October reigns as the month for festivals across the Grand Strand. Celebrate the autumn harvest with several dozen special events from which to choose, covering food, music, history and miniature golf.
Before the Oceanfront Merchant’s Association throws its annual Oktoberfest on Saturday in downtown Myrtle Beach, the Karen Klein Anti-Bullying Foundation will kick off its “No Bully Tour” with a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday outside The Bowery, at 110 Ninth St. N.and Ocean Boulevard.
Christopher Surrey, the foundation’s manager and the senior director of PaintBox Labs in New York, said the music acts chosen for the tour cover a range of genres “to have music that resonates with different people.” He also said a documentary with stories on people affected by bullying will be shown.
A former creative director in an advertising agency, Surrey said the special film includes Klein, a 68-year-old who endured a bullying incident as a school bus monitor. He spoke of the importance of educating youth on “how to treat others with respect,” especially in an age where “kids are saturated with so much information.”
“This tour is an extension of that,” Surrey said.
He expects audiences on this tour will be “extremely shocked” in a positive way at this concert by artists who range in age from 13 to 21 years old.
“They’ll see a beautiful group of young, talented musicians playing instruments,” Surrey said, “and they write their own material.”
He said about this subject matter for raising awareness, advocates have “more content about bullying in a positive way, because we need to get back to the core of what our kids don’t understand.”
That respect youth need to carry for their peers goes all the way to elderly people, Surrey said, so with this concert tour, as well as other means of communication “to cut through the clutter of reality TV shows and things online that are not good,” the foundation wants “to encourage everyone to embrace the campaign and movement” and check out www.karenkleinfoundation.org.
Surrey called this concert tour “a launching pad,” timed for National Bully Prevention Month, but that “it can’t be just one month; it needs to go all year-round.”
Colored balls for ‘Fore!’
The 16th annual Masters National ProMiniGolf Championship will tee off next Thursday at Hawaiian Rumble Golf in North Myrtle Beach. Bob Detwiler, the owner of the course and founder and president of the U.S. ProMiniGolf Association, said more than 70 people competed last year at the tournament.
Players returning this year include Olivia Prokopova of the Czech Republic, who finished runner-up in the 2011 match after a three-hole playoff, Detwiler said. She also has been on site for the past month, practicing several hours daily.
Detwiler said several divisions make up the Masters and “anyone can enter.” He remembered its first year, with 15 players, seven of whom traveled from Maine.
“We had only $1,000 for prizes,” he said. “Now it’s $12,000.”
The whole extravaganza concludes after the finals on Oct. 13 with a party thrown by Masters sponsor, Crocodile Rocks at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach.
The Masters will tee off the whole affair Wednesday with the Pro-Am Mini-Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for the Claude Chapin Epps Family YMCA of Myrtle Beach. Individuals and teams – such as a parent and child – can shoot 18 holes at Hawaiian Rumble’s sister course, Hawaiian Village Golf, also in North Myrtle Beach.
“They get a cookout and golf,” Detwiler said, “all going for a good cause.”
He also said the mini-golf association welcomes area youth groups and clubs from Horry County every summer to give children access to this recreation and sport, in a partnership with The First Tee of the Grand Strand ( www.thefirstteethegrandstrand.org), which promotes golf, skills and life values – on and off the greens.
“Eighty percent of golf is putting,” Detwiler said, concluding, “What better place to do it than to get them started on mini-golf? The whole idea is to have fun.”
