POSTPONED: 2015 Burgers & Brew Festival

Due to the impending inclement weather, we are postponing Burgers and Brew until October 24th, 11 am-5 pm. We hope you can join us!


Burgers & Brew will not only be bringing in the best burgers of the year, but also some great entertainment! The day kicks off with the eclectic duo, “Unicorn Meat,” playing from 11-12pm and 2:15-3:15pm. Charleston’s favorite band, “Ellen Drive,” plays next from 12-2:15pm. Finally one of Hilton Head’s most dynamic bands, “Groove Town Assault,” closes out the day playing from 2:45-5pm.


There will also be Local Restaurants cooking up their best sliders as well varieties of beer in our beer garden. Defending champs CharBar Co. will be competing for People’s Choice, and this year we will recognize the top three winners. The full list of competitors is as follows: HH Brewing Company, Lowcountry Rock Lobster Food Truck, The Lodge, Cheap Seats, Big Jim’s BBQ & Burgers, Wild Wing Café, Ragin Cajun Food Truck, Jake’s Wayback, New York City Pizza, SERG Group, Giuseppe’s and CharBar Co, LagerHead Tavern, Marley’s Island Grille.


Other Vendors include: Firehouse Nutz, Toves Cupcakes, Island Kettle Corn, and Orange Leaf. Kids Zone, bungee jump, rock wall, balloon animals, and face painting will be available for entertainment! All concessions and activities are sold separately.


Thank you to our Title Sponsor, CH2. For more information or to become vendor or sponsor, please contact the Island Rec Center at 843-681-7273 or email

DATE CHANGE Harvest Home Weekend Festival

Due to inclement weather, we are rescheduling Harvest Home Weekend Festival to Sat. & Sun. October 10 & 11 from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
It’s the highlight of the Fall season with scarecrow building, pumpkin painting, hay rides, Not So Spooky boat rides, live entertainment, kids crafts, and much more.  NEW straw maze at the Zoo where you journey through a friendly maze of straw bales. Can you find your way to the end? It’s outdoor fun the whole family will enjoy. The festival is free with garden admission (some activities have an additional fee).

Brookgreen Gardens Fall Festival October 3 & 4

Brookgreen Gardens Annual Fall Festival October 3 & 4

Brookgreen’s annual fall festival, Harvest Home Weekend Festival, is Saturday and Sunday, October 3 & 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. and is filled with outdoor activities the whole family will enjoy. There will be favorite activities such as scarecrow building, pumpkin painting, hayrides, live entertainment, plus some exciting new events. Admission to the festival is included in garden admission which is good for seven days.fall

Harvest Home Weekend Schedule for Saturday and Sunday, October 3 & 4, 2015

Timmy and Susana Abell (kids/family music, puppets) 10, & 11:30 a.m.; 1 & 2:30 p.m. Welcome Center Plaza –Timmy Abell is a nationally recognized children’s songwriter, touring and recording artist. Recipient of the prestigious North Carolina Arts Council’s Fellowship for Songwriting, he is best known for his highly entertaining family concerts and educational programs, and over the past decade his recordings have been enjoyed by tens of thousands of families around the country. Timmy and his wife Susana have joined forces to create a program that combines music, storytelling, puppetry and poetry. They combine their unique talents to offer dynamic and highly engaging performances centered around a repertoire of unforgettable original songs and stories.

Special Boat Rides 11 a.m., 12, 2, 3 p.m. –  The Not So Spooky Swamp Adventure with Lowcountry Ghost Stories and Animal Tales –Creep on board for our Not So Spooky Swamp Adventure! Listen to spellbinding stories of Lowcountry ghosts and their connections to Brookgreen Gardens as we float down the mysterious Brookgreen creeks. Be enthralled by animal tales of the fascinating creatures that make their homes in the eerie Lowcountry swamps. Who knows what we might see as we meander past ancient, twisted trees dripping with Spanish moss? Don’t be afraid…see you in the swamp! Separate timed ticket required in advance. Purchase at Lowcountry Center at least 10 minutes prior to excursion time. Limited availability. Adults $8, Children $4 (No regular program creek excursion offered either day)

pumpkinPumpkin Painting Patch

– we supply the paints and brushes ( $4, large $9 pumpkins)

Scarecrow Building We supply the poles, string, and some clothes. Bring your own old clothes for your special creation! Take Your Scarecrow Home for $5

Wagon Hay Rides – Hayrides depart from 10 a.m. $4 per person.

