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.
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.

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 encourage-ment 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. 15
10 AM - "A Deep Coral Reef and Other Discoveries off the South Carolina Coast." FOWL sponsors an exciting presentation at the Waccamaw Library by Dr. Leslie Reynolds Sautter,  Associate Professor of Geology and Director of Project Oceanica at the College of Charleston, who will recount her part in the exciting discovery of an 85-mile-long deep-sea coral reef off the South Carolina coast. Dr. Sautter served as the marine geology leader aboard the Okeanos Explorer, the primary NOAA exploration and research ship that spent three weeks surveying and videoing the living deep coral beds at depths of 800 to 1000 meters, replete with exotic sealife and complex seafloor topography. Her presentation-rich with video-will explain the vital role of deep coral for our neighboring nearshore-offshore ecosystem and address questions about how this major discovery may impact current debates over offshore oil drilling in the area. She will also discuss other habitats encountered, including rocky outcrops and areas where methane gas was seeping from the seabed.  Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.  More information about this important venture is available on the NOAA site:
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 Rd, 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 ("The Tracking Cookie Monsters can be Killed") 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.

4:30 PM - The Grand Strand Camellia Society  will meet at the Wacamaw Neck Library discuss grafting. cundiffj@sccoast.net.

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 shipwreck diver. Reservations required, space limited. $20 per person ($18, members), lunch included, 843.520.0111.
Wednesday & Thursday, Feb. 20-21
Times vary - Call for Volunteers for P2P (Pathways to Possibilities) a hands-on, interactive career exploration experience, designed for 8th grade students in public and private schools, as well as home-schooled and targeted older youth.  Hosted by the Bunnelle Foundation, P2P has invited 8th grade students from public and private schools plus, home schooled from  Dillon, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Marlboro and Williamsburg counties. In a private session after the 8th graders have departed on the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 1:30-3:30 PM, we will host older youth ages 16-24 years old. The older youth are invited through various workforce development programs, partner agencies and alternative schools.  Held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.  We need 100 volunteers each day to help us herd 6,000 8th graders at a really creative Career Expo.   Use the link below to see what volunteer duties are available and sign up for the one that best suits you. Volunteer training on Tuesday, Feb. 19.  Volunteer Coordinator: Ashley Nelson, 843.237.1222 or  anelson@bunnelle.org or 
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 BooksA 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" artists  Clementia "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.

Wednesday, February 27
7 AM-5 PM - Library Legislative Day, a group of citizens from Georgetown County will be visiting  our representatives at the State House in Columbia to advocate for additional funding for our Library.   Meet at the Library at Cleland Street.   Transportation and lunch will be provided.  If such public library advocacy interests you and you are able to join us, please contact Trudy Bazemore at 843.545.3303 by Feb. 20.  It would be great to have your active support.  Your voice matters!

Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 28-March 3
8 PM - Swamp Fox Players present  "Almost, Maine," directed by Stephen Stewart, at the Strand Theater (710 Front St., Georgetown).  Welcome to Almost, Maine,  a place that's so far north,  it's almost not in the United States.  It's almost in Canada.  And it's not quite a town, because its residents never  got around to getting organized.  So it almost doesn't exist.  One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above,  the residents of Almost, Maine,  find themselves falling in and  out of love in unexpected  and hilarious ways.  Knees are bruised.  Hearts are broken.  But the bruises heal, and  the hearts mend-almost in  this delightful midwinter night's dream. Sunday matinee at 2:30 PM. Also offered Thursday-Sunday, March 7-10. $18, 843.527.2924, ext.1 or SwampFoxPlayers.com. 

Friday, March 1
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Judy Goldman (Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap). A routine procedure left novelist, memoirist, and poet Judy Goldman's husband paralyzed. Together is her unforgettable account of the struggle to regain their "normal" life and a nuanced portrait of a marriage tested.  "... a riveting account of a strong marriage tested when a routine medical procedure goes terribly wrong. Judy Goldman beautifully shows us the challenges and setbacks but also the triumphs as two people find strengths within themselves to create a new life together."-Ron Rash.   Although the Feast is full, you can meet the author at Litchfield Books at 2 PM. 843.235.9600.

