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SATURDAY-SUNDAY | 06.02-06.03

Festival, open house at gardens

Two gardens in Georgetown County have celebrations on Saturday and Sunday.

• The “Butterfly and Art Festival: Colorful Wings and Pretty Things” will cover Brookgreen Gardens 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. All-day events include a horticulture and butterfly tent, children’s butterfly crafts and activities, sidewalk chalking and face painting in butterfly designs.

Other scheduled events include butterfly garden tours and live music at 10 a.m., noon and 3 p.m.; programs on butterfly conservation and photographing butterflies tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and a workshop on butterfly gardening at 1 p.m.

The festival is free with admission, which lasts seven days: $14 for ages 13-64, $12 ages 65 and older, and $7 ages 4-12, Details at 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or

Brookgreen is on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Huntington Beach State Park, and open till 5 p.m. daily. Details at 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or

• Browns Ferry Gardens’ annual open house is 8 a.m.-6 p.m., with thousands of daylilies be in peak bloom, and refreshments served. Find the gardens on 13515 Browns Ferry Road (S.C. 51), northwest of Georgetown, and 13 1/2 miles west of U.S. 701. SC. Details at 240-2531 or


THURSDAY-SUNDAY | 05.31-06.03

Carolina Beach Music Festival

The 27th Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival will rock this N.C. town on U.S. 421, 15 miles south of Wilmington and just north of Kure Beach and Fort Fisher.

Festivities start with a free beach concert 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday by the Live Bait blues and bluegrass band, then fireworks afterward. The Holiday Band plays Friday night at SeaWitch Café & Tiki Bar, 227 Carolina Beach Ave. N.

The festival gates open at 10:30 a.m. Saturday for hours of music: The Craig Woolard Band at 11 a.m., Band of Oz at 1 p.m. and Jim Quick & Coastline at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate, and coolers, beverages and food are not permitted at entry.

Later Saturday, doors open at 5 p.m. for shag dancing at SeaWitch Café, and a shag contest at 8 p.m. At 8:45 p.m. Sunday, watch the movie “War Horse” for free at the Stingray Amphitheater at Carolina Beach Lake.

Details at 910-458-8434 or Also, Fort Fisher is accessible from Southport by ferry; details at 910-457-6942, 800-368-8969 or

SATURDAY-SUNDAY | 06.02-06.03

‘Shaggin’ on the Strand’ on TV

See a repeat of the one-hour documentary “Shaggin’ on the Strand” at 2 p.m. Saturday on WPDE-TV 15 or 2 p.m. Sunday on WWMB-TV 21.

The special includes performances by the Drifters, Tams, Clovers, General Johnson, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, and the Embers.

The program, produced by Al Munn of Charlotte, N.C., last aired across the Grand Strand in September.

Details at 704-365-1440 or

SUNDAY | 06.03

Free afternoon concerts

Two local arts groups will have free concerts at 3 p.m. Sunday:

• The Carolina Master Chorale will perform a concert at First United Methodist Church, 901 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. The group will perform repertoire that the singers will showcase on their Baltic states tour June 14-23 to Finland, Estonia, and St. Petersburg, Russia. Details at 444-5774 or


• The Cultural Council of Georgetown County presents the Denny Hess Trio in a “Welcome to Front Street – Free Jazz Concert” in the park area behind historic Clock Tower building on Front Street in Georgetown. The occasion marks the council’s move into a more central county location, where the jazz trio will perform on the clock tower’s rear rooftop deck, overlooking the Sampit River harbor. Bring chairs and blankets. In case of rain – which prompted postponement of the original concert from April 22 – see the performance inside Winyah Auditorium, 1200 Highmarket St., Georgetown. Details at 520-0744 or

DAILY | Through 09.04

Hippo water slide in NMB

The city of North Myrtle Beach has inflated its giant Hippo water slide on the beach between First and Second avenues South for a fourth straight summer.

The slide is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Labor Day weather permitting, for anyone who will take climb its 60 steps and whirl back to the sands with a splash.

Buy tickets at the Ocean Park concession stand, at the First Avenue South street end: single ride $3, four single rides $10, daily pass $20, weeklong pass $60, individual season pass $65, family-of-four season pass $185, and group rates available.

Details at 280-5674 or 798-1071.