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Fall lecture series Features author Arleen Mercorella

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC, resumes its schedule of Coffee With the Authors events with a presentation by Arleen Mercorella on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Mercorella’s book, titled A Matter of Survival, the Story of Frances, is the poignant story of her own mother’s challenging life and descent into Alzheimer’s disease.

 

From the time Frances was born, the odds were stacked against her. She was born to Italian immigrants in 1917; her father resented her for being a girl, and her mother resented her for being born at all.

And when a rift in the family left the girl and her mother alone and penniless, things managed to get even worse: she wound up in an orphanage, lonely and scared.

 

But the same girl who spent her formative years facing feelings of abandonment and isolation managed to grow into a woman full of positivity and gratitude, overcoming astounding obstacles and never showing a hint of bitterness. Mercorella handles her tale with particular grace.

 

The event is free, but seating is limited so reservations are required. Call the gallery at 910.575.5999 to hold your spot or sign up online.

 

CORE.SOUNDERS film presentation at Museum of Coastal Carolina

The Museum of Coastal Carolina will present a documentary film  August 29 at 6 pm: CORE.SOUNDERS – Living from the Sea.

The recipient of a Midsouth Emmy Award nomination for Best Cultural Documentary, this one-hour film by filmmaker Neal Hutcheson and the NC Language and Life Project documents the endangered culture, heritage, and traditional livelihood of the Core Sound communities. Core Sound is located in Eastern Carteret County, NC in an area that has been described as one of the nation’s greatest cultural assets.

Emmy Award-winning producer and director Neal Hutcheson spent 15 years documenting American cultures. His films have been featured on PBS and the Documentary Channel, and he has contributed to films shown on The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, A&E and Sundance. He has produced six broadcast documentaries for the NC Language and Life Project (NCLLP). The NCLLP was established at NC State University in 1993 to focus on research, graduate and undergraduate education, and outreach programs related to language and culture in the American South.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. A 7-day vacation pass is $75 for two adults and up to four children. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Get Acquainted with The Green Swamp

The Green Swamp consists of a 17,214-acre geographic area located in Brunswick County. Managed by The Nature Conservancy, this unique tract of land is pretty much all that is left of the thousands of acres of longleaf pine savannas that once covered southeastern North Carolina.

Learn more about this vast wetland on August 22 at 6 pm at the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

Edward Ovsenik, a former educator for the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, will present “The Green Swamp” providing a more in-depth view of the true state of the swamp. Many of the current inhabitants of the Green Swamp are descended from an interesting mixture of outcasts including escaped slaves, French refugees fleeing Haiti during and after the Slave Rebellion of 1804, pirates on the run from the authorities, and Native Americans from the Waccamaw, Cherokee, and Lumbee tribes.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. A 7-day vacation pass is just $75 for two adults and up to four children. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Meet Author Tony Bartelme

Literary luncheons with exciting authors at area restaurants

The Moveable Feast is held at area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 AM-1 PM. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books at 2 PM for those unable to participate in the feast. Each is $30 with a $5 rebate when the featured book is purchased at the Moveable Feast. For reservations, call 843.235.9600 or visit ClassAtPawleys.com

Aug. 25 ~ Tony Bartelme (A Surgeon in the Village) at Pawleys Plantation

American journalist, author, and senior projects reporter for The Post and Courier, Bartelme has been a finalist for three Pulitzer Prizes. His new book tells the uplifting true story of Dr. Dilan Ellegala’s quest to teach brain surgery in one of the poorest and most remote places on earth. In vivid detail, the book also exposes one of the world’s most neglected but serious public health problems – one that kills more people than malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS combined. It’s a story about the power of teaching and love. “Lyrical, inspirational and altogether rewarding” – Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation.

Meet Author Joy Callaway

Aug. 18 ~ Joy Callaway (Secret Sisters) at Kimbel’s, Wachesaw

From the author of The Fifth Avenue Artists Society comes this unforgettable historical novel based on the founding of the country’s first sororities. Illinois, 1881: Whitsitt College sophomore Beth Carrington has two goals to fulfill by the time she graduates: obtain a medical degree, and establish a women’s fraternity, Beta Xi Beta, that will help young women like herself to connect with and support one another while attending the male-dominated Whitsitt. Neither is an easy task. The sole female student in the physicians’ program, Beth is constantly called out by her professors and peers for having the audacity not to concentrate on a more “fitting” subject like secretarial studies. Meanwhile, secret organizations are off-limits, and simply by crowding together in a dank basement room and creating a sense of camaraderie, she and her small group of fraternity sisters risk expulsion. As Beth fights for her beloved Beta Xi Beta to be recognized, she will uncover deep secrets about the college and those who surround her, and will have to put both love and friendship on the line so that history can be made.

