Special events score their own March madness

For the annual “3-in-1 Day” – celebrating Brookgreen Gardens founders Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington and their shared birthday and wedding date – see the rooms oft their winter home, Atalaya, come alive again with various arrangements and tables filled with sweets, 1-4 p.m. March 10, at Huntington Beach State Park, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Brookgreen.
For the annual “3-in-1 Day” – celebrating Brookgreen Gardens founders Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington and their shared birthday and wedding date – see the rooms oft their winter home, Atalaya, come alive again with various arrangements and tables filled with sweets, 1-4 p.m. March 10, at Huntington Beach State Park, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Brookgreen. The Sun News file photo

So many things – such as the gradually warming weather, the serenade of birds every morning, and an early Easter – are springing forward with the arrival of March, which began a day later in this leap year. (Hold off on clocking ahead, though, because daylight saving time won’t start till March 13).

The amount of special events and festivals already is afoot, like any Grand Strand month in summer or autumn. Just this Saturday alone, ideas for getting out include the American Red Cross’ annual “Princess Gala” at The Market Common, the unveiling of 12 massive Lego sculptures to stay through summer at Brookgreen Gardens, the Carolina Master Chorale’s “A Taste of Passion” benefit filling the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum with song and food, and two events for two days each: the “Spring Home Show Expo” at Myrtle Beach Mall, near Briarcliffe Acres, and a 30-piece orchestra fueling the free “God with Us” musical at two sites in North Myrtle Beach.

Log on to www.MyrtleBeachOnline.com/Entertainment for a complete list of March festivals.

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will start the weekend before lucky leprechauns’ favorite day, and go through the next weekend, and Easter egg hunts fill many dates this month, mostly in the week leading up to the Easter Bunny’s banner day, on March 27.

So, hop to it – and with or without Easter candy in mind – figure out what ingredients will make this month most fun for you.

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 843-444-1764.

If you go

For families with children

▪ Fourth annual “Daddy-Daughter Dance,” for international missions, 7-10 p.m. Friday at Belin United Methodist Church, 4182 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet. $25 couple, and $30 with additional girls. 843-651-7979 or 843-651-5099.

▪ Seventh annual “Princess Gala,” for young children in costume, accompanied by adult, benefiting American Red Cross Eastern S.C. Chapter in Myrtle Beach, 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach – starting with breakfast with storybook princesses and fairy godmothers at Travinia Italian Kitchen, then parade led by Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament knights and squires through shopping complex to Grand 14 Cinema red carpet for photos, snacks, goody bag, and movie. $30 per person, plus tips for breakfast servers. Reservations required at princessgala.net.

▪ “Whoville” celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, with themed activities hourly from 10:30 a.m., at Children’s Museum of South Carolina, 2204 N. Oak St., Myrtle Beach. $8 ages 2 and older, and $6 for local residents with ID. (Museum open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays). 843-946-9469 or www.cmsckids.org.

▪ “Sensory Friendly Saturdays,” for families with special needs children, including movie and arts/crafts, 11 a.m. on second Saturday monthly, including March 12, at Horry County Memorial Library Carolina Forest branch, 2250 Carolina Forest Blvd. Free, with reservations at 843-283-3033, or email diane.owens@sos-healthcare.com.

Special outings outside

▪ At Brookgreen Gardens, open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach: Opening of “Nature Connects: Legos Bricks Sculpture” exhibit by Sean Kenney, Saturday, continuing through Sept. 5, with 12 sculptures comprising a collective 400,000 bricks; and “Diggin’ It” Spring Garden Festival on March 19 – both free with admission, which lasts seven days: $15 ages 13-64, $13 ages 65 and older, $7 ages 4-12, and free ages 3 and younger. 843-235-6000 or www.brookgreen.org.

▪ Seventh annual Wildlife Expo and Lunch, 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Juniper Bay Baptist Church, 5265 Juniper Bay Road, Conway. Free admission, with lunch at 12:30 p.m. and the Rev. Tommy Richardson, angler, speaking at 1:30. Register at juniperbaybaptist.org for activities. 843-397-2787.

