Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Joins SplashPlay’s Groundbreaking Fundraising Program

SplashPlay, Inc. announced today that Friends of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, whose support helps promote and perpetuate activities relating to the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, is the newest member of SplashPlay’s growing fundraising partnerships. The USS North Carolina Battleship serves as the State’s Memorial to the over 11,000 North Carolinians who served and died during World War II. The battleship is a powerful symbol of our gratitude and pride for those who served in World War II and for all who serve in our nation’s armed forces and their families.

Splash Play Tent Card
“It is our mission to transform social media and mobile engagement to empower social causes like the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA by generously sharing our industry’s prosperity creating the most powerful fundraising vehicle in America.” said Thomas Banks, Co-Founder of SplashPlay, Inc. “We believe the power of social media and mobile technology can be turned to positively benefit social causes rather than exploiting prurient interests,” added Banks.
“Since the founding 29 years ago, Friends of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA have been committed to educating the public on the accomplishments and sacrifices of American patriots, and to engage our guests in unique and exciting ways that bring the ship to life by connecting the past with the future,” said Heather Loftin, Promotions Director for the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA.
“We see over three hundred thousand visitors per year visiting Battleship NORTH CAROLINA who appreciate the role she played in shaping U.S. and world history,” said Loftin. “We believe our new partnership with SplashPlay will assist us in educating the public in an innovative and entertaining way. Additionally, the funding that will be received from SplashPlay game play will go towards the preservation efforts of the ship.
“SplashPlay’s mobile social gaming model represents a genuine Sea change in crowdfunding. Very simply, SplashPlay donates 40% of our revenue to worthy causes establishing a new standard for corporate responsibility,” said Banks. “We invite all fundraising organizations, from charities to schools, to become SplashPlay fundraisers by visiting Our program is completely Free of Charge to fundraisers and game players alike and is committed to providing significant and transformative funding through a new and entertaining manner,” added Banks.
To play the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA game, visit

Brookgreen Gardens’ New Holiday Exhibits Open November 27

Brookgreen Gardens’ two new indoor exhibits offer a bright beginning to the holiday season. Open daily from Friday, November 27 (during Thanksgiving weekend) through January 3, 2016, the exhibits are free with garden admission.
“Holiday Memories: Trains, Trees, and Treasures”

"A New Adventure" by Angela Trotta Thomas

“A New Adventure” by Angela Trotta Thomas

Brookgreen Gardens’ 2015 holiday exhibit theme builds upon its previous show-stopping displays of electric model trains (both Lionel and American Flyer), period Christmas trees, and other nostalgia from holiday celebrations of the Twentieth Century.
Featured in the exhibit are paintings of scenes of children, Christmas, and toy trains by Angela Trotta Thomas. Her Rockwell-like paintings have earned her the title of “The Train Lady.”
For children, a new “Thomas the Train and Friends” display is featured in the front of the gallery and, for adults, the “Front Street Georgetown” outdoor train display has expanded to include the historic Town Clock and other structures.

Representing the “Treasures” in the title will be a Tiffany-inspired store window featuring beautiful costume jewelry on loan from the collection of Sherri Duncan.
“Peace on Earth” is the exhibit theme presented by the horticultural department, and its displays represent tranquil and natural settings from around the world.
Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, is located south of Myrtle Beach, SC between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island. For more information visit or call (843) 235-6000.

Turkey Trot 2015 on Hilton Head Island

The Island Recreation Center’s 2015 Turkey Trot, presented by Go Tri Sports, is filling up fast! This race is November 26, 2015, at 8:00 am, starting from 397 Squire Pope Road.

The Turkey Trot is a 5K, 10K and Fun Walk that begins  in front of the Chart House  and winds through Hilton Head Plantation with a turn around back to the finish line at the Chart House parking lot. For participants’ safety, when starting the race, runners should be towards the starting line, and walkers behind. Strollers are permitted, but must start in back. No pets, please!

Packet Pick-up is Wednesday, November 25th at the Island Rec Center from 10:00 am-6:00 pm or on Race Day: Thursday, November 26th at race location from 6:30-7:30 am. Parking available in the parking lot off of Hudson Road.

The Hilton Head Island Recreation Association is partnering with Deep Well Project to collect nonperishable food items for their food pantry. Please consider bringing a nonperishable food item to Packet Pick-up on Wednesday, November 25th or on Race Day on Thursday, November 26th.

