Seaside United Methodist Church Country Fair Fall Festival

Seaside United Methodist Church has changed the dates of their HUGE ANNUAL Country Fair!  As many of you know, the Country Fair has been held in September.  As many of you will recall last year instead of the Country Fair we had….that’s right….you guessed it, Hurricane Florence!  Prior to that, one year it was Matthew and before that…need I say more!  SO, we have decided to make some major changes to the Country Fair; starting with the date. Also, we have decided to “divide” the Fair in half.  One event in the fall and the other in the spring.  More about the Spring Fling as we get closer to that event in May, 2020.

  • The first half, the Country Fair Fall Festival will be Friday, October 25th 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 26th 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Rain dates will be November 8 and November 9
  • Bakery, Books, Crafts, Furniture and Appliances, Jewelry, Linens, Seasonal, Toys, Baby, Silent Auction.  Food and Drink available, Health and Wellness checks
  • For safety, and for the comfort of our guests, in 2019 and 2020, most of the Country Fair vendor space will be inside.





Brunswick County Recycling Services

Brunswick County residents and property owners can dispose of the following year around.

Electronics, fluorescent bulbs & CFL’s, single stream recycling, scrap metal, appliances, propane tanks, oyster shells, tires (limit 5 per resident), used cooking oil, latex paint & cans, textiles, corrugated cardboard, household & automotive batteries, used oil, oil filters, antifreeze, fuel, smoke detectors and cellphones.

Electronics, fluorescent bulbs (4 foot or smaller) & CFL’s, single stream recycling, corrugated cardboard, scrap metal, household batteries, appliances, oyster shells (all locations except Leland), tires (Southport and Leland only, limit 5 per resident), used cooking oil, smoke detectors, textiles and cellphones.

Single-stream recycling and textiles (coming soon).

For location and hours, please visit the Brunswick County Solid Waste & Recycling website at

New Development Plans “The Sanctuary “ Submitted to the Town

As you may be aware, an application for approval of “The Sanctuary “, comprising 366 single family homes has been submitted to the Town of Sunset Beach.

The property included in the application encompasses the southern-most part of the former Angels Trace Golf Course. It runs from Highway 904 in the east approximately between the Seaside Methodist Church to the north and the Sunset Beach ABC store to the south, west across Angels Trace Road with undeveloped tract #16 in Sea Trail to the north and the Calabash Creek/hole #’s 12 & 13 of Maples, to the south up to the rear of the developed residential lots on the east side of Edgewater Circle in Sea Trail.

The engineered plans including lots, roads, stormwater design and other infrastructure for the development are on the file in the Planning Office of the Town of Sunset Beach and are available for public review.

The plans have gone through technical review and are currently scheduled to be considered by the Sunset Beach Planning Board at their September 19, 2019 meeting.  As a resident of Sunset Beach and a possible affected property owner, you have the opportunity to provide any comments to the Planning Board and Planning Director for Sunset Beach on the development you feel should be considered.

Public Notice: Brunswick County Public Utilities Department


On June 15, 2019, the Brunswick County Public Utilities Department began its annual disinfection changeover and flushing program. During the past few months, Public Utilities crews have worked to distribute chlorine throughout the County system. Flushing will continue once water restrictions are lifted.

During this transition period of changing the primary disinfection agent back to chloramines, customers may experience a brief period when there may be a noticeable change in the taste or smell of the water. This is a normal part of the process and water is safe to use. Depending on your location within the distribution system and usage patterns, it could be two to three weeks for your drinking water to transition from free chlorine to combined chlorine. If taste and/or odor problems persist, please contact the Brunswick County Public Utilities Department or your local water provider.

Please note, if you have an aquarium or pond always test the water that you add to your aquatic environment to be sure it is free of any chlorine before adding fish or other animals. Chemical additives with directions for removing either free chlorine or chloramines from water for use in fish tanks or ponds are available at pet/fish supply stores.  Kidney dialysis clinics and customers on home kidney dialysis equipment should also be aware of this change.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process please contact the County’s Public Utilities Department at (910) 253-2657, (910) 371-3490, (910) 454-0512, or your local water provider.

