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Southport NC – Spring Things and How We Celebrate

wisteria11 Who doesn't love Spring? After the colder-than-usual winter we’ve had, the beautiful weather we're enjoying of late, is just that much sweeter. It's hard to miss all these sneak previews before the real show begins. Southport's big ol' live oaks are slow to bud out. It is their "Fall season" so they're in the process of shedding all of last year's leaves. It looks like another week or so before that final raking can be done.

Around our house, the real tell-tale sign of Spring is the massive, porch-swaddling weave of wisteria that demands the full attention of anyone it comes in contact with. I've come to love it in it's pre-purple state almost as much as when it's in full bloom. How does one plant have all the energy to do what you see here? It really is a miracle!

I am behind in my reporting of local events here in Southport NC. April is upon us and with it, the beginning of "tourist season" and the abundance of activities that comes with it. We are ready...and with the smell of jonquils in the air, it's time to sit back and have a look at all the opportunities for fun and frolic in and around Southport.

I'll start with what has become a huge annual event in Southport held over Easter Weekend. D4th of July_southport_2010_54on't miss  the SOUTHPORT SPRING FESTIVAL and Chili Cook-off at Franklin Square Park April 22nd and 23rd. This is a BIG event for Southport and will include over 100 arts and crafters, local food, live entertainment throughout the day, children's rides and games, and azalea and plant sales. Saturday will feature the annual "Chili Cook-off Contest".

Another annual community event is coming up on March 30th, April 1st and April 3rd. It is the at Hatch Auditorium at Ft. Caswell. Performing great hits of the 60's and 70's will entertain you with ABBA'S Dancing Queen, Jersey Boys, Billy Joel hits, The Beatles, etc. They are call this concert series "Oh!.....What a Night! and it sounds like it truly will be!  For more info contact Julie White at 253-6442.

The first two weekends in April, presents the Tony Award winning "DOUBT: A PARABLE" At Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 and the Sunday matinee starts at 3. Don’t miss an opportunity to see this show and support Southport’s newest theatre and live music venue. For more information call 910.200.7785. Tickets: $15 and $17 / adults, $10 / students.

Susan_Dade_316 On April 1st from 5-7pm, the brings us the first of the season First Friday Gallery Walk. There will be a reception with a nautical theme honoring the opening of , featuring paintings and pottery of local artists, hosts and hostesses from Brunswick Town in period dress, displays from the Maritime Museum and live music. Admission is free.

On April 2nd don’t miss Chocolate,Music, & Drinks -An Evening of Decadence at the Community Building 7-10pm.
A fabulous evening of fun with a purpose. Chocolate Buffet, Music & Dancing. Fund raising activiwavesties: 50/50 raffle, silent auction, chocolate delights, cigars on the veranda (with Brandy or Port). Fund raising activity supporting WAVES4K.I.D.S. Call 910/477-0322…Tickets: $20.00.

A couple events come up on the 9th of April… the first one, a sure-fire winner for the kids and the other a great outdoors outing for adults. The Southport Easter Egg Hunt in Franklin Square Park has been around as long as we’ve lived here and when the kids were little, it was a VERY big deal! Starting at 10am, children ages 7,8,9 and 10,11,12 gather in Franklin Square Park. Immediately following there is a 6 and under at Fort Johnston on the Garrison Lawn. Sponsored by the Southport Parks & Recreation Department, call 910.457.7965 or 910.279.3331. And as always, it’s FREE!

For the adults, at 1pm, is the Ride the Tide Kayak Float. Meet at the Oak Island Recreation Center and head to Blue Water Point Marina for an easy trip on an outgoing tide. There will be various age group awards, costume contest, and a poker run. Kayak rentals available. First 75 paddlers registered get a t-shirt. Volunteers also needed. The is on 3003 E. Oak Island Drive. Contact:  Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department, 910/278-5518. Cost: $15. Sponsor:
  1. There is much more going on this Spring in Southport than I can report here. Don’t hesitate to call me or email me if you are planning a trip down and want to know what’s on the calendar while you are here. It is a busy time and honestly, there are plenty of happenings for everyone. Cool temps the last few days have put a damper on the emerging spring flowers, but by the time you get here, Southport will be primed and ready for your arrival. Come on down!

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