SURF OFF, CRAFT SHOW, 5K & CRAB DERBY

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Labor Day Weekend is for everyone. Labor Day was created to pay tribute to the achievements made by American workers and to their contributions to the well being of the country. You will find many events planned for this special weekend and luckily, they are not all planned on the same day or at the same time.

Saturday morning will start off at 8 AM with a Paddle Out for the Labor Day Surf Off at Ocean Crest Pier in Oak Island, NC, which will begin at 8:30 AM. Pre-registration is required for this event. 9 AM will kick off the Oak Island Art Guild Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival which will run until 4 PM. This fun event will be held on the soccer field of Middleton Park and will offer a day of beautiful handcrafted items as well as food.

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On Sunday, you can Go Jump in the Lake, literally, in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC. There is a catch. First you have to take part in either the 5K or the 1.5 mile run/walk – then you can jump in the lake. There will be live music also, from 4 PM until 6 PM, featuring 17 South Band. The concert will be held at Spring Lake Park and food trucks will be there as well.

On Monday, in Southport, NC, kids up to 14 years of age will be able to take part in the Children’s Crab Derby  Registration will begin at 8:30 AM with the derby beginning at 9 AM. Prizes will be given. That will leave the rest of the day for beach time.

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PARKS & RECREATION FUN

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If are looking for something fun to do in Brunswick County, NC it’s a good bet that you will find it provided by the Parks and Recreation Departments of the towns. The employees of these departments are fun loving individuals who come up with ideas – and carry out those ideas – for events that are available to you on a continuing basis. You will find information about some of those upcoming events here.

Town of Oak Island, NC Parks and Recreation:
If you have missed the Summer Concert Series up to this point do not despair, there will be three more Friday evening concerts (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM) at Middleton Park. Those dates are 8/10, 8/17 and 8/24.
On 8/11, 8/16 and 8/25 you can check out Nature is Wild About Reading at the Oak Island Nature Center. Here, kids can listen to stories and make fun crafts from 11 AM until noon. Topics include: 8/11 – Seashells, 8/16 – Land and Sea Turtles, 8/25 – Trees, Leaves and Bark. Please preregister kids ages 4 and up at 278-5518.
On 8/14 at 6 PM you might enjoy the Turtle Talk offered by the OKI Sea Turtle Protection Program.
Interested in the coastal birds? Here’s one for you:
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8/15 from 2 PM until 3:30 PM you can learn all the tips and tricks of Bird Photography at a free program. You will also get tips on places nearby where you can find birds to photograph, how to stage your backyard to welcome birds, and understanding bird behavior.
How about a trip to Lake Waccamaw (fee $5) on 8/23 from 9 AM until 2 PM to see Alligators Up Close & Personal? (preregistration required)
And don’t forget the Labor Day Surf Off on 9/1.

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Boiling Spring Lakes, NC Parks and Recreation:
The Monthly Birthday Ice Cream Social is held from 12:30 PM until 1 PM the second Friday of each month. Come on out and celebrate with an ice cream sundae.
Karate for Kids is held on Mondays from 6 PM until 7 PM from August 13 through December 17.
Put your dancing shoes on and join the Line Dancing on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM.
Bring your lunch and enjoy Brown Bag Lunch and a Movie on 8/16 from 11 AM until 2 PM.
Come to Dress Like a Nerd Day and enjoy lunch and maybe win a prize on 8/22 from 12 noon until 1 PM.
Get your friends together and join in the fun for Afternoon Adult Trivia on 8/23 from 11 AM until 2 PM. Pizza, salad and cash prizes will be offered. ($5 and RSVP by 8/20)

APRIL FOOL!

No fooling! Saturday is April 1st and some fun things are going on in Southport, NC for kids and adults alike. Take your kids, grandkids, and that kid inside yourself to Franklin Square Park for Kids Day. This event, sponsored by Associated Artists of Southport and Brunswick County Smart Start begins at 11 AM. You will find lots of fun activities, interactive storytelling, and hot dogs and drinks for sale by the Trolly Stop.

Saturday is also Civil War Trust Park Day and the NC Maritime Museum at Southport is reaching out to those who would like to help them out beginning at 9 AM. As a volunteer, you will be cleaning up the grounds, planting flowers, working on special services projects, painting, and planting herbs and vegetables. If you have yard tools, please bring them with you. As a reward, you will receive a free Park Day tee shirt and a hot dog lunch. Please call 457-0003 to pre-register.

The Sea Notes Choral Society will be presenting their spring concert on Saturday and Sunday. This year’s concert, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, will begin at 3 PM both days at the BCC Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia, NC. Choose your day and spend the afternoon with music by this excellent local group. You’ll be glad you did.

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.

 

HOLY MACKEREL!

Yep. It’s that time again. Time for the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament in Southport, NC. Time for 400 boats in the ocean waters. Time for prizes. Time for food. Time for entertainment. Time for drinks. Time for fun. Time for a whole lotta fishin’ goin’ on. Speaking of fishing. It’s time, too, for the Captain Charlie’s Kids Fishing Tournament – on Saturday. From 10 AM until noon you will see the Southport City Pier lined with kids on one end of fishing rods, hoping to find fish on the other ends. There will be pizza and drinks for everyone as well as loads of prizes.

Need Tackle? Check out these Brunswick County, NC fishing and tackle shops:

Leland, NC 28451
(910) 599-4054
Dutchman Creek Bait & Tackle

4019 Long Beach Rd. SE
Southport, NC 28461

(910) 457-1221

Oak Island Pier

705 Ocean Dr.
Oak Island, NC 28465

(910) 278-6464

Ocean Crest Pier

1411 E. Beach Dr.
Oak Island, NC 28465
(910) 278-6674

BIG TOYS, CULTURE AND PEACE

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There are lots of fun things to do this weekend in Brunswick County, NC – from the Rice Festival in Belville, NC to the Purple Feet Festival in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. The Rice Festival is a two day festival, held in the Riverwalk that celebrates the heritage of rice growing in the area. The Purple Feet Festival is held at the Silver Coast Winery and includes grape stomping and a Lucy look-alike contest. On Saturday, you will find fun for the whole family at Big Toy Day at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in the Town of Oak Island, NC. Your kids and grandkids can earn their wings and be introduced to the fun of flying with free small aircraft flights at this event.

The Brunswick County Intercultural Festival will be held at Brunswick Community College in Supply, NC on Saturday with their fare of food, dance, arts, drumming, storytelling and more. A special addition this year will be held at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on Sunday evening at 7 PM with the presentation of the African Children’s Choir in a free concert.

I would like to personally invite everyone to come out on Sunday afternoon to the celebration of International Peace Day on the Fort Johnston lawn in Southport, NC. With all the turmoil in the nation and in the world, it is important that we take every opportunity we can to send peace out into the universe. Please join me.

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A WHOLE LOTTA FISHIN’ GOIN’ ON

There is a whole lot of activities coming up in Brunswick County, NC, and more than one of them involves fishing. That’s not a surprise to those of us who live here. With the Atlantic Ocean as one of our boundaries and the number of rivers, streams, lakes and salt marsh locations – not to mention the Intracoastal Waterway –  there are so many opportunities to fish here. Even the events that do not include fishing – include water. Saturday offers the Southport NatureFest where the whole family can enjoy fun events designed to inform and educate as well.

Another Saturday event will be the US Coast Guard Safety Expo on Oak Island, NC, featuring Coastie, the Safe Boat, and Sammy, The Sea Otter.

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On Saturday, also, Boiling Spring Lakes, NC, offers its annual fishing event for kids – the Small Fry Fishing Tournament. What a great way for kids to learn how to fish – with the help of officers from the police department.


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While the kids are learning to fish in Boiling spring Lakes, the moms can be learning all about fishing on Oak Island, NC, at the Women Anglers in Training Weekend (WAIT). This event runs Saturday and Sunday.

It’s not too soon to start preparing for The Far Out Shoot Out Fishing Tournament which begins on Saturday, May 7, in Ocean Isle Beach, NC.