The First Friday Gallery Walk in Southport, NC has become an institution. The walk always offers interesting artistic treasures, featured artists, good food, wine and spirits to all who attend. But at the gallery walk this Friday (September 7, 2018) Franklin Square Gallery, a non-profit, cooperative gallery, will have something very special going on. It will focus on the upcoming (September 29) Wooden Boat Show. Earlier in the year, members of the gallery were busy painting images of wooden boats in the hopes that their painting might be chosen to be displayed on the Wooden Boat Show T-shirts. All entries were submitted and a winner was chosen. This year’s winner is Tony Alderman, for “She Stood the Test” – a painting of one of the iconic, and slowly disappearing, shrimp boats that we are privileged to see plying the waters in Southeastern NC. You will be able to see the original painting, meet the artist and enjoy a display of the other entries at this Friday’s gallery walk from 5 PM until 7 PM.
The Silver Coast winery Tasting Room in Southport, NC is known, of course, for its wines. However, this Friday they will be offering something a little bit different. From 4 PM until 7 PM you will be able to enjoy their Victory Brewing Company of PA Beer Tasting. Mike Yeley will be providing live music from 6 PM until 8 PM as well.
This Saturday you can celebrate Leland’s Founders’ Day in Leland, NC from 3 PM until 9 PM. A veterans recognition will be held and the event will include live music, a carnival, arts & crafts, food trucks and fireworks. Parking will be located at North Brunswick High School and a shuttle will be provided.
Anticipation is in the air
Red , white and blue everywhere!
And that can mean only one thing – the NC 4th of July Festival is imminent. There will be crowds and traffic to rival any other time of the year in Brunswick County, NC, but with patience and good humor we can all enjoy great fun.
The 2018 event will begin on Saturday, June 30, in the Town of Oak Island, NC with the Beach Day events and in Southport, NC with the Fire Fighters Freedom Competition. Beach Day events will begin with a Horseshoe Tournament at 8 AM and end with a Concert by the Holiday Band from 6 PM until 9 PM. In between you can participate in youth activities and contests, a sand sculpture contest, Corn Hole, Bocce Ball and Volleyball Tournaments, a skateboard competition (at the Kevin Bell Skate Park), and a Shag Contest. In addition to the Fire Fighters Competition on Saturday, you can also view the 9/11 Never Forget Memorial Mobile exhibit and tour the Old Brunswick County Jail.
July 2, 3 and 4 offer Arts and Crafts in Franklin Square Park from 10 AM until 6 PM and food concessions from 11 AM until 10 PM in the Waterfront Park area. Other events on Monday, July 2, include children’s entertainment in Keziah Park from 12 Noon until 2 PM and a Salute to Veterans in the Southport Community Building at 6 PM. On Tuesday, July 3, registration for Children’s Games at the waterfront begins at 8 AM and games begin at 9 AM. The Brunswick Big Band will play on the Fort Johnston lawn followed by the naturalization ceremony at 4 PM. From 4:45 PM until 5 :30 PM you can register to vote at the Southport Community Building and at 6 PM there will be a flag retirement ceremony at the corner of Howe and Moore Streets.
You can start you day on Wednesday, July 4, with a pancake breakfast from 7 AM until 10:30 AM at the Trinity United Methodist Church. At 10:30 AM there will be a flag raising ceremony at the corner of Moore and Howe streets and the parade will begin at 11 AM. From 11 AM until 4 PM you can enjoy Shine & Show Classic Cars on Bay Street next to Waterfront Park. Fireworks will begin at 9 PM and there will be an encore musical performance afterward.
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.
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.
According to latest reports, Hermine should have passed through the area before the Labor Day weekend officially begins on Saturday, so don’t give up on your plans. There will be events enough for everyone to enjoy themselves, especially those of us who are lucky enough to not have to work on the weekend or on the holiday. Please be aware that the events on Saturday, if scheduled in the early morning, may be rescheduled to a later time. An example is Go Jump in the Lake in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC, which has rescheduled the start time of the race to 11 AM.
Saturday morning will also bring the Labor Day Surf Off in Oak Island, NC. Hopefully, a benefit of the storm will be some good surfing waves.
It ‘s the middle of August. Summer is coming to a close. The kids will soon be starting back to school if they have not done so already. Visitors will be dreaming for another year of staying at the beach until they can, again, make that dream a reality. Those of us who live here are the lucky ones. Do not despair. There are still some interesting, fun, exciting events in which you can take part. Here are a few:
The NC 4th of July Festival in Southport and Oak Island, NC is a joyous event with fun activities for the whole family. It is an old fashioned celebration that continues the traditions of a parade, an arts and crafts event, food vendors, patriotic concerts, music, dancing, games, foot races, a naturalization ceremony, a beach day and fireworks over the water to top it off.
Firing of Thor, the cannon, begins this race which has been taking place annually for more than 30 years. A color outburst is included this year and all winners will receive a hand made bowl by local potter, Kimberly Caroon.
In Addition, the 440th Army Band NC Army National Guard will present a military concert and a whole list of bands will provide music on the waterfront. These include the popular local band, Mike’s Garage Band. There will be Folk and Gospel music as well as Rock, Blues, Reggae, Hip Hop and Rap.
So, you would love to attend the Mardi Gras but there is no way you can manage to get to New Orleans. Why not celebrate Mardi Gras right here in the Brunswick County, NC Islands at the Mardi Gras by the Sea on Oak Island? The event is sponsored by the Oak Island Business Alliance and runs from February 28 – March 4.
The festival begins on Friday with a scavenger hunt at local businesses and finishes the night with a crayfish boil, including live music, at The Grape and Ale beginning at 6 PM. The scavenger hunt continues on Saturday until 5 PM.
Saturday starts off with children’s story hour at the library followed by a parade starting at 11 AM; an arts and crafts festival in the soccer field from 12 noon until 4 PM; a Gumbo Cook-Off also in the soccer field at 1 PM and a bonfire on the beach at the cabana at 5 PM.
On Sunday you can attend a pancake breakfast from 8 AM until 11 AM at the Elks Lodge and on Tuesday evening from 6 PM until 10 PM you can participate in the Brunswick Little Theater Masquerade Ball at the St. James Community Center. For more information, check out http://www.facebook.com/MardiGrasByTheSea.
If that is not enough to satisfy your taste for Mardi Gras, check out the Live Oak Cafe in Southport, NC for dinner February 27 – March 1, and on March 4.
There you can dig into scrumptious Cajun Creole Specials, including: Crawfish Etouffee, Blackened Mahi with Andouille Sausage Gravy, Shrimp Creole, dirty rice, authentic turtle soup and much more.