A Game of Chance: The Art of Blockade Running at Museum of Coastal Carolina

On Dec. 6 at 11:00, guest speaker Grover Godwin will discuss the art of blockade running and the contribution that blockade runners made to the Confederate cause during the Civil War. He will also discuss the role of coastal forts from Wilmington to Charleston and the role of the Union fleet.Grover Godwin 225x300 A Game of Chance: The Art of Blockade Running at Museum of Coastal Carolina

Grover Godwin received a B.S. in history from UNC Chapel Hill. He has made a life-long study of the Civil War and owns an extensive personal collection of books and videos on the subject.  Godwin has been a Civil War re-enactor since 1982 and is a 1st Lt. with the Charlotte Artillery. He is a trained docent at the N.C. Museum of History.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission is free for members. Non-member all-day admission, including admission to Mr. Godwin’s presentation, is $8 for adults (13-61), $7 for seniors (62+), $6 for children (3-12), and free for ages 2 and under. For more information, call the Museum at 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.



December Events Aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

Battleship Alive
Saturday, December 6, 2014
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Included with Paid Admission
Since 1997, the Living History Crew weekends have been a tradition at the battleship in the program called “Battleship Alive.”  The Living History Crew provides insight into the daily life and routine of the crew aboard the USS NORTH CAROLINA by explaining the duties specific to the sailor’s ratings (jobs) and demonstrates activities that occurred aboard the ship.  A great event for all ages. Bring your questions and cameras! Included with Battleship admission.Santa hoists flag 300x157 December Events Aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA
A Verry Merry Showboat
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Times: 10:00 am – Noon, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Free with Battleship admission
Enjoy a new holiday tradition! Kids can fly a flag with Santa (bring your own or buy a US or NC flag from the Battleship’s store). Santa and the Battleship’s Captain will sign your certificate of authenticity. Type your Christmas wish list on a vintage typewriter using authentic WWII USS NORTH CAROLINA radio message paper. Call the North Pole in the Battleship’s main radio room. See Santa’s journey being tracked in the Combat Information Center. Create Christmas cards for veterans in VA hospitals. And MORE! Bring your camera for some unique photo opps! A great way to start your holiday season!
The Battleship would like to thank the event partners: Battleship Living History Crew, Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club, American Red Cross and Friends of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA for helping make the program possible.
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 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).

Colonial Holiday Cooking with Karen Moshoures at Museum of Coastal Carolina

On Dec. 2 at 6 PM, Karen Moshoures will share some of her favorite Colonial Holiday Cooking recipes at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. Ms. Moshoures will demonstrate how to make a sumptuous Welsh Rarebit, a delicious Apple Tansey from the 1700’s, delightful Colonial Sugar Cookies, and a holiday Plum Pudding with Hard Sauce. You will have the opportunity to taste each tempting dish. Recipes will be provided so that you can test your skills in your own kitchen.

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The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission is free for members. Non-member admission is $8 for adults (13-61), $7 for seniors (62+), $6 for children (3-12), and free for ages 2 and under. For more information, call the Museum at 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org

Brookgreen Gardens Nights of a Thousand Candles Adds New Holiday Tree Lighting and Free Mobile App

December 4 – 6, 11 – 13, 18 – 20, Nights of a Thousand Candles will delight guests from 3 to 10 p.m. with beautiful candle and lighting displays and exceptional entertainment. One of this year’s most exciting new features is the 80 foot tall Holiday Fir Tree decorated with 60,000 lights. Located in the arboretum, this beautiful tree will be lighted each night in ceremonial fashion at 5:45 p.m. Other new highlights include The Peppermint Forest in the Children’s Garden, The Ice Garden in the Lower Left Wing garden, and the addition of a garden by candle light.   Adult tickets are $18 and tickets for children are $10. All children age three and under are free. Tickets are available at www.brookgreen.org, at the gardens, and by phone at (843) 235-6016. All entertainment is included in admission. Dinner is available at an additional cost.  brookgreen sleeping 282x300 Brookgreen Gardens Nights of a Thousand Candles Adds New Holiday Tree Lighting and Free Mobile App

“We always keep some of the favorite lighting displays from the previous year, “said Bob Jewell, President and CEO. “ But every year we add new lights, decorations, and entertainers to keep the event fresh and give our guests something to look forward to.

