APRIL FOOL!

No fooling! Saturday is April 1st and some fun things are going on in Southport, NC for kids and adults alike. Take your kids, grandkids, and that kid inside yourself to Franklin Square Park for Kids Day. This event, sponsored by Associated Artists of Southport and Brunswick County Smart Start begins at 11 AM. You will find lots of fun activities, interactive storytelling, and hot dogs and drinks for sale by the Trolly Stop.

Saturday is also Civil War Trust Park Day and the NC Maritime Museum at Southport is reaching out to those who would like to help them out beginning at 9 AM. As a volunteer, you will be cleaning up the grounds, planting flowers, working on special services projects, painting, and planting herbs and vegetables. If you have yard tools, please bring them with you. As a reward, you will receive a free Park Day tee shirt and a hot dog lunch. Please call 457-0003 to pre-register.

The Sea Notes Choral Society will be presenting their spring concert on Saturday and Sunday. This year’s concert, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, will begin at 3 PM both days at the BCC Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia, NC. Choose your day and spend the afternoon with music by this excellent local group. You’ll be glad you did.

A YEAR FOR GIVING

Most people when they see the word ‘giving’ think of money. And many people literally have no money to give. Many of us are struggling – not all of us financially. Many times money is not the answer. Giving of yourself can mean so much,  yet it can be so easy as well as self rewarding. Give a smile. Give a hand to hold a door. Give the gift of helping. Help someone to load groceries into their vehicle. Take the empty grocery cart back to the store – use it. Let someone pull out into traffic in front of you. Smile at and talk to children. Be patient with those in line ahead of you. Offer to help your neighbor. A person living alone might not ask for help, but sometimes you can see when they need it. There are so many little ways you can make a big difference in someone’s life.

Another wonderful way of giving is the gift of time. There are so many groups that really need your help to give to the community in which you live. Whatever your interest, you can find a way to help in that area – whether it is cats, dogs, knitting, golf, greeting people, literacy, education, children, culture, art, wildlife and more. Here is a list of some of the groups in Brunswick County, NC that would love to have your help.

Brunswick County Literacy Council, Inc.

Brunswick Family Assistance Agency

Hope Harbor Home

Sheltered Treasures 

Blankets with Love

Communities in Schools of Brunswick County

The First Tee Brunswick County

Providence Home of the Family Emergency Teen Shelter, Inc.

WAVES4K.I.D.S.

Brunswick County Arts Council 

Brunswick County Intercultural Festival

Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity

Friends of the Oak Island Lighthouse

North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

Smith Island Museum of History

Southport Visitors’ Center

DISCOVER YOUR OWN COUNTY

If you are like most people, when you live in a place for any length of time you often do not take advantage of available places or events thinking that you have plenty of time to do that. You may even find yourself stumped when a visitor asks, “What should I not miss?” Brunswick County, NC has so much to offer from the beaches to the Green Swamp; from the Ev Henwood Nature Preserve (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/sports-fitness-parks/parks/ev-henwood-nature-preserve/profile/) to Lake Waccamaw; from the New Hanover County line to the South Carolina line. And all of these places hold special events throughout the year. A good example is this coming weekend. There are so many events going on throughout the county that you would be hard pressed to attend all of them. You might consider the Wine Tasting & Silent Auction (4/25 – Noon – 2:30 PM) at the Island Way Restaurant on Oak Island which benefits the Oak Island Beach Preservation Society. ($25 Tickets at The Grape & Ale (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/restaurant/wine-shop-winery/the-grape-and-ale/profile/) in Oak Island; The Wine Shop in Southport; or call Billie LeTendre 910-250-9109 or Muriel Nelson 910-278-1028). You might want to take the kids to the Small Fry Fishing Tournament (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/kids-stuff/go-fish/small-fry-fishing-tournament/profile/) in Boiling Spring Lakes. No kids? Why not volunteer at the tournament – call Alison Scouler at 910-363-0011. How about fun on the beach that also benefits the Coastal Horizons Rape Crisis Center? You will find it on Oak Island at the Oak Island Barefoot Battle (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/oak-island-barefoot-battle/profile/). You could stroll through the Southport Plein Air Paint Out and watch the artists at work. You could even buy one of the paintings at the Wet Paint Sale at Ft. Johnston. Attention Ladies! You can take part in the Women Anglers in Training Weekend on Oak Island (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/women-anglers-in-training-weekend-wait/profile/).

