GOOD Friday morning!
All of us here at The Pilot hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving.
Now that you’ve all had a good night’s sleep after a huge meal (I’m just guessing) and a nice time with family, friends and football – and maybe watching the Thanksgiving parade – here comes Christmas! We’re getting ready for our annual Christmas Cookie Contest.
When I became the Features Editor in 2010 the contest sort of fell into my lap, which meant it was my job to collect all the recipes, procure all the prizes, find the judges to taste the entries and keep the contestants entertained here in the office while the contest was held. Back then there were just 10 contestants each year and the contest was just for cookies. Boy, how things have changed.
Now it’s held at the Southport Community Building and we have live music and tables set up (so you can sit and enjoy cookies that four nonprofits have been kind enough to contribute), have some cider, and spend a little time together.
When the contest started around 30 years ago I don't think anyone had any idea it would one day be the community event it has become, but it has and we couldn’t be happier about it. It really is a good time and I hope if you’re around here that you can stop by: it’s from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
We also welcome anyone who wants to participate to send their recipe by the end of day Dec. 2 to email@example.com to sign up – that’s all you have to do. The details are in this week’s edition and in our COAST holiday magazine which is in this week’s paper too.
Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll see you here next week.
Here’s what we’re working on for next week’s
LIGHT IT UP Friends of the Oak Island Lighthouse place festive lights and holiday decorations, from top to bottom, on the iconic beacon.
IN GOOD HANDS Caswell Beach’s new finance director, Kathryn Adams, says she’ll use her experience to help preserve the town’s strong financial standing.
TOP GOALS County commissioners discuss strategic plans and goals for 2023-27 and ways to better deliver high-quality service to residents.
COUGAR SPORTS South Brunswick wrestlers take to the mat in the Patriot Turkey Clash while the basketball teams battle Jacksonville on the court.
HOLIDAY TIME We’ll preview all of the holiday events scheduled for Southport Winterfest as it brings back many of its traditional, favorite activities.
SHOP SMALL After Black Friday comes Shop Small Saturday, and we’ll take a look at how local businesses fared with the emphasis on helping the local economy.
One GOOD cookie
What started out in the 1980s as a way to share a few holiday cookie recipes with State Port Pilot readers has evolved into a fun-filled, festive holiday tradition that people of all ages look forward to attending each December.
In the beginning, the annual State Port Pilot Cookie Contest drew about 10 recipe entries to the newspaper office. Today, dozens of local bakers will try their sweet hand at being judged the top cookie-maker in the area.
As our community has grown, so has the annual cookie contest.
Eight years ago, the contest moved from the State Port Pilot office to become part of the official Southport Winterfest celebration. The contest found a new setting as a holiday event inside the Southport Community Building and is now open to anyone who loves cookies, young and old alike.
This year’s contest is back at the Community Building on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
While the submissions are officially judged on taste and texture for the “Best Cookie” contest by three mystery judges, the public gets to vote for “Best Display” to determine who will be honored for best holiday-themed presentation from an impressive collection inside the Community Building.
Hundreds of people of all ages who pass through the doors receive a ballot to vote on “Best Display” but they also get to sample or take home cookies baked by several nonprofits who participate in the event.
Entering the contest is as easy as pie: just email your recipe and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop it off at The Pilot office at 114 East Moore Street, Southport, by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. Questions can also be emailed to email@example.com.
Read more: It’s time to sign up for the State Port Pilot’s cookie contest
View previous winners:
2014 State Port Pilot Cookie Contest Winners
2015 State Port Pilot Cookie Contest Winners
2016 State Port Pilot Cookie Contest Winners
2017 State Port Pilot Cookie Contest Winners
2018 State Port Pilot Cookie Contest Winners
2019 State Port Pilot Cookie Contest Winners
2020 State Port Pilot Cookie Contest Winners
2021 State Port Pilot Cookie Contest Winners
Do you have a “happy story” about good people doing good things in the community that you'd like to share with your fellow readers? Submit your uplifting idea or anecdote for Below the Fold to firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 25 - National Native American Heritage Day: American Indians are accorded special honor on this day, and their rich cultures, accomplishments, contributions, and heritage are celebrated. The history of America begins with Native Americans, and the bald eagle on the U.S. shield is an Iroquois symbol.
