OPENING SATURDAY | 08.08
Sculpture showcase back at Brookgreen
Various art exhibits will fill these dog days of summer, including the National Sculpture Society’s 82nd annual Awards Exhibition, opening Saturday, going through Nov. 1, at Brookgreen Gardens, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Huntington Beach State Park.
See animal, human and nature-based works by 58 artists, and most for sale, with such highlights as a mysterious breed of antlered sentries, a scrappy baseball team, a dancing bull and an oversized ginkgo leaf.
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. Gardens open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily – and until 9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday on this final week of “Cool Summer Evenings.” Details at 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org, and www.nationalsculpture.org.
Two other new showcases are:
▪ Featured artists: Elaine Cooper, watercolors painter; and Penny Ormerod, potter and sculptor, through Aug. 29 at Franklin Square Gallery, 130 E. West St., Southport, N.C. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Also, meet artists at reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, during monthly First Friday Gallery Walk. 910-278-7560 or www.franklinsquaregallery.com.
▪ “The Awakeners: Teachers, Mentors, Friends,” through Sept. 12 at Sunset River Marketplace, 10283 Beach Drive (N.C.. 179), Calabash, N.C., an exhibition of the gallery’s art class and workshop instructors: Freeman Beard and Terry Sellers Harrison, in watercolors; Ruth Cox, oil; Joe DiGiulio, Sterling Edwards and Ginny Lassiter, acrylic; Jamie Futera and Jane Truesdale, pottery; Pat Smelkoff, batik; and Jane Staszak, pastel. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Also, meet artists, 1-5 p.m. Aug. 15. 910-575-5999 or www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com.
OPENS SATURDAY | 08.08-08.16
‘Mopars at the Beach’ fires up nine days
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:
▪ Saturday – “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.
▪ Sunday – 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.
▪ Monday – Meet-and-greet, 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.
▪ Tuesday – 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).
▪ Wednesday – Race Challenge at Myrtle Beach Speedway, with gates open 10 a.m., and event $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.
Full details at 803-361-3362, 803-461-7708 or www.moparsatthebeach.com.
SATURDAY | 08.08
‘Back to school’ with waves, lunch
“Back to school” becomes a hip – or dreaded, with the end of summer vacation – phrase at this time of year, and two places have special events on Saturday:
▪ Second annual Back to School Supply Drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Myrtle Waves Water Park, at U.S. 17 Bypass and Mr. Joe White Avenue (formerly 10th Avenue North) Extension in Myrtle Beach. Anyone who donates items worth at least $5 collectively will receive same-day park admission of $13.99 each, plus tax, for all heights and ages 3 and up, plus free admission the next day, Sunday. The park is open 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. Regular admission, plus tax, is $26.99 for individuals 4 feet or taller, $19.99 juniors under 4 feet, $11.99 ages 55 and older, and free ages 2 and younger. All general admissions include the next day free. 913-9250 or www.myrtlewaves.com.
▪ “Back to School Bash and Fundraiser,” 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Coastal Leadership Academy charter school, 3710 Palmetto Pointe Boulevard, south of Myrtle Beach, off U.S. 17 Bypass, south of S.C. 707. Meals are $10 a plate – dine-in or to go – and proceeds will help pay for cabinetry in a new collaborative classroom. 294-9337 or www.coastalleadership.org.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY | 08.07-08.09
Gullah Geechee Festival in Little River
The Horry County Gullah Geechee Festival opens Friday for three days at the C.B. Berry Historical & Community Center and Vereen Memorial Gardens, 2250 S.C. 179, Little River, with this schedule:
Friday – “Roundtable with the Elders” at 6 p.m.; and at 7 p.m., an author and writer workshop, and film, “The Inheritage.”
Saturday – Marketplace opens at 8:30 a.m.; panel discussions 9 a.m.; beginning of festivities, noon, with North Myrtle Beach High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, children’s games and food vendors; continued panel discussions, 1 p.m.; and “Gospel Explosion,” 5 p.m.
Sunday – A worship service, at a time to be announced.
For details, email GullahHorry@yahoo.com, or reach the host site at 249-4157.
DAILY INTO SEPTEMBER | Open 10 a.m. daily
Easy Escapes: Carowinds ticket covers two days
Carowinds, the amusement park that straddles the N.C.-S.C. line in suburban Charlotte, has a special 2-for-1 deal with which the purchase of a $59.99 daily ticket also comes with a second day free, good anytime through Sept. 7 and on Sept. 12, 13, 20 and 27. The price also includes access to Boomerang Bay, a 20-acre water park, which is open daily through Aug. 23, as well as Aug. 29-30 and Sept. 5-7 and 12-13.
The park – on Carowinds Boulevard, off Interstate 77 near Fort Mill, S.C. – opens at 10 a.m. daily and includes Fury 325, touted as the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster at 325 in height, taking riders on an 81-degree descent topping out at 95 mph.
Also, the park continues its “Bands, Brews and BBQs” festival, Fridays-Sundays through Aug. 16, free with admission. Sales in food booths for this area open at 11 a.m., and about 10 brands of craft beers, for anyone 21 and older, are available for purchase. Scheduled performers, in respective noon-4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. slots, are:
▪ Aug. 7 – Cho Cho Tumbleweed, and Back Porch Orchestra.
▪ Aug. 8 – Early Ray, and Chris Winward.
▪ Aug. 9 – Winward, and Tim Elliot.
▪ Aug. 14 – Natty Boh Duo, and Unspoken Tradition .
▪ Aug. 15 – Unspoken Tradition, and Winward.
▪ Aug. 16 – Winward, and Tony Barnes.
More details at 803-548-5300, 704-588-2600 or www.carowinds.com.