December 1 and the kids are getting excited. It’s the beginning of a month full of excitement for all ages. It’s a month that will be packed with interesting, fun and beautiful things to do. And it starts today.
At 6PM this evening, Holden Beach, NC will celebrate its tree lighting with games, a hayride and even a chili/soup cookoff. Calabash, NC will hold its tree lighting and parade beginning at 6 PM Friday. The towns of Oak Island, NC and Southport, NC will hold tree lightings on Friday, too, both beginning at 5:30 PM. Seasonal music at the Amuzu in Southport, NC will begin on Friday as well and will continue through December 11.
Saturday, December 3, seems to be the day when you will be able to find Christmas themed things to do just about anywhere in Brunswick County. You can begin with a Pancake Breakfast (8 AM until 10 AM) at the Community Center in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC – then scuttle the kids over to ‘Whoville’ until 11 AM. From 5 PM until 8 PM that same day, kids can ride a fire truck to see Santa and participate in a Christmas Festival. In the Town of Oak Island, NC, you can visit the holiday craft market at the Recreation Center from 9 AM until 2 PM. At 2 PM the Christmas by the Sea Parade will begin. Shallotte, NC will hold its Christmas Parade on Saturday at 10 AM and Sunset Beach, NC will hold a Holiday Market from 10 AM until 4 PM. Belville, NC will hold a tree lighting on Saturday at dusk followed by the movie, The Polar Express. The Sea Notes Choral Society will hold its first Christmas Concert at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on Saturday at 3 PM as well. Their second concert will be on Sunday, December 4, at 3 PM at the same location. Also on Sunday, from noon until 4 PM, the Oak Island Beautification Club will hold its Merry Eats and Treats bake sale at the Recreation Center.
Thanksgiving is nearly upon us and people are rushing around finishing their last minute grocery shopping or starting their cooking for the big day. We all have so much to be thankful for though we sometimes lose sight of that fact, so having a day set aside for giving thanks is helpful to get us remembering those things. Many people will be getting together with friends and family to share a bountiful meal, love and laughter. I would like you to remember that there are those who live alone and/or are ill who may be spending the day by themselves. What a lift it would be for them to receive a phone call – just to say I am thinking of you – I am thankful for you. While you are at it, be sure to thank the water and the earth and the ocean and the sky and the sun – and don’t forget the turkey.
The day after Thanksgiving, as you well know, is known as Black Friday. All the major stores have huge sales and it is recognized as the beginning of Christmas shopping. Yo may be big into Black Friday, but I would suggest that you think about the Shop Small weekend. Instead of fighting the crowds at the big stores, take a look at what your small shops have to offer and support your neighbors at the same time. Here is a list of shops you might want to check out:
No, it’s not too early, especially if you, like me, need to send your gifts and greetings to other parts of the country – or even the world. There are several events coming up this weekend where you can begin your search right here in Brunswick County, NC for the perfect gift – and the perfect food – which, may turn out to be one and the same. Take Sunday afternoon, for example, and head out to the St. James Community Center in Southport, NC for the Christmas Gift Show. All of the vendor at this free show will be local merchants – check it out.
On Saturday morning from 9AM until 1 PM you can stop by the Shallotte Holiday Market at Mulberry Park in Shallotte, NC. There you will find 40 vendors offering locally grown food, and locally made food products as well as arts and crafts. This open air market also offer live music and a bike rodeo for kids ages 12 and under.
(Image courtesy Southport Magazine)
Saturday, from 11AM until 1:30PM is also a good time to stop by Greenlands Farm Store in Bolivia, NC where you can participate in food tastings at their ‘A Taste of the Holidays’ event. You may want to place orders at that time for their ‘Gourmet Farm to Go Holiday Meals and Sweets’ for yummy holidays with a bit less work.
You might want to begin your weekend at 7PM at Hatch Auditorium in Caswell Beach, NC. The Brunswick Concert Band will be performing and honoring the original members of the band. This 80 member band began with only 14 members – something to celebrate. There will be a second performance on Sunday at 3PM at the Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia, NC.
We have all recently been through months of political stress. Some of us are rejoicing at the outcome. Some of us are grieving. On weekend nights, local musicians perform at some of our restaurants. Why not go out this weekend and celebrate or ‘cry in your beer’ with music to help you through. The restaurants and nightspots in Southport, NC and Oak Island, NC where you can enjoy music are listed below. Why not give them a call to find out who is playing when – choose your poison – and enjoy your weekend.
Today is the first Friday in November. That means the First Friday Gallery Walk will be taking place this evening from 5PM until 7PM in Southport, NC. Each gallery will be serving food and drinks and offering arty stuff for sale as well as a fun social experience. The walk includes: Art@211/The Ricky Evans Gallery, Lantana’s Gallery & Fine Gifts, and Franklin Square Gallery. Franklin Square Gallery will be featuring their annual Holiday Treasures Boutique where you can begin your local shopping for unique gifts and decorations. Can’t make the gallery walk? The boutique will be open Mondays through Saturdays, 10AM until 5PM through December 14.
The annual Holly Days Event will be held at the Southport Gym on Saturday.
Arts by the Shore will be held today, tomorrow and Sunday at the Recreation Center in the Town of Oak Island, NC – giving you three days from which to choose – or you can visit all three! Art in many genres will be entered into the show by local artists. The show will be judged and winning artists will be awarded ribbons at the reception on Sunday at 2PM.
Halloween is more than a week way, but the hauntings have already begun! I’m sure you have noticed the spooky decorations that seem to have been popping up all by themselves. Fall festivals are continuing as well. They give us a chance to enjoy the lovely autumn weather in Brunswick County, NC. Tomorrow you can take part at the Fall Community Day and Fundraiser at Greenlands Farm in Bolivia, NC from 10 AM until 2 PM. There will be activities and games for the kids, farm animal rides, live music. a petting farm, an animal adoption fair by Brunswick County Animal Services, and more. funds raised will benefit the farm animal sanctuary as well as HOOF – a nonprofit organization for education about and for rescued farm animals.
Later in the day you can head out to Boiling Spring Lakes, NC to enjoy being scared at the BSL Haunted Hayride. The fun begins at 4 PM with the hayrides beginning at dark. You can wear your own costume and do some of the scaring yourself.
Image courtesy Shelton Herald
Another fun event taking place tomorrow is the Brunswick Plantation Arts & Crafts Fair in Calabash, NC. This event will be held in the clubhouse at 8 Brunswick Drive from 9 AM until 2 PM. You will find textile arts, baskets, jewelry, bird houses, gourds, stained glass items, pottery, soaps, wood turned items, photos, wreaths, ornaments and more. There will also be a bake sale to raise funds for local charities. Admission and parking are free.