TOURS ARE NOT JUST FOR VISITORS

Do you know the story of Tony – the ghost who haunts the Brunswick Inn in Southport, NC? Do you know what a pogie is? Do you know where to find the Indian Trail tree? There is so much history and there are so many anecdotal stories connected to this area. And there are so many enjoyable ways to encounter the history and the stories and to enjoy the beauty of the area – by land, on the water and in the air.

By Land

The Bald Head Island Historic Tour is a great way to see all of Bald head Island, NC, with the added adventures of touring Old Baldy and the ferry ride to the island.

The Adventure Kayak Company, Inc. offers Historical Southport Walking Tours as well as bicycle tours in Southport, NC.

For a fun ghost walk, check out Old South Tour Company and enjoy a spooky stroll by lantern light through the Old Smithville Burying Ground.

If you prefer a self guided walking tour, check out the Southport Trail.

For a guided ride, you can chose between Southport Fun Tours and Southport Tours. Both of these tours are by electric street cars and are totally different experiences.

On the Water

The Adventure Kayak Company, Inc. offers guided eco and historic kayak tours. You can enjoy gliding through the waterways and estuaries enjoying the wonders of nature and learning as well.

In the Air

For a unique perspective of the area, there is nothing like seeing it from above. Flying tours of this gorgeous area are provided by Brunswick Air, High Tide Helicopters, and Suncoast Aviation. All three of these fly out of the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island, NC.

KNIGHTS AND CIVIL WAR?

Most little boys like to play at being Knights of the Round Table at sometime in their childhoods. The idea of wearing armor, sword fighting and jousting is fun and stirs their imaginations. If you are a mother, grandmother, sister or aunt to such a boy who is in kindergarten through fifth grade, you might want to call the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center to arrange to take part in their event, “A Perfect Knight.” The event will be held on Saturday, February 18 from 4 PM until 6 PM.

Some of those same little boys, when grown up, (and some girls as well) will have found an intense interest in history – specifically U.S. history. As adults, they enjoy participating in the reenactment of historical events. If you enjoy being out in the fresh air and seeing these kinds of events take place, you might want to head out to Brunswicktown/Fort Anderson State Historic Site in Winnabow, NC on Saturday or Sunday (2/18 & 2/19), or both days if you like. There you can enjoy the Fort Anderson Civil War Living History.

If you have lots of energy and are a morning person, you might consider starting your day on Saturday by taking part in Run Oak Island before you head out to the other events. There will be an awards ceremony and a party after the race. This race will benefit the Oak Island Turtle Patrol, so get up and get out even if you only do the 1 mile fun run/walk.

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SOUTHPORT ATTRACTIONS PRIMER

Interesting attractions, including some annual events and a host of amazing history can be found in the Southport, NC area. The Southport Visitors Center located in the Fort Johnston Garrison House on Davis Street is a great place to begin. You will find a fascinating wall display of the history of the area, historical artifacts and playbills from the films that were made in Southport, NC. A free brochure for the Southport Trail, a self-guided tour, is available as is information from one of the friendly and knowledgeable volunteers who will be happy to answer your questions.

Adjacent to the visitors’ center is the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. You can wander through the museum on your own or take a guided tour through the exhibits of maritime life from the time of the American Indians to the present, including a pirate exhibit and interactive exhibits such as a deep diving research periscope and a nautical knot board. You can purchase souvenirs including pirate memorabilia from the gift shop as well.

If you are interested in chartering a sailing cruise you may want to check out Priority Sailing. S/V Kelly Allen Cruises offers cruises aboard the Kelly Allen, a 37-foot O’Day center cockpit sloop.