You could take the whole family to the US Coast Guard Station – Oak Island – Annual Safety Expo
(http://southport.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/us-coast-guard-station-oak-island-annual-safety-expo/profile/).

If you live in Leland, you could stop by the Annual Plant Giveaway (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/plant-giveaway/profile/). If you have an interest in classic cars you might want to make your way to Shallotte to the Bash at the Beach (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/bash-at-the-beach/profile/). No matter where you live, you can attend the Days at the Docks in Holden Beach on either Saturday, Sunday, or both days (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/annual-events/april/days-at-the-docks/profile/).

So, why not get out of the house this weekend and enjoy Brunswick County, NC?

The N. C. Maritime Museum at Southport

The week long 4th of July Festival in Southport, NC begins today. Visitors from all over NC as well as all over the nation have begun arriving looking forward to taking part in the multifarious events. Southport is a beautiful sleepy little southern town, but don’t let that fool you. There is much to see and do in the area year round. The Maritime Museum is one venue that is open all year. You can get some information about it at this site:

http://southport.insiderinfo.us/attractions/southport/north-carolina-maritime-museum-at-southport/profile/

The museum holds a schedule of special events for children during the summer months as well. Preregistration is required (910-457-0003) Here is some information about their Children’s Summer Series: 

July 3 & July 16 – 11AM – Noon: Squishy Fishes

Ages 4 through 6 with adult. Your kids will get messy and have fun learning about Gyotaku. They will create fish prints on textiles using flounder or sea stars.

July 8 & 22, August 5 – 8  AM – 10 AM: Kids on Deck! Aboard the Solomon T

Ages 8 to 12. Aboard a traditional NC wooden work boat and in the company of Captain Bert Felton, kids will bird watch off Battery Island, conduct scientific experiments and learn the history of the Cape Fear river.

July 9 & August 13 – 10 AM – Noon: Fish Prints

Ages 7 through 11. the kids will learn how to create fish prints using real and faux fish on paper and fabric. They will even decorate their own T-shirts.

July 10 & August 7 – 11 AM – Noon:  Little Explorers

Ages 4 through 6 with adult. You will take a walk along the Cape Fear River carrying your bucket for storing found treasures while learning about the history and natural environment of the region. There will be a story time after the walk and a time for identifying your treasures.

July 17 – 18 (two day class) – 10 AM – Noon: Colonial Days

Ages 7 through 11. Kids will meet costumed Colonial characters of the Lower Cape Fear while candle dipping, creating flags and learning about every day activities of Colonial kids. 

July 23 – 11AM – Noon: Little Pirates

Ages 4 through 6 with adult. Kids will hear a pirate’s tale, make a pirate flag and walk the plank!

July 24 – 10 AM – Noon: The Exciting Life of Sea Turtles

Ages 6 through 12. Guest instructor, Donna Micheaux, will talk about the life and life cycle of sea turtles and how you can help to protect the babies.

July 29 through August 1 – 10 AM – Noon: Pirate Boot Camp

Ages 6 through 10. find information here: 

http://southport.insiderinfo.us/kids-stuff/summer-camp/pirate-boot-camp/profile/

August 6 – 10 AM – Noon: Nautical Girls: Mermaids, Sirens & Other Ladies of the Seas

Ages 6 through 10. The kids will learn about royalty and villains of the sea in mythology and literature, then create their own story of a water sprite and make a tissue mosaic.

August 14 & 15 (two day class) – 10 AM – Noon: Digging into History

Ages 7 through 11. Kids will dig for artifacts at a mock site and learn how archaeologists interpret history through found objects. They will meet real archaeologists and see artifacts from different historical time periods as well as learn subcategories of archeology.

If this information has excited a desire in you to volunteer at the museum, they will be happy hear from you. You can find some of their volunteer needs here: 

http://southport.insiderinfo.us/volunteer/historic-community-development/north-carolina-maritime-museum-at-southport/profile/