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Today's Features

  • The town of Shallotte presents its second annual Mater Fest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St.

    The festival celebrates Brunswick County for being one of the top tomato producers in North Carolina.

    So Shallotte has partnered with Brunswick County Parks and Recreation and Brunswick County Cooperative Extension to offer the community event.

    “It’s all about getting the community together,” said Melinda Johnson of Brunswick County Parks and Recreation.

  • The Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band, based in Clarkton, is dedicated to live performance of beach music along with blues and funk.

    Band members’ diverse backgrounds guarantee patrons quality entertainment up and down the Carolina coast.

    They’ll be gracing Brunswick County summer concert stages at four more venues this summer, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry Street in Shallotte and 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Beef roll-ups have always been a favorite of mine, much like the popular German Rouladen, where thinly pounded beef is smeared with whole-grain mustard and rolled with bacon, onion and pickle spears, and then braised until tender.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

    This ancient Chinese proverb speaks volumes. And it’s a good reminder that you can start anything, anytime.

     

    Just going through the motions?

  • The day began with a too familiar cry, “I’m so tired!” Nighttime sleep did not refresh and renew. Morning’s awakening was marred with resultant fatigue. Stubbornly, I forced myself to buck up and push on. It would not be the best of ideas.

  • By Sam Marshall

     

    Over the years, salvia, also referred to as sages, have been steadily growing in popularity. And why not? For the low-maintenance gardener, salvias offer an excellent addition to a coastal garden. Able to withstand the heat, the humidity, drought, and coming in a variety of colors and sizes, salvias add fragrance and beauty to any home landscape that lasts well into the fall months.

     

    Growing salvias

  • So here’s the question: Is it safe to eat freezer burned food?
    In this column I frequently talk about the difference between the quality and safety of food. When it comes to freezer burn, it’s a quality thing. While safe to eat, the quality of freezer-burned food may be poor.

  • This appointment was going to take a while.

    Mrs. Smith (not her real name) calmly stroked her purring feline as she continued raising her voice toward me.

    “I don’t care what you think, Dr. Ward. I change her litter box quite enough! Frieda tells me when it’s time to clean the poo-poo pail and I empty it promptly.”

  • By John Nelson

    Botanists are always looking for interesting places, because that’s where the interesting plants are. The thing is, just about any kind of place is going to be interesting to a botanist in one way or another. Why, just this past weekend I was botanizing out in the countryside near our beautiful Edisto River: it was the middle of nowhere, and I spied a wonderful place for a botanist to spend some time: a “loading deck.”

  • Plan to bring your children and grandchildren to the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club’s model train show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9, at the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association clubhouse at 17 Lakeview Court in Carolina Shores.

    This event is free and there is plenty of free parking. Since the event is indoors, it will be held rain or shine.