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Wrightsville Beach Elementary Earns National Award

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On Wednesday the U.S. Secretary of Education named Wrightsville Beach Elementary School a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School, recognizing it as one of the best in the nation. There were only 279 public and 50 private schools in the nation to receive the award, with 7 others being awarded in North Carolina.

The award’s criteria mainly focused on the students’ performance, and with the students of Wrightsville Beach Elementary scoring high on their end of the year tests they deservedly won the award. Principal Jackson Norvell credited the support of the WBS Foundation and the PTA for the success of the school. The Secretary of Education will honor recipients in Washington D.C. with a two day awards ceremony in November.

Landfall Foundation Art Show

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landfall-fndtn-logo-1024x791-2The 17th annual Landfall Foundation Art Show, sponsored by Landfall Realty, is scheduled August 25-27 at the Dye Clubhouse, featuring works by 100 artists from the Wilmington area and across North Carolina.

The show is free and open to the public daily from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. “This year’s show offers an impressive array of mediums, styles, colors, and sizes,” said Landfall resident Martha Edgerton, 2016 Art Show chair. “There is literally something for every artistic taste.

Works on display will include oil, watercolors, acrylics, photography and sculpture in clay, metal, wood and mixed media. The works will be available for purchase, with a percent of art sales donated by the artists to the Landfall Foundation, according to Edgerton.

Distinguished oil painter Dan Beck is serving as judge of this year’s event. Beck – who recently moved to Wilmington – has won numerous awards for his work, most recently at the 2016 National Competition of Oil Painters of America in Dallas, TX.

His winning selections will be unveiled at the August 24th Preview Party, an invitation-only event for the artists, Art Show sponsors and Landfall Foundation sponsors.

The Landfall Foundation Art Show is one of four major charitable fund-raising events held each year in the community. The others are the Landfall Foundation Gala, the Legends of Tennis and the Quintiles Marathon.

“Last year, the Foundation raised more than $360,000 and made donations to 78 local charities and scholarships,” Edgerton said. For more information, please visit their website.

Fresh and Natural, Straight from the Farm

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Farmers-Market-1You might not have realized it, but each time you stop at a produce stand on the side of a country road to buy fresh tomatoes and corn, you’re actually supporting a growing social movement called “Farm-to-Table” and it is not just for foodies anymore. It has matured in recent years to meet the demand for fresh and natural food products, free of harmful pesticides and genetic modification.

Here in Southeastern North Carolina, we’re fortunate to be surrounded by farm country, with a multitude of sources for these types of food products, all within easy reach of Landfall.

Perhaps the best way to access these fresh foods is by using the local farmers’ markets that abound in our area. Among them are the Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market (open on Mondays from May to September); Carolina Beach Farmers’ Market (Saturdays from late May to October); Ogden Farmers’ Market (Wednesdays from mid-April to

November 16); Poplar Grove Farmers’ Market (Wednesdays from mid-April to late September); and Riverfront Farmers’ Market (Saturdays from April 18 to November 19).

Staff photo by Emmy Errante Customers fill their bags with produce from Edens Farms at the Wrightsville Beach Farmers' Market Monday, Aug. 25.

Staff photo by Emmy Errante. Customers fill their bags with produce from Edens Farms at the Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market Monday, Aug. 25.

There are also numerous local commercial fishers who sell their local catches including shrimp, flounder, grouper and many others, freshly caught the night before.

Local Farmers Markets

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This summer there are popup local farmers markets all over the area for you to buy fresh produce. On Monday mornings at 8:00am the Wrightsville Beach Farmers Market meets near Seawater Lane. This market has multiple vendors that sell fresh and local fruits and vegetables, flowers, crafts, bread, other baked items, herbs, dairy products, meat and seafood.

On Wednesday mornings there are two farmers markets. The Ogden Park Market is located at 615 Ogden Park Drive and starts at 8:00am. This market has a large selection of fresh produce. The Popular Grove Farmers Market also meets at 8:00am at the Popular Grove Farm off US Highway 17 North. This market includes fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat, seafood, baked goods, sweets, flowers, wine, and more.

When you shop at these farmers markets not only are you getting fresh, quality produce, meat, and goods, but also supporting local farms and businesses!

Discover the Landfall Experience

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Located along the beautiful coastline of Wilmington, North Carolina, Landfall is a community that truly has it all. From gated-access luxury homes and championship golf courses to social fundraising events and country club enjoyment, Landfall is the premier residential community on the East Coast. Discover the Landfall experience and join the legacy with Landfall Realty today!

Happy New Year from Landfall Realty!

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All of us at Landfall Realty wish everyone in Landfall and elsewhere a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2013.   We at Landfall Realty have been blessed with a recovering real estate market in 2012, with sales up and interest increasing.   Even better, we see no reason that 2013 will not be even better!  We already have our first sale of the year.

Many thanks to those Landfall residents who have utilized our services over the many years during which we have been fortunate enough to provide specialized sales and marketing expertise to Landfall.  And thanks to all those residents who recognize that we are a great source of information about Landfall, even if one is not involved in a purchase or a sale.  As we continue to participate in many Landfall functions throughout the year, we look forward to continued interaction with our friends and neighbors.

If you haven’t visited our new offices by the Drysdale gate, stop in, We always enjoy a quick visit from our friends.

Springsteen at the Apollo

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My wife Kathy and I were fortunate to procure tickets to the private Apollo Theater concert by Springsteen and the E Street Band, kicking off their current tour.   With only about 1200 people in attendance, and with seats on the 11th row, it was an experience very different from a concert in a big venue, and not likely to be repeated.   With celebrities from many fields all around us, and with SiriusXM radio hosting cocktails before and an after party at the Red Rooster, Harlem’s trendy restaurant, afterwards, it would be hard to imagine a better evening for any Springsteen fan.

We also attended the Greensboro concert, as did Martie Davy, one of Landfall Realty’s sales professionals, also a great experience, just not the incredible intimacy of the Apollo.  Martie just flew to Philadelphia to the concert there this week, I hope she will blog a review.

As you can see, those of us involved with Landfall Realty carry our interests far and wide.  If anyone reading this was at the Apollo, let me know.

Ken Kirkman, General Manager

Wilmington and the Cost of Living

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A recent study from Chapel Hill examined the 25 largest cities in North Carolina to determine which community gave its tax payers the best value for the monies paid to their town in taxes, utilities and service fees.  Wilmington, NC was determined to be the best value of any city in the State.  This is likely one of the many reasons that Landfall, in Wilmington, remains one of the most desirable retirement destinations in the Carolina’s, and has been for more than 20 years.

Happy New Year!

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From all the Landfall Realty team, a Happy New Year to all our friends and clients.  2011 was a great year for Landfall Realty, highlighted by our move to much improved office facilities  adjacent to the Drysdale gate.   Despite the general housing malaise nationally, 2011 was a healthy year for the company, and we owe that to the support of Landfall residents and our many clients, in Landfall and throughout the country.  We anticiapte that even more people in 2012 will discover why Landfall is the perfect place to live!

North Carolina Moves Past Florida

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A few years ago, united Van Lines determined that, from its customer base, North Carolina was the top in-migration state in the US.  Landfall NC residents should find it interesting that the US Census Bureau in its recent American Community Survey reported that between 2003 and 2008, about 42,000 people migrated from Florida to North Carolina.  While those moving into and out of Florida are now about equal in number, there are far more people making NC their new residence than are moving from the state.  This interesting fact is just one of the reasons that property sales in Landfall doubled from 2009 to 2010 as the buying public recognized the value of a mature and financially sound development.