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.
For summer programming, please visit:

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.
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.
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. 

Are you looking for a volunteer project that you can do at home? FOWL's publicist Deborah Thomas has found one she is thoroughly enjoying. You might, too!
Volunteer to Help the Library of Congress Record the Suffragists' Fight for the Right to Vote.  The struggle for women's voting rights - considered the largest reform movement in American history - lasted more than seven decades, from 1848 to 1920. Determined women organized, lectured, lobbied, paraded, picketed, and went to jail for daring to support suffrage. Few women who began the suffrage struggle before the Civil War lived long enough to witness its final victory, but their work was carried on by younger women, whom they inspired and taught. Many of the personal papers of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mary Church Terrell, Carrie Chapman Catt, and Anna E. Dickinson are housed in the Library of Congress but have never been fully transcribed.
You can join other volunteers across the country to digitally transcribe these primary-source materials so they are searchable by computer. These transcriptions will improve search, readability, and access to handwritten and typed documents for those who cannot read the handwriting of the original documents and for scholars who are researching various aspects of this momentous time in America's history. Explore the daily lives of these determined leaders and their stories of hope, perseverance, sacrifice, courage, creativity, and conviction, as well as how everyday Americans participated in and reacted to the suffrage movement.
Using the Library of Congress's website (www. crowd@loc.gov), you will transcribe digitized images of manuscripts and typed materials from the Library's collections. Everyone is welcome to take part!  All transcriptions are made and reviewed by volunteers before they are returned to the Library of Congress's website. This volunteer effort, By the People, was launched by the Library of Congress in the autumn of 2018.

Request for FOWL Annual Luncheon Donations:  As most of you know, the 2019 FOWL Fall Luncheon will be held on Sept. 24 at Pawleys Plantation.  Every year, we ask the community to donate items for our raffle displays, or vignettes.  We usually have 30-40 such displays consisting of jewelry, apparel, purses, home decor, and holiday items. Attendees buy raffle tickets to place in the boxes in front of the displays they would like to win.  The proceeds from these raffle tickets make up a substantial portion of the funds raised at the luncheon, all of which are donated to the Waccamaw Library. If you have any gently used jewelry, apparel, purses, home decor, and holiday items that you would like to donate for the luncheon, please bring them to the Friends Center in the Library or contact Diane Stern at d.stern26@gmail.com or Phylis Cecola at pcecola.pc@gmail.com

Thursday, Aug. 15
1 PM - Brookgreen 101 presents "The National Sculpture Society Annual Awards Exhibition," an hour-long public information program sponsored by the Campbell Center for American Sculpture and held in the Welcome Center Conference Room. Additional topics offered Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 21. Free for members and included with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or www.Brookgreen.org.

Friday, Aug. 16
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Dana Ridenour ( Below the Radar) at Pawleys Plantation. FBI Special Agent Lexie Montgomery has been handed the most dangerous undercover assignment of her career: infiltrate a terrorist cell in a foreign country to locate and rescue a missing Dutch undercover operative. During the mission, a charismatic American extremist develops romantic feelings for Lexie. Believing they are of the same mind-set, he takes her to a remote terrorist training camp for indoctrination. While the Dutch Police and the FBI futilely search for her, events spiral out of control when the cell leader reveals his ruthless and brutal nature. With all ties to the outside world cut, Lexie realizes she must rely on her undercover training and skills in order to survive. Ridenour, herself a 20-year veteran of the FBI now retired in Murrells Inlet, was a proud member of the FBI's Evidence Response Team for the 9/11 World Trade Center attack, followed by undercover certification that sent her on a series of long-term, deep-cover cases focusing on domestic terrorism. Her first novel Behind the Mask swept the 2016 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards, winning Best Novel by a First Time Author, Best Fiction Novel, and the overall Grand Prize. Her second, Beyond the Cabin, won the 2018 Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Thriller! $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
Sunday, Aug. 18
3-5 PM - Love Notes for Litchfield, hosted by the Litchfield Plantation House Restoration Committee, will treat participants to a "sip and see under the oaks at Litchfield Plantation." Visit the long-inaccessible plantation house for a glimpse of its past and future glory with light refreshments, followed by a stroll to the Abbey for an afternoon serenade by the joyous operatic voices of Joseph R. Kaz and Melissa Jean Chávez. The talented duo will perform selections from Puccini's La Boheme and Verdi's La Traviata, as well as from the Lowcountry's own Alice Flagg, in the acoustic treasure of the Abbey. Proceeds will benefit the restoration of the plantation house for future use as an elegant event venue. $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
Tuesday, Aug. 20
3 PM - Summer Crafternoon at the Waccamaw Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Waccamaw Library (FOWL). Mallary Allen will demonstrate how to deconstruct old books into new craft items. Learn how to repurpose used books into fresh home décor, including banners, flower pots, and super-cute critters. Free and open to the public, all ages are welcome, though we ask that children under ten be accompanied by an adult.  mallen@gtcounty.org.
Wednesday, Aug. 21
1:30-2:30 PM - Shell ID and Craft. The beaches are vibrant with an ever-changing collection of shells. Join NERR staff to learn how to identify common shells found on South Carolina's coast. Free, 843.904.9017 or www.NorthInlet.sc.edu/discovery.

