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 mailed quarterly 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.
  • Toastmasters meets noon-1 PM on the second and fourth Thursday each month (Nov. 8). Improve communication skills, increase self-confidence, think on your feet, give a great "elevator" speech, share stories. Free and open to the public, pahero@msn.com. 
November/December Artist at the Waccamaw Library: Tim Matthews.
Born and raised in Rock Hill, the fifth-largest city in South Carolina, Tim Matthews is gifted with an ability to see beauty in even the simplest things. As a child, he exhibited a precocious talent for observing and recording the world around him through his drawings. Art lessons followed at age twelve, and his talent blossomed as he was exposed to many different subjects and mediums. During his teen years, Matthews also studied guitar playing and vocal performance, becoming an accomplished musician and performing for audiences all over South Carolina. His first love, painting, never left him, and so, with encouragement of friends and family, he decided to make his avocation his vocation, pursuing painting as a career. Believing in a holistic approach to art, Matthews stated, "Art is not just something you see; it's something you experience." Today, Matthews' paintings can be found in public and private collections across his native state. For more about his art, visit: artoftimmatthews.com.   For more information, dturner@gtcounty.org.

November/December Photographer at the Waccamaw Library: Tanya Ackerman.  If you've picked up a copy of the Coastal Observer over the past decade or so, you've likely seen Ackerman's work. Not every newspaper can boast a Photojournalist of the Year, an honor Ackerman has earned from the South Carolina Press Association three times since she moved to Pawleys Island in 2006 and became the staff photographer for the Coastal Observer. She received her degree in photojournalism from Kent State University and has worked as a newspaper photographer for more than 20 years. Her ability to dig beneath the surface infuses her photographs with the power to inspire a smile, a tear, or a call to action. Through her images, she seeks out new ways to tell the stories of people and places, and she is especially attuned to the beauty of South Carolina's Lowcountry and the passions of the people who live here. Ackerman's love of the outdoors and her photographic eye were nurtured by her mother, an avid nature photographer. From her father, a jazz musician, composer and music educator, Tanya inherited her exuberant approach to life that enables her to tap into the unique joys and sorrows of each subject. Tanya released her first photography book, Pawleys Island: Chasing the Light, in November 2016.  For more  information, dturner@gtcounty.org. 

Renew Your FOWL Membership Online:  Being a FOWL Member just got even easier!  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!   

BUILD-A-BUDDY at the Waccamaw Library. The holiday season is upon us!  This year, FOWL, in conjunction with Cabana Christmas Trees, is offering something new for the young people in your life. We will have a Build-a-Buddy machine set up outside the Friends Center for the whole month of November. There will be samples of all the animals you can create, so you and your favorite young friends can look them over and choose their favorites from bears to frogs and dogs and more! Choices may be reserved at the Friends Center ($20 each). Then, on December 7 (2-6 PM), during the FOWL Holiday Happiness celebration at the Library, your young friends will watch their new buddy come to "life"! In addition to this fun children's activity, the Holiday Happiness event will also feature local authors signing copies of their children's books and adults' books in the DeBordieu Auditorium, and the Holiday Book Sale, with many children's books as well as general interest and holiday offerings.
We hope you will join us for Holiday Happiness on December 7!  

Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 15-17
Friends of Georgetown Library (FOGL) Fall Book Sale  at Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.). Hardcovers are $1 and paperbacks are 50 cents. Proceeds benefit library programs for all ages. Free to attend, 

Thursday, Nov. 15
1-2 PM - Feeding Frenzy at Hobcaw Barony. Feeding time at Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center is the most exciting time of the day - for our animals, at least! Help National Estuarine Research Reserve staff feed our hungry exhibit critters, including our North Inlet fishes, crabs, turtles, snakes, and even our alligator! During the feeding, learn about the animals' biology and their natural habitats. Limited to 15; reservations required. Also offered Dec. 7. Thurs., 1-2 PM, free, 843.904.9017.

1 PM - Brookgreen 101, a program sponsored by the Campbell Center for American Sculpture, presents "Brookgreen Gardens and New York City." This hour-long public information program, covering a wide range of topics, is offered on the third Thursday of the month 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 Brookgreen.org.

