Best Bets | Family Kingdom opens in Myrtle Beach; ‘Park Palooza’ at state park

April 3, 2014 

SATURDAY | 04.05

Family Kingdom opens for 2014

Family Kingdom Amusement Park in Myrtle Beach, with more than 35 rides – including the Swamp Fox wooden roller coaster, first built in 1966, and two rides purchased from the former Freestyle Music Park – reopens this weekend for 2014.

For this month, the park will open at 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and April 12-27, and 6 p.m. April 10-11. Closing time varies from 8 p.m. to midnight most days, depending on weather and attendance, but midnight is the plan for April 19-20.

Admission is free, and wristbands for all ages – which do not include go-carts and zip lines – are $26.95 plus tax (or $15.50 total for local residents with ID, sold only in the office under the Swamp Fox), and individual ride tickets cost $1.05 plus tax each, with 2-6 tickets per ride, or in packages of 26 tickets for $25, or 54 for $50, each plus tax.

Splashes Water Park, across the street from Family Kingdom, 300 S. Ocean Blvd., opens May 24, by the way.

Details at 626-3447 or www.familykingdomfun.com.

SATURDAY | 04.05

EASY ESCAPES: Two N.C. events

Head to the Tar Heel State for two festivals that go skyward and beyond on Saturday:

• The Southeastern Modelers Flying Club will have a “Fly-In,” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at its site, 548 Narrow End Road, Tabor City, N.C., with all types of model planes – trainers, sport, scale, war bird and 3D, from small to giant size, in a benefit for the Pretty in Pink Foundation (919-532-0532 or www.prettyinpinkfoundation.org), which assists N.C. women who can’t afford treatment for breast cancer. Details at 910-520-9452 or southeasternmodelers.com.

• Bring a flashlight for the Statewide Star Party, celebrated 7:30-10 p.m. at Carolina Beach State Park, off U.S. 421, south of Wilmington, is the official kickoff event to the 2014 N.C. Science Festival. All for free, guests can take part in such activities as a laser-guided tour of the moon and constellations, peers given through a variety of telescopes, a “Moon Dance” to learn why the moon appears to change shape, and viewing of digital displays to see how the moon affects tides on Earth. Details from the New Hanover County’s Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, based in Wilmington, at 910-798-4367 or www.capefearmuseum.com.

SATURDAY | 04.05

Myrtle Beach State Park ‘Palooza’

Myrtle Beach State Park, on U.S. 17 Business, just south of the city, will have its seventh annual “Park Palooza,” 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday – a tradition for the first Saturday every April.

Most activities are free with park admission: $5 for ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15.

The choice of activities is plentiful, including “Paint By Nature” (for $2 – bring a light-colored piece of fabric, such as a T-shirt or pillowcase, or purchase fabric for an additional $1) and a Grand Strand Shell Club display, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and “Eat Smart, Move More,” 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and these programs, by hour:

• 10 a.m. | “Finding Your Way – Introductory Orienteering,” “What Wildlife will a-PIER?” “Snakes and Lizards,” and “Cast Away!”

• 11 a.m. | “Backyard Birdhouses,” “Plant Your Own Seed” (while supplies last), “What Wildlife will a-PIER?” and “Slackline with a Ranger”

• Noon | “Sounds of Nature,” “Campfires Made Easy,” “Family Camping Made Easy” with Bass Pro Shops, and “Learn to Cast a Fishing Pole”

• 1 p.m. | “Family Camping Made Easy,“ “SpongeBob – Fact or Fiction?” “Plethora of Plants” and “Owlology”

• 2 p.m. | “Outdoor Cooking For Dummies” (for $1 – exact change appreciated), “Tale of Ranger Abigail,” “Fly Fishing” with Orvis, and “Scuba by Sara.”

The park is open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Details at 238-0874 (nature center), 238-5325 (park office) or www.myrtlebeachsp.com.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, NEXT THURSDAY | 04.04-04.07, 04.10

Special events, concerts

A bevy of special events will play out in the next week:

• 11th annual Spring Art Show & Sale, FridayApril 13 at Seacoast Artists Gallery, 3032 Nevers St., Myrtle Beach, in The Market Common, noon-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays, with ceremony and reception, 6-8 p.m. Saturday. 232-7009 or www.seacoastartistsguild.com.

• “BBQ Battle at the Beach,” by S.C. Barbeque Association, at The Beaver Bar, 3534 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, benefiting The Outreach Farm – 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, with all-you-can-eat meals for $8 adults and $6 children, and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. April 5 for $10 and $6, respectively. Details from Christine Fette at 404-886-8757, or email cfette@msn.com.

• Third annual Matt Harper Scholarship Walk for Coastal Network Cooperative Scholarship Endowment, on Saturday from WonderWorks at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach – register at 8:30 a.m., walk at 9, and afterparty at 10. 444-3200, 800-386-4662 or www.broadwayatthebeach.com.

• Kickoff of Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild’s 42nd annual “Art in the Park,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday in Myrtle Beach’s Chapin Park, 14th Avenue North and Kings Highway. Free. 446-3830 or www.artsyparksy.com.

• At Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach: “Paddle for the Pets Build Your Boat Race and Waterway Extravaganza,” benefiting Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach, with daylong festival starting at noon Saturday, including boat building at 9 a.m. and race at 3 p.m. (entry details at 663-3474), “Furrry Fashion Show” at 1:30 p.m. and parade at 5 p.m.; and “A Night Out at Barefoot” Progressive Dinner for North Strand Helping Hand, 4-9 p.m. April 10, for $5 wristband entry covering various eateries, and live music at 8 p.m. at House of Blues. 272-8349 or www.bflanding.com.

