Final month of year stays festive with events

By Steve Palisin


Alexis Bull and Magdalyn Darden will play the Sugar Plum Fairy and Dew Drop Fairy, respectively, in Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre’s 10th annual “The Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19; and 2 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20, at the Coastal Carolina University Wheelwright Auditorium.
Alexis Bull and Magdalyn Darden will play the Sugar Plum Fairy and Dew Drop Fairy, respectively, in Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre’s 10th annual “The Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19; and 2 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20, at the Coastal Carolina University Wheelwright Auditorium. Courtesy photo

The intensity of festivals and celebrations this month into Christmas week has not downshifted from the pace in place this whole autumn.

Many events center on yuletide ties, with local groups and schools celebrating the season. Temple Emanu-El, a Conservative Jewish congregation in Myrtle Beach, also will welcome sundown this Sunday with its Chanukah Dinner & Talent Show, as the Festival of Lights begins for eight nights.

This time of year brings about events for which months have gone into planning.

The Carolina Master Chorale will perform Andrew Fowler’s “An Outbreak of Peace” on Dec. 12 at Trinity United Methodist Church in North Myrtle Beach and Dec. 13 at Trinity Church in Myrtle Beach, both at 4 p.m.

A Myrtle Beach native, Fowler composed the oratorio with inspiration from a true story from World War I, when on Christmas Eve 1914, a German soldier began singing “Silent Night,” prompting a temporary truce between fighting forces.

When the piece was written in 2009, no such opera had been written yet, Fowler said, happy to see other musicians also emerge with “approaches of retelling this story” which has become “pretty well known.”

Fowler appreciates how that cluster of participants for the Central Powers and Allies, “joined the spirit of a moment through music.” He said many people have an association of Christmas Eve “being kind of a spiritual oasis,” with its “beauty of the moment of Christmas Eve.”

Even if the holiday is not observed through one’s faith, Fowler said, “that doesn’t prohibit people from understanding the joy and quiet solitude of the evening, the spirit of good will, as Dickens would say.”

Fowler also has recorded a Christmas collection, “Yuletide Moon,” for digital release: andrewfowler.bandcamp.com/album/yuletide-moon

Kaminski House all decked out

For “A Very Fashionable Christmas,” through Dec. 30, visitors walking through Kaminski House Museum, 1003 Front St., Georgetown, will see halls decked out across two floors of this historic building dating to about 1769 and full of original furnishings through the centuries.

About 12 local designers volunteered to decorate with trimmings around such spots as fireplaces in each room, around windows, and across furniture. Lisa Stalvey from the Friends of the Kaminski House, leading a tour last week, pointed to vases on a dining table with peacock feathers that add a wintry charm with their light blues.

In one of the guest rooms, look for a Grinch doll sitting on a French settee, beside another room, that one in a bridal theme, with pinecones adorning its hearth.

Kim Leatherwood, the museum’s assistant director, said with this bonus of “glitz and glamour for the holidays” that guests will see on tours Mondays-Saturdays, three candlelight tours also are warmed up for 5-7 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 17.

Day or night, winter or summer, with this home’s setting overlooking the Sampit River, be sure, too, to walk around the site’s exterior – where a flock of robins sipped last week by rocks along the water – and regale in seeing the whole gift that the property’s final resident, Julia Pyatt Kaminski, left to the city of Georgetown upon her death in 1972.

Christmas tunes on cue, 24/7 this month

For anyone with a hunger for Christmas music around the clock, dial up four stations:

▪ WMYB-FM “Star” 92.1 of Myrtle Beach – 843-448-9292 or www.star921.net.

▪ WLQB-FM “B” 93.5 of Ocean Isle Beach and Calabash, N.C. – 843-293-0107 or b935fm.com.

▪ WGNI-FM 102.7 of Wilmington, N.C. – 910-343-1027 or www.wgni.com.

▪ WXLY-FM “Y” 102.5 of Charleston – 843-721-1025 or www.y1025.com.

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 843-444-1764.

