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Easter Family Activities in the Grand Strand

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Written by Pauline Casiño

With 2020 and 2021 being quite a challenge to us and our families, Easter time should still feel as lively and special as it always has. No matter what, nothing is better than spending precious time with our families during such a warm occasion. So, wondering where to put all of your eggs into this Easter while following necessary safety guidelines? That would be no other than the Grand Strand! With all the fun activities and great food, there is no reason to miss out on what the Grand Strand has to offer this Easter. Check it out!

2021 Eggstravaganza at Brookgreen Gardens

When: Saturday, April 3, 2021 – 9:30AM to 11:00AM and Saturday, April 3, 2021 –
12:30PM to 2:00PM
Where: Lowcountry Zoo and Storybook Forest at the Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Cost: Members only, $20 per child

The Brookgreen Gardens will be hosting a fun Easter adventure for families, dedicated to children ages 12 and under. Every child must carry a basket as the adventure will take them around the Enchanted Storybook Forest and the Lowcountry Zoo, where they will be in search for eggs and countless of goodies. Families will also enjoy many surprises along the way, featuring Barnyard characters and live animal sightings! And no worries for the hungry folks because à la carte food items will be available at the Enchanted Storybook Forest during both time frames. Though this is a members only activity, grabbing a membership in Brookgreen Gardens is so easy and absolutely worth it! Adult members can access this event for free and the
$20 fee is only applied to every child (12 and under) a member brings. Now, grab your cameras and get ready to capture fun and memorable moments this Easter at the Brookgreen Gardens!

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

When: Saturday, April 3, 2021 – 8AM to 10AM
Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach
1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Cost: Adult (12+ yr) $39.99, Child (6-11yr) $29.99, Child (3-5yr) $14

Nothing can beat the joy of children during Easter time and the festivities that come with the occasion. Though we are limited with our options this year, the Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach has a found a way to spread some joy this Easter season. Come join them for their Breakfast with the Easter Bunny event this Saturday, April 3rd from 8AM to 10AM! The event includes perks such as admission to the Aquarium before opening to the public, mermaid meet-and-greet, delicious breakfast bites, and many more!
Purchase your tickets online at https://ticketsmb.ripleyaquariums.com/myrtle/
ItemList.aspx
.

** Ripley’s has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 but cannot guarantee that any visitor will not become infected with COVID-19. Proceed with caution and it is recommended to follow COVID-19 protocol to reduce any risk of contracting COVID-19. **

Easter Dinner at the Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro

When: Sunday, April 4, 2021
Where: The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro
4269 State Rd S-26-852, Little River, SC 29566
Cost: $31.95 per person, $9.95 kids 10 & under (tax and tips not included)

Easter this year will be so different from the years past, but it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate it with a great dinner like you always have! Don’t worry about cooking meals for many and join The Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro for their annual Easter dinner this April 4th! Enjoy fresh, locally sourced dishes with a French twist, and feel safe as social distancing guidelines will be put in place indoors and outdoors. Take out options are also available if you’d like to enjoy your meal at the comfort of your own
home. Pre-order for take out by April 2nd and orders will be available for pick up on April 4th from 11AM to 2PM. Dinner reservations are recommended! Call 843-249-2601 or visit their website at https://www.thebrentwoodrestaurant.com to RSVP as seating is
limited.


The Musicology of Gullah Geechee Culture

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This article is about the Virtual Gullah Geechee Program Series by Brookgreen Gardens that was held on Wednesdays from February 3 to May 19th, 2021.

Written by Betty Ogburn

If you’re anything like me (a 90’s baby), chances are that you spent a lot of your early childhood watching the Nick Jr. programming block on Nickelodeon. While there was a plethora of classic T.V. viewing that came from that block (Franklin, Blue’s Clues, Little Bear…), without a doubt, the show that had the most immaculate vibes was Gullah Gullah Island. With its colorful sets, musical interludes, and a lovable polliwog called Binyah Binyah, the series was both fun and refreshing, especially considering its positive representation of a close, stable, and functional African-American family.


