Friday, April 25, 2014

Come Play in May! There's Lots to do in Myrtle Beach

Totally Turtle Program
Myrtle Beach State Park
4401 S Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Saturday, May 3
10 am-2 pm

A four hour event devoted entirely to sea turtles!  Have fun participating in a diverse array of turtle programs and activities!  All programs are free with park admission.  Crawl through a shrimp net, learn about our region's turtles, create a sea turtle craft of your own and much more!

An Evening Under the Palmettos
Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr., Pawleys Island
Saturday, May 3

The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens has a well deserved reputation for their exceptional fundraising events.  This year, An Evening Under the Palmettos, continues this tradition.
Located in the stately Palmetto Garden, this elegant black-tie occasion will feature cocktails, Lowcountry tapas, entertainment and a very limited silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind experiences and art that adds to the excitement of the evening.  Tickets are limited ($175 per person) and can be purchased by contacting "The Friends of Brookgreen" office at 843-235-6018.  Proceeds from "An Evening Under the Palmettos" will go to help create the "Waterfowl: Wings of Migration" exhibit at Brookgreen Gardens’ Lowcountry Zoo.  Over the past 20 years, The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens has raised over $2.4 million for Brookgreen Gardens projects through its fundraising events.

Laughter is the Best Medicine!
Carolina Improv/Uptown
Myrtle Beach Mall
10177 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach
Saturday, May 3
7 pm

Laughter truly is the best medicine and there is no place better on the Grand Strand to get your healthy dose of laughter, than Carolina Improv at the Uptown Theater!  Suggestions taken from the audience will be turned into comedy skits on the spot and the outcomes are hilarious! 
Don't miss out on this fantastic night to relax, have some fun and support The Wellness Council for SC.  Come out and help us help the youth of Horry County lead a happier and healthier life!
(The Wellness Council for SC is a 501c3 registered nonprofit and all donations are tax-deductible.)

Founder’s Day Weekend
Surfside Pier
11 N Ocean Blvd, Surfside Beach
May 2-4

In May, the town of Surfside Beach will hold a Founder’s Day Weekend full of events starting May 2 from 4 pm to 8 pm with a beach music party on Surfside Drive.
On May 3, between 11 am and 3 pm, there will be a carnival-style celebration in the Surfside Beach Pier parking lot with a juggler, stilt walker, magician, games, cotton candy, popcorn, candy apples, hot dogs and a carousel.  A fireworks display will start at 9 pm and 50th Anniversary hats and shirts will be available for purchase.
Celebrations will start early May 4 with a “Blessing of the Beach” ceremony at 7 a.m. at the Surfside Beach Pier.  Then there will be music and a picnic at Passive Park from 1 pm to 3 pm

 Tales for Tots
Children’s Museum of South Carolina
2304 Oak St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Tuesday, May 6
10:30 am

Storytime and activities for families with children ages 1 - 4 years.  Follow them on Twitter and Facebook for announcements about special children’s book authors visiting & sharing their favorite selections for young children.

Brookgreen’s Gullah Geechee Program Series
Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr., Pawleys Island
Wednesdays May 7, 14 & 21
1 pm

“Priscilla’s Posse: A simulated press conference about Gullah Heritage” recounts the historic visit in May 2005 of Thomalind Martin Polite (Priscilla’s descendant) of North Charleston to Sierra Leone, West Africa.  Through songs, lectures and photographs, Ronald Daise, Brookgreen’s Vice President for Creative Education explores the language, foods, crafts, rice production, and the Bunce Island Slave Castle.

Myrtle Beach Bike Week®
May 9-18

Myrtle Beach Bike Week draws thousands of riders, from across the US, and some from overseas, to the Grand Strand of SC for a great week of fantastic events, wonderful coastal tours/rides, remarkable entertainment and food plus bikes, bikes and more bikes!

What Will A-Pier
Myrtle Beach State Park
4401 S. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach
May 15-29
10 am-11 am
Spend time on the pier to see what wildlife will make an appearance.  Discover some unique facts and fun stories about animals from both land and sea that live around the pier.

Going for Baroque!
Trinity Episcopal Church
3000 N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach
Saturday, May 17
7 pm

An exploration of the Baroque period, with favorite masterpieces by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and more.  Featuring solo appearances by Long Bay Symphony principal musicians

"Kent Ullberg: A Retrospective"
Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr., Pawleys Island
May 17 – August 3

This is a traveling retrospective exhibit of 48 pieces by Kent Ullberg, widely recognized as one of the world's leading wildlife sculptors.  The works give insight into Ullberg's sense of design and mechanics and also include smaller sculptures of unique and delicate beauty.  Pieces in the exhibition span from Owl (1969) to Archipenko’s Heron (2004), and include Wind in the Sails, a 1999 stainless steel sculpture that stands in Stockholm, Sweden.  The exhibit travels from the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ.

