Cherry Grove Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Ocean Drive had a strict midnight curfew for its clubs, but Cherry Grove did not, and Sonny’s became a favorite of late-night shaggers from midnight to dawn. Sonny’s was one of several area pavilions destroyed by Hurricane Hazel in 1954, but Nixon rebuilt it the next year. It remained popular with shaggers and other fans of beach music until it became a family arcade in the 1970s. Sonny’s was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
Erected 2009 by the O.D. Pavilion Social and Shag Club. (Marker Number 26-21.)
Location. 33° 49.667′ N, 78° 38.589′ W. Marker is in Cherry Grove Beach, South Carolina Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: North Myrtle Beach SC 29582, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Randall (approx. 1.4 miles away); Roberts Pavilion / Ocean Drive Pavilion (approx. 1.8 miles away); George Whitefield (approx. 2.6 miles away but has been reported missing); Chestnut Consolidated School (approx. 2.7 miles away); Rebecca Randall Bryan (approx. 3.8 miles away); Atlantic Beach (approx. 4.6 miles away); Boundary House (approx. 4.8 miles away); South Carolina / North Carolina (approx. 5.5 miles away in North Carolina).
Also see . . . How The Weather Influenced The Birth Of The Shag. “Without exception, the old wooden pavilions that had been the venues of the Shag were blown down and carried away. Roberts Pavilion, in Ocean Drive, ( where the current O.D. Pavilion stands now, was cut in half. Sonny’s Pavilion (Cherry Grove, SC) was simply gone. According to eye witnesses in Myrtle Beach, the only thing left of Spivey’s Pavilion was a rusty water pipe sticking out of the ground.
Categories. • 20th Century • Entertainment •
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