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Today's Features

  • Saturday, you can celebrate the season and pick a passel of pumpkins at Indigo Farms—as many as you wish to buy to get your home in colorful shape for fall.

    The renowned farms' annual Pumpkin Day, always scheduled the third weekend in October, will unfold with hay and horse rides, farm games and activities such as stilt races, a hay maze, NASPIG races, food and music. There also will be plenty of activities celebrating the festival's renowned orange vine-fruit, including pumpkin painting and pick-your-own-pumpkins.

  • Both bisques and chowders are made with seafood and vegetables, with a cream base. Chowders tend to be more stew-like or chunky, and bisques puréed. The word “bisque” is also used to refer to any sort of creamy, puréed soup, and thus menus often feature tomato and squash bisques.

  • Sweet iced tea is as southern as magnolia blossoms and chopped pork barbeque.

    It’s probably blasphemous to admit, but I, as a redneck southern boy, don’t like sweet tea. That’s almost as bad as admitting I don’t particularly like grits. Even though I may not appreciate all of the southern cuisine, the leaves of a camellia are the source of green, black, oolong and white teas.

  • Many gardeners like to have a list of things to do for the start of each month. Hopefully, they will be able to check-off the list before the month is up and this will provide them with a sense of accomplishment.

    Still, others need to have a list just to remind them of gardening things to do before the weather sets in and it is too late. Whatever the reasons, you need to tack a list to the refrigerator as a reminder.

    Gardening tips for October

  • Brunswick County Schools fourth graders took part in Brunswick Town’s annual Colonial Heritage Days last week.

    Costumed volunteers and employees portrayed people from Colonial times and showed students how they lived and worked.

    Brunswick Town has offered a Colonial Heritage Day for about 25 years, and has always been a free field trip for schools.

    “It’s a good exposure to what life was like in this county where they live 200 years ago,” Jim McKee, a costumed character who has worked Colonial Heritage Days for about 13 years, said.

  • Shane Stevens is feeling anything but “Low” these days.

    That’s the title of a song the Calabash native co-wrote that was recently recorded by country music star Sara Evans for “Billy: The Early Years,” a Billy Graham biopic slated to open in theaters nationwide Oct. 10.

    The release of “Low” also marks the first recorded single written by Stevens, which had him on a high as he spoke during a phone interview recently from his 28th-floor apartment in Midtown Manhattan.

  • Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information, call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing

    Art and craft classes at Cappuccino By The Sea, 3331 Holden Beach Road. Various days and times. For more information, call 842-3661.

    Every first Friday through December

  • Fall means Farm Heritage Day at Indigo Farms.

    The annual event at the historic farm straddling the state line near Hickmans Crossroads is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 4. Admission is free.

    Learn about the old ways of life on the farm, with day-long demonstrations that will include basket-making, blacksmithing, gun-making, molasses-making, spinning, weaving, and a working 1920s gristmill powered by a 1915 Morse-Fairbanks vertical engine from Horry County Museum.

  • The cooler days of fall make for great working weather with the lower temperatures and humidity. For many who hail from colder climes, pruning trees and shrubs is on the list of chores, but our erratic fall and winter temperatures make heavy fall pruning a bad idea.

  • The trend toward cooler weather is welcomed by most of us, but some unwelcome insect visitors can accompany it.

    Polistes, or paper wasp colonies, are beginning to die out and some of the remaining workers (who will croak eventually), along with next year’s crop of queens, are likely to start bailing out of nests. The surviving queens will seek out some place to pass the winter and all too often our houses become the location of choice. There are several species of paper wasps, but the common ones are mostly brown in color with yellow stripes on their abdomens.