Arts and Culture 2011

Amy Holtcamp



Swing, rock and kick up your heels at Pawleys Island festival

Posted 9/18/2011 9:33:00 PM

On any given week, Pawleys Island is a fantastic place to visit. It’s home to two of my absolute favorite places: Atalaya, the beautiful Moorish-inspired home of artist Anna Huntington and her husband, Archer; and Brookgreen Gardens, the magnificent sculpture garden they created to house her work. There are miles of beaches, great golf, and restaurants that have put even my elastic waistbands to the test. But for two weeks a year, Pawleys Island gets even better.

Beginning Sept. 18 and running through Oct. 2, Pawleys Island hosts the annual Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art, a non-stop program that combines gallery exhibits, concerts, film theater along with a rich appreciation for the culinary arts.

This year, the band Spyro Gyra is headlining the festival. Spyro Gyra’s music combines jazz with elements of funk and R&B to create a distinctive sound that has garnered them numerous Grammy Awards. Their concert will be held at Brookgreen Gardens on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $35.

There also will be performances by some other great musical acts at Brookgreen Gardens. The Kickin Grass Band will play as part of Bluegrass Under the Oaks. Ball in the House is a classic harmony band (think Boyz to Men or the Temptations) that sings entirely a cappella. David Osborne has been called “the pianist to the Presidents” after his many command performances at the White House. The David Osbourne trio will play a mix of standards, Broadway hits, jazz and patriotic songs at Brookgreen on Sept. 30.

The Hit Men consists of three of Frankie Valli’s Original Four Seasons and delights audiences with classic hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Their concert will be the “table event” for this year’s festival. Each year, at one event, guests reserve tables and decorate them. Decorations range from simple and fun to beautifully elaborate, and prizes are given out in categories like “Best of the Lowcountry,” “Best Theme,” and “Most Creative.” To reserve a table call the festival office at (843) 626-8911 for groups of 8, 10 or 12. You will need to have names of all those at your table.

Other festival events will include documentaries like Uncommon Folk, an hour-long program that highlights the work of unique, self-taught South Carolina artists and Saving Sandy Island, about the struggle to preserve the Gullah community and culture of the island. There also will be a gallery crawl that will include galleries stretching from Murrells Inlet to Georgetown.

Click here for more information on the festival and a complete schedule of events.