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.
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 (starts Sept. 20). 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.
  • Toastmasters meets noon-1 PM on the second and fourth Thursday each month (Oct. 11, Oct. 25). 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. 
September/October Artist at the Waccamaw Library:  Chapter 124 of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) is holding its "Fourth Annual People's Choice Awards." During September and October 2018, the public is invited to visit the Library and view an array of fine art pieces by the twelve members of the local CPSA chapter, then choose their favorite, and submit their ballot. For this year, the theme of all entries is "THE GRAND STRAND." This event is free and open to all. For more information, dturner@gtcounty.org.

September/October Photographer at the Waccamaw Library:   Phil Filiatrault exhibits his striking photographs of a variety of natural scenes.
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 is 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 and have won awards at the local and state level, particularly at the SC Sportsman's Classic and the SC State Fair.  For more  information, dturner@gtcounty.org. 

PLUS, Winyah Rivers Foundation 2018 Photography Contest winners exhibit on display through October in the DeBordieu Auditorium. 
Cherie Barrett earned "Best of Show" honors for "Lonely Tree," while Paulette Thomas' "What a Beauty" took first place in the "Wildlife" category, Jim Holliday's "Man with Rocker" won first place in the "Georgetown Heritage Iconic" category, and Georgiane Geise's "Shrimp Boats" gained first place in the "Scenic" category. For more information, dturner@gtcounty.org.


DUE TO POST-FLORENCE FLOODING ... many cancellations and rescheduling of events and hours of opening have occurred.
We've delayed this issue of the Community Connector in order to provide accurate rescheduling information for canceled events and programs.
Still b est to call ahead before assuming.  All four branches of the Georgetown County Library System resumed their normal hours on Monday, Oct. 1. Brookgreen Gardens reopened Monday (although the zoo and creek excursions are still closed). Through Friday this week, Oct. 5, they are offering 1/2 price one day admission for non-member guests and the Whispering Wings Butterfly Exhibit will be free of charge with admission or membership. Hobcaw Barony is reopened with its regular schedule.

The FOWL Annual Luncheon & Auction  at Pawleys Plantation: "Pearls for Southern Girls" went forward, despite the impending flood, and was a welcome respite in the midst of great anxiety.  With more than 30 volunteers helping put on the event, we felt it would be hard to resurrect their enthusiasm at a later date and, as you will see below, there are very few unclaimed dates in October and November as all organizations reschedule their fall events.  We are deeply grateful to all who could participate - the live and silent auction items were terrific this year! So, to sum up our results:  The 28th annual luncheon celebrating the 30th anniversary of FOWL raised $16,000  for books and media and adult programming  (only $3,000 shy of last year's record high with 50 fewer participants).  Included in that sum is $1,500 dedicated for flood relief. Our heartfelt gratitude to all who participated, our sponsors, our donors, our volunteers and our 225 attendees! 843.545.3623 or theFOWL.org.  

FOWL Bargain Book Corner at the Litchfield Exchange!  FOWL volunteers Chuck and Bernie Bader, Roz Breit and Josette Sharwell keep the bookshelves at 14363 Ocean Highway (behind Applewood House of Pancakes) stocked with terrific book bargains (hardcovers - $1, paperbacks - 50 cents), with fiction author-organized and nonfiction grouped by subject. Small tables and chairs were recently added, so you can sit by the fountain and review books before purchasing. Pay at Art Works (open Monday-Saturday, 10 AM-2 PM) or slip a conveniently supplied envelope under the door. The Litchfield Exchange is open Monday through Friday, 9 AM-5 PM, and Saturdays, 10 AM-2 PM.

Tuesday, Oct. 2
5:30 PM - Georgetown County Museum presents First Tuesday Lecture: Roger Mower, "Mill Grove, Home of John James Audubon." Free and open to the public (donations welcome), 843.545.7020 or GeorgetownCountyMuseum.com.
Thursday, Oct. 4
10 AM - First Thursday Speaker Series (please note change of speaker)  at Waccamaw Library presents Tom Poland. A popular FOWL 1st Thursday alumnus returns when the author of South Carolina Country Roads (2018) and one of the best storytellers around joins us today. Enjoy a singular photo-illustrated Halloween month sojourn crisscrossing the South, as we discover how a mule kick killed eight people, ways to murder with voodoo, why we used to sit up with the dead and details of a haunted old French Huguenot Cemetery. Funding provided by South Carolina Humanities.  Free and open to the public, stpetepic@aol.com or theFOWL.org.
4-9 PM - bisQit's Spirit Night to benefit FOWL  (rescheduled from Sept. 11). Dine at bisQit's in the Hammock Shops and 10% of all sales will go to Friends of the Waccamaw Library (all guests' checks will be included, including "to go" orders).

7 PM - 19th Annual Pawleys Island Wine & Food Gala , a benefit for the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art, at the Reserve Golf Club.Sample more than 100 wines from renowned vineyards around the world and enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres prepared by eight of the area's best chefs. The evening will also include a three-hour dessert tasting, a silent auction full of wonderful trips and a complimentary wine glass. Wines will be available for purchase at prices well below retail during this special event. Casual cocktail attire. Event held rain or shine. $100 pp, 843.626.8911 or online at PawleysMusic.com.

October 5-20 - The Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art (PIFMA)
presents its 28th annual festival with three weeks of cultural entertainment  and musical performances, including the Wine Gala that serves as the event's primary fundraiser. All events to be held under the performance tent at the Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island, unless otherwise noted. Tickets for all events available only through the festival office in the Litchfield Exchange, 843.626.8911 or online at PawleysMusic.com.

Friday, Oct. 5
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Patti Callahan (Henry) (Becoming Mrs. Lewis) at Kimbel's Wachesaw. From New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan comes an exquisite novel of Joy Davidman, the woman C. S. Lewis called "my whole world."  Although this Moveable Feast is full, you can meet the author at Litchfield Books after the Feast. 
1-3 PM - Fall Wildflowers and Insects. Take a walk through maritime, upland forest, and wetland habitats to see our fall wildflowers, butterflies, dragonflies and more at Hobcaw Barony. North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve staff will help you identify common species that are present in the fall. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring insect repellent, and cameras/binoculars (if desired). Limited to 14; reservations required; weather permitting. Free, 843.904.9017.
2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books : Patti Callahan (Henry) (Becoming Mrs. Lewis). 843.237.8138.
2 PM - "The Wonders of Our Universe"  with NASA Solar System Ambassador Ron Revere at the Waccamaw Library presenting "The Universe." ( Rescheduled from Sept. 28.) Free and open to the public, theFOWL.org or  dturner@gtcounty.org .

7 PM - PIFMA: Ambrosia at the Reserve Golf Club. In the year 1970, four young musicians from the South Bay of Los Angeles, came together to create a new invigorating style of music. Exploring the possibilities of progressive, classical and world influences, yet rooted with the soul of the blues and R&B, Joseph Puerta, Christopher North, David Pack and Burleigh Drummond created a new sound that was defined and recognized as "Ambrosia." Originally labeled as America's answer to the progressive invasion of such English acts as "Yes" and "King Crimson," the group quickly proved it was all that and much more as it's albums painted aural landscapes covering the gamut of musical styles. Today, the band is more alive and compelling than ever. Gates open at 6 PM, $25-general admission, $35-reserved, $45-preferred, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.

Saturday & Sunday, Oct 6 & 7
9:30 AM-4 PM - Harvest Home Weekend Festival.  Brookgreen's annual fall festival is filled with outdoor activities the whole family will enjoy.   There is a huge pumpkin patch where kids (and adults!) can pick out their pumpkin to paint. An over the top scarecrow building contest -  many families start planning their scarecrow for the next year the minute the current year is over ! Hayrides, great food, live entertainment (kid friendly!), opportunities to meet animals and the entire Gardens are open to explore.   Plus the launch of the fourth Magnificent Brookgreen Gardens Story House Book   I Can ~ Adventures with Birdie . Free with garden admission (some acti vities require fees), 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.  

A special feature of Harvest Home Weekend: Participants can assist in the creation of a mosaic mural based on an original image created by Amira Geuka Farris. They will attach mosaic pieces to an unfinished section of a mural panel, under the guidance of the mosaic designer. Sessions will occur every half-hour throughout each day, with a limited number of participants per session. This event is free for members and included with garden admission for non-members.  Participants should: Wear or bring old clothes to wear during sessions;  Prepare to mix glue and work with cut glass and/or grout as they glue tiles down or grout small sections; The facilitator first will talk about the mosaic, its creation, and the images designed.  Please call 843.235.6049 to reserve a place.

Saturday, Oct. 6  
3 PM - Brookgreen Gardens Sculptor in Residence Wesley Wofford  has graciously agreed to stay an extra day to present his public lecture on  in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Wesley will discuss his scope of work, from his Emmy and Oscar award winning work in television and film, to his fine art pieces. He has worked on more than 75 motion pictures and television shows. His credits include A Beautiful Mind, Hannibal, Batman and Robin, The Rock, and Collateral. He has personally worked with such actors as Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts, Will Smith, Chow Yun-Fat, and Russell Crowe. He has been featured in numerous magazine articles and television coverage and has received many awards, including an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as well as an Academy Award.  Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.

