ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT LU MIL VINEYARD

Lu Mil’s Christmas Experience will begin on Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend (11/29 & 11/30) and run Thursday through Sunday (Dec. 4, 5, 6, 7) and nightly beginning Dec. 11 thru Dec. 23. The Country Buffet will be open from 5 pm to 9 pm and the Festival of Lights will run from 6 pm to 10 pm.lu mil 225x300 ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT LU MIL VINEYARD

The Candy Shop with the REAL Santa and the Country Buffet is open every night during the light show. The Gift Shop with free wine tastings is open daily and will be open until 10pm the nights of the light show. The light show is $6 per person OR $60 dollars maximum for as many as you can get on a bus, van, hayride, pickup bed, etc. Your FM radio is your receiver for the music that the lights are synchronized with so that you can enjoy the music and lights at your leisure in your own vehicle. Lu Mil Vineyard is located at 438 Suggs-Taylor Rd, Elizabethtown NC. Call 910-866-5819 or visit www.lumilvineyard.com for more info.

With over one half million lights this year, it is more spectacular than ever. There are many enormous figurines and this year the huge display of the twelve days of Christmas stretches nearly the length of two football fields. There are more photo ops than ever, like the gigantic Christmas bear seen here. The beautiful oversized American flag is a tribute to our veterans and we hope everyone will keep CHRIST in your Christmas.

SOUTH CAROLINA GOLF CENTER OPENS at SHAFTESBURY GLEN

State-of-the-Art Instruction School Led By Former PGA Tour Pro Hugh Royer III

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday announces the South Carolina Golf Center at Shaftesbury Glen opened its sparkling new facility, led by former PGA Tour player Hugh Royer III, on November 1.

The South Carolina Golf Center offers men, women and junior golfers of all skill levels the opportunity to improve or learn the game of golf.

South Carolina Golf Center is a V-1 Digital Coaching System Branded Academy, which provides each student with a comprehensive analysis of their swing.

The Golf Center clubhouse is an 1,800-square-foot building with hitting bays, state-of-the-art technology, and a lounge area complete with flat screen televisions and multiple couches. Among the amenities available to golf center students are the V1 Digital Coaching System, Flightscope, a launch monitor that will help players understand their game and the equipment they need to succeed, and a gas fireplace in the lounge area for the cooler months.

“What I think we’ve tried to create is a comfortable atmosphere for people who want to take lessons, practice and get better at golf,” Royer said. “The way I teach is very simple. The technical stuff is in there, but I try not to confuse or overwhelm (students). I tell everyone I teach I want the golf swing to be simple, yet efficient.”

While Royer, who had four wins on the Web.com Tour and spent three years on the PGA Tour, played the game at the highest levels and has taught several top players since retiring from professional golf in 2001, the South Carolina Golf Center will cater to players of all skill levels.

Royer and his staff will provide individual instruction, in addition to offering 1-, 2- and 3-day golf schools and junior clinics.

The golf schools, which will feature 3 hours of daily instruction and a nine-hole playing lesson, will range in price from $200 to $400. Golf school participants will receive video analysis and evaluation in addition to game improvement recommendations.

Shaftesbury Glen also offers the added luxury of having apartments above the clubhouse where golf school students (or players on a golf package) can stay. The two-bedroom units are new, spacious and include a full kitchen and living room.

Players will also have the opportunity to purchase a monthly range membership for $30 that includes access to clinics and the launch monitor.

To learn more about South Carolina Golf Center visit: www.scgolfcenter.com.

Brookgreen Holiday Exhibits

Brookgreen Gardens’ two indoor exhibits will be on display daily Friday November 28 – Sunday, January 4, 2015 and are free with garden admission.

One of the joys of the holiday season is seeing how the horticulture and sculpture departments transform the two galleries in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion. Their imaginations, creativity, and hours of work help make the season bright.

Presented by the Sculpture Department the holiday exhibit, Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, features paintings by Tom Browning, the world’s premier Santa Claus artist.  In addition to his Santa art, Tom Browning is a renowned painter of western landscapes and his works are highly acclaimed throughout the United States.

