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Today's Features

  • “It’s too darn cold to go out for a walk! Now lay down and quit your whining!”

  • CALABASH—The town of Calabash and the Calabash Community Service Committee will host their fourth annual New Year’s Eve public bonfire and celebration starting at 8:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Dec. 31.

    Festivities are once again scheduled in the Hurricane Fishing Fleet parking lot at 9975 Nance St. on the Calabash Riverfront.

    A hot complimentary meal of ham with scalloped potatoes, clam chowder, green beans, rolls or cornbread and dessert will be served in addition to hot beverages (cocoa, tea, coffee, apple cider).

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    You go through life, and you become aware of various truths. For instance, for me as a teacher (maybe you, too?), it seems students are getting steadily younger. What about this one: A lot of books out there were apparently printed with shrinking ink. And here’s another: Christmas comes earlier and earlier every year, it seems. As far as Christmas and this long string of holidays now upon us, here's a botanical reminder of the rapidly changing seasons.

  • Light up your yuletide this season with the Holiday Laser Music Show at Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

    Show time is 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 3 at the planetarium at 7625 High Market Street.

    The show features colorful laser images displayed on the domed ceiling of the planetarium’s SciDome Sky Theater, to the accompaniment of classic holiday music like “Sleigh Ride,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”

  •  By John Nelson

  •  By John Nelson

    They say Black Friday is starting to turn a bit gray because shoppers have so many more options for spending money because so many stores were open on Thanksgiving Day. Yep, the holiday season is upon us, and that means spending lots of money on stuff — including Christmas trees.

  • SUPPLY — It was a bleak wartime winter back in her native Britain in December 1941, and 16-year-old Nora Oglesby and her fellow teen-aged nannies caring for 20 orphaned boys were worried.

    Recently relocated to a Scottish castle away from the deadly barrage of German bombings in England, the staff and children of one of Dr. Thomas Barnardo’s renowned orphanages were poised to observe Christmas with next to nothing.

  • No “Bah Humbugs” from me this week, just a few tips and ideas to help encourage positive and healthy practices to get us all through the holidays.

    Treat!

    Yes, your favorite foods are available (and usually lots of them) this time of year. So treat yourself while trying to be realistic. Go ahead and eat some of those cookies or other holiday goodies…just do so in moderation. Feeling like a martyr about food or trying to give it up completely tends to backfire. Holidays are all about balance.

    Be picky

  • An age-old winter custom is the drinking of wassail, which is drunk at Christmas time, New Years and the Twelfth Night. Wassail is a greeting, meaning, “Be in good health!”

    Wassail is also associated with caroling. As the story goes, men would carry a large vessel, usually with handles, from house to house. They would sing, get the vessel filled again, and then go on to the next house. It was a sign of good luck to have them visit.

  • My name is Joseph. I am a carpenter by trade. By nature, I am a man who loves solitude, who finds joy in creation. My love for nature led me to find deep pleasure and profound value in the working of wood. There are so few trees in my country. Each is a precious commodity, a priced gift. It always surprises me to know others cannot see the pricelessness and art found in woodworking.