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This photo shows “Leaf Blower Chic,” an oil on canvas by Michael Craig, part of the Spring Art Show through July 20 at Collector’s Cafe and Art Gallery, 7740 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach.
This photo shows “Leaf Blower Chic,” an oil on canvas by Michael Craig, part of the Spring Art Show through July 20 at Collector’s Cafe and Art Gallery, 7740 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. Courtesy photo

SATURDAY | 06.13

Salt Air Jam benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

North Myrtle Beach’s first-ever beach music festival, the Salt Air Jam, in memory of local club owner “Fat Harold” Bessent, will fill Saturday afternoon in a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – for which the S.C. chapter is based in Mount Pleasant (388-5968, 866-324-2242 or www.cff.org/Chapters/sc/).

Gates open at 11 a.m, at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, at S.C. 90 and Robert Edge Parkway, and four bands will play: The Embers featuring Craig Woolard at noon, Steve Owens and Summertime 1:15 p.m., The Entertainers 2:30, and Jim Quick & Coastline 3:45-5 pm.

Tickets are $15 advance at saltairjam.com, or $20 at the gate.

The site also is host for the the city’s “Sounds of Summer” concerts series, 7-9 p.m. on the third Friday monthly, all for free: Sound Express & The Legacy June 19, Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot July 17, Painted Man Aug. 21, and Nantucket Sept. 18. More details at 280-5594, ext. 3, or parks.nmb.us/Page.aspx?id=18.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY | 06.12-06.14

Special events include Conway ‘Wine-Around,’ Jack Hanna show

▪ At Kaminski House Museum, 1003 Front St., Georgetown: lecture at noon Friday by Robert “Mac” McAlister, author of newly released “Georgetown’s North Island, a History,” for $10 (optional bag lunch from Kudzu Bakery available for $7.50, with reservations at 546-7706); and sweetgrass basketmaking with Audrey Manigault and Barbara McCormick of McClellanville, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday on porch. Museum open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, with tours at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m., for $7, and additional $3 for Stewart-Parker House. kaminskimuseum.org.

▪ Second annual “Plein-Aire – Wet Paint Day,” 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday in Calabash, N.C., with everyone invited to paint, for $20 adults, including bag lunch from Calabash Garden Tea Room, and free for students in grades 6-12. Also, art sale 2-3 p.m. nearby at Jewelry by Wendy, in The Calabash Cottages, 10152 Beach Drive S.W. Register at 910-575-0024 or www.jewelrybywendy.com/CalabashPleinArtDay.html.

▪ Old Bridge Preservation Society’s grand reopening of Old Bridge Store, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at museum, 109 Shoreline Drive W., Sunset Beach, N.C., open 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. Free. 910-363-6585 or oldbridgepreservationsociety.org.

▪ Conway Downtown Alive’s “Rivertown Wine-Around,” 3-6 p.m. Saturday for wine tastings at various downtown Conway sites. $20. 248-6260 or www.conwayalive.com.

▪ “An Evening in Hollywood: Wines from the Movies” wine-tasting benefit, 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday at Brookgreen Gardens, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach. $50 members, otherwise $65. 235-6016 or www.brookgreen.org.

▪ The Root Doctors concert, 8 p.m. Saturday at Winyah Auditorium, 1200 Highmarket St., Georgetown. $20. 461-1342 or www.winyahauditorium.org.

▪ At Brunswick Little Theatre, 8068 River Road S.E., Southport, N.C., “Circus of Strings” by Fred Michael, puppeteer from former “Mister Rogers Neighborhood,” 3 p.m. Sunday, with donations welcome; and Stagestruck Players’ “Godspell Jr.,” 7:30 p.m. June 18-22, and 3 p.m. June 23, for $10 ages 12 and older, otherwise $5. 910-447-2586 or www.brunswicklittletheatre.com.

▪ Jack Hanna’s “Into the Wild Live,” 4 p.m. Sunday at Calvin Gilmore Theater – home of “The Carolina Opry,” “Time Warp” and “Thunder and Light” – on U.S. 17 Business, near northern junction of U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach. $35, $43, $48.38 or $59.13. 913-4000, 800-843-6779 or www.thecarolinaopry.com.

▪ Eddie Miles’ “A Salute to Elvis & Country Legends,” 7 p.m. Sunday, at Alabama Theatre – home of “One the Show” – at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. $22.95, $26.95 or $31.95. 272-1111, 800-342-2262 or www.alabama-theatre.com.


‘High-Steppin’ Country’ begins 39th year

The “High Steppin’ Country” musical revue, whose many alumni include Hannah native and country music star Josh Turner, opens Tuesday for its 39th summer.

