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The 9th annual Dragon Boat Festival will take place on April 29, 2017, by Ground Zero, a nonprofit Christian youth group, in The Market Common, Myrtle Beach. Dragon Boats are long boats propelled by teams of rowers. This year’s festival is expected to draw over 5,000 festival attendees, according to a recent article in The Sun News.
Ground Zero spokesman, Scott Payseur, said now is the time to sign up if you plan on participating. He said 59 teams are currently registered, but many signed up near the event time last year. Payseur said he is hoping for more participants than in previous years as they comprise the main fundraising source for Ground Zero.
Each team consists of a captain and 21 paddlers and all are responsible for raising the $200 entry fee. Spectators attend the festival for free, and kids can spend all day in the “family-fun zone” for $10 per child.
According to Payseur, teams sign up because it’s competitive, it can be because they like to stay in shape [or] it can be because they’re looking for something different to do with their buddies.
Event organizers provide boats, paddles, life jackets and a professional steering team member so that unfamiliar riders stay on course. Each team is given an hour to practice in the week leading up to the event.
Ground Zero usually profits about $100,000 from the event, which helps with operating costs of their programs. The group holds concerts, brings speakers and hosts other events to support its mission of teen outreach and is trying to establish weekly events this year.
Those interested can sign up at mygroundzero.com or call 843-945-9440.
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With Christmas fast approaching we hope you’re taking the time to enjoy the many festivities the area has to offer. Excitement fills the air this time of year and not just for the kids! There are sales galore and many people are rushing around trying to find that perfect last minute gifts so they can scratch names off their list of presents still to buy. They all have the same goal – get it all done before Christmas Day.
This time of year goes by so incredibly fast and yet it’s such a special time to treasure. Have you slowed down enough to really notice the beautifully decorated residences in the area or the storefronts with their colorful decorations and lighting? Have you seen a child’s eyes sparkle as they look at a Christmas tree? Did you steal a special moment alone with your own children to discuss the reason for the season?
This year, don’t let the Christmas season come and go in a flash. Why not take the time to slow down and enjoy each moment of the season. Treasure what the holiday is all about. It’s the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
If you have family coming to town for the holiday and your home reaches beyond overflow capacity, consider staying at Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort where you’ll have plenty of room. No matter what size holiday rental you choose, our Myrtle Beach condos are beautifully furnished and provide you with a well-equipped kitchen where you can make that holiday meal.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay where you can safely bring in the New Year, where you can celebrate to your heart’s content and then retire without any travel involved, consider our oceanfront accommodations at Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for our families, the blessings we’ve received, caring friends, amazing communities, and all the gifts of life we have. The arrival of Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season for many people. Shopping begins in earnest the following day, holiday lights are strung and turned on, Christmas parades and ceremonies begin. If you want to be part of the exciting festivities and light up your life over the holidays, check out the following events taking place in the local area. If you’re looking for holiday accommodations for yourself or your family, give us a call at Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort and we can assist you.
Barefoot Landing’s annual holiday ceremony, The Lighting of the Landing, will take place on Saturday, November 19 beginning at 6:00 pm with fireworks to follow at 7:00 pm. This popular annual event will feature a visit from Santa, along with holiday music from The Alabama Theatre and other local groups and individuals.
The Market Common’s Annual Tree Lighting event will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Saturday, November 19 at Reed Street and DeVille Street. There will be a trackless train for the children on Deville as well as a balloon artist, face painter, carnival games and inflatables on Reed. The stage events begin with Ruckus Drumline in front of the Grand 14, followed by Beach Brass Quintet and Santa! Vocal Edition choral group will close out the evening with holiday music.
The Surfside Beach Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on Thursday, December 1, from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm at the Surfside Beach Town Hall.
Join Santa and his friends at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex at the Sandhills Bank Amphitheater in the McLeod Seacoast Meadow (150 Citizens Circle, Little River, SC 29566) for Lighting of the City Christmas Tree on Friday, Dec. 2 beginning at 6:00 pm. Activities, entertainment and refreshments are available for children of all ages. A great start to your holiday season!
Broadway at the Beach will hold its A Very Broadway Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11:00 am in front of Ripley’s Aquarium then head on over to the Center Court for live entertainment and fun for the whole family from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. The Christmas tree lighting at will take place at 6 pm followed by a fireworks show at 8:00 pm.
Ripley’s Aquarium will be kicking off the holiday season just the right way, with its Festival of Trees beginning now through December 30. Come see trees decorated for every state and more!
The Great Christmas Light Show at the North Myrtle Beach Parks and Sports Complex runs from November 25 – December and is a park-wide celebration that captures the true spirit of the season! The drive through light show will feature over 1.7 million lights festively displayed along a 1.5 mile drive through the Complex. Over 400 magical light displays, some up to 70 feet tall, have been custom made for the show. Visitors will experience 14 enchanting animated figures and holiday scenes where the lights will come to life. Afterwards park your car and visit Santa’s Village where you can enjoy hot chocolate and s’mores, get an up close look at the lights on the Santa Express Train Ride, ice skate, experience the Go Ape lighted tree top adventure, and meet Santa!
Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens is held the weekends of December 1-3, 8-10, and 15-18. Experience the gardens coming to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights from 3-10 p.m. An 80-foot-tall fir tree decorated with 70,000 lights will be lighted in ceremonial fashion at 5:45 p.m. each night. An outdoor glass sculpture exhibit will be on display in Anne’s Garden. Created by Conway Glass, guests will see the garden beautifully decorated with new hand-blown glass flowers and trees. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Sandy Beach Oceanfront Resort!
Autumn is such a beautiful time of year around Myrtle Beach with the colorful golden foliage and cooler temperatures combined with soft, ocean breezes beckoning to you to come out and play. There are lots of Autumn and Halloween events in Myrtle Beach that take place only at this time of the year so don’t miss them! Following are the most popular things to see and do during the month of October.
The House of Blues in Myrtle Beach presents Dr. Scream’s Scream Park nightly at 6:30 p.m. from Wednesday, October 19 through Monday, October 31.
Family Fun With Tricks and Treats at Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Monday, October 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
BooFest Kids and Pets Costume Contest at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. Monday, October 24 from 12 to 4 p.m.
Celebrity Square Costume Contest and Party at Broadway at the Beach. Monday, October 24 starting at 8 p.m.
Ripley’s Boo-Quarium at Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach. Monday, October 31 from 1 to 6 p.m.
Trick-or-Treating at Broadway at the Beach. Monday, October 31 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Howl-O-Scream at North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex. Monday, October 31 from 5 – 8 p.m.
Halloween at The Market Common. Monday, October 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Trick-or-Treating at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Monday, October 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.
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The 9th annual Dragon Boat Festival will take place on April 29, 2017, by Ground Zero, a nonprofit Christian youth group, in The Market Common, Myrtle Beach. Dragon Boats are long boats propelled by teams of rowers. This year’s festival is expected to draw over 5,000 festival attendees, according to a recent article in The… Read More »