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Rims on the River, Downtown Lifestyle Tour, Stand Up... Fans of classic cars will gather in downtown Wilmington this weekend for Rims on the River, our annual homage to the great cars of days gone by. Ready to give up cutting the grass every weekend? ...

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The Azalea Festival, Chowder Cook Off, Hammerheads... A Queen, Wide Spread Panic, blooming flowers, art and seersucker suits can only mean one thing.  It's time for the 2014 Azalea Festival.  Meanwhile, the lovely aromas from Pleasure Island promise another...

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The Highs of March What do theater, bourbon, restaurants, adult events, tea, the Civil War, books and networking all have in common?  They're all on deck around Wilmington.  Theater fans will really enjoy the next couple...

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Pi and all things green An album release, Pi day, St. Patrick's day, a follow  up to Oscar's best movie, a provocative debate, our great  waterways and more events are among the highlights of the next couple of  weeks. ...

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Happy Presidents Day! Want to sing with a group? Find out what ham radio is all about? Enjoy Wilmington's famous "Art For All"?  Taste a beer at a beerfest? Splash in the Polar Plunge for a good cause?  Or enjoy any of the...

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Rims on the River, Downtown Lifestyle Tour, Stand Up Paddleboard highlight a great two weeks around Wilmington

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Fans of classic cars will gather in downtown Wilmington this weekend for Rims on the River, our annual homage to the great cars of days gone by.

Ready to give up cutting the grass every weekend?  Like to step outside to a selection of restaurants?  Urban living may be for you.  Find out more at the Downtown Lifestyles Tour set for next weekend.  12 lofts, condos and ‘above the store living’ spaces will open their doors to show off a lifestyle that has restaurants within a few steps and doesn’t require mowing the lawn.

Wrightsville Beach will be the center of the Stand Up Paddleboard world next week when SUP races and clinics
come to town.  It’s a great chance to find out more about one of the fastest growing sports.

And there’s plenty more to do with our sports, art, theater, tours, dining, wine tasting and all the fun stuff here for you.  Read on for details of these and more events around Wilmington or find all the events by going directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com.  You can also check out our restaurants at restaurants, and find your places to stay at lodging.  Or just start from the top at EnjoyWilmington.com to learn all about our wonderful spot on the lower Cape Fear River. And don’t forget your sunscreen.  The beaches are always great.

Art for everyone

Early humans painted on the walls of caves in the Dordogne region of France.  Its the earliest known human art. What prompted their painting and what can the drawings tell us about their lives and our ancestry?  Visual artist and instructor Kirah Van Sickle was given unprecedented access to six of these sites and will talk about her finds at a Cameron Art Museum talk Thursday evening.  While you’re there be sure to visit their exhibits, Brady’s Greenhouse and the Artwork of James Grashow.

Next week brings another great Fourth Friday Artwalk.  Dozens of galleries open their doors Friday for a festive evening of art and art lovers.  You can find the full schedule for all these and future art events at Arts.EnjoyWilmington.com

Nature amazes

It goes without saying that the confluence of land, a river and the ocean make for a delicate but complex ecosystem.  We celebrate that fact.  Halyburton Park is examining fossils from this area.  The Park is leading a tour of a nearby quarry designed to find fossils, fossils the finder will be able to keep.  Maybe you’ll turn out the be the next Indiana Jones?

The NC Aquarium always celebrates the sea life part of the area ecosystem but is also taking a look at the fascinating and beautiful butterfly.  Their Butterfly Bungalow will delight visitors with their exotic butterflies from around the world.  Get the details for these events and more, including nature walks at Nature.EnjoyWilmington.com (hint: be sure to click on the little magnifying glass next to each event more for more information.)

Enjoy Your Music

From Greenfield Lake Park Amphitheater to Ziggies by the Sea to offerings at the University there’s an amazing array of musical options around Wilmington. Tomorrow evening, a Tuesday, finds Benny Hill the popular local piano player and jazz artist performing at Rucker John’sThe Rusty Nail holding its Blues Jam; and Stephen “Ragga” Marley in concert at Greenfield.  Later this week the Met Opera is broadcast live at Lumina Theater, Harp has Karaoke, the Symphony puts on a free family concert, the Cameron hosts a group sing and a host of performers will be at Ziggies, Costellos, Ted’s and more cool venues.

Find details of these and other music events Music.EnjoyWilmington.com.   (Hint: Be sure to look under the little magnifying glasses for more details about each event.)

More Sports

Have you tried Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)?  Here’s your chance.  The fourth SUP Carolina Cup Race is coming to the Blockade Runner next week.  Four different races plus clinics and certification opportunities make this one of the biggest SUP events on the east coast and makes Wrightsville Beach the center of the SUP world for most of next week.

Baseball fans will be headed out to Brooks Field on the UNCW campus.  Cheer on the Seahawks as they defend the field against ECU, Towson, Elon, and College of Charleston.  Hammerheads Soccer hosts Charlotte and Rochester.

Get off the couch, pull out your bicycle and enjoy the River to the Sea fun bikeride.  200 riders are expected to gather in front of Bailey Park for the journey.

Find details on these and other sporting events at Sports.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Try a Tour

Some folks like guided tours.  Some don’t.  The tour folks will definitely find a tour to suit their ‘likes’ around here and the naysayers probably will, too.  From a horse drawn carriage, to a paddlewheeler on the river, to ghost walks, movie walks, a pub crawl, and more there’s something for everyone.  This week we’re focusing on the horse drawn carriage tour.  It leaves from Market Street near Front and follows a leisurely path through our beautiful historic neighborhood.  It’s relaxing, has a bit of history and gossip and is unique.  Find details on these and more tours at Tour.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Celebrate

Here’s a cool little feature of Enjoy Wilmington.  It lists holidays and other celebrations.  Ever forget one of those?  Or wonder who shares your birthday?  Check Plan.EnjoyWilmington.com for help in planning your own events and getting that birthday matchup.  Upcoming, you’ll see Easter, Earth Day, Willie Nelson’s birthday and much more.

Stuff for Kids

There’s always plenty for kids.  You can find details at Kids.EnjoyWilmington.com.  This category is programs just for kids so be sure to look at sports, nature, history and all the other categories for more kid friendly events.

You’ll also find one event on that list that is really for the parents.  Parents’ Night Out at Carolina Gymnastics is designed to entertain the kids while mom and dad have a night out.  Details on that program and the kids events can be found at Kids.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Just For Fun

Remember the glory days of big metal from Detroit.  A Prius makes a lot of sense but it’s not the same as having 350 C.I.D. under the hood.  Those days of big Detroit engines are celebrated every year with the Rims on the River classic car gathering.  Front Street in downtown Wilmington will be filled with great cats next Saturday.  And its all free (unless you buy one.)  Find the full schedule of this three day event at Fun.EnjoyWilmington.com

Looking Ahead

And there’s more in the weeks to come.  Burgwin Wright house brings back their popular art event, Cameron has a group singing, the summer baseball league starts up and our summer concerts and movies fill the parks.  It’s a great time to be in Wilmington.  Find all the events at Events.EnjoyWilmington.com.

And that’s not all

You can find the whole schedule on the website.  It’s at Our Events.   You can find Dance events HERE.  You can find comedy events HERE.  You can find our Sports at Our Sports.  You can find Art events at Our Arts. We have restaurants for every palette and wallet.  You can find a complete searchable listing at Dine Here (look under the binoculars for the search tool that lets you focus by cuisine or area).  And you can find lodging at Our Hotels and more. Use the search function (look for the binoculars) to refine your search on all of these searches.

Find your nonprofit

We have a robust nonprofit community around southeastern North Carolina.  You can find a great directory of nonprofits at www.WilmingtonGivesBack.org or find a calendar of nonprofit events at SENC Nonprofit Events.

Our Nonprofit Event of the Week

The Newcomers Club of Wilmington meets Thursday and I’ll be their guest.  I’ll be talking about the two websites, EnjoyWilmington.com and WilmingtonGivesBack.org Should be interesting.  Details at Newcomers Club of Wilmington.

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Enjoy Wilmington is clearly a great planning tool for your time in New Hanover but did you know it can help you all year around?  Visit Plan.EnjoyWilmington.com to find a calendar of holidays, famous birthdays, and special events such as the Superbowl or future Olympics that you want to know about when planning your year.

