Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Boo! Fun and Frightful Things to Do in October!

There’s lots to do this October in Myrtle Beach!  We've made things easy (and much less scary) by collecting some of our favorite events and putting them together in a list just for you.  We’ve arranged events by categories so you can go to that category by clicking on your interest below:

For a Cause
Tricks and Treats
Water and Wheels
Mini Golf

For a Cause

LIVE Charity Auction at Jamin' Leather to benefit Red Cross
October 2-4
2:30 pm-6 pm
1222 Port Drive, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 

Join Jamin' Leather for their biannual LIVE AUCTION!  They will be auctioning off leather apparel, accessories and much more!  This auction benefits Red Cross Disaster Relief.  If you would like to donate any items to be auctioned off, contact them at 800-795-2646.

Bras Across the Water 
October 4
12 pm-6 pm
Barefoot Landing 

Freedom Boat Club, Cinzia Spa, FPS Showcase, Dick's Last Resort

and Barefoot Landing are teaming up to bring you Bras Across the Water, an event to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer.  Come out to enjoy entertainment, food by Dick's Last Resort and a Survivor Ceremony with the unveiling of the bras across the water!  Lots of fun for a great cause!

Pink Your Flamingo Flock Walk
October 11
9 am-1 pm
Barefoot Landing 

Put on your pink and head out to Barefoot Landing Saturday, October 11th to support the American Cancer Society and Breast Cancer Awareness.  The Pink Your Flamingo 5th Annual Flock Walk starts with registration at 9 am at the House of Blues.  The walk starts at 10 am with free breakfast buffet and party to follow at The Deck of the House of Blues.  Come on out, have fun and support a great cause!  Go to the Barefoot Landing office Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm to register or call the American Cancer Society at 843-213-0333.

Out of the Darkness Walk
October 11
9 am
Broadway at the Beach

The 4th Annual Myrtle Beach Out of the Darkness Community Walk will take place at Broadway at the Beach's Heroes Harbor next to Margaritaville.  Join the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as they support those who have been affected by suicide.  Registration begins at 9 am with the walk starting at 10 am.

2014 Waccamaw Heart Walk
October 18
9 am
Broadway at the Beach

The Waccamaw Heart Walk will begin and end at Heroes Harbor next to Margaritaville.  Registration begins at 9 am and the Walk at 10 am.  Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that's fun and rewarding for the entire family.  Your participation will help raise even more in the fight to save lives.  Walk with friends, family, coworkers or strangers you'll bond with along the way.  For more information or to register, click here.

Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon
October 19
7 am
Starting line is 2000 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach

This amazing half marathon is a South Carolina Dream!  Experience Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon and experience a year round, nationally acclaimed vacation destination as you like it best…on your feet.  This surfing themed half marathon, with its surfboard finisher medals, surf style bands and awesome post race beach party is the new MUST do race on the Atlantic Coast.  The new and improved course features over 5 miles of oceanfront running!  After the event, pull up your beach chair and relax at Plyler Park by the main stage and enjoy the post event live entertainment....even take a swim in the warm waves.  Why not, it’s Myrtle Beach, come run and have an awesome time!


7th Annual Oktoberfest
October 3
4-9 pm
October 4
11 am-7 pm
Valor Park, The Market Common
4017 Deville St., Myrtle Beach

At the 7th Annual Oktoberfest at The Market Common you’ll enjoy live German music on Saturday, fun and games for the kids, German food, a large selection of Oktoberfest beer, pumpkin patch for kids to decorate pumpkins, Oktoberfest steins, face painting, inflatables and more!

Surfside Beach Family Festival
October 4
10 am-4 pm
Surfside Drive, just off of U.S. 17 Business in Surfside Beach

Just down the road from Plantation Resort.  Bring the whole family to enjoy live bands, over 130 vendors, food, a video game truck and free inflatables! 

Harvest Home Weekend Festival
October 4-5
9:30 am-4:30 pm
Brookgreen Gardens

More scarecrows, more animals and more fun!  Brookgreen’s annual fall festival, Harvest Home Weekend is filled with outdoor activities the whole family will enjoy.  There will be favorite activities such as scarecrow building, pumpkin painting, hayrides, live entertainment plus some exciting new events.

5th Annual Conway Fall Festival
October 4-5
10 am-5 pm
Downtown Conway
Third Street and Laurel Street, Conway

The Conway Fall Festival will feature arts and crafts, food, entertainment, a kids play zone, a car show and more family fun! 

