FISHIN’ AND FARMIN’ REDUX

Fishing and farming have been the two main ways of making a living in Brunswick County, NC for generations. As you can see by the above map from the NC Department of Agriculture, that’s pretty much true of the whole state. Though times have changed, and technology and tourism have become prevalent, we who live in Brunswick County, NC are still blessed with the sight of shrimp boats in the surrounding waters. I remember an old song:

Shrimp boats are a comin’ their sails are in sight
Shrimp boats are a comin there’s dancin’ tonight…

The menhaden industry and fish factories are gone and fishing is now more of a recreation – especially the tournaments. The waters will be teaming with boats this weekend and celebrations will abound on shore for the Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament – October 1st thru 3rd in Southport, NC.

Kids can get involved, too. On the Saturday of the King Mackerel Tournament (October 3), the Southport Recreation Department holds Captain Charlie’s Kids Fishing Tournament where kids who bring their own rods, reels and bait can fish from the Southport City Pier and win some prizes for their catches.

At the south end of Brunswick County, NC, you can spend the day learning about farming with hands on activities, demonstrations and – of all things – pig races. Sound interesting? Just head on down to Calabash, NC to Farm Heritage Day at Indigo Farms beginning at 10 AM where you can even go on an old fashioned hay ride.

WEEKEND!

Hi folks! I’m ba-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ck! Due to technical difficulties I’ve been off the blog site for most of September. But remember, you can always find information at our website (www.insiderinfo.us) or on our facebook page: Southport, Oak Island, Bald Head Island, NC – Insiderinfo.

The gorgeous Fall weather always brings a plethora of outdoor events and festivals to Brunswick County, NC and this weekend is no exception. No exception, that is, except for the weather forecast. The temperatures are lovely, but we seem to be getting our sunshine in liquid form. Saturday’s line-up did include the annual, exciting Intercultural Festival, however, it has been canceled this year due to the weather. Another wonderful event that is scheduled is the Southport Wooden Boat Show which is scheduled to take place rain or shine.

Stewart’s Hardware in Southport has announced a Fall Fun Day from 9 AM until 5 PM and the Oak Island Moose Lodge has planned an Oktoberfest from 4:30 PM until 8:30 PM. You may want to check with them directly to be sure these events will be taking place. There is always music in the evenings at the Yacht Basin Eatery and at Fishy Fishy Cafe, both in Southport, NC.

On Sunday, the First Bank Oktoberfest 15K & 5K is scheduled in Brunswick Forest in Leland NC. Then there is always a good thing to do on a rainy day – take in a movie. Between Surf Cinemas, in Southport, NC and Coastal Stadium 10, in Shallotte, NC, you are sure to find a movie you have been wanting to see.

(Image courtesy Brunswickland Realty, Holden Beach, NC)

LABOR DAY

Most people know that Labor Day was established to honor American workers. Some people know that labor unions played a significant part in establishing the holiday for the American workers. Others may know that Canada also observes Labour Day for the Canadian workers on the first Monday in September and that more than 80 other countries observe International Workers’ Day on May first of each year. Designating Monday as the holiday has the extra benefit of providing a three day weekend for those who normally work Monday through Friday. While you are enjoying the time off and taking part in festivities, remember there are those who work at least one day of the three day weekend and count yourself lucky.  Labor Day is typically celebrated with cook-outs, parties and special events. For some people it is the last day they will be able to go swimming until pools open again next summer. Here in Brunswick County, NC, we are lucky to have the ocean and the weather to allow us to take a dip well into Fall. There are also special events to enjoy. Check out the following to find the ones in which you would like to take part:

Oak Island Art Guild Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival – Saturday, September 5

Labor Day Surf Off – Saturday September 5

Children’s Crab Derby – Monday, September 7