Features http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/features/todaysfeatures en Sit, sip, safely see the solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21 http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/sit-sip-safely-see-solar-eclipse-monday-aug-21 <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/eclipse-nh-billingalls-4.jpg" alt="12-year-old Alex Frye checks his special viewing glasses prior to viewing the partial solar eclipse from a highway overpass in Arlington, VA, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014." title="12-year-old Alex Frye checks his special viewing glasses prior to viewing the partial solar eclipse from a highway overpass in Arlington, VA, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> If you&rsquo;re one of those last-minute souls who has not yet mapped out your solar eclipse plans, Silver Coast Winery serves up a sol-ution.</p> <p> Just in time for Monday&rsquo;s unique cross-country eclipse that will briefly cast a shadow over the Carolinas, the popular winery at 6680 Barbeque Road in the rural Grissettown area of western Brunswick County has scheduled &ldquo;Come Sit, Sip and See the Solar Eclipse&rdquo; from 12:30 to 4 p.m.</p> Richard Marx launches BCCOWA Performing Arts Series on Sept. 6 http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/richard-marx-launches-bccowa-performing-arts-series-sept-6 <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tidesrichardmarx.jpg" alt="Richard Marx opens the new Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium season for 2017-18 with a concert Sept. 6. Tickets, $45 adults and $40 seniors and students, went on sale Aug. 16." title="Richard Marx opens the new Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium season for 2017-18 with a concert Sept. 6. Tickets, $45 adults and $40 seniors and students, went on sale Aug. 16." align="left" hspace="6" width="97" height="85" /><p> Tickets went on sale Aug. 16 for a Sept. 6 performance by Richard Marx that opens the new Performing Arts Series for 2017-18 at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.</p> Can dogs see in the dark? The story of the ‘devil dog’ http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/can-dogs-see-dark-story-%E2%80%98devil-dog%E2%80%99 <p> &ldquo;Dr. Ward, are you certain we&rsquo;re alone? I can&rsquo;t tell you what&rsquo;s wrong with my dog unless we&rsquo;re absolutely alone. Are you sure no one can hear us?&rdquo;<br /> <br /> I was positive we were alone. The only things capable of hearing in my small exam room were the pet owner, her 9-month old puppy dozing at her feet and me. I was considerably less confident about what would happen next.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Are you smarter than a fifth grader? http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/are-you-smarter-fifth-grader <p> By Linda Arnold<br /> <br /> How many furlongs are in a mile?<br /> <br /> Who is the only U.S. President to never marry?<br /> <br /> What geological era are we in right now?<br /> <br /> If any of these stumped you, you&rsquo;re not alone.<br /> <br /> I spotted a book a couple of weeks ago with Jeff Foxworthy&rsquo;s photo on the front. I immediately connected him with the television show, &ldquo;Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?&rdquo; And I thought this would be a fun gag gift for an upcoming birthday celebration.<br /> <br /> What is this mystery plant? http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/what-mystery-plant-181 <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/8-17-17_mystery_plant_0.jpg" alt="This mystery plant is a lily, described only very recently but known to botanists from the region for many years before that. It is attractive to ruby-throated hummingbirds and butterflies — and botanists. " title="This mystery plant is a lily, described only very recently but known to botanists from the region for many years before that. It is attractive to ruby-throated hummingbirds and butterflies — and botanists. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> By John Nelson<br /> Fire in the sandhills!</p> Check out latest events at Hickmans Crossroads Library http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/check-out-latest-events-hickmans-crossroads-library <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tides_woodsong_fun_fatale_trio_2.jpeg" alt="Fun Fatale Trio performs at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road." title="Fun Fatale Trio performs at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road." align="left" hspace="6" width="125" height="85" /><p> Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road once again has a card catalog-load of programs planned in coming days, including two Meet the Author events.</p> <p> At 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, Gerald Baum of Calabash presents his novel, &ldquo;Cast From The Sea,&rdquo; at another Meet the Author event.</p> <p> Baum&rsquo;s adventure story is set in 1849 as two friends, Nathan Rodgers and Thomas Talbot, become trapped in a whale boat set adrift in the Pacific. The book covers an epic 27-year journey from searing sea to America&rsquo;s violent prairies.</p> Amuzu drums up rock and roll encore shows http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/amuzu-drums-rock-and-roll-encore-shows <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/amuzu_0.jpeg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="86" height="85" /><p> Due to overwhelming support, the Historic Amuzu Theatre&rsquo;s eighth annual Rock and Roll Extravaganza is sold out for all shows scheduled for August.</p> <p> But theater managers Bill and Cathy Furpless have scheduled an encore weekend for &ldquo;It&rsquo;s Gotta Be Rock and Roll Music&rdquo; Sept. 14-17 at the century-old theater at 111 N. Howe St. in Southport.</p> <p> Tickets are now on sale for 7:30 p.m. shows Thursday through Saturday and a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee. It&rsquo;s advisable to buy tickets now before those sell out, too.</p> Listen Up Brunswick County! in tune for fifth season http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/listen-brunswick-county-tune-fifth-season <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bob_lind.jpg" alt="Singer-songwriter Bob Lind opens Listen Up Brunswick County’s first concert for 2018 on Jan. 20 at the Odell Williamson Theater Events Center on the campus of Brunswick Community College." title="Singer-songwriter Bob Lind opens Listen Up Brunswick County’s first concert for 2018 on Jan. 20 at the Odell Williamson Theater Events Center on the campus of Brunswick Community College." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Given Listen Up Brunswick County&rsquo;s mission of Good Music/Good Deeds, its fourth season was a hit with peak attendance records and sold-out performances.</p> <p> Ticket sales and the generous support of attendees and loyal supporters enabled $1,000 donation to LUBC&rsquo;s designated charity for 2017, Hope Harbor Home.</p> <p> The success of the season inspired organizers to increase the number of shows from four to six, one each in January, February, March, April, October and November.</p>