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.
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.
Pirates will be plying the waters of the Cape Fear area this weekend, just like they did in the 17th and 18th centuries, and you can join in the fun at the Bald head Island Pirate Invasion in Bald head Island, NC. The swords are real, the cannons are real and the blunderbusses are real – part of a fun living history event. From Friday through Sunday there will be a variety of events suitable for all ages including parties, pirate musical bands and so much more. Some of the events require reservations – email Sandy Kades at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smokey Joe’s Cafe, the longest running musical revue on Broadway, is being presented by local performers at the Brunswick Little Theatre right here in Southport, NC. You still have plenty of chances to catch this enjoyable production but reservations are strongly suggested. Remaining shows are scheduled on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM and on Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets can be purchased on the theatre website or at the following locations: Ricky Evans Gallery 211 in Southport, NC and Sugar Confections Bakery in Shallotte, NC. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students with ID.
The history of pirates in the Cape Fear region is an interesting and exciting one. Both Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, and Stede Bonnet, gentleman pirate, plied these waters and plundered all up and down the east coast. In fact the two collaborated for a period of time. Stede Bonnet and his crew were eventually captured in the Cape Fear waters and he was hanged in Charleston, SC. Blackbeard was killed in a battle with sailors. The lives of pirates have been glamorized through the years in movies and on television, including the movies featuring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack. (Locals and some visitors know that Southport, NC has its very own Captain Jack) The pirate themed Stede Bonnet Regatta is held annually in Southport, NC at the end of October. The captains and crews of the participating boats all dress as pirates and a great pirate party is held after the event. The first weekend of August every year, pirates invade Bald Head Island, NC, for a three day event that celebrates all things pirate.