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Today's Features

  •     Strawberries typically peak during May in the South and in June and July in the North. Local farmers markets in our area now have strawberries ripe for the pickin’.

    If you like to pick your own, be sure to take a couple of plastic buckets with you to load up on the local favorites. My wife and I used to indulge in picking are own strawberries at Holden Brothers Farm Market. In recent years, though, I leave the pickin’ to the younger folks.

     

    Picking strawberries

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    Howard and Kazuko “Kaz” Ratcliffe of Calabash celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 2. They were married at All Souls Anglican Church in Okinawa (Japan) by the presiding Bishop of Okinawa.

  •  Three-year-old Elizabeth Cumbee, daughter of Billy and Kassie Cumbee of Leland, competed in the N.C. State Miss United States Agriculture Pageant on April 9 in Fayetteville. She won divisional awards for Most Photogenic and Best Sportswear competition themed Red, White and Beautiful. She was also awarded runner-up for the state title but will continue to re-install as Tiny Miss Brunswick County Miss United States Agriculture.

  • Woodsong, a traditional “walking” neighborhood off Village Road in Shallotte, is celebrating spring with its own festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23.

    Woodsong Porch and Art Stroll will feature art, music and food.

    Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash has invited about 20 local artists and artisans to showcase their work on 11 porches throughout the community off Pender Road. Winners of a recent Brunswick Community College student art competition will exhibit work inside Woodsong’s meeting hall.

  • The Old Bridge Preservation Society’s fourth annual Strawberry & Wine Festival is the place for strawberry, wine and music lovers to be next Sunday.

    The OBPS is staging its fourth annual seasonal festival from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road off Longwood Road (N.C. 904) in the Grissettown community.

  • Get ready to bopple in Holden Beach.

    The beach town’s annual bopple race, when numbered apples are released into the Intracoastal Waterway to determine cash winners, is an annual mainstay at annual Days at the Dock festivities, slated for Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24.

    Sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association, this year’s annual festival to kick off the spring season starts at 9 a.m. both days at the festival site under the Holden Beach bridge.

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    In last week’s column, I talked about the recommendation that most Americans should cut back on the amount of sodium we consume. The goal would be less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day and for some even less. When we say sodium in the diet, in general we’re referring to salt, which is a combination of sodium and chloride. If you’re not really into milligrams, 2,300 milligrams would be as much sodium as you get in a little less than a teaspoon of salt.

     

    Cutting back is easier said than done

  •  By John Nelson

    O thou weed,

    Who art so lovely fair and smell’st so sweet

    That the sense aches at thee.

                    William Shakespeare, Othello; Act 4, scene 2

     

     Even weeds can be wonderful.

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    Spring fever outbreaks have been tempered by the cool breath of Old Man Winter during the past few days, but rest assured that a brand new gardening season is heating up. And, nothing says “it’s spring” quite like the Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale at the New Hanover County Arboretum. This year’s event is Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 17, from 1 to 5 p.m.