1ST FRIDAY, FISHING TOURNAMENT & CLASSIC CARS

PEACE ON EARTH   24 x 36   Oil on Linen
Peace on Earth by Karen Masterson

The weekend will kick off on Friday evening with the 1st Friday Gallery Walk where you can see the painting above ‘in person’ at Franklin Square Gallery in Southport, NC. The artist, Karen Masterson, is one of the featured artists this month. The other one is Denise Brucker, whose lovely pottery pieces will also be on display. The Ricky Evans Gallery will feature the work of Waking Bear Studios and at Lantana’s, the featured artist will be YOU! What an intriguing idea. I wonder how they will do that?

After the gallery walk you can head on over to Brunswick Little Theatre for their Open Mic Poetry Reading to read your original poetry, listen to others read theirs – or both. Sign-up will begin at 7 PM, with readings beginning at 7:30 PM. The reading will be held in room 1B, which is the building behind the main building. This is a free event but will include a donation box to defray the cost of cookies that will be available. For information, you can contact Ken Greenman at 914-456-0132 or greenman46@aol.com.

Also on Friday, in Shallotte, NC, you can attend the Relay for Life of Brunswick County  beginning at 6 PM

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On Saturday, in Southport, NC, you can take in the Annual Classic Car & Truck Show and get your shopping done at the same time. This show will be held in a shopping center parking lot.

Things will be getting fishy in Ocean Isle Beach, NC on Saturday as participants in The Far Out Shoot Out Fishing Tournament take to the water.  The tournament begins on Saturday, but participants will have their choice of eight days on which to do their fishing.

On Saturday morning in Oak Island, NC, from 9 AM until noon, you can purchase home grown herbs, flowers and vegetables from the Oak Island Beautification Club. The sale will be held at the base of the 56th Street water tower and will benefit community landscaping projects.

For those of you who missed it, the Southport Waterfront Market opened today and you can look forward to this ‘happening’ every Wednesday morning from now through October 31.

If you have some time on you hands and would like to give back to the community, there are several interesting volunteer opportunities available. If you play an instrument, why not check out the Brunswick Concert Band – they are looking for more members. Contact Tom Smicklas at 910-253-4573. The Brunswick County Intercultural Festival is also seeking volunteers. Opportunities include: vendor check-in and set-up, event support, entertainment and stage help, help in the international village. Contact interculturalfestivalhotmail.com. If you are an artist or a crafts person and would like to take part in the event, you can find a vendor application at: http://www.bcifestival.org/formsonline.  The town of Oak Island, NC is in need of volunteers to help educate the public in ways to protect coastal habitats. These volunteers will work at the OKI Nature Center and/or the Ocean Education Center. You can pick up a nature volunteer registration form at the Oak Island Recreation Center.

 

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MARKETS & MUSIC

I want to begin by apologizing to anyone who was inconvenienced by an error in last week’s post. It seems that I was given incorrect information about the date of the safety expo. So, if you headed to the US Coast Guard station last Saturday, you will have found no expo. However, on this Saturday, from 10 AM until 2 PM, you can take the whole family to the US Coast Guard Station-Oak Island-Annual Safety Expo in Caswell Beach, NC. Here you can learn about the ways the US Coast Guard is keeping us safe while, at the same time, enjoy exploring all the kinds of safety equipment used in their operations and the safety operations of the area.

For music, sea breezes and lots of goodies, nothing beats the Southport Waterfront Market in Southport, NC on Wednesday mornings. From 8 AM until 1 PM you can stroll from tent to tent beneath the sprawling Live Oak trees, enjoy a homemade snack, meet up with friends, fill your basket with flowers, vegetables and crafts and just bask in the beauty of the day. On Monday mornings, you can repeat the experience at the Oak Island Farmers Market in Oak Island, NC while listening to the roar of the ocean and breathing the sea air. If Saturday works better for you you can head on down to the Shallotte Farmers Market in Shallotte, NC, which runs from 9 AM until 1 PM.

This evening, Thursday, June 1, begins the Southport Summer Concerts – Thursdays in the Park. Tonight’s concert will feature Blues Music with the NC Blues Kings from 6 PM until 8 PM in Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC. Bring a blanket and a picnic, bring a chair, and enjoy.

Friday evening will feature the First Friday Gallery Walk in Southport, NC. Participants include Franklin Square Gallery, Ricky Evans Gallery and Lantana’s. Stop by between 5 PM and 7 PM to experience good art, good food, good friends and drink. While you are at it, pick up that special art piece that catches your eye and give it a home. Then head on over to Oak Island, NC at 6:30 PM to enjoy the concert there.

You can choose between two events beginning at 4 PM on Sunday. Boiling Spring Lakes, NC will offer the music of Parrot Party. This concert is part of the Spring Lake Park Music Series. In Southport, NC, the NC Maritime Museum will sponsor a lawn party on the Garrison Lawn at Fort Johnston until 7 PM. Music will be provided by the Back Porch Rockers. Raffles and a bake sale will be included in this event.

(Painting by Susan Dade)

EASTER WEEK

Spring has sprung! The Bradford Pear Trees have burst into their blooming glory. Daffodils are up. The Forsythia is budding out. The days are warmer and Easter is almost here – yes, it’s early this year. And the events that usually take place around Easter time are early, too. On Bald Head Island, NC the BHI Conservancy’s Easter Turtle Trot family fun run and 5K race will take place on Saturday, March 26, with registration beginning at 8:30 AM. This race will begin a full day of events on the island. Then from 10 AM until 5 Pm you can check out the BHI Artisans Show & Sale at the Association. The BHI Easter Egg Hunt will be held from 3 PM until 5 PM at the Common at Cape Fear Station.

