February 10, 2023


A GOOD chance to relive history

What were the final hours like at Fort Anderson, a Confederate fort built during the Civil War to protect Cape Fear River supply routes and the port of Wilmington from the Union blockade?

A GOOD opportunity to relive such history will happen next Saturday.

Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site will commemorate the 158th anniversary of the fall of the fort on Saturday, Feb. 18, with free activities for all ages from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It will include artillery and infantry demonstrations, medical and other interpretations and more at the site located on N.C. 133 north of Southport. The fort was built on the ruins of Brunswick Town, the first permanent European settlement on the Lower Cape Fear, founded in 1725.

Earthen batteries at the fort served as shields for Confederate cannons that protected the river and hindered the movement of Union ships. While at war, blockade runners were used to send guns and ammunition to the Confederacy.

In an ironic twist, the Union Army captured Fort Anderson on Feb. 19, 1865, but was soon fired upon by its own Navy, unaware Confederates had fled the fort with only about 12 casualties. After waving Union sheets to halt the friendly fire, the fort’s capture led to the downfall of Wilmington and ultimately a Confederate collapse.

Saturday will include another GOOD chance to relive the fort’s history.

From 6 to 7:30 p.m., the sky will come alive at Fort Anderson during the “Plunging Shot and Screaming Shell: A Nighttime Bombardment” program in a realistic reenactment of the fort’s final hours. Admission to the evening event is $10 for ages 16 and up, free for children under 15.

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Not Exactly News

The State Port Pilot’s long-running column, Not Exactly News, was a weekly assemblage of various local-interest items. They’re GOOD reminders of what life was like in our corner of the world and we’re excited to re-present them here. Enjoy!

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From The State Port Pilot – Wednesday, February 9, 1955

Good to Know

Happy Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day
  • February 10: Plimsoll DAY. The Plimsoll line is a reference mark located on a ship’s hull that indicates the maximum depth to which the vessel may be safely immersed when loaded with cargo. This depth varies with a ship’s dimensions, type of cargo, time of year, and the water densities encountered in port and at sea. Once these factors have been accounted for, a ship’s captain can determine the appropriate Plimsoll line needed for the voyage.

  • February 11: National Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day. This phrase basically means that there is no point in being upset about something that has already happened and that cannot be changed.

  • February 12: Darwin Day. Charles Darwin was born in 1809. His theories have been absolutely fundamental to the understanding of life and the species of the world as we know it today.

  • February 13: International Natural Day. The inspiration of International Natural Day is to live the best life and be completely natural for the day. Skip the makeup and the hair straightener. Don’t worry about if that lipstick is perfectly applied. Appear to the world in a natural manner that allows you to just be you and to be comfortable in your own skin.

  • February 14: Valentine Day. This day is covered in a great deal of mystery. Tradition hails February 14 as a time for love and romance, with both ancient Roman and Christian backgrounds. Defying anti-marriage instructions given by Emperor Claudius II in order to build up the army, St. Valentine secretly supported and married young couples which eventually leads to him being put to death.

  • February 15: Singles Awareness Day. Also known as Singles Appreciation Day, it is designed as a day for single people to celebrate.

  • February 16: Benjamin Franklin Day. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1706, Benjamin Franklin was one of the most accomplished and important leaders of the American Enlightenment, and made significant contributions to science, literature, and politics.

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Community Focus

Reader Photo Showcase

We LOVE receiving your photos for the GOOD reader showcase! Now that we aren’t limiting your creativity with prompts, you’re constantly surprising us. This week is a great example with Pat Kirkman taking time to shoot this impressive wisteria vine and Jeff Sawvel’s night shot of the Oak Island lighthouse. Thank you both for contributing!

Submitted by Pat Kirkman.

Submitted by Pat Kirkman, who said, “I finally stopped to take a photo of this intriguing wisteria vine on Jabbertown Road. I can't wait to see it bloom again.”

Submitted by Jeff Sawvel.

The Oak Island lighthouse, taken January 6. Submitted by Jeff Sawvel.

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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

Classic Philly Cheesesteak

Cook up a GOOD Philly Classic
In the 1930s, a Philadelphia hot dog vendor, named Pat Oliveri, invented the decadent sliced beef sandwich we know as the Philly Cheesesteak. He bought beef from the butcher's shop and put it on an Italian roll. His customers loved it and word quickly spread. Soon, Oliveri opened up Pat's King of Steaks on 9th Street. Originally, there was no cheese on the famous concoction, and who first added it is a hotly debated matter – especially between Pat's and rival Geno's, another restaurant that opened in the 1960s. Fierce loyalties to these restaurants continue today. Luckily, with this quick and easy recipe, we don't have to take sides when making our own cheesesteak. Enjoy!

• 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
• 2 cups thinly sliced yellow onions
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
• 4 9-inch sub rolls
• 2 pounds shaved beef, such as ribeye or sirloin
• 12 thin slices provolone

In a large sauté pan or griddle, heat the oil over medium-high heat for 1 minute, and then add the onions, 1 tablespoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Cook the onions until caramelized, stirring throughout the process, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove and keep warm.
2. Spread the softened butter on the interiors of the rolls and cook, butter-side down, on a griddle until browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the rolls, add the raw steak to the griddle and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook briefly, shredding the meat into small pieces with two metal spatulas. Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes.
3. Portion the meat into 4 piles, and top each pile with 3 slices of the provolone. Continue to cook until the cheese melts (putting on a lid and adding a little water to the pan can help with this step). Cover each pile with a browned roll, and slide a spatula under the meat to pick it up.

Click here for a printable recipe card.

Pet of the Week!

Our Pet of the Week, Maui, pictured here on vacation in Southport, may be chillaxing but is still alert and sharp. This impressive shot was submitted by Ashley Coffey. Thank you, Ashley! We’d love to see your pet photos too, so send them in today! All submissions are collected in our showcase.

Maui, submitted by Ashley Coffey.

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’s photo is a shot of Southport’s Waterfront Park taken from The State Port Pilot’s live webcam.

We’ve made seven alterations to the original image. See if you can spot the differences between the two images and test your observational skills. Click to get a closer look and check your guesses with the key at the end of the newsletter. 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 10

  • Archer @ Locals Tavern (Leland)

  • Adam Fenton @ The Joyce (Leland)

  • Live music (TBD) @ Mavericks Pointe (Sunset Beach)

  • Rusty Bones @ Oak Island Moose Lodge

  • Raise the Ruff 2023: Beatles Charity Concert @ Brooklyn Arts Center (Wilmington)

  • Double Cherry Pie @ The Pub of Southport

Saturday, February 11

  • Ken Schnedetz @ The Grape and Ale

  • Johnny White @ Ocean Crest Pier

  • Jordan Oaks and the 52nd Street Band (Be-the-One-NC presents Valentines for Warriors) @ Oak Island VFW

  • Island Fever @ Duffers Pub & Grille (OKI)

  • Zeke Walter @ The Joyce (Leland)

  • Luke & Ralph (Double Trouble) @ Oak Island Moose Lodge

  • Live music (TBD) @ The Pub of Southport

  • Live music (TBD) @ The Tiki Tavern

  • Live music (TBD) @ Second Wind

Sunday, February 12

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

  • Dos Eddies @ Ocean Crest Pier

  • Super Bowl Party @ Moore Street Oyster Bar

On a GOOD Note

“Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it.”

–James Baldwin

Spot the Differences Answer Key

Spot the Difference answer key

1. added clouds 2. added dredge 3. removed crosswalk 4. added pelican 5. Bruce! 6. removed buoy 7. added people on pier

Have a really GOOD weekend!