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Festivals, events, entertainment, attractions, shopping, dining and more in and around the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area.

Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival

The Carver Street Economic Renaissance Corporation presents the Second Annual Myrtle Beach Jazz Festival, Friday through Sunday, September 29-October 1.  

The celebration takes place along Carver Street, between 18th Avenue North and 21st Avenue North.  The event features some of the area’s finest musical artists, including Marcus Anderson, Charlie Snuggs, Horry County School Jazz, James “Bull” Canty, West African Drummers, Painted Man, Gino Castillo, Ashley Aluv, Chocolate Chip and Company, Don Colton, Mike Frost Band, Special Blend, Shableek and T-Ray the Violinist.  

T-Ray is the festival’s headliner.  He is a passionate and resilient visionary with unwavering dedication to his musical craft. Effortlessly, he has taken the violin outside of its stereotypical arena beautifully lacing together 90s Rhythm and Blues, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk and Classical. The Louisiana native has taken audiences’ favorite genres and masterfully fused them to produce an experimental sound. The seasoned violin player has not only developed himself as a solo artist, but has also honed his skills as a producer and bandleader within his group D2R (Dreams2Reality).

During the festival,  enjoy food and merchandise vendors and a wine and beer garden.  Bring lawn chairs to relax in a fun and safe environment.  Free parking will be available the Pelicans Ballpark parking lot, 1251 21st Avenue North.  Free shuttle rides will be provided to and from the site.  Admission to the festival is free.

The festival commemorates the entertainment and businesses that existed on Carver Street in the 1950s and 1960s.  During that era, African-American performers displayed their talent on what was known as the “Chitlin Circuit,” which is where African-American musicians performed in the days before integration.   Stars such as Little Richard, Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Lena Horne, Count Basie, Muddy Water, Ray Charles and The Clovers performed on the “Chitlin Circuit.”

For more information about the Second Annual Jazz Festival, call 843-340-2018 or 301-537-4362.  Or visit http://myrtlebeachjazzfest.com/.  

 

Long Bay Symphony Orchestra Presents “Carmina Burana”

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance of one of the most familiar and powerful vocal/orchestral masterpieces of all time. The concert takes place on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. 


German composer and educator Carl Orff created a compelling musical setting of verses from the Carmina Burana, a collection of bawdy, irreverent Medieval-era texts discovered in a Bavarian monastery in 1803.

In addition, the opening concert of the LBS’s “Year of the Symphony” features Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s sparkling Symphony No. 31 (“Paris”), written for the composer’s symphonic debut with the French audiences.

 

 

Tickets range from $25 to $50.  Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $10. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at www.LongBaySymphony.com or visit us at 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.

 

Program Details
Dr. Charles Jones Evans, conductor

Louis Otey, baritone soloist

Amanda Horton, soprano soloist

Khary Wilson, tenor soloist
Carolina Master Chorale

Coastal Carolina University Concert Choir

Hartsville Community Chorus

Fall lecture series Features author Arleen Mercorella

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC, resumes its schedule of Coffee With the Authors events with a presentation by Arleen Mercorella on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Mercorella’s book, titled A Matter of Survival, the Story of Frances, is the poignant story of her own mother’s challenging life and descent into Alzheimer’s disease.

 

From the time Frances was born, the odds were stacked against her. She was born to Italian immigrants in 1917; her father resented her for being a girl, and her mother resented her for being born at all.

And when a rift in the family left the girl and her mother alone and penniless, things managed to get even worse: she wound up in an orphanage, lonely and scared.

 

But the same girl who spent her formative years facing feelings of abandonment and isolation managed to grow into a woman full of positivity and gratitude, overcoming astounding obstacles and never showing a hint of bitterness. Mercorella handles her tale with particular grace.

 

The event is free, but seating is limited so reservations are required. Call the gallery at 910.575.5999 to hold your spot or sign up online.

 

CORE.SOUNDERS film presentation at Museum of Coastal Carolina

The Museum of Coastal Carolina will present a documentary film  August 29 at 6 pm: CORE.SOUNDERS – Living from the Sea.

The recipient of a Midsouth Emmy Award nomination for Best Cultural Documentary, this one-hour film by filmmaker Neal Hutcheson and the NC Language and Life Project documents the endangered culture, heritage, and traditional livelihood of the Core Sound communities. Core Sound is located in Eastern Carteret County, NC in an area that has been described as one of the nation’s greatest cultural assets.

Emmy Award-winning producer and director Neal Hutcheson spent 15 years documenting American cultures. His films have been featured on PBS and the Documentary Channel, and he has contributed to films shown on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, A&E and Sundance. He has produced six broadcast documentaries for the NC Language and Life Project (NCLLP). The NCLLP was established at NC State University in 1993 to focus on research, graduate and undergraduate education, and outreach programs related to language and culture in the American South.

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. A 7-day vacation pass is $75 for two adults and up to four children. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Get Acquainted with The Green Swamp

The Green Swamp consists of a 17,214-acre geographic area located in Brunswick County. Managed by The Nature Conservancy, this unique tract of land is pretty much all that is left of the thousands of acres of longleaf pine savannas that once covered southeastern North Carolina.

Learn more about this vast wetland on August 22 at 6 pm at the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

Edward Ovsenik, a former educator for the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, will present “The Green Swamp” providing a more in-depth view of the true state of the swamp. Many of the current inhabitants of the Green Swamp are descended from an interesting mixture of outcasts including escaped slaves, French refugees fleeing Haiti during and after the Slave Rebellion of 1804, pirates on the run from the authorities, and Native Americans from the Waccamaw, Cherokee, and Lumbee tribes.