Brookgreen’s electric model train village, including Lionel and American Flyer, has grown significantly since last year, both indoors and outdoors.  It returns with tributes to Hershey, PA, and to Georgetown’s historic Front Street, plus an enhanced Erector Set display and a winter carnival with hundreds of moving parts.

In Signs of the Season in Flora and Fauna exhibition, the Horticulture Department uses natural materials and plants to create a fantasy forest scene complete with a holiday feast for the animals as the centerpiece. The fantasy forest continues outside the window of the gallery to create the illusion of bringing the outdoors – indoors.

The exhibits are free with garden admission and included in admission for Nights of a Thousand Candles.

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

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Bad Boots, Strap Happy Heels and Denim!

By Jennifer Willard

Wondering what to step out in this fall??   Bad boots, strap happy heels and cool winter accents of denim.

I’ve been scouring around for the chicest trends and most amazing looks to keep you tuned into fabulous, as the days of fall turn chilly.

Here are some of my favorite winter fashion trend alerts from the hottest boots and strappy heels, to super cool blue and denim.

This autumn’s best trend has to be denim. We haven’t seen blue being so cool since the 1980’s.  So feel free to go get blue and let loose in your best denim digs.   YES! It’s even trendy to master the art of dressed-up denim, suit style, this season.  So give in and elevate your look to a true blue denim suit. It’s an office savvy and classic look.20141018 142436 168x300 Bad Boots, Strap Happy Heels and Denim!

Denim rule:   forget the denim distressed look; fraying edges are this fall’s best denim trend.

The winter weather essential to go with all this season:   the parka/trench coat.  Opt in for a cozy luxurious parka with an interesting look that will draw attention. Look for the faux fur and uniquely accented style parka to keep you warm on those upcoming blustery winter days.

Shoe Trend Alert 

Wondering what to step out in this fall?   Bad boots and strap happy heels are the must have accessories!  As winter sets in, it’s time to put away the glamour sandals and flip flops and hop into a pair of cute boots.  From the suede, to cut outs, to the peep toe booties, you just can’t go wrong pairing up amazing boots with any winter fashion look. The heels will never die! Strap happy and unique, unusual and out of the box shoes will go great with all your fashions.  It’s all about the sexy, lace up and strap happy looks.

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Other Winter Trends

Take a turn on your eyes and try Electric Blue Liner by Christian Dior.

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Where to scoop up some of the trendiest fall must haves

Tanger Outlets- 2 locations in Myrtle Beach offer outlet shopping at your favorite name brand and designer factory outlet stores where you can find great  deals for the season.

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Jennifer Willard is a local Myrtle Beach fashionista, daily bargain shopper and finder of some amazing deals!

Burning Desire to Learn

Wildlife majors from Horry Georgetown Technical College recently participated in a prescribed burn at the Santee Delta in Charleston County with Jim Lee of the S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources. SCDNR holds a volunteer activity monthly with HGTC students on Fridays as a hands-on educational experience. From left to right are Stephen Thompson from Loris, Jayson Rose from Florence, Jeremy Bendt from North Charleston, Shannon Adams from Georgetown, Josh Parsons from Hemingway, and Tom Oliver from Warrenton, VA. HGTC offers the only associate degree program for forestry and wildlife in South Carolina.HGTC Wildlife Students 300x237 Burning Desire to Learn

Cucalorus Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years with 240+ Screenings & Dino De Laurentiis Retrospective

Twenty years ago, as Wilmington, North Carolina was establishing itself as a top U.S. filmmaking destination, a group of local independent filmmakers, known as Twinkle Doon, held a standing-room-only one-night screening of locally-made indie films. Dubbed as “An Evening of Celluloid Art: a film festival for open minds,” attendees at the inaugural festival included local indie filmmakers, artists, Wilmington residents and up-and-coming actors Anthony LaPaglia, Renee’ Zellweger and Liv Tyler—who were in Wilmington making Empire Records, one of hundreds of productions made in Wilmington over the past three decades. Wilmington’s film industry continued to thrive for the next 20 years and so did the Cucalorus Film Festival, which celebrates 20 years on November 12-16.

