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Fourth of July at the Beach

Celebrate Independance Day Beach Style this year!

Catch a Youth Baseball Nationals game at Market Common Grand Park in Myrtle Beach anytime between now and July 9th.  Schedule and details at Baseballnationals.com/myrtlebeach/the-park/

View an awe-inspiring Military Flyover on the 4th of July that will stretch the entire length of South Carolina's Coast starting at Cherry Grove at 1pm.  Participants on the shore will be encouraged to salute the flyover by wearing and waving Red, White, and Blue and to capture themselves "Saluting" the Flyover and our Armed Forces in images and videos.

But no matter which corner of the beach you find yourself, you can enjoy an amazing display of fireworks to top off your festivities. 

Here's a list for some of this years local displays & events:

North Myrtle Beach

  • Barefoot Landing, 4898 Hwy 17 S., NMB.  Fireworks begin at 10:15pm Saturday, July 4th, 2015 over the lake at Barefoot Landing
  • Cherry Grove Pier, 3500 N. Ocean Blvd., NMB.  Fireworks begin around 9-9:15pm, Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Myrtle Beach

  • Hot Summer Nights Celebration @ Second Avenue Pier, 110 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach.  Beginning at 10pm on Saturday, July 4th, 2015.  View from along the beach or the beautiful Boardwalk!
  • Broadway at the Beach, US 17 Bypass, Myrtle Beach.  Fireworks start at 10pm on Saturday, July 4th, 2015 over Lake Broadway.
  • TicketReturn.com Field, 1251 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach.  The Myrtle Beach Pelicans will celebrate Independence Day with post-game fireworks on Thursday, July 2nd and Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Surfside Beach

  • Surfside Beach 4th of July Celebration at Surfside Pier, Ocean Blvd. Fireworks and Live entertainment from 6 to 10pm Saturday, July 4th, 2015.

Murrells Inlet

  • Murrells Inlet 4th of July Boat Parade and fireworks display take place at the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk and Veterans Pier.  Parade begins at 10am on Saturday, July 4th, 2015, from Garden City Point.  The Parade runs along the Marshwalk and down the inlet to the Hot Fish Club.  Fireworks begin at 10pm at the end of Veterans Pier and can be seen from anywhere along the Marshwalk as well as down the marsh shoreline at Belin United Methodist Church and Hot Fish Club.

Georgetown

  • The City of Georgetown will host its Annual 4th of July Fireworks and Kaminski House Concert with Indigo Choral Society beginning at 7pm and fireworks display at 9pm on Saturday, July 4th, 2015.  Light up Winyah Bay Fireworks (East Bay Park and Harborwalk)

Summer's here! Look at what's going on!

Kick off your summer with one or all of these activities around the beach. Go grab your friends, family, and flip flops and head to the water. Nothing beats gettin' your sunshine on at the beach!

June 1, 2015 thru August 29, 2015 - Summerfest at Barefoot Landing

June kicks off Barefoot Landings annual Summerfest! Entertainment includes a new line up of local musicians, as well as some returning favorites.  Nick Pike will return with his unique juggling, comedy and unicycling every Monday, Tuesday and Saturday at 7pm and 8pm. Sundays host a variety of Children's story Princesses from 6pm til 9pm and Super Heros on other nights.  Don't forget Barefoot Landings Monday night fireworks every week begining at 10:15pm. Entertainment schedule here

June 5-7th, 2015 - Carolina Country Music Festival

This 3 day event will host 35 of the industry's biggest stars, including national recording artists:  Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich, Hunter Hayes, Rascal Flatts, Cole Swindell, Colt Ford, Brooke Eden, Georgia Satellites, David Nail, Rodney Atkins, Kellie Pickler, Corey Smith, Rainey Qualley, Davisson Brothers Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, Sam Hunt, Outshyne, Ricky Young, Brian Davis, Mo Pitney, Dee Jay Silver and John King. Tickets on sale now at www.CarolinaCountryMusicFest.com.  Stay all weekend and enjoy multi-day discount tickets and great lodging deals at www.RetreatMyrtleBeach.com.

