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.
Kids' weekly activities - all are free, some require registration. For more information, aking@gtcounty.org.
  • Junior FIRST Lego League.  Mondays, 3-4 PM, through Nov. 12.  Non-competitive level of FIRST for ages 6-9.  
  • Minis Art Class.  Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30 PM.  Art for ages 1-5 years old and their grown-ups.
  • Art Classes. First Wednesdays, 3-4:30 PM with artists from the Myrtle Beach Art Museum. Ages 6-12 years old. Pre-registration required.
  • Story Time!  Wednesdays at 10:30 AM ( Playtime starts at 10 AM). Ages b irth to 5 years
  • Canine Angels. Second & Fourth Wednesdays, 3-4 PM. Come and read to one of these great dogs (and people)!
  • Creative Crafts. Thursdays, 3-4 PM. 4th grade and up.
  • LEGO Free Build. All day Fridays. All ages.
  • Manners Club. First Saturday each month, 10 AM-Noon. Register with Ms. Amy or Ms. Holly.
Game on! We play a wide variety of family friendly board and card games and always have a great time. Free, ddennis@gtcounty.org. 
  • Mondays - Open Gaming & Cooperative game day, ages 10+, 3-6:30 PM.
  • Tuesdays - Open Gaming & Tabletop, ages 10+, 3-6:30 PM.
  • Wednesdays - Open Gaming & Magic the Gathering Day, ages 10+, 3-6:30 PM.
  • Thursdays - Open Gaming & Art Day, 10+, 3-6:30 PM.
  • Fridays - Minecraft Friday, all ages (under 10 accompanied by adult), 2:30-5 PM.
  • Saturdays - Open Gaming, 10+, 11 AM-5 PM. First Saturday each month - Magic the Gathering Draft and competition; Last Saturday each month - Library Game Days, 11 AM-1 PM focus on games for children and families; 1-9 PM focus on games for teens and adults.
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.
March-April Artist at the Waccamaw Library: Elaine Goodman. With a bold style that commingles folk and primitive influences, Goodman represents the art of the new South - a melting pot of peoples from all destinations. She completed her formal art education at the Pratt Institute in New York and hopes to inspire others to pursue their artistic passions. F or more information, dturner@gtcounty.org.

Special Exhibit in the DeBordieu Colony Auditorium: Historic watercolors of Pawleys Island scenes by Warren J. Redd, Jr., were painted during the 1960s-70s of now-vanishing landmarks from our area's past. Redd began painting these images - featuring old churches, undeveloped shorelines and working shrimp boats - while still in his teens, before Highway 17 was expanded to four lanes with strip malls and housing developments crowding each shoulder. His watercolors take us back to a simpler time.

March-April Photographer at the Waccamaw Library: The Seacoast Artists Guild.  Enjoy an array of brilliant photographs created by the many talented artists of the Myrtle Beach guild. F or more  information,  

FOWL/Restaurant Dining Partnership: The Waccamaw Library programming director Dan Turner and FOWL have planned a full complement of programs for the upcoming "snowbird season."  The Classic Film series, the Musician Series, the Cinematic South series, and Tea & Poetry will be announced in the Community Connector one month at a time, but you can pick up a copy of the full schedule at the front desk of the library and sync to your personal calendar. All these programs are free and open to the public. We've organized partnerships with surrounding restaurants to give FOWL event attendees extra "specials" after the programs. Quigley's, J. Peters and Hanser House will give each patron with a dining voucher an extra 10% off (alcohol excluded) - Massey's Pizza will give 20% off - when you bring proof of your attendance. Vouchers (good only on the event date) will be provided at each eligible FOWL program.

