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  •  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.

  • Calling all area boat owners.

    Organizers of the Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla invite you to decorate your boats for the holidays and participate in the upcoming 13th annual flotilla on Super Saturday in Ocean Isle Beach on Saturday, Nov. 26.

    Flotilla organizers are issuing a plea for more participants for the annual fundraiser to benefit Brunswick Family Assistance.

  • They’re a diverse group of musicians who gather at Duke Energy Media Center in Southport to practice on Tuesday nights.

    Next week, those rehearsals are going public when the Brunswick Concert Band presents its next concert in two performances, “A Celebration of Music Past.”

  • By John Nelson

    It’s begun to cool off here in South Carolina, and I expect wherever you are. After all, it’s nearly time for Halloween, and there are plenty of signs in nature that things are starting to “slow down.” Besides the obvious autumn leaves, the fall blooming has mostly already reached its peak, although there are a number of species that bloom even later. After the first few frosts, there won’t be many flowers at all … at least for a while.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    “Seasons change, and so did I. You need not wonder why.”

    Those lyrics from an old Guess Who song 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

  • Historic Varnamtown once again dines in outdoor style when the 62nd Annual Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church Oyster Roast cooks up from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the church at 190 Varnamtown Road.

    The Brunswick County fishing town’s longest-running event showcases its latest seasonal haul of its celebrated bivalve mollusk. An estimated 150 bushels of oysters are expected to be cooked over open fires in metal barrels set up in the church’s backyard.

  • For the past half-century, the talents of renowned songwriter Jimmy Webb have graced the hit charts, recording studios and musical memories of millions.

    Brunswick County will be graced with Webb and his music when “Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years,” headlines as the next Odell Williamson Auditorium Performing Arts Subscription Season concert next Thursday night, Nov. 10.

    The 7:30 p.m. concert showcases songwriter Webb, who’s had chart-topping hits in a unique range of genres for the past five decades.

  • Dogs may be better at discovering more efficient ways to perform a task they’ve been taught. Let me explain it another way: Studies prove human children and chimpanzees will repeat all of the steps in a task they’ve learned, even when a step is obviously unnecessary.
    New research conducted by Angie Johnston and Paul Holden of the Yale University Canine Cognition Center indicates both wild and domesticated canines seem to shed these wasteful steps. In other words, dogs learn to cut corners.

  • Wine tasting, shopping and beauty exclusively for women highlight Glitz, Glamour and Glow from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores.

    The event orchestrated by Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center offers attendees opportunities to try unique wines and shop with local retailers. Local beauty and health experts will also be on-site.

    All funds raised at the event will go to benefit women in the Brunswick County community.

  • For the third year, Calabash celebrants are toasting the season with Oktoberfest, set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the parking lot and on an adjacent lot at Sheltered Treasures Thrift Shop at 10045 Beach Drive.

    This year’s edition of the German celebration has a new location and organizer — Providence Home, which is Brunswick County’s only youth shelter.

  • Holden Beach is rolling out its annual fall Festival by the Sea from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Holden Beach Pavilion under the bridge on Jordan Boulevard.

    The two-day weekend event launches with a parade down the Holden Beach Causeway from about 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. It’s the only day of the year people can walk across the Holden Beach bridge as traffic shuts down for the annual parade.

  • By John Nelson

    I hope you will remember from your introductory economic botany class that the grasses, as a family (called the Poaceae), surely represent the most important plants in the world, as far as human economy goes. Practically every human culture has developed around the growing and consumption of at least one grass species.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Do you make snap decisions? Or do you sweat it out — pondering every single detail?

    Whether you shoot from the hip or play out every possible scenario, there’s no right or wrong approach. There is, however, something within your control after you’ve made a decision. And that has to do with sticking to your guns instead of ruminating over every little thing.

  •  By Linda Arnold

    There’s no question our country is deeply divided. Just watch those political debates!

    All you need to do is turn on the TV, scroll through social media or listen to the background chatter in public places to see the extent of this great divide.

    Everything is so “charged.” You can either join the fever pitch or bury your head in the sand. Neither of these are good choices.

    Glass half-full or half-empty?

  • Study proves dogs understand our words and intonation

    “It’s not only what you say, it’s how you say it” is equally true for both humans and dogs, according to new research. Hungarian scientists have proven something most dog lovers, including me, took for granted: Our dogs understand our words and tones. This exciting study holds many valuable lessons for how we can better study, train, and interact with our beloved canine companions.