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.
July-August Artist at the Waccamaw Library : Jan Luptowski.  Jan Luptowski  is a graduate of Michigan State University and presently lives in Murrells Inlet. The subjects of her watercolors are lighthearted and whimsical, from brightly plumaged birds to zany chefs happily at work in the kitchen. Her paintings often grace the viewer with a wisp of laughter or fun! F or more information, dturner@gtcounty.org.
July-August Photographer at the Waccamaw Library: Phil Filiatrault.   
A transplant to Georgetown, Phil Filiatrault hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Penn State. After college, he served as an officer in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War.   Phil developed an interest in photography as a teenager and has always enjoyed nature photography. Upon retirement, he took courses in photography at CCU, as well as classes offered by local camera clubs. He has been active in area photography groups, serving as a co-coordinator for the Carolinas Nature Photographers Association, the Myrtle Beach Club, the Seacoast Artist Guild, and as a member of the Tidelands Photography Club. He also volunteers as a photographer at Hobcaw Barony. Phil's images have been shown in local galleries, winning awards at the local and state level, particularly at the SC Sportsman's Classic and the SC State Fair.  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!

Through July 31 - Indigo Bakery (701 Front St., Georgetown) is contributing all proceeds through its "rounding up" program to the Friends of the Georgetown Library.  You may choose to contribute to the Friends whatever the difference between the cost of your purchase and the next higher even dollar amount.  Just think, delicious baked goods and helping the children's reading programs at the Library! 

Through 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 m allen@gtcounty.org.   

Tuesday, July 2
5:30 PM - First Tuesday Lecture Series  at  Georgetown County Museum (120 Broad St., Georgetown) presents author, historian and city guide Vennie Deas Moore on "African Americans in Reconstruction Georgetown." Free and open to the public (donations are welcome), 843.545.7020 or www.GeorgetownCountyMuseum.com.

Wednesday, July 3
6-8 PM - Friends Night at the 29th Annual FOWL Book Sale at the Waccamaw Library (41 St. Paul Place).  J oin that evening for only $20.
843.545.3623 or www.TheFowl.org First choice of t housands of books for a fraction of their value:
  • Hard Covers            $1 each
  • Large Paperbacks   3/$1 or $.50 each
  • Children's Books     Priced as marked
  • Small Paperbacks   5/$1 or $.25 each
  • Books on CD            3/$5 or $2.00 each
  • DVDs                          $.50 each
  • CDs                            3/$1 or $.50 each
  • Puzzles                      $.50 each
Thursday, July 4
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 Independence Day. For more information or to make a donation, LBF29585.com.
Noon-2 PM - Murrells Inlet 4th of July Boat Parade. Don't miss this annual Inlet patriotic tradition! The theme for the 35th Annual July 4th Boat Parade is "Anchors Aweigh, God Bless the USA." From Garden City Point, the parade will head over to the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk and then follow the Murrells Inlet shoreline down to Morse Park Landing. Best public viewing points are the Marshwalk, Belin Methodist Church, and Morse Park Landing. Register ($5 per boat) at Booty's Outdoors, Garden City Realty, Crazy Sister Marina or Marlin Quay Marina, June 16-July 1. You can register on July 4th with the committee boat which will be in the water at the Garden City Point that day. Free, 843.652.4236 or visit them on Facebook at Murrells Inlet Boat Parade.
7:30 PM - Fourth of July with the Indigo Choral Society. Enjoy the 23rd annual concert on the lawn of the Kaminski House Museum. The program will open with a flag honor guard followed by the National Anthem. The concert will include Americana, Carolina-themed songs and a salute to our Armed Forces. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to celebrate with the Indigo Choral Society. Free and open to the public, 843.546.7706 or www.KaminskiMuseum.org.

10 PM - Fourth of July Fireworks on the MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet will last approximately 20 minutes and boasts some of the best views in town. Get there early to enjoy dinner and drinks at one of the restaurants along the MarshWalk. Parking will fill up quickly! Free and open to the public.

