Mercury’s boiling for multitude of summer festivals

spalisin@thesunnews.comJuly 18, 2014 

  • If you go


    What, when and how much |

    • “Summer Parrot Head Fest,” noon-6 p.m. Saturday,with music until 5 p.m. by The Lanny Prewitt Band, and The Fin City Trio; $8 ages 18-79, otherwise free, and bring two canned/dry good items for area food banks and receive $3 off admission.

    • “Super Wine Saturday,” noon-6 p.m. July 26, with music 1-5 p.m. by Laidback Larry, for free.

    • “Blues & Jazz Fest,” Aug. 2, for $8

    • “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Oldies Music Fest, Aug. 16, for $8

    • “Summer Breeze Music Fest,” Aug. 30, for $8

    • “Dog Days Blues & Jazz Fest,” Sept. 13

    Where | 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School

    Also | Both every week through at least October, with free admission, and including music 1-5 p.m. by local artists:

    • “Wine Wednesdays”

    • “Wine Down Fridays,” with Ed Torres performing this Friday

    Information | 399-9463 or


    Benefiting | Sav-R-Cats International adoption center

    What | Bowl for two hours, play pool and cornhole, and take part in a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle

    When | 6-10 p.m. Saturday

    Where | Surfside Bowl Entertainment Center, 510 U.S. 17 Business N., Surfside Beach

    How much | Bowl for two hours for $5, including shoe rental

    Information |

    • Sav-R-Cats, based in the South Seas Village Plaza, 1117 S.C. 544, near Surfside Beach, just west of U.S. 17 Business, across from Walgreens, 222-8057 or

    • Surfside Bowl, 238-2695 or


    What | Season-ending gala, saluting performers, personnel behind the scenes, and volunteers.

    Who | Theatre of the Republic, beginning its 45th year

    When | 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday

    Where | Main Street Theatre, 335 Main St., Conway, then party outside afterward (about 9:30 p.m.) on Main Street, between Third and Fourth avenues – Note, this block will be closed 7 p.m.-midnight to all vehicular traffic.

    How much | $15 for awards, free admission for street party

    2013-14 season in review | “9 to 5: The Musical,” “The 39 Steps,” “Holiday on Main Street: My Favorite Things,” “Monty Python’s SpamALot,” “Bonnie & Clyde: A New Musical,” and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”

    2014-15 season | Premieres with “Avenue Q,” at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15-16, 21-23 and 28-30, and 3 p.m. Aug. 17, 23-24 and 30-31; then:

    • “Young Frankenstein,” Oct. 17-Nov. 2

    • “Holiday Special,” Dec. 4-20

    • “Rent,” Feb. 20-March 8

    • “Smokey Joe’s Cafe,” April 24-May 10

    • “Gypsy,” June 19-July 5.

    How much | Each for $21 (or $19 each for groups of 15 or more, by phone or at box office), or subscribe with season tickets – $120, $228, $432 or $612 for respective one, two, four or six tickets per show; also, flex ticket plans available at same rates for six, 12, 24 or 36 admissions to any of the six season productions.

    Other shows | Each $21:

    • “Illusions on Main Street: Fabulous Fakes Take II” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 and 3 p.m. Sept. 28

    • “Extremities” Jan. 6-11 ($3 discount available if purchased with season series plan)

    • “Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein” April 3-5.

    Coastal Youth Theatre |

    • Walt Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” at 7:30 p.m. July 25-26 and 3 p.m. July 26-27, for $15 adults and $7 children.

    • Fall program registration – tuition $475, including costumes – continues through Sept. 1, with class sessions 4-6:30 p.m. Mondays, culminating with performances of “Babes In Toyland,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28-29 and 3 p.m. Nov. 30, for $15 adults and $7 children.

    • Spring program signup ends Feb. 16, with classes 4-6:30 p.m. Mondays starting Feb. 23, also for $475, and with season-ending play to be announced.

