Myrtle Beach -area festivals only heat up for rest of spring

So many festivals, celebrations and special events are in store for the rest of the spring across the Grand Strand.

So take your pick of this sampling of things to do, and feel free to wonder why our weather seems to have gone directly to summer from winter, to blazing heat from a chilly first four months of 2014.


By | City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA Inc.

When | All of May

Special events include |

• Traveling Vietnam Wall – “The Wall That Heals” – open 24 hours daily, May 14-18, near Myrtle Beach’s Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium, accessed from Farrow Parkway, by The Market Common.

• Military Officers Association of America Grand Strand Chapter Golf Tournament, May 22, with lunch at noon, tourney at 2 p.m., at Legends Golf & Resort’s Heathland course, for $75 per person $280 per team, and reduced rates for veterans. Benefiting college scholarships for high school seniors, Wounded Warrior trips to Myrtle Beach, and Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center of Little River. Greg Youngman at 973-714-5073 or email gyoungman @sc.rr.com, or with Jerry Terwilliger at 903-4047 or gerald.terwilliger@yahoo.com.

• 5K Run, 7:30 a.m. May 24, on Ocean Boulevard from Plyler Park, at Mr. Joe White Avenue, and including the boardwalk – free for military (active duty, reserves and veterans), otherwise $20.

• Memorial Day weekend parade, with Montel Williams, Navy veteran and former talk show host, as grand marshal, 10:30 a.m. May 24 on Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard, from 27th Avenue North southward to Ninth Avenue North.

• Family Picnic, noon-2 p.m. May 24, on Ocean Boulevard, with military exhibits, children’s activities, concert by Andrew Thielen Big Band, and meet-and-greet with Montel Williams. Free meals from Omar Shriners chefs for all military personnel and veterans and their families.

• Veterans Beard & ’Stache Beach Bash, on May 24, for veterans, with such categories as Full Beard, Corporate Beard, Partial Beard (Chops, Goatees, Chin Straps),’Stache, Long Beard, Long ’Stache, Epic Beard, and for all women – even those who are not veterans – Ladies’ Faux. Email mbvetbam@gmail.com to sign up, and register formally 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. that day at “Beard Table,” then judging starts at 12:30 p.m.

• Memorial Day Ceremony, with Grand Strand Patriotic Alliance, 11 a.m. May 26 at Myrtle Beach Convention Center plaza, on Oak Street at 21st Avenue North.

Information | 918-1014 or www.militaryappreciationdays.com


What | Military themed movies for adults, during “Military Appreciation Days”

What and when | 1:30 -3:30 p.m. Fridays:

• May 16 – “Good Morning, Vietnam” (Vietnam War)

• May 23 – “Jarhead” (Gulf War)

• May 30 – “Battle: Los Angeles” (imaginary end to world war)

Where | Myrtle Beach’s Chapin Memorial Library, 400 14th Ave. N., at Kings Highway

How much | Free, with ticket from front desk

Information | 918-1275 or www.chapinlibrary.org


By | Palmetto Arts Alliance, 807 Main St., Myrtle Beach

When | noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where | Myrtle Beach Convention Center, at Oak Street and 21st Avenue North in Myrtle Beach

How much |

• For ages 13 and older: three-day badge $22 advance or $25 at door (VIP $170 and $200, respectively)

• Free ages 12 and younger

Also | For XCON attendees:

• Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball Night, as the Advanced-A Texas Rangers affiliate plays the Winston-Salem Dash (Chicago White Sox), 7:05 p.m. Thursday at TicketReturn.com Field, 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, at Grissom Parkway, for $9

• Screening of “Godzilla,” 10 p.m. Thursday at Grand 14 Cinema, at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach, for $10

• VIP Art Show, 9 p.m. Friday, including live entertainment by Olivia Olsen, Quentin Flynn, and comedian Phil Keelings, for $100

