MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the 2016 Marathon Weekend
Thursday, March 3, 2016 HTC Runner’s Expo opens
Friday, March 4, 2016 Ripley’s Aquarium Family Fun Run
Friday, March 4, 2016 PNC Bank Neon Night 5K
Saturday, March 5, 2016 Marathon
Saturday, March 5, 2016 Dasani Half Marathon
Saturday, March 5, 2016 WPDE Marathon Team Relayunnamed

Opening Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 5:00pm, the HTC Runner’s EXPO will be at its new home, the Myrtle Beach Sports Center, located just west of the EXPO’s current location at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center.
The 18th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon was a huge success drawing over ten thousand running enthusiasts, family members and friends to the Grand Strand over Valentine’s Day weekend. Planning for the 19th year of Myrtle Beach’s first and longest running major endurance event is under way and we expect this incredible community event to continue its growth in 2016!

Full Marathon Male: Steve Sinko, of Wilmington, DE, 2:40:08
Full Marathon Female: Allison Pastorek, of Jonesborough, TN, 2:59:19

Half Marathon Male: Tom Clifford, of Wilmington, NC, 1:08:25
Half Marathon Female: Natalie Lawrence, of Kernersville, NC, 1:18:43

Marathon Team Relay: Team Wesleyan Academy of High Point, NC, 2:59:12

5K Male: Matt Shock, of Greenville, SC 15:47
5K Female: Jenny Perrottet, of Wilmington, NC 17:33

For more information on the 2016 Myrtle Beach Marathon Race Weekend, please visit Weekend events include full marathon, half marathon, marathon team relay, 5K and 1 mile fun run.

Tibetan Monks to Create Sacred Work of Art at Myrtle Beach Art Museum

Beginning on Monday, March 30, the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in conjunction with a Pawleys Island family (selected to host the Sacred Art Tour group) will host the creation of a mandala over a five-day period by a team of Tibetan monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery. In keeping with Buddhist tradition, upon completion, the mandala will then be dispersed into the Atlantic Ocean in a ceremony of worldwide healing. The monks’ visit and work is being underwritten by Gabriella Plaza-Goldschmidt and Dr. Leonard Goldschmidt, Esq. of Pawleys Island.
When Chinese Communists invaded Tibet in 1959, they forced the closure and destruction of the country’s 6,500 monasteries, among them Drepung Monastery, at that time home to more than 7,000 monks and said to be the largest in the world. A few hundred monks managed to escape the holocaust and reestablish their institution in southwest India. Today about 2,000 monks reside at Drepung Gomang and another 3,000 at Drepung Loseling, both located in Karmataka state, India. (A few hundred monks have returned to what remains of the original Tibetan monastery but remain under tight control – and censorship – by the Chinese government.) These surviving monks continue to work to keep the ancient cultural traditions alive.

Among the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks in geometric shapes and ancient spiritual symbols to form an intricate work of art called a mandala, a Sanskrit word meaning cosmogram or “world in harmony.” Despite its intrinsic beauty, the mandala is created as a tool for re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants.

In addition to its Indian campuses, the monastery has affiliated facilities in Russia, France, Taiwan, and the United States, and conducts periodic Sacred Arts Tours around the world. The mission of these tours is to promote world healing and peace by sharing unique Tibetan Buddhist teachings, while furthering awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization and human rights abuses by the Communist Chinese since 1959.

The opening ceremony, including the beginning of the sand mandala construction, will be at the Art Museum on March 30 from 2 to 6:30 p.m. The monks will continue construction of the mandala the following day, working from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, through Friday, April 3. A closing ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, will include a procession carrying the sand painting to the ocean for the ritual of healing.

“The Mandala ceremony is about creating spiritual harmony,” said local tour coordinator Gabriella Plaza-Goldschmidt. “With all our concerns about armed conflicts around the world, and the degradation of our physical environment, we are all striving for that kind of harmonious existence. This is an extraordinary opportunity to experience an ancient ritual of reconciliation and healing, as well as to view the creation of an exquisite work of art.”

