13 things to do on the North Strand through October

 Nancy Smith says she founded Carolina Soul Festival to celebrate healthy living. “Let’s bring like-minded people together and exchange information and ideas,” she says from Movement Works, the fitness studio on U.S. 17 in Calabash, N.C. she opened three years ago.

Vegetarian friendly food trucks, musical entertainment with Four Miles South, Mr. 50’s and the trio Chicago Bob, Digger T and Bobby Liddell; Polynesian Fire Dancers, medieval knights sword circle, belly dancer Izdihar Raks and Kids Zone are a few of the attractions.

Fitness demonstrations include Zumba, yoga, piloxing, pump and tap dancing. A psychic medium and crystal healer will be there. The Vender Village has skin care products, jewelry and clothing. Check Six Brewery Company in Southport, N.C. and Unique Pairings in Calabash will serve their specialties. Healthy baked goods will be available as well. “We have a diversity of vendors,” Smith says.

Brunswick County Animal Services, Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary, Lower Cape Fear Hospice and other nonprofits will be on the premises. “We are bringing unique eclectic groups together [at Carolina Soul Festival],” Smith says.

Smith believes movement is essential to good health, and her mission is to spread that philosophy. She founded Community Movement Alliance, which provides movement-based education to underserved school children in Brunswick and surrounding counties. She and other teachers have taught yoga and tai chi in some Brunswick County Schools.

“We were ecstatic to have Nancy approach us with this unique opportunity,” Molly White, principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Leland, N.C. writes in an email. “Our kids took her instruction seriously and truly enjoyed it as one of our ‘Friday Clubs.’”

Helen Otto, was principal of Jesse Mae Monroe Elementary School in Ash, N.C. when Community Movement Alliance teachers came to the school. “[Movement-based education] is a great way for the students to learn various skills while building confidence and experiencing new ways of expression,” she writes in an email. Now principal of Virginia Williamson Elementary School in Bolivia, N.C., she adds, “I am going to reach out to hold the same programs here at Virginia Williamson.”

Smith purchased yoga mats for the students with a grant to CMA from ATMC and promotes tolerance, exposure to cultural arts and awareness of a wide world of cultures.

She wants visitors to have fun at the Festival but also “to get information on how to be their healthiest self,” she says. All proceeds from Carolina Sun Festival benefit CMA.

What | Carolina Soul Festival

Where | 9489 Ocean Hwy. W, Calabash, N.C., beside Movement Works on U.S. 17

When | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sept 9

Cost | $5 per person, 12 and under free

Contact | 910-579-4845, carolinasouldfest@gmail.com, www.carolinasoulfestival.com 

Details | Pets on a lease welcome

Events on the North Strand


What | Master Gardeners help solve gardening problems

Where | Hickmans Crossroads Library, 1040 Calabash Road, Calabash, N.C.

When | 9 a.m.- noon every Tuesday through October

Cost | Free

Contact | 910-575-0173, Christi.Iffergan@brunswickcountync.gov

Details | Free soil samples given


What | Katherine Hunt gives a presentation for families titled “Honey Bees: Endangered for the First Time”

Where | Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

When | 6 p.m. Aug. 15

Cost | All-day admission to museum: adults, $9.50, 62+, $8.50, 3-12, $7.50, 2 and under, free

Contact | 910-579-1016, linzy@museumplanetarium.org, www.museumplanetarium.org 

Details | Hunt will explain the complex reasons for the global decline of the honey bee population.


What | Meteorologist Justin McKee of WWAY-TV3 in Wilmington, N.C. will do a live weather broadcast from Silver Coast Winery.

Where | 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

When | 12:30-4 p.m. Aug. 21

Cost | $10, over 21, includes one glass of wine or beer and one pair of certified glasses to view the eclipse; $5, 5-20 years, includes one sofa drink or water and pair of certified glasses; 4 and under free, must buy pair of certified glasses per child, $2 each.

Contact | 910-287-2800, info@silvercoastwinery.com, www.silvercoastwinery.com 

Details | Music by Tony Reese; YehMon Food Truck; wine, beer, soda and water for purchase.


What | Featured speaker Edward Ovsenik explains the value and content of the “Green Swamp,” the 17,214-acres of land in Brunswick County.

Where | Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

When | 6 p.m. Aug. 22

Cost | All-day admission: adults, $9.50; 62+, $8.50; 3-12, $7.50; 2 and under, free

Contact | 910-579-1016, linzy@museumplanetarium.org, www.museumplanetarium.org


Where | Mulberry Park, 123 Mulberry St., Shallotte, N.C.

When | 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Sept. 10

Cost | Free admission

Contact |910-754-4032, rjohnson@dtownofshallotte.org, www.townofshallotte.org

Details | fresh local produce, arts and crafts, live bluegrass music


What | Joy Callaway will speak and have her book, Secret Sisters, on hand for purchase.

Where | Hickmans Crossroads library, 1040 Calabash Rd NW, Calabash, N.C.

When | 10-11 a.m. Aug. 17

Cost | Presentation is free

Contact | Kristi, 910-575-0173, christi.iffergan@brunswickcountync.gov


Where | Sunset Beach Park, 206 Sunset Blvd., Sunset Beach, N.C.

When | 9 a.m. Aug. 19 & 26

Cost | $7 suggested donation with funds benefiting the nonprofit Community Movement Alliance, which brings movement-based education to underserved youth in the community.

Contact | 910-579-4845, mvtworks@gmail.com, www.mvmtworks.com 

Details | Bring mat or sheet, sunglasses, water; canceled if raining


Where | Moose Lodge, 253 Holden Beach Road, Shallotte, N.C.

When | Doors open, 6:30 p.m.; dance, 7-10:30 p.m. Aug. 19

Cost | members and any ACSC members, $5; guests, $8

Contact | www.coastalshagclub.org 


What | Author Gerald Baum will speak and have his book, Cast From the Sea, available for purchase.

Where | Hickmans Crossroads library, 1040 Calabash Rd NW, Calabash, N.C.

When | 3-4 p.m. Aug. 24

Cost | Presentation is free

Contact | Kristi, 910-575-0173, christi.iffergan@brunswickcountync.gov


Where | Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market St., Sunset Beach, N.C.

When | 11 a.m. Monday through Friday through Sept. 1

Cost | Half-price admission: adults, $4.75, 62+, $4.25, 3-12, $3.75, 2 and under, free

Contact | 910-575-0033, will@museumplanetarium.org, www.museumplanetarium.org 

Details | Learn the history of a solar eclipse and the importance of the Aug. 21 solar eclipse to the U.S.


What | NC Cooperative Extension Service offers the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Training

Where | Brunswick County Extension Center, Government Complex, Old Ocean Hwy. (U.S. Business 17), Bolivia, N.C.

When | 9 a.m. – noon every Tuesday and Thursday from Sept. 5 – Nov. 2

Cost | $160

Contact | 910-253-2610, gina_britton@ncsu.edu

Details | Applications at www.brunswick.ces.ncsu.edu 


What | Basic knowledge to maintain a home landscape conducive to the North Carolina coast, includes lawns, shrubs, flowers, herbs, vegetables and fruits.

Where | Hickmans Crossroads Library, 1040 Calabash Rd NW, Calabash, N.C.

When | 9:30-noon Wednesdays for seven weeks starting Sept. 6

Cost | $85

Contact | Tom, 910-253-2610, tom_woods@ncsu.edu

Details | Register at above contact



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