11 AM-1:30 PM - Camellias and Tea at Bellefield Terrace Belle Baruch enjoyed her property in the winter when camellias were in bloom and the rye grass was flourishing.  She grew, propagated and competed with many varieties of camellias that are still growing in her yard today.  Spend a portion of your day experiencing a walking tour of the grounds of Bellefield Plantation which will conclude with demonstrations of air-layering & camellia waxing.  Feel free to bring a camellia bloom of your own if you would like to have it waxed (lighter shades work best).   Also join us for a small tea with refreshments such as a delicious green camellia tea as well as a Charleston black tea on Belle's terrace where she entertained President Franklin Roosevelt and other prominent figures. Participants will drive their own cars to Bellefield Plantation. (Exertion Level: Moderate - some walking, standing for long periods).  $25 per person, HobcawBarony.org.

Saturday, March 2
9 AM-5 PM - Trail Ride With Your Own Horse. See Feb. 16 entry for detail. Also offered March 16.  $30, HobcawBarony.org.

9 AM-2 PM - The Amazing Myrtle Beach State Park Challenge Race . Race around Myrtle Beach State Park in the annual "Amazing Race" contest that covers 4.5 to 5.5 miles. Enjoy friendly competition racing around a 4 to 5 mile park course using your wits, athleticism and problem-solving skills to complete challenges, solves puzzles and answer questions about nature. Teams of two must include at least one adult (18 or over), and no one under 13 years old may participate. The registration form and rules of the race can be found at the top of the Programs and Events page in January. The race is limited to 30 teams, so register early!  $75 per team, email mbeachsp@scprt.com or call the Nature Center at 843.238.0874 by the second Saturday in February to register.
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-2:30 PM -  Dr. Seuss Day at Brookgreen Gardens. On Dr. Seuss's birthday, a nationwide celebration called "Read across America Day" occurs. Families are invited to come together to enjoy a read-aloud of books. Children and adults are encouraged to dress like their favorite book characters. Activities end with a celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6055 or satkinson@brookgreen.org.
4:30-10 PM - Mardi Gras 2019 Front Street Strut & Gala to benefit Miss Ruby's Kids. Held at Winyah Indigo Hall (509 Prince St., Georgetown), the event features, cocktails, dining, Tru Sol Band, costumes, games, prizes, live auction, table decorating contest and MUCH more! A night to remember!  $100, contact.
Sunday, March 3
2:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series  ("Jaws")  at Waccamaw Library. Enjoy screenings of classic movies selected and introduced by film historians Bill Harvey and Tony Miller. Additional films offered March  10, 17 & 31, and April 7. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.

Monday, March 4
10-11:30 AM  - Georgetown Rice Plantations: Session 1 at Waccamaw Library. Popular instructor Robin McCall begins discussion series exploring fascinating histories of local/area rice plantations, from origins to Civil War to modern. Free, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.

Tuesday, March 5
4:30-6 PM - FOGL (Friends of Georgetown Library) Annual Membership Meeting  at the Georgetown Library will feature a reading by Libby Bernardin from her most recent book of poetry, Stones Ripe for Sowing. In addition, we will briefly  cover some Friends business, including a review of the past year, our annual financial report, and sharing of a vision for the coming year. Also, it is time for our biennial election of officers: president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.  Candidates are in place for the first three positions, although other nominations are enthusiastically accepted.  However, at this time, we do not have any candidates for the position of treasurer.  Zella Wilt, who has faithfully, professionally, and sacrificially fulfilled the role for many years, has decided not to be a candidate for another term.  Therefore, if you are interested in serving in this capacity with the Friends, will you please let me know as soon as possible. Punch and hors d'ourvres. Free and open to all, rwilley1019@gmail.com.
Thursday, March 7
10 AM - FOWL 1st Thursday at Waccamaw Library presents David Soliday, "Remnants of Rice Culture: Merging History and Art," in which aerial photographs of former rice fields document the perishing landscape of the Lowcountry rice empire. Free, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.
3 PM - Litchfield Tea & Poetry at Waccamaw Library. NC Poetry Society Distinguished Poet Pat Riviere-Seel will read, followed by open mic. Riviere-Seel is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Nothing Below but Air, a semifinalist for the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Her chapbook, The Serial Killer's Daughter, received the Roanoke Chowan Award. She teaches in the UNC Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program and held a unique position as poet-in-residence at the North Carolina Zoo, where her poem "Summer Solstice" is on permanent display by the black bear exhibit. Riviere-Seel was named the North Carolina Poetry Society's Distinguished Poet for Western North Carolina from 2016 to 2018. Riviere-Seel - whose name literally means "river-soul" - envisions wildlife and nature as mystical, sensual forces that enlarge and illuminate human experience. Her poems also explore wellsprings of courage amid intense difficulties including the break-up of her first marriage and her mother's struggle with dementia. For the open mic period, all who attend are invited to read one of their own poems. Open mic participants are asked to keep their reading to a single poem no longer than a page so that we can include as many poets as possible. Book signing after the reading with tea and homemade confections. Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org or theFOWL.org.