Thursday, March 14
5:30 PM - FOWL Musician Series presents Gullah Soul , a live performance by the renowned Plantation Singers, at the Waccamaw Library. The famed Charleston choral group  will delight area residents with their lively renditions of traditional spirituals rooted in South Carolina Gullah heritage. Their unique brand of a capella singing preserves deep roots across centuries of African American culture in the Lowcountry.  The Plantation Singers are one of the most respected live gospel groups in the Southeast. Their performances are famously inspired and inspiring. Their dedication to preserving Gullah sacred music of the Lowcountry was recognized with Charleston's prestigious Three Sisters Award. For more than twenty years, The Plantation Singers have delivered performances across the United States and abroad, providing  an uplifting, shoe-tapping, hand-clapping, sing-along atmosphere while staying true to the spiritual foundations of Gullah culture.  The Plantation Singers will appear as part of the Waccamaw Library's celebration of Gullah heritage, which includes David Soliday's FOWL 1st Thursday presentation on his aerial photographs of buried rice plantations on March 7 at 10 AM, a screening of "Daughters of the Dust" on March 15 at 2:30 PM, and a session on learning to coil a sweetgrass wreath on March 16 at 10 AM. A Gullah treat prepared by Laura Herriott, Sandy Island bed & breakfast proprietor, will be shared at the performance.  Free and open to the public, but love offerings/donations for the performers will be appreciated,   843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.
Friday, March 15
2-4 PM - Women's History Lecture: Row Upon Row, Sweet Grass Baskets . The distinctive folk traditions of SC's plantation culture include the intact art of creating coiled sea grass baskets. Meet the author of the first definitive book on the craft, Dr. Dale Rosengarten, Baruch Foundation Trustee, College of Charleston professor and former guest curator with McKissick Museum of USC, who lectures on the history and unique associations between Africa and the Carolina lowcountry. Meet basket maker Barbara McCormick, born in Charleston, raised in Mt. Pleasant and a resident of McClellanville, who learned this ancient art from her grandmother, mother and aunts. Copies of Row Upon Row as well as a selection of Ms. McCormick's sweet grass baskets will be available for purchase. (Exertion level: Low impact, sitting.) Limited to 60; reservations required. $20, HobcawBarony.org.
Time change! 5:30 PM - Cinematic South Friday Matinee Series at Waccamaw Library presents "Daughters of the Dust" - Julie Dash's brilliant vision of Gullah Sea Islands culture. Enjoy various movie visions of Southern life, from classics to contemporary favorites. Additional films offered March 29, April 12 & 26, and May 10, free and open to all, dturner@gtcounty.org or theFOWL.org.

Saturday, March 16
9 AM-5 PM - Trail Ride With Your Own HorseHobcaw 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 9 AM-noon, all horses, trailers and their owners must depart by 5 PM. 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 on the website or pick one up in the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center, 22 Hobcaw Rd, Georgetown, SC 29440 . Registration & reservations required. $30, HobcawBarony.org.

10 AM-Noon - Master Your iPad or iPhone  at the Litchfield Exchange.  Former OLLI instructor Roy Frost offers a free session on the "ins and outs of the iPhone Camera and the photo editing App called Photos" on your Apple phone or tablet. For more information, email Roy at TheGoodAppleClub@me.com or to reserve a spot, 843.235.9600.

1 PM - Reign of Rice Lecture Series at Brookgreen Gardens presents "Mo Fa We Fa Nyam: How Lowcountry Rice Landscapes & Culture Present an Afrofuturist Blueprint for Transformational World Building" at the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Public historian Sara Makeba Daise from Atlanta will explore how enslaved West African and Gullah Geechee engineers, agriculturists, and culture bearers who transformed the Lowcountry cypress swamps into endless fields of Carolina gold can be viewed as possibility-models for those seeking to positively alter the global landscape in what seems like pale and hopeless times. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6049 or Brookgreen.org.

4-8 PM - Hobnob at Hobcaw. This annual benefit  for the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER program is held at Kimbel Lodge/Pond Shelter at Hobcaw Barony. Silent auction and door prizes. Live music by Sawgrass, oysters (and Southern fare) beer, wine! Tickets $35/ member; $40/non-member; kids under 14, free, 843.349.4007 or WinyahRivers.org.

7 PM - A  Culinary Symphony   to benefit the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art. This fundraiser event pairs talented chefs with gracious hosts in some of the most beautifully decorated and interesting homes in the Lowcountry of Georgetown. Get your group of friends together and be part of one of the Lowcountry's most anticipated events. $150 per person, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.

Sunday, March 17
2:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series  ("Casablanca")  at Waccamaw Library. Enjoy screenings of classic movies selected and introduced by film historians Bill Harvey and Tony Miller. Additional films offered March 31, and April 7. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.

Monday, March 18
10-11:30 AM - Georgetown Rice Plantations: Session 3  at Waccamaw Library continues Robin McCall's history series of local/area rice plantations. Free and open to all, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.

