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

The Friends of Waccamaw Library's bi-monthly digital newsletter 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 mailed quarterly 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.
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.
  • Storytime! Every Wednesday, 10:30 AM. Ages birth to 5.
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.
  • Toastmasters meets noon-1 PM on the second and fourth Thursday each month (Aug. 23, Sept. 13, Sept. 27). Improve communication skills, increase self-confidence, think on your feet, give a great "elevator" speech, share stories. Free and open to the public, pahero@msn.com.
July/August Artist at the Waccamaw Library: Pat Hartman.  Having lived most of her life in Baltimore, Maryland, Hartman was inspired by the vistas of her new home in South Carolina. She often ventures out with her camera in tow to record distinctive images of local culture for later reference, such as a young girl entranced with a butterfly at Brookgreen Gardens, a woman weaving sweetgrass baskets by the roadside, and sailboats moored in a natural harbor. With her paintbrush, she recollects the beauty and calm of these moments in tones both bright and peaceful.
Hartman shares her love of art with her twin sister and they enjoy spending an afternoon painting together when Hartman is not busy volunteering at Brookgreen Gardens or helping out at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Hartman is a member of the Georgetown County Watercolor Society and her work has been featured at a solo show at the Georgetown Cultural Council Gallery. 
For more information, dturner@gtcounty.org.   
July/August Photographer at the Waccamaw Library: Paulette Thomas and Cathie & Pat Walsh.  Paulette Thomas has been a fine art photographer for more than forty years, with experience in portrait and sports photography. Since moving to South Carolina a decade ago, Thomas has become known for her images of the wildlife that abounds in the coastal area. Her images have been published in various magazines, including Grand Strand Magazine, where her Great Blue Heron image was published on the front cover, and her work has won national awards and competitions. Ever since husband and wife Pat and Cathie Walsh relocated to Murrells Inlet in 1995, they have been indulging their shared passion for photographing area vistas. Their artistic goal is "to create moments in time for all to enjoy." A number of their photographs are on display throughout the Grand Strand.  For more  information, dturner@gtcounty.org.

Back to School Supply Drive  - donation box at the Waccamaw Library Friends Center. Through Aug. 31 you can drop off dry erase markers, stickers, hand sanitizers, tissues, pens, pencils, notebook paper, file folders, glue sticks, markers and crayons. All will be distributed by the Georgetown County Young Professionals to children who need them.

It's not too late to participate in the Adult Summer Reading Challenge.
Pick up a bookmark at the Waccamaw Library Reference Desk and submit it by Aug. 24 for a chance to win a Moveable Feast Gift Certificate, Brookgreen Gardens Tickets, and a Swag Bag filled with goodies at the Aug. 29th Pizza Party. For more information, contact Kendra Corey, Adult Services Librarian, Waccamaw Neck Branch Library, 843.545.3351 or kcorey@gtcounty.org.

Calling all bargain-hunters: Hunt for FOWL! Planning is well underway for the Fall FOWL Luncheon and Auction, which turns out to be the 28th of these fabulous events AND the 30th anniversary of the Friends of Waccamaw Library organization. Since pearls are emblematic of 30 years of anything, the event is titled "Pearls for Southern Girls."  Here's our challenge: If you don't need a single thing, but like  to shop, visit your favorite consignment outlet and look for the best bargain ($10 max) in the accessory or home/holiday decor departments. Then bring your find/donation to the Friends Center (in the Waccamaw Library). Our staging guru, Bariedel Llorens, will put these items together in vignettes worth way more than the sum of their parts! If you've questions or a carload to donate, call or text Diane Stern (908.310.2953) and she'll arrange a pick-up! Individual t ickets for the event on Tuesday, September 25 (11:30 AM-2 PM at Pawleys Plantation) are available at the Friends Center, $35 ($20 of which is tax deductible). Come solo or put a group of friends together - tables seat 10. If you're coming with a group, your table captain has your ticket!

