BOATING, CAR SHOW AND SOAR

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Saturday is coming and there are also several interesting and fun activities coming where you can spend your day if you so choose. With all the water surrounding us there is bound to be boating of all kinds – from sailing to motor boating to fishing boating and more. What we hope for is that everyone in charge of these boats practices safe boating. If you have a boat or are anticipating getting one, you can do your part by taking the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating Course. The course will take place on Saturday at the Brunswick County EMS Headquarters, 40 Naber Drive in Shallotte, NC from 8 AM until 4 PM. The course applies to powerboats, sailboats, paddle craft and PWcs – in essence, all recreational watercraft. Registration is required by contacting Dawn Smith at:  BoatingSafely@ ec.rr.com. The fee can be paid online with PayPal or at the door with cash or check. Information can be found at: http://www.Flotilla10-05.org.

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From 2 PM until 7 PM you can enjoy the music of Lockwoood and food from the Little Chef Food Truck at Check Six Brewing Company, in Southport, NC. What’s more, the proceeds from this event will benefit the Southport-Oak Island Animal Rescue.

If classic cars, music and cruise-ins are your thing, you won’t want to miss Leland Under the Lights at the Villages at Brunswick Forest in Leland, NC, also on Saturday from 3PM until 8 PM.

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NC 4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL

Anticipation is in the air
Red , white and blue everywhere!

And that can mean only one thing – the NC 4th of July Festival is imminent. There will be crowds and traffic to rival any other time of the year in Brunswick County, NC, but with patience and good humor we can all enjoy great fun.

The 2018 event will begin on Saturday, June 30, in the Town of Oak Island, NC with the Beach Day events and in Southport, NC with the Fire Fighters Freedom Competition. Beach Day events will begin with a Horseshoe Tournament at 8 AM and end with a Concert by the Holiday Band from 6 PM until 9 PM. In between you can participate in youth activities and contests, a sand sculpture contest, Corn Hole, Bocce Ball and Volleyball Tournaments, a skateboard competition (at the Kevin Bell Skate Park), and a Shag Contest. In addition to the Fire Fighters Competition on Saturday, you can also view the 9/11 Never Forget Memorial Mobile exhibit and tour the Old Brunswick County Jail.

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July 2, 3 and 4 offer Arts and Crafts in Franklin Square Park from 10 AM until 6 PM and food concessions from 11 AM until 10 PM in the Waterfront Park area. Other events on Monday, July 2, include children’s entertainment in Keziah Park from 12 Noon until 2 PM and a Salute to Veterans in the Southport Community Building at 6 PM. On Tuesday, July 3, registration for Children’s Games at the waterfront begins at 8 AM and games begin at 9 AM. The Brunswick Big Band will play on the Fort Johnston lawn followed by the naturalization ceremony at 4 PM. From 4:45 PM until 5 :30 PM you can register to vote at the Southport Community Building and at 6 PM there will be a flag retirement ceremony at the corner of Howe and Moore Streets.

You can start you day on Wednesday, July 4, with a pancake breakfast from 7 AM until 10:30 AM at the Trinity United Methodist Church. At 10:30 AM there will be a flag raising ceremony at the corner of Moore and Howe streets and the parade will begin at 11 AM. From 11 AM until 4 PM you can enjoy Shine & Show Classic Cars on Bay Street next to Waterfront Park. Fireworks will begin at 9 PM and there will be an encore musical performance afterward.

Throughout the days of the festival you can tour the Maritime Museum; take in the Summer Regional Art Show at Franklin Square Gallery (and take part in their art raffle and win prizes yourself); tour the Chapel of the Cross; tour the Old Jail; and enjoy the Waterfront Stage Entertainment. What more could you want?

CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES

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This coming weekend in Brunswick County, NC is jam-packed with events. You will have no difficulty finding something to do, whether you have kids or not. In fact, you will be able to fill your weekend with fun.

Southport, NC

Friday, 4/27, beginning at 6 PM: Black-Tie-Optional Gala – held at the St. James Community Center

Saturday, 4/28, beginning at 7:30 AM: Southport NatureFest – held at various venues in Southport, NC including Franklin Square Park

Boiling Spring Lakes, NC

Saturday, 4/28, beginning at 8:30 AM: Small Fry fishing Tournament – held at Spring Lake Park

Oak Island, NC

Saturday, 4/28, beginning at 10 AM: US Coast Guard Station Annual Safety Expo – held at the coast guard station in Caswell Beach, NC

Saturday, 4/28, beginning at 8:30 AM: Wings & Wheels – held at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport

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Holden Beach, NC

Saturday, 4/28 and Sunday, 4/29, beginning at 9 AM – Days at the Docks – held on Jordan Blvd.

