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.
it looks like a water filled Halloween weekend is coming up. No, I’m not talking about rain. I’m talking about all the water based activities that are scheduled this coming weekend. As a result of cancellations because of the ‘no name storm’ earlier this month when we were wondering if it ever would stop raining, we can look forward to a water filled weekend this week. First of all will be the ever popular U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament. This weekend the tournament has a twist. Because the tournament now falls on Halloween, kids can participate in a Fish or Treat from 2 PM to 7 PM. The vendors at the Southport Marina will be prepared to welcome each and every costumed creature.
When we think of the US Open King Mackerel Tournament, those of us with little ones also think of Captain Charlie’s Kids Fishing Tournament. What a fun chance for kids to fish on the pier with their peers and dream of the day when they can join the adults on the boats. Those in the know will try to be among the first 100 kids to arrive and all of them will enjoy a fun experience in beautiful Southport, NC.
Halloween seems the perfect time for the Stede Bonnet Regatta with everyone decked out in pirate garb. You don’t want to miss the hijinks during this water race or the fun party time afterwards. Southport, NC will definitely be rockin’ on the water this weekend.
The history of pirates in the Cape Fear region is an interesting and exciting one. Both Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, and Stede Bonnet, gentleman pirate, plied these waters and plundered all up and down the east coast. In fact the two collaborated for a period of time. Stede Bonnet and his crew were eventually captured in the Cape Fear waters and he was hanged in Charleston, SC. Blackbeard was killed in a battle with sailors. The lives of pirates have been glamorized through the years in movies and on television, including the movies featuring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack. (Locals and some visitors know that Southport, NC has its very own Captain Jack) The pirate themed Stede Bonnet Regatta is held annually in Southport, NC at the end of October. The captains and crews of the participating boats all dress as pirates and a great pirate party is held after the event. The first weekend of August every year, pirates invade Bald Head Island, NC, for a three day event that celebrates all things pirate.
…..and head for the 20th Annual Stede Bonnet Regatta in Southport, NC on Saturday, November 2.
The regatta is named after Stede Bonnet, the Gentleman Pirate, who plied the waters off the coast of the Carolinas -sometimes in cahoots with Blackbeard. He met his end at the end of a rope in Charleston in 1718. The captain and crew of the sailboats that take part are all required to be decked out in pirate regalia, a rule that sets the tone for this fun event. Many of the spectators also wear their pirate duds and this year it would not surprise me to see Captain Jack Sparrow among them. He has been lurking about the town of Southport of late and taking part in all the special events – even wandering through the Waterfront Market on occasion.
Though prizes are awarded, the race itself is a fun event where you might witness a man overboard, or a grounding of a pirate ship, or the firing of water cannon. There is even a coveted Boob Prize awarded at the ceremony following the race. You can also take part in the after-the-race party at the Yacht Basin Provision Company. There will be a band, dancing, drinks food and fun until you and the pirates drop.