PIRATES, SUNRISE & SMOKEY JOE’S

 

Pirates will be plying the waters of the Cape Fear area this weekend, just like they did in the 17th and 18th centuries, and you can join in the fun at the Bald head Island Pirate Invasion in Bald head Island, NC. The swords are real, the cannons are real and the blunderbusses are real – part of a fun living history event. From Friday through Sunday there will be a variety of events suitable for all ages including parties, pirate musical bands and so much more. Some of the events require reservations – email Sandy Kades at: sekades@aol.com.

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The Sea Notes Choral Society and the Brunswick Concert Band will join together in a musical celebration this weekend for your enjoyment. You can choose either Saturday or Sunday to attend. Concerts both days will begin at 3 PM at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the Brunswick Community College campus in Bolivia, NC. This summer concert, Sunrise Over America, is free, as are all of the concerts presented by both groups, however, donations are accepted.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe, the longest running musical revue on Broadway, is being presented by local performers at the Brunswick Little Theatre right here in Southport, NC. You still have plenty of chances to catch this enjoyable production but reservations are strongly suggested. Remaining shows are scheduled on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM and on Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets can be purchased on the theatre website or at the following locations: Ricky Evans Gallery 211 in Southport, NC and Sugar Confections Bakery in Shallotte, NC. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students with ID.

FISHIN’ N SINGIN’

If you are an aficionado of both music and fishing, then you have a great weekend to look forward to in Brunswick County, NC. You may have to tweak your schedule a bit, but with all the venues for music and choices of days for fishing it shouldn’t be too much trouble. The Southport Songwriter Festival will kick off on Thursday evening with Louisa Branscomb and Friends of Distinction in Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC, from 6 PM until 8 PM. The festival will continue on Friday from 4 PM until 7 PM at the Southport Marina. On Saturday events will be held from 10 AM until noon on the Garrison lawn, from 2 PM until 3 PM at Lois Jane’s Riverview Inn, from 2 PM until 6 PM at Keziah Memorial Park, and from 6 PM until 9 PM at the Yacht Basin Eatery. Sunday is Fathers Day, so take that dad to the Southport Community Building for more music from 2 PM until 8 PM.

On Friday you are invited to view Tony Alderman’s paintings: Art of North Carolina Waterways, beginning at 4 PM at 311 West Brown Street in Southport, NC.

This weekend in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, you can take part in the Jolly Mon King Classic at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. On Thursday there will be a Rock the Dock fishing contest for kids up to age 12. On Friday, the Jr. Jolly Mon will be held and adults can choose Saturday or Sunday to compete in the king classic.

FLY AWAY…..WITH MUSIC & MOVIES

Take your kids, ages 8 to 17 years old, to the Cape Fear Regional Jetport, in Southport, NC, for a fun and exciting experience on Saturday, June 10, between 10 AM and 1 PM. The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 939 will be giving free airplane rides to the kids! What a wonderful way to experience the beauties of the area and to learn all about flying. The flights will be offered through the Young Eagles program. First the pilot will explain what will happen during the flight, talk about the airplane, share an aeronautical chart with your child and perform a preflight walk around the aircraft. He/she will then explain the interior of the craft including the instrument panel. Your child will be in the air 15 to 20 minutes and may even be allowed to take the controls! After the flight your child will receive a Young Eagles logbook and a personal code to activate his/her free EAA student membership and Learn to Fly Course.

There will be free music and movies available for your entertainment throughout the summer months just about every evening in Brunswick County, NC. Choose the day(s) that work for you and enjoy.

Sundays – Brunswick County Free Concert and Movie Series – 6:30 PM – Holden Beach, NC

Tuesdays – Brunswick County Free Concert and Movie Series – 6:30 PM – Southport, NC
Brunswick County Free Concert and Movie Series – 6:30 PM – Calabash, NC

Thursdays – Brunswick County Free Concert and Movie Series – 6:30 PM – Shallotte, NC
Brunswick County Free Concert and Movie Series – 6:30 PM -Leland, NC

FridaysBrunswick County Free Concert and Movie Series – 6:30 PM – Oak Island, NC
Brunswick County Free Concert and Movie Series – 6:30 PM – Ocean Isle Beach, NC

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(Image: Carolina Line Bluegrass Band)

 

MARKETS & MUSIC

I want to begin by apologizing to anyone who was inconvenienced by an error in last week’s post. It seems that I was given incorrect information about the date of the safety expo. So, if you headed to the US Coast Guard station last Saturday, you will have found no expo. However, on this Saturday, from 10 AM until 2 PM, you can take the whole family to the US Coast Guard Station-Oak Island-Annual Safety Expo in Caswell Beach, NC. Here you can learn about the ways the US Coast Guard is keeping us safe while, at the same time, enjoy exploring all the kinds of safety equipment used in their operations and the safety operations of the area.

For music, sea breezes and lots of goodies, nothing beats the Southport Waterfront Market in Southport, NC on Wednesday mornings. From 8 AM until 1 PM you can stroll from tent to tent beneath the sprawling Live Oak trees, enjoy a homemade snack, meet up with friends, fill your basket with flowers, vegetables and crafts and just bask in the beauty of the day. On Monday mornings, you can repeat the experience at the Oak Island Farmers Market in Oak Island, NC while listening to the roar of the ocean and breathing the sea air. If Saturday works better for you you can head on down to the Shallotte Farmers Market in Shallotte, NC, which runs from 9 AM until 1 PM.