Georgetown County Recreation Department offers for adults (fees and registration, 843.359.6419 or bakers@gtcounty.org):
  • Kickball Mondays/Wednesdays in Georgetown - Sept. 17-Nov. 12
  • Soccer Saturdays at Stables Park - Sept. 15-Nov. 10
  • Basketball Wednesdays in Georgetown - Sept. 19-Nov. 14
  • Disc Golf at Stables Park - 843.545.3450
Volunteer Coaches are needed for fall youth sports (tackle football, flag football, cheerleading, and soccer) - 843.454.3275.

Thursday, August 16
11:30 AM-2 PM - Bunnelle Foundation 
"Common Issues/Common Threads" at Waccamaw Library. 
Anton J. Gunn, a nationally recognized leadership development and healthcare reform expert, will deliver a presentation on how individual accountability can transform community direction. Gunn works with organizations who want to help their leaders embrace change, overcome adversity, and increase outcomes by using his Presidential Leadership Principles. The event is sponsored by the Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation, which will provide refreshments for attendees. Gunn's talk will mark the tenth anniversary of the Bunnelle Foundation's "Common Issues/Common Threads" public discussion series that explores community building on a local level.  Free and open to the community. However, seating is limited, so reservations are required. A one-minute promotional video for Gunn's upcoming lecture and luncheon at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEXKCmS4pOk&feature=youtu.be 
To register, please RSVP or on the Eventbrite page

1-2 PM - Brookgreen 101 , a program sponsored by the Campbell Center for American Sculpture, is a public information program offered in the Welcome Center Conference Room. The topic for August is The National Sculpture Society Annual Awards Exhibition. Free with Garden admission, 843.235.6000.

5-7 PM - Mary Edna Fraser Celebrates Belle's Birthday. Celebrate Belle Baruch's birthday at Hobcaw Barony with a gourmet reception featuring wine, cheese, pastry and more hosted by Foundation staff featuring artist and pilot Mary Edna Fraser. An international educator and author, Fraser has consistently received honors and awards for her art depicting breathtaking perspectives of space, earth, and the deep sea. Whether photographing the coast from an open cockpit of her family's plane or painting plein air in the backwoods of national parks, each adventure is distilled into a moment of visual poetry in her studio. In 2009, Fraser was commissioned to create an aerial view of Hobcaw Barony, resulting in a four-panel batik installed at the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center, depicting what Belle called, "the friendliest woods in the world." (Exertion level: Low impact, sitting) Limited to 90, reservations required. $50, HobcawBarony.org.
Friday, August 17
8:30-11:30 AM - Carolina Nature Photographers Association at the Waccamaw Library (41 St. Paul Place, Pawleys Island). Special presentation on photographing birds by Don Wuori. CNPA.org or david@davidfattaleh.com.
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Amanda Stauffer ( Match Made in Manhattan) at Carefree Catering. A graduate of Yale and Columbia Universities who works as an architectural conservator, restoring historic landmarks across the country, Amanda headed to match.com when she grew frustrated with New York City's dating scene. Her experiences provided her with a lifetime of warm and fuzzy memories, a few friends, and an abundance of material for a book or a career in comedy. Match Made in Manhattan  is a fast-paced, contemporary story about the struggles of dating in the digital age. Replete with online profiles, witty dialogue, and a super-supportive group of female friends, this all-too-real and relate-able debut novel will have readers laughing, crying, and rooting for Alison all the way to the end. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

1-2 PM - Feeding Frenzy. Feeding time at Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center is the most exciting time of the day - for our animals, at least! Help Reserve staff feed our hungry exhibit critters, including our North Inlet fishes, crabs, turtles, snakes, and even our alligator! During the feeding, learn about the animals' biology and their natural habitats.  Free; limited to 15; registration required. 843.904.9017.
2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books :  Amanda Stauffer ( Match Made in Manhattan ), 843.237.8138 or LitchfieldBooks.com.

