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Up Front Snippets of the Local Scene

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 Brunswick County, so here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening on the local scene. For more, flip to our What’s Happened (page 21), Business Buzz (page 27) and What’s Happening (page 103).

Charles Dickens Christmas Festival
In the spirit of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday and in celebration of his inspiration to enrich and transform lives through the arts, the Brunswick County Arts Council and the Town of Southport are offering a bicentennial Charles Dickens Christmas Festival in historic downtown Southport on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 from 1 to 9 pm.

Many surprises will occur during this first-ever Charles Dickens Christmas Festival. “Stroll on the Streets” is a historic re-creation of a Dickens Village, with singers, actors, dancers, jugglers, town criers, puppeteers, merchants, storytellers and restaurateurs offering performances and culinary treats. Southport merchants and museums will extend their hours for the festival, and there will be a Christmas Tree and Wreath Contest. A candlelight ceremony and carols ’round the lighted Christmas Tree will close the festival.

Inside Southport’s historic venues there will be other events that will transport you to the world of Charles Dickens. These include an Olde English Nativity Playlet at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church; professional guest artist David Zum Brennan performing “A Night Before Christmas Carol” depiction of Charles Dickens’ life; guest speakers; musicians and singers; arts and crafts; Victorian games; performances by school groups; a display of Victorian collectibles; and many more offerings.

Proceeds from the Charles Dickens Christmas Festival will help support arts education and arts organizations in Brunswick County.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 7 to 12. Children 6 and younger get in free. The price includes the two-day event for all venues and entertainment. Tickets may be purchased in advance at
www.brunswickartscouncil.org . Or e-mail requests to artsinbc@gmail.com or call (910) 371-2641.

What: Charles Dickens Christmas Festival
Where: Downtown Southport
When: November 30 and December 1
Info: www.brunswickartscouncil.org

Madonna Nash Concert
Photography By Ronnie Holden
Country music star Madonna Nash performed for an enthusiastic crowd at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia on August 24. The concert was a benefit for the Brunswick Christian Recovery Center, a nonprofit Christian-based ministry that serves those who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. The program is a combination of faith-based counseling, Bible study and a traditional 12-step recovery plan in a six-week, residential treatment facility in Ash. Nash, who grew up in Wilmington, released her debut album Madonna Nash in November 2010. She was named the 2010 Female Country Artist of the Year.

Little River ShrimpFest
Residents and visitors chowed down and boogied at the Little River Chamber of Commerce’s 8th annual ShrimpFest event on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14 in Little River, S.C. The event was held in a scenic setting under the live oaks on the historic Little River waterfront.

ShrimpFest featured live entertainment, vendors, activities for children, a car show and, of course, fresh shrimp and seafood specialties.

With a variety of music — pop, modern country, gospel, bluegrass, beach music and jazz — a good time was had by all. On Saturday, the lineup included Party Favor Band, Dino Capone’s School of Rock, Austin Mowery, Randy McQuay, (Root Soul Project,) Bibis Ellison, and straight from New Orleans, The Stooges Brass Band. On Sunday, the crowed enjoyed the sounds of nationally acclaimed Marlena Smalls and the Hallelujah Singers at a Gospel Hour, followed by Grasstowne and Mark Roberts (CBMA Winner Best New Artist).

A new addition to the festival, a Shrimp & Grits Cook-Off was held at noon on Sunday, and the results were tasty!

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