APRIL

April showers bring May flowers – or so the saying goes. But we have had so much rain in February and March that I am hoping April will bring sunshine and warmer weather. Some signs of spring have been helpful in making me hopeful. Daffodils are blooming in many places. The Star Magnolia blossoms, lovely white ribbons on bare branches, have bloomed and are almost gone. Bradford pear tree blossoms have popped out like popcorn. Forsythia is now beginning to peep out shyly and will soon be glowing in all its golden glory. Considering these things, it seems appropriate to begin the month of April by attending the Southport Spring Festival & Azalea Sale coming up in Franklin Square Park on April 3rd and 4th.
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SPRING FESTIVAL

Another event well worth attending and taking place on the 4th is the Museum of Coastal Carolina Family Day in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. You might decide to attend the Spring Festival on the 3rd and the museum the following day. In any case, here is some info about that worthy event:
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For those of you itching to run (or walk) this is a bit of advance notice about the Hound Hustle 10K & 5K in which you can take part on April 12. The event takes place in lovely Brunswick Forest. There will also be a 1 Mile Trot with Spot so you can take your dog(s) with you. Proceeds benefit Brunswick County Animal Services.
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KIDS, DOGS & BOATS

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Today, March 21, 2015, is a perfect day to go to the dogs. Dogs have become so much a part of our lives that to many they are like children and some people even have granddogs. There are dog salons for grooming, cutting and polishing nails, and dressing up with a pretty scarf. But don’t forget to attend to your dog’s health. You can participate in a free rabies clinic today by taking your best friend to Bark at the Park in Leland, NC where all kinds of dog services are available and your dog can visit with other dogs there. The proceeds will benefit dogs who are not as lucky as yours – those who live in animal shelters. (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/march/a-bark-in-the-park/profile/)

To many folks in the Southport, NC area, their boats are almost like family. You can see almost any kind of boat you can think of passing through the waters there. There are shrimp boats, a dying breed, and sailboats, jon boats, fishing boats, ferries, kayaks, even container ships. Tomorrow, March 22, 2015, you can see nearly all of these kinds of boats gathered together for the annual Blessing of the Fleet — and what better day than on a Sunday.
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It is difficult to realize that March is nearly over and Easter will soon be upon us. There are many traditions connected with Easter from fancy hats to special foods, from religious observances to social activities. One activity for children that has survived for many generations is the Easter Egg Hunt. On Saturday, March 28, 2015, the children of the Southport, NC area can participate in this tradition once again in historic Franklin Square Park in downtown Southport. Take your kids and grandkids for a fun time provided by the City of Southport, NC.
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THE WEARIN’ O’ THE GREEN

On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world. If you stop to think about it, that is quite an amazing statement. I believe it is the only holiday associated with a saint that has traveled so far. It’s a bit like Christmas in being celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike, and fondly referred to as ‘St. Paddy’s Day’ it is far from a holy celebration. However, it is a time that brings people together and that is always a good thing. Parades celebrate many things Irish like harps, shamrocks, leprechauns, bagpipes, Irish dancers and more. Many Irish pubs have celebrations that include Irish food and drinks. If you are planning to take part, you can check out a few here from which to choose.

Slainte, In Southport, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/nightlife/entertainment/slainte/profile/)

will begin celebrating at 7 AM with a Kegs and Eggs Breakfast. If that’s a bit early for you, try the Full Irish Breakfast with Jameson Toast at 9 AM. Other Irish specials of the day include the ubiquitous Corned Beef and Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, and Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes. Music by the Dave Higgins Band will begin at 6 PM with special drinks available such as Harp, Guinness and Pickle Backs.

At Fibber McGees in Sunset Beach, NC
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the celebration begins at 12 noon. There will be food and drink specials including Corned Beef and Cabbage. Live music by The Fab 2 from 2 PM until 7 PM will enliven the party and door prizes will be awarded.

Derbster’s Sports Bar & Restaurant in Calabash, NC
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will host St. Patty’s Day 2015 from 4 PM until 7:30 PM. They will offer an all you can eat buffet including Corned Beef and Cabbage. You can also choose a Reuben Sandwich or a Corned Beef Platter. Irish and regular Karaoke will be provided by Cheryl Z and drinks will include Green Draft Beer and Irish Drinks.

MUSIC IN MARCH

Music is in the air all over Brunswick County, NC. If you pay attention you can hear birds singing. They sing the sunrise into the sky, continue their concert throughout the day, and sing the sun to sleep at night. The breeze sings its own song – rustling through the leaves of the trees and setting off wind chimes. The ocean is constantly singing and yet sings a different song each day. Sometimes it is soft and gentle and sometimes it roars. If you like organized music, March is a great month to indulge yourself. The U. S. Navy Concert Band will be presenting a free concert at the Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium ( http://leland.insiderinfo.us/arts/museum-hall-organization/brunswick-community-college-odell-williamson-auditorium/profile/)

in Bolivia, NC on Wednesday, March 11, at 7:30 PM. The concert band has been performing public, family friendly concerts for 90 years. The concert will feature marches, patriotic works and orchestral selections.

Our very own Sea Notes Choral Society (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/arts/music/sea-notes-choral-society/profile/)

will present their Spring Concert on March 27, 28 and 29 in the NC Baptist Assembly Auditorium in Caswell Beach, NC. This concert will be a fun event for those of us who recall the songs of the 60s as these songs will be featured in this free concert. The March 27 performance will take place at 7:30 PM while the March 28 and March 29 performances will happen at 3 PM. With three chances to make it to this event, how can you lose?

On March 13, 14 and 15, the Stagestruck Players of Brunswick Little Theater (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/arts/theater/brunswick-little-theatre/profile/)

will present Godspell Jr. at their theater in Southport, NC. The Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 PM and the Sunday performance will be at 3 PM.