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22nd Annual Blessing of the Inlet Takes Place in Murrells Inlet, SC – May 5, 2018

February 26, 2018

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, The Blessing of the Inlet at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, Highway 17-Business, Murrells Inlet, SC, will celebrate its 22nd anniversary from 9am to 3pm.

The Blessing of the Inlet was first started 22 years ago to create a festival filled with worship, food, fun, family and fellowship that was highlighted by a ‘Blessing’ ceremony, celebrating our Lord’s continued blessings in the Inlet Community. And the Blessing of the Inlet was to generate funds for many missions, charities, and nonprofit organizations.

The festival has grown to include a day of entertainment, more than 100 arts and crafts vendors, various Murrells Inlet restaurants and local food purveyors, children’s play area with inflatables, pony rides and fun events. This year the festival will also include competitive game activities for adults and youth. All festival attendees are encouraged to stop by the events and ‘cheer on’ the contestants.

On stage again this year, the Masters of Ceremonies will feature Nicole Boone, WBTW, and Ed Piotrowski, WPDE. Nicole Boone will MC from 9am to 11:30am and Ed Piotrowski from 12:30pm to 3pm.

The festival continues to be a free event with no admission or parking charge and is always held rain or shine. Free shuttle rides to and from the Blessing will pick up and drop off on the east side of Inlet Square Mall and run from 8:30am until 4pm. Festival participants are encouraged to take advantage of free and ample parking at the mall and a fun-filled bus ride with a live informative tour guide.

The festival is highlighted by the Blessing of the Inlet ceremony which starts at 11:30am. The blessing will be administered by the Reverend Dr. Mike Alexander and the Reverend Walter Cantwell. Immediately following the “Blessing” ceremony, all visitors will be invited to “Stay to Pray” in the Belin sanctuary. Belin’s Stephen Ministers will be on hand.

Everyone is invited to come help us celebrate the Glory of God and all He has ‘blessed’ us with.

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Brookgreen Gardens’ New President and CEO Takes Office in January 2017

September 8, 2016


With the announcement of Bob Jewell’s decision to retire at the end of the year, Brookgreen Gardens, in Murrells Inlet, SC, initiated a national search to find a successor. The search was led by Bob Jewell and an executive search committee of Brookgreen Trustees. As a result of this effort, Brookgreen Gardens’ Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Page Hayhurst Kiniry has accepted the position of President and CEO effective in January 2017 (exact date to be determined).


Currently, Hayhurst Kiniry is the Executive Director of Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, VA. Along with Brookgreen Gardens, the Virginia Living Museum is one of only 14 institutions in the country accredited by both the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the American Alliance of Museums. Hayhurst Kiniry has a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary, and a Masters in Humanities from the University of Richmond.

“I am honored to be selected to lead Brookgreen, one of America’s great institutions. Its outstanding reputation and historical legacy have been expertly managed. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build on that success and explore the many opportunities in Brookgreen’s next chapter…” said Hayhurst Kiniry.

“Page has a successful background in museum leadership and administration,” said Bob Jewell, President and CEO. “We are fortunate to have a person with her abilities to guide Brookgreen to its next level of advancement. I am confident that with her background and experience she is uniquely qualified to lead us in the present and into the future as we carry out our future strategic direction.”

Dick Rosen, Chairman of Brookgreen’s Board of Trustees, said, “I would like to thank Bob Jewell, retiring President and CEO, for his outstanding leadership over the past 12 years and his expertise in guiding our executive search committee by successfully recruiting Page Hayhurst Kiniry. We believe that Page will continue to move Brookgreen Gardens forward in fulfilling its mission and continue to adhere to the overall standards of excellence that have been attained over the course of the institution’s history.”

The search strategy that led to the selection of Hayhurst Kiniry included timelines, milestones, key competencies, and a profile for a cultural match. Candidates were solicited through various channels; the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, the American Public Gardens Association, plus networking through personal contacts and other sources.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, SC, and open to the public daily. For more information, visit our web site at ( or call 843/235-6000.

