FISHING, NATURE & A FESTIVAL

The weekend will soon be upon us and this weekend promises to be filled with opportunities for family fun outdoors. Leave the technology at home and enjoy each other in beautiful Brunswick County, NC. On Saturday morning, Spring Lake Park, in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC, will ring with the sounds of children (ages 3-12) enjoying a day of fishing with local police officers at the Small Fry Fishing Tournament. Competitions, raffles and more events will be available as well.

In Oak Island, NC, both Saturday and Sunday, women will be doing the fishing and learning all about the best ways to do it. Women Anglers in Training, a ladies only fishing seminar, will be held both days. On Sunday they will get to put what they learned into practice. Look out guys, here they come.

On Saturday, in Southport, NC, you can take part in the Southport Nature Fest, another opportunity for the family to spend the day together outdoors. There is a whole list of events from which to choose beginning at 7 AM and continuing until 3 PM. Some events do require pre-registration.

Holden Beach, NC welcomes spring again this weekend with their annual festival: Days at the Docks. This two day festival is filled with fun things for the whole family to do. If you have something else to do on Saturday, you can attend on Sunday and vice versa. It’s definitely worth the drive to enjoy this fun filled festival.

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OYSTERS, MUSIC & A GOLF BALL

For most people, the word ‘oysters’ conjures up visions of food. Oysters on the half shell. Oysters Rockefeller. Fried Oysters. Oyster stew. But how much do you actually know about oysters? How do oysters make pearls? How important are oysters to the coastal water quality? What is the life of an oyster like? katherine Hunt, a science educator, can answer these questions and more. She first went digging for oysters when she was just a child. As the Education Outreach Coordinator for the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, she will be presenting a program called ‘Oysters are Important!’ on Saturday, March 25, beginning at 11 AM, at the museum. She will also lead a hands on activity and offer handouts to participants. Why not participate in this family oriented program?

Starting on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 PM, and running through April 2, you can enjoy some of your favorite music from movies at the Amuzu Theatre in Southport, NC. Included in this spring show, The Magic of Movie Music, will be songs from Hairspray, Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Les Miserables, Shrek, 9 to 5, The Bodyguard, Dreamgirls, Risky Business, Flashdance, Pitch Perfect 2, White Christmas, Casablanca, La La Land, and more. Local singers and live band members will wow you with their talent. The $20 tickets can be purchased with cash or checks at Ricky Evans Art Gallery in Southport, NC, or at Color Me Carolina in Oak Island, NC. More information is available at: 910-523-2552.

On Saturday evening, March 25, The First Tee of Brunswick County will be presenting The Golf Ball, the annual fundraiser for their scholarship program. This year the ball will be held in the BCC South Brunswick Islands Center in Carolina Shores, NC. Black tie is optional.

 

WOODEN BOATS & PADDLE FEST

 

(Image courtesy loisjanes.com)

For generations, wooden boats and the fishing industry sustained coastal Brunswick County, NC. In Southport, NC, fishing for menhaden, specifically, fueled the local economy along with the shrimping industry. We can still see the wooden shrimp boats plying the waters of the Atlantic, however, they, too are a dying breed. But folks here are proud of their heritage and of the wooden boats that were such a big part of it. To this day these boats are celebrated and continue to be built by talented craftsmen. You can take part in a special recognition of the boats at the Southport Wooden Boat Show tomorrow, Saturday, September 24. Don’t miss it.

(Image from the Wooden Boat Show website)

Sunset Beach, NC is also holding a water related festival tomorrow. The Sunset Beach Paddle Fest will be filled with family fun as well as water races with prizes. Another beautiful way to spend your Saturday with family – and enter you pet in a pet costume contest. Even better – the proceeds benefit local charities.

(Image from the Sunset Beach Paddle Fest website)

INDOOR FAMILY ATTRACTIONS

Brr – I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that it’s cold in Brunswick County, NC. Though we have been having record setting low temperatures recently the result of which have been late start times for the Brunswick County Schools, we can still be thankful we have not had any of that beautiful precipitation called snow. Yes, it’s lovely to look at – but it’s not fun to shovel or drive in – especially in an area where there is no equipment for clearing the roads or melting the ice. Some of us have had other problems related to the low temperatures. As for me – this is the third time in a month that my pipes have frozen – and this time I did let my outside faucets drip. Hopefully, they will not burst again this time. And I know I am not alone in this predicament. The first time I understand there were problems all over the island. After tonight’s record setting low (again) the temperatures are supposed to be in the 50s tomorrow – I love you, tomorrow! Sunday will be even warmer, however, rain is predicted. I am sure families have been getting antsy from having to spend so much time indoors and the brief respite tomorrow will likely not be enough to get rid of the pent up energy, so here are a few suggestions for taking the whole family out for a fun and interesting day.