Thursday-Sunday, March 7-10
8 PM - Swamp Fox Players  present  "Almost, Maine," directed by Stephen Stewart, at the Strand Theater (710 Front St., Georgetown). See Feb. 28 for details.  Sunday matinee at 2:30 PM. $18, 843.527.2924, ext.1 or SwampFoxPlayers.com. 

Friday, March 8
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Alyson Richman (The Secret of Clouds). From the #1 international bestselling author of The Lost Wife and The Velvet Hours comes an emotionally charged story about a mother's love, a teacher's promise, and a child's heart... Katya, a rising ballerina, and Sasha, a graduate student, are young and in love when an unexpected tragedy befalls their native Kiev. Years later, after the couple has safely emigrated to America the consequences of this incident cause their son, Yuri, to be born with a rare health condition that isolates him from other children. Maggie, a passionate and dedicated teacher agrees to tutor Yuri at his home, even though she is haunted by her own painful childhood memories. As the two forge a deep and soulful connection, Yuri's boundless curiosity and unique wisdom inspires Maggie to make difficult changes in her own life. And she'll never realize just how strong Yuri has made her - until she needs that strength the most. A novel that will make readers examine what it means to live life with a full heart. $30, 843.235.9600.
1:30-4 PM - Photography in the Villages of Hobcaw Barony. Spend an afternoon with photographer David Fattaleh at two of Hobcaw Barony's historic slave villages. After a short introduction, the group will travel by bus to Friendfield and Barnyard Villages to photograph 18th and 19th century structures. The brick ruins of a historic rice mill are a short walk from Barnyard and will also be included. (Exertion level: High impact, bus riding, walking long distance, standing for long periods.) Limited to 28; reservations required. Fri., 1:30-4 PM, $35, HobcawBarony.org.
Saturday, March 9
10 AM-4 PM - The Art Museum's 19th Annual Spring Tour of Homes present an eclectic assortment of unique and stylish homes in some of the finest Myrtle Beach neighborhoods. $50 in advance, $55 day of, 843.238.2510 or MyrtleBeachArt Museum.org.

10 AM-5 PM  - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Hwy).   See Feb. 23 for details. 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.

3-5 PM - CLASS Productions presents the Kimbel Concert Series with legendary "Blues Doctor" Drink Small performing his guitar magic. The  elder statesman of blues (now 86!) and self-described "old guitar player," is still performing enthusiastically with his trademark booming voice and boisterous personality. A 2015 winner of the National Endowment of the Arts National Heritage Award, Drink Small has been singing the blues for six decades.
According to Gail Wilson-Giarratano in her biography Drink Small: The Life and Music of South Carolina's Blues Doctor, he was born in Bishopville, SC, in 1933 to sharecropper parents and actually named Drink Small. He was injured in a wagon accident at a young age and was unable to pick cotton, so he began to sing gospel, joined the Spiritualaires during the 1950s, and chose to sing secular music in the 80s. Despite blindness, Drink has played throughout America and chosen not to travel outside the States, due to his love of America and his dedication to South Carolina.  McKissick Museum's curator Saddler Taylor says, "Drink has influenced generations of musicians, especially blues guitarists."  The intimate concert setting provides a chance to hear, see and interact with a blues legend, according to Lee G. Brockington, senior interpreter at Hobcaw Barony. "I first heard Drink  play while a college student in Columbia and thought he was B.B. King! Later, when I heard him perform at Homecoming at the Penn Center on St. Helena Island, I was hooked on the one and only Drink Small! As a NEA Heritage Fellow, he joins the ranks of B.B. King, Mavis Staples and John Lee Hooker. People are so excited about his coming to the Pawleys Island area, and I'm personally looking forward to celebrating this moment in South Carolina history." Light refreshments served.   Books and CDs will be available for purchase at the concert. $30, space is limited,  843.235.9600 or register online at ClassAtPawleys.com.

Sunday, March 10
Huntington "3 in 1 Day" at Huntington Beach State Park. March 10th, the mutual birthday and wedding anniversary of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, is celebrated with a special event including "wedding" cake and refreshments, at their former winter home. Atalaya is a National Historic Landmark and this event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park. Sun., ticketed event (space is limited), 843.237.4440 or SouthCarolinaParks.com.

