A Second Helping

“A Second Helping”

Their food collections have now totaled more than two hundred and seventy-three thousand (273,000) pounds of food since the program began in June of 2005. Hunger exists everywhere in this country; join them in the fight to help end hunger in Brunswick County.

A Second Helping is a volunteer organization that does a transfer of food program and is beginning its eighteenth year this June.

It is a program to collect any leftover items from people as they leave the island. Food items are distributed to the needy of Brunswick County.

They take donations Saturday mornings during the summer, from 7:00a.m. until noon beginning May 28th, and ending September 10th.

The drop-off site is at the Beach Mart, south end of the parking lot, on the Causeway just off Holden Beach Road.

Your donations are put to good use in helping to feed the hungry in this area.

Ways to Give
You can either donate food or you can send cash donations. Cash donations are gratefully accepted. One hundred percent (100%) of these cash donations are used to buy more food. You can be assured that the money will be very well spent.

Mail Donations to:
A Second Helping
% Douglas Cottrell

2939 Alan Trail
Supply, NC 28462                         

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Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events – 2023




Southport Spring Festival
April 7th 
& 8th


Welcome Spring Easter weekend in style at the Southport Spring Festival, a tradition for more than 25 years. This festival features a wide variety of activities.
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Azalea Festival Logo
N.C. Azalea Festival

April 12th thru 16th

Wilmington has been celebrating Spring Southern Style since  1948.  There’s something for everyone among their community’s rich array of artwork, gardens, history, and culture. This festival and is considered one of the top events in the Southeast.
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Strawberry & Wine Fest
April 23rd
Sunset Beach


The eighth annual Strawberry and Wine Festival, hosted by the Old Bridge Preservation Society. There will be wines available from Silver Coast Winery with strawberries as the main fare of the day. It’s a day of wine, food, entertainment, and craft vendors.
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Days at the Docks Festival
April 29th & 30th        
Holden Beach


The annual festival occurs in April or May and is sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association. It’s the Holden Beach way to kick-off the Spring and start the vacation season. In addition to the food and arts & crafts, enjoy live music & entertainment, a horseshoe tournament and the world famous “Bopple Race”. Lots of activities for the entire family!
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Blue Crab Festival
May 20th & 21st

Little River SC


Little River has been celebrating the World Famous Blue Crab Festival since 1981. It is held on the waterfront in Little River and is one of the largest festivals in the Southeast. The purpose of this festival is one that supports and showcases the fabulous atmosphere of the local communities.
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Conway Riverfest - CR

Riverfest Celebration
June 24th               

Conway SC

Held along the Waccamaw River in downtown Conway the festival
celebrates Independence Day with music and events for the entire family.
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4th of July Southport - CR 190
N.C. 4th of July Festival
July 4th

The patriotic spirit of America is alive and well in the City of Southport. For over 200 years this small maritime community has celebrated our nation’s independence in a big way. Incorporated as the N.C. 4th of July Festival in 1972 the festival committee strives to keep the focus of the festival on honoring our nation’s birthday with a little fun thrown in.

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Battleship Blast
4th of July Celebration
July 4th    



Annual 4th of July Celebration at Riverfront Park in downtown Wilmington. Featured entertainment will perform from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, followed by fireworks at 9:05 PM launched from a barge in the Cape Fear River adjacent to the USS North Carolina Battleship. The only place you need to be this holiday is downtown Wilmington for the best view of fireworks.
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King Mackerel Tournament - CR

U.S. Open King Mackerel Fishing Tournament
October 5th  thru October 7th

U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament has taken place since 1979 and is held annually the first week in October. The U.S. Open is one of the largest king mackerel tournaments on the East Coast and part of the SKA (Southern Kingfish Association) Tournament Trail. The tournament now attracts almost 400 boats annually.
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October 6th thru 8th 


Wilmington’s Riverfest is celebrated in October since 1979 and runs from the foot of Market Street to Cape Fear Community College over a half mile of free family entertainment.
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Sunset at Sunset
October 7th
Sunset Beach

Held the first Saturday in October each year, Sunset at Sunset is the Town of Sunset Beach’s Community Block Party.
 The 15th annual autumn event is scheduled to happen again this year, in front of Ingram Planetarium on Sunset Boulevard in Sunset
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Run Holden Beach

October 7
Holden Beach


Run Holden Beach is part of the BAM! Race Series that started in 2014. The series includes four (4) events that have runs on Holden Beach, Oak Island, Sunset Beach, and Ocean Isle Beach.
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Oyster Festival Logo - CR

N.C. Oyster Festival

October 21st & 22nd



The annual North Carolina Oyster Festival has taken place since 1978
. Come celebrate everything Oyster with a variety of foods, crafts, contests, children’s activities, and musical performances at Mulberry Park in Shallotte. Signature Festival events include the Oyster Shucking Contest, Oyster Eating Contest, and Oyster Stew Cook-off.
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N.C. Festival by the Sea
October 28th & 29th
Holden Beach

Hosted by the Holden Beach Merchants Association this two day festival occurs on the last full weekend in October. This two day event is kicked off with a parade down the Holden Beach causeway. There is a fishing tournament, horseshoe tournament, and a sandcastle building contest. Vendors provide food, arts and crafts, amusement rides and other activities. There is live musical entertainment both days at the Holden Beach’s Pavilion.
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TDA - logoDiscover a wide range of things to do in the Brunswick Islands for an experience that goes beyond the beach.
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Summer Concert Schedule


DateBand Name
May 29thCarolina Kool
June 5th The Main Event Band
June 12th The Embers
June 19thContinental Divide
June 26th The Tams
July 3rd
The Extraordinaires
July 10th The Entertainers
July 17th Chairman of the Board
July 24th Band of Oz
July 31stCarolina Breakers
August 7thBlackwater Band
August 14thNorth Tower
August 21st
Gary Lowder & Smokin Hot
August 28thToo Much Sylvia
September 4thCat 5

Concerts on the Coast Series
Live performances featuring local musical groups are held at the Holden Beach Pavilion, under the bridge, on Sunday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

The concerts are FREE of charge.

Concerts are subject to be cancelled dependent on Covid-19 restrictions