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Today's Features

  •  Were it not for a saint in the community sending me an urgent email with a command, “Go, see this movie,” I’d have missed a great opportunity. I’d have been deprived of the chance to laugh, cry, and be deeply moved by the reality of human sanctity as it is depicted in St. Vincent.

  •  By John Nelson 

     

     It’s a chilly, gray winter day here in the central midlands of South Carolina, and I’m driving around doing some botany, checking out the plant life. Not too many flowers to see, although here and there is a stray daffodil already coming up, and occasionally a few patches of dwarf bluets (Houstonia pusilla) in the grass. Of course, there are plenty of mosses and lichens around … and evergreen plants, like this tree.

  • The major difference between pasta as served in Italy and pasta served elsewhere is that for an Italian, pasta is generally a first course, to be followed by a second course of some kind, such as meat, fish, vegetables or even a pizza.

    In other words, pasta is a part of the meal, but not the whole meal.

  • One of the world’s premier autoharpists, Adam Miller, is coming to Brunswick County next week to present a free public performance at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Hickmans Crossroads Library.

    Miller, a renowned American folk singer, historian, musicologist and song collector, has amassed a remarkable repertoire of more than 5,000 songs. He accompanies his rich, resonant, baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies.

  • Another “whodunit” will permeate Silver Coast Winery on Feb. 21.

    That’s the day the winery and the Shallotte Junior Woman’s Club are presenting a 6 p.m. Mardi Gras Murder Mystery Dinner Show.

    Tickets, $26.69 per person (includes tax) must be purchased by Feb. 14 by calling the winery at 287-2800, by contacting a member of the Shallotte Junior Woman’s Club or calling 512-4202.

  • Some call it Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, but for local pet aficionados it’s known as Mardi Gras for Paws.

    The annual event to celebrate and raise funds for animal causes in Brunswick County is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at Pogies Waterfront Bar & Grill, 14 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    For $25 per person, there will be appetizers and a cash bar as well as a door prize for best Mardi Gras costume and a raffle drawing for a $500 Visa card and more. Costumes are encouraged but not required.

  • SUNSET BEACH — Following discussion and debate, Sunset Beach Town Council has approved an amendment to regulate tents on the beach.

    The 3-1 vote is to require tents, canopies and other “shading devices,” except for umbrellas, to be erected in a single line parallel to the ocean and not to extend more than 24 feet from the front dune line toward the ocean.

    Town council members Lou De Vita, Terry Johnson and Carol Scott voted in favor of the measure. Town councilman Wilson Sherrill cast a dissenting vote. Town councilman Mike Williams was absent.

  • Romance is in the air. Valentine’s Day, after all, is just around the bend.

    And several entities have scheduled events just to make Feb. 14 even more special this year.

    Singing valentines

    The Coastal Harmonizers are tuning up for more sweet serenading.

    This is the time of year when the barbershop quartet is in demand and on the go, bestowing singing valentines for a fee on the beloved throughout Brunswick County.

  • “Last Stand on the West Bank of the Cape Fear,” a living history program, will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the fall of Fort Anderson on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14 and 15.

    The anniversary event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 14 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 15 at historic Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site, 8884 St. Philips Road SE in Winnabow.

  • SUNSET BEACH — Chef Sal Rubio is one of the area’s most widely known chefs and one of its most renowned.

    Since November, Rubio has been overseeing the daily menu at Magnolia’s Fine Food & Spirits in the Jones-Byrd Clubhouse at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

    Since his arrival, Rubio has implemented a menu he describes as more customer-friendly and flexible.