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Today's Features

  •  By John Nelson

     “Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen,”Willa Cather, My Antonia.

     

    Winter. Winter. Winter. On and on. And it probably won’t even snow here where I am. I have to admit that even though it is cold and nippy for this child of summer, our southern winters always include some beautiful, sparkling days. And the big trees don’t seem to mind winter too much.

  •  When it comes to meal planning, I don’t always remember to include a vegetable and/or beans and some kind of greens, like a garden salad, spinach, broccoli…something in the green family, and occasionally a pasta or starch of some kind.

    My wife can attest to this fact. On more than one occasion, I’ll tell her what fantastic entrée that I’m concocting and she’ll ask me, “What vegetable on you planning to serve with that?”

  •  At the beginning of the year, I joined a group on Facebook about “decluttering” your house. The idea is great. It’s spells out ideas on what to do each week of the year to help get your home organized. The concept is to do something little every day and by the end of the year your house will be decluttered.

  •  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.