Cool Summer Evenings
Wednesday - Friday, June 12 - August 9
After a day at the beach, visit the gardens in the cool of the evening when we remain open until 9 p.m.! Enjoy outdoor theater, concerts, and special programs just for kids. Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission and are free to members. Creek Cruises are $7 in addition to admission.
Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to be more comfortable during the performances. On Wednesday and Friday evenings, the Pavilion Restaurant offers dinner until 8 p.m. and desserts and beverage are available for purchase on the Pavilion Patio during the concerts. On Thursday evenings. the Courtyard Cafe is open until 7 p.m.
7 p.m. Wednesday nights
'This Wooden O' - Shakespeare in the Garden
This Wooden O refers to Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London and is a high-energy, family-friendly entertainment featuring actors from Coastal Carolina University’s theatre program. The production features scenes, songs and sonnets from many of Shakespeare’s most popular plays and includes high comedy, chase scenes and a contemporary take on the Bard of Avon’s work, as well as audience participation. It is directed by John Woodson a talented actor and director with more than thirty years of professional experience. His New York productions include; Jason in the Broadway production of Medea, starring Dame Diana Rigg; Kent in King Lear with Hal Holbrook at The Roundabout Theatre (Gerald Freedman directing). John was also a founding company member at Signature Theatre Company. He is presently on faculty at Coastal Carolina University where he has directed productions of; Miss Julie, The Philadelphia Story, Bigfoot and Other Lost Souls and On the Verge.
5 p.m. - Jerry Walls - Animal Program- former Naturalist for the City of Houston, professional bird guide and co-star of CBS television's 'Carolina Safari', will present educational and interactive programs featuring his collection of live animals. Each week there will be a different animal focus. Programs will be held at the Campbell Center for American Sculpture outdoor patio (in the Brookgreen Zoo area), rain or shine and last about one hour.
June 13 Snakes Alive
June 20 Animal Tracks-Nature Detective
June 27 Turtles and Tortoises-Have Shell Will Travel
July 4 Black Bears in SC
July 11 Butterflies and Moths
July 18 Venomous Snakes of Coastal SC
July 25 Trees-Rivers of Life
August 1 Amazing Alligators
August 8 Mammals-Are We One?
6 p.m. Live Performances in the Enchanted Storybook Forest
Each week, one of the storybook houses in our new interactive exhibit area beside the Whispering Wings Butterfly House will come alive! One of the characters from a classic story or nursery rhyme will be on hand to thrill kids of all ages. Costumed and ready to engage our audiences, actors from Conway’s Theatre of the Republic will share their versions of these tales.
July 4 Cinderella
July 11 Witch from Hansel and Gretel
July 18 Rapunzel
July 25 Cat in the Hat
August 1 Snow White
August 8 Pirate from Treasure Island
6 p.m. Cooking with Kids
Join us for an hands-on demonstration when Chef Carlton Hennigan engages kids (and parents) in preparing dishes they will love while they learn about nutrition, food science, and kitchen safety. Our cooking demos have received rave reviews from past participants! $20 for adults and $10 for children (age 7 -12). Call for reservations, space is limited. (843) 235-6016. Cooking with kids is in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium.
5 p.m., 6 p.m. & 7 p.m. A Pirate’s Journey Along the Creek
Ahoy, mateys! Come aboard and journey back in time to the exciting days when colorful pirates traveled through these Carolina waterways. Discover how to be an adventurous pirate, and find out about famous Carolina pirates like Blackbeard and Anne Bonny. Travel down the Brookgreen Gardens creeks as you follow a treasure map to the hidden treasure. Arrrgh… don’t be a landlubber and miss the boat! See you on board! (Regular Creek Excursion tickets required) Watch a quick video of the pirate cruise below.
7 p.m. Friday night ‘Concerts on the Lawn’
July 12 – An Evening with Elise Testone -THE CONCERT WILL BE HELD RAIN OR SHINE
Elise Testone is a singer and songwriter from Kinnelon, New Jersey who has spent the past year embarking on an ambitious journey competing on the 11th season of American Idol. Testone placed 6th overall, with her standout performance being her rendition of Led Zeppelin’s anthem “Whole Lotta Love.” The performance gained a standing ovation from celebrity judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson. The past year has been a whirlwind tour spanning a 46 city tour across the U.S. for American Idol.
July 19 – Stirling Bridge
Stirling Bridge blends classic bagpipe sounds with hard-driving Carolina rock 'n' roll!
These four seasoned, professional musicians bring the party with a good-time,
foot-stompin' Celtic rock show.
July 26 – TruSol
Tru Sol has had the attention of audiences all over the Grand Strand since they first arrived on the scene in November 2004. These fun-filled entertainers take pride in their soulful renditions of classics from the Motown era up to the present hip hop and R&B.. Their performances are electrifying and guaranteed to keep the crowd moving.
August 2 – The Paul Grimshaw Band
The Paul Grimshaw Band, formed in Myrtle Beach in 2000, insists on variety in its choice of material. Playing the songs discriminating crowds know and love from virtually every genre, oldies to modern, helps keep the act busy on the Grand Strand. Regulars at Margaritaville, Hard Rock Café, and along the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk, PGB is well-known to music-lovers, young and old, including loyal locals and returning visitors. The four piece act includes Grimshaw (acoustic guitar and lead vocals), Rob Amodio (drums/vocals), Marc Serio (bass/vocals) and Tom Hanlon (lead guitar/vocals)
August 9 – The Fabulous SandSations
The "Fabulous SandSations" Band has a great way of entertaining a crowd with favorite dance hits from the 50's to today. But they can't get away from that Carolina Beach Music fever for the shaggers in the crowd. With Blues and Boogie tunes to dance to and don't forget their most requested song from the show "Soul Train" where all the crowd gets up and starts the "Love Train".
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