Anyone who wants to celebrate autumn and harvest time has a couple of more weeks before yuletide events and tree lighting ceremonies get into full gear, although Santa might be smiling at local events where people can shop for gifts early.
The Family Justice Center of Georgetown County will stage its third annual “Taste of Georgetown,” with more than 20 local restaurants serving samples Saturday afternoon on Georgetown’s Front Street.
Beverly Kennedy, the center’s co-executive director and co-chairwoman of the edible, musical festival, said this event remains “our signature fundraiser,” always timed for the first Saturday in November.
She said Taste premiered with just eateries from the city, but it has grown with participants from across Georgetown County, adding some art to double as dessert with the abundance of food, and two bands taking turns.
“This year,” Kennedy said, “we’ll have a number of local artists – some jewelry makers, photographers and painters – who will be part of the festival.”
Kennedy said this festive atmosphere provides extra awareness for the Family Justice Center, which was given a grant last month to operate a safehouse for victims of domestic abuse.
“The most important thing is for people to know we’re here,” she said. “A lot of our referrals come from police, the sheriff’s department and Georgetown Memorial Hospital.”
Dickens of a time to help
Leisure Time Unlimited of Myrtle Beach also pegs its annual Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals weekend for early November, another outlet to help multiple local charities. The 31st show opens next Thursday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
Ellen Harward from the Kiwanis Club of Myrtle Beach said the organization puts on Dickens’ Festival of Wreaths every year. The club finds sponsors for 50 wreaths, each decorated and customized by a local business, entity or individual.
“They’re beautiful,” Harward said. “The ones this year are gorgeous.”
Some sponsors dolly up the wreaths themselves, and others have them decorated professionally, such as by a florist, Harward said. Football has scored with three entries, one each to represent the Clemson Tigers, South Carolina Gamecocks and Carolina Panthers. Businesses also fill wreaths with gift certificates and products.
The Kiwanis Club spreads the wreaths on 50 red doors, and each wreath goes up for silent auction to benefit three Kiwanis-sponsored charities: Help 4 Kids, The Boys and Girls Club of Myrtle Beach, and Hope House of Myrtle Beach.
Harward said al the wreaths were passed out 3 1/2 weeks ago and the returns are rolling in this week.
“The place where I get my hair cut,” she said, “theirs is beautiful.”
The wreath bears jewelry and rings, she said, “like a piece of art.”
If you go
‘A Night Out at Barefoot’
Red Tails Event
• Free screening of film “Red Tails,” 7 p.m. Friday in Howard Auditorium, 110 Hawkins St., Georgetown, south of city, near International Paper plant.
• Saturday: Young Eagle flights for children 9-11 a.m., model airplane demonstrations 11 a.m.-noon, and presentations by surviving Tuskegee Airmen members at noon, all at Georgetown County Airport, on U.S. 17, just south of Georgetown
‘Super Soup Cook-Off Challenge’
Fifth annual Fall Festival
• Myrtle Beach Corvette Club, with all Corvette owners invited, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Myrtle Beach Chevrolet Cadillac, 1785 U.S. 501, Myrtle Beach, at Grissom Parkway. Free. 347-2019 or www.myrtlebeachcorvetteclub.com.
• Myrtle Beach Car Club, all free: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at St. Angelo IV Pizza, 1500 U.S. 17 Business N., Surfside Beach; and 2-6 p.m. Nov. 11 at Denny’s 124 Loyola Drive, near Firestone, along U.S. 17 Bypass, south of S.C. 544. 215-3849 or 742-9802.
• Hot Rod Promotions, for all cars, free: 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Joey Doggs, 1818 U.S. 17 Business N., near Surfside Beach and by Old Time Pottery; 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Myrtle Beach Moose Lodge 1959, 479 Burcale Road, in Forestbrook community; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 10 at Hyatt Buick-GMC, 922 Frontage Road E., Myrtle Beach, near U.S. 17 Bypass and Mr. Joe White Avenue; 2-5 p.m. Nov. 11 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10420, 4559 U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet; and noon-3 p.m. Nov. 17 at Rosa Linda’s Cafe, 3415 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. 503-8245.
