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vol. two issue two november 2013

Small Shopping, Big Impact

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3 letter from the editor Bethany Turner tells what she's thankful for this year

13-15 dining guide

Discover the best eateries sure to please the most sophisticated palates

24 marketplace

Everything for sale from refrigerators to real estate

28-29 spottings

Check out photos of your neighbors living life to the fullest on our coast



31 occasions

Check out upcoming events


4-5 cover story

Local businesses will celebrate Small Business Saturday with deep discounts


small shopping, big impact Local businesses will offer large discounts for Small Business Saturday on November 30th pages 4-5


10-11 for the love of 'cue

Get to know the folks behind Oak Island's BarB-Que House


21 turkey-frying tips

Greg Ochipa provides safety info for the season

17 cheers

23 biz Q&A



Candace Hobbs of The Grape & Ale offers wine pairings for Thanksgiving dinner

6-7 dickens christmas festival The Brunswick Arts Council returns with its second annual Victorian affair

Paige Brown of Oak Island Accommodations; Margaret Rudd Bishop of Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORSÂŽ; and Tom McAndrews of Bella Cucina joined Southport Magazine for a special 'Shop Small Saturday' photo shoot designed to promote local businesses. Flip to page 4 to find out what other local owners joined us for the shoot. Cover and inside photo by Bethany Turner *also pictured on the cover: far right, Kris Beasley of Southport Magazine; and fourth from left, Cindy Brochure of the City of Southport

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18 party time

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OVEMBER IS THE PERFECT MONTH TO REFLECT ON what we're thankful for. Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 28th. For many, the list includes family and friends and a roof over our heads. As the years change, timely specifics come into mind. For us, Kris has been cancer free for a full year! And given our recent career changes—Kris is now the proud owner of Southport Magazine—I'm able to work from home and spend more time focused on the communities I love: Southport, Oak Island, Boiling Spring Lakes, Bald Head Island, and St. James. Having worked in other markets, I think I'm qualified to make this statement: Our areas harbor some of the kindest people on earth. I believe much of our neighborhood's charm comes in the fact that so many businesses are locally owned and operated. Chefs know the names of their customers and surprise them with specially crafted dishes, treats not available on the menu. Shopkeepers let regulars know what items they can special order—"You're looking for it in yellow to match your bedroom? I can definitely get that in! How's the remodel going, by the way?" Plumbers remember Residents who run small businesses are the champions of our communities. Read about the sales they'll be holding the names of kids—not because on Small Business Saturday, November 30th, on pages 4 and 5. Photo by Bethany Turner they're making multiple house calls but because their children are on the same swim team. Even Johnna Jalot, owner of Four Legs Good Pet Boutique, can remember the names of my three "fur babies" and their breeds. She can make personalized recommendations—certain toys or treats they might like—because she recalls my last purchases and I share with her the stories of my crazy trio's personalities. When was the last time an employee of Walmart asked you how Fido liked his bone? This year—and, well, every year—I'm thankful for the local businesses which make our communities stand out amongst a sea of other coastal towns. Tourists can visit any oasis they choose, but they often visit us because our small businesses offer unique products with a smile. It all just complements the waterway views and salty breezes. Happy Thanksgiving—here's to hoping you have much to be thankful for!

editor-in-chief Bethany Turner Bethany is a nearly lifelong resident of southeastern North Carolina. She, like any good coastal girl, enjoys spending time on the boat in the Intracoastal Waterway.



letter from the

Kris Beasley Kris lives in Boiling Spring Lakes with her husband and daughter. She loves cooking, gardening, fishing and football. Southport has so much to offer—music, art, dining, and more—and Kris is thrilled to be able to compile it in one place.

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SHOPS Story by Bethany Turner

small shopping, big impact:

Local businesses will offer discounts for Small Business Saturday on November 30th


HILE MANY BIG-BOX stores and websites slash prices each Black Friday (often times even opening on Thanksgiving), local businesses have found a way to compete for the coveted holiday dollar. Small Business Saturday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, actually was founded in 2010 by the credit giant American Express. Regardless of its origins, it is a force for good. In the past three years—especially through AMEX's ability to nationally promote the new shopping day—Small Business Saturday has become a household name. Folks are being more conscious about how and where they spend their money year-round, and it's paying off for their communities. Many shop owners in our area said the 2012 holiday spending was higher in comparison to previous years, despite the winter being a notoriously quiet season in Southport and Oak Island. "When you shop at your local businesses, not only are you positively impacting your community, but also the lives of your friends and neighbors," Pamela Sexton, the owner of Cattail Cottage, a home décor and fine gift shop, expresses. The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce is rallying to spread the word about Small Business Saturday, which will take place this year on November 30th. "Small businesses are the backbone of the economy," Karen Sphar, Executive Vice President for the chamber, urges. She says there is a multitude of reasons to support the local shopkeepers, restaurateurs, and service providers. It often boils down to the relationship cultivated between the staff and customers. "Local small businesses are owned by your friends and neighbors, so if you have any issues with the product or service they will work harder to please their friend or neighbor. Owners will work hard to earn and keep your business," Sphar begins. "Local small businesses are usually aware of the latest news and happenings in the town, city or area. They support the little leagues, schools, and nonprofits with donations year-round. They offer employment opportunities for the younger and older generations. And they often rehabilitate older buildings, thereby investing in the character of a city." From our region, many consumers travel to Wilmington or Myrtle Beach for much of their shopping, though many items can be

The Adventure Kayak Company 807 N. Howe St., Southport 454-0607 • All in-stock kayak life jackets 20% off (ranging from $30 to $130). Anastasio's Stained Glass Studio 420 N. Howe St., Southport • 363-4678 Free stained glass angel with every $40 purchase (can be used as an ornament or a gift). Backyard Wild 105 E. Brown St., Southport 457-9453 • All bird feeders 15% off. Boo & Roo's 303 N. Howe St., Southport 363-4275 • A never before 15% off all in-stock Spartina 449 (9 a.m. to noon only). Bullfrog Corner 101 E. Moore St., Southport 454-9300 • 20% off any one item Carolina Jewelry Exchange 701 N. Howe St., Southport - Clock Tower Bldg 457-5800 • 15% off all Michael Kors watches & sunglasses.

Seth Robbins of Island Spas; Paige Brown of Color Me Carolina; Pamela Sexton of Cattail Cottage; Penny Watkins of Boo & Roo's; Missy and Ron Ronquillo of Pescado Y Amor; Hilary Meehan of Lantana's Gallery and Fine Gifts; Johnna Jalot of Four Legs Good Pet Boutique; Gail Anastasio of Anastasio's Stained Glass Studio; and Laurie Oliver of Magnolia Gifts are local shop owners who will be offering special deals for Small Business Saturday, which will be November 30th. Photo by Bethany Turner

found in-town. Aside from filtering dollars through the big-box stores and up to CEO's who don't live here, shoppers are literally moving funds out of our economy. "Using local small businesses saves fuel and produces less emissions by not traveling to the metropolitan areas," Sphar notes. Perhaps most importantly, as Sphar tells, "Local small businesses are like 'Cheers'— where everyone knows your name." It's hard to beat the feeling of venturing into a favorite shop or restaurant and having the owner ask about your family or job. There's a personal touch that can't be found through online shopping or even through a big-box cashier. While getting to know the owners in our region is a wonderful perk—helping keep their businesses afloat is an added bonus. Small Business Saturday can make a huge difference, as the holiday season can represent 20 to 40 percent of annual sales for some retailers, according to the National Retail Foundation. "Holiday sales are crucial for small businesses," Penny Watkins, the owner of Boo & Roo's, a fine gift shop in Southport, tells. "These sales will determine if stores will con-

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tinue to stay open." When the holidays come around, shopping locally for gifts is like exploring a treasure trove in search of the perfect gem. Discovering an original present for a loved one is a heartwarming feeling, something that can rarely be replicated by clicking "Add to Cart." "Local small businesses offer unique and sometimes one-of-a-kind gifts," Sphar adds. "Nothing better than someone opening their present and saying, 'I have never seen that before—where did you get it?'" This year, we've culled many of the specials being offered by local businesses so readers can navigate Small Business Saturday with ease. We hope you'll support the shops and restaurants that make our neighborhood unique, and look to our small service providers for expertise within our coastal environment. These specials are only good for one day: Saturday, November 30th. Be sure to head out early to snag the best picks! And please, consider making your purchases with cash. We may be grateful to American Express for founding Small Business Saturday— but credit-card fees for owners really add up!

Cattail Cottage 122 N. Howe St., Southport 454-4533 • All Christmas garden flags on sale. Regualar price: $12.50; sale price: $9.95 The Christmas House 104 W. Moore St., Southport • 457-5166 Take $1 off per pound of Salt Water Taffy. 48 flavors to choose from with free gift box. Regular price: $4.99/lb.; sale price: $3.99/lb. Color Me Carolina 300 Country Club Dr., Oak Island 933-4532 • Black and white Oak Island lighthouse ornament. Reg. price: $19.99; sale price: $12.99. CP Gunworks 5008 E. Oak Island Dr., Ste. 1, Oak Island 933-4844 • Buy a pistol and receive a free Uncle Mike's holster. Deborah's Place 114 N. Howe St., Southport • 457-0921 All scarves 50% off. Four Legs Good Pet Boutique 301 N. Howe St., Southport 457-0115 • 25% off Tuffy Toys. Regular price: $10.9924.99; sale price: $8.24-$18.74. Franklin Square Gallery 130 E. West St., Southport 508-7145 • Soup bowls handmade by local artists. Regular price: $15; sale price: $10.

The Grape & Ale 8521 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 933-4384 • Govino Go Anywhere Wine Glasses, set of 4, 10% off.

Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room 105 S. Howe St., Southport 777-5151 • 50% off Wine Club membership fee. Regular price: $20; special price: $10.

Howe Outrageous Art Gallery 307 N. Howe St., Southport 363-4811 • Turned wood Christmas ornament by Brad Forrest. Price: $30, buy one get one 50% off.

Southport Tea Room 611 N. Howe St., Southport 833-0227 • All loose teas 30% off when buying three or more ounces of one of 30 gourmet teas. Regular price: $4; sale price: $2.80 per ounce.

Lantana's Gallery & Fine Gifts 113 S. Howe St., Southport 457-0957 • Spend over $75 on MacKenzie Childs and receive a free Mackenzie Childs gift. Magnolia Gifts and Antiques 301 N. Howe St., Southport • 457-4982 Sunlilly sunglasses with case, 50% off. Regular price: $19.99; sale price: $9.99. Oak Island Sporting Goods 8800 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island • 278-9872 15% off large crab pots with rebar. Regular price: $49.95; sale price: $42.46. The Painted Mermaid 1208 N. Howe St., Southport • 454-4549 Free $50 bottle opener with $50 purchase.

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RESTAURANTS Baked with Love 302 N. Howe St., Southport • 454-0044 Buy one meal and get a free cookie Bella Cucina: Seafood-Pasta-Pizza 5177 Southport-Supply Rd. SE, Southport 454-4540 • 10% off pasta lunch and dinner entrées. Dry Street Pub and Pizza 101 E. Brown St., Southport 457-5994 • Buy any full-size sandwich and get a free cup of soup.

Oasis Bar and Grill 8039 River Rd. SE, Southport 454-4004 • Reuben and hand-cut French fries, $6.95. Quizno Subs - Local Franchise! 5130 Southport-Supply Rd., Southport 457-4638 • Small Mesquite Chicken sub for $3.50. Regular price: $4.99. StarrCakes 200 Country Club Dr., Ste. E, Oak Island 512-8881 • Half-dozen cupcakes, any flavor, $3 off. In-shop only; doesn't apply to special orders.

SERVICE PROVIDERS Cooper Electric Southport, 363-4398 20% off any new service call received by 11/30; good for 60 days. Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® 1023 & 112 N. Howe St., Southport 457-5258 • Receive a complimentary Comparative Market Analysis and listing-price strategy for your home.

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festival of goodwill and cheer: Downtown Southport will revel in a Charles Dickens wonderland this month

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Story by Bethany Turner What: Second Annual Charles Dickens Christmas Festival When: Fri., Nov. 22 • 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 23 • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: Various locations in Southport Cost: Free to $10, varies per event Info:


ITH A YEAR UNDER THE Brunswick Arts Council's belt, president Jeanette Serens and event chair Sue MacCallum are excited to deck the streets of Southport in merriment again for the second annual Charles Dickens Christmas Festival. Founded last year for the literary master's 200th birthday, the council has plenty of Victorian recreation planned for Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd. "I would like to see it grow even bigger each year, eventually to a national level," Serens affirms. "I think that people really enjoyed it, and the results last year were very, very gratifying for everyone who worked on the committee many hours putting it together." Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England in 1812. The writer—famous for such pieces as "Great Expectations," "Oliver Twist," and "A Tale of Two Cities"—is especially celebrated during the holidays thanks to his classic tale from 1843, "A Christmas Carol." "Dickens made Christmas a real holiday," MacCallum asserts. "Prior to Dickens and his novels, people really didn't celebrate Christmas. He brought Christmas to the lower class, the poor people. He really Odell Williamson Auditorium is the one responsible for Christmas cards, 50 College Rd., Bolivia and just the feeling of goodwill and cheer. 755-7416 • It was Scrooge who showed your life can 11/7: BJ Thomas, 7:30 p.m., $10-29/person (pictured) change, that even when you're old you have another chance in life to be a forgiving and Rockin' on the River loving person." Fort Johnston lawn, 203 E. Bay St., Southport 11/1: Mako Band MacCallum also notes Dickens was a critical fundraiser for London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for children. "He was just so conscious of the needy, and at Christmas it's good to be reminded of that," she continues. To list your monthly music in Southport Magazine, "Dickens had all those themes, and he could contact: tell those stories in such a wonderful way." 6 southport magazine / november 2013 /

The Oakwood Waits, professional carolers from Raleigh, will perform during the Charles Dickens Christmas Festival. Courtesy photo

The festival will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Friday with the opening of the Olde English Victorian Social Gathering tent at the Southport Community Building (223 E. Bay St.) and a welcome from the festival officials. A Victorian music ensemble will entertain while a silent auction takes place. Beer, wine and traditional cider will flow from the cash pub, and the Victorian costume contest winner will be selected at 7:15 p.m. Though costumes aren't required, they are encouraged! The tent will also be open from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, with a costume contest winner selected at 12:45 p.m. "We'll feature last year's student art winners; we are going to put them on sale in the form of a notecard," Serens tells. "Inside the hallway of the community center will be all of this year's student art, judged by Debby and Ricky Evans—who will go above and beyond by matting and framing the winners— for people to see before the musical revue." The 2013 Dickens Musical Revue will begin at 7:30 p.m. inside the Southport Community Building, with an encore on Saturday at 1 p.m. While last year's revue took place at the Amuzu Theatre—where the line extended to BB&T in downtown Southport—the community center will allow the council to double the revue's seating space. The show will be set in old Southport, England. "We're going to have some of the similarities between the two places and why they're sister cities in the musical revue," MacCallum, director of the show, shares. "Using

Southport, England, as the destination— they have fabulous beaches and bathhouses. It's an amazing, amazing city, even back in Victorian times. The premise is that Dickens is going to visit as he did in 1847, coming on the first run of the railroad between Liverpool and Southport." The revue will be similar to a British music hall variety show, popular in the late 1800s and early to mid 20th century. "We're going to have Burlesque bathing beauties," MacCallum muses. "Southport, England, is on the Irish sea, so there is a little Irish flavor to it. We're going to have Irish step dancers and Celtic harpists, and a beautiful Irish song is going to be sung." Soloists will include Bonnie Laserna, Rasa Love and her daughter Skye, Charles Patton, John Reinsborrow, Alan Nicosia and Thom Clemmons. The Queen of England will be played by Dinah Gore, who will waltz, while her husband will take the role of Prince Albert. "The performers are just wonderful," MacCallum assures. "There will be several dance numbers. Dickens himself will do a little reading from a book. He has just come back from a tour of the United States, at this point in time in the 1850s, so there's some humor about the Americans in there. He will read something from 'A Christmas Carol.'" Tickets for the Dickens Musical Revue run $10 for adults, $5 for children 7 to 12, and free for children 6 and under. They're for sale in advance at the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce, the Shallotte Chamber of Commerce, the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, the Southport Visitor's Center, Ricky Evans Gallery, and online

at Saturday's festivities will begin at 10 a.m. in Franklin Square Park (130 E. West St.), which will be decorated with sparkling lights and luminaries. "We are doing artisans in the park this year, which is new," Serens informs. "They are juried artisans who are bringing specialty items that cannot be reproduced, such as something handmade or art." Performances will run the gamut, including a handbell choir; the Oakwood Waits, professional carolers from Raleigh, NC; and songs from The Merry Madrigalers and high-school students. The Punch and Judy Show marionettes will entertain in classic English style. Storytelling will take place on the stage for children, amongst much more music and dance. The children's costume contest winner will be selected at 1 p.m. on the stage as well. Even Scrooge will make regular appearances as the park's emcee. And what would be a Christmas festival without Santa Claus? The jolly old man will set in an ornate sleigh the council is borrowing from The Christmas House. Time 2 Remember, portrait artists of Bolivia, will be on hand with props for the special photo op, and various Santas will appear throughout the day. Plus, a secret surprise will take place in the park at 3 p.m.! From 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Southport Baptist Church Christian Ministries Center

(corner of Howe and Nash streets) will be free displays fit for a Victorian wonderland. Christmas trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses can be viewed, with voting for best in show, which will result in a winner at 5:30 p.m. on the park stage. Santa will also be at the grounds of the church, so folks should bring their cameras. At the Southport City Gym (211 N. Atlantic Ave.) from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., three breath-taking exhibits will command the attention of viewers. "We're bringing the Wilmington Railroad Museum for the 48' Victorian train and town scene. We're having also a Victorian Christmas scene of the Department 56 brand—houses, farms, and buildings from the old town, like a toy factory, a pharmacy, the hotel, a snow factory, and then all of the little characters such as ice skaters and more." A real treat will be in the award-winning wood carving "Fantasy of the Sea." Crafted by the Wilmington Area Woodturners Association, it garnered the best in show title from the national symposium this year. "Imagine an aquarium with all of the intricacies of the fish, the rocks—even the gravel— are all wood-carved pieces, hand-painted," Serens describes. Three special performances will take place at the Trinity United Methodist Church (209 E. Nash St.). "Mr. Fezziwig's Ball was probably one of the most popular

events from last year," MacCallum tells. "Fezziwig, a character from 'A Christmas Carol,' always put on a big Christmas bash for his employees. Performers will do a jig and they'll get people to join in." Admission for adults will be $5, $3 for children ages 7 to 12, and free for children under 6. The ball will take place at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. At 3:30 p.m., also at the church, David zum Brunnen will perform Dr. Eliot Engel's "A Night Before Christmas Carol." The actor will portray Dickens and 17 other familiar literary characters in the show as humor ensues. Tickets will be $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 7 to 12, and free for children under 6. Perhaps the most wonderful aspect of the Charles Dickens Christmas Festival is that all of downtown Southport will be transformed into a Victorian holiday scene. The mayor and aldermen of Southport have agreed to put the city's Christmas lights on early for the event, while area merchants will decorate their stores. "There will be people walking in costume everywhere," Serens shares, noting carolers and character impersonators will venture through the blocks and park, too. "Strolling around, it is just so festive to hear the singing of Christmas carols." The festival is a fundraiser for the arts council to give back to local arts programs,

but it is also a way to increase tourism in our area. The council ran a sweepstakes in NC's Our State magazine for a trip to the event—and a whopping 14,633 people entered. Various businesses donated over $1,000 of goods and services to create an entire package—including two nights of lodging at the Robert Ruark Inn, a tour of Southport, and dinner at Mr. P's Bistro— helping draw even more interest. A trolley will tote guests between events and stores, and merchants can include coupons in a pamphlet that will be distributed at the festival to encourage guests to visit their shops. "It is a community event," Serens affirms. "It is for the whole community and to help the businesses of Southport. If we collaborate together, we can make these kinds of events very successful and do more of them." Full details on the festival, which will take place rain or shine, are available at www. "The spirit of love and forgiveness is the spirit that Dickens brought out. You can see that in 'A Christmas Carol,'" Serens says, noting Scrooge's redemption as a key theme. "To see Tiny Tim and the family with nothing, how they just embrace having fun—I think that's what Christmas is all about. I think the spirit of love and goodwill is what embodies Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' and the festival itself. That's our whole idea."

