Amuse yourself at myriad Grand Strand museums

spalisin@thesunnews.comJanuary 30, 2014 

  • Horry County

    NORTH MYRTLE BEACH AREA HISTORICAL MUSEUM

    When | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays

    Where | 799 Second Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach, in former Horry County Memorial Library North Myrtle Beach branch (which moved to 910 First Ave. S., near city hall)

    How much | $5 ages 19-59, $4 ages 60 and older, $3 ages 6-17, free ages 5 and younger

    Also | Call 427-7668 for reservations:

    • “South Carolina: Ain’t We Got Food” program, 7 p.m. Feb. 22, for $5, including a tasting menu

    • “Katharine Wright: The Other Wright Brother” exhibit (curated by the International Women’s Air and Space Museum in Cleveland – 216-623-1111 or iwasm.org), March 7-April 26, free with admission

    • Sweetgrass Basket Workshop, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 22, with Vera Manigault, an eighth generation weaver, for $65 (members $55); preregistration required

    For Women’s History Month, “Flying with the Wright Family: Wings of Opportunity” program with Julie Hedgepeth Williams, author, discussing Wilbur and Orville Wright’s stint with a flight school in Montgomery, Ala., 7 p.m. March 25., for $5 adults, $3 youth.

    Information | www.nmbmuseum.com

    MYRTLE BEACH HISTORIC COLORED SCHOOL MUSEUM AND EDUCATION CENTER

    When | As of Feb. 1: 10 a.m.-noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and by appointment only on Saturdays

    Where | 900 Dunbar St., Myrtle Beach, at but not accessible directly from Mr. Joe White Avenue

    Information | 918-1061

    Classes | In art, after school, for ages 6-12, coming soon – call 448-6301

    Also | Celebrating Black History Month with Grand Strand Cultural Arts Foundation in Myrtle Beach’s at Canal Street Recreation Center, 971 Canal St., with free entertainment:

    • Movies at 2 p.m. – “The Help” on Saturday, and “The Butler” Feb. 22, each rated PG-13 and more than two hours long

    • “Back to the Future” performance by youth in Canal Street Performing Arts & Theatre Program, 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 28

    • Museum of African-American History exhibit, Feb. 1-March 1; 8 a.m.-7:45 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-6:15 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Saturdays, and 1-5:45 p.m. Sundays.

    CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    When | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays

    Where | 2501 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, also accessible from Oak Street

    How much | $8 ages 2 and older, otherwise free

    Also | Free with admission, unless noted otherwise:

    •  Tuesdays – “Tales for Tots,” for ages 1-4, 10:30 a.m.

    •  Wednesdays – “SenseAbility,” 11:30 a.m., covering the five senses; and “Story Starters” creative storytelling, 1:30 p.m.

    •  Thursdays – “Lil Engineers,” 11:30 a.m., building a design using various tools.

    •  Fridays – “ABC’s and 123’s,” 11:30 a.m. with a different letter or number highlighted weekly.

    • “Superhero Sunday,” 2-5 p.m. Feb. 23, also honoring local personnel such as police and fire/rescue crews, for $20 ($15 members).

    Information | 946-9469 or www.cmsckids.org

    FRANKLIN G. BURROUGHS-SIMEON B. CHAPIN ART MUSEUM

    When | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays

    Where | 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, across from Midway Par 3 and Springmaid Beach Resort

    Exhibits |

    • “Julyan Davis: Appalachian Ballads,” through March 16

    • “FiberArt International 2013” and “State of the Art: Recent Acquisitions from the Permanent Collection,” both through April 24

    How much | Free, but donations appreciated

    Also |

    • “Free Family Day” celebration of Chinese New Year – The Year of the Horse, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 8, including dragon parade at 11 a.m., “Chinese Tea Time” at 11:15 a.m. (registration required at 238-2510), as well as a slew of activities such as chopstick lessons, paper folding and Chinese calligraphy.

    • Third annual “Collector’s Event” benefit art auction, 4-7 p.m. Feb. 23 at Collectors Cafe and Gallery, 7740 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, for $100.

    • “Horry/Georgetown High Schools 13th Annual Juried Art Exhibition,” March 23-April 20

    Information | 238-2510 or www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org

    HALL OF HEROES

    When | Open 9 a.m. daily

    Where | Sands Ocean Dunes Resort, 201 75th. Ave. N., Myrtle Beach

    How much | Free

    Includes | Scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, with all 58,253 names; information about each U.S. war/conflict; displays on flags and the Korean War; Gold Dog Tag display honoring those that died in hostile action since the Vietnam War; and names and location of the 2,984 Americans who perished on 9/11.

