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Today's Features

  • Folks weary of turkey and Black Friday hoopla can catch a break when the Museum of Coastal Carolina serves up its fifth annual Beer & Brats fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, at the museum at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Highlights include freshly cooked bratwurst, fries, assorted craft beer and soda.

    Check Six Brewing Company of Southport will tap into some of its best-selling craft brews for the event including Wendy’s Blonde Ale, Gee Bee Honey Pale Ale and Aerial Aggression Double IPA.

  • Ocean Isle Beach once again rings in the season with traditional Super Saturday events two days after Thanksgiving.

    Festivities consist of the annual holiday parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, from the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 E. Second St., consisting of decorated golf carts, bicycles and other creative wheels.

    Participants are asked to meet in the museum parking lot for judging at 1:15 p.m. Categories include floats, golf carts, bicycles and walkers, with trophies to be awarded for first, second and third place in each category.

  • You know the holiday season has begun as trees start to light up.

    In addition to the Ocean Isle Beach tree lighting at 4:30 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 25, the town of Carolina Shores heralds the holidays with its second tree lighting the same evening, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at town hall at 200 Persimmon Road.

    Highlights include homemade cookies, hot chocolate, caroling and a special guest in red on hand to greet children of all ages.

    For more information, call Carolina Shores Town Hall at 575-4877.

    Holden Beach 10th annual tree lighting

  • By John Nelson

     

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    What a difference one letter makes! I like to think of ThanksLIVING as an endless season.

    Don’t get me wrong. I like the turkey and trimmings as much as anyone else. It’s just that the spirit of the season could have a much longer shelf life.

    Unlike other traditions, the season of ThanksLIVING has no beginning or end. It’s rooted in the spirit of gratitude that can occur all year long.

     

    Practice makes perfect

  • Each Thanksgiving, Americans families and friends gather around tables, pile plates full of food, remember good times and those who left too soon or were unable to join, and toast another holiday season. In 68 percent of U.S. homes, a dog, cat or other furry, feathered or scaled companion will be eagerly anticipating dropped morsels, secret servings and leftovers.

    I encourage you to include your pet in celebrating the holidays whenever possible. Here are some tips for safely sharing Thanksgiving with your pets.

     

  • Officers: President Suzanne Simpson, Vice President Marji Carano, Secretary Kate Landon and Diane Colum, Treasurer Shawn Barone, Membership Lorelei Hauptmann,

    Education Brenda Call, Programs Dee Caudle and Kathy Elliott, Community Outreach

    Janet Fahey/Wanda Williams and Publicity Kate Landon.

    Meetings: The Brunswick Quilters meet from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 M.H. Rourk Dr., Shallotte.

  • The next session of Brunswick County Teen Court will be Nov. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brunswick County Courthouse. Brunswick County Teen Court is a partnership program between Communities In Schools and the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office, made possible through financial support provided by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and Brunswick County Schools.

  • Note: This is an amended version of a column published in 2003 when I first became the Beacon’s religion columnist.

     

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    Of all the holidays, Thanksgiving seems to be the one time of the year we traditionally know what to expect and what we will be eating. It’s the one holiday most of us like to celebrate at home, unlike the Fourth of July or New Year’s Eve, when everyone usually goes out somewhere to celebrate.