Join us to celebrate Pi Day, and St. Patrick’s Day, run in the Steve Haydu Lo-Tide run and Quintiles Marathon, explore the wild at the Wildlife Expo, feast with Encore’s Restaurant Week or excite the taste buds in other ways, explore our historic churches, fling wings with Budweiser, find a future Andy Roderick or Serena Williams, be moved at the theater, thrill with an old car, listen to music from garage to opera, or just watch the waves come in and go out. March is a great month along the lower Cape Fear river. It’s a good time to Enjoy Wilmington.
Happy St Patrick’s Day
We like to celebrate St. Patrick’s day from the tip of Kure Beach to Downtown Wilmington. It’s an ocean to river approach. Check out the program at the Aquarium and the downtown parade or the music or the special events for our favorite green saint.
The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is turning St. P’s day into its first Enviro/Green day. They’re holding a Green Behind the Scenes Tour. You and your family will view the inner workings of Aquarium departments and witness firsthand the sustainability action plan. Check out where the animals are held and how they assist endangered species. See how the operations department uses eco friendly products and maintains low energy and water consumption and so much more!! Accompany aquarium staff on this guided tour of animal quarantine, life support, food preparation, and access areas. Participants should wear closed-toed shoes. The tour is geared for ages 8 and up. A paying adult must accompany the under 14 folks. Find more about this and other nature programs at Our Nature or nature.enjoywilmington.com
Downtown Wilmington hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday March 16. Festivities kick off at 11 am with the parade starting near Front and Walnut, heading south on Front to Dock, to Water and back to Riverfront Park. The celebration continues with a festival in the park featuring music, entertainment and other festivities. Erin Go Bragh. Find more about this and other fun events at Our Fun or at fun.enjoywilmington.com.
Our American History
Our beautiful historic churches will be on full display as the Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear (better known as the Latimer House) offers a Church Walking Tour. The Society guide will take you into six historic downtown churches to see and hear their individual stories. These religious buildings have long been an integral part of the texture of life in Wilmington. The traditions, the beautiful architecture, stately steeples and stained glass windows hide secrets that bring the churches to life. The Hollywood star who spent the night with a dead priest, the bible stolen at the end of the civil war, the not quite dead boy, historical flags, the Southern spy, a painting from a pirate ship, the tallest wooden spire in the U.S. and more. Come, enjoy and learn on Saturday, March 16 starting at 9:45 a.m. Meet on the front porch of the Latimer House at Third and Orange Streets.Churches on the tour include: St. Thomas Preservation Hall, built 1846; St. James Episcopal Church, built 1839; First Baptist Church, built 1808; St. Mary Catholic Church, built 1912; First Presbyterian Church, built 1928; St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, built 1869. Tickets are $15. Make reservations at 910.762.0492.
The next generation of preservationists meets Thursday at Hell’s Kitchen. It’s History Trivia Night brought to you by the Historic Wilmington Foundation. Test your knowledge of Wilmington history and landmarks as teams compete for fun and prizes. Get your team together and join the gang at Hell’s Kitchen this Thursday. For more information about Future Preservationists contact email@example.com
There are folks who put more time and thought into arranging a dinner table than even my mother. Who knew? Bellamy Mansion & Museum has brought these folks together and they’ve filled three floors with beautifully decorated tabletops. Florists, artists, boutique owners and designers all come together to show us what can be done. Art of the Table is at the Bellamy Thursday thru Sunday.
Find more about these and other historic events at Our History.
Carolina Beach brings us the 17th Annual Budweiser Wing Fling. Music, the beach, wings, and a certain cold beverage from Anheuser-Busch makes for a party afternoon in the heart of downtown Carolina Beach. Cape Fear Blvd. at Park Blvd. The official time of this event is “11:30 onwards.”And just down the road apiece at Kure Beach you’ll find the Back to the Beach Car Show at Fort Fisher. The Sun Coast Cruisers are excited to return this year with the show under the management of Rich Walsh (910) 707-0060. The famous COCO-LOCO band will be their for your entertainment.
On the staqe with our theater
Miracle Worker opens on 21st Immortalized onstage and screen by Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, this absorbing play tells the story of the lonely teacher, Annie Sullivan, and her willful young student, the blind, deaf and mute Helen Keller. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, and treated by her family as almost sub-human. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. With scenes of intense physical and emotional dynamism, Annie’s success with Helen finally comes with the utterance of a single, glorious word − water. The production, directed by Laurene Perry, stars Dori Schoonmaker as Annie, Avri Hepler as Helen, Stuart Pike as Capt. Keller, Amanda Young as Kate Keller and Kevin Wilson as James Keller.