Landlubbers can participate in a lantern lit Ghost Walk. Historical Southport Bicycle Tours are available as well. Just contact Emma at The Adventure Kayak Company in the 800 block of N. Howe Street. If you prefer to stroll the tree lined streets there are a number of sites you will not want to miss. Southport’s oldest churches, The Chapel of Cross at St. Philip’s on E. Moore Street and Trinity United Methodist Church on E. Nash Street are lovely to behold yet distinctly different. You can visit The Grove at Franklin Square Park on Howe Street where the low walls were constructed of ballast stones used in ships more than 100 years ago. Stroll to Keziah Memorial Park on W. Moore Street where the main attraction is the Indian Trail Tree estimated to be more than 800 years old. At the corner of Nash and Rhett Streets you will find the Old Brunswick County Jail and across Rhett Street, the Old Smithville Burying Ground. Then head back to Waterfront Park at Bay and Howe Streets and relax on the swings while taking in the gorgeous water views.

 

 

THE MYSTERY OF HISTORY

(Image courtesy of the Southport Historical Society)

A host of amazing history can be found in the Southport, NC area. The Southport Visitors Center located in the Fort Johnston Garrison House on Davis Street is a great place to begin. You will find a fascinating wall display of the history of the area, historical artifacts and playbills from the films that were made in Southport, NC. A free brochure for the Southport Trail, a self-guided tour, is available as is information from one of the friendly and knowledgeable volunteers who will be happy to answer your questions.

Adjacent to the visitors’ center is the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. You can wander through the museum on your own or take a guided tour through the exhibits of maritime life from the time of the American Indians to the present. Included is a pirate exhibit as well as interactive exhibits such as a deep diving research periscope and a nautical knot board. You can purchase souvenirs including pirate memorabilia from the gift shop as well.

You can participate in a lantern lit Ghost Walk and Historical Southport Bicycle Tours are available as well. If you prefer to stroll the tree lined streets there are a number of sites you will not want to miss. Southport’s oldest churches, The Chapel of Cross at St. Philip’s on E. Moore Street and Trinity United Methodist Church on E. Nash Street are lovely to behold yet distinctly different. You can visit The Grove at Franklin Square Park on Howe Street where the low walls were constructed of ballast stones used in ships more than 100 years ago. Stroll to Keziah Memorial Park on W. Moore Street where the main attraction is the Indian Trail Tree estimated to be more than 800 years old. At the corner of Nash and Rhett Streets you will find the Old Brunswick County Jail and across Rhett Street, the Old Smithville Burying Ground.

For a special historical event taking place in nearby Winnabow, NC this weekend, check out the Fort Anderson Civil War Living History event.

To introduce your sons to the Knights of the Round Table why not take them to the event, A Perfect Knight, in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC on Saturday afternoon. (Oops, sorry, sold out – plan for next year!)Picture

NEW BEGINNINGS

A new year brings us much to think about. We need to decide to let go of those things that have not served us well in the past; to consider with what things to continue to move forward and improve; and what new things we might enjoy learning to do that will also expand our lives in some way. This is what new year resolutions are really about. Letting go is usually the most difficult decision and yet it needs to be the first step because trying to move forward with heavy baggage dragging us down is next to impossible. However, sometimes it is easier to first think about what we really want to do, which will in turn give us the impetus we need for letting go. There are numerous opportunities in Brunswick County, NC for learning new things – for turning our lives around – for learning who we are and how we can be an integral part of other lives.

A good place to start is at Brunswick Community College (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/college-university/schools/brunswick-community-college/profile/). At the college you can learn just about anything from learning to paint, to playing the guitar, to earning a GED or an associates degree, to estate planning and much more.

If you have an interest in local history, you might consider becoming a docent at the Old Brunswick Jail in Southport, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/attractions/southport/old-brunswick-jail/profile/). The jail is administered under the auspices of the historical society and is a good starting place to more information.

If you have always wanted to learn to surf or to sail a boat, check out The Sail Shop on Bald Head Island, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/boating-water-sports/surf-kayak/island-passage-the-sail-shop/profile/).

 

The N. C. Maritime Museum at Southport

The week long 4th of July Festival in Southport, NC begins today. Visitors from all over NC as well as all over the nation have begun arriving looking forward to taking part in the multifarious events. Southport is a beautiful sleepy little southern town, but don’t let that fool you. There is much to see and do in the area year round. The Maritime Museum is one venue that is open all year. You can get some information about it at this site:

http://southport.insiderinfo.us/attractions/southport/north-carolina-maritime-museum-at-southport/profile/

The museum holds a schedule of special events for children during the summer months as well. Preregistration is required (910-457-0003) Here is some information about their Children’s Summer Series: 

July 3 & July 16 – 11AM – Noon: Squishy Fishes

Ages 4 through 6 with adult. Your kids will get messy and have fun learning about Gyotaku. They will create fish prints on textiles using flounder or sea stars.