Tuesday, March 19
10 AM - Tuesdays With...  Gary Forrester, Senior Area Horticulturist for the Clemson Cooperative Extension, at Georgetown Library Auditorium (405 Cleland St.), will be sharing tips for "Preparing Your Lawn and Gardens for the Spring."

Wednesday, March 20
10 AM - Brexit and Northern Ireland at Waccamaw Library. Gary Mason, Belfast, Northern Ireland native and international expert on peacebuilding and rethinking conflict, will discuss the timely topic of how the impending Brexit may impact stability in Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom. Will Britain's exit from the European Union lead to a unification of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland? Or will Brexit provoke further division between these borders, stirring up former conflicts between Protestant Ireland and Catholic Ireland?  World-renowned for his work in the areas of social justice, conflict transformation, peacebuilding, reconciliation, as well as overcoming racism and sectarianism, Gary Mason is committed to community transformation. He is the founder of Rethinking Conflict, a U.K.-based non-profit working in the field of conflict resolution, peace, and reconciliation. Gary spent thirty years involved in the Northern Ireland Peace Process. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Ulster, completed theological studies at Queens University (Belfast), and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University in Ireland. F ree and open to the public, this FOWL-sponsored talk will be followed by a question-and-answer period. Dr. Mason will be hosted by his friend and colleague, the Reverend Dr. Donald Fishburne of Pawleys Island and Winter Harbor, Maine. Dr. Fishburne is also involved in international peacebuilding initiatives and educational travel to learning centers. For more information or to register for this event, please email him at: Donald@DonaldFishburne.net.

Friday, March 22
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Susan Meissner (The Last Year of the War). From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and As Bright as Heaven comes a novel about a German American teenager whose life changes forever when her immigrant family is sent to an internment camp during World War II. Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-year-old in 1943-aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family is sent to an internment camp in Texas, where, behind the armed guards and barbed wire, Elise feels stripped of everything beloved and familiar, including her own identity. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

Friday-Sunday, March 22-24
ShushCon at the Waccamaw Library . The Grand Strand's premier gaming event where gamers gather for board games, RPGs, miniatures games, and even video games. Besides plenty of room for open gaming, an amazing variety or RPGs and host-organized play gaming events are scheduled, including the Pathfinder Society and the D&D Adventurer's League, and regional qualifier tournaments for WarMachine/Horde. Free and open to the public, Facebook.com/WNBTeens/ or ddennis@gtcounty.org, 843.545.3343.

Saturday, March 23
2-5 PM - Spring for Bike the Neck at the Litchfield Exchange!  Welcome spring with a FUNd-raiser to complete the North Litchfield Safety Connector linking Huntington Beach State Park to the Waccamaw Neck Bikeway. Get your bike spring-tuned by Cyclopedia professionals (seat, handlebars, and brakes adjusted; free repair estimates), check out a variety of new bicycles, bid on terrific raffle items (including two  bikes!), enjoy a spring art and book fair, great refreshments and music by the Pawleys Island Jazz Quintet! (If you are an artist or author and wish a table in the atrium to promote your creations, email linda@classatpawleys.com  to reserve a space. $20 donation to Bike the Neck.)  Free to look, listen, chat, nosh & ride!  843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

2 PM - The third annual Melting Pot March will begin at the Winyah Auditorium and end with food, drink and fellowship at the Howard Center. Arrive at Winyah at 1 PM to mingle and meet new friends.  Visit our Facebook page as well as EventBrite to register and order your 2019 t-shirts.  Donations will be gratefully accepted to offset expenses. Checks (payable to Chamber Foundation  with Melting Pot March in the memo line)  can be mailed or dropped off at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at 531 Front St. 

Tuesday, March 26
7 PM - FOGL hosts classical g uitarist Peter Fletcher at the Winyah Auditorium on Cleland Street in Georgetown.  A masterful musician based in Detroit and New York City, Peter has played before in Georgetown County to large and enthusiastic audiences. He performs more than 100 concerts a year, and his recordings have been critically acclaimed. Peter offers an audience friendly, solo recital including repertoire that runs the gamut from the Renaissance Period through the 20th century.  Tickets are $10 per person with a reduced rate of $8 for Friends of the Library members countywide . Proceeds will benefit summer programming for children at the Georgetown Library. Purchase tickets at Georgetown Library or at the door.

