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Is Golf Losing Its Appeal in Real Estate?


DSC_0768More golf communities across the country are looking to up their game, finding that to lure prospective home buyers they may need to offer more than just golf.

St. James Plantation in Southport NC has remained ahead of the “game” by adding diverse amenities almost every year to its 81 holes of golf.    From the private beach club, to the new amphitheater to the recently approved wellness center.   St. James Plantation has something for everyone.

Another high-end golf club and community in La Quinta, Calif., PGA West, recently added pickle ball, outdoor fitness classes like “boot camp” and yoga, as well as family activities like flag football to increase its appeal. Desert Mountain, a luxury golf community in Scottsdale, Ariz., not only features golf courses but also recently added a “ranch” area with horseback riding and luxury camping that includes full-size beds and gourmet-prepared meals.

“Golf is important, but it isn’t everything,” Lyle Anderson, chairman of the company that developed Desert Mountain, told The Wall Street Journal. “Private clubs are now more about lifestyle.”

These expansion efforts within golf communities come at a time when golf courses are increasingly closing across the country. More golf courses closed than opened in the U.S. in 2014, according to the National Golf Foundation.


5 Outdoor Room Ideas That Radiate Style

Longer days mean more time to relax outdoors with a cool drink,  watching the sun dip below the fence line. Furnish your outdoor rooms in style, from the front porch to the back deck, with the right combination of comfortable furniture and fresh accessories.
1. Color theory. Neutral outdoor furniture with white or beige cushions is the most versatile combination — you can change the look from year to year without a big investment. For a polished look, choose one main accent color and one brighter hue to use in a small dose, and repeat these in all of the outdoor accessories, from pillows to flower pots. Here, pale aqua is the main accent color, with just a dash of vibrant yellow.
2. Home comforts. Make your porch or patio feel like a finished room with the addition of indoor details — lamps (look for solar-powered) that cast a soft glow, a mirror atop a console table, a tray, a vase of flowers. If your area gets summer rain, keep a weatherproof trunk handy and toss in the cushions when a storm is brewing.
3. Fresh coastal. Give classic blue and white coastal style a twist with a few bright tangerine pillows on a clean-lined sectional. A fringed throw, rope detail lantern and sea glass-inspired vases bring a beachy vibe without veering into cliche territory.
4. Private oasis. Create a refreshingly simple hideaway on a back porch or patio with flowing white curtains, a soothing white and pale blue palette and a few comfortable seating options. Highlighting natural fibers and textures like canvas, linen and cotton voile will bring interest to the neutral color scheme.
5 Dining porch. A simple wood table and chairs on the porch convey a charming farmhouse feel, perfect for enjoying family dinners outside on pleasant evenings. Wood furniture that’s not designed to be outdoors will deteriorate over time if exposed to the elements, so use your table in a covered area, and don’t place a precious piece outside — flea market and yard sale finds are ideal. You can also limit wear and tear by applying several coats of an outdoor paint or finish to the wood.

Remodeling Cost vs. Value: Less Is More in 2015



With home price gains slowing in most parts of the country, sellers will be looking for ways to get top dollar for their listing. Cleaning and staging make a big difference.

As the 2015 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report makes clear, large-scale jobs aren’t likely to return sellers their full cost. But there are improvements worth doing in anticipation of an upcoming sale. Some will return almost 100 percent of their cost. Others may not have as great a payback, but they can improve the market position of the property in relation to the competition. (Think about the impact of beautiful kitchen photos on online home shoppers.) In addition, several pricier projects can provide owners with a few years of enjoyment while still offering a decent payback down the road.

  • First impressions are important. The replacements that offer the greatest payback are the ones that are most obvious to buyers when they first view a house in person or online, such as new door or garage door. Siding replacement also provides great value at resale—particularly this year’s one new project, manufactured stone veneer,  which is expected to recoup 92.2 percent of its cost nationally on average.
  • Kitchens still offer the most remodeling bang for the buck. The only remodeling job breaking into the top 10 in terms of payback is the minor kitchen remodel with a national average cost of $19,226 and a national average payback of 79.3 percent.


7 New Year’s Pledges

7 New Year’s Pledges for Home Sellers

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The New Year is a time for resolutions. If you’re thinking about selling your home in 2015, here are some resolutions that could help boost your chances of a quick sale.

Repeat to yourself: “I pledge to…”

1. “Avoid drastic design changes” – Unless you plan to turn your bold color palette into a more neutral one, then it’s best not to try and anticipate what buyers want in design and décor. The best approach to freshening up your home for sale is to simplify and depersonalize the look and feel so that potential buyers can picture building their own lives there. If you think repainting a bright purple wall, replacing an old toilet or buffing and restaining kitchen cabinets would help the home sell, by all means make these types of updates. Just be sure to keep your personal preferences in check. Your real estate agent can help you prioritize and remain objective.

2. “Stop neglecting the drippy faucet” – This applies to any repairs you might view as minor but actually could be a symptom of a larger system problem. Addressing things like plumbing leaks, poor ventilation and cracks in walls helps everyone avoid surprises from the inspection report and avoid the delay or even cancellation of a sale. When you have the information, you can either make the fixes or work with your agent to adjust pricing during negotiations with the buyer.

3. “Price my home reasonably” – It’s understandable to think your home is the best on the block and worth more than all the others – especially if you’ve invested in key upgrades and remodels. And, frankly, you might be right. But the only way to truly know is to consider recent sales of comparable homes in your area. Your real estate agent can provide you with the latest information and help you list at a competitive price that’s appropriate for your area and the local real estate climate.

4. “Make my home inviting” – This starts with creating curb appeal. The condition of your home’s exterior is a big part of getting buyers in the door. Maintaining the yard, sweeping the porch and driveway, replacing the tattered welcome mat, replacing missing house numbers, and removing clutter all are things that can help improve curb appeal.

5. “Thin out the clutter” – The best time for making tough decisions about what stays and what goes is BEFORE you put your home on the market. By the time the for-sale sign goes up, the home should be clutter free. You can either toss things you don’t want, sell these items, or move the more personal ones to storage. The types of items to remove include your prized knick-knack collection, clothes overflowing from the closets, and family photos. You want all closets and cupboards to appear as spacious as possible. When they’re jam-packed, it gives the impression that storage is limited even if that’s not the case.

6. “Clean like I’ve never cleaned before” – Think about under, behind, around and between. It’s easy to focus on cleaning the major surfaces, high-traffic areas, and areas that are visible. But what about the dust on top of the refrigerator? How about the slats in the window blinds? Have you cleaned the cabinets under the kitchen or bathroom sink recently? Did you notice the cobwebs behind the guest-room door? Look high and low for the dirt.

