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Enjoy Wilmington this week 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...

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Enjoy Wilmington The Cool Stuff 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...

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Summer's in full swing as we wave bye to Hurricane...   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. ...

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Happy Birthday, America. Fireworks! Sounds of Silence.... 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...

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A day to say thank you, and a look forward to great... 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...

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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.

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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.  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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War

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African-Americans were active participants in America’s Civil War.  Known then as Colored Troops they were involved with both Union forces as well as Confederate forces.  The Historic Wilmington Foundation and Bellamy Mansion teamed up recently and asked Chris Fonvielle to talk about this piece of American history.  Chris is a history professor at UNCW and a long time devotee to everything historic around Wilmington.  He opened with a talk on the 13th and followed up with a tour of Fork Roads battleground on the 18th and another talk on the 20th.  Find a schedule of upcoming history talks Here.

Here’s a summary of Chris’s talk about the role of African-American troops in the Civil War:

The War which began as an effort to maintain the Union quickly bumped into the ugly reality of slavery, the issue behind States Rights.  Policy at the start of the war called for all ‘property’ to be returned to its owners.  Property included slaves.  But one Union Commander took a different approach when three slaves escaped and turned up at Fortress Monroe in Virginia.  The Fortress was still in Union hands and led by General Butler.  Would he return the “property” which the slaves were under the law of the land?  Or give them sanctuary?  Butler decided that they were “contraband.”  That split the legal hair and provided the slaves with an escape route but also allowed the North to maintain that the issue of the day wasn’t slavery.  This legal window encouraged more escapes and eventually helped 500,000 slaves escape to Union forces, about 12% of the total slaves.

Fonvielle highlighted one notable escape from Wilmington.  William Gould led a group of slaves on a daring escape down the Cape Fear River and out into the ocean where they connected with Union blockade ships.  Gould made his escape in August 1862 when Wilmington was preoccupied by a Yellow Fever epidemic.  It meant that the white men who would normally be leading slave patrols “to maintain the peace” were occupied being sick or moving their families to other areas.  Fonvielle likens the slave patrols to the brown shirts in Nazi Germany.  They could stop any black person at any time and enter any black persons home at any time.  There were no civil liberties.  But their distraction gave Gould his opening and made his escape possible.  Gould was a plasterer and did much of the plaster at the Bellamy Mansion.  Gould served in the US Navy for the remainder of the war.  He went on to father six sons who all served in WWI.  We know much of this bit of history as Gould’s great grandson William Gould IV showed up at the NH Library and shared a diary Gould kept.

Another daring escape that Fonvielle recounted occurred in Charleston.  Robert Smalls, a slave, was left to tend his master’s boat.  He took advantage of the opportunity and sailed the boat out into open sea and turned it over to the US Navy.  Smalls later met with Abraham Lincoln and was recognized by the US Congress.  The fiction that slavery was not part of the issue of the day was wearing thin.

These escapes led to Congress passing the first Confiscation Act.  It said in part that any property used to support the southern states including slaves could be confiscated.  There was no longer a demand that slaves be returned.  That was August 6, 1861.

A second Confiscation Act was passed July 8, 1862.  It expanded the powers to provide for seizure of any property of any southerner who was disloyal and did not surrender within 60 days.

Those steps all led up to the Emancipation Proclamation.  Lincoln and his advisors debated this issue long and hard.  Abolitionists had been urging Lincoln to free the slaves for a long time.  The South was wooing Britain to join in the war on their side.  Wouldn’t that be a great way to poke a stick in the eye of those rebellious colonists!  Lincoln also had to consider how Union troops would react if the focus of the war shifted from saving the union to freeing the slaves.  He had to consider how would blacks would react, on both sides of the war.  He had to consider how southern whites would respond.  And the big issue, how would the four slaves states of Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri and Delaware react?  Would they remain in the Union or leave it?

Fonvielle explains that Lincoln showed his customary thoughtfulness to thread this needle.  He used a military justification for freeing the slaves explaining that it would take away a military strength of the South.  While the CSA would not arm slaves as that would put them in a position of equality it did use them as teamsters, porters, construction, cooks and other roles.  He also limited emancipation to the rebellious states leaving out the four loyal slave holding states.

African American equality took a great leap forward in the war in May 1863.  The Bureau of US Colored Troops (USCT) was founded May 22, 1863.  Blacks were officially involved in the fighting as combatants.  But they weren’t quite equal.  White troops were paid $13 per month and had their uniforms supplied by the nation.  Black troops were only paid $10 per month and had to buy their uniforms.  Few became officers.

