Being Bruce -: NC Oyster Festival 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

NC Oyster Festival 2009

Today Marge and I drove to Ocean Isle to the annual Ocean Festival sponsored by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce. We got there fairly early and were able to park (for a small fee) in a lot right by the ocean, so it sure was convenient.

Here's a view from the stairs that cross the dunes to the beach itself, back to the site of the Oyster Festival.

There was live music on hand and plenty of great food booths. On a friend's recommendation we had Shrimp and Grits from Causeway Gourmet and Cinnamon Cashews from Artisan Munchies and both went down fast, easy, and pleasurably!

There were many Brunswick County organizations with booths and a lot of craft booths. We enjoyed looking at the work in many of the booths, along with a rapidly growing crowd (we arrived a bit before noon).

In particular, however, we were looking for Pleasant Springs Pottery, from Perkasie, PA. Our friend Bebe Poor and her husband Alfred came down specifically for this show and we're big fans of her work.

In the photo below you can see Marge (in the bright green sweater) talking with Bebe, sitting in at the back of the booth in a heavy coat - it was a bit brisk this uncharacteristically cool weekend.

As you can see in the photo below, Bebe sells expertly crafted pottery with cool beach colors in practical forms and all at very reasonable prices. If you'd like to see more of her work, and even buy some, check out her website at

After leaving the festival, with full bellies and a bag of Bebe's work for Christmas gifts, we spent a few minutes back on the dune bridge looking at the water.

We looked to the left to the fishing pier.

And down the beach to the south.

Once again we were reminded how lucky we are to be in area with so many beautiful places, fun events, amazing food, and good friends.