▪ At La Belle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School: “Remember When Oldies Fest,” noon-5 p.m. Saturday, for $8; “St. Pat’s Bonfire,” March 12, for $3; and “Spring Swing/Big Band Fest,” March 19, for $10. Also, bring two canned/dry good items for food bank, for $3 off admission. 843-399-9463 or labelleamie.com.

▪ Free yoga class led by Maura Utley, for ages 10 and older, and beginners welcome, 2:30 p.m. Saturday rain or shine at fitness trail and shelter at North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, at S.C. 90 and Robert Edge Parkway. Bring yoga mat, towel and water. 843-839-3078, or email maura.utley@myccnb.com.

▪ Second annual S.C. High School Rodeo, with participants competing for scholarships, 8 p.m. March 11-12 at RES-LES Farms, 1208 Gilbert Road, Conway. $10 ages 6 and older, otherwise free, and students who quote a Bible verse receive $5 admission. 843-241-3155.

▪ 28th annual Pee Dee Street Rodders’ “Run to the Sun” Car and Truck Show – benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. March 17-19 at former Myrtle Square Mall site, on Kings Highway, between 21st and 29th avenues North, in Myrtle Beach. Free to see. Car registration 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 17-18 and 8-11 a.m. March 19 for $45, only at Clarion Hotel, 101 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., just west of Myrtle Beach and along Intracoastal Waterway, off U.S. 501 and George Bishop Parkway. 843-687-8118, 843-669-3564, 843-665-4401 or www.peedeestreetrodders.com.

▪ Fifth annual “Burning of the Socks” springtime celebration benefit, 6-8 p.m. March 20 at S.C. Maritime Museum, 729 Front St., Georgetown. $20 (members $18). Museum open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, for free. 843-520-0111 or scmaritimemuseum.org.

▪ “Race for the Inlet,” March 26 from Murrells Inlet 2020 preservation group’s office, 4124 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, across from the Crazy Sister Marina, 8 a.m. March 26, 5K walk/run and 8K run, $25 and $30, respectively by Friday, otherwise $30 and $35. 843-357-2007 or www.murrellsinletsc.com.

▪ Grand Strand/Pee Dee “Walk to Defeat ALS,” 1 or 3 miles, benefiting ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association S.C. Chapter, 10 a.m. March 26 in Myrtle Beach’s Grand Park, on Farrow Parkway, across from The Market Common. All donations welcome. Pre-register at web.alsa.org/site/TR/Rides/Blueprint?fr_id=11563&pg=entry#.VtUoMnYo4y4. 803-851-3216, or email Mdenner@scalsa.org.


▪ “A Taste of Passion” benefit for Carolina Master Chorale, including vocal performances, food, and auctions with WPDE-TV 15 Chief Meteorologist Ed Piotrowski, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday at Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, in cocktail attire. $40 individual or $75 couple – order at 843-444-5774. www.carolinamasterchorale.com.

▪ “God with Us” musical, with 30-piece orchestra and Don Moen, co-composer: 7 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of North Myrtle Beach, 200 U.S. 17 S., and 7 p.m. Sunday at Alabama Theatre, at Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach. Free. 843-249-2448 or www.fbcnmb.com.

▪ At Georgetown County Library Waccamaw Neck branch, 41 St. Paul Place, Litchfield Beach, off Willbrook Boulevard, for free: Aristocats jazz trio – with Lloyd Kaplan on clarinet and saxophone, Nat Piccirilli on guitar and banjo, and Dr. Joe Moyer on vocals – 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday; “Mike’s Meanderings” shows by Murrells Inlet Community Theatre Second Stage Repertory traveling troupe – Mike Bivona, Pat Dunning, Beverly Kennedy, Kathy Kenney and Heidi McCarty – 3 p.m. March 6 and April 3 and 17, with reservations encouraged at 843-545-3623, or email sbremner@gtcounty.org. “ShushCon” game convention, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. March 11-12 and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. March 13, with more details at 843-545-3343, or email ddennis@gtcounty.org; and Peter Fletcher classical guitar concert, 7 p.m. March 19. All free. georgetowncountylibrary.sc.gov.