Mythical & Medieval Fest
October 4
10 am-6 pm
October 5
10 am-4 pm
Carolina Forest Recreation Center 

This is a charity festival.  You'll find vendors, food, knight fighting demonstrations, free kids activities, jugglers, live music and much more!  

Downtown Myrtle Beach Oktoberfest
October 11
10 am-11 pm
Downtown Myrtle Beach
Ocean Boulevard between 8th Avenue North and Joe White Avenue

Billed as the "Beach's Biggest Bavarian Boardwalk Block Party", Oktoberfest on the Boardwalk is guaranteed to have something for everyone with three city blocks of entertainment, 6 live bands on stage throughout the day, food and retail vendors, German car show, an absolutely huge "Better Brands" beer garden, petting zoo with camel and pony rides, inflatable bounce houses, carnival games and on-stage entertainment for the kiddies, sidewalk sales at area businesses and so much more!

10th Annual Little River ShrimpFest 2014
October 11
9 am-6 pm
October 12
9 am-5 pm
Little River Waterfront 

Come hungry!  The vendors of the Little River ShrimpFest are well practiced in the art of cooking shrimp and a variety of other food.  In addition to the best shrimp in the world, you’ll find a great lineup of music, local vendors and so much fun!  

42nd Annual Art in the Park
October 11-12
10 am-4 pm
Chapin Park
16th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach

This free arts event features more than 50 local artists and crafters displaying and selling their work including painting, glasswork, woodwork and jewelry.

Sons Of Italy Festa Italiana
October 11-12
11 am-8 pm
Broadway at the Beach

This annual festival is sure to have everyone feeling just a little bit Italian!  The festival will be held in parking lot 3 next to Hard Rock Cafe!  Enjoy authentic Italian food, Italian theme souvenirs, arts and crafts vendors plus continuous entertainment including Bobby Valli singing Frankie Valli. 

5th Annual Myrtle Beach Wine Fest and Taste of The Market Common
October 18
11 am-7 pm
Market Common Myrtle Beach Valor Park
4017 Deville St., Myrtle Beach

Enjoy over 40 wines from around the world, plus live music, food and over 20 specialty vendors.

Volition Fashion Design & Artist Showcase
October 19
Doors open at 12:30 pm for VIPs - 1 pm for the public - 2 pm show starts
Hard Rock Cafe
Broadway at the Beach  

Volition Fashion Design and Artist Showcase seeks to explore the multi-faceted identity of fashion, culture, beauty, health and personal choices in relation to the rest of the world through the pure passion of artists.  The main showcase features over 50 models wearing Japanese Street, Gothic Couture, Steampunk, Avant Garde, sustainable and eco-friendly wear, graphic design from the Dominican Republic and many other high fashions created by talented artists from across the region and around the globe.  During Intermission, you will be amazed and mystified by live performances from musical talents Doctrine of Ethos and the local dance experts showcasing a range of moves from Zumba to Belly Dance.  Dolce Lusso Salon and Spa join our student and freelance professionals providing hair and makeup to bring the designers' looks to life.  The intermission show with live entertainment and music will be sure to entertain. Visit www.volitionfashion.com for more information or to reserve your seat today.

Tricks and Treats

Kids' Halloween Fun Day
October 25
12 pm-3 pm
Barefoot Landing

Dress up the kids and bring them to Barefoot Landing for Halloween Fun Day.  Registration for the kids costume contests begins at noon by the carousel with the contest starting at 1 pm.  There will be entertainment, kids' karaoke, free carousel rides and lots of prizes!  You're sure to have a hauntingly good time!

Nightmare in the Square Costume Contest & Party
October 25
8 pm
Broadway at the Beach

The largest costume contest in South Carolina is back for another year!  Enjoy live music from DJ Barry in the square starting at 8 pm with the costume contest later that night.  1st place - $2,000, 2nd place - $1,000 & 3rd place - $500.  Enjoy free admission to the following clubs with costume: Revolutions, Crocodile Rocks, Malibu's Surf Bar, Rodeo Bar, Club Boca, Froggy Bottomz and Broadway Louie's.  Rain delay date is November 1st.

