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

The Friends of Waccamaw Library's digital newsletter (sent on the first and 15th of each month) aims to let you know what's happening on the Waccamaw Neck and Georgetown (farther afield if it's library-related). This e-communication supplements the hard copy newsletter and is sent to all Friends (whose e-dresses we have) and to all who ask to be added to the e-list.

In addition to the programming developed by the library system and the Friends (in red), we will cover other opportunities for quality experiences, education and entertainment. The information is organized by date, so scroll down to the date you are seeking. If you are part of a group or organization with news to share, we welcome your announcement. Keep it short; just the facts. We cannot reproduce an elaborate pdf with graphics and photos. The key information needed includes: Title of event, Where held, When (date and time), BRIEF description, Benefit for (if applicable), Cost (if any), Contact (phone and email), Website (for more information).
To be added to the e-mail list or to submit an announcement, please send your information directly to the e-newsletter editor Linda Ketron at:  linda@classatpawleys.com .
Kids & Families at Waccamaw Library - all programs free.
For more information, contact aking@gtcounty.org or visit:
  • Homework Program Kajeet Smartspot is available to students in 3rd to 8th grades. Need internet at home? The SmartSpot will provide internet access to complete your homework! Parent(s) must check out the SmartSpot from the library!
  • Tuesdays - Junior FIRST Lego League, 3-4 PM. Non-competitive level of FIRST for ages 6-9.
  • Tuesdays - Minis Art Class, 1:30-2:30 PM. Art for ages 1-5 years old and their grown-ups. 
  • Wednesdays - Story Time, 10:30 AM. Birth to 5 years. Playtime starts at 10 AM.
  • First Wednesday each month, Art Classes with Burroughs & Chapin Art Museum, 3-4:30 PM. Ages 6-12 years old. Pre-registration required.
  • Second & Fourth Wednesdays - Canine Angels, 3-4 PM, All ages. Reading has gone to the dogs! To see the benefits to children of reading to attentive pooches:  www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/186708.
  • Thursdays - Creative Crafts, 3-4 PM. Hands-on entertainment for 4th grade and up.
  • Fridays - LEGO Free Build and ROBLOX, after school, all ages. Everyone's favorite cooperative creation games.
  • First Saturday each month - Manners Club, 10:30 AM-Noon, ages 4-10. Registration required.
Game on! We play a wide variety of family friendly board and card games and always have a great time. Free, ddennis@gtcounty.org. 
  • Mondays-Fridays - Teen RoomOpen Gaming, ages 10+, 2:30-6:30 PM.
  • Maker Mondays - Learn about and use our maker tools like our Glowforge Laser Cutter, 3d Printer, Arduino Circuit Boards, 3d Modelling Software, and Digital Art tablet. Topics will include model making, cosplay, creating pen & ink art, and casting objects of art in home-made molds. 3-5 PM.
  • Tabletop Tuesdays - Learn a new game that can then be checked out from the library and taken home to play, 3-5 PM.
  • Wargame WednesdaysBlow off steam, hone your cunning, and learn tactical decision making by playing tabletop wargames, 3-5 PM.
  • RPG Thursdays -Explore new worlds in RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons, FATE, Starfinder, Fiasco, and other RPGs that you can check out from the library, 3-5 PM.
  • Minecraft Fridays - Family friendly play. All the games are E-rated, and include titles like Rocket League, Minecraft, Overcooked, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Speedrunners, Starwhal, Trials Fusion, and others. All ages welcome (under 10 accompanied by adult), 2:30-5 PM.
  • 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, 11 AM-5 PM (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.
  • iPad/iPhone Club meets on the first Friday each month, 9-10 AM. Contact Ed Robidoux at ed.robidoux@gmail.com.  
  • Mac Computer Club meets on the first Friday each month, 10-11 AM. Contact Ed Robidoux at ed.robidoux@gmail.com.  
January/February Artists at the Waccamaw Library: Dot Charles Hanna and John Charles.   Dot Hanna grew up in the small town of Wake Forest, North Carolina, and graduated early from Wake Forest College in 1949. For several decades she helped run a fuel business owned by her and her husband in Florence, South Carolina, and later joined the financial aid department of Francis Marion College. She retired to North Litchfield Beach and worked part-time at Belin Methodist Church. After a lifetime enjoying crafts and hobbies, including throwing pottery, Dot began painting in 2002 with an "Art Angels" group at her church. Over the years she has worked on her art under the direction of Jim Dyson of Murrells Inlet, Betsy McDonald of Daniel Island, and Gloria Perkins of Atlanta. Dot Hanna's works include dozens of oil paintings primarily of coastal scenes from the Waccamaw Neck area. The love of creating art rings clear across generations, from mother to son. John Charles' artwork includes a mixture of coastal and nature subjects as well as a few more impressionistic works drawn from his imagination. John grew up in Florence, before earning his degree at Furman University, majoring in Math/Computer Science. After obtaining an M.B.A. at Wake Forest University, he joined IBM, spending most of his nineteen-year career with the company in various sales and sales management positions. He then moved into the Internet world, running several sales organizations dealing with internet security before starting his own sales consulting business. John moved permanently to North Litchfield Beach in 2009, retiring in 2014. During that period, he picked up a variety of hobbies, including nature photography, portrait photography, and eventually painting. F or more information, dturner@gtcounty.org.

