CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES

If you live in Brunswick County, NC and you are looking for something to do this weekend, you will have plenty of choices. On Saturday, you might want to head out to Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC to Participate in the Southport observance of International Peace Day from 2 PM until 4 PM.  Rev and Jeremy Truett will both be performing throughout the event. There will be children’s activities as well as a children’s art exhibit inside Franklin Square Gallery. In the event of rain, the observance will be held inside the Southport Community Building.

From 9 AM until 12 noon on Saturday, you can enjoy the Oak Island, NC beach while helping the Oak Island Beach Preservation Society by taking part in their observance of International Coastal Cleanup Day. To participate, either email beachoki@outlook.com or show up at the beach society’s tent at the Town of Oak Island cabana at the foot of 46th Street on Saturday morning.

Fun for kids seems to be the order of the day on Saturday as there will be two more events focusing on kids that day. One of them will be the Kiwanis Big Toy Day to be held at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island, NC from 10 AM until 3 PM. There will be lots of fun things for kids to do, including small craft airplane flights.

The second event will have a totally different focus. It will be the opening of Go Chicken Coop located at 7 Bell Swamp Connection in Winnabow, NC. (Look for the 9 foot tall roadside gold chicken on U.S. 17) The venue will be open from 10 AM until 6 PM Saturdays and Sundays through November 19 with farm themed fun for the whole family. Activities will include hayrides, a farm train, corn hole, a corn maze, fall festival games, sack races and more.

The air will be filled with music on Saturday evening. Mike’s Garage Band will hold a fundraising concert for the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport from 5:30 PM until 9:30 PM. This free event will be held at Woodlands Park Amphitheater in St. James. Bring your picnics and drinks and enjoy the music and raffles. Non-residents of St. James will need to register by calling 910-457-0003. Entrance for non-residents will be at the Seaside gate off Middleton Boulevard.

The cast of ‘It’s Gotta be Rock and Roll Music’ will hold encore performances of that event at the Amuzu Theatre in Southport, NC beginning Thursday, 9/14 through Sunday, 9/17. Shows will begin at 7:30 PM, Thursday through Saturday and at 3 PM on Sunday. Tickets will be available at Ricky Evans Art Gallery and Color Me Carolina.

Check Six Brewing Company in Southport, NC will offer Trivia Night on Thursday beginning at 7:30 PM; Karaoke on Friday from 7:30 PM until 11:30 PM; and live music on Saturday night beginning at 7:30 PM.

Elvis is alive and well and you can see him in Southport, NC on Friday evening from 6 PM until 9 PM. Elvis and Friends will perform at the St. James Community Center where there will be food, raffles, auctions and dancing and you can BYOB. This event will benefit WAVES 4 K.I.D.S. and tickets can be purchased at www waves4kids.org or on their Facebook page.

SUNFISH, FOUNDERS’ DAY & 9/11

(Image courtesy of boatrentik.net)

Keep your eyes peeled for the most colorful race of the year as the entrants in the Around Oak Island Sunfish Race make their circle of Oak Island, NC tomorrow, September 10. The race begins in the Southport Yacht Basin and the boats will be visible from the Oak Island beach as well as along the Intracoastal Waterway and from the old Oak Island Bridge depending on what time of day you are looking.

Leland, NC will hold their annual Founders’ Day Celebration tomorrow as well. Check it out for lots of free fun, entertainment, food and fireworks!

Sunday, September 11, will mark the 15th anniversary of the devastating events that occurred on that unforgettable date. Anyone who was not a small child at the time cannot help but remember the date. There will be some commemorative events held by towns, by VFWs and, I am certain, in churches throughout Brunswick County. NC. Even if you do not take part in an organized event, you can certainly take a few moments to think, to pray, to send peace and hope into the universe, and to remember those who suffered personally on this historic date.

(Image courtesy 911memorial.org)

FATHERS DAY WEEKEND

It’s already the middle of 2016. The year has flown by like a flock of ibis flies over the islands. Fathers Day weekend is nearly here and it is expected to be a beautiful one. Why not plan to get dad outside where you can all enjoy it together? There is so much beauty in Brunswick County, NC – don’t miss it. Spend the day at the beach. Have a picnic by a lake – maybe in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC or at Lake Waccamaw. Rent kayaks and head to one of the many bodies of water for peaceful water gliding.

Load up your bicycles – or rent some – and head north a bit to Town Creek, NC where you can ride the bicycle trails at Brunswick Nature Park, with more than 900 acres to explore. Take a fishing excursion and grill your catch for an outdoor dinner. Take dad scuba diving and discover the wonders beneath the waters. Take dad to dinner at one of the many great restaurants in Brunswick County, NC. Eat at one of them that has music on the weekends and dance the night away. Walk hand in hand on the beach at sunrise. Walk hand in hand on the beach at sunset. Simple pleasures are the best.