• Mad and the Moxious Tour concert, with DJ Roborob, Press B, Alpha Riff, Danger Boyco, Doug Funnie, Zilla Persona, D&D Sluggers, and Skyblew, 9 p.m. Saturday at Nerd Bar in downtown Myrtle Beach, for $8

Scheduled guests include |

• Celebrities – Brimstone, Santiago Cirilo, AMC’s “Comic Book Men” cast (Ming Chen, Bryan Johnson and Mike Zapcic), Jessica DiCicco, Aaron Douglas, Jason Faunt, Quinton Flynn, Blake Foster, Gregory French, Richard Hatch, Christy Johnson, Sam J. Jones, WWE Hall of Famer Joe “Road Warrior Animal” Laurinaitis, Daniel Logan, Travis Love, Mike Mundy, Olivia Olson, Lew Temple, Sonya Thompson and Irina Voronina

• Media/artists – Creature Entertainment, Patty Cockrum, C. Martin Croker, Jeff Dekal, Tom Fleming, Lost Story Studios, Stiff Magazine, Vinnie Tartamella, Tsunami Studios

• Writers – Paty Cockrum, Dave Harlequin, Jonathan Hickman, Robert Lettrick Jr., Shane Moore, Dr. David Powers and Tim Seeley

• Stars’ vehicles – 1960s Batmobile, Ecto-1 From “Ghostbusters,” and “Scooby Doo” Mystery Machine,

CosPlay guests – Soni Aralynn, Breathing Canvas FX & Get Dead Crew, Carolina Ghostbusters, 501st Legion, and Hollie Quinn

Information | 839-4840 or www.xconworld.info


What, when and how much |

• • Nantucket Music & Wine Fest, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, with music by Southern Justice 12:30-3 p.m. and Nantucket Band 3:30-5, for $10 – and bring two canned/dry food items for local food banks and receive a complimentary wine sampling

• Memorial Saturday Music & Cookout , noon-6 p.m. May 24, with music by Stringwood and by Laidback Larry, for $3, or for free with donation of two canned/dry food items for local food banks.

• American Pie Oldies Music Fest on June 7 – details forthcoming

Where | 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School

Information | 399-9463 or www.labelleamie.com


By | Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood

When | 5:45 p.m. Friday

Where | Temple Emanu-El (a Conservative congregation), 406 65th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach

How much | $15 ages 10 and older, $10 ages 6-9, and free ages 5 and younger

Includes | Appetizer, salad, dinner entree, side dishes, and dessert buffet

Information | 449-5552 or www.mbsynagogue.org


By | Spartan Media Works and Theatre of the Republic

When | 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday

Where | Main Street Theatre, 335 Main St., Conway

How much | $10 nightly

Also | by Theatre of the Republic:

• “Disney’s Little Mermaid Jr.” by Coastal Youth Theatre, 7:30 p.m. May 23-24 and 3 p.m. May 25, for $5-$12

• “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” 7:30 p.m. June 20-21 and 26-28, and July 3-5; and 3 p.m. June 22, 28, 29 and July 5-6, for $21

Information | 488-0821 or www.theatreoftherepublic.com


What and when | Saturday:

• Arts and Crafts Fair, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Family Zumbathon, 10 a.m.-noon

How much | Donation of item for Y’s summer camp program – such as crayons, coloring books, face paint, sidewalk chalk, playground balls, jump ropes, face paint, bubbles, construction paper and colored tissue paper

Where | Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA, 5000 Claire Chapin Epps Drive, Myrtle Beach, opposite 62nd Avenue North

Information | 449-9622 or www.coastalcarolinaymca.org


MYRTLE BEACH CAR CLUB, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., all for free (742-9802):

• Saturday at Jud Kuhn Chevrolet, 3740 S.C. 9 E., Little River

• May 24 at Maggi D’s Fine Italian Cuisine, 407 Seaboard St., Myrtle Beach, across from Coastal Grand mall

