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.
January/February Artist at the Waccamaw Library: John Charles.  John Charles' artwork includes a mixture of coastal and nature subjects from his photography, as well as a few more impressionistic works from his imagination. Charles grew up in Florence, SC before gaining his college degree at Furman University majoring in Math/Computer Science. After obtaining an M.B.A. at Wake Forest University, he joined IBM spending most of his nineteen-year career with the company in various sales and sales management positions. He then moved into the internet world, running several sales organizations dealing with internet security before eventually starting his own sales consulting business. Charles moved permanently to North Litchfield Beach in 2009, retiring in 2014. During that period, he picked up a variety of hobbies, including nature photography, portrait photography, and eventually painting. He continues to paint and to sell his artwork from his home in North Litchfield. For more information, dturner@gtcounty.org.

January/February Photographer at the Waccamaw Library: Selden "Bud" Hill.   An artist, photographer, historian, and the founding director of The Village Museum in McClellanville, Hill has done much to record and preserve the rural past of the Lowcountry.  View a special exhibit of evocative images from Carolina Rambling that complement poet William P. "Billy" Baldwin's lyrical musings. In the tradition of the duo's earlier black-and-white photography books The Unpainted South (2011) and These Our Offerings (2012) - each of which won the Gold Benjamin Franklin Award for poetry given by the Independent Book Sellers Association - Carolina Rambling shares a touching elegiac look at the Lowcountry's holy places, with a difference. Color! From abandoned homes and disintegrating barns to quiet creeks and forlorn cemeteries, the word and image pictures of small town, rural South will fill your heart with joy and longing. In earlier years, Bud was a type setter and layout artist and the founding manager of the Medical University Press. As museum director, he's offered encouragement and employment to both photographers and writers and curated many photography shows. In 2007 the state of South Carolina conferred upon him The Order of the Silver Crescent in recognition of his public service. Today he is "retired" from The Village Museum and holds the honorary title of Director Emeritus. Through Feb. 28, The Friends Center offers autographed copies of Carolina Rambling by Bud Hill and Billy Baldwin for only $20 (no tax). The authors are donating $5 of each book sale to FOWL. For more
information,  dturner@gtcounty.org. 

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

Friday, Feb. 1
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Terry Gamble (The Eulogist) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw. From the author of The Water Dancers and Good Family, an exquisitely crafted novel, set in Ohio in the decades leading to the Civil War, that illuminates the immigrant experience, the injustice of slavery, and the debts human beings owe to one another, witnessed through the endeavors of one Irish-American family. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com .

2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books: Terry Gamble (The Eulogist), 843.237.8138. 
Friday-Sunday, Feb. 1-3
Times Vary - FOWL French Film Festival  continues at W accamaw Library. $3 each at the door:   
  • Friday at 6:30 PM - La promesse de l'aube (Promise at Dawn, 2017). Directed and co-scripted by Eric Barbier, based on Romain Gary's 1960 autobiographical novel, written in Los Angeles just before he met his wife Jean Seberg. From his difficult childhood in Poland to his adolescence under the sun of Nice, to his aviator's exploits in North Africa during WW II, Romain Gary (1914-1980) lived an extraordinary life. His eagerness to become a great man, one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century (winning the Goncourt Prize in French Literature twice, under two different names), he owes it all to the boundless love of his passionate endearing mother. But this unconditional maternal love will also be a burden at times. Four nominations at the 2018 Césars Awards. Rated R.
  • Saturday at 2:30 PM - Rodin, 2017. Directed and written by Jacques Doillon. Paris 1880. 40 year-old Rodin receives his first state commission "The Gates of Hell." He shares his life with his common-law wife Rose and his mistress Camille Claudel, the gifted student who becomes his assistant and a talented sculptor in her own right. Following the break-up of their passionate affair, he continues to work relentlessly while facing both rejection and enthusiasm provoked by the sensuality and originality of his sculptures. His statue of Balzac (seven year in the making) will become the starting point of modern sculpture. Nominated for a Golden Palm at the 2017 Cannes Festival. Rated R. 
  • Sunday at 2:30 PM - Le Brio, 2017. Directed by Ivan Attal. A young woman from the projects in the Parisian suburbs decides to become a lawyer and registers at the prestigious rue d'Assas Law School in Paris. There she has verbal encounters with one of the brilliant professors (Daniel Auteuil) known for his outbursts who is forced to mentor her for a speech contest.
Saturday, Feb. 2
10 AM-Noon - Master Your iPad or iPhone at the Litchfield Exchange.
Former OLLI instructor Roy Frost offers free sessions on  select Saturdays this winter to learn about your new (or maybe old, but still unconquered) Apple phone or tablet. For more information, call or text Roy at 843.360.9776; to reserve a spot, 843.235.9600.

