A visit to Conway provides a stroll through time, natural beauty, and history.
If your route from Charlotte to Myrtle Beach has the last stretch on U.S. 501, youll go through Conway, about 13 miles shy of the Intracoastal Waterway. Conway, the seat of Horry County, is considerably older than Myrtle Beach and has its own small-town charms and attractions.
Heres what to do there this fall:
Oct. 6 Fall Festival
Conways Fall Festival will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct 6 at Third Avenue and Laurel Street. Events include the Chicora Car Club classic car show, a Kids Play Zone, the weekly Conway Farmers Market, and concerts by bands Party Favor (10 a.m.), Carolina Breakers (noon) and The Fantastic Shakers (3 p.m.). Details: www.conwayfallfestival.com.
Stroll or bike the town
There a variety of sights on the citys Riverwalk and in Riverfront Park, accessed from Elm Street at the Waccamaw River. The park amenities include a playground, swings, benches, a gazebo, and a fishing area. Kayakers and canoeists also can put in their boats from a sandy landing at the park.
Take a self-guided tour through Conways historic district, starting at the Conway Visitors Center, 903 Third Ave. Got a bike? Bring it along and try the towns greenways bike trail. Downloadable map: http://bit.ly/S35Ka1.
Enjoy Thursday nights
Enjoy an evening downtown on Third Avenue at Alive After 5, 6-9 p.m. the first Thursday of October and November.
Oct. 4, the Dyno Daddy concert starts at 7:30 p.m.; there will also be Big Wheel race, for teams ages 18 and older. Nov. 1, The Spots will perform in concert; there will also be a Mini Artists Market and the Conway High School Marching Band will perform at 6 p.m. Details: www.conwayalive.com.
See the exhibits at Coastal Carolina
Fall arts and cultural events at Coastal Carolina University, in Conway, include the Faculty Biennial Exhibition by 20 professors in CCU Department of Visual Arts, through Sept. 28; Discovering the Durer Cypher: 43 prints by Albrecht Dürer of Germany, Oct. 8-Nov. 23, with opening reception/lecture 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 11; Portfolios Exhibition by studio art and graphic design seniors: Dec. 3-15, with opening reception/lecture 4:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 6.
The above are at the Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery, Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, which is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Details: www.coastal.edu/bryanartgallery.
The campus Native American Celebration will be 6 p.m. Nov. 14 in Edwards College recital hall.
The universitys Kimbel Library will host Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, a national traveling exhibition, Oct. 12-Nov. 28, with opening ceremony 4:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Details and info on related events: www.coastal.edu/library.