Spelling bee benefits literacy efforts

For The Sun NewsMay 7, 2014 

Lori Martin (left) of Shallotte, N.C., Yvonne Moody of Southport, N.C. and Elizabeth Gradel of Calabash, N.C. arrange some items for the A to Z silent auction that precedes the Brunswick County Literacy Council’s 25th annual Adult Spelling Bee May 12.

BY JO ANN MATHEWS — For The Sun News

  • If you go

    What | Third annual A to Z silent auction, 25th annual Adult Spelling Bee

    Where | Virginia Williamson Event Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College, College Road off U.S. 17, Supply, N.C.

    When | Silent auction, 6 p.m., Spelling Bee, 7 p.m., May 12

    Cost | free admission and refreshments, wide range for silent auction items

    Contact | www.bcliteracy.org, with pictures of a variety of auction items, bcliteracy@yahoo.com, 910-754-7323

Lori Martin, Yvonne Moody and Elizabeth Gradel met at Brunswick County Literacy Council, Supply, N.C., to arrange, sort and label the 100-plus items donated to the third annual A to Z silent auction.

A beige-tone leather lounging chair suitable for a living room or den and original artworks of both Sunnyside School, the schoolhouse built in 1915 which rests on the grounds facing Village Road where Shallotte Middle School is now, and “Old Baldy,” the lighthouse on Bald Head Island, are among the pieces that are up for auction.

“How do you spell ‘fun?’ ” asked a jubilant Dot Hoerr, executive director of BCLC, as she assembled a trio of lanterns for the auction. She looked up and added, “You spell ‘fun’ by coming to the Adult Spelling Bee, supporting your favorite [spelling] team competing in the Bee and bidding on all these auction items.”

The auction began three years ago, but this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Adult Spelling Bee, which emphasizes the importance of literacy. More than a dozen teams of two players compete each year for the Gladys Wagenseil Traveling Trophy. Wagenseil was long-time executive director of the council before her death in 2004. People from local businesses, schools, churches and medical facilities are among the contestants.

Southport Reality won the competition in 2013.

The Bee begins at 7 p.m. May 12, but the auction opens at 6 p.m., closes when the spelling competition begins but reopens during intermission.

“We have everything in the auction from gift cards to high-end jewelry to furniture,” Hoerr said. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, golf packages, beauty salon and restaurant gift cards and household necessities are among the choices.

Those interested in being on a spelling team, sponsoring the Bee and/or donating auction items can contact the Literacy Council for information at 910-754-7323 or bcliteracy@yahoo.com.

Here’s more events happening in May on the north end of the Grand Strand:

‘NASA-Developed Technologies Now Used In Everyday Life’

What | Ingram Planetarium manager Edward Ovsenik presents a program on the everyday items people use that were developed by NASA

Where | Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market St., Sunset Beach, N.C.

When | 6 p.m. May 9

Cost | All-day admission: adults, $8, seniors, $7, 3-12 years, $6, 2 and under and museum members, free

Contact | 910-579-1016, www.MuseumPlanetarium.org

Details | Pacemakers, aerodynamic golf balls and other commercial items were based on NASA engineering. Ovsenik will also refute myths.

Listen Up, Brunswick County, Good Music/Good Deeds

What | Ellis Paul, critically acclaimed folk artist with TV and movie music credits, performs in concert

Where | Holden Beach Chapel Fellowship Hall, 107 Rothschild St., Holden Beach, N.C.

When | 7 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. concert begins, May 10

Cost | advance, $22, day of show, $24

Contact | 860-485-3354, listenupbc@gmail.com

Details | Proceeds benefit Brunswick County Homeless Coalition. Pre-show wine tasting, KD Morris Art Gallery and Wine Shop, 3422 Holden Beach Road, 5-7 p.m., $4 per glass. Post-show food and beverage, Main Street Grill, 3408 Holden Beach Road.

Canner Gauge Testing

What | Testing gauges on pressure canners

Where | North Carolina Cooperative Extension Brunswick County Center, Building N, Government Complex, U.S. 17 Business, Bolivia, N.C.

When | 1-3 p.m. May 15

Where | Brunswick Center, 1513 N. Howe St. in Smithville Commons, Southport, N.C.

When | 12:30-2:30 p.m. May 30

Cost | Free

Contact | 910-253-2610

Details | Bring your canner lid with the gauge attached. Handouts for preservation instructions and recipes are available at both testing sites.