    Information | 692-5265, 692-5100 or www.sandsresorts.com/hall-of-heroes

    Also | Ceremony at 11 a.m. Feb. 8 for return of lost Purple Heart medal to family of Army Sgt. Roscoe Horace Gore, who died May 18, 1967, at age 19 in Pleiku Province, South Vietnam. Details from Richard Roszelle of Bluffton, S.C. adjutant, of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, at 843-815-2184, email popnaun@yahoo.com, and www.purpleheart.org; and Purple Hearts Reunited: www.purpleheartsreunited.org.

    ‘MINI MILITARY MUSEUM’

    Where | Veterans Cafe & Grille, 3544 Northgate Blvd., Myrtle Beach, in Northgate Plaza, off S.C. 707 at southwest corner at U.S. Bypass, near Dollar General

    When | 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays

    Also |

    • Bring donations of items for Blue Stars Mothers to relay overseas, and nonperishable foods for Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach, and dog and cat food, toys and treats for pet charities.

    • Cruise-in and 50/50 raffle on Feb. 23 for Grand Strand Down Syndrome Society.

    • Next monthly meeting for veterans of the Merchant Marines John. T. Schmidt Chapter “Palmetto Mariners,” along with all other services, Feb. 21, with lunch and fellowship at noon, meeting at 1 p.m. Details at 651-8046 or www.usmmsc.com.

    Information | 232-8387

    S.C. CIVIL WAR MUSEUM

    When | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays

    Where | Inside the Myrtle Beach Indoor Shooting Range, 4857 U.S. 17 Bypass S.

    How much | $4 adults, $3 seniors/military, and $2 students

    Information | 293-4344 or www.mbisr.com

    HORRY COUNTY MUSEUM

    When | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays

    Where | 805 Main St., Conway, in historic Burroughs School building, next to Horry County Memorial Library Conway branch

    How much | Free

    Also | Other museum programs:

    • Bluegrass/gospel performances by Jay Bird Harris and The Chrystal River Band, 1 p.m. Saturday, in McCown Auditorium.

    • “The Gullah Lady” Sharon Cooper-Murray Rag Quilting in the Gullah Community. 2-4 p.m. Feb. 15, in auditorium.

    • 20th annual Quilt Gala – with Joanne Shropshire, 2014 featured quilter – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 21-22 in Ocean Lakes Family Campground Recreation Center, at U.S. 17 Business and S.C. 544, just north of Surfside Beach (238-5636 or www.oceanlakes.com), for free.

    Information | 915-5320 or www.horrycountymuseum.org

    Farm | L.W. Paul Living History Farm, 2279 Harris Shortcut Road, at U.S. 701, north of Conway, open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, for free. Also, blacksmith demonstration, 10 a.m. Feb. 8. 365-3596.

    FREEWOODS FARM

    When | Tours, and specially themed events, such as Black History Month Program at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 – check for schedule

    Where | 9515 Freewoods Road, off Bay Road from S.C. 707 in Burgess community

    Information | 650-9139, 650-2734 or www.freewoodsfarm.com

    WHEELS OF YESTERYEAR

    When | Open 10 a.m. daily

    Where | 413 Hospitality Lane, near Carolina Forest, off U.S. 501 near Tanger Outlets and Myrtle Beach Speedway

    How much | $9 ages 16 and older, $8 seniors, $5 ages 9-15, and free ages 8 and younger.

    Information | 903-4774 or www.wheelsofyesteryearmb.com

    Georgetown County

    BROOKGREEN GARDENS

    When | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

    Where | on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Huntington Beach State Park

    How much | Admission lasts seven days: $14 ages 13-64, $12 ages 65 and older, and $7 ages 4-12

    History excursions |

    • “Silent Cities” Trekker rides through historic graveyards, noon and 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through March 6, for extra $15.

    • “The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail” to archaeological sites, accessible by minibus only, hourly noon-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through March 7, for extra $3.

