Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most exciting days of the year for nearly everyone in the US. The grocery stores are full of customers buying beer and sodas, snacks like chips and pretzels, ingredients for chili and casseroles. Many of you are planning parties in your homes or planning to attend parties at a friend or relative’s house. This year the east coast meets the west coast somewhere sort of in the middle which makes it difficult for fans of both sides to get to the actual event. Fortunately (or not, depending on how you look at it) there likely will not be a TV station that is not broadcasting the event. You may prefer to watch it at home by yourself, but if you are not attending a party and would rather share the excitement with others, there are a number of places where you can go to watch the game. Here are a few suggestions:

Slainte, in Southport, NC is having a Super Bowl Party. (

Chasers Sports Bar & Grill, in Oak Island, NC has a number of TVs which you can watch. (

Fibber McGees, in Sunset Beach, NC has a great menu and a large selection of beers. (



A new year. A new beginning. A new life. And Brunswick County, NC is quite a popular destination for weddings. There are so many lovely locations here in which to celebrate the bonding of new families and a wedding show is a great place to help you decide where, when and how to make your special event everything it can possibly be. Whether you are dreaming of an indoor wedding or an outdoor wedding, under a canopy or on the beach, you can find the perfect location right here. You will also be pleased with your choice of caterers, bakeries, florists, officiants, photographers, wedding planners and more.

Check out the Silver Coast Winery Bridal Show on Sunday, January 25, to see what I am talking about: (

Obviously, not every option available will be represented at the show, so here are a couple of suggestions from us:

ART Catering & Events: (

C Britain Wedding and Event Rentals: (




In 1986 the first TV series to film in Southport was Lovejoy. Starring were Ian McShane, Dudley Sutton and Chris Jury.

In 1989, the feature film, Weekend at Bernies was filmed mostly on Bald Head Island and it featured the lighthouse, Old Baldy. The Movie starred Andrew McCarthy, Johnathan Silverman, Terry Kiser and Catherine Mary Stewart. Bald head Island is reachable only by water and the most popular transportation to the island is the Bald Head Island Ferry (

Weekend At Bernie's: Old Baldy, North Carolina

In the ten year period between 1986 and 1996 a series of made for television movies were filmed at least partly in Southport. In addition, some television series were filmed here as well. 1996 was the most productive year and included the following TV movies:

Twilight Man – a thriller – starred Tim Matheson, Dean Blackwell and L. Scott Caldwell

A Mother’s Instinct – a drama – starred Lindsay Wagner, Debrah Farantino and John Terry

A Step Toward Tomorrow – a drama – starred Judith Light, Tom Irwin and Christopher Reeve

The Perfect Daughter – a thriller – starred Tracey Gold, Bess Armstrong and Michael Shulman

The Stepford Husbands – a drama – starred Donna Mills, Michael Ontkean and Cindy Williams

The Crying Child – a thriller – starred Mareil Hemingway, Finola Hughes and George DelHoyo

In 1992 Southport saw some of the filming of the television movie, Spies. Stars included David Dukes, Shiloh Strong and Gail Strickland.

Nicolas Cage was here in 1993 along with Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Lerner starring in Amos & Andrew.

A comedy/romance, The Inkwell, was shot here in 1994 and starred Larenz Tate, Joe Morton and Suzzanne Douglas.

The Matlock series with our own Andy Griffith ran from 1986 until 1995 and was filmed mostly in Southport. Andy was joined by Linda Purl and Kene Holliday.

In 1995 the series, American Gothic was filmed here and starred Gary Cole, Lucas Black and Paige Turco.

The TV series, Sweet Justice, was filmed in 1994 and starred Melissa Gilbert, Cicely Tyson and Ronny Cox. Also in 1994, The Birds II: Land’s End was filmed almost entirely in Southport. The name of the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry was temporarily changed to: The Gull Island Ferry.

There were fake birds all over the roofs of buildings, most of them located in the Old Yacht Basin. Some of the restaurants and shops were closed for the duration of the filming. One restaurant, in particular, that I remember is the popular, Yacht Basin Provision Company. (


The recent filming of Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven has made the country sit up and notice Southport, NC. If you have not seen it, you owe it to yourself to do so for the shots of local scenes, if for no other reason. The movie contains a series of spectacular shots of the area – it showcases the beauty we have all come to appreciate. But Safe Haven is far from the first film to have been produced in Southport. The film industry discovered Southport, NC in 1984 when some scenes for Firestarter were filmed in downtown Southport.

In 1986, Crimes of the Heart (starring Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek, Diane Keaton, Tess Harper, Sam Shepard, Gregory Eugene Travis and Hurd Hatfield) was filmed primarily in Southport. One of Southport’s lovely homes, the Harper House on N. Caswell Avenue, was featured in that film and has been affectionately called ‘the Crimes of the Heart House’ ever since.

Several other sites in Southport, NC that were featured in the filming of the movie include:

The Old Brunswick County Jail on E. Nash St. (

The Old Smithville Burying Ground on N. Rhett St. (

Dosher Memorial Hospital on N. Howe St. (