1ST FRIDAY, NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE WEEKEND AND MARITIME CLASSIC RUN FOR THE LIGHT

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Image: Painting by Ann Thompson

The days keep zipping by and it’s time again for the 1st Friday Gallery Walk – for the month of August. From 5 PM until 7 PM you can stroll from gallery to gallery to enjoy the artwork as well as some munchies and drinks. Each gallery will include special features in their presentations. Lantana’s Gallery & Fine Gifts will feature whimsical witch paintings by Ann Thompson done in her Original American Art style. Franklin Square Gallery will feature a painter as well as a clay artist. The paintings of Robin Sboto will be part of the special display accompanied by the creative clay art of Linda Drye. At Ricky Evans Gallery, new products featuring local charts and signal flags will hold pride of place.

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Image: Linda Drye at work in a pottery studio

On Saturday and Sunday, Bald Head Island, NC will celebrate National Lighthouse Weekend with fun and interesting events. On Sunday evening, winding up this auspicious weekend, the island will hold its annual Maritime Classic Run for the Light with a one mile fun run, a 5K and a 10K.

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Image: Painting by Robin Sboto

GALLERY WALK, BANDFEST & COUNTRY MUSIC

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It’s First Friday again and the weekend will kick off with the 1st Friday Gallery Walk in Southport, NC. Franklin Square Gallery will feature artist Marta McCallum and Potter, Dona Kanich, this month. The Ricky Evans Gallery will feature the unique style of Susan Dade and at Lantana’s, you will find original art by Jillian Boivin. Each location will offer snacks and drinks as well.

After the gallery walk you can head on over to Brunswick Little Theatre for their Open Mic Poetry Reading to read your original poetry, listen to others read theirs – or both. Sign-up will begin at 7 PM, with readings beginning at 7:30 PM. The reading will be held in room 1B, which is the building behind the main building. This is a free event but will include a donation box to defray the cost of cookies that will be available. For information, you can contact Ken Greenman at 914-456-0132 or greenman46@aol.com.

If country music is more your style, you can find that on Friday evening as well. The Oak Island Country Boys will be playing and singing at the Oak Island Recreation Center in Oak island, NC beginning at 6 PM. This also is a free event.

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On Sunday afternoon beginning at 12:30 PM, you can enjoy the Paws-Ability BandFest in Sunset Beach, NC until 6PM. This event will take place at the Sunset Beach Waterfront Park and will include food and fun in addition to the music. You might even decide to adopt a pet. Proceeds will support local animal welfare.

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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.

FISHIN’ AND FARMIN’

This weekend in the South Brunswick Islands you can enjoy tournament fishing for adults as well as  tournament fishing for kids. If fishing is not your thing you can head out to for a day of interactive and fun learning on a farm. The US King Mackerel Tournament will be held in Southport, NC and includes lots of fun on land as well as on the water. The weigh-in is exciting and there will be food, drink, music and dancing. Check it out here:  (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/october/us-open-king-mackerel-tournament/profile/)

Captain Charlie’s Kid Fishing Tournament is held on the same day as the King Mackerel Tournament in Southport, NC. This event is a catch-and-release tournament where kids have fun, win prizes and learn environmental lessons as well. Find more information here: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/october/captain-charlies-kids-fishing-tournament/profile/)

So where does the farmin’ come in? Well, at Farm Heritage Day celebrated at Indigo Farms in Calabash, NC of course.

For a day filled with fun and learning for kids and adults alike find more information here: (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/october/farm-heritage-day/profile/)

 

“Now if you’re ready Oysters dear, we can begin to feed.”

I’m sure that the oysters you will find at the 33rd Annual NC Oyster Festival on the island of Ocean Isle Beach did not voluntarily walk out of the sea like they did for the Walrus and the Carpenter in Lewis Carol’s “Through the Looking Glass” – but isn’t it fun to imagine that they did? 

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This year’s festival, held on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, is a great way to spend beautiful Fall days with your family. There will be music in the air both days starting at 10 AM featuring the following bands: Sawgrass, The Entertainers, Jaded Mayberry, The Lost Trailers, New Beginnings Praise Band, Sea Cruz and Craig Woolard Band. You can chow down on oysters and fried fish served by the Shriners or partake of a plethora of other foods and drinks that you will find in the festival area between Second and Third Streets. Be sure to leave enough room to participate in the Oyster Stew Cook-off and vote for your favorite stew. 

A favorite event at this festival is the Oyster Shucking Contest. Amateur and professional oyster shuckers take part in this event free of charge, The professionals, however, are participating in the North Carolina Oyster Shucking Championships and vying for the title of North Carolina Oyster Shucking Champion and a trip to the National Oyster Shucking Championship in Maryland. The winners in Maryland will go on to compete in the World Oyster Shucking Championships in Galway, Ireland.

The kids will enjoy the rides, Super Fun Slide, inflatables, face painting, airbrush tattoos and treats like ice cream and kettle corn. Arts and crafts booths will include handmade jewelry, woodcraft, painted glassware, Christmas ornaments, natural soaps, handcrafted clothing items and other items by local artists. 

Parking on the island is limited but you can catch a free shuttle from the corner of Highway 179 and Causeway Drive or from the Ocean Isle Beach Airport. There is a fee of $5 (payable at the event) for adults and children over eight years of age. Please leave your family pets at home – only service dogs are allowed on the festival grounds.