An album release, Pi day, St. Patrick’s day, a follow up to Oscar’s best movie, a provocative debate, our great waterways and more events are among the highlights of the next couple of weeks. It’s a great time to visit the Wilmington area. Read on for details of these and more or go directly to Events.EnjoyWilmington.com. You can also find more about our restaurants at restaurants, and your places to stay at lodging. Or just start from the top at EnjoyWilmington.com. And don’t forget your sunscreen. The beaches are always great.
The big one is St. Patrick’s day…but don’t forget Fat Tuesday, Pi Day and even Daylight Savings Time. St. Patrick’s day is the 17th and features a downtown parade. Fat Tuesday is tomorrow and can be celebrated all over town. But a place called Bourbon Street on Front St. as a certain edge. March 14, is pi day. A place called Flying Pi on Chestnut has a certain cachet that day. And you may as well celebrate this Saturday night as you’ll lose an hour of sleep when we ‘spring forward.’ You can find all these celebrations and holidays, for now and the rest of the year, at Enjoy Wilmington’s handy planning tool Plan.EnjoyWilmington.com.
We have history
12 Years a Slave was the big winner at the Oscars last night. Wilmington’s Bellamy Mansion offers another look at that sad bit of American history with Slave Voices in NC. Lucinda MacKethan presents the personal narratives, letters, poetry and interviews with North Carolina slaves. While you are at the Bellamy be sure to visit the restored slave quarters in the back yard. There are more related events on the schedule in April and May. You can find more about these at History.EnjoyWilmington.com (hint, don’t forget to click on the little magnifying glass next to each event for more information.)
Enjoy Wilmington’s Music
An album release, blues, jazz, symphony, and a host of bands highlights the music scene around here. Every Tuesday and the first Saturday of each month brings a blues jam to town. The Rusty Nail hosts this fun evening that let’s everyone show their stuff. The Satellite joins in the fun with its Bluegrass Band every Sunday evening. Jazz fans can head to the Cameron Art Museum for Jazz @ The CAM, Lee Venters is featured this month, or Rucker Johns for their weekly show. Thalian Auditorium brings New York Voices, a jazz quartet, to the stage. Gravity Records is bringing a new album to the scene. They host MixGrotto as it releases their latest next Saturday. It features bands from all over North Carolina. More bands can be seen at Duck and Dive, Ziggy’s By The Sea, The Whiskey and more local venues. There’s really something for everyone at Music.EnjoyWilmington.com. (Hint: Be sure to look under the little magnifying glasses for more details about each event.)
The Stage these next two weeks
Reefer Madness, the raucous musical based on the 1930s anti-marihuana film of the same name, opens at City Stage Theater this week. It takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean cut kids try the weed. Charlie Wilson’s Fond Farewell runs at Theatre Now. The Fantasticks come to Kenan Auditorium for a one night show on the UNCW campus. Of Mice and Men, The Write Stuff and Much Ado About Nothing will all open later this month. You can find details on these and more theater at Theater.EnjoyWilmington.com.
Stirring the Pot
Does God Exist? That’s the provocative title of an upcoming debate at Lumina Theater. Wallace Marshall, director of Reasonable Faith, and local atheist Phillip Drum will offer their perspectives. Several other interesting authors will also be here in the next couple of weeks. Earnestine Keaton talks about her book, The Photography of Mack Munn, at the Bellamy Mansion. Ben Steelman interviews Wiley Cash at WHQR. Donna Pope talks about the diaries of Eliza Burgwin Clitherall at the Bugwin-Wright house. You can get more details and the schedule at Books.EnjoyWilmington.com.
Don’t forget the beaches and the river
Wilmington is here because it’s a port city with a beautiful river and tremendous beaches. You can play in the water, boat in it, or take a cruise on it. Find the access points to the beaches and Cape Fear at Beaches.EnjoyWilmington.com. You can find a schedule of tours on the Henrietta III, Wilmington Water Tours or Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours at Tour.EnjoyWilmington.com. You’ll find more details under the little magnifying glass next to each event.
The water is obvious, the sports is a no-brainer, the children’s theater screams it, Wilmington has a lot going on for the kids. You’ll find events designed just for them at Kids.EnjoyWilmington.com.
And that’s not all
You can find the whole schedule on the website. It’s at Our Events. You can find Dance events HERE. You can find comedy events HERE. You can find our sports at Our Sports. It’s a film town so check Our Films for what’s on the silver screen (and look at the little box for filming events around town.) We have restaurants for every palette and wallet. You can find a complete searchable listing at Dine Here (look under the binoculars for the search tool that lets you focus by cuisine or area). And you can find lodging at Our Hotels and more. Use the search function (look for the binoculars) to refine your search on all of these searches.
Find your nonprofit
We have a robust nonprofit community around southeastern North Carolina. You can find a great directory of nonprofits at www.WilmingtonGivesBack.org or find a calendar of nonprofit events at SENC Nonprofit Events.
Our Nonprofit Event of the Week
How about a chance to get out on the river in a canoe? Cape Fear River Watch opens its Paddle Series on the 15th. Meet at CFRW on Surry Street. Call first if you need help finding a canoe. Details Here.
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