7. “Nail down my next step” – Don’t let your new plans and new place get lost in the shuffle of selling your old place. Determine where you’ll go next before your home goes up for sale. Are you prepared to move if your home sells that quickly? Although it might not be typical, a quick sale is certainly possible. On the other hand, are you prepared if your home doesn’t sell quite so quickly? Be sure to talk with your real estate agent about your relocation needs and timeline.new year

Holiday Activities in Southport, NC 2012

Christmas at the beach with the family in Southport, NC!
There are so many fun things to do with the family in Southport, NC during the holidays!
September 21 – December 15, 2012
Silver Coast Winery Art Show
Silver Coast Winery Art Gallery is proud to feature the artistry of 4 artists, Karen Gore, Ricky Evans, Michael Green and David McCune. Karen Gore has garnered 16 awards for her work during the past six years and has been commissioned by numerous patrons. In 2004 she was accepted into The Artist of Southeastern North Carolina. “I always wanted to be an artist……My art is an expression of what I love about life.” David McCune’s mediums include, but are not limited to metal sculpture, metal wall art, watercolors, photography, acrylic, jewelry and custom furniture. Kokopelli sculptures, beach subject art, suns of various sizes, abstract wall art will all be available. Lighthouses and shore birds are among the many subjects he has chosen to illustrate his mastery of color and skill. Ricky Evans is a self-taught artist whose name has become synonymous with lighthouses along the eastern U.S. coastline. His love of history & the sea has led him to produce his initial lighthouses of the North Carolina series which were followed by South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia lighthouses with Florida lighthouses as a work in progress. Michael S. Green works in several medias such as water color, wood carving, air brushing, acrylic and oil. At age 11 he was already selling his art. At age 15, Michael moved into a cannery, an artist guild know as the Monterey Academy of Fine Art. It wasn’t long before he was offered a position as an instructor teaching classes of up to 20 p
Silver Coast Winery 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469
Contact: Silver Coast Winery


November 16 – 18, 2012
Arts by the Shore
Show Hours: Friday -12pm -8pm & Saturday-9am-5pm. Reception: Sunday – 2pm-4pm. 18th Annual Art Show.
Oak Island Recreation Center 3003 E. Oak Island Drive Oak Island, NC 28465
Contact: Billie Jayroe
Mailing Address: 4601 E. Oak Island Drive
Admission/Fees: Free
Co-Sponsored by Oak Island Parks & Recreation & Oak Island Art Guild. Entry Fee is $10 for 3 pieces.


November 16 – 18, 2012
Dorothy Meets Alice
the month of October, 20% of all my Mary Kay proceeds, will be donated to the “Pretty In Pink Foundation”. This organization helps women, without insurance, with their costs for their breast cancer treatments here in Brunswick County and New Hanover County. I was reading about it recently and it really touched my heart as I’m sure it does for many of you. So from October 1st thru October 31st – just know that 20% of all my proceeds are going for this great cause. It would be a great time to stock up on a few items you know you will be needing and better yet – how about Christmas gifts. I have the new Limited Edition products in my Mary Kay in-home store and would love to come to you (or you come to me) and try a few of the new skin care & makeup products. Don’t forget, with a minimum $40 purchase, you get the Free Gift with Purchase – an adorable mini Satin Hands Set (makes a great gift too). So let’s get together sometime in October or just email or call me with your orders and I’ll deliver them to you as soon as possible!!!!
Playhouse 211 4320-100 Southport-Supply Road St. James, NC 28461


November 17 – 18, 2012
Ballet Opera Alliance Presents:The 2012 Nutcracker
Michelle Joy, as Sugarplum,MICHELLE JOY is originally from Arcata, California where she began her dance training at The Dancers Studio. She has danced with Colorado Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, American Repertory Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and TranscenDance Group. She has performed across the United States as well as Canada, Japan, and Australia. In 2006 she took first place in the National Society of Arts and Letters Dance Competition. She appeared with BOA’s Nutcracker Ballet in 2011. Earlier this year she toured Indonesia as the lead dancer with “Phantom of the Opera”. Michael Crawford, as Cavalier. MICHAEL CRAWFORD began his dancing with the Maryland Youth Ballet and at the Kirov Academy, spending summers at The Rock School and San Francisco Ballet. Mr. Crawford joined the Washington Ballet, and went on to study in the Professional Division of The Pacific Northwest Ballet. He has danced with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jose Mateo Ballet, Ballet Memphis, American Repertory Ballet, The Washington National Opera, Adam Miller Dance Project, Kinetic Dance Works, and TranscenDance Group
BCC Odell Williamson Auditorium Hwy. 17, Bolivia, NC 28422
Contact: BCC Odell Williamson Box Office
Admission/Fees: $18.00 per adult, $12 per child or senior.
Saturday: 6pm. Sunday: 3pm. Special group rates available.



November 20, 2012 – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Third Tuesday Evening Adult Program
Celia’s Back! The NC Maritime Museum at Southport and The Friends of the Museum are proud to host Celia Rivenbark, humorist, author, and nationally syndicated columnist. Once again, she will grace us with her quick – witted presence for an always stimulating commentary on American Culture. Her latest book, You Don’t Sweat Much for a Fat Girl, is one of many sassy reads that will make you laugh out loud! Prepare yourself and bring tissues.
Southport Community Building 223 E. Bay Street, Southport
Contact: NC Maritime Museum @ Southport
Admission/Fees: Free. Registration Required.


November 22, 2012
Spend the day reflecting about what you are thankful about.


November 23, 2012 – 10:00 AM
Historical Southport Bicycle Tours
The Adventure Kayak Company in cooperation with the NC Maritime Museum at Southport are please to continue the 2012 Historical Southport Bicycle tours.Bring your own bicycle and helmet and join the fun tour fee $15.00 or $20.00 tour fee including use of a bicycle and helmet. Limited number of bicycles available for rent. All Historical Southport Bicycle Tours will meet at 8:00 AM at The Adventure Kayak Company located at 807 Howe St. in Southport. Pre registraion and pre payement required.
Contact: The Adventure Kayak Company


November 24, 2012
Shop Small Saturday
Area small businesses are joining American Express and small businesses nationwide to encourage you to join the over 100 million people who took part in Shop Small Saturday last year. Make this the biggest day of the year for small business.
Contact: Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce


November 30 – December 1, 2012 – 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Brunswick Arts Council’s Charles Dickens Christmas
The Charles Dickens Christmas Festival is one way the Brunswick Arts Council is reaching out to promote education in arts and culture in the community, attract customers to local and county businesses and raise awareness of various arts venues. At the same time it is recognizing the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens! We are hoping to transform the streets of Southport into everything Dickens. School children will be involved in dramatic performances, out of town Dickens dramatists and educators will perform, there will be singing groups of all types, plays, artists and specialty craftsmen, a gingerbread house, Christmas tree and costume contest, and, of course, FOOD. Some will be English fare including high tea at several Bed and Breakfasts! Join us for two days of fun and festivity.
Historic Downtown Southport Southport, NC
Contact: Meg Dellinger
1615 Zion Hill Road, #1 Bolivia, NC 28422
910/754-5102 or 910/508-8116
Admission/Fees: $10 for adults; $5 for children 7-12, 6&under free
Ticket locations: On-line at www.brunswickartscouncil.org or by calling the box office at Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium at 910/755-7416. For ticket information call Mary Anne Fagerquest at 910.382-0553 or 910/371-1024. Organized & Sponsored by Brunswick Arts Council. Also sponsored with the Literacy Council and partnering with Connie Ennis, Curriculum Coordinator of the Brunswick County Schools.


November 30, 2012 – 5:30 PM
Oak Island Tree Lighting
Entertainment, Santa & More.
Middleton Park 4601 E. Oak Island Drive Oak Island, NC 28461
Contact: Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department
Admission/Fees: Free


December 1, 2012 – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Battleship Alive!
The Battleship has sponsored “Living History” weekends, called “Battleship Alive,” since 1997. “Living History” brings historical events, places and persons “alive” for the public by demonstrating various aspects of the past and allowing interaction with the interpreters. The LHC gives insight into the daily life and routine of the crew aboard the USS NORTH CAROLINA by explaining the duties specific to the sailor’s ratings (jobs) and demonstrates of some of the activities that occurred aboard the ship. The WAVES/Home Front unit portrays the lives of women in the Navy and of the men and women on the home front during the war. Included with Battleship admission.
Battleship North Carolina Highway 17/74/76/421 Intersection Wilmington, NC


December 1, 2012 – 2:00 PM
Christmas By The Sea Parade
Oak Island – On Oak Island Drive from Oak Island Town Hall on 46th Street to McGlamery Street. For a parade application call The Chamber.
Contact: Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce
4433 Long Beach Road, SE, Southport, NC 28461


December 2, 2012 – 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Christmas by the Sea House Tour
Beautifully decorated private homes will be open to the public. Locations for tickets and refreshments on the day of the tour will be announced at a later date.
Contact: Jane Henderson or Cindy Johnson
910/278-7752 or 910/933-4325
Admission/Fees: $8.00 pp in Advance. $10 pp Day of Tour
Advance tickets will be available at area merchants, the Oak Island Recreation Center, the Southport/Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, the Southport Visitors’ Center, Grape and Ale, Seaside with Coffee, Backyard Wild and Blue Crab Blue On the day of the Christmas House Tour.


December 4, 2012 – 6:30 PM
Brunswick Civil War Round Table
Ron Beavers, a native Fairfax, Virginia, resident and dedicated Civil War historian will discuss a most interesting topic entitled, “Civil War Logistics,” where both sides struggled to keep their soldiers fed, clothed and armed.
Trinity United Methodist Church 209 E. Nash Street, Southport
Contact: Wally Rueckel
Admission/Fees: $5 per visitor. Members & Visiting Students Free
Visitor fee can be applied toward the annual membership dues of $25 for adults and couples.


December 7, 2012
Movies on the Coast
“Arthur’s Christmas. Movies will begin at Dusk.
Franklin Square Park @ Corner of N. Howe & E. West Streets in Southport
Contact: Southport Parks & Recreation Department
910/457-7945 or 910/279-3331
Admission/Fees: Free


December 7, 2012 – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
North Pole Adventure
Join us as the Oak Island Recreation Center is transformed into the North Pole. For Children. Crafts, holiday themed activities, a special visitor, and more!
Oak Island Recreation Center 3003 E. Oak Island Drive Oak Island, NC 28465
Contact: Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department


December 8, 2012 – 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
An 18th Century Christmas
Visitors will get the opportunity to explore how American colonists celebrated Christmas. Costumed interpreters will provide guided tours of St. Philips Anglican Church and historic Brunswick on the hour. The highlight of the evening will be a period candlelight service in the ruins of St. Philips Anglican Church. Activities and refreshments will be available.
Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site 8884 St. Philips Road, Winnabow, NC 28479
Contact: Jim McKee
Admission/Fees: Free
Sponsored by Friends of Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson and organized by Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site.


December 8, 2012
Christmas Crafts
Southport City Gym 211 N. Atlantic Ave., Southport
Contact: Southport Parks & Recreation Department
910/457-7945 or 910/279-3331


December 8, 2012 – 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Christmas Tour of Homes
Southport Historical Society’s Annual Christmas Tour of Homes. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time in one of the very special homes within the historic district of Southport. Tickets are $10 per person and the Tour is from 2:00pm to 7:00pm. Pre-Sale Tickets @ Southport Visitors Center, Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, Franklin Square Gallery and The Latimer House in Wilmington.
The Historic District of Southport
Contact: Southport Visitors Center
P.O. Box 10014 Southport, NC 28461
Admission/Fees: $10.00 per person
Sponsored & Organized by Southport Historical Society.


December 8, 2012 – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
North Carolina Christmas Parade and Festival
Food, Entertainment, Kids Games & Parade. Parade begins at 10am(roads close at 9am)Parade lineup starts at 7am on Village Road, Leland.
Downtown Leland Behind the BB&T Parking Lot
NC North Carolina Christmas Parade & Festival P.O. Box 249 Leland, NC 28451
910/616-2671 or 910/371-9921.
Admission/Fees: Free Admission


December 8, 2012 – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Southport Christmas Flotilla
Anywhere along the river-front from the Southport Marina/Old Yacht Basin to Kingsley Street will afford you a view as the beautifully decorated boats pass by. Boats of all sizes and shapes, power and sail will illuminate the dart night all the way “From the North-Pole to South-Port”. Once again, Southport Elementary School art students will judge the boats on the variety and creativity of their decorations.
Cape Fear River, from the Southport Marina/Old Yacht Basin to Kingsley Street.
Contact: Woody Wilson
Admission/Fees: Free
Organized & Sponsored by Downtown Southport Inc (DSI), Cape Fear Yacht Club and the City of Southport Department of Tourism.


