Sunset River Features DeGroot and Pope at Next 'Coffee With the Authors'

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, N.C. will present the fourth event of its 2011 Coffee With the Authors series on Thursday, April 7 from 10 – 11 a.m. with Jacqueline “Jack” DeGroot and Miller Pope, authors of “Sunset Beach: A History.” Their presentation will include the anecdotes and “locals only” stories from long time residents of the popular coastal N. C. beach community. A portion of the interviews were conducted by DeGroot, while others were done previously by local historian Paul Edward “Ed” Hughes, who passed away in 2005. Together the stories paint a picture of life in Sunset Beach over the years.

Long-timers like Sam Somersett remember Hurricane Hazel back in the fifties. Tommy Tucker, son of former Sunset Beach Mayor Shelton Tucker, recalls several infamous events from years back. Ronnie Holden, who owns Twin Lakes Seafood Restaurant by the Sunset Beach Bridge, remembers renting his original building from Mannon Gore for $50 a month. Ginny Lassiter, owner of Sunset River Marketplace, also has a place in the chronicle.

This is the second collaboration between author/illustrator Miller Pope and novelist Jack DeGroot. Images by local nature photographer Ken Buckner are featured throughout the book along with Pope’s own photos and illustrations. The book is available in a hard cover coffee table.

The event at Sunset River Marketplace is free, but space is limited so reservations are required. Call 910-575-5999 or send an email to Join the mailing list for notice of future events at the same number and email address.

Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 200 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of art work in virtually every genre. Custom framing, painting and pottery classes and art workshops are also offered through the gallery. Since opening its doors in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has supported not only the visual arts, but literary and performing arts, as well. It has become a popular community center and art hub for both N.C.’s Brunswick County and nearby Horry County, S.C.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, N.C. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 910-575-5999 or visit the website: www. The gallery also has a Facebook page. "Like" the page  for giveaways and news about special events.