We have the past, the future, Polanski vs. Lowrimore, bathing suits, models, music, theater, honoring the flag, and more these next two
weeks in Wilmington and Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville beaches. Find all your events, restaurants, lodging and more on
the website at EnjoyWilmington.com. And don’t forget your sunscreen.
A great place to celebrate Flag Day and Fathers Day
Friday the 14th is Flag day. Be sure to hoist your colors. Sunday the 16th is Fathers Day. Tell your Dad how much you appreciate him. Find all your holidays listed at plan.enjoywilmington.com
Lowrimore Polanski smackdown
We have Lee Lowrimore. Hollywood, except that the guy is in Europe, has Roman Polanski. Both have just directed their takes on the same story, Venus in Fur. Polanski’s will be on the big screen and Lowrimore’s can be found at Cape Fear Playhouse. My money’s on Lee’s version. Mike O’Neil stars as the director looking for the right actress to play a combination ingénue/dominatrix. What he finds in Vanda Jordan played by Anna Stromberg is more than he anticipated. Stromberg plays both her roles as the somewhat ditzy auditioning actress and the dominating character in the play within a play to excellence. The one act play holds its audience as the actors end up delving deep into their own selves. I don’t see how Mr. Polanski can do any better. Be forewarned that this show is an adult theme. It runs through June 23rd.
Les Miserables opens this week at Thalian Hall. Recently revived on the silver screen, it is the story of a lowly peasant in revolutionary France. It will be at Thalian Hall through the 23rd.
Fans of the Bard will want to head out to Greenfield Lake Amphitheater for the annual Shakespeare on the Green shows. Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare’s most powerful plays; a dark comedy offering a bracing and bawdy glimpse of what happens when we confuse lust and love, goodness and self-righteousness, and when those in power allow their basest human impulses to go unchecked. Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall. Pack a picnic and make it an evening.
We’ve also got Disney’s High School Musical at the Hannah Block Center, dinner theater at Theatre Now, and more.
Find the details about the shows and their schedules at Our Theater.
Models and bathing suits are part of History
Bathing suits weren’t always designed to show as much skin as possible. The Historic Society of the Lower Cape Fear, also known as the Latimer House, takes a look at the history of bathing suits through vintage advertisements in their program The Bathing Suit In Vintage Ads. Don Draper would be so proud. It’s this Wednesday.
Models can be great tools to help understand history. The museum at Fort Fisher will showcase historical models and their creators this Saturday in their event Model Military. The creative types who make the models and their models will be there showing off their work and hobby.
Military History also comes in full size. Fort Fisher has history in model size. The Battleship has it in life size. Saturday is one of their Battleship 101 days. Volunteers will be stationed throughout the ship to explain different aspects in detail and answer your questions.
This area is full of history. UNCW History professor Chris Fonvielle spoke about the long history of defending the Cape Fear from attackers. You find a take on that on the Enjoy Wilmington blog. History buffs will want to be on the lookout for historic markers as well as Battleship NC, the Cape Fear Museum of History, the Bellamy Mansion Museum and the Latimer House.
You can find details about your American history events at Our History.
Yankees? Sox? Meh! We have…
We have Sharks baseball, Hammerheads soccer, Cape Fear Rollergirls, and a cornucopia of 5ks, 10ks, and ‘athalons.’ The Sharks are hosting Florence, Fayetteville, Morehead City and Petersburg at Legion Field in the next two weeks. The Hammerheads host New York on the pitch at Legions Stadium next Saturday. And the Roller Girls take on the Mason Dixon Vixens next Saturday. Check out the Bridge to Bridge Walk/Run on the 13th and the Dash for Dad on the 15th.
You can find the details of these and more sporting events at Our Sports.
Downtown Wilmington, Mayfaire, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Airlie Gardens and the Bellamy Mansion all offer outdoor concerts during the summer. They’re a great way to transition to the weekend.
Coming up this weekend and next are: Jazz at Bellamy and Dutch Treat Indie Rock at the Boardwalk Blast and Fireworks at Carolina Beach this Thursday. Funky Monks, a Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band, plays in Downtown Wilmington, 40 East Band will be at Airlie, and 360 Degrees performs at Mayfaire, all this Friday. Next week it’s Mark Roberts Band Beach at Carolina Beach and 360 Degrees at Wrightsville Beach on Thursday and 20 Ride, a Zac Brown tribute, in Downtown and The Steady Eddies at Mayfaire on Friday.
In addition there are a host of music venues all around town. You can find them on the website. Hint: there’s more detail under the little magnifying glass.
What kind of music do you like? We have almost everything here. 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..
New Hanover residents will want to take advantage of Family Fun Mondays. Airlie Gardens and the Arboretum are free to locals on those days. Mark the next firs Monday on your calendar and head on out for your free tour.
Looking for something to exercise the mind? Try our book events, our art events or our dance activities. Old Books brings author Lyle Estill to talk about his book Small is Possible and WHQR features two writers, Peggy Payne and Carrie Knowles. Details can be found at Our Books. Cinematique bring quality films to Thalian Hall on most Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Next week it’s Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey (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
Two of our area American Legion posts hold Fish Fries. They’re fun fundraisers and a nice way to recognize our veterans. 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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