!" at the Waccamaw Library. Tips to prevent cancer through healthier diet. Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.

11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Andrew Lawler (The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search  for the Lost Colony of Roanoke ) at Ocean One, Litchfield. In 1587, 115 men, women, and children arrived at Roanoke Island on the coast of North Carolina to establish the first English colony in the New World-and then vanished. In The Secret Token, journalist Andrew Lawler sets out on a quest to solve an enigma that has obsessed generations of historians, archaeologists, and amateur sleuths. The Washington Post calls it "crazy fun" as well as "surprisingly fresh and powerful," while the Wall Street Journal deems it "the most authoritative account of the Lost Colony to date." The Economist says that "Mr. Lawler is an intrepid guide to this treacherous territory," adding that "his willingness to chase down every lead, no matter how outlandish, and his enthusiasm for the journey as much as the destination, make The Secret Token a lively and engaging read."  $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
Thursday, Dec. 5
10 AM - FOWL 1st Thursday  at Waccamaw Library presents "Wild at Home: Tracking Neighborhood Hawks," an account of a year spent tracking hawks by John Lane, a leading writer of the southern ecology. Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.
2-4 PM - Colonial Christmas at Hobcaw House. Celebrate Christmas in the Lowcountry the old fashioned way with an afternoon party at Hobcaw House. During the 18th and 19th century, plantation owners like Hobcaw Barony's Allstons, Alstons, Wards and Blythes were in residence during December and preparing for the holiday. Hobcaw House will be decorated by the Georgetown Garden Club with native greenery from the woods, swamps and marshes on the Barony. Docents will be present giving informal tours and presiding over a dining room table laden with seasonal treats. Also, a musical presentation by Georgetown's "Marsh Hens" and a historical overview of the symbolism of so many of the Christmas lowcountry customs we share today will take place in the living room. (Exertion level: low impact, sitting, some standing) Participants will drive their own cars to Hobcaw House. Reservations required. $35, www.HobcawBarony.org.
5:30-7:30 PM - Designers Christmas Showcase, A 250th Celebration Candlelight Tour  of the rooms of the Kaminski House Museum dressed in holiday splendor. Also offered Dec. 12. $10/Members, $15/Non-Members, 843.546.7706.

Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 5-7
10 AM-4 PM - Festival of Trees in the Litchfield Exchange, hosted by Rothrock Antiques to benefit Tidelands Hospice. 843.520.7714 or www.TidelandsHospice.org.
Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 5-8
3-10 PM - Nights of a Thousand Candles. See Brookgreen Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 2,700 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, cocoa, or wine. Hear the sounds of holiday music, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends! Named "Best Christmas Lights in South Carolina" by Travel+Leisure Magazine. Winner of the 2018 Charles A. Bundy award for excellence in tourism from South Carolina Parks Recreation and Tourism. Tickets must be purchased before your arrival! Space is limited. Tickets are non-refundable. In case of bad weather or change of plans, tickets may be exchanged for another night based on availability by calling  1.844. 271-3410. The deadline to request an exchange is 3 PM on the day before the date of your ticket. Also offered Dec. 12-15 and Dec. 19-21. Members - adult $20, child $12; Non-members - adult $25, child $15, www.Brookgreen.org.
Friday, Dec. 6
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Natalie Dupree's Stories and Favorite Recipes at Hot Fish Club. Nathalie Dupree is a storyteller, and in celebration of her 80th birthday in December 2019, she shares her favorite culinary stories, which trace her journey from a budding cook for her college friends, though her years as a restaurant cook and cooking instructor. $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
Noon-4 PM - FOWL Holiday Book Sale at Waccamaw Library. Great gift books, autographed first editions, terrific prices. Fr., Noon-4 PM, dturner@gtcounty.org.

