Bull’s eye! Myrtle Beach area archery club gives kids something to aim for

spalisin@thesunnews.comSeptember 20, 2013 

Seven-year-old Hayden Holt gets warmed up on the target range for the Sanddunes Archery Club 3D benefit match for the Crossway Church Food Bank. The club is hosting an Archery Day on Sept. 21.

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  • If you go

    What | “Archery for Kids Day”

    For | ages 8-19

    By | Sandune Archery Club

    When | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday – no rain date, though

    Where | Horry County’s Socastee Recreation Park, 7485 Butler Road, off Enterprise Road

    How much | $5 entry fee; registration closes at 1:30 p.m.

    Includes | Basic instruction on archery safety and how to shoot a Genesis bow, and shooting a paper target line from distances of 10 and 15 meters, and a 10-target, 3D tournament

    Information | 907-1766 or www.sandunearchery.com

    Also | Annual memberships available for $30 for individual, $35 family

    Other festivals and celebrations in next week 40TH ANNUAL SOUTH ATLANTIC SHRINE ASSOCIATION FALL FESTIVAL

    When | Thursday-Saturday

    Includes | On Saturday:

    • Grand Strand Shriners Parade 9 a.m. southward on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, between 12th and 29th avenues South.

    • Free health screenings for children with a bone, muscle or joint condition, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, 1201 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach, to see if they’re eligible for services at Shriners Hospitals for Children, which include a site in Greenville.

    Information | www.southatlanticsa.org


    When | Friday-Sunday

    Where | Brunswick River Park, 580 River Road S.E., Leland, N.C.

    Includes | Sign up at http://brunswickwaterfest.eventbrite.com:

    • Owl Full Moon Tour (kayak provided, or with own kayak or paddleboard), 5-9:30 p.m. Friday, for $48.47

    • Birding Big Day, Saturday, for free

    • Kayak Fishing Tournament 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, for $53.74

    • Eagle Island Birding Kayak Adventure, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, for $48.47

    • Brunswick Town Bird Walk, 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday, for free

    • Family festival 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, for free.

    • Stand-Up Paddleboard Race, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, for $32.64

    • Children’s Paddleboard Race, on Saturday, for free

    • Brunswick Nature Park Bird Walk, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, for free

    • Town Creek Kayak Tour, 1 p.m. Sunday, for $48.47 ages 12 and older, $32.64 ages 6-11.

    Information | 910-253-2027, 800-621-0609 or www.brunswickwaterfest.com


    Where | Waterbrook Community Church, 86 Cloverleaf Drive, Longs

    What and when |

    • Kickoff concert with Ivan Parker of the Gaithers, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, each $10 ages 11 and older, otherwise $5

    • Spaghetti dinner, benefiting North Strand Helping Hand and North Strand Housing Shelter, 5-7 p.m. Sept. 27, for $8

    • Yard sale, main event, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 4 and 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 5 (rain dates Oct. 11-12)

    Information | 390-9222






    By | Seacoast Artists Guild of South Carolina, 3032 Nevers St., Myrtle Beach, in The Market Common.

    When | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

    Where | in Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, at The Market Common

    How much | Free admission

    Information | 232-7009 or www.seacoastartistsguild.com


    By | Pilot Club of Aynor

    When | Saturday

    Where | Aynor Town Park, off U.S. 501

    How much | Free admission

    Includes | Parade at 10 a.m., music 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and street dance 7-10 p.m. with Josh Brannon Band

    Information | 358-1074 or www.aynorharvesthoedown.org


    By | Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum of Myrtle Beach

    When | 11 a.m.-noon Saturday

    Where | Inlet Square Mall, at U.S. 17 Bypass and U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet, in party room, next to J.C. Penney

    How much | Free

    Information | 651-6990 or www.inletsquaremall.com


    By | Conway Downtown Alive

    What and where | Culinary tour of downtown Conway, with participating restaurants each offering a sampler menu, with items generally $2-$4

    When | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

    How much | Free admission, but reservations requested

    Information | 248-6260 or http://conwayalive.com


    What | Marching band competition

    Host | Pride of St. James Marching Band and St. James High School Band Boosters

    With | Other bands from Aynor, Loris, Carolina Forest, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Socastee high schools

    When | 4 p.m. Saturday

    Where | St. James High School Sharks’ football stadium, off S.C. 707 and Salem Road, in Burgess community

    How much | $5

    Information | 650-5600

    Also | Other marching band competitions are Socastee Beach Band Blast on Sept. 28 at Socastee High, and Marching To The Coast on Oct. 5 at North Myrtle Beach High.


    Benefiting | Sav-R-Cats International Inc., based at 1117 S.C. 544, just west of U.S. 17 Business, near Surfside Beach

    When | Saturday: cocktail hour 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m., and entertainment 8-10 p.m.

    Where | Sand Ocean Club Resort, 9550 Shore Drive, Myrtle Beach

    How much | $45 individual or $80 couple

    Information | 222-8057, 997-8701, 361-8434 or www.sav-r-cats.com


    When | 1-4 p.m. Sunday

    Where | Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, across from Midway Par 3 and Springmaid Beach Resort

    Includes |

    • Entertainment by Ann Caldwell and the Magnolia Singers at 1:15 p.m., and Egbe Kilimanjaro 3:15.

    • Opening of “Passionate Collectors and 25 Years of Jonathan Green” exhibit, continuing through Dec. 29, including guided tour at 2 p.m. by Barbara Burgess, and talk by Green at 2:30.