7 PM - PIFMA: The Spinners at the Reserve Golf Club. In 1957, a group of friends in a Detroit, Michigan high school came together to make music. The Spinners first hit the charts in 1961, with "That's What Girls Are Made For." In 1964, they made their debut at the Apollo Theater and won instant acclaim, a rare feat at the time. They also signed to V.I.P. Records, an imprint of Berry Gordy's Motown label, based in Detroit. Success was elusive until 1970, when a Stevie Wonder composition "It's A Shame" became a hit. With a change to Atlantic Records, The Spinners began a stupendous climb up the charts that put 11 songs in the Top 40 pop charts between 1972 and 1976. With songs like "I'll Be Around," "Sadie," "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love," "The Rubberband Man," "One Of A Kind (Love Affair)," "They Just Can't Stop It (Games People Play)," and "Then Came You" (with Dionne Warwick), The Spinners cemented their place in pop music history. The Spinners have always made music that is at once timeless and utterly in tune with the times. They possess a classic group sound and approach which never loses its universal appeal. They continue to bring their amazing show to appreciative audiences everywhere. Gates open at 6 PM, $30-general admission, $45-reserved, $85-preferred, $175-platinum, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.

Monday, Oct. 8
Miss Ruby' Kids Charity Golf Tournament at the Wachesaw Plantation Club. Proceeds of this event support children and families in Georgetown County. Participants can register as an individual ($125), couple ($200) or foursome ($400) at 843.527.0277 or MissRubysKids.net.

10 AM - "Cities of the Silent" at the Waccamaw Library. Popular instructor Robin McCall explores spooky, shocking, always fascinating histories buried in southern cemeteries...perfect for the Halloween season!  Discussion topics include lore arising from local cemeteries, the symbolism of tombstones, curious tales surrounding historic figures interred in the region, Confederate soldiers' graveyards, and cemeteries for enslaved Africans.  Additional lectures Oct. 15, 22 and 29. Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.
2-4:30 PM - Hike Hobcaw: Hobcaw Beach . The southern two miles of Debidue Island belongs to The Belle W. Baruch Foundation. Come explore the undeveloped barrier island with Hobcaw Barony. Bare trees, shorebirds and views of wind shear, erosion and accretion result in a lesson on beach ecology in a beautiful setting. Please remember to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. (Exertion level: High impact, hiking for three miles) Limited to 28; reservations required. $25, HobcawBarony.org.
Tuesday, Oct. 9 
9:30 AM - The Low Country Herb Society meets at the Waccamaw Library with g uest speaker Kathy Summers, licensed massage therapist, essential oils educator and doTERRA Wellness Coordinator, giving a presentation on Essential Oils.  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. The LCHS  Fall  Garden Festival at Inlet Culinary Garden ( 5071 Hwy 17 Bypass South in Murrells Inlet) will take place on  Friday & Saturday, October 19-20, 8 AM-5 PM.  Look for us on Facebook or  sclchsnews@gmail.com .

11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Elin Hilderbrand  (Winter in Paradise) at Inlet Affairs. Join New York Times bestselling author far from her Nantucket roots for the beginning of her thrilling new winter series - The Paradise. Irene Steele's idyllic life - house, husband, family - is shattered when a late-night phone call reports her beloved husband has been found dead. Added to her grief is the perplexing detail that he was found on St. John's Island, a tropical paradise far removed from their suburban life. Leaving the cold winter behind, Irene flies down to the beautiful Caribbean beach only to make another shocking discovery: her husband had a secret second family. As Irene investigates the mysterious circumstances of her husband's death, she is plunged into a web of intrigue and deceit belied by the pristine white sand beaches of St. John's. $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

Noon-1 PM  - Dirt N' Details at Brookgreen Gardens . Join us in the Frye Classroom at the Welcome Center as we bring back a favorite lecture series, presented by members of the horticulture staff and volunteers, as well as outside experts in the field of horticulture and gardening. Bring your lunch and enjoy learning good information on gardening topics. Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.

2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books: Elin Hilderbrand (Winter in Paradise), 843.237.8138.
Thursday, Oct. 11
10 AM - "Gullah Soul" with The Plantation Singers of Charleston at the Waccamaw Library performing an uplifting, toe-tapping, hand-clapping, sing-along of traditional spirituals in a celebration of Lowcountry Gullah heritage. These renowned performers will delight area residents with lively renditions of traditional spirituals, rooted in the South Carolina Gullah heritage. Their unique brand of acapella singing preserves deep roots across centuries of Lowcountry African-American culture. Refreshments, free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.

5:30-7 PM -  Book Night at the Barony  (rescheduled from Sept. 13).
Celebrate the publication of a new book,  Pawleys Island Imagesby NY Times syndicated columnist Steve Roberts and Hobcaw Barony senior interpreter Lee Brockington. The 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)
Reservations required, limited to 48. Free,   843.546.4623 or hobcawbarony.org .

7 PM - PIFMA: The British Invasion Years at the Reserve Golf Club. A nostalgic journey through the sixties with classic songs by Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, The Zombies and Herman's Hermits, plus the American musical "response" of The Beach Boys, The Monkees, The Doors and Steppenwolf, and an extraordinary note-for-note finale with music from the four lads who started it all - The Beatles! Gates open at 6 PM, $25-reserved, $45-preferred, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.