If you go

Some special visits with Santa

▪ Breakfast, with Knights of Columbus Council 7531, 7:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Fatz Cafe, 2492 Church St. (U.S. 501), Conway (843-369-0591). $7 ages 13 and older, $5 ages 6-12, and free ages 5 and younger,and including free photo with Santa. 843-234-1956.

▪ Sensory friendly Santa and Mrs. Claus, for families with children with autism, 9 a.m. Saturday at Grand 14 Cinema at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach, for free; and stay for special screening of “The Good Dinosaur” at 10 a.m., for $5. 609-744-0099, www.facebook.com/ChampionAutismNetwork?ref=hl, or email beckylarge66@gmail.com.

▪ At HTC stores, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2201 U.S. 501, Conway, across from Horry-Georgetown Technical College; and Dec. 15 at 1768 Pine Island Road, Myrtle Beach, across from Coastal Grand mall. Bring nonperishable food items for local needy will receive a free 4-by-6-inch photo taken with Kris Kringle. 843-365-2154 or www.htcinc.net/about-htc/photos-with-santa.

▪ Myrtle Beach Professional Firefighters’ fifth annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa, 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 12 at Myrtle Beach Base Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Lane, near Farrow Parkway and The Market Common, including free photos, and trucks to check out. All donations appreciated, to help with buying presents for local children in need. 843-458-3086.

▪ “Santa by the Sea,” 5-8 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19, at N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, on U.S. 421, just south of Kure Beach, N.C. $15 ages 3 and older in advance, otherwise $18, and free ages 2 and younger. 910-458-7468 or www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.

Local groups’ concerts

▪ At Socastee High School, 4900 Socastee Blvd., near Dick Pond Road: “Summer in December,” by Socastee Show Choirs, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, for $5; and jazz, symphonic/concert bands’ Holiday Concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 15, for free. 843-293-9041, 843-293-9054 or www.socasteetheaterarts.wix.com/asyoulikeit.

▪ At La Belle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School, all noon-5 p.m.: “Saturday Music & Bonfire,” Saturday, with Marsha Morgan Duo, 12:15-4:15 p.m., for free; “An Afternoon of Holiday Tunes,” Dec. 12, including Stardusters Big Band till 4 p.m., for $3; and “Yuletide Music & Bonfire,” Dec. 26,for $3. Also bring two canned/dry-good items for area food banks and receive free admission. 843-399-9463 or labelleamie.com.

▪ Long Bay Symphony Chamber Orchestra’s annual Handel’s “Messiah,” 2:30 p.m. Sunday at All Saints Church, 3560 Kings River Road, Pawleys Island. Free. 843-237-4223 (church), 843-448-8379 or longbaysymphony.com.

▪ “Advent Lessons and Carols,” 4 p.m. Sunday at Church of the Resurrection, 8901 U.S. 17 Bypass, west of Surfside Beach, between Glenns Bay Road and Garden City Connector. Also, fourth annual drive-through nativity, “Road to Bethlehem,” 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 12-13 (rain date Dec. 14). All free. 843-215-4500.215-4500 or www.resurrectionsurfside.org.

▪ Festive Brass of Myrtle Beach Christmas concerts: 3 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 901 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach; and 7 p.m. Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church, 706 14th Ave. S, North Myrtle Beach. Free. 843-361-1942 or www.festivebrassofmyrtlebeach.org.

▪ Annual “Singing Christmas Tree,” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11-13 at First Baptist Church , 711 16th Ave. N., Surfside Beach. Free with ticket; call 843-238-0206. www.fbcsurfside.org.

▪ Carolina Forest High School Show Choir’s “Holiday Spectacular,” 7 p.m. Dec. 10-12 and 3 p.m. Dec. 13, at school, 700 Gardner Lacy Road, off U.S. 501, Myrtle Beach. $7. 843-236-7997.

