• Back by popular demand, The Ginger Thompson Band will perform at the Sunset Beach Concerts from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, in The Village Park on Queen Anne Street. 

    The Ginger Thompson Band, based in Raleigh, plays a mixture of Motown, soul and shag. The band typically covers hits by Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Martha and the Vandellas, Wilson Pickett and Junior Walker & the All Stars.  

  •  By John Nelson

    Now that it’s warmed up, I’ve been thinking of doing some more aquatic botany. A kayak or canoe is good for studying plants growing in lakes and creeks, but sometimes you just can’t beat putting on some old tennis shoes and wading into an oozy-bottomed pond where the water maybe way up to your waist. This is no time to be overly concerned with snakes, but a sharp attention paid to any visiting serpents would be a good idea.

  • The Flip Flop Ball means just what it says.

    This year’s third annual fundraiser for the Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center, set for 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Brick Landing Plantation, will incorporate dancing to beach music, and flip-flops are welcome.

    Music will be provided this year by the Sea-Cruz band and Sea Pans, a steel drum ensemble.

    Highlights include cocktails and island cuisine in addition to dancing. This year’s event co-chairs are Cindy Cheatham and Jonathan Tait.

  •  By John Nelson

  • He’s a self-made businessman and artist who in recent years has been donning yet another hat as an author.

    Just a few years ago, widely known Fayetteville entrepreneur and metal sculptor David McCune caught a writing bug and started putting pen to paper.

    One of his inspirations was his mom, Betty McCune, who died in January 2010 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. McCune’s first book, “Death, Divorce, Alzheimer’s,” conveys how the disease affects the family as much as it does the patient.

  • SUNSET BEACH — The Old Sunset Beach Bridge has received a Preservation Award of Community Leadership from the Historic Wilmington Foundation.

    Announcement of the award, the first ever for a bridge, came last week at the New Hanover County Courthouse as the Old Bridge Preservation Society was gearing up for the opening of the new Museum at the Old Bridge this past weekend, May 24 and 25.

  • BBQ and Bluegrass will permeate Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center on Friday, May 30.

    The event, scheduled from 6 p.m. “until,” will feature the Flatland Ramblers and Friends to benefit the Academy of Coastal Carolina.

    Other highlights include a BBQ dinner, dancing, a silent auction, an art show and face-painting.

    Tickets are $25 and $10 for ages 6 through 12. Children 5 and younger will be admitted free.

    SBIC is at 9400 Ocean Hwy. W. near Calabash.

  •  By John Nelson

    This past weekend, we flew up to Long island to visit relatives who live in the Hamptons. It was definitely still spring up there — daffodils everywhere, as well as lots of Bradford pear and serviceberry in full bloom. Quite a change when we got back to central South Carolina, where we’ve basically entered into early summer. It’s not really hot yet, but it’s warming up fast!

  • Upcoming Memorial Day services will pay tribute to veterans and soldiers both past and present.

    Sunset Beach

    A third annual Memorial Day service is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 26, in the new Sunset Beach Town Park on Sunset Boulevard.

    Sunset Beach Town Council and the Sunset Beach Police Department invite the public to join them as they honor the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while defending our freedom.

  • SUNSET BEACH — Three years after being shut down, retired and moved to a new resting site, the old Sunset Beach bridge is ready for a new opening.

    After years of fundraising and getting ready, the Old Bridge Preservation Society is gearing up for the opening of the Museum at the Old Bridge.

    The museum, inside the upper level of the bridge’s old tender house, officially opens to the public with planned festivities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25, at the old bridge’s mainland resting site at 109 Shoreline Drive West.

  •  By John Nelson

  • LITTLE RIVER, S.C. — Get ready for crabs, crafters and crooners.

    The 33rd Annual Blue Crab Festival is set for this weekend just south of the border in Little River, S.C.

    Scheduled 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, the award-winning festival traditionally showcases all-day entertainment and an array of food, about 200 arts-and-crafts vendors, business booths and community groups lining the Little River waterfront the weekend after Mother’s Day.

  •  By John Nelson


    Here’s a flower that looks like a small explosion. In this photo, you are looking at a blossom head-on, so to speak. There are five to eight fleshy sepal lobes and plenty of stamens remaining in the flower. It used to have a number of red-orange, floppy petals, but these have all fallen away. Before long, this flower will be producing a fruit.

  • Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School is having an art show, and the public is invited.

    The school’s “Gotta Have Art” show, set for 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, will showcase student work that will be judged and displayed throughout the school.

    It’s the time of year when “JMM transforms into a beautiful art gallery,” creating a don’t-miss event, said school parent facilitator Sharyn Morrison.

    The school is at 250 Pea Landing Road in the Ash community.

    For more details, call the school at 287-4014.

  • Singer-songwriter Ellis Paul will perform at the last Listen Up Brunswick County concert of this season, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Holden Beach Chapel Fellowship Hall, 107 Rothschild St. in Holden Beach.

    Doors open at 7 p.m. Another pre-concert wine-tasting is from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Kd Morris Art Gallery & Wine Shop on the island causeway, at 3422 Holden Beach Road.

  • Both sides played dirty during the Civil War, says Jim McKee, interpreter extraordinaire at historic Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson in Winnabow.

    Learn more about that this coming Saturday, May 10, when the state Revolutionary/Civil War site presents “Diabolical Contrivances and Dirty Tricks” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • It’s a strawberry lover’s favorite time of year.

    Homegrown strawberries are sweetening the landscape and palates at Indigo Farms on Hickman Road, Holden Brothers on U.S. 17 and Waccamaw River Farm and Nursery in Ash.

    On a recent “strawberry morning,” shoppers perused the produce market at Indigo Farms at 1542 Hickman Road. Cartons of freshly picked strawberries filled one of the tables.

    Market employee Estelle Minicozzi stayed busy ringing up strawberry orders, including that of Barbara Keelyn of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • Early May is prime time for wine in Brunswick County.

    Two events this Saturday, May 3, will celebrate the grape and all its accoutrements, starting with the Old Bridge Preservation Society’s second annual Strawberry & Wine Fest from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Silver Coast Winery.

    Admission is $5.

  •  By John Nelson

    Where exactly is the “enchanted forest” you sometimes hear about? I’ve come to realize that for me, it was that little patch of woods right next door when I was growing up, but you’ve probably been in an enchanted forest, too.

  • Got an itch to browse for bargains?

    The 16th annual St. James Flea Market just might be the answer.

    It’s set to take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this coming Saturday, April 26, at the Bolivia campus of Brunswick Community College.

    Organized by the St. James Service Club, the annual event, sprawled both in and outside the campus, is a shopper’s showcase of indoor and outdoor furniture, household goods, tools, books, dishes and glassware and golf items collected and donated by residents of St. James for a period of months prior to the sale.