OYSTERS, MUSIC & A GOLF BALL

For most people, the word ‘oysters’ conjures up visions of food. Oysters on the half shell. Oysters Rockefeller. Fried Oysters. Oyster stew. But how much do you actually know about oysters? How do oysters make pearls? How important are oysters to the coastal water quality? What is the life of an oyster like? katherine Hunt, a science educator, can answer these questions and more. She first went digging for oysters when she was just a child. As the Education Outreach Coordinator for the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, she will be presenting a program called ‘Oysters are Important!’ on Saturday, March 25, beginning at 11 AM, at the museum. She will also lead a hands on activity and offer handouts to participants. Why not participate in this family oriented program?

Starting on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 PM, and running through April 2, you can enjoy some of your favorite music from movies at the Amuzu Theatre in Southport, NC. Included in this spring show, The Magic of Movie Music, will be songs from Hairspray, Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, Les Miserables, Shrek, 9 to 5, The Bodyguard, Dreamgirls, Risky Business, Flashdance, Pitch Perfect 2, White Christmas, Casablanca, La La Land, and more. Local singers and live band members will wow you with their talent. The $20 tickets can be purchased with cash or checks at Ricky Evans Art Gallery in Southport, NC, or at Color Me Carolina in Oak Island, NC. More information is available at: 910-523-2552.

On Saturday evening, March 25, The First Tee of Brunswick County will be presenting The Golf Ball, the annual fundraiser for their scholarship program. This year the ball will be held in the BCC South Brunswick Islands Center in Carolina Shores, NC. Black tie is optional.

 

A YEAR FOR GIVING

Most people when they see the word ‘giving’ think of money. And many people literally have no money to give. Many of us are struggling – not all of us financially. Many times money is not the answer. Giving of yourself can mean so much,  yet it can be so easy as well as self rewarding. Give a smile. Give a hand to hold a door. Give the gift of helping. Help someone to load groceries into their vehicle. Take the empty grocery cart back to the store – use it. Let someone pull out into traffic in front of you. Smile at and talk to children. Be patient with those in line ahead of you. Offer to help your neighbor. A person living alone might not ask for help, but sometimes you can see when they need it. There are so many little ways you can make a big difference in someone’s life.

Another wonderful way of giving is the gift of time. There are so many groups that really need your help to give to the community in which you live. Whatever your interest, you can find a way to help in that area – whether it is cats, dogs, knitting, golf, greeting people, literacy, education, children, culture, art, wildlife and more. Here is a list of some of the groups in Brunswick County, NC that would love to have your help.

Brunswick County Literacy Council, Inc.

Brunswick Family Assistance Agency

Hope Harbor Home

Sheltered Treasures 

Blankets with Love

Communities in Schools of Brunswick County

The First Tee Brunswick County

Providence Home of the Family Emergency Teen Shelter, Inc.

WAVES4K.I.D.S.

Brunswick County Arts Council 

Brunswick County Intercultural Festival

Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity

Friends of the Oak Island Lighthouse

North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

Smith Island Museum of History

Southport Visitors’ Center

CHASING THE BALL

Dogs and balls go together like, well, like balls and dogs. There’s nothing your dog loves to do more than chase and retrieve a ball – except maybe sleep. They would do it for hours if your arm did not give out. But, if you think about it, they are not much different than people. We chase balls on football fields, on volley ball courts, on baseball and softball diamonds, on tennis courts, on basketball courts, on soccer fields, on pool tables – even on the beach.

In Brunswick County, NC, the most popular place to chase balls is on the golf course. Due to the moderate weather and the number of public golf courses to be found here, golf ball chasing enthusiasts can do their chasing year round. For variety, you might try a different course every time you play golf. Check them out here:

Bald Head Island, NC:

The Bald Head Island Club

Boiling Spring Lakes, NC:

The Lakes Country Club

Oak Island, NC:

Oak Island Golf & Country Club
Oak Island Par 3 Golf Course at South Harbor

Ocean Isle Beach, NC:

The Big Cats Golf Courses at Ocean Ridge Plantation

Shallotte, NC:

Brierwood Golf Club
River’s Edge Golf Club & Plantation

Calabash, NC:

Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort
Crow Creek Golf Course
The Pearl Golf Links

Carolina Shores, NC:

Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club

Holden Beach, NC:

Lockwood Folly Country Club

Sunset Beach, NC:

Oyster Bay Golf Links
Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club
Thistle Golf Club

Leland, NC:

Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest
Magnolia Greens Golf Course

Bolivia, NC:

Carolina National Golf Club at Winding River Plantation

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.

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!

 

 

 

FITNESS IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC

Many people view keeping fit as a lot of work, but if you enjoy being out of doors, keeping fit can be fun – especially here where we are blessed with beautiful weather. A fitness routine can include such enjoyable exercise as a walk on the beach; a swim; a bicycle ride; a game of tennis; a day at the skate park; a round of golf; a game of volleyball; a kayak adventure; an excursion on a paddleboard; a day of surfing; organized games of softball and more. It is important to be active throughout your life in any way you can to keep yourself healthy and happy as well. Brunswick County, NC offers opportunities for doing this from organized games for kids to a variety of fitness classes at its senior centers. You will also find fitness centers that offer weight lifting, treadmills, zumba classes, crossfit training, pilates. tai chi, aerobics classes – any kind of exercise that fits your lifestyle. Here are a few of the fitness centers in Brunswick County, NC where you can find the type of exercise that fits you best:

Cape Fear Fitness & Crossfit, Southport (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/health-wellness/yoga-pilates-tai-chi/cape-fear-fitness-and-crossfit-southport/profile/)

Oak island Parks and Recreation Department (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/health-wellness/fitness-center/oak-island-parks-and-recreation-department/profile/)

Body Dimensions, Shallotte (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/health-wellness/fitness-center/body-dimensions/profile/)

GOLF COURSES IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC

(Image fromzeelandwestsports.com )

I will not pretend to be knowledgeable about golf. I don’t play golf. I don’t watch golf played. But I live in a county with a plethora of golf courses stretching from the north end to the south end. I know that many people come to Brunswick County, NC for the express purpose of enjoying a golf vacation. Many of those who come for a beach vacation spend part of their time here on the golf course as well. And the opportunity to play golf is available year around in Brunswick County, NC. I know that the fresh air and sunshine are incentives to spend the day on a golf course and that the courses themselves are quite beautiful. I also know that golf aficionados also will play golf in the rain. Fortunately, they never have to deal with playing in snow in this part of the country. Most of the courses also include pro shops where you can purchase everything golf you may have left at home in your eagerness to get here. There are lessons available as well as driving ranges. There are also eating and drinking places often referred to as the ninth hole. Here are a few courses for you to check out:

Magnolia Greens Golf Club, Leland, NC ( http://leland.insiderinfo.us/golf/course/magnolia-greens-golf-course/profile/)

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Oak Island Golf & Country Club, Oak Island, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/golf/course/oak-island-golf-and-country-club/profile/)

Thistle Golf Club, Sunset Beach, NC (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/golf/course/thistle-golf-club/profile/)