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Today's Features

  • By John Nelson 

    Arrggh! Dealing with common names of plants makes me sound like a pirate.

  • IF YOU GO

    What: Bethlehem Live outdoor drama

    Where: Beach Assembly of God, 6730 U.S. 17

    When: Nov. 28, 29, 30; Dec. 5, 6, 7

    How much: Free; advance reservations required

    Call: (910) 579-9701; beachassemblyofgod.org

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — John Chase was in his element.

  • Free, local art is painting the town of Shallotte the day after Thanksgiving, for the sheer joy of giving instead of just buying.

  •  By John Nelson

    Things change. It’s a part of nature … and in the fall, it’s not just leaves going from green to yellow, red or gold.

  • Ocean Isle Beach residents and visitors know to mark their calendars two days after Thanksgiving.

    The South Brunswick Islands coastal town will officially kick off the holiday season with annual Super Saturday festivities starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, with a parade, followed by an evening tree lighting and caroling, visits with Santa and a waterway flotilla.

    The celebration to launch the yuletide is sponsored by the Ocean Isle Beach Property Owners Association.

  • The Charles Dickens Christmas Revue is unfolding with a twist the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

    Dickens fans and pun-meisters might even refer to the change for the Nov. 29 revue in Southport as an “Oliver Twist.”

    This year’s event is an abbreviated, altered version of the historic seaport town’s Dickens Festival of the previous two Christmases past, event spokeswoman Meg Dellinger said.

  • As part of this year’s Dickens festivities in Southport, Brunswick Little Theatre is presenting Fezziwig’s Ball Murder Mystery, which also offers a Dickens twist.

    The party is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, and 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at BLT’s new theater at 8068 River Road SE, Southport.

    The event begins with a grand Victorian Ball, hosted by Mr. Fezziwig straight from “A Christmas Carol,” where guests can learn to dance the Roger de Coverly and sing a few carols.

  • Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College will be the site of two upcoming holiday concerts.

    Christmas with the Annie Moses Band will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, followed by A Viennese Christmas by the Hollywood Concert Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9. Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Christmas with the Annie Moses Band on Dec. 4

    The Annie Moses Band is an acclaimed classical crossover ensemble that performs stunning arrangements of holiday

  • Grissettown Longwood Fire Department in conjunction with the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club will present the ninth annual Christmas Train Show Dec. 5 through Dec. 7 at the GLFD station at 758 Longwood Road.

    Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7.

    Train displays will fill the station and run the gamut, from the smallest “Z” scale toted in a suitcase to larger N, HO, O and G-scale models.

    There will also be train vendors, food including baked goods, Santa Claus and a train raffle.

  •  Maybe it was the sound of the wind chimes hanging from the rafters of our tiny entryway that inspired me. It could have been a story that went viral, the one about a Texas teen who had been cruelly bullied. She wasn’t physically injured. It was worse. She was tricked into thinking she had been nominated as a contestant for class queen. The joke was turned around when her friends surprised her – and the bullies – by relinquishing the honor and offering the crown to her.