▪ “Gospel and Gullah in Georgetown,” benefiting The Mitney Project community development group. March 11 – “Rejoice & Shout” film at 2 and 4 p.m. at Georgetown County Library, 405 Cleland St., for free; Supper with Carolyn “Jabulie” White, storyteller, and Glenda Cox, comedienne, 6 p.m. at Mitney Center, 102 S. Merriman Road, for $30, including meal; and “Crowns” play, 8 p.m. at Winyah Auditorium, 1200 Highmarket St., for $25. March 12 – John P. Kee and New Life Community Choir, 7 p.m. at Pawleys Island Community Church, 10304 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, for $20, $25 or $30. 843-546-7900 or www.gospelgeorgetown.com.

▪ Fourth annual “Hoedown” dinner, dance and auction, benefiting Barnabas Horse Foundation with equine therapy for abused and traumatized people, 6-10 p.m. March 12 at Oceanside Village, 1711 U.S. 17 Business S., Surfside Beach. $25 ages 13 and older, and $10 ages 12 and younger with paid adult. 843-241-3331 or www.barnabashorse.org.

▪ “And Ain’t I A Woman!” Voce Angeli concert, 7:30 p.m. March 18 at Church of the Resurrection, 8901 U.S. 17 Bypass, west of Surfside Beach, between Glenns Bay Road and Garden City Connector. $5 ages 6 and older, otherwise free. 469-388-3907, or email voceangeli@live.com.

Some other events/benefits

▪ “Bloomin’ Orchids Day” by Cape Fear Orchid Society, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at New Hanover Arboretum, 6206 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, N.C. $10 advance or $15 at venue. 910-395-2101 or www.capefearorchid.org.

▪ “Spring Home Show Expo,” 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, at Myrtle Beach Mall, at U.S. 17 and S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres. Free. 856-401-9111 or alwayspositivegroup.com, and 843-272-4040 or www.shopmyrtlebeachmall.com.

▪ “Bountiful Bowls” Soup Dinner benefit, 5-7 p.m. March 9 at Little River United Methodist Church, 1629 U.S. 17 N. $20 advance only, including homemade soup in an original pottery bowl made by Ardie Praetorius to take home, along with bread, desserts and beverage. 843-280-1023, 843-249-9384, or email rumchurchblast@gmail.com​.

▪ Annual “3-in-1 Day” – celebrating Brookgreen Gardens founders Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington and their shared birthday and wedding date, 1-4 p.m. March 10 – at their former winter home, Atalaya, in Huntington Beach State Park, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Brookgreen. $10, benefiting Friends of Huntington Beach State Park (www.friendshbsp.com). 843-235-8755 or www.huntingtonbeachsp.com.

▪ At North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, 799 Second Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach: Kathy Tiso’s “The Pearl of Little River” murder mystery dinner, 6:30 p.m. March 10-11, for $45, with reservations at 843-427-7668; and “Hogs for History” barbecue benefit, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 16, for $10 donation, with delivery available in North Myrtle Beach/Little River area. Museum open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, for $5 ages 18-59, $3 ages 5-17, and free ages 4 and younger. www.nmbmuseum.com.

▪ 16th annual “Spring Tour of Homes” benefit for Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, covering seven Myrtle Beach residences, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12. $40 advance or $45 day of tour. Also, buffet luncheon at Pine Lakes Country Club available for tour patrons, 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for $20 with reservations at 843-238-2510. Museum, at 3100 S.Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays, for free. www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org/Events/fundraising.cfm#Home.

▪ At Kaminski House Museum, 1003 Front St., Georgetown: Adrina Glover’s sweetgrass basketmaking, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 12 on porch, and annual Easter Egg Hunt, 11:30 a.m. March 26 on lawn and Rainey Park, both for free. Museum open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, with guided tours at 11 a.m., and 1 and 3 p.m., for $12. 843-546-7706 or kaminskimuseum.org.

▪ Spring Fashion Show Luncheon, by Temple Emanu-El, a Conservative Jewish congregation in Myrtle Beach, 12:15 p.m. March 13 at St. John’s Inn, 6803 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. $25 with reservations at 843-357-2562 by Monday.

▪ “Lowcountry Quilt Show,” March 22-April 2 at Georgetown County Museum, 632 Prince St., Georgetown, open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. Free with admission: $5 ages 19-59, $4 ages 60 and older, $2 ages 7-18, and free ages 6 and younger. 843-545-7020 or www.georgetowncountymuseum.com.

