January 2018 Area Events


12/30 – 1/21: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – Thalian Hall

1/1: Sunset Beach Day 1 Run – 5K & Polar Plunge – 1st and E. Main Sunset Beach

1/1:  Wrightsville Beach Polar Plunge – The Oceanic, Wrightsville Beach

1/2-27:  UNCW Men & Women’s  Basketball – Trask Coliseum

1/7:  Winter Bridal Expo – Wilmington Convention Center

1/12-14: Art & the Bloom – Blockade-runner Wrightsville Beach

1/12-13:  Jon Rineman Comedy – Dead Crow Comedy Room

1/13: An Evening with Bill Engvall – CFCC Wilson Center

1/14: NC Symphony: Pictures at an Exhibition – CFCC Wilson Center

1/14: In Conversation: ‘Created by Light’ – Cameron Art Museum

1/20: 9th Annual Cold Stroke Classic – Wrightsville Beach

1/19-20:  Ryan O’Flanagan Comedy – Dead Crow Comedy Room

1/19-28: A Year with Frog and Toad – Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center

1/21:  Shakespeare Brunch: Twelfth Night – TheartreNOW

1/22: Fundraiser: Wine Around Italy – Museum of Coastal Carolina Ingram Planetarium

1/23: Wilmington’s 2nd Annual Fashion Show – Brooklyn Arts Center

1/26: The Port City Ping Pong throw Down – Brooklyn Arts Center

1/26-27:  Langston Kerman Comedy – Dead Crow Comedy Room

1/27:  Amazing Grace – CFCC Wilson Center

1/27:  James Gregory: “The Funniest Man in America!” – Thalian Hall

1/28: Precious Metals Area’s finest artisans – Brooklyn Arts Center

1/28: Beethoven 15K and 5K – Brunswick Forest


December 2017 Area Events


 

11/20-12/31: Cape Fear Festival of Trees – North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

12/1: Island of Lights Christmas Parade – Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach

12/1-22: Enchanted Airlie – Airlie Gardens

12/1-3: The Holiday Flea at BAC – Brooklyn Arts Center

12/1-16: Star of Wonder, Star of Night – Poplar Grove Plantation

12/1-17: Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) – Cape Fear Playhouse

12/1,2: Ballet for Young Audiences/ The Nutcracker – Thalian Hall

12/1, 2, 3, 9, 10: Christmas Toy & Train Show – Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue, Ocean Isle Beach

12/2: Battleship Alive! – USS North Carolina Battleship

12/2-3: Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour – Latimer House

12/2,3: A Carolina Nutcracker – CFCC / The Wilson Center

12/2: Island of Lights Christmas Flotilla – Snow’s Cut to Carolina Beach Boat Basin

12/2-1/7: Art of Illumination: Lanterns at CAM – Cameron Art Museum

12/2, 9, 16, 17, 23: Train & Light Spectacular – Wilmington Railroad Museum

12/2, 9, 16: Christmas by the Sea – Carolina Beach Boardwalk

12/2: The Shallotte Christmas Parade – Main Street and HWY 130

12/3: Wilmington Holiday Parade – Front & Water St. Downtown Wilmington

12/8-10, 15-17: A Christmas Story: The Musical – Thalian Hall

12/8-9: Holly Jolly Holiday Stroll – Downtown Wilmington

12/8: Greenfield Tree Lighting and Holiday Movie – Greenfield Lake Park at the Hugh Morton Amphitheater & Rotary Garden

12/9: 5K Jingle Bell Run – Wrightsville Beach Museum of History

12/9: Island of Lights Tour of Homes – Carolina & Kure Beach

12/9: A Christmas Stroll Through the Past – Bellamy Mansion, Burgwin-Wright House & St. James Episcopal Church

12/9: A Charlie Brown Christmas – CFCC / The Wilson Center

12/9-10: Poplar Grove Arts & Crafts Festival – Poplar Grove Plantation

12/10: CAM Floating Lantern Ceremony – Cameron Art Museum

12/14: Cherish the Ladies: Celtic Christmas – Thalian Hall

12/14-17: Ebenezer: A Christmas Carol – Kenan Auditorium, UNCW

12/16-17: Santa by the Sea – North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