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 .
  • Hard Covers             $2 each or 2/$3
  • Large Paperbacks   $1 each
  • Small Paperbacks   $.50 each or 3/$1
  • Children's Books     Priced as marked
  • Puzzles                     $.50 each
  • CDs                           $.50 each
  • DVDs                        $1 each
  • Books on CD           $2 each    
Friday, July 5
6-9 PM - Music In The Park Concert Series presents The Tams (R&B and 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, July 6
4 PM and 7 PM - Swamp Fox Players  present " Ray Bradbury Live (forever)"  starring  Bill Oberst Jr and  Stacy Rabon in a fundraiser for the Strand Theater.  Ray Bradbury designed Disney's  Spaceship Earth, inspired Star Trek's holodeck and turned generations  of young readers on to fantasy  and dreams of space.  Emmy-winner Bill Oberst Jr.  is Ray in this exuberant multimedia  stage tribute, direct from sell-out  runs in Los Angeles and  at Piccolo Spoleto 2019,  and authorized by the  Ray Bradbury estate.  Features excerpts from  classic Bradbury tales, including "Something Wicked This Way Comes"  and "The Martian Chronicles,"  with a special appearance by  Stacy Rabon as Maggie Bradbury.  (One Act, 90 minutes). $20 (open seating), 843.527.2924, 1 or www.strandtheater.com. 
Tuesday, July 9
5 PM - "Genealogy for Beginners" at Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.), led by librarian Patti Burns. Tips to begin researching and creating your family tree using online and print resources. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3300 or pburns@gtcounty.org.

Wednesday, July 10
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 July 25, Aug. 8 & 26. $60/person, 843.904.9017 or www.NorthInlet.sc.edu/discovery.
2:30-4 PM - Wild Wednesday: Alligator Birthday . It's Andy the alligator's birthday! Come to the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center to learn about these living dinosaurs and celebrate his birthday with cupcakes, juice and an alligator craft. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult (free of charge). (Exertion level: Low impact, sitting, crafting, eating.) Reservations required, limited to 20. $10, www.HobcawBarony.org.
Friday, July 12
10 AM-1 PM - 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.  F ree, 843.904.9017 or www.NorthInlet.sc.edu/discovery.
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Beatriz Williams (The Golden Hour) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw. The new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives brings Second World War-era Nassau to incandescent life in this brilliantly original epic of espionage and human courage inside the court of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The Bahamas, 1941. Newly-widowed Leonora "Lulu" Randolph arrives in Nassau to investigate the Governor and his wife for a fashionable New York magazine. After all, American readers have an insatiable appetite for news of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, that infamous couple whose love affair nearly brought the British monarchy to its knees five years earlier. What more compelling backdrop than a wartime Caribbean paradise, a colonial playground for kingpins of ill-gotten empires? Or so Lulu imagines. But as she infiltrates the Duke and Duchess's social circle, and the powerful cabal that controls the islands' political and financial affairs, she uncovers evidence that beneath the glister of Wallis and Edward's marriage lies an ugly - and even treasonous - reality. In fact, Windsor-era Nassau roils with spies, financial swindles, and racial tension, and in the middle of it all stands Benedict Thorpe: a scientist of charismatic charm and murky national loyalties. Inevitably, the willful and wounded Lulu falls in love. $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
Saturday, July 13
9-11 AM - The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER┬«, along with our partners Sierra Club Winyah Group and Black River Outdoors, host 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-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. 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).  Also offered July 27.  $45, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com .
Monday, July 15
6 PM - Surf The Earth Sunset/Full Moon Kayak Tour This 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 Aug. 13. $75 (single), $120 (tandem), www.Surf-the-Earth.com or 843.235.3500.

