Today's Features

  •  So often we have allowed doubt to cast a shadow on our faith. We let it tinge credence with incredulity, casting the gloom of uncertainty upon the grace of certitude. This causes distress and dismay to dog our steps and burden our spirits. We are shaken, but not to the core. To try to dismiss doubt summarily — banishing it to the darkest corner we can find — does no good. Somehow it surfaces when we least expect it and we are, once again, ill at ease.

  •  When it comes to outdoor cooking, many of us are at a considerable disadvantage. During the warmer, prime time cook-out season, those with outdoor grills and smokers will be busy heating up the charcoal, stuffing firewood into smokers or, like most, just turning the knob on their gas grill.


  • What kind of wine goes with swine?

    That’s what inquiring barbecue aficionados want to know as Silver Coast Winery uncorks the first Wine & Swine BBQ Cook Off on BBQ Road this weekend.

    It’s a valid question, one that John Barnes, wine-tasting professional at the local winery, was happy to tackle.

    “Any kind of wine goes with swine,” he said in anticipation of the first-time event launching Friday night, May 12, with a wing competition and continuing all day Saturday, May 13, to benefit Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue.

  • The Waterway Art Association (WAA) presents its 26th annual juried Spring Art Exhibit and Sale from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, May 16-19.

    This year’s show unfolds at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1040 Calabash Road, including an awards reception from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18.

    Admission is free, and the public is invited to view association artists’ work and vote for their favorite painting as well as take part in an auction for an original painting by a member artist.

  • As a part of its National Preservation Month celebration, Historic Wilmington Foundation (HWF) will present two preservation tax credit workshops.

    They will be presented Monday, May 15, at 5:30 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church, 1801 Market St. in Wilmington, and Tuesday, May 16, at 5:30 p.m. at Sunset Park Baptist Church, 231 Central Blvd. in Wilmington.

  • The Friends of the Leland Cultural Arts Center (FLCAC) will mark the donation of a grand piano with a dedication and short piano program to demonstrate the instrument at the Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) on Thursday, May 11, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to this free event, which coincides with the Exhibiting Artists’ opening at the LCAC at 6:30 p.m.

  • With the arrival of our warm weather, the fresh crunch of spring onions will complement any salad.

    Though spring and green onions are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between them. Spring onions have larger leaves and are harvested after a small bulb has formed. Green onions are harvested before any bulb has formed. If you leave them in longer, you’ll end up with a nice, round regular cooking onion.


    Cooking with spring onions

  • By Linda Arnold


    We’re all aware of the healing powers of nature.

    Green space. Walking in the woods. Taking in the flora and fauna.

    Now scientists have given a name to the restorative health effects of being around wate: blue space.

    This research, cited by author Alexandrea Becker, deals specifically with the ocean. I’ve learned, though, that similar calming effects can be derived from other bodies of water — lakes, rivers, creeks … and even office fountains.

  • Local fresh strawberries are a real treat this time of year. The growers have had quite a season this year with the Mother Nature. With the really warm weather in late February, some of us were lucky to get early berries. Then the cold weather in March slowed things down. While the April rain was appreciated, it too slowed the ripening and picking. According to one local grower I spoke with, if the weather continues to be favorable, we will have berries through May.