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NC Maritime Museum Lecture: Women of WWI BIZ Q&A: The Painted Mermaid

GREENL ANDS FARM So much more than fresh eggs and honey

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MARCH: greenlands farm So much more than fresh eggs and honey, Greenlands Farm offers an array of organic NC food products, handmade crafts, and a petting zoo

4 letter from the editor Learn about our scholarship opportunities

15-17 dining guide Discover the best eateries sure to please the most sophisticated palates

23 marketplace Everything for sale from refrigerators to real estate

29-30 spottings Check out photos of our neighbors living the

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coastal life to the fullest

31 occasions Check out this month's upcoming events

Pinky and Pepper are rescue pigs on Greenlands Farm, and kids can meet them at the weekend petting zoo. Cover and inside photos by Maud Kelley

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6 consumer convention

12-13 cover story

Greenlands Farm purveys much more than free-range eggs and local honey

Local businesses will be on display during the Coastal Consumer Showcase

8 history is calling

Historian LeRae Umfleet will chat about women's roles in WWI, hosted by the Maritime Museum

SHOWCASE

11 spring's first walk

21 moving insurance

Greg Ochipa shares the ins and outs of a less-discussed product

18 cheers

22 biz Q&A

HEALTH

HOMESTYLE

Cocktails to celebrate St. Paddy's Day

19 strong opportunities

This month's Gallery Walk will unveil Franklin Square Gallery's Spring Art Show

CrossFit finally muscles into the Southport area; Leslie Reschly, BSN, RN, has all the details

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contributing writers Becky Jones Leslie Reschly Greg Ochipa Member of:

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T MAY NOT SEEM LIKE IT NOW, BUT THE CLOSE OF THE SCHOOLYEAR will soon be here. High-school seniors are making plans to pursue college degrees, donning the gear of their soon-to-be home team. Juniors, meanwhile, are priming themselves to become to the sharks of the school (or the top cougars, as the case may be). With this in mind, Southport Magazine's owner, Kris Beasley, came up with a plan to help two students from South Brunswick High School cover some college expenses while allowing them to feature published works on their résumés and in their portfolios. Through a scholarship entry, one student with an interest in journalism and one with an interest in photography will be featured in our June edition, following the prompt, "What I love about Southport." "Last year I sat in the bleachers at South Brunswick High School with my husband, Alan, and watched our daughter, Brooke, receive four scholarship awards. This was one of the best days of my life," Kris shared with me. "To see all of Brooke’s hard work pay off was awesome! Sitting there, I thought to myself that if I ever became a business owner, I would create a scholarship for SBHS students. I am so proud and excited to offer two scholarship awards through Southport Magazine. The money that Brooke received help us fund some of the grand expense of college. I look forward to helping two students and their families with their college expenses." The deadline for products—a 600- to 800-word article or five hi-resolution photographs—is May 1st, Brooke Beasley, our owner's daughter, outside of South Brunswick High School after the 2013 scholarship award ceremony. Brooke now pursues an art degree from Virginia 2014. For entry details, e-mail Kris@SouthportMag. Commonwealth University. Photo by Kris Beasley com. And for any students, high school or college, with an interest in journalism or photography, Southport Magazine is always accepting interns. For more information on securing an internship with our company, e-mail Bethany@SouthportMag.com with a résumé and sample works. We're wishing every student the best of luck as they come to the end of their high-school careers, and we look forward to seeing what our area's scholars will become in the years to follow. Study hard, Cougars!

Southport Magazine is created monthly by Southport Media Company. Please note: Opinions of contributing writers are not necessarily the opinions of staff. Call us to subscribe for only $25/year. 1496 Grace Rd. Southport, NC 28461 Phone: (910) 231-6204

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Do you have an interest in journalism or photography? Students from South Brunswick High School may submit an article or digital photo album, in accordance with our prompt, to win a scholarship from Southport Magazine. The winner from each category will appear in our June edition. Deadline for products: May 1st, 2014 For details, e-mail Kris@SouthportMag.com


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Story by Bethany Turner What: Coastal Consumer Showcase When: Thurs., March 6th • 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Where: St. James Community Center 4136 Southport-Supply Rd., St. James Cost: FREE Info: www.southport-oakisland.com

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OR THE FOURTH YEAR IN a row, the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce will host its popular Coastal Consumer Showcase: a display of our local array of businesses, from dentists to florists. Each attending shop, restaurant, or service provider will be on-hand to chat with guests about their specialties. The showcase—while great for longtime locals to discover new businesses and the new merchandise offered by old purveyors—is particularly beneficial to new residents. "The Coastal Consumer Showcase is designed to give our residents a sampling of all the goods and services available in our area," Karen Sphar, executive vicepresident of the chamber, tells. "There will be plenty of samples and giveaways from the area merchants along with information about their businesses. As in the past, there will be a Chinese Auction: Each vendor will have a prize at their booth. Just for attending and registering, residents get one free raffle ticket." Guests can place their ticket in the receptacle of whichever prize they choose, ensuring winners receive something they truly want. In 2013, there was a 35 percent increase in attendees from the year before, according to Sphar. "We contribute increase in attendance to a response from residents who have been before, talking about what a great time it is and how much they found out about the offerings from our local business community," the vice-president adds. "This is one of the few chamber events that are open to all businesses." Color Me Carolina, a home décor and gift store in Oak Island, attended last year's showcase. It was the shop's second time participating. "As a fairly new busi-

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Chef Stephen Phipps of Mr. P's Bistro dishes out samples of seafood appetizers at a past Coastal Consumer Showcase. Photo courtesy of the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce.

ness (three years this May), it was imperative for us to showcase our store, including our screen printing and embroidery business," owner Melaney Robbins explains. "Although we advertise regularly in the area newspapers and guides, some locals still did not know who we were or where we were located. Last year's turn out was spectacular. We met new people, networked with others, and got feedback on our products. Although Southport and Oak Island rely on the tourism traffic in the summer, the locals are the true heroes who support our business, and that is who we focus on the most." Of course, with the growth of the showcase's attendance, the chamber felt it was important to expand the event's grasp. "New this year are the free seminars and the interactive fashion show," Sphar details. "During the expo, there will be models walking the floor. The models will have a sign which will designate where the items they are wearing can be purchased locally. We encourage attendees of the showcase to stop and talk with the models. The seminars include free fitness assessments, free shag dance lessons, and a free fishing seminar." Guests of the 2014 seminar can expect to encounter a full show. Shops include Color Me Carolina, Renee's Fine Jewelry, Steeped Tea, and CP Gunworks. Food and bever-

age-related booths will feature Southport Tea Room, CrazyCakeChicks, Hog Heaven Barbecue and Ribs, Silver Coast Winery, Fuzzy Peach, and Mr. P's Bistro. Consumers will be able to chat about improving their home with businesses like Coastal Shutters, Cape Fear Shutters and Blinds, Island Spas, D.L. Bianchi's Brickyard Supply, Inc., Al Fulford HVAC, and Piedmont Natural Gas. Finance and insurance vendors will attend, such as Ken White of Farm Bureau Insurance, Edward Jones, Josh London of State Farm, Coastline Insurance, First Community Bank, and Alliance Credit Union. Health-related vendors will run the gamut, including Family Chiropractic Plus, Massage Therapeutics by Joanne Duncan, Carillon Assisted Living, Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center, Coastal Companion Care, Dosher Memorial Hospital, Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry, Ocean Trail Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, and local gym Cape Fear Fitness. Other attendees include Coastal Computers, Greenwood Pet Camp, ATMC, and Brunswick Community College. Of course, local media such as Southport Magazine, The State Port Pilot, and South Brunswick Magazine will be at the showcase, too. For more information, visit the chamber's website at www.southport-oakisland.com or call (910) 457-6964.


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A U.S. Army Signal Corps female operators unit, otherwise known as 'Hello Girls,' line up to receive recognition for their work in France during World War I. Public domain photo

One group of people Umfleet takes interest in are the "Hello Girls" of World War I. Answering General John J. Pershing's emergency appeal for bilingual telephone-switchboard operators, women—many previously employed by telephone companies—were sworn into the United States Army. Of the women enlisted, over 300 served overseas as French-speaking operators. Their duties included connecting soldiers on the front lines to the General command for the first time in the history of war. As part of the NC Maritime Museum at Southport's Third Tuesday Evening Adult Program series, Umfleet will present a lecture on the American Hello Girls on March 18th at 7 p.m. in the Southport Community Building. Umfleet is the Supervisor of Education and Outreach for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Her love of history was influenced early as she grew up in one of North Carolina’s most historical towns: Bath. Oral history maintains that the infamous Blackbeard married one of her ancestor’s sisters, but it is yet to be proved. I asked Umfleet if she would look into the rumor, she shook her head "no" and laughed. “Pirates didn’t keep good records,” she mused. In eighth grade she vigorously studied Greece and Rome to discover the mystery of Atlantis. To Umfleet, the first Indiana Jones movie was awe-inspiring, opening the doors to the world of Egyptology. Umfleet received her undergraduate degree in History from UNC Chapel Hill and earned her master’s degree at ECU. In 2009 the historian published a book, "1898: A Day of Blood in Wilm-

ington," about the race riots in New Hanover County's port city. Her enthusiasm is evident; to conduct this interview, she took time out from participating in the Civil War Reenactment of the 149th Anniversary of the events of Fort Anderson at Brunswick Town. Her vast wealth of names, dates and facts that span generations is impressive. At times during our chat discussing World War 1, she would pause, gather her thoughts, laugh and apologize. She'd amend that the 1860s were on her mind and indeed, understandably, as she was in character. Umfleet was dressed in Civil War-period garb, a plaid wool day dress she had sewn herself, while sounds of canon fire from the live reenactment boomed in the background. In “Hello Girls! Women and World War I,” Umfleet will discuss the women behind the scenes of World War 1, including the Hello Girls—not to be confused with Rosie the Riveter—that was WWII. At the time, WWI was the biggest and essentially the first international war, The Great War, and ultimately the precursor to World War II. The presentation will also be a conversation, Umfleet assures. She invites the public to share family experiences or stories, a letter, a patch—any kind of record. Discovering and maintaining history is fact-finding; “the more information, the more developed the history," she urges. To keep up with Umfleet's work, visit her website at civilianwartime.wordpress.com. To learn more about the NC Department of Cultural Resources, visit www.ncdcr.gov. To register for the Maritime Museum event, which is free, call the museum at (910) 457-0003.


