SUNDAY | 07.29
EASY ESCAPES: Lighthouse Island tour
The Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge will have a tour to the two historic structures on Lighthouse Island 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. July 29.
After a slide presentation at the Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center, on U.S. 17 in Awendaw, about 35 miles south of Georgetown, guests will drive about 10 miles north to McClellanville and board a ferry at for the six-mile, eco-tour crossing to the island, which also includes narrated observations of local flora and fauna.
Because the destination is in a National Wilderness Area, without a docking area, participants will wade ashore and walk a dirt path to the lighthouses. On the isle, the 65-foot-tall conical lighthouse was built in 1827, and an octagonal lighthouse from 1857 and 150 feet in height, dates to 1857. Both lights are on the National Register of Historic Places.
Other excursions are 12:30-5:30 p.m. Sept. 29 and 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 10 – both Sundays. Tickets are $45, by advance reservation only. Contact Coastal Expeditions of Mount Pleasant at 884-7684, www.coastalexpeditions.com, or email email@example.com. Details on Cape Romain at 928-3368 or www.fws.gov/caperomain.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY | 07.26-07.28
Collins back at Cabana
Bobby Collins, a native New Yorker who left an executive post at Calvin Klein to begin a career in comedy in the 1980s, will return to the Grand Strand for the weekend.
Show times are 8 and 10:15 p.m. July 26-27 and 8:15 p.m. July 28, at Comedy Cabana, 9588 N. Kings Highway, just north of Myrtle Beach. Tickets are $23 general admission in advance or $25 day of show, and preferred seating is $25.
The author of “On the Inside” – named after one of his classic bits – with six comedy CDs on his resume, Collins has warmed up crowds for such stars as stars as Tony Bennett, Cher, Julio Iglesias, Dolly Parton and the late Frank Sinatra.
Other acts lined up at Comedy Cabana are Ken Rogerson July 29-Aug. 4, and Drew Thomas Aug. 5-11, each with Cooter Douglas opening, and each $15, with shows at 8 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays, a 10:15 option. Details at 449-4242, www.comedycabana.com and www.bobbycollins.com.
FRIDAY | 07.26
Summer senior dances
The city of Myrtle Beach’s senior dance series, a hit every winter, continues its summer edition 7-10 p.m. July 26.
Meet at the Myrtle Beach Base Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Lane, near Farrow Parkway and The Market Common, and the Horry-Georgetown Technical College Grand Strand Campus. Tickets are $7, including beverages; bring snacks for your table, or buy some on site.
For the series finale is 7-10 p.m. Aug. 16, ticket sales for that begin Aug. 1. Details at 918-2381 or www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com, and 570-655-1558 for Jack and Rosalie, the disc jockeys donating their music services.
TUESDAY | 07.30
Raptors command museum
Myriad nature programs continue at Myrtle Beach and Huntington Beach state parks, as well as Brookgreen Gardens and Hobcaw Barony. Two animal-friendly places in North Carolina also find that educational niche nifty, with events on July 30:
• The Museum of Coastal Carolina’s Sand Bar Cafe will welcome Kurt Hugelmeyer, speaking on “Raptors: Birds of Prey,” at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach. The retired dentist, who also is vice president of the Myrtle Beach Orchid Society and a longtime museum volunteer, will cover hunting birds that live in the Southeast, many year round or that migrate through the region.
The museum is open 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is $8 for ages 13-61, $7 ages 62 and older, $6 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger. Details at 910-579-1016 or www.museumplanetarium.org.
• Also, meet Terri Kirby Hathaway, co-author of “North Carolina’s Amazing Coast: Natural Wonders from Alligators to Zoeas,” a book of 100 vignettes on local flora, fauna and natural history, 1-3:30 p.m. for a book signing at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, on U.S. 421, just south of Kure Beach. The aquarium’s open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, and admission is $8 ages 13-61, $7 seniors, $6 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger. Details at 910-458-7468 orwww.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher
MONDAY | 07.29
‘Sun & Fun in ‘61’
Anyone who wants to sail back five decades is invited to a campground beach party musical that’s open to the public, “WaterWay Nights: Sun & Fun in ’61.” The next show is 7:30 p.m. July 29, with other performances on Aug. 5, 9, 12 and 14, at Cypress Camping Resort, 101 Cypress RV Way, Socastee, off River Road from S.C. 707, by Socastee High School. Tickets are $5. Details at 293-0300 or www.cypresscampingresort.com.