First post-pandemic Friday Fest held at museum

Friday Fest
Last week was the first Lake Waccamaw Friday Fest since the pandemic.

The first Friday Fest for 2021 – and the first since the pandemic — was held this past weekend at the Lake Waccamaw Train Depot Museum. 

The tradition goes as far back as 32 years, and was originally held at the McNeil Pier. The pier was destroyed during Hurricane Florence, so the museum began hosting the event for residents. Covid 19 made conditions unsafe for people to gather last year, so the crowd was eager to get back into the swing of things. 

The Friday Fest is not just a block party with covered dishes and smiling faces. It’s a benefit that has raised more than $30,000 for the Lake Waccamaw Train Depot Museum, and the Ruby McCray Memorial Library. 

The dinner is held almost every Friday evening at 6:30 p.m., and is hosted by a rotating schedule of residents. Each host is responsible for the breakdown and cleanup, and guests are asked to bring a covered dish, and a monetary donation. Best of all, it gives folks a chance to catch up, and hang out with friends and loved ones. 

A jam session is held at the Depot every Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m., and anyone with musical ability or just a love for music is welcome.

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