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Today's Features

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

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

  •  By John Nelson

  •  By Sam Marshall

     

    Looking for a more cost-effective way to fertilize your lawn or garden? Did you know almost 75 percent of discarded materials in North Carolina can be composted? Ever considered using earthworms to help you accomplish this task? Composting with earthworms, or vermicomposting,is a highly effective way of turning food and yard waste into nutrient-dense fertilizer that can boost plant health and increase flower and fruit production.

     

    What is vermicomposting?

  •  According to history, the first Thanksgiving feast was in 1621 at Plymouth Colony. It consisted of turkey, waterfowl, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin and squash. But it wasn’t until the Wampanoag Indian guests came and joined the Pilgrims that they decided to extend the affair.

    Today, we celebrate Thanksgiving for one day, or maybe two, if you count Black Friday.

  •  In 1754, Horace Walpole coined a word from the title of a fairy tale, “The Three Princes of Serendip.” It tells the tales of heroeswho“were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.” Life, then, became replete with these events … but only for those with eyes to see!

  • “After Thanksgiving” means more than Black Friday or recovering from too much turkey and trimmings in Ocean Isle Beach.

    It’s also the time for holiday festivities to begin in the South Brunswick Islands town.

    This year’s festivities launch a day earlier than usual, at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, with a tree lighting and caroling at the Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department at 105 Causeway Drive.

  • The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation is having its fourth annual Beer and Brats Fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St.

    Event-goers will be treated to freshly cooked unlimited bratwurst, hand-cut fries, cold beer and soda, said Linzy Cook, museum marketing coordinator.

    Check Six Brewing Company of Southport will offer six kinds of beer including Wendy’s Blonde Ale, Harley Pope Porter and Gee Bee Honey Pale, plus some of their best-selling craft beers.

  • A variety of vendors lights up the third Holiday Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Shallotte Farmers Market in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St. in Shallotte.

    More than 40 vendors will offer local winter farm vegetables and fresh seafood, baked goods, sauces, jam, hand-painted art, blown glass, photographic note cards of local scenes, handmade pottery, jewelry, crocheted items and children’s hair bows, goat’s milk soap and snowman gourds.

  •  By John Nelson

    Nothing teems

    But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs,

    Losing both beauty and utility.

      — William Shakespeare, King Henry V, act 5

     

  •  By Linda Arnold

    The political campaigns are over … finally!