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  • 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.

  •  By John Nelson

     

    How could anyone not love this lovely little plant?

  • Last Saturday, May 9, the West Brunswick High School Show Choir traveled to Atkins A & T High School in Winston-Salem to win third place in the state finals of the William Peace University North Carolina Show Choir Competition.

    The choir, one of eight high schools in the competition, will present its award-winning performance at a free spring concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited.

  • Get ready for seasonal concerts at the beach and beyond, in eight Brunswick County towns.

    Brunswick County’s free concert and movie series is set for the spring-into-summer season for 2015, starting this Friday, May 22, with Holiday Band in Ocean Isle Beach and CC Martin in Leland.

    More of the series is in store Sunday, May 24, with Andrew Thielen Big Band playing an afternoon Memorial Day weekend gig in Shallotte and The Imitations performing that evening in Holden Beach.

  •  By John Nelson

    Let’s be bees — busily buzzing bees. If I were one, this is where I would be.

  • It’s time once again to get crabby in Little River.

    The 34th annual Blue Crab Festival is set to get under way this weekend on the historic Little River, S.C., waterfront just across the state line.

    Scheduled 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, the award-winning festival traditionally showcases all-day entertainment and an array of food, about 200 arts-and-crafts vendors, business booths and community groups lining the Little River waterfront the weekend after Mother’s Day.

  • Flip-flops are totally acceptable and so is dancing.

    Those are just two of the highlights at the fourth annual Flip Flop Ball to benefit Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center this coming Friday, May 15.

    The ball launches with cocktails starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Brick Landing Plantation clubhouse, 1882 Goose Creek Road in Ocean Isle Beach, following by a casual, fun evening of dinner and dancing starting at 7 p.m.

    Shirts are required, flip-flops are optional, but a beach attitude is a must, organizers say.

  • By John Nelson

  • Not only does spring bring flowers, it has also reaped an array of events celebrating the oral and written word. Following is a roundup of what’s on tap in coming days and weeks.

    ‘Frosty the Yellow Frog’

    Sunset Beach author Anne Giordano has just published her third children’s book.

    At 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 8, she will read a copy of “Frosty the Yellow Frog” to children at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.