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October
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January
26

2020 Reflection - The View from Here

It's been a challenging year with no exceptions for all of us at Margaret Rudd & Associates.  

When I wrote my last article, "2020 Vision – the Outlook," Hurricane Isaias was headed up the coast.  The hurricane is long gone, but we are still pushing sand back onto the beach.  And by now, everyone thought we would be over with COVID, but we are not.  However, we did have some bright moments in 2020, and I would like to tell you about one of them.

Nine years ago, one of our owners, Margaret Rudd Bishop, rode a bicycle into the banquet room for her installation ceremony as President of the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.  That began our involvement in Bucks 4 Bikes.  

We teamed up with Brunswick Family Assistance, a nonprofit 501(c), and its devoted team of volunteers to distribute holiday bicycles, scooters, wagons, and helmets to the needy children of our county.  Through our efforts that first year, we were able to give 60 bicycles to Brunswick County children at Christmas time.  Every year we have grown the program.  This year we raised over $60,000, our largest fundraising total to date.

The challenging part this year came when we were unable to buy the bicycles from Walmart due to restrictions on imports.  In addition, the warehouse space that was donated to us in the past was unavailable.  However, these problems did not stop our efforts.  One of our team members sent a letter to the President of Walmart explaining our problem, and we promptly heard from Walmart and from the Huffy Corp. headquarters in Dayton, Ohio, lining up 780 bicycles, 100 wagons, 5 scooters, and 50 tricycles for this year's distribution. We found a warehouse, which was generously donated, for setup. Additionally, three Walmart stores in Shallotte, Southport, and Leland kindly pitched in to assemble the bicycles.  Eventually 935 beautiful, new, kid-powered vehicles were distributed.

So many people opened their hearts in 2020.  The Brunswick County Association of Realtors' 2020 Holiday Giving fundraiser and Bucks 4 Bikes program raised $59,252, which is nearly $15,000 more than 2019.  The Margaret Rudd management team personally donated an additional $800 to be added to the $59,252 to achieve our goal of $60,000.  

Cynthia Walsh, BCAR CEO said, "This year's Holiday Giving fundraiser surpassed all expectations, 2020 has been a whirlwind, and there is no better way to end the year than by putting smiles on the faces of Brunswick County children.  It's safe to say that COVID-19 has not hampered our members' desire to give back to the community in which they work, and we are grateful to everyone who supported this effort."

In the coming years, we plan to expand our efforts into the Toys for Tots program and local food banks.  The need is there and it's clear that many of our colleagues, friends, and neighbors are happy to help.  My personal thanks go out to our team members, the Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR) and a number of our local communities, who made donations and volunteered their time.  The need is there...challenging yes, but impossible, no!

Jim

January
16

Whether you're inviting guests to come stay, or planning a visit of your own, you'll want to add these landmarks to your 2020 calendar!

September
16

Southport Burgers - Margaret Rudd

National Cheeseburger Day will soon be upon us! (September 18th, to be exact) There are countless variations of this quintessentially American treat. In Southport, many places serve up substantial, savory cheeseburgers. So while you're around town, checking out Southport homes for sale, take a break and get a taste at one of our REALTORS® favorite burger joints!

  1. Fat Andy's Burgers - 4655 Long Beach Road SE, Southport, NC 28461
    Fat Andy's simple menu features hot, juicy burgers and fries. Also, if you're more of a hot dog person, they have those too. With fast, friendly service and an outdoor dining area, it's the perfect place to grab lunch or dinner.
  2. Old Bridge Diner - 132 Country Club Drive, Oak Island, NC 28465
    From omelets to salads to a patty melt that's to die for, this local diner has something for everyone. In addition to classic burgers, they offer southern specialties like fried okra, biscuits and gravy and hushpuppies. Old Bridge Diner is open for breakfast and lunch, so stop by and fill up before peeking at some fabulous Oak Island homes for sale.
  3. Loco Jo's Bar & Grill - 602 N. Howe St. # E, Southport, NC 28461
    A laid-back bar & grill that's a local favorite.

