In literature, New Year’s comes with a mix of humor and optimism.
Founding father Benjamin Franklin had a saying when it came to turning the calendar. “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man,” he said. Wonder if he ever rang in a new year on the South Strand?
Regardless, YOU can, and here’s how.
It’s more than the official ushering out of the old year and welcoming of the new. Here are a few things you might not know about New Year’s.
Americans pour 360 million glasses for New Year’s. Champagne debuted in the 17th century, coinciding with the cork’s invention
Roundness signifies wealth in the Philippines. Celebrations there involved anything round, including wearing polka dots and eating circular foods.
There was a ball atop England’s Royal Observatory in Greenwich. It dropped at 1 a.m. daily, starting in 1833. It helped captains coordinate navigation tools.
We often make general New Year’s resolutions. But what if we entered 2023 with a wish jar instead? This two-hour pottery class will allow you to use clay and tools to make your own. There’s a 2- to 3-week turnaround on kiln firings.
When: Dec. 27, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Rooted Beauty Pottery
Recommended: Make a day of it with a round of golf at nearby Blackmoor Golf Club. Many consider the course Gary Player’s finest design.
Were you a teenager during the British Invasion in the 60s? Relive those times with a live performance by The English Channel at Smuggler’s Den. They’ll ring in the new year at midnight London time: 7 p.m. local.
When: Dec. 31, 5 p.m.
Where: Smuggler’s Den (4660 Highway 17, Murrells Inlet)
Recommended: Have a late lunch or early dinner here. The Shepherd’s Pie and Prime Rib are locals’ and visitors’ favorites.
The ball drop is a fixture of Americana. If you can’t make it to NYC, the Market Common has you covered. There will be a live telecast on a jumbo screen, a mirror ball drop at midnight, live music, and more. Who needs the Big Apple?
When: 9 p.m.
Where: The Market Common
Recommended: Upgrade your wardrobe in style at J. Jill at Market Common before the event. Grab a pitcher, some sliders, and a few frames of bowling at 810 Billiards & Bowling, too.
Settle in for a relaxing stroll through a spectacular display. See Brookgreen Gardens, already breathtaking, with 2,700 hand-lit candles lighting the way. Enjoy a warm cup of cider and holiday music throughout the grounds.
When: Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Brookgreen Gardens
Recommended: Come early and tour the gardens. They’re a sight to behold, even without the lights. Towering oaks, incredible sculptures, and more await.
Doesn’t this place feel like New Year’s on a typical Saturday night anyway? The fun, the view, and the music are always free. Such a joy. Indulge in fresh lobster at The Claw House. Enjoy cocktails and steak at The Wicked Tuna.
When: When can you be there?
Where: The Marshwalk
Recommended: Many restaurants are open until. You’re sure to find a fun crowd for New Year’s and plenty of ways to celebrate.
It’s no accident folks find fun and relaxation at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort. You’ll enjoy nice rooms with lots of amenities and space when you arrive. A round of golf at the nearby Willbrook Plantation is a great idea.