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This month's Gallery Walk will unveil the reception for Franklin Square Gallery's Spring Art Show Story by Bethany Turner What: Spring Art Show When: March 3rd through 22nd Reception: Fri., March 7th, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Where: Franklin Square Gallery 130 E. West St., Southport Cost: FREE Info: www.franklinsquaregallery.com

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N THE FIRST FRIDAY OF every month, a handful of Southport's art galleries open their doors after hours for a public Gallery Walk. As a self-guided tour, participants can peruse the varied works of several local and regional artists, from painting and photography to ceramics and wood carvings, among many other mediums. During the First Friday Southport Gallery Walk, many venues offer hors d'oeuvres and beverages as part of the welcoming atmosphere. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 7th, folks can join in this month's gallery walk, including Art at 211 The Ricky Evans Gallery (211 N. Howe Street), Lantana's Gallery and Fine Gifts (113 S. Howe Street), Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room (105 S. Howe Street), and Howe Outrageous Art Gallery and Marketplace (307 N. Howe Street). At Franklin Square Gallery (130 E. West Street), guests will be able to enjoy the opening reception of the annual Spring Art Show. Each entrant submitted one or two works, either two-dimensional or three-dimensional, on February 28th. Every work, from either members of the Associated Artists of Southport or regional artists, was accepted and will be for sale during the display, which ends March 22nd. Paintings and other twodimensional pieces will be judged for prizes by Kate Worm, an artist who works in watercolor/gouache and oils on canvas. "She will be giving an oil painting workshop [March 3rd through 5th]," Dot Moore, this year's Spring Art Show chair, explains. "Many layers of oil paint will be applied, and sometimes some will be removed, to unveil dark/light patterns. Her work is luscious because of the different techniques she uses." Worm's art is on display in five North Carolina galleries as well as many major public collections, including Hickory Museum of Art, Bank of America in Charlotte, City of

Winston-Salem, RJR/Nabisco, and Sara Lee. Worm has been the Art Consultant for the Enola Group Service for Developmentally Disabled Adult Artists for 15 years and has been the High School/Adult Educator at the Hickory Museum of Art in North Carolina since 2003. Three-dimensional works, limited to sculptures and pottery, will be juried by Denise Bramley, who served as the pottery instructor for the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department from 2003 to 2007. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics and art education from East Carolina University, Bramley worked at Ben Owen Pottery, a regionally renowned studio in Seagrove, NC. "Denise Bramley gives many pottery workshops and lessons in Wilmington, and continues to make her signature totems and

colorful, functional wares," Moore adds. In both categories, first-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded on the night of the opening reception. Merit and honorable mention awards will be given at the judges' discretions, as well. Of course, what would a reception be without refreshments? "We always have wine and a variety of delicious finger foods and sweets—something for everyone's taste," Moore assures. Franklin Square Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Spring Art Show will be on display from Monday, March 3rd through Saturday, March 22nd. The opening reception is open to the public, and each work will be for sale. For more information, call the gallery at (910) 457-5450 or visit www.FranklinSquareGallery.com.

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HILE DRIVING TO GREENlands Farm Store from Southport or Oak Island is more of a trek than just stopping by Lowe's Foods, what folks will discover between the pines on Midway Road is a haven for local, organic groceries. From honey made by the farm's own bees to soap made from the farm's goats' milk, the trip is worth the eight- to 12-mile ride. Greenlands Farm is owned by Heather and Henry Burkert, who got their start in landscape architecture and civil engineering with a focus on environmentally responsible design. The duo earned degrees in landscape horticulture from Michigan State University before eventually acquiring property in Bolivia, NC. "They didn't start out farming—they started out gardening for themselves," Brittany Taggart, an employee of the farm, explains. "And then it slowly expanded. They had milking goats when they were younger, so they got some goats. Then the herd got a little bit bigger and they started using the milk for soap. So it's just been a slow progression into actual farming for a living." Taggart's focus has been in the NC food scene for quite a while; she previously worked with Feast Down East, a non-profit striving to build a strong local food system by connecting farmers to the market. With a love for sustainability in farming, she took an interest in Greenlands Farm and joined the team after fulfilling an internship with the farm. Today, she runs Greenlands' education programs while working a bit in the store and coordinating events. "Greenlands has been in operation for about three years now," Taggart continues. "A lot of their landscape-design background shows on their property because they've integrated all sorts of plants that you wouldn't normally see on a farm. They grow tea, for example, but if you looked at their backyard you would think they're just bushes because they line the entire perimeter of the backyard—but they're actually plants you can harvest tea from." Everything grown on Greenlands Farm is organic. It is the foundation, while "from the field to the fork" is the mantra. The store houses a café where fresh sandwiches, homemade ice cream and smoothies, and vegan and gluten-free desserts are the norm. Even the salad dressings are made by hand.

Rhubarb pie is just one of the vegan dessert options available, baked in small batches and varying day to day. Photo by Maud Kelley.

Greenlands Farm Store, where products from the farm and other NC providers—such as polenta cakes and pimento cheese—are available for purchase. Photo by Bethany Turner

"Heather does all the jams, pickles, jellies—that's all from the farm and done by hand in small batches," Taggart reveals. "We didn't have cabbage this year—we planted it but the worms got it because of all the rain—but we got organic cabbage from another farmer and Heather makes homemade sauerkraut. She bakes all of the bread [with organic flour]. So everything is really, really fresh and homemade. It takes a lot of time but it's worth the effort." From Greenlands' hens come free-range, pastured, hormone- and antibiotic-free eggs. Likewise, fresh fruits and veggies line the shelves of store refrigerators, resting beside local milk. North Carolina-raised meats are for sale, too. "We do carry milk in the store from a dairy farmer in Duplin County," Taggart confirms. "We have a relationship with them; they bring down milk and cream so we can make our own ice cream. The beef and chicken comes from Mebane, NC. Farmers can't do everything, so what they do is work with people who are farming in a similar style; they're all either organic—or like the dairy farm is hormone-free and antibiotic-free. So that's in line with the same healthy effort that we're going toward." Greenlands' grocery list goes on, including sugar, flours, herbs, spices, coffee—and even popcorn—that is all organic. Bakery treats include the usual suspects—coconut

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Greenlands Farm offers more than fresh eats; check them out for a petting zoo on Saturdays, too. Photo by Bethany Turner

cake, carrot cake, German chocolate cake—as well as unique items such as Caribbean fudge pie and Scottish shortbread. Of course, the desserts are made by Mrs. Burkert in small batches, so the selection varies daily. Rosemary from Greenlands Farm goes right into Taggart's favorite treat. "Heather makes a lemon-rosemary polenta cake and it's really unique," she begins. "Polenta is generally thought of as a cornbread type of thing; it winds up actually being not savory but more sweet. I really enjoy that a lot." Taggart says many customers love Mrs. Burkert's liverwurst. "For a lot of the food in the store, she uses family recipes," the employee tells. "So the liverwurst is her motherin-law's recipe. She carries on a lot of traditions that way." Another family tradition is the love of tea, rooted in Mrs. Burkert's Scottish heritage. A high tea is scheduled for the fourth Friday of every month; details are available on the farm's website, www.GreenlandsFarmStore. info. Of course, the farm can accommodate groups of 10 to 15 for private tea parties. Classes are also a popular event for the farm. "Heather has done a tea class in the past

where you help harvest tea and learn about how it's processed," Taggart shares. "Generally the classes are about healthy cooking, healthy eating, and baking for your needs— such as gluten-free baking. All the classes revolve around fresh food and the farm." Actual vegetable production at Greenlands takes place on five acres. But a slew of animals call it home. "They have a bunch of rescue animals, from organizations all across the state," Taggart reveals. "Some of them are local, such as the equine rescue and the llama rescue. They have two llamas, two Shetland ponies, one miniature Shetland pony, a couple pot-bellied pigs, and a miniature donkey who came from a local farm that donated her. Horses and equine work on a pecking order [like a hierarchy], and she was the bottom of the pecking order, so she got picked on constantly. But she came to us and she's my favorite; her name's Miley." Families can meet Miley and the rest of the animals on Saturdays, weather permitting. "Educators are there to talk about each animal and bring them to the front so you actually get to pet them," Taggart says. "You get to see them up close and learn about them, so it's a pretty cool experience. We try to keep it affordable, so it's $4 per kid and $2 per adult. On Saturdays we also do pony rides with one of the rescue ponies named Dudley (cover photo). He came to us about 150 pounds underweight, and now he's a healthy young man." The rescued llamas even offer cart rides during special events, such as the spring and fall festivals Greenlands hosts. Folks can keep up with all the farm's events online, particularly the upcoming kids' summer camp. "I think we're running seven sessions