• May 31 at Texas Road House, 3037 U.S. 17 Business S. Garden City Beach

HOT ROD PROMOTIONS, free for all cars (503-8245):

• 1-4 p.m. Sunday, benefiting area veterans’ causes, at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10420, 4559 U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet (651-6900)

• 1-4 p.m. May 24 at Firehouse Subs, 5407 Dick Pond Road, Socastee, near Food Lion

• 1-4 p.m. May 31 at Tee Box Tavern, 4620 Dick Pont Road (S.C. 544), Soccastee

• 5-8 p.m. June 4 at Cosmic Charley’z, 3040 U.S. Business S., Garden City Beach, across from Texas Roadhouse

• 5-8 p.m. June 11 at Cheesesteak U, 1867 S.C. 544, Conway, near Food Lion


When | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Where | Waterfront Drive in Little River

How much | Advance: $3 one day or $5 for both days; $5 daily at gate; and free pass for ages 12 and younger (limit four children per paying adult) available at www.bluecrabfestival.org

Entertainment includes |

• Saturday – Fahrenheit 9:30 a.m.-noon, Sea Cruz noon-3 p.m., and Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot 3-6 p.m.

• Sunday – Craig Woolard and The Embers noon-3 p.m., and Jim Quick & Coastline 3-6 p.m.

Also | “Blessing of the Bikes,” 10 a.m.-noon Saturday by Little River United Methodist Church, at Mineola Avenue and U.S. 17, across from festival – participants also receive $2 discount coupon for festival May 17

Information | 249-6604 or www.bluecrabfestival.org


Benefiting | Fund to help pay expenses from church land purchase

When | noon-3 p.m. Saturday

Where | First Baptist Church, 711 16th Ave. N. Surfside Beach

How much | Free admission

Also | Hamburger plate with potato salad, baked beans and beverage for $7

Information | 238-0206


What | Christian music festival

With | Skillet; Jesus Culture with Kim Walker-Smith and Derek Johnson; For King & Country; Jamie Grace; Katie Torwalt; John Nix of the Vertical Purpose teen ministries in Memphis, Tenn., as master of ceremonies, and special guests Sadie Robertson and John Luke Robertson of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty”

When | 3:50 p.m. Saturday, after gates open at 3 p.m.

Where | Ocean Boulevard, between Eighth and Ninth avenues North in Myrtle Beach

How much, with prices at gate parenthesized | Advance: $43 or $45 ($48 or $55) ages 13 and older, $25 ages 2-12 (same rate), and family four-pack $85 ($90) – this rate available in advance only

Information | 855-484-1991 or www.beachblastfest.com


By | Rivertown Bluegrass Society

When and who | Saturday:

• End of the Road Boys – 5 and 7:20 p.m.

• Hubert Lawson and the Bluegrass Boys – 6 and 8:20 p.m.

Where | Horry-Georgetown Technical College Burroughs and Chapin Auditorium, of U.S. 501 in Conway

How much | $12 ages 13 and older, otherwise free

Also |

• Doors open at 3 p.m., with off-stage jam sessions, with no other electric instruments other than bass allowed

• Concerts at 5 p.m. on third Saturday monthly, including The Grass Strings on June 21

Information | 385-1649, 215-0290 or www.rivertownbluegrasssociety.com


By | Friends of the North Myrtle Beach Library

Who and what | Salty Dog – Shawn Snyder on banjo and Bart Griffin on bass, harmonica and guitar – performing music inspired by Irish folk tunes

When | 2 p.m. Sunday

Where | Horry County Memorial Library North Myrtle Beach branch, 910 First Ave. S.

How much | Free

Information | 915-5281 or www.hcml.org


Benefiting | Canine Angels, a North Myrtle Beach nonprofit that rescues dogs and trains them for use by disabled veterans.

What and when |

• “Fore the Pups We Putt Golf Tournament,” 9 a.m. May 24 at Rivers Edge Golf Plantation in Shallotte, N.C., for $80 per person (checks due May 10, made out to Canine Angels, and mailed to Josie McGahn, 950 Meadowlands Trail, Calabash, NC 28467). Details at 609-576-2303.

