Today's Features

  • The Saturday after Thanksgiving is always super in Ocean Isle Beach.

    That’s the day residents and visitors converge for festivities to kick off the holiday season.

    The fun begins with the Super Saturday Christmas parade at 2 p.m. Participants will meet for judging at 1:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 E. Second St.

    Participants gussy up vehicles, golf carts, bicycles and themselves with holiday decor and attire.

  • Model trains are rolling into their respective stations at two venues this holiday season.

    The first event has been making whistle-stops during November, including Thanksgiving weekend at Calabash Marketplace at 10050 Beach Drive.

    The marketplace is partnering with the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club to expand train exhibits during the month of Thanksgiving.

    Highlights include eight operating layouts. Thanksgiving weekend, the club will be hosting workshops and clinics.

  •  By Linda Arnold


    Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday — only surpassed by New Year’s Day, the ultimate new beginning (but that’s another column)!

  •  “Sweet is the swamp with its secrets, until we meet a snake;

    ‘Tis then we sigh for houses, and our departure take.” Emily Dickinson.


  •  Sometimes it’s tough to be grateful. It’s easy to forget the good in our lives when we see so much bad in the world. An encounter with a seemingly petulant pet owner reminded me how thankful we should be that we share our lives with animals.

  •  I love curling up on the couch tangled up in kids, dogs and cats sharing a colossal bowl of popcorn while watching a good movie. While the human family relishes the film, I’m pretty sure my dog’s main interest in movie night is the popcorn. That’s OK with me, because popcorn can be a healthy snack for cinema-loving canines.

  •  By Linda Arnold


    “Seasons change, and so did I. You need not wonder why.” Those lyrics from an old song by The Guess Who speak volumes. You may think the current change of season has to do with falling leaves, football and cooler temperatures, although there’s much more.

    Cycles and rhythms — they’re all part of nature, as well as our lives. 


    Reason, season or lifetime


  •   Thanksgiving is probably the biggest “leftover” holiday of the year. The traditional turkey day is over with and you stand there in wonderment at the mounds of leftovers and the guilt starts to set in. The mashed potatoes, the sweet potatoes, the dressing, the various vegetable side dishes and all that gravy … what are you going to do with all of it?


    The World War II Wilmington Home Front Heritage Coalition is seeking Pearl Harbor survivors and witnesses for southeastern North Carolina’s annual Pearl Harbor commemoration ceremony scheduled for Dec. 7 at Battleship Park.