Sunday, August 19
7-9 PM - Cool Summer Evenings Concert Series at Brookgreen Gardens. Bring a lawn chair and find your favorite spot under the shade of the Live Oaks to enjoy "Tru Sol." Sing along, dance and enjoy the talents of local and regional favorite bands. Beverages and light refreshments available for purchase (no coolers please). 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.
Monday, August 20
8:30 AM-1 PM - North Inlet Paddle. Join the Reserve and Surf the Earth for a naturalist-guided tour through the creeks of North Inlet. The program includes instruction in basic kayaking, a natural history overview, and educational highlights of the North Inlet ecosystem. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, snack, and camera/binoculars (if desired). Weather permitting; limited to 6; registration required. $50, 843.904.9017.
10:30 AM - Behind the Scenes Tour  of Hobcaw Barony. Join us for an expanded tour of the property with opportunities to see and experience more than what is offered on the Introductory Tour. The program includes stops at the North Inlet salt marsh, the grounds of Bellefield Plantation, Friendfield Village, and the main floor of Hobcaw House, giving participants a chance to spend more time at each location. Reservations required.  Reservations required.  Also offered Aug. 27. $30, HobcawBarony.org.

Tuesday, August 21
4:30 PM - Grand Strand Camellia Society at Waccamaw Library. 
Members begin the new year with a planning meeting for the upcoming ACCS Fall Convention (Sept. 14-15 at the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort), plus the list of available camellias from County Line Nursery for the 2019 Camellia show on Jan. 12-13. For more information, cundiffj@sccoast.net.

Wednesday, August 22
8:30 AM-5 PM - Fall OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) registration begins online (coastal.edu/olli) and at the new Conway Center (290 Allied Drive) and at the Litchfield Center (14227 Ocean Hwy).  843.349.6584.

Thursday, August 23
10 AM - Friends of Georgetown Library (FOGL) hosts  Clemson
University's Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology in its 50th Anniversary Celebration Seminar Series in the auditorium at the library (405 Cleland St., Georgetown) . Dr. Thomas Rainwater, one of the Institute's research scientists, will be speaking on "A Lowcountry Treasure: The American Alligator in Coastal South Carolina." Additional lectures on Sept. 27 and Oct. 25. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3300 or rwilley1019@gmail.com.

4-6 PM - The UN Youth Corps Internships on Sustainable Development Presentations at The Bunnelle Foundation (95 Centermarsh Lane, Litchfield). Come join us for refreshments and a discussion on the research findings of our summer internships on sustainable development in the county ranging from recycling and waste management, business practices, to solar energy and real estate projections. Registration is required: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8NKD2J9. For questions, please contact Pamela Martin at:  plmartin@coastal.edu.

Friday, August 24
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Tom McConnell  ( Wooden King ) at Pawleys Plantation. A professor of English at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg and a Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic (2005-2006), McConnell taught American literature and creative writing at Masaryk University. His debut novel is set in German-occupied Czechoslovakia in the 1940s where Vicktor Trn's life is slowly stripped away as creeping authoritarianism envelopes his city and his family. In the end, this quiet history professor and man of contemplative pacifism finds himself caught between two titanic armies-the Nazis and the Soviets-and must decide how to save all that he loves. This heart-pounding World War II story, infused with the tension of Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale , and Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See , asks what is a peaceful man to do when totalitarianism takes everything he holds dear. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
1:30-4 PM - Women's Beach Walk. Commemorating Women's Equality Day in August, join Foundation staff to celebrate Belle's independence as a women's suffragist, an active leader in the Jr. League of Nations, and as a World War II Coastal Observer. After brief remarks in the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center, women will travel to Hobcaw Beach and have the opportunity to walk in the steps of Belle where she patrolled for Nazi spies. Fearless and capable, Belle lived a remarkable life and her gifts to conservation are also worth celebrating. (Exertion level: High impact, hiking for three miles) Limited to 28, reservations required. $25, HobcawBarony.org.
2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books:  Tom O'Connell ( Wooden King ), 843.237.8138 or LitchfieldBooks.com.