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June
17

NC 4th of July Festival and Fireworks - Margaret Rudd & Associates

The maritime community of Southport is well-known for having one of North Carolina's most popular 4th of July Celebrations, with nearly two full weeks of events that draw visitors from throughout NC and beyond. Thanks to the popularity and long history of Southport's Independence Day celebration, it was declared the NC 4th of July Festival in 1972.

The festival features tons of patriotic activities, fun attractions for the whole family, great opportunities to explore the community, and of course a spectacular fireworks display when the big day arrives. Our REALTORS® are ready to celebrate, and we've got the details on what to expect from Southport's NC 4th of July Festival and Fireworks this year.

Festival, Food, and Fireworks in Southport

The Event: NC 4th of July Festival

Dates: June 23 through July 4, 2019

Admission: FREE

  • Family Fun at the 4th of July Festival
    Every member of the family will find something to love about the NC 4th of July Festival, with fun activities and one full day of children's games. On July 3 at Fort Johnson Garrison Lawn and Waterfront Park, kids will have the chance to participate in a day of fun-filled activities. There will be watermelon rolling, sack races, and other old-time games that never go out of style. On July 2, kids can enjoy free face-painting, creative activities, crafts, and more at Keziah Park.

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June
3

Brunswick County Summer Concerts-Margaret Rudd

There's something about warm weather and sunshine that makes music sound even better. Our REALTORS® have the lowdown on the best concerts taking place around Brunswick County this summer.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Concert Series - 5 W. Third St., Ocean Isle Beach 28469
    This year, the popular Ocean Isle Beach Concert Series has a new home. Festivities are moving to the spacious lot next to Town Hall, right across the street from the previous site at the Museum of Coastal Carolina. The series will move to its permanent home once the exciting upgrades are completed at Ocean Isle Beach Park, which will also be an advantage to buyers of Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale.

    Several of this summer's featured performers, such as Band of Oz on July 5 and the Embers on July 12, offer the best in iconic Carolina beach music. Other highlights include the Legacy Motown Revue on June 28 and the high-energy dance tunes of the Extraordinaires on July 26.

    Shows take place from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. every Friday night through September 6. Admission is free, but bring lawn chairs or blankets and a cash donation for the local food pantry.

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April
22

Southport NatureFest-Margaret Rudd & Associates

The diverse natural beauty of Brunswick County is a major attraction for so many people shopping for Southport homes for sale and long-time residents alike. The parks, docks, beaches, wetlands, swamps, and waterways that surround Southport make for beautiful vistas and ideal habitats for a variety of local wildlife. It's no surprise that residents love to both enjoy and protect the area's abundant natural beauty, which makes the annual NatureFest a perfect opportunity to celebrate spring in the area. The festival, spread over two days, is filled with exciting speakers and opportunities to appreciate local natural sites. Our REALTORS® have all the details on how to celebrate NatureFest 2019 in Southport this spring.

Southport: Celebrate NatureFest 2019 April 26 & 27

The Event: NatureFest 2019

Dates/Times: April 26 – 4 p.m., April 27 – 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Downtown Southport

Southport's NatureFest has been a local favorite for years, with a wide variety of family-friendly activities that allow you to experience the natural side of the community. There will be one free event Friday evening, followed by a full day of activities on Saturday. Learn from knowledgeable, local experts, participate in nature-themed Q&A sessions, pick up plants for your garden, or set out to explore some of the area's most popular natural attractions.

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March
4

Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk-Margaret Rudd & Associates

The Oak Island Lighthouse stands at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, an iconic fixture of the North Carolina coast, where it has helped guide ships to safe harbor since 1958. Every year, the lighthouse is the focal point of the Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk, which offers an opportunity to stay fit, enjoy the gentle ocean breeze and picturesque scenery of Oak Island, and help raise money for a good cause.

For our REALTORS® on Oak Island, the annual Oak Island Lighthouse Run & Walk is one of the most anticipated events of the year. The 2019 race is just around the corner, so read on to find all the info you need to watch or participate in the race!

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February
4

Holden Beach Turns 50 - Margaret Rudd & Associates

Our REALTORS® at Margaret Rudd & Associates would like to wish a very special Happy 50th Birthday to Holden Beach! Whether you're a frequent visitor or you're lucky enough to call Holden Beach your home, you know that any time spent in this fantastic town becomes an unforgettable memory.