6-8 PM - Palmetto Ace Home Center's Annual Ladies Night. Swag bags, major raffle prizes, food and cocktails. Don't forget to bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots for extra chances to win! Free and open to the public, 843.235.3555 or PalmettoAce.com or follow their Facebook page for updates.

Friday, Nov. 16
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Natasha Solomons  (House of Gold) at Ocean One, Litchfield. From the New York Times bestselling author of The House at Tyneford, an epic family saga about a headstrong Austrian heiress who will be forced to choose between the family she's made and the family that made her at the outbreak of World War I. Twenty-one-year-old Greta Goldbaum has always hungered after what's forbidden: secret university lectures, unseemly trumpet lessons, and most of all, the freedom to choose her life's path. The Goldbaum family has different expectations. United across Europe by unsurpassed wealth and power, Goldbaum men are bankers, while Goldbaum women marry Goldbaum men to produce Goldbaum children. Greta will do her part. So Greta moves to England to wed Albert, a distant cousin. When World War I sends both Albert and Greta's beloved brother, Otto, to the front lines - one to fight for the Allies, one to fight for the Central Powers - the House of Gold is left vulnerable as never before, and Greta must choose: the family she's created or the one she was forced to leave behind. Set against a nuanced portrait of World War I, this is a sweeping family saga rich in historical atmosphere and heartbreakingly human characters. 
$30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books : Natasha Solomons (House of Gold), 843.237.8138.
Saturday, Nov. 17
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.

11:30 AM-3 PM - Murrells Inlet 2020 15th Annual Oyster Roast is a creek-front tradition and a favorite for locals and visitors. Oyster-eaters belly up to the tables at Wicked Tuna for an all-you-can-eat afternoon feast of steamed oysters. A menu of other food items (bar-b-que, dogs, chicken bog, chowder, clams...), beer and soda are separately priced. Live music (rain or shine). Bring an oyster knife or buy one at the roast.
benefit MI2020. $36 Early Bird, $42 day of, 843.357.2007 or eventbrite.com/e/the-mi2020-oyster-roast-2018-tickets-46805726187.
1-3 PM - Belle's Riding Legacy . Belle Baruch, an internationally known equestrian, not only "rode to hounds," but also competed in American and French horse shows and timber races. Recent discovery of numerous equestrian garments inspired Dr. Lynn Hanson of Francis Marion University and co-director of the newly established Belle W. Baruch Institute for SC Studies to seek approval and funding for the conservation of the fabric silks and mounting them on a form. Her colleague Allison Steadman in the Theater Department of FMU also studied the fabric and patterns for subsequent reproductions.  Come early to the Discovery Center to see the temporary exhibit of Belle's complete and original riding outfit comprised of breeches, frock coat, waist coat, top hat and boots. Stay to hear Hanson and Steadman discuss how projects like this can tell a broader story of history. Reservations required. 
$10/person, HobcawBarony.org. 

4-6 PM - Tree Lighting at The Hammock Shops Village to kick off the Christmas shopping season. Santa will be available for all the kids, local authors will be signing their books, plus discounts, giveaways and refreshments - all to say "thank you" to our locals. Free to attend, TheHammockShops.com.

7 PM - Songwriters in the Round at Winyah Auditorium, an evening of original acoustic music, featuring Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish, Will Ness, Georgetown County rising singer/songwriter, and David Bankston, Doctor of Music, Coastal Carolina University. $10, WinyahAuditorium.org.
Nov. 17 - Dec. 31
MarshWalk Wonderland of Lights will make for enchanting evenings on the MarshWalk through the New Year. To ring in the season the MarshWalk will light up in a way it never has before. With thousands of twinkling lights in tunnel ways guiding you through the MarshWalk so you can feast your eyes on each restaurant's breathtaking light displays. We know down at the MarshWalk that the best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear, we will be featuring holiday music synced with our light displays. This new enchanting holiday illumination is an event you don't want to miss.
Monday, Nov. 19
10 AM - "Tuesdays With... Ryan Lundy." Join the Friends of the Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.) to hear about "The United States Coast Guard: Then and Now" from our Georgetown Coast Guard Station chief. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3366.