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for the love of ‘cue:

Oak Island’s Bar-B-Que House deals in simply smoked pork (and more) with all the fixin’s Story by Bethany Turner


OR MANY BARBECUE pitmasters, the list of ingredients to their prized rubs and sauces is sacred—a secret to be withheld from all but the basting brush. From backyard grillers to the stars of Destination America’s TV sensation “BBQ Pitmasters,” every cook puts their ‘cue on a pedestal, never revealing their perfect combination of time, temperature, and taste. When prompted for the secret behind the savory meats of Oak Island’s The BarB-Que House, manager Taunya Allen gives a surprising answer: “There is none.” With confidence she spouts out the very recipe for their pulled pork. “We put nothing on it—no salt, no seasonings, no rubs, no sauce, nothing,” she urges. “We cook it in a gas-powered rotisserie smoker. You just load it and, 12 hours later, you take it out. That’s how you can take the different sauces and make it taste however you want it to be.” The first thing folks will notice as they enter the foyer—the walls lined with pictures of loyal guests and flyers for upcoming events—is the pure scent of hickory-smoked meats. The second sense tantalized is sight. Large bottles of sauce labeled with The Bar-B-Que House logo appease all sides

Barbecue chicken and pulled pork are served in heaping portions, along with hush puppies and corn nuggets, at The Bar-B-Que House. Diners can douse their meats in four distinct sauces: house, Lexington, SC Mustard, and Eastern. Photo by Bethany Turner

of the Carolina barbecue battle. The house sauce is rich, sweet and bold. Lexington is a tomato-based sauce with vinegar and spices. The golden South Carolina mustard is tangy, while Eastern offers a blend of vinegar, red peppers and spices.

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Perhaps the spices used in the sauces are the secrets kept by The Bar-B-Que House, but it seems they have nothing to hide. “We cooked today’s pork last night,” Allen reveals. “The chicken and ribs were cooked this morning. They’ll put butts in again tonight about 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. They cook for 12 hours, and tomorrow morning we’ll come in at 7 a.m., set the kitchen up for breakfast, go take the butts off and put them in the warmer, and then decide how much chicken and ribs we’re going to cook

and put those in. Chicken cooks like twoand-a-half hours; ribs cook four.” Allen says the only meat that receives any special treatment is the ribs, which are rubbed with brown sugar only. “In the summertime we cook twice, morning and afternoon. We’ll put 30 or 40 pieces of chicken and maybe 15, 16 racks of ribs each time we cook—and we’ll still run out,” she muses. “Off-season we may cook once, and it may be eight to 12 racks of ribs. I think he cooks like 20 pieces of white chicken and 15 or 16 dark chicken.” Any chicken not devoured day-of is used for Brunswick stew, pot pies or chicken salad. The two latter meals are on special on Mondays. “On Thursdays we do a soup special, and it’s either chili or a chicken, wild rice and mushroom soup, and it has the smoked chicken in it.” The restaurant opened in 2005, after three partners spent two years building The Bar-B-Que House themselves. Clyde Neil of Mount Airy, NC, bought his partners out and ran it for a year before the current owner, Scott Rudolph, purchased it from him. Rudolph, who lives in High Point, runs a fine, modern American restaurant and bar called Liberty Oak in Greensboro. The savvy restaurateur owns two other Bar-BQue Houses: one in North Myrtle Beach, SC, and one in Surfside, SC. He also runs a busy catering company in Greensboro called Rudy’s, the headquarters of which serves as a café during lunchtime. “Scott very seldom is here,” Allen says. “He may get in bed at 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. and start the day at 4 a.m. Luckily he trusts us and we do a good job.” It was Rudolph’s idea to tack breakfast onto The Bar-B-Que House’s menu, too. “We started breakfast about two years ago,” Allen informs. “In the summertime, we’re at capacity. We can’t get anything else out of here—the place is packed from

The staff of The Bar-B-Que House, led by manager Taunya Allen (center). Photo by Bethany Turner

10:30 a.m. until we close. So we were trying to find a way to bring in extra revenue, and the kitchen, we can’t really do a whole lot more with it, so we decided if we added breakfast that would give us a couple more hours that we could use.” Though Allen assures several regulars of The Bar-B-Que House now prefer their breakfast to any other restaurant’s, she says breakfast is the hardest meal to get into as a newbie on the scene. “Once customers have established their place to go, their paper’s there, their coffee’s ready, the staff knows they’re going to be there those days, and it’s ready when they get there. So it took a while even with word of mouth to let people know we were here.” Barbecue biscuits are one unique item on the House’s breakfast menu. “Our biscuits are four-inch square buttermilk biscuits—they’re huge,” Allen depicts. “We don’t do pancakes or waffles, but we have French toast made with Texas toast— it’s really good. We have pork tenderloin which you don’t get many places and it’s really killer. You can pretty much get anything fixed the way you want it. We have two regulars that, when they come in, we always make sure we have liver mush because that’s what they like.” While Allen holds down the fort at the Oak Island location, Rudolph will be the man behind the smoker for all whole-hog orders. “The smoker is down in South Carolina. It takes about a week and a half to set that up,” she tells. “They will take the van that’s sitting out front and pull the smoker up to wherever you want it and he’ll cook that whole pig right where you are, then they’ll fry the rest of the fixin’s for you, too.” The fixin’s come in the form of the usual

hush puppies, fried okra and collards, or the unique corn nuggets (creamy corn fried in a pocket of dough) and fried corn on the cob. Like the barbecue sauce, folks even have a choice between traditional white slaw and barbecue red slaw. Guests also can enjoy chicken wings at The Bar-B-Que House, which like all the other meats are smoked over hickory logs before being fried. Only 50¢ on Sundays, wings are tossed in the house barbecue sauce or traditional wing sauce, which comes in mild or hot. The mild uses only Texas Pete, honey and butter. “Our hot sauce is quite warm,” Allen asserts. “It’s Texas Pete, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper, jalapeños, and jalapeño juice.” Allen moved to Oak Island 32 years ago from West Virginia. She was a stayat-home mom for her two children while watching other people’s kids as well for 26 years. She remains close to the children she babysat—now keeping their kids or baking birthday cakes—but she joined her own daughter at The Bar-B-Que House eight years ago. Starting as a cook, she moved to the front of the house within a year, and worked her way up to become manager. After almost a decade, what she enjoys most about her job is the people. “Our customers are cool,” she quips. “We have a great group of locals—if it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t stay in business. That’s the bread and butter that keeps us all winter. But even our regular vacationers, this is their first stop. They’ll be in my parking lot before they’ve gone to the rental house and emptied out their car. You know their names. You know where they come from. You know their families. They may be here 10 times in a week that they’re here—they like our food. The customers are really cool.” The Bar-B-Que House is located at 5002 E. Oak Island Dr. For more info, call (910) 201-1001.

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Mr. P’s Bistro

309 N. Howe St., Southport 457-0801 • Fine low-country cuisine, from crab-stuffed fish du jour to crab cakes and prime rib.

Atlantic Seafood and Steaks

5059 Southport-Supply Rd. SE, Southport 457-4477 • Casual dining with variety from seafood, steak, chicken and pasta. Known for its Calabash-style cuisine and low-country classics.

The Pharmacy Restaurant

110 E. Moore St., Southport 457-5577 • Fine dining with home-spun appeal abounds at The Pharmacy Restaurant. Enjoy everything from gourmet chicken salad and fish tacos to blackened tilapia and Bouillabaisse.

Bald Head Island Club

1 Salt Meadow Trail, Bald Head Island 457-7300 • Offers options, from the Pelicatessen located poolside, to the pub-style Palms dining room or al fresco Palms Terrace to the Grille, the club’s primary dining venue. Full or temporary membership in the BHI Club is required to dine.

Shagger Jacks

8004 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 933-4103 • With over 50 beer selections, Shagger Jacks offers an assortment of dishes from steamers to ribs and sweet curry chicken to tacos.

The Blue Marlin

4419 Long Beach Rd. SE, Southport 363-4075 Serving up a menu to satisfy all palates, The Blue Marlin specializes in seafood, steaks and pastas in a fun, relaxed, Caribbean atmosphere.


302 N. Howe St., Southport • 454-0044 Offering sandwiches, salads, soups and quiche. A gem of a café located on Southport’s main drag.

