Myrtle Beach area goes green for St. Patrick’s Day

spalisin@thesunnews.comMarch 14, 2013 

  • If you go green for St. Pat’s Day ST. PATRICK’S DAY DANCE

    When | 7-10 p.m. Friday

    Where | Dick M. Johnson Civic Center, 820 Pine Drive, behind Surfside Beach Town Hall

    How much | Free

    Information | 650-9548 or www.surfsidebeach.org

    14TH ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S 4-MILER RUN & WALK

    Benefiting | Local high school athletes with scholarships for a summer strength and conditioning camp

    When | Saturday

    Where | Georgetown Hospital System’s HealthPoint Center for Health and Fitness, 12965 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island

    What, when and how much | Register online or 7-8 a.m. on race day for $30 for 4-mile race or walk, which start at 8:15 and 8:16 a.m., respectively, and free for 1-mile “Chase the Leprechaun” Fitness Run & Walk, beginning at 9 a.m.

    Information | 237-2205, www.georgetownhospitalsystem.org/doc/Page.asp?PageID=DOC000626 or email dnelson@georgetownhospitalsystem.org

    25TH ANNUAL NORTH MYRTLE BEACH ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL

    When | Saturday, with parade at 9 a.m. with Emily Grey Wayne – of Arts Alive and the 2013 North Strand Optimist Club Friend of the Year – as grand marshal, and festival 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Where | On North Myrtle Beach’s Main Street

    Entertainment on two stages |

    • Community Stage, 248 Main St: New York Police Shields Pipes & Drums 11 a.m., Arts Alive 11:30, Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums noon, Triple Toe Cloggers 12:15 p.m., Ceol na Gael 1 p.m., Shepherd’s Pie Eating Contest 1:30, Academy of Dance and Fine Arts 2, and Will Jackson Band 2:30-4. • Horseshoe Stage, 11 S. Ocean Blvd.: Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums 11 a.m., Palmetto State Rollergirls 11:30, parade awards noon, New York Shields Police Pipes & Drums 12:15 p.m., Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe and Drum Band and treasure hunt kickoff 12:45, Atlantic Groove Band 1:15 and 2:45-4, and Leprechaun contest 2:30.

    How much | Free admission

    Information | 280-5570 or www.parks.nmb.us/Page.aspx?id=14

    ‘LUCKY LEPRECHAUN 5K’

    Benefiting | Scholarships for low-income youth and adults to participate in Brunswick County Parks and Recreation programs.

    When | 9 a.m. Saturday

    Where | Winds Beach Resort, 310 E. First St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

    How much | $25; register at 8 a.m. Saturday

    Also | Runners welcome to wear St. Patrick’s Day apparel and canine companions

    Information | 910-253-2583, www.active.com, or email rmchugh@brunsco.net.

    FOURTH ANNUAL IRISH FEST

    When | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday

    Where | Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, on Farrow Parkway at The Market Common

    Includes | Music by Painted Man

    How much | Free admission

    Information | 712-2618 or www.myrtlebeachbeerfest.com/irish-fest.html, and 839-3500 or www.marketcommonmb.com

    Fourth annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

    By | Oceanfront Merchants Association

    When | noon-midnight Saturday

    Concerts | all times p.m.

    • 12:15-1:15 – Broken Strings • 1:15-1:45 and 2:45-3:15 – Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe and Drum Band • 1:45-2:45 – Band on the Run • 3:15-4:15 – Bullfrog • 4:15-4:45, 5:45-6:15 and 7:15-7:45 – New York Shields Police Pipes and Drums • 4:45-5:45 – Paul Grimshaw Band • 6:15-7:15 – Austin Mowery Band • 7:45-9 – Weaving the Fate • 9:30-10:45 – Passafire

    How much | Free admission

    Information | 602-4813 or www.mbdowntownstpats.com

    ‘LAUGHING LEPRECHAUNS’

    What | Suggestions taken from audience about everything Irish and pursuant to St. Pat’s Day for use in comedy skits

    Who | Carolina Improv Company

    When | 7:30 p.m. Saturday

    Where | Uptown Theater, by Bass Pro Shops in Myrtle Beach mall, at U.S. 17 and S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres

    How much | $14 ages 12 and older, $12 ages 4-11

    Other shows this weekend |

    • “Whose Beach Is It Anyway?” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, for $14 ages 12 and older, $12 ages 4-11. • “Whose Night Is It Anyway?” for adults: 7:30 p.m. Friday, for $14. • “Trashy Novel,” 9 p.m. Friday, for adults, for $10, or free with admission to earlier show that night.

