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Women and Bathing Suits by Diane Hickey Carter
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contributing writers letter from the editor Shopping can either be a joy or a chore – and a lot depends on who’s with you when you set out. Mostly, I’m a shop-for-what-I-need kind of person. I decide what I want, go get it and go home. But, when my friend Patty comes to the beach, I know it’s time for a marathon shopping expedition or two. Patty dearly loves to shop and, more importantly, knows how to shop – a class I must’ve slept through – so with her all I have to do is follow along to get amazing bargains and find things I never would on my own. Patty and I have spent more than an hour browsing the aisles of the drugstore. You wouldn’t believe the things they sell there! From thrift stores to boutiques, no matter what I need, all I have to do is ask Patty where to get it, and she’ll give me all the information I need to make the perfect purchase. But, it’s never as much fun without her. Patty has a vacation home across the street from me, and since it’s summer, I’ll be seeing a lot of her. She’ll spend much of her time enjoying the beach, but I know I’ll see my friend’s smiling face pop in and ask if I’m ready to go shopping. And my answer is always the same…“Just let me grab my purse!”
Diane Hickey Carter is an author and photographer from southern New Hampshire. Her credits include Coastal Living Magazine, The Melancholy Dane and The Nahant Harbor Review. Her award winning poem, “At Ocean’s Edge” is featured on the cover of The Nantucket Directory. Melissa Face lives in Virginia with her husband, son and dog. Her stories and essays have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Cup of Comfort. E-mail Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sue Mayfield Geiger is a freelance writer and editor residing on the Texas Gulf Coast. Her new book, Gibbons Street is now available at www.gibbonsstreet.com. A native South Carolinian, Lisa Hamilton is the director of the First Presbyterian Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Of course she loves reading, but also finds time for cooking and walking her dog, Hurley. Sonya Lee lives in Chesterfield, Virginia, with her husband and two children. She teaches high school English and enjoys writing candidly about her life experiences. Savannah Maynard’s essay, “Fried Lemons in Heaven,” appears in the anthology Imagining Heaven. She has been a commentator for Charlotte, North Carolina’s National Public Radio Station WFAE 90.7.
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Woman Abstract, by Natasha Russu Natasha Russu is a professional artist and fashion designer who brings her experience as a dance champion to her designs creating truly one of a kind artwork and dresses. She has over 20 years of experience designing dance fashion for high level competitive ballroom dancers including Karina Smirnoff, five-time U.S. National Champion (currently appearing on the popular TV show “Dancing with the Stars”). The artist is also a professional ballroom dancer, travelling and competing all over the world. She has been in love with fashion all of her life Natasha works hard to create fashion works of art that are perfectly suited to each of her clients. More of her work may be seen on etsy.com, “DesignbyNatasha,” or on her website, www.designbynatasha.com.
Diane Stark is a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom and freelance writer. Her work has been published in dozens of magazines. She loves to write about the important things in life: her family and her faith. She can be reached at DianeStark19@yahoo.com. Marsha Tennant is the author of the children’s book, Margaret, Pirate Queen. She was recently published in AARP Bulletin and Mary Jane’s Farm. She and her husband retired and moved to the beach from Calabash in an attempt to downsize and spend time with their new grandson. A second Pirate Queen book is circling while porch sitting these days!
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Women and Bathing Suits What is it about women and bathing suits? We love to go clothes shopping but this is one piece of clothing we would rather not go shopping for. Why? Any woman over the age of twenty-nine can tell you exactly why. Let’s start with the obvious. We do not all look like Jessica Simpson when she put on a pair of Daisy Dukes in the movie, The Dukes of Hazzard. In fact, we’d be happy if we looked anywhere near the way Goldie Hawn does at 64. In our dreams we would exchange bodies with any one of the “Desperate Housewives” who, let’s face it, don’t really know the meaning of the word desperate. Some women over a certain age deny the need for any bathing wear whatsoever, and vow to never submerge themselves in any public body of water ever again. When I invited a friend to enjoy my pool this summer, her reply was, “I’d love to come over, but you won’t catch me in a swimsuit.” Then there are those of us, no matter what our age, hold fast to the dream that we will swim in oceans, lakes and pools whenever we want, knowing there will be a garment out there somewhere that fits us and looks fabulous. And we are on a mission to find it. The women in my family are those people. We grew up on the east coast, spending summer vacations at the shore. At a young age, Dad took us three girls into the waves and said, “Jump ‘em or dive through ‘em.” Other times, we would go to the lake with the boat, getting dragged in a tube ride, bumping and bouncing through the wake or jumping off the side and floating on blue boat cushions in the summer sun. Now we arrange vacations to exotic beach destinations with no plans to stop anytime soon. Thus, the bathing suit obsession continues. We hate ‘em but they’re a necessary evil of this way of life. When Mom’s birthday rolled around this month, she wanted a new bathing suit for her upcoming trip to Florida. We planned a girls’ day out visiting a specialty shop a half an hour away that exclusively sells swimwear. My sister had the day off and met us there. When we arrived, she was already admiring a suit. I laughed, and said, “Are you buying a suit too? I thought this was for Mom!” With an “oh well” kind of grin on her face, she replied, “I’m going away too, and don’t you just love this pattern?” No sooner had she said this when all three of us start pawing through the racks looking for garments for ourselves and each other to try on. There are four dressing rooms, each with a sign above; Cozumel, Aruba, Bahamas and St. Maarten, while two women attendants stand ready, catering to your every body-flaw-covering need. At first, I sat on the white wicker chair as my mom and sister tried on
suits, but it didn’t take long for my resolve to weaken, and I was in a room too. What was my justification? I also have a trip planned plus a brand new pool, which will necessitate lounging around in swimwear all summer. “Maybe I’ll just try a few on while I’m here,” I thought. “No harm in that.” Having been to this store before, I must say that not much has changed. Prior to coming out from behind the Hawaiian themed curtain, you hear a variety of the following, “This color looks horrible on me, I’m so white,” “This is too small, I’m sagging in it” or my personal favorite, “I have cottage cheese thighs, no way am I wearing this.” Inside we are all silently asking ourselves why the garment looked so good on the hanger and not on our body, but just when you are about to give up, one of the attendants brings you another couple of suits, certain they will fit you perfectly. The torturous event continued as we tugged and squeezed ourselves in and out of tankinis, bikinis, sarongs and skirts. Mom tried on one suit after another, until we lost count. We agonized over which color was best, the turquoise or the brown, the black or the red. We ranked the suits in order of preference and argued over which we liked most. You would think we were purchasing a wedding gown with the way we fussed and squawked, but I know women all over concur that a bathing suit ranks right up there with a good fitting pair of jeans, it just holds in less – all the more reason to find one that covers all the right parts in all the right places. The morning passed by and soon we could hear our stomachs rumbling for lunch. “Like I really want to think about eating after this,” my sister laughingly remarked, and we all agreed. But that didn’t stop us. We wrapped up our excursion fast, our next stop a local Italian restaurant, but not before the sales clerk rang up three new bathing suits, one for each of us. I remarked, as any woman would in this situation, “Our vacations are a month away, plenty of time to drop a few pounds.” When I recounted the day’s events later that evening to my husband, he exclaimed, “How could you possibly spend two hours in a store that only sells bathing suits?” Assuming it was a rhetorical question, I didn’t provide an answer, knowing one thing for sure. If he needed a new suit, he would surf the internet for a store, find his size, order one in blue, black or green and be done with it. Now, where’s the fun in that?
