PARKS & RECREATION FUN

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If are looking for something fun to do in Brunswick County, NC it’s a good bet that you will find it provided by the Parks and Recreation Departments of the towns. The employees of these departments are fun loving individuals who come up with ideas – and carry out those ideas – for events that are available to you on a continuing basis. You will find information about some of those upcoming events here.

Town of Oak Island, NC Parks and Recreation:
If you have missed the Summer Concert Series up to this point do not despair, there will be three more Friday evening concerts (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM) at Middleton Park. Those dates are 8/10, 8/17 and 8/24.
On 8/11, 8/16 and 8/25 you can check out Nature is Wild About Reading at the Oak Island Nature Center. Here, kids can listen to stories and make fun crafts from 11 AM until noon. Topics include: 8/11 – Seashells, 8/16 – Land and Sea Turtles, 8/25 – Trees, Leaves and Bark. Please preregister kids ages 4 and up at 278-5518.
On 8/14 at 6 PM you might enjoy the Turtle Talk offered by the OKI Sea Turtle Protection Program.
Interested in the coastal birds? Here’s one for you:
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8/15 from 2 PM until 3:30 PM you can learn all the tips and tricks of Bird Photography at a free program. You will also get tips on places nearby where you can find birds to photograph, how to stage your backyard to welcome birds, and understanding bird behavior.
How about a trip to Lake Waccamaw (fee $5) on 8/23 from 9 AM until 2 PM to see Alligators Up Close & Personal? (preregistration required)
And don’t forget the Labor Day Surf Off on 9/1.

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Boiling Spring Lakes, NC Parks and Recreation:
The Monthly Birthday Ice Cream Social is held from 12:30 PM until 1 PM the second Friday of each month. Come on out and celebrate with an ice cream sundae.
Karate for Kids is held on Mondays from 6 PM until 7 PM from August 13 through December 17.
Put your dancing shoes on and join the Line Dancing on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM.
Bring your lunch and enjoy Brown Bag Lunch and a Movie on 8/16 from 11 AM until 2 PM.
Come to Dress Like a Nerd Day and enjoy lunch and maybe win a prize on 8/22 from 12 noon until 1 PM.
Get your friends together and join in the fun for Afternoon Adult Trivia on 8/23 from 11 AM until 2 PM. Pizza, salad and cash prizes will be offered. ($5 and RSVP by 8/20)

A WHOLE LOTTA FISHIN’ GOIN’ ON

There is a whole lot of activities coming up in Brunswick County, NC, and more than one of them involves fishing. That’s not a surprise to those of us who live here. With the Atlantic Ocean as one of our boundaries and the number of rivers, streams, lakes and salt marsh locations – not to mention the Intracoastal Waterway –  there are so many opportunities to fish here. Even the events that do not include fishing – include water. Saturday offers the Southport NatureFest where the whole family can enjoy fun events designed to inform and educate as well.

Another Saturday event will be the US Coast Guard Safety Expo on Oak Island, NC, featuring Coastie, the Safe Boat, and Sammy, The Sea Otter.

Photo Image Small Boat on water with Light House and Station in background

On Saturday, also, Boiling Spring Lakes, NC, offers its annual fishing event for kids – the Small Fry Fishing Tournament. What a great way for kids to learn how to fish – with the help of officers from the police department.


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While the kids are learning to fish in Boiling spring Lakes, the moms can be learning all about fishing on Oak Island, NC, at the Women Anglers in Training Weekend (WAIT). This event runs Saturday and Sunday.

It’s not too soon to start preparing for The Far Out Shoot Out Fishing Tournament which begins on Saturday, May 7, in Ocean Isle Beach, NC.

FURNISHING YOUR BEACH HOUSE

Living at the beach has a style of its own. Whether your style is shabby chic or elegant is not the question. You will find homes in every range in Brunswick County, NC. But, somehow, they all have an aura of the distinctive difference to be found in nature in this part of the United States. If you move here from another state, you will find a definite difference in the feel of the area and it is bound to find its way into your home. You may find yourself selling the furniture you brought with you and replacing it with something that fits better – that feels better. In the beach areas, especially, the interiors are likely to lean toward lots of light. That often calls for light furniture – light in color and light in heft. Here, painted furniture is not only acceptable – it is often preferred. We revel in our sunshine here – even the liquid kind. There is no shortage of shops in which to find exactly what you are looking for. For eclectic interiors, a good place to start and to enjoy the experience of looking is consignment shops. Another benefit of this is that purchasing from a consignment shop often helps a worthy local cause. You will also find a number of furniture stores where you are bound to find the perfect furniture for your new home. Here are just a few:

The McNeill Company on Oak Island (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/shop/furniture/the-mcneill-company/profile/)

Wicker & More Home Furnishings in Shallotte and Southport (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/shop/furniture/wicker-and-more-home-furnishings/profile/)

Capris

Luxe Home Interiors at Waterford in Leland (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/shop/furniture/luxe-home-interiors-at-waterford/profile/)