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SUNDAY | 01.05

‘Appalachian Ballads’

At Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, experience a region of northeast Greenville County known as The Dark Corner, with the opening of “Julyan Davis: Appalachian Ballads,” paintings by an English-born artist from Asheville, N.C.

The more than a dozen large-scale oil paintings, triptychs and smaller pieces – each named after a lyric from a traditional folk song or murder ballad, or both, sung for centuries by bluegrass and folk musicians in Appalachia – give a glimpse into life in the roughly 150 square miles of rugged terrain, isolated from the rest of South Carolina with an economy based on its distilleries.

The exhibit opens with a artist reception 1-3 p.m. Jan. 5, with Appalachian music performed by Greg and Lucretia Speas. Admission is $10 for this event, then the works will remain on display through March 16.

Another exhibit, “The Opulent Object: Tapestries by Jon Riis with Sculpture by Richard Mafong and Mike Harrison,” will close on Jan. 5.

The museum, with free admission and open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays, is at 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, across from Midway Par 3. Details at 238-2510 or


Camera club exhibit at winery

An exhibit of photographs by members of the Coastal Carolina Camera Club go on display Jan. 3 for the month, with an opening reception 4-6 p.m., at Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

The club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday monthly at Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 M.H. Rourk Drive, Shallotte, N.C., and guests are always welcome. Details at 910-287-6311 or

Through February, the winery, 6680 Barbeque Road, is open noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, and until 6 p.m. Fridays. Details at 910-287-2800 or

The winery also is host to “Wine Dancing,” led by Wanda and Jim York, 2:30-5 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 12, and on Wednesdays, each session for $5. Details at 910-575-6575, 732-470-8612 or

DAILY | Through 01.31

Dauphin featured January artist

Every month, the Seacoast Artists Gallery features an artist for the month, and for January, Lorraine Dauphin takes her turn in the spotlight.

Dauphin moved to Myrtle Beach from Connecticut eight years ago, and she began drawing and painting from nature as a child. Known for her pastel drawings and oil paintings, the former assistant art director for a major corporation has been a freelance designer and illustrator since 1994, and she has branched into portraiture and pet portraits.

The gallery, 3032 Nevers St., Myrtle Beach, in The Market Common, is open noon-7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Details at 232-7009 or


‘Driving Miss Daisy’

The Atlantic Stage professional theater troupe begins 2014 with “Driving Miss Daisy,” opening Jan. 9.

The title, for which the play won a Pulitzer Prize and film generated four Oscars, takes on the warm-hearted and humorous look at the relationship between an aging, crotchety Southern lady, and a proud, soft-spoken driver and helper.

Performances will go through Feb. 2: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, at the 79th Avenue Theatre, a black-box setting in Coastal Carolina University’s Myrtle Beach Education Center, at U.S. 17 Bypass.

Tickets are $27.50 general admission; $22.50 seniors, (ages 55 and older) educators and military; $17.50 students, including Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members; and $10 side section seats. Also, subscription/flex-pass packages are available for use for any play: four tickets for $82.50 adult, $67.50 senior/educator/military and $52.50 student; and eight tickets for $165, $135 and $105, respectively.

Also, join a talk-back session with cast and crew after the first and second Sunday performances. Atlantic Stage’s sixth season of plays will close with “The Nerd,” March 20-April 13. Details at 877-287-8587 or

SATURDAYS | 01.04, 01.11, 02.01, 02.08

EASY ESCAPES: Santee refuge birding hikes

The Santee National Wildlife Refuge will present free bird-watching hikes 8-10 a.m. on the first and second Saturdays through February: Jan. 4 and 11, and Feb. 1 and 8.

Mary Lou Dickson, a refuge volunteer and professional photographer, will lead a casual, milelong stroll each day in the Wright’s Bluff Nature Trail, covering flat terrain through mixed forest, open fields, bottomland hardwoods and shorelines, and people of all ages are welcome. Bring binoculars for the chance to see migratory songbirds, as well as seeing wild turkey, bald eagles and other raptors, sandhill cranes, migratory geese and ducks, tundra swans, and a variety waterbirds.

The walks are geared to people of all ages, for folks who want to learn the basics about birding to advanced birders seeking more details about the refuge. Meet at the Wrights Bluff Nature Trail parking area, 2125 Fort Watson Road, Summerton.

Reach the refuge, on the north shore of Lake Marion, in Clarendon County, by heading south on I-95 from Manning to Exit 102 for U.S. 15 north a short distance. The refuge Visitor Center as well as the Santee Indian Mound and site of Fort Watson, are on the Bluff Unit, seven miles south of Summerton on Hwy 15/301

Details at 803-478-2217 or The refuge also will have the seventh annual Santee Birding and Nature Festival, April 25-27 – 803-854-2131 or

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