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.

WINTERFEST

In Southport. NC. it is extremely rare for us to see snowflakes falling from the sky – much less snow on the ground. But no matter, the Winterfest celebration always begins in early December here. Christmas at the Amuzu is already in full swing having begun on December 3. Not to worry – you have not missed it. There are three more shows you can attend – on December 10, 12 and 13.
Today, December 9, from 3 PM until 6 PM, you can stop by the State Port Pilot Annual Cookie Contest at the Southport Community Building where you will find tables of yummy cookies on display. You can get some great ideas for your own Christmas Cookies and vote for your favorite as well.


From 5 PM until 7 PM, children ages 4 to 10 who have registered will enjoy Supper with Santa’s Elves held at the Southport Parks and Recreation Department next to the City Gym.
On Thursday, December 10, you can take your chairs and blankets to the Fort Johnston Museum Garrison Lawn, grab a cup of hot chocolate, make yourselves comfortable and watch the movie, Polar Express, from 5:30 PM until 8 PM.
On Friday, December 11, starting at 3 PM, you can enjoy the Costumed Tour at the NC Maritime Museum at Southport led by a Victorian Lady, a Civil War Soldier, or Stede Bonnet, the Gentleman Pirate. Beginning at 5:30 PM that same day the kids can take part in the Light up the Night Christmas Fire Engine Parade which begins at Waterfront Park. The parade ends at the Southport Fire Station where the kids can visit with none other than Santa Claus, himself, and enjoy some goodies as well.


Saturday, December 12, will be the big day for Winterfest, 2015, with a line-up of activities all day long. You might want to begin your day at the
Friends of the Library Book Sale to be held at Southport Realty (727 N. Howe St.) from 9 AM until 12 Noon. The Winter Craft Festival on the Fort Johnston Museum Garrison lawn will also begin at 9 AM and will run all day until 4 PM. From 10 30 AM until 12 Noon, the Southport Parks and Recreation Department will hold a Santa’s Workshop next to the Southport Gym. From 2 PM until 7 PM, you can enjoy Old Brunswick County Jail Tours. Also, from 2 PM until  PM, you can participate in the incomparable Christmas Tour of Homes – a self-guided tour that will take you through some of the most beautiful old – and new – homes in Southport, NC, all decorated for the holidays.
And, finally, the event we have waited all year to witness again: starting at 7 PM, the Southport Christmas Flotilla.