Art & Book Fair to Raise the Roof

Laura Herriott

Art & Book Fair to Raise the Roof on Saturday, June 4,2016, 2 to 5 p.m.

Art Works hosts this benefit to help Laura Herriott re-roof her bed & breakfast on Sandy Island. Goodwill donation will go toward the $20,000 needed to Raise the Roof! More than $4,000 has been escrowed through fundraisers organized by Lee Brockington and Linda Ketron. Thirty local artists, artisans and authors will fill the atrium of the Litchfield Exchange (14363 Ocean Highway) with great summer reads, original artwork and cheerful crafts. Enjoy wine and cheese, punch and cookies, coffee and chocolates while you chat with Laura about her life on Sandy Island and the challenges of transporting labor and materials by boat. Great music by Pawleys Island Jazz Quartet. Free to look, listen, nosh and chat! For more information, call 843-235-9600 or visit ClassAtPawleys.com.

NATIONAL UNDERGROUND RAILROAD CONFERENCE ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND

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The National Park Service, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program and Friends will host the 2016 National Underground Railroad Conference in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

The theme for this year’s conference is Into the Light: Striving for Freedom
and ‘an equal chance in the battle of life’. This year’s conference is sponsored in part by the Hilton Head Island- Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and will be held at The Hilton Head Island Westin Resort and Spa from June 13-16, 2016.

The four-day conference at The Westin Resort and Spa will include pre-conference events, renowned keynote speakers, panel discussions, an exhibit hall, and tours of local museums and historic sites.

The NTF was established by legislation passed in 1998 to promote the preservation and interpretation of resources associated with the Underground Railroad.

For more information about the 2016 National Underground Railroad Conference go to www.nps.gov/ugrr or contact Sheri Jackson, Southeast Regional Manager, Network to Freedom – National Park Service at 404-507-5635.

The Moveable Feast in Myrtle Beach for June 2016

Mostly Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $25 each

Literary luncheons with exciting authors at area restaurants

The Moveable Feast is held at area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. On occasion, an author’s book tour schedule is accommodated with a mid-week Moveable Feast. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books for those unable to participate in the feast. Each feast is $25 (occasionally more); books are available at a 10% discount from Litchfield Books. For schedules and reservations, call 843-235-9600 or www.classatpawleys.com.
Karen White

Karen White

June 3 – Karen White (Flight Patterns) at Pawleys Plantation

The New York Times bestselling author tells the story of a woman coming home to the family she left behind – and to the woman she always wanted to be… Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people’s pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert of fine china – especially of Limoges – requires her to return to the one place she swore she’d never revisit… It’s been thirteen years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida, and nothing much has changed, except that there are fewer oysters and more tourists. She finds solace seeing her grandfather still toiling away in the apiary where she spent much of her childhood, but encountering her estranged mother and sister leaves her rattled. Seeing them after all this time makes Georgia realize that something has been missing – and unless she finds a way to heal these rifts, she will forever be living vicariously through other people’s remnants. To embrace her own life – mistakes and all – she will have to find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past and the secrets she was forced to keep…

 

June 10 – Amber Brock (A Fine Imitation) at Kimbel’s, Wachesaw

Vera Bellington’s life at the top of society in New York City in 1923 is everything she was groomed for in her youth. She has the money, the influential (if distant) husband, and the social cachet. But her pedigree and privilege can’t protect her from the upheaval her relationship with a talented and handsome muralist brings. More troubling are the artist’s secrets, and confronting them eventually forces Vera to make a choice similar to one she made ten years earlier, in a friendship that nearly ruined her.

