It’s official. Summer temperatures have arrived up and down the coast of southeastern North Carolina. From North Topsail Beach to the edges of the North Carolina state line in Sunset Beach, beachgoers are welcoming the summer temperatures and sun’s rays. We are bidding May farewell in this final weekend, and we look forward to welcoming June with open arms.
As locals, we love the warm weather and enjoy many things our community has to offer including local events, festivals, and of course, beautiful beaches. Recently, country music artist, Whitney Layne, shot a beach inspired music video for her latest song “Broke But Tan” on a favorite area beach, Ocean Isle Beach after visiting and falling in love with the charming beach town.
“Broke But Tan” was written by Molly Stevens and Whitney Lane after staying in an Ocean Isle Beach house that inspired the new song title “Broke But Tan during the Fourth of July holiday last summer. Upon arrival, the duo had immediate inspiration for a new song after seeing the name of their beach house, and went to work immediately writing the new song.
During their writing session, they recorded a quick video to share via Facebook of the song, and it received over 70,000 views in 48 hours. They played the song locally in Ocean Isle Beach at Drift Coffee Shop and the Inlet View Restaurant.
Not long after spending the Fourth of July on Ocean Isle Beach at the house that inspired the song, Stevens and Layne returned to Nashville and were introduced to Nashville produce Neal Cappelino, who has produced albums for Allison Krauss and Brad Paisley. Cappellino agreed to produce their single at Southern Ground, Zac Brown’s recording studio.
Whitney Layne has been singing and performing since her early childhood years, beginning at the age of 4. She has recorded a solo album and has opened for many mainstream country artists like Kelli Lori Morgan and Kelli Pickler. Layne has toured the entirety of the East Coast from New York City to Florida.
Molly Stevens is the granddaughter of a Baptist minister and has been actively singing since she was 2 years old. With a childhood filled with music, it is no surprise that she developed a love of music early on. At age two, she sang with her musical family on local radio and tv stations. At the age of 11, she performed at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Stevens continued to sing at church and on theatre stages through out her teenage years, and upon graduation at Mercer University, realized her dream and packed her bags and moved to Nashville in 2010.
Stevens is a Macon, Georgia native and Whitney Layne is a transplant from Utah. The two met in Nashville in 2010 and realized that their voices had a great harmony and their writing styles were similar.
The duo is now recording and performing under the name Stevens Layne after successfully funding a KickStarter campaign in November of 2014. Stevens Layne has been working to create music that resonate with their fans, and describe their music as country soul.
The official music video was uploaded to Whitney Layne’s YouTube channel on May 17 and already has 11,742 views. The single was released on April 17, 2015 and is available on iTunes. Whitney Layne spent much of the month of May in beautiful Ocean Isle Beach and surrounding towns to launch the music video. The official video release party was held at Drift in Ocean Isle Beach on May 21, and Whitney Layne shared a number of local photos on her Facebook page over the Memorial Day weekend as she performed at a number of venues from Oak Island to Myrtle Beach.
The couple who owns the beach house “Broke But Tan,” the Greens, have created a brand around the song title and their beach house name and are selling products including sunglass straps, hats, t-shirts, koozies and more through their website, brokebuttan.com and locally at Surf Unlimited in Ocean Isle Beach. So far, the sales have been a success and they are selling Broke But Tan shirts all over the country. They are adding beach towels and beach bags to their product line this summer.
This new song will definitely get you in the spirit of summer! Ocean Isle Beach is known for it’s relaxing family beaches and is a great destination for beach vacationers. Ocean Isle Beach is one of the southernmost barrier islands in North Carolina and offers seven miles of beautiful beaches with less than 600 full time residents.The quaint beach town promotes their motto proudly: “Ocean Isle Beach: Unchanged.”
Ocean Isle Beach offers beach cottages and family businesses and continues to be a destination for vacationers and residents with a generous offering of attractions including the annual Oyster Festival, famed golf courses, signature Calabash seafood, and ample opportunities to enjoy the coast of North Carolina with 25 public beach access points.
Surf City is home to one of the few sea turtle hospitals on the entire East Coast. The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center is a 13,600 square foot facility open for public tours. Get up-close with loggerhead and other sea turtles being nursed back to health and, if your timing is good, get to see recovered sea turtles return home to the Atlantic. Jean Beasley, Director of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center in Surf City, is pictured here with friend and real estate broker for Intracoastal Realty, Craig Stinson.
The Beasley Center is located in the heart of the Topsail Region, an area comprised of six distinct communities in two counties located between Wilmington and Jacksonville. For more information regarding The Beasley Center, please visit their website.
Hampstead, NC is an unincorporated community on the mainland in Pender County adjacent to Wilmington. Hampstead has been growing significantly in recent years attracting people looking for life on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICWW), high quality schools, and its calm lifestyle, and ease of getting to commercial centers in Wilmington.
