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'Tis The Season Wilmington loves this time of the year.  We have tree lightings, special seasonal shows, exhibits and a host of seasonal activities for young and old.   Looking for a new idea for your Christmas Tree?...

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Very Special Around Here Tomorrow is Veterans Day.  It's a good time to take a moment and thank a Veteran for his or her service to our nation.  The folks at South Beach Grill in Wrightsville Beach will be doing this on a grand...

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Horror and laughs and art, oh my Halloween is in the air.  The Cape Fear Playhouse has all kinds of scary shows and the ghost walk takes on special spice.  Downtown holds its Art Blast.  And there're plenty of places to laugh. Enjoy...

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Celebrating the River, Cool Kitchens and a whole lot... The next fortnight is highlighted with a celebration of the river, a tour into some of our historic homes' kitchens, and North Carolina art.   Riverfest comes to town this weekend and the Back Door Kitchen...

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Special Fall Events Keep Rolling Out Some of our highlights this week and next The Best of the Best ArtistsState of the Art/Art of the State returns to Cameron Art Museum next weekend.  Folks who enjoyed this exhibit in 2011 will be sure...

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‘Tis The Season

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Wilmington loves this time of the year.  We have tree lightings, special seasonal shows, exhibits and a host of seasonal activities for young and old.   Looking for a new idea for your Christmas Tree?  Check out the Festival of Trees at the Cameron Art Museum.  Visitors will wander through Winter Wonderland of beautiful trees now through December 7.  Looking for a Christmas Tree Lighting?  We have three lightings this Friday and one more later in the month.   Downtown Wilmington holds its tree lighting this Friday at 5:30 on the riverfront. Wrightsville Beach holds its lighting this Friday, as well, in the Park and also at 5:30.  Mayfaire Town Center holds its lighting this Friday at 6:30.  Wilmington Rotary Clubs closeout the tree lighting events December 4, with a lighting at Greenfield Lake Park.  Their lighting is followed by a showing of Polar Express the Tom Hanks holiday movie.  And somehow, a jolly old lad in a big red suit shows up at all the lightings.

The Holiday Season is also a time to think about days of yore.  The Historic Wilmington Foundation has its Post Thanksgiving Tour this Sunday.  One home is decorated for the holidays and open for a tour.  Ed Turburg a well versed and entertaining local specialist in Wilmington history will lead tours of the home outlining its history and architectural features. The tour is followed by a reception. How about beautiful homes by candlelight?  The Latimer House presents its Old Wilmington by Candlelight tour the following weekend, December 6 & 7.  Beautiful homes and historic sites in downtown Wilmington are opened for a tour that will inspire you and you’ll remember for years to come.

Or maybe you’d prefer an outdoors scene decorated for the season.  Airlie Gardens holds its Enchanted Airlie tour on certain days from Friday through December 22.  It’s a one half mile stroll through the gardens all lit up for the season.   Be sure to check the schedule for all these holiday events at Holiday.EnjoyWilmington.com

Read on for more highlights the next couple of weeks or go directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com to find everything.  (Hint: click on the little magnifying glass next to each event for more information and use the search feature to find your events.)

 

Our Theaters are in on the holidays

Two of our theaters have jumped on the holidays with special shows.  Cape Fear Playhouse brings us Every Christmas Story Ever Told.  It’s a mad romp through many, many of the seasons’ best holiday stories in a hilarious style promising belly laughs for one and all.  Shown from the 4th to the 21st.   The Hannah Block Center has taken the old ‘Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus’ story and turned it into a show for the kids.  Yes Virginia The Musical runs the 4th through the 7th.   Get the full schedule HERE.

 

The Beauty of Art

It’s the 4th Friday of November which means its time for another Fourth Friday Artwalk in downtown Wilmington this Friday.  Downtown art galleries will be open late with special exhibits and an accent of nibbles and beverages.  Be sure to check out New Elements Gallery as Merrimon opens her Holiday Show and Crescent Moon which features part of local musical favorite L Shape Lot.  There’s plenty more.   State of the Art/Art of the State continues at the Cameron Art Museum.  Over 600 North Carolina artists are on exhibit showing their work.  There’s no other show quite like it. Get the details on these and other art shows at Arts.EnjoyWilmington.com  

 

Wilmingtonians Just Want To Have Fun

There’re lots of things to do just for fun.  Maybe you’d like a wine tasting?  Or a holiday oriented flea market?  Or an exhibit for those planning bridal showers?  Those are all at Fun.EnjoyWilmington.com

 

And much, much more

We have restaurants for every palate 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.

 

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We have a wonderful community here in southeastern NC. Forward this email to a friend and let them know how great this place is! They can click on www.EnjoyWilmington.com and find our restaurants, lodging, events and much more. They’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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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Very Special Around Here

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Tomorrow is Veterans Day.  It’s a good time to take a moment and thank a Veteran for his or her service to our nation.  The folks at South Beach Grill in Wrightsville Beach will be doing this on a grand scale.  They are inviting everyone “who served us and wore the uniform of our armed services” to join them for a complimentary meal.  John and Elaine will be serving from 5 pm on.

