December 2, 2022

Christmas tree shopping at Jungle Johnny's.

A Minute with Morgan

GOOD Friday morning!

The Christmas by the Sea Parade is Saturday, and that’s just one of many events this weekend — have a look below to see what you can do this weekend if you’d like to get in the holiday spirit. I look forward to seeing you at some of the events and if you can’t make it, I’ll show you what you missed in next week’s edition of The Pilot!

Morgan Harper, Editor

New News

Here’s what we’re working on for next week’s

READY TO ROLL Christmas by the Sea Parade on Oak Island starts tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. Photos from the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce/Town of Oak Island event will be featured in our Portfolio section.

Below the Fold

Santa at the cookie contest

GOOD ways to start the season

The holiday season kicks off this weekend with plenty of chances to get in the spirit. There's a lot to do, so we've put together this sampling of events to help GOOD readers keep track. As we celebrate, let's remember all those working hard behind the scenes– those GOOD people in our community who make these things happen.

All these events and more are covered in greater detail in our FREE Holiday COAST magazine, on stands now. Inside you'll find a complete calendar of events, an inspiring story about the St. James Woodworkers, Southport Historical Society's Tour of Homes, Winterfest and much, much, more. Pick one up today or check out our online version.

Brunswick Little Theatre present its last show of the season, “The Last Night of Ballyhoo”
at 8068 River Road (N.C. 133), Southport, just past Bethel Road.
Thursday, December 1st – Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30 p.m. and
Sunday, December 4th at 3 p.m. and
Thursday, December 8th – Saturday, December 10th at 7:30 p.m. and
Sunday, December 11th at 3 p.m.

Brunswick Little Theatre for more details.

Cape Fear Festival of Trees at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher,
to support
Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Foundation.
More than 50 uniquely decorated trees will be set up and disbursed throughout the wildlife and aquatic exhibits of the aquarium.
Displaying through Friday, January 2nd daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets must be purchased in advance at

The Associated Artists of Southport have planned several special events
at Franklin Square Gallery, 130 E. West St. in Southport, open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.,
Monday through Saturday.

  • First Friday Demo Night Friday, December 2nd from 5 – 7 p.m.
    Watch and converse with the artists as they create original pottery, sculptures, paintings and other art objects on the spot in a variety of media, all of which will be available for purchase.

  • Members Show Running through December
    The final show of 2022 features a variety of art for one-of-a-kind holiday gift-giving, in all price ranges.

  • The Christmas/Holiday Mug Challenge Running through December
    Visitors may vote for and purchase a variety of holiday-themed mugs.

  • Paint and Sip Running through December
    Create an original gift, an acrylic painting, while enjoying wine, music, laughter and the camaraderie of time spent creating together. Space is limited. Find the December date by visiting the gallery’s website.

Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell “Light of the World” drive-through nativity
The Baptist Assembly is located at the end of Caswell Beach.
Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd from 6 to 8 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Oak Island Living Nativity, 4608 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island
Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd,
two performances nightly at 7 and 8 p.m
For more information, call the church at 910-278-9511

BSL Tree Lighting in front of the BSL Police Department
Friday, December 2nd at 5 p.m.
Bring an ornament for the lighting of the BSL Christmas tree, followed by arts and crafts at the main fire station.

BSL Christmas parade at the main fire station
Friday, December 2nd starts at 6 p.m.
Pictures with Santa follows.

BSL Parks & Recreation pancake breakfast and Santa’s workshop
at BSL Community Center
Saturday, December 3rd, 8 – 10 a.m.
Children can make holiday crafts in Santa’s workshop. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, orange juice, coffee and sweet tea.
For more information, call 910-363-0276 or email BSL Parks & Recreation Director Chris Sims at

Oak Island Breakfast with Santa at the Community Resource Center,
located across from the Police Department.
Saturday, December 3rd from 8 to 10 a.m.
Breakfast buffet, holiday crafts, and reading of “The Night Before Christmas."
Tickets are available online. For more details, contact Program Supervisor Ryan Gordon at 910-278-4747 or

