October 21st, 2021

Been to any Good Concerts Lately? Grande Dunes Residents Have!

Never mind Harry Styles or The Rolling Stones. Some of the most exciting concerts of the past few months have taken place right here at Grande Dunes. From Retro ‘80s and Sounds of Summer Independence Day events to gatherings and a 9/11 remembrance, our residents came together to dance, to celebrate and to honor their fellow Americans.

There was good music. There were crab nachos. There was a Pac-Man suit. And plenty of boot-scootin’ sing-alongs. It’s further proof that the best times of your life can be had right in your own backyard.

Residents Bring Back the 1980s

Check out your fellow Grande Duners living it up and Livin’ on a Prayer at the Totally ‘80s Concert and Trivia Game, held on August 14th. Over 300 residents gathered at Marina Park to enjoy a retro concert by Miracle Max and the Pet Monster.

The event also featured a trivia contest, testing players on their knowledge of ‘80s headlines, movies and music. Chuck and Trish T. of Del Webb crushed it.

There were Coke vs. Pepsi cola wars (spoiler: Coke wins). Dan the Man won the Rubik’s Cube solve-off. Carolina Social Bar kept everyone hydrated, while Rentko’s London Broil introduced a deliciously elevated Steak-Umms sandwich.

Wait a minute…is that my neighbor dressed like Madonna? And who is that in the Pac-Man suit? Finally, a handful of lucky residents were awarded fun retro door prizes, including a giant Care Bear, a boombox and a highly coveted Members Only jacket.

Shot through the heart and you’re to blame if you miss next year’s event. Hope to see you there.

Spirit of Independence at Golf Cart Roundup and Concert

On Saturday, July 3rd, Grande Dunes residents rode in for the “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” concert and golf cart roundup. Local country-western band, The Current, had nearly 600 attendees boot-scootin’ and singing along to Independence Day standards such as “God Bless the USA.” That’s right, we heard you belting it out.

The Golf Cart Roundup was a big hit. Adorned in red, white and blue, the carts lined up to compete for one of four distinctions, including the Outlaw Award (most original), the Pioneer Award (most patriotic), the Rustler Award (crowd favorite) and the Sheriff Award (best overall).

Carolina Social Bar helped concertgoers stay cool with refreshing adult beverages, while food trucks Double D’s Dogs and Mister Softee brought out some all-American eats.

Grande Dunes “Sounds of Summer” Resident Concert

On June 5th, Gary Rolland and the Landshark Band, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band, took to the stage in Marina Park to entertain 400 Grande Dunes residents and help them search for their lost shakers of salt. The event also included a “Battle of the Sexes” style hula hoop competition and an obligatory conga line.

More than a dozen lucky Grande Dunes guests also went home with Margaritaville gift cards and merchandise, including two enormous Parrothead pool floats.

Carolina Social Bar, Sol Y Luna and The Gnosh Pit kept the food and drinks flowing while Kona Ice kept everyone cool in the summer heat.

“Ten out of ten! Let’s do it again!” exclaimed one Grande Dunes resident.

Residents Remember 9/11 at Patriot Day Concert

On Saturday, September 11, 2021, more than 350 Grande Dunes residents came together in Marina Park to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and pay tribute to the 3,000 people who lost their lives on that tragic day.

The event began with the entrance of the flag, escorted by members of North Myrtle Beach’s American Legion Post 186.

Two 50/50 raffles raised nearly $1,000 to support the American Legion and the Long Bay Symphony, with the winners of both prizes generously donating their proceeds back to the non-profits.

Local food trucks offered unique dining options and Uncle Louie Gee’s Italian Ice provided first responders and members of the military – past and present – with a free snack.

All in all, it was an emotional evening of unity and love of country. As night fell and the ceremonies wound down, residents stood together to sing “God Bless America” while an illuminated American flag glowed from the stage.