• These days, very few people can tell their children and grandchildren stories about walking a mile, uphill, in the snow, just to get to school. Even fewer people can tell their children about having a snowball fight outside a castle, or drinking water from the Roman baths.

    But someday, when Sydney Underwood has children, she will be able to tell them about all these things and more.

  • BOLIVIA — Last week, a small crowd splashed through puddles and braved the drizzle to pick blueberries at Owens Blueberry Farm on N.C. 211 in Bolivia.

    The farm re-opened for the first time last Tuesday after more than 400 people came out for its opening day June 27. That day, cars lined both sides of the highway, and many people stood in line for hours, waiting their turn to fill white buckets with fresh, ripe blueberries.

  • On July 3, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Maria D. Bermeo Garcia and Kyungbin Baik were two of the 112 people who took the oath of citizenship at the 13th annual naturalization ceremony on the Fort Johnston Garrison House lawn.

    Before taking the oath, both women were serving their country in their own ways.

    When Bermeo Garcia, 20, first came to the United States, she was only 5. She and her parents emigrated from Ecuador. The lady granting her a Visa asked her why she wanted to come to America.

  • The Intracoastal Model Railroad Club (IMRRC) is having a train show this weekend at Brunswick House in Brunswick Plantation.

    Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7. Admission is free. A railroader’s lunch will be available for a nominal fee.

    The show includes several operating train layouts in various scales (G, O, HO, N, Z and S), servicing suggestions for locomotives that don’t run, members’ advice on getting started in model railroading, free hobby literature, club train sales and a 50/50 raffle each day.

  •  Does your pet need a rabies vaccination?

    The ProtectMyPet Mobile Clinic will be conducting pet rabies vaccinations at PetSense in Shallotte Crossing Shopping Center from 4:30-6 p.m. this coming Saturday, July 6.

    The cost is just $10 per pet. Three-year rabies vaccinations are available for $29. Prices do not include a biomedical waste fee.

    For more information, call PetSense at 754-9073.

  • The Craig Woolard Band is described as a high-energy, seven-piece party and dance band with a killer horn section. It wows the crowd with one of the most diverse repertoires and original crowd-participation shows in the industry.

    The band is self-contained with a state-of-the-art sound system and technical crew and is known for its keen professionalism, incredible stage presence, enormous talent and unsurpassed showmanship.

    Phenomenal front man Craig Woolard is recognized as one of the finest singer-entertainers to ever hit the stage. He constantly

  • The Brunswick Islands and beyond are gearing up for another celebratory Fourth of July this year.

    Among highlights are the North Carolina Fourth of July Festival in Southport, the Fourth of July parade in Ocean Isle Beach and a Fourth of July celebration at the Old Bridge in Sunset Beach.



  • Buckle into your movie seats. It’s kids’ summer movie time.

    Now that school is out, Coastal Cinema 10 at 5200 Bridgers Road in Shallotte has launched its seasonal kids’ summer movie series.

    Movie showings are at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 25.

    Admission for all ages is just $1 per person. Admission is subject to seating availability, and groups are welcome.

  • The Carolina Breakers are an award-winning high-energy variety band consisting of four lead vocalists and a horn section covering the musical gamut—beach, boogie, Motown, funk, R&B, disco, classic rock and country.

    The North Carolina-based ensemble consists of seasoned musicians whose repertoire spans four decades. The Breakers “mix it up,” keeping all ages entertained.

  • A new Calabash eatery has a new name, but it’s only temporary.

    “Captain Calabash” is the new moniker for a new seafood buffet eatery that opened May 4 at 10001 Beach Drive.

    Owners Mike Abdou and Ahamed “Mike” El Rayes previously planned to name their new restaurant “Miss Calabash Buffet & Grill.” But native restaurateurs in the Seafood Capital objected.

  • Vereen Memorial Gardens in Little River, S.C., is celebrating its 40th anniversary, and you’re invited to the festivities.

    The Vereen Gardens Anniversary is scheduled for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the C.B. Berry Community and Historical Center, 2250 Highway 179 in Little River, just south of Calabash.

