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Kaminski House Museum to host Wedding Showcase Feb. 23

The annual Wedding Showcase held at the Kaminski House Museum in Georgetown is for brides and grooms planning their wedding day. (Photo courtesy of the Kaminski House Museum)

You may be ready to say, “I do,” but before your wedding, there’s much to do.

To help brides- and grooms-to-be in making those decisions for the big day, Georgetown’s Kaminski House Museum is gearing up for its annual Wedding Showcase, set for Sunday, Feb. 23, from 1–4 pm. 

The lawn and the Kossove Terrace will feature florists, caterers, rental companies and other businesses providing wedding-related services to make wedding-day dreams come true for couples planning one of the most important days of their lives.  The showcase will feature a $5,000 Wedding Day Prize Package and drawings for bridal gifts and prizes.  The Wedding Day Prize Package includes the museum’s $1,500.00 rental for the lawn and the Kossove Terrace, discounts on wedding cakes, a free two-night stay in Baxter’s Brewhouse Inn, and other wedding-related gifts.

Ten couples from throughout the Hammock Coast and the Grand Strand will be asked to submit their special stories of how they met, how their romance progressed and how he/she proposed. All 10 love stories will be on display at the showcase and attendees to the event will be asked to vote on their favorite love story.  The winner of the prize package will be announced at the conclusion of the Wedding Showcase.

The event will also feature a fashion show hosted by Indigo Blue Events & Design and will present bridal fashions by The Dressing Room of Pawleys Island at 4 p.m. Floral arrangements and tablescapes will be on display and feature the design talents of Greenskeeper Florist of Pawleys Island. A special exhibition of vintage wedding gowns from the collection of Melissa Levey will be on display inside the Kaminski House Museum. The special showing may be viewed with admission to the Kaminski House during daily tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 pm. 

Participating vendors include ART Catering and Events, Carolina Limousine, The Dressing Room, Greenskeeper Florist, Indigo Blue Events & Design, Make My Day Photo Booth, Middle Child Photography, Pawleys Island Bakery, Wedgefield Country Club, and more. Sponsors for the event include theknot, Eventworks, Gator 107.9, MC Sound, Light & Video, and 101.1 FM.

“There are some special treats for our brides at this event. Carolina Limousine will be available to take brides on the Wedding Trolley along Front Street,” said Kaminski House Museum Deputy Director Kim Leatherwood. “MC Kevin Jayroe will point out local B&Bs, Airbnbs, sites for rehearsal dinners and other special venues in the downtown area that make historic Georgetown one of the best wedding destination sites in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Joseph Baxter, proprietor of Baxter’s Brewhouse and Inn, will have an open house for brides after the Wedding Showcase on the lawn of the Kaminski House Museum. He will allow guests to sample his handcrafted beers and root beers.”

Tickets for the Wedding Showcase are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the event. Tickets are available online at the museum’s website KaminskiMuseum.org. You may reserve tickets by calling the museum’s office at 843-456-7706.

Constructed circa 1769, the Kaminski House was home to many prominent Georgetown residents. The home’s pre-Revolutionary War architectural details are an elegant background to the varied interiors that help bring to life Harold and Julia Kaminski, the home’s last residents. Mrs. Kaminski left the house and its contents to the City of Georgetown upon her death in 1972. Located at 1003 Front St., the Kaminski House Museum is open Monday–Saturday with guided tours at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The costs of tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 65 and over and $6 for children 6-17. Children under 5 will be admitted free. 

Thousands attend 7th annual Taste of the MarshWalk

The two-day Taste of the MarshWalk saw thousands of visitors converge on Murrells Inlet. (Photo by Chris King)

Restaurants served up delicious samples of what’s
made Murrells Inlet famous for great food, hospitality

Joey Ray and a group of friends were enjoying a beautiful January afternoon, listening to live music, drinking the cold beverage of their choice, and sharing laughs along Murrells Inlet’s MarshWalk.

