• 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.

  • Flower lovers can discover paradise at the Coastal Garden Club’s “Secret Gardens”-themed flower show, set to burst into bloom this Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, at Shallotte Presbyterian Church.

    The Shallotte-based club is presenting the show as a fun, educational project to spark interest in members’ favorite hobbies of horticulture and floral design.

  •   By John Nelson

    Petruchio: “Nay, come, Kate, come: you must not look so sour.”

    Katharina: “It is my fashion, when I see a crab.”

    Petruchio: “Why, here’s no crab; and therefore look not sour.”

    The Taming of the Shrew

    (More humor from Shakespeare! This time, you would need to know what Elizabethans would call a sour apple.)


  • The Waterway Art Association will present its 24th annual art exhibit from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 through 9 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center at 9400 Ocean Highway in Carolina Shores.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    Renowned watercolor artist Roger Tatum of Southport will present a three-day workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, May 5-7 at the SBIC.

    The artist’s reception and awards presentation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7.

  • A local chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs is toasting this weekend’s Kentucky Derby with an event of its own.

    The GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club will have its second annual Juleps & Jazz Kentucky Derby Fund Racer from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    The $25-per-person ticket includes hors d’oeuvres, a raffle and silent auction, a cash bar with jazzy juleps and live streaming of the 141st Kentucky Derby.

  • St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church is getting into Cinco de Mayo mode again with its second annual Fiesta Mexicana scheduled from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dos de Mayo — three days early this coming Saturday, May 2.

    Contrary to misconception, Cinco de Mayo is not a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, which isn’t until Sept. 16.

  • Area Mexican restaurants are celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year. Let us count the ways.

    Uno — San Felipe Mexican Restaurant in the Shallotte Crossing Shopping Center will be having all-drink specials (margaritas, cerveza) on Tuesday, May 5. It will also offer free T-shirts to everyone.

    Dos — San Felipe Mexican restaurants in Leland and Southport will also be having drink specials and free T-shirts.

    Tres — Las Palmeras, 1780 Chandlers Lane in Sunset Beach, is having food and drink specials.

  •  By John Nelson


    “I grieve at what I speak,

     And am right sorry to repeat what follows…”

    King Henry VIII.


    Pardon me for repeating a recent mystery plant. Every now and then I do this –– not to grieve my dear readers –– but rather to bring some new aspect of an old friend to bear. Therefore, behold this lovely flower!