FOOD TRUCK FUN, 4TH KICKOFF & HOT MIKADO

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Start your weekend tomorrow evening (Thursday, June 21) with the weekly Southport Summer Concert in Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC. Soul on the Beach will entertain you from 6 PM until 8 PM.

Hot Mikado will be showing tomorrow evening, as well, at Brunswick Little Theatre in Southport, NC beginning at 7:30 PM. If you can’t make it then you will have more chances on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM and on Sunday afternoon at 3 PM. The scene is set in a Japanese Garden with music from the 1940s and the story includes love, a beheading and someone being buried alive. But don’t worry, the ending is happy.

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On Saturday, June 22, you might want to check out the first Food Truck Rodeo and Jam in Oak Island, NC at Middleton Park. It will run from 11 AM until 8 PM so you could enjoy lunch as well as dinner in the park if you choose. You will find homemade ice cream, too. There will also be music throughout the day with four bands scheduled to play. Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department is hoping you will want to make a donation of $5 at this event so they may raise funds for an amphitheater, a modern playground and a splash pad pay area.

On Sunday, June 24, there will be more music available for your entertainment and to kick off the July 4th Celebration. The 208th Army Band will perform on the Fort Johnston Lawn beginning at 3 PM. Bring your chairs, bring your blankets, bring your snacks and enjoy jazz, rock, marches, and a brass quintet.

Christine Martinez (l) as Yum Yum with other Ladies of Japan

KIDS’ ART, KAYAKING & FURR PARTY

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If you are looking for a free fun time for your kids on Saturday, I suggest that you head on out to Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC. From 11 AM until 2 PM you and the kids can enjoy the activities provided by volunteers from the Associated Artists of Southport at their Kids’ Art Day. Food trucks will be available for lunch, or you can pop on down to the Trolly Stop for a fun kids lunch.

If kayaking is your love, you will likely enjoy the Ride the Tide event, which will be held on Saturday as well – in Oak Island, NC. This event will begin at the Oak Island Recreation Center at 11:30 AM and is co-sponsored by the Adventure Kayak Company. A race, a costume contest and a poker run will be included in the event. There is a fee. You are welcome to volunteer to help out with the event.

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Saturday’s Party Furr the Paws will be held from 6 PM until 9 PM in Southport, NC at the St. James Community Building. This event will include music, dancing, a costume contest, a raffle and more. All this fun will benefit SOAR (Southport-Oak Island Animal Rescue) so plan a night out for a good cause. The cats and dogs at the rescue will thank you for it.

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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/)

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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