THANKSGIVING, ART & A FLOTILLA

I am sure most people are busy with Thanksgiving preparations, or looking forward to sharing the day with family, friends and loved ones. But don’t forget to be thankful for those family members, friends, or even acquaintances who are alone. This time of year can be a bit sad for them. Give thanks for their presence in your life by including them in your celebration. Invite them to share the day in your home, or take a plate full of Thanksgiving goodies by their homes and spend some time with them.

The day after Thanksgiving, of course, has become known as Black Friday, and the day after that as Shop Small (or local) Saturday. Please remember when you are planning your holiday gifts that a gift of art is a gift from the heart and it helps to sustain the artists who made it. There is a number of places in Brunswick County, NC where you can shop for original art. One of them is the annual Smith Island Art League Thanksgiving Show, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 24th and 25th, at the Bald Head Island Association Center in Bald Head Island, NC. Browsing is welcomed as well.

Flotillas are some of the loveliest of parades – parades on the water – that are held during the holiday season. The first flotilla of the season, the Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla, will be held on Saturday, November 25, in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, beginning at dusk. This flotilla will include a party afterwards as well as an auction to benefit a local Brunswick County charity.

If you decide to skip the shopping on Friday, you can take the kids and head on over to Wilmington, NC – just across the Cape Fear River. There you can enjoy the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Ho Ho Ho. This event promises to be interesting and fun for adults and children alike. Be sure to take your camera for greats pics.

Santa at the Battleship

ART, DIAMONDS & MARDI GRAS

Two stellar events will be happening in Southport, NC on Friday, March 3. From 5 PM until 7 PM, you can enjoy all kinds of two dimensional (paintings) and three dimensional (pottery) art in Southport’s own Franklin Square Gallery. This Spring Art Show reception will be presented by the Associated Artists of Southport. In addition to interesting art, there will be food and wine and an awards presentation for the winning artists.

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From 6 PM until 10 PM, folks will enjoy dining and dancing at the Diamonds and Denim Ball to be held at the St. James Community Center. This annual ball is an event of the Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation and proceeds help local charities each year. It’s likely too late for you to purchase tickets (though, if you are interested, you could certainly check that out) as they go on sale starting in January. Make a note for next year.

As you probably know, this past Tuesday was Fat Tuesday. What you may not know is that you can attend Oak Island’s own Mardi Gras Parade & Party by the Sea on Saturday, March 4. Sponsored by the Town of Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department, this celebration will be loaded with events, including a parade, from 1 PM until 4 PM. Come on out and enjoy the day!

GRATITUDE

This morning I sat propped up in bed drinking my hot cup of tea and watched the moon set over the marsh. Read that sentence again. There is so much more in it for which to be grateful than the words say. Tomorrow is the day we celebrate the tradition of thankfulness. I think it is a good tradition, whether it is based on truth or myth. It is a yearly reminder to us to share our lives, ourselves and everything we possess with friends, family and other sentient beings every day. However, I am not a preacher and this is not a sermon – just food for thought. I wish you all a lovely Thanksgiving day and share with you some ideas for an enjoyable weekend.

Speaking of being thankful, you are invited to join the Southport Beautification Committee on Friday at 6 PM for a thankful celebration of support for the Bring Back Our Boats Christmas Wreath Project. The gathering will begin at the tree lighting at BB&T and a party will follow at the Southport Community Building in Southport, NC where you can enjoy treats, food and beverages.

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Skip Black Friday and go instead to the Smith Island Art League’s Thanksgiving Art Show held at the Bald Head Island Association Center on Bald Head Island, NC. The show will be held Friday and Saturday from 10 AM until 5 PM.

In Brunswick County, NC we like to hold our Christmas parades on land and on sea. The first flotilla of the holiday season, the Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla, is coming up on Saturday night at Shallotte Point beginning in front of the Inlet View Bar & Grill and ending in front of Sharky’s Restaurant in Ocean Isle Beach, NC.

It’s Flotilla time!

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The Christmas season is the season of lights. You see them everywhere – on houses – strung across the streets of towns – in the windows – even wrapped around trees. Those of us who live near water, and particulary in the warmer climates, are lucky to have our own sort of lighted Christmas parades in the form of flotillas. If you have never been to a flotilla I recommend it highly. Yes, it is a parade on the water, however, it always takes place at night – in cold weather – in warm weather – not likely to be rained out – but it can be fogged out like it was in Southport, NC last year. There is something very special about viewing a flotilla – about the boats slipping across the water in the night with lights gleaming from stem to stern and up and down the masts. There may be music, though it is often muted and you can hear the music of the water lapping against the shore.

If you have a chance to see a flotilla this year – don’t miss it. There are two in Brunswick County. The first is on Saturday, November 30 in Ocean Isle Beach and it takes place in the Intracoastal Waterway where it starts at the Inlet View Bar and Grill at 5 PM and ends at Sharky’s Restaurant. You can also attend the party there with music beginning at 9 PM after the flotilla each year.

The second flotilla, the Southport Christmas Flotilla, begins at 7 PM and can be viewed from Waterfront Park in Southport, NC on December 14. This flotilla starts and ends in the Old Yacht Basin. The creative winners of this flotilla are judged by Southport Elementary School art students. Flotillas are family friendly activities, so bring the kids with you for a lovely family event. In fact, make it a tradition.