• Blues & Jazz Fest, with The King Bees, and Stallings & Stony, noon-5 p.m. Saturday at La Belle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School. $8; also, bring two canned/dry food items for area food banks for $3 discount. 399-9463 or www.labelleamie.com.

• Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club’s “Polo & Pearls” community benefit, 7-11 p.m. Saturday at Pine Lakes Country Club in Myrtle Beach, with music by Too Much Sylvia, for $100. 997-8595 or www.myrtlebeachwomansclub.org.

• 23rd annual “Spring Tide – A Day for the Inlet” community cleanup, on Sunday from Morse Park Landing, next to Hot Fish Club, 4911 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, with invocation at 9:45 a.m., cleanup 10 a.m., and cook-off party with live music 1-3 p.m. at Hot Fish Club. 357-2007 or www.murrellsinletsc.com.

• North Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club and Grand Strand Junior Women’s Club, “Purses with Purpose” community benefit, 6:30 p.m. April 10 at Marina Inn Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, for $50. 450-4001 or www.northmyrtlebeachwomansclub.com.

So will some concerts this weekend:

• “An Evening of Motown,” in Long Bay Symphony Pops concert, with Wendy Moten and Chris Murrell as soloists, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Myrtle Beach High School, on Grissom Parkway, between 29th and 38th avenues North, for $40, $45 or $50, and $15 for students 22 and younger with valid ID. 448-8379 or longbaysymphony.com.

• Eddie Miles’ “A Salute to Elvis and Country Legends,” 7 p.m. Sunday at Alabama Theatre (home of “One the Show”), at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, for $22.95, $26.95 or $31.95. 272-1111, 800-342-2262 or www.alabama-theatre.com.

• Bill Cosby, at 3:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday in Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium, off U.S. 17 in Supply, N.C., for $67 or $77. 910-755-7416; 800-754-1050, ext. 7416; or www.bccowa.com.

• Second annual “Waves of the Future – Celebration of Horry County Schools” by Chicora Rotary Club of Myrtle Beach, 4 p.m. Sunday at Calvin Gilmore Theater, on U.S. 17 Business at northern junction of U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach, showcasing students in kindergarten-grade 12 and benefiting school fine arts and Rotary programs. $24.95-$44.95 ages 17 and older, $14.95–$24.96 ages 3-16, and each ticket comes with a voucher to see “The Carolina Opry” or “The Good Vibrations Show” by April 12. 913-4000 or chicorarotary.org/waves-of-the-future/.

• Voce Angeli, a Myrtle Beach women’s choir, in “Rise Up And Sing,” with Jack Graham on piano and Chris Connolly on trombone, to benefit local trumpeter James Canty and his need for more sight-saving eye surgery. Gather at 5 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church of Conway, 1001 Fifth Ave. For details, email voceangeli@live.com.

ALMOST DAILY | At CCU

Concerts, art across campus

• Coastal Carolina University has filled its calendar with many events in the next week, mostly on the main campus in Conway (349-2787 or www.coastal.edu/culturalarts).

• “Wax Museum,” by Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk, 7:30 p.m. Friday in Wheelwright Auditorium. $10 general admission; $5 CCU/Horry-Georgetown Technical College students, faculty and staff, and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members, seniors and teens; and free for children.

• “Piano Series,” in Edwards Recital Hall Jerry Wong 4 p.m. Sunday. $5 general; $3 CCU/HGTC students, faculty and staff; and free for children.

• “Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip Hop,” with film “Latin Music USA, Episode 1: Bridges and From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale,” 7 p.m. Monday in Johnson Auditorium, for free.

• CCU World Music Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Wheelwright Auditorium. $5 general; $3 CCU/HGTC students, faculty and staff; and free for children.

• “Blood Wedding” play, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through April 12, also with a 3 p.m. matinee on that final day, in Edwards Theatre, for $15 general; $10 CCU/HGTC faculty, staff, alumni, OLLI members, seniors and teens; and $5 CCU/HGTC students and children.

• “The Nerd” by Atlantic Stage, through April 13: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays in CCU Myrtle Beach Education Center’s 79th Avenue Theatre, at U.S. 17 Bypass, for $27.50 general; $22.50 seniors (ages 55 and older)/educators/military; $17.50 students, including OLLI members; and $10 side section seats. 877-287-8587 or www.atlanticstage.com.

• In Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, in Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays (349-6454 or www.coastal.edu/bryanartgallery): “Maura Kenny: Out of Hobcaw” solo exhibition, ending Friday, and “Portfolio I: Studio Arts” thesis exhibition, April 10-21, with opening reception 4:30 p.m. April 10.

TUESDAY | 04.08

Benefit full of ‘f.l.a.v.o.r.’

The table is set for the fourth annual f.l.a.v.o.r. (fresh, local, appetizing, valuable, original restaurants) community tasting, benefiting Horry-Georgetown Technical College culinary students as they compete for scholarship money in a judged competition on site.

Visit the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, at Oak Street and 21st Avenue North, 4-7:30 p.m. Tuesday and sample cuisine from more than 15 local participants – including Benjamin’s Bagel, Capriz Italian Feast, Chestnut Hill, Cozmic Charley’z, Drunken Jack’s, Icon Sports and Spirits Bar, Inlet Affairs Banquet and Catering, Pauly B.’s Chef Du Jour, Pier House Restaurant, Sweet Carolina’s Smokehouse and Grill, and Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar.

Admission is free, and food samples range from one to three tickets, with tickets $1.25-$2 each. Details at 855-0527 or www.myrtlebeacheventinfo.com.

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