• "It’s supposed to be a SURPRISE!”

    It was about 7:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve when my pager announced my dinner would have to wait.

    “I had her hidden in a closet all day and now she’s not moving!”

  • The town of Shallotte and Shallotte Farmers Market’s second annual Christmas Village Market featuring 70 vendors and a variety of festivities has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St. in Shallotte.

    The event has been rescheduled from Dec. 15 due to rain expected Saturday. Event organizer Megan Bishop said Grinch photos will still be taken from 9 to noon under the park shelter this Saturday, Dec. 15.

  • Raleigh-based The Moonlighters Orchestra performs its special brand of Big Band with a little swing 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland. Tickets are $10. Go to townofleland.com/moonlighters-orchestra-concert for more information.

  • The annual Bolivia Christmas Parade scheduled Saturday, Dec. 15, has been cancelled because of expected rain.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre will hold auditions for the Rodgers and Barer musical, “Once Upon a Mattress,” 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the theater at 8068 River Road, Building 1B, in Southport.

    Many roles are available for both males and females in this musical comedy. Auditions are open to those 15 and older.

    Auditions will consist of demonstration of singing and movement ability. Please prepare 16 bars of a musical theater song.

  • Santa at the Farm festivities

    11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15

    Santa will be at Horseplay Farms to welcome children and present a gift for each one. Our Heroes will provide lunch, equine activities and games. Pre-registration is required.

    Winter Camp 2018

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 26-28

    for ages 5-12; $150


    1757 Clemmons Road, Bolivia


    Call 253-7722 or go to horseplayfarms.net

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    It’s an oddball sort of bush.

    It’s a native species — nothing odd about that — and it was originally restricted entirely to the coast, from North Carolina all the way to Mississippi. Now, though, it is common well inland within all of these states, and beyond, and appears to be continuing its spread.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    Just on the off chance your holidays are not totally Norman Rockwell-esque, take a look at the following checklist.

    Right now I’m feeling:

    _____ Jolly

    _____ Frenzied

    ______ Sad

    ______ Lonely

    ______ Overwhelmed

    _______ All of the above

    As a result, I’ve been:

    _______ Kicking my system into overdrive

    ______ Giving up sleep for the month of December

  • There are few things in veterinary medicine more complex — and confusing — than a dog’s liver function. Deciding which liver tests are needed and decoding the multitude of serum chemistries and biomarkers can prove challenging. Once the results are complete, deciphering if an abnormal liver test is actually, well, abnormal often creates further diagnostic drama. And by drama, I mean Dudley.

  • Contact: Brunswick Family Assistance

    4600-10 Main St., Shallotte, 754-4766

    324-I Village Road, Leland, 408-1365

    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1551, Shallotte 28459

    Email: brunswickfamily@yahoo.com

    Website: brunswickfamily.org

    It may just be the first week of December, but the angels and elves with the Brunswick Family Assistance Tree of Hope/Angel Tree/Christmas Basket program are just about ready to wrap things up.

  • The Brunswick Arts Council is hosting a free Winterfest Performing Arts event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay St. in Southport.

    The event, set up in a cabaret atmosphere with hot cinnamon cider, will feature performances from “Nutcracker” by Elizabeth Hester’s Wilmington School of Ballet, International School of Ballet and three companies with the emerging Brunswick School of Ballet.

    Navassa native Marsha Graham-Ali of Leland will entertain with vocals from opera to gospel.

  • One-time performances of two traditional holiday productions brighten the season and stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium this weekend.

    A live touring production of “A Christmas Carol,” presented by PerSeverance Productions and CMI Entertainment, unfolds at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

    For the past few years, this special adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story has been presented to more than 100,000 audiences nationwide with heart, humor and humbug.

  • The 26th Anniversary Brunswick County Toy Run kicks off Saturday afternoon, Dec. 8, from Supply heading to Southport.

    This year’s annual event to buy Christmas gifts for children launches with registration starting from 10:30 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch at Brunswick Islands Baptist Church at 1672 Mount Pisgah Road in Supply.

    The poker run featuring motorcycles and classic cars begins at 1:30 p.m.

  • The gates reopen at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site at 8884 St. Philip’s Road SE in Winnabow just in time for a “compact” version of its 18thCentury Christmas 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. The historic site was closed after sustaining damages in September from Hurricane Florence.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Botanists tend to be rather easygoing people, usually. They enjoy being outdoors on field trips and seeing interesting plants … and some botanists are known for an occasional and perhaps unusual sense of humor. My own long-suffering students, over the years, have been subjected, by me, to a wide variety of brilliant anecdotes and excellent puns. (Well, that’s the way I think about them.)

  • By Linda Arnold

    Life Life Fully

    Here we are, approaching the end of another year. How does that make you feel?

    Like most of us, your mind and body have likely become accustomed to dashing around and crossing things off your to-do list. A certain rhythm has been established, and you’re off to the races.

    This is human nature, and we’re all “wired” for accomplishment. Individual ambitions, personality types and life circumstances all influence these levels.

  • Pure Markets will present its third annual Sunset Beach Holiday Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 in Sunset Beach Town Park, the same location as the Sunset Beach Summer Market.

    Holiday shoppers will be able to visit more than 90 holiday shops owned by some of the finest artisans in the area. All items sold at a Pure Market are handmade, homemade or homegrown by the vendor; no resale is allowed in any Pure Market.

  • Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue at 758 Longwood Road will host its 13th Annual Christmas Toy & Train Show just two days this year — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2.

    Admission is free and donations are welcome.

    Layouts run the gamut, from the smallest “Z” scale toted in a suitcase to larger G, O, HO, N-scale models in multiple layouts, in addition to 1/32-scale.

    Displays are highlighted with authentic train sounds, adding bells and whistles to an already popular pastime.