This morning I sat propped up in bed drinking my hot cup of tea and watched the moon set over the marsh. Read that sentence again. There is so much more in it for which to be grateful than the words say. Tomorrow is the day we celebrate the tradition of thankfulness. I think it is a good tradition, whether it is based on truth or myth. It is a yearly reminder to us to share our lives, ourselves and everything we possess with friends, family and other sentient beings every day. However, I am not a preacher and this is not a sermon – just food for thought. I wish you all a lovely Thanksgiving day and share with you some ideas for an enjoyable weekend.

Speaking of being thankful, you are invited to join the Southport Beautification Committee on Friday at 6 PM for a thankful celebration of support for the Bring Back Our Boats Christmas Wreath Project. The gathering will begin at the tree lighting at BB&T and a party will follow at the Southport Community Building in Southport, NC where you can enjoy treats, food and beverages.


Skip Black Friday and go instead to the Smith Island Art League’s Thanksgiving Art Show held at the Bald Head Island Association Center on Bald Head Island, NC. The show will be held Friday and Saturday from 10 AM until 5 PM.

In Brunswick County, NC we like to hold our Christmas parades on land and on sea. The first flotilla of the holiday season, the Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla, is coming up on Saturday night at Shallotte Point beginning in front of the Inlet View Bar & Grill and ending in front of Sharky’s Restaurant in Ocean Isle Beach, NC.


Mike’s Garage Band has made quite a name for itself in Brunswick County, NC – a good name. It’s a great band whose members play for free and donate all proceeds from their playing, and your fun dancing, to worthy causes. This Saturday, November 21, is no exception as they present A 60s/Oldies Dance Party at the Brunswick Community College South Brunswick Islands Center in Carolina Shores, NC, with all proceeds going to the Brunswick County Literacy Council. The cost is only $10 per person and reservations and payment can be made at: For information, call: (910) 754-7323.

At 7:30 PM on Friday, November 20, you can attend a Star Party at the Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach, NC. You can bring your own telescope or use the planetarium’s telescopes. Hopeful viewing includes the moon, of course, Orion, Canis Major and Canis Minor and more. The rain date is Saturday, November 21 at 7 PM. For more information, go to or call: (910) 575-0033.

On Saturday, November 21, kids can go flying at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island, NC! Pilots and volunteers with the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 939 will be on hand from 10 AM until 1 PM to take to the skies with kids ages 8 through 17. Each kid will need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian – not for the flight – but to sign the registration form. Don’t let your kids miss out on this opportunity! Contact person is: or (910) 457-6894.

On Friday and Saturday, November 20 and 21, from 10 AM until 6 PM, the shops of the Watertower District in Southport, NC, will hold their Christmas Open House. You will find weekend specials, refreshments and $180 in gift certificates will be given away. It’s not too early to shop for the holidays. Some shops included are: Anastasio’s Glass Studio, Howe Outrageous Art Gallery & Marketplace, Magnolia Gifts & Antiques, and Rebecca’s.

You will have two chances to hear the Brunswick Concert Band perform its Fall into Winter concert this weekend. The first concert will be held on Friday, November 20, at 7:30 PM at Hatch Auditorium in Caswell Beach, NC. The second will be held on Sunday, November 22, at 3 PM at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia, NC.









Today, Brunswick County, NC artists will be lining up at the Oak Island Recreation Center in the Town of Oak Island, NC. Why? Today is the day they will deliver their multifarious works of art to be entered in the annual Arts by the Shore show. These works include paintings, pottery, jewelry, quilts, stained glass, wood working and so much more. Brunswick County, NC is blessed with so many skilled artists and Arts by the Shore is a great venue for you to see their work displayed. The show is open to the public on Friday, Saturday and at a reception on Sunday afternoon. Don’t miss it!

Speaking of art – you may not yet have heard about the opening of the Leland Cultural Arts Center in Leland, NC. At this center you can take classes in just about any artistic discipline you can think of. You will find classes in dancing, acting, poetry, writing, painting in several mediums, pottery and so much more. There is even a shop where some of the creative pieces made by Brunswick County, NC artists are sold. The center is well worth a stop to investigate. You may well be surprised by what you find there.

When people in Brunswick County, NC think of the word art, their thoughts invariably go to the Sunset River Marketplace in Sunset Beach, NC. This huge gallery is full of beautiful art pieces and includes things for your home decor, like furniture and pillows – all individually created by artists. You will marvel at the creative energy exuded by the wonderful works you will find here, and if it inspires your creative juices – all the better. You can take classes here as well.


There will be lots of music happening in Southport, NC this weekend. Tonight you can listen to Rev at Fishy Fishy, Parker Lanier at the Yacht Basin Eatery, Austin at Check 6 or Jay Killman at Ports of Call Bistro. Saturday will bring you Jilli & the River Rat Band at the Yacht Basin Eatery, the Dennis Walton Band at Fishy Fishy, Mike Wilkins at Ports of Call Bistro or John Busse at Oasis. On Sunday, Flights brunch will feature Jeremy Truett, and the Privateers will play at Big Al’s BBQ.

You might want to start out your Saturday on Bald Head Island at the Maritime Classic Road Race. Registration begins at 7:30 AM at the Deep Point Ferry Terminal in Southport, NC.

Maritime Classic Road Race

The Brunswick Beacon will be hosting a Holiday Happenings Christmas Show at the Shallotte Middle School in Shallotte, NC from 10 AM until 2 PM on Saturday. It’s not too early to be thinking about Christmas – the holidays will be here before you know it.

New to Ocean Isle Beach, NC is the Shallotte River Swamp Park. What a fun day for adults and kids alike – zipping along ziplines, climbing through the air and trolling through the swamp in a boat. The kids will be having so much fun they won’t realize they are learning – and neither will you.