December 14, 2012 – 7:30 PM
Christmas Holiday Concert
Christmas concert featuring Brunswick County Concert Band directed by Tom Smicklas and the Brunswick Little Theater Singers.
Hatch Auditorium NC Baptist Assembly 100 Caswell Beach Road Fort Caswell NC
Contact: Mary Helen Turek
2426 St. James Drive Southport, NC 28461
Admission/Fees: Free. Donations Accepted.
Organized by Brunswick County Concert Band


December 15, 2012 – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
A Victorian Holiday
Enjoy sugar cookies, ginger snaps and hot apple cider as we share Victorian holiday customs. Visitors can make ornaments to take home and hear stories from the era. Suitable for all ages
NC Maritime Museum @ Southport 204 E. Moore Street, Southport
Contact: NC Maritime Museum @ Southport
Admission/Fees: Free. Registration Required.


December 16, 2012 – 3:00 PM
Christmas Holiday Concert
Christmas concert featuring Brunswick County Concert Band directed by Tom Smicklas and the Brunswick Little Theater Singers.
Odell Williamson Auditorium Brunswick Community College Main Campus Hwy. 17 Supply, NC
Contact: Mary Helen Turek
2426 St. James Drive Southport, NC 28461
Admission/Fees: Free. Donations Accepted.
Organized by Brunswick County Concert Band


December 25 – 26, 2012
Merry Christmas
Enjoy the holiday!!


January 1, 2013
Happy New Year
Think about how you can make this year better than the last!


Stay tuned for more information about next year’s activities in Southport, NC!




















US Open King Mackerel Tournament 2012


The King Mackerel Tournament has become a huge competition that thousands of people prepare for all year.  With a $25,ooo winning pocket, it is a sought after prize. 35 years ago,  community leaders in the Southport area decided that there needed to be a big event to showcase the great fall fishing in the area. And that they did. Currently,  the US Open King Mackerel Tournament has almost 500 entries with thousands of dollars in cash prizes spread out through 55 paid places. This year, the primary sponsor is the Southport Marina and the goal of the tournament is to catch the largest scomberomorous cavalla, otherwise known as the King Mackerel. Only motorized boats are allowed in the competition, with no more than 6 lines fished per boat. All fish must be caught from rod and reel.  The northern boundary of the competition is by the New River sea buoy and the southern boundary is by Murrels Inlet.  A marine biologist will be on site to certify weight and proper  identification of each fish submitted.  In case of a tie, the earliest weigh in will win.

Contestants must abide by the 3 fish-per-angler bag limit imposed by the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council. No King Mackerel less than 30 inches will be accepted for the tournament, as well as no more than 3 fish per day, per boat.

The captains and their crews were up early for each day’s checkout and did their best to catch the biggest King Mackerel of their lives until almost dusk both days. There were activities for all and much excitement throughout the 2 days of competition. Anglers and their supporters are looking  forward to next year’s tournament!

Check out the video of the First day checkout at Lockwood Folly Inlet.

The winners included:

$25,000       47.20 lbs       McAttack            William McCann      Henderson, NC

$10,000       45.90             No Name             Gregory Battle         Huntersville, NC

$5,000          44.10            Sea PA/OIFC      Eugene Ritch, Jr.     Laurinburg, NC

$2,500          42.60            Hit-N-Run           Matt DeCeilio          Wilmington, NC

$1,500           41.35            Stand’n Down      Layne Flowe            Charlotte, NC

For a complete list of winners click here

If you are an avid fisher and this kind of adventure sounds perfect to you, consider joining a local active group like the Southeastern King Mackerel Club.

Congratulations to all the winners and non-winners alike for putting in some great fishing this year!

Southport NC, The Land of the (almost) Never Ending Summer

Never Ending Summer in Southport, NC
Never Ending Summer In Southport, NC



Here we are again – Summer is officially over. Kids are back in school, everyone has put away those white shoes, the shorts are back in the attic, and the winter jackets are making their way out. It was a fun few months – beach, boating, picnics, sprinklers, vacation, flip flops, lemonade stands  and more beach. It’s pretty sad that a good portion of the country will have nothing but pictures and fading tan lines to remind them of these fantastic past three months we call Summer.

But  some of us, like here in Southport, North Carolina, are STILL FEELING THE SUMMER BREEZE! We have weeks and weeks left of warm weather and beautiful nights to keep that lovin’ feelin’ going! While most of the country is putting away the grills and beach umbrellas after Labor Day, we are still having fun in the sun – till at least the end of November!

The great weather here is just one of the reasons that you get a lot more out of your years in Southport! There is no hunkering down from the cold….we play all year! The fall is a fantastic time to get in all those activities you couldn’t fit into summer. Here are just a few links to get you going…

More open water outings – check out our Boating and Marina Tab!

More golf lessons!

More beach days – check out our Beaches tab!

More long walks with your sweetheart!

More Tennis!

Or just want to try something new – check out our Volunteer tab !

No matter what you decide to do in the Southport area, there is more time to do it here. We would love to hear about how you took your life into your own hands and made a move to enjoy each and everything we have to offer here! Let us know how it goes!

Things to do in Southport North Carolina April and May 2012

Things to Do in Southport, NC
The Fourth Annual Big Toy Day is set for May 19, 2012 from 11:00 – 3:00 at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport, Airport Road (behind the airport), Oak Island. Planes, trucks, and automobiles are on display. Kids 8 to 17 years old will be given the opportunity to fly – free of charge – in single engine planes provided by the Brunswick County Airport Commission as part of the Young Eagles Program. Camel, turtle and pony rides, other activities, souvenirs, and refreshments available for a nominal charge. Admission $5/ person (under 5 free) to benefit the programs and services of Communities In Schools of Brunswick County, Inc. Call 457-3494 for more information or visit www.cisbrunswick.org.

First Annual Sheriff’s Charity Ball- “Diamonds & Denim”
The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation will hold its first Annual Sheriff’s Charity Ball on May 3rd at 7pm in the St. James Community Center.  This year’s event will benefit Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation “Closer to Home” Campaign. Tickets to the event are $125 per person.   There are sponsorship opportunities from $500 – $5,000. They are also accepting donations of items for a live auction to be held in conjunction with the Gala. For more information call 910-253-0922 or visit www.sheriffscharity.com

Arbor Day Foundation Honors Oak Island
Oak Island, North Carolina, was recognized by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry.  it is the 15th year Oak Island has earned this national recognition. Oak Island also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program.  The prestigious Growth Award honors environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care in Tree City USA communities.  The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. Oak Island has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community. Tree City USA communities must have a  tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. 