Cape Fear Restaurant and Lounge

101 W. Bay St., Southport 457-9222 • Family-owned, Cape Fear Restaurant delivers excellent Southern-style cooking in the form of crabs, scallops and, of course, surf ‘n’ turf.

Dead End Saloon & Fish Factory Grille

4907 Fish Factory Rd., Southport 454-4002 • Known for real Maryland crab cakes and Shecrab soup and offering fresh, local seafood specials along with great entrees and nachos, cheddar fries, and more. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway with slips for docking and a beautiful view, including sunsets. We belong to the NC 10% Campaign.

Fish House Restaurant

5710 57th Place W., Oak Island 278-6012 • Offering items such as award-winning chowder and signature crab dip to home-made desserts and chef specials.

Fishy Fishy Cafe

106 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport 457-1881 • A sophisticated take on the dockside seafood café, Fishy Fishy serves up plates like shrimp ceviche, Cajun grouper bites, and cilantro crusted Wahoo.

Frying Pan

319 West Bay St., Southport • 363-4382 Featuring homemade sweet potato biscuits and fried seafood, as well as other delicacies such as crab salad.

Beana's Kitchen

106 SE 58th St., Oak Island • 278-7209 The Super Club from Famous Subs and Pizza (1541 N. Howe St., Southport): ham, roast beef and turkey served with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and special house dressing. Photo by Bethany Turner

Island Way Restaurant

1407 E. Beach Dr., Oak Island 278-7770 • Offering fine steaks, from filet mignon to flat iron, and fresh seafood, from lobster to crab cakes, with attentive service.

a la carte seafood sandwiches, conch fritters, steamed shrimp and more.

Shoals Club

Jolly Rogers

5515 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, 278-7060 The menu features seafood, from shrimp to oysters and more, broiled or fried.

100 Station House Way, Bald Head Island 454-4850 • A private membership club, Shoals Club emphasizes fresh ingredients and a twist on American dishes. This is especially true in its local grilled tuna, grouper and other seafood items, as well as its excellent steak.

Jones Seafood House

Yacht Basin Eatery

6404 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, 278-5231 Family owned and operated since 1964, this eatery offers seafood fried, broiled or grilled, plus charbroiled steaks.

MoJo’s on the Harbor

16 Marina Way, Bald Head Island 457-7217 • Featuring Southern classics like fried pickles and shellfish steam pots to global dishes such as Italian meat antipasto and Mediterranean-style shrimp and grits.

Provision Company

130 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport 457-0654 • Established in 1933, Provision Company offers

122 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport 363-4108 • Dishing up goods from both the North and South, Yacht Basin Eatery offers everything from hand-rolled pizza, Jersey-style breads and authentic Italian, to Southern comfort foods and fresh seafood.


614 N. Howe St., Southport 454-4360 • Serving creative cuisine in a cozy atmosphere, Live Oak Cafe offers dishes such as duck crepes, low-country gumbo, and baked scallops au gratin.

Open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Beana's serves breakfast and lunch.

Bob's Dogs

8903 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 278-3456 •

With custom hot dogs featuring an array of ingredients to home-style sandwiches like chicken salad and burgers.

Castaway Keys

1102 N. Howe St., Southport • 457-0240 Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Castaway Keys features a varying menu with items such as a classic Reuben, gator bites and crab nachos.

Chaser's Sports Bar and Grill

8520 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 278-1500 Enjoy BBQ sandwiches, wings, fish 'n' chips and more at this sports grill.

Duffer's Pub and Grill

928 Caswell Beach Rd., Oak Island 278-9299 •

Located at the scenic Oak Island Golf Club, the grill serves up premier burgers and wraps, as well as entrees from prime rib to salmon.

Eric's Grille

1671 N. Howe St., Southport • 457-9024 Offers old-fashioned, hand-patted hamburgers, plus bbq, hot dogs, chili cheese fries and breakfast sandwiches and platters.

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Greenlands Farm Store

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EVENTS Weekly Wine Tastings Every Thursday, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. • $5+ Uncorked by the Sea 602-A N. Howe St., Southport 454-0633 • “Good Wines for a Great Cause” Wine Tastings benefit local non-profit organizations. Join us to enjoy great wines and hors d’oeuvres while helping out a worthy cause. Weekly Wine Tastings Every Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Southport Wine Rack 102 W. Brown St., Southport 457-5147 • Our tasting events are a great way to meet other wine lovers, get to know our assorted wines, and learn to discern among the different flavors and regions. No experience is necessary, and we encourage you to bring your friends. Daily Wine and Craft Beer Tastings Any time, no appointment needed • $6 Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room 105 S. Howe St., Southport 777-5151 • Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room in downtown Southport offers wine and craft beer tastings seven days a week. Come in any time between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, and enjoy six wines or six beers (keep the souvenir glass) for $6. SE Brunswick Civitan Local Heroes Chili Cookoff Sat., Nov. 23rd • 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. St. James Community Center 4136 Southport-Supply Rd., St. James Live Music. Door Prizes. Games. Fire Truck Tours. Bake Sale. Local Fire/Rescue/Police Departments and the US Coast Guard will be invited to compete for the title of "The Best Chili in Town!". Proceeds from the event will be used to support The Civitan Apple Project, the local fire departments and the SE Brunswick Civitan Scholarship Fund. Advance Tickets on Sale for $5.00. Tickets at the door $8.00. Children 12 and under free. Advance Tickets at the Southport-Oak island Chamber of Commerce and First Citizens Bank (Oak Island Branch). Top-Shelf Wine Tasting Tues., Nov. 26th • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Grape & Ale, 933-4384 8521 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island A top-shelf tasting with Beth Flaherty of Country Vintner. Beth will be on hand to tell you about her wines that will be featured in The Grape & Ale's wine station. Cost per person will be $10 and wines from the station will be offered at 15-percent off regular price.

Farm-fresh, organic and natural ingredients—grown here, made here! Gluten-free and vegan options offered. Enjoy sandwiches, salads, unique sides and desserts.

Little Bit's Grill

5902 E. Oak Island Dr. , Oak Island • 278-6430

A classic burger joint, with onion rings and other sides. Plus, breakfast is served, including pancakes and bacon.

Local’s Family Diner

832 N. Howe St., Southport 457-0444 • Within a warm and friendly atmosphere, Local’s Family Diner serves breakfast all day long and a seafood and entrée menu to rival higher-priced eateries.

Loco Jo’s

602 N. Howe St., Suite E, Southport • 457-9009

A burger joint with fish sandwiches, pulled pork and shrimp wraps. Offers select Vietnamese dishes, too, with over 60 beer selections.

Kopp's Kwik Stop II

3196 George II Hwy., Southport, 845-7700 Kopp's grill serves up a full breakfast (available for school kids before class starts, too), plus homemade lunches throughout the day.

Maritime Market Cafe

8 Maritime Way, Bald Head Island 457-7450 •

Serving breakfast classics as well as imaginative daily specials like seafood omelets or banana crepes. As well, lunch includes fresh sandwiches, salads and wraps.

Moore Street Market

130 E. Moore St., Southport • 363-4203 Open for breakfast and lunch, this market specializes in organic and fair-trade coffee as well as gourmet sandwiches crafted with Boar’s Head deli meats.

Ruby’s Southern Cuisine

1131 N. Atlantic Ave., Southport • 454-8007 Southern fare with an exquisite twist, such as pulled pork with a plum BBQ sauce.

Russell's Place

5700 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island • 278-3070

Serving breakfast and lunch until 2 p.m., Russell's place is a little restaurant with a lot of home cooking.

Side Street Café

5827 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, 933-4615 Offering hand-pattied burgers, subs, shrimp, wings, hot dogs and more.

Southport Grill

8429 River Rd., Southport, 363-4712 A casual atmosphere open for breakfast to dinner.

Taylor Cuisine Café

731 N. Howe St., Southport • 454-0088 Bald Head Marina at Deep Point • 457-7830 Putting its Southern style where guests' mouths are, this eatery offers "Taylor-made" fried string beans, fried green tomatoes, country fried steak and more in two locations.

Turtle Island Restaurant & Catering

6220 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, 278-4944 Casual dining in a tropical setting, with caribbean-inspired seafood as well as steaks, chicken, pork and salads.

Trolly Stop

111 S. Howe St., Southport 457-7017 • A staple in North Carolina, Trolly Stop is renowned across the nation for its one-of-a-kind hot dogs.

Tropical Smoothie Café

1671 N. Howe St. #1A, Southport 363-4908 • The menu boasts bold, flavorful food and smoothies with a healthy appeal. Our items are made-to-order with fresh, simple, superior ingredients.

Nay-Nay’s Diner

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132 Country Club Rd., Oak Island, 201-1756 Roadside diner serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner—open for 24 hours a day. 6302 E. Oak Island Dr. , Oak Island • 201-9925

Here, flounder is prepared the oldfashioned way. Enjoy breakfast, too.

Oak Island Subs and Salads

5705 E. Oak Island Dr. , Oak Island• 278-9040

From BLT's with avocado to Cajun and Reuben sandwiches, this deli serves up quality sandwiches.

Oasis Bar and Grill

8039 River Rd. SE, Southport, 454-4004 Shrimp in every style desirable, plus sandwiches; try entrées such as scampi and filet mignon.

Olde Brunswick General Store

1450 50 Lakes Dr., Southport • 845-2707

Made-to-order breakfast and lunch grill.

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4381 Fish Factory Rd., Southport 457-9953 • Serving a full range of items on our menu from breakfast to home-cooked meals.

Flying Fish Cafe

705 Ocean Dr., Oak Island (at the pier) 278-5504 • Nestled beside the Oak Island Pier, Flying Fish Cafe offers a panoramic view of the ocean and excellent West-Coast cuisine.

