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Rainy Day Activities

For many the roar of thunder and the pounding of rain falling against the roof was a welcome sound this morning, bringing relief from an abnormally dry summer in Brunswick County. But for many vacationers, rain can put a damper on a fun-filled getaway.

Don’t let some rain drops stop your fun! Take a break from the beach and head out for some rainy day fun at the library, movie theater, museum or arcade.

G.V. Barbee, Sr. Library welcomes island visitors to enjoy their resources within the library building, located at 8200 East Oak Island Drive. Sit down with a good book, magazine or newspaper and read the morning away. Search the online catalog or get more information at

Rainy days are the perfect occasion to take in a matinee at Surf Cinema. Located at 4836 Long Beach Road SE in Southport, tickets for matinees are only $4.50 each. For current movie listings visit or call 910.457.0320

Peer through the new periscope, listen to weather forecasts on a marine radio and explore the vast nautical history of our area at the NC Maritime Museum in Southport. The museum, located at 204 E Moore Street, has an extensive collection of delicate ship models and even details Gentleman Pirate Stede Bonnet’s pleas for clemency. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 910.457.0003.

If you are up for a drive, Planet Fun in Shallotte is Brunswick County’s largest family entertainment center. There are 32 lanes for bowling, a 2-story laser tag arena and redemption arcade. There’s even a soft playground and a 9-hole cosmic mini golf course, complete with glowing golf balls, putters and props. For more information visit

What’s your favorite rainy day activity on Oak Island? Share your suggestions by posting on our blog or Facebook page.

Mackerel and Things

The 29th Annual King Mackerel Tournament occurred October 4-6 in Southport. This tournament has been an exciting tradition for over 25 years, attracting many eager fisher-people to this area. Although the weather was fair (clouds and even some much-sought-after drizzle), over 400 boats lined the coastline on their hunt for the big ones.

With a $10,000, all-cash, first-place prize, and 55 total cash-prize places, fishing focus was keen! At the end of it all, Charles W. Fisher aboard the TEEZER (Eden, NC) was the big prize winner with a fish weighing in at 41.35 pounds. While not the largest fish ever caught in this tournament (that would be 1999 when the winning catch was 52.45 pounds by Joe Winslow out of Little River, SC), the 2007 winning fish was still a whopper! Congratulations, Charles Fisher!

By the way, Dosher Hospital was one of the tournament sponsors, just another example of its deep involvement in the people and events in the Southport/Oak Island area. So, if you live here, don’t forget to vote in the up-coming elections on November 6th! Pay close attention to the Dosher Hospital Board of Trustees! Sherri Marshall is running for one of the Trustee positions, and she would make a huge contribution to that team of people who are all quite involved in ALL community activity such as this fishing tournament. Give Sherri your support because she supports your community’s needs!