Terror Under The Bridge
October 25-31
7-11 pm
Peanut Warehouse, 925 Second Ave, Conway

The old warehouse built in 1890 just couldn’t contain Terror Under The Bridge any longer.  Terror Under The Bridge is in its ninth year and looking forward to putting fear in all that come.  If you are looking for Myrtle Beach haunted houses, this is the one to visit this season.

Fireworks Extravaganza 
October 25 and 31
8 pm
Broadway at the Beach

Everyone enjoys the fireworks show at Broadway at the Beach, brought to you by Helicopter Adventures.

Plantation Resort's Halloween Party
October 30
6 pm
Activity Center

Dress up, play with pumpkins and enjoy some yummy Halloween snacks and cider.  It's a party full of fun for the whole family to enjoy!

Halloween Trick or Treat 
October 31
4:30 pm-6:30 pm
Broadway at the Beach
Calling all ghosts and goblins!  Bring the little ones to Broadway at the Beach for trick or treating in a fun and safe environment.  Participating merchants will be anxiously waiting with little surprises for all those in costume.

Trick or Treating
October 31
5 pm-7 pm
Barefoot Landing

Dress up the kids (and parents too if you'd like) and bring them out for safe, fun trick or treating at Barefoot Landing on Friday, October 31.


Nature’s Nasties
Tuesdays beginning in October
2-2:45 pm
Myrtle Beach State Park

Watch out! There are all sorts of things outdoors that can get you!  Ever worry about jellyfish, copperheads, poison ivy or other scary animals?  This fun and interactive program will reveal myths and help you identify some potential dangers of our wonderful outdoor wonderland and ways to avoid them.  Appropriate for ages 8 to 108!  Free with park admission.

Gullah Geechee Program Series
Wednesdays (through November 12)
1 pm
Brookgreen Garden

The Fall season's presentation at Brookgreen Garden will be “Gullah Tings fa Tink Bout.”  Ron Daise, Vice President for Creative Education, will perform a concert of songs and readings from his CD of the same title.  Through a musical journey of rich imagery and evocative rhythms and instrumentation, viewers celebrate Gullah Geechee culture in the genres of traditional spiritual, blues, gospel stomp and clap, Gullah Geechee/West African pop and a Gullah Geechee/West African/Caribbean blend.  Themes highlighted are African Diaspora; the common cultural connections of food ways, language, rice heritage, crafts, music; the tragedy of enslavement; the importance of family; and the resilience of survival.  Programs in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium and are free with garden admission.

Reptile Rap
Thursdays beginning in October
2-3 pm
Myrtle Beach State Park

Explore the fascinating world of turtles, lizards, alligators and snakes as we learn their importance in the ecosystem.  A live snake will be on hand.  Appropriate for ages 5 to 105.  Free with park admission.

Be a Pier Scientist
October 4th, 11th and 25th
10-11 am
Myrtle Beach State Park
Meet at the Pier

Interested in science?  Marine scientists use a variety of tools to collect information about the ocean. Have fun using real laboratory gadgets and field equipment to conduct pure science while gathering measurements.  For ages 8 years to 108!  Free with park admission.

Feeding Time
October 4th, 11th, and 25th
2-2:30 pm
Myrtle Beach State Park
Meet at the Nature Center

Watch a snake eat a mouse and see what other hungry animals lurk in our house!  Free with park admission.

"Sculpture Conservation" by Ted Monnich
November 8
3-4 pm
Brookgreen Garden
Fry Classrooms at the Welcome Center 

Learn the basics of sculpture conservation in this informative program given by Ted Monnich, an objects conservator with over thirty years' experience in the field of conservation.  This lecture will be in the Fry Classrooms at the Welcome Center and is free with admission.

Andrea Wulf Talk - 'Founding Gardeners' 
October 22
3 pm
October 23
11 am
Brookgreen Garden

In a unique retelling of the creation of America, award winning historian Andrea Wulf will show how plants, politics and personalities are intertwined as never before.  Tickets are $15 for Brookgreen members, $20 for general admission and space is limited.  Tickets are available online or by calling (843) 235-6016.

“Into the Wild” Lecture
 October 28
 12-1 pm
Brookgreen Garden
Lowcountry Center Auditorium

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

Water and Wheels

Fall Bike Rally
October 3-5
10 am-7 pm
Barefoot Landing

Motorcycle vendors with apparel, parts and accessories!  If you're a motorcycle enthusiast, Barefoot Landing's Fall Bike Rally is the place to be!