Friday, Oct. 12
10 AM-2 PM - Yachting with the Baruchs: Women's History Cruise . Join Hobcaw Barony staff and docents on a new installment of Yachting with The Baruchs. Travel by car to Hobcaw House where participants will board the Carolina Rover for a river cruise experience unlike any other. This trip travels up the Great Pee Dee River, discussing the colonial, antebellum, and post-Civil War women - black and white - who made history in this part of the lowcountry. Discussion of notable women rice planters and their families who did all they could to retain ownership of their property, and those women who survived to set an example to generations of descendants. Bring a lunch and a folding chair for a picnic on the grounds of Dirleton Plantation. After lunch will be a tour of Dirleton, the 1850s house of Heriot-Sparkman-Samworth families. Afterwards, the river cruise will continue up the river past Chicora Wood and return down the Waccamaw River. We begin and end at the Hobcaw House Pier, traveling on the Carolina Rover. PFDs provided. (Exertion level: Moderate, embarking/disembarking boat, standing, walking, some sitting) Limited to 40. Reservations required. $65, HobcawBarony.org.
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Sally Kilpatrick (Oh My Stars) at Ocean One, Litchfield. The author of four previous laugh-out-loud, cry-out-loud novels, Sally Kilpatrick brings us a heartwarming, hilarious Christmas story with a Southern twist. Like most things in Ellery, Tennessee, this year's Drive Thru Nativity is a little unconventional. The Dollar General parking lot doubles as a Bethlehem stable, and widowed writer Ivy Long, who's been roped into playing Mary, sure as heck isn't a virgin. But then comes an unexpected development: a genuine, real-life baby left in the manger, with only a brief note. And somehow, in the kerfuffle that follows, Ivy finds her life is about to change . . . $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books : Sally Kilpatrick (Oh My Stars), 843.237.8138.
7 PM - PIFMA: Rick Braun at the Reserve Golf Club.Known for his impeccable technical chops, melodic wizardry and keen compositional prowess, Rick Braun has been thrilling audiences for decades. Braun has made a mark staying true to his own musical voice and eclectic influences that have allowed him to collaborate across genre with some of the biggest names in music including Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, Sade, Natalie Cole and REO Speedwagon. Having clenched more than 20 #1 Smooth Jazz hits, Braun has collaborated with all of the brightest stars in contemporary jazz from Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown and Peter White, to Dave Koz, Boney James and Brian Culbertson. Gates open at 6 PM, $25-general admission, $35-reserved, $45-preferred, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.
Saturday, Oct. 13
8 AM-Noon - Community Yard Sale.  The Friends of the Georgetown Library (FOGL) invite you to buy or sell in this annual favorite at the Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.). $15 single space, $20 double, free to attend, 843.545.3310 for details.

9:30 AM-4 PM - Brookgreen's Gullah Geechee Junkanoo & Fall Plant Sale. Come out for those cool weather plants for fall, and for things that need to be planted in fall for next spring! "Brookgreen Grown" plants will be offered and our horticulture staff will be available to give you advice and suggestions for your garden. New this year!! Browse and purchase fall produce from "Bethea's Garden," the heritage farm garden at Brookgreen. BYO-wagon!! Free with garden admission, 843.235.6000 or Brookgreen.org.

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.    

7 PM - PIFMA: Edwin McCain at the Reserve Golf Club. Called the "great American romantic" by the New York Times, Edwin McCain has built an enviable career over the past 20 years by balancing his massive pop success with the year-round touring schedule of a tireless troubadour. His hit songs, authentic spirit and surprisingly affable sense of humor keep fans coming back time and time again for nights that feel more like parties with old friends than rock concerts. After recording two of the biggest love songs in the history of pop music ("I'll Be" and "I Could Not Ask for More") and experiencing the success that comes with a television show on Animal Planet (Flipping Ships), McCain now performs upwards of 100 shows annually throughout the US as a solo artist, with his full band or his acoustic trio. Recently, he's added orchestras to his repertoire, performing with symphonies in select markets where he brings his powerful songs to majestic new heights.  Gates open at 6 PM, $30-general admission, $45-reserved, $85-preferred, $175-platinum, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.
Monday, Oct. 15
10 AM - "Cities of the Silent" at the Waccamaw Library. See Oct. 8 entry for details. Additional lectures Oct. 22 and 29. Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.
1:30-3:30 PM - Friendfield Village Tour . Daily Introductory Tours pass through this African American village, once home to 100 slaves and lived in by black employees until 1952. Consider joining this in-depth tour for a more comprehensive exploration of Friendfield, traveling by bus, but being guided on foot through the cabins and the 19th century church. Hobcaw Barony has a unique chance to interpret history at the site, as gleaned from documents, photographs, oral histories and visits from former residents.  (Exertion level: Moderate impact, bus ride, some walking, standing for long periods) Limited to 14; reservations required. Also offered Nov. 12. $20, HobcawBarony.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 16
10 AM - Teressa Harrington, L.P.C. on "Retirement: Now What?"
Sponsored by the Friends of the Waccamaw Library as part of the Aging Well Series in October, November, and December. Teressa Harrington, Owner at TTH Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting Services, will lead a discussion on creating wellness, purpose and happiness as folks transition into  retired life. With more than thirty years of experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Teressa will provide clear and effective steps for improving one's well-being as a retiree. Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.