While the monks are constructing the mandala, the Art Museum will offer visitors an opportunity to work on a community mandala, mirroring the ancient art form. The Museum will also offer children’s art activities to coordinate with the event. For information about these activities, call the Museum at 843-238-2510.

Yoga in Common, located in the Market Common complex, will also hold meditation workshops while the mandala event is in progress. Visit their website,, for further information.

Music, Wings, Lasers & More at Lowcountry’s 20th Annual Wingfest

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It might be 6,000 pounds of South Carolina’s best chicken wings that attracts a crowd at the Hilton Head Island Wingfest, but this year’s musical line-up is sure to intrigue the senses as well.

The 20th annual Hilton Head Island Wingfest, scheduled to take place March 20 – 21, 2015 at the iconic Shelter Cove Community Park, will feature world-class live entertainment from local and regional musicians, such as Sara Burns, a self-taught musician who began her career as one of the youngest solo entertainers on Hilton Head Island, and Liquid Ginger, a popular band out of Savannah, Ga. best known for its pure rock and roll sound with a hint of country and classic blues. In addition, Wingfest will be hosting its first ever laser light show, which is sure to keep the audience entertained.
Music Line-up
Friday, March 20th
5:30 pm-7:00 pm – Sara Burns & Taylor Kent
7:00 pm-9:00 pm – Groove Town Assault
8:30 pm – Laser Light Show: NEW!
Saturday, March 21st
11:00 am-1:00 pm – JoJo Squirrel & the Home Pickles
1:30 pm-3:30 pm – Deas Guyz
4:00 pm- 6:00 pm – Liquid Ginger

The main event will showcase 20 local restaurants and 15 home cooks offering their finest creations in competition for the claim of 2015 Best Wing of Hilton Head. With games and activities for the kids, a big-screen television streaming coverage of this year’s March Madness basketball tournament, and live entertainment – there’s something to make everyone happy.

What: Hilton Head Island Wingfest, presented by the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association and Hargray Communications, to help fund the Island Recreation Center’s Children Scholarship Fund.
When: Friday, March 20 from 5 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Shelter Cove Community Park, 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Cost: Admission is $6; free for ages 10 and under.

To learn more about the 20th Annual Wingfest, visit


On March 20-22, the 7th Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo will welcome outdoor enthusiasts and families to the Wilmington Convention Center for a three-day celebration of wildlife and nature. More than 100 exhibitors with interactive displays, intriguing workshops and educational activities will be on hand to showcase the state’s natural resources, wildlife, conservation, and outdoor recreation. With daily tickets priced at $10 and under, the Expo provides a fun and affordable way for people of all ages to engage in nature and wildlife conservation activities.
The 2015 Cape Fear Wildlife Expo features three days of hunting and fishing exhibitors, wildlife art, decoys, boats and accessories, truck and ATV displays, fly fishing demos, camping, guides, outfitters, contests, archery demos and fun for the entire family. Special programs and exhibits include: Laser Tag Duck Hunt (N.C. Wildlife), Archery Alley (N.C. Bowhunters), BB Gun Range (Pender County Longbeards), art classes offered by Hyde County wildlife artist Joan Sears, and the opportunity to see live wolves, a bobcat and a nutria rodent. On Saturday, the Cape Fear Wildlife Foundation’s Annual Low Country Seafood and BBQ Banquet will serve up seafood and barbeque dishes. The banquet will be held at the Coastline Conference & Event Center (additional cost for banquet; tickets: 910-795-0292).

New to the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo this year is the WOW Whitetails exhibition—a stunning collection of 16 of the largest deer to roam the planet. Attendees who stop by to view the World’s Outstanding Whitetails [WOW] will find the first whitetail to score over 500 the X-Factor, the world-famous Hole in the Horn, Kansas King, and Amish Buck, among others. Organizers describe the WOW Whitetails display as “total shock and awe.”