BARBECUE The Bar-B-Que House

5002 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 201-1001 • Hormel ribs are slow-smoked in-house and meats are offered with a variety of sauces, from Eastern NC vinegar to Lexington-style red.

CHINESE Asian Taste

1671 N. Howe St., Ste. 3, Southport 457-0988 • Take-out traditional Chinese food, with staples such as lo mein, sesame chicken, and General Tso's.

Taste of China

4956 Long Beach Rd., Southport, 457-1838 Serving Cantonese, Szechuan and Hunan-style Chinese food.

ITALIAN Bella Cucina

5177 Southport-Supply Rd., Southport 454-4540 • Focusing on family Italian recipes, Bella Cucina serves up everything from fine and fresh local seafood to hand-tossed, New York-style pizzas. Aside from a decadent wine list, Bella Cucina also offers specialty martinis.

Joseph's Italian Bistro

5003 O'Quinn Blvd., Southport 454-4440 • Armed with decades of experience and "secret" family recipes, Joseph's Italian Bistro appeals with candle-lit dining and fresh Italian continental cuisine.

JAPANESE Kobe Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi

8317 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 933-4405 Generous servings from the hibachi grill, as well as decadent sushi.

Tengu Japanese Steak House

4956 Long Beach Rd. SE, Southport, 457-9398 Sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, hibachi, tempura and udon noodles all available.


116 N. Howe St., Southport 457-4544 • Ports of Call features the cuisines of Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Greece, from tapas to gyros. In the bakery, folks will find artisanal breads, rolls, dessert breads, bars, cookies and more.

MEXICAN Delphina Cantina

10 Marina Wynd, Bald Head Island 457-1222 • Mexican cuisine with Spanish and Cuban flare, such as Churrasco Cubano and Pescado Especial—both with plantains.

Plaza Mariachi

1671 N. Howe St., Ste. 1, Southport Serving authentic dishes, such as fajitas, enchiladas and chalupas.

San Felipe

4961 Long Beach Rd. SE, Southport 454-0950 Known for fresh salsa and margaritas; serves traditional Mexican dishes.


finest quality, prepared with care. A broad range of traditional Thai dishes and sushi are available.

Dry Street Pub and Pizza


101 E. Brown St., Southport m 457-5994 • s Known for hand-made, original pizzas—including Margherita, “very veggie,” and Greek. Also offers salads, soups and gourmet sandwiches.

Famous Subs and Pizza

e1541 N. Howe St., Southport • 457-5143 Recognized regionally for outstanding gyros, calzones and pizzas.

Pizza Shack

6212 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, 278-6781 Offering a variety of pies from classic favorites to Greek white and Hawaiian.

a lThe Pepperoni Grill e3156 George II Hwy, Boiling Spring Lakes s845-5151 • Offering eat in, take out and delivery. As well, offering oven-toasted subs and calzones.


Ahoy Doughnuts

4922 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island Fresh yeast-raised, filled and cake doughnuts, apple fritters, cinnamon rolls, monkey muffins, twists and more. Handmade daily on site in this family-owned doughnut shop.

Blue Sea Coffee Shop

7916 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 620-7073 • All organic coffee. All our beverages made with purified H2O. Mom’s homemade baked goods. Four house coffee blends, cold brewed ice coffee, tea & espresso bars, fruit smoothies, Chai tea, & more.

Burney’s Bakery

808 N. Howe St., Southport • 454-4222 Known for their light and flaky filled croissants with a sweet sugar glaze, plus more.

Crazy Cake Chicks

dThai by the Sea n8300 E. Oak Island Dr., 278-6420 d Brightly decorated, Thai by the Sea offers traditional Thai including dumplings, with a large selections of dishes and spice levels.

5119 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 933-4253 • We have a variety of cakes on our standard menu. We also prepare a full line of special order desserts including low-sugar, gluten-free, dairyfree, vegan, and seasonal items by special order.

The Confectionary

Thai Peppers

115 E. Moore St., Southport 457-0095 • Serving decadent and creative Oriental food of the

4346 Long Beach Rd. SE, Southport • 457-9310 Featuring jelly doughnuts, apple fritters, cupcakes, muffins, peach cobbler, bagels and more.

Flip-Flop Bakery

1102 N. Howe St., Cottage J, Southport 330-224-6315

A micro-bakery providing artisan breads, pastries, scones, brownies, muffins, cookies and more.

Flying Pig Coffeehouse

6006 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 278-5929 • Better known for its specialty coffee drinks, but also offering fresh bagels and muffins.

Jumpin’ Java - Oak Island

Staarr Cakes Bakery

200 Country Club Dr., Suite E, Oak Island 512-8881 • Made from scratch cupcakes, biscuits, and pies using the finest ingredients available. Coffee supplied by an NC roaster.

ICE CREAM PARLORS Flava’s Coffee and Ice Cream

310 W. Bay St., Southport • 457-5150 Flava's allows guests the choice between many flavors, including death by chocolate, birthday cake, cookies and cream, and more.

4022 Old Bridge Rd., Southport • 363-4841 We carry a large variety of gluten-free/vegan baked goods, as well as homemade coffee cakes and muffins. Delicious and decadent specialty drinks: lattes, mochas, frapps, hot chocolate, Chai teas and more.

Fuzzy Peach

Port City Java

Leaky Tiki

113 N. Howe Street, Southport 454-0321 • We serve coffees, espresso drinks, fruit smoothies, milkshakes, fresh juices, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and wraps all day. Open yearround. Complimentary Wi-Fi. Comfortable inside and outside seating. Coffee catering available.

Side Street Bakery

105 West Saint George St., Southport • 363-4629 Locals suggest the cupcakes, lemon bars, key lime pie, and carrot cake.

5130 Southport-Supply Rd., Unit 108 Southport • 363-4180 A frozen yogurt bar where you can select your own flavors and toppings. 6324 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 933-4503 • Homemade ice cream and fudge since 2009.

Spike’s Dairy Bar

201 N. Howe St., Southport • 457-7611 More than just ice cream, Spike's offers great hot dogs as well. To list your restaurant in our Dining Guide, contact our editor:



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Pairing Wines for Thanksgiving Dinner: No Dilemma

E ALL HAVE OUR FAVorite wines to open for Thanksgiving dinner to share with family and friends. There is no right or wrong choice if you are drinking what you like. However, there are some wines that, because of their unique characteristics, accentuate the flavors of the traditional Thanksgiving feast: turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, collard greens, pumpkin pie or pecan pie. (Oh my … The mouth is watering!) There are three varietals that typically grace the Thanksgiving table—Pinot Noir, Gamay (Beaujolais Nouveau), and Chardonnay—and for good reason. The bright, fruity acidity of a Pinot Noir will not overwhelm the flavors of your meal. The thin skin of the grapes ensures fewer tannins that could overwhelm your palate. The youthfulness of Beaujolais Nouveau produced primarily from the Gamay grape and from the Beaujolais region of France is a lovely light red meant to be served slightly chilled. It is a perfect complement to Thanksgiving fare and always arrives in our market the Thursday before the holiday, this year gracing us on November 21st. Whether you love the creamy, buttery, oaky Chardonnays or the crisper unoaked style, this varietal is one of the most versatile of all grapes, not only in the limitless pairing opportunities, but also in styles produced. Because this grape does well in most grape growing climates, one can ex-

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The Grape & Ale 8521 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island (910) 933-4384 perience extensive terroir influences from all over the world. In addition to the old favorites, we at The Grape & Ale are pleased to offer cranberry wines from one of our local wineries, Carolinas Vintage. Available for tasting in the shop every day is their Premier Cranberry, Cranberry Fruitgria, and Santa Berry Cranberry

spiced wine. The Grape & Ale is hosting a Thanksgiving food and wine pairing event on Friday, November 8th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For $12 per person, guests will be able to taste a sample of traditional Thanksgiving food prepared and served by Wallace Catering along with some Pinot Noir and Chardonnay selections from Freedom Beverage. John Fonvielle, a local wine rep, will be on hand to answer any questions while he entertains with some down-home tunes on his acoustic guitar. Advance reservations are recommended for this event and can be made by calling (910) 933-4384.

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Leslie has lived in Southport since 1990 with her husband and three children. She is employed at Dosher Memorial Hospital as a Registered Nurse, and she has an interest in fitness and health.


S THE HOLIDAY SEASON begins, social festivities abound complete with song, wonderful food and drink. Often, people prone to gout develop symptoms as a result of party activities which cause them to miss future soirées due to pain and discomfort. Gout is a medical condition caused by increased uric acid levels in the bloodstream. The uric acid is either produced in excess by your body or not excreted adequately by the kidneys. Gout develops when the uric acid crystallizes and the crystals deposit in joints, tendons, and tissue around the joint area. The symptoms are abrupt in onset, so they are often characterized as a gout “attack." Men, people taking certain medications and those with a family history of gout are at increased risk. Typically gout occurs at the base of the big toe in the metatarsal phalangeal joint, which becomes red, warm, swollen and extremely sore. Forget about trying to put on those party shoes! If you develop symptoms, please consult your physician promptly to initiate treatment as well as rule out other possible diseases such as joint infection. Gout often occurs in conjunction with obesity, high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia and insulin resistance and diabetes. Frequently documented attacks may require daily preventative medications because, if left untreated, gout can lead to joint damage! Typical treatment includes NSAID medications, steroids and other prescription medications, which are most effective if started promptly. Prevention can often be achieved by dietary changes. Uric acid is formed by the breakdown of purines, so avoiding foods high in purine content will limit available uric acid. Common holiday party foods are often

the culprit to attacks. If you are at risk for gout, consider avoiding the following: 1. Alcohol. This means no greater than two drinks per day for a man and one drink per day for a woman. During an attack, it is recommended that you avoid alcohol all together. Beer is actually worse, because it will increase uric acid levels as well as make it more difficult to clear the uric acid from your body. 2. Fructose, as in the dreaded High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). If you have read my previous columns, you are already aware of this toxin. Avoid sweetened fruit and soft drinks as the body will be stimulated to produce more uric acid. 3. Meat and seafood. A limit of 4-6 oz. per day is advised. Especially avoid herring, tuna, anchovies, lamb, goose and turkey, and wild meats. Red meat such as beef and pork is cautioned. Chicken and duck are advised as better options. 4. Organ meats such as liver, sweetbreads and kidneys. 5. Asparagus, cauliflower, spinach and mushrooms: Dine in moderation. These foods also provide health benefits so just don’t overdo your intake. Before you skip the party and change into pajamas, consider adding the following items to your lifestyle as they may be beneficial to avoiding an attack. 1. Unsweetened tea, coffee, juice and water at a minimum of 12 to 16 cups of fluid per day. 2. Low-fat dairy products 3. Fruits—especially citrus fruits and cherries. 4. Vitamin C 5. Physical exercise A lifestyle based on a desirable body weight and incorporating physical fitness have also been shown to decrease the risk of elevated levels of uric acid. In addition, while in the midst of the holiday season, maintain your current level of physical activity and exercise by making it a priority in your day. Exercise will help you control your stress and diet. Aim to remain "weight neutral." See you at the party!

