5K celebrates fitness, St. Patrick’s Day in Ocean Isle Beach

For The Sun NewsMarch 11, 2014 

Rich Dobkin, owner of Fibber McGees Irish Pub in Sunset Beach, N.C., and Carrie Van Winkle of Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., meet to discuss the upcoming Lucky Leprechaun 5k. Dobkin is a sponsor of the race and Van Winkle is an avid runner. Samantha, Dobkin’s 13-year old rescue dog, although dressed for the event, will not participate even though canines are invited.

BY JO ANN MATHEWS — For The Sun News

  • If you go

    What | Lucky Leprechaun 5K 2014

    Where |The Winds Resort Beach Club, 310 E. First St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

    When | 8 a.m. registration and packet pick-up, 9 a.m. shotgun start, March 15

    Cost | Little Leprechauns 12 and under, $15 through March 13, $20, day of race; 13+, $25 through March 13, $30, day of race; group of four, $70 through March 13; $80, day of race.

    Registration | www.active.com, key words: Lucky Leprechaun

    Contact | 910-253-2583 or rmchugh@brunsco.net

Ruthie McHugh, fitness coordinator at Brunswick County Parks & Recreation, developed a program three years ago to help people prepare to complete a 5K. Its popularity has evolved to Lucky Leprechaun, a 5K fundraiser with more than 200 community members and avid runners participating, many in St. Patrick’s Day garb. Their children and pets, also in green attire, are invited to run or walk with them.

“It’s fun. We make it a festive event,” McHugh said and explained that proceeds benefit community members who cannot afford the classes and activities the department offers.

A sponsor of Lucky Leprechaun, The Winds Resort and Beach Club in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., where many Parks & Recreation classes meet, is the starting point. Kathy McLaurin, general manager, said several employees are running, and The Winds supports the race because it benefits the community and brings people together.

Carrie Van Winkle, an avid runner, won first place female in the 2013 Lucky Leprechaun with a time of 20:30.

“It’s fun,” she said of the race. “I’m hooked on running.” She was the 17th woman to cross the finish line in the 2014 Myrtle Beach Marathon with a time of 3:33:40, beating her best time of 3:55, and qualified for the Boston Marathon.

Kathy Burnham of Ocean Isle Beach said she will always run a 5K on Ocean Isle Beach and has recruited four others to participate this year.

“I think it is great when you go to these races. There are such positive people [running] for a good cause and for some good exercise,” she said.

Rich Dobkin, owner of Fibber McGees Irish Pub in Sunset Beach, N.C., said he and about six of his employee’s are running again this year, and he’s proud to sponsor the event.

“It’s for a good cause, and it’s a way to show support and give back to the community,” he said.

KATHARINE WRIGHT, THE OTHER WRIGHT BROTHER

What | The traveling exhibit features the life of Katharine Wright, who often spoke on behalf of her famous brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright

Where | North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, 799 Second Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach

When | 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays through April 26

Cost | adults, $5, 60+, students and military with I.D., $4, 5-17, $3

Contact | 843-427-7668, director@NMBmuseum.com, www.NMBmuseum.com

Details | To celebrate Women’s History month, Zonta Club of Myrtle Beach sponsors the exhibit, curated by International Women’s Air & Space Museum, Cleveland, Ohio. Katharine is often referred to as “the third Wright brother” and traveled with her brothers and promoted their invention.

OAK ISLAND ART GUILD COLLAGE AND MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP

What | Award-winning artists Judy Harris and Marti Fann will conduct a workshop that covers geli printing, tissue stamping, photo transferring, texturing with stencils, making stamps, and staining and decorating tissue paper.

Where | Oak Island Recreation Center, 3003 E Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, N.C.

When | 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. March 14

Cost | Free

Contact | www.oakislandartguild.org/workshops.php

Details | Anyone 18+ is invited. Not necessary to be a member. Wear old clothes. For a list of supplies and other information, go to above website.

365 DAYS OF COLOR

What | Jack Alexander, owner of Plantation Garden and Gift, explains how to choose blooming plants so there is color in your yard all year round.

Where | Calabash Marketplace, 10050 Beach Drive, Calabash, N.C.