12/16: Southport Ugly Sweater 5K – Waterfront Park, Southport

12/17, 28, 30: UNCW Men’s Basketball vs. Greensboro College – Trask Coliseum

12/20: The North Carolina Symphony: Holiday Pops – CFCC / The Wilson Center

12/22: Choral Concert: Christmas at St. Paul’s – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

12/31: New Year’s Eve Gala – Thalian Hall

12/31: Children’s Museum New Year’s Noon – The Children’s Museum of Wilmington

12/31: Island of Lights 2017 New Year Celebration – Carolina Beach Boardwalk

12/31: New Year’s Eve Winner Party Boat Cruise – Royal Winner Princess II in Carolina Beach

12/31: New Year’s Eve 2017 Bacchanalia – TheatreNOW / Downtown Wilmington

12/31: Midnight in Paris – Le Catalan Café / Downtown Wilmington

1/1: Sunset Beach Day 1 Run – 5K & Polar Plunge – 1st and E. Main Sunset Beach


November 2017 Area Events

10/27-11/5: Cape Fear Fair & Expo – Wilmington International Airport
11/1: Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles – CFCC / The Wilson Center
11/3-5: Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Annual Holiday Show & Sale – Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center
11/3-5: NC Surf to Sound Challenge – Blockade Runner
11/3-5: Fall Festival and Corn Maze – Hubb’s Farm, Clinton
11/3-5: Maze Craze – Galloway Farm, Hallsboro
11/3-5: Arts by the Shore – Oak Island Recreation Center
11/4: Island Women Flip Flop Ball – Marriott Courtyard Carolina Beach
11/4: Cape Fear Kite Festival – Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
11/4: Cape Fear Stage presents: The Wizard of Oz – CFCC / The Wilson Center
11/4: Flat Bottom Girls Flounder Tournament – Dockside Marina
11/4: Polish Festival – St. Stanislaus Church
11/4: The Payne Sisters – Thalian Hall
11/4: Listen Up Brunswick County Concert – Odell Williamson Auditorium
11/4: FUNDRAISER: Wilmington Fur Ball – MasquerAID – Union Station/Cape Fear Community College
11/4: UNCW Chamber Singers – Kenan Chapel
11/5-12/15: Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation – Cape Fear Museum of History & Science
11/5: Bumper Jacksons (blend roots jazz, country swing and street blues) – Thalian Hall
11/6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29: Ocean Isle Beach Walking Group – Community Center
11/7: Ocean Isle Beach Pot Luck Dinners 6:00pm –  Community Center (Everyone is welcome!)
11/8-12: Cucalorus Festival – Jengo Playhouse, Thalian Hall, CFCC, Bourgie Nights, etc.
11/9: North Carolina Symphony presents: The Music of Star Wars – CFCC / The Wilson Center
11/10: Port City Ribfest – Carolina Beach Boardwalk
11/11: Wilmington’s 1st Veterans Day Parade – CFCC down Front Street to the USO
11/11: The Good Shepherd Center presents: Flavor of North Carolina: Fall Harvest Fest – Blockade Runner Beach Resort
11/11: The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra presents: New World Symphony – CFCC / The Wilson Center
11/11: The 25th Annual UNCW International Festival  – Burney Center
11/11: Festival Latino – Ogden Park
11/12: Cape Fear Stage presents Gobsmacked! – CFCC / The Wilson Center
11/17-18: Sisters At Art: Holiday Art Show & Sale – Hannah Block Bldg. Downtown Wilmington
11/17: Tommy Emmanuel & David Grisman – C.G.P. & Dawg Tour – CFCC / The Wilson Center
11/18: Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk – Thalian Hall
11/18: Art for the Masses – UNCW Burney Center & Warwick Center
11/18 & 25: Kure Beach Holiday Market – Kure Beach Ocean Front Park
11/18: Tidewater Camellia Club Fall Show & Sale – New Hanover County Arboretum
11/19: Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts presents The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – CFCC / The Wilson Center
11/20: Cape Fear Festival of Trees – North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
11/21: Cape Fear Stage presents Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis – CFCC / The Wilson Center
11/21: Ocean Isle Beach Pot Luck Dinners 6:00pm –  Community Center (Everyone is welcome!)
11/22: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – UNCW Kenan Auditorium
11/23: Wrightsville Beach Turkey Trot – The Loop at Wrightsville Beach
11/23: Calabash Turkey Trot – Calabash City Park
11/24: Battleship Ho Ho Ho – Battleship NORTH CAROLINA
11/24: Downtown Holiday Tree Lighting – Downtown Wilmington
11/24: Island of Lights: Lighting at the Lake – Carolina Beach Lake Park
11/24 & 25: NC Holiday Flotilla at Wrightville Beach – Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Wrightsville Beach Town Park & Intracoastal Waterway/Banks Channel
11/24 – 12/22: Enchanted Airlie – Airlie Gardens
11/24: Beer & Brats Festival – Museum of Coastal Carolina
11/25: Ocean Isle Beach – 2017 Super Saturday – mainland side of the bridge

