Get outside for history
Celebrate the new year outside in various ways, historically, at:
• Brookgreen Gardens, open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily – regular admission, on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Huntington Beach State Park: “The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail,” access by minibus only, hourly noon-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through March 7, to archaeological sites, for $3 extra besides gardens admission, which lasts seven days: $14 ages 13-64, $12 ages 65 and older, and $7 ages 4-12. 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org.
• “Emancipation Day Celebration – Remembering the Past While Planning Our Future,” Freewoods Farm, 9515 Freewoods Road, off Bay Road from S.C. 707 in Burgess community, with farm tour at 10 a.m., and Fireside Chat in farmhouse with Annie S. Plowden, lifelong resident of Freewoods and a retired school teacher and community historian, at 11:30. 650-9139 or www.freewoodsfarm.com.
‘First Day Hikes’ at parks
Take guided walks with a S.C. State Parks ranger through “First Day Hikes,” both free with admission – no registration necessary. Each park: $5 ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15:
• Myrtle Beach State Park, open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. on South Kings Highway, one mile south of Myrtle Beach International Airport, across from Seagate Village. Two hikes from nature center: 1.5 miles, for adults, 10 a.m.-noon; and “Advice from a Park Dweller,” for families with children, 1:30-3 p.m., to learn about park plants and animals. Also, wear closed-toed shoes for beach and the woods. Details at 238-0874 or www.myrtlebeachsp.com.
• Huntington Beach State Park, open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Brookgreen Gardens: 2-mile hike, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. from North Beach parking lot – covering a maritime forest, sand dunes, wetlands and the beach. Also, visit the “Feeding Frenzy,” 11-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays-Sundays in nature center, where its various animals – such as a stingray, horseshoe crab and turtles – will be fed. 235-8755 or www.southcarolinaparks.com.
Drive through Shadrack’s
The third annual “Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland” drive-through light display continues nightly through Sunday. Details at 888-321-7547 or www.shadrackchristmas.com.
Details | 6-10 p.m. at Pelicans Ballpark, on Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach, just south of 21st Avenue North, for $25.50 car or family van, $40 activity of mini-/half-bus, $50 limousine, and $5 person in a tour/school bus; extra fees for other activities in Santa’s Village.
Still yuletide at Opry
“The Carolina Opry Christmas Special” is the last house show of the season, with performances on this day and Friday-Saturday. Details at 913-4000, 800-843-6779 or www.thecarolinaopry.com.
Details | 7 p.m. at Calvin Gilmore Theater, on U.S. 17 Business at U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach, for (plus tax), $37.16, $46.47 or $51.12 adults, and $24.19 or $32.55 children or for students with ID.
For a complete list of upcoming events, festivals and shows, visit MyrtleBeach