It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! The summer heat has finally backed off! Kitchen windows and doors have been flung open, welcoming the cool breezes. Wonderful smells of smoky, back yard pit fires and chilly weather chowders and hearty stews waft through the streets of our neighborhoods and down the beach road, reminding us that fall is here!
Fishermen are noticing that the water is a bit cooler and the fish are becoming more active, making it easier to catch fish. The beaches are less crowded and there are sea treasures galore for the taking! Ahhh… Forget the reds, golds and oranges of inland, fall foliage. I’ll take the natural, nautical colors of a seascapes; blues, tans, grays, whites, and a little bit of greens and yellows (sea oats and those little yellow wildflowers that dot the sand dunes) for my fall palette! Y’all, I love fall at Topsail!
There is another activity we turn our thoughts to when the beach winds turn cooler: fall festivals! Just in case you’re wondering, Topsail Island has its own, “Autumn With Topsail” every October! Now that the mean, old hurricane has scampered out to sea and out of our way, our beloved festival will go on as planned!
This Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16, the Autumn With Topsail Festival will be held on the grounds of the Historical Society of Topsail Island and the Assembly Building, which houses the Missiles and More Museum. The proceeds of the festival will be used to maintain the historical assembly building which was used during the 1940’s to assemble rockets for “Operation Bumblebee.”
Beginning each morning during that special weekend, the Kiwanis Club will sponsor a pancake breakfast beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday and at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday. They will last until 10:00 a.m. The Kiwanis Club says that “Your support assists with providing college scholarships, support for food banks in the Topsail area and the Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina.” The breakfast will be located in the Assembly Building at 720 Channel Blvd. in Topsail Beach.
The festival also will have an Arts and Crafts section, featuring over one hundred local artists displaying their art and beautiful work. This is my favorite part of the festival. I love to walk up and down the rows and admire the handiwork of North Carolina artisans. Sometimes, I search for a beautiful one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry for my daughters for Christmas gifts. Other times, I look for that special, hand-crafted bird house that will hang perfectly from the low hanging branch on the dogwood tree in my backyard. As I walk, I look for artwork that will inspire me! There are so many choices! The Arts and Crafts booths open at 9:30 a.m.
A beer and wine garden will also be on the premises along with a food court that will serve amazing goodies for those who are hungry. All of the food and drink courts open at 11:00 a.m. I’ll bet if you look for them, you will be able to find funnel cakes! I hope so!
There will be a section just for the children. I think their activities will start at 11:00 a.m. Expect special children’s shows, rides and those huge inflatables they are crazy about. Parents, let them jump and play to their heart’s content and get all that energy out!
For the adults, there will be live entertainment all weekend! On Saturday, Telluride Band will be playing at the main stage from 12:00 until 3:00 p.m. From 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., North Tower Band will be tickling our ears.
Sunday, the Beer and Wine Garden will open at 12:00 (Remember, NC’s alcohol laws.) The Band of Oz will kick off the adult entertainment at 1:00 and play until 4:00 p.m. This band is always a crowd favorite and you really must bring your shaggin’ shoes! At 5:00 p.m., there will be a “Curator Drawing.” I’m not sure, but I’m thinking an award will go to one of the artisans in the Arts and Crafts section. I can’t imagine having to choose a winner amongst all of the talented artists.
If you haven’t experienced an “Autumn With Topsail, you are in for a treat! Please come out and support your favorite island’s museum. “Autumn With Topsail will become your most anticipated fall festivity!
One Adult Daily Admission: $5.00
Two Adult Daily Admission $8.00
Children 11 years of age and under and active military personnel with ID are free!
Autumn at Topsail is at
720 Channel Blvd., Topsail Beach NC
There will be shuttle rides from designated parking lots and places in Topsail Beach to the “Autumn With Topsail” location.