Best Bets for the Myrtle Beach area, Feb. 28-March 6

02/27/2014 12:00 AM

02/25/2014 12:29 PM

SATURDAY | 03.01

Brookgreen’s otter birthday party

Brookgreen Gardens, on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, will have its “Otter Birthday Celebration” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 1, to celebrate three river otter pups about to turn 2. The trio, born March 11, 2011, have grown into big boys among a group of resident otters in an indoor-outdoor habitat in the Lowcountry Zoo. This birthday party will include craft tables with color sheets, word finds and masks; storybook reading; ice pops for the resident otters; and a zookeeper talk as the otters unwrap their presents.

Other events in March include (unless noted otherwise, free with admission, which lasts seven days: $14 ages 13-64, $12 ages 65 and older, and $7 ages 4-12):

• Exhibits “Equine Spirit: The Horse in American Art” exhibit, through April 20, and “Sojun tu Gullah Geechee” (“Sojourn to Gullah Geechee”), a traveling exhibit from Geechee Kunda Center, in Riceboro, Ga., noon-4:30 p.m. daily through March 16.
• Cooking Demos, 4 p.m. Wednesdays in March, for $25 extra ($20 members) – reservations at 235-6016.
• “Diggin’ It” Spring Garden Festival, March 22

Details at 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or

FRIDAY, NEXT THURSDAY | 02.28, 03.06

Curtains open for four plays

Two local historic theaters open plays Feb. 28 for three weekends through March 16:

• “Monty Python’s ‘SpamALot’ ” by Theatre of the Republic, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, and March 1, 6-8 and 13-15; and 3 p.m. March 2, 8-9 and 15-16, at Main Street Theatre, 335 Main. St., Conway, for $21. Details at 488-0821 or
• “The Constant Wife,” by Swamp Fox Players, 8 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1, 7-8 and 13-15; and 2:30 p.m. March 9 and 16, at Strand Theater, 710 Front St., Georgetown, for $15. 527-2924 or

Two Horry County high schools will mount major productions starting March 6:

• “Shrek the Musical,” by students in grades 3-12, 7 p.m. March 6-9 and 3 p.m. March 8-9, at Socastee High School, on S.C. 707, near Dick Pond Road. $12 or $17. 293-9041 or
• “Fame the Musical,” 7 p.m. March 6-8, and 2 p.m. March 8, at St. James High School, at S.C. 707 and Salem Road, in Burgess community, for $8. 650-5600.

SATURDAY | 03.01

Tour churches, hear organs

Local members of the American Guild of Organists, Grand Strand Chapter, and five downtown Conway churches will present a historic tour on March 1. At each church stop for a half-hour, learn about that church’s history and architectural design, and enjoy a demonstration of the pipe and digital organs used in its worship programs. Admission is free.

The tour starts at 9:30 a.m. on the front steps of Kingston Presbyterian Church, 800 Third Ave., then proceeds to:

• Trinity United Methodist Church, 198 Long Ave.
• St. Paul’s Church, 710 Main St.
• First Baptist Church, 603 Elm St.
• First United Methodist Church, 1001 Fifth Ave.

The chapter ( also is planning for “Pedals, Pipes and Pizza,” an introduction to the organ for youth ages 11-16, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 3 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3000 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach.

Details from Roberta Rowland-Raybold at 607-282-2350 or email, and Billy Fallaw, chapter dean, at 488-4251 or email

THURSDAYS | Starting 03.06

‘Birding for Beginners’

Hobcaw Barony, on U.S. 17, just north of Georgetown, will give a weekly “Birding for Beginners” course to help people build up their recognizing of birds by sight, sound, behavior and habitat.

The classes, led by Trista Hindman, a barony interpreter, will meet 3-4:30 p.m. for four Thursdays starting March 6, then take a field trip 7-11 a.m. March 28. The $75 fee also includes a birding book and a bird-song CD.

This class is separate from the “Birding on the Barony” tours, with Jerry Walls, a naturalist from Hemingway, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on third Saturday monthly, including March 15 and April 19, each $35.

