• ‘Tis the season and week for Christmas parades, especially in Calabash and Shallotte.

    The 20th Anniversary Calabash Christmas Tree Lighting and Spirit of Calabash Parade are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4.

    The Spirit of Calabash Parade rolls out with a variety of participants including the Shriners’ Hillbilly Truck

    and Sudan Daredevils.

  • Join Greenlands Farm at 668 Midway Road in Bolivia for its fourth annual Winter Farm Fest from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

  • If you seek an out-of-the-ordinary setting for a holiday experience, look no further than the Museum of Coastal Carolina, Ingram Planetarium, Battleship North Carolina and the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

    From the traditional to the unusual, you’re sure to find an event to put you in a festive mood while learning more about our area and all it has to offer.

    Museum of Coastal Carolina

    The Museum of Coastal Carolina is hosting several activities designed to enhance the spirit of the holiday season.

  • Celebrate Christmas at the Old Bridge in Sunset Beach at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at 109 Shoreline Drive West.

    Highlights will include music by Linda Ladrick, Mandee Williams, The Seaside Belles with director Kathryn Parker and West Brunswick High School Show Choirs, Harmony in Motion and Sweet Harmony directed by Annette Horton.

    Festivities include a Christmas carol sing-along and light refreshments consisting of Christmas cookies and wassail.

    For more information, call 363-6585.

  • Model trains are rolling into their respective stations at two venues this holiday season.

    The first event has been making whistle-stops during November, including Thanksgiving weekend at Calabash Marketplace at 10050 Beach Drive.

    The marketplace is partnering with the Intracoastal Model Railroad Club to expand train exhibits during the month of Thanksgiving.

    Highlights include eight operating layouts. Thanksgiving weekend, the club will be hosting workshops and clinics.

  • The Saturday after Thanksgiving is always super in Ocean Isle Beach.

    That’s the day residents and visitors converge for festivities to kick off the holiday season.

    The fun begins with the Super Saturday Christmas parade at 2 p.m. Participants will meet for judging at 1:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 E. Second St.

    Participants gussy up vehicles, golf carts, bicycles and themselves with holiday decor and attire.

  •  By Linda Arnold


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

  •  “Sweet is the swamp with its secrets, until we meet a snake;

    ‘Tis then we sigh for houses, and our departure take.” Emily Dickinson.


  •  Sometimes it’s tough to be grateful. It’s easy to forget the good in our lives when we see so much bad in the world. An encounter with a seemingly petulant pet owner reminded me how thankful we should be that we share our lives with animals.

  • Ingram Planetarium at 7625 High Market St. in Sunset Beach invites the public to a Star Party scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20.

    Participants will have access to the planetarium’s telescopes to view the moon, constellations and deep-space orbits. Planetarium staff will be on hand to assist. Event-goers can also bring their own telescopes.

    The event begins with a short presentation inside, then will proceed outside to hopefully view the Moon, Orion, Canis Major, Canis Minor and other wonders of the night sky.

  • The Brunswick Concert Band will present a seasonal concert, “Fall Into Winter,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at Hatch Auditorium in Caswell Beach and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help support the band and its music students assistance program.

    For more information, go to http://brunswickbands.org.




  • A variety of vendors are scheduled for the second Holiday Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Shallotte Farmers Market at Riverside Park at N.C. 130 and Main Street.

    More than 20 vendors will offer winter vegetables, baked goods, sauces, jam, jewelry, pottery, handmade goods, goat’s milk soap, army and navy supplies, scarves and products including Tastefully Simple, Px4Gear, Avon and Dixieland Kettle Corn.

  •  I love curling up on the couch tangled up in kids, dogs and cats sharing a colossal bowl of popcorn while watching a good movie. While the human family relishes the film, I’m pretty sure my dog’s main interest in movie night is the popcorn. That’s OK with me, because popcorn can be a healthy snack for cinema-loving canines.

  •  By Linda Arnold


    “Seasons change, and so did I. You need not wonder why.” Those lyrics from an old song by The Guess Who speak volumes. You may think the current change of season has to do with falling leaves, football and cooler temperatures, although there’s much more.

    Cycles and rhythms — they’re all part of nature, as well as our lives. 


    Reason, season or lifetime

  • By John Nelson

    Every now and then, the mystery plant column features something that isn’t exactly a plant — like this time. I think it’s pretty easy to recognize this thing is some sort of a fungus. That’s right. Fungi are enormously important organisms on our little planet, and everyone has had experiences with them, both good and bad (probably).

  • Renowned singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist John Gorka is coming to Brunswick County this weekend for the next Listen Up Brunswick County concert.

    Gorka is scheduled to present the special event performance at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Southport Senior Center, 1513 N. Howe St.

    Concert proceeds will go to the Music Maker Relief Foundation, a nonprofit founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South.

  • November is the ideal month for feeding souls and addressing hunger.

    Coming up in the month of Thanksgiving are a number of events that do both.

    Holiday Craft Show for Loaves and Fishes

    Food-minded festivities kick off this weekend at St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church at 5101 Ocean Highway in Shallotte, which is having a Holiday Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, to benefit the hungry of Brunswick County.

  • The Friends of Leland Cultural Arts Center will present their inaugural holiday art market, A Very Merry Crafted Market, this week at Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland.

    A preview party for ticketholders is scheduled from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, featuring live music, a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and first dibs on art. The cost is $10 per person.

    The market Saturday will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

  •  By Linda Arnold

    ‘Tis the season — political season, that is. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt been exposed to candidate commercials, debates, sound bites or commentaries. 

    I’ve worked in the fields of politics, government and advertising, so I’m quite familiar with the competitive nature of campaigns. Timing is everything.

  •  By John Nelson

    We head up into the beautiful Appalachian Mountains for this week’s mystery plant –– so many wonderful places for a field trip and so many fascinating habitats. In the higher elevations, there has already been frost, but that is no reason for a botanist or naturalist to go out and beat the bushes. Late-season wildflowers are still with us, along with a variety of woody plants exhibiting their colorful fruits.