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.


Bluefish, Oysters & Pumpkins

Matthew has come and gone and though he has inconvenienced many of us in Brunswick County, NC, we have been very lucky. We can be thankful, enjoy the lovely Fall weather that arrived in his wake, and look forward to tomorrow. The weekend is nearly here and it offers three very different events for us to enjoy. First up is the Bluefish Bonanza Surfcasting Tournament on Bald Head Island, NC on Saturday and Sunday. Onsite registration begins today and there is even a fishing school from 3 PM until  5 PM today. The folks at the Maritime Market say, “During this time of year, the fish are so thick, you have to hide behind a dune just to bait your hook :)”

Shucked Oysters
Another event scheduled for Saturday and Sunday is the ever popular North Carolina Oyster Festival in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. This event is free and offer bounteous entertainment for the whole family. With this event and the fishing event taking place on both weekend days, you could conceivably attend all three events this weekend.

Pumpkin Day, held on Saturday at Indigo Farms in Calabash, NC, is another event for the whole family. It will be a great learning experience for the kids while they are having fun at the same time. It will also be a good time to pick up some home grown goodies for the family and to watch the second leg of Stockpig Racing!  Here is the present standing:

Name #                Points     Sponsor

Polar Bear #6       51           Chadbourn Feed Service
Rascal # 9             42            Faith PCA
Thumpkin# 7      36            Wilmington Road Runners
Half pint 3            33            Boar’s Tusk Grooming
Jill be Little # 1    12            Hay Loft Dining
Crystal Star # 5     6             Scott Feed & Family

Racing will go on at intervals during the day.

Polycarp on the track


Yep. It’s that time again. Time for the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament in Southport, NC. Time for 400 boats in the ocean waters. Time for prizes. Time for food. Time for entertainment. Time for drinks. Time for fun. Time for a whole lotta fishin’ goin’ on. Speaking of fishing. It’s time, too, for the Captain Charlie’s Kids Fishing Tournament – on Saturday. From 10 AM until noon you will see the Southport City Pier lined with kids on one end of fishing rods, hoping to find fish on the other ends. There will be pizza and drinks for everyone as well as loads of prizes.

Need Tackle? Check out these Brunswick County, NC fishing and tackle shops:

Leland, NC 28451
(910) 599-4054
Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle

4019 Long Beach Rd. SE
Southport, NC 28461

(910) 457-1221

Oak Island Pier

705 Ocean Dr.
Oak Island, NC 28465

(910) 278-6464

Ocean Crest Pier

1411 E. Beach Dr.
Oak Island, NC 28465
(910) 278-6674



(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)


(Image courtesy Star News Online)

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


(Image courtesy of boatrentik.net)

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)


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.