    Information | 488-0821 or


    When and where| All on Saturdays, mostly 11 a.m.-2 p.m.:

    • noon-3 p.m. July 19 – NHC Health Care, 9405 U.S. 17 Bypass, near Garden City Beach

    • July 26 – Surfside Shine Car Wash, 600 U.S. 17 Business S., Surfside Beach (more details at 997-3992)

    • Aug. 2 – with Grand Strand Corvette Club, at Camping Connection, 1756 U.S. 17 Business N., Surfside Beach, near Old Time Pottery – registration $20, benefiting Jason’s House charity, opening 9 a.m., show ending at 2:30 p.m.

    • Aug. 9 – Bucksport Plantation Marina & RV Resort, 135 Bucksport Road, off U.S. 701, south of Conway

    • Aug. 16 – Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, 1633 Waverly Road, Pawleys Island ( 570-351-2465).

    • Aug. 23 at Pizza Hut, 1610 U.S. 17 Business N., Surfside Beach, near Camping Connection and Old Time Pottery

    • Noon-4 p.m. Aug. 30 at ninth annual “Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival,” at Horry-Georgetown Technical College Grand Strand Campus Conference Center, 950 Crabtree Lane, Myrtle Beach, close to Farrow Parkway, Pampas Drive and Myrtle Beach’s Grand Park.

    How much | Mostly free, unless noted otherwise

    Information | 742-9802


    When | July 25-27

    Gates open | 4 p.m. July 25, and 10 a.m. July 26-27

    Where | Myrtle Beach Speedway, 455 Hospitality Lane, off U.S. 501, near Tanger Outlets and Carolina Forest

    How much | General admission, for spectators, ages 13 and older, on day of show at gate:

    • Single day –$15 for July 25, $25 each July 26-27

    • Two-day, for July 26-27 – $40

    • Three-day – $45

    • Free all days for ages 12 and younger, and for active duty military with ID

    Information | 353-1692, or, and


    When, where and how much |

    • 1-4 p.m. July 26 at Tee Box Tavern, 4620 Dick Pond Road (S.C. 544), Socastee, for free.

    • 6-9 p.m. July 30 at Acme Bar & Grill, 3340 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, in Inlet Crossing Center, near Inlet Square, for free.

    • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 12, for all cars, at Hooters, on U.S. 17, by S.C. 22, and Myrtle Beach Mall, near Briarcliffe Acres (272-3739), as part of third annual “Mopars at the Beach.” Free admission, but preregistration requested at

    • Cruise-in and barbecue, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 13 for all cars, at Wheels of Yesteryear auto and truck museum (903-4774), 413 Hospitality Lane, off U.S. 501, near Carolina Forest, across from Tanger Outlets, by Myrtle Beach Speedway, during Mopar Week. Free, but preregistration requested at

    • Cruise-in and Pre-Car Show Party for Mopar Week, for all cars, 6 p.m.-midnight Aug. 15 at The Carolina Tavern, 852 Mall Drive, Murrells Inlet (947-0708), by Inlet Square, west of U.S. 17 Business. Free admission, but preregistration requested at

    • Classic & Modern Muscle Car Show for Mopar Week, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 16, at Inlet Square, at U.S. 17 Bypass and U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet. $25 preregistered vehicle admission, Mopars only, (or $12 to display only), otherwise $25 and $15, respectively, during Mopar Week. Free for spectators. (Details and registration at

    • 6-11 p.m. Aug. 16 at The Marlin Bar & Grill, 614 Atlantic Ave., Garden City Beach, off U.S. 17 Business, across from Walgreens, for $10, including a meal and benefiting breast cancer awareness and treatment efforts.

    • noon-3 p.m. Aug. 17 at Cheesesteak U, 1315 U.S. 501 Business, Conway, next to Oliver’s Restaurant.