While the show’s eponymous island may be fictional, the Gullah people of the title are very real and very much alive today. For those not in the know, the Gullah (also known as Geechee) are a group of African-Americans in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida who descend from enslaved Africans from the “Rice Coast”, which includes modern-day Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. While the exact origins of the terms “Gullah” are unknown, it may derive from “Angola”, which is where the ancestors of many of the Gullah are believed to have come from. Likewise, while the exact meaning of “Geechee” is also uncertain, it may come from the name of the Kissi people from West Africa.
The other day, I had the pleasure and privilege to learn more about this often-overlooked group of Black Americans with a seminar hosted by Brookgreen Gardens. Led by Mr. Ron Daise, who (fun fact!) portrayed the father on Gullah Gullah Island, the seminar delved into two aspects of the musicology of the Gullah Geechee people: pitch and rhythm.
As is the case with all African-American dialects, the distinct pitch of the Geechee has its roots in the sounds of their enslaved African ancestors, particularly the “spirituals” they sang. Also known as “sorrow songs”, spirituals are a genre of music that is, as the name implies, religiously-themed. Oftentimes, the performers would relate their conditions under slavery to biblical characters who received freedom through faith in God, expressing hope for an everlasting peace and rest. These sorrow songs take numerous stylistic elements from folk music found throughout West Africa, including a prominent use of the pentatonic scale, call-and-response structure, and the polyrhythmic, percussive beating of drums. Slave masters feared that such music revealed pagan idolatry, and thus often banned its performance. Nevertheless, enslaved Africans continued to perform their music in secret, holding “community sing” events that still take place in the Gullah community to this day.
It’s an unfortunate fact that, for many years, the Geechee dialect was often viewed as low-class and illegitimate. In truth, however, it’s anything but! Its rhythm and musicality are similar to those of Jamaican patois, Krio of Sierra Leone, and many other languages found throughout the African diaspora, taking different linguistic elements from various countries. Furthermore, while there is no official orthography for Gullah, owing to its having been only an oral language for centuries, various attempts have been made to transcribe the language. Indeed, there’s even been a translation of The Bible into the Geechee tongue, called The Nyew Testament!
Sadly, my time spent with Mr. Daise was far too short: I felt as though he had barely scratched the surface with sharing his fascinating heritage. Thankfully, there is more to come, because Part Two of this “Musicology” series will be held in the spring and summer months! If you’re like me, and you want to discover even more about the Geechee, be on the lookout for registration information to appear on the Brookgreen Gardens website soon!


Springing Into Spring

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Article Written by Craig Prather Jr.

As the cold winter months begin to come to an end, we are all in need of a reset as the seasons prepare to change. Now with Spring quickly approaching us, what’s better than finally getting out to enjoy that springtime weather that we missed so much? Now is the time to allow the warming temperatures to bring you, your family, and friends together outside to enjoy what our wonderful community has to offer. All of these events will be following safe guidelines to keep you protected. Check out these enjoyable events that will make your March experience a great start to the spring.

St. Paddy’s Day Party

Address: OD Arcade & Lounge – 100 S Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
When: SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2021 AT 10 AM – 11 PM
Cost: Free

Come out to a local favorite and join
us for our annual St. Paddy’s Day
Party . The day will be filled
with fun filled activities, games, and
live entertainment. Make sure you
don’t miss out on the limited edition
hat release and of course the one
and only Jameson Girls during the
day! They will also be hosting
premiere live music featuring David
Parker The Piano Man (11am-Until)
and Miracle Max and the Pet
Monsters (6pm-10pm). Wear your
best St. Paddy’s outfit and get ready
to feel the luck of the Irish. Social
distancing and mask are
encouraged.

Sensory Friendly visit to Ripley’s Aquarium

Address: Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach – 1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC
29577
When: Sunday, March 28, 2021 at 3pm – 5 pm
Cost: $7

Being one of the most famous attractions in
Myrtle Beach, Ripley’s Aquarium stands out to
be a family favorite. Why not step into Spring
with an adventure that you’ll never forget.
Ripley’s will have you and your family on your
toes as you explore it’s various activities and
exhibits. This event is being put on by the
Champion Autism Network. House lights up,
music and sound effects down, and noise
canceling headphones are available upon
request. Come out and enjoy a day with the
community. Make sure to visit the CAN table in the lobby for a special Selfie
Scavenger Hunt. Face masks and social distancing is required for all guests over
the age of 6.

*Please note: to provide you with a safe and comfortable experience some elements
of the aquarium like the Glass Bottom Boat, Touch Tanks, and Interactives are currently closed for
your safety. We appreciate your patience as we work towards reopening these experience
.

Coastal Youth Theatre Arts School presents:
Peter Pan Jr.

Address: Theatre of the Republic – 331 Main St. Conway, SC 29526
When: Starts March 15, 2021
(Monday/Wednesday 4:30-6:30 & Saturdays from 10-12.)
Performance Dates: April 30, May 1-2/7/8/9, 2021
Cost: $365

We all know the story about Peter Pan, but if you
don’t, here is the perfect time for you to find out!
Peter Pan is one of the most popular family shows
of all time, and it’s coming to you right here in
Conway! As Spring approaches us, the kids in our
community will naturally start to become more
active. Therefore, Peter Pan Jr. is the perfect
opportunity to get them more involved, and you a
little more “Me-time”. The fun begins here on
March 15th! Make sure you secure your spot
today, as classes are filling up very fast! For you don’t want to miss out on this
awe-inspiring experience. Register through their website at www.thetor.biz

*Please Note: Due to Covid-19 a properly worn face covering is required to enter. To maintain
social-distancing, parties larger than 4 may be divided. Doors open 30 minutes prior to show. You must wear
your face covering until seated and anytime you are not in your seat. Your patient participation is greatly
appreciated.

Easter Dinner at The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro

Address: 4269 Luck Ave Little River, SC 29566
When: Sunday, February 4, 2021 at 11am to 7pm
Cost: Prices Vary, See Menu.

The Brentwood Wine Bistro is a local French
restaurant that offers some of the most
unique, fine-dining experiences in the heart of
Little River. And with Easter fast approaching
us and it being different once again this year.
Skip the hassle of making Easter Dinner and
join The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro
for their annual Easter Dinner. With the special social distancing guidelines in place,
you and your family can enjoy and celebrate a lovely dinner. Reservations are
recommended! Please Call 843-249-2601 and visit their website
thebrentwoodrestaurant.com to reserve you and your family’s spot today.

Spring Equinox Walk on the Labyrinth

Address: Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
When: Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 11:30 AM
Cost: Free with Garden Admission

Named by TripAdvisor as One of the Top Ten Public
Gardens in the US and one of the Myrtle Beach area’s
most dearly loved attractions, Brookgreen Gardens is
one you don’t want to miss! And as we celebrate the
arrival of Spring in the natural beauty of the
Brookgreen Gardens outdoor labyrinth. Enjoy a
reflective walk to the sounds of birds and the warmth of the earth’s re-awakening.
They are particularly excited to re-start group walks after the long year just past.
Masks are encouraged but not required. Due to the terrain, closed-toe shoes are
highly recommended. Walk will be cancelled if it is raining or if there is significant
rain or flooding immediately prior to the event. Included with Garden admission.


American PaperWear

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American PaperWear

Website: ampaperwear.com

Email: sales@ampaperwear.com

Phone: 501-291-1050

American PaperWear produces novelty printed sunglasses and masks.  You have come to the right place if you are looking for a fresh, distinctive approach to promote your message, a low-cost, eco-friendly way to commemorate your festival, concert or team, or to celebrate your accomplishment, occasion or holiday.  Create your own design or purchase one of our great pre-made designs. 

American PaperWear was impacted by the market disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. This forced us to offer a non-paper-based wearable. We pivoted to PPE and sold over 1 million 3-ply disposable face masks. But we are a customizer, not a bulk supplier and pivoted again. We were among the first to introduce dye-sublimated imprinting of the outer mask fabric.  We will continue to offer this innovative low-cost face covering that helps our customers maintain a safe and healthy lifestyle while displaying their brand.

American PaperWear grew and prospered during 2020. We were able to add new staff, new capabilities and new products. We attended virtual trade shows and interacted with our customers in new ways. We were agile and benefited from the changing circumstances.

We are pleased to introduce a new product for 2021 called Shirt Shields. We are aware of changing on the go dining habits driven by the pandemic.  We want to remedy those drips, spills and lost french fries that end up on your clothing and in your car.  Now, you can provide your customers with a new branding option that also saves at the dry cleaners.

We at American PaperWear hope that you will provide your customers with our innovative custom products. Our products are available on our website at ampaperwear.com, Amazon, eBay, Facebook and SAGE.

 


3 Safe Activities for Your Family to do this Summer in the Grand Strand

Article by Tanasia Brigman

Summer is here! Although we are going through a global pandemic, places are beginning to open back up. Many of these place have plans in place to ensure the safety of there visitors. Regardless if you are visiting or live nearby, here are three family friendly and safe activities to do this summer in the Grand Strand.

Brookgreen Gardens

Address:1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Hours: Sunday-Saturday 9:30 am-5pm

Southern Light Exhibit: Wednesday- Saturday 8pm-11pm

Cost: Children (3 and under)- FREE

Children (3-12)- $10

Adults (13-64)- $18

Seniors (65+)- $16

*Tickets may be purchased online or in person and are valid for 7 consecutive days after purchase.

Brookgreen Garden is one of American premier gardens and also a National Historic Landmark. Brookgreen offers tours and exhibits for all ages from beautiful botanical gardens to American sculptures to the low country zoo. It also feature the Bruce Munro exhibit, “Southern Light Show” The exhibit features seven works of art in light and mixed media in order for visitors to see the garden in a “new light”.

