One Tree Hill is one of the most popular and far reaching television shows to be filmed in Wilmington. This past weekend the actors and fans of the show spent two days reminiscing about the hit series during a One Tree Hill Convention at Cape Fear Community College’s new Fine Arts Center. Twelve major cast members attended the convention, including Chad Michael Murray, Bethany Joy Lenz, Hilarie Burton, Paul Johansson, Lee Norris, Antwon Tanner, and Barbara Alyn Woods. At the convention there were photo ops, autograph ops, meet and greets, and panel discussions. The show, which ran for 9 years, showcased the beauty of Wilmington, from the Cape Fear River to Wrightsville Beach. This past weekend was a fun opportunity for everyone involved to connect about the show that has a large following worldwide.
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Tonight and tomorrow night at TheatreNOW the play “We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier” will be performed. TheatreNOW is Wilmington’s premier dinner theater that presents award winning dinner and children’s productions. The play is based on the book We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier by Celia Rivenbark and adapted and directed by Zach Hanner. Rivenbark is known for her witty, humorous books that take place in the South. The show starts at 7:00pm and tickets vary from $37, which includes dinner, to $17 for mezzanine tickets. To purchase tickets visit their website http://www.theatrewilmington.com/index.html.
All summer at Wrightsville Beach Park is the WECT Sounds of Summer Concert Series. Happening on Thursday nights, this free event always draws a great crowd. This Thursday’s band is Machine Gun, a local band with a large following. The concert starts at 6:30pm and lasts until 8:00pm. Attendees often bring food and make a picnic out of the event as well. There are only 3 concerts left at the park this summer so on Thursday come enjoy the gorgeous summer weather and a free outdoor concert!
This weekend it’s Wrightsville Beach’s 11th Annual O’Neill/Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Contest. The contest is one of the largest surfing competitions on the East Coast, attracting surfers from all over the world. The contest starts Friday with the finals ending on Sunday. Heats start at 8:00am all weekend and last until 6:00pm and take place on Birmingham Street. The winner of the pro competition wins $15,000, which makes for thrilling final.
In addition to the surf contest there is also a music and art festival Saturday night at 4:00pm at the Wrightsville Beach Park. The pro-am is always exciting and attracts a large crowd. Come out and watch some of the best East Coast surfing on a gorgeous beach which supporting your local surf shop!
This week from now until July 10th, 1776: the Musical will be performed at Thalian Hall every night. Opera House Theatre Company is the group who puts on the musical, which starts at 8:00pm (3:00pm on Sunday). The play is about our founding fathers and how they established our country. Based on actual events, the musical features debates in Philadelphia with John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and additional founding fathers as they discuss the best way to have a revolution and to gain independence. 1776: The Musical is a fun way to learn about the American Revolution, and is perfect timing taking place the week of July 4th. For tickets visit thalianhall.org.
The Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County is now hosting an after hours art show the fourth Friday of every month. The celebration takes place from 6:00-9:00pm in downtown Wilmington. The locations will include over 20 galleries and art spaces. Some galleries include Spectrum Spotlight, Platypus & Gnome, Pinpoint Restaurant, River to Sea Gallery, New Elements, MC Erny Gallery, The Golden Gallery, and Crescent Moon. At the openings guests will be able to attend openings, meet the artists, enjoy the company of fellow art lovers. The after hours event is free and open to the public. For more information on the event visit the Arts Council’s website artswilmington.org.
This July 3rd and 4th celebrate Independence Day at the Country Club of Landfall! The festivities start on Sunday July 3rd with dinner at the Landfall Clubhouse from 6-9. Dinner is followed by a spectacular fireworks show that will start at dusk. On Monday July 4th there is a cookout at the Country Club of Landfall pool from 11:00am until 3:00pm. The price for adult is $16.50 and $8.50 for children. What better to celebrate a major summer holiday than by the pool with a cookout! Additionally, for all the tennis players there is a 4th of July Tennis Mixer on Monday from 9:00am until 11:00. The mixer is a fun, competitive round robin, which is followed by everyone going to the pool. To sign up call the Sports Center at 256-7625.
This weekend Wilmington’s baseball team, the Wilmington Sharks are playing the Gastonia Grizzlies. The teams who are a part of the Coastal Plain League will play Saturday at 7:05pm at Buck Hardee Field at Legion Sports Complex. This is game three in a row of seven for the sharks in their busy summer schedule. The Sharks currently have a winning record of 11-7 and look to add to that this weekend. These games are a fun evening activity to bring to kids to and enjoy the gorgeous summer weather. Tickets are $7.00 and can be purchased at the game. For more on the Wilmington Sharks visit their website http://www.wilmingtonsharks.com.
This Sunday is the Wilmington Symphonic Winds Concert at Kenan Auditorium at UNCW. The concert features music from around the world and includes Irish Tune from County Derry (Danny Boy), Russian Christmas Music, Cuban Overture, American the Beautiful, and Florentier March (Grand Italian March). The ensembles have over sixty musicians from the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, Long Bay Symphony Orchestra, UNCW, and CFCC faculty, the United States Marine Band, North Myrtle Beach Concert Band, Brunswick County Concert Band, and select professional musicians. The show is from 7:00pm to 8:30pm and tickets are $12.00. To purchase tickets visit their website http://wilmingtonsymphonicwinds.org/tickets/.
This Sunday at the Kenan Chapel in Landfall is the Port City Music Festival. The festival now in its 8th year, starts at 5:00pm and lasts 3 nights. The concert is directed by cellist and conductor Dr. Stephen Framil, and includes international artists such as violinist Luigi Mazzochi, clarinetist John Laughton, pianist Dr. Daniel Lau, and mezzo-soprano Kyle Engler. Tickets are complimentary and can be picked up at the Northeast Branch of the New Hanover County Library. After the concert there will be a reception at the Country Club of Landfall.