Veggies are picked fresh at Greenlands Farm and sold at the store, such as pickled okra and pickled Hungarian hot wax peppers. Photo by Bethany Turner

throughout the summer. It's a homesteading camp, so we're teaching them the basics of what the farm is like, from helping maintain the animals to egg collection, to actually seeing how they bake the bread and they'll make their own lunch," Taggart offers. "They'll help pick vegetables. We're not going to teach them how to be farmers but we'll teach them life skills and they'll also learn about food, its importance, and what it takes to grow food, so they can get an appreciation for that." Starting in May, customers can take part in Greenlands' CSA (community-supported

agriculture) program. For 10 weeks, participants will receive a half-bushel of the farm's organic fruits and veggies, from arugula to watermelon, every Wednesday. Complete details are available online, and registration is now open. Currently, Greenlands Farm Store (668 Midway Rd.) is open Thursday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (910) 253-7934 or stop by www.Facebook. com/GreenlandsFarm.

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SEAFOOD SPECIALTY

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

Atlantic Seafood and Steaks

5059 Southport-Supply Rd. SE, Southport 457-4477 • www.atlanticsouthport.com Casual dining with variety from seafood, steak, chicken and pasta. Known for its Calabash-style cuisine and low-country classics.

CAFES, DELIS AND GRILLS Baked with Love

302 N. Howe St., Southport • 454-0044 Offering sandwiches, salads, soups and quiche. A gem of a café located on Southport’s main drag.

Bald Head Island Club 1 Salt Meadow Trail, Bald Head Island 457-7300 • www.bhiclub.net Offers options, from the Pelicatessen located poolside, to the pub-style Palms dining room or al fresco Palms Terrace to the Grille, the club’s primary dining venue. Full or temporary membership in the BHI Club is required to dine.

Beana's Kitchen

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

Bob's Dogs

The Blue Marlin 4419 Long Beach Rd. SE, Southport • 363-4075 Serving up a menu to satisfy all palates, The Blue Marlin specializes in seafood, steaks and pastas in a fun, relaxed, Caribbean atmosphere.

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

Cape Fear Restaurant and Lounge

Castaway Keys

101 W. Bay St., Southport 457-9222 • www.capefearrestaurant.com Family-owned, Cape Fear Restaurant delivers excellent Southern-style cooking in the form of crabs, scallops and, of course, surf ‘n’ turf.

1102 N. Howe St., Southport • 457-0240 Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Castaway Keys features a varying menu with items such as a classic Reuben, gator bites and crab nachos.

Chaser's Sports Bar and Grill

Dead End Saloon & Fish Factory Grille

4907 Fish Factory Rd., Southport 454-4002 • www.thedeadendsaloon.com Known for real Maryland crab cakes and Cream of Crab soup and offering fresh, local seafood specials along with great entrees, nachos, cheddar fries, and more. Located on the Intracoastal Waterway with slips for docking and a beautiful view, including sunsets. We belong to the NC 10% Campaign.

Fish House Restaurant

5710 57th Place W., Oak Island 278-6012 • www.bwpresort.com Offering items such as award-winning chowder and signature crab dip to home-made desserts and chef specials.

Fishy Fishy Cafe

106 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport 457-1881 • www.fishyfishycafe.com A sophisticated take on the dockside seafood café, Fishy Fishy serves up plates like shrimp ceviche, Cajun grouper bites, and cilantro crusted Wahoo.

Frying Pan

319 West Bay St., Southport • 363-4382 Featuring homemade sweet potato biscuits and fried seafood, as well as other delicacies such as crab salad.

Island Way Restaurant

1407 E. Beach Dr., Oak Island 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.

Jolly Rogers

5515 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island • 278-7060 The menu features seafood, from shrimp to oysters and more, broiled or fried.

Ravioli is made from scratch at Bella Cucina Seafood, Pizza and Pasta (5177 Southport-Supply Rd. SE, Southport).The above ravioli includes caramelized onions, spinach, beef and tarragon sauce. Photo by Kris Beasley

Jones Seafood House

6404 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, 278-5231 Family owned and operated since 1964, this eatery offers seafood fried, broiled or grilled, plus charbroiled steaks.

MoJo’s on the Harbor

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

Provision Company

130 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport 457-0654 • www.provisioncompany.com Established in 1933, Provision Company offers a la carte seafood sandwiches, conch fritters, steamed shrimp and more.

Shoals Club

100 Station House Way, Bald Head Island 454-4850 • www.shoalsclub.com A private membership club, Shoals Club emphasizes fresh ingredients and a twist on American dishes. This is especially true in its local grilled tuna, grouper and other seafood items, as well as its excellent steak.

Yacht Basin Eatery

122 Yacht Basin Dr., Southport 363-4108 • www.yachtbasineatery.com Dishing up goods from both the North and South, Yacht Basin Eatery offers everything from hand-rolled

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

Duffer's Pub and Grill

928 Caswell Beach Rd., Oak Island pizza, Jersey-style breads and authentic Italian, to South- 278-9299 • www.oakislandgolf.com Located at the scenic Oak Island Golf Club, the ern comfort foods and fresh seafood. grill serves up premier burgers and wraps, as well as entrees from prime rib to salmon.

MODERN AMERICAN

Eric's Grille

Live Oak Cafe

1671 N. Howe St., Southport • 457-9024 614 N. Howe St., Southport Offers old-fashioned, hand-patted hamburgers, 454-4360 • www.liveoakcafenc.com plus bbq, hot dogs, chili cheese fries and breakfast Serving creative cuisine in a cozy atmosphere, sandwiches and platters. Live Oak Cafe offers dishes such as duck crepes, low-country gumbo, and baked scallops au gratin.

Greenlands Farm Store

668 Midway Rd. SE, Bolivia 253-9515 • www.greenlandsfarmstore.info 309 N. Howe St., Southport Farm-fresh, organic and natural ingredients— 457-0801 • www.mrpsbistro.com grown here, made here! Gluten-free and vegan Fine low-country cuisine, from crab-stuffed fish options offered. Enjoy sandwiches, salads, unique du jour to crab cakes and prime rib. sides and desserts.

Mr. P’s Bistro

The Pharmacy Restaurant

Little Bit's Grill

110 E. Moore St., Southport 5902 E. Oak Island Dr. , Oak Island • 278-6430 457-5577 • www.thepharmacyrestaurant.com A classic burger joint, with onion rings and other Fine dining with home-spun appeal abounds at sides. Plus, breakfast is served, including pancakes The Pharmacy Restaurant. Enjoy everything from and bacon. gourmet chicken salad and fish tacos to blackened tilapia and Bouillabaisse.

Local’s Family Diner

832 N. Howe St., Southport 457-0444 • www.localsfamilydiner.com 8004 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island Within a warm and friendly atmosphere, Local’s 933-4103 • www.shaggerjacksoki.com Family Diner serves breakfast all day long and a With over 50 beer selections, Shagger Jacks ofseafood and entrée menu for lunch and dinner. fers an assortment of dishes from steamers to ribs and sweet curry chicken to tacos.

Shagger Jacks

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EVENTS Weekly Wine Tastings Every Thursday, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. • $5+ Uncorked by the Sea 602-A N. Howe St., Southport 454-0633 • www.uncorkedbythesea.com “Good Wines for a Great Cause” Wine Tastings benefit local non-profit organizations. Join us to enjoy great wines and hors d’oeuvres while helping out a worthy cause. Daily Wine and Craft Beer Tastings Any time, no appointment needed • $6 Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room 105 S. Howe St., Southport 777-5151 • www.silvercoastwinery.com Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room in downtown Southport offers wine and craft beer tastings seven days a week. Come in any time between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Mon.Sat., and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, and enjoy six wines or six beers (keep the souvenir glass) for $6.

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

Kopp's Kwik Stop II

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

Maritime Market Cafe

8 Maritime Way, Bald Head Island 457-7450 • www.maritimemarketbhi.com Serving breakfast classics as well as imaginative daily specials like seafood omelets or banana crepes. As well, lunch includes fresh sandwiches, salads and wraps.

Moore Street Market

130 E. Moore St., Southport • 363-4203 Open for breakfast and lunch, this market specializes in organic and fair-trade coffee as well as gourmet sandwiches crafted with Boar’s Head deli meats.

