Best of Myrtle Beach (10/1-10/17)

Myrtle Beach Area Fun (October 1st - 17th, 2009)

The fall weather is wonderful... peaking in the low 80s and cool evenings in the upper 60s. The ocean is still comfortably warm for swimming and surf fishing is picking up, too. There are great deals with Century 21 Thomas for your vacation rental home or condo with a special fall offer - Book 2 Nights, Get a 3rd Night FREE! Come on down and enjoy a L O N G weekend of fun at the beach.

Check out some of the fun on the calendar for the next few weeks.

Little Shop of Horrors at the Palace Theatre at Broadway at the Beach. Come see this affectionate and hilarious spoof of the 1950s sci-fi film genre, one of the longest running Off-Broadway shows of all time. Enjoy the music and laughs with Audrey II - a plant like none you've ever seen before.

The 5th Annual Little River Shrimp & Jazz Festival... October 10th & 11th. Located on the historic waterfront in beautiful Little River, this festival provides a family oriented party that is fun for all ages. Entertainment includes arts and crafts vendors, live Jazz music all day and a famous Shrimp Cookoff. This is a FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT.

There are several excellent concerts coming up, too!

At the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach you can catch...
B.B. King on October 3rd
The Black Crowes on October 4th
The Stone Temple Pilots on October 6th
Blues Traveler on October 16th
Bonnie Raitt on October 17th
Randall Bramblett Band opening on October 17th

At the Alabama Theatre...
Engelbert Humperdink on October 3rd
The Drifters, Coasters and Platters on October 17th

Fall '09 Motorcycle Rally at the Beach

Great Deals for Harley Enthusiasts

September 30th - October 4th... with a crowd anticipated at about 75,000, this is one of the last major bike rally events of the year. Five days of exciting fun during the beach's "secret season". Fall rates are super affordable, the ocean is still pleasantly warm and the weather is wonderful. Restaurants, shows and shops are open and uncrowded. It's a great time for a beach trip!

Century 21 Thomas has several "bike-friendly" beach vacation rental homes still available. Book your week now and get your choice of deals.

Reserve two nights and get a 3rd night FREE.
Reserve four nights and get 2 nights FREE.
Reserve a week and save 25%.

Call today... 800-249-2100
or visit us online at
www.century21thomas.com
See you at the beach!

Tourism... South Carolina's Economic Engine

Domestic Travel Pays Off for South Carolina

Here are a few statistics and observations from the lastest SCPRT economic reports.

* Domestic Travelers spent nearly $9.9 Billion in S.C. in 2008, up 1.7% from 2007.

* Domestic Travel directly generated 113,800 jobs in S.C. in 2008.

* Domestic Travel expenditures in S.C. generated nearly $1.5 Billion in tax revenue.

* Horry County, led by Myrtle Beach's Grand Strand, received more than $3.1 Billion in domestic travel expenditures to lead all S.C. counties. This was almost double the amount received by Charleston County, the #2 recipient.

Best of the Beach (9/10-9/30)

Beach Fun for September 10th – 30th

It sure feels like fall at the beach… very, very pleasant with days in the low 80s and nights around 70. The beach is much less crowded but there are still lots of fun things happening. Staff selections for the coming days include lots of fun events for the whole family. Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations has plenty of SUPER VACATION SPECIALS for you and your family… and some Fantastic Fall Golf Packages, too!

S.O.S. Fall Migration – Sept 11th – 20th… There will be great music, dancing in the street, & fun to be had by all. We will also have merchandise vendors, food and drink vendors, & displays set up by the SOS sponsors. If you are ready for a little adventure, maybe it is time for you to schedule a trip to the wilds of North Myrtle Beach. Maybe it is time for you to join the party at the SOS Fall Migration.

The Believers in Concert at the historic Myrtle Beach Train Depot – These regularly scheduled South by Southeast concerts feature “the best music you never heard” in a tres cool, intimate setting where up to 150 adult music lovers can enjoy a memorable evening out. Admission to these “Music Feasts” includes a pot-luck covered dish dinner buffet, excellent ale from New South Brewery, and entertainment.

Pawley’s Island Festival of Music & Art – September 18th – 27th… Celebrating its 19th season and looking forward to another beautiful music-filled autumn at Brookgreen Gardens. Headlining on the 19th will be Steve Tyrell, Grammy-winner and purveyor of pop standards from Bacharach to Bond. On the 20th, Jazz under the Oaks will feature blues & jazz singer Ann Caldwell and jazz pianist Enrique Haneine. Long Bay Symphony and Dallas Brass perform on the 25th and 26th respectively.

Sounds of Summer at McLean Park – FREE concert September 18th with the Craig Woolard Band, so bring a beach chair, blanket, picnic, non-alcoholic beverages and relax and play. Food and beverages will also be provided for purchase at the park. The park is located just south of Main Street at the corner of Oak Drive and 2nd Avenue South. Concerts are from 7 to 9PM and are FREE Family-Friendly Events.