  • 9:00am Meet and Greet
  • 2pm Christmas Parade
  • 4:30pm Tree Lighting at OIB Fire Department
  • 5pm Santa Visit at OIB Fire Department

11/25: 14th Annual Ocean Isle Beach Flotilla – Along the ICWW from Inlet View Bar to Sharky’s Restaurant
11/26: SkyQuest: Undiscovered Worlds — The Search Beyond Our Sun – Cape Fear Museum
11/30: Ballet For Young Audiences: Sleeping Beauty – Thalian Hall
11/30: Greenfield Tree Lighting – Hugh Morton Amphitheater @ Greenfield Lake & Rotary Garden


August 2017 Events

August 2017 Events

Wilmington Sharks Baseball Home Games – 2149 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington

  • 8/2: Jaws-N-Paws – Fayetteville Swampdogs vs. Wilmington Sharks
  • 8/5: Hat Giveaway! – Morehead City Marlins vs. Wilmington Sharks
  • 8/7: Holly Springs Salamanders vs. Wilmington Sharks

8/2-20: South Pacific – Thalian Hall

8/2: 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band Concert – Franklin Square Park, Southport

8/3, 10,17, 24: Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast: – Cape Fear Blvd & Carolina Beach Ave N

8/3, 11, 18, 25, 31: Oak Island Summer Concert Series – Middleton Park Soccer Field

8/3, 10: WECT Sounds of Summer Concerts in the Park –  Wrightsville Beach Park

8/4, 11, 18, 25: Performing Arts Night – Carolina Beach Boardwalk Gazebo

8/4, 18: Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series – Airlie Gardens

8/4, 11, 18, 25: Downtown Sundown Concert Series – Riverfront Park

8/4, 11, 18, 25: Ocean Isle Summer Concert Series – across from the Museum of Coastal Carolina

8/4-6: National Lighthouse Weekend Celebration: Old Baldy’s 200th Birthday – Old Baldy Lighthouse, Bald Head Island

8/6, 13, 20, 27: Free Movie Night – Carolina Beach Lake Park

8/6, 13, 20, 27: Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace – Riverfront Park

8/6, 20: Kure Beach: Boogie in the Park Concert Series – Kure Beach Ocean Front Park

8/7, 14, 21, 28: Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Talks – The Museum of Coastal Carolina

8/9: Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

8/10: Jazz at the Mansion Concert Series – Bellamy Mansion

8/10, 24: Southport Summer Concert Series – Franklin Square & Garrison Lawn

8/12-13: Wahine Classic – Wrightsville Beach

8/17: Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers – CFCC Wilson Center

8/18-20: O’Neill / Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest – Birmingham Street Wrightsville Beach

8/18: Tony Bennett – CFCC Wilson Center

8/19: Leland Under the Lights Car Show – Brunswick Forest, Leland

8/24: Brian Regan – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

8/24, 25, 26, 27, 31: The Sunshine Boys – Thalian Hall: Ruth and Bucky Stein Theatre

8/25: Fourth Friday Gallery Nights – Downtown Wilmington

8/25: Donavon Frankenreiter – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

8/27: Lumina Daze – Blockade Runner Resort

8/31: The Righteous Brothers: Bill Medley & Bucky Heard – CFCC Wilson Center


July Area Events

Open until 9/11: Waterfront Market – Ocean Isle Beach

Open until 10/7: Carolina Beach Farmers Market – Carolina Beach Lake Park

6/12 – 9/1: Wilmington Sharks Baseball Home Games – 2149 Carolina Beach Rd, Wilmington

7/1, 7, 14, 21, 28: Performing Arts Night – Carolina Beach Boardwalk Gazebo

7/6, 13, 20, 27: Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast: – Cape Fear Blvd & Carolina Beach Ave N

