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

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

In addition to the programming developed by the library system and the Friends (in red), we will cover other opportunities for quality experiences, education and entertainment. The information is organized by date, so scroll down to the date you are seeking. If you are part of a group or organization with news to share, we welcome your announcement. Keep it short; just the facts. We cannot reproduce an elaborate pdf with graphics and photos. The key information needed includes: Title of event, Where held, When (date and time), BRIEF description, Benefit for (if applicable), Cost (if any), Contact (phone and email), Website (for more information).
To be added to the e-mail list or to submit an announcement, please send your information directly to the e-newsletter editor Linda Ketron at:  linda@classatpawleys.com .
Kids & Families at Waccamaw Library - all programs free.
Kids' weekly activities - all are free, some require registration. For more information, aking@gtcounty.org.
  • Junior FIRST Lego League.  Mondays, 3-4 PM, through Nov. 12.  Non-competitive level of FIRST for ages 6-9.  
  • Minis Art Class.  Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30 PM.  Art for ages 1-5 years old and their grown-ups.
  • Art Classes. First Wednesdays, 3-4:30 PM with artists from the Myrtle Beach Art Museum. Ages 6-12 years old. Pre-registration required.
  • Story Time!  Wednesdays at 10:30 AM ( Playtime starts at 10 AM). Ages b irth to 5 years
  • Canine Angels. Second & Fourth Wednesdays, 3-4 PM. Come and read to one of these great dogs (and people)!
  • Creative Crafts. Thursdays, 3-4 PM. 4th grade and up.
  • LEGO Free Build. All day Fridays. All ages.
  • Manners Club. First Saturday each month, 10 AM-Noon. Register with Ms. Amy or Ms. Holly.
Game on! We play a wide variety of family friendly board and card games and always have a great time. Free, ddennis@gtcounty.org. 
  • Mondays - Open Gaming & Cooperative game day, ages 10+, 3-6:30 PM.
  • Tuesdays - Open Gaming & Tabletop, ages 10+, 3-6:30 PM.
  • Wednesdays - Open Gaming & Magic the Gathering Day, ages 10+, 3-6:30 PM.
  • Thursdays - Open Gaming & Art Day, 10+, 3-6:30 PM.
  • Fridays - Minecraft Friday, all ages (under 10 accompanied by adult), 2:30-5 PM.
  • Saturdays - Open Gaming, 10+, 11 AM-5 PM. First Saturday each month - Magic the Gathering Draft and competition; Last Saturday each month - Library Game Days, 11 AM-1 PM focus on games for children and families; 1-9 PM focus on games for teens and adults.
Adults at Waccamaw Library - most programs are free, although some require membership. Contact dturner@gtcounty.org.
  • Tidelands Camera Club meets on the first Monday each month, 9-11 AM.
  • Waccamaw Genealogy Club meets on the third Monday each month, 9-11:30 AM.
  • Knitting Group meets Mondays, 1-3 PM to knit and crochet with company and share patterns and techniques. Contact Carol Davison at caroldavisonk2tog@yahoo.com.
  • Mah Jongg Club meets Tuesdays, 1-3 PM, bring your set and current card.
June Artist at the Waccamaw Library : Nancy Bracken.   A former FOWL President and current Friends Center volunteer, an environmental activist with SODA, and a planning consultant for a variety of medical and public service nonprofits (e.g., Smith Medical Clinic, Tara Hall Home for Boys, and The Bunnelle Foundation), Nancy Bracken is also known to many as a prolific watercolor artist. The paintings in her new exhibit ("Where Have I Been? Where in the World Am I Going?") at the Waccamaw Library  traces her many paths around the globe. For instance, the exhibit contains images from "The Trees of the Holy Land," a series of paintings inspired by Bracken's pilgrimage to Israel in January 2018, as well as from "The Doors of Umbria," a sequence of watercolors produced after a workshop later the same year in Italy. Travel to Egypt, China, Antarctica, Costa Rica, Easter Island, the Panama Canal, and the American West inspired further paintings included in the collection.  All proceeds from any sales of the exhibited pieces will benefit the Friends of Waccamaw Library; stop by the Friends Center any Monday morning and thank her! F or more information, dturner@gtcounty.org.
June Photographer at the Waccamaw Library: Cathie and Pat Walsh.  Ever since husband and wife Pat and Cathie Walsh relocated to Murrells Inlet in 1995, they have been indulging their shared passion for photographing area vistas. "Living in the Inlet has afforded us the opportunity to visit so many of God's beautiful creations where wildlife and landscapes exist along with local history and culture," they noted. Their artistic goal is "to create moments in time for all to enjoy." F or more  information,  dturner@gtcounty.org. 

If you have kids or grands in need of summer activities, check out the listing at the end of this newsletter!
For those who may have missed May's Tuesdays With.... at the Georgetown Library or for those who would like to relive the event, Daniel Vivian's presentation on "A New Plantation World: Sporting Estates in the South Carolina Lowcountry, 1900-1940" is now on YouTube at
Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2
9:30 AM-4:30 PM - Brookgreen Art Festival.  This two-day Art Festival provides an opportunity to talk with local and regional artists and authors. This event showcases the fine craftsmanship and quality art being produced regionally and throughout the nation. The fifth installment in The Magnificent Brookgreen Gardens Storyhouse Series, Planting with Nana, will debut with author Viki Richardson and illustrators Millie Doud and Anne Malarich present to sign copies. In addition to the display and sale of arts, media demonstrations by artists are featured. Booths are located on grass and/or concrete/brick. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or www.Brookgreen.org. 
Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2 
Geriatric Monologues at Piccolo Spoleto, Charleston.  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. Performance Saturday at 5 PM, Sunday at 2 PM,  $15.
Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2
8 PM - Swamp Fox Players  present  "Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses" at the Strand Theatre (Front St., Georgetown), directed by Lee Padgett.  Lovers Landing Beach Hotel  is a rustic old hotel with a mystique  for love and has become  a home for destination weddings. Unfortunately the wedding planner, Madame Coco, has been  bitten by the bug and eloped.  This leaves the venue without a  planner for an upcoming wedding,  the Rutherford-Smythes and Mudds.  As the bride to be,  her overbearing mother,  and the groom arrive  mistaken identities and chaos ensues.  Pair this with a receptionist  short on brain cells, a caretaker  who runs suspect bingo games, and  a not-quite-legal distillery -  the results are an evening  
full of gut busting laughs. Sat., 8 PM; Sun., 2:30 PM, $18, 843.527.2924, ext.1 or  www.StrandTheater.com. 
June 1-Aug. 19 - Adult Summer Reading Bingo  at the Waccamaw Neck Branch Library. One bingo card per person; a bingo is at least one line completed (row, column, or diagonal). Completed card must be returned to the Waccamaw Adult Reference Desk by Aug. 19 to enter a drawing for a chance to win a gift card to the FOWL Bookstore. Contact  Mallen@gtcounty.org.  
Saturday, June 1
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 June 15 & 29, July 13 & 27. $45, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com. 
1-2:30 PM - Art Walk - Deepen your creative spirit through the experience of walking the Labyrinth at Brookgreen Gardens. Whether you are engaged in the arts as a visual or performing artist, or simply interested in expanding your understanding of the connection between art, religious experiences and ritual, you will find a welcoming and safe space to explore and learn. Meet at the Lowcountry Center picnic tables and walk together to the labyrinth. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or www.Brookgreen.org. 
Sunday, June 2
2 PM - The South Carolina Maritime Museum (729 Front St., Georgetown) opens its newest exhibit:  "A Most Violent Storm - Great Hurricanes from South Carolina's Past,"  covering the great hurricanes from the "Spanish Repulse Hurricane" of 1686 to Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Guest speaker meteorologist Ed Piotrowski from ABC Channel 15  will discuss the advent of the 2019 hurricane season, history of local storms,  and preparations one should take. R efreshments, free and open to the public, 843.520.0111 or www.SCMaritimeMuseum.org.  
Tuesday, June 4
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Melanie Benjamin ( Mistress of the Ritz) at Pine Lakes Country Club, MB. Nothing bad can happen at the Ritz; inside its gilded walls every woman looks beautiful, every man appears witty. Favored guests like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Coco Chanel, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor walk through its famous doors, where they're welcomed and pampered by Blanche Auzello and her husband, Claude, the director. The Auzellos are the mistress and master of the Ritz, allowing the glamor and glitz to take their mind off their troubled marriage, and off the secrets that they keep from their guests - and each other... Based on true events, Mistress of the Ritz is a taut tale of suspense wrapped up in a love story for the ages, the inspiring story of a woman and a man who discover the best in each other amid the turbulence of war. $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com. 
5:30 PM - 1st Tuesday Lecture Series at Georgetown County Museum (120 Broad St., Georgetown) presents Bud Hill and Joe Shaw on "The Making of Indigo Dye" with a demonstration. Free and open to the public (donations welcome), 843.545.7020 or www.GeorgetownCountyMuseum.com
Wednesday, June 5
1:30-2:30 PM - Storytime at Hobcaw Discovery Center.  Discover a world of imagination while we read books written by children's author Kevin Kurtz. Recommended for children 7 and under.  Also offered Aug. 7.   Free, 843.904.9017 or www.NorthInlet.sc.edu/discovery.
Thursday, June 6
10 AM - A Makeover for The Bibleway Child Development Center: A Model for Early Childhood Education at Waccamaw Library. Roundtable on how donors and the Bunnelle Foundation improved the learning environment at Georgetown child center. Featured roundtable members: Carolyn Ellis, Chair (Early Learning Council); Bishop John Smith Jr. (Pastor, Greater Bibleway Church); Harold Stowe (Former Chair, SC Education Oversight Committee); Sheryn Waterman, Ph.D. (Child & Youth Development Consultant, Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation). This is a wonderful story about how someone from the Waccamaw Neck reached across the bridge to provide support to an early childcare program in the city of Georgetown.    Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.
10 AM-Noon - Bike to the Boardwalk.  Bike 5 miles (roundtrip) on gravel roads through Hobcaw Barony's pristine forests to the Reserve's beautiful salt marsh boardwalk on North Inlet estuary. Upland forest habitats, wildlife, research and salt marsh ecology will be discussed during the trip. Bring your own bike (all terrain tires recommended), helmet, water, snack, camera/binoculars (if desired). Registration required, weather  permitting, limited to 15. Free, 843.904.9017 or www.NorthInlet.sc.edu/discovery
5:30 PM - Waccamaw Library Celebrates Lowcountry Writer Susan Laughter Meyers  when f riends and fellow poets gather to remember her.  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.
6:30 PM - Pawleys Island Concert Band performs a musical tribute to the 75th Anniversary of D-Day on the Kaminski House Museum lawn. Hosted by the Friends of the Kaminski House and Woodman of the World, the concert will feature musical selections in remembrance of this momentous historical event. Our Veterans will be recognized. Bring your favorite refreshments for a picnic on the lawn. Free and open to the public, 843.546.7706 or www.KaminskiMuseum.org. 
Friday, June 7
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Patti Callahan Henry (The Favorite Daughter) at Pawleys Plantation.  New York Times  bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry returns to the Lowcountry setting of  The Bookshop at Water's End  with a novel of one woman's homecoming - and the family memories that have shaped her life... On her wedding day ten years ago, Lena Donohue experienced a betrayal so painful that she fled the small town of Watersend, South Carolina, and reinvented herself in New York City. Though now a freelance travel writer, the one place she rarely goes is home - until she learns of her dad's failing health. Returning to Watersend means seeing the sister she has avoided for a decade and the brother who runs their family's Irish pub - and who has borne the burden of his sisters' rift. As Alzheimer's slowly steals their father's memories, the siblings rush to preserve his life in stories and in photographs. His past will bring Lena's own childhood into focus, including the special bond they shared - one that she never felt with her late mother - and make her realize that you can't run away from family or the place where your heart truly belongs... $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com. 
6-9 PM - Music In The Park Concert Series presents The Band of Oz (beach music) at Francis Marion Park (750 Front St., Georgetown). Sponsored by Georgetown Business Association, bring a chair, no coolers. Free and open to the public, www.GeorgetownSeaport.com. 
Saturday, June 8
9-11 AM - The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER®, along with our partners Sierra Club Winyah Group and Black River Outdoors, host the first in the 2019 Wake Up Paddle Series on the Waccamaw River Blue Trail. The goal of these paddles is to highlight the Waccamaw River Blue Trail and discuss issues faced by the Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® in the effort to protect clean water. $15 members, $20 nonmembers, 843.349.4007 or
10 AM-2 PM - History & Horticulture in the Victory Garden. Families drive themselves to the Victory Garden at Bellefield Plantation to participate in a hands-on learning experience that explores the history and horticulture at HobcawBarony. This program allows participants to immerse themselves in interactive stations that demonstrate dyeing techniques through history, stages of decomposition, stringing of tobacco and its importance to the Lowcountry, pollination and the bees of the Barony, as well as learning to read the ages of trees in the forests. After a scavenger hunt, participants will also be able to plant a plant in the garden and take away a plant of their own. At the end of the program, Hobcaw Barony staff and volunteers will host a lady bug release for all to witness. (Exertion level: Moderate impact - walking on rough terrain, planting in the garden, standing for long periods of time.) Reservations required. $5, www.HobcawBarony.org.
6-9 PM - Stargazing at Hampton Plantation. Prepare to be dazzled by the endless beauty of Hampton Plantation's night sky. From planets to the Milky Way, the Lowcountry Stargazers will help you see the cosmos in a whole new light! Bring a lawn chair and your own telescope. Meet at the ranger's station. Free, 843.546.9361.
7 PM - The Django Experiment at Brookgreen Gardens. Straight from his appearance at The Spoleto Festival, "gyspy-jazz" guitarist Stephane Wrembel brings his signature style to Brookgreen Gardens. The New York Times says of him "Perhaps the most creative improviser in Gypsy Jazz today. Mr. Wrembel plays the guitar with a rich and colorful lyricism."
Don't miss this rare opportunity! On the concert lawn at Azalea. Tickets are $25 for adults, and $20 for member adults. 843.235.6000 or www.Brookgreen.org.  
Tuesday, June 11
9 AM-1 PM - North Inlet Paddle.  NERR and Surf the Earth lead a naturalist-guided tour of North Inlet estuary. Includes all equipment and instruction in basic kayaking, a natural history overview, and educational and research highlights of the North Inlet ecosystem. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, snack, and camera/binoculars (if desired). Registration required, limited to 10, weather permitting.  Also offered June 25, July 10 & 25, Aug. 8 & 26.  $60/person, 843.904.9017 or
10 AM - "Medicare Information Session/Q&A"  at Waccamaw Library. Certified agent Tony Carlton will explain how to get the best benefits from Medicare through supplement, advantage, and step therapy programs. Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Mary Alice Monroe (The Summer Guests) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw. From the New York Times bestselling author of the Beach House series comes a heartwarming and evocative novel about the bonds and new beginnings that are born from natural disasters and how, even during the worst of circumstances - or perhaps because of them - you discover what is most important in life. When a sudden storm threatens the coasts of Florida and South Carolina, an eclectic group of evacuees flee for the farm of their friends  in North Carolina, bringing with them only the few treasured possessions they can carry. Although the feast is full, Mary Alice will be at Litchfield Books afterward to chat and sign books. 843.235.9600.
Wednesday, June 12
7:30 PM - American Guild of Organists Southeastern Convention presents world-class organist Nigel Potts at All Saints Parish Church, Pawleys Island. $20 at the door. 
Thursday, June 13
9:30-11:30 AM - Salt Marsh Seining. Visit a tidal salt marsh creek to seine for a variety of fish, crustaceans and mud-dwelling creatures. Learn about the importance of these nursery grounds and the many species of animals and plants that make the creeks their home. Wear clothes and shoes that will get wet. Free, 843.904.9017 or www.NorthInlet.sc.edu/discovery.
6-8 PM - Supper at the Lodge: "SC's Hurricane History from 1718-2018." Climate's historical impacts affected SC society and agriculture from yellow fever to the sinking of the CSS Hunley, and time was marked in the lowcountry by major hurricanes. USC professor and researcher Dr. Cary Mock, a climatologist, has studied 300 years of South Carolina weather history. His sources have included the first ever known systematic observations from Charleston in 1738, Thomas Jefferson's early 19th century records, antebellum plantation diaries, ship logbooks and the weather records taken at All Saints and the Summer Rectory on Pawleys by The Rev. Alexander Glennie. The program will include an informal BBQ buffet, BYOB, inside the Kimbel Lodge at Hobcaw Barony, followed by Dr. Mock's presentation. (Exertion level: Light impact - sitting, eating.) Reservations required, limited to 60. $35, www.HobcawBarony.org.
Friday, June 14
All day - The Litchfield Beautification Foundation will have a display of 80 American flags along the Litchfield corridor Hwy 17 medians from Sandy Island Road to Baskerville Road to celebrate Flag. For more information or to make a donation, LBF29585.com.
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Deb Spera ( Call Your Daughter Home) at Inlet Affairs. A stunning tour de force by veteran TV producer of Criminal Minds follows three fierce, unforgettable Southern women in the years leading up to the Great Depression. It's 1924 South Carolina and the region is still recovering from the infamous boll weevil infestation that devastated the land and the economy. Gertrude, a mother of four, must make an unconscionable decision to save her daughters from starvation or die at the hands of an abusive husband. Retta is navigating a harsh world as a first-generation freed slave, still employed by the Coles, influential plantation proprietors who once owned her family. Annie is the matriarch of the Coles family and must come to terms with the terrible truth that has ripped her family apart. These three women seemingly have nothing in common, yet as they unite to stand up to the terrible injustices that have long plagued the small town, they find strength in the bond that ties women together. Told in the pitch-perfect voices of Gertrude, Retta and Annie, Call Your Daughter Home is an audacious, timeless story about the power of family, deep-buried secrets and the ferocity of motherhood. $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
Saturday, June 15
10 AM-Noon - Fish Printing at Hobcaw Discovery Center. Cool off before summer starts to enjoy some art using a method of printmaking that traditionally utilizes fish and sea creatures. Bring your own bag, shirt, hat, etc. Free, 843.904.9017  or  www.NorthInlet.sc.edu/discovery .
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Highway, behind Applewood House of Pancakes).  See June 1 entry for details. Also offered June 29, July 13 & 27. $45, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
11 AM-3 PM - Opening Celebration of " Can't You Sea? | Ocean Plastic ARTifacts" at Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. Plastic waste and its subsequent pollution of the earth's oceans has drawn increasing attention in recent years. This summer the art museum hopes to expand the conversation with an intriguing and provocative exhibition featuring two-and three-dimensional works by six contemporary artists/activists, along with a companion series of lectures and discussions created to intrigue, educate and invite viewers to examine their own roles in worldwide ocean plastic pollution. A larger-than-life welded-wire outdoor sculpture of an octopus - filled with plastic waste - by North Myrtle Beach artist Jim Swaim, will be unveiled at the opening. The work, created specifically for this exhibition, is the first of its kind in Myrtle Beach and was commissioned (appropriately) by the Horry County Solid Waste Authority.  Through the summer, a lecture series will be presented at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront; contact the Art Museum for details and reservations, 843.238.2510 or
  • June 26: Susan Freinkel, author: Plastic: A Toxic Love Story
  • July 10: Panel Discussion: Aware and Active: Local Leaders in Looking for Plastic Solutions
  • July 24: Dana Beach, founder/executive director, Coastal Conservation League, author: A Wholly Admirable Thing
  • Aug.7: Beth Terry, activist/author: Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too
  • Aug. 21: Linda Booker, director/producer, Straws
  • Aug. 28: Pollution Professionals Panel: Working to Make a Difference
  • Sept. 8: Pam Longobardi, Georgia State University Professor of Art, artist/activist and founder, Drifters Project
6 PM - Surf The Earth Sunset/Full Moon Kayak TourThis naturalist guided two-hour tour takes place from dusk through the rising moon. Enjoy a leisurely paddle through the beautiful salt marsh system, and watch the sun set and give way to the moon's rise. If you have a camera, there are a lot of opportunities to capture our spectacular wild life (turtles, dolphins, and shore birds), beautiful sunsets, and spectacular moon rise over the ocean. Bring your favorite beverage and be prepared to kick back and enjoy the spectacular view. All gear is top of the line (11' & 13' Hobie kayaks, fiberglass paddles, and high back comfortable seats). Also offered July 15, Aug. 13. $75 (single), $120 (tandem), www.Surf-the-Earth.com or 843.235.3500
Monday, June 17
8 AM-Noon - North Inlet Boat Tour . 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) Reservations required, limited to 5. $125, www.HobcawBarony.org.