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EVENTS @ the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center *closed 11/5, 11, 28-30 9 E. Boiling Spring Rd., Southport 845-3693 • Join the gym: $15/mo. for BSL taxpayers $30/mo. for non-taxpayers

-Tai Chi Video Class: Mon., 10:20 a.m.; Fri., 11:05 a.m., FREE -Tai Chi Video Weight Loss Class: Mon. & Wed., 5:30 p.m., FREE -Fit 4 Life: Mon. and Wed., 11 a.m. • $1 -Yoga/Pilates:Tues. 9 a.m. • $5 -Yoga w. Sandy:Tues. & Thurs., 6 p.m. • $5 -Zumba Gold:Wed., 10 a.m. -Zumba Gold Chair: Fri., 11 a.m. -TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly): Fri., 11a.m. -Qi Gong/Tai Chi Flow Video: Fri., 10:30 a.m.

@ the Brunswick Center at Southport *closed 11/11, 28 and 29 Smithville Crossing 1513 N. Howe St., Southport 754-2300 •

*All activities are free of charge to those 60+; those under will be charged $2 unless otherwise noted *Exercise equipment available Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at no charge, no reservation required -Low-Impact Aerobics: Fri., 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Tues. & Thurs., 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. -Yoga for Health and Wellness: Tues. & Thurs., 10: a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Mon. & Thurs., 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. -Strength and Chair Toning Exercise: Mon. and Wed., 9:30-10:30 a.m. -Easy Does It Mon. & Wed., 10:45-11:45 a.m. -Silver Paddles:Tues., 1-3 p.m. -Square Dancing:Tues., 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (fee) -Tai Chi: Mon & Fri., 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. -Line Dancing,Thurs., Beg., 1:30-2 pm, Adv., 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. -Health Rhythms: Fri., 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

@ Oak Island Rec. Center 3003 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 278-5518 •

-Senior Mature Aerobics: Tues. & Thurs., 7:45 a.m. $2 resident /$3 non-resident drop-in fee -Senior Yoga:Tues. & Thurs., 10 a.m. $2/$3 drop-in fee -Yoga with Amy English: Mon. and Wed., 6 p.m. $4/$5 drop-in fee; $20/month or $27/month -Table Tennis: Fridays, 8 a.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. -Belly Dancing,Tues., 6 p.m., $4-6

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-Pilates with Sarah Hyland: Mon., 8 a.m.; bring mat & a fitness ball. (978) 844-2556 -Yoga with Pamela Schottenfield: Wednesdays 8 a.m. $7 drop-in fee; class packs available. 854-0112 -Zumba with Pattie Powderly:Tues. & Thurs., 8 a.m. & 9:15 a.m.; Sat., 8:30 a.m. 233-5687

Yoga for Health and Wellness with Ella Hill St. Peter Lutheran Church 4843 Southport-Supply Rd. 297-6274 •

Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Suggested donation of $6 to $10.

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Gentle Yoga with Dee Buckingham Southport Jaycee Building 309 Fodale Ave., Southport Mondays from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; $4

Yoga with Pam Moulin Inspirations Dance Centre 7969 River Rd. 612-7441 •

Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.Walk-in fee of $8/$10 per class.

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Yoga with Pamela Schottenfeld Island Healing Chiropractic 8809 E. Oak Island Dr. 278-5877 •

Mondays from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. $8 drop-in fee; also class packs available. Pamela has been practicing yoga for over 18 years and has been a registered Vinyasa Yoga instructor since 2006.

Beach Boot Camp Yaupon Pier, 705 Ocean Dr., Oak Island (928) 210-8192 •

Wednesdays at 6 p.m.; $8; bring a beach towel, sweat towel and water. Great for all fitness levels. Meet on the beach at the pier. • Thursdays at 7 a.m.; $8 but must pre-register and pre-pay by Wed. at 6 p.m. Same requirements as above.

Golf Fitness Class Caswell Beach in front of the Oak Island Golf and Country Club (928) 210-8192 • Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. Exercises focus on muscle groups used in golf to build strength, endurance, and power. Class is $8; bring beach towel, sweat towel and water.

Facilities and instructors are required to notify Southport Magazine of any changes. Schedules and prices are subject to change. Please call the venues to verify dates, times and fees.

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wealth Fifteen safety tips for frying turkeys By Greg Ochipa


• Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.

• Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.

• Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.

• Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.

• Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms, and keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.

• Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it’s in use. • Leave two feet between the tank and the burner when using a propanepowered fryer. • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner. • Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that’s eight to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds. • Never leave fryers unattended.

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E’RE TAKING A BREAK from discussing finances this month to talk about a hot topic for November: frying turkeys. It’s hard to beat the speed of deep-frying a turkey—or the irresistible flavor and juiciness that result. But turkey fryers have the potential to cause fire and serious injury, which is why organizations like Underwriters Laboratories and the National Fire Protection Association advise against using them. If you plan to deep-fry your holiday bird, be sure you know how to safely use the fryer, and take these precautions to protect yourself, your guests and your home:

• Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow. (not that we should have to worry about a Thanksgiving snow in our neck of the woods! But, keep it in mind if you’ll be traveling north for the holiday.)

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• Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades. • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times. • Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing. • Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.

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Coastal Companion Care looks out for our elderly neighbors


T’S NO SMALL SECRET THAT Southport and surrounding areas remain sought-after locales for retirees, while many residents who grew up here choose to stay and live out their lives along the coast. As we age, and pain or disability sets in, sometimes it becomes difficult to carry out daily tasks. One of the local businesses offering in-home assisted living care to regional seniors is Coastal Companion Care, based in Southport. We caught up with the manager, Mike Ramsey, to learn why he joined the team at Coastal Companion Care and the services this business provides. Coastal Companion Care is located at 5101 Southport-Supply Rd. SE #4. For more info, call (910) 457-5300 or visit Southport Magazine (SM): I understand you began your work in the pharmaceutical industry. But you’ve also taught algebra to middle and high school students! How did you end up at Coastal Companion Care? Mike Ramsey (MR): The pharmaceutical company I was with was offering early outs with those that had time as they were cutting back on staff, and I became a marketer with a DME [durable medical equipment] company and later became marketing manager with another home-care agency in this area. I met the owners of Coastal and it started from there: I had experience in DME that seniors may need and also knew the home care and hospice programs. I also lobbied at the state capital for better home care rights for the elderly.

SM: What do you enjoy most about providing in-home assisted living care for the community? MR: I love the fact that we make a daily difference in people’s lives and that we can say at the end of the day that we helped someone and made their life a little easier. Just as caregivers did before my father and younger brother

The administrative staff of Coastal Companion Care, from l. to r.: Mike Ramsey, director of operations; Sandy Cash, RN, service supervisor; and Dell Cagle, human resources director. Photo by Bethany Turner

passed away, it was great knowing that the caregiver was there to help them. My dad would be waiting and looking for his help each day. SM: What are some services offered by Coastal Companion Care that the public may not be aware of? MR: We offer Alzheimer's and dementia care, monitoring and medication care, meal preparation, help with errands and transportation, hospice and respite care, and light housework such as dusting vacuuming, laundry and ironing. SM: What sets you apart from other providers? MR: Coastal Companion Care was started as a private and personal caregiver company meeting the needs of our

clients on a more personal basis—with meet-and-greets, where the clients get to meet the caregivers before they service them, and also our free in-home assessment provided by a state RN [registered nurse]. Not to mention that we pray for our clients and their families in our office almost on a daily basis. SM: Favorite food? MR: ...Many. SM: Favorite book? MR: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. SM: Favorite music? MR: Gospel and beach. SM: Favorite place to travel? MR: Cruising. SM: Favorite thing about Southport? MR: All the different food places.

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system on private well. Call Verilyn McKee , Southport Realty, Inc., (910) 470-0527.

