FIRST FRIDAY, BEER TASTING & FOUNDERS’ DAY

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The First Friday Gallery Walk in Southport, NC has become an institution. The walk always offers interesting artistic treasures, featured artists, good food, wine and spirits to all who attend. But at the gallery walk this Friday (September 7, 2018) Franklin Square Gallery, a non-profit, cooperative gallery, will have something very special going on. It will focus on the upcoming (September 29) Wooden Boat Show. Earlier in the year, members of the gallery were busy painting images of wooden boats in the hopes that their painting might be chosen to be displayed on the Wooden Boat Show T-shirts. All entries were submitted and a winner was chosen. This year’s winner is Tony Alderman, for “She Stood the Test” – a painting of one of the iconic, and slowly disappearing, shrimp boats that we are privileged to see plying the waters in Southeastern NC. You will be able to see the original painting, meet the artist and enjoy a display of the other entries at this Friday’s gallery walk from 5 PM until 7 PM.

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The Silver Coast winery Tasting Room in Southport, NC is known, of course, for its wines. However, this Friday they will be offering something a little bit different. From 4 PM until 7 PM you will be able to enjoy their Victory Brewing Company of PA Beer Tasting. Mike Yeley will be providing live music from 6 PM until 8 PM as well.

This Saturday you can celebrate Leland’s Founders’ Day in Leland, NC from 3 PM until 9 PM. A veterans recognition will be held and the event will include live music, a carnival, arts & crafts, food trucks and fireworks. Parking will be located at North Brunswick High School and a shuttle will be provided.

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION & BRIDAL SHOW

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The folks who live in Brunswick County, NC are some of the best folks I know. Their generosity and caring was beautifully displayed during the winter storm we all experienced last week. One woman got together a group of others others who could be available to help elderly people in their neighborhood who might need assistance during the period of the winter storm.  A particular plumber thawed frozen pipes for those who needed it at no charge. A woman whose neighbor had frozen pipes insisted that the neighbor take a shower in her house. A man made a huge pot of soup and shared it with those who needed a hot meal. An elderly woman who was trying to scrape the frozen snow off of her vehicle was aided by a neighbor.  I am sure these are just a few examples of the helpful, caring acts that took place all over the county. May we all keep this caring attitude as the year progresses – and remember – sometimes a person needs help but does not like to ask for it. Keep your eyes open, pay attention, and you can make life better for yourselves and others.

On Sunday and Monday, in Southport, NC, we will celebrate the life of a very special person. Martin Luther King, Jr. literally gave his life in the pursuit of equality, freedom and brotherly love. Come on out and join in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.

Is 2018 the year you are planning to take the plunge and vow to share your life with the person you love most in this world? Are you already feeling frazzled at the thought of planning your wedding day? Not to worry – you can find help on Sunday at The Silver Coast Bridal Show being held on Sunday at the Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. The event is free; there will be wedding professionals there to assist you; and holding your wedding at the winery (lovely as it is) is not a requirement.

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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IT’S A WEDDING SHOW!

A new year. A new beginning. A new life. And Brunswick County, NC is quite a popular destination for weddings. There are so many lovely locations here in which to celebrate the bonding of new families and a wedding show is a great place to help you decide where, when and how to make your special event everything it can possibly be. Whether you are dreaming of an indoor wedding or an outdoor wedding, under a canopy or on the beach, you can find the perfect location right here. You will also be pleased with your choice of caterers, bakeries, florists, officiants, photographers, wedding planners and more.

Check out the Silver Coast Winery Bridal Show on Sunday, January 25, to see what I am talking about: (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/wedding/show/the-silver-coast-bridal-show/profile/)

Obviously, not every option available will be represented at the show, so here are a couple of suggestions from us:

ART Catering & Events: (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/wedding/caterers/art-catering-and-events/profile/)

C Britain Wedding and Event Rentals: (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/wedding/rental-supplies/c-britain-wedding-and-event-rentals/profile/)

 

 

UNIQUE WEDDINGS

Weddings, no matter where they are held, are important events in people’s lives. Most people like to plan to make their wedding truly memorable no matter what their budget. The NC Brunswick Islands offer opportunities for a number of unique wedding locations with some of the most beautiful settings imaginable. Fall can be the best time for weddings on the beach, on the sea, wherever you prefer. The weather is balmy and beautiful with stirring soft breezes and lends itself especially to outdoor wedding locations. Here are a few ideas:

What can be more lovely that a wedding aboard a sailboat? (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/wedding/wedding-location/priority-sailing/profile/)

Going to the chapel? Try Bald Head Island: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/wedding/wedding-location/the-village-chapel-of-bald-head-island/profile/)

Why not tie the knot at a winery? (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/wedding/wedding-location/silver-coast-winery/profile/)

 

 

 

 

Father’s Day

Father’s Day is almost upon us. If you have not yet decided on activities to celebrate the fathers in you lives, do not despair. Brunswick County, NC offers a plethora of choices to you. You will find excellent restaurants, golf courses, fishing piers, fishing cruises, sightseeing cruises, tennis courts, kayak trails, surf fishing, sky diving, biplane tours, helicopter rides, Ski-do rentals and sports bars – to name a few ideas. Here are a few specific suggestions:

Why not visit a winery? (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/home/events-and-hotspots/silver-coast-winery/profile/)

Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach, NC offers tours and wine tastings as well as wine and gifts for sale.

Does pier fishing strike you fancy? (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/fishing/piers/city-pier/profile/)

On the Southport, NC City Pier the whole family can fish for free.

Is bowling your favorite thing to do? (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/sports-fitness-parks/bowling/thunder-alley/profile/)

At Thunder Alley in Leland, NC the family can have fun and have a meal in the grille as well.