Children can enjoy the freedom of the outdoors in the beautiful gardens. They also have the Children’s Discovery Room, where they have interactive stations for children 4-12 to create projects they can take home and they also learn about the history of the garden. Also the Children’s Nature & Sensory Trail is where children can learn information about the garden through sensory stations  “Creative Physical Activity,” and “Unstructured Play” stations that reflect the nature and history of Brookgreen Gardens. There is also the popular Enchanted Storybook Forest, where each playhouse is based on a children’s storybook.

Brookgreen gardens is an outside area where you can keep a safe distance from people. Face mask are mandatory, when you are inside buildings. Also remember to wash your hands and sanitize. It is recommended that you do not bother the wild life, you do not swim in any of the bodies of water, and that you wear closed toe shoes. Also, bring the necessary sunscreen and bug repellent with you.

Cavrn Virtual Reality

Address: 4628 Factory Stores Blvd Ste B200, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

Hours: Wednesday- Sunday 12pm-7pm

Cost: $35/ per player for 60 minutes

1 player = 1 booth 

*Reservations may be made on website, Facebook, or by phone.

CaVRn is a veteran owned and operated business. It is the Ultimate Virtual Reality Experience. They host parties, team building experiences, and corporate events. CaVRn also offers educational programs and 360 degree video production.

CaVRn has over 50 kid friendly games from race car games to escape room to carnival games. Virtual reality games (VR) can be either single or multiplayer. One of their most popular single player games is Fruit Ninja. Fortnite is one of their most popular multiplayer VR games along with Creed and others.  It is also kid friendly for kids 7 and up, children must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed waiver. This is to ensure the safety of your children while the family enjoys a night out. 

During COVID-19 pandemic they are only accepting reservations that can be booked via website, Facebook, or phone call. They will also be cleaning and sanitizing every 30 minutes between reservations. Also temperatures will be checked at the door.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

Address: 1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Hours: Sunday- Saturday 9am-8pm

Cost: Adult- $34.99

Child (6-11)-$24.99

Child (3-5)- $12.99

*Tickets may be purchased online or in person.

Ripley’s Aquarium is a big tourist attraction at Myrtle Beach. It has two levels of numerous sea creatures to explore and experience, from jelly fish to stingrays. There are also lots of fun activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. Ripley’s also has live shows that feature mermaids and dive tours through the exhibits.

Ripley’s is an indoor activity and has reduced capacity due to COVID-19. There are sanitation stations available throughout the building and PPE is worn by all employees. A mask must be worn at all times and if you do not have one, one will be provided for you. Also, some of the exhibits and activities are temporarily not available, like Glass Bottom Boat, Touch Tank and other interactives.

On the other hand the Penguin Playhouse is still open, which is one of the biggest attractions for kids. It is also the largest exhibit in Ripley’s, at 5,500 square feet. It includes 8 new tanks with new species of fish and also two new classrooms. This exhibit allows visitors to crawl through a tunnel and enjoy the penguin habitat. They can also stop by the penguin nursery and see baby penguins. This new attractions is fun for everyone!


Backstage Pass display case

Backstage Pass

Backstage Pass

1301 Celebrity Circle Unit 130A
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

843-945-9965

Hours: Mon-Sun: 10am-9pm

Follow: www.facebook.com/backstagepassmyrtlebeach

Website: shopretroactive.com

Backstage Pass is the sister store to Retro Active and is your go to for all things music, from the late 90’s thru today! If you love 90’s, 00’s & beyond music you’ll love Backstage Pass!

They are all about the music so walking into Backstage Pass takes you back in time and allows you to buy things from the 90s you never thought you would be able to! The store is fun, interesting, diverse and affordable.

Backstage pass carries a vast variety of items such as CDs, Funko Pop figurines, handmade jewelry, t-shirts, posters and many more. It’s hard to find something you wouldn’t like in this store!

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Backstage Pass is a Carolina Bulletin Top Pick business!

Directions to Retro Active

Located next to Build a Bear in Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach!


Coastal Key Group – Real Estate Sales

640 Morse Ave., Building A, Unit 2
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina 29576

(843) 651-KEYS

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Website: coastalkeygroup.com

Hours: Days, Nights & Weekends we are always here for you. Call us anytime!

Having the right real estate agent means having an agent/s who are committed to helping you buy or sell your home with the highest level of expertise in your local market. This means also to help you in understanding each step of the buying or selling process. This commitment level has helped us build a remarkable track record of delivering results.

Nothing is more exciting to us than the gratifying feeling we get from helping people meet their real estate needs. You can count on us to always do what’s in your best interest. We pride ourselves on being honest, trustworthy, and knowledgeable in the real estate market. We know how important it is to find your dream home or get the best offer for your property. Therefore, we will make it our responsibility to help you achieve those goals.

