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  • Professor Higgins of “My Fair Lady” fame posed the question: “Why can’t a woman be more like a man?”

    He did so because he was confused and confounded by the perceived vagaries of his female pupil, a young woman whose differences were becoming more intriguing and attractive than he wished to admit.

    The query was rhetorical. He scarcely wished his colleague Pickering to respond logically, or even to respond at all. He asked Mrs. Pearce the same question, with the same motivation. Poor Higgins!

  • Looking for something scary to do this Halloween season? Whether you’re a child who wants to dress up and seek out candy, or you’re an adult looking for something to raise the hairs on the back of your neck, this region has plenty of things to do during the creepiest month of the year.

  • A Taste of Brunswick County at this year’s Communities in Schools of Brunswick County, Inc.’s Seventh Annual Benefit Gala for Children was the highlight of the evening, Cynthia Tart, executive director, said.

    About 20 local restaurants provided the 650 Gala attendees with samples of their best cuisine. A silent and live auction captured the guests’ interests, and live entertainment was provided by Wilmington band The 360-Degrees.

  • NORTHWEST—Glenn Rogers’ smile brightens as he talks about two of the most special things in his life—his hunting dogs—and it’s not just because they’re loyal companions.

    Rogers spends nearly all his free time training his retrievers, “Jazzy” a yellow, 3-year-old female, and “Tank” a black, 5-year-old male, as expert hunting dogs. His hard work has paid off.

    Rogers has a houseful of trophies and plaques to show for his training, and Jazzy and Tank are master hunters.

  • When young Wheelie was found, he'd been shot in his back leg, was starving, and had heartworm disease. Since his treatment for his leg and heartworms, he's become a very happy dog. The people at Paws Place thought he'd need a doggie wheelchair if his leg had to be amputated, but the veterinarian was able to save it. Wheelie is very sociable, seems to be housebroken, and loves to play with other dogs and people. He loves to swim in his baby pool in the summer and would make some family a wonderful companion.

  • Last weekend's Brunswick County Idol at the Odell Williamson Auditorium was a treat, with some of the county's most talented singers belting it out for fun and the chance at a cash prize.

    The Teen Idol winner was 16-year-old Terriq White, who sang an emotional, beautiful version of Luther Vandross' "Here and Now," in his second attempt at the title.

    The adult competition winner was Michael Clemmons, who, believe it or not, had only practiced his version of "I am Changing" from "Dreamgirls" the day before.

  • Saturday, you can celebrate the season and pick a passel of pumpkins at Indigo Farms—as many as you wish to buy to get your home in colorful shape for fall.

    The renowned farms' annual Pumpkin Day, always scheduled the third weekend in October, will unfold with hay and horse rides, farm games and activities such as stilt races, a hay maze, NASPIG races, food and music. There also will be plenty of activities celebrating the festival's renowned orange vine-fruit, including pumpkin painting and pick-your-own-pumpkins.

  • Both bisques and chowders are made with seafood and vegetables, with a cream base. Chowders tend to be more stew-like or chunky, and bisques puréed. The word “bisque” is also used to refer to any sort of creamy, puréed soup, and thus menus often feature tomato and squash bisques.

  • Sweet iced tea is as southern as magnolia blossoms and chopped pork barbeque.

    It’s probably blasphemous to admit, but I, as a redneck southern boy, don’t like sweet tea. That’s almost as bad as admitting I don’t particularly like grits. Even though I may not appreciate all of the southern cuisine, the leaves of a camellia are the source of green, black, oolong and white teas.

  • Many gardeners like to have a list of things to do for the start of each month. Hopefully, they will be able to check-off the list before the month is up and this will provide them with a sense of accomplishment.

    Still, others need to have a list just to remind them of gardening things to do before the weather sets in and it is too late. Whatever the reasons, you need to tack a list to the refrigerator as a reminder.

    Gardening tips for October

  • Brunswick County Schools fourth graders took part in Brunswick Town’s annual Colonial Heritage Days last week.

    Costumed volunteers and employees portrayed people from Colonial times and showed students how they lived and worked.

    Brunswick Town has offered a Colonial Heritage Day for about 25 years, and has always been a free field trip for schools.

    “It’s a good exposure to what life was like in this county where they live 200 years ago,” Jim McKee, a costumed character who has worked Colonial Heritage Days for about 13 years, said.

  • Shane Stevens is feeling anything but “Low” these days.

    That’s the title of a song the Calabash native co-wrote that was recently recorded by country music star Sara Evans for “Billy: The Early Years,” a Billy Graham biopic slated to open in theaters nationwide Oct. 10.

    The release of “Low” also marks the first recorded single written by Stevens, which had him on a high as he spoke during a phone interview recently from his 28th-floor apartment in Midtown Manhattan.

  • Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information, call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing

    Art and craft classes at Cappuccino By The Sea, 3331 Holden Beach Road. Various days and times. For more information, call 842-3661.

    Every first Friday through December

  • Fall means Farm Heritage Day at Indigo Farms.

    The annual event at the historic farm straddling the state line near Hickmans Crossroads is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 4. Admission is free.

    Learn about the old ways of life on the farm, with day-long demonstrations that will include basket-making, blacksmithing, gun-making, molasses-making, spinning, weaving, and a working 1920s gristmill powered by a 1915 Morse-Fairbanks vertical engine from Horry County Museum.

  • The cooler days of fall make for great working weather with the lower temperatures and humidity. For many who hail from colder climes, pruning trees and shrubs is on the list of chores, but our erratic fall and winter temperatures make heavy fall pruning a bad idea.

  • The trend toward cooler weather is welcomed by most of us, but some unwelcome insect visitors can accompany it.

    Polistes, or paper wasp colonies, are beginning to die out and some of the remaining workers (who will croak eventually), along with next year’s crop of queens, are likely to start bailing out of nests. The surviving queens will seek out some place to pass the winter and all too often our houses become the location of choice. There are several species of paper wasps, but the common ones are mostly brown in color with yellow stripes on their abdomens.

  • September through late October is a good time for dividing your spring and summer blooming perennials in Brunswick County and the Cape Fear Region.

    For the most part, flowering should be nearing an end at this time of the year. That allows plants to put their energy into developing leaves for next season. Roots will continue to grow through the winter and this will help the plant get well established before the next bloom sequence.

  • The theme was “patriotism” for the juried competition at the Sept. 11 meeting of the Coastal Carolina Camera Club.

    Members submitted images depicting different views of patriotic subjects and scenes. The winners were as follows:

    First place: Charlie Mastrovich for “Southport 4th of July.”

    Second place: Wendy Wagner for “Patriotic Reflections.”

    Third place: John Ennis for “Snow Spangled Banner.”

  • Ocean Isle Beach during World War II and before was named Hale’s Beach.

    During World War II, the only structure on Hale’s Beach was a U.S. Coast Guard camp that was home for 20 men on Gause’s Hill. The mission of the Coast Guard men was to ride along the beach every day on horseback and watch for German spies, downed airplanes, submarines, blackout violations, or any suspicious activity.

  • Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information, call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing

    Art and craft classes at Cappuccino By The Sea, 3331 Holden Beach Road. Various days and times. For more information, call 842-3661.

    Every first Friday through December