Golf author Pete Hoyer to speak at Sunset River Marketplace April 13

J. Peter (Pete) Hoyer is scheduled to speak at Sunset River Marketplace on Thursday, April 6 from 10 – 11 a.m. as part of the gallery’s ongoing Coffee With the Authors series. Characters On the Green: Everyday Golfers are the Real Character of the Game is Hoyer’s first book. Inspiration came after more than 40 years of golfing with zany personalities and their unique situations. Undoubtedly, readers have met some of these characters whether on the course or elsewhere. It is intentionally lighthearted and fun, much like the game of golf is supposed to be for amateurs.


Hoyer is a retired military veteran, honored as a Distinguished Member of the U.S. Army Transportation Corps Regiments and for continued service with the Dept. of the Army. During his years of combined military and civilian service, he has mentored and taught logistics and transportation to soldiers of every rank. He commanded an Army transportation truck company and was executive officer of a logistics battalion, among many other assignments. He holds a B.A. degree from the Citadel and a Masters from Webster University, as well as a second Masters from Troy State University.


He has been involved in several professional tournaments. He was a marshal at the 2013 and 2014 PGA tournaments and the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. For 17 consecutive years he directed an annual amateur tournament on Veterans’ Day. When he’s not on the course, he volunteers to coach youth baseball and golf teams. He currently resides in North Carolina with his golf-weary wife, Carol.


The event at Sunset River Marketplace is free, but seating is limited so reservations are required. Call the gallery at 910.575.5999 to hold your spot.


Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 150 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of art work in virtually every genre. Custom from, painting and pottery classes, and art workshops are also offered through the gallery. Since opening its doors in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has supported not only the visual arts, but literary and performing arts as well. It has become a popular community center and art hub from both NC’s Brunswick County and nearby Horry County, SC.


Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, NC. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10  a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 910.575.5999 or visit the website: For daily updates, “like” the gallery on Facebook .



RoadTrip to ArtFields

ArtFields is a unique 10-day (April 21 – 29, 2017) Southern art fest in the historic community of Lake City, SC.  Over 400 masterpieces will be displayed in locally-owned venues, from renovated warehouses from the 1920s to Smithsonian-qualified art galleries to upscale restaurants and start-up boutiques, in a mutual celebration of art and community.

Jocelyn Chateauvert, Invasive Species (detail), mixed media, artist-made paper, 2016 Peoples Choice Winner 3D

Myrtle Beach’s Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is taking a road trip to ArtFields. Contact 843.238.2510 |

A Gershwin Celebration

Philip Powell, pianist

Maestro Charles Jones Evans will lead the Long Bay Symphony (LBS) in a performance featuring music by one of the twentieth century’s most influential composers and the creator of “Symphonic Jazz”, George Gershwin. The concert takes place on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 4 pm at the Myrtle Beach High School Music and Arts Center. 

Amanda Horton, soprano

This concert is a salute to the great American musical icon, George Gershwin, one of the twentieth century’s most influential composers and the creator of “Symphonic Jazz”. Featured are two of his greatest orchestral works, American in Paris and Cuban Overture; both the beloved Rhapsody in Blue and the Second Rhapsody (“Rhapsody in Rivets); and several of Gershwin’s greatest hit songs, making for a truly wonderful celebration!

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 us at 1107 48th Avenue N., Suite 310-E, Myrtle Beach.



Beaufort History Museum Announces April History Lecture Series

 Topics Include Harriet Tubman and Gullah Culture

 Beaufort History Museum will present two lectures that are part of the popular historical series co-sponsored with the Beaufort County Library.  Both lectures take place at the Beaufort Branch Library located at 311 Scott Street.  Admission is free but reservations are required and space is limited.   To reserve a seat visit the Museum website at

The lectures are:

Tuesday, April 4  – 2 pm – 

Harriet Tubman: A Glimpse into the Life of a Woman of Courage

Hear about Harriet Tubman’s (aka, Araminta Ross) life as a slave, her escape to freedom, and her work with the Underground Railroad. You’ll learn how she helped to liberate hundreds of Lowcountry slaves in the Combahee Raid during the Civil War and about her work after the war as a humanitarian, suffragette and friend to the indigent.

 Lecturer: Andrea Allen, Beaufort History Museum Board Member

Andrea is a member of the historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in downtown Beaufort, where she is a musician for the Senior Choir and serves as Sunday School Superintendent. She retired in 2015 from the Coastal Empire Community Mental Health Center, as the Assistant Director for a five-county area, after serving 37 years in the SC Department of Mental Health. She joined the Board of Directors of the Beaufort History Museum in January 2016.

Thursday, April 20, 20172 pm – Gullah History and Culture

The lecture will cover the origin of the Gullah natives primarily located along the coastal areas of South Carolina and tell why they were concentrated in large numbers on various isolated islands such as Dafuskie, Johns Island, Kiawah, Port Royal and Wadmalaw. Saint Helena has the largest number of Gullah natives (6, 500) where a strong culture still exists.  Learn about their arrival as slaves through the Port of Charleston, how they were dispersed throughout the state, how their labor contributed to the wealth of the Planters and what exactly happened to these natives after the “Big Gun Shoot” (The Battle of Port Royal Sound) on November 7, 1861.

Questions will be answered. How did they acquire the lands they now live on? What was the importance of the Praise Houses? How did the language develop? Discussion will include what makes up a culture and how is it expressed among the Gullahs. This is a lively presentation, which explains how their practices evolved into what is referred to as Gullah History and Culture.

