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26th Annual Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art

If you’re looking for an excuse to escape to the Lowcountry as the cooler temperatures of fall approach, the Hammock Coast of SC has a foolproof plan in place. The 26th Annual Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art (PIFMA) kicks off Saturday, September 24 along the shady streets of historic Georgetown, SC. From the 24th through October 15, expect to be impressed by a series of art-related and musical events that are both fun and culturally enriching.

Seaside Palette 2015The opening event is the Festival’s Fourth Annual Seaside Palette. Fifty+ artists from the Carolinas and beyond will pepper the port city – here, there and yonder – painting en plein air, a borrowed French phrase that means “in the open air.” And not just for fun! They’ll be competing for prizes in a judged competition. Fleshing out the day will be the Seventh Annual Chalk Walk, an all-day event followed by a Wet Paint Sale where attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the days’ artwork.  Performances by local dancers and “world music” by Healing Force will be held in Francis Marion Park on Front Street.

Georgetown’s Historic District will be hopping on that weekend, but there will be a plethora of music and art to be had a bit further north on the Grand Strand. Not affiliated with the Festival of Music & Art, the 40th Annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 – 25, at Huntington Beach State Park near Murrells Inlet, SC’s Seafood Capital. This event is much-loved and much lauded and is attended by thousands every year. Surf to AtalayaFestival.com.

At this “famous and forty” annual Arts & Crafts Festival, more than 100 fine artisans will display the fruit of their labor for sale. There are dozens of kinds of art – from handmade jewelry and intricate woodwork, to painting, photography, glass and more. The state park’s exquisite natural beauty and the magic of Atalaya, a very old, Spanish styled castle where Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington once lived and worked, is a very big added treat. (Atalaya is a story unto itself!) Along with fine art and crafts and delish food, some of the Lowcountry’s best musicians will strut their stuff, too.

But back to the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Arts … There is an impressive list of musical BarrettBarberperformers scheduled throughout the four-week event.  Big names on the roster include Grammy Award winner, Peabo Bryson and NBC’s The Voice Finalist, Barrett Baber. From Big Band and Doo Wop to Classical, Jazz and Country, there’s a bit of everything to enjoy.

One of the Festival’s most popular affairs is the Pawleys Island Wine Gala. This year’s Gala on September 29th is the seventeenth annual! As always, there will be hors d’oeuvres, tastings of 100+ wines from vineyards around the globe, the opportunity to makes purchase at a discount and plenty of knowledgeable vintners on hand.

There’s just too much to tell in short order. Visit the website at PawleysMusic.com for scads of additional info and the opportunity to purchase tickets in advance – since many events sell out early. You can also call 843.626.8911 to ask questions. The dates are surprisingly close!

The Hammock Coast has beaches and rivers, boardwalks and bike paths, gardens and history aplenty, and we’ve got culture to flaunt as well. Check out HammockCoastSC.com. Planning a cool weather getaway on the southern end of SC’s Grand Strand is a surefire way to beat the summer heat. Investigate and let the anticipation begin!

by  Kimberly Duncan