Register online or download forms and return to Island Rec Center at

For more information please call the Island Rec Center at (843) 681-7273 or visit

Plan Now for Holiday Sea Island Gullah Celebration

Holiday Sea Island Gullah Celebration

Date: December 4, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Production by Anita Singleton-Prather and The Gullah Kinfolk in historic Beaufort, South Carolina, at the University of South Carolina Beaufort campus  Center for the Arts. The evening includes a taste of Gullah soul food buffet, artist showcase and marketplace,  full stage musical with Aunt Pearlie Sue and Gullah Kinfolk: Christmas Wish Freedom

Freedom Coming is a significant performance that shares the Sea Island Gullah tradition with audiences in a new way, performed by Anita Singleton-Prather and her singing ensemble The Gullah Kinfolk from Beaufort, South Carolina.

It is Christmas 1860, the last Christmas before the Civil War begins.  The scene is a Sea Island slave cabin where enslaved Africans are anticipating Christmas day and talking about freedom. Gullah songs and storytelling include everything from spirituals, work songs and play songs to rhythmic, foot stomping ring shout songs that are unique to the Gullah praise house traditions.

original art by Diane Britton Dunham

original art by Diane Britton Dunham

Meet Diane Britton Dunham and  many more  featured artists exhibiting before the show. Sample local Gullah foods and mingle with local chefs.

Book tickets at this link or call the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce 843-986-1102 to reserve your tickets for the Gullah performance, feast and art show or to arrange a weekend tour including history, culture and entertainment. Tickets are $35 at the door, $30 advance and $10 for children. Special group rates are available.



Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and University of North Carolina, Wilmington Announce Buckets for the Battleship

The University of North Carolina, Wilmington and the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA announced the Buckets for Battleship promotion.Buckets for the Battleship

Buckets for the Battleship is a season-long promotion where supporters can pledge $1.00 for each three-point basket made during the 2015-2016 season by the UNCW Men’s and Women’s basketball teams. At the end of the season, all funds raised will go towards the battleship’s Generations Campaign, an effort to repair the hull of the ship and keep the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA as a memorial and year-round historical landmark to honor all those who served and continue to serve in all branches of the armed forces.

To pledge support and register for the promotion, visit and click on the buckets for battleship logo. The link will directly go to the registration page where once information is entered, a confirmation email will be sent thanking the registrant for their support.

“We’re excited about partnering with Wilmington’s premier landmark, the USS North Carolina, on this unique project,” said Jimmy Bass, UNCW’s athletic director. “Like UNCW basketball, the USS North Carolina is synonymous with the city of Wilmington. We hope this partnership will be a tremendous success as we assist with the restoration of one of this nation’s most beloved battleships.”

“The Battleship is greatly honored by the University of North Carolina, Wilmington’s, partnership and outreach,” says Heather Loftin, Promotions Director for the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA. “The students, alumni and fans support will truly make a difference as we strive to restore the Battleship and keep the stories alive from the Greatest Generation. We would like to thank them in helping us preserve the legacy.”

Last year the men’s team sank 162 three-pointers, while the women tallied 80, combining for a total of 242 throughout the duration of the season.

Contributions from this year’s event will be used in  repairing  the hull of the aging battleship, which made history in World War II. The battleship was considered the world’s greatest sea weapon until her decommission in 1947, and has since called Wilmington her home for the past 54 years.

Funds will be collected after the season’s totals have been determined. A check presentation is scheduled for March 22 during the UNCW-N.C. State baseball game at Brooks Field.Sammy on Battleship

About the Battleship North Carolina
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 Natural and Cultural Resources (

Hilton Head Oyster Festival Announced

The Island Recreation Association and title sponsor South State Bank will host the Hilton Head Oyster Festival November 13-15, Friday: 5-8 pm, Saturday and Sunday: 11 am-5 pm. This three-day event will be at Shelter Cove Community Park.

This family event will have live entertainment and highlights steamed, fried and stewed oysters, along with other delicious food for non-oyster eaters! Admission is $6 per person with children 10 and under admitted free. All concessions are sold separately.

There will be food and beverage vendors providing their own food, liquor, and other beverages. Hargray will  provide TVs for the football games  and there will  be a kid’s zone with different activities including bounce houses. The Holiday Craft Show includes a variety of artists with unique gifts–a perfect way to start your Christmas shopping!