Whether you are an experienced investor or a first-time buyer, we can help you in finding the property of your dreams. Please feel free to browse our website or let us guide you every step of the way by calling or e-mailing us to set up an appointment today.

We are a team of three all working for you! Three is better than one!
 

Anthony Caywood, Amy Campbell, Drew Albert, Mary Kathryn Plyler and Jim Lee

Cell: 843-602-4008

AnthonySCaywood@gmail.com

Professional by Nature, Honest by Choice

Anthony’s Reviews on Zillow:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐5/5

All of the above! Think of him as a friend, now. Very trustworthy. This is the person to call for someone to feel not pressured or pushed in anyway. He knows how to collect the information he needs to provide the place for you. We can’t say enough good things. We found our house hunting  positive and very proud of our new home.

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Bought a Single Family home in 2015 in Spartanburg, SC

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐5/5

Anthony was an incredible partner in the search and purchase of my first home. He was always available, incredibly knowledgeable, and was always willing to provide guidance. We conquered many challenges over the course of the home buying process. He was able to provide actionable guidance which  resulted in the successful completion of the deal. I am extremely grateful to have worked with Anthony and look forward to working with him in the future.

-riisef

Bought a Condo home in 2016 in Myrtle Beach, SC.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐5/5

We are from NY and we were looking to purchase a home in Hoory county, and had been working with a different agent. On a three day trip down to look at homes, the previous agent was unable to get us into the houses we really wanted to see. Unhappy with our realtor and worried we made a trip for  nothing, we contacted Anthony at 7pm on a Sunday. Anthony answered his phone and looked up the homes we wanted to see and made phone calls to get us into the homes the next day. Because of previous commitments Anthony was unable to take us, so he got us in touch with the selling agent. The next day we found our dream home. Again we called Anthony to get his opinion and he gave us some wonderful advice. During the mortgage process, we ran into issues with our mortgage company. Again we called Anthony and he immediately got us in touch with a local mortgage agent, who was able to get us to close in 2 weeks. We are now sitting in our dream home, and we would not be here if it were not for Anthony and the Coastal Group. We will forever be greatful!

– Kristin Hodor

Bought a Single Family home in 2019 in Galivants Ferry, SC.


Romantic things to do in Myrtle Beach

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Romantic Things to do in Myrtle Beach

With Valentine’s day right around the corner, you are likely starting to think of what you and your sweet thing will do for the holiday. If you happen to find yourself in Myrtle Beach for Valentine’s Day, you will find yourself with an overwhelming amount of choices for things to do! As someone who has had the pleasure of spending four Valentine’s Day here, I have had some good experiences and some bad ones!

So, I am going to let you guys in on my favorite Romantic Places in Myrtle Beach!

Brookgreen Gardens:

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: N/A

Price: $$

One of my favorite places in Myrtle Beach is Brookgreen Gardens! From long walks through sculpture gardens, to dining in the small café they have, I can never seem to get enough of this beautiful place. Also, make sure that your phone is charged because you will likely want to take a ton of pictures, seriously I never leave with less than 100 photos. I can’t help but think that this place might get a little crowded should the weather be nice, however, the gardens are so large, it will feel like you are alone. You can also have picnics here, you know if it is warm enough to sit outside.

The Library:

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Recommended

Price: $$

This is also one of my favorite places in the Grand Strand! Every time I walk in I feel like I am walking back in time. If you are looking for a fine dining experience, this would be the restaurant for you! All of the servers are amazing and know the menu in and out, they can even help you pair your meal with the right drink! I am not sure if the Library will have a set menu on Valentine’s Day, but I will let you know as soon as I find out.

SeaBlue Restaurant and Wine Bar:

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Recommended

Price: $$$

SeaBlue takes fine dining to a new level in the Grand Strand. From the atmosphere to the dining staff, SeaBlue is fine dining! I have never ordered something from here that I didn’t like, and the wait staff is great at helping you decided if you are stuck! The menu is a mix of American cuisines with some French elements. My favorite thing to order here is the 14 oz. Bone-In Filet. I have never been here on Valentine’s Day, but I could see it getting busy, so if you want to make this your Valentine’s Dinner spot, I highly recommend making a reservation.

Downtown Conway:

I think that a lot of people forget about little ole Downtown Conway, but it shouldn’t be overlooked if you are looking for a romantic evening. Complete with shops, restaurants, and entertainment, you are sure to find something to do for Valentine’s Day.