June 13, 2015 - Salt Air Jam

Shag City USA and 94.9 The Surf presents North Myrtle Beach's first ever Beach Music Festival at North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex.  This years show features:  Jim Quick and Coastline, The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, The Entertainers, Steve Owens and Summertime! For ticket info, check out SaltAirJam.com.  Come enjoy some awesome music and help fight and cure Cyctic Fibrosis!


June 13, 2015 - Firefighters Foundation 5K

The South Carolina State Firefighter's Foundation and North Greenville Fitness and Cardiac Rehab are hosting the 3rd Annual Firefighters Foundation 5K.  The 5K will be held at the scenic Grand Park lake in Market Commons (Farrow Parkway).  The City of Myrtle Beach Fire Department will have firefighting vehicles on display for viewing during the event. Event costs $20, which includes a Firefighters Foundation 5K t-shirt for all participants.  For registration or more information, check out www.book-events.com/firefightersfoundation5k/

June 19, 2015 thru July 9, 2015 - Youth Baseball Nationals

The Youth Baseball Nationals is the premier youth baseball travel tournament in the nation!  A week-long tournament for 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 13U, 14U and 15U baseball teams played on the turf fields of beautiful Grand Park at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach. Enjoy a week of baseball and beach fun in the sun!  To register a team or get tickets for your family, check out www.baseballnationals.com/myrtlebeach

Dressing Downton at Biltmore

Want an exciting Spring day trip?  America's largest home on beautiful Biltmore Estate is showcasing more than 45 costumes from the popular PBS Masterpiece show, Downton Abbey.  Biltmore House bears a striking resemblance to Highclere Castle (where the series was filmed) making it easy for guests to imagine how the Vanderbilts and their employees lived a century ago.  This charming event will go thru May 25th, 2015 at the main house estate.

“The day-to-day running of Biltmore House was surprisingly similar to that of Downton Abbey,” said Ellen Rickman, Director of Museum Services. “Just like Downton has Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes, Biltmore had its own cast of fascinating characters. Displaying these fabulous costumes from the show gives us an unparalleled opportunity to delve into Biltmore’s stories.”

This exhibit is included with your estate admission to the Biltmore Hous located in scenic Ashville, North Carolina.  

To complete your visit, be sure to visit the Biltmore Estate Winery while you are there!  This year marks their 30th Anniversary and they have plenty to celebrate. Join the tour and enjoy wine tastings of many Biltmore Estate wines.  Details here....

Downton™ and Downton Abbey®. ©2015 Carnival Film & Television Limited. All Rights Reserved. A PBS Masterpiece show.

Spring Safari SOS

Each year at the end of April the coming of Spring is celebrated by thousands of shaggers from all along the east coast. They hit the road in search of wild life. Their destination is the famous little strip of sand known as the Grand Strand. After the long winter, shaggers are eager for the first outing of the summer. They find it at the SOS Spring Safari.

For 10 days the biggest adult party on the East Coast crashes into North Myrtle Beach like an ocean wave. A wide variety of activities is scheduled for the event. Many member clubs of the ACSC will schedule "tea parties" in the local lounges. The lounges themselves schedule special parties during the Safari. Popular bands show up along Main Street playing crowd favorites. Shag dance instructors will offer classes to the masses who are seeking to improve their skill or increase their repertoire of moves, but the big attraction is the night life. As the sun goes down the animals of the Safari come out to play in the clubs along Main Street & OD, old friends will seek each other out & new friends will be made. The night will be spent shag dancing to timeless music that touches the soul and moves the feet.  On the last Saturday of SOS everyone meets on Main Street for the perennial favorite parade of the year, the ACSC Club's Parade. ACSC member clubs plan, design, & build parade floats for fun & a chance to win one of the coveted awards. There are award categories for best shag theme & most original float. The Spring Safari Parade always draws a huge crowd, shaggers and beach local’s stream to the streets for an afternoon of fun & laughter!

If you are ready for a little adventure maybe it is time for you to schedule a trip to the wilds of North Myrtle Beach and join the party at the SOS Spring Safari. Favorite places like Fat Harolds and Ducks will keep your feet movin’ and don’t forget to grab a bite at Hoskins!

