Plenty to do heading into the New Year

spalisin@thesunnews.comDecember 26, 2012 

  • Some options to celebrate New Year’s INDOORS ‘Noon Year’s Eve Bash’ With | A kids’ toast and balloon drop at noon When | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday Where | Children’s Museum of South Carolina, 2501 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, also accessible from Oak Street How much | $5 Regular hours and admission | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, but not New Year’s Day, $8 ages 2 and older, otherwise free Also | • “Turtle Travels” special exhibit, closes Jan. 5 • Special programs at 11:30 a.m.: “Alphabet Soup” for families with children ages 2-5, Wednesdays; “Celebrations Around the World” Thursdays, and “Super Science” Fridays. Information | 946-9469 or All-night roller skating When | 7 p.m. Monday-7 a.m. Tuesday How much | $25, including basic skate rental, one game of laser tag, pizza slice and beverage, and breakfast. Where | Fun Warehouse Family Fun Center, 2349 Dick Pond Road (S.C. 544), between Socastee and Surfside Beach, a half-mile east of U.S. 17 Bypass. Information | 748-0302 or All-you-can-bowl celebrations • Frank Theatres’ Revolutions Entertainment, at Inlet Square, at U.S. 17 Business and U.S. 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet. Family celebration 6-9 p.m. Monday, for $60 for lane for four people, including #20 arcade card, and midnight celebration 10 p.m. Monday-1 a.m. Tuesday, for $85 for lane with four people, including $40 arcade card, both deals including shoe rental, and a large cheese pizza and pitcher of a beverage. 651-9400 or • Little River Lanes, 300 Bowling Lane, Little River, off River Hills Drive, north of U.S. 17. 10 p.m. Monday-1 a.m. Tuesday. $80 per lane rental, or $20 per person, including shoe rental. 249-0055. • North Myrtle Beach Bowling Center, 1105 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach. 10 p.m. Monday-1 a.m. Tuesday. Cosmic bowling $20 per person. 249-2695 or • Surfside Bowl Entertainment Center, 510 U.S. 17 Business N., Surfside Beach. 6:30-9 p.m. Monday, for $40 per lane for as many as six people, and 10 p.m. Monday-2 a.m. Tuesday, for $85 per lane, both including shoe rental. 238-2695 or Waccamaw Bowling Center, 101 Gray Drive, west of Myrtle Beach, off U.S. 501, just west of River Oaks Drive and the Intracoastal Waterway, 4 p.m.-midnight. Family glow blowing 9:30 p.m. Monday-1 a.m. Tuesday, for $15 ages 11 and older, $12 ages 10 and younger, or $60 per lane for as many as six people, all including shoe rental. 236-1020 or Comedy New Year’s Eve Extravaganza With | Jim Dailakis, with George Gallo and Cooter Douglas, master of ceremonies When and how much | Monday: • 7:30 p.m. for $30 general admission and $35 preferred • 10 p.m. for $45 and $50, respectively Where | Comedy Cabana, 9588 N. Kings Highway, just north of Myrtle Beach Other headliners | Shaun Jones at 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday; Dailakis at 8 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday; and Basile 8 and 10:15 p.m Jan. 4-5, each $15. Information | 449-4242 or Ripley’s New Year’s Eve Ball For | Ages 21 and older When | 8 p.m. Monday-1 a.m. Tuesday Where | Ripley’s Aquarium, at Broadway at the Beach, off 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach How much | $60 per person, including hors d’ouerves, dinner, cash bar and band Information | Reservations required ASAP at 916-0888 or 800-734-8888, ext. 3226 Also | Annual “Festival of Trees” continues through Monday, and mermaid shows at noon and 2 and 4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, all free with admission: $21.99 ages 12 and older, $10.99 ages 6-11, $3.99 ages 3-5, free ages 2 and younger. More details | Fifth annual ‘VIP New Year’s Eve Party’ With | Southside Band When | 8:30 p.m. Monday-1 a.m. Tuesday Where | Sands Ocean Club Resort convention room, 9550 Shore Drive, off Lake Arrowhead Road, just north of Myrtle Beach How much | Reservations required at 449-6461 • $55 per person for party only • $169 per couple, including party and overnight room and breakfast for two Annual New Year’s Eve dance By | Grand Strand Beach Ballroom Dancers With | Music by Harlequin When | 8:30 p.m. Monday-12:30 a.m. Tuesday Where | Grand Strand Senior Center, 1268 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach How much | $25 – maximum eight people per table Information | Reservations required ASAP at 903-3765 House of Blues shows Who, when and how much | Both 9 p.m. Monday: • New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance with Tru Sol, for $79.95, including four-course meal, tax and gratuity. • New Year’s Eve with Corey Smith, with special guests American Aquarium and Indian Rodeo, for $22 general and $42.50 reserved loge in advance, or $27.50 and $52.50 day of show, respectively Where | House of Blues, in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach Information | 272-3000 or Also | In next week • Next “Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre” shows, 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, each $42 ages 13 and older, in family style seating. (More details at ( • “Departure – A Tribute to Journey,” with the Paul Grimshaw Band, 8:30 p.m. Friday, for $10 general admission in advance, $13 day of show • Less Than Jake, with special guests Lionize, Protagonist and Bamboo Forest, 8 p.m. Saturday, for $20 advance, $22 day of show “Blues-A-Palooza” series, 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday with Reid Cox, and 9 p.m. Saturday with Paperwork, all free • “Gospel Brunch,” with Christal Tew and Jonathan Mew, 9 a.m. Sunday, for $20.95 ages 13 and older, $9.95 ages 7-12, and free ages 6 and younger. • Dino’s School of Rock 8 p.m. Jan. 4, for $6 advance or $10 day of show. ‘A White Party’ What | Gold Key Jazz Society’s third annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza With | The Pamoja Band When | 9 p.m. Monday Where | Clarion Hotel & Conference Center (formerly Holiday Inn West), 101 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., off U.S. 501, just west of Myrtle Beach and along the Intracoastal Waterway How much | $85 single or $160 couple Information | 678-856-5299, 465-8002 or New Year’s Eve Rockin’ Concert & Party For | Ages 21 and older With | Black Glass When | 10 p.m. Monday-2 a.m. Tuesday Where | Hard Rock Cafe at Broadway at the Beach, at 29th Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach How much | $30 advance, $35 day of show Information | 946-0007 or OUTDOORS Third annual ‘Ultimate Polar Bear Plunge for a Cure’ Benefiting | American Cancer Society (Local office: 950 48th Ave. N., Suite 101, Myrtle Beach; 213-0333 or When | 2 p.m. Monday Where | Wyndham SeaWatch Plantation, 151 SeaWatch Drive, off Kings Road, just north of Myrtle Beach. How much | Three levels of donations, with free event incentives in “Plunge Packets,” given while supplies last: • $15 “Ultimate Plunger” – long-sleeve T-shirt • $10 “Little Dippers” – beanie cap • $5 “Tippy Toe” – plush polar bear Also | • Pre-registration encouraged Enjoy complimentary refreshments at the Tiki Bar, near North Tower Pool, before the event, and an After Plunge Party right at the conclusion of the plunge. Information | 692-2011 or email Cruises on Intracoastal Waterway What | Barefoot Princess Riverboat When and how much | Both cruises on Monday: • Sightseeing at 2 p.m.: $19 ages 12 and older, $17 seniors and local residents with ID, and one child younger than 12 fee with paying adult, otherwise $11. • New Year’s Eve dinner party, 6:30 p.m., for adults only, with cash bar: $46 individual or $88 couple. Where | From Barefoot Landing Marina, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, next to Greg Norman Australian Grille Information | 272-2140, 800-865-8600 or New Year’s Eve pre-party ‘Stroll by Candlelight’ When | 6-9 p.m. Monday Where | Brookgreen Gardens, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Huntington