Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce once again hosts the annual Brunswick Islands Home & Garden Show with a wide selection of activities and giveaways.
Those who register to receive chamber emails at www.brunswickcountychamber.org qualify for a random drawing of a two-night stay at Sea Trail Resort, two tickets to the Home & Garden Show, two tickets to Alabama Theatre and dinner for two at Twin Lakes Restaurant in Sunset Beach, N.C. Door prizes and other giveaways will be announced throughout the two-day event.
A staple of the Home & Garden Show is free seminars. At 11:15 a.m. Feb. 15, the first day of the show, Jennifer Inman of Coastal Floral Designs in Shallotte, N.C., will demonstrate how to make creative wreaths.
“It’s all about establishing your personality on the front door,” Inman said of wreath design. “Every wreath is a statement of who you are.” She said people should realize that making a wreath is therapeutic and very forgiving. The choices for colors, flowers and additional highlights are endless and aren’t permanent. “I think people should give it a try,” she said.
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She plans to use springtime pastel colors on a 24-inch grapevine wreath. “I love flowers,” she said. “We are a full-service florist, offer every facet of need and do custom work.”
She explained that she carries florist grade, a quality that isn’t offered at outlets that aren’t strictly flower shops. She reminds people that presentation is key to having a floral creation.
At 2:15 p.m. Feb. 15 Kathy Woods of The Red House Specialty Shops in Shallotte, N.C., will do “tablescaping,” that is, set a table with a theme. She plans to bring items from the shops and show how to set a table with a beach theme and set another table with an antique theme.
“Eighty percent of the items in the shops are handcrafted,” she said. “We have everything from jewelry to furniture.”
At noon on Feb. 16 Lynn Carr-Wiggins of Island Classic Interiors in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., will demonstrate “Color Scheming and Pattern Matching.”
“I plan to show how to coordinate fabrics, wallpaper and colors to come up with a color scheme,” she said.
Other seminars are “Growing Herbs and Vegetables in Small Containers by Shelton Farms, “Sustainable Living” by Greenlands Farm and “Easy Appetizer Ideas” by Tastefully Simple.
Businesses in the show will include interior decorating, flooring, heating and air conditioning, outdoor lighting, kitchens and everything to do with the inside and outside of the home.
Oak Island Art Guild Watercolor Workshop
What | Internationally recognized artist James W. McIntosh will conduct “Paint Along,” a workshop in which he teaches his techniques of applying large and fast brush strokes of intense color. He will use the scene of the old yacht basin as seen from the Southport city pier looking toward Fishy-Fishy Restaurant.
Where | Oak Island Recreation Center, 3003 E Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, N.C.
When | 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 14
Cost | Free
Contact | 910-723-1469, Janemohr5@gmail.com or
Details | All levels of students 18 and older are invited to participate and are asked to bring watercolor paper and materials. McIntosh will use 1.5-inch flat, 3/4-inch flat, No. 4 round, No. 8 round, No. 2 rigger and No. 12 scrubber brushes. His palette includes American Journey tube paints.
A Day In The Yard
What | Master Gardeners of Brunswick County present “A Day in the Yard, How to maintain a yard and garden in coastal North Carolina,” six 2.5-hour classes
Where | Cooperative Extension Training Center, Brunswick County Government Complex, Bldg. N, Bolivia, N.C.
When | 9 a.m. for six Mondays starting Feb. 10-March 17
Cost | $75
Contact | 910-253-2610, http://brunswick.ces.ncsu.edu
Details | Topics include soil and fertilization, lawns and irrigation, woody ornamentals and pruning, annuals, bulbs and perennials, insects and diseases, vegetables and fruits.
Little Princess Ball
What | Princess Ball open to girls in kindergarten through fifth grade and their adult male escort
Where | South Brunswick Islands Center, U.S. 17 (just south of Crow Creek Golf Club), Carolina Shores, N.C. and Brunswick Center, 1513 N. Howe St.(behind Wingate Inn), Southport, N.C. Tickets are location specific and not interchangeable.
When | 3-5 p.m. Feb. 8. Tickets available Jan. 21-Feb. 7
Cost | $10 per person
Contact | 910-253-2670 or 910-457-3494
Details | Princesses dress in ball gown, princess costume or pretty dress. Dancing, crafts, face painting and more.
What | Hannelore Palmer presents “Design for the Lazy Gardener”
Where | Sunset River Marketplace, 10283 Beach Drive, Calabash, N.C.
When | 11 a.m.-noon Feb. 12
Cost | free but call for reservations, space limited
Details | Palmer specializes in low maintenance garden design and is knowledgeable in all landscape styles, coastal Carolina ecology and deer control.
Basic Jewelry Design
What | Judie Divita of ONNA beads, a shop at Calabash Marketplace, presents a hands-on workshop that covers the basics of jewelry design.
Where | Calabash Marketplace, 10050 Beach Drive, Calabash, N.C.
When | 9:30 a.m. Feb. 22
Cost | $7 for a kit to make a bracelet
Details | Call to register and bring a chair for seating. Judie Divita has taught courses in jewelry design and construction. Each participant will make a bracelet using wire, beads and finishes.
South Carolina: Ain’t We Got Food
What | Aida Rogers and Tim Driggers discuss South Carolina food specialties explain where to go to get them in the Palmetto State
Where | North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, 799 Second Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach
When | 7 p.m. Feb. 22
Cost | $5 per person includes tasting South Carolina favorite foods
Details | Aida Rogers is former editor of Sandlapper Magazine and creator of “Stop Where the Parking Lot’s Full” column. Tim Driggers, humorist and lawyer, took over the column from Rogers.