Concerts, movies free for families

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Looking for some good, free family fun this summer? You need not look much further than your own backyard.

Thanks to the generosity of local community sponsors, towns throughout the county will treat the public to a variety of musical tunes and some movie selections—all at no cost to attendees. From opportunities to take in the coastal view, to chances to catch movies downtown on a big screen, there’s plenty to do for the entire family.

Concerts are typically from 6:30-8 p.m. on scheduled nights. Events are planned in Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, Boiling Spring Lakes, Leland, Southport and Holden Beach.

Among some of the musical performers will be favorites the Craig Woolard Band, Band of Oz and The Imitations who provide beach music. Cousin Homer Band and GB-4 Band will treat audiences to blues and rock.

The Used-To-Be’s and The Attractions will take visitors back the 1950s and ’60s, while the Oak Island Boys will treat listeners to country and western, with Last Minute Bluegrass delighting guests with bluegrass.

And the best news is the concerts have been scheduled so they don’t overlap. With a little drive time, you can keep busy several nights of the week.

Southport will host Tuesday night concerts at the Garrison House off of Dawson Street.

Thursday concerts will be in Shallotte at Rourk Park behind the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce office on Main Street. Leland will have concerts on Thursdays at Leland Municipal Park behind Leland Town Hall.

Ocean Isle Beach’s concert series, which is dedicated to event organizer Peggy Hughes, will be each Friday in the Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot. Boiling Spring Lakes will also have Friday concerts at Spring Lake Park off Pine Road.

You can wind up the week in Holden Beach with Sunday concerts at the end of Jordan Boulevard.

Haven’t been to a movie lately? You may want to take in some family films such as “Tales of Desperaux,” “Fireproof,” “Wizard of Oz,” “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “Bolt” at Rourk Park in Shallotte. And yes, they’re free, too!

With many residents looking at cost-cutting ways to save in a tight economy, free events like these are a blessing. They provide safe, fun atmospheres that bring people of all ages together to get to know their neighbors while having a good time.

In addition to being coordinated by the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department, many community volunteers from the represented towns give lots of time and energy to make sure these events go off without a hitch. Several area businesses and community groups—particularly towns’ merchants’ associations—are also key to keeping these events free to the public.

Want to know more about what’s coming up? Don’t miss the May edition of Island Living, which will be in the May 21 edition of The Brunswick Beacon, and see a full-page event listing on page 7A today.