Oak Island Restaurant

das and chalupas.

Flying Fish Cafe

4961 Long Beach Rd. SE, Southport • 454-0950 Known for fresh salsa and margaritas; serves traditional Mexican dishes.

705 Ocean Dr., Oak Island (at the pier) 278-5504 • www.oakislandpier.com/cafe Nestled beside the Oak Island Pier, Flying Fish Cafe offers a panoramic view of the ocean and excellent West-Coast cuisine.

BARBECUE The Bar-B-Que House

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

San Felipe

PIZZERIAS Dry Street Pub and Pizza

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

Famous Subs and Pizza

CHINESE

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

Asian Taste

Pizza Shack

1671 N. Howe St., Ste. 3, Southport 457-0988 • www.asiantastesouthportnc.com Take-out traditional Chinese food, with staples such as lo mein, sesame chicken, and General Tso's.

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

The Pepperoni Grill

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

Taste of China

Oak Island Subs and Salads

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

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.

ITALIAN

THAI

Bella Cucina

Thai by the Sea

5705 E. Oak Island Dr. , Oak Island• 278-9040 From BLT's with avocado to Cajun and Reuben sandwiches, this deli serves up quality sandwiches.

Chowder Cookoff Sun., March 9th • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. • $8-10 Oak Island Moose Lodge 4239 Long Beach Rd., Southport 457-5578 • www.southport-oakisland.com Fundraiser for the NC 4th of July Festival. Entertainment by “Party of Two," a baked goods sale, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, and cash bar. Adv. tickets are $8, available at the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, 4433 Long Beach Rd. Tickets at the door will be $10. A limited number of tickets will be sold. Chowder Cookoff awards will be decided by People’s Choice Ballots from those tasting chowder, with restaurants like Bella Cucina, Fishy Fishy Cafe, and Coastal Catering and Events vying for the title.

Oasis Bar and Grill

Coffee with the Girls Tues., March 18th • 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Port City Java, 113 N. Howe St. 457-6964 • www.southport-oakisland.com Attention, ladies! The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Business Development Committee invites you to a program for women in business, focused on women-related issues and creating a women based supportive network. Free. Coffee with the Girls is a benefit of being a member of the chamber.

Taylor Cuisine Café

Food Preservation Class Wed., March 19th • 12:30 p.m. Brunswick Center at Southport 1513 N. Howe St. • 454-0583 www.brunswickseniorresources.org The Brunswick County Cooperative Extension will discuss different food preservation techniques, such as storing summer veggies for the winter. We hope this class will just be the beginning and a wonderful way for us all to share ideas and techniques. Please RSVP.

BAJA CALIFORNIA

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

Olde Brunswick General Store

1450 50 Lakes Dr., Southport • 845-2707 Made-to-order breakfast and lunch grill.

Russell's Place

5700 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island • 278-3070 Serving breakfast and lunch until 2 p.m., Russell's place is a little restaurant with a lot of home cooking.

Side Street Café

5827 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island, 933-4615 Offering hand-pattied burgers, subs, shrimp, wings, hot dogs and more.

5177 Southport-Supply Rd., Southport 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.

Joseph's Italian Bistro

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 candle-lit dining and fresh Italian continental cuisine.

JAPANESE Kobe Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi

8317 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island • 933-4405 Generous servings from the hibachi grill, as well as decadent sushi.

731 N. Howe St., Southport • 454-0088 Bald Head Marina at Deep Point • 457-7830 www.taylorcuisinecatering.com Putting its Southern style where guests' mouths are, this eatery offers "Taylor-made" fried string beans, fried green tomatoes, country fried steak and more in two locations.

Tengu Japanese Steak House

Trolly Stop

116 N. Howe St., Southport 457-4544 • www.portsofcallbistro.com Ports of Call features the cuisines of Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Greece, from tapas to gyros. In the bakery, folks will find artisanal breads, rolls, dessert breads, bars, cookies and more.

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

Tropical Smoothie Café

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

Wildlife Restaurant and Grill

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

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

MEDITERRANEAN Ports of Call

MEXICAN Delphina Cantina

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

Plaza Mariachi

1671 N. Howe St., Ste. 1, Southport Serving authentic dishes, such as fajitas, enchila-

8300 E. Oak Island Dr. • 278-6420 Brightly decorated, Thai by the Sea offers traditional Thai including dumplings, with a large selections of dishes and spice levels.

Thai Peppers

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.

BAKERIES/COFFEE SHOPS Ahoy Doughnuts

4922 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 278-6929 • www.ahoydoughnuts.com Fresh yeast-raised, filled and cake doughnuts, apple fritters, cinnamon rolls, monkey muffins, twists and more. Handmade daily on site in this family-owned doughnut shop.

Blue Sea Coffee Shop

7916 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 620-7073 • www.facebook.com/Blue.Sea.Cafe.NC All organic coffee. All our beverages made with purified H2O. Mom’s homemade baked goods. Four house coffee blends, cold brewed ice coffee, tea & espresso bars, fruit smoothies, Chai tea, & more.

Burney’s Bakery

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

Crazy Cake Chicks

5119 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 933-4253 • www.crazycakechicks.com We have a variety of cakes on our standard menu. We also prepare a full line of special order desserts including low-sugar, gluten-free, dairyfree, vegan, and seasonal items by special order.

The Confectionary

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


Flying Pig Coffeehouse

6006 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 278-5929 • www.flyingpig.us Home of the Flying Pig, Green Swamp and Pig Bun; specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, chai, beans, bagels, desserts and conversation. Open year round, wi-fi, indoor and outdoor seating.

Jumpin’ Java - Oak Island

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.

ICE CREAM PARLORS Dairy Queen

5701 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island • 278-5371* Featuring the iconic Blizzards, waffle bowl sundaes, and more frozen treats, Dairy Queen also serves up lunch and dinner with classic American grill items. *Call for other nearby locations.

Flava’s Coffee and Ice Cream

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

Fuzzy Peach

Port City Java

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 Wi-Fi. Comfortable inside and outside seating. Coffee catering available.

Side Street Bakery

105 West Saint George St., Southport • 363-4629 Locals suggest the cupcakes, lemon bars, key lime pie, and carrot cake.

Staarr Cakes Bakery

5130 Southport-Supply Rd., Unit 108, Southport 363-4180 • www.thefuzzypeach.com A frozen yogurt bar where you can select your own flavors and toppings.

Leaky Tiki

6324 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island 933-4503 • www.leakytikiinc.com Homemade ice cream and fudge since 2009.

Spike’s Dairy Bar

201 N. Howe St., Southport • 457-7611 More than just ice cream, Spike's offers great hot dogs as well.

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.

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HE IRISH CELEBRATION OF St. Patrick began centuries ago as a feast in honor of the saint who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle. It's no wonder today the holiday is celebrated with copious fanfare; St. Patrick's Day falls within the confines of Lent and therefore serves as a reprieve from penitent self-denial of vices. Many Irish men would down a couple pints of Guinness in the name of St. Patrick each March 17th, and folks around the world have adopted this tradition as a result of immigration and the mixing of cultures. In anticipation of this month's St. Patrick's Day, we've compiled a handful of cocktails—some authentically Irish and some not. Cheers! Or, as the Irish say, "Sláinte!"

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COOL CLOVER Highball 1.25 oz. Pinnacle Whipped Vodka .75 oz. Midori Melon Liqueur Pineapple Juice Fill a tall cocktail glass with ice and combine liquors in the glass. Fill the remainder with pineapple juice, then give it a quick mix with a shaker.

The Cool Clover cocktail, featuring Pinnacle Whipped Vodka and Midori Melon Liqueur, is a sweet and fruity take on St. Patrick's Day. Photo by Bethany Turner

EASY IRISH COFFEE Coffee Mug 1.25 oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey .75 oz. Bailey's Irish Cream Coffee Whipped Cream Crème de Menthe

MEXICAN LEPRECHAUN Cocktail Glass 1 oz. Hornitos Plata Tequila 1 oz. Midori Melon Liqueur .5 oz. Triple Sec Splash of Orange Juice

Add Jameson and Bailey's to your choice of coffee and top the drink with whipped cream. Garnish the cream with a drizzle of Crème de Menthe.

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GRASSHOPPER Cocktail Glass .75 oz. Crème de Menthe .75 oz. White Crème de Cacao .75 oz. Half and Half Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain into the glass over ice.

Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass over ice. Garnish with an orange slice. IRISH ALE Cocktail Glass 2 oz. Bushmill's Irish Whiskey Crabbie's Ginger Beer 3 Lime wedges Combine whiskey and the juice of the lime wedges in the glass. Add ice and fill with Crabbie's; stir and serve.


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Leslie has lived in Southport since 1990 with her husband and three children. She is employed at Dosher Memorial Hospital as a Registered Nurse, and she has an interest in fitness and health.

