NC 4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL

Anticipation is in the air
Red , white and blue everywhere!

And that can mean only one thing – the NC 4th of July Festival is imminent. There will be crowds and traffic to rival any other time of the year in Brunswick County, NC, but with patience and good humor we can all enjoy great fun.

The 2018 event will begin on Saturday, June 30, in the Town of Oak Island, NC with the Beach Day events and in Southport, NC with the Fire Fighters Freedom Competition. Beach Day events will begin with a Horseshoe Tournament at 8 AM and end with a Concert by the Holiday Band from 6 PM until 9 PM. In between you can participate in youth activities and contests, a sand sculpture contest, Corn Hole, Bocce Ball and Volleyball Tournaments, a skateboard competition (at the Kevin Bell Skate Park), and a Shag Contest. In addition to the Fire Fighters Competition on Saturday, you can also view the 9/11 Never Forget Memorial Mobile exhibit and tour the Old Brunswick County Jail.

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July 2, 3 and 4 offer Arts and Crafts in Franklin Square Park from 10 AM until 6 PM and food concessions from 11 AM until 10 PM in the Waterfront Park area. Other events on Monday, July 2, include children’s entertainment in Keziah Park from 12 Noon until 2 PM and a Salute to Veterans in the Southport Community Building at 6 PM. On Tuesday, July 3, registration for Children’s Games at the waterfront begins at 8 AM and games begin at 9 AM. The Brunswick Big Band will play on the Fort Johnston lawn followed by the naturalization ceremony at 4 PM. From 4:45 PM until 5 :30 PM you can register to vote at the Southport Community Building and at 6 PM there will be a flag retirement ceremony at the corner of Howe and Moore Streets.

You can start you day on Wednesday, July 4, with a pancake breakfast from 7 AM until 10:30 AM at the Trinity United Methodist Church. At 10:30 AM there will be a flag raising ceremony at the corner of Moore and Howe streets and the parade will begin at 11 AM. From 11 AM until 4 PM you can enjoy Shine & Show Classic Cars on Bay Street next to Waterfront Park. Fireworks will begin at 9 PM and there will be an encore musical performance afterward.

Throughout the days of the festival you can tour the Maritime Museum; take in the Summer Regional Art Show at Franklin Square Gallery (and take part in their art raffle and win prizes yourself); tour the Chapel of the Cross; tour the Old Jail; and enjoy the Waterfront Stage Entertainment. What more could you want?

FISHING, FLYING AND SHRIMP

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Calling all flounder fishermen – the Sudan Daredevils Shallotte Point Flounder Tournament will begin on Friday, June 8 in Shallotte, NC. There will be two days of fishing and a fish fry open to the public all day on Saturday.

Once again the Experimental Aircraft Association offers a day of flying and fun at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island, NC. The flying will begin on Friday, June 8 and the plane will be a B-17 Aluminum Overcast bomber from WWII. Saturday’s fun will begin with a $5.00 Pancake Breakfast from 8:30 AM until 11 AM. Be sure to bring your own chair and you dancing shoes to enjoy the Brunswick Big Band beginning at 3 PM. From 10 AM until 1 PM there will be flight tours (for a fee). From 2 PM until 5 PM you can take part in aground tour of the plane for $10 for individuals, $20 for an family and free of charge for military members and veterans.

The Saturday night adult program on Friday at the NC Maritime Museum at Southport in Southport, NC offers a Sizzling, Sassy Shrimp class for a fee of $12.50 for members and $25.00 for non-members. The students will also create shrimp dip and a shrimp boil.

If you have been thinking of taking an art class – you can take one for free on Friday, June 8. The Oak Island Art Guild meets monthly at 9 AM at the Oak Island Recreation Center and offers an art workshop after each meeting. This month the workshop will be led by Richard Staat who will teach brush techniques for watercolor.

Don’t forget Thursdays in the Park at Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC, where this Thursday, June 7, from 6 PM until 8 PM you can enjoy music by the NC Blues Kings. Bring a blanket or a chair and maybe even a picnic.

More music can be found on Friday at Middleton Park in Oak Island, NC. Beginning at 6:30 PM you can enjoy the music of Carolina Line Bluegrass band.

