Former Crew Member to Visit Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is going to have special guests on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Retired Lt Colonel Duncan Jewell USMC, former battleship crew member, and his family are coming to visit what Jewell used to call home. While serving on BB55 from 1942 – 1944, he was the Marine commanding officer. Now, at the young age of 95, Jewell will take us all through a trip down memory lane. Please help us welcome him aboard.

Dria Jewell and Nori Shaw, daughters of Duncan Jewell state, “We are so delighted to reconnect our father with his WWII battleship. This is a truly remarkable day for him to share this most important part of his life history with three generations of his family, who will all cherish these moments and pass their memories to future generations. It is occasions such as this that will keep the Greatest Generation’s legacy alive.”

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 us on 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 (

Brookgreen Gardens Hosts Earth Day Forum

Green Amphorae ca. 2012 by Karen HackenbergOn Wednesday, April 22, in conjunction with the current exhibit, Environmental Impact, Brookgreen Gardens will host a forum to discuss the work of area organizations, businesses, and individuals that clean-up, re-plant, and find new ways to protect and preserve our environment. The program is at 3 p.m. in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission.

The speakers include representatives from the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Santee Cooper, SC Environmental Law Project, Waccamaw Riverkeepers, and Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge. The forum and Environmental Impact are sponsored by the Waccamaw Community Foundation and Green Assets, Inc.

“The exhibit has been traveling the United States since 2013, and we are fortunate to be able to present it to our Grand Strand audience,” said Robin Salmon, Vice-President of Art and Historical Collections at Brookgreen Gardens. Environmental Impact includes 75 works of art by 38 artists from seven countries. Their works present powerful messages about the environment as shown in paintings, prints, sculpture, drawings, and photographs. Environmental Impact is produced by David J. Wagner, LLC, David J. Wagner, Ph.D, Curator/Tour Director,

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 or call 843-235-6000.

Tidewater Golf Club Ranked 7th Best Public Course in South Carolina

Golfweek Magazine Lauds the Grand Strand’s Most Scenic Course

Tidewater-#13-Fariway-to-Green---OceanTidewater Golf Club has a long list of honors to its credit, and Golfweek magazine has added another, ranking the Ken Tomlinson design as the seventh best public course in golf-rich South Carolina.

The magazine released the rankings as part of its annual Golfweek’s Best issue, which spotlights the best the game has to offer at the course level.

“We believe Tidewater is one of the best courses in South Carolina and all of America, so it’s gratifying to receive this recognition from Golfweek, one of the game’s most respected ratings panels,” Archie Lemon, Tidewater’s general manager, said. “Coming on the heels of our renovation last year, Tidewater is as good now as it has ever been, and the course is getting better everyday.”

Tidewater’s 2014 renovation project included the installation of new miniverde Bermuda grass greens and the expansion of every fairway, an enhancement that improved playability. The course’s drainage was dramatically improved and each green complex received a new custom soil profile, ensuring optimal conditions in the short and long term.

As part of the effort, Tidewater also removed more than 400 trees, installed an additional 3 ½ acres of sod on the course outside of playable areas, and every bunker received new sand.

The Myrtle Beach area’s most scenic course, Tidewater has eight holes that play along either the Intracoastal Waterway or the marshy waters of Cherry Grove, highlighted by the par 5 13th, which offers a distant view of the Atlantic Ocean.

The par 3 third and 12th holes are arguably the best duo along the Grand Strand as each brings the salty waters of Cherry Grove into play. The tee shot on each hole features a combination of challenge and beauty that leaves golfers talking long after they’ve left Myrtle Beach,

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ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike Show to Return to Myrtle Beach for Fifth Straight Year

Popular Duo Will Broadcast Live From Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday — the Grand Strand’s official golf marketing cooperative – announces ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike Show will broadcast live from the annual Hootie & The Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am (MAM) for the fifth straight year on April 13, 2015.Hootie_Mike_and_Mike

The show, featuring hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, will originate from the first tee on Barefoot Resort’s Dye Course from 6 – 10 a.m. More than 11 million people listen to the show weekly on ESPN Radio or watch the simulcast on ESPN2.

“Mike & Mike have become part of the Monday After the Masters experience, and we look forward to them enjoying another trip to America’s most popular golf destination,” said Bill Golden, president of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. “Having Mike & Mike broadcast live from Myrtle Beach the day after The Masters, when interest in golf is at its peak, provides tremendous exposure for the area and it showcases the good times that have made the area so popular.”

Davis Love III, Charlie Rymer, Sterling Sharpe and Jim McMahon are among the early commitments in what is expected to be a star-studded field at the 21st annual MAM.

MAM is the largest one-day charity event in South Carolina, having raised nearly $5 million for education in South Carolina and the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation. The event has attracted some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment including Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Bill Murray, Annika Sorenstam, Samuel L. Jackson and Dan Marino.

