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  • Are you ready for the Olympics?

    Posted Under: Entertainment & Nightlife in 28540  |  July 25, 2012 8:38 AM  |  119 views  |  No comments

     

    If you haven’t been watching the news then you would be unaware that the 2012 Summer Olympics starts on July 27th and ends August 12th or that it is in London this year.  If you have been watching the news then you couldn’t have missed it.  

     Whether you are a fan or not, everyone will be talking about the events of the day before, therefore you will need to keep up with the latest scores and athletes so that you have something to contribute at the water cooler every morning.

    Where to start?  How about the events and schedules of the summer games?   Who are this summer’s top names to remember out of the 10,500 athletes?  What countries are participating?  Out of the 26 sports, which ones do you think the US will win the gold?   And what US athletes will become household names at the end of the competitions?

     Who’s names will go down in the history books with names like: Mark Spitz who won 7 gold medals at the 1972 games, Greg Louganis who is regarded as one of the greatest divers of all time, Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali) who won the gold in the light Heavyweight event in 1960, Dorothy Hamill who was a US figure skating champion from 1974 -1976.  Nadia Comaneci who in 1976 she became the first female gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10, Mary Lou Retton who was the first female gymnast outside of Eastern Europe to win the Olympic all-around title, Michael Phelps who has won 16 Olympic medals,or who can forget Bruce Jenner who won the gold medal for the decathlon in 1976?!

    If you can watch all the games and remember all the names you will be an expert, but even if you only catch the highlights on the evening news or your favorite web browser each morning, you will be in the game!

    EXIT Independence Realty is a full service real estate agency servicing listings and assisting buyers in the Camp Lejeune area, including Jacksonville NC, Richlands NC, Sneads Ferry NC, Swansboro NC, and surrounding  Onslow County areas. Put us to work for you by letting our knowledge and commitment do the talking. Call us today at (910) 347-6886!

  • Are You Looking for a Great Place to Eat?

    Posted Under: General Area in Onslow County, Entertainment & Nightlife in Onslow County, In My Neighborhood in Onslow County  |  June 25, 2012 7:47 AM  |  109 views  |  No comments

       

     Exit Independence would like to share some of our favorite local restaurants with you!

    Now everyone knows you can drive down Western Boulevard and find  Mexican, Italian, Japanese, seafood, steak, and burger restaurants just to name a few.  But what if you want something a little more original, you’re tired of the national chains or you just want to support local businesses?

    Well we have several suggestions for you.  

    Mike’s Farm owned by Mike and his wife Theresa, gets high reviews from our agents with its set dinner menu with a flat price, home style cooking and charm of the whole place including the gift shop, bakery, and teaching farm. “The mac n cheese is really creamy and flavorful!” - raves Alexis Pierson. 

    Pizzuti’s Italian Bistro is another office favorite; it’s owned and operated by Francesco and Gloria Pizzuti. Their food is prepared fresh, and has an authentic Italian taste.  Ellen Hough loves the bruschetta and Chicken Marsala and says “It’s good every time!”   Alexis Pierson suggests the Eggplant Parmesan.   And Aileen Green recommends the lunch buffet.

     High praise goes to Marrakesh,  for its Mediterranean cuisine, especially the vegetables, salads, hummus, stuffed grape leaves and chicken.  Alexis says “Very flavorful, the chicken is amazing and super tender!”

     Ellen also enjoys Riverside Steak & Seafood in Swansboro; she likes the diverse menu.

     And Noi Luna likes Miyabi Jr. Express, for its fresh food and fast service. She suggests that you try the filet mignon stating that it’s tender.

     And we have lunch favorites too; Your Way Café is a great little place to grab a tasty and filling lunch and Brewed Awakenings and Renee’s Courthouse Café are both worth the trip downtown!

     And we can’t leave out desert… American Dream Cakes  gets our thumbs up for cakes/cupcakes and Rita’s Italian Ice is our first choice for a cold treat on a hot day!

     Look for more of our favorites and be sure to let us know yours, we are always looking for new places to try!

     EXIT Independence Realty is a full service real estate agency servicing listings and assisting buyers in the Camp Lejeune area, including Jacksonville NC, Richlands NC, Sneads Ferry NC, Swansboro NC, and surrounding Onslow County areas. Put us to work for you by letting our knowledge and commitment do the talking. Call us today at (910) 347-6886!

  • Summer Fun in Coastal Carolina

    Posted Under: General Area in Onslow County, Entertainment & Nightlife in Onslow County, In My Neighborhood in Onslow County  |  June 18, 2012 6:37 AM  |  101 views  |  No comments

    Okay with the first week of summer vacation for Onslow County underway are you asking yourselves “What can I do with my children today?”  Or maybe you have family coming and you want to keep them entertained.

    Well Coastal Carolina has a variety of things you can do.

