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
‘Super Soup Cook-Off Challenge’
Fifth annual Fall Festival
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’
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
Annual ‘Crafting by the Sea’ fair
Fall Harvest And Syrup Day
17th annual Founders Day carnival benefit
Monthly ballroom dances
Annual ‘Walk for the Animals’
‘2012 River Celebration’
Eighth annual St. Nicholas Winter Festival
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
Rummage and Holiday Bake Sale