 

 

 

TUESDAY, June 14 – Leila Meacham (Titans) at Pawleys Plantation

Texas in the early 1900s, its inhabitants still traveling by horseback and barely familiar with the telephone, was on the cusp of an oil boom that, unbeknownst to its residents, would spark a period of dramatic changes and economic growth. In the midst of this transformative time in Southern history, two unforgettable characters emerge and find their fates irrevocably intertwined: Samantha Gordon, the privileged heiress to the sprawling Las Tres Lomas cattle ranch near Fort Worth, and Nathan Holloway, a sweet-natured and charming farm boy from far north Texas. As changes sweep the rustic countryside, Samantha and Nathan’s connection drives this narrative compulsively forward as they love, lose, and betray. In this grand yet intimate novel, Meacham once again delivers a heartfelt, big-canvas story full of surprising twists and deep emotional resonance.

 

TUESDAY, June 21 – Elin Hilderbrand (Here’s To Us) at Pine Lakes Country Club, Myrtle Beach

In her 17th novel New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand writes about a grieving family that finds solace where they least expect it. Celebrity chef Deacon Thorpe has always been a force of nature with an insatiable appetite for life. But after that appetite contributes to Deacon’s shocking death in his favorite place on earth, a ramshackle Nantucket summer cottage, his (messy, complicated) family is reeling. Now Deacon’s three wives, his children, and his best friend gather on the island he loved to say farewell. As they slowly let go of the resentments they’ve held onto for years and remember the good times, secrets are revealed, confidences are shared, and improbable bonds are formed as this unlikely family says goodbye to the man who brought them all together, for better or worse.

 

June 24 – Wendy Wax (Sunshine Beach) at Inlet Affairs

USA Today bestselling author Wendy Wax brings back the women (Maddie, Avery and Nikki) of Ten Beach Road and hands them an irresistible new challenge – bringing a historic seaside hotel back to life while fighting with the rest of the cast and crew of Do Over to take back control of the show. There’s nothing that a fresh coat of paint and a few glasses of wine can’t fix…

 

New Shipwrecks Exhibit at the Museum of Coastal Carolina

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the New Shipwrecks Exhibit at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, May 27, 2016, at Noon.

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The ceremony is co-sponsored by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce. The new exhibit consists of a slide show featuring information about coastal shipwrecks, some shipwreck artifacts, and a new 700-gallon aquarium that exhibits a portion of a ship’s paddlewheel. The Shipwrecks exhibit is sponsored by The GPS Store owned by Drew and Gina Reger.

“Museum visitors will learn about various shipwrecks right off our coastal region and see indigenous fish and North Atlantic spiny lobsters,” said Terry Bryant, executive director of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc. “Our seashore is considered the ‘Graveyard of the Atlanticand it holds a vast array of aquatic and historical treasures. Museum visitors will discover fascinating stories about shipwrecks and details about how their journeys began and ended.”

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC.  The museum is currently open from 10-3 on Friday and Saturday. Beginning May 27, the museum will begin summer hours and will be open six days a week. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Summer Schedule at Ingram Planetarium

Ingram Planetarium begins its summer schedule on May 27, 2016. From May 27 through September 5, 2016, Ingram Planetarium will be open six days a week, Monday through Saturday. During the summer, doors open at 10:30 am on Monday-Friday and 12:30 pm on Saturday. Movie trailers and complete playlists for laser music shows are available at www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Until May 27th, Ingram Planetarium will continue to be open from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm on Friday and Saturday only.

Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach, NC. Admission is free for members. Non-member per-show admission (including NC sales tax) to see a Sky Theater show is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors (62+), $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information, please visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org or call 910-575-0033.

Ingram Planetarium’s Summer Schedule beginning May 27:

Monday-Friday Shows in the Sky Theater (doors open at 10:30 am)

11:00   Laser Spirit – Half-price admission! – A patriotic salute to American music featuring mesmerizing laser artwork. Laser Spirit will not be shown July 25-29.

11:00   July 25-29 ONLY – Let It Snow: A Holiday Music Journey – Celebrate Christmas in July with the season’s greatest hits featuring a dazzling finale by The Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

12:00   The Sky Tonight! – Explore the planets, constellations, and other celestial events visible in the Carolina night sky.

1:00   Accidental Astronauts – NEW! – Follow the adventures of Sy, Annie, their dog Armstrong, and a wise-cracking starship computer as they embark on an unexpected journey into space exploring the sun and moon. Followed by a live star show.

2:00   Astronaut – What training do astronauts need? What dangers do astronauts face? What does it take to live on the space station? Find out in this exciting program! Followed by a live star show.

3:00   Undiscovered Worlds – This program explores the timeless question: Do other planets like Earth exist? Followed by a live star show.

4:00   Seven Wonders – Witness the seven wonders of the ancient world, then discover the modern wonders of the cosmos. Followed by a live star show.

5:00   The Sky Tonight! – Explore the planets, constellations, and other celestial events visible in the Carolina night sky.

Saturday Shows in the Sky Theater (doors open at 12:30 pm)

1:00   Accidental Astronauts – NEW! – Follow the adventures of Sy, Annie, their dog Armstrong, and a wise-cracking starship computer as they embark on an unexpected journey into space exploring the sun and moon. Followed by a live star show.

2:00   Astronaut – What training do astronauts need? What dangers do astronauts face? What does it take to live on the space station? Find out in this exciting program! Followed by a live star show.

3:00   Undiscovered Worlds – This program explores the timeless question: Do other planets like Earth exist? Followed by a live star show.

4:00   Seven Wonders – Witness the seven wonders of the ancient world, then discover the modern wonders of the cosmos. Followed by a live star show.

5:00   The Sky Tonight! – Explore the planets, constellations, and other celestial events visible in the Carolina night sky.

Laser Music Shows on Thursday & Friday

Thursday

6:00     Laser Country

7:00     Laser Michael Jackson

8:00     Laser Led Zeppelin

Friday

6:00     Laser Beatles

7:00     Laser Pink Floyd: The Wall – not recommended for young children

8:00     Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

Sea Turtle Program at Museum of Coastal Carolina on May 21

Join Jim and Deb Boyce at the Museum of Coastal Carolina  May 21 at 11 am for their program called The Odyssey of the Sea Turtle. They will discuss the life cycle of sea turtles, focusing especially on the loggerhead sea turtles that nest on Ocean Isle Beach, NC, every summer. The presentation will include a 14-minute video and a question-and-answer session at the end. Deb Jim Boyce

Jim and Deb Boyce are island coordinators for the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization (OIBSTPO). They are licensed by the NC Wildlife Commission and coordinate a network of approximately 50 volunteers in a year-round effort to promote sea turtles and educate the public about them.

Volunteers are especially active between May and late September when female sea turtles dig their nests and lay their eggs. Volunteers identify and mark the nests, do their best to protect the nests from predators, keep an eye on hatchlings as they make their way from their nests into the ocean, and transport sick and injured sea turtles to the Karen Bealsey Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center at Topsail Island. For more information about OIBSTPO, visit www.oibseaturtles.org.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC.  The museum is currently open from 10-3 on Friday and Saturday. Beginning May 27, the museum will begin summer hours and will be open six days a week. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Sun Fun Festival 2016 in Myrtle Beach

Sun Fun is back!  The popular Sun Fun Festival returns to Myrtle Beach, Friday through Sunday, June 3 through 5, in the entertainment district, Plyler Park, Downtown Myrtle Beach and Old Pavilion Site.  The 2016 festival coincides with the Native Sons Salt Games, set for Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5. 

This historically “fun” festival includes a parade, various events and exciting concerts, with performances in Plyler Park by The Entertainers, The Legacy Motown Revue, The SwashTones, The Castaways and more! Also, the United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Team will attend and perform daily. 

For more information, visithttp://www.sunfunmb.com/.  The Sun Fun Festival welcomes parade entries at http://www.sunfunmb.com/.  Schools and non-profit organizations receive a waived participation fee.

Friday, June 3

6:45 p.m.                            Kick-Off Event with Sun Fun King and Queen Coronation

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.                 The Legacy Motown Revue Concert

Saturday, June 4

10:00 a.m.                           Sun Fun Festival Parade

12:00 to 2:00 p.m.               The SwashTones Concert

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.        Various activities, including the Sandcastle Building Contest, Beach Bingo and more!