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The Azalea Festival, Chowder Cook Off, Hammerheads Soccer, Foosball and so much more

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A Queen, Wide Spread Panic, blooming flowers, art and seersucker suits can only mean one thing.  It’s time for the 2014 Azalea Festival.  Meanwhile, the lovely aromas from Pleasure Island promise another great Chowder Cook Off.  Over at Legion Stadium the cheers are welcoming Hammerheads Soccer to the pitch.  Read on for details of these and more events around Wilmington or find all the events by going directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com.  You can also find more about our restaurants at restaurants, and your places to stay at lodging.  Or just start from the top at EnjoyWilmington.com to learn all about our spot on the lower Cape Fear River. And don’t forget your sunscreen.  The beaches are always great.

Wilmington’s Azalea Festival welcomes Spring

From Children’s Art to Wide Spread Panic the
Wilmington Azalea Festival announces and welcomes Spring like no other event.  Join the Festival for the Queen’s coronation, the circus, boxing, street fair, tall ships, music, and more.  The Festival works because it offers a celebration  for everyone.  The Children’s Art Contest is this Friday, the Queen’s Coronation is next Wednesday and then non-stop through the weekend.  You can find the full schedule at azaleafestival.enjoywilmington.com

And Carolina Beach’s Chowder Cook-Off is a real taste treat

Fans of great food and Chowder will be heading to Carolina Beach for the 18th Annual Chowder Cook-off at Carolina Beach Lake Park.  This annual event brings regional restaurants together to offer their best chowder recipes.   Music and other festivities accompany the tastings.  It’s the afternoon of Saturday, April 12.  Find more about this event at Fun.EnjoyWilmington.com (hint: be sure to click on the little magnifying glass next to each event more for more information.)

Soccer Season Opens, the diamond is active, and foosball

Wilmington’s Hammerheads soccer is back on the pitch with new ownership and a new season.   The home opener is this Saturday with a visit by US League Soccer rival Harrisburg.  The season runs until September 3, at Legion Stadium.

The following Friday and Saturday brings the NC Open Foosball Championship to Break Time Billiards.  Players come from Virginia and the Carolinas.  Proceeds will go to the Brigade Boys and Girls Club.

Major League Baseball is opening its season today.  At UNCW the men of Seahawks baseball are taking on visitors from Coastal Carolina, Campbell, Hofstra, ECU, Towson and more.

Find details of these and other sports events, including the upcoming Stand Up Paddleboard Carolina Cup Race at Sports.EnjoyWilmington.com.   (Hint: Be sure to look under the little magnifying glasses for more details about each event.)

Films and the Silver Screen

Hollywood East brings a film festival and a variety of intriguing films these next two weeks.  Wilmington’s first complete three-day Jewish Film Festival runs this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Thalian Hall.  The festival’s films focus on Jewish identify, Jewish rituals, Jewish history and life in Israel.

Cinematique presents The Invisible Woman, the story of Charles Dicken’s muse and Le Passe, the story of complex relationships in modern Iranian society.  Find details on these and more films at  Film.EnjoyWilmington.com

In Our Abundant Nature

Look for hundreds of butterflies to be released as the Aquarium @ Fort Fisher celebrates their new exhibit.  The release set for this Saturday heralds the new Butterfly Bungalow and a focus on an animal with neither scales or fins.   Halyburton Park hosts tours focusing on mining.  And Cape Fear Museum of History and Science continues with its science exhibit A View From Space.  Find details on these and more nature events at  Nature.EnjoyWilmington.com.

CFCC: Our Community College

CFCC wants everyone to stop by Saturday for their Open House Day as they show off their facilities and programs.  It’s 10 am to 2 pm and everyone is welcome.  If you haven’t seen the new Union Station building or had a chance to learn about their plans for the performing arts center then this is your chance.  Those are amazing facilities for our community.

Castle Street merchants want you to stop by that same day for the Castle Street Block Party.  It’s a celebration of some long time merchants and a welcome to some new merchants.  Details at  Fun.Enjoywilmington.com.  Bonus find: the ‘fun’ weblink will take you to a list of wine tastings!

Stuff for the Kids

Kids, of all ages, love our beaches, the river, the sports, nature events and much more.  But Wilmington also has plenty of activities just for the younger set.  The Children’s Museum, NC Aquarium, RR Museum and other venues all schedule activities specifically for the younger set.  You can find details at Kids.EnjoyWilmington.com.

You’ll also find one on that list that is really for the parents.  Parents Night Out at Carolina Gymnastics is designed to entertain the kids while mom and dad have a night out.  Details on that program and the kids events can be found at Kids.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Our American History

Lives large here.  The Cameron Art Museum is hosting Civil Rights Day Digitization tomorrow.  The CAM will digitize photographs and memorabilia from people who attended high school during the days of school desegregation.  The product will be used for a summer exhibit on the Civil Rights Act and a great resource for future historians studying this important era.  Later this week the Friends of Fort Fisher will hold Civil War Trust Park Day to clean up the Fort.  They’re still looking for volunteers to help out.  You can find the details of these and more history events at History.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Looking Ahead

There’s plenty more on the calendar in the months to come.  Rims On The River will be here soon.  Look for the little binoculars icon for a search tool that let’s you choose the dates and events that most interest you.  It’s a great time to be in Wilmington.  Find all the events at Events.EnjoyWilmington.com.

And that’s not all

You can find the whole schedule on the website.  It’s at Our Events.   You can find Dance events HERE.  You can find comedy events HERE.  You can find our Sports at Our Sports.  You can find Art events at Our Arts. We have restaurants for every palette and wallet.  You can find a complete searchable listing at Dine Here (look under the binoculars for the search tool that lets you focus by cuisine or area).  And you can find lodging at Our Hotels and more. Use the search function (look for the binoculars) to refine your search on all of these searches.

Find your nonprofit

We have a robust nonprofit community around southeastern North Carolina.  You can find a great directory of nonprofits at www.WilmingtonGivesBack.org or find a calendar of nonprofit events at SENC Nonprofit Events.

Our Nonprofit Event of the Week

Calling all artists.  The Wilmington Art Association is holding its monthly meeting on April 10.  If you’re an artist then head out and help encourage the Wilmington arts community.  Details at Wilmington Art Association.

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A Great Planning Tool-all year ’round

Enjoy Wilmington is clearly a great planning tool for your time in New Hanover but did you know it can help you all year around?  Visit Plan.EnjoyWilmington.com to find a calendar of holidays, famous birthdays, and special events such as the Superbowl or future Olympics that you want to know about when planning your year.

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The Highs of March

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What do theater, bourbon, restaurants, adult events, tea, the Civil War, books and networking all have in common?  They’re all on deck around Wilmington.  Theater fans will really enjoy the next couple of weeks as will fans of dining and Pappy Von Winkle.  Our restaurants are on ‘special.’ There’s plenty too for historians, readers artists and more as we lead up to Wilmington’s famous Azalea Festival in April and the opening of summer sports.  Read on for details of these and more events around Wilmington or find all the events by going directly to vents.EnjoyWilmington.com.  You can also find more about our restaurants at restaurants, and your places to stay at lodging.  Or just start from the top at EnjoyWilmington.com to learn all about are spot on the lower Cape Fear River. And don’t forget your sunscreen.  The beaches are always great.

Fun Specials This Week and Next

Gastronomes and regular folks who enjoy eating look forward every year to Encore Restaurant WeekEncore magazine lines up a host of restaurants around the area that offer special prix fixe menus to show off their culinary skills.  Over thirty restaurants and their menus can be found at EncoreRestaurantWeek.com.  Tuesday is a special night for fans of the elusive Pappy Van Winkle bourbonFront Street Brewery is offering a tasting with a special guest, Preston Van Winkle, Pappy’s great grandson.  Bellamy Mansion opens its Literary Tea Extravaganza next Monday with their Gone With The Wind tea party.  You can find details on these events, wine and beer tastings and more fun events at Fun.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Theater for All

The Fantasticks comes to Kenan Auditorium for one night tomorrow, Tuesday.  This is the Nebraska Theatre Caravan version of the world’s longest running musical.  It’s the story of fathers who plot to bring a boy and girl together.  The Cameron Art Museum is presenting “Literary Theater.”  In early days not everyone saw the play some only heard it.  The CAM is doing Much Ado About Nothing in this old style.  Listen to the play and enjoy a whole new perspective.  Thalian Hall brings Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men to stage.  It’s the story of quick-witted George the cynical protector of Lennie the hard working gentle giant.  Sex a.ka. wieners and boobs opens at Cape Fear Playhouse.  It’s a comedy about corruption, Teaneck and the sexes.  Hannah Block Historic USO is the home of TACT, children’s theater, and offers its revue of great hits with TACT Radio: Hits Through the AgesReefer Madness continues at City Stage.  Next Month brings You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Hannah Block and Motherhood Out Loud at Cape Fear Playhouse.  Find schedules and details on these and other shows at Theater.EnjoyWilmington.com (hint: be sure to click on the little magnifying glass next to each event more for more information.)