January/February Photographer at the Waccamaw Library: Frederick H. Giese.  Born and raised in Chicago, Giese has been a dedicated photographer since age eight, when he was given his first camera by his grandfather, Frederick F. Giese, an award-winning photographer for the Chicago Tribune News. He would tag along with his grandfather on "special" assignments geared to the delight of a youngster eager to learn the fundamentals of photography. In 1983, he left behind Chicago winters for the beauty and warmth of Arizona, where he continued his passion for photography and met his wife Georgianne. They relocated to Myrtle Beach in 2015, where he became a board member of the Tidelands Photography Club. Giese has won numerous awards within his clubs, including the Photographic Society of America, the Arizona Camera Club Council, and the Seacoast Artists Guild.  For more  information,
Library Presentations on YouTube  (see the "ongoing" section at the end of this Community Connector ).

Dining Voucher Events:  January through March, FOWL offers First Thursday programs, Tea & Poetry, the Classic Film Matinee Series, the French Film Festival, the Musician Series, and more at the Waccamaw Library. The Dining Voucher partnership with surrounding restaurants (Bagel Café, Hanser House, Massey's Pizza, and Quigley's) will be available again this year for selected programs. E ach of the participating restaurants will offer a discount (10-20%) for voucher holders on the day of the event as noted on the voucher.  Vouchers will be distributed to attendees at the eligible events, identified in this newsletter (DVE) Visit  www.TheFowl.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 1
11 AM-Noon - First Day Hike. Get the New Year started on the right foot and join us at Hampton Plantation for the First Day Hike. Explore the park on a guided mile hike through the grounds! Free and open to the public, 843.546.9361 or www.SouthCarolinaParks.com.
Friday, Jan. 3
1:30-4:30 PM - Hike Hobcaw: Clubhouse Corner. This never-before offered hike features a more isolated section of Hobcaw Barony's southern end. The hike begins with a bus tour of Calais and Michau Plantations. Disembark from the bus near King's Highway, and walk with staff and docents through the woods to the area so well known as The President's Stand and Caines Village, where the homes of the families of the Caines Brothers - renowned decoy carvers, hunting guides and commercial duck hunters once stood. In the late 19th century, before the Baruch purchase, Grover Cleveland came to a duck blind in this area adjacent to Winyah Bay's shallow marsh. (Exertion level: High Impact, long periods of standing, walking over uneven terrain for long distance) Reservations required. $30, www.HobcawBarony.org.
2:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series at Waccamaw Library presents "The Letter" (1940). Enjoy screenings of classic movies selected and introduced by film historians Bill Harvey and Tony Miller. Also offered Jan. 10 & 17, Feb. 7, 14, 21 & 28, and March 6, 13 & 20.  Free and open to the public,  DVE ,   dturner@gtcounty.org or www.theFOWL.org .
Saturday, Jan. 4
10 AM-Noon - Swamp Fox Players  Auditions for  "Cash on Delivery!" 
Cast members needed: 6 men and 4 women, ages 20-60. Audition material will be provided. Strand Theater (710 Front St., Georgetown). Performance dates May 7-17.  Auditions also held on Jan. 11. Barton Smith, 704.699.8654 or Bob Gauss, 743.251.4111.  

