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,...

Sea Turtle Hospital News We really are back. We’ve completed our first month of Covid-restricted public tours and our guests have had nothing but compliments for our new process: on-line, prepaid ticketing with scheduled times. And to make your visit even more special it’s docent-led throughout the facility with groups of only twelve. Through May we will be open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 1-4 PM....

Saturday, April 17— 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! On the weekends, IronClad Golf offers entertainment, golf, and food trucks. Check their week schedule here. For a list of upcoming events throughout the week, read our "locals' event newsletter."...

We’re back! When our Governor began to relax the Covid restrictions on occupancy we put our carefully crafted plan into action and our hospital is again open to the public. But there are a few things you’ll need to know before you come. If you’ve been to see us before, whether in our current location or our original hospital in Topsail Beach you know that our turtles attract multitudes of fans from...

Pender County Nature Photography Contest 2021 Pender County Nature Photography Contest Rules Eligibility The contest is open to the public with the following categories: Adult Amateur; Adult Professional; 15 and Under Amateur Youth Category. All photos must be taken in Pender County between June 2020 and April 2021. Photos can be of animals, plants, landscapes, scenery, and historic structures all within Pender...

Pender County Tourism and Pender County Parks & Recreation announce the 2021 Pender County Nature Photography Contest. The contest remains open to the public. Photos will be used in published materials giving credit to the photographers and locations along with prizes awarded for winners in each category. Photos can be of plants, animals, landscapes, scenery, and historic structures all within Pender County. Entries...

Saturday, April 10— 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! On the weekends, IronClad Golf offers entertainment, golf, and food trucks. Check their week schedule here. For a list of upcoming events throughout the week, read our "locals newsletter."...

Currie, NC- - In honor of National Park Week, Moores Creek National Battlefield will be holding a Junior Ranger Day at the park from 10 am until 3 pm on Saturday, April 24. The event will feature both in-person events and virtual events on the park’s website ( www.nps.gov/mocr ). The event will begin with a ceremony conducted by the Stamp Defiance Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at...

Sea Turtle Hospital News We’ve had a busy month. In addition to taking care of the forty-plus patients overwintering with us we’ve participated in a fund-raising art show in collaboration with Going Local in Mayfaire. And we’ve spent a lot of time, a lot of time planning on just how we can reopen for tours under Covid restrictions. “For the Love of Turtles” art show was a great success....