March 13, 2014

Best Bets for the Myrtle Beach area, March 14-20

Two groups open productions next week:


‘Ragtime,’ ‘The Nerd’ on stage

Two groups open productions next week:

• “Ragtime, the Musical” by Carolina Forest High School Drama Department: 7:30 p.m. March 19-22 and 3 p.m. March 22-23, at the school, 700 Gardner Lacy Road, east of U.S. 501, for $20. This is part of a “March Musical Marathon,” benefiting student trip to perform in August at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, and the other show is “Always ... Patsy Cline,” 7:30 p.m. March 26-29 and 3 p.m. March 29-30, also for $20. Details at 236-7997 or www.cfhsshows.com.
• “The Nerd,” by Atlantic Stage: March 20-April 13: 7:30 pm. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at Coastal Carolina University Myrtle Beach Education Center’s 79th Avenue Theatre, at U.S. 17 Bypass – $27.50 general admission; $22.50 seniors (ages 55 and older)/educators/military; $17.50 students, including Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members; and $10 side section seats. 877-287-8587 or www.atlanticstage.com.

SUNDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY | 03.16, 03.18, 03.19

Trio of concerts at CCU

Coastal Carolina University, on its main campus in Conway, has a trio of concerts in the next week. Tickets for each are $5 general admission; $3 CCU/Horry-Georgetown Technical College students, faculty and staff; and free for children:

• “Piano Series,” in Edwards Recital Hall with Bennie Woods at 4 p.m. March 16 (also with Jerry Wong 4 p.m. April 6, and Catherine Kautsky 7:30 p.m. April 25).
• “Choral Masterworks” Bach, Beethoven and the Boys,” with CCU Concert and Chamber Choirs and voice faculty, and Long Bay Symphony Chamber Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. March 18 in Wheelwright Auditorium.
• CCU Student Jazz Combo, 7:30 p.m. March 19 in Edwards Recital Hall.

Details at 349-2787 or www.coastal.edu/culturalarts.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY | 03.15-03.16

History, wildlife, music, laughs

Some special events cover history, music, chuckles and memories:

• At Hobcaw Barony, on U.S. 17, just north of Georgetown: “1861 Days,” with U.S. Army 1860, 3rd U.S. Infantry Civil War Re-enactors in hourlong presentations, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 15, for $10 ages 12 and older, otherwise free; and “Women’s History Month Cruise,” led by Lee Brockington, historian and author, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 18 – bring a picnic lunch and folding chair, for $50. Register for cruise at 546-4623. More details at www.hobcawbarony.org. Also: “Hobnob at Hobcaw” benefit for Waccamaw Riverkeeper, 4 p.m. March 15, for $25 Riverkeeper members, otherwise $30. 349-4007 or www.winyahrivers.org.
• A Way to Play dog agility club competition, with more than 200 races daily, 5-9 p.m. March 14, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 15-16, at A Dog’s Way Inn, 761 Pendergrass Ave., Murrells Inlet, west off U.S. 17, behind T-Bones Steak House. Free to watch. 357-4545.
• “Remembering Myrtle Beach: A Local History Series,” with Buz Martin, 11 a.m. March 15 at Myrtle Beach’s Chapin Memorial Library, 400 14th Ave. N., at Kings Highway. Free. 918-1282 or www.chapinlibrary.org.
• “South Strand Wildlife and History Day,” noon-5 p.m. March 15 at Huntington Beach State Park, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, iincluding Camp Flintlock, a group of colonial re-enactors; Atalaya tours ($2 fee ages 6 and older); a free-flight raptor demonstration at 1 p.m.; and programs on alligators, beachcombing, sea creatures, snakes, and folklore and ghost stories told in Atalaya basement. Free with park admission: $5 ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15. 238-5325, 247-4440 or www.southcarolinaparks.com/huntingtonbeach/.
• Rivertown Bluegrass Society monthly concert, at 5 p.m. March 15 at Horry-Georgetown Technical College Burroughs & Chapin Auditorium, off U.S. 501 in Conway, this time with The Morris Brothers (5 and 7:20 p.m.) and Subject To Change Band (6 and 8:20 p.m.). $10 members, otherwise $12 ages 12 and older, and free ages 12 and younger. 457-2854 or www.rivertownbluegrasssociety.com.
• Monthly social dance, for all ages, by Grand Strand Beach Social Dancers, in “Phantom of the Opera” theme, with music by Harlequin, 7 p.m. March 15 at Grand Strand Senior Center, 1268 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach. $7. 903-3765.
•  For Brunswick readers: American Red Cross Cape Fear Chapter Gala & Auction, 6 p.m.-midnight March 15 at University of North Carolina-Wilmington Burney Center, with Dave Sanderson, the last passenger off the “Miracle on the Hudson” US Airways flight in 2009, as keynote speaker. $150. 910-343-5833 or www.redcross.org/news/event/nc/wilmington/Red-Cross-Cape-Fear-Chapter-Gala-Auction.
• Fourth annual “Laugh Out Loud” Comedy Show, benefiting Conway Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of Conway, 3 p.m. March 16 in Coastal Carolina University’s Wheelwright Auditorium, off U.S. 501 in Conway, with Basile, Tommy Blaze, Cooter Douglas and Drew Thomas. $20. 248-2273 or www.lolcomedyshow.org.
• Festive Brass of Myrtle Beach performing at 3 p.m. March 16 at First United Methodist Church of Myrtle Beach, 901 N. Kings Highway (U.S. 17 Business), this one for Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s 53rd annual Canadian American Days festival, for free. (Also, free concert at 7 p.m. March 21 in North Myrtle Beach’s J. Bryan Floyd Community Center, 1030 Possum Trot Road.) 361-1942.
• “Rick Alviti & His Showband Tribute to Elvis,” 7 p.m. March 16 at Alabama Theatre (also home of “One the Show”) at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, for $27.40 or $34.95. 272-1111, 800-342-2262 or www.alabama-theatre.com.