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ROSSFIT HAS ARRIVED IN Southport! Started in 2000 by founder Greg Glassman, the fitness exercise program has been adding affiliated gyms across the USA for over a decade—finally reaching our immediate area as of this month. Based on strength training and conditioning, the goal of this program is to build muscle strength, increase heart and lung endurance, and improve flexibility in a group exercise environment. There are currently two CrossFit-affiliated gyms in our nook of Brunswick County. In South Harbor off Long Beach Road, John Surigao has started CrossFit Safe Haven, a stand-alone CrossFit facility. A former UNC football player and West Brunswick High School football coach, Surigao has participated in the CrossFit program for more than four years and has been a certified CrossFit coach for over one year. The Staff of CrossFit Safe Haven include certified male and female coaches. Basing his work outs on "functional movements performed every day in an energetic and communal" environment, Surigao is committed to CrossFit's individualized and personalized training with every exercise session.

Currently, the program is in the "On Ramp" phase where participants are taught the basic movements and exercises under the guidance of the coaches. Participant Nirali Patel shared her enthusiasm for the program. "It is a lot different than just going to the gym," she describes. "I love the team workout and coaching." In fact, during the brief time I observed the participants in action, the coach provided encouragement as well as constructive feedback to allow each participant to get maximum benefit from their movements. Surigao has a goal to support youth athletics in Brunswick County with profits of this gym. He verbalized there are "no contracts and no egos," emphasizing his goal to provide an exercise program that people want to attend. He believes strongly in the need to practice preventative health measures and will be incorporating a CrossFit Kids program as well. In addition, he has plans to bring Custom Fit Meals (prepared meals specializing in CrossFit's dietary suggestions) and a nutritionist on board to assist participants in meeting their goals for a healthy lifestyle. Information on CrossFit Safe Haven can be obtained through www.crossfitsafehaven.com and CrossFit Safe Haven on Facebook. In addition, Cape Fear Fitness is implementing a CrossFit program as a part of

their services. Located at 5130 SouthportSupply Road, Cape Fear Fitness gym has been an established business since 2008 but added CrossFit in February as a new program available to their members. For an additional charge, members can join the CrossFit program while still accessing the weight and cardio equipment as well as the variety of classes offered at the gym, such as TRX, yoga and spinning. Program leader Samantha Stephens brings energy and personal experience to this program, which is also staffed with male and female CrossFitcertified instructors. As the trend has swept the USA, Stephens developed a love for CrossFit because of the motivation it provides. Not only did the program supply Stephens with immediate results, she experienced a "shift in [work out] focus to become better at something" while progressing in the program which led her to pursue certification. She encourages participants to take part in a work out environment where "friends make it fun, and great relationships are formed." Classes began February 24th, 2014, but Stephens notes participants can start at any time. She invites anyone who is interested to call and speak with her or stop by the gym, as she is there almost every day. Also a mother, Stephens adds that childcare is provided at Cape Fear Fitness as well as a Fit Kids afterschool exercise program. Please contact Cape Fear Fitness at (910) 457-0085 or www. capefearfitness.net.

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-Pilates with Sarah Hyland: Mon., 8 a.m.; bring mat & a fitness ball. (978) 844-2556 -Yoga with Pamela Schottenfield: Wednesdays 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. $7 drop-in fee; class packs available. 854-0112. ***No classes this month until Jan. 22 -Zumba with Pattie Powderly:Tues. & Thurs., 8 a.m. & 9:15 a.m.; Sat., 8:30 a.m. 233-5687 -Zumba:Tues., 5:30 p.m.

Gentle Yoga with Dee Buckingham Southport Jaycee Building 309 Fodale Ave., Southport www.RisingTideYoga.com Mondays from 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; $4

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Yoga for Health and Wellness with Ella Hill St. Peter Lutheran Church, 4843 Southport-Supply Rd. 297-6274 • www.stpeterlutheran-nc.org Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Suggested donation of $6 to $10.

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Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Walk in fee of $8/$10 per class. Pam has been yoga certified since 2004, is a Level 3 YogaFit instructor with Seniors training, teaching yoga for 10 plus years. She’s been a certified fitness instructor for over 28 years.

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Mondays from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. $8 drop-in fee; also class packs available. Pamela has been practicing yoga for over 18 years and has been a registered Vinyasa Yoga instructor since 2006.

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Tues: Gentle Yoga, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Fri: Gentle Yoga, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Sat: Yin Yang Yoga, 9:30-10:45 a.m.; Sun., Mixed Level Hatha, 10:30-11:45 a.m. Sign up online; fee $8.

HALF HELL HAUL 7K AND 1 MILE RUN Sat., March 22nd • 9 a.m. BSL Community Center, 1 Leeds Rd.

The 7K is a full trail run through the Half Hell Swamp in the Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve.The area is a unique natural community protected by the State of NC and The Nature Conservancy. This preserve is home to one of the 15 remaining populations of Venus Flytraps, which are only found in this tiny corner of the world. Proceeds from the race go to a special fund at The Nature Conservancy to protect the Venus Flytrap. Learn more at http://its-go-time.com/halfhellhaul2014 or call 363-0018.

RIDE THE TIDE KAYAK FLOAT Sat., March 29th • 9 a.m. OKI Rec Center, 3003 E. Oak Island Dr. 278-5518 • www.oakislandnc.com/recreation

There will be a kayak float and race from the Recreation Center to Blue Water Marina on an outgoing tide. There will be various age group awards, costume contest, and a poker run. Kayak rentals available. Early entry fee is $20 and first 75 paddlers get a t-shirt. Volunteers also needed. To volunteer or register call 278-5518.

Facilities and instructors are required to notify Southport Magazine of any changes. Schedules and prices are subject to change. Please call the venues to verify dates, times and fees.


wealth The ins and outs of moving insurance By Greg Ochipa

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HEN PREPARING FOR a move, you may be hiring movers, packing, and transferring your homeowners or renters insurance to your new address. But what about getting moving insurance? If you’re like most people, you may not realize that your homeowners or renters insurance won’t cover loss or damage to your possessions while in transit. Since moving puts your stuff at risk for all kinds of unforeseeable mishaps, having moving insurance can give you peace of mind should anything go awry. Here’s what you need to know to make sure you’re protected for your next move. Does my homeowners policy cover a move? Although it’s not standard, some homeowners policies will cover your property during a move. Review your policy or talk with your agent to see if your property is insured while in transit or storage. Where do I get moving insurance? Moving companies offer various insurance options, two of which are mandated by federal law: 1. Released value coverage (or basic carrier liability). As the most basic coverage required by federal law, this liability coverage is free and based on weight, paying up to 60 cents per pound for an item. But if your $500 one-pound tablet gets damaged during a move, well, it hardly comes close to paying the full replacement value. 2. Full value protection (or full replacement value protection). Also required by federal law, this coverage has to be purchased, but experts recommend it, because it pays for either the current market replacement value of an item, replacement with a similar item, or the item’s repair. If you opt for full value protection, make sure to get details of your moving company’s specific plan to see how it determines replacement value, especially for items of extraordinary value, and to learn what actions might limit

your mover’s liability. 3. Separate liability insurance. Some movers might offer this optional insurance for purchase. Governed by state law, separate liability insurance pays for the insurance amount purchased minus the basic carrier liability amount that the mover pays (up to 60 cents per pound). If you go this route, make sure you get a copy of your policy and understand the amount of insurance you purchased and the cost for this coverage. What if I do the move myself? Most likely, your homeowners or auto insurance policy won’t cover your possessions if you transport it in your personal vehicle or in a rental vehicle. If that’s the case, then you assume the risk if you use your own vehicle for the move. Truck rental companies, on the other hand, offer insurance that not only protects the rental vehicle, but also the driver, passengers, and your cargo, depending on the type of coverage you choose. What do I need to file a claim? To file a claim of loss or damage, you may need to prove that the lost or damaged item was actually moved by the movers and not damaged beforehand. A comprehensive moving inventory list—which should include items of extraordinary value like jewelry, silverware, and digital devices—can help support your claim, so make sure it is complete before the movers transport your property. It’s also wise to take before and after pictures and file your claim promptly to facilitate reimbursement. Any way you look at it, moving insurance can provide some protection and peace of mind during an extremely stressful time.

Any questions? Contact Greg, a State Farm agent, at: Office: (910) 395-5252 Email : greg@gregochipa.com www.gregochipa.com southport magazine / march 2014 / www.southportmag.com 21


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Amy Atwell, owner of The Painted Mermaid, discusses her decisions to exit 'big box' retail and to feature local wares

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OU MAY HAVE NOTICED the wood carvings hanging from live-oak limbs outside The Painted Mermaid in Southport, or perhaps you took note of the woodworker in a bright orange knit cap. But have you ever ventured inside the shop that houses resident artist Dave DeGroat (the guy in the orange hat)? What you will find is something dynamic, as items change every day. Opened in April 2010 and featuring everything from home décor to jewelry, The Painted Mermaid is a treasure chest waiting to be opened. We had a chat with owner Amy Atwell to learn more about her unique store, located at 1208 N. Howe St. For more info, call (910) 454-4549 or visit www. Facebook.com/ThePaintedMermaid. Southport Magazine (SM): Why did you want to own your own shop? Amy Atwell (AA): I had been in "big box" retail since I was 16, and it seemed that as time had passed, the companies I worked for had gotten further and further away from the things I felt most important. I had always wanted the opportunity to keep things simple and be able to focus on and enjoy the best parts of retail, which for me were the customers, the buying, and the display.