6-8 PM - 
Swamp Fox Players auditions for "Almost Maine" at Strand Theater (710 Front St., Georgetown). Needed six men and six women mid-teens to 30's. Audition material provided.  Auditions also on Sunday, Nov. 25. Stewartboy130@gmail.com.

Friday-Sunday, Nov. 23-25
9:30 AM-5 PM - Member Discount Shopping at Brookgreen Gardens. Members are invited to Keepsakes, the Brookgreen Shop, on Thanksgiving Weekend to receive an additional 10% discount off purchases (some exclusions apply). 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Nov. 23, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019 
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. Daily, 9:30 AM-5 PM, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Friday, Nov. 23
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Libby Bernardin  ( Stones Ripe for Sowing ) at Caffe Piccolo. The author of two prior books of poetry, Bernardin has crafted a haunting collection from a life well lived and carefully examined. These stunning poems question and affirm while eschewing answers. Firmly grounded in the natural world, she trains her gaze deep into our very nature and existence, addressing loss and grief, aging, wonder, and joy, all the contradictions of our human existence with language that is at once lyrical and precise. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books : Libby Bernardin (Stones Ripe for Sowing), 843.237.8138.
Saturday, Nov. 24 - Small Business Saturday: 
Shop Local!
11 AM-2 PM - Small Business Day Celebration at My Sister's Books (13057 Ocean Hwy), featuring local authors David 
Maring, Historical fiction, Laurie Larsen, Christian fiction, and David Bernstein, PI children's book. Snack - Chat - Shop, Gift with purchase, 843.235.9618.

Sunday, Nov. 25 
2:30-4:30 PM - Swamp Fox Players auditions for "Almost Maine" at Strand Theater (710 Front St., Georgetown). Needed six men and six women mid-teens to 30's. Audition material provided. Stewartboy130@gmail.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 27
11 AM-1 PM - 
The Moveable Feast: Nanette Davidson and Keather Gougler ( The Folk School Cookbook) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw. Arranged by the seasons, the 336-page hardcover book features Southern Appalachian cooking, as well as cuisine from other parts of the world-especially those that have helped to shape the history of the John C. Campbell Folk School. Regulars will recognize dining hall favorites, Fall Festival fare, Appalachian classics, and treats made for holidays and special events. Author Davidson, Folk School Resident Artist in Cooking, meticulously collected and curated more than 200 recipes, including some of the most memorable recipes served family-style in the school's Dining Hall over the decades. The beautifully photographed book by Keather Gougler makes a unique and treasured gift! $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books: Nanette Davidson and Keather Gougler ( The Folk School Cookbook), 843.237.8238.

Thursday, Nov. 29 - Sunday, Dec. 2
PILBA Festival of Wreaths to Benefit Hurricane Victims! 
To help those affected by Hurricane Florence and its flooding aftermath, the Pawleys Island Litchfield Business Association (PILBA) is sponsoring a Festival of Wreaths, beginning Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Island Shops in Pawleys Island. Courtesy of PoBuckra Properties, the event will be held in the vacant retail space behind Rustic Table restaurant. Area artists and designers are invited to create and donate wreaths to be included in a silent auction during the Festival. Bidding will commence at a private Preview Gala for PILBA Members on Thursday, Nov. 29, and continue through Saturday, Dec. 1, with winners announced at a Pick-up Party on Sunday, Dec. 2. All proceeds from the Festival of Wreaths will be donated to the Black River United Way Disaster Recovery, Preparedness and Resiliency Initiative and will benefit Georgetown County families directly affected by the storm and subsequent flooding.  To ask questions, submit a wreath or volunteer for the event, email JoinPilba@gmail.com or call event chair Troi Kaz, 843.455.4523. 