10 AM - "Tuesdays With... Cokie Roberts."  Join the Friends of the Georgetown Library (405 Cleland St.) to hear from NPR Senior News Analyst and ABC Political Commentator Cokie Roberts . Free and open to the public, 843.545.3366 .

Wednesday, Oct. 17 
10-11:15 AM - Tim Conroy presents "Pat Conroy's Love of Poetry,"
(rescheduled from Sept. 27)  hosted by the Friends of Waccamaw Library in the DeBordieu Auditorium.  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 ticket available at the library Friends Center (those previously distributed are good for entry), theFOWL.org or dturner@gtcounty.org.

Thursday, Oct. 18
10 AM - Morning Matinee: "Arsenic and Old Lace." Sponsored by the Friends of Waccamaw Library in DeBordieu Auditorium. Beginning in October, the Waccamaw Library will host a "Morning Matinee" film series on the third Thursday of each month at 10 AM in DeBordieu Auditorium. Watch James Stewart, Cary Grant, and Ingrid Bergman come to life again in classic films from Hollywood's Golden Age. First up is "Arsenic and Old Lace" (1944), a slapstick dark comedy starring the inimitable Cary Grant opposite his new bride Priscilla Lane that's perfect for Halloween! Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.

1 PM - Brookgreen 101 , a program sponsored by the Campbell Center for American Sculpture, presents "Genevieve Willcox Chandler: Artist, Historian, Folklorist, and Linguist." This hour-long public information program, covering a wide range of topics, is offered on the third Thursday of the month in the Welcome Center Conference Room. Bring your lunch, listen, and learn with us! Free for members and included with garden admission, 843.235.6000.

5:30 PM - Donusia Lipinski, J.D. on "U.S. Immigration Law: How to Fix What's Broken." Sponsored by the Friends of Waccamaw Library in DeBordieu Auditorium. A Myrtle Beach-based immigration attorney with more than three decades of experience, Donusia Lipinski will foster dialogue about questions central to the current debate on immigration. What's working, and not working, with U.S. immigration laws? How can we balance compassion for others with respect for the law and national boundaries? What are the best short-term and long-term solutions for immigration reform? As Americans, who have we been, and who do we want to be? Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or  dturner@gtcounty.org.

6-10 PM - Celebrate Murrells Inlet 2020's 20th Anniversary with "A Lowcountry Evening at Freewoods Farm." Open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music from Reggie Sullivan Band, cigar lounge, a silent auction and more!  All proceeds benefit Murrells Inlet 2020.  $75 pp or $130 couple, 843-357-2007 or info@murrellsinletsc.com.
7 PM - PIFMA: The Drifters at the Reserve Golf Club. " Up on the Roof." "Under the Boardwalk." "This Magic Moment." "There Goes My Baby." "Dance with Me." "Spanish Harlem." "Stand by Me."  All favorites by the Drifters - one of Rock & Roll's founding vocal groups. Through a historical journey, which included five legendary lead singers, including Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King, the group's ongoing story has covered the entire spectrum of Rock & Roll. They were the first musical group to include string instruments into Rhythm & Blues music with their hauntingly beautiful song, "There Goes My Baby." They were the first musical group to sell 2 million records with their pop classic, "Up On The Roof." Along with fellow inductees the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Supremes, the Drifters were in the first class of Rock & Roll legends to be initiated into the Hall of Fame and the first African American group to be inducted. Their classic tune "Under The Boardwalk" is the most played R & B record of all time. 20 other million sellers followed. Gates open at 6 PM, $25-general admission, $35-reserved, $45-preferred, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.

Friday & Saturday, Oct. 19-20
8 AM-5 PM - The Low Country Herb Society invites you to the Fall Garden Festival at Inlet Culinary Garden ( 5071 Hwy 17 Bypass South, Murrells Inlet).  Members of the Low Country Herb Society and the Inlet Culinary Garden staff will be on hand to answer questions about fall planting and herb gardening. A selection of food samplings showcasing the available herbs and vegetables will be offered with recipes and information on using and preserving herbs for culinary uses.  Inlet Culinary will feature a bounty of herb and vegetable plants for the Fall and Winter growing season. Shoppers can select from a wide variety of lettuces, vegetables, herbs and fall flowering plants. A large selection of heirloom pumpkins, squash and gourds will also be available.  Proceeds from the event benefits the Low Country Herb Society's Scholarship/Grant fund. For more information contact LCHS at sclchsnews@gmail.com.

Friday, Oct. 19
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Susan Crandall (The Myth of Perpetual Summer) at The Hot Fish Club From the national bestselling author of Whistling Past the Graveyard comes a moving coming-of-age tale set in the tumultuous sixties that harkens to both Ordinary Grace and The Secret Life of Bees. Although this Moveable Feast is full, you can meet the author at Litchfield Books afterward,  843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books : Susan Crandall (The Myth of Perpetual Summer),  843.237.8138.
7 PM - PIFMA: O Solo Trio - Bravissimo Broadway at the Reserve Golf Club. O Sole Trio is a musical force, selling out major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (who also commissioned their first show), and more than 200 other venues all over the United States, Canada, and the UK. O Sole Trio features the lush and mesmerizing voices of soprano Erin Shields, and baritone Giuseppe Spoletini, as well as the versatile and virtuosic David Shenton on piano and violin, the world's first (and possibly only) musician to play violin and piano simultaneously. From deliciously witty to incredibly moving, O Sole Trio's shows have it all; they breathe new life into familiar toe-tapping favorites with their unique and innovative arrangements. The trio has garnered rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. Gates open at 6 PM), $25-reserved, $45-preferred, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 20-21
11 AM - 28th Annual Wooden Boat Show. This year's show will feature one of the nation's premier wooden boat exhibits featuring 140 classic wooden boats, a wooden boat building competition, children's model boat building, boat raffles, maritime arts & crafts, food and music. These events will take place on the waterfront and along Front Street in Historic Downtown Georgetown. Money raised through sales and donations will go toward the development of the Harbor Historical Association's maritime museum in Georgetown. In addition to the boat and commercial exhibits, family activities will include a Cardboard Boat Regatta and an Opti Pram regatta featuring the SC Youth Sailing program's fleet of wooden Optis, knot tying with Dan the Knot Man and kid's model boat building. Other activities will be announced closer to the event. Sat., 11 AM-6 PM and Sun., 11 AM-4 PM, free, 843.520.0111 or WoodenBoatShow.com.

Saturday, Oct. 20
2018 Beach Sweep/River Sweep  is rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence. 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 and Litchfield Beaches, Waccamaw River Boat Landings. To locate the group you'd like to join for this important environmental clean-up, www.scseagrant.org  

2-4 PM - Commander's Tour at the Kaminski House Museum . In honor of Wooden Boat Show Weekend, you can experience the "Commander's Den" filled with antique model ships, naval art, and memorabilia from the life and times of Lt. Commander Harold Kaminski. Sat., 2-4 PM, $5, 843.546.7706.
7 PM - PIFMA: Three Sheets to the Wind at the Reserve Club. America's #1 tribute to Yacht Rock plays AM Gold classics from the '70s and '80s-undoubtedly the smoothest music ever created by mankind. It was an era of high gas prices and oil embargoes that led America back to the simple joys of sailing, pina coladas, moustaches, and love...sweet love. The heartbeat of the band is drummer Danny Marnier. Bass duties fall to Sonny Pockett, saxophone sweetness is provided by Mr. JC Cool, while keyboardist Walter Ego, guitarist Captain Max Power, and multi-instrumentalist Topper Dandy rock you gently with their sincere vocal delivery and harmonies. The combined talents of this outrageous octet are smoother than Billy Dee Williams-and rest assured the women will swoon... every time. It's time to weigh anchor and sail away with Three Sheets to the Wind! This is a tabled event. Gates open at 6 PM, $30-general, $50-reserved, 843.626.8911 or PawleysMusic.com.
Monday, Oct. 22
10 AM - Cities of the Silent at the Waccamaw Library. See Oct. 8 entry for details. Additional lecture Oct. 29. Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 23
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Diane Chamberlain ( The Dream Daughter) at Pawleys Plantation (rescheduled from Sept. 28). The New York Times, USA Today and  Sunday Times bestselling author of 25 suspenseful stories that touch both heart and mind, Chamberlain's newest is influenced by her former career as a social worker and psychotherapist. When Caroline Sears receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970 and there seems to be little that can be done. But her brother-in-law, a physicist, tells her that something can be done to save her baby. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage that Caroline never knew she had. Something that will mean a mind-bending leap of faith on her part. And all for the love of her unborn child. A rich, genre-spanning, breathtaking novel about one mother's quest to save her child, unite her family, and believe in the unbelievable. Diane Chamberlain pushes the boundaries of faith and science to deliver a novel you will never forget.  $30, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books: Diane Chamberlain (The Dream Daughter),  843.237.8138.

Wednesday, Oct. 24
Deadline to submit your intention to donate a wreath to PILBA (Pawleys Island/Litchfield Business Association) First Annual Festival of Wreaths to benefit local flood victims. For more information, see "Looking Ahead" (below),  email JoinPILBA@gmail.com or call or text Troi Kaz at 843.455.4523. If you would like your wreath to be sponsored, we can help partner you with a business.

