Blues Harmonica Master Lee Oskar Headlines at Cape Fear Blues Festival

Blues fans are in for a special treat when the Cape Fear Blues Society welcomes blues harmonica master and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominee Lee Oskar to Wilmington during the 19th Annual Cape Fear Blues Festival. There’s no one in the music world quite like Lee Oskar. He is a founding member and former lead harmonica player for the 1970s funk/jazz band, WAR. His signature harp solos helped define the WAR sound (think “Cisco Kid” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends”). In 1976 he earned Billboard’s title of #1 Instrumental Artist of the Year. In 1983 he created a successful line of Lee Oskar Harmonicas. In recent years Oskar has performed and recorded solo. By his own admission his harp playing has become more aggressive, evolving into a lead instrument. As this year’s Special Guest at the Cape Fear Blues Festival, Lee Oskar will perform at several events, along with touring blues artists, noted regional performers, and talented local blues musicians performing in a variety of genres. Wilmington’s premier music venues—the Rusty Nail SaloonTed’s Fun On The River, and The Art Factory—will host the 2014 Cape Fear Blues Festival. The three-day blues celebration features live concerts, workshop, jam sessions, and the popular Blues Cruise.rickey godfrey Blues Harmonica Master Lee Oskar Headlines at Cape Fear Blues FestivalFRIDAY, July 25The blues excitement begins with the ever-popular CAPE FEAR BLUES CRUISE (boards at 6:30pm; departs at 7:30pm) featuring 3 bands, 3 decks and 3 cash bars, with heavy appetizers and a blues-filled sunset. Blues harmonica master Lee Oskar will preside as Guest of Honor aboard this year’s cruise. Festival favorites The Rickey Godfrey Band will bring their “hot rockin’ blues and hip-shakin’ soul” to the main deck. Above the main deck, Randy McQuay & RootSoul Project will delight with soulful fusions of musical genres. Blues guitarist Harvey Dalton Arnold will entertain with acoustic selections on the atrium level. Advance tickets are $55 each and can be purchased online now at www.capefearblues.org/cruise.html, or call 910-343-1611 or 910-452-7752 for more information. Afterward, the CRUISE AFTER-PARTY grooves on until the wee hours at The Rusty Nail Saloon (1310 South 5th Street, 910-251-1888) beginning at 9pm with Greensboro blues trio “Lawyers, Guns & Money,” who will headline the blues after-party (cover charge may apply).

SATURDAY, July 26: A free LEE OSKAR HARMONICA WORKSHOP for all ages will take place at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center (2nd & Orange streets) starting at 11:00am. This year’s featured artist is Lee Oskar who will demonstrate techniques, method and improvisation on his signature harmonica. Admission is free but donations are accepted. Call 910-452-7752 for workshop info. At 1:00pm, local and regional players provide an ACOUSTIC BLUES SHOWCASE at Ted’s Fun on the River (2 Castle Street), featuring finger-picker Spidermike Bochey and friends (details: 910-231-3379). At 4:00pm musicians and listeners can break for refreshments (cash bar) and blues on the jukebox at The Rusty Nail. Beginning at 7:30pm, doors open at The Art Factory (under the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge at 721 Surrey Street, Wilmington) which will play host to the SATURDAY NIGHT BLUES CONCERTfeaturing blues harpist Lee Oskar & Friends. Tickets are $15 in advance (online at www.capefearblues.org) or at the door the night of the show ($20 each). For concert details: 910-399-3793 or 910-350-8822. Afterward at The Rusty Nail Saloon, Snake Malone & The Black Cat Bonewill serve up late-night blues until 1:00am.

SUNDAY, July 27: The free ALL-DAY BLUES JAM begins at 12:00 noon under the tent at The Rusty Nail (1310 S. 5th Street) hosted by the Cape Fear Blues Society. Bring a lawn chair. No coolers; no pets allowed.  Beverages and food will be available for sale all day. Musicians can reserve a performance slot by calling 910-350-8822 and leave a name and phone number. At 6:00pm, the Guitar Giveaway will feature a Big Baby Taylor acoustic guitar. Raffle tickets cost $1 (each) with proceeds supporting projects and programs of the Cape Fear Blues Society. Raffle tickets available at The Rusty Nail or at any Festival event.

Wilmington, North Carolina and its island beaches is a popular vacation destination that’s known for its dynamic blues scene, with weekly jams, live performances, and two signature blues festivals that provide a steady dose of blues music. For Cape Fear Blues Festival details and tickets, visit www.capefearblues.org or call 910-350-8822.  For a free Official Visitors Guide for Wilmington, North Carolina and the island beaches of Carolina BeachKure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach, visit www.GoWilmingtonAndBeaches.com, email visit@wilmingtonandbeaches.com, or call 1-866-266-9690.

