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Calabash gallery features rustic holiday show

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC, is featuring an exhibition of holiday-themed rustic decor through Dec. 31. The eclectic show, which is titled A Sunset River Holiday, includes a variety of primitive pieces along with traditional Christmas pottery, hand-blown glass, paintings, holiday table runners, placemats and other items.

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash is presenting a holiday show through Dec. 31. Shown, L-R: folk art signs by Ginny Lassiter; cigar box guitar by Karen Edgar; Star Birth, acrylic on canvas by Jill Hope; hand-blown glass pear by Scott Summerfield; red clay vase by Lantern Hill Pottery; Calabash II, acrylic on canvas by Ginny Lassiter; front: hand-sewn linen Christmas stockings by Mona Bendin.

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash is presenting a holiday show through Dec. 31. Shown, L-R: folk art signs by Ginny Lassiter; cigar box guitar by Karen Edgar; Star Birth, acrylic on canvas by Jill Hope; hand-blown glass pear by Scott Summerfield; red clay vase by Lantern Hill Pottery; Calabash II, acrylic on canvas by Ginny Lassiter; front: hand-sewn linen Christmas stockings by Mona Bendin.

On a table near the gallery entrance is a trio of snowmen, which were hand-carved and painted by Roseann Bellinger, an oil painter who exhibits at the gallery. She also crocheted their scarves. Hanging on the stunning antique oak mantle are crisp linen Christmas stockings hand sewn by Mona Bendin, who also exhibits her line of pillows at the gallery. A piece of picket fencing leans against one wall. Hanging on one of the slats is a Santa-motif garden bell by clay artist Betsy Parker, whose raku pottery, clay serving pieces and wall hangings are exhibited toward the back of the gallery


The holiday show at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash includes rustic folk art including this bark star and Christmas tree fashioned from wood lattice that came from a pier damaged in the October flooding. Red gourd bowl on left is by Anne Trombetta.

Featured on the wall are two unusual folk art pieces designed by gallery owner Ginny Lassiter. One is a Christmas tree made of wood lattice wood a pier that was damaged in the October flooding. Another is an empty window frame that has been decorated with wooden candles and dried magnolia seed pods.

Turned wood snowman ornament is by James "Red" Saunders.

Turned wood snowman ornament is by James “Red” Saunders.

Says Lassiter, “We’ve had a similar show for the past couple years and people love seeing how the rustic pieces work with traditional furniture and design. We have a lot of fun putting it together. And it’s a terrific way to display the holiday pottery, which is in demand every year.” She continues, “The gallery also puts up an eight-foot tree full of hand-crafted ornaments – clay, blown glass, wood, sea glass and more. The kids love choosing their ornaments right from the tree.”

srm_candy_canes_summerfieldEach Saturday afternoon, during December, Sunset River Marketplace will hold an Open House with hot cider, wine, and assorted holiday treats. The public is invited at no charge.

On Dec. 12, the gallery will hold its first outdoor Holiday Art Market, in which approximately 25 of the gallery’s exhibiting artists will set up booths in the parking lot to sell pottery, paintings, wood furniture and bowls, jewelry, photography, pillows, holiday cards, and more. Lassiter adds, “We’ll even have some surfboards. This is a great idea for any last minute shoppers and we expect it to be a lot of fun.”

There will be drawings for free gift certificates during the day. In the event of rain, the event will move inside the gallery.

About Sunset River Marketplace
Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has been an active supporter of performing, literary and visual arts in the area. The 10,000 square-foot gallery features work by over 200 North and South Carolina artists. Its on-site pottery studio has two kilns and three wheels for use by students. Ongoing oil, pastel and watercolor classes are also provided, in addition to workshops by nationally known artists. The gallery’s complimentary Coffee With the Authors programs feature presentations by local and regional authors. A Paint & Party series provides a fun after-work experience for those with no previous art background. The gallery’s framing department offers full-service, on-site custom frame design for artwork, family heirlooms and other memorabilia.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive (Hwy. 179) in the historic fishing village of Calabash, N.C. just north of the S.C. state line. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Winter hours, in effect January, February and March, will be Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) For information about the exhibition, art classes, onsite framing or any other gallery events, call 910-575-5999 or visit the website: www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com. The gallery’s Facebook page, which is updated daily (www.facebook.com/sunsetrivermarketplace), also lists special events, new artists and other happenings.