10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin 
at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Hwy)  - postponed to Feb. 9.   843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
3-5 PM CLASS Productions presents Mac Arnold and a Plate Full O' Blues at Kimbel Lodge in Hobcaw Barony. Back by popular demand! Learning on a gas can guitar (created by his brother Leroy in 1946 and now residing in the Smithsonian), Mac Arnold has been playing and singing the blues since he was in single digits. In late 1966, at age 24, came the opportunity of a lifetime to join the Muddy Waters Band and help shape the electric blues sound that inspired the rock and roll movement of the late 60's and early 70's. The Muddy Waters Band shared the stage with the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Junior Wells, Big Joe Williams, and Big Mama Thornton just to name a few. During this time, Mac played on John Lee Hooker's "Live at the Café Au Go-Go" album, as well as Otis Spann's classic recording "The Blues is Where It's At." Seven decades of performances and Mac hasn't slowed down one bit - his voice is absolutely amazing and his band is super tight having performed together for 14 years and four albums. Light refreshments. Limited seating, reservations required. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

7:30 PM - The fifth annual Georgetown Shakespeare Festival presented by the Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences, with centerpiece performances by the traveling troupe of the American Shakespeare Center, presents The Comedy of Errors  at the Winyah Auditorium (musical pre-show at 7:30, performance at 8 PM). The Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare's shortest and purest comedy.  $35, 843.520.4359 or GeorgetownShakepeareFestival.org

Monday, Feb. 4
3-4:30 PM - Southern Writers Book Club Series at the Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.).  The book to be discussed is Stand Forever, Never Yielding: The Citadel in the 21st Century by John Warley, Citadel graduate, lawyer, and author. " In Pat Conroy's iconic 1980 novel The Lords of Discipline, protagonist Will McLean vows to write the history of his military college. Conroy's classmate John Warley, '67, has deftly achieved that in his modern history of The Citadel. Interwoven with the remembrances of alumni, faculty, and college and community leaders, Warley's narrative account is an enlightening chronicle of change over time - a microcosm of our larger American experience - as told from the vantage point of one who wears the ring." - Jonathan Haupt, Executive Director, Pat Conroy Literary Center.  The Southern Writers Book Club is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact Waterfront Books at 843.546.2665 or waterfrontbks@gmail.com

Tuesday, Feb. 5
10 AM - Genetic Cancer Screening Presentation  at Waccamaw Library for Medicare clients. You will learn:
  • Who is eligible for this screening.
  • Why it is important to have this screening.
  • Who pays for this screening.
  • How to have the screening performed for those interested.
Space is very limited so please RSVP by Monday Feb 4 to Kristen Dollason at 843.226.3260.  Genetic Cancer Screening Advocates seeks to educate the public about this important screening and how it can save lives. If you are unable to make this event but would like to learn more, contact Kristen directly for a private consultation.

7 PM - 2019 Lee Minton Signature Series presents Huu Bac Quintet at The Abbey at Litchfield Plantation. Huu Bac arrived in Quebec from Vietnam at the age of two, and his musical journey started in Montreal with a sound foundation in jazz guitar. In 2002, he discovered the beauty of the Vietnamese monochord, the Dan Bau, under the guidance of Master Pham Duc Thanh. He works on traditional repertoire while integrating western pieces, and dedicates himself to the composition and performance of a present day jazz music blending eastern and western colors. In Nov. 2013, he founded the Huu Bac Quintet, which has since toured in Canada as well as garnered various awards. $25, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.

