WOODEN BOATS & PADDLE FEST

 

(Image courtesy loisjanes.com)

For generations, wooden boats and the fishing industry sustained coastal Brunswick County, NC. In Southport, NC, fishing for menhaden, specifically, fueled the local economy along with the shrimping industry. We can still see the wooden shrimp boats plying the waters of the Atlantic, however, they, too are a dying breed. But folks here are proud of their heritage and of the wooden boats that were such a big part of it. To this day these boats are celebrated and continue to be built by talented craftsmen. You can take part in a special recognition of the boats at the Southport Wooden Boat Show tomorrow, Saturday, September 24. Don’t miss it.

(Image from the Wooden Boat Show website)

Sunset Beach, NC is also holding a water related festival tomorrow. The Sunset Beach Paddle Fest will be filled with family fun as well as water races with prizes. Another beautiful way to spend your Saturday with family – and enter you pet in a pet costume contest. Even better – the proceeds benefit local charities.

(Image from the Sunset Beach Paddle Fest website)

BIG TOYS, CULTURE AND PEACE

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There are lots of fun things to do this weekend in Brunswick County, NC – from the Rice Festival in Belville, NC to the Purple Feet Festival in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. The Rice Festival is a two day festival, held in the Riverwalk that celebrates the heritage of rice growing in the area. The Purple Feet Festival is held at the Silver Coast Winery and includes grape stomping and a Lucy look-alike contest. On Saturday, you will find fun for the whole family at Big Toy Day at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in the Town of Oak Island, NC. Your kids and grandkids can earn their wings and be introduced to the fun of flying with free small aircraft flights at this event.

The Brunswick County Intercultural Festival will be held at Brunswick Community College in Supply, NC on Saturday with their fare of food, dance, arts, drumming, storytelling and more. A special addition this year will be held at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on Sunday evening at 7 PM with the presentation of the African Children’s Choir in a free concert.

I would like to personally invite everyone to come out on Sunday afternoon to the celebration of International Peace Day on the Fort Johnston lawn in Southport, NC. With all the turmoil in the nation and in the world, it is important that we take every opportunity we can to send peace out into the universe. Please join me.

International Peace Day 2016

SUNFISH, FOUNDERS’ DAY & 9/11

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Keep your eyes peeled for the most colorful race of the year as the entrants in the Around Oak Island Sunfish Race make their circle of Oak Island, NC tomorrow, September 10. The race begins in the Southport Yacht Basin and the boats will be visible from the Oak Island beach as well as along the Intracoastal Waterway and from the old Oak Island Bridge depending on what time of day you are looking.

Leland, NC will hold their annual Founders’ Day Celebration tomorrow as well. Check it out for lots of free fun, entertainment, food and fireworks!

Sunday, September 11, will mark the 15th anniversary of the devastating events that occurred on that unforgettable date. Anyone who was not a small child at the time cannot help but remember the date. There will be some commemorative events held by towns, by VFWs and, I am certain, in churches throughout Brunswick County. NC. Even if you do not take part in an organized event, you can certainly take a few moments to think, to pray, to send peace and hope into the universe, and to remember those who suffered personally on this historic date.

(Image courtesy 911memorial.org)

LABOR DAZE

According to latest reports, Hermine should have passed through the area before the Labor Day weekend officially begins on Saturday, so don’t give up on your plans. There will  be events enough for everyone to enjoy themselves, especially those of us who are lucky enough to not have to work on the weekend or on the holiday. Please be aware that the events on Saturday, if scheduled in the early morning, may be rescheduled to a later time. An example is Go Jump in the Lake in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC, which has rescheduled the start time of the race to 11 AM.

Saturday morning will also bring the Labor Day Surf Off in Oak Island, NC. Hopefully, a benefit of the storm will be some good surfing waves.

(Image courtesy of Southport Magazine)

Another event we look forward to every year on the Saturday before Labor Day is the Oak Island Art Guild Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival. Not to worry if the weather does not cooperate – the rain date is the following day, Sunday, September 4.

