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Wilmington: The Best City in North Carolina

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Have you ever thought “Wow, Wilmington is the best city in North Carolina?”. Well, you were right! A recent study found that Wilmington is the favorite city in North Carolina.

Public Policy Polling, a national polling company, conducted the study with 953 North Carolinians to determine their preferences on various topics, including barbecue, basketball, doughnuts, and the state song. Last time the study was conducted five years ago, Wilmington and Raleigh tied for first place with a 67% favorability rating. This year however Wilmington won with 69%, followed by Raleigh with 62%, then Asheville, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Cary, Greenville, Durham, Fayetteville, and Carrboro coming in last.

Wilmington received such a high favorability rating because there is so much to offer. There is the beach, river, Intracoastal Waterway, shopping centers, a rich history, amazing restaurants, and friendly people. Wilmington is an exciting, welcoming town and great place to live.

 

High Seas Dreaming

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Since its founding in 2011, YachtVenture has grown into one of the most successful fund-raising events on The Children’s Museum of Wilmington calendar.

This year’s event proved to be the best yet, attracting a record fleet of 15 yachts, a record crowd of more than 400 people, and a record fund-raising total of more than $60,000, according to Kathleen King of The Children’s Museum.

What is YachtVenture? In essence, it’s a way for us landlubbers to get a small taste of adventure on the high seas. Each year for the last six, local yacht owners have opened up their boats to the public for the benefit of The Children’s Museum.

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This year’s event was held on Saturday, October 15th at MarineMax in Wrightsville Beach. In addition to the Yacht Crawl, it featured music by Professor DJ Dub, food by Sawmill Catering, a silent auction for a variety of great prizes, and a raffle drawing for a sailing cruise to Barcelona.

The Landfall Foundation is a proud sponsor of The Children’s Museum of Wilmington, which was founded in 1997 to stimulate the imagination and a love of learning and provide an opportunity to explore and better understand art, science and culture.

For more information, please visit www.playWilmington.org or www.YachtVenture.org.

A Good Bi-Valve to Summer

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Could there be a better way to say good-bye to summer than an old-fashioned oyster roast in your own backyard?

Just ask the more than 200 Country Club of Landfall members who filled the back lawn of the clubhouse on a splendid October Sunday afternoon to celebrate the start of fall and get their fill of fresh local oysters and plenty of adult beverages.

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The oysters were roasted on a fire in a big hole dug by our Greens Superintendent Jeff Mack and shucked by an expert team from the Country Club of Landfall staff. Beautiful weather, a brilliant sunset and live music from the band Stray Local added to the day’s enjoyment.

The feast was the brainstorm of private events coordinator Megan Foltz and Stephanie Granger of the Country Club of Landfall staff, who consistently find new and imaginative ways to bring together members of all ages for memorable experiences.  Our members enjoyed the feast so much that we ran out of oysters and had to place an emergency order to our friends at Seaview Crab Company to bring us a few more bushels!

“We all had so much fun we’re definitely planning to put this event on our calendar next year,” Megan said.

Cucalorus Film Festival

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The much anticipated 22nd Annual Cucalorus Film Event is taking place this week in Downtown Wilmington! The event started yesterday and lasts until Sunday.

The festival, which celebrates independent and international film, has been recognized as “One of the Coolest Film Festivals in the World,” for three years in a row by MovieMaker Magazine. Now one of the largest film festivals in the South, Cucalorus shows over 200 movies, thousands of attendees, and over 300 artists participating.

In addition to film the festival also includes dance, music videos, emerging artists, social justice, speakers, and workshops. Events are held in multiple venues in Wilmington including, Thalian Hall, CFCC Union Station, Bourgie Nights, Ironclad Brewery, Blind Elephant, Hell’s Kitchen, The Throne Theater, Expo 216, and Jengo’s Playhouse.

For a full list of events visit their website http://www.cucalorus.org/calendar.asp.

 

Results for the Landfall Tradition College Women’s Golf Tournament

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1.   University South Carolina & Wake Forest University

  1. Furman University
  2. Purdue University
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Alabama
  5. North Carolina State & Texas Tech University
  1.  University of Central Florida
  2. University of Iowa
  3. University of Virginia
  4. Notre Dame
  5. Clemson University
  6. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  7. Penn State University
  8. Michigan State University
  9. University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  10. Brown University

Wilmington Fur Ball

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Happening this Saturday night is the Wilmington Fur Ball, a black tie, red carpet fundraising event that raises money for no-kill shelters in New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick counties. Since its start in 2005 the Fur Ball has raised $167,375, which has been given to the Pender Humane Society, Adopt an Angel, SkyWatch Bird Rescue, Forever Friends Animal Rescue, and others. The fundraising gala will have spirits, hors d’oeuvres, a live and silent auction, and a live band, The Nigel Experience Band.

The event, which is located at Union Station at Cape Fear Community College lasts from 6:30pm until 10:30pm. Tickets are $95.00 and can be purchased at http://www.wilmingtonfurball.com/tickets-2/. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a night out while at the same time helping animals find loving homes!

Flavor of North Carolina Fall Harvest Festival

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The 3rd Annual Flavor of North Carolina Fall Harvest Festival is taking place this Saturday at the Blockade Runner Resort. This event, which benefits the Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington, is a huge fundraising event. This year’s theme is fall harvest at the beach. Taking place from 7:00pm until 10:00pm, the event includes a harvest feast, beer, wine, a signature drink, music, dancing, and games. Additionally, guests will be able to win prizes by playing trivia and corn hole.

The auction is a major event during the evening, with items donated by over 100 companies and organizations in North Carolina. Some of the auction contributors include The Dale Earnhardt Foundation, Hope From Helen, Island Passage, Carolina Hurricanes, 22 North Restaurant, NC Zoo, Silver Coast Winery, Raleigh Marriott City Center, and Port City Java. Tickets are $60 per person. Come out and enjoy this exciting fall event and help a great cause at the same time!

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.