New this year, guests can download our free mobile app designed to easily display information at night and help make the event even more enjoyable. The app provide details of performances, food and beverage locations, a map of the event, social media links, and much more. It is available by searching Brookgreen Gardens in the App Store and in Google Play.  Some suggestions to make of your Nights of a Thousand Candles experience the most enjoyable:

  • Carpool with family and friends. It supports our green initiative and helps reduce the number of parking spaces needed.
  • Come on a Thursday evening when it is less crowded.
  • Arrive early (between 4 – 5 p.m.) and have time to see the candles being lit and map out where you would like to go, plus dusk is the best time to take pictures.
  • Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes, It is a walk through the gardens not a drive-thru event.
  • A limited number of adult and child strollers are available at no charge one a first-come, first-serve basis. We do not take reservations for the strollers. If you have any mobility issues, please make necessary arrangements.

All ticket proceeds go to support Brookgreen Gardens, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and display American sculpture and regional plants, animals, and history. Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, is located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, South Carolina.


Enter the newly restored historic iron gate of Airlie Gardens and discover a glittering landscape of lighted oaks and twinkling displays in a coastal garden setting. Visitors who travel to Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and island beaches during the holiday season will have the opportunity to experience “Enchanted Airlie” on select evenings through December 22.

Celebrating its 10th season in 2014, Enchanted Airlie (Nov. 28-Dec. 22) presents a holiday light extravaganza like no other. Tastefully decorated gardens create a visually stunning wonderland of theatrically illuminated large oaks, small native trees, holiday flowers, and elegant displays. On select dates beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving, Airlie Gardens provides magical evenings, fond memories and holiday photo opportunities.

Since first illuminating in 2005, Enchanted Airlie has more than quadrupled its lighted displays, with nearly 20 miles of lights strung on cone-shaped trees. Volunteers and staff began decorating in early September so visitors can experience a world of holiday fantasy with 750,000 lights. New this year, winter princesses Elsa and Anna will greet guests and pose for photos. Select Sundays have also been added. Other highlights include: a Poinsettia Paradise with more than 400 holiday plants, live musical entertainment and visits with Santa. Families can also have their pictures taken in Airlie’s 2,400-square-foot floral conservatory. Refreshments will be available for purchase and the Airlie gift shop will be open.

Want to go? Enchanted Airlie runs November 28-29; December 5-6, 11-14, and 18-22 in two time slots: 5:00-7:00 p.m. and 7:00–9:00 p.m. Enchanted Airlie tickets must be purchased in advance, no later than 4:00 p.m. the night of the event. Due to the popularity of this event, it is recommended that visitors purchase tickets for their preferred dates prior to arrival. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.airliegardens.org or in-person at Airlie Gardens service center (300 Airlie Rd., Wilmington) between 9am and 4pm. Single admission tickets are $12 for individuals over the age of 4. Children under age 3 are free. Couples arriving in the same vehicle can purchase a couples ticket for $17. An economical green option is the carload ticket for $27, which will cover as many people as will safely fit into an automobile; no individual tickets or parking passes are required for this option (excludes buses and large, multi-passenger vans).

Airlie Gardens, located at 300 Airlie Road, is a 67-acre historic public garden bordering Bradley Creek in Wilmington, North Carolina. Visitors are encouraged to dress warmly and comfortably for the half-mile outdoor walking tour on gravel, sand, and mulch paths. For details about Enchanted Airlie, please call 910-798-7700 or visit the Airlie Gardens website www.airliegardens.org for event information, rules, restrictions and rain policy.

See where the water takes you this holiday season! From the river to the sea, more than 50 holiday-themed events help celebrate inWilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach. For seasonal specials and to download a Holiday Event Brochure, visit www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/seasonal-page.  For a free official visitors guide, call 1-866-266-9690, email visit@wilmingtonandbeaches.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 505 Nutt Street, Unit A, in historic Downtown Wilmington.