Artist and Creator of National Touring Exhibit “Nature Connects Art with LEGO® Bricks” to Give Talk at Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC – Aug. 6, 2016

July 28, 2016


Popular New York artist, Sean Kenney, creator of the exhibit “Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks” will present a talk at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at noon. The talk is open to the public and is followed by a book signing at Keepsakes, the Brookgreen Shop. Both the talk and the exhibit, “Nature Connects”, are free with garden admission.


Sean Kenney is a renowned, award-winning artist and “professional kid” who uses LEGO pieces to design and create contemporary sculpture for high-profile clients, major corporations, and venues around the globe for over 10 years.

He has authored 8 best-selling inspirational children’s books, and his award-winning exhibit “Nature Connects” has been breaking attendance records around the world since 2012.

Created in partnership with a state university, “Nature Connects” is foremost an educational platform and secondarily a means of artistic expression.

In describing the exhibit, Kenney said, ”I hope that you can look at ‘Nature Connects’ and appreciate both nature and the sculptures as something beautiful, and I also hope you’re inspired to go home and create something wonderful yourself.”

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, SC, and is open to the public daily.

For more information, visit our web site at ( or call 843/235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Invites You to LEGO® Events – May 14, 2016

May 9, 2016


Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, is pleased to announce two upcoming events, a new LEGO® brick sculpture building contest entitled “Build Your Own ‘Simply Amazing’ Creation” and a LEGO Robotics Day Celebration.

On May 14, 2016, from 11am – 3pm, Brookgreen Gardens First LEGO League (SCFLL), and Grand Strand Technology Council (GSTC) will host the Robotics Celebration Day. The event venue will be next to Brookgreen’s Native Wildlife Zoo. Participants can discover how to become involved in a First LEGO League team and how to improve their FIRST LEGO League Team.  They also will be able to start on next season’s “Animal Allies” research project. Guests can connect with other teams in the Working Together sessions that are part of the Core Value activities. Guests and team members will engage in a wide range of other activities, including visiting the new exhibit “Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks.” All the events are free with garden admission.

From Monday, May 30 – Friday, June 3, all LEGO fans are invited to initiate participation in a sculpture building contest entitled “Build Your Own ‘Simply Amazing’ Creation.” To enter the contest, participants need to visit to download the complete rules. All sculptures must be made from LEGO bricks and be submitted via Facebook or Instagram with the appropriate hashtags. Semi-finalists will be selected in three categories of age groups from online posts of photographs.  Sculptures of semi-finalists will be displayed at Brookgreen Gardens from June 11-August 27, and three winners will be selected by popular vote.

“We are proud to partner with SCFLL and GSTC to host the Robotics Celebration and to offer the “Build Your Own ‘Simply Amazing’ Showcase” as part of the activities for “Nature Connects Art with LEGO Bricks” said Helen Benso, Vice-President for Marketing. “This award-winning exhibit, created by New York artist, Sean Kenney, is included in gardens admission and on display daily through September 5 in Brookgreen’s Native Wildlife Zoo.”

Brookgreen Gardens, a non-profit organization located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, is open daily to the public.

For more information, visit ( or call 843/235-6000.

Noted Sculptor, Lawrence Noble, to Speak at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC – Apr. 17, 2016

April 6, 2016


On Apr. 17, 2016, the public is invite to hear Lawrence Noble give a talk about his creation the 2016 medal entitled “Cicada Days, Firefly Nights.” His talk is in the Welcome Center Conference Room at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, at 4:30pm and is free with garden admission.


This year’s medal is especially beautiful and with the new release of the current “Star Wars” movie, Lawrence Noble is an exciting person to meet. He has worked for George Lucas (both sculpture and graphic design) and recently won a major award from the National Sculpture Society for his sculpture at Lucas Films Headquarters on the grounds of The Presidio in San Francisco, CA.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, SC, and is open to the public daily.