Kids Craft Tent

10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Sidewalk Chalking and Kids Tattoos

Wool Spinning Activity/Demonstration

11 a.m.- 3 p.m.

Food and Beverage

(Pavilion Restaurant Closed)

Pavilion Patio and Dining Tent 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Welcome Center Beverage Tent 10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Butterfly Exhibit Lawn area Snack tent 10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Demonstrations All Day – Both Days
Sweetgrass Basket Weaving and sales with Ivie Barnwell
Pottery Sales with Jeffcoat Pottery Ceramic sales with Lanita Formyduval
Honey sampling and sales with Savannah Bee Company
Herbal Fruit jam sampling and sales with Sallie’s Greatest
Tea sampling and sales with Oliver Pluff
African Graffiti Fused Art Glass with Steve Hazard
Presentation of “Brookgreen Gardens – Through the Seasons in Images and Words” with Linda Ketron


Saturday Only 
Pottery throwing demo with Jeffcoat Pottery
Book signings with Sherman Carmichael from Eerie,South Carolina “Legends and Lore of South Carolina” and “Forgotten tales of South Carolina”


Sunday Only 
9:3 0-3 p.m. Make your own pinch pot activity with Jeffcoat Pottery (artwork will be taken back to their studio for finishing and then may be picked up in Keepsakes upon return.)
12 – 4 p.m. Book Signings with Ginny McCormack “Seasons in the South” and “Sunday in the South”
2 – 4 p.m. Book signing with Rose Tomlin “Duel of the Heart”

Photography Exhibit at the Art Museum Offers Unique View of Rice Culture

Rice cultivation created enormous wealth in antebellum South Carolina, as well as being a major factor in the creation of slavery in America. What is perhaps often overlooked, however, is the incredible skill and expertise it took to construct the intricate hydraulic systems of dikes and canals necessary for rice cultivation. These devices connected plantation rice fields to one another and within the vast amount of land that was cultivated by hundreds of thousands of enslaved Africans.Combahee Oxbox, 32 x 48
Remnants of the Rice Culturean exhibition featuring the work of Charleston-based photographer David Shriver Soliday at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, provides a modern-day visualization of how the various tasks on the ground, or in the fields, coalesced into the entire, complex rice plantation system – through Soliday’s aerial photography of retired but still extant tideland rice fields in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
 Peninsula. 24 x 36
The exhibition accompanies Rice: Paintings by Jonathan Green and Indigo:  Works in Denim by Jim Arendt, two exhibits also on display at the Art Museum, which explore the economic and cultural impacts of South Carolina laborers, both enslaved and free, who worked these two lucrative crops. All three exhibits run from Sept. 29, 2015 through Jan. 7, 2016 with gallery hours from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 – 4 p.m.Sundays.  Soliday will be at the Art Museum for a gallery talk on Sunday, October 25 from 2-3:30.  The talk is free-of-charge and open to the public.
Soliday’s beautiful, sharp and graphic-looking images are printed on infused aluminum sheet metal, a sleek and contemporary look that juxtaposes wonderfully with the sweeping views of South Carolina’s colonial past.  The 21 photographs in the exhibition, aside from the awe and beauty of their composition and perspective, provide a uniquely accessible way of looking at tideland rice culture while prompting varied dialogues about the physical landscape, human capability and intervention and the rice industry’s enduring environmental and social impact.
David Shriver Soliday is a freelance photographer whose images have been pictured in such major publications as National Geographic, National Wildlife and Smithsonian. Soliday spent most of his youth in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, where early on he developed an interest in birds and photography. His interest in photography became more serious while he was working as an expedition mechanic for Land Rover in Nepal, Africa and Iceland.Developing an interest in world cultures, he earned a degree in cultural anthropology from Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1976.
The following year, he moved to the Lowcountry and lived beside the rice lands for the next 25 years. Since 2007, he has actively studied the South Carolina rice culture while photographing the rice landscape. Soliday’s aerial perspective distinguishes the subtle fading imprints of rice production and frames the monumental scale of the precisely constructed fields, dikes and canals in ways otherwise difficult to comprehend.
The Art Museum is located at 3100 S. Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, across from Springmaid Pier. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.  For more information, call843-238-2510 or visit


