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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!


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!


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! 


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.


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


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

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

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,  For more information, contact Todd Cartner at 843-492-0515 or

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

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 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 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.

Myrtle Beach Spring Homes Tour Offers Six Homes with Style, Character – and Whimsy

Six stylish Myrtle Beach homes - from compact to palatial, traditional to ultramodern - will open their doors on Saturday, March 11, for the 17th Annual Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum Spring Tour of Homes.
Tour hours are from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets for the event are $45 in advance, $50 the day of the tour.  A buffet luncheon at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club accompanies the tour. Tickets for the luncheon, served from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., are $22 per person (for Tour ticket holders only.) Reservations are required and can be made through the  museum, 843-238-2510.
Besides displaying design details that range from formal and elegant to delightfully quirky - some of which are sure to provide inspiration for visitors' own homes - the tour serves as the museum's major fundraiser. This year's tour includes:
The Conner Home | 3304 North Ocean Blvd
Two homes for the price of one? This oceanfront "compound" features a three bedroom main house and a two bedroom guesthouse - totaling just over 6,000 square feet - with a pool and hot tub in between. Both feature rich wood paneling and carved woodwork, beamed and coffered ceilings with intricate hand-painted ceiling panels. In the main house, choose between the warm and cozy poolside den with leather sofas and stone fireplace, and the ocean-side den with its massive carved wood fireplace. Don't miss the exquisitely carved antique mahogany pocket doors to the master suite's giant walk-in closet or the owners' three-decade collection of clown figurines by artist Ron Lee.
The Gore Home | 209 82nd Avenue North
This warm, relaxing home belonging to John Gore, owner of B. Graham Interiors, was once a modest beach house. With space reclaimed from a carport and garage bay, it's grown to a comfortable 2,400 square feet full of antiques, one-of-a-kind furnishings and refined touches. Walk into the sedate first floor master suite - renovated from a garage and maid's quarters - turn the corner and you're in a lush jungle complete with leafy jungle-print wallpaper, ferns and two parakeets. These tropical interior aspects are complemented by the exterior landscape featuring a back patio and a lush pool with fountains and a spa, all surrounded by abundant greenery. The main living area on the second floor includes a newly renovated bathroom and a charming Habersham kitchen with cork flooring adjacent to a quaint sun-filled breakfast room. The Gore Home is an all-around intimate space full of character and sophistication.
                                              The Langston Home
The Langston Home | 3800 Waterford Drive, Plantation Point
This 10,000-square-foot, seven bedroom, six bath palazzo offers eye-popping detail after eye-popping detail; from the soaring two-story atrium with intricately layered ceiling to the massive polished marble kitchen island with seating for 12, to the carved and jeweled cabinet pulls. This lavish home includes travertine marble fireplaces and floors including a marble parquet floor in the master suite, and the parade of chandeliers, from Renaissance-style Venetian glass to ultramodern chrome with chain fringe. Be sure to see the expansive patio and multilevel infinity pool overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.
The Leask Home | 5208 Nightingale Drive, Plantation Point
Despite its 4,500-square-foot size, this Mediterranean-style home feels surprisingly intimate thanks to carefully designed spaces. A high-ceilinged great room opens into a formal dining room, a cozy office/den, a master-suite with "rain forest" shower and spa tub, and a cleverly designed parents' "cottage" - a complete living space with kitchen, sitting room and bedroom suite - that can be closed off for privacy.  Be sure to notice the owner's collection of South African art: carved animal and human figurines, painted ostrich eggs, and a box intricately carved from a single block of wood. The second floor living space comprises guestrooms, a gym and a media room with wet bar. Exterior features include patios, balconies and a beautiful pool and spa overlooking the Waterway.
                                       The Nardslico Home
The Nardslico Home | 7806 Beach Drive
Walk over a tranquil koi-pond- lined entryway into this ultramodern contemporary home laden with high-tech gadgets: from the remote-controlled entry system and window coverings, and the whole-house entertainment system, to the European stainless-steel kitchen fixtures and appliances. These design elements are nearly eclipsed, however, by the spectacular ocean view through massive, panoramic windows in the spacious living room, furnished in the colors of sand and sea. The airy first floor master suite has his-and-her custom closets and bathrooms. Climb the exquisite walnut and glass spiral staircase, encasing a live tree, to the second floor to view the home theater with plush seating for 12 and home gym with ocean view. Unique exterior features include a plunge pool/hot tub with fountain, a "recycled sea glass fire pit" and a second floor observation deck with lounge area.
The Orosz/Vanderford Home | 964 Corrado Street, Cipriana Park at Grande Dunes
This understated, 2,200-square-foot contemporary home has much of its "wow" power inside, in its owners' quirky, whimsical art collection. Look up, look down and look all around: you'll find artworks that amuse, delight and beg for a closer look. Like the colorful wall sculpture of hot-air balloons or the array of humorous portraits; from a knee-high Nefertiti to a ceiling-high dandy in taxicab-yellow jacket and white pants, shoes and hat. And every piece seems to have been chosen to evoke a smile. Other noteworthy home features include an open-concept kitchen with granite counter tops, thoughtfully designed bold and bright-colored rooms throughout, a collection of antique Persian rugs and a cheery garden surrounding the home.
Advance ticket purchases (for credit card and phone orders and luncheon reservations) can be made by calling the Art Museum at 843-238-2510.

