November 25, 2022

Thanksgiving Dinner by Morgan Harper

A Minute with Morgan

GOOD Friday morning!

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 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.

Morgan Harper, Editor

New News

Here’s what we’re working on for next week’s

Below the Fold

Santa at the cookie contest

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 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

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

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Good to Know

  • 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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Community Focus

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.

Dining with coastal brown bears in Alaska by Bob Jensen

Oak Island sea shells. Submitted by Nick Noble.

Sea Shells

More photos from Marisa Bundrick, Terry Pope and Kilgore Trout.

View these photos and past reader photo showcases

Recipe of the week

Pet of the Week!

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.

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.

Up Your Arts Creative and Performing Arts Logo

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)

On a GOOD Note

“Sometimes me think, what is friend? And then me say: a friend is someone to share last cookie with.”

–Cookie Monster

Have a really GOOD weekend!