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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.”

Twelve different species of bees swarming a flowery meadow.
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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.

Bluffton Lecture Series Underway

The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society presents Dr. Larry Roland.

The second lecture in a year-long series features Dr. Larry Rowland, local historian and USCB professor emeritus, who will discuss “The Early Explorers of the Lowcountry.” 

The lecture will be at Bluffton, SC, Town Hall on Monday, August 7 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Admission is $5 and will be used to fund the preservation and digitization of Bluffton’s history (documents, maps, etc.).

Upcoming Lectures:

October 9-Rotary Community Center 
Speakers: Emmett McCracken & Jacob Martin
Topic: What it was like to be a Kid in the Late Fifties and Early Sixties in Bluffton

December 11-Rotary Community Center 
Speaker: David Lauderdale, Local Opinion Column Contributor, Island Packet
Topic: Lowcountry Life & Times in Beaufort County

February 19-Town Hall
Speaker: Air Force General Lloyd “Fig” Newton, Retired four-star general, Commander, Air Education & Training Command, first African-American pilot in the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and Ridgeland-native. Newton is also the founder/promoter of the new Polaris Tech Charter School in Jasper County.
Topic: Military Stories

April 9-Town Hall
Speaker: Jonathan Haupt, Executive Director, Pat Conroy Literary Center
Topic: Pat Conroy Literary Center and the legacy of Pat Conroy as a student, teacher and mentor.

June 11-Town Hall
Speaker: Jeff Fulgham, Bluffton native, historian and author of, “The Bluffton Expedition: The Burning of Bluffton, SC, During the Civil War”
Topic: The Burning of Bluffton

For more information about the lecture series, please call
1 (843) 709-0880

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

Calabash Gallery Presents Exhibition Especially for Area Visitors

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC will present Take a Little Coast Home With You, a collection of small coastal-themed paintings – all designed for easy transport home.  The exhibition, which runs from August 1 through Sept. 9, features original works by 24 artists who have been invited to participate in the special event.

There will be a reception to meet the artists on Thursday, August 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited and there is no charge.

Artist Nancy Hughes Hiller, Morning Beach, oil, 10 x 10 inches

According to owner Ginny Lassiter, “Visitors to the area have always played a major role in our gallery, but we’ve never developed an exhibition quite like this for them. The artists in this show are specifically working on canvases small enough to pop in your suitcase and take home with you. The pieces are beautiful and will help create wonderful memories of a trip to the Carolina coast.”

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Art mediums for Take a Little Coast Home With You run the gamut from oil, pastel, acrylic and watercolor to metal and gyotaku (fish printing). Participating artists include Linda Young, Joseph Bardani, Celia Wester, Freeman Beard, Joyce Vollmer, Irene Beard, Ortrud Tyler, Roseann Bellinger, Nancy Hughes Miller, Roger Tatum, Elaine Bigelow, Mary Smith, Brenda Butka, Brooks Pearce, Sue Coley, Phil Meade, Ruth Cox, Ann Parks McCray, Nancy Guiry, Ann Lees, Rick Steingress & Cat Wondergem, Gary Halberstadt and Ginny Lassiter.

 

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. The gallery’s Coffee With the Authors programs feature presentations by local and regional authors. A Paint & Party series provides a fun after-work experience for those with no previous art background. For more information, call 910.575.5999 or visit the website at www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com.

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.

All About Beer 2

The Sand Bar Lecture Series continues at the Museum of Coastal Carolina featuring “All About Beer 2” presented by Jim Hill Tuesday, August 1 at 6 PM.

With new craft breweries on the horizon for southwest Brunswick County, it is the perfect time to sharpen your beer knowledge. Join some friends for a night of beer education covering the history of beer, beer styles, basic brewing techniques, facts and myths about beer and how to enjoy your favorite glass of beer. Learn tricks and tips from a local homebrewer.

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.