• “Dine, Dance, and Party” with the pups, 6-10 p.m. May 29 at Castano’s Italian Steakhouse, in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, for $38, including three-course meal from choice of four special menu entrees, live music, prizes and auctions. 910-398-7850.

Information | 917-575-6235 or www.canineangelsservicedogs.org


By | Festival Promotions of Myrtle Beach

What | Obstacle course races about 3 miles long for adults, 1 mile for children

When | May 24:

• Individuals – males 9 a.m., females 9:20

• Teams – males 9:40 a.m., females 10:20

• Co-ed teams – 10 a.m.

• Children – 11 a.m.

How much | By May 22 and on race day, respectively:

• Individual – $55/$60

• Team of four people – $200/$220

• Child – $20

Where | Waterbridge development, on Carolina Forest Boulevard, 4.5 miles from U.S. 501 and 2.6 miles from River Oaks Drive

Information | 712-2618, 888-404-9933 or www.dirtymyrtlemudrun.com


Benefiting | Boy Scout Troop 891

When | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 24

Where | Socastee United Methodist Church, 5575 Dick Pond Road, Socastee

How much | Small charge per meal

Information | 650-3373


By | Town of Surfside Beach

When | 4-8 p.m. May 25

Where | Surfside Pier

Also |

• Memorial Day Service, 2:30 p.m. May 26 in town’s Passive Park with veterans memorial, at Surfside and Willow drives, by front of Horry County Memorial Library Surfside Beach branch.

• “Surfside Beach Sunday Serenades,” 2-5 p.m. Sundays, May 25-Aug. 31 in Passive Park

• “Movies After Dark,” 9 p.m. Thursdays, June 12-Aug. 14 (but not July 3), in Martin Park, at Dogwood Drive South and Sixth Avenue South

How much | All for free

Information | 650-9548 or www.surfsidebeach.org


Where | Off Farrow Parkway in Myrtle Beach

What and when | Free unless noted otherwise:

• Horse & carriage rides, 6-9 p.m. Fridays starting May 23 from outside La Dolce Lusso, 3060 Howard Ave., for free

• “Music in the Streets,” Wednesday evenings, June 4-Aug. 27 in gazebos, with face painting for children

• “Paws Parade,” May 31 in Valor Memorial Garden, with registration at 10 a.m., for $15 per dog, or $10 each for two or more, benefiting Grand Strand Humane Society (3241 Mr. Joe White Ave. Extension, Myrtle Beach – 918-4910 or www.grandstrandhumanesociety.com)

• “Music on the Green,” band concerts 7-10 p.m. Thursdays, June 5-Aug. 28 in Valor Memorial Garden

• “Movies Under The Stars,” about 9 p.m. Fridays starting June 6 in Valor Memorial Garden.

Information | 839- 3500 or www.marketcommonmb.com


By | Stephanie Trick-Alderighi, pianist – and wife of Paolo Alderighi, another jazz pianist

Benefiting | Help A Veteran, a nonprofit organization assisting veterans with special needs, and Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center of Little River

When | 1-4 p.m. May 31

Where | Grand Strand Senior Center, 1268 21st Avenue N., Myrtle Beach

How much | $15 individual, or two for $25

Information | 222-0718, or email helpaveteran@hotmail.com


With | Elvis Presley Enterprises

Who | Contestants from across the continent seeking a $1,000 prize and a berth for the national finals in Memphis, Tenn., in August during Elvis Week

When | 7 p.m. May 31

Where | Legends in Concert, at 29th Avenue North and U.S. Bypass in Myrtle Beach, next to Planet Hollywood

Judges | Cecil Chandler, co-host of WPDE-TV 15’s “Carolina & Co.”; Deacon Dawson, actor and former Myrtle Beach radio personality; and Melissa Armstrong, Broadway at The Beach marketing director

