4th of July Along the Grand Strand

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Here is a partial list of things to do during the 4th of July Holiday:

July 4th

Celebration with the Indigo Choral Society at Kaminski House Museumin Georgetown at 7pm. Don’t forget to bring your chair!

Fireworks at Barefoot Landing at 10:15 pm.

Cherry Grove Pier Fireworksat 9:30 pm.

Murrells Inlet Annual Boat ParadeThe theme is
“Saluting our Founding Fathers” with a patriotic boat parade at 5pm. Fireworks begin at 10pm!

Pawleys Island Annual Parade10am-11pm – Come celebrate island style!

Myrtle Beach Hot Summer Nights Fireworks at 2nd Ave. Pier at dark.

Fireworks at Broadway at the Beach 10pm

Surfside Beach July 4th Celebration – 6pm -10pm

July 5th

Independence Music Blast at La Belle Amie Vineyards – 12pm-5pm – Bring your chair for all day music, BBQ, and wine tastings!

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MacKenzie Beach Pawleys Island, SC

Going south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond.

Going south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond. – See more at: http://life-in-pi.com/blog/436-pawleys-islands-very-own-secret-garden#sthash.Anq5pCan.dpuf
Going south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond. – See more at: http://life-in-pi.com/blog/436-pawleys-islands-very-own-secret-garden#sthash.Anq5pCan.dpuf
Going south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond. – See more at: http://life-in-pi.com/blog/436-pawleys-islands-very-own-secret-garden#sthash.Anq5pCan.dpuGoing south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond.

The dilapidated motel is all that remains of one of the most popular black resorts of its time. The beach was named after Frank McKenzie, one of the resort’s founders. He and Pawleys Island native Lillan Pyatt acquired the land in 1934 and began developing shortly thereafter. McKenzie and Pyatt envisioned a place where blacks, without fear of racial discrimination, could visit the beach, enjoy great food, strong drinks and live music.

In the mid-1930’s, construction began on the causeway that would run across Midway Creek and connect the mainland to the south end of Litchfield Beach. Over the next few years, they would complete the causeway, while adding a pavilion and 15 cabins. Word spread quickly and by the late 1930’s, popular musicians such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker were playing there on a regular basis.

The resort continued to grow until 1954, when Hurricane Hazel destroyed the causeway, pavilion and most of the cabins. McKenzie dissolved his relationship with Pyatt and opened a small motel and bait shop on the mainland.

While the resort regained popularity, things were never the same. McKenzie sold the property due to financial hardship in the late 1960’s. The new owners closed the access to the beach and let the hotel fall into disrepair. Though uninhabited, there is a majestic beauty that surrounds the ruins and evokes a natural energy of years long passed.

McKenzie dissolved his relationship with Pyatt and opened a small motel and bait shop on the mainland. – See more at: http://life-in-pi.com/blog/436-pawleys-islands-very-own-secret-garden#sthash.Anq5pCan.dpuf
Going south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond. – See more at: http://life-in-pi.com/blog/436-pawleys-islands-very-own-secret-garden#sthash.Anq5pCan.dpuf
Going south on Highway 17 from Litchfield Beach into Pawleys Island, just past Sam’s Corner and before the Fresh Market, on the left side of 17 off of Beach Road, there is a broken down building and a magnificent beach view just beyond. – See more at: http://life-in-pi.com/blog/436-pawleys-islands-very-own-secret-garden#sthash.Anq5pCan.dpuf

Photographs courtesy of Native Isle Photography & Graham Ladd Photography, Pawleys Island, South Carolina. 843-237-5805

 

 

Things to Do: Atalaya Wildlife & History Day

atalaya history marchAnnual Wildlife & History Day at Huntington Beach State Park this Saturday from noon – 5 p.m. Meet live animals, view seashells & fossils, and don’t miss the Birds of Prey at 1 p.m.

Quigley’s Pint & Plate Oyster Roast

Who doesn’t like an Oyster Roast?  Quigleys Pint & Plate in Pawleys Island.  Saturday March 21st.

 

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Quigleys Pint & Plate   257 County Road S-22-362, Pawleys Island, SC 29585   (843) 237-7010

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Things to Do: Taste of Murrells Inlet

The 2nd Annual Taste of the Inlet, a fundraiser for Murrells Inlet 2020, is being held at Inlet Square Mall on Sunday, January 26, 2014 (no football that day!) from 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm.  Doors open at 6:15 pm.  Enter the Mall via the Books-a-Million entrance.

Savor the flavors from our fine Murrells Inlet and Garden City Beach restaurants and chefs who will be showcasing their signature dishes, as they serve up a delicious feast of hors d’oeuvres, tapas and heavy appetizers.

Event admission tickets cost $8 in advance ($12 at the door).  Beverage and taste tickets will be priced separately, and sold at the event.  Food and dessert tastes will range $2 – $4.  Beverages will include beer, wine, coffee and soft drinks.  Be sure to purchase your tickets early so you don’t miss out!

How to Purchase Advance Admission Tickets

CLICK HERE  to purchase tickets online.

Call 843-357-2007 to order over the phone.

Online or phone orders can be mailed (thru 1/18) or held in will call

Stop by the MI2020 office at 4124-B Highway 17 Business (next to Uncle Tito’s)

Starting January 13, 2014, tickets are also available (cash or check only) at

Booty’s in Murrells Inlet

Conway National Bank in Murrells Inlet

Jay’s Hallmark at Inlet Square Mall

Lee’s Inlet Apothecary in Murrells Inlet

Be sure to purchase your tickets early so you don’t miss out on this fun and casual evening of dining with the best restaurants on the beach … all while supporting a great community non-profit organization.

