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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SUNSET BEACH — It isn’t the first time for Jan Harris and Sue Weddle to question development on the Sunset Beach island.

    The two, who have long challenged environmental issues on the barrier island where both live and retired decades ago, are challenging the legality of private development along Riverside Drive.

  • How can you paint better water and skies?

    Award-winning landscape artist Joanne Geisel of Leland will show you how when she conducts Waterway Art Association’s first workshop for the 2014-15 season, “Painting the Landscape: Water and Skies,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., 3620 Express Drive in Shallotte.

  • Sure, there will be the usual pre-dawn sales and crowds and standing-in-line-till-you-drop.

    But this year on the day after Thanksgiving, local artist and yoga teacher Charlotte Ranz is also hoping Black Friday can slow down a bit and add a new dimension that includes giving instead of just buying.

    That’s the thought process behind Flood the Street with Art Black Friday, a worldwide movement offering free art for one day, which Ranz and fellow members of the Waterway Art Association are launching locally the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, in Shallotte.

  • Three Brunswick County residents are among 15 artists of varied disciplines who have been named 2014-2015 Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG) recipients.

    Announcement of the awards comes from the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, in conjunction with arts councils in Brunswick and Columbus counties and with the support of the North Carolina Arts Council.

    This year’s grantees were selected from 49 applicants who

    requested more than $53,000 for $15,000 in available funds.

  •  By John Nelson

    A botanist living here in the sunny South sometimes feels the urge to tease his northern counterparts once it starts getting to be cold. Way up north, it always snows a lot in the winter, and all the plants are frozen. All the botanists will be tramping inside out of the snow, taking off their boots and furry parkas, settling into their nice warm herbarium, and poring over the specimens they collected all through the growing season, which is something like May through August, and they’ll be dreaming of a flowery landscape.

  • SUPPLY — They recall circuit preachers and initial church gatherings inside an old house.

    In fact, when Sabbath Home Baptist Church got its start a century ago, it wasn’t even Baptist.

    The fledgling church began as an offshoot of Sharon Methodist Church. Now, a century later, members of the historic Baptist church are celebrating its 100th anniversary at a special 10 a.m. homecoming service this coming Sunday, Nov. 9, and the public is invited.

  • At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, United States veterans are traditionally honored.

    Veterans Day ceremonies are scheduled once again this year in and around Brunswick County.

     

    Calabash

    Veterans Day ceremonies will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Calabash VFW Post 7288 at 900 Carter Drive.

    Another Veterans Day ceremony is scheduled at the same time and day at American Legion Post 503 at 10277 Beach Drive in Calabash.

  • The Brunswick Beacon’s fourth annual Holiday Happenings Christmas Show will unfold from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Shallotte Middle School.

    Admission and parking at the school are free.

    Highlights this year include more than 70 unique vendor and artist/artisan booths.

    “The best Santa in the world” will also be back, arriving at 10:30 a.m. aboard a Shallotte fire engine. He will also be available for visits and free photographs with children.

  • Renowned musician Randy Linder and his band are bringing their Premier Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival to Brunswick Community College on Thursday night, Nov. 6.

    The 7:30 p.m. performance in Odell Williamson Auditorium will showcase all the hit songs of the popular 1960s-70s band also known as CCR.