• 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.

  • It’s time for the 12th Annual Brunswick Islands Home & Garden Show this weekend.

    The event will take place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, at Sea Trail Resort and Conference Center, 211 Clubhouse Road in Sunset Beach.

    Highlights include an array of vendors, a children’s learning area and live demonstrations.

    Vendors include plants, flowers, painters, home repair, builders, home accessories and outdoor products.

    Admission is $5. Children younger than 8 are admitted free.

  • GRISSETTOWN — For lifelong lovebirds Bill and Joan Hoyle, every day is Valentine’s Day.

    That’s saying a lot for the Brunswick County couple, who have been married for nearly 60 years and have known each other since childhood.

    “We met when I was 7 and he was 10,” Joan Hoyle said as the couple, wearing matching red shirts in celebration of the upcoming 2014 edition of Valentine’s Day, relaxed at their home.

  • Take to the high seas and explore the “Navy Way” during the 149th Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16, at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site.

    Visitors can experience the life of sailors on land during the American Civil War. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

    Some sailors were attached to the torpedo service and others to posts not shipboard, but on shore. Demonstrations will include weapons, equipment and torpedo firings.

  • “Driving Miss Daisy” first debuted on Broadway in April 1987, followed two years later by the movie starring Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy and Dan Aykroyd.

    A quarter-century later, the award-winning production about the unfolding friendship between a wealthy Jewish widow and her chauffeur during the changing decades of the 20th century in the Deep South is still an audience favorite and classic.

  • Guest presenters Kurt Hugelmeyer and Allison Smith, along with museum educator Maria Knapik, will host a program, “Love is in the Air,” at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.

    Focusing on bird species that can be seen in our coastal area, they will discuss bird migration, mating habits, and the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) that takes place from Feb. 14 through Feb. 17. 

  • The term “Venus and Mars” has inspired book titles, art and music. Why is the term so popular, and what does it mean?

    Find out at Ingram Planetarium at 6 p.m. Feb. 7.

    One week before Valentine’s Day is when planetarium manager Edward Ovsenik will present a spirited discussion on how our nearest planetary neighbors — Venus and Mars — got their names.

    Ingram Planetarium is at 7625 High Market St. in Sunset Beach.

  • What’s not to love about a night with sharks and hearts?

    The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher transforms into a kids-only zone on Valentine’s Day.

    The Aquarium will host the first “Hugs and Fishes Valentine’s Lock-In,” for children ages 5 to 12, from 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, until 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15.

  • Listen up, Brunwick County.

    Listen Up Brunswick County is about to bring a whole new musical series to the area.

    The fledgling nonprofit is described by chairwoman Jeannie Dufour as an all-volunteer, music-loving group that wants nothing more than to bring quality entertainment to a new venue.

    That’s about to happen as Listen Up Brunswick County presents its first concert on Feb. 15, when renowned folk musician Tracy Grammer performs in the fellowship hall of Holden Beach Chapel, 107 Rothschild St. on the Holden Beach island.

  • With Valentine’s Day just two weeks away, the Coastal Harmonizers are getting ready for lots of sweet singing.

    This is the time of year when the barbershop quartet is in demand and on the go, bestowing singing valentines for a fee on the beloved throughout Brunswick County.

    “This is for both girls and guys,” said tenor Dave McQueen.

    Guys can send the quartet to deliver singing valentines to girls, and the girls can send ‘em to the guys, too, they say.

  • By John Nelson
    Plant Columnist

    It’s the branch of a tree, but this tree is no good for a tree house.
    Take a look at the thorns, which can be found up and down the trunk, and also potently arming the branches. You won’t be inclined to fool around with these stickers, as they really mean business, sometimes up to five-inches long, needle-sharp, and often divided at the base: the species’ scientific name means “three-spined.”

  • I love movies. I love pets. I love history. Add those together and I unearthed the story of the very first movie star cat, Pepper. Long before YouTube created instant fame from felines frolicking in boxes, there was a story cat that would go on to star in some of Hollywood’s most celebrated silent films. This is the legend of Pepper.