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I thought I had killed it. I thought it was gone forever. For one year, five months and twelve days, except for three hours at my friend’s wedding when I splurged on a piece of wedding cake and three flutes of champagne, I thought it had left my body. I thought because I was finally in control of my eating that I had starved the dastardly Food Monster who lived within me. Before discovering the success of healthier eating, my diets lasted a day or two, at best, and, even then, I cheated. With terrible eating habits dating back to my youth, my weight soared and my body expanded. I was a walking meatball trying to hide behind oversized garments and self-deprecating one-liners. For the record, it has all been worth it. I have lost over sixty pounds and my goal is within reach. I look and feel much better, and I am motivated. I am a Size 8 – which is the first time I’ve worn a single digit size since before the birth of my sons decades ago. Until yesterday! Yesterday, I needed a babysitter. Yesterday, I needed my arms tied behind my back. Yesterday, I needed duct tape across my mouth. Yesterday, I was bad. The Food Monster, who was hiding deep inside me, showed its ugly face, a face that I immediately recognized and feared. The Food Monster had just been toying with me. It was playing games. It was lurking, waiting for my moment of weakness. It wasn’t dead; it was merely taking an extended siesta. Yesterday was one of those days when everything went wrong. I found a leak under the sink in the bathroom. The mechanic told me my brake pads needed to be replaced. Then, besides finding my credit card bill in the mailbox, there was an invitation from the government to serve on a jury. Yesterday was one of those days. That’s when I started making cookies for my husband to bring to work. I made ten dozen of the same cookies a week earlier. My husband said that the staff loved them. I think my husband loved them more than his staff since “there’s never anything good to eat” in my diet-friendly kitchen. Suddenly, he had 120 homemade cookies at his disposal. When I made those cookies last week, I did not even lick the cookie dough off my fingers. That is how well behaved I was. It was so difficult, but I was in control. Thus, I volunteered to make more cookies to keep the staff (and my husband) happy. However, that was before my day started going from bad to terrible. It started when I burned the first tray of chocolate chip cookies. Somewhere from the depths of my Thinner Woman, the Food Monster surfaced. It had the same deceitful disguise and it had the same evil laugh. It was very ugly. It forced my hand to grab
a hot burnt cookie from the tray, and it forced me to shove it into my mouth, scalding my tongue and my palate. Then, it made me chew. It made me chew fast. Then, it forced me to swallow. However, did this satisfy the Food Monster? No, the Food Monster forced me to take another hot, charred chocolate chip cookie, chew it, and swallow it. I tried to rein it in, but the Food Monster was totally in control, and I was at its mercy. The Food Monster was punishing me for keeping it incarcerated. It was loose, forcing me, AGAINST MY WILL, to eat a third and then a fourth extremely hot, right-out-of-the-oven burnt chocolate chip cookie. It was horrible. I was sweating and feeling remorse and guilt. Yet, until I found my inner strength, grabbed the tray of scorched cookies from the Food
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Monster, and dumped it upside down into the trashcan that contained smelly, slimy cat food leftovers and the wrapper from uncooked chicken breasts, I was under its spell. I sat down and tried to stop hyperventilating. I called two friends and my husband, and I admitted what the Food Monster had just forced me to do. All three told me that eating four cookies would not make me gain back sixty pounds, but the guilt remained. My husband suggested I go for a brisk walk. He said the exercise would help me work off what the Food Monster had forced me to do, and he said it would help alleviate the pangs of guilt I was feeling. What the Food Monster did was remind me of just how easy it would be to lose control again and fall back into the old, bad habits. My support team reminded me that I love feeling attractive and feeling healthy. I love knowing I am in control. However, I lost control yesterday long enough for it to remind me that we who have had eating problems in the past will always live with them inside of us. They will never permanently leave. We still crave the things that are the worst for us – even if they are scorched beyond recognition. Yesterday, I went for my walk and did an extra twenty minutes on my exercise bike. The extra exercise did help relieve some of the guilt and helped me work off the extra calories. Then, I mentally sent the Food Monster back to its cell, and I threw the key into the ocean again. I know the Food Monster has an extra key hidden away in its cell though, and I am sure there will be a time when the Food Monster uses it again. I will just have to be stronger and be ready to send it back to its cell when it does.
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Twenty-seven years after my brother Worth gave me this large, white graphic T-shirt, inked with the black image of a wolf standing guard over a winter wood, I unfold it, my favorite, from atop a stack of other less inspired tees of basic white, pink, brown and grey. You solid shirts must be jealous as you languish, knowing that I feel most myself when I wear my beloved wolf tee. Blessed be tees that provide, if not Gwyneth chic or Angelina cool, comfort and an unexpected smile from a stranger at the Farmers Market who, detoured from his Saturday morning search for the sweetest, plumpest strawberries, pauses, rapt by the piercing yellow eyes of the wolf, and lets out a howl of affirmation. I am not alone. Could my brother have known when he gave me this shirt how I would treasure it all these years? Did he think it in style, a trend, a fad, a joke? Or did he recall his little sister, clambering after him, crying, “Wolf, Wolf,” her lips pursed, almost whistle-ready, her tongue too young to curl and flick against her teeth when calling her brother’s name, but her devotion too great to ever stop trying. Now eighteen years after his death, could Worth ever have guessed how many Goodwill bags from which his gift would be spared? How many times its existence would be defended? You can always see it coming. My sister pulls into the driveway, catches me planting, willy-nilly, a patchwork of morning glories and tiger lilies around the lamppost. “You’re not wearing that shirt out of the yard, are you?” she asks. “What would it hurt?” “Promise me,” she says. “You know our mother raised us better.” But I can’t promise what I know to be a lie. My brother taught me better. Granted, I would not get married in this shirt: there is a tiny hole in the side, the wolf’s black nose has faded, and his yellow eyes have dimmed with age. But I’ll never see the harm in wearing it to the gas station to grab a Dr Pepper, or the grocery store to pick up paper towels, or the post office to mail a package for that matter. I tell my sister, “Don’t worry. It’ll be fine.” People love this shirt. I finger the hem and think words I dare not speak: if cremation ever loses its charm, I should be buried in this shirt.
