Happy Thanksgiving from Jen and Dave!

Happy Thanksgiving from Jen and Dave!

We would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy time with friends and family and if you are looking for things to do, be sure to check out TheEventGuide.com, there is lots going on including on Thanksgiving!

While you have your recipe books out, think about submitting a recipe for TheEventGuide Community Cook Book! Once the book is printed, a portion of the sales will be donated to the Oak Island Water Rescue!

While you are getting into the holiday spirit, sign up for our gingerbread house building event. You will get to build a gingerbread house to take home and not have to clean up the mess! You may bring your own decorations, but you will be provided a kit and all the decorations you need. You can also stay and win awards and prizes for our “best of” categories.

Jen and Dave Win a Golden Pineapple Award!

Jen and Dave Win a Golden Pineapple Award!

We won a Golden Pineapple Award!

What is a Golden Pineapple Award you ask?
Golden Pineapple Awards are given quarterly to those businesses nominated by their customers for providing consistent and exceptional customer service by the Southport Oak Island Chamber of Commerce. The pineapple is the international symbol of hospitality which is the reason the Chamber chose it for the award.

We could not be more proud or humbled to receive such an honor from our community. TheEventGuide.com is not even a year old yet so we are thrilled be be recognized for all the hard work we have ben doing.

We could not do it it without the help from the community and our sponsors. Please continue to send in your events, reach out to us for advertising or anything we can do to help you!

Be sure to check out TheEventGuide.com often for all the holiday events we add daily!

Jen and Dave are Cooking Up Something Fun!

Jen and Dave are Cooking Up Something Fun!

TheEventGuide.com Presents a fun day of Gingerbread House Building.
Your ticket includes a gingerbread house kit (designs vary) and everything you need to build a great gingerbread house!
You are welcome to stay for the judging at 2:30 and win fun prizes!

Don’t worry, this is not a professional contest, this is to have fun, there may even be prizes for the craziest, silliest and ugliest houses!

Jen and Dave will be hosting this afternoon of family friendly fun!

TheEventGuide.com is putting together a cookbook with recipes submitted by people of the community of Southport and Oak Island and we want you to be a part of it!

Simply fill out the form below to have your recipe considered for entry in the cookbook.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Oak Island Water Rescue. Look for the published cookbook in spring 2023!

Jen and Dave Had Another Busy Weekend!

Jen and Dave Had Another Busy Weekend!

This past weekend was a busy one in Southport and Oak Island! From Halloween Parties, to Regattas, Oktoberfest, Witches Rides, Truck or Treats and Fall Festivals, there was something for everyone.

Jen and Dave were the hosts of Oktoberfest at Southport Tap and Cellar, but more on that in a bit.
Jen really wanted to participate in the 2nd Annual Oak Island Witches Ride, so she and her friends started early and stopped at Fixin’s to get breakfast to start their day. Jen and the girls were excited to be the first witches to stop in but they would not be the last! Jen was able to go on a couple of stops before heading over to Southport for Oktoberfest.

Chef Rick from Fixins welcomes The Witches Ride.

Jen and Dave spent Saturday afternoon hosting Oktoberfest. They held many fun Oktoberfest contests including Stein Holding, Brat Eating, Keg Holding and Sauerkraut Eating contests. Everyone had a great time, and it’s always fun to see everyone dressed in their best German themed outfits! There was even a crowning of Mr. and (2) Mrs. Oktoberfest.

The Upcoming Weekend

This weekend a going to be a busy one too. Holly Days craft fair, the Wooden Boat Show and a lot more. Another fun thing this weekend is Throw Baxe Axe House and Board Game Lounge in Southport is having their ribbon cutting and Grand Opening celebration so be sure to stop in a check it out, you may even see Jen or Dave there!

Be sure to check out TheEventGuide.com to see all of the fun stuff going on this weekend!

Jen and Dave Cruise Through The Weekend

Jen and Dave Cruise Through The Weekend

Jen and Dave at the Electric Ride sponsored by:
TheEventGuide.com and OKI Bike and Paddle Co.

Jen and Dave kicked off the weekend at The Pub of Southport by checking out the electronic music duo Krispee Biscuits and their unique brand of musical entertainment. The crowd could not get enough of Will Maxwell on violin and DJ YK playing high energy jams.

On Saturday, Jen and Dave returned to The Pub to see Bacon Grease! As most of you know, Jen and Dave adore this trio! They played a wide variety of music and kept the energy building as the night progressed.

Also on Saturday, Jen took part in the Oak Island VFW Poker Run. It was a great way to check out different places around the island such as, Hippie Chick Granola, Veteran’s Park, The Elks Lodge, Ocean Crest Pier, and The Oak Island Deli & Pub while raising money for The VFW. Sadly Jen did not have a winning hand but had a great time anyway.

The Electric Ride

TheEventGuide.com teamed up with OKI Bike and Paddle Co. for the first ever Electric Bike Ride! Beachgoers were astounded to see the hoards of riders cruising along the beach from the Oak Island Pier to the Ocean Crest Pier and back. Everyone who participated had an amazing time celebrating that as of October 16th, electric bikes are allowed to be ridden on the Oak Island beach. Be sure to check out TheEventGuide.com to see when the next organized electric bike ride is scheduled. In the meantime, stop by OKI Bike and Paddle Co. to take one for a test drive.

Coming Up…

Jen and Dave are incredibly excited to host the festivities at this year’s Oktoberfest at Southport Tap & Cellar on Saturday, October 29th. Be sure to sign up for one of the many contests and games that will be going on that day. Wear your best Oktoberfest outfit and say Prost! to Jen and Dave!

Jen and Dave Get Ready to Ride into The Sunset

Jen and Dave Get Ready to Ride into the Sunset

On Thursday, Jen and Dave had the privilege of having Dinner with a Firefighter at the Southport Fire Department Headquarters. The chief himself, Charles Drew, made and served up some incredible chili. Jen and Dave got to chat with members of the community and meet several firefighters while enjoying dinner. The firefighters were also kind enough to answer numerous questions regarding the trucks and other equipment around the headquarters. The Southport Fire Department puts on several community events each year so be sure to check out The Event Guide to see what they’ve got coming up next.

Southport and Oak Island had another very busy weekend. One of the biggest events of the season, the US King Mackerel fishing tournament, took place this past weekend and what an amazing weekend it was for it. While we were not able to make it down for it, several people reported how much fun they had watching the fish come in to get weighed and the great music during the event.

Jen and Dave went to American Fish Company on Friday to check out The 52nd Street Band’s big debut in Southport. It was a beautiful night, and it was great to see them playing outside with a gorgeous sunset behind them. American Fish was absolutely packed with enthusiastic patrons who were enjoying the music and atmosphere.

Jen had her BFF Katie in town from Wisconsin, and they enjoyed going to all the fall markets, craft fairs, church bizarre and bake sales Saturday morning. One of Jen’s favorites is the Ocean View United Methodist Church chicken pie sale. This year they did chicken casserole and a bake sale. Dave was not invited.

Saturday Jen and Dave also attended the Tina’s Smile fundraiser event on Oak Island. The event was absolutely beautiful, thank you to everyone who came out and made this a huge success and to JT Mariotte, the Elks Lodge and the rest of the volunteers who put it together so fast.

Jen took Katie to The Brentwood Restaurant & Wine Bistro’s dinner and ghost tour. They had a lot of fun enjoying a great dinner and learning about the restaurant’s haunted history and then going on a tour of the old former home turned restaurant to search for spirits (not just the kind that come in a glass)! They offer this tour throughout the year, not just during spooky season. Dave had leftovers.

Looking Ahead

The rest of the month is going to be very busy as well! This weekend Jen and Dave are looking forward to the Electric Ride they are hosting with OKI Bike and Paddle Co on Sunday. There are no more bike available to rent but if you have one you can still register for the ride and if you don’t have one, stop on in to OKI Bike and Paddle to check them out for purchase, you won’t regret it! Click here to register for the ride.

Jen and Dave are also gearing up to host Oktoberfest at Southport Tap and Cellar on Saturday, October 29th! We know there is a ton going on that day so be sure to use TheEventGuide.com to plan all your activities for the day!

Jen and Dave Look Forward to the Weekend

Jen and Dave Look Forward to the Weekend

Wednesday Jen and Dave went to Southport Coffee Co. & Kitchen to have coffee with a cop. This event was a great opportunity for members of the community to meet and get to talk with our local law enforcement and get to know them on a more personal level. Of course the added bonus of having some great coffee and delicious food didn’t hurt either. Be sure to check TheEventGuide.com for the new Coffee with a Cop event.

This Weekend

The weather has cooled down a little bit just in time for a busy fall weekend filled with a lot of great things to do.

The first big event is that The 52nd Street Band will be leaving Oak Island and heading to Southport to perform at American Fish Co. on Friday from 7pm – 10pm.

The 52nd Street Band packed up and heading to American Fish Co. Friday at 7pm

The biggest event going on this weekend is the US Open King Mackerel Tournament, starting on Thursday and ending on Saturday. There are lots of events for the tournament, check out the full lineup here.

There are also a lot of fall festivals and craft fairs going on this weekend so be sure to check TheEventGuide.com for the full lineup!

