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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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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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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.

 

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A Great Planning Tool-all year ’round

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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.

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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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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.

 

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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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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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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