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.

29th Anniversary Pee Dee Street Rodders’ “Run to the Sun” Car and Truck Show

 The Pee Dee Street Rodders and the City of Myrtle Beach present the annual “Run to the Sun” Car and Truck Show, Thursday through Saturday, March 16-18, at the former Myrtle Square Mall site.  The annual “Run to the Sun” has been described as the “largest independent car and truck show on the East Coast,” with 3,000-plus cars and trucks from all over the United States.  For more information, visit

Moveable Feast Features Greg Isles

  Literary luncheons with exciting authors at area restaurants
The Moveable Feast is held at area restaurants throughout the year.  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 for those unable to participate in the feast. Each feast is $30 (with a $5 cash rebate if the featured book is purchased). For reservations, call 843.235.9600 or visit
WEDNESDAY, March 29 ~ Greg Iles (Mississippi Blood) at Pawleys Plantation in the Myrtle Beach, SC area This is the third and final installment in the Natchez Burning series of Penn Cage novels by New York Times bestseller Greg Iles. Counter to publishing pigeon-holing, Iles writes in a variety of genres from World War II thrillers to female protagonists. Mississippi Blood is the enthralling conclusion to a breathtaking trilogy seven years in the making – one that has kept readers on the edge of their seats and one through which the author survived a near-fatal traffic accident. With piercing insight, narrative prowess, and a masterful ability to blend history and imagination, Iles illuminates the brutal history of the American South.

Right Whale Program at the Museum of Coastal Carolina

The Museum of Coastal Carolina will have a program  March 4 at 11 am featuring the endangered right whale. Right whales are the rarest of all large whales. There are several species, but all are identified by enormous heads, which can measure up to one-third of their total body length. Right whales are endangered and have enjoyed complete international protection since 1949. Several thousand southern right whales are believed to survive, and they have shown some encouraging population growth since their protection. However, scientists believe that there are fewer than 500 Atlantic right whales along the eastern coastline. Allison Smith, a volunteer at the museum and owner of OIB Ghost Walk, will be presenting this program. 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

Brookgreen Gardens Hosts Black History Month Program

 “Mirrored Images:  Race Relations Today and Yesterday” is the theme of the  Black History Month observance at Brookgreen Gardens on Saturday, February 25.  It will include reflections by the authors of the book, “We Are Charleston:  Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel” and a performance of freedom songs, spirituals, and work songs, at 1 p.m. in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium.  The program is free with garden admission; however, seating must be reserved at 843-235-6049. (Left to right) Bernard Powers, Ph.D., Marjory Wentworth, Herb Frazier Charleston authors Herb Frazier, Bernard Powers, and Marjory Wentworth will discuss mirrored images as reflected in their writings.  Singer Rozlyn Sorrel of Charlotte, NC will perform a mini-concert during the 90-minute event. Frazier is the public relations and marketing manager for Magnolia Plantation and Gardens near Charleston, S.C. He grew up in the Ansonborough public housing projects in Charleston and at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He has edited and reported for five daily newspapers in the South, including his hometown paper, The Post and Courier.  Powers is professor of history at the College of Charleston teaching courses in American, African American and African diasporic history. His major work, "Black Charlestonians: A Social History 1822-1885," was designated an Outstanding Academic Book by "Choice Magazine."  Wentworth, SC Poet Laureate, is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet who has worked extensively in human rights for organizations such as the UN High Commission for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland; The Whole World Institute of Boston; and Church World Service in New York. She is the co-author of "Taking a Stand." 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 open to the public daily. For more information, visit our web site at or call 843-235-6000.  

Wild Boar Invasion!

The Museum of Coastal Carolina will have a program titled Wild Boar Invasion February 25 at 11 am. The program will be presented by the museum’s education coordinator, Maria Knapik. She will reveal how these animals are an invasive species. Wild boars can eat almost anything, reproduce rapidly, and can live almost anywhere. They have been reported in at least 45 states and their populations now exist as far north as Michigan, North Dakota, and Oregon.  These animals compete for food and space with native wildlife species, especially game animals such as deer and turkey. In the Southeastern US, competition for food is highest during late summer and fall when muscadines, persimmons, and acorns are available. They also are significant predators of eggs and newly hatched young of sea turtles, small mammals, frogs, crabs, mussels, and snakes. 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  

Winter Concert “More Inspirations from the Dance”

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Youth Symphony (LBYS) in their Winter Concert February 15, 2017, at 7:30 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center.  Following up on last season's popular program theme, this concert includes familiar dance-based classics such as Johann Strauss' Voices of Spring Waltzes, Slavonic Dances by Antonin Dvorak, excerpts from Georges Bizet's Carmen, Orchestral Suite No. 1 by J.S. Bach, and even a melody of memorable tunes by Duke Ellington! Special guest artist for this performance is Steven Martinez, an alumnus and former student concerto competition winner with the LBYS who is an active musician with the Long Bay Symphony and many other groups in the area. Mr. Martinez is also on faculty at Coastal Carolina University. He will serve as soloist in the Concerto in F for Double Bass by Antonio Capuzzi. Adult tickets are $10.  Student tickets (21 & under with student ID) are $5. For tickets call the box office 843-448-8379, purchase online at or visit 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.

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