Earth Day at Brookgreen Gardens

Along the Grand Strand, we appreciate the natural beauty and splendor displayed by the coastal Carolina landscape. From the Atlantic Ocean to the unspoiled wetlands inland and along the shores of the Waccamaw River, the area branching out from Pawleys Island showcases unique ecosystems and landscapes that are worth protecting for future generations to enjoy.

On your upcoming trip to Pawleys Island, you can learn why these natural areas are worth protecting and what you can do to help by visiting the Earth Day Festival at Brookgreen Gardens.

Taking place on Saturday, April 21st, the Earth Day Festival at Brookgreen Gardens will be a great event for kids and adults alike to learn about nature, conservation efforts and the work that goes on behind the scenes to make Brookgreen Gardens the world-class botanical sanctuary that it is.

The Earth Day celebration will run from 10 AM to 4 PM that day with all-day garden demonstrations teaching attendees how to cultivate plants in your garden and helping novice gardeners learn the tricks of the trade.

Everywhere you look in Brookgreen Gardens, you’re sure to see vibrant floral displays, and during the Earth Day celebration, you will be able to purchase many of the same species showcased throughout the park at their plant sale.

At 11 AM, guests can learn how the intricate botanical sculptures of the park are made with an exhibition by park sculptor Trailer McQuilkin. Also, at 1 PM, Craig Sasser of the Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge will give a talk on native species of the lowcountry area.

The Earth Day Festival will also feature plenty of great activities geared towards kids. Guided tours of the Lowcountry Zoo will allow guests to witness and learn about native species including river otters, whitetail deer, bald eagles, red foxes and more. There will also be a variety of conservation stations to make learning about nature fun and allowing kids to construct make-and-take crafts to remember this special day.

The weather along the Grand Strand is only getting nicer each day, and with our amazing spring specials, it’s the perfect time to plan a weekend trip to Pawleys Island! Our Pawleys Island vacation rentals at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, True Blue Resort and Pawleys Plantation Resort have delighted beach visitors for years, and we’re sure that you deserve a relaxing getaway to this lowcountry coastal paradise!

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Huntington Beach State Park to host Atalaya Fall Festival and Haunted Castle

Atalaya Fall Festival and Haunted Castle will be held at Huntington Beach State Park. This is a photo taken inside the courtyard of Atalaya. FILE PHOTO

 The name has changed, but the activities will remain the same Oct. 23 and 24 when Huntington Beach State Park and Atalaya open their doors for the annual haunted houses.

Cartoons will be shown during festival hours, 6 to 9 p.m. This year’s event features an expanded crafts area, good for people of all ages, a photo booth, “head-in-the-hole” photo opportunities and face painting for the younger set.

There will, as always, be ghost stories by the fire, weather permitting, scheduled each half hour.

In addition to the s’mores and popcorn, mainstays of past events, guests this year may purchase food from vendors.

While park and castle entry fees have been waived, there is an admission charge – $10 for adults, $7 for those 6 to 15. Those 5 and younger are admitted free.

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Atalaya Arts & Craft Festival @ Huntington Beach State Park

Huntington Beach State Park will host the 37th Annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival Sept. 27-29, 2013, just a few miles from Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort.

The festival features more than 100 artists including potters, painters, glass artist, fabric artists and more. It also includes live music and food.

“It’s a really great weekend for our park,” said J.W. Weatherford, senior ranger at Huntington Beach State Park. “We have this wonderful castle which is a great historical resource. In addition to the art here at the festival, we have wonderful local food and local music, so come on out.”

The castle Weatherford mentioned is also known as Atalaya, which was built from 1931 to 1933. The Moorish revival-style building was the winter home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, the namesakes of the park who are also responsible for the creation of Brookgreen Gardens. The name of the castle comes from the Spanish word for “watchtower,” for the square tower that stands tall over the 30-room building.

The couple last used the castle as a home in 1947, and the furnishings were removed after Mr. Huntington’s death in 1955. The grounds the Huntingtons owned were leased to the state of South Carolina for a park in 1960, and Atalaya was listed on the National Register for Historic Places in 1984.

Guided tours of Atalaya are available for a fee through the state park throughout the year, but the use of the castle for the art festival is a special event that locals and visitors to the region enjoy visiting year after year.

’We’re very inspired when we come here, it’s our favorite show of the year,” said Barbara Streeter, a glass artist from Conway. “The castle makes it different, this is just a beautiful place to be.”

As an FYI, event organizers warn that stroller and wheelchair access can be difficult “due to uneven surfaces, stairs, crowds and narrow hallways.”