    • Final day of “Animation B.C. (Before Computers): A History of Art in Motion” exhibit.

    How much | Free

    Information | 238-2510 or www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org


    For | Awareness of averting obesity

    When | 2-4 p.m. Sunday (rain date Oct. 13) at Myrtle Beach Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2351 Carolina Forest Blvd., Carolina Forest

    Including | Children and family games, door prizes and healthy lunch ideas with samples

    How much | Free

    Information | 236-1452 or facebook.com/letsmovedaymb


    What | Monthly nights out for women

    When | 4-7 p.m. Tuesday

    Where | House of Blues at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach

    How much | $5 donation to Bras Across the Water for American Cancer Society and breast cancer research

    Includes | Entry to win numerous door prizes and access to free appetizer bar

    Also | Other similar nights out Oct. 29 at Smokin’ Hot Southwest Grill & BBQ and Nov. 26 at Castano’s Italian Steakhouse

    Information | 272-8349, ext 5002, or www.bflanding.com


    When | Opening 11 a.m.-9 p.m. next Thursday, then 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 27-28, and noon-7 p.m. Sept. 29

    Where | St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, at U.S. 17 Bypass and 33rd Avenue North in Myrtle Beach

    How much | Daily: $1 ages 11 and older, otherwise free

    Also | Church tours and lectures about its iconography and the Orthodox faith, at 11:30 a.m. and 1, 4 and 6 p.m. each day

    Information | 448-3773 or www.stjohn-mb.org/festival/festival_2013.htm

Archers in the Myrtle Beach area have had Saturday circled on their calendar with a bull’s eye.

The Sandune Archery Club, which celebrated 50 years in 2012, will have its “Archery for Kids Day” 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the club’s home base inside Horry County’s Socastee Recreation Park, 7485 Butler Road, off Enterprise Road.

Geared to ages 8-19, this special day will give everyone who registers – however, signup ends at 1:30 p.m. – basic instruction on archery safety and how to shoot a Genesis bow, with three rounds on a 10-target, 3D course, and one time through a paper target line shoot from 10 and 15 meters. This is not a tournament, but just for fun.

Kelly Rogers, president of the club, said with more than 90 members, they range in age from 10 or 11 to about 60. Involvement with the National Archery in the Schools Program (www.archeryintheschools.org) also has racked up points with youth, he said, citing high schools such as Conway, Georgetown, North Myrtle Beach, St. James and Socastee where students have found a new hobby.

Rogers said the sport of shooting with a bow and arrow takes “a different type of muscle memory.”

Since first hunting with a bow at age 15, then being convinced by a friend to enter a 3D tournament when the club operated in old hangars on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, “I’ve been hooked since,” Rogers said.

Sandune members – young and older – travel across the state for tournaments, which draw hundreds of archers, Rogers said. He counted about a dozen clubs statewide.

“People don’t realize how big archery is in the state and the country,” he said.

Attending NASP’s national tourney in May in Kentucky, for which his girlfriend’s grandson qualified, floored Rogers.

“They would have 600 kids shoot a time,” he said, still excited at seeing thousands of youth engaged.

‘Goals to reach for’

Rogers sees archery resembling other sports in various facets because it takes discipline and a devotion. Like other sports, archery also generates fellowship and “gives you goals to reach for.”

Like students of martial arts encounter in their sport melding mind and body in execution, archery takes patience and practice.

“If you want to get better at it,” Rogers said, “you have to practice it.”

Along with the club teaching children the basics of archery with a heavy accent on safety, and several tournaments every year on site, Rogers said he’s glad to see trends of more schools making the sport an option for students.

Rogers finds his passion for shooting as the greatest takeaway from archery.

“With a bow, it’s hard to explain the feeling you get out of it,” he said. “If you’re shooting at a target, you get fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment. It gives you more self confidence.”

Rogers stressed how vital keeping confident in yourself remains in shooting and that the sport engulfs its participants, because it requires gauging the yardage to strike the target.

“Then you have to be able to be good enough to hit what you’re aiming at,” he said. “It’s not just pulling your bow back and shooting.”

Scoring with youth

Smiling at the thought of his girlfriend’s grandson, age 11, Rogers said the boy has shot with him “a little bit,” for about six years.

“He never really had an interest in being on a school team,” Rogers said. “He just wanted to shoot in a 3D tournament. Then he came home from school one time, and things changed. ...

“With kids, if you see when they do well, you can see it in their faces.”

Phil Griggs, Sandune’s bowhunter director, agreed. At home with archery since receiving his first bow from his father on a Christmas 30 years ago, he said “there was no science” to the sport back then, but advances in technology, coupled with good shooting instructors, and other promotion from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, have taken it to new levels across the Palmetto State.

With the club’s headquarters in Socastee for several years, it’s a good central location for families across Horry County, especially with access to S.C. 31 so close off S.C. 544, Griggs said.

Archery lets youngsters build their self-esteem, Griggs said, noting the activity’s most valuable point.

“It gives them the feeling, ‘I can do this.’ ” he said.

Shawn Dixon, the club’s secretary and webmaster, said since he joined the club three years ago at his family’s urging for their child’s interest, the outreach with festivals has enthused him.

“Our goal has been getting out into the community rather than just hoping the community will come to us,” Dixon said.

Seeing children enjoy getting to try out a bow and arrow, and shooting, he said, might represent “a small portion of what we do, but that’s the part that’s most rewarding.”

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.

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