The History of Holden Beach

For half of a century, the town of Holden Beach has been a favorite vacation destination for thousands of visitors. As a perfect place on the North Carolina coast for outdoor and watersports, Holden Beach is regularly ranked one of the top beaches for families in the United States. From kayaking and surfing to volleyball and sunbathing, Holden Beach has sandy and salty fun for everyone.

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November
7

Brunswick County Local Holiday Celebrations
No snow? No problem! For some, it might be hard to imagine Christmas without snowflakes and Jack Frost, but Brunswick County locals still celebrate the holidays in style with their holiday traditions. Check out these great holiday events and festivities on the North Carolina coast this season, and be sure to ask our REALTORS® for more information about life in Brunswick County!

  • Super Saturday at Ocean Isle Beach
    The Christmas season kicks off the Saturday after Thanksgiving in Ocean Isle Beach. Super Saturday at Ocean Isle Beach is a full day packed with holiday happenings, starting with a Christmas parade followed by a tree lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa himself. Head to Sharky's Waterfront Restaurant for a big party at the end of the day to wrap up the festivities, and be sure to check out these Ocean Isle Beach homes for sale while you're in the neighborhood!

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June
1

Brunswick County Beer Adventure
Take Dad on a Brunswick County Beer Adventure 

Brunswick County homes are the perfect place to celebrate all the good times with your family. Father's Day is one of those times and it's coming up fast!

There are all kinds of unique ways to celebrate in Brunswick County. Many Dads like to relax and enjoy this hot summer day with a quality, cold brew. If the Dad in your life is a beer connoisseur or just enjoys an occasional indulgence, a tasting adventure at one of the area's microbreweries is a fantastic way to sp­­end Father's Day.

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May
7

Holden Beach Concert Series
There are a lot of reasons why more and more people are looking for Holden Beach homes these days. With 8 miles of incredible pristine beaches, this island community off the North Carolina shore offers a quiet, family-friendly atmosphere with stunning coastal scenery and unbeatable weather. 

Holden Beach really comes to life in the summertime, and we're very excited about some of the upcoming summer events around town. One of the biggest recurring summer events is coming right up. Join us for the Holden Beach Summer Concert series, which kicks off on May 27th!

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April
18

Oak Island NC Earth Day
On April 20, Middleton Park in Oak Island at 4601 East Oak Island Drive will be the site for a free event to celebrate Earth Day 2018. It's designed to provide both fun and education for residents and visitors of all ages about the environmental challenges we face in Brunswick County.  

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February
5

Southport NC Art Show
Southport, North Carolina has so much to offer for both residents and visitors. Our real estate agents live and work in Southport so we believe our city is just about perfect.  Southport is a small seaside town and has the historic feel of a pirate destination with a side of southern charm. It's a great place to live for so many reasons. Along the coast and beyond, you'll find art galleries, restaurants, and boutique shopping, all within a walkable distance. The weather is great year-round. And if you're thinking about relocating, you'll find homes in Southport, NC that perfectly match your sense of style. 

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January
3

Ocean Isle Beach Run 2018Are you ready to put your running shoes on, see the sights, and raise money to benefit a great, local cause in the process? Every year, the Ocean Isle Beach Run is one of the best winter events in Coastal Carolina, and this year's event takes place on January 13, 2018. Whether you're an experienced runner or simply someone looking to join the fun for the first time, there's a race in the Ocean Isle Beach Run for you. Enjoy a leisurely 5K walk/run, or put your training to the test and participate in the half-marathon. Our REALTORS® have their running shoes on and are all ready to tell you about Ocean Isle Beach Run 2018. 

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December
4

Southport Winterfest 2017
Are you searching for affordable, family-friendly fun in the Southport, NC area for the holiday season? You're in luck! Every year, at the beginning of December, Southport's Winterfest begins, with a week-long schedule of holiday events, live shows, delicious food, and plenty of fun activities for the kids. You'll also find historic events that teach you more about Southport, and some great holiday surprises along the way. Our Southport real estate agents are here with all of the exciting details on Winterfest, to get you in the holiday spirit.

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October
17

Ocean Isle NC Oyster Festival
Ocean Isle Beach, NC is a small seaside town on a quiet stretch of coastline. It's a perfect place to relax and enjoy the ocean breeze. That said, it's also a place where there's always something going on, and the upcoming 2017 North Carolina Oyster Festival is one that you won't want to miss.

Read on to learn more about all the upcoming festivities, and be sure to check with the REALTORS® at Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. for more information on life in Ocean Isle Beach.

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October
12

Oak Island Living
Perhaps you've traveled Oak Island for a family beach vacation, heard about the community from friends, or simply stumbled upon one of North Carolina's best beach communities while surfing the Internet.

No matter how you find Oak Island, you certainly won't be the first to become... just a bit obsessed with living in our community. There is so much to love about living in Oak Island that our real estate agents just can't wait to tell you more about why the community is such a great place to call home.

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October
5

A Sunset Beach Community Event

Sunset Beach Community Guide
Imagine an island with a sunset so unforgettable, it inspires a celebration. You can see it for yourself at Sunset at Sunset Beach, the annual Sunset Beach, NC community event held the first Saturday of each October. You'll enjoy this daylong festival where families and friends gather to enjoy food, music, crafts, and block-party style fun.

Our REALTORS® at Margaret Rudd & Associates live and work in the area. We believe the Sunset at Sunset Beach town festival offers the perfect opportunity for you to get to know the community. Here's some additional information about this fun-filled day.

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September
20

Bald Head Island Dream Home
Millions of people love Southern Living magazine, a trusted Birmingham-based publication that has some of the best recipes, gardening information, and house plans especially for the South. Since 1966, its house plans have been a mainstay in the region.

Some of them have become so popular that they turned into sweeping trends for years.

So, it's no surprise that our REALTORS® at Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc. were truly delighted to see the magazine's newest adventure: A true island dream home located right on picturesque Bald Head Island. Bald Head Island homes have never looked more amazing than they do today!

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August
24

Summer Isn't Over on Bald Head Island

Bald Head Island Community Events

You may be planning for sending the kids back to school, but that doesn't mean summer fun is over. The first day of fall isn't until the end of September, so you have plenty of time to enjoy summer still, and on Bald Head Island, you will find a number of late summer activities to allow you to do so. Here are some that you will want to check out.

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July
3

Bald Head Island Howl at the Moon
Summer days on Bald Head Island start early, when the dunes are coated in dew and the early risers hit the sand for a stroll at sunrise. The beach is a quiet, peaceful place in the early morning, and becomes a bustling hub of activity as beach-goers filter in throughout the day. But all good things must come to an end, and when the sun goes down it's time to pack up your things, rinse off the sand, and head home. Or is it? Perhaps you could stick around the beaches of Bald Head Island, and... Howl at the Moon! This year's first Howl at the Moon event takes place on July 9, 2017 and our REALTORS® have all the details.

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June
28

Have a Blast in Brunswick County 

July 4 Coastal Carolina

Who doesn't love the thrill of watching colors of red, white and blue stream through the sky on the Fourth of July?

Our Brunswick County beach communities promise a stunning spectacular this Independence Day.  To make it easier on you, our REALTORS® have compiled a list of their favorite places to spend Independence Day.

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June
15

Living at Holden Beach NC
The sun is shining, the sand is heating up and the ocean is at just the right temperature to leave you feeling cool, refreshed and ready to spend a few more hours soaking in the rays. Summer has arrived in North Carolina, and there are few traditions more enjoyable than spending a day around the sandy beaches of Holden Beach, NC. If you're new to the area or just looking for a quick refresher on some of the best beach spots to enjoy, we've got you covered. Our REALTORS® in Holden Beach have the inside scoop on everything you need to enjoy the sand and sun in our corner of North Carolina.

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June
5

Brunswick County Wedding Venues

Are you planning a June wedding? Throughout the communities of Ocean Isle Beach, Oak Island, Holden Beach and the rest of Brunswick County, you will find a number of stunning wedding venues. With close proximity to the beach no matter where you are, these North Carolina coastal and island communities are the ideal place to plan your wedding. Our REALTORS® at Margaret Rudd & Associates want you to know some of the best local wedding venues as you plan your big day.

