Features http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/features/todaysfeatures en Meet the BackBeat: Fab Beatles-tribute four get retro July 29 in Sunset Beach http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/meet-backbeat-fab-beatles-tribute-four-get-retro-july-29-sunset-beach <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/4squaredarker_047_-_copy.jpg" alt="Chapel Hill-based The BackBeat, a Beatles-tribute band, plays the next Sunset Beach summer concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at the gazebo in Village Park on Queen Anne Street." title="Chapel Hill-based The BackBeat, a Beatles-tribute band, plays the next Sunset Beach summer concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at the gazebo in Village Park on Queen Anne Street." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Based in Chapel Hill, The BackBeat pleases crowds of all ages with hits from The Beatles, along with timeless classics of the Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, The Kinks, et al.</p> <p> They&rsquo;ll be bringing their Beatles-n-more sound to Sunset Beach&rsquo;s summer concert stage from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at the gazebo in Village Park on Queen Anne Street.</p> BLT's 'Shrek' continues through Aug. 2 http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/blts-shrek-continues-through-aug-2 <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tides_shrek-img_70252.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> What happens when an unlikely hero who happens to be an ogre falls in love with a princess, who also happens to be an ogre? It&rsquo;s &ldquo;Shrek the Musical,&rdquo; Brunswick Little Theatre&rsquo;s summer show.</p> Half Hell Folk Music Festival brews Aug. 1 at Greenlands Farm http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/half-hell-folk-music-festival-brews-aug-1-greenlands-farm <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/half_hell_art.jpeg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Since its 2011 debut in the rural reaches of Brunswick County, Greenlands Farm has cultivated a sense of community in addition to country commerce.</p> <p> The latest seasonal, creative endeavor of the Bolivia-based farm and store is coming up the first day of August this Saturday as the Half Hell Folk Music Festival and &ldquo;tap takeover&rdquo; unfold from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the family-owned farm at 668 Midway Road.</p> The Embers, Craig Woolard heat up summer concert stages Aug. 2 and 7 http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/embers-craig-woolard-heat-summer-concert-stages-aug-2-and-7 <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/embers_photo.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Summer concert stages will warm up in coming days as musical legends The Embers with Craig Woolard team up to entertain at two locales.</p> <p> The renowned beach music entities will perform in tandem at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at the end of Jordan Boulevard in Holden Beach and again at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.</p> <p> The Embers have solidified their position as a thriving musical entity leaving their mark on listeners for decades.</p> Sometimes you need to follow the directions http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/sometimes-you-need-follow-directions <p> &nbsp;&ldquo;But Rebel was fine. Why should I give him the pills once he&rsquo;s better? I don&rsquo;t understand why he&rsquo;s sick again.&rdquo;</p> <p> If I&rsquo;ve heard that excuse once, I&rsquo;ve heard it a thousand times during the past 21 years of veterinary practice. And I still don&rsquo;t get it.</p> <p> Don&rsquo;t get me wrong; I don&rsquo;t believe my clients mean any harm. I understand that administering a pet pills and potions can be challenging at times. The sooner you can stop, the better for everyone. But don&rsquo;t stop before you&rsquo;re supposed to.</p> What is this mystery plant? http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/what-mystery-plant-70 <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/7-30-15_mystery_plant2.jpg" alt="This week&#039;s mystery plant is a native herb species that only grows to be a foot or so tall and likes to grow on the driest of sandy places." title="This week&#039;s mystery plant is a native herb species that only grows to be a foot or so tall and likes to grow on the driest of sandy places." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;By John Nelson</p> <p> <em>Summer has set in with its usual severity &ndash;&ndash; Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1826</em></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Second poetry contest extended http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/second-poetry-contest-extended <p> &nbsp;Take a second chance</p> <p> On composing poetry</p> <p> In latest contest</p> <p> The second round of Poetry Opens Doors has been extended.</p> <p> The local poetry contest and writing initiative is being spearheaded by local author Joan Leotta, along with Hickmans Crossroads Library branch manager Christi Iffergan and Kat Moore of Poetry Revisited.</p> What is this mystery plant? http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/what-mystery-plant-69 <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/7-23-15_mystery_plant.jpg" alt="This week&#039;s mystery plant can be found in a variety of habitats such as swamps, streamheads, pocosins and Carolina bay margins." title="This week&#039;s mystery plant can be found in a variety of habitats such as swamps, streamheads, pocosins and Carolina bay margins." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> By John Nelson</p> <p> We had avocado as a mystery plant a few weeks ago, as every now and then our subject matter comes to us from the produce section of the grocery store. This week&rsquo;s mystery plant is not from the grocery store, but it is related to avocado.</p>