APRIL FOOL!

No fooling! Saturday is April 1st and some fun things are going on in Southport, NC for kids and adults alike. Take your kids, grandkids, and that kid inside yourself to Franklin Square Park for Kids Day. This event, sponsored by Associated Artists of Southport and Brunswick County Smart Start begins at 11 AM. You will find lots of fun activities, interactive storytelling, and hot dogs and drinks for sale by the Trolly Stop.

Saturday is also Civil War Trust Park Day and the NC Maritime Museum at Southport is reaching out to those who would like to help them out beginning at 9 AM. As a volunteer, you will be cleaning up the grounds, planting flowers, working on special services projects, painting, and planting herbs and vegetables. If you have yard tools, please bring them with you. As a reward, you will receive a free Park Day tee shirt and a hot dog lunch. Please call 457-0003 to pre-register.

The Sea Notes Choral Society will be presenting their spring concert on Saturday and Sunday. This year’s concert, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, will begin at 3 PM both days at the BCC Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia, NC. Choose your day and spend the afternoon with music by this excellent local group. You’ll be glad you did.

OYSTERS, MUSIC & A GOLF BALL

For most people, the word ‘oysters’ conjures up visions of food. Oysters on the half shell. Oysters Rockefeller. Fried Oysters. Oyster stew. But how much do you actually know about oysters? How do oysters make pearls? How important are oysters to the coastal water quality? What is the life of an oyster like? katherine Hunt, a science educator, can answer these questions and more. She first went digging for oysters when she was just a child. As the Education Outreach Coordinator for the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, she will be presenting a program called ‘Oysters are Important!’ on Saturday, March 25, beginning at 11 AM, at the museum. She will also lead a hands on activity and offer handouts to participants. Why not participate in this family oriented program?

Starting on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 PM, and running through April 2, you can enjoy some of your favorite music from movies at the Amuzu Theatre in Southport, NC. Included in this spring show, The Magic of Movie Music, will be songs from Hairspray, Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Les Miserables, Shrek, 9 to 5, The Bodyguard, Dreamgirls, Risky Business, Flashdance, Pitch Perfect 2, White Christmas, Casablanca, La La Land, and more. Local singers and live band members will wow you with their talent. The $20 tickets can be purchased with cash or checks at Ricky Evans Art Gallery in Southport, NC, or at Color Me Carolina in Oak Island, NC. More information is available at: 910-523-2552.

On Saturday evening, March 25, The First Tee of Brunswick County will be presenting The Golf Ball, the annual fundraiser for their scholarship program. This year the ball will be held in the BCC South Brunswick Islands Center in Carolina Shores, NC. Black tie is optional.

 

BADWATER & BLESSINGS

We’ve had a bit of winter the last few days though, happily, with the blessing of sun. Luckily, we can look forward to somewhat warmer weather on the weekend. Even more important because the upcoming weekend looks like it will be all about the water.  Not to worry, in this case, badwater has nothing to do with polluted water or stocking up on bottled water. Badwater refers to Badwater Cape Fear. So, if you see people running all over Bald Head Island, NC on Saturday, be assured that they are not running away from some sort of disaster. What they will be doing is taking part in a 51.4 mile ultra running race. Maybe you will be taking part, too. Maybe you want to take part. If so, check it out soon.

Blessings come to us in many ways. Sometimes, even disaster can turn out to be a blessing, though it is difficult to see that when we are involved in it. In addition to the blessing of sun in  Southport, NC this weekend, the Blessing of the Fleet is planned for Sunday. No, it is not necessary for you to own a yacht to participate in this event. Get in your little rowboat, Ski Doo or Jon boat and get yourself out there. If you will not be taking part, you may enjoy taking it all in. The Southport, NC waterfront is a great place to be on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

 

GREASE AND DOGS

…is the word. Can be seen. Can be heard…..in Southport, NC! Starting today – Friday, March 10 – the Stagestruck Players will present this all time favorite musical at Brunswick Little Theatre. Not to worry if you can’t make it today – here is the line-up of shows:

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM – March 10, 11, 17 and 18

Sundays at 3 PM – March 12 and 19

Advance tickets can be purchased online at the Brunswick Little Theatre website, at Ricky Evans Gallery in Southport, NC, or at Sugar Confections in Shallotte, NC.

Come on out for some great entertainment and to support your local actors in a fun adventure.

On Saturday, March 11, you can take your dogs (on leash) and your kids for a fun day of Bark in the Park at Leland Municipal Park in Leland, NC. Bring some dog food to donate to Leland Animal rescue, as well, and you can earn free raffle tickets. This is an opportunity for a great outing for the whole family – including the doggie members.

ART, DIAMONDS & MARDI GRAS

Two stellar events will be happening in Southport, NC on Friday, March 3. From 5 PM until 7 PM, you can enjoy all kinds of two dimensional (paintings) and three dimensional (pottery) art in Southport’s own Franklin Square Gallery. This Spring Art Show reception will be presented by the Associated Artists of Southport. In addition to interesting art, there will be food and wine and an awards presentation for the winning artists.

Abstract, Colorful, Background, Tile, Diamond Shape

From 6 PM until 10 PM, folks will enjoy dining and dancing at the Diamonds and Denim Ball to be held at the St. James Community Center. This annual ball is an event of the Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation and proceeds help local charities each year. It’s likely too late for you to purchase tickets (though, if you are interested, you could certainly check that out) as they go on sale starting in January. Make a note for next year.

As you probably know, this past Tuesday was Fat Tuesday. What you may not know is that you can attend Oak Island’s own Mardi Gras Parade & Party by the Sea on Saturday, March 4. Sponsored by the Town of Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department, this celebration will be loaded with events, including a parade, from 1 PM until 4 PM. Come on out and enjoy the day!