Happening this weekend is the Secret Garden Tour starting at the Historic Latimer House in Downtown Wilmington. The annual tour features unique gardens in downtown Wilmington and surrounding areas. The secret garden name comes from the gardens since they are all hidden behind fences or houses and not normally viewed by the public. Tickets for the event cost $23.00 to $25.00 with proceeds benefitting the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society.
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Next Tuesday, it’s the 2016 Thalian Hall Taste of the Town hosted by Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts. This is an annual fundraiser that features food from restaurants all over Downtown Wilmington.
Participants meet at Thalian Hall at 6:00pm before making their way around town. After the participants sample the food at each restaurant they are asked to vote for their favorites. Last years winners were Cousins Italian Deli and The George on the Riveralk. This year 14 restaurants are involved, including Beer Barrio, Betsy’s Crepes, Caprice Bistro, Pilot House, The Little Dipper, Bella’s Bar Local, The George, and more. Tickets are $50 and benefit Thalian Hall.
It’s been 40 years since the North Carolina Aquarium in Fort Fisher opened in 1976. The aquarium has been a staple in the area for school children, tourists, and sea life lovers to learn about and see many animals they would not have a chance to see in the wild. Some of the animals that call the aquarium home include, turtles, seahorses, snakes, bald eagles, sharks, poison dart frogs, eels, jellyfish, alligators, and a plethora of fish from all over the world.
To celebrate the anniversary the aquarium is hosting a party this Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. In addition to the normal activities there will be games, demonstrations, a cake cutting, and a gallery of pictures of the aquarium has changed over the last 4 decades. The photo gallery also emphasizes the employees’ commitment to protecting and caring for the environment and animals. For more on the Fort Fish Aquarium visit their website http://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.
This Saturday at Wrightsville Beach is the Pier-2-Pier Open Water Swim Race Fundraiser. Starting at 9:00 am swimmers will race 2 miles between Johnny Mercers and Crystal Piers. Participants in the race are 11 years old and up and are divided into age groups. Proceeds from the event benefit the Cape Fear Aquatic Club, which is a competitive year round swim team for children. Come spend your Saturday morning on the beach watching these competitors swim for a great cause.
This weekend ILM Airport hosts the Wilmington Boat Show. With locations at the Wilmington Convention Center, Port City Marina, Pier 33, and the Battleship North Carolina,
the event takes place all over downtown. The show includes deep-water boating displays,
sailing seminars, a tour of the boat building school at Cape Fear Community College, and a demo dock. In addition to the boat activities there are music, food, marine industry exhibits, fishing seminars and activities for kids. Parking is free at the Battleship NC with complimentary water taxis ferrying people across the Cape Fear River to the Port City Marina. On Friday the boat show is from noon until 6:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am until 6:00 pm, and Sunday 11:00 am until 5:00 pm. As a 9/11 tribute on Sunday all military and first responders can come to the show for free with their families. For more on the Wilmington Boat Show and events visit their website http://www.wilmingtonboatshow.com/vendors/.
School has started again and summer is winding down, so this Labor Day enjoy the holiday at the Country Club of Landfall. The festivities start at 9:00am with a Shotgun at the Nicklaus Golf Course and with normal tee times at the Dye Course. From 9:00am until 11:00am is the Tennis and Pickleball Mixer happening at the Sports Center. After golf, tennis, and pickleball head to the pool to cool down and enjoy the warm sun. Starting at 11:00am lasting until 2:00pm is a pool party, buffet, a DJ, and games with Ms. Judy for the kids. The buffet menu is a mix of classic summer dishes including swordfish, Carolina pulled pork, BBQ chicken breast, hamburgers, hotdogs, and baked penne. Enjoy the holiday off from work and school and have a Happy Labor Day!
The Landfall Foundation presents the 17th Annual Art Show, starting this Wednesday and lasting through Saturday. Over 100 artists from all over North Carolina are showing their work in the collection. Art mediums include oil, watercolors, photography, acrylic, clay, metal, and wood.
On Wednesday night at the preview party, which is held for Landfall Foundation Gala sponsors art show sponsors, and the artists, painter Dan Beck will judge the art and present awards. Dan Beck lives in Wilmington and is an internationally recognized oil painter, winning many awards.
When you purchase a work of art at this show 30% of the proceeds go to the Landfall Foundation, which supports local nonprofit groups. The hours are 10:00am until 7:00pm and a cash bar will be offered every night from 5:00 to 7:00. This event at the Dye Clubhouse is free and open to the public.
Tonight being performed at the Country Club of Landfall is the play Murder is a Fine Art. The murder mystery dinner is sponsored by the Choir of St. Paul’s, with proceeds benefitting the choir’s residency to England in 2017. Landfall Realty’s own Becky Spivey will be performing in the thrilling play. Other actors include local radio and television personalities. The price is $80.00 per person, which includes hor d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, beer, and wine. The menu includes flat iron steak, fried chicken, BBQ pulled pork, and selections from a Mediterranean table of plenty. Don’t miss your chance to attend this entertaining show while enjoying delicious food and wine, and helping a great cause.
If your kids or grandkids are interested in tennis, Landfall is the place to be.
Under the direction of Country Club of Landfall head tennis pro Jonathan Ingram, the Landfall ACE program has become one of the premier junior tennis programs in the Southeast.
In fact, during the last 12 years, Landfall has dominated junior team tennis, capturing a total of 54 state championships, eight sectional championships and one national championship.
What’s more, 12 Landfall juniors have played college tennis and one, Ashleigh Antal, claimed the NCAA women’s national championship playing at Vanderbilt.
Ingram was instrumental in starting the junior program when he joined the Landfall staff in 2000. His first team – called the Landfall ACES – won the state championship. After those players moved on to college, Ingram changed the name to Landfall ACE in honor of the first team he coached.
“The Landfall ACE program is open only to Landfall members. About 100 juniors are involved year-round, with the number swelling to around 140 in the summer, when grandkids come to visit,” Ingram said.
“All these accomplishments are amazing from a private country club,” Ingram said. “this is truly something special achieved by the juniors at The Country Club of Landfall.”
Please join us in welcoming Matthew O’Connell as the newest Broker with Landfall Realty.
Matthew may be new to Landfall Realty, but he is no stranger to the Landfall community. He spent several years here as the on-site agent for one of our custom builders, where he produced an enviable record of success.
A native of Vernon, NJ, he enlisted in the US Marines after high school and was stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
After his service, he moved to Wilmington to begin a career in real estate. He was a sales executive with a gated golf community in Brunswick County, followed by a term with a Wilmington-based real estate firm, where he was one of their top producers. He also earned Top Gun honors with a national real estate firm.
“I accepted the position with Landfall Realty because I love the community and the lifestyle it offers its residents,” he said. “I have extensive knowledge of the community and the greater Wilmington area, and look forward to sharing that knowledge with prospective Landfall owners.”
“I’m fully committed to achieving complete satisfaction for my clients,” he said. “I truly believe Landfall is the best place to achieve that objective.”
Matthew and his wife Shay have three children – Keira, 11; Reilly, 10; and Reese, 6. They enjoy boating and exploring the outdoors.