My first thought for a romantic night out was to go get a bite to eat from Rivertown Bistro or Bonfire Taqueria and then head over to the Theatre of the Republic to watch a play. However, TOR is closed on Valentine’s Day, so that plan has been nixed. TOR will be open, ‘Love Letters’ on Feb. 15, so if you wanted to do a belated Valentine’s date, you certainly could.

Rivertown Bistro:

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Recommended

Price: $$

Rivertown Bistro is a sort of hidden gem in Conway. With a seafood-heavy menu, this is definitely a good place to go if you enjoy fish. My favorite thing about Rivertown, is they offer a lot of things that you cannot get anywhere else in the Grand Strand, or at least that I know of. My go-to meal here is the Duck Confit melt with Bacon – seriously out of this world!

Bonfire Taqueria :

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Recommended

Price: $$

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Conway’s and I think the Grand Strands only Gastropub is Bonfire Taqueria. If you are wondering what a gastropub is, it is a pub that also serves high-quality food. Bonfire Taqueria definitely meets those requirements! If you are looking for a more laid back and relaxed Valentine’s Day meal, this place is for you. From tacos to plates, to fish, there is sure to be something for even the pickiest of eaters. They also have 10 beers on tap, some of which are from local areas.

Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro:

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Required

Phone Number: 843-249-2601

Price: $$$

Brentwood Restaurant is always a good place for a date night, but the ambiance on Valentine’s Day is something else. Brentwood does have a set menu for Valentine’s Day and it will be the only menu available. The set menu comes with an appetizer from a choice of 4, entrees from a choice of 5, and dessert for two. I am so happy to see that my favorite Entrées is on the menu for Valentine’s Day and that is there, ‘Dry Age Angus Ribeye,’ – it comes wrapped in bacon, it is love on a plate! Brentwood is sure to be a popular place on Valentine’s day, so be sure to get your reservations in now!

Aspen Grille:

Open on Valentines: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Recommended

Price:  $$

Another Fine Dining option for you to choose from. Aspen Grille brings simple dishes like shrimp and grits to the next level! Their menu is seafood-heavy, however, they do have steak and chicken dishes. The wait staff is some of the best in the Grand Strand. I have only dined here once, so I cannot offer that much insight, I would definingly dine here again. I ordered the lamb rack, and it was probably the best lamb I have ever had!

Aspen Grille also offers the widest selection of vegetarian and vegan options on this list 🙂

Malibu of Surfside:

Open on Valentine’s Day: Yes

Reservations: Yes; Required

Price: $$

I saved the best for last! I know I already have a few favorites in this list, but this one tops them all. Malibu of Surfside is a small, Italian restaurant only a few blocks from the beach. The food is prepared the same way as it would be in Italy and has never disappointed. They usually have a set menu for Valentine’s Day, however, if need something subsisted, they are usually more than happy to help you out.  I could go on and on about this place, the atmosphere is that of a small Italian family-owned restaurant, the wait staff goes above and beyond, you cannot go wrong with Malibu of Surfside. But, you will need a reservation, don’t say you weren’t warned! I know I got mine in.


Five Things to do in Myrtle Beach during the Christmas Season

Visiting Myrtle Beach for the Holidays or living local looking for some holiday fun?

Carolina Bulletin is here to help you find the perfect holiday fun for your family, by sharing a few of our favorite Grand Strand holiday activities!

Myrtle Beach has tons of Holiday events during the month of December – fun for all ages! From Christmas at Broadway, Christmas at Pirates, Night of Thousand Candles, holiday musicals, and much more, there is surely something for everyone to enjoy.

Brookgreen Gardens Nights of Thousand Candles

Address: 1931 BROOKGREEN DRIVE, MURRELLS INLET, SC 29576

Times: Thursday-Sunday 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. until December 21st

Cost: Members – Adult $20 / Child $12

Non-Members – Adult $25 / Child $15

Every year, around the beginning of December, Brookgreen Gardens transforms into a magical light garden and presents the Brookgreen Gardens Nights of Thousand Candles. Complete with more than 2,500 hand-lit candles and hung string lights, the gardens create a whimsical experience, sure to awe everyone. 

Perfect for all ages, you will not want to miss this festival of lights! 

 

Theatre of the Republic  – Christmas Musical

Address: 335 Main Street Conway South Carolina 29526

Dates & Times:  Click here

Cost: $28

Nestled in the heart of Downtown Conway, the Local Theatre of the Republic offers a one of a kind Christmas Musical. This show brings “Buddy the Elf” and The Grinch together in a journey to save each other and Christmas.

A good twist on two-holiday classics, sure to get a laugh out of everyone. Even your stubborn uncle!

 

 

 

 

The Market Common Christmas

Address: 4017 Deville St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Date and Times: All December long!