Lecturer: Mary Rivers LeGree is a native of Saint Helena Island. Her early years were spent on the Rivers’ family compound among her parents and other relatives. She was educated in NYC and University of Detroit (BA). After retirement in 2004, Ms. LeGree returned to Saint Helena Island and lives on the property that had been purchased by her ancestors shortly after the Civil War. She is eager to share their untold history and their practices from a genuine perspective, having been brought up in the culture. She is a past Planning Commissioner for Saint Helena District, and serves as a member of the Saint Helena Community Preservation Committee.

Beaufort History Museum, located in the historic Arsenal, has evolved to focus specifically on the history of the Beaufort District. It strives to manage and display artifacts and documents held by the City of Beaufort, telling the compelling stories of this area from the early 16th Century until modern times.  The Arsenal address is 713 Craven Street. BHM’s hours of operation are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday –Saturday.


The Beaufort County Library System is a free and accessible marketplace of ideas, information, and culture that fosters learning, community, and information literacy. The Library provides open and guided access to a wide variety of media and programs to inform, inspire, and empower all its patrons in their pursuit of lifelong learning, personal enrichment, and cultural understanding. The library system operates five branch libraries throughout Beaufort County and library cards are available free of charge to all county residents and property owners. It offers free access to millions of items through a combined online catalog and digital library.


The Beaufort District Collection (BDC) is the Library’s special local history and archives unit. BDC staff and docents are stewards who collect, protect and share a research collection of permanent value about local history, Gullah culture, the natural southeastern coastal environment, family history and archaeology. For the BDC’s hours of operation, please visit its website at


Healthy For Good Initiative To Create A Healthier North Myrtle Beach

North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, CVB

Continues Efforts With “Healthy For Good” Initiative To Create A Healthier North Myrtle Beach

Following the announcement of the new partnership with the American Heart Association, the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, CVB is launching monthly educational sessions to continue its efforts in creating a healthier North Myrtle Beach. Sessions are open to North Myrtle Beach Chamber Members in conjunction with the “Healthy For Good” initiative launched on Friday, Feb. 4.


In addition to the educational sessions the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, CVB is encouraging everyone to start walking as a way to engage and maintain one’s health. Every first and third Wednesday of the month the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, CVB is holding “Walking Wednesdays” from noon to 1:00 p.m.


“We have some pretty exciting events planned over the next several months,” said North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, CVB President and CEO, Marc Jordan. “Through the Healthy for Good initiative and our partnership with the American Heart Association we are ready to start making a change in our community and create a difference for generations to come.”


The 2017 monthly educational sessions include:


April                National Walking Day (April 5)


May                 Stroke Month

Employee Health & Fitness Month


June                 National CPR/AED Awareness Week (June 1-7)

Summer Safety


July                  Smoking Cessation


August             Back to School Health


September      Caregiver Support

Packing Healthy Lunches


October           Heart & Stroke Walk

Saturday, October, 21, North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex

World Stoke Day

Corporate Recess Activity


November       National Eating Healthy Day

Heart Happy Hour


December       Healthy Mondays

Maintain, Don’t Gain


The North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, CVB will offer resources and special programs provided through the American Heart Association. The year long “Healthy For Good” initiative is designed to motivate the citizens of North Myrtle Beach to live healthier lives, inspire a change and unify people around the idea that a small change now can create a difference for the future. The program will cater specifically to employees and family members of North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, CVB members.


For more information on the American Heart Association, visit or call 843-281-2662.

“From Earth to the Universe” to Premiere in April Schedule at Ingram Planetarium

Ingram Planetarium will premiere a new full-dome program titled “From Earth to the Universe” during its April schedule.

The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience, yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience “From Earth to the Universe!”

Doors open at 11:30am on Friday and Saturday throughout April. The full schedule of shows and events for April are listed below:

Sky Theater Shows

All Sky Theater presentations are accompanied by a live star show.

12:00   The Sky Tonight! – LIVE

Find out “what’s up” tonight! Explore the planets, constellations, and                                               other celestial events visible in the Carolina night sky.

1:00     From Earth to the Universe – NEW

Voyage through time and space as we encounter planets, stars, and other wonders of the Universe in this NEW full-dome experience.

2:00     Accidental Astronaut

Follow the adventures of Sy, Annie, and their dog Armstrong, as they embark on an unexpected journey into space exploring the sun and moon. Recommended for families and children.

3:00     Dynamic Earth

Planet Earth is our spaceship traveling through the cosmos, but do you really know how our home works? Discover the inner workings of our planet!


Immersive Laser Music Shows

Laser shows will be offered on select Saturday evenings throughout the spring at 7:00pm:

April 1              Led Zeppelin

April 8              Michael Jackson

April 29            Laser Country


Special Events

April 7              Stars at Sunset

April 10-13       Open Monday-Friday for Brunswick County Spring Break

April 22            5th Annual NC Statewide Star Party (in association with the NC Science Festival)


Public funding for “Accidental Astronaut” was provided by the Town of Sunset Beach through its Accommodation Taxes.

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

Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival

More than 20 food trucks plus other restaurants and vendors will be on hand for the first-ever Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival, a new culinary event, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at the former Pavilion site on Ocean Boulevard. 

Enjoy great food and live music from these bands:  Brad Long, Paul Grimshaw and Tru Sol. 

The festival is free to attend and is sponsored by Myrtle Beach and the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation.  For more information, see

Hilton Head Wingfest Winners

The Hilton Head 22nd Wingfest presented by Hargray saw a record crowd and record good time. The judges and festival goers have chosen this year’s winners:



2nd-Wild Wing Cafe

3rd- World of Beer


People’s Choice


2nd- GW’s

3rd-Hilton Head Firefighters Association


Wing Eating Champion

Isaiah Holland

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