April showers bring May flowers – or so the saying goes. But we have had so much rain in February and March that I am hoping April will bring sunshine and warmer weather. Some signs of spring have been helpful in making me hopeful. Daffodils are blooming in many places. The Star Magnolia blossoms, lovely white ribbons on bare branches, have bloomed and are almost gone. Bradford pear tree blossoms have popped out like popcorn. Forsythia is now beginning to peep out shyly and will soon be glowing in all its golden glory. Considering these things, it seems appropriate to begin the month of April by attending the Southport Spring Festival & Azalea Sale coming up in Franklin Square Park on April 3rd and 4th.
All of us who celebrate Easter have our own traditions depending on our family backgrounds and the places where we live. Some of these traditions overlap. Perhaps we color eggs and hold egg hunts for the little ones; have ham for dinner; bake bunny cakes; buy a new hat; make pancakes shaped like bunnies for breakfast; take pictures in the Bluebonnets; spend a weekend at the beach. Ah, yes. Those of us who live on the coast of Brunswick County, NC, know that tourist season begins on Easter weekend. This will be the beginning of more people on the beach, crowds in the shops, long lines at the grocery store and more traffic. It will also be the beginning of brightly colored towels hanging on the decks of long empty beach houses, children laughing, gaily colored beach umbrellas, kites flying – all the things that bring an air of excitement to the towns after the long cold winter we had this year.
This event is held in lovely Franklin Square Park and has something for everyone in the family (but you will need to leave your pets at home). Two days in a row (Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19) you can take part (beginning at 10 AM) in the Arts Festival and activities for children as well as view the Model Railroad Exhibit. On Saturday from 11 AM until 2 PM you can enjoy the Chili Cook-Off. There will also be a 5K run/walk on Saturday beginning at 8 AM. Gorgeous azalea plants will be available for purchase to beautify your landscape.
This is a great event for families with kids. All kinds of free or low cost activities will be available outside the museum. The $2.00 fee for going into the museum will also be waived for Brunswick County residents with ID. The event will be held even if the weather is bad – it will just be moved indoors.
Here you can find all of the products you have been looking for to enhance your home and your landscaping – and – speak to representatives of the businesses where you can purchase these items locally, thus contributing to the local economy at the same time.