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I had the opportunity to take a book and a chair down to the beach a few weeks ago, and I could not believe how many people were reading one of The Hunger Games series. Having not read them at that point, I felt I needed to see what they were all about. The first book, The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, is a young adult novel about a post apocalyptic world, in the country of Panem where North America previously existed. The Capitol exerts power over the 12 remaining districts where annual Hunger Games are nationally televised. The Hunger Games were invented to prevent districts from trying to overthrow the Capitol. Each year one boy and one girl, aged 12 to 18, are chosen from a lottery to be placed in a battle until only one person survives. Katniss Evergreen, the book’s protagonist and heroine is resourceful and tough, but kind and compassionate. She is also an expert with a bow and june
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Rising Star Myrtle Beach native – and successful actor Cameron Adams, just began performing in her eighth Broadway show, Nice Work if You Can Get It. On opening night, Cameron was presented with the Gypsy Robe, a 50 year tradition and an incredible honor.
Cameron, tell us about the Gypsy Robe. It’s been going on for 50 years – on the opening night of a show, the robe is awarded to the ensemble member who has been in the most shows – it was an amazing experience to be honored by my fellow actors! I remember being awestruck by the ceremony on my first opening night. The robe has already passed on to the next opening. It starts as a long white robe, and each show gets to decorate a patch symbolizing their show. When a robe is filled up, it’s donated to the Smithsonian Museum– so my name and our show will be there! I am very excited. People who aren’t a part of the business can see what it’s all about.
It sounds like you are living your dream! Yes. Growing up, my parents wanted me to try everything, but I always excelled at singing, dancing and acting. In middle school, I took my first trip to New York, and I knew that was what I wanted. I went straight from Myrtle Beach to New York – I thought that if it worked out, great, but if not at least I gave it my all. I’ve been here for 12 years now, and I sing and dance every night. In my current role, I understudy the lead, so if she gets sick I take her place. In one show, I got to play opposite Daniel Radcliffe. He’s just as nice as he seems onstage, too. The difficult part of this business is the lack of stability. When a show closes you have to move on – whether it lasts for two years or two months. I also teach children’s summer programs, and I love it. Kids from all over the country come and find out what it’s really like here. It seems more within their reach when they meet someone from a small town just like them.
What is it like being a small town girl in the big city? Well, you may not think I have an accent, but up here, I’m considered super southern! I make sure I don’t have an accent when I go for an audition, but I’m a proud southern woman in New York City. I wouldn’t be who I am and have my values if not for my family and being from Myrtle Beach. My boyfriend is from Raleigh, North Carolina, so we have a lot in common. He’s also an actor and has been in the same show for three years. Now he’s one of the leads. Myrtle Beach is my home – New York is my temporary home. I feel lucky to have been able to come here and do the things I do.
You Might Be a Low-Maintenance Woman if… by Diane Stark
• You are currently lobbying any local, state or federal government official in the hopes of passing a bill which would outlaw the use of hot wax to remove body hair. The aforementioned bill would include extraneous eyebrow hair, hair in the bikini area and any and all leg hair. The bill would not pertain to hair on the upper lip and under the arms because, let’s be honest, being a low-maintenance woman is one thing. Walking around as though you actually possess a “Y” chromosome is another matter entirely. • You have initiated similar legislation to outlaw panty hose in 49 states. You feel that the forced wearing of panty hose for work, weddings and other social events falls under the description of cruel and unusual punishment. You are, however, open-minded enough to see that not all women feel this way, so the aforementioned legislation includes a clause which allows any woman who actually enjoys wearing panty hose the option to move to Idaho and have at it. • Your definition of high heels is a pair of flip flops that have a thicker sole. (Those “Shape-ups” shoes that tone and firm your butt muscles would also qualify. Have you seen how thick those soles are?) • You once signed up to be a Mary Kay consultant and all of your friends laughed at the irony of it all. “Shouldn’t a Mary Kay make-up consultant actually wear make-up?” they asked. “It’s like a vegetarian who sells prime rib. It’s like a blind man who sells contact lenses. It’s like a low-maintenance woman who sells Mary Kay.” Yeah, yeah, it’s so ironic. Ha ha. • Your collection of hair products includes shampoo. And that’s it. • You think the pashmina is a distant relative to the alpaca. To the lay person, that’s a fancy name for a llama. And a pashmina is a fancy word for a shawl. (So they’re not actually distant relatives at all unless perhaps you are taking the SAT exam, in which case you might see the following analogy:
pashmina is to alpaca as cheeseburger is to cow. But a low-maintenance woman would only concern herself with the second part of that anyway.) • All of your lipsticks have the word “Carmex” written on them, except, of course, your special occasion variety, which says “Chap-aid.” • You feel that eyelash curlers, hair straighteners and mascara wands are objects of torture, along the lines of those little bath tubs they use for water boarding. Maybe they should try using a diffuser on the terrorists. Talk about Intel. • You run to the grocery store sans make-up, and your regular cashier says, “You look nice today.” • You spend less time in the bathroom than your 12-year-old son. This is the kid who still has to be reminded to shower and whose toothbrush looks brand-new. The toothbrush the dentist gave him at his last visit. Four months ago. Let me reiterate: being a low-maintenance woman is a far cry from looking like and/or smelling like a guy. • Your skin regimen includes Dial and a loofah. You don’t concern yourself with things like Oil of Olay, exfoliation, and age spots. And why would you? Your wrinkles just add character. They tell a story all their own. • Your most recent make-over lasted just until your next shower. Then you went right back to your old look. It’s just easier. And more comfortable. • You’ve been offended by any item on this list. Because, let’s be real, the truth hurts. But don’t worry, you are in good company. As the author of this list, I have to admit that not all of these items were made up. Yes, a few of them are from my own personal experience. I’ll let you figure out which ones. And if you ever decide to make some changes and go the high-glam route, give me a call. I’ll hook you up with some top notch Mary Kay.