Tuesday, June 18
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Jennifer Berry Hawes ( Grace Will Lead Us Home) at "to be announced."  A deeply moving work of narrative nonfiction on the tragic shootings at the Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina. On June 17, 2015, twelve members of the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston welcomed a young white man to their evening Bible study. He arrived with a pistol, 88 bullets, and hopes of starting a race war. Dylann Roof's massacre of nine innocents during their closing prayer horrified the nation. Two days later, some relatives of the dead stood at Roof's hearing and said, "I forgive you." That grace offered the country a hopeful ending to an awful story. But for the survivors and victims' families, the journey had just begun. In  Grace Will Lead Us Home, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hawes provides a definitive account of the tragedy's aftermath. With unprecedented access to the grieving families and other key figures, Hawes offers a nuanced and moving portrait of the events and emotions that emerged in the massacre's wake. The two adult survivors of the shooting begin to make sense of their lives again. Rifts form between some of the victims' families and the church. A group of relatives fights to end gun violence, capturing the attention of President Obama. And a city in the Deep South must confront its racist past. This is the story of how, beyond the headlines, a community of people begins to heal. $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
Wednesday-Saturday, June 19-Aug. 10
7 PM - Brookgreen Summer Music Festival. Enjoy evening concerts under the oaks at the Brookgreen Gardens Summer Music Festival. Bring a chair, grab a spot, relax and enjoy some of your favorite music. Featuring local favorites including Tru Sol, Sea Cruz Band, The Paul Grimshaw Band, The Fourclosures, and more. No picnics, outside food or drink allowed. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the concert and our restaurant, Azalea, will be serving until 7 PM on concert evenings. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or www.Brookgreen.org.
Wednesday, June 19
6-8 PM - Hope Griffin, guitarist and award-winning songwriter/singer, performs in Showcase at Mission Control Studios in the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Hwy.) Snacks & beverages, open to the public ($5 donation appreciated for artist's accommodations). Visit Hope online for more information about this enormously talented musician:
Thursday, June 20
1 PM - Brookgreen 101 presents "Anna Hyatt Huntington's Equestrian Sculpture," an hour-long public information program sponsored by the Campbell Center for American Sculpture and held in the Welcome Center Conference Room. Additional topics offered July 18, Aug. 15. Free for members and included with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or www.Brookgreen.org.
2:30-4 PM - Books at the Barony: Pawleys Island Images Celebrate Arcadia Publishing's book, Pawleys Island Images, by NY Times syndicated columnist Steve Roberts and Hobcaw Barony coordinator of public engagement Lee Brockington. The collection of nearly 200 photographs and text capture the history of the Waccamaw Neck rice plantations and the tiny barrier island from the late 18th century to the present. Steve Roberts and Lee Brockington will lend remarks and sign books in the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center's seminar room.   (Exertion level: Low impact, sitting)   Reservations required, limited to 45.  $30 (includes book), www.HobcawBarony.org. 
3 PM - Moonrise 6: Space Songs!  at Waccamaw Library, featuring the Pawleys Island Concert Band performing outer space tunes! Family friendly. Part of Georgetown County Public Library System's "Moonrise" project celebrating the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.
Friday, June 21
10 AM-Noon - Life in a Pond. Microscopes will be used to discover what life will be found at the pond! You may bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at our pond shelter. Also offered July 13. Free, 843.904.9017  or www.NorthInlet.sc.edu/discovery.
11 AM-12:30 PM - Summer Solstice Walk. Join us as we welcome summer with a group labyrinth walk. The sun will reach its highest position of the year and share its light as we walk on Brookgreen's labyrinth in a beautiful, natural setting. We will meet at the Lowcountry Center picnic table ares for a brief talk before walking to the labyrinth together. Meet at the Lowcountry Center picnic tables and walk together to the labyrinth. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or www.Brookgreen.org.
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: John Warley (The Home Guard) at Pastaria 811. In a letter to folks back home near the start of the Civil War, a Union soldier described Beaufort, South Carolina as "one of the handsomest places in the United States." Handsome it was, but no longer in the U.S. after Fort Sumter in April 1861. Carter Barnwell, age twelve, is a dreamy-eyed boy of the Carolina Lowcountry until the Battle of Port Royal Sound brought thousands of Union troops to his hometown, forcing his mother to evacuate and leaving him responsible for his aging grandmother. Together, Carter and his grandmother flee to the family hunting lodge on Cane Island. Carter has only vague notions of the causes for the war, but he has lived his entire life in the South and known only its people. His cousin, Gabriel Heyward, recruits him to spy, and with Carter's older brother in Virginia fighting for the Confederacy, Carter is eager to do his part for the war effort. The risk of arrest is one he accepts, knowing his freedom and grandmother's life depend on his not getting caught. When a Pennsylvania missionary and her pretty young daughter arrive at the plantation adjoining the hunting lodge, the war takes a turn for which Carter is totally unprepared. He has never seen a girl like blue-eyed Sonja, who treats him like a kid brother until he proves his worth by teaching her skills she will need in the waters and marshes of the Carolina coast. Gradually, she warms to him, but that warmth is threatened by both a Union rival and her resolute abolitionist convictions. Carter, maturing beyond his years by war, must reach adult decisions that will profoundly affect his life and the lives of those he cares most about.  $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
Saturday, June 22
10 AM-noon - CLASS offers An Introduction to Facebook & Instagram, with Jackie Broach, former award-winning journalist with the Coastal Observer and current Public Information Officer for Georgetown County.