Few volunteered at first.  Being second class citizens even in the North did not encourage the rally around the flag that Lincoln may have hoped for.  Eventually leaders such as Frederick Douglas made the argument that a victory would be a step towards a more equal life and a loss would be a step backwards.  Eventually 178,895 black citizens joined the Army by war’s end and an unknown number joined the Navy.

A high point for the USCT came July 18, 1863 when the 54th Massachusetts regiment led the attack on Fort Wagner in Charleston.  Fonvielle noted that the movie Glory was based on this action.

But low points also came as southern whites showed how incensed they were that blacks would participate in the war against them.  Lincoln’s worst fears about southern reaction to emancipation and black participation in the war occurred in a few instances.  CSA leaders had threatened to retaliate by massacring all blacks and their white leaders.  That threat receded when Lincoln promised to respond in a like manner.

But the danger didn’t completely go away.  A battle at Fort Pillow showed the dangers for the USCT.  37% of Union white troops were killed in that battle but 64% of black troops were killed, a remarkable difference.  Confederate Forces were led by Nathanial Bedford Forest a slave trader before the war and founder of the KKK in Tennessee after the war.  Battles at Salt Hill, Va. and Plymouth, NC also showed evidence of massacres of black troops.  It was an ugly war.

USCT troops were active in the battle of Fort Fisher and the battle of Fork Roads the battles that determined Wilmington’s fate and led to Lee’s surrender 42 days later.  Several units were involved in both the first assault in December and the second successful assault in January 1865.

After securing Fort Fisher, union forces advanced towards Wilmington.  Colored Troops stood as the northern defense line at Sugar Loaf.  Sugar Loaf is near the river and is the highest natural point south of Jockey’s Ridge.  USCT troops were to prevent a CSA attack and probe for strengths and weaknesses.  Fortunately, the CSA troops were led by General Braxton Bragg known to critics as the best general the union had in the southern army.  The final battle was at Fork Roads near the current Cameron Art Museum on February 20, 1865.  Lee surrendered 42 days later as without Wilmington he had no supply lines remaining.  Fonvielle contends that Wilmington was the South’s most important city at that time as it was the last port controlled by the CSA.  Joseph Johnston surrendered to General Sherman April 26, and the war was over.

USCT troops earned 17 Medals of Honor in the war.

Classic Cars, Greek Culture Fair, CB Arts Festival, and Summer Concert Kickoffs highlight the next weeks in the Wilmywood

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It’s another great couple of weeks around Wilmington

  • Rims On The River will bring large numbers of antique autos to Front Street and Southern Kulture on the Skids to Water St. this weekend
  • Get your Baklava, Greek Dancing and more at the Greek Festival
  • Sundown Concerts and Boogie Nights return next week as the summer season ramps up
  • Carolina Beach goes to the Arts
  • Chris Fonvielle tells us what happened in the past to celebrate Historic Preservation Month
  • And there’s plenty more for kids, sports fans, bookies, foodies, oenophiles, thespians and all the rest.  Read on and Enjoy Wilmington!

Find more on all of these events as well as our Arts, Theater, Sports, Books, and celebrations below or find all the events by going directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com (hint: click on the binoculars to find future dates or to narrow your search.)  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.

Rims on the River Celebrates 10 years

Every year it’s gotten a little bigger and a little better.  This year the 10th Anniversary promises one of the best Rims On The Rivers as hundreds of antique cars line Front Street Saturday afternoon and a free concert breaks out Saturday evening.  The cars will show off the loving care of their owners.  The concert brings regional favorite Southern Culture on the Skids, area favs Skye Page and Phantom Playboys to the stage on the corner of Princess St. and Water St.   Motorcycle Riders will want to check out the runs Saturday morning and Sunday Morning.  In Chris’s words “Long may the car and motorcycle kulture live.”  Details at Fun.

Celebrate Greek Culture

Three days of culture, faith, heritage, music, dancing, food, demonstrations and baklava will make everyone happy.  Head over to St. Nicholas Greek Church on College Rd. this weekend for the 2014 Greek Festival.   You can get the schedule for all of this at Fun.EnjoyWilmington.com.  You’ll also find free wine tastings around town.  Talk about a deal!

