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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WOOFSTOCK, SURFING LESSONS, PLANTS AND BREAKFAST

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Everywhere you look you see plants for sale – in department stores, in home improvement stores, in hardware stores, even in grocery stores. But if you want plants that were hand grown with loving care, at reasonable prices that will support a worthy school organization, you need to head out to South Brunswick High School where the Future Farmers of America are hosting their plant sale today (Thursday, 5/10) and tomorrow (Friday, 5/11). Don’t forget that Mothers’ Day is on Sunday and most mothers would love to have a live, flowering plant as a gift. The sale will run from 8 AM until 12:30 PM and from 2:30 PM until 5:30 PM both days. Plants you will find there include New Guinea Impatiens (and double impatiens), coleus, petunias, lavender, geraniums, begonias and verbena as well as sage, peppers, onions, mint, lemon thyme, tomatoes and sweet potato vines.

You can start the day off right on Saturday morning with a good breakfast and benefit the native plant garden at Caswell Beach Town Hall at the same time. The pancake and sausage breakfast will be held in the Caswell Dunes clubhouse and run from 7:30 AM until 11 AM at a cost of $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. You can also bid on silent auction items until noon and purchase that something special.

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Beginning at 8 AM on Saturday, kids of all ages can take free surfing lessons. This ‘Take a Kid Surfing Day’ will be hosted by the South Brunswick High School Surf Dreams Club assisted by volunteers and members of the Oak Island Water Rescue. Kids can meet up at the SE 16th Street beach access in Oak Island, NC (near Ocean Crest Pier). Advance sign-up is recommended at: http://www.surfdreamsfoundation.org, however, you will be accepted without sign-up if there are available spots. For information, contact Jennifer Ordonez at 910-921-1065.

Don’t be surprised if you see a dog parade on Howe Street at 10 AM on Saturday in Southport, NC. It will be the beginning of the Rotary Club and Paws-Ability Woofstock Party to be held in Franklin Square Park from 10 AM until 3 PM.  There will be live music, dog demos,  pet store vendors, adoptable pets, and food trucks (Dawg Wagon and Hangar 17). The Brunswick County Search & Rescue group will be there and you can have a commemorative photo taken of you and your dog. $10 tickets can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/woofstock-2018-tickets-45352935852.

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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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GIFTS, FOOD & MUSIC

No, it’s not too early, especially if you, like me, need to send your gifts and greetings to other parts of the country – or even the world. There are several events coming up this weekend where you can begin your search right here in Brunswick County, NC for the perfect gift – and the perfect food – which, may turn out to be one and the same. Take Sunday afternoon, for example, and head out to the St. James Community Center in Southport, NC for the Christmas Gift Show. All of the vendor at this free show will be local merchants – check it out.

On Saturday morning from 9AM until 1 PM you can stop by the Shallotte Holiday Market at Mulberry Park in Shallotte, NC. There you will find 40 vendors offering locally grown food, and locally made food products as well as arts and crafts. This open air market also offer live music and a bike rodeo for kids ages 12 and under.

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Saturday, from 11AM until 1:30PM is also a good time to stop by Greenlands Farm Store in Bolivia, NC where you can participate in food tastings at their ‘A Taste of the Holidays’ event. You may want to place orders at that time for their ‘Gourmet Farm to Go Holiday Meals and Sweets’ for yummy holidays with a bit less work.

You might want to begin your weekend at 7PM at Hatch Auditorium in Caswell Beach, NC. The Brunswick Concert Band will be performing and honoring the original members of the band. This 80 member band began with only 14 members – something to celebrate. There will be a second performance on Sunday at 3PM at the Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia, NC.