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“I’m flying to Miami for the It Girl Shopping Expo, and I want you to meet me there,” my daughter, the senior marketing manager for Elayda Skincare, announced over the phone without so much as a greeting. “It will be a working vacation, but it will be glamorous and fun… there will be something there for everyone,” she rambled on. “I’m sure there’s a story in it,” Kailey said, dangling a carrot in front of me. Of course there was a story in it. I booked my flight. I tried to remember the last time I wore something dressier than my casual pants and tops. Dinner out with friends only required an extra application of lipstick, a couple swipes of mascara and an extra bangle bracelet, so I was disappointed that we would be wearing white blouses and black skirts. “You can go wild with your shoes,” my daughter relented. Since kitten heels were as daring as I get these days, it wasn’t a very enticing compromise. But, with the promise of a makeover and lots of free samples, I could deal with it. My plane arrived in Ft. Lauderdale in record time. Unfortunately, I had a two hour wait for my daughter’s flight from New York. Armed with a couple of fashion magazines, I found an end chair in the corner of the busy airport lobby. I had just settled in, when a toddler, playing a game of you can’t catch me with his parents, tripped over his tiny feet. His bottle of orange juice flew through the air and landed in my lap; the juice dripped down my legs. As I made my way to the ladies room to clean off the sticky, orange stuff, my cell phone rang. The plane from LaGuardia had been delayed an hour. Hot, sticky and a three hour wait; I was not feeling the glamour. Finally, my daughter arrived, looking fresh and perky. “Nice perfume,” she said approvingly, sniffing the air around me. “Very citrusy.” L’orange de toddler, I replied. The next day, we arrived at Soho Studios to set up our booth. The studio was a large, empty warehouse with nothing to indicate an event would take place in just a few hours. We unloaded the boxes of products, props and supplies from the back of our rented SUV and waited
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Southern Snaps Meet Kelly Rhodan, Cassie Marone and
Bianca Forte: Growing Up, Giving Back
by Leslie Moore I’m doing all right, getting good grades; The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades. – Timbuk 3
For most high school students, especially girls, Prom is a highly was in the 8th grade. “I helped her from the beginning, and when she went to anticipated event. It’s exciting to shop for the perfect dress and accessories, college, I joined the advisory board,” said Kelly. “It is a family thing – I want to then dance the night away, feeling like a princess, making memories that will keep it like she imagined it.” last a lifetime. However, prom dresses are expensive and many girls’ families I asked Kelly to tell me about her volunteer work and, after thinking can’t afford to provide this special memory for their daughter. This is where for a minute, she told me a wonderful story. “A large group of foreign Katie’s Project, local non-profit, steps in. An all-volunteer organization, Katie’s exchange students came into Katie’s Closet to get dresses, and they were helpProject provides new and gently ing each other choose the perfect used dresses for proms and other one, laughing and trying on dress formal occasions to those who could after dress. They were having a not otherwise afford them. The blast! I realized that these students Market Common donates retail would never have been able to space for Katie’s Closet, a boutique afford to go to prom without where girls approved to receive a Katie’s Project. They come here to dress come to shop. study and have a lot of expenses – Each area high school has prom dresses are not usually in ambassadors, volunteers that advotheir budget.” cate for the organization within their Athletic and lovely, Kelly school, help with fundraisers and not only played soccer, ran cross work in Katie’s Closet. They get the country and served as captain of word out to those who may wish to the golf team during her high donate dresses and accessories and school career; she is an honor stutarget the girls who need help. Three dent who will graduate this month of these students stand out for their in the top 20 of her class. Kelly also passion and dedication to this wordoes other volunteer work and was thy cause. Kelly Rhodan, Cassie named “Class Clown” in her yearMarone and Bianca Forte, all gradubook. “I’m moving to Florida right ating seniors, have given countless after graduation,” she told me. “I’ll hours of their time to help other girls be attending Florida University in realize their dream of the perfect Jacksonville and am going to take prom, in addition to maintaining a summer school classes this year. I college-ready GPR, participating in also want a little time to get to other activities and working partknow the area before the fall.” time jobs. These amazing young “My sister was surprised women sat down with Sasee to talk that I’ve been so involved with about their work with Katie’s Project. Katie’s Project,” Kelly laughed. Kelly “We’re so different! I love science Kelly Rhodan’s sister is the and math, and plan to major in “Katie” of Katie’s Project. She started Coastal Biology. I’m also a potter the non-profit for her senior project and love art. Recently, I worked on Bianca Cassie Kelly at St. James High School when Kelly a Souper Bowl fundraiser and
made over 200 bowls for people to buy and fill with soup. I hope to start something similar to Katie’s Project in Florida.” Cassie Petite, pretty and poised, Cassie Marone will graduate this month from Conway High School. A member of the Thespian Honor Society, she started volunteering for Katie’s Project four years ago after her mom won tickets to the Katie’s Project Gala. “I went with her, and they talked to me about becoming an ambassador for my school. I really like the idea of helping someone have their dream prom.” Cassie also had a favorite Katie’s Project story. “Last year I was helping decorate for our prom,” she began. “We were talking while we worked, and I found out that two of the girls were not going to be able to go to prom. By then the tickets were $100 each, and neither of them could afford a dress. My mom went to the administration, and they agreed to give them free tickets. We took them to Katie’s Closet for dresses, and we all hugged and cried – it was so emotional.” Cassie stressed to me that no one knows that the girls are given the dresses. “The dresses here are gorgeous, and we respect everyone’s confidentiality. It’s hard not to want them, though,” she laughed. An actor and dancer, Cassie plans on owing her own dance studio one day. She has studied dance since she was a little girl and loves everything about theatre. “I have been the lead in the last three school plays,” she told me, “and I have been offered a job teaching dance at Conway High School next year. I want to start a competition dance team.” Cassie will also choreograph the music for the school’s theatrical productions next year. “I decided to go to Coastal Carolina University and major in theatre and minor in dance. That way, I can stay here and work, too. But, I’m definitely going to New York for my last two years of college!” Bianca Attractive and charming, Bianca Forte is an academic star. She has been a student at the Early College program at Horry Georgetown Technical
College her entire high school career. She and a group of other students were helping with the “Dancing with the Horry County Stars” fundraiser and needed outfits for their part in the event when they found out about Katie’s Project. “A couple of the girls couldn’t afford to buy the dresses we needed, so we all went to Katie’s Project. I was helped, so I decided I wanted to help and became an ambassador for the Early College Program.” This young lady knows how to get things done – when she found out her school didn’t have a prom she spearheaded the effort to make it happen by writing a proposal and heading up the fundraising effort. “It was a lot of work, but we had our prom!” “At the last ‘prom boutique,’ a student and her mom were arguing,” Bianca began, when asked her favorite Katie’s Project memory. “The girl didn’t like any of the dresses and was not happy. Her mom broke down in tears and told her daughter that this was her dream; she had not been able to go to her prom in high school, and she wanted this for her daughter. The two of them stopped arguing and found a beautiful dress. It was very touching.” Bianca is also involved with the Make A Wish Foundation and a Phi Beta Kappa Honor Student. She started a recycling team at her school and was captain of the soccer team until a knee injury forced her to drop out. She won a full scholarship to Furman University and graduated in May from Early College with her high school diploma and an Associate’s Degree. “Unfortunately, none of my college credits will transfer to Furman, but going there has always been my dream. I want to be a Pediatric Cardiologist and will be a Pre-Med major.” These three community-minded young women have made our home a better place through their hard work and commitment. Kelly, Cassie and Bianca hope new volunteers will come forward to take their places as they leave for college. “We need students to step up!” For more information about Katie’s Project, call 843-282-0454 or visit www.katiesproject.org.
