Local on the Water

Local on the Water is hosting a pair of events benefitting the North Myrtle Beach Humane Society on Saturday and Sunday. Photo by Christian Boschult 

Sunday is all about puppy love at Local on the Water in North Myrtle Beach. 

Local OTW is hosting two events this weekend for the North Myrtle Beach Humane Society, starting off on Saturday with a 1920s-themed fundraiser benefitting feline vet care and finishing off on Sunday with a single dog-parent mixer. 

Radio station Energy 92.1 will be on-site Saturday, and WKZQ will be there for Sunday's mixer.

“We’re having our “Furrball,” which is a Great Catsby theme this Saturday,” said NMBHS Executive Director Tina Hunter. “This is our largest fundraiser every year. Each year we have a different theme, and this year our theme is the Great Catsby.” 

The event will harken back to the “purring 20s,” Hunter said, with guests encouraged to dress up as flappers and gangsters. An old car will be on site as a picture prop, and there will be a silent auction and prizes. The best costume also gets a prize.

“We’re having somebody come out and teach 20’s dancing,” Hunter added. “We have a large silent auction, we have some fun prohibition-themed games, but we’re not calling it prohibition, we’re calling it ‘purrhibition.’” 

On Sunday, the cats make way for the dogs, and single dog-parents and dog-lovers are invited out to mingle.

Nina Stebbins, wife of Local OTW restaurant operator David Stebbins, came up with the idea for the event. 

“I have some friends down here that are like, habitual daters,” Stebbins said. “Speed daters, blind dates, Tinder, you name it, they’re dying for love. And anytime I go either for support or to hang out and make fun of them, it’s so awkward. Just ridiculously awkward, I don’t know how anybody gets through it. But now you add a dog to the mix; who doesn’t want to kiss a puppy?”

And because almost everyone loves dogs, Stebbins added, the puppies are a good ice-breaker and a distraction. 

“So we figured if we just combine the two, now you can date or look and meet people and not have it be as awkward, because the dog’s going to kiss everybody, he’s going to break the ice,” Stebbins said. “If friends come, at least they’re not going to be in the corner going ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe my friend is doing this.’ They’re over playing with the dogs, doing whatever, too.” 

The wrap-around patio at Local is dog-friendly and Stebbins said the Humane Society is her favorite charity, “so any excuse I can get to have them come in or have a puppy here, I’m in.”

The Great Catsby tickets are $60 per person and the event lasts from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

The dog-parent mixer is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and is open to the public. 

Local On The Water is located at 1525 13th Avenue North, North Myrtle Beach.

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