Return to the Beach 15 – PT Cruiser Car Show
October 4
9 am-3 pm
Broadway at the Beach

Join Broadway at the Beach as they welcome back the PT Cruiser Show, Return to the Beach for the 15th year in a row!  Return to the Beach is held inside Broadway at the Beach, where you'll see some of the coolest designed PT Cruisers around.

4th Annual Grand Strand Mustang Stampede & Classic Ford Show
October 4
9 am-4 pm
Broadway at the Beach

Broadway at the Beach is pleased to host the 4th Annual Grand Strand Mustang Stampede and Classic Ford Show on Saturday, October 4th in parking lots 3 and 4.  This show will feature Mustangs, both new and classic plus many other classic Fords on display.  There will be an on-site DJ, 50/50 raffle, food and games so come out enjoy the fun and see some awesome automobiles!

25th Annual Georgetown Wooden Boat Show
October 18
11 am-6 pm
October 19
12 pm-4 pm
Historic waterfront in Georgetown 

The Georgetown Wooden Boat Show, always held on the third weekend in October, offers fun for the whole family.  The show will feature one of our nation's best wooden boat exhibits with more than 140 classic wooden boats displayed on land and water, a wooden boat building competition, children's model boat building, knot tying, maritime art and crafts, food and music.  A special attraction will be the Wooden Boat Challenge when teams of two race to build a rowing skiff within a 4-hour time limit and then test their boats for seaworthiness in a rowing relay on the Sampit River. 

35th Annual Loris Bog Off Festival Car & Truck Show
October 18
9 am-4 pm
Main St, Loris, SC 

Car and truck show, oldies music, top 50 awards plus 5 special awards.  Door prizes!

Mini Golf Masters

Mini Golf Masters
October 9-11
Hawaiian Rumble Mini Golf, 3210 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach

It’s the biggest event in miniature golf history—the Mini Golf Masters!  You can register to play or you can look to see which courses they’ll be playing, just visit their website here.

Most of these events are just a short drive from Plantation Resort, so call 1-800-845-5039 to reserve your stay and plan your perfect October vacation!  Can’t wait to see you!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Off Season? What Off Season?

(Odd and annual year Plantation Resort timeshare owners will recognize this article from the newsletter recently sent out.)

If you like avoiding crowds and heavy traffic, enjoy relaxing in warm weather while your friends freeze at home and want to vacation in a beautiful condo surrounded by breathtaking landscape, then consider spending some of your winter at Plantation Resort.  You’ll love the quiet beauty and comfort that is Myrtle Beach in the “off season.”

Imagine a romantic walk along the beach without anyone but you and your loved one enjoying the view. Take a warm dip in the hot tub at the Outdoor Pool during a brisk evening.  See the models decorated for the Holidays.  You’ll enjoy so many unique opportunities only available during the winter months.

Almost all of the entertainment venues are open through the winter.  Most change their line-ups to holiday shows, so you can see something new in Myrtle Beach that “on season” visitors miss. Imagine Pirates Voyage with a new, winter-themed storyline, or Alabama Theater performers singing your favorite Christmas carols.  These are great shows that you won’t want to miss.

In addition to the great shopping (a must for the Holidays), entertainment and delicious restaurants found in Myrtle Beach, winter guests enjoy all the great amenities that Plantation Resort has to offer. Spend your mornings relaxing by the Indoor Pool or warming up with one of our heart-pumping aerobic classes.  Spend the rest of the day meeting and socializing with fellow guests at the Activities Center during your favorite activities or joining one of our day-trips to local sights.  With so many things to do, Plantation Resort provides an ideal escape from the world even during the “off season.”

Come visit us in the “off season” and see how your favorite beach does the winter.  To find out more about how you can stay at Plantation Resort in the “off season,” call 1-800-845-5039.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Pirate's Life for Me-Fun Things to Do in Myrtle Beach for Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Hoist the Jolly Roger and prepare for Talk Like a Pirate Day!  It’s coming up on September 19 and how do you plan to celebrate this important holiday?  Of course you’ll talk like a pirate, but why stop there?  South Carolina has a rich pirate history so, naturally, you’ll find many pirate-themed activities in Myrtle Beach. Click subtitles for Google Map directions from Plantation Resort.

