Story By Molly Harrison

Good things have happened and good things are coming. We know you want to be in the know about everything that’s going on in the area, so here’s a quick rundown of what’s happened or what’s coming up on the local scene. For more upcoming events, flip to What’s Happening (page 98).

Brunswick Islands Home & Garden Show
Photography by Christian Viera Photography
If you’re sprucing up your home or yard for spring, you won’t want to miss the 11th annual Brunswick Islands Home & Garden Show. You’ll find vendors displaying hundreds of products and services for the home and garden, including landscaping, gardening, pools and spas, windows, grills, home decor and utilities. You’ll also find resources for home construction and improvement as well as real estate and financial services. More than 1,000 people attended the show last year, and even more are expected at the new location in 2014.
When: February 15 & 16, 10 am to 3 pm both days
Where: Sea Trail Convention Center, Sunset Beach
Information: (910) 754-6644;

Diamonds & Denim Charity Ball
Photography by Ronnie Holden
The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation Inc. presents this event to raise funds for different causes each year. For its third annual event on March 6, the foundation will donate proceeds of the ball to Hope Harbor Home and Brunswick Senior Resources. The night features hors d’ oeuvres, a buffet dinner, wine, beer, music by Jim Quick & the Coastline Band, dancing and a live auction, and guests enjoy the dress code of dressed-up denim. Sponsorship packages are available. The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation Inc. was established in 2012 and is dedicated to serving the people of Brunswick County by building permanent charitable capital to support programs and provide services that enhance the quality of life for all of its citizens.
When: March 6, 6 to 10 pm
Where: 101 Stone Chimney Place, Supply
Cost: $80 per person
Information: (910) 253-0922,

Glitz, Glamour and Glow
Photography by Genie Leigh Photography
Wine, shopping and beauty secrets made for the perfect girls’ day out on November 2. Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center’s Glitz, Glamour and Glow, sponsored by Summit Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, drew about 300 attendees for a day of fun at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

Guests sampled six wines and tasty eats while shopping for the latest fashions from local boutiques. Coral Tree Salon & Day Spa supported the event as a makeup partner, while Family First Chiropractic served as a massage sponsor and Summit Plastic Surgery and Dermatology offered skincare seminars. Guests also enjoyed a silent auction and a runway fashion show. Randy Aldridge, anchor of WWAY’s Good Morning Carolina and host of “Your Hometown,” served as the emcee.

Funds from the event supported an extensive women and children’s wellness outreach program in the Brunswick community. With an ultimate goal of improving the health of children in our community, the outreach initiative focuses on decreasing childhood obesity, decreasing the number of women who smoke while pregnant and increasing the rate of breastfed infants.

“This was a great opportunity for women to get together with a few girlfriends to have a fun afternoon while also helping improve the health of women and children in Brunswick County,” said Event Chair Whitney Sauls.

Guests went home with a signature wine glass and a variety of special gifts. When they got home, they were emailed a special mock-up photograph of themselves on the cover of South Brunswick Magazine.

The Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center was formed in 2011. In addition to the women and children’s outreach program, the foundation, in conjunction with hospital volunteers, constructed a Healing & Respite Courtyard on the campus of Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center.

See more photos from this event on page 96.

Little Princess Ball
Photography by Genie Leigh Photography & Contributed
The much-anticipated Little Princess Ball is a highlight of winter for many Brunswick County girls. Girls in kindergarten through fifth grade and their adult male escorts enjoy snacks, dancing, crafts, face painting and more, and every girl takes home a tiara and wand. Little princesses are encouraged to dress in a pretty dress, ball gown or their favorite princess costume. Tickets are on sale January 21 through February 7 at Brunswick County Parks and Recreation or at Communities In Schools. Space is limited, and payment is due when registering. This event is sponsored by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation, Communities In Schools, Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. and Brunswick Community College. Due to high demand for tickets, this year there are two locations to choose from: Brunswick Center at Southport and South Brunswick Island Center in Carolina Shores.

When: February 8, 3 to 5 pm
Where: Two locations to choose from: Brunswick Center at Southport or South Brunswick Island Center in Carolina Shores
Cost: $10 per person
Information: (910) 253-2670 (Brunswick County Parks and Recreation), (910) 457-3494 (Communities in Schools)

Murder on the Cape Fear!
Photography by Genie Leigh Photography
An overwhelming crowd of about 450 people turned out for the David brothers’ Murder on the Cape Fear presentation at the St. James Community Center in Southport on November 15, proving that people love a good investigative thriller.

The live presentation by Brunswick County District Attorney Jon David and his twin brother, New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David, focused on three real-life local murders and all the details on how the cases were investigated and prosecuted. It was a chance for the public to get the full stories straight from the men who led the investigations and prosecuted the cases. The program, which cost $25 a head, was a benefit for the Leland Area Rotary Club, with proceeds benefitting the various charities the clubs support. The brothers donated their time for this unique charitable event.

See more photos from this event on page 94