Celebrations in August across the Grand Strand might be eclipsed by one day in particular.
However, before and after the total solar eclipse that will slice its way across South Carolina’s Lowcountry for the first half of the afternoon on Aug. 21, numerous festivals are popping up as a lead-in into September and October, when things really get festive on the Grand Strand.
Some total eclipse outings, all on Aug. 21
- “Moon Shadow over Hopsewee” Eclipse Celebration, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Hopsewee Plantation, 494 Hopsewee Road, along U.S. 17, 12 miles south of Georgetown, just before the North Santee River crossing. $20 advance or $25 on site, including viewing glasses. 843-546-7891, 843-970-2779 or hopsewee.com.
- “Solar Eclipse Festival,” 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Brookgreen Gardens, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach, including music by Oracle Blue, free eclipse glasses, and Whispering Wings Butterfly Exhibit, but Native Wildlife Zoo open only 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on this day. $20 ages 13 and older, otherwise $15. Regular daily garden hours of 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. will resume Aug. 22. Buy tickets at 888-718-4253 or www.brookgreen.org/eclipse. More details at 843-235-6000 or 800-849-1931.
- “Black Hole Sun Party: The Celebration of the Total Solar Eclipse,” noon-3 p.m. on The Deck, at House of Blues, in Barefoot Landing, on U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, including music by PaperWork✔. Free admission and solar viewing glasses. 843-272-3000 or www.hob.com/myrtlebeach.
- Community gathering, 1 p.m. at Horry-Georgetown Technical College Georgetown campus, 4003 S. Fraser St. (U.S. 17), Georgetown, with children’s activities, presentation at 2 p.m. by Patricia Craig from the Lunar & Planetary Institute, before eclipse at about 2:40 p.m. 843-349-3658 or hgtc.edu/eclipse. Groups of 10 or more are asked to email Laura.email@example.com.
- “Eclipse on a Warship,” at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant, with Christian Iliadis, chairman of the department of physics and astronomy at University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. Free with admission with tickets purchased on day of eclipse – $22 ages 12-61, $17 active duty military and ages 62 and older, $14 ages 6-11, and free for service personnel in uniform and ages 5 and younger – with sales starting at 9 a.m., and limited space available. Parking $5. 843-884-2727 or www.patriotspoint.org.
Other eclipse-related events
- “Eclipse: 2017” Sky Theater shows, 11 a.m. Mondays-Fridays through Sept. 1, at Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market St., Sunset Beach, N.C. Half-price for this show only, discounted to: $4.75 ages 13-61, $4.25 ages 62 and older, $3.75 ages 3-12, and free ages 2 and younger. 910-575-0033 or www.museumplanetarium.org.
- Through Georgetown County Library: “The Solar Eclipse and Safety,” with Ron Revere, from Coastal Carolina University, 5 p.m. Aug. 9 at Waccamaw Neck branch, 41 St. Paul Place, Litchfield Beach, off Willbrook Boulevard (843-545-3623); “In the Moon’s Shadow: The Strange and Rare Occurrences of Solar Eclipses,” with Louis J. Rubbo, from CCU, 6 p.m. Aug. 20 at Strand Theater, 710 Front St., Georgetown; and Kevin Manning, president and chief executive officer of Look Up to the Stars (www.lookuptothestars.com) and former NASA consultant, on hand, 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 21 at Waccamaw Neck branch, explaining live feed from NASA television, then outside 1-4 p.m. during eclipse, and afterward. All for free. georgetowncountylibrary.sc.gov.
- “Space Week,” through Georgetown County Library, at Andrews branch, 105 N. Morgan St.: “Sun Paintings” craft, for ages 5 and older, 11 a.m. Aug. 14; “Sun Story Time,” for ages 5 and younger, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 15; “Galaxy Slime,” for ages 5 and older, 2:30 p.m. Aug. 16; “Moon Story Time,” for ages 5 and younger, 10:30 a.m. Aug. 16; “Moon Movie” with “Wall-E,” for all ages, 2 p.m. Aug. 18; and eclipse viewing, 1:15 p.m. Aug. 21. 843-545-3621.
- “The Universe & An All American Total Solar Eclipse,” for ages 8 and older, with Kevin Manning, president and chief executive officer of Look Up to the Stars in Sarasota, Fla. (www.lookuptothestars.com), and former NASA consultant, 7-9 p.m. Aug. 19 at Myrtle Beach’s Chapin Memorial Library, 400 14th Ave. N. Free. with 75 tickets available at 6:30 p.m. that day, and free solar eclipse viewing glasses to take home. 843-918-1275 or www.chapinlibrary.org.
- Free events at Francis Marion University, 4822 E. Palmetto St. (U.S. 76/U.S. 301 Business), Florence: In Dooley Planetarium, “Solar Workshops” on Aug. 19, for families with small children at 9 a.m., and with older children 10:30, both with pre-registration required; on Aug. 20, “Earth Moon & Sun” at 2 p.m., and “Solar Superstorms” 4 p.m.; then eclipse viewing on Aug, 21 opens at noon at Griffin Athletic Complex. 843-661-1441 or astro.fmarion.edu/planet.