Musical acts liven up summer
Thank you, Surfside Beach Town Council, for approving the Surfside Sunday Serenades again this year. This series of musical acts is just what our town needs in the summertime. Every time I go, I never know what kind of music I am going to hear. In the past I have heard a variety of acts, from bluegrass to oldies to ukeleles. Acoustic music speaks to the spirit in all of us. I have lived in Surfside Beach since 1983, and have not seen this kind of emphasis on the musical arts here before. I love how the musicians play in the shade of Veterans Park, because it is cooler and now much easier to find parking. It is a relaxing experience and perfect for everyone, especially those with kids. As a retired educator, I know that early experiences with music affect children and their ability to learn. But everyone, no matter their age, can find something to love at this event.
Music brings people together, and in these budget-conscious times, it is truly unusual to find something like this for free. Do something good for yourself and join this musical celebration, every Sunday until Labor Day from 2-4 in the afternoon.
Why so expensive to adopt child in U.S.?
My nephew's wife just returned from Ethiopia with an adopted 1-year-old. They had tried to adopt a child in the U.S., but the cost of doing so was very expensive.
We are glad that the child will have an improved opportunity for a decent future life. However, this will be at the loss of a future for a child born in the U.S. Our government leaders need to take a good look at our adoption policies. It makes no sense for the adoptions overseas be less costly than in the U.S.
First baptist of MB
Church has 'blended' music program
About eight years ago we moved here from Nashville, Tenn. We immediately started looking for a church. We were looking for a church with a "blended" music program. This is one in which traditional hymns are blended with "contemporary praise and celebration" music and choir anthems. Many churches in most metropolitan areas are going to this style.
To our dismay, for all these years, all we could find on the Grand Strand was either traditional (open with hymn 232 or whatever and wade through it) or praise and celebration churches singing choruses through 7-11 times at 105 decibels.
Imagine my joy when I happened to visit First Baptist of Myrtle Beach a few months ago and found an actual blended service at 11 a.m. (Previous visits years ago encountered straight traditional services.) The bonus is that the praise songs were the "classic" ones, and played at less than 90 decibels. It's amazing how many people think you make music better by playing it louder.
If you are looking for blended music and gospel preaching, give it a try.
John J. Kuczma Jr.