Arts in Carolina Beach

Are all out on the Boardwalk this Saturday.  The Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival runs from 10 am to 6 pm featuring batik, dueling pianos, jazz, cooking demonstrations, artist demonstrations and any other kind of art they add to the lineup.  Best of all its Free.     You can also check out the Orange Street Art Fair at the Hannah Block Center the following weekend. Find details of these and other Arts events Arts.EnjoyWilmington.com.   (Hint: Be sure to look under the little magnifying glasses for more details about each event.)

We Love Our Outdoor Concerts

Ready to Boogie?  Kure Beach kicks off its Boogie In The Park summer concert series this upcoming Monday with The Mako Band.  It’s a different band every Monday from now until mid-September.  Bring your beach chair or blanket and enjoy the music from 5 to 8 pm in the new Kure Beach Park. Or, celebrate the arrival of the weekend with Downtown’s Sundown ConcertsSatisfaction covering the Rolling Stones ignites this summer’s lineup on the Cape Fear riverfront.  A local band warms up the crowd at 6 pm with the main act jumping in a bit after 7 pm.  It’s free every Friday until August 29, save for July 4th.   Additional concerts will start up later this summer at Carolina Beach, Airlie and elsewhere.  Find all the free concerts on our Music at Music.EnjoyWilmington.com .

It’s Preservation History Month

Which makes it a great excuse to check into our history.  And we’ve got just the guy to talk about it.  Chris Fonvielle will get even the most history phobic person interested in what he’s talking about.  This year he’s talking about “Colored Troops Role in the Civil War.”   The talks are tomorrow May 13, and next Tuesday May 20 at the Cape Fear Museum with a walk of the Forks Road Battlefield on the 18th.  Here’s a write up of one of his prior talks, Defending the Cape Fear.  Get all the details of these and other history events at History.EnjoyWilmington.com.

More Tours

We have great tours.  There are ghosts, movie sites, pubs, and sites to see from a horse drawn carriage around here.  Check out the Ghost Walk for all the ghostly remains one might expect in a tumultuous port city.  Try a Hollywood Location Walk to see where everything from Blue Velvet to One Tree Hill to Under the Dome was filmed.  You might even see a current filming.  Or have a horsedrawn carriage with rescue horses show you some of the beautiful homes in our historic district.  Maybe you’ll enjoy the EUE studio tour.  You can find them all at our Tour list at Tour.EnjoyWilmington.com  (hint: be sure to click on the little magnifying glass for all the details.) You’ll find more tours under History.  The Historic Wilmington Foundation offers two historic architecture tours.  One covers the Streetcar Suburbs and the other covers Forest Hills.  You’ll find the details at History.

Try The Stage

If Chris Fonvielle is going to give us very carefully researched history (see History above) then our theater gurus are going to provide a much more imaginative take, particularly on our 7th President.  Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson reimagines Old Hickory as a butt kicking rock star that you’d really want to have a beer with.  Side note: the fellow directing this play will be the new head of the Performing Arts Center coming to CFCC later this year.  He’s going to have an impact.  The show runs through June 1, at City Stage Theater.  It won’t take you long to figure out what City and club this is based on.  Murder at the Country Club is an interactive comedic dinner theater looking at murders at the Tumbling Meadows Country Club.  It’s on stage through the 31st at Theatre Now.  Looking for something from the Golden Age of Broadway?  Wonderful Town features one of Bernstein’s most effervescent scores as the tale of two sisters seeking success and romance in New York unfolds.  It’s at Thalian Hall through the 25th.  Look for The Wizard of Oz, Dearly Departed, the Gentleman Pirate, children’s theater and more for June. Find details of all these shows and more in our theater listing: Theater.EnjoyWilmington.com.

Memorial Day Two Mondays from now is Memorial Day.  For many of us it’s the kickoff to summer.  But it is also a day to remember those that have put their life on the line to assure our freedom.  The Battleship NC holds a very nice ceremony remembering the day and the people who have served.  It’s at 5:45 pm on the fantail.  You can find a whole list of upcoming holidays and special events that will help you with your planning at Plan.EnjoyWilmington.com. For the Kids If you’ve got the young ‘uns with you then be sure to check out the kids calendar.  You’ll find plenty of kid only events at the Railroad Museum, Kids Museum, Cape Fear Museum, NC Aquarium and other venues.  Those are all at Kids.EnjoyWilmington.com. And be sure to check out the sports listing at Sports.EnjoyWilmington.com or nature listing at Nature.EnjoyWilmington.com for more events that will appeal to them.  You’ll also find one event on the kids 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.

