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FRIDAY-SATURDAY | 06.08-06.09

Wine-tasting benefits

Two wine-tasting benefits will pour out of northeast Georgetown County this weekend:

SATURDAY | 06.09

Surfrider luau

Join the Surfrider Foundation Grand Strand’s chapter for its eighth annual Makai Luau fundraiser, 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Hot Fish Club, 4911 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet.

Besides music, a fire and hula show, a buffet, and beverages from New South Brewing Company and Barefoot Wine, diners will see a presentation and book signing of “Ghost Wave” by author Chris Dixon, as well as chances at prizes in contests for ugliest Hawaiian shirt and best limbo and lei, and a surfboard will be given away to one ticket holder.

Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple, and are available at area surf shops. Details at 333-2034, 602-9923 800-743-7873 or Reach the restaurant at 357-9175.

SATURDAY | 06.09

‘Redneck Woman’ rocks HOB

Gretchen Wilson, who scored her first hit in 2004 with “Redneck Woman,” which she co-wrote with John Rich, will play House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach at 9 p.m. Saturday.

The Illinois native, part of the “Muzik Mafia” with Big Kenny Alphin and Rich – better known as Big & Rich – also scored other country smashes such as “Here for the Party” and “All Jacked Up,” which featured Merle Haggard.

Tickets for the concert, at the venue in Barefoot Landing on U.S. 17, are general admission for $27 in advance or $29 day of the show, and reserved loges are $51.50-$66.50.

Also, another big-name act, formed in Australia in the 1970s, the Little River Band, known for pop-rock singles such as “Reminiscing,” “Help Is on the Way,” “The Night Owls” and “Cool Change,” will perform at 8 p.m. Friday. General admission is $17.50 in advance or $19.50 day of the show, and reserved loges are $32.50-$47.50.

Details at 272-3000 or


Exhibits, mini-golf at museum

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum has shifted into summer mode with two new exhibits, “Kimono: Art, Fashion and Society” and “Andrea Baldeck: Sea Treasures” black and white photos, both continuing through Sept. 23. They join “At First Light: The Katagami Sculpture of Jennifer Flack Linssen,” which lasts through Sept. 16.

The museum, at 3100 S. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, across from Myrtle Beach, also has stocked up on golf clubs through August. Play a nine-hole miniature golf course inspired by paintings such as “Owl” by Pablo Picasso and Monet’s “Waterlilies” and “Japanese Bridge,” with facts about each artwork at each hole. The whole course is on ground level in shade, and a nine-hole round is $3, or 18 holes for $5.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Details at 238-2510 or


‘Cool Summer Evenings’

Brookgreen Gardens brings back its “Cool Summer Evenings,” staying open until 9 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays from next week through Aug. 10, with a rotation of concerts and a night of nature programs every week..

Musicians will perform 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays in the Live Oak Allee, starting with Doug Fankhauser, who also will return Aug. 1. Thursdays brings a one-two punch of nature education series, 5-6 p.m. with Jerry Walls, a naturalist from Hemingway, by the Lowcountry Zoo, starting with “Snakes Alive – The Real Truth!” and “Family Fun with Science – Oh, My!” interactive learning sessions for families 6-7:30 p.m. in the welcome center.

Concerts will liven up the lawn above Brookgreen’s Pavilion Restaurant 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays, starting with U ‘N’ I Jazz on June 15.

All evenings are free with admission, which lasts seven consecutive days: $14 ages 13-64, $12 ages 65 and older, and $7 ages 4-12. Bring chairs and blankets for concerts, too.

The gardens, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, across from Huntington Beach State Park, are open regular hours, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays-Tuesdays.

Details at 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or