Paws-Ability’s Golf Tournament
Paws-Abilty’s Third Annual Charity Golf Tournament & Silent Auction4/27/2012Cape Fear National Golf Course at Brunswick Forest

Registration – Noon

Shotgun Start – 1:30 p.m.

Cash Bar Reception – 6:30 p.m.

Western Themed Dinner & Silent Auction – 7 p.m.

$100 tournament fee includes lunch, range balls, golf, snacks, entertainment, dinner (including beer and wine) and silent auction.

For more information or to register, please visit www.paws-ability.com or call Janie Withers at 910-579-4707

BHI Conservancy Opens Barrier Island Research & Education Center
Bald Head Island Conservancy held a grand opening ceremony for the Barrier Island Study Center (BISC), the first community-based barrier island research and education facility in the nation. The 5,000 square foot facility, located on the Conservancy campus on Bald Head Island, includes a wet lab and dry lab for research, touch tank, media center, and public library for conducting and disseminating environmental research.  The information gained at the BISC will be shared with the scientific community, Bald Head Island community and general public on a national and international scale, and applied to creating solutions for fragile barrier island ecosystems.  The $2.4 million, 5,000 square-foot green reserach and educationfacility was fully funded by the community. No local or federal government funds were used on this project -the grass roots campaign raised the money to build the center solely through donations. For more information Contact Suzanne Dorsey, BHI Conservancy Executive Director at 910.457-0089 ext. 11


N.C. Maritime Museums Programs
NC Science Festival –The North Carolina Maritime Museums uncover the science behind coastal history by offering events in the upcoming North Carolina Science Festival, April 13-29.  The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, and the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport will each offer unique programs.  “We want to highlight the close interconnection between subjects,” said N.C. Maritime Museums Director Joseph Schwarzer. “Science, math and other disciplines make it possible for us to learn about history and archaeology. The N.C. Science Festival and the North Carolina Maritime Museums will show students the importance of the interrelationships in real life, while making it amazingly fun at the same time.”  On Thursday, April 19, get your hands on ocean creatures with a “Marine Life Cruise.” Trawl and dredge aboard a Duke University research vessel from 9 a.m. to noon. Space is limited. Reservations are $30 per person.  For more information on the programs in Beaufort or to register for the “Marine Life Cruise,” call (252) 728-7317.  And, on Wednesday, April 25, at noon, you can learn how the dolphins of Beaufort are identified and tracked in a free “Brown Bag Gam” program.
Spy a different kind of science with the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport with “Up, Periscope!” Celebrate the Museum’s newest, hands-on addition in the exhibits – a U.S. Navy periscope. On Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., kids of all ages are invited to build their own periscope, and learn the engineering and physics used with them. The program is free. For more information call (910) 457-0003.

Visit www.ncmaritimemuseums.com for details. For a full list of N.C. Science Festival sites, visit www.ncsciencefestival.org.  

Maritime Museum gives program on “Ironclads of the Lower Cape Fear” –Just 150 years ago, the Lower Cape Fear was patrolled by two Confederate ironclad warships. On Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m., the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport offers a free program about the most powerful ships of the Civil War – ironclads. Speaker Jim Mckee of the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson Historic Site will discuss ironclad construction, shipbuilding technology and how often the environment, not weaponry, brought about their demise.

The program will be held at the Southport Community Building, 223 East Bay St. Light refreshments will be served. Call the Museum at (910)457-0003 to register. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com  



Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Take Me Out To the Ballgame  at The Grape & Ale, Saturday May 19 from 5-7.  Bring your lawn chair and enjoy Hot Dogs, Pizza, Pretzels, Bell’s Oberon Ale on draft, 10 wines to taste from Millenium Beverage and Juice Wine Purveyors, and one of our long time favorite entertainers, Jerry Herbert.    Wear your favorite baseball hat and enter a drawing for a bottle of “Cheeseburger Red”.  $10 per person.  The Grape & Ale is located at 8521 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island. 910.933-4384www.thegrapeandale.com

Blooming for a Cause – April 21st
The GFWC of Holden Beach’s 4th Annual Charity Gala, Blooming for a Cause is just around the corner.  It is a silent auction, fashion show and luncheon that will be held on April 21st from 11am – 2pm at the Brunswick County Association of Realtors Building – 101 Stone Chimney in Supply.  The primary designee for the charity event are Providence Home and Hope Harbor Home,which are local charities.  Fellow Chamber Member Karen Throckmorton of Platinum Home Mortgage is the Sponsorship chair of the event.  There are three ways to support this very important fundraiser. 
1. Become an Orchid, Rose, Magnolia, Gardenia or Daisy Sponsor – $100- $1,000
2. Donate merchandise, services or gift certificates to the Silent Auction.
3. Attend this fun-filled event with your friends, family and business associates.  Tables of 10 are $400.  Individuals are $40.00 per person, reserved seating only.
Contact Karen today!   910.471-4220 or 910.755-2003.  Email: karent@atmc.net

ACC Barnstorming Tour airs 4/15 – 5/13
ATMC-TV announces the airing of the ACC Barnstorming Tour, which was filmed April 5, 2012 at Brunswick Community College’s Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatic Center. The Barnstorming Tour at Brunswick Community College (BCC) featured ACC players including UNC’s Tyler Zeller, North Carolina State’s C.J. Williams, and Duke’s Miles Plumlee competing against community members from Brunswick County. The ACC Barnstorming Tour at BCC served as a fundraiser to benefit the Ronald McDonald House and BCC Athletics.Tune in to ATMC-TV Cable Channel 3 beginning April 14th to catch the action with commentary by local residents Eddie Hill and Steve Prokop, along with exclusive interviews with Tyler Zeller, C.J. Williams, and Miles Plumlee. The game will air Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30 – 3:00 PM through May 13, 2012. The game will also be available on ATMC OnDemand.

ATMC-TV and ATMC OnDemand are available exclusively on ATMC Cable.


