• By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

  • Thalian Association is seeking talented artists in all mediums to display and sell work at the 2014 Orange Street ArtsFest, the largest arts festival in downtown Wilmington.

    The OSAF will return Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The street fair is held on Orange Street between Front and Second streets next to the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, with some exhibitors inside the building.

  • The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is hosting the second annual Whale of a Weekend, Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2.

    Dive into the wonderful world of whales and dolphins through hands-on education stations to engage visitors of all ages. Explore a humpback whale's family tree. Try out a blubber glove. Join the ranks of whale superhero. Solve a mystery as a dolphin detective and much more.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    It’s still winter … although I have paperwhites opening up in the yard, and red maples are already showing their bright flowers. Fragrant Daphnes and a few withering wintersweets are scattered around the neighborhood, and this afternoon we had a brilliant yellow crocus near the birdbath. Here and there, the swelling bud of a daffodil. This is about the time I start getting serious cabin fever, and longing for the spring, which is still a good six weeks off, so says the groundhog (one of them, anyway).

  • Nothing evokes warm feelings as much as babies, kittens, and puppies. I’d throw newborn foals and kids (as in baby goats) in there, but I grew up in the country. Because humans tend to universally love baby animals, you can imagine my anger with my current state government’s opposition to protecting puppies from inhumane conditions. The reason, it turns out, is good old-fashioned back-room politicking.

  • Brunswick Beacon artist and cartoonist Keith White is exhibiting work this week in Wilmington.   


    White is among featured artists participating in Art for All 4, a cutting-edge show at the Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews, 516 N. Fourth St.

    More than 50 local, original artists will be exhibiting in the church and under a courtyard tent.

  • Warm up this chilly winter at the Wilmington Wine & Beer Walk.

    A limited number of tickets are available for the annual event scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in downtown Wilmington.

    The walk begins as soon as tickets are presented at the “wine walk headquarters” starting location. Each participant will receive “official” Wilmington Wine & Beer Walk IDs and maps of participating establishments. Each venue will offer two samples of specially selected wines or beers.

  • The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society will present “The Thomas Andrew Dorsey Story” at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Grand Hall at St. James Episcopal Church, 25 S. Third St. in downtown Wilmington.

    The program will feature the Rev. Richard Robinson of Central Baptist Church, soloist, with narration by Louise Harrison.

    They will take the audience on a journey of song and story as they focus on the “father of gospel music.”

  • The St. James Service Club is now accepting donations for its annual flea market.

    Dollar$ for $cholars is the theme of the 16th annual Flea Market sponsored by the St. James Service Club to be held Saturday, April 26, at Brunswick Community College.

    Since January, the club has been collecting items and storing them at Sentry Storage at 4711 Southport Supply Road (N.C. 211, 1.5 miles west of Long Beach Road).

  • Free health screenings, massages and seminars are part of Health Expo 2014, slated for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 22, at Shallotte Middle School.

    Sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, the eighth annual expo will feature more than 40 vendors and sponsors converging at the school at 225 Village Road.

    Free screenings this year will include A1C diabetes, cholesterol, blood sugar, oxygen saturation, BMI, video otoscopy, bone density, computerized nervous system, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, oral screenings, pulse, glaucoma and vision.

  •  Second annual Black History weekend festivities are scheduled Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22 and 23, at four locations in Southport.

    Events are sponsored by the Smithville Township/Southport Black History Committee in collaboration with the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

    Admission is free. Donations will benefit the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport expansion project. All checks should be made out to The Friends of the Maritime Museum, which is a 501(c) 3 organization.

  • The Southport Chapter of P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is sponsoring its 11th annual antique appraisal fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay St. in Southport.

    There will be 11 certified appraisers, both specialists and generalists, to examine the treasures, and provide an estimate of their worth. Bring in up to three hand-carried items. The cost for a ticket is $7 per item or three tickets for $20. Tickets can be purchased at the door starting at 12:30 p.m. The appraisals will begin promptly at 1 p.m.

  • In one of the largest transactions in its history, the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust has announced the donation of a perpetual conservation easement of more than 6,442 acres at Orton Plantation from Orton Plantation Holdings LLC, owned by conservation philanthropist Louis Bacon.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Ferns, ferns, wonderful plants. Such an ancient group. They were around a long time before there were any dinosaurs. Their and their relatives’ remains, fossilized, make up significant parts of the coal deposits around the world, and of course a good bit of the carbon in their plant bodies — too much, no doubt — is now floating around in the air, after being burned.

  • The Waterway Art Association will have a free watercolor workshop and paint-in featuring professor Fritz Kapraun at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.

    The event will take place at the new Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI), 3620 Express Drive in Shallotte.

    The program will highlight painting floral subjects.

    Kapraun is a tenured faculty and professor of biology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He formalized a life-long interest in art through art instruction and workshops in Wilmington and Italy.

  • The Intracoastal Model Railroad Club (IMRRC) is holding a series of workshops and seminars at the new Calabash Marketplace, 10050 Beach Drive in Calabash.

    The first one, “An Introduction to Model Railroading,” is Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9 to 11 a.m.

    The series is designed to increase public awareness of the club, educate young and old about the benefits of model railroading, and explain how to create layouts in their own homes for personal enjoyment, IMRRC administrator Don Woodwell says.

  • As Brunswick Little Theatre gets ready to launch its next production, it’s getting a little help from its art friends at West Brunswick High School.

    Students in visual arts teacher Kathy Peck’s class are helping with scenic design for BLT’s upcoming performances of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” an adult musical comedy revue to be presented Feb. 21-23 and March 1-2 at the Brunswick Center at Southport.

  •  Singer/musician Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired “The Sound of Music,” will perform in concert at 7 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 14, in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church, 410 Sixth Ave. S. in North Myrtle Beach.

    This is an unticketed event. A love offering will be taken. The church opens at 6 p.m.

    The concert was rescheduled from Jan. 31 because of recent severe weather.

  • February programming at Battleship North Carolina has been announced.


    Feb. 15, 2014

    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    $95 per person; $85 for Friends members or active military.

  • Southport Oak Island Animal Rescue (SOAR) is excited about its new shirts.

    SOAR’s staff and supporters are hoping this will be an awesome way to raise money as well as get more exposure out there for SOAR.

    Three designs are available in T-shirts, tank tops, fleece sweats and hoodies and a variety of colors.

    For anyone interested in purchasing one (or two or three), the costs are $15 for tanks, $17 for ladies T’s, $18 for men’s T’s, $25 for fleece and $30 for hoodies.