    Information | 503-8245


    When | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 1-2 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 3

    Where | Myrtle Beach Convention Center, at Oak Street and 21st Avenue North

    How much | $8 ages 13 and older ($1 discount coupon available online), $1 ages 6-12, and free ages 5 and younger, plus admission’s good for all three days with a return pass available from show office

    Information | 336-282-5550 or


    By | Conway Downtown Alive

    When | 6-8 p.m. Aug. 7 (and first Thursday monthly through November, with changing themes)

    Where | Fourth Avenue and Laurel Street in downtown Conway

    Includes | Chris Clark Bike Stunt Show on Laurel Street, then concert afterward by the Rock Church Band.

    How much | Free

    Also | “Rivertown Dine-Around” culinary tour, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 13 across downtown, from home base of Conway Visitor Center, 903 Third Ave., with free admission with pre-registration and mini-entree items on sampler menu start at $2, and most items do not exceed $4.

    Information | 248-6260 or


    In memory of | Guy Daniels, a lifelong Surfside Beach resident who died in 1999 at age 19, also a College of Charleston student who spent his summers as a lifeguard in Surfside Beach and worked at a local surf shop

    Benefiting |

    • Guy Daniels Memorial Foundation, giving local students college scholarships – more than 50 to date, exceeding $61,000 collectively.

    • “Respect the Beach,” an initiative that promotes cleanliness of beaches through working with town of Surfside Beach to provide trash and recycling receptacles at Surfside Beach walkovers as well as receptacles for beachgoers to dispose of their cigarette butts before walking onto the beach.

    When | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 2-3

    Where | Atlantic Ocean, at 13th Avenue South in Surfside Beach

    For | Anyone of any age, male and female

    Also | Besides surfing shortboard and longboard competitions, a:

    • Stand-up-paddleboard race

    • Bodyboard division

    • Novice heat for new surfers

    • Youth “push-in” heat, which gives grown-ups a chance to push their young surfers into a few waves; free to enter

    • Raffle of items including: shirts, hats, DVDs, sunglasses, gift certificates, and a surfboard.

    How much |

    • Entry fee $25 for one surfing event, $5 for each additional event – deadline July 30, with forms available online and at local surf shops.

    • Free to watch

    Information | 655-1434 or


    By | Empire Wake (

    What | Wakeboarding and wakesurfing competitions

    When | Aug. 2-3

    Where | Bucksport Plantation Marina & RV Resort, 135 Bucksport Road, off U.S. 701, south of Conway, at Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway mile marker 377

    Schedule | Entry free $50:

    • Aug. 2 – Groms (for competitors 11 and younger) at 11 a.m, then other wakeboarding divisions the rest of the day: Women's, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Open, and Wakeskate

    • Aug. 3 – Wakesurfing – beginner, and advanced men’s and women’s –starts at 11 a.m.

    How much | $5 daily to watch

    Information |

    • Empire Wake –

    • Marina – 397-5566 or


    By | Temple Emanu-El, a Conservative Jewish congregation

    When | 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 3

    Where | In temple’s Rosen Center, at 65th Avenue North and Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach

    Information | 357-9544


    When | Aug. 10-17

    What, when and where |

    • Meet-and-greet at Planet Hollywood, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 10 at Planet Hollywood, at 29th Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach (448-7827). Free admission, but preregistration requested.

    • Cruise-in, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 11, for Mopars only, at Addy’s Harbor Dodge, 4849 U.S. 501, west of Myrtle Beach, near Carolina Forest (236-2277). Free, but preregistration requested.

    • Kickoff Party, 6-11 p.m. Aug. 11 at House of Blues, in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach (272-3000). Free admission, but preregistration requested.

    • Cruise-in, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 12, for all cars, with Hot Rod Promotions, at Hooters, on U.S. 17, by S.C. 22, and Myrtle Beach Mall, near Briarcliffe Acres (272-3739). Free admission, but preregistration requested.

    • “Race Challenge,” noon-5 p.m. Aug. 13 at Myrtle Beach Speedway, off U.S. 501, near Tanger Outlets and Carolina Forest (353-1692). $27.50 to participate with preregistration, otherwise $30, and $5 spectators.

