Environmental Impact at Brookgreen Gardens – January 31 – April 26, 2015

Title Panel Art copyBrookgreen Gardens will host Environmental Impact, a cutting edge art exhibition that is touring museums throughout the United States. The purpose of the exhibition is two-fold: 1) to recognize, document, and share the work of leading contemporary artists who choose to focus their art on local and global environmental issues; and 2) to heighten public awareness and concern about the degradation of diverse environments. The exhibition is on view daily in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion from January 31 to April 26, 2015 and is free with garden admission.
Green Amphorae ca. 2012 by Karen Hackenberg
“Traditional art generally depicts nature in all of its glory,” said Bob Jewell, President and CEO. “The artworks in this exhibit present a variety of today’s environmental issues and call attention to the consequences of depleting our natural resources.”Helsaple, Trouble in Paradis web

The 75 paintings, photographs, prints, installations, and sculptures confront issues such as the over-development of land, dangers of nuclear energy, and impact of global warming.Harvey - Gulf Life - Blue Marlin
“We are pleased to offer this exhibit to the Brookgreen Gardens’ audience,” said Robin Salmon, Vice-President of Art and Historical Collections, “and we appreciate the support of our presenting sponsor, the Waccamaw Community Foundation.” Among the WCF guiding principles are the improvement of the quality of life for the residents of the Waccamaw community, supporting individual responsibility and concern for others, and responsible stewardship, “making the foundation a perfect sponsor of the exhibit”, Salmon said.Ferguson - Save the Sea Shore - hi res

Environmental Impact was produced by David J. Wagner, PhD., the Curator/Tour Director who drew upon a diverse range of artists with works that are not only hard-hitting, but are also involved in today’s environmental movement.
Santora, LosingGround

Artists whose work are in the exhibit include: Chester Arnold, Sonoma, CA; Robert Bateman, Fulford Harbour, BC, Canada; Edward Burtynsky, Toronto, ON, Canada; Chapel, San Francisco, CA; Robert Dawson, San Francisco, CA; Lucia deLeiris, Watertown, MA; Drew Denny, Guerneville, CA; Chris Doyle, Brooklyn, NY; Walter W. Ferguson, Beit Yanai, Israel; Zaria Forman, Brooklyn, NY; Britt Freda, Burton, WA; Sayaka Kajita Ganz, Yokohama, Japan; Peter Goin, Reno, NV; Scott Greene, Bernalillo, New Mexico; Karen Hackenberg, Port Townsend, WA; Guy Harvey, Grand Cayman, BWI; Julie Heffernan, Brooklyn, NY; Mary Helsaple, Sedona, AZ; Cole Johnson, Deposit, NY; Ron Kingswood, Sparta, ON, Canada; Lisa Lebofsky, Bronx, NY; Michael (Mick) Meilahn, Pickett, WI; Richard Misrach, Berkeley, CA; Leo Osborne, Anacortes, WA; Rick Pas, Lapeer, MI; Derek Robertson, Balmerino, Fife, Scotland; Diana Sanchez, Bogotá, Columbia; Carol Santora, Kennebunk, ME; Martin Stupich, Albuquerque, NM; Kent Ullberg, Corpus Christi, TX; Bart Walter, Westminster, MD; Suze Woolf, Seattle, WA.Ullberg, Interdependency

Brookgreen Gardens, a non-profit organization located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, is open daily to the public. For more information, visit www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.Lebofsky - Petzval Glacier

Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival Offers Delicious Treats

The Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival features fine wines and gourmet chocolate the weekend of January 30 through February 1. Enjoy a leisurely stroll or brisk jog along Wilmington’s 1.75-mile Riverwalk, which was recently voted the #1 Best American Riverfront by USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Wilmington’s historic river district features more than 200 shops, restaurants, and attractions, all within easy walking distance.

Indulge in life’s tastiest pleasures—wine and chocolate—during the Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival (Jan. 30-Feb.1) at the Coastline Event Center (503 Nutt Street, Wilmington). Connoisseurs can sip, nibble, sigh and buy as they sample and purchase delectable delights from superb regional wineries, chocolatiers and artisans.

