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February 2020 Vol. 8 | Issue 5 SouthportMag.com

Magazine Southport - Oak Island - Boiling Spring Lakes - Bald Head Island - St. James

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t’s kind of fitting that our first issue as new owners of Southport Magazine is the LOVE Issue. Lisa and I are here because we fell head over heels in love with this community when we first set eyes on it in the fall of 1993. It reminded us of all the best parts of our small town upbringing and childhood beach vacations all rolled up into one.


nd we are embarking on this adventure, as new small business owners and publishers, with hearts full of joy remebering how we began our relationship as best friends while co-editors of our high school newspaper back in 1988.


o we walked out onto the beach together on a sunny January afternoon and created the cover you see. We hope you understand why we are so happy, and we want nothing more than for all of you to share in all there is to love about life right here in our little slice of paradise.

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CURRENTS Fairy Tale Romance Couple Carries Their Love from Walt Disney World To Brunswick County STORY BY LISA P. STITES


he cast of characters at Walt Disney World are known for giving guests happy memories that last a lifetime. One Leland couple who worked there years ago took their role as memory makers a bit further and ended up creating their own fairy tale ending. Paul and Allison Homick are a typical suburban Brunswick County family. Paul is a public safety officer for the Village of Bald Head Island, and Allison is a fulltime Mom and homeschooler for the couple’s two sons, 15-year-old Gabriel and 12-year-old Micah. The family is involved in a variety of theater projects in Wilmington and stays busy with rehearsals and shows, and making sure everyone is where they’re supposed to be. But the story of how Paul and Allison

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met and fell in love is one of song, dance, fireworks, and maybe a little pixie dust thrown in for good measure. Disney World’s amusement parks often feature stage shows, parades, meet and greets, and other live entertainment in addition to the attractions and rides. Paul and Allison were two of those entertainers. Both actively pursued careers at Disney — Paul started performing at Disney through a high school program, and after completing the college program, Allison quickly returned after graduation to work at Disney full-time. She originally started working in food and beverage at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, one of the luxury resort properties near the Magic Kingdom. She was working there a few months after college in 1996 when she saw an ad for auditions, and since she had been dancing since she was three years old, she took the chance and tried out. Though auditions can be nerve-wracking, Allison said at Disney, it’s like auditioning for family. Once she became part of the magic-making, their Disney family ties grew even stronger. As a dancer, Allison said she did up to 10 or 11 shows a day. Paul did three shows, a day parade, three more shows and a night parade. The two performed in a variety of roles, and they were even really good friends with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. They first partnered for a show in 2001, and they became inseparable that first day. Once the guests have left the park for the day, the entertainment crews begin practice. They worked on their shows backstage, or course, but sometimes after park closing, they took blankets and coolers of food and spread out around Cinderella’s castle, waiting for their turn to practice their show. “That was some of our favorite times

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Allison and Paul Homick today, happily ever after --Photo by Jeffrey Stites

together,” Allison recalled. “We could take a walk together, and it was quiet. The lights were twinkling.” The two married in 2003. Paul said that Disney’s scheduling for shows is actually pretty tight, and it was difficult for both of them to get time of together, even for their wedding. Once Allison was granted the time off, Paul had to convince management that he needed to be off at the same time. Allison continued working as a performer until September of 2003; when

she wrapped her last show, she was pregnant with their first child. She kept her hand in the business though, working in the entertainment offices scheduling talent and helping with logistics. She worked in the offices above Casey’s Corner, a restaurant on Main Street in the Magic kingdom. “I ate hot dogs every day,” she said. She laughed when she recalled the time she accidentally ate some of Oprah Winfrey’s birthday cake. There was a celebration in honor of the famous talk-

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the Cape Fear region to be closer to family. But their love of Disney is as strong as ever. Their oldest son already has his own dreams of becoming a performer, maybe on Broadway, maybe following in his parents’ footsteps at Disney. They family regularly vacations there,

and Allison says their experiences are still magical. “We still get excited to see the characters when we visit,” Allison says. “The last time we went before we moved, I started sobbing when I saw Mickey.”

Allison and Paul were great friends with Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the stars of the cast --Photo Contributed

show host, and afterward, the cake was brought for safekeeping to the offices where Allison worked, except she didn’t know the cake wasn’t supposed to be eaten at that point. She jokes that they should never have put the cake in front of a pregnant woman anyway. They say it was quite the adrenaline rush to be on stage in front of a Disney crowd, especially around the Christmas holiday. “They’re just looking up at you, and you’re just making them happy,” Allison said. Paul said it was really fun to see some of the famous people who visited Disney

World, especially seeing how excited well-known stars were to meet some of the Disney characters. Allison said there were just too many wonderful moments with Disney guests to even describe them all. She especially loved seeing how happy children were, and said that she while looking through her pictures and mementos recently, she found a letter from a parent thanking her for a special experience her child had while visiting the parks. “When you see a precious little baby, and you can scoop them up and have a quiet moment, it’s so great,” she said. In 2013, the Homicks moved back to

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Friday, February 7 7:00 p.m.

“Stagecoach Mary” by Ms. Carolyn Evans

Ms. Carolyn Evans is an accomplished actress, dancer, educator, storyteller, motivational speaker and author. She has appeared on PBS TV and CNN TV. Ms. Evans will portray Mary Fields, known as Stagecoach Mary, the first African-American woman employed as a mail carrier in the United States, 1895.

Saturday, February 8

Attend a day of lectures. Stay for all or come for one. 10:00 a.m. - Local Black History will be on display throughout the weekend. 11:00 p.m. - “Honoring the Legacy of Caesar Evans,” a documentary by Marion Evans. Caesar Evans was a member of the 37th United States Colored Infantry Regiment. 12:30 p.m. - “The Wilmington Rebellion and the Loss of African American Voting Rights,” Liz Fuller, Southport Historical Society. Hear the little-known true story of the Wilmington Rebellion of 1898 and how it led to the loss of Voting Rights for African Americans in North Carolina. Learn about the impact to Southport and about some of the men and women who worked to regain the right to vote. 2:30 p.m. - “Menhaden Stories: In the Spirit of Capt. Eugene Gore,” presented by David Cecelski, author of several award-winning books and hundreds of articles about history, culture and politics on the North Carolina coast. Hosted by the NC Maritime Museum at Southport. 4:00 p.m. - “From South Boston to Cambridge, the Making of a Philadelphia Lawyer.” Otis L. Lee, Jr. is an attorney turned author who is African-American. He achieved personal and professional success despite the odds of growing up during a time of segregation and Jim Crow laws. Today he shares his insights and experiences through writing, video shorts and speaking engagements.

Sunday, February 9 3:00 p.m.

Ms. Carolyn Evans is an accoplished actress, dancer, educator, storyteller, motivational speaker and author.

Old Time Gospel Festwill Programs are free, but donations

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Events are free, but donations will be appreciated . Proceeds will benefit the Inner Church Fellowship Food Pantry.

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his story submitted by a reader simply defines what makes this place so special. From moving to your vacation spot to finding love in a chance meeting to, well, PIRATES, we thought this tale screamed Southport. STORY AND PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY DEB WILSON I have to tell you a little bit about our (Ray Warren & I) “Love Story” Here is a short version of our story: I am from Western Pennsylvania, I was visiting my son and his family in BSL. Ray moved to Southport from Raleigh in 2015. We met in September of 2016 through mutual friends on the Southport Waterfront (American Fish). Our conversation led us to a common thread -- we both lost our spouses in 2014. A friendly chat led to date, and for our third date Ray asked me if I had any Pirate garb, I replied “Well yes! I’m from Pittsburgh, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates!“ Ray

chuckled and said “No, silly, I mean Arghhh, Southport Pirate garb ! “ He then explained the Steed Bonnet regatta that was coming up soon. So, our next date was the Steed Bonnet Regatta! We had so much fun. He introduced me to his friends and told me stories of his past, how he fell in love with Southport, and how he was falling for me. The next week I had to return to Pennsylvania. We did the long distance dating for three years, and this past fall, I realized how much I loved this Southport Pirate and I decided to make the move to Southport permanently! We now have two Steed Bonnet Regattas behind us and we are looking forward to more in our future. No one knows what the future holds, but to us “LOVE IS: “Love is remembering the loves of our lives, & keeping your heart open for new Love, taking chances & finding courage to start new chapters in life” Thank you for your time and reading a rushed short version of our Love Story

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ust like the flowers and plants they sell, All In Bloom is thriving and growing. Like a plant ready for re-potting, they are moving to a bigger location so that healthy growth can continue. When Kim Everhart and Tina York started the business in 2017, they counted themselves lucky to find a prime spot. “We were very blessed to be able to secure a lot on Howe St. to get the business started. We knew from the beginning that in the future that

lot would go back on the market and we would either have to buy the lot or move the business,” said Everhart. “When the owner approached us in late 2018 and told us that it was going back on the market we knew we had some hard decisions to make ASAP.” Having started out “with one small retail building and a cash box,” Everhart

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said that by that time they were already outgrowing their space. They saw no potential for growth and decided to make a move. “We hoped we could stay on Howe St. for obvious reasons. We bought the

1200 N. Howe St. property in the spring of 2019 and were thrilled with it,” she said. “It’s a beautiful lot with a lot more room. Which means better parking and room to grow.” The new location will feature a 1600 square foot retail space, but they plan to keep the character and charm they are known for. They even brought the original retail building to the new location to serve as an office. “We are really excited about all the new products we will be able to carry in the new shop,” said Everhart. “We will be adding some food products as well as some really unique gift items. We hope to have something for everyone. Lots more statuary, a huge selection of birdbaths, gardening items, garden flags, etc.” When the new locations opens up on February 26, Kim and Tina want it to be as inviting as possible. “We really want our customers to come in and shop and want to hang out with us,” Everhart said. “There is going to be several cool spots on the property that you can just relax and enjoy the scenery!”

