St. Nicholas’ Greek Festival and the Inaugural Wilmington Wine and Food Festival highlight the fun around Wilmington these next two weeks.
“Pump Boys,” “Quartet,” Clyde Edgerton, baseball, soccer, the ocean and the river, outdoor films and concerts and more all add to the
perennial dilemma question around here, “what shall I do?” Find all your events, restaurants, lodging and
more on the website at EnjoyWilmington.com. And don’t forget your sunscreen.
St Nicholas Greek Festival is here May 17, 18 & 19
The 21st Annual Greek Festival showcases Greek culture, faith and heritage including its food, music and dancing. Head on over to St. Nicholas, try some baklava, tour the church, enjoy a Greek dance and get your Greek On! The celebration is held at St. Nicholas’ Greek Orthodox Church on College Rd. The festivities open each day at 11 am and run to 10 pm on Friday and Saturday and 7 pm on Sunday.
Bachus brings us the Inaugural Wine and Food Festival
They say it’s “presented by Bachus Brood” so you know it’s going to be good. It’s the Inaugural Wine and Food Festival with “countless samples of wines from around the world paired with tasty bites from some of the best locally owned restaurants including Rx, Manna, Aubriana’s, Tamashi, The Olive Café and Wine Bar” and more. You can’t beat that! It’s Sunday, May 19, from 2 to 5 pm in the afternoon at St. Thomas Preservation Hall on Dock St.
More about both festivals at Our Fun.
Theatre, Theater and Yee-haw
From the Great American Trailer Park Musical to Pump Boys and Dinettes and, in a few weeks, to Les Miserables, there is a bit of theater in Wilmington for every taste. Trailer Park is showing downtown at City Stage and getting rave review from the Encore and Star News. It’s the story of the raucous goings on the Armadillo Acres trailer park, but done with respect. Pump Boys and Dinettes is a charming tale about some fellas working at a gas station and the lasses at the local diner. You can place it in any rural small town as it tells the forever tale of boy(s) meet girl(s). Trailer park closes this weekend and Pump Boys opens the following Thursday.
Theatre Now is hosting two shows, Swing and a Miss and Murder on the Set. Swing is a baseball tale but note the double meaning in the title. Murder is an interactive dinner theater event. Both shows include dinner. Guide to Marriage continues at Cape Fear Playhouse. Brooklyn, The Musical and Les Miserables open in a few weeks.
Details on these and other theatrical events are at Our Theater.
Tour Our History
Confederates, lynchings, military strategy, ship captains, historic buildings and operating a floating industrial machine are among the topics focused on by our historic community. Myrick Howard talks about rescuing historic buildings at the Bellamy. Bland Simpson talks about two famous North Carolina mariners, John Maffitt and Moses Grandy. One white and one black, they represent so much of our turbulent past. Civil War Company E re-enactors drill at the Cameron. Chris Fonvielle leads a series of event examining the defense of the Cape Fear. Battleship NC has a special tour looking at the Design and Damage Control systems on this floating industrial machine.
Talks and tours will continue through May as we celebrate our history in Historic Preservation Month. You can find details on these and more of our history events at Our History. You can get a sense of the breadth of Wilmington’s history on Enjoy Wilmington’s Facebook page. We’ve been posting pictures of the area’s many, many historical markers there. History buffs will want to find those markers and to visit the Battleship NC, the Cape Fear Museum of History, the Bellamy Mansion Museum and the Latimer House.
Port City Sports
Seahawks baseball wraps up its home season with a three game stand against William and Mary. The games are at Brooks Field on the UNCW campus next weekend. Wilmington Sea Dawgs summer basketball league takes on Johnston County and Hoops For Lyfe at the Schwartz Center on the CFCC campus. Plan ahead and get ready to walk, run or roll across town on the Gary Schell Cross City Trail. All that and more at Our Sports.
Our Sounds of Music
What kind of music do you like? There’s full throated rock ‘n roll at Soapbox, Whiskey, Juggling Gypsy, and some others. There’s jazz and blues at Rusty Nail, Rucker Johns, sometimes the Bellamy Mansion, and elsewhere. There’s strings and folk at Costello’s, Ted’s Fun On The River, and elsewhere. There’s concert hall music at Thalian and Kenan. And there’s a bunch more.
Many Thursdays and Fridays offer outdoor concerts on the riverfront, at Mayfaire, at Wrightsville and at the Lake in Carolina Beach.
You can find details on all of this music and more at Our Music.
For the Youth & their parents
This area is very welcoming to the young ‘uns. The beach is obvious. But such venues as the Cape Fear Museum, the NC Aquarium, the Kids Museum and more offer events just for the under 18 set. There’s also a special option for parents. Carolina Gymnastics will take your kids in the evening Fridays and Saturdays with their Parents’ Night Out program so mom and dad can have a night out on their own. You can find details on all of this at Our Kids. Be sure to use the Search function to look at Sports items, Nature items and other events for folks of all ages but which will appeal to the kids.
Looking for something to exercise the mind? Try our book events, our art events or our dance activities. Clyde Edgerton will be reading from his latest book tomorrow at Old Books on Front (details at Our Books). Cinematique bring quality films to Thalian Hall on most Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. This week it’s Quartet (details at Our Films.) There are art shows all around town (details at Our Art.) And if you’d like to move your feet then try Our Dance.
And there’s more to do
You can find the whole schedule on the website. It’s at Our Events. We have restaurants for every palette and wallet. You can find a complete searchable listing at Dine Here. And you can find lodging at Our Hotels and more. Use the search function (look for the binoculars) to refine your search.
Our Nonprofit Event of the Week
Some of our outstanding women are being recognized this Thursday when the YWCA holds its annual Women of Achievement Awards luncheon. It’s at the Wilmington Convention Center in downtown and will make you feel good about our future. Find details of that event and more events on the nonprofit website www.WilmingtonGivesBack.org .
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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