Beaufort Branch Library Announces Two Solar Eclipse Events

On August 21, 2017, millions of people across the United States will see nature’s most wondrous spectacle — a total eclipse of the Sun. Viewers in Beaufort will have the opportunity to witness up to 98 percent coverage of the sun – a partial solar eclipse.

Visit the Beaufort Branch library to celebrate and learn about this astronomical event. All program attendees will receive complimentary viewing glasses designed to protect your eyes while observing the eclipse. Eclipse glasses will also be available while supplies last from August 17th-August 21st during normal operating hours.

Event Name:  Solar Eclipse 101

Short Description of the event: Join us for an overview of the eclipse including why they happen and how you can be safe and get the most out of your eclipse viewing experience. For adults and families.

Time and Date of the Event:  Wednesday, July 26th at 5:30pm

Location of Event: Beaufort Branch Library 311 Scott St. Beaufort, SC 29902

Price of the Event: Free

Contact Information: 843-255-6458

Website: beaufortcountylibrary.org

Event Name:  Dramatic Essay Reading: Annie Dillard’s “Total Eclipse”

Short Description of the event:  In anticipation of the eclipse, please join us on Wednesday, August 16th for a dramatic reading of Pulitzer – prize-winning author Annie Dillard’s essay “Total Eclipse” as performed by professional actress Maggie Worsdale of the Traveling Literacy Theater.

Time and Date of the Event:  Wednesday, August 16th at 2:00pm

Location of Event: Beaufort Branch Library 311 Scott St. Beaufort, SC 29902

Price of the Event: Free

Contact Information: 843-255-6458

Website: beaufortcountylibrary.org

Writer Annie Dillard viewed on February 26, 1979, a total eclipse from the Yakima Valley in central Washington State. She described her impressions of the eclipse in an essay, “Total Eclipse.” In this piece Dillard describes a nearly overwhelming emotional experience as suggested in this quotation: “It materialized out of thin air – black, and flat, and sliding, outlined in flame. The heart screeched. The meaning of the sight overwhelmed its fascination. It obliterated meaning itself.” This essay was selected for inclusion in The Best American Essays of the 20th Century. (2000) 

Professional actress and producer of Traveling Literary Theater, Maggie Worsdale, will dramatically read Annie Dillard’s essay. Maggie is a native of New Jersey and has recently moved to the Charleston area. She has been professionally acting, singing, and producing for over 25 years. 

Titanic Program at the Museum of Coastal Carolina on July 18

The RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank on April 15, 1912. More than 1,500 passengers and crew members lost their lives. It has become one of the most famous disasters of all time.

What was it like to be on board the Titanic? Julie Hedgepeth Williams knows because her great-uncle, Albert Caldwell, was a passenger on the Titanic. He, his wife, and his young son survived the sinking. Julie grew up listening to her great-uncle recount the events of that horrific evening. At 6 PM on July 18 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, Julie will tell the story of the Titanic as her great-uncle told it to her firsthand, followed by the part that he never told anyone – the part he kept secret and that she only found out by research. The research keeps revealing new details about her family’s survival of this tragic event.

 

Julie Hedgepeth Williams is a journalism professor at Samford University and an author. Her most recent books include A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival and Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama, 1910. Her family has vacationed in Ocean Isle Beach for many years.

 

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.

Lowcountry Fair and Marsh Tacky Races in Beaufort in November 2017

Mark your calendars for a unique community event on a local plantation this fall as the Santa Elena Foundation presents “A Lowcountry Fair with Historical Flair.”

The fun-filled day will include Marsh Tacky Horse Races, Horse Fun Shows, Living History Re-enactments, Weapons Demonstrations, music and special performances, children’s petting zoo and activities, festive refreshments, and much more on the private grounds of Cotton Hall Plantation in Northern Beaufort County on November 18, 2017 from 10 am-4 pm.

“The Lowcountry Fair will be a stand-out event for the community to enjoy and experience early local heritage mixed in with plenty of good fun, food, and friendship,” remarks Megan Meyer, Executive Director of the Santa Elena History Center. “This furthers the promotion of our efforts to highlight Beaufort County’s unique history and collaborate with many organizations and individuals throughout the community.”

