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  •  By John Nelson

    Things change. It’s a part of nature … and in the fall, it’s not just leaves going from green to yellow, red or gold.

  • SUNSET BEACH — It isn’t the first time for Jan Harris and Sue Weddle to question development on the Sunset Beach island.

    The two, who have long challenged environmental issues on the barrier island where both live and retired decades ago, are challenging the legality of private development along Riverside Drive.

  • How can you paint better water and skies?

    Award-winning landscape artist Joanne Geisel of Leland will show you how when she conducts Waterway Art Association’s first workshop for the 2014-15 season, “Painting the Landscape: Water and Skies,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., 3620 Express Drive in Shallotte.

  • Sure, there will be the usual pre-dawn sales and crowds and standing-in-line-till-you-drop.

    But this year on the day after Thanksgiving, local artist and yoga teacher Charlotte Ranz is also hoping Black Friday can slow down a bit and add a new dimension that includes giving instead of just buying.

    That’s the thought process behind Flood the Street with Art Black Friday, a worldwide movement offering free art for one day, which Ranz and fellow members of the Waterway Art Association are launching locally the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, in Shallotte.

  • Three Brunswick County residents are among 15 artists of varied disciplines who have been named 2014-2015 Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG) recipients.

    Announcement of the awards comes from the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, in conjunction with arts councils in Brunswick and Columbus counties and with the support of the North Carolina Arts Council.

    This year’s grantees were selected from 49 applicants who

    requested more than $53,000 for $15,000 in available funds.

  •  By John Nelson

    A botanist living here in the sunny South sometimes feels the urge to tease his northern counterparts once it starts getting to be cold. Way up north, it always snows a lot in the winter, and all the plants are frozen. All the botanists will be tramping inside out of the snow, taking off their boots and furry parkas, settling into their nice warm herbarium, and poring over the specimens they collected all through the growing season, which is something like May through August, and they’ll be dreaming of a flowery landscape.

  • SUPPLY — They recall circuit preachers and initial church gatherings inside an old house.

    In fact, when Sabbath Home Baptist Church got its start a century ago, it wasn’t even Baptist.

    The fledgling church began as an offshoot of Sharon Methodist Church. Now, a century later, members of the historic Baptist church are celebrating its 100th anniversary at a special 10 a.m. homecoming service this coming Sunday, Nov. 9, and the public is invited.

  • At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, United States veterans are traditionally honored.

    Veterans Day ceremonies are scheduled once again this year in and around Brunswick County.

     

    Calabash

    Veterans Day ceremonies will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Calabash VFW Post 7288 at 900 Carter Drive.

    Another Veterans Day ceremony is scheduled at the same time and day at American Legion Post 503 at 10277 Beach Drive in Calabash.

  • The Brunswick Beacon’s fourth annual Holiday Happenings Christmas Show will unfold from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Shallotte Middle School.

    Admission and parking at the school are free.

    Highlights this year include more than 70 unique vendor and artist/artisan booths.

    “The best Santa in the world” will also be back, arriving at 10:30 a.m. aboard a Shallotte fire engine. He will also be available for visits and free photographs with children.

  • Renowned musician Randy Linder and his band are bringing their Premier Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival to Brunswick Community College on Thursday night, Nov. 6.

    The 7:30 p.m. performance in Odell Williamson Auditorium will showcase all the hit songs of the popular 1960s-70s band also known as CCR.

  • CALABASH — At dusk on a crisp fall evening, Sam Bellamy ushered another group of youth and adults into the back of a rickety, tractor-pulled hay wagon.

    Autumn means many things at Bellamy’s historic, family-owned Indigo Farms, including old-fashioned hayrides that are a popular attraction at the farm straddling the Carolinas line.

  •  By John Nelson

    I could be accused of featuring plants in the mint family too often, probably. It is definitely one of my favorite plant families. This week we have yet another member, and I think you’ll agree it is worth a thought or two.

  • Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity is having a Wine & Song fundraiser, “There’s No Place Like Home,” from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Silver Coast Winery on Barbeque Road near Grissettown.

    The $65 ticket price includes a wine tasting before dinner and entertainment.

    Dinner, with each course to be paired with wine, consists of a choice of champagne chicken or beef burgundy.

    The master of ceremonies for this event will be Daniel Seamans of WWAY-TV3.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: 61st annual Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church Oyster Roast

    When: Noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1

    Where: Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church, 190 Varnamtown Road, Varnamtown

    Information: 842-6425, 842-6492, 842-6832, 842-9840 or the church at 842-5530. Coolers and alcoholic beverages are not allowed.

    Varnamtown is getting ready for another round of roasted oysters, fish plates and a festive day of autumn fun and fundraising.

  • He was a real-life character who lived on his own in the marshland of Fort Fisher.

    Robert Harrill finished out the last 17 years of his life as the renowned “Fort Fisher Hermit,” residing in an abandoned World War II bunker, subsisting on the yields of the salt marsh, oyster beds and a vegetable garden, and mingling with visitors stopping by to sign his guest book.

  • Renowned bluegrass band Balsam Range will headline a benefit concert for Friends of Fort Fisher at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Balsam Range consists of five outstanding acoustic musicians and singers from Haywood County in western North Carolina.

    For their band name, they thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains that surrounds part of their home county, where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge, the Balsam Range.

  • Sunday afternoon strollers will be taking part in the Shallotte/ South Brunswick CROP Hunger Walk this coming Sunday, Nov. 2.

    Following 2 p.m. registration at Calvary Baptist Church at 623 Village Road in Shallotte, the 3.2-mile fundraising walk will kick off at 2:30 p.m.

    The goal for 2014 is to have 180 walkers and to raise $14,000 or $78 per participant.

    Last year, there were 164 walkers and $13,803 was raised ($84.16 per participant).

  •  By John Nelson

    In the case you ever visit central South Carolina, you will want to check out our Congaree National Park, one of the most breathtaking places in the world. It boasts an impressive diversity of plants and wildlife, especially migratory birds. Some of its acreage is dominated by tracts of land never before timbered, and thus, some of eastern North America’s tallest forests are here. I’d like to show you an example.

  •  By John Nelson

    Winter is still a long way off, but the leaves have been falling for several weeks now. Won’t be long before sweaters and jackets, and a steaming bowl of nice hot oatmeal will be part of the morning routine.

  • SUPPLY — It’s a community effort to help pay for a community building.

    Nearly two years after opening their new community center, residents of the Cedar Grove community converged at the site for a fall festival Oct. 18 to help raise money to pay off the Cedar Grove Community Center.