Summer Sounds at the Beach (July 2012)

Summer Fun in Myrtle Beach... and the Beat goes on!
It seems like every summer we find more and more fantastic fun things to do in North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas. There is an amazing number of first-class concerts, sports, festivals and shows all summer long. Some of our favorite coming events for the next few weeks include:


Music on Main - family-friendly FREE concert series on North Myrtle Beach's Main Street. Join us from 6:30 to 8:30 pm where you can listen to great live music and dance in the street.
June 21st - LEGGZ playing top 40, R&B and classic rock
June 28th - Atlantic Groove performing beach music hits
July 5th - The Dickens Band knocking out all your favorite party tunes

Sounds of Summer - family-friendly FREE monthly concerts in North Myrtle Beach just off Main Street at beautiful McLean Park. Bring a chair, blanket, picnic and non-alcoholic beverages and enjoy the fun. Picnic tables, grills, food & drinks, and kids' playgrounds are available. 7 to 9 pm.
July 20th - Six Stylez performing top 40 hits

House of Blues - concert hall at Barefoot Landing. Some shows include:
June 21st - Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
July 6th - Lee Brice with Lewis Brice
July 7th - Corey Smith with Zach Longwood
July 19th - on stage, .38 Special

July 20th - The B-52s rocking the house

Alabama Theatre - at Barefoot Landing with celebrity concerts including:
July 13th - Kenny Rogers live on stage
July 20th - a Motown Night with The Temptations and Four Tops

Palace Theatre - Broadway at the Beach with:
July 13th - Kool & the Gang in concert
All Month - Le Grand Cirque
All Month - Rock Around the Clock

Sports and More Fun

Pro Baseball - Catch a ball game and root for our hometown Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Texas Rangers "A" team. The best seats in the house are only $13 and special promotions include "Kids Eat Free Mondays" (with voucher for free hot dog, chips and drink), "Wiener Wednesdays" (with $1 Hebrew National hot dogs all game long), and "Thirsty Thursdays" ($1 drafts from 6 to 8 pm).
Upcoming Home Stands: June 28th - July 3rd and July 11th - 19th

Brookgreen Gardens - "Cool Summer Evenings". Tour the magnificent botanical gardens and outdoor collection of figurative sculpture by day and enjoy a variety of musical offerings, creek cruises, and more.

CENTURY 21 Thomas Beach Vacations still has a limited number of open weeks for excellent vacation rental homes, villas and condos - oceanfront and other - some with attractive summer specials with discounts of 30% or more. Call and reserve yours today!

June Fun in North Myrtle Beach

Head to the Beach in June for Fun in the Sun.

Summer is so close you can feel it and it's going to be a great one at the beach! For the past few weeks, we've had highs in the 80s and lows at night around 70... a grand prelude to a wonderful summer. Century 21 Thomas has some fantastic vacation deals for June with several top-notch vacation rental homes and condos up to 30% OFF. Check out our Vacation Hot Deals online.

Did someone mention FUN? There's tons of it here at the beach, all month long. Some of our suggestions include:

Baseball - Take me out to the ballfield so I can root for the hometown Myrtle Beach Pelicans as they take on the rest of the Carolina League. As the "A" team for the Texas Rangers, the Pelicans have plenty of future stars on their field of dreams. Homestands coming up include games June 4th-7th, 14th-17th, and 28th through July 3rd. Fun promotions include "Wiener Wednesdays" and "Thirsty Thursdays" and tickets range from only $8 to $13. (see more info online)

Museums & Gardens - For a memorable day trip, drive down to Brookgreen Gardens in Murrell's Inlet. The thousands of acres of this former 1800's rice plantation is home to a Lowcountry History & Nature Preserve and the first public sculpture garden in America. The Butterfly House is open daily and the Lowcountry Zoo is always fun for all. Special events this month include an art exhibit "The Wild West in Historic & Contemporary Art". Enjoy "Cool Summer Evenings" where you can come for dinner and stay for a show with live entertainment and cruises on the creeks. (see more info online)

FREE Family-Friendly Events - North Myrtle Beach welcomes you with festivals & flicks to make your beach vacation even more special. The Music on Main concert series presents The Herringbones on the 7th, Leggz playing classic rock on the 21st, and Atlantic Groove performing beach music hits the 28th. These concerts are from 6:30 to 8:30 at Main Street's Horseshoe or the Main Street Stage.

Additional FREE Family-Friendly NMB events in June include the Sounds of Summer concert at McLean Park from 7 to 9pm on the 15th and Movies @ McLean with an outdoor showing of "Puss in Boots" on the 8th - showtime begins at 8:40. (see more info online)

Celebrity Concerts - Catch some exciting performances at the House of Blues and Alabama Theatre, both located at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. The June concert schedule at the HOB includes The Little River Band (8th), Gretchen Wilson (9th), Dr John with Gov't Mule (12th), and Grace Potter & the Nocturnals (21st). The hot ticket at the Alabama Theatre is for the Vince Gill concert June 14th.