▪ “The Flood Victims Relief Concert” with Travis Cottrell and Robbie Taylor, tenor, benefiting Black River United Way for families in Georgetown and Williamsburg counties, 7-10 p.m. Dec. 11 at Garden City Chapel & Retreat, 316 Dogwood Drive N., Garden City Beach. $20. 843-651-7979 or gooddeedgoods.com, and 843-546-6317 or blackriveruw.org.

▪ Coastal Dance Centre’s Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre in 10th annual “The Nutcracker,” 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19; and 2 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20, at Coastal Carolina University Wheelwright Auditorium, on main campus, off U.S. 501 and S.C. 544 in Conway. $20 adults with purchase by Dec. 11, otherwise $25; $15 seniors/CCU students; and and $10 children. 843-839-5678, 843-651-2006 or www.cybt.org.

▪ Litchfield Dance Arts Academy’s “Celebrating the Season in Dance,” 3 and 7 p.m Dec. 12 at 97 Otis Drive, Litchfield Beach, just west of U.S. 17. $15 ages 4 and older, otherwise free. 843-237-7465 or www.litchfielddance.com.

▪ Carolina Master Chorale, “An Outbreak of Peace” 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 706 14th Ave. S., North Myrtle Beach, and 4 p.m. Dec. 13 at Trinity Church, 3000 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. $20 adults, $15 veterans and seniors, $5 students through age 22, and free ages 12 and younger with paying adult. 843-444-5774 or www.carolinamasterchorale.com.

▪ At Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium, off U.S. 17 in Supply, N.C.: Brunswick Big Band, 3 p.m. Dec. 13, for free (Everyone’s asked to bring a pair of new socks for Comfort Socks Campaign); and “Christmas with the Annie Moses Band,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17 $29 ages 13 and older, $27 seniors/students, and $10 ages 10 and younger. 910-755-7416; 800-754-1050, ext. 7416; or www.bccowa.com.

▪ North Myrtle Beach Community Band’s Christmas Concert, including Joy Jordan and “Tuba Christmas Carols” group, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at North Myrtle Beach’s J. Bryan Floyd Community Center, 1030 Possum Trot Road. Free. 843-488-6742 or www.nmbcommunityband.com.

▪ “Myrtle Beach Tuba Carols,” annual tuba concerts on Dec. 13, conducted by Daniel Johnson, principal tuba player for Long Bay Symphony, and free to see: 3:30 p.m. in North Myrtle Beach Community Band’s Christmas concert, at North Myrtle Beach’s J. Bryan Floyd Community Center; and 6 p.m. at Myrtle Beach Mall, on U.S. 17 at S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres. Registration for players both aforementioned concerts at 11:30 a.m. in community center, $5, with rehearsal there at noon. 910-962-7559, people.uncw.edu/johnsond/WTE.htm, or email johnsond@uncw.edu.

▪ “Holiday Spectacular,” with choir, band and orchestra, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 14 at North Myrtle Beach High School, 3750 Sea Mountain Highway, Little River. Free. 843-399-6171, nmbhsfinearts.weebly.com, or email nmbhshows@gmail.com.

▪ Loris Middle School Orchestra, 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Loris Middle School, 5209 Highway 66. Free. 843-756-2181.

▪ Pawleys Island Concert Band’s 12th annual “Celebration of the Music of Christmas,” 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at Pawleys Island Community Church, 101304 Ocean Highway. 843-274-5991 or www.pawleysislandconcertband.org.

▪ “Winter Dance Showcase,” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16-17 at Black Water Middle School, 900 E. Cox Ferry Road, Conway, between S.C. 90 and U.S. 501. $5. 843-903-8440.

▪ North Strand Housing Shelter’s fifth annual Christmas Concert benefit, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at First Baptist Church, 200 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach. Donations welcome. 843-467-6448, 843-421-3813 or www.northstrandhousingshelter.org.

▪ “Advent Lessons and Carols” hymn festival, 11 a.m. Dec. 20 at Trinity Church, 3000 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. 843-448-8426.

