Free things to do in Horry Countys neighbor to the northeast in North Carolina, Brunswick County, remain numerous, especially with Christmas spirit stepping into overdrive. Heres five:
Catch a concert
Brunswick Community Colleges Odell Williamson Auditorium, in Supply, will have a Marine band on Dec. 1 and Holiday Memories by the Brunswick Concert Band and Brunswick Little Theatre Singers on Dec. 16.
Hatch Auditorium in N.C. Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell in Caswell Beach, on Oak Island, will host Christmas concerts by the Sea Notes Choral Society Dec. 6-7 and 9, and Brunswick County Concert Band and Brunswick Little Theatre Singer Dec. 14 and 16.
The college will welcome the 2d Marine Division Band The Divisions Own from Camp Lejuene, N.C., for the first time since 2009, said Master Gunnery Sgt. Matthew Boatright, the bandmaster.
He said the entourage will play an array of yuletide tunes, including Sleigh Ride and White Christmas.
We keep it traditional, Boatright said.
He said most of the 40 members in the band are in their young 20s.
Michael Sapp, director of Odell Williamson Auditorium, said the connection to request and book the 2d Division Band arose from a retired Marine group locally.
If you go
Who and when |
• 2d Marine Division Band The Divisions Own from Camp Lejuene, N.C., 3 p.m. Dec. 1 Limit of six tickets per individual
• Holiday Memories by the Brunswick Concert Band and Brunswick Little Theatre Singers, 3 p.m. Dec. 16. Also, bring donations of nonperishables for the Southport Food Bank.
Where | Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium, 50 College Road, Supply, N.C., south of U.S. 17
Tickets | Call to reserve tickets at 910-755-7416 or 800-754-1050, ext. 7416
More information | www.bccowa.com
Other area concerts | 36th annual Sea Notes Choral Society Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and 3 p.m. Dec. 9, and Christmas Holiday Concert by Brunswick County Concert Band and Brunswick Little Theatre Singers, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 3 p.m. Dec. 16, all at Hatch Auditorium N.C. Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell 100 Caswell Beach Road, Caswell Beach. 910-253-1643.
Bridge new traditions
In Sunset Beach, the Old Bridge Preservation Society will have its second annual Christmas at the Old Bridge celebration 5-7 p.m. Dec. 10.
One of the coordinators, Carolyn Hirst-Louck, called turnout at the inaugural event last December great.
It was a gift back to the community for everyone to gather, she said, summarizing some main ingredients as cookies and caroling.
Besides having two local singers and a sing-along this year, a team of volunteers hope to continue building on a goal of making this swing bridge site as a new community gathering place, Hirst-Louck said, and start a tradition for Sunset Beach.
The preservation society also supports town officials vision of developing a new corridor from the bridge to Sunset Beachs new fishing pier and boat launch, and eventually, a park, Hirst-Louck said.
She also said the group, established just a few years ago, through other events, had a great Fourth of July and that an Easter event is in the offing for 2013.
If you go
What | Second annual Christmas at the Old Bridge
By | Old Bridge Preservation Society
When | 5-7 p.m. Dec. 10
Where | Old (swing) Bridge, 109 Shoreline Drive W., Sunset Beach, N.C.
Entertainment includes singers | Linda Ladrick from Brunswick Little Theatre and the Brunswick Big Band, and Mandee Williams, featured soloist of the Seaside United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir and Praise Team, who also will lead a sing-along.
Park yourself on a sidewalk for a parade
Many locales have parades planned in December: Shallotte and Oak Island on Dec. 1, Leland and a Southport nighttime flotilla Dec. 8, and Bolivia parade Dec. 22. Also, take in a tree lighting Nov. 30 in Oak Islands Middleton Park, and Dec. 7 at Fort Johnston Southport Museum and Visitors Center Garrison Lawn.
If you go
What | Christmas parades/tree lightings
Information | Check event listings at www.southport-oakisland.com/calendar/calendar.asp
When and where |
• Town of Oak Island tree lighting, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30, including Sea Notes Choral Society leading Christmas carols, in Middleton Park, 4601 E. Oak Island Drive. 910-278-5518.
