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Today's Features

  • Surrounded by cheering friends, family and local dignitaries, Brunswick Beacon graphic artist Keith White unveiled his most recent artwork last week.

    White, who is also the Beacon’s editorial cartoonist, has been selected as the official artist of the 32nd Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival. This is his fourth consecutive year for the honor.

  • Take off your apron and turn off the stove, it’s time to get out of the house and let someone else cook for a change.

    The Taste of Home Cooking School, sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, is set for Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The event begins at 3:30 p.m. for VIP ticket holders with a vendor show. General admission ticket-holders are admitted at 4 p.m. The vendor show concludes at 5:30 p.m., just in time for the cooking show, which starts at 6 p.m.

  • I know the buzz word with food these days is “local.” For most items, that’s a great goal; however, there are some foods that just can’t be grown close to home. One popular food that fits into this category is the banana.
    It’s estimated the average American eats about 27 pounds of bananas a year. More than 96 percent of us buy bananas at least once a month. Why not? You don’t have to wash them or cook them and they are easy to take with you for a quick snack or dessert at any time.

  • This article references Georgia but has value in North Carolina as well, especially the recommended precautions.
    —Tom Woods, Master Gardener volunteer coordinator
    West Nile virus usually peaks between Aug. 15 and Sep. 15 in Georgia, but this year, doctors are seeing an earlier start.
    Entomologists and public health officials are worried that a near record number of Georgians will be sickened with West Nile virus this year.

  • By Tom Woods
    Horticultural Technician

  • Southern gospel singing set for Sept. 14
    The Southport Senior Center, 1531 N. Howe St. in Southport, will feature Southern gospel singing from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, featuring The Baumans, The Bradleys, The Glory Girls, Don and Beth Bowen and Betty Moore.
    Come out and enjoy some good old-fashioned Southern gospel singing.

  • Lacking the first three years of my existence, I have been in contact with and influenced by religious sisters all of my life.
    From pre-kindergarten days through graduate school and beyond, religious sisters from various congregations and orders have carved a niche in my heart. That makes 72 years and counting. It was, and continues to be, a time of learning and loving.
    They were women of all stripes. Some were kind, wise, and compassionately understanding. Others were taskmistresses who raised the bar quite high and expected us to aim at it, reach, and exceed it.

  • Taking art “off the wall” just for fun is what Marta McCallum and Sheryl Sutherland call painting on pillows.
    Sutherland, a member of Associated Artists of Southport, and her friend McCallum have had “paintings dancing around in our heads” for the past 30 years. Now that their children are raised and they have more time, they are painting with watercolors, acrylics, oils and sometimes pastels.

  • On Aug. 27, 2011, Hurricane Irena blew into North Carolina. A few days later, Museum of Coastal Carolina volunteer coordinator Judy Sobota was walking along Ocean Isle Beach, curious to see what treasures Irene might have left. She spotted what she initially thought was a large rock. Upon closer inspection, she realized the rock was actually a large Florida horse conch that had been stranded on the beach.

  • For those who like beach music, Legends of Beach is a musical experience you will not want to miss. That’s because some of the group’s members are, in large part, responsible for the sound and appeal beach music has today throughout the world. It’s all about having a good time and remembering the good old days, as well as the recent days at the beach.