The Murrells Inlet community will come together for the 22nd year for South Carolina’s biggest and longest-running one-day clean up, according to organizers.
On April 28, residents are encouraged to join their neighbors to help clean up the streets and creek of the Inlet, which is followed by a celebratory chowder cook-off.
Volunteers should meet at Morse Park Landing at 9:45 a.m. for invocation, followed by a check-in at the Hot Fish Club; cleaners will be assigned streets at 10 a.m.
All volunteers are invited back to the Hot Fish Club at 1 p.m. for the chowder cook-off, sponsored by more than 15 area restaurants. Live music will also be provided and chowder is free to all who help clean up.
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Morse Park Landing is located next to Hot Fish Club at 4911 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. For more information, call 357-2007.
Annual Inlet blessing washes ashore
The Inlet will receive a bit more blessing May 4, as the annual “Blessing of the Inlet” ceremony gets underway.
Locals can join in entertainment, food, family fun, worship and crafts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Belin United Methodist Church, 4183 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. Admission is free and the ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m.
Call 651-5099 or visit www.blessingoftheinlet.com for more information.
Marching band throws beads, music in Florida
Waccamaw High School band members spread both music and cheer at this year’s Universal Studio’s Mardi Gras celebration. The Waccamaw Marching Warrior Band traveled to Orlando, Fla., this past weekend to march through the amusement park’s streets.
The group stayed on-site at the Hard Rock Hotel and participated in Universal Studio’s pre-parade festivities, marking the first time a band with less than 100 members marched for the park’s Mardi Gras, a celebration that runs on certain nights of the week February through April at the park.
The three-night trip capped off the band’s third-place state championship and first place award in Music Championship for the 2012-2013 season.
Georgetown County sponsoring blood drives
Roll up your sleeves and help save a life by donating blood in two upcoming blood drives.
HealthPoint Center for Health & Fitness will hold a drive April 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the HealthPoint parking lot. Register online at www.redcrossblood.org or call 237-2205. Walk-ins are welcome, and donors will be entered to win free passes to HealthPoint and Subway.
HealthPoint is located at 12965 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island.
Waccamaw Community Hospital will hold a second drive May 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 652-1135 or register at www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code WaccamawHosp. Donors will receive free ice cream.
The drive will be held across from the hospital at Wachesaw Conference Center, 4367 Riverwood Drive, Murrells Inlet.
All blood types are needed. Donors must present a valid ID, be in good health, be at least 17 years old and weight a minimum of 110 pounds. Both drives are sponsored by Georgetown Hospital System and the American Red Cross.
Dinner benefits St. Francis Animal Center
St. Frances Animal Center will host a Dinner by the River event to raise money for the animal shelter. The event will feature a four-course dinner al fresco on the banks of the Pee Dee River, and tickets were sold for $100 per person. Around 100 guests have already bought tickets.
The dinner, rescheduled from last fall due to Hurricane Sandy, will be held at Chicora Wood Plantation on April 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. Chicora Wood, a former rice plantation, is located in Georgetown on the Pee Dee river.
‘Restaurant: Impossible’ episode to re-air
A Murrells Inlet restaurant nabbed a makeover from Food Network’s Chef Robert Irvine, and the episode of “Restaurant: Impossible” will re-air several more times in the next few weeks.
Old World Italian Restaurant’s owners and operators George and Theresa Hayek were given $10,000 to update their eatery’s look and menu. The episode originally aired last Sunday, but will re-air April 27 at 10 p.m., April 28 at 1 a.m. and May 1 at 7 p.m.
Check back with The Sun News for updates on how the restaurant is faring after Chef Irvine’s visit.