The Cape Fear Wildlife Expo is committed to encourage youth to enjoy the outdoors through hunting, fishing, and other outdoor-related sports and events. Interactive stations will provide youth with hands-on experience in archery, saltwater fly fishing, duck calls, and forestry practices.

Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the coastal towns of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach are ideal for fishing, boating, camping and outdoor recreation. Want to go? The Cape Fear Wildlife Expo will be held March 20-22 in Wilmington’s historic river district at the Wilmington Convention Center (515 Nutt Street). Expo hours on Friday & Saturday are from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.; Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission charge is $10. Senior citizen (age 65+) and Active Military admission is $7. Children 10 years old and younger get in free when accompanied by an adult. Three-day passes are available for $20. Additional cost for the Wildlife Banquet (tickets: 910-795-0292). Pay parking is available at nearby garages. For more details, visit or call 910-795-0292.

Go with the flow and see where the water takes you. Wilmington, NC’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach is a convenient drive along I-40, US 74, US 17 and NC 421. To request a free Official Visitors Guide, email or call 1-866-266-9690. For seasonal specials and events in Wilmington and the island beaches, visit For a complete event calendar or to request a free Official Visitors Guide, please

Brookgreen Hosts Garden Festival “Diggin It”

Just as Spring Arrives Brookgreen Hosts Garden Festival Saturday, March 21, 2015
Diggin’ It, the annual garden festival, offers a full day of expert and entertaining gardening advice. Dr. Allan Armitage will be a featured speaker. Engaging as well as knowledgeable, he has lectured worldwide and will offer a morning and afternoon program. Dr. Armitage is professor emeritus at the University of Georgia and a prolific author. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Medal of Honor from the Garden Club of America and the National Educator Award from the American Horticultural Society. armitage

Dr. Robert Polomski will present two lectures. As a horticulturist and arborist, Dr. Polomski has educated commercial and consumer audiences for more than two decades on a wide range of topics in a variety of media that includes radio broadcasts and television appearances. He has published his research in scientific journals and authored regional gardening books.polomski

Diggin’ It Programs in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium

Dr. Robert Polomski
10 a.m. – 11a.m. – Learn to avoid these top 10 landscape mistakes.
An attractive landscape can add beauty and value to your home. Avoid costly mistakes and unnecessary effort to create a landscape that’s easy on the eyes and easy to manage. Learn about these “Top 10 Landscape Mistakes” and create a healthy, attractive landscape that looks good and saves money.

Dr. Allan Armitage
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Tales From The Gardens: Who in the World is Nellie Stevens?
Where do plants come from? How does our garden grow? Why is yarrow called woundwort? How do the spots of lungwort affect medical research? How did unmarried men let available girls know their marital status? These are stories your mother never told you, and they may include plants you are not familiar with, but they are fun to hear.

Dr. Robert Polomski
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Have you checked your trees recently? Learn how to inspect your trees to keep them and you safe.
Trees provide numerous benefits to our homes and communities, but they may become liabilities when they fall or break apart. Some tree failures are unpredictable and cannot be prevented, but others can be avoided with a simple tree inspection. Many potential failures can be corrected before they cause damage or injury. He will address seven common structural tree defects that often result in failures, such as uprooting and trunk and branch breaks.

Dr. Allan Armitage
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Color – People Never Get Tired Of It
Dr. Armitage will present recommendations on color in the garden, showing off the latest and greatest annuals that will take the heat of a southern summer and still look great in the fall.

Between lectures, the Brookgreen Horticulture staff and volunteers will  offer activities and tips on how to become a better home gardener.

Representatives from Waccamaw Audubon Society, Waccamaw Riverkeepers, Georgetown Daylily Club, and more will have informational tables throughout the day outside the Lowcountry Center. All the programs, speakers, and exhibits are free with gardens admission.