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he annual Little Princess Ball is twice as magical this year! The Ball will be held at two locations: the Brunswick Center at 1513 N. Howe Street in Southport and the Brunswick Center at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply. Both Balls will take place Saturday, February 15, from 3-5 p.m. The special afternoon will be filled with dancing, face painting, games, and much more. The Little Princess Ball is open to girls in kindergarten through fifth grade accompanied by an adult male role model. Little princesses are encouraged to wear their prettiest dress, ball gown, or favorite princess costume.   “Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is thrilled to once again host this great event with Communities In Schools of Brunswick County. It’s a wonderful opportunity to spend time with the important people in your life and to remind us all why community and families are at the heart of Brunswick County,” said Melinda Johnson, Marketing and Community Events Coordinator for Brunswick County Parks and Recreation. Over 240 people attended last year’s Little Princess Ball.   Refreshments will be provided during the event and each girl will take home their very own tiara. Sign up early to reserve your spot as space is limited. Tickets go on sale January 21 through February 14 for $12 per person. Payment is

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due when registering. Tickets are location specific and not interchangeable. “The Little Princess Ball is a magical and enchanted afternoon for young girls and their dad, grandfather, uncle, brother, or father figure to create lasting memories during an afternoon of fun! This annual event is one of the most popular events we host with our partner, Brunswick County Parks and Recreation,” said Joann Shanley, CIS Development Director.   Volunteers, Brunswick County Parks and Recreation and CIS staff, families and friends, make sure it’s a day of celebration and fun for all the princesses. The Little Princess Ball is sponsored by CIS of Brunswick County and Brunswick County Parks and Recreation with support from Brunswick Senior Resources, and other community donors.   Tickets are available at Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, 20 Referendum Drive, Bolivia, by phone 910-253-2670, or online at bcparks.recdesk.com 

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Mardi Gras By The Sea Comes To Oak Island A Parade, Car Show, Live Music & More STORY BY JEFFREY STITES


he good times are set to roll on Oak Island at the 2020 Oak Island Mardi Gras by the Sea Parade and Festival on Saturday, March 7.

The parade kicks off from SE 63rd Street at 1 p.m. and concludes at SE 46th street where the festival and car show await on the Middleton Park soccer fields. The festival and car show will run from 1-4 p.m Festival activities include a people costume contest and dog costume contest and parade, kids’ activities, and craft and food vendors. Old Man Mafia will also be performing, playing southern rock, rock, blues and country. Festival goers will be able to vote for the car show awards including People’s Choice, Mayor’s Choice, Children’s Choice and Best Costume Car. Individuals and businesses can register to participate in the parade by calling the Oak Island Recreation Center office at (910) 278-5518. Registration for the pet costume contest and parade will be at a tent on festival day. The pet parade will circle Middleton Park at 2:30 p.m.

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Jeff has planned a wonderful menu:

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New Orleans style wine dinner February 24 at 6 p.m. at Turtle Island Ticket prices are $65 per person. Kathleen Cleveland with Empire Distributing will team with us to bring you Mardi Gras inspired wines that will pair perfectly with each course.

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History Comes Alive At Fort Anderson Living History Includes A New Nightime Bombardment Reenactment STORY AND PHOTOS BY JEFFREY STITES


n the winter of 1865, Fort Anderson, known as The Gibraltar of the South, was all that stood between Union forces and the port of Wilmington. The end of the Civil War was in sight.

By dawn of February 19, 1865, confederate forces had evacuated the last major defensive fortification on the lower Cape fear and three days later Wilmington was in union hands. The Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site will commemorate these events with a living history event from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday February 15 and 16. Visitors will experience artillery firings, infantry demonstrations, lectures from Civil war historians and living history throughout the day. Admission is free. This year’s event adds a special nighttime program featuring a re-creation of the Federal bombardment of Fort Anderson. Called Plunging Shot and Screaming Shell:

At left: Fort Anderson’s newest cannon; Above: Living History Soldiers’ Encampment

A Nighttime Bombardment at BrunswickTown/Fort Anderson, the program will feature a realistic reenactment of the shelling and evacuation of the port. The site’s newest addition, a 32 pounder heavy seacoast cannon, will fire its inaugural shots while the Federal navy returns fire. This is an immersive experience never before seen at the historic site. The nighttime experience is a special ticketed event. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 15 and under. Tickets must be purchased in advance and shown to be admitted. Purchase your tickets via Eventbright at http://bit.ly/37a4agl

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runswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) is giving two local middle school students the opportunity to hit the hardwood alongside their favorite college basketball athletes and coaches this summer, thanks to Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarships. BEMC will select one young man for a scholarship to attend the Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp June 20-24 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and one local young woman to attend the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp June 21-24 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The scholarships cover all expenses at the overnight camps, which provide a glimpse into life on a college campus. In BEMC’s TSE Sports Camp Scholarship Testimonial video, Felicia Woodard, mother of 2017 scholarship recipient, Hailey Woodard, states, “It’s a great

experience for them and it helps them build their skill level and their confidence…It is an awesome thing to do.” Watch the video to hear from scholarship recipients and their parents by going to bemc.org/sports-camp-scholarships. Applications are being accepted through March 31 and can be found online at www.ncelectriccooperatives. com/sports-camps. Contestants will be judged on academic records, extra-curricular activities and a required essay. To be eligible to win, students must be in the sixth, seventh or eighth

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2017 national champion Carolina Tar Heel men’s basketball team, will direct the camps with the help of staff, as well as current and former players. More than 50 students from across the state will win an all-expenses paid scholarship to attend basketball camp. Now in its 17th year, the scholarship program reflects Touchstone Energy Cooperatives’ core values of accountability, integrity, innovation and commitment to community. --Story Contributed By BEMC


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Four-Legged Fun Dog Games Have Moved To Southport STORY BY JEFFREY STITES


he Sergei Foundation Dog Games are coming to Southport’s Yacht Basin on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

This year’s event has moved to the springtime rather than the November timeframe last year. ““We wanted to get out of hurricane season,” said Karen Fullerton, founder and CEO of The Sergei Foundation. “Moving to the end of March provides the much-needed outing for pets after winter season and a perfect spring-fever event.” The Sergei Foundation’s Dog Games has been a one-of-a-kind dog festival since 2014, originating in the Triad. It is designed for pets to participate in dog sports such as dock jumping, frisbee and agility; a unique offering from typical pet-related events. This fundraising event

(via entry donation) assists the foundation’s mission “to save companion pets’ lives by providing veterinary financial assistance to families unable to afford critical treatment for their dog or cat.” This year’s festival will feature dock jumping, mini-lure ( a 40-yard dash), Up Dog Challenge and, for the less active pooches, a pie eating contest and a longest kissing contest. Radio personality Suzanne Jalot from 103.7 FM will be on hand to MC the event. Events have an entry fee and some require pre-registration. See the Dog Games website at www.ncdoggames. com for details.

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Homestyle Luxury Living A Walk From Downtown Wife and Husband Team Joann and Brian Kimball Offer Quality You Can Count On


ometimes teamwork really does make the dream work. Back in 2008, when the real estate and building markets were slumping, Joann and Brian Kimball branched out into the restaurant business, opening Loco Jo’s Bar & Grill. Now, more than a decade later, Loco Jo’s is a Southport institution famous for its wide variety of food styles and blackboard specials. But what has made that restaurant a sucess is quality. The food is always top-notch.

Now that the economy has rebounded, the Kimballs are bringing that smae dedication to quality and locals’ touch to the area real estate market. Joann is the seller, matching buyers with the perfect home through RE/MAX Southern Coast. Teaming up with Bian’s Compass Builders, Inc, she can offer clients quality and an up-front and honest approach. “Brian is incredibly passionate about building and that shows in his product,” she said. “His skill comes from being on job sites learning from craftsman builders since 1986,” she added. “He uses the best materials the market offers as well as meticulous laborers and his on-the-job approach ensures a quality finished product that

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HISTORY Built On Love

Vanderbilts Love Story Transcends Time STORY BY KASS FINCHER


hough they passed away years ago, George and Edith Vanderbilt might still be enjoying the lavish lifestyle of the Biltmore House outside Asheville. Some visitors there claim to have seen George’s shadowy figure in the library when there is a storm coming. Others passing through say they heard Edith’s voice whispering “George,” beckoning him from the library to join the party, with sounds of clinking glasses, laughter, music and splashes coming from the now-empty swimming pool. Perhaps you can’t take it with you, but maybe you can still enjoy it if you hang around. Whether their ghosts are there or not, it is very true that George and Edith had reason to stay. George was born into the fantastically wealthy Vanderbilt family of New York in 1862. The family business, much of which came from steamboats and railroads, was run by George’s older brothers after his father’s death. That

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Above: Edith and Cornelia Vanderbilt Above Left: George Venderbilt Below: Biltmore Estate, the Vanderbilt’s home

Edith was independent and industrious. They were socially progressive people who created programs and initiatives that contributed to the lives of the people of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

booked passage on the Titanic but then changed their minds after being warned about the perils of a maiden voyage. Because they changed their plans last minute, their luggage and servant were on board when the ship went down with 1,517 souls aboard. It was a shock to Edith and 13-yearold Cornelia when George died in 1914 of complications from an appendectomy. He was only 51 years old. Devastated but resolute, Edith carried on as a devoted mother and conscientious employer for the families who depended on Biltmore for their livelihood. To continue George’s legacy and preserve the estate’s viability for future generations, Edith sold part of their woodlands – the 86,000 acre Pisgah Forest – for $5 per acre to the United States Forest Service. Pisgah was to be the country’s first national forest.

George was very interested in horticulture and agriculture, overseeing experiments in scientific farming, animal breeding and forestry. He hired Gifford Pinchot – who would go on to be the first chief of the United States Forest Service – to manage the estate’s forests. Biltmore was the first professionally managed forest in the country and would be the home of the Biltmore School of Forestry.

After Edith’s death in 1958, the Biltmore Estate properties eventually passed through Cornelia to her sons George and William Cecil. George chose to take the lands and Biltmore Farms. William chose the house and is largely credited with preserving the chateau for all to enjoy. Today, surviving family members are still involved in running the Biltmore Company, employing over 2,400 people who maintain the 8,000 acres of the house, hotel, By all accounts, the couple had a loving winery, restaurants and shops. and supportive relationship. They welcomed daughter Cornelia in 1900 to the No doubt George and Edith Vanderbilt family. Known for his generosity toward were born of privilege and social standhis employees at Biltmore, George held a ing; they had a head start on whatever Christmas celebration each year for their life’s challenges would bring them. But children, with presents for every child. He their devotion to each other, to their famalso paid for the expenses of the nearby ily, to their employees and to their comAll Souls Church so their collections could munity were exemplary. Stepping into go directly to charities in the area. Biltmore House, you can feel their presence still. The Vanderbilts made what came to be a fortuitous choice when in 1912 they

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BIZ Q&A 801 Ocean

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ust steps from the beach, the town-owned 801 Ocean Events Venue just may be the perfect place for your next celebration.

When did you open, and who is the owner(s)? Do you have a background in this type of business?

801 Ocean is Oak Island’s premier beachfront venue. It is owned and operated by the Town of Oak Island. Lisa Mattiace serves as the Pier Complex Manager and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the facility. While the Town hosts many special events each year, 801 Ocean is the Town’s only facility designed specifically and exclusively for hosting special events. In addition to the main event space, 801 Ocean has two dressing areas and an area for a private meeting or event.


What is your primary business? Weddings, other gatherings?

