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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Myrtle Beach will commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a weekend full of activities, January 12-15, 2018.

The Carolina African American Heritage Foundation, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Myrtle Beach present the 12th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Friday through Monday, January 12-15, 2018. Everyone’s invited to participate in a job fair, musical talent show, the King Day Parade and more.

Here’s the full celebration schedule.
 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, January 12 – Welcome Reception and Mixer (with community leaders and city, county and state officials), Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, 1200 North Oak Street
 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Friday, January 12 – MLK Film Festival (showcases local films, videos, documentaries, etc.), Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, 2101 North Oak Street
 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., Saturday, January 13 – Regional Economic Development Summit Breakfast, Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, 2101 North Oak Street
 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 13 – Job Fair and Small Business and Economic Development Workshops, Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, 2101 North Oak Street
 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 13 – Seventh District Congressman Tom Rice Presentation (along with other guest presenters), Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, 2101 North Oak Street
 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, January 13 – MLK Film Festival, Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, 2101 North Oak Street
 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, January 14 – Ecumenical Worship Service, Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 1008 Carver Street
 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 15 – “Drum Major” Awards Breakfast (Keynote Speaker John King, with presentations by Jennifer Wilson and Bob Juback), Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, 2101 North Oak Street
 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 15 – Annual MLK Day Parade
 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., Monday, January 15 – MLK Musical Tribute and Concert, Mt. Olive African Methodist, Episcopal Church, 1108 Carver Street

Hilton Head Oyster Festival Scheduled to Benefit Great Causes

The Hilton Head Island Recreation Association and South State Bank present the 2017 Hilton Head Oyster Festival  November 10-11, ending with an Oyster Brunch at Hudson’s on Sunday, Nov. 12.

The All You Can Eat Oyster Festival Party will be on Friday, November 10th from 5-8 pm. Enjoy all you can eat steamed local oysters, lowcountry boil, pulled pork, seafood chowder & chili provided by Roy’s Place Catering.

Along with great food, there will be live music/entertainment–Matt Mackelcan, 5:30-8, Bluffton’s Arial Elements–a football viewing area, and wine pull. Drinks sold separately provided by Southern Eagle and Carolina Tasting Room.

Limited availability, tickets on sale online: www.hiltonheadoysterfestival.com. Presale: $25/person, after Wednesday, November 8: $30/person. Long sleeve event t-shirts will be for sale.

The Oyster Festival will be in full swing on Saturday, November 11th from 11 am-6 pm. Saturday highlights steamed, fried and stewed oysters along with other delicious food for non-oyster eaters! There will be live entertainment, kid zone, local artisan pop up shops, marshmallow roasting and sports lounge for fall football games!

Admission for adults is $7, children under 10 and veterans (with ID) are free. Band line up:

  • 11:00-12:45 | The Nice Guys
  • 12:45-1:30 | Ember City
  • 1:30 -3:30 | Deas Guys
  • 3:30-4:15 | Ember City
  • 4:15-6:00 | The OCD Band

Both November 10 and 11 are located at Shelter Cove Community Park: 39 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head, 29926 and benefit The Carmines Family Recreation Scholarship Fund at the Hilton Head Island Recreation Center.

Wrap up the Oyster Festival with a brunch at Hudson’s Seafood Restaurant benefitting Equip for Fit at the Island Rec Center, People for Parks’ capital campaign to upfit the renovated and expanded rec center.

Island Recreation Association and People for Parks urges festival goers to bring a donation to benefit Equip for Fit during the weekend. The Heritage Classic Foundation will be matching 15 percent of all donations throughout the weekend.

For more information please visit www.hiltonheadoysterfestival.com

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/.  


BEER, BACON and MUSIC Festival in Hilton Head

The Island Recreation Association  announces the Beer, Bacon & Music Festival! This festival will be at Shelter Cove Community Park in Hilton Head on May 6 , 2017, from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm.

Beer, Bacon & Music Festival was developed by the Island Recreation Association to benefit The Carmines Family Recreation Scholarship Fund to ensure that no child is denied recreational activities. Last year, the Island Recreation Center raised over $260,00 for the scholarship fund through events like Beer, Bacon & Music!