5-7 PM - Georgetown County Watercolor Society Annual Show at Island Art Gallery. Opening reception, free and open to the public, 843.314.0298,  www. PawleysIslandArt.com.
7 PM - Jazz at the Winyah: The Cousins Jazz Ensemble. $20, www.WinyahAuditorium.org.
Monday, Jan. 6
1-2:15 PM -  Charleston Renaissance Artists & Writer at Waccamaw Library.  Did you know a major artistic movement flourished in Charleston, South Carolina from the 1920s until the 1940s? Learn more about the Charleston Renaissance during a free discussion series led by popular instructor and tour director Robin McCall.  Important figures associated with the Charleston Renaissance include artist Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, whose evocative watercolors recorded scenes of a disappearing plantation era, salt marshes, and historic Charleston houses, as well as writers Julia Peterkin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who wrote about Lowcountry Gullah culture, and DuBose Heyward, the author of Porgy, which was adapted into the notable opera Porgy and Bess through collaboration with George Gerschwin.  Series continues on Jan. 13 and 27. 
Free and open to the public,  DVE dturner@gtcounty.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 7
Applications due for FOWL "Know the Neck ► Come Connect" 
to be held Jan. 24 at the Waccamaw Library. The Friends of the Waccamaw Library host the third Annual Volunteer Fair in the DeBordieu Colony Auditorium.  There is no fee to participate. Application forms are available for community non-profits. We only have space for 22 participants, so reserving your space will be on a first come, first serve basis. We will be highly promoting this event, so if you would like to be listed as a participate, your application MUST BE in today! For an application,  questions or concerns, please contact Phylis Cecola, Volunteer Fair Chairman, at FOWLpawleys@gmail.com.

9 AM-Noon - Taste of OLLI at Conway Education Center (290 Allied Dr.). Osher Lifelong Learning's open house to showcase the spring semester. Come meet the OLLI instructors, board members and staff, shop for classes and hear about our 2020 excursions. Free and open to the public, 843.349.5002 or www.Coastal.edu/olli.

11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Marie Benedict (Lady Clementine) at Wild Wing Plantation, Conway. New from the New York Times bestselling author of The Only Woman in the Room and The Other Einstein is another incredible novel that focuses on one of the women who had the most influence during World Wars I and II. In 1909, Clementine Churchill steps off a train with her new husband, Winston. An angry woman emerges from the crowd to attack, shoving him in the direction of an oncoming train. Just before he stumbles, Clementine grabs him by his suit jacket. This will not be the last time she saves her husband. Lady Clementine is the ferocious story of the brilliant and ambitious woman beside Winston Churchill, the story of a partner who did not flinch through the sweeping darkness of war, and who would not surrender either to expectations or to enemies. Although the feast is full, the author will be at Litchfield Books at 2 PM to autograph her books. 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
Noon-1 PM - Brookgreen U Dirt N'Details presents "Pests in the Landscape," a lecture by Gary Forrester, Senior Extension Agent, Clemson Extension, in the Fry Classroom. Come learn about the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly critters in your garden and how to deal with them. Free with garden admission, www.Brookgreen.org.

Thursday, Jan. 9
9 AM-Noon - Taste of OLLI at Litchfield Education Center (14427 Ocean Hwy). Osher Lifelong Learning's open house to showcase the spring semester. Come meet the OLLI instructors, board members and staff, shop for classes and hear about our 2020 excursions. Free and open to the public, 843.349.6584 or www.Coastal.edu/olli.

10 AM - FOGL (Friends of Georgetown Library) presents Hampton History
at the Hampton Plantation State Historic Site ( 1950 Rutledge Rd., McClellanville) where a park ranger will lead a tour of the mansion and  a couple of interpreters in period clothing will portray Eliza Lucas Pinkney and Harriott Horry. In addition, Christopher Reid will be doing an indigo dye demonstration and Hannah Marley will be doing a rice demonstration, including the rice trunk and rice pounding. Light snacks will be served. Space limited to 30. Tickets are available at the Georgetown Library front desk, $10, 843.545.3310 or  413.427.8224 or rwilley1019@gmail.com.
2-3 PM - My Sister's Books presents:  Books & Bites with  Dr. Jim Farmer  (An Edgefield Planter and His World).  Jim Farmer, professor emeritus at USC Aiken, has researched the 1840s journals of Whitfield Brooks, a large plantation owner and one of the richest men in South Carolina. His editing opens a window on the life of an influential man, his complicated family and all the headaches associated with the antebellum south.

