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May Programming Aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

lizThe Battleship NORTH CAROLINA announces the programming schedule for May, 2014.

Showboat—Systems & Design
May 17, 2014
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$40 per person. $35 for Friends members or active military.

As the first of the 10 fast battleships which served in WWII, NORTH CAROLINA paved the way for those battleships that followed. Hampered by treaty restrictions, naval architects still managed to weave the various ship systems together into an efficient and elegant naval weapons system – the first battleship constructed in sixteen years. LtCol Ken Rittenmeyer, USAF (Ret) will provide participants with an insightful afternoon program explaining these various shipboard systems – armor, fuel, propulsion, electrical, etc. – that make NORTH CAROLINA an effective warship and how they are skillfully incorporated into this engineering wonder. A one-hour presentation followed by a two-hour shipboard exploration comprise this engaging program.

The tour is limited to 12 participants age 18 and older. It is not appropriate for those who have difficulty climbing narrow ladders or over knee-high hatches. Wear warm, comfortable, washable clothing, sturdy, rubber-soled shoes and bring a camera! Registration and payment are due by Thursday, May 15th. Tour is $40/$35 for Friends of the Battleship or active military. Call 910-251-5797 extension 3001 for reservations.

49th Annual Memorial Day Observance
May 26, 2014
Time: 5:45 pm
FREE

On Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, at 5:45 pm, people of all generations from across the State will gather together on the deck of the Battleship to pay their respects. Governor Pat McCrory will take part in the observance and will speak to the importance of military members and their contribution to North Carolina and North Carolina’s economy. This year we are also proud to have guest of honor and key note speaker Brigadier General Robert F. Castellvi, Commanding General, Marine Corps Installations, East/Commander, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

An emotional ceremony, preceding and concluding with military musical arrangements provided by the 440th NC Army National Guard Band, and a 21-gun salute, the Executive Director of the Battleship, Captain Terry A. Bragg and members of the USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Commission invite the public to this free event.

Summer Hours

Starting Friday before Memorial Day, May 23, 2014, going through Labor Day, September 1, 2014, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA will be open 8:00 am until 8:00 pm with the last ticket sold one hour before closing.

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).

Little River Blue Crab Festival

The 33rd annual World Famous Blue Crab Festival is set for May 17-18, 2014, in Little River, SC, along the waterfront. In addition to the popular blue crab, plenty of food, crafts, music and business exhibits will be featured from 9 a, until 6 pm.

For information, contact the Little River Chamber of Commerce at (843) 249-6604.

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Military Appreciation Days in Myrtle Beach

Military Appreciation Days
May 1-31, 2014
http://www.militaryappreciationdays.comDSC_0311Join us for Military Appreciation Days in Myrtle Beach during the month of May! We’re celebrating military men and women – active duty, reserves and National Guard – and veterans from every service branch. The Vietnam Memorial Wall returns, along with concerts, special events and family activities, plus the big parade on Saturday, May 24.

· Vietnam Memorial Wall (The Wall that Heals) – A traveling version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall returns to Myrtle Beach, May 14-18, and will be on display near Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium at Grand Park.

· Memorial Day Parade – This big Ocean Boulevard Memorial Day Parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24. Stay tuned for an announcement of this year’s Grand Marshal. Want to be in the parade? Sign up now at www.militaryappreciationdays.com.

· Family picnic, military exhibits and more – After the parade May 24, join us for a Family Picnic on the Pavilion Site, complete with activities for the kids, military exhibits, music and more. Headlining the afternoon is the Andrew Thielen Big Band with an outstanding performance.

Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories Become Paintings in Myrtle Beach Art Museum Exhibit

In the Western Desert of Australia is a massive crater nearly 3,000 feet in diameter, created by a meteorite believed to have weighed some 50,000 tons. Aboriginal Australians called the crater Kandimalal; in their “Dreamtime” (i.e., creation) legends, the crater had been formed by the passage of a rainbow snake out of the earth. Identified as a meteor crater in 1947 by American geologist Frank Reeves, the crater – one of the continent’s most acclaimed geologic features – is now known as Wolfe Creek Crater.Old Crater and Water HolesWhen Reeves’ daughter, anthropologist Dr. Peggy Reeves Sanday, first visited the crater in 1999, she learned that it was part of the traditional territory of several Aboriginal groups – but that, as “traditional owners” of the crater, they were forbidden from speaking openly of their sacred knowledge of the site. They did, however, agree to share their stories through collaborative paintings. Sanday’s quest for a perspective on the meteor crater evolved into an exploration of Aboriginal aesthetics and cosmology, where the Rainbow Serpent plays a pivotal role as the primary creative agent of not only the crater but of all features of the natural environment.KandimalalOut of this collaboration came an exhibition titled Track of the Rainbow Serpent: Australian Aboriginal Paintings of the Wolfe Creek Crater, which will be on display from April 27 through September 14, 2014. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sundays. This exhibition was organized by the University of Pennsylvania of Archaeology and Anthropology from the collection of Peggy Sanday.