    Exhibits | Free with admission:

    • “Equine Spirit: The Horse in American Art” exhibit, through April 20, during regular gardens hours

    • “Sojun tu Gullah Geechee” (“Sojourn to Gullah Geechee”), a traveling exhibit from Geechee Kunda Center, in Riceboro, Ga., noon-4:30 p.m. daily through March 16

    Also | Programs with “Sojun tu Gullah Geechee” exhibit, free with admission:

    • “The Reign of Rice Lecture Series, with “Carolina’s Gold: The Rice and The People,” 1-2 p.m. Feb. 15 by Jessica Harris, cookbook author and culinary historian; and “Carolina Gold,” 1-2 p.m. March 15 by Louis Nelson

    •  “Priscilla’s Posse: A (Simulated) Press Conference about Gullah Heritage,” 1 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26, and Wednesdays in March, with Ronald Daise, Brookgreen’s vice president for creative education.

    Other events | Unless noted otherwise, free with admission:

    • Grainger McKoy presentation with a jewelry trunk Show, 11 a.m. Feb. 1; reservations required at 235-6016.

    • Winter Tea Parties, 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in February, for $30 extra ($23 members)

    • Cooking Demos, 4 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26, and Wednesdays in March, for $25 extra ($20 members)

    • “Into the Wild” lecture about baby animals, noon-1 p.m. Feb. 25

    • “FrogWatch” training, 10:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 27

    • “Otter Celebration” day, March 1

    •  “Diggin It’” Spring Garden Festival, March 22

    • Children’s Butterfly Activity Afternoon, 1-4 p.m. March 30 at Butterfly House and Enchanted Storybook Forest – before Butterfly House opens April 1 daily through October (that extra admission remains $3 ages 13 and older, $2 ages 4-12, for 30-minute, timed visits),

    Information | 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org

    ATALAYA

    What | Historic Atalaya – former winter residence of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington

    Where | Huntington Beach State Park, on U.S. 17, between Litchfield Beach and Murrells Inlet, across from Brookgreen Gardens, which the Huntingtons established

    When | Self-guided tours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily year-round, for $2 extra fee besides park admission; optional 45-minute audio tour $4. Guided tours available March 1-Oct. 31.

    Park admission | $5 ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15.

    Winter park hours | 6 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through March 2, then until 8 p.m. through April 6

    “Atalaya Sleepover”, or in park gift shop, open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, by 5 p.m. March 21: $50 ages 7 and older, and free for ages 6 and younger; and if signed up by Feb. 27

    Other park programs | Most free with park admission:

    • “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.

    • “Bike with a Ranger” program – bring your own bike – 10 a.m. Feb. 7, 14 and 21, from outside gift shop.

    • “Coastal Birding,” led by Phil and Sharon Turner, 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays, March-October, from causeway parking lot.

    •  “Coastal Kayaking,” 10 a.m.-noon Mondays, March-October, in guided salt-marsh tour from Oyster Landing in Murrells Inlet. $35. Register at 235-8755 by 4 p.m. the previous Sunday.

    Information | 238-5325 or www.southcarolinaparks.com/huntingtonbeach/; also, Friends of Huntington Beach State Park: 650-6666 or www.huntingbeachstatepark.com.

    GEORGETOWN COUNTY MUSEUM

    When | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays

    Where | 120 Broad St., Georgetown, in new home

    How much | $5 ages 19 and older, $4 ages 60 and older, and $2 ages 7-18, and free ages 6 and younger

    Also |

    • Winyah Bay Heritage Festival Kickoff Event “Cattails & Cocktails” museum benefit, 1-4 p.m. Feb. 9 in Hobcaw Barony’s Kimbel Lodge and Pond Shelter, on U.S. 17, just north of Georgetown, for $30 advance or $35 at doorincluding Lowcountry recipes prepared by local celebrity chefs with fare from local land and waters caught by local sportsmen: duck gumbo, whole-hog barbecue, shrimp and grits, venison bites and chili, oysters, fried catfish, fish stew, grilled game, duck and dove, and homemade sweets; and live bluegrass, folk and classic country music by Rob Williams and Friends. (Festival, coordinated by the Georgetown County Historical Society, is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 1 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 2 on Front Street in downtown Georgetown, with Dock Dogs activities opening at 9 a.m. both days – details at www.winyahbayfestival.org).

    • Annual Georgetown County Women’s Hall of Fame Luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m. March 20 in DeBordieu Club, in DeBordieu Colony, on U.S. 17, between Pawleys Island and Georgetown – more details announced soon.