Thursday, Oct. 25
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) . (Rescheduled from Sept. 27) Jack Whetstone, Associate Professor Emeritus, will be speaking on "Coastal Extension Programs in Aquatic Invasive Species and Aquaculture." Free and open to the public, 843.545.3300 or rwilley1019@gmail.com.

Friday, Oct. 26
11 AM-1 PM - The Moveable Feast: Nicole Seitz & Jonathan Haupt  (Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy) at DeBordieu Colony Clubhouse. New York Times  best-selling writer Pat Conroy (1945-2016) inspired a worldwide legion of devoted fans numbering in the millions, but none are more loyal to him and more committed to sustaining his literary legacy than the many writers he nurtured over the course of his fifty-year writing life. In sharing their stories of Conroy, his fellow writers honor his memory and advance our shared understanding of his lasting impact on 20th- and 21st-century literary life in and well beyond the American South. Conroy's was a messy fellowship of people from all walks of life. His relationships were complicated, and people and places he thought he'd left behind often circled back to him at crucial moments. Each of the 20+ contributors in this collection shares a slightly different view of Conroy. Through their voices, a vibrant, multifaceted portrait of him comes to life and sheds new light on the writer and the man. Loosely following Conroy's own chronology, the essays in Our Prince of Scribes wind through his river of a story, stopping at important ports of call. Cities he called home and longed to visit, along with each book he birthed, become characters that are as equally important as the people he touched and loved along the way. $60 (includes book), 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.
1-3 PM - Bike to the Boardwalk. Bike five miles (roundtrip) on gravel roads through Hobcaw Barony's pristine forests to the Reserve's beautiful salt marsh boardwalk on North Inlet estuary. Upland forest habitats, wildlife, research and salt marsh ecology will be discussed during the trip. Bring your own bike(all terrain tires recommended), helmet, water, snack, camera/binoculars (if desired). Limited to 15; reservations required, weather permitting.  Also offered Nov. 9. Free, 843.904.9017.
2 PM - Book signing at Litchfield Books :Nicole Seitz & Jonathan Haupt (Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy), 843.237.8138.
Friday & Saturday, Oct. 26-27
9 AM-5 PM - 30th Annual Arts and Craft Festival sponsored by the Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Women's Club (1633 Waverly Road, Pawleys Island). More than 60 vendors of fabulous food to go (homemade soups, quiches, chicken casseroles, Shepherd's Pie, meatballs). Phenomenal bake sale. Used book sale, craft fair, plus a silent auction of unique handcrafted items. Held inside the Parish Life Center (PLC) rain or shine! Free to attend, 843.237.3428.
7 PM  - "Lebanese Legacy Symposium" will be held at the Waccamaw Library (41 St. Paul Place). A century ago, Georgetown became the home of Lebanese immigrants and, for subsequent generations, the Lebanese culture has been an integral part of the region. The cultural celebration will commence with the premiere of a documentary featuring interviews with South Carolina's Lebanese families linked to Georgetown County.
Free SC Humanities Grant funded activities.   For details, call 843.545.3303.

Saturday, Oct. 27 
7:30 AM - 8th Annual Historic Georgetown Bridge2Bridge Run , one of coastal South Carolina's premier half-marathons. The 13.1-mile race winds through historic Georgetown, showcasing the area's lowcountry beauty and historic charm. There will also be a 12k, 5k and Kids Fun Run, visit Bridge2BridgeRun.com. 

9 AM-4 PM  - "Lebanese Legacy Symposium"  will continue at the Waccamaw Library (41 St. Paul Place). Seven scholars will present lectures on topics ranging from history to religion, music to cuisine. Also included will be an exhibit on Lebanese contributions to American life. Free SC Humanities Grant-funded collaboration of the Georgetown County Library and the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at NC State University, headed by Dr. Akram Khater. For details, call Trudy Bazemore, Georgetown County Library Associate Director, 843.545.3303.
10 AM-5 PM - Paint-in with Danny McLaughlin  at the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Hwy).  See Oct. 13 entry for details. Offered bi-monthly, space is limited. $45, 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

1-4 PM - Kaminski House Museum presents Family Fun & Literacy Day. Spend a fun-filled afternoon on the lawn with storytelling, children's games, crafts, pumpkin face creations, a healthy foods tent and a spirited pumpkin patch. This is a free event provided by the community. Parents must accompany children to be admitted to this event. Sat., 1-4 PM, free and open to the public, 843.546.7706.
Monday, Oct. 29
10 AM - Cities of the Silent at the Waccamaw Library. See Oct. 8 entry for details. Free and open to the public, dturner@gtcounty.org.
Tuesday, Oct. 30
10 AM - Barriedel Llorens, on "Let's Talk About Living!"  Sponsored by the Friends of the Waccamaw Library as part of the Aging Well Series in October, November, and December. Barriedel Llorens, Foundation Director at Tidelands Community Hospice, and a panel of experts will describe the varieties and benefits of advance healthcare planning How should you start "the" healthcare decision conversation? When should you share your decisions with others? How should you document your choices? We will discuss these questions and more, and debunk any myths about advance healthcare while providing resources to help you make informed choices for yourself or loved ones. By preparing for the unexpected, before a crisis, you are giving a gift to the people who care about you...one that enables you to live your best life!  Free and open to the public, 843.545.3623 or dturner@gtcounty.org.
1-2 - Feeding Frenzy at Hobcaw BaronyFeeding 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 Nov. 15 and Dec. 7. Free, 843.904.9017.