Headlining the event are the Marsh Tacky Horses, whose races will provide an exciting show for the crowd. Led by the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association, the races will showcase horses from all parts of the southeast and bring awareness to the special breed originally introduced by the Spanish explorers of the 16th century. The Marsh Tacky is the South Carolina state heritage horse and one of the most endangered breeds in the world. They once roamed freely by the hundreds through the South Carolina Sea Islands and Lowcountry but their numbers neared extinction as tractors, trucks, and development took the place of horsepower. Today, only around 400 Marsh Tacky Horses remain.

“We are excited to bring the Marsh Tacky Race back to the Lowcountry – as we strive to save the breed, it’s important to celebrate their historical significance,” says Jackie McFadden, secretary of the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association. “By partnering with the Santa Elena Foundation the day of racing will be even more enjoyable with a myriad of other activities on the grounds of such a special place.”

Tickets will be available for purchase in advance (online) and at the gate on the date of the event. Levels include: $20/adult and $10/child (5-15), $50 for families, and $40 for active duty military families. Also available to help the event generate proceeds for the Santa Elena Foundations mission are Patron tickets at $100 and recognized sponsorship levels starting at $500.

The event is weather contingent, and all donations will benefit the Santa Elena Foundation.

To visit the website for Santa Elena’s Lowcountry Fair, visit http://santa-elena.org/lowcountry-fair.

To learn more about the SC Marsh Tacky Association, visit http://marshtacky.info/mt/

Dragonboat Race Day a Huge Success in Beaufort

DragonBoat Beaufort hosted the 5thannual Dragonboat Race Day in Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park June 24, 2017. Twenty-three teams competed for medals during the daylong event with over 3000 spectators throughout the day. Race Directors Andrew Nicholls and Greg Rawls were pleased to announce that over $70,000 was raised, all of which will go to fund DragonBoat Beaufort’s OUTREACH program, which assists Beaufort County cancer patients.

Awards:

Best Tee Shirt Design – Beaufort Believers
Best Tent Decoration – Tidal Creek Turtles
Best Team Spirit – Swamp Dragons
Best Dressed Drummer – Tidal Creek Turtles
Most Money Raised by a Drummer on Race Day – Thunderstruck II
Fastest Overall Team – Organized Chaos
Fastest Local Team – Single Marine Program
Top Fund Raising Teams:
1. Dragon Slayers
2. We Have the Advantage
3. Swamp Dragons
Top Fund Raising Individuals:
1. Barbara Westcott
2. Connie Stewart
3. Sophia Schade
Heartbeat of the County Cup (awarded to the fastest healthcare-related team) – BMH Spittin’ Fireballs
Hallelujah Cup (awarded to the fastest church-sponsored team) – Tidal Creek Turtles

Medals were awarded for:

DIVISION C:
BRONZE           Weichert Warriors
SILVER             Tidal Creek Turtles
GOLD               Pinnacle Plastic Surgery


DIVISION B:
BRONZE           Rack Attack                        
SILVER             BMH Spittin’ Fireballs
GOLD               Braun and Bling                         

DIVISION A:
BRONZE           Charlotte Fury                          
SILVER             Charleston Fire Breathers
GOLD               Organized Chaos

CANCER SURVIVOR DIVISION:
BRONZE           Swamp Dragons                       
SILVER             Beaufort Believers
GOLD               DBC Dannie’s Dragons

Dragonboat Beaufort is a non-profit organization located in Beaufort, SC. DragonBoat Beaufort’s mission is to provide cancer survivors the opportunity to heal and regain physical and psychological strength and wellness through the camaraderie and competition of dragonboat paddling and racing. In addition, DragonBoat Beaufort supports those impacted by cancer through their OUTREACH program which gives grants to local cancer patients to assist with needs they are unable to afford or for which they lack coverage; and through support and counseling for cancer patients in treatment and in remission, including support for their caregivers.

For more information, please visit www.dragonboat-raceday.com.