On a personal note Jen and Dave hope you come out to support this important fundraiser in honor of a friend who was taken too soon.
Saturday, October 8th from 3pm-Sunset the Oak Island Elks Lodge is hosting a fundraising event in Honor of Tina Carlton with all proceeds going to the future needs of her children and Hope Harbor Home. There will be BBQ plates for $15, raffle items, live auction, and Jamie Dooley providing beautiful music. If you can’t stay, drive-up donation are accepted and well as drive-up BBQ Plates starting at 4pm.

Jen and Dave Get Ready for the Storm

Jen and Dave Get Ready for the Storm

With Hurricane Ian in Florida and potentially sending a tropical storm this way we figured this is a great time to put out some helpful tips for when we do have a hurricane. It’s never too early to have a plan.

Also be sure to check TheEventGuide.com for cancellations.

Have An Emergency Kit

An emergency kit is a container of items your family may need in or after an emergency. Most of the items can be found in your house. It is important to put them in one place. Be sure every family member knows where the kit is kept.

You need to put enough water, food and supplies in your kit for three to seven day for each person and pet. You may be on your own for hours or even days after a disaster. Being ready for an emergency helps you and your family to survive. It also allows police, fire fighters and emergency medical workers to help those who need it most.

Having the proper supplies on hand is key to being prepared for the upcoming hurricane season starting June 1. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.

At a minimum, you should have these basic supplies:
• Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
• Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
• Flashlight.
• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible).
• Extra batteries.
• First aid kit.
• Medications (7-day supply) and medical items.
• Multi-purpose tool, like a Swiss Army knife.
• Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
• Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies).
• Cell phone with chargers.
• Family and emergency contact information.
• Extra cash (ATMs might be inoperable).
• Extra fuel for generator and car.

Depending on your family’s requirements, you may also need to include: medical-care items, baby supplies, pet supplies and other things, such as extra car and house keys.

Additional supplies might include towels, plastic sheeting, duct tape, scissors and work gloves.

Emergency Alerts

Emergency messages are sent by state and local governments and the National Weather Service via television, radio, weather radios, social media and alerts on cellular phones. Make sure you have a way to monitor severe weather conditions and receive emergency alerts at all times. 

• Emergency Alert System
• NOAA Weather Radio
• Wireless Weather Alerts
• Alerts from local Government Here is the link for Brunswick County

Evacuation Routes

Many interstates and major highways to and from coastal North Carolina can accommodate heavy traffic volumes and have higher speed limits to allow motorists to leave threatened areas more quickly and efficiently than using local roads.

More Information

For more information about weather preparedness, shelters, floods, visit ReadyNC.Gov

Jen and Dave Do Some Construction

Jen and Dave Do Some Construction

Jen, Dave and Rob are working hard to make some upgrades to the The Event Guide site to make it even more user friendly. Jen and Dave work really hard to bring you all the events going on in Oak Island and Southport, but with so many different social media pages and websites, they don’t always see them. If you know of an event that you don’t see on the calendar feel free to fill out the “list your event” form and they will get it added if it is free and open to the public. If you aren’t sure, send it over and they will check it out.

A Personal Note From Jen…

I want to thank all the people who made the past few weeks a little easier to get through. For those who don’t know, my mom passed away on Friday. I truly appreciate the support and understanding while I take a little time for myself.
My mom was a strong independent women who raised me pretty much by herself. She was a scientist but later went on to take over the family manufacturing business. She loved to ride horses, fly airplanes and downhill ski in her younger years, but what I remember most was she was the hardest working person I knew and you never found her without a book in her hand. I will miss her dearly.


Jen and her mom Bonnie- May 2022

Jen and Dave get Dolled up for a Cause

Jen and Dave get Dolled up for a Cause

Jen and Dave had the pleasure of hosting the silent auction and red carpet for the Be The One Gala to benefit Providence Home. The night raised over $55,000 for this amazing non-profit. Great food, amazing music, glamorous outfits, and generous guests. The event would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of numerous volunteers and the many sponsors. Plus Jen got to dress like a disco ball.

What’s Next?

Sunday, October 16th 3pm

Electric Bikes • Scooters • One Wheels
Join us for a Pier to Pier Ride Down the Beach!

All E-bikes, One Wheels, scooters are welcome to join the 1st annual OKI Electric Beach Ride. October 16th is the first day motorized e-bikes are allowed back on the beach let’s celebrate!

Arrive to OKI Bike & Paddle Co. between 3-4pm on Sunday, October 16th.
There will refreshments and door prizes. The ride will start at 4:00pm.

*LSV’s not golf carts not allowed

Register by September 21st to have your shirt in time for the ride!

Jen and Dave Kick Off the First Annual Flag Run!

Jen and Dave Kick Off the First Annual Flag Run!

Thursday, September 1st, TheEventGuide had the privilege to be the first of 11 sponsors to kick off the 1st Annual Oak Island Flag Run. We had a lovely reception with snacks and beverages and representatives from the VFW and the community were at TheEventGuide’s headquarters to be a part of it all.

