The days keep zipping by and it’s time again for the 1st Friday Gallery Walk – for the month of August. From 5 PM until 7 PM you can stroll from gallery to gallery to enjoy the artwork as well as some munchies and drinks. Each gallery will include special features in their presentations. Lantana’s Gallery & Fine Gifts will feature whimsical witch paintings by Ann Thompson done in her Original American Art style. Franklin Square Gallery will feature a painter as well as a clay artist. The paintings of Robin Sboto will be part of the special display accompanied by the creative clay art of Linda Drye. At Ricky Evans Gallery, new products featuring local charts and signal flags will hold pride of place.
As you likely know, this is the weekend of the NC Azalea Festival in Wilmington, NC. You may ask, “What does the Azalea Festival have to do with events in Brunswick County, NC?” The answer is, “A lot more than you can imagine.” Twenty-four years ago we were traveling through the south looking for a new place to live. We were headed north again after having made several stops in Florida. We were using a book of place recommendations and I was looking forward to seeing Southport, NC. However, my husband had other ideas. He was planning to head straight for Wilmington, NC. We stopped in Shallotte, NC to call ahead and reserve a room. There was no room at the inn. It was Azalea Festival weekend and every hotel was full. The person he talked to suggested that we stay in Southport, NC at a motel that now no longer exists. I have been here ever since that serendipitous day.
The Azalea Festival is filled with fun things to do, however, there are some interesting events happening in Brunswick County, NC this weekend as well. Spring is in the air and music is in the air. Put them together and you get the Brunswick Concert Band Spring Concert, A Spring Bouquet, with the first of three performances happening on Sunday at Winding River Plantation.
Many years ago T. S. Eliot wrote: “April is the cruellest month” in his poem The Waste Land. He was not referring to income tax time, but for those of us who are required to pay into the IRS, he may as well have been. Luckily we live in Brunswick County, NC where there are so many interesting places and events available to us that can take our minds off of our tax troubles. Many of these events are free and those that are not usually serve worthy causes that benefit all of us. The water offers so much, be it the ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway, the Cape Fear River, the lakes – it is all there for us to enjoy and we are blessed with the kind of weather that allows us to enjoy these things. We can walk on the beach, sit by the water and meditate, fish, go sailing, ride a ferry, swim, take out a kayak, sunbathe – whatever helps us be happy. We are also lucky in the events that are available to us to enjoy. They are as varied as the ways there are to enjoy water. Here are a few that are coming up this month.
You can take the kids or the grands to the Kids’ Art Day in Franklin Square Park:
There is no excuse to stay at home this weekend in the NC Brunswick Islands. It’s packed with events – all kinds of things from which to choose. From fishing to festivals to galas to boat shows to races – you can take your pick starting on Friday, September 26 and continuing into Saturday, September 27 with the Bay Creek Classic fishing tournament (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/september/bay-creek-classic/profile/) at the Fish Factory Road Boat Ramp in Southport, NC.
Most of the tourists visit Brunswick County, NC during the summer months. They spend their time enjoying the beaches, shopping, eating at our excellent restaurants and participating in scheduled events. The residents, however, know how to have fun, too. Even though the summer officially ends with Labor Day, there are events every weekend from which to choose. Last week I suggested three options: Big Toy Day, the Around Oak Island Sunfish Race, and the Brunswick County Intercultural Festival. Here are three more to add to your calendar: