1. Ride for Beirut
The first annual Beirut Memorial Ride will begin at New River Harley Davidson and end at the Beirut Memorial in Lejeune Memorial Gardens where a short ceremony will be held. Registration for the ride will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the New River Harley Davidson, and the ride will commence at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 910-459-2854.
2. Honor Veterans
There are two Veterans Day ceremonies in the area. The Holly Ridge ceremony will commence at 11 a.m. Friday at Liberty Fountain Park. In Jacksonville, the Onslow County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 16 will hold a ceremony at 11 a.m. at 301 Roosevelt Road.
3. Taste the South
Walton’s Distillery is hosting an Open House with a free tour, food and music Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Tom White and the Telluride Bluegrass Band will be performing. Everyone is welcome to come into the facility where spirits are distilled and view all of the various stages of making whiskey and moonshine. Walton’s Distillery is located at 261 Ben Williams Road in Jacksonville. For more information, call 910-347-7770.
4. Prepare for the Holidays
Have you started decorating for Thanksgiving? Or preparing your big dinner party? This weekend is a good time to test out new recipes or make some decor, and you can get the kids involved by having them make turkey hands and other items, such as the dining room centerpiece.
5. Eat locally
The Swansboro Century Club is hosting its 25th annual Clam Chowder Cook Off at Casper’s Marina, located at 301 S. Water St. in downtown Swansboro on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $3 per bowl.
6. Watch the game
In sports, you’ll find action in the NBA, NASCAR, NHL, NFL, MLS and college football. It’s a wonderful weekend! Check your TV listings for more information.
7. Attend an oyster roast
Beaufort Wine & Food is pleased to spotlight N.C.’s coastal & culinary heritage with its third annual oyster roast, Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. The event will be held at Beaufort East Village on Turner Creek, off Lennoxville Road. The gathering, at 129 Middle Lane in Beaufort, will be cozy with a hay wagon transport and live music and will feature local steamed oysters, shrimp and other seafood selections along with North Carolina pork. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 252-515-0708.
8. Explore a local island
Enjoy a boat ride to Bear Island on Sunday with a park ranger to explore and enjoy some of nature’s wonders that can be found during these cooler winter days. Learn about the various aspects of a barrier island including its habitats and wildlife, and maybe collect some seashell souvenirs. Dress appropriately for the weather and the boat ride. Binoculars are recommended. Seating is limited. To reserve your seat call 910-326-4881.
9. Lay hands on Fort Macon
Join Fort Macon staff for a special Veteran’s Day event and get a better idea of what life might have been like as a soldier or civilian stationed at Fort Macon during different periods of history. Located at 2303 Fort Macon Road in Atlantic Beach, the event will take place on Nov. 12 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Activities include public cannon drills, musket cartridge construction, 19th Century women’s dress, uniform and small arms demonstration, children’s musket drill and cannon demonstration. For more information call 252-726-3775.
10. Write a story
November is National Novel Writing Month, and although it might be too late to complete a novel if you haven’t started yet, you can get in on the fun and write a short story. Have the kids try one, too. Or take turns writing parts of a single story — you never know what you’ll come up with!
11. Attend a movie
The big movies opening this weekend are “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” an R-rated historical drama directed by Ang Lee about an Iraq war veteran who returns home a hero but must come to terms with the disconnect between the realities of war at home and overseas; and “Arrival” a PG-13 sci-fi drama starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker in which a linguist is recruited by the military to help translate alien communications.