In Southport, NC, you won’t want to miss the Southport Spring Festival & Azalea Sale held in the lovely Franklin Square Park on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26, from 10 AM until 5 PM.

Spring also signifies the opening of some of our favorite restaurants that have been closed for the winter and we definitely welcome them back. We also welcome the visitors that Easter seems to awaken to the fact of our beautiful area. Because many schools are closed for spring break during Easter week, visitors with families tend to start arriving around that time. Here are a few ideas for some fun things to do with your children during Easter week (besides going to the beach!).

Have fun at a park – you will find many from which to choose.

Take a tour in a golf cart, on a bicycle or in the air.

Visit the Maritime Museum, the Museum of Coastal Carolina and the Ingram Planetarium.

And don’t forget the ice cream!

 

DOGS, HOMES, GARDENS & A GOLF BALL

Dogs, homes, gardens and a golf ball (not that kind of a golf ball!) are all part of the events happening in Brunswick County, NC this Saturday, March 12. If you plan well, it will actually be possible for you to take part in all three events. With beautiful spring weather finally here we are motivated to begin spring cleaning and that inevitably leads to ideas for rearranging our homes inside – possibly adding some new touches. At the same time, the weather lures us outside where there is likely cleaning up to do from the winter events. We also are motivated to beautify our outdoor living spaces by weeding and planting new flowers, adding hanging baskets, maybe even adding a patio.  You can get some great ideas and advice by attending the Brunswick County Home & Garden Show in Shallotte, NC.

Dogs are a big part of the lives of people who live in Brunswick County, NC. Most any time of day you can see dogs walking their people at the beach or along the sidewalks of towns. There are several dog rescue sites in the county where you can find big dogs, small dogs, medium sized dogs, friendly dogs timid dogs and a host of others from which to choose. Dogs love being outdoors in lovely weather, too, and, as social animals, they love interacting with other dogs. Why not take your dog(s) to A Bark in the Park in Leland, NC on Saturday?

Music, dancing and food make for a lovely evening out and The Golf Ball in Supply, Nc is a great place to enjoy all three. What’s even better is that at the same time you will be supporting a worthy cause that benefits the children of Brunswick County, NC.

WEDDINGS

From the beach to a chapel, from extravagant to simple, on land or at sea, there are many various and lovely wedding locations in Brunswick County, NC. Here come the bride, the groom, the maid of honor, the best man the bridesmaids, the attendants, the flower girl, the ring bearer, the reception, the caterer, the cake, the officiant, the bridal registry, the flowers, the music, the photographer, the videographer, the transportation, the rental equipment, oh – and don’t forget the marriage license. Whew! You might want to check out our links for some help. We can even help you with a wedding planner. You also might want to check out the upcoming wedding shows. There are two this month and another one in March. The first will be this Sunday, January 24 in Southport, NC.

The Southern Cape Fear Bridal Expo will be held at the St. James Community Center.

The Silver Coast Bridal Show will be held at the Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach, NC on January 31.

On March 2, you can attend the South Brunswick Islands Bridal Expo in Carolina Shores, NC.

 

 

APRIL

April showers bring May flowers – or so the saying goes. But we have had so much rain in February and March that I am hoping April will bring sunshine and warmer weather. Some signs of spring have been helpful in making me hopeful. Daffodils are blooming in many places. The Star Magnolia blossoms, lovely white ribbons on bare branches, have bloomed and are almost gone. Bradford pear tree blossoms have popped out like popcorn. Forsythia is now beginning to peep out shyly and will soon be glowing in all its golden glory. Considering these things, it seems appropriate to begin the month of April by attending the Southport Spring Festival & Azalea Sale coming up in Franklin Square Park on April 3rd and 4th.
(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/southport-spring-festival-and-azalea-sale/profile/)

SPRING FESTIVAL

Another event well worth attending and taking place on the 4th is the Museum of Coastal Carolina Family Day in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. You might decide to attend the Spring Festival on the 3rd and the museum the following day. In any case, here is some info about that worthy event:
(http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/museum-of-coastal-carolina-family-day/profile/)

For those of you itching to run (or walk) this is a bit of advance notice about the Hound Hustle 10K & 5K in which you can take part on April 12. The event takes place in lovely Brunswick Forest. There will also be a 1 Mile Trot with Spot so you can take your dog(s) with you. Proceeds benefit Brunswick County Animal Services.
(http://leland.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/5-star-race-productions-llc/profile/)

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VALENTINES DAY

Valentines Day is nearly here and the florists are all in a flurry. When we think of this day we think of love, flowers, candy, special dinners out, gifts of jewelry – all the traditional things associated with it. In Brunswick County, NC you will find some of the restaurants will have special dinners to celebrate the occasion. There is no shortage of florists, jewelry stores and places to purchase Valentine candy either. But there is a number of other events to choose from as well – some of them not so traditional. Why not do something different this year – maybe something your special sweetheart has an interest in or something in which the whole family can participate.

If you have an interest in North Carolina history, you might want to think about heading to the Brunswick Town State Historic Site in Winnabow, NC. On February 14 and 15 there will be dramatic interpretations of the fall of Ft. Anderson to commemorate the 150th anniversary of that event. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/fort-anderson-civil-war-living-history/profile/)

If you like the fun and excitement of the Mardi Gras, you can head on over to Oak Island, NC for their three day event. Wouldn’t it be fun to spend Valentine’s evening in front of a bonfire on the beach? (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/mardi-gras-by-the-sea/profile/)

For a more traditional evening of dining and dancing, you can participate in The Golf Ball in Carolina Shores, NC where all proceeds benefit a good cause. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/february/the-golf-ball/profile/)