‘Run to the Sun’ fuels benefit

The 26th annual “Run to the Sun” car show, by Pee Dee Street Rodders, benefiting Children’s Miracle Network,National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Horry County Benevolent Fund and Grand Strand Miracle Leagues, will roll 8 a.m.-5 p.m. March 20-22 at the former Myrtle Square mall site, on Kings Highway, between 21st and 29th avenues North, in Myrtle Beach. Last year, proceeds totaled $102,000.

Admission is free for spectators, and car registration $45 – 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 20-21 and 8 a.m.-11 a.m. March 22, available only at Sheraton at Myrtle Beach Convention Center, across Oak Street, at 21st Avenue North.

Also |

• Cruise parade northward from southernmost end of Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard, 5 p.m. March 20, for $5 entry..
• Parking available at Broadway at the Beach, with shuttle buses every 15 minutes to show site, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily.

Details at 669-3564, 665-4401, 687-8118, www.peedeestreetrodders.com, or email NTurner526@aol.com.


Women’s Hall of Fame induction

The Georgetown County Historical Society will have its fourth annual Georgetown County Women’s Hall of Fame Luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m. March 20 in DeBordieu Clubhouse, in DeBordieu Colony, on U.S. 17, between Pawleys Island and Georgetown.

The late Mabel Leffingwell Mercer Hamilton, a schoolteacher for about 30 years whose lifetime of community service for such causes as hospice, an Alzheimer’s support group, the Georgetown Garden Club, and the Service Over Self organization, will be the inductee for 2014. Brenda Stroup, former executive director of Tidelands Community Hospice in Georgetown, will give the keynote address.

Tickets are $30, and reservations are due at noon March 15 at 545-7020.

Hamilton (1912-2008) joins three other individuals in the hall of fame, one honored per year since 2011: Elizabeth Allston Pringle, Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Genevieve Willcox Chandler.

Visit the hall of fame in the newly relocated Georgetown County Museum, 120 Broad St., Georgetown, which is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is $5 ages 19 and older, $4 ages 60 and older, and $2 ages 7-18, and free ages 6 and younger. More details at www.georgetowncountymuseum.com.

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