    Information | 545-7020 or www.georgetowncountymuseum.com

    HOBCAW BARONY

    What | Former winter residence of Bernard Baruch, and daughter Belle Baruch, who expanded its acreage

    When | Most tours, which include Hobcaw House, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesdays-Fridays; and for Feb. 15 only, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

    Where | Hobcaw Barony’s Hobcaw House, on U.S. 17 just north of Georgetown

    How much | $20 – by reservation only

    Also | Registration required for programs:

    • Discovery (welcome) Center, open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, for free.

    • “Dinner and a Campfire,” 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday, for $15.

    • “Hike Hobcaw,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 7 and March 7, each $25; and 1-4 p.m. Feb. 21, for $20

    • “Birding on the Barony” tours, with Jerry Walls, a naturalist from Hemingway, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on third Saturday monthly, including Feb. 15, March 15 and April 19, each $30.

    • “Trail Ride with Your Own Horse,” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 15 and March 22 – with gates for entry closing at noon – for $30 per horse each day, including waiver forms due three days before a ride.

    • “Birding for Beginners” course, 3-4:30 p.m. Thursdays in March, then field trip 7-11 a.m. March 28, all for $75.

    Information | 546-4623, www.hobcawbarony.org or www.northinlet.sc.edu

    THE RICE MUSEUM

    When | 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays

    Where | 633 Front St., Georgetown

    How much | $7 ages 22-59, $5 ages 60 and older, $3 ages 6-21, and free ages 5 and younger

    Also | “New Paintings by Bruce Chandler,” through March 16 in Prevost Gallery, for free

    Information | 546-7423 or www.ricemuseum.org

    KAMINSKI HOUSE MUSEUM (AND STEWART-PARKER HOUSE)

    Where | 1003 Front St., Georgetown

    When | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays

    How much | $7 ages 13 and older, $3 ages 6-12, and free ages 5 and younger -- and additional $3 for tour of adjoining Stewart-Parker House

    Also | Guided tours 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. daily

    Information | 546-7706 or kaminskimuseum.org

    S.C. MARITIME MUSEUM

    When | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays

    Where | 729 Front St., Georgetown

    How much | Free

    Also |

    • Exhibit coming soon: “The Story of the Henrietta, the Biggest and Best Wooden Sailing Ship Ever Built in South Carolina”

    • Annual “Burning of the Socks” benefit springtime celebration, 4-7 pm. March 17, along Sampit River, with Ed Piotrowski, WPDE-TV 15 chief meteorologist, for $35 (members $30)

    Information | 520-0111 or scmaritimemuseum.org

    Brunswick County, N.C.

    MUSEUM OF COASTAL CAROLINA

    When | Through May 17: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays

    Where | 21 E. Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

    How much | $8 ages 13-61, $7 ages 62 and older, $6 ages 3-13, and free ages 2 and younger

    Programs | Free with admission:

    • Shifting Tides Exhibit, in Changing tides gallery, covering Oregon, Tubbs and Shallotte inlets, with a complete view of Ocean Isle Beach, and depicting changes on the coast from 1949, preceding Hurricane Hazel, to 2012.

    • Fridays – Animal adventures stories and puppet play time, for preschoolers, 10:30 a.m.; and Touch Tank Feeding, when visitors can help docents feed live animals, 11 a.m.

    • Family programs at 11 a.m. on many Saturdays: “Love Is in the Air,” 11 a.m., Feb. 8 with hosts Kurt Hugelmeyer, Maria Knapik and Allison Smith, covering local bird species, migration patterns, mating habits, and the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count (which is Feb. 14-17 – details at www.birdsource.org/gbbc); as well as “S.O.S.” on Feb. 15, “Lighthouses Along the N.C. Coast” Feb. 22, “Know Your Knots” March 1, “Pi Day” March 15, “Egg Carton Gardening” March 22, “Butterflies Along Our Coast” April 5, “What kind of fish is that, Mister?” April 12, “Carnivorous Plants” April 26, “Make It for Mom” May 10, and “Sea Turtles and You” May 17.

    • Lecture series at 6 p.m. third Tuesday monthly with “Who’s Your Daddy? Genealogy 101” on Feb. 18, “Coexisting with Southeast N.C. Wildlife” March 18, and “People and the Destruction of the Beach” April 15.