SM: Tell us about your consignment program. AA: We do take consignments by appointment on a 50/50 basis. We accept a little bit of everything and are most drawn to items that are different and, at times, even a tad quirky. SM: Why is it important to you to feature local art and jewelry in your store? AA: I love featuring local art and handmade jewelry for many reasons. First, it's guaranteed to be different, one of a kind, unique. And secondly, I'm not the only one who wanted a chance to do the thing I love "my way," so why not surround myself and support others who have been inspired to do the same thing! And, you know, that's not

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Amy Atwell, owner of The Painted Mermaid, in her shop. Photo by Kris Beasley

ing and building an ongoing inventory, he does work on commission, designing pieces to suit each client's needs.

just limited to those who paint or make jewelry; it's also the folks that shop "the Mermaid" for goodies to refurbish, rebuild or re-purpose!

SM: What decorating styles can customers find in The Painted Mermaid? AA: We offer a mix of absolutely anything and everything we think may appeal to our shoppers—new, old and everything in between! And because we take consignments, it changes virtually every day. We keep a wish list, which helps us when we're out scouting, and we pass the information to our consignors that actually shop for the store on a regular basis.

SM: How did Dave DeGroat become The Painted Mermaid's resident artist? Can you tell us a bit about his wood carvings? AA: Dave DeGroat had recently relocated to Jacksonville and was exploring the area for shops to show his wares. We had just put up our sign—three days prior I believe—when he stopped and said to the friend who was helping me at the time, "I carve mermaids; would you like to see them?" Thankfully she was sharp enough to recognize a great opportunity when it fell in our laps, and Dave became not only our first artist, but our resident artist. All of Dave's pieces are carved from Atlantic White Cedar and can be used indoors or out. (The largest piece currently on display actually started life as a telegraph pole from the early 1800's!) He is truly amazing to watch, with so much of the work being done with hammer and chisel. In addition to design-

SM: Favorite food? TK: At the moment, Dry Street Pub and Pizza's potato salad! SM: Favorite book? TK: "The Bonesetter's Daughter" by Amy Tan SM: Favorite music? TK: Classic '70s SM: Favorite place to travel? TK: The Outer Banks SM: Favorite thing about Southport? AT: The waterfront


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413 W. West Street - Price Reduced! Motivated Seller! Classic Southport Cottage just steps to the Yacht Basin! Located in the heart of Southport. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, formal dining room and sunroom overlooking backyard oasis. Large lot complete with koi ponds, workshop, and greenhouse! Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS at $356,000 Call Kay Jolliff (910) 523-0624

766 Skipjack CircleDowntown Southport. EnergyStar rated marshfront home in Cottage Point has 3 BR, 2 ½ BA & open floorplan, amazing features including screened porch, elevator, indoor pool & stunning view! $775,500 Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® Call Kay Jolliff (910)523-0624

5928 Dutchmans Creek - Watch the boats go by from this lovely 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 3100+ sq. ft. Low Country home in beautiful Indigo Plantation located in downtown Southport. Features include: large kitchen, family room with custom built ins, 2 fireplaces, and an enormous screened porch offering expansive views! Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS at $679,000. Call Kay Jolliff 523-0624

770 Skipjack CircleREDUCED PRICE! This home offers Southern living—Southport style! Situated downtown by the marsh at Cottage Point, with 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, with a stunning open living area, custom kitchen and wrap around porches to enjoy outdoor living. Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS at $459,000. Call Kay Jolliff (910) 523-0624

7002 Robert Ruark Dr. - Smithville Woods. 3 bed/ 2.5 bath. $229,000 MLS #676825. JUST REDUCED! Great family home in desirable Smithville Woods. New granite countertops in large eat-in kitchen, gas range, two pantries. Formal dining room, large great room with French doors plus sunroom. Huge deck on back plus large workshop with garage door for storage. Large yard with mature plantings. Irrigation system on private well. Call Verilyn McKee , Southport Realty, Inc., (910) 470-0527.

401 Lord Thomas Ave. - Southport. $299,900. Listing #677529. Located in The Cottages at Southport, one of the area’s favorite new neighborhoods. 3BR, 2.5BA. Hardwoods, gas fireplace, gas oven, stainless and granite in kitchen, 9ft ceilings. First floor master with walk in shower, soaking tub, his and her vanities, large walk in closet. Upstairs spacious bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bath with granite and tile. Extra open loft. Hardie plank siding, upgraded hardware, crown Molding, Screened porch, extensive landscape package with irrigation system using pond. Call Renee

12 Augusta Dr. - Oak Island Estates. $329,995. Listing #675854. Spacious one-floor home with formal living, dining room and large eat-in kitchen. Heated and cooled Carolina room. Master suite is large seating area and plenty of closets for storage.Two additional bedrooms.All on a nicely landscaped larger lot. Attached two car garage. Close to beach, golf and restaurants. Call Renee Yost of Intracoastal Realty at 910-269-1128 or visit www.YostandYost.com

101 SE 74th St.- Oak Island. $659,000. Listing #676511. Beautiful 5 bed, 4 bath home located in East Beach on Oak Island. Open, airy living with a reverse floor plan! Decking and porches on both floors. Elevator. Direct access to ocean at end of the street. If you are looking for a beach home this is a must see! Call Renee Yost of Intracoastal Realty at 910-269-1128 or visit www.YostandYost.com

104 Bonnets Creek Lane - Southport. $450,000. Listing #677962. Spacious 4BR,3.5 B. A waterview home, open floor plan great for entertaining with top floor living area, dining area and upgraded kitchen with stainless and granite and hardwoods throughout. Elevator and 2-car garage w/golf cart garage. Call Renee Yost of Intracoastal Realty at 910269-1128 or visit www. YostandYost.com

569 Edgewood Rd.

- Boiling Spring Lakes. 3 bed, 2 bath. $124,900. MLS #680121. Neat, clean and adorable….this starter home is just waiting for the right buyer! Sunny open modern kitchen with stainless appliances opens up to a large living room for complete family enjoyment. Rear screened porch leads to a spacious back yard. A must see for a buyer that wants a great location! Home warranty offered. Call Torrie D., Southport Realty, Inc. (910) 443-0329 for more information!

3612 Button Bush Ct. - Arbor Creek. 3 Bedroom 2 Bath, $249,000, MLS #665646. $9K Reduction! Beautiful, well cared for brick home welcomes you to Arbor Creek. Lawn maintenance is included in the HOA dues giving you plenty of time to enjoy the many neighborhood amenities. Just 8 years old, with a recessed walkway, mature shrubbery and a 17x17 screened back porch to help you relax! This home can be your start to easy living in coastal NC. Call Ben Styers, Southport Realty, Inc. (910) 448-2598 for a tour.

639 Spartina Ct. - Indigo Plantation, 3 Bedroom 3 Bath, $459,900, MLS #680223. ICW Waterfront! This classy coastal cottage’s large screen porch and huge windows offer breathtaking views of this ever changing marsh, Intracoastal Waterway’s boat traffic & Caswell Beach lighthouse. This custom built home has quality construction on a large, private lot. Recently upgraded light fixtures, granite, and paint! Special features are elevator, large screen porch, custom hurricane shutters & rocking chair front porch. Call Shay Watkins, Southport Realty, Inc. (910)470-0107.

659 Carolina Bay Ct. - Indigo Plantation, 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath, $434,000. MLS #673472.Walking in the front door you have an open view through the great room, French doors, onto the large stamped concrete deck. Deck and beautifully landscaped area with privacy to the rear.Two fireplaces with their marble surround and wood mantels. Enjoy the sun lights in the sun room and great room. The split bedroom plan provides privacy on the first level. There is the 4th bedroom/ media room on the second level with a full bath. Find the elevator on the ground level with the three car garage, 115 sq.ft. workshop, and 1,106 sq.ft. of open storage. Moor your boat at the Indigo Marina. Enjoy the clubhouse, pool, and tennis courts. Call Harley Lemons, Southport Realty Inc., (910) 352-7174.