Friday, Jan. 10
10 AM - Brookgreen U presents "Sheep to Shawl," a demo by The Lowcountry Spinners in the Campbell Center Shed. Ever wonder how the wool from a sheep becomes a pair of socks or a sweater? Come visit Brookgreen's Tunis sheep and learn the ancient art of making hand-spun fiber into beautiful products. Free with garden admission,

11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Colleen Oakley ( You Were There Too) at Inlet Affairs. Acclaimed author Colleen Oakley delivers a heart-wrenching and unforgettable love story about a woman who must choose between the man she loves and the man fate has chosen for her, in a novel that reminds us that the best life is one led by the heart. Mia Graydon's life looks picket-fence perfect; she has the house, her loving husband, and dreams of starting a family. But she has other dreams too-unexplained, recurring ones starring the same man. Still, she doesn't think much of it, until a relocation to small-town Pennsylvania brings her face to face with the stranger she has been dreaming about for years. And this man harbors a jaw-dropping secret of his own-he's been dreaming of her, too. Determined to understand, Mia and this not-so-stranger search for answers. But when diving into their pasts begins to unravel her life in the present, Mia emerges with a single question-what if? $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
2:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series at Waccamaw Library presents "North by Northwest" (1959). See Jan. 3 entry for details. Also offered Jan. 17, Feb. 7, 14, 21 & 28, and March 6, 13 & 20.  Free and open to the public,  DVE ,   dturner@gtcounty.org or www.theFOWL.org .
Saturday, Jan. 1 1
10 AM-1 PM - Swamp Fox Players  Auditions for  "Cash on Delivery!" 
at Strand Theater (710 Front St., Georgetown) and at First Presbyterian Church (1300 Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach) by appointment.  See Jan. 4 entry for details.   Barton Smith, 704.699.8654 or Bob Gauss, 743.251.4111.  

10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin  at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Highway, behind Applewood House of Pancakes). Join this day-long opportunity to paint with one of the region's finest. Bring finished/unfinished works in any medium, any subject matter, any skill level for review, suggestions and instruction in color theory and composition by one of the area's local art treasures. Tables and chairs provided; bring art supplies and easel if needed. Offered alternate weeks, space is limited. Also offered Jan. 25, Feb. 8 & 22, March 7 & 21, April 4 & 18. $45, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
Monday, Jan. 13
1-2:15 PM - Charleston Renaissance Artists & Writers  at Waccamaw Library. See Jan. 6 entry for details.  Series concludes on Jan. 27.   Free and open to the public,  DVE,   dturner@gtcounty.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 15
10 AM-3:30 PM - Brookgreen U presents "Bird Photography Techniques and Tips," with George DeCamp and Anne Malarich, in the Fry Classroom and gardens. Brookgreen Gardens and Huntington Beach State Park are homes to a large variety of bird life. This workshop will teach the best tips and techniques for photographing birds of the Lowcountry. Topics covered will be exposure, making sharp images, composition, backgrounds, controlling depth of field , and camera and lens choices. Also, some post-processing of RAW image files in Photoshop to show how to make the most of your images. A morning lecture followed by afternoon session on work techniques in the field at Brookgreen Gardens. Box lunch included, $45 members, $60 non-members,

Noon-1:15 PM - History for Lunch at the SC Maritime Museum (729 Front St., Georgetown) presents Till Hanebuth, Associate Professor-CCU Dept. of Coastal & Marine Systems Science, on "Georgetown Harbor & The Tidal Sampit," and Erik Smith, Manager/Research Associate Professor (North Inlet-Winyah Bay NERR/Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences-USC), on "Tracking Changes in North Inlet and Winyah Bay with the National Estuarine Research Reserve." Reservations required. $20 per person ($18 for museum & OLLI members), lunch included, 843.520.0111.
Thursday, Jan. 16
7-10 AM - Brookgreen U presents "Photographing Birds in the Field" with Hal Vivian and George DeCamp. Join George, an international award-winning nature photographer, and Hal, a long-time member of the Audubon Society and bird watcher, as they take you on a tour of Brookgreen's outback! Limited to 14, meet at the Welcome Center, $10 members, $25 non-members, www.Brookgreen.org.