When | 9 a.m. March 15

Cost | free, but call to register, bring folding chair

Contact |910-570-8910, jack@plantgardengift.com or www.calabashmarketplace.com

Details | Alexander will present a timeline for blooming plants, highlight key plants on the timeline and focus on plants with extended bloom cycles.

LISTEN UP, BRUNSWICK COUNTY, GOOD MUSIC/GOOD DEEDS.

What | Critically acclaimed folk duo, Maura Kennedy and Pete Kennedy, a virtuoso guitarist, perform in concert

Where | Holden Beach Chapel Fellowship Hall, 107 Rothschild St., Holden Beach, N.C.

When | 7 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. concert begins, March 21

Cost | advance, $22, day of show, $24

Contact | 860-485-3354 or listenupbc@gmail.com

Details | Proceeds benefit Brunswick County Homeless Coalition. Pre-show wine tasting, KD Morris Art Gallery and Wine Shop, 3422 Holden Beach Road, 5-7 p.m., $4 per glass. Post-show food and beverage, Main Street Grill, 3408 Holden Beach Road.

GROWING AND COOKING WITH HERBS

What | Jack Alexander, owner of Plantation Garden and Gift, discusses how to select, plant, grow and care for herbs, including basil, oregano, pineapple sage, rosemary, mints, cilantro and others. Staff provides recipes and serves samples.

Where | Calabash Marketplace, 10050 Beach Drive, Calabash, N.C.

When | 9 a.m. March 22

Cost | free, but call to register, bring folding chair

Contact | 910-570-8910, jack@plantgardengift.com or www.calabashmarketplace.com

Details | Alexander will present a timeline for blooming plants, highlight key plants on the timeline and focus on plants with extended bloom cycles.

WINGS OF OPPORTUNITY

What | Julie Hedgepeth Williams, author of “Wings of Opportunity,” will discuss her book, which chronicles the Wright Brother’s civilian flight school in Montgomery, Ala.

Where | North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, 799 Second Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach

When | 7 p.m. March 25

Cost | call or email to reserve tickets with credit card or purchase at museum, adults, $5, 6-17, $3, members free

Contact | 427-7668, director@NMBmuseum.com, www.NMBmuseum.com

Details | Some residents of Montgomery saw aviation and the school as a way to rise above the shadow of the Civil War. The Alabama press sometimes misreported “the misconceptions, hopes, dreams and fears about aviation in 1910 ... untested, unsteady, and unavailable to most people,” Williams said.

FIRST 2,000 DAYS 5K

What | 5K race to bring awareness of early child care and education

Where | Lowes Foods, 1152 East Cutler Crossing, The Villages at Brunswick Forest, Leland, N.C.

When | 7:30 a.m., registration, 8:30 a.m., 1 mile Fun Run for children, 9 a.m., 5k walk/run

Cost | adults, $30 until March 26 then $35; under 12, $10 until March 26 then $15; 1-mile Fun Run, $5, register online at www.runtheeast.com

Contact | Smart Start of Brunswick County, 910-754-3166, info@smartstartbrunswick.org

COFFEE WITH THE AUTHORS

What | William “Billy” Griffin and Peggy Patton Griffin discuss their book, “An Exceptional Journey, And the Two Shall Become One”

Where | Sunset River Marketplace, 10283 Beach Drive, Calabash, N.C.

When | 10 a.m.-11 a.m. April 3

Cost | free but call for reservations, space limited

Contact | 910-575-5999, sunsetrivermarketplace@gmail.com or www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com

Details | The Griffins’ autobiographies recount their lives growing up at the Methodist Orphanage in Raleigh, N.C. They explain why they were there, what growing up in the orphanage was like and how they were attracted to each other. They married in 1954.

SWEETGRASS BASKET WORKSHOP

What | Vera Manigault, an eighth-generation weaver with 50 years of experience, teaches the art of basket weaving and shares Gullah traditions and tales.

Where | North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, 799 Second Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach

When | 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 12

Cost | $65, members, $55, materials included, call or email to reserve tickets with credit card or purchase at museum

Contact | 427-7668, director@NMBmuseum.com or www.NMBmuseum.com

Contact freelance writer JO ANN MATHEWS at jamathews.com.

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