Myrtle Beach Art Museum Highlights History of Rice, Indigo

At the time of the American Revolution, South Carolina was one of the richest of the original 13 colonies, thanks in large part to two lucrative agricultural products: rice, a highly valued food crop, and indigo, prized by Europeans as a dye for fabrics. Due to their seasonal nature, both crops could be grown using the same labor force – ultimately slave labor. Charleston, SC, became a major port city for both exporting and importing goods, including enslaved Africans.
Rice: Paintings by Jonathan Green and Indigo: Works in Denim by Jim Arendt, two coordinating exhibits coming to the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach in September, explore the effects of the culture of South Carolina laborers who worked these two crops – enslaved and free, colonial and modern-day – on contemporary perspectives and understandings of our State’s history. The exhibitions open Sept. 29, 2015 and run through Jan. 7, 2016.Jonathan Green. Loaded Rice Barge. 2013. acrylic. 11 x 14 inches. collection of Johnny and Kaye Wallace
On display will be 18 works from Green’s Rice series in addition to a variety of paintings inspired by the artist’s Gullah ancestry and culture as they relate to South Carolina rice cultivation, six in-depth descriptive text panels and a small collection of Lowcountry rice culture historical artifacts.
 Jonathan Green. Plantation Tasks. 2013. acrylic. 11 x 14 inches. collection of Dr. Kenneth and Mrs. Priscilla Robinson
“Every time I approach the canvas to express my respect for my heritage and culture, I strive to capture the magnificent legacy my ancestors left my family and me despite their enslavement, oppression and horrific challenges they faced on a daily basis even after the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation,” says Green. “I marvel how under such conditions they were able to share such incredible love with one another, maintain a sense of community, create an atmosphere of belonging and instill in their children a sense of purpose and meaning in life.”
Representing the legacy of indigo are Works in Denim by Jim Arendt, Coastal Carolina University’s Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery director and recipient of the 2013 ArtFields inaugural Grand Prize.
Jim Arendt. Ellie. 2012. denim applique. 67 x 70 inches.
 “Our region of South Carolina was shaped by the back-breaking work of African American slaves who produced the valuable blue dye of indigo, “says Arendt. “The work of these enslaved Africans is on display in the shape of our landscape.  The blue dye of indigo, grown here in the heat of the summer sun and used to make the blue in jeans, is tinged with the bitterness of that work. I want people to think about our relationship with work and labor, so I use denim and the people I know to point at what work means, who does it and how it shapes their lives.”
 Jim Arendt. Ryan and Greg. 2011. denim applique. 57 x 56 inches. State Art Collection
His denim pieces are life-sized portrayals of close friends and family members – Arendt is careful not to call them portraits, as they are more likenesses of how he perceives their characters. Arendt grew up on a farm in Flint, MI, where he developed an appreciation for the manual labor contributed by his family members. To Arendt, their labor is representative of the hopes and dreams of their future, and it is his respect for such that drives his motivation to create. Moreover, his use of denim as a primary medium celebrates the tenacity and resilience of the rural people with whom Arendt grew up, as well as their values of thrift and “make-do.”
As well as art exhibitions for the public, these collections will form the basis for an educational outreach program designed to dovetail with the State’s school curriculum in South Carolina history, taught primarily in eighth grade. The Art Museum will be conducting tours of the exhibit for Horry and Georgetown County school groups, which will utilize the art experience to help enhance students’ understanding of the key role rice and indigo played in our state’s plantation economy.
Arendt will be on hand to provide a tour of the exhibition during a reception from5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8. For those wishing a more hands-on experience, the artist will lead a workshop for all ages, from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28, during which Museum guests will learn how to create works of art from their old denim jeans.
Also on display will be David Shriver Soliday: Remnants of the Rice Culture, an exhibition featuring aerial photography of old Lowcountry rice fields by David Shriver Soliday of Charleston, SC.
Gallery hours for the three exhibitions will be from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesdaythrough Saturday, and 1 – 4 p.m. Sundays. The Art Museum is located at 3100 S. Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, across from Springmaid Pier. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed.


Myrtle Beach 2015 Golf Hall of Fame Inductees Enshrined

Marketing pioneer Sandy Miles and Phillip Goings, the long-time caddy master at the Dunes Club, were inducted into the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame September 17 at Pine Lakes Country Club.

Established to pay tribute to the men and women who have played significant roles in the development of the Myrtle Beach area golf industry, the Hall of Fame was founded in 2009.

