Things to Do: Harvest Home Weekend Festival @ Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens’ annual Harvest Home Weekend Festival will be held this year from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Oct. 12 and 13.

It’s a great outing for families, and will include activities such as pumpkin painting, hayrides and scarecrow building. The festival is free with garden admission, and food and live music are also on the agenda.

This is the 15th year of the Harvest Home Festival, and every year about 5,000 people enjoy the event. You can bring your own old clothes down to make a scarecrow in your likeness, and if you have room, you can even take yours home for $5! The pumpkin painting is another favorite event. Brookgreen supplies the paint, you only have to buy your pumpkin!

Kids can even try their hand at the old-fashioned art of spinning yarn from the wool cut from the sheep at Brookgreen. The entertainment has yet to be set for the event, but last year’s event included a puppet act as well as a toe-tapping bluegrass band. And if all that fun makes you build up an appetite, you’ll also be able to purchase some tasty food, including barbecue, sandwiches and snacks.

Brookgreen Gardens is one of the most popular attractions on the south end of the Grand Strand. The nearly 1,000-acre property is full of themed gardens, gorgeous sculpture, trails and even the Lowcountry Zoo.

The property that is now the gardens was at one time four rice plantations. Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington purchased the land and created the gardens in order to display Anna’s sculptures, which were widely recognized to be some of the most accomplished works of their kind during her time. It is now home to the world’s biggest collection of figurative sculpture in an outdoor setting.

Brookgreen is lovely any time of year, but autumn is a favorite. The gardens haven’t yet gone into hibernation mode, and the weather is perfect for strolling outside. Plus, you won’t have to battle with summer crowds! So whether you make it down for the hayrides and harvest-time fun of the festival or not, plan to visit Brookgreen if you’re in the area this fall.


Brookgreen Gardens’ Brew at the Zoo

Come Enjoy Brew at the Zoo at Brookgreen Gardens Sept. 28


If you’re looking for a fun evening event with wild animals and some delicious beers (who isn’t, right?), then look no further than Brookgreen Gardens’ Brew at the Zoo.


The fun gets started at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 8:30 p.m. You can sip on more than 30 different national and regional craft beers, as well as enjoy live music from a favorite band from Murrells Inlet, Bullfrog. You’ll also get to take home your own signature tasting glass, and, of course, you’ll also enjoy evening access to the Lowcountry Zoo, just south of Myrtle Beach. Food and wine will also be available for purchase.


There will be a silent auction where you can bid on an array of items including a private tour of the Sam Adams brewery in Boston, private tennis lessons and even a day of racing at BMW’s Performance Driving Track in Spartanburg.


Tickets to Brew at the Zoo are $35 for members of Brookgreen Gardens and $40 for nonmembers. Tickets for designated drivers are available for $15.


Brookgreen Gardens is a wildlife preserve and sculpture gardens that has been drawing visitors to the area south of Murrells Inlet for decades. It was opened in 1932 on a former rice plantations, and includes acres of gorgeous themed gardens that incorporate stunning figurative sculpture, as well as nature trails and the Lowcountry Zoo, an accredited zoo that houses native animals that were either bred or raised in captivity, as well as rescued animals and animals that are being rehabilitated.


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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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Things to do in March Along the Grand Strand

Canadian-American Days Festival – The 52nd annual Canadian-American Days Festival will be March 9-16, 2013, in Myrtle Beach. Activities will include concerts, games and a golf tournament.

Run to the Sun – The  25th year will be held March 14-16, 2013 with three days of car cruising along Ocean Boulevard – Car Shows and races bring in car enthusiasts from all over.

Gathering of the GreenMarch 15, 2013, in Conway, more info TBA

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival North Myrtle Beach – also in it’s 25th year, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. March 16, 2013. After the parade, there will be Irish brews and food, bag pipers, Irish folk songs and dance teams who will perform their numbers on stage on the street.

The 3rd annual Irish Fest – also on March 16 from11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  at The Market Common. They will have  traditional Irish food and beers as well as an oyster roast. Kids activities include face painting and inflatables.

2013 Grand Strand/ Pee Dee Walk to Defeat ALS – Saturday, March 23 at Grand Park at the Market Common.  Registration is at 9:00 a.m. with the walk starting at 10:00 a.m.

The 5th annual Myrtle Beach Beer Fest – will be held March 29-30 at the House of Blues at Barefoot Landing features samples of craft beers from around the country. Tickets will be sold in sessions and VIP tickets are available for 100 people per session.

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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)


Pawleys Island Festival


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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