New arts and entertainment listings give taste of goings-on

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Two weeks ago we launched another new addition to The Brunswick Beacon.

After soliciting feedback from our readers, we found out there was a need to provide you with more information about events and activities not only going on in Brunswick County, but also communities within a short drive.

A team of Beacon staffers got together and spent several weeks planning out what we thought we needed to do to fill that information void. After lots of planning, we unveiled the new “Arts and Entertainment” pages in the March 20 edition.

A special thank you goes out to designers Renee Sloan and Keith White for developing an eye-catching design.

Renee also played a key role in contacting area organizations to let them know what we were planning and what information we were looking for.

This week, you’ll find the fruits of that labor on pages 12C and 13C. And, each week from here on out, you’ll find these pages in our Tidelines (C) section.

The pages will have listings of events in Brunswick County as well as south into Myrtle Beach and north into Wilmington.

Some of the things you’ll find in this week’s edition include:

Every Friday, from 7-9:30 p.m., bluegrass music, Shallotte Senior Center, Main Street.

How about some dancing to go along with your good time? Every Wednesday, you can kick up your heels at 7 p.m. for beginner line-dancing at Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center.

If you’d rather stay seated and enjoy yourself, you can take in “Treasure Island,” at 7 p.m. March 27-28 at Thalian Hall, Wilmington.

If a leisurely stroll is more up your alley, you might want to browse through a number of art galleries in the area. Now through May 10 area high school students will have their work on display at the Franklin Square Gallery in Southport as part of its annual High School Show. You’ll notice we also have a more in-depth story about this show on page 13C.

We hope to have the opportunity to do more than just list information on these pages. We want to tell the stories that go along with some of these events, just like the story about the show this week.

We also have a story about the upcoming Bark at the Beach fundraiser on Holden Beach. You can see a story and photo about the event on page 12C.

There’s much more on the pages than I can list here. We’ve tried to include local museums as well, so if you’re looking for something to do with the whole family, you might want to start by checking there.

Since spring is in the air, we know our readers will be looking for things to do to keep them busy. Also, as tourist season hits its full-stride, we know those coming into Brunswick County for rest and relaxation might also be looking for fun things to keep them busy.

We hope you’ll all find everything you need in these listings.

As always, we’re glad to get feedback from you about this new guide. Do you like what we’re including? Have we left something out? Is the information just enough or would you like to know more? Your comments and suggestions can be e-mailed to me at editor@brunswickbeacon.com.

If you’re an organization with an upcoming event that would be suitable for our arts and entertainment listings, it’s not too late to get involved. Send a brief description of the event to me via e-mail at editor@brunswickbeacon.com

You’ll also need to include the day, time and location of the event, as well as list any admission fees that may be associated with it.

We look forward to hearing from you.

STACEY MANNNING is the managing editor at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or editor@brunswickbeacon.com.