Tuesday, July 16
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Andrea Bobotis ( The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt) at Pastaria 811. Judith inherited all the Kratt family had to offer-the pie safe, the copper clock, the murder no one talks about. For decades, she's been the keeper of the family house, safeguarding its valuables and its secrets. But Rosemarie, her wayward younger sister, suddenly returns home, sparking Judith to write an inventory of all that belongs to them. As Judith writes, she finds that cataloging the family heirlooms can't suppress their histories, not when Rosemarie is determined to expose what Judith had planned to take to her grave. Interweaving the present with chilling flashbacks from one fateful evening in 1929, Judith pieces together a list of what matters, an undertaking that reveals the very inheritance she'd hoped to forget-one of bigotry and survival in the segregated South. As Judith faces this troubled history, she must also confront its legacy in her own household, which she shares with Olva, who occupies the disquieting space between companion and one of "the help." Set in the fictional town of Bound, South Carolina, once ruled by the Kratts and now struggling to contain its worst instincts, The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt explores the power of objects, the weight of memory, and the ties between who we are and what we own. $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
Wednesday, July 17
8 AM-Noon - North Island Lighthouse Tour . Hobcaw Barony staff, Yawkey Wildlife Center staff and Captain Paul Kenny have orchestrated an inaugural boat tour to North Island Lighthouse. This tour will give participants the opportunity to travel from Hobcaw House pier via boat to the 1811 unmanned lighthouse, beach the boat to disembark, climb the light and view the harbor. Discussions of ecology, coastal history, and international research on this special boat trip to the barrier island between the Atlantic and Winyah Bay where Lafayette landed in America. Snacks, water and PFDs provided. [Exertion Level - High impact: embarking/disembarking boat, standing, some sitting, strenuous climb to and through the lighthouse.) Reservations required, limited to 5. $150, www.HobcawBarony.org.
Noon-1:15 PM - History for Lunch at the SC Maritime Museum (729 Front St., Georgetown) presents "D-Day Mapping Project and Local WWII Maritime History," by Ralph Wilbanks, Underwater Archaeologist. Reservations required, space limited. $20 per person ($18, members), lunch included, 843.520.0111 or www.SCMaritimeMuseum.org.
Thursday, July 18
10-11 AM - Moonrise Tech Day: Exploring New Phases of Technology ! at Waccamaw Library. Adults are invited to take part in a space science-themed demo with new tech, including virtual reality (explore our solar system or pilot a rocket), as well as laser and 3D printing (astronauts use to print tools/hardware in space). Part of Georgetown County Public Library System's "Moonrise" project celebrating the moon landing 50th anniversary. Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org .
1 PM - Brookgreen 101 presents "Colonial and Antebellum Funerary Customs," an hour-long public information program sponsored by the Campbell Center for American Sculpture and held in the Welcome Center Conference Room. Additional topic offered Aug. 15. Free for members and included with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or www.Brookgreen.org

CHRISTMAS IN JULY at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Hwy)
h osted by Rothrock Antiques, a mid-summer holiday fair in the atrium features:
  • CLASS Publishing recent authors (Tracy Bailey, Bryan England, Liz Gallo, Ernie Merchant, Viki Richardson); 
  • Local artists from Art Works (including works by Marina Hearle, Rachel Held, Pris Keefer, Danny McLaughlin, Paul Moyer, Sharon Sorrels, and the late Kathi Bixler), Jefri Chandler's Art Box, Brenda Lawson's Pawleys Island Art Studio, and Mark Hilliard Photography;
  • Live music provided by Mission Control Recording Studio daily 3-5 PM; 
  • Refreshments by Applewood's, ElJay Pretzels and Rothrock Collections;
  • Visit the Waccamaw Neck Arts Alliance table for info on joining this new non-profit dedicated to supporting our unique artists and community;
  • Prize drawings daily at 1 PM and 4 PM for Moveable Feast and Pawleys Island Festival of Music tickets, a Cyclopedia beach bike, and original artwork and signed books. 
  • For more information, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com
Thursday  Cindy Silvers: 10am-1pm - Art Demonstrations
                   Jane Woodward: 1pm-4pm - Art Class Observation
Friday        Barnie Slice: 10am-1:30pm - Art Class Observation
                   Jim Nelson: 2pm-5pm - Art Demonstrations
Saturday   Maura Kenny: 11am-3pm - Art Demonstrations
                   Jane Woodward: 10am-1pm - Art Class Observation
                   Cathy Turner: 2pm-5pm - Art Demonstrations
Thursday - Art Show Opening Reception, 4:30pm-7pm
Featuring works by members of the Waccamaw Neck Arts Alliance and the Gullah Preservation Society. More than 12 artists, everyone welcome!
Friday & Saturday - Show will be up through the weekend.