If you go:
What: 38th Annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival
Where: Huntington Beach State Park’s Atalaya
When: Friday Sept. 27, noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $6 daily, $10 for a multi-day pass

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Fall in Pawleys Island South Carolina

Need some encouragement to come to Litchfield/Pawleys Island this fall?
* Lowest rates of the year
*Beautiful weather
*Same beaches – just less people to share them with
* Uncrowded restaurants
* Lots of special events such as the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival (Sept. 28-30), the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art (Sept. 27 – Oct. 14), The 23rd Annual Wooden Boat Show (Oct. 20) and Brookgreen Garden’s Brew at the Zoo (Oct. 27)

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Things to Do: Coastal Food & Music Festival Murrells Inlet, SC

The Hot Fish Club in Murrells Inlet has agreed to become the central site for the inaugural Coastal Food & Music Festival.

The week-long culinary competition and food sampling portion of the festival will take place within a 40 ft. by 100 ft. tent in the central lawn area behind the restaurant and next to the popular Hot Fish Club Gazebo bar and music venue.

Events will run May 6-12, 2012, from 4-8 p.m. each night at the Hot Fish Club site, with after parties featuring up-and-coming local music acts from 8-11 p.m. at a different Murrells Inlet locale each night of the festival. The final day of the event will take place solely at the Hot Fish Club, with the conclusion of the chef competiton and live music both inside the tent and on the Gazebo stage from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

In addition to playing host to CFMF, the Hot Fish Club is known as one of the Top Family-Friendly Restaurants on the Grand Strand and also routinely hosts live music and other events.

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Paula Deen at Coastal Uncorked in Myrtle Beach

May 8 – 15, 2011

May 14 – Paula Deen Cooking Demonstration

Experience a fine southern cuisine cooking demonstration with Paula Deen at the Alabama Theatre on Saturday, May 14th. During this hour long demonstration you will see Paula at her finest paired with an area chef cooking up some delicious dishes. Tickets are $75. Purchase Tickets Now!

May 8 – 15 – Coastal Uncorked Restaurant Week

Coastal Uncorked Restaurant Week will feature local cuisine from participating restaurants along the Grand Strand from May 8-15. This event includes several different dining options to choose from including wine dinners, beer dinners, three course $20.11 chef’s tasting menus, and Coastal Casual’s from 5-7 p.m.

May 12 – Coastal Uncorked Golf Tournament

Hit the links in 2011 for the Coastal Uncorked Golf Tournament being held at the Myrtle Beach National South and West courses. Tickets for single player $150; team $400. Purchase Tickets Now!

May 13 & 14 – Tasting Trolley Signature Event

All aboard! It’s time for the Coastal Uncorked Tasting Trolley event. Your all-inclusive trolley pass gets you unlimited access to the trolleys on both Friday and Saturday from 12 pm – 5 pm. Don’t miss this exclusive tasting event. Tickets are $75. Purchase Tickets Now!

May 15 – Food Challenge & Tasting Finale Event

Join the elite culinary Grand Strand community for the Coastal Uncorked Finale Gala & Food Challenge at the Marina Inn. Prepare to watch six of the area’s top chefs square off in an iron chef style competition. This finale event will include tasting tables from area restaurants, specialty desserts, drinks silent auction, live entertainment, tastings and more. Tickets are $75. Purchase Tickets Now!

2011 Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art

Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art has announced the musical performance lineup for the 21st annual event, slated for September 20th – October 2nd, 2011 at Litchfield Plantation.

According to event organizers, the lineup for the 2011 festival promises carry on the annual tradition of bringing exclusive talent to the area that is unmatched by any other event.   “We have spectacular lineup of cultural events and entertainment for the entire community to enjoy,” said Executive Director Delores Blount. “Mark your calendars now to join us in celebrating the 21st season of the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art.”

Musical Performances for the 21st Annual Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art include:

Thursday, September 22
A Classical Evening

Friday, September 23
12th Annual Pawley’s Island Wine Gala

Saturday, September 24
Spyro Gyra

Sunday, September 25
The Kickin Grass Band

Thursday, September 29
Ball In The House

Friday, September 30
David Osborne Trio

Saturday, October 1
The Hit Men  – A Tabled Event

Sunday, October 2 – Family Day
1-6 pm Chalk Walk
3-5 pm Bit’s & Pieces Puppet Theatre – The Musical Tale of Peter Rabbit
4-7 pm Gallery Crawl

All new events for the Visual Arts performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art features two weeks of cultural entertainment and musical performances at the Litchfield Plantation as well as a Wine Festival that serves as a fundraiser for the event.  For more information on the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art, visit them online at www.pawleysmusic.com or call 843-626-8911.

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