The Trembley Group Real Estate Sales Executives love living and playing in Myrtle Beach and along the Grand Strand. There’s so much variety. That’s part of the reason they live here. The area is constantly changing. It changes with the time of day, it changes with the weather, and it changes with the seasons. The summer is nice, but every season has something to offer. Everyone has a favorite season and for some (especially those who moved from a northern state) winter is the best time of year.
The February Myrtle beach weather is mild. Myrtle Beach averages daily February temperatures ranging between 60 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius) to 39 °F(4 °C). The crowds are smaller and the temperature is just about perfect for long walks on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk or on the empty 60 miles of Grand Strand beaches.
Searching for Shells
Living anywhere along the Grand Strand is never very far from a beach. In fact, the beach may be right outside your door. So why not take advantage of it? Winter is the perfect time to search for shells. Grab a bag and head out to the beach. During the off-season, there’s a better chance at finding what you are looking for since a lot fewer people will be out shell hunting during the month of February. If you pay attention, you may even spot a few shark’s teeth on your walk! The best time for shelling is right before or right after high tide.
February 17 – 18, 10:00am
Myrtle Beach Convention Center
2100 Oak Street Myrtle Beach, SC 29526
The Horry Georgetown Home Builders Association’s Home Show is a Trembley Group Real Estate annual favorite. It’s a source for everything that’s needed for a home – inside and out.
If thinking about buying a home, making improvements to an existing home, or just looking for great ideas – the Home Show is the right place to start looking! This is the place to come and talk to the best on the building industry. There will be builders and remodelers with years of experience and knowledge to make a dream home a reality.
If you need a new roof, HVAC system, countertops, or window and doors, specialty contractors will be there, too. And what about turning a backyard into an outdoor living space? There will be landscape designers, landscapers, and contractors who specialize in pools, spas, sunrooms, outdoor kitchens and much more.
The Home Show has something for everyone. There will be more than 200 exhibitors showcasing their products and services. This is the perfect opportunity to research many different high-quality companies and products all in one place and in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Whether considering a specific project or just looking for ideas, this show has a lot to offer.
The specialty contractors will have impressive product displays. Like Trembley Group Real Estate Sales Executives, these specialty contractors are experts and can answer questions while giving helpful ideas about achieving personal goals.
Another popular show attraction is the informative workshops, seminars, and special events. The seminars and workshops are presented by industry experts who give advice on energy conservation, gardening and landscaping, and interior design. Attendees can sample food, learn new things, ask questions, and have fun. Check out the show schedule for a full list of times of the various events.
There will also be exhibits by some local, non-profits. Coastal Animal Rescue, is hosting a Silent Auction including pet and home products with all proceeds from the auction going to the care of homeless animals. They’re also bringing some cute, furry and adoptable friends who are looking for a forever home. The Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild will have an exhibit with paintings and crafts by talented members of our community. The Horry Georgetown Home Builders Association is committed to supporting local charitable groups to help make our community a better and stronger place.
February 24, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
3302 Robert M Grissom Pkwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Most everyone is familiar with the expression, the “Grand Strand” as one of the common names for the 60 continuous miles of beach running from Little River on the North Carolina border to Winyah Bay in Georgetown. The term Grand Strand dates back to November 19, 1949, The Myrtle Beach Sun column titled “From the Grandstand” and another titled “From the Grand Strand” on December 3, 1949, in The Myrtle Beach News. “Strand” itself derives from the German Strand, meaning “beach.”
Not as many people know that long before it was the Grand Strand, the area was known as Long Bay. The name dates to the 18th century and is the inspiration for the local symphony’s name, the Long Bay Symphony.
Founded in 1987 by a local music store owner, the symphony’s mission has always been to “enhance the cultural and artistic environment” of the Grand Strand. Think Bach, Handel, Tchaikovsky, and all of the other composers whose work is still being played.
Throughout the year, the orchestra performs a Classical Series with full orchestra, a Chamber Music Series with a smaller, 25 – 50 musician lineup, and a Pops Series that covers more familiar genres such as Motown. Last year, total attendance for all performances exceeded 20,000 people.