Beach State Park How much | Advance sales only: $10 members, otherwise $15. Regular daily hour and admission | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; tickets last seven days: $14 ages 13-64, $12 ages 65 and older, and $7 ages 4-12. Special exhibits | Free with admission, unless otherwise noted in addition to admission: • “Signs of the Season in Flora and Fauna” and “Signs of the Season in Art and History,” through Monday: • Sculpture showcased in “Recent Acquisitions,” and on loan from Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, “Willard Hirsch: Charleston’s Sculptor,” both Jan. 26-April 21. • “Sweetgrass: A Living Legacy of Family and Community,” on loan from Avery Research Center in Charleston, Jan. 14-March 1. Also | Free with admission, unless otherwise noted with extra fee: • “Silent Cities” two-hour cemetery tours on a Trekker – noon and 2:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, then every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday through February. $15. Reservations suggested at 235-6042. Visitors who purchase tickets for this excursion will receive a discount coupon for same-day purchases at Keepsakes. • “The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail” self-guided walking tour, with access by minibus only, departing hourly noon-3 p.m., starting Wednesday, then every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday through March 1. $3 • “Dirt ’N Details” horticulture program, noon-1 p.m. Jan. 8. • Cooking demonstrations 3 p.m. Jan. 9 and 23, and Feb. 6 and 20, each $20 members, otherwise $25. Reservations required at 235-6016. • Children’s Discovery Room, reopens noon-4:30 p.m. Jan. 12 for Saturdays and Sundays through March 3. • “Down by the Riverside and Other Spirituals,” with Ron Daise, 1-1:50 p.m. Jan. 16 and 23. • “Faces of Clay, Echoes of Africa,” 1 p.m. Jan. 26, with Mark Newell and April Hynes giving information about the descendants of passengers on The Wanderer slave ship from Africa who began who began producing face jug pottery. Information | 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or Fireworks extravaganzas When | Monday: • 6 p.m. at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach. 272-8349 or • 8 p.m. at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach. 444-3200, 800-386-4662 or‘First-Day Hikes’ Join a S.C. State Parks ranger for guided walks on Tuesday at: • Myrtle Beach State Park, on South Kings Highway, one mile south of Myrtle Beach International Airport, across from Seagate Village. Two hikes from nature center: “Advice from a Park Dweller,” for families with children, 10-11:30 a.m., a short walk to learn about park plants and animals; and a 1.5-mile hike for adults, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Details at 238-0874; both free with admission, and no registration necessary. • Huntington Beach State Park, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Brookgreen Gardens, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. from North Beach parking lot – covering the maritime forest around Sandpiper Pond, then on to the beach. Registration required at 235-8755 by 5 p.m. Saturday. Both parks also have animal feeding programs, free with admission: • “Feeding Frenzy,” 11-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays-Sundays in Huntington Beach State Park’s education center, where its various animals – such as a stingray, horseshoe crab and turtles – will be fed. • “ ‘Sea’ ” what’s on the Menu,” 1:30-1:40 p.m. Sunday in Myrtle Beach State Park nature center, where a volunteer will feed the fish in saltwater aquariums. Daily park hours | 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Myrtle Beach, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Huntington Beach How much | Each park: $5 ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15. Information | • Myrtle Beach: 238-5325 or Huntington Beach: 237-4440 or; and Friends of Huntington Beach State Park: 650-6666 or

