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  •  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.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre is proud to offer its first-ever marionette workshop led by Frank Blackmon.

    The workshop will meet Mondays and Tuesdays for four weeks:  June 22 and 23, June 28 and 29, July 6 and 7 and July 13 and14. Participants may choose the afternoon session (2-4 p.m.) or evening session (7-9 p.m.).

  • Award-winning Steve Owens and Summertime will have a double celebration the first day of their namesake season when they hit the stage of Holden Beach at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 21, the first day of summer and also Father's Day.

    The Roanoke Rapids-based band walked away with the "Favorite New Artist of the Year" award at the 2012 Carolina Beach Music Awards in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The multi-musician beach group was also nominated for 2014 Cammy Awards.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: South Brunswick Islands Craft Fair

    When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20

    Where: South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 U.S. 17 W., Carolina Shores

    How much: Free

    Brunswick Community College, its South Brunswick Islands Center and 65 vendors are getting crafty for the first South Brunswick Islands Craft Fair scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the SBIC at 9400 U.S. 17 W. in Carolina Shores.

    Admission is free.

  •  By John Nelson 

     

    Of course, we all know Forrest Gump’s beautiful city of Savannah. Ga., with its midnight gardens, as well as the river that flows between Georgia and South Carolina, but a savanna is different.

  • “Modern country” would be the category EastBound Band would land under if you were to look them up.

    But audiences, given a chance to see the band’s live show, would walk away finding it difficult to label them as just country.

    They’ll have that chance again when EastBound performs in Leland’s second Summer Concert of the Season, starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 11, in Leland Municipal Park behind Leland Town Hall.

  • The South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club is hosting a fish fry Saturday, June 13, at Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department. 

    Shriners will begin serving the food and cold beverages at 11 a.m. at the fire department at 4126 Pigott Road.  Individuals can choose between a fish or shrimp plate that comes with slaw, hushpuppies and a drink. A plate costs $10.

    The fish fry is held in conjunction with the 32nd Annual Shriners Flounder Tournament, which is held Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13. 

  •  I remember an early summer road trip … it was 1982. The route: Meriden, Conn., to Middlebury, Vt., and seemingly everywhere in between. A Southern boy botanizing in New England always finds lots of cool plants to see and learn, and this in one of them.

     

  • The inaugural Southport Songwriter Festival (S2F) for songwriters and music lovers is scheduled for Friday-Sunday, June 19-21, at various venues throughout the city. The festival is being presented by Front Porch Productions, created by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Louisa Branscomb.

  •   By John Nelson 

    To be a dog, a mule, a cat, a fitchew, a toad, a lizard … I would not care.

    Shakespeare, Troilus & Cressida, V: 1.

     

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH — A roomful of residents turned out to hear proposed plans to build another traffic-circle roundabout, this time at N.C. 179 and N.C. 904/Ocean Isle Beach Road.

    Several had concerns at the May 21 public meeting at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall, along with complaints about the newly opened roundabout at Old Georgetown Road and N.C. 904/Four Mile Road.

  •  If you go

    What: Bailout

    When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 29

    Where: Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach

    Admission: free; cash donations accepted for food pantry; no chairs setup before 5:15 p.m.

    They’re a local band renowned for their talents on the local circuit.

    Bailout is a band regularly playing the hits and classics at Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant in Ocean Isle Beach and other local venues.

  • This Saturday in the park will be another pickin’ and singin’ celebration.

    The 12th annual Mostly Bluegrass Spring Festival, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Riverside Park in Shallotte, will feature variegated vocal and acoustic skills of four North Carolina bluegrass bands, along with an all-day music jam open to anyone who wants to sing or jam on a bluegrass instrument.

    “We bring a variety of groups,” Jim Caulder, president of the Shallotte-based Mostly Bluegrass Society, said.