I recently heard that a local said she never shops in downtown Southport. It made me think that maybe there are locals who are not aware of the many kinds of shops that are available there. Most of these shops are locally owned and the owners make their livings from business in their shops. So, I would like to talk here about just some of the variety of shops you will find – especially now that we are so close to Christmas and, surely, many of you are not quite finished with your Christmas shopping. Since it is nearly Christmas, I’ll start with The Christmas House on Moore Street. This wonderful shop, open year round, is filled with decorating ideas. You might need just the right package decorations as you finish up wrapping presents. Just stop at the library across the street and take a look at the lovely tree that was decorated by employees of, and decorations from, The Christmas House.

At Howe Street Purveyors in the 600 block of North Howe Street, you can find those special cookie cutters you have been searching for by stopping at Cat on a Whisk. You are sure to find other kitchen necessities (or gifts)  in their  collection as well. While there, you can check out Shoefly for shoes, fashions and accessories. Why not stop at Loco Jo’s for lunch? At Uncorked by the Sea Wine Shop & Gallery, you can pick up a special wine gift or two. Then stop at Renee’s Fine Jewelry for your jewelry purchases.


By the way – you can find fine jewelry at Cape Fear Jewelers on Moore Street and the Carolina Jewelry Exchange in the Towngate Crossing Shopping Center in the 700 block of North Howe Street. And – you can find wine and accessories at the Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room on South Howe Street and at The Wine Rack on West Brown Street.
Hey – you men – you know you are known as last minute Christmas gift shoppers. If you are looking for gifts for the females in your lives, be sure to check out Boo & Roo’s on Moore Street and Ropa, Etc. on North Howe Street for lovely ladies clothing and accessories.
These are just a few of the offerings you will find in downtown Southport, NC. In addition to the antique shops there is a needleworks store, a toy store, art galleries, sportswear stores, decorating shops, a shoe store, gift shops and more. Don’t forget to check out the Olde Southport Village Shoppes.




In Southport. NC. it is extremely rare for us to see snowflakes falling from the sky – much less snow on the ground. But no matter, the Winterfest celebration always begins in early December here. Christmas at the Amuzu is already in full swing having begun on December 3. Not to worry – you have not missed it. There are three more shows you can attend – on December 10, 12 and 13.
Today, December 9, from 3 PM until 6 PM, you can stop by the State Port Pilot Annual Cookie Contest at the Southport Community Building where you will find tables of yummy cookies on display. You can get some great ideas for your own Christmas Cookies and vote for your favorite as well.

From 5 PM until 7 PM, children ages 4 to 10 who have registered will enjoy Supper with Santa’s Elves held at the Southport Parks and Recreation Department next to the City Gym.
On Thursday, December 10, you can take your chairs and blankets to the Fort Johnston Museum Garrison Lawn, grab a cup of hot chocolate, make yourselves comfortable and watch the movie, Polar Express, from 5:30 PM until 8 PM.
On Friday, December 11, starting at 3 PM, you can enjoy the Costumed Tour at the NC Maritime Museum at Southport led by a Victorian Lady, a Civil War Soldier, or Stede Bonnet, the Gentleman Pirate. Beginning at 5:30 PM that same day the kids can take part in the Light up the Night Christmas Fire Engine Parade which begins at Waterfront Park. The parade ends at the Southport Fire Station where the kids can visit with none other than Santa Claus, himself, and enjoy some goodies as well.

Saturday, December 12, will be the big day for Winterfest, 2015, with a line-up of activities all day long. You might want to begin your day at the
Friends of the Library Book Sale to be held at Southport Realty (727 N. Howe St.) from 9 AM until 12 Noon. The Winter Craft Festival on the Fort Johnston Museum Garrison lawn will also begin at 9 AM and will run all day until 4 PM. From 10 30 AM until 12 Noon, the Southport Parks and Recreation Department will hold a Santa’s Workshop next to the Southport Gym. From 2 PM until 7 PM, you can enjoy Old Brunswick County Jail Tours. Also, from 2 PM until  PM, you can participate in the incomparable Christmas Tour of Homes – a self-guided tour that will take you through some of the most beautiful old – and new – homes in Southport, NC, all decorated for the holidays.
And, finally, the event we have waited all year to witness again: starting at 7 PM, the Southport Christmas Flotilla.



Thanksgiving and Black Friday have come and gone and many of us are beginning to plan for Christmas. We find ourselves digging out recipes for special goodies that we make only once a year – recipes for Cranberry Bread, Gingerbread Cookies, Sugar Cookies – traditional recipes handed down in families. These recipes are filled with good things to eat as well as memories of happy family times. The State Port Pilot, the local newspaper in Southport, NC, gets into the act every year with their Christmas Cookie Contest. The deadline to enter (by sending your cookie recipe to: is Friday, December 4, at 5 PM and the contest is planned for next Wednesday, December 9, at the Southport Community Building.

The Town of Oak island, NC, starts off the Christmas season this Friday, December 4, with their tree lighting ceremony at Middleton Park.

Then on Saturday, December 5, you can grab the kids and the extended family and find your spot on Oak Island Drive to watch the Christmas by the Sea Parade.

At the north end of Brunswick County, NC, you can venture across the Cape Fear River to Wilmington, NC on Saturday, December 5, to take part in the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA fly the flag with Santa. On Friday evening, December 4, and Saturday evening, December 5, you and the kids can get dressed up in your Christmas finery and head to Thalian Hall for The Nutcracker Ballet for Young Audiences.

At the southern end of Brunswick County, NC, you can attend the tree lighting and parade in Calabash, NC, on Friday, December 4.