Love is in the air in Myrtle Beach this Valentine’s Day

spalisin@thesunnews.comFebruary 13, 2014 

  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day – some ideas for outings


    By | Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada

    Who | Open to anybody, anywhere

    When | Friday-Monday

    How much | Free, but computer access required at or

    Three-step process | Simple as:

    • Creating an online account

    • Counting birds for at least 15 minutes in one location – and feel free to count in as many places and on as many days of the four as desired.

    • Filling out a daily checklist for each day, and entering results at or download free BirdLog app to enter data in a mobile device.

    Also | More than one checklist per location per day also welcome

    Information | Email; also visit


    For | Students in grades 6-12

    Includes | Various dips and fondues, and “Celebrity Break-Up Trivia,” with prizes

    When | 4:30 p.m. Friday

    Where | Horry County Memorial Library North Myrtle Beach branch, 910 First Ave. S.

    How much | Free

    Information | 915-5281 or


    For | Ages 21 and older, to sip three wines before show time

    Where | Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, 2904 Fantasy Way, close to U.S. 501 and George Bishop Parkway, just west of Myrtle Beach and Intracoastal Waterway

    When | In 75-minute period before shows at 6 p.m. Friday and Sunday, and 5 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15

    How much (plus tax) | $36.95 (regularly $51.95) ages 13 and older, $23.95 ($25.95) ages 3-12; free ages 2 and younger on parent’s lap, with code 15 EVE at time of purchase (also, these rates good through Feb. 28, with code 152WEB

    Other packages this weekend (plus tax) |

    • “Valentine’s Day Couple’s Package” $99 for shows Friday-Sunday with code VDAYWEB (also, for 5 p.m. show only, Saturday, third annual “Royal Renewal Ceremony,” at 4:30 p.m., including with price, but arrive at 4 p.m.)

    • One children’s ticket free with one paying adult, Friday-Sunday with code KFPDWEB

    Information | 236-4635, 800-436-4386 or


    When | Friday: prime rib dinner and music 6-7 p.m., and movie “Valentine’s Day” at 7:15

    Where | Salem United Methodist Church, 2376 S.C. 90, Conway

    How much | $15

    Information | 254-1460 or 254-1459


    By | David Chaney of Myrtle Beach

    When and where |

    • 6-8:30 p.m. Friday (doors open 5 p.m.) at Nacho Mammas, 300 Ninth Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, at Withers Drive. Dinner with champagne $20 per person. Reservations at 712-1368.

    • 5 p.m. Saturday in front of Boardwalk Coffee House and The Bowery, near Ninth Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard, by Myrtle Beach boardwalk. No cover charge. 839-1230.

    Information |


    For | ages 5-12

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

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

    How much | $45 – Preregistration required at 910-458-7468

    Includes | Games, crafts, animal programs, and sleep in front of Cape Fear Shoals tank full of sharks, rays, schooling fish and a sea turtle

    Also | Aquarium open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, for $8 ages 13-61, $7 seniors and $6 ages 3-12).

    Information |


    By | Knights of Columbus Council 7122

    Where | Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church hall, 1100 Eighth Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach

    When | 7-11 p.m. Friday

    How much | $25 individual, $45 couple

    Includes | dinner, beverages, and music by The Trexlers

    Information | 249-2356


    What | “Somewhere in Time,” from 1980

    With | David Zinman, host of lecture beforehand and discussion afterward, and Friends of Waccamaw Library

    When | 7 p.m. Friday

    Where | Georgetown County Library Waccamaw Neck branch, 24 Commerce Lane, Pawleys Island, west of U.S. 17, behind Pastaria 811.

    How much | Free

    Other upcoming screenings in this annual classic film festival, all 7:30 p.m. | “Dr. Strangelove” (1964) on Feb. 28, “Annie Hall” (1977) March 14, and “42nd Street” (1933) March 28.

    Information | 545-3623


    For | adults

    By | Carolina Improv Company

    When | 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday

    Where | Uptown Theater in Myrtle Beach mall, at U.S. 17 and S.C. 22

    How much | $12.75 advance online or $14 at door

    Also | at 7:30 p.m. at same aforementioned prices:

    • “Whose Beach Is It Anyway?” family show – Feb. 20 and 27

    • “Whose Night Out Is It Anyway?” for adults – Feb. 21 and 28

    Information | 272-4242 or


    With | Ron Feingold, and Chad Miller and Cooter Douglas opening

    When | 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday

    Where | Comedy Cabana, 9588 N. Kings Highway, just north of Myrtle Beach.

    How much | $20 per person

    Includes | Reserved seating, a long-stem rose and chocolates

    Also |

    • Shows headlined by Feingold, in regular theme, 8 and 10:15 p.m. Saturday, for $15

    • Bob Nelson, with Douglas opening, 8 p.m. Feb. 19-22, and 10:15 p.m. Feb. 21-22, for $20 or $23

    Information | 449-4242 or


    By | Belles of the Beach Pageants Inc., based in Myrtle Beach, in Grand Strand preliminary

    For | Females from infants through age 20

    When | 11 a.m. Saturday

    Where | North Myrtle Beach High School auditorium, 3750 Sea Mountain Highway

    How much to watch | $5 ages 12 and older, $2 ages 2-11; and free younger than 2

    Next pageant | Registration continues through March 16, for $95 (or $85 by March 2) for Spring Fling Pageant, Lowcountry preliminary, April 5 at Holiday Inn Express in Summerville

