GALLERY WALK

I would like to tell you that the promise of Spring is in the air – that the cold wintery weather we have been having in Brunswick County, NC is warming up – but all you would have to do is look out your window to see that everything is covered in ice and you would know that I am lying through my teeth. If you can trust the predictions of the weather man, it appears that the temperatures will be warming up within the next 10 days, however, it seems there will be rain and more rain. The first real break appears to be coming on the first Friday of March – Friday, March 6. And that is good news. In Southport, NC, on the first Friday of the month you can take part in the First Friday Gallery Walk. The gallery walk takes place in downtown Southport, including the Water Tower District, from 5 PM until 7 PM. It is easily walkable as all the participating galleries are located within about a 3 to 4 block area. At these galleries you will find paintings, pottery, jewelry and amazingly creative crafts for your home, for gifts, or just to fill your eyes. You will also find friends who have been staying home recently and yummy food and drinks like wine and Sangria. Most of these galleries feature art by local artists only and there are many talented artists living in Brunswick County, NC. Here is some information about a few of these.

Franklin Square Gallery will be holding the reception and awards ceremony for their Spring Show during this gallery walk:  (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/shop/gallery/franklin-square-gallery/profile/)

Ricky Evans features his own paintings along with the other artists’ work displayed in his gallery:
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Howe Outrageous Art Gallery is known for the eclectic, interesting and beautiful creativity displayed there: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/shop/gallery/howe-outrageous-art-gallery-and-marketplace/profile/)

 

INDOOR FAMILY ATTRACTIONS

Brr – I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that it’s cold in Brunswick County, NC. Though we have been having record setting low temperatures recently the result of which have been late start times for the Brunswick County Schools, we can still be thankful we have not had any of that beautiful precipitation called snow. Yes, it’s lovely to look at – but it’s not fun to shovel or drive in – especially in an area where there is no equipment for clearing the roads or melting the ice. Some of us have had other problems related to the low temperatures. As for me – this is the third time in a month that my pipes have frozen – and this time I did let my outside faucets drip. Hopefully, they will not burst again this time. And I know I am not alone in this predicament. The first time I understand there were problems all over the island. After tonight’s record setting low (again) the temperatures are supposed to be in the 50s tomorrow – I love you, tomorrow! Sunday will be even warmer, however, rain is predicted. I am sure families have been getting antsy from having to spend so much time indoors and the brief respite tomorrow will likely not be enough to get rid of the pent up energy, so here are a few suggestions for taking the whole family out for a fun and interesting day.

The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport where they have a vintage periscope through which you can view the surrounding area:(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/attractions/southport/north-carolina-maritime-museum-at-southport/profile/)

Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach, NC where you can watch a light show and experience Category 1 hurricane force winds in the Science Hall’s Hurricane Simulator: (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/attractions/sunset-beach/ingram-planetarium/profile/)

Planet Fun and Starz Grille in Shallotte, NC where you can have all kinds of fun and food as well:(http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/attractions/shallotte/planet-fun-and-starz-grille/profile/)

FEBRUARY EVENTS

Many visitors to Brunswick County, NC arrive during the summer months when they can take part in the variety of activities that are available during that time. They love the area for beaching, swimming, fishing, festivals, sailing, boating, kayaking – a plethora of outdoor activities. Those of us who live here permanently also enjoy these activities, however, we know a secret. We know that there are interesting and exciting things to do throughout the whole year. We have had a very mild winter this year – the kind we love. And even though we are experiencing some very cold nights recently, we know that will not last for long. We also know we can take part in some interesting events in spite of the cold. Here are a few that are coming up during the rest of the month.

A Perfect Knight is a mother/son event held in Boiling Spring Lakes: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/a-perfect-knight/profile/)

At the Antique Appraisal Fair on 2/22 in Southport, you can find out the value of that unusual piece your family has been handing down for years:  (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/peo-annual-antique-appraisal-fair/profile/)

On 2/15, you can make all the necessary connections to plan your wedding at the Southern Cape Fear Bridal Expo in Southport:  (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/southern-cape-fear-bridal-expo/profile/)

 

VALENTINES DAY

Valentines Day is nearly here and the florists are all in a flurry. When we think of this day we think of love, flowers, candy, special dinners out, gifts of jewelry – all the traditional things associated with it. In Brunswick County, NC you will find some of the restaurants will have special dinners to celebrate the occasion. There is no shortage of florists, jewelry stores and places to purchase Valentine candy either. But there is a number of other events to choose from as well – some of them not so traditional. Why not do something different this year – maybe something your special sweetheart has an interest in or something in which the whole family can participate.

If you have an interest in North Carolina history, you might want to think about heading to the Brunswick Town State Historic Site in Winnabow, NC. On February 14 and 15 there will be dramatic interpretations of the fall of Ft. Anderson to commemorate the 150th anniversary of that event. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/fort-anderson-civil-war-living-history/profile/)

If you like the fun and excitement of the Mardi Gras, you can head on over to Oak Island, NC for their three day event. Wouldn’t it be fun to spend Valentine’s evening in front of a bonfire on the beach? (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/mardi-gras-by-the-sea/profile/)

For a more traditional evening of dining and dancing, you can participate in The Golf Ball in Carolina Shores, NC where all proceeds benefit a good cause. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/the-golf-ball/profile/)