GOLF, GOLF AND MORE GOLF

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Image – Oak Island Golf Club, Caswell Beach, NC

Golf is not everyone’s game. However, it is certainly popular in southeastern, NC, evidenced by the number of golf communities in the area  – and the people who live in them. Did you know that the game is considered to have been invented by the Scots? “A spokesman for the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, one of the oldest Scottish golf organisations, said “Stick and ball games have been around for many centuries, but golf as we know it today, played over 18 holes, clearly originated in Scotland.” In 1739, the game spread to (what is now) the United States with a shipment of clubs and balls to South Carolina and the establishment of the South Carolina Golf Club in Charleston in 1787. The game became very popular in the Roaring Twenties and the number of golf clubs have been growing ever since that time.*
*Source – Wikipedia

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Image – Thistle Golf Club, Sunset Beach, NC

The following public golf courses can be found in the Southport – Oak Island, NC area:

The Bald Head Island Club On Bald Head Island, NC

The Lakes Country Club in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC

Oak Island Golf & Country Club and Oak Island Par 3 Golf Course at South Harbour in Caswell Beach, NC and Oak Island, NC

Further south, you will find these courses.

Ocean Isle Beach, NC:  The Big Cats Golf Courses at Ocean Ridge Plantation

Shallotte, NC:  Brierwood Golf Club
Rivers Edge Golf Club & Plantation

Calabash, NC:  Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort
Crow Creek Golf Course
The Pearl Golf Links

Carolina Shores, NC:  Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club

Holden Beach, NC:  Lockwood Folly Country Club

Sunset Beach, NC:  Oyster Bay Golf Links
Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club
Thistle Golf Club 

In the northern part of Brunswick County, NC, you can play golf at these locations.

Leland, NC:  Compass Pointe Golf Club
Magnolia Greens Golf Course
Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest

Bolivia, NC: Carolina National Golf Club at Winding River Plantation

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Image – Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest, Leland, NC

GALLERY WALK, BANDFEST & COUNTRY MUSIC

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It’s First Friday again and the weekend will kick off with the 1st Friday Gallery Walk in Southport, NC. Franklin Square Gallery will feature artist Marta McCallum and Potter, Dona Kanich, this month. The Ricky Evans Gallery will feature the unique style of Susan Dade and at Lantana’s, you will find original art by Jillian Boivin. Each location will offer snacks and drinks as well.

After the gallery walk you can head on over to Brunswick Little Theatre for their Open Mic Poetry Reading to read your original poetry, listen to others read theirs – or both. Sign-up will begin at 7 PM, with readings beginning at 7:30 PM. The reading will be held in room 1B, which is the building behind the main building. This is a free event but will include a donation box to defray the cost of cookies that will be available. For information, you can contact Ken Greenman at 914-456-0132 or greenman46@aol.com.

If country music is more your style, you can find that on Friday evening as well. The Oak Island Country Boys will be playing and singing at the Oak Island Recreation Center in Oak island, NC beginning at 6 PM. This also is a free event.

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On Sunday afternoon beginning at 12:30 PM, you can enjoy the Paws-Ability BandFest in Sunset Beach, NC until 6PM. This event will take place at the Sunset Beach Waterfront Park and will include food and fun in addition to the music. You might even decide to adopt a pet. Proceeds will support local animal welfare.

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SPRING FESTIVAL & EGG HUNTS

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Spring has been very fickle this year, but I think it has finally sprung. Easter, on the other hand, will be quite early this year. Because of this, some of the egg hunts have taken place already, but there are still a few that you can check out – including egg hunts for adults! The first adult egg hunt, Night Hunt, will take place this evening, March 29, in the Leland Municipal Park in Leland, NC at 7:30 PM. This rock themed music event invites those 21 years of age and older to enjoy music by Trial by Fire. Wear your best rocker outfit and bring a flashlight. For those 50 years of age and older there will be a Master’s Division egg hunt. Alcoholic beverages and food trucks will be available. Tickets will be $5 and pre-registration is required at: apm.activecommunities.com/townofleland. Search for Special Event – Night Hunt.

The Leland, NC egg hunt for children will be held on Saturday, March 31, at 10 AM at the North Brunswick High School. The school is located at 1395 Scorpion Dr. NE. The children will be divided into 6 age groups and need to bring their own baskets. The Easter Bunny will make his appearance at the end of the hunt.

The town of Holden Beach, NC will also hold an egg hunt at night – for youth and adults. The hunt will begin at 7 PM in Bridgeview Park on Davis Street on Friday, March 30. Pre-registration is required by calling town hall at: 910-842-6488. In this hunt, teams of 4 will compete against each other. Please bring your own flashlights.