Wednesday kicks off Wilmington’s 20 year old film festival the Cucalorus Film Festival.   241 Films are scheduled to be screened at Thalian Hall, City Stage, Jengo’s and TheatreNow from Wednesday to Sunday.  It’s an all community event.  Get the complete schedule at cucalorus.org/calendar  Read on for more highlights the next couple of weeks or go directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com to find everything.  (Hint: click on the little magnifying glass next to each event for more information and use the search feature to find your events.)

 

Where the Cool Stuff Is

Making beautiful music

Need a break from all those movies?  How about some great music.  The Cameron Art Museum celebrates living composers with the Pro Musica concert.  This show features the music of Leo Brouwer with his quintet for String Quartet and Guitar.   WHQR showcases local favorite Stray Local in this month’s Soup To Nuts concert.  The event is honoring Stray’s new album “The Sun Still Shines.”  Both shows are this Thursday.   Bluegrass fans are looking forward to the Bluegrass Old Time Music Show coming to the Brooklyn Arts Center next Friday (21st).  End of the Line, The Carmonas and Big All Hall are featured.  Hat Tip: head over to Flytrap Brewery after the show and try some Rehders Red Ale. Chilean Guitarist Nano Stem comes to Thalian Hall and Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary fame will entertain at Kenan Auditorium the following night, Saturday.   Plus there’re always great shows at Ziggy’s, Beach House, and many more venues around town. Find all the shows and get all the details at Music.EnjoyWilmington.com

 

For The Kids

The NC Aquarium always has some great events for youth.  Two new programs might be just what you’re looking for.  Aquacamp opens this week.  It looks at the 98% of animals that are invertebrates.  How do they operate without a backbone?  Call the Aquarium to sign up. They’re also bringing back Toddler Tuesdays.  Little ones and their caregivers can gather for a fish tale, watch a dive show and enjoy coloring and crafts.  Toddler Tuesdays run through February.

There’re lots more kids events.  Get the details for these and more kids events at Kids.EnjoyWilmington.com

 

Sports

There’s nothing else like it.  The Cape Fear Roller Girls Roller Derby comes to CFCC’s Schwartz Center this Saturday.  The double header kicks off at 6 pm.  We’ve got lots of college basketball too with both the CFCC Sea Devils hitting the hard court and UNCW Seahawks defending the teal.  Details at Sports.EnjoyWilmington.com

 

Just For Fun

Get your farm fresh foods.  Wilmington’s Farmers Market is on the Riverfront every Saturday with the last one coming up November 22.  Enjoy the fun of it all!  And while we’re talking about farm products, Wilmington has a number of beer and wine tastings around town.  You can find the details at Fun.EnjoyWilmington.com

 

And much, much more

We have restaurants for every palate 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.

Share this newsletter with a friend

We have a wonderful community here in southeastern NC. Forward this email to a friend and let them know how great this place is! They can click on www.EnjoyWilmington.com and find our restaurants, lodging, events and much more. They’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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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Horror and laughs and art, oh my

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Halloween is in the air.  The Cape Fear Playhouse has all kinds of scary shows and the ghost walk takes on special spice.  Downtown holds its Art Blast.  And there’re plenty of places to laugh. Enjoy them all.  Read on for those and more highlights or go directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com to find everything.  (Hint: click on the little magnifying glass next to each event for more information and use the search feature to find your events.)

Here’s the cool stuff this fortnight

Our Scary Theater Cape Fear Playhouse is getting into the Halloween festivities in an all new way.  This month is their Horror Festival with different shows each week.  This week it’s The Witch, The Troll and the Hairy Man.  It’s delightful stories told with puppets, masks and storytelling.  Good for ages 7+    Next week it’s Death Bed –  The Play That Bites.,  It’s a 70’s cult classic that Wilmington’s own Jock Brandeis worked on.  He made the bed that bites.  Details at Theater.EnjoyWilmington.com   Who Needs A Laugh? Mary Mack wants to give you one.  This Comedy Central and Last Comic Standing alum will be at Dead Crow Comedy Club this weekend.  The Capitol Steps bring their own unique take on the Nation’s Capital to Thalian Hall the next weekend.  They might not be able to make sense of what’s going on inside the beltway but they will make it funny.  Details at Comedy.EnjoyWilmington.com