The Market Common area, in Myrtle Beach

▪ “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny,” Saturdays – all 9 a.m. – March 12 at Tupelo Honey Cafe (reservations at 843-315-3780), March 19 at Travinia Italian Kitchen ( 843-233-8500), and March 26 at Gordon Biersch (843-839-0249). Each $10 ages 4 and older, otherwise free, plus tax and gratuity.

▪ Seventh annual Irish Fest, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. March 12 in Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, on Farrow Parkway. Free admission. 843-712-2618 or www.myrtlebeachbeerfest.com/irish-fest.html, and 843-839-3500 or www.marketcommonmb.com.

▪ Myrtle Beach Highland Games and Heritage Festival, across Farrow Parkway, in Myrtle Beach’s Grand Park, with music fest, 6-10 p.m. March 18 (adults $5 advance or $7 at gate, otherwise free); and games and heritage fest, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 19 (for ages 13-64, $10 advance or $12 at gate; and ages 6-12 and 65 and older, $5 advance or $6 at gate, otherwise free). 843-283-7883 or www.myrtlebeachhighlandgames.com.

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

▪ 28th annual North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival, March 12 on Main Street, with parade at 9 a.m., and festival 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Also: contests for leprechauns (adults only) and shepherd’s pie eating at 2:15 and 2:30 p.m., respectively (Register for either by 1:30 p.m. at booth at Hillside Drive or 2 p.m. near Flynn’s Irish Tavern, 421 Main St.). 843-280-5584, 843-280-5673 or parks.nmb.us/Page.aspx?id=14.

▪ St. Patrick's Day Feast, 4-6 p.m. March 16 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7288, 900 Carter Drive, Calabash, N.C. $11. 910-579-3577.

▪ Third annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner veterans benefit, noon-4 p.m. March 17 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10420, 4359 U.S. 17 Bypass S., Murrells Inlet. Meals $11 for corned beef, $10 shepherd’s pie, with takeout available. 843-651-6900.

▪ Fifth annual “St. Patrick’s Day Kilt Run,” March 20 from Dead Dog Saloon, 4079 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, on Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk – 5K at 8:25 a.m., 10K at 9 a.m., with second annual “Double Shot Challenge” 5 and 10K back to back also an option. Entries, plus fees: $30 for either race or $50 double shot advance by March 18, otherwise $35 and $60, respectively. 843-357-8647, runsignup.com/Race/Events/SC/MurrellsInlet/5thStPatricksDayKiltRun, or email Aaron.Marks@cumulus.com.

Easter egg hunts (Bring baskets)

▪ “Dinosaur Egg Hunts,” for ages 3-10, 10 a.m. March 19, 25 and 26 at N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, on U.S. 421, just south of Kure Beach, N.C. Registration due three days before event at 910-772-0500 or www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher. $20 per child, and family members pay regular admission: $10.95 ages 13-61, $9.95 seniors and military, $8.95 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger. Aquarium open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; “Dinosaurs” special exhibit opens March 19, free with admission.

▪ Annual Conway city egg hunts: Event with more than 13,000 eggs, March 19 at Conway Recreation Complex, located at 1515 Mill Pond Road, near picnic shelter, at 11 a.m. for ages 1-2 (with one parent assisting), 11:15 ages 3-5 (without parental assistance), 11:30 ages 6-8, and 11:45 ages 9-12; sixth annual Twilight Egg Hunt, with 3,000 eggs (bring flashlights), for ages 11-13, 8 p.m. March 24 at Riverfront Park, on Elm Street. Free. 843-488-1950 or www.conwayparksandrecreation.com.

▪ Annual “Easter Egg Plunge,” for ages 5-12, 1 p.m. March 25 at Myrtle Beach’s Mary C. Canty Recreation Center, 971 Canal St. Free with registration by March 24 at 843-918-1476.

▪ “Easter at the Old Bridge,” 1 p.m. March 26 at Old Bridge Preservation Society Museum, 109 Shoreline Drive W., Sunset Beach, N.C. Free, including egg hunt, egg roll, and sack race. 910-363-6585 or oldbridgepreservationsociety.org.

▪ Easter Egg Hunt, for toddlers through fifth-graders, 4-6 p.m. March 26 at Seacoast Vineyard Church, 504 27th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach. 843-445-9000 or seacoastvineyard.com.