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. A 7-day vacation pass is just $75 for two adults and up to four children. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Meet Author Tony Bartelme

Literary luncheons with exciting authors at area restaurants

The Moveable Feast is held at area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 AM-1 PM. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books at 2 PM for those unable to participate in the feast. Each is $30 with a $5 rebate when the featured book is purchased at the Moveable Feast. For reservations, call 843.235.9600 or visit ClassAtPawleys.com

Aug. 25 ~ Tony Bartelme (A Surgeon in the Village) at Pawleys Plantation

American journalist, author, and senior projects reporter for The Post and Courier, Bartelme has been a finalist for three Pulitzer Prizes. His new book tells the uplifting true story of Dr. Dilan Ellegala’s quest to teach brain surgery in one of the poorest and most remote places on earth. In vivid detail, the book also exposes one of the world’s most neglected but serious public health problems – one that kills more people than malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS combined. It’s a story about the power of teaching and love. “Lyrical, inspirational and altogether rewarding” – Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation.

Meet Author Joy Callaway

Aug. 18 ~ Joy Callaway (Secret Sisters) at Kimbel’s, Wachesaw

From the author of The Fifth Avenue Artists Society comes this unforgettable historical novel based on the founding of the country’s first sororities. Illinois, 1881: Whitsitt College sophomore Beth Carrington has two goals to fulfill by the time she graduates: obtain a medical degree, and establish a women’s fraternity, Beta Xi Beta, that will help young women like herself to connect with and support one another while attending the male-dominated Whitsitt. Neither is an easy task. The sole female student in the physicians’ program, Beth is constantly called out by her professors and peers for having the audacity not to concentrate on a more “fitting” subject like secretarial studies. Meanwhile, secret organizations are off-limits, and simply by crowding together in a dank basement room and creating a sense of camaraderie, she and her small group of fraternity sisters risk expulsion. As Beth fights for her beloved Beta Xi Beta to be recognized, she will uncover deep secrets about the college and those who surround her, and will have to put both love and friendship on the line so that history can be made.

 

Literary luncheons with exciting authors at area restaurants

The Moveable Feast is held at Myrtle Beach, SC, area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 AM-1 PM.  For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books at 2 PM for those unable to participate in the feast. Each is $30 with a $5 rebate when the featured book is purchased at the Moveable Feast. For reservations, call 843.235.9600 or visit ClassAtPawleys.com.

Honey Bees: Endangered Species for the First Time

The Museum of Coastal Carolina’s Katherine Hunt presents a lecture for families called “Honey Bees: Endangered for the First Time.”

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This lecture on August 15 at 6 pm will focus on the complex web of factors that are contributing to the decline of the globe’s bee populations, both wild and farm honey bees. The impact of bees on our environment, particularly our food sources will also be discussed. Most crops (about 70 percent) that are used today require pollination to develop fruits, nuts, and seeds. It is estimated that those crops account for one trillion dollars in annual sales of agriculture products around the globe. Examples of common crops depending on bee pollination include broccoli, blueberry, cherry, apple, and cucumbers. With the bee population plunging almost 90 percent since 1990s; how can we protect the world’s bees from extinction?

Hunt is a science educator who has lived in the Carolinas most of her life. She now is an education outreach coordinator of the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium.

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. A 7-day vacation pass is just $75 for two adults and up to four children. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Brett Ortmann Riggs is Guest Speaker at Museum of Coastal Carolina

Brett Ortmann Riggs will present “The Cuban Missile Crisis” at 6:00 PM on August 8 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, leaders of the US and the Soviet Union engaged in a tense, 13-day political and military standoff in October 1962 over the instillation of nuclear-armed Soviet missile deployment in Cuba, just 90 miles from the United States. Find out how close we came to the Cold War escalating into a full-scale nuclear war.

Brett Riggs Ortmann is a native of southeastern North Carolina and currently lives in Shallotte. He has a Bachelor’s degree in history and a Master’s degree in library science. His historical specialty is the colonial era and the early American Republic.

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. A 7-day vacation pass is just $75 for two adults and up to four children. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Author Mark Powell

 

The Moveable Feast is held at Myrtle Beach, SC, area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 AM-1 PM. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books at 2 PM for those unable to participate in the feast. Each is $30 with a $5 rebate when the featured book is purchased at the Moveable Feast. For reservations, call 843.235.9600 or visit ClassAtPawleys.com.

Aug. 4 ~ Mark Powell (Small Treasons) at Inlet Affairs

Tess Maynard’s life is coming apart. At home with her three young children in her husband’s small north Georgia hometown, she is steadily becoming obsessed with an American journalist captured in Syria and being held by ISIS, sensing an eerie resonance between his captivity and her own. Meanwhile, the life of her husband is also beginning to unravel. John Maynard is a psychologist working as a college counselor. But in a former life – a life that becomes his obsession – he worked as a government contractor at a CIA black site in Eastern Europe where suspected terrorists, and one innocent civilian, were tortured. Now the Justice Department is threatening an investigation, but not if John will cooperate in an ongoing operation: a professor at the college where he works is rumored to be involved with an organization masking a militant group. As John and Tess work to salvage their life together a young man in Atlanta is slowly becoming radicalized – groomed by the professor John is meant to report on – to fight not in Syria but at home in the US. Eventually all three lives intersect, with devastating consequences. “Echolocation [Small Treasons] is a beautifully written, disturbing portrait of Americans searching for meaning in a violent, fragmented world. What a marvelous novel this is.” – Ron Rash