Fishing tournament season is upon us and the fun begins today, October 5, in Southport, NC, with the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament registration, entertainment and captains meeting at the Southport Marina. Fishing will begin on Friday with more entertainment on Saturday afternoon and the awards ceremony on Saturday evening. As you can see, this event is not just for the fishermen. It’s an enjoyable time for everyone.
Also, on Saturday, your kids up to age 15 can enjoy the fun of fishing, from 10 AM until noon, on the City Pier, in Southport, NC, at Captain Charlie’s Kids Fishing Tournament. This is a great way to get your kids hooked on fishing. They might even win the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament someday.
On Saturday afternoon, from 3 PM until 5 PM, you can enjoy the Farm Tapas and Farm Tour at Greenlands Farm on Midway Road, in Bolivia, NC. There is a fee and reservations are required (910-253-7934). You can learn about sustainable farming; meet the rescued farm animals and free range chickens; see a goat milking demonstration and more. Proceeds benefit HOOF, their non-profit farm animal sanctuary.
Two stellar events will be happening in Southport, NC on Friday, March 3. From 5 PM until 7 PM, you can enjoy all kinds of two dimensional (paintings) and three dimensional (pottery) art in Southport’s own Franklin Square Gallery. This Spring Art Show reception will be presented by the Associated Artists of Southport. In addition to interesting art, there will be food and wine and an awards presentation for the winning artists.
From 6 PM until 10 PM, folks will enjoy dining and dancing at the Diamonds and Denim Ball to be held at the St. James Community Center. This annual ball is an event of the Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation and proceeds help local charities each year. It’s likely too late for you to purchase tickets (though, if you are interested, you could certainly check that out) as they go on sale starting in January. Make a note for next year.
As you probably know, this past Tuesday was Fat Tuesday. What you may not know is that you can attend Oak Island’s own Mardi Gras Parade & Party by the Sea on Saturday, March 4. Sponsored by the Town of Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department, this celebration will be loaded with events, including a parade, from 1 PM until 4 PM. Come on out and enjoy the day!
What do airplanes and classic cars have in common? Both will be taking part in the Wings & Wheels event being held at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island, NC on Saturday, April 12 beginning at 8 AM. At this free event you can check out as many as 75 classic cars (as well as participating aircraft) and you can vote for your favorite car. You can have a pancake breakfast starting at 8:30 AM until 11 AM for just $5.00 and the Civil Air Patrol will hold a “burger burn” from noon until 3 PM.
Pilots can participate in a spot landing contest in which they will attempt to put their wheels in a designated area upon landing. Awards will also be given for the best high wing plane, the best low wing plane, and the best home built aircraft. Awards will be given to car owners in the following categories:
Best Stock and Best Modified 1941 or earlier Best Stock and Best Modified 1942 or later Top 20 cars People’s Choice Howie’s Choice (Howie is the director of the airport) Best of Show
You can participate in a 50-50 raffle, and a Chinese Auction and enjoy the informational displays by businesses located at the airport which include: Oak Island Aviation, Hertz Car Rentals, Cape Fear Airworks, Brunswick Air, Dutchman Creek Bait and Tackle Shop, Coastal Skydive and High Tide Helicopters. All funds raised will go to youth activity programs sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Civil Air Patrol.
For more information you can contact Ginny Largent at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at: 301-801-3672.
…..and head for the 20th Annual Stede Bonnet Regatta in Southport, NC on Saturday, November 2.
The regatta is named after Stede Bonnet, the Gentleman Pirate, who plied the waters off the coast of the Carolinas -sometimes in cahoots with Blackbeard. He met his end at the end of a rope in Charleston in 1718. The captain and crew of the sailboats that take part are all required to be decked out in pirate regalia, a rule that sets the tone for this fun event. Many of the spectators also wear their pirate duds and this year it would not surprise me to see Captain Jack Sparrow among them. He has been lurking about the town of Southport of late and taking part in all the special events – even wandering through the Waterfront Market on occasion.
Though prizes are awarded, the race itself is a fun event where you might witness a man overboard, or a grounding of a pirate ship, or the firing of water cannon. There is even a coveted Boob Prize awarded at the ceremony following the race. You can also take part in the after-the-race party at the Yacht Basin Provision Company. There will be a band, dancing, drinks food and fun until you and the pirates drop.