PIRATES, SUNRISE & SMOKEY JOE’S

 

Pirates will be plying the waters of the Cape Fear area this weekend, just like they did in the 17th and 18th centuries, and you can join in the fun at the Bald head Island Pirate Invasion in Bald head Island, NC. The swords are real, the cannons are real and the blunderbusses are real – part of a fun living history event. From Friday through Sunday there will be a variety of events suitable for all ages including parties, pirate musical bands and so much more. Some of the events require reservations – email Sandy Kades at: sekades@aol.com.

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The Sea Notes Choral Society and the Brunswick Concert Band will join together in a musical celebration this weekend for your enjoyment. You can choose either Saturday or Sunday to attend. Concerts both days will begin at 3 PM at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the Brunswick Community College campus in Bolivia, NC. This summer concert, Sunrise Over America, is free, as are all of the concerts presented by both groups, however, donations are accepted.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe, the longest running musical revue on Broadway, is being presented by local performers at the Brunswick Little Theatre right here in Southport, NC. You still have plenty of chances to catch this enjoyable production but reservations are strongly suggested. Remaining shows are scheduled on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM and on Sunday at 3 PM. Tickets can be purchased on the theatre website or at the following locations: Ricky Evans Gallery 211 in Southport, NC and Sugar Confections Bakery in Shallotte, NC. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students with ID.

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

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most exciting days of the year for nearly everyone in the US. The grocery stores are full of customers buying beer and sodas, snacks like chips and pretzels, ingredients for chili and casseroles. Many of you are planning parties in your homes or planning to attend parties at a friend or relative’s house. This year the east coast meets the west coast somewhere sort of in the middle which makes it difficult for fans of both sides to get to the actual event. Fortunately (or not, depending on how you look at it) there likely will not be a TV station that is not broadcasting the event. You may prefer to watch it at home by yourself, but if you are not attending a party and would rather share the excitement with others, there are a number of places where you can go to watch the game. Here are a few suggestions:

Slainte, in Southport, NC is having a Super Bowl Party. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/nightlife/entertainment/slainte/profile/)

Chasers Sports Bar & Grill, in Oak Island, NC has a number of TVs which you can watch. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/nightlife/oak-island/chasers-sports-bar-and-grill/profile/)

Fibber McGees, in Sunset Beach, NC has a great menu and a large selection of beers. (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/nightlife/sunset-beach/fibber-mcgees/profile/)