2:30 p.m.                            Free Shag Lessons

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.                 The Entertainers Concert

5:45 p.m.                            Shag Contest

7:45 to 10:00 p.m.               The Swingin’ Medallions Concert

10:00 p.m.                          Fireworks Show, Second Avenue Pier

Sunday, June 5

11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.        Various activities, including Sandcastle Building Contest, Beach Bingo and more!

1:00 p.m.                            Free Shag Lessons

2:00 p.m.                            The Castaways Concert

4:30 p.m.                            Too Much Sylvia Concert

Mystery writer Troy D. Nooe to speak at Calabash gallery’s Coffee With the Authors

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Myrtle Beach, SC mystery author Troy D. Nooe is scheduled to speak at Sunset River Marketplace as part of the Calabash, NC gallery’s Coffee With the Authors lecture series, owner Ginny Lassiter has announced. The event, which runs from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, is free to the public.  However, due to limited seating, reservations are required. Call the gallery at 910.575.5999 to hold your spot.

 

Nooe will be discussing  “Long-Legged Rosie,” third in his series of Frankie McKellor  murder mysteries set in 1950’s Myrtle Beach. Nooe’s hero, Baltimore gumshoe Frank McKellor, has now relocated to the beach as head of security for the infamous Ocean Forest Hotel. He meets up with former lady friend Rosie, and the trouble begins.

 

Originally from Baltimore himself, Nooe has lived in the Grand Strand area for close to 20 years. The father of three is a former paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. He is the author of “The Ocean Forest,” which was a top five finalist for a national Shamus Award, and “Damn Yankee,” the second in Nooe’s Frankie McKellor murder mysteries.

 

After Nooe’s presentation, the gallery’s lecture series is on hiatus until Sept. 8 when the schedule picks up with Jen Purcell, author of “The Nurse Whisperer” and “The Dirty Mermaid.” On the evening of Oct. 13, the gallery will hold a launch party for Dr. Debra Reble’s new book, “Being Love.”  The Nov. 10 presentation will be made by Jane Dill, author of “Flora’s Wreath,” and Eleanor Selph, author of “Hamburger & Milkshake: Amazing Journey of a Southern Belle,” will speak on Dec. 8.

 

Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 150 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of art work in virtually every genre. Custom framing, painting and pottery classes and art workshops are also offered through the gallery. Since opening its doors in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has supported not only the visual arts, but literary and performing arts, as well. It has become a popular community center and art hub for both NC’s Brunswick County and nearby Horry County, SC.

 

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, NC. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 910-575-5999 or visit the website: www. sunsetrivermarketplace.com. For daily updates, “like” the gallery’s Facebook page.

 

Operation Paperclip Lecture at the Museum of Coastal Carolina

Local historian Brett Riggs will talk about Operation Paperclip  May 10 at 6 PM at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. Operation Paperclip was the code name under which U.S. intelligence and military services extricated scientists from Germany during and after World War II.

As WWII wound down, American and British teams scoured occupied Germany for as much military, scientific, and technological development research as they could uncover. Covert groups began confiscating war-related documents and materials and interrogating scientists. A list of scientists and engineers that worked for the Third Reich was discovered. Roughly 1,600 German scientists and their families were brought to the U.S. to work on America’s behalf during the Cold War. The goal: To harness German intellectual resources to help develop superior American technology and weaponry against the Soviet Union.

Brett Riggs is a native of Southeastern North Carolina and lives in Shallotte. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to  Riggs’ lecture is free for museum members. Non-member admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (62+), $7 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under.

May Programming Aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA announces the programming schedule for May 2016.

