On April 2, 1988, Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic downtown waterfront changed forever when the Henrietta II’s big red and white 16-foot diameter paddle wheel churned up the Cape Fear River. Against a strong ebb tide, the Henrietta II docked at the foot of Market Street where the city’s dock is located. In 2013 Cape Fear Riverboats celebrates 25 years of cruise success with public tours on Saturday, April 6 and retro cruises at 1988 prices on Sunday, April 7. Other special events and cruises are scheduled throughout the year.

Wilmington’s Market Street has long been considered the gateway to Downtown Wilmington. For many years the ferry from Eagle Island landed at the foot of Water and Market streets, bringing visitors from the west bank of the river. On that second day of April in 1988, passengers on board the Henrietta II included city officials, investors and friends of Captain Carl Marshburn, whose idea it was to start a riverboat company in downtown Wilmington. Hundreds of Wilmington citizens showed up to welcome the Henrietta II as she approached the town’s historic riverfront.

“When we came under the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge I could not believe the number of people lining the riverbank standing at the foot of Market Street to welcome us,” recalled Captain Marshburn. “I had never docked the Henrietta II before, so I muttered a prayer to not blow this docking.”

Marshburn and his crew put on quite a show that day. On board were actors portraying Becky Thatcher, Tom Sawyer, a riverboat gambler, and Mark Twain. Deck hands were dressed as Confederate Navy re-enactors, and passengers were greeted with a Dixieland band. To set a grand stage, the Antique Car Club parked their classic cars along Water Street. Touched and encouraged by the welcome reception, Marshburn vowed to provide Wilmington’s citizens and visitors with a cruise boat they could be proud of. Twenty-five years later Marshburn honors that promise as the Henrietta III, a larger cruise boat that replaced the Henrietta II in 2000, graces Wilmington’s riverfront ready to cruise the waters of the Cape Fear River. Over the past 25 years, tens of thousands of passengers—comprised of visitors and local citizens—have boarded the Henrietta II and III for nearly 12,000 cruises.

To celebrate 25 years in Wilmington, Cape Fear Riverboats will recreate the excitement of the Henrietta II’s grand arrival back in 1988 with public tours of the Henrietta III.  On Saturday April 6, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. residents and visitors are invited to board and tour the Henrietta III,just as they toured the Henrietta II 25 years before. On Sunday April 7, Cape Fear Riverboats will offer three tours of the Cape Fear River at the 1988 rate of $5.50 for adults and $3.00 for children (prices valid one day only).

Throughout 2013, the cruise schedule will include cruises and events that were popular during Cape Fear Riverboats’ early years, as well as more recent offerings, such as the breathtaking 4-hour Black River Nature Cruise. Led by coastal ecologist and author Andy Wood, Black River Nature Cruises aboard the Capt. J.N. Maffitt are offered April through October on select dates (http://www.cfrboats.com/proddetail.php?prod=1000). Cape Fear Riverboats offers a variety of narrated sightseeing, sunset, dinner/dance, interactive theatre, special theme and private charter voyages. For more information and a complete cruise schedule, please visitwww.cfrboats.com.

This blog brought to you by Nina Nash, Century 21 Coastal Lifestyles, in the beautiful Myrtle Beach area where she celebrates South Carolina. Your calls, comments and questions are welcome:  1-800-To-Relax 


Ocean Boulevard’s 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

12:00 – 11:00 p.m., Saturday, March 16

Ocean Boulevard, Downtown Myrtle Beach

 Downtown is the place to be Saturday, March 16, for Ocean Boulevard’s 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, featuring music, fun and authentic Irish food and beverage.  Activities include live performances, kids’ zone, games and more.  Ocean Boulevard will be closed to motor vehicles from Eighth Avenue North to Ninth Avenue North.  For more information, contact Jonathan Staton at 843-997-6695.

Music and Entertainment

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.          Broken Strings

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.            Bank on the Rum

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.            Bull Frog

4:45 – 5:45 p.m.            Paul Grimshaw Band

6:15 – 7:15 p.m.            Austin Mowery Band

7:45 – 9:00 p.m.            Weaving the Fate

9:30 – 11:00 p.m.          Passafire                      Headliner


The 52nd Annual Can-Am Days Festival, March 9 – 17, is a celebration of our loyal visitors from the north. Our Canadian neighbors will enjoy a line-up of events, giveaways, discounts and concerts that will take place all along the Grand Strand For more information, visit http://www.grandstrandevents.com/CanAmDays/default.html.