    • “Off-Road Challenge,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 13 at Battery Park Off Road, 98 Harvest Road, Nesmith, near Hemingway (319-3504). $27.50 to participate with preregistration, otherwise $30, and $5 spectators.

    • Cruise-in and barbecue, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 13 for all cars, with Hot Rod Promotions, at Wheels of Yesteryear auto and truck museum (903-4774), 413 Hospitality Lane, off U.S. 501, near Carolina Forest, across from Tanger Outlets, by Myrtle Beach Speedway. Free, but preregistration requested.

    • “Charity Ride,” noon.-6 p.m. Aug. 14 in more than 120 miles to and from Hard Rock Cafe, at Broadway at the Beach, at U.S. 17 and 29th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach (946-0007) and benefiting Wounded Warrior Project. $22.50 preregistered, otherwise $25.

    • “Coastal Cookout,” noon-5 p.m. Aug. 15 at home of Tommy Bridges, president of the Carolina Coastal Mopars, in Murrells Inlet, for $10 preregistered only, at 325-4758

    • Cruise-in and Pre-Car Show Party, for all cars, with Hot Rod Promotions, 6 p.m.-midnight Aug. 15 at The Carolina Tavern, 852 Mall Drive, Murrells Inlet (947-0708), by Inlet Square, west of U.S. 17 Business. Free admission, but preregistration requested.

    • Classic & Modern Muscle Car Show, with Hot Rod Promotions, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 16 at Inlet Square, at U.S. 17 Bypass and U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet. $25 preregistered vehicle admission, Mopars only, (or $12 to display only), otherwise $25 and $15, respectively. Free for spectators.

    • Concert party, 8 p.m. Aug. 16 at House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach. Free for participants.

    • Cruise-in, noon-4 p.m. Aug. 17 at Wheels of Yesteryear. Free, but preregistration requested.

    Information |, or email:, or


    • Beach Luau, 6-10 p.m. Aug. 11, on beach.

    • Annual Skyhoundz Disc Contest, local championship covering dogs’ distance and accuracy, 10 a.m. Sept. 13 at Martin Field, at Dogwood Drive South and Sixth Avenue South. (770-751-3882 or

    • “Movies After Dark,” 9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 14 in town’s Martin Field, at Dogwood Drive South and Sixth Avenue South: “Madagascar 3” July 17, “Marmaduke” July 24, “Kung Fu Panda” July 31, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” Aug. 7, and “Rio 2” Aug. 14.

    • Sixth annual “Surfside Sunday Serenades,” 2-5 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 31 with acoustic performers taking turns, usually for 45 minutes each, in gazebo in town’s Passive Park with veterans memorial, at Surfside and Willow drives, by front of Horry County Memorial Library Surfside Beach branch. (Details at 450-7281.)

    How much | Free

    Information | 650-9548 or


    By | City of Myrtle Beach

    When | 8 a.m. Aug. 16

    Where | Pepper Geddings Recreation Center, 3205 Oak St.

    Course | Race begins in the pool, followed by bicycling and running routes on roads and sidewalks surrounding the center:

    • Ages 7-10 will swim 100 yards, bicycle 5k and run 1k

    • Ages 11-18 will swim 200 yards, bicycle 10k and run 2k

    How much | Entry fee $23 city resident, otherwise $40 – preregistration required by 5 p.m. Aug. 12

    Also |

    • Participants will receive a race shirt, swim cap and medal.

    • Place medals will be awarded to the top girls and boys in these age groups: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18.

    • Bicycle inspections – for which racers drop in with bike – 4:30-7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Beach Bike Shop, 711 Broadway St., Myrtle Beach (448-5103 or

    • Packet pick-up and course orientation – 7 a.m., noon or 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at Pepper Geddings Recreation Center

    Information | 918-2280 or


    When | noon Aug. 16

    Where | Andy Owings School of Music & Performing Arts Center, in Coastal Grand mall in Myrtle Beach.

