FIRST FRIDAY, BEER TASTING & FOUNDERS’ DAY

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The First Friday Gallery Walk in Southport, NC has become an institution. The walk always offers interesting artistic treasures, featured artists, good food, wine and spirits to all who attend. But at the gallery walk this Friday (September 7, 2018) Franklin Square Gallery, a non-profit, cooperative gallery, will have something very special going on. It will focus on the upcoming (September 29) Wooden Boat Show. Earlier in the year, members of the gallery were busy painting images of wooden boats in the hopes that their painting might be chosen to be displayed on the Wooden Boat Show T-shirts. All entries were submitted and a winner was chosen. This year’s winner is Tony Alderman, for “She Stood the Test” – a painting of one of the iconic, and slowly disappearing, shrimp boats that we are privileged to see plying the waters in Southeastern NC. You will be able to see the original painting, meet the artist and enjoy a display of the other entries at this Friday’s gallery walk from 5 PM until 7 PM.

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The Silver Coast winery Tasting Room in Southport, NC is known, of course, for its wines. However, this Friday they will be offering something a little bit different. From 4 PM until 7 PM you will be able to enjoy their Victory Brewing Company of PA Beer Tasting. Mike Yeley will be providing live music from 6 PM until 8 PM as well.

This Saturday you can celebrate Leland’s Founders’ Day in Leland, NC from 3 PM until 9 PM. A veterans recognition will be held and the event will include live music, a carnival, arts & crafts, food trucks and fireworks. Parking will be located at North Brunswick High School and a shuttle will be provided.

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ARTS, TOURS AND TREES

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You are probably aware of the lantern led ghost walk tours given by the Old South Tour Company which include a tour of the Old Smithville Burying Ground, but did you know that you can take a daylight tour as well? These tours, led by Musette Steck, a local historian, take place each Wednesday afternoon starting at 2 PM. You might hear strains of harp music as she tells you about Tony, the ghost who used to play his harp in what is now The Brunswick Inn Bed & Breakfast. You will hear the story of the man whose legs are buried without his body and the reason for the tree stump markers that can be found in the cemetery. Tours are free, however, donations benefit the Fort Johnston/Southport Museum. Special tours can be arranged by calling: 910-454-0437.

Both Southport, NC and Oak Island, NC are designated Tree Cities USA. Who doesn’t love the old live oak trees the line the streets in Southport? Beyond the beauty offered by trees, their benefits to us and to the environment are numerous including clean air by the reduction of smog and greenhouse gases. Do you know you can get 10 free trees for a $10 donation? In the month of August, the Arbor Day Foundation is holding its Trees for America Campaign. For this small membership fee, you will receive the trees, information about planting and care, and their bi-monthly publication . Check it out at: arborday.org/august.

On Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM you can explore the arts at the Leland Cultural Arts Center in Leland, NC. Here you can meet the instructors and enjoy demonstrations of their artistic processes as well as a ballet performance by students. You and your family members who are 11 years old or older can try out working in clay on a potter’s wheel. Poor Piggy’s BBQ & Catering food truck will be there to add to the fun of your day out.

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GOLF, GOLF AND MORE GOLF

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Golf is not everyone’s game. However, it is certainly popular in southeastern, NC, evidenced by the number of golf communities in the area  – and the people who live in them. Did you know that the game is considered to have been invented by the Scots? “A spokesman for the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, one of the oldest Scottish golf organisations, said “Stick and ball games have been around for many centuries, but golf as we know it today, played over 18 holes, clearly originated in Scotland.” In 1739, the game spread to (what is now) the United States with a shipment of clubs and balls to South Carolina and the establishment of the South Carolina Golf Club in Charleston in 1787. The game became very popular in the Roaring Twenties and the number of golf clubs have been growing ever since that time.*
*Source – Wikipedia

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Image – Thistle Golf Club, Sunset Beach, NC

The following public golf courses can be found in the Southport – Oak Island, NC area:

The Bald Head Island Club On Bald Head Island, NC

The Lakes Country Club in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC

Oak Island Golf & Country Club and Oak Island Par 3 Golf Course at South Harbour in Caswell Beach, NC and Oak Island, NC

Further south, you will find these courses.

Ocean Isle Beach, NC:  The Big Cats Golf Courses at Ocean Ridge Plantation

Shallotte, NC:  Brierwood Golf Club
Rivers 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 

In the northern part of Brunswick County, NC, you can play golf at these locations.

Leland, NC:  Compass Pointe Golf Club
Magnolia Greens Golf Course
Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest

Bolivia, NC: Carolina National Golf Club at Winding River Plantation

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Image – Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest, Leland, NC

MUSIC, MOVIES & MARKETS

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July 4th week has come and gone but summer is not over yet. There are still many enjoyable events scheduled in Brunswick County, NC thanks to Brunswick County Parks and Recreation and the towns of Southport, Oak Island and Shallotte, NC. In fact, you can enjoy outdoor music and/or movies every day of the week and sometimes both these and markets on the same day – and best of all – they are free. Here is a list of those events for your convenience.

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On Sunday evenings, you can enjoy the Brunswick County Free Concert and Movie Series at the Pavilion in Holden Beach, NC.

On Monday mornings, you can take in the Oak Island Farmers Market, held in the soccer field behind Middleton Park.

On Tuesday evenings, you have a choice between the Brunswick County Free Concert and Movie Series in Calabash, NC at the Calabash Town Park or in Southport, NC on the lawn of the Garrison House.

Wednesday mornings bring you the Southport Waterfront Market, also held on the Garrison lawn.

On Thursday evenings, you again have a choice of attending the Brunswick County Free Concert and Movie Series in either Leland, NC at the Leland Municipal Park or in Shallotte, NC at Mulberry Park.