How much | Same as regular shows, plus tax: $37.95 or $42.95 for ages 17 and older, and $13.95 or $18.95 ages 3-16; booth $48.95 and $23.95, respectively per age group; and VIP $45.95 for all

Also | Legends in Concerts shows continue 8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Tuesdays with tributes to the Blues Brothers, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Elvis Presley, and Steven Tyler from Aerosmith

Discounts for shows through May 30 | Free ticket for active and retired military with the purchase of one full price, regular adult ticket. This rate also applies in the same date range for Teacher Appreciation Days, for all teachers in Horry and Georgetown counties.

Information | 238-7827, 800-960-7469 or www.legendsinconcert.com


With | Carolina Panthers TopCats cheerleaders (www.panthers.com/cheerleaders/index.html)

When | 6-8 p.m. May 31

Where | Outside La Dolce Lusso, 3060 Howard Ave., Myrtle Beach, at The Market Common

How much | Free

Information | 839-2655 or dolcelusso.com


Where | Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17, on south side of North Myrtle Beach

What and when | 7-11 p.m. nightly, June 1-Aug. 30

Includes |

• Boardwalk entertainers from stilt walkers to magicians, clowns, Nigel & Ally’s Traveling Dance Party, children’s karaoke, and Nick Pike, a unicyclist, juggler and comedian who has competed on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”

• Fireworks 10:15 p.m. Mondays, weather permitting

• Free carousel rides on Saturdays

Information | 272-8349 or www.bflanding.com


With | Rabbi Debbie Slavitt, discussing the mystery of Noah’s wife and themes from the novel “Sinners and the Sea” by Rebecca Kanner

When | 6 p.m. June 2

Where | Friendly’s Restaurant, 4705 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach

How much | $13, including entree, sundae, drink, tax and tip

Register | by May 23 at 236-1828 or 903-7325


By | Conway Downtown Alive

When | 6-8 p.m. first Thursday monthly, June-November

Where | Downtown Conway

Starting with | June 5, at Third Avenue and Main Street, including a classic car cruise-in and a concert by the Parrot Party Band

How much | Free

Also | “Rivertown Wine-Around” wine tasting, 3-6 p.m. June 14 across downtown, for $20

Information | 248-6260 or www.conwayalive.com


When | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. June 6-7

Where | St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church hall, 3301 33rd Ave. Ext. N., Myrtle Beach, at U.S. 17 Bypass

How much | $1

Information | 448-3773 or www.stjohn-mb


By | Myrtle Beach Corvette Club

Benefiting | Several local charities

When | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 7

Where | Broadway at the Beach, off 21st Avenue North in Myrtle Beach

Information | 294-0127 or www.myrtlebeachcorvetteclub.com


Benefiting | Waccamaw Animal Rescue Mission, of Conway

When | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. June 7 and 1-4 p.m. June 8

Where | Carolina Forest Storage, 4761 U.S. 501, behind Carolina Forest Flea Market, across from Carolina Forest.

Information | 902-2456, 347-6583 or www.warmfarms.org


By | Oceanfront Merchants Association

When | Daily from about mid-June into late August

Where | Myrtle Beach’s Plyler Park, at Mr. Joe White Avenue and North Ocean Boulevard, and on Myrtle Beach boardwalk

Schedule | Weather permitting:

• Boardwalk and park performers – Sunday and Friday nights, June 8-Aug. 31, including “Boardwalk Elvis” by David Chaney of Myrtle Beach (


– he opens June 1, for Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Plyler Park, and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in front of Boardwalk Coffee House and The Bowery at Ninth Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard)

• Kids’ Carnival – 7-10 p.m. Mondays, June 9-Aug. 25, including youth bands, inflatables, face painting, caricature artist, games, balloon twisting, and stilt walkers

• Concert series – 8-11 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, June 10-Aug. 30, on Plyler Park stage