Our American History

Some special people will be honored next Saturday with a Medal Of Honor Commemoration held at Fort Fisher.  Remember all the brave men and women who made great sacrifices for our nation at this special ceremony for those who have merited the highest commendation.  Chris Fonvielle will lead a walking tour of the Sugarloaf Line of Defense that afternoon.  This was one of the decisive battles that led to the return of Wilmington to the Union and the fall of the confederacy 45 days later.   Find details of these and other history events at History.EnjoyWilmington.com.   (Hint: Be sure to look under the little magnifying glasses for more details about each event.)

And while we’re being scholarly…

WHQR’s Prologue brings Wiley Cash to the station this evening for a talk on his book, This Dark Road To Mercy.  Meanwhile, UNCW’s Watson School of Education  brings Michael Apple as part of their Public Speaker Series.  This Thursday Donna Pope will talk about her book The Secret Diaries of Eliza Burgwin Clitherall.  Eliza is the daughter of Miachel Burgwin and the talk will be at the Burgwin-Wright House.  And Anne Russell will talk about her book Tropical Depression the following Thursday.   The Commodore of the Fearrington Yacht Club undergoes a crisis of conscience about his family’s values in her novel.  Details on these and more books and talks can be found at Books.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Meet our Neighbors

Dirty Martini wants us to all get along.  They’re hosting a mixer next Thursday for just that purpose.  Stop by, unwind, and network with folks that want to network.  Find details about that and other networking opportunities at Network.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Parents Want To Have Fun, Too

They can have fun at all the above events but there are also a few programs that promise a special focus.  Next Friday the Cape Fear Museum hosts Adult Night Out: Small Science.  Try the Museum’s cool nano science experiments.  Details at Nature.EnjoyWilmington.com.  We always have a great many events targeted just to kids but there is one in that list that is really for their parents.  Parents Night Out at Carolina Gymnastics is designed to entertain the kids while mom and dad have a night out.  Details on that program and the kids events can be found at Kids.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Our Arts

Mark you calendars for the 28th.  The Arts Council will be presenting another Fourth Friday Art Gallery Walk in historic downtown Wilmington.  Galleries will be open in the evening with special displays to accompany the festive atmosphere as art fans stroll our streets.  It’s fun for the artist and all the rest of us.  You can find the details of this and more arts events at Arts.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Looking Ahead

There’s plenty more on the calendar in the months to come.  Look for the little binoculars icon for a search tool that let’s you choose the dates and events that most interest you.  Our largest festival, the Azalea Festival, April 5, with a run and carries on all week.  It’s a great time to be in Wilmington.  Find all the events at Events.EnjoyWilmington.com.

And that’s not all

You can find the whole schedule on the website.  It’s at Our Events.   You can find Dance events HERE.  You can find comedy events HERE.  You can find our Sports at Our Sports.  You can find Art events at Our Arts. We have restaurants for every palette and wallet.  You can find a complete searchable listing at Dine Here (look under the binoculars for the search tool that lets you focus by cuisine or area).  And you can find lodging at Our Hotels and more. Use the search function (look for the binoculars) to refine your search on all of these searches.

Find your nonprofit

We have a robust nonprofit community around southeastern North Carolina.  You can find a great directory of nonprofits at www.WilmingtonGivesBack.org or find a calendar of nonprofit events at SENC Nonprofit Events.

Our Nonprofit Event of the Week

Smart Start of Brunswick County is holding a First 2000 Days 5K Run/Walk.  They are calling attention to the importance of the first 2000 days of development for a child’s eventual success.  Details at Brunswick Smart Start.

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A Great Planning Tool-all year ’round

Enjoy Wilmington is clearly a great planning tool for your time in New Hanover but did you know it can help you all year around?  Visit Plan.EnjoyWilmington.com to find a calendar of holidays, famous birthdays, and special events such as the Superbowl or future Olympics that you want to know about when planning your year.

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Pi and all things green

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An album release, Pi day, St. Patrick’s day, a follow  up to Oscar’s best movie, a provocative debate, our great  waterways and more events are among the highlights of the next couple of  weeks.  It’s a great time to visit the Wilmington area.  Read on  for details of these and more or go directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com. You  can also find more about our restaurants at restaurants, and your  places to stay at lodging.  Or just  start from the top at EnjoyWilmington.com.  And  don’t forget your sunscreen.  The beaches are always great.

Celebrate, celebrate

The big one is St. Patrick’s day…but don’t forget Fat Tuesday, Pi Day and even Daylight Savings Time.  St. Patrick’s day is the 17th and features a downtown parade.  Fat Tuesday is tomorrow and can be celebrated all over town.  But a place called Bourbon Street on Front St. as a certain edge.  March 14, is pi day.  A place called Flying Pi on Chestnut has a certain cachet that day.  And you may as well celebrate this Saturday night as you’ll lose an hour of sleep when we ‘spring forward.’  You can find all these celebrations and holidays, for now and the rest of the year, at Enjoy Wilmington’s handy planning tool Plan.EnjoyWilmington.com.

We have history

12 Years a Slave was the big winner at the Oscars last night.  Wilmington’s Bellamy Mansion offers another look at that sad bit of American history with Slave Voices in NC.  Lucinda MacKethan presents the personal narratives, letters, poetry and interviews with North Carolina slaves.  While you are at the Bellamy be sure to visit the restored slave quarters in the back yard.  There are more related events on the schedule in April and May.  You can find more about these at History.EnjoyWilmington.com (hint, don’t forget to click on the little magnifying glass next to each event for more information.)

Enjoy Wilmington’s Music

An album release, blues, jazz, symphony, and a host of bands highlights the music scene around here.   Every Tuesday and the first Saturday of each month brings a blues jam to town.  The Rusty Nail hosts this fun evening that let’s everyone show their stuff.  The Satellite joins in the fun with its Bluegrass Band every Sunday evening.  Jazz fans can head to the Cameron Art Museum for Jazz @ The CAM, Lee Venters is featured this month, or Rucker Johns for their weekly show.  Thalian Auditorium brings New York Voices, a jazz quartet, to the stage.  Gravity Records is bringing a new album to the scene.  They host MixGrotto as it releases their latest next Saturday.  It features bands from all over North Carolina.  More bands can be seen at Duck and Dive, Ziggy’s By The Sea, The Whiskey and more local venues.  There’s really something for everyone at Music.EnjoyWilmington.com.  (Hint: Be sure to look under the little magnifying glasses for more details about each event.)

The Stage these next two weeks

Reefer Madness, the raucous musical based on the 1930s anti-marihuana film of the same name, opens at City Stage Theater this week.  It takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean cut kids try the weed.  Charlie Wilson’s Fond Farewell runs at Theatre Now.  The Fantasticks come to Kenan Auditorium for a one night show on the UNCW campus.  Of Mice and Men, The Write Stuff and Much Ado About Nothing will all open later this month.  You can find details on these and more theater at Theater.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Stirring the Pot

Does God Exist?  That’s the provocative title of an upcoming debate at Lumina Theater.  Wallace Marshall, director of Reasonable Faith, and local atheist Phillip Drum will offer their perspectives.  Several other interesting authors will also be here in the next couple of weeks.  Earnestine Keaton talks about her book, The Photography of Mack Munn, at the Bellamy Mansion.  Ben Steelman interviews Wiley Cash at WHQR.  Donna Pope talks about the diaries of Eliza Burgwin Clitherall at the Bugwin-Wright house.  You can get more details and the schedule at Books.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Don’t forget the beaches and the river

Wilmington is here because it’s a port city with a beautiful river and tremendous beaches.  You can play in the water, boat in it, or take a cruise on it.  Find the access points to the beaches and Cape Fear at Beaches.EnjoyWilmington.com.  You can find a schedule of tours on the Henrietta III, Wilmington Water Tours or Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours at Tour.EnjoyWilmington.com.  You’ll find more details under the little magnifying glass next to each event.

