Today's Features

  •  “Great-Grandma Susie Inman clowns around with good old Ronald McDonald on her 75th birthday,” wrote 11-year-old Hailee Townsend of Ash. After Townsend asked Inman to pose with the famous clown many times for a photograph, Inman relented on her birthday Oct. 4.

  •  By John Nelson


    … Or, as the snail, whose tender horns being hit,

    Shrinks backward in his shelly cave with pain,

    And there, all smother’d up, in shade doth sit,

    Long after fearing to creep forth again …

    Shakespeare, Venus & Adonis, I.i.


  • Fall activities for kids dominate Greenlands Farm’s Fall Community Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.

    The event, rescheduled from last weekend because of Hurricane Matthew, will include fall activities for kids, including games and crafts.

  • Join the town of Holden Beach from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, for Boo at the Beach at the Holden Beach Pavilion at the end of Jordan Boulevard. The free event will feature booths with carnival games for children sponsored by groups, businesses and residents. A Halloween costume contest is at 6:30 p.m. Visitors can vote for their favorite booth, with the winner to be announced at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to sponsor a booth call Holden Beach Town Hall at (910) 842-6488.

  • Brunswick Arts Council’s 16th Annual Fall Exhibition & Sale kicks off Monday, Oct. 17, at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash.

    Artists from all over Brunswick County will be represented with work of all different media, with prizes totaling more than $1,800 to be awarded.

    Exhibition artists, BAC members and friends and the public are invited to a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, with an award ceremony at 6 p.m. at the gallery at 10283 Beach Drive.

  • Ocean Isle Beach is revving up for the 36th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival slated to unfold this weekend at 8 E. Second St.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, rain or shine. Admission is $5 adults; free for children younger than 10.

    Described as an all-in-one food, arts and crafts and oyster venue, visitors are once again invited to venture over to the OIB island to enjoy the two-day lineup of fall festivities and fun.


    By John Nelson



    Be careful: these flowers look as though they might want to take a bite out of our leg if you get too close to the perennial border. All those bright pink jaws, gaping open, or maybe they are more interested in singing than in biting!

  • By Stephanie Sellers

    Special to the Beacon

    Sometimes we find what we werenít looking for only to realize it is exactly what we needed.

    This summer in Bolivia, where I had spent the summer working as a traveling artist, I got just that.

  • By Linda Arnold

        We all get taken in by the headlines: “Seven Steps to Happiness,” “Ten Tips For Your Dream Life,” “Five Minutes to Bliss.” You name it.

         With all the focus on things we can bring into our lives to be happier, I started wondering about things we could eliminate to achieve the same result.

  • With a smile or two to deepen my pleasure, I remember enjoying the adventures of “The A Team” evolving with the ultimate and triumphal pronouncement: “I love it when a plan comes together.” Although it really wasn’t a plan that came together recently, I sensed providential planning plaguing my steps. It evoked a series of serendipitous events, emails, and experiences. The events were catalysts for the experiences and made the emails profoundly meaningful.