Friday, July 19
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Thomas Mallon ( Landfall) at Carefree Catering. Cited as "crisp and witty," "juicy," and "entertainingly bitchy," a new novel by Thomas Mallon is always a mouth-watering prospect for lovers of American politics. This one, set during the tumultuous middle of the George W. Bush years-amid the twin catastrophes of the Iraq insurgency and Hurricane Katrina-brings Thomas Mallon's cavalcade of contemporary American politics, which began with Watergate and continued with Finale, to a vivid and emotional climax. The president at the novel's center possesses a personality whose high-speed alternations between charm and petulance, resoluteness and self-pity, continually energize and mystify the panoply of characters around him. They include his acerbic, crafty mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush; his desperately correct and eager-to-please secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice; the gnomic and manipulative Donald Rumsfeld; foreign leaders from Tony Blair to Vladimir Putin; and the caustic one-woman chorus of Ann Richards, Bush's predecessor as governor of Texas. A gallery of political and media figures, from the widowed Nancy Reagan to the philandering John Edwards to the brilliantly contrarian Christopher Hitchens, bring the novel and the era to life. The story is deepened and driven by a love affair between two West Texans, Ross Weatherall and Allison O'Connor, whose destinies have been affixed to Bush's since they were teenagers in the 1970s. The true believer and the skeptic who end up exchanging ideological places in a romantic and political drama that unfolds in locations from New Orleans to Baghdad and during the parties, press conferences, and state funerals of Washington, D.C. Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com

Saturday, July 20
9 AM - "Organizing Your Genealogy"  at Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.), led by librarian Patti Burns. How to put the branches on your family tree the right way! Free and open to the public, 843.545.3300 or pburns@gtcounty.org.

Tuesday, July 23
3-4 PM - Summer Crafternoon: Holiday Decorations at Waccamaw Library. Get a six-month head start on the holidays! Learn to turn old books into fresh holiday decorations - angels, garlands, and trees - with Mallary Allen. Free and open to the public, mallen@gtcounty.org.

Tuesday, July 23
5 PM - "Stories Cemeteries Tell Us" at Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.), led by librarian Patti Burns. Surprising things about local history and genealogy that you can learn from the burial markers honoring our dead. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3300 or pburns@gtcounty.org.

Thursday, July 25
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 Aug. 8 & 26. $60/person, 843.904.9017.

Friday, July 26
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Leila Meacham ( Dragonfly) at DeBordieu Colony Clubhouse. At the height of WWII, five idealistic young Americans receive a mysterious letter from the OSS, asking them if they are willing to fight for their country. The men and women from very different backgrounds - a Texan athlete with German roots, an upper-crust son of a French mother and a wealthy businessman, a dirt-poor Midwestern fly fisherman, an orphaned fashion designer, and a ravishingly beautiful female fencer from Princeton - all answer the call of duty, but each for a secret reason of his or her own. They bond immediately, in a group code-named DRAGONFLY. Soon after their training, they are dropped behind enemy lines and take up their false identities, isolated from one another except for a secret drop-box, but in close contact with the powerful Nazi elite who have Paris under siege. Thus begins a dramatic and riveting cat-and-mouse game, as the young Americans seek to stay under the radar until a fatal misstep leads to the capture and the firing-squad execution of one of their team. But...is everything as it seems, or is this one more elaborate act of spycraft?  $60 (includes book), 843.235.9600.