A Friday night Grand Tasting gala (7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.) kicks off with live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres ( by Catering Thyme) and a fine art exhibit. “The Schoolboys Band,” a popular local cover band, will entertain while wine and chocolate purveyors tantalize with tastings. Next door at the Riverview Room Bar & Terrace, a cash beer and cigar bar will feature a performance by “Basile, the Comedian” (8:00 p.m.).

On Saturday (11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and Sunday (12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.), the European-style wine and chocolate marketplace features more than 50 fine vintners, chocolatiers and artists. Marketplace diversions include: culinary demonstrations, a Kids’ Korner with arts/crafts, and live music by four jazz, acoustic and rock musicians.

Sunday will feature the band “The Use-to-Be’s” with playlists from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. Admission charge. Proceeds benefit the New Hanover County Senior Center’s programs.

Grand Tasting tickets are based on availability. Saturday and Sunday marketplace tickets are good for one day only. Discounts for children (ages 6-12)/seniors (60+)/military (w/I.D.). Group rates available for parties of 10 or more. For festival details, schedule of events and bands, advance tickets and partner hotels offering special festival rates for attendees, call 910-742-0120 or visit www.wilmingtonwineandchocolatefestival.com. Tickets are also available at Wilmington-area Harris Teeter stores.

Carbon-Offset Project Protects 4,000+ Acres of Southern Coastal Habitat

Green Assets and Brookgreen Gardens Earn Carbon Credits for Forest Conservation Efforts

Green Assets, Inc., a leading forest carbon offset developer, has been awarded carbon offset credits for its forest conservation project of more than 4,400 acres of land owned and managed by world-renowned Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina.

The project represents South Carolina’s first carbon credits to be issued through the California Air Resources Board (ARB) compliance offset program for U.S. forests. ARB offset credits are issued to projects that meet specific requirements and represent verified greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions or removal enhancements. Carbon credits are a component of national and international attempts to mitigate the growth in concentrations of greenhouse gases. One carbon credit is equal to one ton of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere.

This initial issuance of credits by the Air Resources Board amounts to 162,551 carbon credits. Using the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, these credits offset the emissions of more than 34,000 cars over a year’s time.

Widely considered to be one of the “seven wonders of the Carolinas,” Brookgreen Gardens has been named among the top 10 public gardens in the United States and is a National Historic Landmark.

“We are proud to be early participants in the new carbon economy,” said Bob Jewell, President and CEO of Brookgreen Gardens. “This project is wholly consistent with our mission of environmental sustainability and historic preservation, and it recognizes Brookgreen’s stewardship of natural areas for more than 85 years.”

The Green Assets-Brookgreen Gardens partnership will help protect Brookgreen’s forestlands, comprising more than 4,400 acres of pristine southern coastal habitat southeast of Myrtle Beach, S.C. The ARB’s protocol ensures that the most sustainable methods of natural forest management are implemented and maintained throughout the subject property.

“Green Assets is privileged to collaborate with Brookgreen Gardens in implementing an Improved Forest Management project in accordance with the ARB’s U.S. Forest Offset Protocol,” said Chris Newton, CEO of Green Assets. “We’re proud to be recognized as a leader in carbon offset project design and development, and we look forward to helping other landowners around the country realize the environmental and economic benefits that carbon programs offer.”

“The Green Assets team worked diligently to meet the rigorous demands of the ARB protocol while maintaining a high level of clear communication with Brookgreen in the process,” said Mr. Jewell. “I’m confident that we have successfully created the highest quality forest carbon offsets available in this growing market.”

About Green Assets, Inc.

Green Assets, Inc. is an environmental asset development company that benefits landowners by creating recurring revenue streams through carbon offset credit programs and expert land management practices. Headquartered in Wilmington, N.C., the company specializes in forestry-based carbon credit projects, including improved forest management, avoided conversion, and reforestation projects. For more information, please visitwww.green-assets.com. 

About Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to collect, conserve and exhibit figurative sculpture by American artists; to cultivate a display garden and exhibit sculpture therein; to collect, conserve and exhibit the plants, animals and cultural materials of the South Carolina Lowcountry; to educate a diverse audience about sculpture, horticulture and the ecology and history of the Lowcountry; To provide additional artists and cultural opportunities for members, guests and the community; and to sustain the institution and all of its assets with visionary leadership, sound management and prudent fiscal policies.Brookgreen Gardens is one of the few institutions in the United States to earn accreditation from the American and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, as well as being designated national and being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament Raises Record $461,000 For Charity

The 20th annual Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament raised an event record $461,000 for charity, event organizers announced. The money was donated to the Hootie Foundation and helped fulfill the band’s goal of funding an endowment that will provide educational and charitable opportunities for children in South Carolina for years to come.

“Raising $461,000 in our 20th year and fully funding our endowment are incredible accomplishments, and they wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our friends at Intel, our title sponsor, and Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday,” said Darius Rucker, Hootie’s lead singer and one of country music’s biggest stars. “Intel has been with us since 2008 and its unwavering commitment to K through 12 education, especially math and science, makes it an ideal partner for our foundation. Our goal from the time we teed off at the first Monday After the Masters in 1995 was to create an event that would positively impact children in South Carolina, and we are succeeding.”

The 2014 MAM, played April 14 at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Course, attracted another star-studded field. In addition to band members Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Jim “Soni” Sonefeld and Dean Felber, PGA Tour standouts Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk, Pro Football Hall of Famers Eric Dickerson, Bruce Smith, Richard Dent and Marcus Allen, and Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson, among many others, participated in the event.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Hootie Foundation, a non-profit organization that was created so the band could support charities they have a passion for. The vast majority of the Hootie Foundation’s efforts benefit education in South Carolina and the South Carolina Junior Golf Association.

“The funding of the endowment is a milestone for the event, the band and each of us personally,” said Sonefeld, Hootie’s drummer. “The endowment will leave a legacy that helps benefit kids throughout the state for decades to come, and that is extraordinarily gratifying for each of us.”

The Monday After the Masters, the largest one-day fundraiser in South Carolina, has been played in Myrtle Beach the last 12 years.

The 2015 MAM will be held April 13 on Barefoot’s Dye Course, a layout that has been ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.

For more information, go to www.HootieGolf.com.

Dunes Club, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club Ranked Among “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses”

The new year is off to a banner start for two of Myrtle Beach’s premier layouts. The Dunes Golf & Beach Club and Caledonia Golf & Fish Club are ranked among “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” in the February 2015 issue of Golf Digest.

A Robert Trent Jones, Sr, design, the Dunes Club is No. 50 in the biennial rankings while Caledonia, the late Mike Strantz’s first solo design, is No. 73.

“Congratulations to the Dunes Club and Caledonia for being ranked among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses,” Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday President Bill Golden said. “Myrtle Beach has more outstanding golf courses than any destination in the country, and having two layouts ranked among America’s top 100 public courses is further affirmation of that quality.”

Dunes Club, which opened in 1948, is the Myrtle Beach’s area’s most famed layout. From the outset, the course attracted national attention and it raised the profile of the entire destination along with it.

Starting with a clubhouse that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, the Dunes Club delivers a special experience. The classically designed course plays over naturally rolling land and offers stunning visuals throughout. The layout’s most popular stretch is Alligator Alley – holes 11 through 13 – capped by the par 5 13th, a 90-degree dogleg right that plays around Lake Singleton.

The course has hosted some of professional golf’s most prominent events, including the U.S. Women’s Open, six Senior PGA Tour Championships, and, most recently, the PGA Professional National Championship.

Caledonia, which plays amidst centuries old live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, is a modern design carved from a piece of land that oozes history and Southern charm. From the moment players enter the property through a half-mile stretch of road lined on both sides by oak trees, the beauty of Caledonia is evident.

The course has enjoyed immense popular and critical acclaim. Strantz’s work is equal parts art and architecture as a he seamlessly crafted the layout on little more than 100 acres of property.

On a course full of memorable holes, the 18th stands above as one of the best finishing holes in all of golf. The multi-tiered green rests in the shadow of an antebellum style clubhouse and requires a forced carry over water.

Architecturally the hole is splendid, but what makes it special is the atmosphere. There are almost always golfers gathered on the clubhouse deck, enjoying a drink and providing a gallery for the final approach.

It’s an idyllic conclusion to a round at one of America’s greatest layouts.

