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  • SUPPLY — It was a bleak wartime winter back in her native Britain in December 1941, and 16-year-old Nora Oglesby and her fellow teen-aged nannies caring for 20 orphaned boys were worried.

    Recently relocated to a Scottish castle away from the deadly barrage of German bombings in England, the staff and children of one of Dr. Thomas Barnardo’s renowned orphanages were poised to observe Christmas with next to nothing.

  • “It’s too darn cold to go out for a walk! Now lay down and quit your whining!”

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    You go through life, and you become aware of various truths. For instance, for me as a teacher (maybe you, too?), it seems students are getting steadily younger. What about this one: A lot of books out there were apparently printed with shrinking ink. And here’s another: Christmas comes earlier and earlier every year, it seems. As far as Christmas and this long string of holidays now upon us, here's a botanical reminder of the rapidly changing seasons.

  • Light up your yuletide this season with the Holiday Laser Music Show at Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

    Show time is 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 3 at the planetarium at 7625 High Market Street.

    The show features colorful laser images displayed on the domed ceiling of the planetarium’s SciDome Sky Theater, to the accompaniment of classic holiday music like “Sleigh Ride,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”

  • CALABASH—The town of Calabash and the Calabash Community Service Committee will host their fourth annual New Year’s Eve public bonfire and celebration starting at 8:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Dec. 31.

    Festivities are once again scheduled in the Hurricane Fishing Fleet parking lot at 9975 Nance St. on the Calabash Riverfront.

    A hot complimentary meal of ham with scalloped potatoes, clam chowder, green beans, rolls or cornbread and dessert will be served in addition to hot beverages (cocoa, tea, coffee, apple cider).

  • A lineup of llamas, horseback riders, county officials and other participants will highlight the annual Bolivia Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 20.

    Lineup starts at 10 a.m. at the Brunswick County Government Complex, with the parade launching at 11 a.m.

    The parade will proceed from the complex through Bolivia on Old Ocean Highway and will end at Bolivia Elementary School at 4036 U.S. 17 Business East in Bolivia.

    The road will be blocked off before the parade start time.

  •  By John Nelson

  • Nashville singer/songwriter Kate Campbell is headlining the next Listen Up Brunswick County Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in the fellowship hall of Holden Beach Chapel, 107 Rothschild St. at Holden Beach.

    Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Campbell’s musicianship began at age 7 when the Mississippi native started playing piano, then switched to guitar as a teenager.

    For her subsequent 13 albums, debuting in 1995 with “Songs from the Levee,” she is noted for writing, recording and performing on acoustic guitar.

  • Explore how American colonists celebrated the holidays when Brunswick Town celebrates its annual 18th Century Christmas from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14.

    Costumed interpreters will offer guided tours of St. Philips Anglican Church and historic Brunswick Town on the hour.

    During the program, visitors can enjoy colonial refreshments in the Brunswick Town Visitor Center, participate in traditional games, or try their hand at making Moravian paper stars and other 18th-century crafts.

  •  By John Nelson

    They say Black Friday is starting to turn a bit gray because shoppers have so many more options for spending money because so many stores were open on Thanksgiving Day. Yep, the holiday season is upon us, and that means spending lots of money on stuff — including Christmas trees.

  • For the ninth holiday season in a row, Grissettown Longwood Fire and Rescue will become station central for dozens of model trains.

    The department’s ninth annual Christmas Train Show gets under way 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and continues through the weekend, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7.

    Each year since the first train show launched during the 2006 holiday season, the trains have just gotten bigger, better, and greater in number, fire chief Tal Grissett said.

  • The Sea Notes Choral Society will present its annual Christmas concert, “Season of Love,” in three performances at Hatch Auditorium at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly in Caswell Beach.

    The singers will be directed by Diane Kulp and accompanied by Jane Boberg at the concerts scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, and Friday, Dec. 5, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

    The 150-member chorus is celebrating 40 years of singing this year.

  • Sample ethnic foods while enjoying a variety of entertainment.

    The fifth annual Shallotte MultiCultural Holiday Festival will take place following the Shallotte Christmas Parade, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Eastgate Plaza, 150 Holden Beach Road in Shallotte.

  • Local towns are brightening the holiday season with an array of tree lightings and other festive activities starting Thursday and continuing through Monday.

    The first one is the annual Holden Beach Christmas Tree Lighting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the town pavilion under the bridge.

  •  By John Nelson

    It got REALLY cold (by my standards) here in central South Carolina last week and a lot of leaves fell. It’s the time of the year when you realize, once again, how open your backyard is without all that foliage. And of course, they are perfect for the compost pile.

    Our little Mystery Plant has pretty much lost all of its leaves by now, and of course there aren’t any flowers to see. (Now.) But there are these very odd structures.

  • By John Nelson 

    Arrggh! Dealing with common names of plants makes me sound like a pirate.

  • Grissettown Longwood Fire Department in conjunction with the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club will present the ninth annual Christmas Train Show Dec. 5 through Dec. 7 at the GLFD station at 758 Longwood Road.

    Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7.

    Train displays will fill the station and run the gamut, from the smallest “Z” scale toted in a suitcase to larger N, HO, O and G-scale models.

    There will also be train vendors, food including baked goods, Santa Claus and a train raffle.

  • 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.