    Information | 236-8789, or


    By | Friends of Horry County Animal Care Center (which is based at 1923 Industrial Park Road, Conway)

    When | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

    Where | Tractor Supply Co., 3353 Church St. (U.S. 501), Conway

    Includes | Food and prizes

    Also | Second annual Mardi Gras Adoption benefit, 1-4 p.m. Feb. 23 at X Gym Sports Mall, 568 George Bishop Parkway, between U.S. 501 and U.S. 17 Bypass, just west of Myrtle Beach

    Information | 733-2819, or


    Benefiting | Carolina Master Chorale

    When | 1-3 p.m. Saturday

    Where | Brightwater, 101 Brightwater Road, off International Drive and S.C. 31, northwest of Myrtle Beach

    How much | $30 individual, $50 couple

    Includes | Wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and entertainment

    Information | 444-5774 or


    Benefiting | Fund for new building

    When | 5 p.m. Saturday

    Where | Solid Rock Baptist Church, 675 U.S. 17 Business N., Surfside Beach

    How much | $12

    Includes | Soup, salad, desserts and live entertainment

    Information | 828-0726 or 997-8578


    By | Grand Strand Beach Social Dancers

    Also | Decked out with heart decorations for Valentine’s Day, along with yearlong Broadway theme, this time with “Cats”

    When | 7 p.m. Saturday

    Where | Grand Strand Senior Center, 1268 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach

    How much | $7; also, tables of eight available to reserve, and feel free to bring a snack for your table

    Includes | Music provided by Ed Brown, and beverages

    Information | 492-4992


    When | 6 p.m. March 8 (on this date because of scheduling conflict)

    Where | St. James United Methodist Church, 9705 St. James Church Road, in Burgess community

    How much | $20 advance, $25 at door

    Includes | Music, games, gifts, and dinner of steak, with soup, salad, baked potato, roll, dessert and tea

    Attire | Black, white, red casual

    Information | 421-9349, 251-5364, 267-1694 or 421-4503

As John Paul Young sang in his hit from 1978, “Love Is in the Air,” especially this weekend for Valentine’s Day with so many choices of things to do to mark the occasion.

Love also might be in the sea mist, at least at Myrtle Beach State Park.

Ann Malys Wilson, the park’s senior interpretive ranger, said response was good in filling up the roster for its inaugural “Animal Swoon under the Moon” program for this weekend.

After watching moonrise from the pier, the group will explore the multitude of ways that local animals beckon for a mate, whether by singing, dancing, leaving scented signals, or in other ways that might strike people as wild or comical.

Jessica Goodrich, another interpretive ranger, said the gang will be apprised about different animals “and the bizarre things that they do.”

Wilson and Goodrich said this event, along with the teams registered and set for the second annual “Amazing Myrtle Beach State Park Challenge Race,” covering six miles on March 1, kick start the year in park events, which also will include Park Palooza on April 5, and “Totally Turtles” May 3 (Details at 238-0874 or Prizes for the race will accent more South Carolina state parks, such as free camping at Table Rock, northwest of Greenville, Goodrich said, reminding everyone about 46 other such parks to explore, all year round.

Singing grams, Elvis style

Two local Elvis tribute artists are happy to pour their heart out for Valentine’s Day.

David Chaney of Myrtle Beach called the day always “special” for Elvis.

“Even as a child, it was one of my favorite days at school,” he said.

Since moving five years ago to the Grand Strand, he has performed “many ‘Elvis Grams’ ” in addition to giving full concerts for Valentine’s Day. This year, he’ll serenade diners Friday evening for a fourth year in a row at Nacho Mammas, 300 Ninth Ave. N., Myrtle Beach.

“The most requested songs are usually ‘Love Me Tender’ and ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love,’ ” said Chaney, who performs all year at various sites.

Jeff Collins helps coordinate the Elvis Fan Club Myrtle Beach/Grand Strand – for which the next meeting is Feb. 18 at Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill, off U.S. 501, just west of Myrtle Beach: gather at 6 p.m., music at 7. (Details at 424-9124 or Also known as “King Shazaam, he does shows on the Grand Strand and in Charlotte, and this month, has lined up Elvis “Singing Valentines” locally, and they comprise three to five songs each. These deliveries are not just for wives, he said, but mothers, who often like gospel numbers.

Collins said he dons a “red ‘Burnin’ Love’ jumpsuit,” and that the most popular numbers include “All Shook Up,” “Burnin’ Love,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” “Blue Hawaii,” “Hawaiian Wedding Song,” “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You,” and although “not Elvis, but a great love song” – “I Can’t Help Myself.”

Romantic movie time

David Zinman, who spends every winter in Conway from Jamestown, N.Y., is host for the annual “Friday Night at the Movies” classic film festival at Georgetown County Library’s Waccamaw Neck branch, in Pawleys Island.

The next film rolls at 7 p.m. Friday, ”Somewhere in Time,” specially chosen by Zinman for Valentine’s Day.

“The movie is about the timelessness of relationships,” he said. “It stars Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. It tells of two people in love – though living at different eras – who manage to cross the barriers of time to find each other.”

Zinman said a fan club formed upon the movie’s release, in 1980, Zinman said, noting its continued existence, including its own website,

“Every year, its members meet for a weekend, many in period attire,” Zinman said, “at the famous Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Lake Michigan, where the film was shot on location.”

“This is not just a chick flick. The story is told from the man’s point of view, and half the members of the fan club are men.”

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.

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