The primary business is providing a first-rate facility for events. From class/ family reunions, weddings and seminars, to business meetings and anniversary celebrations, 801 Ocean is designed to be the location of choice for Oak Island residents and property owners as well as

visitors and other local residents. 801 Ocean offers: •Room configurations for specific needs •Weekend and weekday availability •Partnerships with caterers and other vendors •Spectacular views of the beach and the Oak Island Pier •Professional staff to help in planning events

How do you work with clients to determine how the event should be done?

Event planning and execution involves an attention to detail, keen listening skills, creativity and understanding the opportunities and limitations of the event space. We listen very carefully to each client to understand his/her vision for the event and provide assistance in making that vision a reality. 801 Ocean can be transformed to provide an exceptional event experience for the client and for their guests.

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The facility easily accomdates a buffet dinner or luncheon

Do you offer catering services?

801 Ocean has a catering kitchen with equipment for caterers to use. While it is not a cooking kitchen, caterers have the space they need to accomplish the vision set by their clients.

Can you tell us about some of the events you’ve done? Has there been a lot of interst in this recently opened space?

Since opening in the fall of 2019, 801 Ocean has been the location for two weddings, two 50th anniversary celebrations, several

public lectures hosted by Oak Island’s Beach Preservation Society, holiday parties and appreciation dinners for beach ambassadors and staff. Several weddings, family reunions and other events are scheduled for 2020 and for 2021.

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How can poeple get in touch with you to book this space?

Contact Lisa Mattiace at 801 Ocean (910-523-8166 or 801oceanoki@ci.oakisland.nc.us) to schedule a tour of the facility.

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ART BEAT Sharing His Love Of Art In The Classroom A Lifelong Love Of Art Leads To A Career Of Painting And Teaching



orn on the Italian Riviera in Imperia, Italy in 1956, local artist and Brunswick Community College painting instructor Joseph Bardani Gargagliano has had a life-long love for all forms of art. As young children, Joseph and his brother Franco lived in an orphanage until 1960 when they were both adopted by loving parents Frank and Caroline in New York City. “I have no idea when the love of art entered my soul, but I know it was at a very early age,” he said. “I believe it was in those very early years that I fell in love with art and art fell in love with me.”

Spending time as a child in NYC in his uncle Tony’s graphic design studio on Madison Avenue, Joseph’s love of art grew exponentially as he was constantly surrounded by art and creating. “I would play with oil pastels and pencils. I was in a wonderland of all the beautiful art and design. My other Uncle, Joe, worked as an art director in the same design studio. He also taught me a few things about the art world, as well as photography and copy,” he said. “I always painted and drew sketches as a young boy but when I entered Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama on an art scholarship, I still knew very little about what art really was. Even though I majored in Art, and I was exposed to it all the time.”

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Being constantly surrounded by artists gave Joseph a step ahead in learning his craft. “I was often told by artists that were in their 60’s and 70’s that it took a long time for their art to be “mature” and for them to be content with their work. I never knew what that meant, but I do now,” said Joseph. “It was during this time I realized how powerful art, as well as photography, was, and I knew it was in my blood. I studied under Dr. Belle of Huntingdon College and we had many discussions on what “art” was and was not. She once told me that I had to “sing the blues”, and when the time came, I would know. It took 30 years for that to happen.”

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mediums, oil paint is Joseph’s chosen medium. “I feel that oil is so much more workable and offers many more possibilities in color purity,” he said. “Oil paint also gives us knowledge of how the masters mixed their colors and worked the canvas. Sometimes I mix cold wax in my oils. Over the years, I have perfected and learned the Palette Knife technique. My palettes, or knives, as I call them, range from 12 inches down to 1/4 inch in diameter. I love the impasto effect,” he said. This is where the paint is laid on the canvas in thick layers and the knife or brush strokes are heavy, such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Although Joseph loves to do large scale paintings, he is focusing on a small scale these days. “The work I am doing now is a collection of marshes and local landscapes from this

area that I paint in what I call Modern Abstract Impressionism. Very bold colors and heavy impasto style with cold wax and brushwork as well.” Always striving for originality and pushing the limits, Joseph’s style is unique and easily recognizable. “Most of my paintings come to me in a dream. The only paintings I copy are commission paintings that a client wants me to paint, usually a pastoral scene, or an abstract. The other would be a Plein Aire painting. All other paintings are made from my dreams. Either way, I take full liberty with my own style. The most challenging aspect of my work is trying to do something “new” each time I paint. Getting new ideas and pushing myself to new limits. It is easy to copy

somebody’s ideas and paintings. The trick is to do something so new, so different, that you feel you have accomplished going into areas nobody, at least to your knowledge, has done.” Joseph has devoted his life to his art and teaching others at Brunswick Community College at the Southport Center. “I make a living painting and selling paintings as well as commission work. I also supplement that income by teaching at the college and private lessons as well

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A Day Of Health And Fun To Benefit Brunswick County Special Olympics



his year you can celebrate Leap Day with a leap into the ocean on Oak Island, and it’s all for a great cause.

The Brunswick County Special Olympics Polar Plunge is more than just a winter dive into the sea, it promises a day full of fun and information at Oak Island’s Middleton Park and the beach in front of the cabanas from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on February 29.



“We will have a DJ who will have music and announcements that entire day, said Brunswick County Special Olympics Volunteer Coordinator and Polar Plunge Director Wes Juda. “Along the perimeter of the park we will have between 10-16 tents set up. They will primarily include healthcare providers and service organizations,

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that will be giving out free healthcare screenings or information that can benefit the public. In addition, there will be activities such as a line dance, awards for fun costumes and some demonstrations.” Juda said Oak Island was a natural choice for the event. “We wanted to do our Plunge in the ocean and have a location that was central to the population in the county. Oak Island was perfect and the director for Oak Island Parks and Recreation Rebecca Squires was very supportive,” he said. The Plunge itself can be anything from a toe dip to a full-body splashdown into the surf, and dogs are welcomed and encouraged to join in! Heated tents will be provided on the beach for participants to change before and after their plunge. Though registration for the Plunge that includes an event t-shirt closed at the end of January, festival goers will still be able to participate. “People can donate at the event and we will also be doing a 50/50 raffle run by the Knights of Columbus for a chance to win some dollars,” Juda said.

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“This is not just about fundraising,” he added. “It is also a community service event to help people find services to help their families. In addition it will raise awareness for Special Olympics and what a great program it is for people with disabilities. It gives them a chance to compete, make new friends and have a social life.”

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Celebrate Local Black History With A Weekend Of Events In Southport Featuring Displays, Lectures and Music In The Southport Community Building CONTRIBUTED BY THE CITY OF SOUTHPORT


elebrate Brunswick County’s Black History February 7-9, 2020 at the Southport Community Building at 223 East Bay Street. Local Black History will be on display throughout the weekend. Presenting the symposium is Donnie Joyner, a North Carolinian Black History researcher and local historian. Event Schedule: Friday, February 7 at 7 p.m.        

“Stagecoach Mary” by Carolyn Evans, an accomplished actress, dancer, educator, storyteller, motivational speaker and author. Her resume includes performances at PENN Center, Inc., the Apollo and La Mama Theatres, as well as in North Buxton, Canada, and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She has appeared on PBS TV and CNN TV. Ms. Evans will portray Mary Fields, known as Stagecoach Mary, the first African-American woman employed as a mail carrier in the United States, 1895.

Saturday, February 8

Attend a day of lectures. Stay for all or come for one. • 10 a.m. - Local Black History will be on display throughout the weekend. • 11 a.m. - “Honoring the Legacy of Caesar Evans,” a documentary by Marion Evans. Caesar Evans was a member of the 37th United States Colored Infantry Regiment.  • 12:30 p.m. - “The Wilmington Rebellion and the Loss of African American Voting Rights,” Liz Fuller, Southport Historical Society. Hear the little-known true story of the Wilmington Rebellion of 1898 and how it led to the loss of Voting Rights for African Americans in North Carolina. Learn about the impact to Southport and about some of the men and women who worked to regain the right to vote. • 2:30 p.m. - “Menhaden Stories: In the Spirit of Capt. Eugene Gore,” presented by David Cecelski, author of several award-winning books and hundreds of articles about history, culture and politics on the North Carolina coast. Sponsored by the NC Maritime Museum at Southport. • 4 p.m. - “From South Boston to Cambridge, the Making of a Philadelphia Lawyer.” Otis L. Lee, Jr., an African-American attorney turned author, has achieved personal and professional success despite the odds of growing up during a time of segregation and Jim Crow laws. Today he shares his insights and experiences through writing, video shorts and speaking engagements.

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Old Time Gospel Fest, Enjoy music from several local churches. Hosted by Ms. Gwen Wearen. Programs for the Brunswick County Black History Symposium, A Three-Day Cultural Event are free, but donations will gratefully be accepted to go towards the Inner Church Fellowship Food Pantry. For more information, http://southportnc.org Sponsored by the City of Southport Department of Tourism. Southport Magazine 2016-2017 SOI Chamber Small Business of the Year Winner


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Smokey Goodness

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rowing up in Texas, Troy Knight had no questions about what was considered barbecue. It was beef brisket, of course. But when he married a North Carolina girl and came here, most people disagreed with him. Barbecue was pork. Knight is the owner of Southport Smoke House, the popular barbecue restaurant here in Southport. He explains his evolution on the term. “I’ve always smoked meat; I grew up in Texas so for me barbecue is brisket,” he says. “When I moved here, I couldn’t find any good brisket and my wife Tabitha, who grew up in North Carolina, kept telling me about pork barbecue. We used to go to Joe’s in Shallotte and for me it was just too much of a strong vinegar taste, so a buddy and I talked about opening a restaurant to do it our way. “A lot of people from up north who’ve moved down here – they don’t know the difference between brisket – the beef – and pork barbecue. For some of them their idea of brisket is corned beef. So we try to educate people. “I’ve kind of accepted that people here think of barbecue as pork, but with so many people from out of this area, they don’t know. They think anything on the grill is a barbecue. It’s kind of a verb – when you say ‘we’re going to barbecue’ – but then in North Carolina it’s a noun for pork barbecue. It’s all kind of confusing.” True, but that confusion didn’t stop Knight from opening his restaurant and offering it all. Pork barbecue, brisket, even chicken and ribs all slow roasted in a wood smoker. “One of the things that makes us unique