Wednesday, Feb. 6
8 AM-1 PM - North Inlet Boat Tour: Rice Fields on Winyah Bay. Enjoy a rare opportunity to travel as a small group to explore the rice fields of Hobcaw Barony's Waccamaw River and Winyah plantations. Captain Paul Kenny and Foundation staff will explain fresh water ecology, international research, and coastal history on a very special boat trip including bird watching and information on the waterfowl that winters in this area. 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.
Thursday, Feb. 7
10 AM - FOWL 1st Thursday: " The Universal Custom: A History of Alcohol in South Carolina,"at the Waccamaw Library. J.R. Fennell, Director of the Lexington County Museum, on alcohol and drinking throughout SC history. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.

1:30-3:30 PM - Friendfield Village Tour at Hobcaw Barony. An in-depth tour of a former African American village, once home to 100 slaves and lived in by black employees until 1952.  Leaving the Discovery Center by bus and then guided on foot inside several of the cabins and the 19th century church, Lee Brockington, a senior interpreter, will share information gleaned from documents, photographs, oral histories and visits from former residents.  There will be discussion on SC lowcountry rice and its connections to West African agriculture, the Gullah culture preserved in many ways due to slaves' autonomy and geographic isolation of plantations and their residents.  Exertion level: Moderate impact, bus ride, some walking, standing for long periods. Rain or shine. Photography allowed.  $20/person. Reservations required by visiting online at  hobcawbarony.org  and by phoning the Discovery Center at 843.546.4623.

3 PM - Litchfield Tea & Poetry at the Waccamaw Library.  Tim Conroy returns to read poetry confronting vexed family history from his debut chapbook Theologies of Terrain. As his brother Pat Conroy did in his well-known novels, Tim likewise confronts raw, at times devastating truths of family history. A former educator and vice president of the SC Autism Society, Tim is a founding board member for the Pat Conroy Literary Center. Presenting also is North Carolina-based poet/performer Grace Ocasio, author of Hollerin from This Shack and The Speed of our Lives. A Pushcart Prize nominee, as well as a finalist for the 2016 Aethetica Creative Writing Award in Poetry, Grace teaches creative writing at UNC-Charlotte. Book signing after the reading with tea and homemade confections. Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org or theFOWL.org.

5:30 PM - FOWL Musician Series presents "The Unfaithful Servants" playing Americana and folk-rock. Local legend Doc Simons' tribute to the iconic music of The Band. Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.
Friday, Feb. 8
National Scouts Day. In celebration of National Scouts Day, Waccamaw Library begins a month-long display of vintage Scouts items shared by Otto Freier, 1959 Eagle Scout still active with local Troop. Daily during library hours, dturner@gtcounty.org.
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast:  Gareth Frank (The Moment Between) at Pastaria 811.  After four years of mourning, Doctor Hackett Metzger is determined to stop letting his wife's death control his life. He is finally beginning to live again, but his recovery leads to an unexpected fight for his own survival and startling revelations about what happens to all of us in The Moment Between. Although the feast is full, you can meet the author at Litchfield Books at 2 PM (843.237.8138). 

2:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series ("It Happened One Night") 
at Waccamaw Library. Enjoy screenings of classic movies selected and introduced by film historians Bill Harvey and Tony Miller. Additional films  offered Feb. 24, March 3, 10, 17 & 31, and April 7. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.
Saturday, Feb. 9
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.

Postponed to Feb. 23! 10 AM-Noon - Waccamaw Neck Bikeway Cleanup.
  Bike the Neck volunteers will join forces to clear litter, leaf debris and overhanging vines on as many segments of the bike path as we have volunteers to help. For more information and to sign up, call  Linda Ketron at 843.235.9600 or linda@classatpawleys.com.

1-4 PM - Waccamaw Conference presents "The Journey of Trash: Pollution to Solution" at the Horry County Museum (805 Main Street, Conway). Sat., 1-4 PM, free, WinyahRivers.org or 843.349.4007.
Sunday, Feb. 10 & Monday, Feb. 11
Winter Book Sale at the Waccamaw Library!  Stock up for your winter reading! Fiction, non-fiction and specialty books for adult readers, DVDs & CDS - Hardcovers, $1; Trade Paperbacks, 50 cents; Paperbacks, 25 cents! No children's books at this sale.  Sunday, 2-5 PM - Members ONLY (but you can join or re-up on site!). Monday, 9 AM-4 PM - open to the public! theFOWL.org

Monday, Feb. 11
10 AM  - Adult Tech Series: "Security Basics - Protect Your Tech" at Waccamaw Library. Second in series of one-hour adult tech classes offered second Mondays through April. Free, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.
Tuesday, Feb. 12
9:30 AM - The Low Country Herb Society  meets at the Waccamaw Library for guest speaker,  Alexandria Cowell, a nutritionist, who will speak about Immune-Boosting Herbs.  Membership is open to all, and no experience is necessary! A "Meet and Greet" social time, to welcome guests and members, is held prior to the meeting with refreshments provided by LCHS members. Every regular meeting includes a guest speaker, tips and tricks with herbs, and information on the Herb of the Month.  LCHS meets from September through May and the annual dues are $25 with a quarterly newsletter included. On Facebook or  sclchsnews@gmail.com .

