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

GOLF, GOLF AND MORE GOLF

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Image – Oak Island Golf Club, Caswell Beach, NC

Golf is not everyone’s game. However, it is certainly popular in southeastern, NC, evidenced by the number of golf communities in the area  – and the people who live in them. Did you know that the game is considered to have been invented by the Scots? “A spokesman for the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, one of the oldest Scottish golf organisations, said “Stick and ball games have been around for many centuries, but golf as we know it today, played over 18 holes, clearly originated in Scotland.” In 1739, the game spread to (what is now) the United States with a shipment of clubs and balls to South Carolina and the establishment of the South Carolina Golf Club in Charleston in 1787. The game became very popular in the Roaring Twenties and the number of golf clubs have been growing ever since that time.*
*Source – Wikipedia

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Image – Thistle Golf Club, Sunset Beach, NC

The following public golf courses can be found in the Southport – Oak Island, NC area:

The Bald Head Island Club On Bald Head Island, NC

The Lakes Country Club in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC

Oak Island Golf & Country Club and Oak Island Par 3 Golf Course at South Harbour in Caswell Beach, NC and Oak Island, NC

Further south, you will find these courses.

Ocean Isle Beach, NC:  The Big Cats Golf Courses at Ocean Ridge Plantation

Shallotte, NC:  Brierwood Golf Club
Rivers Edge Golf Club & Plantation

Calabash, NC:  Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort
Crow Creek Golf Course
The Pearl Golf Links

Carolina Shores, NC:  Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club

Holden Beach, NC:  Lockwood Folly Country Club

Sunset Beach, NC:  Oyster Bay Golf Links
Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club
Thistle Golf Club 

In the northern part of Brunswick County, NC, you can play golf at these locations.

Leland, NC:  Compass Pointe Golf Club
Magnolia Greens Golf Course
Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest

Bolivia, NC: Carolina National Golf Club at Winding River Plantation

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Image – Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest, Leland, NC

JOLLY MON, SONGWRITING & PIRATES

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Fishing and pirates and songs, oh my! And the fun begins at 6 PM today, Thursday, June 14, in Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC with the first event of the Southport Songwriter Festival. At this event you can enjoy the music of Louisa Branscomb and Friends of Distinction with Jeanette and Johnny Williams until 8 PM.

Registrations for the Jolly Mon King Classic fishing tournament also begin this evening in Ocean Isle Beach, NC . The tournament runs through Sunday and offers a Junior Jolly Mon as well.

Tomorrow evening (Friday, June 15) check out the scenes in the free movie, Safe Haven, and see if you can match them to your surroundings. Yes, the movie will be shown outdoors on the Garrison Lawn in Southport, NC beginning at 8:45 PM. Bring your own chairs or a blanket to sit on and some snacks – and enjoy.

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Bald Head Island, NC will be the place where the action is this weekend and the action will begin on Friday. What action? Why, the Pirate Invasion, of course. Aargh! Don’t miss out on the adventure – food, fun and games – activities, music and magic. (If you have a choice, always choose magic in your life)

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MEMORIAL DAY, ART SHOW & PARROT PARTY

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The Memorial Day Holiday is a good time to enjoy the freedoms afforded us by those who served our country in the armed forces – don’t forget to honor them. Southport, NC will hold two Memorial Day events on Monday, May 28. A parade will begin at 10:30 AM at the corner of 10th and Lord Streets. At 11 AM, at the end of the parade, there will be a memorial ceremony at the John N. Smith Cemetery on Leonard Street. At 2 PM the annual Days of Remembrance will be held at the Southport Community Center after which hot apple pie and ice cream will be served.

Bald Head Island, NC will hold their traditional Memorial Day service at the Old Baldy Lighthouse beginning at 11:30 AM and will include music by the Village Chapel Choir.

In Boiling Spring Lakes, NC you can attend a Memorial Day Service at VFW Post 10400, 3161 George II Highway, beginning at 11 AM.

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Today, May 24, you can experience the music of The Tams at the Brunswick County Free Concert in Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Drive, in Leland, NC beginning at 6:30 PM.

Tomorrow, Friday, May 25, beginning at 5 PM, the New York Times best selling author, Mary Alice Monroe, will be signing copies of her recent novel, Beach House Reunion, at the Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. The story is set during the time of sea turtle nesting. This event is presented by the Pelican Book Store and cost is $7.50 which includes a free glass of wine.

