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  • What happens when an unlikely hero who happens to be an ogre falls in love with a princess, who also happens to be an ogre? It’s “Shrek the Musical,” Brunswick Little Theatre’s summer show.

  • Since its 2011 debut in the rural reaches of Brunswick County, Greenlands Farm has cultivated a sense of community in addition to country commerce.

    The latest seasonal, creative endeavor of the Bolivia-based farm and store is coming up the first day of August this Saturday as the Half Hell Folk Music Festival and “tap takeover” unfold from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the family-owned farm at 668 Midway Road.

  • Summer concert stages will warm up in coming days as musical legends The Embers with Craig Woolard team up to entertain at two locales.

    The renowned beach music entities will perform in tandem at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at the end of Jordan Boulevard in Holden Beach and again at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Embers have solidified their position as a thriving musical entity leaving their mark on listeners for decades.

  •  “But Rebel was fine. Why should I give him the pills once he’s better? I don’t understand why he’s sick again.”

    If I’ve heard that excuse once, I’ve heard it a thousand times during the past 21 years of veterinary practice. And I still don’t get it.

    Don’t get me wrong; I don’t believe my clients mean any harm. I understand that administering a pet pills and potions can be challenging at times. The sooner you can stop, the better for everyone. But don’t stop before you’re supposed to.

  •  By John Nelson

    Summer has set in with its usual severity –– Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1826

     

  • By John Nelson

    We had avocado as a mystery plant a few weeks ago, as every now and then our subject matter comes to us from the produce section of the grocery store. This week’s mystery plant is not from the grocery store, but it is related to avocado.

  •  Take a second chance

    On composing poetry

    In latest contest

    The second round of Poetry Opens Doors has been extended.

    The local poetry contest and writing initiative is being spearheaded by local author Joan Leotta, along with Hickmans Crossroads Library branch manager Christi Iffergan and Kat Moore of Poetry Revisited.

  • Based in Chapel Hill, The BackBeat pleases crowds of all ages with hits from The Beatles, along with timeless classics of the Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, The Kinks, et al.

    They’ll be bringing their Beatles-n-more sound to Sunset Beach’s summer concert stage from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at the gazebo in Village Park on Queen Anne Street.

  • Marsha Morgan started her career in the entertainment business 25 years ago performing in a variety of venues.

    But first came gospel. The Asheville native started singing in church when she was 4.
    Years later, she was invited to sing in Asheville’s world-famous Grove Park Inn, and that, as they say, was that.

  •  Finicky felines. Picky pussycats. Critical kitties. If you share your home with a cat, chances are you’ve been victimized by an angry swipe, upturned nose or cold stare after offering a new food. For years we’ve chalked this up to cats being cats and simply expanded our buffet selections. New science published in BMC Neuroscience proves our feline’s taste buds are more different from our own than previously believed. Now if I can only get my cat to stop staring at me.

  •  By John Nelson

    We are confronted this week with a beautiful native species, one that really is a bit mysterious. It is a perennial herb commonly seen in gardens, maybe even yours. It is known historically, and in natural environments, only from the southeastern USA, from South Carolina west to Louisiana. This species is unmistakable. It is an obvious member of the sunflower family and is blooming now.

  •  By John Nelson

    “Life’s a beach.” That’s what they say.

     

    This is a species of marine algae. It is commonly found washed up along our southern beaches, dying (or dead), especially after storms or rough weather. This is, indeed, one of the many species of “seaweeds,” a very non-technical term, but a term that is useful. Botanists consider the true seaweeds to be members of a group called the “brown” algae, a group that includes the giant kelps of the northern Pacific.

  • Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church is having a holiday Shrimp-A-Roo from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 3, at Garland’s landing overlooking the Lockwood Folly River at 2 Fisherman Road in Varnamtown.

    On the menu at the Fourth of July Eve celebration are freshly prepared plates of shrimp, boiled potatoes, coleslaw and hushpuppies.

    The cost per plate, which includes a can of soda, is $10 for adults and $6 for children younger than 12.

  • It’s the weekend, plus it’s the Fourth of July along the coast.

    What better combination could there be for celebrating America’s 239th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence?

    Events are already under way, starting with the North Carolina 4th of July Festival that launched June 27 with week-long events in Southport and Oak Island.

    More celebrating is in store in Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach, plus Calabash is back this year with a Fourth of July fireworks spectacular.

    Southport

  • 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 two venues this month, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Rourk Gardens in Shallotte and at 6:30 p.m. next Thursday, July 9, in Calabash.

  •  By John Nelson 

     

    A simple lunch for a botanist on a field trip … and this mystery plant isn’t much of a mystery. I think you know what it is. There are two basic reasons why you should eat avocados:

  • Now that school’s out for summer, do you know what your kids are doing?

    An array of activities is out there to keep them busy and involved.

    Following is a closer look at what’s available.

    Brunswick County Summer Camp

    Annual summer camp orchestrated by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Communities in Schools, is now in session.

  • Did you know “American Idol” and “Dancing With The Stars” both use big bands? Why? Because it makes all music sound great.

    That’s what Andrew Thielen knew when he started his own namesake band in the 1990s. He wanted everyone to hear the difference live horns, great musicians and great singers could make to music.

    The music feels alive and exciting, and it can make your heart soar.