Each year since 1994 film buffs and independent filmmakers have made the mid-November pilgrimage to Wilmington, North Carolina for the Cucalorus Film Festival. On November 12-16, the 20th Annual Cucalorus Film Festival will celebrate the art of filmmaking with screenings of more than 240 independent films from around the world, workshops, panel discussions, master dance classes, and special events.  What began as a one-night event has evolved into a five-day festival that’s garnered national recognition from the Brooks Institute, as well as Moviemakerand Time magazines. It was proclaimed as “one of the coolest film festivals in the world” by MovieMaker in 2013. This year the festival makes a repeat appearance on the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events list for November.

Cucalorus always delivers a diverse mix of documentary and narrative feature films, shorts, dance and music videos, and special events that make it a favorite with filmmakers and audiences. Of the 240-plus films (chosen from 1,752 submissions) from over 60 countries, the festival will include 43 narrative features, 21 documentary features, 147 shorts, 45 music videos and seven works-in-progress along with a schedule that includes multi-disciplinary performances ranging from dance to spoken word and beyond. Guest filmmakers will share insights during Q&A sessions at select screenings.

This year two features will have their world premiere at Cucalorus (Uncensored and Times Like Dying) and six films will have their Southern or Southeastern U.S. premiere (Labyrinthus; Hide and Seek; Felix and Meira; Spring; The Tribe; The Age of Love). Other award-winning and noteworthy films include: Force Majeure  (directed by Ruben Ostlund, Sweden’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film for Oscars 2014; winner of Jury Prize in Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2014); Wildlike (recently premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival); and The Hip-Hop Fellow (documentary by Raleigh filmmaker Kenneth Price about a Grammy award-winning producer’s studies of hip-hop).

Each year Cucalorus pays tribute to its North Carolina roots by screening at least 25 percent of films with connections to its home state. This year showcases four feature-length films and one work-in-progress (“Coal Ash Chronicles” by Rhiannon Fionn) that were made in North Carolina. N.C. Narrative Features include: “Children of Salt” by Caleb Andrew Ward and “Sunset Edge” by Daniel Peddle. N.C. Documentary Features include: “The Hip Hop Fellow” by Kenneth Price and “Private Violence” by Cynthia Hill.  For details about each film, visit www.cucalorus.org.

Additionally, 48 short films and 14 music videos with Carolina ties will screen at Cucalorus 20, including films from Cucalorus alums, such as the world premiere of Wilmington filmmaker Jonathan Landau’s short “Pushing Buttons” (crewed by founding members Bo Webb, Craig Rogers and Dan Turek) which will screen in the Shorties block. And Wilmington-turned-L.A. filmmaker Norwood Cheek’s music video “Dog Day Joyride” will screen in the Visual/Sound/Walls block. Two features produced by Dino and Martha De Laurentiis and filmed in N.C. will also be showcased: “Crimes of the Heart” (1986, filmed in Southport) and “Hannibal” (2001, filmed in Asheville).

To commemorate the festival’s 20th anniversary, Cucalorus will honor the late maverick filmmaker Dino De Laurentiis—recognized as the “father of North Carolina’s film industry”—with a retrospective of his work. The Dino De Laurentiis Retrospective pays tribute to his lasting legacy on the state’s film culture. This survey of the legendary Italian producer’s work spans nearly eight decades and includes screenings of War & Peace, King Kong, Flash Gordon, Crimes of the Heart and Hannibal. Martha De Laurentiis, Dino’s wife and producing partner will make a special guest appearance following the screening of Crimes of the Heart.

This year’s festival kicks off on Wednesday, November 12, with the ever-popular Dance-a-lorus, a unique partnership between Cucalorus, the Dance Cooperative, and New York-based Dance Films Association.  The event features excerpts from nine different choreographers and filmmakers in a variety of genres.

