ARTS, TOURS AND TREES

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You are probably aware of the lantern led ghost walk tours given by the Old South Tour Company which include a tour of the Old Smithville Burying Ground, but did you know that you can take a daylight tour as well? These tours, led by Musette Steck, a local historian, take place each Wednesday afternoon starting at 2 PM. You might hear strains of harp music as she tells you about Tony, the ghost who used to play his harp in what is now The Brunswick Inn Bed & Breakfast. You will hear the story of the man whose legs are buried without his body and the reason for the tree stump markers that can be found in the cemetery. Tours are free, however, donations benefit the Fort Johnston/Southport Museum. Special tours can be arranged by calling: 910-454-0437.

Both Southport, NC and Oak Island, NC are designated Tree Cities USA. Who doesn’t love the old live oak trees the line the streets in Southport? Beyond the beauty offered by trees, their benefits to us and to the environment are numerous including clean air by the reduction of smog and greenhouse gases. Do you know you can get 10 free trees for a $10 donation? In the month of August, the Arbor Day Foundation is holding its Trees for America Campaign. For this small membership fee, you will receive the trees, information about planting and care, and their bi-monthly publication . Check it out at: arborday.org/august.

On Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM you can explore the arts at the Leland Cultural Arts Center in Leland, NC. Here you can meet the instructors and enjoy demonstrations of their artistic processes as well as a ballet performance by students. You and your family members who are 11 years old or older can try out working in clay on a potter’s wheel. Poor Piggy’s BBQ & Catering food truck will be there to add to the fun of your day out.

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No Boundaries

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Every two years for two weeks in November Bald Head Island, NC opens its doors and hearts to artists from all over the world through the auspices of the No Boundaries International Artist Colony. No Boundaries, Inc., a non-profit organization located in Wilmington, NC, founded the colony in 1998 to “provide artists from around the world and the local community a forum for free expression and cross-cultural dialogue.” Their Mission Statement states: “We believe our projects contribute to the cultural health of the global community and its ability to imagine and realize a future filled with diverse voices that will be heard with empathy.”

This years’ participants, who hail from such far flung places as Rwanda, Australia, Houston, China, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Raleigh and Seattle, boarded the Bald Head Island Ferry on November 1 to begin their adventure. Once settled in they began their projects in film making, photography, poetry, paper making, sculpting, painting and mixed media. Many of the artists work in more than one medium and some of them cross mediums from visual art to writing.

The unique ambiance of the island, the music of the sea and the bright sky will definitely add to the inspiration each of these artists brings to his/her work. The synergy and excitement of working together will be a catalyst to more excellent work as well. If you would like to get a taste of this experience, you are in luck. There will be an open studio day on November 13 from 10 AM until 4 PM where you can mingle with the artists and take part in the creative process.

More information can be had at: http://www.nbiac.org, noboundariesartcolony@gmail.com, and https://www.facebook.com/NBIAC