    How much | Free

    Also | Open house, Aug. 18-23, including free music classes

    Information | 839-1505 or


    Benefiting | Shriners Hospitals for Children in Greenville (864-271-3444 or

    Where | Horry-Georgetown Technical College Grand Strand Campus Conference Center, 950 Crabtree Lane, Myrtle Beach, close to Farrow Parkway, Pampas Drive and Myrtle Beach’s Grand Park.

    When and what | Aug. 29-30

    • 6-9 p.m. Aug. 29 – Competitions 6 p.m. for “Burgers ’N’ Brews” (entry fee $100 by Aug. 1, $150 by Aug. 22), and “Anything But” and “Best Wings on the Beach” (entry fee $25 each, due Aug. 26, and wings available to purchase), with winners announced at 8 p.m.; also live entertainment, and beer and wine garden.

    • Aug. 30

    • S.C. Barbeque Championship by Kansas City Barbeque Society, noon-2 p.m., with $2,000 “Grand Champion” prize and winners announced at 5 p.m., in categories of chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket; entry fee $175, due Aug. 26

    • Myrtle Beach Car Club cruise-in, noon-4 p.m.

    • Corn hole competition, in two-person teams, noon-5 p.m. (entry fee $40, due Aug. 22)

    • Barbecue and sauce sampling tent, noon-6 p.m.

    • Shriners Hospital of Greenville’s free screenings for children of any age, noon-4 p.m.; no appointments necessary.

    • “Kids’ Que Competition,” 2 p.m., in divisions of ages 8-11 (for hamburger patties) and 12-15 (chicken thighs) – entry fee $65, due Aug. 22, with 10 openings in each category.

    • Fireworks, 9:30 p.m.

    • Also, local childrens and and Shriner's Hospital Patient Ambassadors in a competition, and beer and wine garden

    How much | Free admission

    Information |

    • Palmetto Event Produtions – 712-2145, 855-0527 or

    • Kansas City Barbeque Society, based in Missouri –816-765-5891, 800-963-5227 or


    By | City of Myrtle Beach

    When | 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 6

    Where | Myrtle Beach Convention Center, at Oak Street and 21st Avenue North

    How much | Free to shop, $50 vendor space (if available); parking $3 in complex’s lot

    Information | 918-1235 or


    When | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 6

    Where | Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, in frront parking lot by Boardwalk Coffee House and Klig’s Kites.

    Also | SummerFest! events 7-11 p.m. daily through Aug. 30, including boardwalk entertainers from stilt walkers to magicians, clowns, Nigel & Ally’s Traveling Dance Party, children’s karaoke, and Nick Pike, a unicyclist, juggler and comedian who has competed on NBC’s “America's Got Talent,” free carousel rides on Saturdays, and fireworks at 10:15 p.m Mondays through August, and on Aug. 30

    How much | Free

    Information | 272-8349 or


    Who | 12 men: Antonio Audi, Ken Baker, Mendel Bell, John Dowless, Jeff Gann, John Krajc, Michael Livingston, Chance Martini, Jamie Morgan, Blake Nuzzo, Matthew Petrillo and Dorian Samuel

    Benefiting | Katie’s Project of Myrtle Beach, which helps local youth to have the means to afford and attend high school social functions

    When | 6 p.m. Sept. 13 – doors open 5 p.m.

    Where | Revolutions Nightclub at Broadway at the Beach, in Myrtle Beach.

    How much | $5 general admission, VIP $20

    Information | 282-0454 or


    By | Oceanfront Merchants Association in Myrtle Beach

    Who/what and where |

    • Boardwalk and park performers –Sunday and Friday nights through Aug. 31, including “Boardwalk Elvis” by David Chaney of Myrtle Beach (, who performs 7-10 p.m. Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Plyler Park, and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in front of Boardwalk Coffee House and The Bowery at Ninth Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard.

