Saturday, Oct. 16 — Welcome to your home away from home! Unpack the car and get settled. You picked a fantastic week to vacation here because we have the island's biggest festival happening this weekend - Autumn with Topsail. This festival features juried artisans, music, dancing, crafts for children, food, a beer and wine tent, and more. Head on down to the south end of the island for a wonderful local event....

TOPSAIL BEACH – For the 32nd year, art and music lovers will gather in Topsail Beach, North Carolina at the Autumn with Topsail (AWT) Festival. The festival takes place, rain or shine, Oct.15 from 5 – 8:30p.m., Oct. 16 from 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Oct. 17 from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Historic Assembly Building, 720 Channel Blvd. Proceeds from the festival support the Historical Society...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Every year right after Labor Day Dr. Harms brings his residents and fourth-year vet students to our hospital for some hands-on work with our patients. It’s something his students look forward to, maybe not so much our turtles. But in the end, many of them get to go home so a few days of having every scute and scale and flipper and sometimes their “interior” examined is worth...

Yes, Pender County has beautiful beaches. Yes, it's fun to build sandcastles and swim in the surf, but there is so much more to discover in the great outdoors of Pender County. During every season of the year, there are adventures to discover. Let’s start with an adventure – a marine adventure for the entire family. Ecological Marine Adventures offers groups of all ages an opportunity to learn about...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Nesting season officially ended on Aug. 31 with a big green mama turtle getting in just under the wire. With a typical incubation period of around 60 days, that means our beach volunteers will be sitting at her nest waiting for her babies around Halloween, or later. Even though your chances of seeing a mama nesting are pretty much gone there is another component of the circle of life that’s...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Our patients continue to make amazing recoveries and a few weeks ago we were able to send three of them home. And if you were lucky enough to be in town you got to see them as they made their final “walk” down the runway and into Mother Ocean. Maverick, a much-loved Kemp’s ridley finally completed his four-year rehab. Originally admitted as a cold stun he suffered one setback...

TURTLE HOSPITAL TOUR SCHEDULE CHANGING Beginning September 8th through October will we be open four days a week, Wednesdays through Saturdays from Noon – 4 PM. The admission process remains the same; you must schedule and purchase your tickets in advance for a specific day and time through our website, www.seaturtlehospital.org. And we still require masks to be worn inside the building for everyone five years...

Saturday, Aug. 21 — You’ve arrived! Unpack the car and get settled into your home away from home. We want you to feel at home this week, so here is a list of upcoming events throughout the week in our "locals' event newsletter." We hope, on your drive to the beach, you stopped in Maple Hill at Bear Ridge Farm. They also have a selection of fresh produce you may want to take to your rental....

Pender County is the backdrop of many productions Raleigh, N.C. – Filmmakers producing projects in North Carolina are on track to invest a record amount of money in the state in 2021, Governor Roy Cooper announced earlier today during a press conference at EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington. The spending amount of $409 million is the largest tally seen in the state since the creation of the North Carolina...

Saturday, Aug. 14 — You’ve arrived! Unpack the car and get settled into your home away from home. We want you to feel at home this week, so here is a list of upcoming events throughout the week in our "locals' event newsletter." We hope, on your drive to the beach, you stopped in Maple Hill at Bear Ridge Farm. They also have a selection of fresh produce you may want to take to your rental....

Sea Turtle Hospital News We’ve had a very busy summer welcoming visitors to our hospital, and we’ll continue to have public tours through the next several months. But Covid caused us to totally rethink the process: what’s the best way to make sure you have a chance to see our turtles while keeping you and our staff safe? For those of you who have visited us in pre-Covid years, or if you’re coming...

Saturday, Aug. 7 — You’ve arrived! Unpack the car and get settled into your home away from home. We know your week is off to a rainy start, so here are a few suggestions of things to do when it rains on your Topsail vacation: Go directly to Topsail Island Trading Company and purchase Topsail-Opoly, a new take on an old favorite. This game board features all things Topsail! Pick up some fudge while...

Saturday, July 31 — You’ve arrived! Unpack the car and get settled into your home away from home. We want you to feel at home this week, so here is a list of upcoming events throughout the week in our "locals' event newsletter." We hope, on your drive to the beach, you stopped in Maple Hill at Bear Ridge Farm. They also have a selection of fresh produce you may want to take to your rental....