Local theater/performances

▪ “Miracle on South Division Street,” 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 20, at Stage Left Theatre Company, 3064 DeVille St., Myrtle Beach, in The Market Common. $18 general admission; $15 active-duty military, veterans and students. 843-232-0339 or www.stagelefttheatremb.com.

▪ Theatre of the Republic’s “A Christmas Story: The Musical,” Dec. 9-20 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays – at Main Street Theatre, 335 Main. St., Conway. $23. 843-488-0821 or www.theatreoftherepublic.com.

▪ “A Christmas Carol,” 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays (each with post-show chat with cast and director), through Dec. 20, at Atlantic Stage’s new site, in Myrtle Beach Mall, at U.S. 17 and S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres, and next to Bath and Body Works, on Bass Pro Shops wing. $27.50 general; $22.50 seniors (ages 55 and older)/educators/military; and $17.50 students, including Coastal Carolina University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members. 877-287-8587 or www.atlanticstage.com.

▪ “The Story of Christmas,” 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at Calvary Christian School, 4511 Dick Pond Road (S.C. 544), Socastee, between Big Block Road and S.C. 707. Free. 843-650-2829.

▪ “Nuncrackers” Christmas musical, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11-12 and 18-19, and 3 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20, at Brunswick Little Theatre, 8068 River Road S.E., Southport, N.C. $17 adults or $12 students with ID, and $6 ages 12 and younger. 910-447-2586 or www.brunswicklittletheatre.com.

▪ “Bells for Christmas” play, written by Vikky Svedberg Ferris, 7 p.m. Dec. 18-19 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 20, at Winyah Auditorium, 1200 Highmarket St., Georgetown. $12 adults, $8 students. 843-344-3312.

▪ Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s “A Christmas Carol,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Dargan St., Florence. $25. 843-661-4444 or www.fmupac.org.

Special events across Horry County

▪ Conway Downtown Alive: “Rivertown Christmas Celebration” on Thursdays in December, including city hall tree lighting at 6 p.m. Dec. 3, “Living Window” displays 6-8 p.m. Dec. 10, canine Christmas costume contest 7 p.m. Dec. 17 on Third Avenue, and horse-drawn carriage rides from Laurel Street and Fourth Avenue; and “Conway Holiday Tour of Homes,” 3-7 p.m. Sunday across five sites, from headquarters at First United Methodist Church, 1101 Fifth Ave., for $15. 843-248-6260 or conwayalive.com.

▪ North Myrtle Beach city events: Christmas Tree Lighting, 6 p.m. Friday at North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, at S.C. 90 and Robert Edge Parkway; Christmas Parade, 5:30 p.m. Saturday on Main Street, with Guy Johnson, retired North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Officer lieutenant, as grand marshal; Christmas Cantata, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church, 410 Sixth Ave. S., at Hillside Drive, for free with ticket from North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, 1521 U.S. 17 S., or call 843-281-2662. www.nmbevents.com.

▪ Seventh annual RiverTown Reindeer Race, benefiting local American Red Cross efforts, 8 a.m. Saturday from Conway’s Riverfront Park, on Second Avenue. Entry $22 by Friday at www.grandstrandrunner.com, otherwise $25. 843-477-0020, or email aknicholas28@gmail.com.

▪ Aynor Christmas Parade, 10 a.m. Saturday across downtown. 843-358-4808 or aynorareachamberofcommerce.com.

▪ 21st annual Broadway at the Beach Tree Lighting Celebration, Saturday, including parade benefiting U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots at 11 a.m., tree lighting 6 p.m., and fireworks 8 p.m., by Pavilion Park, off Robert Grissom Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. 843-444-3200, 800-386-4662 or www.broadwayatthebeach.com.

▪ At The Market Common in Myrtle Beach: The Holiday Bazaar, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 19; and complimentary carriage rides, 3-6 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20-23, from outside Dolce Lusso Salon and Spa, 3050 Howard Ave., at Nevers Street. 843-839-3500 or www.marketcommonmb.com.