Thursday, Nov. 29
3-5 PM - Books at the Barony (rescheduled date). Celebrate the holidays and the publication of a new book,  Pawleys Island Images, by NY Times syndicated columnist Steve Roberts and Hobcaw Barony senior interpreter Lee Brockington. The collection of nearly 200 photographs and text captures the history of the Waccamaw Neck rice plantations and the tiny barrier island from the late 18th century to the present. Remarks and a book signing in Hobcaw Barony's Discovery Center seminar room includes an opportunity to peruse other books, handcrafted baskets, bowls and pottery, and items from the lowcountry in our well-stocked gift shop, while enjoying wine and cheese and other refreshments in the Center. (Exertion level: low impact, sitting, some standing) Limited to 48, free but reservations required. 843.546.4623 or HobcawBarony.org.

5:30-7:30 PM - The Kaminski House Museum presents a Candlelight Tour and Light the Lawn Event as part of its Designer's Showhouse: Dressed for the Season! The community is invited to come out to the lawn as we flip the switch and toast to Lighting the Lawn at the Kaminski House Museum. $10 members, $15 nonmembers, 843.546.7706.

Friday, Nov. 30
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Therese Fowler (A Well Behaved Woman) and John Kessel (Pride and Prometheus) at Southern Comforts in the Hammock Shops. Our first husband and wife authors on the same ticket, separate novels, different genres! Therese Fowler is the author of the bestseller and television series Z (The Story of Zelda Fitzgerald) who returns with "one of the most anticipated books of Fall 2018" (Publishers Weekly), A Well-Behaved Woman, the dramatic and compelling Gilded Age tale of Alva Smith, the young woman who married William K. Vanderbilt and launched the Vanderbilt dynasty as we know it today. The logline for John Kessel's new novel is "Pride and Prejudice meets Frankenstein" as Mary Bennet falls for the enigmatic Victor Frankenstein and befriends his monstrous Creature in this clever fusion of two popular classics.  $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books: Therese Fowler (A Well Behaved Woman) and John Kessel (Pride and Prometheus), 

5 PM - Inlet Christmas Weekend: Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Morse Park (next to Hot Fish Club). Family friendly event featuring Santa & Mrs. Claus, arts and crafts for the children, carolers, hot chocolate and cookies! Free and open to the public, murrellsinletsc.com/events or 843.357.2007.

Saturday, Dec. 1
9 AM-10 PM - Christmas in Downtown Georgetown sponsored by the Georgetown Business Association. 9-11 AM - Breakfast with Santa at the Maritime Museum hosted by Miss Ruby's Kids, $8 (2 & under free); 11 AM-1 PM - Christmas Parade begins at Francis Marion Park; 1:30-2:30 PM - Meet Santa and Birds of Prey Demonstration at Francis Marion Park; 5-6 PM - The Embers Christmas Concert; 6-6:30 PM - Lighted Boat Parade along the Harborwalk; 7:15-7:30 PM - Tree Lighting hosted by The Embers at Francis Marion Park; 7:30-10 PM - Kringle Krawl along Front Street businesses with restaurant specials; free and open to the public, details at GeorgetownSeaport.com.
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin  at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Hwy). See Nov. 17 entry for details. Offered twice monthly, space is limited. $45, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
1:45-3:30 PM - Christmas with the Friends of Atalaya at Huntington Beach State Park. Annual music support with Pawleys Island Concert Band. Park admission, 843.237.4440.
3-5 PM - CLASS Productions' Kimbel Concert Series presents gospel and soul with Clay Brown and Gracie Holliday (Spiritual & Secular Songs of the Season) at Kimbel Lodge (Hobcaw Barony). Limited space, reservations required. Light refreshments. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
5:30-8:30 PM - Nights of a Thousand Candles Preview Benefit. B e the first to enjoy one of the most celebrated events of the holiday season. This special event will include hors-d'oeuvres , wine, and entertainment all for one low ticket price. A limited number of tickets will be sold for this exclusive evening and advanced tickets are required.  Proceeds will benefit education programs at Brookgreen Gardens. $100, 1.888.713.4253 or Brookgreen.org.
Sunday, Dec. 2
3 PM - Inlet Christmas Weekend: Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade . Begins at the North End of Highway 17 BUS at the intersection of Sunnyside Avenue and ends at the intersection of Highway 17 Business and Wachesaw Road. Free and open to the public, to enter the parade, visit murrellsinletsc.com/events or 843.357.2007.
Tuesday, Dec. 4
10 AM - Aging Well Series 
at Waccamaw Library: 
"Making the Holidays Joyful and Bright!" Counseling Staff at Tidelands Community Hospice will explore how best to manage grief and turn loss back into joy over the holiday season. Grieving is difficult under any circumstances, but it can hit especially hard during the holidays. This session will help us to find comfort and sustenance amid sorrow, and to rediscover happiness as we enter the holidays. Traditional Gullah comfort food will be served! Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 5
Noon - History for Lunch at the South Carolina Maritime Museum (729 Front St., Georgetown) presents Matt Gibson, Curator of Natural History at the Charleston Museum since 2014, speaking on "Beneath the Dark Waters" which highlights the new "Fossils in Our Waters" exhibit. $20 ($18, SCMM members), includes lunch, 843.529.0111 or SCMaritimeMuseum.org.