Golf Digest’s team of raters evaluated golf courses on seven categories. Below are the criteria the magazine set for each category:

1. Shot Values: How well does the course pose risks and rewards and equally test length, accuracy and finesse?
2. Resistance to Scoring: How difficult, while still being fair, is the golf course for a scratch player from the back tees?
3. Design Variety: How varied are the golf course’s holes in differing lengths, configurations, hazard placements, green shapes and green contours?
4. Memorability: How well do the design features (tees, fairways, greens, hazards, vegetation and terrain) provide individuality to each hole, yet a collective continuity to the entire 18?
5. Aesthetics: How well do the scenic values of the golf course (including landscaping, vegetation, water features and backdrops) add to the pleasure of a round?
6. Conditioning: How firm, fast and rolling were the fairways, and how firm yet receptive were the greens on the day you played the course?
7. Ambience: How well does the overall feel and atmosphere of the course reflect or uphold the traditional values of the game?

The Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents Musical Postcards January 25, 2015

Maestro Charles Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra (LBSO) in the presentation of Musical Postcards on Sunday, January 25 at 4 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach High School Music & Arts Center.

The Long Bay Symphony continues its 27th season – Great Masterpieces, Masterfully Performed –with a symphonic tour of Europe! Musical selections include Chabrier’s España, Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony, and Russian Easter Overture by Rimsky Korsakov. This concert also highlights internationally acclaimed piano soloist, Daria Rabotkina performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G.Rabotkina

Concert Preview with Maestro Evans at 3:15 pm. Dr. Evans discusses the musical and historical features of the works and their composers in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. This educational event is FREE to all ticket holders.

Purchase tickets for Musical Postcards by calling 843.448-8379 or online at www.LongBaySymphony.com. You may also visit the Box Office located at 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.

Admission: Tickets range from $20 to $50, student discount available.LBS_Ad_2015Jan25

Wine Events Announced

REGULAR SHOP HOURS: Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm (6pm DST). Closed Sundays

Sunny Wine Wednesday – Jan. 21, 2015
This Wednesday is a spring day in the middle of winter! Temps in the 60’s, sunny with blue skies and no wind. Just perfect for some live music, wine tastings and tasty outdoor cooking. Plus, 1/2 price wine tastings from 10am – 5pm. Yea!
Live music (12:30-4:30) – Ed Torres
Food – The Vineyard Grill – hot dogs, hamburgers, hot sausages, cheese & fruit trays, chips & snack.

Wine Down Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
$3 glasses of wine all day. Hot mulled wine drinks, and cheese & fruit trays. Under the pavilion and cabanas, or on the porch.

FOOD: – Cheese & Fruit trays available, or bring your own snacks.

Saturday Bonfire
Saturday, Jan. 24, 12 – 5pm
Let’s keep our fingers crossed for good weather this Saturday. Live music, a toasty fire, outdoor cooking, wine tastings, and hot spiced wine. There is no better way to enjoy a Saturday afternoon than at La Belle Amie Vineyard. Bring your lawn chairs and your have-fun attitude. Vineyard tour at 2:30pm.

Music (12:30-4:30pm): – Laidback Larry
Admission: Free
FOOD BY: – The Vineyard Grill
Beverages BY – La Belle Amie Vineyard (soda, juices, beer, wine, water)
SPONSORED BY: Anderson Bros. Bank, and EASY Radio 105.9FM
GPS ADDRESS: 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, SC 29566
843-399-WINE (9463) ………………….. www.LaBelleAmie.com

REGULAR SHOP HOURS: Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm (6pm DST). Closed Sundays.


The MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon and all associated events have been produced entirely by volunteers since the founding of the race eighteen years ago! With the city’s first and longest running major endurance event right around the corner, we need your help in assembling a team of volunteers to help participants in many fun ways.

On race weekend more than 1,000 volunteers are needed to aid participants in the following areas:

  • Race registration
  • Distribution of shirts
  • Assist in a water, food or aid station
  • Finish line assistance


MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS are needed for the 12 First Aid Stations on the course and also at the Finish Line Medical Area. Volunteers needed include:

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • EMTs and Paramedics
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Massage Therapists

All volunteers receive a FREE volunteer t-shirt, FREE entrance, food and beverage at one of the two post race parties, and the grateful thanks of the Marathon Committee and all participants!

