Humphrey Farm is turning up the excitement for Independence Day weekend

Humphrey Farm and Emerald Owl Productions are partnered up for an Independence Day Celebration that will light up your holiday weekend with a splash, foam, food, family fun and lights!

Two Crystal Coast businesses are joining forces to bring professional entertainment to the local area on Saturday, July 6th.

Humphrey Farm in Hubert, NC, is partnering with Emerald Owl Productions from Emerald Isle, NC to host a wonderfully unique experience that is not only fun but interactive for people of all ages.

In the past year, the local entertainment company has taken the laser and light glow party brand from the east to west coast, UNC-Chapel Hill, as far north as Pittsburgh, PA and even to Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. They will be providing the entertainment on the 4th of July in Ocracoke, NC.

Cathy Lassiter, Principal of Rosewood Middle School in Goldsboro, NC describes her experience with this party, “It’s like a nightclub I can take my kids, my grandmother, and my best friend to all at the same time… and we’d all have a blast together!”
Admission to this event is $7.00 per person and includes:

  • Laser Light Glow Party, Professional Lasers, UV Lighting & Sound
  • Music from Today’s hits & All Decades
  • Interactive Games & Activities
  • Foam Party
  • Entrance to Humphrey Farm- Complete with Beer Barn, Food Trucks, and other
  • Market Vendors on site.
  • Opportunity to enter a “Splash Zone” including being sprayed with water, glow in the dark paint, glow in the dark foam & slime.

You will get DRENCHED in the Splash Zone!

There are also family packages available for a discounted rate.

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Photo Courtesy of Emerald Owl Productions

Barbara Humphrey-Garrett, manager of Humphrey Farm, alongside Michael Meyer, Emerald Owl Productions Director said the idea came to them when they realized there would be no Independence Day Celebration in Swansboro this year. With the high overhead of professional production, the event must sell 400 advanced tickets so grab yours now through a secure online purchase through http://www.humphreyfarmnc.com or at the farm. In the event the baseline of ticket sales is not met to move forward, tickets purchased will be refunded.

Meeting the demand for ticket sales should not be an issue; it is undoubtedly worth every cent and honestly a very fair price.

THE ONSLOW BEAT EXPERIENCE
The Onslow Beat went out to Humphrey Farm for Emerald Isle Productions first debut event on the farm last Saturday, and it was a full family affair that was enjoyed by all. This was an event I took my husband and kids to get a full effect to convey the feedback from them to the public. We all know children are brutally honest with matters of satisfaction.

Our son, age 7, we had to tell him to eat and get hydrated beyond what water he’d gulped down likely in the splash zone area. Gross, I know, but he’s “all boy.” He didn’t want to leave and told us on the drive home, “that was a blast. I wish we could go to that farm every weekend!”

Our daughter, age 11, and not a huge water fan, really enjoyed herself as well. She was between the foam pit and the splash pad for water play, just as all of the other kids. She said the foam was the best and she hoped at that point, next time they’d do slime as mentioned over the loudspeakers. Then she came for a mega Jenga game and demanded mom play with her. There are games set up around the yard of the farm under open covered barns with tables. (View the video below)

My husband and I ended up feeling like we had a little date night with childcare on site. We played a game under the covered area, took a stroll around the yard together, and checked out the vendors. We further went on to enjoy a bite to eat and back to the picnic table area to talk and enjoy the mere fact that at that moment we had sheer peace in parenting, winning with a date night we didn’t even expect since the idea was solely to take the kids for their enjoyment and I could work. Can you say, “WINNING!”?

There is corn-hole set up for kids and adults, horseshoes and more games for good competitive fun with family and friends. There was a mega connect four game that a young toddler was playing with an older sibling. Music of all genres filled the air, new school and old school from the DJ. Some farm-goers took the crowd on with karaoke performances between selections.

There was BBQ sold on site from Sm’Oaked BBQ, serving beef brisket, pork spare ribs with coleslaw and beans as sides, packed in with a slice of bread to go with. Now let me tell you all, I generally don’t like most BBQ in any restaurant or on any food truck, I’m just not impressed usually. However, let me tell you, this was the most tender brisket I have had from a vendor here in the eastern North Carolina region, a perfect smoked flavor, and seasonings, highly impressive. On the other hand of it, I wasn’t a fan of the sides, and that’s only me being me- a native Western NC Girl through and through. Generally, I am not too fond of any BBQ vendors side items; they’re often store-bought, lack the touch of southern seasoning to take you anywhere near granny’s house in your mind. They offer sauces and salt and pepper packets on the side in plastic ware so you can apply yourself. I still give them 4/5 stars just for the brisket, excellent pricing, generous portions, and a great customer service experience.


Around the farm, there’s a variety of market shops to patronize, fresh goods, vegetables, Amish bread, crafts, free wine tastings and of course wine to purchase if you like. There was the best strawberry lemonade I’ve tasted in all of Onslow County perfectly blended, not too sour, not too sweet and I could taste the berries. Seriously, there should be an award for that.

