Concert series in Sunset Beach raises money for local charities

For The Sun NewsJuly 10, 2014 

World War II veteran Bob Bradicich of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., reads the Preamble to the Constitution at the July 2 Sunset Beach concert, while WWII veteran Leon Jarmusz (left) of Carolina Shores, N.C., Fred Thorne, chairman of the Sunset Beach Concert Series committee, and Diane Larrowe, Commander of American Legion Post 503, Calabash, N.C., listen.

BY JO ANN MATHEWS — For The Sun News

  • If you go

    What | Summer Concerts at Sunset Beach, N.C.

    Where | Gazebo, Village Park, 1790-4 Queen Anne St. (off Sunset Boulevard, near Ingram Planetarium), Sunset Beach, N.C.

    When | Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. through Sept. 3

    Cost | Free

    Contact | www.SunsetBeachConcerts.com or 910-367-6396

Through the summer a different band performs each Wednesday evening in the free Sunset Beach concert series, but the concert committee offers a twist: a local charity benefits from a 50-50 raffle.

“We give the charities an opportunity to explain their mission, and it’s a great opportunity for them to raise funds,” said Fred Thorne, chairman of the committee. “The hard part is selecting 15 charities.”

The fundraising effort began three years ago. A formal application process is in place and the charities must be at least a 501(c)(3) and have a North Carolina Charitable Solicitation license, Thorne said.

American Legion Post 503, Calabash, N.C., benefited from the July 2 concert, and Diane Larrowe, commander of the Post, said the proceeds will benefit veterans and their families.

“I knew what was right for me and my family when I was deployed, so I can relate,” she said. “The Legion will try to raise more money for them. The Legion does a lot for different veterans’ organizations.”

Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department began the free concert series about a dozen years ago with concerts in Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Southport. Since then Calabash, Leland, Shallotte and Sunset Beach were added, but Sunset Beach is the only venue that raises money for charity. About 50 sponsors provide the funds needed to host the Sunset Beach concerts, and Thorne said that the committee contacts the bands directly and seven of them will play exclusively at Sunset Beach and not at the other Brunswick County venues.

Soul band Smokin Hot Rhythm & Blues plays July 16, and Sunset Beach-exclusive Duke Ladd Band, known for ‘50s, jazz and big band genres, plays July 23. A complete list of the schedule is at www.sunsetbeachconcerts.com.

Other events

CHILDREN’S SUMMER ART CLASSES

What | Art teacher Theresa Reiter offers art classes for 6- to 12-year-olds.

Where | Sunset River Marketplace, 10283 Beach Drive, Calabash, N.C.

When | Zentangle Jewelry, which is black and white doodle patterns, 10 a.m.-noon July 16; paper weaving class using warm and cool colors, 10 a.m.-noon July 23; “Making it Pop” using a combination of shrink art, paper and mat board, 10 a.m.-noon July 30

Cost | $15 per student per class

Contact | 910-575-5999 or www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com

Details | Students complete a project to take home.

ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS

What | Silk painting and pottery demonstrations

Where | Sunset River Marketplace, 10283 Beach Drive, Calabash, N.C.

When | Ortrud Tyler demonstrates the art of silk painting, 1-3 p.m. July 17; Jane Truesdale demonstrates pottery making, noon-2 p.m. July 23; Joe and Tonda Jeffcoat demonstrate pottery making, noon-2 p.m. Aug. 9

Cost | free

Contact | 910-575-5999 or www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com

INGRAM PLANETARIUM FREE PROGRAMS AT NOON

What | Each weekday a different program. Mondays: What’s Up in the Sky This Week, Tuesdays: History of Technology, Wednesdays: Sea Turtle Talk, Thursdays: To the Moon: Fridays, Science in Small Bytes Series

Where | Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market Street (off Sunset Boulevard behind Food Lion), Sunset Beach, N.C.

When | noon June through August

Cost | Free. Admission required for Sky Theater Dome Shows,13+, $8, 62+, $7, 3-12 years, $6, 2 and under and museum members, free

Contact | 910-579-1016 or www.MuseumPlanetarium.org

Details | Friday programs at noon: June 13 and June 27, Star Gazing 101, June 20, Hurricane Construction, July 4, Science of Flight

SANDBAR LECTURE SERIES: ‘SHIPWRECKS: LIVING HISTORY’

What | Guest speaker Pete Nawrocky gives a photo presentation comparing the differences in marine life found in cold and in warm waters.