• Fireworks – Wednesdays, June 11-Aug. 20, and July 4

How much | Free admission

Information | www.myrtlebeachdowntown.com


What | Second annual Colored Pencil Members’ Show & Sale

By | Colored Pencil Society of America, District 124 of Myrtle Beach

When | June 9-21

Where | Art & Soul, An Artisan Gallery, 5001 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach

Gallery open | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays

Also | Everyone is welcome to vote for his or her favorite artwork, and three people's choice awards will be announced at a reception, 4-6 p.m. June 21 in gallery

Information |

• Colored Pencil Society at 503-504-7501, 234-2283 or


• Gallery at 839-2727 or www.artandsoulmyrtlebeach.com


What | Family movies changing weekly

When | 10 a.m. Mondays-Wednesdays

Where | Cinemark at Coastal Grand mall, off Seaboard Street in Myrtle Beach

Schedule |

• “Ice Age: The Meltdown,” June 9-12

• “Epic,” June 16-19

• “The Croods,” June 23-26

• “Turbo,” June 30-July 3

• “Smurfs 2,” July 7-10

• “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” July 14-17

• “Walking with Dinosaurs,” July 21-24

• “The Lego Movie,” July 28-31

• “Rio 2,” Aug. 4-7

• “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” Aug. 11-14

How much | $1 each, or $5 for pass for whole series

Information | 839-3225 or www.cinemark.com


What | Family movies changing weekly

When | 10 a.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays

Where | Grand 14 Cinema, at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach

Schedule |

• “The Lego Movie,” June 10-12

• “The Croods,” June 17-19

• “Smurfs 2,” June 24-26

• “Ice Age: Continental Divide,” July 1-3

• “Despicable Me 2,” July 8-10

• “Turbo,” July 15-17

• “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,” July 22-24

• “Epic,” July 29-31

• “Shrek Forever After,” Aug. 5-7

• “Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Squeaquel,” Aug. 12-14

How much | Free

Information | 282-0550 or www.stonetheatres.com/#/summer-movie-magic-grand-14/4584033968


Benefiting | North Strand Housing Shelter

When | 4:30-7:30 p.m. June 14

Where | Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1100 Eighth Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach

How much | $8

Information | From Anne Parker: 504-0032 or email annewparker@yahoo.com


By | USA Dance Inc. Grand Strand Chapter 6024

When | 7-10 p.m. June 14

Where | Myrtle Beach Base Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Lane, near The Market Common

How much | $7 members, otherwise $9

Includes | Music provided by Rosalie and Jack Drust

Also | Singles welcome, beverages supplies, and everyone’s asked to bring a snack to share

Information | 808-3397 or www.usadancegrandstrand.org


What | Family movies changing weekly

When | 10 a.m. Thursdays

Where | Carmike Cinemas 12 at Myrtle Beach mall, at U.S.17 and S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres

Schedule |

• “Epic,” June 19

• “The Croods,” June 26

• “Turbo,” July 3

• “Despicable Me.” July 10

• “Despicable Me 2,” July 17

• “The Nut Job,” July 24

• “The Lego Movie,” July 31

• “Rio,” Aug. 7

• “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” Aug. 14

• “Rio 2,” Aug. 21

How much | $4, including a small popcorn and small beverage

Information | 272-6598 or www.carmike.com/Events/Category/8

Georgetown County


By | Pawleys Island Kiwanis Club

Benefiting | Kiwanis Kids Park Fund, going toward plans for Georgetown County Parks and Recreation to build playground for ages 2-5 at Stables Park in Litchfield Beach, with completion of the $25,000 effort expected in summer 2015

When | 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

Where | Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, 9967 Ocean Highway (U.S. 17)

Also | Donations to fund welcome at Palmetto Bank

Information | 545-3333


By | Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10420, based at 4359 U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet

When | 9 a.m. May 23

Where | Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, 4182 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet

Also | Sales of memorial bricks for $50 each to honor anyone – even someone who’s not a veteran or Veterans of Foreign Wars member – for grounds around the granite, which salutes 109 service personnel from South Carolina who have died in Iraq or Afghanistan in the war on terror. Post’s memorial “re-dedication” services planned for Memorial Day, May 26 – its initial dedication was on Veterans Day 2013. Call 222-2791.