On Saturday and Sunday, you can enjoy the Smith Island Art League Memorial Day Show on Bald Head Island, NC. On Memorial Day you can beach it all day if you like, then head on out to Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC for Jimmy Buffet and beach music by Parrot Party at the Southport Summer Concert in Franklin Square Park.

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RUNNING, BLESSINGS AND SAILING

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It’s time again for the Badwater Cape Fear race and this year it falls on St. Paddy’s Day. That will be Saturday for those of you who let it creep up on you. You must register in advance for the race and there is still time to do so. The race will begin on Bald Head Island, NC and will take you through some areas which rarely see the footprints of man.

On Sunday afternoon you can take your water craft, any kind of water craft, to the City Pier in Southport, NC for the Blessing of the Fleet.

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If running is not your thing so much as being on the water is, you might want to check out the Southport Sail & Power Squadron seminar on Saturday with registration beginning at 8:30 AM. The seminar will be held at the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport and will include issues relating specifically to the Cape Fear region. These will include the use of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tables and charts; how to deal with low water and mean high tide; and predicting the times of the tides. All are relevant to your fun and safety in the waters of the Cape Fear area.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Christmas 2017 has come and gone. I am hoping everyone will carry their Christmas spirit throughout the coming year. You will find that Brunswick County, NC folks are some of the friendliest, kindest folks you can ever want to meet no matter what time of year it is. And, maybe you, like me, noticed an uptick of that caring attitude over the holiday season. The small day to day courtesies are wonderful to witness and experience. However, times are difficult for many of us, so if you are wondering how you might help on a regular basis, or, if you are looking for something meaningful to do with extra time on your hands, I would like to suggest that you look into volunteering. There are so many areas of need that you can surely find an area that interests you. You might even turn you hobbies into ways to help others. You will definitely find your life more enjoyable and fulfilling. Volunteer opportunities in Brunswick County, NC can be found in human services, children’s services, the arts, historic preservation, community development, and animal welfare. Don’t know where to go to find your niche? Here are some suggestions for you.


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If helping animals is dear to your heart, you can check out the Oak Island Feral Cats Club; Paw’s Place Dog Rescue; Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter; or Southport-Oak Island Animal Rescue (SOAR).

If you are interested in historic preservation or community development, why not look into Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity; Fort Johnston-Southport Museum  Visitors’ Center ; Friends of the Oak Island Lighthouse; North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport; Smith Island Museum of History.

If the arts are your thing, these groups would be pleased to hear from you: Brunswick County Arts Council; Brunswick County Intercultural Festival.

Your love of children, sewing or golf might be fulfilled by taking part in these: Blankets with Love, Brunswick County School System; Communities in Schools of Brunswick County; The First Tee Brunswick County; Providence Home of the Family Emergency Teen Shelter, Inc.; WAVES4K.I.D.S.

If human services speak to you, try out these worthy causes: Brunswick County Literacy Council, Inc.; Brunswick Family Assistance Agency; Hope Harbor Home; Sheltered Treasures.

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THANKSGIVING, ART & A FLOTILLA

I am sure most people are busy with Thanksgiving preparations, or looking forward to sharing the day with family, friends and loved ones. But don’t forget to be thankful for those family members, friends, or even acquaintances who are alone. This time of year can be a bit sad for them. Give thanks for their presence in your life by including them in your celebration. Invite them to share the day in your home, or take a plate full of Thanksgiving goodies by their homes and spend some time with them.

The day after Thanksgiving, of course, has become known as Black Friday, and the day after that as Shop Small (or local) Saturday. Please remember when you are planning your holiday gifts that a gift of art is a gift from the heart and it helps to sustain the artists who made it. There is a number of places in Brunswick County, NC where you can shop for original art. One of them is the annual Smith Island Art League Thanksgiving Show, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 24th and 25th, at the Bald Head Island Association Center in Bald Head Island, NC. Browsing is welcomed as well.

Flotillas are some of the loveliest of parades – parades on the water – that are held during the holiday season. The first flotilla of the season, the Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla, will be held on Saturday, November 25, in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, beginning at dusk. This flotilla will include a party afterwards as well as an auction to benefit a local Brunswick County charity.

If you decide to skip the shopping on Friday, you can take the kids and head on over to Wilmington, NC – just across the Cape Fear River. There you can enjoy the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Ho Ho Ho. This event promises to be interesting and fun for adults and children alike. Be sure to take your camera for greats pics.

Santa at the Battleship