December 2012

In my household, we began lighting christmas candles the day after Halloween, and I swooned over scents of balsam fir, cinnamon and peppermint. I’m not certain what it is about 2012, but this year I’ve been really welcoming to December 25th’s overzealous appearance—even if I hadn’t yet carved a turkey. (OK, so I was shocked to see Rudolph perched upon a couch in Costco this August.)

Nonetheless, it’s been uplifting to switch on the Christmas music in November—as if a massive, moss-covered boulder were plucked from my chest. Even alone in my car, traversing NC 133, I’m helpless against a tender grin as I sing along to the tune of something festive. Classic crooners such as Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis and Gene Autry float over the airwaves and through my dashboard with lighthearted, traditional carols.

I’m looking forward to free holiday concerts from both the Sea Notes Choral Society and the Brunswick Concert Band. Not only will these non-profit organizations offer up the fun, beloved standards of yesteryear, but they will also share angelic and breathtaking renditions of more canonical works. We can expect “Parcem Noel” from the concert band; it should prove to set the perfect holiday mood. Need more yuletide in your life? Flip to pages 4 and 5 for a multitude of celebrations across the area.

Those who are a bit too full of pumpkin pie and looking for more global flavors will enjoy our interview with Chef Christopher Wheeler of Ports of Call. He reveals a winter prix-fixe menu to tantalize those tired tastebuds. While you’re at it, plan a New Year’s Eve soirée with Candace Hobbs of Oak Island’s Grape and Ale—she shares nine delicious brands of bubbles to toast the official countdown (page 15).

This month we also sat down with one of the area’s more iconic figures: Charlie Perry (page 8). Not only is he the owner of American Fish Company, he’s also a skilled sculptor, using only the tools of his trade: metal and welds!

Most importantly, we urge you to read the story on Kristie Disbrow, founder of Matthew’s Ministry (page 6). She’s a loving mom who couldn’t stand to see any child go hungry, especially in her own hometown. In this season’s spirit of giving, learn how you can help Kristie and her non-profit feed the children of Brunswick County this winter.

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!

—Bethany

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