Screenings will take place at the following Downtown Wilmington venues: Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts (central Ticketbox & theatre, 310 Chestnut St.); Jengo’s Playhouse (815 Princess St.); City Stage Theatre (21 N. Front St., 5th floor); TheatreNOW (19 South 10th St.); Bourgie Nights (208 Market St.); and Bellamy Mansion (503 Market St.). For tickets, schedules, film descriptions, venue directions and other details, visit www.cucalorus.org.

Festival-goers often wonder how the Cucalorus Film Festival got its name. The dictionary defines cucalorus as “a film set apparatus placed in front of a light source to create a dappled lighting effect on a subject or background.” However, in the world of film festivals, Cucalorus is a multi-disciplinary arts organization supporting emerging and innovative creative professionals through its annual film festival, a residency program, a summer camp for teen filmmakers, a microcinema and an extensive community outreach program.

The annual Cucalorus Film Festival was established in 1994 and has since grown into one of the largest film festivals in the South. More than 200 films screen each year at venues all over downtown Wilmington, attracting a large number of participating artists (300+) and thousands of fans and industry professionals (accumulated attendance in 2013 was 14,784). Festival programs focus on dance, music videos, emerging artists. social justice, works-in-progress, and international cinema. Cucalorus education and outreach programs include Global Perspectives, Works-in-Progress, Latino Lens, Media Literacy, and Racial Rewind. Cucalorus is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on funds from individuals, businesses, and grants to fund its annual celebration. For more information on the Cucalorus Film Festival visit www.cucalorus.org.

Wilmington, North Carolina—home to the Cucalorus Film Festival and EUE/Screen Gems Studios—is a top location for U.S. film production.  Recent productions include “Max Steel,” “Tammy,” “The Conjuring,” “Iron Man 3” and the hit television series “Sleepy Hollow” and “Under the Dome,” as well as the upcoming new ABC series “Secrets & Lies” and Nicholas Sparks films “The Choice” and “The Longest Ride.”

Visitors can experience “Hollywood East” with Hollywood Location walking tours of downtown movie locations, weekend tours of EUE/Screen Gems Studios, and self-guided location tours using television FAQ sheets for “Sleepy Hollow,” “Dawson’s Creek” and “One Tree Hill.” For links to FAQ Sheets, tours and more TV/film-related information, visit www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/hollywood-east

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday Launches Inaugural Myrtle Beach Preseason Classic

54-Hole Event Will Be Played in February

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday announces the inaugural Myrtle Beach Preseason Classic will be played February 2-4 on six of the area’s most popular courses. The courses hosting the 54-hole tournament will be True Blue, Glen Dornoch, The Witch, Wild Wing Avocet, Tradition Club and Panther’s Run.

Cost of entry, which includes golf, a Sunday welcome party with complimentary food and drinks, a welcome gift, a Wednesday awards lunch and more, is just $195 per person. The event is limited to the first 100 teams. Individuals are welcome to sign up and they will be paired with another single.

The two-man team event will feature a different format of play each day, and teams will be flighted based on their USGA handicap. Teams will play best ball in the event’s opening round, followed by combined net team score and a Texas scramble.

“The Myrtle Beach Preseason Classic is an ideal way for golfers to kick off their 2015 season,” said Jeff Monday, MBGH’s tournament director. “The tournament formats are player friendly, the courses are outstanding, and our February weather is typically good, especially when compared to what our friends in the Northeast and Midwest experience. “

The golf course lineup, which features some of the best layouts in Myrtle Beach and all of America, will be the event’s primary attraction.

Glen Dornoch is one of the Myrtle Beach area’s most popular courses. The layout is renowned for the difficulty and beauty of its three finishing holes, all of which bring the Intracoastal Waterway into play.

Panther’s Run was the second of Ocean Ridge Plantation’s quartet of Big Cats, and the Tim Cate design is a 4.5-star course, according to Golf Digest. With pristine greens and a creative layout, Panther’s Run is a long-time favorite.