Thursday, Aug. 22
10-11:15 AM - 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. Free with ticket (available in the Friends Center at the library entrance), dturner@gtcounty.org.
5:30-7 PM - FOWL Musicians Series: The Gibbonses: Live Americana! 
at the Waccamaw Library. This Dallas-based duo put on a must-see live show of soulful, acoustic Americana/country/folk. Their instrumentation and rich harmonies reflect the sound of a much larger band, while the happy banter and loving smiles between the husband-and-wife pair create a true connection with their audiences. Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.

Friday, Aug. 23
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Lisa Howorth ( The Summerlings) at Inlet Provision Company. Written with humor and poignancy,  Summerlings is a powerful testament to love and friendship amid uncertain times a Cold War coming-of-age story in which three best friends confront their fears of the Bomb, Russian spies, bullies, and their role in the tragic event that ushers them into adulthood. It's the summer of 1959. For the families who live on Connors Lane in Washington DC, life is still defined by what one did during WWII. Behind each door lives a possible spy or Nazi sympathizer, the family of a foreign diplomat, or someone who escaped the conflagration in Europe just in time. But it is also the summer of an inexplicable spider infestation- surely evidence of "insect warfare" by the Russians, thinks our young narrator John, and his best friends, Ivan and Max. When a rare, scorpion-like vinegaroon is discovered and sequestered for museum study, the boys, along with their tomboy accomplice, Beatriz, hatch a risky midnight plan to steal the poisonous creature for their own devious purposes. At the same time, under the tutelage of Iva's glamorous aunt Elena, they plan to forge a spirit of bonhomie in the neighborhood by throwing a party in John's grandparents' backyard. Fueled by punch the boys doctor with a jug of Brazilian rum, the adults let down their defenses until Elena, already a lightning rod for her Ukrainian birth, swinging social life, and outspokenness on behalf of refugees, roars off with a stranger on his motorcycle. What happens next will change John's life forever. $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
Saturday, Aug. 24
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 Sept. 7 & 21, Oct. 5 & 19.  $45, 843.235.9600 or  www.ClassAtPawleys.com.  
11 AM-3 PM - Create your own Pawleys Island Seashell and Trunk Show at Pawleys Island Art Gallery. Drop in jewelry workshop with Brenda Branson. Free, www.PawleysIslandArt.com.
Monday, Aug. 26
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 Sept. 9. $60/person, 843.904.9017 or www.NorthInlet.sc.edu/discovery.  