227 NE 52nd St. - Oak Island Wooded. Breakfast in your screened porch or walk to the beach for this like-new furnished 3 BR, 2 BA home. Hardwood & tile flooring. Outside shower and storage – must see! $239,000 Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS®. Call Wyatt Gordon at (910)540-7316

1106 Elizabeth Dr. Oak Island. Enjoy amazing views of the marsh and ICW from your screened porch or private deck of this 3 BR, 2 BA, furnished home, it’s move-in ready. Close to the beach and restaurants. Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® $299,900 Call Donna Atherton (910) 515-6447

81 South Shore Dr. Boiling Spring Lakes. Come see this great cottage on the “Big Lake” in BSL.A brick ranch with beautiful oak floors, a Carolina room overlooking the lake, sited on 1 ½ lots with own boat launch and pier. $255,000 Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® Call Elvira Gilbert at (910)6194087

4511 Sweet Bay Southport. Perfect beach getaway for a great price! This property has the collest 16 x 12 patio one could wish for out back. Home offers 3 bedrooms, 2 baths with parquet floors throughout.This nearly new house has vinyl siding and stone foundation, which makes it nearly maintenance free. Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS® $109,500 Call Elvira Gilbert (910)619-4087

Boats 6102 Harbor Oaks Drive - Harbor Oaks, 3 Bedroom/ 2 Bath, $339,900, MLS #677169. JUST REDUCED! This Southern Living style home is priced right and ready to sell! Open floor plan with beautiful vaulted foyer and gallery room with trey accents. The spacious kitchen has great use of space & opens to the great room and breakfast area; perfect for entertaining. Magnificent 24x24 custom built deck with arbors. Home also offers newly installed Samsung stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, new HVAC unit installed in 2011, freshly painted interior, gas fireplace, hardwood floors, spacious master suite w/ Jacuzzi tub, walk-in closet & screened in porch. Call Sarah Smith , Southport Realty, Inc., (910) 4438000 to preview this lovely home today!

1000 Caswell Beach Dr. #1011 - Freshly updated, beautifully furnished oceanfront condo. 3 bedrooms, 2 bath with multiple balconies to enjoy the sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Strong Rental History! Everything you need to be living the oceanfront dream! Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS at $249,000. Call Kay Jolliff (910) 523-0624

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Story by Bethany Turner Photos courtesy of Yost & Yost, Intracoastal Realty

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A cute cottage woos passersby in Southport

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HERE IS A HOUSE IN DOWNTOWN Southport that I have long admired. A dainty, light blue cottage—like the color of the sky seen through a blanket of cirrus cloud—peeks from behind a white picket fence and the twiggy branches of a live oak tree. Details rooted in historical architecture, such as a metal roof and a transom window, still exude contemporary appeal. Every time I pass this small abode, I linger, pondering my daily life if I were the owner. The cottage in question is 110 W. St. George St., which was constructed in 1905. It was the end of a boom of buildings put up surrounding the turn of the century, accommodating new residents when Southport was a city

humming with economic ventures. The home underwent a complete renovation in 2005 by former Southport developer Phil Arroyas, once associated with the Cottages of Price's Creek neighborhood. Arroyas restored the original pine floors, and current owners Bill and Donna Stokes enjoy custom shutters outside and, indoors, a fireplace insert with gas logs, among other enhancements. Though the Stokes reside in Greensboro, NC, yearround, they long have been drawn to Southport. "We had been coming to Southport for 20 years or so," Donna recalls. "We would go and vacation on Ocean Isle, and we started when our daughter, Lynn Marie, was six months

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old. Bill said to me, 'There's a little town I want to show you, with some shopping areas.' So we started coming that first year, and for 19 years after that, we came just to walk around and shop. We would spend the day up here and have lunch—a hot dog, normally. There was 22 of us vacationing in this big house on Ocean Isle, so coming to Southport was a way for us to get away for just a few hours. I always loved this town—I just loved it." About five years ago, the Stokes began searching for a coastal house with serious intent. "We looked everywhere, all the way down to Savannah, GA, and up to Beaufort, NC," Bill confirms. "We looked at a lot of places and really liked this one the best—and still do. It's a


welcoming foyer

"We liked the colors, which is one reason we bought the house," Bill contends. "The [last owners] were kind enough to leave some paint samples here, and buckets with the names of the colors, for us to work with. So we chose the same colors and just touched up the paint. That's really about all we've done to the house, as far as the structure itself." From the front entrance, stairs lie to the right of the foyer while two sitting rooms rest to the left. The second, with its buttery

second sitting area

beautiful town." The Stokes were searching specifically for a cottage to call their own. "A lot of the homes we went in were just gorgeous, but they were too big for our need," Donna shares. "When we walked in this one, it was everything—that cottage look—that

first sitting area

we were looking for. That did it for us. That's what brought us to Southport." The colors of the home feature pastel hues such as light yellow and light pink, as well as dynamic shades like Misted Green by Benjamin Moore, used in the foyer, which changes with the light of the day.

yellow walls and built-in shelving, features the fireplace insert. "It's just really cozy. You could make this your little TV room, but you can really do whatever you want with it," Donna maintains. "I thought at one time about making it the dining room. If you like dinner parties and like to entertain, that's an option." Beyond the resting areas is a kitchen commanding attention with mid-century charm. After all, who could ignore a soft-pink fridge? White Corian counter-

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came just the way they wanted it. "The upstairs bath is wonderful. It has a chandelier over the claw-foot tub, perfect for relaxing—and both the chandelier and the tub were already here," Donna muses. "Like I said, when we walked in, there were just so many features, it was like, 'This is it!' It was already ready for us. It was empty otherwise, so we did all the furnishings. But there's a lot of sweetness to this house. I don't know if you can really describe it any other way." Upstairs, two bedrooms share a full bath. Like the rest of the house, the rooms receive adequate sunshine, complementing the bright décor. The master bedroom is on the first floor, and it has the ability to shut off the master bathroom and a small hall and large closet from the rest of the house, creating an en suite. Though some of the floors are painted navy blue or eggplant, the pine wood shines to its century-old glory in the master bedroom.

master bath "It's a small home, but the storage is wonderful," Donna says of the closets throughout the abode. "There is no wasted space in this house. I can say that." While the Stokes didn't have much to change about the inside, they did spruce up the sidewalk area out front. "All the smaller trees from the oak to the next lot we put out," Bill notes of the crepe myrtles and redbuds. "It looks nice in the springtime when all the blooms are out. Really, it's pretty." A vacant lot between the Stokes' home and the next cottage, a charming brightpink abode, even receives a bit of TLC. As the Stokes venture to Southport each week during the summer to care for their property, they also maintain the abandoned lot. The couple put out a bench, even, to create a park atmosphere. The house, right across the road from


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Side Street Bakery—where the Stokes always stop to pick up an apple-cinnamon fritter or one of the cakes—is in a prime spot for downtown Southport. "It's not a bad location at all. Who wouldn't want waterfront? But it's in walking distance of everything," Donna says. Indeed, the house essentially is part of the Water Tower District, which features restaurants like Mr. P's Bistro and Baked with Love, along with shops like Four Legs Good and Boo & Roo's. The waterfront is just a few more steps away. "We enjoy biking and walking; it's just a great town to do all that stuff in," Bill shares. "When we're here, we go on a morning stroll and take our dog along." The couple also enjoys the landscaped back yard and deck. A large storage shed that matches the home houses gardening tools, but it could even be made into a private garden oasis. Though the Stokes deeply considered keeping the Southport home and relocating full-time, they have (reluctantly) decided to sell. With large property in Greensboro that they are very attached to, if they moved to Southport, they would continue making the four-hour drive to care for their land, albeit in the opposite direction. Luckily for others, 110 W. St. George St. is back on the market. The three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home is listed for $359,000 with Renee Yost of Intracoastal Realty. For more information, e-mail ryost@intracoastalrealty.com or call (910) 269-1128. See additional photos, of the backyard, on page 28.

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spottings Last month when the weather was quite chilly, our owner Kris Beasley and her husband, Alan, headed to the beach to take some photos. They didn't expect to encounter anyone lounging with a cooler like it was the middle of July! But they found Mike and Mollie Guerin who just moved from New York to Southport—and they love the beach so much it didn't matter that it was cold. To the Guerins and their gusto, we say, 'Welcome!' Photo by Kris Beasley

Members of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce anticipate a complimentary meal from Blue Marlin Restaurant (4419 Long Beach Rd. SE) during the chamber's Business Networking After Hours meeting in January. Guests were treated to crab dip, chowder, quesadillas, and ribs. Photo courtesy of the chamber.

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The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce awarded 11 local businesses a Golden Pineapple Award—recognizing exceptional customer service—at a ceremony held at the chamber in February. They are: Bella Cucina Seafood, Pasta & Pizza; The Adventure Kayak Company; Southport Fun Tours; Boo & Roo's; Cooper Electric; SeaWay Printing and Mailing; Rob Potter, Farm Bureau Insurance Mutual; Karen Collins, Collins Insurance Agency; Family Chiropractic Plus; River Road Animal Hospital and Hank Troscieanic, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage. Pictured left to right: Rob Potter, Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance; Karen Collins, Collins Insurance Agency; Jane, The Adventure Kayak Company; Daniel Guetschow, Southport Fun Tours; Tom McAndrews, Bella Cucina; Samantha Watson, SeaWay Printing & Mailing. Photo courtesy of the chamber.

No other home on the market has a better view! Nestled among the Live Oaks and situated on a high lot, this 2 bed/ 2 bath historic Southport cottage has unsurpassed views of the Yacht Basin, ICW, and Cape Fear River! Listed with Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS at $795,000

Call Kay Jolliff (910) 523-0624

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spottings Top Shelf Wine Tastings Daily Wide selection of wines and ales from around the world Donna Findlay with Paul Wasserman, Amanda Carbonell and Joaquin Carbonell of Uncorked by the Sea (602 N. Howe St)., and Fred Flieler at the Cellar Club Holiday Celebration at The Pharmacy restaurant (110 E. Moore St.). Photo courtesy of Amanda Carbonell

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Steve and Meggen Calderwood and their 'No Beans About It' chili won Best in Show for their theme during the Dead End Saloon's (4907 Fish Factory Rd., Southport) annual Chili Cook-off on January 26th.The event raises money to support the Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation. This year, the Dead End Saloon raised $1,250 for the treatment of terminally ill children at the hospital. Photo by Kris Beasley

Businesswomen listened to a self-defense program from Brunswick County Crime Prevention Officer T.K. Nowell during the January meeting of 'Coffee with the Girls,' presented by the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce. Photo courtesy of the chamber.