10 AM - FOWL Litchfield Tea & Poetry presents award-winning poets Adrian Rice, Molly Rice and Ray McManus.  Originally from Belfast, now living in Hickory NC, Adrian Rice has established himself as a poet on both sides of the Atlantic. His latest book is The Strange Estate: New & Selected Poems 1986-2017 (Press 53). Adrian is completing Doctoral studies at Appalachian State University, where he teaches First Year Seminar. Molly Rice is an award-winning theatre educator/director and poet. Her poems have appeared in various anthologies and journals. Her first chapbook - Mill Hill - was published by Finishing Line Press, with recommendations from Ron Rash, Tim Peeler, and Kathryn Stripling Byer. Molly's first full poetry collection is forthcoming from Press 53. Ray McManus is the author of three books of poetry: Punch, Red Dirt Jesus, and Driving through the Country before You Are Born, and co-editor of the anthology Found Anew. He is a professor of English at USC Sumter, Writer-in-Residence for the Columbia Museum of Art, and chairs the Board of Governors for the South Carolina Academy of Authors. F ree and open to the public, DVE dturner@gtcounty.org .
10 AM-1 PM - Brookgreen Gardens Homeschool Explorer Programs in the Wall Lowcountry Center. Homeschool groups may participate in a themed program that is designed to offer lively, hands-on, standard-based lessons about nature, history, and art. Students will enjoy interactive presentations, tours of exhibits, live animal presentations, and complete a make-and-take craft. The Homeschool Program is for children 4 years-8th grade. Parents are required to interact with their children throughout the various presentations, stations, and fun experiences! No children under 4 years old may attend. Also offered Feb. 20, March 19, April 23, May 21. $7 per student (one parent per family admitted free), 843.235.6000.
Friday, Jan. 17
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig & Karen White ( All the Ways We Said Goodbye) at Pawleys Plantation. The New York Times bestselling authors of The Glass Ocean and The Forgotten Room return with a glorious historical adventure that moves from the dark days of two World Wars to the turbulent years of the 1960s, in which three women with bruised hearts find refuge at Paris' legendary Ritz hotel. $60 (includes book), 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
2:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series  at Waccamaw Library presents "Double Indemnity" (1944). See Jan. 3 entry for details. Also offered Feb. 7, 14, 21 & 28, and March 6, 13 & 20. Free and open to the public,
DVEdturner@gtcounty.org or www.theFOWL.org .

Monday, Jan. 20
10 AM-Noon - Brookgreen U  presents "Handmade Gullah Dolls" with Zenobia Harper in Learning Lab 2 of Wall Lowcountry Center. Enjoy a demonstration as Zenobia Harper creates one-of-a-kind Gullah dolls. They are a celebration of the lives of women who have influenced her. Free with garden admission,  www.Brookgreen.org.

Tuesday, Jan. 21
3:30-5 PM - FOWL Members Only Event: Pawleys Island History - Five Centuries in One Hour!  Lee Gordon Brockington explores the history of Pawleys Island and the Waccamaw Neck. From Native Americans to African Americans, from rice to railroads, Lee's history also includes the 20th century changes brought by timber, hunting, the paper mill and Hurricanes Hazel and Hugo.  A native of SC and a Pawleys resident since 1984, Lee is the Coordinator of Public Engagement at Hobcaw Barony. Half-hour social with light refreshments. Seating is limited to current members of FOWL  (first come, first seated),   but you can join or renew on the spot or before at the Friends Center,   DVE , dturner@gtcounty.org or  www.theFOWL.org .

7 PM - Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art presents The Lee Minton Signature Series at the Litchfield Plantation Abbey. Brandon Goldberg, n ow 13 years old, began to play piano by ear when he was three years old. He started with classical lessons at age five, but quickly found his passion for jazz and learned about the music and its history by listening to his favorite artists including Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane, just to name a few. " When Brandon plays the piano people become delighted with his music, not just Jazz appreciators but people, folks. He is a people's champion... Along with all of the cleverness, the sophistication and the tasteful choices, this young man is swinging - swinging hard...Brandon is as affecting as any other new artists appearing on the scene today. I am a fan."  - Monty Alexander, Pianist/Composer. Doors open at 6 PM, refreshments served. $20, www.PawleysMusic.com. 

Friday, Jan. 24
10 AM-2 PM - FOWL "Know the Neck ► Come Connect" at the Waccamaw Library. The Friends of the Waccamaw Library host the third Annual Volunteer Fair in the DeBordieu Colony Auditorium. If you've recently moved to the area, or retired, and/or are looking for ways to share your talents, your time, or your tenderness, there are amazing non-profits working in Georgetown and Horry counties to better our communities - and they are looking for YOU! Representatives from 22 area organizations providing education, arts/culture/recreation, health & human services, public & societal benefits, and animal health & rescue will be available to describe their volunteer needs and  opportunities.
For questions or concerns, please contact Phylis Cecola, Volunteer Fair Chairman, at FOWLpawleys@gmail.com. Event is f ree and open to the public, www.theFOWL.org.