Immersive Light and Music Shows at Ingram Planetarium

Ingram Planetarium is proud to host new laser light and music shows beginning in March 2017! Fully immerse yourself in the music of your favorite artists as their songs come alive in a 360 degree environment of light and sound. The installation of modernized equipment to start 2017 has ushered in a new generation of laser shows at Ingram Planetarium. Join this sensory experience unlike any other as mesmerizing laser artwork is now accompanied by 3D atmospheric effects and 360 degree lighting. Let go as the light seemingly dances around you to enjoy music from the most popular and influential bands in history through our area’s best sound system. Whether you want to sit back and relax or rock out to the hits of yesteryear, these fully immersive shows are not to be missed! Laser shows will be offered on select Saturday evenings throughout the spring at 7:00pm. For a complete schedule, please visit or call us at 910-575-0033. The March lineup of shows is featured below: March 4          The Beatles – Take a trip down memory lane with The Fab Four and enjoy favorites such as Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Yesterday, Here Comes the Sun, and more. Sing-a-long to these classic songs as you are transported back to a lost time and re-experience the evolution of this musical phenomenon. March 11        Classic Rock Night – Prepare to rock! Join us to see some of your favorite rock hits come to life with immersive light and laser effects! This musical concert highlights many of classic rock’s favorite bands, featuring AC/DC, Queen, Aerosmith, Journey, and many others! March 18        Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon – Based on Pink Floyd’s 1973 album of humanitarian, political and philosophical empathy, Dark Side of the Moon is one of the most engaging and mind-bending light concerts of all time! Featuring the entire groundbreaking album including songs like Breathe, Money, and Any Colour You Like. March 25        Pink Floyd’s The Wall – Coupled with spectacular laser art and immersive effects, Pink Floyd’s classic 1979 epic about personal struggle takes on a unique look, weaving its story in one of the most popular laser shows ever produced! Visitors will become lost and spellbound as their senses join this timeless journey. Featuring songs from the album such as Comfortably Numb, Young Lust, and Another Brick in the Wall. Not recommended for young children. Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach, NC. Admission is free for members. Non-member, per-show admission (including NC sales tax) is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors (62+), $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information, call 910-575-0033, visit, or like us on

Long Bay Symphony Presents March Concert

Ken Olsen performs in Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia Festival. © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2013

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance that will showcase iconic music examples from the Classical period through twentieth century modernism. The concert takes place on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center.  An exploration of the Classical Period style through two jovial masterpieces- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Impresario Overture and the Symphony No. 8 of Ludwig van Beethoven- and that style’s lasting influence into the twentieth century modernism, through the dark intensity and satirical humor of the Cello Concerto No. 1 by Dmitri Shostakovich and the tongue-in-cheek parody of Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 (“Classical”).   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 or visit 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.