1-3:30 PM - Behind the Lab Coats. What goes on behind the doors of the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Headquarters
and Baruch Marine Laboratory? Take a tour of the lab and talk to the scientists about their projects. Learn about research and monitoring programs, plus all of the education, stewardship, and training programs offered. Limited to 14; reservations required. Free, 843.904.9017.

Thursday, Dec. 6
10 AM - First Thursday Speaker Series at Waccamaw Library presents Dr. Barry Price, "How International Paper Saved Georgetown." After major fires at Atlantic Coast Lumber Company and the 1929 stock market crash, hard times had come to Georgetown, S.C. Discover how things began looking up when a group of investors formed what by 1942 would become the largest kraft paper mill in the world and explore some of the history of what remains today a major contributor to our local economy. Free and open to the public, stpetepic@aol.com or theFOWL.org.

Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 6-9
3-10 PM - Nights of a Thousand Candles . See Brookgreen Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 4,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of holiday music, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends. The 80-foot-tall fir tree decorated with 70,000 lights will be lighted in ceremonial fashion at 5:45 PM every night. Tickets must be purchased  before  your arrival! Named "Best Christmas Lights in South Carolina" by Travel+Leisure Magazine, and winner of the Charles A. Bundy award for excellence in tourism from South Carolina Parks Recreation and Tourism. Space is limited. Tickets are non-refundable.
Tickets may be exchanged for another night based on availability; the deadline to request an exchange is 3 PM on the date of your ticket. Also offered Dec. 13-16 and Dec. 20-22. Adult ($15, member; $20, nonmember), child 4-12 ($10, member; $12, nonmember), all children age 3 and under are free. 1.888.713.4253 or Brookgreen.org.

Friday, Dec. 7
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Anthony J. Tata  (Dark Winter) at Inlet Affairs. After serving 28 years in the military, former Brigadier General Tata has written eight bestselling, fast-paced military thrillers in The Threat series and Captain Jake Mahegan series. In a blistering scenario almost too close to the headlines, Tata delivers a chillingly authentic glimpse of tomorrow's wars-and the anonymous hackers who hold the fate of the world at their fingertips . . . By the time anyone realizes what's happening, it is too late. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

Noon-6 PM - Holiday Happiness at Waccamaw Library offers the FOWL Holiday Book Sale  with scores of books in pristine condition for gift giving or winter reading from noon-4 PM. In addition, the DeBordieu Colony auditorium will be filled with authors and illustrators of children's and adults' books happy to personalize their creations for your grand or grown-up gift list. They  will also provide an array of lively activities for kids to enjoy, including pirate-inspired fun and making origami dogs! Authors of adult books will represent a wide range of genres (memoir, self-help, detective novel, photography collection, short collection, etc.) and diverse styles.  Children's book authors and illustrators will include:
  • Christine and Tom Doran with artist Nancy Van Buren, Flash and Fancy book series. 
  • Meredith Hodges-Boos, Pawleys Shells
  • Goffinet McLaren, Sullie Saves the Seas.
  • Marsha Tennant and Lyric Bailey, Margaret, Pirate Queen and Margaret and the Diamond Key Mystery
  • Nancy Seitz, Brookgreen Gardens: The Trail through the Zoo
  • Liz Gallo, Lubbers, Weavers & Bees-OH MY!
  • Millie Doud, illustrator of Holidogs, Brookgreen Gardens: The Trail through the Zoo, The Friendly Fox Squirrel, Wild Turkey Day, and Lubbers, Weavers & Bees-OH MY!
Authors of adult books will include:

  • Tanya Ackerman, Pawleys Island: Chasing the Light (2016).
  • Greg Paxton, The Epiphany: Short Story Collection (2017). 
  • Dana Ridenour, Beyond The Cabin (2017). 
  • Tom Russo, Chicago Rink Rats: The Roller Capital in Its Heyday (2017). 
  • Patty Wain Smith, A Letter to a Friend: The Story of Abuse in America (2017). 
  • Kathryn Taylor, Two Minus One: A Memoir (2018). 
  • Sherrell Valdezloqui, The Success Factor (2018).
  • Pamela Wright, From the Womb to the Tomb.
Plus, Build a Buddy, after choosing and paying for a stuffed animal "buddy" at the Friends Center (through Dec. 1, $20), kids will watch their new friend come to "life"! Easy credit card sales through the Friends Center. In addition, to help children in our community learn how to stay safe in the home, at play, or wherever they happen to be, a child ID program, using a nationwide comprehensive digital fingerprinting child identification system, will be offered free of charge by Michelle Sullivan of New York Life. Having a child ID will give a parent or guardian peace of mind knowing that should anything ever happen to their child, they will have an ID with vital information to distribute to local authorities. 
Free to attend, 843.545.3387 or theFOWL.org.
1-2 PM - Feeding Frenzy at Hobcaw Barony. See Nov. 15 entry for details. Limited to 15; reservations required. Free, 843.904.9017

2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books: Anthony J. Tata ( Dark Winter), 843.237.8138.

5:30-7:30 PM - Fifth Annual Mini Masterpiece Show/Exhibit at The Island Art Gallery in the Village Shops features gallery and local artists whose creative inspirations must be translated into 10"x10" gallery-wrapped paintings. Show through Dec. 29. Join the artists for the opening reception. Open to the public, 843.314.0298,

Saturday, Dec. 8
11 AM-2 PM - "Second Saturdays" 
at the Kaminski House Museum. Craftswoman Adrina Glover demonstrates the traditional craft of sweetgrass basketmaking and will offer a variety of baskets for sale. Free to watch, 843.546.7706.

Noon-3 PM - Plantation 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. Included is the rare opportunity to tour the first floor of Bellefield House, empty and awaiting restoration, before its eventual use as the headquarters for the newly announced Belle W. Baruch Institute for SC Studies. Enjoy a day in the country, imagining Belle's vision of research and her great love of "the friendliest woods in the world." (Exertion level: low impact, sitting, eating, walking, some standing)
Limited to 200; reservations required. $50, HobcawBarony.org.

1-5 PM - Yuletide Home Tour  sponsored by the Friends of the Georgetown Library (FOGL). Historic Georgetown homes and festive holiday decorations abound in this perennial December favorite, hosted by the Friends of the Georgetown Library.  This year we will be able to visit eight homes in the Historic District of Georgetown and two houses of worship, including Mount Olive Baptist Church and Temple Beth Elohim.  Among the houses included is an exclusive look at the Kaminski House Museum, "Dressed for the Season."  Santa's Shop  will be held on that Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM in the Auditorium of the Library. Twelve specially selected craftspeople will be displaying and selling their crafts--perfect for your holiday gifts!  Tickets just $20 for Friends (of any of the Georgetown Libraries) and $25 for nonmembers are available at the Georgetown Library or call 843.545.3303. 