This evening, Thursday, June 1, begins the Southport Summer Concerts – Thursdays in the Park. Tonight’s concert will feature Blues Music with the NC Blues Kings from 6 PM until 8 PM in Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC. Bring a blanket and a picnic, bring a chair, and enjoy.

Friday evening will feature the First Friday Gallery Walk in Southport, NC. Participants include Franklin Square Gallery, Ricky Evans Gallery and Lantana’s. Stop by between 5 PM and 7 PM to experience good art, good food, good friends and drink. While you are at it, pick up that special art piece that catches your eye and give it a home. Then head on over to Oak Island, NC at 6:30 PM to enjoy the concert there.

You can choose between two events beginning at 4 PM on Sunday. Boiling Spring Lakes, NC will offer the music of Parrot Party. This concert is part of the Spring Lake Park Music Series. In Southport, NC, the NC Maritime Museum will sponsor a lawn party on the Garrison Lawn at Fort Johnston until 7 PM. Music will be provided by the Back Porch Rockers. Raffles and a bake sale will be included in this event.

(Painting by Susan Dade)

MEMORIAL DAY, ART, SAFETY EXPO

It is fitting that we should enjoy ourselves on the Memorial Day weekend. Many have fought, died, were injured for our right to enjoy life in the United States of America. So, have your picnics and cook-outs. Enjoy fishing, surfing, kayaking, swimming, beaching in all its forms. Just remember to keep in mind the reasons you can do these things. On Monday, Memorial Day, there will be several events that celebrate those who served and those who serve. You might want to check them out. The Southport Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10:30 AM in Southport, NC. You will be able to view it on Howe St. between Lord Street and Leonard Street and on Leonard Street to the John N. Smith Cemetery. Following the parade, at the cemetery at about 11 AM, Reverend Reginald Simmons will speak at the American Legion Post 213 Memorial Day program. At 2 PM, there will be a ‘Days of Remembrance’ program at the Southport Community Building with speaker Howie Franklin, former Air force One flight steward. This event will be hosted by the Junior Women’s Club of Southport, NC and will finish with an ice cream and apple pie social.

On Saturday and Sunday, art lovers might want to make their way to Bald Head Island, NC. The Smith Island Art league will hold their annual Memorial Day Show at the Association Center next to the Village Chapel of Bald Head Island.

Also, on Saturday, from 10 AM until 2 PM you can take the whole family to the US Coast 
Guard Station-Oak Island-Annual Safety Expo in Caswell Beach, NC. Here you can learn about the ways the US Coast Guard is keeping us safe while, at the same time, enjoy exploring all the kinds of safety equipment used in their operations and the safety operations of the area.

Station Oak Island Safety Day Expo

SPRING FLINGS, TURTLES, SAND & FISHING TOURNAMENT

It looks like we have a beautiful weekend coming up in Brunswick County, NC, and there are some fun events coming up as well. On Saturday, you can take part in, not one, but two, Spring Flings. The first, Spring Fling at the Lakes, will take place in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC beginning at 11 Am. This event will be fun for the whole family and will continue until 4 PM. The second, actually a ‘Spring Swing,’ is an event sponsored by the Yacht Basin Provision Company, in Southport, NC, and is held there every year. It is an event that is looked forward to with anticipation by those who have participated in the past. With music by the Andrew Thielen Big Band Show, this event begins at 6:30 PM, is not to be missed if you love music and dancing. There will also be food, drinks and camaraderie with friends available.

If you have a passion for clean oceans and renewable energy, you may want to take part in the Hands Across the Sand event on Saturday. You can meet like minded people at the Oak Island, NC cabana (4603 E. Beach Dr.) at 11:4 AM and join hands at 12 noon to protest drilling for oil and seismic airgun testing in the ocean.

Also on Saturday, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, you can enjoy a sea turtle program beginning at 11 AM. This program, presented by the island coordinators of the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization, will be a presentation of the life cycle of the sea turtles who lay their eggs on the beaches of Brunswick County, NC.

On Saturday and Sunday, Ocean Crest Pier in Oak Island, NC, will be a busy place. This weekend is the weekend of the Rebel King Mackerel Tournament which takes place there each year. If you are a fisherman and will not be taking part in this event, you might want to consider surf fishing or fishing from a boat this weekend.

MOTHERS, KAYAKS & MUSIC

No matter what your relationship with your mother, we all have one. We all owe our lives to our mothers – none of us would be here without them. So, each year a day is set aside to honor mothers and this year that day is Sunday. There are so many ways we can show our appreciation and I think, if at all possible, the most important is to spend time with your mother. The gift of your presence would mean more to her than flowers, cards, a meal, candy – any of the traditional kinds of gifts. That said, however, you might want to think about showing up with some yummy goodies from one of our local bakeries. In Southport, NC, you will find sweet treats at Burney’s Bakery and The Confectionary. In Shallotte, NC, you can feed her sweet tooth at Sugar Confections Bakery. In Ocean Isle Beach, NC, check out Seaside Bakery. In Calabash, NC, the place for sweets is Maude’s Country Delights.

On Saturday, you can Ride the Tide in the Davis Canal in Oak Island, NC. If you have a mom who likes kayaking you can take her as well. The more the merrier. What a beautiful and fun way to spend the day outdoors and take advantage of the natural blessings of North Carolina.

If Kayaking is not your thing, or your mom’s, if music is your preference, that is on offer as well. The Brunswick Concert Band Spring Concert will take place on Saturday at 3 PM at the Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia, NC, with some foot tapping and beautiful music.