Fun at the Farmers Market

New & Improved Farmers Market Reopens May 25

Be sure to check out our local Farmers Market when you’re vacationing in North Myrtle Beach this summer. The market is located off Highway 17 on 1st Avenue South (turn right at Martini’s Restaurant). There’s plenty of on-site free parking and lots to see while you wander among the booths.

Two new open-air, metal-roofed shelters connected by colorful shade sails will provide over 4,000 square feet of covered space for farmers and vendors to display and sell their fresh produce, fruits and merchandise. Vendors and shoppers will welcome the shaded relief from the summer sun, protection from the occasional summer shower, and the new restroom facilities.

As a member of the Waccamaw Market Cooperative, the North Myrtle Beach Farmers Market supports Certified South Carolina Grown products. The market will be open beginning May 25th on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Locals and vacationing families love visiting the Farmers Market to fill their pantries with a wide variety of healthy, locally grown foods. Last summer, I made a habit of stopping by at least once each week to pick up a basket of tasty tomatoes and a box of juicy South Carolina peaches. Often, I’d find a watermelon or cantaloupe begging to come home with me, too.

In addition to produce, you’ll find vendors selling everything from local shrimp and seafood to jams, jellies, honey, and handmade crafts. I’ve even picked up some very helpful gardening tips and beautiful potted plants from Jay & Connie at the Tropical Nursery booth.

Another great feature… the Market is conveniently located just across from the wonderful North Myrtle Beach Public Library. You’ll find lots to read, a wide selection of movies to check out, and plenty of computer terminals with free WIFI.

Come on out to the Farmers Market this summer. Fresh and local is definitely the BEST!

Go Green at the St Pat's Festival in NMB

March is shaping up to be a fun month with Spring pushing and shoving to get here as early as possible.

Off-season rates are amazingly affordable and the weather has been wonderful. There are early blooms all around and tons of fun things to do. Some of our suggestions for the next few weeks include:

The annual St. Patrick's Day Festival on March 17th in North Myrtle Beach has one of the largest parades on the Grand Strand with more than 100 floats and entries. The parade starts at 9am but you'd better head to Main Street early to claim your prime viewing area along the sidewalks. Feel free to bring along a folding chair and get ready for a fun morning.

When the parade is over, the fun is just beginning. Now it's festival time! You'll find over 125 vendors displaying their arts & crafts, festival treats and more. There will be two stages with continuous entertainment - music, dance, and more music. Be sure to bring the "wee" lads and lassies, too! There'll be a kids' FUN ZONE with rides, inflatables and games.

Scheduled entertainment includes the New York Shields Pipes & Drums, Triple Toe Cloggers, Wake District Pipes & Drums, the bands Barleyjuice and Ceol na Gael. Remember to wear something green.

Spring Music Concerts... over the next few weeks, the Grand Strand will see many hot acts take center stage at our popular venues including the House of Blues and Alabama Theatre at Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach's Palace Theatre, and the historic Myrtle Beach Train Depot.

The Alabama Theatre will feature Don Williams on the 17th, a super Motown evening with the Drifters, Coasters and Platters the 24th, and Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis on the 31st.

The House of Blues has hot tribute bands bringing back the music of Metallica & Guns n' Roses on the 17th and Poison & Motley Crew on the 23rd. The BIG event is the Monday after the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament and gala concert with Hootie & the Blowfish and friends (Sister Hazel, Javier Colon and more).

South by Southeast Music Feasts wrap up their spring concert series at the Depot with the Randall Bramblett Band on the 10th.

At the Palace Theatre you can catch a lively performance of Hooray for Hollywood all through the month of March and a special performance on the 30th by Howie Mandel of America's Got Talent.

Try a day trip to Brookgreen Gardens and appreciate nature and the arts. Featured special events in March include the "Birds in Art" Exhibition and "Down by the Riverside" & Other Spirituals.

Are you in need of some intensive retail therapy?

Are you looking for the perfect shopping destination? How about 6 great shopping destinations where the fashion is smart and the prices are great! For outdoor shopping with great restaurants and attractions for the family, Broadway at the Beach is the ultimate shopping experience. While Mom is picking out glamorous jewelry at the local’s favorite Bijuju, the kids can enjoy picking, stuffing, naming, and dressing their own Teddy Bear at the Build-a-Bear Workshop, and Dad can get countrified at the Foxworthy Store. After a long shopping day, slip on your flip flops and enjoy music and a meal at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville or have a nice evening stroll along the deck overlooking Broadway Lake and dinner at Key West Grill.