Go For A Run

Next Saturday is the Beach 2 Battleship run.  It’s one of the great marathons in Southeastern NC.  CFCC Sea Devils defend their pitch from all sorts of South Carolina soccer teams.  They’ll kick off their basketball season in November. Find the details for these and more sports at Sports.EnjoyWilmington.com   Enjoy our Arts   Downtown’s artists pull together this weekend for the 12th Annual ArtBlast.  Look for all sorts of art events and the ArtWalk on Saturday.  Bellamy Mansion will host an art talk by Justine Ferren this Friday.  She’ll be talking about Clay Sculpture.  Meanwhile the great State Of The Art/Art Of The State exhibit continues at the Cameron Art Museum.   It’s one you have to see. More information at Arts.EnjoyWilmington.com  For The Youths Always lots of great events for the young folks.  The Railroad Museum takes their show to the Fit For Fun Center for Train Day.  The Cape Fear Museum offers Science Spooktacular.  It’s the science behind creepy, mysterious and gross phenomena.  The NC Aquarium gets in the spirits with Trick or Treat Under the Sea.  And there are plenty of the usual events at the Children’s Museum and elsewhere.  Carolina Gymnastics continues with their Parent’s Night Out.  They’ll take the kids so mom and dad can have a night on the town. Details on these events plus more future events can be found at Kids.EnjoyWilmington.com Just For Fun Try a wine tasting or beer tasting.  Or maybe you’d like to attend Airlie Garden’s Oyster Roast.  It’s all at Fun.EnjoyWilmington.com Looking Ahead Next issue will talk about the Batty Battleship Halloween celebration.  Phantom of The Opera comes to Thalian Hall.  And much more.  You can find it all at Events.EnjoyWilmington.com

And much, much more

We have restaurants for every palate 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.

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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Celebrating the River, Cool Kitchens and a whole lot more

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The next fortnight is highlighted with a celebration of the river, a tour into some of our historic homes’ kitchens, and North Carolina art.   Riverfest comes to town this weekend and the Back Door Kitchen Tour the following weekend.  The Cameron continues with their exhibit State of the Art/Art of the State.  And we’ve got some more unique art, seasonal theater, fall sports and plenty of music, food and fun.  Enjoy them all.  Read on for those and more highlights or go directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com to find everything.  (Hint: click on the little magnifying glass next to each event for more information and use the search feature to find your events.)

 

Celebrating the Cape Fear 

Wilmington is here because of the river.  The confluence of Jacobs Creek, and two branches of the Cape Fear River served as the logical place to create a city.  But as was true with many cities the river became an industrial area that wasn’t very attractive.  That was then.  Now the river is a beautiful attraction used by crab fishermen, pleasure boaters and everyone as they enjoy the view.  Wilmington’s Riverwalk along the river is the longest such walk in the nation and a great way to view the river.   Riverfest celebrates the transformation from industrial workhorse to beauty…and even remembers some of the characters of days gone by.  The October 3 to 5 event features musicians, exhibits, entertainers, food and all sorts of activities. This year’s also marks the return of the invasion of the Pirates.  Be there Saturday evening when a group of pirates “invade” downtown Wilmington. Details at Fun.EnjoyWilmington.com

 

A Kitchen Tour

The residents of the downtown historic district are proud of their neighborhood and love to show it off. They’ll do that October 11, with the 9th annual Back Door Kitchen Tour.  9 intriguing kitchens will give you an insight into the uniqueness of the historic homes and ideas for your own kitchen.  This year’s tour is dedicated to long time resident Dolly Pearson and features a beautiful garden.  Kitchens vary from the very simple to the very elegant.  A trivia question for you:  can you find the kitchen that doesn’t have a stove? Tickets are available online and at area retail stores ahead of time or at the homes and Bellamy Mansion Museum the day of the tour.  Tickets and more information at www.RoWilmington.com/tour

 

Theater like nowhere else

Big Dawg Theater is devoting October to a Halloween Horror Theater Festival. This week its their version of War of the Worlds and next week its the Comically Impaired Improv Group for Horror Comedy.  It’s their way to get us in the mood for Halloween.  These shows are at Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle St. Meanwhile, Peter Pan is coming to town for a three day flight of fantasy at Thalian Hall.  It’s a great chance to check in on Peter, Tinkerbell, Hook, Smee and the lost boys.  Peter Pan is coming to town for a three day flight of fancy.   You can get the times, prices and more details of these shows at Theater.EnjoyWilmington.com

 

Really cool arts

My all time favorite Wilmington art exhibit was the State of the Art/Art of the State exhibit held in 2011.  Over 400 artists with NC connections exhibited showing great and varied talent.  The Cameron Art Museum is repeating this great show.  Hundreds of North Carolina artists have all submitted art for display and enjoyed a huge, crowded opening a week ago.  Find some time to visit the Cameron Art Museum and enjoy this celebration of talent.  The Bellamy Mansion Museum is also jumping into art promotion with the Emerging Artists Show opening October 2.   The Wrightsville Beach Museum is calling all artists for a Plein Air Art event.  They’re seeking applications now with the artists creating on October 10 and 11.  Everyone is welcome to stop by and watch the artists create.  The museum will have maps of the artists locations.  More information at Arts.EnjoyWilmington.com 

 