The Kids

The water is obvious, the sports is a no-brainer, the children’s theater screams it, Wilmington has a lot going on for the kids.  You’ll find events designed just for them at Kids.EnjoyWilmington.com.

And that’s not all

You can find the whole schedule on the website.  It’s at Our Events.   You can find Dance events HERE.  You can find comedy events HERE.  You can find our sports at Our Sports.  It’s a film town so check Our Films for what’s on the silver screen (and look at the little box for filming events around town.) We have restaurants for every palette and wallet.  You can find a complete searchable listing at Dine Here (look under the binoculars for the search tool that lets you focus by cuisine or area).  And you can find lodging at Our Hotels and more. Use the search function (look for the binoculars) to refine your search on all of these searches.

Find your nonprofit

We have a robust nonprofit community around southeastern North Carolina.  You can find a great directory of nonprofits at www.WilmingtonGivesBack.org or find a calendar of nonprofit events at SENC Nonprofit Events.

Our Nonprofit Event of the Week

How about a chance to get out on the river in a canoe?  Cape Fear River Watch opens its Paddle Series on the 15th.  Meet at CFRW on Surry Street.  Call first if you need help finding a canoe.  Details Here.

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A Great Planning Tool-all year ’round

Enjoy Wilmington is clearly a great planning tool for your time in New Hanover but did you know it can help you all year around?  Visit Plan.EnjoyWilmington.com to find a calendar of holidays, famous birthdays, and special events such as the Superbowl or future Olympics that you want to know about when planning your year.

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Happy Presidents Day!

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Want to sing with a group? Find out what ham radio is all about? Enjoy Wilmington’s famous “Art For All”?  Taste a beer at a beerfest? Splash in the Polar Plunge for a good cause?  Or enjoy any of the many  other great events around Wilmington these next two weeks?  We’ve got all that and more.  So Enjoy Wilmington!  Read on or remember you can always find all the events by going directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com.  You can also find more about our restaurants at restaurants, and your
places to stay at lodging.  Or just start from the top at EnjoyWilmington.com.  And don’t forget your sunscreen.  The beaches are always great.

Join in our sports

Every year thousands of people plunge into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean – voluntarily.  It’s the annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics.  This years it comes this Saturday in Carolina Beach.  So don your swim attire, secure a support team to warm you up when you get out, find a few donors and plunge away.  If that’s not your idea of fun then you might want to check out some basketball as the Seahawks try to save their season or the SeaDevils wrap theirs up.  You can also try the Roller Girls as they host the Raleigh Roller Girls.  And the great American pastime is on as UNCW swings into their baseball season.  All that and more at Sports.EnjoyWilmington.com (hint: always be sure to click on the little magnifying glass next to each event for more info or click on the binoculars for more search options.

We have music

And you can participate in some of that music.  The Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers are hosting a Group Singing event at the Cameron Art Museum.  Sacred Harp goes back to an old song book based on a living tradition in the south.  This is music meant to be sung with gusto and everyone is welcome to sing along.  Maybe you’d prefer listening to music.  UNCW has a host of opportunities for classical and symphony works coming up at Kenan and Beckwith.  Rock fans will want to check the offerings at Wild Wing, The Whiskey, Ziggies By The Sea and other venues.  Blues and jazz fans will enjoy Rucker Johns and the Rusty Nail.  You will find Wilmington’s many sounds and your sound at Music.EnjoyWilmington.com.

For The Artist

The hugely successful Art For All returns to Brooklyn Arts Center this weekend.  More than 50 area artists will be on hand offering their art at very affordable prices as everything is less than $250.  Food trucks will be on hand for nourishment.  The following Friday is the next Fourth Friday Artwalk in historic downtown Wilmington.  Enjoy the shows and fun that goes with them.  The Cameron Art Museum has two special exhibits right now.  Duck Decoy celebrates Bruce Barclay Cameron’s renowned collection of duck decoys and will appeal to any outdoorsman or hunter.  Brady’s Greenhouse is a reimagination of a greenhouse built from Matthew Brady’s negatives.  It should appeal to all the photographers and historians.  You can find details for these and more arts events at Arts.EnjoyWilmington.com.

All The World’s a Stage…or at least much of Wilmington is

Big Dawg has a great introduction for those who might want to know more about their theater this year.  They’re previewing their season in special shows the next three Wednesdays.  Stop by, see the previews and then decide what you’d like to see this year.  Sounds like an idea to encourage.  It’s at Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle where the current run is Romantic Comedy.  Arrogant Jason Carmichael is full of himself until his world falls apart.  Find out if Phoebe rescues him from his miscues.  Thalian Hall is offering Evita, the opera based on the Eva Peron story.  Hannah Block has a show for the kids.  Seussical is a look at Dr. Seuss’ most famous characters.   That one runs this weekend only.  Find details for these shows and more at Theater.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Films

UNCW jumps into the Film Festival world.   The student run Flicker Film Society will hold an awards style event featuring innovative films from students, film makers and enthusiasts.  It’s at Lumina this Friday.   Cinematique presents Nebraska.  It’s at once a story of a man who thinks he has won a sweepstakes and is off to collect his winnings and a tale of a family.  You’ll find details on these and more films at Film.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Look, Up In The Sky

It’s a bird, actually a lot of them.  Halyburton Park folks will be leading an exploration of habitats along the coast at Carolina Beach and Fort Fisher.  Winter Bird ID is this Saturday.  The Cape Fear Museum has a different take.  It offers the perspective of satellites looking down to earth in A View From Space.  Find details about these and other nature events at Nature.EnjoyWilmington.com.

And Just for Fun

A beer tasting? Wine tasting? Trivia? Home Show? Check out Fun.EnjoyWilmington.com and you’ll find all of these.

And that’s not all

You can find the whole schedule on the website.  It’s at Our Events.   You can find all sorts of events for kids at Kids.EnjoyWilmington.com You can find Dance events HERE.  You can find comedy events HERE.  We have restaurants for every palette and wallet.  You can find a complete searchable listing at Dine Here (look under the binoculars for the search tool that lets you focus by cuisine or area).  And you can find lodging at Our Hotels and more. Use the search function (look for the binoculars) to refine your search on all of these searches.

Find your nonprofit

We have a robust nonprofit community around southeastern North Carolina.  You can find a great directory of nonprofits at www.WilmingtonGivesBack.org or find a calendar of nonprofit events at SENC Nonprofit Events.

Our Nonprofit Event of the Week

Hospice is a wonderful service helping individuals and families in that final transition.  They also hold a unique series of fundraisers every year.  Their festival of flowers is actually two events held over two days.  If you’d like to support Hospice or learning something more about flowers be sure to check out their Festival Of Flowers.

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The Things To Do List Grows

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We had our snow so now it is official, it’s time to look to springtime.  And that means that all the venues around Wilmington are filling out their schedules.  There are more music events, more sports  events, more theater, more arts, more kids stuff, there’s much of everything to do to Enjoy Wilmington.  It also means that it is time to plan your next Visit Wilmington.  EnjoyWilmington.com is here to help  you do that.  And, guys, Friday February 14, is Valentines Day (hint, hint.)  Read on for more about all the events.  Or, you can always go directly to the listing at Events.EnjoyWilmington.com. You can also find more about our restaurants at restaurants, and your places to stay at lodging.  Or just start from the top at EnjoyWilmington.com.  And don’t forget your sunscreen.  The beaches are always great.

Spring Means Baseball

All eyes may be on Sochi and the Olympics but around here the sporting community will be following CFCC Seadevils and UNCW Seahawks basketball as they wrap up their seasons and welcoming Seahawks baseball as it opens with a visit by VMI.  The Seahawks hoopsters will be hosting William & Mary and Northeastern.  The Seadevils will be taking on USC Salkatchie and Spartanburg Methodist.   The fine nine are finalizing their plans as Seahawks baseball gets ready to host VMI and Kentucky in a home opener baseball weekend.

Looking further ahead you’ll find the Polar Plunge in late February, the Roller Girls opening their season in March and lots more baseball and basketball on the calendar.

Find all your Sports at Sports.EnjoyWilmington.com

And Theater

Wilmington theater has history, drama, faith, romance, comedy and more human issues this month.  Thalian Hall continues its presentation of Big River: The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn.  Follow Huck and his friend Big Jim as they try to make Jim a free man.  The Diviners comes to City Stage and tells the story of a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher.  Romantic Comedy is happening at the Cape Fear Playhouse.  It recounts the highs and lows of an arrogant playwright as he finds and loses love.  Evita is coming to Thalian to remind us why Argentina should not cry for her.  There’s also Seussical for the kids and Check, Please that comes to Theatre Now as a dinner theater.

Big Dawg has a new take on the movie trailer, they’re holding previews for their 2014 season.  Three consecutive Wednesdays will feature previews of the season’s schedule and they’re free!  Let’s encourage this action.  Or maybe you’d like to be on stage.  Auditions and acting classes are on the schedule.  Give them a look.  All this theater and more can be found at Theater.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Mr. Edison’s Invention (the movie projector)

Wilmington has the largest film studio outside of California and that leads to lots of films around town.  Cinematique, the WHQR and Thalian collaboration, is bringing Philomena, Dallas Buyers Club, and Oscar Nominated Shorts to the silver screen at Thalian HallTheatre Now takes a break from the stage to feature Chocolat along with a special four course dinner.  The U is offering showings of Dallas Buyers Club, Vagina Monologues, Moulin Rouge, and later this month, Dhoom 2 and then the Reel Teal Film Festival.  You can find the entire schedule of these and other movies at Film.EnjoyWilmington.com (Hint: Be sure to look under the little magnifying glasses for more details about each event.)

Music for everyone

Wilmington can always boast all kinds of music but February brings a special jazz focus.  The NC Jazz Festival  comes to the Hilton Riverfront this Thursday through Saturday.  The shows each day feature varied jazz styles.  Rucker Johns continues to hold its Tuesday jazz series.  Satellite has its bluegrass bands on Sundays and The Rusty Nail has its blues jams on Tuesday evenings.  February is black history month and the Wilmington Symphony and Kenan Auditorium have arranged A Change Is Gonna Come showcasing the music of the civil rights movement.  Also at the University, Lumina Theater has its live HD opera, Beckwith showcases much of the campus talent.

And Wilmington’s many musical venues are busy these days.  Check out Ted’s On The River for unique shows, Ziggies for great bands, The Whiskey for new rock and roll and all our other venues.  You’ll find all of this music and more at Music.EnjoyWilmington.com  

Nature

The combination of the river, the ocean and the geography creates a unique nature here.  It leads to plants not found elsewhere in the world.  It also leads to all sorts of activities that call attention to that unique environment.  Halyburton Park is holding a series of birding events over the next few Saturdays.  Carolina Beach State Park is conducting special walks to study the Biological Wonderland.  The NC Aquarium always provides a host of nature events.  All of those and more can be found at Nature.EnjoyWilmington.com.  You can also find more such events targeted to kids under the Kids section below.

Kids

There’s lots to do for kids around here.  But let’s look at two that will be important for your romantic Valentines Day evening.  Carolina Gymnastics and the Aquarium both hold events that keep you kids occupied and active that evening.  The gym hosts Parent’s Night Out every Friday and Saturday.  They’ll occupy your kids for up to four hours.  The Aquarium is holding Hugs and Fishes Valentines Day Lock In to occupy your kids from 6 pm Friday to 9 am Saturday.  Those events and more at Kids.EnjoyWilmington.com (hint: be sure to click on the little magnifying glass for more details about all of these events.)

History

Wilmington’s last major Civil War action was the Battle of Forks Road.  It will be reenacted this weekend on the grounds of the Cameron Art Museum.  The Battleship NC is focusing on its firepower and Lumina Theater presents a Black History Quiz Bowl.  You’ll find details of these history events and more at History.EnjoyWilmington.com

Books and Talks

We have authors speaking, book clubs sharing and even a debate.  UNCW brings Jose Antonio Vargas author of Define American and Pulitzer Prize Winner to the Burney Center later this month.  Prologue, the WHQR and Star news collaboration features Carole Fink and her book Cold War.  The Going Green Book Club is meeting at Old Books on Front.  OBOF will also look at The Adventures of Trixie and Dinkidoo later in the week.  You can see the complete schedule at Books.EnjoyWilmington.com.

And that’s not all

You can find the whole schedule on the website.  It’s at Our Events.   You can find Dance events HERE.  You can find comedy events HERE.  We have restaurants for every palette and wallet.  You can find a complete searchable listing at Dine Here (look under the binoculars for the search tool that lets you focus by cuisine or area).  And you can find lodging at Our Hotels and more. Use the search function (look for the binoculars) to refine your search on all of these searches.

Find your nonprofit

We have a robust nonprofit community around southeastern North Carolina.  You can find a great directory of nonprofits at www.WilmingtonGivesBack.org or find a calendar of nonprofit events at SENC Nonprofit Events.

Our Nonprofit Event of the Week

Film is a big part of the local ether.  What’s the future of film around here?  Is it growing? A panel of local film leaders will address the topic next Monday at the NE Library.  You can find about the event at Hollywood East Panel Discussion.

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It’s Always Sunny in Wilmington

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Learn to act, dance the shag, play ping pong, sing, see a film or a play, take a boat tour, all that and more this  January.  Come on down and have a grand time while you Enjoy Wilmington and the beaches.  Read on or find all the events by going directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com.  You can also find more about our restaurants at restaurants, and your places to stay at lodging.  Or just start from the top at EnjoyWilmington.com.  And don’t forget your sunscreen.  The beaches are always great.

Come on in, the water’s fine

Our river and beaches are welcoming no matter what the weatherman says.  The beaches are always good for walking or reconnecting with nature and the water is still fun for the more robust among us.  There are also boat cruises that will get you out on the water while you stay warm.  Wilmington Water Tours and Henrietta III provide a variety of tours on the Cape Fear  River and Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours does the same around Wrightsville.  Dinner cruises, nature tours, scenic tours, sunset tours are all on deck.  You’ll find a schedule for all three at Tour.EnjoyWilmington.com

If a cruise isn’t your thing there is always kayaking, stand up paddleboarding (SUP) and more water activities.  You can kayak at the beach or on the river, access the river at Dram Tree Park in downtown Wilmington.  Looking ahead, there’s a Polar Plunge for Special Olympics February 22, in Carolina Beach.  You can find more about the river and beach access at Beach.EnjoyWilmington.com.

See, or be, the theater

You know you can enjoy a wide variety of theater here, but did you also know you could learn to act or refine the play that’s rattling around in your head?  Old Books on Front wants to mint many more Shakespeares and Brangelinas.  Nicole Farmer is hosting an acting class there on Mondays through early March.  A support group for aspiring playwrights is also meeting there on Thursdays.  Work with your peers to refine that story into something for the stage.  And remember to thank Enjoy Wilmington when you get that award!

Maybe watching a play is more your thing.  Pole Vaulting Over Skyscrapers, a series of 20 minute plays is at Cape Fear Playhouse through Sunday.  Big River: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn comes to Thalian Hall next Thursday.  Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men will be here later this year but first there are auditions.  They’re set for February 3 & 4, at Hannah Block Center.  And there’s more to come.  Get the full schedule at Theater.EnjoyWilmington.com

All sorts of Sports

It worked with China and now its working with Wilmington.  Ping Pong is the ‘it.’  Brooklyn Arts Center is proud to host the 3rd Port City Ping Pong Throwdown this Friday.  And it has a level for every player.  There’s a group for those that know how to play and want to compete and then there’s a group for those that are more casual players.  The BAC is bringing in a food truck and will have its beverage service going to meet all the attendees needs.

Seadevils, Seadawgs and Seahawks basketball are all in action.  CFCC’s Seadevils host Mount Zion tonight.  Wilmington Seadawgs semi-pro hosts Cary Invasion on Saturday and the Fayetteville Crossover the next Saturday.  UNCW’s Seahawks host William & Mary in early February.

Details for these and more sports events can be found at Our Sports.   (Hint: Be sure to look under the little magnifying glasses for more details about each event.)

Up on the silver screen

Cintematique brings The Book Thief this week and The Great Beauty to Thalian Hall this week and next.  Thief tells the story of a girl living with a foster family in WWII who finds an escape in her books.  Beauty is for anyone who ever fell in love with Rome.  It tells the story of a novelist taking stock of his life as a milestone birthday approaches.  In between, Documtime Film Festival comes to UNCW.  La Maison de la Radio, and American Promise, lead off a day long series of documentaries.