Noon-4 PM - Better Hearing Day! at the Waccamaw Library. Hearing is one of our basic ways of connecting to others and the world around us. It's vital to maintain good auditory health. Free hearing screenings provided by Coastal Hearing Center. Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.

Saturday, July 27
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 Aug. 10 & 24, Sept. 7 & 21, Oct. 5 & 19. $45, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.

Tuesday, July 30
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Megan Miranda ( The Last House Guest) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw. From the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls, a suspenseful new novel about an idyllic town in Maine dealing with the suspicious death of one of their own - and her best "summer" friend, who is trying to uncover the truth...before fingers point her way.  $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com

Wednesday, July 31
2:30-4 PM - Wild Wednesday: The Inside Scoop on Owl Pellets. Get wise while investigating the life of an owl! Come and become a detective and a biologist while learning of the owl's habitat, physical attributes, diet, and if their heads really do turn all the way around. Discover the dietary intake of an owl by dissecting a fresh owl pellet. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult (free of charge). (Exertion level: Low impact, sitting. Reservations required, limited to 20. $10, www.HobcawBarony.org.

August 22 - Being Ray Bradbury: 99th Birthday Celebration at Waccamaw Library. Ninety-nine years to the day after the birth of Bradbury, Emmy-winner Bill Oberst Jr., a highly accomplished stage, film, and television actor who divides time between his native Georgetown County and Hollywood, will give dramatic readings of passages from the famed sci-fi/fantasy author's works and discuss what inspired him to create a one-man show around this major figure in American literature. Q&A following. Thurs., 10-11:15 AM, free with ticket (available in the Friends Center at the library entrance), dturner@gtcounty.org.
August 22 - FOWL Musicians Series: The Gibbonses: Live Americana!
at the Waccamaw Library. This must-see duo plays soulful acoustic Americana/country/folk! Thurs., 5:30-7 PM, free and open to the public, 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 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 27 - Three Sisters at the Rice Museum ( 633 Front St., Georgetown) features original works by sisters Alicia Filzen, Donna Rodin and M.P. "Squeaky" Swenson. Free and open to the public (tour fees), Monday-Saturday, 10 AM-4:30 PM,  843-546-7423 or www.RiceMuseum.org.

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.
Wednesday-Saturday, through Aug. 10  - 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.

Through Sept. 8 - Exhibition 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 was created specifically for this exhibition. It 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 museum for details. Tues.-Sun., 10 AM-4:30 PM,  843.238.2510 or  www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org
  • 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 
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 17 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: 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, 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 July 5)
Georgetown Library Summer Reading Program, 843.545.3300,
  • Thursdays, 10 AM, 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.
  • Tuesday, July 30, 10 AM - Forested Wetland Exploration with touch artifacts, North Inlet NERR.
  • Monday-Thursday, July 15-18, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM - Video Classes for Teens & Tweens (ages 8-18). Participants learn to make their own shows and movies with videographer Heather Pelham. They use prosumer AVCHD cameras, and top-of-the-line tripods, lighting kids, audio, green screens and more. 843.545.3327.
Georgetown County Parks & Recreation, 843.545.3275 or .3202, www.GTCounty.org 
Summer Day Camps, July 1-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.
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 July 8 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 Rhythmplay, 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. F our-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. Four-day camps: 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, July 1-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, July 2-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, July 1 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 July 1 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 | 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 | 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.
6-Week Pottery Classes
Tuition includes a 6-week session, 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firings.
6-week sessions are reserved for ages 16 and up. $225-members, $250-nonmembers.  843.238.2510 or  www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org 
Wheel Throwing 
Tuesdays,  July 9 - August 13, 6 - 9 PM
Thursdays,  July 11 - August 15, 6 - 9 PM 
Combination  Wheel Throwing & Hand Building
  Fridays,  July 12 - August 16, 1 - 4 PM
Saturdays,  July 13 - August 17, 10 AM - 1 PM
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.
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