The group joined thousands of others over Jan. 25 and 26 to take part in the seventh annual Taste of the MarshWalk. 

While Ray made the trek to specifically see country-folk duo If Birds Could Fly, one of several bands that performed over the two-day event, visitors and locals were arriving for myriad reasons. And, most importantly, they came hungry!

Taste of the MarshWalk featured a host of exhibitors, crafters and kids activities, and some of the Hammock Coast’s most popular restaurants were serving food to throngs of attendees from Georgetown County and beyond.

Guests sampled food from eight participating restaurants – The Claw House, Tuna Shak, CreekRatz, Dead Dog Saloon, Bovine’s, Wahoo’s, Drunken Jack’s, Creek Ratz, and Wicked Tuna. Food that tempted visitors included everything from seafood gumbo, she-crab soup and black bean bourbon chili to crab bruchetta, pork gyoka and a variety of sushi, among many other delectable offerings.

When they weren’t enjoying the food, guests often set their gaze on the sweeping views of Murrells Inlet. There was hardly a cloud in the sky, contributing to the area’s stunning natural beauty and the area’s temperate climate, which allows for an outdoor festival in late January.

Welcome Y’All to the Taste of the Marshwalk … and the many craft vendors along the way! (Photo by Chris King)

“We love the MarshWalk,” Ray said. “It’s a beautiful day and a lot of fun with friends and family. It’s the sun, food and drink we are coming to enjoy. It’s hard to ask for much more.”

With temperatures in the lows 60s, the weather was ideal, allowing vendors that ranged from local apparel companies to artists to sell their wares to an eager crowd.

“It’s a very good event,” said Jennifer Briscoe, a representative of Hooked Soul, a local fishing company. “There are always a lot of people here. We get to meet all different people and sell them stuff they really want to wear.”

Among the fun things for children were balloon animals. (Photo by Chris King)

While exhibitors enjoyed a good weekend and kids flocked to the petting zoo, the MarshWalk’s highly acclaimed restaurants were the star.

The ½-mile long MarshWalk is home for set-down dining throughout the year, but for this special two-day event, they were also serving small plates, ranging in price from $3 to $5. Drunken Jack’s trigger fish over crab fried rice, hush puppies and she crab soup produced the weekend’s longest lines, but the coconut shrimp at Wahoo’s wasn’t far behind. In fact, if the crowds at Dead Dog Saloon, CreekRatz, Bovine’s, Tuna Shak, The Claw House and Wicked Tuna were any indication, their offerings were also well received from the hungry crowds.

Taste of the MarshWalk has always been one of the highlights of the Hammock Coast’s winter calendar, and the event’s reputation will only grow in the wake of the 2020 event.
— By Chris King

The MarshWalk’s many fine restaurants draw crowds to the Hammock Coast throughout the year. (Photo by Chris King)

Brookgreen Gardens to shine during British artist Bruce Munro exhibit in 2020

“Bruce Munro at Brookgreen: Southern Light” will run from April 8-Sept. 12, 2020

“Field of Light” will be one of British artist Bruce Munro’s exhibits at Brookgreen Gardens this year. (Photo by Serena Munro, Courtesy of Bruce Munro Ltd.)

There will be a shining light illuminating from South Carolina’s Hammock Coast beginning in April – no, make that thousands upon thousands of shining lights.

Renowned British artist Bruce Munro’s next major U.S. exhibition, “Bruce Munro at Brookgreen: Southern Light,” will come to life at world-famous Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet from Wednesday–Saturday, April 8 through Sept. 12 with extended daily hours. The exhibit, which will consist of seven works of art in light and mixed media will feature thousands of LED and fiber-optic points of light. The works will be placed throughout Brookgreen’s sculpture gardens and the arboretum area will contain a huge Field of Light.

The New York Times has hailed Munro’s work as a must-see, and Brookgreen’s exhibit will be the only opportunity to see Munro’s work in the southeastern United States in 2020.

