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Coming To Town For The Country Music Fest? Don't Miss The Action At Broadway At The Beach!

Are you planning to come to Myrtle Beach for the 2016 Carolina Country Music Fest, June 9 through June 12? An extraordinary four days of toe-tapping fun are planned with country superstars like Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw heading a line-up of more than 40 country music performers.

But the Country Music Fest won't be the only entertainment-filled place to go during your time at the beach. You'll want to check out Broadway at the Beach, South Carolina's number one tourist attraction, where the annual Summer Nights Series will be underway during the same week of the Country Music Fest.

You won't need a ticket to enjoy live musical performances, a high-energy music-filled fashion show, or the many other family-friendly performances on Broadway's stages that week. The Summer Nights Seriesis free.

Our headliners include "America's Got Talent" semi-finalist Nick Pike, the juggler, comedian and unicyclist from England, and the extraordinarily popular Bryan Dangerous with his high-energy interactive comedy show.

Bring the family to Broadway for dinner (we have over 20 restaurants and eateries with all kinds of food) and stay to experience all the nonstop fun. We even have fireworks on Tuesday and Friday nights.

Don't miss the laughter-filled show performed by kids' favorite Mr. Nigel. And, let your kids get their princess and superhero fixes when the Character Company appears.

Broadway at the Beach is 350 acres of world-class shopping, dining and entertainment in magical, interconnected villages that surround the 23-acre Lake Broadway. From ziplines over the lake, to boat rides, to feeding the fish and ducks, there's something to intrigue and delight every member of your family.

No trip to Myrtle Beach is complete unless you visit Broadway at the Beach. It's the Grand Strand's center of fun!

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Oh Summer Nights! Broadway's Free Entertainment Series Gets Underway June 6th.

Broadway at the Beach Summer Nights

Broadway at the Beach has already kicked off the 2016 summer season by announcing several new shopping, dining and entertainment options. To add to that excitement, we've also got another unforgettable summer of free entertainment beginning June 6th!

This year's Summer Nights entertainment series is sponsored by Extreme Pizza, RIDEMAKERZ and Helicopter Adventures. It's chock full of live musical performances, comedy, juggling, and much more.

From June 6th through September 4th, entertainers and performers along Broadway's walkways will be making tourists smile, laugh and sometimes sing along. "America's Got Talent" semi-finalist Nick Pike, a juggler, comedian and unicyclist from England, will perform his family-friendly show every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Shelley Sasser a local favorite from Dino Capone's School of Rock, will be entertaining on Monday, Thursday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will also be live musical performances from other local favorites, including Shawn Bilton, The New High and Paperwork.

Bryan Dangerous will return for another year with his high-energy interactive comedy show on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. The uber-popular Mr. Nigel will be in Center Court every Saturday and Sunday starting at 7 p.m., and we even have a high energy, music-filled "Pop the Runway" Fashion Show that will be held every Thursday afternoon beginning at 5 p.m. presented by Sparkles.

Bring the kids to see the costumed Character Company princesses and superheroes and let them experience the fun of face painting. Meet and greet the Legends In Concert tribute stars as they cruise through Broadway on their golf cart. Rest a while on one of our benches and enjoy the cool breezes and joyful sounds of the Conway Bagpipers.

We'll also be lighting up the sky with our fireworks extravaganzas on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. (now through August 30th) and Friday nights at 10 p.m. (from June 17th through August 12th).

Check our Broadway Calendar of Events for details and come join the fun!

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Get Summer Underway This Weekend In Myrtle Beach

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Memorial Day is right around the corner. Over the years, this holiday weekend has evolved into the unofficial start of the summer season.

In Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the days are already warm and the nights cool down just right. Beach days are on everyone's schedule, as are afternoons of shopping at Broadway at the Beach.

Now is the best time to go on the hunt for that perfect pair of sandals at Crocs or Rack Room Shoes; try on great resort wear or a cool tee at Blondie's; or find that colorful summer dress at Gemini Boutique.

At Del Sol, find unique apparel that blossoms in the sun, and Key West Hat Company will delight you with the latest trends in stylish casual hats and more. And, what would a trip to the beach be without picking up a new pair of shades? Sunglass Hut has a selection so wide you'll be dazzled there as much as you are in the sun.

Of course no summer is complete without a tumbler from Tervis. Tervis tumblers come with a lifetime guarantee, so there's no doubt you'll be enjoying your tumbler for many summers to come. And this weekend only, May 27th thru 30th, when shopping at Tervis get the new "Born And Raised In The USA" tumbler for just $5 with your spend of $50 or more! A great deal and an awesome way to kick off the season!

It's time to get your summer started at Broadway at the Beach, where magical summer memories are made!

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Celebrate! It's American Craft Beer Week In Myrtle Beach

Craft Beer Week

Do you love craft beer? If so, you're not alone. Often described as "pure happiness in a glass," craft beer is the fastest growing segment of the beverage industry.

This week is a very special one for craft beer lovers. It's American Craft Beer Week and it runs through May 22.

Craft beer is not your father's brew in a bottle. The Brewers Association, a group whose members are small and independent American brewers of craft beer, defines craft beers as "beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation."

The best place in Myrtle Beach to observe the week set aside to honor the awesomeness of craft brews is right in Broadway at the Beach at Liberty Brewery & Grill, the area's first microbrewery.

