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    Editor’s note: This Oct. 27, 2016, column is being republished at readers’ request in time for Halloween 2017.

     

  • It’s that time of year again to shell out festive fall food and fun in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The 37th North Carolina Oyster Festival is revving up for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22, at 8 E. Second St.

    This year’s festival features a variety of new vendors in both the food and crafts/merchandise areas, events director Robyn Beliveau with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce promises.

  • A Halloween theme highlights annual Boo at the Beach festivities from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the Holden Beach Pavilion at the end of Jordan Boulevard.

    This free event features booths with carnival games for children sponsored by organizations, businesses and residents.

    A costume contest starts promptly at 6 p.m. and will be divided into age groups: 0-3, 4-6, 7-10, 11-13 and older than 13.

    For more information, call Holden Beach Town Hall at 842-6488.

  • The annual Brunswick Plantation Arts and Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Brunswick House, 382 Brunswick Drive, showcases local artisans and crafters selling handmade baskets, quilts, knitted shawls, scarves, capes, sewn items of silk and brocade, birdhouses, pottery, wood-turned items, jewelry, unique handmade gifts, crocheted items, prints, photos, watercolors, bags and more. There will also be a bake sale for local charities and a food booth. Admission is free.

  • By John Nelson

     

    Perhaps you have heard of a certain plant with this provocative common name, “Blaspheme-vine.”

    This, of course, is a well-known species of Smilax, specifically Smilax laurifolia, which grows from New Jersey all the way to Texas, mostly on the Coastal Plain, and usually in damp habitats.

  • This was an entirely new definition of “dog tired.”

    Slumped in my exam room was a mussy-haired, middle-aged mother of three with a dynamic Dachshund dancing around her legs. She looked pleadingly at me through eyes yellowed and sunken from overuse: “I need your help. I haven’t slept for two nights due to this.”

    Her eyes trailed downward, landing squarely on the beaming brown fur baby at her feet. I was confused.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Click. Add to cart. Confirmation.

    It’s so easy. Just how do they know what you need?

    Because it’s big business for companies to know everything they can about you. And you leave a trail every time you make a choice.

    Entire businesses have sprung up to track our every move — not only purchases but preferences. What do you read? What kind of car do you drive? What are your favorite brands?

    So who could blame you for jumping on board? 

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    ‘The more you lie, the easier it gets — and the better you get at it.’)

     

    We’re taught from an early age, “Honesty is always the best policy.”

    You may recall the book “The Last Lecture,” by Carnegie Mellon University professor Randy Pausch,” written after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The lecture was a message for his kids about what really matters in life.

  • Last week we looked at hair loss, bald spots, and red, inflamed skin in dogs and cats. This week we explore dry, flaky and oily skin, common lumps and bumps, and what discolored skin spots really say about your pet’s health.

     

    Dry and flaky vs. oily and greasy

  • “Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and filet gumbo
 ‘cause tonight, I’m gonna meet ma cher amio …”

                                     — Hank Williams, 1952

     

  • Brunswick Little Theatre and Big Dawg Productions present encore performances of “The Hermit of Fort Fisher," David Anthony Wright's poignant yet humorous drama drawn from a real-life Brunswick County character.

    Show dates are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 and 3 p.m. Oct. 15 and 22 at Brunswick Little Theatre at 8068 River Road SE in Southport.

  • The “sleepy fishing village” of Little River, S.C., just across the border from Brunswick County raises the roof this weekend with its 13th Annual Little River ShrimpFest, expected to draw thousands for its two-day event.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 on the historic Little River Waterfront at 4460 Mineola Ave.

    The festival showcases fresh local seafood served by Little River’s waterfront restaurants, plus favorite festival foods from an array of vendors.

  • Two historic family-owned farms are celebrating the season with annual events for October.

    Music, rescued farm animals and children’s activities highlight Greenlands Farm’s Fall Farm Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at 668 Midway Road in Bolivia.

    Indigo Farms at 1542 Hickman Road showcases pick-your-own pumpkins, pig races and a hay maze from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, plus optional nighttime hay rides, during October.

  • Local poet “Uncle Mike” Dailey brings his rhythm-and-rhyme poetic stories of odd things he’s learned on the web to Hickmans Crossroads Library at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19.

    The Ocean Ridge resident has been writing poetry for most of his adult life and so far has published three collections of his poetry, with another three or more collections in the works.

  • The Historic Amuzu Theatre announces “I Am My Brother’s Keeper,” a special musical benefit show to raise money for hurricane victims.

    On Sunday, Oct. 15, the cast and band will come together for a blend of favorite music from previous shows with all proceeds going to United Methodist Committee On Relief through Trinity United Methodist Church in Southport.

  • The North Brunswick Kiwanis Club will host its fifth annual Juice, Jazz and Java gala from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Leland Cultural Arts Center.

    A raffle will offer a variety of grand prizes provided by local establishments, including an overnight stay in a luxurious suite with dinner for two at City Club in Wilmington; his and her Cruise bicycles; a three-hour environmental nature cruise by Anomaly Charters of Southport for six people; a Lower Cape Fear Historical Society Tours & Membership package; and a theater package to Thalian Hall.

  • Sunset Vision will pay tribute to Carmel Zetts, coordinator of Sunset Beach Turtle Watch, at its second Sunset Visionary Celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    A Sunset Beach Visionary is an individual in the community who contributes time through volunteerism, personal and professional skills and a vision to help make Sunset Beach an ideal place to work, live and play. Last year’s honoree was Frank Nesmith, who fought a 10-year battle to save Bird Island from development.

  • A record number of craft vendors and nonprofit entities highlight the 11th annual Sunset at Sunset community block party from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, in the Village at Sunset Beach.

    Event organizer Karen Joseph said this year’s festival has been a sell-out as far as vendor space, with 123 vendors scheduled, including a number of new ones.

  • L. Kerr Dunn will be featured at the next Meet the Author event at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.

    Dunn’s biography, “Dreaming with Animals,” is the first children’s biography of celebrated sculptor and Brookgreen Gardens co-founder Anna Hyatt Huntington, whose remarkable life serves as an inspiration not only because of her art but also because of her courage and perseverance.

  • Just when you thought the ghostly coast was clear, seasonal Halloween events start to stir.

    Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue unveils its ninth annual Haunted Trail at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7, at the station at 758 Longwood Road (N.C. 904) in rural Grissettown and continuing at the same time “until” every Friday and Saturday during October, plus Halloween eve and night Monday, Oct. 30, and Tuesday, Oct. 31.