For more information, visit our web site at ( or call 843/235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Receives Tripadvisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame Award

June 14, 2015


In celebration of the 5th Anniversary of Certificate of Excellence Award, Tripadvisor announced another category, the Hall of Fame Award just for businesses that have received a Certificate of Excellence all five years and Brookgreen Gardens was one of the recipients.


“We’re pleased to celebrate Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence’s 5-year anniversary, we’re even more excited to have been honored with the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame award,” said Bob Jewell, President and CEO of Brookgreen Gardens. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our staff and volunteers who made this award possible by providing an excellent guest experience every day.”

“By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition,” Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business, stated about the award. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 225 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide.

Brookgreen Gardens is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and display figurative sculpture by American artists, regional plants, animals, and history. It is located on US 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

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Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Receives Conservation Gran

July 30, 2014


Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, is one of the 30 institutions in the country to be awarded the “Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium” grants by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). The $5,000 grant will fund the expansion of the new “Children’s Nature & Sensory Trail” that opened earlier this year. Supported through a special gift from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, these competitive grants, selected through a rigorous review by a panel of industry experts, are presented to accredited zoos and aquariums to encourage family nature play and conservation education.

“We were extremely pleased to receive the grant which will enable us to expand the Children’s Sensory and Nature Trail,” said Bob Jewell, President and CEO at Brookgreen Gardens. “The new Trail supports our mission to build a connection and a deep appreciation of the natural world.

“Accredited zoos and aquariums are one of the first places families experience nature together,” said Jim Maddy, President and CEO of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

Research has shown that free play immersed in an outdoor setting is fundamental to connecting children with the natural world around them. The value of these experiences is further reinforced when shared as a family unit. The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund awards of $5,000 or $10,000 were made available to extend existing family-based nature play programming or to create new, innovative, and engaging programs.

A total of 30 grant recipients were selected to receive more than $200,000 in awards. They include (institution, project/program):

Adventure Aquarium, “Family Fun at the River”

Audubon Nature Institute (Audubon Zoo), “Audubon Celebrates the Wonder of Nature Play”

Brevard Zoo, “Family Nature Stations”

Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society, “Bronx Zoo Nature Club”

Buffalo Zoo, “Nature Play Begins in the Niagara Frontier”

The Butterfly House, “Nature T.R.E.K.”

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, “Sprouts and Seedlings Children’s Garden”

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, “Zoo Nature Club”

CuriOdyssey, “Stewards from All Settings”

Dallas Zoo, “Wild FUN (Families United in Nature)”

Detroit Zoological Society, “Zoo Tots Outside”

Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History, “Great Plains Zoo Nature Club for Families”

Greenville Zoo, “Get Outdoors Greenville”

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, “Kids’N’Snow”

Lee Richardson Zoo, “Developing Children ‘Naturally’”

The Living Desert, “Me and You at the Gardens”

Minnesota Zoo, “Hanifl Family Wild Woods Nature Play Program Pilot”

Mystic Aquarium, “Family Nature Club in Connecticut”

Peoria Zoo, “Peoria Zoo Natural Play Area”

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, “Families Untamed: Zoo Nature Club”

Prospect Park Zoo, “Nature Play Time!”

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, “Backpack to Nature”

Roger Williams Park Zoo, “Nature Play in “Our Big Backyard” and Beyond”

San Antonio Zoo, “San Antonio Family Nature Club”

Sedgwick County Zoo, “Sedgwick County Zoo’s Get into Nature Program”

Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, “Home Learner Partnership Program”

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, “Nurturing Naturalists: Helping Families Take a Walk on the “Wild Side””

Western North Carolina Nature Center, “Nature Play at the WNC Nature Center”

Zoo Miami / Zoological Society of Florida, “ZooNature Family Adventures”

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily.