2:30 PM - FOWL Classic Film Series  ("To Have and Have Not")  at Waccamaw Library. Enjoy screenings of classic movies selected and introduced by film historians Bill Harvey and Tony Miller. Additional films offered March 17 & 31, and April 7. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.

7 PM - The Aristocats will perform at Winyah Auditorium. $10, 860.416.7647. 

Monday, March 11
10 AM - Adult Tech Series: " What Apps Do I Need?" at Waccamaw Library. Third in series of one-hour adult tech classes. Free, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.
10-11:30 AM - Georgetown Rice Plantations: Session 2  at Waccamaw Library continues Robin McCall's history series of local/area rice plantations. Free, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.
Thursday, March 14
Noon-1:30 PM - Georgetown County Women's Hall of Fame inducts Florida Jackson Yeldell, educator, historian and mentor, at Kimbel's at Wachesaw Plantation with guest speaker Tracy Bailey, founder and CEO of Freedom Readers.  The public is invited to attend the 9th annual Georgetown County Women's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony honoring Florida Jackson Yeldell. She was a professor of history at Texas colleges and universities between World War II and 1979. A Georgetown native, Yeldell returned to her home after retirement and continued her teaching of history, her volunteer work at Brookgreen Gardens and Georgetown County Library. She and retired principal David Drayton taught Georgetown County African American history and she received an honorary doctorate from Coastal Carolina University in 2004.  $35/person, $280/Table of 8.  For reservations, call 843.546.8436 or online at  visitgeorge.com.

5:30 PM - FOWL Musician Series presents Gullah Soul , a live performance by the renowned Plantation Singers, at the Waccamaw Library. The famed Charleston choral group  will delight area residents with their lively renditions of traditional spirituals rooted in South Carolina Gullah heritage. Their unique brand of a capella singing preserves deep roots across centuries of African American culture in the Lowcountry.  The Plantation Singers are one of the most respected live gospel groups in the Southeast. Their performances are famously inspired and inspiring. Their dedication to preserving Gullah sacred music of the Lowcountry was recognized with Charleston's prestigious Three Sisters Award. For more than twenty years, The Plantation Singers have delivered performances across the United States and abroad, providing  an uplifting, shoe-tapping, hand-clapping, sing-along atmosphere while staying true to the spiritual foundations of Gullah culture.  The Plantation Singers will appear as part of the Waccamaw Library's celebration of Gullah heritage, which includes David Soliday's FOWL 1st Thursday presentation on his aerial photographs of buried rice plantations on March 7 at 10 AM, a screening of "Daughters of the Dust" on March 15 at 2:30 PM, and a session on learning to coil a sweetgrass wreath on March 16 at 10 AM. A Gullah treat prepared by Laura Herriott, Sandy Island bed & breakfast proprietor, will be shared at the performance.  Free and open to the public, but love offerings / donations for the performers will be appreciated,   843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.
Friday, March 15
2-4 PM - Women's History Lecture: Row Upon Row, Sweet Grass Baskets . The distinctive folk traditions of SC's plantation culture include the intact art of creating coiled sea grass baskets. Meet the author of the first definitive book on the craft, Dr. Dale Rosengarten, Baruch Foundation Trustee, College of Charleston professor and former guest curator with McKissick Museum of USC, who lectures on the history and unique associations between Africa and the Carolina lowcountry. Meet basket maker Barbara McCormick, born in Charleston, raised in Mt. Pleasant and a resident of McClellanville, who learned this ancient art from her grandmother, mother and aunts. Copies of Row Upon Row as well as a selection of Ms. McCormick's sweet grass baskets will be available for purchase. (Exertion level: Low impact, sitting.) Limited to 60; reservations required. $20, HobcawBarony.org.
2:30 PM - Cinematic South Friday Matinee Series at Waccamaw Library presents "Daughters of the Dust" - Julie Dash's brilliant vision of Gullah Sea Islands culture. Enjoy various movie visions of Southern life, from classics to contemporary favorites. Additional films offered March 29, April 12 & 26, and May 10, free and open to all, dturner@gtcounty.org or theFOWL.org.

March 16 - A  Culinary Symphony   to benefit the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art. This fundraiser event pairs talented chefs with gracious hosts in some of the most beautifully decorated and interesting homes in the Lowcountry of Georgetown. Get your group of friends together and be part of one of the Lowcountry's most anticipated events.  Sat., 7 PM, $150 per person, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.
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 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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