Curated by Dr. Sanday herself, the exhibit comprises 19 paintings which portray the Dreamtime stories of the origins of the Aboriginals’ ancestral lands, with most describing the creation of the crater. Works by different artists portray subtle variations in the story, depending on who is doing the telling. Commentary by the curator explains and interprets these stories.Fly DreamingThe Aboriginal paintings in the exhibition, painted in acrylic on canvas, were created in a range of sizes, shapes and colors, from vibrant to earthy. Some offer images that bring the viewer in from an aerial perspective. Also included are regional Aboriginal art and stories not directly related to the Wolfe Creek Crater but rich in the native people’s complex worldview.

Dr. Sanday is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of several books, including Aboriginal Paintings of the Wolfe Creek Crater: Track of the Rainbow Serpent (2007); Women at the Center: Life in a Modern Matriarchy (2002), based on her studies of the Minangkabau tribe of Indonesia; and several works on the anthropology of gender.

All objects are on loan from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA, by which all rights are reserved.

Admission to the Art Museum is free at all times, but donations are welcome. For further information, call 843-238-2510, or visit MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.

Easter Egg Hunt at Battleship NC

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Myrtle Beach Marathon Announces 2015 Schedule

The 17th Annual MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon was a huge success drawing over ten thousand running enthusiasts, family members and friends to the Grand Strand over Valentine’s Day weekend. Planning for the 18th year of Myrtle Beach’s first and longest running major endurance event is under way for 2015!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the 2015 Marathon Weekend
Thursday, February 12, 2015 Runner’s Expo opens
Friday, February 13, 2015 Ripley’s Aquarium Family Fun Run
Friday, February 13, 2015 Neon Night 5K
Saturday, February 14, 2015 MyrtleBeach.com Marathon
Saturday, February 14, 2015 Dasani Half Marathon
Saturday, February 14, 2015 WPDE Marathon Team Relay
Early bird registration for 2015 is NOW OPEN!! Register for the 2015 Full Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Team Relay and receive Early Bird rates – the lowest rates of the year! We are pleased to announce that Early Bird registration discounts have been extended until midnight Saturday, March 15th!

You can now save $20 off regular 2015 entry fees:
Full Marathon: Regularly $80 discounted to $60
Half Marathon: Regularly $70 discounted to $50
Team Relay: Regularly $125 per team discounted to $105

2014 RACE RESULTS BY EVENT

Full Marathon Male: Tom Clifford, 30, of Wilmington, NC, 2:30:06
Full Marathon Female: Christine Shaw, 28, of Manchester, NH, 2:58:39

Half Marathon Male: Philip Shaw, 29, of Manchester, NH, 1:11:36
Half Marathon Female: Kimberlie Meeker, 33, of Raleigh, NC, 1:19:51

Marathon Team Relay: Team Worst Case of Holly Springs, NC

Handcrank: Bruce Newman, 67, of Stella, NC 1:42:34

5K Male: Matt Shock, 31, of Greenville, SC 15:57
5K Female: Alexandria Wall, 12, of Weddington, NC 20:34

For more information on the 2015 MyrtleBeach.com Myrtle Beach Marathon Race Weekend, please visit www.mbmarathon.com. Weekend events include full marathon, half marathon, marathon team relay, 5K and 1 mile fun run.

Montel Williams named Grand Marshal of Myrtle Beach 2014 Memorial Day Weekend Parade

United States Navy veteran and television personality Montel Williams will serve as Grand Marshal of this year’s Memorial Day Weekend Parade on Ocean Boulevard. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24, and is a highlight of the community’s Military Appreciation Days each May. The month-long celebration is a “thank you” to our dedicated service men and women, past and present – along with their families – for all that they do on our behalf.

montelAs Grand Marshal, Montel Williams will lead the Ocean Boulevard parade, then greet fans afterward at the Military Appreciation Days Family Picnic, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues North. Everyone’s invited to enjoy the festivities, which include military exhibits and live music from the Andrew Thielen Big Band. The picnic lunch, prepared by the Omar Chefs Shriners, is free for active-duty military, veterans and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.

The Military Appreciation Days Committee is excited to have Montel Williams as Grand Marshal. “Committee members sought a celebrity with a military background, and Montel Williams is a dynamic choice,” said Mark Kruea, Myrtle Beach’s public information officer. “Not only did he serve, but he still supports our veterans and their families, has traveled to Afghanistan to meet with front-line troops, and looks for ways to give back to the military.”