6-9 PM - Freedom Readers' Annual Igniting a Love of Reading Event at Bonfire Taqueria in Conway.  Join us for this fun and fantastic event! Fundraising proceeds will directly support Freedom Readers' year-round literacy youth programs that help scholars living in low-income communities build their home libraries and improve reading skills, while providing leadership opportunities and public speaking training. Tickets $100 , available at the office (1012 16th Ave N, Surfside Beach, SC 29575, 843.331.8526) or online by clicking the link below. When purchasing your tickets online please make sure to note your donation is for Igniting event, thank you! https://freedomreaders.charityproud.org/Donate/Index/3977 
Friday, Aug. 30
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Kathryn Smith ( Gertie: The Fabulous Life of Gertrude Sanford Legendre: Heiress, Hunter, Socialite, Spy) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw.  The author of The Gatekeeper, a fascinating biography of our nation's first female chief of staff and FDR's right hand for two decades, turns her journalistic skills to a Lowcountry legend. T his remarkable South Carolinian's life spanned the twentieth century, beginning in Aiken, S.C. in 1902 and ending at her plantation outside Charleston in 2000. She was a daring and fearless woman whose adventures included being the first American woman in uniform held as a POW by the Germans during World War II. She also partied on the Riviera with the Murphys, the Fitzgeralds and Harpo Marx in the 1920s, undertook numerous challenging expeditions for natural history museums (and lead four), and befriended some of the greatest personalities of the 20th century, including Dr. Albert Schweitzer, General George S. Patton, Lilly Pulitzer, and Bing Crosby. In her later years, she became an ardent conservationist, fighting for habitat preservation on the South Carolina coast and leaving her 7,000-acre Medway Plantation in a conservation easement, a place where "the beasts can grow old and die." $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.

Saturday, Aug.  31 & Sunday, Sept. 1
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 Labor Day Weekend. This display can also be seen on Patriots Day - Sept. 11 and Veterans Day - Nov. 11. For more information or to make a donation, LBF29585.com.

Sunday, Sept. 1
All day - 2nd Annual Downtown Pawleys Live with proceeds benefiting Hobcaw Barony!  DPL is a one-of-a-kind festival featuring five amazing bands, great food and incredible artists, all on Labor Day Sunday.  The acts, refreshments, and location have been carefully selected to provide festival-goers with an awesome time in our beloved Lowcountry.  Tickets $20; $30 the week of the festival.  Children 12 & under admitted free,  bit.ly/pawleyslive.  For more information on Facebook, go to
Tuesday, Sept. 3
10 AM-12:15 PM - Bike to the Boardwalk. Bike 5 miles (roundtrip) on gravel roads through Hobcaw Barony's pristine forests to the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve's beautiful salt marsh boardwalk on North Inlet estuary. Wildlife, research and salt marsh ecology will be discussed during the trip. Bring your own bike(all terrain tires recommended), helmet, water, snack. Weather permitting. Also offered Sept. 7 & 21, Oct. 5 & 26, and Nov. 11 & 25. F ree, 843.904.9017 or www.NorthInlet.sc.edu/discovery
10 AM - Final Medicare & Retirement Information Session at the Waccamaw Library. Certified agent Tony Carlton will explain how to maximize your Medicare benefits through supplement, advantage, and step therapy programs, in connection to your retirement planning. Q&A. Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.
5:30 PM - 1st Tuesday Lecture Series at Georgetown County Museum presents architectural historian Tommy Graham on "Secrets in Georgetown Buildings." Free and open to the public (donations welcome), 843.545.7020.
Wednesday, Sept. 4
9 AM-Noon - The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University will host its open house, the Taste of OLLI, at the Conway Education Center, 290 Allied Road. Learn about the courses, lectures, clubs and local, regional and international excursions planned for the fall semester. Also offered in Litchfield on Sept. 6. Free, 843.349.5002 or www.Coastal.edu/olli.
10 AM-12:15 PM - Picnic at the Pond. North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve microscopes will be used to discover what life will be found at the pond! You may bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at our pond shelter. Also offered Oct. 25. Free, 843.904.9017 or www.NorthInlet.sc.edu/discovery.  

