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Today's Features

  • It’s that time of year again — free Brunswick County Summer Concerts and Movies time, that is.

    The season already kicked off with a concert and movie in April and early May in Leland.

    More is in store in coming weeks and months in seven other Brunswick County towns.

  • The weekend after Mother’s Day means only one thing in Little River, S.C.: It’s time once again for the Blue Crab Festival.

    This year’s annual two-day festival unfolds from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, on the Little River Waterfront.

    What began in 1981 as a small waterfront gathering, the World Famous Blue Crab Festival has grown into a premier event that draws visitors from all over the country and even overseas.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre invites you to jumpstart your summer with a concert by The Back Porch Rockers, a rock and roll band that performs music from the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27.

    The concert will be held on theater grounds at 8068 River Road in Southport for a fair-like evening with food and drink for purchase provided by Vanida Sisters of Boiling Spring Lakes.

    Tickets are available at the theater the day of the event, $20 for adults and $10 for students with ID. The rain date is Sunday, May 28, at the same time.

  •  By John Nelson

    “Here’s flowers for you;

     

      Hot lavender, mints, savoury, marjoram…”

                            A Winter’s Tale, act 4, scene 4

     

    Shakespeare was obviously fond of flowers. One of his favorite plant families was the mint family. I think it’s my favorite family, too.

  •  Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Angela Lynn Hester and Michael Dewayne Hughes, both of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Thomas Judson of Bladenboro and the late Dianne Judson. The prospective groom is the son of Doris Hughes of Shallotte and the late Albert Hughes. A June 17 wedding is planned at Bladenboro Historical Building.

  •  Gregory and Ann Jensen of Sunset Beach celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Charleston, S.C. They were married April 22, 1967, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Sea Girt, N.J. Soon after, they moved to Mannheim, Germany, where Greg was stationed with the U.S. Air Force.

     

    They have two married sons: Greg resides with his wife Joanne in Charlotte and David lives in Raleigh with his wife Julie and daughter Cecelia.

  •  I’ve lived my life believing “It’s not where you are, it’s who you are.” While I still abide by that simple credo, the folks at Care.com have gone and ranked “The States with the Healthiest Pets.” I’ll be far from the first to express skepticism, but their study does raise some interesting questions and offers advice for improving your pet’s health, wherever you live.

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Fear Of Missing Out: FOMO. 

    It’s a condition that affects a lot of us. With so much going on around us and information overload on our electronic devices, there’s a tendency to want to be “in the know” and to keep up with everything.

  •  Ground pearls are native scale insects that attach themselves to the roots of turfgrasses and suck the life of them. Centipede is especially susceptible, but all grasses except bahia are negatively affected. The “pearl” moniker comes from the cyst stage that looks much like a granule of polymer-coated fertilizer such as Osmocote. This time of year you may see the pinkish-red females crawling around on the surface waiting for a hookup with the tiny, fly-like males. Once they mate the females burrow back into the soil and lay eggs to start another generation.

  •  Local fresh strawberries are a real treat this time of year. The growers have had quite a season this year with the Mother Nature. With the really warm weather in late February, some of us were lucky to get early berries. Then the cold weather in March slowed things down. While the April rain was appreciated, it too slowed the ripening and picking. According to one local grower I spoke with, if the weather continues to be favorable, we will have berries through May.