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December Events Aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

Battleship Alive
Saturday, December 6, 2014
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Included with Paid Admission
Since 1997, the Living History Crew weekends have been a tradition at the battleship in the program called “Battleship Alive.”  The Living History Crew provides insight into the daily life and routine of the crew aboard the USS NORTH CAROLINA by explaining the duties specific to the sailor’s ratings (jobs) and demonstrates activities that occurred aboard the ship.  A great event for all ages. Bring your questions and cameras! Included with Battleship admission.Santa hoists flag
A Verry Merry Showboat
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Times: 10:00 am – Noon, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Free with Battleship admission
Enjoy a new holiday tradition! Kids can fly a flag with Santa (bring your own or buy a US or NC flag from the Battleship’s store). Santa and the Battleship’s Captain will sign your certificate of authenticity. Type your Christmas wish list on a vintage typewriter using authentic WWII USS NORTH CAROLINA radio message paper. Call the North Pole in the Battleship’s main radio room. See Santa’s journey being tracked in the Combat Information Center. Create Christmas cards for veterans in VA hospitals. And MORE! Bring your camera for some unique photo opps! A great way to start your holiday season!
The Battleship would like to thank the event partners: Battleship Living History Crew, Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club, American Red Cross and Friends of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA for helping make the program possible.
About the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA
The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is self-supporting, not tax supported and relies primarily upon admissions to tour the Ship, sales in the Ship’s Store, donations and investments. No funds for its administration and operation come from appropriations from governmental entities at the local, state or federal levels. Located at the junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River.   Visit www.battleshipnc.com or follow us on Facebook.com/ncbb55 and Twitter.com/battleshipnc for more information. Relive with the crew on the Battleship Blog http://seastories.battleshipnc.com/. The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is an historic site within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (www.NCCulture.com).


State-of-the-Art Instruction School Led By Former PGA Tour Pro Hugh Royer III

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday announces the South Carolina Golf Center at Shaftesbury Glen opened its sparkling new facility, led by former PGA Tour player Hugh Royer III, on November 1.

The South Carolina Golf Center offers men, women and junior golfers of all skill levels the opportunity to improve or learn the game of golf.

South Carolina Golf Center is a V-1 Digital Coaching System Branded Academy, which provides each student with a comprehensive analysis of their swing.

The Golf Center clubhouse is an 1,800-square-foot building with hitting bays, state-of-the-art technology, and a lounge area complete with flat screen televisions and multiple couches. Among the amenities available to golf center students are the V1 Digital Coaching System, Flightscope, a launch monitor that will help players understand their game and the equipment they need to succeed, and a gas fireplace in the lounge area for the cooler months.

“What I think we’ve tried to create is a comfortable atmosphere for people who want to take lessons, practice and get better at golf,” Royer said. “The way I teach is very simple. The technical stuff is in there, but I try not to confuse or overwhelm (students). I tell everyone I teach I want the golf swing to be simple, yet efficient.”

While Royer, who had four wins on the Web.com Tour and spent three years on the PGA Tour, played the game at the highest levels and has taught several top players since retiring from professional golf in 2001, the South Carolina Golf Center will cater to players of all skill levels.

Royer and his staff will provide individual instruction, in addition to offering 1-, 2- and 3-day golf schools and junior clinics.

The golf schools, which will feature 3 hours of daily instruction and a nine-hole playing lesson, will range in price from $200 to $400. Golf school participants will receive video analysis and evaluation in addition to game improvement recommendations.

Shaftesbury Glen also offers the added luxury of having apartments above the clubhouse where golf school students (or players on a golf package) can stay. The two-bedroom units are new, spacious and include a full kitchen and living room.

Players will also have the opportunity to purchase a monthly range membership for $30 that includes access to clinics and the launch monitor.

To learn more about South Carolina Golf Center visit: www.scgolfcenter.com.

Brookgreen Holiday Exhibits

Brookgreen Gardens’ two indoor exhibits will be on display daily Friday November 28 – Sunday, January 4, 2015 and are free with garden admission.

One of the joys of the holiday season is seeing how the horticulture and sculpture departments transform the two galleries in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion. Their imaginations, creativity, and hours of work help make the season bright.

Presented by the Sculpture Department the holiday exhibit, Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, features paintings by Tom Browning, the world’s premier Santa Claus artist.  In addition to his Santa art, Tom Browning is a renowned painter of western landscapes and his works are highly acclaimed throughout the United States.

