SURF OFF, CRAFT SHOW, 5K & CRAB DERBY

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Labor Day Weekend is for everyone. Labor Day was created to pay tribute to the achievements made by American workers and to their contributions to the well being of the country. You will find many events planned for this special weekend and luckily, they are not all planned on the same day or at the same time.

Saturday morning will start off at 8 AM with a Paddle Out for the Labor Day Surf Off at Ocean Crest Pier in Oak Island, NC, which will begin at 8:30 AM. Pre-registration is required for this event. 9 AM will kick off the Oak Island Art Guild Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival which will run until 4 PM. This fun event will be held on the soccer field of Middleton Park and will offer a day of beautiful handcrafted items as well as food.

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On Sunday, you can Go Jump in the Lake, literally, in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC. There is a catch. First you have to take part in either the 5K or the 1.5 mile run/walk – then you can jump in the lake. There will be live music also, from 4 PM until 6 PM, featuring 17 South Band. The concert will be held at Spring Lake Park and food trucks will be there as well.

On Monday, in Southport, NC, kids up to 14 years of age will be able to take part in the Children’s Crab Derby  Registration will begin at 8:30 AM with the derby beginning at 9 AM. Prizes will be given. That will leave the rest of the day for beach time.

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PARKS & RECREATION FUN

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If are looking for something fun to do in Brunswick County, NC it’s a good bet that you will find it provided by the Parks and Recreation Departments of the towns. The employees of these departments are fun loving individuals who come up with ideas – and carry out those ideas – for events that are available to you on a continuing basis. You will find information about some of those upcoming events here.

Town of Oak Island, NC Parks and Recreation:
If you have missed the Summer Concert Series up to this point do not despair, there will be three more Friday evening concerts (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM) at Middleton Park. Those dates are 8/10, 8/17 and 8/24.
On 8/11, 8/16 and 8/25 you can check out Nature is Wild About Reading at the Oak Island Nature Center. Here, kids can listen to stories and make fun crafts from 11 AM until noon. Topics include: 8/11 – Seashells, 8/16 – Land and Sea Turtles, 8/25 – Trees, Leaves and Bark. Please preregister kids ages 4 and up at 278-5518.
On 8/14 at 6 PM you might enjoy the Turtle Talk offered by the OKI Sea Turtle Protection Program.
Interested in the coastal birds? Here’s one for you:
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8/15 from 2 PM until 3:30 PM you can learn all the tips and tricks of Bird Photography at a free program. You will also get tips on places nearby where you can find birds to photograph, how to stage your backyard to welcome birds, and understanding bird behavior.
How about a trip to Lake Waccamaw (fee $5) on 8/23 from 9 AM until 2 PM to see Alligators Up Close & Personal? (preregistration required)
And don’t forget the Labor Day Surf Off on 9/1.

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Boiling Spring Lakes, NC Parks and Recreation:
The Monthly Birthday Ice Cream Social is held from 12:30 PM until 1 PM the second Friday of each month. Come on out and celebrate with an ice cream sundae.
Karate for Kids is held on Mondays from 6 PM until 7 PM from August 13 through December 17.
Put your dancing shoes on and join the Line Dancing on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM.
Bring your lunch and enjoy Brown Bag Lunch and a Movie on 8/16 from 11 AM until 2 PM.
Come to Dress Like a Nerd Day and enjoy lunch and maybe win a prize on 8/22 from 12 noon until 1 PM.
Get your friends together and join in the fun for Afternoon Adult Trivia on 8/23 from 11 AM until 2 PM. Pizza, salad and cash prizes will be offered. ($5 and RSVP by 8/20)

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

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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SPRING FLING, SPRING SWING (NOT) & MORE

The Provision Company Spring Swing scheduled for Saturday, May 19, in Southport, NC has been postponed due to illness.

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If you still need plants for your yard, you might want to check out the Native Plant Seminar and Plant Sale on Friday or Saturday at the Brunswick County Government Center, Building N, 25 Referendum Drive in Bolivia, NC. The seminar will begin at 8:30 AM both days and the plant sale will be held behind the building from 11 AM until 4 PM both days. You will find native perennials and shrubs as well as plants like Coneflowers and Black-eyed Susans.

Are you interested in an Historical Southport Bicycle Tour?  You can register by calling the Adventure Kayak Company, Inc. to take part on Saturday, in Southport, NC, beginning at 9 AM. The kayak company and the Maritime Museum have teamed up to offer the tour at a cost of  $20 if you have your own bike, or $28 to rent a bike and helmet.

Boiling Spring Lakes, NC will be holding their Spring Fling at the Lakes on Saturday from 10 AM until 3 PM with fun for the whole family.

Also on Saturday, you can join hands with like minded individuals and take part in Hands Across the Sand on Oak Island, NC. This event is held to demonstrate for environmental protection for the ocean and beaches. You can meet at the gazebo on SE 48th Street at 11:30 AM and the event will be held from 12 noon until 12:15 PM.

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The Boiling Spring Lakes, NC Parks and Recreation Department will present Concerts at the Lake on Sunday from 4 PM until 6 PM at Spring Lake Park in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC. Music will be provided by Artistry in Jazz.

On Sunday from 1 PM until 5 PM you can participate in the Oak Island, NC Beautification Club Garden Tour. This self guided driving tour will take you to eight gardens as well as the May Moore Park. The tour will begin at the Oak Island Recreation Center where refreshments will be served and tour maps will be available for the $10 fee for the tour.

Also on Sunday, at 3 PM will be your last chance to enjoy Brunswick Little Theatre‘s Musical Theatre Apprentices in the production, That’s Entertainment in Southport, NC. This musical review will include popular numbers from Chicago, A Chorus Line, Something’s Rotten and more. Cost is $10 at the door.

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GALLERY WALK, BARBEQUE & WOOFSTOCK

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The first Friday of another month is almost upon us and it looks like the weather will cooperate, so take yourself out to the Gallery Walk from 5 PM until 7 PM in Southport, NC. The featured artist at Franklin Square Gallery will be Copper by George. George Kinley will be there with some of his wonderful copper sculptures. You may have seen him with his work displayed beside Oak Island Drive in Oak Island, NC. Ricky Evans Gallery will be featuring art books about Southport, NC and the southeastern NC coastal areas, including one with the paintings of Art Newton. This book also includes interesting stories about his life in Southport, NC. At Lantana’s you will find the work of Mary Wright, specifically her “Fences” series. The Olde Southport Village Shoppes will also feature a First Friday at the Village from 5 PM until 8 PM.

If you are hungry for barbeque – have I got a for a tip for you.  On Saturday, beginning at 10:30 AM you can get barbeque and all the fixin’s at the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department. Yes, the police department. The proceeds will benefit the Small Fry Fishing Tournament coming up at the end of the month, which is sponsored by the police department. Come early –  when it’s gone, it’s gone!

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On Saturday, you can bring your best friend to Woofstock, a Pet Party in the Park, at Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC. There is a fee of $10 which you can pay by pre-registering at: http://www.southportrotaryeveningclub.com. On-site Registration will begin at 9 AM on Saturday and events will begin at 10 AM. There will be music by Seneca Guns and the event will last until 2 PM. Proceeds will benefit Southport Rotary and PAWS Ability.

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EASTER EGGS, CASH MOB AND ‘UNFORGETTABLE’ MUSIC

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Easter, as you know, is early this year – and so are the Easter Egg Hunts. Several of them will be taking place this Saturday, March 24. These include events in Southport, NC, Boiling Spring Lakes, NC, Shallotte, NC and Calabash, NC. The Southport Parks & Receration Easter Egg Hunt is actually two hunts – one at 10 AM in Franklin Square Park for ages 6 – 12, and the second will follow immediately at the  Fort Johnston Garrison lawn for ages 5 and younger at . In Shallotte, NC the egg hunt will be included in the BunnyDayze event in Mulberry Park beginning at 10 AM. This event will include Easter Egg dyeing and you will have a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. The Calabash Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 11 AM in the Calabash Community Park (868 Persimmon Rd.). Bring your own basket and meet the Easter Bunny.

Do you enjoy shopping? Why not take part in the March Cash Mob on Saturday? It is open to the public but you must agree to spend $20 in the shop. What shop? Ahh, that remains secret until the day of the event. The meet-up location for this event will be South Harbour Village Marina at 11 AM. After the event you can lunch with other participants at a local restaurant if you like.

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On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the Sea Notes Choral Society will be singing their hearts out at Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia, NC. Their Spring Concert this year is entitled ‘Unforgettable’ and will include Bridge Over Troubled Water, Rainy Days and Mondays, Feelin’ Groovy, and more Broadway and movie numbers. Doors will open at 2:15 PM and the show will begin at 3 PM. The program is free and no tickets are required.

