Summer is nearly gone, the kids have started back to school, and as much as we enjoy those lazy days, we can look forward to all the all events and fall fishing coming our way in Brunswick County, NC.  The first of those special events is starting tomorrow and lasts for a long weekend. You can start out your Labor Day celebrations by attending the First Friday Gallery Walk in Southport, NC (5 PM until 7 PM). If you decide to check it out, be sure not not miss Franklin Square Gallery where the featured exhibit will be paintings entered into the contest for the honor of appearing on the Southport Wooden Boat Show Poster and T-Shirts. Even more exciting , you can see the winning original painting, meet the artist, and have her sign your poster or T-shirt.

You can start Saturday off by attending the Labor Day Surf Off in Oak Island, NC beginning at 8 AM. Then mosey on over to the soccer field for the Oak Island Art Guild Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival which will run from 9 AM until 4 PM. If you prefer, you can Go Jump in the Lake beginning at 8:30 AM in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC.

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On Monday, you can check out the Children’s Crab Derby at the old yacht basin in Southport, NC beginning at 8:30 AM. All this is available and you will still have time to enjoy family and friends at your own picnics as well as music at many of the local restaurants.

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If you are one of the many visitors expected in the coastal Carolina area as the day of the eclipse approaches, you may be interested in this information about places to stay in the area. There are hotels, motels and bed & breakfast establishments for your convenience, but reservations would likely be a good idea. Here are some you might want to check out:

Southport, NC

Hampton Inn Southport

Riverside Motel

Southport Comfort Suites

Wingate by Wyndham Southport

Oak Island, NC

Captain’s Cove Motel

Island Resort

Ocean Crest Motel

Southport, NC Bed & Breakfasts

Bell-Clemmons House

The Brunswick Inn

Lois Jane’s Riverview Inn

Robert Ruark Inn Bed & Breakfast

Bald Head Island, NC Bed  & Breakfasts

Marsh Harbour Inn

While you are here, you will need to eat as well, of course. Here is a list of some of the really good restaurants in the area:

Southport, NC

Atlantic Seafood & Steaks

Bella Cucina

Dry Street Pub & Pizza

Fishy Fishy Cafe

Frying Pan

Joseph’s Italian Bistro

Mr. P’s Bistro

Ports of Call Bistro & Market

San Felipe Restaurante Mexicano

Oak Island, NC
Bald Head Island, NC

If you are looking for something fun to do on Saturday afternoon, Leland, NC is just a short drive away and you can enjoy the Leland under the Lights car show and cruise-in. Admission is free.

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The word ‘eclipse’ is on everyone’s lips and we do have the chance of a lifetime to see a nearly total one right here in Brunswick County, NC. There are many sites in the area from which you will be able to do your viewing, but can you imagine what an added thrill it would be to view it from the top of the Oak Island Lighthouse in Oak Island, NC? Of course, you will need to be able to climb 131 steps and that leaves this writer out. Because this event is a fund raiser for the lighthouse, there will be a fee of $50 per participant (limited to 10). In addition to the fantastic viewing, each participant will receive eclipse safety glasses as well as a hat and T-shirt with the logo: ‘I Climbed.’ Preregistration is required by sending an email with your name, your phone number and the number of participants to: Please direct all questions to Alice Coe: 910-894-0148.

Please remember to protect your eyesight by wearing the eclipse viewing glasses for this spectacular event and note: WELDING GLASSES WILL NOT PROTECT YOUR EYES.

For a fun event this weekend, check out Brunswick Little Theatre‘s production of Love, Loss and What I Wore. You can choose to attend Friday or Saturday at 7:30 PM, or on Sunday at 3 PM. You will likely see some familiar faces in this production. Tickets can be purchased at Ricky Evans Gallery in Southport, NC; at Sugar Confections in Shallotte, NC; or online at:

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Check out Check Six Brewing Company in Southport, NC on Saturday, August 12, for a day of fun at the Dog Day Afternoon fundraiser for Paws Place Dog Rescue. There will be food, music, a dog beach costume contest and more.

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“Old Baldy”, was not the first beacon to stand on Bald Head Island, NC. The first was the 1795 Bald Head Island Light Station — actually the first lighthouse structure built in North Carolina. The first light station, however, was built too close to the water, was plagued with erosion problems and was torn down by 1810. In 1817 the 109-foot-tall Old Baldy was built of bricks coated with cement on the outside. Inside it has a ground floor of brick and a stone floor in the lantern room, while the rest of the floors are Carolina yellow pine. It still has the original 12″ by 14″ double-glazed windows from Boston. Because of the limited range of its lens, the Bald Head Island Lighthouse was not useful for warning ships away from Frying Pan Shoals, which extend over 30 nautical miles out into the ocean. In 1854 Congress voted to place a lightship on the shoals. When the Cape Fear Lighthouse, a 150-foot steel skeleton structure, was built on the shoals in 1903, Old Baldy was downgraded to a low-intensity non-blinking light. The Bald Head Island Lighthouse was discontinued in 1935, but from 1941 to 1958 the structure housed a radio beacon to guide ships in low visibility. Now, 200 years later, Old Baldy will be the center of the National Lighthouse Weekend Celebration on Bald Head Island, NC. The Celebration will begin on Friday, August 4, 2017 and will run through Sunday, August 6, 2017. Included will be the Maritime Classic Run for the Light.

A free event on Oak Island, NC on Friday, August 5, 2017 could save your life. Ocean Safety Day will begin at 8 AM and run until 1 PM at the 16th Place East Beach Access. Swim and surf instructors partnered with members of the Oak Island Water Rescue, Oak Island Fire Department and the Sunset Beach Patrol will give talks and answer questions. You can even learn the basics of CPR.

Beginning today, August 3, 2017 you have the chance to wax nostalgic at the Amuzu Theater, in Southport, NC, at the show, “It’s Gotta Be Rock and Roll Music.” This show will run today, August 3 through Sunday, August 6 and August 17 through 20. Thursday and Friday shows begin at 7:30 PM and Sunday shows begin at 3 PM. Seating is limited and the $20 tickets are available from Ricky Evans Gallery and Color Me Carolina. More information at: 910-523-2552.