Riding’ with Big E for Feb. 7, 2013

One thing leads to another

For Weekly SurgeFebruary 5, 2013 

We sat at the bar at Fat Jack’s Wings & Things in Surfside Beach the other night and tried to figure out how many years had passed since a friend first introduced us to the place. Our best guess was about 16. At first we went for the award-winning Buffalo Wings, but we kept coming back because the staff went from being really friendly to being real friends. While the names and faces of the kitchen and wait staff have changed through the years, we somehow managed to come to know them all and to really find our way in to the Fat Jack’s family.

My wife, Sissy, and daughter, Melissa, even worked there for awhile, and I spent a couple of nights filling in behind the bar when they were in a bind. We’ve joined the staff for a 4th of July party and have had them over for birthday celebrations and UFC fight parties. The former owner, Maria Kovacs and her right hand man Kurt Christiansen, became true friends and we already miss our weekly visits with them. Fat Jack’s was sold and the news owners, Robert “Junior” Kemp and Debbie Kolar took over Jan. 3. (Sissy and me actually bought our pizza and wings place in Litchfield after looking into the possibility of buying Fat Jack’s ourselves years ago, but it didn’t work out.) Some of the new decorations at Fat Jack’s include motorcycle paraphernalia and Kemp sports Harley-Davidson suspenders so the good news is that Kemp is a motorcycle enthusiast too, who, like Kovacs, welcomes biker business.

The real reason I mention Fat Jack’s is because it is where we came to know many of the people from the Harley-Davidson dealership through the years, including the owner Phil Schoonover. We ran into him the other night and he introduced us to Sarah George who is the new Marketing and Events Coordinator for Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson.

I got a look at her bio and George “holds a Bachelors degree in Journalism from Marshall University and maintains Accreditation with the Public Relations Society of America. As a marketing and public relations professional she joins Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson with nearly a decade of experience…She is also the project coordinator for Katie's Project, a local non-profit helping teens with formal attire for milestone events.” (Think prom dresses.) George was very friendly and seemed excited about her new position. She has already been promoting a number of events at the dealer’s multiple locations.

On Saturday, the Harley Shop at the Beach at 4002 U.S. U.S. 17 S. in North Myrtle Beach hosted a Groundhog Day Party that included an Oyster Roast and Chicken Bog competition with hundreds of dollars in prizes. Surge’s own Paul Grimshaw of the Paul Grimshaw Band performed. I spoke to Grimshaw who said the four-hour event was a success with more than 100 people coming and going, a few bog-off entries and he told me, “They had bushels and bushels and bushels and bushels of oysters.” While it is too late to enjoy that event, MBH-D will host many more, including a Valentine’s Day weekend sales event and Sweethearts Dinner Ride.

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 16, both Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson dealership locations are holding the Love Me Twice Event, offering sales on what a flyer describes as “huge inventory” of “like-new, low-mileage, pre-owned motorcycles”. Financing and free food will be available at the event and select jewelry will also be on sale all month.

That same date, riders can register from 5-6 p.m. at the main dealership located at 4710 South Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach for the 6 p.m. Sweetheart Dinner Ride. Registered participants will ride to Texas Roadhouse restaurant at 3037 U.S. U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet for dinner and get 20 percent discount on their entire check. (You must be a registered rider to receive the discount.) Participants are asked to make a $5 donation per rider to benefit Katie’s Project. Sign up in advance to ride or get more details by e-mailing events@myrtlebeachharley.com.

I asked George what else we could expect and she told me, “Coming up, we have the Annual Biker Bluegrass Festival in March that will benefit Operation Welcome Home; a Garage Party in April just for women; and we’re planning fun events each month at both the Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach [Harley-Davidson] locations.”

She promised to keep me in the loop so I can pass it all along to you.

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