▪ Oceanfront Merchants Association’s fourth annual “Holidays on the Boardwalk,” Saturdays-Sundays through Jan. 2, on Myrtle Beach boardwalk, between Second and 14th avenues North; in Plyler Park, at North Ocean Boulevard and Mr. Joe White Avenue; and along Ocean Boulevard, including such activities as Camel and “Polar Express” train rides, noon-6 p.m. Saturdays; “White Christmas with Boardwalk Elvis” 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sundays by David Chaney, on Ninth Avenue; “Santa Paws Doggie Contest” benefit for Grand Strand Humane Society of Myrtle Beach, this Saturday (rain date Dec. 12) with registration 2 p.m. next to SkyWheel, and judging 2:30; Christmas movie in park, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 12; and Community Candlelight Caroling and Nativity, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 20. Most events free. 843-779-2662. Full schedule at www.myrtlebeachdowntown.com/calendar.

▪ 19th annual “Service of Remembrance,” led by Todd Elliott, pastor of Beach Church, 5:30 p.m. – with early arrival urged – Saturday at Hillcrest Cemetery, 1000 S.C. 544, Conway, across from Coastal Carolina University. Also, bring donations of nonperishable foods for Churches Assisting People of Conway. 843-347-4909, 843-248-4211 or www.hillcrestcemetery.com.

▪ At Temple Emanu-El, a Conservative Jewish congregation based at 65th Avenue North and Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach: Chanukah Dinner & Talent Show, 6 p.m. Sunday, $15 ages 12 and older, $10 ages 4-12, free ages 3 and younger; and Sisterhood All-Day Mah Jongg Tournament, 10 a.m. Dec. 9. 843-651-8117 or 843-215-4306.

▪ Annual Christmas Bake Sale benefit for Ladies Philoptochos Society , 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 11-12 at at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church,, 3301 33rd Ave. N., Myrlte Beach, at U.S. 17 Bypass. Also, cooking demonstration (koulourakia), 2-3 p.m. both days. 843-497-5607 or 843-272-2672.

▪ “Grand Strand Authors Book Signing Events,” 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 11, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 12, at Horry County Memorial Library Socastee branch, 141 707-Connector Road, off S.C. 707, south of S.C. 544. Free. 203-982-8652, or email pfw1863@yahoo.com.

▪ Barefoot Princess Riverboat’s annual Christmas cruises, on Dec. 12, from Barefoot Landing Marina, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach: annual lunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., for $17 ages 11 and older, and $10 ages 2-10,; and dinner, 6-8 p.m., for $47 and $25, respectively. Lap children ages 1 and younger, free with ticket for both. 843-272-2140, 843-272-6796 or mbriverboat.com.

▪ Surfside Beach Christmas Parade, 2 p.m. Dec. 12, on Ocean Boulevard from Melody Lane north to Surfside Drive, then west to town hall. 843-650-9548 or www.surfsidebeach.org.

▪ Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach’s annual “Pets Light Up Our Lives” tree lighting and blessing of animals, 6 p.m. Dec. 19 in North Myrtle Beach’s McLean Park, 93 Oak Drive, south of Main Street, between First and Second avenues South. $10 per light: red for pets, white for late pets, and blue for the more than 200 in need of homes from the shelter. 843-249-4948 or www.humanesocietynmb.org.

Georgetown County

▪ Holiday Open House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at MISC – Everything Murrells Inlet, 4124 D U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. 843-357-3507 or misceverythingmurrellsinlet.com.

▪ “A Very Fashionable Christmas,” through Dec. 30 at Kaminski House Museum, 1003 Front St., Georgetown, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, with guided tours available at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. daily, with admission of $12 for ages 18-64, $10 ages 65 and older, $6 ages 6-17, and free ages 5 and younger; and candlelight tours, 5-7 p.m. on Thursdays through Dec. 17, for $5 adults, $3 ages 11-17, and free ages 10 and younger. 843-546-7706 or kaminskimuseum.org.

