Foodies of the World Eat Up-
Chocolate and Wine lovers will be headed to the Coastline Convention Center Friday and Saturday for the Chocolate and Wine Festival. Guests will be feted to entertainment by Sharp Nine Jazz Ensemble for the Grand Opening Friday evening and can spend their Saturday and Sunday perusing the Wine and Chocolate Marketplace. It’s hard to beat Chocolate and wine together.
And then head to Front Street Brewery the following weekend for the winners of the Home Brew Competition. Amateur brewers from all around Southeastern NC will be entering their best brews in this 6th Annual competition. Contact Brewmaster Kevin Kozak at Front Street if you’d like to enter the competition. Everyone is welcome to head over to the Brewery at 7 pm for the Awards Ceremony. You can find more about these events at Our Fun (tip: click on the little magnifying glass to get even more information about the event.)
You can find all our restaurants on the Enjoy Wilmington website at Dine Here. And if you’re a serious foodie then look for an announcement about a very special meal this March 23.
Sharp Nine isn’t our only musical entertainment. Mavis Staples, the Jazz Festival, Big Band Blast, highlight a great lineup of musicians. Mavis Staples, began in the 1950’s with the Staples Sisters and has gone on to work with Bob Dylan, The Band, and Prince among others. She’ll be at Kenan Auditorium on the 3rd. Rich Ridenhour brings his Big Band sound to Kenan that weekend. Relish the great music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Eddie Duchin, Spike Jones, and more. That’s also the weekend of the 33rd NC Jazz Festival. Thursday’s opening jazz showcase features a host of performers including Bucky Pizzarelli and Jonathan Russell (ages 87 and 17), Frank Bongiorno, Banu Gibson and more. Friday and Saturday nights are the all-star musicians with seven acts each evening. Not enough? There’s also a musical brunch on Saturday. Bring your instruments for the final hour Jam session.And we have more music at our local venues like the Soapbox, Whiskey, Juggling Gypsy and more. Find your sound at Our Music.
For the Performer in all of us-
A magical Greek muse descends to Venice Beach to create the ultimate roller disco in Xanadu. This play is based on the film of the same name that starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly and spun off such hits as Xanadu, Magic, Suddenly and Dancin. You can see Wilmington’s Olivia Newton-John this Thursday through the 10th at Thalian Hall.Harvey appears at Cape Fear Playhouse on Castle next Thursday, the 7th. The big white rabbit will be hanging around until the 24th.Maybe it’s time for you to try out for the theater? Miracle Worker auditions will be held at Hannah Block USO, February 2, 4 & 5.Find the schedule for all these shows plus future shows at Our Theater.
A horrible crime takes place. Everyone wants the perpetrators arrested. But what if the wrong folks are accused? Will the real criminals have the perfect crime when someone else takes the fall? The Central Park Five looks at the attack on a Central Park jogger and the rapid arrest of the wrong five people. The film is being screened at Thalian Auditorium all this week.Next week, Oscar Shorts 2013, fills the silver screen as this year’s nominees are presented. These should be good. They have been good in the past.Jay and Zelda fill the stage this Sunday with a special showing of The Great Gatsby as part of The Big Read Wilmington. Also at Thalian.Find the schedule for these and other films at Our Film.
If you’re in Southport on February 14, then you might want to check out their premiere of Safe Haven. Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel spent some time here in 2012 filming this movie based on the Nicholas Sparks’ novel of the same name. Should be fun. Tickets are $50 and available at the Fort Johnston Garrison House at Davis and Bay. Wonder why Wilmington doesn’t do this?
Black History Month brings two pieces of American history to life. Fort Fisher offers the African-American Experience at Fort Fisher. And just up the road, the Cameron Art Museum, commemorates the Battle of Forks Road, the battle after the fall of Fort Fisher that essentially sealed the fate of the Confederacy. This secured the Union’s success and meant that the Confederacy would not regain it’s last open Port (Wilmington.) The Confederacy was over 45 days later. The reenacment is free on Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 2 pm. Bring the family.The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society tells the story of early Wilmington neighborhoods this Saturday.You can find details on these and other history events at Our History.
Our Filming venues, ghosts, river sites are all on Tour-
We like to show off our history, our natural beauty, our film locations and even our more ‘unique’ side. Head to the Black Cat Shoppe and they’ll hook you up with Ghost Walk, Haunted Pub Crawls, and Hollywood Location Walk tours. Head down to Wilmington Water Tours or the Henrietta and they’ll take you out for river cruises to show off a glorious sunset or the key role the river played in our history and the delicate balance between commerce and environmental sensitivity. Click on Our Tours to get started.
A Sousance of the Grape-
Looking for just the right wine for that upcoming feast? Maybe you want something to sip with the next romantic movie? Or maybe a bold cabernet for the steak you’re about to grill would provide the right complement? Our wine stores want to help you find the grape drink that works for you and they offer free wine tastings to show you what they have. Find a schedule at Our Fun.
Profile of a nonprofit event: Dance For Your Heart-
The American Heart Association’s Cape Fear Heart Ball celebrates the organization’s mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke and raises funds to support research and education.
The red carpet rolls out for this year’s event on February 9, themed Heart of Gold features an incredible silent auction and cocktail reception. Over 450 guests representing the Cape Fear’s top business, medical, civic and social leaderswill enjoy an exciting gourmet dinner, live auction and musical entertainment. You can get the details here.
And there’s more
There’s a large and varied music scene here. Find music events at Our Music. Find something for the history buff at Our History. We have lots of events for kids that you can find at Kids Events. Or just check out the whole schedule at Our Events. We have all kinds of restaurants that you can find and search 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.
Valentines Day is the 14th, a great time to Enjoy Wilmington. Our farmers’ Markets return in April, the Azalea Festival will be here in April, too. And we always have the beaches. Fnd it all at events.enjoywilmington.com and plan your holidays with our helpful planning tool. http://plan.enjoywilmington.com. You’ll want this for your trips here and planning at home and the office. It shows holidays and major events like the next Superbowl, 2014 Olympics, a lunar eclipse and other big events.
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
And head to the website for all the great things to do around Wilmington at www.EnjoyWilmington.com