Brookgreen Gardens’ “Nights of a Thousand Candles” Highlights Busy December

Brookgreen Gardens’ spectacular “Nights of a Thousand Candles” program, which attract guests from across the United States, will highlight an eventful month along Georgetown (S.C.) County’s Hammock Coast.

BrookgreenGardens Pegasus sculpture by Laura Gardin Fraser

Pegasus sculpture by Laura Gardin Fraser

Nights of a Thousand Candles, which has grown into one of the most popular holiday events in the Southeast, will be held Dec. 3-5, Dec. 10-12, Dec. 17-19.

Brookgreen Gardens come to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights from 3 – 10 p.m. Walk the paths with a warm cup of cider, hear the sounds of hand bells ringing, carolers singing, and celebrate the season with family and friends each night of the event.

Nights of a Thousand Candles also delights guests with beautiful candle and lighting displays and exceptional entertainment. The 80-foot-tall Holiday Fir tree, decorated with 60,000 lights, will be lighted in ceremonial fashion at 5:45 p.m. every night.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for children ages 4-12. More information is available at www.Brookgreen.org.

Nights of a Thousand Candles is hardly the only holiday themed event along the Hammock Coast. The Kaminski House Museum will deck all the halls during its Very Fashionable Christmas. Local designers dress the museum in holiday decor ranging from traditional Christmas decorations to seasonal glitz and glamour.

A Very Fashionable Christmas will feature candlelight tours on Thursday evenings on Dec. 3, 10 and 17. The evening tours are from 5 – 7 p.m. The cost is $5.00 for adults, youth $3.00 and children under the age of 10 are admitted free of charge. Call 843-546-7706 for more details.

The Murrell Inlet Christmas Parade, which features a weekend full of activities, will takes place December 3-6.

About the Hammock Coast
Georgetown County’s casual charm and Southern hospitality earned it the nickname Hammock Coast. Adventure and relaxation blend together in perfect harmony like the flowing and ebbing of waves on the beach along the Hammock Coast. With five communities – Garden City, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield, Pawleys Island and Georgetown – comprising the pristine coastal area between Myrtle Beach and Charleston, you can experience South Carolina’s the Hammock Coast like never before.

Brookgreen Gardens’ New Holiday Exhibits Open November 27

Brookgreen Gardens’ two new indoor exhibits offer a bright beginning to the holiday season. Open daily from Friday, November 27 (during Thanksgiving weekend) through January 3, 2016, the exhibits are free with garden admission.
“Holiday Memories: Trains, Trees, and Treasures”

"A New Adventure" by Angela Trotta Thomas

“A New Adventure” by Angela Trotta Thomas

Brookgreen Gardens’ 2015 holiday exhibit theme builds upon its previous show-stopping displays of electric model trains (both Lionel and American Flyer), period Christmas trees, and other nostalgia from holiday celebrations of the Twentieth Century.
Featured in the exhibit are paintings of scenes of children, Christmas, and toy trains by Angela Trotta Thomas. Her Rockwell-like paintings have earned her the title of “The Train Lady.”
For children, a new “Thomas the Train and Friends” display is featured in the front of the gallery and, for adults, the “Front Street Georgetown” outdoor train display has expanded to include the historic Town Clock and other structures.

Representing the “Treasures” in the title will be a Tiffany-inspired store window featuring beautiful costume jewelry on loan from the collection of Sherri Duncan.
“Peace on Earth” is the exhibit theme presented by the horticultural department, and its displays represent tranquil and natural settings from around the world.
Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, is located south of Myrtle Beach, SC between Murrells Inlet and Pawleys Island. For more information visit www.brookgreen.org or call (843) 235-6000.