“Sandy Miles and Phillip Goings are richly deserving of their place in the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame,” said Bill Golden, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s president. “Both men were vital to the area’s growth in different ways, but they shared common goals: a desire to do their job to the best of their ability and to make every Myrtle Beach golf trip a memorable one.”

Big ideas and an equally big personality made Sandie Miles an instrumental part of Myrtle Beach’s growth into the game’s premier golf destination.

After serving in the Army, including a tour in Germany, Miles returned to Myrtle Beach and took over Pine Lakes Country Club. He immediately set about raising the course’s profile and was wildly successful.

He coined the venerable Robert White design as the Granddaddy, ensuring everyone knew Pine Lakes was the birthplace of Myrtle Beach golf. ?
It was Miles’ idea to serve clam chowder at the turn and he brought Rolls Royce golf carts to the course, marketing ideas that attracted national attention for years.

While Miles is most known for his success at the Granddaddy, he also worked alongside fellow Hall of Famer Cecil Brandon to help launch Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday.

As important as architects and golf course owners are the people on the ground greeting players and providing the Southern hospitality that has served as one of the Myrtle Beach’s primary assets. No one brought a smile and unquestioned expertise to his job longer than Phillip Goings, the former caddy master at the Dunes Club.

Goings started at the club as a dishwasher but moved outdoors, where he became the head looper at Myrtle Beach’s most famed course. A razor sharp memory made Goings an outstanding caddy and his personality endeared him to Dunes Club members and guests alike.

Fellow Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Famer Jimmy D’Angelo once said of Goings, “He treats everybody like they are the President of the United States … He’s the world’s best.” ??Goings worked at the Dunes Club for 50 years, setting a standard for work ethic and customer service that served entire Myrtle Beach golf community well.

For more information about Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame, visit

September Programming Aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

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Battleship Alive
Saturday, September 26, 2015
8:00 am5:00 pm

Since 1997, the Living History Crew weekends have been a tradition at the battleship in the program called “Battleship Alive.” The Living History Crew provides insight into the daily life and routine of the crew aboard the USS NORTH CAROLINA by explaining the duties specific to the sailor’s ratings (jobs) and demonstrates activities that occurred aboard the ship. A great event for all ages. Bring your questions and cameras! Included with Battleship admission.

About Battleship NORTH CAROLINA
The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is self-supporting, not tax supported and relies primarily upon admissions to tour the Ship, sales in the Ship’s Store, donations and investments. No funds for its administration and operation come from appropriations from governmental entities at the local, state or federal levels. Located at the junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River. Visit or follow and for more information. Relive with the crew on the Battleship Blog The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is an historic site within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (


MB Marathon Beats Out Over 150 Races to Win Top Honor


The Grand Strand’s first and longest-running endurance event has been selected as the Reunion Race for the 50 States Marathon Club. The 2016 Myrtle Beach Marathon will play host to the 50 States Marathon Club over the weekend of March 3-5, 2016. With the new Runner’s Expo venue at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center and a change in date to early March, the Myrtle Beach Marathon was designated as the reunion location beating out over 150 U.S. marathons taking place throughout the first quarter of 2016.

The 50 States Marathon Club has over 3,800 members in all 50 states, Washington DC, and 15 foreign countries. Members of the club have run a combined 233,000 marathons. The club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of health and fitness with members sharing a common goal of running a marathon in each of the 50 states. Membership in the club is limited to runners who have completed a marathon in at least 10 states.

A personal connection brings the Myrtle Beach Marathon and the 50 States Marathon Club together. Reunion Director, Dave Bell, has been a 3-time participant in the Myrtle Beach Marathon. Mr. Bell began his journey of running a marathon in all 50 states right here in Myrtle Beach after learning about the 50 States club during Myrtle Beach’s inaugural race in 1998.

For more information on the 50 States Marathon Club or the Myrtle Beach Marathon Reunion Race, please visit their website or email Dave Bell

Registration for the 19th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon weekend of events is NOW open offering the Lowest Entry Fees of the Year!  


Register online at:


For more information on this topic or 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.

Sunset River Marketplace to feature exhibition of Wes Wagner’s artisan-crafted wood furniture



Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC will feature Raw Grace, Warm Beauty, works by innovative wood furniture maker Wesley L. Wagner from Wednesday, Sept. 16 through Saturday, Oct. 17, gallery owner Ginny Lassiter has announced.