Just gimme some old time Rock & Roll... QROCK Radio's BIG ROCK102 Reunion Party featuring a concert by Nantucket will be Friday, September 25, in Broadway at the Beach's Celebrity Square. All the hot DJ's from the "Q" will be there spinning some great tunes and giving away some dynamite prizes. Advance tickets for great seats and raffle tickets for an electric guitar and other fantastic prizes will be available from QROCK and from partner, Star Music.

Little Shop of Horrors at the Palace Theatre at Broadway at the Beach. Come see this affectionate and hilarious spoof of the 1950s sci-fi film genre, one of the longest running Off-Broadway shows of all time. Enjoy the music and laughs with Audrey II - a plant like none you've ever seen before. Matinees and evening shows beginning September 25th..

FreeStyle Music Park – 1st Annual Freedom Festival September 12th & 13th with a parade, patriotic exhibits throughout the park, and some fantastic entertainment. 70s rocker Billy Joe Royal, several local bands and headliner LeAnn Rimes will be performing Saturday on the big stage. Tickets are good for both days – catch the festival & concerts and ride all the exciting roller coasters, carousels, swings and more.

Get your tickets early for these exciting Celebrity Concerts!

At the
Alabama Theatre, Loretta Lynn on the 12th, Ray Stevens the 19th and Little Richard the 26th.

At the
House of Blues, Mitchell Musso on the 17th, Colt Ford on the 18th and Jason Michael Carroll on the 26th.

Best of the Beach (8/28 – 9/13/09)

Beach Fun for August 28th – September 12th

August is almost over and September’s around the corner but that doesn’t mean the good times are coming to an end. Staff selections for the coming days include lots of fun events for the whole family. Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations has plenty of SUPER VACATION SPECIALS for you and your family… and some Fantastic Golf Packages, too!

2009 PGA Tour SuperStore World Amateur Golf Championship… 25th anniversary golf tournament. It's an amazing experience... 4,000 golfers from scratch to 30+ handicappers... 72 holes of intense stroke play competition, an 18-hole championship playoff, nightly parties and entertainment.

Summer Breeze Music Fest at La Belle Amie Vineyard… Late summer ocean breezes, shaded vineyard grounds, great afternoon, music, and wine – sounds pretty good. Plus, outdoor cooking, crafts, prizes, vineyard tour, and of course, sampling the wines of La Belle Amie Vineyard. Bring your chairs and blankets and come spend a most memorable day.

Admission is $8 per person (Under 18 & over 80 admitted Free). Bring two canned/dry good items for area food banks and get $3 off admission. Music from noon – 5 pm with The Holiday Band. Food available from Smokin' Pitt BBQ and Hunt's Lexington Style Cookin'. Vineyard tour at 2:30 pm.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball – home games Sept 4th – 7th against the Winston-Salem Dash. The Pelicans, the Atlanta Braves Class "A" team, are the local favorite Boys of Summer. Come out to BB&T/Coastal Field and see tomorrow’s stars today. Great seats from $7 to $11.

Big River, the Musical - at the Theatre of the Republic in downtown Conway. Come along with Huck Finn and runaway slave Jim on a musical adventure down the Mississippi River in this classic Mark Twain tale. Sunday 3PM matinees; 8PM shows Wed-Sat.

FreeStyle Music Park – $19.99 Admission… Buy 1, Get 1 Free before 4PM through August. The newest theme park in the United States, Freestyle Music Park is the destination for family fun and an absolute must for music lovers. If you’re vacationing in Myrtle Beach, be sure to check out the roller coasters, kids’ rides, shows and more. Big Freedom Festival coming up 9/12 with Leann Rimes in concert.

S.O.S. Fall Migration – Sept 11th – 20th… There will be great music, dancing in the street, & fun to be had by all. We will also have merchandise vendors, food and drink vendors, & displays set up by the SOS sponsors. If you are ready for a little adventure, maybe it is time for you to schedule a trip to the wilds of North Myrtle Beach. Maybe it is time for you to join the party at the SOS Fall Migration.
Get your tickets early for these exciting Celebrity Concerts!

Sister Hazel on the 5th, Chairmen of the Board on 6th, and Toad the Wet Sprocket on the 12th at the House of Blues

The Believers at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot for a South by Southeast Music Feast on the 12th

Also on the 12th…
Loretta Lynn at Alabama Theatre and Little Anthony & the Imperials at the Palace

Best of the Beach (8/14 – 8/23/09)

Beach Fun for August 14th – 23rd

There’s still time to squeeze in a summer family beach vacation. Warm weather… lower rates… fewer crowds… and TONS of FUN! Staff selections for the coming days include lots of fun events for the whole family.

Sounds of Summer… FREE concert by the Super Glide Band August 21st at North Myrtle Beach’s beautiful McLean Park located just south of Main Street at the corner of Oak Drive and 2nd Avenue South. Bring a beach chair, blanket, picnic, non-alcoholic beverages and relax and play. Food and beverages will also be provided for purchase at the park. Concerts are from 7 to 9PM and are Family-Friendly Events.