7/1-2: 8th Annual Ocean City Jazz Festival | 2649 Island Drive, North Topsail Beach

7/1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Shallotte Farmers Market – Mulberry Park

7/1, 7, 14, 21, 28: Oak Island Summer Concert Series – Middleton Park Soccer Field

7/2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Free Movie Night – Carolina Beach Lake Park

7/2: NC Symphony Presents, Stars & Stripes – CFCC / The Wilson Center

7/2, 16: Kure Beach: Boogie in the Park Concert Series – Kure Beach Ocean Front Park

7/3: Ocean Isle Beach Freedom Celebration Fireworks – Ocean Isle Beach Pier | 1 W First St

7/3: Independence Day Fireworks by the Sea, Pleasure Island – Ocean Isle Pier

7/3, 10, 17, 24, 31: Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Talks – The Museum of Coastal Carolina

7/4: Wilmington 4th of July Celebration – Riverfront Park & N. Water St

7/4: Ocean Isle Fourth of July Parade – Ocean Isle Beach Pier | 1 W First St

7/4: Vans Warped Tour 17 – Legion Stadium

7/4-23: MR. ROBERTS – A Thalian Association Ccommunity Theatre Production – Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

7/4: 2017 NC 4th of July Festival – Southport

7/ 6, 13, 20, 27: WECT Sounds of Summer Concerts in the Park –  Wrightsville Beach Park

7/7, 21: Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series – Airlie Gardens

7/7, 14, 21, 28 : Downtown Sundown Concert Series – Riverfront Park

7/7, 14, 21, 28: Ocean Isle Summer Concert Series – across from the Museum of Coastal Carolina

7/7-9: East Coast Got Em On King Mackerel Classic – Carolina Beach Municipal Docks

7/9: Yonder Mountain String Band plus Tyler Childers – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

7/13: Jazz at the Mansion Concert Series – Bellamy Mansion

7/13: Cody Jinks plus Paul Cauthen – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

7/13, 27, 29: Southport Summer Concert Series – Franklin Square & Garrison Lawn

7/14-30: UNCW / Lumina Festival of the Arts  – Kenan Auditorium

7/15: Oakdale Cemetery Angel Walking Tour – Oakdale Cemetery

7/28: Fourth Friday Gallery Nights – Downtown Wilmington

7/28: Sinbad – CFCC / The Wilson Center


June 2017 Area Events

5/1 – 9/11: Waterfront Market – Ocean Isle Beach

6/1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast: – Cape Fear Blvd & Carolina Beach Ave N

6/1: 98.3 & Huka Entertainment Presents Delta Rae – Throne Theater / Market Street

6/2 – 10/7: Carolina Beach Farmers Market – Carolina Beach Lake Park

6/2, 16: Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series – Airlie Gardens

6/2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Downtown Sundown Concert Series – Riverfront Park

6/2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Ocean Isle Summer Concert Series – across from the Museum of Coastal Carolina

6/3, 10, 17, 24: Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace – Riverfront Park/ 5 N Water St.

6/3, 10, 17, 24: Shallotte Farmers Market – Mulberry Park

6/3: 32nd Annual Carolina Beach Music Festival – Boardwalk Downtown Carolina beach

6/4, 11, 18, 25: Free Movie Night – Carolina Beach Lake Park

6/4: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

6/2, 9, 16, 23: Oak Island Summer Concert Series – Middleton Park Soccer Field

6/5, 12, 19, 26: Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Talks – The Museum of Coastal Carolina

6/7, 14: Sunset Beach Concert Series – The Village Park on Queen Anne, Sunset Beach

6/7-25: Jesus Christ Superstar / Opera House Theatre Company – Thalian Hall

6/8, 10, 16, 29: Southport Summer Concert Series – Franklin Square & Garrison Lawn

6/10: Shovels & Rope – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

6/11: Sleeping Beauty Ballet – CFCC The Wilson Center

6/17: Oakdale Cemetery Angel Walking Tour – Oakdale Cemetery

6/23: Whoopi Goldberg – CFCC / The Wilson Center

6/23: Fourth Friday Gallery Nights – Downtown Wilmington

6/4, 18: Kure Beach: Boogie in the Park Concert Series – Kure Beach Ocean Front Park

6/8: Jazz at the Mansion Concert Series – Bellamy Mansion

6/9, 23: Free Summer Concerts at Fort Fisher – Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area