Be a sport…or watch one

The change of seasons brings fall sports to the fields around town.  CFCC’s Seadevil soccer is in full swing on the north campus Pitch.  Cheer them on as Louisburg visits October 1.  They play most weekends and a number of Wednesdays.   The Cape Fear Roller Girls are on the flat track October 11, with double header.  Get in the Roller Derby spirit at CFCC’s Schwartz Center on the downtown campus.  There’s nothing quite like it. Details on these events plus more future events can be found at Sports.EnjoyWilmington.com

 

Fun and Informative Tours

Looking for something different?  Check out our tours.  The Black Cat Shoppe hosts a ghost tour, a Hollywood locations tour, there’s a horse drawn carriage tour and Historic Wilmington Foundation hosts two architectural tours.  Find most tours at Tour.EnjoyWilmington.com and the history tours at History.EnjoyWilmington.com  Miscellany There’s plenty more.  Dead Crow Comedy (the resurrected Nutt Street Comedy) boasts great comics at Comedy.EnjoyWilmington.com  You can find beer and wine tastings at Fun.EnjoyWilmington.com  And there’s Kids Stuff as well as History events and much more.  You can find it all at Events.EnjoyWilmington.com

 

And much, much more

We have restaurants for every palate 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.

 

Share this newsletter with a friend

We have a wonderful community here in southeastern NC. Forward this email to a friend and let them know how great this place is! They can click on www.EnjoyWilmington.com and find our restaurants, lodging, events and much more. They’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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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Special Fall Events Keep Rolling Out

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Some of our highlights this week and next

The Best of the Best ArtistsState of the Art/Art of the State returns to Cameron Art Museum next weekend.  Folks who enjoyed this exhibit in 2011 will be sure to return this year.  You can read more about that prior exhibit HERE.  This is really special. Artists from North Carolina or currently living here are all invited to submit a work of art for this open exhibit.  Several hundred participated last time with every conceivable media and subject.  It’s definitely a one of a kind event.  The installation is one huge undertaking on the 19th and 20th as artists line up out the door.  The public unveiling is Saturday the 20th at 6 pm.  Details on this event and more arts events at Arts.EnjoyWilmington.com

Happy Birthday Wilmington

1739 was an important year around here.  That’s when Wilmington was incorporated.  And that event is being celebrated Saturday the 27th in Riverfront Park. with the Wilmington 275th Anniversary Celebration.  Music, history tours, a giant birthday card (and we presume a speech or two) are among the festivities.  It’s 10 am to 2 pm.  Details at Celebration.EnjoyWilmington.com

Instead of a Parking Spot

How about a Park?  That’s the question someone raised in San Francisco a few years ago with the first PARK(ing) Day.  And now Wilmington’s downtown economic development group is asking the same question.  This Friday, WDI will convert several parking spaces to mini Parks to show off what can be done with a 10 by 20 foot space.  Stop by and think different.

Calling all Gardeners

What’s better than a beautiful garden?  How about twelve  beautiful gardens that are hidden and not normally seen?  The good folks at the Latimer House hold their annual Secret Garden Tour this Saturday in “small, unique downtown gardens.”  More information at Tour.EnjoyWilmington.com

Just For Fun

A perennially popular event is the Downtown Wilmington Wine and Beer Walk.  This ticketed event makes Wilmington a real movable feast as downtown bars and restaurants open up with their best potables.  Tickets are available at Front Street Brewery and Fortunate Glass. The tour runs from 1 to 6 pm.  Celebrate Wilmington’s 275th Birthday in the morning and enjoy its libations in the afternoon.  Details at Fun.EnjoyWilmington.com  You’ll also find some weekly beer and wine tastings at that link.

Fun and Informative Tours

Looking for something different?  Check out our tours.  The Black Cat Shoppe hosts a ghost tour, a Hollywood locations tour, there’s a horse drawn carriage tour and Historic Wilmington Foundation hosts two architectural tours.  Find most tours at Tour.EnjoyWilmington.com and the history tours at History.EnjoyWilmington.com

Miscellany

There’s plenty more.  Thalian Hall and other venues hold great theater which you can find at Theater.EnjoyWilmington.com  Dead Crow Comedy (the resurrected Nutt Street Comedy) boasts great comics at Comedy.EnjoyWilmington.com  And there’s Kids Stuff as well as Sports and much more.  You can find it all at Events.EnjoyWilmington.com

And much, much more

We have restaurants for every palate 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.

Share this newsletter with a friend

We have a wonderful community here in southeastern NC. Forward this email to a friend and let them know how great this place is! They can click on www.EnjoyWilmington.com and find our restaurants, lodging, events and much more. They’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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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Enjoy Wilmington this week

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From Wahines to books to music to theater there’s a bit of everything around Wilmington these weeks.  Read on for some of the highlights or go directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com to find everything.

Check out these highlights

Great Sports

It’s the ladies turn.  The annual Wahine Classic surfboard competition comes to Wrightsville Beach next weekend (16th to 17th).  Ladies aged 5 to 65 are invited to register and compete.  Everyone is welcome to cheer them on.  Over at Legion Stadium the Hammerheads continue to defend their pitch.  Dayton’s soccer team is next up on the schedule this Saturday, August 9.  Get the full schedule and details of all our sports at Sports.EnjoyWilmington.com (Hint: click on the little magnifying glass for more information.)

