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Enjoy Wilmington in the holiday season

Category : Featured Post, What To Do

Two great art events and the start of the holiday season enliven Wilmington these weeks.  Friday is the Fourth Friday Art Walk downtown and Saturday boasts Art for the Masses.  The Festival of Trees comes
to Cameron Art Museum kicking off the holiday season.  Read on for details of these and many more events to enjoy around Wilmington or just go straight to the website and look over the entire schedule.  Find all your events, restaurants, lodging and fun on the website at EnjoyWilmington.com.  And don’t forget your sunscreen.  The beaches are still great.

Arts for All

Friday brings a Fourth Friday Artwalk to historic downtown Wilmington.  Enjoy the stroll through the historic area as you tour from art gallery to art gallery.  Cape Fear Native opens a Ryan Stokes show.  New Elements opens its Annual Holiday ShowWHQR, Crescent Moon, the Arts Council, Golden Gallery and more all open their doors with special shows.  And then Saturday brings Art for the Masses to the Burney Center at UNCW.  This one of a kind show features art from over 150 artists with all proceeds going to the artists.

Cameron Art Museum continues with its featured show, Diane Landry-The Cadence of All Things.

Find the details of dates, times and more on these and other art events at Our Art.  (Hint: click on the little magnifying glass next to each event for more information.)

Enjoy Wilmington’s Theater

Shakespeare on Trial comes to Thalian Hall this Wednesday for a one night show.  A two man comedy duo allows Macbeth, Iago, Hamlet and Juliet to make their defense.  They have been so misunderstood.  Other Desert Cities wraps up next Sunday.  ODC is reestablishing the Red Barn Theater and drawing the crowds.  They’ve even added an extra show this week.  A Carolina Nutcracker comes to Thalian for one day with a very Wilmington version of the story.  Thalian Association presents a show for kids with its The Best Christmas Pageant Ever opening December 5.  “Best” is followed by several great Christmas shows in December.   You can find more about these shows including dates and times at Our Theater.

A long time ago, or was it?  Our History

Abraham Lincoln signed it 150 years ago  and John Haley talks about it this Thursday.  The Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves and put America on a more just course.  Catch his talk at the Bellamy Mansion.  CFCC is looking at ‘Indians,’ the first Americans with a series of events.  Friday’s focus is the The Waccamaw Siouan: The People of the Falling Star. The event features Siouan craft, music and dance.  It’s free at the Wilma Daniels Art Gallery.  Mail Call continues at the Cape Fear Museum and tells the story of the link American troops maintained through the postal system.  Pearl Harbor will be remembered on the Battleship.  Find these and other history events at Our History.

Enjoy Wilmington Sports

Lots of basketball these weeks with UNCW and CFCC defending their court at the Schwartz Center.  The CFCC Sea Devils host Wake Tech tomorrow night.  UNCW Seahawks host Campbellsville, Stephen F. Austin and Campbell at Trask Coliseum. 

Carolina Beach State Park wants you to get up and move with the Turkey Trot 4 Mile Trail Run the Saturday after Turkey Day.  Next month the Wrightsville Museum will ask you to run in the 5K Jingle Bell Run.

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

Our Music Rocks, and jazzes, and classicals and ukes

We have all kinds of music.  We even have a Ukulele Wizard.  Jake Shimabukuro is the Hawaiian Ukulele Wizard and coming to the Brooklyn Arts Center.  Benjy Templeton is at Costellos.  Dane Britt does his DJ thing at Beach House. The Harp has karaokeSusan Warner brings her Hayseed Project to Thalian HallCape Fear Chorale has its 15th Anniversary Concert at Kenan Auditorium.  There’s more at Rucker Johns, Ziggys, Hell’s Kitchen, The Rusty Nail and many, many more venues.  Find details on these performances and the many private venues around Wilmington at Our Music.  Look under the little magnifying glass for more details of each event.

The Little Folks

The area is full of kids events and that is even more true as the holidays approach.  The Children’s Museum has events almost every day with a mix of fun and educational activities.  The Railroad Museum has Story Time to get the kids creative with rail.  The NC Aquarium in Kure Beach has surf fishing activities, fish feeding events and more fun and educational activities.  The Cameron has arts events for kids.  And Carolina Gymnastics has Parent’s Night Out for the parents.  Let the gym tire out your kids while you have a night out on the town.  Find more about these and other kids events at Our Kids Events.

On The Silver Screen

Enough Said is the latest from Cinematique.   It’s a romantic comedy for adults, a time that relationships become even more complicated.  Find all the film events at Our Film.  You’ll find more details under the little magnifying glass next to each event.

Beer and Wine Tastings

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

The Holidays are here

Wilmington goes all out for the holidays.  We have Tree Lightings in downtown Wilmington and Wrightsville.  Wrightsville and Carolina Beach both offer holiday flotillas of decorated boats.  CB and Wilmington have parades.  The granddaddy of the holidays events is the Festival Of Trees now at the Cameron Art Museum.  Enjoy a wonderland of trees sponsored and decorated by area businesses and decorators.  It starts this Friday and will get you in the spirit.  You can find these and more holiday events at Our Holidays.  Check the theater listings, too, for theater geared to the kids.

And that’s not all

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

Find your nonprofit

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

Our Nonprofit Event of the Week

Thousands of Wilmington area folks come together in April for “Work On Wilmington,” a day to make our community better.  The program is managed through the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.  They’re looking for great projects.  Do you have one?  Check out the even HERE and volunteer or suggest a project to make our community better.

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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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