·         Wednesday, March 13 – 12:00 p.m., North Strand’s Can-Am Celebration at Myrtle Beach Mall.  The musical group Searson will provide live entertainment.  Admission is free.

·         Thursday, March 14 – 12:00 p.m., South Strand’s Can-Am Celebration at Inlet Square Mall.  The musical group Searson will provide live entertainment.  Admission is free.

·         Friday, March 15 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – 52nd Annual Canadian-American Days Festival Expo at Coastal Grand Mall.  Free admission and live entertainment.

Sebastian Baverstam

The Long Bay Symphony presents Romantic Blockbusters featuring Sebastian Bäverstam, cello on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at Myrtle Beach High School Music & Arts Center. A program of some of the best-loved masterworks from the Romantic period:
Rossini William Tell Overture, Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1, and Brahms Symphony No. 1.  In addition, the concert will feature the world premiere of a commission from local composer and Coastal Carolina University faculty member, Donald Sloan, in celebration of the symphonies 25th Anniversary season. The composition takes its title from a Longfellow poem ” …the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind”.

A Symphony Soiree featuring the guest artist will be held at the Franklin G. Burroughs – Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.  Sebastian Bäverstam will present a short concert followed by a wine and cheese reception. Tickets are $35 and seating is limited.

Purchase Romantic Blockbusters tickets by phone at (843) 448-8379 or online at www.longbaysymphony.com/tickets.  Tickets are $50-$40 with $5 off for Seniors 60 and over; students age 22 and under $15.

The Long Bay Symphony is grateful for the following local media and corporate sponsors:
HTC – Participating Sponsor for the Symphony Series
Media Sponsors: Alternatives; Athens Publishing; Cumulus Radio; Dale Publishing; Grand Strand Arts; Grand Strand Happening; Grand Strand Magazine; Natural Awakenings; Next Media/WRNN; Lamar; TheDigitel Myrtle Beach; The North Myrtle Beach Times; Strand Media Group (Sasee); The Sun News; Waccamaw Publishers; WEZV/WYNA Radio; WMBF-TV.
Corporate Sponsors: Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC; Coca-Cola Bottling Co.; Eagle Crest Gracious Retirement Living; Merrill Lynch – The Wiggin Group; TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank

For more about Sebastian Bäverstam, visit http://sebastianbaverstam.com/ and for more about The Long Bay Symphony, visit www.longbaysymphony.com.

About The Long Bay Symphony:
The Long Bay Symphony celebrates 25 years of musical excellence during the 2012-2013 season. As the largest performing arts organization in the Grand Strand area as well as the largest professional orchestra in the region, The Long Bay Symphony’s mission is to provide the highest quality musical performances and programs that educate and entertain while enhancing the cultural environment of the region.

This blog brought to you by Nina Nash, Century 21 Coastal Lifestyles, in the beautiful Myrtle Beach area where she celebrates South Carolina. Your calls, comments and questions are welcome:  1-800-To-Relax 

La Belle Amie Vineyard Events

Winter Parrot Head Festival Rescheduled

Saturday, March 2, 2013

It’s a trip to the islands, mon, to shake the winter chill. Enjoy an afternoon of live music–Jimmy Buffett style. Plus, sample the many wine varieties, sip some hot spiced wine, and enjoy the beauty of the vineyard. Experience a vineyard tour (2:30). Or, browse our great gift shop. It doesn’t get any nicer than this. Come share it with us!

MUSIC (12:00 – 5:00pm) BY: The Paul Grimshaw Band, and The Jamaican Jerks

ADMISSION : $8/person. (under 18 or over 80 admitted free) Bring two canned/dry good items for area food banks and receive $3 off admission. Club Members Free.