Our Special Tours

Folks around here love to show off the area.  Haunted Pub Crawls, Movie Locations tours, Horsedrawn Carriage Rides, Architectural tours are among the options. And so too are tours of dining spots.  But now we have a new host.  Long time food and restaurant ambassador Liz Biro sold her tour business to some folks from Durham.  Their Downtown Dinner & Drinks tour is set for August 16.  Visit with Chefs, taste their specialties and get the insider view of our dining scene.  Get the schedule and details of all the tours at Tour.EnjoyWilmington.com.

The Live Stage

A broadway classic, a local tale, a philosophical question about what makes a ‘good person’ and auditions for American History are all in Wilmington this week and next. Kiss Me Kate won its first Tony in 1949 and has been entertaining audiences ever since with its 18 Cole Porter tunes and dynamic between two divorced stage performers.  The play within a play is at Thalian Hall. Robert Harrell lived the hermit life for 17 years in the marshes around Fort Fisher.  Now his story comes to the stage in The Hermit of Fort Fisher.  His conventional life was not a success but he was a success in his new life.  Enjoy his story at Cape Fear Playhouse. What makes a good person?  Good People tells the story of a woman down on her luck who reaches out to some more fortunate acquaintances for help.  What should she expect?  What is their obligation?  This Thalian Association production is at the Red Barn Theater. Or maybe it’s time for you to get on stage and be a star!  Big Dawg is planning a touring show The Complete History of America.  Auditions are held tonight and tomorrow night at the Hannah Block Center. Get the complete schedule, times, description and more for these and other theatrical events at Theater.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Films

Were you a fan of Roger Ebert?  His memoir has been turned into a film.  How appropriate.   Life Itself is the the Cinematique selection this week at Thalian Hall.  Shakespeare fans can enjoy one of his plays on the silver screen this week.  The Shakespeare Club brings the film version of Coriolanus to Thalian this Thursday.  Directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes.   Get the details on these and other films at Film.EnjoyWilmington.com. 

We even do books

Two local authors are presenting their books this week.  The Tuscarora War and pirates are written up in two new tomes. Prof. David LaVere of UNCW has completed Geography and the Tuscarora War.  It’s the story of the Tuscarora war and the role geography played in causing and extending the battles.  He’ll be at the Burgwin-Wright House Thursday. Retailer, Ghost Walk tour founder, and now author John Hirchak will be talking about his book Legends of Old Wilmington and Cape Fear at his downtown store.  Black Cat Shoppe is the base for many of Wilmington’s most popular tours.  And that’s where he’ll be discussing his book this Saturday.  Find all the details about these and other book events at Books.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Art

The Corrugated World exhibit at the Cameron Art Museum has been extended to the end of the month.  Details on this and other art events at Arts.EnjoyWilmington.com

And much, much more

You can find the whole schedule on the website.  It’s at Our Events.   You can find history events HERE.  You can find Dance events HERE.  You can find Comedy events at Our Comedy. You can find wine tastings and other fun at Our Fun. You can find nature events at Our Nature. We have restaurants for every palete 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.

Share this newsletter with a friend

We have a wonderful community here in southeastern NC. Forward this email to a friend and let them know how great this place is! They can click on www.EnjoyWilmington.com and find our restaurants, lodging, events and much more. They’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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.  Some notable birthdays this week and next include Pres. Barack Obama, former Pres. Bill Clinton, football great and Wilmingtonian Roman Gabriel, Deion Sanders, Garrison Keillor and many more.

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Enjoy Wilmington The Cool Stuff

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Having World Cup withdrawal?  Looking for a new sport to try?  Fan of the Blues? Wondering what’s up with turtles?  History buff?  Like to laugh or look at the silver screen?  We can help with all of that when you Enjoy Wilmington.  It’s ‘where the cool stuff is.’ Read on for the highlights or go directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com for all the events (hint: click on the binoculars to find future dates or to narrow your search.)  Find your restaurant at restaurants, and 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.