11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Diane Chamberlain (Big Lies in a Small Town) at DeBordieu Colony Clubhouse. North Carolina, 2018: Morgan Christopher's life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, she finds herself serving a three-year stint in the North Carolina Women's Correctional Center. Her dream of a career in art is put on hold-until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will see her released immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to leave prison, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets. North Carolina, 1940: Anna Dale, an artist from New Jersey, wins a national contest to paint a mural for the post office in Edenton, North Carolina. Alone in the world and desperate for work, she accepts. But what she doesn't expect is to find herself immersed in a town where prejudices run deep, where people are hiding secrets behind closed doors, and where the price of being different might just end in murder. What happened to Anna Dale? Are the clues hidden in the decrepit mural? Can Morgan overcome her own demons to discover what exists beneath the layers of lies? Although the feast is full, the author will be at Litchfield Books at 2 PM to autograph her books. $60 (includes book), 843.235.9600.
1:30 PM - OLLI@CCU and CCU's Department of History present a War & Society Colloquia: The Vietnam War, a four-part series held at the Conway Education Center (290 Allied Dr.). Additional sessions Feb. 7, Feb. 21 and March 6. Free and open to the public, 843.349.5002 or www.Coastal.edu/olli.
7 PM - Jazz at the Winyah: The Jeff DiMaio Trio. $20, www.WinyahAuditorium.org.
Friday-Sunday, Jan. 24-26 and Jan. 31-Feb. 2
Times vary - FOWL French Film Festival  at Waccamaw Library. Six days and six films shown in their original language with English subtitles, organized by Josette Sharwell and sponsored by the Friends of Waccamaw Library. All films are "Dining Voucher Events."
Friday, Jan. 24, 5:30 PM - ÔTEZ-MOI D'UN DOUTE (Just to be Sure) 2017 
  Directed & co-scripted by Carine Tardieu. Forty-something widower Erwan works as a bomb disposal expert, clearing remnants of the two World Wars in Brittany, when a DNA test reveals that the man who raised him is not his biological father. Also his feisty daughter Juliette is pregnant but does not know who the father is. Erwan hires a detective and finds that his biological father lives close by ...or so it seems. In the meantime he meets charismatic Doctor Anna and falls for her. Premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival to a standing ovation.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2:30 PM - LE MYSTÈRE HENRI PICK (Henry Pick Mystery) 2018
Directed & co-scripted by Rémi Bezançon. An editor, Daphné, discovers a novel she considers to be a master-piece in a library whose specialty is to collect manuscripts rejected by publishers. The text is signed Henri Pick, a Breton pizza maker who died two years earlier and whose widow says he only wrote shopping lists. A TV critic doubts the authenticity of the best-seller and with Pick's daughter investigates the life of the enigmatic author.

Sunday, Jan. 26, 2:30 PM - PREMIÈRE ANNÉE (The Freshmen) 2018
Directed & scripted by doctor-turned-director Thomas Lilti. Antoine begins his first year of medical school...for the third time. He passionately wants to become a doctor but the dry material does not come easy to him and this third year effort drives him to the brink. Benjamin arrives directly from high school, his father is a neurosurgeon, and he is familiar and relaxed about the whole process. They become friends and study pals, up to their necks in books and material as they cram late into the night. One nomination for Best Actor at the 2019 Césars.
Three additional films Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 & 2. Six-film pass, $10 (available only at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange, beginning Dec. 1) or $3 each at the door, 843.235.9600 or www.theFOWL.org.
Jan. 25-April 26 - Exquisite Miniatures at Brookgreen Gardens. Wes and Rachelle Siegrist capture the attention of viewers with miniature paintings so exquisitely rendered that they are often mistaken for photographs. Miniature art has been in existence for centuries and the current revival in its popularity has given rise to miniature art societies, which in turn have given the Siegrists a platform for international recognition among peers and collectors. Their tiny treasures typically measure less than 9 square inches and appear even more detailed when viewed under magnification. Consequently, Wes and Rachelle Siegrist enjoy a dimension of interactivity with viewers that few painters of standard easel-size paintings enjoy. A hallmark of their work is the ability to convey the feel of larger canvases or the essence of the natural world in miniature. It is no wonder that the Siegrists have been referred to as "World Ambassadors for Miniature Art." Daily, 9:30 AM-5 PM, free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or www.Brookgreen.org.
Saturday, Jan. 25
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin  at the Litchfield Exchange  (14363 Ocean Highway, behind Applewood House of Pancakes). See Jan. 11 entry for details. Also offered Feb. 8 & 22, March 7 & 21, April 4 & 18. $45, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com .
5:30-8 PM - The 22nd Annual Souper Bowl to benefit Habitat for Humanity will be held at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church on Waverly Road in Pawleys Island, featuring hundreds of handcrafted and hand-painted vessels, scores of gourmet soups, and loaves of homemade breads. $30 in advance or $35 at the door, 843.546.5685 Ext. 6.
Monday, Jan. 27
1-2:15 PM - Charleston Renaissance Artists & Writers  at Waccamaw Library. See Jan. 6 entry for details. Free and open to the public, 
DVE dturner@gtcounty.org.

