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 .
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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.
April Artist at the Waccamaw Library : Three-Woman Show.  Enjoy a brilliant array of paintings by Linda Aptt, Debanjana Bhattacharjee, and Amy Marr, who collectively present bold abstract pieces and nuanced portraits, in everything from cold wax to alcohol ink. For 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.  F or more information, dturner@gtcounty.org.

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,  
dturner@gtcounty.org. 

CALENDAR OF COMMUNITY EVENTS  

Renew Your FOWL Membership Online: Being a FOWL Member is so easy! You can now renew your membership on the FOWL website at t hefowl.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 (see April 8 below!), Friends' Night at the July Book Sale, and numerous Volunteer opportunities - all in support of the Waccamaw Neck Branch Library.

April 1-25
The Georgetown Library, Friends of the Georgetown Library, and the Belle W. Baruch Foundation  c elebrate the bicentennial of President James Monroe's 1819 visit to Georgetown with a  month-long celebration featuring exhibits, walking tours, and lectures.  The centerpiece of the April celebrations will be a gigantic 10-panel exhibit entitled: "Your Obedient Servant: James Monroe's 1819 Presidential Tour of the Southern States." The colorful, artwork-filled exhibit was created by the James Monroe Museum and students from the University of Mary Washington, both located in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  When President Monroe headed south in 1819, his tour took him through our own state of South Carolina and on April 21-22, he spent time in Georgetown County. He was entertained at Prospect Hill by Benjamin Huger (now Arcadia Plantation) and then traveled to Georgetown where he feasted with local citizens and was toasted 22 times!  Throughout the month of April, a series of speakers and programs will highlight the President's tour and what our young country looked like during the early 19th century.
Events include:
  • April 2 - Opening reception at the Georgetown County Library 4-6 PM, Come see this 10-panel exhibit and learn about President James Monroe's Southern Tour. Sponsored by FOGL.
  • April 3 - Arcadia Plantation Tour with Lee Brockington, 2-4 PM, Cost $50/person. Meet at the Discovery Center for an orientation by staff and then travel in a car caravan to Arcadia for an exclusive tour of the grounds, gardens and outbuildings with present owner and grandson of George Vanderbilt. For reservations, please call 843.546.4623 or visit www.hobcawbarony.org. Limited to 60 people. Program sponsored by the Belle W. Baruch Foundation and Hobcaw Barony.
  • April 9 - Presentation by Scott Harris, Executive Director of the University of Mary Washington Museums and the Director of the James Monroe Museum in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Lecture will be held at in the Council Chambers of the historic Georgetown County Courthouse, 129 Screven Street. 10 AM. FREE to attend. Program sponsored by FOGL.
  • April 11 - Walking Tour by Paige Sawyer. Paige will include many of the 18th and 19th century homes that would have been standing in Georgetown at the time of the President's 1819 visit. Tickets are $20 and are available at the front desk of the Georgetown Library, 405 Cleland Street. Program sponsored by FOGL.
  • April 25 - Slavery, Abolition and Repatriation: Discussions in the Village with Joe McGill , 1-3 PM, $20/person. Participants meet at the Discovery Center for a brief orientation and drive their own cars 2 miles to the village, park and take a walking tour with staff and docents, then hear remarks by McGill. Dress for the weather and bring a chair. Limited to 60 people. To make reservations, please call 843.546.4623 or online at www.hobcawbarony.org. Program sponsored by the Belle W. Baruch Foundation and Hobcaw Barony.
April 1-30
Daily, 9:30 AM-7 PM - Brookgreen in Bloom. After a day on the golf course or on the beach, see the beauty of Brookgreen's spring flowers when the gardens remain open til 7 PM. 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.