5-7 PM - Island Art Gallery Miniature Show and Holiday Open House. This annual Holiday event features fine food, drink and good fun! Area artists are invited to enter the show and be eligible for a peoples' choice award. Free and open to the public, 843.314.0298, www. PawleysIslandArt.com.
7 PM - The Charlestones at Christmas at the Winyah Auditorium, Georgetown. Fri., 7 PM, $20, www.WinyahAuditorium.org.
Saturday, Dec. 7
9 AM-10 PM - Georgetown Christmas Celebration: Breakfast with the official parade Santa to benefit Miss Ruby's Kids at Grahams on Front Street; all you can eat. Sat., 9-11 AM, $10.00 (tickets at MissRubysKids.net or 854.527.0277). Christmas Parade begins at 11 AM on Front Street; Kaminski House Tours at 1, 2, 3 PM; Lighted Boat Parade, 6 PM; Tree Lighting, 7:30 PM. Sat., 9 AM-10 PM, free and open to the public, details at www.GeorgetownSeaport.com.
10 AM-4 PM - Murrells Inlet 2020 Inlet Holiday Tour of Homes . Enjoy a showcase of spectacular homes across the Murrells Inlet area that are decorated for the holiday season. Spend the day with your friends and family touring the best of what Murrells Inlet has to offer. Locations include Mt. Gilead, Collins Creek Landing, waterfront creek homes, and more! You won't want to miss this event. A list of homes, their addresses, and a map will be emailed to all ticket holders closer to event. We will also post on our Facebook and have printouts at the office. All ticket holders will receive an official Inlet Holiday Tour of Homes booklet. The booklets can be found on our website (by Thanksgiving) with a list of homes. $28, 843.357.2007 or www.MurrellsInletSC.com/events.
11 AM-4 PM - Christmas with the Friends of Atalaya at Huntington Beach State Park. To get into the spirit of the season, the rooms at Atalaya will be decorated by a variety of schools, organizations, individuals, and businesses. Refreshments and crafts. Entertainment by local groups and individuals will take place throughout the day. Park and event admission required for guests.
7 PM - Jazz at the Winyah: Terence Young. $20, www.WinyahAuditorium.org.
Sun., Dec. 8
10 AM-2 PM - Santa at the Beach! Santa Claus is on the beach at Myrtle Beach State Park and wants to create some memorable photos with you! Bring your camera for a one-of-a-kind family photo. Santa also loves pets, so feel free to bring your pet (always on a leash). Santa photos will occur rain or shine! If raining, inquire at Admissions for location of the Santa Shelter. Grilled hot dogs and drinks available for sale. Sun., 10 AM-2 PM (15-minute cookie break at noon), 843.238.0874.
3 PM - Murrells Inlet 2020 Christmas Parade . Join the community for the staple event of the season. The Parade starts at Wilcox Avenue and travels down Hwy 17 Business until it ends at Wachesaw Road. The feature of the parade is the grand finale, Santa and Mrs. Claus! Free and open to the public, 843.357.2007 or  www.MurrellsInletSC.com/events  .  
Tuesday, Dec. 10
10 AM - FOWL offers "Keeping the Holidays Bright," at the Waccamaw Library. Barriedel Llorens (Tidelands Hospice) offers tips for managing grief and turning loss back into joy during holidays. Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.

Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 12-15
3-10 PM - Nights of a Thousand Candles. See Dec. 5-8 entry for details. Also offered Dec. 19-21 . Thurs.-Sun., 3-10 PM, Members - adult $20, child $12; Non-members - adult $25, child $15, www.Brookgreen.org.
Thursday, Dec. 12
5:30-7:30 PM - Designers Christmas Showcase, A 250th Celebration Candlelight Tour of the rooms of the Kaminski House Museum dressed in holiday splendor. $10/Members, $15/Non-Members, 843.546.7706.
Friday, Dec. 13
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Cat Warren ( What the Dog Knows) at Pawleys Plantation. Cat Warren is the 2013 New York Times bestselling author of What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World. The book tells the story of learning to work with her impossible young shepherd as a cadaver dog to find the missing and dead. It won critical acclaim and was long listed for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. The Young Readers Edition of What the Dog Knows is just out and featured at this Moveable Feast, though both versions will be available. Cat grew up in the country in Oregon, worked as a newspaper journalist for many years across the United States, and now writes, teaches at North Carolina State University, and plays with dogs. $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
Friday & Saturday, Dec. 13 & 14
Noon-3 PM - Hampton: Home for the Holidays. Come see Hampton Plantation decorated as it would have been for the holidays in centuries past! Take a tour through the house and enjoy storytelling and live music. Also offered Dec. 20 & 21. $10, 843.546.9361.
Saturday, Dec. 14
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Highway, behind Applewood House of Pancakes). See Nov. 16 entry for details. Also offered Dec. 28, Jan. 11 & 25. $45, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
9 AM-4 PM - FOGL Yuletide Home Tour. Historic Georgetown homes and festive holiday decorations, hosted by Friends of Georgetown Library. Sat., Friends, $20, non-members, $25, rwilley1019@gmail.com.
Noon-3 PM - Christmas Oyster Roast at Bellefield Plantation. Held annually on the grounds of Bellefield Plantation, this Southern oyster roast also features barbecue and pilau, wine and beer, a bonfire and holiday cheer. Staff and volunteers offer tours of Belle Baruch's 1938 Bellefield grounds, including the stable, kennels, greenhouse, tea terrace and former rice mill pond looking out to rice fields adjacent to the Waccamaw River. Enjoy a day in the country, imagining Belle's vision of research and her great love of "the friendliest woods in the world." BYOC (Bring your own chair) (Exertion level: Moderate Impact, sitting, standing, walking over uneven terrain) Reservations required. $50, www.HobcawBarony.org.