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SAVOR within a hundred miles is our wood-only smoker,” Knight says. “We don’t use gas at all; we use 100% hickory wood and so it makes a really unique smoke flavor to our brisket, pork and chicken. We want people to taste that smoke flavor. “It’s a 4000-pound smoker. When we were getting the restaurant ready to open, we had to get a crane to pick it off the semi-truck and place it there in the back. It holds 1000 pounds of meat; it works like a rotisserie. We load our briskets and our pork butts at night and they’ll cook with the rotisserie rotating over the firebox for 12 hours. We come in the next morning and unload those and put the chicken and ribs in there for maybe 3 hours – that way everything is ready for lunch.” Knight grew up in a little town called Jasper, close to Houston, and he also lived in Dallas and Austin for a while. “I’ve always smoked meat,” he says. “I got to learn a lot about the rub for brisket – ours is very much a central Texas themed rub – coarse pepper and Kosher salt. We try to stay purist when it comes to brisket. Being the purist that I am, I tell people don’t put any sauce on the brisket; try it like it is. But most people sauce everything – even

my wife growing up in North Carolina, she sauces everything. And I sauce pork but I never sauce brisket.” Everything is served with the dry rub only, but the Smoke House offers a sauce bar with seven homemade options for those who want a little sauciness. The sauce


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bar is geographically themed. “Sweet” is a Kansas City version. “Spicy” is the Texas version. “Tangy” is Virginian. “White” is a mayo-based sauce made famous by Big Bob Gibson in Alabama, great on chicken. “Eastern” is the North Carolina vinegar and pepper version, great on pork. “Lexington” is from the famous NC piedmont region, a little sweeter than Eastern. And “Mustard” comes from the South Carolina version of sauce. Knight not only owns the restaurant; he is also the lead pastor at Generations Church. He credits his management team at the Smoke House for enabling him to pursue both endeavors. “I couldn’t do it without the management team I have at the restaurant because the church is definitely my fulltime job,” he says. “As the lead pastor, I have to prepare sermons, and we just moved into our new building on Hwy 211. We have over 1000 people attending so it’s very busy. I tell people I’m just the ‘quality control’ at the restaurant – I just come in and try the product and make sure it’s good. I have great managers – Daniel Crouson, Chris Pittman, Eli Haws, Theresa Bolling. They keep the place running smoothly.” The Smoke House employs 20-30 people, depending on the time of year. Many of the employees are also Generations Church members. In the wintertime, lunch is the biggest volume because the restaurant has a lot of regulars who come in sometimes more than once a week. In the summertime, the restaurant benefits from tourists who go to the beach during the day and then come there for dinner, making dinner the busiest time of day. Knight describes the most popular

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menu items. “In Value Meals, the pulled pork sandwich is most popular. You get a side and a drink with it,” he says. “When people order a plate or by the pound, the brisket would come in first. Ribs and wings are also always a favorite. For the ribs we use a pork spare rib and a unique rub. We smoke our wings and then when people order them we fry them to order. So it’s a unique flavor.” The Smoke House also sells a lot of meat by the pound – people buy it for weddings and company events. They also do a significant catering business. “Our coordinator Theresa stays very busy with that,” Knight says. “We do a lot of catering to the Southport Community Building and the beach. We have a catering van now because we have so many events to cover.” Occupying a unique niche in Southport, the restaurant opened in 2014 and is growing every year in customers. Online ordering is available too, so people can place their order and pick it up at their convenience. The restaurant’s success has its owner thinking about adding a second location. Knight is grateful to the community for their support. So stop by and pick up your choice of Texas or North Carolina barbecue. No matter which side of the barbecue debate you’re on, you will appreciate the smoky touch the Smoke House brings to your table. Southport Smoke House 1102 North Howe Street Southport 910-363-5035 Open daily 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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eal results are about consistency. Meaning you have to show up everyday in a way that either maintains your current progress or moves you forward. There will be times in your life that you can commit more time and effort to your goal, and there will be times where you feel like you just don’t have time to do anything related to it. But instead of thinking of it as off or on, try thinking of it as volume levels from low to high but never off.


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he all or nothing mentality more often than not gets us nothing. Perhaps we should think about a different approach. How about “Always Something”?

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How To Keep Those Fitness Resolutions

So what does “adjusting the volume” look like when trying to live a healthier life? Let’s look at it from 3 different areas that commonly make up this quest for a healthier life…exercise, nutrition, and overall wellness. Below are some sample scales in each of these 3 segments. Consider the volume dial of 1 to 10, with 1 being the minimum and 10 being the maximum. Remember these are just samples to illustrate the point, not a prescription…but they should get you thinking.

EXERCISE 1. Park farther from the store to walk more 2. Take the stairs instead of the elevator 3. 10 minute workout in the morning to start the day 4. Moderately challenging 30 minute workout 3x/week 5. 3 30 minute workouts/week plus a daily 20 minute walk 6. 3 60 minute workouts/week plus a daily walk 7. Gym Routine 4x/week plus weekend hikes 8. 5 60 minute workouts/week plus a daily 60 minute walk 9. Challenging 60-90 minute workout 6x/week 10. Intense daily training for tactical/military job


1. Have 1 meal of unprocessed foods per day 2. Add a side salad to your lunch each day 3. Try 1 new healthy recipe each week 4. Sit at a table to eat and take your time to focus on food 5. Have protein with each meal 6. Have protein and fruit or vegetable at most meals 7. Prepare food for week in advance 8. Have 6 servings of vegetables each day 9. Have protein, vegetable, and balanced fat at every meal 10. Eat mostly local/organic foods, all meals perfectly balanced and planned ahead


1. Spend five minutes winding down before bed reflecting on the wins of the day 2. Spend 5 minutes to plan for the next day’s workout and nutrition 3. Take regular 5 minute outdoor breaks during the day 4. Turn off electronics 30 minutes before bed; read a book 5. Take a daily walk outside with a pet, loved one, or friend 6. Get a massage each month 7. Spend 10 minutes meditating each day; get 7+ hours of sleep each night 8. Do something nice for others; partake in an engaging hobby; minimal screen time 9. Fulfilling paid or volunteer work; daily meditation; no social media; more sleep 10. Fill day with joy, play, and fresh air; surround yourself with close relationships;

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FITNESS daily quiet contemplation and meditation I am sure many of you started the New Year with a “New Year, New Me” mentality and you were ready to go all in on making big changes. If your inspiration has started to fade, don’t give up on those changes, remember try to shift the volume down and keep moving forward before you just put things on hold. When you can, turn the volume up. When you have to, turn the volume down. Just don’t ever turn it off. Remember doing nothing leads to achieving nothing. Instead do something…always something. No matter how small that something is, it will still move you closer to your goals than you were yesterday.


Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.


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Duos, Cirque And The Navy Band

Fabulous February At Odell Williamson STORY BY AMI BROWN


f you are looking for a unique Valentine’s Date opportunity, why not take your special someone to Listen Up Brunswick’s presentation of the dynamic duo, The Kennedys. Their stellar performances always wow audiences and smooth vocals delight young and old. The Odell Williamson Auditorium is conveniently located at the BCC campus in Bolivia.

THE KENNEDYS Husband and wife, Pete and Maura Kennedy are no strangers to Brunswick County. They have been performing here for the past several years and their return is always a much anticipated event. They’ve been honing their craft by touring across the US and throughout Europe for the past 20 plus years. They have also performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall in England, and they were named artists in residence at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Their all-Americana musical style includes folk, rock, pop, blues with a splash of classical thrown in. So no matter what style of music you prefer, the Kennedys show should fit the bill. When it comes to talent, this duo are up there with the best. Pete’s mastery of guitar compliments Maura’s soulful voice to create the perfect duo with a story-teller vibe. These award-winning singer-songwriters will not disappoint. Their shows normally sell out quickly, so grab your ticket today and have a duo-dynamite date night! The Kennedys Feb. 15, 2020 Tickets $25, Odell Williamson Center 7 p.m. doors open 7:30 p.m. show starts Visit www.kennedysmusic.com Or for tickets http://www.listenupbrunswickcounty.com/ Listen Up Brunswick County’s shows will be held in the Special Events Center at

the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College. Beer and wine are available for purchase. Listen Up Brunswick County is a non-profit group formed to provide noteworthy live musical experiences. They offer new and established singer-songwriters performing original music in a variety of genres including folk, R & B, Bluegrass, Country and Blues. Unlike huge arenas, the auditorium venue offers an intimate, up close and personal evening with the entertainers.


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Cirque Zuma Zuma

Feb. 17, 2020 The talented ensemble of African dancers and performers bring intrigue, entertainment and culture to the Brunswick stage. Audiences and critics agree that Cirque Zuma Zuma is unlike anything they have ever seen before. Many describe it as an African-style Cirque du Soleil; so is the standard of the performers and the quality of the show’s live musical score. Like Cirque, the talented group of 120 performers even has a family-business kind of feel. Cirque Zuma Zuma packs every show with non-stop action and incredible features which keep audiences on the edges of their seats throughout the show. The show includes performances of all different types of African culture, including: South African female vocalist Limbo dance Female dancers from Africa South African gumboot dancers

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a regular basis. Audiences across the country always receive the Navy Band with warm support and appreciation. Whether in a local gymnasium or in a famous concert hall, the Navy Band strives to perform with precision and energy that befits its stature. These patriotic concerts range from the traditional to the contemporary, showcasing the skill and versatility of the different units of the band. All Navy Band performances are free

and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the Odell Williamson box office or by sending a SASE to P.O. Box 30, Supply, NC 28462. There is a limit of four tickets per order. These concerts are meant to be for everyone and entertaining to veterans, families, individuals and those interested in joining the Navy. For those interested, Navy recruiters will be available for any questions at most tour performances.

This national tours also allow the Navy Band to fulfill one of its other priorities, its commitment to educational outreach through the Music in the Schools program. It is not uncommon for Navy Band musicians to take the time to perform recitals and give masterclasses and clinics in local schools and universities. In addition to these special appearances, the Navy Concert Band continues its tradition of inviting talented young musicians to perform with them on stage.

Feb. 26, 2020 The US Navy Band’s national tour hits the Brunswick County stage Feb 26 with a patriotic free concert. One of the primary responsibilities of the U.S. Navy Band is its national concert tour. Rather than a single tour, the Navy Band’s national concert tour is a collection of tours throughout the year by the various units of the Navy Band. Each year, ensembles of the Navy Band embark for weeks on concert tours throughout the country. These tours provide the opportunity to reach out to audiences in areas of the country that may not see the Navy’s musical ensembles on

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CALENDAR February FEB 7-9

Black History Month Symposium

Local Black History items will be on display at the Southport Community building, and there will be lectures, gospel music and other events. See the full story in this month’s issue for more details.


