CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE II

Friday begins the fun anew with Beach Day on Oak Island, NC with rides, games food and tournaments like Bocce Ball, Volleyball, Horse Shoes and Corn Hole in the morning at Middleton Park Soccer Field where registration for events takes place as well. At noon, the Sand Sculpture Contest begins, followed by a Skate Competition at the Kevin Bell Skate Park at 2 PM. 6 PM brings a concert by the Holiday Band and a shag contest. Fireworks at 9 PM round out the day at the Oak Island Pier.

On Saturday, 8 AM begins the registration at the waterfront in Southport, NC, for the children’s games. From 10 AM until 2 PM the Fire Fighters Freedom Competition & Apparatus Expo can be enjoyed. The  competitive events include the barrel push, bucket brigade, ladder climb, command post and tanker tug. Arts and Crafts are available in Franklin Square Park on Saturday from 10 AM until 6 PM, on Sunday from 12 Noon until 6 PM and on Monday from 10 AM until 6 PM. You can enjoy musical entertainment at Waterfront Park on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1 PM until 10 PM with a street dance on Sunday from 7 PM until 10 PM. Other events throughout the day on Sunday include the Brunswick Concert Band, tours of the Old Smithville Burying Ground, voter registration, a naturalization ceremony and a flag retirement ceremony.

A Pancake Breakfast begins Monday morning at Trinity United Methodist Church, from 7 AM until 10:30 AM followed by a flag raising ceremony at 10 :30 AM and the parade at 11 AM. This day also includes classic cars, a regatta, pro wrestling, a boat raffle drawing, an art raffle drawing at Franklin Square Gallery and – finally – fireworks beginning at 9 PM and followed by a musical performance.

 

 

CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE

Yes, the 4th of July is more than a week away, however, if you are familiar with the NC 4th of July Festival in Southport, NC, you know it runs for a week or more. Festivities will begin this Friday, June 24, with music by the Brunswick Concert Band. The concert will be held at 7 PM in Franklin Square Park. On Saturday, June 25, opening ceremonies will be held at Waterfront Park and the N.C. Fourth of July Festival Freedom Run will begin there as well. Saturday also begins the historic Chapel of Cross at St. Philip’s self guided tours, which will continue throughout the festival.

Beginning at 7:30 PM on Saturday evening you can enjoy a Patriotic Concert by the Sea Notes Choral Society at the Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia, NC. If you can’t make it on Saturday evening, there will be a repeat performance on Sunday, June 26, at 3 PM. Also on Sunday, you can experience a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Fort Johnston Garrison lawn at 4:45 PM followed by a military band concert at 5 PM.

 Don’t forget to stop by the Oak Island Farmers’ Market on Monday morning to purchase all your local goodies for the upcoming holiday.

 

 

FATHERS DAY WEEKEND

It’s already the middle of 2016. The year has flown by like a flock of ibis flies over the islands. Fathers Day weekend is nearly here and it is expected to be a beautiful one. Why not plan to get dad outside where you can all enjoy it together? There is so much beauty in Brunswick County, NC – don’t miss it. Spend the day at the beach. Have a picnic by a lake – maybe in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC or at Lake Waccamaw. Rent kayaks and head to one of the many bodies of water for peaceful water gliding.

Load up your bicycles – or rent some – and head north a bit to Town Creek, NC where you can ride the bicycle trails at Brunswick Nature Park, with more than 900 acres to explore. Take a fishing excursion and grill your catch for an outdoor dinner. Take dad scuba diving and discover the wonders beneath the waters. Take dad to dinner at one of the many great restaurants in Brunswick County, NC. Eat at one of them that has music on the weekends and dance the night away. Walk hand in hand on the beach at sunrise. Walk hand in hand on the beach at sunset. Simple pleasures are the best.

FISHY, FISHY, FISHY

Alice - Shrimp Boat

(Photo courtesy Alice Paul Gray)

This time of year in Brunswick County, NC you will see wooden shrimp boats, a dying breed, plying the waters of the Atlantic, reapers lowered, trailing an entourage of seagulls like so may white kites. The shrimping is great and so is the fishing. Surf fishermen abound along the shores of all of the South Brunswick Beaches, sitting or standing in the sun, their lines in the water, the soft breezes blowing. They also line the fishing piers including the City Pier in Southport, NC where you can fish the confluence of the Cape Fear River and the Intracoastal Waterway mixed with a bit of the Atlantic Ocean. On Oak Island, NC, you will find two piers from which to choose: Oak Island Pier and Ocean Crest Pier. Each of the three southernmost beaches has it’s own fishing pier: Holden Beach PierOcean Isle Pier and  Sunset Beach Pier.

There is nothing like fish fresh from the ocean and if you are lucky enough to own you own boat and be your own captain, you likely have a favorite water access and your favorite fishing spot. If you don’t own a boat, there are many head boats and charter boats available to take you out to their special spots. You can find a few here: Head Boats and Charters.

Then there are the fishing tournaments which run through the fall on the Brunswick County, NC coast where fish are still plentiful. Beginning this Friday you can participate in the Sudan Daredevils Shallotte Point Flounder Tournament in Shallotte, NC. On Wednesday, June 15, the Jolly Mon King Classic will start and will run through Sunday, June 19. There are no excuses – the fish are there – catch ’em!

ART, MUSIC & MOVIES

Brunswick County, NC is well supplied with artists and they seem to migrate to the Southport, NC area. The beauty of the area is a draw I am sure, as well as the proliferation of scenes to be painted or incorporate into other art forms. Southport, NC also has some wonderful galleries where the work of artists is supported and sold. The first Friday of every month (from 5 PM – 7 PM) offers you an opportunity to tour these galleries and enjoy the art along with refreshments and camaraderie. You may even find that very special piece of art you just cannot live without, be it a painting, a piece of pottery, a sculpture, jewelry or something else. Included in the gallery walk is Franklin Square Gallery which is featuring their Regional Show this month. This show provides the opportunity for you to view the work of artists from around the region along with that of local artists. Lantana’s Gallery & Fine Gifts and ART@211Ricky Evans Gallery also participate in the art walk, each of them featuring a fine artist.

You can find music in the air nearly every evening during the season in Brunswick County, NC – and movies, too. Individual towns and the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department bring these opportunities to you along with support from the Brunswick County Arts Council. On Fridays, head to Oak Island NC or to Ocean isle Beach, NC; on Tuesdays, check out the Garrison House in Southport, NC and Calabash, NC; on Sundays, try Holden Beach, NC; on Thursdays – Shallotte, NC or Leland, NC. Music and movies alternate, so be sure to check out the schedule.