Myrtle Beach Area Dominates List of South Carolina’s Best Public Courses

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South Carolina is widely regarded as one of America’s most golf rich states, and Myrtle Beach is the epicenter of the Palmetto State’s popularity and prestige.

Golfweek magazine recently released its always-anticipated State-by-State Courses You Can Play Rankings, a list of each state’s top public courses, and the Myrtle Beach area dominated the list of South Carolina’s best.

According to Golfweek, 11 of South Carolina’s top 15 public courses reside along the Grand Strand. Caledonia (No. 3) and the Dunes Club (No. 4), a pair of consensus top 100 public courses, led Myrtle Beach’s charge, but they had plenty of company.

True Blue Golf Club (No. 6), Tidewater Golf Club (No. 7), King’s North at Myrtle Beach National (No. 8), TPC Myrtle Beach (No. 9), Heritage Club (No. 10), Grande Dunes Resort Course (No. 11), Pine Lakes Country Club (No. 13), and the Love (No. 14) and Fazio (No. 15) courses at Barefoot also earned spots on the prestigious list. (Complete State-by-State Rankings)

On the North Carolina side of the state line, Tigers’ Eye at Ocean Ridge Plantation was the 11th ranked course in the Tar Heel State.

“The depth and quality of Myrtle Beach’s golf offerings are unmatched,” said Bill Golden, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s president. “Having 11 of the top 15 public courses in South Carolina is a testament to the quality of our golf, and I think it speaks to why the area is so popular with the game’s most important constituency – its players.”

Caledonia and True Blue are sister courses, both designed by the late, great Mike Strantz. The South Strand layouts, located less than a mile apart, offer two distinct experiences. Caledonia weaves through the grounds of an old rice plantation, taking advantage of the Lowcountry’s abundant beauty, while True Blue is a modern design, featuring wide fairways, large greens and Strantz’s trademark visuals.

Dunes Club, which hosted the 2014 PGA Professional National Championship, is the area’s most decorated course. The Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design has hosted PGA, Senior PGA and LPGA Tour events.

Tidewater is arguably the Grand Strand’s most scenic layout. With holes that play along Cherry Grove Inlet and the Intracoastal Waterway, in addition to offering views of the Atlantic Ocean, Tidewater is a stunning design.

The Love and Fazio courses anchor Barefoot Resort, one of golf’s premier four-course resorts. Davis Love III crafted his first high profile design at Barefoot and the results were spectacular, particularly the fourth through sixth holes which play around the faux ruins of an old plantation home.

The Fazio Course, as visually pleasing at it is challenging, is one of two Myrtle Beach layouts designed by Tom Fazio on the Golfweek list, joining TPC Myrtle Beach. TPC, which has been ranked as one of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest, has hosted the Senior Tour Championship as well.

Grande Dunes’ Resort Course, also a host of the PGA PNC in 2014, has been one of the area’s most popular courses since its 2001 opening. With seven holes that play along the Intracoastal Waterway, it’s an unforgettable layout.

Heritage, Pine Lakes and King’s North reentered the list this year. Heritage is a classic lowcountry layout that weaves between soaring live Oak trees draped in Spanish moss. The combination of natural beauty and some of the area’s most diabolical greens makes for a challenge golfers can’t pass up.

King’s North is an Arnold Palmer design and one of the area’s iconic layouts.
The sixth hole, known to nearly everyone who has taken a Myrtle Beach golf trip as The Gambler, is of the area’s most renowned holes.

Pine Lakes, which was Myrtle Beach’s first course –  opened in 1927 – oozes with history and Southern Charm. Sports Illustrated was founded at the facility, and its architect, Robert White, was a St. Andrews, Scotland native and the first president of the PGA of America.

For more information on Myrtle Beach golf, visit

About Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is a non-profit trade association comprised of 79 championship golf courses and 99 golf package providers in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Founded in 1967, the organization continues to be the driving force behind the growth of the region’s thriving golf market. The originator of the “Stay and Play Package,” Golf Holiday provides non-biased information about accommodations and golf courses to assist golfers in making the most informed decisions when planning for their next vacation.