Give Kids a Smile — Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry Dr. Cecilia Liu and Dr. Nichole Ramsbottom will host Brunswick County’s 4th annual Give Kids A Smile event, providing a free day of dental care to children of Brunswick County, by appointment only. All children will receive free x-rays and a comprehensive exam, and parents can choose for their child to receive a free cleaning or free sealants. The Give Kids A Smile program was created to provide free chair-side education, screening, treatment, preventive and restorative care specifically to children in need. Services will be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 910253-7535 to make an appointment.


Bella Italia

The 4th Annual fundraiser for the Brunswick Community College Foundation features delicious food and wine pairings from Angelo’s Bistro. The event starts at 6 p.m. at 101 Stone Chimney, Supply. Tickets are $100; call Kathy Lukacz at 910-755-7473 or lukaczk@brunswickcc.edu.

FEB 12

Learn some new creative writing skills during a six-week workshop at Barbee Library on Oak Island. The course runs from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 910-2784283 or stop by the library to register.

FEB 12

Early Bird Valentine’s Dinner and a Movie - Brunswick Little Theatre Enjoy a three-course meal at Oliver’s in Southport (4-5 p.m.) and then gather at Brunswick Little Theatre for a 7:30 p.m. screening of the 1932 film “Love Me Tonight.” The cost is $100 per couple (plus tax and gratuity). Call 910477-9299 for reservations.

FEB 14

A Salute to Love! — the Southport Chamber Players

Treat your special someone to an evening of romantic tunes, with coffee and dessert following the concert. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Saint Peter’s, 4842 Southport-Supply Road NE. Local musicians will play classic romantic melodies, featuring voice, flute, cello and piano. Proceeds will benefit the Up Your Arts “Save the Hall, Y’all” campaign to renovate Southport’s former courthouse and city hall building into a community-based arts center, and the Saint Peter’s Make a Joyful Noise fund for music ministry. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Seating capacity is limited, and tickets are available online at www.eventbrite.com/e/ salute-to-love-tickets-89437230163 or at the Ricky Evans Gallery, Adventure Kayak Company, the Wine Rack, and Doc Meridian Winery.

FEB 14

Maritime Valentines

Drop the kids off at the Maritime Museum, 5:30-8 p.m. for homework help, arts and crafts, games, movie time, and a pizza dinner. Children ages four-12 are welcome. Email katy.menne@ncdcr. gov or call 910-477-5150 to register.

FEB 15

Run Oak Island

With a full marathon, a half marathon a 5K run/walk and a 1-mile fun run, this race event has a course for any ability. Races step off at varying times, beginning at 6:45 a.m. Visit https:// runsignup.com/Race/NC/OakIsland/ RunOakIsland for information on costs and courses.

FEB 15

2nd Annual WAVES4K.I.D.S. Starfish and Pearls Gala Don your favorite festive attire for dinner, a dessert bar, live and silent auctions and music from the Tru Sol Band. The event is 5:30-10 p.m. at the St. James Community Center, 4136 Southport-Supply Road. Visit www. waves4kids.org or call 910-520-4685 for tickets or more info. WAVES4K.I.D.S. is a non-profit organization that provides financial support and creates services that satisfy unmet needs of children associated with foster care and child protective services in Brunswick County,

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including tutoring, art, music, singing, dance lessons, summer camp tuition, sports equipment and more.

FEB 15

Little Princess Ball

Little princesses and their favorite adult male role model will enjoy an afternoon of dancing, face painting, games, and more. Tickets are $12 per person; refreshments are included. The ball will be held at two locations: the Brunswick Center at 1513 N. Howe Street in Southport and the Brunswick Center at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply. Call 910-832-3494 or visit www. bcparks.recdesk.com for more information or to buy tickets.

FEB 15

8th Annual Mother/Son Dance Boiling Spring Lakes

The theme is Superhero Sweethearts for this event, held 4-6 p.m. at the Community Center, 1 Leeds Road in Boiling Spring Lakes. There will be dancing, games, prizes and food for boys in Kindergarten through fifth grade and their adult female companions. Tickets are on sale until Feb 11; call 910-363-0017.

FEB 15-16

The 155th Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson Living history displays and demonstrations relive the days leading up to the capture of Wilmington, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. The site is off Hwy. 133, at 8884 ST. Phillips Rd. SE, Winnabow.

FEB 16

Plunging Shot and Screaming Shells: A Nighttime Bombardment Part of the celebration of the 155th Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson, this special reenactment will replicate the bombardment and evacuation of the fort, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and children ages 16 and older. Tickets must be purchased in advance online; check the Facebook page to purchase tickets.

FEB 18

Meet The Authors

Barbee Library hosts a meet and greet with local authors James Perry and Donald Sellers at the library at 2 p.m. Call (910) 278-4283 to register

FEB 22

Chili Cookoff - Oak Island Senior Center

Vote for your favorite chili, get a massage or some fairy hair, bid on the Mystery Box and visit the gift shop while you’re there. The cookoff is 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Center, 5918 E. Oak Island Dr.

FEB 22

Rise Against Hunger - Ocean View United Methodist Church Join the Creation Care team at Ocean View United Methodist Church from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at the church, 8400 E. Oak Island Dr. Rise Against Hunger volunteers form an assembly line to package nutritious dehydrated meals. Approximately 60-70 volunteers will assemble, weigh and package the meals.

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Enjoy music and line dancing, games, food trucks and a Care Fair, beginning at 11 a.m. at Middleton Park fields, SE 46th Street on Oak Island. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume worn and the most money raised. Participants can plunge solo, with a team, or with a dog. Those who want to stay on dry land can still sport a “Too Chicken to Plunge” t-shirt. Proceeds will help provide year-round athletic competition and sports training for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

FEB 29

Feed the Hungry — Oak Island Water Rescue

Help fill the boats with non-perishable food at Station 44, SE 49th Street (across from the ball fields), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

FEB 29

Chefs of Brunswick

Sponsored by the Southport Rotary Club, this event features 22 restaurants, eight beverage vendors, door prizes and more. The event runs fro 5:30-9 p.m. at 101 Stone Chimney Rd. SE, Supply. Tickets are just $10 and are available in advance or at the door. Proceeds from the event will benefit the local charities which the local Rotary Clubs support. Visit http://www. chefsofbrunswick.com/ for ticket information.

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

Shop this monthly sale organized by the friends who support our local libraries. The book sale is 9 a.m. to noon at Southport Realty, 727 North Howe Street in Southport.

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Breast Cancer Symposium — St. James Community Center

Dr. Deepa Halaharvi, nationally-recognized, fellowship trained breast cancer surgeon and survivor from Columbus Ohio, will be speaking on Breast Cancer: Screening, Detection, Diagnosis and Treatment. This free event is open to the public, and luncheon items will be served. To register or to get more information, contact Susan Werlinich 614-323-8729 or swerlinich50@ gmail.com.


Brunswick Civil War Roundtable

Derek Maxfield, associate professor of history at Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY, and his associate, Tracy Ford, will portray Union generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman in a three act theatrical “conversation” which took place near the end of the Civil War, entitled “Now We Stand by Each Other, Always.” The program will be held at Hatch Auditorium, 100 Caswell Beach Road. Registration begins at 6:15 p.m. and the fee for visitors is $10.


UNCW Speaker Series — Town of St. James Scott Baker speaks about the NC Sea Grant’s activities, 7 p.m. at the Community Center, 4136 Southport-Supply Road.


Mardi Gras Festival — Oak Island Celebrate Mardi Gras Oak Island style, with a parade on Oak Island Dr., a festival in the Middleton Park fields, costume contests for people and pets, live music and food. Festivities are from 1-4 p.m. with the parade kicking off at 1 p.m. at SE 63rd Street

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Oak Island VFW on Monday and Wednesday nights, 7 p.m., 103 SE 50th Street, Oak Island. Boiling Spring Lakes VFW Post 10400 every Tuesday for cash prizes. Door opens at 6 p.m. and Bingo begins at 7 p.m., 3161 George II Hwy.

Senior Technology Workshop

Want to be smarter than your smart phone, or learn to keep up with the grandkids using the latest technology? Free workshops at Barbee Library on Oak Island February 14 and at Harp-

er Library in Southport on Feb 21 will help you learn skills to keep up with the modern world and stay safe online. The program begins at 11 a.m.

First Tuesday - Brunswick Civil War Roundtable

This program is held at Hatch Auditorium at Ft. Caswell on the first Tuesday, September through June. Registration starts at 6:15 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m.

This Is Our Town Cleanup

Help spruce up Southport with this monthly cleanup on the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Old Jail Annex on Rhett Street.

NC Maritime Museums - Southport

Sensory Saturday (dim lights, low volume) is the first Saturday of the month. The February Third Tuesday program is “I Am Only One, but I Am One: Southern African-American Schoolteachers and Struggles for Freedom, 1884-1964,” at 7 p.m. on Feb 18. Call 910-477-5151 or check the Museum’s calendar at https://ncmaritimemuseumsouthport.com/calendar/ for more information.

Bald Head Island Conservancy

Take a tour of all the natural beauty of Bald Head Island’s marshes and beach, go birding, kayak the creeks, or do a reptile roundup. Visit www.bhic. org/family-activities/ for more details on Conservancy programs.

First Friday Gallery Walk - Southport Enjoy strolling through downtown Southport and view artists’ creations from 5-7 p.m.

First Friday - Olde Southport Village Shoppes Meet crafters and artisans, shop for antiques, and enjoy snacks and beverages from 5-8 p.m. at 1102 N. Howe Street.

Newcomer Tour & Information Session - Novant Health

If you’re new to the area or just want to find out more about local healthcare options, tour Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, 3 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month, 240 Hospital Drive, Bolivia.

R.I.S.E. Cancer Support Group

This support group is open to any-

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one in any stage of fighting cancer. The group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 4509 Fieldstone Circle, St. James. Call Susan Werlinich at 614-323-8729 for more information on R.I.S.E. (Resilient, Informed, Strong, Extraordinary). Werlinich is a retired oncology nurse with more than 20 years’ experience leading support groups.

Hopsice Programs

SECU Hospice House of Brunswick, 955 Mercy Lane SE, Bolivia Begin the Conversation Workshop on Feb 20, 4-5 p.m.; learn about advance directives, living wills and health care power of attorney. A free 6-week course on coping with grief, 2-4 p.m. beginning Feb 25. Pre-registration is required; call 910-796-8056 to register.



Wine tastings weekly and live music every Tuesday, 305 North Howe Street, Southport. Check Facebook for more details.


Check Facebook for specials and events, 108 E. 8th St., Southport.

The Lazy Turtle Bar & Grill

Weekly events such as trivia, open mic night or bonfires, as well as food and drink specials, 601 E. Ocean Dr., Oak Island.


Wine tastings on Thursdays 5-7 p.m. Dinner for 12 with Rhonda from StrEAT Side continues through February on the 11th and the 25th with a French food theme. Check uncorkedbythesea.com for information on specials and events, 602 N. Howe St., Southport. Call 910454-0633 for dinner reservations or to plan an event.


Stocked with your old favorites and new wines to try - stop in for tastings! Play Hand & Foot every Tuesday, 1-5 p.m. Check www.thegrapeandale.com for more information, 8521 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island.

SILVER COAST WINERY TASTING & TAPROOM Brunswick County’s first and only winery and original Craft Beer Bar. Craft Beer and Wine tastings all day, every day. Check Facebook for updat-

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CALENDAR ed events, specialty beer tastings, and live music events. Enjoy a 4-course and Champagne Valentines luncheon on Feb 9; $30 per person.


Wine tastings featuring five wines, Fridays from 5:30-8 p.m., and live music on Sundays from 4-6 p.m., 102 W. Brown St. Check www.southportwinerack.com for more information.


Check the Pub’s Facebook page for other events and daily specials, 1513 N. Howe, Unit 10, Southport.


Check Facebook for specials and live music schedule, reopening for the season on Feb 11, at 106 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport.

Doc Meridian Winery

305 N. Howe St., Southport

Ever changing inventory including half bottles, monthly history nights and wine tastings. Check Facebook for specials and upcoming events.

Sundogz Sports Bar and Tavern

8620 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island

Check Facebook for specials and food truck appearances.

Southport Tap and Cellar 827 N. Howe Street

Tuesday night pint nights with $1 off draft beers, dart tournament on the first Tuesday of the month, trivia night on Thursdays. Check Facebook for food truck schedules and specials.

The Office Coffee and Wine Bar

3280 George II Highway (N.C. 87), Boiling Spring Lakes Sit a spell with friends and enjoy a fancy coffee drink, a plain cup of joe or a glass of wine, and grab a bottle for later.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT Odell Williamson Auditorium

Brunswick Community College

Feb 15 — The Kennedys - An American folk rock band. This program, held in the Events Center, is sponsored by Listen Up Brunswick County. Feb 26 — The U.S. Navy Band performs — call 910-755-7416 for tickets (limit 4). March 8 — Brooks Williams - The guitarist, singer and songwriter performs at the Events Center as part of the listen Up Brunswick County series. March 20 — The Kingston Trio - The renowned trio is keeping the folk vibe alive. Check https://www.brunswickcc. edu/odell-williamson-auditorium/ for ticket information.

The Pub of Southport

1513 N. Howe Street, Southport


2020 Spring Show Call for Artists The Franklin Square Gallery in Southport invites area artists to participate in its annual Spring Show running from February 24 until March 14. This opening event presents the latest works of local painters and potters. Over $1000 in prizes will be awarded at the First Friday reception, 5-7 p.m. on March 6.

guest artists. Judges are award-winning painter and Watercolor Artist Magazine-featured Ryan Fox (2-D), and clay artist and Becky Zee brand entrepreneur Becky Ziemer (3-D). To learn more about the requirements for entry and obtain a registration form, download the prospectus from the gallery website at www.franklin squaregallery.com. Co-chairperson Donna Kanich can answer any questions. She can be reached at 919-971-9644.

The registration deadline is February 7, and artwork must be brought to the gallery on February 21 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The fee for two pieces is $35 for AAS members and $45 for

Feb 7 — L Shaped Lot Duo, 8:30 p.m. Feb 21 — Tyler Samuel, 9 p.m. Feb 28 — Justin Fox Duo, 7 p.m. March 6 — Elliot Smith, 9 p.m.

Sundogz Sport Bar and Tavern 8620 E. Oak Island Drive

Feb 14 — “Love Stinks” Anti Valentines Party — Bring your loved one or go alone to this fundraiser for S.O.A.R. Bid for a date with one of Oak Island’s favorite singles. There will be drink specials, games and a DJ, starts at 7 p.m.

Tiki Tavern

104 E. 8th Street, Southport Feb 22 — LunaSea, 9 p.m.

Fishy Fishy Cafe

106 Yacht Basin Drive

The restaurant reopens for the season on Feb 11, and live music on the deck starts back on Feb 14 with Two+2 starting at 6 p.m.

The Lazy Turtle Oceanfront Grille 601 Ocean Dr.

Feb 15 — All About the Beat, 8-11 p.m.

Southport Tap & Cellar

Feb 15 — Relay for Life fundraiser, live music from Mike Harry and food from Joe Loves Lobster Food Truck, 5-9 p.m.

Feb 7 — Cirque Zuma Zuma - An exhilarating, African-style cirque show.

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Take Your Honey Out To Eat In February Check out the Dining Guide and what delicious food the local area has to offer! MODERN AMERICAN THE LIVE OAK ON HOWE

614 N. Howe St. Southport, 910-620-4541 Full Service Catering and Event Venue. Pairing with The Confectionary for off-site and onsite specials occasions. They will work with you to tailor make your event, one to remember. Whether it is at your house or ours..


101 West Bay Street, Southport 910-477-9299 oliversonthecapefear.com Fine dining on the Cape Fear—where exquisite southern cuisine meets the salubrious dishes. We also offer great burgers, steaks, and other southern favorites.


Fried Green Tomato BLT at the Saucy Southerner


5710 57th Place W., Oak Island 910-278-6012 • www.bwpresort.com Offering items such as award-winning chowder and signature crab dip.


106 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport 910-457-1881 www.fishyfishycafe.com A sophisticated take on the dockside seafood café, Fishy Fishy serves up plates like Buffalo shrimp, Cajun grouper bites, and Bacon Wrapped Shrimp.



110 E. Moore Street, Southport (910) 363-5115 Moore Street Oyster Bar is an oyster pub rooted in the traditions of coastal Southern cooking, epitomized by the seaside town of Southport.


Basin Dr., Southport 910-457-0654 CLOSED FOR SEASON www.provisioncompany.com Offering a la carte seafood sandwiches, conch fritters, steamed shrimp and more.


1407 E. Beach Dr., Oak Island 910-278-7770 www.islandwayres.com Offering fine steaks, from filet mignon to flat iron, and fresh seafood, from lobster to crab cakes, with attentive service.

4907 Fish Factory Rd Southport, (910) 477-6616 www.rustyhooksdockside.com Fun dining featuring fresh local seafood and generational recipes, guaranteed to leave a lasting smile on your face. Come join our small piece of paradise along the coast of Carolina; our team looks forward to greeting you. We welcome boaters to pull up to our docks or contact the Marina Dockmaster on Channel 16, and all others to come down Fish Factory Road and join us for a relaxing meal with a gorgeous view!



319 West Bay St., Southport 910-363-4382 - CLOSED FOR SEASON Featuring homemade sweet potato biscuits and fried seafood, as well as other delicacies such as pan seared grouper.


6404 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 910-278-5231 Family owned since 1964; offering seafood fried, broiled or grilled, plus charbroiled steaks.

5119 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island, Phone: (910) 448-5056 Good food for good people. Locally caught seafood, homemade soups and salad bar.



16 Marina Way, Bald Head Island 910-457-7217 www.mojoontheharbor.com Featuring Southern classics :fried pickles, shellfish steam pots to global dishes like Italian meat antipasto and Mediterraneans shrimp and grits.

5827 E. Oak Island Dr, Oak Island 910-933-4615 A great local hangout . Everything from Nachos to burgers, to seafood to steaks. Great Bar.

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309 N. Howe St., Southport 910-457-0801 www.mrpsbistro.com Fine low-country cuisine, from crab-stuffed fish du jour to crab cakes and prime rib.


8004 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 910-933-4103 www.shaggerjacksoki.com With over 50 beer selections, Shagger Jacks offers an assortment of dishes from steamers to ribs and sweet curry chicken to tacos.


8317 E. Oak Island Dr, (910) 933-6300 From the owner’s of Swain Seafood Shack comes Swain’s Cut Italian Steakhouse, serving fresh local proteins like beef, pork, chicken, and seafood


5908 E. Oak Island Drive Oak Island Call (910) 250-12944 Casual family restaurant with a variety of dishes, seafood and daily specials.


6220 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 910-278-4944 Casual dining in a tropical setting, with Caribbean inspired seafood as well as steaks, chicken, pork and salads.


305 N. Howe St., Southport 208-520-2490 Doc Meridian is a local wine shop and winery located in Southport, NC launching in the fall of 2017. We will be serving and selling great wine in NC.


8521 E. Oak Island Dr. Oak Island, 910-933-4384 Quaint and eclectic store offering a large selection of wines, beers, and spirits. Perfect for either relaxation or for on the go! Tastings on Fridays 5-8pm,


105 S. Howe St. Southport, 910-777-5151 Brunswick County’s first and only winery and original Craft Beer Bar. Craft Beer and Wine tastings all day, every day! Check out our Facebook page for updated events, specialty beer tastings, and live music.


102 W. Brown St. Southport, 910-457-5147 Offering a selection of wine, cigars, coffees, and accessories, this quaint shop is perfect for a night out. Great service and over 600 wines to choose from.


602 N. Howe St. Southport, 910-454-0633 Offers a wide variety of fine wines and craft beers. Enjoy a pleasant evening sipping wine and admiring local art. Thursday wine tastings support local charities 5-7pm.


106 SE 58th St., Oak Island 910-278-7209 Open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Beana’s serves breakfast and lunch.


108 Moore Street, Southport 910-363-4402 Serving specialty Burgers,.sanwiches and seafood. Lunch and Dinner

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8903 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 910-278-3456 • www.bobsdogsoki.com With custom hot dogs featuring an array of ingredients to homestyle sandwiches like chicken salad and burgers.

2827 Midway Rd SE Suite 100, (910) 253-0777 Serving “classic American food that Rocks!” for lunch and dinner. Sandwiches and entrees available


130 E. Moore St., Southport, 910-363-4203 Open for breakfast and lunch, specializing in organic and fairtrade coffee as well as gourmet sandwiches crafted with Boar’s Head deli meats.

8520 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 910-278-1500 Enjoy BBQ sandwiches, wings, fish ‘n’ chips and more at this sports grill.


1671 N. Howe St., Southport 910-457-9024 Offers old fashioned, hand patted hamburgers, plus bbq, hot dogs, chili cheese fries and breakfast sandwiches and platters.


4655 Southport-Supply Rd SE,, Southport 910-269-7008 Handmade burgers using 100% ground chuck, plus freshly cut French fries.


5130 Long Beach Rd. SE, Southport 910-477-6261 Subs and sandwiches, fresh salads.


302 N Howe St, Southport, 910-363-4206 Gourmet Sandwich Shop & Market With Yummy Goods & Gifts! Soups, Salads & Sandwiches Served Daily!


