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  •  By John Nelson

    A bizarre plant in a very small package ...

    Here is a fern that you won’t see unless you are way down on the ground, at least on your hands and knees, or better yet, crawling around in the grass. It is only a few inches tall, emerging from the ground in the late winter and early spring. It is one of those tiny little plants that is really delightful, but not very well known. You can find it pushing out of the ground right now, usually in open lawns, roadsides and grassy ditches.

  • Spring has sprung, and so has the Sea Notes Choral Society, which is tuning up for its annual spring concerts set for March 27-29 at Hatch Auditorium at Fort Caswell Beach.

    This year, the 40-year-old community ensemble is celebrating the season with “Songs from the ‘60s,” with free performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27 and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Hatch Auditorium on the grounds of the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Caswell Beach/Oak Island.

  • The Kennedys are popular in Brunswick County.

    Just ask Jeannie Dufour, orchestrator of Listen Up Brunswick County, who has lined up the acclaimed vocal duo for a repeat performance for the local concert series because of the crowd they drew here last March.

    “After their performance last year, we knew we found a match made in heaven,” Dufour said. “They were so well received, we immediately asked them back again for another evening of great music and entertainment.”

  •  By John Nelson

    My hometown, Columbia, S.C., was discovered and originally inhabited by a group of brave Irish explorers, who, after a perilous oceanic crossing, sailed up the mighty Santee River until it got so rocky that they had to disembark on the banks of the Congaree River. There they lived and prospered, establishing a ceremonial portion of town called Five Points, and there they began a tradition of celebrating the life and exploits of their beloved St. Patrick.

  •  Which plant group displays the showiest, most flamboyant flowers? Sunflowers and daisies? Lilies, daffodils and amaryllis? Or maybe the iris family? It’s fun to ponder this weighty question now, as spring is about to erupt, and not too soon! But many of us will insist the most spectacular flowers are found among the various orchid species.

     

  • Award-winning artist Marie Kasper of Calabash will conduct a watercolor workshop, “Shells in the Sand,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., 3620 Express Drive in Shallotte.

    The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members of the Waterway Art Association.

  • Shop for yard sale bargains while helping animals at the same time.

    Tiki Paw Doggie Daycare at 1380 Whiteville Road in Shallotte will be the site of Save the Tails Yard Sale benefitting Rescue Animals Community Effort from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14.

    The large multi-family yard sale will include food and assorted bargains, with proceeds going to help R.A.C.E., a local nonprofit animal rescue group.

    Space is available for $25.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Billy McGuigan Yesterday and Today

    When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19; doors open at 7 p.m.

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College

    How much: $29 adults; $27 seniors and students plus applicable fees

    Go to: www.bccowa.com or call the OWA box office at (910) 755-7416

    Don’t forget to bring your favorite Beatles song request when Billy McGuigan and band hit the Odell Williamson Auditorium stage next Thursday night at Brunswick Community College.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: “Godspell Junior”

    When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday March 21; 3 p.m. Sunday March 22

    Where: Brunswick Little Theatre, 8068 River Road, Southport

    How much: $6 for children up to age 12; $12 for students with an ID and $17 for adults.

    Tickets may be purchased online at www.brunswicklittletheatre.com or Ricky Evans Gallery at 211 N. Howe St. in Southport.

    For more information go to www.brunswicklittletheare.com or call 447-BLT6 (2586)

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: 13th Annual Brunswick County Home & Garden Show

    When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7

    Where: West Brunswick High School

    Cost: $5; ages 8 and younger admitted free

    It’s time for the 13th Annual Brunswick County Home & Garden Show.

    The show will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at West Brunswick High School, 550 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

  •  Picture yourself in Bavaria in the spring, in a friend’s backyard, admiring the view of the Alps in the distance. Your host, showing you around, spots this little weed, and exclaims, “Schau mal, Erdrauch!” (Translation is below.)

     

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: “Wuthering Heights”

    When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 2

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College

    How much: $29 adults; $27 seniors and students

    Aquila Theatre is bringing to life Emily Bronte’s classic story of Heathcliff and Catherine’s all-consuming passion with its new production of “Wuthering Heights.”

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Health Expo 2015

    When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28

    Where: Shallotte Middle School, 225 Village Road, Shallotte

    Admission: Free

    Free health screenings, massages and seminars are part of Health Expo 2015, slated for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 28, at Shallotte Middle School.

    Sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, the ninth annual expo will feature more than 40 vendors and sponsors converging at the school at 225 Village Road.

  • With spring just around the corner, Greenlands Farmstore at 668 Midway Road in Bolivia is conducting two workshops next Tuesday, March 3.

    “Seeds — Preparing Your Spring & Summer,” is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon.

    Participants are invited to join Farmer Henry for an in-depth teaching workshop on preparing your spring and summer garden, and it all starts with seeds.

    The cost of the session is $15, and advance sign-up is requested.

  • A fundraising revue, “Broadway on Howe,” to aid with restoration of Southport’s Amuzu Theatre, is scheduled from Feb. 27 through March 8 at the historic theater at 111 N. Howe St.

  •  By John Nelson

    Golly-gee, it’s a geophyte!

    This is an easy term with which to come to grips. “Geo-” of course means “earth” and “phyton-“ means “plant.” OK, an earth-plant — but actually in the sense of its having some sort of subterranean structure from which it can keep coming back, at least for a few seasons.

  • Blues singer Ray Bonneville will perform at the next Listen Up Brunswick County concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, in the fellowship hall of Holden Beach Chapel, 107 Rothschild St. in Holden Beach.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: “Winnie the Pooh KIDS”

    When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 3 p.m. Feb. 22

    Where: Brunswick Little Theatre, 8068 River Road, Southport

    Cost: $5; go to www.brunswicklittletheatre.com

    This coming weekend, Brunswick Little Theatre is inviting its loyal audience to the Hundred Acre Wood to join all their old A.A. Milne storybook friends — Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and the rest of the gang.

  •  By John Nelson

     “Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen,”Willa Cather, My Antonia.

     

    Winter. Winter. Winter. On and on. And it probably won’t even snow here where I am. I have to admit that even though it is cold and nippy for this child of summer, our southern winters always include some beautiful, sparkling days. And the big trees don’t seem to mind winter too much.

  •  By John Nelson 

     

     It’s a chilly, gray winter day here in the central midlands of South Carolina, and I’m driving around doing some botany, checking out the plant life. Not too many flowers to see, although here and there is a stray daffodil already coming up, and occasionally a few patches of dwarf bluets (Houstonia pusilla) in the grass. Of course, there are plenty of mosses and lichens around … and evergreen plants, like this tree.