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This coming weekend in Brunswick County, NC is jam-packed with events. You will have no difficulty finding something to do, whether you have kids or not. In fact, you will be able to fill your weekend with fun.

Southport, NC

Friday, 4/27, beginning at 6 PM: Black-Tie-Optional Gala – held at the St. James Community Center

Saturday, 4/28, beginning at 7:30 AM: Southport NatureFest – held at various venues in Southport, NC including Franklin Square Park

Boiling Spring Lakes, NC

Saturday, 4/28, beginning at 8:30 AM: Small Fry fishing Tournament – held at Spring Lake Park

Oak Island, NC

Saturday, 4/28, beginning at 10 AM: US Coast Guard Station Annual Safety Expo – held at the coast guard station in Caswell Beach, NC

Saturday, 4/28, beginning at 8:30 AM: Wings & Wheels – held at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport

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Holden Beach, NC

Saturday, 4/28 and Sunday, 4/29, beginning at 9 AM – Days at the Docks – held on Jordan Blvd.

Leland, NC

Sunday, April 29, beginning at 8:30 AM – Brunswick Forest Veterinary Hospital Hound Hustle 10K & 5K – held at Brunswick Forest

APRIL of 2018: HOUND HUSTLE 10K, 5K & 1-MILE TROT WITH SPOT

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!

The Arts…..Part 2

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The mission of the Oak island Art guild is: “to further the cultural arts for the residents of Oak Island, NC and vicinity; to provide workshops and/or instruction for members of the community; to cooperate with other community organizations in furthering the cultural arts; and to organize and participate in visual arts shows.”

The group meets at 9 AM in the Oak island Recreation Center on the second Friday of each month from January through October. After every meeting is a workshop designed for all levels of students which is open and free to the public and is presented by a guest instructor. These workshops may include drawing, painting, collage, pottery and stained glass among others.

I attended a ‘Paint Along’ with Jim McIntosh in February. Using watercolors, Jim is a plein air painter, so his subjects are of the outdoors and the local area. As a matter of fact, Jim sneaked onto the set of ‘Safe Haven’ when it was filming in Southport and started painting. He sold dozens of his paintings on the spot, some of them to the cast and crew of the movie. Here is one from that time entitled ‘Ryan’s Port Market’ which was a building erected specifically for the movie and torn down after filming was completed:

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Jim guides his students “to put on paper their feelings, intuition, and spirit of a subject.” Jim uses large and fast brush strokes, intense colors and teaches the use of value in painting. We all learned his process in painting a scene of the Southport, NC Yacht Basin which he drew and copied for us so that we could concentrate on learning his painting technique. I can’t say that my painting was wonderful but I had a lot of fun, learned new things and enjoyed spending time with my artist friends.

You may want to attend the next workshop which will be held on Friday, March 14. The subject is Collage and Mixed Media presented by Judy Harris and Marti Fann, both members of the Virginia Collage Society. Below are examples of their work:

Judy Harris:

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Marti Fann:

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You will learn geli printing, tissue stamping, photo transferring, texturing with stencils, making stamps and staining and decorating tissue paper. Just show up, be sure to wear old clothes, have fun and take home a finished collage.

The list of required supplies found on the Oak Island Art Guild Website is as follows:

Photocopies of photographs (must be actual photocopies; not copies from inkjet printer)
Craft paint or acrylic paint
Paper towels
White tissue paper
Brayer (if you have one, otherwise we have some to share)
Small canvas (3-5 in square)
Subsrate (something sturdy like canvas board or heavy weight watercolor paper)
Glue (Modge Podge or gel medium)
Scissors
Scraps of decorative papers, old music sheets, maps, dictionary papers, etc.
Foam rollers from the dollar store
Brushes (old ones for gluing, others for painting)
Jar for water