Proceeds benefit Murrells Inlet 2020, a 501c3 non-profit grass-roots community organization,focused on commmunity reviatlization and preservation of the creek.

THANK YOU to our restaurants and businsses for your generous support of our wonderful community and your shared commitment to our mission of making the Inlet a nice place to live, work and visit:

Bliss, Bovine’s Carolina Tavern, Cracker Barrel, Crooked Floor Tavern, Flo’s Place, Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille, Graham’s Landing, Hot Fish Club, Icons Sports and Spirits, Inlet Crab House, K-Rae’s Waterway Bar & Grill, Lee’s Inlet Kitchen, Murrells Inlet Smokehouse, Nalu’s, On the Half Shell, Salt Creek Cafe, Shell Crackers Grill & Oyster Roast, Twelve, Wahoo’s Fish House

Desserts by

Costco, Fuzzy Peach, Lazy Gator

Beverages by

Costco, Copa di Vino, Landshark Lager, New South Brewing, Pepsi Cola Bottling & The Allstate Ronnie Gasque Insurance Agency

Winter: Things to Do in Pawleys Island

Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort is a popular place for snow birds to take refuge for the winter. Not only is the beach gorgeous in wintertime, but you don’t have to fight the crowds while you enjoy some of your favorite attractions in Litchfield and Pawleys Island.

 

Wondering what to do while you’re here over the winter? We’ve got plenty of ideas! Here are a few of our favorites:

 

•    Go shopping!

 

There is plenty of great shopping to be found in Litchfield and Pawleys Island. We tend to start at the Hammock Shops—you can wander for hours and never get bored, and you can pick up much more than just a rope hammock. There are also quirky and unique boutiques, and if you get hungry, great restaurants. And don’t forget to stop at Litchfield Books, one of the only independently owned bookstores on the Grand Strand!

 

•    Explore culinary delights.

 

One of our favorite afternoon pastimes is simply to head over to Fresh Market and wander. We’re always inspired to do something different for dinner by the unusual ingredients and treats. Sometimes we’ll just come back with an unusual cheese to nibble on with wine on another laid back Litchfield evening.

 

•    Visit Brookgreen.

 

Brookgreen Gardens is absolutely lovely in the winter. You may have to wear some extra layers, but it’s worth it to catch Brookgreen by candlelight during Nights of a Thousand Candles, which will be held this year on Dec. 5-7, 12-14, and 19-21. But even if you don’t make that event, Brookgreen is still a great place to visit. The camellias begin blooming in December, and of you visit later in the season, you may also be able to catch some of the early spring flowers, such as daphne (which can bloom as early as January), daffodils, dogwoods, azaleas and even tulips.

 

 

These are just a few of our favorite ideas, and we haven’t even started with exploring farther afield to Murrells Inlet, Garden City or Georgetown. Really, when you visit Litchfield Beach in winter, it’s up to you—you can do as much, or as little as you’d like!

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Things to Do in Pawleys Island

 

 

These “arrogantly shabby” beaches have been welcoming folks since the 1700’s when the Plantation owners would move their families, livestock and workers over to the island to escape the mosquitoes. Renowned for its surf, the Litchfield  Beaches and Pawleys Island offer miles of private, unspoiled, pristine coastline.  Just a few miles south of the busy, tourist area of Myrtle Beach – families enjoy more laid back, timeless vacation activities like crabbing off the dock, shelling, biking, canoeing and kayaking through the salt marsh. Fish from the surf, the pier or the marsh bridges. And if award winning golf is more your scene, then you’ve found the perfect spot! Within a few miles of one another you’ll find some of the nation’s most awarded golf courses by top golf publications like Golf Digest and Golf Magazine.

 

While you’re visiting Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island don’t miss:

 

1. A spa day at Stox & Company.

 

2. Dinner at Chive Blossom, Websters, Bistro 217, Nosh, Rozs, Quigleys Pint and Plate, and Sanfords Smokehouse, Pawleys Island Tavern, Island Bar & Grill, Island Deli, Franks, Grouchos Deli, Hanser House Seafood.

 

3. Slow down a few minutes and see the Historic homes and sites on Pawleys Island, including the Sea View Inn and the old Pawleys Island Chapel.

 

4. Take home unique treasures and gifts found at White Harvest, The Hammock Shops, the Sweetgrass Shops and the Shops at Christopher’s.

 

5. Take home a piece of unique art from Gray Man Gallery, Cheryl Newby Gallery, The Litchfield Exchange (art mall) or one of the many galleries found in Pawleys Island that feature one of kind treasures from local artists.

 

6. Visit the Hammock Shops and see for yourself the creation of an Original Pawleys Island Rope Hammock.

 

7. Litchfield Racquet Club is one of the many fine amenities at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, and was voted a “Top 50″ club in the U.S. by Tennis Magazine. 17 Har-Tru courts, 3 lighted for night play, allow players of all levels to come out for a match or join in scheduled round robins, clinics.

 

8. Stop in at Surf the Earth – The Island’s only complete Surf Shop offering Surfboards and Kayaks sales and rentals. Also available, surf lessons, kayak tours and free local delivery on rentals.

 

9. Great events, such as the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art in September and October each year, and the Pawleys Pavilion Reunion held Mother’s Day weekend each May.

 

10. Nature Watching – Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island have several secluded spots, ideal for nature watchers including historic trails, tidal creeks and salt marshes.

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