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  •  By John Nelson

     

    … Or, as the snail, whose tender horns being hit,

    Shrinks backward in his shelly cave with pain,

    And there, all smother’d up, in shade doth sit,

    Long after fearing to creep forth again …

    Shakespeare, Venus & Adonis, I.i.

     

  • Show off your photographic talents and share your corner of the county with others in the Brunswick Beacon’s 2016 “Brunswick Life” photo contest. Winners will receive cash prizes and inclusion in future Brunswick Beacon publications.

    There are three divisions to include all ages. The kids’ division is for 12 and younger. The teen division is for 13- to 18-year-olds, and the adult division is for photographers 19 and older. 

    Pick up your camera and show us what makes life in Brunswick County unique.

  • It kicked off Tuesday with a bike-fitting and beach party, followed Wednesday by breakfast and bicycling to Southport.

    The 10-Year Anniversary Coastal Carolina Tour of the Wounded Warrior Ride is well under way this week in Brunswick County.

  • Instrumentalist Abbie Gardner, solo artist Jim Henry and folk artists Sedgewick headline a special Listen Up Brunswick County pre-season concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Odell Williamson Theater Live Events Center at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Gardner, described as a fiery dobro player with an infectious smile, has been touring with Americana darlings Red Molly for the past 11 years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, Australia to Austin, the band decided to take an indefinite hiatus and Gardner struck out on her own.

  • Fall activities for kids dominate Greenlands Farm’s Fall Community Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.

    The event, rescheduled from last weekend because of Hurricane Matthew, will include fall activities for kids, including games and crafts.

  • Communities in Schools’ 15th Annual Benefit Gala for Children features a masquerade theme from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Sea Trail Resort and Conference Center in Sunset Beach.

    CIS’ black-tie-optional Evening of Elegance Masquerade Ball to benefit Brunswick County students will include cocktails and gourmet food samplings, music by Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band.

    WECT’s Jon Evans will be the evening’s announcer.

    Tickets are $125 each.

  • Join the town of Holden Beach from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, for Boo at the Beach at the Holden Beach Pavilion at the end of Jordan Boulevard. The free event will feature booths with carnival games for children sponsored by groups, businesses and residents. A Halloween costume contest is at 6:30 p.m. Visitors can vote for their favorite booth, with the winner to be announced at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to sponsor a booth call Holden Beach Town Hall at (910) 842-6488.

  • Multi-instrumental phenomenon Dave Bennett salutes The Roots of Pop “Swing to Rock” at the next Odell Williamson Auditorium Performing Arts Subscription Season concert.

    The concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Brunswick Community College venue in Bolivia showcases the clarinet virtuoso who sings and plays electric guitar, piano and drums.

    Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Bennett’s performance covers music from the swing era to early rockabilly and country, to Elvis Presley, the Beatles and beyond.

  • Brunswick County’s Ninth Annual Fall Festival unfolds from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the government complex in Bolivia.

    The festival is free to everyone and includes hot dogs, drinks, candy, popcorn, a cake walk and haunted trail, hayride, carnival games, costume contest and face painting.

    For donations or questions contact Sgt. T.K. Nowell at (910) 253-2708 or First Sgt. Bert Reaves at (910) 253-2745.

  • Brunswick Arts Council’s 16th Annual Fall Exhibition & Sale kicks off Monday, Oct. 17, at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash.

    Artists from all over Brunswick County will be represented with work of all different media, with prizes totaling more than $1,800 to be awarded.

    Exhibition artists, BAC members and friends and the public are invited to a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, with an award ceremony at 6 p.m. at the gallery at 10283 Beach Drive.

  • Ocean Isle Beach is revving up for the 36th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival slated to unfold this weekend at 8 E. Second St.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, rain or shine. Admission is $5 adults; free for children younger than 10.

    Described as an all-in-one food, arts and crafts and oyster venue, visitors are once again invited to venture over to the OIB island to enjoy the two-day lineup of fall festivities and fun.

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    By John Nelson

     

     

    Be careful: these flowers look as though they might want to take a bite out of our leg if you get too close to the perennial border. All those bright pink jaws, gaping open, or maybe they are more interested in singing than in biting!

  • By Stephanie Sellers

    Special to the Beacon

    Sometimes we find what we werenít looking for only to realize it is exactly what we needed.

    This summer in Bolivia, where I had spent the summer working as a traveling artist, I got just that.

  • By Linda Arnold

        We all get taken in by the headlines: “Seven Steps to Happiness,” “Ten Tips For Your Dream Life,” “Five Minutes to Bliss.” You name it.

         With all the focus on things we can bring into our lives to be happier, I started wondering about things we could eliminate to achieve the same result.

  • By John Nelson

    Frequently the leaves and stems of a plant will prove to be just as fascinating as its flowers. This is a plant like that, and it is a native, aquatic species.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    “The construction guy said he’d be here today.” “When will these ‘terrible twos’ end?” “I can’t believe she hasn’t answered my email.”

    From traffic jams to family squabbles to lines at the grocery checkout, we’re faced with curveballs every day.  It’s not what happens in our lives that determines how well things flow for us — it’s how we deal with what happens.

  • Legacy Motown Revue headlines an exclusive Sunset Beach Concerts Fall Concert from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.

    The performance unfolds in The Village Park on Queen Anne Street. The audience is invited to bring lawn chairs and enjoy the free concert.

    Kernersville-based Legacy Motown Revue launched on the Fourth of July, 2010, to the delight of Motown-loving audiences everywhere, including the summer concert one coming up this Friday night, Aug. 5, in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Animal advocates are some of my favorite people. One of my favorite local animal welfare groups, Paws-Ability, is full of some of my favorite people. On Saturday, Oct. 22, I hope you’ll join us for the sixth annual Paws-Ability Bicycle Poker Run. This is our area’s largest animal charity event and benefits several organizations and thousands of needy pets. Besides helping dogs and cats that need help, the Bicycle Poker Run is a lot of fun. The event has been postponed from Oct. 8 to Oct. 22 thanks to the threat of Hurricane Matthew.

  •  Butt-dragging. Carpet-surfing. Booty-scooting. These colorful terms have all been applied to one of the more common unusual actions of our canine companions: dragging and rubbing their rear end along the floor. Why do dogs scoot and rub their butts on the carpet? Let’s examine some of the many potential causes of “hiney-hauling.”

     

    Anal Sacs