Father and Daughter I Now Pronounce You, by Sonya Lee
They say you can’t choose your family. I say those people are wrong. The man I consider my dad is of no biological relation. He’s just a man who decided to take a chance on a woman with an eleven-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son. He chose us, and we chose him. However, sometimes it is hard for those on the outside looking in to ever see a step parent as anything more than just that, and I didn’t want Randy to be forever deemed “the stepdad.”
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Therefore, when it came time for me to marry, it was important to me for everyone to see Randy as the father he had been to my brother and me. Not only would he walk me down the aisle, but we would share a dance, a dance that would cement his role in my life. And while I knew that the dance was only a ceremonial formality much like a wedding, it was the public confirmation that I wanted to give Randy in honor of the twelve years he had given unselfishly of his time, his home and his heart. So that night, as we danced for all our friends and family, I journeyed through the years Randy and I spent together. My first memories were of the Santa-like laugh he gave the night a sleep-induced rage caused me to smash a piece of gum in his hand when he harmlessly asked for it and the lemon heads he would bring every time he came to take my mother out on a date. As the memories continued to flow with our every step, I remembered the compassion he showed the first time I got my heart broken by a boy, and the disappointment and concern on his face the night I broke curfew. As the song came near its close, I reveled in the look of pure joy and pride in his eyes the day I walked across the stage to receive my diploma and become the first college graduate in the family, and the crackle in his voice, just hours before, when he gave me away. I also found myself imagining the years to come – the day I would tell him he was going to be a grandfather, the birth of my children, holidays and the free, unsolicited parenting advice he would undoubtedly give. We danced. Today, the memory of that dance finds me often, and I am overcome with contrasting feelings of happiness and sorrow. My dad only lived two short years after our dance. I am left with only my memories, my what ifs, and a picture of our dance that sits in a silver engraved frame on my mother’s dresser next to the urn that contains his physical remains. The engraving states, The Dad –You didn’t Have To Be. I treasure the memories of that dance more than I ever could any piece of paper or last name. When I’m lucky, I find myself back in my father’s embrace – dancing. On a particularly difficult day, when I feel beaten and ineffective, he leans in close and tells me he’s proud of me. Some nights, he laughs and chuckles at my attempts to be the perfect mother and reminds me if my children were always happy then I wouldn’t be doing it right. On other nights, he reassures me that I don’t have to feel guilty about wishing my mother would make the time to move on and find love again. It is what he wants too. Though these meetings are in my dreams and what realists would call fabrications of my imagination, they are genuine to me. And so, much as a man or a woman chooses a partner in this journey we call life, I chose a father, and he chose a daughter. We willingly made a commitment and formed a family. We danced in celebration of this union as is a tradition in our society, and while our guests heard the sentimental lyrics that catalogued our time together thus far, the words we heard were very different; for what we heard was “I now pronounce you father and daughter!”
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Once upon a time, when I first began selecting my wedding footwear, I considered several factors: my height, my budget, and my comfort. I am five foot ten inches tall, I don’t believe in overspending, and I cannot stand to be uncomfortable. My husband and I are pretty much the same height. That is, of course, unless I wear heels. On the most special day of my life, I was determined to not tower over him. It is tough, though, to find flats that are attractive enough to wear with a wedding gown. But since I chose a rather simple slip dress, I figured I might be able to pull off my desired look. I couldn’t believe the price tag on some of the shoes I tried on. Many of them were over two hundred dollars, and I hadn’t even spent that much on my dress. I finally found a less expensive store where I tried on white flats with rhinestones, clear flats with faint sparkles, and white, shimmering sandals. They were all attractive, they did not have a heel, and they were in my price range. But they were not comfortable. Then, on the other side of the store, I saw exactly what I had in mind but was unable to describe to the sales people assisting me. They were lovely, white satin slippers. I found a pair in my size, tried them on and it happened: instant Cinderella. It was more of a fairy tale feeling than a fairy tale look. After all, my slippers were made of satin, not glass. On the afternoon of my wedding, I put on my dress and stepped into my slippers. I loved how they looked and how they made me feel. And when I stood at the altar next to my Prince Charming, he was actually a bit taller than I was. My satin slippers got rained on when we ran into our reception site.
And at some point during the reception, they became covered with a sticky beverage. Still, my slippers held up throughout the evening and they served their primary purpose: they allowed me to dance comfortably. I danced to “My Girl” with my father and “Grow Old Along With Me” with my new husband. Then, my cousins, friends, various guests and I tore up the dance floor to every slide, shuffle, and line dance that the DJ had in his collection. Before we knew it, our reception came to a close, and my husband and I were inside our limousine en route to the airport. From our back window, we watched our guests wave goodbye to us. We kissed and laughed and shared our favorite moments from the night. About a year ago, I found my satin slippers in a back corner of my closet. They were a grayish color and badly misshapen. After several days of contemplating, I tried them on one last time and threw them in the trash. I realized I didn’t need them in my possession to remember how they made me feel. My wedding night may have seemed pretty ordinary to onlookers, but to me, it was enchanting. Maybe it was the sparkling lights or the wonderful music that made the night feel magical. Perhaps it was my satin slippers. But more than likely it was marrying my Prince Charming and knowing deep down that we were on our way to happily ever after.
Red Crayola Prom
by Marsha Tennant
The crayola red chiffon and taffeta formal framed the department store window. It hung on the headless model with an attitude. The heartshaped bodice radiated boldness and beckoned me with a dare. I was the girl for that dress. There was no doubt that the moment was fate. My mom and I were supposed to walk by on that day.
The strapless formal was the most beautiful creation I had ever seen. It reminded me of the Doris Day and Grace Kelly movies. They floated around with an understated sexiness and innocence rolled into one. The elaborate sets accentuated the glamour of the fashions they were wearing. Everyone stopped and was mesmerized when they walked into a room. I wanted to be a star for one night at my junior prom. My mom agreed that the formal was spectacular. She loved glitz and drama, too. She was always dressed to the nines and slightly on the edge so she understood my obsession with this fashion find. The year was 1965 and the dress had to be pricey for the occasion, but my mom must have remembered something in her past as a girl and saw it in my eyes as we stood outside the store peering in at the display. The challenge would be to get my dad’s approval. Would he let me go out in a strapless CRAYOLA RED formal? Mom and I devised our plan. We thought that we could bring it home on approval and in the living room setting it would appear less threatening. Once I modeled it for my dad he would see that it would pass his criteria for what he thought a young lady should wear. Mom also had a secret weapon-a lovely white lace shawl to drape over my shoulders. She and I were on a mission. We were ready for action. We decided I would model the dress on Sunday afternoon after church and dinner. It was the most relaxed time of the week in our house. Mom set the stage by telling Dad we had found the perfect prom dress for me. She reminded him I was growing up and the junior prom was the big event of the school year. We both held our breath. The walk down the hall into our living room was a short distance, but it seemed like a mile to me. I turned the corner and saw my dad sitting in his favorite chair. He was reading the Virginian Pilot newspaper. He looked up as I entered the room. His face was blank but I watched as a slight red tinge began to come over him. Mom and I exchanged glances. We were unsure what to say or do. Dad didn’t utter one word. Slowly he got up from the chair and came over to me. His voice was low and sweet. “You look beautiful, Pumpkin. Guess my little girl has grown up.” I was speechless as I threw my arms around his neck and whispered that I would not let him down. Without saying anything my dad had communicated his expectations of how I was to behave in such a grown up gown. There was no lecture he could have given me that would have expressed his views any clearer. Remember Who You Are echoed in my head. The day of the prom arrived. I spent hours at the beauty salon getting my beehive style. To achieve this look required mega teasing techniques and at least one canister of Aqua Net hairspray. Once I was home the liquid eyeliner required several trial runs. The grand finale was getting the stockings on without a run. I always had a spare pair. It was time to slip on the beautiful red gown. My heart was pounding with excitement. My date arrived with a red and white wrist corsage. He was wise enough not to glare at my red formal in front of my parents. The Polaroid snapped endless pictures by the fireplace. I felt like I was in Hollywood at the Oscars. The last picture was taken with my dad. I still have that one in my cedar memory box. The curfew was set, and we were on our way. Mom handed me the white lace shawl, and I wrapped it around my shoulders before walking out into the warm spring evening. At the end of the sidewalk I turned to look back at my parents standing by the door. They were smiling as my date held the car door open for me. One last glance back…Doris and Grace were waving! Oh what a night!
Meet Pam Schiftic, a.k.a. pj FISHSTICK
Known throughout the art world as pj FISHTICK, Pam Schiftic began her career as an educator – an elementary school teacher, assistant principal and arts education supervisor. Her name is difficult for little ones to pronounce, and one day at school a child came running up to Pam saying, “Miss Fishstick, Miss Fishstick!” Several of her fellow educators overheard and the name stuck. Today, Pam is a full time artist, creating one-of-a-kind pieces called memory jugs and uses the name pj Fishstick. Beautiful and unique, Pam’s designs are a treasure chest of fascinating objects brought together to tell a story. Recently, Pam’s work was showcased locally in a private show hosted by her first cousin, Julia Wilson, and Sasee was invited to meet and learn more about this talented artist.
What led you to begin creating memory jugs? [laughing] I like old things! You should see my basement. Actually, memory jugs are not new. They are believed to have a history in both the African American community and in Victorian England. Nineteenth century African Americans would create memorials to loved ones by affixing personal objects to a jug and use them for grave markers or remembrances. In Victorian England, highly embellished memory jugs were created, mirroring the era’s love of “stuff!” I started doing my memory jugs for family about 15 years ago, and it has evolved into something much larger. I did a special piece for Julia’s birthday. It’s “Ju Ju’s Jug” and features objects that represent Julia’s life and history, including various things that belonged to our grandmother, who was part Cherokee Indian. Quite a character, she was born in the 1880s and would make her own herbal medicines. I also included our great-grandmother’s change purse, complete with a $2 bill and a $3 bill! I keep everything, so I had quite a few family belongings that I placed on the jug, including our Granny Gracie’s old pipe.
How do you decide what to put on each piece? I’m a storyteller, but I use objects instead of words. It’s amazing what you can do with the things in your junk drawer! I pull a group of quirky and mundane things together and begin to tell a story. The entire memory jug isn’t done at once; I have to find just the right place for each object. Look at this, [showing me an object] would you ever think of using a doll without a head? I reinvent the rejected. Instead of throwing things away, I look at them with new eyes. The sum is so much greater than its parts. My newer work has lots of symbols. This one [showing me a piece featuring religious objects] symbolizes my strong faith. The jug can be any type of glass or metal container, and after experimenting with many different adhesives, I ended up using tile grout that I color with acrylic paint. My workshop is crowded with bins of stuff and I am always out looking for more. I combine “dime store chic” with vintage baubles and an heirloom here and there. It’s recycling at its best!
What’s next for you? This is my second career – I retired from teaching and reinvented myself through my art. There are always opportunities if you’re open to them. This summer, Julia and I are doing “Grandcamp,” an annual week-long camp we do with her seven grandchildren, on memory jugs. Each grandchild was told to collect things throughout the year to bring to camp. But, even if they don’t, I’ll have tons of stuff! Where can our readers see your work? Currently, my work is in Gallery Matilda, in Roswell, Georgia, near Atlanta. I also do custom pieces featuring personal collections. Contact pj FISHSTICK at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 770-640-8724.
