February 17, 2023

Black History Symposium

GOOD expo on black history

The Brunswick County Black History Symposium returns to the Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay Street, this weekend with a three-day lineup of events to help cultivate awareness and appreciation of the GOOD and significant contributions of African Americans in our history.

Storyteller Carolyn Evans kicks off the three-day event Friday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. with a presentation titled “Sojourner Truth” that details the history of an African American evangelist, abolitionist, activist and author who was born into slavery before escaping to freedom in 1826. After gaining independence, Truth preached about abolitionism and equal rights for all.

Evans is an accomplished actress, dancer, educator, storyteller, motivational speaker and author. Her resume includes performances at PENN Center Inc., the Apollo and La Mama theaters, as well as in North Buxton, Canada and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She has appeared on PBS TV and CNN.

Saturday’s schedule begins with an 11 a.m. opening program. From noon to 1 p.m., N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport manager John Moseley will present a program on the “The 54th Coast Artillery Regiment.” It was one of three African American units to train at Camp Davis during World War II.

Judge Pauline Hankins will follow from 2 to 3 p.m. with a presentation on “Law and Justice.” From 4 to 5 p.m., Judy Smith Fowler will present a program on “Quilting in the African American Community.

The symposium wraps up Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. with “The Gospel Fest” hosted by Gwen Wearren.

Proceeds from the event will benefit a GOOD cause – the Cedar Hill/West Bank Heritage Foundation and restoration of the Reaves Chapel Church. The symposium is sponsored by the City of Southport, Brunswick Arts Council and Southport Historical Society.

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Good to Know

Happy Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
  • February 17: Random Acts of Kindness Day. Sometimes it’s the smallest act that makes the biggest impact – something as simple as saying please or thank you can turn a day around and make life seem that much better.

  • February 18: Pluto Day. Pluto Day celebrates the discovery of Pluto in 1930, when it was designated as a planet.

  • February 19: World Whale Day. Whales inhabit all of the earth’s oceans and, sadly, the oceans are not as healthy today as they once were. Paying heed to the biggest animals on the planet is what World Whale Day is all about.

  • February 20: Presidents’ Day. The holiday was originally established to honor Washington, but over time it has come to be a day to recognize all of the nation’s presidents.

  • February 21: National Pancake Day. Always observed on the day before the religious holiday, Ash Wednesday, Pancake Day is associated with some other names, such as Shrove Tuesday (in the UK), Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday.

  • February 22: National Walking the Dog Day. Walking can help to relieve anxiety and stress in both pets and people. It’s also great in terms of bonding with your pet.

  • February 23: National Play Tennis Day. The origins of the sport of tennis can be traced back to twelfth century France, where it was played by hitting the ball with the hands instead of a racket. In fact, King Louis X was a big fan of the game that was then called jeu de paume (“game of the palm”), and is considered the world’s first tennis player known by name.

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Community Focus

Reader Photo Showcase

This week’s reader photo was so lovely, at first glance we thought it may be a watercolor painting. But no, it’s another GOOD reader sending in another GREAT shot. Thank you, Vanessa Davison, for taking a moment to share your work with us. If you’re constantly snapping photos or if you have a backlog of cool shots, why not share them with us? Our files are running low and we’d love to see what you’ve got. It’s easy, just hit the submit button below!

Submitted by Vanessa Davison.

Early morning, Alexander NC, as my brother and I were settling in to turkey hunt. By Vanessa Davison.

View past reader photo showcases

Do you have some GOOD photos? We’re encouraging all our readers to send in their interesting photos – new, old, whatever you have. We look forward to seeing them – and thank you for sharing your creativity with us.

Recipe of the week

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Cherry pie, always GOOD…
Monday is national Cherry pie day! Now while pie is one of my favorite desserts I am not a baker ( I may have told you all that before ). However, I can bake this pie! Y'all give it a try… I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

signature Carol Magnani

1 box refrigerated pie crusts (2 Count), softened as directed on box
2 cans (21 oz. each) cherry pie filling
1 teaspoon milk
1 teaspoon sugar

Heat oven to 425°F. Make pie crusts as directed on box for Two-Crust Pie, using 9-inch glass pie plate.
2. Spoon pie filling into crust-lined plate. Top with second crust; seal edge and flute. Brush top crust with milk; sprinkle with sugar. Cut slits in several places on top crust.
3. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown. After 15 to 20 minutes of baking, cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent excessive browning. Cool at least 1 hour before serving.

Click here for a printable recipe card.

Pet of the Week!

Our newest Pet of the Week is the adorable Hannah!
She’s a rescue from BSAA and appearances aren’t deceiving – Carol Rinke tells us Hannah’s a real sweetheart. Thanks, Carol, for sharing her with us.
We want to see all your GOOD pet photos, so send them in today!
All our pets of the week are collected in our showcase.

Hannah, submitted by Carol Rinke.

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

Play Time

Before you go, why not take a few more minutes, refill your coffee and take on our "Spot the Differences" challenge?

This week we’re pulling from our Fourth of July archives. One of the celebration’s most popular events is always the Firefighters Freedom Competition. The photos are also a blast and ripe for our weekly challenge.

We’ve made SEVEN alterations to the original photo. Test your observational skills and see if you can spot the differences between the two images. Click to get a closer look and check your guesses with the key at the end of the newsletter. And GOOD luck!

Spot the Differences

Good Times

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, February 17

  • Scott Riley @ The Joyce (Leland)

  • Chris Cary @ Mavericks Pointe (Sunset Beach)

  • Brisa Del Mar Trio @ Ports of Call

  • Wayward Saints @ Oak Island Moose Lodge

  • David Condon @ The Pub of Southport

Saturday, February 18

  • Live music (TBD) @ The Grape and Ale

  • KasCie @ Ocean Crest Pier

  • Jeremy Matthews @ The Joyce (Leland)

  • JT @ Mavericks Pointe (Sunset Beach)

  • The Conspiracy @ Locals Tavern (Leland)

  • Signal Fire @ The Pub of Southport

  • The Fossil Rockers @ Second Wind

Sunday, February 19

  • Nick Black @ Koko Cabana

  • Sea and Sand Band @ Makai Brewing Company

On a GOOD Note

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Spot the Differences Answer Key

Spot the Difference answer key

1. removed suspender 2. number on helmet changed 3. removed stripes on pants 4. Heisenberg! 5. tattoos are different 6. removed shirt graphic 7. mesh fencing color changed

Have a really GOOD weekend!