Marina Dock Age Magazine named Southport Marina the 2013 Marina of the Year in the large marinas category! The staff is very excited to receive the honors. Pictured left to right: Adam Spiliotis, Dave Kellough, Chris Davis, Josh Clary, Dry Storage and Boatyard Operations; Hank Whitley, Marina Manager; Kerri Brooks, Office Manager; Megan Kapparos, Max McCuiston, Chris Allison, Eric King, Matt Stewart, Waterfront Operations. Courtesy photo

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Frank Gaffney took home the third-place prize for his Belgian Chili during the Dead End Saloon's annual Chili Cook-off, held in January. Photo by Kris Beasley


occasions 2014 Co-ed Softball Registration Open Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for the 2014 Coed softball leagues. The league plays a regular season schedule followed by a double elimination tournament. The season starts June 2, 2014. Team registration fees are $500. Teams will play on Monday,Tuesday, or Thursday evenings at Lockwood Folly, Shallotte Park, Cedar Grove or Smithville Park. Two divisions of play, "A" and "B", may be offered based on level of competition. The league managers meeting will be held on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM Parks and Rec. Building 2nd floor Conference Room. For more information, please call Aaron Perkins, Athletic Specialist at (910) 253-2670 or aperkins@brunsco.net. Fundraiser for Put Together the Pieces Sun., March 2nd • 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tropical Smoothie Cafe, 1671 N. Howe St., Southport (910) 363-4908 • www.tropicalsmoothie.com The purpose of the fundraiser, besides helping in our projects, is to help spread awareness of the Autism Spectrum and bring the community together. Twenty percent of proceeds will be donated to Put Together the Pieces, the Autism/Asperger's Support Group of the Southport/Oak Island Area. Masquerade Ball Tues., March 4th • 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. St. James Community Center 4140-A Southport-Supply Rd., St. James www.brunswicklittletheatre.com The Brunswick Little Theatre is hosting a Masquerade Ball Fundraiser to benefit our performance and education programs. Join us on Fat Tuesday for dinner and a night of fun. Dine on New Orleans specialties like shrimp and grits and a gourmet pancake bar. Entertainment will be provided by the Brunswick Big Band, with dancing, a silent auction, and even a costume contest! Come as your favorite character, or don your Mardi Gras finest, and Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! Tickets are $30 per person including food, beer, wine & soft drinks and are available at the Isaac Allen Salon, 701 N. Howe Street, or online at www.brunswicklittletheatre.com. Brunswick Civil War Round Table Tues., March. 4th • 6:30 p.m. registration Trinity United Methodist Church 209 E. Nash St., Southport www.brunswickcivilwarroundtable.com The Civil War was primarily a land war, but the naval forces on both sides played a major role in the progress, and quite likely, the length of the war.This presentation entitled, “The Civil War at Sea,” will be given by renowned historian and special guest speaker Craig L. Symonds, Ph.D.. He will cover the main components of the naval war: the Union blockade as well as southern efforts to break it, the Confederate commerce raiders, and Union efforts to suppress it, as well as the war on western rivers. Everyone is welcome. Reg. and refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m. $10 for visitors; can be applied toward the annual membership dues of $25. 253-7382.

US Coast Guard Boating Safety and Seamanship Course Duke Energy Progress Visitors Center 8520 River Rd., Southport Start your boating experience off right with our 10-session 4-week course designed to provide in-depth maritime subject matter coverage, taught by experienced, certified USCG Auxiliary instructors. Registration is Wed., March 5th at 7 p.m. Classes begin following registration on March 5th. The final class will be March 29th with a final exam to follow. All weekday classes are 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday classes are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Individuals who successfully complete this course and exam are awarded U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary certificates and cards. For a complete schedule of classes and registration contact, Fred Robertie at frobertie@yahoo.com. Diamonds and Denim Charity Ball Thurs., March 6th • 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Stone Chimney Banquet Center, 101 Stone Chimney Rd., Supply • 253-0922 • www.sheriffscharity.com 454-0583 • www.brunswickseniorresources.org Third Annual Sheriff's Charity Ball "Diamonds and Denim" benefiting Hope Harbor Home and Brunswick Senior Resources. Social hours with hors d' oeuvres, beer and wine. Buffet dinner, live music and dancing. Exciting live auction and 50/50 raffle. Entertainment by Carolina beach band Favorite, Jim Quick and Coastline. Tickets: $80 per person. Limited sponsorship opportunities available. Oak Island Art Guild Workshop Collage and Mixed Media Fri., March 14th • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oak Island Parks and Recreation Center 3003 E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island The Oak Island Art Guild will host a collage and mixed media workshop led by two award-winning artists, Judy Harris and Marti Fann. The workshop will immediately follow the 9 a.m. business meeting and last until approximately 2 p.m.The workshop is free to anyone 18 years or older and non-members are encouraged to attend. Space is limited and there is no pre-registration. Techniques covered in this workshop will be geli printing, tissue stamping, photo transferring, texturing with stencils, making stamps, and staining and decorating tissue paper.Wear old clothes and be prepared to have fun. For a list of suggested supplies and any other additional information concerning this workshop, go to http:// www.oakislandartguild.org/workshops.php. The workshop receives support from the Brunswick Arts Council. Battleship NC Power Plant Program Sat., March 15th • 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 1 Battleship Rd.,Wilmington • www.battleshipnc.com Calling all Navy engineering enthusiasts! Join us for an in-depth program on the Battleship's power plant. Learn in detail about the ship's eight Babcock & Wilcox boilers, four sets of General Electric turbines and reduction gears, steam- and diesel-powered service turbo generators, along with electrical distribution, water distillation, and steering mechanisms. Our program features classroom presentations and a behind-the-scenes tour

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of engineering spaces. NC naval steam engine expert Gene Oakley demonstrates his working models of historic naval steam engines to place the Battleship?s engines in perspective. Discover what it took to propel a 36,000 ton heavily armored battlewagon bristling with massive firepower and 2,300 fighting men across the Pacific. The program is for adults only (ages 16 and up) and is limited to 40 participants. It is not appropriate for those who have difficulty climbing narrow ladders or over knee-high hatches. Wear warm, comfortable, washable clothing, sturdy, rubber-soled shoes and bring a camera! Registration and payment are due by Thurs., March 13th. $65/general amission or $60 for Friends of the Battleship or active military. Call (910) 251-5797 for reservations. Historical Southport Bicycle Tour Sat., March 22nd • 3:30 p.m. Adventure Kayak Company, 807 Howe St., Southport www.ncmaritimemuseums.com The NC Maritime Museum at Southport has partnered with the Adventure Kayak Company to offer Historical Southport Bicycle Tours.The guided tour will wind through live oak canopied streets and along the waterfront, incorporating local history. Participants will pedal past Fort Johnston, homes of Pilots and Blockade Runners, the Brunswick Inn, and the Old Yacht Basin, where several movies have been filmed.The tour is $25 per person, which includes use of bike and helmet. Bring your own bicycle and helmet and join the fun for $20. Space is limited. Advance registration is required.To register call The Adventure Kayak Company at 454-0607. Theatre: 'Dear Edwina Jr.' March 28-April 6, Fri.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m. • Sun., 3 p.m. Brunswick Center at Southport, 1513-1 N. Howe St. Brunswick Little Theatre’s youth division, Stagestruck Players, proudly presents the musical 'Dear Edwina Jr.' The show follows the exploits of Edwina Spoonapple, a middle school-age advice columnist, and her family and friends as they produce a play in her garage designed to land Edwina in the Advice-a-Palooza festival. The show features a talented cast of youths performing a variety of song and dance numbers sure to delight audiences of all ages. Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for students with ID and $5 for those 12 and under and will be available beginning March 1, 2014 at www.brunswicklittletheatre. com or at the door. All seats are general admission. Sea Notes Choral Society Spring Concert Thurs., 3/27 - Fri., 3/28, 7 p.m. • Sun., 3/30, 3 p.m. Hatch Auditorium at NC Baptist Assembly 100 Caswell Beach Rd., Fort Caswell The spring concert's theme will be the Best of the Best: "Grammys, Tonys & #1 Hit Songs." Director: Dianne Hoffman, Accompanist Susan Linton, Guest Violinist Beverly Andrews. The Sea Notes Choral Society has provided quality choral entertainment for over 35 years and is now comprised of over 150 volunteer singers from all parts of Brunswick County. Concerts are free. Donations gladly accepted for this non-profit organization and business sponsorships available. Contact Publicity Chair - Jamie Sun-Wishart (910) 599-6657.

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