Monday, April 1
3-4:30 PM - Waterfront Books continues its 2019 schedule for the
Southern Writers Book Club Series at the Georgetown Library (405 Cleland Street).  The book to be discussed is Gradle Bird by J.C. Sasser,  an unusual tale of self-discovery and redemption that explores the infirmities of fatherly love, the complexities of human cruelty, and the consequences of guilt, proving they are possible to overcome no matter how dark and horrible the cause . F ree and open to the public.  For more information,
843.546.2665 or   waterfrontbks@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 3
2-4 PM - Arcadia Plantation Tour.  In conjunction with Georgetown County Library and The James Monroe Museum, Hobcaw Barony is participating in a month of special programs commemorating James Monroe's 1819 Presidential Tour of the Southern States. President Monroe traveled with an entourage that included John C. Calhoun and Major General Thomas Pinckney where they traveled down the Waccamaw River by boat, walked along a red carpet from the rice field's edge to Prospect Hill (the main house built in the late 18th century) where they stayed overnight before events in Georgetown the following day. This walking tour will discuss the history of the land before and after 1819. Participants will meet at the Discovery Center for an orientation by staff and then travel in a car caravan to Arcadia for an exclusive tour of the grounds, gardens and outbuildings with present owner and grandson of George Vanderbilt. (Exertion level: Moderate impact, walking, standing for long periods) Reservations required, $50, HobcawBarony.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.

9 AM-4 PM - Art Under the Oaks, the third annual fundraising festival for Tara Hall Home for Boys, hosted by Seaside Framing and held at the Bi-Lo Marketplace at the corner of Willbrook Blvd. and Ocean Highway. With more than 60 artists and vendors, food stations, music all day, drawings for wonderful prizes donated by the various vendors, you are sure to have a fine spring Saturday! Free to attend!

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.

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.

6:30 PM - FOWL Members Only  presents t he Indigo Choral Society in the Waccamaw Library auditorium  with a free program of sacred music, classical and gospel, as well as contemporary, to c elebrate National Library Week .  Light refreshments will be served.  To renew your membership or join for the first time, visit the website theFOWL.org or stop by the Friends Center.
 
Tuesday, April 9
11 AM-1 PM - Moveable Feast: Jennie Holton Fant  ( Sojourns in Charleston, South Carolina, 1865-1947: From the Ruins of War to the Rise of Tourism ) at Sea View Inn. Fant continues her excellent compilation of travelers' descriptions of Charleston (The Travelers' Charleston: Accounts of Charleston and Lowcountry, South Carolina, 1666-1861). This new work begins after the Civil War, when northern journalists flocked south to report on the "city of desolation" and ruin, continues through Reconstruction, and then moves into the era when national magazine writers began to promote the region as a paradise. From there twentieth-century accounts document a wide range of topics, from the living conditions of African Americans to the creation of cultural institutions that supported preservation and tourism. The most recognizable of the writers include author Owen Wister, novelist William Dean Howells, artist Norman Rockwell, Boston poet Amy Lowell, novelist and Zionist leader Ludwig Lewisohn, poet May Sarton, novelist Glenway Wescott on British author Somerset Maugham in the lowcountry, and French philosopher and writer Simone de Beauvoir. Their varied viewpoints help weave a beautiful tapestry of narratives that reveal the fascinating and evocative history that make Charleston the captivating city it is today. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

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. In conjunction with the Winyah Bay Festival (see April 13-14). FishGeorgetown.com.

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@g mail.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, Ho bcawBarony.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
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.

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.
 
Tuesday, April 16 
10 AM -  "Let's Start Talking," with Tidelands Hospice at Waccamaw Library.   In honor of National Healthcare Decision Day, Barriedel Llorens will lead discussion about how best to approach healthcare choices before a crisis hits. Topics include preparing for the unexpected and making healthcare decisions is for everyone, regardless of age or health status, how preparing for the unexpected relates to living your best life, and discussing the basics and answering questions on making healthcare decisions. Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.

10 AM - Tuesdays With...  program at the Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.) will feature Vennie Deas Moore, local historian, author, and professional photographer, presenting "Green Book: The Negro Motorist Green Book, The Annual Guidebook for African-American Travelers in Jim Crow America, 1936-1966." Ms. Moore's lecture will provide the historical backdrop for this year's Academy Award winning Best Film, "The Green Book," by presenting an important but tragic piece of American history as increasingly mobile Blacks during the mid-twentieth century dealt with the severe challenges to travel with segregated facilities and sites across the country. Free and open to the public, rwilley1019@gmail.com.