705 Ocean Drive, Oak Island (910) 933-6222 Open Wed - Sun. Burgers, Seafood, Steaks, Sandwiches, Salads


3196 George II Hwy., Southport, 910-845-7700 Kopp’s grill serves up a full breakfast (available for school kids before class starts, too), plus homemade lunches throughout the day.


5902 E. Oak Island Dr. , Oak Island 910-278-6430 A classic burger joint, onion rings and other sides. Breakfast is served, pancakes and bacon.


601 Ocean Drive, Oak Island, 910-278-7725 Oceanfront dining and entertainment that is easy on the wallet and hard to forget. Tiki bar, arcade with two pool tables and plenty of seating to host your work, friend or family fun!


832 N. Howe St., Southport 910-457-0444 www.localsfamilydiner.com With a warm and friendly atmosphere, Local’s Family Diner serves breakfast all day long and a seafood and entrée menu for lunch and dinner.


602 N. Howe St., Suite E, 910-457-9009 A burger joint with fish sandwiches, pulled pork and shrimp wraps. Offers select Vietnamese dishes, too, with over 60 beer selections.



5422 E. Oak Island Dr., 910-278-4005 Offering hamburgers, sub sandwiches, salads, wraps, seafood and daily drink specials.


6302 E. Oak Island Dr. , 910-201-9925 Here, flounder is prepared the old f fashioned way. Enjoy breakfast, too.


5705 E. Oak Island Dr. 910-278-9040 From BLT’s with avocado to Cajun and Reuben sandwiches, & other quality sandwiches.


8039 River Rd. SE, Southport 910-454-4004 Shrimp in every style, plus sandwiches; try entrées such as scampi and filet mignon.


3280 George II HWY (BSL) Southport NC 910-351-8093 www.theofficecoffeeandwinebar.com We serve Roast Magazine’s 2016 Roaster of the year, Espresso, Coffee Drinks(Hot, Frozen, Iced) Smoothies, Variety of Red/White Wines & Craft Beer. Also Pastries, Trays, Breakfast and Lunch Wraps.


132 Country Club Dr., Oak Island 910-250-1184 A casual diner featuring breakfast & lunch, from fluffy omelets to burgers and fried chicken sandwiches. Open 6am - 2pm.


1671 N. Howe St. #1A, Southport 910-363-4908 www.tropicalsmoothiecafe.com Bold, flavorful food and smoothies with a healthy appeal. Our items are made to order with fresh, simple, superior ingredients.


4381 Fish Factory Rd., Southport 910-457-9953 www.wildlifegrill.webs.com Serving a full range of items on our menu from breakfast to home cooked meals.


1102 N. Howe St., Southport 910-363-5035 www.southportsmokehouse.com Real wood smoked BBQ and brisket, great side items, and a great family environment.


4688 Long Beach Rd. SE, 910-477-9187 Serving up pork and beef brisket sandwiches and plates, and Memphis dry rub ribs, along with baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, and mac ‘n’ cheese.


5177 SouthportSupply Rd., Southport 910-454-4540 www.belladiningnc.com Focusing on family Italian recipes, Bella Cucina serves up everything from fine and fresh local seafood to hand tossed, New York style pizzas. Aside from a decadent wine list, Bella Cucina also offers specialty martinis.

CASTUCCI’S AN ITALIAN JOINT 4332 Long Beach Rd, Southport 910-477-6755 Family Italian restaurant


2831 Midway Rd Ste 106 (910) 253-8151 Serving Itaiian entrees, pizza and sandwiches.


5003 O’Quinn Blvd., Southport, 454-4440 www.josephsitalianbistro.com Armed with decades of experience and “secret” family recipes, Joseph’s Italian Bistro appeals with candlelit dining and fresh Italian continental cuisine.


5002 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 910-201-1001 www.bestbbqonthebeach.com Hormel ribs are slow d in house and meats are offered with a variety of sauces, from Eastern NC vinegar to Lexington-style red.


1671 N. Howe St., Ste. 3, 910-457-0988 asiantastesouthportnc.com Takeout traditional Chinese food, with staples such as lo mein, sesame chicken, and General Tso’s.

OLDE BRUNSWICK GENERAL STORE SOUTHPORT GOURMET AND 1450 50 Lakes Dr., Boiling Spring Lakes SUSHI BAR 910-845-2707 Made-to-order breakfast and lunch grill.


5700 E. Oak Island Drive 910-278-3070 Serving breakfast and lunch until 2 p.m., Russell’s Place serves up lots of home cooking.


501 N Howe Street, Southport (910) 477-6065 Offering breakfast & lunch with a southern twist. Real Good Feel Good, Food.


111 S. Howe St., Southport 910-457-7017 www.trollystophotdogs.com A staple in NC, Trolly Stop is renowned across the nation for its one of a kind hot dogs.

1643 N. Howe St, Southport (910) 477-9045 Serving a varietry of home-cokked Asian specialties and featuring a full sushi bar.


4956 Long Beach Rd., Southport, 457-1838 Serving Cantonese, Szechuan and Hunanstyle Chinese food.


116 N. Howe St., Southport, 457-4544 www.portsofcallbistro.com Offering choices that are largely influenced by dishes from across the globe. Menu items and specials can whisk your palette from Casablanca to Barcelona, Santorini to Mumbai, and from Marseilles to Munich or Charleston. Finish with a fresh baked dessert in the romantic atmosphere.

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1513 N. Howe St., Unit 10, Southport 910-457-6554 Offering traditional pub fare with Irish flair, like Guinness chicken wings and mussels cooked in a Smithwicks bouillon. Don’t forget the Reuben or corned beef and cabbage!


4956 Long Beach Rd. SE, 457-9398 Sushi, sashimi, teriyaki, hibachi, tempura and udon noodles all available.


910-454-0950 Serving authentic dishes, such as fajitas, enchiladas and chalupas, fresh salsa and margaritas; serves traditional Mexican dishes.


524 N Howe St., Southport 910-363-4113 Tex-Mex style cuisines at a local take-out joint. Serving a variety of fish, beef, and veggie bowls. Also offering quesadillas, tacos and hot, homemade soup. Take out or relish your meal under the shaded, outside dinning area.

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1131 Atlantic Ave, Southport 910-363-5063 Open for lunch and dinner. Offering over 20 Thai specialties including Pad Thai and Green Curry. Also offers Hibachi steak, chicken and shrimp.


115 E. Moore St., Southport 457-0095 • www.thaipeppersnc.us Serving decadent and creative Oriental food of the finest quality, prepared with care. A broad range of traditional Thai dishes and sushi are available.




10 Marina Wynd, Bald Head Island 910-457-1222 delphinacantina.webs.com Mexican cuisine with Spanish and Cuban flare, such as Churrasco Cubano and Pescado Especial—both with plantains.

1513 N Howe St, Southport 477-9352 A New York Style Pizzeria featuring homemade pizza, pasta, desserts, etc. Also serving a selection of beer and wine.

5821 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 250-1005 • www.ahoydoughnuts.com Fresh yeast raised, filled and cake donuts, apple fritters, cinnamon rolls, monkey muffins, twists and more. Handmade daily, family owned.




4722 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island Phone: (910) 622-1509 Traditional Mexican dishes and specialties.


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101 E. Brown St., Southport 457-5994 www.drystreetpubandpizza.com Known for handmade, original pizzas—including Margherita, “very veggie,” and Greek. Also offers salads, soups and gourmet sandwiches.


1541 N. Howe St., Southport • 457-5143 Recognized regionally for outstanding gyros, calzones and pizzas.


6212 E. Oak Island Dr., • 278-6781 Offering a variety of pies from classic favorites to Greek white and Hawaiian.


3156 George II Hwy, Boiling Spring Lakes 845-5151 • www.pepperonigrillnc.com Offering eat in, take out and delivery. As well, offering oven toasted subs and calzones.


4320 East Beach Drive • 250-1190 www.pepperonigrillnc.com Open 7 days a week year round. Offering eat in, take out as well as delivery.


4960 Long Beach Rd SE, Southport (910) 457-9432 Family-friendly chain known for its made-toorder pizzas. Dine in, Take Out and Delivery.


4961 Old Long Beach Rd SE, Southport (910) 454-0757 Take-out/delivery chain offering classic & specialty pizzas, wings & breadsticks, plus desserts.



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4346 Long Beach Rd. SE, Southport 457-9310 Featuring jelly donuts, apple fritters, cupcakes, muffins, peach cobbler, bagels and more.


7916 E. Oak Island Drive (910) 250-1677 Homemade bagels, breakfast sandwiches, quiche, specialty coffees and sandwiches.


4022 Old Bridge Rd., Southport • 363-4841 We carry a large variety of gluten free/vegan baked goods, as well as homemade coffee cakes and muffins. Delicious and decadent specialty drinks: lattes, mochas, frapps, hot chocolate, Chai teas and more.


113 N. Howe Street, Southport 454-0321 www.portcityjava.com We serve coffees, espresso drinks, fruit smoothies, milkshakes, fresh juices, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and wraps all day. Open year round. Complimentary WiFi. Comfortable inside and outside seating. Coffee catering available.


At the Oak Island Pier, 705 Ocean Dr. Oak Island Serving bagels, croissants, sandwiches, hot dogs and coffee right at the pier.


8610 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island (910) 278-9111 Delivery/carryout chain offering a wide range of pizza, plus chicken & other sides.

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808 N. Howe St., Southport 454-4222 Known for their light and flaky filled croissants with a sweet sugar glaze, plus more.


200 Country Club Dr., Suite E, Oak Island 512-8881 www.staarrcakes.com Made from scratch cupcakes, biscuits, and pies using the finest ingredients available. Coffee supplied by an NC roaster.

ICE CREAM CHUCK’S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM 607 N Howe Street, Southport (910) 363-0208 Featuring delicious home made ice cream.


5701 E. Oak Island Dr.,• 278-5371 Featuring the iconic Blizzards, waffle-bowl sundaes, and more frozen treats. *Call for other nearby locations.


310 W. Bay St., Southport • 457-5150 CLOSED FOR SEASON Flava’s allows guests the choice between many flavors, including death by chocolate, birthday cake, cookies and cream, and more.


6324 East Oak Island Drive. Family-owned and operated. Featuring 16 flavors of ultra-premium, homemade ice cream. We use only dairy from grass-fed North Carolina cows and never add artificial flavors or colors.


201 N. Howe St., Southport, 457-7611 More than just ice cream, Spike’s offers great hot dogs as well. Closed for the Season.


4922 East Oak Island Dr, OKI 910-250-1321 The best ice cream on the beach! Plus made to order cake donuts and fresh hot donuts!