The Old Bridge Preservation Society will hold an Easter egg hunt in Sunset Beach, NC, also on Saturday, March 31. This hunt will begin at 1 PM and will include activities, games and the opportunity to create an Easter bonnet or basket. The Easter Bunny will lead a parade of kids over the old bridge and offer treats to the kids.

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In Southport, NC, it’s time again for the Southport Spring Festival & Azalea Sale! The festival will run Friday, March 30,  and Saturday, March 31, beginning at 10 AM and will include so many special events. There will be live music and entertainment on the stage in Franklin Square Park and on Saturday, there will be a Fun Run. There is a fee for the race, and you can pick up a race packet on Friday, March 30, from 4 PM until 7 PM at the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, or on Saturday, March 31, at Waterfront Park, from 6:30 AM until 7:45 AM.

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EASTER, DOGS & KIDS

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Easter’s on its way and on Thursday, April 13, you can hop on over to the Spring Market in the Sunset Beach Town Park in Sunset Beach, NC at 206 Sunset Boulevard. The event runs from 10 AM until 4 PM. Here you can stock up on last minute items for your Easter meal and celebration. Everything will be handmade, homemade or homegrown so you can be sure of the freshness and quality of all items. Take the family, including your dog(s), and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny by Paws Ability.

In Southport, NC, on Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15, you can enjoy the Southport Spring Festival & Azalea Sale. This annual event is held in Franklin Square Park at the corner of N. Howe St. and E. West St. The two day festival begins at 10 AM on both days and ends at 5 PM on Friday and 4 PM on Saturday. You can enjoy the music in the air while the kids enjoy activities.

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Your dog is part of your family, right? So why not involve him/her in the Easter fun as well? Oak Island Parks and Recreation Department will be holding their first annual Doggie Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 15, at the Dog Park in Bill Smith Park in Oak island, NC. This event will run from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM. There will be a hunt for dogs over 25 pounds and one for dogs under 25 pounds. There will be prizes and treats for finding the eggs.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina Family Day will also be held on Saturday, April 15. The museum is located in Ocean Isle Beach, NC and the event will run from 10 AM until 2 PM. Kids’ activities will abound and folks from the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization will be available as well.

For a most unusual egg hunt on Friday, April 14, you can take the kids to Wilmington, NC for the annual Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Egg Hunt and Carnival. From 10 AM until 2 PM the kids can have lots of fun at this event. There is a fee and the event is weather dependent.

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HOLIDAY THIS N THAT

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There is still another week until Christmas. I know some of you are frantically making last minute preparations, but I would like to suggest taking a breather this weekend and enjoying some time with the kids. There is still a chance to see Santa at Horseplay Farms in Bolivia, NC on Saturday. He also will appear in the Bolivia Christmas Parade where you can see horses and llamas as well. The parade will begin at 11 AM with hot dogs and refreshments afterwards at the fire hall.

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On Saturday, in Southport, NC (1 PM – 3 PM) you can spend A Victorian Afternoon at the Maritime Museum making Victorian Christmas ornaments and listening to Christmas stories. At 3 PM you can head over to Oak Island for their Holiday Craft Making at the Oak Island Nature Center. (Pre-registration required at 278-5518)

You can head south to Sunset Beach, NC where you can enjoy ‘Season of Light’ at the Ingram Planetarium. This interesting and informative presentation will be shown at noon and at 6 PM Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Whatever you decide to do – do it with love and joy in the spirit of the season.

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.

 

CHASING THE BALL

Dogs and balls go together like, well, like balls and dogs. There’s nothing your dog loves to do more than chase and retrieve a ball – except maybe sleep. They would do it for hours if your arm did not give out. But, if you think about it, they are not much different than people. We chase balls on football fields, on volley ball courts, on baseball and softball diamonds, on tennis courts, on basketball courts, on soccer fields, on pool tables – even on the beach.

In Brunswick County, NC, the most popular place to chase balls is on the golf course. Due to the moderate weather and the number of public golf courses to be found here, golf ball chasing enthusiasts can do their chasing year round. For variety, you might try a different course every time you play golf. Check them out here:

Bald Head Island, NC:

The Bald Head Island Club

Boiling Spring Lakes, NC:

The Lakes Country Club

Oak Island, NC:

Oak Island Golf & Country Club
Oak Island Par 3 Golf Course at South Harbor

Ocean Isle Beach, NC:

The Big Cats Golf Courses at Ocean Ridge Plantation

Shallotte, NC:

Brierwood Golf Club
River’s Edge Golf Club & Plantation

Calabash, NC:

Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort
Crow Creek Golf Course
The Pearl Golf Links

Carolina Shores, NC:

Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club

Holden Beach, NC:

Lockwood Folly Country Club

Sunset Beach, NC:

Oyster Bay Golf Links
Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club
Thistle Golf Club

Leland, NC:

Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest
Magnolia Greens Golf Course

Bolivia, NC:

Carolina National Golf Club at Winding River Plantation