11 AM-1 PM - Moveable Feast: Virginia & Dana Beach (A Wholly Admirable Thing) at Pastaria 811.  In their new book, subtitled "Defending Nature and Community on the South Carolina Coast," Virginia and Dana Beach chronicle ten stories that showcase the rise of the Coastal Conservation League to one of the country's most tenacious and innovative conservation groups. The book highlights transformational initiatives undertaken by the Conservation League over three decades in partnership with community activists up and down the South Carolina coast. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

Wednesday, April 17
Noon-1:15 PM - History for Lunch at the SC Maritime Museum (729 Front St., Georgetown) presents "D-Day Mapping Project and Local WWII Maritime History," by Ralph Wilbanks, Underwater Archaeologist. Reservations required, space limited. $20 per person ($18, members), lunch included, 843.520.0111.
 
Friday, April 19
11 AM-1 PM - Moveable Feast: Carla Buckley (Liar's Child) at Inlet Provision Company.  In this intense and intimate family portrait that moves at a thriller's pace, a troubled woman faces a gripping moral dilemma after rescuing two abandoned children from a hurricane. Buckley crafts a richly rewarding psychological portrait, combining a heart-wrenching family drama with high-stakes suspense, as the lives of three characters intertwine in an unforgettable sto ry of fury, fate-and redemption. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

Tuesday, April 23 
1:30-4 PM - Learn To Throw A Cast Net.  Boat season is here and if you have ever wondered how to throw a cast net, this is your chance!  Come to Hobcaw Barony and learn our fool-proof way to open the net with ease after only a few practice casts. You will never miss the bait again and will be welcomed on the bow of any boat... once you have mastered the art of the throw. After practicing on land, participants will be taken to Clambank Creek to test their skills. Open for all ages. Bring your own cast net.  (Exertion level: Moderate - standing and throwing)  Limited to 10;  reservations required, $20, HobcawBarony.org.

Thursday, April 25
1-3 PM - Slavery, Abolition & Repatriation:  Discussions in the Village with Joe McGill. I n collaboration with the Georgetown County Library and The James Monroe Museum, Hobcaw Barony is participating in a month of special programs commemorating James Monroe's 1819 Presidential Tour of the Southern States.  President Monroe dealt with domestic issues of slavery and abolition, the Missouri Compromise and the repatriation of enslaved la borers to Liberia. Slave descendant Joe McGill, founder of The Slave Dwelling Project based in Charleston, discusses the American problem of slavery in the south, north, and west and will discuss how the story of slavery is more than politics and economics - it is a human story. Working to bring awareness and to preserve the dwellings where African American ancestors lived while enslaved, McGill believes in talking openly about this history, respecting and sharing stories in places like Friendfield Village, to foster an awareness and a greater understanding of the impacts of slavery.  Participants meet at the Discovery Center for a brief orientation and drive their own cars 2 miles to the village, park and then take a walking tour with staff and docents. Joe McGill will than speak to the audience. Dress for the weather and bring a chair. (Exertion level: Moderate impact, walking, standing for long periods). Reservations required,  $20/person, HobcawBarony.org.

Friday, April 26
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Frances Mayes (See You in the Piazza) at Ocean One.  Mayes (Under the Tuscan Sun and Women in Sunlight) gives a sparkling and irresistible view of Italy in her eighth book, in which she and her husband explore the country from north to south. Mayes begins in Piedmont and ends in Catania, Sicily. Along the way she treats readers to "oh-pull-over" views, looks inside glorious churches, descriptions of innumerable meals (in Sardegna "the seafood fritto misto comes to us hot and crisp, and the grilled fish under a heap of chopped celery and tomatoes"), and recipes for the dishes they ate (e.g., gnocchi with wild hare from Friuli-Venezia Giulia).  $60 (includes book), 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

Noon-3 PM - Lowcountry Garden Party.  An Elegant Garden Party Luncheon typically held on the Kaminski House lawn. A grand afternoon not to be missed! Proceeds benefit the Kathryn Bryan Metts Scholarship Fund and the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art. $85, tables of 8, 10 or 12 available. PawleysMusic.com or 843.626.8911.