This extraordinary culinary adventure will be all the fun of a bacon themed block party mixed with a full-scale festival experience. Many of the area’s top restaurants, several of the area’s top bands and hundreds of the area’s top food lovers gather to celebrate American traditions – Beer, Bacon & Music. This event will feature bacon sampling and full sized bacon cuisine, bacon confectionery delights, live music from top bands (who also love bacon), local breweries and full service bars with beer, liquor, wine and bacon themed cocktails.

Live music includes the music duos: Baby Gray & the Hippie, Pretty Darn, and Richmond Brothers; and bands: The Nice Guys, The Chiggers, and Naytiv.

For the love of bacon  join the fun on May 6 at Shelter Cove Community Park!

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 www.myrtlebeachfoodtruckfestival.com.


The first Carolina Caledonian Fest  is set for October 28, 29 & 30. 2016. The one-of-a-kind Scottish festival celebrates the 350 Scots who stepped off a ship in Brunswick Town, NC and trekked northwest along the Cape Fear River to found Bladen County and eventually establish the first & largest Scottish settlement in America. This settlement became the Argyll Colony in the Cross Creek area of what is now Fayetteville.

It’s not just customary games and farcical portrayal of Highland culture. It’s a reunion 275 years in the making.

For more information, please call or email Karla Ward at karla@lumilvineyard.comor 843-424-6094 or Allen McDavid at amcdavid@triad.rr.com or 336-707-9188. Please visit the festival website at www.caledonianfest.com.

Lu Mil Vineyard is located at 438 Suggs-Taylor Road, Elizabethtown, NC 28337.


unnamedThe annual NC Grape Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 8 from 8 am to 3 pm at Lu Mil Vineyard. There will be a Super Yard Sale with FREE booth spaces (call 910-866-5819), Grape Stomp Competition, Entertainment on Doc’s Deck, Vineyard Tours on the Double Decker Bus and Free Wine Tasting. Join us for a day of great family fun & entertainment!

Lu Mil Vineyard is located at 438 Suggs-Taylor Road, Elizabethtown NC 28337. For more information, visit us at www.lumilvineyard.com or call 910-866-5819.

13th Annual Irish Italian International Festival Saturday September 24 in North Myrtle Beach

The City of North Myrtle Beach will host the 13th Annual Irish Italian International Festival on Saturday, September 24, 10am- 4pm, on Main Street.

Festival admission and parking are free.

This one day, rain or shine event brings approximately 15,000 people to celebrate different cultures. The festival will feature food vendors, two stages of live entertainment, and art & craft vendors, all catering to an Irish Italian International theme. A children’s area will offer inflatables and activities.

Vendors will compete for the titles of Best Entrée, Best Decorated, and Best Dessert. Festival-goers can sign up for Claudio’s Spaghetti Eating Contest, sponsored by Villa Romana, in person at the Info Booth or the CIAO booth between 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. at the festival.

Festival Sponsors include CIAO from the Carolinas, WFXB Fox TV, Easy 105.9, Home Depot, Flynn’s Irish Tavern and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

Entertainment Schedule Irish Stage – 421 Main Street (in front of Flynn’s Irish Tavern)

  • 10:00 a.m. – The Academy of Dance and Fine Arts
  • 10:30 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies
  • 10:45 a.m. – Band on the Rum
  • 11:30 a.m. – Port City Pipes and Drums
  • 11:50 p.m. – Band on the Rum
  • 1:00 p.m. – Off Kilter
  • 2:45 p.m. – Off Kilter

Italian Stage – 400 Main Street (in front of Hope Taylor & Co.)

  • 10:00 a.m. – Dale Mosher
  • 10:30 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies
  • 10:45 a.m. – Dale Mosher
  • 1:00 p.m. – Larry Tanelli
  • 2:15 p.m. – Claudio’s Spaghetti Eating Contest, sponsored by Villa Romana
  • 2:45 p.m. – Atwater


For more information, visit parks.nmb.us, or for day of the event news, please call the North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation Department at (843) 280-5594.

North Atlantic Right Whale Program

Mark Baumgartner Presents a Program about North Atlantic Right Whales at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, NC,  June 7, 2016

Breaching North Atlantic right whale

Breaching North Atlantic right whale, photo by Mark Baumgartner

Dr. Mark Baumgartner will present a program June 7 at 6 pm at the Museum of Coastal Carolina’s Sand Bar Lecture Series called North Atlantic Right Whales: The Science and Conservation of a Species on the Brink of Extinction. The Sand Bar Lecture Series is sponsored by OIB Surf & Java.

North Atlantic right whales are a critically endangered species. There are only about 500 left in the world and, as Dr. Baumgartner points out, “they live right here in our backyard along the U.S. east coast.” Dr. Baumgartner will discuss the plight of the right whale, the biology of these extraordinary animals, advances in technology that allow us to keep tabs on their whereabouts, and how science is helping promote the conservation of this species. Dr. Baumgartner maintains that “there is much we can still do to help the right whale survive.”

Mark Baumgartner is a marine ecologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He has studied marine animals for the past 24 years off the U.S. east coast, the Gulf of Mexico, in the U.S. Arctic, and as far away as the Bay of Bengal in the Indian Ocean. Dr. Baumgartner is interested in using science to promote the conservation of endangered large whales. He uses a variety of approaches to study whales including tags, acoustics, and robots.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers tag a North Atlantic right whale. Photo by Mark Baumgartner

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers tag a North Atlantic right whale. Photo by Mark Baumgartner

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC.  The museum is currently open from 10-3 on Friday and Saturday. Beginning May 27, the museum will begin summer hours and will be open six days a week. 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 www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.


The time is nigh and the stage is set for the 2016 Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green festival, held every weekend in June at the Hugh Morton Greenfield Lake Amphitheater. Now in its 24th season, the annual free-to-the-public Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green festival, in association with the City of Wilmington, will present two shows: “Twelfth Night” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.”


Themes of William Shakespeare’s plays continue to resonate with modern audiences. Have you ever wondered where oft-quoted lines originated? For instance: “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them…” and “They do not love, that do not show their love.” These memorable quotes are from Shakespeare’s masterpieces “Twelfth Night” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” respectively. Both plays are slated for the 2016 season of Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green and will be staged on select dates in June.


The Cape Fear Shakespeare Youth Company kicks off the season performing The Bard’s first romantic comedy, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” This playful show, directed by CFSOTG artistic director Cherri McKay, is about privileged youths with no real responsibility who are living in a world where adults are on the parameter. Cape Fear Shakespeare Youth Company performances are suitable for families and will be staged at 8:00 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, June 6-8 and Monday through Thursday, June 13-16.


“Twelfth Night,” directed by Adrian Monte, is this year’s feature production. Among Shakespeare’s most perfect comedies, the romantic plot revolves around separated twins, misplaced passions, and mistaken identity. Meanwhile, a satirical subplot unfolds as a self-deluded steward who dreams of becoming a count is derailed by the merrymakers he wishes to suppress. Put all these people together and you have a delightful poignant symphony of miscommunication, misconception and non-comprehension, all fueled by romantic desire. Add the lush backdrop of Greenfield Park and you have the makings of a perfect summer outing. Performances are staged each weekend at 8:00 p.m., beginning Saturday, June 4 through Sunday, June 26. Performance dates for “Twelfth Night” are June 4-5; 10-12; 17-19; and 24-26, with an additional Actor Appreciation show on Thursday, June 23.


Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green is among Wilmington’s most anticipated summer traditions. Visitors and residents enjoy free productions of The Bard’s works in a family atmosphere at the Hugh MortonGreenfield Lake Amphitheater. Located in the heart of Wilmington on the lake’s edge, the stage is surrounded by stately moss-draped cypress trees and well-manicured gardens of Greenfield Park. With 900 seats, the amphitheater is the only one of its kind in Southeastern North Carolina and is among Wilmington’s largest entertainment venues. Performances of Cape Fear Shakespeare on the Green are free to the public and donations are always welcome and appreciated. Gates open at 6:30 pm; shows begin at 8:00 p.m.


For an evening of laid-back fun that brings the arts and nature together, arrive early and bring a picnic or enjoy a snack from the concession stand. Greenfield Lake Amphitheater is located at 1941 Amphitheater Drive, Wilmington. For more details call 910-399-2878, email shakespeareonthegreen03@yahoo.com or visit www.capefearshakespeare.com.


Go with the flow and see where the water takes you. Wilmington, N.C. & Island Beaches is a convenient drive along US 74 (from Charlotte) or I-40 (from Greensboro and Raleigh).  For a free Official Visitors Guide for Wilmington, and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach, call 1-866-266-9690. For summer highlights and events: www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/season/2016-summer-highlights.