SUNSET BEACH—It was May 1997. Rudy Gambarelli had retired from his lifelong stint in the wine business. His wife, Pat Gambarelli, was more than ready, after 11 years of cooking classes in New York State, to close the kitchen and head south with him.
“No more snow shovels and icy roads for us,” Pat Gambarelli wrote about the couple’s decision to retire to Sea Trail Golf Resort in Sunset Beach. “The future was warm.”
Bamboo T-shirts bearing the town of Calabash logo are now available at the Bamboo Boutique in The Low Country Stores complex in Calabash.
The design features the town logo, “Seafood Capital of the World.”
Bamboo clothing is thermal-regulating and helps wearers stay cooler and drier in the summer and warmer in winter, store owner Dean Moore says.
Bamboo is also touted as a renewable resource that’s grown without use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
The Oak Island Art Guild is sponsoring a painting workshop with Roger Tatum beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the Oak Island Recreation Center. The workshop is free and open to members and non-members. Walk-ins are welcome. Participants must be 18 years or older.
Tatum will show artists how to turn photo references into effective paintings. Find the essential elements in photo references and reduce them to simpler, more effective compositions and value patterns.
Turtle lovers won’t want to miss the upcoming First Friday Gallery Walk on Aug. 3 at Franklin Square Gallery.
Turtles will be front and center. While the little critters are hatching up and down the beaches, painters and potters of Franklin Square Gallery have hatched a collection of works featuring sea turtles.
Downtown Southport’s First Friday Gallery Walk takes place from 5-7 p.m. The public is invited to stroll through several downtown venues that evening.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is calling on artists to exhibit and sell artwork and goods this summer as part of the Department of Cultural Resources’ third and final Second Saturday event of 2012, scheduled for Aug. 11.
Volunteers needed for oyster shell bagging
The Coastal Federation and the town of Oak Island are in need of volunteers for an oyster shell bagging all-day event at Waterway Park on Oak Island on Aug. 14.
Thursday, Aug. 2
Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.
The Cooperative Council of North Carolina hosted its 2012 Leadership Camp June 18-22 at the North Carolina FFA Center at White Lake.
Sponsored by ATMC, John Bernheisel of Bolivia, Janzen Jones of Southport and Savanna Michaux of Oak Island were chosen to attend this year’s camp.
The leadership camp is an educational, five-day resident camping program consisting of speakers, workshops, recreation and small group sessions with special emphasis on how cooperatives operate and how to develop leadership skills.
Summer quilt show is July 16-Aug. 15
The Year of the Dragon is the theme of this summer’s quilt show at Franklin Square Gallery in Southport. The show, which runs from July 16-Aug. 15, is the 20th year the quilt guild has participated in a challenge show at the gallery.
Amuzu Theater in Southport will present “The Ultimate Tribute to Johnny Cash,” featuring the The Johnny Folsom Four from Raleigh, for one show only at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4.
Johnny Cash fans of all ages can enjoy hit songs like “I Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Ring of Fire,” “A Boy Named Sue” and many other favorites as the group honors the “Man in Black” through a portrayal of this American legend.