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Oldies Fest at La Belle Amie Vineyard, August 22nd… It’s a musical "blast from the past" on the beautiful shaded grounds of the vineyard. Two talented bands, Latitude and The Necessary Band will rock the yard. Plus, outdoor cooking, crafters, prizes, vineyard tour, a limerick contest, and of course, sample the wines of La Belle Amie Vineyard. So pack up your chairs and blankets and come spend a most memorable day with us. $8 per person (under 18 & over 80 admitted Free) Bring two canned/dry good items for area food banks and get $3 off admission.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball – home games 21st – 23rd… the Atlanta Braves Class "A" team, the Pelicans, are the local favorite Boys of Summer. Come out to BB&T/Coastal Field and see tomorrow’s stars today. Great seats from $7 to $11.

Big River, the Musical - at the Theatre of the Republic in downtown Conway. Come along with Huck Finn and runaway slave Jim on a musical adventure down the Mississippi River in this classic Mark Twain tale. Sunday 3PM matinees; 8PM shows Wed-Sat.

FreeStyle Music Park – $19.99 Admission… Buy 1, Get 1 Free before 4PM. The newest theme park in the United States, Freestyle Music Park is the destination for family fun and an absolute must for music lovers. If you’re vacationing in Myrtle Beach, be sure to check out the roller coasters, kids’ rides, shows and more.

Sculpture Exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens, now – August 23rd… The National Sculpture Society 76th Annual Awards Exhibition includes the work of 42 prominent sculptors from across the country, including 15 prize-winning works. Visitors will be able to vote for their favorite sculptures to win Brookgreen Gardens’ People’s Choice Award. The exhibition is free with regular garden admission.

And exciting Celebrity Concerts!

The Saturday Night Rebel Rockers Traveling Circus & Medicine Show at the House of Blues on the 20th… performing for your pleasure will be Counting Crows, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Augustana – separately and ensemble. Get your tickets early!

The Drive By Truckers at the House of Blues on the 21st… opening will be singer/songwriter Tift Merritt. Looks like an evening of rockin’ Americana.

Best of the Beach (8/7 - 8/16/09)

Beach Fun for August 7th – 16th

August is an excellent time for a family beach vacation. Summer weather… lower rates… less crowded… LOTS of FUN STUFF to do! Staff selections for the coming weeks include lots of fun events for the whole family.

Master of Magic starring Brett Daniels at the Palace Theatre…Five-time "Magician of the Year", Brett Daniels, will astound you with illusions including walking through a real jet turbine. Direct from sold-out shows in Las Vegas, it's a grand show for the entire family.

Barefoot Landing’s Summerfest… A grand fireworks display over the lake at 10:15pm every Monday in August. Nightly you'll see boardwalk entertainers, magicians, stilt-walkers, balloon animals, kids’ karaoke, face painting and strolling musicians. Don't forget the boardwalk parade each Wednesday starting at 7:00 p.m

Dog Days Blues & Jazz Fest at La Belle Amie Vineyard, August 8th… Cool blues & jazz on a summer day in a beautiful shaded venue. Plus, outdoor cooking, crafts, prizes, vineyard tour, a limerick contest, and, of course, sampling the wines of the Vineyard.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball – home games 7th – 9th, 11th – 13th… the Atlanta Braves Class "A" team, the Pelicans, are the local favorite Boys of Summer. Come out to BB&T/Coastal Field and see tomorrow’s stars today. Great seats from $7 to $11.

Broadway at the Beach Summer Fun… Street entertainment galore plus live music with the “Sprite under the Stars” concert series. August 11th features a FREE concert by Sawgrass with their own blend of acoustelectric newgrass music. Don’t miss the exciting fireworks displays over Lake Broadway at 10pm.

FreeStyle Music Park – $19.99 Admission… Buy 1, Get 1 Free before 4PM. The newest theme park in the United States, Freestyle Music Park is the destination for family fun and an absolute must for music lovers. If you’re vacationing in Myrtle Beach, be sure to check out the roller coasters, kids’ rides, shows and more.

Cool Summer Evenings at Brookgreen Gardens, through August 14th… Something for everyone with cruises down the creek at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., the Lowcountry Zoo open until 7, the new otter exhibit, new lighting in the gardens, live entertainment and cool summer suppers in the Pavilion Restaurant!

And, more exciting celebrity concerts!

George Jones at the Alabama Theatre on the 7th… the original honky-tonk hero and Nashville legend will be performing for your pleasure.

Verlon Thompson at the South by Southeast Music Feast on the 8th… with thirty years as a troubadour for credentials, as a solo performer, and as the trusted sidekick of Texas Americana songwriting icon Guy Clark, Verlon has viewed the world from stages everywhere from Barcelona to Binger (his hometown in Oklahoma).

Keller Williams at the House of Blues on the 8th… In his one-man show, he pads barefoot from guitar to bass to percussion stations, using looping effects—and enough instruments to stock a strip-mall music store—to layer sound atop sound until the stage swirls with a full-blown composition.

Temptations & Four Tops at the Alabama Theatre on the 13th… Motown and Rhythm & Blues at its finest. Enjoy a memorable evening of music.

An Acoustic Evening with Travis Tritt at the House of Blues on the 14th… you’ll be entertained with an excellent performance of his country music and R&B hits.