CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES

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It looks like the weather has finally broken and we are in for seasonal weather this weekend. (Translation – beautiful) As many of you know, in Brunswick County, NC, spring usually begins in February. Spring means outdoor activities like beach walking, shell hunting, skateboard riding, bicycle riding, golf playing, hiking, tennis playing, walking, park going and so much more. In addition to that this Saturday brings some special activities in which to engage.

Fort Anderson in Winnabow, NC offers their Civil War Living History on Saturday for Civil War buffs and as a fun learning experience for kids.

Your little princes and princesses can enjoy a fun evening pretending on Saturday as well. The princesses have the option of  attending a Little Princess Ball in Supply, NC, Leland, NC, or Southport, NC. While the princes can play at being knights in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC at A Perfect Knight.

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If running is your game, you can join the crowd in Oak Island, NC on Saturday at the Run Oak Island event. Whatever, you choose to do – have a wonderful weekend.

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TOE TAPPIN’ TIME

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Throughout the season, Brunswick County, NC fills the air with music. You will find music emanating from the stage in Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC. You can enjoy the music of the Brunswick Concert Band and Brunswick Big Band or the  Sea Notes Choral Society at the Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Supply, NC – or – at the Town of St. James Community Center. You can attend music shows at the Amuzu Theater or musical productions at Brunswick Little Theater, both in Southport, NC. You can find music at restaurants most any night of the week. But during the off season, it all stops – or does it?

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Music never stops in Brunswick County, NC., folks. There is a core of really good local musicians who perform on weekends at a number of local restaurants and night spots. There are restaurants that provide karaoke as well. Some of the places in Southport, NC where you might find live music on the weekends include: Fishy Fishy CafeYacht Basin Eatery, Tiki Tavern, Check Six Brewing Company, Dead End Saloon and Slainte. In Oak Island, NC, check out the Moose Lodge and The Lazy Turtle.

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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

Likely, one of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to get in shape. Likely, one of the best New Year’s resolutions is to get in shape – considering the plan is to get fit and to do it in a healthy way. No crash diets. No starvation diets. No fad diets. Getting fit requires exercise. One of the best exercises is walking. Sometimes, however, things like weather and work schedules get in the way of doing this. Brunswick County, NC offers a variety of solutions to this problem with fitness centers, private trainers, yoga instruction and more. Choose what works best for you and get fit. You will thank yourself, feel better, live longer and be happier. Here are some places where you can get help with your plan – or make one:

CLASSES FOR EVERY BODY

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Curves for Women, Southport, NC

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Crossfit Safe Haven, Southport, NC

Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center, Bolivia, NC

Body Edge Fitness Solutions, Ocean Isle Beach, NC

CrossFit Ocean Isle Beach

Curves for Women, Calabash, NC

Dosher’s Fitness, Supply, NC

Movement Works, Calabash, NC

BIG TOYS, CULTURE AND PEACE

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There are lots of fun things to do this weekend in Brunswick County, NC – from the Rice Festival in Belville, NC to the Purple Feet Festival in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. The Rice Festival is a two day festival, held in the Riverwalk that celebrates the heritage of rice growing in the area. The Purple Feet Festival is held at the Silver Coast Winery and includes grape stomping and a Lucy look-alike contest. On Saturday, you will find fun for the whole family at Big Toy Day at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in the Town of Oak Island, NC. Your kids and grandkids can earn their wings and be introduced to the fun of flying with free small aircraft flights at this event.

The Brunswick County Intercultural Festival will be held at Brunswick Community College in Supply, NC on Saturday with their fare of food, dance, arts, drumming, storytelling and more. A special addition this year will be held at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on Sunday evening at 7 PM with the presentation of the African Children’s Choir in a free concert.

I would like to personally invite everyone to come out on Sunday afternoon to the celebration of International Peace Day on the Fort Johnston lawn in Southport, NC. With all the turmoil in the nation and in the world, it is important that we take every opportunity we can to send peace out into the universe. Please join me.

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DOGS, HOMES, GARDENS & A GOLF BALL

Dogs, homes, gardens and a golf ball (not that kind of a golf ball!) are all part of the events happening in Brunswick County, NC this Saturday, March 12. If you plan well, it will actually be possible for you to take part in all three events. With beautiful spring weather finally here we are motivated to begin spring cleaning and that inevitably leads to ideas for rearranging our homes inside – possibly adding some new touches. At the same time, the weather lures us outside where there is likely cleaning up to do from the winter events. We also are motivated to beautify our outdoor living spaces by weeding and planting new flowers, adding hanging baskets, maybe even adding a patio.  You can get some great ideas and advice by attending the Brunswick County Home & Garden Show in Shallotte, NC.

Dogs are a big part of the lives of people who live in Brunswick County, NC. Most any time of day you can see dogs walking their people at the beach or along the sidewalks of towns. There are several dog rescue sites in the county where you can find big dogs, small dogs, medium sized dogs, friendly dogs timid dogs and a host of others from which to choose. Dogs love being outdoors in lovely weather, too, and, as social animals, they love interacting with other dogs. Why not take your dog(s) to A Bark in the Park in Leland, NC on Saturday?

Music, dancing and food make for a lovely evening out and The Golf Ball in Supply, Nc is a great place to enjoy all three. What’s even better is that at the same time you will be supporting a worthy cause that benefits the children of Brunswick County, NC.

FOR ADULTS ONLY…..

Now that I have your attention….. Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while are bound to know that I have nothing against kids. In fact, our website has a Kidstuff section with all kinds of events, attractions and amusements geared especially to kids. You will find art related activities; outdoors activities; fun learning activities (but don’t tell the kids); fishing activities; summer camps and the best places to find ice cream and smoothies.

Kids are fun and it’s great to spend time with them, however, sometimes we need some time for ourselves. Not only time alone, but time to enjoy our adult friends and do adult things. Things like going to an adult movie; having a quiet dinner out; going to a concert; going to a play; going out dancing and having drinks in an adults only atmosphere. There are many places in Brunswick County, NC where we can do those things and that’s a good thing. Making special plans is a good thing as well. Hire a sitter, if necessary, make your reservations and head on out to a couple of upcoming events. The first two do require purchase of tickets in advance, so get on the ball. You’ll be glad you did.

This Saturday you can enjoy Las Vegas Night in Supply, NC, while supporting a good cause:

On Friday, February 5, you can have fun Mardi Gras style in the Town of Oak Island:

For a later night out, check out Slainte (open until 2 AM) in Southport, NC: