Weekend-long celebration planned for town’s 50th birthday

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By Kathryn Jacewicz, Staff writer

The town of Ocean Isle Beach is turning 50 years old, and a weekend full of events are planned to celebrate the big day.

The festivities begin at 2 p.m. Friday, June 5, with a commemorative celebration at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall. There will be a presentation of the town’s history, as well as a walk down memory lane, Sue Sturh, town clerk, said.

Stations will be set up with photographs, and artifacts from the town’s 50-year history, including natural disasters and obstacles faced, nature and beautification projects, will be among the stations.

The board of commissioners will also fill a time capsule to be opened by future town officials and will present a gift to the town.

At 3:30 p.m., a community beach picnic is scheduled at town hall.

“Commissioner (Dean) Walters has agreed to cook hamburgers and hot dogs for everyone,” Daisy Ivey, town administrator, said.

Local band The Imitations will play at 6 p.m. as part of Concerts on the Coast, sponsored by the Ocean Isle Property Owners Association (OIPOA).

The festivities will continue on Saturday, June 6, with a day sponsored by the OIPOA. A meet and greet will be at 5:30 p.m. at town hall. A group photo will be taken at 6:30 p.m. on the beach.

A street dance, in front of town hall on West Third Street, is set from 7-8:30 p.m.

“We just encourage everyone to mark your calendars and plan to be here,” Ivey said.