Friday & Saturday, March 29 & 30
9:30 AM-5 PM - 72nd Annual Prince George Plantation & Townhouse Tours , sponsored by Episcopal Church Women of Prince George Winyah Parish. Tours of historic plantation homes and townhouses, midday musical moments at the church, afternoon tea at the Winyah Indigo Society Hall, home-baked goods, original framed art by local artists, books from Georgetown Historical Society. Friday is an exciting day of touring the plantations along Santee River plus lovely town homes that will be open for your pleasure in the historic district of Georgetown. Saturday's tour leads you along the amazing plantations of the Black, PeeDee and Waccamaw rivers and the natural splendor that abounds there. Limited number of tickets for each day. $45 per day or $80 for both, 843.545.8291 or PrinceGeorgePlantationTours.com.
Friday, March 29
2:30 PM: Cinematic South Matinee Series  at Waccamaw Library screens the Coen Brothers' iconic throwback comedy "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" i n connection with the live concert by South Carolina's best bluegrass band Palmetto Blue on Saturday, March 30. Free and open to all, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.

6 PM - Annual Oyster Roast & Pig Pickin'  hosted by the Prince George Men's Ministry. Fri., 6 PM, $30 (cash bar), 843.546.4358.

Saturday, March 30
8 AM - 2019 MI2020 Race for the Inlet . Join MI2020 for a family friendly race featuring a 5K run/walk and a 10K run through the breathtaking views of the Inlet. Participants can run or walk through Murrells Inlet on the USATF certified courses. Race timing provided by Race Management Systems. A fun event suitable for all ages and skill levels.  Breakfast buffet included in registration. Shotgun start, entry fees and details at Active.com or MurrellsInletSC.com, 843.357.2007.

10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Hwy). 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 twice a month, space is limited. $45, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

All day - Palmetto Ace is hosting the 3rd annual "Adoptapalooza" - an adoption event for area animal shelters,  including Saint Frances Animal Center, All 4 Paws and Second Chance Animal Rescue,  to showcase their dogs with the goal of finding 30 dogs their new furever homes and to raise $6,000 to cover the adoption fees of every dog adopted during Adotapalooza.  Please consider a sponsorship (due by March 22) to help our community's homeless dogs, and to support our community's shelters. Sponsors will be featured on our advertising materials, including on social media, and in local newspapers. For information,  330.221.8031 or  astrope@palmettoace.com .
4 PM - FOWL Musician Series: Palmetto Blue at Waccamaw Library. The finale of the 2019 Musicians Series features a live concert by SC's finest bluegrass band, Palmetto Blue, performing   a range of songs that reflect the history of bluegrass from its beginnings in the 1700s, to iconic performers like Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, and Ralph Stanley, to contemporary bluegrass favorites. Palmetto Blue perfectly balances the extensive experience of well-honed craftsmen like vocalist Chris Boutwell, fiddler Ashley Carder, banjoist Steve Willis, vocalist/guitarist Darryl Hudson, and dobro player Marty Carrigg with the upstart talents of a new generation of performers, including bassist/vocalist Shellie Davis, guitarist Ed Dalton, and fiddler/vocalist Ella Thomas. This amazingly versatile lineup can spin out a hard-driving fiddle tune, down-to-earth banjo rolls, a fast-moving guitar flatpicked instrumental, breathtaking harmonies, or an old mountain ballad.  Free and open to all, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.
Sunday, March 31
2:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series  ("Stagecoach")  at Waccamaw Library. Enjoy screenings of classic movies selected and introduced by film historians Bill Harvey and Tony Miller. Additional film offered April 7. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.

