For most people, the word ‘oysters’ conjures up visions of food. Oysters on the half shell. Oysters Rockefeller. Fried Oysters. Oyster stew. But how much do you actually know about oysters? How do oysters make pearls? How important are oysters to the coastal water quality? What is the life of an oyster like? katherine Hunt, a science educator, can answer these questions and more. She first went digging for oysters when she was just a child. As the Education Outreach Coordinator for the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, she will be presenting a program called ‘Oysters are Important!’ on Saturday, March 25, beginning at 11 AM, at the museum. She will also lead a hands on activity and offer handouts to participants. Why not participate in this family oriented program?

Starting on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 PM, and running through April 2, you can enjoy some of your favorite music from movies at the Amuzu Theatre in Southport, NC. Included in this spring show, The Magic of Movie Music, will be songs from Hairspray, Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Les Miserables, Shrek, 9 to 5, The Bodyguard, Dreamgirls, Risky Business, Flashdance, Pitch Perfect 2, White Christmas, Casablanca, La La Land, and more. Local singers and live band members will wow you with their talent. The $20 tickets can be purchased with cash or checks at Ricky Evans Art Gallery in Southport, NC, or at Color Me Carolina in Oak Island, NC. More information is available at: 910-523-2552.

On Saturday evening, March 25, The First Tee of Brunswick County will be presenting The Golf Ball, the annual fundraiser for their scholarship program. This year the ball will be held in the BCC South Brunswick Islands Center in Carolina Shores, NC. Black tie is optional.



We’ve had a bit of winter the last few days though, happily, with the blessing of sun. Luckily, we can look forward to somewhat warmer weather on the weekend. Even more important because the upcoming weekend looks like it will be all about the water.  Not to worry, in this case, badwater has nothing to do with polluted water or stocking up on bottled water. Badwater refers to Badwater Cape Fear. So, if you see people running all over Bald Head Island, NC on Saturday, be assured that they are not running away from some sort of disaster. What they will be doing is taking part in a 51.4 mile ultra running race. Maybe you will be taking part, too. Maybe you want to take part. If so, check it out soon.

Blessings come to us in many ways. Sometimes, even disaster can turn out to be a blessing, though it is difficult to see that when we are involved in it. In addition to the blessing of sun in  Southport, NC this weekend, the Blessing of the Fleet is planned for Sunday. No, it is not necessary for you to own a yacht to participate in this event. Get in your little rowboat, Ski Doo or Jon boat and get yourself out there. If you will not be taking part, you may enjoy taking it all in. The Southport, NC waterfront is a great place to be on a sunny Sunday afternoon.



…is the word. Can be seen. Can be heard…..in Southport, NC! Starting today – Friday, March 10 – the Stagestruck Players will present this all time favorite musical at Brunswick Little Theatre. Not to worry if you can’t make it today – here is the line-up of shows:

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM – March 10, 11, 17 and 18

Sundays at 3 PM – March 12 and 19

Advance tickets can be purchased online at the Brunswick Little Theatre website, at Ricky Evans Gallery in Southport, NC, or at Sugar Confections in Shallotte, NC.

Come on out for some great entertainment and to support your local actors in a fun adventure.

On Saturday, March 11, you can take your dogs (on leash) and your kids for a fun day of Bark in the Park at Leland Municipal Park in Leland, NC. Bring some dog food to donate to Leland Animal rescue, as well, and you can earn free raffle tickets. This is an opportunity for a great outing for the whole family – including the doggie members.


Two stellar events will be happening in Southport, NC on Friday, March 3. From 5 PM until 7 PM, you can enjoy all kinds of two dimensional (paintings) and three dimensional (pottery) art in Southport’s own Franklin Square Gallery. This Spring Art Show reception will be presented by the Associated Artists of Southport. In addition to interesting art, there will be food and wine and an awards presentation for the winning artists.

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From 6 PM until 10 PM, folks will enjoy dining and dancing at the Diamonds and Denim Ball to be held at the St. James Community Center. This annual ball is an event of the Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation and proceeds help local charities each year. It’s likely too late for you to purchase tickets (though, if you are interested, you could certainly check that out) as they go on sale starting in January. Make a note for next year.

As you probably know, this past Tuesday was Fat Tuesday. What you may not know is that you can attend Oak Island’s own Mardi Gras Parade & Party by the Sea on Saturday, March 4. Sponsored by the Town of Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department, this celebration will be loaded with events, including a parade, from 1 PM until 4 PM. Come on out and enjoy the day!


Spring is definitely in the air in Brunswick County, NC. People are walking on the beaches and working in their yards readying them for the planting of new flowers. Windows are open and fans are turning and you can hear chainsaws competing with the birds that are singing and beginning to build new nests. Even indoors, people like me are turning their Spring Fever to cleaning and getting rid of things which they have been hanging onto for years. If you are clearing out, you might want to think about what you decide to do with these things. Many of us have been holding onto things that have been passed down in or families for years. Some of these things just might be valuable. If you would like to check out the value of such things, just make your way to the  PEO Annual Antique Appraisal Fair on Sunday afternoon in Southport, NC. You may find that you have been holding onto treasures.

Tomorrow morning, you can check out the most important treasure you have – yourself. Take yourself down to the Brunswick Beacon Health Expo in Shallotte, NC at the Shallotte Middle School and make sure you are healthy enough to do that yard work you so enjoy. You can also donate blood to help others in need or adopt that very special pet you have been thinking about.



Most little boys like to play at being Knights of the Round Table at sometime in their childhoods. The idea of wearing armor, sword fighting and jousting is fun and stirs their imaginations. If you are a mother, grandmother, sister or aunt to such a boy who is in kindergarten through fifth grade, you might want to call the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center to arrange to take part in their event, “A Perfect Knight.” The event will be held on Saturday, February 18 from 4 PM until 6 PM.

Some of those same little boys, when grown up, (and some girls as well) will have found an intense interest in history – specifically U.S. history. As adults, they enjoy participating in the reenactment of historical events. If you enjoy being out in the fresh air and seeing these kinds of events take place, you might want to head out to Brunswicktown/Fort Anderson State Historic Site in Winnabow, NC on Saturday or Sunday (2/18 & 2/19), or both days if you like. There you can enjoy the Fort Anderson Civil War Living History.

If you have lots of energy and are a morning person, you might consider starting your day on Saturday by taking part in Run Oak Island before you head out to the other events. There will be an awards ceremony and a party after the race. This race will benefit the Oak Island Turtle Patrol, so get up and get out even if you only do the 1 mile fun run/walk.

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Throughout the season, Brunswick County, NC fills the air with music. You will find music emanating from the stage in Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC. You can enjoy the music of the Brunswick Concert Band and Brunswick Big Band or the  Sea Notes Choral Society at the Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Supply, NC – or – at the Town of St. James Community Center. You can attend music shows at the Amuzu Theater or musical productions at Brunswick Little Theater, both in Southport, NC. You can find music at restaurants most any night of the week. But during the off season, it all stops – or does it?

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Music never stops in Brunswick County, NC., folks. There is a core of really good local musicians who perform on weekends at a number of local restaurants and night spots. There are restaurants that provide karaoke as well. Some of the places in Southport, NC where you might find live music on the weekends include: Fishy Fishy CafeYacht Basin Eatery, Tiki Tavern, Check Six Brewing Company, Dead End Saloon and Slainte. In Oak Island, NC, check out the Moose Lodge and The Lazy Turtle.

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