FISHING, FLYING AND SHRIMP

Image courtesy Fisherman’s Post

Calling all flounder fishermen – the Sudan Daredevils Shallotte Point Flounder Tournament will begin on Friday, June 8 in Shallotte, NC. There will be two days of fishing and a fish fry open to the public all day on Saturday.

Once again the Experimental Aircraft Association offers a day of flying and fun at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island, NC. The flying will begin on Friday, June 8 and the plane will be a B-17 Aluminum Overcast bomber from WWII. Saturday’s fun will begin with a $5.00 Pancake Breakfast from 8:30 AM until 11 AM. Be sure to bring your own chair and you dancing shoes to enjoy the Brunswick Big Band beginning at 3 PM. From 10 AM until 1 PM there will be flight tours (for a fee). From 2 PM until 5 PM you can take part in aground tour of the plane for $10 for individuals, $20 for an family and free of charge for military members and veterans.

The Saturday night adult program on Friday at the NC Maritime Museum at Southport in Southport, NC offers a Sizzling, Sassy Shrimp class for a fee of $12.50 for members and $25.00 for non-members. The students will also create shrimp dip and a shrimp boil.

If you have been thinking of taking an art class – you can take one for free on Friday, June 8. The Oak Island Art Guild meets monthly at 9 AM at the Oak Island Recreation Center and offers an art workshop after each meeting. This month the workshop will be led by Richard Staat who will teach brush techniques for watercolor.

Don’t forget Thursdays in the Park at Franklin Square Park in Southport, NC, where this Thursday, June 7, from 6 PM until 8 PM you can enjoy music by the NC Blues Kings. Bring a blanket or a chair and maybe even a picnic.

More music can be found on Friday at Middleton Park in Oak Island, NC. Beginning at 6:30 PM you can enjoy the music of Carolina Line Bluegrass band.

SUMMER

Brunswick County, NC was made for summer. It’s miles of beaches beckon to those nearby as well as those from far away. The sand, sun and water offer so many opportunities for relaxing and enjoying life. Their versatility offers respite for the soul as well as opportunity for exciting adventure. If fishing is your passion, you can cast net for bait in the Intracoastal Waterway or purchase it from any of several bait & tackle shops, surf fish from any of the many beaches, charter a fishing excursion, take a small boat into the salt marshes, creeks or lakes or drop your line from a pier. Golfers will find a plethora of golf courses from which to choose from one end of the county to the other. Really good restaurants are waiting to serve their delicious food and ice cream shops will cool you off with their sweet treats.Nature adventures can be had by solitary wanderings in parks and natural spaces – on foot, by kayak, on horseback or bicycle. Nature tours are also available, combining the wonders of exploring with learning.

Ed explains the changes in the ecology that exist on Bird Island

Yes, it rains in Brunswick County, NC, and we are thankful for those days that bring so much abundance to our natural spaces. There is plenty to do on rainy days here as well. There are movie theaters, bowling allies, museums, art galleries, shops, libraries, theaters, music venues in the restaurants and so much more.

CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE

Yes, the 4th of July is more than a week away, however, if you are familiar with the NC 4th of July Festival in Southport, NC, you know it runs for a week or more. Festivities will begin this Friday, June 24, with music by the Brunswick Concert Band. The concert will be held at 7 PM in Franklin Square Park. On Saturday, June 25, opening ceremonies will be held at Waterfront Park and the N.C. Fourth of July Festival Freedom Run will begin there as well. Saturday also begins the historic Chapel of Cross at St. Philip’s self guided tours, which will continue throughout the festival.

Beginning at 7:30 PM on Saturday evening you can enjoy a Patriotic Concert by the Sea Notes Choral Society at the Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia, NC. If you can’t make it on Saturday evening, there will be a repeat performance on Sunday, June 26, at 3 PM. Also on Sunday, you can experience a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Fort Johnston Garrison lawn at 4:45 PM followed by a military band concert at 5 PM.

 Don’t forget to stop by the Oak Island Farmers’ Market on Monday morning to purchase all your local goodies for the upcoming holiday.

 

 

EASTER WEEK

Spring has sprung! The Bradford Pear Trees have burst into their blooming glory. Daffodils are up. The Forsythia is budding out. The days are warmer and Easter is almost here – yes, it’s early this year. And the events that usually take place around Easter time are early, too. On Bald Head Island, NC the BHI Conservancy’s Easter Turtle Trot family fun run and 5K race will take place on Saturday, March 26, with registration beginning at 8:30 AM. This race will begin a full day of events on the island. Then from 10 AM until 5 Pm you can check out the BHI Artisans Show & Sale at the Association. The BHI Easter Egg Hunt will be held from 3 PM until 5 PM at the Common at Cape Fear Station.

In Southport, NC, you won’t want to miss the Southport Spring Festival & Azalea Sale held in the lovely Franklin Square Park on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26, from 10 AM until 5 PM.

Spring also signifies the opening of some of our favorite restaurants that have been closed for the winter and we definitely welcome them back. We also welcome the visitors that Easter seems to awaken to the fact of our beautiful area. Because many schools are closed for spring break during Easter week, visitors with families tend to start arriving around that time. Here are a few ideas for some fun things to do with your children during Easter week (besides going to the beach!).

