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Today's Features

  •  By John Nelson

  • A lineup of llamas, horseback riders, county officials and other participants will highlight the annual Bolivia Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 20.

    Lineup starts at 10 a.m. at the Brunswick County Government Complex, with the parade launching at 11 a.m.

    The parade will proceed from the complex through Bolivia on Old Ocean Highway and will end at Bolivia Elementary School at 4036 U.S. 17 Business East in Bolivia.

    The road will be blocked off before the parade start time.

  •  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.

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    Good ol’ Hubby Dear had a yen for a somewhat expensive art book. At least, he thought its price was more than he should spend on himself. To assuage his guilt over desiring such a gift, he told me it would suffice for both Christmas and birthday presents. Then he boyishly asked me what I wanted for Christmas. My teasing response was, “All  I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.”

  •  By Cheryle Syracuse

    You don’t need me to tell you that Christmas is getting closer and closer. Many folks still have plans to making and give some homemade or home-baked gifts this year. With that in mind I have two thoughts to share about homemade gifts, one a caution and the other a quick and somewhat healthful idea.

  •  Sauerbraten is a favorite of mine to be served around the holidays. It’s not just a dish you can make for just two, three or four people. Since I start out with a 4- to 5-pound beef roast, it is more conducive to a larger gathering around the holiday season.

  •  Tyler Dean Smith, son of Roger and Virginia Smith of Calabash, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in construction management, with a minor in business administration, during commencement exercises at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee on Saturday, Dec. 13.

    Smith is a 2011 graduate of Brunswick County Early College High School.

  • Nashville singer/songwriter Kate Campbell is headlining the next Listen Up Brunswick County Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in the fellowship hall of Holden Beach Chapel, 107 Rothschild St. at Holden Beach.

    Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Campbell’s musicianship began at age 7 when the Mississippi native started playing piano, then switched to guitar as a teenager.

    For her subsequent 13 albums, debuting in 1995 with “Songs from the Levee,” she is noted for writing, recording and performing on acoustic guitar.

  • Explore how American colonists celebrated the holidays when Brunswick Town celebrates its annual 18th Century Christmas from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14.

    Costumed interpreters will offer guided tours of St. Philips Anglican Church and historic Brunswick Town on the hour.

    During the program, visitors can enjoy colonial refreshments in the Brunswick Town Visitor Center, participate in traditional games, or try their hand at making Moravian paper stars and other 18th-century crafts.

  •  I have become increasingly enamored of Richard Rohr. It’s like falling in love for the first time. He is a fascinating, funny, famous (in some circles, at least), faithful and never frivolous Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province.