Madness Through the Ages: The History and Mystery of Mental Illness

What| Henry F.Tonn, semi-retired psychologist and author of “I Never met a Paranoid Schizophrenic I Didn’t Like,” discusses the problem of mental illness.

Where | Hickmans Crossroads Library, 1040 Calabash Road, Calabash, N.C.

When | 2 p.m. May 16

Cost | Free, open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Contact | 910-575-0173, ciffergan@brunsco.net

Sea turtle program

What | Jim and Deb Boyce, island coordinators of Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization, discuss life cycle of sea turtles, dangers they face and how to protect them.

Where | Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

When | 11 a.m. May 17

Cost | All-day admission: adults, $8, seniors, $7, 3-12 years, $6, 2 and under and museum members, free

Contact | 910-579-1016, www.MuseumPlanetarium.org

Humorist Ann Ipock

What | Ann Ipock speaks about the joys and challenges of Southern women and discusses her “Life is Short” books.

Where | Hickmans Crossroads Library, 1040 Calabash Road, Calabash, N.C.

When | 3 p.m. May 22

Cost | Free, open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Contact | 910-575-0173, email: ciffergan@brunsco.net

Sandbar Lecture Series: ‘The Holocaust, My Family’s Escape From Nazi Germany’

What | Alfred Schnog, guest speaker, recounts his journey to America

Where | Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

When | 6 p.m. May 27

Cost | All-day admission: adults, $8, seniors, $7, 3-12 years, $6, 2 and under and museum members, free

Contact | 910-579-1016, www.MuseumPlanetarium.org

Details | Alfred Schnog will explain how his family escaped Nazi Germany and settled in Amsterdam before emigrating to the U.S. He and his wife, Anita, live on Bald Head Island.

Fuel and Fire: Our Perfect Storm

What | Panel of professionals discuss how weather contributed to the S.C. 31 fire in 2009.

Where | North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, 799 Second Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach

When | 7 p.m. May 29

Cost | $1 or free to members and those with museum admission: adults, $5, seniors, students and military with I.D., $4, 5-17 years, $3, 4 and under, free. Call for reservations, limited seating

Contact | 427-7668, director@NMBmuseum.com, www.NMBmuseum.com

Details | Joshua Weiss, meteorologist with National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., reviews region’s inherent fire fuel and facts about the Highway 31 fire. Chief Tom Barstow, NMB Fire/Rescue, gives first-hand accounts. Steve Moore, SC state Firewise coordinator, gives tips for keeping homes safe from a wildfire.

Sandbar Lecture Series: ‘Coastal Carolina Native Americans’

What | Local historian Vern Bender, guest speaker,

Where | Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

When | 6 p.m. June 3

Cost | All-day admission: adults, $8, seniors, $7, 3-12 years, $6, 2 and under and museum members, free

Contact | 910-579-1016, www.MuseumPlanetarium.org

Details | Vern Bender talks about the Cape Fear, Waccamaw, Iroquois, Catawba, Lumbee and Choctaw Native Americans who lived in Southeast North Carolina.

Lunch with Dorothea Benton Frank

What | South Carolina author Dorothea Benton Frank speaks about her book, “The Hurricane Sisters,” at the catered lunch.

Where | North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, 799 Second Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach

When | 11 a.m. June 10

Cost | $60, museum members, $50, call for reservations, limited seating

Contact | 427-7668, beachhistory@NMBmuseum.com, www.NMBmuseum.com

Details | Buttercream Cakes and Catering provides the lunch. Attendees receive a signed copy of “The Hurricane Sisters.”

Picture This: sea turtles!

What | Speakers explain sea turtles from nestings to hatchings to rescues.

Where | North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, 799 Second Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach

When | 7 p.m. June 11

Cost | 1 or free to members and those with museum admission: adults, $5, seniors, students and military with I.D., $4, 5-17 years, $3, 4 and under, free. Call for reservations, limited seating

Contact | 427-7668, beachhistory@NMBmuseum.com, www.NMBmuseum.com

Details | Photographer Julie Bostian, owner of Splash Studios, explains documenting sea turtle nests and hatchlings in the NMB area, Kelly Thorvalson, Sea Turtle Rescue Program manager, outlines the hospital program at the South Carolina Aquarium, and Samantha Mills, SC Aquarium development officer, shares hospital expansion plans. Sea Turtles: CAPTURED in Art and Photography exhibit until June 14.

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