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Today's Features

  • By George Wong-Chong
    Special to the Beacon

  • As summer winds down, so does the Sunset Beach Concert Series.

    The last concert of the series, featuring Jaded Mayberry, is 6:30-8:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 29, in Village Park at Seaside Village in Sunset Beach.

    Since June, each weekly concert has featured a different band and local charity.

    Paws-Ability, a local nonprofit that raises money and awareness and provides support for animal issues in Brunswick County, will be the recipient of funds at the season’s final concert.

  • VARNAMTOWN—At 95, Weston Varnam has finally retired from building boats.

    But it wasn’t that long ago the former Varnamtown-area shrimp boat captain was building boats large and small.

    “His daddy [Johnnie Varnam] was a boat builder,” Mary Varnam, Varnam’s wife of 65 years, said as the two relaxed in the carport at their home on Stone Chimney Road near Varnamtown.

    “My daddy was a boat builder, my uncle was a boat builder,” Varnam said, relaying the skill runs in the family.

  • Supply—Charles Presley threw 311 ringers with a score of 650 to claim the title of National Horseshoe Pitchers Association World Tour Elders Division Class H-2 champion.

    His nearest opponent threw 223 ringers with an overall score of 562. Presley secured his title with an overwhelming distance between himself and second place. He represented North Carolina in the tournament as well as his hometown of Supply.

  • Sunset River Marketplace, an art gallery in Calabash, will host the 2012 N.C. Wildlife Art Society exhibition from Nov. 21, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013.
    The show, “Wild North Carolina through the Artist’s Eyes,” consists of approximately 40 pieces of art by members of the juried art association. This is the first time the North Carolina group has exhibited at Sunset River Marketplace.

  • n Intricate circular webs are a sign
    of the arachnid
    If you have noticed huge, intricate spider webs lately, you are probably looking at the handiwork of a golden silk spider, also referred to as a banana spider.
    These spiders are known for weaving large, complex, circular webs, also referred to as orbs. Webs are usually attached to trees and low shrubs. Golden silk spiders can be found in the warmer regions of the world. In the U.S., they range from Texas to North Carolina.

  • Shriners to have yard sale on Sept. 15
    Members of the South Brunswick Shrine Club will host a community-wide yard sale from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 15 at the South Brunswick Island Shrine Club, 4911 Old Shallotte Road in Shallotte. Families in the greater Brunswick County area are invited to participate in this opportunity to clean out that garage or attic and turn unwanted items into extra cash.

  • “North Carolina and coastal flora are perfect together and that’s why we’ve chosen that as this year’s photo contest theme,” a Sunset at Sunset committee representative said recently.
    “The Carolina coastlines are resplendent with unique and attractive plants and flowers and we know that our local photographers will capture their beauty,” added contest chairperson Judi Ballweg.

  • Learn the right techniques for handling, preparing, serving and storing foods safely during the ServSafe Food Safety for Restaurant Managers class offered in three sessions Sept. 5, 12 and 19 at the training center in the Cooperative Extension building (Bldg. N) at the government center in Bolivia. The classroom sessions will are from 12:30-4:30 p.m.
    Students who successfully complete the class and the exam will receive a certificate from the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, often seen prominently displayed in restaurants.

  • The works of Nora Mackin of Pawleys Island and Betty Morrell of Myrtle Beach, S.C., are being featured at Jewelry by Wendy-Beach House Fine Arts in Calabash. Makin, a member of the Seacoast Artist Guild, works with watercolor, oil and acrylics. Morrell paints with watercolor and oil.