Where | Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

When | 6 p.m. July 15

Cost | All-day admission: adults, $8, seniors, $7, 3-12 years, $6, 2 and under and museum members, free

Contact | 910-579-1016 or www.MuseumPlanetarium.org

A NIGHT AT THE PELICANS BASEBALL GAME WITH SILVER COAST WINERY

What | Pelicans play Frederick Keys at Pelicans Ball Park, 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach

Where | bus leaves from Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

When | 5-10:30 p.m. July 22

Cost | $35 per person includes transportation, picnic dinner and game

Contact | 910-287-2800 or events@silvercoastwinery.com

SANDBAR LECTURE SERIES: ‘WINGS OF OPPORTUNITY: THE WRIGHT BROTHERS’ TIME IN ALABAMA’

What | Guest speaker Julie Hedgepeth Williams, explains how the Wright Brothers spent time in Alabama in 1910 looking for a location to start the nation’s first civilian flying school.

Where | Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

When | 6 p.m. July 22

Cost | All-day admission: adults, $8, seniors, $7, 3-12 years, $6, 2 and under and museum members, free

Contact | 910-579-1016 or www.MuseumPlanetarium.org

SANDBAR LECTURE SERIES: ‘SEA BISCUIT SHELTER & MIGRATING WATERFOWL’

What | Guest speaker Mary Ellen Rogers, founder of Oak Island, N.C. Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter, explains bird migration, rescues, rehabilitation and release of birds.

Where | Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

When | 6 p.m. July 29

Cost | All-day admission: adults, $8, seniors, $7, 3-12 years, $6, 2 and under and museum members, free

Contact | 910-579-1016 or www.MuseumPlanetarium.org

Details | Rogers will bring live birds so people can see them up close.

SANDBAR LECTURE SERIES: ‘SHARKS!’

What | Guest speaker Andy Gould, outreach coordinator for the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, N.C., talks of sharks that call the North Carolina coast “home.”

Where | Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

When | 6 p.m. Aug. 5

Cost | All-day admission: adults, $8, seniors, $7, 3-12 years, $6, 2 and under and museum members, free

Contact | 910-579-1016 or www.MuseumPlanetarium.org

Details | Gould includes hands-on activities and has interactive props.

‘INTO THE WOODS’

What | Brunswick Little Theatre presents this award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical appropriate for all ages.

Where | Odell Williamson Auditorium, campus of Brunswick Community College, off U.S. 17 at College Road, Bolivia, N.C.

When | 7:30 p.m. July 25 and 26 and Aug. 1 and 2; 3 p.m. July 27 and Aug. 3

Cost | adults, $18; students with I.D., $12; 12 years and under, $6

Contact | Odell Williamson ticket office, 150 College Road, Bolivia, N.C., 910-755-7416; www.bccowa.com

Details | The play includes characters from fairy tales and a baker and his wife who try to lift a witch’s curse. Jen Iapalucci directs the cast of characters, which includes children and adults.

FAMILY NIGHT AT THE OLD BRIDGE

What | The whole family is invited to attend the weekly programs

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

When | 5-7 p.m. July 17, 24 and 31 and Aug. 7

Cost | Free

Contact | 910-363-6585, www.oldbridgepreservationsociety.org

Details |

• July 17 and Aug 7: Family Fun Cook Out, $3 donation for hot dog combo

• July 24: Pirate Night includes local legend and lore, ghost and pirate stories. People invited to wear a pirate outfit.

• July 31: If Bridges Could Talk is a program about the history of the bridge with bridge tenders and local celebrities in attendance.

TOY TIME AT THE MUSEUM

What | An interactive exhibit and program series utilizing tumbling, sliding, rocking, spinning, dancing and flying life-sized folk toys.

Where | North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, 799 Second Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach

When | 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday-Saturday; exhibit until Nov. 1.

Cost | Museum admission: adults, $6, seniors, students and military with I.D., $5, 4-12 years, $4, 3 and under, free

Contact | 427-7668, director@NMBmuseum.com or www.NMBmuseum.com

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