Easter, baseball, Azalea Fest 5K, new art show, the Farmers Market opens, book talks and more all highlight the week as Spring joins us along the lower Cape Fear.
Easter celebrations take place this weekend. The NC Aquarium kicks off the celebrations with an Alligator Egg Hunt this Friday and Saturday. Kids will see a baby alligator and learn more about these critters and they’ll get to search for candy filled ‘alligator eggs.’ You’ll need to preregister for this event. The Battleship NC also hosts an ‘egg’ hunt. Their Easter Egg Hunt Carnival is also on Friday. Kids will find pony rides, eggs, bounce houses, candy, games and more. Egg hunts will be continuous throughout the day. The Juggling Gypsy has another take on the holiday. They’ll have a subversive Easter film. You can find all of these at Our Events or at events.enjoywilmington.com
Sports: enjoy a team event or participate yourself
The next sports season is upon us. As March Madness reaches its crescendo, baseball comes to town. Seahawks Baseball is active with visits by NCSU, College of Charleston, UNC-CH, Davidson and more. Head to Brooks Field on the UNCW campus and enjoy America’s pastime. The tickets are only $7.
But don’t worry Hoopsters, there’s still some basketball. Across town from UNCW the Wilmington Sea Dawgs basketball opens up their season with a visit from the Fayetteville team. The Sea Dawgs games are played at the Schwartz Center on CFCC’s downtown campus.
Runners will want to join in the Azalea Festival 5K/10K/fun walk. It’s at Mayfaire Town Center and is another sign that the Azalea Festival is just around the corner.
You can find more information on these and other sporting events at Our Sports or Sports.EnjoyWilmington.com
Laugh with our comedians
The last issue of Compass Notes mentioned the increase in Comedy around the Port City. The trend continues. Maybe it’s to give all those folks who lost their March Madness pools something to laugh about?
Nutt Street Comedy hosts Port City Top Comic with preliminary rounds this weekend and finals the following weekend. Eight or nine comics will each get a few minutes to show their stuff. The best from each night will move on to the finals with the best being named Top Comic. Should be a hoot.
Juggling Gypsy joins in the laughts by hosting a comedy improv night to give even more local comics a chance to try their chance at fame.
Theatre Now gets in the act with Magician “Magic Mike” Casey. You may know him from Maggiano’s Little Italy in Southpoint, the Mellow Mushroom in Raleigh or the Crunkleton in Chapel Hill. Usually Theatre Now is ‘dinner theater’ so I guess this is called ‘dinner-comedian.’
And the Bellamy Mansion Museum balances its seriousness with the humor of Roy Zimmerman. His mix of humorous songs and comic commentary have been profiled on NPR and his songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime.
You can find times and locations for all of these shows at Our Comedy or comedy.enjoywilmington.com.
Eat healthy with the Farmers Market(s)
Southeastern North Carolina is home to all kinds of farmers and we celebrate that abundance with not 1, not 2, but 3 Farmers Markets most weeks. The largest of these opens for the season this Saturday. Wilmington’s Farmers Market opens on the Riverfront this Saturday. It runs every weekend, save for Azalea Festival weekend, until the end of the year. Carolina Beach’s and Wrightsville Beach’s will be opening shortly. Enjoy some fresh food, the fun that surrounds these events and support our small farmers. You can find details at Our Fun or fun.enjoywilmington.com
Enjoy Wilmington’s Thespians
An Irish wake that makes you laugh is just the thing to follow St. Patrick’s day. Charlie Murphy’s Fond Farewell is a comedy sprinkled with music, games and delicious Irish-themed cuisine. Theatre Now, a dinner theater, brings Charlie’s story to Wilmington.
Are there any husbands out there who aren’t occasionally confused by their brides? I didn’t think so. The Gibb sisters are an open book to each other but not to their husbands. Morning’s At Seven tells their story when two of them realize it is time for a change. They can’t remain a closed book. This charming portrait of small town 1960’s America was revived on Broadway in 1980 and 2002 to critical acclaim. It is brought to us by Cape Fear Playhouse.
The Who’s Tommy is City Stage’s take on Pete Townshend’s great Rock Opera. The deaf dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball at Thalian Hall
Pump Boys and Dinettes is coming. This fun little story about young love is based in Chatham County. Maybe you should star in it? Head out to the Hannah Block Historic USO tonight and tomorrow night for Auditions.
You can find times and dates for these and more theater at Our Theater or at theater.enjoywilmington.com
Stimulate your Gray Matter
While we enjoy having fun around here we also spend some time pondering the great issues of life. Books and Talks on the EnjoyWilmington website highlights these events.
Louise’s War tells the story of Wilmington in 1942. Paranoia, secrecy and the potential to let women reinvent themselves in a volatile time were all part of the mix. Sarah Shaber talks about her book at the Latimer House this Thursday.
Old Books on Front regularly hosts events for bibliophiles. Their Green Book club meets next Tuesday to look at Noah’s Garden.
You can find more about these and related events at Our Books and Talks.
Film up on the silver screen
Alfred Hitchcock’s famous film, Rope, will be at Satellite tonight. Details are at Our Film or film.enjoywilmington.com
Celebrate Ivey Hayes
One of our famed artists is being celebrated with an exhibit at the Bellamy Mansion Museum. Ivey Hayes is well known for his colorful art reflecting the vibrancy of his vision for southeastern North Carolina. The Bellamy brings his art out for your enjoyment. 21 acrylic and watercolors are on exhibit. The show opens April 5, with an opening reception and continues.
Upcoming Events of particular note
Wilmington’s largest and oldest festival is just two weeks away. The Azalea Festival brings garden and home tours, Azalea belles, the Avett Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd, a parade and more music and entertainment than any one person can see. It begins on April 10, with the Queen’s Coronation and runs through Sunday. Details at Azalea Festival or azaleafestival.enjoywilmington.com
Profile of a nonprofit event: Fort Fisher Help a Park day
Friends of Fort Fisher will be out April 6, to freshen up the park around Fort Fisher. It’s Fort Fisher Park Day Volunteers. This annual event helps preserve Fort Fisher for the generations to come. You can find all the details here.
And there’s more to do
Wilmington has 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
Southeast NC has 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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