WOOFSTOCK, SURFING LESSONS, PLANTS AND BREAKFAST

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Everywhere you look you see plants for sale – in department stores, in home improvement stores, in hardware stores, even in grocery stores. But if you want plants that were hand grown with loving care, at reasonable prices that will support a worthy school organization, you need to head out to South Brunswick High School where the Future Farmers of America are hosting their plant sale today (Thursday, 5/10) and tomorrow (Friday, 5/11). Don’t forget that Mothers’ Day is on Sunday and most mothers would love to have a live, flowering plant as a gift. The sale will run from 8 AM until 12:30 PM and from 2:30 PM until 5:30 PM both days. Plants you will find there include New Guinea Impatiens (and double impatiens), coleus, petunias, lavender, geraniums, begonias and verbena as well as sage, peppers, onions, mint, lemon thyme, tomatoes and sweet potato vines.

You can start the day off right on Saturday morning with a good breakfast and benefit the native plant garden at Caswell Beach Town Hall at the same time. The pancake and sausage breakfast will be held in the Caswell Dunes clubhouse and run from 7:30 AM until 11 AM at a cost of $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. You can also bid on silent auction items until noon and purchase that something special.

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Beginning at 8 AM on Saturday, kids of all ages can take free surfing lessons. This ‘Take a Kid Surfing Day’ will be hosted by the South Brunswick High School Surf Dreams Club assisted by volunteers and members of the Oak Island Water Rescue. Kids can meet up at the SE 16th Street beach access in Oak Island, NC (near Ocean Crest Pier). Advance sign-up is recommended at: http://www.surfdreamsfoundation.org, however, you will be accepted without sign-up if there are available spots. For information, contact Jennifer Ordonez at 910-921-1065.

Don’t be surprised if you see a dog parade on Howe Street at 10 AM on Saturday in Southport, NC. It will be the beginning of the Rotary Club and Paws-Ability Woofstock Party to be held in Franklin Square Park from 10 AM until 3 PM.  There will be live music, dog demos,  pet store vendors, adoptable pets, and food trucks (Dawg Wagon and Hangar 17). The Brunswick County Search & Rescue group will be there and you can have a commemorative photo taken of you and your dog. $10 tickets can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/woofstock-2018-tickets-45352935852.

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FLYING, FISHING & PUMPKINS

Most people who are spending a day at an airport are not happy about it. Most likely, they are there because they have to be there because of cancelled flights or other irritating events. But I am suggesting that you choose to spend at least part of this Saturday, October 14, at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island, NC. There will be happenings afoot. The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 939 will have a 1928 Ford Tri-Motor Aircraft available for your inspection and picture taking opportunities starting today, October 12 through Sunday, October 15. So, if Saturday is not a good day for you to stop by, you have three other days to do so. However, if you decide to make it on Saturday, you can also enjoy a pancake breakfast from 8:30 AM until 11 AM for a $5.00 fee. For free, you can enjoy the music of the Brunswick Big Band from 3 PM until 5 PM. You can also enjoy a flight aboard the airplane any of the four days of the event by booking in advance at FLYTHEFORD.ORG or by calling (877) 952-5395. Walk-up flights will be available for a bit more.

Also on Saturday, from 4 PM until 8 PM, you can enjoy the Barktoberfest at Check Six Brewing Company in Southport, NC.  At this event you will enjoy an Assistance Dog Demonstration, a puppy meet and greet, beer, music, food, a homemade dog biscuit giveaway and a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds will benefit Paws4vets.

For food, fun and fishing, check out the Fall brawl King Classic at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. This event will begin on Friday, October 13 and will run through Sunday, October 15.

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For another fun family event, you can head on down to Indigo Farms in Calabash, NC. Pumpkin Day will take place on Saturday, October 14. Here, you will enjoy all kinds of activities and can pick your Halloween pumpkin from their pumpkin patch.

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PARADES & LIGHTS & CONCERTS

December 1 and the kids are getting excited. It’s the beginning of a month full of excitement for all ages. It’s a month that will be packed with interesting, fun and beautiful things to do. And it starts today.

At 6PM this evening,  Holden Beach, NC will celebrate its tree lighting with games, a hayride and even a chili/soup cookoff. Calabash, NC will hold its tree lighting and parade beginning at 6 PM Friday. The towns of Oak Island, NC and Southport, NC will hold tree lightings on Friday, too, both beginning at 5:30 PM. Seasonal music at the Amuzu in Southport, NC will begin on Friday as well and will continue through December 11.

