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Visit Battleship North Carolina in May

The All-Service Color Guard hold flags while the Second Marine Division Band plays during the recognition of the armed forces at the 45th annual Memorial Day Observance at the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington Monday, May 31, 2010. For a gallery of photos from the event go to     Staff Photo By Matt Born/Wilmington Star-News.

The All-Service Color Guard hold flags while the Second Marine Division Band plays during the recognition of the armed forces at the 45th annual Memorial Day Observance at the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington Monday, May 31, 2010. Staff Photo By Matt Born/Wilmington Star-News.

May 16, 2015
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 and light snack provided. Registration and payment are due by Thursday, May 14th. Tour is $40/$35 plus tax for Friends of the Battleship or active military. Call 910-251-5797 extension 3001 for reservations.

50th Annual Memorial Day Observance
May 25, 2015
Time: 5:45 pm

On Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, 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. This moving and meaningful ceremony includes Duke Ladd Music performing military and patriotic arrangements. The Battleship is honored this year to have guest speakers Major General Gregory A. Lusk, Adjutant General, North Carolina National Guard, and Senator Richard Burr. 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.

USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Association Annual Crew Reunion
May 27th – 30th, 2015

The crew of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and their families return for their annual reunion. Reunion activities open only to those registered for the events. However, the public is cordially invited to attend the Battleship crew’s annual memorial service on Saturday, May 30 at 10am on the Battleship’s fantail (back deck). For information, contact or call 910-251-5797.

Summer Hours

Starting Friday before Memorial Day, May 22, 2015, going through Labor Day, September 7, 2015, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA will be open 8:00 am until 8:00 pm with the last ticket sold one hour before closing.

Two new exhibits open at Brookgreen Gardens May 9

Brookgreen Gardens will present two new indoor exhibits in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion. They will be on display daily from May 9, 2015, through July 26 and are free with garden admission.

Carolina Roots: Works by Sigmund Abeles and Grainger McKoy
This exhibit examines the art of two renowned “Sons of Carolina” having special ties to Brookgreen Gardens: printmaker, painter, and sculptor Sigmund Abeles and sculptor Grainger McKoy. Each hailed as a master of his respective media, their work in this exhibit will include paintings, prints, and drawings, and sculptures in wood, bronze, and resin.

Antebellum Waccamaw: Paintings and Drawings by Emily Esdaile Weston
This collection of pencil and pen and ink drawings and watercolors, dating from the 1840s to the 1860s, was made by Emily Frances Esdaile Weston (1810-1886), the British wife of Plowden C. J. Weston, a 19th century owner of Laurel Hill Plantation, the north section of Brookgreen Gardens’ property. The collection provides unprecedented views of the buildings, structures, and grounds of Laurel Hill and Hagley (Weston’s Waccamaw Neck properties), of Snow Hill at Conway, and his seashore residence, “Weston’s Zoyland”, known today as Pelican Inn on Pawleys Island. In addition to the landscape paintings and architectural drawings, there are a number of watercolors of native flora and fauna, many accompanied by a dried, pressed plant. Emily Weston also made drawings of Camp Marion during the War Between the States. The paintings and drawings are on loan from the collection of Dr. and Mrs. Hal B. Holmes, Jr.

The exhibits are sponsored in part by The Folline-King Group/Merrill Lynch, The Lachicotte Company, John and Trena Draughn, and an anonymous donor.

Though born in Brooklyn, NY, Sigmund Abeles grew up in Myrtle Beach, SC, where he watched the new Brookgreen Gardens grow into the magnificent institution that it is today. He refers to it as the place where he caught the “spark” of figurative art, and as his “art womb”, in reference to the many hours he spent here as a young boy and teenager, sketching the sculptures and learning about the artists. Abeles went on to study art and to make it his life’s passion, earning numerous awards and honors. His drawings, prints, paintings, and sculptures are found in museum and private collections throughout the United States. Visitors to the exhibit will see several of his sculptures never before exhibited as well as other works that reflect his special bond with the South Carolina Lowcountry.abeles