WEDDINGS

From the beach to a chapel, from extravagant to simple, on land or at sea, there are many various and lovely wedding locations in Brunswick County, NC. Here come the bride, the groom, the maid of honor, the best man the bridesmaids, the attendants, the flower girl, the ring bearer, the reception, the caterer, the cake, the officiant, the bridal registry, the flowers, the music, the photographer, the videographer, the transportation, the rental equipment, oh – and don’t forget the marriage license. Whew! You might want to check out our links for some help. We can even help you with a wedding planner. You also might want to check out the upcoming wedding shows. There are two this month and another one in March. The first will be this Sunday, January 24 in Southport, NC.

The Southern Cape Fear Bridal Expo will be held at the St. James Community Center.

The Silver Coast Bridal Show will be held at the Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach, NC on January 31.

On March 2, you can attend the South Brunswick Islands Bridal Expo in Carolina Shores, NC.

 

 

BEACH VACATIONS

It’s never too soon to plan your beach vacation. We are thankful for the mild winter we are experiencing in Brunswick County, NC, especially after the last two unusually cold ones. It’s lovely, and we are lucky, to be able to walk on the beach (even if bundled up) throughout the year. Most folks, however – especially those from colder climes – prefer summer at the beach. During the season, we share our beaches with folks from far and wide. These visitors need places to stay. Yes, we have many nice hotels, motels and B & Bs, but sometimes it works better to rent a house – even for locals who may be getting too many visitors to accommodate in their homes. This is where beach rental agencies come in handy. Renting a house on the beach is almost like living at the beach, however temporarily. You can walk out your door right onto the beach. You can sleep to the sound of the surf at night. You can choose to eat at one of the many fine restaurants in the area, or stop at the grocery store and pick up ingredients for you own special dishes. You can bring your whole family with you, have a family reunion, or invite all your friends to stay. There are some great beach rental agencies in the area – here are just a few:

In Southport, NC,  Southport Realty Rentals and Property Management :
The Landing At Sp Real Estate - 6129 River Sound Circle, Southport, NC - 28

In the Town of Oak Island, NC,  Oak Island Accommodations:

On Bald Head Island, NC,  Bald Head Island Rentals, LLC:

BEACH MOTELS in OAK ISLAND, NC

Myrtle Beach Motels

Oak Island, NC has several motels that you may want to consider as alternatives to renting a beach house. This is especially helpful for couples or small groups and most of these motels are locally owned and operated. Though only one of the motels is actually located on the beach, all of them are within walking distance of the water. Fishermen might prefer to stay at a motel that is located right next to a fishing pier. Boaters may prefer to stay at a motel with it’s own marina and public boat access. Those who like to shop may want to stay in a motel that is close to the downtown shops and restaurants. Those who prefer to swim in fresh water rather than in the ocean might like to stay in a motel with a swimming pool. You will find all of these in Oak Island, NC. You will also find motels that offer efficiency apartments, are pet friendly, have sunset views, have a tackle shop and kayak and personal watercraft rentals, are located next to a restaurant, have special rates, have charcoal grills and picnic tables available to guests, and so much more. The next time you decide to visit Oak Island, NC, check out the local motels. You will be pleasantly surprised. Here are a few to consider:

Captain’s Cove Motel: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/hotel-motel/oak-island/captains-cove-motel/profile/)

Ocean Crest Motel: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/hotel-motel/oak-island/ocean-crest-motel/profile/)

Blue Water Point Motel: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/hotel-motel/oak-island/blue-water-point-marina-resort/profile/)

SUMMER SPORTS

School is out! We, in Brunswick County, NC are very lucky that there are lots of outdoor activities to keep kids busy during the summer as well as a safe environment in which they can do them. The abundance of water features offers so may opportunities like swimming, surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, riding a ski-do, seining for bait and fishing. On the beach they can go shelling, build sand castles, play with sand toys, bury each other and their parents. They can ride bicycles, go skateboarding, ride a scooter or an EZ roller, go roller skating and play in the many parks. Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of team sports to kids as well, as do the recreation departments of most towns. These include volleyball, tennis, Dixie Girls Softball, Dixie Boys Baseball, basketball, soccer, cheerleading, disc golf and sign up for football. Here are links for reaching these recreation departments and for more information.

Southport, Oak Island and Boiling Spring Lakes:  http://southport.insiderinfo.us/sports-fitness-parks/recreation-department/

Leland: http://leland.insiderinfo.us/sports-fitness-parks/

Brunswick County: http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/sports-fitness-parks/