    Information | 910-579-1016 or www.museumplanetarium.org

    INGRAM PLANETARIUM

    When | Through May 17: open 11:30 a.m. Fridays-Saturdays

    Where | 7625 High Market St., Sunset Beach, N.C.,

    Sky Theater dome shows | “Undiscovered Worlds” at noon, “Astronaut” 1 p.m., “Dynamic Earth” 2 p.m., and “Seven Wonders” 3 p.m., each with a live star show afterward.

    Laser show weekends |

    Feb. 21, Mar. 21, Apr. 18, May 16 – “Laser Country” 5 p.m., Led Zeppelin” 6 p.m., and “Laseropolis” 7 p.m.

    Feb. 22, Mar. 22, Apr. 19, May 17 – “Laser Country” 5 p.m., U2 6 p.m., Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” 7 p.m.

    March 6-8 and 13-15 – U2 6 p.m., Led Zeppelin 7 p.m., and Metallica (not recommended for young children) 8 p.m.

    Special programs | 6 p.m.

    Feb. 7 – Venus and Mars: Beauty and the Warrior,” with Edward Ovsenik, discussing how Earth’s nearest planetary neighbors got their names.

    April 4 “Tragedy of the Commons: Our Atmosphere,” with Ovsenik, and movie “Dynamic Earth.”

    April 11 – “Astronomy History” – From the early Greek, Roman, Chinese, and Mayan astronomers to modern day space telescopes, learn how tools and techniques have changed our perspective about space.

    May 9 – “NASA Technology Transfer to Earth Applications”

    How much | Per show/program: $8 ages 13-61, $7 ages 62 and older, $6 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger

    Information | 910-575-0033 or museumplanetarium.org

    ‘OLD BRIDGE’

    What | Old Sunset Beach Swing Bridge

    By | Old Bridge Preservation Society

    When | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays

    Where | 109 Shoreline Drive W., Sunset Beach, N.C.

    How much | Free

    Information | 910-579-9021, 910-575-6012, 910-575-0860 or www.oldbridgepreservationsociety.org

On this weekend when woodchuck celebrities such as Punxsutawney Phil, Georgia’s General Beau Lee and Ohio’s Buckeye Chuck probably will stand on Sunday in the shadow of the Super Bowl, it’s a perfect time to take count of the many dynamic local museums across the Grand Strand.

The choices to amuse yourself in history, scenery and art – inside and out – remain abundant not just on Groundhog Day – the midpoint of winter on the calendar – but all year round.

Museums have made news on the north and south Strand in the past year. The Georgetown County Museum, begun by the Georgetown County Historical Society in 2005, has moved into larger quarters at 120 Broad St., Georgetown., and the North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum will mark its first anniversary April 7.

County seat’s new site

Walking through the Georgetown County Museum on Jan. 11, the day after its reopening in a building triple the size of the former site on Prince Street, Jill Santopietro looked down, around and up, showing the array of artifacts that fill two floors in helping explain more than three centuries of local history, going beyond the birth of the United States.

The museum’s director paused under the bulk of a canoe secured to the ceiling after its unearthing from the Waccamaw River. She said with help from personnel from the Horry County Museum in Conway, the 17-foot-long cypress wood piece will be carbon dated to reveal more details of its roots.

Upstairs, a glass case holds a letter written in July 1782 by Gen. Francis Marion, a luminary from the American Revolution. A photocopy also lets the viewer see writing on the back side.

Santopietro said the man remembered as “The Swamp Fox” for his prowess in leading Lowcountry forces against the British was portrayed by in a Disney TV series by that name decades ago by the late Leslie Nielsen, a Royal Canadian Air Force veteran from World War II, long before striking his slapstick identity in three “The Naked Gun” movies.

On walls nearby, check out the changes in military uniforms between World Wars I and II, and a tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps, whose area legacies include the Francis Marion State Forest and Myrtle Beach State Park, Santopietro said.

As Black History Month begins Saturday, a grouping of slave documents, including bills of sale of people between area planters, will provide a sobering moment of the reasons that helped lead to civil rights improvements.

“It’s a reminder of a very grim period of history,” Santopietro said, stressing the need to remember strides made since then, “but it is our history.”

Another case contains a marching band uniform from the former Winyah Junior High School and a letter jacket from Howard High School, together which now make up Georgetown High School.

Inside the gallery with the exhibit “The Unpainted South,” with photos by Selden “Bud” Hill and songs and poems by William P. Baldwin, Santopietro showed her favorite photo, titled “Contradiction,” and voiced what she sees as its “striking contrast” with a sign pictured by some chimney remnants.