Grainger McKoy, a renowned sculptor living and working near Sumter, SC, has a special relationship with Brookgreen Gardens. It has been a touchstone for him – a source of subjects and ideas for his unparalleled depictions of native birds. In 1999, his first museum exhibition in South Carolina took place here. In 2012, he was instrumental in helping Brookgreen Gardens acquire an amazing gift of his work from the collection of the late Earl Slick. Containing several of McKoy’s landmark sculptures, such as Covey Rise, Sandpipers, and Least Bittern, the gift included 11 major wood and bronze pieces from the 1970s to the 1990s and several are to be shown in the exhibition. The sculpture was the gift of the Family of Earl Slick. On view with the sculpture will be some of McKoy’s rarely seen sketches and small scale models.mckoy exhibits

Author of “HOA Wars” to speak at Sunset River Marketplace May 7

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Robert Stern, author of “HOA Wars: What Happens in Vegas Can Happen Anywhere,” is scheduled to speak at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, N.C. on Thursday, May 7 as part of the gallery’s ongoing Coffee With the Authors series. The event will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. and is free to the public. Seating is limited, however, so reservations are requested. Call the gallery at 910.575.5999.

Stern is a successful financial executive and CPA. With homes in Henderson, Nev. And Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., he is one of more than 63 million Americans living under the jurisdiction of homeowner associations, even serving on his Henderson HOA board of directors, which, he says, did not protect him from lawsuits.

The mandatory homeowner association is one of the fastest growing forms of residential housing in the country. In his book, Stern relates his own experiences of HOA boards gone astray, fighting for homeowner rights, recovering $1.2 million for his fellow homeowners, and navigating a range of issues that arise.

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. Winter hours (January through March) are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information about exhibitions, art classes, onsite framing or any other gallery events, call 910-575-5999 or visit the website: The gallery’s Facebook page ( also lists special events, new artists and other happenings.

Brookgreen Gardens Announces Its Participation in Lowcountry Giving Day 2015

Online fundraising event will unite donors, nonprofits from across coastal South Carolina on May 5

Brookgreen Gardens, a 501 (C)(3) non-profit, is please to announce its participation in Lowcountry Giving Day 2015, a 24-hour online fundraising event sponsored by Coastal Community Foundation. Thanks to the generosity of the Waccamaw Community Foundation, Brookgreen Gardens will be eligible to receive incentive funds, which will help support Brookgreen’s educational programs and special initiatives throughout the gardens in 2015.

“Brookgreen Gardens is pleased to participate in the second Lowcountry Giving Day,” said Bob Jewell, Brookgreen’s president and CEO. “We hope that many of our current supporters and new donors will make gifts online to Brookgreen Gardens on May 5th, helping us reach our fundraising goal and receive incentive funds designated for Brookgreen by the Waccamaw Community Foundation.”

Through its participation in Lowcountry Giving Day 2015, Brookgreen Gardens will reach out to its 8,300 member households as well as new online donors through a variety of email communications and social media messaging. Brookgreen’s goal is to enhance its visibility among online donors and increase online donations, a rapidly growing source of annual gifts to support the mission and programs of Brookgreen Gardens in our community.

Some 180 nonprofits are participating along with Brookgreen Gardens in Lowcountry Giving Day 2015, nearly doubling participation from last year’s event, which raised over $4 million for communities across coastal South Carolina. Lowcountry Giving Day is part of Give Local America, a national day of local giving held in partnership with more than 8,000 nonprofits and 80 community foundations from across the country. Due to this broad partnership, Give Local America 2015 is gearing up to be the largest fundraising event in history.

To support Brookgreen Gardens on Lowcountry Giving Day 2015, please visit this website,, on May 5th to make your gift. A full list of Lowcountry Giving Day participants is available at Questions about other ways to support Brookgreen Gardens through Lowcountry Giving Day 2015 may be directed to Wendy Belser, Director of Philanthropy, at or (843) 235-6047.

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.

For more information on MAM and Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, visit

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