Information | 651-6900


Where | on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Huntington Beach State Park

What and when |

• “Red, White, and Blue Salute to Veterans,” with flags placed across gardens, May 24-26

• 5K/One Mile Race, 6:30 p.m. May 25, with room for 400 participants. Registration for 5K is $30 through May 23, and $35 day of race; walk $15 through May 23 and $20 day of race – and each includes a one-day Brookgreen pass to enjoy at a later date.

• Art Festival, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. June 7

• “Cool Summer Evenings,” open late until 9 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, June 11-Aug. 8 – with creek cruises (in pirate theme on Thursdays) for extra $8 ages 13 and older, and $4 ages 4-12.

• “Wine Tasting,” 6-8 p.m. June 14, for $50 members, otherwise $65

Open | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

How much | Admission lasts seven days: $14 ages 13-64, $12 ages 65 and older, and $7 ages 4-12

Information | 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org


Benefiting | Litchfield Ballet Foundation

When | 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 31

Where | Litchfield Dance Arts Academy, 97 Otis Drive, Litchfield Beach

How much | $30

Includes | Music from local singer/guitarist Don Thomas, dance vignettes by Litchfield Dance Arts Academy students, and a silent auction

Information | 237-7465 or www.litchfielddance.com


By | Georgetown Hospital System’s Women’s Board

Benefiting | Georgetown Hospital System Foundation

When | 7 p.m. May 31

Where | Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, 70 Tanglewood Drive, Pawleys Island, off U.S. 17

How much | $125

Information | 652-8080 or www.georgetownhospitalsystem.org/womensboardgala


Benefiting | Tara Hall Home for Boys, based in Rose Hall section of Georgetown County, a long-term, residential home and school that accepts neglected, troubled and abused boys.

When | June 14:

• Paddle launches at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for trips lasting 2-3 hours to or from Tara Hall

• Festival, for people not paddling, 10 a.m., including live music by local groups, arts and crafts vendors, games, a children’s barrel race for ages 8-12, kayak race for ages 13-16, a pileau dinner, and door prizes

Where | On Mingo Creek, on Van Vlake Street, off S.C. 41/51, between Hemingway and Andrews, in northwest Georgetown County

How much |

• For paddlers: $30 ages 17 and older, $15 ages 8-16, and free ages 4-7 (with adult on vessel), all including paddle trip and meal

• Kayak rentals – $10

• Festival gate fee (for anyone not paddling) – $10

Information | 546-3000, 546-3666 or www.tarahall.org

Brunswick County area


By | Coastal Garden Club, based in Shallotte, N.C.

When | noon-5 p.m. FridayMay 16

Covering | 10 gardens in Brick Landing and Sea Trail plantations, and Sunset Beach, N.C.

How much | $15

Information | www.coastalgardenclub.org, or email gardentour@coastalgardenclub.org


By | Brunswick Little Theatre

What | Concerts by 10-piece band

When | 8 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through May 25

Where | Franklin Square Park in Southport, N.C.

How much | Free

Also | “Into the Woods” play, 7:30 p.m. July 25-26 and Aug. 1-2, and 3 p.m. July 27 and Aug. 3, at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium, in Supply, N.C. (910-755-7416 or www.bccowa.com), for $18 adults, $12 students, and $6 ages 12 and younger

Information | 910-471-7741 or www.brunswicklittletheatre.com


With | Dreams of Wilmington (www.dreamswilmington.org)

When | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. SaturdayMay 17

Where | N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, on U.S. 421, just south of Kure Beach

How much | Free with admission: $10.95 ages 13-61, $9.95 seniors and military, and $8.95 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger

Aquarium open | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Also | Anyone who wears wings on “Wings Wednesdays” in May receives free admission – a $3 savings – into the Butterfly Bungalow and garden, a temporary exhibit through September. Also, join the Butterfly Brigade Parade at 10 a.m. Wednesdays.