Wagner has been creating from wood since the age of 12. He was born in Concord, NC and raised in the nearby town of Mt. Pleasant, SC. While still a teenager, his family moved to North Myrtle Beach, SC where he still resides.


Despite the fact that he has been building unique and innovative furniture for decades, Wes Wagner still considers himself a hobbyist.  “Sure, I have an eye for shape and I love the feel and warmth of wood, but I simply uncloak what is already there. In most cases, all the credit for creative beauty must go to the tree and the wood itself. It is this finding of the hidden that’s my reward for creating each piece.”
Wagner locates the timber and then fells, logs and mills it himself. The vast majority of trees come from along the Waccamaw River in South Carolina. Among his favorites are red maple, cypress, water locust, pignut hickory, water elm, cherry and persimmon.  Most of the trees are dead, wind-toppled, lightening strikes and logging casualties. The Atlantic white cedar that Wagner uses came from trees downed by Hurricane Floyd in 1999.  Wagner adds, “The resinous cypress in my Nakashima style benches comes from logging debris from a tree felled in 1921.”


The exhibition at Sunset River Marketplace consists of benches, tables, wine racks, stools, and bowls.  Lassiter says, “I love Wes’s work. It’s that rarely successful combination of simple and sophisticated, and I love knowing that he uses so many local woods.”


About Sunset River Marketplace

Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has been an active supporter of performing, literary and visual arts in the area. The 10,000 square-foot gallery features work by over 200 North and South Carolina artists. Its on-site pottery studio has two kilns and three wheels for use by students. Ongoing oil, pastel and watercolor classes are also provided, in addition to workshops by nationally known artists. The gallery’s complimentary Coffee With the Authors programs feature presentations by local and regional authors. A Paint & Party series provides a fun after-work experience for those with no previous art background. The gallery’s framing department offers full-service, on-site custom frame design for artwork, family heirlooms and other memorabilia.


Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive (Hwy. 179) in the historic fishing village of Calabash, N.C. just north of the S.C. state line. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information about the exhibition, art classes, onsite framing or any other gallery events, call 910-575-5999 or visit the website: The gallery’s Facebook page, which is updated daily (, also lists special events, new artists and other happenings.

Myrtle Beach 9-11 Unity Memorial Readies For Remembrance Ceremony

The Myrtle Beach 9-11 Unity Memorial will hold its annual remembrance ceremony Friday, September 11 at 8:30 a.m. on the 29th Avenue side of Broadway at the Beach.9-11-Unity-Memorial

The public is invited to attend the event free of charge.

The annual ceremony is hosted by the friends of the Unity Memorial and the Chicora District of the Pee Dee Area Council, BSA. The featured speakers will include Warren Forsyth, who was working with Ladder Company 78 on September 11, 2001.

Forsyth, who was cited 12 times for bravery under fire, also responded to the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. He joined the FDNY in 1983 and retired in 2003 due to injuries suffered in the 9-11 attacks.

The ceremony will also include a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., coinciding with the time American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

The 9-11 shrine is bookended by the Unity Memorial and a mounted piece of steel beam from the North Tower of the World Trade Center that was given to the Myrtle Beach tourism community by retired FDNY members.

The Unity Memorial was conceived by members of Cub Scout Pack 891 in the aftermath of the September 11tragedy. They brought together Scouts, individuals and businesses from the Grand Strand to erect a monument to remember the way Americans stood together in the days following the tragedy.

The ribbon beam from the World Trade Center is mounted at the opposite end of the memorial with a timeline surrounding it, walking visitors through the tragic day’s events.

The inscription on one of the plaques located on the pump house sums up the purpose for the Unity Memorial, and that is “The tragic events of September 11, 2001 remain a dark memory for America. Yet, in the days that followed these events, Americans stood side by side in unprecedented numbers to remember the souls lost, heal the wounded, repair the damage and resolve that freedom must always prevail in the face of terror and tyranny.”

In the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks, the Myrtle Beach tourism community hosted countless first responders to provide them a respite from the work of restoring Ground Zero, and MBGH launched the FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing, forging a relationship with the FDNY and its membership that continues to this day.

As a show of appreciation for the friendship, a piece of ribbon beam from the North Tower was presented to MBGH in May 2011, leading to the completion of the Myrtle Beach 9-11 Unity Memorial.