November 18, 2022

Thanksgiving Dinner by Morgan Harper

A Minute with Morgan

GOOD Friday morning!

But when I do go to be with my family we have a more untraditional Thanksgiving. Everyone gathers at my aunt’s house about an hour inland from Southport, and there's some of what you’d expect to see on Turkey Day inside the house, but outside there are tables set up covered with newspaper (imagine that!). That’s where you’ll find fried fish and sweet potato fries arriving hot from the cast iron skillets every 20 minutes or so, and steamed oysters and shrimp and crab legs just get dumped straight out on the table. Everyone stands around and peels and shucks and eats to their heart’s content. Eating gets slower and slower, then it’s time to have some dessert. Then there’s the drive back home, and a nap (if not straight to bed).

Oh, Thanksgiving! I hope however you spend yours, it’s a wonderful day and maybe long weekend for you. There’s always something to be thankful for, right? Have a happy weekend and week until then!

Morgan Harper, Editor

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GOOD students, GOOD neighbors

Good things are happening in our schools this week – students are being recognized for their GOOD deeds, athletes are jumping into winter sports competition and there is a high school drama performance of an all-time classic but with a different twist.

  • Twenty-two South Brunswick Middle School students were recently honored for being “Good Neighbors” in their school and in the community. During a breakfast awards program, honorees and their parents heard from SBMS Principal Scott Dalton and Deputy Willie McCray of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office who stressed the importance of being a good neighbor in all aspects of life. These kids are already making a difference in their community.

  • South Brunswick’s basketball, swimming and wrestling teams begin their 2022-23 winter sports seasons this week. The Cougars will most likely have some state qualifiers again in swimming; the wrestling team suits up 19 girls and 22 boys on their rosters; boys basketball welcomes a new coach; and girls basketball is working to replace last year’s all-senior starting lineup.

  • Students in the South Brunswick High School drama program are ready to deliver a modern take on a classic story. Alice@Wonderland is an adaptation of the timeless tale of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland with a more modern-day theme. Performances are Nov. 17-19 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 3 p.m. at the school.

GOOD things are indeed happening all around in our schools – in the classroom, on stage and in the gym or pool.

• South drama students to perform ‘Alice@Wonderland
• Students honored for being ‘Good Neighbors’ at ceremony
• South Brunswick ready to begin winter sports season

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Good to Know

  • November 18 - National Apple Cider Day: Apple cider is made from freshly harvested apples that are mashed and made to resemble applesauce. This is then pressed to extract fresh juice and fermented. After the fermentation process is done, we get the sweet and spicy apple cider — the seasonal Autumn drink.

  • November 19 - National Play Monopoly Day: The game of Monopoly was invented about 118 years ago and is known as one of the most popular worldwide.

  • November 20 - National Absurdity Day: Dye your eyebrows pink, juggle eggs in the city park or lead a meeting while standing on your hands. There’s no limit to the wackiness of this holiday!

  • November 21 - National Gingerbread Cookie Day: Gingerbread has developed throughout history since the tenth century, starting out as something that was not so sweet as it is today. The gingerbread man cookie seems to have been an idea of Queen Elizabeth I. Elizabeth threw a party and her chefs created gifts in the form of gingerbread men that resembled each of her important guests.

  • November 22 - National Cranberry Relish Day: Born out of love for one of three surviving Native American fruits, the day honors the quintessential American pairing of cranberry and Thanksgiving.

  • November 23 - National Espresso Day: Forcing pressurized water through finely-ground coffee beans produces a concentrated brew with crema which contains concentrated sugars and oils from the beans, adding a light sweetness that helps balance out the bitterness.

  • November 24 - America’s Thanksgiving Day: Celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday in November, a rare celebratory holiday without an established gift-giving component. Instead, the day urges all of us to be grateful for things we do have.

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Community Focus

Reader Photo Showcase

Last week, we asked GOOD readers how they spent their summer vacations. And, WOW! we received some cool photos… gorgeous vistas from Spain and the Florida Keys, the freshest salmon in Alaska and pasta made by hand in Tuscany. Just take a look below and at the gallery. You won’t be disappointed.
Thanks to everyone who shared their summers with us.

Dining with coastal brown bears in Alaska by Bob Jensen

Dining with coastal brown bears in Alaska. Submitted by Bob Jensen

More photos from Lora Sharkey, Carol Magnani and Hannah Branam.

View these photos and past reader photo showcases

Recipe of the week

Pet of the Week!

Now, this is adorable... our Pets of the Week never fail to elicit “aws” around the office. Scarlett certainly continues the trend.
Thanks to
GOOD reader, JanYvette Byrd for the submission.

This week's Pet of the Week, Jasper by Cherylee Hagge

See the complete collection in our Pet of the Week Showcase Gallery!

Good Times

It’s almost time for The State Port Pilot’s

Wednesday, December 7 • 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
at the Southport Community Building
Come check out the beautifully displayed cookies and vote for your favorite!
Attention Bakers! Everyone is welcome to participate!
Deadline to enter is December 2.
Email for information.


It’s Friday! Presented by Up Your Arts, here’s the weekend line-up, full of music and activities for everyone.

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Friday, November 18

  • Del Mar Trio @ Ports of Call (Spt)

  • Robert Douglas @ Swain’s Seafood

  • Scott Riley @ the Joyce (Leland)

  • Live music (TBD) @ The Mullet Bar

  • The Reflections @ Oak Island Moose Lodge

  • Port City Comedy @ Southport Tap and Cellar

  • CC Martin @ The Pub of Southport

  • The 52nd Street Band @ Second Wind

Saturday, November 19

  • The Southport Cup @ Waterfront Park (Spt)

  • Providence Home 25th Anniversary Celebration w/ The Back Porch Rockers @ Providence Home

  • Parlay @ Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar

  • Chip and the Old Blocks @ Millikin Seafood (Shallotte)

  • Robert Douglas @ Swain’s Seafood

  • Johnny & the Flipside @ Oak Island Elks

  • Rob Ronner @ the Joyce (Leland)

  • Live music (TBD) @ The Mullet Bar

  • Jacknife @ Lazy Turtle Bar & Grill

  • Cat-a-Tonic @ The Tiki Tavern

  • The Doorsmen @ Second Wind

Sunday, November 20

  • Benefit for Matthew’s Ministry w/ Parlay @ American Fish Company

  • Tie Dye Sunday with Mike Sobieski @ The Tiki Tavern

  • Beach Jam with Dennis Walton @ The Lazy Turtle (OKI)

  • Greg Rowles @ Ocean Crest Pier

  • Live music (TBD) @ The Mullet Bar

On a GOOD Note

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining - it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn't solve any problems.”

–Zig Ziglar

Have a really GOOD weekend!