April 1-30
Daily, 9:30 AM-8 PM - Brookgreen Gardens. After a day on the golf course or on the beach, see the beauty of Brookgreen's spring flowers when the gardens remain open. Gift shop and food service are available. Ride with an interpreter on a Graveyard Trekker Excursion and explore some of the cemeteries on the 9,000 acre property of Brookgreen. The excursions are available on Sun., Tues. and Thurs. at 5:30 PM and cost $15 per person in addition to garden admission. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
April 1-Oct. 15
Daily, 10:30 AM-4:30 PM - Whispering Wings Butterfly Experience at Brookgreen's Butterfly House. 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. We will add dozens of other species 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. Adults $3, children $2 for a 30-minute timed visit, in addition to garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Thursday, April 4
8 AM-1 PM - North Inlet Boat Tour: The Spring Marsh. Enjoy a rare opportunity to travel as a small group to explore the creeks and islands of the best understood estuary in the world. Captain Paul Kenny and Foundation staff will explain salt marsh ecology, international research, and coastal history on a very special boat trip including seeing where Lafayette landed in 1777. Departing from Hobcaw House pier, the boat meanders through the bay to Pumpkinseed Island to Muddy Bay, through serpentine creeks and back. Snacks, water and PFDs provided. Please dress for the weather and bring sunscreen. (Exertion level: Moderate, embarking/disembarking boat, standing, some sitting.) Limited to 5; reservations required. $125, HobcawBarony.org.
10 AM - FOWL 1st Thursday at Waccamaw Library presents "Writing the Lowcountry" with Josephine Humphreys,  beloved Charleston-born author of four award-winning novels (Dreams of Sleep, Rich in Love, The Fireman's Fair, and Nowhere Else on Earth), who has earned honors from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the South Carolina Academy of Authors. Jo will explore what's distinctive about the Lowcountry's people, places, language, and customs. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.
3 PM - Litchfield Tea & Poetry at the Waccamaw Library, hosted by Libby Bernardin and Cliff Saunders, features t wo SC-born poets, Ashley Mace Havird and David Havird, to close the 13th season of Tea & Poetry in style and begin the celebration of National Poetry Month! Ashley Mace Havird grew up on a tobacco farm outside Marion, and her first novel Lightningstruck, which won the 2015 Ferrol Sams Award and was named an Editor's Choice by the Historical Novel Society, explores this locale as its setting. The current Poet Laureate of Caddo Parish, Louisiana, Ashley has published three collections of poems, including Dirt Eaters, Sleeping with Animals, and The Garden of the Fugitives, which won the 2013 X. J. Kennedy Prize. Her poems and short stories have appeared widely in anthologies and in highly respected journals such as The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and ShenandoahProfessor of English at Centenary College of Louisiana, David Havird studied with James Dickey at the University of South Carolina before earning his doctorate at the University of Virginia. His work has been published in prominent journals such as The New Yorker, Yale Review, and Poetry, and he has new poems in recent issues of The American Journal of Poetry, The Hopkins Review, and Literary Imagination. His poetry collections include Penelope's Design (2010), which won the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize; the full-length collection, Map Home (2013); and Weathering: Poems and Recollections (forthcoming 2020), which brings together his recent poems with three essays that chart David's coming of age through encounters with Dickey, Robert Lowell, Archibald MacLeish, and other poets. Book signing after the reading with tea and homemade confections. Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org or theFOWL.org.
Friday, April 5
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Bill Noel (Dark Horse and Joy) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw. Join one of our favorites for a twofer - the 14th and 15th installments in his Folly Beach Mystery series! In Dark Horse, an accidental drug overdose is ruled the cause of the death of the daughter of Chris Landrum's neighbor. The young woman's father, a retired police detective, had accused Chris of murder days after he'd arrived on Folly Beach a decade ago, and they've butted heads frequently since then. So, why get involved and question the cause of death? Could it be because the daughter was dating Joel Hurt, a man on the path to unseating Chris's good friend, Brian Newman, as mayor of the small barrier-island? Then, Joy finds Chris and his friend Barbara Deanelli's search for shark teeth abruptly changes directions when they discover a woman at water's edge clinging to a surfboard. How she got there was a mystery - a mystery compounded when she doesn't remember her name, her past, or who abducted her and nearly sent her to her death in the mid-December waters off the coast of Folly Beach. Whoever said that retirement was to be a time of peace and relaxation never spent time with Chris and his friends.  $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

7 PM - Long Bay Symphony Woodwind Quintet at Winyah Auditorium (1200 Highmarket St., Georgetown). $15, WinyahAuditorium.org or at the door.
Saturday,  April 6 
9 AM-Noon - Georgetown County is hosting its bi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection and On-site Paper Shredding Event at the Waccamaw Intermediate School in Pawleys Island. Please bring your hazardous wastes and paper to be shredded. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Georgetown County Stormwater at 843.545.3524.

