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A Hand Full of ACES

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LF AcesIf 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.”

O’Connell Joins Landfall Realty Team

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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.

Wahine Classic Surf Contest

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This weekend at Wrightsville Beach it’s the Wahine Classic, an all female surf competition. The contest includes amateurs and professionals competing in surfing events and a Stand Up Paddleboard division. With 100 competitors from ages 5 to 65, this is sure to be an exciting event. The contest starts Saturday at 8:00am and lasts until 4:00pm and on Sunday from 8:00am until 3:00pm. The surfing will take place at public beach accesses 37 and 38. Come enjoy a gorgeous August weekend and watch as these talented women amaze you with their skill on the waves!

Purple Heart Dinner

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The Cape Fear Purple Heart Dinner will be held this Saturday at the Wilmington Convention Center. The dinner is a tribute to all the Purple Heart recipients in our area. Awarded to those who have been wounded or killed while serving in the U.S. Military, the Purple Heart is huge honor. George Washington started the Purple Heart Award as a badge of military merit. This dinner is a nice way to thank all the men and women in our area have done a major service for our country. The event starts at 5:00pm and tickets are $25.00. For more information visit their website

One Tree Hill Convention

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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.


Landfall Realtor Becky Spivey posing with stars from One Tree Hill

Stars from the hit show posing for a picture

Stars from the hit show posing for a picture

TheatreNOW: Dinner and a Show

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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

WECT Sounds of Summer Concert Series

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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!


O’Neill and Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Contest

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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!


1776: The Musical

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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

4th Friday Art Show

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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