New to Gardening in the NC Coastal Area?

Take a Day-in-the Yard Course this fall from the Master GardenerSM Volunteers of Brunswick County

The Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteer Association of Brunswick County is offering its semi-annual Day-in-the-Yard courses in three locations for Brunswick County residents who want to know more about Coastal Carolina gardening. This seven-week series is taught by Master Gardeners and covers Soils and Fertilization, Lawns and Irrigation, Woody Ornamentals and Pruning, Annuals, Bulbs and Perennials, Diseases Insects and Pesticides, Vegetables and Fruits plus Native Plant Landscaping.

Here are the three locations, days and dates:

  1. Oak Island G. V. Barbee Sr. Public Library, 8200 East Oak Island Drive, Oak Island.  Meets Mondays from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM from September 9 through October 21, 2019.
  2. St James Community Center, 4136 Southport-Supply Road, SE, St. James.  Meets Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3:30PM. September 3 through October 22, 2019.
  3. Southwest Brunswick Branch County Library, 9400 Ocean Highway West, Carolina Shores. Meets Wednesdays from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon from September 4 through October 16, 2019.

Please note that the Leland class is full. Call NC Extension to reserve your space in the spring 2020 series.

The cost is $85.00 for the seven-week course.  The price includes a copy of Gardening by the Month in Coastal Carolina, a publication of the Extension Master Gardener SM Volunteer Association of Brunswick County.

To register, please contact Tom Woods or Gina Britton of the Extension Office at 910 253 2610 between 9 AM and 4 PM weekdays.

Seaside United Methodist Church Offering Three New Upcoming GriefShare Sessions

GriefShare (Night Group)
Seaside United Methodist Church (1300 Seaside Road, Sunset Beach, NC)
Starts – August 7, 2019
Ends – October 30, 2019
5:30 – 8:00 PM
(Registration begins at 5:30 PM)
There is $20 charge for this Seminar/Booklet provided
If you have lost a love one you may benefit from this 13 week support group.
This new group is in response to requests from people not able to attend our regular day time groups.

GriefShare’s Loss of a Spouse seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 at 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. Registration will be from 1:00 to 1:30 PM. There will be no fee for this seminar.  The seminar will feature video interviews with counselors, grief experts, and widowed men and women.

Seaside United Methodist Church (1300 Seaside Road, Sunset Beach, NC)
Starts – September 6, 2019
Ends – December 13, 2019
1:00 – 3:30 PM
(Registration begins at 1:00 PM)
There is $20 charge for this Seminar/Booklet provided
If you have lost a love one you may benefit from this 13 week support group.  This group meets every Friday afternoon.
More information about GriefShare can be found on the church website at, or you may call Jim McNeill at 910 579-2405 (H) or 910-393-9548 (Cell).

Parkinson’s & Movement Disorder Support Group

Seaside United Methodist Church
1300 Seaside Road SW
Sunset Beach, NC  28468
Support Group Leader:  Howard Respass
703-638-3396 (Cell)
910-575-3386 (Home)
The Group meets monthly on the second Wednesday of each month at Noon, in the Church Parlor

Brunswick County Public Utilities Water Conservation Alert – Stage 1

Brunswick County Media Release: Stage 1 – Water Conservation Alert

Brunswick County thanks the users of public water systems throughout the county for using water wisely over the Memorial Day weekend and asks public water system users to continue to be diligent in using water wisely. Drought conditions are expected to continue for the foreseeable weather forecast and water demands are expected to increase as vacationers visit Brunswick County beaches. Demand for water over the Memorial Day weekend exceeded 90% of the available production and distribution capacity. To ensure adequate water is available for essential needs, Brunswick County has declared a Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert effective immediately. All customers of a public water system anywhere in Brunswick County are affected by Water Conservation Alerts. Brunswick County Public Utilities provides water service in unincorporated portions of Brunswick County as well as the following communities: Boiling Spring Lakes, Bolivia, Calabash, Carolina Shor es, Caswell Beach, Sandy Creek, St. James, Sunset Beach, and Varnamtown. Customers of other utilities such as Bald Head Island, Brunswick Regional – H2GO (Belville), Holden Beach, Leland, Navassa, Northwest, Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, and Southport are under the same restrictions since these utilities receive their water from Brunswick County Public Utilities.

