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  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    So, the Thanksgiving holiday has just come and gone. Turkey, football, catching up and naps, right? Maybe — or maybe not.

    No doubt you had a range of experiences and emotions — totally normal. This holiday often brings together extended family and involves travel, preparation, work and emotional charges. Or, you might have found yourself alone this time.

  •   It started with some silly animal carols and is still going strong 21 years later. I’m talking about the 21st annual Calabash Christmas tree lighting and parade this Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. in downtown Calabash.

    Twenty-one years ago, I stood in front of a small Christmas tree donated by Callahan’s of Calabash with five team members from my veterinary clinic, Seaside Animal Care. I had altered a few seasonal carols into pet-themed renditions and was singing my heart out in front of a small crowd gathered to check out the commotion.

  • It’s the holiday season — you can tell because of all the festive events scheduled in the coming week.

    Here’s a roundup of what’s happening in Brunswick County.

    Holden Beach

    Holden Beach will have its ninth annual tree lighting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Holden Beach Pavilion at the end of Jordan Boulevard.

  • “Christmas with Emile Pandolfi” featuring the renowned pianist celebrates the season at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Dec. 8, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    With nearly 30 recordings in his discography, New York-born Pandolfi ranks among America’s most popular piano artists and is a repeat concert series favorite at the Brunswick County venue.

  •  For many Americans, the day after Thanksgiving should be called “leftovers.” For many American pets, it should be called “GI upset.” That’s because too many pets will be fed too many leftover foods that will result in too many, er, potty breaks. To help your pet avoid the “leftover runs” or worse, follow my Thanksgiving Food Rules for pets.

     

    Pace your Pets

  •  By Linda Arnold

     

    Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday — only to be surpassed by New Year’s Day — the ultimate new beginning (but that’s another column!)

  •  By John Nelson

  • “After Thanksgiving” means more than Black Friday or recovering from too much turkey and trimmings in Ocean Isle Beach.

    It’s also the time for holiday festivities to begin in the South Brunswick Islands town.

    This year’s festivities launch a day earlier than usual, at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, with a tree lighting and caroling at the Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department at 105 Causeway Drive.

  • The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation is having its fourth annual Beer and Brats Fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St.

    Event-goers will be treated to freshly cooked unlimited bratwurst, hand-cut fries, cold beer and soda, said Linzy Cook, museum marketing coordinator.

    Check Six Brewing Company of Southport will offer six kinds of beer including Wendy’s Blonde Ale, Harley Pope Porter and Gee Bee Honey Pale, plus some of their best-selling craft beers.

  • A variety of vendors lights up the third Holiday Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Shallotte Farmers Market in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St. in Shallotte.

    More than 40 vendors will offer local winter farm vegetables and fresh seafood, baked goods, sauces, jam, hand-painted art, blown glass, photographic note cards of local scenes, handmade pottery, jewelry, crocheted items and children’s hair bows, goat’s milk soap and snowman gourds.

  • Greenlands Farm at 668 Midway Road in Bolivia cooks up holiday food tastings and orders at A Taste of the Holidays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

    For $3, customers have opportunity to sample a selection of offerings Greenlands will have available for the holidays. Or, place an order with Greenlands’ Gourmet Farm to Go Holiday Meals and Sweets and get your tasting for free at stations set up inside Greenlands Farm Store.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s latest production, “Too Old For The Chorus But Not Too Old To Be A Star,” debuts this weekend as a “clever, witty musical revue” about three men and two women experiencing the joys and frustrations of aging.

  •  By John Nelson

    Nothing teems

    But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs,

    Losing both beauty and utility.

      — William Shakespeare, King Henry V, act 5

     

  •  By Linda Arnold

    The political campaigns are over … finally!

  •  Veterinarians search for ways to help pets enjoy longer and healthier lives their entire careers, driven by the desire to enable dogs and cats to remain vigorous and vital for many, many years. A new drug, rapamycin, may also help dogs fight the effects of aging and prolong life in animals and humans.

  •  by Will Snyder

    We grew up with stories of Superman turning back time by circling the Earth, but now something new orbits our planet: the Supermoon! 

    While it may not be faster than a speeding bullet, this term has quickly gained popularity and launched the moon back into arguably its biggest spotlight since the Space Race.

    The question is: What has made the moon so super?

  •  By John Nelson


    “Received a letter from Meehan. The box of Scuppernongs arrived just in time for an Exhibition of the Hort. Soc. & were much admired. He wants about 6 bushels of Cypress balls.”

    — diary of Henry W. Ravenel. 2 Oct 1867

     

  •  By Linda Arnold

  •  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard pet parents say, “Dogs and cats only see in black in white.” I’ve always explained dogs can see many shades of colors, especially blues and yellows, and a cat’s vision is probably pretty similar. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve then been told, “Yeah, they see gray.” So what’s the scoop? Can dogs and cats see colors and, more importantly, can they watch your favorite television shows with you?

  • Santa, entertainment and more than 70 vendors kick off the holiday shopping season at The Brunswick Beacon’s sixth annual Holiday Happenings Christmas Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Shallotte Middle School at 225 Village Road SW in Shallotte.

    Admission and parking are free.

    Unique artist/artisan booths among the vendors will include a variety of items suitable for gift-giving, from art to jewelry to photography. Food will also be available for sale.