The Moveable Feast
This popular series is presenting its 14th season of exciting authors talking about their new books at Waccamaw Neck restaurants, followed by lunch and a book signing. Held every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., paid reservations are requested by the Wednesday prior to the feast. Each feast is $25. The 2012 schedule is available at the CLASS office inside the Chocolate & Coffee House (Litchfield Exchange behind Applewood House of Pancakes on U.S. 17), online at www.ClassAtPawleys.com, or by phone, 843-235-9600
July 27 – Angela Halfacre (“A Delicate Balance: Constructing a Conservation Culture of the South Carolina Lowcountry”) at Kimbel’s at Wachesaw. Proceeds of this Feast will benefit SCELP (South Carolina Environmental Law Project). Professor Angela C. Halfacre teaches in the departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Political Science at Furman University in Greenville. She also serves as the director of Furman’s David E. Shi Center for Sustainability. Sustainability of the natural environment and of our society has become one of the most urgent challenges facing modern Americans. Communities across the country are seeking a viable pattern of growth that promotes prosperity, protects the environment, and preserves the distinctive quality of life and cultural heritage of their regions. The coastal zone of South Carolina is one of the most endangered, culturally complex regions in the state and perhaps in all of the American South. “A Delicate Balance” examines how a multilayered culture of environmental conservation and sustainable development has emerged in the lowcountry of South Carolina. Halfacre describes how sprawl shock, natural disaster, climate change, and other factors spawned and sustain – but at times also threaten and hinder – the culture of conservation.
Aug. 3 – Amor Towles (“Rules of Civility”) at Nosh. Set in New York City in 1938, “Rules of Civility” tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year-old named Katey Kontent. Armed with little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit, and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.
Aug. 10 ~ Troy Nooe (“Damn Yankee”) at Carefree Catering. Following his “riveting” debut, Frankie McKeller is back on the beach, this time as the new House Detective of The Ocean Forest Hotel. When he is asked to look into the disappearance of a young girl, he is thrown into an underworld of bootleggers, illegal gambling and vice. When another girl turns up dead, Frankie’s limited skills are put to the ultimate test. It’s murder and mayhem in the sand as Frankie contends with the other side of life in Myrtle Beach and a taboo romance that can never be.
Aug. 17 ~ Brian Hicks (“City of Ruin: Charleston at War, 1860-1865”) at Inlet Affairs. Begun as a 20-part serial that ran in the pages of The Post and Courier from Dec. 2010 to April 2011 by the acclaimed historian, author and columnist, Hicks expanded the series, incorporating additional stories and the perspectives of people on both sides as the Holy City became ground zero for war. The book details the military actions around the city and how the conflict affected life in Charleston for residents and shopkeepers, as well as the city’s sizeable population of slaves and freedmen.
Aug. 24 ~ Tom Poland (“Save the Last Dance for Me”) at JD’s Steakhouse. The shag, the official state dance of North and South Carolina, originated in the 1930s.
The dance quickly spread throughout the South, where it became a legend in many beach regions. “Save the Last Dance for Me” is the story of the shag and the development of the Society of Stranders, an organization devoted to the dance and its culture. Formed in 1980 after a Red Sea Balsam bottle containing an SOS note washed ashore, what resulted was increased national publicity and five thousand “stranders” flocking to Ocean Drive Beach to show their support for the shag culture. The Society of Stranders, or SOS, and the Association of Carolina Shag Clubs together now consist of more than fifteen thousand members. The shag’s past, present and future are described here with archival and contemporary photographs.
Aug. 31 ~ Robert Leleux (“The Living End”) at Ocean One. Critics hailed Robert Leleux’s coming-of-age “Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy” as a “laugh-out-loud tale of dysfunction and discovery” (Publishers Weekly), delivering “gallows humor with a sprightly flair” (New York Times). In “The Living End,” Leleux casts a gimlet eye on how his grandmother’s unexpectedly funny decline into Alzheimer’s, became an occasion to reconcile with her daughter – Leleux’s colorful, knowing, Texas-beauty-queen-with-enhancements mother.
In the capable hands of attorney Amy Armstrong, who succeeded her mentor and law partner, the late Jimmy Chandler, in protecting the coastal environment of South Carolina, SCELP (South Carolina Environment Law Project) has made a huge difference in the community it serves. For 25 years, SCELP has been the primary legal advocate for environmental protection in South Carolina. During its entire existence, it has been involved in nearly every major environmental issue in the state.
Serving small and large groups, representing thousands of members, in their efforts to force government agencies, developers and industry to properly and seriously consider the environmental impacts of their activities, SCELP has been a significant voice in the enforcement of South Carolina’s environmental laws.
Throughout SCELP’s existence, the small team has been in the forefront of the struggle to protect South Carolina’s wonderful coastal resources from degradation through rampant development. Working with a variety of groups, and especially with the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League and Sierra Club, SCELP has participated in dozens of cases that have protected creeks, rivers, marshes, beaches, dunes and other resources, winning cases that have established landmark legal precedents.
In addition to the benefit Moveable Feast on Friday, July 27 (see above), the group’s major fundraiser – an oyster roast at Hobcaw Barony – is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13. If this is too far in advance for you to plan, consider the fact that SCELP is planning for your great-grandchildren. For more information, visit their website at SCELP.org.
Gloria Perkins Oil Painting Worshop
Atlanta-based artist and teacher Gloria Perkins returns for her annual summer CLASS workshop at the Litchfield Exchange, Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 23-25. During the three-day oil intensive (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day), students will complete three canvases: The Elephant, Roses in a Blue Vase, and Brass and Fruit. The workshop fee of $275 includes the paints used in the three works. Whether beginning or experienced artists, Gloria’s students return year after year to learn new techniques. Held in the Litchfield Exchange, two miles south of Brookgreen Gardens, behind Applewood House of Pancakes. To register, call 843-235-9600, stop by the CLASS office in the Chocolate & Coffee House, or visit online ClassAtPawleys.com.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Coastal Carolina University offers a six-week summer course in Starshine Performance Training – the ultimate class for anyone who wants to be a star. Be thrilled, beat stress, have fun! Learn to have confidence, be comfortable and enjoy singing, acting, public speaking, karaoke, talent shows. Bring your talents, singing voice, dancing skills and instrumental skills, for honing by the talented director JoEllen Langley. During Free Week, participants (ages 14-94) will rehearse their newfound confidence at the Litchfield center’s open house on Thursday, Sept. 6. The course begins Aug. 9 to Sept. 13, Thursdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., $65, 349-6584 or Coastal.edu/olli.
Fall Lifelong Learning
By early August, the Fall course catalog for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Coastal Carolina University will be available at the three outreach centers in Conway (2431 U.S. 501 E.), Myrtle Beach (900 79th Ave. N.) and Litchfield (160 Willbrook Blvd.), as well as at area libraries. More than 350 courses and workshops are offered for seasoned adults between Sept. 12 and Dec. 14, as well as a variety of special interest clubs and travel opportunities. Topics include computer technology, art and photography, foreign languages, history and government, literature and writing, music, theater and film, personal growth and skill development, philosophy and religion, science and nature. Participation requires OLLI membership – only $20 for the fall semester – which comes with terrific discounts at area cultural organizations and health and wellness centers. Don’t miss Free Week (Sept. 5-7) for a chance to sample the semester’s offerings. For a preview, visit the website at Coastal.edu/olli where you’ll find directions to the outreach centers, member benefits, at-a-glance schedules for each center, descriptions of courses and instructors, the Free Week schedule and the registration form with instructions for online enrollment.