Have fun at a park – you will find many from which to choose.

Take a tour in a golf cart, on a bicycle or in the air.

Visit the Maritime Museum, the Museum of Coastal Carolina and the Ingram Planetarium.

And don’t forget the ice cream!

 

WINTERFEST

In Southport. NC. it is extremely rare for us to see snowflakes falling from the sky – much less snow on the ground. But no matter, the Winterfest celebration always begins in early December here. Christmas at the Amuzu is already in full swing having begun on December 3. Not to worry – you have not missed it. There are three more shows you can attend – on December 10, 12 and 13.
Today, December 9, from 3 PM until 6 PM, you can stop by the State Port Pilot Annual Cookie Contest at the Southport Community Building where you will find tables of yummy cookies on display. You can get some great ideas for your own Christmas Cookies and vote for your favorite as well.


From 5 PM until 7 PM, children ages 4 to 10 who have registered will enjoy Supper with Santa’s Elves held at the Southport Parks and Recreation Department next to the City Gym.
On Thursday, December 10, you can take your chairs and blankets to the Fort Johnston Museum Garrison Lawn, grab a cup of hot chocolate, make yourselves comfortable and watch the movie, Polar Express, from 5:30 PM until 8 PM.
On Friday, December 11, starting at 3 PM, you can enjoy the Costumed Tour at the NC Maritime Museum at Southport led by a Victorian Lady, a Civil War Soldier, or Stede Bonnet, the Gentleman Pirate. Beginning at 5:30 PM that same day the kids can take part in the Light up the Night Christmas Fire Engine Parade which begins at Waterfront Park. The parade ends at the Southport Fire Station where the kids can visit with none other than Santa Claus, himself, and enjoy some goodies as well.


Saturday, December 12, will be the big day for Winterfest, 2015, with a line-up of activities all day long. You might want to begin your day at the
Friends of the Library Book Sale to be held at Southport Realty (727 N. Howe St.) from 9 AM until 12 Noon. The Winter Craft Festival on the Fort Johnston Museum Garrison lawn will also begin at 9 AM and will run all day until 4 PM. From 10 30 AM until 12 Noon, the Southport Parks and Recreation Department will hold a Santa’s Workshop next to the Southport Gym. From 2 PM until 7 PM, you can enjoy Old Brunswick County Jail Tours. Also, from 2 PM until  PM, you can participate in the incomparable Christmas Tour of Homes – a self-guided tour that will take you through some of the most beautiful old – and new – homes in Southport, NC, all decorated for the holidays.
And, finally, the event we have waited all year to witness again: starting at 7 PM, the Southport Christmas Flotilla.

 

SOUTHPORT, NC – BED & BREAKFAST INNS

Bed & Breakfast Inns are such beautifully comfortable places to spend time away from home and the inns in Southport, NC are definitely no exception. Add that fact to the lovely fall weather in the area and a picture begins to form of an enjoyable retreat from everyday living. There are four bed & breakfast inns in Southport, NC  – all of them historic and all of them within walking distance of the shops, antique stores, restaurants, tours and some of the events taking place here. Don’t even think about it. Just book your rooms and take a well deserved break.

At circa 1800, The Brunswick Inn, at 301 E. Bay Street, is the oldest Bed & Breakfast in Southport. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/bed-breakfast-inn/southport/the-brunswick-inn/profile/)

 

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Lois Jane’s Riverview Inn (circa 1882), located at 106 W. Bay Street, overlooks the confluence of the Intracoastal Waterway, the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/bed-breakfast-inn/southport/lois-janes-riverview-inn/profile/)

Robert Ruark Inn Bed & Breakfast at 119 N. Lord Street was once the home of Robert Ruark’s grandfather. Robert Ruark was a writer from Wilmington, NC who grew up visiting his grandparents in this home. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/bed-breakfast-inn/southport/robert-ruark-inn-bed-and-breakfast/profile/)

The Southport Inn (circa 1864), located at 119 N. Davis Street, was originally a Nordic sea captain’s retreat. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/bed-breakfast-inn/southport/the-southport-inn/profile/)

The Southport Inn

 

 

 

 

TAKE A TOUR

You have been to the beach. Maybe you have gotten a bit too much sun. You have done your shopping and have your car loaded with all the gifts and souvenirs it will hold. Your vacation is not yet over and you are looking for something interesting and stimulating to do with your time. Why not consider taking a tour to learn about the area in which you have been enjoying yourself so much. You can just sit back and relax and enjoy the scenery – maybe take some pics – while someone else does the driving and tells you things you would never have guessed on your own.

On Bald Head Island, you can take the Bald Head Island Historic Tour which includes free entry to the Old Baldy Lighthouse and the Museum. ( http://southport.insiderinfo.us/attractions/tours/bald-head-island-historic-tour/profile/)

If you are feeling energetic you might enjoy the Historic Southport Bicycle Tour – and you don’t need to have your own bicycle. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/attractions/tours/historical-southport-bicycle-tours/profile/)

How about a tour from the air? Take yourself out to Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island and check out High Tide Helicopters as well as some other air tours. (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/attractions/tours/high-tide-helicopters/profile/)