Salute from the Shore

The 2014 Salute to the Shore flyover returns for the fifth year and will be passing over the South Carolina shores on July 4.  Vintage aircraft will be flying along South Carolina’s coast in a patriotic salute to the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces.Here are some expected fly-by times:DSC 0222 300x199 Salute from the Shore·         1:00 p.m. – Cherry Grove Pier

·         1:02 p.m. – North Myrtle Beach

·         1:05 p.m. – Apache Pier

·         1:07 p.m. – 14th Avenue Pier

·         1:09 p.m. – Springmaid Pier

·         1:12 p.m. – Surfside Pier

·         1:16 p.m. – Murrells Inlet Jetty

·         1:18 p.m. – Litchfield Beach

·         1:19 p.m. – Pawleys Island

Sunset River Marketplace to feature sailing theme group show

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, N.C. will feature a group show titled The Sailing Life from July 1 through July 30, gallery owner Ginny Lassiter has announced. Exhibiting artists include Ann McCray (oil), Freeman Beard (watercolor), Sue Coley (acrylic), Richard Staat (watercolor), Ortrud Tyler (oil),  Gwen Dumas (acrylic), Ginny Lassiter (acrylic),  Bryan Krpejs (watercolor), Donn McCrary (acrylic), Louis Aliotta (photography),  Marie Kasper (acrylic), Nancy Brennand (watercolor) and Shandi Berls (clay).

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Crimson Goodnight oil by Ann McCray

Wilmington, N.C. artist Ann McCray is known for her bold textural, gallery wrap canvases, many of which express the essence of sky and sea.  Originally a student of pottery, she studied art at Amarillo College in Amarillo, Texas.

Raised in the foothills of the N.C. mountains, Freeman Beard uses the traditional style of transparent watercolors. He is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina (WSNC) as well as an associate member of the National Watercolor Society.

North Myrtle Beach, S.C. artist Sue Coley paints the local landscape. She says, “I love to paint the beach and the coastline because it is always changing, always showing me something new.”

After graduating from Ohio State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art, award-winning artist, Richard Staat spent 35 years as a commercial artist before moving to Oa

Ginny Lassiter is a graduate of East Carolina with a major in Art. Always a creative soul, she’s a potter, she paints, she sketches and she designs fabrics. Most recently, she has studied painting abstracts with Joe DiGiulio and Sterling Edwards.

Bryan Krpejs studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he learned the art of watercolor painting, acrylics and pen and ink. He has earned several local awards, including a second place in the Silver Coast Winery Viognier label competition; along with a 2014 Merit Award and a 2012 Honorable Mention at the Waterway Art Association Spring Show.

Whether working in mixed media, water media or oil, German born Ortrud Tyler creates a rich textured surface with strong colors. Her work has been featured in Southwest Art magazine and “Exploring Color” by Neta Leland. She has also been a guest lecturer/artist at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Gwen Dumas earned her art degree at Peace College in Raleigh, N.C. She has a background in interior design as well as hand-painted furniture. She studies with Frank Pierce in Southern Pines, N.C.

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Sunset Sail acrylic by Donn McCrary

After retiring from a career in architecture, Donn McCrary now concentrates his creative energies in painting and sculpture. He is known particularly for his textural palette knife paintings. He has studied under Sterling Edwards, I.G. Regier, R.H. Hunter and accomplished sculptor F.T. Acorn.

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Sail Southport photography by Louis Aliotta

Photographer Louis Aliotta, who is also the framer at Sunset River Marketplace, moved to Southport, N.C. from upstate N.Y. where he studied with master photographer John Freni. He began his career in the commercial sector, but now focuses on local landmarks, coastal scenes and sailing images.

Marie Kasper is a favorite among out-of-town visitors at the gallery because she paints so many miniature beach and harbor scenes. The New England native says, “My works capture a slice of time around our lovely coastline home where every day scenes offer the viewer a one-of-a-kind piece of art to be viewed and treasured.”  Her work has won several awards including a 2012 and 2010 Best In Show from Waterway Art Association.

Nancy Brennand became interested in watercolor when she studied Chinese painting at the China Institute in N.Y.C where she was pursuing a career as a professional harpist. Now living in Little River, S.C., she continues to pursue her passion for watercolor and performs with the Long Bay Symphony in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra in Wilmington, N.C.

