This March, the Myrtle Beach area is celebrating the 53rd Annual Canadian-American Days Festival by welcoming Canadian and American visitors with a lineup of fun events and concerts taking place along the Grand Strand.
From March 8 through March 16, 2014, Can-Am Days attendees can choose from a variety of free events and activities including band concerts, St. Patrick’s Day parade and dance and more.
“Can-Am Days is a wonderful celebration of our snowbird visitors from the north, who escape the cold and snow for the moderate climate and wealth of attractions in the Myrtle Beach area,” said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “A lot of our Canadian guests have been traveling to our destination for decades, and we strive to create new memories for each generation with each festival and event.”
Before the fun officially kicks off on March 8, the Canadian Consulate will welcome visitors on March 7 who are in town for this year’s Can-Am Days. An information booth will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 1200 N. Oak St., in Myrtle Beach.
A complete event listing for the 53rd Annual Canadian-American Days Festival can be found online. Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored events will include the following:
Monday, March 10, 2014
53rd Annual Canadian American Days Festival Concert Series Kickoff at Broadway at the Beach
Celebrity Square at Broadway at the Beach, 1325 Celebrity Circle in Myrtle Beach. Performers include The Burlington Teen Tour Band, Searson, The Andrew Thielen Big Band and others. Admission is free. Sponsored by TD Bank and Myrtle Beach Mobile.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
North Strand’s Can-Am Days Festival Community Concert at Myrtle Beach Mall
Myrtle Beach Mall, 10177 N. Kings Hwy., in Myrtle Beach. The Burlington Teen Tour Band will provide live entertainment beginning at 12 p.m. Admission is free.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
South Strand’s Can-Am Days Festival Community Concert at Inlet Square Mall
Inlet Square Mall, 10125 U.S. 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet. The Burlington Teen Tour Band will provide live entertainment beginning at 10 a.m. Admission is free.
Friday, March 14, 2014
Can-Am Days Festival Community Concert at Coastal Grand Mall
Coastal Grand Mall, 2000 Coastal Grand Circle in Myrtle Beach. The Burlington Teen Tour Band will provide live entertainment beginning at 12 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information, call Kema Faulk at (843) 916-7276.
Construction on the new Myrtle Beach Sports Center is set to begin Feb. 24, 2014, with completion expected one year later, on Feb. 24, 2015.
The indoor tournament facility is being built adjacent to the existing Myrtle Beach Convention Center. When complete, it will include hardwood floors for eight full-sized basketball courts or 16 volleyball courts and can be configured for a variety of other indoor sports.
For visiting teams and players, the Myrtle Beach Sports Center also will feature a café and retail area, an entertainment zone and a 1,500-seat telescopic bleacher system.
This week, the City of Myrtle Beach will sign a contract with Dargan Construction of Myrtle Beach to build the 100,000-square foot facility. Including 500 additional parking spaces, the sports center is valued at approximately $13 million.
“We are excited to get vertical construction underway on this indoor tournament venue,” Mayor John Rhodes said. “In fact, we are already accepting events for 2015. Having the sports center next to the convention center nearly doubles the available floor space at that location. And we’re especially pleased at how well it complements our outdoor sports venues at Grand Park and elsewhere.”
Several events already are scheduled for March 2015 at the Sports Center, according to officials with the City of Myrtle Beach. They include:
• A 48-to-64 team volleyball tournament the weekend of March 7, 2015.
• A 128 team volleyball tournament the weekend of March 21, 2015.
• A cheerleading competition the weekend of March 28, 2015.
From April 4 through August 1, 2015, 17 additional tournaments already are booked at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center, according to officials with the City of Myrtle Beach. In its first year, the indoor sports complex is projected to generate $6.9 million in direct visitor spending. By its fifth year, that number is expected to reach $28.4 million annually. Two-thirds of the additional visitor revenue will occur outside of the peak summer tourism season.
On March 8 through March 16, 2014, a week of fun will begin in Myrtle Beach. The 53rd Canadian American days festival offers activities for everyone. March 10 starts the concert series hosted by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. The lineup of artists will be posted on their website shortly. The Ocean Boulevard’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration will be held on March 15, along with the North Myrtle Beach parade and festival. For those of you who like to stay fit and healthy, the Tilted Kilt offers a Kilt Run at Broadway at the Beach. To learn more about all the excitement of the Can-Am festival, check out the Myrtle Beach Events website.