At Pirate’s Voyage, every day is Talk Like a Pirate Day.  One of our favorite pirate-y things to do is see the Pirates Voyage Dinner and Show.  You’ll love the swashbuckling buccaneers who perform incredible acts of acrobatics and sword fighting and enjoy a hearty seafaring meal.

Shipwreck Island Golf –Test yourself against a variety of buccaneer challenges—mini golf style.  You’ll see shipwrecks, blood-thirsty sharks and luckily you won’t have to worry about walking the plank, just getting a hole in one.

Captain Hook’s Adventure Golf—Take a fantasy golf adventure into Never-Never Land. Play either of their two 18-hole courses, Hooks or Lost Boys. Beware of the roving pirates, animated crocodiles and secret caverns. You can even walk through a smoking 15 foot skull. Go ahead…the Captain dares you!

Krispy Kreme makes this holiday super sweet!
Krispy Kreme conjures a true pirate party.  They offer a free donut to anyone who saunters in talking like a pirate and they’ll give a dozen glazed donuts to anyone dressed head to toe in pirate garb (for more info on what counts as pirate garb, click here).  And lucky for you, it's only 3 miles from Plantation Resort.

Drunken Jacks-This Murrells Inlet restaurant not only serves up delicious food but also an exciting pirate legend.  In the early 1600s, Blackbeard stopped to drop off a load of hijacked rum on an island in Murrells Inlet.  The pirates buried most of the rum but enjoyed a raucus night of boozing before falling into a drunken stupor.  The next morning they set sail, completely forgetting about their old friend Jack, who was still sleeping off the night before.  By the time they remembered Jack, they were already caught in battle and had to run far out to sea.  It was 2 years before they could return to the island for their rum and their friend.  When they arrived, they found 32 empty casks of rum scattered along the beach before they found the bones of old Jack.  Hence the name “Drunken Jack.”  Come enjoy great food and be a part of legend.

Pirate Adventures—Board the pirate ship, Sea Gypsy, and get caught up in this real life adventure.  Be amazed as their crew taps into the wonder of a child’s imagination.  Your child will be painted with a curly mustache or with an anchor tattoo, dressed with a lucky treasure hunting vest and marched off to the ship. Once aboard, the young pirates will use a treasure map to find the sunken treasure and defeat Pirate Pete.  See their website here.

Some tips for talking like a pirate

Double up on adjectives: Try saying something like” I’ll be needin’ a sweet, delicious donut from Krispy Kreme”, or “I be sailin’ away on my great, grand ship.”

Say Arr:  You can pretty much insert “Arr” anywhere you want in your sentence and it’s good.  “Arr, ye be wantin’ a hole in one or you’ll taste the cat o’nine tails.”

Slur your words:  Pirates enjoyed their alcohol and they weren’t super persnickety about elocution.

Gesticulate (for us common folk - wave your arms around): Pirates were animated sorts of people.  You’ll want to emphasize what you’re saying with your hands.

Pirate Vocabulary

Scallywag: An insult; to call someone untrustworthy.

Avast: Used to tell someone they need to stop what they’re doing and have a look at what you’re showing them.

Ahoy: A way to get someone’s attention.  Essentially “hello.”

Jolly Roger: The skull and crossbones symbol for pirates.

Cat O' Nine Tails: The special whip used to punish pirates; so called because of the multiple cords on the whip (usually 9) to more effectively mark some poor pirate’s back.

Davy Jones' Locker: The bottom of the sea; based on legends relating to Davy Jones and how he rules the bottom of the sea.  Putting someone into Davy Jone’s Locker meant throwing them overboard to their death.

Lily-livered:  An insult calling someone a coward.  It comes from the old belief that the liver was related to courage and if it was lily-colored (or pale) then it lacked blood, thus the organ most associated with courage was not vitalized with the flow of blood, making them a coward.

Me Hearty: A word for fellow shipmates.

Sprogs: New pirates that had not yet been trained on the ship.

Shiver Me Timbers: This phrase shows surprise or fear usually in a mocking way.  When the seas were rough, it would shake the wooden support beams of the ship, or the timbers, which was usually quite shocking.   The timbers would also shiver as canon balls punched through the ship and threw deadly splinters everywhere.

This September 19th, don’t let the opportunity pass you by to pull out your eye patch and let your inner pirate show.  Call 1-800-845-5039 to reserve your stay with us and celebrate pirate life in Myrtle Beach.