DAILY | Three galleries
Trio of art events
Take your pick of three major art celebrations, all for free:• “Portfolio II: Studio Art” is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through May 11 in Coastal Carolina University’s Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts Building, 133 Chanticleer Drive W., Conway. The works showcase 13 graduating students in their final senior art projects. Meet them at a reception 4:30-6:30 p.m. May 10. Details at 349-6454 or www.coastal.edu/bryanartgallery.
“Motion of the Ocean,” a sculpture exhibit by Erin Nolan of Calabash, N.C., an East Carolina University senior, is May 3-11, at Sunset River Marketplace, 10283 Beach Drive S.W. (N.C. 179), Calabash, N.C. See 12 pieces in a range of media such as cast iron, steel, cast aluminum and wood. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 910-575-5999 or www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com.• The Seacoast Artists Guild of South Carolina will have formal grand opening of its Seacoast Artists Gallery 6-8 p.m. May 3. Activities will include demonstrations by several local artists in such media as wood carving, engraving and painting. The gallery, at 3032 Nevers St., Myrtle Beach, in The Market Common and across from the city’s Valor Memorial Garden, is open noon-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. 232-7009 or www.seacoastartistsguild.com. Also, visit the guild’s second gallery 6 a.m.-2 p.m. daily at Applewood House of Pancakes, 14361 Ocean Highway, Litchfield Beach.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY | 05.03-05.05
Feast yourself on a flotilla of festivals this weekend, including these, and admission is free, unless noted otherwise:• Beach Music Party, by the town Surfside Beach, 5-8 p.m. May 3 in the Surfside Beach Pier parking lot, at Ocean Boulevard and Surfside Drive, with music by Sea Cruz. Details at 650-9548 or www.surfsidebeach.org.
• Sixth annual “Starfish Ball,” benefiting Waccamaw Youth Center of Conway, 7:30-11 p.m. May 3 at Pine Lakes Country Club, 5603 Granddaddy Drive, Myrtle Beach, for $100 individual or $175 couple. 369-0200 or www.waccamawyouthcenter.org.
• “Festa Italiana,” by Sons of Italy Myrtle Beach Lodge 2662 of Socastee, 5-9 p.m. May 3, noon-8 p.m. May 4, and noon-6 p.m. May 5, outside Alabama Theatre, in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, including a pasta-eating contest by Villa Romana Restaurant of Myrtle Beach, and a display of Ferraris and Maseratis. 333-7523 or www.sonsofitalymb.com.
• 17th annual “Blessing of the Inlet,” 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4 at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, 4183 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, including ceremony at 11:30 a.m. 651-5099, www.blessingoftheinlet.com.
• “Spring Fling” Family Fun Festival, benefiting Palmetto Academy of Learning and Success charter school and Palmetto Preschool and Learning Center, both of Myrtle Beach, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 4 in Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, on Farrow Parkway, at The Market Common. 839-1725 or www.palmettoacademy.com, and 839-3500 or www.marketcommonmb.com.
• 27th annual Rivertown Art & Music Festival, by Conway Downtown Alive, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. May 4 in downtown Conway. 248-6260 or www.conwayalive.com.
• Island River Music Fest, noon-5 p.m. May 4, with concerts by Latitude, and The Jamaican Jerks, at La Belle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School. $8 for ages 18-79, otherwise free; also, bring two canned/dry food items for relay to area food banks for $3 discount. 399-9463 or www.labelleamie.com.
• Strawberry and Wine Fest, benefiting Old Bridge Preservation Society, noon-6 p.m. May 4 at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., for $5, including music by The Imitations. 315-253-8107 or www.oldbridgepreservationsociety.org, and winery at 910-287-2800 or www.silvercoastwinery.com.
• AMP (Art. Music and Pilau) Fest, benefiting The Rice Museum, 633 Front St., Georgetown, noon-10 p.m. May 4 at The Krazy Fish, 619 Front St., Georgetown, for $4. 546-7423 or www.ricemuseum.org.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY | 05.04-05.05
Cinco de Mayo party time
Various places will celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend, including Fiesta Del Burro Loco in Myrtle Beach, with two big events.
The eatery, at 950 Jason Blvd., near the Mr. Joe White Avenue extension at U.S. Bypass, has its Stache Dash 5K at 9:30 a.m. May 4, when everyone is invited to dress up in fiesta style, in time for a breakfast party at 10:30. Awards will be given for longest real and funniest /most creative mustaches, best costume, and fastest male and female.
Registration is $20, and all proceeds benefit the “Heroes for the ARC” campaign to support the Coastal South Carolina American Red Cross chapter that serves Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties for local disaster response services including emergency food, clothing and shelter.(477-0020 or www.redcross.org).
Sign up on site on race day, at www.active.com or through May 3 at the restaurant or local sister entities California Dreaming near Surfside Beach or in North Myrtle Beach, as well Carolina Roadhouse, Gulfstream Café or New York Prime.
Then, on May 5, at Burro Loco, celebrate at the 16th annual Burro Fest, 11 a.m.-1 a.m., with live entertainment outside 1-11 p.m. and a disc jockey inside from 10 p.m. until closing. Details at 626-1756 or www.fiestadelburroloco.com/events/.
SATURDAY | 05.04
Myrtle Beach State Park already has a tradition for the first Saturday in April, with “Park Palooza,” so the first Saturday in May has gone “‘Totally Turtles!”
This celebration, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 4, entails many programs to educate everyone about sea turtles, which include the S.C. state reptile, the loggerhead sea turtle:• 10 a.m. – “Get out of the TED (turtle excluder device),” “Sizing Up Turtles,” and “Data Behind the DNA of a Nesting Sea Turtle”
10:45 – “TSI: Turtle Scene Investigations,” “Turtle Tales Story Time” and “Life Cycle of a Loggerhead Sea Turtle”• 11:30 – “Terrible Turtle Trouble,” “Sizing Up Turtles” and “Life Cycle of a Loggerhead Sea Turtle”
• 12:15 p.m. – “TSI,” “Turtle Crafts” and “Turtle Tales Story Time”
• 1 p.m. – “Terrible Turtle Trouble,” “Turtle Crafts” and “Data Behind the DNA of a Nesting Sea Turtle”
• 1:30 – “Pollution Pick up to Help Sea Turtles”
The park – open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily – on U.S. 17 Business, one mile south of Farrow Parkway/Ocean Boulevard, and activities are free with park admission: $5 for ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15. Details at 238-0874 for nature center, 238-5325 park office, or www.myrtlebeachsp.com.
NEXT THURSDAY | 05.09
Women’s Hall of Fame
A luncheon May 9 will honor the third person to be inducted in the Georgetown County Women’s Hall of Fame, Genevieve Willcox Chandler (1890-1980).
At this gathering, at noon at Kimbels at Wachesaw Plantation Club in Murrells Inlet, Robin Salmon, vice president of art and historical collections/curator of sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens, will give a lecture about Chandler, an artist, historian, folklorist, linguist, short-story writer, teacher and museum curator who also worked for Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington after they established Brookgreen.
The hall of fame will open in the museum after the latter is moved to new, larger quarters on Broad Street in Georgetown later this year. Elizabeth Allston Pringle and Eliza Lucas Pinckney were inducted in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
This luncheon, presented jointly by Brookgreen, Coastal Carolina University’s Women in Philanthropy and Leadership, and the Georgetown County Museum, is $25, and reservations are due May 4 – call 545-7020.
Visit the museum 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays at 632 Prince St., Georgetown. Admission is $4 for ages 18-64, $3 ages 65 and older, and $2 ages 7-17. Details at 545-7020 or www.georgetowncountymuseum.com.