Local Book To Feature Historic Postcards From The Southport Times’ Collection
The Southport Times is pleased to announce a retrospective, historical book entitled Southport, Oak Island and Bald Head Island by Kris Friend, featuring our collection of vintage Southport area postcards. The book will be published by Arcadia Publishing, Inc. The cooperative effort of Kris Friend, Arcadia Publishing and The Southport Times, will provide an historical look at Southport and its surrounding areas from the early 20th century until the present. Until now, the collection has only been available for viewing on The Southport Times’ website. This new expanded version will allow the collection to be shared with a wider audience in print format with an historical perspective included.Kris Friend, a local area resident, published author, and our current Southport Times Blogger, will provide the written narrative to accompany the postcards. The extensive collection dates back to 1906 and contains very rare historic views of places, structures and buildings no longer in existence.Southport, Oak Island and Bald Head Island will be a part of Arcadia Publishing, Inc.’s “Postcard History Series.” Arcadia publishes local and regional history books and has published over 7,500 titles. Based in Mount Pleasant, SC, near Charleston, Arcadia has an interest in promoting the various regions of the Southeastern coast. In addition to the Postcard Series, there is a more in depth history of various southern regions in the Heritage Series.

Arcadia has planned a publication date of spring 2013. “The publication will coincide with our summer season and our favorite historic celebration, the July 4th Festival and Parade,” Ms. Friend announced. Books will be available through a variety of venues, our local bookstores, the Southport Historical Society, the Southport Visitor’s Center and local real estate companies.

Promotional events, book signings, speaking engagements by the author can be scheduled by contacting Kris Friend at Arcadia Publishing, or her blog at The Southport Times. Look for further information from Kris and Arcadia to keep you up to date through the coming months.

An interest sign-up list is also available at The Southport Times’ website:



Calender of Events
4/16 – 5/1  Small Business Person of the Year & Customer Service Nominations Sought

4/13-6/8    Art Workshops – Second Fridays -9am-1pm @ Oak Island Recreation Center
4/16-4/20  Annual High School Art Show – 10am-5pm @ Franklin Square Gallery
4/16-5/6    Featured Artists Herb Pritchard & Carla Edstrom Show-10am-5pm @ Franklin Square Gallery
4/16-4/28  North Carolina Spring Litter Sweep
4/17           Third Tuesday Evening Adult Program – 7pm-9pm @ Southport Community Building
4/19           Grand Opening -The Credit Center-3pm-6pm @ 4705 Southport-Supply Road, Unit 108
4/20-4/21  Brunswick Little Theater Presents – Nunsense 2 @ BCC Odell Williamson Auditorium
4/20           Rock the Park Environmental Awareness – 5pm-8pm @ Middleton Park Playground,OKI
4/20           Concerts on the Coast -6pm-8pm @ Raggae Band –  D.H.I.M @ Franklin Square Park
4/21           Blooming for a Cause Charity Gala – 11am-2pm @ 101 Stone Chimney Place
4/21           Oak Island Lighthouse 5k, 10k & Half Marathon – 8:00am @NC Baptist Assembly

4/21           Up Periscope – 10am-2pm @ NC Maritime Musuem @ Southport                    
4/22           ArtShak Studio & Gallery Annual Open House – 2pm-5pm @ ArtShak Studio & Gallery
4/22           Brunswick Little Theater Presents – Nunsense 2 @ BCC Odell Williamson Auditorium
4/23           Art Loft Opening – 10am -5pm @ Franklin Square Gallery
4/23           Museum of History in Raleigh Bus Trip –  9am-6pm @ NC Maritime Museum @ Southport
4/24           Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – 2pm @ The Robert Ruark Inn
4/27           Business Networking After Hours/14 Year Celebration – 5pm-6:30pm @ Watertown Hair

4/27           Paws-Ability Charity Golf Tournament – 1pm-9pm @ Cape Fear National Golf Course
4/28           Dosher Hospital Foundation Gala –  7pm @ St. James Community Center
4/28-29     Women Anglers in Training (WAIT)  @ Oak Island Parks & Recreation Center
4/29           All Choir Festival III – 3pm @ St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church
5/1             Brunswick Civil War Round Table – 6:30pm @ Trinity United Methodist Church
5/2-9/26   Southport Waterfront Farmers Market – Wednesdays -8am-1pm
5/3            First Annual Sheriff’s Charity Ball – 7pm @ St. James Community Center
5/4            Brunswick Concert Band Spring Concert – 7:30pm @ NC Baptist Assembly Fort Caswell
5/4            First Friday Gallery Walk – 5pm-7pm in Southport  (see calendar for locations)
5/4-5/5     Relay for Life of Brunswick County –  6pm-1pm @ West Brunswick High School
5/5            Ride the Tide Kayak Float – 10am @ Oak Island Recreation Center

5/5            Southport-Oak Island Area Golf Classic –  8:30am @ Oak Island Golf Club
5/6            Brunswick Concert Band Spring Concert – 3pm @ Calabash Presbyterian Church
5/7-10/1   Oak Island Farmer’s Market -Mondays 8am-12pm @ Middleton Park Extension Soccer Field
5/10          Golf Tournament Benefits SECU Hospice House -11am @ Cape Fear National
5/11          Concerts on the Coast – Rock Band -TreeHouse- 6pm-8pm @ Franklin Square Park
5/12          Boiling Spring Lakes Community Fun Day – BSL City Hall
5/12          Kayak Fishing Clinic -9am-5pm @ Oak Island Parks & Recreation Center
5/15          Coffee with the Girls – 8am-9am @ Port City Java  
5/16-19    Battleship Association Annual Crew Reunion @ Battleship North Carolina
5/17          Business Networking After Hours – 5:30pm-7pm @ Hampton Inn Southport
5/19          1st Crawl Environmental Festival – @ Middleton Park, Oak Island
5/19          Battleship Alive – 8am-5pm @ Battleship North Carolina
5/19          Big Toy Day -11am-3pm @ Cape Fear Regional Jetport
5/19          Take Me Out to the Ballgame – 5pm-7pm @ The Grape & Ale
5/20          Oak Island Beautification Plant Sale & Garden Tour


Things to do this Christmas in and around Southport, NC

Even Santa loves to relax on our beaches!

The weather in Southport this time of year averages around 60 degrees. That is desireable from almost anyone’s standpoint! Whether you are lucky enough to live here, just visiting, or planning a move to our area (check out your home choices in the Southport area!) we hope you will enjoy the year round living that the southern coast of North Carolina has to offer!  Here is a list of just some of the holiday activities and entertainment from the local Chamber of Commerce (www.southport-oakisland.com). We hope you have a great holiday season!

October 31 – December 17, 2011 – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Members Show at Franklin Square Gallery
Works by members of Associated Artists of Southport and students of Southport Elementary School in the Youth Gallery. First Friday receptions November 4th and December 2nd at 5pm.
Franklin Square Gallery 130 E. West Street, Southport. Behind Franklin Square Park.
Admission/Fees: Free
Organized by Associated Artists of Southport. Sponsored by Franklin Square Gallery.