Leland, NC

Sunday, April 29, beginning at 8:30 AM – Brunswick Forest Veterinary Hospital Hound Hustle 10K & 5K – held at Brunswick Forest

APRIL of 2018: HOUND HUSTLE 10K, 5K & 1-MILE TROT WITH SPOT

LIFE, CARS, MUSIC & FISH

Those of us who are blessed with good health often fail to appreciate it. We st take it for granted. However, many of us have family and friends who are struggling to maintain some semblance of normalcy in life because of their health problems. This struggle often takes place in solitude, behind closed doors. On Friday and Saturday, this weekend in Shallotte, NC, you have the opportunity to encourage and support these individuals in their struggles at the Relay for Life of Brunswick County event held at the West Brunswick High School. Be there.

On Saturday, in Southport, NC, classic car enthusiasts can enjoy the Annual Classic Car & Truck Show sponsored by the Cape Fear Cruisers. This show is held in the WalMart Shopping Center parking lot, making it convenient to your weekend shopping as well.

In the mood for music on a Saturday afternoon? Head on down to the Ocean Isle Beach Park Amphitheater in Ocean Isle Beach, NC for the Brunswick Concert Band Spring Concert. There, you can spend the afternoon in the open air listening to marches, melodies and moods.

Also in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, starting on Saturday and running throughout the week will be the Far Out Shoot Out Fishing Tournament hosted by the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. You can take part if you like, but even if you don’t, you will likely see lots of fishing craft on the sea next week.

MORE HAUNTINGS

There is a whole bunch of scary stuff going on this weekend in Brunswick County, NC. Listed below are just a few.

Oak Island Spooktacular – Friday, 10/28, from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM at the Oak Island Recreation Center.

Halloween Family Fun Fest – Friday,  10/28, from 6PM until 8 PM at the Beach Road Baptist Church.

Trunk of Treats – Monday, 10/31, 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM at Spring Lake Park in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC.

Haunted Trail – Friday, Saturday and Monday , 10/28, 29 and 31, 7PM until…at Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue in Ocean Isle Beach, NC.

Southport’s 1st Annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest and Bowser Bash (sponsored by Salty Dog’s Bakery and Boutique) – Sunday, 10/30, 3PM until 5PM at Southport Waterfront Park.

Aargh! On Saturday, 10/28, starting at 1PM in the Southport Yacht Basin, pirates will be racing
their sailing vessels in the Stede Bonnet Regatta. Be careful if you are on the seas! Be vigilant
if you are on the shore! You may get to see the sight of your life.
Starting today, Friday, 10/28 and going through Sunday, the Fall Brawl King Classic will will be
taking place beginning at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Those fishing
in this event will want to look out for the pirates – and vice versa!
Head out to Holden Beach for the two day North Carolina Festival By The Sea in Holden Beach, NC on Saturday, 10/29 and Sunday, 10/30 where there will be fun for the whole family.
On Saturday, 10/29, you can enjoy Classic Cars ‘n Rock ‘n Roll in Southport, NC (with a children’s costume contest) and dance the evening away.

CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE II

Friday begins the fun anew with Beach Day on Oak Island, NC with rides, games food and tournaments like Bocce Ball, Volleyball, Horse Shoes and Corn Hole in the morning at Middleton Park Soccer Field where registration for events takes place as well. At noon, the Sand Sculpture Contest begins, followed by a Skate Competition at the Kevin Bell Skate Park at 2 PM. 6 PM brings a concert by the Holiday Band and a shag contest. Fireworks at 9 PM round out the day at the Oak Island Pier.

On Saturday, 8 AM begins the registration at the waterfront in Southport, NC, for the children’s games. From 10 AM until 2 PM the Fire Fighters Freedom Competition & Apparatus Expo can be enjoyed. The  competitive events include the barrel push, bucket brigade, ladder climb, command post and tanker tug. Arts and Crafts are available in Franklin Square Park on Saturday from 10 AM until 6 PM, on Sunday from 12 Noon until 6 PM and on Monday from 10 AM until 6 PM. You can enjoy musical entertainment at Waterfront Park on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1 PM until 10 PM with a street dance on Sunday from 7 PM until 10 PM. Other events throughout the day on Sunday include the Brunswick Concert Band, tours of the Old Smithville Burying Ground, voter registration, a naturalization ceremony and a flag retirement ceremony.

A Pancake Breakfast begins Monday morning at Trinity United Methodist Church, from 7 AM until 10:30 AM followed by a flag raising ceremony at 10 :30 AM and the parade at 11 AM. This day also includes classic cars, a regatta, pro wrestling, a boat raffle drawing, an art raffle drawing at Franklin Square Gallery and – finally – fireworks beginning at 9 PM and followed by a musical performance.

 

 

ENGINES, FINS N PADDLES

What do engines, fins and paddles have in common? They each propel something either on their own or with a little help. And all three will be featured in Brunswick County, NC on Saturday. Actually, you might get the chance to see engines and fins at the Annual Classic Car & Truck Show in the parking lot at Eric’s Grille in Southport, NC. What’s even better – the show benefits local charities.

The Far Out Shoot Out Fishing Tournament begins on Saturday at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. You are certain to see a lot of fins there – maybe even catch some prize winning ones of your own.

Also on Saturday, paddles will be sharing the waters with fins during the Ride the Tide event on Oak Island, NC. Grab your kayak or rent one there and enjoy your day with this fun event.