The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport where they have a vintage periscope through which you can view the surrounding area:(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/attractions/southport/north-carolina-maritime-museum-at-southport/profile/)

Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach, NC where you can watch a light show and experience Category 1 hurricane force winds in the Science Hall’s Hurricane Simulator: (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/attractions/sunset-beach/ingram-planetarium/profile/)

Planet Fun and Starz Grille in Shallotte, NC where you can have all kinds of fun and food as well:(http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/attractions/shallotte/planet-fun-and-starz-grille/profile/)

ARE YOU READY?

It’s less than two weeks until Thanksgiving – the one day each year that is set aside to remind us to be thankful for this amazing life we are living. Yes, every life is amazing – just the fact that we are alive makes it so. And though we know we need to be thankful every day, we sometimes forget how important that is to our happiness. So, having this one day as a reminder is helpful in getting us back on track. Many of us have plans to spend the day with family – some of whom we may only see once a year. We want to feed them the best to celebrate our kinship. The grocery stores are full of turkeys, and cranberries, and sweet potatoes and pecans and pumpkin pie filling. However, for those specialty foods – those yummy extras that we may not have time or talent to prepare, we can look to the local shops. One of the things we can be thankful for in the NC Brunswick Islands is the number of local specialty shops available to us.

Check out Greenlands Farm Store (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/shop/bolivia/greenlands-farm-store/profile/) for locally grown organic produce and products, gluten free goodies and more.

The Maritime Market (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/shop/bald-head-island/the-maritime-market-cafe-and-deli/profile/) offers everything you may need for your Thanksgiving feast as well as a Thanksgiving Oyster Roast on their side porch on Friday, November 28 (reservations are required)

At Crazy Cake Chicks (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/restaurant/bakery/crazy-cake-chicks/profile/) you will find some very special goodies and they can be made to suit any special diet (gluten-free, no sugar, etc.)

North Carolina 4th of July Festival

The NC 4th of July Festival in Southport and Oak Island, NC is a joyous event with fun activities for the whole family. It is an old fashioned celebration that continues the traditions of a parade, an arts and crafts event, food vendors, patriotic concerts, music, dancing, games, foot races, a naturalization ceremony, a beach day and fireworks over the water to top it off.

The event opens on Saturday, June 28, with at 7:45 AM at Waterfront Park in Southport, NC just prior to the Freedom Run. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/sports-fitness-parks/races/nc-fourth-of-july-festival-freedom-run/profile/)

Firing of Thor, the cannon, begins this race which has been taking place annually for more than 30 years. A color outburst is included this year and all winners will receive a hand made bowl by local potter, Kimberly Caroon.  

Music for the event will include a Patriotic Concert by the Brunswick Concert Band. 
(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/arts/music/brunswick-concert-band-and-brunswick-big-band/profile/)

In Addition, the 440th Army Band NC Army National Guard will present a military concert and a whole list of bands will provide music on the waterfront. These include the popular local band, Mike’s Garage Band. There will be Folk and Gospel music as well as Rock, Blues, Reggae, Hip Hop and Rap.

The Sea Notes Choral Society will also present two concerts as a part of the event. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/arts/music/sea-notes-choral-society/profile/)

These concerts will be held on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 in the Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

Easter Weekend

Springtime Greetings - easter, tulips, colors, eggs, blossoms

All of us who celebrate Easter have our own traditions depending on our family backgrounds and the places where we live. Some of these traditions overlap. Perhaps we color eggs and hold egg hunts for the little ones; have ham for dinner; bake bunny cakes; buy a new hat; make pancakes shaped like bunnies for breakfast; take pictures in the Bluebonnets; spend a weekend at the beach. Ah, yes. Those of us who live on the coast of Brunswick County, NC, know that tourist season begins on Easter weekend. This will be the beginning of more people on the beach, crowds in the shops, long lines at the grocery store and more traffic. It will also be the beginning of brightly colored towels hanging on the decks of long empty beach houses, children laughing, gaily colored beach umbrellas, kites flying – all the things that bring an air of excitement to the towns after the long cold winter we had this year.

There are several events that take place on Easter weekend that you might want to consider adding to your traditions if you have not already done so. One is the Southport Spring Festival & Azalea Sale. http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/)

This event is held in lovely Franklin Square Park and has something for everyone in the family (but you will need to leave your pets at home). Two days in a row (Friday, April 18 and Saturday, April 19) you can take part (beginning at 10 AM) in the Arts Festival and activities for children as well as view the Model Railroad Exhibit. On Saturday from 11 AM until 2 PM you can enjoy the Chili Cook-Off. There will also be a 5K run/walk on Saturday beginning at 8 AM. Gorgeous azalea plants will be available for purchase to beautify your landscape.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina Family Day (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/march/) April 19, 10 AM – 2 PM

 This is a great event for families with kids. All kinds of free or low cost activities will be available outside the museum. The $2.00 fee for going into the museum will also be waived for Brunswick County residents with ID. The event will be held even if the weather is bad – it will just be moved indoors.

The Brunswick Islands Home & Garden Show (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/march/) will be held on April 19 at the Seatrail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

Here you can find all of the products you have been looking for to enhance your home and your landscaping – and – speak to representatives of the businesses where you can purchase these items locally, thus contributing to the local economy at the same time.