She teaches this class for her coworkers across the nation! This can be your introduction to the ins and outs of Facebook and Instagram or an advanced look at posting, updating, deleting and keeping some things private.  Bring your smart phone, laptop or ipad.  $15, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com
Tuesday, June 25
9 AM-1 PM - North Inlet Paddle . See June 11 entry for details. Also offered July 10 & 25, Aug. 8 26. $60/person, 843.904.9017 or
Wednesday, June 26
2:30-4 PM - Wild Wednesday: Ghosts from the Coast . From silly superstitions to scary stories, learn the Lowcountry legends of Alice and The Grey Man, plat-eyes and hags, but also discover who created these stories and why they have lasted. Religion and discipline, along with cultural and geographic differences all have contributed. English, Irish and African traditions all contributed to American and South Carolinian beliefs. This indoor storytelling program prepares kids of all ages for their own outdoor experiences. This program is open to all ages. (Exertion level: Low impact, sitting) Reservations required, limited to 45. $10, www.HobcawBarony.org.
Thursday, June 27
10 AM-Noon - Life of a NERRd. Step your feet into the shoes of the National Estuarine Research Reserve marine field lab scientists. You will be able to learn about our marine lab and learn about the natural history, research, and education conducted on the property. Free, 843.904.9017 or www.NorthInlet.sc.edu/discovery.
Friday, June 28
10 AM-Noon - Fishes of North Inlet. You will be able to assist Reserve scientists as they take measurements and pull a seine. The catch is carried back to a seawater laboratory where everybody helps sort, identify and measure the collection of fishes, shrimps and crabs. Old clothes and sneakers or boots are recommended. Limited to 10 people ages 10 and up.  Also offered July 12. Free, 843.904.9017 or www.NorthInlet.sc.edu/discovery.
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Mary Edna Fraser & Cecilia Dailey ( The Batik Art of Mary Edna Fraser) at Southern Comforts. Mary Edna Fraser has taken the art of batik to otherworldly heights. An internationally renowned artist, Fraser has had works grace galleries, museums, and public buildings throughout the United States--creating wonder, awe, and an awareness of the environment around us as few artists have had the talent and vision to manage. Using fabric, wax, and dye, Fraser has transformed the techniques of batik from its ancient origins and forged new panoramas and vistas of our unique planet from the sky above us to the ground beneath our feet, and even down to the evocative landscapes that sprawl across the ocean floor. These images not only astonish us with their allure; they also remind of us of our place in the world and our responsibility to respect and care for it. Part history and guide to the challenging techniques of this form, The Batik Art of Mary Edna Fraser affords not only a full-color introduction to Fraser's stunning perceptions of the glaciers, icebergs, coastlines, atmospheres, mountains, and rivers that grace our globe, but gives us an intimate look at the artist at work and the philosophies that guide her singular imagination as well. Bold, beautiful, thoughtful, and always visceral, Fraser's art invites us outside to see with new eyes the horizons that surround us--and inside to see ourselves in our inextricable connection with the land, the seas, the skies, the earth, as we are woven together as one in the fabric of our existence on this, our home, the vibrant blue planet hurtling through space and time. $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
Saturday, June 29
Noon-1 PM - Feeding Frenzy. Watch the NERR staff feed the native animals in the Discovery Center and learn about their unique characteristics.  Also offered Aug. 10. Free, 843.904.9017 or

10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin  at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Highway, behind Applewood House of Pancakes). See June 1 entry for details. Also offered July 13 & 27. $45, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
Wednesday, July 3
6-8 PM - Friends Night at the 29th Annual FOWL Book Sale at the Waccamaw Library (41 St. Paul Place). First choice of t housands of books for a fraction of their value (Hardcovers, $3 or two for $5; Paperbacks, 75 cents each).  J oin that evening for $20.  843.545.3623 or www.TheFowl.org.
Friday & Saturday, July 5 & 6
29th Annual Friends of Waccamaw Library Book Sale at the Waccamaw Library.  Fri., 10 AM-4 PM, free to enter. Sat., 9 AM-12 PM, free to enter, 843.545.3623 or www.TheFowl.org.
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 July 28  - 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. Daily, 9:30 AM-5 PM, free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or www.Brookgreen.org.
Through Oct. 15 -  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. Daily, 10:30 AM-4:30 PM, Adults $3, children $2 for a 30-minute timed visit, in addition to garden admission, 843.235.6000 or www.Brookgreen.org.

Waccamaw Neck Branch Library Summer Reading Program, 843.545.3349, www.GeorgetownCountyLibrary.sc.gov  
Enrich your child's summer, June 11 through July 26, with great storytelling, performances, science experiments, puppet shows, magic tricks, reading competitions, movies, crafts, parties and more!All free and open to the public.
