Story by Molly Harrison

Good things have happened and good things are coming. We know you want to be in the know about everything that’s going on in the area, so here’s a quick rundown of what’s happened or what’s coming up on the local scene. For more upcoming events, flip to What’s Happening on page 98.

Future 10 – Recognizing Brunswick County’s Young Professionals
Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and South Brunswick Magazine are in the planning stages for their second annual Future 10 awards. Future 10 recognizes 10 of the area’s top young professionals who demonstrate their commitment to Brunswick County through civic and business involvement.

To qualify, individuals must be younger than 40, actively involved in a civic organization and passionate about Brunswick County. They must have an unwavering responsibility to the community through involvement in local organizations that elevate the overall quality of life in Brunswick County.

To nominate someone for the Future 10 award, you will need to fill out a nomination form and answer several questions about the person. What is their career path? How has the nominee made an impact on the community? Does the nominee volunteer? How does the nominee exhibit the qualities of drive, motivation, innovation, community involvement or leadership?

Nominations are due by November 12. Recipients will
be honored with a reception and a profile in South Brunswick Magazine.

For more information, contact Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce at (910) 754-6644 or .

The Charles Dickens Christmas Festival
Contributed Photography
In 2012 Brunswick Arts Council and the City of Southport honored the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth with a two-day festival of cultural events on the streets of Southport. The event was such a huge success that there was no question that the Charles Dickens Christmas Festival would be an annual event.

In 2013 Southport will again be transformed into a Victorian setting, with singing groups, costumed interpreters, juried artists and craftsmen, a gingerbread village, a Christmas tree contest, a costume contest, high teas, trolley rides, a musical review, food, drink and holiday fun. The new 48’ touring train exhibit from the Wilmington Train Museum will be on display, as will be the award-winning “Fantasy under the Sea” by the Wood-turners. The event will end with a candlelight Tribute to Charles Dickens and singing. Proceeds from the various events are used to support the advancement of arts and culture in local schools and in the Brunswick community.

When: November 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; November 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Downtown Southport
Tickets: In advance at Southport-Oak Island Chamber, Shallotte Chamber, North Brunswick Chamber, Southport Visitor Center, Ricky Evans Gallery in Southport; online; or at the door
Information: (910) 547-0690;

Chilled & Grilled Award Winners Announced
Photography By Blue Cotton Photography
South Brunswick Islands (SBI) Rotary Club proudly announced the winners of the Best Appetizer, Best Entrée, Best Dessert and the People’s Choice Award from the recent Chilled & Grilled event held at Brunswick Community College. More than 500 people attended the event, which was a fund-raiser for the club to raise money for programs supporting the youth of Brunswick County.

The People’s Choice Award was presented to Fibber McGee’s of Sunset Beach. The winner of the Best Appetizer was Pelican’s Perch of Ocean Isle Beach for their Drunken Chicken Soup. Second place in the category went to Purple Onion for their Crabcake Slider, and third place went to The Boundary House for their Boundary House Salad. The winner of the Best Entrée was Pelican’s Perch for their Seafood Lasagna. Second place went to The View at Bricklanding for their Seafood Risotto, and third place was awarded to Fibber McGee’s for their Shepherd’s Pie. Best Dessert was awarded to The Boundary House for their Bread Pudding. Second place went to Causeway Gourmet for their Five Spice Flourless Cake, and third place to The View at Bricklanding for their Chocolate Lava Cake.

“This was our first annual Chilled & Grilled event and we are looking forward to holding it again next year. All of the food was delicious and our judges’ had a tough job choosing the winners,” commented Jen Vanasse, club president. The club hopes to attract even more area restaurants next year.

Mark McKeithan, president-elect and event chairperson, stated, “We are grateful not only to the restaurants who participated but also to Silver Coast Winery, the Sonare musical group and to our major sponsors, The Brunswick Beacon and The Print Shoppe.”

See more from this event in our Faces and Places section on page 96.

Tenth Annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival
Contributed Photography
Brunswick County residents originally from places around the world shared their cultures and cuisines with the local community on the campus of Brunswick Community College on Saturday, September 7, 2013.

One of the main attractions of the free, all-ages festival was the International Pavilion, which featured participants representing more than 20 countries, including Cuba (Manuel Campos), Germany (Hannelore Philipp), Israel (Naomi Dawn Warden), Mexico (Ricardo Vargas & Sugey Tajeda), Philippines (Ricardo Haraguchi), Poland (Maria Czemiaswki & Maria Kapik), pre Colombian/Latin America (Richard Graham, Romania (Marina Quartecelli, Spain (Theresa Lominac), Thailand (Nalinee Tantanyopin), Trinidad and Tobago (Karlton & Emeris Vialva), Central America (Richard & Marilyn Graham), Gullah Culture (Valerie Bannister) and Japan, China, Chine, and Korea (Julie Burdo).

More than 100 children of all ages “traveled” around the world with their passport, which allowed them and their parents to learn more about the country being visited. Festival-goers enjoyed the food-tasting tent, where they were able to sample traditional dishes from China, Mexico, Thailand, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Africa, Germany and the South. They also enjoyed singers, dancers, visual artists and many activities throughout the day.

The Brunswick County Intercultural Festival’s mission is to create and coordinate a comprehensive, supportive, global environment by providing a place to share its residents’ art, music, dance, culture, history, food, which in turn will foster better understanding, tolerance, awareness, acceptance, respect for each other and each other’s cultures.