ART, ART & ART

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No, I’m not stuttering. This weekend seems dedicated to the arts in Southport, NC and Oak Island, NC, and good timing, too. All of a sudden it’s November and we all wonder where the year went. Many of us have not even thought about Christmas shopping yet, much less having started to find those special unique gifts for our loved ones. If unique is what you want; if handmade is what you want; if local is what you want, then the best place to find it is where you find art. After all, art is not just paintings. Check out Arts by the Shore in Oak Island, NC this weekend and you will see just what I mean. There will be a reception and awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon where you can meet the artists who created your favorite pieces. You can even vote for a People’s Choice award.

Tonight, Friday, is the first Friday of November. The First Friday Gallery Walk in Southport, NC gives you another chance to search for those special gifts, or, perhaps something for yourself or your home. The galleries involved in this event offer yummy munchies and drinks free of charge as well. So, take yourself down to Franklin Square Gallery for paintings and pottery; to Ricky Evans Art @ 211 for paintings, pottery, stained glass and more; and to Lantana’s Gallery & Fine Gifts for a whole range of interesting things.

Franklin Square Gallery will be featuring the opening of their Holiday Boutique. If you don’t find what you are looking for, come back again and again. Admission is free and the items in the boutique will be changing as local artists bring in more and more.

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EASTER, DOGS & KIDS

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Easter’s on its way and on Thursday, April 13, you can hop on over to the Spring Market in the Sunset Beach Town Park in Sunset Beach, NC at 206 Sunset Boulevard. The event runs from 10 AM until 4 PM. Here you can stock up on last minute items for your Easter meal and celebration. Everything will be handmade, homemade or homegrown so you can be sure of the freshness and quality of all items. Take the family, including your dog(s), and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny by Paws Ability.

In Southport, NC, on Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15, you can enjoy the Southport Spring Festival & Azalea Sale. This annual event is held in Franklin Square Park at the corner of N. Howe St. and E. West St. The two day festival begins at 10 AM on both days and ends at 5 PM on Friday and 4 PM on Saturday. You can enjoy the music in the air while the kids enjoy activities.

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Your dog is part of your family, right? So why not involve him/her in the Easter fun as well? Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department will be holding their first annual Doggie Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 15, at the Dog Park in Bill Smith Park in Oak island, NC. This event will run from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM. There will be a hunt for dogs over 25 pounds and one for dogs under 25 pounds. There will be prizes and treats for finding the eggs.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina Family Day will also be held on Saturday, April 15. The museum is located in Ocean Isle Beach, NC and the event will run from 10 AM until 2 PM. Kids’ activities will abound and folks from the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization will be available as well.

For a most unusual egg hunt on Friday, April 14, you can take the kids to Wilmington, NC for the annual Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Egg Hunt and Carnival. From 10 AM until 2 PM the kids can have lots of fun at this event. There is a fee and the event is weather dependent.

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