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A mad dash into the chilly waters of BSL’s Spring Lake at the 3rd Annual Spring Lake Shiver to benefit the Jack Helbig Memorial Foundation

? Want to buy or sell boating equipment ? MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

On Saturday April 4th 2020 come along to the 3rd Annual Marine Flea Market

Dr. Leigh Vaughan, Dosher Physician Advisory Board Chair and Family Medical Practitioner at the Dosher Wellness Center, Kate Inman, Dosher’s Practice Network Administrator, and Robert Howard, Chairman of the Dosher Board of Trustees, with the Guardian of Excellence Award. The Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award is a nationally-recognized symbol of achievement in health care. Presented annually, the award honors clients who consistently sustained performance in the top 5% for each reporting period during the course of one year.

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A fun day of great boat equipment deals, tasty food and fun vendors. Booth sales raise money for the Oak Island Water Rescue and their non profit efforts to aid swimmers and boaters in distress. Interested in a 14’x14’ $25 booth to make you money selling your boat stuff? Contact Norm at normbrown1970@gmail.com or 910.269.8689.

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Southport has a local hardware store again! Be sure to go see the new Southport Ace Hardware at 8448 River Rd..

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2100 Marsh Grove Lane, #2407 This luxury top floor condominium has spectacular views of the intracoastal waterway. Watch the sailing ships and enjoy beautiful sunsets from the spacious covered porch. This two bedroom two bath unit features an open floor plan with office area, new engineered hardwood floors, granite countertops and luxury soaking tub. Enjoy maintenance free living and all the amenities The Preserve at Oak Island has to offer including outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, and nature trails. Easy access to the Cape Fear Jetport and the beautiful Oak Island beaches and historic Southport are just minutes away. There is a separate storage unit. Two covered parking spaces underneath condo. $284,999 • MLS #100168087 Call Sherol Lappala, Southport Realty, Inc., (910) 363-7422, to view today!

1014 Softwind Way, Southport The Hammocks at Southport combines excellent construction and location in one wonderful package. These are true custom homes, with all the high-end finishes and details you would expect. Choose a home already completed or under construction, or choose one of 7 beautiful floor plans and customize to your own tastes. This plan is the Lighthouse, with 2210 SF of easy-flow, convenient living on the ground floor, & 390 SF bonus room. The kitchen overlooks the spacious living room with tray ceiling. The master bedroom is located just off the living room and features a walkin tiled shower and double vanities. Two remaining bedrooms share a hall bath. Covered porches front & rear. Come see! $459,000 • MLS #100097053 Call Pam Hayes, Southport Realty, Inc., (910) 232-6130, to view today!

282 Bonnet Way, Southport Southport living at its best! Warm and inviting, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath townhome full of great features and boasts a maintenance-free lifestyle in popular Bonnet Way Community.

MARKETPLACE Property is located within close proximity to Historic Downtown Southport. The rear of the home faces woods and features a screened porch with a patio for grilling and entertaining. With over 1400 SF this is a great value for the area! $169,900 • MLS #100197942 Call Myles Williams, Southport Realty, Inc. (910) 619-9655, to view today!

687 Hadley Court, Bolivia The newly released ‘’Hideaway’’ 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath floor plan is situated on a cul-de-sac in Mill Creek Cove This home has much to offer with 9’ ceilings; crown molding, and tile floors throughout main living areas. The open dining room sits just off the great room & connects to the covered porch and back patio. The kitchen is a cook’s dream with center island, granite countertops, 42’’ upper cabinets, under cabinet lighting, large pantry, storage closet and a cozy breakfast nook. The master bedroom has a double trey ceiling with over sized walk-in closet, bath offers vanities with granite counter tops, walk in tile shower and a large garden tub. There is a bonus room that can be used for home office/ guest suite/ playroom. Mill Creek Cove neighborhood is rich in amenities that include, gorgeous club house, oversized outdoor pool, tennis courts, fitness center and even a putting green. The newly renovated wildlife boat ramp is just minutes away in Sunset Harbor. $390,000 MLS #100186260 Call Sarah Smith, Southport Realty, Inc. (910) 4438000, to view today!

343 S. Shore Dr, Boiling Spring Lakes Introducing the Lakeside Country Rose, a combination of rustic charm, modern conveniences, and the small town life. This location makes for the perfect full time residence or second home. Mature Pine trees and landscaping adorn the property and a semi circle driveway provides easy access to and from South Shore Drive. The 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath property has a large single car garage with a barn style garage door. There is an astonishing 90’ of deep water access to the Big Lake. While the lake is drained is the perfect time to install a private dock/pier for summertime fun when the lake is refilled. $299,000 • MLS #100188284 Call Myles Williams, Southport Realty, Inc. (910) 619-9655, to view today!

177 Emberwood Drive, Winnabow Mallory Creek Plantation – Like new, brick, 3 bedroom, 3 bath with bonus or 4th bedroom upstairs. This home is immaculate and move-in ready! A huge island anchors the upscale kitchen and great room which also features a gas log fireplace. Rear windows offer plenty of sunlight with great backyard view. Listed at $324,900 with Margaret Rudd & Assoc., Inc., REALTORS Call Kirk Singer at 910-520-8483 for details.

118 NW 24th Street, Oak Island DOUBLE LOT. This 1,487 heated sq. foot home has an ADDITIONAL 1,197 sq. feet of separate living quarters on the ground level with its own separate entrance, its own full size kitchen, full bath and laundry room. A Must See. The beautiful back yard will truly make you feel like you are in paradise. It also has a 1 car garage and a gravel driveway leading to it. Come see it for yourself. Listed at $394,900 with Margaret Rudd & Assoc., Inc., REALTORS®️ Call Piotre Kulis at 910-524-0033 for details.

303 Ocean Drive, Oak Island This beach home will accommodate the whole family and your guests with a master bedroom and full bath downstairs and four more bedrooms and three baths upstairs. Downstairs there’s an open floorplan with a large living and dining area and kitchen all with oak floors. A screened porch is off the living room. The walk way out back has a sitting area and direct access to the beach. Listed at $799,900 with Margaret Rudd & Assoc., Inc., REALTORS®️ Call Elvira Gilbert at 910-619-4087 for details.

5016 Oarlock Court, Southport Gorgeous 4 BR, 3 BA home located on a cul-de-sac in Rivermist. Lots of upgrades throughout, immaculate, and move-in ready. Gleaming wood floors and a light

and bright open floor plan filled with natural light. Enjoy the gourmet kitchen and a lovely dining area that is open to both the kitchen and a spacious family room. A beautiful sun room leads out to a screened porch and adjacent patio great spaces to just sit and relax or entertain. Listed at $325,000 with Margaret Rudd & Assoc., Inc., REALTORS Call Mary deFlavio at 919-422-2539 for details

156 NE 16th Street, Oak Island Single level brick ranch home on 3 elevated lots. Freshly painted, new flooring installed, nice size kitchen with center island and gas stove. This beautiful home sits on lot 42 and has rear fencing around portions of lot 41. Exterior features include a screen porch, rear patio, fenced yard, outside shower, and more. Come and take a look, it is worth it! Listed at $269,000 with Margaret Rudd & Assoc., Realtors. Call Brooke Rudd at (910)512-1361 for details.

231 E. Bay, Southport, NC Watch the river traffic and enjoy the breezes and panoramic views of the Cape Fear River/ICW from this lovely home’s porches and balcony. or from the interior from most rooms. This property represents a rare opportunity to own a newer (2004) home in the very heart of historic Southport. The chef’s kitchen is recently beautifully updated with a gas cooktop and double ovens, granite countertops and an oversized island. The open concept living area and dining room have picturesque river views framed by live oak trees. There are two guest rooms on the main level. An elevator leads to the 2nd level master suite which includes a bedroom with french doors that open to the balcony and river views, an office and a large walk-in closet. Offered at $1,250,000 Call Kay Jolliff with Margaret Rudd and Associates, Inc. Realtors at 910-5230624 for a private showing.

1207 E Oak Island Dr, Oak Island This home, located on a quiet Southeast corner near the Davis Canal, has an open floor plan and many windows to

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take in lots of natural light. It’s a quick walk to the beach walk-over and the Veterans Park on the Waterway is just one block away for fishing. Living room. kitchen, dining is spacious and open. Master suite has walk in closet and full bath. Split-plan with 2 guest rooms. There is a 672 square foot semi-finished room downstairs that has electrical outlets, wall unit for heating and cooling, wood paneling and insulation and is not included in square feet. Great for office, man cave, storage. The lot is large and high and dry and wooded in the back, creating a park-like setting. Offered at $312,000 • MLS# 100162228 Give Kay Jolliff with Margaret Rudd and Associates, Inc., REALTORS, a call today 910-523-0624.

239 E. Bay, Southport, NC Own a part of Southport history while enjoying modern conveniences and double porches, with an expansive view of the mouth of the Cape Fear River. According to The Architecture of Southport by Carl Lounsbury, this property probably dates from the very early 19th Century and is likely the oldest surviving home in Southport. Known as the Walker-Pyke house, this gracious and historically significant home features 2 large living areas, a separate dining room, kitchen, a brick floored sunroom, 3 bedrooms and 2 and 1/2 baths. Heart of pine flooring and 6 fireplaces provide just some of the historic charm. The kitchen features Thermador range and Sub-Zero refrigerator. The sunroom overlooks a fenced courtyard with koi pond and fountain, a brick grill and a storage building. Offered at $949,500 Call Kay Jolliff with Margaret Rudd and Associates, Inc. Realtors at 910-5230624 for a private showing

401 Clarendon, Southport The Southport lifestyle is waiting for you in this beautiful home in the heart of historic Southport. Nestled under stately live oaks, on a lovely fenced corner lot, the house is a quick walk to the Southport marina, waterfront,

restaurants and shops. Built in 2006, this home fits in seamlessly with the surrounding historic homes plus provides the conveniences of newer construction. The open living-dining-kitchen area gets plenty of natural light and features stunning Ash floors, 12 foot ceilings and charming custom built-ins. Chef’s kitchen includes butler’s pantry with ample space for your wine collection, a six burner gas range top with griddle, and double ovens. Offered at $599,000. Call Kay Jolliff with Margaret Rudd and Associates, Inc. Realtors at 910-523-0624 for a private showing.

818 Cades Trail, Southport One of a kind immaculate Coastal Cottage within walking distance to downtown Southport is in a neutral palette with many upgrades, open living space and oversized backyard. Tiled double sided fireplace can be enjoyed from the living room and dining room. Designer accent walls including; shiplap, beadboard and wallpaper along with beautiful hickory wide plank hardwoods throughout make this charming home unique. Offered at $419,900 Call Kay Jolliff with Margaret Rudd and Associates, Inc. Realtors at 910-523-0624 for a private showing.

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