Liberty Brewery & Grill prepares craft beers that "celebrate the bounty of the American farmer and pre-Prohibition style brewing methods." At the restaurant's entrance, a replica of the Statute of Liberty — decorated with the the colors, stripes and stars of the American flag — welcomes guests and sets the tone. This is the brewery that invites "your hungry, your thirsty and fun-loving" to enjoy the pleasures of award-winning draft beers made right on site. But don't miss Liberty's delicious comfort foods like burgers, wings, mac & cheese, and pizza.

Liberty is celebrating the week with a variety of specials. Wednesday (May 18) you can grab a classic Angus beef burger and a Liberty Core Brew Pint for just $10. On Thursday (May 19) at 4 p.m., stop by for the tapping of Firkin, a dry-hopped grapefruit red ale. At 4 p.m. on Friday (May 20), a new beer will be introduced that's a collaboration between Liberty and another Myrtle Beach brewer, New South Brewing — and there will be a live band performing.

On Saturday (May 21) the excitement reaches a high point for craft beer adventurers when Liberty stages its "unique beer takeover." Specialty flavors will be served, including Thomas Creek Banana Split Chocolate Stout, Lagunitas The Waldos' Special, Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado, Terrapin Poivre Potion Saison, Coast Blackbeerd Imperial Stout, Freehouse The Mullet and more.

On Sunday (May 22), the weekend winds down as Liberty offers all of its core brews at $1 off.

As the Brewers Association puts it so well, "each glass of craft beer displays the creativity and passion of its makers and the complexity of its ingredients." It's versatile because it's "great on its own and also enhances the taste of food when paired."

If you're a beer connoisseur — or just enjoy a glass of beer every now and then — this is a great week to stop by and join in the celebration and introduction of new beer flavor creations at Liberty Brewery & Grill.

You may even want to start planning your Craft Beer celebration for 2017, because by the end of summer 2016, another great brewery, American Tap House, will be joining Liberty Brewery & Grill on the quest to provide guests with unique taste experiences.

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Oh Fudge! Do You Know The Story Of This Popular Confection?

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Fudge is an American mystery.

No one knows for sure when it was first made or if it was the result of some happy error made by a candymaker trying to craft toffee or caramel.

The only thing we know for certain is that what came to be known as fudge was born in America, in the good ole USA, and probably in Baltimore, Maryland. We also know that it was wildly popular among the students of Vassar College in New York near the end of the 19th century — and that they began producing large quantities in their dorm rooms for their own private consumption.

How do we know this? Like so often occurs in history, clues to the origin of fudge were discovered in a pile of old letters. Yep, once again, it's snail mail that helped to unlock some of the mystery. John F. Mariani's "Dictionary of American Food and Drink" reports that a letter written in 1921 by Vassar alumni Emelyn Battersby Hartridge told of how she got the recipe for the delightful sweet from a Baltimore-based cousin of a friend in the early 1890s. That unnamed cousin was making and then selling the tasty, but also unnamed, confection in a grocery store for 40 cents a pound.

Emelyn knew a good thing when she tasted it — and she didn't hesitate to spread news of the new goodie — and its recipe. It became such a huge hit at Vassar that the Boston Globe published an article about it in 1895. Several papers around the country picked up the Globe's story and the nation began clamoring for the new treat.

As for the name "fudge," an 1893 recipe for "fudges" has been found, and Vassar students were calling it "fudge" by 1895. But there's no real trail leading back to the name's origins.

What we do know is that Americans have been enjoying fudge for more than 100 years. At Broadway at the Beach, we even have shops that specialize in it.

At The Fudgery North and The Fudgery South, fudge is served with a side of entertainment. What started as a way to lure customers into The Fudgery's first shop on the Outer Banks of North Carolina has become a tradition. Famous for "fudging showtunes and coaxing smiles," The Fudgery staff stir, turn and fold fudge into delicious candy while whipping out their own brand of musical fun. While you're watching the show, you can choose from nine flavors of fudge or sink your teeth into a scrumptious caramel apple while you're contemplating the other sweets The Fudgery offers.

Handmade Southern candies and fudge are ready for tasting at River Street Sweets. A tradition in historic Savannah, Georgia since 1973, this shop was founded by a family that jokes it has "fudge in their veins and pralines in their brains." Here is where you can find rich homemade classics like chocolate fudge, along with unique flavors like maple fudge. Guests are encouraged to stay awhile, watch the cooks on duty, and sample the candy. And when you do, ask for a taste of their other famous treat, "World Famous Pralines."

Kilwins has been offering great candy since 1947. Born on the shores of Lake Michigan, this shop has been making its awesome fudge since 1948 when Don Kilwin bought a marble table on which he began hand-crafting fudge. The star of Kilwins then and now is its smooth and creamy Mackinac Island Fudge made from an original recipe by founders Don and Katy Kilwin. You'll want to get a piece of that. But when you're at the shop, don't miss their other fudgey delights made with chocolate, peanut butter, lemon, rasberry, or sea salt & caramel.

Although we may never know the true origin of the fudge recipe or how the confection got its name, we can take comfort in knowing that more than a century after fudge became popular, there are still craftsmen at shops making this treat in a time-honored way.

That's important.

Because, as American novelist Joan Bauer wrote, "Everyone needs fudge . . . It's how God helps us cope."

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