“We are thrilled to be on the very exclusive list of venues to host an exhibit by Bruce Munro,” said Page Kiniry, Brookgreen Gardens’ president and CEO.  “At Brookgreen we are dedicated to offering our guests and members the opportunity to experience not only American sculptural art, but art in a variety of mediums. This is a rare opportunity for our community and the region to see the work of this world- renowned artist.”

The following illuminated installations will consist of tens of thousands of components, which will be placed throughout the sculpture gardens and arboretum:

  1. Field of Light – 11,700 stems of light in softly moving colors covering the Arboretum.
  2. Fireflies – 600 sprigs, flourishing in Oak Alle?e.
  3. Time and Again – 37 stainless steel “lilies” in Pegasus Field.
  4. Okonjima Choral Society – 2,000 ‘frogs’ singing in unison behind the garden wall at the Brenda S. Rosen Carolina Terrace.
  5. Hive – installation composed of 1,448 bee-inspired hexagonal elements in the Bell Tower.
  6. Reflections – 4 mesmerizing sound and light digital projections in the arcade between the Welcome Center and Keepsakes.
  7. Water-Towers – 10 Towers illuminated by fiber optics and choreographed sound in the grassy area adjacent to The Visionaries sculpture.

Munro is best known for large immersive light-based installations inspired primarily by his interest in shared human experience and connection. He completed a bachelor’s in fine arts at Bristol Polytechnic in 1982. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Sydney where he took up employment in design and lighting, inspired by Australia’s natural light and landscape. Returning to England in 1992, he settled in Wiltshire, where he raised four children with his wife. Following his father’s death in 1999, Munro felt compelled to resume artmaking on a personal level. His work has been shown at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild Collection, Buckinghamshire; and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. It is held in museum collections internationally including the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. 

“The inspirations behind the artwork being shown at Brookgreen came to me during a visit (to Brookgreen Gardens),” Munro said. “I spent time exploring and simply allowing my eye and imagination to wonder and dream. The visit reinforced the notion of a garden made up of a series of interconnected outside ‘rooms.’ It also left me with an impression that the ‘garden rooms,’ populated by figurative sculptures, were surrounded by an untamed landscape, a magical place with an edge of the unknown.”

Brookgreen will be opening Wednesday–Saturday evenings, April 8-Sept. 12, from 7-10 p.m. (with gates opening at 6 p.m.) for the Munro exhibit. Tickets will be available for purchase this fall, and a special season pass will be available for members of Brookgreen Gardens. Advance tickets are available now at https://www.brookgreen.org/bruce-munro. General-admission tickets are $25 (adults) and $15 (children 4-12). Members may purchase tickets for $20 for adults and $12 for children.

On Saturday, April 4, an exclusive VIP launch event, hosted by the Friends of Brookgreen Gardens, will inaugurate the exhibit.

For more information about Munro, go to www.brucemunro.co.uk.

Brookgreen Gardens is located on U.S. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island and is open to the public daily. Founded in 1931 by Anna Hyatt Huntington and Archer Huntington, Brookgreen is home to the largest and most significant collection of American figurative sculpture in the country and continues as a leader in sculpture conservation, environmental conservation, and protection of the plants, animals, and history of the South Carolina Lowcountry. For more information, visit www.brookgreen.org or call 843-235- 6000.

Community celebrates opening of West End Heritage Center in Georgetown

Georgetown Mayor Brendon Barber, left, stands with visitors of the West End Heritage Center in Georgetown as they watch a video interview discussing the history of the area. (Photo by Clayton Stairs)

By Clayton Stairs
Tourism Manager
Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce/Discover Georgetown

After sitting vacant for more than a decade, a building in the heart of Georgetown’s West End will now serve as a place to celebrate the history and champions of that community, while also providing educational programs.

Dozens gathered Aug. 20 for a reception and grand-opening ceremony for the new West End Heritage Center at 1610 Hawkins St. The event was hosted by the Howard High School Alumni Association, Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County and the City of Georgetown, which all had partnered for renovations, fact-finding and creating displays to bring the center back to life.

The center features photographs and videos of many of the community’s notable citizens, as well as memorabilia from Howard High School and the West End community.

Howard High School Alumni Association member Viola Holmes-Greene, left, gets a hug from Harold Jean Brown, who is the state human affairs commissioner. (Photo by Clayton Stairs)

“We have been trying so long to get this building together and make it presentable.” said Janette Becoate-Graham, president of the HHSAA, which owns the building. “It has just been tremendous how the community has come together to finally open this center.”

The building was previously called the Dreamkeepers Center, which was owned by the Committee for African-American History Observances. Before that, it served as a kitchen and band room for the former Howard High School, Georgetown’s black high school during the years of segregation in the second half of the 20th century.

Marilyn Hemingway, president of the Gullah-Geechee Chamber of Commerce, is a former director of CAAHO. She said opening the heritage center will be the beginning of wonderful things happening in the West End.

“It will allow more people to understand the significance of this community’s history,” she said. “This is a good example of a community doing for itself and turning things around.”

Three of the champions of the West End, whose photos are featured on the center’s walls are state Rep. Carl Anderson Sr., Georgetown County Clerk of Court Alma White and Georgetown Mayor Brendon Barber. Also present at the event were other influential African-Americans of Georgetown County, including Georgetown County School Board member Randy Walker, City Councilmember Sheldon Butts, County Council members Lillie Jean Johnson and Everette Carolina, and State Human Affairs Commissioner Harold Jean Brown.

State Rep. Carl Anderson Sr., who grew up in the West End community of Georgetown, stands proudly with his photograph displayed on the Community Leaders wall at the newly opened West End Heritage Center. (Photo by Clayton Stairs)

“Today is a great day for Georgetown and the West End,” said Anderson, who was raised on Gilbert Street. “I applaud the committee and the community for making this possible.”

White, who is also a West End native, said she is proud to be one of the people featured on the center’s Community Leaders wall.

“I had the opportunity to grow up in this community and I’m a product of the West End,” she said. “This is the kind of recognition that most people don’t receive until they have passed away, so I am honored to be part of this.”

Barber, who is Georgetown’s first black mayor, told the crowd gathered for the center’s opening that he’s a “Howard High School brat” who can still sing the school’s alma mater. He thanked the HHSAA for creating this center that will “serve as the foundation of the West End community.”

“This (building) has such a purpose, a meaning with this particular community,” the mayor said. “With partnership, with love and passion for community, this center could be the start of what we need to do, not only in this state, but the rest of the country.”

Project coordinator Julie Emory, who is a Coastal Carolina University graduate in the Georgetown RISE Internship Program, and Laura Gassler, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County, were also on hand to thank everyone involved and urge people to be a part of the center’s future.

Laura Gassler, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Georgetown County, and project coordinator Julie Emory, who is a Coastal Carolina University graduate in the Georgetown RISE Internship Program, stand with Georgetown Mayor Brendon Barber as he speaks about the center opening. (Photo by Clayton Stairs)

“This is just one successful example of how the community came together to bring the heart back to the West End,” Emory said. “There is so much history here, and we are really only at this point touching on the surface.”

Looking around the center, Gassler said she was amazed it had only been three months since the start of the project. She said she contacted the alumni association after deciding to help revitalize the West End community as part of Habitat’s international mission of neighborhood revitalization.

“I want to thank the Howard High School Alumni Association for allowing Habitat for Humanity to be part of this project and having faith we could pull it off in three months,” Gassler said. “I hope that the former Howard students, alumni and graduates, and community residents enjoy what you are seeing here.”

She said there were several stores that donated product or gave discounts for the West End Heritage Center project, including the Habitat Restore, J&S Carpet and Baker Glass.

“This whole project was a community effort. Everyone came together,” Gassler said. “I just want you to know we are not stopping here.”

