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Birds in Art Exhibit at Brookgreen Gardens

Birds in Art, the highly acclaimed traveling exhibition of paintings and sculpture mounted by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum of Wausau, Wisconsin, opens January 28 in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC.

Known as “the best opportunity for indoor bird-watching on the planet”, this exhibit   showcases the remarkable talents of national and international artists, who have presented their very best work interpreting birds and related subjects.

The exhibit will be on display daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. through April 22 and is free with garden admission.

The traveling exhibit includes 49 paintings, drawings, and prints, and 11 sculptures selected from the 112 artworks shown in the full exhibit.  In addition to Brookgreen Gardens, the exhibit will travel to museums in Kansas, Michigan, Colorado, and Alaska through 2012 and early 2013.

Among the distinguished international group of artists having works in the traveling exhibit are Hélène Arfi (France), Chris Bacon (Canada), Robert Bateman (Canada), John Busby (Scotland), Adele Earnshaw (New Zealand), Peter Gray (South Africa), Simon Gudgeon (England), Nobuko Kumasaka (Japan), Lars Jonsson (Sweden), Zev Labinger (Israel), Lucinda Kate McEachern (Australia), Bernd Pöppelmann (Germany), and Ewoud de Groot (Netherlands).  The American artists include James Morgan (Utah), Frank LaLumia (Colorado), Timothy David Mayhew (New Mexico), Anne Senechal Faust (Louisiana), Roger Martin (North Carolina), Mary Cornish (Virginia), Lorri Davis (Alaska), Hilarie Lambert (South Carolina), Paula Waterman (Maryland), and Thomas Hill (California).  A painting by the 2011 Master Wildlife Artist, James Coe, will also be in the traveling exhibit.

In conjunction with Birds in Art, the Woodson Art Museum selects an artist to receive its annual Master Wildlife Artist Award.  The award honors artists who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in using bird imagery in their artwork.  The individual recognized as the Master Wildlife Artist is further honored by a mini-retrospective of 10 to 12 artworks during Birds in Art at the Woodson.  This year’s Master Wildlife Artist is painter James Coe of Hannacroix, New York.

The Woodson’s 32nd Master Artist, Coe initially was fascinated by egrets and shorebirds that flocked to salt marshes near his suburban New York boyhood home.  He worked for many years as a field guide illustrator before he ventured out of the studio and began painting landscapes en plein air.  Coe’s work reflects a synthesis of two styles, weaving his insight and skill as a trained naturalist into fresh, deftly painted landscapes often featuring avian subjects.


2nd Annual Atalaya Holiday Celebrations

This year’s Atalaya Holiday Celebration will be greatly expanded from last year’s event. The living quarters of the home consisted of 30 rooms. These rooms, along with Mrs. Huntington’s sculpture studio will be decorated in holiday motif for the celebration by local groups and designers. Each group will be using their own knowledge and interpretation of the era, the South, and the Holidays for their decorations. Competition will be spirited for the “People’s Choice Award” and visitors will enjoy voting on their favorite for this award.

Other activities include Grandma’s Kitchen where visitors can enjoy hot, spiced cider along with homemade goodies which will be for sale individually or in gift packages. (These holiday goodies are being made by some of the finest Southern cooks around and will give you a great opportunity to skip your own baking for the holidays!)

The Holiday crafts and gifts, contributed by members of the Friends group and their friends, will be an excellent way for visitors to get a head start on your holiday shopping.

A “mini” Oyster Roast will be available, for $10.00, for visitors who wish to try an area favorite.

Live entertainment will add to the Holiday atmosphere throughout the day. Performers include: the Pawleys Island Concert Band, Serendipity Singers, Waccamaw High School Musicians, Jill Trinka of Trinka Folk Music, Duo Inglis, the Hand Bell Choir of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection and Gwyn Fowler.

The Lionel Train Club will have their trains on display. These exhibits and “remembering the good ole days” always add to the holiday spirit for young and old alike.

Children will be able to make Holiday Crafts for their own homes in a special section set up for them.

Roving Actors will be portraying Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington. Bring your family and don’t forget your camera as this will be a great opportunity to have your holiday picture taken!

We suggest that you dress warmly as Atalaya is not heated

Saturday, December 3, 2011
11 am – 4 pm
At Atalaya
Located Inside Huntington Beach State Park


Myrtle Beach Area Christmas Parades

Missed the Hollywood, CA Holiday Parade?  How about taking in a Christmas parade in the Low Country? The beauty queens smiling, the bands marching, and Santa waving makes each one of us feel like a child again.  The Lowcountry offers many opportunities:

Saturday, December 3rd

11 am Myrtle Beach Holiday Parade at Broadway at the Beach

11:30 am Georgetown Christmas Parade

5:30 pm North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade

Sunday, December 4th

3 pm Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 10

10 am Conway Christmas Parade

2 pm Surfside Beach Christmas Parade

 Insiders Tip:  Come and enjoy the fun as the Murrells Inlet Christmas Parade starts at Wilcox Avenue (Booty’s) and marches down Business 17 with marching bands, beauty queens, dogs, cycles, clowns, mini cars and more!


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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Things to Do: Bowling, Movies & Dining at Revolutions

Dinner, bowling and a movie will never be the same with a fresh selection of Classic American Fare, a full service bar with top shelf liquor and wine selections, a place to meet friends and always be sure to get a good value. Revolutions Entertainment is the ultimate upscale bowling and entertainment experience with impeccable service and unlimited fun. The main bowling area features 12 lanes of bowling surrounded by plush leather couch seating, a vibrant atmosphere illuminated with black lights and who wouldn’t love it… lane side service from the Bistro & Bar!
They also offer private suites, each fitted with private bowling lanes, plush leather couch seating, huge projection screens and private catering menus from the Bistro & Bar! You can call  to reserve a private suite for your next birthday party, private or group event!
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10125 Highway 17 Bypass
Unit 12F
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Things to Do in Murrells Inlet September 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011 .. 1:30 pm
Murrells Inlet 2020 Annual Golf Tournament
Don’t miss a chance to play the Grand Strand’s highest ranked public golf course.  Heritage Golf Club presents the 13th Annual Murrells Inlet 2020 Golf Tournament on Sunday, September 4, 2011.  Prompt shotgun start at 1:30 pm.  Prizes awarded for top three winning teams, longest putt, longest drive and more.  Chances to win cars on three hole-in-one contests.  $110 per player or  $400 per foursome.  Fee includes green fees, cart, beverages and dinner.  Space is limited.  We expect an early sell-out, so register early.  Contact MI2020 at 843-357-2007 to register.     Please click here to download a golf registration form Sunday, September 11, 2011 .. 10:00 am – closing
10th Annual 9/11 Benefit
The Dead Dog Saloon proudly presents the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 Benefit.  Doors open at 10 am with the formal ceremony at 1:00 pm.  There will be free food and live bands all day and night.  Proceeds to benefit the Georgetown County Sheriff “Shop with Santa” program and the Horry/Georgetown Counties Fire & Life Safety Expo.  Call 651-0664 or click HERE to visit the Dead Dog’s website for more info.  Friday – Sunday, September 23 – 25, 2011
Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival
Located at Atalaya Castle in Huntington Beach State Park (16148 Ocean Hwy) in Murrells Inlet, the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival features more than 100 fine artisans. The festival provides aesthetic beauty against a background of natural beauty. Enjoy fine art, quality crafts, Lowcountry food, and the area’s finest musicians.  Visit the SC Parks, Recreation & Tourism website and search Atalya for more information.  Tuesday, September 27, 2011 .. 6:30 pm
Burgess Community Area Plan Meeting
The Horry County Planning Department is hosting this meeting at the St. James High School Auditorium to review the Burgess Community Area Plan.  Many residents with a Murrells Inlet mailing address live in the Burgess Community.  The plan focuses on these five major areas of interest:  Transportation, Stormwater, Natural Resources and Open Space, Community Identity and Heritage, and Land Use and Zoning.  Residents are invited to attend the meeting to learn about the plan and provide feedback to the county.  Click HERE to view the Horry County Planning Department website that contains contact information, preliminary surveys and multiple maps of the area.