Monthly Archives: March 2021

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.