    • “Kids’ Carnival” 7-10 p.m. Mondays, including youth bands, inflatables, face painting, caricature artist, games, balloon twisting, and stilt walkers.

    • Fireworks, 10 p.m. Wednesdays through August, off Second Avenue (North) Pier in Myrtle Beach

    • Concert series – 8-11 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays, on Plyler Park stage, with Pale Horse July 16, The Revealed July 17, The Rootsoul Project July 19, Eastbound July 22, Grocery Store Gentleman July 23 and Aug. 27, C2 and the Brothers Reed July 24, Grasstowne July 26, Austin Mowery Band July 29 (and Aug. 12 and 26 and Sept. 27), Paperwork July 30, Not Yet Rated July 31, Luke Combs Band Aug. 2, Josh Brannon Band Aug. 5 and Aug. 19, Fireshot Aug. 6, Nickel Bag of Funk Aug. 7, Jebb Mac Band Aug. 9, band to be announced for Aug. 13, Painted Man Aug. 14, Cranford Hollow Aug. 16, Backfire Aug. 20, The Winchesters Aug. 21, Mystic Vibrations Aug. 23, Hipslack Aug. 28, Gravy Aug. 30, The Mullets Sept. 6, Tim Clark Band Sept. 13, and Bullfrog Sept. 20.

    • Live music with local aritsts, 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays through August, on Ninth Avenue Stage

    How much | Free

    Information |


    Entertainers |

    • Comedy juggler Bryan Dangerous 7 and 9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays, in Capriz Italian Feast area, on southwest corner of complex

    • Mr. Nigel, an interactive musical entertainer from Charlotte, 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays in Capriz area and Fridays onHeroes Harbor Stage, between Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant and Ripley’s Aquarium, in northeast corner of complexHeroes Harbor, with free face painting for children in that time in center court

    • Maddie Hunt, a singer-songwriter-pianist, 7 and 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Heroes Harbor

    • Whacker Barrel strolling band, 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays

    • “Living Statues,” strolling, 6 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

    • Fireworks 10 p.m. Tuesdays through August, and Fridays through Aug. 15

    Where | Broadway at the Beach, bordered by U.S. 17 Bypass, Grissom Parkway and 21st and 29th avenues North in Myrtle Beach

    Details | at Broadway at the Beach, bordered by U.S. 17 Bypass, Grissom Parkway and 21st and 29th avenues North in Myrtle Beach, for free.

    How much | Free

    Information | 444-3200, 800-386-4662 or


    What, when and where |

    • Evenings of entertainment, with all tribute artists invited – Gather at 6 p.m., music at 7 p.m., July 15 and Aug. 14 at at Lulu’s Cafe, 1903 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach (712-1890), and Sept. 16 at The Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill, 201 Fantasy Harbor Blvd., along the Intracoastal Waterway, just west of Myrtle Beach, off U.S. 501, next to Clarion Hotel (903-2628 or – no cover charge.

    • “King Shazaam Tributes,” celebrating music by such late icons as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash – 7-9 p.m. Friday, and Tuesdays, July 22-Aug. 26, outside BARnacles, on pier at Springmaid Beach Resort, 3200 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, for free, but $5 pier parking.

    Information | 424-9124

    Georgetown County


    When | 4-7 p.m. Saturday

    Where | St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church, 180 St. Paul’s Place, Litchfield Beach, off Willbrook Boulevard, west of U.S. 17

    How much | Free

    Information | 237-2294 or


    When | 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays through Aug. 8 (Gardens open 9:30 a.m. daily, and until 5 p.m. Saturdays-Tuesdays)

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

    What and who |

    • “Theater Under The Oaks: ‘Aaron & Theodosia,’ ” Wednesdays, a play based on letters between Aaron Burr, the nation’s third vice president, and daughter Theodosia Burr Alston, who spent 10 years at The Oaks Plantation, one of four plantations that make up Brookgreen Gardens.