Plan Now for Holiday Sea Island Gullah Celebration

Holiday Sea Island Gullah Celebration

Date: December 4, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Production by Anita Singleton-Prather and The Gullah Kinfolk in historic Beaufort, South Carolina, at the University of South Carolina Beaufort campus  Center for the Arts. The evening includes a taste of Gullah soul food buffet, artist showcase and marketplace,  full stage musical with Aunt Pearlie Sue and Gullah Kinfolk: Christmas Wish Freedom Coming.holiday

Freedom Coming is a significant performance that shares the Sea Island Gullah tradition with audiences in a new way, performed by Anita Singleton-Prather and her singing ensemble The Gullah Kinfolk from Beaufort, South Carolina.

It is Christmas 1860, the last Christmas before the Civil War begins.  The scene is a Sea Island slave cabin where enslaved Africans are anticipating Christmas day and talking about freedom. Gullah songs and storytelling include everything from spirituals, work songs and play songs to rhythmic, foot stomping ring shout songs that are unique to the Gullah praise house traditions.

original art by Diane Britton Dunham

original art by Diane Britton Dunham

Meet Diane Britton Dunham and  many more  featured artists exhibiting before the show. Sample local Gullah foods and mingle with local chefs.

Book tickets at this link or call the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce 843-986-1102 to reserve your tickets for the Gullah performance, feast and art show or to arrange a weekend tour including history, culture and entertainment. Tickets are $35 at the door, $30 advance and $10 for children. Special group rates are available.



December Events Aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

Battleship Alive
Saturday, December 6, 2014
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Included with Paid Admission
Since 1997, the Living History Crew weekends have been a tradition at the battleship in the program called “Battleship Alive.”  The Living History Crew provides insight into the daily life and routine of the crew aboard the USS NORTH CAROLINA by explaining the duties specific to the sailor’s ratings (jobs) and demonstrates activities that occurred aboard the ship.  A great event for all ages. Bring your questions and cameras! Included with Battleship admission.Santa hoists flag
A Verry Merry Showboat
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Times: 10:00 am – Noon, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Free with Battleship admission
Enjoy a new holiday tradition! Kids can fly a flag with Santa (bring your own or buy a US or NC flag from the Battleship’s store). Santa and the Battleship’s Captain will sign your certificate of authenticity. Type your Christmas wish list on a vintage typewriter using authentic WWII USS NORTH CAROLINA radio message paper. Call the North Pole in the Battleship’s main radio room. See Santa’s journey being tracked in the Combat Information Center. Create Christmas cards for veterans in VA hospitals. And MORE! Bring your camera for some unique photo opps! A great way to start your holiday season!
The Battleship would like to thank the event partners: Battleship Living History Crew, Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club, American Red Cross and Friends of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA for helping make the program possible.
About the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA
The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is self-supporting, not tax supported and relies primarily upon admissions to tour the Ship, sales in the Ship’s Store, donations and investments. No funds for its administration and operation come from appropriations from governmental entities at the local, state or federal levels. Located at the junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River.   Visit www.battleshipnc.com or follow us on Facebook.com/ncbb55 and Twitter.com/battleshipnc for more information. Relive with the crew on the Battleship Blog http://seastories.battleshipnc.com/. The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is an historic site within the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (www.NCCulture.com).

Colonial Holiday Cooking with Karen Moshoures at Museum of Coastal Carolina

On Dec. 2 at 6 PM, Karen Moshoures will share some of her favorite Colonial Holiday Cooking recipes at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. Ms. Moshoures will demonstrate how to make a sumptuous Welsh Rarebit, a delicious Apple Tansey from the 1700’s, delightful Colonial Sugar Cookies, and a holiday Plum Pudding with Hard Sauce. You will have the opportunity to taste each tempting dish. Recipes will be provided so that you can test your skills in your own kitchen.

