Sunday, March 30, 2014
North Carolina Azalea Festival. This year, it runs from April 9th through the 13th; and it's their 67th one. So it's been going on for quite awhile. Each year, the number of great concerts, special tours, and fantastic spectacles is bigger than ever; so the organizers have come up with the Festival's own App! You can download the North Carolina Azalea Festival App, and it will provide you with interactive maps, event details and ticket prices, as well as a plethora of useful tips and other categories of helpful information.
Visit the Festival online for further details on the 67th North Carolina Azalea Festival, April 9-13, 2014.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Family Day 2014 will be on Saturday, April 19th at the Museum and last from 10:00am to 2:00pm! Outside, visitors will find a great number of both free and low-cost activities, such as nature-themed crafts and games. A booth from Castaway Grill restaurant will be on the scene supplying fresh popcorn, Sunset Slushes, hot dogs and chicken. All proceeds will benefit the Museum and Planetarium. And, on this day, admission to the Museum is free to the whole family!
Learn more about this year's Family Day at the Museum of Coastal Carolina site.
Friday, March 14, 2014
|A Black-Crowned Night Heron poses|
obligingly on his informational plaque.
Ah, Brookgreen Gardens! It's one of my family's favourite day trips, while we're staying at Sunset Beach Bliss. Barely an hour's drive from the condo, it's a delightful destination for a peaceful ramble among both natural and man made beauties. While it offers an impressive cornucopia of gardens, history, and local wildlife, which will amply fill more than a day of touring, its Aviary is special enough to warrant a separate mention.
Far from the largest available, the Aviary at Brookgreen Gardens instead allows visitors a brilliant opportunity to get very, very close to a wide variety of local water birds. And I mean close!! From the moment you walk into the enclosure, you have a generous number of exotic-looking birds perched or casually strolling about, all within arms reach . . . all around you. It's almost eerie how it takes you a moment to notice they are there - and how they don't seem to care how close you come to them (as long as you are quiet and don't try for a snuggle). For shutterbugs and artists who love your birds, it's a treat to get such a close look at the plumage on a living subject.
Here are just a few snaps of some handsome residents, which I was able to take effortlessly with just an iPhone. I invite you to visit the Brookgreen Gardens Aviary yourself and learn their names!
Friday, March 7, 2014
|The Welcoming Oak at Indigo Farms|
Good News! After a long winter, there is once again lots more good stuff growing at Indigo Farms. We have just heard that they have re-opened for the season. Their bakery offers a wide variety of homemade pies and desserts. And this year, they have added some new items: Raspberry Squares and Magic Cookies! I'm looking forward to the next time we visit to go sample!
It's still very early, and the weather has been colder than usual in Feburary, so their Produce Market still mainly carries greens and cool season crops for the next few weeks. But, there are always preserves and other treats, and more fresh farm produce will be coming soon as the weather improves.
Indigo Farms is always a pleasure to visit for the excellent folks who work there; their hillariously spunky cat, Indie, who lurkes in the jungley depths of their garden center; the always interesting farm yard residents out back; AND the always yummy treats at the bakery.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
|Future Location of the New Town Park|
|The Bridge Tender House in its New Location|
|A Sampling of Old Swing Bridge Memoribilia|
Available at the Museum Giftshop.
At the time this photo was taken, we also noticed the town has begun work on building a brand new gazebo at the public beach access point, right by the new outdoor showers. The old one was a very pleasant, breezy spot to relax in the shade; and the newer one looks like it will be quite a bit larger, with space for even more beach lovers than before. Once it's done, check this spot for all the details on the finished masterpiece.