 

Sing the Blues

The 19th annual Blues Festival kicks off this Friday with the Blues Cruise aboard the Henrietta Riverboat, followed by the after party at The Rusty Nail; a full day on Saturday with a Lee Oskar harmonica workshop at the Hannah Block Center, acoustic blues at Ted’s On The River and a Saturday Night Blues Concert at the Art Factory; and a great all day blues jam at The Rusty Nail on Sunday.     If that’s not enough music there’s also plenty of options at area night spots.  And there’re our great Outdoor Concerts…Outdoor ConcertsDowntown Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Mayfaire Town Center all want to entertain you and have FREE outdoor concerts to prove the point.  Downtown’s is the Sundown Concert.  This Friday features 20 Ride a Zac Brown cover band with a Dave Matthews Tribute Band next week.  Mayfaire wraps up its concert series with 40 East on stage this Friday.   Carolina Beach offers a band and fireworks Thursday evenings.  This week it’s JackJack 180 on stage and next Thursday it’s The Mark Roberts Band.  Kure Beach wants to see you on Sundays for their Boogie in the Park series.  This week Selah Dubb hits the stage with Seneca Guns up next week. Get the details of the Blues Festival, the outdoor concerts and all the musicians at area clubs at  Music.EnjoyWilmington.com (Hint: click on the little magnifying glass for more information.)Mother Nature She’s pretty amazing everywhere and particularly around here.  But that’s not too surprising.  Combine land, a major river and an ocean and you get some complex environmental systems.  It’s also a pretty cool thing to check out when you visit.  NC’s Aquarium at the tip of Kure Beach has activities most every day looking at the ocean and river critters that populate this area.  The State Park at Carolina Beach has regular walks and talks on the topic.  Kure Beach does a special Turtle Talk every Monday.  Get the schedule and details at Nature.EnjoyWilmington.com    Cape Fear River Watch also offers nature events.  Second Saturdays bring a nature talk (with breakfast!) and once a month brings a canoe/kayak event.  Find their events at CFRW.

 

Get Active

Ever tried Stand Up Paddleboard?  Our friends at the Blockade Runner hotel want to introduce you to the sport.  They have an inexpensive lesson package with a board, instruction, practice and free ride.  Could be your newest passion! Missing the World Cup?  Check out our version when the Hammerheads hit the pitch.  They host Phoenix this Friday at Legion Stadium. You can also catch Sharks baseball at Legion Stadium.  These college all stars host Petersburg Thursday and Fayetteville on Saturday. Find details on these and other sports events at Sports.EnjoyWilmington.com.

 

Films

From low brow to high brow, we’ve got the movie for you.  Brown Coat continues their Camp B-Move series tonight with The Blob and Cinematique kicks off three nights of The Immigrant.  One is a cheesy 1950s Sci Fi flick and the other a moving story about two early 20th century immigrant sisters.  Carolina Beach continues with their Summer Movies series on Sunday nights.  This week brings Hoot to the Lake and The Lego Movie assembles next week.  Fans of Mr. Will Shakespeare will want to check out Coriolanus next week at Thalian Hall.    Get the details on these and other films at Film.EnjoyWilmington.com.

 

Opera and Theater

The Merry Widow comes to UNCW, Broadway fave Kiss Me Kate bickers at Thalian Hall and local story Hermit of Fort Fisher hangs out at Cape Fear Playhouse.  Kate tells the story of two divorced and egocentric performers telling their raucous story through 18 Cole Porter songs.  Hermit is the story of Robert Harrell who lived his life as a hermit while also touching 1000s of other lives near Kure Beach’s Fort Fisher.  It’s the southeast premier of this play. Find a complete schedule of these shows at Theater.EnjoyWilmington.com Walk for Art   Arts mavens and folks who wonder what art is all about will like this Friday.  It’s a fourth Friday which means the Fourth Friday artwalk comes to downtown.  Head downtown and visit our galleries as they show off their latest acquisitions.  There’s truly something for every taste.  Details on this and other art events at Arts.EnjoyWilmington.com

And much, much more

You can find the whole schedule on the website.  It’s at Our Events.   You can find history events HERE.  You can find Dance events HERE.  You can find our books and talks at Books and Talks.  You can find Comedy events at Our Comedy. You can find wine tastings and other fun at Our Fun. You can find nature events at Our Nature. We have restaurants for every palete 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.

 

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 A Great Planning Tool-all year ’round

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Summer’s in full swing as we wave bye to Hurricane Arthur

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It’s summer time around Wilmington and the living is easy.  The beaches are hopping.  The waves are crashing.  The bathing suits are beautiful.  The night life is cooking.  Life is good.  Come on down and join us in the fun. After you visit the beaches its time to check out all our other great ways to enjoy yourself with great food, the exciting nightlife, outstanding entertainment and lots of activities for the family.  Wilmington and the beaches: it’s ‘where the cool stuff is.’ Read on for the highlights or go directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com for all the events (hint: click on the binoculars to find future dates or to narrow your search.)  Find your restaurant at restaurants, and 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.