Find all our movies at Film.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Music

There’s always lots of music around here but this week there’s also a call out for an open rehearsal.  The Choral Society is looking for new singers and is welcoming all aspiring performers to an Open Rehearsal Invitation on Tuesday.  It’s better than American Idol.  The Cameron Art Museum gets in on this too with Wilmington Sacred Harp Singers holding group singing this Sunday.  Exercise those lungs.

Elsewhere, Dixieland Allstars will be at Rucker JohnsKim Dicso and Benjy Templeton visit CostellosZiggy’s, The Whiskey and Ted’s all have full schedules.  Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell are coming to Kenan Auditorium.  The Chamber Players present Kreutzer Sonata and Spohr Sonat at First Presbyterian and Chamber Music brings Dvorak, Bartok and Brahms to Beckwith on the UNCW campus.  You can find details of all these events and more at Music.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Shake Your …

The Shag Classic is coming.  lt’s three days of dancing with the bands famous to generations of Shaggers, The Band of Oz, Craig Woolard Band and more.  Festivities kick off January 30, and wind up with a survivors reception on Saturday.  It’s all at the Blockade Runner.

Arabian Nights continues with its Bellydance performances, Fifth Ave UMC has its Cape Fear Contra Dance. and Forward Motion Dance has a special performance in February.  You’ll find details on all of these and more at Dance.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Even More Arts

The Cameron has its ongoing exhibits.  It and downtown both have more participatory events that are worth noting.  This Friday is a Fourth Friday Gallery Walk.  Nearly two dozen downtown galleries open their doors to show their newest exhibit and an accompaniment of music, food and wine.  It’s a very festive time.  The Cameron is featuring a gallery talk about their new exhibit, Collectors on Collecting.  It’s Sunday.  Find our arts events at Arts.EnjoyWilmington.com.

And that’s not all

You can find the whole schedule on the website.  It’s at Our Events.   You can find Kids events at Kids.EnjoyWilmington.com. You can find books and talk events at Books.EnjoyWilmington.com.  You can find our Nature events at Nature.EnjoyWilmington.com.  You can find comedy events HERE.  We have restaurants for every palette and wallet.  You can find a complete searchable listing at Dine Here (look under the binoculars for the search tool that lets you focus by cuisine or area).  And you can find lodging at Our Hotels and more. Use the search function (look for the binoculars) to refine your search on all of these searches.

Find your nonprofit

We have a robust nonprofit community around southeastern North Carolina.  You can find a great directory of nonprofits at www.WilmingtonGivesBack.org or find a calendar of nonprofit events at SENC Nonprofit Events.

Our Nonprofit Event of the Week

How often do you associate Beethoven and running?  The Wilmington Symphony does.  It’s holding a 15k/5k run in Brunswick Forest this Sunday.  Its fun and a fundraiser.   Get all the details at Beethoven Run.

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Happy New Year! Another great year to Enjoy Wilmington

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It’s a great new year to Enjoy Wilmington.  Let’s take a little longer perspective with this issue of Compass News and look at some of the many great things to do in Wilmington this year.  It’s never too early to start planning all your great times around Wilmywood.  Remember, you can always find all the events by going directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com.  You can also find more about our restaurants at restaurants, and your places to stay at lodging.  Or just start from the top at EnjoyWilmington.com.  And don’t forget your sunscreen.  The beaches are always great.

The Beaches and the River

No question about this.  Wilmington’s #1 attraction for most folks is the river and beaches.  From the family fun of Carolina Beach to the quiet of Kure Beach to the sophistication of Wrightsville Beach, each beach front is distinct and provides a special sort of pleasure.  It’s best to try them all yourself and find your nirvana.  You can also access the Cape Fear River at Dram Tree Park in downtown Wilmington and that opens up some great kayaking and boating.  You can find more about the river and beach access at Beach.EnjoyWilmington.com.

We have music

What’s better after a day in the water, and a good meal, than a little evening entertainment.  Wilmington is full of that.  And the future promises even more.  There’s great rock and roll at any number of downtown and beach locations.  There’s also a great variety of jazz for fans of that American original.  Look for special events by the Cape Fear Jazz Society throughout the year and for the Cape Fear Jazz Festival in February.  The Festival is an intense weekend based in and around the riverfront Hilton.  Look also for other jazz events including the series at Rucker Johns.  The blues have a strong toehold here.  The Rusty Nail boasts a blues jam the first Saturday of each month and every Tuesday.  Fans of a more classical sound can look to the Wilmington Symphony, the Wilmington Chorale, the music department at UNCW and others for that classic sound.  Find Wilmington’s many sounds and your sound at Music.EnjoyWilmington.com.  Look for even more music in the future.  The City has purchased land for a park in the downtown area.  It should be an awesome venue.  And CFCC is well on its way to completing its new performing arts center.  That will host larger shows.

All sorts of Sports

5K runs, marathons, roller girls, semi-pro baseball, soccer, college basketball and soccer, are all available here in the Port City.   Both CFCC Seadevil basketball and UNCW Seahawks basketball is in full swing.  There’s a Ping Pong throwdown in later January.   Seahawks baseball opens up in the Spring and Sharks baseball opens at Legion Stadium in late May.    Hammerheads professional soccer as well as Seahawk soccer joins us in the fall.  The 5K runs, marathons and triathalons are here most weekends in the spring and fall.  See you at a game.

Details for these and more sports events can be found at Our Sports.   (Hint: Be sure to look under the little magnifying glasses for more details about each event.)

 

All The World’s a Stage…or at least much of Wilmington is

From Thalian Hall to City Stage, from Castle Street Playhouse to a variety of churches and civic clubs, the City is full of stages.  It’s not surprising that the City the boasts of the oldest continuing community theater group, Thalian Association, supports its theater.  Thalian Hall is the city’s grande dame of stages and features its own productions as well as productions of the Thalian Association, Opera House, City Stage and others.  Caberet is showing now with Big River: Adventures of Huckelberry Finn arriving later this month.  Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle has already posted their schedule for the year with A Night of One-Act Farces up now and Pole Vaulting Over Skyscrapers coming later this month.  City Stage plans to bring The Diviners in early February and possibly Reefer Madness in March.  This is just a sample.  It’s rare to have a weekend without at least two options.

Find all our theater and the shows for you at Theater.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Kids

Kids can be busy every day around here with fun educational activities or just fun activities.  Between the Children’s Museum, the Aquarium, Railroad Museum and Cape Fear Museum there’s a structured program most days.  And on top of that we have our sporting events, nature events and more that will appeal to the kids and the kid in all of us.

As expected from the name, the Children’s Museum has multiple events every day ranging from stories for the pre-school set to engineering, artistry, cooking and more for the younger school age set.  Nature is always fascinating for kids and many of the Aquarium’s programs are designed just for kids.  Take a behind the scenes tour, be an apprentice and do more when you head to the Aquarium at Fort Fisher.  The Cape Fear Museum has a special program “V-mail to Vlogs” which explores the means that military families use to keep up with their troops.  It tells the story of how important communication from home is for service people and highlights the changes in that communication over the years.  It’s also a great way to show that telephones used to have cords.  The Railroad Museum also has a story time with a focus on the iron horse.  And parents, there’s a program just for you, Carolina Gymnastics holds a Parents Night Out most Friday and Saturday nights.

Get the schedule for these and other kids events at Kids.EnjoyWilmington.com.   Be sure to look at the events under Holiday, Music and Sports for more great ideas for the younger set.

 

On The Silver Screen

Wilmington, also known as Wilmywood, is the home to Iron Man III, Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow and many other productions you’ve enjoyed.  It’s also a place that likes to watch and celebrate movies.  Most weeks feature a Cinematique showing at Thalian.  Cinematique is a joint venture of the local public radio station and Thalian Hall.  May brings the Cape Fear Independent Film Festival.  November brings Cucalorous Film Festival.  Fall also brings a variety of film celebrations at UNCW.  Gravity, the Sandra Bullock sci-fi flick, will be shown at Lumina Hall later this month.  Use Film.EnjoyWilmington.com to find all the movie events.  You’ll find more details under the little magnifying glass next to each event.