Brookgreen’s electric model train village, including Lionel and American Flyer, has grown significantly since last year, both indoors and outdoors.  It returns with tributes to Hershey, PA, and to Georgetown’s historic Front Street, plus an enhanced Erector Set display and a winter carnival with hundreds of moving parts.

In Signs of the Season in Flora and Fauna exhibition, the Horticulture Department uses natural materials and plants to create a fantasy forest scene complete with a holiday feast for the animals as the centerpiece. The fantasy forest continues outside the window of the gallery to create the illusion of bringing the outdoors – indoors.

The exhibits are free with garden admission and included in admission for Nights of a Thousand Candles.

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 is open to the public daily. For more information, visit  www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235-6000.


Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday Launches Inaugural Myrtle Beach Preseason Classic

54-Hole Event Will Be Played in February

Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday announces the inaugural Myrtle Beach Preseason Classic will be played February 2-4 on six of the area’s most popular courses. The courses hosting the 54-hole tournament will be True Blue, Glen Dornoch, The Witch, Wild Wing Avocet, Tradition Club and Panther’s Run.

Cost of entry, which includes golf, a Sunday welcome party with complimentary food and drinks, a welcome gift, a Wednesday awards lunch and more, is just $195 per person. The event is limited to the first 100 teams. Individuals are welcome to sign up and they will be paired with another single.

The two-man team event will feature a different format of play each day, and teams will be flighted based on their USGA handicap. Teams will play best ball in the event’s opening round, followed by combined net team score and a Texas scramble.

“The Myrtle Beach Preseason Classic is an ideal way for golfers to kick off their 2015 season,” said Jeff Monday, MBGH’s tournament director. “The tournament formats are player friendly, the courses are outstanding, and our February weather is typically good, especially when compared to what our friends in the Northeast and Midwest experience. “

The golf course lineup, which features some of the best layouts in Myrtle Beach and all of America, will be the event’s primary attraction.

Glen Dornoch is one of the Myrtle Beach area’s most popular courses. The layout is renowned for the difficulty and beauty of its three finishing holes, all of which bring the Intracoastal Waterway into play.

Panther’s Run was the second of Ocean Ridge Plantation’s quartet of Big Cats, and the Tim Cate design is a 4.5-star course, according to Golf Digest. With pristine greens and a creative layout, Panther’s Run is a long-time favorite.

The Witch is one of Dan Maples finest works. The course plays through a cypress swamp and is as pretty as it is daunting. There is no housing, giving golfers an opportunity to experience the area’s native terrain, traversing the swamps on more than 4,000 feet of bridges.

Tradition Club is the Myrtle Beach area’s only Ron Garl design. As the name implies, this 4.5-star layout is a classic design and has long been one of the Myrtle Beach area’s most underrated tracks.

True Blue is 77th on Golf Magazine’s prestigious list of the “Top 100 You Can Play,” a ranking of the nation’s best public courses. The Mike Strantz design is one the area’s boldest and best. Everything at True Blue is big – the fairways, greens, bunkers and most of all, the fun.

The Avocet Course at Wild Wing is a Larry Nelson design that counts playability among it greatest strengths, highlighted by the 308-yard 14th hole, one of the area’s shortest par 4s and a very good risk-reward challenge.

For more information on the event, go to www.MyrtleBeachPreseason.com.

Hilton Head Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance

review and photos by Charlie Mitchell


The Hilton Head Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance took place on the premises of Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head Island on November 1-2. Taking into account the cold, windy and rainy day on Saturday, it was a great event. Since they have moved from  Honey Horn to the Port Royal Golf Club I must say it is by far a much better venue for such an elegant event. The fairways give these classic cars the backdrop that they deserve for such a line up.


IMG_2429The people who run the Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance really did a great job this year considering the bad weather that rolled in overnight Friday and stayed around Saturday. If you have been to a car show and think that they are all the same, I urge you to attend the Concours in Hilton Head. You will be amazed at the automobiles that you will see. This is for sure not a regular car show.FullSizeRender



The boat show was especially enjoyable this year and located in a prominent spot which was easy to view.



Wine Events This Week

signWine Wednesday – Nov. 5
Ready for a mid-week break? Enjoy this fall weather with live music, and some sippy, sippy wine and a taste of all-American outdoor cooking. Plus, enjoy a guided vineyard tour (2:30) Wednesdays are 1/2 price wine tastings…yea!
Admission: Free
Music (12:30 – 4:30pm): – Ed Torres
Food: The Vineyard Grill – burgers, dogs on the grill, fruit & cheese trays, whole fresh fruit, snacks & chips.

Wine Down Friday, Nov. 7
Every Friday, a special afternoon of live music, wine and food on the grill. Under the cabanas and in the comfort of the pavilion. Plus, enjoy a guided vineyard tour (2:30), exotic wine slushies, and some all-American outdoor cooking. And $3 glasses of wine all day. Yea!!!

FOOD: – The Vineyard Grill
MUSIC: Jerry Jones (12:30 – 4:30pm)


Super Wine Saturday
Saturday, Nov 8, 1 – 5pm
There is no better way to enjoy a fall afternoon of music and wine than at La Belle Amie Vineyard. Bring your lawn chairs and your have-fun attitude. Vineyard tour at 2:30pm.
Music (12:30 – 4:30pm): – Laidback Larry
Admission: FREE
FOOD BY: – The Vineyard Grill
Beverages BY – La Belle Amie Vineyard (soda, juices, beer, wine, water)

843-399-WINE (9463) ………………….. www.LaBelleAmie.com

REGULAR SHOP HOURS: Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm (6pm DST). Closed Sundays.

Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance Names Honorary Chair

The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance will celebrate its thirteenth year in the fall of 2014. The festival kicks off with the Savannah Speed Classic, October 24 – 26, on the Grand Prize of America road course situated on the property of The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. The festivities will continue on Hilton Head Island, SC, November 1 – 2, at Port Royal Golf Club where the Concours d’Elegance (November 2) will take center stage. For more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com online.

The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing automotive and motorsports enthusiast event weeks, has named Edsel B. Ford II, the great-grandson of Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company, as the honorary chairman for the festival this fall, October 24 – November 2. Beginning his career at Ford in January of 1974, Ford is a current member of the Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company. Ford joins a list of past Honorary Chairmen that includes names such as Bob Lutz, Nicola Bulgari, J.W. (Bill) Marriott, Bobby Rahal, Hurley Haywood and Dennis Gage from My Classic Car.Edsel Ford


“We have been honored to have Mr. Ford attend the Savannah Speed Classic portion of the event before when we had the Model T as our Honored Marque and are thrilled he will be joining us this fall on Hilton Head Island as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the revered Mustang,” said Carolyn Vanagel, the festival’s president.

Ford will be on-hand during the 2014 festival serving as a guest judge for the Concours d’Elegance, the core of the Motoring Festival, on Sunday, November 2 at the Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head Island. In addition to his appearance at the public event on Sunday, the schedule includes a special appearance by Ford at an exclusive fundraising event that Saturday evening, November 1 for Driving Young America, the festival’s charitable fund.

In addition to Ford’s participation as the honorary chairman, several other notable names in the industry are scheduled to appear  including Bobby Rahal, a member of the Motor Sports Hall of Fame;  Hurley Haywood, called the most prolific sports car endurance driver;  J. Mays, former chief creative officer at Ford Motor Company and Ian Callum, director of design for Jaguar Cars.

Tickets for the 2014 Motoring Festival are available for sale online (http://www.hhimotoringfestival.com/tickets).

For more information, visit the official Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance website at www.HHIMotoringFestival.com.