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May
16

Ocean Isle Beach Concert Series

One of the best parts about owning a home in Ocean Isle Beach is the many community-sponsored events that happen throughout the area. The Ocean Isle Property Owners Association's Summer Concert Series is one of those events. From the Friday night before Memorial Day to the Friday night after Labor Day, the oceanfront comes alive with the sounds of local musicians. The summer concert series has been released, and it's a great one.

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May
22

Living in Boiling Spring Lakes Subdivision

Curious about Boiling Spring Lakes? With our REALTORS® at Margaret Rudd & Associates, you can find homes in Boiling Spring Lakes that will live up to your wildest dreams. Boiling Spring Lakes is one of the most beautiful and welcoming communities in Brunswick County, North Carolina. If you haven't taken a closer look yet, it's about time you did!

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May
9

Run Sunset Beach to Get Your Chance at the World's Largest Race Series Medal

Run Sunset Beach May 20

Lace your tennis shoes and hit Sunset Beach on May 20 for a chance to win one of the world's largest race series medals.  Hosted by Coastal Race Productions, the "Run Sunset Beach" event is now in its fourth year.  All finishers will receive a BAM! medal. Individual Half Marathon medals measure seven inches tall and 5K medals measure four inches tall--now that's some noteworthy Bling!

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April
26

Sunset Beach, NC Concert Series

Sunset Beach Concert Series

Nestled at the tip of the Brunswick Island chain, Sunset Beach, NC offers miles of pristine beaches, ravishing views of the Atlantic Ocean, and also has the distinction of being North Carolina's southernmost surf spot. On top of that, the town offers a full array of exciting events all summer long.

Our REALTORS® in Sunset Beach are here to provide the best homes in the Sunset Beach area, from vacation getaways to full-time residences, and also to give you the low-down on all the latest happenings around town. If you're going to be anywhere near Sunset Beach this summer, then you definitely need to check out the upcoming Sunset Beach Concerts at the Village Park.

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April
20

Oak Island Lighthouse Run at the Middleton Park Soccer Field Field in Oak Island

Oak Island Lighthouse Run

Oak Island is a sunny, family-friendly coastal paradise nestled along the Carolina coastline.  The town hosts countless community events including this weekend's Oak Island Lighthouse Half Marathon Run and 5k, 10k and 1 Mile Run or Walk.  Hosted by the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Dosher Memorial Hospital, the run is now in its 18th year.

Our Oak Island real estate agents make it a point not only to help you find the best homes in Oak Island, NC, but also to keep you up to date on all the latest happenings around town. The Oak Island Lighthouse Run and Walk is one that you definitely don't want to miss.

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April
10

The Easter Bunny Comes to Brunswick

Brunswick County Easter Events

Easter weekend is almost here, and you'll find no shortage of options for celebrating the holiday in the communities of Brunswick County. Throughout Easter weekend, you will find fun community events where you can shop, eat, catch up with old friends, and make new ones. Families with children will love all of the Easter egg hunts in the area, and there is something for every member of the family to enjoy at the many Easter community events around Brunswick County, NC.

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April
6

Join Southport at Its Annual Spring Community Festival

Southport Welcomes Spring at Annual Spring Festival

Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway at the mouth of the beautiful Cape Fear River, Southport, NC is a coastal paradise with a fun family atmosphere. No matter the season, there's always something going on in this lovely waterfront town, and our team of Southport REALTORS® have the inside scoop on all the latest happenings.

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March
28

5th Annual Strawberry and Wine Fest

Sunset Beach Strawberry & Wine Fest

There's always something going on at Sunset Beach, one of the most beautiful seaside towns on the North Carolina coast. Our homes in Sunset Beach, NC put you within reach of all of the area's best festivals and events, like the annual Strawberry and Wine Festival, which is coming right up!

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March
16

Holden Beach Family Fun Run

Holden Beach Fun Run

Nestled on an 8-mile-long barrier island overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Holden Beach, NC is a quiet seaside town that offers stunning scenery and a laid-back, family atmosphere.

An abundance of fun, family-friendly events throughout the year is one of the reasons Holden Beach has been nationally recognized as one of the premier family Beaches in the United States. And one of the best events of the year is coming up soon—the Holden Beach Free 5K Color Run.

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