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Saturday, December 3, seems to be the day when you will be able to find Christmas themed things to do just about anywhere in Brunswick County. You can begin with a Pancake Breakfast (8 AM until 10 AM) at the Community Center in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC – then scuttle the kids over to ‘Whoville’ until 11 AM. From 5 PM until 8 PM that same day, kids can ride a fire truck to see Santa and participate in a Christmas Festival. In the Town of Oak Island, NC, you can visit the holiday craft market at the Recreation Center from 9 AM until 2 PM. At 2 PM the Christmas by the Sea Parade will begin. Shallotte, NC will hold its Christmas Parade on Saturday at 10 AM and Sunset Beach, NC will hold a Holiday Market from 10 AM until 4 PM.  Belville, NC will hold a tree lighting on Saturday at dusk followed by the movie, The Polar Express. The Sea Notes Choral Society  will hold its first Christmas Concert at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on Saturday at 3 PM as well. Their second concert will be on Sunday, December 4, at 3 PM at the same location. Also on Sunday, from noon until 4 PM, the Oak Island Beautification Club will hold its Merry Eats and Treats bake sale at the Recreation Center.

 

CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE II

Friday begins the fun anew with Beach Day on Oak Island, NC with rides, games food and tournaments like Bocce Ball, Volleyball, Horse Shoes and Corn Hole in the morning at Middleton Park Soccer Field where registration for events takes place as well. At noon, the Sand Sculpture Contest begins, followed by a Skate Competition at the Kevin Bell Skate Park at 2 PM. 6 PM brings a concert by the Holiday Band and a shag contest. Fireworks at 9 PM round out the day at the Oak Island Pier.

On Saturday, 8 AM begins the registration at the waterfront in Southport, NC, for the children’s games. From 10 AM until 2 PM the Fire Fighters Freedom Competition & Apparatus Expo can be enjoyed. The  competitive events include the barrel push, bucket brigade, ladder climb, command post and tanker tug. Arts and Crafts are available in Franklin Square Park on Saturday from 10 AM until 6 PM, on Sunday from 12 Noon until 6 PM and on Monday from 10 AM until 6 PM. You can enjoy musical entertainment at Waterfront Park on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1 PM until 10 PM with a street dance on Sunday from 7 PM until 10 PM. Other events throughout the day on Sunday include the Brunswick Concert Band, tours of the Old Smithville Burying Ground, voter registration, a naturalization ceremony and a flag retirement ceremony.

A Pancake Breakfast begins Monday morning at Trinity United Methodist Church, from 7 AM until 10:30 AM followed by a flag raising ceremony at 10 :30 AM and the parade at 11 AM. This day also includes classic cars, a regatta, pro wrestling, a boat raffle drawing, an art raffle drawing at Franklin Square Gallery and – finally – fireworks beginning at 9 PM and followed by a musical performance.

 

 

Airplanes & Classic Cars

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What do airplanes and classic cars have in common? Both will be taking part in the Wings & Wheels event being held at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island, NC on Saturday, April 12 beginning at 8 AM. At this free event you can check out as many as 75 classic cars (as well as participating aircraft) and you can vote for your favorite car. You can have a pancake breakfast starting at 8:30 AM until 11 AM for just $5.00 and the Civil Air Patrol will hold a “burger burn” from noon until 3 PM. 

Pilots can participate in a spot landing contest in which they will attempt to put their wheels in a designated area upon landing. Awards will also be given for the best high wing plane, the best low wing plane, and the best home built aircraft. Awards will be given to car owners in the following categories:

Best Stock and Best Modified 1941 or earlier
Best Stock and Best Modified 1942 or later
Top 20 cars
People’s Choice
Howie’s Choice (Howie is the director of the airport)
Best of Show

You can participate in a 50-50 raffle, and a Chinese Auction and enjoy the informational displays by businesses located at the airport which include: Oak Island Aviation, Hertz Car Rentals, Cape Fear Airworks, Brunswick Air, Dutchman Creek Bait and Tackle Shop, Coastal Skydive and High Tide Helicopters. All funds raised will go to youth activity programs sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Civil Air Patrol.

For more information you can contact Ginny Largent at: glargent2@verizon.net, or call her at: 301-801-3672.