  • Mondays, 1-3 PM, ages 7+ - ROCK your BRAIN offers STEAM-based projects to keep your brain strong this summer: June 10, 1 PM - Mad Science of Myrtle Beach; June 17, 3 PM - South Carolina Aquarium; July 8, 1 PM - Science Teller present "Aliens: Escape from Earth"; July 15, 1 PM - Mad Science of Myrtle Beach. Complete list of topics available at the library.
  • Tuesdays, 1-2 PM, ages 1-5 - Minis Art; 2-3 PM, ages 4-8 - Coding Games.
  • Wednesdays, 10 AM, babies & toddlers playtime followed by Story Time at 10:30 AM, while preschoolers do crafts, then the groups switch; 1-2 PM, ages 8-10 - Coding Games.
  • Thursdays, 3 PM, June 13 - Science with Sub-Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream followed by ice cream for everyone; June 20 - Special concert by the Pawleys Island Concert Band; June 27 - Challenge the laws of physics as Roper Mountain Science Center presents "use the Force"; July 11 - Porkchop Productions brings "Chicken Little" to life in this rollicking favorite; July 18 - Learn about drawing with artist Michael White; July 25 - Gerry the Great will perform a magic show with face painting for our end of summer celebration and award ceremony.
  • Fridays, All day LEGOs; 1 PM - Free Movie Friday (except June 28 & July 5)
Georgetown County Parks & Recreation, 843.545.3275 or .3202, www.GTCounty.org  
Summer Day Camps, June 10-Aug. 2, Ages 5-12.Week-long summer day camps offered at the Beck Recreation Center in Georgetown and the Waccamaw Regional Recreation Center at Parkersville Park, Pawleys Island. Each week has a different theme. Age control date is June 1. Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM. Children must bring their own lunch; County provides a snack each day. Fee is $65 per child per week with a one-time $15 registration fee (per child). For camp themes each week, check the county website.
Brookgreen Gardens, 843-235-6049, www.Brookgreen.org 
Week-long camp at the Wall Lowcountry Center provides activities with an emphasis on connections to the natural world, animals and art. Summer fun and educational enrichment at Brookgreen Gardens include hands-on activities, zoo and garden exploration, live animal encounters, crafts, games, stories, projects and more. Sessions for rising K-1st graders are $160 for members, $185 for nonmembers; Art Camp for grades 6-12, $145 for members, $165 for nonmembers. The camps for other age groups are already full.
June 3-7, 10 AM-1 PM, Grades K-1 - Under the Sea
June 10-14, 10 AM-1 PM, Grades K-1 - Wild Kratts Adventure
June 29, 10 AM-2 PM, 1 child 12 and under and 1 parent - Family Camp
July 22-26, 10 AM-1 PM, Grades 6-12 - Art Camp
Coastal Carolina Kids Camp, 843.349.6584, www.coastal.edu/cckc 
Coastal Carolina University is once again offering weekly half-day and all-day camps at the Litchfield Center between June 17 and August 9 (no camps the week of July 4) for children six to ten years of age. Morning camps are from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM and afternoon camps from 1-5 PM; each costs $85+/week. New camps this summer include Drumagination Rhthmplay, Calling All Inventors, S.T.E.M. Dancing Robotics, and Coding Games, plus the return of old favorites such as Superhero Academy, Mosaic Madness, Comic Book Adventures, Just Dance, Jurassic Dinosaur Adventure, Calling All Authors, Math Mania, and many more! CCU's Kids Camps offer fun, educational programming designed by area teachers. For details and registration, visit www.coastal.edu/cckc or call 843.349.6584.
Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center, 843.546.4623, www.HobcawBarony.org 
Coastal Ecology Camps.  Six four-day camps open to rising 2nd graders through rising 5th graders only. Parents can enjoy a half-day break while their children have an awesome time learning about our local environments through various indoor/outdoor activities. Camp at Hobcaw Barony provides children an opportunity to learn in a truly undeveloped 16,000 acre environment where several different ecosystems are available for study. On each successive day, campers will explore different environments, including forest ecology and animal tracking, salt marsh and crabbing, beach ecology and seining, and freshwater and pond fishing. Activities, games and animals are used to teach the importance of each ecological setting. Tuesday-Friday, 9 AM-12:30 PM, limited to 14 children per day, rising 2nd through rising 5th graders only, $125/child per week. Six four-day camps: June 4-7; June 11-14; June 18-21; June 25-28; July 1 (Mon.), 2, 3 & 5 (no camp on Thurs., July 4); July 9-12. Due to the popularity of this camp, participants are only allowed to participate in one session. Advance registration is required
Surf The Earth, 1.800.864.6752, www.Surf-The-Earth.com 
Pawleys Island Summer Surf Camps are Monday-Friday, May 27-Aug. 12, 9 AM-Noon, Ages 7-15 years old, $350 per child. Location: Second Street access on Pawleys Island. Price includes a 3:1 instructor to student ratio, surfboards, tent shelter, sunscreen, daily snacks, camp t-shirt, and photos. Kids should wear boardshorts or swim suit, a rashguard for sun protection, and have plenty of sunscreen on. Snacks will be provided, but if your child would like to bring their own drinks and snacks, we will have a cooler on the beach. Our beaches typically provide calm forgiving surf conditions, which makes for a safe learning environment for the beginner to intermediate surfer. Our CPR Certified Camp Instructors focus on primary surfing fundamentals, building inner confidence, and teaching water safety.If you've always wanted your child to have a strong knowledge and confidence level around the water, this is the program to enroll them in.