12 Noon - Dirt 'n Details at Brookgreen Gardens presents Beekeeping with Tom Francis, Bees by the Sea. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.

Thursday, Feb. 14
3-5 PM - Romance in the Gardens: Wedding Vow Renewals and Reception at Brookgreen Gardens.  Celebrate Valentines Day by renewing your vows in the Gardens. The Ceremony will be held at the Great Dane Gates followed by a Southern cake reception at the Holliday Cottage. Limited to 50 couples.  Details at Brookgreen.org.
Friday, Feb. 15
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast:  Donna Everhart (The Forgiving Kind) at Pine Lakes Country Club, Myrtle Beach.  In this masterful new novel, set in 1950s North Carolina, the acclaimed author of The Road to Bittersweet and The Education of Dixie Dupree brings to life an unforgettable young heroine and a moving story of family love tested to its limits. Although the feast is full, you can meet the author at Litchfield Books at 2 PM (843.237.8138).
2:30 PM - The Cinematic South Matinee Series' screening of  Big Fish  at Waccamaw Library. To accompany Big Fish author Daniel Wallace's visit on Feb. 21, the library will show director Tim Burton's Oscar-nominated film version. Free and open to the public,  843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.

Saturday, Feb. 16
9 AM-5 PM - Trail Ride With Your Own Horse. Hobcaw Barony offers an opportunity for individuals of all ages to bring their own horse(s) and ride designated trails. Riders will have the experience of exploring the 16,000 acres with maps that highlight points of interest. Check-in time runs from 9 AM-noon, all horses, trailers and their owners must depart by 5 PM. Registration and waiver forms must be completed and received by Hobcaw Barony at least 3 days before the event to insure confirmation. You can download all forms on the website or pick one up in the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center 22 Hobcaw Road, Georgetown, SC 29440 . Registration & reservations required. Also offered March 2 & 16. $30, HobcawBarony.org.

10 AM-Noon - Master Your iPad or iPhone at the Litchfield Exchange.
Former OLLI instructor Roy Frost offers free sessions on select Saturdays this winter to learn about your new (or maybe old, but still unconquered) Apple phone or tablet. For more information, call or text Roy at 843.360.9776; to reserve a spot, 843.235.9600.