The time-honored North Carolina Holiday Flotilla kicks off the holiday season the weekend after Thanksgiving (Nov. 28-29) and always delivers an impressive show of glimmering boats. Visitors can celebrate all weekend, beginning Friday night when the island’s official Christmas tree is lit at 5:45 p.m., followed by visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Town Hall. At 7:00 p.m., there’s an Atlantic Marine Launch Party at the Blockade-Runner Beach Resort with live beach music by The Embers and heavy hors d’oeuvres (admission charge for gala).

On Saturday, a full day of entertainment begins with a free Festival in the Park from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Wrightsville Beach Park featuring live bluegrass music, arts and crafts vendors, antique / classic car show, kids’ activities and amusements, food and entertainment. Then, at 6:00 p.m. the main attraction—the holiday flotilla—gets underway along Banks Channel, beginning with a fireworks volley, followed by the boat parade and a stunning 21-minute fireworks show.

This year’s judges include celebrity radio personality John Boy of the nationally syndicated John Boy & Billy’s Big Show. Text-voting returns, with the Crowd Favorite and People’s Choice Awards determined by spectators. Visitors who wish to make the most of their beach weekend can also enjoy the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, narrated cruises, fresh seafood at island restaurants, and shopping at surf and specialty shops. For details about the N.C. Holiday Flotilla, visit www.ncholidayflotilla.org, email info@ncholidayflotilla.org or call 910-256-2120.


Lu Mil’s Christmas Experience will begin on Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend (11/29 & 11/30) and run Thursday through Sunday (Dec. 4, 5, 6, 7) and nightly beginning Dec. 11 thru Dec. 23. The Country Buffet will be open from 5 pm to 9 pm and the Festival of Lights will run from 6 pm to 10 pm.lu mil 225x300 ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT LU MIL VINEYARD

The Candy Shop with the REAL Santa and the Country Buffet is open every night during the light show. The Gift Shop with free wine tastings is open daily and will be open until 10pm the nights of the light show. The light show is $6 per person OR $60 dollars maximum for as many as you can get on a bus, van, hayride, pickup bed, etc. Your FM radio is your receiver for the music that the lights are synchronized with so that you can enjoy the music and lights at your leisure in your own vehicle. Lu Mil Vineyard is located at 438 Suggs-Taylor Rd, Elizabethtown NC. Call 910-866-5819 or visit www.lumilvineyard.com for more info.

With over one half million lights this year, it is more spectacular than ever. There are many enormous figurines and this year the huge display of the twelve days of Christmas stretches nearly the length of two football fields. There are more photo ops than ever, like the gigantic Christmas bear seen here. The beautiful oversized American flag is a tribute to our veterans and we hope everyone will keep CHRIST in your Christmas.


State-of-the-Art Instruction School Led By Former PGA Tour Pro Hugh Royer III

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday announces the South Carolina Golf Center at Shaftesbury Glen opened its sparkling new facility, led by former PGA Tour player Hugh Royer III, on November 1.

The South Carolina Golf Center offers men, women and junior golfers of all skill levels the opportunity to improve or learn the game of golf.

South Carolina Golf Center is a V-1 Digital Coaching System Branded Academy, which provides each student with a comprehensive analysis of their swing.

The Golf Center clubhouse is an 1,800-square-foot building with hitting bays, state-of-the-art technology, and a lounge area complete with flat screen televisions and multiple couches. Among the amenities available to golf center students are the V1 Digital Coaching System, Flightscope, a launch monitor that will help players understand their game and the equipment they need to succeed, and a gas fireplace in the lounge area for the cooler months.

“What I think we’ve tried to create is a comfortable atmosphere for people who want to take lessons, practice and get better at golf,” Royer said. “The way I teach is very simple. The technical stuff is in there, but I try not to confuse or overwhelm (students). I tell everyone I teach I want the golf swing to be simple, yet efficient.”

While Royer, who had four wins on the Web.com Tour and spent three years on the PGA Tour, played the game at the highest levels and has taught several top players since retiring from professional golf in 2001, the South Carolina Golf Center will cater to players of all skill levels.