We told you about the flag run in our post last week, and today started it off. Each of the 11 sponsors donated money to the VFW to have the honor of displaying this flag. Members of the community are welcome to join each day at the location and time listed below to be part of the ceremony or you can stop in to each location while they have the flag and drop off a donation for the VFW.

Special thank you to Brenda Torrey of Brenda Torrey Photography for these great photos!

Oak Island Flag Run

In conjunction with the BE-THE-ONE Gala, there will also be a flag run to raise money for the Oak Island VFW.

11 businesses in the Oak Island area will be participating in the 2022 BE THE ONE flag run. Starting on September 1 at TheEventGuide the a flag of remembrance will be on display. Each day the flag will be taken to the next business until September 11 where the Flag will be brought to the VFW on Oak Island. At each location a ribbon of honor will be added to the flag in the honor of our first responders, veterans and police officers.

Below is a list of sponsors and stops for the flag run. We are still looking for sponsors to fill in the open dates.

If you choose to sponsor the cost is $250 with all proceeds benefiting the VFW of Oak Island. You are also asked to have a small reception for the people who are dropping off the flag to your business on your date. It is free for the public to join in to bring the flag to each stop. The flag will leave each location just before 11am to be at the next location around 11am. On September 11th the flag will leave the jetport at 10:30am to be to the VFW by their ceremony at 11am.

9/1 TheEventGuide
9/3 OKI Deli
9/7 Grape & Ale
9/9 Intercoastal Roofing
9/10 Be the One Gala
9/11 VFW

If your business would like to sponsor one of the open dates or you have questions, please contact jt@intercoastalroofingnc.com or jen@theeventguide.com.

Jen and Dave Make a Splash

Jen and Dave Make a Splash

On Sunday Jen, Dave, Rob, Dawn, and Jason made their way down to Little River, SC to check out Shark Wake Park. Dave was a bit apprehensive as this was one of Dawn’s suggestions (She was after all at least partially responsible for the Oak Island Lighthouse fiasco) but after getting Rob and Jason to agree to join, he figured it wouldn’t be that bad.

Dawn was kind enough to drive everyone to the park which is made up of an over-water obstacle course as well as a cable wake board and knee board course. The group decided to stick with the obstacle course as athletic ability is not exactly their strong suit.

After entering the park they donned life jackets and waded out to the course. The obstacle course is located on a small lake that was surprisingly warm which was a pleasant surprise to everyone.

The first obstacle, which should have been the simplest, proved to be the most difficult. It was simply having to pull their bodies out of the water and up onto the obstacle course platform. While Jason and Rob immediately bounded out of the water, Jen, Dave, and Dawn required a bit more momentum to heave themselves onto the starting line.

While it is called an obstacle course, participants are welcome to choose their direction and how long they wish to take to move throughout the course. Once on the platform, there is no queuing up and everyone is free to move about freely. The entire group attempted to stick together while crossing inflatable bridges, monkey bars, and numerous other obstacles. It was a valiant attempt as almost every obstacle ended with Jen and Dave falling face first into the lake. Dawn also went missing several times only to be found floating in between the hazards.

The group spent three hours attempting to take part in all of the obstacles and hurdles. They were successful for the most part with Jason and Rob reminding Jen and Dave and Dawn just how terribly uncoordinated they are. The group was thrilled to finally make it to their penultimate goal of climbing the tower at the end of the course and heading down the slide.

Hopefully next time they go, they can try out the wake boarding.

The day ended with a trip to Taco Mundo Kitchen y Cantina at Barefoot Landing. Thankfully they had margaritas and key lime pie slushies to help them forget about their sore muscles and face plants.

Jen and Dave highly recommend checking out Shark Wake Park especially if you have school age children or people looking for something out of the ordinary to take part in. Just be prepared for sore muscles and possible mat burn.

Be sure to check out TheEventGuide.com to see what is going on in Southport and Oak Island and to see what adventures Jen and Dave get up to each week. ( And to see who they con into joining them)

Jen Goes to New Salt Spa in Supply

Jen Goes to New Salt Spa in Supply

Jen was invited to go to Haven Halo Salt Therapy and Wellness with two of her good friends to try out the Copper Foot Soak. For the foot soak you sit in a salt room and soak your feet in a hand hammered copper bowl filled with hot water, healing salt, rose petals and may contain purifying clays, charcoals, and other time honored ingredients to support well being.

Jen enjoyed the much needed time to relax, after the foot soaking was complete they followed it with a leg and foot massage.

Halo Salt Therapy offers salt chamber sessions, foot soaks, facials and more.

Next Week…

Be sure to check back next week, Jen and Dave have a new exciting adventure planned and you will be able to read all about it next week!