Holly Shelter is an incorporated community in the middle of the Topsail Region. Located on the mainland in Onslow County, Holly Shelter is known as a friendly destination for retired military and for enlisted families with one spouse working in Wilmington and the other in Jacksonville. Holly Shelter has some spectacular communities nestled along the ICWW. Holly Shelter is definitely a hidden gem of the region.
North Topsail Beach was incorporated in the 1990s and is almost an exclusively residential community on the north end of Topsail Island. This part of the island is known for mostly newer construction and a great summer influx of visitors looking for a quiet week away at the beach.
Surf City is the heart of Topsail Island. This incorporated town is located in Pender County on the island and mainland. Surf City decided a number of years ago to invest in water infrastructure and it has paid off, making the town the commercial center of the region and also home to a fast growing year-round residential population. In coming years, Surf City will host a new high-rise bridge to the island, replacing one of the only remaining swing bridges on the East Coast. In addition to high quality Pender County schools, the town is host to a new satellite campus of Cape Fear Community College.
Sneads Ferry is an unincorporated community adjacent to Jacksonville and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Sneads Ferry is known as a quiet village with an active commercial shrimping fleet. You can visit the docks and watch shrimp boats leave and return while eating fresh catch at some of their famous restaurants.
Topsail Beach is an incorporated town on the south end of Topsail Island. Topsail Beach is a classic North Carolina beach town with dog-friendly (even horse-friendly!) beaches and a wide variety of homes from classic beach cottages to new construction.
With a new office in Surf City, Intracoastal Realty is dedicated to serving the communities in the Topsail Region. If you are looking to relocate or make an investment in the region, Intracoastal Realty is here for all your real estate needs. Call with further questions about the beautiful Topsail Region.
It’s that time of year again. Memorial Day is upon us and we welcome summer with open arms. Memorial Day weekend ushers in the season of summer and with it comes days at the beach, vacations, parades, and enjoying all that our beautiful community has to offer. Whether you are a golfing enthusiast, prefer to spend your summer at the pool, or are the last one at the beach every day, summer offers up more than enough entertainment and outdoor recreation.
The Wilmington area has miles of public beaches along the beautiful Carolina coastline. Lifeguards are returning to their perches along many area beaches this weekend, including Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and the beaches to our south in Brunswick County including Ocean Isle Beach, Oak Island, Sunset Beach, Holden Beach, and Bald Head Island. Topsail Beach, Surf City, and North Topsail Beach to our north are also preparing for summer’s arrival. For more details on your favorite strand of sand, visit one of the following links:
Here are a few notable events for this jam-packed upcoming weekend:
1. Friday, May 22, 2015 – The Mayfaire Music on the Town Concert Series Presents, Machine Gun! The popular Summer Concert Series kicks off on Friday leading into the Memorial Day Weekend with Machine Gun providing a variety of rhythm, guitar and vocals across a number of musical genre. Activities will also be hosted by the events sponsors. Blankets or chairs are recommended and plan to eat before or after the show at one of the 20 restaurants available at Mayfaire Town Center.
o Location: Mayfaire Town Center Event Lawn
o Cost: Free
o Time: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
2. Friday, May 22, 2015 – The 2015 Downtown Sundown Series is returning for its 10th season and kicks off on Memorial Day weekend with shows that run from 6 pm to 10 pm. The first concert of the season features The Stranger, a Billy Joel Tribute band. The Stranger is a 6 member band who all reside in North Carolina and is led by Mike Santoro, a Long Island native himself. The concert will be held at Riverfront Park, and the family-friendly event is free, but alcohol sales are available with the purchase of an arm band beginning at 6 pm.
o Location: Riverfront Park, 5 North Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
o Cost: Free, Wristbands for alcohol purchase: $1
o Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
3. Friday, May 22, 2015 – Let’s Glow 5K Run: Light up the night at Mayfaire to kick off your Memorial Day weekend as part of the Let’s Glow Run 5K. Runners and walkers alike are invited to join in the fun with glow sticks, black lights, music and an after party. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Everyone from first time participants to seasoned runners are invited to attend. Additional costume lighting decorations are welcome and encouraged and the glow zones strategically placed throughout the course will provide the perfect backdrop for your team photos and selfies. Visit the official Let’s Glow 5K Run website for additional information.
o Location: Mayfaire Town Center Event Field, 6835 Conservation Way, Wilmington, NC 28405
o Cost: $45 per person for adults and $20.00 per person for children 8 & under
o Time: Race starts at 8:30 pm and the Fox & Hound After Glow Party is immediately following at 9:30 pm
4. Friday, May 22, 2015 – Fireworks By The Sea and Boardwalk Blast: The inaugural event of the season to kick off the Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast series offering free fireworks by the sea on the beach near the Carolina Beach Boardwalk at sunset every Thursday. Big Time Party Band will be performing at the gazebo starting at 6:30 and pyrotechnics will begin at 9 pm
o Location: Boardwalk at the Gazebo
o Cost: Free
o Time: Festivities and concert begin at 6:30 and Fireworks begin at 9 pm
5. Friday, May 22, 2015 through Monday, May 25, 2015 – Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington presents Collections Selection: Fort Fisher: 150 Years: Cape Fear Museum will be presenting their collection of hundreds of artifacts that document the historical timeline of Fort Fisher and how its role in the Wilmington community has evolved. The collection highlights artifacts from the past 150 years and allows visitors to examine artifacts from when Fort Fisher was a battle site and provides insight to how the use of the site has changed since 1865. Starting on May 25, the museum will be open on Mondays.
o Location: Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
o Cost: $4.00 to $7.00, Free admission to all active duty military
o Time: Friday, Saturday & Monday: 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday 1 to 5 pm
6. Friday, May 22, 2015 through Monday, May 25, 2015 – NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher: Photo Exhibit: Birds of North Carolina: The Spadefish Gallery at North Carolina’s Fort Fisher will host a photo exhibit highlighting the Birds of North Carolina series from local members of the Cape Fear Camera Club. The photo exhibit is open to the public with admission to the aquarium. A number of art pieces will be on hand for purchase.
o Location: Spadefish Gallery at the North Carolina Fort Fisher Aquarium, 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC 28449
o Cost: $8.95 to $10.95
o Time: 9 am to 5 pm
7. Saturday, May 23, 2015 through Sunday, May 24, 2015 – NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher: Behind The Scenes Tour: The largest exhibit at North Carolina’s Fort Fisher, the Cape Fear Shoals, will be on display as part of a behind the scenes tour of the largest exhibit. A birds-eye view or a behind the scenes tour with aquarium staff are both available offering a view of the 235,000 gallon tanks as sharks, stingrays, moray eels, and other schools of fish swim below. If you’d like an up close look and a more hands on experience, you can also help prepare the animals meals and learn about their diets as well as participate in some daily activities and maintenance tasks. The tour will allow you to explore animal holding areas, husbandry, life support systems, and backstage access to exhibits.
o Location: North Carolina Fort Fisher Aquarium, 900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC 28449
o Cost: $17 to $28
o Time: 11:15 am – Advance Reservation Required, 1 ½ hour duration
8. Saturday, May 23, 2015 – Riverfront Farmers’ Market: The Riverfront Farmers’ Market is held in downtown Wilmington on the corner of Princess and North Water Streets each Saturday. Enjoy the historic scenery of downtown Wilmington and shop produce, arts, and crafts from local farmers. The wide variety of fresh produce include fresh fruit and berries, vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheeses, seafood, meats, honey, jams and jellies, wine, art and more.
o Location: Along the Riverfront in downtown Wilmington at the corner of Princess and North Water Streets
o Cost: Free to enter
o Time: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
9. Saturday, May 23 through Sunday, May 24th – 20th Annual Orange Street ArtsFest: Touted as Wilmington’s largest downtown arts festival, the Orange Street ArtsFest will be returning for its 20th year. More than 55 artists will be displaying their art work. Artists featured will be coming from multiple states including North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. There will be many mediums on display including watercolor and oil paintings, pottery, wood, glass, paper and jewelry.
o Location: Orange Street between Front and Third & The Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center
o Cost: Free
o Time: Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm
10. Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25 – Public Tours of the NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson: Free 20 minute tours will be offered of the impressive NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson over the Memorial Day weekend showcasing the NOAA survey technology and the NOAA process of making nautical charts. Opportunities to look at wrecks off the Wilmington coast will also be available.
o Location: 109 North Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 at the USCGC Diligence Moorings
o Cost: Free
o Time: 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm each day
11. Sunday, May 24, 2015 – Free Movies at the Lake: Planes – Fire & Rescue: On May 24, catch this newly-released Disney movie as the first movie screening of the summer starts with Dusty the plane in Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue. Bring your chairs and come early to pick your spot on the lawn where the whole family can spend time together for this summertime treat.
o Cost: Free admission. Popcorn, candy, soft drinks, cotton candy and other refreshments will be available for purchase.
o Time: Movies Start at Dusk: 8:45 pm
12. Monday, May 25, 2015 – 50th Annual Battleship NC Memorial Day Observance: The Armed Forces Band will open the emotional ceremony with military musical arrangements on the deck of the battleship of the USS NORTH CAROLINA. Come and pay your respects to those that have served with people from all generations and across the state of North Carolina. Executive Director of the Battleship, Captain Terry A. Bragg will be present as the guest speaker.
o Location: #1 Battleship Road, Wilmington, NC 28401
o Cost: Free
o Time: 17:45:00
Break out those white sandals or that white summer outfit you’ve been dying to wear, and celebrate the unofficial start of summer around town, but don’t forget to remember all of those who have served and are actively serving during your Memorial Day weekend.
We thank all who have served and their families and wish everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day.
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