• Brunswick Little Theatre’s latest workshop, Let’s Play, has begun drawing an appreciative crowd of pint-sized participants.

    The new Children’s Theater Workshop is described as a fun, active experience for young theater enthusiasts in the 4-to-12-year-old age bracket who are “ready to explore and excel in the theatrical arts in a low-key, relaxed environment.”

  • By Ellen Werner
    UNC-Chapel Hill
    Woody Durham was sitting with friends at a restaurant several years ago, when he felt a tap on his shoulder.
    “Excuse me for interrupting your dinner, but I recognized your voice,” a man from a nearby table said.
    Known as the “Voice of the Tar Heels” for the 40 years he spent doing radio broadcasts for UNC-Chapel Hill basketball and football, Durham is no stranger to Carolina sports fans, even those who have never seen his wrinkled, friendly face.

  • Fried fish is already a buzzword in the seafood capital.

    During Lent, it takes on renewed meaning at Calabash VFW Post 7288.

    The Post has once again fired up its annual Friday-night Lenten fish fries.

    Dinners consisting of fried and breaded fresh haddock with all the trimmings will be served 5-7 p.m. Fridays through Good Friday, March 29.

    Dinners this year are still $9 per plate. An extra cup of clam chowder is just $1.

  • Get ready for free, professional health screenings, chair massages, updated information—and lots of fabulous door prizes.

    All of this and more will be showcased at Health Expo 2013, slated for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. next Saturday, Feb. 23, at West Brunswick High School. Admission is free.

    Sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, the seventh annual expo will feature more than 40 vendors and sponsors converging in the school gymnasium and elsewhere at the school on N.C. 130 (Whiteville Road), according to Christy Williamson, expo representative for the Beacon.

  • What could be more apropos for the valentine season than artist Liz Roberts’ color-laden heart motif paintings?

    The Sunset Beach artist’s work is the latest featured exhibit at Sunset River Marketplace gallery in Calabash.

    The exhibit, “What the World Needs Now,” is a series of Roberts’ vivid acrylic work bringing her artistic passion to life.

    It’s not just all about hearts, she explains—it’s about love—what the world needs now.

  • CALABASH—Don’t call Joyce Davis a matchmaker.

    Would fixer-upper be OK?

    The Calabash resident says she used to introduce people who later got married.

    This Valentine’s Day, she is remembering one of her longest-lasting couples, Chuck and Carolyn Schreiber of Calabash. They were introduced to each other by Davis in 1998.

    A year later, in December 1999, they were married.

    More than 14 years after their introduction, the Schreibers, along with their dog Squeaks, are still blissfully together.

  • 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