Mornings at Seven: The Gibb sisters (Cora, Aaronetta, Ida, and Esther) are an open book to each other, but not to their husbands! The 4 sisters are forced to deal with the ramifications within the family when two of them begin to question their lives and make some changes before its too late!! Into the fray comes Myrtle Brown, perpetually engaged to Ida’s son Homer. But Homer can’t seem to pop the question. Taking matters into her own hands, Myrtle finally gets a proposal by compelling Homer to fly the nest.
Tommy: Pete Townshend’s tale of a young boy’s journey from pain to triumph is the most electrifying evening of rock and roll ever to play in a theatre! After witnessing the accidental murder of his mother’s lover by his father, Tommy is traumatized into catatonia, and as the boy grows, he suffers abuse at the hands of his sadistic relatives and neighbors. As an adolescent, he’s discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball, and when his mother finally breaks through his catatonia, he becomes an international pinball superstar. Music and Lyrics by Pete Townshend Book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff Additional Music and Lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon Directed and Choreographed by David T. Loudermilk Music Directed by Chiaki Ito.
And a note to all the aspiring thespians out there.
Auditions for Pump Boys and Dinettes will be held March 25. This is a fun look at small town North Carolina.
Find the schedule for these and other theatrical events at Our Theater or at theater.enjoywilmington.com.
Just for the Foodies
Explore that restaurant you’ve been wondering about during Encore’s restaurant week. It runs Wednesday to Wednesday. Encore Restaurant Week gives local food aficionados and visitors an opportunity to enjoy prix fixe breakfasts, lunches and/or dinners, as well as desserts, at participating eateries throughout the Port City (tax and gratuity not included). It is a great benefit for both diners and the restaurant community, giving our local economy a boost and area foodies a chance to experience what our culinary scene offers. You can find all the participating restaurants at www.encorerestaurantweek.com.
Manna Avenue restaurant has a special multi course wine paired dinner on the 23rd if you’d like to see what they can do.
Every kind of Music
Wilmington Symphony at Kenan: Experience the spirit of the Americas on Saturday, March 16th at 8:00 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium when the Wilmington Symphony spotlights American composers. Also sharing their youthful energy will be the upper division winners of the Wilmington Symphony’s 36th annual Richard R. Deas Student Concerto Competition John Crowley (trumpet), and Julia Lensch (violin). First stop on the evening’s musical tour of the Americas is Aaron Copland’s “El Salon Mexico,” his musical depiction of an eponymous dance hall in Mexico City, followed by Leonard Bernstein’s “Fancy Free,” the vibrant, jazzy score composed for his first collaboration with choreographer Jerome Robbins affirming the energy and vitality of their beloved New York City. Also featured is the North Carolina premiere of a new work “A New Day” by Wilmington composer Barbara Gallagher.
Find more about the Symphony music and other musical events at Our Music or at music.enjoywilmington.com
Sports to see and do
All you future tennis stars need to head to Empie Park. The USTA Tennis Jamboree for the 10 and under folks takes place Friday. Contact Rosanne Boswell at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Help a family fighting cancer and financial challenges by participating in the Steve Haydu Lo-Tide run on the 16th. Steve was taken too early by this terrible disease. Now his friends celebrate his life with a fundraising run to help others with similar challenges. Contact Scott at email@example.com to help out. Or gather at the CB Boardwalk.
The first big marathon of the season comes to Wrightsville Beach on St. Patrick’s day. This event is sold out but you can start planning for next year.
Find more about these and other sporting events at Our Sports or sports.EnjoyWilmington.com.
Pi, not Pie
Thursday is Pi Day. It’s March 14. 3.14 for those who remember their physics and that pi r squared. Celebrate the physicists among us. It’s a good day to visit Flying Pi on 4th and Chestnut and have some pie.
Wildlife Expo at the Convention Center
The Cape Fear Wildlife Expo is coming to historic downtown Wilmington this weekend! As a family event, the Expo will feature wildlife art and decoy displays; book signings by regional outdoor writers; hunting and fishing products; boats and accessories; truck and ATV displays; fly-fishing and decoy-carving demonstrations; conservation exhibits; outdoor sports guides, outfitters; and more! “This show has something for everyone! If you enjoy spending time in the outdoors, you’ll enjoy the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo!” offered Judy Gardner, chair of the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo Youth Committee, and Rack Pack Coordinator of the NC Quality Deer Management Association. Meet Randy Edwards of The History Channel’s Swamp People! It’s all at the Wilmington Convention Center. For more about this and other events celebrating nature at Our Nature.
Profile of a nonprofit event: NH Library Book Sale
Friends of the New Hanover Public Library holds its book sale this weekend. Head over to the northeast branch across from Mayfaire. Find your beach read, or maybe look into that topic you’ve always wanted to explore. This sale has raised more than $1,000,000 for the libraries over the years. You can find all the details here.
And there’s more to do
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.
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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