    • “Up Close at the Zoo,” 5-5:45 p.m. Thursdays with Jerry Walls, a naturalist from Hemingway who will change the animal focus weekly: “Turtles and Tortoises: Have Shell, Will Travel” on July 17, “Raptors: Predators of the Air” July 25 with Lowcountry Zoo staff, “Snakes Alive!” July 31, and “Animal Tracks: Nature Detective” Aug. 7.

    • Live performances of classic stories and nursery rhymes, 6 p.m. Thursdays in Enchanted Storybook Forest, next to Whispering Wings Butterfly House: “Cinderella” July 17, Pirate from “Treasure Island” July 24, “Cat in the Hat” July 31, and Snow White Aug. 7.

    “A Child’s Frontier Life” creek cruises, 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Thursdays, for an extra $8 ages 13 and older, and $4 ages 4-12. Details at 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or

    • “Concerts on the Lawn,” Fridays with Barbara Bailey Hutchison July 18, Ross Holmes Band July 19, Dan Kennedy Aug. 1, and Carolina Master Chorale Aug. 8.

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

    Information | 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or


    When | Sept. 19-20 and 27, and Oct. 2-5 and 8-12

    What, where and how much | Mostly at The Reserve Golf Club, 18 Reserve Drive, Pawleys Island, off U.S. 17, just south of Kings River Road (

    • Second annual “Seaside Palette,” 8 a.m.-dusk Sept. 19 and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 20 in downtown Georgetown historic district, and wet paint sale and reception, 3-5 p.m. Sept. 20 on lawn of Kaminski House Museum, 1003 Front St. (546-7706 or; free admision. (Rain dates: Sept. 26-27)

    • Fifth annual “Chalk Under the Oaks,” open for public viewing 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 27 (artists at work 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with awards at 4 p.m.; no entry fee, but artist applications for ages 10 and older due Sept. 1, no advance registration needed for ages 9 and younger, who will be accorded their own area), and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 28, during 39th annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival (which is noon-6 p.m. Sept. 26-27 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28) at Huntington Beach State Park, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Brookgreen Gardens; free with festival admission: $8 daily or $10 multiday pass for for ages 16 and older, otherwise free; also, park admission free on this weekend only – 734-0450, park at 237-4440, or

    • 15th annual Pawleys Island Wine & Food Gala benefit, 7 p.m. Oct. 2, with more than 70 wineries represented, for $100, or The Collector’s Circle, with 50-person capacity, for $150 (call 626-8911).

    • The Manhattan Transfer, in headliner concert, 7 p.m. Oct. 3, for $25 (general admission), $35 or $75.

    • The Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass “Brothers on the Battlefield,” 7 p.m. Oct. 4, for $25 (general), $35 or $75.

    • “Teach My People” Collaborative Event Featuring N.C. Youth Tap Ensemble Date, 3 p.m. Oct. 5, for $15 or $25.

    • Ken Lavigne “The Road to Carnegie Hall,” 7 p.m. Oct. 8, for $25 or $35.

    • Swingle Singers, 7 p.m. Oct. 9, for $25 (general), $35 or $50.

    • Annie Moses Band, 7 p.m. Oct. 10, for $25 (general), $35 or $50.

    • The Bronx Wanderers, 7 p.m. Oct. 11, for $25 (general) or $45.

    • “Sunday Seaside Showcase,” saluting wounded warriors and military families, 3-7 p.m. Oct. 12, with area musicians such as The Fourclosures, Dan O’Reilly, Greg Van Allen, piano duo Jackie O’Neill and Gretchen Downer, and Rachel Ayers Tipton, who pays tribute to Sheryl Crow. Also, some artists will join in a grand finale jam, and a “People’s Choice Award will be given to the favorite act, based on audience selection. Free admission, but donations welcome for Wounded Warrior Project (877-832-6997 (TEAMWWP) or Artists’ signup inquiries: call 626-8911 or email

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Not even one month since the summer solstice, a season of festivals and special events has barely gotten into second gear, so get ready for the scene and options for outings to get only hotter.