Shows are 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through Aug. 15, then Saturdays only through Sept. 5. The two hours comprise medleys in “new country,” “old West” and surfing themes, as well as patriotic, gospel and children’s sections, with youth from the audience welcome to participate.

The cast this year has grown from 2014 by two people, to 16, with mostly Grand Strand residents, rounded out by a Coastal Carolina University student from the Upstate and another individual from Pamplico, southeast of Florence.

See the shows at Lakewood Camping Resort’s Theater by the Sea, 5901 S. Kings Highway, between Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach, about a mile north of S.C. 544, for $10 ages 12 and older, $5 ages 3-11. Guests from outside Lakewood are asked to park by the conference center, just north of the campground entrance, and catch a shuttle to the venue.

More details at 447-7359.


Water parks begin weekly special events

Two water parks, both open at 10 a.m. daily, have evening events for summer.

At Myrtle Waves Water Park, at Mr. Joe White Avenue North Extension and U.S. 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach, “Family Dive-In Movie Nights” are back, among special events Wednesdays and Fridays through Aug. 12, weather permitting. The schedule comprises:

▪ Movies at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays: “Annie” on June 17, a teen beach movie to be announced for July 1, “Paddington” July 15, “Frozen” sing-along July 29, and “Big Hero 6” Aug. 12.

▪ DJ nights with games character appearances at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays: June 24, July 8 and 22, and Aug. 5.

▪ DJ afternoons with games and prizes, 2-4 p.m. Fridays: June 12, 19 and 26; July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; and Aug. 7 and 14.

Special general admission for everyone after 4 p.m. on the aforementioned Wednesdays is $12.99 plus tax. Details at 913-9250 or www.myrtlewaves.com.

▪ Wild Water & Wheels, 910 U.S. Business 17 S., Surfside Beach, has brought back its “Live After Five!” series, keeping its water park open until 9 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 14, weather permitting. The schedule of events by the wave pool for Fridays is a dance party with Wally B. from WYEZ-FM “The Tide” 94.5 on June 12, July 17 and Aug. 7; Coco Loco Party Band June 19, Backfire June 26, Paper Work July 3, Paul Grimshaw Band July 10, a guest to be announced for July 24, Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot July 31; and Juke Box Elly Aug. 14. Also, 1-4 p.m. on five Sundays – June 14 and 28, July 12 and 26, and Aug. 9 – WPDE-TV 15’s Cecil Chandler will play hit records by the wave pool, with dancing and games.

Special admission rates include, plus tax, after 3 p.m. daily: $19.98 for anyone 4 feet or taller and $17.98 under 4 feet or ages 55 and older; and after 5 p.m. Fridays: $9.95 ages 3 and older; and always free ages 2 and younger. Rides and miniature golf open later in day and usually closing later as well. Details at 238-3787 or www.wild-water.com.


Spring Art Show in full bloom at cafe

The Spring Art Show, with more than 100 new pieces, continues through July 20 at Collector’s Cafe and Gallery, 7740 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach.

See works by local artists Judith Cole, Stuart Fleishman, Becky Jones, and gallery owners Thomas Davis and Mike Smith, each in oil paintings; Karen Edgar in black pastel; Bobbie Holt and Rebecca Zdybel, each in mixed media; Elizabeth Knipes and Nicholas Mariano, each in photography; and Daniel Simeonov in acrylics.

Also, from out of town: Fleetwood Covington of Wilmington, N.C.; Robert Crombie of northeast Ohio, Michael Kennedy of Charleston, and Connie Logan of Greensboro, N.C., each in oils; Lawrence Feir of Greensboro, in metal; and Katy Gilbert of St. Petersburg, Fla., in acrylics.

Visit the gallery noon-11 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Details at 449-9370 or www.collectorscafeandgallery.com.


‘Summer Kids Series’ movies at Carmike in mall

One more family movie series is in the projector for summer: the “Summer Kids Series,” 10 a.m. every Thursday at Carmike Cinemas 12 at Myrtle Beach Mall, at U.S.17 and S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres:

“Rise of the Guardians” on June 18, “How to Train Your Dragon 2” June 25, “Monsters vs. Aliens” July 2, “The Croods” July 9, “Megamind” July 16, “Shrek Forever After” July 23, “Marmaduke” July 30, “Tooth Fairy” Aug. 6, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” Aug. 13, and “Paddington,” Aug. 20.

Each screening is $4 per person, including a small popcorn and small Coca-Cola product.

Details at 272-6598 or www.carmike.com/Events/Category/8.