HAPPY 2016

The years slip by like pages in a book. It’s January – a new beginning – and before we know it, it’s December again. We go to work, to school, take care of our families, do what is necessary – what is expected of us. This is all good, but we need to remember to enjoy our lives as well. This is important – to us, to those we love, and to those around us. We who live in Brunswick County, NC have the best of all worlds as our many visitors will tell you. The ocean is here – always – not just in the summer. It is our constant companion.

Southport is a walking meditation in the off season. We can begin at Waterfront Park where at any time of the year you can park your car and enjoy the view. You might sit on a swing or stroll down to the City Pier where most every day someone is fishing. You can walk through the tree lined streets, visit history in the Old Brunswick County Jail or the peace of the Old Smithville Burying Ground.

You might stop at the Southport Visitors’ Center (it’s not just for visitors), check out the museum and pick up a brochure for the Southport Trail which will guide you on a two mile walk through the town and its attractions. And don’t forget to enjoy nature’s free show of sunrises and sunsets.

FALL FESTIVITIES

Another weekend of fun festivities is ahead of us in Brunswick County, NC; and the Carolina blue skies and warm temperatures promise to continue throughout the weekend. With all the water in Brunswick County, NC, as well as offshore, one of the favorite fall activities involves bait, rods and reels and some of the best fishing happens in the fall. Because of this, fishing tournaments abound in the fall and this weekend is no exception. This weekend’s fishing tournament is a tournament with a twist, however. The fishing will not be done from piers or from boats in the ocean. The Bluefish Bonanza on Bald Head island, NC is a surfcasting tournament. Check it out.

Last weekend you may have participated in the NC Oyster Festival – an annual event in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Get ready to enjoy again this Saturday and Sunday, this time in Holden Beach, NC at the annual NC Festival by the Sea.

You will have another second chance in Calabash, NC. Last week was Pumpkin Day at Indigo Farms – this Saturday from 10 – AM until 2 PM, you can enjoy Pick Your Own Pumpkin Day. The event will include Stock Pig Racing as well as hayrides – so bring the whole family.

LABOR DAY

Most people know that Labor Day was established to honor American workers. Some people know that labor unions played a significant part in establishing the holiday for the American workers. Others may know that Canada also observes Labour Day for the Canadian workers on the first Monday in September and that more than 80 other countries observe International Workers’ Day on May first of each year. Designating Monday as the holiday has the extra benefit of providing a three day weekend for those who normally work Monday through Friday. While you are enjoying the time off and taking part in festivities, remember there are those who work at least one day of the three day weekend and count yourself lucky.  Labor Day is typically celebrated with cook-outs, parties and special events. For some people it is the last day they will be able to go swimming until pools open again next summer. Here in Brunswick County, NC, we are lucky to have the ocean and the weather to allow us to take a dip well into Fall. There are also special events to enjoy. Check out the following to find the ones in which you would like to take part:

Oak Island Art Guild Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival – Saturday, September 5

Labor Day Surf Off – Saturday September 5

Children’s Crab Derby – Monday, September 7

WHAT’S HAPPENING

Many years ago T. S. Eliot wrote: “April is the cruellest month” in his poem The Waste Land. He was not referring to income tax time, but for those of us who are required to pay into the IRS, he may as well have been. Luckily we live in Brunswick County, NC where there are so many interesting places and events available to us that can take our minds off of our tax troubles. Many of these events are free and those that are not usually serve worthy causes that benefit all of us. The water offers so much, be it the ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway, the Cape Fear River, the lakes – it is all there for us to enjoy and we are blessed with the kind of weather that allows us to enjoy these things. We can walk on the beach, sit by the water and meditate, fish, go sailing, ride a ferry, swim, take out a kayak, sunbathe – whatever helps us be happy. We are also lucky in the events that are available to us to enjoy. They are as varied as the ways there are to enjoy water. Here are a few that are coming up this month.