The Christmas by the Sea Parade, starts at Oak Island Town Hall and concludes at McGlamery Street.
Saturday, Dec. 3rd, begins at 2 p.m.
Beautifully decorated floats, fire trucks, marching bands, adoptable pets, classic cars, walking paraders, and more. Rumor has it Santa and Mrs. Claus will even make an appearance.
For more information call 910-457-6964 or visit

The Sea Notes Choral Society presents its Christmas concert, “Waiting for Christmas,”
at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the BCC campus.
Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th, at 3 p.m.
A selection of holiday favorites, including: Waiting for Christmas, Silent Night, Holy Night, The Season of Love, The Very Best Time of Year, Almost Christmas, and many others.
Visit for tickets and more information.

Southport Winterfest Storefront Showcase
Saturday, December 3rd – Saturday, December 10th

Visit and vote on storefront displays by local businesses.

Southport Winterfest Tea at the Southport Community Building
Saturday, December 3rd at 1 p.m.
For more information call
910-457-7927 or visit

Holiday Market at Middleton Park, 4610 East Dolphin Drive Oak Island
Sunday, December 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Featuring homemade and handcrafted merchandise, sweets and baked goods.

Southport Winterfest Pet Pictures with Santa at the Indian Trail Meeting Hall/Keziah Park, 113 W. Moore Street, Southport
Sunday, December 4th from 2 to 4 p.m.
For more information call
910-457-7927 or visit

First Baptist Church of Oak Island children’s musical, “Building Christmas” at 4608 E. Oak Island Drive, Oak Island
Sunday, December 4th at 6 p.m.
For more information, call the church at

Shop-with-a-Cop Concert featuring the Back Porch Rockers at Franklin Square Park
Monday, December 5th from 6 to 8 p.m.
This event helps to raise funds for the Shop-with-a-Cop program, helping families in need during the holidays.

Southport Winterfest Candy Cane Garden Party at Keziah Park, 113 W. Moore Street, Southport
Tuesday, December 6th from 6 to 8 p.m.
Walk through a winter wonderland of Candy Canes.
For more information call
910-457-7927 or visit

The State Port Pilot Annual Cookie Contest at the Southport Community Building
Wednesday, December 7th from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Come and vote for your favorite cookie display, listen to your favorite holiday tunes, and taste some delicious cookies.
For information visit or email to enter.

Southport Winterfest Supper with Santa's Elves at 209 Atlantic Ave., beside the Southport Gym.
Wednesday, December 7th from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Parents who need a night to shop for Christmas or enjoy a romantic dinner can drop off their kids for pizza and a movie.
For more information call
910-457-7927 or visit

Southport Winterfest Christmas movie “The Polar Express” will be shown on the Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn
Thursday, December 8th at dusk
Chairs and blankets are encouraged, and hot chocolate will be provided.
For more information call
910-457-7927 or visit

Caswell Beach Holiday Reception at Town Hall
December 8th at 6 p.m.

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Good to Know

  • December 2 - National Mutt Day: This one's for the mutts! There's no ifs, ands, or mutts about it.

  • December 3 - International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Become more compassionate and understanding of the challenges faced by people with disabilities.

  • December 4 - National Sock Day: Put on a pair of your favorite socks, we’re celebrating National Sock Day! It’s a day to celebrate those rarest of socks that managed to stick together and maybe to mourn those socks that lost their significant others in the wash over the years

  • December 5 - National Repeal Day: Back in 1933, following the signature of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the United States ended its 13-year experiment with the increasingly unpopular nationwide prohibition of alcohol, meaning yay, it’s National Repeal Day on December 5!

  • December 6 - St. Nicholas Day St. Nicholas derived from Nicholas of Myra and was a bishop in 4th century Greece. He was known for selling off his own items and then giving the money to the poor. He would commonly leave coins in people’s shoes and dedicated his entire life to serving people who were sick and suffering. This is how he gained his saint status, and is what inspired St. Nicholas Day (also commonly known as Feast Day or the Feast of St. Nicholas).

