Friday, March 25, 2011

50th Annual Canadian-American Days, Myrtle Beach

Last week (14-20 March) was the 50th Annual Can-Am Days Festival sponsored by the area Chamber of Commerce and RBC Bank (Royal Bank of Canada), in the Myrtle Beach area. This is a week that we have been enjoying for the past three years and always look forward to.

On Monday afternoon we went to the Inlet Square Mall in Murrell's Inlet to enjoy a concert series featuring The Top Hat Marching Orchestra and No Strings Attached from Burlington, Ontario. There was a great turnout and the music was very enjoyable.

Then we enjoyed a little local flavour with the Mixed Creed Gospel Quarlet. Another very enjoyable performance.

On Tuesday evening we went along to the Beach Church to hear a little east coast and Irish music. We were first entertained by The Beaton Family, with Andrea Beaton, her Dad Ken and Mom Betty Lou, from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Joining them was Kimberly Fraser, also from Cape Breton, but now living in Boston. It was a great concert with lots of great fiddle music, toes tapping and hands clapping.

Searson, an Irish band from Ottawa, Ontario followed. Another very lively performance. Maybe a little too lively for the older folk in the audience...

Wednesday was the 17th Annual Wildlife and History Day at Huntington Beach State Park. Since we are "snowbird" members of the local Grand Strand Shelling Club of the area, we offered to help in the morning with our shell display at the Park.

Not only do we display shells, from the local area and worldwide, but some members bring along their display of sharks teeth.

Our friend Irm, always has such lovely displays. She is such a creative person. Here are several of her new displays, featuring all local beach treasures.

Crab Shells
Star Fish

Sea Urchins

There were other activities on the grounds of Atalaya, including music by a local musician, Wendell Matthews.

This year Park Ranger Mike needed bird decoys painted so people were asked to volunteer to paint. These decoys are put in the north end of the park to entice birds to nest in the area. It was nice to be able to help out. Paul was very quick to paint several rows of decoys.

Here we have a local Park Ranger doing her part.

And then our friend Irm, stepped in to do her part.

It was a fun week and we enjoyed meeting and chatting with people. The dates are marked on our calendar for next year.

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