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
ANNUAL PUMPKIN PATCH
INDIGO FARMS MARKET
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’
‘MARCHING TO THE COAST’
HORRY COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION
‘FLOCK THIS WAY’www.relayforlife.org/nmbsc
29TH ANNUAL ‘TASTE OF THE TOWN’
16TH ANNUAL MASTERS NATIONAL PROMINIGOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
EIGHTH ANNUAL LITTLE RIVER SHRIMPFEST
HARVEST HOME WEEKEND FESTIVAL
FIRE PREVENTION EXPO
THIRD ANNUAL MODEL TRAIN SHOW & SALE
LA BELLE AMIE VINEYARD
‘OKTOBERFESTIVAL OF FASHION’
ANDY OWINGS SCHOOL OF MUSIC
‘FOOD FOR THE SOUL’
13TH ANNUAL ‘LIP-RIPPIN’ CHILYMPICS CHILI COOK-OFF’
THE FALCONAIRES CONCERTS
SIPPIN’ BY THE SEA ... AN ARTFULLY TASTEFUL AFTERNOON’
SEVENTH ANNUAL GAITHER FEST
33RD ANNUAL LORIS BOG-OFF FESTIVAL
23RD ANNUAL WOODEN BOAT SHOW
THIRD ANNUAL MYRTLE BEACH WINE FEST
HUNTINGTON BEACH STATE PARK
‘POWER OF PINK ZUMBATHON’
| Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center, on U.S. 17 just north of Georgetown and one mile south of DeBordieu Colony
‘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’