Here’s a roundup of some of the other events taking place across the Grand Strand this month:
22ND PAWLEYS ISLAND FESTIVAL OF MUSIC & ART
• Pawleys Island Wine Gala 7 p.m. Friday, for $100 or $150
• Steve Tyrell 7 p.m. Saturday, for $25, $35 or VIP $250
• Mac Arnold and Plate Full o’ Blues 5 p.m. Sunday, for $25
• “A Classical Evening featuring Soprano Taylor Johnson” 7 p.m. Tuesday at All Saints (Anglican) Church in Pawleys Island, for $25
• Fireworks Ensemble American Tapestry, 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Waccamaw High School, for $25 adults, free for students
• Deborah Silver 7 p.m. Oct. 12, for $25, $35 or $50
• “Legends of Motown” starring Horizon 7 p.m. Oct. 13, for $25 or $35
• Family Day Oct. 14 (Chalk Walk 9 a.m.-5 p.m., free for all, and Bright Star Theater’s production of “Once Upon A Time” 3 p.m., for $15 ages 16 and older, otherwise free)
ANNUAL PUMPKIN PATCH
• “Pictures at the Patch” noon-2 p.m. Saturdays, for donations
• Storytelling 9-11 a.m. Thursdays
• Hay rides 4-6 p.m. Oct. 14, for donations
• “Movie at the Patch: ‘Courageous’ ” 6 p.m. Oct. 21
• “Trunk-or-Treat” 4-6 p.m. Oct. 28
INDIGO FARMS MARKET
• Farm Heritage Day, Saturday
• Pumpkin Day, Oct. 20
MYRTLE BEACH DOLL & BEAR SHOW
29TH ANNUAL SURFSIDE BEACH FAMILY FESTIVAL
SEVENTH ANNUAL LIVE OAK ART & MUSIC FEST
CONWAY FALL FESTIVAL
40TH ANNUAL ‘ART IN THE PARK’
• Oct. 6-7 and Nov.3-4 in Myrtle Beach’s Chapin Park, at Ocean Boulevard and 16th Avenue North
• Nov. 10-11 in Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, at The Market Common on Farrow Parkway
‘MARCHING TO THE COAST’
HORRY COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION
• Saturday at North Strand Park in Little River; register ASAP at 915-7884
• Oct. 20 at South Strand Recreation Park in Burgess community; 915-7884
• Oct. 13 at Vereen Memorial Gardens/C. B. Berry Community and Historical Center in Little River; register ASAP at 915-7872
• Oct. 22 at Carolina Forest Recreation Center; 915-7888
• Oct. 23 at Socastee Recreation Park; 915-5330
• Oct. 25 at Loris Nature Park ; 915-5330
• Oct. 29 at Aynor Town Park; 915-5330
‘FLOCK THIS WAY’
• “Pink Your Flamingo” art by local artists on display Saturday-Oct. 12 at Flying Fish Public Market & Grill
• Third annual “Flock Walk” 10 a.m.Oct. 13 (registration 9 a.m. for $25 ages 13 and older, $15 ages 12 and younger – or with $5 discount in advance by calling 213-0333 by Oct. 12, visiting Barefoot Landing office 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays by Oct. 12., or atwww.relayforlife.org/nmbsc
• “Flock Party” after Flock Walk, with “Pink Your Flamingo” celebrity judging and live auction, all at Flying Fish
• Eighth annual “Paws Across the Water” Duck Derby to benefit the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday on Waterway Road.
• 12th annual Cruise to the Coast Classic Car Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 13
• Children’s and pets’ Halloween Costume Contests, 1 p.m. Oct. 27
• Trick-or-treating, 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31
29TH ANNUAL ‘TASTE OF THE TOWN’
16TH ANNUAL MASTERS NATIONAL PROMINIGOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
EIGHTH ANNUAL LITTLE RIVER SHRIMPFEST
• Oct. 13 – Party Favor Band, Austin Mowery Band, Dino Capone’s School of Rock, Bibis Ellison, Randy McQuay, and from New Orleans, The Stooges Brass Band.
• Oct. 14 – Marlena Smalls & The Hallelujah Singers, GrassTowne, and the Mark Roberts Band.
HARVEST HOME WEEKEND FESTIVAL
• Puppet shows with music and storytelling by Timmy and Susana Abell 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 2:30 p.m.
• Animal education programs by Jerry Walls, a naturalist from Hemingway – 10 a.m. and 12:30 and 2 p.m.
• Down Home bluegrass duo singers Doug Fankhauser on guitar and Robert Napier on fiddle – 10:45 a.m. and 12:15, 1:45 and 3:15 p.m.
• Hayrides departing every half-hour 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for 15-20 minutes each, for $4.
• Wool spinning demonstrations 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
• Children’s tattoos and sidewalk chalking (with complimentary set of chalk sticks)
• Pumpkin patch – pumpkins $4 small, $8 large – and free painting
• Build your own scarecrow, and for $5, take it home
• “Brew at the Zoo,” 6-9 p.m. Oct. 27 at Brookgreen’s Lowcountry Zoo, for $35 members, otherwise $40; and $15 for designated driver – call 235-6016 for tickets.
• “Whispering Wings” butterfly house remains open for half-hour visits 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily through October, for extra $3 ages 13 and older, $2 ages 4-12.
• National Sculpture Society’s 79th annual Awards Exhibition continues through Oct. 28; free with admission.
FIRE PREVENTION EXPO
THIRD ANNUAL MODEL TRAIN SHOW & SALE
LA BELLE AMIE VINEYARD
• “Rock Back the Clock Music Festival” Oct. 13, with Latitude and Tammy’s Tangent
• “Autumn Jazz at the Vineyard” Oct. 27, with Jazz Pizazz, Jazz Etc., and Peggy Buck
‘OKTOBERFESTIVAL OF FASHION’
ANDY OWINGS SCHOOL OF MUSIC
• Clavinova Fun Festival Seminar, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 13, for all local piano teachers and students, especially for those planning to participate in the 2012 Clavinova Fun Festival in December; registration required.