Surf The Earth 3-Day Afternoon Surf Camps are Tuesday-Thursday, June 18-July 23, 1-4 PM, $225 per child. Based on the week-long surf camp, with the same great instructors, boards, friends and good times.
South Carolina Maritime Museum
, 843.520.0111, www.SCMaritimeMuseum.org 
Summer Youth Sailing Camp features week-long, half-day camps for ages 8-14, Monday-Friday, 9 AM-Noon and 2-5 PM. Each week, June 3-7 through Aug. 12-16. $200, SCMM members; $225, nonmembers.
  • Registration fee includes a US Sailing course book, a skills logbook and a camp T-shirt. Returning sailors who show up with their text book and red skills log book from last year's camp will receive a $10 gift certificate for the Museum gift shop.
  • Camp will be held at the SC Maritime Museum.
  • Sailboats will put in at the City docks beside the museum.
  • There will be 6-10 campers per session.
  • Fred Hoelscher, a certified US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 Sailing Instructor, will head up this year's instructional team. The team includes experienced and lifelong sailors Dave Lowe, Mary McAlister and Lee Talbot.
  • Our young sailor's will learn to sail Optimist Prams, a sailboat designed specifically for kids under 16 years of age. The "Opti" is safe and simple enough for an 8-year-old, and exciting and technically challenging enough for a 15-year-old.
  • Campers will learn and review the essentials of sailing at different camp levels depending on the experience of the camper. During the first session our instructors will evaluate the skill level of campers with previous sailing experience and place them in a separate advanced group as appropriate.
Sailing Camps for Ages 14-17 features week-long, half-day camps, Monday-Friday, 9 AM-Noon and 2-5 PM. Each week June 3-7 through Aug. 12-16. $300, SCMM members; $325, nonmembers.
  • Campers will sail Lasers.
  • Camp will be held at the SC Maritime Museum.
  • Sailboats put in at the City docks behind the museum.
  • There will be 3-4 campers per session.
  • Campers will learn and review the essentials of sailing at different camp levels, depending on the experience and skill level of the camper. Certified US Sailing Small Boat Level 1 Sailing Instructors Fred Hoelscher and Pete Collins will head this year's instructional team. The team will include experienced junior instructors and adult volunteers.
  • Registration fee includes a US Sailing course book, a skills logbook and a camp T-shirt. Returning sailors who show up with their text book and red skills log book from last year's camp receive a $10 gift certificate for the Museum gift shop.
Burroughs & Chapin Art Museum Summer Camps, www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org 
Inspired by the Art Museum's summer exhibition,  Can't You Sea? | Ocean Plastic ARTifactsYour child will tap into their inner artist as they learn about ocean plastic pollution and how they can make a difference. $50 members, $60 nonmembers (includes daily instruction, supplies and snack). Contact troode@myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.
The Upcycle of Life:  Ages 5 - 7 | 1 - 4 pm | June 18 - 20 or July 16 - 18
In this creative camp, children will tour Can't You Sea? | Ocean Plastic ARTifacts and give new life to recycled materials by upcycling them into functional masterpieces inspired by nature.
Art in Action:  Ages 8 - 12 | 1 - 4 pm | June 25 - 27 or July 23 - 25
Art in Action participants will learn about the exhibiting artists-activists Can't You Sea? | Ocean Plastic Artifacts and express powerful messages through their own art using reclaimed ocean plastic.
South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics
(The school district announced that Georgetown County students can attend these camps for free because Boeing is going to pay the tuition.) 
iTEAMS Xtreme: Next Generation | Governor's School for Science & Mathematics .
July 8-11, 8:30 AM-4 PM, Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in Georgetown County, $200 per student. Four-day camp hosted at Waccamaw Elementary School in Pawleys Island. Work in teams to program microcontrollers and robots and explore digital communications between linked hardware and the Internet of Things during GSSM's iTEAMS Xtreme: Next Generation camp. Cost includes materials and snacks. Students must provide their own lunch on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the camp week. GSSM will provide a pizza lunch on Thursday of each camp week.
CREATEng is GSSM's one-of-a-kind engineering and design thinking day camp hosted by Waccamaw Elementary School. July 15-18, 8:30 AM-4 PM, Rising 8th & 9th graders, $225. In CREATEng, students take on the role of NASA engineers charged with developing a sustainable colony on Mars. Working through project-based, hands-on team challenges, students learn what engineering is and what engineers do. With a focus on civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering students work through a series of mini challenges from building windproof structures and protecting transportation with impenetrable wheels for the Rover, to using Arduino technology for greenhouse automation. CREATEng students will interact with guest speakers and go on a field trip to a local company to see engineering in action.Cost includes materials, field trip and snacks. Students must provide their own lunch on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the camp week. GSSM will provide a pizza lunch on Thursday of each camp week.
FOWL Community Connector | Friends of Waccamaw Library| |  linda@classatpawleys.com | www.theFOWL.org