Thursday, Sept. 5
10 AM - FOWL 1st Thursday at the Waccamaw Library presents Sarah Gardner,  a distinguished, prolifically publishing cultural historian of the American South, who will delve into what, how, and why Civil War soldiers were reading while in the field. Based on archival research supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Dr. Gardner, Distinguished University Professor of History at Mercer University, will discuss the value of reading literature for Civil War soldiers, North and South. Which books did they like best, and why? Did Confederates like different authors than their Union counterparts? Is there any truth to Mark Twain's claim that Scottish Romantic writer Sir Walter Scott "had so large a hand in making Southern character, as it existed before the war, that he is in great measure responsible for the war"? Her talk is entitled, ""What the 'Dickens' Were Civil War Soldiers Reading? Or, Soldiers Who Liked Hugo at Bull Run Also Liked Poe at Chickamauga!"  Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.
Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 5-8
7:30-9:30 PM - Brookgreen Gardens Fall Tribute Concert : An Evening with Neil Diamond. Producer Vincent Marini of Blue Eyed Theatrical and his amazing team of musicians will have you singing along with classics like "Sweet Caroline," "Cracklin' Rosie," and "Cherry Cherry." All ticket holders have chairs under the concert tent. Seating is first-come, first-serve. Beverages and light refreshments are available for purchase.  No coolers or outside food or drinks are allowed. VIP tickets includepreferred parking, a wine & cheese reception, souvenir glass, complimentary shuttle to concert site and preferred seating. $30 members, $35 nonmembers, VIP $100, www.Brookgreen.org/events.
Friday, Sept. 6
9 AM-Noon - The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University will host its open house, the Taste of OLLI, at the Litchfield Education Center, 14427 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island. Learn about the courses, lectures, clubs and local, regional and international excursions planned for the fall semester. Free, 843.349.6584 or www.Coastal.edu/olli.
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: David Hodges ( Sunset Lodge in Georgetown) at DeBordieu Colony Clubhouse. Make no doubt,  the Sunset Lodge was an illegal and immoral business that operated three miles south of the  Georgetown city limits from 1936 to 1969 under a single madam: Hazel Weiss. But, as historian and author Hodges points out, businesses on Front Street benefitted financially from associations with  Sunset Lodge. "It was a green industry, non-polluting, and a tourist destination. It would be hard to go broke selling sex." Did Tom Yawkey of the Boston Red Sox have an ownership role? His team made a spring training visit to the "best little whorehouse in Georgetown" every year. $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
2:30 PM - "Stop the Presses" Classic Film Series  presents "Citizen Kane" (1941) at the Waccamaw Library. Coastal Observer Editor Charles Swenson  introduces classic films from Hollywood's Golden Era (1930s-1940s) depicting newspaper journalists/the media Additional films offered Sept. 13, 20 & 27 and Oct. 4, 11, 18 & 25. Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.
6-9 PM - Music In The Park Concert Series presents Too Much Sylvia (Party 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, Sept. 7
9 AM - Fall Haul in Murrells Inlet . Join your neighbors for the annual fall creek-front cleanup. Meet at Crazy Sister Marina. Free, 843.357.2007 or www.MurrellsInletSC.com.

9-11 AM - The Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER®, along with our partners Sierra Club Winyah Group and Black River Outdoors, host Wake Up Paddle at Waccamaw Lake. This finale of the summer series highlights 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  www.WinyahRivers.org   

10 AM-12:15 PM - Bike to the Boardwalk. See Sept. 3 entry for details. Also offered Sept. 21, Oct. 5 & 26, and Nov. 11 & 25. Free, 843.904.9017 or www.NorthInlet.sc.edu/discovery
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Highway, behind Applewood House of Pancakes).  See July 27 entry for details. Also offered Sept. 21, Oct. 5 & 19. $45, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.

7:30 PM - Concerts at the Winyah presents Su Hamm & Friends: A musical variety show. Doors open at 7 PM. Open seating, $15 (add $5 for tickets purchased at the door). Tickets online: 
Monday, Sept. 9
9 AM-1 PM - North Inlet Paddle. See Aug. 26 entry for details.
Registration required, limited to 10, weather permitting. $60/person, 843.904.9017 or  www.NorthInlet.sc.edu/discovery 
10 AM -  FOWL Adult Tech: Computer Orientation Series. Five-week series for adults covering basic computer skills and terms, designed for beginners or those seeking some review. The first is titled: "Getting to Know Your Computer." The series continues on Mondays, Sept. 16, 23, 30 & Oct. 7. Register via dturner@gtcounty.org or 843.545.3363. 

Tuesday, Sept. 10
9:30 AM - The Low Country Herb Society  meets at the Waccamaw Library with guest speaker  Anne Gladis, owner of Creative Designs by A & J, a local floral design firm. Ms. Gladis, who conducts floral arranging classes at Coastal Carolina via OLLI, will make two centerpieces during her presentation.  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.  LCHS meets from September through May and the annual dues are $25 with a quarterly newsletter included. For more information, look for us on Facebook or sclchsnews@gmail.com .

Noon-1 PM - Dirt N' Details at Brookgreen Gardens presents John Hipkins sharing his knowledge on plant propagation. Bring your lunch and enjoy good information on gardening topics. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or www.Brookgreen.org.

