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Today's Features

  • Homemade Jam is a local band from southern Brunswick County, offering a variety of blues, country and Southern rock.

    The group performs at Calabash’s Summer Concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 31, in Calabash Community Park.

    The band plays a variety of music from Merle Haggard to Molly Hachett.

  •  If you go

    What: Jeffcoat Pottery Anniversary Exhibition

    When: reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 31; exhibition Aug. 1 through Sept. 6

    Where: Sunset River Marketplace, 10283 Beach Drive, Calabash

    Pottery demonstrations noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 9 and Aug. 27. Weekly drawings for free pottery and gallery gift certificates.

    Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash will feature a collection of pottery by Joe and Tonda Jeffcoat titled “Jeffcoat Pottery: Celebrating 40 Years.”

  •  By John Nelson

    Which plants display the showiest, most flamboyant flowers? Some will insist they are the various orchid species. The orchid family truly is a giant group, easily the largest plant family in the world, in terms of number of different species. Orchids as a family cover the earth — almost. They are indeed known from all but the coldest parts of the planet. Many are epiphytic, or growing on the branches of trees, but quite a large number, too, are terrestrial, at home on the ground. Some are even weeds.

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    By the time the rising sun had gilded the tops of the towering hills, the mountains and vales rang with the harmonious shouts of the pious and cheerful tenants of the groves and meads.— William Bartram, Travels

     

  •  By John Nelson

    Let’s go to the movies.

    Everybody will know this plant as “The Sound of Music’s” ticket to five Academy Awards, the plant that Maria and the Von Trapp Family were so crazy about. Not only for them, but it was also the favorite flower of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm, and Ludwig II, who built those fairy-tale castles in Bavaria.

  • Buckle into your movie seats.

    It’s kids’ movie time for another summer.

    Now that school is out, Coastal Cinema 10 at 5200 Bridgers Road in Shallotte has once again launched its seasonal Summer Kids’ Movie Series.

    Movie showings are at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 21.

    Admission for all ages is $1 per person. Admission is subject to seating availability, and groups are welcome.

  • By John Nelson 

    Everybody around here is heading to the beach! Are you? Need something to read? Here’s a short novel in 3 short chapters:

  •  By John Nelson

    We have two dogs at home, both rescues. Can I brag on them for a moment?

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    By John Nelson

    When I was a kid, our family would make an annual summer trip to visit relatives in Hanover, Va. This was before interstate highways, and well before air-conditioning in the car, so we’d always leave early in the morning, well before dawn. Rousted from bed, and trundled dreamily into the back seat, the beginning of the trip was a bit mysterious, and somehow a grand adventure, but boy, were we glad to get out of that car finally late in the afternoon.