CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES

If you live in Brunswick County, NC and you are looking for something to do this weekend, you will have plenty of choices. On Saturday, you might want to head out to Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC to Participate in the Southport observance of International Peace Day from 2 PM until 4 PM.  Rev and Jeremy Truett will both be performing throughout the event. There will be children’s activities as well as a children’s art exhibit inside Franklin Square Gallery. In the event of rain, the observance will be held inside the Southport Community Building.

From 9 AM until 12 noon on Saturday, you can enjoy the Oak Island, NC beach while helping the Oak Island Beach Preservation Society by taking part in their observance of International Coastal Cleanup Day. To participate, either email beachoki@outlook.com or show up at the beach society’s tent at the Town of Oak Island cabana at the foot of 46th Street on Saturday morning.

Fun for kids seems to be the order of the day on Saturday as there will be two more events focusing on kids that day. One of them will be the Kiwanis Big Toy Day to be held at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island, NC from 10 AM until 3 PM. There will be lots of fun things for kids to do, including small craft airplane flights.

The second event will have a totally different focus. It will be the opening of Go Chicken Coop located at 7 Bell Swamp Connection in Winnabow, NC. (Look for the 9 foot tall roadside gold chicken on U.S. 17) The venue will be open from 10 AM until 6 PM Saturdays and Sundays through November 19 with farm themed fun for the whole family. Activities will include hayrides, a farm train, corn hole, a corn maze, fall festival games, sack races and more.

The air will be filled with music on Saturday evening. Mike’s Garage Band will hold a fundraising concert for the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport from 5:30 PM until 9:30 PM. This free event will be held at Woodlands Park Amphitheater in St. James. Bring your picnics and drinks and enjoy the music and raffles. Non-residents of St. James will need to register by calling 910-457-0003. Entrance for non-residents will be at the Seaside gate off Middleton Boulevard.

The cast of ‘It’s Gotta be Rock and Roll Music’ will hold encore performances of that event at the Amuzu Theatre in Southport, NC beginning Thursday, 9/14 through Sunday, 9/17. Shows will begin at 7:30 PM, Thursday through Saturday and at 3 PM on Sunday. Tickets will be available at Ricky Evans Art Gallery and Color Me Carolina.

Check Six Brewing Company in Southport, NC will offer Trivia Night on Thursday beginning at 7:30 PM; Karaoke on Friday from 7:30 PM until 11:30 PM; and live music on Saturday night beginning at 7:30 PM.

Elvis is alive and well and you can see him in Southport, NC on Friday evening from 6 PM until 9 PM. Elvis and Friends will perform at the St. James Community Center where there will be food, raffles, auctions and dancing and you can BYOB. This event will benefit WAVES 4 K.I.D.S. and tickets can be purchased at www waves4kids.org or on their Facebook page.

GREASE AND DOGS

…is the word. Can be seen. Can be heard…..in Southport, NC! Starting today – Friday, March 10 – the Stagestruck Players will present this all time favorite musical at Brunswick Little Theatre. Not to worry if you can’t make it today – here is the line-up of shows:

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM – March 10, 11, 17 and 18

Sundays at 3 PM – March 12 and 19

Advance tickets can be purchased online at the Brunswick Little Theatre website, at Ricky Evans Gallery in Southport, NC, or at Sugar Confections in Shallotte, NC.

Come on out for some great entertainment and to support your local actors in a fun adventure.

On Saturday, March 11, you can take your dogs (on leash) and your kids for a fun day of Bark in the Park at Leland Municipal Park in Leland, NC. Bring some dog food to donate to Leland Animal rescue, as well, and you can earn free raffle tickets. This is an opportunity for a great outing for the whole family – including the doggie members.

GET YOUR FANCY ON

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Who needs to endure the trials of traveling to Nevada? Who needs to endure the long lines at the airport, the embarrassment of having your belongings and even your self vetted, the uncomfortable seats on the plane, or, alternatively, the long car ride? None of that is necessary. You can brighten up your winter doldrums right here in Brunswick County, NC. Put on your fancy duds (not required – but fun) and prepare yourself for a fun night of games of chance. Where? When? I’m talking about Las Vegas Night – this year held at Planet Fun in Shallotte, NC. Saturday night, starting at 6 PM, you can take your chances with Roulette, Black Jack, Craps and more. You can enjoy scrumptious food and cocktails. You might even win a prize. Best of all, you will be supporting local charities.