On Labor Day, Monday, September 5, your kids and grandkids can enjoy the Children’s Crab Derby in Southport, NC. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to enjoy this last holiday of the summer season.

 

 

CHASING THE BALL

Dogs and balls go together like, well, like balls and dogs. There’s nothing your dog loves to do more than chase and retrieve a ball – except maybe sleep. They would do it for hours if your arm did not give out. But, if you think about it, they are not much different than people. We chase balls on football fields, on volley ball courts, on baseball and softball diamonds, on tennis courts, on basketball courts, on soccer fields, on pool tables – even on the beach.

In Brunswick County, NC, the most popular place to chase balls is on the golf course. Due to the moderate weather and the number of public golf courses to be found here, golf ball chasing enthusiasts can do their chasing year round. For variety, you might try a different course every time you play golf. Check them out here:

Bald Head Island, NC:

The Bald Head Island Club

Boiling Spring Lakes, NC:

The Lakes Country Club

Oak Island, NC:

Oak Island Golf & Country Club
Oak Island Par 3 Golf Course at South Harbor

Ocean Isle Beach, NC:

The Big Cats Golf Courses at Ocean Ridge Plantation

Shallotte, NC:

Brierwood Golf Club
River’s Edge Golf Club & Plantation

Calabash, NC:

Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort
Crow Creek Golf Course
The Pearl Golf Links

Carolina Shores, NC:

Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club

Holden Beach, NC:

Lockwood Folly Country Club

Sunset Beach, NC:

Oyster Bay Golf Links
Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club
Thistle Golf Club

Leland, NC:

Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest
Magnolia Greens Golf Course

Bolivia, NC:

Carolina National Golf Club at Winding River Plantation

FOOD TRAVELS

 

Did you know you can travel the world without ever leaving Brunswick County, NC? Your taste buds can take you there. It’s quite amazing when you think about it. American cuisine abounds in the county but you can easily go to Italy, Thailand, Japan, Greece Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Jamaica and Turkey. That’s a good portion of the world. Need a map? Check this out.

You can find Italy in Southport, NC at Bella Cucina, in Oak Island, NC at Joseph’s Italian Bistro, in Ocean Isle Beach, NC at Roberto’s Ristorante, in Calabash, NC at Grapevine Restaurant & Lounge and in Leland, NC at Eddie Romanelli’s.

 

A bit of Thailand can be found in Southport, NC at Thai Peppers Restaurant and in Oak Island, NC at Thai by the Sea. You can visit Greece, Spain, Morocco and Portugal all in one place – in Southport, NC at Ports of Call Bistro & Market. You can also visit Greece and Turkey in Leland, NC at Gusto Grill.

The tastes of Mexico can be found in Southport, NC and Leland, NC at San Felipe Restaurante Mexicano. Your Jamaican adventure can be found in Ocean Isle Beach, NC at Sugar Shack. The closest you will get to Japan can be found in Southport, NC at Southport Gourmet and Sushi Bar.

Bon voyage!

SAIL AWAY

I was recently privy to a conversation of little ones wondering if the ship on the horizon was a pirate ship and saying that the mermaids live in the deep water. One little girl even believed that her mommy could grow up to be a mermaid mommy. The sea was serene that day – blue satin to the horizon – with just enough breeze to fill the sails of the boats taking advantage of its promise. What a day to be on the water! What a day to dream away your cares – to cast them to the wind and sail away. If you are lucky enough to live in Brunswick County, NC – or even lucky enough to be visiting – your dreams of sailing away don’t have to be just dreams. There are so many ways to spend time on the water – from surfboards to Ski Dos, paddle boards to Jon boats to kayaks. But nothing can beat a sunrise sail, or a sunset sail, or a whole day on the water with nothing but the wind carrying you to deep water where, if you believe, you might even see those mermaids.

No, you don’t need to own a boat. Check out these lovers of sailing who will take you out on theirs:

Priority Sailing

S/V Kelly Allen Cruises