6/ 15, 22, 29: WECT Sounds of Summer Concerts in the Park –  Wrightsville Beach Park

6/16: Huka Entertainment: Reel Big Fish + The Expendables – The Throne Theater

6/16-18: Airpower History Tour – Air Wilmington

6/23-25: Cape Fear Blues Festival – Various Venues in Wilmington

6/23-24: The Children’s Museum MUD DAY – 116 Orange Street, Wilmington

6/24: Carolina Beach Double Sprint Triathlon – Carolina Beach

6/25: The Pointer Sisters – CFCC / The Wilson Center

6/30: Travis Tritt – CFCC / The Wilson Center


May Area Events

5/1 – 7: 2017 Wells Fargo Championship (PGA Tour Event) – Eagle Point Golf Club

  • 5/1-2: PGA TOUR Professional Practice Rounds
  • 5/4: First Round of Competition & Television Coverage
  • 5/5: Second Round of Competition & Television Coverage
  • 5/6: Third Round of Competition & Television Coverage
  • 5/7: Final Round of Competition & Closing Award Ceremony

5/1 – 9/11: Waterfront Market – Ocean Isle Beach

5/1-6: Paint Out Wilmington – Various Locations in Wilmington

5/2,3: Dirty Dancing LIVE – CFCC Wilson Center

5/4: It’s A Gimmie Movie Night (Happy Gilmore) – Pleasure Island Riverfront Park

5/5, 6: Caddy Shack Concerts – Pleasure Island Riverfront Park

5/6: New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Presents: HMS Pinafore – CFCC Wilson Center

5/6, 13, 20, 27: Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace – Riverfront Park/ 5 N Water St.

5/7, 21: Kure Beach: Boogie in the Park Concert Series – Kure Beach Ocean Front Park

5/11: Arsenio Hall – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

5/11-20: The Nina & Pinta Visit Wilmington – Port City Marina

5/12: Cape Fear Disabled Fishing Tournament – Kure Beach Fishing Pier

5/13: BBQ Cook-Off on BBQ Road – Ocean Isle Beach

5/13: 1st Annual Wine & Swine BBQ Cook-Off – BBQ Road, Ocean Isle Beach

5/18 – 28: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

5/19-21: Wilmington Greek Festival – St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

5/19: Inaugural Pleasure Island Team Surf Fishing Challenge – Lazy Pirate, Carolina Beach

5/19: Airlie Gardens Summer Concert Series – Airlie Gardens

5/19, 20: USA Beach Wrestling Nationals – Carolina Beach

5/20 – Summer: Oakdale Cemetery WWI Historical Tour – Oakdale Cemetery

5/20: Carolina Beach Arts Festival – Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach

5/20: Beach Wrestling Nationals – Carolina Beach, NC

5/20: 24th Annual Seaside Soccer Classic – Various Soccer Fields Wilmington

5/20, 21: Seaside Soccer Classic – Various Soccer Fields

5/24: Brit Floyd – Immersion World Tour 2017 – CFCC Wilson Center

5/24: Sunset Beach Concert Series – The Village Park on Queen Anne, Sunset Beach

5/26: Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast: Jack Jack 180 – Cape Fear Blvd & Carolina Beach Ave N

5/26: Ocean Isle Summer Concert Series – Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot – across from the Museum of Coastal Carolina

5/26: Fourth Friday Gallery Nights – Downtown Wilmington

5/27, 28: Orange Street Artfest – Orange Street between Front and Third & the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center

5/27 – 10/7: Carolina Beach Farmers Market – Carolina Beach Lake Park

5/28: Free Movie Night (Trolls) – Carolina Beach Lake Park

5/29: Memorial Day Observance – Battleship North Carolina (FREE)


March 2017 Area Events

March 2017 Events3/1 – 7/9: Beyond the Horizon – Cameron Art Museum

3/1: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Cape Fear Community College / The Wilson Center

3/2 – 5/1: Reflections in Black & White – Cape Fear Museum of History & Science

3/3 – 25: Spring Art Show – Frankllin Square Gallery, Southport

3/3-5 & 10-12: World-famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids – at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

3/3: Sixth Annual Sheriff’s Charity Ball -”Diamonds and Denim” – St. James Community Center in Southport

3/4: Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce – Live, Learn, Shop Local Expo – 925-15 Seaside Road, Ocean Isle Beach

