A CRAFTY WEEKEND

Today is the first Friday in November. That means the First Friday Gallery Walk will be taking place this evening from 5PM until 7PM in Southport, NC.  Each gallery will be serving food and drinks and offering arty stuff for sale as well as a fun social experience. The walk includes: Art@211/The Ricky Evans Gallery, Lantana’s Gallery & Fine Gifts, and Franklin Square Gallery. Franklin Square Gallery will be featuring their annual Holiday Treasures Boutique where you can begin your local shopping for unique gifts and decorations. Can’t make the gallery walk? The boutique will be open Mondays through Saturdays, 10AM until  5PM through December 14.

The annual Holly Days Event will be held at the Southport Gym on Saturday.
Arts by the Shore will be held today, tomorrow and Sunday at the Recreation Center in the Town of Oak Island, NC – giving you three days from which to choose – or you can visit all three! Art in many genres will be entered into the show by local artists. The show will be judged and winning artists will be awarded ribbons at the reception on Sunday at 2PM.

THE WEARIN’ O’ THE GREEN

On March 17, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world. If you stop to think about it, that is quite an amazing statement. I believe it is the only holiday associated with a saint that has traveled so far. It’s a bit like Christmas in being celebrated by Christians and non-Christians alike, and fondly referred to as ‘St. Paddy’s Day’ it is far from a holy celebration. However, it is a time that brings people together and that is always a good thing. Parades celebrate many things Irish like harps, shamrocks, leprechauns, bagpipes, Irish dancers and more. Many Irish pubs have celebrations that include Irish food and drinks. If you are planning to take part, you can check out a few here from which to choose.

Slainte, In Southport, NC (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/nightlife/entertainment/slainte/profile/)

will begin celebrating at 7 AM with a Kegs and Eggs Breakfast. If that’s a bit early for you, try the Full Irish Breakfast with Jameson Toast at 9 AM. Other Irish specials of the day include the ubiquitous Corned Beef and Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, and Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes. Music by the Dave Higgins Band will begin at 6 PM with special drinks available such as Harp, Guinness and Pickle Backs.

At Fibber McGees in Sunset Beach, NC
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the celebration begins at 12 noon. There will be food and drink specials including Corned Beef and Cabbage. Live music by The Fab 2 from 2 PM until 7 PM will enliven the party and door prizes will be awarded.

Derbster’s Sports Bar & Restaurant in Calabash, NC
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will host St. Patty’s Day 2015 from 4 PM until 7:30 PM. They will offer an all you can eat buffet including Corned Beef and Cabbage. You can also choose a Reuben Sandwich or a Corned Beef Platter. Irish and regular Karaoke will be provided by Cheryl Z and drinks will include Green Draft Beer and Irish Drinks.

EVERYONE LOVES A PARADE!

Christmas means many things to many people and the diversity of celebrations is what brings us together. The significance of the holiday, itself, is new hope for each of us and for the whole world. We celebrate giving – the giving of gifts – the giving of the gift of ourselves. We share food and love and family and memories – some of them joyful – some of them sad – and yet they all bring us closer. Most of us, especially those of us with children, enjoy tree lightings and almost every community stages a parade. A parade means music and fun and in the NC Brunswick Islands, it also means golf carts and, sometimes, boats. Here are just a few of the parades you might want to attend – after all – they are held on different dates or at different times, so why not fill your days with fun and attend all of them?

Oak Island, December 6, 2 PM – Christmas by the Sea Parade: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/december/christmas-by-the-sea-parade/profile/)

Calabash, December 5, 6 PM – Calabash Tree Lighting & Spirit of Calabash Parade (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/december/calabash-tree-lighting-and-golf-cart-parade/profile/)

Southport, December 13, 7 PM – Christmas Flotilla: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/december/southport-winterfest-christmas-flotilla/profile/)