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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Photo courtesy Keith Green

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.

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

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)

SUMMER

Brunswick County, NC was made for summer. It’s miles of beaches beckon to those nearby as well as those from far away. The sand, sun and water offer so many opportunities for relaxing and enjoying life. Their versatility offers respite for the soul as well as opportunity for exciting adventure. If fishing is your passion, you can cast net for bait in the Intracoastal Waterway or purchase it from any of several bait & tackle shops, surf fish from any of the many beaches, charter a fishing excursion, take a small boat into the salt marshes, creeks or lakes or drop your line from a pier. Golfers will find a plethora of golf courses from which to choose from one end of the county to the other. Really good restaurants are waiting to serve their delicious food and ice cream shops will cool you off with their sweet treats.Nature adventures can be had by solitary wanderings in parks and natural spaces – on foot, by kayak, on horseback or bicycle. Nature tours are also available, combining the wonders of exploring with learning.

Ed explains the changes in the ecology that exist on Bird Island

Yes, it rains in Brunswick County, NC, and we are thankful for those days that bring so much abundance to our natural spaces. There is plenty to do on rainy days here as well. There are movie theaters, bowling allies, museums, art galleries, shops, libraries, theaters, music venues in the restaurants and so much more.

FATHERS DAY WEEKEND

It’s already the middle of 2016. The year has flown by like a flock of ibis flies over the islands. Fathers Day weekend is nearly here and it is expected to be a beautiful one. Why not plan to get dad outside where you can all enjoy it together? There is so much beauty in Brunswick County, NC – don’t miss it. Spend the day at the beach. Have a picnic by a lake – maybe in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC or at Lake Waccamaw. Rent kayaks and head to one of the many bodies of water for peaceful water gliding.

Load up your bicycles – or rent some – and head north a bit to Town Creek, NC where you can ride the bicycle trails at Brunswick Nature Park, with more than 900 acres to explore. Take a fishing excursion and grill your catch for an outdoor dinner. Take dad scuba diving and discover the wonders beneath the waters. Take dad to dinner at one of the many great restaurants in Brunswick County, NC. Eat at one of them that has music on the weekends and dance the night away. Walk hand in hand on the beach at sunrise. Walk hand in hand on the beach at sunset. Simple pleasures are the best.

A WHOLE LOTTA FISHIN’ GOIN’ ON

There is a whole lot of activities coming up in Brunswick County, NC, and more than one of them involves fishing. That’s not a surprise to those of us who live here. With the Atlantic Ocean as one of our boundaries and the number of rivers, streams, lakes and salt marsh locations – not to mention the Intracoastal Waterway –  there are so many opportunities to fish here. Even the events that do not include fishing – include water. Saturday offers the Southport NatureFest where the whole family can enjoy fun events designed to inform and educate as well.

Another Saturday event will be the US Coast Guard Safety Expo on Oak Island, NC, featuring Coastie, the Safe Boat, and Sammy, The Sea Otter.

Photo Image Small Boat on water with Light House and Station in background

On Saturday, also, Boiling Spring Lakes, NC, offers its annual fishing event for kids – the Small Fry Fishing Tournament. What a great way for kids to learn how to fish – with the help of officers from the police department.


(Image courtesy Southport Magazine)

While the kids are learning to fish in Boiling spring Lakes, the moms can be learning all about fishing on Oak Island, NC, at the Women Anglers in Training Weekend (WAIT). This event runs Saturday and Sunday.

It’s not too soon to start preparing for The Far Out Shoot Out Fishing Tournament which begins on Saturday, May 7, in Ocean Isle Beach, NC.

OUTSIDE FUN

 

The weather has been extremely fickle recently and here is March – the most fickle month of the year. But I do believe we are finished with the days of extreme cold and are headed for weather suitable to spending time outdoors. I am well aware that many of today’s kids are absorbed with electronic devices, however, it really is good for them (and for us) to get them interested in enjoying the outdoors. There are so many opportunities for this in Brunswick County, NC. The first thought that comes to mind is the ocean. It is always there faithfully providing so many opportunities for enjoyment. In fact, Brunswick County, NC is filled with bodies of water in the form of lakes and rivers and streams as well as the Intracoastal Waterway. Opportunities abound for swimming, fishing, cast netting, boating, sailing, water skiing, surfing, kayaking and more.

There are wonderful parks all over the county. Some of these provide opportunities for watersports and most of them offer walking trails, hiking, horseback riding, exploring nature, having picnics, sports fields and more fun.

There are many team sports available for kids as well. These are provided by the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department and include football and baseball as well as tennis lessons. Team sports are also offered by individual town recreation departments. Do you have an avid swimmer in the family? Check out the Marlin’s Swim Team. Do you have a child interested in golf? Why not contact First Tee of Brunswick County?  There is so much to enjoy outdoors – get outside!