• 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.

  • SHALLOTTE — This weekend the Shallotte Farmers Market returns for the season. Come and join the fun as you eat fresh and shop local.

    The 2014 Farmers Market season opens Saturday, April 26, and runs through Saturday, Sept. 13. The market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon in Riverside Park at the corner of Main Street and N.C. 130/Whiteville Road.

  • A local chapter of the General Federal of Women’s Clubs, GFWC-South Brunswick Islands, is having Juleps & Jazz, a Kentucky Derby-style fund “racer” from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

    The event will take place at the Carolinas Leadership Academy at The First Tee of Brunswick County, 443 Tarkln Court in Shallotte.

    There will be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar with wine, beer and jazzy juleps, raffles and auctions, web streaming of the 140th Kentucky Derby and a Derby hat contest.

    Admission is $25 per person.

  • The Holden Beach chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs will have its sixth annual Blooming for a Cause Charity Gala from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Sea Trail Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

    Festivities include a silent auction, fashion show and luncheon to benefit Hope Harbor Home and Providence Home for a $45 donation.

    If you are interested in attending, donating a silent auction item or a sponsorship, please contact Karen Throckmorton; (910) 471-4220 or Karen.Throckmorton@phmc.com.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre will hold auditions for its summer musical, “Into The Woods,” on Saturday, May 3, and Monday, May 5, in Building F on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    Those under age 15 (except those auditioning for Little Red Riding Hood) will audition from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. Adults and all those auditioning for Little Red Riding Hood will audition at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, or 7 p.m. May 5.

    All are encouraged to audition on the Saturday date if at all possible.

  • St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church is getting into Cinco de Mayo mode early with its first Fiesta Mexicana from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Cinco de Tres — Saturday, May 3.

    Fiesta fare will include authentic Mexican food, beer, wine and soda for sale throughout the day.

    Other event highlights include music, all-day dancing, games for children and a grand prize raffle of $1,000.

    There is no admission fee, and there will be plenty of free parking at the church at 5051 U.S. 17 in Shallotte.


    The spring and Easter season will be celebrated in style this week with a number of events planned in and around Brunswick County.

    Southport Spring Festival

    The annual event is scheduled for April 18 and 19 in Franklin Square Park. Admission is free.

    Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

    Highlights include more than 150 crafters, entertainment, food vendors and children’s activities.