Community Yard Sale
Fall Craft Fair
17th annual Village at Calabash Craft Fair
‘Park Volunteer Day’
‘Bark For Life’
26th annual SwampFest
Third annual Christmas Bazaar, Community Coat Drive and Barbecue
40th annual ‘Art in the Park’
• 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
Community Health & Safety Day
‘Gift and Craft Show’
Free Family Day
Second annual Hanser House Charity Seafood Festival
20th annual Arts Festival & Pauwau
‘Autumn Jazz Pizazz Fest’
Third annual ‘Taste of Georgetown’
‘Rock the Block’
Fall 2012 Exhibition
17th annual ‘Souper Supper’
Second annual “Howl-o-Ween Extravaganza” canine costume party
‘Fall Dance Showcase’
31st annual Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals
• Dickens Luncheon Tea, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10, $34 ages 13 and older, $22 ages 2-12
• Dickens High Tea, 3:30-5 p.m. Nov. 9; $26 and $20, respectively
• Festival of Tables – Waccamaw Animal Rescue Mission
• Festival of Trees – Sons of Italy, to helping victims of domestic abuse
• Festival of Worlds – various local groups
• Festival of Wreaths – Kiwanis Club of Myrtle Beach, for Help 4 Kids, The Boys and Girls Club of Myrtle Beach, and Hope House of Myrtle Beach
• Santa’s Castle – Fostering Hope
Annual ‘Crafting by the Sea’ fair
Fall Harvest And Syrup Day
17th annual Founders Day carnival benefit
Monthly ballroom dances
• Grand Strand USA Dance, Chapter 6024, 7-10 p.m. Nov. 10 at Myrtle Beach Base Recreation Center, in Veterans Day theme, includes music and cha-ha lesson by DJ Jim Sterner. Bring dish to share; beverages supplied; singles welcome; $7 members, otherwise $10. 808-3397 or www.usadancegrandstrand.org.
• Grand Strand Beach Ballroom Dancers, celebrating group’s 17th anniversary, 7-10 p.m. Nov. 17, with music by Harlequin at Grand Strand Senior Center, 1268 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach. $7; bring snacks for your table only; maximum eight people per table. 903-3765.
Annual ‘Walk for the Animals’
‘2012 River Celebration’
Eighth annual St. Nicholas Winter Festival
• Taste of Conway, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 15
• Cook-off competition, 5-9 p.m. Nov. 16
• Winterfest Arts & Crafts Fair, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 17
• Barbecue Cook-off by S.C. BBQ Association, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 17
Indoor Yard Sale
18th annual ‘Arts By The Shore’
Fifth annual ‘Horry County Dancing with the Stars’
Sixth annual ‘Grand Strand Turkey Trot’
43rd annual S.C. State Bluegrass Festival
• Nov. 22 – A Deeper Shade of Blue at 1 and 6 p.m., Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa1:45 and 6:45, Jesse McReynolds and the VA Boys 2:30 and 7:30, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out 3:15 and 8:15, and Longview – 4:10 and 9:10.
• Nov 23 – The Farmhand Quartet 11 a.m. and 5:10 p.m., Don Rigsby and Midnight Call 11:45 a.m. and 5:50 p.m., Goldwing Express 12:30 and 6:35 p.m., Al Batten and the Bluegrass Reunion 1:15 and 7:15, Paul Williams and the Victory Trio 2 and 8, Doyle Larson and Quicksilver 2:45 and 8:45, and J.D. Crowe and The New South 3:45 and 9:45.
• Nov. 24 – Big Country Bluegrass 11 a.m. and 5:15 p.m., Appalachian Express 11:45 a.m. and 6 p.m., Darin and Brooke Aldridge 12:30 and 9 p.m., The Little Roy and Lizzy Show 1:15 and 6:45, Bobby Osborne and the Rocky Top Express – 2 and 9:45, and Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys 7:30, for one show only.
Rummage and Holiday Bake Sale