Cost: Varies

The Market Common transforms into a tiny little Christmas town every year during the month of December. Complete with carriage rides, Santa photo-ops, and a Christmas tree lighting – market commons has something to offer for everyone. Below are a few events taking place throughout The Market Common:

 

December 13, 2-6 pm – Professional photos with Santa @ Hannah Ruth Photography

December 14, 9-11 am, Breakfast with Santa @ Tupelo Honey

12-4 pm, Holiday Bazaar at The Market Common

12-2 pm, Taco with Santa @ Nacho Hippo

December 15, 3-6 pm, Free Holiday Carriage Rides

December 17, 6-8, Free Photo-Op with Santa for Kids and Pets

North Myrtle Beach Light Show

Address: 150 Citizens Circle Little River, South Carolina 29566

Date and Times: Light Show – open nightly starting on Nov. 25 – Dec. 30 

(Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Santa’s Village – Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only from November 29 – December 15.

Opens Nightly December 19-30 (closed Christmas Day)

Always open 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

Cost: 1-15 guests / $15 per vehicle 

16-30 guests / $30 per vehicle 

31+ guests / $60 vehicle

The Great Christmas Light Show in North Myrtle Beach is the perfect activity for cool holiday nights. Pile everyone in the car and head over to the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex and drive along  a 1.5-mile-long holiday light show.

Starting on Sunday, Nov. 29, Santa’s village will open at the Light show. Santa’s Village offers a petting zoo, Santa Express Train, hot cocoa, a holiday maze, and more! Santa’s village is not open every night until Dec. 19, 2019, below are the times for Santa’s Village.

 

Santa Crawl on Marsh Walk

Address: 4017 Deville St, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Date: Dec. 21, 2019

Time: 5 p.m.

Cost: Varies

Looking for a more adult event, the Marsh Walk Santa Crawl might be for you. Dress up as Santa and go to the Marsh Walk for an evening of bar hopping. This year, each restaurant on the boardwalk will be featuring a special Tito’s holiday drink.

Don’t want to dress up as Santa? That’s okay too! Dress up as anything that puts you in the holiday mood – an Elf, a reindeer, the Grinch, a snowman, you could even be a tree. For those who choose to dress up, you can enter into the, “most spirited outfits” contest.

 


7 Holiday Events in Raleigh You Don’t Want to Miss!

Are you looking for the best holiday events to take the family to in Raleigh? This time every year, families everywhere head out to find the best Christmas Light Shows and other holiday events to surprise their kids and get into the holiday spirit. Some go in search of the best hot cocoa or tastiest smores while others are on the lookout for the most outrageous light shows on display. 

Raleigh NC and the surrounding area offer some great options so the next time you’re in town over the holidays, be sure to check Carolina Bulletin to find out where to go.

Lake Myra Christmas Lights 

Address: 10 S. Cypress St, Wendell, NC

Start/Stop Dates: November 27th to Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

Times: Sunday-Thursday- 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

            Friday and Saturday- 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Santa: Santa will be there Saturdays 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: Admission is free, but donations are accepted

Lake Myra Christmas Light Show

Lake Myra Christmas Lights is one of the most popular holiday destinations for locals and features almost a quarter of a million lights dancing in a synchronized show to holiday music. The entire town is “charged up” and the holiday spirit is everywhere. 

The Lake Myra Christmas Light Show started back in 2002 by Don Williams who wanted to do something unique and different for people to enjoy. He was among the first in the country to start using technology to manage his lightshow and each year put on a truly amazing display. Over the next couple of years more and more people got involved and soon their entire community was “lit”.  People were coming from over 150 miles away just to view this spectacular community. What started out as a fun little holiday light show began to attract thousands of people every year. 

In 2011, they realized the show was too much for their community so they partnered with the town of Wendell, NC to host what has now become a tradition for many Carolinians. 

Piper Lights

Address: 5725 Fixit Shop Road in Wake Forest, NC

Start/Stop Dates: November 29, 2019 through January 2, 2020

Times: Sunday-Thursday- 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

            Friday and Saturday- 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cost: Admission is free, but donations are accepted

Santa: Santa will be in the candy shop daily from 6:30-9pm Sunday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday from 6:30-10 pm except Christmas Eve. PETS WELCOME!

Piper Lights is a local, family-run Christmas light display in Wake Forest, NC. It began with a tiny manger scene 30 years ago and now features 7 acres of lights designed to spread joy and the Christmas spirit to all. This is a drive-through light display with a free train ride through the lights, an old-fashioned candy store, and Santa.