    The fun will include a ceremony, guided nature walks, 

    activities for children, educational sessions, music, a photo contest and concessions.

    Volunteers are needed to assist in this free community celebration.

  • It’s a Parrot Party at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, June 20, at the first summer concert of the season in Calabash.

    The concert featuring Jimmy Buffett duo Parrot Party is at 1572 Thomasboro Road at the corner of N.C. 179 in downtown Calabash.

    Parrot Party of Carolina Shores is a Jimmy Buffett tribute and impersonation show band performing all of Jimmy’s “songs you know by heart.”

  • The air is warm and breezes gentle, the beginning to a perfect Sunset Beach summer. What could make it even better? How about Summer at the Old Bridge programs?

    This year the Old Bridge Preservation Society in Sunset Beach has two new sets of programs—Family Fun Nights and the Young Explorers’ Club.

    Starting June 20, Family Fun Nights is a series of exciting programs from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday nights at the Old Bridge at 109 Shoreline Drive Win Sunset Beach.

  • Opera House Theatre Company in Wilmington is proudly presenting a new production of Boublil and Schonberg’s “Les Miserables.”

    Performance times and dates are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 14-15 and June 21-22, with 3 p.m. matinees Sunday, June 16, and June 23 on the main stage of Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St. in downtown Wilmington.

  • Chili’s Give Back nights are back on schedule.

    Dine at Chili’s Restaurant in Shallotte from 5-10 p.m. next Tuesday, June 18, and a percentage of the tab will be donated to Brunswick Family Assistance.

    Present the flier coupon to your server before ordering, and BFA will receive a percentage of the tab as a donation. Fliers are available only at the BFA office at 4600 Main St. in Shallotte. Chili’s will not have copies of fliers or coupons.

  • Local author David Manning will be at Hickmans Crossroads Library, 1040 Calabash Road, at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 13, to discuss his latest mystery, “Dead Letters,” based in Sunset Beach.

    Manning’s fiction and non-fiction work has appeared in dozens of literary magazines and newspapers. His radio play, “Self Image,” was produced for National Public Radio by the Radio Repertory Company, and he collaborated with composer Michael Ching on a narrated musical satire commissioned by the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival.

  • Brunswick County native CC Martin is bringing his brand of country to three stages of this year’s countywide summer concert series.

    Martin’s next performance is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, in Sunset Beach and Aug. 22 in Calabash. He’ll also be performing at this summer’s North Carolina Fourth of July Festival in his hometown of Southport.

    The 35-year-old singer-songwriter grew up in Southport, the youngest of three siblings. He enjoys writing and singing his original music.

  • The season for summer concerts and movies is under way at the beach and beyond. Brunswick County’s free concert and movie series is set for the spring-into-summer season for 2013.

    New this year is a Thursday series in Calabash, where concerts will take place on Thomasboro Road and movies shown in the town’s new Calabash Community Park at the corner of Persimmon Road and Traders Lane.

    More of the series is in store in Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, Holden Beach, Sunset Beach, Leland and Southport.

  • Volunteer experts will bring the Battleship North Carolina and World War I to life during engaging events planned for June.

    Battleship 101 and The Legacy Series: Armored Cruiser North Carolina and the Great War

    2nd Saturdays Programs

    Saturday, June 8

    9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Legacy)

    10 a.m.-3 p.m. (101)

    In June the battleship launches the annual 2nd Saturday series, part of the statewide North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources programming.

  • The Bolivia-Brunswick County Black Leadership Caucus Chapter is having its first 7th District Pre-Juneteenth Banquet on Saturday in the Cedar Grove community.

    The caucus is a local chapter of the North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus.

    The June 1 event will take place from 4-7 p.m. at the Cedar Grove Improvement Association building, 1529 Turkey Trap Road SW.

    The main speaker is N.C. Rep. Larry D. Hall. The banquet will also honor Randall Gore, North Carolina state director for rural development at the USDA.