Hope Godefroy has fond memories of afternoons spent at the Myrtle Beach Pavilion in the 1930s, listening to music and crushing on boys.
The 94-year-old’s memories of the Myrtle Beach Pavilion predate the structure that opened in 1948 and was torn down in 2006. The pavilion she grew up with was built in 1923.
“We got together every afternoon – little girls, not even old enough to date,” Godefroy said of the days she spent with her friend at the pavilion when she was about 13. “We sat on the floor and looked and listened to that band, and we’d have crushes on those boys.”
Godefroy said she would listen to the music of bands from the University of South Carolina that played daily in the summers at the pavilion.
Born in Georgetown and raised in Conway, she spent almost every summer of her life in Myrtle Beach and lived in Litchfield before moving permanently to Myrtle Beach in 1994.
Her father, Harry Wilson Tallevast, served as mayor of Myrtle Beach in the late 1940s.
“We were in a strict family, so they didn’t allow [us to date],” Godefroy said. “We even asked our parents if we could go out with them – ‘no ma’am.’”