For those of you who have never been to Planet Fun and Starz Grille, you will discover a whole new world of entertainment and good food for the whole family. If you can’t make Las Vegas Night, why not check out Planet Fun on your next family outing or stop at Starz Grille for your next meal.

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Music

It is said that music soothes the savage beast. If that is so, there is a whole of of soothing going on in Brunswick County, NC. We are lucky to have all kinds of musicians living, working and volunteering here. We have an excellent music venue in the Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick County Community College in Bolivia, NC. This auditorium provides a space for our local musical groups to perform as well as bringing in musical entertainment from outside the area. Performances are held there by our own Sea Notes Choral Society and the Brunswick Concert Band and Big Band.

We have all recently been through months of political stress. Some of us are rejoicing at the outcome. Some of us are grieving. On weekend nights, local musicians perform at some of our restaurants. Why not go out this weekend and celebrate or ‘cry in your beer’ with music to help you through. The restaurants and nightspots in Southport, NC and Oak Island, NC where you can enjoy music are listed below. Why not give them a call to find out who is playing when – choose your poison – and enjoy your weekend.

Check Six Brewing Company

Dead End Saloon

Slainte

Yacht Basin Eatery

Tiki Tavern

Fishy Fishy Cafe

Lazy Turtle Oceanfront Grille

HOLY MACKEREL!

Yep. It’s that time again. Time for the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament in Southport, NC. Time for 400 boats in the ocean waters. Time for prizes. Time for food. Time for entertainment. Time for drinks. Time for fun. Time for a whole lotta fishin’ goin’ on. Speaking of fishing. It’s time, too, for the Captain Charlie’s Kids Fishing Tournament – on Saturday. From 10 AM until noon you will see the Southport City Pier lined with kids on one end of fishing rods, hoping to find fish on the other ends. There will be pizza and drinks for everyone as well as loads of prizes.

Need Tackle? Check out these Brunswick County, NC fishing and tackle shops:

Leland, NC 28451
(910) 599-4054
Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle

4019 Long Beach Rd. SE
Southport, NC 28461

(910) 457-1221

Oak Island Pier

705 Ocean Dr.
Oak Island, NC 28465

(910) 278-6464

Ocean Crest Pier

1411 E. Beach Dr.
Oak Island, NC 28465
(910) 278-6674

SUNFISH, FOUNDERS’ DAY & 9/11

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Keep your eyes peeled for the most colorful race of the year as the entrants in the Around Oak Island Sunfish Race make their circle of Oak Island, NC tomorrow, September 10. The race begins in the Southport Yacht Basin and the boats will be visible from the Oak Island beach as well as along the Intracoastal Waterway and from the old Oak Island Bridge depending on what time of day you are looking.

Leland, NC will hold their annual Founders’ Day Celebration tomorrow as well. Check it out for lots of free fun, entertainment, food and fireworks!

Sunday, September 11, will mark the 15th anniversary of the devastating events that occurred on that unforgettable date. Anyone who was not a small child at the time cannot help but remember the date. There will be some commemorative events held by towns, by VFWs and, I am certain, in churches throughout Brunswick County. NC. Even if you do not take part in an organized event, you can certainly take a few moments to think, to pray, to send peace and hope into the universe, and to remember those who suffered personally on this historic date.

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BB King

The arctic cold that is gripping the nation has arrived in Brunswick County, NC and most of us are hunkering down trying to stay warm. Only the bravest of souls are bundling up and walking on the windswept winter beaches. We are lucky, however, to have available to us a number of indoor entertainment venues to enjoy. One such venue is the Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia. This Saturday evening we can throw on our warm clothes and brave the short drive to Bolivia to enjoy the music of the King of the Blues, BB King.

At age 88, BB King is as thrilling to watch and listen to as he has ever been as he plays his guitar, Lucille, and sings the blues as only he can. Music is his life – has been from the time he played on street corners for dimes as a child. Now with more than 50 albums and induction into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 he is still going strong. Don’t let the cold weather keep you from the opportunity to see BB in person – you will be glad you did. Get yourself on over to the Odell Williamson Auditorium on Saturday, January 11, at 8 PM and warm up with BB King and the blues.