September 16, 2012 NorthMyrtleBeachOnline.com SOS (Society of Stranders) is in full swing this Sunday. In North Myrtle Beach, beside the OD Arcade a stage is set up and the Mojo Blues and Craig Woolard Bands are playing to a full crowd. The nearby parking area is closed down. The beer is flowing and, shoulder to shoulder, people were singing and dancing to beach music; just having a great old time at one of North Myrtle Beach’s largest block party. Held annually, the Fall Migration, according to Ron Whisenant, SOS President, will draw over fourteen thousand from more than 200 clubs devoted to the Shag – the state dance of the Carolinas.
One trio from those fourteen thousand was Jan, Marge and Nancy from various points in North Carolina. Their ten day reunion was something that they looked forward to each year. This year they were celebrating their sixth annual gathering at North Myrtle Beach and expected to come for many more years.
On Monday, the block party will continue, but this time the crowd will shift to Main Street where it will be closed from Hill Street to Ocean Blvd. A stage will be set up across from Pirate’s Cove. Bands Jim Quick & the Coastline Band, Andy King, Jerry Butler and the Mojo Blues Band set the crowd’s feet a’moving.
The rest of the week, the action will move indoors to the OD Pavilion, Spanish Galleon, Pirates’ Cove, the OD Arcade, Fat Harold’s and Duck’s. Over twenty DJ will be ‘spinning their platters’ to the sounds of beach music.
Want to see what these folks are up to inside the clubs? View this youtube video of the 2012 all around Shag Dance Champs.