Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sunset at Sunset (And A Final Farewell To The Old Bridge)

Sunset at Sunset is an annual celebration featuring live music, local atists and artisans, and great food. Last year's event attracted around four thousand people. This year, it will be held near the Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach, on Saturday, October 2nd; and organizers expect even more participants this year, because the weekend of October 1st will also mark the final passing of the old in favor of the new: The Dedication of the new Mannon C. Gore Bridge will occur on the Friday afternoon of October 1st, followed by an evening reception at Sea Trail.

In order to honor our beloved Sunset Beach Pontoon Bridge, the Sunset at Sunset Steering Committee has lined up a number of projects, including photography and art contests and an opportunity for everyone to contribute their fond memories of the old bridge to be part of a "Remembrance Book" about the old Bridge on the event's website, where folks who would like to share their own memories of the bridge

Also, there will be a book signing of the recently-published History of Sunset Beach by Miller Pope and Jacqueline DeGroot

Friday, August 20, 2010

New Ocean Isle Beach Park: Opening Soon!

Since last spring, we have been eagerly awaiting the opening of a new county park in nearby Ocean Isle, which is just a few minutes' drive from Sunset Beach Bliss, straight down Old Georgetown Road. The park has eight tennis courts, a 300-seat amphitheater, and a wonderful playground for children.

As soon as we can get back to Sunset Beach, you can bet we'll be posting some photos to this blog!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sunset Beach In A New Novel : Beach Reading Custom-Made For Your NC Beach Escape

So, one of life's great combinations for many of us is a week at the beach and a good book, right? And a good work of fiction can be a great way to escape from the stress of daily life. But since Sunset Beach, NC, is a place to escape to rather than from; sometimes I feel somehow that I'm failing to appreciate the beauty and charm of what's surrounding me if I bury my nose in a book the minute we hit the sand.

Perhaps the solution for this little dilemma is finding novels set right in Sunset Beach! It turns out there are more than a few. And thanks to Pam Kelly's excellent blog on North Carolina fiction, The Mailbox: A Novel, by Marybeth Whalen has come to my attention just in time for my next trip to Sunset.

In fact, this particular Southern beach seems to attract lots of authors, many of whom have also been inspired by the Kindred Spirits mailbox on Bird Island (see my earlier post about Bird Island). If you visit The Pelican Bookstore, you can browse through a whole section of both local authors and other works which also have a connection to this very inspirational corner of the world.

Happy Beach reading!