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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.


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

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.


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.

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


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.