Hilton Head Wingfest Winners

The Hilton Head 22nd Wingfest presented by Hargray saw a record crowd and record good time. The judges and festival goers have chosen this year’s winners: Judge's 1st-GW's 2nd-Wild Wing Cafe 3rd- World of Beer   People's Choice 1st-Coconutz 2nd- GW's 3rd-Hilton Head Firefighters Association   Wing Eating Champion Isaiah Holland

Teen Only Summer Camp Open For Enrollment

Are you looking for an educational and fun summer camp for your teen? Check out the Carolinas Leadership Academy Camp!

Who?

Our camp is a weekly overnight camp for teens age 14-17. Our facility houses fifty campers plus counselors and coaches. You play, eat and sleep in our spacious facility!

What?

While at the CLA, your teen will make life-long friends with other campers from all over the country. We focus on activity-based curriculum while enjoying team building games that stress the importance of becoming a leader in today's society. While here, your teen will participate in activities such as golf, soccer, kickball, capture the flag, spending a day at the beach and more! 

Where?

Set on lush 28 acres, our camp is located in beautiful Shallotte, NC, just minutes from the beach. Our facility includes spacious grounds to allow us to offer many fun activities. On site we have a driving range, 9-hole par three golf course, and multiple practice facilities.

How?

To register or for more information on the CLA, please Click Here or call 910-754-5288

When?

We will have six sessions this summer in June, July and August. Each session runs from Sunday to Thursday at the rate of $300 per session. If you register before May 1st, you will receive an early bird special of $50 off!

What’s in the Water?

“What’s in the Water?” at the Museum of Coastal Carolina on Apr. 1 This is no April Fool’s Joke! On April 1 at 11:00 the Museum of Coastal Carolina presents a program called “What’s in the Water?” Water is life!  With about 70% of the earth’s cover being water, it undeniably becomes one of our greatest resources. A close inspection of our waters will show it is being contaminated by man-made waste. Water is an easy solvent, enabling most pollutants to dissolve in it easily and contaminate it. Learn how water pollution effects the organisms and vegetation that live in or near water. On a human level, we all depend on clean water to survive. In this eye-opening and fascinating presentation, we will discuss how pollutants including plastic, burning of fossil fuels, industrial waste, and fertilizers affect the inhabitants of oceans, salt marshes, and life on planet earth. The program will be presented by Dr. Richard Hilderman, a retired biochemist of Clemson University. He currently lives in Sunset Beach, NC and is a passionate environmentalist. He has shared his extensive knowledge over the years with the museum membership and guests of all ages. The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. The museum is open from 10-3 on Friday and Saturday. Admission to the museum is free for museum and dual museum/planetarium members. Non-member all-day admission (including NC sales tax) 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, call the museum at 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

DragonBoat Beaufort Announces Open Registration for DRAGONBOAT RACE DAY 2017

DragonBoat Beaufort, the local cancer survivor/supporter racing team, is pleased to announce that Dragons will once again invade Beaufort on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Henry C. Chambers Park in downtown Beaufort, South Carolina. Over the last few years, the event has become increasingly popular among locals and out-of-towners alike. The 2016 Dragonboat Race Day drew nearly 500 paddlers, 22 teams and thousands of spectators to the Beaufort seawall. The event raised $20,000 for the organization which helps support those impacted by cancer in Beaufort County both through the sport of dragonboat racing, and outreach efforts, including one-one-one grants to help with needs that are typically not met through traditional means. This will be the 5th annual event for the non-profit organization. Anyone can form a team – businesses, community organizations, civic clubs, churches, schools. All you need is 20-25 paddlers and a drummer to form a team. All teams will be trained how to paddle a dragonboat and all equipment will be supplied including a trained steerer. Teams will race three times during Race Day on June 24 competing for medals. For more information, please visit www.dragonboat-raceday.com.

