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

KIDS’ ART, KAYAKING & FURR PARTY

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If you are looking for a free fun time for your kids on Saturday, I suggest that you head on out to Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC. From 11 AM until 2 PM you and the kids can enjoy the activities provided by volunteers from the Associated Artists of Southport at their Kids’ Art Day. Food trucks will be available for lunch, or you can pop on down to the Trolly Stop for a fun kids lunch.

If kayaking is your love, you will likely enjoy the Ride the Tide event, which will be held on Saturday as well – in Oak Island, NC. This event will begin at the Oak Island Recreation Center at 11:30 AM and is co-sponsored by the Adventure Kayak Company. A race, a costume contest and a poker run will be included in the event. There is a fee. You are welcome to volunteer to help out with the event.

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Saturday’s Party Furr the Paws will be held from 6 PM until 9 PM in Southport, NC at the St. James Community Building. This event will include music, dancing, a costume contest, a raffle and more. All this fun will benefit SOAR (Southport-Oak Island Animal Rescue) so plan a night out for a good cause. The cats and dogs at the rescue will thank you for it.

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BOATS, CARS AND A FESTIVAL

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(Photo courtesy Keith Green)

Halloween weekend is coming up and so is a whole bunch of fun events. Kids in costumes will be haunting Trunk or Treat events and/or knocking on doors and calling out, “Trick or Treat!” They will roam the streets as ghouls and goblins and witches flying on broomsticks. On Saturday afternoon you will find a host of pirates congregated in the Yacht Basin in Southport, NC, and most of them will be adults. Pirates in the streets! Pirates on the water! Pirates everywhere! They will be making ready for the Stede Bonnet Regatta. After the regatta the air will be filled with music at the Provision Company and a whole lot of dancing will be going on.

Between 10 AM and 4 PM even some of the cars at the Classic Cars Rock ‘n Roll event in Southport, NC will be dressed in costume for a spooky vehicle contest. There will be a classic car show along with more contests and dancing in the streets in the afternoon.

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The North Carolina Festival by the Sea will be held in Holden Beach, NC on Saturday and Sunday. So, if you prefer to spend Saturday at the events in Southport, NC, you can always head to Holden Beach, NC on Sunday and make a weekend of it. Kicking off with a parade, this event will offer activities and fun for adults and kids alike. So, get on out of the house in this beautiful fall weather and enjoy.

North Carolina Festival by the Sea in Holden Beach

FALL = HAYRIDES AND OYSTERS

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Even in ‘the olden days’ when I was young, a favorite fall activity was going on a hayride. Back then we sang songs together, our voices ringing on the crisp fall air, as we huddled together for warmth in the hay telling stories and jokes. In Boiling Spring Lakes, NC, on Saturday, October 21, you can enjoy a very special kind of hayride – a Haunted Hayride. What fun! This annual event is different every year, so if you attended before, prepare to be scared out of your wits again.

Also this weekend, you have two days (Saturday and Sunday) to head out to Ocean Isle Beach, NC and enjoy everything oysters at the North Carolina Oyster Festival. With music, dancing, eating, shucking, crafts, oyster stew, and so much more, you are sure to find something(s) to make your day memorable.

There will be something special happening in the northern part of the Brunswick County, NC that will be of interest to history buffs and kids who enjoy learning at reenactments. Port Brunswick Days will be held at the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site in Winnabow, NC. From 10 AM until 4 PM on both Saturday and Sunday, living historians will wear 18th century clothes and demonstrate how life was lived during those times. You, too, can take part in activities such as candle dipping, militia drilling, sitting in the stocks and other experiences that will take you back to that previous time.

SPRING FLINGS, TURTLES, SAND & FISHING TOURNAMENT

It looks like we have a beautiful weekend coming up in Brunswick County, NC, and there are some fun events coming up as well. On Saturday, you can take part in, not one, but two, Spring Flings. The first, Spring Fling at the Lakes, will take place in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC beginning at 11 Am. This event will be fun for the whole family and will continue until 4 PM. The second, actually a ‘Spring Swing,’ is an event sponsored by the Yacht Basin Provision Company, in Southport, NC, and is held there every year. It is an event that is looked forward to with anticipation by those who have participated in the past. With music by the Andrew Thielen Big Band Show, this event begins at 6:30 PM, is not to be missed if you love music and dancing. There will also be food, drinks and camaraderie with friends available.

If you have a passion for clean oceans and renewable energy, you may want to take part in the Hands Across the Sand event on Saturday. You can meet like minded people at the Oak Island, NC cabana (4603 E. Beach Dr.) at 11:4 AM and join hands at 12 noon to protest drilling for oil and seismic airgun testing in the ocean.

Also on Saturday, at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, you can enjoy a sea turtle program beginning at 11 AM. This program, presented by the island coordinators of the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization, will be a presentation of the life cycle of the sea turtles who lay their eggs on the beaches of Brunswick County, NC.

On Saturday and Sunday, Ocean Crest Pier in Oak Island, NC, will be a busy place. This weekend is the weekend of the Rebel King Mackerel Tournament which takes place there each year. If you are a fisherman and will not be taking part in this event, you might want to consider surf fishing or fishing from a boat this weekend.

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.

GET YOUR BOPPLE ON

It’s that time of the year again – the time when the town of Holden Beach, NC celebrates the arrival of spring with their Days at the Docks Festival. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday, April 23rd and 24th, so you can choose your day – or attend both days. This year along with their famous Bopple Race they will be holding a Cardboard Box Paddle Race.

For an evening of dancing, Saturday evening, April 23rd, offers the Black Tie Optional Gala at the St. James Community Center in Southport, NC. If you prefer to do your dancing in the afternoon, you might consider the Strawberry and Wine Festival at the Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach, NC on Sunday, April 24th, from 1 PM until 5 PM. There, you can enjoy the music of Mike’s Garage Band.

Spring, and our thoughts turn to beautiful blooms and plants. If you would like to increase the beauty of your surroundings in Leland, NC, you can stop by their Plant Giveaway on Saturday, April 23rd, from 10 AM until all the plants are gone.