ANTIQUES & HEALTH

Spring is definitely in the air in Brunswick County, NC. People are walking on the beaches and working in their yards readying them for the planting of new flowers. Windows are open and fans are turning and you can hear chainsaws competing with the birds that are singing and beginning to build new nests. Even indoors, people like me are turning their Spring Fever to cleaning and getting rid of things which they have been hanging onto for years. If you are clearing out, you might want to think about what you decide to do with these things. Many of us have been holding onto things that have been passed down in or families for years. Some of these things just might be valuable. If you would like to check out the value of such things, just make your way to the  PEO Annual Antique Appraisal Fair on Sunday afternoon in Southport, NC. You may find that you have been holding onto treasures.

Tomorrow morning, you can check out the most important treasure you have – yourself. Take yourself down to the Brunswick Beacon Health Expo in Shallotte, NC at the Shallotte Middle School and make sure you are healthy enough to do that yard work you so enjoy. You can also donate blood to help others in need or adopt that very special pet you have been thinking about.

 

SUMMER

Brunswick County, NC was made for summer. It’s miles of beaches beckon to those nearby as well as those from far away. The sand, sun and water offer so many opportunities for relaxing and enjoying life. Their versatility offers respite for the soul as well as opportunity for exciting adventure. If fishing is your passion, you can cast net for bait in the Intracoastal Waterway or purchase it from any of several bait & tackle shops, surf fish from any of the many beaches, charter a fishing excursion, take a small boat into the salt marshes, creeks or lakes or drop your line from a pier. Golfers will find a plethora of golf courses from which to choose from one end of the county to the other. Really good restaurants are waiting to serve their delicious food and ice cream shops will cool you off with their sweet treats.Nature adventures can be had by solitary wanderings in parks and natural spaces – on foot, by kayak, on horseback or bicycle. Nature tours are also available, combining the wonders of exploring with learning.

Ed explains the changes in the ecology that exist on Bird Island

Yes, it rains in Brunswick County, NC, and we are thankful for those days that bring so much abundance to our natural spaces. There is plenty to do on rainy days here as well. There are movie theaters, bowling allies, museums, art galleries, shops, libraries, theaters, music venues in the restaurants and so much more.

DISCOVER YOUR OWN COUNTY

If you are like most people, when you live in a place for any length of time you often do not take advantage of available places or events thinking that you have plenty of time to do that. You may even find yourself stumped when a visitor asks, “What should I not miss?” Brunswick County, NC has so much to offer from the beaches to the Green Swamp; from the Ev Henwood Nature Preserve (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/sports-fitness-parks/parks/ev-henwood-nature-preserve/profile/) to Lake Waccamaw; from the New Hanover County line to the South Carolina line. And all of these places hold special events throughout the year. A good example is this coming weekend. There are so many events going on throughout the county that you would be hard pressed to attend all of them. You might consider the Wine Tasting & Silent Auction (4/25 – Noon – 2:30 PM) at the Island Way Restaurant on Oak Island which benefits the Oak Island Beach Preservation Society. ($25 Tickets at The Grape & Ale (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/restaurant/wine-shop-winery/the-grape-and-ale/profile/) in Oak Island; The Wine Shop in Southport; or call Billie LeTendre 910-250-9109 or Muriel Nelson 910-278-1028). You might want to take the kids to the Small Fry Fishing Tournament (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/kids-stuff/go-fish/small-fry-fishing-tournament/profile/) in Boiling Spring Lakes. No kids? Why not volunteer at the tournament – call Alison Scouler at 910-363-0011. How about fun on the beach that also benefits the Coastal Horizons Rape Crisis Center? You will find it on Oak Island at the Oak Island Barefoot Battle (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/oak-island-barefoot-battle/profile/). You could stroll through the Southport Plein Air Paint Out and watch the artists at work. You could even buy one of the paintings at the Wet Paint Sale at Ft. Johnston. Attention Ladies! You can take part in the Women Anglers in Training Weekend on Oak Island (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/women-anglers-in-training-weekend-wait/profile/).

You could take the whole family to the US Coast Guard Station – Oak Island – Annual Safety Expo
(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/us-coast-guard-station-oak-island-annual-safety-expo/profile/).

If you live in Leland, you could stop by the Annual Plant Giveaway (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/plant-giveaway/profile/). If you have an interest in classic cars you might want to make your way to Shallotte to the Bash at the Beach (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/bash-at-the-beach/profile/). No matter where you live, you can attend the Days at the Docks in Holden Beach on either Saturday, Sunday, or both days (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/days-at-the-docks/profile/).

So, why not get out of the house this weekend and enjoy Brunswick County, NC?

SEPTEMBER, TOO

Most of the tourists visit Brunswick County, NC during the summer months. They spend their time enjoying the beaches, shopping, eating at our excellent restaurants and participating in scheduled events. The residents, however, know how to have fun, too. Even though the summer officially ends with Labor Day, there are events every weekend from which to choose. Last week I suggested three options: Big Toy Day, the Around Oak Island Sunfish Race, and the Brunswick County Intercultural Festival. Here are three more to add to your calendar: 

September 6, 2014 – The Brunswick Family Assistance 10K, 5K & 1-mile Fun Run and 10K walk at Sea Trail Resort and Convention Center (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/september/5-star-race-productions-llc/profile/)

Determined runners at the start in one of our races at Beautiful Brunswick Forest

September 27, 2014 – The Southport Wooden Boat Show (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/september/southport-wooden-boat-show/profile/)

September 28, 2014 – The First Bank Oktoberfest 15K & 5K in Brunswick Forest (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/october/5-star-race-productions-llc/profile/)

2012 Finisher Medals

 

LELAND, NC – NEW HOME COMMUNITIES

Since the year 2000, the population of Leland, NC has been growing by leaps and bounds and is expected to continue to grow for the foreseeable future. As a sort of bedroom community, the area offers the best of two worlds: The downtown arts and culture of Wilmington and the beaches in Hew Hanover and Brunswick Counties as well as the Brunswick County parks and rivers are all within just a few minutes drive. The beaches and attractions of Myrtle Beach, SC are also only a sort distance from Leland. There are many new home communities from which to choose in the Leland area, each offering its own unique amenities. Here are a few that may have just the type of lifestyle for which you have been searching:

Compass Pointe (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/homes-real-estate/neighborhood-development/leland/compass-pointe/profile/)

The Bluffs on the Cape Fear (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/homes-real-estate/neighborhood-development/leland/the-bluffs-on-the-cape-fear/profile/)

Brunswick Forest (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/homes-real-estate/neighborhood-development/leland/brunswick-forest/profile/)