Shake, rattle and roll, it’s the anniversary of the famous Wilmington earthquake. Wilmingtonians were shocked two years ago when the area shook as if a large truck was passing by. Now we can commemorate the earthquake centered near Richmond that was felt this far south on August 23, 2011. We’ve also got the Marine Raiders visiting for their annual gathering. The Raiders can lay claim to inspiring Special Operations units throughout the United States Military. Their daring feats in WWII put their name in the history books. They’ll be conferencing in the Convention Center Tuesday through Sunday. Remember, there are no “ex-Marines,” only former Marines. Meanwhile the Cameron Art Museum kicks off a new exhibit, professional soccer wraps up and college soccer begins for the ladies and the gents., there’s new art, new theater, book talks, music, tours, stuff for kids and much more. They’re even filming tv shows and movies. It’s another great time to enjoy Wilmington. Read on for highlights of all those events 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.
We Have Sports
It’s the last chance to see the Hammerheads soccer and the first chance to see Seahawks soccer. Wilmington’s professional soccer team wraps up its regular season with visits by Pittsburgh and Antigua on the 14th and 17th. Across town the UNCW lady Seahawks open tonight with an exhibition visit by Campbell (the Camels) and the men open with an exhibition game against Longwood on the 17th. Next weekend is busy, too, with Roller Girls and golf. The Maine roller girls are in town to take on the Cape Fear Roller Girls at the Schwartz Center. Wilmington hold its City Amateur Golf Tournament at the Wilmington Municipal Golf Course then, too.
Maybe you’d like to get a little exercise? The following two Saturdays have 5K runs and walks. Both are at Mayfaire Town Center. And don’t forget, the authorities have conveniently placed a dynamic river and beautiful ocean on either side of town for your water sporting pleasure. The Wahine Classic returns to Wrightsville Beach this weekend. It’s one of the great surfing events for women on the East Coast. You can find details of all of these sports events and future events, including registration information, at Our Sports (hint: look under the little magnifying glass to find details of each event.)
From jazz to heartbreakers, we have the notes
Between the outdoor concerts and many indoor venues we have a wide variety of musical entertainment around the County. The outdoor concerts wrap up this month. Downtown’s popular Sundown Concert Series brings Tom Petty and Aerosmith tribute bands to the near waterfront event. The Waiting plays this Friday and Draw The Line plays the following Friday. Local favorite Bibis Ellison lights up Carolina Beach this Friday and The Cut brings its indie rock sound the next Friday. CB also delivers fireworks after the musical show. Kure Beach completes its summer concert series with the Mako Band and its beach boogie blues. Our private venues from the new Ziggies on Market St., The Whiskey, The Rusty Nail, Rucker Johns, Beach House Bar, Sea Witch to the Ocean Grill and on and on provide even more options. Details on all of these shows and for future shows can be found at Our Music.
On the Silver Screen
Shakespeare gets adapted, again. Joss Whedon takes Much Ado About Nothing to the Silver Screen. It’s at Cinematique this week. Next week the WHQR/Thalian collaboration brings 20 Feet From Stardom. Did you ever wonder about the backup singers behind your favorite performers? They live on the knife edge of such almost fame and immediate dismissal for any slip up. This is their story. Lumina Theater on the UNCW campus is full of great flicks as the students return. Toy Story, Now You See Me, and The Great Gatsby are all showing later this month. Carolina Beach continues with its Sunday Movie At The Lake. This week brings Hotel Transylvania and Here Comes The Boom the following Sunday. And then there are the multiplexes at Mayfaire and near downtown with all the latest from tinseltown. Detail on all these shows and more are at Our Movie Schedule.
Theater or theatre, you’re call
From Castle Street to Grace Street the Wilmington theaters have a variety of offerings. The Playhouse on Castle continues with Night Mother telling the story of a woman’s last hour of life. Brown Coat has Dog Sees God a parody of the Peanuts comic strip. It’s a story of high school and growing up. Oklahoma! is wrapping up its run at Thalian Hall with a final show this Sunday. Dinner theater Theatre Now runs with The Good Ol’ Boys. Find the schedule and details for all of our amazing theater at Our Great Theater.
For the bibliophiles
We’re celebrating the river, cooking, music and politics with our upcoming book events and talks. Philip Gerard and Ben Steelman talk about Philip’s new book Down The Wild Cape Fear tonight at WHQR. It’s his tale of a 200 mile voyage down the Cape Fear River. John Beck talks about southern cooking at the Bellamy Mansion. He wrote the book, Southern Cooking: A Short History of Southern Cuisine. Later this month Larry Reni Thomas talks about his book Carolina Jazz Connection telling the story of the many jazz performers with NC connections. Find details and more book events at Our Great Books.
Art fans have new exhibits and a Fourth Friday Art Walk coming up. Tatyana Kulida opens a show at Caprice Bistro this Wednesday. Crescent Moon brings an artist and nibbles from the Flying Pi to their business for Fourth Friday. The Moon is also hosting the unveiling of ROW’s special art commissioned for its October 12, Back Door Kitchen Tour. The Fourth Friday Art Walk will be August 23, when two dozen galleries open their doors from 6 to 9 pm. It’s a great fun time for all. Find the details of these events at Our Great Art (hint: click on the little magnifying glass for even more details.)
For the Youth & their parents
It’s a great visit to the beach but you need to find something else for the kids besides the sand and saltwater. This area has a great selection. The Cape Fear Museum has regular kid oriented events, the Children’s Museum is 100% kid oriented, the Wilmington Railroad Museum is a hit with anyone who likes trains, much of the NC Aquarium’s focus is very kid friendly, and a number of other institutions have kid oriented events as part of their offering. There’s also one special activity just for the Parents. Carolina Gymnastics holds its Parents’ Night Out every Friday and Saturday night. It’s supervised activity allowing the parents to have a night out on the town. You can find details on all of this at Our Kids.
You can also check out our Sports and Nature listings for other events that are attractive to kids of all ages.
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
How about a fish fry? Two chapters of the American Legion hold a Friday Fish Fry as a fun-raiser and fund-raiser. Details at Legion Fish Fry.
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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