Food Available From: Smokin’ Pitt BBQ, and Hunts Lexington Style Cooking

BEVERAGES (Water, Soda, Beer, & Wine) Available From: La Belle Amie Vineyard

SPONSORED BY: Anderson Bros. Bank, and EASY Radio 105.9FM

VINEYARD LOCATION: Hwy 90 & St. Joseph Road (just west of the NMB Middle School.)
GPS ADDRESS: 1120 St. Joseph Road, Little River, SC 29566

REGULAR SHOP HOURS : Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm. Closed Sundays.

The Robots Are Coming!

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Nine Horry County schools participate in Palmetto Regional

FIRST Robotics Competition, February 28 – March 2,

at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Here’s the challenge:  build and program a working robot from a box of parts and pieces.  That’s the task for 65 teams of high school students from 12 states and Brazil in the 10th annual Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, to be held February 28 through March 2 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Nine of Horry County’s public high schools have a team in this year’s event.  Some local teams are rookies when it comes to robots, but others are experienced FIRST participants.  Around the world, more than 2,500 teams and 51,000 students from 16 countries will be part of this year’s FIRSTchallenge.  Amazingly, no two robots they build will be exactly alike.

On January 5, each team received a 75-pound box of electronic parts, gears, gadgets and gizmos – with no instructions.  Working with teachers and professional mentors from the community, they have just six short weeks to design, build and test a robot that can accomplish specific tasks.  Their machine then is packed up and sent to the regional site for the competition.

In many ways, the Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics tournament in Myrtle Beach is like NASCAR-meets-Big-Bang-Theory.  The 65 teams warm up on Thursday, February 28, with robot inspections and practice rounds at the Convention Center, followed by the tournament itself all day Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2.  Teams can fine-tune their robots in the “pit area,” then move to the stage for fast-paced, timed competitions.

This year’s robot challenge is Ultimate Ascent, in which student-built robots score points by throwing Frisbees into goals on a 27-by-54-foot playing field.  The two-minute-and-15-second matches end with the robots attempting to climb pyramids for extra points.  With 1,200 students  participating, plus teachers and mentors, it promises to be a lively and exciting two days.  For a video animation of Ultimate Ascent, seehttp://www.youtube.com/user/FRCTeamsGlobal.

Founded by inventor Dean Kamen, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was created to instill an appreciation of science and technology in young people, their schools and their communities.  Working with mentors from business and industry gives students a taste of real-world problem-solving and introduces them to practical applications of science, math, technology and engineering.  To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.

The two-day tournament at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, one of 77 regional and district competitions around the world this year, is free and open to the public.  Everyone’s invited to watch the student teams put their skills (and robots) to work in this fun and fast-paced event.  If you can’t be there in person, the competition will be streamed live on the Internet via NASA TV.

Visit www.myrtlebeachfirstrobotics.com for more information about the Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.  Students are working now to build their robots.  To arrange media interviews with local student teams, teachers and mentors, contact Teal Britton, Horry County Schools, at843-488-6777 or tbritton@horrycountyschools.net.

Who…        Student teams from nine Horry County High Schools (and 56 other teams from 12 states, the District of Columbia and Brazil)

What…       Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (10th annual event; record number of teams; first time in Myrtle Beach)

When…      Thursday, February 28, through Saturday, March 2, 2013

Where…     Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Exhibit Halls B and C (Admission is free; the public is invited to attend)

Why…        Inspire students, schools and communities (International effort to prepare and encourage young people in science, math, technology and engineering)

Additional sponsorships are available for the Myrtle Beach regional event, which features teams from throughout Horry County and around the country.  A few day-long volunteer opportunities still exist during the Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.

Super Soup Cook-Off Challenge

12:00 p.m., Friday, November 2

(Cooking begins at 9:00 a.m.; eating begins at 12:00 p.m.)

Myrtle’s Market, Mr. Joe White Avenue and Oak Street

Enjoy a variety of soups for lunch at the city’s Super Soup Cook-Off Challenge. 

Various city departments will send one three-person team to prepare at least 20 quarts of homemade soup (any variety) for judging and tasting, as a delicious fund-raising event for the American Heart Association.  Each team must use one item from a Myrtle’s Market vendor in their soup. Teams have three hours, beginning at 9:00 a.m., to prepare their soup, and five teams are expected.  That means five different soups to sample and judge.  Tasting and judging are open to the public for a $3.00 donation (includes a soft drink) to the Heart Fund.  

Vote for the best city soup!

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