     There’s the Onslow County Museum in Richlands, and the Birthplace of Pepsi museum in New Bern.

    B.O.L.D in Jacksonville has the Riverwalk Festival scheduled for September 22-23.  As well as “Movies in the Park” planned for July 13th, August 10thSeptember 10thand October 12th.  This event is FREE to the public you just need to bring your lawn chairs!

    The New River Foundation has a number of events planned for the nature lovers.  Sturgeon City has a summer program for ages 6-18 as well as other scheduled events listed on their calendar.  The Penguin Plunge is open at the Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, and the sharks are coming to the Fort Fisher Aquarium both are sure to be big hits! 

    If you want something to do on your way to the Topsail Island beaches, there’s the Sea Turtle Hospital where you can visit the sick and injured sea turtles as they rehabilitate.

    Coastal Carolina has more than a few great beaches including, Emerald Isle, Topsail Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Onslow Beach which is on base.

    Speaking of water fun, Wilmington has Jungle Rapids, a water park that is fun for the whole family!

     And if you are looking in Wilmington there is also the Children’s Museum, the USS North Carolina and the horse drawn tours, where the driver narrates your tour along the riverfront and mansions of historic Wilmington!

    And of course there is Mike’s Farm, where you can get a great meal, buy tasty pastries in the bakery AND visit the petting zoo!  There is also the Linwood Park Zoo  which is fun as well!

    If you are interested in the history of the Camp Lejeune Marine Base, you can take your family on a self guided tour. 

    Be sure to mark your calendars for National Night Out which is August 7th.

    Or if you want something more on the adult side, New Bern is having their 3rdAnnual Brew Bern Beer Fest on June 23rd!

    You see there is an abundance of fun family friendly things you can do in and around Onslow County this summer! 

    EXIT Independence Realty is a full service real estate agency servicing listings and assisting buyers in the Camp Lejeune area, including Jacksonville NC, Richlands NC, Sneads Ferry NC, Swansboro NC, and surrounding Onslow County areas. Put us to work for you by letting our knowledge and commitment do the talking. Call us today at (910) 347-6886!

  • Onslow County Summer Events

    Posted Under: Entertainment & Nightlife in Jacksonville, Parks & Recreation in Jacksonville, In My Neighborhood in Jacksonville  |  May 7, 2012 7:31 AM  |  213 views  |  No comments


    Onslow County Summer Events

    Are you looking forward to summer vacation yet?  It just occurred to me that Onslow County Schools last day of school is just a few short weeks away.  June 8th will be here before we know it.

    What are you planning to do with your family this summer?   Are you taking a family vacation?  I have family that uses the summer weekends to take mini vacations.  They like to go to places close enough to drive to, and plan an overnight stay. Usually to a museum or battleground type place that is equally fun and educational for the kids.

    But you don’t even have to leave Onslow County to be able to spend fun, quality time with your family.  There are several events planned for the summer of 2012 right here in our back yards.

    June 2nd There is the Annual Military Appreciation Day at Hammocks Beach State Park as well as Onslow County Parks & Recreation and On Shore Surf Shop will be doing paddleboard and surf lessons to beginners and intermediates on North Topsail Beach.

     June 5th The Hershey Track and Field Meet will be at White Oak High School.

    June 9thwill be the Fishing Derby at the Onslow County Parks and Recreation Department, bring your fishing pole!  And then the 2nd Annual Military Heroes Golf Classic will be at the Jacksonville Country Club.

    June 15th The Legacy Theater Company presents their first performance of the musical Once on this Island with additional performances scheduled for June 16th, 22ndand 23rdwith Saturday matinee’s on June 16thand 23rd, .  

    June 16th The Outdoor Festival will be at the New River Waterfront Park

    June 18th starts a Summer Camp Program at various school sites sponsored by The Onslow County Parks and Recreation Department and the Onslow County Board of Education.

    July 4th The 29th Annual Freedom Festival sponsored by The Onslow County Parks and Recreation Department and Daily News will be at Onslow Pines Park.  And Swansboro will be having its celebration featuring the CoastLine Band and Fireworks

    July 20th is the Polka Fireworks Dinner/Dance at SywanykS

    August 7th is National Night Out

    And to close off the summer there will be the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Rally & Run starting on August 17th   at the American Legion Fairgrounds and ending with a live performance from Ricochet on Sunday August 19th.

    So which of these fun events will you take part in?

    Be sure to add Onslow County Tourism to your favorites list and check it regularly for summer events to enjoy with your family!

    EXIT Independence Realty is a full service real estate agency servicing listings and assisting buyers in the Camp Lejeune area, including Jacksonville NC, Richlands NC, Sneads Ferry NC, Swansboro NC, and surrounding Onslow County areas. Put us to work for you by letting our knowledge and commitment do the talking. Call us today at (910) 347-6886!

 
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