Today's Features

  •  Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash will host Wilmington musician Jim Quick as he presents “Inside the Song: the Making of Music” at its monthly Creative Exchange event from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11.

    There is a $5 fee and, due to limited seating, reservations are required.

  • Richie and Serenity Caison are the parents of a daughter, Madison Elizabeth Caison, born at 8 a.m. June 8 at Columbus Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and measured 18 inches long.

    She joins a brother, Gavin, 3.

    Maternal grandparents are Lee and Lisa Harris of Shallotte.

    Paternal grandparents are Billy and Linda Caison of Supply.

    Great-grandparents are Janet Wicker of Fayetteville, Jean Harris of Fayetteville, Faye Gaskins of Fayetteville, and Lula King of Supply.

  •  Each year during the third week in July youth from throughout North Carolina meet on campus at North Carolina State University to celebrate. The event is known as North Carolina 4-H Congress. 

    Youth ages 9-19 make presentations on a number of topics and compete to represent the state in several national competitions.

    Last week, a delegation from Brunswick County included Justin Simmons of Supply, who made bid for state president. Simmons, a home school graduate,

  • It is again time for the annual soil sampling promotion. Now is an excellent time to take soil samples. Submitting samples now results in receiving your analysis in three to four weeks or less rather than submitting in the winter that will take 12-16 weeks minimum for results to be received. 

  •  If you haven’t already figured it out, Southeastern North Carolina is one of the worst places in the world to grow turfgrasses. We sometimes have winter temperatures that cause injury to warm-season grasses like centipede and St. Augustine. It’s just too blasted hot in the summer for even the most heat-tolerant, cool-season grasses like tall fescue to survive. Throw in weeds, ground pearls, high pH, large patch, dollar spot, chinch bugs and all of the other issues and you have tough turf growing conditions.

  • Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Aug. 2

    Pork cutlet/gravy, corn casserole, turnip greens, pears, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Aug. 3

    Barbecue chicken, mashed potatoes, green peas, pineapple tidbits, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Aug. 4

    Beef macaroni casserole, green beans, applesauce, sugar cookies, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Aug. 5

  •  The first time I had Steak Diane was years ago at a fancy restaurant. Popular back in the ’50s and ’60s, when and where it actually came about is unknown.

    New York City is probably the best candidate for the source of Steak Diane, but which restaurant was the birthplace would be difficult to identify. 

    The top culinary trend of that time was dishes that could be flamboyantly prepared tableside. I remember being really impressed with the theatrical antics arising from the flambéing of the cognac that was used to make the sauce.

  • Everybody thinks they want to be a vet—until they think about.

    I didn’t so much think about becoming a vet, I just was. Some say it’s a “passion” while others call it “pathology.” Either way, working and living with animals is all I’ve known since I was “knee-high to a grasshopper” as we used to say in South Georgia.

    Sure, it’s hard to become a vet and even harder to be one, but it’s the only thing I’ve ever seen myself doing.

  • “A canopy of moss-draped trees leading to the Intracoastal Waterway” is one way to define Gause Landing.

    Or how about “George Washington slept here”? Or “Hurricane Hazel hit here”?

    Jackie Stanley Varnam is among locals who grew up in the area just west of the waterway and south of Ocean Isle Beach, on Hale Beach Road running parallel to Gause Landing Road.

  •   CALABASH—Diners lining up in the Seafood Capital during a busy summer suppertime can see the good-natured debate and choices live on when it comes to eating Calabash-style.

    “This is it!” proclaims a sign and arrow pointing out Beck’s Restaurant near the corner of Beach Drive and River Road.