Under a Stage 1 Water Alert, water system customers are requested to make voluntary adjustments to their water usage habits to appreciably reduce peak demands. (A peak demand of 80% of system production and distribution capacity being targeted). Irrigation demands represent the bulk of non-essential water use, so a primary way that customers may reduce water usage is to limit irrigation. A unified application of voluntary water reductions by all water system users in Brunswick County may help to avoid mandatory water restrictions in the event drought conditions do not lessen.

Specific ways to reduce water usage are as follows:

1. Defer all non-essential water use to outside the peak demand hours of 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; preferably after nightfall.

2. Don’t overwater your yard. One inch of water per week in the summer will keep most types of grass healthy. To determine how long you need to run your sprinkler to provide 1” of water, place straight edged cans at different distances from your sprinkler and time how long it takes to fill an average of 1” of water in each can. Water occasionally, but deeply to encourage deeper rooting that makes grass more drought/heat tolerant.

3. Install rain shut-off devices on automatic sprinkler systems.

4. Don’t water pavement and impervious surfaces.

5. Use the following recommended irrigation schedule to even out system demands:

a. Odd address numbers – Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday

b. Even address numbers – Wednesday/Friday/Sunday

c. No irrigation on Mondays

6. Limit lawn watering to that necessary for plant survival. Water lawns outside of the peak demand hours of 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; preferably after nightfall.

7. Water shrubbery the minimum required. Water shrubbery outside of the peak demand hours of 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Use drip irrigation systems in shrubbery beds and around trees to prevent water loss through evaporation.

8. Use abundant mulch around trees and shrubs to retain moisture.

9. Plant drought-tolerant grasses, trees, and plants.

10. Adjust mower height to a higher setting to retain moisture.

11. Limit the use of clothes washers and dishwashers and when used, operate fully loaded. Operate dishwashers outside of the peak demand hours of 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; preferably after nightfall.

12. Limit vehicle washing to a minimum. Use commercial car washes that recycle water.

13. Use shower for bathing rather than bathtub and limit shower to no more than five (5) minutes.

14. Inspect and repair all faulty and defective parts of faucets and toilets. Pay attention to dripping sounds.

15. Do not leave faucets running while shaving, brushing teeth, rinsing or preparing food.

16. Do not wash down outside areas such as sidewalks, driveways, patios, etc.

17. Install water-saving showerheads and other water conservation devices.

18. Install water-saving devices in toilets such as early closing flappers.

19. Limit hours of water-cooled air conditioners.

20. Keep drinking water in a container in the refrigerator instead of running water from a faucet until it is cool.

21. Do not fill new (or empty) swimming or wading pools. Top off existing swimming pools from dusk until dawn.

22. Cover pool and spas when not in use to prevent evaporation.

23. Use disposable and biodegradable dishes where possible.

Please note that this Stage 1 Water Conservation Alert does not affect the use of private groundwater wells or those using highly treated reclaimed wastewater. (St. James, Winding River, Sea Trail, and Sandpiper Bay golf courses use reclaimed water. Other golf courses use wells and ponds for irrigation.) Also, this is not a water quality advisory; this is a water conservation advisory. There is no need to boil water for potable use unless you receive a Low Pressure Advisory notice for your specific area due to other conditions in the water distribution system.

Residents will be notified if any other conservation measures are needed and when conditions dictate that restrictions are no longer required. Residents who have questions should contact their water service provider directly or Brunswick County Public Utilities at 910-253-2657.

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