4:30 PM - Turn in your Adult Summer Reading Challenge bookmark at the Waccamaw Library Reference Desk to be eligible for great prizes at the Aug. 29th Pizza Party.

Friday & Saturday, August 24 & 25
National Aviation Week Celebration at the Georgetown Airport features World War II era planes to cutting edge business and modern military aircraft. The airport will also be the site of Young Eagle Flights that weekend, where children can experience their first plane ride, free of charge, on a first-come basis with proper paperwork submitted in advance.

6-9 PM - Surf The Earth Sunset/Full Moon Kayak TourThis naturalist guided two-hour tour takes place from dusk through the rising moon. Enjoy a leisurely paddle through the beautiful salt marsh system, and watch the sun set and give way to the moon's rise. If you have a camera, there are a lot of opportunities to capture our spectacular wild life (turtles, dolphins, and shore birds), beautiful sunsets, and spectacular moon rise over the ocean. Bring your favorite beverage and be prepared to kick back and enjoy the spectacular view. All gear is top of the line (11' & 13' Hobie kayaks, fiberglass paddles, and high back comfortable seats).
$75 (single), $120 (tandem), 843.235.3500 or Surf-the-Earth.com.

Saturday,  August 25
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin at the Litchfield Exchange. 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 bi-monthly, space is limited. $45, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com. 
Sunday, August 26
6-9 PM - The Rectory Lawn at All Saints church features Dangermuffin with special guest, Fireside Collective. Free and open to the public, Sun., 6-9 PM, 843.240.0425.
Monday, August 27
10:30 AM - Behind the Scenes Tour of Hobcaw Barony. See Aug. 20 entry for details. Reservations required. $30, HobcawBarony.org.

Wednesday, August 29
1 PM - Adult Summer Reading Challenge Pizza Party at the Waccamaw Library. Pick up a bookmark at the Reference Desk and submit it by Aug. 24 for a chance to win a Moveable Feast Gift Certificate, Brookgreen Gardens Tickets, and a Swag Bag filled with goodies. Free and open to the public. For more information, 843.545.3351 or kcorey@gtcounty.org.

Thursday, August 30
6-8 PM The Belle W. Baruch Foundation presents a screening of  Myrtle Beach Climate Change: A Global Reality Sea Change Video produced by a partnership between SC Aquarium, MUSC, SC ETV, and Allen University, at  Hobcaw Barony in Kimbel Lodge.  Refreshments will be provided. Free but r egistration is required.  Information, msnyder@belle.baruch.sc.edu.

Friday, August 31
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Lisa Patton (Rush) at Inlet Affairs. "There's not a better Southern author writing today than Lisa Patton. Her delightful new book is a modern look at what is perhaps the most sacred of all Southern rituals: sorority rush at The University of Mississippi, 'Ole Miss.' And happily for us, Miss Patton captures to absolute perfection the hilarity, hysteria, and heartbreak of it all. Funny, touching, and full of twists and turns. I couldn't have loved it more." ~ Fannie Flagg. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books:  Lisa Patton ( Rush ), 843.237.8138 or LitchfieldBooks.com.

September & October!
2018 Colored Pencil Society Art ContestVisit the Waccamaw Library (41 St. Paul Place) any time in September and October to vote on your favorite art piece by members of the Colored Pencil Society! Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.

Monday, Sept. 3
Litchfield Beautification Foundation Flag Project celebrates our service members on Labor Day with a 60-American flag display along 3.8 miles of Ocean Highway (US 17 from Sandy Island Road to Martin Luther King Road). The display can also be seen on Patriots Day - Sept. 11 and Veterans Day - Nov. 11.