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615 N. Lord St. Southport, NC. 2 BR, 1 BA on double lot! Near downtown within walking distance of marina, restaurants & shops. Needs some TLC but there’s enough room to rebuild your dream home. Great Investment! Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® at $119,900 Call Jwantana Frink (910)352-8025

2555 St. James Dr. SE #305 - Southport, NC. Best view in St. James! Shipwatch unit overlooking St. James Marina and Intracoastal Waterway. Steps from Tommy Thompson’s restaurant with outdoor dining harborside. Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® at $329,000 Call Hal Bolin (910)540-3900

413 W. West St. - Classic Southport Cottage just steps to the Yacht Basin! Located in the heart of Southport. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, formal dining room and sunroom overlooking backyard oasis. Large lot complete with koi ponds, workshop, and greenhouse! Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS at $358,000 Call Kay Jolliff (910) 523-0624 NEW 2013 28x80, 4BR, 2 BA, Den, Living Room, Painted Sheetwock in Kitchen, LR & Den.All Appliances, Incl. Delivery & Setup. $69,995. Call Ronco 910-371-2999

312 Clarendon Ave. - Downtown Southport. There isn’t a better location at this price in downtown Southport! Home is located on beautiful wooded lot & has over 1200 sq ft! Walk to restaurants, shops & waterfront. Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® at $199,000 Call Kay Jolliff (910)523-0624

612-H W. Brown St.- The Village at Southport. Great buy! Top floor, great corner location with a large covered porch overlooking the pool, marina and harbor. Elevator, covered parking and extra storage. Stroll along the waterfront or bike to restaurants, shops and sites. Motivated seller -- make this one yours! Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® at $215,000 Call Lucy Vance (910)232-8586

7002 Robert Ruark Drive - Smithville Woods, 3 Bedroom/ 2.5 Bath, $239,000, MLS #676825. Great family home in desirable Smithville Woods. New granite countertops in large eat-in kitchen, gas range, two pantries. Formal dining room, large great room with French doors plus sunroom. Huge deck on back plus large workshop with garage door for storage. Large yard with mature plantings. Irrigation

770 Skipjack CircleThis home offers southern living- Southport style! Situated downtown by the marsh at Cottage Point, this home has 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths with a stunning open living area, custom kitchen and wrap around porches to enjoy outdoor living. Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS at $475,000. Call Kay Jolliff (910) 523-0624

766 Skipjack CircleMarshfront Energy Star rated home.Walk to historic Southport or kayak from neighborhood pier. Stunning home has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, great room with soaring ceilings and stunning views, screened porch & indoor saltwater pool. Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS at $775,500. Call Kay Jolliff (910) 523-0624

328 Marina View Drive - Southport, JUST REDUCED! 3 Bedroom / 3 Bath, $249,000, MLS #676500. Beautiful condo located in Marina Village across from full service Southport Marina. Excellent home, second home or investment opportunity. Amenities include outdoor pool, pool house, building maintenance and ground maintenance. Being sold furnished with exception

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of some artwork and personal items. Short distance to downtown shops, restaurants and the waterfront. Call Brian Deutsch , Southport Realty, Inc., (910) 524-1981.

1005 E. Moore Street- Charming mid-century Southport cottage. 3 bedroom home with metal roof, screened porch, and detached garage. Located on large private lot. Walk or bike ride to downtown Southport. 1 block from the Cape Fear River! Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS at $159,000. Call Kay Jolliff (910) 523-0624

4294 Oak Creek Lane - Arbor Creek, 3 Bedroom/ 2 Bath, $234,900, MLS #677009 - Lovely, one story home featuring an open and airy floor plan, spacious kitchen, dining area, and vaulted living room make this an easy to live in home. Glass doors off the living room lead to a large screened porch which opens to a deck overlooking the back yard.A secluded master bedroom with walk in closet and private bath featuring a garden tub is the perfect place to relax after a long day. Come take a look at this nicely landscaped home in the beautiful community of Arbor Creek! Call Laura LeFevre , Southport Realty, Inc., (910) 465-6591.

605 N. Atlantic Ave.- 3 bedroom, 2 bath. JUST REDUCED! This home is located

in historic Southport. This well maintained, 100 year old house is a very short distance to the downtown area.This classic, southern design home had been occupied by the same family until 2009.The former owners upgraded the property 20 years ago.When the current owner purchased it, he had a new heat pump installed with a long term guarantee. He added antique style lavatories and fixtures, new appliances.The home sits on a large corner lot with 2 giant oak trees in the backyard and a large magnolia tree in the front yard. Features the signature Southport Bows indicating the house was built by well known developer/builder J.A. Jack Robbins. It has a spacious kitchen, hardwood floors in main living area, an in ground irrigation system for the front lawn AND a large detached garage. Come sit on the porch today! Call Kim Anne Russ, (910) 523-1222.

20 Shelby Rd. - This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home would make a great starter home, investment property, or vacation home. Features include: open concept living space, spacious kitchen, bright living room with gas fireplace, and fenced backyard with workshop. Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS at $129,500. Call Kay Jolliff (910) 523-0624

56 Cedar Rd. - Centrally located in Boiling Spring Lakes, this home has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, living area with cathedral ceilings, split floor plan & charming kitchen. Exterior features include: rocking chair front porch, screen back porch, plus an additional 400+ sq. ft. workshop! Listed with

Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS at $134,000. Call Kay Jolliff (910) 523-0624


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A condo set between downtown Southport and the marina beckons tourists and locals alike

OR TOURISTS, THERE ARE GREAT options for taking a vacation in Southport. Those who enjoy afternoon teas and a chat over homemade breakfast will enjoy one of our many B&Bs, especially as they are housed in historic abodes, and all are within walking distance to the city's attractions. Guests who prefer hotel living have choices in a few nationally renowned chains, too. But one thing is missing—something Oak Island and Bald Head Island excel in—the beach rental. Rentals offer unlimited privacy and have a relaxed atmosphere. Nothing is rushed. There are no maids coming and going in the middle of the day. Folks have the entire space to themselves and can feel free to kick back and nap or party 'til the wee hours. While the neighboring islands offer more sand space than Southport, tourists still can par-

take in the carefree attitude of a rental through Southport Angler Outfitters' waterfront condos. Locals may even find they'd like to take a mini staycation there, too. Resting between the bustling downtown area and the picturesque Southport Marina, 600 West Brunswick Street harbors three one-bedroom rental units. Each offers a gorgeous view of the waterway as well as the Oak Island lighthouse and Old Baldy. On the private deck, steps away from the marsh boardwalk, guests can share a cup of coffee as they witness estuary inhabitants rise for their morning meal. They can settle back in at sunset for a palette of pink and purple hues all along the horizon. Tommy Rickman purchased the rentals in 2002 when the builder of the condominium was pre-selling units. "Actually, I bought it to flip it," Rickman

admits. "The builder went up on his price—and this is pre-wife approval as well—but I told him if he'd sell me another one at the [original] price, I would buy two of them. Then they went up in value, and just like everyone else in America, I held on too long and that was it." The spaces were set for commercial use, and Rickman welcomed Cape Fear Coppershop for a brief moment in time. "They make décor for beach cottages out of copper, but the location didn't work very well for them," Rickman says. Shopping traffic ideally sticks to Howe Street and the immediate surrounding blocks. The retail shop eventually moved to Ricky Evans Gallery in the heart of downtown. While Rickman's office for TRA School Software Solutions and Southport Angler Outfitters—which provides light-tackle and

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entryway into unit #4

living room

fly-fishing charters—remained in the commercial units, Rickman sought to create something more of the space. He did acquire a unit for The Tackle Box, a store for fishing gear, later. It proved a smart move with such close proximity to the marina. But Rickman had another idea for the original units: vacation rentals. A shower had to be put into each space, and legalities with the city had to be sorted out. "Finally they approved the nightly rental deal," Rickman shares. "It started off really, really slow but it's going great now. The movie 'Safe Haven' really helped us a lot, I think. This year we got rewards from it." Indeed, the guestbook of unit #4 is full of notes from satisfied visitors from all over. "We have a lot of people who come down and stay weekend after weekend," Rickman touts. "They'll call us and reserve five weekends in the summer. I've met some really nice people. That's probably the biggest advantage: meeting all the people that stay there." The units each offer queen beds, cable TV, a refrigerator, a microwave, a Keurig coffee brewer, and a private waterfront deck. Access is provided via stairs or an elevator. Units #5 and #6 boast a sofa sleeper, too. "We've got sheets, towels, etc., so you don't have to bring a lot of stuff—but we don't go clean every day like the Hampton Inn. Hopefully it doesn't give you the 'hotel' feel. It's like your own little beach cottage." Unlike a hotel, Rickman isn't strict on check-in

and check-out times. "We'll come down and meet them [with the key the first night]," he begins. "It's really laid back. If somebody's not coming in the next day, I always tell guests we're not sticklers on check out. 'Stay all day; if you went up to the beach, come back and take a shower. Take your time.' People like that a lot. If we've got somebody coming in, though, of course we'll have to come in and clean... We keep them super clean." The most desirable characteristic of the rentals may be the view, but Rickman adds there are plenty of benefits. "I think the best aspect of it is— yeah, you've got the view—but you also can walk or bike to almost all the restaurants in downtown Southport," he tells. Even locals who are well accustomed to the charm of Southport take weekend breaks at the waterfront units. Rickman and his wife, Audra, often stay themselves when they can find a babysitter. "And my office is there, so that says a lot," he quips. Perhaps a staycation is the best kind of getaway. There's no jet lag and no baggage fees. There isn't the urge to "take a vacation from your vacation"— the day between a trip and heading back to the real world, just to recuperate from traveling. A weekend, or a few weekdays, at 600 W. Brunswick Street would be just as easy as the breeze. Southport Magazine toured unit #4 of 600 W. Brunswick St. View nightly rates and contact information on page 27.