 

The Last Saturday of Spring SOS, April 25, 2015 at 1:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Make your glass stovetop shine like new!

Have you tried all the latest, high-priced specialty cleaning products for your glass stovetop??  I have! Yet none have left me with a warm, happy feeling after tons of scrubbing and still seeing those signs of burn marks and a dull finish left after all that labor.  Well......I have good news!!  There's actually a very simple, very easy, and VERY inexpensive way to clean your glass or ceramic top and leave it shiny!

SUPPLIES NEEDED: 

Baking soda

A cleaning cloth (a large one can cover 2 burners )

Dish soap

Gloves (for sensitive hands)

 

DIRECTIONS: 

Fill a large bowl with hot water and dish soap.   Then, submerge your cleaning cloth into the water for a minute or so to allow it to soak up water and suds.  While your cloth is soaking in the soapy water, sprinkle baking soda generously over the stovetop.

Next, gently squeeze water out of the cleaning cloth (but not all the water!  You want your cloth to be wet but not sopping).  Place the hot, wet cloth on top of  the baking soda and let it sit for 15 minutes.  (Set your kitchen timer for 15 minutes. Then you can catch up on some other quick tasks)

Once the time is up, gently swirl the cloth around the stovetop using the baking soda paste as a gentle scrub.  Rinse your cloth or use another warm, wet cloth and wipe away any leftover baking soda.  Shine with a dry towel and think happy thoughts!!!  Voila!  Shiny as new!.......til the next time you have a boilover!

 

Myrtle Beach hosts FIRST Robotics Competition

 

Once again, Myrtle Beach Convention Center will have the honor of hosting Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.  This exciting and challenging "Sport for the Mind" will bring together more than 66 teams of high school students from South Carolina and the surrounding East Coast area.  Showcasing their skills in Science and Technology, students will compete in this high-intensitity, team challenge by weekend developing and operating their own functional robots.

This high energy, multinational competition teams professionals and young people together to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. The program is a life-changing, career-molding experience and a tons of fun for both competitors and spectators alike.

"Colleges, universities, corporations, businesses, and individuals provide scholarships to our participants. Involved engineers experience again many of thereasons they chose engineering as a profession, and the companies they work for contribute to the community while they prepare and create their future workforce. The competition shows students that the technological fields hold many opportunities and that the basic concepts of science, math, engineering, and invention are exciting and interesting."

Don't miss this exciting weekend!  February 26th through 28th, 2015 (Thursday through Saturday).  Doors open at 8am and event is open to the public.  Free admission to spectators.

Come out and see what our future has in store! For more information about UsFIrst and their robotics programs, check out their website with all they have to offer right here......www.usfirst.org

 

 

 

 

Christmas Town USA

Since the Christmas season of 1956, McAdenville, NC has welcomed thousands for it's Holiday revelry.  Now referred to as Christmas Town USA, this small town of less than a thousand permanent residents, holds nothing back when it comes to showing their Christmas spirit.

Elaborate decorations and lights adorn this town and festivities gallore run throughout the season.  Beginning with the Christmas Town 5K, the Yule Log Parade and the Christmas Town Festival, you'll be sure to find a jolly time whenever you visit this town during Christmas.

The Yule Log Parade begins Friday, December 19, 2014 at 5:30pm in front of Pharr Yarns Main Office, in the heart of McAdenville.  This Christmas Tradition allows residents and visitors to follow the Yule Log which is pulled by children on a sled through town to Legacy Park.  The log is lit after being placed in the open fireplace. At this point, the crowd joins in singing Christmas Carols and all the children rustle to get a hand on the rope to help pull the Yule Log through town to it's final destination.

One of the most visited spots in Christmas Town is the lake.  More than 30 beautifully lit trees border this lake and surround a fountain.  Visions of red, green, blue, and amber magically come to life at night with their reflections dancing off the water showing Old Man Winter blowing snowflakes into the air.

More than 200 wreaths adorn the town and lights align almost every nook from beginning to end.  Christmas songs ring loud throughout town from the 80 feet tall steeple on McAdenville Baptist Church.  It truly is a Winter Wonderland!  For directions or more information check out their website here.

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