If you are looking for a more leisurely shopping experience, visit North Myrtle Beach’s Barefoot Landing, a friendly and casual southern-style shopping mecca. Treat yourself to a necklace and classy earrings at Southern Pearls or pamper your feet with comfortable shoes at the Happy Feet Store. Get ready for the beach scene with a visit to the Ron-Jon Surf Shop for stylish swimwear. In a more classic mood? Step into White HouseBlack Market for its assortment of fashions… all in the black & white theme, of course.

For the free spirits, visit Earthbound for your planet-friendly items and hop over to Peace Frogs for the coolest shirts and accessories. If your favorite color is purple, sashay (that's right, I said sashay) over to the PURPLEologist where you can outfit yourself head to toe with all sorts of accessories in magenta, fuchsia, lavender, violet, orchid, mauve or other similar shades. Take a midday break for a wonderful lunch at TBonz Gill and Grill.

Attention bargain hunters! Start your day at Tanger Outlet where you can shop at Old Navy, Tommy Hilfiger, Polo Ralph Lauren and many more for amazing factory-direct discounted prices. Find a scintillating scent at Perfumania, a gift for a friend at Yankee Candle, or something special for the kids at the Disney Store or at OshKosh B’gosh.

Do you want even more? Visit “Reader’s Choice and Visitor’s Voice: Best of the Beach” – Coastal Grand Mall. You’ll find everything from fabulous high dollar couture and great savings on today’s looks to home décor and specialty shop curios. Step into Bed, Bath, and Beyond for the perfect bed linens, bathroom décor, and kitchen knick-knacks. If you need to refuel with a Espresso or Frappuccino, right in the center of everything is a Starbucks!

While on vacation, enjoy all that our beach has to offer and SHOP TIL YOU DROP!

Celebrate the 4th at the Beach

Fireworks, Festivals and Family Fun on the Fourth!

Head to North Myrtle Beach for a memorable Independence Day holiday and celebration. Enjoy the best of the beach with fantastic weather, gently sloping beaches, and lots of fun attractions in our family-friendly area.

Some of the major 4th of July events in our area include:

Italian-American Salute to the 4th - July 2nd and 3rd at Market Common's Valor Park. Celebrate your heritage at this annual festival with continuous entertainment, food, Italian Ices and desserts, arts, crafts, beer, wine and more. Plus, there will be FREE face painting and tattoos for the kids! Noon to 8PM.

Independence Day Runs - Compete in the 2nd annual 5K and 8K runs at the Market Common area in Myrtle Beach for prizes and awards. July 2nd, 7AM to 9AM. See details online.

American Pride March & Salute from the Shore - Join us on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach for this tribute to our great nation along with active duty military, veterans, and Sons of the American Revolution. Festivities start at 11:30AM and end with a flag-raising ceremony and a military fly over including F-16 fighter jets at 1PM. See more info online.

4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations

North Myrtle Beach - This impressive annual fireworks extravaganza will blast off at the Cherry Grove Pier beginning at 9:30. Bring your beach chairs and enjoy the excitement. The pier is located at 3500 North Ocean Boulevard. If you're staying in one of our Cherry Grove rental homes or condos, you may have a grand view from your balcony or porch.

Barefoot Landing - Enjoy a beautiful exhibit of booming fireworks to celebrate the Fourth. The fireworks show over the lake begins at 10:15. Come early and enjoy an evening of shopping, a wonderful dinner, and all the fun of Barefoot's Summerfest. See more online.

Broadway at the Beach - Celebrate the birth of our nation with a huge fireworks display. The first "boom... ah... ooh" over Lake Broadway is at 10PM. Visit Broadway early for some retail therapy, live entertainment, and fantastic dining. See more online.

Battleship Blast - Battleship North Carolina's 50th Anniversary celebration will be memorable as the fireworks spectacular begins at 9:05. The Battleship complex will close at 6PM for the show so be sure to bring the family out early to tour this impressive, historic battleship before the festivities. Approximately 90 minutes north in Wilmington, NC. See details online.

Calabash - Just across the border, you can join us for the Independence Day "Celebration on the Waterfront" in Calabash, NC. Food, fun, music and games begin at 3PM. See more info online.

Surfside Beach - Come out to Surfside Pier from 6 to 10PM for a 3-hour FREE variety show by the Celebration Theatre's performers followed by a fireworks show at 9:30. Refreshments and souvenirs available as well as a water pool slide and inflatables for the kids. See more online.

We at Century 21 Thomas Beach Vacations hope you have a wonderful, safe July 4th holiday. If you haven't reserved your accommodations for your summer beach vacation, Century 21 Thomas still has a few beach houses, oceanfront and other condos available - even a few for the Week of the Fourth! Call us ASAP and we'll be happy to check availability and reserve one for you and your family.