Surfing and water sports will occupy two sites on the weekend of Aug. 2-3. Besides the 15th annual Guy Daniels Memorial Surf-Off, a tradition in Surfside Beach that continues to make a big splash in scholarships for local college students, Empire Wake’s All-American Summer Wakeboarding Tour will make waves in the Intracoastal Waterway, at mile marker 377 in Bucksport.

Jeffrey Weeks, the new manager of the Bucksport Plantation Marina & RV Resort, said planning this showcase of wakeboarding the first day, and wakesurfing the second, began in later spring. He said the marina’s owner had wanted “to sponsor a big tournament,” with hopes of making it an annual event.

Attracting crowds of competitors and leisurely spectators for “an exciting two days,” Weeks said, also will give this marina about a 15-minute drive south of Conway, off U.S. 701, and “sort of back off the beaten path,” some new exposure.

The marina was host June 21-22 to the Outboard Drag Boat Association’s Grand National Drag Boat Races – Draggin’ on the Waccamaw. Weeks said that event ( and the tournament Aug. 2-3 each draw a different kind of crowd, and he sees the latter fetching a younger audience.

With a full-service restaurant, a campground that accommodates recreational vehicles and tent camping, as well as ample docking space, boat slips and vehicular parking, fans are welcome to “come for the day or come for the weekend,” Weeks said, noting that local bands will entertain.

“We will keep our eye on the future,” Weeks said, also eager to welcome concerts by “big-name artists” and with hopes to work with Empire Wake to add an annual college wakeboarding competition in Bucksport later this year.

Craftsmen’s Summer Classic

Gilmore Enterprises Inc. of Greensboro will bring its Craftsmen’s Summer Classic Art & Craft Festival for its 32nd year to the Grand Strand, Aug. 1-3 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

The family business’ advertising and marketing director, Carly Gilmore, said with about 220 artisan vendors signed up, it marks “kind of a big celebration for the end of summer and getting ready for going back to school and heading into fall.”

The company, with 10 shows annually across the Carolinas and Virginia, makes Myrtle Beach its only summer expo.

“We focus all our attention on the Myrtle Beach show in the summer,” Gilmore said.

From what she has seen at four spring shows this year, Gilmore said, the appeal remains traditional with “that back-to-America roots of being hand made,” coupled with being “progressive and contemporary in final ideas and products.”

“It’s a great mix of handmade products with a new contemporary spin on them,” she said.

Gilmore brought up two of her favorites at this show in Myrtle Beach:

Michelle McLaughlin with Motherbored, from Bristow, Va., with her “beautiful jewelry made of pieces of electronics,” Gilmore said, and Pam Lane, from Arapahoe, N.C., near New Bern, for her painted glass.

This Myrtle Beach show also mixes business and pleasure for this large “family” of participants, said Gilmore, who enjoys “seeing exhibitors coming from all over the country and being in this coastal city.”

“It’s fun to see them out at dinner,” she said, “and hear their stories on the beach from the night before.”

Church gets ‘peachy’

St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church in Litchfield Beach will have its annual Peach Festival 4-7 p.m. Saturday.

Cindy Smith, director of ministries, said this fest, approaching a decade in tradition, raised more than $10,000 last year, and the funds were disbursed among various local charities.

“We love to try to promote that,” she said, “so folks know where the money goes.”

The festival lets attendees “get out with your neighbors,” Smith said, “and get something peachy.”

“Knowing that and being part of that,” she said, “it’s all about missions and helping people in the local community.”

The festival also marks another extended celebration, for the church’s new pastor who joined the church on June 25, the Rev. Pamela G. Ledbetter, “so this will be her first Peach Festival,” Smith said, reminding everyone of another offshoot from this weekend:

“We just love bringing the community together.”

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.

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