The HHSAA is asking the community for donations to continue adding to the center, including kitchen appliances, bathrooms, meeting room equipment and repairs, desks for the office and classroom, landscaping, a permanent sign, lighting, window repairs and more.

The West End Heritage Center was dedicated on Aug. 20.

Plans for the center include after-school homework help for students, college life workshops, game nights, Black History Month celebrations, and back-in-the-day West End and Howard High School storytelling. Also planned are classes for healthy eating and living, gardening, anti-bullying, basket weaving, Gullah language, dancing, Spanish and basic computer coding.

“Everyone here has a worthy story to share, so I want everyone here, whether you want to give to the museum and tell us about your story about what you went through, or if you’re on the outside just now learning about the champions of the West End, we want to hear you,” Emory said during the ceremony. “If you want to share anything that you don’t think we’ve covered at the center, tell Janette or myself, because we are only going to grow and get bigger from here.”

Anyone who would like to donate or contribute yearbooks, photographs or an interview for the center, can contact Janette Becoate-Graham by email at janettegrahameuralee@gmail.com, Julie Emory by email at Dreamkeepers.gtown@gmail.com, or call 843-546-5685, ext 2.

Huntington Beach State Park Camping

Phone:  1 (866) 345-PARK or (843) 237-4440

Address:
16148 Ocean Hwy.
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina  29576

Located within Huntington Beach State Park. Beach access. Open all year. Tent and RV camping with 107 sites; 66 with full hook up; each site, except tent sites, has water and electrical hookup. WIFI. Dog friendly, leashes required.

For primitive group reservations, call (843) 237-4440.

https://southcarolinaparks.com/huntington-beach/camping

 

Georgetown Nabs A Top Ranking in USA Today’s Annual “Best Coastal Small Town” Contest

Historic Front Street in Georgetown is illuminated by a double-rainbow. USA Today and 10Best.com has once again named Georgetown one of America’s Best Coastal Small Towns. (Photo Courtesy of Mark Roberts)

Once again, historic Georgetown has earned one of the top spots in an annual USA Today/10Best readers contest to determine America’s “Best Coastal Small Town.”

Top finishers were announced by USA Today this morning, and Georgetown, a working waterfront community, finished in fourth place.

Georgetown, which took first place in the “Best Coastal Small Town” contest in 2018, was matched this year against 19 other communities. All the 2019 nominated communities, tapped from 17 states, are near major bodies of water, ranging from the Great Lakes and the Gulf Coast to the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. 

Sandusky, Ohio, took the top spot in this year’s contest, followed by Rockport, Texas, Chincoteague, Virginia, and Georgetown. To see the full list of top finishers, go here: Best Coastal Small Town Finalists. In announcing its Top 10 list, USA Today and 10Best said: “Move over L.A., Miami and Honolulu! Our 10 winners for Best Coastal Small Town – each with a population of fewer than 25,000 people as of the last census – offer uncrowded, unpretentious and affordable seaside fun in small packages.”

Nominations were announced April 8, and communities across the nation had the opportunity to vote every day through noon on May 6 for their choice for America’s “Best Coastal Small Town.” In announcing Georgetown as a nominee once again, the contest said Georgetown “is what Charleston used to be – 200-year-old homes (more than Charleston, in fact) … lots of Southern charm and none of the crowds.”

Georgetown, which is South Carolina’s third oldest city, boasts a thriving waterfront historic district along Front Street, which features the popular Harborwalk, myriad restaurants and shops, as well as five museums. Residents and visitors enjoy the opportunity to partake in Georgetown’s shopping, dining and rich history. The Sampit River links the town with the Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean, providing stunning natural beauty.

“It’s an honor to be named among America’s best coastal small towns once again,” said Mark A. Stevens, director of tourism development for the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce. “The results of the vote are a reflection on Georgetown’s abundant charm and the area’s appeal for residents, vacationers and retirees.

