Formally, summer’s barely more than a month old, but the days are getting shorter daily, ever so slightly.
This weekend, which will usher in August, includes two longtime events, with crafts and surfing. Surf through this list of some special events in the next month to plan some fun for the dog days of summer.
33rd annual Craftsmen’s Classic
The 33rd annual Craftsmen’s Classic Arts and Crafts Festival, a rite of later summer coordinated by Gilmore Enterprises Inc. of Greensboro, N.C., returns this weekend to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, at Oak Street and 21st Avenue North.
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More than 250 exhibitors, with many returning year after year, come from more than 20 states, said Carly Gilmore, advertising/marketing director, and all the artists and crafters make their own art, including some with custom work available. The show is 10 a.m.-6 pm. Friday-Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission remains unchanged from 2014 – $8 ages 13 and older, $1 ages 6-12, and free ages 5 and younger – and it covers all three days, with a free return ticket picked up from the show office before departure.
Visit www.craftshow.com for a $1 discount coupon for the adult rate at the door. More details at 336-282-5550.
16th annual Guy Daniels Memorial Surfoff
The annual Guy Daniels Memorial Surf-Off, which benefits the Guy Daniels Memorial Foundation and promotes keeping beaches clean, has helped 57 local students, who have received more than $60,000 collectively in college scholarships.
The 16th annual contest, open to everyone of all ages and in memory of a lifelong Surfside Beach resident and longtime beach lifeguard who died in 1999 at age 19, will hit the waves from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at 13th Avenue South and South Ocean Boulevard in Surfside Beach.
The events, besides surfing shortboard and longboard competitions, comprise a stand-up-paddleboard (SUP) race, a bodyboard division, a novice heat for new surfers, a youth “push-in” heat, which lets grown-ups push their young surfers into some waves, and a first-time adaptive heat for medically fragile youth and adults.
Entry deadline is July 28, with a $25 fee, and $5 for additional events. For any heats unfilled as of July 31, sign up on site for a $10 additional late fee.
Scholarship recipients for 2015 are: Julia Cole, a graduate of North Myrtle Beach High School, attending Erskine College; Amelia Evans, from Aynor High, attending Coastal Carolina University; McKenzie Forester, from Horry County Schools’ Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology, attending the University of South Carolina; Ty Limpasuvan, from Carolina Forest High, attending the California Institute of Technology; Casey Lucas, from Waccamaw High School, attending Clemson University; and Emilee Rabon, from Aynor High, attending Charleston Southern University.
Details at 655-1434 or surfoff.com.
More ‘Cool Summer Evenings’ in store
Brookgreen Gardens, open from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Huntington Beach State Park, still has two more weekends of its annual “Cool Summer Evenings,” staying open till 9 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays through Aug. 7.
Remaining concerts at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, are: Common Ground July 29, Paul Grimshaw Band July 31, Tammy’s Tangent Aug. 5 and Ross Holmes Band Aug. 7.
On Thursday evenings, family-oriented programs continue:
▪ “Evening Bed Check with the Animals,” 5 p.m., guided tour across Lowcountry Zoo.
▪ Storytelling with Donna Catton-Johnson, 6 p.m. in Enchanted Storybook Forest, next to Whispering Wings Butterfly House and across from zoo.
▪ “A Pirate Adventure at Brookgreen” creek excursions for families, at 5, 6 and 7 p.m., for an extra fee besides garden admission: $8 ages 13 and older, and $4 ages 4-12.
Helen Benso, Brookgreen’s vice president for marketing, called “Cool Summer Evenings” turnout “very good, more than last year.”
“I think people really enjoy two evenings of music,” she said.
The two galleries that make up Rainey Sculpture Pavilion also are being retooled for an annual tradition. The National Sculpture Society’s 82nd annual Awards Exhibition will open Aug. 8, going through Nov. 1. Fifteen juried awards will be given, Benso said, and in keeping with local custom, votes from visitors will determine the People’s Choice Award.
The open-later evenings and the art exhibits are free with admission, which lasts seven days: $15 ages 13-64, $13 ages 65 and older, and $7 ages 4-12, and free ages 3 and younger. Details at 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org.
Free movies roll in various parks
Pack a blanket or chairs for some cinema outside, weather permitting:
▪ “Movies After Dark,” 9 p.m. Thursdays in Surfside Beach’s Martin Field, at Dogwood Drive and Sixth Avenue South: “The Lego Movie” July 30, and “Big Hero 6” Aug. 6. 650-9548 or www.surfsidebeach.org
▪ “Movies Under the Stars” – 8:45 p.m. Fridays, but not July 31, in Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, on Farrow Parkway, at The Market Common: “Up” Aug. 7, “Finding Nemo” Aug. 14, “An American Tail” Aug. 21, and “Beetlejuice” Aug. 28. 839-3500 or www.marketcommonmb.com.
▪ “Movies in the Park,” about 8:30 p.m., on one Friday monthly in Conway’s Riverfront Park, on Elm Street: “Back to the Future” Aug. 7, and “Frozen” Sept. 12. 488-1950 or www.conwayparksandrecreation.com.
▪ “Movies at McLean” (on second Friday monthly, but not September) in North Myrtle Beach’s McLean Park, 93 Oak Drive, south of Main Street, between First and Second avenues south: “Disney’s “Cinderella” 8:30 p.m. Aug. 14; and “Paddington” 7 p.m. Oct. 9. 280-5594, ext. 3; or parks.nmb.us/Page.aspx?news=true&id=6.
▪ Brunswick County Parks & Recreation, at dusk: Calabash Town Park, 868 Persimmon Road – “Dolphin Tale 2” July 30, and “Blended” Aug. 13; and Southport, at Garrison House, off Davis Street in Southport – “Annie” Aug. 14, and “Monster House” Oct. 23. 910-253-2031 or bcparks.recdesk.com.