▪ At Brookgreen Gardens, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Huntington Beach State Park: “Nights of a Thousand Candles,” 3-10 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through Dec. 19 at for $18 ages 13 and older ($14 members), $10 ages 4-12 ($8 members); and free ages 3 and younger; “Stroll by Candlelight” New Year's Eve” Pre-Party, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 31,for $20 advance ($15 members). Gardens regular hours 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (outside of “Nights of a Thousand Candles”), with admission lasting seven days: $14 ages 13-64, $12 ages 65 and older, and $7 ages 4-12; and including special exhibits through Jan. 3: “Holiday Memories: Trains, Trees, and Treasures” and “Peace on Earth” in horticultural theme. 843-235-6000, 800-849-1931 or www.brookgreen.org.

▪ “An Inlet Christmas Weekend,” with Murrells Inlet Christmas Tour of Homes, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday for $25 advance and $30 day of event; and annual Christmas Parade, 3 p.m. Sunday, south on U.S. 17 Business from Booty’s at Willcox Avenue to Wachesaw Road . 843-357-2007 or www.murrellsinletsc.com.

▪ 48th annual Low Country Warbirds meeting, for all past and current military aviators, noon Monday, with social hour, then Dutch treat buffet lunch and presentation, at Hog Heaven Restaurant, 7147 Ocean Highway, just south of Pawleys Island. 843-779-0882 or email pkdubay78@gmail.com, 843-543-1057 or wyndellpeacock@gmail.com, or 843-546-3745 or paigebsawyer@gmail.com.

▪ Free Christmas movies at Georgetown County Library, 405 Cleland St., Georgetown: “Mistletoe Mondays” for children and families – 4-6:30 p.m. with “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special” and “Home Alone” on Dec. 7, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “A Christmas Carol” cartoons Dec. 14, and “The Snowman” and “The Polar Express” Dec. 21; and classics 6-8 p.m. with “White Christmas” Dec. 10 and “Miracle on 34th Street” Dec. 17. 843-545-3310 or georgetowncountylibrary.sc.gov.

▪ Annual Georgetown program for Wreaths Across America (www.wreathsacrossamerica.org), 10 a.m. Dec. 12 at Georgetown Veterans Memorial, on Church Street, between Veterans of Foreign Wars 6444 and American Legion Post 114 sites. For recognition, contact Dennis Turner by Dec. 10 at 843-461-4514, or email dhturner11@aol.com.

▪ Second annual “Winter Wonderland Camp” and lunch, for children with special needs, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 12 at Georgetown County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs/The Cooper Center, 95 Academy Ave., Georgetown. Free, but with reservations requested by Friday at 843-283-3033, or email diane.owens@sos-healthcare.com.

▪ Eighth annual Holiday Art Show & Sale, with works by more than 35 local artists, 1-6 p.m. Dec. 13 at Ebb & Flow Art Co-op gallery, 4763 U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet, across from Thomas Supply, right before Wachesaw Road intersection. 843-808-4958 or www.ebbandflowartgallery.com.

Brunswick County area

▪ In Shallotte, N.C.: Christmas Parade, 10 a.m. Saturday (910-754-4032 or www.townofshallotte.org), and Multicultural Holiday Festival, noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Eastgate Plaza, 150 Holden Beach Road, Shallotte, N.C. Free. (910-470-8888 or 910-269-9076).

▪ Old Bridge Preservation Society’s fifth annual “Christmas at the Old Bridge,” 6 p.m. Monday at Old Bridge Museum, 109 Shoreline Drive W., Sunset Beach, N.C. 910-363-6585 or oldbridgepreservationsociety.org.

▪ Annual Holiday Open House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday at Fort Fisher State Historic Site, 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S, Kure Beach, N.C., off U.S. 421, north of N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. 910-612-7067 or www.nchistoricsites.org/fisher/.

▪ “World War II” party, with “Larry Tanelli & Claudette Show,” 3-7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7288, 900 Carter Drive, Calabash, N.C. $20, and free for WWII veterans and spouses. 910-579-3577.