“We appreciate that USA Today made Georgetown a part of its 10Best readers contest again, but, most of all, we thank everyone who diligently voted every day to help Georgetown, once again, rank among the very best in the nation.”

Georgetown is one of six communities that make up South Carolina’s Hammock Coast, joining Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield, Pawleys Island and Andrews.

For more information on the Hammock Coast, go to www.HammockCoastSC.com. For more on living in Georgetown, go to www.cityofgeorgetownsc.com.

Nominees for the “Best Coastal Small Town” contest were chosen by a panel of experts made up of editors from USA Today; editors from 10Best.com; and relevant expert contributors. All voting was digital and the 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest is accessible on the 10Best.com website.

 

 

 

 

About South Carolina’s Hammock Coast

Georgetown County’s casual charm and Southern hospitality earned it the nickname Hammock Coast. Adventure and relaxation blend together in perfect harmony, like the flowing and ebbing of waves on the county’s famed beaches. With six communities – Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield, Pawleys Island, Georgetown and Andrews – comprising the pristine coastal area between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, visitors can experience South Carolina’s Hammock Coast like never before.

Georgetown, named one of America’s Best Coastal Small Towns two years in a row, offers an abundance of accommodations for guests, including hotels and cozy bed and breakfasts. Georgetown marinas welcome boaters from around the globe.

For more information about Georgetown and the Hammock Coast, visit www.HammockCoastSC.com.

Winyah Bay Heritage Festival, Bassmaster tourney bring in the crowds Saturday

Duck calling, sheep herding and retriever demonstrations.
 
A magic show.
 
Thirty-five arts-and-crafts vendors.
 
All of the above were among the highlights as the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival kicked off Saturday in Georgetown.
 
Many Georgetown County residents who love the outdoors, as well as people from out of the area, descended upon Georgetown for the event on Saturday. It is being held in conjunction with the Bassmaster Elite Fishing Tournament, also being held at the marine complex, and a country music concert with Jason Michael Carroll, held Saturday on Front Street and sponsored by the Georgetown Business Association.
 
Another day of fun is slated for Sunday, with a South Carolina Duck Calling Championship and the Bassmasters Championship as the main events. Georgetown County spokeswoman Jackie Broach said the events have already drawn a record turnout.
 
“This is predicted to have an economic impact of over $1 million for the county,” Broach said. “It draws a lot of visitors, and there is a lot to see and do. It is a wonderful thing for our county on so many levels.”
 
Kayla Palaniuk of Idaho, Melanie Pipkens of Michigan and Kellye Duvilla of New Jersey were giving love to a black Labrador puppy from St. Frances Animal Center during the event. They were in town to support their husbands who were fishing in the tournament, but the men were cut before Saturday when the top 35 were named.
 
“We have enjoyed the whole event, especially all of the great vendors,”  Palaniuk said. “It is good to see the town come together to put on a show for everyone.”
 
Stephanie Cissa of Georgetown, who was with her 11-year-old daughter, Ella, agreed.
 
“My favorite thing is that it brings the community together,” Cissa said. “It spotlights our town and our county.”
 
Shannon Thompson of Tega Cay was visiting her mother, Tammy Morales, who lives in Georgetown. The wide variety of activities drew Thompson and her family to the festival.
 
Morales said she enjoys the event every year.
 
“It promotes a lot for Georgetown,” she said. “I love all the vendors and booths.”
 
Andrews resident Gracyn Reeves, who was one of the local vendors at the event, was showcasing her wooden bead necklaces. Her mother, Christy Reeves, was there with her for support.
 
Gracyn said she started making the necklaces for fun and posted photos of some on her Facebook page. Soon, though, it had turned into something bigger.
 
“Everyone went crazy over them, and I said, ‘Hey, I can make a job out of this’,” Gracyn said.
 
The festival and Bassmasters tournament conclude Sunday.
 