Mary Ann Geney & Holly Davis Just opened on April 1, Shabby Shindigs, a new party supply boutique located in Pawleys Island, is co-owned by Holly Davis and Mary Ann Geney. Holly loves to shop, and said, “I would like to be more budget conscious than I am, but I’d rather have that one special item I love than five things that I only sort of love!” Mary Ann also enjoys shopping, especially when she’s shopping for someone else. “In some respects, I am a bargain shopper. I love to find a good deal, but if it’s something that I absolutely HAVE to have, then I’m willing to spend an extra dollar.” Both women love gift shopping. Holly says gifts are the way she expresses to people that she loves them. A busy mom of three, Mary Ann is a low-key dresser, preferring shorts and tee shirts at home. “But, I love to dress up when the occasion calls for it.” Holly likes her outfits to tell a story, preferring a layered look. “I would always rather be overdressed than underdressed.” At home, Holly’s style is “shabby chic” and everything is geared for comfort. Mary Ann’s taste is more classic, with rich, deep colors and hardwood floors. Neither Mary Ann nor Holly will be able to spend Father’s Day with their own dads this year, but Holly has already found the perfect gift! Mary Ann is celebrating with her husband and children. “We’re river rats, so we’ll probably spend the day on the water.” Both women are excited about their new business. “We have unique party supplies, not the traditional things you usually see. Our customers love our party packages—just let us know your theme, and we’ll help you mix and match patterns in a fun way.” This unique boutique also has baking supplies, inflatable coolers and large party inflatables for rent. “Stop by before your next party!”
Shabby Shindigs, 12020 Ocean Hwy., Pawleys Island 843-314-3950 www.shabbyshindigs.com
Sandy & Steve Thompson Sandy Thompson, co-owner of the Cricket Shop, didn’t hesitate when asked if she liked to shop. “I love to shop and am definitely not a bargain shopper! I prefer boutiques like the Cricket Shop because I usually find more unique and fun items, and the more personalized service I get is so important to me. Steve (Sandy’s husband and co-owner of the store) detests shopping except for buying groceries!” Sandy says both she and Steve are dressed casually most of the time, but “I love to dress up and go out! I love wearing fun and flirty dresses.” Sandy and Steve’s decorating style is traditional with a little beach décor mixed in. “The main color in our home is yellow,” said Sandy, “We have bright, sunny rooms with everything in its place at all times, but still comfortable.” Sandy and Steve love their work. “The store is fun to me,” said Sandy. “It lets me express my creative side in displaying merchandise and decorating. Working with our vendors to find and introduce new items is also a lot of fun, and I think our customers keep coming back to see us because we do offer ever-changing lines of resort wear, swimsuits and accessories along with all of our usual customer favorites.” “The Cricket Shop has always been a big part of our lives,” said Sandy. “My sister and mother worked for prior owners and still work for us today! Steve’s mother also worked here for several years before retiring. We actually met through the Cricket Shop almost 18 years ago when his mother and my sister conspired here to set us up on a blind date! The Cricket Shop has been a part of Pawleys Island for almost 35 years, and we are thrilled with the opportunity to continue serving all of the guests who visit us!”
The Cricket Shop, 11382 Ocean Hwy., Pawleys Island, 843-235-9916 www.cricketshopofpawleys.com
Anne Washington Anne Washington, managing partner of Hucks & Washington Furniture Company in Conway, enjoys shopping, but only if she has a purpose. “I have to be in the right mood—I love bargains, but if I need something I just go get it—bargains will make me shop more, though!” A nice linen blouse, slacks and really good shoes are Anne’s go-to outfit. “I like to take a basic outfit and splash it up with a brightly-colored scarf. Hermes scarves are my biggest splurge. Comfortable shoes are a must in my business, though. Our showroom is 50,000 square feet, and I’m running around all day long.” Anne’s home mirrors her fashion style. “My home is traditional, with splashes of color—I like surprises and might put a piece of contemporary art in a traditional room or a landscape in a brightly colored bathroom.” Father’s Day is tinged with sadness for Anne; this is the second Father’s Day she’ll spend without her beloved father. “My dad loved golf and passed that love on to me. So, this year I’m going to Grandfather Mountain and play golf—I think of him every time I play.” Anne and her sister inherited Hucks & Washington two years ago when their father died. “I’ve been in this business all of my life. We offer great prices and service—the people you see when you walk in the door have been with us forever. I want our customers to have a good experience from the time they walk in until the furniture is placed in their homes. The family business is almost a dying breed, but we offer custom and specialized service—if your sofa is late being delivered, we’ll loan you one, we offer complimentary design service and much more. All of us want people to enjoy their furnishings—it’s your home!”
Hucks & Washington Furniture Company, 1506 Main St., Conway, 843-248-2711 www.hucksandwashington.com
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Nanci Abraham, of North Beach Fabric, laughed when asked if she is a shopper. “Yes, of course, I’m a shopper, I own a retail store! Shopping inspires me to be creative and keeps me on top of the trends. I love making an afternoon of shopping with my 81-year-old mother—we laugh a lot, and she has a good eye for color and style.” Nanci’s style is very relaxed, but always colorful and eclectic. “Color inspires my soul. That’s what you see in everything when you’re with me. My home and shop reflect that.” Her passion for color inspires Nanci’s wardrobe as well. “I love wearing my golf skorts, that’s me every day, but I always jazz it up with color—and I always wear my funky jewelry.” Nanci is planning a relaxed Father’s Day barbeque with her mom, dad, husband and son. “Growing up we went to church on Father’s Day and then planned a cookout in the afternoon. We still do much the same. It’s a family day with wholesome family time—we talk about old times and laugh. It’s a good way to bring the family together and, thank goodness, I love to cook!” “My customers are becoming my family, also,” said Nanci when asked about her business. “We talk about their current projects and about their lives. Communication is so important in helping them select the right things for their projects. I want it to really fit them. One of my customers, who’s fast becoming a friend, says my shop is her ‘happy place.’ I don’t expect people to buy something every time they come in—I just want them to be inspired. Quilting and sewing are really collaborative activities.” Nanci went on to say, “We have some great classes for all skill levels— everyone will get something out of these sessions!”
