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The Great Oaks Club hosts Howie Franklin

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Wednesday, March 8th, the Great Oaks Club of Landfall is hosting Howie Franklin, a flight steward on Air Force One, to talk about his experience working for five presidents! Having worked for Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, Franklin has exciting stories to share. In addition to the Presidents, Howie Franklin often flew with Dr. Henry Kissinger, the Secretary of State during the Nixon and Ford administrations, on his Shuttle Diplomacy Missions. Howie Franklin has now written a book, “Yes Sir! Mr. President,” in which he talks about the more human and personable side of the presidents he has served for.

The Great Oaks Club in Landfall is a social and educational women’s group that meets monthly from September to May. The club is open to all Landfall residents, property owners, and Country Club of Landfall members. Activities vary from speakers, party planning, gardening, fashion shows, artists, luncheons, and day trips. Yearly dues can be paid at any meeting and are $25.00. The Great Oaks Club is a fun way to try new things and meet new people!

The Landfall Car Show

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Tomorrow, the Country Club of Landfall is hosting its first car show, which will include a vast collection of antique and exotic cars and motorcycles. This is a great opportunity to learn more about these rare and classic cars and to see them in person. Children’s entertainment will also be provided, with games and fun activities for them to participate in.

Additionally, there will be delicious food, with a chef grilling station that includes, hot dogs, burgers, swordfish sandwiches, BBQ chicken breasts, chili, and cookies. This is a perfect way to spend the day outside and enjoy the gorgeous weather!

 

Perfect Winter Weather

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Wilmington has been experiencing gorgeous, warm weather since the start of 2017. January and February have been exceptionally warm, with Spring-like temperatures of highs in the 60’s and 70’s. On January 17th, the temperature reached a pleasant 77 degrees, one of the ten days temperatures were above 70 degrees that month! This month Wilmington residents have already enjoyed five days above 70. This year so far there has only been one day when the temperature did not rise above the freezing mark.

This weather has been perfect for outdoor activities; luckily, Wilmington has so many to offer. There are numerous parks, many restaurants that offer outdoor seating, outdoor beer gardens, the beach, outdoor events that are always taking place, open air shopping malls, and there is always plenty to do when walking around Historic Downtown Wilmington. This warm weather has been a wonderful start to 2017!

UNCW Seahawks Basketball

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The UNCW Seahawks Men’s Basketball team has been on fire this season with 20 wins out of 23 games played so far!

The University of North Carolina at Wilmington basketball team has had a thrilling season with upsets, buzzer beater wins, and records being broken. Two weeks ago in the home game against Drexel, sophomore forward Devontae Cacok broke two rebounding records. Junior Chris Flemmings, another dominating player on the team, was the recipient of the team award, Outstanding Offensive Player, last year. This young team has a lot of talent, and under the direction of Head Coach Kevin Keatts the Seahawks are having one of their best seasons ever.

The Seahawks’ next game is tonight at home in Trask Coliseum against the Charleston Cougars, who also boast a winning record. The two rival teams will be determined to win as both are currently first and second place in the Colonial Athletic Association. Come out and support your local team in what is sure to be an exciting game!

Celebrity Chef Attends Fundraiser at the Country Club of Landfall

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Celebrity Chef, Giada De Laurentiis, was at the Country Club of Landfall last Friday for a Breakfast and Lunch Fundraiser. The Fundraiser benefitted the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington, which is a Charter School that is designed to help girls from 6th grade thru 12th grade become first generation college students.

On Friday, over 600 attendees came out to support the cause and meet Giada De Laurentiis. Giada has ties to the area from her grandfather, director Dino De Laurentiis, who built the Screen Gem Studios in Wilmington in 1984.

For the hungry attendees, De Laurentiis’ lunch menu consisted of faro and kale salad, roasted chicken cacciatore, and polenta cake. In addition to the breakfast and lunch there was a silent auction. Overall the event raised an impressive $400,000 for the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington!

Robert Burns Supper

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This Saturday it’s the Annual Robert Burns Supper at the Country Club of Landfall. The event is held in honor of Robert Burns, a renowned Scottish bard, famous for his songs and poems, including “Auld Lang Syne”.

Guests are sure to have a great time at this exciting and unique party sponsored by the Scottish Society of Wilmington. There will be Scottish-inspired and Gaelic music, dancing, door prizes, toasts, bagpipes, a silent auction, and plenty of drinks. The dinner menu also incorporates the Scottish theme with a choice of roast land, seared salmon, or beef sirloin, which are served with Scotch broth soup and warm apple bread pudding.

The birthday celebration for Robert Burns begins at 6:00pm. The dress code for the event is Scottish attire, black tie, or business suit. This event, the largest fundraiser of the year for the Scottish Society of Wilmington, is sure to be a fun night!

9th Annual Cold Stroke Classic

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Its time for the 9th Annual Cold Stroke Classic! This popular stand up paddle boarding competition takes place at Wrightsville Beach this Saturday. Starting at 10:00am, the race featuring two different courses, and multiple divisions begins. There is the 3.5 mile Short Course and the 7 mile Long Course. The race starts at the Blockade Runner and paddle around Harbor Island, with Long Course competitors paddling around the island twice.

There are over $6,000 of cash prizes, which will be awarded to the winners from multiple divisions. Additional proceeds from the event go to Nourish NC, an organization that helps feed 668 children every weekend who would otherwise go hungry.

Come out Saturday morning and enjoy the excitement of hundreds of stand up paddle boarders competing for the cash purse!

The Intracoastal Waterway at Wrightsville Beach where competitors will compete

Father-Daughter Snow Ball

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This Saturday night is the Annual Father-Daughter Snow Ball at the Country Club of Landfall! Fathers and daughters get to enjoy a night out with dinner
 and lots of dancing. Everyone is dressed to impress in their formal attire, and will have a chance to take plenty of pictures with the Photo Booth at the event. The event lasts from 6:00pm until 9:00pm and dinner will be served at 7:00pm. For the fathers there is a beef tenderloin meal, and for the daughters, a chicken tender meal. To sign up for this exciting event call (910) 256-8411.

Drysdale Sports Center Renovations

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The Country Club of Landfall recently started some exciting renovations! The Drysdale Sports Center, which encompasses the work out center, tennis courts, pool, and café, is undergoing major changes. When finished the work out center will have a movement/yoga room, spinning classroom, golf plaza, tennis pro shop, youth ace tennis center, gym with pressweights, aerobics rooms, and include the grill and seating area. The pool area is being redone and will have new infrastructure.

Demolition began in September and is now finished. This means construction will move quickly and the new structures will start going up soon. The pool, pool equipment building, pool bathhouse, and kid’s pool is scheduled to open before the completion of the fitness center.

More great news is that the project is currently on schedule. Check back monthly for updates on the renovations!

The Sister Act at Thalian Hall

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The Sister Act, a musical comedy show, will be showing at Thalian Hall from January 5th until January 22nd. The show is based on the popular 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg. The show is about a woman who is put into the witness protection program and hides as a nun in a convent until she is finally discovered. The show features the original music by Tony and eight time Oscar winner Alan Menken. The Sister Act Musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, making this a show you won’t want to miss. For show times and tickets visit Thalian Hall’s website http://www.thalianhall.org.