ARTS

Today, Brunswick County, NC artists will be lining up at the Oak Island Recreation Center in the Town of Oak Island, NC. Why? Today is the day they will deliver their multifarious works of art to be entered in the annual Arts by the Shore show. These works include paintings, pottery, jewelry, quilts, stained glass, wood working and so much more. Brunswick County, NC is blessed with so many skilled artists and Arts by the Shore is a great venue for you to see their work displayed. The show is open to the public on Friday, Saturday and at a reception on Sunday afternoon. Don’t miss it!

Speaking of art – you may not yet have heard about the opening of the Leland Cultural Arts Center in Leland, NC. At this center you can take classes in just about any artistic discipline you can think of. You will find classes in dancing, acting, poetry, writing, painting in several mediums, pottery and so much more. There is even a shop where some of the creative pieces made by Brunswick County, NC artists are sold. The center is well worth a stop to investigate. You may well be surprised by what you find there.

When people in Brunswick County, NC think of the word art, their thoughts invariably go to the Sunset River Marketplace in Sunset Beach, NC. This huge gallery is full of beautiful art pieces and includes things for your home decor, like furniture and pillows – all individually created by artists. You will marvel at the creative energy exuded by the wonderful works you will find here, and if it inspires your creative juices – all the better. You can take classes here as well.

FALL FESTIVITIES

Another weekend of fun festivities is ahead of us in Brunswick County, NC; and the Carolina blue skies and warm temperatures promise to continue throughout the weekend. With all the water in Brunswick County, NC, as well as offshore, one of the favorite fall activities involves bait, rods and reels and some of the best fishing happens in the fall. Because of this, fishing tournaments abound in the fall and this weekend is no exception. This weekend’s fishing tournament is a tournament with a twist, however. The fishing will not be done from piers or from boats in the ocean. The Bluefish Bonanza on Bald Head island, NC is a surfcasting tournament. Check it out.

Last weekend you may have participated in the NC Oyster Festival – an annual event in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Get ready to enjoy again this Saturday and Sunday, this time in Holden Beach, NC at the annual NC Festival by the Sea.

You will have another second chance in Calabash, NC. Last week was Pumpkin Day at Indigo Farms – this Saturday from 10 – AM until 2 PM, you can enjoy Pick Your Own Pumpkin Day. The event will include Stock Pig Racing as well as hayrides – so bring the whole family.

FISHIN’ AND FARMIN’ REDUX

Fishing and farming have been the two main ways of making a living in Brunswick County, NC for generations. As you can see by the above map from the NC Department of Agriculture, that’s pretty much true of the whole state. Though times have changed, and technology and tourism have become prevalent, we who live in Brunswick County, NC are still blessed with the sight of shrimp boats in the surrounding waters. I remember an old song:

Shrimp boats are a comin’ their sails are in sight
Shrimp boats are a comin there’s dancin’ tonight…

The menhaden industry and fish factories are gone and fishing is now more of a recreation – especially the tournaments. The waters will be teaming with boats this weekend and celebrations will abound on shore for the Annual U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament – October 1st thru 3rd in Southport, NC.

Kids can get involved, too. On the Saturday of the King Mackerel Tournament (October 3), the Southport Recreation Department holds Captain Charlie’s Kids Fishing Tournament where kids who bring their own rods, reels and bait can fish from the Southport City Pier and win some prizes for their catches.

At the south end of Brunswick County, NC, you can spend the day learning about farming with hands on activities, demonstrations and – of all things – pig races. Sound interesting? Just head on down to Calabash, NC to Farm Heritage Day at Indigo Farms beginning at 10 AM where you can even go on an old fashioned hay ride.

VALENTINES DAY

Valentines Day is nearly here and the florists are all in a flurry. When we think of this day we think of love, flowers, candy, special dinners out, gifts of jewelry – all the traditional things associated with it. In Brunswick County, NC you will find some of the restaurants will have special dinners to celebrate the occasion. There is no shortage of florists, jewelry stores and places to purchase Valentine candy either. But there is a number of other events to choose from as well – some of them not so traditional. Why not do something different this year – maybe something your special sweetheart has an interest in or something in which the whole family can participate.

If you have an interest in North Carolina history, you might want to think about heading to the Brunswick Town State Historic Site in Winnabow, NC. On February 14 and 15 there will be dramatic interpretations of the fall of Ft. Anderson to commemorate the 150th anniversary of that event. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/fort-anderson-civil-war-living-history/profile/)

If you like the fun and excitement of the Mardi Gras, you can head on over to Oak Island, NC for their three day event. Wouldn’t it be fun to spend Valentine’s evening in front of a bonfire on the beach? (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/mardi-gras-by-the-sea/profile/)

For a more traditional evening of dining and dancing, you can participate in The Golf Ball in Carolina Shores, NC where all proceeds benefit a good cause. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/the-golf-ball/profile/)

BRUNSWICK CATCH

The local fishermen in Brunswick County, NC have been harvesting top quality seafood like shrimp, grouper, flounder, oysters, blue crabs, clams and more going back two and three generations. Their livelihood is being threatened by a number of factors not the least of which is imported seafood. Brunswick Catch was formed by a group of commercial fishermen, restaurant owners and seafood dealers with the assistance of  the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission, county commissioners, NC Sea Grant and Carteret Catch, to sustain this heritage.

When you are eating out or purchasing seafood, look for the Brunswick Catch logo on a flag and/or a sign outside the restaurant or store to be assured of receiving top quality local seafood. All members of the group display this logo. You will be getting the tastiest meal while helping local fisherman continue their tradition. For your convenience, You will find a few member restaurants listed below:  

Fishy Fishy Cafe in Southport, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/restaurant/southport/fishy-fishy-cafe/profile/)

The Bald Head Island Club (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/restaurant/bald-head-island/the-bald-head-island-club/profile/)

Inlet View Bar & Grill in Shallotte, NC (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/restaurant/shallotte/inlet-view-bar-and-grill/profile/)

For a list of seafood retailers and more restaurants, go to: http://www.brunswickcatch.com.