Tuesday, Sept. 4
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Signe Pike (The Lost Queen) at The Reserve Club. Already being compared to Outlander and The Mists of Avalon, this spellbinding debut introduces Languoreth-a forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland-and twin sister of the man who inspired the legend of Merlin. Author of the travel memoir Faery Tale: One Woman's Search for Enchantment in a Modern World, Pike has researched and written about Celtic history and folklore for more than a decade. This first in a planned trilogy, The Lost Queen will take you to a faraway world, rescuing a passionate and brave woman from vanishing history to reclaim her place in one of the most enduring legends of all time.  $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books : Signe Pike (The Lost Queen).
5:30 PM - Georgetown County Museum presents First Tuesday Lecture: Cara Schildknecht "What We Do to Protect Clean Water and What You Can Do to Help." Free and open to the public (donations welcome), 843.545.7020 or GeorgetownCountyMuseum.com.

Sept. 5, 12, 19 & 26 - The Adult Learning Coaches  program at the Georgetown Library will be running a Voter Education Center this fall, every Wednesday in September, 2-6 PM. The purpose is to have volunteers available with materials and information to help those who may be confused or intimidated by the voting process. You can help in two ways ...
  • Spread the word by posting flyers at churches, schools, laundromats, community centers, etc. A copy of the flyer is available from Sue Cross at pawleycross@gmail.com.
  • Volunteer to help at the Voter Education Center, contact Sue Cross at pawleycross@gmail.com or 843.237.0289.
Wednesday, Sept. 5
8:30 AM-1 PM - North Inlet Paddle. Join the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Surf the Earth for a naturalist-guided tour through the creeks of North Inlet. The program includes instruction in basic kayaking, a natural history overview, and educational highlights of the North Inlet ecosystem. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, snack, and camera/binoculars (if desired). Limited to 6; reservations required; weather permitting. $60, 843.904.9017.
Thursday, Sept. 6
10 AM - First Thursday Speaker Series at Waccamaw Library presents Teresa Smithmyer with an Armchair Adventure about the Bulls Bay Saltworks. Hand harvesting premium sea salt from the pristine waters of Bulls Bay, our presenter and her team operate the first saltworks on South Carolina's coast since the Civil War. "Travel" to Cape Romain to explore the beauty of the area from which the salt is sourced; learn what goes into crafting each unique batch and enjoy a chance to sample salt from one of the healthiest ecosystems anywhere. F ree and open to the public, stpetepic@aol.com or theFOWL.org.
Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 6-9
7:30-9:30 PM - Fall Tribute Concert: Donna Summer & the Sounds of the 70s at Brookgreen Gardens. Summer was one of the most successful recording artists of the 1970s and was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums hit number one on the Billboard charts. With more than 130 million records sold, her music has been embraced and enjoyed by multiple generations of fans. In this tribute to her work, world-renowned singers and a live band of incredible musicians will perform Summer's hits including: "Hot Stuff," " Last Dance," " Bad Girls," and many other 70s songs such as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "You Can't Hurry Love," "I Love the Nightlife," "Respect," and "I Will Survive." Join us for what promises to be our most exciting summer concert yet! $30 members, $35 nonmembers, VIP $100, Brookgreen.org/events.
Friday, Sept. 7
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White (The Glass Ocean) at Pawleys Plantation. From the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forgotten Room comes a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance that links the lives of three women across a century - two deep in the past, one in the present - to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania. *$60, includes autographed book by all three authors.  843.235.9600 or 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. You will never miss the bait again and will be welcomed on the bow of any boat once you have mastered the art of the throw. After practicing on land, participants will be taken to Clambank Creek to test their skills. Open for all ages. Bring your own cast net. (Exertion level: Moderate - standing and throwing) Reservations required. Limited to 14, $20, HobcawBarony.org.
2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books : Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White (The Glass Ocean). 843.237.8138.
2 PM - "The Wonders of Our Universe," a four-week lecture series presented by NASA Solar System Ambassador Ron Revere at the Waccamaw Library, will explore space beginning with "Our Star: Sol." Bringing 35 years of teaching expertise and enthusiasm to his topics, Revere sheds light on some of the most mysterious matters in our universe. His passion lies in clarifying the complexities of space and correcting common misunderstandings for the public. Additional topics on Sept. 14, 21 & 28. Free and open to the public, theFOWL.org or dturner@gtcounty.org.
6-9 PM - Georgetown Business Association presents Music in the Park with The Fantastic Shakers at Francis Marion Park (801 Front St.). Bring a chair, no coolers. Free and open to the public, GeorgetownSeaport.com.
Friday-Sunday, Sept. 7-9
8 PM - Swamp Fox Players , in conjunction with Andrews and Georgetown high schools, presents "The Wicked Witch of the West: Kansas or Bust" at the Strand Theater (Front Street, Georgetown). Fri. & Sat., 8 PM, and Sun., 2:30 PM, $10 adults, $5 children under 12, 843.527.2924.
Saturday, Sept. 8
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 bi-monthly, space is limited. $45, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
11 AM-2 PM - "Second Saturdays" at the Kaminski House Museum .
Craftswoman Adrina Glover demonstrates the traditional craft of sweetgrass basketmaking and will offer a variety of baskets for sale. Also offered Oct. 13, Nov. 10, Dec. 8. Free to watch, 843.546.7706.
Tuesday, Sept. 11
Litchfield Beautification Foundation Flag Project celebrates our service members on Patriots Day with a 60-American flag display along 3.8 miles of Ocean Highway (US 17 from Sandy Island Road to Martin Luther King Road). The display can also be seen on Veterans Day - Nov. 11.

9:30 AM - Low Country Herb Society meets at the Waccamaw Library with guest speaker,  Tom Francis, who has owned and operated Bees-by-the-Sea in Myrtle Beach for 10 years. He is also the beekeeper at Brookgreen Gardens and is known in some circles as the "Bee Preacher."  A Meet and Greet social time, to welcome guests and members, is held prior to the meeting with refreshments provided by LCHS members.   Annual dues are $25 with a quarterly newsletter included. For more information, look for us on Facebook or sclchsnews@gmail.com .
Wednesday, Sept. 12
1-2 PM - Feeding Frenzy. Feeding time at Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center is the most exciting time of the day - for our animals, at least! Help National Estuarine Research Reserve staff feed our hungry exhibit critters, including our North Inlet fishes, crabs, turtles, snakes, and even our alligator! During the feeding, learn about the animals' biology and their natural habitats. Limited to 15; reservations required. Also offered Oct. 30, Nov. 15 and Dec. 7. Free, 843.904.9017.
Thursday, Sept. 13
5:30-7 PM - Book Night at the Barony. Celebrate the publication of a new book, Pawleys Island Images. Hobcaw Barony Senior Interpreter Lee Brockington describes t he collection of nearly 200 photographs and text captures the history of the Waccamaw Neck rice plantations and the tiny barrier island from the late 18th century to the present. Wine and cheese with remarks and a book signing in the Discovery Center's seminar room includes a rare evening opportunity to shop in our well-stocked gift shop. (Exertion level: low impact, sitting, some standing) Limited to 48; reservations required. Free to attend, HobcawBarony.org.