North Beach Fabric, 3936 Hwy. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, 843-427-7250 www.northbeachfabric.com
I knew the way to Easthaven in my sleep. I memorized it in the backseat of the family 4-door Chevrolet sedan, recognizing landmarks along the way: Anita’s Mexican Restaurant, Ella’s Seamstress Shop, Bob’s Barbeque, Phillips 66, Tony’s Grocery Mart, the old red brick abandoned meat packing plant. Then there were miles of weeded road, railroad tracks, turn left, pass the Hobbs’ place, and there it was. Make another left onto the shell driveway with just the tiniest of clover patches birthing through. The house itself started out small – on pier and beam, wooden porch, red shingles on the roof. A breezeway (now enclosed) led to the two-car garage with apartment overhead. My grandparents lived above the garage when the side house was being built. In my grandmother’s closet were her purple suede shoes. I would put them on when she was downstairs, my own heels a good two inches from the heel of the shoe. I would slosh around in them and prance in front of the closet door mirror wishing, waiting, wanting to be old enough to have a pair of my own. Although my grandmother worked in the bindery department of a major publishing company, she could have easily been mistaken for a plussize model. At 5’2”, she was at least a size 12 but wore her stylish clothes well. Most of her dresses were silk, belted and A-line, flowing against her knees to reveal not only the purple shoes, but the many other pairs that lived among them. I was always fascinated with shoes and longed to have a pair of highheels of my own. My mother was not a shoe hound so it was only during those trips to Easthaven when I could enter the fashion world of shoes. Black patent leather pumps, white strappy sling backs, beige wedgies, and other neutral-toned lovelies lined my grandmother’s closet, but it was the purple suede heels that always shouted out at me: “Wear me! I’m the prettiest and the most elegant. Wear me!” And so I did. Every chance I got. One time, as I was walking the bedroom “runway,” admiring myself in the full-length mirror, I began to sing. I was on stage and my audience was applauding loudly. I belted out a few tunes and thanked them sincerely as I bowed and pivoted in the purple shoes. Another time, I was getting married. My dress was white, but the shoes were purple. I thought it would be totally cool to carry purple flowers,
maybe even a wild crop of wisteria and wear a garland of the stuff in my hair. Always unconventional, my mind would race with possibilities. There was an array of purses high on a shelf above the closet floor, but I was too short to reach them. And yes, there was even a purple suede one that matched those magical shoes. The upstairs bathroom was filled with perfume bottles, sachets and bath salts. They were easy enough to open, sniff and put back. I was careful not to do too much meddling as I did not want to be caught. Sure, I went through a drawer or two, but was cautious and left the soft slips and big brassieres untouched. The dressing table contained a large wooden box full of costume jewelry, but when opened, it played “Fleur de Lis.” I knew the title because my grandmother often played it on the downstairs piano. But it didn’t take me long to figure out how to turn the box over and keep the music from playing by making sure it was unwound. Then I could put on the clip earrings and wear the heavy necklaces, allowing them to drip down my throat. Often I would walk the entire length of the bedroom decked out in jewelry, wearing one of grandmother’s shawls and, of course, the purple shoes. I would cavort and strut for as long as possible until I felt it was time to put everything away and return downstairs before inquiring minds came looking for me. I’d appear at the bottom of the stairs and approach the living room where I would be asked the inevitable question: “What were you doing upstairs?” “Nothing.” And that would be the end of it. Yet, I’ve often wondered if she knew. Did she have even a hint of suspicion? Did she just prefer to ignore my meddling ways? Or did I truly fool her? The shoes probably gave me away when she no doubt could smell little girl feet in them when she went to put them on. Or maybe not. As I got older, I grew into the purple shoes, but they were not as exciting to me anymore, especially after my feet got too big for them. I don’t even know what happened to them because when we grow up, we somehow lose the inquisitiveness that lives in the world of a child. Yet, embedded in my long-term memory are those purple shoes – shoes that were literally soles for my soul.
Purple Shoes by Sue Mayfield Geiger
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Butler Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cabana Gauze . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christopher’s Fine Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CRH Interior Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Consign@5th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Consigning Women on Broadway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Cricket Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Details by Three Sisters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Douglas Diamond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elderberry Salon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eleanor Pitts Fine Gifts & Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fabric Showcase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Finders Keepers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grady’s Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hannah B’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hucks & Washington Furniture Company . . . . . . . . . . Island Shoes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Little White Dress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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The Market Common . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-25 Miss Master . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 North Beach Fabric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Once Upon a Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Pawleys Island Swimwear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 The Pink Cabana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Rose Arbor Fabrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Sassyfras . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Studio 77 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Take 2 Resale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Taylor’s Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Taz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Too Qt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Treasures Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Two Blondes on the Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
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Moveable Feast, Karen White discusses Sea Change, 11 am, Pawleys Plantation, $25. For more info, call 843-235-9600 or visit www.classatpawleys.com.
Harborwalk Festival, 9 am-8 pm, Carroll Campbell Marine Complex, Georgetown. For more info, call 843-546-1511.
Ocean Isle Concert Series, Fridays, 6:30-8 pm, Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot, E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. For more info, call 910-Â 579-2166.
Kimono: Art, Fashion and Society, The Art Museum of Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, 3100 S. Ocean Blvd. For more info, call 843-238-2510 or visit www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org.
The Full Monty, Theatre of the Republic, Conway. For more info, call 843-488-0824 or visit www.theatreoftherepublic.com.
Riverfest, An American Celebration, Riverfront in Conway, free. For more info, call 843-248-2273 or visit www.conwayscchamber.com.
Butterfly & Art Festival, 9:30 am-4 pm, Brookgreen Gardens. For more info, call 843-235-6000 or visit www.brookgreen.org.
Waccamaw Animal Rescue Mission (WARM) Adoption Day/Yard Sale/BBQ/Live Entertainment Event, 10 am-2 pm, St. Johns Greek Orthodox Church, Myrtle Beach, BBQ tickets $8. For more info, call 843-902-2456 or e-mail email@example.com.
30th Annual Murrells Inlet Boat Parade & Fireworks, parade, 10 am, spectators welcome on the Marshwalk, fireworks 10 pm. For more info, call 843-357-2997 or visit www.murrellsinletsc.com.
Music on Main, 6:30-8:30 pm, Main St., North Myrtle Beach. For more info, call 843-280-5570 or visit www.nmbevents.com.
Art in the Park, Chapin Park, Myrtle Beach, 10am to 5pm. For more info, call 843-448-7690 or visit www.artsyparksy.com.
19th Annual Fireworks Show, Cherry Grove Pier, North Myrtle Beach, 9:30 pm. For more info, call 866-805-5642 or visit www.nmbevents.com.
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