• Fall Music Recital: “Halloween Spooktacular,” 3 p.m. Oct. 28 – wear costumes and compete for prizes.
‘FOOD FOR THE SOUL’
13TH ANNUAL ‘LIP-RIPPIN’ CHILYMPICS CHILI COOK-OFF’
THE FALCONAIRES CONCERTS
• “Veterans Celebration Concert,” coordinated by Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at Myrtle Beach High School, on Grissom Parkway, between 29th and 38th avenues North.
• 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Coastal Carolina University Wheelwright Auditorium, off U.S. 501 in Conway.
SIPPIN’ BY THE SEA ... AN ARTFULLY TASTEFUL AFTERNOON’
• “Jonathan Green – The Artist as Servant-Leader: A Retrospective of Community Engagement,” continuing through Dec. 30
• “An Artist’s Eye: A Journey through Modern and Contemporary Art with Sigmund Abeles” and “Figuratively Speaking: The Art of Sigmund Abeles,” both through Dec. 29
SEVENTH ANNUAL GAITHER FEST
33RD ANNUAL LORIS BOG-OFF FESTIVAL
• Game Night – Oct. 16, with spaghetti dinner at 6 p.m. and bingo at 6:30, all for $10, in Center for Health & Fitness.
• Movie Night – “Cars 2” at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in grass lot at Loris Nature Park, for free.
23RD ANNUAL WOODEN BOAT SHOW
• 100 classic wooden boats from kayaks to yachts on display in the water, along the boardwalk and on Front street, exhibited in 12 categories.
• Children’s model boatbuilding, with test sailing in a pond on Front Street
• Knot tying demonstration’s with Dan “the Knot Man” Machowski, and the “Six Knot Challenge”
• Wooden Boat Challenge skiff-building competition noon-4 p.m., with rowing race 5 p.m. on Sampit River
• Concerts by The V-Tones of Charleston and Carroll Brown & Friends
• Gig Rows with the New Charleston Mosquito Fleet, with rowing excursions noon-4 p.m., each for about 45 minutes, from floating docks at Francis Marion Park.
THIRD ANNUAL MYRTLE BEACH WINE FEST
HUNTINGTON BEACH STATE PARK
• “Great American Backyard Campout,” Oct. 20-21, geared to novice campers, guided by a park ranger who will teach camping and cooking skills, for $25 per family; some tents available to borrow.
• “Huntington’s Haunted Halloween” 6-9:30 p.m. Oct. 26-27 in Atalaya home, including two haunted house attractions, spooky cartoons on a big screen, s’mores and a bonfire, for $10 ages 16 and older and $7 ages 6-15 – park admission free on these nights only.
‘POWER OF PINK ZUMBATHON’
• “The French Were Here – 450th Anniversary of Settlement in South Carolina,” 6-8:30 p.m. Oct. 24, celebrating National Archaeology Day with supper and a lecture about “Charlesfort” by Chester DePratter, an archaeologist and University of South Carolina professor, for $25.
• “Tricks of Nature,” 5-7 p.m. Oct. 26, for children ages 10 and younger, accompanied by an adult, for trick-or-treating dressed as a favorite native animal, with activities such as a short hayride, storytelling and a bonWhere
| Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center, on U.S. 17 just north of Georgetown and one mile south of DeBordieu Colony
• “Bike to the Boardwalk, 9:3-11:30 a.m. Oct. 27, through forests to salt marsh boardwalk on North Inlet, free for 15 participants.
• Trail riding, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 27, bring a horse to ride either of two designated barony trails, for $25 with registration due Oct. 17.
• “Photo Safari,” 6:30-11 a.m. Oct. 30, with Donald Withers, a naturalist and nature photographer, for $50.
‘SPOOKY NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM’
ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
BRUNSWICK PLANTATION ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH ENDLESS SUMMER FESTIVAL
13TH ANNUAL HARVEST FEST
BARBECUE FOR SC-C.A.R.E.S.
ANNUAL ‘HALLOWEEN ON THE MARSHWALK’
• Trick-or-treating and children’s costume contest, 5-6 p.m., with judging afterward at pirate statue behind Drunken Jack’s Restaurant for three prizes each for Scariest, the Funniest, and the Most Creative costumes.
• Adult costume contest, 7-10:30 p.m., including top prize of $1,500. All contestants must visit each of the seven Marsh Walk restaurants – Spud’s Waterfront Dining, Dead Dog Saloon, Creek Ratz, Dockside, Drunken Jack’s, Divine Fish House and Bovine’s – and collect a paper bracelet for eligibility for final judging and prizes.