3/4: Mardi Gras by the Sea Festival and Parade – Middleton Park Soccer Field, Oak Island

3/5: The Jungle Book – at Cape Fear Community College / The Wilson Center

2/16 – 3/5: Crimes of the Heart – Cape Fear Playhouse / Big Dawg Productions

3/7: The Habana Boys – Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts

3/10: Opening Reception / From the Fire – Cameron Art Museum

3/10: Best Foot Forward – at Cape Fear Community College / The Wilson Center

3/11: US Open Fat Bike Championship – Blockade Runner Beach Resort

3/11: Cape Fear Comic Con – Best Western Plus Coastline Inn, 503 Nutt Street, Downtown Wilmington

3/11: St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade – Parade: Downtown Wilmington / Festival: Riverfront Park

3/14: Sea Trail Garden Club Fashion Show and Charity – Sea Trail Conference Center in Sunset Beach

3/15: City Ballet / Beauty and the Beast – at Cape Fear Community College / The Wilson Center

3/16: Lionel Popkin – at Cape Fear Community College / The Wilson Center

3/17: Earth, Wind & Fire – at Cape Fear Community College / The Wilson Center

3/18: The 13th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Day Lo Tide Run – Carolina Beach Boardwalk

3/18: Badwater Cape Fear – Ultra Marathon Race – Old Baldy Lighthouse, Bald Head Island

3/18: Wrightsville Beach Biathlon – Blockade Runner Beach Resort

3/18: The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra – Operatic Orchestra – at Cape Fear Community College /  The Wilson Center

3/21: Ann Wilson of Heart – at Cape Fear Community College / The Wilson Center

3/22: Lawn & Disorder, Comedy From The Suburbs – Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts

3/22: Cape Fear Stage Presents / STOMP – at Cape Fear Community College / The Wilson Center

3/23 – 4/6: The Last Encampment – Cape Fear Playhouse / Big Dawg Productions

3/24: Fourth Friday Gallery Nights – Downtown Wilmington

3/24-25: Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon – Municipal Lane Wrightsville Beach

3/25: Puttin’ on the Ritz – 6th Annual The Golf Ball benefitting The Harrison Taylor Scholarship Fund – South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 Ocean Highway 17 N, Carolina Shores

3/25: The Kennedy’s Concert – Virginia Williamson Event Center, Bolivia

3/30: Jason Isbell w/ special guest Hiss Golden Messenger – at Cape Fear Community College / The Wilson Center


Wilmington Facts from the Historian Bob Jenkins

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On January 19th, area historian and Downtown Wilmington tour guide, Bob Jenkins shared with Intracoastal agents many interesting facts from Wilmington’s History.  From the early beginnings through current day, Bob delivered his key storytelling notes with humor and incredible detail. We tried to capture the essence in the highlights below. Pick out just a few to have on hand – you’ll be glad you did.

