SATURDAY | 08.09
Hop on boat to see swallow-tailed kites
Hop aboard Coastal Expeditions’ Island Cat boat for “Seeking the Swallow-Tailed Kite,” a trek to see these birds that break from their graceful soar into predatory acrobatics. The tour, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, also includes Sandy Island Preserve, with a naturalist-led walk to see wildlife of this protected island.
Meet at the visitor center of the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge, 21424 N. Fraser St. (U.S. 701), midway between Georgetown and Conway. This area is the northernmost, documented nesting site for the kites and has the highest concentration of the species in South Carolina.
Tickets are $35 ages 13 and older, otherwise $20.
Also, the visitor center is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Details at 527-8069 or www.fws.gov/waccamaw.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, AND WEEKLY 08.08-08.10
‘Cirque Italia’ and late nights at water parks
The “Cirque Italia” water circus, on a 35,000-gallon water stage, opens Friday for three days in a white and blue tent in the parking lot on the east side of Oak Street, across from the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, near 21st Avenue North. Show times are 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$50. Details at 877-628-6872 or cirqueitalia.com.
Also, two local water parks, which both open at 10 a.m. daily, stay open later into dusk, one night weekly:www.myrtlewaves.com www.wild-water.com
FRIDAYS-SATURDAYS | Through 10.04
Strand Cinema lines up slew of films
Strand Cinema, a local group that shows independent, foreign and documentary films, has begun a new stretch of screenings.
All are at the Strand Theater, 710 Front St., Georgetown., and each is $5 for members, otherwise $7:
Details at 527-2924 or www.strandcinema.org.
OPENS SUNDAY | 08.10
‘Mopars at the Beach’ ready to roll
The third annual “Mopars at the Beach,” putting the spotlight on Chrysler makes and models through the years, opens Sunday for eight days through Aug. 17 with this slate of events:
TUESDAYS-SATURDAYS | Through 09.13
EASY ESCAPES: Blackbeard ship artifacts in exhibit
A cannon ball, window glass and gold dust from the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, are on exhibit at the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site in Winnabow, N.C., through Sept. 13.
Artifacts shown represent weaponry, nautical tools and personal items, all on loan from the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, the repository for artifacts from the shipwreck. The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources has led research on the shipwreck near Beaufort since 1997.
Also, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. this Saturday, take in the special program “Mine Games: Torpedo Warfare in the Cape Fear River,” apprising visitors, with demonstrations on the hour, about the role that Union Navy-feared torpedoes played in the Confederates’ Cape Fear Defense System during the Civil War.
Brunswick Town, 8884 St. Philip’s Road S.E., off U.S. 17, about 15 miles southwest of Wilmington, N.C., is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and admission is free.
Details at 910-371-6613 or www.nchistoricsites.org/brunswic/brunswic.htm.