GALLERY WALK, BANDFEST & COUNTRY MUSIC

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It’s First Friday again and the weekend will kick off with the 1st Friday Gallery Walk in Southport, NC. Franklin Square Gallery will feature artist Marta McCallum and Potter, Dona Kanich, this month. The Ricky Evans Gallery will feature the unique style of Susan Dade and at Lantana’s, you will find original art by Jillian Boivin. Each location will offer snacks and drinks as well.

After the gallery walk you can head on over to Brunswick Little Theatre for their Open Mic Poetry Reading to read your original poetry, listen to others read theirs – or both. Sign-up will begin at 7 PM, with readings beginning at 7:30 PM. The reading will be held in room 1B, which is the building behind the main building. This is a free event but will include a donation box to defray the cost of cookies that will be available. For information, you can contact Ken Greenman at 914-456-0132 or greenman46@aol.com.

If country music is more your style, you can find that on Friday evening as well. The Oak Island Country Boys will be playing and singing at the Oak Island Recreation Center in Oak island, NC beginning at 6 PM. This also is a free event.

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On Sunday afternoon beginning at 12:30 PM, you can enjoy the Paws-Ability BandFest in Sunset Beach, NC until 6PM. This event will take place at the Sunset Beach Waterfront Park and will include food and fun in addition to the music. You might even decide to adopt a pet. Proceeds will support local animal welfare.

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MEMORIAL DAY, ART SHOW & PARROT PARTY

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The Memorial Day Holiday is a good time to enjoy the freedoms afforded us by those who served our country in the armed forces – don’t forget to honor them. Southport, NC will hold two Memorial Day events on Monday, May 28. A parade will begin at 10:30 AM at the corner of 10th and Lord Streets. At 11 AM, at the end of the parade, there will be a memorial ceremony at the John N. Smith Cemetery on Leonard Street. At 2 PM the annual Days of Remembrance will be held at the Southport Community Center after which hot apple pie and ice cream will be served.

Bald Head Island, NC will hold their traditional Memorial Day service at the Old Baldy Lighthouse beginning at 11:30 AM and will include music by the Village Chapel Choir.

In Boiling Spring Lakes, NC you can attend a Memorial Day Service at VFW Post 10400, 3161 George II Highway, beginning at 11 AM.

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Today, May 24, you can experience the music of The Tams at the Brunswick County Free Concert in Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Drive, in Leland, NC beginning at 6:30 PM.

Tomorrow, Friday, May 25, beginning at 5 PM, the New York Times best selling author, Mary Alice Monroe, will be signing copies of her recent novel, Beach House Reunion, at the Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. The story is set during the time of sea turtle nesting. This event is presented by the Pelican Book Store and cost is $7.50 which includes a free glass of wine.

On Saturday and Sunday, you can enjoy the Smith Island Art League Memorial Day Show on Bald Head Island, NC. On Memorial Day you can beach it all day if you like, then head on out to Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC for Jimmy Buffet and beach music by Parrot Party at the Southport Summer Concert in Franklin Square Park.

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SPRING FLING, SPRING SWING (NOT) & MORE

The Provision Company Spring Swing scheduled for Saturday, May 19, in Southport, NC has been postponed due to illness.

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If you still need plants for your yard, you might want to check out the Native Plant Seminar and Plant Sale on Friday or Saturday at the Brunswick County Government Center, Building N, 25 Referendum Drive in Bolivia, NC. The seminar will begin at 8:30 AM both days and the plant sale will be held behind the building from 11 AM until 4 PM both days. You will find native perennials and shrubs as well as plants like Coneflowers and Black-eyed Susans.

Are you interested in an Historical Southport Bicycle Tour?  You can register by calling the Adventure Kayak Company, Inc. to take part on Saturday, in Southport, NC, beginning at 9 AM. The kayak company and the Maritime Museum have teamed up to offer the tour at a cost of  $20 if you have your own bike, or $28 to rent a bike and helmet.

Boiling Spring Lakes, NC will be holding their Spring Fling at the Lakes on Saturday from 10 AM until 3 PM with fun for the whole family.

Also on Saturday, you can join hands with like minded individuals and take part in Hands Across the Sand on Oak Island, NC. This event is held to demonstrate for environmental protection for the ocean and beaches. You can meet at the gazebo on SE 48th Street at 11:30 AM and the event will be held from 12 noon until 12:15 PM.

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The Boiling Spring Lakes, NC Parks and Recreation Department will present Concerts at the Lake on Sunday from 4 PM until 6 PM at Spring Lake Park in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC. Music will be provided by Artistry in Jazz.

On Sunday from 1 PM until 5 PM you can participate in the Oak Island, NC Beautification Club Garden Tour. This self guided driving tour will take you to eight gardens as well as the May Moore Park. The tour will begin at the Oak Island Recreation Center where refreshments will be served and tour maps will be available for the $10 fee for the tour.

Also on Sunday, at 3 PM will be your last chance to enjoy Brunswick Little Theatre‘s Musical Theatre Apprentices in the production, That’s Entertainment in Southport, NC. This musical review will include popular numbers from Chicago, A Chorus Line, Something’s Rotten and more. Cost is $10 at the door.