Other activities in March include:

• Discovery (welcome) Center, open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, for free.
• Barony tours, including Hobcaw House, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, for $20.
• “Hike Hobcaw,” 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 7, for $25.
• Bellefield Plantation tour, covering Belle Baruch’s home site, 1-3 p.m. March 8, for $20.
• “Hobcaw Beach” walking tour, 1:30-4:30 p.m. March 14, for $20.
• Bellefield Plantation tour, covering Belle Baruch’s home site, 1-3 p.m. March 8, for $20.
• “Women’s History Month Cruise,” led by Lee Brockington, historian and author (reach her at 904-9014 or email, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 18 – bring a picnic lunch and folding chair; men also welcome. $50.
• “Trail Ride with Your Own Horse,” 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 22 – with gates for entry closing at noon – for $30 per horse, including waiver forms due March 19.

Registration is required for all programs at 546-4623. More details at and

FRIDAY-TUESDAY, NEXT THURSDAY | 02.28-03.04, 03.06

Many special outings, exhibits

• New season March 1 for NASCAR SpeedPark, 1820 21st Ave North Ext., at U.S. 17 Bypass, Myrtle Beach, across from the Palace Theatre and Broadway at the Beach, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily through April 6, then 10 a.m.-10 p.m. into June. Free admission for spectators; individual ride tickets available; daylong wristband $29.99 ($23.99 online) and various other pass options. 918-8725 or
• Fifth annual Wildlife Expo and Supper, 1 p.m. March 1, with dinner at 5 p.m., at Juniper Bay Baptist Church, 5265 Juniper Bay Road, Conway. Free. 397-2787.
• Evening of 1960s music and dancing , with Mike’s Garage Band, benefiting Brunswick Family Assistance, 5:30-9:30 p.m. March 1 at 101 Stone Chimney Road, at U.S. 17 and N.C. 211 in Supply, N.C. $12. 910-754-4766 or 910-754-7322.
• Shoji Tabuchi in concert, 7 p.m. March 1 at Alabama Theatre, at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, for $34.95, $42.95 or $48.95. 272-1111, 800-342-2262 or
• Franklin Square Gallery’s annual Spring Art Show, March 3-22, at 130 E. West St., Southport, N.C., open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Show awards given at reception 5-7 p.m. March 7, during downtown Southport’s First Friday Gallery Walk. 910-278-7560 or
• Return of “Illusions of Magic” March 4-Sept. 27, at Palace Theatre, at U.S. 17 Bypass and 21st Avenue North at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, at these times through May: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, and through April, 2 p.m. Thursdays – $34.95, $39.95 or $44.95 ages 13 and older, matinees $29.95; and $9.95 ages 12 or younger for all shows. 448-0588, 888-841-2787 or
• FPC Concerts’ “Promenades” series continuing 1 p.m. March 6 with “Broadway Showstoppers and The Grasshopper Opera,” with Noreen O’Reilly, soprano; Brown Bradley, tenor; Jeffery Jones, baritone; Philip Powell on piano; and the FPC Players, at First Presbyterian Church, 1300 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. $15 at door. 448-4496 or

Also, at Coastal Carolina University’s main campus in Conway (349-2787 or

• “An Evening with Sarah Reese,” Metropolitan Opera soprano, 4 p.m. March 1 in Wheelwright Auditorium. $15 general; $10 CCU/Horry-Georgetown Technical College faculty, staff, alumni, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members, seniors and teens; and $5 CCU/Horry-Georgetown Technical College students, and children.
• “Sing Me A Story: Ballads and Songs from Appalachia and Beyond,” 4 p.m. March 2 in Coastal Carolina University Edwards Recital Hall, on main campus in Conway, with Jill Trinka, playing guitar, autoharp and mountain dulcimer, and Liz Miller showing slides of images from Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin exhibit ”Julyan Davis: Appalachian Ballads” going through March 16, for $5 general; $3 CCU/HGTC students, faculty and staff; and free for children.
• “Gospel Sing Out,” by Coastal Carolina University Inspirational Ambassadors, 4:30 p.m. March 2 in Wheelwright Auditorium, for free.

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