Today's Features

  •   By Sam Marshall


    As leaves begin to fall in earnest this time of year, you notice lingering bunches of green in your trees. This plant, which is largely blamed for an increase in the number of stolen kisses this time of year, is often considered an unsightly and unwanted addition in the winter landscape. Of course, we also know this plant as mistletoe. However, before attempting to have it (or your entire tree) removed, first consider the benefits of mistletoe in the landscape (aside from those kisses).


  •  During the winter months, a piping hot bowl of soup is the ultimate comfort food. Not just any kind of soup either, but serious, hearty, soul-warming soup that’s thick enough to stand a spoon up in.

    Whether you’re in the mood for seasonal produce like squash, pumpkin and potatoes, or the preserved flavors of summer like tomatoes and fruit, there are plenty of satisfying, hearty soup recipes to choose from for you and your whole family.

  •  Wilmington native Capt. Clinton A. Rountree was promoted to the rank of major during a promotion ceremony Nov. 13 at Liberty Chapel in Fort Lee, Va. He is the son of D.C. Rountree of Holden Beach and the late Gloria Rountree.

  • ‘Tis the season and week for Christmas parades, especially in Calabash and Shallotte.

    The 20th Anniversary Calabash Christmas Tree Lighting and Spirit of Calabash Parade are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4.

    The Spirit of Calabash Parade rolls out with a variety of participants including the Shriners’ Hillbilly Truck and Sudan Daredevils.

  • Join Greenlands Farm at 668 Midway Road in Bolivia for its fourth annual Winter Farm Fest from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

  • If you seek an out-of-the-ordinary setting for a holiday experience, look no further than the Museum of Coastal Carolina, Ingram Planetarium, Battleship North Carolina and the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

    From the traditional to the unusual, you’re sure to find an event to put you in a festive mood while learning more about our area and all it has to offer.

    Museum of Coastal Carolina

    The Museum of Coastal Carolina is hosting several activities designed to enhance the spirit of the holiday season.

  • Celebrate Christmas at the Old Bridge in Sunset Beach at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at 109 Shoreline Drive West.

    Highlights will include music by Linda Ladrick, Mandee Williams, The Seaside Belles with director Kathryn Parker and West Brunswick High School Show Choirs, Harmony in Motion and Sweet Harmony directed by Annette Horton.

    Festivities include a Christmas carol sing-along and light refreshments consisting of Christmas cookies and wassail.

    For more information, call 363-6585.

  • 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.

  • 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.