10:30 AM - Bistro 217 Sixth Annual Charity Golf Championship at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club to benefit Tara Hall Home for Boys. Shotgun start at 10:30 AM. Co-sponsored by Bistro 217, Rustic Table and South Atlantic Bank. 607.242.7782 or bistrogolf@hotmail.com.
1 PM - Reign of Rice Lecture Series at Brookgreen Gardens presents "Perpetuity to Progress: Exploring the Accomplishments of Rice Working Descendants from South Carolina" at the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Public historian Sophia Jackson talks about the legacy of enslaved descendants of South Carolina's rice heritage. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6049.
Tuesday, Feb. 19
1:30-4:30 PM - 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) Also offered Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 2. Reservations required. $30, HobcawBarony.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 20
Noon-1:15 PM - History for Lunch at the SC Maritime Museum (729 Front St., Georgetown) presents "International Shipwreck Dives" by Pete Manchee, renowned shipwrecker diver. Reservations required, space limited. $20 per person ($18, members), lunch included, 843.520.0111.
Thursday, Feb. 21
10 AM - The Magic of Fiction: A Reading by Daniel Wallace at Waccamaw Library.  Wallace is the acclaimed author of six novels, including Big Fish (1998), which was made into a major motion picture by director Tim Burton (shown at the library on Friday, Feb. 15, see above) and then into a Broadway musical (see 5:30 PM below). Big Fish follows main character Edward Bloom, a charismatic storyteller, along adventures in the small-town South that mix reality and mythWallace's other books include Ray in Reverse (2000), The Watermelon King (2003), Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician (2007), The Kings and Queens of Roam (2013), and most recently Extraordinary Adventures (2017). He has published dozens of short stories in venues such as The Yale Review, Shenandoah, The Georgia Review, Long Story Short, and The Best American Short Stories, and he is a regular contributor to Garden & Gun magazine. His work has been translated into eighteen languages. In addition to his writing, Wallace is a skilled illustrator and cartoonist. Free and open to all, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.
5:30 PM - Live Performance of Songs from Big Fish the Broadway Musical
at Waccamaw Library. To accompany Big Fish author Daniel Wallace's visit, the library hosts a live performance of the musical adaption. Free and open to all, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.
Thursday & Friday, Feb. 21-22
Times vary - Plantation Sportsmen: Winyah Bay Plantations. In this installment of the Plantation Sportsmen Series, participants explore the lives of wealthy plantation owners and sporting enthusiasts who lived and vacationed on Georgetown County's Winyah Bay. Thursday evening, enjoy a wine reception and dinner in the dining room at Hobcaw House, followed by a lecture in the living room that highlights the history and importance of the third largest estuary on the east coast. On Friday, travel by charter bus with Foundation staff to some of Winyah Bay's private plantations. A picnic lunch on Friday is included with your ticket. (Exertion level: High impact, long periods of standing and walking, traveling on dirt roads). Limited to 30, reservations required. Thurs., 5:30-8 PM and Fri., 9 AM-5 PM, $175, HobcawBarony.org.
Friday, Feb. 22
10 AM - FOGL Special Presentation on Saving the Serengeti at Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.). During its inception in the 1950s, Tanzania's Serengeti National Park's most influential advocate was Bernard Grzimek and his son Michael. But their tireless work toward creating the park also contributed to the displacement of the Masai people from their homeland of over two centuries.  This environmental success story along with its human cost will be explored  by Professor Thomas Lekan in a talk entitled "Serengeti Shall Not Die:  A Strange German Quest to Save the World's Most Famous National Park."  Professor Lekan is no stranger to the Georgetown Library, having engaged audience members here in times past with stories of the Lowcountry filmed by his students at the University of South Carolina. A Rachel Carson Fellow, he currently teaches there as Associate Professor of History and Associate Professor of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. He serves also as a Board Member of the United States based German Studies Association, the entity which is sponsoring this program along with the Friends of the Georgetown Library, the German Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe Institute, and the Federation of German Industries. His lecture is part of the Year of German-American Friendship. F ree and open to the public.

10:30 AM - Storytime: Reading from Daniel Wallace's Children's Books.
A special "Story Time" featuring The Cat's Pajamas and other books written and illustrated by bestselling author Daniel Wallace. Free and open to all, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.

11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast:  Taylor Brown (Gods of Howl Mountain) at Inlet Affairs.  Award-winning author Taylor Brown explores a world of folk healers, whiskey-runners, and dark family secrets in the high country of 1950s North Carolina. Bootlegger Rory Docherty has returned home to the fabled mountain of his childhood - a misty wilderness that holds its secrets close and keeps the outside world at gunpoint. Slowed by a wooden leg and haunted by memories of the Korean War, Rory runs bootleg whiskey for a powerful mountain clan in a retro-fitted '40 Ford coupe. Between deliveries to roadhouses, brothels, and private clients, he lives with his formidable grandmother, evades federal agents, and stokes the wrath of a rival runner. With gritty and atmospheric prose, Brown brings to life a perilous mountain and the family who rules it.  $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
1:30-4:30 PM - Hike Hobcaw: Clambank. This 4-mile hike along the edge of Hobcaw Barony's 5,000-acre salt marsh, allows participants the opportunity to study the history and ecology of one of the best understood estuaries in the world. The group will meet at Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center and travel down Crab Hall Road and explore Clambank Landing on Goat Island as well as the observation tower. (Exertion level: High impact, hiking and standing for long periods) Limited to 14; reservations required. $30, HobcawBarony.org .
Saturday, Feb. 23 
10 AM-Noon - Waccamaw Neck Bikeway CleanupBike the Neck volunteers will join forces to clear litter, leaf debris and overhanging vines on as many segments of the bike path as we have volunteers to help. For more information and to sign up, call  Linda Ketron at 843.235.9600 or linda@classatpawleys.com.