If you would like to volunteer on February 12th, 13th or 14th and help make this a memorable event for all participants:

*Non-Medical: visit the VOLUNTEER tab on the Myrtle Beach Marathon website at www.mbmarathon.com to sign up
*Medical: email Dr. Mark Schecker at scheckmd@sccoast.net

Race weekend includes full marathon, half marathon, marathon team relay, 5K and 1 mile fun run.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration and Parade

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee has a number of events planned for January 17 – 19 to commemorate the life of Dr. King. Activities include:

· Brown Bag Working Luncheons (Two sessions: Small Business Development and Job Fair & Training)… 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 17, Myrtle Beach Train Depot (Lunch will be provided.)

· Statewide Deliberative Dialogue Forum… 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 17, Myrtle Beach Middle School

· Community Talent Show Finals… 5:00 p.m., Saturday, January 17, Wheelwright Auditorium, Coastal Carolina University

· “Civil Rights Sunday: Ecumenical Service…” 4:00 p.m., Sunday, January 18, Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church

· Corporate and Community Awards Breakfast, featuring guest speaker Armstrong Williams… 8:00 a.m., Monday, January 19, Canal Street Recreation Center

· Dr. Martin Luther King Grand Parade, downtown, beginning at the Pelicans’ Stadium… 11:30 a.m., Monday, January 19

Art Museum Exhibit Features Creative Genius of 13 Cuban Artists

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum presents Voices of the Island: The Cuban Art Collection of Reynier Llanes, opening Thursday, Jan. 15.

When artist Reynier Llanes moved to Charleston, SC, in 2009, he brought his artistic inspiration with him: his home in Pinar del Rio, a mountainous, biologically and artistically rich region at the westernmost end of Cuba. Passionate about sharing his cultural heritage with his new country, he has done so not only through his own artwork, evoking themes and images from his upbringing, but also by collecting and selling the works of other artists from Pinar del Rio.

 Carlos Ulises Bretaña Hevia, Self Portrait of a Traveler, 2012, oil on canvas

Carlos Ulises Bretaña Hevia, Self Portrait of a Traveler, 2012, oil on canvas

Voices of the Island features 55 works by 18 artists (including Llanes), all of whom are from Cuba and most of whom are still living there. The works are all part of Llanes’ personal collection. Though the artists’ styles and subject matter vary greatly, most share several common themes – a strong link to the Cuban culture and landscape, an emphasis on family or unity, and reflection on contemporary Cuban society. There are landscapes, abstract pieces, portraits, still lifes and more.

Arquímides Lores Echeverría (Nelo), The City That Escapes, 2010, oil on canvas

Arquímides Lores Echeverría (Nelo), The City That Escapes, 2010, oil on canvas


“I am committed to the discipline of collecting art that reflects my values and tastes,” says Llanes, “with a special interest on the contemporary art and artists of Pinar del Rio, Cuba, my home town.”

Llanes works in oils, charcoal, watercolor and, most notably, coffee. He discovered the drink’s use as a painting medium by accident when he was still living in Cuba. “One day I was drawing and drinking some coffee, and I spilled the coffee on the drawing. I didn’t think I could work much more with the damage, but when it dried I was like, ‘Wow! I can paint with coffee like it’s watercolor,'” he says. An exhibition of Llanes’ coffee paintings was featured at the Art Museum in 2011.

Reynier Llanes, The Waiter, 2013, Cuban coffee on paper

Reynier Llanes, The Waiter, 2013, Cuban coffee on paper

In addition to works by Reynier Llanes, exhibited artists will include Pedro Pablo Oliva, Ulises Bretaña, Javier Ampudia, Livan Hernandez, Lores Arquimides, Yaciel Martinez, Danys Ozuna, Juan Suarez, Martha Camacho, Juan C. Morales and others.

An opening reception for Voices of the Island and Swim: An Artist’s Journey, an exhibition of paintings by Charles Williams running concurrently, will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15. The reception, open to the public, will feature gallery talks by Llanes and Williams beginning at 6:00.The reception is Free for Museum members and $10 for non members. Both exhibits run through April 23.

Admission to the Art Museum is free at all times but donations are welcome. The Museum is located at 3100 S. Ocean Blvd. For more information, 843-238-2510 or www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.