December 4, 2011 – 3:00 PM
Brunswick County Concert Band Christmas Concert
Christmas concert featuring Brunswick County Concert Band, Big Band, and Brunswick Little Theatre Singers.
Odell Williamson Auditorium Brunswick Community College Main Campus Hwy. 17 Supply, NC
Contact: Mary Helen Turek
2426 St. James Drive Southport, NC 28461
Admission/Fees: Free. Donations Accepted.
Organized by Brunswick County Concert Band


December 4, 2011 – 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Christmas by the Sea House Tour
Six beautifully decorated private homes will be open to the public as will be the Oak Island Ocean Education Center. Refreshments and tickets at the Oak Island Recreation Center on the day of the tour.
Contact: Jane Henderson or Cindy Johnson
910/278-7752 or 910/933-4325
Admission/Fees: $8.00 pp in Advance. $10 pp Day of Tour
Advance tickets will be available at area merchants, the Oak Island Recreation Center, the Southport/Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, the Southport Visitors’ Center, Grape and Ale, Seaside with Coffee, Backyard Wild and Blue Crab Blue On the day of the Christmas House Tour, tickets can be purchased at Oak Island Recreation Center where refreshments will be served and the self guided tour will begin.


December 6, 2011 – 6:30 PM
Brunswick Civil War Round Table
Speaker: Col. Black Jack Travis, BCWRT Lifetime Charter member, author and Civil War re-enactor. Topic: “E. Porter Alexander: Rebel Gunner Extraordinaire.” Refreshments.
Trinity United Methodist Church 209 E.Nash Street, Southport, NC 28461
Contact: Wally Rueckel
Admission/Fees: Free


December 6 – 7, 2011
Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance
December 6th – 7pm. December 7th- 12noon. The Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club hosts a world wide HAM radio operator event on board the Battleship commemorating the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. Radio operators making contact will receive a special postcard verifying contact.
Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Intersection of Highways 17/74/76/421 Wilmington, NC


December 9, 2011
Movies on the Coast
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Movies will begin at Dusk.
Garrison Lawn @ Ft. Johnston 223 E. Bay Street, Southport
Contact: Maureen “Cookie” Moore
Admission/Fees: Free
Event of Brunswick County Parks & Recreation & City of Southport Tourism Department


December 9, 2011 – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
North Pole Adventure
Join us as the Oak Island Recreation Center is transformed into the North Pole. Secret Santa Workshop – kids shop for parents (prices vary), Crafts, Family Fun Activities. Entertainment by Dance 4 Life begins at 6:30pm.
Oak Island Recreation Center 3003 E. Oak Island Drive Oak Island, NC 28465
Contact: Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department


December 9, 2011 – 7:30 PM
SeaNotes Choral Society Christmas Concert
“The Sounds of Christmas”. Diane Kulp will direct the choir, accompanied by Jane Boberg at the piano. The program will consist of classical and contemporary songs and carol and a Bell Choir will be featured as part of the program. Please arrive 30 to 40 minutes before the doors open at 7pm. The fire laws in the county are very strict in regard to seating capacity and this is for your safety. No tickets required. Donations are gratefully appreciated. www.sea-notes.com
Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium Main Campus, Supply, NC
Contact: Juliet White
Admission/Fees: Free.


December 10, 2011 – 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Christmas Tour of Homes
Southport Historical Society’s Annual Christmas Tour of Homes. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time in one of the very special homes within the historic district of Southport. Tickets are $10 per person and the Tour is from 2:00pm to 7:00pm. Pre-Sale Tickets @ Southport Visitors Center, Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, Franklin Square Gallery and The Latimer House in Wilmington.
The Historic District of Southport
Contact: Southport Visitors Center
P.O. Box 10014 Southport, NC 28461
Admission/Fees: $10.00 per person
Sponsored & Organized by Southport Historical Society.


December 10, 2011 – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Holiday Safe Travel Event
Southport Police Department in conjunction with Safe Kids USA will have certified child passenger seat technicians on hand to assist parents with proper installation of car seats, check recalls, check expiration dates, and check that children are properly installed in their seats. There will be a free raffle for a new car seat!
Southport Walmart Parking Lot 1675 N. Howe Street, Southport
Admission/Fees: Free.


December 10, 2011 – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Holiday Sparkler Extravaganza
Champagne, Champagne, Champagne…bubblicious wines paired with the perfect holiday appetizers with music by Sophie Harton.
The Grape & Ale 8521 E. Oak Island Drive Oak Island, NC 28465
Contact: Candace Hobbs
Admission/Fees: $10.00 per person
Event of The Grape & Ale.


December 10, 2011 – 10:00 AM
Kayak Tour on Town Creek River
The Adventure Kayak Company is proud to partner with the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust and host a kayak tour on Town Creek River. Participants will meet at the Brunswick Nature Park on Hwy. 133. A portion of each participant kayak tour fee will be donated to the NC Coastal Land Trust.
Contact: The Adventure Kayak Company
Admission/Fees: Fee Charged.


December 10, 2011
Southport Holiday Flotilla
Time and Details to be worked out. Sponsored by Downtown Southport Inc and Cape Fear Yacht Club.
Southport Waterfront


December 11 – 12, 2011
Brunswick Little Theater Holds Auditions
BLT will hold auditions for Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park on 12/11 from 4pm-6pm & 12/12 from 7pm-9pm. This is a small cast play with five characters. The parts are all open for audition. You will be required to do a cold reading of scenes in the play. They will supply the scripts and give you some time to read over the scenes before auditioning.
Playhouse 211 Highway 211, St. James, NC 28461
Contact: Paul Bertelsen


December 11, 2011 – 3:00 PM
SeaNotes Choral Society Christmas Concert
“The Sounds of Christmas”. Diane Kulp will direct the choir, accompanied by Jane Boberg at the piano. The program will consist of classical and contemporary songs and carol and a Bell Choir will be featured as part of the program. Please arrive 30 to 40 minutes before the doors open at 7pm. The fire laws in the county are very strict in regard to seating capacity and this is for your safety. No tickets required. Donations are gratefully appreciated. www.sea-notes.com
Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium Hwy. 17, Supply
Contact: Juliet White
Admission/Fees: Free. Donations Accepted.