1:30-4:30 PM - Art & Soul: Hobcaw Barony's Art Collection. Come to Hobcaw House to learn of Belle Baruch's art collection, the theft of a number of pieces, and their 2016 recovery and return. Original art by Aston Knight, Eugene Blocaille, F.M. Hollams, Rockwell Kent and "Allemany" (a recent mystery solved) is on view. Reproductions including those by Sir Alfred J. Munnings and Miguel Covarrubias tell stories of the Baruch family past. Highlights are shared from a past episode of PBS's Antiques Roadshow and a recent lecture at Charleston's Gibbes Museum of Art by our executive director and a trustee. Art not usually on exhibit is included this day.  (Exertion level: some walking, mostly sitting.) Reservations required, $30, HobcawBarony.org.

7 PM - Free "Con cert 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. https://TaraHall-events.com 

Saturday, April 27
8 AM-5 PM - 8th Annual Paddle Fest: A Fun Family Day Benefiting Tara Hall. Join  hundreds of other paddlers on a 4-mile trek down Black Mingo Creek in kayaks, canoes and on paddle boards. Upon arrival to the shores of Tara Hall's campus (510 Tara Hall Rd.), join hundreds of others for outdoor activities, live music from local bands, food and more. Kids' activities include afternoon kayak races (older kids) and barrel races (younger kids). Paddlers and non-paddlers welcome; rain or shine event.  Bring the whole family!  Want to start the fun early? Join us the night before in Pawleys Island for a free Evening for the Community: Jimmy Wayne - LIVE ! It is part of our special 2-days of events celebrating Tara Hall's 50th Anniversary. Paddlers 17+, $40; Paddlers 8-16, $25; Non-paddlers 17+, $10; Non-paddlers 8-16, $5. TaraHall.org.

9:30 AM-4:30 PM - Earth Day Festival and Plantacular Plant Sale   at Brookgreen Gardens. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.
 
3-5 PM - 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. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
         
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May 4 - Neighbor to Neighbor's 13th Annual Charity Golf Tournament.
Be a part of the solution to provide transportation to homebound seniors and adults with disability by registering for the tournament to be held at Founders Club (Pawleys Island course). Registration begins at 11 AM, shortgun start at 1 PM. 843.424.0763 or riden2n.org.

May 25-26 and June 1-2 -  Geriatric Monologues at Piccolo Spoleto.
Writer Jim R. Rogers, known to most folks on the Grand Strand as a parenting educator, decided to put his thoughts on growing older - the joys, the pains, the epiphanies, the laughs - into poems, published in his books Starts and Stops Along the Way and Looking Around. A  selection of his insights form the play, Geriatric Monologues, to be offered in four performances at Piccolo Spoleto at the Threshold Repertory Theatre in Charleston, SC. Performances Saturdays at 5 PM, Sundays at 2 PM,  $15. http://www.piccolospoleto.com/ 
           
June 6 - Waccamaw Library Celebrates Lowcountry Writer Susan Laughter Meyers when f riends and fellow poets gather to remember her  at 5:30 PM. Celebrate the life and work of beloved Lowcountry writer and mentor Susan Laughter Meyers, who was a generative figure in establishing and enhancing the literary community in the Lowcountry. Before relocating to South Carolina, Meyers had previously served as a notable creator and contributor to the growth of literary arts in her native state of North Carolina. The author of three poetry books and a chapbook, Meyers earned numerous prizes, awards, and fellowships, and her poems appeared in major journals, including The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and Crazyhorse. Among her many contributions to arts and letters in our region, she co-founded the longstanding Litchfield Tea & Poetry Series, which just concluded its thirteenth year at the Waccamaw Library, and served as President of the Poetry Society of South Carolina as well as the Poetry Society of North Carolina. Friends and fellow poets will share selected poems by Meyers as well as memories of her sustaining love of life and of literature.  The program is free and open to all, dturner@gtcounty.org.

ONGOING!
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 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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