ECLIPSE, THEATRE AND DOGS

The word ‘eclipse’ is on everyone’s lips and we do have the chance of a lifetime to see a nearly total one right here in Brunswick County, NC. There are many sites in the area from which you will be able to do your viewing, but can you imagine what an added thrill it would be to view it from the top of the Oak Island Lighthouse in Oak Island, NC? Of course, you will need to be able to climb 131 steps and that leaves this writer out. Because this event is a fund raiser for the lighthouse, there will be a fee of $50 per participant (limited to 10). In addition to the fantastic viewing, each participant will receive eclipse safety glasses as well as a hat and T-shirt with the logo: ‘I Climbed.’ Preregistration is required by sending an email with your name, your phone number and the number of participants to: oakislandlighthouse@gmail.com. Please direct all questions to Alice Coe: 910-894-0148.

Please remember to protect your eyesight by wearing the eclipse viewing glasses for this spectacular event and note: WELDING GLASSES WILL NOT PROTECT YOUR EYES.

For a fun event this weekend, check out Brunswick Little Theatre‘s production of Love, Loss and What I Wore. You can choose to attend Friday or Saturday at 7:30 PM, or on Sunday at 3 PM. You will likely see some familiar faces in this production. Tickets can be purchased at Ricky Evans Gallery in Southport, NC; at Sugar Confections in Shallotte, NC; or online at: brunswicklittletheatre.com.

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Check out Check Six Brewing Company in Southport, NC on Saturday, August 12, for a day of fun at the Dog Day Afternoon fundraiser for Paws Place Dog Rescue. There will be food, music, a dog beach costume contest and more.

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NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY

In 1789 an Act for the establishment and support of lighthouses was approved by Congress. On the 200th Anniversary of the signing of the Act, Congress passed a resolution which designated August 7, 1989 as National Lighthouse Day in recognition and remembrance of how lighthouses protected our coasts and guided sailors to safe passage. Since the development of technology, the lighthouses are mostly obsolete for their original purpose, but we still find them intriguing emblems of times past. We who live in Brunswick County, NC are quite familiar with Old Baldy, on Bald Head Island, and the Oak Island Lighthouse, in Caswell Beach, on Oak Island. Less known is the Price’s Creek Light which can be seen from the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry. The Price’s Creek Light is the only remaining light of the eight lights that once lined the 25 miles of the Cape Fear River between Southport, NC and Wilmington, NC. It served as a Confederate signal aiding blockade runners during the Civil War.

The Price’s Creek light now stands on private land and cannot be toured, however, both Old Baldy and the Oak Island Lighthouse offer tours to the public. This weekend, August 5, 6 & 7, you can also enjoy the National Lighthouse Weekend celebration at Old Baldy on Bald Head Island. The celebration includes a Maritime Classic Run for the Light starting at 7:30 PM on Sunday.

The Oak Island Lighthouse and Coast Guard Station

A PHLOCKING WEEKEND

Can you believe it is the middle of April already? I hope you have your taxes done because you don’t want to be staying home working on them this weekend. Not when you can take the whole family to the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in the Town of Oak Island, NC and enjoy loads of fun. So, what’s so much fun about going to an airport? There will be a whole lot of phlocking going on. Read on…..

Saturday morning, April 1, 2016, will begin at 8 AM when all the ‘Parrotheads’ will phlock together for the Oak Island Lighthouse 1/2 Marathon 10K/5K Run/Walk on Oak Island, NC.

You and your phlock can fly over to the jetport between 8:30 and 11:30 for an all you can eat pancake breakfast to start your day of fun. From 9 AM until to 11 AM, you can indulge your inner artist by participating in the ‘Chalk Art on the Apron’ where artbirds will decorate the dance floor at the west ramp. (Call the chamber to sign up) From  9 AM until 2 PM you can take in the ‘Wings and Wheels’ show with classic cars, airplanes and helicopters. From 9 AM until 5 PM a World War II C-4 airplane will be available for touring. After the tours, the plane will take off and air drop 200 Hershey’s candy bars onto the airfield. From 3:30 PM until 9:30 PM, you can dance to the music at the Phlock to the Beach Concert provided by the Mango Boys and the Coco Loco Party Band.

 

 

VOLUNTEERS HAVE HAPPY HEARTS

Many people see Easter as a new beginning and some people also see Spring as a new beginning. Anytime is a great time to begin anew, but these events seem to give impetus to us when we need a little nudge. The new life around us stirs our inner being. We look for things to fill us beyond the beauty around us. In Brunswick County, NC we are blessed with beauty and we celebrate it in so many ways. One way we can celebrate it is to be a part of it and to help in giving it to others. Volunteering is a giving of self and a receiving of so much at the same time. We can meet new people, make new friends, enjoy the work we do, fill our empty days and become happier with ourselves in the process. In Brunswick County, NC you can easily find volunteer opportunities in your area of interest. Opportunities abound in human services, children’s services, the arts, historic preservation, community development and animal welfare. Here are just a few of the opportunities in which you can participate and fill your life to the brim:

The Oak Island Lighthouse in Caswell Beach, NC:

(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/volunteer/historic-community-development/friends-of-the-oak-island-lighthouse/profile/)

Oak Island

First Tee Brunswick County in Shallotte, NC:

(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/volunteer/children-services/the-first-tee-brunswick-county/profile/)

Sea Biscuit Wildlife Center, Oak Island, NC:

(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/volunteer/animal-care/sea-biscuit-wildlife-shelter/profile/)