Myr­tle Beach

TRANS-AT­LANTIC FLIGHTS RE­TURN TO WIN­NIPEG

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - DES­TI­NA­TIONS -

IN the short time I have been here, I have al­ready dis­cov­ered there are so many things to do and see after golf­ing — so many in fact — it would be im­pos­si­ble to take them all in on one trip. And I can also def­i­nitely re­port Myr­tle Beach no longer is a sleepy town. It is a prime restau­rant area and is filled with many sports bars, night clubs, cul­tural op­por­tu­ni­ties, shop­ping and other ac­tiv­i­ties such as sports fish­ing. There are a num­ber of full-scale Broad­way and Las Ve­gas-style shows to choose from. They tend to be in large, spe­cially con­structed venues, with seat­ing for at least 2,000 peo­ple. They are well-pro­duced spec­ta­cles, us­ing some of the most tal­ented per­form­ers from around the U.S. and beyond. The Gay­lord En­ter­tain­ment group, which owns the Grand Ole Opry, cre­ated ONE The Show, an es­pe­cially ex­trav­a­gant pro­duc­tion. The Civil War Mu­seum, in­ter­est­ingly in­cor­po­rated into a gun shop and shoot­ing range, may be small, but it re­ally il­lu­mi­nates the roots of the dif­fer­ences be­tween peo­ple of the south and north — dif­fer­ences that led to a war re­sult­ing in hun­dreds of thou­sands of deaths and ca­su­al­ties. The mu­seum has ar­ti­facts rang­ing from omi­nous look­ing ar­tillery to procla­ma­tions which enun­ci­ated how strongly the cit­i­zens of that day felt about the laws be­ing in­tro­duced. In the two shows I at­tended, and in at least one more I am aware of, the shows’ fi­nales bring the crowds to their feet with rous­ing and emo­tional ren­di­tions of God Bless Amer­ica and other pa­tri­otic hymns that help bind this great na­tion to­gether. Both shows I saw were coun­try mu­sic ori­ented, so this might be ex­pected. ONE The Show is in a theatre named by and after the group Alabama, and it is pro­duced by the Grande Ole Opry or­ga­ni­za­tion. But say­ing that, the show, nev­er­the­less, truly is much more. It is by and large a broadly based va­ri­ety show that brings to­gether a blend of mu­si­cal styles and com­edy that is unique and suitable for the en­tire fam­ily. It is here in Myr­tle Beach that Alabama per­fected

PHOTOS BY RON PRAD­INUK / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

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