 

Literary luncheons with exciting authors at area restaurants

The Moveable Feast is held at Myrtle Beach, SC, area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 AM-1 PM.  For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books at 2 PM for those unable to participate in the feast. Each is $30 with a $5 rebate when the featured book is purchased at the Moveable Feast. For reservations, call 843.235.9600 or visit ClassAtPawleys.com.

Honey Bees: Endangered Species for the First Time

The Museum of Coastal Carolina’s Katherine Hunt presents a lecture for families called “Honey Bees: Endangered for the First Time.”

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This lecture on August 15 at 6 pm will focus on the complex web of factors that are contributing to the decline of the globe’s bee populations, both wild and farm honey bees. The impact of bees on our environment, particularly our food sources will also be discussed. Most crops (about 70 percent) that are used today require pollination to develop fruits, nuts, and seeds. It is estimated that those crops account for one trillion dollars in annual sales of agriculture products around the globe. Examples of common crops depending on bee pollination include broccoli, blueberry, cherry, apple, and cucumbers. With the bee population plunging almost 90 percent since 1990s; how can we protect the world’s bees from extinction?

Hunt is a science educator who has lived in the Carolinas most of her life. She now is an education outreach coordinator of the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. A 7-day vacation pass is just $75 for two adults and up to four children. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Brett Ortmann Riggs is Guest Speaker at Museum of Coastal Carolina

Brett Ortmann Riggs will present “The Cuban Missile Crisis” at 6:00 PM on August 8 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, leaders of the US and the Soviet Union engaged in a tense, 13-day political and military standoff in October 1962 over the instillation of nuclear-armed Soviet missile deployment in Cuba, just 90 miles from the United States. Find out how close we came to the Cold War escalating into a full-scale nuclear war.

Brett Riggs Ortmann is a native of southeastern North Carolina and currently lives in Shallotte. He has a Bachelor’s degree in history and a Master’s degree in library science. His historical specialty is the colonial era and the early American Republic.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. A 7-day vacation pass is just $75 for two adults and up to four children. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Author Mark Powell

 

The Moveable Feast is held at Myrtle Beach, SC, area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 AM-1 PM. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books at 2 PM for those unable to participate in the feast. Each is $30 with a $5 rebate when the featured book is purchased at the Moveable Feast. For reservations, call 843.235.9600 or visit ClassAtPawleys.com.

Aug. 4 ~ Mark Powell (Small Treasons) at Inlet Affairs

Tess Maynard’s life is coming apart. At home with her three young children in her husband’s small north Georgia hometown, she is steadily becoming obsessed with an American journalist captured in Syria and being held by ISIS, sensing an eerie resonance between his captivity and her own. Meanwhile, the life of her husband is also beginning to unravel. John Maynard is a psychologist working as a college counselor. But in a former life – a life that becomes his obsession – he worked as a government contractor at a CIA black site in Eastern Europe where suspected terrorists, and one innocent civilian, were tortured. Now the Justice Department is threatening an investigation, but not if John will cooperate in an ongoing operation: a professor at the college where he works is rumored to be involved with an organization masking a militant group. As John and Tess work to salvage their life together a young man in Atlanta is slowly becoming radicalized – groomed by the professor John is meant to report on – to fight not in Syria but at home in the US. Eventually all three lives intersect, with devastating consequences. “Echolocation [Small Treasons] is a beautifully written, disturbing portrait of Americans searching for meaning in a violent, fragmented world. What a marvelous novel this is.” – Ron Rash

All About Beer 2

The Sand Bar Lecture Series continues at the Museum of Coastal Carolina featuring “All About Beer 2” presented by Jim Hill Tuesday, August 1 at 6 PM.

With new craft breweries on the horizon for southwest Brunswick County, it is the perfect time to sharpen your beer knowledge. Join some friends for a night of beer education covering the history of beer, beer styles, basic brewing techniques, facts and myths about beer and how to enjoy your favorite glass of beer. Learn tricks and tips from a local homebrewer.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. A 7-day vacation pass is just $75 for two adults and up to four children. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Titanic Program at the Museum of Coastal Carolina on July 18

The RMS Titanic struck an iceberg on her maiden voyage and sank on April 15, 1912. More than 1,500 passengers and crew members lost their lives. It has become one of the most famous disasters of all time.

What was it like to be on board the Titanic? Julie Hedgepeth Williams knows because her great-uncle, Albert Caldwell, was a passenger on the Titanic. He, his wife, and his young son survived the sinking. Julie grew up listening to her great-uncle recount the events of that horrific evening. At 6 PM on July 18 at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, Julie will tell the story of the Titanic as her great-uncle told it to her firsthand, followed by the part that he never told anyone – the part he kept secret and that she only found out by research. The research keeps revealing new details about her family’s survival of this tragic event.

 

Julie Hedgepeth Williams is a journalism professor at Samford University and an author. Her most recent books include A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival and Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama, 1910. Her family has vacationed in Ocean Isle Beach for many years.

 

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. A 7-day vacation pass is just $75 for two adults and up to four children. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.