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Today's Features

  • Ocean Isle Beach residents and visitors know to mark their calendars two days after Thanksgiving.

    The South Brunswick Islands coastal town will officially kick off the holiday season with annual Super Saturday festivities starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, with a parade, followed by an evening tree lighting and caroling, visits with Santa and a waterway flotilla.

    The celebration to launch the yuletide is sponsored by the Ocean Isle Beach Property Owners Association.

  • Free, local art is painting the town of Shallotte the day after Thanksgiving, for the sheer joy of giving instead of just buying.

  • As part of this year’s Dickens festivities in Southport, Brunswick Little Theatre is presenting Fezziwig’s Ball Murder Mystery, which also offers a Dickens twist.

    The party is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, and 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at BLT’s new theater at 8068 River Road SE, Southport.

    The event begins with a grand Victorian Ball, hosted by Mr. Fezziwig straight from “A Christmas Carol,” where guests can learn to dance the Roger de Coverly and sing a few carols.

  • Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College will be the site of two upcoming holiday concerts.

    Christmas with the Annie Moses Band will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, followed by A Viennese Christmas by the Hollywood Concert Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9. Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Christmas with the Annie Moses Band on Dec. 4

    The Annie Moses Band is an acclaimed classical crossover ensemble that performs stunning arrangements of holiday

  • The Charles Dickens Christmas Revue is unfolding with a twist the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

    Dickens fans and pun-meisters might even refer to the change for the Nov. 29 revue in Southport as an “Oliver Twist.”

    This year’s event is an abbreviated, altered version of the historic seaport town’s Dickens Festival of the previous two Christmases past, event spokeswoman Meg Dellinger said.

  • A variety of vendors are scheduled for the first Holiday Market from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 22, at Shallotte Farmers Market at Riverside Park at N.C. 130 and Main Street.

    Nearly 40 vendors will offer winter vegetables, baked goods, sauces, jam, jewelry, pottery, handmade goods, goat’s milk soap, army and navy supplies and products including Tastefully Simple, It Works, Crave Super, Origami Owl, Avon, Scentsy and Premiere Jewelry.

    Crafters of handmade items include a man who repurposes pallets into frames and other items and crocheted creations.

  • In lieu of its traditional holiday concert, this year the Brunswick Concert Band is presenting “An Autumn Concert” in two free performances — at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at Hatch Auditorium in Caswell Beach and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    The concerts are under the direction of conductor George Boberg, whose wife, Jane Boberg, will be featured piano soloist.

  • IF YOU GO

    What: Bethlehem Live outdoor drama

    Where: Beach Assembly of God, 6730 U.S. 17

    When: Nov. 28, 29, 30; Dec. 5, 6, 7

    How much: Free; advance reservations required

    Call: (910) 579-9701; beachassemblyofgod.org

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — John Chase was in his element.

  •  By John Nelson

    Things change. It’s a part of nature … and in the fall, it’s not just leaves going from green to yellow, red or gold.

  •  By Cheryle Jones Syracuse

     

    Eating out has become a part of many of our lives. Although it may be easier to eat more healthfully at home, there are still a variety of ways to eat at a restaurant and eat more healthfully.

    Although vegetables and salads may seem like the answer, they can also be a haven for added fat or sodium. Salad bars can be dangerous. Here are a few tips: