1ST FRIDAY, NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE WEEKEND AND MARITIME CLASSIC RUN FOR THE LIGHT

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Image: Painting by Ann Thompson

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.

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Image: Linda Drye at work in a pottery studio

On Saturday and Sunday, Bald Head Island, NC will celebrate National Lighthouse Weekend with fun and interesting events. On Sunday evening, winding up this auspicious weekend, the island will hold its annual Maritime Classic Run for the Light with a one mile fun run, a 5K and a 10K.

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Image: Painting by Robin Sboto

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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GALLERY WALK, BARBEQUE & WOOFSTOCK

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The first Friday of another month is almost upon us and it looks like the weather will cooperate, so take yourself out to the Gallery Walk from 5 PM until 7 PM in Southport, NC. The featured artist at Franklin Square Gallery will be Copper by George. George Kinley will be there with some of his wonderful copper sculptures. You may have seen him with his work displayed beside Oak Island Drive in Oak Island, NC. Ricky Evans Gallery will be featuring art books about Southport, NC and the southeastern NC coastal areas, including one with the paintings of Art Newton. This book also includes interesting stories about his life in Southport, NC. At Lantana’s you will find the work of Mary Wright, specifically her “Fences” series. The Olde Southport Village Shoppes will also feature a First Friday at the Village from 5 PM until 8 PM.

If you are hungry for barbeque – have I got a for a tip for you.  On Saturday, beginning at 10:30 AM you can get barbeque and all the fixin’s at the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department. Yes, the police department. The proceeds will benefit the Small Fry Fishing Tournament coming up at the end of the month, which is sponsored by the police department. Come early –  when it’s gone, it’s gone!

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On Saturday, you can bring your best friend to Woofstock, a Pet Party in the Park, at Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC. There is a fee of $10 which you can pay by pre-registering at: http://www.southportrotaryeveningclub.com. On-site Registration will begin at 9 AM on Saturday and events will begin at 10 AM. There will be music by Seneca Guns and the event will last until 2 PM. Proceeds will benefit Southport Rotary and PAWS Ability.

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A FULL WEEKEND

This weekend in Brunswick County, NC brings all kinds of opportunities for enjoying yourselves. Starting on Friday, from 10 AM until 2 PM you can take part in Oak Island Earth Day in Oak Island, NC at Middleton Park. Music will be emanating from the St. James Community Center in Southport, NC, on Friday evening at the Black-Tie-Optional Gala.  For another kind of musical fun on Friday evening, you might want to take the Bald Head Island Ferry across the water to The Village Chapel in Bald Head Island, NC. Beginning at 7:30 PM, the Friends of Music concert will feature the silent movie, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, accompanied by Michael Britt on the organ. What fun!

Saturday begins with the Oak Island Lighthouse Run in Oak Island, NC which includes  Phlock After Run Celebration. You might want to take in the Plant Giveaway in Leland, NC beginning at 10 AM and/or mosey on down to Shallotte, NC for the Bash at the Beach. This car show will be held at the Home Depot Shopping Center where you could also get in some shopping. On Saturday Evening HOOF (Helpers Of Our Farm) and Greenlands Farm will host Art Gala Fundraiser in Bolivia, NC from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM at 668 Midway Road SE. Tickets are available at hoofnc.org. “The evening’s festivities will include a meet and greet with a few HOOF animals, gourmet farm charcuterie, a silent art auction, and live music. Wine and beer will be available for purchase, 100% of wine sales benefiting HOOF, thanks to JP Bourgeois for his kind donation of the wine. Come and meet new friends as we all enjoy the wonderful world of art and celebrate the connections HOOF brings within your community.” On Sunday, you could head to Brunswick Forest in Leland, NC for the Brunswick Forest Veterinary Hospital Hound Hustle. This event benefits the Brunswick County Animal Services.

A YEAR FOR GIVING

Most people when they see the word ‘giving’ think of money. And many people literally have no money to give. Many of us are struggling – not all of us financially. Many times money is not the answer. Giving of yourself can mean so much,  yet it can be so easy as well as self rewarding. Give a smile. Give a hand to hold a door. Give the gift of helping. Help someone to load groceries into their vehicle. Take the empty grocery cart back to the store – use it. Let someone pull out into traffic in front of you. Smile at and talk to children. Be patient with those in line ahead of you. Offer to help your neighbor. A person living alone might not ask for help, but sometimes you can see when they need it. There are so many little ways you can make a big difference in someone’s life.

Another wonderful way of giving is the gift of time. There are so many groups that really need your help to give to the community in which you live. Whatever your interest, you can find a way to help in that area – whether it is cats, dogs, knitting, golf, greeting people, literacy, education, children, culture, art, wildlife and more. Here is a list of some of the groups in Brunswick County, NC that would love to have your help.

Brunswick County Literacy Council, Inc.

Brunswick Family Assistance Agency

Hope Harbor Home

Sheltered Treasures 

Blankets with Love

Communities in Schools of Brunswick County

The First Tee Brunswick County

Providence Home of the Family Emergency Teen Shelter, Inc.

WAVES4K.I.D.S.

Brunswick County Arts Council 

Brunswick County Intercultural Festival

Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity

Friends of the Oak Island Lighthouse

North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

Smith Island Museum of History

Southport Visitors’ Center

SUMMER

Brunswick County, NC was made for summer. It’s miles of beaches beckon to those nearby as well as those from far away. The sand, sun and water offer so many opportunities for relaxing and enjoying life. Their versatility offers respite for the soul as well as opportunity for exciting adventure. If fishing is your passion, you can cast net for bait in the Intracoastal Waterway or purchase it from any of several bait & tackle shops, surf fish from any of the many beaches, charter a fishing excursion, take a small boat into the salt marshes, creeks or lakes or drop your line from a pier. Golfers will find a plethora of golf courses from which to choose from one end of the county to the other. Really good restaurants are waiting to serve their delicious food and ice cream shops will cool you off with their sweet treats.Nature adventures can be had by solitary wanderings in parks and natural spaces – on foot, by kayak, on horseback or bicycle. Nature tours are also available, combining the wonders of exploring with learning.

Ed explains the changes in the ecology that exist on Bird Island

Yes, it rains in Brunswick County, NC, and we are thankful for those days that bring so much abundance to our natural spaces. There is plenty to do on rainy days here as well. There are movie theaters, bowling allies, museums, art galleries, shops, libraries, theaters, music venues in the restaurants and so much more.

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.