The silent auction will be on Saturday and Sunday with items from local businesses and vendors. The winners can collect their prizes at 4 pm each day. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Scholarship Fund.

For more information please call (843) 681-7273 or visit

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg Presents Fall Members Show

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, SC will present artwork from various members in its Fall Members Show, Nov. 1-27, and an opening reception will be Thursday, Nov. 19, 6-8 p.m., in the Guild Gallery at Chapman Cultural Center. Both the exhibit and reception are free to the public.

 Tina Gwata DeepSleep

Tina Gwata
Deep Sleep

Artists will include Susan Hopps, Betsy Skipper, Gesa Hueckel, Joana Darwin, Carol Funke, Dian Hammett, Dwight Rose, Stacey Bevill, Thomas Rickis, Tina Gwata, Elizabeth Winters, Carolyn Alexander, Pamela Stevens, Amy Weaver, Sara Setzer, Cleveland Gossett, George Loudon, and Sam Phal.

Artworks will span from watercolor to digital and handmade paper to oil and acrylic paintings.

Stacey Beville Peace

Stacey Beville

“Exhibits rotate each month, and usually they feature one or two artists, with a common theme running through their selected works,” Caitlin Boice, Executive Director, said. “Our Fall Members Show is special because there are no limitations to medium, style, or theme. Plus, we can show off pieces by a dozen or more members at once. It’s an exhibit that gives people a better idea of what the Guild is and who represents us.”

Dwight Rose  Topaki Cafe Stop

Dwight Rose
Topaki Cafe Stop

Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, created in 1957, serves as a source for creative art in the community by promoting, fostering, and cultivating knowledge of the visual arts and of local artists. It strives to provide enrichment and artistic education for its members as well as the community at large, and thus encourage a deepening appreciation, understanding, and love of art among the citizens of Spartanburg and surrounding counties.

The Guild Gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For further information, contact Boice by emailing or calling (864) 764-9568.

Introducing the 2015 Holiday

It’s 80 degrees in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in early November, and the holiday season is underway. What do you think?IMG_0037


Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival Coming Soon

The 5th Annual Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival will be held in Old Town Bluffton, SC at The Oyster Factory Park on the May River on Saturday, November 7th.

This year’s Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival will continue the tradition of offering an exceptional selection of more then 160 beers from around the world, featuring more than 30 styles from over 70 breweries.

The international tasting event is from 1-5 pm and will feature a food court, vendors, and live music from The Will Snyder Band and The Neil & Bob Band.

You must be 21 or older and have a Beer Festival ticket to enter the International & Craft Beer Festival Garden. There is no admission charge to enter the Food Court, Vendor Village, or listen to the live music.

Festival Tickets are $35 / $40 at door. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available $45 / $55 at door. A Beer Festival Souvenir Sampling Glass and beer samples are included with a festival ticket. Additionally, domestic beer, wine, and soft drinks are available and there will be sweets plus other goodies for sale in the food court.

A shuttle service will be offered that includes round-trip, $10 tickets, with service from The Lodge on Hilton Head to the festival while supplies last. A limited number of 42 shuttle tickets are available for sale.

Discount taxi service is available in Bluffton, Okatie and Beaufort from Yellow Cab 843/686-6666.

A portion of proceeds from the event will go to benefit Palmetto Animal League. No outside food or drinks will be allowed. Dogs should be leashed at all times.

The Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival is presented by River Dog Brewing Company, Camp Green Dog and Custom Audio Video.

Purchase Beer Festival Tickets today at Captain Woody’s, New York City Pizza, The Lodge, River Dog Brewing Co or on line at or call Bear Foot Sports at 843/757-8520.

Dia de los Muertos Event Scheduled for Myrtle Beach

 Annual Free Family day
Dia de los Muertos
a Mexican-American celebration for all ages
Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
Myrtle Beach, SC
Saturday, November 7, 2015
11 am – 3 pm
Festivities include:
an altar in honor of Mexican artist Alfredo Zalce,
family workshops to create papel picado (paper banners), sugar skulls, marigold garlands, calavera (skull) print totes and masks, Spanish/English translation game,
sampling of traditional breads and Mexican hot chocolate,
face painting,
loteria (bingo),
children’s literature display,
Mexican crafts,
authentic Mexican food by Fiesta Mexicana,
Alfredo Zalce inspired mural,
roving Mariachi Nuevo Guadalajara,
traditional dancing with Grupo de Danza Tradiciones,
children’s pinata and so much more!