On April 22, 2014, at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting of 2014. The morning will begin with Joel Manby, President and CEO of Herschen Family Entertainment, speaking about business, leadership, and employee relations.
The afternoon will finish up with an awards luncheon and the announcement of the winners of the Business Awards. Do not forget to nominate your business by March 7 at 5 p.m! The nomination form is online along with the registration form for the meeting. For more details about the meeting visit our website.
The official South Carolina Hall of Fame board of trustees have announced the 2014 inductees, one contemporary and one deceased. Marian Wright Edelman, an advocate for disadvantaged Americans and a civil rights activist, was selected by the board. The late Septima Poinsette Clark, an American educator and civil rights activist, is also being recognized for her accomplishments.
Both inductees will be honored at a formal ceremony on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public. Speakers will include: Brad Dean, president of the S.C. Hall of Fame; Dr. Leo Twiggs, chairman of the board of trustees for the S.C. Hall of Fame; and John Rhodes, mayor of the city of Myrtle Beach.
The Official S.C. Hall of Fame is located in the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, where attendees to the induction ceremony will be able to learn more about all past inductees.
Below is some information on the 2014 inductees:
Marian Wright Edelman is a native of Bennettsville. She is the founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, and has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life. A graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, Edelman was the first black woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar and directed the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund office in Jacksonville, Miss.
Septima Poinsette Clark (May 3, 1898 – Dec. 15, 1987) was a Charleston native. She developed the literacy and citizenship workshops that played an important role in the drive for both voting and civil rights for African Americans in the American Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King, Jr., commonly referred to Clark as the “Mother of the Movement.”
To learn more about the South Carolina Hall of Fame check out the website.
The Myrtle Beach area is once again playing host to the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championships March 4 through March 9, 2014. Twenty-three teams will thrill fans with plenty of hoops action that will be played at Coastal Carolina University’s HTC Center.
As exciting as the action is sure to be on the court, there are plenty of opportunities for fun and excitement off the court during these six days of competition. A number of the Myrtle Beach area’s finest resorts and attractions are offering specials throughout the championships. They can be found at visitmyrtlebeach.com/bigsouth.
One of the most popular features from the 2013 Big South Championships was the large sand sculpture that was created using 150 tons of sand. Another sculpture is set to be constructed for the 2014 edition.
“The Big South Championships are a time for not only the teams and coaches to shine, but the Myrtle Beach area as well,” said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “We’re putting our best foot forward to make sure everyone coming for these great basketball championships has a wonderful experience at our fantastic beach destination.” This is the second year the Big South Championships are being played in Myrtle Beach, as part of a three-year agreement with the conference. In 2013, the championships attracted 26,336 fans to the Myrtle Beach area.
“I don’t know that we can find a better partner for our basketball championships than VisitMyrtleBeach.com. From the basketball venue to the hospitality to the entertainment options, everything was tremendous in our first year at Myrtle Beach,” said Kyle Kallander, commissioner of the Big South Conference. “Our student-athletes and their fans all had a wonderful experience. As I travel around the conference, it has become apparent to me that the reputation of the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championships has grown. Big South basketball fans are looking forward to experiencing Myrtle Beach Madness the first week in March.”
A game schedule and other information about the Big South Championships can be found at visitmyrtlebeach.com/bigsouth.
Are you a small business owner or interested in entrepreneurship? Make plans to attend the Women’s Leadership Pre-Conference Workshops on Feb. 26, 2014, 1-5:15 p.m. in Myrtle Beach. Then stay for the Women’s Leadership Conference and Celebration of Inspiring Women on Feb. 27. All programs will be held at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.
Pre-conference workshops offer you the chance to take away the tools you need to be more successful in running your business. If you are thinking about beginning a business, this is a great place to start! There will be a session just for the budding entrepreneur to help you navigate the waters of beginning your business.
Hear from the following speakers:
Terry Haas, Television Personality, Author, Public Speaker, Real Estate Agent, Home Staging Consultant
Betsy Bailey, Health Information Associates
Sassy Henry, Palmetto Cheese
JouJou Safa, BiJuJu
Janet Graham, Small Business Development Center
Bring plenty of business cards for the Networking Reception set for 5-6:30 p.m. This is a terrific way to wrap up the day as you make great contacts and connections.
The cost for the pre-conference workshops is $50 if you are a member of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce; nonmembers $75. You may also register for the networking reception only for $25.
Pre-conference workshops and the networking reception are presented by Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.
For more information and to register, visit WIPLConference.com or call (843) 349-5033.