Long Bay Symphony also takes pride in its youth and outreach programs, by helping train young musicians, and exposing thousands of Horry County students to classical music each year.
On February 24, The Carolina Master Chorale will join the Long Bay Symphony for the 9th annual Bravo Broadway performance. The performance is presented by the Myrtle Beach Rotary and will feature an evening of Broadway classics. Special guests Capathia Jenkins, Hugh Panero, and Morgan James will perform with the Long Bay Symphony and the Carolina Master Chorale.
The Carolina Master Chorale is recognized as the premiere symphonic chorus in the region. It is the oldest community singing organization in the area surrounding Myrtle Beach. The Chorale celebrates its 35th Anniversary Concert Season this year under the artistic leadership of the ensemble’s fourth and current Music Director, Timothy Koch.
For reservations or more information: (843) 448-8379 or (843) 503-2794
February 25, 11:00am – 6:00pm
4500 US Highway 17 Bypass South, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
For The Trembley Group Sales Executives, one favorite Grand Strand nonprofit is the Surfrider Foundation. The foundation’s local chapter is committed to keeping the Strand’s beaches and waves clean, educating the public, and protecting beach access. Their mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves, and beaches through a powerful grassroots network.
On February 25 from 11 AM until 6 PM, the Surfrider Foundation invites every visitor and resident of the Grand Strand to its Fifth Annual Oyster Roast and Bloody Mary Contest. The event is co-hosted by New South Brewing, Tito’s Vodka, Surfwater Screen printing, The local Skateboard Company, and Wave 104.1, the Grand Strand’s classic rock.
All-U-Can-Eat Oysters. What’s left to say? The 5th Annual Surfrider Oyster Roast & Bloody Mary Contest will be held at “On the Halfshell” on US 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet. Come ready to eat and shop for hand-crafted collectibles from the more than 50 local artists and vendors. Live music that will last through the evening. All profit will go back into the community.
Guests 21 and up can purchase sampling tickets for the Bloody Marys. Show your ID, buy tickets redeemable for 3oz Bloody Mary samples from 11am-5pm, and cast your vote for this year’s People’s Choice Award! Participants will also receive a souvenir Surfrider tasting glass. Last year, the event hosted over 30 Bloody Mary teams from local families, businesses, and restaurants with a variety of recipes and garnishes. New South Brewery will be offering $4 drafts, too!
All-you-can-eat oysters are $25 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
“On the Half Shell” will serve a limited event menu and host an After Party with live music and a bonfire from 6-10pm at the Tiki Bar. Everyone is invited to stick around and keep rockin’!
There has never been a better time nor a more fun way to make a difference in our community than shucking oysters, drinking Bloody Marys, listening to live music, and perusing a variety of vendors. To learn more and to see how you can help the Surfrider Foundation make a difference, visit their website and join them for bloody marys and oysters on the half shell on February 25 from 11 AM until 6 PM.
Considered one of the most outstanding gifts to wildlife conservation in North America, The Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center was willed to the SC Department of Natural Resources in 1976 by the late Tom Yawkey and is one of The Trembley Group Real Estate Sales Executives’ favorite day trip destinations.
Tom Yawkey, longtime owner of the Boston Red Sox, was one of the largest land donors to the state of South Carolina. He inherited the land from an uncle and he and his wife spent winters there.
Yawkey was an avid outdoorsman and loved bird-watching. Through the years, he added to his holdings and preserved the land for wildlife. Yawkey donated 20,000 acres of land along the shoreline in George town County to South Carolina. The Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center includes marshes, wetlands, forests, and beaches. It is home to hundreds of species of wildlife including alligators and is a habitat for more than 200 species of migratory birds, eagles, and other endangered species. The beaches are considered excellent nesting locations for the threatened loggerhead sea turtle.