Wednesday, Sept. 1 1
All day - The Litchfield Beautification Foundation will have a display of 80 American flags along the Litchfield corridor Hwy 17 medians from Sandy Island Road to Baskerville Road to celebrate Patriots Day. This display can also be seen on Veterans Day - Nov. 11. For more information or to make a donation, LBF29585.com.
Friday, Sept. 13
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Webb Hubbell ( The East End) at Inlet Affairs.In his fifth Jack Patterson novel, attorney and author with "friends in high places" Webster Hubbell crafts another compelling legal thriller. At the request of his boyhood friend Sam Pagano, Jack returns to Little Rock where he's immediately abducted, beaten and lynched by men set on revenge. Though rescued near death, the hospital setting where Jack is recovering unveils a complicated attack on Arkansas health clinics for the poor, established and run (in opposition to Little Rock power brokers) by Sam's college sweetheart. "...a powerful, authentic thriller set in a real place, with a story about the real health care needs of people who can't afford it, and the real danger to good people when public corruption threatens the rule of law and respect for facts. It's a great read and an important warning." -Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States. $30, 843.235.9600 or www.ClassAtPawleys.com.
1:30-4 PM - Learn to Throw a Cast Net. Boat season is here and if you have ever wondered how to throw a cast net, this is your chance! Come to Hobcaw Barony and learn this fool-proof way of opening the net with ease after only a few practice casts. Participants will practice on land, then travel to Clambank Creek to test their skills. Once you have mastered the art of the throw you will never miss the bait again and will be welcomed on the bow of any boat. Open for all ages. Bring your own cast net. (Exertion level: Moderate - standing and throwing) Reservations required. $20, www.HobcawBarony.org.
2:30 PM - "Stop the Presses" Classic Film Series  presents "Libeled Lady" (1936) at the Waccamaw Library. See Sept. 6 entry for details. Additional films offered Sept. 20 & 27 and Oct. 4, 11, 18 & 25. Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.
Saturday, Sept. 14
9 AM-2 PM - Estuaries Open House Party at Hobcaw Barony. In honor of National Estuaries Week, NERR is hosting an Estuary Open House Party! Join us for tours, displays, and games. Free and open to the public, 843.904.9017 or www.NorthInlet.sc.edu/discovery.  

Sunday, Sept. 15
7:30 PM - Concerts at the Winyah presents Back Home Again: Tribute to John Denver featuring Tom & Michelle Becker & Band. Doors open at 7 PM. Preferred seating (rows 2-6), $30; open seating (rows 7+ plus balcony, $25 (add $5 for tickets purchased at the door). Tickets online:
Sept. 18 - St. Christopher's Children 2nd Annual Sunset Event Fundraiser, benefiting the children of Georgetown County, will be held at Lands End Yacht Club (444 Marina Dr, Georgetown) with local fare, cocktails, chance auction. Music provided by Tom Cowieson Band. Reservations $50 per person. Wed., 5:30-8:30 PM, www.stchristopherschildren.org.
Sept. 24 - FOWL Luncheon & Auction: Carolina Classic.  The 29th annual luncheon held by the Friends of the Waccamaw Library to raise funds for books and media and adult programming. Donated household items, handbags, jewelry and accessories irresistibly displayed. Put a table of friends together to bid on these treasures, win fantastic door prizes, and enjoy a delicious luncheon. Tickets are available in the Friends Center. Tues., 11 AM-2 PM, $35 ($20 tax deductible), 843.545.3623 or www.TheFOWL.org .

Renew Your FOWL Membership Online: Being a FOWL Member is so easy! You can now renew your membership on the FOWL website at 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.

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 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 .
  • 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.

Through Oct. 28 -  The National Sculpture Society's 86th Annual Awards Exhibition  displayed in both the Jenniwein and Noble Galleries in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion at Brookgreen Gardens.The annual juried exhibition of the National Sculpture Society, the oldest professional organization of sculptors in America, presents the work of masters alongside rising stars in American sculpture. Brookgreen Gardens is the only venue for this exhibit. Fifteen awards are presented by the Society along with the popular People's Choice Award, determined by votes of visitors to Brookgreen Gardens. Daily, 9:30 AM-5 PM, free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or  www.Brookgreen.org.

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