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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NATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE DAY

In 1789 an Act for the establishment and support of lighthouses was approved by Congress. On the 200th Anniversary of the signing of the Act, Congress passed a resolution which designated August 7, 1989 as National Lighthouse Day in recognition and remembrance of how lighthouses protected our coasts and guided sailors to safe passage. Since the development of technology, the lighthouses are mostly obsolete for their original purpose, but we still find them intriguing emblems of times past. We who live in Brunswick County, NC are quite familiar with Old Baldy, on Bald Head Island, and the Oak Island Lighthouse, in Caswell Beach, on Oak Island. Less known is the Price’s Creek Light which can be seen from the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry. The Price’s Creek Light is the only remaining light of the eight lights that once lined the 25 miles of the Cape Fear River between Southport, NC and Wilmington, NC. It served as a Confederate signal aiding blockade runners during the Civil War.

The Price’s Creek light now stands on private land and cannot be toured, however, both Old Baldy and the Oak Island Lighthouse offer tours to the public. This weekend, August 5, 6 & 7, you can also enjoy the National Lighthouse Weekend celebration at Old Baldy on Bald Head Island. The celebration includes a Maritime Classic Run for the Light starting at 7:30 PM on Sunday.

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AZALEA SERENDIPITY

As you likely know, this is the weekend of the NC Azalea Festival in Wilmington, NC. You may ask, “What does the Azalea Festival have to do with events in Brunswick County, NC?” The answer is, “A lot more than you can imagine.” Twenty-four years ago we were traveling through the south looking for a new place to live. We were headed north again after having made several stops in Florida. We were using a book of place recommendations and I was looking forward to seeing Southport, NC. However, my husband had other ideas. He was planning to head straight for Wilmington, NC. We stopped in Shallotte, NC to call ahead and reserve a room. There was no room at the inn. It was Azalea Festival weekend and every hotel was full. The person he talked to suggested that we stay in Southport, NC at a motel that now no longer exists. I have been here ever since that serendipitous day.

The Azalea Festival is filled with fun things to do, however, there are some interesting events happening in Brunswick County, NC this weekend as well. Spring is in the air and music is in the air. Put them together and you get the Brunswick Concert Band Spring Concert, A Spring Bouquet, with the first of three performances happening on Sunday at Winding River Plantation.

Also on Sunday, you can stretch your limbs and take you dog with you at The Brunswick Forest Veterinary Hospital Hound Hustle 10K and 5K and 1 Mile Trot with Spot.  Proceeds benefit Brunswick County Animal Services.
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IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS…

Thanksgiving and Black Friday have come and gone and many of us are beginning to plan for Christmas. We find ourselves digging out recipes for special goodies that we make only once a year – recipes for Cranberry Bread, Gingerbread Cookies, Sugar Cookies – traditional recipes handed down in families. These recipes are filled with good things to eat as well as memories of happy family times. The State Port Pilot, the local newspaper in Southport, NC, gets into the act every year with their Christmas Cookie Contest. The deadline to enter (by sending your cookie recipe to: morgan@stateportpilot.com) is Friday, December 4, at 5 PM and the contest is planned for next Wednesday, December 9, at the Southport Community Building.

The Town of Oak island, NC, starts off the Christmas season this Friday, December 4, with their tree lighting ceremony at Middleton Park.

Then on Saturday, December 5, you can grab the kids and the extended family and find your spot on Oak Island Drive to watch the Christmas by the Sea Parade.

At the north end of Brunswick County, NC, you can venture across the Cape Fear River to Wilmington, NC on Saturday, December 5, to take part in the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA fly the flag with Santa. On Friday evening, December 4, and Saturday evening, December 5, you and the kids can get dressed up in your Christmas finery and head to Thalian Hall for The Nutcracker Ballet for Young Audiences.

At the southern end of Brunswick County, NC, you can attend the tree lighting and parade in Calabash, NC, on Friday, December 4.