World Famous Blue Crab Festival
Waterfront Little River, SC
1442 U.S. 17, Little River
May 17-18
9 am-6 pm each day

This is the 33nd year of the waterfront festival celebrating cultural heritage of a fishing village. Recognized as the “Best Festival on the Grand Strand” by Sun News newspaper.  The Blue Crab Festival is one of the largest festivals in the Southeast with attendance of more than 50,000.   The festival will feature approximately 200 fine arts and crafts vendors, specialty food vendors, tremendous entertainment and a phenomenal children's area.  Click here for a list of where you can buy advance tickets.

Cooking Demo: Cook Out Tips
Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr., Pawleys Island
Friday, May 23
4 pm

Chef Carlton will demonstrate proper grilling techniques.  Program will be in the Lowcountry Center Shed.  No food is provided and the program is free with garden admission.

Atlantic Coast Bike Club Week
May 23-26

The Atlantic Coast Bike Club sponsors this bike event also known as Black Bike Week, enticing thousands of bikers from all over to come and off their motorcycles.

“The Reign of Rice Lecture Series”
Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr., Pawleys Island
Saturday, May 24
1 pm

Vennie Deas Moore, photographer/documentarian, shares about a current archeological dig on Hampton Plantation, “Descendants’ Voices of the Santee Delta.”  Lecture is in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission.

City of Myrtle Beach Memorial Day Parade and Festivities
Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach
Saturday, May 24
10:30 am

Celebrate military men and women – active duty, reserves and National Guard – and veterans from every branch of the service.  See the Vietnam Memorial Wall, along with concerts, special events and family activities, plus a big parade on Saturday.  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.  The big Ocean Boulevard Memorial Day Parade steps off at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 24, with Grand Marshal Montel Williams.  This well-known talk show host spent 15 years in the military, where he discovered his public speaking talents, then went on to a national television career.   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 a performance by the Andrew Thielen Big Band and a chance to meet the Grand Marshal Montel Williams! 

Surfside Beach Memorial Day Cookout
Surfside Pier
11 N Ocean Blvd, Surfside Beach
Sunday, May 25
4-8 pm

If you want yummy food, steady surf and lots of fun, you’ll want to visit the Surfside Beach Memorial Day Cookout.  Check out a video of last year’s event here.

Red, White, and Blue Salute to Veterans
Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr., Pawleys Island
May 24-26

Brookgreen staff and volunteers will place flags throughout the gardens at patriotic sculpture and sculpture created by veterans.  Printed information about these artists and their work is available at the Welcome Center.

Brookgreen Gardens 5K/One Mile Race
Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr., Pawleys Island
Sunday, May 25
6:30 pm

Join Brookgreen for a unique evening race at the historic and beautiful Brookgreen Gardens.  The race will begin at 6 pm and will wind through the Gardens at dusk.

All of these exciting venues are just a short drive from Plantation Resort so there is no better place to stay to take in all that May in Myrtle Beach has to offer!  Call 1-800-845-5039 to reserve your stay with us at Plantation Resort.  Hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Where you can play in Myrtle Beach in April?

With so many exciting activities coming to Myrtle Beach this April, we simply had to share them with you!  We've compiled a  list of some of the most enticing activities for children and adults going on in Myrtle Beach this April so that you can plan your perfect vacation for your family.

Sculpture Exhibition - "Equine Spirit: The Horse in American Art"
Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr., Pawleys Island
January 25 – April 27

This exhibit explores the history of the horse as subject matter for art in America and showcases important examples of work from the Brookgreen collection by Anna Hyatt Huntington, Charlotte Dunwiddie, and Marilyn Newmark, alongside borrowed works by other renowned sculptors and painters of horses.  Exhibition is free with garden admission.

Frog Watch Training
Brookgreen Gardens
Lowcountry Center Auditorium
1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr., Pawleys Island
Saturday, April 5,  10:30 am-12 noon

Become a citizen scientist in this Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) sponsored project.  All you need is an interest in frogs.  Orientation and materials will be provided so you will be ready to listen when the spring season starts.  The program is free with garden admission.  Call (843) 235-6016 for reservations.