The Wildlife Center embraces North Island, South Island, and most of Cat Island, three coastal islands located at the mouth of Winyah Bay in Georgetown County, SC. Composed of approximately 31 square miles of marsh, managed wetlands, forest openings, ocean beach, longleaf pine forest and maritime forest, the Center is principally dedicated as a wildlife preserve, research area and waterfowl refuge.
Those familiar with the preserve’s recent history know the present-day Wildlife Center has gradually changed from a hunting preserve to a waterfowl refuge over the years. Since post-Civil War Reconstruction, marshlands around Winyah Bay and the Santee Delta have been highly valued for waterfowl. When the former South Island Plantation came into the Department’s hands, Yawkey had managed it in recent decades as a game preserve primarily for waterfowl. Before the end of Yawkey’s ownership, the South Island preserve earned the reputation as one of the most outstanding waterfowl refuges on the Atlantic Flyway.
To ensure his conservation practices would be advanced beyond his lifetime, Yawkey bequeathed the property to the SC DNR to be used for all time for wildlife management, education, and research. A $10,000,000 perpetual trust fund was also left to the Yawkey Foundation Trustees who grant income from the fund for the property’s total operation.
Yawkey’s will is a tribute to his foresight as a conservationist, for the property’s preservation not only cements the linkage among some 66 miles of publicly owned pristine beachfront stretching toward Charleston but also provides an excellent 20,000-acre field laboratory where the potential for research is unlimited. The will stipulates that the islands will be used essentially as they were under Yawkey’s stewardship. This site is NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. One may visit only with special permission. Guided tours are available by reservation September through May on Tuesday and Wednesday only from 10 AM to 2 PM. Tours are often booked months in advance.
To check the availability of the tours listed below and reserve a spot, please contact the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center office by email at WhamP@dnr.sc.gov, by phone at 843-546-6814 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm or leave a message on the answering machine. Reservations are required for all tours and there is no charge. Weekly Educational Field Trips typically run in all weather conditions but other events may be weather dependent. There are no facilities on the wildlife center so participants need to bring drinking water and a bag lunch.
Educational Field Trip
When: Most Wednesdays and Thursdays, September through May, 10:00am
Length: Approximately four hours
Limited to 14 people
Experience a bus guided tour with SCDNR staff around the 24,000 acre Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center. Participants are introduced to the history of the islands, drive through various wildlife habitats and historic sites, and hear about the legacy of Tom and Jean Yawkey. The activity level of this trip is easy but participants do have to maneuver two floating docks as they board a pontoon boat for a short ride across the Intracoastal Waterway.
Birding the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center
When: February 13, 10:00am
Length: Approximately four hours
Limited to 14 people
Join SCDNR staff for a birding trip through the various habitats on Cat and South Islands. The locations will be determined based on what birds are in residence but will primarily include brackish marshes, managed wetlands, and longleaf pine stands. The activity level of this trip is strenuous with several miles of walking involved.
A Walk Through History
When: February 20, 10:00am
Length: Approximately four hours
Limited to 14 people
Experience this “off-the-bus” opportunity to take a closer look at some of the historic sites of the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center. Sites visited include a former sawmill along Winyah Bay and Civil War fortifications. The activity level of this trip is strenuous with several miles of walking involved.
The SCDNR staff will also host programs later in the spring on The History and Ecology of the Longleaf Pine Forest, Rice Culture, and Paint the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center, an opportunity for artists to experience en plein air painting opportunities around the property. Legendary American artist Andrew Wyeth painted on the Cat Island portion of the property in the 1930’s.
Directions to Property
Travel south on US Hwy 17 over the Sampit River via the Sylvan Rosen Bridge. After crossing the bridge, proceed about 1/4 mile and turn left onto South Island Road (This turn is similar to a fork in the road & you will be turning just before you reach the gas station). Travel South Island Road for about 8 miles. The road will dead end at the South Island boat landing.
Reach the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center near Georgetown at (843) 546-6814.
Don’t forget that February 14th is Valentine’s Day and Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand has many excellent restaurants to enjoy. Valentine’s Day is a busy day here so reservations are encouraged. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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