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Art Museum Display Recalls Golden Age of Mapmaking

Following the discovery of the New World in the 15th century, European mapmakers scrambled to document and map the new territories, using centuries-old technology. In contrast to today’s mass-produced, utilitarian maps, early European cartographers recruited renowned painters and miniaturists of their times who created maps that were truly works of art, richly colored and intricately decorated.Antique Map #6. A Map of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands...Antique Map #6. A Map of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands...

From March 11 through April 12, 2015, the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum will display a collection of these magnificent works in an exhibit titled The Mapmakers’ Art: The Bishop Collection of Antique Maps: 1608-1863. The artworks, a 1999 gift from Mrs. George Bishop in memory of her late husband, a local entrepreneur, are part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

The Mapmakers’ Art includes 15 maps illustrating what has been termed the golden age of cartography plus a selection of complementary historical prints. During that era of rapid discovery – and hence, extensive production of new maps – cities as far-flung as Paris, Amsterdam, Florence, Venice and London competed as mapmaking centers of the world.

Since early maps often relied on unverified and often unreliable information from native populations, unsubstantiated reports and hearsay, the maps illustrate the evolution of both exploration and documentation of geographical information.

Among the historic gems included in the collection is An Accurate Map of North and South Carolina by Henry Mouzon, an enormous copperplate engraving of four joined sheets created in 1775. The earliest map in the collection, produced in 1606 by Gerard Mercator and engraver Jodocus Hondius, was based on a 1590 map of Virginia and a 1591 map of Florida. The 1825 map of Horry District by Robert Mills, considered the first American architect, and a map created by naturalist Mark Catesby for his celebrated 1731 work A Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands are other highlights.

Among the historical prints accompanying the maps are four Civil War scenes from Harper’s Weekly and a collection of steel engravings from The Portrait Gallery of Eminent Americans, published in 1863, which include our country’s founding fathers.

Regular gallery hours are from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission to the Museum is free but donations are welcomed. For further information, call 843-238-2510 or visit

Calabash gallery offers talk by popular local author Jack DeGroot on April 9

Jacqueline Degroot

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, N.C. will present Sunset Beach, N.C. author Jacqueline “Jack” DeGroot as part of its Coffee With the Authors series on Thursday, April 9 from 10 to 11 a.m. The event is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required.

DeGroot is the author of 21 novels and local interest books. The catalyst for her writing career was driving her daughter to school in Wilmington, 50-plus miles awayß. Rather than make the trip twice a day or spend her time and money shopping, DeGroot bought a used laptop from a friend and went to work on a story that had been building in her head for over 20 years. Two years later, she finished her first novel, “Climax.” Submitting it to agents proved futile (too racy, too long), so she began the process of self-publishing. She has been her own publisher, publicist and marketing department ever since.

In 2004, DeGroot, along with several other students from a creative writing class at Brunswick Community College, founded a writers critique group called Writers Bloc. This past December, they celebrated ten years of fun, fellowship and fine writing.

Currently, Jack is working on four projects: a local history book with Miller Pope on Ocean Isle Beach compiled from interviews with locals; the third in her Cemetery Kids series; a follow-up on her latest historical, “The Earl’s Wet Nurse,” and a contemporary in the style of “Flash Drive, “ which has become known as Fifty Shades of Brunswick County.

CBS News came to interview her in both her home and on Bird Island in connection with her six-year secret undertaking of helping to collect and replace journals for The Kindred Spirit Mailbox on Bird Island in Sunset Beach. This year two of her books became “audibles” when Alex Hyde-White of Punch Audio out of Santa Monica, California, saw her on the show and asked her to allow his company to produce a few of her books for

During the Sunset River Marketplace event, DeGroot will speak about her Cemetery Kids series as well as her experiences as an author and her involvement with the Kindred Spirit Mailbox. For reservations or more information about the gallery, call 910.575.5999.

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.

32nd Annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship Accepting Entries

Golf’s Most Inclusive Amateur Event is Expected to Attract 3,400+ PlayersWorld-Am-Entries-Open

The 32nd annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship, the world’s most popular and inclusive single-site tournament, is now accepting entries. The event, which is expected to attract more than 3,400 players from across the globe, will be played August 31 – September 4 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Registration for the four-day, 72-hole tournament is $475 through May 15, a $100 savings off the regular entry fee of $575. Players can register online at

??Participants that register by April 7 will be eligible to win more than $10,000 in random drawing prizes tournament organizers are giving away. Included among the items are two sets of TaylorMade AeroBurner irons, 12 AeroBurner Drivers, and eight TaylorMade Ghost Tour Black putters.

Golfers from 30+ countries will play on more than 60 of Myrtle Beach’s best courses as part of the tournament. Among the renowned layouts that will be hosting the event are the Norman, Fazio and Love courses at Barefoot Resort, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, Grande Dunes Resort Course and Glen Dornoch Waterway Golf Links.

The World Am is a net stroke play event that flights players into five competitive divisions based on age, gender and handicap. After four rounds of competition, all flight winners and ties advance to the World Championship Playoff, where a champion is crowned.

While competition is at the heart of the World Am’s appeal, it’s only half the fun. A participant’s entry fee also includes nightly admission to the “World’s Largest 19th Hole” at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The 19th Hole, which utilizes 120,000-square feet in the convention center, provides players free food, open bar, equipment demos, live entertainment, a 60-exhibitor golf expo and more.

World Am players are flighted according to USGA indexes with competitive divisions ranging from men / women under 49 years old to super seniors 70 and above. The event’s inclusiveness is apparent in its past champions as winners with handicaps as low as three and as high as 34 have won. Four women have hoisted the championship trophy.

The World Am is a Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday event.

Sunset River Marketplace to feature Coasting, works by the Art Matters painting group


Jane Staszak, Off We Go, pastel


Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, N.C. will feature Coasting, a collection of works by the Art Matters painting group, from April 1 through May 2. A reception is scheduled for Saturday, April 4 from 2 to 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend the free reception.

The group began in 2006 as the gallery’s pastel class, which was taught by noted S.C. artist Jane Staszak. The lively and talented group dubbed themselves the Pastel Sisters and had their first group show at Sunset River Marketplace in 2010. Since then the class has evolved into an open studio where they often explore media other than pastel. In 2012, they changed their name to Art Matters in order to cover a broader range of style and work.

Coasting expresses the views of ten women with a common love of art and life on the coast. Together they have experienced love, loss, laughter and tears. Their joy of life is obvious in their work.

Participating artists are: Jane Staszak, Nancy Guiry, Linda Young, Sue Ruopp, Joanne Bendy, Barbara Riggi, Susan Nern, Audrey Poole, Adrienne Johnston and Tina Lepsig. The group also plans to honor former member Brenda “Bree” Goff, who passed away suddenly in August 2014.

Jane Staszak works in pastel, acrylic and ink. Her work has been accepted into many prestigious state and national exhibitions. Her long list of awards includes a Best in Show from the National Show at Southport, N.C. and the Cape Fear Annual Show in Fayetteville, N.C. Other honors include an invitation to show at the prestigious 2011 Pastels by Invitation Exhibition in Cape Cod, Mass. Jane excels at character studies, impressionistic landscapes and animal portraiture.

Nancy Guiry is a versatile and talented multimedia artist who retired to the N.C. coast 15 years ago and now has the time to pursue her lifetime desire to create art. She has been inspired by her surroundings to study with nationally known artists such as Mary Whyte, Arnie Westerman, and Carl Dalio. She says, “My greatest lessons were learned from two of our very own local artists. Terry Harrison taught me the fundamentals and to learn to see like an artist. Jane Staszak introduced me to the wonderful world of pastels and their pure pigments, so rich in color.” Her intent with each painting is to capture a moment in time that will trigger the viewer’s senses and emotions as well as be pleasing to the eye.
Linda S. Young is an award-winning artist originally from Brookline, Mass. and now lives in Cape Cod and South Carolina. She works in pastel and oil. Her ability to capture the nuance of a scene has helped her win many awards including two Best In Shows. She is a member of 21 in Truro, South Cape Artists, and is a signature member of Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. She has been in numerous juried group and solo exhibitions. Her work hangs in numerous national and international private collections.

Sue Ruopp is an accomplished acrylic artist whose tenacity is one of her strongest talents. Forced out of her job as a labor and delivery nurse for health reasons, she moved to North Carolina in 2006, at which time she discovered her passion for art. “I feel blessed to have this ‘never give up’ attitude,” she says. “It’s gotten me through breast cancer, two brain tumors, three hip surgeries and, recently, melanoma – all with good results.” Largely self-taught through experience and reading, she has recently begun studying with impressionist artist Chappy Valente and taking workshops at Sunset River Marketplace.

Joanne Bendy has always enjoyed art and nature. She is an active member of the Brunswick County Master Gardeners program. Being an avid gardener inspires her photographs and paintings of landscapes, birds and flowers. She normally uses bright and luminous colors to portray her passion for nature. For this exhibition, however, she chose the stark contrast of black and white in her stipple images created with archival ink
Connecticut transplant Barbara began learning to express nature in pastels just a few years ago. She is particularly interested in equine and ballet subject matter.
Susan Nern has explored a variety of subject matter and says she is especially inspired by coastal landscapes. Her pastels have a soft impressionistic feel that capture the calm serene essence of her subjects.
Audrey Poole retired from the corporate world ten years ago and has been teaching a variety of decorative painting classes and expanding her artistic interests ever since. Wherever possible she combines her desire for recycling fabrics with her decorative painting passion to make one-of-a-kind aprons, pillows and purses.
Three years ago she added pastel art to her list of interests and her backyard views of the Cherry Grove marsh have become her favorite pastel subjects. She is also a member of the Decorative Painting Society and Tidewater Artisans.