We have music for everyone

We have a great lineup of outdoor concerts and indoor bands these weeks.  Beach Billy Brothers highlights the Boardwalk Blast in CB this Thursday with Dubtown Cosmonauts up next Thursday.  Fans of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Aerosmith will want to see their cover bands this Friday and next Friday on the RiverfrontSeneca Guns and Painted Man will hold the stage at Mayfaire Town CenterAirlie Gardens joins the fun with L Shape Lot next Friday. And there’s music many evenings at Sweet & Savory, Costellos, the Rusty Nail, Ziggies and more.Times, dates and more for all of these at Music.EnjoyWilmington.com

Take a tour

Ever visited a movie studio?  Been on a movie location tour?  Looked for a ghost? Enjoyed a horsedrawn carriage ride?  You can do all those in Wilmington.  EUE Screen Gems Studios holds Studio Tours on Saturdays and Sundays.  A very opinionated ex-director offers a location tour in downtown throughout the week.  Find him at the riverfront along with the Ghost Tour.  head up to Black Cat Shoppe for the Haunted Pub Crawl.  You’ll also find the horsedrawn carriage tour there.  Check out the schedule at Tour.EnjoyWilmington.com

Bastille Day

Put on your beret.  Practice your s’il vous plait.  Dine on a crepe.  Drink your wine and talk about the terroir.  Next Monday is Bastille Day.  It’s the start of the celebration of the French Revolution. And then next Friday celebrate man landing on the Moon.  45 years ago Neil Armstrong fulfilled President John F. Kennedy’s vision to reach our nearest neighbor. Find a whole list of holidays, celebrations, national events like the Super Bowl and fun birthdays at Plan.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 film events HERE.  You can find our books and talks at Books and Talks.  You can find Comedy events at Our Comedy. You can find wine tastings and other fun at Our Fun. You can find nature events at Our Nature. 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.

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Happy Birthday, America. Fireworks! Sounds of Silence. Specials for the family. Take a bike ride. Laugh. Music. See a Show. Look for the locations of a Wilmington movie and a TV show. It’s another great time to visit Wilmington

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America celebrates her birthday next Friday and Wilmington loves a celebration.  Boomers can remember the Sounds of Silence when Art Garfunkel visits.  Two locally filmed shows kick off with Under the Dome’s return next Monday and Tammy’s opening later that week on the silver screen.

What happens when little Junior gets tired of the water?  We look at things for the family to do.  And there’s always more on the full calendar. Read on for the highlights or go directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com for all the events (hint: click on the binoculars to find future dates or to narrow your search.)  Find your restaurant at restaurants, and 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.

Happy 238th America

We celebrate our nation’s 238th birthday Friday July 4.  Carolina Beach celebrates with fireworks over the Boardwalk on Thursday July 3, and Wilmington celebrates with its fireworks display over the Battleship on Friday July 4.  Both shows are at dusk.  You’ll want to arrive early for a good view.Details at Fun.EnjoyWilmington.com 

Ideas for the Family

Almost everything you’ll find on Enjoy Wilmington is fun for the family but let’s look at some ideas for little Johnny and Susie when they’re finally tired of the beach.  Our museums, sports venues and nature events be just what you are looking for. Looking for an interactive, educational activity?  The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher will bring out that inner biologist with its great display of fish and reptiles.  The Aquarium also offers a wide array of tours and activities. Maybe a class on canoeing? or fishing?  Or head downtown to the Cape Fear Museum and explore our, and everyone’s, early history.  The Children’s Museum emphasizes educational activities.  Most of these activities are found at Kids.EnjoyWilmington.com The Outdoor concerts downtown, at Mayfaire, CB and KB are also fun for the family.  Downtown’s are better for the older kids.  CB almost screams ‘bring a picnic.’  You’ll find more about these under Music below. And many of the sporting events work too.  Sharks baseball features college players and tickets are just a few dollars or $8 for the deluxe seats.  See Sports below… As do nature events.  Chase a butterfly or look for a carnivorous plant.

The Ball Game

Cape Fear Cyclists want you to join them on a bike ride.  They’ve teamed up with Flaming Amy’s for the Burrito Bike Ride.  It takes off from Flaming Amy’s every Wednesday and promises a gentle pace.  Ask and they’ll hook you up with a more aggressive ride. Sharks baseball features college all stars enjoying their summer at the beach.  They also put on a great game.  It doesn’t get much better than sipping a cold one just a few feet behind home plate.  Get your complete listing and details of the highlighted events at Sports.EnjoyWilmington.com

Music

It won’t be silent but you might hear the Sounds of Silence when Art Garfunkel appears at the Brooklyn Arts Center.  He’s here next Sunday for one night. The sign says art museum but the Cameron is also the home of some unique music.  Thursday brings Ethiopian melodies and next Sunday brings Sacred Harp singers which invites everyone to join in.  Jazz will return in the Fall. Weekends bring a great collection of free outdoor concerts.  Carolina Beach has L Shape Lot and fireworks on Thursday, Downtown Wilmington has Abbey Road Live a Beatles tribute.  Mayfaire Town Center has local favorite Blivet.  And Kure Beach offers BLP  on Sunday.  The next weekend brings Massive Grass, The Imitations at Airlie Garden and Millenia Funkn Band at Mayfaire. And KB has the Mark Roberts Band. Downtown takes a week off as Friday is Fourth of July fireworks. You’ll find more great bands at area clubs.  Find the sound that works for you at Music.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Home of oldest theater brings…