Golf Holiday also hosts seven events and tournaments annually to help to foster continued growth of the game. In addition to hosting the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament each spring, Golf Holiday also runs the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship – the world’s largest single-site amateur golf tournament, the Summer Family Golf Tournaments, the Palmetto High School Golf Championships, the Veterans Golf Classic, the Preseason Classic, the March Championship and the Myrtle Beach Fall Classic.

27th Anniversary Pee Dee Street Rodders’ “Run to the Sun” Car and Truck Show

The Pee Dee Street Rodders and City of Myrtle Beach present the 27th Anniversary “Run to the Sun” Car and Truck Show, Thursday through Saturday, March 19 – 21, at the former Myrtle Square Mall site.

The annual “Run to the Sun” has been described as the “largest independent car and truck show on the East Coast,” with 3,000-plus cars and trucks from all over the United States.

This is the show’s fifth year at this location.

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Brookgreen Summer Camps Offer Education and Summer Fun for Children

Camp Brookgreen provides one-week activities with an emphasis on connections to the natural world, animals, and art. Summer fun and educational enrichment at Brookgreen Gardens include hands-on activities, zoo and garden exploration, live animal encounters, crafts, games, stories, projects and more. Registration for Camp Brookgreen begins March 16 for members of the gardens and March 23 for guests. Please call (843) 235-6049 to register or visit for more information. The dates, themes, and fees for Camp Brookgreen are:

  • K-1st graders:  June 15-19 (“Fur, Feathers, and Scales”) and 22-26 (“Plant-astic!); Registration for Members: $85 Non-members; $100; Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Arts Camp for 6th and 7th graders: June 29 – July 2; (“Let the Sun Shine In – an exploration of light in artwork”) Registration for Members: $130; Non-members: $150; Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m
  • 2nd -3rd graders: July 6-10 (“Animal Adaptations”) and 13-17 (“You Choose the Adventure”) Registration is $160 for Members, $185 for Non-members, and the time is 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • 4th-5th graders: July 20-24 (“Junior Zookeeper”) and 27-31 (“Environmental Super Heroes”) Registration is $160 for Members, $185 for Non-members, and the time is 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, or call 843-235-6000.


54th Annual Canadian-American Days Festival

The 54th Annual Can-Am Days Festival, March 14 – 22, is a celebration of loyal visitors from the north.

Canadian neighbors will enjoy a line-up of events, giveaways, discounts and concerts that will take place throughout the Myrtle Beach, SC, area, all along the Grand Strand.

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Brookgreen Gardens Gullah Programs

Reign of Rice lecture Series
Saturday, March 14 at 2 p.m.
Joseph McGill, Jr., Founder of The Slave Dwelling Project, will present “Rice Beyond the Fields: Examining the Dwellings of the Growers.” McGill has spent nights at several former rice growing plantations such as: Magnolia, Middleton, Mansfield, Hopsewee, Frienfield, and Hobcaw Barony. He will have spent a night under the stars at Hampton Plantation a week prior to the lecture and will be coming in from a sleepover and morning program at Laurelwood Plantation in Eastover, SC. The program is free with garden admission; reserved seating is required by calling (843) 235-6016.

Gullah Geechee Program Series
1 p.m. on March 18
Guest speaker, Richard Dwight Porcher, Jr., will give a lecture presentation  about his book, The Market Preparation of Carolina Rice, An Illustrated History of Innovations in the Lowcountry Rice Kingdom, which he co-authored with William Robert Judd (USC Press). Copies will be available for sale.
Porcher is professor emeritus at the Citadel and adjunct professor of biological sciences at Clemson University. Judd—a self-taught draftsman, artist, archaeologist, and historian—is retired from the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. The presentation is free with garden admission; however, seating is limited. Call 843-235-6016.