Sunday, April 7
9:30 AM-3 PM - 28th Annual Spring Tide Clean-up & Chowder Cook-Off. Join MI2020 for this family friendly event beginning at Morse Park Landing. Spring Tide is South Carolina's biggest and longest-running one-day community clean-up. Join in to clean up the creek and streets of Murrells Inlet. The day begins with an invocation at 9:45 AM at Morse Park Landing (next to the Hot Fish Club). Volunteers check in at the Hot Fish Club to receive street assignments for clean-up. Workers head out at 10 AM to start picking up the trash. Everyone is invited back to the Hot Fish Club at 1 PM for the "Best Damn Chowder Cook-off," light-hearted festivities and live music to celebrate our hard work. More than 15 restaurant chowders will be available and the chowder is free to all our workers. Bring your boats, boots, bug spray, glove and your love of the Inlet. Clean up the Inlet and enjoy a chowder cook-off after! Free, 843.357.2007.
2:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series  ("Raiders of the Lost Ark")  at Waccamaw Library. Enjoy screenings of classic movies selected and introduced by film historians Bill Harvey and Tony Miller. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.

Monday, April 8
10 AM - National Poetry Month Reading: Adam Vines , award-winning author of four books of poetry,  at Waccamaw Library.  Vines   has published four poetry books to date: Out of Speech (LSU, 2018); The Coal Life   (Arkansas, 2012); Day Kink   with Allen Jih (Unicorn, 2018); and According to Discretion with Jih (Unicorn, 2015). Vines worked as a landscaper for twenty years in his home state of Alabama; then he discovered his love of writing when he enrolled - by accident - in a creative writing workshop in night school. He is currently Associate Professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he is Editor of Birmingham Poetry Review. His recent poems appear in Ecotone, The Hopkins Review, Five Points, 32 Poems, and Greensboro Review. During summers, he is on staff at the prestigious Sewanee Writers' Conference in the Tennessee mountains.  Vines will read from his most recent book, Out of Speech, which explores connections between painting and poetry.  Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.
10 AM - Adult Tech Series: "Using the Genealogy App"  at Waccamaw Library. Final in series of one-hour adult tech classes. Free, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.
Thursday, April 11
7 PM - FOWL Student Poetry Contest Celebration The Waccamaw Library will round out its month-long celebration of all things poetry this April with the FOWL Student Poetry Contest Celebration. For the past eleven years, FOWL has sponsored a student poetry competition, organized by Cathy Filiatreau and open to area students ages 12-18. The Celebration will feature readings by winning poets, who will receive cash prizes at the event. The contest fits with the overall aims of FOWL to enhance the Library as a crucial platform for public education and literacy. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.
Thursday-Sunday, April 11-14
6:30 AM-5:30 PM - Bassmaster Elite Series at Winyah Bay. 

Friday & Saturday, April 12 & 13
8 AM-5 PM -  The Low Country Herb Society invites all to the Spring Garden Festival at Inlet Culinary Garden ( 5071 Hwy 17 Bypass South, Murrells Inlet).  Members of the Low Country Herb Society and the Inlet Culinary Garden staff will be on hand to answer questions about spring planting and herb gardening. This year's focus will be on companion gardening, pairing herbs and vegetables that benefit each other by improving flavor, attracting beneficial insects, deterring harmful insects and improving the soil. Food samples and cooking demonstrations will also be featured.  Inlet Culinary will offer a bounty of herb and vegetable plants for the spring and summer growing season. Shoppers can select from a wide variety of herbs and flowering plants.  A portion of the proceeds from the event benefits the Low Country Herb Society's Scholarship/Grant fund. For more information contact LCHS at  sclchsnews@gmail.com  or look for us on Facebook.