Turtle Moms and turtle babies share the beach Although our turtle mamas are still technically “on the clock” with the official nesting season continuing through August it’s their babies that are moving into the spotlight. We’re hoping that our nest count keeps climbing to that hundred mark, but now with the impending pitter patter of tiny flippers on Topsail it’s time for a quick review...

Saturday, July 24 — You’ve arrived! Unpack the car and get settled into your home away from home. We want you to feel at home this week, so here is a list of upcoming events throughout the week in our "locals' event newsletter." We hope, on your drive to the beach, you stopped in Maple Hill at Bear Ridge Farm. They also have a selection of fresh produce you may want to take to your rental....

Saturday, July 17 — You’ve arrived! Unpack the car and get settled into your home away from home. We want you to feel at home this week, so here is a list of upcoming events throughout the week in our "locals' event newsletter." We hope, on your drive to the beach, you stopped in Maple Hill at Bear Ridge Farm. They also have a selection of fresh produce you may want to take to your rental....

Sea Turtle Hospital News Our nesting mamas continue to come ashore under the cover of darkness. But when our patients are ready to head in the opposite direction it’s in the daylight, on an outgoing tide. Last week two Kemp’s, “Njord” and “Shamrock” along with one of the few “spice girls” still in rehab, little green “Cumin” went home. Both Kemp’s had...

Acclaimed author of Topsail Island, Mayberry by the Sea, coming to Missiles and More Museum July 22, 1-3 p.m. TOPSAIL BEACH – The Historical Society of Topsail Island and the Missiles and More Museum will welcome Ray McAllister, author of Topsail Island, Mayberry by the Sea, in an event sponsored by Pender County Tourism. Accompanying McAllister on the book signing adventure is his daughter, Lindsay Zarse, a...

Saturday, July 10 — You’ve arrived! Unpack the car and get settled into your home away from home before the Independence Party begins. We want you to feel at home this week, so here is a list of upcoming events throughout the week in our "locals' event newsletter." We hope, on your drive to the beach, you stopped in Maple Hill at Bear Ridge Farm. They also have a selection of fresh produce...

PENDER COUNTY – Tropical Storm Elsa will impact the Pender County region tomorrow and into Thursday evening, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service. “On its current track Tropical Storm Elsa has the potential to produce heavy rainfall, flooding, isolated tornadoes, and dangerous rip currents as early as Wednesday night through Thursday evening,” said Tommy Batson, Pender...

Saturday, July 3 — You’ve arrived and you couldn't have picked a better week to visit Pender County/Topsail Island! There is a great deal happening - including fireworks TONIGHT in Surf CIty. Music starts at 6 p.m. with the famous Embers, a classic beach music group. Fireworks will start at approximately 9 p.m. Unpack the car and get settled into your home away from home before the Independence Party...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Unless you’ve literally retreated into your shell you know by now that our founder, Jean Beasley has officially retired after decades of devotion to our precious sea turtles. On June 12 several hundred hospital volunteers, beach program directors, family, friends and various dignitaries assembled under a huge tent on our hospital lawn to celebrate her “release.” Maybe it wasn’t...

Saturday, June 26 — You’ve arrived and you couldn't have picked a better week to visit Pender County/Topsail Island! There is a great deal happening - including fireworks in Holly Ridge on July 2. We've included this information in your invitation to explore our region this Beach Week! Unpack the car and get settled into your home away from home. We’ve got a week’s worth of ideas for...

Saturday, June 19 — You’ve arrived and you couldn't have picked a better week to visit Pender County/Topsail Island! There is a great deal happening. Plus, we have free concerts happening. We've included this information in your invitation to explore our region this Beach Week! Unpack the car and get settled into your home away from home. We’ve got a week’s worth of ideas for you to...

African American Heritage Trail launched on Juneteenth Day BURGAW – A driving tour of the Pender County African American Heritage Trail was launched today. The trail encompasses all of Pender County and includes highlights such as Canetuck Community Center, a restored Rosenwald school, the community of Edgecombe’s Manhollow Missionary Baptist Church and Sloop Point School, Poplar Grove Plantation, which...