CULTURES, SUNFISH & WOODEN BOATS

September will be going out with a bang this weekend with lots of fun things to do. Don’t miss out. The fun will begin on Friday evening with the first performance presented through the auspices of the Brunswick County Intercultural Festival. Beginning at 7 PM, the African American Dance Ensemble will perform at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia, NC. On Saturday, from 10 AM until 4 PM you can enjoy the festival on the grounds of the auditorium with dancing, cultural events, food and more. Take the kids for a fun and informative day.

If you enjoy fishing, you might want to check out the Bay Creek Classic beginning with the captain’s meeting on Friday at 4 PM. Lines in the water from 7 AM until 4:30 PM on Saturday and the proceeds go for a good cause.

Saturday also offers the Around Oak Island Sunfish Race. Open to all experienced sunfish sailors, this 27+ mile race starts in the Yacht Basin in Southport, NC.

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Begun eight years ago, the Southport Wooden Boat Show has grown exponentially over the years. At this year’s event you will enjoy all the activities you enjoyed in previous shows as well as new activities, including more maritime activities. There will be a designated handicapped parking area as well as a shuttle bus to take you to the event site in the Old yacht Basin. This is a family friendly event with fun for everyone.

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.

 

PUMPKINS N HAY N OYSTERS, OH MY!

Ahhhhhhhhhh. Fall has arrived to Brunswick County, NC. Sunny days, cool breezes, open window nights with the sounds of crickets and night birds, glorious sunrises and sunsets, sparkling ocean waters, sandy beaches for walking, family oriented festivals – we have the best of it all. The upcoming weekend promises to be beautiful and is filled with outdoor events for adults and families. What adult among us does not recall the fun of fall hayrides? You can relive them this weekend – and in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC, you can experience a hayride with a twist:  Boiling Spring Lakes Haunted Hayride

Fall and oysters go together like – well – fall and oysters. Add to that a festival and you couldn’t ask for anything better –  especially when it is happening in Ocean Isle Beach, NC and includes an oyster shucking contest and a road race.

North Carolina Oyster Festival

Fall is harvest time at the farms – a time to celebrate another successful harvest. What better way than to have a day filled with pumpkins, hayrides, good food and fun events for kids and adults alike. One such working farm near Calabash, NC, invites you to take part in just such a day:  Indigo Farms Pumpkin Day

WEEKEND!

Hi folks! I’m ba-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-ck! Due to technical difficulties I’ve been off the blog site for most of September. But remember, you can always find information at our website (www.insiderinfo.us) or on our facebook page: Southport, Oak Island, Bald Head Island, NC – Insiderinfo.

The gorgeous Fall weather always brings a plethora of outdoor events and festivals to Brunswick County, NC and this weekend is no exception. No exception, that is, except for the weather forecast. The temperatures are lovely, but we seem to be getting our sunshine in liquid form. Saturday’s line-up did include the annual, exciting Intercultural Festival, however, it has been canceled this year due to the weather. Another wonderful event that is scheduled is the Southport Wooden Boat Show which is scheduled to take place rain or shine.

Stewart’s Hardware in Southport has announced a Fall Fun Day from 9 AM until 5 PM and the Oak Island Moose Lodge has planned an Oktoberfest from 4:30 PM until 8:30 PM. You may want to check with them directly to be sure these events will be taking place. There is always music in the evenings at the Yacht Basin Eatery and at Fishy Fishy Cafe, both in Southport, NC.

On Sunday, the First Bank Oktoberfest 15K & 5K is scheduled in Brunswick Forest in Leland NC. Then there is always a good thing to do on a rainy day – take in a movie. Between Surf Cinemas, in Southport, NC and Coastal Stadium 10, in Shallotte, NC, you are sure to find a movie you have been wanting to see.

(Image courtesy Brunswickland Realty, Holden Beach, NC)

FEBRUARY EVENTS

Many visitors to Brunswick County, NC arrive during the summer months when they can take part in the variety of activities that are available during that time. They love the area for beaching, swimming, fishing, festivals, sailing, boating, kayaking – a plethora of outdoor activities. Those of us who live here permanently also enjoy these activities, however, we know a secret. We know that there are interesting and exciting things to do throughout the whole year. We have had a very mild winter this year – the kind we love. And even though we are experiencing some very cold nights recently, we know that will not last for long. We also know we can take part in some interesting events in spite of the cold. Here are a few that are coming up during the rest of the month.

A Perfect Knight is a mother/son event held in Boiling Spring Lakes: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/a-perfect-knight/profile/)

At the Antique Appraisal Fair on 2/22 in Southport, you can find out the value of that unusual piece your family has been handing down for years:  (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/peo-annual-antique-appraisal-fair/profile/)

On 2/15, you can make all the necessary connections to plan your wedding at the Southern Cape Fear Bridal Expo in Southport:  (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/southern-cape-fear-bridal-expo/profile/)

 

Festivals & Fish

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Easter weekend has arrived and the streets of the Brunswick Islands are lined with cars full of folks on their way to take part in entertaining events. Many of these people will stay for the week after Easter and if the weather permits they will be spending their time on the beaches swimming, sun bathing, walking, searching for shells, walking their dogs, playing with their kids – in short – enjoying everything available to them at the beach. When the weekend arrives again, they will find more options including:

Days at the Docks, April 26 & 27

(http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/march/)

This popular festival is held under the amazing bridge that leads to the island of Holden Beach. Folks from all over NC as well as from out of state have made attending this festival a yearly tradition. Here, they participate in arts, crafts, music, food, tournaments, games and the signature Bopple Race. Don’t know what a Bopple Race is? Check out the link above.

Women Anglers in Training, April 26 & 27

(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/)

Obviously, for women only – a chance to get away by yourself and learn all the tricks of the trade when it comes to fishing. Give dad and the kids a the weekend to spend together while you enjoy Saturday learning or increasing your knowledge about fishing and Sunday either fishing from the pier or from a fishing boat. Pre registration is required for this event, so be sure to contact the Oak Island Recreation Center.