4-9 PM - Seventh Annual Books & Boogie fundraiser for Freedom Readers, Inc. (a 501(c)3 non-profit organization) at The Village House in The Litchfield Village Center. Local writers come to display and sell books while networking with avid readers and interested benefactors. The wonderful jazz stylings of The Aristocats fills the air while folks stake out their tables around the dance floor! Young Scholars file in to receive an autographed book from the children's writer and then get situated, while our stilt walkers and face painters delight the crowd. Staff will set up the wonderful dinner buffet and the bands quietly switch. Special B lend Experience lights up the crowd, while Crystal Costa (WPDE-TV) continually announces the great prizes displayed on the raffle table and encourages patrons to buy some tickets! The Young Scholars take the floor and make a presentation, raffle tickets are pulled, and we dance the night away! $50, https://freedomreaders.charityproud.org/Donate .
Tuesday, Jan. 28
5:30 PM - FOWL Musician Series at the Waccamaw Library. Lloyd Kaplan and the Aristocats play "Swixie" jazz, a lively mix of Swing and Dixie jazz. Free and open to the public,  DVE 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org
7 PM - Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art presents the Lee Minton Signature Series at The Abbey, Litchfield Plantation. Singer Alexis Cole has been called "one of the great voices of today" by SiriusXM's Jonathan Schwartz. She has also been compared to classic jazz singers such as Anita O'Day and JazzTimes states, "Cole's easy sense of swing is strongly reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan."  Her luxurious voice and innovative interpretations make her an instant audience favorite with audiences. Alexis will be joined for this performance by the wonderful pianist John di Martino, who  has been described as a "shape-shifter," for his creativity across musical genres. Doors open at 6 PM, refreshments served. $20, www.PawleysMusic.com. 

Wednesday, Jan. 29
By appt - Blood Drive at Waccamaw Library.  The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive for Georgetown County at the Waccamaw Library.  For an appointment to donate blood, please visit www.RedCrossBlood.org o r call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1.800.733.2767). The need for a supply of donated blood is constant throughout Georgetown County. Please respond to this important call to help save lives in our community. dturner@gtcounty.org

10:30 AM-Noon - Brookgreen U presents "How and When Do I Prune?" with Brookgreen's Arborist Cheney Taylor in the Fry Classroom and garden. Does pruning your bushes and trees leave you scratching your head? Let Cheney Taylor show you the right way to prune the woodies in your garden. From the proper cuts to the best time of year for the job, Cheney will take the mystery out of pruning. Free for members, $25 non-members, www.Brookgreen.org. 