Shandi Berls, the only clay artist exhibiting in The Sailing Life, studied sculpture at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and currently lives in Wilmington, N.C. Her high gloss ceramics take form as jewelry, wall pieces, tiles, wall hangings and more – including sailboats.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy 179), Calabash, N.C. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the website (www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com) or “like” the gallery’s Facebook page, which is updated daily. Reach the gallery by telephone at 910.575.5999.

 

May Programming Aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

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Showboat—Systems & Design
May 17, 2014
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$40 per person. $35 for Friends members or active military.

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 warm, comfortable, washable clothing, sturdy, rubber-soled shoes and bring a camera! Registration and payment are due by Thursday, May 15th. Tour is $40/$35 for Friends of the Battleship or active military. Call 910-251-5797 extension 3001 for reservations.

49th Annual Memorial Day Observance
May 26, 2014
Time: 5:45 pm
FREE

On Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, at 5:45 pm, people of all generations from across the State will gather together on the deck of the Battleship to pay their respects. Governor Pat McCrory will take part in the observance and will speak to the importance of military members and their contribution to North Carolina and North Carolina’s economy. This year we are also proud to have guest of honor and key note speaker Brigadier General Robert F. Castellvi, Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations, East/Commander, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

An emotional ceremony, preceding and concluding with military musical arrangements provided by the 440th NC Army National Guard Band, and a 21-gun salute, the Executive Director of the Battleship, Captain Terry A. Bragg and members of the USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Commission invite the public to this free event.

Summer Hours

Starting Friday before Memorial Day, May 23, 2014, going through Labor Day, September 1, 2014, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA will be open 8:00 am until 8:00 pm with the last ticket sold one hour before closing.

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 www.battleshipnc.com or follow us on Facebook.com/ncbb55 and Twitter.com/battleshipnc for more information. Relive with the crew on the Battleship Blog http://seastories.battleshipnc.com/. The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is an historic site within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (www.NCCulture.com).

Little River Blue Crab Festival

The 33rd annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival is set for May 17-18, 2014, in Little River, SC, along the waterfront. In addition to the popular blue crab, plenty of food, crafts, music and business exhibits will be featured from 9 a, until 6 pm.

For information, contact the Little River Chamber of Commerce at (843) 249-6604.

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Military Appreciation Days in Myrtle Beach

Military Appreciation Days
May 1-31, 2014
http://www.militaryappreciationdays.comDSC 0311 300x199 Military Appreciation Days in Myrtle Beach  Join us for Military Appreciation Days in Myrtle Beach during the month of May! We’re celebrating military men and women – active duty, reserves and National Guard – and veterans from every service branch. The Vietnam Memorial Wall returns, along with concerts, special events and family activities, plus the big parade on Saturday, May 24.

· Vietnam Memorial Wall (The Wall that Heals) – A traveling version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall returns to Myrtle Beach, May 14-18, and will be on display near Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium at Grand Park.

· Memorial Day Parade – This big Ocean Boulevard Memorial Day Parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24. Stay tuned for an announcement of this year’s Grand Marshal. Want to be in the parade? Sign up now at www.militaryappreciationdays.com.

· Family picnic, military exhibits and more – After the parade May 24, join us for a Family Picnic on the Pavilion Site, complete with activities for the kids, military exhibits, music and more. Headlining the afternoon is the Andrew Thielen Big Band with an outstanding performance.

Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories Become Paintings in Myrtle Beach Art Museum Exhibit

In the Western Desert of Australia is a massive crater nearly 3,000 feet in diameter, created by a meteorite believed to have weighed some 50,000 tons. Aboriginal Australians called the crater Kandimalal; in their “Dreamtime” (i.e., creation) legends, the crater had been formed by the passage of a rainbow snake out of the earth. Identified as a meteor crater in 1947 by American geologist Frank Reeves, the crater – one of the continent’s most acclaimed geologic features – is now known as Wolfe Creek Crater.Old Crater and Water Holes Daisy Painted in 2000 by Nana Daisy Kungah Old Crater and Water Holes is a map showing the track of the Rainbow Serpent through the 290x300 Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories Become Paintings in Myrtle Beach Art Museum ExhibitWhen Reeves’ daughter, anthropologist Dr. Peggy Reeves Sanday, first visited the crater in 1999, she learned that it was part of the traditional territory of several Aboriginal groups – but that, as “traditional owners” of the crater, they were forbidden from speaking openly of their sacred knowledge of the site. They did, however, agree to share their stories through collaborative paintings. Sanday’s quest for a perspective on the meteor crater evolved into an exploration of Aboriginal aesthetics and cosmology, where the Rainbow Serpent plays a pivotal role as the primary creative agent of not only the crater but of all features of the natural environment.Kandimalal Katie Darkie Painted in 2002 by Katie Darkie Kandimalal their ancestral name for the crater shows the Rainbow Serpent traveling among ancestral w 300x294 Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories Become Paintings in Myrtle Beach Art Museum ExhibitOut of this collaboration came an exhibition titled Track of the Rainbow Serpent: Australian Aboriginal Paintings of the Wolfe Creek Crater, which will be on display from April 27 through September 14, 2014. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sundays. This exhibition was organized by the University of Pennsylvania of Archaeology and Anthropology from the collection of Peggy Sanday.