A timeline in another gallery points to the Georgetown area’s past cash crops such as rice, indigo and caviar, and post Civil War, salutes W.D. Morgan, a mayor from 1891-1906 whose foresight and dredging of the city’s harbor helped make the post bustle in business.

Another collection touts the “second Yankee invasion,” from 1890 to 1935, when former rice plantations were advertised – “Only 24 hours from New York to Georgetown” – luring such buyers as the Baruch family and outdoor activity enthusiasts including President Grover Cleveland, who took an unintended fall in mud on one expedition, Santopietro said.

The Grand Strand Shell Club also has lent a case of sea stars and other treasures from the diversity of life off the Atlantic shore.

Santopietro said the new museum, among many other historic places to visit in downtown Georgetown – where the 2014 Winyah Bay Heritage Festival benefit will take place, March 1-2 on Front Street – fits in the timetable for anyone who wants to spend time in the county seat, for shopping, lunching and sightseeing into a rich past.

“It’s a great day trip,” Santopietro said.

On the north end

Jenean Neilsen Todd emotes equal enthusiasm about the North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, for which she is director. During a stroll through the site last week, she summarized “bits and pieces” of the various “Snapshots” of a larger community that stretches as far south as the Myrtle Beach mall area, west to Longs and north to Little River.

Upon lobby entry to pay admission, some local residents might remember checking out books at the circulation desk in the building’s former use as the North Myrtle Beach branch of the Horry County Memorial Library, which was relocated in 2011 to larger quarters near city hall.

The borders around each section in the galleries flash a truly golden, sandy touch, thanks to resourceful thinking by the city of North Myrtle Beach salvaging some old wooden sand fencing.

Take in some tastes of “Beach Life.” Climb into a white lifeguard’s stand. When scanning various Jack Thompson photos showing the coastline, look at history “that all disappeared with Hurricane Hazel” in 1954, Todd said. She also noted her favorite aerial photo donated by the historian, showing Atlantic Beach, “the Black Pearl” of the area.

She also talked about Martin Bellamy, “Mr. North Myrtle Beach,” who served not only as chief of police, but also as trash collector, as his preserved, white cover-alls for the latter glisten from inside a case. To youngsters today, rotary phones might look as foreign as a phonograph, but the old, black, rotary phone that Bellamy used to place the first call made from Crescent Beach section of town gives a visual ring.

Another uniform laid out, including coullots, once was donned by Dagmar “Wickie” Moore, the first U.S. Postal Service letter carrier for North Myrtle Beach.

In the “Celebrations and Beauties” segment, guests can feast their eyes on the outfit that Patsy Bellamy Duncan wore in winning the first Miss North Myrtle Beach title, in 1972, and a pair of shoes from a QVC brand named after city native Vanna White, whom Todd said visited the museum in October and has since donated a green beaded dress she wore while turning letters on the syndicated game show “Wheel of Fortune.” Display of the garment is among special plans to celebrate the museum’s first anniversary, Todd said, along with a fancy gown someone else wore in 1993 to the grand opening of the Alabama Theatre in Barefoot Landing, formerly known as Barefoot Traders.

Shampoo wash chairs from Cherry Grove Beach’s first beauty salon, owned for many years by Cecilia Campbell, are set up across the museum. Todd said several women this past year have remarked, “I remember sitting under that dryer.”

“Rural Life” also earned its roost in this building, Todd said, going over how land west of U.S. 17 once was undeveloped, in contrast to the beach side of the highway. She handed a bucket to this guest, reminding about how water once was gathered and carried inside the house. An old “Tiny Tears Doll,” probably 100 years old, sports a special trait, curly hair, with real strands, and not just molded atop the figure’s head.

In the “Education” portion, a collection of seat cushions, including logos from the North Myrtle Beach Chiefs and former Wampee-Little River Indians, along with a class record book – without graded marks – and a majorette uniform and plume that had been stored, looking new out of the box, “really chronicles the community,” Todd said.

Showing a wooden dance floor with shag memories expressed through a two-wall mural of dancers and a quilt, Todd clicked buttons on a restored jukebox full of 45-rpm records, cueing up the Fantastic Shakers’ “Myrtle Beach Days” for some appropriate background grooves.

“People dance here,” Todd said, inviting everyone to step on the floor, and to “see the machine work.”

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.

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