Friday, April 12
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: A.J. Mayhew (Tomorrow's Bread), Pine Lakes Country Club, Myrtle Beach.  From the author of the acclaimed The Dry Grass of August comes a richly researched yet lyrical Southern-set novel that explores the conflicts of gentrification-a moving story of loss, love, and resilience. In 1961 Charlotte, North Carolina, the predominantly black neighborhood of Brooklyn is a bustling city within a city. Self-contained and vibrant, it has its own restaurants, schools, theaters, churches, and night clubs. There are shotgun shacks and poverty, along with well-maintained houses like the one Loraylee Hawkins shares with her young son, Hawk, her Uncle Ray, and her grandmother, Bibi. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

1:30-3:30 PM - Friendfield Village Tour of Hobcaw Barony. Daily Introductory Tours pass through this African American village, once home to 100 slaves and lived in by black employees until 1952. Consider joining this in-depth tour for a more comprehensive exploration of Friendfield, traveling by bus, but being guided on foot through the cabins and the 19th century church. Hobcaw Barony has a unique chance to interpret history at the site, as gleaned from documents, photographs, oral histories and visits from former residents. (Exertion level: Moderate impact, bus ride, some walking, standing for long periods)Limited to 14; reservations required. $20, HobcawBarony.org.

2:30 PM: Cinematic South Matinee Series  at Waccamaw Library screens "Fried Green Tomatoes." Southern friendship and food combine delightfully in this 1990s classic, alongside delish fried green tomatoes.
Free and open to all, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.

Saturday, April 13
7 PM - The Songs of Bob Dylan and Neil Young  : A Tribute by the Paul Grimshaw Band  at Winyah Auditorium (1200 Highmarket St., Georgetown). $15, WinyahAuditorium.org or at the door.

Daily, April 13-July 28
9:30 AM-5 PM - Brookgreen Gardens presents "Rising American Stars in Sculpture" in the Noble Gallery, including borrowed works from sculptors from the national Sculpture Society Modeling Competitions, plus "Sculptors in Residence, 2017-2019" in the Jennewein Gallery, including works by six Martha Wallace Pellett Master Sculptors. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.

Friday, April 26 - Free "Concert for the Community"  at Pawleys Island Community Church in partnership with Tara Hall's Paddle Fest (April 27).  Award-winning recording artist and best-selling author Jimmy Wayne will perform at 7 PM. https://TaraHall-events.com 

Saturday, April 27  - CLASS Productions presents Lime and the Coconuts at Kimbel Lodge in Hobcaw Barony. With a repertoire of more than 100 songs, the seven-piece band plays swing, hymns, 1910-present songs, blues, folk and more. Lime (batik artist and environmental activist Mary Edna Fraser) and the Coconuts (various talented musicians) reach to the past for swing standards and tunes that make you want to tap your feet. Guitarist and vocalist Roger Bellow plays almost anything with strings; in the circle of superlative pickers, he is a cherished award-winning music man. On the ukulele and banjo is Noodle whose singing reminds you of Bing Crosby. Matt Shapiro has a Benny Goodman clarinet style and Keith Namm plays a smooth saxophone. Jeff Narkiewicz plays doghouse bass and David Hinson's vintage drums round out the sound. Sat., 3-5 PM, $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

Renew Your FOWL Membership Online: Being a FOWL Member is so easy! You can now renew your membership on the FOWL website at 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.

NEW at the Waccamaw Regional Recreation Center  is a FREE take-and-return-or-share bookshelf loaded with the Friends Center's overflow of donated books.

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 March 31 -  Sculpture Exhibit at Brookgreen Gardens. Birds in Art, a traveling exhibit curated by Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI, is on display in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion.  This is a spectacular exhibit of 60 internationally-known artists (including 44 from the USA and 16 from England, Ireland, Wales, France, Holland, Sweden, South Africa, Australia, and Canada) who specialize in depicting birds of the world in their habitats.  It includes 45 paintings, drawings, and prints, and 15 sculptures.  Among the sculptors with work in the exhibit, five also are represented in the Brookgreen collection.  A beautiful catalogue of the exhibit will be available for sale in Keepsakes.    Daily, 9:30 AM-5 PM, free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.

Through April 6 - The Rice Museum (633 Front St., Georgetown) presents "Carolina Gold," new paintings by Natalie Daise. 843.546.7423 or RiceMuseum.org.

Through May 2 - Behind the Scenes Tour. An expanded tour of Hobcaw Barony for opportunities to see and experience more than what is offered on the daily Introductory Tour. With stops at the North Inlet salt marsh, the grounds of Bellefield Plantation, Friendfield Village, and the main floor of Hobcaw House, participants have a chance to spend more time at each location than offered on the daily tour. (Exertion level: Moderate impact, bus ride, some walking, standing for long periods) Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-4:30 PM, through May 2. Reservations required. $30, HobcawBarony.org.

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