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Photo Courtesy of Humphrey Farm

Oh my heavens, the funnel cakes! I’ll let you look and judge for yourself. There’s plenty of landscape to run the pounds off on if you overindulge.

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You cannot go wrong with a visit to Humphrey Farm whether its with friends, alone, with colleagues or with family.

Get out there and explore Onslow and Eastern NC, Humphrey Farm is a great place to start, and you don’t even have to pay for parking!

 

 

 

 

 

First Food Truck Roundup in Sneads Ferry this evening

Thursday, May 16, 2019, Treasure Realty and Harper Rose Boutique are partnering in hosting the first-ever Food Truck Roundup right in the heart of Sneads Ferry near Four Corners, formerly known as “Monks Corner” by the native villagers.

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There will be a variety of new foods that your taste buds will absolutely love you for and won’t upset your wallet. There are three food trucks in this roundup, Sneads Ferry’s own Salty Sista’s serving up their signature dishes with fresh, Maine lobster rolls, lobster hush puppies, wagyu beef sliders and more. Vida Tacos of Jacksonville, NC serving up the absolute best So-Cal style tacos in all of Onslow County with the freshest ingredients and flavor of perfection. Tasty Tee’s Snack Shack of Wilmington, NC serving up a variety of southern and American favorites from wings & fries, coastal delight- shrimp burger, Carolina’s cure-all in the land of food,  “Bar-B-Que” paired with side item options to purchase like coleslaw and mac & cheese, if you please.

There will be tables and chairs on site if you would like to stay and enjoy. If you are in a hurry, you can grab and go as well.

This is projected to be a once a month event with rotating food trucks coming from across the NC Coastline as far as Kure Beach! Go on out and show your support of our local food trucks.

Do you have a food truck and want to join in the rodeo? Send an email to saltysistas@yahoo.com

This event is sponsored by Harper Rose Boutique and Treasure Realty.

 

 

Autumn with Topsail festival final day Sunday, October 21st

Autumn with Topsail is always a fun time to be had on the beautiful Topsail Island. Live bands, dancing, libations, food trucks, juried arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor kids activities, and the famous Kiwanis pancake breakfasts!

The festival started in 1988 featuring a juried Artists’ and Crafts court with over 100 regional artists with work on display for sell.

This is definitely a great FUN adventure to go explore the gems of  Topsail Island such as the Missiles and More Museum where this grand event is held. Funds raised at this event support the Historical Society of Topsail Island and the museum. The Historic Assembly Building suffered some major damages from Hurricane Florence so the funds raised will greatly benefit keeping history alive and well on Topsail. The funds generally go to the maintanence, presevation and upkeep of the historic Assembly Building and the Missiles and More Museum.

The Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the Historic Assembly Building for the final day of the festival will be Sunday morning from 8am-10am.

You can enjoy live musical entertainment from the Band of Oz this afternoon from 1pm-4pm, a variety of delicious food, beer, wine and lots of inflatables, crafts for children and much more!

Check out the band here on Youtube:

Admission is $5 for the day for the general public, Children 11 and under are FREE as well as ACTIVE DUTY military members with a valid ID.

Concerned about parking needs? No problem! There’s a FREE Shuttle Service that’s provided from select, various parking areas in Topsail Beach that take you to the festival grounds.

AWT (Autumn with Topsail) festival prohibits pets from entry unless they are licensed service dogs.

For more details on AWT before you make your way over to Topsail Island visit: topsailhistoricalsociety.org or missilesandmoremuseum.org

Fourth of July Events Across Onslow Co. & Surrounding 2018

Surf City Fourth of July Celebration (JULY 3rd)

Surf City is hosting their phenomenal Fourth of July Celebration on July 3rd at Soundside Park. The Surf City Celebration is one to go to kick off your celebration just right! There’s live music, concessions and fireworks. Of course, you’ll get a close up of the new bridge right from Soundside Park. Go early and find parking, parking at the park is very limited and some businesses close by are strictly patrons only. So, my recommendation is take lawn chairs or a blanket to spread out and enjoy the show and fireworks.

The Johnny White & Elite Band will kick start the event with their show at 7 p.m. The fireworks will start at dusk and will take place over the water.

The event is FREE. A map of available parking areas is available at: www.townofsurfcity.com.

Jacksonville Fourth of July Freedom Festival at Onslow Pines Park:
Location: Onslow Pines Park
Time: 3:00 pm
Contact: Carol C. Trott
Phone: 910 347 5332
For additional information call (910) 347-5332 visit http://www.onslowcountync.gov/parks or email carol_trott@onslowcountync.gov Onslow County’s Freedom Festival is sponsored by Onslow County Parks and Recreation Department and Co-Sponsored By: Daily News, Modern Exterminating and Parker and Associates.
http://www.onlyinonslow.com/events/annual-events/july-4-freedom-festival/

Freedom Festival offers everything for a family oriented evening! Carnival rides, a petting zoo, crafts and food vendors, along with live-music performances and a brief fireworks display.