Plan a Perfect Reunion at the Beach

Let's Meet at the Beach!

Do you miss seeing all of your family members? Do the family reunions you try to plan never really come together? Perhaps you never found the right location. Look no further; make your next reunion a rousing success by following these simple tips. Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach are prime locations for hosting family reunions. First of all, the name says it best… you’ll have the BEACH! Plus, your group will have a myriad of additional exciting attractions, amazing entertainment venues, wonderful dining and shopping opportunities, and more. You can be assured your group will have a full and fun experience. But before we venture off into the specifics of what our area offers, let’s start with some tips on how to plan a fantastic family reunion.

Tip #1. Use your reunion location’s chamber of commerce or convention and visitors bureau to assist with your planning. They provide an incredible amount of information, can assist you in checking rates, and provide helpful visitor guides. Not only are their services free, you can get all you need in one stop. Just check out their websites and see for yourself.

Tip #2. Before you jump ahead to decide all the attractions you would like to enjoy, be timely about reserving your lodging. We suggest trying one or more of our super spacious vacation homes or villas. This way you can ensure you have a headquarters for your reunion that will comfortably accommodate all your family members. Once you have confirmed the “where”, everything else gets easier. Remember, the sooner you book the rental, the sooner you can start planning all the activities. One of the perks of acting as the group leader is that you can always stake your claim to the bedroom of your choice. And, it makes it so much easier on the rest of the family.

Tip #3. Get everyone involved. You can create committees and delegate various tasks and responsibilities to other family members. This not only spreads out the work but gives everyone a sense of unity in making the event a success. Consider forming committees to research family history, to coordinate travel, accounting, to preserve the event via photos and videos, and to research and recommend attractions and entertainment.

Tip #4. Plan your group’s activities. There will be a nearly endless list of things to do but not everyone will want to do everything. Find out things that everyone would like to partake in and you’ll be more successful creating the ultimate family reunion. Your clan may prefer a picnic and day trip to Brookgreen Gardens, a fun-filled day at a Water Park, an evening at a professional baseball game, time on the beach, local musical shows, or serious retail therapy. There are lots of opportunities to do things together that are FREE. Have some laughs and create some great memories by using your family members as the entertainment. Host a family talent show, tell stories, sing karaoke, or spend time doing interesting arts and crafts.

Tip #5. Decide on a theme. Keep it simple - something easy like a beach or tropical theme. Not only can you participate in beach activities and have fun in the sun, you can take advantage of all the surrounding attractions near the beach. Take these tips into consideration when you start organizing your family reunion and you should have smooth sailing.

Speaking of sailing and smooth segues, you’ll find a host of exciting water activities your family can enjoy during your reunion. We can recommend several sites that offer parasailing, banana boat and speedboat rides, and eco-tours, and more. The guided Jet Ski Dolphin Tour lets you see Dolphins up close after a fun trip shredding through the calm waters of the Intracoastal Waterway.

For more fun with live animals, there are two attractions that are perfect for you. Alligator Adventure at Barefoot Landing has live shows where you can watch in amazement as 15 foot gators leap from the water to clamp down on dinner dangling above them. They also hold lectures and teach you how to handle alligators or snakes. You’ll be able to touch the animals, get your photograph taken with them, and have any questions answered by their highly trained staff.

For something really different and exciting, try a trek to the T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station. It features some of the world’s rarest tigers and you can see them up-close and un-caged. You can get even closer, with the option of cuddling up with a cub and having your picture taken while they crawl on your lap.

For even more fun and “hands on” thrills, take the T.I.G.E.R.S. Wild Encounter Tour, located just south of Myrtle Beach airport. You can interact with uncaged apes, chimpanzees, and orangutans. While on this guided walk through the breathtaking 50-acre preserves you will meet Bubbles, the 4-ton lovable elephant, along with an array of other animals. You may even have an encounter with a real LIGER, the largest cat on record (a liger is the cross between a male lion and female tiger).

Get involved with our local history with a spine-chillin’, spooky, supernatural twist. Ghosts and Legends at Barefoot Landing will provide a unique experience whether you opt for the Ghost Walk, the Ghost Show, Blackbeard’s Séance, or the Psychic Walk. Embark on a journey to hear fascinating tales from “other” and enjoy moonlit excursions accompanied by friendly, knowledgeable guides.

If you prefer not to be bound to the ground, try a helicopter ride for a change of pace. Accommodating up to four passengers per flight, the scenic rides capture the beach’s grand beauty from above. A helicopter ride might not be a traditional family reunion experience, but it could certainly be an unforgettable one.