Curated by Dr. Sanday herself, the exhibit comprises 19 paintings which portray the Dreamtime stories of the origins of the Aboriginals’ ancestral lands, with most describing the creation of the crater. Works by different artists portray subtle variations in the story, depending on who is doing the telling. Commentary by the curator explains and interprets these stories.Fly Dreaming Jane Gordon Painted in 2002 by Jane Gordon Fly Dreaming takes a more mystical approach to the story of the crater impact. In one corner the Rain 296x300 Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories Become Paintings in Myrtle Beach Art Museum ExhibitThe Aboriginal paintings in the exhibition, painted in acrylic on canvas, were created in a range of sizes, shapes and colors, from vibrant to earthy. Some offer images that bring the viewer in from an aerial perspective. Also included are regional Aboriginal art and stories not directly related to the Wolfe Creek Crater but rich in the native people’s complex worldview.

Dr. Sanday is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of several books, including Aboriginal Paintings of the Wolfe Creek Crater: Track of the Rainbow Serpent (2007); Women at the Center: Life in a Modern Matriarchy (2002), based on her studies of the Minangkabau tribe of Indonesia; and several works on the anthropology of gender.

All objects are on loan from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA, by which all rights are reserved.

Admission to the Art Museum is free at all times, but donations are welcome. For further information, call 843-238-2510, or visit MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.

Hilton Head Market Opens April 29, 2014

The Shelter Cove Farmers Market will be open every Tuesday, from April 29 until October 28 from 4 pm-7 pm.  During the summer months (June 17-August 12) the market will have extended hours from 4 pm-9 pm and will close with the fireworks display. 

Shelter Cove Community Park is located at 39 Shelter Cove Ln, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 29928.

The Shelter Cove Farmers Market features 30 vendors selling local farm-fresh produce, art work, sweets, baked goods and other specialty foods, as well as prepared food vendors for those looking to grab a snack or dinner.

Enjoy the view behind the market while you’re here!

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For more information please call (843)681-7273, email lacey.vantonder@islandreccenter.org  or visit the website at www.islandreccenter.org.

Easter Egg Hunt at Battleship NC

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Myrtle Beach Marathon Announces 2015 Schedule

The 17th Annual MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon was a huge success drawing over ten thousand running enthusiasts, family members and friends to the Grand Strand over Valentine’s Day weekend. Planning for the 18th year of Myrtle Beach’s first and longest running major endurance event is under way for 2015!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the 2015 Marathon Weekend
Thursday, February 12, 2015 Runner’s Expo opens
Friday, February 13, 2015 Ripley’s Aquarium Family Fun Run
Friday, February 13, 2015 Neon Night 5K
Saturday, February 14, 2015 MyrtleBeach.com Marathon
Saturday, February 14, 2015 Dasani Half Marathon
Saturday, February 14, 2015 WPDE Marathon Team Relay
Early bird registration for 2015 is NOW OPEN!! Register for the 2015 Full Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Team Relay and receive Early Bird rates – the lowest rates of the year! We are pleased to announce that Early Bird registration discounts have been extended until midnight Saturday, March 15th!

You can now save $20 off regular 2015 entry fees:
Full Marathon: Regularly $80 discounted to $60
Half Marathon: Regularly $70 discounted to $50
Team Relay: Regularly $125 per team discounted to $105

2014 RACE RESULTS BY EVENT

Full Marathon Male: Tom Clifford, 30, of Wilmington, NC, 2:30:06
Full Marathon Female: Christine Shaw, 28, of Manchester, NH, 2:58:39

Half Marathon Male: Philip Shaw, 29, of Manchester, NH, 1:11:36
Half Marathon Female: Kimberlie Meeker, 33, of Raleigh, NC, 1:19:51

Marathon Team Relay: Team Worst Case of Holly Springs, NC

Handcrank: Bruce Newman, 67, of Stella, NC 1:42:34

5K Male: Matt Shock, 31, of Greenville, SC 15:57
5K Female: Alexandria Wall, 12, of Weddington, NC 20:34

For more information on the 2015 MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon Race Weekend, please visit www.mbmarathon.com. Weekend events include full marathon, half marathon, marathon team relay, 5K and 1 mile fun run.