A fire that ravaged part of Front Street in Georgetown on Wednesday has forced an event this weekend to find another location, while two other popular Georgetown events coming up in October will go on as scheduled, officials said.
Startup Weekend Georgetown has been moved to the Winyah Auditorium on Highmarket Street, Sally Hogan with the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce said Wednesday afternoon.
The weekend event, the first of its kind in South Carolina, is to run from Friday afternoon through Sunday, but was originally to have been held in the South Carolina Maritime Museum, which received smoke and water damage from the fire that destroyed seven buildings Wednesday along the Front Street waterfront, where the museum is located.
Two other events coming up next month in Georgetown will go on as planned, officials said Wednesday afternoon. The Bridge 2 Bridge Run on Oct. 12 and the Wooden Boat Show on Oct. 19 will go on as scheduled.
Hogan said the schedule for Startup Weekend Georgetown will remain as originally set, with attendees presenting ideas for businesses Friday night, dividing into teams and working to bring some of the ideas into reality.
Much of the weekend is geared toward computers, and Hogan said that capacity was added at the auditorium to accommodate the additional power needed.
There will be a fire relief fundraiser at the end of the weekend, but details are not yet finalized.
People who want to contribute can do so at First Citizens Bank, where a special account has been set up, the chamber’s Lauren Cobb said. Checks should be made out to Georgetown Fire Relief Fund and donations will be tax deductible.
The chamber is one of three co-sponsors of the Startup Weekend. Cowork MYR is another, and co-owner Mike Schroll was in Georgetown throughout the day Wednesday to secure an alternate site for the event and be sure that it had the needed computer capacity.
Schroll is to lead Startup Weekend Georgetown.
Though the fire forced the Startup Weekend out of the Maritime Museum, museum officials are thankful the damage to its building wasn’t worse.
Sally Swineford, a member of the board of directors for the S.C. Maritime Museum, 729 Front St., saluted all the emergency responders who helped remove so many artifacts, model boats and goods from the building.
The museum was opened in December 2011.
Speaking at about 2 p.m. Wednesday, as firefighters continued pouring water on sites nearby, Swineford said the building “looks OK from the outside,” but that museum personnel will wait for clearance to return inside “to assess the damage.”
When they regain access, “We’ll move as quickly as we can,” said Swineford, whose restaurant, The River Room, 801 Front St., bore no damage from the blaze.
She also was grateful that the original painting promoting the 2013 Wooden Boat Show also was taken out Wednesday from the museum for safekeeping.
“We’re all aboard for the Wooden Boat Show,” she said of that downtown event coming up Oct. 19, and the “Bridge 2 Bridge Run” remains on track for Oct. 12.
All the merchandise for the boat show, printed and embroidered at a Little River company, hadn’t been delivered yet, Swineford said, relieved about that, too.
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