Lots of theater.  On The Town opens next Wednesday at Thalian Hall.  Three sailors are on the town looking for girls in 1944 New York and accompanied by a great Leonard Bernstein score.  It’s a fun tale from a simpler time. Shakespeare on the Green continues with Comedy of Errors at Greenfield Lake.  It’s free and a picnic is recommended.  Boys Life is on at Brown Coat and The Gentlemen Pirate holds the stage at TheatreNow.  Come back in late July and enjoy Kiss Me Kate. Get the details on our theater at Theater.EnjoyWilmington.comEnjoy our ArtThis Friday is the fourth Friday of the month and that means the Fourth Friday Art Walk comes to downtown.  It’s fun and free.  Details on that, the shows at the Cameron and more 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 Dance events HERE.  You can find film events HERE.  You can find our books and talks at Books and Talks.  You can find Comedy events at Our Comedy. You can find wine tastings and other fun at Our Fun. You can find nature events at Our Nature. 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.

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A day to say thank you, and a look forward to great sports, arts, music, nature, laughs and more in the next weeks around Wilmywood

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Today is Memorial day and we remember and say thank you.  We remember the 1.3 million American troops who never came home, the 1.7 million who came home wounded and the millions who came home after defending our nation. The Battleship will hold it’s annual Memorial Day Observance this afternoon at 5:45 pm.    And then as a free people we can turn to all the fun things to do around here as we Enjoy Wilmington.  Read on for the highlights or go directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com for all the events (hint: click on the binoculars to find future dates or to narrow your search.)  You can also find your restaurant 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.

 

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Sharks baseball kicks off this Wednesday and runs through August 4, at Legion Stadium.  Its college all stars.  See the folks here, today, that you’ll see in the majors tomorrow.  Wednesday brings Florence to town, Thursday brings Peninsula and Saturday brings Morehead City.  Buy me some candy and cracker jacks. The Roller Girls don their skates Saturday for a double header at the CFCC Schwartz CenterHammerheads soccer returns to the pitch on D Day (June 6) to host OK City.  7:30 pm at Legion Stadium. Or get into the game yourself.  The City is sponsoring it’s Run Ride and Roll event at Autumn Hall on June 7.  It’s a celebration of the Gary Shell Cross City Trail.   Get the details of these and other sports events at Sports.EnjoyWilmington.com

How About a Laugh?

Comedy seems to be busting out all over.  Ziggy’s By the Sea, the new music venue on Market, now has comedy on Tuesday nights.  TheatreNOW, the newish theater on Dock, has comedy on Wednesday nights.  And the former Nutt Street Comedy is about to reopen next door to the old spot as Dead Crow Comedy in late June.  Get the details for these shows at Comedy.EnjoyWilmington.com  Stay laughing my friend.

Make Some Music

Enjoy Wilmington’s summer outdoor concerts or music in the clubs.  Ziggy’s is very excited about their upcoming lineup.  The Goat and Compass has a full lineup, so, too, Ted’s and many more.  A U2 tribute will be on the river this Friday followed by a Talking Heads tribute next Friday.  Groove Fetish shares its sound at Mayfaire and Wilmington Big Band plays at Kure, all this Friday.  Kure also has its Boogie Nights on Sunday with the Central Park Band. You can add some fireworks to the mix on Thursday nights.  That’s when Carolina Beach holds its Boardwalk Blast and Fireworks all through the summer.  The band starts at 6:30 and fireworks at dusk. Do you love beach music?  Head to Carolina Beach on the 7th for the Carolina Beach Music Festival.  Three bands begin at 11 am so you can shag away.  Head to the Boardwalk all you 60 minute men. Find times and other details at Music.EnjoyWilmington.com

Live Art

Have you ever seen an artist at work?  Wondering where they start?  Or stop?  The Burgwin-Wright house folks hold a cool event every year they call an Artist Paint Out or Arts En Plein.  Artists are invited to take up spots around the house grounds in downtown Wilmington and paint while the public looks on.  It’s this Friday and Saturday. Get the details on the Arts En Plein and the shows at the Cameron at Arts.EnjoyWilmington.com

Touch Nature

We’re surrounded by a rich and diverse nature here along the lower Cape Fear River.  The Cape Fear Museum lets us look at nature from space satellites, the Hobby Greenhouse club has a local plant sale, and the Carolina Beach State Park folks have organized a plant hike to look at Carnivorous plants.  Details on all these at Nature.EnjoyWilmington.com

Looking Ahead

Fathers Day is just around the corner.  Wilmington is a great spot to celebrate the day and say thanks to Dad.  More about that and other upcoming holidays at Plan.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 kids events HERE.  You can find our books and talks at Books and Talks.  You can find Art events at Our Arts. You can find our theater at Our Theater.  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

Cape Fear River Watch wants everyone to know more about our environment.  And they do something about it.  The first Saturday of each month is their First Saturday Seminar day.  Head out to their HQ on Surry St. and they’ll fill you in.  Read more on the event page at Saturday Seminar.

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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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