You begin by driving through the lights then you’re free to park and ride the free Santa train. You can visit with Santa and enjoy a hot beverage at an old-fashioned candy store with old-fashioned candy, popcorn, hot chocolate, cider, T-Shirts, scarves and local holiday crafts. Please note that the candy-store is cash only.  

Pullen Park’s Holiday Express

Address: 520 Ashe Avenue Raleigh, NC

Start/Stop Dates: December 4-8/December 11-15

Times: 4pm-9pm on event nights

Cost: Admission is $12.25

Santa: Santa will be available via virtual queue

Pullen Park’s Holiday Express

Pullen Park’s Holiday Express is a Raleigh tradition. One both children and adults alike enjoy every year. Pullen Park is festively decorated with thousands of lights and transformed into a holiday wonderland where you can enjoy the holiday lights and displays, a train ride, sledding down a snow-covered hill, unlimited carousel rides, crafts and a visit with Santa.

Pullen Place Cafe will be open for food purchases including delicious hot chocolate, apple cider, and dinner options! You can also pre-purchase the Limited Edition Pullen Park Ornaments at the time of your ticket order. This year’s ornament is the Carousel Tiger! A portion of the proceeds go to benefit Crabtree Rotary Foundation and supporting Rotary charities.

40th Annual Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade 

Address: Starts at East Chatham Street and Ward Street and proceeds along Chatham Street, turning left on Academy Street and ending at Cary Arts Center.

Start/Stop Dates: December 14

Times: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

 40th Annual Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade

The 40th Annual Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade is another long-standing tradition for locals and offers families an opportunity to celebrate the holiday season with local organizations, community leaders, and the Cary Jaycees!

The parade will feature over 60 floats, bands, and performers and will be led this year by long-time local resident and volunteer, Kay Struffolino. Afterwards, head to the Hilton Garden for the Cary Annual Christmas Party.

Durham Holiday Parade and Fun Fest

Address: Downtown Main Street and Fun Fest held on Blackwell Street between Morehead Avenue and West Lakewood Avenue

Start/Stop Dates: December 14

Times: 10 a.m-4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Santa: Santa will be at the Fun Fest

Durham Holiday Parade and Fun Fest

This years Durham Holiday Parade and Fun Fest will feature floats, mascots, hometown bands, drill teams, schools and community groups, and, of course, Santa. The Parade Marshal is Shelly A. Green, the immediate past president and CEO of Discovery Durham. The Fun Fest is immediately following the parade and features independent Durham retailers and craft producers and their products. 

Fun Fest activities include:

  • Peppermint Plunge – Snow sledding for children and adults (sleds will be provided, please do not bring a sled) + two snow play areas
  • North Pole – Santa Claus Meet & Greet
  • Frosty Family Fun
  • Community Care Corner – Decorate holiday cards for homebound individuals in our community
  • Vendors – Local businesses will be giving out information as well as selling arts & crafts, etc.

Upcycled Holiday Market & 2nd Friday ArtWalk

Address:​ 306 W Franklin St, Ste G​Chapel Hill, NC

Start/Stop Dates: December 13

Times: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Upcycled Holiday Market & 2nd Friday ArtWalk

Need to get some shopping done? Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill offers plenty of unique shopping experiences, but one in particular really shines. The Upcycled Holiday Market features local artisans selling sustainable art and unique gifts, special holiday drinks + food, sustainable holiday displays, a raffle and spin wheel for a cause, and more festive fun.  

Blue Dogwood is the first public market in North Carolina to focus on locally-produced products.  The indoor year-round market features small, local food businesses who might otherwise find it cost prohibitive to open a retail space.  Blue Dogwood maximizes the number of food vendors to spread out costs, increase foot traffic, bring a more diverse community to our customers, and create a more viable business opportunity for small businesses.

Bonus: The holiday market is during Chapel Hill’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk. Take this opportunity to view some of the areas most amazing artists and pick up a one-of-a-kind gift for someone special. 

Theatre In the Park: A Christmas Carol

Address: 2 E South St, Raleigh, NC

Start/Stop Dates: Wed 12/11 at 7pm, Saturday 12/14 at 7pm and Sunday 12/15 at 2pm. Thurs 12/12 at 7pm, Friday 12/13 at 7pm, and Saturday 12/14 at 2pm

Times: 7 p.m..

Cost: $37.15-$86.15 each based on seating

Santa: No, but a few ghosts…

Theatre In the Park: A Christmas Carol

A Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol was written by Charles Dickens in 1843 and illustrated by John Leech. The story, as if you didn’t know, recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.

According to Ticketmaster, this version of A Christmas Carol is a musical comedy adaptation of the Dickens classic. The show has been performed annually since 1974 and has been named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast.” Cited as “one of the most successful shows in North Carolina theatre history”.