Even More Arts

It’s a very arty town.  Cameron Art Museum is the major center of art but there are many more galleries and studios around town.  The CAM is currently featuring an exhibit by Diane Landry.  The fourth Friday of each month brings the Fourth Friday Art Walk in downtown Wilmington.  20+ galleries open their doors for the evening and hundreds of art fans visit and comment on the art.  It makes for a very festive evening.  Many galleries use the event as an excuse to open their new shows.  Additional art shows arrive with the Azalea Festival and other festivals.  Find our arts events at Arts.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Books and Talks

Would you like to hear from the author?  WHQR, the public radio station, several local book stores, and some of the historic groups regularly bring authors to town to talk about their latest.  Tim O’Brien will be at Kenan Auditorium next Wednesday, Beverly Tetterton is talking about the many lost treasures of Wilmington at the Latimer House later this month.  Carole Fink talks about the Cold War, Jose Antonio Vargas is at the university and Chris Fonvielle talks about Fort Fisher, all in February.  Their is more food for your intellect all year long.  You can see the schedule at Books.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Or Maybe History is more your thing

Wilmington has been part of most important phases of American History and we celebrate that fact.  From the nation’s founding, through the Civil War, to WWII, the Civil Rights movement and to today the important history is writ large across our community.  The Cape Fear Museum has a major exhibit, Mail Call, looking at communications between our troops and the homefront.  The Battleship NC will be open for its Hidden Battleship tour this Saturday followed by more special events throughout the year.    The Battle of Fort Fisher is commemorated the next Saturday as we recall the battle that led to the final demise of the Confederacy (it fell 45 days later.)   Find events celebrating or memorializing this history at History.EnjoyWilmington.com .

There’s amazing nature around here

This area is a biological wonderland and that’s just what makes it so special.  Carolina Beach State Park offers nature tours most weekends to celebrate this fact.  Follow a park ranger on a guided tour and appreciate all that our area has to offer.  Many of the programs at the NC Aquarium play on this theme as well.  Their programs, mostly targeted to kids, often look at the landscape around us.  Get the details about these and other nature events at Our Nature.

And that’s not all

You can find the whole schedule on the website.  It’s at Our Events.   You can find Dance events HERE.  You can find comedy events HERE.  We have restaurants for every palette and wallet.  You can find a complete searchable listing at Dine Here (look under the binoculars for the search tool that lets you focus by cuisine or area).  And you can find lodging at Our Hotels and more. Use the search function (look for the binoculars) to refine your search on all of these searches.

 

Find your nonprofit

We have a robust nonprofit community around southeastern North Carolina.  You can find a great directory of nonprofits at www.WilmingtonGivesBack.org or find a calendar of nonprofit events at SENC Nonprofit Events.

Our Nonprofit Event of the Week

Would you like to know more about what’s under all that water out there?  Cape Fear River Watch has a host of activities at Striperfest.  It’s next Saturday at the Convention Center.  You can find more here at Striperfest.

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Celebrate Christmas and the New Year in Wilmington

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Wilmington continues its celebrations leading up to Christmas and New Years.  Read on for details of the many seasonal and other events to enjoy around Wilmington or just go straight to the website and look over the entire schedule.  Find all your events at Events.EnjoyWilmington.com, your restaurants, lodging and fun on
the website at EnjoyWilmington.com.  And don’t forget your sunscreen.  The beaches are still great.

 

Celebrating the Season

Christmas is almost here.  Enchanted Airlie is celebrating the season Wednesday through Sunday.  Enchanted Airlie is a half mile stroll through the gardens while visitors enjoy a spectacular light display and a LEGO display of over 250,000 bricks.  Santa is there, too.  You can find these and more holiday events at Our Holidays.  Check the theater listings, too, for season shows and music for seasonal music events.  Or just see everything at Events.EnjoyWilmington.com

And then comes New Year’s Eve.  Theatre Now brings back its A Night At the Moulin Rouge bash.   It’s a cabaret show, French tasting menu and champagne toast at midnight.   Bibis Ellison performs at The WhiskeyEastbound plays at Sea Witch for their bash. The Henrietta has a New Year’s eve cruiseThalian’s gala includes a special showing of Cabaret and dinner.  Find these and more at Events.EnjoyWilmington.com

Enjoy Wilmington’s Theater

It’s the holiday season and Wilmington theater turns to the season.  Willy Wonka is on stage at Thalian Hall this Thursday through Sunday.  This tale adapted from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a delight and has lessons of loyalty, honesty, humility and the strength of family.  Theatre Now is featuring A Christmas Carol.  The Charles Dicken’s classic is adapted for dinner theater.  The new theater year begins with Cabaret opening at Thalian on the 28th.  It’s the tale of a cabaret in Berlin as the Nazi’s begin their rise to power.  You can find more about these shows including dates and times at Theater.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Enjoy Wilmington Sports

UNCW Seahawks men’s basketball plays host to Old Dominion this Saturday.  Their next home game is in January and will feature a visit by James Madison.  Both games are at Trask Coliseum.  Details for these and more sports events can be found at Our Sports.   (Hint: Be sure to look under the little magnifying glasses for more details about each event.)

Music for everyone

Show your talent with an open mic or karaoke, enjoy America’s oldest music with a blues or jazz evening, or get in the season with some holiday music.  The Juggling Gypsy holds its Open Mic Nite every Monday, The Rusty Nail holds its Cape Fear Blues Jam on Tuesdays and Satellite features a bluegrass band on Sundays, Rucker Johns closes out its jazz series for the year Thursday when the Dixieland Allstars perform, and there’s music most evenings at Ziggies, Costellos, The Whiskey, Sea Witch, Teds and Reel Café.  You’ll find the complete schedule under music on the events page or at Music.EnjoyWilmington.com   Look under the little magnifying glass for more details of each event.

Kids

Kids can be busy every day around here with fun educational activities or just fun activities.  Between the Children’s Museum, the Aquarium, Railroad Museum and Cape Fear Museum there’s a structured program most days.  And on top of that we have our sporting events, nature events and more that will appeal to the kids and the kid in all of us.

As expected from the name, the Children’s Museum has multiple events every day ranging from stories for the pre-school set to engineering, artistry, cooking and more for the younger school age set.  Nature is always fascinating for kids and many of the Aquarium’s programs are designed just for kids.  Take a behind the scenes tour, be an apprentice and do more when you head to the Aquarium at Fort Fisher.  The Cape Fear Museum has a special program “V-mail to Vlogs” which explores the means that military families use to keep up with their troops.  It tells the story of how important communication from home is for service people and highlights the changes in that communication over the years.  It’s also a great way to show that telephones used to have cords.  The Railroad Museum also has a story time with a focus on the iron horse.  And parents, there’s a program just for you, Carolina Gymnastics holds a Parents Night Out most Friday and Saturday nights.

Get the schedule for these and other kids events at Our Kids Events.   Be sure to look at the events under Holiday, Music and Sports for more great ideas for the younger set.

On The Silver Screen

Cinematique brings Kill Your Darlings to the silver screen.  A murder brings the poets of the beat generation together.  It stars Daniel Radcliffe, Jack Hudson and Ben Foster.  Find all the film events including the latest Cinematique offerings at Our Film.  You’ll find more details under the little magnifying glass next to each event.

Beer and Wine Tastings

Are really popular around Wilmington.  Front Street Brewery has a daily brewery tour and Wilmington Homebrew Supply has a weekly craft beer tasting on Friday.  Fortunate Glass, Wilmington Wine, Wine Sampler, Divine Wines, have weekly wine tastings.  Find the schedule under “Fun” at Beer and Wine Fun.

Enjoy Wilmington’s Nature:

This area is a biological wonderland and that’s exactly what Carolina Beach State Park calls their tours this month.  Our varied habitats support different plants and animals that call them home.  The Ranger guide will explain it all.  The tour’s are every Saturday this month.  Get the details about these and other nature events at Our Nature.

And that’s not all

You can find the whole schedule on the website.  It’s at Our Events.   You can find our history events at Our History.  You can nature events at Our Nature.  You can find our books and talks at Our Books and Talks.   You can find Dance events HERE.  You can find comedy events HERE.  Some information on our beaches is at Our Beaches.  We have restaurants for every palette and wallet.  You can find a complete searchable listing at Dine Here (look under the binoculars for the search tool that lets you focus by cuisine or area).  And you can find lodging at Our Hotels and more. Use the search function (look for the binoculars) to refine your search on all of these searches.

Find your nonprofit

We have a robust nonprofit community around southeastern North Carolina.  You can find a great directory of nonprofits at www.WilmingtonGivesBack.org or find a calendar of nonprofit events at SENC Nonprofit Events.

