To Market, To Market…..

…to buy tomatoes and celery and radishes and strawberries and peaches and home made jellies and pickles and…..at a farmers market that is. What can be better than shopping in the open air for fresh fruit and vegetables, home made pies and cakes, jellies and preserves made at home from home grown produce. Home grown and home made food just tastes better – and it’s better for you. In Brunswick County, NC the climate is excellent for growing and the growing season is long – nearly year round. You can find farmers markets in nearly every little town. Here are a few:

Shallotte Farmers Market (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/may/)

Every Saturday from 8 AM until 1 PM in Riverside Park located in the heart of downtown Shallotte. You can stroll in the open air and choose from the freshest of produce as well as local crafts while listening to local musicians play.

Oak Island Farmers Market (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/may/)

Breathe the fresh sea air as you make your purchases from local farmers and crafters from 7 AM until 1 PM every Monday. The music of the sea will keep you company and you can feel good about supporting the locals as you indulge in the best tasting fruit and vegetables available.

Southport Waterfront Market (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/may/)

This farmers market is located on a bluff overlooking the Cape Fear River where you can watch sailboats tacking, ferries crossing, and people fishing from jon boats while you enjoy the live open air music. There is not a more pleasant way to shop for local, luscious fruit and veggies – and maybe even some lovely flowers as well. 

 

 

 

Festivals & Fish

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Easter weekend has arrived and the streets of the Brunswick Islands are lined with cars full of folks on their way to take part in entertaining events. Many of these people will stay for the week after Easter and if the weather permits they will be spending their time on the beaches swimming, sun bathing, walking, searching for shells, walking their dogs, playing with their kids – in short – enjoying everything available to them at the beach. When the weekend arrives again, they will find more options including:

Days at the Docks, April 26 & 27

(http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/march/)

This popular festival is held under the amazing bridge that leads to the island of Holden Beach. Folks from all over NC as well as from out of state have made attending this festival a yearly tradition. Here, they participate in arts, crafts, music, food, tournaments, games and the signature Bopple Race. Don’t know what a Bopple Race is? Check out the link above.

Women Anglers in Training, April 26 & 27

(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/)

Obviously, for women only – a chance to get away by yourself and learn all the tricks of the trade when it comes to fishing. Give dad and the kids a the weekend to spend together while you enjoy Saturday learning or increasing your knowledge about fishing and Sunday either fishing from the pier or from a fishing boat. Pre registration is required for this event, so be sure to contact the Oak Island Recreation Center.

 

Easter Weekend

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All of us who celebrate Easter have our own traditions depending on our family backgrounds and the places where we live. Some of these traditions overlap. Perhaps we color eggs and hold egg hunts for the little ones; have ham for dinner; bake bunny cakes; buy a new hat; make pancakes shaped like bunnies for breakfast; take pictures in the Bluebonnets; spend a weekend at the beach. Ah, yes. Those of us who live on the coast of Brunswick County, NC, know that tourist season begins on Easter weekend. This will be the beginning of more people on the beach, crowds in the shops, long lines at the grocery store and more traffic. It will also be the beginning of brightly colored towels hanging on the decks of long empty beach houses, children laughing, gaily colored beach umbrellas, kites flying – all the things that bring an air of excitement to the towns after the long cold winter we had this year.

There are several events that take place on Easter weekend that you might want to consider adding to your traditions if you have not already done so. One is the Southport Spring Festival & Azalea Sale. http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/)

This event is held in lovely Franklin Square Park and has something for everyone in the family (but you will need to leave your pets at home). Two days in a row (Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19) you can take part (beginning at 10 AM) in the Arts Festival and activities for children as well as view the Model Railroad Exhibit. On Saturday from 11 AM until 2 PM you can enjoy the Chili Cook-Off. There will also be a 5K run/walk on Saturday beginning at 8 AM. Gorgeous azalea plants will be available for purchase to beautify your landscape.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina Family Day (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/march/) April 19, 10 AM – 2 PM

 This is a great event for families with kids. All kinds of free or low cost activities will be available outside the museum. The $2.00 fee for going into the museum will also be waived for Brunswick County residents with ID. The event will be held even if the weather is bad – it will just be moved indoors.

The Brunswick Islands Home & Garden Show (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/march/) will be held on April 19 at the Seatrail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

Here you can find all of the products you have been looking for to enhance your home and your landscaping – and – speak to representatives of the businesses where you can purchase these items locally, thus contributing to the local economy at the same time.

 

 

Airplanes & Classic Cars

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What do airplanes and classic cars have in common? Both will be taking part in the Wings & Wheels event being held at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island, NC on Saturday, April 12 beginning at 8 AM. At this free event you can check out as many as 75 classic cars (as well as participating aircraft) and you can vote for your favorite car. You can have a pancake breakfast starting at 8:30 AM until 11 AM for just $5.00 and the Civil Air Patrol will hold a “burger burn” from noon until 3 PM. 

Pilots can participate in a spot landing contest in which they will attempt to put their wheels in a designated area upon landing. Awards will also be given for the best high wing plane, the best low wing plane, and the best home built aircraft. Awards will be given to car owners in the following categories:

Best Stock and Best Modified 1941 or earlier
Best Stock and Best Modified 1942 or later
Top 20 cars
People’s Choice
Howie’s Choice (Howie is the director of the airport)
Best of Show

You can participate in a 50-50 raffle, and a Chinese Auction and enjoy the informational displays by businesses located at the airport which include: Oak Island Aviation, Hertz Car Rentals, Cape Fear Airworks, Brunswick Air, Dutchman Creek Bait and Tackle Shop, Coastal Skydive and High Tide Helicopters. All funds raised will go to youth activity programs sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Civil Air Patrol.

For more information you can contact Ginny Largent at: glargent2@verizon.net, or call her at: 301-801-3672.