Park Palooza
Shelter B2
Myrtle Beach State Park
4401 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Saturday, April 5, 10 am-3 pm

Get outside and have some fun while participating in an extravagant array of activities designed for all ages including the entire family!  Various programs will run continuously from 10 am to 3 pm.  Cook over a campfire, throw a cast net, create some nature crafts, meet some live animals, go on a scavenger hunt, navigate with a compass, learn about shells, and much more!  A complete program schedule will be on our website two weeks before the event.

Quidditch World Cup
North Myrtle Beach Park and Sport Complex
150 Citizens Circle, Little River
Saturday, April 5, begins 7:30 am
Sunday, April 6, begins at 8:30 am

Quidditch is an intense, co-ed contact sport played by over 300 teams around the world that even Harry Potter would be proud of.   This April, 80 of those teams will descend upon North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to crown the sport’s world champion– the winner of the seventh annual International Qudditch Association (IQA) World Cup.  Come join the crowd, cheer, and be part of the most unique event in sports.  After all, there are lots of championships, but there’s only one IQA WORLD CUP.

Sculpture Talk
Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr., Pawleys Island
Sunday, April 6, 3-4 pm

Join sculptor-in-residence, Jim Licaretz, in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium when he presents a program about his work.  The talk is free with garden admission.

Sunset Meditation
Myrtle Beach State Park
4401 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Friday, April 11, 6:30 pm

Relax into an easy guided yoga meditation in the calm of nature as the day ends.  This hour-long experience is for ages 12 and up.  Please bring chairs or blankets for the meditation circle.  No yoga postures required.  Free with park admission.

Plantacular Sale
Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr., Pawleys Island
Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13

One of the most popular Brookgreen events all year, the plantacular sale is a one-stop shopping experience for high-quality plants grown in Brookgreen's greenhouses.  Horticulture staff and volunteers are on-hand to give expert advice for all your gardening needs.  Come early for the best selection.

Urban Sea Turtle
Myrtle Beach State Park
Nature Center
4401 South Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach
Sunday, April 13; April 20 and April 27,  at 2 pm

Learn about the loggerhead sea turtle, and how you can have a positive impact on their nesting and feeding habitats.  There will be no live turtles at this program.  (1 hour) Free with park admission.

Plantation Resort Easter Activity
Thursday, April 17, 11 am
We have a fun time planned for the little ones!  Join us at the Outdoor Pool for a fun and colorful Easter egg hunt, coloring contest with prizes and yummy snacks.  We're excited to see you here!

Easter Breakfast with Buttons the Bunny
Hard Rock Café
1322 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach
Saturday, April 19, 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Enjoy Easter Breakfast with Buttons the Bunny.  Breakfast includes full breakfast buffet, visit with Buttons the Bunny and Easter treat!  Be sure to bring your camera for great photos!  Call 843-946-0007, ext. 208 for reservations.

Easter Eggstreme
Broadway at the Beach
1325 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Saturday, April 19, 12pm - 4pm

Celebrate Easter with Broadway at the Beach!  On Saturday, April 19th from 12pm to 4pm enjoy meet-and-greets with the Easter Bunny, plus other kid-friendly activities, including games & prizes!  All events will take place near center court, so come out and enjoy this event loaded with fun for kids of all ages!

Surfside Beach Easter Egg Hunt
Huckabee Complex
Saturday, April 19, 2 pm

Who can find the most colorful eggs?  The city of Surfside Beach will be hosting an Easter egg hunt that will include lots of fun for the little ones.

“Into the Wild” Lecture
Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr., Pawleys Island
Tuesday, April 22, 12 – 1 pm

Join the zoo staff when they present a talk about butterfly conservation.  The lecture is in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission.

Myrtle Beach International Film Festival
Carmike Cinemas-Broadway at the Beach
April 23-26
Films and film makers from around the world will showcase their work at the Carmike theater at Broadway at the Beach.  The MBIFF has received prestigious national and international awards which includes recognition as one of the Top 25 film festivals to submit to by Movie Maker Magazine.

“The Reign of Rice Lecture Series”
Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr., Pawleys Island
Saturday, April 26, 1 pm

Andrew Agha, archeologist, Archeological Research Collective, Charleston, SC, “The Archeology of Rice: Digging for the Roots of Cultivation.”  Lecture is in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium and is free with garden admission.

All of these exciting experiences are just a few minutes away from Plantation Resort so make your vacation plans with us this Easter season.  Accommodations are still available so call us at 1-800-845-5039 to make your reservation today.