• It was the summer of 1969 and the Woodstock Music Festival was tuning up on a 600-acre farm in the Catskill Mountains of New York.

    Among the lineup of performers during that history-making four-day gathering of 400,000 was a fledgling trio performing its second concert ever.

    David Crosby and Stephen Stills, along with British singer-songwriter Graham Nash, took the Woodstock stage on Aug. 18, blending their voices during that hour-long performance to create a sound and style still renowned nearly a half-century later.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    There’s always something new to see, wherever you are.

    The other day I took a different route to work at the university, here in Columbia, S.C., and found a real spectacle. Garden flowers, putting on a show, and soon to be Christmas? What’s it all about?

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    New Year’s Day is my favorite holiday. Three hundred sixty-five delicious days. Fifty-two wonderful weeks. Twelve mesmerizing months.

    It’s the ultimate new beginning. OK, I’m strapping myself in!

    It’s also a time for reflection — looking back at the year in review and looking ahead at the year in preview. What will you take into the New Year, both professionally and personally?

  • Ultra Beginner and Advanced Beginner five-week line dance courses are being offered starting Jan. 16 at Silver Coast Winery at 6680 Barbeque Road NW in Ocean Isle Beach. They will continue Jan. 23, 30 and Feb. 6 and 13.

    The Ultra Beginner course will run from noon to 1 p.m. and the Advanced Beginner course from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. The cost of each five-week course is $30.

  • The Art League of Leland (ALL) invites artists and art enthusiasts to its Jan. 10 meeting featuring guest speaker Janet Johnson, who will discuss her artwork, share painting tips, and show some of her creations in progress. The meeting will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland.

  • The Museum of Coastal Carolina will hold an artist reception from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 4 to recognize Jay Griscom, whose artwork will spotlight “Turtles — Their Home and Habitat.”

    Griscom, 60, recently relocated to Wilmington to be closer to family. He’d been living out west and working as a land surveyor since college while continuing to hone his artistry in his free time.

  • Ed Bearss, 95-year-old Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service, will again take center stage at Hatch Auditorium on Caswell Beach on Wednesday, Jan. 9, for the Brunswick Civil War Round Table’s first monthly meeting of the New Year.

    Appearing for the eighth time, his presentation is “Reflections on the Civil War.”

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    Here we are at the end of another year. A good time to take stock of our lives.

    While you may be focused on what you want to bring into your life in the coming year, it’s helpful to look at what you may need to release.

    After all, it’s a two-way street. And there’s only so much capacity. There may even be competing interests with what you say you want to bring in and what already exists on your platter.

  • Here’s a little secret: my favorite holiday is New Year’s Day. For me, it's a time to purposefully reflect on the previous year and an opportunity to chart a path for the next. At the stroke of midnight Jan. 1, you have the next 365 days to improve your health, relationships, and career; a gift to truly treasure. While you’re planning your personal improvements, don’t forget to include your dogs and cats. Here are some healthy pet goals I wish every pet family would make this year.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    “For to make chireseye, tak chiryes at þe feast of Seynt Iohn þe Baptist, & do awey þe stonys …”

    — Hieatt, Constance B. and Sharon Butler. Curye on Inglish: English Culinary Manuscripts of the Fourteenth-Century (Including the Forme of Cury). New York: for The Early English Text Society by the Oxford University Press, 1985.

  • SHALLOTTE — Regular customers already know Sugar Confections Bakery is a sweet place.

    Now, it’s confirmed after the Shallotte bakery yielded honors as the “third sweetest bakery” in North Carolina in Michigan-based Dawn Foods’ Sweetest Bakery in America Contest.

    Bakery owner Monique Holenko was recently notified by her sales rep that her Main Street bakery placed just behind first-place winner Clayton Bakery & Café just outside Raleigh.

  • Officers

    President: Jeff Harrelson

    Vice president/ parade co-chairman: John Crowder

    Secretary: Faye Burckhalter


    7 p.m. second Mondays starting in February at the Dixie Youth ball field in Leland Community Park on Village Road in Leland


    Call 371-9921 or email jcrowder4@ec.rr.com



  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Singular: “Wasp.” Plural: “Wasps.” Right?

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    "And to all a good night.” I find the last line of “The Night Before Christmas” to be so comforting and so appropriate right now.

    You know the feeling when you’re ready to go to bed and you stop to reflect on the day (unless you’re running tomorrow’s to-do list through your head or you haven’t hit the OFF button on the TV remote).

  • "It’s supposed to be a SURPRISE!”

    It was about 7:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve when my pager announced my dinner would have to wait.

    “I had her hidden in a closet all day and now she’s not moving!”

  • The town of Shallotte and Shallotte Farmers Market’s second annual Christmas Village Market featuring 70 vendors and a variety of festivities has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St. in Shallotte.

    The event has been rescheduled from Dec. 15 due to rain expected Saturday. Event organizer Megan Bishop said Grinch photos will still be taken from 9 to noon under the park shelter this Saturday, Dec. 15.

  • Raleigh-based The Moonlighters Orchestra performs its special brand of Big Band with a little swing 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland. Tickets are $10. Go to townofleland.com/moonlighters-orchestra-concert for more information.