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TWO EXHIBITS | Through September

‘Myrtle Beach Days’ and CCU faculty show

Two art exhibits have begun, both with an array of media and subjects, and free to view.

• “Myrtle Beach Days – a Visual & Literary Celebration of the Grand Strand” continues through Oct. 3 at Sunset River Marketplace, 10283 Beach Drive S.W. (N.C. 179), Calabash, N.C. It includes photography by Jack Thompson, a Myrtle Beach historian, and paintings in oil by Gwen Dumas, acrylic by Steve Jameson and watercolors by Babs Ludwick. Several area books also are part of the display: “Memories of Myrtle Beach” by Jack Thompson, “Fat Harold: Legendary King of Shag” by Howie “Coach” Thompson, and “The Ocean Forest” and “Damn Yankee” by Troy D. Nooe.

Meet the artists and authors at a reception 1-4 p.m. Sept. 29.

The gallery is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Details at 910-575-5999 or

• A “Faculty Biennial Exhibition,” by professors in the Coastal Carolina University Department of Visual Arts, continues through Sept. 28, with an opening reception 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Pieces were made in such media as watercolors, sculpture, photography, book art, textile design and printmaking by the 20 artists: James Arendt, Carmen Bilton, Robert Bilton, Steven Bleicher, Larry Bunch, Jeffrey Case, Stephanie Danker, Claudia Dominguez, Sandra Hardee, Elizabeth Keller, Maura Kenny, Treelee MacAnn, Scott Mann, Armon Means, Paul Olsen, John Schiro, Talbot Selby, Brian Taylor, Chris Todd, Brad Williams and Logan Woodle.

Details at 349-6454 or

THREE SITES | Starting 09.07

Used-book sales

Used-book sales cover many pages on the Grand Strand, and they include CDs, DVDs and audiobooks.

Two Horry County Memorial Library branches (or have sales:

• Socastee – during regular hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, at 101 707 Connector Road, near S.C. 707 and S.C. 544. Details at 215-4700 or

• Surfside Beach – 4:30-6:30 p.m. (open at 3:30 for Friends of the Surfside Library members) on the second Wednesday monthly, including Sept. 12, at 410 Surfside Drive. Details at 205-5280, or from the Friends group at 238-5969.

Also, the Horry County Literacy Council’s L’il Book Nook, is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays in the Myrtle Beach Family Learning Center, 3101 Oak St., and all proceeds benefit adult literacy programs. Details at 839-1695 or

SATURDAY | 09.08

Coffeehouses pour on the art

Two Myrtle Beach coffeehouses with art galleries have special events this weekend.

• Fresh Brewed Coffee House, 933 Broadway St., welcomes its September Artist of the Month, Bill Strydesky, an acrylic painter. Join an opening reception 4-7 p.m. Saturday. Admission is a suggested $5 donation. Details at

. Also, the site is open 3 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, including open-mic nights at 6:45 p.m. Thursdays with host Brian Roessler. More details at 251-8282 or

• Collectors Cafe and Gallery, open 11:30 a.m.-midnight Mondays-Saturdays at 7740 N. Kings Highway, has opened its summer show through October with 16 artists: John Bickle, Phyllis Dunn, Robert Fatta, Lawrence Feir, Stuart Fleishman, Suzanne Gaff, Sally Glass, Eberhard Koehler, Chris Layman, Sonya Mateffy, Judy O’Brien, Hank Pulkowski, Dan Smart, Vittorio Santini, Caly Warner and Gray Wells.

Also, the gallery will have a one-night art show 6-8 p.m. Saturday with Christopher DeRubeis, who started as an airbrush artist for Harley-Davidson and works with mixed media stainless steel in his gallery in Key West, Fla.

Details at 449-9370 or

TUESDAY-THURSDAY | 09.11-09.13

‘Circus of the Stars’ returns

The Cole Bros. “Circus of the Stars,” based in DeLand, Fla., will have shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. daily Tuesday-Sept. 13, in the only city where it plays two separate series a year.

See the big top in the parking lot on the east side of Oak Street, across from the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, near 21st Avenue North.

Tickets on site are $21 ages 13 and older, and $16 ages 2-12, with reserved and VIP seats $4 and $7 more, respectively. Save $5 on adult tickets in advance at and through Monday at Gift Addict in Myrtle Beach mall, near Briarcliffe Acres. Free children’s tickets also available online.

Details at 800-796-5672, 888-332-5200 or

THIRD SATURDAYS | Starting 09.15

Hobcaw birding tours resume

The deadline is Monday to sign up for the first of three almost-monthly guided birding/nature trips across Hobcaw Barony. The five-hour tours depart at 8 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month – on Sept. 15, Oct. 20 and Dec. 15 from Hobcaw’s welcome center, across 17,500 acres on U.S. 17, just north of Georgetown.

Possible bird sightings among several dozen include bald eagles, ospreys, painted buntings, endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers and many shorebirds and wading birds, and the tour bus covers several ecosystems such as freshwater wetlands, marshes and salt-water tidal flats..

Admission is $30, and ages 14 and older are welcome. Feel free to bring a camera, binoculars, snacks, drinks and insect repellant (in warmer months).

Register at 545-3333 or;l tour details at 933-1372.

TUESDAY | 09.11

Sept. 11 Unity Memorial unveiling

The Myrtle Beach 9-11 Unity Memorial, a shrine that will feature a piece of steel ribbon beam from the North Tower of the World Trade Center, will be unveiled during a public ceremony on the evening of Sept. 11 from 7-8 p.m. at Unity Memorial at Broadway at the Beach, on the 29th Avenue side. Speakers will include Myrtle Beach city officials and formers members of the New York Fire Department and family members who were impacted by the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.

In the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks, the Myrtle Beach tourism community hosted countless first responders to provide them a respite from the work of restoring Ground Zero, and MBGH launched the FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing, forging a relationship with the FDNY and its membership that continues to this day.

As a show of appreciation for the friendship, a piece of ribbon beam from the North Tower was presented to MBGH in May 2011, leading to the construction of the Myrtle Beach 9-11 Unity Memorial.

“The Myrtle Beach 9-11 Unity Memorial will provide local residents and the millions of people who travel to the area each year the opportunity to remember the tragedy of September 11 and also the heroes who helped save countless lives,” said Bill Golden, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday president. “It was an honor to receive a piece of ribbon beam from the World Trade Center, and the Memorial is our way of saying thanks.”