Sunday, Dec. 9
9 AM-3 PM - Trees For Tomorrow - A Lowcountry Legacy celebrates Arbor Day with our annual "Tree Party" - a free tree giveaway at Murrells Inlet Seafood (4886  Hwy 17 Bus.). With its non-profit status, all donations received by TFT will be tax deductible - and will be used solely to purchase trees from the Forestry Commission, to finance the trip to pick up those trees and for printed educational material about our mission and the benefits of trees. Free, rick@murrellsinletseafood.net.

Tuesday, Dec. 11
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Elizabeth Berg ( Night of Miracles) at Pawleys Plantation. The sequel to T he Story of Arthur Truluv, this 21st book by NYT best-selling author Elizabeth Berg can be read as a stand-alone. It focuses on the fictional town of Mason, Missouri, and the characters that live there, especially the seemingly irascible Lucille, who has begun teaching baking classes in the town. You are also introduced to new characters: Monica, a waitress at Polly's Henhouse, and Tiny, a cab driver who is head over heels about Monica but can't quite make his feelings known. Iris is a new resident of the town who has left Boston to try to forge a new life and get over a divorce. And you meet Abby, who is dealing a terrible diagnosis affecting not only her but her husband and 10-year old son. This novel is meant to provide comfort and offer hope, and to remind us all of the goodness inherent in every person. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books: Elizabeth Berg ( Night of Miracles), 843.237.8138.

Thursday, Dec. 13
2-4 PM - Gingerbread House Party at the Waccamaw Neck Branch Library. Come and build a gingerbread house. Everything is supplied. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. 843.545.3349 or aking@gtcounty.org.

2-4 PM - Colonial Christmas at Hobcaw House . Participants will drive their own cars to Hobcaw House to 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 our woods, swamps and marshes. 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) Limited to 50; reservations required.  $30, HobcawBarony.org.

5:30-7:30 PM - The Kaminski House Museum will present a Candlelight Tour of the Designer's Showhouse: Dressed for the Season! T$10 members, $15 nonmembers, 843.546.7706.

Thursday-Sunday, Dec. 13-16
3-10 PM - Nights of a Thousand Candles. See Dec. 6-9 entry for details. Also offered Dec. 20-22. Adult ($15, member; $20, nonmember), child 4-12 ($10, member; $12, nonmember), all children age 3 and under are free. 1.888.713.4253 or Brookgreen.org.

Friday, Dec. 14
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Minuette Floyd ( A Place to Worship: African American Camp Meetings in the Carolinas) at Ocean One, Litchfield. Camp meetings - also called revivals - originated with circuit-riding Methodist preachers who gathered congregations in open fields and town squares. However, the sermons had messages that were not always welcomed by mainstream Protestant churches in the colonial and antebellum South. As a child Floyd attended camp meetings each year in North Carolina, and she renewed her interest in them as an adult. For the past eighteen years Floyd has traveled to campgrounds throughout the Carolinas, documenting the annual tradition through photographs and interviews. Floyd has sought to record not only a visual record of the places and practices of each, but also the rich and inspiring stories of the people who make them thrive. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books: Minuette Floyd ( A Place to Worship), 843.237.8138.

Saturday, Dec. 15
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Hwy).  See Nov. 17 entry for details. Offered twice monthly, space is limited. $45, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

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, to keep you informed about all of the cultural events on the Grand Strand. Dedicated to making it easy to know about all the Fine Arts events, it strips away pop culture and tourist attractions found in other guides. The What's Happening page has artists, performers and sponsors personally telling you what they are presenting NOW, along with ads for events. The calendar displays as a month, week, day or agenda. Each event is categorized (e.g., music, art), and you can choose to view any or all of the categories by clicking on them in the dropboxes at the top of the calendar.

Through Dec. 16 - Roots Run Deep, a watercolor exhibition by South Carolina native Sherry Strickland Martin, on display at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. Regular gallery hours for the exhibit are  Tuesday through Saturday,  10 AM-4 PM,  and  Sundays,  1-4 PM . Free and open to the public, 843.238.2510 or MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.

FOWL Community Connector | Friends of Waccamaw Library| |  linda@classatpawleys.com | www.theFOWL.org