Blues Harmonica Master Lee Oskar Headlines at Cape Fear Blues Festival

Blues fans are in for a special treat when the Cape Fear Blues Society welcomes blues harmonica master and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominee Lee Oskar to Wilmington during the 19th Annual Cape Fear Blues Festival. There’s no one in the music world quite like Lee Oskar. He is a founding member and former lead harmonica player for the 1970s funk/jazz band, WAR. His signature harp solos helped define the WAR sound (think “Cisco Kid” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends”). In 1976 he earned Billboard’s title of #1 Instrumental Artist of the Year. In 1983 he created a successful line of Lee Oskar Harmonicas. In recent years Oskar has performed and recorded solo. By his own admission his harp playing has become more aggressive, evolving into a lead instrument. As this year’s Special Guest at the Cape Fear Blues Festival, Lee Oskar will perform at several events, along with touring blues artists, noted regional performers, and talented local blues musicians performing in a variety of genres. Wilmington’s premier music venues—the Rusty Nail SaloonTed’s Fun On The River, and The Art Factory—will host the 2014 Cape Fear Blues Festival. The three-day blues celebration features live concerts, workshop, jam sessions, and the popular Blues Cruise.rickey godfreyFRIDAY, July 25The blues excitement begins with the ever-popular CAPE FEAR BLUES CRUISE (boards at 6:30pm; departs at 7:30pm) featuring 3 bands, 3 decks and 3 cash bars, with heavy appetizers and a blues-filled sunset. Blues harmonica master Lee Oskar will preside as Guest of Honor aboard this year’s cruise. Festival favorites The Rickey Godfrey Band will bring their “hot rockin’ blues and hip-shakin’ soul” to the main deck. Above the main deck, Randy McQuay & RootSoul Project will delight with soulful fusions of musical genres. Blues guitarist Harvey Dalton Arnold will entertain with acoustic selections on the atrium level. Advance tickets are $55 each and can be purchased online now at www.capefearblues.org/cruise.html, or call 910-343-1611 or 910-452-7752 for more information. Afterward, the CRUISE AFTER-PARTY grooves on until the wee hours at The Rusty Nail Saloon (1310 South 5th Street, 910-251-1888) beginning at 9pm with Greensboro blues trio “Lawyers, Guns & Money,” who will headline the blues after-party (cover charge may apply).

SATURDAY, July 26: A free LEE OSKAR HARMONICA WORKSHOP for all ages will take place at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center (2nd & Orange streets) starting at 11:00am. This year’s featured artist is Lee Oskar who will demonstrate techniques, method and improvisation on his signature harmonica. Admission is free but donations are accepted. Call 910-452-7752 for workshop info. At 1:00pm, local and regional players provide an ACOUSTIC BLUES SHOWCASE at Ted’s Fun on the River (2 Castle Street), featuring finger-picker Spidermike Bochey and friends (details: 910-231-3379). At 4:00pm musicians and listeners can break for refreshments (cash bar) and blues on the jukebox at The Rusty Nail. Beginning at 7:30pm, doors open at The Art Factory (under the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge at 721 Surrey Street, Wilmington) which will play host to the SATURDAY NIGHT BLUES CONCERTfeaturing blues harpist Lee Oskar & Friends. Tickets are $15 in advance (online at www.capefearblues.org) or at the door the night of the show ($20 each). For concert details: 910-399-3793 or 910-350-8822. Afterward at The Rusty Nail Saloon, Snake Malone & The Black Cat Bonewill serve up late-night blues until 1:00am.

SUNDAY, July 27: The free ALL-DAY BLUES JAM begins at 12:00 noon under the tent at The Rusty Nail (1310 S. 5th Street) hosted by the Cape Fear Blues Society. Bring a lawn chair. No coolers; no pets allowed.  Beverages and food will be available for sale all day. Musicians can reserve a performance slot by calling 910-350-8822 and leave a name and phone number. At 6:00pm, the Guitar Giveaway will feature a Big Baby Taylor acoustic guitar. Raffle tickets cost $1 (each) with proceeds supporting projects and programs of the Cape Fear Blues Society. Raffle tickets available at The Rusty Nail or at any Festival event.

Wilmington, North Carolina and its island beaches is a popular vacation destination that’s known for its dynamic blues scene, with weekly jams, live performances, and two signature blues festivals that provide a steady dose of blues music. For Cape Fear Blues Festival details and tickets, visit www.capefearblues.org or call 910-350-8822.  For a free Official Visitors Guide for Wilmington, North Carolina and the island beaches of Carolina BeachKure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach, visit www.GoWilmingtonAndBeaches.com, email visit@wilmingtonandbeaches.com, or call 1-866-266-9690.