For more information, visit our web site at ( or call 843/235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Hosts 83rd Anniversary Talk – July 13, 2014

July 8, 2014


Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, is please to offer an 83rd Anniversary Talk on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at 3pm. Entitled “Glimpses of the Past: Stories of Brookgreen Gardens”, guests will hear about many stories that comprise the history of the land, people, and collections of Brookgreen Gardens. Vice-President of Art and Historical Collections and Curator of Sculpture, Robin Salmon will reveal some of these stories in honor of the gardens’ 83rd Anniversary. The talk is free with garden admission and will be held in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served.


Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US Hwy. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, SC, and is open to the public daily.

For more information, visit our web site at ( or call 843/235-6000.

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, SC, Presents New Hours for Cool Summer Evenings

June 5, 2014


After a day at the beach, see Brookgreen Gardens in the cool of the evening when we remain open until 9pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from June 11 – August 8, 2014. Enjoy outdoor theater, concerts, and special programs just for kids. Entertainment and programs are included in garden admission. Pontoon boat rides are available (at an additional fee) all three evenings and new this year, on Thursday evenings, we will offer special boat ride just for kids. Wednesday and Friday performances begin at 7pm.

Wednesday nights – June 11 to July 2 “Music Under the Oaks”

Wednesday, June 11 – Doug Fankhauser performs bluegrass, jazz, classical, and rock on an acoustic guitar. In addition, Doug will play the Chapman Stick, a guitar-like instrument that is tapped with both hands.


Thursday nights, June 12 to August 7 – Up Close at the Zoo – Jerry Walls, co-star of CBS television’s ‘Carolina Safari’, and Brookgreen Gardens’ Zoo Staff will present educational and interactive programs with of live animals. Each week there will be a different animal focus. Programs will begin at 5pm at the Campbell Center for American Sculpture outdoor patio and last about 45 minutes.

Live Performances in the Enchanted Storybook Forest – At 6 p.m. a  character from a classic story or nursery rhyme will be on hand to thrill kids of all ages. Costumed and ready to engage our audiences, actors will share their versions of these tales and interact with the kids.

New Boat Ride – “A Child’s Frontier Life” – Travel back in time with early 1700s residents Esther and William Allston (characters) as your guides. Discover what life was like for the European settlers, the Native American children, and the wildlife that would have been all around them. Boat rides are at 6 and 7pm. (Tickets required – $8 adults, $4 children. Same day purchase only at Wall Lowcountry Center).


Friday nights, June 13 to August 8 Concerts on the Lawn – Join us, in the shade of the Live Oak trees when the popular Concerts on the Lawn series returns with new performers and favorites from last year.

June 13- U-N-I Jazz (pronounced “You and I”) is an entertaining ensemble of experienced professional musicians who specialize in the sounds of jazz, swing, and blues.

On Wednesday and Friday evenings, the Pavilion Restaurant offers dinner until 8pm and desserts and beverage are available for purchase on the Pavilion Patio during the concerts. On Thursday evenings, the Courtyard Cafe is open until 7pm.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Wednesday and Friday performances. The Lowcountry Trail, the Zoo, Butterfly House, and Enchanted Storybook Forest close at 7pm.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on US Hwy. 17 between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island, SC, and is open to the public daily.

For more information, visit our web site at ( or call 843/235-6000.

Ebb & Flow Art Co-op in Murrells Inlet, SC, Offers Holiday Art Show Dec. 8, 2013

November 19, 2013


Ebb & Flow Art Co-op in Murrells Inlet, SC, proudly presents its sixth annual Holiday Art Show & Sale on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 from 1-7pm. The Artists of Ebb & Flow invite you to join them for hors d’oeuvres, beverages & lots of local art as we celebrate the Holiday Season! During this exhibit, original work of more than 35 local artists can be viewed and purchased. There will also be unique handmade ornaments made by each artist, local honey,  & much more. Come view our new ART, sip some wine, & mingle with local Artists & fellow art lovers!


Please support the arts and choose a unique gift for someone special on your gift list!

Ebb & Flow is located on Hwy 17 bypass in Murrells Inlet, SC, across from Thomas Supply, right before the Wachesaw Road intersection.

For further information call the gallery at 843/651-2386 or visit (