BOATING, CAR SHOW AND SOAR

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Saturday is coming and there are also several interesting and fun activities coming where you can spend your day if you so choose. With all the water surrounding us there is bound to be boating of all kinds – from sailing to motor boating to fishing boating and more. What we hope for is that everyone in charge of these boats practices safe boating. If you have a boat or are anticipating getting one, you can do your part by taking the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating Course. The course will take place on Saturday at the Brunswick County EMS Headquarters, 40 Naber Drive in Shallotte, NC from 8 AM until 4 PM. The course applies to powerboats, sailboats, paddle craft and PWcs – in essence, all recreational watercraft. Registration is required by contacting Dawn Smith at:  BoatingSafely@ ec.rr.com. The fee can be paid online with PayPal or at the door with cash or check. Information can be found at: http://www.Flotilla10-05.org.

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From 2 PM until 7 PM you can enjoy the music of Lockwoood and food from the Little Chef Food Truck at Check Six Brewing Company, in Southport, NC. What’s more, the proceeds from this event will benefit the Southport-Oak Island Animal Rescue.

If classic cars, music and cruise-ins are your thing, you won’t want to miss Leland Under the Lights at the Villages at Brunswick Forest in Leland, NC, also on Saturday from 3PM until 8 PM.

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NC 4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL

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And that can mean only one thing – the NC 4th of July Festival is imminent. There will be crowds and traffic to rival any other time of the year in Brunswick County, NC, but with patience and good humor we can all enjoy great fun.

The 2018 event will begin on Saturday, June 30, in the Town of Oak Island, NC with the Beach Day events and in Southport, NC with the Fire Fighters Freedom Competition. Beach Day events will begin with a Horseshoe Tournament at 8 AM and end with a Concert by the Holiday Band from 6 PM until 9 PM. In between you can participate in youth activities and contests, a sand sculpture contest, Corn Hole, Bocce Ball and Volleyball Tournaments, a skateboard competition (at the Kevin Bell Skate Park), and a Shag Contest. In addition to the Fire Fighters Competition on Saturday, you can also view the 9/11 Never Forget Memorial Mobile exhibit and tour the Old Brunswick County Jail.

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July 2, 3 and 4 offer Arts and Crafts in Franklin Square Park from 10 AM until 6 PM and food concessions from 11 AM until 10 PM in the Waterfront Park area. Other events on Monday, July 2, include children’s entertainment in Keziah Park from 12 Noon until 2 PM and a Salute to Veterans in the Southport Community Building at 6 PM. On Tuesday, July 3, registration for Children’s Games at the waterfront begins at 8 AM and games begin at 9 AM. The Brunswick Big Band will play on the Fort Johnston lawn followed by the naturalization ceremony at 4 PM. From 4:45 PM until 5 :30 PM you can register to vote at the Southport Community Building and at 6 PM there will be a flag retirement ceremony at the corner of Howe and Moore Streets.

You can start you day on Wednesday, July 4, with a pancake breakfast from 7 AM until 10:30 AM at the Trinity United Methodist Church. At 10:30 AM there will be a flag raising ceremony at the corner of Moore and Howe streets and the parade will begin at 11 AM. From 11 AM until 4 PM you can enjoy Shine & Show Classic Cars on Bay Street next to Waterfront Park. Fireworks will begin at 9 PM and there will be an encore musical performance afterward.

Throughout the days of the festival you can tour the Maritime Museum; take in the Summer Regional Art Show at Franklin Square Gallery (and take part in their art raffle and win prizes yourself); tour the Chapel of the Cross; tour the Old Jail; and enjoy the Waterfront Stage Entertainment. What more could you want?

JOLLY MON, SONGWRITING & PIRATES

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Fishing and pirates and songs, oh my! And the fun begins at 6 PM today, Thursday, June 14, in Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC with the first event of the Southport Songwriter Festival. At this event you can enjoy the music of Louisa Branscomb and Friends of Distinction with Jeanette and Johnny Williams until 8 PM.

Registrations for the Jolly Mon King Classic fishing tournament also begin this evening in Ocean Isle Beach, NC . The tournament runs through Sunday and offers a Junior Jolly Mon as well.

Tomorrow evening (Friday, June 15) check out the scenes in the free movie, Safe Haven, and see if you can match them to your surroundings. Yes, the movie will be shown outdoors on the Garrison Lawn in Southport, NC beginning at 8:45 PM. Bring your own chairs or a blanket to sit on and some snacks – and enjoy.

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Bald Head Island, NC will be the place where the action is this weekend and the action will begin on Friday. What action? Why, the Pirate Invasion, of course. Aargh! Don’t miss out on the adventure – food, fun and games – activities, music and magic. (If you have a choice, always choose magic in your life)

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FISHING, FLYING AND SHRIMP

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Calling all flounder fishermen – the Sudan Daredevils Shallotte Point Flounder Tournament will begin on Friday, June 8 in Shallotte, NC. There will be two days of fishing and a fish fry open to the public all day on Saturday.

Once again the Experimental Aircraft Association offers a day of flying and fun at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island, NC. The flying will begin on Friday, June 8 and the plane will be a B-17 Aluminum Overcast bomber from WWII. Saturday’s fun will begin with a $5.00 Pancake Breakfast from 8:30 AM until 11 AM. Be sure to bring your own chair and you dancing shoes to enjoy the Brunswick Big Band beginning at 3 PM. From 10 AM until 1 PM there will be flight tours (for a fee). From 2 PM until 5 PM you can take part in aground tour of the plane for $10 for individuals, $20 for an family and free of charge for military members and veterans.

The Saturday night adult program on Friday at the NC Maritime Museum at Southport in Southport, NC offers a Sizzling, Sassy Shrimp class for a fee of $12.50 for members and $25.00 for non-members. The students will also create shrimp dip and a shrimp boil.

If you have been thinking of taking an art class – you can take one for free on Friday, June 8. The Oak Island Art Guild meets monthly at 9 AM at the Oak Island Recreation Center and offers an art workshop after each meeting. This month the workshop will be led by Richard Staat who will teach brush techniques for watercolor.

Don’t forget Thursdays in the Park at Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC, where this Thursday, June 7, from 6 PM until 8 PM you can enjoy music by the NC Blues Kings. Bring a blanket or a chair and maybe even a picnic.

More music can be found on Friday at Middleton Park in Oak Island, NC. Beginning at 6:30 PM you can enjoy the music of Carolina Line Bluegrass band.

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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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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KIDS’ ART, KAYAKING & FURR PARTY

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If you are looking for a free fun time for your kids on Saturday, I suggest that you head on out to Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC. From 11 AM until 2 PM you and the kids can enjoy the activities provided by volunteers from the Associated Artists of Southport at their Kids’ Art Day. Food trucks will be available for lunch, or you can pop on down to the Trolly Stop for a fun kids lunch.

If kayaking is your love, you will likely enjoy the Ride the Tide event, which will be held on Saturday as well – in Oak Island, NC. This event will begin at the Oak Island Recreation Center at 11:30 AM and is co-sponsored by the Adventure Kayak Company. A race, a costume contest and a poker run will be included in the event. There is a fee. You are welcome to volunteer to help out with the event.

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Saturday’s Party Furr the Paws will be held from 6 PM until 9 PM in Southport, NC at the St. James Community Building. This event will include music, dancing, a costume contest, a raffle and more. All this fun will benefit SOAR (Southport-Oak Island Animal Rescue) so plan a night out for a good cause. The cats and dogs at the rescue will thank you for it.

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