Looking Ahead

And there’s more in the weeks to come.  Baseball comes to Wilmington for the summer when The Sharks open their season against Florence on the 28th.  Burgwin Wright house hosts a very cool art event the Artist Paint Out when artists fill the grounds painting and welcoming visitors to observe their technique on the 30th and 31st.  And gardeners will want to check out the Hobby Greenhouse’s plant sale on the 30th.

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 NC Aquarium hosts the Disney Institute next Tuesday.  It introduces attendees to the Disney way to thinking about organizational effectiveness.  Read more on the event page at Disney Institute.

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Food, comedy, baseball, commencement, a bike ride and Cinco de Mayo highlight a great two weeks around Wilmington

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Let’s Laugh

The Cape Fear Comedy Festival returns May 7-10, with comedians performing at five downtown venues.  There’s a comic for everyone and every funnybone.  Find the full schedule HERE.  And find more comedy on the website at Comedy.EnjoyWilmington.com

Hungry Yet?

Three days of food and wine will solve everyone’s hunger pangs.  The Wilmington Wind & Food Festival features a bourbon and BBQ Derby Cocktail party, a Corks & Forks Grand Tasting, a Bubbles Brews and a Street Eats spread over the weekend of May 2 to 4.  It’s the second annual festival and based at the Bellamy Mansion this year.  The bourbon and BBQ party features Trey Herring’s bourbon.  You can get tickets for one event or a VIP pass for all three events.  Tickets are available at Wilmington Wine on Castle St., the Bellamy Mansion Museum or wilmingtonwineandfood.com  Or if you want to find the freshest ingredients to whip up your own delectables then check out one of our Farmers’ Markets.   The big one is on the River in Downtown Wilmington.  It’s open every Saturday through November 22.  Carolina Beach’s kicks off May 17, and runs Saturdays through October 4.  Kure Beach has joined the fun this year with a Tuesday Market.  It will open in June and run through the summer.  Wrightsville Beach will be opening next month and run on Mondays. You can get the schedule for all of this at Fun.EnjoyWilmington.com.  You’ll also find free wine tastings around town.  Talk about a deal!

Batter Up

Seahawks baseball hosts the College of Charleston for three days this weekend and then hosts the Citadel on the 11th as it wraps up its season on the diamond.  Sharks baseball leads off its season later this month as a parade of the best college players come through for summer league play.  Hammerheads soccer hopes to rebound from a loss at Charlotte when Rochester visits the Port City.  Hundreds of bicycle riders will ride from downtown’s Bailey Park to the Beach.  It’s a great chance to enjoy the City’s bike trail.  See you there this Saturday.  Find details of these and other Sports events Sports.EnjoyWilmington.com.   (Hint: Be sure to look under the little magnifying glasses for more details about each event.)

All the world’s a stage

Do you have a mother?  Know one?  If you do then Motherhood Out Loud might be the show for you.  A series of short sketches and monologues looks at moms and mothering from every possible angle.  “From adoption to surrogacy to gay parenting to stepmothers, no stone is unturned” in the words of the Cape Fear Playhouse.  It runs through May 11. America has been ripped apart by assassinations.  City Stage imagines if the Assassins met and interacted.  The call it a “revusical.”  It’s downtown through May 4 and has received strong reviews.  Find the schedule and details of these shows and more at Theater.EnjoyWilmington.com.  You’ll even find an opportunity for acting classes there.

Celebrate

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner.   And join the thousands of moms and dads and students that will celebrate graduation when UNCW holds its commencement May 9 & 10.  Hi grads, welcome to what we call the real world. Check Plan.EnjoyWilmington.com for more special days and fun birthdays.

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.

Looking Ahead

And there’s more in the weeks to come.  Rims on the River which was rained out is rescheduled for May 16 to 17.  Downtown streets will be full of historic cars.  St. Nicholas’ holds its annual Greek Festival.  It’s a weekend long celebration of Greek culture, heritage, music, dancing and food.  It’s also the weekend of the 16 & 17th.    Burgwin-Wright house brings back Artist Paint Out their popular art event.  Artists will be outside painting nature and the house Friday and Saturday May 30/31.  And there’s always much more.  It’s a great time to be around 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 Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame inducts this year’s class next Sunday.  Last year’s ceremony was very moving as one inductee spoke of a friend who was a better athlete but got lost with some wrong life decisions.  Should be interesting.  Details at Sports Hall of Fame Banquet.

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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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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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