Karen_MoshouresKaren Moshoures is the host of ATMC’s “The Coastal Kitchen.” Cooking has always been her passion and the holiday season is especially close to her heart. She loves cooking and sharing her recipes with others. Ms. Moshoures has been a Brunswick County resident since 1975. She is a licensed Optician in North Carolina and works with her husband, Dr. Chris Moshoures.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission is free for members. Non-member admission is $8 for adults (13-61), $7 for seniors (62+), $6 for children (3-12), and free for ages 2 and under. For more information, call the Museum at 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org

Brookgreen Gardens Nights of a Thousand Candles Adds New Holiday Tree Lighting and Free Mobile App

December 4 – 6, 11 – 13, 18 – 20, Nights of a Thousand Candles will delight guests from 3 to 10 p.m. with beautiful candle and lighting displays and exceptional entertainment. One of this year’s most exciting new features is the 80 foot tall Holiday Fir Tree decorated with 60,000 lights. Located in the arboretum, this beautiful tree will be lighted each night in ceremonial fashion at 5:45 p.m. Other new highlights include The Peppermint Forest in the Children’s Garden, The Ice Garden in the Lower Left Wing garden, and the addition of a garden by candle light.   Adult tickets are $18 and tickets for children are $10. All children age three and under are free. Tickets are available at www.brookgreen.org, at the gardens, and by phone at (843) 235-6016. All entertainment is included in admission. Dinner is available at an additional cost.  brookgreen sleeping

“We always keep some of the favorite lighting displays from the previous year, “said Bob Jewell, President and CEO. “ But every year we add new lights, decorations, and entertainers to keep the event fresh and give our guests something to look forward to.

New this year, guests can download our free mobile app designed to easily display information at night and help make the event even more enjoyable. The app provide details of performances, food and beverage locations, a map of the event, social media links, and much more. It is available by searching Brookgreen Gardens in the App Store and in Google Play.  Some suggestions to make of your Nights of a Thousand Candles experience the most enjoyable:

  • Carpool with family and friends. It supports our green initiative and helps reduce the number of parking spaces needed.
  • Come on a Thursday evening when it is less crowded.
  • Arrive early (between 4 – 5 p.m.) and have time to see the candles being lit and map out where you would like to go, plus dusk is the best time to take pictures.
  • Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes, It is a walk through the gardens not a drive-thru event.
  • A limited number of adult and child strollers are available at no charge one a first-come, first-serve basis. We do not take reservations for the strollers. If you have any mobility issues, please make necessary arrangements.

All ticket proceeds go to support Brookgreen Gardens, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and display American sculpture and regional plants, animals, and history. Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, is located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, South Carolina.


Enter the newly restored historic iron gate of Airlie Gardens and discover a glittering landscape of lighted oaks and twinkling displays in a coastal garden setting. Visitors who travel to Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and island beaches during the holiday season will have the opportunity to experience “Enchanted Airlie” on select evenings through December 22.

Celebrating its 10th season in 2014, Enchanted Airlie (Nov. 28-Dec. 22) presents a holiday light extravaganza like no other. Tastefully decorated gardens create a visually stunning wonderland of theatrically illuminated large oaks, small native trees, holiday flowers, and elegant displays. On select dates beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving, Airlie Gardens provides magical evenings, fond memories and holiday photo opportunities.

Since first illuminating in 2005, Enchanted Airlie has more than quadrupled its lighted displays, with nearly 20 miles of lights strung on cone-shaped trees. Volunteers and staff began decorating in early September so visitors can experience a world of holiday fantasy with 750,000 lights. New this year, winter princesses Elsa and Anna will greet guests and pose for photos. Select Sundays have also been added. Other highlights include: a Poinsettia Paradise with more than 400 holiday plants, live musical entertainment and visits with Santa. Families can also have their pictures taken in Airlie’s 2,400-square-foot floral conservatory. Refreshments will be available for purchase and the Airlie gift shop will be open.

Want to go? Enchanted Airlie runs November 28-29; December 5-6, 11-14, and 18-22 in two time slots: 5:00-7:00 p.m. and 7:00–9:00 p.m. Enchanted Airlie tickets must be purchased in advance, no later than 4:00 p.m. the night of the event. Due to the popularity of this event, it is recommended that visitors purchase tickets for their preferred dates prior to arrival. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.airliegardens.org or in-person at Airlie Gardens service center (300 Airlie Rd., Wilmington) between 9am and 4pm. Single admission tickets are $12 for individuals over the age of 4. Children under age 3 are free. Couples arriving in the same vehicle can purchase a couples ticket for $17. An economical green option is the carload ticket for $27, which will cover as many people as will safely fit into an automobile; no individual tickets or parking passes are required for this option (excludes buses and large, multi-passenger vans).

Airlie Gardens, located at 300 Airlie Road, is a 67-acre historic public garden bordering Bradley Creek in Wilmington, North Carolina. Visitors are encouraged to dress warmly and comfortably for the half-mile outdoor walking tour on gravel, sand, and mulch paths. For details about Enchanted Airlie, please call 910-798-7700 or visit the Airlie Gardens website www.airliegardens.org for event information, rules, restrictions and rain policy.

See where the water takes you this holiday season! From the river to the sea, more than 50 holiday-themed events help celebrate inWilmington, North Carolina’s historic river district and the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach. For seasonal specials and to download a Holiday Event Brochure, visit www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/seasonal-page.  For a free official visitors guide, call 1-866-266-9690, email visit@wilmingtonandbeaches.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 505 Nutt Street, Unit A, in historic Downtown Wilmington.


The time-honored North Carolina Holiday Flotilla kicks off the holiday season the weekend after Thanksgiving (Nov. 28-29) and always delivers an impressive show of glimmering boats. Visitors can celebrate all weekend, beginning Friday night when the island’s official Christmas tree is lit at 5:45 p.m., followed by visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at Town Hall. At 7:00 p.m., there’s an Atlantic Marine Launch Party at the BlockadeRunner Beach Resort with live beach music by The Embers and heavy hors d’oeuvres (admission charge for gala).

On Saturday, a full day of entertainment begins with a free Festival in the Park from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Wrightsville Beach Park featuring live bluegrass music, arts and crafts vendors, antique / classic car show, kids’ activities and amusements, food and entertainment. Then, at 6:00 p.m. the main attraction—the holiday flotilla—gets underway along Banks Channel, beginning with a fireworks volley, followed by the boat parade and a stunning 21-minute fireworks show.

This year’s judges include celebrity radio personality John Boy of the nationally syndicated John Boy & Billy’s Big Show. Textvoting returns, with the Crowd Favorite and People’s Choice Awards determined by spectators. Visitors who wish to make the most of their beach weekend can also enjoy the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, narrated cruises, fresh seafood at island restaurants, and shopping at surf and specialty shops. For details about the N.C. Holiday Flotilla, visit www.ncholidayflotilla.org, email info@ncholidayflotilla.org or call 910-256-2120.


Lu Mil’s Christmas Experience will begin on Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend (11/29 & 11/30) and run Thursday through Sunday (Dec. 4, 5, 6, 7) and nightly beginning Dec. 11 thru Dec. 23. The Country Buffet will be open from 5 pm to 9 pm and the Festival of Lights will run from 6 pm to 10 pm.lu mil

The Candy Shop with the REAL Santa and the Country Buffet is open every night during the light show. The Gift Shop with free wine tastings is open daily and will be open until 10pm the nights of the light show. The light show is $6 per person OR $60 dollars maximum for as many as you can get on a bus, van, hayride, pickup bed, etc. Your FM radio is your receiver for the music that the lights are synchronized with so that you can enjoy the music and lights at your leisure in your own vehicle. Lu Mil Vineyard is located at 438 Suggs-Taylor Rd, Elizabethtown NC. Call 910-866-5819 or visit www.lumilvineyard.com for more info.

With over one half million lights this year, it is more spectacular than ever. There are many enormous figurines and this year the huge display of the twelve days of Christmas stretches nearly the length of two football fields. There are more photo ops than ever, like the gigantic Christmas bear seen here. The beautiful oversized American flag is a tribute to our veterans and we hope everyone will keep CHRIST in your Christmas.