The Witch is one of Dan Maples finest works. The course plays through a cypress swamp and is as pretty as it is daunting. There is no housing, giving golfers an opportunity to experience the area’s native terrain, traversing the swamps on more than 4,000 feet of bridges.

Tradition Club is the Myrtle Beach area’s only Ron Garl design. As the name implies, this 4.5-star layout is a classic design and has long been one of the Myrtle Beach area’s most underrated tracks.

True Blue is 77th on Golf Magazine’s prestigious list of the “Top 100 You Can Play,” a ranking of the nation’s best public courses. The Mike Strantz design is one the area’s boldest and best. Everything at True Blue is big – the fairways, greens, bunkers and most of all, the fun.

The Avocet Course at Wild Wing is a Larry Nelson design that counts playability among it greatest strengths, highlighted by the 308-yard 14th hole, one of the area’s shortest par 4s and a very good risk-reward challenge.

For more information on the event, go to www.MyrtleBeachPreseason.com.

Hilton Head Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance

review and photos by Charlie Mitchell

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The Hilton Head Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance took place on the premises of Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head Island on November 1-2. Taking into account the cold, windy and rainy day on Saturday, it was a great event. Since they have moved from  Honey Horn to the Port Royal Golf Club I must say it is by far a much better venue for such an elegant event. The fairways give these classic cars the backdrop that they deserve for such a line up.

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The boat show was especially enjoyable this year and located in a prominent spot which was easy to view.

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HGTC Student is Leader of Promise Scholar

Valarie Paterson, a student majoring in Digital Arts at Horry Georgetown Technical College, has been selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as a 2014 Coca-Cola Leader of Promise Scholar.

Selected as 2014 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars, 207 Phi Theta Kappa members have been awarded a total of $207,000 in scholarships. Chosen from more than 900 applications worldwide, the scholars receive scholarships of $1,000 each to further their associate degree studies. Independent judges evaluate the applications based on scholastic achievement, community service and leadership potential.

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program provides new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the U.S. military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides Leaders of Promise Global Scholarships, earmarked for international students.

“These funds not only aid college completion, but provide students with the opportunity to engage in Society programs and develop leadership skills to become future leaders in Phi Theta Kappa. So the funds are not only an investment in our students, they are an investment in the future of our organization and the colleges and communities we serve,” said Dr. Rod Risley, Executive Director and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “Congratulations to our 2014 recipients. Without a doubt the Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise program will make a tremendous impact on the lives of these hard-working, high-achieving students — making it possible for them to complete their associate degrees.”

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals. Phi Theta Kappa members are proven scholars, engaged students who want to use their abilities to make a difference. In designating $200,000 for Leaders of Promise, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is supporting tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.”

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 132,000 students inducted annually.

New Owner for Salt Gallery

Hank D. Herring announces the acquisition of Salt Gallery located at 802 Bay Street in Beaufort.  The gallery exhibits the art of more than 20 professional artists including work in ceramics, leather, jewelry, mixed media sculpture, books, along with oil and acrylic on canvas and wood.

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The gallery will be open until 8 pm during First Friday After Five on November 7, hosting the local non-profit ABLE (The Disabilities Foundation of Beaufort County) during A Night of Giving. The 2014 ABLE starfish Christmas ornament will be available; proceeds help support Camp Treasure Chest, a summer camp for children with special needs.  Herring serves on the board of directors of ABLE.

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Herring is a framer as well as an artist producing diverse mixed media collectible and functional items. He is known for his carved wood stamps including Adinkra symbols and customized initials or designs. He often creates from found materials, such as driftwood, discarded pallets, leather, glass, fabric and much more.

He teaches and mentors beginning artists, exhibits, teaches and speaks nationwide in festivals, cultural events and galleries. View samples of his work or place orders at GreenHerringArtAndFraming.com. Regular Salt gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 am until 6 pm.