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BLACK HISTORY WEEKEND, THE WHALE, BOATING & A GOLF BALL

This weekend we celebrate Black History Weekend in Brunswick County, NC. Beginning tomorrow, February 9, through Sunday, February 11, you can attend a host of events at the Southport Community Building in Southport, NC. Events will include an exhibit, motivational speakers, stories from United States Colored Troops, black politicians post civil war, african american education before 1925, black women in the military and more. On Sunday from 3 PM until 7 PM, you can enjoy an Old Fashioned Gospel Fest. The event will be hosted by Donnie Joyner.

Most of you likely remember the stranding of a young sperm whale on the Oak Island, NC beach in November that ended, unhappily, with the need to euthanize it. So many people had questions about it. If you are one of them, you can find some answers on Friday from 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM at Hatch Auditorium in Fort Caswell in Caswell Beach, NC. Members of UNCW’s Marine Mammal Stranding Network will be there to discuss strandings and what we can learn from them. They will focus on the sperm whale that was stranded on Oak Island and discuss the test results of the necropsy that was done. The event is free, but you must register to attend. Call 910-278-9501.

Did you know that if you were born on or after January 1, 1988, you are required to complete an approved boating safety course before you can operate a boat with 10 or higher horsepower on the water in North Carolina? If this is you, you can register to take the boating safety course being presented by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary on Saturday, February 10 from 8 AM until 4 PM. There is a fee. To register, contact Dawn Smith at BoatingSafely@ec.rr.com. The course will be held at the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC.

On Saturday evening, February 10, The First Tee of Brunswick County will hold their annual Golf Ball  in Supply, NC. The event will include drinks, music dancing and food. The ball will benefit their Harrison Taylor Scholarship Fund.

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(Photo courtesy Donnie Joyner)

TREE LIGHTINGS & PARADES

Tomorrow is December 1st, the Christmas season is upon us and it will be starting with a busy first weekend. The Oak Island Christmas Tree Lighting events will begin at 5:30 PM tomorrow at Middleton Park in the Town of Oak Island, NC. If your kids participate in the Gingerbread Beach House Contest (four divisions: ages 6-12, 1-17, 18 & up, and families) at the Oak Island Recreation Center, they will receive their prizes at the tree lighting and their gingerbread houses will be on display from 12/1 through 12/56.

The last 1st Friday Gallery Walk of the year will take place in Southport, NC on Friday as well Beginning at 5 PM you can stroll the streets enjoying the holiday decorations and stop in each gallery for food, drink and that special Christmas gift you have not been able to find anywhere else.

If you live in or near Calabash, NC, on Friday evening you can enjoy the Calabash Tree Lighting & Spirit of Calabash Parade all rolled into one.

On Saturday, December 2, you and your family can head out to Oak Island, NC to enjoy the Christmas by the Sea Parade beginning at 2 PM. You can head on out to the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center at 5 PM to take part in their Christmas Festival until 8 PM. Don’t forget the Sea Notes Holiday Concert, Peace on Earth. Don’t worry if you can’t make the 3 PM Concert on Saturday, December 2 at the Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia, NC – they will be doing it all again on Sunday December 3, same time, same place.

Also, on Sunday, December 3, the Oak Island Beautification Club will hold a holiday bake sale and craft bazaar at the Oak Island Recreation Center in Oak Island, NC, from noon until 4 PM.

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FALL = HAYRIDES AND OYSTERS

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Even in ‘the olden days’ when I was young, a favorite fall activity was going on a hayride. Back then we sang songs together, our voices ringing on the crisp fall air, as we huddled together for warmth in the hay telling stories and jokes. In Boiling Spring Lakes, NC, on Saturday, October 21, you can enjoy a very special kind of hayride – a Haunted Hayride. What fun! This annual event is different every year, so if you attended before, prepare to be scared out of your wits again.

Also this weekend, you have two days (Saturday and Sunday) to head out to Ocean Isle Beach, NC and enjoy everything oysters at the North Carolina Oyster Festival. With music, dancing, eating, shucking, crafts, oyster stew, and so much more, you are sure to find something(s) to make your day memorable.

There will be something special happening in the northern part of the Brunswick County, NC that will be of interest to history buffs and kids who enjoy learning at reenactments. Port Brunswick Days will be held at the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site in Winnabow, NC. From 10 AM until 4 PM on both Saturday and Sunday, living historians will wear 18th century clothes and demonstrate how life was lived during those times. You, too, can take part in activities such as candle dipping, militia drilling, sitting in the stocks and other experiences that will take you back to that previous time.