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North Strand Roundup | Beach music festival to benefit Cystic Fibrosis, remember ‘Fat Harold’

Bo “the Webguy” Gilbert (from left) of BeachMusicOnline.com and ShagCityUSA.com, Jim Quick of Jim Quick & Coastline; Deb Transou, sales and marketing representative for Beach Music Scene Magazine and ShagCityUSA.com, and Dustin “big D” Gilder, producer of Quick’s radio program “The Crossover” and host of Beach Music Scene TV, are organizers of Salt Air Jam, the first beach music festival to be held in North Myrtle Beach. Other organizers not pictured are Jeff Gilder and Shan Coughlin, both with ShagCityUSA.com.
Bo “the Webguy” Gilbert (from left) of BeachMusicOnline.com and ShagCityUSA.com, Jim Quick of Jim Quick & Coastline; Deb Transou, sales and marketing representative for Beach Music Scene Magazine and ShagCityUSA.com, and Dustin “big D” Gilder, producer of Quick’s radio program “The Crossover” and host of Beach Music Scene TV, are organizers of Salt Air Jam, the first beach music festival to be held in North Myrtle Beach. Other organizers not pictured are Jeff Gilder and Shan Coughlin, both with ShagCityUSA.com. For The Sun News

Jim Quick, lead singer and harmonica player of Jim Quick & Coastline, is passionate about supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He has witnessed the effects of this life-threatening, genetic disorder that affects the lungs and digestive system. As a result, CFF will benefit from Salt Air Jam, the first Beach Music Festival to be held in North Myrtle Beach.

Gates open for Salt Air Jam at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex at 11 a.m. Saturday, and Grand Marshal and S.C. State Sen. Greg Hembree will cut the ribbon at 11:30 a.m. Four bands will perform throughout the afternoon. The Embers with Craig Woolard start the program at noon. Steve Owens and Summertime come on at 1:15 p.m., and The Entertainers take over at 2:30 p.m. Jim Quick & Coastline close out the day from 3:45-5 p.m.

The festival also is dedicated to local shag club owner Harold M. “Fat Harold” Bessent, who died May 22.

ShagCityUSA.com and 94.9 The Surf are presenting sponsors, with Hair on Main and Day Spa providing more sponsorship. Among the vendors on hand will be Duffy Street Seafood Shack, which will offer hamburgers, hot dogs, shrimp, po’ boys and French fries. Carolina Quench Italian Ice, Ward’s Nuts & Honey, Strand Olive Oil, Dixieland Kettle Corn Company, Hats Galore, Re/Max and Marlisa Wig Studio also will offer their specialties. A beer and wine garden is planned as well. Tickets are $20 and available from businesses listed at www.saltairjam.com or at the gate.

Quick plans to use a portion of the proceeds to create a nonprofit organization to assist Horry County families with children who have CF.

“I’ve been doing beach music for 25 years, and the beach music community has always been there for me,” said Quick, after his live radio program, “The Crossover,” which is broadcast on ShagCityUSA.com. “Through this event, I want to give back, especially here in North Myrtle Beach and Horry County.”

Dustin “Big D” Gilder, the producer of “The Crossover” and host of Beach Music Scene TV, understands CF. His son, Eli, 5, has the disease.

“I want people to know he looks normal and acts normal,” Gilder said. “[Cystic Fibrosis] is a silent disease.” He explained that Eli takes more than 25 pills each day and must follow a high fat, high protein, low carbohydrate diet. “Eli takes his condition in stride,” Gilder said.

Plans are to make Salt Air Jam an annual event, and it is already scheduled at the Sports Complex for June 11, 2016.

Other activities on the North Strand are:

Hurricane preparedness

Where | Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market St. (off Sunset Boulevard, behind Food Lion), Sunset Beach, N.C.

When | Noon Friday

Cost | Free as part of the “Science in Small Bytes” series

Contact | 910-579-1016, www.museumplanetarium.org

Details | Learn how to prepare for the hurricane season. Checklist given.

Feed marine animals

What | Feed the sea stars, hermit crabs, conchs, sea urchins and other marine life in the Touch Tank.

Where | Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

When | 11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Cost | All-day admission, 13-61, $9; 62+, $8; 3-12, $7; 2 and under, free

Contact | 910-579-1016, www.museumplanetarium.org

Details | Docents supervise the feeding and answer questions.

Award-winning movies shown

Where | Hickmans Crossroads Library, 1040 Calabash Road, Calabash, N.C.

When | All movies at 3 p.m.; “Selma,” Friday; “Still Alice,” Monday, Friday; “Big Eyes,” June 22 and 26; “Mr. Turner,” June 29 and July 3

Cost | Free. People are asked to bring a nonperishable item for the local food pantry.

Contact | 910-575-0173, Christi.Iffergan@brunswickcountync.gov

Details | Light refreshments served

‘Let Your Imagination Fly!’

What | Bruce Stedman, retired science, math and computer teacher, presents an interactive program about air pressure and its effects.

Where | Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

When | 6 p.m. Tuesday

Cost | All-day admission; 13-61, $9; 62+, $8; 3-12, $7; 2 and under, free

Contact | 910-579-1016, www.museumplanetarium.org

Details | Stedman will display the effects of air pressure by using homemade objects such as air cannons, beach balls, leaf blowers and other toys.

Coastal Shag Club dance

What | Monthly Shag Club dance, includes shag and line dancing, other dances, 50/50 raffle

Where | Shallotte Moose Lodge, 253 Holden Beach Road, Shallotte, N.C.

When | 6:30-10 p.m. June 20

Cost | $5 for members of any shag club, $8 for guests

Contact | boyd_pat@yahoo.com, www.CoastalShagClub.org

Details | Club meetings are first Thursday of the month, 6 p.m. at Shallotte Moose Lodge. Dances are third Saturday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

Shallotte Farmers Market

What | Home-grown fruits and vegetables, home-baked breads and sweets, handcrafted pottery, jewelry and other items

Where | Riverside Park, N.C. 130 and Main Street, Shallotte, N.C.

When | 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Sept. 12

Cost | Free

Contact | 910-754-3728, 910-754-4032

Master Gardeners answer questions

What | Bring lawn and garden problems and questions to get answers from Master Gardeners.

Where | Hickmans Crossroads Library, 1040 Calabash Road, Calabash, N.C.

When | 9 a.m.-noon Fridays through Nov. 13

Cost | Free

Contact | 910-575-0173, Christi.Iffergan@brunswickcountync.gov

Details | Free soil sampling

N.C. Fourth of July Festival

Where | Southport, N.C.

When | June 27-July 4

Cost | Free

Contact | Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, 4433 Long Beach Road, Southport, N.C.; 910-457-5578, patriot@nc4thofjuly.com, www.nc4thofjuly.com

Details | The chamber organizes the event each year. For a list of all the activities from the Freedom Run and Walk on June 27 to the fireworks display on July 4, consult the website.

Contact freelance writer JO ANN MATHEWS at jamathews124@gmail.com.

If you go

What | First Beach Music Festival in North Myrtle Beach; will benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Where | North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, S.C 90 and Robert Edge Parkway, North Myrtle Beach

When | Saturday; 11 a.m. gates open, 11:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting, noon-5 p.m. bands play

Cost | $20. Advance tickets available at various businesses listed at www.saltairjam.com. Tickets also available at the gate.

Contact | Bo, 280-9000

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