Friday, Sept. 14
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Jim Jordan (The Slave-Trader's Letter-Book) at Kimbel's, Wachesaw.  This intriguing and educational book is in two parts: The first, a thorough and well-researched biography of one of antebellum Georgia's most famous scoundrels; the second, a professionally edited and annotated printing of Charles Augustus Lafayette Lamar's long-lost and recently rediscovered letter-book. Both parts are well worth the read by scholars and the general public. Charles Lamar was the instigator of the infamous voyage of the Wanderer. In 1858 Savannah businessman Lamar, in violation of U.S. law, organized the shipment of hundreds of Africans on the luxury yacht Wanderer to Jekyll Island, Georgia. The four hundred survivors of the Middle Passage were sold into bondage. This was the first successful documented slave landing in the United States in about four decades and shocked a nation already on the path to civil war.  He was a hero to southern secessionists and a criminal to northern abolitionists. That makes this book important to all those interested in the antebellum and Civil War history of Georgia.  $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books : Jim Jordan (The Slave-Trader's Letter-Book).  843.237.8138.
2 PM - "The Wonders of Our Universe" with NASA Solar System Ambassador Ron Revere at the Waccamaw Library presenting " Starry Night: What We Know about Stars." See Sept. 7 entry for details. Additional topics on Sept. 21 and 28. Free and open to the public, theFOWL.org or dturner@gtcounty.org.
Saturday, Sept. 15
9 AM-Noon - Beach Sweep organized by the SC Sea Grant Consortium seeks volunteers for the 30th annual clean-up at Myrtle Beach State Park, Surfside Beach, Garden City Beach, Huntington Beach State Park, Pawleys Island Beach/Creek/Marsh/Boat Landings, North Litchfield (scheduled for Sept. 8) and Litchfield Beaches, Waccamaw River Boat Landings. To locate the group you'd like to join for this important environmental clean-up, visit www.scseagrant.org
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.
1-2 PM - Belle's Riding Legacy . Belle Baruch, an internationally known equestrian, not only "rode to hounds," but also competed in American and French horse shows and timber races. Recent discovery of numerous equestrian garments inspired Dr. Lynn Hanson of Francis Marion University and co-director of the newly established Belle W. Baruch Institute for SC Studies to seek approval and funding for the conservation of the fabric silks and mounting them on a form. Her colleague Allison Steadman in the Theater Department of FMU also studied the fabric and patterns for subsequent reproductions.  Come early to the Discovery Center to see the temporary exhibit of Belle's complete and original riding outfit comprised of breeches, frock coat, waist coat, top hat and boots. Stay to hear Hanson and Steadman discuss how projects like this can tell a broader story of history.  (Exertion level: Low impact, standing) Limited to 48; reservations required. $10, HobcawBarony.org.
Sept. 25 - The FOWL Annual Luncheon & Auction at Pawleys Plantation:
"Pearls for Southern Girls."  The 28th annual luncheon celebrating the 30th anniversary of FOWL. Friends of the Waccamaw Library hold this premier event to raise funds for books and media and adult programming. Donated 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. Tues., 11:30 AM-2 PM, $35 ($20 tax deductible), 843.545.3623 or theFOWL.org.
 Get your ticket to this sell-out event at the Friends Center.

Sept. 27 - Tim Conroy 
will present "Pat Conroy's Great Love of Poetry" at the Waccamaw Library, 10-11:15 AM.  Tim will explore his brother's lifelong connection with poetry as a devoted reader, as a self-described "failed poet," and as an iconic bestselling novelist who wove the rhythms of poetry into his lyrical prose. Tim Conroy is a retired education and founding board members of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, established in his brother's honor. Free with ticket (available at the Friends Center), dturner@gtcounty.org.

Oct. 3-10 - Storehouse Tours offers a music tour to Chattanooga, Nashville, Branson & Memphis. Highlights include a riverboat dinner cruise, guided tour of Nashville, Johnny Cash Museum, BB Kings Blues Club, Historic RCA Studio B, Wildhorse Saloon, Grand Ole Opry, Branson "Duck" tour, Raiding the Country Vault show, and Elvis Presley's Graceland. Single $2,409; Double $1,879 pp ($400 deposit upon booking). Price includes transportation motorcoach, guide, 7 nights lodging, all tours and admissions, 15 meals (7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners), all taxes, baggage handling and travel arrangements. Depart Surfside Presbyterian Church in Myrtle Beach. 843.235.2966 or robininpi@gmail.com.

Oct. 15 - Travel to China and benefit FOWL
Barbara McGhee of Cameo Travel Enrichment offers a 9-day cultural tour of China for $2,290 including international airfare roundtrip from JFK-Beijing. Five-star hotels and most meals, as well as the Great Wall of China, Terra Cotta Warriors, Summer Palace-UNESCO, Museums-Ancient Antiques, Tang Dynasty Dance & Music, Olympic venues: Bird Nest & Water Cube, Beijing Zoo-Giant Pandas. (Not included, but can be arranged for you roundtrip flight from your home to JFK, single room supplement $280, personal travel insurance, VISA for China, $200 gratuities). 843.650.4501 or barbara@cameotravelcenter.com.

Cultural events on the Grand Strand - Check out this updated nonprofit website,  www.theartsgrandstrand.org,   created and maintained by Murrells Inlet resident John Morken, to keep you informed about all of the cultural events on the Grand Strand. Dedicated to making it easy to know about all the Fine Arts events, it strips away pop culture and tourist attractions found in other guides. The What's Happening page has artists, performers and sponsors personally telling you what they are presenting NOW, along with ads for events. 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 Aug. 19 - Brookgreen Summer Lights Festival.  Brookgreen will light up your summer nights, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 7-10 PM! Created by Chinese Craftsmen in the tradition of famous Chinese lantern Festivals, this exhibit will inhabit the Lowcountry Zoo with larger-than-life, illuminated silk lantern sculptures in a variety of native animals, insects and plants. The festival will also include games, performances, crafts for the kids, and local food truck vendors. $20 for adults and $15 for children 4-12. Children 3 and under are free. Members receive a $5 discount on the ticket price. During the Festival, Brookgreen will close at 5 PM and gates will re-open at 6:30 PM. 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.

Through Sept. 2 - "The Water's Fine" at The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum,  a group exhibition of work by five exceptional contemporary artists working in black-and-white photography and hyperrealistic painting, all who depict imagery of people in water. Participating artists include Samantha French (Brooklyn, NY), Carl Kerridge (Myrtle Beach, SC), Wayne Levin (Honolulu, HI), Matt Story (New York, NY) and Charles Williams (Charlotte, NC). Museum guests will see a variety of captivating, large-scale depictions of people swimming, floating, diving into, contemplating getting into and turning flips in water. Photography will be juxtaposed with paintings in ways that present striking aesthetic relationships between imagery. Gallery hours from 10 AM-4 PM, Tuesday-Saturday and 1-4 PM, Sundays. Free and open to the public (donations welcome), 843.238.2510 or MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.

Through Sept. 16 - " Making Waves,"  A Drew Brophy Retrospective
o n view at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum. 
Gallery hours from 10 AM-4 PM, Tuesday-Saturday and 1-4 PM, Sundays. Free and open to the public (donations welcome), 843.238.2510 or MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.

Through Oct. 15  - Whispering Wings Butterfly Experience at Brookgreen's Butterfly House. This seasonal exhibit features a lush garden filled with tropical plants where hundreds of butterflies soar through the air. Monarch, Zebra Longwing, Polydamas Swallowtails, Pipevine Swallowtails, Spicebush Swallowtails, Julias, Buckeyes, Queens, Painted Lady, and American Lady are just a few of the species that call Whispering Wings home. We will add dozens of other species throughout the summer and fall. Whispering Wings contains a pupae emergence room where visitors may observe the transformation from chrysalis to adult butterflies. Interpretive signs throughout the exhibit and benches provide a restful place to watch their delicate beauty in flight. Daily, 10 AM-4:30 PM, adults $4, children $3 for a 30-minute timed visit, in addition to garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.

Through Oct. 28  - National Sculpture Society 85th Annual Awards Exhibition at Rainey Sculpture Pavilion, 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. This exhibit is on display in both the Jenniwein and Noble Galleries in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion and is free with garden admission, Mon.-Sun., 9:30 AM-5 PM, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.

FOWL Community Connector | Friends of Waccamaw Library| |  linda@classatpawleys.com | www.theFOWL.org