Strand Notebook | Local movie to be shown at Horry County Museum

The fish of the Waccamaw River can be seen in the beautiful aquarium that fits around the staircase at the Horry County Museum.
The fish of the Waccamaw River can be seen in the beautiful aquarium that fits around the staircase at the Horry County Museum. The Sun News file

At 1 p.m. Saturday, the locally produced film “Birth of a Nation: The Making of the Declaration of Independence” will be shown in the McCown Auditorium at the Horry County Museum.

The showing is part of the Horry County Museum Film Series, a 2014-15 event presented by the museum and Coastal Carolina University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

If you go, you might want to allow time to explore the numerous exhibits at the museum depicting the history and culture of the county, including the 4,400-gallon “tanked” aquarium that is the focal point of the museum. The freshwater aquarium, built by Acrylic Tank Manufacturing and featured on Animal Planet’s hit show “Tanked,” gives visitors a view of natural living history and an opportunity to see a variety of fish that are found in local rivers and lakes.

The Horry County Museum is at 805 Main St. in Conway. For information about the museum or upcoming events at the museum or the L.W. Paul Living History Farm, a part of the museum located at 2279 Harris Short Cut Road, visit or call 205-5320.

Also on Saturday, Conway Downtown Alive is offering a Beat the Heat Walking Tour at 8 a.m. Tickets are $5. For more information or to reserve your space, call 248-6260.

Conway Downtown Alive, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting downtown Conway, offers a great deal of information on the historic city and upcoming events on its website at

At Brookgreen Gardens, Cool Summer Evenings events are continuing through Aug. 7 with the gardens remaining open until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Special events on Wednesdays and Fridays include outdoor concerts and boat rides. On Thursdays, there are special programs just for kids. Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission.

On Friday at 7 p.m., the Celtic rock band Stirling Bridge will fill the air with the sound of classic bagpipes blended with “hard-driving Carolina rock and roll.”

The four seasoned professional musicians delivering the foot-stomping Celtic rock show are Trip Rogers, Tom Eure, Andrea Jones and Gene Mackall. On the band’s Facebook page, band members list Mint Hill, N.C., as their hometown and describe their music as “sweet, sweet bagpipe rock.”

Guests are encouraged to take lawn chairs and blankets to performances on Wednesdays and Fridays. The Lowcountry Trail, the Zoo, Butterfly House and Enchanted Storybook Forest close at 7 p.m. Pontoon boat rides are available all three evenings at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. for an additional fee. A special Pirate Boat Tour is on Thursday evenings only.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and nonprofit organization, is on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield, and is open to the public daily. For ticket prices or more information, visit or call 235-6000.

Contact PEGGY MISHOE at or 365-3885.