November 26 - National Cake Day: No one really knows how this holiday came about, but we all know that we all love to eat cake.
November 27 - Turtle Adoption Day: This is a day of action for the protection of endangered reptiles, most especially the wellbeing of turtles.
November 28 - National French Toast Day: No need to wonder about what to make for breakfast on November 28. You know — that thick, sweet, savory dish that’s become a staple of the American breakfast diet.
November 29 - National Day of Giving takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is created to unleash the power of radical generosity by giving to those in need or charities.
November 30 - National Computer Security Day: Cyber security affects everything from where we bank and how we spend our money to who we elect to public office. Remember MyDoom, the worst email virus in history, which caused $38.5 billion in damage, so let’s get educated on staying safe online!
December 1 - National Eat a Red Apple Day: National Eat a Red Apple Day encourages everyone to eat a red apple. As the adage goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and today is a perfect time to put that theory to taste. An apple is both delicious and nutritious. With over 7,500 varieties of apples and over 7.5% of the world’s production coming from the USA.
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Reader Photo Showcase
The theme for this week was sea shells. Those ubiquitous and strangely beautiful objects inspired some interesting submissions from GOOD readers. Nick Noble captured a lovely shot of the Oak Island seashore while Kilgore Trout snapped a shot of the oyster shells embedded in Southport’s I AM Street. Two sand dollar varieties made appearances – Terry Pope’s keyhole sand dollar and Marisa Bundrick’s sea biscuit paper weight, atop a certain noteworthy publication (thanks Marisa). Thank you all for sharing. Take a look at the gallery then check out next week’s theme below.
Oak Island sea shells. Submitted by Nick Noble.
More photos from Marisa Bundrick, Terry Pope and Kilgore Trout.
Recipe of the week
What would the holidays be without platters full of homemade cookies? It’s that time of year for pulling out favorite recipes and filling the house with delicious aromas and delectable treats.
Recipe of the Week
Each week we present a new recipe and we’d love to feature yours! Submission deadline is noon, Wednesday.
This week’s Pet of the Week, Nash, takes a wonderful portrait – those eyes are captivating! Thanks to GOOD reader, Nash Lawson for the submission.
The Pet of the Week Showcase
Each week we feature a new pet submitted by you, our GOOD readers. The deadline is noon, Wednesday.
See the complete collection in our Pet of the Week Showcase Gallery!
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 email@example.com for information.
Read more at stateportpilot.com
It’s Friday! Presented by Up Your Arts, here’s the weekend line-up, full of music and activities for everyone.
Friday, November 25
Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot @ Sunset Beach Town Park
Sarah Brown @ the Joyce (Leland)
Dave Nelms Jazz @ Millikin Seafood (Shallotte)
Randy Oglesby @ Jinks Creek Waterfront Grille
Live music (TBD) @ The Mullet Bar
Rusty Bones @ Oak Island Moose Lodge
Double Cherry Pie @ Second Wind
Krispee Biscuits @ The Pub of Southport
Saturday, November 26
Customer Appreciation Day w/ Double Billed @ American Fish Company
Customer Appreciation Day w/ live music (TBD) @ The Mullet Bar
Customer Appreciation Day w/ The Doorsmen @ American Fish Company
Live music (TBD) @ The Grape and Ale
Astoria Bound @ the Joyce (Leland)
Mike McManus @ Millikin Seafood (Shallotte)
Live music (TBD) @ Lazy Turtle Bar & Grill
Live music (TBD) @ The Tiki Tavern
Wreckless Abandon @ Second Wind
Sunday, November 27
Live music (TBD) Mimosas & Music @ Southport Coffee Co. & Kitchen
Tie Dye Sunday with Mike Sobieski @ The Tiki Tavern
Open Beach Jam with Dennis Walton @ The Lazy Turtle (OKI)
“Sometimes me think, what is friend? And then me say: a friend is someone to share last cookie with.”
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