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WOOFSTOCK, SURFING LESSONS, PLANTS AND BREAKFAST

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Everywhere you look you see plants for sale – in department stores, in home improvement stores, in hardware stores, even in grocery stores. But if you want plants that were hand grown with loving care, at reasonable prices that will support a worthy school organization, you need to head out to South Brunswick High School where the Future Farmers of America are hosting their plant sale today (Thursday, 5/10) and tomorrow (Friday, 5/11). Don’t forget that Mothers’ Day is on Sunday and most mothers would love to have a live, flowering plant as a gift. The sale will run from 8 AM until 12:30 PM and from 2:30 PM until 5:30 PM both days. Plants you will find there include New Guinea Impatiens (and double impatiens), coleus, petunias, lavender, geraniums, begonias and verbena as well as sage, peppers, onions, mint, lemon thyme, tomatoes and sweet potato vines.

You can start the day off right on Saturday morning with a good breakfast and benefit the native plant garden at Caswell Beach Town Hall at the same time. The pancake and sausage breakfast will be held in the Caswell Dunes clubhouse and run from 7:30 AM until 11 AM at a cost of $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. You can also bid on silent auction items until noon and purchase that something special.

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Beginning at 8 AM on Saturday, kids of all ages can take free surfing lessons. This ‘Take a Kid Surfing Day’ will be hosted by the South Brunswick High School Surf Dreams Club assisted by volunteers and members of the Oak Island Water Rescue. Kids can meet up at the SE 16th Street beach access in Oak Island, NC (near Ocean Crest Pier). Advance sign-up is recommended at: http://www.surfdreamsfoundation.org, however, you will be accepted without sign-up if there are available spots. For information, contact Jennifer Ordonez at 910-921-1065.

Don’t be surprised if you see a dog parade on Howe Street at 10 AM on Saturday in Southport, NC. It will be the beginning of the Rotary Club and Paws-Ability Woofstock Party to be held in Franklin Square Park from 10 AM until 3 PM.  There will be live music, dog demos,  pet store vendors, adoptable pets, and food trucks (Dawg Wagon and Hangar 17). The Brunswick County Search & Rescue group will be there and you can have a commemorative photo taken of you and your dog. $10 tickets can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/woofstock-2018-tickets-45352935852.

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1ST FRIDAY, FISHING TOURNAMENT & CLASSIC CARS

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The weekend will kick off on Friday evening with the 1st Friday Gallery Walk where you can see the painting above ‘in person’ at Franklin Square Gallery in Southport, NC. The artist, Karen Masterson, is one of the featured artists this month. The other one is Denise Brucker, whose lovely pottery pieces will also be on display. The Ricky Evans Gallery will feature the work of Waking Bear Studios and at Lantana’s, the featured artist will be YOU! What an intriguing idea. I wonder how they will do that?

After the gallery walk you can head on over to Brunswick Little Theatre for their Open Mic Poetry Reading to read your original poetry, listen to others read theirs – or both. Sign-up will begin at 7 PM, with readings beginning at 7:30 PM. The reading will be held in room 1B, which is the building behind the main building. This is a free event but will include a donation box to defray the cost of cookies that will be available. For information, you can contact Ken Greenman at 914-456-0132 or greenman46@aol.com.

Also on Friday, in Shallotte, NC, you can attend the Relay for Life of Brunswick County  beginning at 6 PM

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On Saturday, in Southport, NC, you can take in the Annual Classic Car & Truck Show and get your shopping done at the same time. This show will be held in a shopping center parking lot.

Things will be getting fishy in Ocean Isle Beach, NC on Saturday as participants in The Far Out Shoot Out Fishing Tournament take to the water.  The tournament begins on Saturday, but participants will have their choice of eight days on which to do their fishing.

On Saturday morning in Oak Island, NC, from 9 AM until noon, you can purchase home grown herbs, flowers and vegetables from the Oak Island Beautification Club. The sale will be held at the base of the 56th Street water tower and will benefit community landscaping projects.

For those of you who missed it, the Southport Waterfront Market opened today and you can look forward to this ‘happening’ every Wednesday morning from now through October 31.

If you have some time on you hands and would like to give back to the community, there are several interesting volunteer opportunities available. If you play an instrument, why not check out the Brunswick Concert Band – they are looking for more members. Contact Tom Smicklas at 910-253-4573. The Brunswick County Intercultural Festival is also seeking volunteers. Opportunities include: vendor check-in and set-up, event support, entertainment and stage help, help in the international village. Contact interculturalfestivalhotmail.com. If you are an artist or a crafts person and would like to take part in the event, you can find a vendor application at: http://www.bcifestival.org/formsonline.  The town of Oak Island, NC is in need of volunteers to help educate the public in ways to protect coastal habitats. These volunteers will work at the OKI Nature Center and/or the Ocean Education Center. You can pick up a nature volunteer registration form at the Oak Island Recreation Center.

 

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