Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach is in the gift-giving mode, to help people with wildfire relief in the area of its sister aquarium in Gatlinburg, Tenn..
Through Saturday, everyone – especially those attending the Myrtle Beach Holiday Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, as part of “A Very Broadway Christmas” daylong celebration at Broadway at the Beach – is asked to bring donations to a box truck in front of the aquarium, on on 29th Avenue North.
The wish list is full of essentials: bottled water, Gatorade/Powerade, nonperishable snacks, canned foods, diapers, wipes, baby formula, new or gently used clothes/coats and new packs of socks and underwear in all sizes, blankets, towels, personal hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, deodorant, combs, brushes, soap, shampoo, and disposable razors), sanitary napkins, adult Depends, pet food and supplies, eye drops, lip balm, over-the-counter pain relievers (such as Advil, Motrin and Tylenol), flashlights, batteries and gift cards.
The parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Ripley’s Aquarium, going to WonderWorks, with Matt Gattins of WBTW-TV 13 News as grand marshal.
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Bethany Marshall, director of marketing and public relations for Ripley’s Myrtle Beach attractions, said this “Gatlinburg Goods Drive” to fill the truck also will help colleagues at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.
“Many of our own team members have lost their homes,” Marshall said.
Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach also has staff on standby to assist the Gatlinburg aquarium's husbandry staff, if needed, as crews there continue to monitor the stability of its animals. All were reported in safe condition as of Tuesday morning, but that remains closed until the evacuation in that region is lifted.
On a merrier note, Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach has a festive month underway. Activities include its annual “Festival of Trees” – celebrating every U.S. state and territory with its own tree of decorations – through Dec. 31, and daily dive shows with “Scuba St. Nick” and “Scuba Elf,” in Ray Bay and Rainbow Rock, respectively.
Also, seating times for “Breakfast with Santa” are 8-9 a.m. Saturday, for, plus tax, $14.99 ages 12 and older, $9.99 ages 6-11, and $4.99 ages 2-5. Reservations required; call 843-916-0888 or 800-734-8888, and ask for ext. 3272 or 3238.
The aquarium’s open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays. More details on admission rates and annual passes at www.ripleysaquarium.com.
Contact STEVE PALISIN at 843-444-1764.
If you go
WHAT: “A Very Broadway Christmas”
WHERE: Broadway at the Beach, in Myrtle Beach,
▪ Myrtle Beach Holiday Parade, 11 a.m. from Ripley’s Aquarium, on 29th Avenue North, to WonderWorks, with – with Matt Gattins of WBTW-TV 13 News as grand marshal.
▪ Musical performances and children’s activities, 1-4 p.m in center court.
▪ 22nd annual Tree Lighting Celebration at 6 p.m. with Frank Johnson, chief meteorologist, and Meghan Miller, both from WBTW; and fireworks at 8 p.m.
HOW MUCH: Free.
INFORMATION: 843-444-3200, 800-386-4662 or www.broadwayatthebeach.com.