July 8 & 22, August 5 – 8  AM – 10 AM: Kids on Deck! Aboard the Solomon T

Ages 8 to 12. Aboard a traditional NC wooden work boat and in the company of Captain Bert Felton, kids will bird watch off Battery Island, conduct scientific experiments and learn the history of the Cape Fear river.

July 9 & August 13 – 10 AM – Noon: Fish Prints

Ages 7 through 11. the kids will learn how to create fish prints using real and faux fish on paper and fabric. They will even decorate their own T-shirts.

July 10 & August 7 – 11 AM – Noon:  Little Explorers

Ages 4 through 6 with adult. You will take a walk along the Cape Fear River carrying your bucket for storing found treasures while learning about the history and natural environment of the region. There will be a story time after the walk and a time for identifying your treasures.

July 17 – 18 (two day class) – 10 AM – Noon: Colonial Days

Ages 7 through 11. Kids will meet costumed Colonial characters of the Lower Cape Fear while candle dipping, creating flags and learning about every day activities of Colonial kids. 

July 23 – 11AM – Noon: Little Pirates

Ages 4 through 6 with adult. Kids will hear a pirate’s tale, make a pirate flag and walk the plank!

July 24 – 10 AM – Noon: The Exciting Life of Sea Turtles

Ages 6 through 12. Guest instructor, Donna Micheaux, will talk about the life and life cycle of sea turtles and how you can help to protect the babies.

July 29 through August 1 – 10 AM – Noon: Pirate Boot Camp

Ages 6 through 10. find information here: 

http://southport.insiderinfo.us/kids-stuff/summer-camp/pirate-boot-camp/profile/

August 6 – 10 AM – Noon: Nautical Girls: Mermaids, Sirens & Other Ladies of the Seas

Ages 6 through 10. The kids will learn about royalty and villains of the sea in mythology and literature, then create their own story of a water sprite and make a tissue mosaic.

August 14 & 15 (two day class) – 10 AM – Noon: Digging into History

Ages 7 through 11. Kids will dig for artifacts at a mock site and learn how archaeologists interpret history through found objects. They will meet real archaeologists and see artifacts from different historical time periods as well as learn subcategories of archeology.

If this information has excited a desire in you to volunteer at the museum, they will be happy hear from you. You can find some of their volunteer needs here: 

http://southport.insiderinfo.us/volunteer/historic-community-development/north-carolina-maritime-museum-at-southport/profile/

 

  

 

Memorial Day

The Memorial Day weekend is coming up and we will see flags flying everywhere as reminders of those who have made it possible for us to be able to live free in this beautiful country. Many have sacrificed for us and for their own families and I believe they deserve to be remembered, acknowledged and celebrated. I believe they would want us to enjoy our freedoms this weekend as well. To spend time with friends and family in all the ways they have made possible for us. We who live in Brunswick County, NC are especially lucky to have access to many ways to celebrate – not the least of which is the ocean and the beaches. These provide enjoyment in boating, swimming, sunning, fishing, surfing and much more. Here are a few other ideas:

Smith Island Art League Memorial Day Show – Bald Head Island, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/may/)

Smith Island Art League

 Included in the many Memorial Day Activities on Bald Head Island is this art show where you will find paintings, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, fabric art and more.

The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/attractions/)

At this museum, you will enjoy not only the maritime history and exhibits but interactive exhibits such as steering a ship’s wheel, a deep diving research periscope and a nautical knot board as well.

Brunswick Nature Park – Town Creek, NC (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/sports-fitness-parks/parks/)

If you are considering having a picnic, this 900 acre park is an excellent place to take the family.  You can go hiking, kayaking, canoeing, exploring, biking and more while you are there.