FISH N CARS

What do fish and cars have in common? Well, for one thing, in recent days we all felt like a bunch of fish driving our cars in Brunswick County, NC. I am sure many of us felt like we might as well get out of them and swim. We can be thankful that we came out of it in better shape than our neighbors to the south and that the sun really is still up there. Maybe it will hang around for a while. The thing of it is that this weekend offers both fish and cars – and some of those cars may well have fins. In Southport, NC the Cape Fear Cruisers will be holding their annual event, Classic Cars ‘n Rock ‘n Roll on Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10.

Fish, fish and more fish – it’s that time of year. And you can put your lines in the water from a pier or a boat to angle for a prize winning size while enjoying your favorite sport. Ocean Crest Pier, in Oak Island, NC will be holding their annual Rumble on the Tee King Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11.

The waters will also be full of boats on Friday through Sunday, October 9 through 11. If you have your own fishing boat you might head on down to the Ocean Isle Fishing Center in Ocean Isle Beach, NC for their annual Fall Brawl King Classic. Whatever you choose to do, I wish you a great weekend!

EATING OUT

The problem with eating out in Southport, NC is that there are so many excellent choices it is difficult to decide where to enjoy your meal. There are restaurants that serve breakfast and lunch only. There are restaurants that serve lunch and sometimes dinner. There are restaurants that serve lunch and dinner and restaurants that serve dinner only. There is a Thai restaurant, a sushi restaurant, restaurants that specialize in southern fried foods and restaurants that cater to your yen for international foods. Fish and shellfish dishes abound and most of the main ingredients are fresh and caught locally. There are Italian restaurants that serve any Italian dish you can imagine. There are restaurants where you can enjoy live entertainment with your meal and restaurants with gorgeous water views – sometimes these are one and the same. There are restaurants where you can enjoy your favorite again and again and those where you will want to titillate your tastebuds and try something new each time you dine there. If you can’t make up your mind where to dine, you can always use the old ‘eeny meeny miny moe’ method – you can’t lose. And remember to tip your servers well – they work very hard.

Here are just a few restaurants in Southport, NC for you to enjoy.

Fishy Fishy offers good food, great water views and entertainment. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/restaurant/southport/fishy-fishy-cafe/profile/)

Live Oak Cafe is an excellent choice for an intimate dinner for a special occasion. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/restaurant/southport/live-oak-cafe/profile/)

Ports of Call was featured in the movie, Safe Haven, and offers international dishes. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/restaurant/southport/ports-of-call-bistro-and-market/profile/)

WHAT’S HAPPENING

Many years ago T. S. Eliot wrote: “April is the cruellest month” in his poem The Waste Land. He was not referring to income tax time, but for those of us who are required to pay into the IRS, he may as well have been. Luckily we live in Brunswick County, NC where there are so many interesting places and events available to us that can take our minds off of our tax troubles. Many of these events are free and those that are not usually serve worthy causes that benefit all of us. The water offers so much, be it the ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway, the Cape Fear River, the lakes – it is all there for us to enjoy and we are blessed with the kind of weather that allows us to enjoy these things. We can walk on the beach, sit by the water and meditate, fish, go sailing, ride a ferry, swim, take out a kayak, sunbathe – whatever helps us be happy. We are also lucky in the events that are available to us to enjoy. They are as varied as the ways there are to enjoy water. Here are a few that are coming up this month.

You can take the kids or the grands to the Kids’ Art Day in Franklin Square Park:

(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/kids-art-day/profile/)

You can dress up (or not) and dance the night away at the Black-Tie-Optional-Gala in Southport, NC:

(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/black-tie-optional-gala/profile/)

You can test your endurance in the Oak Island Lighthouse 1/2 Marathon 10K/5K Run/Walk:

(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/oak-island-lighthouse-1-2-marathon-10k-5k-run-walk/profile/)

FISHING PIERS

There’s nothing like a meal of freshly caught fish – and there’s nothing like a day spent fishing for those fish from the NC fishing piers. Imagine the sun and the soft breeze – the smell of salt air. Feel the relaxation of having your line in the water waiting for a bite – the excitement of that pull on the line – the joy of reeling in your catch. Enjoy your time alone or with friends and the camaraderie of others taking part in the same rituals. Brunswick County, NC offers a number of fishing piers for your enjoyment. Here are a few:

City Pier, Southport, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/fishing/piers/city-pier/profile/)

Oak Island Pier, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/fishing/piers/oak-island-pier/profile/)

Ocean Crest Pier, Oak Island, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/fishing/piers/ocean-crest-pier/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.