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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

MARDI GRAS, ANTIQUES & HEALTH

If you don’t sleep in this Saturday morning, you can pop by the Health Expo in Shallotte, NC and get yourself and your family checked out before the event in Oak Island, NC the same afternoon. You can even get rid of those outdated prescriptions you have been meaning to dispose of. You will even have time to enjoy lunch before the Oak Island Mardi Gras Parade & Festival begins at 1 PM. There will be lots of fun for the whole family to enjoy.

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On Sunday afternoon, you can take your family heirlooms and yard sale finds and head out to the Antique Appraisal Fair in Southport, NC. Who knows? Maybe you have something of great value just waiting to be discovered. And, the event funds a deserving educational organization.

 

TREE LIGHTINGS & PARADES

Tomorrow is December 1st, the Christmas season is upon us and it will be starting with a busy first weekend. The Oak Island Christmas Tree Lighting events will begin at 5:30 PM tomorrow at Middleton Park in the Town of Oak Island, NC. If your kids participate in the Gingerbread Beach House Contest (four divisions: ages 6-12, 1-17, 18 & up, and families) at the Oak Island Recreation Center, they will receive their prizes at the tree lighting and their gingerbread houses will be on display from 12/1 through 12/56.

The last 1st Friday Gallery Walk of the year will take place in Southport, NC on Friday as well Beginning at 5 PM you can stroll the streets enjoying the holiday decorations and stop in each gallery for food, drink and that special Christmas gift you have not been able to find anywhere else.

If you live in or near Calabash, NC, on Friday evening you can enjoy the Calabash Tree Lighting & Spirit of Calabash Parade all rolled into one.

On Saturday, December 2, you and your family can head out to Oak Island, NC to enjoy the Christmas by the Sea Parade beginning at 2 PM. You can head on out to the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center at 5 PM to take part in their Christmas Festival until 8 PM. Don’t forget the Sea Notes Holiday Concert, Peace on Earth. Don’t worry if you can’t make the 3 PM Concert on Saturday, December 2 at the Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia, NC – they will be doing it all again on Sunday December 3, same time, same place.

Also, on Sunday, December 3, the Oak Island Beautification Club will hold a holiday bake sale and craft bazaar at the Oak Island Recreation Center in Oak Island, NC, from noon until 4 PM.

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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.

FOCUS ON CHRISTMAS

Southport, NC  Winterfest has begun! The sailboat wreaths are lining the streets and the trees are shining with lights. The cookies in the cookie baking contest have been gobbled and judged (winner to be announced). Supper with Santa’s Elves has been enjoyed by all the little kiddies. Tonight from 5 PM until 8 PM you can tote your chairs, snuggle under your blankets and watch the movie, The Polar Express, on the Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn. Friday’s lineup includes a Costumed Holiday History Tour and the NC Maritime Museum at Southport beginning at 3 PM and the Fire Engine Parade with the fire engines loading the kids at the Southport Fire Station at 5:30 PM and the parade beginning at 6:30 PM. (Heads up – Howe Street will be closed for the duration of the parade). After the parade, the kids will visit with Santa and enjoy refreshments.

Saturday will be the big day with events all day and into the night. From 9 AM until 4 PM you can enjoy the handmade and home grown offerings at the Winter Craft Festival on the Fort Johnston Garrison lawn. From 9 AM until noon you can browse the Friends of the Library book sale held at Southport Realty at 727 N. Howe St. Books make great gifts! There will be a Santa’s Workshop for the kids at the Southport Recreation building from 10 AM until 11 AM. From 1 PM until 3 PM, the Southport Community Building will host an Old Timey Gospel Fest, sponsored by the Smithville Township/Southport Black History Committee. The Old Brunswick County Jail will offer tours from 2 PM until 7 PM. The Christmas Tour of Homes will begin at 2 PM and continue until 7 PM. It provides the opportunity for you to see lovely local homes all decorated for Christmas. At 7 PM, be prepared to find a great spot to watch the Christmas Flotilla as the beautifully decorated boats sail past.

You could also head for Leland, NC on Saturday for the North Brunswick Christmas Festival & Parade. The parade will begin at 10 AM, with the festival entertainment beginning at noon. On Sunday from 1 PM until 5:30 PM, you can experience An 18th Century Christmas at Brunswicktown/Fort Anderson State Historic Site in Winnabow, NC. Whatever you choose to do – enjoy!

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

Yes, the 4th of July is more than a week away, however, if you are familiar with the NC 4th of July Festival in Southport, NC, you know it runs for a week or more. Festivities will begin this Friday, June 24, with music by the Brunswick Concert Band. The concert will be held at 7 PM in Franklin Square Park. On Saturday, June 25, opening ceremonies will be held at Waterfront Park and the N.C. Fourth of July Festival Freedom Run will begin there as well. Saturday also begins the historic Chapel of Cross at St. Philip’s self guided tours, which will continue throughout the festival.

Beginning at 7:30 PM on Saturday evening you can enjoy a Patriotic Concert by the Sea Notes Choral Society at the Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia, NC. If you can’t make it on Saturday evening, there will be a repeat performance on Sunday, June 26, at 3 PM. Also on Sunday, you can experience a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Fort Johnston Garrison lawn at 4:45 PM followed by a military band concert at 5 PM.

 Don’t forget to stop by the Oak Island Farmers’ Market on Monday morning to purchase all your local goodies for the upcoming holiday.

 

 

FALL FESTIVITIES

Another weekend of fun festivities is ahead of us in Brunswick County, NC; and the Carolina blue skies and warm temperatures promise to continue throughout the weekend. With all the water in Brunswick County, NC, as well as offshore, one of the favorite fall activities involves bait, rods and reels and some of the best fishing happens in the fall. Because of this, fishing tournaments abound in the fall and this weekend is no exception. This weekend’s fishing tournament is a tournament with a twist, however. The fishing will not be done from piers or from boats in the ocean. The Bluefish Bonanza on Bald Head island, NC is a surfcasting tournament. Check it out.

Last weekend you may have participated in the NC Oyster Festival – an annual event in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Get ready to enjoy again this Saturday and Sunday, this time in Holden Beach, NC at the annual NC Festival by the Sea.

You will have another second chance in Calabash, NC. Last week was Pumpkin Day at Indigo Farms – this Saturday from 10 – AM until 2 PM, you can enjoy Pick Your Own Pumpkin Day. The event will include Stock Pig Racing as well as hayrides – so bring the whole family.

FALL DECORATING – and – A FESTIVAL

Fall is upon us in all it’s glory of trees changing color, incredible sunsets, cooler temperatures and sunny days. Fall festivals are in full swing and Halloween is approaching with it’s parties, trick-or-treating, ghoulish costumes and silly ones. Before long Thanksgiving will arrive and many of us will get together with friends and family to celebrate each other. If you are thinking of decorating for this colorful season, remember that even though you can find decorative seasonal items in national chain stores, there are many independent, locally owned stores in the area where you can find unique decorations for the exterior as well as the interior of your home.

Bridgers Old Fashioned General Store in Southport, NC is a great locally owned shop with goodies galore and more: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/shop/southport/bridgers-old-fashioned-general-store/profile/)

At Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC you will find seasonal decorations as well as decorations for year round display in your home – all made by area artists and artisans: (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/shop/gallery/sunset-river-marketplace/profile/)

(The Artist’s Chair by Marsha Thomas)

Don’t miss the North Carolina Festival by the Sea in Holden Beach, NC this weekend (October 25 & 26, 2014) where you will find all kinds of arts and crafts for decorating your home – and more! (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/october/north-carolina-festival-by-the-sea/profile/)

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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. 
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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.