December 13, 2011
NC DOT Maritime Strategy Public Meeting
The North Carolina Department of Transportation wants to hear from YOU regarding the role that North Carolina ports play in sustaining and strengthening the State’s economy. Three informal meetings are being held so that everyone has an opportunity to provide input into the NC Maritime Study process.
St. James Community Center 4136 Southport-Supply Road, SE St. James, NC 28461
4pm-6pm: Open House: NCDOT staff and consultants working on the study will be on hand to answer questions, provide information and hear your thoughts. There will be multiple stations displaying the information gathered thus far. 6:00pm-8:00pm: Public Comment Period: After a short presentation, participants may stand and make brief verbal comments. There will also be a station set up so that written comments can be received.


December 13, 2011 – 12:30 PM
Paddle for Presents
The Adventure Kayak Company will host a “Paddle for Presents” Kayak tour on Rice Creek. Participants area asked to contact The Adventure Kayak Company to register or more information. The kayak tour fee will be an unwrapped Christmas Gift valued at $25.00 or more. All gifts will be donated to the Brunswick County Toys For Tots program. Please consider gifts for all ages up to 16 years of age.


December 15, 2011 – 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Business Networking After Hours
Social event for Chamber members and potential Chamber members. A relaxed atmosphere where business men and women can meet, network and do business after hours. Heavy Hors d’oeuvres & Refreshments.
Oak Island Accommodations 8901 E. Oak Island Drive Oak Island, NC 28465
Contact: Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce
Admission/Fees: Free. RSVP by 12/12/2011
Event of Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce. Hosted and sponsored by Oak Island Accommodations.


December 15, 2011 – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Sip and Shop
After hours shopping with refreshments.
Ruth T. Bigham Oak Island Senior Center 5917 E. Oak Island Drive Oak Island, NC 28465
Contact: Carol Jackson
Event of the Oak Island Senior Center


December 17, 2011 – 11:00 AM
Bolivia Christmas Parade
Line up begins at 10:00am.
Contact: Bolivia Fire Department
P.O. Box 82 Bolivia, NC 28422
Admission/Fees: Free. Donations Accepted.


December 17, 2011 – 7:30 PM
Nutcracker Under the Sea
Brunswick Ballet Company’s 2nd annual production of Nutcracker Under the Sea.
Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium Hwy. 17, Supply, NC
Contact: Jennifer Hofmann
Admission/Fees: $15 Adults, $6 Children, $10 Seniors
Tickets available at On My Toes Dance Studio or BCC Odell Williamson Auditorium Box Office – 910/755-7416.


December 23 – 26, 2011
Merry Christmas
Chamber Office Closed.


December 31, 2011 – 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM
New Year’s Eve Beach Party & Anchor Drop
Featuring Music by Steve Hardy’s Original Beach Party. Heavy HorsD’ouevres catered by Fishy Fishy Cafe’. Cash Bar. Space is Limited
Southport Community Building Bay Street, Southport
Contact: Southport Visitor’s Center
Admission/Fees: $50.00 person
Sponsored by Downtown Southport, Inc. to benefit City of Southport Department of Tourism and Economic Development and Southport Parks & Recreation. Tickets on sale at Southport Visitor’s Center.

Boating in Southport, North Carolina

A lot of people ask me if I were shipwrecked, and could only have one book, what would it be?

I always say “How to Build a Boat”.     

–Stephen Wright (actor/writer)


Ahh, the open water….Boaters are never anything but completely immersed in the lifestyle when they are sailing on their vessel of choice. Whether taking a relaxing cruise through the tidal creeks or an exciting excursion on the Atlantic, there is something for every boater in southern coastal North Carolina.

There are many marinas to help you get the most out of your boating lifestyle in our coastal towns. We will highlight a few of our local favorites in the Southport area.

St. James Marina

Enjoy year round boating at this full service marina (everything from gas to maintenance). With access to the Atlantic by a quick cruise through the Intracoastal  Waterway, this marina offers 155 wet slips and 320 dry slips. The dockmaster can arrange fishing charters and sightseeing cruises, too!

What about when you work up an appetite taking in all the beauty and adventure the coastal waters have to offer? Tommy Thompson’s Grille is the place to feed the beast and whet the whistle. With a full service menu from breakfast through dinner and cocktails at the Tiki bar, you will become a regular like so many have before you.  The food is freshly made to order to meet the tastes of any who visit. Speaking of variety, next door at Tommy’s Market you can find absolutely everything you could ask for! Wine, beer, fresh soup and salad bar, gourmet meats, snacks and specialty items, ice cream and coffee bar, and even gifts.  Most importantly they offer everything you need for your boating excursion. You’ll surely want to stay a while, and it is easy to do when you buy one of the gorgeous houses or condos within walking distance! Be sure to look into the amenity filled lifestyle that St. James Plantation Real Estate has to offer.

South Harbour Village Marina

Located at the base of the bridge to Oak Island beaches, South Harbour is a full/transient dock with everything  from WIFI to laundry facilities. With amenities like showers, taxi services and bike rentals, it is easy to get that second wind and explore the local scenery.  If your travels have made you hungry, but satisfied your need for adventure, there are relaxing options just a few steps away. The Dead End Saloon Fish Factory Grille located at the marina is a casual and quick option for lunch or dinner. With two outdoor patios and an indoor bar with a great view, you can fully recooperate from a day of boating.  Joseph’s Italian Bistro  also located at the marina, is well known for its fine dining choices for lunch or dinner. With recipes that have been passed down for generations, you know they have to be fantastic! Enjoy a drink from their extensive wine list and full bar while sitting in the lush dining room with the eye catching ocean view,  or bask in the sunset on their deck.  If that doesn’t put the wind back in your sails, nothing will! Be sure to check out Oak Island Real Estate to find out more about this beautiful community.

Southport Marina

One of the largest amenity laden marinas in North Carolina, the Southport Marina is a fully nautical experience. Walking distance from downtown Southport, it makes exploring the local community, restaurants and shopping an easy excursion. It has a floating dock house and a transient/fuel dock with over 200 in-water protected slips and a 220 unit dry stack facility. Home of a Gregory Poole Marine Center, it has everything from mechanical and electrical repair, exterior refinishing, and a 75 ton travel lift (just to name a few of the services they offer). The marina also offers sail fishing and sight seeing tours through USCG licensed captains. Family reunion coming up? Need to make up for last year’s boring office party? You can rent the dock for special occasions! Now that would be an event to remember. See the available Southport NC Real Estate that can be found so close to this boater’s playground.

No matter what experience you are looking for in the boating lifestyle, it is available to you in the Southport area of North Carolina. Sunset cruises to deep sea charters, tidal creek fishing to light house tours, beach picnics to elegant seaside dinners are all just a few of the options that await you when you enter the world of coastal marina living in Southport, NC!