Royer and his staff will provide individual instruction, in addition to offering 1-, 2- and 3-day golf schools and junior clinics.

The golf schools, which will feature 3 hours of daily instruction and a nine-hole playing lesson, will range in price from $200 to $400. Golf school participants will receive video analysis and evaluation in addition to game improvement recommendations.

Shaftesbury Glen also offers the added luxury of having apartments above the clubhouse where golf school students (or players on a golf package) can stay. The two-bedroom units are new, spacious and include a full kitchen and living room.

Players will also have the opportunity to purchase a monthly range membership for $30 that includes access to clinics and the launch monitor.

To learn more about South Carolina Golf Center visit: www.scgolfcenter.com.

Brookgreen Holiday Exhibits

Brookgreen Gardens’ two indoor exhibits will be on display daily Friday November 28 – Sunday, January 4, 2015 and are free with garden admission.

One of the joys of the holiday season is seeing how the horticulture and sculpture departments transform the two galleries in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion. Their imaginations, creativity, and hours of work help make the season bright.

Presented by the Sculpture Department the holiday exhibit, Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, features paintings by Tom Browning, the world’s premier Santa Claus artist.  In addition to his Santa art, Tom Browning is a renowned painter of western landscapes and his works are highly acclaimed throughout the United States.

Brookgreen’s electric model train village, including Lionel and American Flyer, has grown significantly since last year, both indoors and outdoors.  It returns with tributes to Hershey, PA, and to Georgetown’s historic Front Street, plus an enhanced Erector Set display and a winter carnival with hundreds of moving parts.

In Signs of the Season in Flora and Fauna exhibition, the Horticulture Department uses natural materials and plants to create a fantasy forest scene complete with a holiday feast for the animals as the centerpiece. The fantasy forest continues outside the window of the gallery to create the illusion of bringing the outdoors – indoors.

The exhibits are free with garden admission and included in admission for Nights of a Thousand Candles.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, visit  www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.

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Bad Boots, Strap Happy Heels and Denim!

By Jennifer Willard

Wondering what to step out in this fall??   Bad boots, strap happy heels and cool winter accents of denim.

I’ve been scouring around for the chicest trends and most amazing looks to keep you tuned into fabulous, as the days of fall turn chilly.

Here are some of my favorite winter fashion trend alerts from the hottest boots and strappy heels, to super cool blue and denim.

This autumn’s best trend has to be denim. We haven’t seen blue being so cool since the 1980’s.  So feel free to go get blue and let loose in your best denim digs.   YES! It’s even trendy to master the art of dressed-up denim, suit style, this season.  So give in and elevate your look to a true blue denim suit. It’s an office savvy and classic look.20141018 142436 168x300 Bad Boots, Strap Happy Heels and Denim!

Denim rule:   forget the denim distressed look; fraying edges are this fall’s best denim trend.

The winter weather essential to go with all this season:   the parka/trench coat.  Opt in for a cozy luxurious parka with an interesting look that will draw attention. Look for the faux fur and uniquely accented style parka to keep you warm on those upcoming blustery winter days.

Shoe Trend Alert 

Wondering what to step out in this fall?   Bad boots and strap happy heels are the must have accessories!  As winter sets in, it’s time to put away the glamour sandals and flip flops and hop into a pair of cute boots.  From the suede, to cut outs, to the peep toe booties, you just can’t go wrong pairing up amazing boots with any winter fashion look. The heels will never die! Strap happy and unique, unusual and out of the box shoes will go great with all your fashions.  It’s all about the sexy, lace up and strap happy looks.

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cut out boots by Juicy Couture $84.99

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peep toe boots by BCBG $189

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strappy heels by Rock & Republic $69.99

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peep toe boots by Jennifer Lopez $89.99

Other Winter Trends

Take a turn on your eyes and try Electric Blue Liner by Christian Dior.

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Where to scoop up some of the trendiest fall must haves

Tanger Outlets- 2 locations in Myrtle Beach offer outlet shopping at your favorite name brand and designer factory outlet stores where you can find great  deals for the season.

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Jennifer Willard is a local Myrtle Beach fashionista, daily bargain shopper and finder of some amazing deals!