Wednesday, Oct. 31
1:30-4 PM - Hobcaw Halloween Hayride to Bellefield . This open air Halloween tour of the Barony winds its way by truck and trailer down tree-lined dirt roads, under moss-laden limbs, through a 19th century village and onto the grounds of Bellefield Plantation where staff share the history and folklore of the lowcountry. Hags and haints, boodaddies and plat-eyes from the African continent, together with leprechauns from Ireland and the boogeymen from England combine in the swamps, rice fields and woods to create an eerie or beautiful scene. Enjoy the ride while learning of the culture of superstition and religion. (Exertion level: Moderate impact, some walking, cart ride on bumpy, dirt roads) Limited to 14; reservations required. $25, HobcawBarony.org.
5-11 PM - Halloween on the Marshwalk in Murrells Inlet. Festivities begin at 5 PM with Trick-or-Treating along the MarshWalk for the kids and the Annual Children's Costume Contest at 6 PM in front of Drunken Jack's. Prizes awarded for the Scariest, Funniest, Most Creative and Best Group costumes. Later, join in for grown-up fun with the Adult Costume Contest! Over $3,500 in cash and prizes awarded for the top costumes for Best Duo/Group, Best Individual, Big & Bulky, Murrells Inlet Themed, and People's Choice. Winners announced at 10:30 PM inside Bovines. Pick up your entry card at any restaurant between 7-8:30 PM, then collect stamps from each judging location to enter the contest. Free, details at Marshwalk.com or call 843.497.3450.

Call for Entries: 
PILBA Festival of Wreaths to Benefit Hurricane Victims! 
To help those affected by Hurricane Florence and its flooding aftermath, the Pawleys Island Litchfield Business Association (PILBA) is sponsoring a Festival of Wreaths, beginning Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Island Shops in Pawleys Island. Courtesy of PoBuckra Properties, the event will be held in the vacant retail space behind Rustic Table restaurant. Area artists and designers are invited to create and donate wreaths to be included in a silent auction during the Festival. Bidding will commence at a private Preview Gala for PILBA Members on Thursday, Nov. 29, and continue through Saturday, Dec. 1, with winners announced at a Pick-up Party on Sunday, Dec. 2. All proceeds from the Festival of Wreaths will be donated to the Black River United Way Disaster Recovery, Preparedness and Resiliency Initiative and will benefit Georgetown County families directly affected by the storm and subsequent flooding.  To ask questions, submit a wreath or volunteer for the event, email JoinPilba@gmail.com or call event chair Troi Kaz, 843.455.4523. 

Nov. 2 - Promised Land: American Voices 1645 to 1945 
at the Winyah Auditorium, 7 PM. Plan to attend this special performance by Bill Oberst Jr. and the Pawleys Island Concert Band to benefit the 
Family Justice Center in honor of Carol and Garvey Winans
. Actor Bill Oberst and conductor Carson Turner have put together a fabulous program with narratives and music related to major events in American history from the early settlers to our revolution against the British Empire to the freedom of slaves and ending with Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait." Key leaders in our community have been selected for the narratives, including Lee Brockington, Aliska Brown, Ron Daise, Bill Oberst Jr., Robbie O'Donnell, Charles Swenson and Michael Winans. All revenue raised, minus auditorium rental expenses for the event, will be used to support operational costs of the FJC.
The minimum requested donation per ticket is $20, 843.546.3926 or fjcgtownhorry.org.

Nov. 3 - Brew at the Zoo ( rescheduled from Sept. 29). This craft beer tasting will feature more than 30 regional and national selections and offers a rare opportunity after-hours to see Brookgreen's Native Wildlife Zoo. Guests receive a signature tasting glass and enjoy a silent auction hosted by The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens. Food and wine are available for purchase. Only open to those 21 and over. $40 members, $45 nonmembers, $20 designated drivers. Sat., 5:30-8:30 PM, 843.235.6000 or ( http://www.brookgreen.org/BrewattheZoo.html for tickets)
Nov. 6 - Poetry Writing Workshop ("The Art of Description") with awarding winning poet Libby Bernardin at the Waccamaw Library. Tues., 10-11:30 AM, free and open to all, however space is limited in order to give proper attention to all participants, so please register early by emailing dturner@gtcounty.org.

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 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.

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