LABOR DAZE

According to latest reports, Hermine should have passed through the area before the Labor Day weekend officially begins on Saturday, so don’t give up on your plans. There will  be events enough for everyone to enjoy themselves, especially those of us who are lucky enough to not have to work on the weekend or on the holiday. Please be aware that the events on Saturday, if scheduled in the early morning, may be rescheduled to a later time. An example is Go Jump in the Lake in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC, which has rescheduled the start time of the race to 11 AM.

Saturday morning will also bring the Labor Day Surf Off in Oak Island, NC. Hopefully, a benefit of the storm will be some good surfing waves.

(Image courtesy of Southport Magazine)

Another event we look forward to every year on the Saturday before Labor Day is the Oak Island Art Guild Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival. Not to worry if the weather does not cooperate – the rain date is the following day, Sunday, September 4.

On Labor Day, Monday, September 5, your kids and grandkids can enjoy the Children’s Crab Derby in Southport, NC. Whatever you decide to do, be sure to enjoy this last holiday of the summer season.

 

 

CHRISTMAS GIVING

Christmas is a time for giving. We gather together with family and friends. We give tangible gifts. We give gifts of ourselves. We give gifts of time. It’s also a good time to think of giving to the community at large. It’s a good time to understand that giving to the community does not have to be financial giving. There are many people who are struggling not only through the holidays, but throughout the year. It is the giving of ourselves – of our time – that can often be most beneficial. Think about how you might be of help. There are many agencies in Brunswick County, NC that rely on the public to help the individuals and families that they serve. Here are a few to consider:

Providence Home in Southport, NC: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/volunteer/children-services/providence-home-of-the-family-emergency-teen-shelter-inc/profile/)

Brunswick Family Assistance Agency (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/volunteer/human-services/brunswick-family-assistance-agency/profile/)

Hope Harbor Home (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/volunteer/human-services/hope-harbor-home/profile/)

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/)

SUMMER’S END

It ‘s the middle of August. Summer is coming to a close. The kids will soon be starting back to school if they have not done so already. Visitors will be dreaming for another year of staying at the beach until they can, again, make that dream a reality. Those of us who live here are the lucky ones. Do not despair. There are still some interesting, fun, exciting events in which you can take part. Here are a few:

Phlock to the Beach, August 22 – 23, 2014 (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/august/phlock-to-the-beach/profile/)

The Oak Island Art Guild Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival, August 30, 2014 (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/august/oak-island-art-guild-labor-day-arts-and-crafts-festival/profile/)

 

 Children’s Crab Derby, September 1, 2014 (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/september/childrens-crab-derby/profile/)