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Burned Calabash eatery back in business

By Laura Lewis, Reporter Brunswick Beacon Newspaper

CALABASH — It has a decorative lighthouse and family photos on the wall, a replica shrimp boat suspended from the ceiling and a custom-painted fishing mural.

The newly rebuilt Coleman's Original Restaurant on the Calabash Riverfront features a decorative lighthouse honoring family patriarch Virgil "Tinky" Coleman.

As of Aug. 25, Coleman’s Original Calabash Seafood Restaurant is out of the ashes, its staff back cooking in the kitchen once again.

That’s the date the family-owned riverfront eatery reopened with a new look and attitude after burning down more than a year ago, on Aug. 16, 2014.

Features of the newly rebuilt eatery at 9931 Nance St. were implemented to pay tribute to the Coleman family seafood restaurant tradition, especially patriarch Virgil “Tinky” Coleman, who died nearly four years ago, in December 2011 at age 75.

Restaurant co-owner Crystal Coleman Nixon wanted the riverfront restaurant to have the things her grandfather had always wanted for his Calabash restaurants.

“The whole restaurant was built outside for my granddaddy,” Nixon said. “He always wanted a lighthouse entrance.”

Nixon said they gave up a rear dining room in order to have the lighthouse.

“My brother did all the drawings for the architect and they just took over,” she said. “They did great.”

While it took longer than expected to launch the rebuild, “once we got our ducks in a row, Baldwin Construction did excellent work,” Nixon said of the North Myrtle Beach, S.C., building firm they hired.

Nixon said the restaurant didn’t lose any of its original size or footprint and now has an outdoor riverfront patio where local bands will play on Saturday nights, usually between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

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Robeson County History Museum Prepares to Launch Newest Exhibit – Bicycles of Yesteryear

The Robeson County History Museum is proud to present its newest exhibit “Bicycles of Yesteryear”.  This exhibit is free to the public but donations are welcomed.  In honor of the 1,000 cyclists arriving in Lumberton on October 1, 2015, as part of the Cycle NC Mountains to the Coast Ride, the museum will be open that day for your viewing enjoyment between the hours of 11:00 AM and 8:30 PM.  The exhibit can also be viewed during our regular operating hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 AM until Noon and on Sundays from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.

Our newest display will include antique bicycles, both male and female versions, manufactured by various domestic and international companies over the years.  There will also be children’s bikes as well as tricycles, scooters, and wagons.  We will even have an antique battery operated bicycle and the famous local bicycle belonging to Ed Allen.

Also on October 1st, in our parking lot across from the museum, we will have as our guest Hawley Bike World of Fayetteville which will display its racing bikes and its own collection of antique bicycles.  This promises to be a fun and exciting exhibit that you won’t want to miss.  We welcome the 1,000 cyclists to our beautiful City of Lumberton and we look forward to seeing you for our “Bicycles of Yesterday” exhibit.

Robeson County History Museum, 101 South Elm Street, Lumberton, NC  28358


History of the Catholic Church in North Carolina

by Jay Mazzocchi

The Roman Catholic Church is a comparatively small but rapidly growing religious force in North Carolina. A few Catholics, the majority of them English, lived in the region during the colonial period. In The Natural History of North-Carolina (1737), John Brickell states that Catholics lived in various places throughout the colony, but "mostly in and about Bath-Town." The first recorded appearance of a priest in the state was in 1784, when Irishman Patrick Cleary settled in New Bern.

The Vatican established an American bishopric at Baltimore in 1789, with John Carroll as the nation's first Catholic bishop. In 1820 southern Catholics were given their own bishop with the appointment of John England as the first bishop of Charleston. England visited North Carolina's scattered flock for the first time in 1821, encountering small numbers of Catholics in various congregations throughout the state-many of them immigrants from diverse countries who were finding it practically impossible to maintain the practice of their faith. England's evangelical efforts during this trip resulted in the conversion of 13 adults and 27 children, several of whom were African American slaves.

North Carolina's most prominent early Catholic was New Bern lawyer William Gaston, who, after serving in the state legislature from 1813 to 1817, became a member of the North Carolina Supreme Court. In that capacity, he championed religious freedom and argued against the state constitutional ban on Catholics holding public office. The state's first Catholic church was built in Washington in 1828. Churches were also erected before the Civil War in Raleigh (1834), Gaston County (two in 1843), and Charlotte (1852). In 1860 there were 350 Catholics in seven parishes in North Carolina.

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NC Spotlight:

Blind Boy Fuller

Piedmont Blues seems dominated by blind men who managed to survive by playing for change on streetcorners. That was true of Blind Blake,  Blind Willie McTell and Gary Davis, and none of them sold enough records to make a good living while they were in their prime. That was not true of Blind Boy Fuller, who had a strong career as a recording artist, but died at the age of thirty-three.

Fulton Allen was born in Wadeboro NC in 1907, and learned guitar as a boy by listening to the work-songs and field-hollers he heard around him every day, and picking up ragtime tunes and popular Blues songs from older players.

By his mid-teens he was starting to lose his sight and, as he was already married and needed money, Fulton began playing full-time on the streets of Rockingham and later in the bigger towns of Winston Salem and Durham. By 1928, Fulton was totally blind, but he had gained a reputation as a versatile musician with a powerful voice and a good ear for copying the records of Blind Blake. He would play outside tobacco warehouses for tips after work and got himself invited to play for money at weekend parties. Some of these gigs would involve playing with local harp player Saunders Terrell (Sonny Terry) and washboard wizard George Washington, and sometimes another blind guitarist, Gary Davis, who shared his huge repertoire of gospel flavored folk and Blues songs.

Listen to Blind Boy Fuller play "Step It Up And Go" on Youtube:


 After being destroyed by fire last year, the Legendary Coleman's Original Calabash Seafood has re-opened!  Since 1940, Coleman's has been family owned and operated on the waterfront in Calabash, NC!

9931 Nance St Calabash, North Carolina (910) 579-6875

Click here to view new photos of Coleman's Calabash, the new menu and to read the Coleman's Story and to learn about "Mrs. Calabash"


Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.

In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.


Fabio's Restaurant in Downtown Newland... celebrating more than 7 years in business!

Cuisine that is always "exciting and new" from the former executive chef of the Love Boat!

Wonderful Wine Tastings at Fabio's!

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106 Pineola St Newland, NC.


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