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Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art

Litchfield Beach   |   08 Nov 2015

Now in its 22nd season, the event continues to showcase the spirit of the place and its people.

The festival, if comparisons must be made, is Pawleys Island’s version of Spoleto Festival USA, minus the global glamour á la Charleston-style.

It is, nonetheless, special in its own right.

“Well, as far as I know, we are the only festival that lasts two weeks with live entertainment virtually every evening,” said Susan Bryant, sales and marketing director of Strand Media Group. “We bring talent [in] that has never been along the Grand Strand or in [the] Lowcountry before.”

Connoisseurs of grand music and fine art consume a smorgasbord of stellar entertainment.

“The…festival is held outdoors under a huge performance tent so we can enjoy the beauty of our luscious landscapes as well as the seasonal weather,” Bryant said. “A festival in the fall brings cool…evenings with a perfect blend of sunlight and sunset throughout the festival period. This year we are holding the festival at The Reserve Golf Club of Pawleys Island, a beautiful property. The performance tent will be situated near the clubhouse overlooking the 18th hole at The Reserve.”

Young@Heart, a chorus of senior citizens from New England that performs internationally, will have a show at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort’s Tara Theater. Admission is free. Call 843-626-8911 to make reservations.

The group dazzles audiences with covers, including Broadway and rock ‘n’ roll songs. The current members are 73 to 89. The original group, which was formed in 1982, included folks who lived through both World Wars. Other festival entertainers include: Legends of Motown starring Horizon, a Detroit-trio that sings Motown hits; Mac Arnold and Plate Full o’ Blues (Arnold played with James Brown in a high school band); and Deborah Silver, a Mississippi native who is a vocalist and actress. Each of the aforementioned entertainers will perform at The Reserve. Ticket prices and times vary. Go to for more details and to purchase tickets.

“We research and strive to bring the finest in performing as well [as] visual arts to the area every year, focusing on all genres of music from pop to country, jazz to Broadway, blues to opera and so much more,” Bryant said.

Arguably one of the festival’s most unique components is Chalk Under the Oaks, a free event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at The Reserve.

Artists will create their works on the golf club’s asphalt pavement, with the best of show winning $500.
Salve and sustenance for the soul also makes its presence known.

The Pawleys Island Wine Gala takes place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at The Reserve.
People can sample nearly 70 wines from distinguished vineyards around the globe, while enjoying hors d'oeuvres. The wine gala will also include a three-hour dessert tasting, live entertainment and a complimentary wine glass. Tickets are $85 each but will increase to $100 per person after Sept. 15.
The Wearable Art Luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Tommy Bahama at The Market Common.

The strolling fashion show will highlight stylish new trends and wearable art and jewelry made by local artists. At the event, attendees can bid on unusual art, jewelry, scarves, hats and other unique gifts in a silent auction.

The luncheon is a festival fundraiser, with 50 percent of the net proceeds benefitting the Kathyrn Bryan Metts Visual Arts Scholarship.
Metts, a resident of Georgetown who had roots in Burlington, N.C., was a well-known artist who died in 2006 from cancer. She was 59.
“We began the Kathryn Bryan Metts Scholarship three years ago for deserving fine arts students,” Bryant said.

To help fund the scholarship, Bryan Metts’ family is allowing 150 Giclée replicas (fine art digital prints made on inkjet printers) of “The Red Fish Inn” to be created from their collection. Each will sell for $200.
For more information about the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art, which is a nonprofit dedicated to heightening cultural awareness while enhancing the lives of residents and visitors through programs, performances and education, call 843-626-8911 or email

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