MEMORIAL DAY, ART, SAFETY EXPO

It is fitting that we should enjoy ourselves on the Memorial Day weekend. Many have fought, died, were injured for our right to enjoy life in the United States of America. So, have your picnics and cook-outs. Enjoy fishing, surfing, kayaking, swimming, beaching in all its forms. Just remember to keep in mind the reasons you can do these things. On Monday, Memorial Day, there will be several events that celebrate those who served and those who serve. You might want to check them out. The Southport Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10:30 AM in Southport, NC. You will be able to view it on Howe St. between Lord Street and Leonard Street and on Leonard Street to the John N. Smith Cemetery. Following the parade, at the cemetery at about 11 AM, Reverend Reginald Simmons will speak at the American Legion Post 213 Memorial Day program. At 2 PM, there will be a ‘Days of Remembrance’ program at the Southport Community Building with speaker Howie Franklin, former Air force One flight steward. This event will be hosted by the Junior Women’s Club of Southport, NC and will finish with an ice cream and apple pie social.

On Saturday and Sunday, art lovers might want to make their way to Bald Head Island, NC. The Smith Island Art league will hold their annual Memorial Day Show at the Association Center next to the Village Chapel of Bald Head Island.

Also, on Saturday, from 10 AM until 2 PM you can take the whole family to the US Coast 
Guard Station-Oak Island-Annual Safety Expo in Caswell Beach, NC. Here you can learn about the ways the US Coast Guard is keeping us safe while, at the same time, enjoy exploring all the kinds of safety equipment used in their operations and the safety operations of the area.

Station Oak Island Safety Day Expo

THE WEARIN’ O’ THE GREEN

On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world. If you stop to think about it, that is quite an amazing statement. I believe it is the only holiday associated with a saint that has traveled so far. It’s a bit like Christmas in being celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike, and fondly referred to as ‘St. Paddy’s Day’ it is far from a holy celebration. However, it is a time that brings people together and that is always a good thing. Parades celebrate many things Irish like harps, shamrocks, leprechauns, bagpipes, Irish dancers and more. Many Irish pubs have celebrations that include Irish food and drinks. If you are planning to take part, you can check out a few here from which to choose.

Slainte, In Southport, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/nightlife/entertainment/slainte/profile/)

will begin celebrating at 7 AM with a Kegs and Eggs Breakfast. If that’s a bit early for you, try the Full Irish Breakfast with Jameson Toast at 9 AM. Other Irish specials of the day include the ubiquitous Corned Beef and Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, and Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes. Music by the Dave Higgins Band will begin at 6 PM with special drinks available such as Harp, Guinness and Pickle Backs.

At Fibber McGees in Sunset Beach, NC
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the celebration begins at 12 noon. There will be food and drink specials including Corned Beef and Cabbage. Live music by The Fab 2 from 2 PM until 7 PM will enliven the party and door prizes will be awarded.

Derbster’s Sports Bar & Restaurant in Calabash, NC
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will host St. Patty’s Day 2015 from 4 PM until 7:30 PM. They will offer an all you can eat buffet including Corned Beef and Cabbage. You can also choose a Reuben Sandwich or a Corned Beef Platter. Irish and regular Karaoke will be provided by Cheryl Z and drinks will include Green Draft Beer and Irish Drinks.

EVERYONE LOVES A PARADE!

Christmas means many things to many people and the diversity of celebrations is what brings us together. The significance of the holiday, itself, is new hope for each of us and for the whole world. We celebrate giving – the giving of gifts – the giving of the gift of ourselves. We share food and love and family and memories – some of them joyful – some of them sad – and yet they all bring us closer. Most of us, especially those of us with children, enjoy tree lightings and almost every community stages a parade. A parade means music and fun and in the NC Brunswick Islands, it also means golf carts and, sometimes, boats. Here are just a few of the parades you might want to attend – after all – they are held on different dates or at different times, so why not fill your days with fun and attend all of them?

Oak Island, December 6, 2 PM – Christmas by the Sea Parade: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/december/christmas-by-the-sea-parade/profile/)

Calabash, December 5, 6 PM – Calabash Tree Lighting & Spirit of Calabash Parade (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/december/calabash-tree-lighting-and-golf-cart-parade/profile/)

Southport, December 13, 7 PM – Christmas Flotilla: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/december/southport-winterfest-christmas-flotilla/profile/)