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  • “After Thanksgiving” means more than Black Friday or recovering from too much turkey and trimmings in Ocean Isle Beach.

    It’s also the time for holiday festivities to begin in the South Brunswick Islands town.

    This year’s festivities launch a day earlier than usual, at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, with a tree lighting and caroling at the Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department at 105 Causeway Drive.

  • The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation is having its fourth annual Beer and Brats Fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St.

    Event-goers will be treated to freshly cooked unlimited bratwurst, hand-cut fries, cold beer and soda, said Linzy Cook, museum marketing coordinator.

    Check Six Brewing Company of Southport will offer six kinds of beer including Wendy’s Blonde Ale, Harley Pope Porter and Gee Bee Honey Pale, plus some of their best-selling craft beers.

  • A variety of vendors lights up the third Holiday Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, at Shallotte Farmers Market in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St. in Shallotte.

    More than 40 vendors will offer local winter farm vegetables and fresh seafood, baked goods, sauces, jam, hand-painted art, blown glass, photographic note cards of local scenes, handmade pottery, jewelry, crocheted items and children’s hair bows, goat’s milk soap and snowman gourds.

  • Greenlands Farm at 668 Midway Road in Bolivia cooks up holiday food tastings and orders at A Taste of the Holidays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

    For $3, customers have opportunity to sample a selection of offerings Greenlands will have available for the holidays. Or, place an order with Greenlands’ Gourmet Farm to Go Holiday Meals and Sweets and get your tasting for free at stations set up inside Greenlands Farm Store.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s latest production, “Too Old For The Chorus But Not Too Old To Be A Star,” debuts this weekend as a “clever, witty musical revue” about three men and two women experiencing the joys and frustrations of aging.

  •  By John Nelson

    Nothing teems

    But hateful docks, rough thistles, kecksies, burs,

    Losing both beauty and utility.

      — William Shakespeare, King Henry V, act 5

     

  •  By Linda Arnold

    The political campaigns are over … finally!

  •  Veterinarians search for ways to help pets enjoy longer and healthier lives their entire careers, driven by the desire to enable dogs and cats to remain vigorous and vital for many, many years. A new drug, rapamycin, may also help dogs fight the effects of aging and prolong life in animals and humans.

  •  by Will Snyder

    We grew up with stories of Superman turning back time by circling the Earth, but now something new orbits our planet: the Supermoon! 

    While it may not be faster than a speeding bullet, this term has quickly gained popularity and launched the moon back into arguably its biggest spotlight since the Space Race.

    The question is: What has made the moon so super?

  •  By John Nelson


    “Received a letter from Meehan. The box of Scuppernongs arrived just in time for an Exhibition of the Hort. Soc. & were much admired. He wants about 6 bushels of Cypress balls.”

    — diary of Henry W. Ravenel. 2 Oct 1867

     

  •  By Linda Arnold

  •  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard pet parents say, “Dogs and cats only see in black in white.” I’ve always explained dogs can see many shades of colors, especially blues and yellows, and a cat’s vision is probably pretty similar. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve then been told, “Yeah, they see gray.” So what’s the scoop? Can dogs and cats see colors and, more importantly, can they watch your favorite television shows with you?

  • Santa, entertainment and more than 70 vendors kick off the holiday shopping season at The Brunswick Beacon’s sixth annual Holiday Happenings Christmas Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Shallotte Middle School at 225 Village Road SW in Shallotte.

    Admission and parking are free.

    Unique artist/artisan booths among the vendors will include a variety of items suitable for gift-giving, from art to jewelry to photography. Food will also be available for sale.

  • Calling all area boat owners.

    Organizers of the Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla invite you to decorate your boats for the holidays and participate in the upcoming 13th annual flotilla on Super Saturday in Ocean Isle Beach on Saturday, Nov. 26.

    Flotilla organizers are issuing a plea for more participants for the annual fundraiser to benefit Brunswick Family Assistance.

  • They’re a diverse group of musicians who gather at Duke Energy Media Center in Southport to practice on Tuesday nights.

    Next week, those rehearsals are going public when the Brunswick Concert Band presents its next concert in two performances, “A Celebration of Music Past.”

  • By John Nelson

    It’s begun to cool off here in South Carolina, and I expect wherever you are. After all, it’s nearly time for Halloween, and there are plenty of signs in nature that things are starting to “slow down.” Besides the obvious autumn leaves, the fall blooming has mostly already reached its peak, although there are a number of species that bloom even later. After the first few frosts, there won’t be many flowers at all … at least for a while.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    “Seasons change, and so did I. You need not wonder why.”

    Those lyrics from an old Guess Who song speak volumes. You may think the current change of season has to do with falling leaves, football and cooler temperatures, although there’s much more.

    Cycles and rhythms. They’re all part of nature, as well as our lives.

     

    Reason, season or lifetime

  • Historic Varnamtown once again dines in outdoor style when the 62nd Annual Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church Oyster Roast cooks up from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the church at 190 Varnamtown Road.

    The Brunswick County fishing town’s longest-running event showcases its latest seasonal haul of its celebrated bivalve mollusk. An estimated 150 bushels of oysters are expected to be cooked over open fires in metal barrels set up in the church’s backyard.

  • For the past half-century, the talents of renowned songwriter Jimmy Webb have graced the hit charts, recording studios and musical memories of millions.

    Brunswick County will be graced with Webb and his music when “Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years,” headlines as the next Odell Williamson Auditorium Performing Arts Subscription Season concert next Thursday night, Nov. 10.

    The 7:30 p.m. concert showcases songwriter Webb, who’s had chart-topping hits in a unique range of genres for the past five decades.

  • Dogs may be better at discovering more efficient ways to perform a task they’ve been taught. Let me explain it another way: Studies prove human children and chimpanzees will repeat all of the steps in a task they’ve learned, even when a step is obviously unnecessary.
    New research conducted by Angie Johnston and Paul Holden of the Yale University Canine Cognition Center indicates both wild and domesticated canines seem to shed these wasteful steps. In other words, dogs learn to cut corners.