Spartanburg Philharmonic presents: Espresso no. 4 “Blue Mountain Blend”

Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra concludes its extraordinarily popular 2016-2017 “Espresso” chamber concert series on Friday, March 31, with Blue Mountain Blend. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. when doors open to the Chapman Cultural Center theater for a happy hour reception that will include beer, wine, and light snacks, all leading up to the 6:30 p.m. concert that will feature both the woodwind and brass quintets from the orchestra. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased by telephone — (864) 583-2776 — or in person at Chapman’s box office Monday-Friday afternoons. Tickets are also available anytime online at ChapmanCulturalCenter.org. The concert will offer an enjoyable and accessible blend of music for wind and brass from familiar classics to a fresh new work. Showcasing the SPO Woodwind quintet – flute, oboe, clarinet, french horn, and bassoon – as well as the SPO Brass Quintet, this concert offers a fun and colorful experience for listeners of all ages. The program will range stylistically from the edgy and fun Canadian Brass arrangement of St. Louis Blues by “the father of the blues” W.C. Handy to the beautiful and well-known Flower Duet from Lakmé that audiences will immediately recognize from movies and television. The concert will culminate in a performance of a new piece of music by local composer Peter B. Kay, written for all ten instrumentalists. Cinematic visuals by the award-winning filmmaker and former HUB BUB Artist-in-Residence Jonathan Ade will accompany the live music. Filmed in Spartanburg, SC, Ade’s work offers an impression of the art installations Seeing Spartanburg In A New Light that have been on display since October of 2016. Ticketholders will be treated to concert-inspired wines and bites provided by the Marriott of Spartanburg as well as beer specially curated by sponsor Hub City Tap House. As an added bonus, audience members will receive a limited edition shaker pint glass to take home. After the show, the audience is invited to both neighboring establishments, the Marriott and the Hub City Tap House, for special meal and drink deals. Tickets to the event are $25, visit http://www.chapmanculturalcenter.org/ or call 864.583.2776. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Chapman Cultural Center Box Office, 200 East Saint John St, Spartanburg SC, 29306.

Oysters are Important

The Museum of Coastal Carolina’s Katherine Hunt presents a program for families called “Oysters are Important” March 25 at 11 am. Families will learn fascinating facts about the life cycle of oysters, how pearls are created, and why oysters are critically important to the water quality along the coast. Immediately after the educational program, she will lead attendees in making an oyster to explore one’s environment. There will also be useful handouts concerning the purchase of oysters and other shell fish as well as a take home activity. Hunt is a science educator who has lived in the Carolinas most of her life,  now an Education Outreach Coordinator of the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium. Oysters have been a big part of her life since she went digging for them for the first time as a girl with her grandfather in Kure Beach, NC. The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Consider becoming a museum member; admission is free for members. Non-member admission is $9.50 adults, $8.50 seniors (62+), $7.50 children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. Questions? Call the museum at 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org

Myrtle Beach Highland Games and Heritage Festival

Let the games begin! 

The second annual Myrtle Beach Highland Games & Heritage Festival is Friday and Saturday, March 24-25, at Grand Park Athletic Complex. 

From kilts to contests and clans to cabers, you’ll find it at the Myrtle Beach Highland games.  This event is a fundraiser for the Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe Band, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and the Horry County Firefighter Relief Fund. 

Highland Games are popular throughout the Carolinas and are renowned for their outstanding entertainment, top Scottish musicians, professional athletes, and champion bagpipe and drum bands from all over the Southeast.  A variety of authentic food, merchandise, souvenirs and beverages from Scotland and Great Britain will be available for purchase. 

Opening ceremonies will feature a Mass Pipe Band Performance, a Parade of Tartans, the March of the Clans and Societies, as well as the national anthems of Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the United States. 

This event is a “rain or shine” event.  For tickets, visitwww.myrtlebeachhighlandgames.com.  For more information, contact Todd Cartner at 843-492-0515 or todd@myrtlebeachpipeband.com

6:00 to 10:00 p.m., Friday, March 24…  Friday Night Céilídh Welcome Party

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, March 25…  Highland Games and Festival

Manatees off the NC Coast

The Museum of Coastal Carolina  will  feature a presentation by Katherine Hunt,  education outreach coordinator, about manatee sightings in the Carolinas. The event will be March 18 at 11 am. Manatees are amazing sea animals that have been spotted off of the NC coast. The animals swim through open ocean, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, sounds and bays, rivers and creeks and marinas to graze on sea grass in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. Families will learn about this unique mammal that does not typically migrate to our shores. The program is  included with general admission to the museum. The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. 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.

