Myrtle Beach notebook | Holidays on the Boardwalk kicks off Saturday

Crews are busy working to string holiday lights along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk in time to kick off Saturday’s “Holidays on the Boardwalk” festival.

The festival would run from Saturday through Feb. 24 and feature activities such as visits from Santa Claus and live music. Polar Express train rides between Eight and Ninth avenues will be available for $3 between noon and 5 p.m. on Dec. 15, 22 and 29.

Stop by the festivities Saturday on the boardwalk at Ninth Avenue North, beginning with Santa riding up in a Harley Davidson at 2 p.m. At 7 p.m. more than 20,000 lights synchronized to seasonal music will be lit. Other activities planned for Saturday include performances from Silver Lining Dance Academy, Carolina Vocals and David Chaney as Elvis.

The festival will continue every Saturday through Feb. 24, with an “Ugly Holiday Sweater Competition” on Dec. 22.

Holidays on the Boardwalk is organized by the Oceanfront Merchants Association and the Downtown Redevelopment Corp.

“I’m glad y’all are thinking outside the box and doing something that creates some excitement,” Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes said to Rick Sarver, owner of Boardwalk Coffee House and Nacho Mama’s eatery on Ninth Avenue North, at an Oct. 23 council workshop. The City Council approved the event that afternoon.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said Councilman Michael Chestnut. “I might even go ... and ride the train.”

Visit www.boardwalkchristmas.com for more information.

Holocaust memorial could come to Myrtle Beach

Grand Park may soon be the home to the city’s first monument that memorializes victims of the Holocaust.

Myrtle Beach author Joy Glunt began working last year to bring the Permanent Butterfly Memorial Monument to the park in The Market Common in memory of children and families who died in the Holocaust. The creation of the monument also aims to honor survivors as well as soldiers and civilians who helped the victims of the Holocaust.

“It’s a visual project that reminds everyone that the butterfly was a symbol of freedom to the men, women and children in the Holocaust. And honors the people who tried – sometimes successfully – to save the men, women and children of the Holocaust.”

The city agreed to allow Glunt to place the memorial in Grand Park, though the specific location in the park has not yet been determined.

Glunt said the idea behind creating the monument came from the research for her book, “In the Presence of Butterflies.” Glunt said she is donating a portion of the proceeds from the book’s sales to the monument.

While researching for her book, Glunt learned of the butterfly projects done beginning in 1998 Myrtle Beach by Ellie Schiller. Her husband, Hugo, is a Holocaust survivor. Students made paper butterflies in memory of the children who died in the Holocaust.

Glunt said she decided to begin the process to construct a permanent memorial in Myrtle Beach. She’s created a 501(3)c and has collected $4,000 of the $30,000 needed to fund the project.

Anyone interested in giving a tax-free donation can make a check out to “Permanent Butterfly Memorial Monument” and mail it care of Mrs. Joy Glunt, Project/Campaign Director, 9590 Kings Road Extension, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572.

NAACP re-elects officers

Myrtle Beach branch NAACP President Mickey James held on to his seat after being challenged by Tiffany Andrews in last week’s officer election.

Ed Wilson was elected as the second vice president, a position that previously was empty. He and all other officers, who already held their positions, ran unopposed.

The other officers are: William Cain, first vice president; Ericka Hill, secretary; Sherry James, assistant secretary; and Earl Brooks, treasurer.

Local branch elections are held every two years.