Celebrating the new year doesn’t have to stop with New Year’s Eve on Monday. It also continues on Tuesday, and events both days go inside and out.

Many restaurants, taverns, nightclubs and taverns have parties on New Year’s Eve. Four local theaters also have shows that evening: “Christmas at Pirates Voyage Fun, Feast & Adventure,” Legends in Concert and “The Carolina Opry Christmas Special,” all in Myrtle Beach, and “The South’s Grandest Christmas Show” at the Alabama Theatre in North Myrtle Beach. (Details on these are on Page 3 in Best Bets.)

Making music, inside

Dawn Crans sings with the Southside Band, which will have its fifth annual New Year’s Eve party, keeping a tradition at the Sands Ocean Club Resort, just north of Myrtle Beach.

She said the four-piece group cherishes this concert and sees how the occasion turns into “date night” for many local and out-of-town audience members, especially through the “more romantic, slow dance songs.”

Crans said the band has a diverse selection of about 300 numbers to play.

“We get young people, we get older people, we get everyone,” Crans said. “We play anything from AC/DC to ‘At Last’ by Etta James.”

Asked about the most stirring song every New Year’s Eve, Crans said “Auld Lang Syne” gives her goose bumps every time.

“It’s the standard to ring in the new year,” she said. “It reminds you’re going out with the old and in with new and fresh beginnings.”

Jazzing up things

The Gold Key Jazz Society will throw its third annual New Year’s Eve concert at 9 p.m. Monday, at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, in Fantasy Harbour, just west of Myrtle Beach.

Elsie Graves, the group’s president, said this bash began as a fundraiser. “Denim and Diamonds” carried the theme last year, with about 75 people in attendance, and “A White Party” will usher in 2013 because “we’re kind of missing the snow,” she said.

With more vacationers signed up this year, from such places as Atlanta, Charleston and Charlotte, N.C., Graves said another memorable night is cued up.

The Pamoja Band will entertain, with a show paying tribute in the style of the Apollo Theater of Harlem, N.Y., giving the crowd a variety of music to get out and dance.

Graves said the songs will cover the gamut, not just with jazz, but rhythm and blues, Latin, reggae and country western. She said a 40-and-older demographic turns out for such jazz society parties, but that younger adults are welcome.

Of course, the party will include a champagne toast with the ball drop at midnight on television.

The jazz society already is gearing up for its next event in the new year, a Sweetheart Day in event in February, in tune with Valentine’s Day, Graves said.

Get out, as in outside

Brookgreen Gardens, in northeast Georgetown County, just wrapped up its three weekends of lighting up evenings in yuletide glory.

Helen Benso, Brookgreen’s vice president for marketing, said its “Stroll By Candlelight,” 6-9 p.m. Monday gives a brand new way to begin ringing in the new year.

“We did it,” she said, “because so many people had requested for us to extend ‘Nights of A Thousand Candles’ to after Christmas, when they had family visiting the area. This is sort of our answer to it.”

Although it’s not the full-blown “Nights” extravaganza, the stroll will include part of the gardens lit up, for people to “get a flavor of what ‘Nights of A Thousand Candles’ is like,” along with strolling musicians, and cocoa and cider available.

Guests could see the stroll as a warm-up to the whole evening, for other things to do out elsewhere or for going home and sharing the last moments of 2012 with family.

“For the party reveler,” Benso said, “it could be a pre-party event.”

Hiking in a fresh start

S.C. state parks, including Myrtle Beach and Huntington Beach, will again have “First Day Hikes” on Tuesday, to step into the new year with guided strolls among nature and scenery.

Myrtle Beach State Park will have hikes at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for families and adults, respectively, and a group at Huntington Beach will hoof it at 11 a.m. (Registration required at 235-8755 by 5 p.m. Saturday for the latter park’s event.)

Ann Malys Wilson, longtime interpretive ranger at Myrtle Beach State Park, said state parks across the country launched the Jan. 1 initiative for hikes in 2012.

“They really took off,” she said. “It’s a great way to start a new year on a different note, and get back to basics, and figure out what’s really important and take stock of the new year.”

Wilson cited an adage, “Take two hours of pine forest and call me in the morning,” and said a walk in the park lets people “get in tune” with wildlife and themselves for exercise and reflection.

The 2012 New Year’s Day hike at the park drew many vacationers, said Wilson, who noticed how bringing up various quotes spurred discussions and clicked with the adults. Devising the plan to begin 2013, she has added a second, earlier hike, for families with children.

“Once again,” Wilson said, “it’s just trying something different. It’s a great way to get cruising in on the new year.”

She said winter offers “a beautiful time to go through the woods,” or walk the beach, to look for wildlife, without the searing heat and the need for “swatting flies.”

Wilson said even if someone can’t visit a park to just venture out.

“Take advantage of getting outside,” she said. “It’s free.”

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.

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