You can take the kids or the grands to the Kids’ Art Day in Franklin Square Park:

(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/kids-art-day/profile/)

You can dress up (or not) and dance the night away at the Black-Tie-Optional-Gala in Southport, NC:

(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/black-tie-optional-gala/profile/)

You can test your endurance in the Oak Island Lighthouse 1/2 Marathon 10K/5K Run/Walk:

(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/oak-island-lighthouse-1-2-marathon-10k-5k-run-walk/profile/)

MUSIC IN MARCH

Music is in the air all over Brunswick County, NC. If you pay attention you can hear birds singing. They sing the sunrise into the sky, continue their concert throughout the day, and sing the sun to sleep at night. The breeze sings its own song – rustling through the leaves of the trees and setting off wind chimes. The ocean is constantly singing and yet sings a different song each day. Sometimes it is soft and gentle and sometimes it roars. If you like organized music, March is a great month to indulge yourself. The U. S. Navy Concert Band will be presenting a free concert at the Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium ( http://leland.insiderinfo.us/arts/museum-hall-organization/brunswick-community-college-odell-williamson-auditorium/profile/)

in Bolivia, NC on Wednesday, March 11, at 7:30 PM. The concert band has been performing public, family friendly concerts for 90 years. The concert will feature marches, patriotic works and orchestral selections.

Our very own Sea Notes Choral Society (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/arts/music/sea-notes-choral-society/profile/)

will present their Spring Concert on March 27, 28 and 29 in the NC Baptist Assembly Auditorium in Caswell Beach, NC. This concert will be a fun event for those of us who recall the songs of the 60s as these songs will be featured in this free concert. The March 27 performance will take place at 7:30 PM while the March 28 and March 29 performances will happen at 3 PM. With three chances to make it to this event, how can you lose?

On March 13, 14 and 15, the Stagestruck Players of Brunswick Little Theater (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/arts/theater/brunswick-little-theatre/profile/)

will present Godspell Jr. at their theater in Southport, NC. The Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 PM and the Sunday performance will be at 3 PM.

 

 

 

Water, Water Everywhere

The eastern boundaries of Brunswick County, NC are bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the interior is rife with lakes and rivers making it the perfect place to spend time on, in and under the water. Whether you prefer boating, swimming, scuba diving, surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, fishing – whatever your idea of fun and relaxation, you can do it here. Here are just a few ideas:

Don’t miss the Brunswick Waterfest in Leland, NC today! (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/june/brunswick-waterfest/profile/)

At this festival you can participate in events or enjoy fun for the whole family.

Perhaps you want to dive and explore sunken ships. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/boating-water-sports/scuba-dive-snorkel/scuba-south-diving-company/profile/)

Scuba South schedules regular diving trips and you can go, too!

If Paddle Surfing is your passion, check out Coastal Urge on Bald Head Island. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/boating-water-sports/paddle-surf/coastal-urge/profile/)

You will find everything you need to indulge your passion here. 

 

 

Summer Camp

School is out – or nearly so – and the kids will need something to keep them occupied. Summer camps are a great way for them to enjoy their time off from school. What the kids don’t realize is that while they are having fun at camp, they are also likely learning new skills that will keep their brains from turning to mush until the start of another year of school. Shhhh, don’t tell them. Brunswick County, NC abounds in summer camp programs, each with its own focus. There are pirate camps, horseback riding camps, ocean themed camps, farm camps and more. Check out a list of them below:

At http://southport.insiderinfo.us/kids-stuff/summer-camp/ you can find information about:

Bald Head Island Conservancy Camps:

Boiling Spring Lakes Summer Camp, Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Camps, Camp Seabreeze & Coastal Explorers at the Baptist Assembly in Caswell Beach on Oak Island, Greenlands Children’s Farm Day Camps:

Pirate Boot Camp and the Youth Sailing Program in Southport.

At http://leland.insiderinfo.us/kids-stuff/summer-camp/ you can find information about:

King Tiger Tae Kwon Do and Seidokan Karate Summer Camps, both in Leland, Summer Camp at Coastal Day School, and horseback riding camps at Wonderland Farm: 

At http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/kids-stuff/summer-camp/ you can find information about summer camps at Champion Karate Center in Shallotte.