Dec. 17, 2019 - FOWL presents Jill Trinka at the Waccamaw Library. The auditorium will resound with glad tidings of the Christmas season, thanks to the beautiful vocals and lovely strains of a variety of acoustic instruments, including  Appalachian dulci mer, Autoharp™, guitar, and piano-played masterfully by Dr. Jill Trinka. Trinka will perform a free concert, with a special focus on traditional carols from the Southeastern United States and the Deep South, as well as Christmas music from Appalachia and the British Isles, with a classic holiday song or two for all to sing!  Dr. Trinka's performance is part of the FOWL Musicians Series, a free concert series sponsored by the Friends of the Waccamaw Library (FOWL). Tues., 5:30 PM, free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.

Jan. 24, 2020 - Save the Date! The Friends of the Waccamaw Library (FOWL) will be hosting their Annual Know the Neck ► Come Connect Volunteer Fair in the DeBordieu Colony Auditorium at the Waccamaw Branch Library. Set-up will be from 8:30-10 AM, and the Fair will be from 10 AM-2 PM. More details and participation applications will be available soon. If you have any questions, please email fowlpawleys@gmail.com.

If you missed prior Library Presentations, check out these on YouTube:
  • Tuesdays With....  Lee Brockington's outstanding presentation on "Pawley's Island" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3Xfr6oHk3o
  •   Hampton Plantation Historic Site lecture by Elizabeth Huntsinger Wolf's ("Legends and Lore of Hampton and the Santee") -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQW9vuHMzeg
  •  Hampton Plantation Historic Site lecture with Hannah Marley's on "Hampton History: Rice Plantation, The Enslaved and Free, and Poetic Inspiration" -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6mNou_nCLc   
  • Tim Conroy:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAIei_K7LDE and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJUHme1QbSc&t=285s
  •  Sarah Gardner on the reading habits of Civil War soldiers, both Union and Confederate - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtVormGBj0Q
  • Bill Oberst, Jr. about his creative inspiration, his new show about Ray Bradbury, and how books changed his life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpq4OoOQ2mE&list=PL5amMQXpoj3MkxPC3MnMvdQXZVSJcpXWo and
  • Adam Vines: poet Adam Vines, often pushing the envelope of library appropriateness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ8CUtmgDUA and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySNnC824mrQ
  • Josephine Humphreys talks about the Lowcountry landscape, recondite history, and family stories that inspire her work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5n38l6qgZs8&list=PL5amMQXpoj3MkxPC3MnMvdQXZVSJcpXWo&index=5
  • Ashely Mace Havird & David Havird share their favorite poems:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTfaXhsEoBo&list=PL5amMQXpoj3MkxPC3MnMvdQXZVSJcpXWo&index=6 and 
  •  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKb6IoUvOi0
  • Daniel Wallace: author of Big Fish and other critically acclaimed novels, is interviewed about his inspiration, how he feels about the reaction to his writing, and future plans. Interviewed at the Waccamaw Library by fellow author (and distant cousin) Daniel Turner. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDj69JxmZiQ
  •  Dr. Kate Clifford Larson's presentation on "Bound for the Promised Land: The Life and Legacy of Harriett Tubman" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkiyFEW0Fh4

  • 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 to 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 to 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 Dec. 15 -  Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum hosts
    Georgetown-based artists  Betsy Havens, whose 39 works titled "Congregate"
    explore s people's need to gather in a variety of settings from cafes to street markets and in large congregations of faith, through a series of figurative paintings, and  James Calk, whose 34 works titled "Rhythm & Hues" offers abstract landscapes of brilliant colors in oils that offer a visual representation of the rhythms and tonalities of musical compositions.  Admission is free. Regular gallery hours are from 10 AM-4 PM Tuesday through Saturday and from 1-4 PM Sundays. 843.238.2510 or www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.
    FOWL Community Connector | Friends of Waccamaw Library| |  linda@classatpawleys.com | www.theFOWL.org