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.

12-3:30 PM - Artist Meet-and-Greet at Brookgreen Gardens Learning Lab One in the Wall Lowcountry Center. Meet "Frum We Ownt Yeye" artistsClementia "Ment" Nelson of Varnville, Lillian Cotton of Georgetown, and Alexandria "Alex" Gore of Conway. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000.
1-2 PM - Black History Month Performance at Brookgreen Gardens Wall Lowcountry Auditorium presents "The Chronicles of Adam," a first-person historical interpretation by Dontavius Williams of Edgemoor, SC. The story of an enslaved African blacksmith by the name of Adam is comprised of various accounts, historical facts, and life lessons for viewers of any age to enjoy. During the 60-minute performance, cited as "powerful," "life changing," and "spiritual," viewers are thrust back in time to the 19th century in Antebellum south Carolina and experience a first-hand conversation with Adam. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6049.

Sunday, Feb. 24
2:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series ("Watch on the Rhine")  at Waccamaw Library. Enjoy screenings of classic movies selected and introduced by film historians Bill Harvey and Tony Miller. Additional films offered March 3, 10, 17 & 31, and April 7. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.
Renew Your FOWL Membership Online: Being a FOWL Member is so easy! You can now renew your membership on the FOWL website at www.thefowl.org. Just click on "Join Us"  at the top of the page and fill in your information. With this new online process, renewal is faster and easier than ever. Your information is accurate and instantly accessible - plus you can renew your membership from home, any time day or night!  For those who prefer human interaction, you can still come in to the Friends Center in the Waccamaw Library and let one of our wonderful volunteers renew your membership for you.  Either way, we're so glad you are a FOWL Member, with all the benefits this entails, including Members Only events, Friends' Night at the July Book Sale, and numerous Volunteer opportunities - all in support of the Waccamaw Neck Branch Library.

A "HIDDEN" GEM!  In addition to the books available in the Friends' Center at the Waccamaw Library, the Friends of the Waccamaw Library (FOWL) has another Bargain Book Corner at the Litchfield Exchange located in the building behind Applewood Restaurant. Lots of good fiction and non-fiction in great condition - including hard covers, paperbacks and even some beautiful coffee-table books. Nothing priced over $1.00 and new books are added on a regular basis! And, of course, all proceeds benefit the library and support its many programs. Tables and chairs have been added to the space so you may sit by the fountain and peruse before you buy! Pay at Art Works (open Mon-Sat, 10 AM to 2 PM) or just slip the money under their door using the envelopes provided. The Exchange is open Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5 PM and Saturday, 10 AM to 2 PM.

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

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

Through March 2 - Silent Cities Cemetery Tours at Brookgreen Gardens. Ride on the Trekker down back roads and explore cemeteries on this two-hour excursion. Walk through former slaves and plantation owners' graveyards and hear about the historical burial customs of European and African origin. Tickets must be purchased at Keepsakes at least 10 minutes prior to departure time. Visitors who purchase tickets for this excursion will receive a discount coupon for same-day purchases at Keepsakes. Sun., Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat., Noon & 2:30 PM, $15 in addition to garden admission, reservations suggested, 843.235.6016.
Through March 4 - The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail at Brookgreen Gardens. Travel back roads with an interpreter and hear about the history of the prominent Alston family here in colonial and antebellum eras. Visit the location of the plantation house, the Alston family cemetery, grounds of the slave village, and other archaeological sites. Due to its remote location, transportation is by mini-bus. Purchase tickets at Keepsakes at least 10 minutes prior to departure time. Guests for this excursion will receive a discount coupon for same-day purchases at Keepsakes. Mon. & Wed., 11 AM and 1 PM, $8 adults, $4 children, in addition to garden admission, 843.235.6016.
Through March 17 - "Frum We Ownt Yeye (Gullah Geechee From Our Own Eyes)" presented in Learning Lab One of Brookgreen Gardens Wall Lowcountry Center. Featuring pen & ink drawings by Clementia "Ment" Nelson of Varnville and visual art by Lillian Cotton of Georgetown and Alexandria "Alex" Gore of Conway. Daily, Noon-4:30 PM, free with garden admission, 843.235.6000.

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

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