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Showboat—Systems & Design
Saturday, May 14, 2016
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$40 per person. $35 for Friends members or active military. Plus tax.
As the first of the 10 fast battleships which served in WWII, NORTH CAROLINA paved the way for those battleships that followed. Hampered by treaty restrictions, naval architects still managed to weave the various ship systems together into an efficient and elegant naval weapons system – the first battleship constructed in sixteen years. LtCol Ken Rittenmeyer, USAF (Ret) will provide participants with an insightful afternoon program explaining these various shipboard systems – armor, fuel, propulsion, electrical, etc. – that make NORTH CAROLINA an effective warship and how they are skillfully incorporated into this engineering wonder. A one-hour presentation followed by a two-hour shipboard exploration comprise this engaging program.

 

The tour is limited to 12 participants age 18 and older. It is not appropriate for those who have difficulty climbing narrow ladders or over knee-high hatches. Wear comfortable, washable clothing, sturdy, rubber-soled shoes and bring a camera! Water provided. Registration and payment are due Thursday before the event. Call 910-251-5797 to reserve your space in this fascinating program.

 

USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Association Annual Crew Reunion
Thursday – Monday, May 26 – 30, 2016
The USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Association is an organization of the Battleship’s crew and their families. On May 26 – 30, 2016, the association will host their annual reunion. The crew and families very much look forward to their annual return to the Battleship to share stories, visit old friends and make new ones. The love they have for their ship makes a powerful bond.

 

The Association began in June 1962 shortly after the memorial’s official dedication in April. The Battleship’s first Superintendent, Rear Admiral William Maxwell, one of the Ship’s original engineering officers, who initiated the formation of the organization for crew members.

 

The Battleship would love to help crew members and their families reconnect with their Ship. If you are interested in joining the USS NC Battleship Association or finding out about the annual crew reunion, please contact Museum Services Director Kim Sincox.  Reunion activities open only to those registered for the events. For information, contact museum@battleshipnc.com or call 910-251-5797.

 

USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Crew Meet and Greet
Sunday, May 29, 2016
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
FREE with Battleship Admission
For the first time, the crew members will be holding a special meet and greet on board the NORTH CAROLINA. This is your opportunity to come and speak with the guys who so valiantly served aboard this magnificent vessel. Hear the stories of what life was like living on a navy ship during World War II and thank them for all their efforts as the greatest generation. It’s a perfect time to have the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Official Book by Captain Ben Blee or Cindy Ramsey’s Boys of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA signed by the crew. Event supported by AARP.

 

Big Macs for the Battleship
Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 30, 2016
50c from every Big Mac® sandwich sold during Memorial Day Weekend will be donated to the restoration fund of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA. With the purchase of an Coca-Cola® product an additional donation will also be contributed.

 

McDonald’s is carrying forward the message with in store signage, inclusion in advertising and the special Big Macs promotion. Participating McDonald’s locations include Beulaville, Burgaw, Carolina Beach, Clinton, Fairmont, Hampstead, Kenansville, Leland, Lumberton, Newton Grove, Pembroke, Rocky Point, Shallotte, Southport, St. Pauls, Sunset Beach, Supply, Surf City, Wallace, Warsaw, Whiteville and Wilmington, in North Carolina and Darlington and Hartsville in South Carolina.

 

51st Annual Memorial Day Observance
Monday, May 30, 2016
5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
FREE
Remember those who gave their lives in service by honoring veterans at the Battleship’s traditional Memorial Day Observance featuring military guest speaker, RADM Christina Alvarado, Deputy Commander, Navy Medicine East, Congressman David Rouzer, an all-service Color Guard, a 21-gun salute by a Marine Corps Honor Guard, patriotic music performed by Duke Ladd Band, Taps, and a memorial wreath cast onto the waters.

 

Battleship Alive!
Saturday, May 28, 2016
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
FREE with Battleship admission
Watch and interact with World War II living history interpreters as they bring the Ship to life by re-enacting daily duties and drills. A great event for all ages. Bring your questions and cameras!

 

Summer Hours

Starting Friday before Memorial Day, May 27, 2016, going through Labor Day, September 5, 2016, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA will be open 8:00 am until 8:00 pm with the last ticket sold one hour before closing.