Sunset River Marketplace to feature Raleigh artist Mary Storms

Northern Highlands by Mary Storms, mixed media, 40x30

Sunset River Marketplace, the eclectic gallery in Calabash, will feature acrylic and mixed media paintings by artist Mary Storms from March 1 through April 15. There will be a public reception on Saturday, March 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. Reservations are not required.

Artist Mary Storms at work

Gallery owner Ginny Lassiter says, “I was fortunate enough to see Mary’s one-woman Wilson Arts Council show last year, and knew right then I wanted to feature her at the gallery. I’m delighted that Mary was able to carve out this time for us, and I encourage artists and collectors both to visit the gallery during her show and artist’s reception on March 18.”   In her Raleigh, NC studio, Mary Storms creates unique abstract mixed-media landscapes. Using a range of color palettes, her mixed media canvases (and some acrylic-only canvases) are almost always textured. For mixed media, she layers torn or cut handmade paper and/or recycled magazine paper with acrylic paint, sculpting paste and an occasional found object. To add additional depth and texture, portions of some layers are literally scrubbed off with water before the paint,  glue or sculpting paste has completely set. For her acrylic-only canvases, she applies thick layers of paint with brushes, palette knives and her hands.   According to the artist, her intent is to provide a sense of the symbiotic relationship between the primeval elements – stone, soil, water and sky – and the life forms these elements nurture.   It was during a family cross-country move to California after her father’s sudden death that she first witnessed the overwhelming expanse, power and beauty of the natural environment. Now, as an adult, she continues her love affair with nature.   Storms has been the recipient of numerous honors and has studied with Stephen Quiller, Barbara Nechis, Bob Burridge, Jeanne Carbonetti and others.   Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 150 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media, art glass, fabric art, pottery, sculpture, turned and carved wood and artisan-created jewelry. There are two onsite kilns and four wheels used by students in the ongoing pottery classes offered by the gallery. A custom framing department is available. There are realistic and abstract art classes as well as workshops by nationally and regionally known artists. For more information, call 910.575.5999 or visit the website at www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com. 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 daily updates, “like” the gallery’s page on Facebook.

Author Carole O’Neill to speak at Sunset River Marketplace March 9

Carole O’ Neill will speak at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, March 9 from 10 – 11 a.m. as part of the gallery’s ongoing Coffee With the Authors series.   O’Neill’s book, Hidden Truth: A Seaside Murder, is a story woven around an actual murder in the Victorian town of Onset Village in coastal Massachusetts. For half a century, local residents have tried to forget the murder of a beautiful tourist who came to enjoy the sun and dance in the Casino Ballroom. When broadcast journalist Samantha Scott purchases a local cottage, she finds herself in the middle of a cold case with enough evidence to solve the almost perfect murder.   O’Neill’s talk will be followed by a question and answer session. The event is free, but seating is limited so reservations are required. Call 910.575.5999 to hold your spot.   Upcoming Coffee With the Authors events include: May 11. Curtis J. James (High Hand) International thriller. September 14. Arleen Mercorella (A Matter of Survival-The Story of Frances) Journey into Alzheimer’s disease. A true story. October 12. Paul Grimshaw (Travelers of the Gray Dawn and Voyagers of the Gray Dawn) Civil War tales. November 9. Ann Ipock (Life is Short, Pack Your Bags NOW!) Ipock’s fourth book about her approach to life. December 14. Steve McMillen. (Death on Mount Pleasant) The lastest Mickke D adventure.   About Sunset River Marketplace Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 150 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media, art glass, fabric art, pottery, sculpture, turned and carved wood and artisan-created jewelry. There are two onsite kilns and four wheels used by students in the ongoing pottery classes offered by the gallery. A custom framing department is available. There are realistic and abstract art classes as well as workshops by nationally and regionally known artists. For more information, call 910.575.5999 or visit the website at www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com. 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 daily updates, “like” the gallery’s page on Facebook.