Today's Features

  •  Wendy Louise Sheffield of Ocean Isle Beach and Kyle Jackson Baccarny of Ash will wed Friday, Dec. 12, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The bride-elect is the daughter of John and Wendy Sheffield of Ocean Isle Beach and granddaughter of lsadora and the late William Carter and the late J.W. and Louise Prim Sheffield. The prospective groom is the son of Michael and Ann Baccarny of Ash and grandson of Paul and Lois Baccarny and the late Asa Ray and Mary Elizabeth Brady.

  •  No matter what you call them, simple presentations such as cheese and crackers can require as much work as your main course. Although primarily served as an appetizer, hors d’oeuvres can also function as the main attraction when served at cocktail and holiday parties.

  •  By John Nelson

    They say Black Friday is starting to turn a bit gray because shoppers have so many more options for spending money because so many stores were open on Thanksgiving Day. Yep, the holiday season is upon us, and that means spending lots of money on stuff — including Christmas trees.

  • Hannah Jean Goralski of Oak Island and Brandon Chad Frink of Supply will wed Saturday, Dec. 20, at Chapel of the Cross in Southport. A reception will follow at Duffer’s of Caswell Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Kincaid of Oak Island and Charles Goralski of Johnson City, Tenn. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Frink of Supply.

  • For the ninth holiday season in a row, Grissettown Longwood Fire and Rescue will become station central for dozens of model trains.

    The department’s ninth annual Christmas Train Show gets under way 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and continues through the weekend, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7.

    Each year since the first train show launched during the 2006 holiday season, the trains have just gotten bigger, better, and greater in number, fire chief Tal Grissett said.

  • The Sea Notes Choral Society will present its annual Christmas concert, “Season of Love,” in three performances at Hatch Auditorium at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly in Caswell Beach.

    The singers will be directed by Diane Kulp and accompanied by Jane Boberg at the concerts scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, and Friday, Dec. 5, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

    The 150-member chorus is celebrating 40 years of singing this year.

  • Sample ethnic foods while enjoying a variety of entertainment.

    The fifth annual Shallotte MultiCultural Holiday Festival will take place following the Shallotte Christmas Parade, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Eastgate Plaza, 150 Holden Beach Road in Shallotte.

  • Local towns are brightening the holiday season with an array of tree lightings and other festive activities starting Thursday and continuing through Monday.

    The first one is the annual Holden Beach Christmas Tree Lighting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the town pavilion under the bridge.

  •  Annually in the United States, Thanksgiving week is also honored as a time to give thought and offer action to the plight of homeless hordes whose lives are hidden in the nooks and crannies of our world. Their roof is the sky; their floor is the earth. Shelter is found anywhere they can hide, in woods behind public buildings, huddled in alleyways, housed in vacant buildings marked for destruction. They are invisible in the plain sight of unseeing eyes.

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse


    The inaugural Family and Consumer Sciences Day is Wednesday, Dec. 3. In observance of this day, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences are asking families to plan and eat a healthy meal together. They are calling for this to be Dining-in Day.