— Story by Clayton Stairs
 
 

Waterside Retreat

Phone: (704) 408-3477
Email: murrellsinletbandb@gmail.com|
Website: http://murrellsinletbedandbreakfast.com
Address:  385 Waterside Lane, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina  29576

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waterside Retreat is a quaint waterfront Bed & Breakfast in the Heart of Murrells Inlet.   All of our guest rooms have stunning waterfront views, and we are a five minute walk to the Marshwalk, one of the most popular destinations in the Grand Strand area. Come relax on the front porch and take in the gorgeous views, or enjoy the saltwater pool. Your stay includes access to Huntington State Park for beach days, or feel free to take a kayak or paddle board around the Inlet! Full breakfast provided. Each room has full private bath, Wifi and Apple TV. We are the perfect romantic, relaxing getaway for couples! 

Litchfield Beach on the Hammock Coast named a top Spring destination.

Today’s Parent magazine and website just named Litchfield Beach as one of the top  spring destinations for family travel.

“This quiet community, built around seaside activities is tops for active bikers and golfers. Here, you’ll find an uninterrupted paradise as the beach stretches for miles in either direction, making your only challenge figuring out where to plop down for the day.”

The entire article is here.

The Hammock Coast featured in Southern Living Magazine

Georgetown, February 18, 2013:  Hammock Coast, the brand name adopted by the Georgetown County Tourism Management Commission to identify Georgetown County, SC to visitors, is the featured travel road trip in the March issue of Southern Living magazine.  Highlights of the two page feature include Hopsewee Plantation, Georgetown’s Harborwalk, Limpin’ Jane’s Restaurant, The Original Hammock Shop and the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk.

After visiting the area, writers from Southern Living worked with Lauren Cobb, of the Georgetown County TMC and Sally Hogan with the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce to finalize details and make connections with local businesses. “It is always exciting to work with national writers and have the opportunity to share local stories that we are so passionate about” said Cobb.  Hogan added “the Southern Living writers really made an effort to get to know what makes the Hammock Coast special, they do their research and then reach out to us for the final details.”

The Tourism Management Commission (TMC) was formed by Georgetown County Council in January of 2008. It is charged with marketing tourism in Georgetown County. In 2009 the TMC, in a cooperative effort with Rawle Murdy Associates, conducted consumer research which resulted in branding Georgetown County as the Hammock Coast. This area includes Murrells Inlet (Seafood Capital of SC), Pawleys Island (oldest summer resort on the East Coast), the Litchfield Beaches, Garden City Beach, the Historic Waterfront city of Georgetown, and Andrews.

7th Annual Shag Festival

        Georgetown Rotary Club 

        7th Annual Shag Festival  

April 6th, 2013

King Street – Downtown Georgetown Historic District 

7:00 pm til 11:00 pm 

 

 Shag Lessons – 6:00 – 7:00 pm (included in ticket price)

 

food and beverages available for purchase on site

 

Dance the night away with the world renowned band

 The Sensational Epics

 Tickets

In Advance $20 

At The Door $25

Proceeds Used to Support Alzheimer’s Research and other community service projects

 

New Year all New Memories! Oceanfront Litchfield Inn

New Year all new memories!  Start your year off right by planning your winter getaway to Pawleys Island with rates starting at only $59.00 per night.  Guests will enjoy an array of amenities including a complimentary extended continental breakfast and breathtaking ocean views in a serene setting just minutes from the heart of Myrtle Beach and historic Georgetown.

 

 

Website: www.litchfieldinn.com

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Huntington Beach State Park

This picturesque oceanfront park is a coastal escape of natural beauty. Amenities include RV and tent sites, ocean swimming and fishing, nature trails, daily nature programs and a gift store. “Atalaya,” the former winter home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, is the site each year for the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival. Atalaya’s Special Day and the Huntington Beach Surf Fishing Rodeo are other events held here.

16148 Ocean Hwy.  Murrells Inlet  South Carolina  29576
843-237-4440
http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/huntingtonbeach/introduction.aspx

Open M-Su daylight until dark.