Thursda y, Jan. 30
1:30-4 PM - Tour of Captain Emerson's Arcadia Plantation . Meet biographer Bob Luke of Maryland, author of B romo Seltzer King, The Opulent Life of Captain Isaac Emerson. Participants will assemble at the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center to hear his remarks before going with the author and Hobcaw Barony staff in a car caravan to historic Arcadia Plantation for a walking tour of the grounds and outbuildings. In 1906, Captain Isaac Emerson purchased plantations just to the north of Bernard Baruch's Hobcaw Barony. A native of North Carolina, but a Baltimore millionaire, Emerson restored the 18th century house and the beautiful gardens; adding a stable, gymnasium, barns, tennis courts and a bowling alley. His son-in-law Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt visited, but died on the Lusitania; his grandson George Vanderbilt inherited the duck hunting retreat; and the late Lucille Vanderbilt Pate put thousands of acres in conservation easement. Her son, Matt Balding, fifth generation of 20th century owners, manages the property today and helped to assist Mr. Luke with his research. (Exertion level: Moderate Impact, long periods of standing, walking) Reservations required. $75 (includes book), www.HobcawBarony.org.
Friday, Jan. 31
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Donna Everhart (The Moonshiner's Daughter) at Ocean One . Set in North Carolina in 1960 and brimming with authenticity and grit, The Moonshiner's Daughter evokes the singular life of sixteen-year-old Jessie Sasser, a young woman determined to escape her family's past . . . Generations of Sassers have made moonshine in the Brushy Mountains of W ilkes County, North Carolina. Their history is recorded in a leather-bound journal that belongs to Jessie Sasser's daddy, but Jessie wants no part of it. As far as she's concerned, moonshine caused her mother's death a dozen years ago. Her father refuses to speak about her mama, or about the day she died. But Jessie has a gnawing hunger for the truth - one that compels her to seek comfort in food. Yet all her self-destructive behavior seems to do is feed what her school's gruff but compassionate nurse describes as the "monster" inside Jessie. Resenting her father's insistence that moonshining runs in her veins, Jessie makes a plan to destroy the stills, using their neighbors as scapegoats. Instead, her scheme escalates an old rivalry and reveals long-held grudges. As she endeavors to right wrongs old and new, Jessie's loyalties will bring her to unexpected revelations about her family, her strengths -and a legacy that may provide her with the answers she has been longing for. Although the feast is full, the author will be at Litchfield Books at 2 PM to autograph her books. 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
Friday-Sunday, Jan. 31-Feb. 2
Times vary - FOWL French Film Festival continues at Waccamaw Library. All films are "Dining Voucher Events." 
Friday, Jan. 31, 5:30 PM - LE GRAND BAIN (Sink or Swim) 2018
Directed by actor-director Gilles Lelouche. Based on a true story of a Swedish Club. It is in the corridors of their municipal swimming pool that Bertrand, Marcus, Simon, Laurent, Thierry and the others train under the relative authority of Delphine, former glory of the basins. All seven of the sad sack middle-aged men bond together, putting all their energy into a discipline previously owned by women: synchronized swimming. Through the training, talking and learning to redefine their masculinity, they will learn to let go, live a little and love again. Number one  at the Box Office in France for 2018, it received 8 nominations at the 2019 Césars.

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

Sunday, Feb. 2, 2:30 PM - LA FINALE (In the Game) 2018
Directed & co-scripted by Robin Sykes. Lyon, France. Everyone in the Verdi family takes great care of Roland,  the grandfather, who is starting to lose his mind. Everyone, except JB, the teen of the family who has only one goal: to go to Paris with his basketball team to play in the championship final. His parents, detained for the  weekend, ask him to give up his dream. They leave him in charge of his grandfather. But JB decides to go to Paris and takes his grandpa along. Nothing on this trip will go as planned...
Six-film pass, $10 (available only at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange) or $3 each at the door, 843.235.9600 or www.theFOWL.org.
Saturday, Feb. 8 - CLASS Productions presents a "Thanks-for-the-Music" Tribute to Harry Turner at Kimbel Lodge (Hobcaw Barony), featuring  Ceasar, Clay Brown, Gracie Holliday and Larissa Holliday performing favorite blues, soul, motown and beach music - all songs  Harry Turner, SC  music promoter and educator,  loved. If you've been to one of these Kimbel Concerts before, you'll snap up these tickets; if you haven't, you're in for a treat. Limited seating, light refreshments. 2-4 PM, $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.

Sunday & Monday, Feb. 9 & 10 - FOWL Snow Birds Book Sale  at the Waccamaw Library.   Friends on Sunday, 2-5 PM and  Public Sale on Monday, 9 AM-4 PM.

Saturday, Feb. 29 - FOWL Sadie Hawkins Supper at Pawleys Plantation from 6-9 PM. It's leap year, bring a partner, bring a friend, BFF, good buddy, or someone new in the neighborhood to this benefit for the Friends of Waccamaw Library. Social "hour," delicious dinner, terrific music by John Lammonds & Friends, great raffle and door prizes. Cash bar. $45, 6-9 PM.  Tickets available in the Friends Center beginning Jan. 3,  or  contact Phylis Cecola at  FOWLpawleys@gmail.com to put a table of friends together.

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 Christopher Reid ("Archibald Rutledge: His Life and Legacy") - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3or5zaTheA  
  • 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-2 PM) or just slip the money under their door using the envelopes provided. The Exchange is open Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM and Saturday, 10 AM-2 PM.

    Cultural events on the Grand Strand  - Check out this updated nonprofit website:  www.theartsgrandstrand.org ,   created and maintained by Murrells Inlet resident John Morken, is a complete calendar and guide to the fine arts from Calabash to Conway to Georgetown.  There are more than 700 events and 50 interviews per year.  The calendar displays as a month, week, day or agenda. Each event is categorized (e.g., music, art), and you can choose to view any or all of the categories by clicking on them in the dropboxes at the top of the calendar.

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