▪ “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” at sunset Aug. 21 in Georgetown’s Rainey Park, at Front and King streets. www.historicgeorgetownsc.com.
▪ “Movies in the Park” by Horry County Parks and Recreation, 8:30 p.m. at C.B. Berry Historical & Community Center, 2250 S.C. 179, beside Vereen Memorial Gardens: “Cinderella” (from 2015) 8:30 p.m. Aug. 28, and “Maleficient” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25. 249-4157 or www.parksandrec.horrycounty.org.
‘Mopar Week’ revs up Aug. 8-16
The fourth annual “Mopars at the Beach” – all about cars from the Chrysler umbrella with other such nameplates as Dodge, Jeep, and retired makes Eagle, AMC, Imperial and DeSoto, will entail various events at various sites:
▪ Aug. 8 – “Shootout” at Rockingham Dragway, 2153 U.S. 1 N., Rockingham, N.C. (www.rockinghamdragway.com). Gates open 8 a.m.. Race event $25, and “Show n’Shine: admission $15 – both for car and driver – and walk-in general admission $10.
▪ Aug. 9 – Off Road Challenge, at Battery Park Off Road, 98 Harvest Road, Nesmith (843-319-3504 or www.batteryparkoffroad.com), near Hemingway. Gates open 10 a.m. Event $25 for car and driver, and $5 general admission.
▪ Aug. 10 – Meet-and-greet at Planet Hollywood, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.at Planet Hollywood and Legends in Concert, at 29th Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach Free admission.
▪ Aug. 11 – Jeep Run, at Myrtle Beach Speedway, 455 Hospitality Lane, off U.S. 501, near Tanger Outlets and Carolina Forest (236-0500 or www.myrtlebeachspeedway.com). Gates open 10 a.m. Event $25 for car and driver, and $5 general admission. Also, “Fun Day” at Broadway Grand Prix Family Race Park, 1820 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, at U.S. 17 Bypass (839-4080 or broadwaygrandprix.com), with unlimited-rides wristbands available (discount code: Mopar Week).
▪ Aug. 12 – Race Challenge at Myrtle Beach Speedway, with gates open 10 a.m., and evvent $25 for car and driver, and $5 general admission. Also, with free admission: Jeep Cruise-In & Ride, 11 a.m. at Hard Rock Cafe, at Broadway at the Beach, at 29th Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass, and Cruise-in with Hot Rod Promotions (503-8245), 7 p.m. at Wheels of Yesteryear, 413 Hospitality Lane, near Carolina Forest, off U.S. 501, by Myrtle Beach Speedway, with $2 discount for museum tour available (903-4774 or www.wheelsofyesteryearmb.com).
▪ Aug. 13 – Cruise-in, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hooters and Calli Baker’s Firehouse Bar & Grill, at U.S. 17 and S.C. 22, near Myrtle Beach Mall and Briarcliffe Acres. Free admission.
▪ Aug. 14 – Charity Ride, benefiting Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org), 10 a.m.-3 p.m. going more than 100 miles from Hard Rock Cafe in Myrtle Beach to La Belle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School. $25.
▪ Aug. 15 – Classic & Modern Muscle Car Show, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at Broadway at the Beach. $25 preregistered vehicle entry, or $30 on site, or to display only, $15 and $20, respectively. Free to see. Also, “Cruise to the Strip Myrtle Beach” for free afterward.
▪ Aug. 16 – Cruise-in, noon, at Wheels of Yesteryear, for free, with $2 discount for museum tour available.
Full details at 803-361-3362, 803-461-7708 or www.moparsatthebeach.com/event_registration.
‘Largest Garage Sale’ on Aug. 22
Beat the heat on Aug. 22 with some large-scale bargain hunting and browsing at the 27th annual “South Carolina’s Largest Garage Sale,” 7 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, at Oak Street and 21st Avenue North. Admission is free, and parking at the center is $5.
The sale, usually a staple in September, happens about three weeks earlier than usual this year, working around the site’s busy schedule of booked events as autumn approaches.
Mark Kruea, city spokesman, said all the roughly 255 vendor slots – which cost $50 rent for each – sold out in 48 hours in mid-June, snapping the previous record of about three weeks.
For local residents, and vacationers in town from states where school resumes in later August or early September, the sale could yield some back-to-school treasures. Details at 918-1235 or www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/garagesale.html.
Plenty of spashes left at water parks
All three local parks are open at least for one more month, into Labor Day weekend. Prices vary at each.
▪ Myrtle Waves Water Park, at U.S. 17 Bypass and Mr. Joe White Avenue (formerly 10th Avenue North) Extension in Myrtle Beach – which just opened The Rockin Ray, a new, two-person ride – 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily through Aug. 16 (and until 9 p.m. Wednesdays, including a wave-pool movie “Big Hero 6” on Aug. 12); and 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Aug. 17-18, and shifting to weekends only: Aug. 22-23 and 29-30, and Sept. 5-7. All general admissions include the next day free. 913-9250 or www.myrtlewaves.com.
▪ Wild Water & Wheels, 910 U.S. Business S., Surfside Beach: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Aug. 23 (and till 9 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 14, including wave-pool concerts by Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot on July 31 and Juke Box Elly on Aug. 14) and Aug. 29-30 and Sept. 5-6; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 24 and 28, and Sept. 7; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 2-4. Closed Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Rides and miniature golf open later in day and usually closing later as well. 238-3787 or www.wild-water.com.
▪ Splashes Oceanfront Water Park, 300 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, across from Family Kingdom Amusement Park, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Aug. 8, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 9-Sept. 6. 916-0400 or www.familykingdomfun.com.
Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.