BaseFest
Celebrate July 4th on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune with headlining act Lifehouse, top country recording artist Brett Young, and performances by Temecula Road, Muddy Magnolias and Chord Overstreet. The event is FREE to attend. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., with main stage performances beginning at 4 p.m. and the fireworks at 9:30 p.m. BaseFest will offer premier seating open to ticket holders, complete with a lounge and activities. Coolers are allowed, no outside alcohol. Vendors and concessions will be available for purchase. For information about premium seating, visit www.basefestmusicfestival.com/premium.

Holly Ridge
Holly Ridge hosts another great celebration, the “Liberty Festival”. A go to for lots to do with kids, vendors, live music, food, arts & crafts, bounce houses, face painting, DJ entertaining from 3-5pm following a live performance from the Carolina Band, from 6-9pm! We’ve frequented this Fourth of July celebration many times over the years and always impressed. Celebrations kick off at 3pm at the Holly Ridge Municipal Park which is easily accessed from Wilmington Hwy heading towards Wilmington off to the left if coming from Jacksonville, Sneads Ferry, Verona etc.

Following the live performance, it’s time to light up the night with fireworks!

For more information, call 910-329-7081 or visit www.townofhollyridge.net.

Wilmington

4th of July Celebration

Absolutely one of the BEST places to celebrate the Fourth of July!!! The Wilmington riverfront location celebrating the nations biggest holiday beyond Christmas is one you will not forget! So much so, Wilmington riverfront was recognized by Coastal Living Magazine as a top spot in the country to celebrate the Fourth. Now, that’s something to light up about! However, if you aren’t one for large crowds, this isn’t one for you. The town expects 40-50K people annually in celebration. Vendors, live music and of course, FIREWORKS! When we decide to do Wilmington for fireworks, we typically try to get to the top floor of a parking garage and watch, it’s absolutely worth the few bucks to pay to park in a parking garage. (You’re welcome.)

The free event begins at 5 p.m. with the fireworks display at 9:05 p.m.

On-street metered parking is free for the day, with city and county parking decks charging a $7 event fee. For more information, call 910-772-4177 or visit www.wilmingtonnc.gov.

Looking for another direction? One last celebration pitch for you, Swansboro, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, and Beaufort.

Typically all have regular evening fireworks, Beaufort has an excellent little morning parade that is followed up by a community picnic on the courthouse lawn where free ice cream is served and live music fills the air. Consult the local papers for times and locations before the weekend, or call the Crystal Coast Visitor Center, (252) 726-8148.

This week in Onslow.

Moving to Onslow County can be quite the shift for many people and families, especially military affiliated. Depending on where you’re from or previously stationed at, you might have been surrounded by a plethora of activities, amusement parks within a 100 mile radius, a mall with more than 60 retailers listed including the booth vendors, and maybe a good selection of night life options beyond a bar and a live band or DJ.

So, I am putting together a little compilation of the events coming up in Jacksonville, NC or surrounding areas.

I’m undecided on doing this weekly, biweekly or monthly. But we shall see, I have to check my schedules and merge to one.

Anyhow, let’s start the explorer mode! Will update through the week as more events, activities are discovered. So be sure to check back in. Also, if you know an event not listed, send it in an email, will gladly add it to the list.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 6:30pm-8pm Topsail Night Run Great way to be active and social. Enjoy!

Community Children’s Carnival: 3rd annual Community Children’s Carnival by the Guardian Ad Litem program. Friday, April 20th 6p-9p. 421 Court Street, Jacksonville NC. Riverwalk Park is event location. Vendors, food, games, live entertainment.

Duck’s Piano Dual battle of the keys! Best customer participation wins a $75 gift card.

Thursday Trivia at Doc’s Trivia night’s at Doc’s in Holly Ridge.

Earth Day Hike at Hammocks Beach Swansboro, NC. Binoculars suggested because the park has a limited supply. 1pm-2pm.

Spring Fling Onslow County Farmers Market. April 21, 2018, 8:30a-1:30p. Kid friendly, Family oriented, food, fun, and crafts.

Eastern Carolina Lantern Festival April 21, 2018 3pm-6pm, Carteret County Speedway 501 Whitehouse Fork Road, Swansboro, NC. Tethered lanterns lit up in Community togetherness in memory of loved ones lost to disease, those fighting addictions or illness, honoring one you love going through hard times. There’s a fundraiser for “Bridge the Gap” that is to help with children with disabilities, there’ll be food, therapeutic dance, face painting, music, entertainment and lots of love.

Mother Earth River Paddle Kinston, NC 10am-3pm Guided tour with the brewery down the river exploring history and education in an Earth Day celebration.

Save a Life. Emerald isle CPR. April 21, 2018 9am-1pm

Earth Day Conservationist Event April 21, 2018 FREE event and open to the public.

Arrrgh Maties! Pirate Festival in Swansboro. April 21, 2018 10am-3pm in Swansboro Historic District.

Barrel Racing at Valentine’s Farms, Dunn, NC watch or ride. Details on the link.