Best Bets in Myrtle Beach area this week include ‘Hairspray’ and a ‘Super Wine Saturday’

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Best Bets in Myrtle Beach area this week include ‘Hairspray’ and a ‘Super Wine Saturday’

Posted on: July 12th, 2014 by tommyj

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THREE WEEKENDS | 07.11-07.27

‘Hairspray’ in Georgetown

The Swamp Fox Players will shake up the stage of the historic Strand Theater with “Hairspray,” a Broadway musical and two-time hit movie that goes back to early 1960s Baltimore.

The story follows Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and a big heart, plus a passion to dance, and by gaining a spot on “The Corny Collins Show,” she becomes a teen celebrity who also wants to make a difference for the TV program.

Shows at the theater, 710 Front St., Georgetown, are 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, and on July 24, and 2:30 p.m. July 20 and 27. Tickets are $18. Details at 527-2924 or

FRIDAY | 07.11

‘Iron Man 3,’ ‘Free Birds’ outside

Two cities’ summer-fall outdoor movie series continue, both for free and on select Fridays:

• “Movies in the Park,” about dusk (8:15-8:45 p.m.) in Conway’s Riverfront Park, on Elm Street – “Iron Man 3” July 11, “Muppets Most Wanted” July 25, “The Goonies” Aug. 8, “Dirty Dancing” Sept. 27, and “Hotel Transylvania” Oct. 25 (this one at Conway Recreation Complex, as part of the annual Halloween Carnival). Details at 248-1740 or

• “Movies at McLean,” 15 minutes after sunset on second Friday monthly in North Myrtle Beach’s McLean Park, 93 Oak Drive, south of Main Street, between First and Second avenues south – “Free Birds” at 8:45 p.m. July 11, “Despicable Me 2,” 8:30 p.m. Aug. 8, “Frozen” 7:40 p.m. Sept. 12, and “Hotel Transylvania” 7 p.m. Oct. 10. 280-5570, ext. 1, or

SATURDAY | 07.12

Special events include ‘Myrtle Beach Rocks’

Some special events across the area include:

• Heritage Fair, covering preservation of personal family photos and items, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Georgetown County Library’s main branch, 405 Cleland St., Georgetown, also with presentation by Valinda Littlefield, a University of South Carolina professor, encouraging individuals, churches and other organizations to preserve history. Free. Details from Julie Warren at 545-3316, or email

• “Super Wine Saturday,” noon-6 p.m. Saturday, including music 1-5 p.m. by Jerry Jones, at La Belle Amie Vineyard, 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, just west of North Myrtle Beach Middle School. Free. 399-9463 or

• Social dance by USA Dance Grand Strand Chapter 6024, in red, white and blue theme, 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Grand Strand Senior Center, 1268 21st Ave. N., Mytle Beach (not Myrtle Beach’s Base Recreation Center for this month), with music from DJ Jim Sterner, and beverages supplied. Bring snacks for your own table. $7 members, otherwise $9. 808-3397 or

• Concerts at House of Blues, in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, such as “Myrtle Beach Rocks Hip-Hop,” including DJ Etop, Profit, Young Hood, CNC and Blade, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, for $5; and “Draw the Line – A Tribute to Aerosmith,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, for $10 advance and $13 day of show. 272-3000 or

WEDNESDAYS | Through 08.27

‘Creature Feature’ programs on Wednesdays

The North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum has added a “Creature Feature” summer series for 11 a.m. Wednesdays through August, taking turns among marine animals in a showcase developed by Kathy Tiso, a volunteer. Participants will learn specifics about the featured animal’s lifestyle, play a game, and make a take-home craft. Other related activities might include a story or a brief video.

The schedule covers alligators July 16 and Aug. 16, sharks July 23 and Aug. 20, jellyfish July 30 and Aug. 27, and sea turtles Aug. 6. Each program is $2 per child plus admission: $6 ages 13-59, $5 ages 60 and older, $4 ages 4-12, and free ages 3 and younger.

Also, admission includes “ToyTime,” a traveling exhibit of 14 large-scale versions of popular folk toys from around the world, through Nov. 1.

Find the museum at 799 Second Ave. N. Details at 427-7668 or


EASY ESCAPES: ‘Chapman’s Charleston, 1863-1864’ exhibit

“Chapman’s Charleston, 1863-1864,” including 33 scenes painted by Conrad Wise Chapman, a Confederate soldier, opens Saturday at the S.C. State Museum in Columbia.

The exhibit, through Jan. 18, covers art during the Civil War, the military defenses of Charleston against the Union, and other artists who worked in the Holy City during the war.

This is included with admission, as is the “South Carolina Unearthed” natural history exhibit, with fossilized remains of a variety of ancient animals such as whales and saber-toothed cats from what is now the Palmetto State.

The museum, 301 Gervais St., continues its summer hours, open daily through Sept. 1: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $7 ages 13-61, $6 military and ages 62 and older, $5 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger.

Also, buy tickets for the interactive special exhibit “Dinosaurs: A Bite Out of Time” for $15, $13 and $11, respectively, and receive museum admission for the day. Details at 803-898-4921 or

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