Adrienne Johnston spent much of her career using her logical side in the computer field and still managed to keep her imaginative side alive by sneaking in some art –quilting, music and knitting. She has found retirement affords time to devote to her creativity and has added pastel painting to her repertoire. If you ask her what inspires her, she’ll say you just need to open your eyes and look around. She sits on the board of the Brunswick Quilters and is a member of Waterway Art Association and Modern Quilt Guild

Pastel and watercolor artist Tina Lepsig lives in Calabash with her husband, golden retriever and cat. She has experimented with various art forms over the years, but not until her recent retirement has she been able to actively pursue her art.

According to gallery owner Ginny Lassiter, the Art Matters group blends artistic talent with humor with humor and warmth. “I invite everyone to come to our reception,” she says. “You’ll love meeting these ladies and you’ll love their work.”

Battleship Easter Egg Hunt Carnival

Egg Hunt Poster 2015


April 3, 2015 (Good Friday)
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Last ticket sold at 1:00
Weather Dependent

Hippity Hoppity down the Battleship trail for a fun Spring event with continuous games and egg hunts throughout the day. Make sure to bring your camera and take pictures with Buddy the Battleship Bunny. Offered again this year is a slower paced hunt area for kids who need a less stressful environment or for children with special needs who choose a slower paced environment.

Admission for the Easter Egg Hunt Carnival is only $5 per person, kids 2 and under are free. We’ve talked with the Easter Bunny and he told us that he has even more surprises this year. Stay tuned as the eggs and festivities hop out of the basket. This event is weather dependent. The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA would like to thank Sunny 104.5 for their sponsorship of this event.

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 us on 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 (

Caledonia, True Blue Unveil New Golfer-Friendly App

Free Program Will Provide Yardage Book, 3-D Flyover of Courses and MoreTrue-Blue-13green

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Golf Club – two of America’s top 100 public courses – announce the unveiling of a new app designed to enhance the golfer experience at the award-winning layouts.

The free app, which works with Apple and Android operating systems, allows players to book tee times, provides a yardage book, a 3-D flyover of every hole on both courses, and the ability to create a live leaderboard for groups.

“We want to provide our guests with the best possible golf experience, and our new, free app is a reflection of that commitment,” Bob Seganti, director of Golf Operations at Caledonia and True Blue, said. “From the time the booking process starts until a group concludes a post-round meal, the app can add to the enjoyment of a vacation at Caledonia and True Blue.”

The app’s primary features are:

— The easiest way to book a tee time at the courses is through the app. Rates are pulled from Caledonia Golf Vacations, ensuring players the lowest available price, and you are never more than a couple of clicks from a tee time.

— A yardage book that includes a detailed image of each hole and easy to figure yardage markings.

— The app’s coolest feature is the live scoring component, which allows player to score tournaments for their group and keep track of gross and net skins games in real time.

— If players are dreaming of a round at either course, the app’s photo gallery and 3-D flyover features are the cure for what ails him or her. The gallery, which features images from both courses, is the perfect way to get the juices flowing prior to a trip. The 3-D flyover provides a high definition look at each course and is a must-view before playing.

— The app can sync with US Handicap and GHIN, allowing players to easily keep track of stats and post scores to their handicap system of choice.

– Profiles of each course provide players an idea of what to expect at the famed Mike Strantz designs.

— Among the app’s other features are an events tab, alerting guests to any special events at the courses, menus for the golf course restaurants, a location feature that will sync with a smart phone’s GPS, and a promotions tab for special offers.

Both courses are ranked among Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 You Can Play, a ranking of the nation’s top 100 public courses. Caledonia is 24th on the prestigious list, and True Blue is 77th.

Caledonia, which is equal parts art and architecture, plays through a stunning piece of lowcountry land that was once home to a thriving rice plantation. The live oak trees draped in Spanish moss, the marshy waters of the Waccamaw Neck, and Strantz’s architectural brilliance combined to make Caledonia one of America’s premier public golf experiences.

A round at True Blue, while completely different from a design perspective, is no less captivating. Everything about the 7,126-yard layout is big – the fairways, the greens and most of all, the fun. Strantz used waste bunkers, which frame many of the course’s fairways, to craft a layout that is among the area’s most visually stunning.

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