• Town of Shallotte parade, 10 a.m. Dec. 1. Details at 910-754-4032 or www.townofshallotte.org.
• Christmas by the Sea parade, 2 p.m. Dec. 1 from Oak Island Town Hall on 46th Street to McGlamery Street. Details from Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce at 910-457-6964 or www.southport-oakisland.com.
• Santas Fire Engine Ride, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 4 through downtown Southport.
• Movies on the Coast (Arthurs Christmas) and childrens tree lighting, 5-9 p.m. Dec. 7 at Fort Johnston Southport Museum and Visitors Center Garrison Lawn, in Southport. 910-457-7945 or 910-279-3331.
• N.C. Carolina Christmas Parade and Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8 in downtown Leland, behind the BB&T bank parking lot, beginning with parade. 910-616-2671 or 910-371-9921.
• An 18th Century Christmas tours, 1-6 p.m. Dec. 8 at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site 8884 St. Philips Road, Winnabow, including St. Philips Anglican Church and historic Brunswick hourly. 910-371-6613.
• Southport Christmas Flotilla, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 8 on Cape Fear River, from Southport Marina/Old Yacht Basin to Kingsley Street. 910-454-4327.
• A Victorian Holiday, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 15 at N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport, 204 E. Moore St. Registration required at 910-457-0003.
• Town of Bolivia parade, 11 a.m. Dec. 22. 910-253-5025.
Art remains in order
Among art exhibits, two have begun: Wild North Carolina Through the Artists Eyes, the 2012 N.C. Wildlife Art Society Exhibition, with 40 pieces, through Jan. 5 at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, and the Silver Coast Winery Art Show, with works by Karen Gore, Ricky Evans, Michael Green and David McCune, through Dec. 15, at the winery, in Ocean Isle Beach.
Also, for Southports First Friday monthly Gallery Walk, Dec. 7, observe holiday needlework by the Why Knot Stitch group of Southport in a reception, 5-7 p.m. at Franklin Square Gallery in Southport.
If you go
What | Art exhibits
• Wild North Carolina Through the Artists Eyes, the 2012 N.C. Wildlife Art Society Exhibition, with about 40 artworks, through Jan. 5 at Sunset River Marketplace, 10283 Beach Drive S.W. (N.C. 179), Calabash, N.C. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 910-575-5999 or www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com.
• Silver Coast Winery Art Show, with works by Karen Gore, Ricky Evans, Michael Green and David McCune, through Dec. 15, at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays, and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. 910-287-2800 or www.silvercoastwinery.com.
• Holiday needlework by the Why Knot Stitch group in a reception, 5-7 p.m. Dec. 7, as part of Southports First Friday monthly Gallery Walk, at Franklin Square Gallery, 130 E. West St., Southport, N.C., behind Franklin Square Park. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. 910-278-7560 or www.franklinsquaregallery.com.
Check out books, CDs, DVDs and other programs at Brunswick County Library
All five branches, including the sites in Calabash and Southport, are open Mondays-Fridays, and three others in Leland, Oak Island and Shallotte are open half-days on Saturdays.
Anyone with a hunkering for a Dickens of an hour might whet their appetite with a Brunswick County Cooperative Extension special program, What Would Charles Dickens Eat? on Nov. 30 at the librarys Harper branch in Southport.
If you go
What | Brunswick County Library
Hours | Branches, all open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, some 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, as noted
• Hickmans Crossroads, 1040 Calabash Road, Calabash. Call 910-575-0173.
• Rourk, 5068 Main St., Shallotte. Also open Saturdays. 910-754-6578.
• Margaret & James Harper Jr., 109 W. Moore St., Southport. 910-457-6237.
• Leland, 487 Village Road, Leland. Also open Saturdays. 910-371-9442.
• G.V. Barbee Sr., 8200 Oak Island Drive, Oak Island. Also open Saturdays. 910-278-4283.
Also | Special program from the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension, What Would Charles Dickens Eat? 1-2 p.m. Nov. 30 at Harper branch in Southport.
More information | library.brunsco.net
Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.