RUNNING, BLESSINGS AND SAILING

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It’s time again for the Badwater Cape Fear race and this year it falls on St. Paddy’s Day. That will be Saturday for those of you who let it creep up on you. You must register in advance for the race and there is still time to do so. The race will begin on Bald Head Island, NC and will take you through some areas which rarely see the footprints of man.

On Sunday afternoon you can take your water craft, any kind of water craft, to the City Pier in Southport, NC for the Blessing of the Fleet.

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If running is not your thing so much as being on the water is, you might want to check out the Southport Sail & Power Squadron seminar on Saturday with registration beginning at 8:30 AM. The seminar will be held at the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport and will include issues relating specifically to the Cape Fear region. These will include the use of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tables and charts; how to deal with low water and mean high tide; and predicting the times of the tides. All are relevant to your fun and safety in the waters of the Cape Fear area.

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PIRATES, DOGS AND DESIGNS

On Saturday evening from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport will present Those Fiery Irish Pirates, the first of their monthly adult programs for 2018. You may know that if it had not been for pirates, there might never have been a St. Patrick. However, this program will focus on Grace O’Malley, Queen of the Pirates. You will create a pirate garden flag and enjoy refreshments with the other participants. The fee will be $25 for non-members and $12.50 for volunteers and members of Friends of the Museum. Call 910-744-5151 to register.

Do you want to take your best friend out for the day? Are you looking for a best friend? I recommend heading for Leland on Saturday morning. There, both you and your dog (on a leash) will enjoy Bark in the Park with all the other dogs and their owners from 10 AM until 1 PM. There will be adoptable dogs there from the Brunswick County’s Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Service as well. You are welcome to bring dog food to donate to local shelters. Head on out and enjoy this social day together.

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If you are thinking about getting some new clothes for spring, you can get a look at spring fashions at the Hats off to Leland Fashion Show at the Leland Cultural Arts Center on Saturday. The show will run from 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM and will include lunch and music by Sylvia Ritchie and Class Act. The fashions will be provided by Island Breeze and the food by Art Catering. The center is located at 1212 Magnolia Village Way. Reservations are required for a fee of $40. Contact Connie Reeves (Azaleaplaz@aol.com) or Doris Young (djyoung840@aol.com).

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THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

This weekend the fun begins on Friday, December 8, 2017, in Southport, NC. Your family and friends can start the afternoon at 3 PM at the NC Maritime Museum. There a Victorian lady will take you on a Holiday History Tour. Then beginning at 5:30 PM, kids of all ages can ride on a fire engine in the Light up the Night parade. The parade will also include classic cars, bands and floats among other interesting entrants. Refreshments with Santa will be served at the fire station after the parade.

Saturday offers a full day of fun. The Winterfest Winter Craft Festival will be held in Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC from 9 AM until 4 PM. There you will find holiday decorations, gifts and food. You can even make your own wreath with instruction by members of the Southport Beautification Club for a $30 fee. A Handmade Christmas will be held at the Southport Community Building from 10 AM until 1 PM.

Also on Saturday, from 1 PM until 6 PM you can enjoy the festive decorations in a list of Southport homes that will be included in the Winterfest Christmas Tour of Homes. After dinner, you can enjoy the Winterfest Christmas Flotilla from 7 PM until  PM – or decorate your own boat and take part yourself.

If you will be in the Leland, NC area on Saturday, you might want to take in the North Brunswick Christmas Festival and Parade beginning at 10 AM. On Sunday, beginning at 1 PM you can also enjoy An 18th Century Christmas at the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site. All of these wonderful festivities should get you in the mood for celebration.

MATER FEST, GHOSTS & VOLUNTEERS

Whether you like to think of the tomato as a vegetable or as a fruit, I think we can all agree on its deliciousness. There are so many dishes that include its lusciousness it would be impossible to name them all. But here in the south, we do love our tomato sandwiches and tomato pies, not to mention just biting into a fresh, sweet tomato. Tomorrow, July 22, you can take part in the Mater Fest, which celebrates the fact that Brunswick County, NC is one of the top tomato producers in North Carolina. Get together with your family and friends and head on out to Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry Street in Shallotte, NC, and enjoy the fun. The kids can enjoy children’s activities and you can all take part in a Mater Toss and a Watermelon Roll. You can purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables from the farmers. You can browse the arts and crafts and find that special gift for someone else – or for yourself.

If you have children ages 7 through 11 and are looking for something fun for them to do tomorrow morning, you might want to check out the Nautical Girls: Maritime Ghosts and Legends program scheduled at the NC Maritime Museum in Southport, NC. (Registration and a fee are required) From 9AM until Noon the kids will be regaled with ghost stories including those of Theodosia Burr (Bald Head Island, NC) and Rose O’Neal Greenhow (Fort Fisher, NC). They will also create their own ghost stories.

Volunteering can be fun and satisfying, especially when you volunteer in an area of interest to you. There are two organizations in need of volunteers now. Nature program volunteers are being sought by the Oak Island Recreation Center to assist in the Oak Island Nature Center and the Ocean Education Center. The Sea Notes Choral Society is seeking men who sing tenor. The contact is Herb Linesburgh at: 910-278-5542. For more volunteer opportunities in areas like Human Services, Children’s Services, The Arts, Historic Preservation and Animal Welfare, follow the links to our website.

FOCUS ON CHRISTMAS

Southport, NC  Winterfest has begun! The sailboat wreaths are lining the streets and the trees are shining with lights. The cookies in the cookie baking contest have been gobbled and judged (winner to be announced). Supper with Santa’s Elves has been enjoyed by all the little kiddies. Tonight from 5 PM until 8 PM you can tote your chairs, snuggle under your blankets and watch the movie, The Polar Express, on the Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn. Friday’s lineup includes a Costumed Holiday History Tour and the NC Maritime Museum at Southport beginning at 3 PM and the Fire Engine Parade with the fire engines loading the kids at the Southport Fire Station at 5:30 PM and the parade beginning at 6:30 PM. (Heads up – Howe Street will be closed for the duration of the parade). After the parade, the kids will visit with Santa and enjoy refreshments.

Saturday will be the big day with events all day and into the night. From 9 AM until 4 PM you can enjoy the handmade and home grown offerings at the Winter Craft Festival on the Fort Johnston Garrison lawn. From 9 AM until noon you can browse the Friends of the Library book sale held at Southport Realty at 727 N. Howe St. Books make great gifts! There will be a Santa’s Workshop for the kids at the Southport Recreation building from 10 AM until 11 AM. From 1 PM until 3 PM, the Southport Community Building will host an Old Timey Gospel Fest, sponsored by the Smithville Township/Southport Black History Committee. The Old Brunswick County Jail will offer tours from 2 PM until 7 PM. The Christmas Tour of Homes will begin at 2 PM and continue until 7 PM. It provides the opportunity for you to see lovely local homes all decorated for Christmas. At 7 PM, be prepared to find a great spot to watch the Christmas Flotilla as the beautifully decorated boats sail past.

You could also head for Leland, NC on Saturday for the North Brunswick Christmas Festival & Parade. The parade will begin at 10 AM, with the festival entertainment beginning at noon. On Sunday from 1 PM until 5:30 PM, you can experience An 18th Century Christmas at Brunswicktown/Fort Anderson State Historic Site in Winnabow, NC. Whatever you choose to do – enjoy!

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

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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