Our Nonprofit Event of the Week

There’s one vital fluid that is too often needed at this time of the year, and too often scarce.  But the Red Cross and NC Aquarium have teamed up to address the need.  The Aquarium is hosting a Blood Drive this Thursday December 19.    Please read more at Blood Drive and call for your appointment.  You could save a life.

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Enjoy Wilmington For the Holidays

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Tis the Holiday Season.  And Wilmington wants to get you in the spirit.  Read on for details of the many seasonal and other events to enjoy around Wilmington or just go straight to the website and look over the entire schedule.  Find all your events, restaurants, lodging and fun on the website at EnjoyWilmington.com.  And
don’t forget your sunscreen.

 

The Holidays Are Here

Wilmington goes all out for the holidays.  Tonight’s schedule features a public Menorah lighting ceremony.  The lighting celebrates the beginning of Hanukah.  Head to Riverfront park at 5:30 pm.  Thursday’s schedule features the lighting of a Christmas Tree at Greenfield Lake.  It’s put on by Rotary and is followed by a showing of A Christmas Story, the classic film featuring Ralphie and his hopes for a Ryder BB Gun.  Enchanted Airlie is enchanting every Thursday through Saturday until the 21st with extra showings on Wednesday the 18th and Sunday the 22nd.  Enchanted Airlie is a half mile stroll through the gardens while visitors enjoy a spectacular light display and a LEGO display of over 250,000 bricks.  Santa is there, too.   Saturday brings Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla and Santarchy.  Sunday brings the Wilmington Holiday Parade.  The following weekend brings events at Kure Beach, a Bellamy Burgwin-Wright Stroll through the Past, Island of Lights Tour of Homes and more.  The granddaddy of the holidays events is the Festival Of Trees now at the Cameron Art Museum.  Enjoy a wonderland of trees sponsored and decorated by area businesses and decorators.  It runs Tuesdays through Sundays and will get you in the spirit.  You can find these and more holiday events at Our Holidays.  Check the theater listings, too, for season shows and music for seasonal music events.  Or just see everything at Events.EnjoyWilmington.com

 

Enjoy Wilmington’s Theater

It’s the holiday season and Wilmington theater turns to the season.  Hannah Block Center hosts Children’s Theater and this month it brings The Best Christmas Pageant Ever to the stage.  Originally a story in McCall’s magazine, and the only story to run twice in that publication, it’s a classic.  The comedy tells the story of a couple struggling to produce a Christmas pageant and running head on into the Herdman kids.  They should be called the mayhem kids.  “One of the best Christmas stories ever-and certainly one of the funniest” according to the Seattle Times.   It runs the 5th to the 8th.  Willy Wonka comes to Thalian Hall the 12th.  This tale adapted from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a delight and has lessons of loyalty, honesty, humility and the strength of family.  Willy runs the 12th to the 22nd.     You can find more about these shows including dates and times at Our Theater.

It was a long time ago, or was it?  Our History

Old Wilmington and a day that will live in infamy highlight upcoming history events around here.  Beverly Tetterton who has devoted much of her adult life to exploring and documenting Wilmington History will share some of her findings at Wilmington Uncovered.  Her slide presentation of previously unseen photographs will present Wilmington in an all new light.  She’ll be at the Bellamy Mansion.  President Franklin Roosevelt called it ”a day that will live in infamy forever.”  The ”it” was the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the Battleship NC Park will hold a remembrance from morning to noon.  Mail Call continues at the Cape Fear Museum and tells the story of the link American troops maintained through the postal system.  Pearl Harbor will be remembered on the Battleship.  Find these and other history events at Our History.

Enjoy Wilmington Sports

Basketball and a run are on the docket these weeks.  UNCW Seahawks men’s basketball plays host to Campbell tomorrow and to Manhattan in a couple of Sundays.  Both games are at Trask Coliseum.  The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History holds its 5K Jingle Bell Run next Saturday.  It’s a great way to have some fun with folks around the area, support a good cause and get a little exercise.   Details for these and more sports events can be found at Our Sports.   (Hint: Be sure to look under the little magnifying glasses for more details about each event.)

 

Music for everyone

From the big band sound to karaoke and open mic you will find your music in Wilmington.  Thalian Hall brings the American Big Band: Home for the holidays to stage with two shows this Wednesday.  A 12 piece band and 8 dancers will transport the audience to another musical era.  You’ll love it if you remember the big band sound or if you’ve never experienced it before.  Enjoy the music and celebrate a bygone era.  Thalian also presents The Nutcracker on Friday and Saturday.  Amahl and the Night Visitors comes to Kenan Auditorium courtesy of the Wilmington Symphony.  Amahl is Gian Carlo Menotti’s masterful classic for the season.  Wilmington Chamber Music brings their Candlelight Concert to St. Paul’s Episcopal Sunday.  Find more seasonal music under Holiday.

There’s a host of non-seasonal music as well.  Local favorite Bibis Ellison is performing at the Palm, the Rusty Nail holds its Blues Jam.  Ziggies By The Sea has a full calendar.  And there’s much more.

Find details on these performances and the many private venues around Wilmington at Our Music.  Look under the little magnifying glass for more details of each event.

 

The Little Folks

Kids will be entertained this season with stories, railroads, projects, camp and much more activities that are geared to kids.  They’ll also be entertained by many of the sports and holiday events that their parents will enjoy.  The Children’s Museum, Railroad Museum, Aquarium, Cape Fear Museum and others have regular programming for kids.  And their parents can be given a night off with Parents Night Out.  Carolina Gymnastics continues to hold its Parents Night Out to give mom and dad a respite on Friday and Saturday evenings.  Find more about these and other kids events at Our Kids Events.   Be sure to look at the events under Holiday, Music and Sports for more great ideas for the younger set.

 

On The Silver Screen

A Christmas Story comes to Greenfield Lake Amphitheater Thursday.  It’s part of the Rotary’s ‘wheel lighting’ event and it’s free.  Romeo and Juliet comes to Thalian Hall as part of the Shakespeare Club.   Find all the film events including the latest Cinematique offerings at Our Film.  You’ll find more details under the little magnifying glass next to each event.

 

Beer and Wine Tastings

Are really popular around Wilmington.  Front Street Brewery has a daily brewery tour and Wilmington Homebrew Supply has a weekly craft beer tasting on Friday.  Fortunate Glass, Wilmington Wine, Wine Sampler, Divine Wines, have weekly wine tastings.  Find the schedule under “Fun” at Beer and Wine Fun.

Go read a book

Clyde Edgerton talks about his new book Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers at WHQR’s Prologue.  It’s next Monday.  Clyde will be interviewed by Ben Steelman of the Star News.  Get the date and time for this and other books events at Our Books.

Enjoy Wilmington’s Nature:

This area is a biological wonderland and that’s exactly what Carolina Beach State Park calls their tours this month.  Our varied habitats support different plants and animals that call them home.  The Ranger guide will explain it all.  The tour’s are every Saturday this month.  Get the details about these and other nature events at Our Nature.

 

And that’s not all

You can find the whole schedule on the website.  It’s at Our Events.   You can find our history events at Our History.  You can nature events at Our Nature.  You can find our books and talks at Our Books and Talks.   You can find Dance events HERE.  You can find comedy events HERE.  Some information on our beaches is at Our Beaches.  We have restaurants for every palette and wallet.  You can find a complete searchable listing at Dine Here (look under the binoculars for the search tool that lets you focus by cuisine or area).  And you can find lodging at Our Hotels and more. Use the search function (look for the binoculars) to refine your search on all of these searches.

Find your nonprofit

We have a robust nonprofit community around southeastern North Carolina.  You can find a great directory of nonprofits at www.WilmingtonGivesBack.org or find a calendar of nonprofit events at SENC Nonprofit Events.

 

Our Nonprofit Event of the Week

Beautiful Historic homes will be open this Saturday and Sunday for the Old Wilmington Candlelight Tour.  See these historic homes decorated for the holidays.  The proceeds go to support the work of the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society, commonly known as the Latimer House.  Check out the event HERE and order your tickets today!

 

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A Great Planning Tool-all year ’round

Enjoy Wilmington is clearly a great planning tool for your time in New Hanover but did you know it can help you all year around?  Visit Plan.EnjoyWilmington.com to find a calendar of holidays, famous birthdays, and special events such as the Superbowl or future Olympics that you want to know about when planning your year.

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