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Today's Features

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    So, the Thanksgiving holiday has just come and gone. Turkey, football, catching up and naps, right? Maybe — or maybe not.

    No doubt you had a range of experiences and emotions — totally normal. This holiday often brings together extended family and involves travel, preparation, work and emotional charges. Or, you might have found yourself alone this time.

  •   It started with some silly animal carols and is still going strong 21 years later. I’m talking about the 21st annual Calabash Christmas tree lighting and parade this Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. in downtown Calabash.

    Twenty-one years ago, I stood in front of a small Christmas tree donated by Callahan’s of Calabash with five team members from my veterinary clinic, Seaside Animal Care. I had altered a few seasonal carols into pet-themed renditions and was singing my heart out in front of a small crowd gathered to check out the commotion.

  • It’s the holiday season — you can tell because of all the festive events scheduled in the coming week.

    Here’s a roundup of what’s happening in Brunswick County.

    Holden Beach

    Holden Beach will have its ninth annual tree lighting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Holden Beach Pavilion at the end of Jordan Boulevard.

  • “Christmas with Emile Pandolfi” featuring the renowned pianist celebrates the season at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Dec. 8, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    With nearly 30 recordings in his discography, New York-born Pandolfi ranks among America’s most popular piano artists and is a repeat concert series favorite at the Brunswick County venue.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s latest production, “Too Old For The Chorus But Not Too Old To Be A Star,” debuts this weekend as a “clever, witty musical revue” about three men and two women experiencing the joys and frustrations of aging.

  • Greenlands Farm at 668 Midway Road in Bolivia cooks up holiday food tastings and orders at A Taste of the Holidays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

    For $3, customers have opportunity to sample a selection of offerings Greenlands will have available for the holidays. Or, place an order with Greenlands’ Gourmet Farm to Go Holiday Meals and Sweets and get your tasting for free at stations set up inside Greenlands Farm Store.

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    So on those nights when you won’t have the time for cooking when you get home, and you’re looking to use up some of your leftover matzah balls, a good hearty soup is always a great solution.

    Matzah balls? Matzah (also spelled matzo) balls are traditionally served in chicken soup. They are simply a dumpling made from a mixt

     

  •  What are you doing for dinner this coming Saturday, Dec. 3? If you don’t have plans (or even if you do), I’m offering a suggestion. Why don’t you dine in? Think about eating at home that night.

    Dec. 3 marks the third annual Family and Consumer Sciences’ Dine-in for Healthy Families Day. In observance of this day, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) and the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS) are asking families to plan, prepare and eat a healthy meal together.

  •  In 1754, Horace Walpole coined a word from the title of a fairy tale, “The Three Princes of Serendip.” It tells the tales of heroeswho“were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.” Life, then, became replete with these events … but only for those with eyes to see!

  •  The 2016 Miss Brunswick County Christmas Queens are crowned Nov. 13. Front row, from left, are Tiny Miss Aubrey Harrelson, Mini-Miss Avrie Ashmore, BCC Sweetheart Kaitlyn Gore, Tiny Miss Khloe Workman, Wee Miss Kamyrah McKeithan, Petite Miss Kailee Henderson and Little Miss Lexis Henderson; back row from left are Holly Smith, Erica Evans, Caitlyn Willoughby, BCC Ambassador Ashlynne Lowery and Brunswick County Christmas Star Diane Griffey.