  • There are 320 miles of coastline in North Carolina – and the only main river feeding from the north of the state to the ocean is the Cape Fear River. The river is over 200 miles long!
  • The first 170 miles drop in elevation by 160 feet – delivering huge amounts of water down to where it meets the last thirty miles of water heading to the ocean – this last thirty-mile leg is tidal water.
  • While many river settlements along the east coast developed in the late 1600’s, the settlement of Wilmington was a late-developer. Even with all the great resources to be had (rice and timber), there was something to “fear” about the Wilmington location.
  • The term “Cape Fear” evolved due to the continual shifting of sands and navigable bottom changes presented by “Frying Pan Shoals” at the base of the river’s delta.
  • Only when the British desired another deep-water port along the coast between the Chesapeake Bay Settlement, and the Charleston, South Carolina, settlement (both were founded in the late 1600’s) was it worth the risk of the shoals to establish Wilmington.
  • The area around the river was ripe with opportunity for two key agricultural offerings – RICE and TIMBER.
  • The settlement of Brunswick Town was the first in our area to founded in 1726. British landowners originally from South Carolina, Maurice, and Roger Moore, established the first rice plantation. ORTON Plantation. The manor house was constructed in 1735.
  • There were approximately 120 RICE plantations along the river – not cotton as some would expect.
  • “Cape Fear Pines” were an available and grand crop for harvesting and for the production of turpentine and pine tar. Both became a huge resource as export items to the British in England. The pine trees were “boxed” to capture the natural pine-oil from them. Similar to capturing sap from maple trees in New England to make syrup.
  • Heart-Pine was treasured as the hardest wood for the keels of British ships, and Pine Tar kept the ships afloat – thanks to coating the bottoms of ships. Pine tar was plentiful and gooey; hence, the TARHEEL moniker given to North Carolinians, by locals and British Colonists.
  • In colonial times sixty-percent of all naval stores in England came from the Cape Fear region. Rice production was huge! One acre of ground could supply 75 bushels or rice, annually: hence, the term Carolina Gold.
  • The Port of Wilmington was developed by a Scot – John Martin – as he was given a land grant to focus on the development of a major seaport vs. agriculture.
  • The choice of the name “Wilmington” was bestowed on the town in honor of the Earl of Wilmington, Spencer Compton, a patron of the then current governor of North Carolina, Gabriel Johnston – and chartered in 1740.
  • The Cotton Exchange became the largest exchange in the World. In the 1870’s. It grew from agents of the company traveling to cotton farms in the area – and providing incentives for the southern farmers to work in partnership. The business included some fifty European agencies.
  • Over time – Wilmington became a major shipbuilding port and produced 243 “Liberty Ships” during World War II. There were five major railroads coming into and out of Wilmington due to the industry and the war economy. They started leaving in 1950.
  • Side Note – Masonboro Sound got its name from the Grand Masons (Masonic Lodge of the era).

 

Bob Jenkins Reference Resources:

www.shipwreckcharts.com
Cape Fear & Frying Pan Shoals
Cape Hatteras and Outer Banks

Harpers Weekly 1876 – turpentine production graphic and more!


February 2017 Area Events

February 2017 EventsFebruary’s calendar is HOT! Enjoy the warmth and character of the region with Broadway musicals, local Jazz and our Wine and Chocolate Festivals. Read below for a list of area performances, events, and activities sure to make your Valentine ecstatic. Our informative calendar includes links to important details and location information so that you won’t miss a thing.

2/1: 42nd Street – Cape Fear Community College – The Wilson Center

2/2-4: NC Jazz Festival: 37th Annual – Hilton Riverside Hotel

2/3-5: Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival – Coastline Conference and Event Center

2/9: North Carolina Symphony: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade – Cape Fear Community College – The Wilson Center

2/9-19: They’re Playing Our Song – Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts

2/10-14: Romantic Valentine Carriage Ride – Downtown Wilmington

2/10-11: Hugs & Fishes Valentine’s Day Lock-In – NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

2/10: Big & Small Family Ball – Children’s Museum of Wilmington

2/10: Paula Poundstone at Cape Fear Community College – The Wilson Center

2/11: Wrightsville Beach Valentine 10K – Wrightsville Beach Park

2/11: Special Olympics Polar Plunge – Near Kure Beach Pier

2/11: Symphony POPS! Linda Lavin & Friends at Cape Fear Community College – The Wilson Center

2/12: Wine and Chocolate Pairing – Silver Coast Winery and Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room, Ocean Isle Beach

2/16: Riverdance: 20 Years at Cape Fear Community College – The Wilson Center

2/17: Legendary Singer-songwriter Justin Hayward at Cape Fear Community College – The Wilson Center

2/17-19: Anniversary of the Fall of Fort Anderson – Brunswick Town / Fort Anderson, Winnabow

2/18-19: Art For All 7 – Brooklyn Art Center

2/18: Run Oak Island – Middleton Park, Oak Island

2/19: Harpeth Rising Concert – Virginia Williamson Event Center, Bolivia

2/22- 4/8: Broadway Musical Pippin at Cape Fear Community College – The Wilson Center

2/23: Island Arts & Culture: Mardi Gras Art Auction – SeaWitch, Carolina Beach

2/24: Broadway’s The Midtown Men at Cape Fear Community College – The Wilson Center

2/25: Tidewater Camellia Club 67th Annual Camellia Show & Sale – New Hanover County Arboretum

2/25: Wilmington WINTER WINE & BEER WALK – Begins at “Wine & Beer Walk Headquarters” : Throne Theater

2/26: Grammy-Award Winning Singer Michael Bolton at Cape Fear Community College – The Wilson Center

2/28 – 3/1: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella at Cape Fear Community College – The Wilson Center