• Art coupled with wine-and-chocolate pairings will celebrate the season with the launching Feb. 16 of the Sweetheart Girls’ Art Show at Silver Coast Winery.

    The Valentine’s-flavored show debuts 2-5 p.m. in the winery gallery and showcases the work of five area artists—Maria del Carmen, Sandra Dee Nicholson, Anne Rhodes, Cherylyn Berrio and Gabriella Lynch.

    Wine-and-chocolate pairings are at noon, 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

    Carmen is an award-winning photographer specializing in landscapes and nature.

  • What better way to warm up the wintry cold in Brunswick County than with Brunswick stew?

    That’s what members of Soldier Bay Baptist Church in Ash are doing at their second annual Brunswick stew fundraiser from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 9.

    Oren Knicely, a previous winner at Brunswick stew cook-offs in Shallotte, will prepare four recipes for the church-building fundraiser.

    Stew will be sold by the quart to go or by the bowl with hushpuppies and a drink. Desserts will also be available.

  • Internationally renowned drummer Tommy Igoe and his Birdland Big Band are bringing “Live at Birdland” to Brunswick County on Monday, Feb. 11.

    Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. performance at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    The show, directed by Igoe, is in a setting designed to recreate the “ambience and experience” of a night at New York City jazz mecca Birdland.

  • By Elise Young
    UNC-Chapel Hill

  • SUPPLY—Bright and early Sunday morning, four generations of the Chestnut family are usually busy making music.

    Great-grandmother and octogenarian Connie Chestnut, the church’s oldest member, sings alto with the choir inside the sanctuary of Concord United Methodist Church on Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211).

    Her daughter, Laila Holden, is at the piano, granddaughter Laura Royal directs the choir, and great-granddaughter “choir member in training” Olivia Royal is singing, too.

  • Christy Nesbitt got the proposal of a lifetime Jan. 17 from fiancé Terry Chavis.

    That’s the day Chavis’ proposal, “Marry me, Christy,” was inscribed in the Holden Beach sand.

    Then the Laurinburg couple took flight over the coast so Christy, a nursing student, could see the proposal for herself.

    The popping of the big sand-question was originally supposed to take place a day earlier, on Nesbitt’s birthday.

  • Wine and chocolate—what better combination does one need to celebrate the month of valentines?

    That’s the way organizers of the Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival feel about their most delicious fundraiser.

    This year’s “sweet affair” kicks off Friday night, Feb. 1, with a grand tasting from 7-10 p.m. at the Coastline Conference & Event Center, 503 Nutt St. in Wilmington. Tickets are $50 in advance and $55 at the door.

  • Locally renowned Mike’s Garage Band of St. James Plantation will perform at a fundraiser Saturday for the Brunswick County Literacy Council.

    The Feb. 2 event starts at 6 p.m. at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center in Carolina Shores.

    The south-end campus facility is off U.S. 17 at mile marker 3 in Carolina Shores.

    Highlights include a cash bar with wine and beer and snacks.

  • Get ready for fun and games in Vegas, N.C.
    The Shallotte Rotary Club’s eighth annual Las Vegas Night is pulling out all stops Saturday night, Jan. 26, with an array of food and Vegas-style games.
    The annual fundraiser is from 6-10:30 p.m. at the Brunswick County Realtors Building at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply.
    “It’s the most fun event of the year,” said Doug Terhune, past Shallotte Rotary president, founder and official organizer of the festive night of gambling in Brunswick County.
    This year’s event follows a similar format as in years past, only bigger and better, Terhune said.

  • The Carolina Master Chorale and Mason Memorial Choir will perform “Hearts of Passion IV: A Gospel Valentine” at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach.

  • At a recent church function, a friend of mine leaned over to me and commented, “You can’t whisper to deaf people.”
    She continued to describe her feelings when people who know she has a difficulty understanding under ordinary conditions lean over to her and whisper a message in her ear, thinking she received it.

  • Editor’s note: This North Carolinian of Note profile was produced by students in Dean Emeritus Richard Cole’s feature writing class in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The profiles were distributed by the North Carolina Press Foundation. For reprint information, contact sandynie@email.unc.edu.

    By Katharine McAnarney
    UNC-Chapel Hill

  • It’s that time of year again—Souper Bowl Saturday is just around the bend.

    For the fourth year, the GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club is having its delicious Souper Bowl fundraiser from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the fellowship hall at Shallotte Presbyterian Church.

    For each $15 per-ticket donation, attendees will receive a freshly glazed bowl handcrafted by a local potter, along with a piping hot serving of soup prepared by one of several participating eateries.

  • The “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book publishers have decided a Leland couple are the kind of storytellers who can fix what ails you.

    Malinda and David Fullingim have both had stories accepted for print in the book series in the past year.

    Both Malinda and David are ordained ministers, writers and educators, who moved to Leland in August 2011, when David began working for Cape Fear Community College

  • LELAND—Leland will host its first 5K race on Saturday, Feb. 2.

    That’s Groundhog Day, so Leland Parks and Recreation organizers are calling it the “Whistle Pig 5K”—a different way of saying groundhog.

    And the race itself is a different way of introducing the public to the new Westgate Nature Park.

    “It’s not a fundraiser, but we will do it at-cost. We want to raise awareness of the new park and promote health,” Neal Brooks, Leland Parks and Recreation director, said.

  • Editor’s note: This North Carolinian of Note profile was produced by students in Dean Emeritus Richard Cole’s feature writing class in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The profiles were distributed by the North Carolina Press Foundation to member newspapers. For reprint information, contact sandynie@email.unc.edu.

    By Cammie Bellamy
    UNC-Chapel Hill

  • TinaMarie Sifford had been looking for a good dog, one that could be her service dog.

    She finally found Whimsey, a Labrador retriever provided by NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans. Whimsey has become her ears and at times even her eyes.

    Sifford has been deaf all her life.

    “I was born with rubella,” the Shallotte resident said.

    When she was born, she had only 3 percent of her hearing ability.

  • 2013 is a brand-new year with fresh weight-loss options.

    One of them is Weight-Wise Woman offered by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation.

    It’s a 16-week behavioral weight-management program for women ages 18-64 with a body-mass index (BMI) of 27 or higher.

    Each session has a behavioral objective to help participants reach goals using supplemental information and strategies.

  • He’s renowned as a “Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible,” and he’s coming to Brunswick County.

    Tomas Kubinek’s one-man show has been described in many ways, from “physical poet, verbal acrobat” and “needless risk-taker” to “professor of fantastically useless inventions” and “arduous advocate of the commonplace miracle.”

    But probably the best way to take in the Kubinek experience is to see him for yourself.

  • The Coastal Carolina Camera Club is exhibiting members’ photographs in the art gallery of Silver Coast Winery through the end of January.

    The show, which kicked off with a reception Jan. 5, features an array of subjects and photos shot by members of the club.

    Club members span the spectrum of experience and photography forms, including point-and-shoot, digital and 35 mm and integrated advanced digital cameras.