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...

Sea Turtle Hospital News It was the better of times and the best of times. Last week seventeen totally rehabilitated turtles went home, a mix of loggerheads, greens and Kemp’s. Some of them spent years with us and some of them were short-timers. Xena, our Warrior Princess was transported to us by sobbing volunteers who were begging Jean to save her. She had quit breathing and was literally on death’s...

Saturday, June 12 — You’ve arrived and you couldn't have picked a better week to visit Pender County/Topsail Island! There is a great deal happening - this is Blueberry Week with events in Burgaw celebrating our sweet crop (read the locals' newsletter link. Plus, we have free concerts happening. We've included this information in your invitation to explore our region this Beach Week! Unpack...

Saturday, June 5 — You’ve arrived! Welcome to Topsail Island, Pender County, NC! Unpack the car and get settled into your home away from home. We’ve got a week’s worth of ideas for you to explore this week! We hope, on your drive in, you stopped in Maple Hill at Bear Ridge Farm. They also have a selection of produce you may want to take to your rental. If you missed the strawberries, don't...

Saturday, May 29 — You’ve arrived! Welcome to Topsail Island, Pender County, NC! Unpack the car and get settled into your home away from home. We’ve got a week’s worth of ideas for you to explore this Memorial Day Weekend! If you arrived between noon and 3 p.m. be sure to join Paddle 4 Troops, a nonprofit that serves our military in need. They are hosting an event at the Salty Turtle featuring...

Saturday, May 22 — You’ve arrived! Welcome to Topsail Island, Pender County, NC! Unpack the car and get settled into your home away from home. We’ve got a week’s worth of ideas for you to explore! You arrived just in time for a grand opening party at Surf City Line, located at 2112 N. New River Dr. in Surf City. They are hosting a party, complete with a band and ribbon cutting at 6:30 p.m....

Word is out that our magnificent beaches are open and ready for visitors. The people who spent last year “going to Carolina in my mind” are now here in person, along with the most celebrated visitors to Topsail, our sea turtle mamas. Nesting season officially began on May 1 and will continue though the end of August. The people you see out bounding along the sand early in the mornings are our Topsail Turtle...

Saturday, May 15 — You’ve arrived! Welcome to Topsail Island, Pender County, NC! Unpack the car and get settled into your home away from home. We’ve got a week’s worth of ideas for you to explore! You've arrived on the right date! Today is Bridge Jam, a fun day of activities and music at Soundside Park in Surf City. The event is free! We hope, on your drive in, you stopped in Maple...

Burgaw – Pender County Tourism and Pender County Parks & Recreation announce the winners of the 2021 Pender County Nature Photography Contest. “The competition in the 2020 Nature Photography Contest was outstanding,” said Zachary White, Pender County Parks and Recreation supervisor. “Once again the 2021 contest had a large number of entries submitted with photos in each of the categories...

Saturday, May 8 — You’ve arrived! Welcome to Topsail Island, Pender County, NC! Unpack the car and get settled into your home away from home. We’ve got a week’s worth of ideas for you to explore! We hope, on your drive in, you stopped in Maple Hill at Bear Ridge Farm. It's fresh strawberry time at the farm. They also have a selection of produce you may want to take to your rental. If you...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Back in 2006 when we were at our previous location in Topsail Beach one of our very favorite patients, a Kemp’s named “Dare” spent years working toward recovery, but unfortunately lost the fight. We tell every one of turtles when they are admitted that we promise to do our absolute best to make sure they get better and get to go home. Although we couldn’t walk Dare...

Saturday, May 1— You’ve arrived! Welcome to Topsail Island, Pender County, NC! Unpack the car and get settled into your home away from home. We’ve got a week’s worth of ideas for you to explore! We hope, on your drive in, you stopped in Maple Hill at Bear Ridge Farm. It's fresh strawberry time at the farm. They also have a selection of produce you may want to take to your rental. If you...

Saturday, April 24— You’ve arrived! Welcome to Topsail Island, Pender County, NC! Unpack the car and get settled into your home away from home. We’ve got a week’s worth of ideas for you to explore! Today is Junior Ranger Day at Moores Creek National Battlefield, Southeast North Carolina's only national park. Celebrate National Park Week here! On the weekends, IronClad Golf offers entertainment,...