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Stay at home and take the Pender Hometown Hollywood Challenge

BURGAW – Pender County and the Town of Burgaw are poplar locations for Hollywood. Our shops, our parks, our schools, and more have been backdrops for hundreds of television and movie productions.

“We want to make the most of staying home during the pandemic,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County tourism director. “Our staff has put together a list of movies for anyone who has visited or resides in Pender County, Topsail Beach, Surf City, Watha, Atkinson, St. Helena, or Burgaw can compete. Identify the Pender County locations and you can win a gift basket packed with items from our local shops.”

To take the Pender Hometown Hollywood Challenge, follow these simple rules:
Watch these movies.
Identify Pender County locations used in the production of these movies.
Make a list. Check it twice.
Then email your list to by May 15.

The family or individual with the most correct answers will win a gift basket, filled with items from Pender County.

If you need a little help, watch Michael Raab’s video Hometown Hollywood. The video will be found on

“Some of these movies are family-friendly,” said Proctor. “Some require parental discretion. Most of these movies are available free on download or from the Pender County Library – call ahead to order.”

Here’s the list:
Secret Life of Bees
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the original)
Date with an Angel
The Jailhouse
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Silver Bullet

“There are so many movies we could have selected, but this is a good start,” said Proctor. “Let’s start the movie marathon! You don’t have to be a resident to win.”

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