Best bets: Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival, more

Take a road trip this weekend - visit Atalaya

More than 100 artists and artisans from 13 states will be displaying their wares at the 34th Annual Atalaya Arts & Crafts Festival this weekend.

The three-day event will take place starting at noon today and will run through Sunday at Huntington Beach State Park on U.S. 17 in Murrells Inlet.

The festival will feature basketmakers, photographers, glassblowers, woodworkers, painters and many others.

Named for the Spanish word meaning watchtower, Atalaya is a 200-by-200-foot Moorish-style structure overlooking the ocean.

The 30-room castle-like dwelling was built during the Depression as a winter home for Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington - the New York philanthropists who also created Brookgreen Gardens - and is now used as a venue for weddings and events.

In addition to arts and crafts, the festival will feature live music and food from local restaurants. The event's hours are noon to 6 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission to the festival is $6 per day, $10 for a multiday pass and free for ages 15 and younger. Park admission will be waived for the weekend. For more information call (843) 237-4440 or visit www.atalayafestival.com.

Museum hosts 'garage sale' Saturday

The State Museum's "garage sale" is back by popular demand.

The second sale of the year will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the museum at 301 Gervais St.

Among the items up for grabs are South Carolina college football pennants, Saturday Evening Post magazines, toy trucks, graphic panels and props from past exhibits, rolls of indoor/outdoor carpeting and chain link, of all things. There's even a dollhouse-size reproduction of the historic Robert Mills house.

Museum staffers say the items will be sold at "economic stimulus" prices. To learn more, call (803) 898-4921 or visit www.southcarolinastatemuseum.org.

- Mindy Lucas

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