You choice of Brunswick County Free Concert and Movie Series on Fridays is between Ocean Isle Beach, NC at the Museum of Coastal Carolina or in the Town of Oak Island, NC at the Middleton Park Soccer field.

On Saturday morning, you have another chance to explore a farmers market at the Shallotte Farmers Market  held at Mulberry Park.

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MEMORIAL DAY, ART SHOW & PARROT PARTY

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The Memorial Day Holiday is a good time to enjoy the freedoms afforded us by those who served our country in the armed forces – don’t forget to honor them. Southport, NC will hold two Memorial Day events on Monday, May 28. A parade will begin at 10:30 AM at the corner of 10th and Lord Streets. At 11 AM, at the end of the parade, there will be a memorial ceremony at the John N. Smith Cemetery on Leonard Street. At 2 PM the annual Days of Remembrance will be held at the Southport Community Center after which hot apple pie and ice cream will be served.

Bald Head Island, NC will hold their traditional Memorial Day service at the Old Baldy Lighthouse beginning at 11:30 AM and will include music by the Village Chapel Choir.

In Boiling Spring Lakes, NC you can attend a Memorial Day Service at VFW Post 10400, 3161 George II Highway, beginning at 11 AM.

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Today, May 24, you can experience the music of The Tams at the Brunswick County Free Concert in Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Drive, in Leland, NC beginning at 6:30 PM.

Tomorrow, Friday, May 25, beginning at 5 PM, the New York Times best selling author, Mary Alice Monroe, will be signing copies of her recent novel, Beach House Reunion, at the Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. The story is set during the time of sea turtle nesting. This event is presented by the Pelican Book Store and cost is $7.50 which includes a free glass of wine.

On Saturday and Sunday, you can enjoy the Smith Island Art League Memorial Day Show on Bald Head Island, NC. On Memorial Day you can beach it all day if you like, then head on out to Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC for Jimmy Buffet and beach music by Parrot Party at the Southport Summer Concert in Franklin Square Park.

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CARS, 1/2 MARATHON, MUSIC AND THE EARTH

T.here are lots of events to choose from this weekend in Brunswick County, NC and the fun begins on Thursday evening. At 7:30 PM, the Brunswick Concert Band will give the first performance of their Spring Concert at Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia, NC.

On Friday, you can celebrate this wonderful planet on which we live at the Oak Island Earth Day event in Middleton Park, Oak Island, NC. The event will run from 10 AM until 2 PM and will include a variety of hands on activities and displays.

If you live up Leland, NC way, you might want to check out their Plant Giveaway on Saturday Morning beginning at 10 AM. You can beautify your property for free.

The fun of Saturday’s Oak Island Lighthouse 1/2 Marathon 10K/5K Run/Walk will actually begin on Friday evening at 5 PM with the Packet Pickup and Onsite Registration at Middleton Park in Oak Island, NC. The races will begin on Saturday at 7:30 AM, but start times are staggered depending on which race you choose to enter.

If you are planning Saturday morning shopping in Shallotte, NC, you can enjoy the Bash at the Beach at the same time. This event, held at the Home Depot Shopping Center by the Tri-Beach Cruisers Car Club, is especially fun for car enthusiasts – or might make you into one.

The Brunswick Concert Band will reprise their Spring Concert at Hatch Auditorium in Caswell Beach, NC on Saturday at 3 PM, so don’t despair if you are unable to make the
Thursday concert. Enthusiasts may even want to attend both concerts. Either way, donations will be gratefully accepted at these free concerts.

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SPRING FESTIVAL & EGG HUNTS

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Spring has been very fickle this year, but I think it has finally sprung. Easter, on the other hand, will be quite early this year. Because of this, some of the egg hunts have taken place already, but there are still a few that you can check out – including egg hunts for adults! The first adult egg hunt, Night Hunt, will take place this evening, March 29, in the Leland Municipal Park in Leland, NC at 7:30 PM. This rock themed music event invites those 21 years of age and older to enjoy music by Trial by Fire. Wear your best rocker outfit and bring a flashlight. For those 50 years of age and older there will be a Master’s Division egg hunt. Alcoholic beverages and food trucks will be available. Tickets will be $5 and pre-registration is required at: apm.activecommunities.com/townofleland. Search for Special Event – Night Hunt.

The Leland, NC egg hunt for children will be held on Saturday, March 31, at 10 AM at the North Brunswick High School. The school is located at 1395 Scorpion Dr. NE. The children will be divided into 6 age groups and need to bring their own baskets. The Easter Bunny will make his appearance at the end of the hunt.

The town of Holden Beach, NC will also hold an egg hunt at night – for youth and adults. The hunt will begin at 7 PM in Bridgeview Park on Davis Street on Friday, March 30. Pre-registration is required by calling town hall at: 910-842-6488. In this hunt, teams of 4 will compete against each other. Please bring your own flashlights.

The Old Bridge Preservation Society will hold an Easter egg hunt in Sunset Beach, NC, also on Saturday, March 31. This hunt will begin at 1 PM and will include activities, games and the opportunity to create an Easter bonnet or basket. The Easter Bunny will lead a parade of kids over the old bridge and offer treats to the kids.

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In Southport, NC, it’s time again for the Southport Spring Festival & Azalea Sale! The festival will run Friday, March 30,  and Saturday, March 31, beginning at 10 AM and will include so many special events. There will be live music and entertainment on the stage in Franklin Square Park and on Saturday, there will be a Fun Run. There is a fee for the race, and you can pick up a race packet on Friday, March 30, from 4 PM until 7 PM at the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, or on Saturday, March 31, at Waterfront Park, from 6:30 AM until 7:45 AM.

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