Salute from the Shore

The 2014 Salute to the Shore flyover returns for the fifth year and will be passing over the South Carolina shores on July 4.  Vintage aircraft will be flying along South Carolina’s coast in a patriotic salute to the men and women who have served in the Armed Forces.Here are some expected fly-by times:DSC_0222·         1:00 p.m. – Cherry Grove Pier

·         1:02 p.m. – North Myrtle Beach

·         1:05 p.m. – Apache Pier

·         1:07 p.m. – 14th Avenue Pier

·         1:09 p.m. – Springmaid Pier

·         1:12 p.m. – Surfside Pier

·         1:16 p.m. – Murrells Inlet Jetty

·         1:18 p.m. – Litchfield Beach

·         1:19 p.m. – Pawleys Island

Sunset River Marketplace to feature sailing theme group show

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, N.C. will feature a group show titled The Sailing Life from July 1 through July 30, gallery owner Ginny Lassiter has announced. Exhibiting artists include Ann McCray (oil), Freeman Beard (watercolor), Sue Coley (acrylic), Richard Staat (watercolor), Ortrud Tyler (oil),  Gwen Dumas (acrylic), Ginny Lassiter (acrylic),  Bryan Krpejs (watercolor), Donn McCrary (acrylic), Louis Aliotta (photography),  Marie Kasper (acrylic), Nancy Brennand (watercolor) and Shandi Berls (clay).

Crimson Goodnight oil by Ann McCray

Crimson Goodnight oil by Ann McCray

Wilmington, N.C. artist Ann McCray is known for her bold textural, gallery wrap canvases, many of which express the essence of sky and sea.  Originally a student of pottery, she studied art at Amarillo College in Amarillo, Texas.

Raised in the foothills of the N.C. mountains, Freeman Beard uses the traditional style of transparent watercolors. He is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina (WSNC) as well as an associate member of the National Watercolor Society.

North Myrtle Beach, S.C. artist Sue Coley paints the local landscape. She says, “I love to paint the beach and the coastline because it is always changing, always showing me something new.”

After graduating from Ohio State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art, award-winning artist, Richard Staat spent 35 years as a commercial artist before moving to Oa

Ginny Lassiter is a graduate of East Carolina with a major in Art. Always a creative soul, she’s a potter, she paints, she sketches and she designs fabrics. Most recently, she has studied painting abstracts with Joe DiGiulio and Sterling Edwards.

Bryan Krpejs studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art, where he learned the art of watercolor painting, acrylics and pen and ink. He has earned several local awards, including a second place in the Silver Coast Winery Viognier label competition; along with a 2014 Merit Award and a 2012 Honorable Mention at the Waterway Art Association Spring Show.

Whether working in mixed media, water media or oil, German born Ortrud Tyler creates a rich textured surface with strong colors. Her work has been featured in Southwest Art magazine and “Exploring Color” by Neta Leland. She has also been a guest lecturer/artist at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Gwen Dumas earned her art degree at Peace College in Raleigh, N.C. She has a background in interior design as well as hand-painted furniture. She studies with Frank Pierce in Southern Pines, N.C.

Sunset Sail acrylic by Donn McCrary

Sunset Sail acrylic by Donn McCrary

After retiring from a career in architecture, Donn McCrary now concentrates his creative energies in painting and sculpture. He is known particularly for his textural palette knife paintings. He has studied under Sterling Edwards, I.G. Regier, R.H. Hunter and accomplished sculptor F.T. Acorn.

Sail Southport by Louis Aliotta

Sail Southport photography by Louis Aliotta

Photographer Louis Aliotta, who is also the framer at Sunset River Marketplace, moved to Southport, N.C. from upstate N.Y. where he studied with master photographer John Freni. He began his career in the commercial sector, but now focuses on local landmarks, coastal scenes and sailing images.

Marie Kasper is a favorite among out-of-town visitors at the gallery because she paints so many miniature beach and harbor scenes. The New England native says, “My works capture a slice of time around our lovely coastline home where every day scenes offer the viewer a one-of-a-kind piece of art to be viewed and treasured.”  Her work has won several awards including a 2012 and 2010 Best In Show from Waterway Art Association.

Nancy Brennand became interested in watercolor when she studied Chinese painting at the China Institute in N.Y.C where she was pursuing a career as a professional harpist. Now living in Little River, S.C., she continues to pursue her passion for watercolor and performs with the Long Bay Symphony in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra in Wilmington, N.C.

Shandi Berls, the only clay artist exhibiting in The Sailing Life, studied sculpture at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and currently lives in Wilmington, N.C. Her high gloss ceramics take form as jewelry, wall pieces, tiles, wall hangings and more – including sailboats.

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 more information, visit the website (www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com) or “like” the gallery’s Facebook page, which is updated daily. Reach the gallery by telephone at 910.575.5999.