As John Paul Young sang in his hit from 1978, “Love Is in the Air,” especially this weekend for Valentine’s Day with so many choices of things to do to mark the occasion.
Love also might be in the sea mist, at least at Myrtle Beach State Park.
Ann Malys Wilson, the park’s senior interpretive ranger, said response was good in filling up the roster for its inaugural “Animal Swoon under the Moon” program for this weekend.
After watching moonrise from the pier, the group will explore the multitude of ways that local animals beckon for a mate, whether by singing, dancing, leaving scented signals, or in other ways that might strike people as wild or comical.
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Jessica Goodrich, another interpretive ranger, said the gang will be apprised about different animals “and the bizarre things that they do.”
Wilson and Goodrich said this event, along with the teams registered and set for the second annual “Amazing Myrtle Beach State Park Challenge Race,” covering six miles on March 1, kick start the year in park events, which also will include Park Palooza on April 5, and “Totally Turtles” May 3 (Details at 238-0874 or www.myrtlebeachsp.com.) Prizes for the race will accent more South Carolina state parks, such as free camping at Table Rock, northwest of Greenville, Goodrich said, reminding everyone about 46 other such parks to explore, all year round.
Singing grams, Elvis style
Two local Elvis tribute artists are happy to pour their heart out for Valentine’s Day.
David Chaney of Myrtle Beach called the day always “special” for Elvis.
“Even as a child, it was one of my favorite days at school,” he said.
Since moving five years ago to the Grand Strand, he has performed “many ‘Elvis Grams’ ” in addition to giving full concerts for Valentine’s Day. This year, he’ll serenade diners Friday evening for a fourth year in a row at Nacho Mammas, 300 Ninth Ave. N., Myrtle Beach.
“The most requested songs are usually ‘Love Me Tender’ and ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love,’ ” said Chaney, who performs all year at various sites.
Jeff Collins helps coordinate the Elvis Fan Club Myrtle Beach/Grand Strand – for which the next meeting is Feb. 18 at Boathouse Waterway Bar & Grill, off U.S. 501, just west of Myrtle Beach: gather at 6 p.m., music at 7. (Details at 424-9124 or www.kingsshazaam.com.) Also known as “King Shazaam, he does shows on the Grand Strand and in Charlotte, and this month, has lined up Elvis “Singing Valentines” locally, and they comprise three to five songs each. These deliveries are not just for wives, he said, but mothers, who often like gospel numbers.
Collins said he dons a “red ‘Burnin’ Love’ jumpsuit,” and that the most popular numbers include “All Shook Up,” “Burnin’ Love,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” “Blue Hawaii,” “Hawaiian Wedding Song,” “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You,” and although “not Elvis, but a great love song” – “I Can’t Help Myself.”
Romantic movie time
David Zinman, who spends every winter in Conway from Jamestown, N.Y., is host for the annual “Friday Night at the Movies” classic film festival at Georgetown County Library’s Waccamaw Neck branch, in Pawleys Island.
The next film rolls at 7 p.m. Friday, ”Somewhere in Time,” specially chosen by Zinman for Valentine’s Day.
“The movie is about the timelessness of relationships,” he said. “It stars Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. It tells of two people in love – though living at different eras – who manage to cross the barriers of time to find each other.”
Zinman said a fan club formed upon the movie’s release, in 1980, Zinman said, noting its continued existence, including its own website, somewhereintime.tv.
“Every year, its members meet for a weekend, many in period attire,” Zinman said, “at the famous Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Lake Michigan, where the film was shot on location.”
“This is not just a chick flick. The story is told from the man’s point of view, and half the members of the fan club are men.”