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Watch the boats go by from this lovely 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 3100+ sq. ft. Low Country home in beautiful Indigo Plantation located in downtown Southport. This home features a large kitchen, family room with custom built ins, 2 fireplaces, and an enormous screened porch offering expansive views! Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS at $679,000 Call Kay Jolliff (910) 523-0624

On Mon., Oct. 14th, an autism acceptance and awareness walk was held by Put Together the Pieces, the Autism/Asperger’s Support Group of Southeast NC. Photo courtesy of Dina Scalia

The Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the Southport Tea House (611 N. Howe St.), owned by Linda and Rick Pukenas. The full-service tea house serves lunch, afternoon and high tea. They also sell loose teas, teaware and gifts. Photo courtesy of chamber

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After eating at Dead End Saloon (4366 Fish Factory Rd. SE) in the South Harbour Village Marina in Southport, the "three wise men," as the photographer calls them—Gil Julian, Clark Tatum and Doug Hetrick—look out over the boats. Photo by Lindsey Cartee

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Uncorked by the Sea Wine Shop and Gallery (602 N. Howe St., Southport) presented Brunswick County's Communities in Schools with a check for $1,140 in October. The funds were raised through Uncorked's Thursday Duncan Hilburn, president of the Southport Rotary Club, volunteers night wine tastings (5 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekly for a suggested donation of $5). Communities In Schools (CIS) is during the 2013 U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament on Saturday, the most effective dropout prevention organization in America. From left: Uncorked owners Amanda and Joaquin Carbonell, CIS Volunteer Joan Madsen (and the Carbonells' Aussiedoodle,Turley). Courtesy photo October 5th. Photo by Bethany Turner

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Above:The Cuthrell family of Clemmons, NC, owns a condo in Oak Island and visits the Southport waterfront for dining while in town. Mom, A.K.A. Corey, captured this photo of her husband, Jonathon, and her daughter, Emma. Their son Jackson was also on vacation! Photo by Corey Cuthrell

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occasions CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS Brunswick Center at Southport, 1513 N. Howe St. The Brunswick Center at Southport needs Fill In greeters, gift shop attendants, exercise room attendants, and Meals on Wheels Drivers. Call 454-0583 for more info.

Seasonal Members Show Reception: Fri., Nov. 1st • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Franklin Square Gallery • 457-5450 130 E. West St., Southport First Friday receptions Nov. 1 and Dec. 6. Includes works by members of Associated Artists of Southport, including painting, drawings, prints, pottery, ceramic art and jewelry. The Seasonal Show also features Christmas and holiday ornaments and cards. Free admission. Colonial Day Saturday, November 2nd • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brunswick Town State Historic Site 8884 St. Phillips Rd., Winnabow Free public event. Living historians, dressed in 18th century attire, will demonstrate what life was once like in this early port town on the lower Cape Fear. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about 18th century electrical experiments, visit with the colonial dentist, take a turn in the stocks and pillory, try their hand at the militia drill, dip their own beeswax candle, and much, much more! For more information call (910) 371-6613, e-mail or visit our website at Holly Days Saturday, November 2nd • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Southport Gym, 211 N. Atlantic Ave. Arts & crafts fair with over 50 vendors. Contact Barbara Vise for more info: (910) 457-4365. ELECTION DAY Tues., Nov. 5th • 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Please remember to vote! For full details, visit GeneralGovernment/BoardofElections.aspx.

Brunswick Civil War Round Table Tuesday, November 5th • 6:30 p.m. registration Trinity United Methodist Church 209 E. Nash St., Southport The Battle of Bentonville was the last full-scale action of the Civil War in which a Confederate army was able to mount a tactical offensive. To discuss this important event will be guest speaker Mark L. Bradley, author of the critically acclaimed “Last Stand in the Carolinas:The Battle of Bentonville.” He is a veteran tour leader and expert on the Revolutionary War in the Carolinas,. Everyone is welcome. Registration and refreshments begin at 6:30. Admission is $5 for visitors and can be applied toward the annual membership dues of $25. For more info, contact the president,

Wally Rueckel, at 253-7382.

NC Maritime History Council 2013 November 7th through 9th The NC Maritime Museum at Southport is honored to host the NC Maritime History Council Conference: "Much Tide Has Passed, Southport 2013." Complete with interesting speakers, engaging activities, and opportunities to network with colleagues, this conference promises to interest anyone who loves history. Enjoy a morning and luncheon on Bald Head Island, learn about recent Civil War research and current updates on the Queen Anne's Revenge Project. Speakers comprise several notable historians and archaeologists, including keynote speaker James Delgado of NOAA and his discussion of maritime landscapes. Finish the conference with a tour of an area historic site. Choices include: "Living Voices of the Past," a costumed, interpreted excursion through the Old Smithville Burying Ground, the colonial wharf at Brunswick Town where 18th century artifacts are being recovered and a special trek on the traverses of Fort Fisher. The NC Maritime Museum at Southport will be hosting this year's conference, November 7-9. 204 E. Moore St. Call (910) 457-0003 or visit www. and click on NCMHC for more information or to register! $110.00 full conference / K-12 Educators and students $65.00.

Artisans Holiday Boutique Fri., Nov. 8th • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay St. A unique variety of fine arts and fine crafts are offered for sale by over 45 artisans. Select from jewelry, holiday decorations, flower arrangements, sports and pet gifts, ceramics, photography, doll clothes, baskets, prints, stained glass, fabric art, pottery, and more. The artists will be on hand. Cash, check,Visa, MasterCard, and Discover accepted. Historical Southport Bicycle Tours Sat., Nov. 9th • 10 a.m. The Adventure Kayak Company 807 N. Howe St., Southport 457-0607 • The Adventure Kayak Company co-sponsored with the NC Maritime Museum at Southport are pleased to continue the 2012 Historical Southport Bicycle tours. Bring your own bicycle and helmet and join the fun tour fee $15 or $20 tour fee including use of a bicycle and helmet. Limited number of bicycles available for rent. All Historical Southport Bicycle Tours will meet at The Adventure Kayak Company. Preregistration and prepayment required. Maritime Classic Road Race Sat., Nov. 9th • 12 p.m. Bald Head Island • 800-432-7368 Calling all runners! The Maritime Classic Road Race is a local favorite, and Bald Head Island is truly a runner's paradise. The 29th annual Maritime

Classic features a one mile Fun Run, 5k and 10k race. This year a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Old Baldy Foundation to support their Fresnel Lens fundraising campaign. $55 – includes round-trip ferry, race entry and T-shirt. Veterans Day Ceremony Mon., Nov. 11th • 3 p.m. St. James Community Center 4136 Southport-Supply Rd. St. James Please join the Richard H. Stewart, Jr. American Legion Post 543 at the St. James Veterans Memorial adjacent to the St. James Community Center, where there will be a commemoration ceremony honoring all veterans, past and present. We are inviting all communities in our area to join us in celebrating our veterans with great respect and admiration. The Colors will be presented by the South Brunswick High School JROTC and our National Anthem and other patriotic selections will be sung by the Sea Notes Choral Society. Speakers will include State Senator Bill Rabon and Congressman Mike McIntyre. Refreshments will follow the ceremony in the Community Center. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place inside the Community Center. Carpooling is appreciated.

nist Celia Rivenbark returns to her Lower Cape Fear adopted home of Southport to make us laugh out loud uncontrollably. Please join us with your best hankie as she brings us to tears over cultural comedy and political commentary. Program is free, call the Museum at (910) 457-0003 to register early for this full-house event. Small Business Resource Summit Thurs., Nov. 21st • Brunswick Community College Join us on the Main Campus and learn how to maximize your small business during this free event. Breakout sessions and keynote speakers will be on hand to share county, state, and national level resources. To learn more or to register for this event, visit Arts by the Shore Fri., Nov. 22nd • 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 23rd • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oak Island Rec Center, 3003 E. Oak Island Dr. 19th annual art show. Co-sponsored by Oak Island Parks & Recreation & Oak Island Art Guild. Contact: Billie Jayroe, 278-5518

Brown Bag Lunch & Movie Tues., Nov. 12th • 11 a.m. BSL Community Center 1 Leeds Rd., Boiling Spring Lakes • 363-0018 Free event! Bring your own lunch and enjoy a movie with friends.

Sea Notes Choral Society Christmas Concert: Christmas Gifts Thurs., Dec. 5th • 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 6th • 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 8th • 3 p.m. Hatch Auditorium, NC Baptist Assembly Caswell Beach The singers will be working their magic with Good Neighbor Award Breakfast traditional songs wrapped in a musical package Fri., Nov. 15th • 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. for your enjoyment. Susan Linton will be directing and Jane Boberg is the accompanist. The Sea South Brunswick Middle School Notes Choral Society has provided quality choHwy 87, Boiling Spring Lakes Students from South Brunswick Middle ral entertainment for over 35 years and is now School will be recognized in the Media Center comprised of over 150 volunteer singers from for their outstanding leadership skills and posi- all parts of Brunswick County as well as a few tive work ethic. neighboring counties. Always free to the public, donations are welcomed as Sea Notes is a nonCoffee with the Girls profit organization.To become a Friend of the Sea Tues., Nov. 19th • 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Notes for preferred seating and more information call (910) 363-4183. Port City Java, 113 N. Howe St., Southport Attention, ladies. The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Business Develop- Christmas by the Sea Parade ment Committee invites you to "Coffee with the Sat., Dec. 7th • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. On Oak Island Drive from Oak Island Town Hall Girls." The program is for women in business and focused on women-related issues and creating a on 46th Street to McGlamery Street. For a parade women-based supportive network. Admission/ application call the Southport-Oak Island Area Fees: Free. Coffee with the Girls is a benefit of be- Chamber of Commerce: (910) 457-6964. ing a member of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, and it's open to all female owners, managers or representatives of any chamGET ber member business or non-profit organization. LISTED Celia Rivenbark: Third Tuesday Evening Adult Program To promote your event, e-mail Tues., Nov. 19th • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay St. Listings are based on space only. Each year in November, humorist and colum-

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