Snippits of the Local Scene
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 Brunswick County, so here’s a quick rundown of what’s happening on the local scene. For more, flip to What’s Happened (page 21), Business Buzz (page 27) and What’s Happening (page 106).
Dancing with the Brunswick Stars
Photography By Time 2 Remember
Dancing with the Brunswick Starts is an amazingly successful fund-raiser for the Brunswick Community College Foundation. This event combines high-profile community members (the stars) with area dance professionals (the pros). The couples practice all summer, and their performances are a highly anticipated event in Brunswick County.
For the past several years, it’s been an exciting and entertaining way for the foundation to raise money for student scholarships. The 2013 event, with the theme of “A Southern Inspiration,” will take place on Friday, August 9 at 6 pm at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness Center on the campus of Brunswick Community College.
“In today’s economy, the community college system is experiencing budget cuts, which mean less support from the state,” says Terry Mohr, executive director of Brunswick Community College Foundation. “As this is the foundation’s primary event fund-raiser, we value community support. The staff of the foundation is witness to student hardships every day, yet also aware of their resilience and determination. Education makes a difference; you make a difference.”
At this time, the foundation is seeking sponsors for the event. Also, the dancers need votes, which translate into scholarship dollars, too.
Dancers for the 2013 event are:
Tom Adams and Debra Hughes
Randy Aldridge and Jessica Baltos
Bud Azzato and Ashley Stewart
Jim Fish and Jada Gonzalez
Cliff Cheek and Brianna Bell
Col. James Rupkalvis and Shiloh Ransom
Arthur Mallory and Sara Misiti Clemmons
Allan Cheatham and Holly Knepp
Jennifer Beasley and Davis Canady
Lydia Chandler and Phillip McGee
Nichole Harding and Dan Chop
Cindy Hewett and Juan Gonzalez
Sue MacCallum and Brad White
Karen Taylor and Butch Underwood
Shannon Viera and RJ Sanchez
Tickets, sponsorships and other information about the event are available at dwts.brunswickcc.edu , (910) 755-7473 and (800) 754-1050.
The Sounds of Summer
The concert event of the summer in Brunswick County is The Beach Boys show on August 29. The concert will feature full-time Beach Boys members Mike Love and Bruce Johnston along with a backup band. Known for their lyrics reflecting California surfing and hot-rod culture, The Beach Boys greatest hits include “Help Me, Rhonda,” “Good Vibrations,” “Barbara Ann,” Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Surfin’ USA” and “Kokomo.”
Tickets are already on sale for the concert, which will take place at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College. Tickets cost $69, and all seating is reserved. Fifty special VIP tickets, which cost $152, offer seating in the first three rows and a meet-and-greet with Mike Love.
The Beach Boys
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College
Chilled & Grilled
Brunswick County’s Food & Wine Fest
South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club is planning a new county-wide food and wine festival. Known as Chilled & Grilled, the food-centric event will feature many of Brunswick County’s well-known restaurants, caterers, bakeries and beverage vendors.
Organizers are planning for at least 20 food and beverage vendors, each of which will offer two or three of their top selections. Festival attendees will be able to sample dishes and drinks from all of the vendors. This is a great way for festival-goers to sample dishes from restaurants that they not only already love but also those that they have not visited. It’s also a great way for restaurants to showcase their offerings to residents from all over Brunswick County.
“This seems like a very natural win-win for all — a way for vendors to serve their best appetizer, soup, entrée, side dish or best wine to hundreds of potential new customers and a way for guests to find their new favorite food items from vendors they discover at this event,” says Mark McKeithan of South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club. “It makes it easy and inexpensive for a person to sample three, four or five food choices and a couple of wine/beer choices all in one evening.”
McKeithan says an average person could expect to spend about $20 total, as food and beverage items will cost between $1 and $4 each.
“South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club is very excited to add this new event, and we hope to offer a great evening of food, music and fun to attendees,” says McKeithan. “Our focus for 25 years has been raising dollars through raffles and golf tournaments, and now we look forward to this event knowing that this will offer more money to the kids of our county.”
Chilled & Grilled is planned for Thursday, September 12 from 4 to 8 pm. It will be held on the Brunswick Community College campus at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness Center inside the gymnasium.
2013 Phlock to the Beach – A Buffett-Style Beach Bash
August 23 & 24
Mark your calendars for the 2013 Phlock to the Beach — a Buffett-Style Beach Bash organized by the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce. This fun-filled weekend will feature several Jimmy Buffett–inspired events including a cheeseburger contest, a Parrot Head party trolley, a volleyball tournament, a bocce ball tournament and more. There will be some fun activities for children as well, including hula hooping, flip-flop find, flamingo race and photo fun. Plenty of delicious food and refreshing beverages will be available, with selections from some of your favorite area food vendors including Turtle Island Restaurant and Catering, Silver Coast Winery, Papa John’s Pizza and more.
Friday, August 23 (various locations in Oak Island & Southport): Dress Like A Parrot Head & Grub Crawl – Take the Parrot Head Party Trolley to five different stops in Oak Island. There will be the appropriate trop-rock music, snacks and a signature Parrot Head beverage. The cost of all alcoholic beverages will be in addition to the trolley fee. Non-alcoholic beverages are free for your designated driver. Trolleys will begin the crawl at 4 pm, departing from a designated parking lot and continuing to run the route until 10 pm, so once you have completed the crawl you may ride the trolley back to any of the restaurants and enjoy dinner or continue your night of fun. Taxi cabs will be available throughout the evening. Trolley tickets are $30 per person and must be purchased in advance at the chamber office or at one of the participating restaurants.
Saturday, August 24 Beach Party Volleyball Tournament – Tournament will take place from 9 am to 3 pm at the Oak Island Pier. Teams can consist of four or six players. Single elimination. A trophy will be awarded to the winning team. The cost is $25 per person to enter and includes an event T-shirt.
Beach Party Bocce Ball Tournament – Tournament will take place from 9 am to 3 pm at the Ocean Crest Pier. Teams will consist of two players. Single elimination. A trophy will be awarded to winning team. The cost is $20 per person to enter and includes an event T-shirt and raffle ticket for the bocce ball set drawing. Sponsored by Brunswick Air.
Beach Phlock Concert – The concert will take place from 4 to 10 pm at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport. Gates open at 3 pm. Information: (910) 457-6964
NC Oyster Festival
Photography By Time 2 Remember
October 19 and 20
Brunswick County residents love their oysters, and they welcome folks from all over the state to help them celebrate their tasty seafood harvest.
The 33rd annual NC Oyster Festival will be held in Ocean Isle Beach on October 19 and 20, 2013, and will feature oysters, festival food, arts and crafts, live music, children’s activities, the famous Oyster Shucking Contest and Oyster Stew Cookoff. The entertainment lineup includes Sawgrass, Jim Quick and the Coastline Band, Jaded Mayberry, The Lost Trailers, New Beginnings Praise Band, Sea Cruz and Craig Woolard Band.
NC Oyster Festival is made possible by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and the support of many local businesses and volunteers. Admission is just $5, and it’s free for kids ages 8 and younger. It’s held between 2nd and 3rd streets on the island of Ocean Isle Beach. Hours are 9 am to 6 pm Saturday and 9 am to 5 pm Sunday.
The NC Oyster Festival Road Race, planned for October 12 (the Saturday prior to the festival) will include 5K and 10K road races and a new 5K Beach Run Adventure. A Surf Contest is planned for September 7 and 8.
To learn more, go to www.ncoysterfestival.com .