    Information | 272-4242 or www.carolinaimprov.com

    Second annual Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery St. Patrick’s Day 5k Kilt Run

    When, what and how much | Sunday – family fun run ($15 registration, closing at 8:15 a.m. on race day) at 8:30 a.m., 5k ($23 for Grand Strand Running Club members, otherwise $25) at 9 a.m. starting and ending at Tilted Kilt, with party afterward, including Irish breakfast buffet, costume contest and local bands, until 2 a.m. Monday.

    Where | Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, at Broadway at the Beach, off 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach

    Information | Register at www.grandstrandrunner.com/race.aspx?id=58 or noon-4 p.m. Saturday in Titled Kilt, or 7:30-8:45 a.m. Sunday at race site. 357-8647 or 712-2670.

    ‘IT IS EASY BEING GREEN’ DAY

    When | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (regular hours) Sunday

    Where | N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, N.C., on U.S. 421, just south of Kure Beach

    Activities include |

    • Guided garden tours, scavenger hunts to discover environmental tips and animal facts, a recycled craft project, games and prizes • University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Irish Stepdancing Club performances at noon and 2 p.m. • “Green Behind the Scenes tours,” at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., for extra fee: $15 ages and older, $13 ages 8-13, $7 aquarium members – preregistration required.

    How much | Most activities free with admission: $8 adults ages 13-62; $7 seniors; $6 ages 3-12.

    Information | 910-458-7468 or www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.

    ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY

    When | 1-5 p.m. Sunday

    Where | Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10420, 4359 U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet

    What and how much | Meals of corned beef and cabbage for $9, open to the public

    Also | Music by Good Times Bank

    Information | Reservations at 651-6900

  • More information

Don’t blame anyone for going green this whole weekend, because St. Patrick’s Day falls on Sunday this year, and the biggest shamrock-themed shindigs happen on Saturday.

Besides the 25th annual North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival and fourth annual Irish Festival in Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, the Oceanfront Merchants Association will have its fourth St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Ocean Boulevard by the former Pavilion Amusement Park site. Savannah rock band Passafire will round out the day of concerts, too.

Chris Walker, president of the association, said the block of beachfront boulevard between Eighth and Ninth avenues North will be the headquarters for all the activities.

In past years, a stage was set up at Mr. Joe White Avenue by Myrtle Beach’s Plyler Park, Walker said, but vehicular traffic during the 2013 party will be detoured only around one block.

“This year,” he said, “all of our events are down there, between Eighth and Ninth avenues, and on the old Pavilion site.”

About the only other difference Walker brought up for the celebration is the increase in the number of vendors, amid a festival all concentrated in this section of Ocean Boulevard.

“This should seem like a street festival,” he said, “with more vendors and more going on.”

With this party leading into St. Pat’s Day on Sunday, after the 2012 affair falling on a Saturday, Walker said officials are ready for another good-size crowd.

Walker also said two pipe bands – the Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe and Drum Band and the New York Shields Police Pipes and Drums – will take turns entertaining between other groups, giving those acts time to set up and dismantle their sets.

Both of those pipe bands also will take part in the North Myrtle Beach festival earlier in the day.

Bill McMillen, the drum major for the Shields’ pipes and drums, recited Monday afternoon its times to play Saturday in North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach this weekend. He said about 15 musicians – playing bagpipes, and snare, tenor and bass drums – will travel to the Grand Strand with six or seven color-guard members.

Besides playing “The Minstrel Boy” and “Wearing of the Green,” the Shields – carrying on the heritage of the Emerald Society Pipes and Drums and the Irish Warpipe Band in New York – also honor service personnel with such numbers as the “Marine Corps Hymn,” which are especially popular in Memorial Day parades in which the Shields take part, McMillen said.

The Shields, which also play at weddings, range in age from 26, McMillen’s son, to 73, giving the group a foothold in carrying on a tradition.

The group already has Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend already booked for parades, near home, in the Maspeth neighborhood in western Queens, N.Y., and in Oyster Bay, on Long Island.

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.

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