  • December 7 - National Pearl Harbor Day of Remembrance: A day of infamy, the day Japan attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor. On that day in 1941, more than 2,400 people died in Japan’s attack on the Hawaiian base of America’s Pacific Fleet.

  • December 8 - Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day: If you’ve ever noticed any unusual characters on December 8, they might be celebrating Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day! “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens featured one of the earliest depictions of time travel both forwards and backwards.

  • FOMO? Did you miss a previous edition of the GOOD NEWSLETTER?
    We’ve got you covered! Check out the archive

Community Focus

Reader Photo Showcase

The theme for this week is trees, and their complex beauty inspired several GOOD readers to submit their work. Two submissions, coincidentally, featured the magnificent palm trees of Aruba and would’ve also worked well in our November 18th vacation gallery. The other entry was decidedly different, and immediately recognizable to anyone who’s visited the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Take a look at the gallery, check out next week’s theme below, and share your photos with us– we can’t wait to see what you’ve got.

Idyllic Aruban palm submitted by Tony DeFilippis.

An idyllic Aruban palm submitted by Tony DeFilippis.

More photos from Diane McKeithan and Ignatius J. Reilly.

View these photos and past reader photo showcases

Recipe of the week

Pet of the Week!

This bright-eyed little guy is Bentley, our Pet of the week. Thanks to Bentley Lawson for sharing him with us. Don’t forget to submit your own pet photos and visit our gallery to see all the adorable images from past weeks.

This week's Pet of the Week, Jasper by Cherylee Hagge

See the complete collection in our Pet of the Week Showcase Gallery!

Good Times

It’s almost time for The State Port Pilot’s

Wednesday, December 7 • 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
at the Southport Community Building
Come check out the beautifully displayed cookies and vote for your favorite!
Attention Bakers! Everyone is welcome to participate!
Deadline to enter is December 2.
Email for information.


It’s Friday! Presented by Up Your Arts, here’s the weekend line-up, full of music and activities for everyone.

Up Your Arts Creative and Performing Arts Logo

Friday, December 2

  • Cat-a-Tonic @ Wades Jeweler’s Annual Block Party (Howe St, SPT)

  • Brunswick Brass Band @ Middleton Park (Oak Island Tree Lighting)

  • Dave Nelms Jazz @ Millikens (Shallotte)

  • A Class Act @ Oak Island Moose Lodge

  • Dawn, Bill, Brad and Buddy @ 49th Street Grill (Oak Island)

  • The Last Night of Ballyhoo @ Brunswick Little Theater

  • R & R Music @ Second Wind

  • Eric McGuinness @ the Pub of Southport

Saturday, December 3

  • No Regretz @ Old Southport Village Shoppes (Christmas Artisan Festival)

  • Robichaux Trio @ Shagger Jack’s (8004 E. Oak Island Dr. Oak Island)

  • Live Music (TBD) @ The Grape and Ale (OKI)

  • Christmas by the Sea Parade at OKI @ East Oak Island Drive

  • Sea Notes Christmas Concert @ Odell Williamson Auditorium (Bolivia)

  • Sky Parlor @ the Joyce (Leland)

  • Johnny White @ Ocean Crest Pier

  • Jamie Dooley @ Oak Island Deli & Pub

  • Corey Stuart @ 49th Street Grill (Oak Island)

  • The Last Night of Ballyhoo @ Brunswick Little Theater

  • Live Music (TBD) @ the Lazy Turtle

  • Bacon Grease @ the Pub of Southport

  • The Doorsmen @ the Tiki Tavern

  • Dennis Walton Band @ Second Wind

Sunday, December 4

  • Live Music (TBD) Mimosas & Music @ Southport Coffee Co. & Kitchen

  • Tie Dye Sunday with Mike Sobieski @ The Tiki Tavern

  • Open Beach Jam with Dennis Walton @ The Lazy Turtle (OKI)

On a GOOD Note

“I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.”

–Fred Rogers

Have a really GOOD weekend!