Williams is perhaps best known as host of The Montel Williams Show, which ran for 17 years, but that fame followed 15 years of active duty service in the U.S. military. Williams enlisted in the Marines after high school in 1976, graduated from boot camp at Parris Island and was sent to Desert Warfare Training in California. Impressed with the young platoon guide, his supervisors recommended him to the Naval Academy Prep School.

After prep school, Williams attended the US Naval Academy, graduating in 1980 with an engineering degree and a minor in International Security Affairs. Beginning his Navy career as a midshipman, he served in intelligence and cryptology. Williams was stationed in Guam, California and Maryland, including three years aboard submarines, and rose to the rank of lieutenant. He received two Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals and other citations.

While in the military, Williams discovered a gift for public speaking, counseling his crew and service members’ families. He was asked to speak to young people about the importance of leadership and overcoming obstacles, which led to a national tour. In 1989, he left active duty service to pursue motivational speaking full-time, and that ultimately led to his TV talk show. He retired as a lieutenant commander in the US Navy Reserve after 22 years of service.

Entries are being accepted now for the Memorial Day Weekend Parade. Interested groups and businesses will find materials on-line at www.militaryappreciationdays.com.

Another highlight of Military Appreciation Days is a visit from a traveling version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The Wall that Heals will be on display around the clock, May 14-18, at Grand Park near The Market Common. “Reading the names, searching for and remembering a lost friend or family member, is extremely moving,” Kruea added. “It’s such a simple, yet powerful memorial.”

Myrtle Beach area attractions, accommodations and restaurants also are offering military and veteran discounts during the month of May. In addition to the big parade and picnic, other activities during Military Appreciation Days include a 5K walk/run and the traditional Memorial Day ceremony on the Convention Center Plaza.

Visit www.militaryappreciationdays.com for more information. Military Appreciation Days is sponsored by the City of Myrtle Beach and PGBA, LLC.

Fireworks in Myrtle Beach!

fireworksFireworks! Throughout the Year in downtown Myrtle Beach, SC

Thursday, April 3, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Saturday, April 5, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Saturday, April 19, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Saturday, April 19, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Saturday, May 3, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Sunday, May 4, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Sunday, May 18, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Tuesday, May 27, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Thursday, May 29, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Sunday, June 1, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Thursday, June 19, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Thursday, June 26, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Tuesday, June 3, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, June 10, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, June 17, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, June 20, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, June 24, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, June 27, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, July 1, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Wednesday, July 2, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Thursday, July 3, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Friday, July 4, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, July 8, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, July 11, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Sunday, July 13, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Tuesday, July 15, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, July 18, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Sunday, July 20, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Tuesday, July 22, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Thursday, July 24, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Friday, July 25, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, July 29, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, August 1, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Sunday, August 3, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Tuesday, August 5, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, August 8, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, August 12, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Thursday, August 14, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Friday, August 15, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, August 19, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Tuesday, August 26, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Saturday, August 30, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Sunday, August 31, Following the Pelicans Game – TicketReturn.com Field

Saturday, October 25, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Friday, October 31, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Saturday, November 22, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

Wednesday, December 31, 10:00 p.m. – Broadway at the Beach

 

 

Cars and Trucks Showing in Myrtle Beach

26th Anniversary Pee Dee Street Rodders’ “Run to the Sun” Car and Truck Show

Thursday through Saturday, March 20 – 22

The former Myrtle Square Mall Site, Kings Highway

www.peedeestreetrodders.com

The Pee Dee Street Rodders and City of Myrtle Beach present the 26th Anniversary “Run to the Sun” Car and Truck Show, Thursday through Saturday, March 20 – 22, 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. This is the show’s fifth year at this location. More information will be posted as it becomes available, or visit http://www.peedeestreetrodders.com.

 

St. Patrick’s Day in Myrtle Beach!

Ocean Boulevard’s 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

12:00 – 11:00 p.m., Saturday, March 15

Ocean Boulevard, Downtown Myrtle Beach

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Downtown Myrtle Beach, SC, is the place to be Saturday, March 15, for Ocean Boulevard’s 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, featuring music, fun and authentic Irish food and beverage!  

Activities include live performances, kids’ zone, games and more, from noon until 11:00 p.m.  Ocean Boulevard will be closed to vehicles from Mr. Joe White Avenue to Ninth Avenue North.  For more information, contact Sherri Loomis at 843-421-9848.  Here’s the schedule of musical acts!

Music and Entertainment

  • Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe and Drum Band (to play between performances)
  • Lee Travis and the Bounty Hunters
  • Dino Capone’s School of Rock, featuring Collision Course
  • Mike O’Donnell
  • Paul Grimshaw Band
  • Gravy, featuring The Asheville Horns
  • Bullfrog
  • Ben Fagan and the Holy City Hooligans
  • Elise Testone (from American Idol and a CCU alum!)