Information | 910-458-7468 or www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher


What | Concerts and outdoor movies

Where |

• Shallotte – In Rourk Gardens, on Main Street, across from Jerome’s Steak & Seafood – Concerts at 6:30 p.m.: The Army Ground Forces Band Loose Cannons, after Memorial Day celebration at 4:30 to honor local veterans, with retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. Cris Cabingas; Sea Cruz on July 3; Hip Pocket Band July 17; Band of Oz July 24; Jim Quick & Coastline July 25; and Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Aug. 14. Movies at dusk: “Frozen” July 10, “The Nut Job” Aug 7, and “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” Aug. 21.

• Calabash, in Town Park, 868 Persimmon Road – Concerts 6:30 p.m. Thursdays: Tammy’s Tangent June 5, Pantastic Steel Drums June 26, Jaded Mayberry July 3, Homemade Jam July 31, and Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Aug. 7. Movies at dusk: Thursdays: “Wreck It Ralph” June 19, “Despicable Me 2” July 17, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” Aug. 14, and “Monsters University” Oct. 31.

• Sunset Beach – in Village Park gazebo, on Queen Anne Street (www.sunsetbeachconcerts.com) – Concerts 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays: The Embers with Craig Woolard May 28, The Fat Jack Band June 4, Ginger Thompson Band June 11, Jim Quick & Coastline June 18, Tim Clark Band June 25, Hip Pocket Band July 2, Jackass Flats July 9, Smokin’ Hot July 16, Duke Ladd Band July 23, Mark Roberts Band July 30, The Dickens Aug. 6, Six Stylez Aug. 16, Darrell Harwood Aug 20, Carolina Breakers Aug 27, and Fantastic Shakers Sept. 3.

• Ocean Isle Beach – in parking lot of Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St. (910-579-1016) – Concerts 6:30 p.m. Fridays: The Entertainers May 23, Continental Divide May 30, Blackwater Rhythm & Blues June 6, Sea Cruz June 13, The Attractions Band June 30, Fantastic Shakers June 27, Steve Owens & Summertime July 4, Too Much Sylvia July 11, The Embers with Craig Woolard July 18, Hip Pocket Band July 25, Mark Roberts Band Aug. 1, The Rick Strickland Band Aug 8, Jim Quick & Coastline Aug. 15, The Imitations Aug 22, Band of Oz Aug. 29, and Holiday Band Sept. 5.

How much | Free

Information | 910-253-2031 or www.brunswickcountync.gov/Portals/0/BC/files/parksandrec/BBC-042514-Y-4.pdf


For | All artists – amateur and professional – and students in grades 3-12

When | June 7

Where | Jewelry By Wendy – Beach House Fine Arts Gallery, 10152 Beach Drive, Unit 6, Calabash

Registration | $20, including lunch, for adults, free for students

Also | Public invited to visit gallery at 3 p.m. on this day for “Wet Paint Sale”

Information | 910-575-0024 or www.jewelrybywendy.com/CalabashPleinArtDay.html


By | Downtown Southport Inc. and Southport Garden Club

What | Covering nine sites, including Southport’s new Community Garden

When | 1-5 p.m. June 7 (rain date: June 8)

Where | Across Southport, N.C.

How much | $10

Buy tickets | at:

• Fort Johnston-Southport Museum and Visitor Center, 203 E. Bay St.

• Ricky Evans Gallery, 211 N. Howe St.

• In hospitality tent, on day of tour only, at the first garden stop, Lois Jane’s Riverview Inn, 106 W. Bay St.

Information | 910 279-4616 or www.downtownsouthport.org

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.